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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: National
    Asylum Street Spankers - What? And Give Up Show Biz?

    Asylum Street Spankers - What? And Give Up Show Biz?

    Asylum Street Spankers
    What? And Give Up Show Biz?
    Label: Yellow Dog Records

    The Spankers put on a humorous and entertaining show to be sure and this 2 disc set nicely displays the many facets of this extremely versatile band. Their classics are interspersed with stage banter and stories that round out the live show atmosphere.

    The Asylum Street Spankers WebsiteThe Asylum Street Spankers Wiki

    Electric Six - Flashy

    Electric Six - Flashy

    Electric Six
    Flashy
    Label: Metropolis Records

    Elaborating on their past success as bratty retro rock rebels. This time the songs manage to evoke a smoky club filled with crazy kinksters where certain selections come off fresher or staler than others. A mixed bag here.

    Electric Six WebsiteElectric Six Wiki

    Jimmy

    Jimmy "Duck" Holmes - Gonna Get Old Someday

    Jimmy "Duck" Holmes
    Gonna Get Old Someday
    Label: Fat Possum Records

    The Blue Front Café was the incubator for this simple smooth flowing style of blues known as the Bentonia Blues style, originated in Bentonia, MS and made famous by Skip James and Jack Owens. This release highlights what this style offers through one of the only known living practitioners.

    Jimmy "Duck" Holmes Wiki

    Punisher - War Zone - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Punisher - War Zone - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

    Punisher
    War Zone - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
    Label: Lionsgate

    Punctuated by the zesty original Rob Zombie movie theme single and supported with noteworthy tracks released before by 13 other popular metal artists including Slayer, Slipknot, Hatebreed, Seether, and Static-X. Hope the movie is as good as the soundtrack!

    The Punisher WebsiteThe Punisher Wiki

    Tony Furtado - Deep Water

    Tony Furtado - Deep Water

    Tony Furtado
    Deep Water
    Label: Funzalo Records

    Furtado is an award winning banjo prodigy and slide guitar player so it comes as no surprise that this release spotlights an entertaining blend of both instruments. The diverse songs are propelled by rich rhythmic undertones with a folksy flair.

    Tony Furtado WebsiteTony Furtado Wiki

    Tribe After Tribe - M.O.A.B. - Stories from Deuteronomy

    Tribe After Tribe - M.O.A.B. - Stories from Deuteronomy

    Tribe After Tribe
    M.O.A.B. - Stories from Deuteronomy
    Label: Rodeostar Records

    Intense psychedelic guitars propelled with tribal pulsations are polarized on other tracks by mystical Peter Gabriel-esque ethereal ethno rhythms. Using Biblical alliteration and references they seek to ignite introspection and further research into the dangers, hypocrisies and absurdities of the world’s current belief systems.


    Two Left Feet - Two Left Feet

    Two Left Feet - Two Left Feet

    Two Left Feet
    Two Left Feet
    Label: Skilletone Records

    Self indulgent indie pop rock with a humorous flair. I suspect they put on quite a show for the throngs who appreciate their oft Weezer-esque droll lyrical delivery and sarcastic wit. Sadly, I was not enamored.

    Two Left Feet Website

    We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year - We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year

    We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year - We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year

    We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year
    We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year
    Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment

    12 classic holiday tracks respun into riffed up xmas anthems by select metal all stars from bands including Anthrax, Judas Priest, Toto, Styx, Ratt, Dio and Black Sabbath. Something is both heartening and horrible as Lemmy gargles the lyrics to “Run Rudolph Run” and Geoff Tate warbles out “Silver Bells” while Chuck Billy growls a decidedly NOT “Silent Night.”

    We Wish You A Metal Xmas And A Headbanging New Year Website

    Faces Of March - Confessions

    Faces Of March - Confessions

    Faces Of March
    Confessions
    Label: Kurfew Records

    Even though this female fronted gothic tinged power metal outfit sways a bit heavy on the commercial side for me, they throw down some catchy tunes, decent ballads and a tight vision of their future. Onward!

    Faces Of March Website

    Televangelist And The Architect - There’s A Song In There Somewhere

    Televangelist And The Architect - There’s A Song In There Somewhere

    Televangelist And The Architect
    There’s A Song In There Somewhere
    Label: Undetected Plagiarism

    Rampant with artistic flair, these slightly droll folk rockers force out a slurry of simple yet downtrodden melodies and meandering story lines for us to follow.

    The Televangelist And The Architect Website

    From The Inside - Visions

    From The Inside - Visions

    From The Inside
    Visions
    Label: Blistering Records

    Heavily influenced by his recent acoustic slot opening for Journey, this studio brainchild of Danny Vaughn (ex-Tyketto) is overflowing with well written, well produced, radio friendly, melodic rock.

    From The Inside WebsiteFrom The Inside Wiki

    Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate - Seventy Five (75)

    Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate - Seventy Five (75)

    Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate
    Seventy Five (75)
    Label: Heads Up

    Deep reaching double live disc recorded in Lugano, Switzerland culminating the 75 year career of Joe Zawinal who passed on Sept 11, 2007. This world music with a smooth, intricate and innovative jazz backbone also highlights a wide variety of performers and instruments with wide reaching influences.

    Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate WebsiteJoe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate Wiki

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