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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2008
    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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    Showdown - Back Breaker

    Showdown - Back Breaker

    Showdown
    Back Breaker
    Label: Solid State Records

    The 3rd time is the charm for this thrash/power/death metal group; their best yet! Utilizing powerful Greek myths as the lyrical basis for the songs provides an interesting and powerful tapestry of material to tap into. Good grooves and aural diversity.

    The Showdown Wiki

    Trin-Tran - Grows A Rose

    Trin-Tran - Grows A Rose

    Trin-Tran
    Grows A Rose
    Label: Animalman Records

    Hyper maniacal one man band and visual spectacle. Very quirky keyboard riffs are spanked by punchy drums and nonsensical lyrics. Not for the faint of heart or the musical purist.


    Uriah Heep - Wake The Sleeper

    Uriah Heep - Wake The Sleeper

    Uriah Heep
    Wake The Sleeper
    Label: Sanctuary Records

    Updating but not abandoning their classic 80s synth rock approach, this release shows the band as strong and musically alluring as ever.

    Uriah Heep WebsiteUriah Heep Wiki

    Apocalyptica - Worlds Collide

    Apocalyptica - Worlds Collide

    Apocalyptica
    Worlds Collide
    Label: 20 20/ Jive Records

    Cellos and heavy metal may be an unlikely combination, but these fine Finnish folks have successfully been kicking out variants on their theme over the years. With several guest vocalists and a couple radio ready singles, this release is a smoking’ mix of their symphonic metal and thrashin’ ragers.

    Apocalyptica WebsiteApocalyptica Wiki

    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

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