Friday, March 24, 2017

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

My current favorite songs

It's Thursday and time for me to share with my readers my current favorite songs. I couldn't resist and leave a few songs on my playlist this week. There are just some songs I just can't stop listening to and this the case with NamNamBulu's "Return", Graveyard Club's "Blue Angel", and Xandria's "Forsaken Love" just to name a few. Those songs are just so ridiculously catchy.

I am totally digging the sounds of Graveyard Club. I wish I could have gone to their show at the Triple Rock earlier this week but it was during a work week. One day I will see them live.

Today I discovered the Canadian band Ghost Twin. They have a new album coming out in May. I listened to two songs from that album on their bandcamp page. I really dug what I heard. I also took a listen to their previous release. The song that captured my attention was "Mystic Sabbath". That song is so freaking good. Definitely will have to buy their new album when it comes out. Check them out.

I am totally digging the new Delta Rae song "A Long And Happy Life". This is not the sort of music I usually help promote but I really like this band. Their sound is a mix of rock, pop, country, and folk.

One of my other favorite songs off the new NamNamBulu album is "One Breath". The entire album is absolutely wonderful. Storming the Base has physical copies of the album for sale. That is where I got mine.

In honor of spring, I put on Black Violin's excellent interpretation of "Spring" by Vivaldi. The duo gives the song a hip hop edge.

Got some a bit of a '90s vibe on this playlist with tracks by Concrete Blonde, Belly, and The Breeders. I really have been loving The Breeders' "Drivin' on 9". What a super catchy song. Back in college as a freshman, I had a roommate who had a copy of Last Splash, I absolutely loved "Drivin' on 9" the most.

I have been listening a lot to the new Hydrah track "Ominous" quite a bit. It is a lot different from her other songs. Very different. There are no vocals and the music has a classical influence to the song. It took a few listens for the song to grow on me.

No matter how old the song is, "All Through the Night" remains to be my favorite Cyndi Lauper song ever. This song really showcases Cyndi Lauper's vocal range the best. I am so glad I went to her show at the now former Mill City Nights a few years ago. She obviously takes very good care of her vocal chords because when she performed it that night sounded as good as when I first heard it on the radio as a child.

Having seen the film Beauty and The Beast and loving every second of it, I just had to add "Evermore" by Dan Stevens.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Earworm of the Week

Earlier this week I added the song "Driving on 9" by The Breeders from their album Last Splash. The song has been stuck in my head since then. The song is so ridiculously catchy. It is so different from the rest of the album. As someone who has a strong disdain for modern country music, I love this track and its country-ish vibe. This is one of the few songs I do not mind having stuck in my head for hours or days on end. Unlike say just about any song by Jennifer Lopez.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Album Of The Week: Elegies by Tiny Deaths

Last weekend I went over to the Electric Fetus and treated myself to some new music. One of the albums I bought was the new album by local act Tiny Deaths which consists of Claire de Lune and producer Grant Cutler (ex-Lookbook). I have been a fan for a couple of years. I think word of mouth via City Pages is how I discovered Tiny Deaths. I have only been able to catch Tiny Deaths live a couple of times but when I have (last time when TD opened up for Sleigh Bells last fall) they sounded amazing.

Elegies is the new release from Claire and Grant. It is a beautifully, lush electropop album. I have been listening to the album every day since I bought it. The album is easily my favorite release from the duo. It is short but very sweet. I am reminded at times of Goldfrapp when they have toned down the dance beats and are more subdued and mellow. Please take a listen to their new album. It is fantastic.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Playlists of the Week

Since I didn't do playlist of the week (because of the Kite concert), I thought I would make up for it by posting two playlists.




The first playlist is a collection of my favorite goth/darkwave tracks that I have listened to over the years. I admit I am rather partial to the band Autumn - U.S Band hence the three tracks featured on the playlist. I am also very fond of The Frozen Autumn, and Siouxsie and The Banshees which I included a couple of tracks by each band. I couldn't just stick to one particular song from the aforementioned bands. I would include more tracks from my personal favorite goth band Diva Destruction but I could only find one track on Spotify. I love listening to this mix on a cloudy, rainy day. It is great mood music.

The second playlist is all of the albums/EPs by synthpop  Glow - St. Louis. Trace introduced me to them several years ago with their album Winter. I loved what I had heard. Unfortunately over the last few years I kind of forgot about the band until Trace once again brought them to my attention to me in an email. Thank heavens I was able to find their music on Spotify. If you like female vocals as much as I do, I definitely recommend checking out Glow's music. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to

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This week I have been listening a lot to my playlists I have created  recently. My current playlist of my favorite songs is probably the one playlist I have been listening to the most. I just love the flow of this mix. It just has a great collection of songs that I have been enjoying lately.

I also have been enjoying the hell out of my goth/darkwave mix. It is a nice break from the usual EBM/Futurepop that I listen to most of the time.

I only listened to a bit of my Xandria playlist but I am liking their earlier stuff. I put ALL of their albums on one playlist and it is like seven hours long. I should listen to it at work one day. Same with my NamNamBulu playlist. Just only listened to it a little bit.

I am so glad I was reminded of the band GLOW. I did forget how good their music is.

Absolutely love the local band Graveyard Club. I love every single song I have heard from the band.

Ever since I first saw the At Home With Monsters exhibit earlier this month, I have been listening to a lot of Javier Navarrete's work on the Pan's Labyrinth soundtrack. The melodies sends chills down my spine every time I listen to the album. The music really fits well with the film and captures the essence of it.

I think it has almost been a week since I have been listening to the new NamNamBulu album. I have yet to get sick of it so far. I'll be honest. I am more impressed with it than with the new Depeche Mode album Spirit. I tried to listen to Spirit this afternoon and just felt like "Meh". I will probably try to listen to Spirit a few more times but I did that with the new Blutengel album and I was bored to tears by it.

Today I went over to the Electric Fetus to treat myself with some new music (i.e got my MN state tax refund the other day). I ended up buying Murder Ballads by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Elegies by Tiny Deaths, and Melanfonie by Emika. I almost ended up with the new Depeche Mode but then I saw the new Tiny Deaths album and I opted for that instead which proved to be a very smart move. I love Elegies. It is a great album. I had no idea Emika had a new album but when I saw it in the new releases section, I grabbed the last copy. The album is a far cry from her previous album  Drei. It is more classical as opposed to dance music. I like what I had heard initially.I just wasn't expecting a classical album.