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  • Eclectic Vibes - May 2008

    by Andrew Frey

    Bella Soul Festival in Minnesota during May

    Bella Soul Festival in Minnesota during May

    REAL SAD A friend of mine kept bugging me to see a noise band that a friend of hers is in. Since noise bands vary greatly, I was hesitant, but the time came and on 4/5 at the Willy St. Bar and Grill (aka. the Wisco) we witnessed Real Sad. This plucky Madison duo provided outlandish deadpan humor with a noisy keyboard delivery. The crowd was enthusiastic and with amazing hits like “I Am the Towel” and “Jared, Jared, Jared” they are certainly headed for the top. Good stuff if ya “get it.”

    BASS MONSTER 4/24 found us at the Majestic Theatre. The quirky snappy beats of Elliot Lipp seamlessly gave way to the horrifically over-bassed set of Bass-nectar. This longhaired knob turning freak was certainly having a good time on stage, but we were suffering with the heart-palpitating bass overload. After about 45 minutes of abuse we fled the premises.

    FESTI DI BELLA SOL FESTIVAL ALERT! One of the first festivals of the season and boasting a kick-ass lineup, plus it’s at Harmony Park in MN. Some of the performances I am excited about include Heatbox, Stealin Strings, Buckethead, Pnuma Trio, Cornmeal and That1Guy. [www.bellamusicfest.com] or Myspace


    MICRO REVIEWS:
    This Month's Rating Scale is from 1- Disenfranchised thru 10 - Invigorating

    A Tortured Soul - Kiss of the Thorn

    A Tortured Soul - Kiss of the Thorn

    A Tortured Soul

    Album title: Kiss of the Thorn
    Record Label: Eyes Like Snow/Northern Silence Records
    Rating: 7

    Operatic and progressive old-school gothic metal (ala Priest, King Diamond, Shadow’s Fall) from Milwaukee but signed to a German Label. Shadowy doom protruding from a festering pool of abstract progressions.

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    Beefus - Manpanzee

    Beefus - Manpanzee

    Beefus

    Album title: Manpanzee
    Record Label: Self Released
    Rating: 9

    This Madison based hurdy-gurdy of frenzied bass and electric banjo funkified rock have evolved to produce clever, witty lyrics with a platitude of poignant samples. Favorable vocal and rhythmic comparisons to Primus are unavoidable.

    (4498) Page Views

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    Bone Shaker - Bang… You’re Dead

    Bone Shaker - Bang… You’re Dead

    Bone Shaker

    Album title: Bang… You’re Dead
    Record Label: Turkey Vulture Records
    Rating: 7

    Rippin’, thrashin’ rough and raw metal from Waukesha, WI. This seasoned trio has invigorating their sound with coarse vocals and spunky rhythms to make for a neck-wrecking experience.

    (3233) Page Views

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    Endeverafter - Kiss or Kill

    Endeverafter - Kiss or Kill

    Endeverafter

    Album title: Kiss or Kill
    Record Label: Razor & Tie
    Rating: 4

    I had no idea that this kind of music was still being produced! Big hair with even bigger egos. Cocky, cheesy, dick in mouth metal/hard rock. I say “Whatever-after” is a better name.

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    Fear Nuttin Band - Yardcore

    Fear Nuttin Band - Yardcore

    Fear Nuttin Band

    Album title: Yardcore
    Record Label: Bodog Music
    Rating: 8

    Dual dancehall style vocals utilizing a wide variety of musical genre platforms to riff off of. Most of them are heavier or punkier; some are more reggae, but all have the hippin,’ hoppin’ vocals. Quite catchy stuff!

    (3567) Page Views

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    Firewind - The Premonition

    Firewind - The Premonition

    Firewind

    Album title: The Premonition
    Record Label: Century Media
    Rating: 8

    Driving by guitar wunderkind Gus G. (ex-Dream Evil, Nightrage, Mystic Prophecy, Arch Enemy), this frenzied Greek power metal comes with all the dramatic fortitudes and invigorating arpeggios of musical aptitude one would associate with such head banging eloquence.

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    Giancarlo Vulcano - Vetro

    Giancarlo Vulcano - Vetro

    Giancarlo Vulcano

    Album title: Vetro
    Record Label: Innova
    Rating: 8

    An instrumental minimalist jazz excursion into mind-tantalizing guitar trysts and technical forays. This recording is the result of the composers involvement with Forecast Music from 2003-2005. For fans of Robert Fripp, Brian Eno, etc.

