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  • Eclectic Vibes - May 2009

    by Andrew Frey

    Repo: The Genetic Opera

    Repo: The Genetic Opera

    REPO: The Genetic Opera
    On April 19 we had a pleasant surprise when we got to the UW Memorial Union in Madison. After enduring an underwhelming set and a half from “U-Melt,” one of the more stereotypical jam bands I have seen (sorry guys), we noticed flyers for a midnight showing of “REPO: The Genetic Opera.” Being familiar with the soundtrack, we were excited to see the flick.

    “I’m i-n-f-ec-t-e-d by your genetics!” sings Shilo, one of the lead characters to a holographic bust of her mother near the beginning of this uncouth rock opera which revolves around the premise that in the near future a company called GeneCo has grown rich on selling body parts and when too many payments are missed…REPO MAN!

    Certainly not one for the squeamish, the movie manages to connect elements of such classics as Phantom of the Opera and Rocky Horror Picture show, but also has a bloody lot in common with Sweeny Todd. I sincerely hope this film manages to attain the cult status it wishes to because it fucking rocks! See for yourself or score it from Netflix. www.repo-opera.com.


    MICRO REVIEWS:
    This Month's Rating Scale is from 1- Sprinkles thru 10 - Tsunami

    Bhagavan Das - Loves Songs to The Dark Lord

    Bhagavan Das - Loves Songs to The Dark Lord

    Bhagavan Das

    Album title: Loves Songs to The Dark Lord
    Record Label: NuTone Music
    Rating: 9

    I breathed a sigh of relief when I confirmed the Dark Lord mentioned had nothing to do with Dick Cheney. This enlightening master brings us simple rhythms imbibed with potent and powerful traditional chants and mantras. Contemporary Kirtan to tickle the mystic and satisfy the seeker.

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    Birthday Massacre - Show and Tell

    Birthday Massacre - Show and Tell

    Birthday Massacre

    Album title: Show and Tell
    Record Label: Metropolis Records
    Rating: 8

    A Canadian group recorded live in Hamburg Germany. We find a haunting harsh delirium of carnavalesque electronic dreamscapes blurred and whirled by gothic metal preponderances. DVD version to be released soon.

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    Black Water Rising - Black Water Rising

    Black Water Rising - Black Water Rising

    Black Water Rising

    Album title: Black Water Rising
    Record Label: Capital T Productions
    Rating: 9

    These former members of Dust to Dust, Boiler Room, and Stereomud have banded together and produced an appealing determined and cohesive hard rock entry filled with mega fuzz and compelling angst anthems of difficult situations.

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    Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks - Tangled Tales

    Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks - Tangled Tales

    Dan Hicks and the Hot Licks

    Album title: Tangled Tales
    Record Label: Surfdog Records
    Rating: 8

    This influential and enduring song writer hosts guests a plenty on these12 tracks of clever toe tapping and insightful lazy Americana with a jazzy, country western tilt and swingin’ swagger.

    SEE LIVE 5/14 at Turner Hall Ballroom in Milwaukee; 5/15 at Majestic Theater in Madison, WI; 5/16 Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis

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    Deuter - Atmospheres

    Deuter - Atmospheres

    Deuter

    Album title: Atmospheres
    Record Label: New Earth Records
    Rating: 8

    Taming the wilds of your mind so that inner healing can occur, on this release Deuter harnesses impressionistic piano to fill but not overfill the musical space. Another in his line of excellent massage, Reiki or meditation CDs, the songs here contain a carefully measured harmonic blanket of sound and result in a cosmic blissful state.

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    Lion's Share - Dark Hours

    Lion's Share - Dark Hours

    Lion's Share

    Album title: Dark Hours
    Record Label: Blistering Records
    Rating: 10

    Excellent fist pumping, head banging melodic thrash metal from Sweden that ironically spends their well crafted lyrics on topics from America in the 1960s. Vocalist Patrik Johansson (also of Astral Doors) is in top form together the band blasts some kick ass anthems to wreck your neck with!

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    Mastodon - Crack The Skye

    Mastodon - Crack The Skye

    Mastodon

    Album title: Crack The Skye
    Record Label: Reprise Records
    Rating: 9

    Storming the progressive rock and metal scene with a fervor, diversity and originality heralded by few others. Their groundbreaking musical vision continues here by adapting a slight whirling psychedelic tinge to their entrancing metal megalith.

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    New Mountain Kickers - Two Days in August

    New Mountain Kickers - Two Days in August

    New Mountain Kickers

    Album title: Two Days in August
    Record Label: NMK Records
    Rating: 8

    Clever kickin’ bluegrass from the mad city! Catchy auburn tales of an impassioned life are picked and strummed from a vintage view while the female vocals issue forth the call of fun and frolic. The simple melodies touched by twang and an effortless glint appeal to my brain and perhaps yours as well.

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    Queensryche - American Soldier

    Queensryche - American Soldier

    Queensryche

    Album title: American Soldier
    Record Label: Rhino Records
    Rating: 7

    Harsh and haunting perspectives of war are discussed, reviewed and examined in the somber gothic progressive metal style that they are known for. As thoughtful and powerful as this release is, I find the most memorable moments also being the most chilling and depressing.

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    Billy Sheehan - Holy Cow

    Billy Sheehan - Holy Cow

    Billy Sheehan

    Album title: Holy Cow
    Record Label: Mascot Records
    Rating: 8

    Legendary bass player Sheehan shoots this solo load in a predictable direction. Featuring several prominent guest musicians, this release is competent, catchy and progressive within the bass-centric structure.

     

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    Tosca - No Hassle

    Tosca - No Hassle

    Tosca

    Album title: No Hassle
    Record Label: K7 Records
    Rating: 9

    Warm and inviting downbeat and chilled electronica written and produced by Richard Dorfmeister & Rupert Huber. These soundscapes of serenity, if fondled gently, can produce an effortless musical epiphany.

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    Tower Of Power - Great American Soulbook

    Tower Of Power - Great American Soulbook

    Tower Of Power

    Album title: Great American Soulbook
    Record Label: Tower of Power Records
    Rating: 6

    High energy funk, delicate jazz and deep soul all find a structure on this release filled with revisioned soul classics that the band found influential. It’s pretty OK. Guests include Tom Jones and Huey Lewis.

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