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Jun 18, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Kath Bloom is the daughter of the famous concert oboist Robert Bloom, and was raised in New Haven, Connecticut, where she trained as a cellist. The folk luminary’s six self-released CD-Rs and various cassettes are highly-sought after collectibles but most people would draw blanks if her name was brought up in conversation. The reason behind her anonymous nature is simple. Though Bloom’s been cutting records off and on since the late ‘70s, she took a long hiatus to raise her kids after her record with Loren Mazzacane Connors (1984’s Moonlight). After leaving for much of the ‘90s, Bloom returned to the public eye, resulting in some releases and her latest album, Finally, released on Australia’s Chapter Music in 2006.

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Jun 16, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

After recording When the Spirit Returns in 1999, Lester Bowie, rest his immortal soul, laid down his trumpet and tipped his hat to the everafter. He delivered that title as a promise: I am timeless, I am here; we will meet again. Dave Douglas remembers. Still feels him in the wind.

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Jun 16, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Burton first announced his presence—a harmonious four-mallet dab inspired by Bill Evans’ piano style—on 1961’s New Vibe Man in Town. One can forgive the title’s buckaroo swagger (what did Milt Jackson think of that!); after all, Burton was only 18 years old, one of the new young bloods. He had a fresh ear for multiple genres, including the one the older hepcats found most heinous: rock ‘n’ roll.

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Hugh Masekela

Phola

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Jun 13, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Hugh Masekela was one of South Africa’s cardinal jazz men when he decided to pack up his trumpet and leave his homeland due to a self-imposed émigré to object apartheid. He was also one of the first African musicians to strike out onto the world stage, with his proto tours with then-wife Miriam Makeba and later in support of Paul Simon during his Graceland period. The trumpeter, flugelhornist, cornetist, composer, and singer is 70 this year, but he has the verve of a man still exploring. Infuriately, one can’t always say that about the compositions on his 35th album, Phola.

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Jun 09, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

A lot is being said about the new Breeders EP, Fate to Fatal. Primarily the fact that the Deal sisters usually aren’t all that prolific, so it’s a real treat to be getting something so close on the heels of Mountain Battles.

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Jun 08, 2009 Music Arctic Monkeys

This must-have for Arctic Monkeys fans is a double dose. One, a DVD of their last concert for the 2007 world tour which took place at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, England. Two, a live CD of a show in Austin, TX (available only on the U.S. version).

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Jun 08, 2009 Music The Bitter Tears

The Bitter Tears draw from their guts and the things that come into their workspace. In fact, the entire thing plays out as a coherent, albeit eclectic, album.

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Jun 06, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

As the album’s title suggests, Japandroids’ debut album is a moment after something. A breakdown of some sort of aesthetic, en route to something new. The band works feverishly to deliver something somewhere between two other somethings. But what?

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Jun 04, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Sleepwalking Through The Mekong documents Dengue Fever’s performance in Cambodia—marking the first performance of Cambodian music by a Western group since the fall of the Khmer Rouge. Though Dengue Fever formed in the States, founding brothers Ethan and Zac Holtzman sought out a Cambodian singer in order to better capture the nuance of Cambodian rock n’ roll from the 1960s and ’70s.

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