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  • Eclectic Vibes

    by Andrew Frey

    Reviews From: Year 2009
    From The Inside - Visions

    From The Inside - Visions

    From The Inside
    Visions
    Label: Blistering Records

    Heavily influenced by his recent acoustic slot opening for Journey, this studio brainchild of Danny Vaughn (ex-Tyketto) is overflowing with well written, well produced, radio friendly, melodic rock.

    From The Inside WebsiteFrom The Inside Wiki

    Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate - Seventy Five (75)

    Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate - Seventy Five (75)

    Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate
    Seventy Five (75)
    Label: Heads Up

    Deep reaching double live disc recorded in Lugano, Switzerland culminating the 75 year career of Joe Zawinal who passed on Sept 11, 2007. This world music with a smooth, intricate and innovative jazz backbone also highlights a wide variety of performers and instruments with wide reaching influences.

    Joe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate WebsiteJoe Zawinul & The Zawinul Syndicate Wiki

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Live! (DVD)

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo - Live! (DVD)

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo
    Live! (DVD)
    Label: Heads Up

    The amazing harmony acapella vocals of this group have been heard the world over for over 30 years. Filmed in Akron, Ohio in 2008 this DVD puts recent faces to the voices. 14 songs plus an in-depth interview with the group’s founder, leader and musical director Joseph Shabalala.

    Ladysmith Black Mambazo WebsiteLadysmith Black Mambazo Wiki

    Larkin Grimm - Parplar

    Larkin Grimm - Parplar

    Larkin Grimm
    Parplar
    Label: Young God Records

    Elements of folk, electronica and ultra eclecticism race like wildfire to stoke the pyres of originality and imagination with   astounding results. Her ribald lyrical whit slaps the listeners as sharply a whip and the rhythms worm deliciously into your brain. A real wild one!

    APPEARING LIVE 2/17 at The Frequency in Madison; 2/19 at Stonefly Brewery in Milwaukee; 2/20 at Turf Club in St. Paul, MN.

    Larkin Grimm WebsiteLarkin Grimm Wiki

    Merlot - Insipid Emaciation

    Merlot - Insipid Emaciation

    Merlot
    Insipid Emaciation
    Label: Barbarian Records

    With drum beats so fast I had to laugh, this bleak black metal vision, spewn from some undisclosed Illinois location, buzzes and hums with discordant maneuvers of rhythm, tension and noise. The vocals are choked, scraped and scourged against the manic noise-scape tundra and left to fend for themselves. Wow.


    Sugar Red Drive - Sugar Red Drive

    Sugar Red Drive - Sugar Red Drive

    Sugar Red Drive
    Sugar Red Drive
    Label: Self Released

    As this young band heartily strives to dip into the commercial hard rock pop mélange, they have fashioning a non descript sound featuring post Seattle style vocal crooning and an unimpressive set of sappy rhythms and grooves that get gummed up with overproduction and lack of originality. Sugar overdose?

    Sugar Red Drive Website

    Steven Halpern - Relaxation Suite

    Steven Halpern - Relaxation Suite

    Steven Halpern
    Relaxation Suite
    Label: Inner Peace Music

    Sound and vibrational healing techniques were pioneered by Halpern, the worlds leading composer of healing and relaxation music. This time he has chosen to funnel the healing energy mostly through a piano, with a number other choice instruments woven in. Blissful.

    Steven Halpern WebsiteSteven Halpern Wiki

    Volbeat - Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood

    Volbeat - Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood

    Volbeat
    Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood
    Label: Mascot Records

    A Danish group that has refined their Misfits meets Pantera musical style to include a stronger punk-a-billy attitude with more gang vocals while still maintaining their hep cat swagger and stance. Slick, resourceful and fun.

    Volbeat WebsiteVolbeat Wiki

    Al Conti - Scheherazade

    Al Conti - Scheherazade

    Al Conti
    Scheherazade
    Label: Shadowside Music

    Utilizing the legendary tales of 1001 Arabian nights is a sure bet for a theme and Conti supports the legends with ambient Middle Eastern musical structures while embellishing his work with exotic instruments and captivating arrangements. Escape to another world.

    Al Conti WebsiteAl Conti Wiki

    Burn Sand Burn - Not In Reverse

    Burn Sand Burn - Not In Reverse

    Burn Sand Burn
    Not In Reverse
    Label: Gary the “Landlord” Records

    This 3 piece spawn of Denver, CO gleefully cranks out spunky punk/post punk utterances that twirl tales of melodic indie pop platitudes into a vision of an energetic now.


    Eisbrecher - Sünde

    Eisbrecher - Sünde

    Eisbrecher
    Sünde
    Label: Metropolis Records

    Not all German industrial metal bands sound like Rammstein, but these folks sure do. The unyielding throbbing metal marches form a platform for the foreboding deep German vocals that are barked with a crisp snap.

    Eisbrecher WebsiteEisbrecher Wiki

    Julie The Band - An Act Of Communication

    Julie The Band - An Act Of Communication

    Julie The Band
    An Act Of Communication
    Label: Baby Bird Records

    Effervescent and artsy alt-rock that floats from the extremes of lush etheric choir vocals to abrupt post-punk skewered beats. A horn section adds depth and flavor to this eclectic mix.

    Julie The Band Website

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