Sketchies and Cd Reviews

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On The Wall..

Cd Reviews…

Dubmarine & Laneous And The Family Yah- “Mash Up”(Bird Fire Records)

“Mash Up” sees the local lads and lasses combine forces to release something a little different yet a good fit. Super Mega-team-combo sound attack, maybe? A little chaotic, never commercial and always refreshing live, I was pleasantly impressed by this four-track team-up. The songs have a bit of a dub feel with “E.V.O.L.V.E.D.” opening the attack with Laneous’s rap/soul vocal styling. “Chip” and “Bubblegum” trades rhythms to interesting and I found that I liked this version of “Bubblegum” to the original. “Non Stopper” closes things with a shout-out to the local roots music scene with it’s hand-claps and vocal melodies. “Mash Up” is a good team-up between the two local groups and It would be a sight to see live.

The Dynamites Featuring Charles Walker- “Burn It Down”(Outta Sight Records)

“Burn It Down” is a great funk and soul cocktail courtesy of Charles Walker and The Dynamites. Walker, a veteran in the genre, gives a strong performance befitting his skill and experience. His powerful vocals are equality backed up by The Dynamites’ proficiency in crafting good funk and soul. There is a good showcase of songs from funky opener “Burn It Down”, slow and soulful “I Got Love (For You)” to the upbeat “The Third Degree” to satisfy music lovers. I was quite satisfied with this album and little disappointed that I missed the chance to see them live recently.

The Vaudeville Smash- “Hey/Drunken Cowgirl”

Listening to The Vaudeville Smash’s entree for their upcoming EP was a surprising and a tad retro. The more I listen to the “Hey/Drunken Cowgirl” single, the more I’m reminded of all 80’s music I grew up with. Their sound is clean, upbeat and infectiously, toe-tapping pop of the Steely Dan, Hall and Oats with a dash of Prince variety as exemplified by “Hey”. The opening of “Drunken Cowgirl” really reminded me of George Benson with the singer’s vocals and the the song’s similar sensibilities and hooks. I blame my parents for even knowing who George Benson is. All in all, I like the retro influence of The Vaudeville Smash and could do with more 80’s pop.

Another awesome live gig!!

Coming up next…Taterstomp ’10 sketchies

-Manny Zig Poska

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