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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2009
    Underworld Vs. The Misterons - Athens

    Underworld Vs. The Misterons - Athens

    Underworld Vs. The Misterons
    Athens
    Label: !K7 Records

    A curious confusion of a compilation album with an experiment jazz mood crescendo. From Mahavishnu Orchestra to Roxy Music to Squarepusher, these trax range from danceable funk to trancing jazz and beyond. Underworld is back.

    Underworld Vs. The Misterons Website

    Charles Walker Band - Used And Defiant

    Charles Walker Band - Used And Defiant

    Charles Walker Band
    Used And Defiant
    Label: Ehlona Records

    Tight, classy kick ass blues from Milwaukee, WI. Deep grooving, high energy music propelled by the charismatic vocals of Miss Shanna Jackson and expertly supported by 4 seasoned career musicians including songwriter and bandleader Charles Walker himself. Music to season your soul with.

    The Charles Walker Band Website

    Cathy-Anne McClintock - Cathy-Anne McClintock

    Cathy-Anne McClintock - Cathy-Anne McClintock

    Cathy-Anne McClintock
    Cathy-Anne McClintock
    Label: 37 Records

    Tumbling past her tenure in country band Tumbleweed, this singer songwriter enlists Tim O’Brien to enrapture a more folksy element of the modern country spectrum with her charm. Not my usual territory, but something caught my eye.

    Cathy-Anne McClintock Website

    Chinese Stars - Heaven On Speed Dial

    Chinese Stars - Heaven On Speed Dial

    Chinese Stars
    Heaven On Speed Dial
    Label: Anchor Brain Records

    Dissonant lubrications disjoint and realign at the sadistic whim of these overlords of musical funk-dissonance. Join this scramble for stability amidst the charming yet volatile excursions into dangerous anti-pop melodies grinning with smart ass punk taunting vocals.

    The Chinese Stars WebsiteThe Chinese Stars Wiki

    EOTO - Fire The Lazers!

    EOTO - Fire The Lazers!

    EOTO
    Fire The Lazers!
    Label: Sci Fidelity Recordings

    Immediately engulfing the listener in a womb of intensely perplexing otherworldly sounds “Fire The Lazers!” drinks from a dazzling selection of galaxy shaking electronic riffs and drum kit dips. The robust bass spectrum sounds rub and tickle your ears and body with a special nonchalant fervor. Michael Travis and Jason Hann (both String Cheese Incident alumnist’s) have birthed another quirky recorded masterpiece while maintaining their improvisational live performances.

    EOTO WebsiteEOTO Wiki

    Fall Of Troy - In The Unlikely Event

    Fall Of Troy - In The Unlikely Event

    Fall Of Troy
    In The Unlikely Event
    Label: Equal Vision Records

    An unpredictable subterfuge of punk, jazz, noise and progressive rock that has resulted in a surprisingly fresh and interesting offering. The emotional and edgy vocals are mixed only slightly with screemo. This highly charged trio from Mulkilteo, WA is ready to rocket to success.

    The Fall Of Troy WebsiteThe Fall Of Troy Wiki

    Heavy Trash - Midnight Soul Serenade

    Heavy Trash - Midnight Soul Serenade

    Heavy Trash
    Midnight Soul Serenade
    Label: Big Legal Mess Records

    Surfing through clever escapades into bluesy vintage rock as well as smirking garage punk sojourns. These creative juices again stratified by musical comrades Jon Spencer and Matt Verta-Ray reek of dark mirth and flavorful kitsch.

    Heavy Trash WebsiteHeavy Trash Wiki

    Leaves' Eyes - Njord

    Leaves' Eyes - Njord

    Leaves' Eyes
    Njord
    Label: Napalm Records

    Regal and fully manifested gothic operatic metal. The ever entrancing Liv Kristine along with her brethren from the mighty band Atrocity has crafted another musical feast of myth and legend from the Norse land. Orchestrating a new level of fantasy and delight.

    Leaves' Eyes WebsiteLeaves' Eyes Wiki

    Passafire - Everyone On Everynight

    Passafire - Everyone On Everynight

    Passafire
    Everyone On Everynight
    Label: Law Records

    A refreshingly colorful approach to utilizing the reggae vibe and riffs while expanding the overall flavor with jam, funk, prog and hard rock. Hooks that slide into your mind and sincere lyrics that pacify or antagonize as needed.

    Passafire Website

    Slavic Soul Party - Taketron

    Slavic Soul Party - Taketron

    Slavic Soul Party
    Taketron
    Label: Barbes Records

    Meet the horny side of New York’s Balkan musical revolution which also includes Gogol Bordello and Balkan Beat Box. Brandishing a barrage of briskly driven Balkan rhythms the songs are funneled through their impressive 9 piece horn section formulating highly danceable jazz, funk and folk exercises.

    Slavic Soul Party Website

    Suit Of Lights - Bacteria

    Suit Of Lights - Bacteria

    Suit Of Lights
    Bacteria
    Label: Visiting Hours Music

    I don’t get this. Good quality (well paid?) musicians (including Trevor Dunn) playing the most flaccid, poorly produced alt-pop crap you can imagine. As a bonus, the album cover is forgettable, blaze and unreadable. Wow does this suck!

    Suit Of Lights WebsiteSuit Of Lights Wiki

    Ziggy Marley - Family Time

    Ziggy Marley - Family Time

    Ziggy Marley
    Family Time
    Label: Tuff Gong Worldwide

    Bob’s eldest son switches gears and focuses his good grooving reggae melodies towards the youngsters. Friend and family guests here include Rita Marley, Paul Simon, Willy Nelson, Jack Johnson and more!  Did you see him singing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade?

    Ziggy Marley WebsiteZiggy Marley Wiki

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