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CD Review Gomez - A New Tide

Gomez

A New Tide
Record Label: ATO Records
Review by John Noyd
April 2009

Skipping, skidding and hopping happily from Bo Diddley didigeroos to crashing flashes of psychedelic guitar, Gomez return to the rootsy musical experiments that started ten years ago with their DIY debut, “Bring It On.” Five studio releases and a few solo ventures later, “Tide,” overflows with chiming rhymes, electro-acoustic spookiness and shape-shifting rhythms.


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CD Review Speedfreaks - Survive

Speedfreaks

Survive
Record Label: S/F Records
Review by Chris Fox
February 2009

This Milwaukee quartet churns out a whole new brand of punk rock with thirteen heavy tracks. They combine punk vocals with grinding riffs that pound like Motorhead, even the cover art resembles such. These guys glorify old school speed metal while staying true to their punk roots.


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CD Review Evenstar - Through The Seasons

Evenstar

Through The Seasons
Record Label: Boxman Records
Review by Chris Fox
February 2009

Defining the sound of EVENSTAR is a complex task, given their punk and alternative rock influences. These Milwaukee natives deliver a seven song modern rock saga that will keep you interested. Masterful guitar work and well-constructed songs really force you to pay attention while surrounding you with symphonious sound. You won’t find any catchy choruses or defining guitar riffs, but the melding of all the important elements create great music


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CD Review Hamsa Lila - Live In Santa Cruz

Hamsa Lila

Live In Santa Cruz
Record Label: In The Pocket Records
Review by Greg Hatrumian
February 2009

This generous double cd, from San Fransico-based Hamsa Lila, can rightfully claim “state of the art” status for digital recordings in both sound reproduction and live mixing. The resultant clarity of the instruments and voices, with faint echoes of audience and hall ambiance, are nothing short of stunning.


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CD Review The Pale Figures - Memphis and Chicago

Pale Figures

Memphis and Chicago
Record Label: Peacefist Records
Review by Jeff Muendel
January 2009

The Pale Figures are a rock band featuring the song writing of Chicago-based musician Aaron Lindstrom , formerly of Madison band Cup O’ Joe, and New York-based singer/songwriter Cory Larson. Over a period of two years, Larson and Lindstrom traded music through the mail, writing music with the style and sound of Memphis music in mind. Eventually, given the historical rivalry between Chicago’s Chess Records and Memphis’s Sun Studio, The Pale Figures thought it would be interesting to contrast the Memphis sound with the Chicago sound.


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CD Review Pachyderm Recording Artists - So Large We Ran Out Of Room… Again

Pachyderm Recording Artists

So Large We Ran Out Of Room… Again
Record Label: Self Released
Review by Geert Driver
January 2009

Minneapolis area Pachyderm Studio is releasing thier second compilation CD. The disc highlights the past 12 months of work done in the infamous studio since the release of its first effort in 2007. Included are bands from the entire Midwest region. Northern Room from Milwaukee opens the disc with “BlackLight”, a mainstream pop single.

Minneapolis based New Rebelution hits the Reggae button with “Grateful Dread” a thought-provoked example of how unspent potential can affect us. Mankato Jam Grass experts Useful Jenkins kick it hard with “outlaw” and The Rez represents Duluth with the hippie jam “Salvador Dali”. The compilation gets heavy with Madison’s Droids Attack, “The Cardinal and the Pachyderm” named in connection with two great regional venues.


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