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  • Eclectic Vibes - R√∂kktober 2009

    by Andrew Frey

    Halloween II

    Halloween II

    This Month’s Micro Reviews: Baroness, Dunkelbunt, Jimi Tenor/Tony Allen, Halloween II, Kepa Junkara and the Melonious Quartet, Mad Love, Perry Weber the DeVilles, Putumayo Presents, Something To Burn, Roots Collective, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Yonder Mountain String Band


    MICRO REVIEWS:
    This Month's Rating Scale is from 1 is Famished thru 10 is Placated

    Baroness - Blue Record

    Baroness - Blue Record

    Baroness

    Album title: Blue Record
    Record Label: Relapse Records
    Rating: 9

    Epic heavy riffs pushed by purposeful plodding beats and innocent yet voluminous teasings of the determinate droning disillusionment.  Storming forth from their Savannah home, this engaging engine of dark and entrancing operations is hurtling to a vast new plane of resilience and recognition.

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    Dunkelbunt - Raindrops &  Elephants

    Dunkelbunt - Raindrops &  Elephants

    Dunkelbunt

    Album title: Raindrops &  Elephants
    Record Label: Piranha Records
    Rating: 10

    Constructing a fervent yet asymmetric upswing of global rhythms into a calliope of contemporary stylings, this intoxicating brew of Klezmer, reggae, jazz, funk, dub, and electronica has been finessed into an audio jungle of delight and satisfaction.

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    Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen - Inspiration Information

    Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen - Inspiration Information

    Jimi Tenor & Tony Allen

    Album title: Inspiration Information
    Record Label: Strut Records
    Rating: 9

    Pairing together Finnish experimental musician Jimi Tenor with Tony Allen, an amazing Afrobeat drumming legend, has ushered forth a curious cache of mind warbling avant jazz creations .  Lyrics are spun with experience and dark sarcasm while being treated with tribal beats, horns, flutes, and samples through a wildly unpredictable imagination.

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    Kepa Junkera & Melonious Quartet - Fandango

    Kepa Junkera & Melonious Quartet - Fandango

    Kepa Junkera & Melonious Quartet

    Album title: Fandango
    Record Label: Hiri Records
    Rating: 9

    Renowned folk ambassador from the Basque regions of Spain matches his impressive prowess on the trikitixa (Basque diatonic accordion) with the entrancing stringed offerings of the Melonious Quartet. These 14 instrumental compositions effortlessly float by as they integrate traditional with contemporary.

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    MadLove - White With Foam

    MadLove - White With Foam

    MadLove

    Album title: White With Foam
    Record Label: Ipecac Recordings
    Rating: 7

    Dwelling in the dreaminess of a sardonic state induced by the oft melancholy female fronted lyrics, this Trevor Dunn (Mr. Bungle, Secret Chiefs 3, Fantomas) project executes resolutely refined rock band outcroppings via a quirky collection of music aficionados. While potentially falling off as initially flaccid, repeated listens evokes a more memorable and shapely timbre.

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    Perry Weber & the DeVilles - The Riot Act

    Perry Weber & the DeVilles - The Riot Act

    Perry Weber & the DeVilles

    Album title: The Riot Act
    Record Label: Stumpy Dog Music
    Rating: 8

    Tight and spunky root rockin’ blues born from the Milwaukee bustle and emanating from a collection of well seasoned musicians. Outside of the appetizing guitar, bass and drum chops, their authentic vintage sound comes decorated with Hammond organ, harmonica and piano which all compliment the gruff n gritty vocals of Weber to a tee.

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    Putumayo Presents - Jazz Around The World

    Putumayo Presents - Jazz Around The World

    Putumayo Presents

    Album title: Jazz Around The World
    Record Label: Putumayo World Music
    Rating: 8

    Putumayo’s third jazz entry showcases jazz on a global perspective. Mali, France, New Zealand, South Africa, USA and Canada are all represented on this fun venturing into the influences and inflections intoned on the musical journey through cultures, boarders and time.

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    Roots Collective - Rising

    Roots Collective - Rising

    Roots Collective

    Album title: Rising
    Record Label: Self Released
    Rating: 8

    Patterned after the famously horn fronted reggae bands from the past, this Madison based outfit regales tales of love and unity with a soul felt altruism. By featuring a rotation of three vocalists (including one female) each of these 5 tracks bolsters a separate sound and vibration to be inspired by.

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    Something To Burn - Transitions

    Something To Burn - Transitions

    Something To Burn

    Album title: Transitions
    Record Label: Softdrive Records
    Rating: 5

    Powerful and dynamic hard rock with strong choruses and inescapable commercial appeal. Dynamically designed but mostly over polished to the point of sterility. Softdrive Records was founded by Scott Weiland so unsurprisingly they’re touring with Stone Temple Pilots this fall.

    (5380) Page Views

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    Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band - Greatest Hips Volume II

    Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band - Greatest Hips Volume II

    Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band

    Album title: Greatest Hips Volume II
    Record Label: Self Released
    Rating: 9

    YMBFBB’s live show captured here is saturated with shooting anthemic lyrics, crowd pleasing antics, mega grooves, a booty shakin’ brass section and an energetic audience. Six heady hard working musicians from Asheville, NC blow the doors off the joint through their elevated conflagration of musicianship and attendance participation. Find a sweet spot and ride out the jams man!

    (3386) Page Views

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    Yonder Mountain String Band - The Show

    Yonder Mountain String Band - The Show

    Yonder Mountain String Band

    Album title: The Show
    Record Label: Frog Pad Records
    Rating: 8

    Sweet, clever, quaint, touching or zany this Colorado foursome continues to please by carrying on with their tradition of invigorating and infusing traditional bluegrass and stringed instrumentation with a swinging new rock n roll view. If you are lucky enough to have a chance, their live show will revitalize and renew as few do.

    (2737) Page Views

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    Rob Zombie - Halloween II

    Rob Zombie - Halloween II

    Rob Zombie

    Album title: Halloween II
    Record Label: Universal Music
    Rating: 7

    In case you are unaware, horror specialist Rob Zombie is at the helm of the new Halloween II movie and this is the Soundtrack. We find a mixture of scary movie sound bites, cool classic rock entries and a smattering of new themed songs but not the original theme music.  Rob himself will also be touring this fall coincidentally.

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