Saturday, February 20, 2010

I Hear a New World Podcast #17- Stacks of Wax Vol.3

The 17th episode of I Hear a New World is available for download at

This edition features many vinyl treasures that I picked up at local record stores over the last couple weeks. Artists that were featured on this podcast include Grass Widow, Neil Young, Ornette Coleman, Rev Louis Overstreet and Thee Oh Sees. It features an upbeat mixture of psychedelia, gospel blues, jazz, afro-groove and spanish flamenco.

I would love to hear your thoughts about this week's podcast, so please drop me a line. Also, I would be happy to provide a tracklist for this show to anyone who is interested.

Keep it tuned to Eclectic Grooves for more amazing sounds in the coming weeks.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Plain Brown Wrappers #7- The Unveiling

Well, this one wasn't too popular with the readers, and even the faithful commenters weren't sure what they thought of this tasty platter. What can I say? I can't please everyone all of the time, but I would have hoped for a little more feedback on this one.

It seems like the Plain Brown Wrappers series has run its course, at least as far as most of my visitors are concerned. Your silence speaks volumes. Maybe there is nothing that I can post on here that hasn't been said or done before. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that I have decided to call it a day here at Eclectic Grooves. I just need to rethink the direction of this blog, as hits, comments and reader appreciation has been at an all time low.

For the two commenters who were actually curious about the identitiy of last week's featured Plain Brown Wrappers, this post is for you.

While some interesting band names were dropped, neither of the commenters were able to guess last week's artist and album title. Although I will say that I was intrigued enough with the bands that were mentioned to search for some of their stuff.

Without further ado, the answer is Sweden's Arbete Och Fritid's 1977 double album entitled Se Upp for Livet. This was the first disc, and in my opinion it's the better of the two. I felt that it ecapsulated what makes the Plain Brown Wrappers series so enticing to the readers: obscure, mind-bending music that is hard to pin down to any specific genre or era of time.

Tonight, I will be working on the next I Hear a New World podcast that will probably be uploaded sometime later in the week.

Until next time...

Monday, February 08, 2010

Plain Brown Wrappers #7- Psychedelic Hopscotch

As I was wrapping up my last podcast, I honestly thought that a new Plain Brown Wrappers was within earshot. But the unpredictable nature of life stepped in to reveal that there are some things that need to take precedent over Eclectic Grooves. I'll be the first to admit that I wish I had more time to dedicate to the blog, but free time has been available in short doses during the past month. For those of you who are still stopping by, I wanted to extend my deepest gratitude to you for sticking by me through thick and thin (believe me I know it's been thin lately).

Anyway, It took a little coaxing from one of the regulars to light a firecracker under my ass, but I am happy to say that I have something special for the latest episode of Plain Brown Wrappers.

What begins with a subtle hum slowly builds into a cascading wave of noise fragments that finally explodes into a full-on frenzied freakout by the closing of the track. You would think that by the sound of this opening track, you could write this band off as the latest in a dying breed of experimental noise artists with a penchant for earth shattering dynamics, but this is only the first chapter in a story that unfolds in unpredicatable, twisting patterns. There is much to be discovered here that pays off after repeated listens, so let your mind go and experience the expansive sonic unverse that awaits you around the corner.

I would love for all of you to participate in guessing the identity of this week's Plain Brown Wrappers!

Until next time...