Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

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Testament - Formation of Damnation

Testament - Formation of Damnation

Testament
Formation of Damnation
Label: Nuclear Blast Records

Abiding by their time honored thrash metal traditions, this legendary Bay Area group blasts your brain with another healthy dose of neck wrecking classics. Originally released in 2008, now reborn and re-released as a deluxe package including a second 4 song DVD disc.

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Toussaint - Black Gold

Toussaint - Black Gold

Toussaint
Black Gold
Label: I Grade Records

With smooth soul vibes with an Irie mindset, an all star band provides the flowing funk, rippling rock, and hip-swaying hip hop which. These are beautifully buffeted by the socially conscious, incredibly blissful, and heartfelt vocal offerings of this former Soulive singer.

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Titans Eve - The Divine Equal

Titans Eve - The Divine Equal

Titans Eve
The Divine Equal
Label:

I love thrash metal as much as anyone, but this throwback thrash quartet brings back all the things I don’t love about the music. Starting with the poor cover art, it continues with the cheesy logo and predictable song names. This group has cookie cutter repeat written all over them. I’m sure they worked hard on this, but to no avail, as I have seen and heard this hundreds and hundreds of times before.

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Titan - Sweet Dreams

Titan - Sweet Dreams

Titan
Sweet Dreams
Label: Relapse Records

Keyboards unabashedly take the forefront of this psychedelic prog-metal experience. Expanses of whirling grooves hook the listener with a demanding intensity that is unfurled with each breathtaking riff and blast.


Telepath - Crash

Telepath - Crash

Telepath
Crash
Label: Telepath Music

A conflux of multi-national grooves purveyed by a wide array of musicians and singers teleported, tweaked, and coalesced into a cohesive musical unit, by motivating force and musical visionary Michael Christie. He also produced, recorded, and mixed the entire release.

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T.U.G.G.  - Come Sunrise

T.U.G.G. - Come Sunrise

T.U.G.G.
Come Sunrise
Label: Last Call Records

Reggae is a state of mind for some and comes from the heart for others. This western Wisconsin group continues to find reggae rhythms emanating from both their mind and heart on Come Sunrise. While they may float into some skate as well as some surf rock gusto, this release reflects the struggles and glory that comes from being a touring band in 2010.

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Panjoma - Panjoma: Trixter God

Panjoma - Panjoma: Trixter God

Panjoma
Panjoma: Trixter God
Label: Wonderlust Discs and Digital/ GRID Discs

Pulsing through the dimensions of industrial obliqueness, while elsewhere traipsing through a delirious version of synthpop and it’s affectionate afterbirth, affords the room to spend time congealing in the psycho lounge. Currently a trio and formerly ‘Happy Panjoma,’ this Austin outfit is able to ease the rebellious spirits with plush beats and floaty female vocals.

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Tarun Nayar - 22 Degrees of Beatitude

Tarun Nayar - 22 Degrees of Beatitude

Tarun Nayar
22 Degrees of Beatitude
Label: Chaiwalla’s Boombox

Culminating 10 years of DJ experience and influence have brought us to this multifaceted outpouring. These recording sessions from around the world show off layers of ethnic ambiance, which melt through culture after culture, while spurning a new branch of emotive electronica. Each song is fairly laid back and tells a story which represents a chapter in the artist’s life.

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Samite Mulondo - Trust

Samite Mulondo - Trust

Samite Mulondo
Trust
Label: Musicians for World Harmony

A world-famous humanitarian and musician who plays flute and kalimba, Samite presents us with a charming platitude of bright and flowing instrumental melodies born from East African roots.  Beyond this, Samite has dedicated his life to helping others through music. In 2002 he founded Musicians for World Harmony, a non-profit organization that sends musicians and instruments to poverty stricken parts of Africa. Bravo!

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District 97 - The Trouble With Machines

District 97 - The Trouble With Machines

District 97
The Trouble With Machines
Label: Laser's Edge

What a treat! Fronted by 2007 American Idol Top 10 Female Finalist, Leslie Hunt, this extremely melodic and concise prog rock band from Chicago has drawn musical accolades for their adventurous instrumentation and passionate delivery. If you are looking for an excellent contemporary dose of prog fronted by outstanding female vocals, look no further!

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Dynohunter - Techtonic Drift

Dynohunter - Techtonic Drift

Dynohunter
Techtonic Drift
Label: self

Uniting the conventional DJ performance with a live band has been the ticket to success for a new wave of livetronica musicians, and this Boulder based power trio plans to be a force to be reckoned with in this realm of versatility and innovation. Gotta love that Coloradotronica sound!

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Guano Padano - Two (2)

Guano Padano - Two (2)

Guano Padano
Two (2)
Label: Ipecac Records

If you happened to be trapped in a spaghetti Western being filmed by Fellini or Coppola, this may very well be the soundtrack. Surf, jazz, country, folk, blues and attitude fill the songs with ambience, emotion and dynamics. Guest vocals from Mike Patton.

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