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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)
| May 18, 2009
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.
| April 24, 2009
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)
| February 03, 2009
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.
| March 18, 2008
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.
| March 12, 2008
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.
| August 15, 2006
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.
| August 15, 2006
Monsieur Gainsbourg Revisited
Mark up another score for the seductive spirit of Serge Gainsbourg.
Various Artists| Verve Forecast
SIMON W. VOZICK-LEVINSON
| August 01, 2006
Various Artists: Galore Riddim
Every year, there’s one dancehall riddim to beat.
| May 17, 2006
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.”
| May 08, 2006
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?
| May 01, 2006
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.
| May 01, 2006
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.
| March 14, 2006
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.
| February 27, 2006
What happened to the label that made college kids feel good about hip-hop in an era when gangstas ruled the streets?
RAWKUS RECORDS — CLASSIC CUTS: BEST OF A DECADE 1 | Rawkus.
| January 04, 2006
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