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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Acoustic
    Hermano - Into the Exam Room

    Hermano - Into the Exam Room

    Hermano
    Into the Exam Room
    Label: Regain Records

    Mega groovy hard rock and acoustic rock congealed from members of several stoner rock outfits and put together over long distances. At the helm is former Kyuss vocalist, John Garcia, guiding this herd to great heights.

    Hermano WebsiteHermano Wiki

    Putumayo Presents - African Party

    Putumayo Presents - African Party

    Putumayo Presents
    African Party
    Label: Putumayo World Music

    Celebrating Putumayo’s 15th Anniversary with a great compilation that pays tribute to the spirit of the music that inspired the label’s inception. With 20 million CDs sold, Putumayo’s world music party has been a global hit and “African Party” is another to add their list of success.

    Putumayo Presents WebsitePutumayo Presents Wiki

    Turbine - Reward

    Turbine - Reward

    Turbine
    Reward
    Label: Roofland Records

    Melting catchy inflections of bluegrass, Americana and jam rock into a fun and furious spectacular of momentous proportions. The harmonious harmonica packs their sultry rhythms with an air of delicacy and intricacy as do the harmonic vocals.

    Turbine Website

    David & Steve Gordon - Earth Drum: The 25th Anniversary Collection, Vol. 1

    David & Steve Gordon - Earth Drum: The 25th Anniversary Collection, Vol. 1

    David & Steve Gordon
    Earth Drum: The 25th Anniversary Collection, Vol. 1
    Label: Sequoia Records

    A collection of this famous duo’s favorite global drum fusions from their past 25 years. Beautiful, serene and trance-invoking drum visions. With bonus DVD of music and landscape visuals.

    David & Steve Gordon WebsiteDavid & Steve Gordon Wiki

    Jaya Lakshmi - Sublime

    Jaya Lakshmi - Sublime

    Jaya Lakshmi
    Sublime
    Label: Sequoia Records

    Continuing on with her tradition of utilizing top talent and great producers to produce a very NOW direction to her offerings of Bhakti yoga. This Kirtan themed voyage of chant, chill and grace will carry the listener to alcoves of serenity and blissful platitudes.

    Jaya Lakshmi Website

    Beefus - Manpanzee

    Beefus - Manpanzee

    Beefus
    Manpanzee
    Label: Self Released

    This Madison based hurdy-gurdy of frenzied bass and electric banjo funkified rock have evolved to produce clever, witty lyrics with a platitude of poignant samples. Favorable vocal and rhythmic comparisons to Primus are unavoidable.

    Beefus Website

    Putumayo Presents - Café Cubano

    Putumayo Presents - Café Cubano

    Putumayo Presents
    Café Cubano
    Label: Putumayo World Music

    Envision relaxing at a café on the coast of Cuba exploring the musical heritage evoked by this culturally rich island. From guajiras, trovas, sones, boleros and the nueva trova movement, experience the majestic musical facets and performers presented here.

    Putumayo Presents WebsitePutumayo Presents Wiki

    Musicians For Minneapolis - 57 Songs For the I-35W Bridge Disaster Relief Effort

    Musicians For Minneapolis - 57 Songs For the I-35W Bridge Disaster Relief Effort

    Musicians For Minneapolis
    57 Songs For the I-35W Bridge Disaster Relief Effort
    Label: Electrovoice

    Produced by audio equipment giant, Electro-Voice, the only thing longer than the title of this 3-CD release is the list of amazing musicians contributing to this self-explanatory fund raising project. Dick Dale, George Clinton, DJ Spooky, Calexico, Les Claypool and MANY, many more.

    Musicians For Minneapolis Website

    Brass Kings - Washboard Rope Guitar

    Brass Kings - Washboard Rope Guitar

    Brass Kings
    Washboard Rope Guitar
    Label: Dream Horse Music

    As the title suggests, this simple yet catchy and heartfelt music is generated mostly using a washboard, a rope (washtub bass) and a (resophonic) guitar by a trio of freethinking musicians. Nostalgic yet somehow contemporary.

    The Brass Kings Website

    Stealin Strings - Waves

    Stealin Strings - Waves

    Stealin Strings
    Waves
    Label: Hot Dog Records

    With a new bassist under their belt, these rising rockin’ bluegrass pompadours are once again making their way through the festival circuit this summer. They were the only band I noticed at Bella Sol that was given the opportunity due to their versatility, depth of sound and song content to play a set on the main stage plus an acoustic set on the tent stage.

    Stealin Strings Website

    Putumayo Presents - Acoustic Arabia

    Putumayo Presents - Acoustic Arabia

    Putumayo Presents
    Acoustic Arabia
    Label: Putumayo World Music

    Sandstorm powered acoustic grooves delight the senses and take us on subtle, laid back journeys through distant lands with a variety of Middle Eastern and North African artists including Les Orientales, Jamal Porto, and Zein Al-Jundi.

    Putumayo Presents Website

    Cyberchump - Our Wizards Of Earth

    Cyberchump - Our Wizards Of Earth

    Cyberchump
    Our Wizards Of Earth
    Label: Internal Combustion

    Two extremely equipped psychedelic musicians from Milwaukee utilize their gaggle of instruments to produce a fascinating albeit quirky electronic soundscape repertoire with rooms and areas to float, groove, slide. A vibrant undercurrent of leading and teasing sound strings tie the listener to the musical affirmations driving the concepts.

    Cyberchump WebsiteCyberchump Wiki

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