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  • Eclectic Vibes - September 2008

    by Andrew Frey

    Rockin' for the Red Cross

    Rockin' for the Red Cross

    DRINKING FOR CHARITY
    On 8/20 at High Noon Saloon was “Rockin’ for the Red Cross,” an event with proceeds going to Wisconsin flood relief via Red Cross. www.redcrossgig.com
    The drink special of the evening was a Scotch Ale who’s sale benefitted the relief cause. Needless to say, we were happy to oblige the fund and quench our tastes in one fell swoop. “Another beer for charity!” was the call of the evening.

    The show lineup was great, with Bu.R.P. (ex-Run Side Down) sporting their groovy techno funk jams, followed by a much improved; now quite formidable Elf Lettuce and their solid traditional jam sauce. Baghdad Scuba Review was hot on their tails with each member donning white shirts with red crosses on them and blasting through their impressive jam rock offerings.
    Well worth the night out and about.


    MICRO REVIEWS:
    This Month's Rating Scale is from 1- Not Exactly thru 10 - Exactly

     - Drown Out The Daylights

    - Drown Out The Daylights

    Album title: Drown Out The Daylights
    Record Label: Crustacean Records
    Rating: 8

    Highlighting the cream of their musical crop, Crustacean Records (Wisconsin’s most prolific and longest lasting punk/indie label) provides us with a double DVD visual vanguard for 10 of their most amazing performers. Over 2 ½ hours long with tons of extras.

    (3287) Page Views

    online:
    Website




    Free Falls Burning - Frenzy Of The Absolute

    Free Falls Burning - Frenzy Of The Absolute

    Free Falls Burning

    Album title: Frenzy Of The Absolute
    Record Label: Conspiracy Records
    Rating: 7

    This incessantly slow grind and churn outfit pulls out achingly somber yet meditative sonic soliloquies that would leave few standing. Time warping trance etheric tonalities.

    (3242) Page Views

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    Website


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    Zach Hill - Astrological Straits

    Zach Hill - Astrological Straits

    Zach Hill

    Album title: Astrological Straits
    Record Label: Ipecac Recordings
    Rating: 9

    This tumultuous solo project by “Hella” drummer provides a blizzard of percussion and inventive sideline groove activities that are turbo-charged up by an eclectic selection of guest musicians, including Les Claypool, Jonathon Hicshke and Steve Borth. Zowie!

    (3150) Page Views

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    Wiki


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    HR (of Bad Brains) - Hey Wella

    HR (of Bad Brains) - Hey Wella

    HR (of Bad Brains)

    Album title: Hey Wella
    Record Label: DC Underground
    Rating: 6

    This legendary and highly influential Bad Brains vocalist and front man extends his lengthy career (starting in 1978!) with another solo offering, utilizing their time tested signature juxtaposition of hardcore punk and reggae, with hip hop inflections. A slick and well produced release, yet I am under-whelmed.

    (3273) Page Views

    HR (of Bad Brains) online:
    WebsiteWiki

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    Infernofonic - Spark It Up

    Infernofonic - Spark It Up

    Infernofonic

    Album title: Spark It Up
    Record Label: Godlyke Distribution
    Rating: 7

    Empowered female vocals from Elaine Tuttle lead the charge for this hard rockin, metal outfit. The big rock riffs and punchy drums blast out some decent grooves, but they shine when flirting their edgier, experimental facets.

    (3022) Page Views

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    Emory Joseph - Fennario - Songs By Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter

    Emory Joseph - Fennario - Songs By Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter

    Emory Joseph

    Album title: Fennario - Songs By Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter
    Record Label: Iris Records
    Rating: 8

    Dead fan or not (and I’m not) these 12 cherry-picked tunes culled from Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter’s considerable repertoire form a charming selection of what these legendary song writers and performers are all about. Well produced, good sounding and chock full of guest musicians.

    (3128) Page Views

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    Website

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    Legendary Pink Dots - Plutonium Blonde

    Legendary Pink Dots - Plutonium Blonde

    Legendary Pink Dots

    Album title: Plutonium Blonde
    Record Label: ROIR
    Rating: 8

    Disquieting platitudes from the sardonic seedy underbelly of pop music adoration. Edward Ka-Spel and crew spin tales of gothic disturbances that uproot and empower unknown musical pathways to your brain.

    (2872) Page Views

    Legendary Pink Dots online:
    WebsiteWiki




    Willem Maker - Stars Fell On

    Willem Maker - Stars Fell On

    Willem Maker

    Album title: Stars Fell On
    Record Label: Fat Possum Records
    Rating: 8

    Bluesy rock torn from Turkey Heaven Mountain. Written, recorded and mixed entirely by the artist, this balls-out musical journey refuses to be neat and tidy, but shows off powerful reflexive expanses with the structure available.

    (3036) Page Views

    Willem Maker online:
    Website


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    Teddy Presberg - Blueprint of Soul

    Teddy Presberg - Blueprint of Soul

    Teddy Presberg

    Album title: Blueprint of Soul
    Record Label: Ropeadope Records
    Rating: 9

    A flowing improvisational funk-jam experience created as a musical impression of Portland; all done in one take. Quite an impressive excursion into the instrumental psychedelic jam rock realm

    (3507) Page Views

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    WebsiteWiki

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    Putumayo Presents - Acoustic Arabia

    Putumayo Presents - Acoustic Arabia

    Putumayo Presents

    Album title: Acoustic Arabia
    Record Label: Putumayo World Music
    Rating: 7

    Sandstorm powered acoustic grooves delight the senses and take us on subtle, laid back journeys through distant lands with a variety of Middle Eastern and North African artists including Les Orientales, Jamal Porto, and Zein Al-Jundi.

    (3012) Page Views

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    Website


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