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20 Years of Tzadik (Favorite Releases)

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Yuka Honda — Memories Are My Only Witness (2002, TZ7703)

An album of quirky, trip hop-esque beats from Cibo Matto's Yuka Honda. The perfect soundtrack for a lazy overcast day.

Ikue Mori — One Hundred Aspects of the Moon (2000, TZ7055)

One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, inspired by woodblock artist Yoshitoshi and comprised of 15 compositions for chamber ensemble, found drum machine innovator Ikue Mori going in a drastically different direction from her 90's releases and immediately became one of her most evocative efforts in her 20+ year career.

Annie Gosfield — Burnt Ivory and Loose Wires (1998, TZ7040)

Just look at this cover and you'll pretty much get it. Influenced by microtonal and futurist techniques, Annie Gosfield brings glorious musical destruction and births something new among the wreckage.

Wu Fei — Yuan (2008, TZ8063)

I hope to hear more from Wu Fei soon. Yuan, her latest project, is a moody take on Chinese folk music and continues her reinvention of the guzheng.

Marc Ribot/Shrek — Yo! I Killed Your God (1999, TZ7134)

A feverish live album by regular Tzadik guitarist Marc Ribot and his no wave band Shrek. The back-to-back avant-punk approaches to Hendrix's "The Wind Cries Mary" and Romberg/Hammerstein II's "Softly as in a Morning Sunrise" alone make this essential listening.