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Eclectic Vibes - November 2015


CD/DVD Micro Reviews by Andrew Frey

STS9 at Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI on 10/23 - photo by Andrew Frey

The race is on! Soon it will be 2016 and we will be sharing memories of holidays and great music gone by. Grasp as many of the magical musical moments as you can before they are just a sparkle in your sphincter!

STS9 Brilliance
If I had any doubts about the resiliency of STS9, the sold out show at the Orpheum Theater in Madison, WI on 10/23 removed them. Their musical evolution has spun them to ever dizzying heights of entertainment and enjoyment. Their smooth flowing compositions and brilliant light show was such a sensory orgasm that I felt like I was on another planet for most of their 2 wonderful sets. Yup, still one of my all time favorite bands. Can’t wait to see them again! sts9.com

GOING GOGOL
If you have ever wanted to watch a man in a studded leather vest playing his accordion while crowdsurfing, then look no further than the 8 member gypsy punk and cabaret ensemble known as Gogol Bordello. These creative misfits have bonded together to create a unique barrage of sound that also incorporates Latin rock, Romanian folk, dub and hip hop in a way that will leave you bewildered yet fulfilled after witnessing their live show. Instruments found on stage include but are not limited to: ukulele, cymbals, accordion, congas, a marching bass drum, assorted brass and fiddle. See the zaniness for yourself 11/12 at Barrymore Theatre in Madison, WI, 11/13-14 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN. Also on the bill Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas. www.gogolbordello.com

ONLY ODESZA
Consistently selling out tours across the US and beyond, the vibrant electronic duo known as Odeza (Harrison Mills (aka CatacombKid) and Clayton Knight (aka BeachesBeaches)) coalesce a blend of deep house, glitch-hop, downtempo, and multi-layered melodies with a certain cinematic charm into their top selling releases. Their last full length, In Return, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Electronic chart and # 1 on the iTunes Electronic Chart while scoring high in many, many other charts. Simply put, they are poised to become one of electronic music’s biggest breakout stories of 2014/2015 and then some. You can find out what all the hype is about on 11/22 at the Orpheum Theatre in Madison, WI. Also appearing Jai Wolf. odesza.com

MICRO REVIEWS: This Month's Rating Scale is from 1 is Contumelious thru 10 is Zestful
Cas Haley - More Music, More Family

Cas Haley

More Music, More Family
Record Label: Mailboat Records
Review published: November 2015
Rating: 9

After a freak skiing accident tossed Haley into months of physical and vocal therapy, he was forced to reassess and refocus his career and this process brought new levels of connection with his family which had grown thin after years of constant touring. His new release shows off this family respect topically while allowing arrangements to grow more extravagant and expansive through his smooth mating of reggae, soul, blues and rock. Bravo! (9) Appearing on 11/8 at High Noon Saloon in Madison, WI along with Collin Hauser,Tugg and Cash Box Kings.



Little Fyodor and Babushka - Truly Rejected

Little Fyodor and Babushka

Truly Rejected
Record Label: KEN ROCK
Review published: November 2015
Rating: 8

Nothing gives me a hard on more than Little Fyodor and Babushka releasing a 7”! And after 20 years of musical self dejection and fatalistic floundering the duo emerge with another round of hopeless cynical caterwaulings certainly capable of creating an aneurysm in less than one bat shit crazy chord or confounded utterance. You won’t find another like this.



Various Artists - Rhythm Code II

Various Artists

Rhythm Code II
Record Label: Planti Shanti
Review published: November 2015
Rating: 9

Is the sum greater than the whole? Shanti Planti is an auditory collective that invokes healing vibrations for the mind, body and soul. Comprised of 13 visionary DJ minds from the mid tempo psychedelic electronic realm, this compilation finds common ground amid the ancient eastern rhythms, glitch-hop, dub and organic bass congealed here.



Wildlight - The Tide

Wildlight

The Tide
Record Label: Jumpsuit Records
Review published: November 2015
Rating: 10

Few releases have the magic that is found within the delicate interplay between the combined efforts of Ayla Nereo and David Sugalski (The Polish Ambassador).  You will find your mind dancing effortlessly on the dreamy floating folky vocals of Nereo while Sugalski pushes polished downtempo beats into your consciousness. Simple yet breathtaking.






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