Articles tagged various artists

Various Artists: Arts & Crafts: 2003-2013

Broken Social Scene, its various offshoots, and other acts associated with Toronto’s Arts & Crafts label provide a 10-year overview of the label’s highs, along with some rather choice unreleased tracks.

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Various Artists: Golden Beirut: New Sounds From Lebanon

An eclectic and oddly put-together mixtape from an eclectic region, Golden Beirut is a very good cross-section of certain musical trends that are occurring in contemporary Lebanon.

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Various Artists: Those Shocking, Shaking Days

This compilation is a vibrant celebration of rebellious sound displaying the glut of funky, resonant music coming out of Indonesia during the fertile and tense '70s.

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Various Artists: Imaginational Anthems Vol. 4: New Possibilities

The fourth volume of Tompkins Square's excellent Imaginational Anthems series shines the light on some of the brighest folk guitarists in the UK and US.

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Various Artists: G.I. Disco

The music belongs to the technology of the time. It is filled with funky, bass-heavy synthesizer sounds, electronic drum beats, and scratchy rhythm guitar lines. Like the fashions of the period, there’s a flashy cheesiness to it.

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Various Artists: Bloody War, Songs 1924-1939

Be forewarned: This is old-timey music remastered from scratchy recordings. Its historic value outweighs audio fidelity. But that doesn’t mean the performers lack talent as players, singers, and songwriters.

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25 Jul 2010 // 8:59 PM

Various Artists: South Africa

Framed by Putumayo, the Rainbow Nation sounds unified. South Africa presents, not so much a country, as a massive group hug.

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8 Jun 2009 // 9:03 PM

Various Artists: Revolution

Revolution starts with an admirable idea, but unfortunately doesn’t live up to its promise.

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Various Artists: The Soul of Hip-Hop

Classic Stax hits aside, collections like this can spoil a specific experience that most hip-hop heads treasure.

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Various Artists: Enjoy the Silence

No, it's not a Depeche Mode tribute. It's a compilation from the Japanese ambient label, Mule Electronic.

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30 Apr 2009 // 8:57 PM

Various Artists: Acid Dreams

This 1980 compilation of '60s garage rock and pre-punk snarl is still a nice package that hasn't lost any of it's luster over time, but a better quality copy would be nice.

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Various Artists: The Definitive Japanese Scene Vol.1

A well-ordered, well-selected assortment.

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Various Artists: Marvellous Boy: Calypso From West Africa

The tracks are stubbornly various, each song unexpected.

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19 Apr 2009 // 8:57 PM

Various Artists: Water for Life

Cover bad, album pretty good.

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Various Artists: Nigeria 70: The Definitive Story of 1970’s Funky Lagos

The groundbreaking West African compilation is reissued and ready to take you back to one of Nigeria’s most-creative musical eras.

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Various Artists: Undone: A Musicfest Tribute to Robert Earl Keen

Keen’s no fool. He knew the only way to ensure the resulting tribute disc wouldn’t suck was to sing on it himself.

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Various Artists: Protected Massive Samples

Massive Attack is opened up, and its insides are revealed to be made of muzak and precious stones.

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Various Artists: Putumayo Presents India

The India of the tourist brochure.

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Various Artists: Yo Gabba Gabba!

The Roots, the Ting Tings, the Aquabats, and Mark Kozelek are just a few of the indie-luminaries that contribute new songs to this ... Nick Jr. kids show soundtrack?

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Various Artists: Keep Your Soul: A Tribute to Doug Sahm

Although Sahm has received some attention recently, he remains a cloudy figure for many listeners. With its enthusiastic, loving performances, Keep Your Soul goes considerable distance to correcting this injustice.

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