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Various Artists | A Psychedelic Guide to Monsterism Island

Artist, graphic designer, and toy creator Pete Fowler has been instrumental in the rebranding operation the Super Furry Animals have effected on their homeland of Wales.
Lo Recordings (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 18, 2009
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Various artists | Spiritual Jazz: Esoteric, Modal, and Deep Jazz from the Underground, 1968-1977

Apple-pie Mormon missionaries the Millers travel through Iran to spread the gospel of Joseph Smith among Muslims and Zoroastrians, and their kid discovers the glorious sound of the santur.
Jazzman (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  April 24, 2009
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Various Artists | Money Will Ruin Everything

Asked to describe his label Rune Grammofon's output, Rune Kristoffersen uncomfortably offers, "It's typically somewhere between improvised, electronic, contemporary . . . ," before fading off.
Rune Grammofon (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  February 03, 2009
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Various artists: Obsession

Some of the finest psychedelic rock in the late ’60s and early ’70s was created far from the movement’s epicenters in the UK and US.
Bully
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  March 18, 2008
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The Wire: And All the Pieces that Matter

The Wire is over, but the five-season drama lives on in the unforgettable characters and in this simmering HBO collection.
Nonesuch
By CLEA SIMON  |  March 12, 2008
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Various Artists: Accepted: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

The Pixies kick things off with, appropriately, “U-Mass,” and an A-list of alterna-indie artists (Modest Mouse, Le Tigre, Weezer, Ryan Adams, the Chemical Brothers with Beth Orton) all provide top-notch if familiar cuts.
Shout Factory/Universal
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 15, 2006


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Various Artists: GU 10

A three-disc primer on the state of house, trance, and techno, GU 10 comes courtesy of one of dance music’s most advanced and prescient labels.
Global Underground
By MICHAEL FREEDBERG  |  August 15, 2006
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Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited

Mark up another score for the seductive spirit of Serge Gainsbourg.
Various Artists| Verve Forecast  
By SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON  |  August 01, 2006
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Various Artists: Galore Riddim

Every year, there’s one dancehall riddim to beat.
Greensleeves
By CHRIS NELSON  |  May 17, 2006
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Various Artists: Strange Folk

Given the hypnotic arrangements and talk of fairies, the 19 tracks compiled on Strange Folk might more accurately be termed “enchanted folk” or, more skeptically, “dippy folk.”
Albion
By ANDREW MARCUS  |  May 08, 2006
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Various Artists: Wayfaring Strangers: Ladies from the Canyon

Who’d have guessed we’d live to see a revival of the ’70s female singer-songwriter?
Numero Group
By ELIOT WILDER  |  May 01, 2006


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Various artists: Rough Guide to the Music of Tanzania

Tanzania has produced no superstars, but this volume argues that it’s nevertheless an Afropop powerhouse.
WorldMusic Network
By BANNING EYRE  |  May 01, 2006
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Various Artists, GREAT LOST ELEKTRA SINGLES, VOLUME 1 | Collector’s Choice

Long before inflicting Staind on the world, Elektra was a genuinely eclectic label, home to dozens of oddball bands who shared a post-folkie, acid-Beat sensibility.
 
By BRETT MILANO  |  March 14, 2006
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Various artists, RUN THE ROAD VOLUME 2 | Vice

If Cam’ron is good enough to look for talent overseas and Jay-Z can nab Lady Sovereign, then Great Britain might just overcome America’s mainstream myopia. Vice believes it.
 
By JAMIN WARREN  |  February 27, 2006

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What happened to the label that made college kids feel good about hip-hop in an era when gangstas ruled the streets?
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By JAMIN WARREN  |  January 04, 2006