Thursday, February 23, 2017

My 15 Favorite Concert Videos

So I am going through my youtube channel and watching some of my concert footage I have recorded over the years. Let me tell you have recorded quite a bit of concerts over the past several years. I thought I would something different for tonight's blog and do post my 15 favorite videos of concert footage I have recorded over the years. It has been almost a decade since I have started posting youtube videos of concerts I go to, mostly due to my affiliation with Kilted Farmer Koncerts as a street team member.

15. Freezepop Does Europe

This is the footage that started it all. Shitty quality but it is what it is. Footage recorded on a small hand held video camera I got for free from I think I still have it somewhere. I think. LOL!

14. Unter Null performing "Sick Fuck"

Such a fucking good concert. I also had the opportunity to hang with Unter Null. Best money spent EVER!

13. Aesthetic Perfection performing "Spilling Blood"

I have shot some videos from Aesthetic Perfection over the years but this clip from last Sunday is my favorite. The results came out awesome. I also love how close I was to the stage and Daniel Graves.

12. Autumn performing "Seconds"

If you can get past the fact that I was a total dummy and did not change batteries with my camera before I went out for the night or brought extra batteries hence the abrupt ending, this is on my list because I love the sound quality of the video. I also love Julie's vocals on this song. This used to be my least favorite Autumn song but the more I have listened to it on The Hating Tree and on this video, I have grown to love this song.

11. Gabriel and The Apocalypse performing "Silent War"

This set was at the 2012 Icon of Coil show at Ground Zero. I absolutely love the song "Silent War". I think it is one of the band's best songs ever.

10. Nyxx performing "Wicked" at Club Underground

Nyxx put on such a great set on Sunday night. I hope I get to see her live again in the near future.

09. Assemblage 23 performing "Cruelest Year" at Ground Zero

This is my favorite video from the 2012 A23 show at Ground Zero that I recorded. It is also one of my personal favorite A23 songs too.

08. Youth Code performing "Consuming Guilt"

07. Icon of Coil performing "Shelter"

My favorite IOC song ever! Damn shame Sebastian got held up by US Customs.

06. Genitorturers performing "Devil in a Bottle"

One of my personal favorite concerts I have ever attended especially at the now closed Station 4 (miss the venue but not its shitty bathrooms).

05. Project Pitchfork performing "Timekiller"

This was my first time seeing Project Pitchfork in concert. Of course I had to get my favorite PP song on video.

04. Promidal at Club Underground on 11.27.13

I don't know why but this is my favorite video footage of Promidal I have recorded in the past four years I have been following them in the local music scene. This was before Tracy solidified his band's line up and their sound veered more into the black metal genre.

03. Ego Likeness performing "Sirens and Satellites"

This 2013 footage was the first time I had seen Ego Likeness live. It sure wasn't the last time too. They are some great folks. Talented as fuck too.

02. Ayria performing "My Revenge On the World"

My number one favorite Ayria song. Ayria was touring with Project Pitchfork. I just love the lighting for this song as well as for the Project Pitchfork footage. This was the first show I was able to get a photo with her. First time was at The Cruxshadows show but I had no digital camera and my phone at the time was shit. Jennifer is easily one of my favorite musicians to talk to and get a photo with.

01. Autumn performing "Red" at Ground Zero

This is like the 2nd or third concert footage that I had recorded and hands down my very favorite concert footage that I have recorded. Oh and I absolutely adore this song to bits and pieces.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Earworm of the Week: Nightmare by Nyxx

After a fantastic weekend of seeing some live music, it was obvious that one of the shows would have a huge influence on me. In this case it is Nyxx's "Nightmare" which is my pick for this week's Earworm of the Week. I have had this song stuck in my head since Sunday night, not to mention been playing the hell out of her EP Nightmare (download that sucker!). This is easily my favorite song from the delightful LA artist who put on a hell of a show at Club Underground. I like that song fuses both pop and dark electro together. The song is super catchy but has a sinister sound to it at the same time.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Playlist of the Week

I decided not to do Album of the Week this week (or maybe I will later this week) and instead today I give you my Playlist Of the Week which features the music of the Swedish synthpop band Kite. If haven't heard already,  Kite is coming to town next month. All the concert information can be found at this link ( I thought it would be appropriate to help promote the show with this playlist. Right now my favorite songs by Kite are "Dance Again" and "I Give You the Morning". So if you are wondering what their catalog songs like, here it is in one playlist.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Concerts I attended this weekend

This past weekend I went to two concerts. The first was Austra, a Canadian electronica band. They played at the Triple Rock Social Club on Friday night. The second concert was Aesthetic Perfection with Solar Fake and Nyxx at Club Underground.