    (3272) Page Views

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    Gomers - Mike Zirkel

    Gomers - Mike Zirkel

    Gomers

    Album title: Mike Zirkel
    Record Label: Beeftone
    Rating: 9

    Beloved hometown Madison quirk-nauts spew forth a beguiling array of witty song spins. From utilizing every town in Wisconsin as lyrical fodder to showcasing such guest musicians as Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp, they delight and frolic in the asinine as well as the sublime.

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    Juno Reactor - Gods and Monsters

    Juno Reactor - Gods and Monsters

    Juno Reactor

    Album title: Gods and Monsters
    Record Label: Metropolis Records
    Rating: 9

    Genre crossing techno united by a vast array of amazing musicians.

    (3251) Page Views

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    Peter Mathews - Far From Haggersville

    Peter Mathews - Far From Haggersville

    Peter Mathews

    Album title: Far From Haggersville
    Record Label: Trinema Meia
    Rating: 7

    Award-winning, Madison-based film maker and musician brings us a soundtrack-type music and film CD with a real life puzzle to solve with actual gold coins as the potential payoff. Very intriguing concept!

    (3290) Page Views

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    Musicians For Minneapolis - 57 Songs For the I-35W Bridge Disaster Relief Effort

    Musicians For Minneapolis - 57 Songs For the I-35W Bridge Disaster Relief Effort

    Musicians For Minneapolis

    Album title: 57 Songs For the I-35W Bridge Disaster Relief Effort
    Record Label: Electrovoice
    Rating: 8

    Produced by audio equipment giant, Electro-Voice, the only thing longer than the title of this 3-CD release is the list of amazing musicians contributing to this self-explanatory fund raising project. Dick Dale, George Clinton, DJ Spooky, Calexico, Les Claypool and MANY, many more.

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    Putumayo Presents - Café Cubano

    Putumayo Presents - Café Cubano

    Putumayo Presents

    Album title: Café Cubano
    Record Label: Putumayo World Music
    Rating: 9

    Envision relaxing at a café on the coast of Cuba exploring the musical heritage evoked by this culturally rich island. From guajiras, trovas, sones, boleros and the nueva trova movement, experience the majestic musical facets and performers presented here.

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    Sahg - Sahg II

    Sahg - Sahg II

    Sahg

    Album title: Sahg II
    Record Label: Regain Records
    Rating: 8

    Norwegian doom/stoner metal supergroup as powerful and ferocious as any on the scene today. Crushing Sabbath inspired riffs lilt and cajole the listener into a sagacious platitude of supernal flux and dither.

    (3169) Page Views

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    Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - Blood Brothers

    Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - Blood Brothers

    Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King

    Album title: Blood Brothers
    Record Label: Alligator Records
    Rating: 9

    These two well-seasoned blues veterans pool their creativity and talent into this sizzling release.

    (3318) Page Views

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    Underculture - Underculture

    Underculture - Underculture

    Underculture

    Album title: Underculture
    Record Label: Undercultured Records
    Rating: 7

    From the crusty garage rock ‘n’ roll underbelly of Madison comes this punk-a-billy trio. They flippantly flaunt their scruffy, old-age flourishes while resting on pumped up beats and mental quagmires.

    (3224) Page Views

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    Volbeat - Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil

    Volbeat - Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil

    Volbeat

    Album title: Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil
    Record Label: Mascot Records
    Rating: 10

    If the Misfits were playing through Pantera’s equipment, I suspect it would sound something like this. Danish, thrashy, hard-edged punk metal with a clean crooner on vocals and some vintage style rock infarctions. Awesome!

    (3111) Page Views

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    Vulgar Pang - The Memoirs of Don Juan Gacy

    Vulgar Pang - The Memoirs of Don Juan Gacy

    Vulgar Pang

    Album title: The Memoirs of Don Juan Gacy
    Record Label: Rock Garden
    Rating: 9

    Appleton hosts this powerful and intense metal force. Whether pleading, crooning or powering out, the raspy clean vocals lead the way for a display of amazing musical diversity and depth.

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    Zimmers Hole - When You Were Shouting at the Devil

    Zimmers Hole - When You Were Shouting at the Devil

    Zimmers Hole

    Album title: When You Were Shouting at the Devil
    Record Label: Century Media
    Rating: 9

    Ironic and humorous, yet top notch death metal featuring Strapping Young Lad members and ultra prolific drummer Gene Hoglan. Hilarious PSA by Nathan Explosion from Dethklok.

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