Album Reviews

BackNBloom: Music For The Modern Monkey

BackNBloom: Music For The Modern Monkey (Album Review) thumb backnbloomalbum

Released September 13, 2011

I received this album directly from Lori Steele, vocalist and electric violinist of BackNBloom, the techno-fusion duo she shares with Alberto Beka.

They are from Los Angeles. We have an unspoken rule around here, real music, real instruments. So how does an electro-pop rock album fit into our set?

First, Lori's voice is a siren in the world of wanna-be-gruff women vocalists. She reminds me of Harriet Wheeler from the underrated 90's pop band The Sundays, or Mary Ramsey who joined the 10, 000 Maniacs after Natalie Merchant's departure. Her sound is consistent throughout the album and a joyously easy listen, with an interesting quality and range.

Alberto Beka engineers and plays guitar both on the album and during their live sets. There is a lot of talent to be had. With all original songs and unique arrangements, the understated guitarist will continue to add to the mix as this musical match evolves.

We love all genres and styles of music. More than that, I love interesting instruments and since my visit to the Birds of Flame with Chris Devine on electric violin, I can be easily led to follow an electric violin anywhere. BackNBloom sports this instrument proudly without showing off. I've watched the live footage and it is amazing to note that so many different sounds can emerge from two mere mortals.

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All songs written, recorded, produced and mixed by BackNBloom. *

* The song "Heed the Flashes" was mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers) at the Ballroom Studios, assistant mix engineer Will Brierre.

D Organization studios mastered the album.

BACKNBLOOM is: Lori Steele - Vocals & Violin; Alberto Beka - Guitar, Programer, Engineer

Visit their website for their entire collection here.  For interview and more live video of their set click here.

 

Out On The Tiles

Buckethead: Sept 10th, 2011 at the 9:30 Club

"I Put a Spell on You": A Bucketbot is Born

Review and Photography by Rachel Lange.

I know the exact moment I crossed over and became a Bucketbot.  It was at Buckethead's September 10th show at Washington DC's 9:30 Club.  Halfway through his set, he shuffled over to my end of the stage, stood at its edge, his left hand fluttering along his guitar's fretboard like Anne Sullivan signing furious messages of guitar glory into the palms of Helen Keller, while he reached a ghoulish right hand out over the crowd.  The teenage boys surrounding me immediately leaned toward him like iron filings drawn to a giant magnet, but I stood momentarily hypnotized, my hands on my cheeks and a dopey grin on my face.  His eyes passed over me for a second and I spent the rest of the show wishing he would hypnotize me all the time.  I was in love with every second of his performance; I couldn't remember the last time I had so much fun at a show.  But it's worse than that: I was doomed.  Buckethead — the white mask-wearing, KFC bucket-sporting, toy-distributing, horror-film loving guitar god with the mad nunchacku and robot skills — gave life to a 37-year-old behemoth fan.

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