Opening up for Austra was The Range, a one man electronica act featuring James Hinton. His music consisted of original music with samples of youtube clips that had less than 100 views. James was basically showcasing artists on the internet whose music has gotten lost in the vast world of the interwebs. The audience seemed to enjoy The Range's music but this concertgoer was relieved to be sitting down for his set. You can get an idea about The range's music at his website

I will be honest, I was torn to between going to the Muna and Austra shows on Friday night. I ended up decided on Austra after listening to her album Future Politics a few times and decided on that show. I know this sounds stupid but I really didn't want to take the lengthy commute back to Minneapolis from Saint Paul.

I have read online how people were crowing about how amazing Austra is live. I did not feel that way. Austra was good but I was not blown out of the water. They sounded fine live but I guess it takes a lot more to impress me. For me there was no chemistry. Would I go see Austra live again? Most likely not. It also didn't help that I had a cold so half the night I was sneezing or blowing my nose. I was not a happy camper but I got out of my condo for the night and did something fun.

Now last night was another story which was a far cry from Friday night's concert. Unlike Friday night's concert, I felt more at home among the audience which consisted of the small, tight-knit goth scene in the Twin Cities and a few other people outside the scene. After a late start, the show got started with Nyxx who has been featured in Aesthetic Perfection's video for "LAX". She has a gnarly EP out called Nightmare which people really should check out. It is super good. Nyxx's set was short but sweet. For someone who had been sick earlier in the week, Nyxx sounded great and did not sound like she had been sick that week.

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I had the immense pleasure of chatting with Nyxx after the show. I must say she ranks right up there with Jennifer Parkin of Ayria and Kristy Venrick of The Azoic as the nicest and sweetest musician I have ever met in person after a concert. That I do NOT say very often. I ended up missing my bus by a few minutes because we kept chatting away but I have no regrets. The weather was nice enough that I could just walk home (a 25 minute walk from NE Minneapolis to downtown Minneapolis. I just regret not using the restroom before leaving the venue.

Up next was Solar Fake, an EBM act from Germany who really does not make it to the US so for this tour there was no doubt that I had to be there (not to mention take the following day off). I was not disappointed. Solar Fake put on a terrific set.

What else can I really say about Aesthetic Perfection? I have seen them five times within a decade. I have yet to see a disappointing performance from Daniel Graves.

The energy of Aesthetic Perfection could have easily fed the entire Twin Cities. People completely ate up Aesthetic Perfection's set. Having seen AP on like in larger venues such as Ground Zero and The Cabooze, it was really odd seeing them on such a tiny stage at Club Underground but the band managed. It was hot as hell near the stage. I sweated most of my stamp that was on my right hand nevertheless fun was had last night. In between sets, there were a couple of videos by Abbey Death and Kite who will be at Amsterdam Bar and Hall on 3/12 so it was obvious that show would be promoted last night and expose the audience members to their members. From what I have heard, Kite and Abbey Death sounds really great. Fortunately last night, I was smart to bring extra batteries and got in a few videos to upload on YouTube. So that was my weekend :).

Saturday, February 18, 2017

My CD Collection

Last weekend I decided that it had been a few years since I shared my CD collection with my readers and it was time to share a current list on my blog. That proved to be quite a task but it was a labor of love to organize and write out my list. I have 395 CDs which for some may be a lot or not a lot for others. I should note I did not add the digital albums I have bought over the last couple of years online. I felt this list should be strictly about physical copies of music I own. Because I use Spotify a lot, buying music is rare but I do still buy it when I feel it is justified to spend the money. FYI: I am a bit inconsistent on how I alphabetize my albums. I am just too lazy to re-organize my music ;).

