Youngblood Brass Band, Van Morrison, The Magnetic Fields

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Ethiopian roots music from Abyssinia Infinite, Clarinetist Aker Bilk and Van Morrison, A singing cat from The Weakerthans, San Francisco chanteuse Noe Venable, Stephin Merritt's Magnetic Fields, The Neil Young-inspired Sun Kil Moon. Featured Artist: The Youngblood Brass Band.

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Youngblood Brass Band, Van Morrison, The Magnetic Fields

Center:Level:Roar

Diaspora

  • Artist: Youngblood Brass Band
  • Album: Center. Level. Roar
  • Song: Diaspora

Not your average brass band, this Wisconsin-based group mixes brash acoustic horns with rap, dj effects and Afro-Brazilian rhythms.

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  • "Diaspora"
  • Album: Center:Level:Roar
  • Artist: Youngblood Brass Band
  • Label: Ozone
 
Zion Roots

Embe Ashafergne

  • Artist: Abyssinia Infinite/Gigi Shibabaw
  • Album: Zion Roots
  • Song: Embe Ashafergne

Abyssinia Infinite make experimental Ethiopian music, with the mellifluous voice of Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw, one of Africa's most accomplished young artists.

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  • "Embe Ashafergne"
  • Album: Zion Roots
  • Artist: Abyssinia Infinite
  • Label: World Network
 
What's Wrong with this Picture?

Somerset

  • Artist: Van Morrison
  • Album: What's Wrong With This Picture?
  • Song: Somerset

On his debut release for the Blue Note label, Van Morrison mixes classic pop with jazz, Celtic swing and Rhythm and Blues.

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  • "Somerset"
  • Album: What's Wrong with this Picture?
  • Artist: Van Morrison
  • Label: Blue Note
 
Reconstruction Site

Plea from a Cat Named Virtue

  • Artist: The Weakerthans
  • Album: Reconstruction Site
  • Song: Plea from a Cat Named Virtue

This is a song sung from the point of view of a cat trying to cheer up his owner.

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  • "Plea from a Cat Named Virtue"
  • Album: Reconstruction Site
  • Artist: The Weakerthans
  • Label: Epitaph
 
The World Is Bound by Secret Knots

Juniper

  • Artist: Noe Venable
  • Album: World Is Bound by Secret Knots
  • Song: Juniper

Noe Venable is part Tori Amos, part lounge singer with a touch of Kate Bush and sampled, polyphonic rhythms.

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  • "Juniper"
  • Album: The World Is Bound by Secret Knots
  • Artist: Noe Venable
  • Label: Petridish
 
Ghosts of the Great Highway

Salvador Sanchez

  • Artist: Sun Kil Moon
  • Album: Ghosts of the Great Highway
  • Song: Salvador Sanchez

If you're a fan of Neil Young's work with Crazy Horse, you'll probably like this debut album from Sun Kil Moon - a collection of often melancholy, elegant dirges.

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  • "Salvador Sanchez"
  • Album: Ghosts of the Great Highway
  • Artist: Sun Kil Moon
  • Label: Jetset
 

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