Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Some Food For Thought: bad behavior and crossing the line

As you probably heard by now, Combichrist had announced the second leg of The We Love tour for later this year. One of the opening acts for the tour was supposed to be Blood On the Dance Floor. Later in the day Combichrist yet again made another announcement stating that BOTDF was let go from the tour after receiving numerous complaints from their fans. I really wasn't sure if I wanted to tackle this particular controversy and possibly be responsible for more internet however after going to BOTDF's FB page and seeing their whining from the band about being dismissed from the tour and their annoying fans with their "fuck haters" comments, I decided "Fuck it! I'm writing about this shit". Besides maybe it is good for me to play with fire here and there on my blog ;). Like I really get paid for my ramblings. LOL!

After I had done a couple of chores and ate dinner, I decided to do really get into the whole controversy over Blood On the Dance Floor. One of the first articles I read was from New Year's Day Merch Guy. What bad behavior and I am just being kind here. That article immediately gave me the impression that I am not dealing with a full deck of cards here when it comes to Dahvie Vanity. To me this sounds like this guy people should not be around especially on tour, let alone in life.

The article that really grabbed my attention was this tumblr called Truth About Dahvie Vanity. While the band and their fans are blaming social media for these rumors of Dahvie having sex with underage girls or sexually harassing them, I do not believe for one second that the stories I have read on this tumblr are just rumors. And then there is the infamous Jessi Slaughter controversy. Because Jessi had made several videos of herself rambling on and on, she became a target of idiots with a rumor that she slept with Dahvie which was untrue. Here is where Blood On the Dance Floor comes in. they decided to join in the mockery of Jessi with the rest of the internet trolls with a video mocking one of Jessi's videos. Talk about a really great role model for impressionable youths. NOT! This is definitely not professional behavior for a musician, or another human being for that matter. I don't give a fuck who you are, you just don't bully or sexually harass your fans.

I really wish that Combichrist vetted out their opening acts better but then again I didn't know all that shit about Dahvie until today which led me to do some online research. Thankfully Combichrist is smart enough to listen to their fans and heeded their complaints by dismissing Blood On the Dance Floor from their upcoming fall tour. The actions and behavior of Dahvie Vanity is appalling (as is BOTDF's alleged music). Bullying and harassing young female fans is totally inappropriate and shame on the fans who are blinded by the celebrity status of this not-so-talented band. I know Combichrist has received their fair of shit over the years for supposedly being "sexist" but from the times I have met them in person, I have been treated with utmost respect and kindness from the band. I never have taken their lyrics seriously. I always thought their lyrics were written with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Now Blood On the Dance Floor on the other hand thinks they are the shit but what really is shit is their music and the way they treat some of their young fans. I have met a lot of my favorite musicians over the years (my favorites include: Donna and Steve of Ego Likness, Kristy of The Azoic, and Jennifer Parkin of Ayria just to name a few). Dahvie needs to grow the fuck up and a pair of balls. A real man would not treat his fans like the way he has done in the past and probably will continue in the future.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

5 artists you should check out

And Finally




Last week I came across a new synthpop act called And Finally courtesy of A Different Drum records. The two clips on youtube really didn't do much for me because it didn't really give me a full idea of what the band's music is about so I decided to see if Spotify had the album and thankfully they do which you can find here. After hearing the album in its entirety, I quickly ordered a copy from A Different Drum Records. From what I have read online, the album was released late last year. You can either go to the band's link at the top of the page or to ADD's website which they are selling for dirt cheap (i.e $10). I definitely recommend giving this band a listen. I think they are fantastic.

AudioCentesis

Okay the Twin Cities isn't exactly a hotbed for industrial music but there are a few cool bands worth checking out. One of my personal favorite bands is AudioCentesis. They recently released their new album Zughenruhe. If you are a huge fan of bands like Hocico, God Module, Unter Null, etc...etc..., AudioCentesis is definitely right up your alley.