V/A - A Strange Play: An Alfa Matrix Tribute to The Cure
V/A - Absolute Grrrls Manifesto
A. Wolf and Her Claws - s/t
Aby Wolf - Wolf Lords
Aby Wolf  - Call the Rocks
Access Zero - Living in Transition
Ryan Adams - 1989
Adele -25
A-Ha - Cast in Steel
Alien 613 - Establlishing Alpha
Alien Skin - Ghost in the Rain
Alien Skin - The Secret Garden
All About Eve - Fairy Light Nights Two: Live Acoustic
All My Faith Lost - As You're Vanishing in Silence
Amanda Ghost - Ghost Stories
Amaranthe - The Nexus
Amy McDonald - This is the Life
Ana Robik  Operator's Manual
And Finally - Heartbreak Empire
Android Lust - The Human Animal
Anemonia -- Moonlit Numina
Anette Olzon - Shine
Angel Haze - Dirty Gold
Angels and Agony - Monument
Angels on Acid -- Eyes Behind the Curtain
Anna - Someday Afternoon 
Anything Box - Future Past EP
Anything Box - Elektrospective
Anything Box - Reocvered 1993-1995
Apraxia - Trite Permission
Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions
Arch Enemy - War Eternal
Artesia - Lilydaw
Ashbury Heights - Three Cheers For the Newlydead
Ashbury Heights - Morningstar in Black Car
Ashbury Heights - The Looking Glass Society
Ashram - Shining Silver Skies
As/of  s/t
As/of - A Million Scars
Ataraxia - Simphonia SIne Nomine
Austra - Olympia 
Autumn - The Hating Tree
Autumn - Return to the Breath
Avarice in Audio - Shine and Burn
Avatar Soundtrack
V/A - Awake the Machines vol.7
Ayria - Debris
Ayria - Hearts For Bullets 
Ayria - Plastic Makes Perfect
Ayria - Paper Dolls

Baal - Shurado
Balligomingo - Under An Endless Sky
The Bangles - Everything
The Bangles - Doll Revolution
Bat For Lashes - The Bride
V/A - Beauty 2: Music That Touches the Soul
Bella Koshka - Slow Dancing On the Ocean Floor
Bella Koshka - Deception Island
The Bells of St.Genevieve and Other Baroque Delights
The Bellwether Syndicate  - The Nightwatch
Belly - Star
Belly - King
V/A - Black Snow 2: the Completely Different Xmas Compilation
Blaqk Audio  - Material
Bliss - Quiet Letters
Blue October - Incoming 
Blume - Rise From Grey
Blume - Autumn Ruins
Blutengel - Demon Kiss
Blutengel - Labyrinth
Blutengel - Tranenherz 
Blutengel - Monument
Blutengel - Black Symphonies
The Break Up - s/t (demo)
The Break Up - Synthesis
Sarah Brightman - A Winter Symphony
Sarah Brightman - Dreamchaser
Brute Heart - Lonely Hutnter
Bobby Llama - s/t
V/A - Buddha Bar IV
V/A - Buddha Bar V

Camouflage - Greyscale
Brandi Carlile - The Story
Belinda Carlisle - The Collection
Carved Souls - Waveform
Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around
Celtic Woman - Believe
Kasey Chambers - Barricades and Brickwalls
Tracy Chapman - Greatest Hits
V/A - Chillout 2003: The Ultimate Chillout
The Crystalline Effect - Identity
CHROM - Synthetic Movement
CHROM - Peak and Decay
Chvrches - The Bones of What you Believe
Chvrches - Every Open Eye (2 copies)
The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
Clan of Xymox - Creatures
Claps - Wreck
Natalia Clavier - Nectar
Client - Authority
V/A - Club Mix 9
Cocteau Twins - Treasure
Code 64 - Departures
Leonard Cohen - You Want It Darker
Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting
Conjure One - s/t
Coralina - Limbo Balloon
Cecile Corbel - The Secret World of Arrietty
Covenant - Leaving Babylon
The Crystal Method - Vegas
Curve - Frozen
Curve - Doppelganger
Curve - Come Clean
Curve - The Way of Curve
Cwn Annwn - The Alpha and The Omega 
Cycle Sluts From Hell - s/t
Cylab - Disseminate
Cylab - Cut and Coil

