Eclectic Vibes - October 2010

by Andrew Frey

Trailer Park Boys

Trailer Park Boys


On 10/16 The Barrymore Theatre offers us the Trailer Park Boys. I have no idea what their live performance will be like, but the series and movies that spawned the fame of Ricky, Julian and Bubbles was funny, bizarre and filled with characters sporting deep flaws and cantankerous attitudes that made it a knee slapping delight to watch. Originally (and still) aired on the Showcase network in Canada. As TV guide says, “It’s as if The Dukes of Hazzard boys got drunk on Cooter’s moonshine and Uncle Jesse whipped out his handycam.”


In case you aren’t doing haunting on Halloween this year perhaps you could consider going to the Gogol Bordello show at the Capital Theater. Touring in support of their recent Trans-Continental Hustle (produced by Rick Ruben) this gypsy punk phenomenon has been going strong now for 5 albums. The crazy energy of this nine-piece juggernaut is harnessed and focused by head gypsy Eugen Hutz. Their beautifully bent music is infused with ska, metal, rap, dub, punk that will keep you on your toes for hours.

This Month's Rating Scale is from 1 is Dung Beatle thru 10 is Scarab

King Sunny Ade - Baba Mo Tunde

King Sunny Ade - Baba Mo Tunde

King Sunny Ade

Album title: Baba Mo Tunde
Record Label: Mesa/Bluemoon Recordings
Rating: 10

I’ve been a fan of this Nigerian native Afro-pop mega legend for quite some time so I was delighted to hear about his first studio album in over 10 years. The second of this twin disc release blasts off with the 31 min title track and if you make it through that on your feet, you might as well call in sick for the week cause you will be shaking and dancing all day and night to these incredible and inviting masterpieces.

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Brandt Brauer Frick - You Make Me Real

Brandt Brauer Frick - You Make Me Real

Brandt Brauer Frick

Album title: You Make Me Real
Record Label: !K7 Records
Rating: 9

This trio may involve many disparate elements to form and evolve their minimalistic techno treatise, but the finished compositions caress a quirky yet comforting combination of percussion and electronica that makes one swing with delight.

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Fat Freddy's Drop - Live At Roundhouse London

Fat Freddy's Drop - Live At Roundhouse London

Fat Freddy's Drop

Album title: Live At Roundhouse London
Record Label: The Drop
Rating: 10

These slick party monsters have metered out a taste of what it is to see FFD live. They may be New Zealand natives but you would have no idea of that based on their collision of deep grooves gathered from a worldwide sound overflowing with funk, reggae, ska, dub, blues, soul and tons more. It’s easy to lose yourself in these 6 jammed out versions of their highly entertaining songs which all top 10 minutes each!

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Kazyak - A Beautiful Brontosaurus

Kazyak - A Beautiful Brontosaurus


Album title: A Beautiful Brontosaurus
Record Label: Ground Up Productions
Rating: 9

Bebobble-deeing between countrified jams and upstart funky rock may show off a classic jam rock band influence, but this friendly and flowing vision utilizes an ambitious combination of elements to create a memorable recording filled with harmony vocals, salient solos and delectable rhythms that are especially admirable for a trio to produce.

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Chico Mann - Analog Drift

Chico Mann - Analog Drift

Chico Mann

Album title: Analog Drift
Record Label: Wax Poetics Records
Rating: 10

Except for the effervescent cover of Talking Heads ‘Once in a Lifetime,’ Analog Drift was composed and played entirely by Marcos Garcia who IS Chico Mann. As a member of Anatibala Afrobeat Orchestra he traveled the world and learned all about Afro-Cuban funk which he expertly employs here along with other well chosen influences.

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