Hazmat Modine is a blues/folk/world fusion/jazz musical group from New York. "Hazmat" is a portmanteau of "hazardous material", Matt Modine is an American actor, and "Modine" is the name of a company that manufactures commercial heaters but may be used to refer to the heater itself. According to lead singer, Wade Schuman this is appropriate since the band "blows a lot of hot air," including harmonicas, tubas and saxophones.
Hazmat Modine was featured on the National Public Radio program "All Things Considered" on October 25, 2006, and on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation program "The Daily Planet" on May 29, 2006.
Reviewing the album for Allmusic, Jeff Tamarkin gave it four stars out of a possible five, and termed it a "stunning debut". Tamarkin praised the band for successfully fusing styles as disparate as blues, jazz, klezmer, calypso, and ska into "music that sounds at once ageless and primeval, authentically indigenous and inexplicably otherworldly, familiar and unlike anything else." He also praised the group for making "listener-friendly music" that doesn't "require a degree in ethnomusicology to enjoy".
Pitchfork Media reviewer Joe Tangari gave the album's track "Everybody Loves You," a collaboration with Tuvan throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu, a four-star review. Characterizing it as "generalized roots music that takes from pretty much any roots it sees fit," he praised it as "true world music, weird and wonderful to the last note."
- Wade Schuman: lead vocals and harmonica
- Joseph Daley: tuba, Sousaphone
- Pamela Fleming: trumpet, flugelhorn
- Steve Elson: saxophone, duduk
- Pete Smith: guitar
- Michael Gomez: guitar
- Richard Huntley: drums
- Rachelle Garniez: accordion, claviola, vocals
- Bill Barrett:- harmonica
|Title||Date of release||Record label|
|Bahamut||August 2006||Barbès Records (JARO in Europe)|
|Cicada||May 2011||Barbès Records (JARO in Europe)|
- Marty Lipp. "Hazmat Modine: a RootsWorld Interview," accessed December 11, 2008.
- Eyre, Banning. ""Alien and Familiar: The Music of Hazmat Modine"," National Public Radio, published October 25, 2006, accessed February 15, 2008.
- "Hazmat Modine", ABC.net.au, published May 29, 2006, accessed February 15, 2008.
- "Hazmat Modine - Charts & Awards", Allmusic, accessed February 15, 2008.
- Tamarkin, Jeff. "Bahamut - Overview", Allmusic, accessed February 15, 2008.
- Tangari, Joe. ""Everybody Loves You" Track Review," Pitchfork Media, published January 3, 2007, accessed February 15, 2008.
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