DarkDriveClinic - Noise in My Head
Dave Gahan and Soulsavers - Angels and Ghosts
Decoded Feedback  - Aftermath
Delain - Moonbathers
Delerium - Semantic Spaces 
Delerium - Karma
Delerium - Poem
Delerium - Music Box Opera
Delta Rae - Carry the Fire 
Delta Rae - After It All
Departures soundtrack (Japanese film)
Depeche Mode - Catching Up with Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode - Black Celebration
Depeche Mode - Violator 
Depeche Mode - Ultra
Dessa - Parts of Speech
Deviant UK - Very Bad Things
Dido - No Angel
Dido - Life For Rent
Die Braut - Psychotherapy
Diffuzion - Body Code
V/A - Discover (compilation of synthpop music from Conzoom Records)
Diva Destructioin - Passion's Price
The Divine Madness - Neverworld
DJ Heavygrinder - Eternity
DJ Dado - Greatest Hits
Dolly Parton - Ultimate Dolly
Duck Duck Punch - Human Chemistry
Dual Density - Soul Ecstasy
Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze
Dum Dum Girls - Only Dreams
Dum Dum Girls - Too True
Dust of Basement - Meridian

Ego Likeness - Breedless
Ego Likeness - Dragonfly
Ego Likeness - East EP
Ego Likeness - Treacherous Thing single
Ego Likeness - The Order of the Reptile
Ego Likeness - Water to the Dead
Ego Likeness - When the Wolves Return
8mm - Songs to Love and Die By
The Echoing Green - The Winter of Our Discontent
The Echoing Green - Music From the Ocean Picture
Elastica - s/t
V/A - Electronic Saviors: Industrial Music to Cure Cancer Vol.II: Recurrence
Eluveitie - Origins
Emika - Drei
Emmon - Aon
Empyrean Asunder - Serpent
Empyrean Asunder - You Are My Punishment
End the DJ - Endtrovert
Endless Blue - Smoke Through It
Endless Blue - Fever Dreams
Enigma - The Cross of Changes
Enya - The Very Best of Enya
Epsilon Minus - s/t
Erasure - The Innocents
Erasure - s/t
Espermachine - The Dying Life
Essexx - Bridges
Eurythmics - Ultimate Collection
Evanescence - Fallen
Everything But the Girl - Walking Wounded
Exit Music - Passage

Faithless: Sunday 8pm
Faithless - Faithless 2.0
Feathers - If All Now Here
Filament 38 - Unstable
FKA Twigs - LP1
For All the Emptiness - Axioms
Foretaste - Love On Demand
The Foreign Resort - Scattered and Buried
The Foreign Resort - Dead End Roads
The Foreign Resort - The American Drea
Fort Wilson Riot - Trillion
Frost - Melodica
The Frozen Autumn - Is Anybody There?
The Frozen Autumn - Emotional Screening Device
The Frozen Autumn - Chirality
Frozen Plasma - Dekadenz
F.T.C - Anti-Human
F.T.C - Bound Child
Future Perfect  - Dirty Little Screts
Future Perfect - Escape

Gabriel and The Apocalypse - Into the Afterglow
Gabriel and The Apocalypse - New World Disaster
Garbage - s/t
Garbage - Version 2.0
Garbage - beautiful garbage
Garbage - Not Your Kind of People
Geodesique - Smoke
Geodesique - Hologram
Geodesique - Eighty-Eight
Geodesique - Myriad
Lisa Gerrard/Patrick Cassidy - Immortal Memory
the Girl With the Dragon Tattoo sdtrk
Gladiator sdtrk
God Destruction - Novus Ordo Seclorum
Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
Goldfrapp - Supernature
Goldfrapp - The Singles
Goldfrapp - Tales of Us
Gospel Gossip - s/t
GPKism - Atheos
Gravity sdtrk
Grendel - Timewave Zero
Grimes - Visions
Grimes - Art Angels
Guano Apes - Bel Air

Haberdashery - Tonight the Angels
Hackers 2 soundtrack
Hanzel und Gretyl - Transmissions From Uranus
Hanzel und Gretyl - Scheissmessiah
Hanzel und Gretyl - 2012: Zwanzig Zwolf
Hanzel und Gretyl - Black Forest Metal
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows Part 2 soundtrack
Helalyn Flowers - White Me In/Black Me Out
Herzschlag - Fest der Liebe
Hocico - Tiempos Defuria
Hocico - El Ultimo Minuto: Antes De Que Tu Mundo Caiga
Holiday Ranch - s/t
Hollowstone - Rite of Existence
Hooverphonic - A Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
Hooperphonic - Blue Wonder Power Milk
Hooverphonic - The Magnificent Tree
Hungry Lucy - Glo
Hungry Lucy - Pulse of the Earth

