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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2008
    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

    Bone Shaker - Bang… You’re Dead

    Bone Shaker - Bang… You’re Dead

    Bone Shaker
    Bang… You’re Dead
    Label: Turkey Vulture Records

    Rippin’, thrashin’ rough and raw metal from Waukesha, WI. This seasoned trio has invigorating their sound with coarse vocals and spunky rhythms to make for a neck-wrecking experience.

    Bone Shaker Website

    Endeverafter - Kiss or Kill

    Endeverafter - Kiss or Kill

    Endeverafter
    Kiss or Kill
    Label: Razor & Tie

    I had no idea that this kind of music was still being produced! Big hair with even bigger egos. Cocky, cheesy, dick in mouth metal/hard rock. I say “Whatever-after” is a better name.

    Endeverafter WebsiteEndeverafter Wiki

    Firewind - The Premonition

    Firewind - The Premonition

    Firewind
    The Premonition
    Label: Century Media

    Driving by guitar wunderkind Gus G. (ex-Dream Evil, Nightrage, Mystic Prophecy, Arch Enemy), this frenzied Greek power metal comes with all the dramatic fortitudes and invigorating arpeggios of musical aptitude one would associate with such head banging eloquence.

    Firewind WebsiteFirewind Wiki

    Giancarlo Vulcano - Vetro

    Giancarlo Vulcano - Vetro

    Giancarlo Vulcano
    Vetro
    Label: Innova

    An instrumental minimalist jazz excursion into mind-tantalizing guitar trysts and technical forays. This recording is the result of the composers involvement with Forecast Music from 2003-2005. For fans of Robert Fripp, Brian Eno, etc.

    Giancarlo Vulcano Website

    Juno Reactor - Gods and Monsters

    Juno Reactor - Gods and Monsters

    Juno Reactor
    Gods and Monsters
    Label: Metropolis Records

    Genre crossing techno united by a vast array of amazing musicians.

    Juno Reactor WebsiteJuno Reactor Wiki

    Peter Mathews - Far From Haggersville

    Peter Mathews - Far From Haggersville

    Peter Mathews
    Far From Haggersville
    Label: Trinema Meia

    Award-winning, Madison-based film maker and musician brings us a soundtrack-type music and film CD with a real life puzzle to solve with actual gold coins as the potential payoff. Very intriguing concept!

    Peter Mathews Website

    Putumayo Presents - Café Cubano

    Putumayo Presents - Café Cubano

    Putumayo Presents
    Café Cubano
    Label: Putumayo World Music

    Envision relaxing at a café on the coast of Cuba exploring the musical heritage evoked by this culturally rich island. From guajiras, trovas, sones, boleros and the nueva trova movement, experience the majestic musical facets and performers presented here.

    Putumayo Presents WebsitePutumayo Presents Wiki

    Sahg - Sahg II

    Sahg - Sahg II

    Sahg
    Sahg II
    Label: Regain Records

    Norwegian doom/stoner metal supergroup as powerful and ferocious as any on the scene today. Crushing Sabbath inspired riffs lilt and cajole the listener into a sagacious platitude of supernal flux and dither.

    Sahg WebsiteSahg Wiki

    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

    Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - Blood Brothers

    Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - Blood Brothers

    Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King
    Blood Brothers
    Label: Alligator Records

    These two well-seasoned blues veterans pool their creativity and talent into this sizzling release.

    Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King WebsiteSmokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King Wiki

    Underculture - Underculture

    Underculture - Underculture

    Underculture
    Underculture
    Label: Undercultured Records

    From the crusty garage rock ‘n’ roll underbelly of Madison comes this punk-a-billy trio. They flippantly flaunt their scruffy, old-age flourishes while resting on pumped up beats and mental quagmires.

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