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ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Labels

France’s Eilean Records ascends to the top spot this year, followed by Erased Tapes and 1631 Recordings.  These labels each released an impressive amount of work in 2016, all of consistent quality.  Each is a role model for the industry.  One has been

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ACL 2016: The Year’s Best Labels

France’s Eilean Records ascends to the top spot this year, followed by Erased Tapes and 1631 Recordings.  These labels each released an impressive amount of work in 2016, all of consistent quality.  Each is a role model for the industry.  One has been

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ACL 2016: The Year in Review

Many people will be glad when this year is over.  Even a short list of the world’s headlines is enough to give one a headache: Brexit, bombings, the U.S. election.  Thank God we’ve had music to help us through it.

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ACL 2016: The Year in Review

Many people will be glad when this year is over.  Even a short list of the world’s headlines is enough to give one a headache: Brexit, bombings, the U.S. election.  Thank God we’ve had music to help us through it.

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World’s End Girlfriend ~ Last Waltz

This is an album for the end of the world.  Katsuhiko Maeda writes, “we are dancing on the shaking ground … until the end.”  World’s End Girlfriend‘s album is so massive, so apocalyptic, and yes, so contagious that it becomes a

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World’s End Girlfriend ~ Last Waltz

This is an album for the end of the world.  Katsuhiko Maeda writes, “we are dancing on the shaking ground … until the end.”  World’s End Girlfriend‘s album is so massive, so apocalyptic, and yes, so contagious that it becomes a

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Andrew Pekler ~ Tristes Tropiques

Andrew Pekler returns with a heady solo album full of beautiful electronic vistas and tropically-inspired ethnographic hallucinations.  In searching for the blurry border between the familiar and the foreign, Tristes Tropiques is the direct descendant of the “coffee-coloured” Fourth World

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Andrew Pekler ~ Tristes Tropiques

Andrew Pekler returns with a heady solo album full of beautiful electronic vistas and tropically-inspired ethnographic hallucinations.  In searching for the blurry border between the familiar and the foreign, Tristes Tropiques is the direct descendant of the “coffee-coloured” Fourth World

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Francesco Tristano ~ Surface Tension

Some movie soundtracks take on lives of their own, transcending the films for which they were originally composed. One such example is the theme for Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, which composer Ryuichi Sakamoto has regularly dusted down and rearranged since

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Francesco Tristano ~ Surface Tension

Some movie soundtracks take on lives of their own, transcending the films for which they were originally composed. One such example is the theme for Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence, which composer Ryuichi Sakamoto has regularly dusted down and rearranged since

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Mica Levi ~ Jackie OST

Mica Levi first came to prominence in the occasionally punky, often arty, and sometimes shambolic Micachu And The Shapes.  She was not the obvious choice to compose the score to Jonathan Glazer’s stylistic sci-fi movie Under The Skin. But there was clearly more

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Mica Levi ~ Jackie OST

Mica Levi first came to prominence in the occasionally punky, often arty, and sometimes shambolic Micachu And The Shapes.  She was not the obvious choice to compose the score to Jonathan Glazer’s stylistic sci-fi movie Under The Skin. But there was clearly more

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Chris Abrahams ~ Climb

Although he has a string of solo releases behind him, Chris Abrahams is probably best known as the pianist of that Australian powerhouse of improvisational music, The Necks. With his parent group recently celebrating its 30th anniversary with a string

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Chris Abrahams ~ Climb

Although he has a string of solo releases behind him, Chris Abrahams is probably best known as the pianist of that Australian powerhouse of improvisational music, The Necks. With his parent group recently celebrating its 30th anniversary with a string