Icon of Coil - Machines Are Us
Icona Pop - This is...
Ikon - Subversion
In Strict Confidence - Morpheus
In Strict Confidence - Utopia
Inertia - Universal Blood
The Innocence Mission - s/t
Invisible Limits - A Conscious State
I: Scintilla - Optics
I: Scintilla - Dying and Falling
I: Scintilla - Marrow 1
Is/Is (now known as Candace) - This Happening EP
Is/Is - III

James D. Stark - Moonstruck
Janet - The Velvet Rope
Javelynn - Chimaera at Heart
The Jesus and Mary Chain - 21 Singles 1984-98
The Jezabels - Prisoner
The Jezabels - Synthia
Joan Jett - The Hit List
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts - Fit to be Tied Greatest Hits
Jourdan Meyers - Ruin Me With Love
Junk Circuit - Universal Republic
Junksista - Bad Case of Fabulous
Junksista - Hot Voltage Confessions (2 copies

Kate Bush - The Sensual World
Keep Shelly in Athens - In Love with Dusk/Our Own Dream
Kirlian Camera - Absentee EP
Kirlian Camera - Pictures From Eternity
Kirlian Camera - Odyssey Europa
Kirlian Camera - Nightglory
Kirlian Camera - Black Summer Choir
Kitten - s/t
KMFDM - Hau Ruck
Kristin Kontrol - X-Communicate

Ladytron - Best of 00-10
Lana Del Rey - Honeymoon
Leiahdorus - Parallel Universe
Leftfield - Leftism
The Last of Mohicans sdtrk
LIGHTS - Midnight Machines
Limited Warranty - s/t
Lisas and KMP - A Beautiful Chemistry
Lily of the Valley - Sounds of hte Movements
Lindsey Sterling - s/t
Lindsey Sterling - Shatter Me
Lolly Pop - s/t
The Lonely Soul Experience - A Path of blood
Loreena McKennitt - The Visit
Loreena McKennitt - The Mask and The Mirror
Loreena McKennitt - The Book of Secrets
Loreena McKennitt - An Ancient Muse
Loreena McKennitt - A Midwinter Night's Dream
Lullacry - Crucify My Heart
Lullacry - Fire Within EP
Lullacry - Vol.4
Luna Mortis - The Absence
Lush - Lovelife
Lush - Blilnd Spot

Machinista - Arizona Lights
Madonna - Ray of Light
Mankind is Obsolete - Mobius Loop
Marsheaux - Lumineux Noir
Marsheaux - Inhale
Marsheaux - Odyssey
Vicci Martinez - Vicci
Ari Mason - Creatures
Massive Attack - Protection
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Sarah Mclachlan - Rarities, B-Sides and Other Stuff
The Melismatics - Rising Tide
MergingMoon - Kamikakushi
Midge Ure/Ultravox - The Very Best of Midge Ure/Ultravox
Mirabilis - Pleiades
Mirabilis - Sub Rosa
Mirabilis - Here and the Hereafter
Mediaeval Baebes - Undrentide
Mediaeval Baebes - Of Kings and Angels
Moby - Play
Moby - 18
Moby - Innocents
Moonlight Cove - Orphans of the Storm
Moonlight Cove - Hearts of the World
Moulin Noir - Boy in Darkness
Mondtraume - Empty
Mr. Kitty - Life
The Muffs - About U
V/A - Music for Dreams
Myths - s/t

Nadina - In the Now
The Namesake sdtrk
Nena - Definitive Collection
Netz - .werk 01
Neuroticfish - A Sign of Life
Nightwish - Oceanborn
Nightwish - Once
Nightwish - Imaginaerum
Nightwish - Showtime, Storytime
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful
9th Evolution - Retro Americana
Nitin Sawhney - London Undersound
Nitro/Noise - Total Nihilism
Nitro/Noise - No Cure For Apocalypse
Noblesse Oblige - In Exile
Noblesse Oblige - Affair of the Heart
No One Knows about Persian Cats sdtrk
Sara Noxx - Exxtasy, XX-Ray, In(t)oxxication