Absynthe of Faith

Absynthe of Faith is another favorite local band of mine. The youtube clip I just posted is just a sample of what to expect from these guys. I would definitely recommend going to their ReverbNation page to hear their music.

F.T.C

Another MN industrial act worth checking out.

Promidal

of course I just had to mention my personal favorite local band from the Twin Cities...Promidal. Their live shows is fucking sick and I say that in a good way. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Albums I need to add to my music collection

Since my most recent trip to the library yesterday, I have been really enjoying some of the CDs I checked out. Those CDs is what inspired tonight's blog.

Bat For Lashes: The Haunted Man

A couple of weekends ago, I came across the video for "Laura" and found myself enjoying the song immensely. It has been 2 years since I first heard The Haunted Man by Bat for Lashes. At the time, I wasn't digging what I had heard. When I was at the library,I found the album and decided to give the album another chance. This time I find myself enjoying the album. I don't know what happened between 2012 and 2014 to convince me to give the album another shot but I am glad I did. The album is pure sublime.

M.I.A: Matangi

I am not sure what made me decided to check out the latest M.I.A album yesterday from the library considering I have never been much of a M.I.A prior to getting this album but I am glad that I did. Maybe the music appeals to me because it isn't as abrasive as its predecessors. Whatever the case, I am totally loving Matangi.

Lizzo: Lizzobangers

I definitely need to add Lizzobangers to my music collection. I have been really enjoying the hell out of the GRRRL PRTY's member solo album. I love her sense of humor as well her abilities to spit out some killer rhymes.

Lullacry: Where Angels Fear

Since Lullacry is no more, I definitely need to add their last studio album to add to my Lullacry collection.

Chiasm: 11:11

This album has been sitting on my Amazon wish list for so long. As I am listening to a few songs off the album on youtube, I realize I really need to add this to my music collection. Why I haven't gotten yet is beyond me. lol

The Lonely Soul Experience: Path of Blood

Anything that Blutengel's Chris Pohl does I definitely need to add to my collection. His new music project sounds really intriguing to me.


As a big fan of Mr.Kitty's previous album Life, his new album Time certainly needs to be added to my music collection.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Office playlist of the week

Another weekend has come and gone. Time for me to share with my listeners what I plan on listening this week. Did go to the library today and got a bunch of CDs to amuse myself with at the office.

I must say I really dig the latest M.I.A album. I never been able to get into her music with her previous albums (although I do love the song "Paper Planes") but with Matangi, I just love what I heard. Maybe because the music sounds so different from what I am used to listening to. That is another 2013 release I need to get to add to my music collection next to Lizzo's Lizzobangers.

From the library:
Matangi by M.I.A

A Thousand Faces Act I by Beats Antique

In Utero by Nirvana

Shulasmith by Polica

Metallica by Metallica

The Haunted Man by Bat For Lashes

In2ition by 2Cellos

Everyone's Looking by The Parlour Suite

From my own music collection:
Only In Dreams by Dum Dum Girls

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo soundtrack

False Face by God Module

Dying Life by Espermachine

Conjure One by Conjure One

Universal Blood by Inertia

Mandatory Fun by Weird Al Yankovic

Khaos Legions by Arch Enemy

Some long time favorites:
Sacrificum by Xandria

Lizzobangers by Lizzo

War Eternal by Arch Enemy





Friday, July 18, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Music I am currently listening to

GRRRL PRTY: TNGHT


Weird Al Yankovic: Mandatory Fun

Lizzo: Lizzobangers















I must say that I am really digging GRRRL PRTY and Lizzo's music. As someone who is not fan of hip hop music, I find myself digging their sounds. GRRRL PRTY's performance at last Sunday's Bastille Day's Block Party really left a huge impression on me. I have been listening to their digital EP TNGHT every day at work. It is a nice break from all the aggrotech, synthpop, and heavy metal that I listen to every day at work. As a result, I requested Lizzo's solo album Lizzobangers from the library. I am really digging her solo album. Some people might not like the song "Batches and Cookies" and be turned off by the song (like the humorless idiots on youtube) but you really can't judge an artist based on one song. I definitely plan on buying my own copy of Lizzobangers come next pay day.

