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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: National
    Devil's Slingshot - Clinophobia

    Devil's Slingshot - Clinophobia

    Devil's Slingshot
    Clinophobia
    Label: Mascot Records

    A breathtaking Super-Trio comprised of musical luminaries Tony MacAlpine, Billy Sheehan and Virgil Donail. As one would expect, they flex there impressive technical wizardry and musical prowess throughout this instrumental release with style, finesse and maturity.


    Funkadesi - Yo Baba

    Funkadesi - Yo Baba

    Funkadesi
    Yo Baba
    Label: Funkadesi Records

    Multi award winning Indian-Afrian-Caribbean ensemble from Chicago proves why they have earned such accolades by flooding the listeners ears with an excellent and energetic selection of popular world beat rhythms ranging from Bollywood, bhangra, reggae, funk, hip-hop, electronica and folk, blended and mixed into an infectious and danceable platter of tunes.

    Funkadesi Website

    Josh Phillips Folk Festival - Wicker

    Josh Phillips Folk Festival - Wicker

    Josh Phillips Folk Festival
    Wicker
    Label: Folk Festival

    Singer, guitarist and percussionist of “Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band” strikes out on his own. Seeking to seemingly play each song diversely different from the last, traipsing through folk, funk, hip hop, and rock culminates with me disliking some songs as much as I like others. Confusing and proudly FCC compliant…

    Josh Phillips Folk Festival Website

    Metallica - Death Magnetic

    Metallica - Death Magnetic

    Metallica
    Death Magnetic
    Label: Warner Bros

    I never thought I would actually LIKE Metallica again, but after ousting lamo producer Bob Rock and replacing him with the legendary Rick Ruben, plus returning to their original logo and MUSICAL ATTITUDE, I am reconverted. This is the album that COULD have come after “…And Justice For All.” That’s what it sounds like and by doing so would have prevented the LOADS of inferiority in the middle. The neck wreckers are back!

    Metallica WebsiteMetallica Wiki

    Noodle Muffin - Long Live The Spin

    Noodle Muffin - Long Live The Spin

    Noodle Muffin
    Long Live The Spin
    Label: Fyoog State Records

    Indie pop punk with a fired up politcal agenda. Organizers of www.operationregimechange.org, musically they utilize “spin” to their own devious ends by fractionalizing sound bytes and reorganizing them to their advantage with sarcastic and hilarious results. As great as the clips are, the music seems secondary and lags accordingly.

    Noodle Muffin Website

    Restavrant - Returns To The Tomb Of Guiliano Medidici

    Restavrant - Returns To The Tomb Of Guiliano Medidici

    Restavrant
    Returns To The Tomb Of Guiliano Medidici
    Label: Narnack Records

    A Texas garage punk duo that abuses guitars and banjos while utilizing abstract recycled percussion items like oil drums, boxes and license plates along with synth and drum machine to produce sloppy swampy hillbilly twang and bang rock n roll. Yall git wit dis one now!


     - Sexo Olympico

    - Sexo Olympico


    Sexo Olympico
    Label: Thirteenth Planet

    By recruiting talented fresh musical blood, founding member and resident industrial music wizard Alien Jorgensen has revitalized the amazing musical magic of the early 90’s releases. Here we are also blessed with a flagrant dose of the bands trademark smut and grind while Jorgensen himself is reportedly taking more of a back seat and releasing control to the next generation. FUCKIN HOT!!!

    Website

    Taj Mahal - Maestro

    Taj Mahal - Maestro

    Taj Mahal
    Maestro
    Label: Heads Up

    Wow! This is smoking hot blues bash shows this two time GRAMMY winner in top form and complimented with a load of stellar guest performers. The release also marks the 40th year in the career of this amazing multi-instrumentalist and vocalist. On his first release in 5 years he demonstrates that his musical fire is still vibrant and his influence is going strong on these delightfully danceable ditties.

    Taj Mahal WebsiteTaj Mahal Wiki

    Fall From Grace - Sifting Through The Wreckage

    Fall From Grace - Sifting Through The Wreckage

    Fall From Grace
    Sifting Through The Wreckage
    Label: Bodog Music

    When you are searching for glossy, fake, radio friendly, pop punk straight out of the cookie cutter, look no further. If you are searching for originality or musical fortitude, try again! All sold out here

    Fall From Grace WebsiteFall From Grace Wiki

    Lotus - Hammerstrike

    Lotus - Hammerstrike

    Lotus
    Hammerstrike
    Label: SCI Records

    Offering fresh, funky, technodellic indie jams that have to date been almost totally non vocal. This time there are several tracks with vocal flaunts to broaden their horizons and stellar trajectories. Upward and onward.

    Lotus WebsiteLotus Wiki

    Repo! The Genetic Opera (Soundtrack) - Repo! The Genetic Opera

    Repo! The Genetic Opera (Soundtrack) - Repo! The Genetic Opera

    Repo! The Genetic Opera (Soundtrack)
    Repo! The Genetic Opera
    Label: Lionsgate

    The plotline may revolve around repossessing body organs in a not too distant future, but with an amazing all-star lineup including Sarah Brightman, Ogre, Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino and Clown from Slipknot in leading rolls, this musical squeals of greatness and immediate cult status.

    Repo! The Genetic Opera (Soundtrack) Website

    Showdown - Back Breaker

    Showdown - Back Breaker

    Showdown
    Back Breaker
    Label: Solid State Records

    The 3rd time is the charm for this thrash/power/death metal group; their best yet! Utilizing powerful Greek myths as the lyrical basis for the songs provides an interesting and powerful tapestry of material to tap into. Good grooves and aural diversity.

    The Showdown Wiki

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