Bella Soul Festival in Minnesota during May
REAL SAD A friend of mine kept bugging me to see a noise band that a friend of hers is in. Since noise bands vary greatly, I was hesitant, but the time came and on 4/5 at the Willy St. Bar and Grill (aka. the Wisco) we witnessed Real Sad. This plucky Madison duo provided outlandish deadpan humor with a noisy keyboard delivery. The crowd was enthusiastic and with amazing hits like “I Am the Towel” and “Jared, Jared, Jared” they are certainly headed for the top. Good stuff if ya “get it.”
BASS MONSTER 4/24 found us at the Majestic Theatre. The quirky snappy beats of Elliot Lipp seamlessly gave way to the horrifically over-bassed set of Bass-nectar. This longhaired knob turning freak was certainly having a good time on stage, but we were suffering with the heart-palpitating bass overload. After about 45 minutes of abuse we fled the premises.
FESTI DI BELLA SOL FESTIVAL ALERT! One of the first festivals of the season and boasting a kick-ass lineup, plus it’s at Harmony Park in MN. Some of the performances I am excited about include Heatbox, Stealin Strings, Buckethead, Pnuma Trio, Cornmeal and That1Guy. [www.bellamusicfest.com] or Myspace
This Month's Rating Scale is from 1- Disenfranchised thru 10 - Invigorating
A Tortured Soul - Kiss of the Thorn
Album title: Kiss of the Thorn
Record Label: Eyes Like Snow/Northern Silence Records
Operatic and progressive old-school gothic metal (ala Priest, King Diamond, Shadow’s Fall) from Milwaukee but signed to a German Label. Shadowy doom protruding from a festering pool of abstract progressions.
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Beefus - Manpanzee
Album title: Manpanzee
Record 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.
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Bone Shaker - Bang… You’re Dead
Album title: Bang… You’re Dead
Record 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.
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Endeverafter - Kiss or Kill
Album title: Kiss or Kill
Record 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.
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Fear Nuttin Band - Yardcore
Album title: Yardcore
Record Label: Bodog Music
Dual dancehall style vocals utilizing a wide variety of musical genre platforms to riff off of. Most of them are heavier or punkier; some are more reggae, but all have the hippin,’ hoppin’ vocals. Quite catchy stuff!
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Firewind - The Premonition
Album title: The Premonition
Record 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.
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Giancarlo Vulcano - Vetro
Album title: Vetro
Record 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.
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Gomers - Mike Zirkel
Album title: Mike Zirkel
Record Label: Beeftone
Beloved hometown Madison quirk-nauts spew forth a beguiling array of witty song spins. From utilizing every town in Wisconsin as lyrical fodder to showcasing such guest musicians as Adrian Belew and Robert Fripp, they delight and frolic in the asinine as well as the sublime.
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Juno Reactor - Gods and Monsters
Album title: Gods and Monsters
Record Label: Metropolis Records
Genre crossing techno united by a vast array of amazing musicians.
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Peter Mathews - Far From Haggersville
Album title: Far From Haggersville
Record 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!
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Musicians For Minneapolis - 57 Songs For the I-35W Bridge Disaster Relief Effort
Album title: 57 Songs For the I-35W Bridge Disaster Relief Effort
Record 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.
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Putumayo Presents - Café Cubano
Album title: Café Cubano
Record 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.
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Sahg - Sahg II
Album title: Sahg II
Record 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.
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Smokin' Joe Kubek & Bnois King - Blood Brothers
Album title: Blood Brothers
Record Label: Alligator Records
These two well-seasoned blues veterans pool their creativity and talent into this sizzling release.
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Underculture - Underculture
Album title: Underculture
Record 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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Volbeat - Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil
Album title: Rock The Rebel/Metal The Devil
Record Label: Mascot Records
If the Misfits were playing through Pantera’s equipment, I suspect it would sound something like this. Danish, thrashy, hard-edged punk metal with a clean crooner on vocals and some vintage style rock infarctions. Awesome!
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Vulgar Pang - The Memoirs of Don Juan Gacy
Album title: The Memoirs of Don Juan Gacy
Record Label: Rock Garden
Appleton hosts this powerful and intense metal force. Whether pleading, crooning or powering out, the raspy clean vocals lead the way for a display of amazing musical diversity and depth.
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Zimmers Hole - When You Were Shouting at the Devil
Album title: When You Were Shouting at the Devil
Record Label: Century Media
Ironic and humorous, yet top notch death metal featuring Strapping Young Lad members and ultra prolific drummer Gene Hoglan. Hilarious PSA by Nathan Explosion from Dethklok.
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