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  • Eclectic Vibes - June 2009

    by Andrew Frey

    Ozric Tentacles

    Ozric Tentacles

    TENTACLES ON THE TERRACE
    I have spent years dreaming what it would be like to see the legendary prog/psych wizards Ozric Tentacles at the Memorial Union Terrace in Madison so you can understand my glee when I learned that on June 11 such a dream will become a reality. Not only a simple reality, but the show will be pimped out with lasers and lights ta boot! Ozric Tentacles has been around since 1984 and has produced dozens of releases, but never has reached major status in the US. Perhaps this summer will change that. Also, in case you’re wondering about the name, according to the band, “Ozric” is an old Viking name meaning “divine energy,” and tentacles “is a silly word to put on the end.”
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    MICRO REVIEWS:
    This Month's Rating Scale is from 1 – Backfire to 10 - Spitfire

    BLACK RIO 2 - Original Samba Soul 1971-1980 Compiled by DJ Cliffy

    BLACK RIO 2 - Original Samba Soul 1971-1980 Compiled by DJ Cliffy

    BLACK RIO 2

    Album title: Original Samba Soul 1971-1980 Compiled by DJ Cliffy
    Record Label: Strut Records
    Rating: 9

    18 tracks of highly energized funk and soul bands culled from the so called “Black Rio” movement; an amazing and largely unknown happening in Brazil during the 70s. Some great stuff here! Guaranteed to get you up and moving.

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    Leonard Cohen - Live In London

    Leonard Cohen - Live In London

    Leonard Cohen

    Album title: Live In London
    Record Label: Sony
    Rating: 10

    Such entrancing dusky vocals and memorable folk anthems lose nothing in their live format. In fact, because of today’s live production values, these songs may sound better than their studio originals! What a great selection of work and wonderful performance.

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    Evil Cowards - Covered in Gas

    Evil Cowards - Covered in Gas

    Evil Cowards

    Album title: Covered in Gas
    Record Label: Metropolis Records
    Rating: 8

    This quirky dirky mind candy is the musical undertaking of “Electric Six’s” ineffable Tyler Spencer in conjunction with
    William Bates from “Fall On Your Sword.” Impetuous and compulsive these 13 beguiling tracks display cantankerous rock with ample swagger, sway and quixotic lyrics.

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    Nic Fanciulli - Global Underground DJ Series

    Nic Fanciulli - Global Underground DJ Series

    Nic Fanciulli

    Album title: Global Underground DJ Series
    Record Label: Global Underground
    Rating: 8

    A double disc dose spotlight of highly danceable trance inducing house music from one of today’s hottest DJ’s. Exhibiting fresh beats mixed into comfortable rhythms with compelling gyrating momentums.

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    Lacuna Coil - Shallow Life

    Lacuna Coil - Shallow Life

    Lacuna Coil

    Album title: Shallow Life
    Record Label: Century Media
    Rating: 9

    I gotta admit, this Italian gothic metal outfit continues to impress. The beautiful and masterfully blended dynamics of male and female vocals and impressive instrumentation with well rounded dynamics make this a worthy addition to their already groundbreaking catalogue.

    (2892) Page Views

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    Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson - United States

    Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson - United States

    Paul Gilbert & Freddie Nelson

    Album title: United States
    Record Label: Mascot Records
    Rating: 9

    Teaming up two friends, one a guitar virtuoso and one a rock vocalist produces pleasantly entertaining results. This very contemporary rock is not filled with bells and whistles, just really well written straight forward rock n roll.

    (2869) Page Views

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    Prong - Power of the Damn Mixxxer

    Prong - Power of the Damn Mixxxer

    Prong

    Album title: Power of the Damn Mixxxer
    Record Label: 13th Planet Records
    Rating: 8

    Tommy Victor and company present revisioned versions from “Power Of The Damager.” These 13 moshing metal juggernauts from as many different remixing aficionados are refreshed, refueled and ready to pound into your brain with the angst and emotion that breed repeated play.

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    Omar Faruk Tekbilek - Rare Elements

    Omar Faruk Tekbilek - Rare Elements

    Omar Faruk Tekbilek

    Album title: Rare Elements
    Record Label: 5 Points Records
    Rating: 10

    Immediately infectious and compelling world beat electronica from renowned Turkish multi-instrumentalist virtuoso Omar Faruk Tekbilek. The 10 sizzling remixes featured here are done by Amon Tobin; Junior Sanchez; Cheb I Sabbah and others. Of note, Omar plays twelve traditional Turkish instruments: ney, kaval, kavala, zurna, oud, aglama, jura, darbuke, def, bendir, davul and finger cymbals. WOW!

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    Wumpscut - Fuckit

    Wumpscut - Fuckit

    Wumpscut

    Album title: Fuckit
    Record Label: Metropolis Records
    Rating: 7

    Grim, terse and bleak German industrial electronica. The music feels as if one is angrily strolling down a dimly lit industrial tube of hypersymbolic overtures nestled into remote areas of your being that are searching for catharsis and the distant yearnings of the narcoleptic playgrounds of sound and rhythmic structures of distant dreams.

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    Zap Mama - ReCreation

    Zap Mama - ReCreation

    Zap Mama

    Album title: ReCreation
    Record Label: Heads Up International
    Rating: 10

    Playfully, chilled out attitudes are in vogue on this joy filled and life affirming wash of multicultural world rhythms with a refreshing vision and soulful vocal refrains. Although a bit heavy on the R&B for my tastes, this is undeniably a stellar release.

    (3090) Page Views

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