After work today I stopped by Target to see if they got more copies of the new Weird Al Yankovic album Mandatory Fun in and they did so I bought it. It is a fun album. I really love the song "Word Crimes". That song just sends me laughing my ass off. Not so crazy about "Handy" but I'll take it over the shit ass original version "Fancy" which is one of the shittiest songs I have ever heard.

I know have already mentioned the Machinista and God Destruction albums yesterday in my blog but I'll say it again...I love them!!! They are definitely worth checking out and I would also recommend checking out the rest of the catalog at Juggernaut Services. The owner Nick is a real good guy.

I also included some recent finds on bandcamp that is worth checking out including the already mentioned Empyrean Asunder EP Hate which I still listen to on a daily basis.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

10 albums of 2014 that people needs to hear [so far]

Today I finally received my God Destruction and Machinista albums in the mail today. As I am listening to my new music AND enjoying them, I got to thinking about what releases from this year that people are missing out on and should hear.

01. The Luna Sequence: Fearful Shepherds Hunt Their Sheep

Fearful Shepherds Hunt Their Sheep is quickly becoming one of my most played CDs at the office and certainly is going to be ranked as one of my favorite releases of 2014. This is a fantastic album. I really like how intricate the melodies are. The hybrid sound of heavy metal, industrial, and techno music really sounds fresh to this music junkie. I have listened to all of The Luna Sequence's albums online and I definitely can say Fearful Shepherds Hunt Their Sheep is Kaia Young's strongest effort to date.

02. God Destruction: Novus Ordo Seclorum

Just started listening to the new God Destruction album. Holy fucking Hell! This album is surely going to melt people's ears. I know my ears are melting right now. This is my first GD album and I am hooked on this band. As a big fan of aggrotech music, Novus Ordo Seclorum is right up my alley.

03. Dum Dum Girls: Too True

Too True was the very first album released this year that I bought a copy after borrowing a copy from my library. This album is what made me become a fan of the Dum Dum Girls. I really love the band's mix of pop and rock. The music has a hint of retro sound not so different from The Raveonettes. Every song on the album is incredibly infectious. I think it would be really hard to not like Too True.

04. Machinista: Arizona Lights

Excellent synthpop album. Definitely a must hear and I think Machinista's music in general needs to be heard more in our music scene.

05. Mondtraume: Empty

Empty is without a shadow of a doubt my favorite synthpop album of 2014. The melodies through out the album is addicting to listen to. Damasius' vocals just gives me the warm fuzzies on the inside.

06. Mankind is Obsolete: Mobius Loop

I am fairly new fan to Mankind is Obsolete. I bought their 207 album Trapped Inside last year and quickly became a fan. If you dig the fusion of hard rock/metal and electronica music like I:Scintilla, I think people would totally get into Mankind is Obsolete.

07. Phantogram: Voices
Voices is one of the best pop albums I have heard this year.

08. Army on the Dance Floor: Many Faces of War

One of my favorite new up and coming bands I have heard this year. They made me a huge fan when I heard a couple of songs on their FB page prior to the release of their debut album.

09. Astronomique: Burning Stars Fade EP

Astronomique is one of my favorite new local bands of 2014. This spring they dropped their first release which is the Burning Stars Fade EP. The band is now working on another EP tentatively set for a fall release. I am definitely looking forward to hearing new music from this talented electro-pop band. I think they show a lot of promise.

10. Fort Wilson Riot: Trilliun

The more I see this band live, the more I love their latest album Trilliun. This is easily my favorite Minnesota album of 2014. Really great mix of electronica, pop, rock, and a touch of r and b music. I like that this band does not stick to one particular sound.