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Utne Reader Music Sampler January 2010 

Every month, Utne Reader presents free, downloadable music gleaned from current and upcoming releases on independent labels, curated by senior editor Keith Goetzman.

Laura VeirsLaura Veirs
Warm yourself in midwinter with Laura Veirs’ “July Flame,” a summery song inspired by a succulent peach variety. It’s the title track of her idiosyncratic, captivating album by the same name on Veirs’ own Raven Marching Band label.

 “July Flame” by Laura Veirs 


OrchestroOrchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou
A gem has been unearthed. The founder of the Analog Africa label, Samy Ben Redjeb, traced the vinyl trail of an obscure band from 1970s Benin to put together Volume Two: Echoes Hypnotiques, a lovingly curated and packaged release that showcases “Africa’s funkiest band.” This is the track that started Redjeb on his epic quest.

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