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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

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    Rob Zombie - Halloween II

    Rob Zombie - Halloween II

    Rob Zombie
    Halloween II
    Label: Universal Music

    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.

    Rob Zombie WebsiteRob Zombie Wiki

    Heavy Trash - Midnight Soul Serenade

    Heavy Trash - Midnight Soul Serenade

    Heavy Trash
    Midnight Soul Serenade
    Label: Big Legal Mess Records

    Surfing through clever escapades into bluesy vintage rock as well as smirking garage punk sojourns. These creative juices again stratified by musical comrades Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray reek of dark mirth and flavorful kitsch.

    Heavy Trash WebsiteHeavy Trash Wiki

    High Ceiling - Illusions

    High Ceiling - Illusions

    High Ceiling
    Illusions
    Label: Self Released

    Easy flowing reggae escapades that ascend into effervescent jams and rootsy rock anthems. Fundamentally joyful this Washington act lyrically takes time to delve into socio/political topics of relevance while also managing to organize their own festival - Skok Valley Music Rally.

    High Ceiling Website

    Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune

    Jimi Hendrix - Valleys Of Neptune

    Jimi Hendrix
    Valleys Of Neptune
    Label: Sony Legacy

    Hendrix is an undeniable legend, but this release is just a side note to his legacy. The few actual newly reconstructed songs are mixed with alternate versions of prior released songs. Although it sounds great and it is a great talking point, I am left only partially satisfied while thinking this was mostly for the moola, not the art.

    Jimi Hendrix WebsiteJimi Hendrix Wiki

    Wes Hamil - White Man Red Road

    Wes Hamil - White Man Red Road

    Wes Hamil
    White Man Red Road
    Label: Babamuse

    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.

    Wes Hamil WebsiteWes Hamil Facebook

    CAS HALEY - Connection

    CAS HALEY - Connection

    CAS HALEY
    Connection
    Label: Easy Star Records

    Perhaps you remember Cas from his second place finish on the second season of America’s Got Talent in 2007. If you do, then you will also remember his easy flowing reggae style with blues flavoring and his equally enticing vocal stylings. If not, you may want to examine what he has to offer, especially his revisioning of Alicia Keys’ song “No One.”

    CAS HALEY WebsiteCAS HALEY FacebookCAS HALEY Wiki

    Huun Huur Tu - Ancestors Call

    Huun Huur Tu - Ancestors Call

    Huun Huur Tu
    Ancestors Call
    Label: World Village

    The 4 man Tuvan supergroup has rounded up another herd of musical exports filled with their amazing throat singing whistles, warbles, drones, hums, groans, and other quirks. Mesmerizing traditional shepherd songs are contemporized and cultivated but manage to retain their distinct cultural colors and vibrancy.

    Huun Huur Tu WebsiteHuun Huur Tu Wiki

    Mr. Hunter - The Awakening

    Mr. Hunter - The Awakening

    Mr. Hunter
    The Awakening
    Label: Mr. Hunter

    An EP from a Hoboken, NJ outfit that pours forth pretty straightforward improvisational type jam rock, set apart by female vocals and a spunky spirit.

    Mr. Hunter Website

    Mathew Haeffel - Rhythm Ethics

    Mathew Haeffel - Rhythm Ethics

    Mathew Haeffel
    Rhythm Ethics
    Label: Genre Good Inc

    Haeffel is very serious and hard working Milwaukee musician that can be seen touring regularly throughout Wisconsin and the upper Midwest. His focused professionalism is evident here as he succinctly pours forth his acoustic rock musical soul into this Rhythm Ethics release that he wrote, produced and did the art for.

    Mathew Haeffel WebsiteMathew Haeffel Facebook

    Philm - Harmonic

    Philm - Harmonic

    Philm
    Harmonic
    Label: Ipecac Records

    Behold, another side project from legend/drummer extraordinaire, Dave Lombardo.  Although not even remotely as fever pitched as his Slayer days, this is still heavy and his beats are amazing. Overall, this release works best in the noteworthy experimental atmospheric interludes, but resides too often in forgettable post-hardcore or post-apocalyptic delirium. Thankfully, this release has multiple dynamic options. 

    Philm FacebookPhilm Wiki

    Analog Players Society - Hurricane Season in Brooklyn

    Analog Players Society - Hurricane Season in Brooklyn

    Analog Players Society
    Hurricane Season in Brooklyn
    Label: Studio Brooklyn

    The percussionist, producer, and visionary known simply as Amon is the creative force behind this release, which utilizes top-notch studio musicians to bring ska, Afrobeat, hip hop and a few tangential classic covers together into a fun, funky groove rich experience. 

    Analog Players Society WebsiteAnalog Players Society Facebook

    The Green - Hawai’i 13

    The Green - Hawai’i 13

    The Green
    Hawai’i 13
    Label: Easy Star Records

    After chart-topping success (#1 Billboard and iTunes Reggae) and high profile awards (iTunes Best Reggae Album 2010), The Green’s third release focuses on their homeland by charting a journey through Hawaiian life and music in 2013. Boasting 4 singers amid the 5 separate song writers in a 6 member group results in grand diversity amongst the stability of their reggae roots. 

    The The Green WebsiteThe The Green FacebookThe The Green Wiki

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