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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2008
    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

    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

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