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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2008
    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

    Crematory - Pray

    Crematory - Pray

    Crematory
    Pray
    Label: Blistering Records

    These mighty and powerful German gothic doom wizards have conjured another “very now” offering. Blasting a full spectrum of darkened metal including a multi tonal vocal attack plus some electronic elements expounds upon their prior 15 year catalogue of success

    Crematory WebsiteCrematory 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

    Ian Tescee - A Traveler’s Guide To MARS

    Ian Tescee - A Traveler’s Guide To MARS

    Ian Tescee
    A Traveler’s Guide To MARS
    Label: Self Released

    A serene electronic landscape of sound forms that flow through a stellar selection of ambient space-scapes. From upbeat and funky as we enter “The New World” through dark somber “Dust Red Sky” the space music lover will rejoice.

    Ian Tescee Website

    Jorn - Lonely Are The Brave

    Jorn - Lonely Are The Brave

    Jorn
    Lonely Are The Brave
    Label: Blistering Records

    Built around Norwegian Jorn Lande who is touted as being an extraordinary vocalist. Upon listening however, I was struck by how ordinary and blaze’ the music and most of the vocals are. Surprisingly average overall.

    Jorn WebsiteJorn Wiki

    Judgehydrogen - Cult of Blood

    Judgehydrogen - Cult of Blood

    Judgehydrogen
    Cult of Blood
    Label: Rising Oculus Records

    Hair raising atmospheres gurgling with virulent doom struck metal. This macabre one man project, bred in Middleton, WI, produces primal disturbances in the creep-a-dellic frequency spectrum while profanely exercising a deep gothic vocal pleasure. Seriously dark.

    Judgehydrogen Website

    Kraak & Smaak - Plastic People

    Kraak & Smaak - Plastic People

    Kraak & Smaak
    Plastic People
    Label: Ultra Records

    This club friendly concoction conjoins disparate musical rhythms and beats into highly contagious cohesive danceable rhythms. Quite a clever musical aptitude. The spaced out and mystical cover of “Man of Constant Sorrow” is worth reverence alone!

    Kraak & Smaak WebsiteKraak & Smaak 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

    Natty Nation - Reincarnation

    Natty Nation - Reincarnation

    Natty Nation
    Reincarnation
    Label: iNatty Records

    Madison reggae legends blast the Midwest with more of their infectiously buoyant rhythms and hip hoppin’ hybrid temptations. Lyrically mixing Jah philosophy with various related paths of mysticism allows for new spiritual perspectives for which their music may glide on.

    Natty Nation WebsiteNatty Nation 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

    Pert Near Sandstone - Needle & Thread

    Pert Near Sandstone - Needle & Thread

    Pert Near Sandstone
    Needle & Thread
    Label: Self Released

    A string contorting bluegrass band emanating from the Twin Cities. Upholding the American string-band tradition while upshifting expansive amounts of enthusiasm into a rousting reverie and full tilt expression.

    Pert Near Sandstone WebsitePert Near Sandstone Wiki

     - Theories of Tension

    - Theories of Tension


    Theories of Tension
    Label: Self Released

    A many faceted award winning Madison based metal outfit that throws down some prog rock, math rock and extreme jazz compositions in an aspiring manner. Somehow the recording is loose/rough/thin in a few areas which diminishes the exuberant talent contained here.

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