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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2008
    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

    Free Falls Burning - Frenzy Of The Absolute

    Free Falls Burning - Frenzy Of The Absolute

    Free Falls Burning
    Frenzy Of The Absolute
    Label: Conspiracy Records

    This incessantly slow grind and churn outfit pulls out achingly somber yet meditative sonic soliloquies that would leave few standing. Time warping trance etheric tonalities.

    Free Falls Burning 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.

    HR (of Bad Brains) WebsiteHR (of Bad Brains) Wiki

    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.

    Legendary Pink Dots WebsiteLegendary Pink Dots Wiki

    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.


    Putumayo Presents - Acoustic Arabia

    Putumayo Presents - Acoustic Arabia

    Putumayo Presents
    Acoustic Arabia
    Label: Putumayo World Music

    Sandstorm powered acoustic grooves delight the senses and take us on subtle, laid back journeys through distant lands with a variety of Middle Eastern and North African artists including Les Orientales, Jamal Porto, and Zein Al-Jundi.

    Putumayo Presents Website

    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.

    Abney Park WebsiteAbney Park Wiki

    Cyberchump - Our Wizards Of Earth

    Cyberchump - Our Wizards Of Earth

    Cyberchump
    Our Wizards Of Earth
    Label: Internal Combustion

    Two extremely equipped psychedelic musicians from Milwaukee utilize their gaggle of instruments to produce a fascinating albeit quirky electronic soundscape repertoire with rooms and areas to float, groove, slide. A vibrant undercurrent of leading and teasing sound strings tie the listener to the musical affirmations driving the concepts.

    Cyberchump WebsiteCyberchump Wiki

    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.

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