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  • Eclectic Vibes - October 2010

    by Andrew Frey

    Trailer Park Boys

    Trailer Park Boys


    On 10/16 The Barrymore Theatre offers us the Trailer Park Boys. I have no idea what their live performance will be like, but the series and movies that spawned the fame of Ricky, Julian and Bubbles was funny, bizarre and filled with characters sporting deep flaws and cantankerous attitudes that made it a knee slapping delight to watch. Originally (and still) aired on the Showcase network in Canada. As TV guide says, “It’s as if The Dukes of Hazzard boys got drunk on Cooter’s moonshine and Uncle Jesse whipped out his handycam.”


    In case you aren’t doing haunting on Halloween this year perhaps you could consider going to the Gogol Bordello show at the Capital Theater. Touring in support of their recent Trans-Continental Hustle (produced by Rick Ruben) this gypsy punk phenomenon has been going strong now for 5 albums. The crazy energy of this nine-piece juggernaut is harnessed and focused by head gypsy Eugen Hutz. Their beautifully bent music is infused with ska, metal, rap, dub, punk that will keep you on your toes for hours.

    This Month's Rating Scale is from 1 is Dung Beatle thru 10 is Scarab

    King Sunny Ade - Baba Mo Tunde

    King Sunny Ade - Baba Mo Tunde

    King Sunny Ade

    Album title: Baba Mo Tunde
    Record Label: Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings
    Rating: 10

    I’ve been a fan of this Nigerian native Afro-pop mega legend for quite some time so I was delighted to hear about his first studio album in over 10 years. The second of this twin disc release blasts off with the 31 min title track and if you make it through that on your feet, you might as well call in sick for the week cause you will be shaking and dancing all day and night to these incredible and inviting masterpieces.

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    Brandt Brauer Frick - You Make Me Real

    Brandt Brauer Frick - You Make Me Real

    Brandt Brauer Frick

    Album title: You Make Me Real
    Record Label: !K7 Records
    Rating: 9

    This trio may involve many disparate elements to form and evolve their minimalistic techno treatise, but the finished compositions caress a quirky yet comforting combination of percussion and electronica that makes one swing with delight.

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    Fat Freddy's Drop - Live At Roundhouse London

    Fat Freddy's Drop - Live At Roundhouse London

    Fat Freddy's Drop

    Album title: Live At Roundhouse London
    Record Label: The Drop
    Rating: 10

    These slick party monsters have metered out a taste of what it is to see FFD live. They may be New Zealand natives but you would have no idea of that based on their collision of deep grooves gathered from a worldwide sound overflowing with funk, reggae, ska, dub, blues, soul and tons more. It’s easy to lose yourself in these 6 jammed out versions of their highly entertaining songs which all top 10 minutes each!

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    Kazyak - A Beautiful Brontosaurus

    Kazyak - A Beautiful Brontosaurus


    Album title: A Beautiful Brontosaurus
    Record Label: Ground Up Productions
    Rating: 9

    Bebobble-deeing between countrified jams and upstart funky rock may show off a classic jam rock band influence, but this friendly and flowing vision utilizes an ambitious combination of elements to create a memorable recording filled with harmony vocals, salient solos and delectable rhythms that are especially admirable for a trio to produce.

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    Chico Mann - Analog Drift

    Chico Mann - Analog Drift

    Chico Mann

    Album title: Analog Drift
    Record Label: Wax Poetics Records
    Rating: 10

    Except for the effervescent cover of Talking Heads ‘Once in a Lifetime,’ Analog Drift was composed and played entirely by Marcos Garcia who IS Chico Mann. As a member of Anatibala Afrobeat Orchestra he traveled the world and learned all about Afro-Cuban funk which he expertly employs here along with other well chosen influences.

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