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  • Eclectic Vibes - January 2009

    by Andrew Frey

    Minneapolis' Heatbox

    Minneapolis' Heatbox

    HEATED UP BY HEATBOX
    Dec 3 at the Cardinal Bar on a Snowy Wednesday

    If I counted correctly, 16 disco balls decorate the dance floor in the Cardinal Bar. However, that was not the point of note this evening.
    Amidst the amazing white trees bedecked with red lights and red balls which flanked both sides of the small stage was a lone performer, plying his trade.
    Heatbox is a vocal side show anomaly. He creates his songs each night by sampling and resampling his voice and then playing the triggering footbar like an organist. Raps n rhythms, melodies and more were displayed on this evening of wonder as the artist routinely performed vocal stunts for all to witness and regale in.

    Later in the set some folks that looked an awful lot like Harmony Park regulars (where Heatbox often plays) brought with them an LED Hula Hoop to sparkle up the evening. And sparkle it did when reflected in all those disco balls like some kind of fractured psychedelic dream. We did however enjoy the dream to the fullest before we went into the white night.


    MICRO REVIEWS:
    This Month's Rating Scale is from 1 - Pathetic thru 10 - Superlative

    Almah - Fragile Equality

    Almah - Fragile Equality

    Almah

    Album title: Fragile Equality
    Record Label: Blistering Records
    Rating: 8

    Well flavored and maturely tempered power metal featuring former Angra members. Robust guitar solos are intertwined with pulsating rhythms and urgent vocals justifying the quality and caliber of this melodic power metal fury.

    (3297) Page Views

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    Cribshitter - Cry A Little Rainbow

    Cribshitter - Cry A Little Rainbow

    Cribshitter

    Album title: Cry A Little Rainbow
    Record Label: Medicated G Records
    Rating: 9

    Wow! 30 tracks of hilarious musical debauchery and mayhem. Madison brews them eclectic and this is right up there. Careening from poppy punk to country then retro electronica plus various other tangents du jour, all with a squinter of a rainbow in their eyes…

    (3448) Page Views

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    James Eisele - Coming Into A New Age

    James Eisele - Coming Into A New Age

    James Eisele

    Album title: Coming Into A New Age
    Record Label: Self Released
    Rating: 7

    Sly, cool, and swinging jazz temptations are blown about by the blues guitar backbone this artist is known for. At some points I think I am listening to some forgotten Burl Ives record or something.

    (3015) Page Views

    James Eisele online:
    Website




    Faces Of March - Confessions

    Faces Of March - Confessions

    Faces Of March

    Album title: Confessions
    Record Label: Kurfew Records
    Rating: 8

    Even though this female fronted gothic tinged power metal outfit sways a bit heavy on the commercial side for me, they throw down some catchy tunes, decent ballads and a tight vision of their future. Onward!

    (3108) Page Views

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    Website

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    La Otra Banda - Cuatro Tunes

    La Otra Banda - Cuatro Tunes

    La Otra Banda

    Album title: Cuatro Tunes
    Record Label: Sanjonero records
    Rating: 7

    A trio of musicians originally from Venezuela, now slowly transplanting to Madison, bring us a teaser of their world beat amalgamation of South American melodies purposely infected with global influences.

    (3150) Page Views

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    Website

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    New Monarchs - Blueprints

    New Monarchs - Blueprints

    New Monarchs

    Album title: Blueprints
    Record Label: Soup Bowl Records
    Rating: 7

    This Minneapolis duo generally generates dreamy electronic drone-scapes with nice genre flairs blistering into eruptions of trance, industrial, ambient and dance. Perfect for late night drives to nowhere.

    (3257) Page Views

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    Website


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    Pelican - City of Echoes

    Pelican - City of Echoes

    Pelican

    Album title: City of Echoes
    Record Label: Hydra Head
    Rating: 8

    Chicago born, hard hitting massive expansive rhythm-scapes filled with anxious doom and a crusty chagrin. Not all is lost though, as the musical twists and turns afford some blissful vistas via dynamic plateaus and sonic soliloquies.

    (2898) Page Views

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    Laura Reed & Deep Pocket - Live At Tree Sound Studios

    Laura Reed & Deep Pocket - Live At Tree Sound Studios

    Laura Reed & Deep Pocket

    Album title: Live At Tree Sound Studios
    Record Label: Treeleaf Music
    Rating: 8

    Recorded live for Pandora’s Music Genome Project, this soulful high energy crew, lead by energetic South African born female vocalist, blasts their way through a saucy selection of material, displaying their song talents plus banter and anecdotes to round out the experience.

    (2884) Page Views

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    Siebenburgen - Revelation VI

    Siebenburgen - Revelation VI

    Siebenburgen

    Album title: Revelation VI
    Record Label: Blistering Records
    Rating: 6

    Impending gothic doom gives way as a firestorm of melodic black metal is unleashed upon the listener. The vocals are more growled and gritty than screamed and there are nice female vocal flourishes. Even though it is well done, evokes sinister ambience, etc. black metal has become kinda stale at this point.

    (3038) Page Views

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    Televangelist And The Architect - There’s A Song In There Somewhere

    Televangelist And The Architect - There’s A Song In There Somewhere

    Televangelist And The Architect

    Album title: There’s A Song In There Somewhere
    Record Label: Undetected Plagiarism
    Rating: 6

    Rampant with artistic flair, these slightly droll folk rockers force out a slurry of simple yet downtrodden melodies and meandering story lines for us to follow.

    (2953) Page Views

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    Various Artists - Made In Iceland

    Various Artists - Made In Iceland

    Various Artists

    Album title: Made In Iceland
    Record Label: Iceland Music Exporrt
    Rating: 7

    Perhaps the chill weather of January makes you think of Iceland. If so, this compilation showcases 15 rising Icelandic stars. Quirky indie overtones pervade, but a nice overview of offerings for sure.

    (2913) Page Views

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