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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Rock
    Mr. Gnome - Heave Yer Skeleton

    Mr. Gnome - Heave Yer Skeleton

    Mr. Gnome
    Heave Yer Skeleton
    Label:

    Distant atmospheres billow, blast and flutter with fuzzy post punk rhythms and floaty female vocals. This lush psychedelic duo produces soliloquies that travel through near pop realms while maintaining an intimate dose of fantasy and artistic creativity. Mr. Gnome will be appearing 4/30 at The Frequency in Madison.

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    Mike Patton - Mondo Cane

    Mike Patton - Mondo Cane

    Mike Patton
    Mondo Cane
    Label: Ipecac Recordings

    Continuing to push limits, this incredible vocalist who has fronted numerous bands (Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas, etc) and co-started the Ipecac Record label, finds himself embedded in the midst of an impressive 20 piece orchestra plying his oral delights in Italian. Experimental yet fun, upbeat, cohesive and quite listenable.

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    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.

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    Kazyak - A Beautiful Brontosaurus

    Kazyak - A Beautiful Brontosaurus

    Kazyak
    A Beautiful Brontosaurus
    Label: Ground Up Productions

    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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    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.

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    Strange Arrangements - Polygraph

    Strange Arrangements - Polygraph

    Strange Arrangements
    Polygraph
    Label:

    Effortlessly stringing together progressive elements of jazz, funk, blues, reggae, and psychedellia are what this Chicago jam rock band does so well. Strong main and harmony vocals really shine as the tangy guitar work and zesty rhythms flow through song after song and have the potential to please listeners for years to come.

    Strange Arrangements Website

    Freak Kitchen - Land of the Freaks

    Freak Kitchen - Land of the Freaks

    Freak Kitchen
    Land of the Freaks
    Label: The Laser's Edge

    Touted as ‘Europe’s best musical secret’ due to limited distribution, Freak Kitchen has just had their back-catalog released and this one from 2009 is the first in line. The progressive power trio consists of three renowned virtuoso musicians - Mattias “IA” Eklundh (guitar/vocals), Christer Ortefors (bass), and Bjorn Fryklund (drums). When these hard-working musicians are not performing in a band, they are out teaching clinics. The music contains creative progressive rock elements with a healthy dose of Frank Zappa influenced humor plus musical shenanigans and acrobatics galore.

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    Everyone Orchestra - Brooklyn Sessions

    Everyone Orchestra - Brooklyn Sessions

    Everyone Orchestra
    Brooklyn Sessions
    Label: Harmonized Records

    Smooth and flowing as well as rich and varied improv jam-rock featuring a bunch of stellar musicians ranging from Jon Fishman (Phish) to keyboardist/pianist Marco Benevento to saxophonist Jeff Coffin (Dave Mathews Band) to guitarist Steve Kimock, and bassist Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green), among others. They are all harnessed and conducted by the electrifying Matt Butler, the force and vision behind the group.  By managing to focus the collaborative talent in an ambitious but ultimately gratifying direction he has managed to produce a noteworthy and highly listenable release.

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    Morbid Saint - Spectrum of Death

    Morbid Saint - Spectrum of Death

    Morbid Saint
    Spectrum of Death
    Label: Relapse Records

    Wisconsin grown - gurgling, growling, gnarly thrash metal with ridiculous and blistering solos plus breakneck rhythms a la early Slayer, which is appropriate for this 1988 thrash vinyl reissue. Although production values weren’t what they are now, the spirit, energy and vitality of the time soars through every note!

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    Mörglbl - Brutal_Romance

    Mörglbl - Brutal_Romance

    Mörglbl
    Brutal_Romance
    Label: Free Electric Sound

    With a name like this, you may expect punishing death metal, but this is not that. Instead, this French instrumental trio blends a progressive energetic jazzy element with their hard rock and technical metal to create a tantalizing full flavored offering. Additionally, band members Christophe Godin (guitars), Ivan Rougny (bass), and Aurelian Ouzoulias (drums) are each also valued clinicians when not busy crushing and destroying the world as Mörglbl.

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    Baroness - Yellow & Green

    Baroness - Yellow & Green

    Baroness
    Yellow & Green
    Label: Relapse Records

    This release has all the trappings of being a landmark, breakthrough album. It debuted at #30 on Billboard’s top 200 and sold over 12,500 records in its first week, making it the highest debut in Relapse Records history. Baroness really show off their vocal prowess and musical composition skills, here. Each song is masterfully crafted to compliment their progressive hard and heavy rock innovations. 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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