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  • Eclectic Vibes - May 2010

    by Andrew Frey

    Belle Vida Festival

    Belle Vida Festival

    First Festival Frolicings
    May is the time to spiff up your summer gear and pop the cherry on the festival season so let’s get on it!

    The WORT 89.9 FM Block Party is Sunday May 23 from 11am – 7pm. Although not one of the biggest Madison festivals, it arguably packs the best beer selection, thanks to selections on tap ranging dark to light from several local Breweries. In addition, the day is filled with great local vendors, kids activities and local music. It all takes place right next to the station at the corner of Bedford and Doty Street. www.wort-fm.org

    Bella Vida Festival
    A lot of old favorites are coming back to this years Bella festival, which takes place at the beautiful Harmony Park in Minnesota over Memorial Day weekend, but as always a few extra tasty treats are in store. Featured musical highlights include an appearance from legendary Door’s guitarist Robbie Kreiger with his band Roadhouse Rebels as well as the dancelicious duo Pretty Lights and the extraordinary Keller Williams. Other favorites also appearing are EOTO, Heatbox, That 1 Guy, The Histronic and Madison’s own Elf Lettuce. I can’t wait! www.bellamusicfest.com


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    This Month's Rating Scale is from 1- Trash to 10 Treasure

    Alo - Man Of The World

    Alo - Man Of The World

    Alo

    Album title: Man Of The World
    Record Label: Brushfire Records/Universal
    Rating: 10

    Sublimely mellow rock music tumbled with expertly crafted tale telling courtesy of 4 childhood friends. Since it was by Jack Johnson and recorded at his solar powered studio in Hawaii ALO scored the opening slot on Johnson’s summer tour including Alpine Valley 7/24 and River’s Edge 7/25 and I am thrilled more people will get to hear them.

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    Bastard Saint - Homewrecker

    Bastard Saint - Homewrecker

    Bastard Saint

    Album title: Homewrecker
    Record Label: Blue Worm Records
    Rating: 8

    Bludgeoning sludge rock born from the sweaty bars that this Minneapolis outfit has called home for years. Gruff stoner rock vocals are well interred amidst the swampy guitar grooves and heavy spongy rhythms.

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    Bako Dagnon - Sibida

    Bako Dagnon - Sibida

    Bako Dagnon

    Album title: Sibida
    Record Label: Syllart Productions
    Rating: 9

    Bako Dadnon is a renowned vocalist. Known in her native land of Mali as the premier Mande musician as well as an acclaimed female griot (traditional singer/story teller) her voice leads with a confident power denoting the story teller that she is. Regardless of the language you speak, few vocalists have the command and attention she draws. All buffeted by percussive beds of electrified native rhythms.

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    Gamma Ray - To The Metal!

    Gamma Ray - To The Metal!

    Gamma Ray

    Album title: To The Metal!
    Record Label: Earmusic
    Rating: 6

    Seeking to bridge the gap between past and present, these classic German speed metal minstrels deliver their 10th studio album in 21 years. Although the album manages to occasionally get me in the groove and will certainly please their fans, it simply doesn’t express anything that I haven’t heard numerous times before.

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    Wes Hamil - White Man Red Road

    Wes Hamil - White Man Red Road

    Wes Hamil

    Album title: White Man Red Road
    Record Label: Babamuse
    Rating: 10

    Envisioned as a soundtrack for a movie with the same title,  Hamil musically introduces us to the award winning culminations of his spirit quests and journeys through Native American ceremonies which ultimately afforded him the opportunity to being a sun dancer. Tribal chants are woven into the guitar driven songs producing a delectably catchy, memorable and enlightening experience.

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    Just A Band - 82

    Just A Band - 82

    Just A Band

    Album title: 82
    Record Label: Akwaaba Music
    Rating: 8

    Mellow moods shift in the glimmering of an emotion with embellishments of contemporary down tempo ethics. These 3 musicians from Kenya were all born in 1982, hence the name. Most songs were constructed and concocted within the influence of 80s synth pop while injected with ethnic grooves.

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    The Pints - First Round

    The Pints - First Round

    The Pints

    Album title: First Round
    Record Label: Self Released
    Rating: 8

    Having played around the Madison area for several years, this jiggy Irish and Celtic loving septet brandishes 13 traditional ditties infused with their own dynamic flings and spills. Don’t forget your dancing shoes, kilt and designated driver!

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    Brian Posehn - Fart and Weiner Jokes

    Brian Posehn - Fart and Weiner Jokes

    Brian Posehn

    Album title: Fart and Weiner Jokes
    Record Label: Relaps Records
    Rating: 8

    A quirky comedy album covering diverse and morose topics ranging from metal music, video games and low self esteem to porn, pot and much more. He is billed as ‘The Slayer of Comedy” so go ahead and laugh your metal asses off!

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    Radio Free Clear Light - Isula

    Radio Free Clear Light - Isula

    Radio Free Clear Light

    Album title: Isula
    Record Label: Black Note Music
    Rating: 8

    A weekly San Francisco electronic experiment in progress. These improvisational numbers captured here show a poetic flow of dubtronic notions brimming with interest and flair while allowing the tools at hand to flower into many vibrational shapes and colors.

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    Vintage Burning - Disturbing The Balance

    Vintage Burning - Disturbing The Balance

    Vintage Burning

    Album title: Disturbing The Balance
    Record Label: dbmusic
    Rating: 7

    Explosive and intense metal blasting through the musical sediment with serious emotional release. Vocalist ‘Ames’ shows off a nice range of her vocal abilities from growls and screams to soaring and smooth. Overall however, the abundance of lead and backing screamo vocals detracts from the grooves and quickly turns enjoyment into annoyance.

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    Warbeast - Krush The Enemy

    Warbeast - Krush The Enemy

    Warbeast

    Album title: Krush The Enemy
    Record Label: Housecore Records
    Rating: 9

    Blistering old school thrashing metal delivered at break neck speed and with maximum intensity. I wax nostalgic as I hear vocalist Bruce Corbitt (ex-Rigor Mortis) grate and growl the lyrics as in days long gone by. Produced by label head Philip Anselmo.

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