Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

Reviews From: Funk
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

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

Gomers - Mike Zirkel

Gomers - Mike Zirkel

Gomers
Mike Zirkel
Label: Beeftone

Beloved hometown Madison quirk-nauts spew forth a beguiling array of witty song spins. From utilizing every town in Wisconsin as lyrical fodder to showcasing such guest musicians as Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp, they delight and frolic in the asinine as well as the sublime.

The Gomers WebsiteThe Gomers Wiki

EOTO - Razed

EOTO - Razed

EOTO
Razed
Label: Sci Fidelity Records

Funky swirls of patterned rhythms bump and repel through electronic sound-scapes that fly free with an air of jam-tronic completion and trip-hop contemplation. Jason Hann and Michael Travis (of STRING CHEESE INCIDENT) are the synthesizing musical musculature that weaves this craft to consciousness. Live, they are 100% improvisational, creating a unique experience nightly.

EOTO WebsiteEOTO Wiki

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

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

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

Tower Of Power - Great American Soulbook

Tower Of Power - Great American Soulbook

Tower Of Power
Great American Soulbook
Label: Tower of Power Records

High energy funk, delicate jazz and deep soul all find a structure on this release filled with revisioned soul classics that the band found influential. It’s pretty OK. Guests include Tom Jones and Huey Lewis.

Tower Of Power WebsiteTower Of Power Wiki

Blue Olives - Marmalade

Blue Olives - Marmalade

Blue Olives
Marmalade
Label: Self Released

Upbeat, slick and well juiced blues and blues rock backed with swingin’ sassy horns and a gutsy robust vocal blast. This Janesville powerhouse boasts a 15 year history, playing the area often and gigging weekly at Fin’s in Newville.

The Blue Olives Website

Horse Meat Disco - Horse Meat Disco

Horse Meat Disco - Horse Meat Disco

Horse Meat Disco
Horse Meat Disco
Label: Strut Records

Get ready to move some bootay! This body bumpin’ double disc collection features London club founders James Hillard and Jim Stanton mixing up select disco era gems followed by a second disc of untouched disco ditties. Get to the dance floor already!


Kyle Hollingsworth - Then There’s Now

Kyle Hollingsworth - Then There’s Now

Kyle Hollingsworth
Then There’s Now
Label: Sci Fidelity Records

This String Cheese Incident alumni has developed a finely designed array of catchy heartfelt melodies and immediately palatable rhythms. Compelling choruses and interspersed electronica electrify these creations with a broad and jam friendly resonance.

Kyle Hollingsworth Website

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band - Greatest Hips Volume II

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band - Greatest Hips Volume II

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band
Greatest Hips Volume II
Label: Self Released

YMBFBB’s live show captured here is saturated with shooting anthemic lyrics, crowd pleasing antics, mega grooves, a booty shakin’ brass section and an energetic audience. Six heady hard working musicians from Asheville, NC blow the doors off the joint through their elevated conflagration of musicianship and attendance participation. Find a sweet spot and ride out the jams man!

Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band Website

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