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Discover Michigan's 1990s Space-rock Scene on 'Southeast of Saturn'

Third Man Records offers a generous overview of Michigan's burgeoning space-rock scene from the 1990s. It covers a wide swath of genres while offering a bunch of largely-unheard rarities.

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'Stone Crush' Proves (Again) That Memphis Is Ground Zero for Soul and R&B

Stone Crush shines a light on the forgotten -- or never known -- artists that passed through the doors of Memphis' most storied studios in an attempt at just one fleeting moment of fame.

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Exploring Tuareg Music of the Southern Sahara

A vinyl reissue of Tuareg Music of the Southern Sahara sheds light on the folk origins of today's thriving Saharan rock scene.

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Sound Portraits from Bulgaria: A Journey to a Vanished World, 1966-1979

Smithsonian Folkways chronicles 50 years of folk recordings on Sound Portraits from Bulgaria. It is a truly essential addition to any global folk collection.

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'The Ru-Jac Records Story' Is Like Some Alternate-Universe Stax/Volt Compilation

The obscure soul of Charm City: a new four-volume retrospective of Baltimore's Ru-Jac Records provides a goldmine of long-forgotten R&B recordings previously unknown to anyone but the most hardcore of soul aficionados.

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Various Artists: Andina: The Sound of the Peruvian Andes

Vintage music from the Peruvian Andes makes for a lively compilation, although it loses something in the translation from past to present.

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Various Artists: To the Outside of Everything: A Story of UK Post Punk 1977 - 1981

This definitive, five-CD anthology is a challenging and enlightening listen, a triumph of curatorship that provides near-encyclopedic insight into this important chapter of UK popular music history.

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Various Artists: Oté Maloya - The Birth of Electric Maloya on Reunion Island 1975-1986

Strut Records delivers the best of vintage African music yet again, this time straight from Réunion Island.

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Various Artists: Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta

Bobo Yéyé: Belle Époque in Upper Volta is a goldmine for musical history buffs and an excellent purchase for anyone in need of a little more African jazz.

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Various Artists: Day of the Dead

Aaron and Bryce Dessner have masterfully assembled a dizzying array of contemporary artists to reinterpret the songs of the Grateful Dead.

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Various Artists: Music of Morocco - Recorded by Paul Bowles 1959

Dust-to-Digital extensively explores the culture of Morocco in a box set filled with the earthy, soulful pleasures of the country's music.

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Various Artists: Here Lies Love

The production makes you shake your head as well as your booty as ever single word is articulated with clarity, cadence, and a purpose.

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Various Artists: Marula's Shade: the ImprovED Album

These are talented amateurs trying to match professional production values without the luxuries of a big budget and uninterrupted oceans of recording time.

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Various Artists: Full Body Workout Vol. Nine

As a potential workout mix, the compilation probably wouldn’t be bad, and as a soundtrack to sex, it’d be a little aggressive.

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Various Artists: Dual Form

Stones Throw and Leaving Records team up for one of the most unique and experimental albums in recent memory. But do the fiercely independent artists found within have what it takes to hang with the big boys?

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Various Artists: Strange Passion

You know that a rarities collection is digging deep when the most famous band featured is the Virgin Prunes.

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Various Artists: This One's For Him, A Tribute to Guy Clark

In the end, it doesn’t matter. Clark’s songs are high quality enough for just about anybody to perform and sound good.

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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.

Liam McManus
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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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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.

Deanne Sole
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Various Artists: Greenberg: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

In taking a break from his attention-demanding main gig, Murphy proves himself a capable and affecting songwriter, often armed with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and his voice.

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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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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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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.

Jeremy Ohmes
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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.

Ben Child

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