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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: National
    Opiate For The Masses - Manifesto

    Opiate For The Masses - Manifesto

    Opiate For The Masses
    Manifesto
    Label: Century Media

    Well-promoted, catchy commercial pop metal. I guess if you listen to that there hard rock radio, you will have built up a tolerance to this type of music. I grew up on metal, but I cannot stand how ho-hum metal has generally become. Blugnuts!

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    Ron Hacker - Mr. Bad Boy

    Ron Hacker - Mr. Bad Boy

    Ron Hacker
    Mr. Bad Boy
    Label: Maximum Folk

    This live solo show recorded at Famous Dave’s BBZ & Blues in Minneapolis highlights a scrumptious soulful attack of raw, bare-boned Delta blues from a bluesman of adequately checkered past and gruff, gritty vocals.

    Ron Hacker WebsiteRon Hacker Wiki

    Scifi - Scifi

    Scifi - Scifi

    Scifi
    Scifi
    Label: Coma Gun Music

    Spaced out, mostly non-vocal jam rock that finds footholds in the jazz, funk, soul and techno world. At times the floaty jazzy grooves have whisked me off to a distant planet of fuzz, love and murmur. Delightful!

    Scifi Website

    Straight Line Stitch - When Skies Wash Ashore

    Straight Line Stitch - When Skies Wash Ashore

    Straight Line Stitch
    When Skies Wash Ashore
    Label: Koch Entertainment

    Taking the sound of today’s popular aggressive metal-core, attaching a bit of their own style, then adding the intense and dynamic female vocals of Alexis Brown has propelled this band to lofty new heights.

    Straight Line Stitch Website

    Emory Joseph - Fennario - Songs By Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter

    Emory Joseph - Fennario - Songs By Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter

    Emory Joseph
    Fennario - Songs By Jerry Garcia and Robert Hunter
    Label: Iris Records

    Dead fan or not (and I’m not) these 12 cherry-picked tunes culled from Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter’s considerable repertoire form a charming selection of what these legendary song writers and performers are all about. Well produced, good sounding and chock full of guest musicians.

    Emory Joseph Website

    HR (of Bad Brains) - Hey Wella

    HR (of Bad Brains) - Hey Wella

    HR (of Bad Brains)
    Hey Wella
    Label: DC Underground

    This legendary and highly influential Bad Brains vocalist and front man extends his lengthy career (starting in 1978!) with another solo offering, utilizing their time tested signature juxtaposition of hardcore punk and reggae, with hip hop inflections. A slick and well produced release, yet I am under-whelmed.

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    Legendary Pink Dots - Plutonium Blonde

    Legendary Pink Dots - Plutonium Blonde

    Legendary Pink Dots
    Plutonium Blonde
    Label: ROIR

    Disquieting platitudes from the sardonic seedy underbelly of pop music adoration. Edward Ka-Spel and crew spin tales of gothic disturbances that uproot and empower unknown musical pathways to your brain.

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    Infernofonic - Spark It Up

    Infernofonic - Spark It Up

    Infernofonic
    Spark It Up
    Label: Godlyke Distribution

    Empowered female vocals from Elaine Tuttle lead the charge for this hard rockin, metal outfit. The big rock riffs and punchy drums blast out some decent grooves, but they shine when flirting their edgier, experimental facets.


    Teddy Presberg - Blueprint of Soul

    Teddy Presberg - Blueprint of Soul

    Teddy Presberg
    Blueprint of Soul
    Label: Ropeadope Records

    A flowing improvisational funk-jam experience created as a musical impression of Portland; all done in one take. Quite an impressive excursion into the instrumental psychedelic jam rock realm

    Teddy Presberg WebsiteTeddy Presberg Wiki

    Willem Maker - Stars Fell On

    Willem Maker - Stars Fell On

    Willem Maker
    Stars Fell On
    Label: Fat Possum Records

    Bluesy rock torn from Turkey Heaven Mountain. Written, recorded and mixed entirely by the artist, this balls-out musical journey refuses to be neat and tidy, but shows off powerful reflexive expanses with the structure available.

    Willem Maker Website

    Zach Hill - Astrological Straits

    Zach Hill - Astrological Straits

    Zach Hill
    Astrological Straits
    Label: Ipecac Recordings

    This tumultuous solo project by “Hella” drummer provides a blizzard of percussion and inventive sideline groove activities that are turbo-charged up by an eclectic selection of guest musicians, including Les Claypool, Jonathon Hicshke and Steve Borth. Zowie!

    Zach Hill Wiki

    Abney Park - Lost Horizons

    Abney Park - Lost Horizons

    Abney Park
    Lost Horizons
    Label: Self Released

    Forerunners of the oncoming “Steampunk Artistic Movement,” this Seattle outfit takes flight with a story of roving time travelers and airship pirates while gallivanting through and amalgamating the most admirable traits of a variety of genres including gothic, gypsy rock, punk, industrial, and electronica. Eclectic, elegant and unique.

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