Utne Reader Music Sampler June 2010

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The tracks for the June 2010 sampler are no longer available.
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Every month, Utne Reader presents free, downloadable music gleaned from current and upcoming releases on independent labels, curated by senior editor Keith Goetzman.


Australian aboriginal singer-songwriter Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu sings in a honey-soaked voice in a 40,000-year-old language onGurrumul, which comes out June 15 on Dramatico. This isn’t just world music–it’s universal. Enjoy this live version of a song from the album and read a review ofGurrumulin the July-AugustUtne Reader
Track:“Djarimirri (Live)” by Gurrumul

The Twilight Hours
As the Twilight Hours, Matt Wilson and John Munson purvey soaring, yearning pop on Stereo Night (Princess), daring to be dreamers and wearing their oversized hearts on their dapper sleeves.
Track: “Dreams” by the Twilight Hours

Marco Benevento
Marco Benevento conjures a carnival of sounds from his keyboards, splitting the difference between the jam-band and the jazz-band experience on Between the Needles & Nightfall (Royal Potato Family).
Track: “It Came from You” by Marco Benevento

The Mynabirds
The sweet soul of the Mynabirds is Laura Burhenn, who was going for something “that felt like Neil Young doing Motown” when she recorded What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (Saddle Creek). She succeeded.
Track: “Numbers Don’t Lie” by the Mynabirds 

Jeremy Messersmith
Inspired by his sojourns through a historic cemetery, Jeremy Messersmith set his darkly romantic thoughts to an unexpected soundtrack–sunny, Beatles- and Beach Boys-style pop–on The Reluctant Graveyard (Music Alternatives).
Track: “Violet!” by Jeremy Messersmith 

Violinist Regina Carter brings her expansive jazz and classical background to African folk songs on Reverse Thread (E1), enriching all three traditions in the process.
Track: “Artistiya” by Regina Carter 

Mountain Man
This female trio’s haunting harmonies are steeped in folk tradition but feel as fresh as the natural imagery that runs through their rustically elegant songs on Made the Harbor, which comes out July 20 on Partisan.
Track: “Animal Tracks” by Mountain Man 

Azar Lawrence
A saxophonist who played with Miles Davis in the ’70s, Lawrence took a long detour into R&B and other pursuits. But he’s back on the jazz tip, blowing with newfound vitality on Mystic Journey (Furthermore).
Track: “Journey’s End” by Azar Lawrence 

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