OMD - History of Modern
Omega Lithium - Dreams in Formaline
Omega Lithium - Kinetik
Otto's Daughter - Arc of a Dream

Pachelbel Canon and Other Baroque Hits
Panic Lift -Is This Goodbye?
Paprika Soundtrack
Parralox - State of Decay
Phantogram - Voices
Phantoms of the SS/Verney 1826 - Anthem and Process
P!nk - Truth About Love
V/A - Platinum Girl: A Tribute to Blondie
P.O.S - We Don't Even Live Here
Pretty Addicted - It All Stems From Childhood
Pristina - Stars and Sirens
The Prodigy - The Fat of the Land
Promidal - Dead Nation
Promidal - Simul Iu Stus Et Peccator
The Promise sdtrk
Protea - The Osiris Tree
Protea - Going Forth By Night
Puffy - The Very Best of Puffy/Amiyumi
Psyborg Corp - the Mechanical Renaissance
Psyborg Corp - Shrines of Obsydyana

Qkumba Zoo - Letthelightin
Queensryche - Empire

The Raveonettes - Chain Gang of Love
Regenerator - Disease
Reliquary - Winter World
Republica - s/t
V/A - Re/Vision: The Skyqode Tribute to De/Vision
Robyn - Body Talk
The Rope - s/t

Sabaton - Heroes
Sade - The Best of Sade
Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay
Samara sdtrk
Sapphire Solace - Shadow Stories
Sash! - It's My Life
Sataray - Mata Utara
Scala and Kolacny Brothers - s/t
Scarlet Slipping - Fire In The Mist
Schiller - Voyage
Schoolcraft - Rushing Through the Sky
School of Seven Bells - SVIIB
Schwarzblut - Gebeyn Aller Der Dammten
Seabound/Irs - Radiant Turbulence
Seelenkrank - Engelsschrei
Sensuous Enemy - Fragments
Sensuous Enemy - Parity
Sensuous Enemy - Voyager
September Mourning - Volume II
Sequencia - Algo en tu ser
Sigur Ros - Valturi
Silent Auction - H On Earth
Silica Gel - Exodo
V/A - Sin Faktory
V/A - Sin Tech
Siouxise and The Banshees - Superstition
V/A - Sirenes
Sirus - Broken Hearts Corporate Minds
Sister Soleil - Soularium
Sisu - Blood Tears
Sleepthief - The Dawnseeker
Sleepthief - Labyrinthine Heart
V/A - Slumdog Millionaire sdtrk
Darden Smith - Little Victories
Sneaker Pimps - Becoming X
Social Distortion - s/t
Solitary Experiements - Phenomena
Somegirl - She's Full of Secrets
Somegirl - The Velvet Hour
Sound Sketches of Ancient Egypt
V/A - Sound of the Underground
SPC ECO - Dark Matter
Spectra Paris - License to Kill
State of the Union - Black City Lights
Stever - Playground Isolator
Stever - Idiot Savant
Stoa - Zal
Stoneburner - Songs in the Key of Arrakis
Stray - Abuse by Proxy
Stray - Letting Go (2 copies)
Strvngers - s/t
Suicide Commando - Implements of Hell
Suicide Commando - When Evil Speaks
The Sundays - Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic
Sunscreem - Change or Die
Synthetixx - Magia DeCuatro
Syrian - De-synchronized
Syrian - Death of A Sun
System Syn  - End
System Syn - For All Seasons Pass

Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
Tegan and Sara - Love You to Death
10,000 Maniacs - Our Time in Eden
The Girl and The Robot - Whole/Flowers
The Girl and The Robot - Silence/Borderline
V/A - This is Neo-Goth
Thought Thieves - All I Pretend
Thought Thieves - Krista
'Til Tuesday - Everything's Different Now
Tiny Deaths - s/t
Tori Amos  Midwinter Graces
Sylvia Tosun - Too Close to the Sun
V/A -  Torture Garden
Travis - The Man Who
Tristania - Darkest White
Tarja Turunen - Ave Maria En Plein Air
2046 soundtrack

Uh Huh Her - Future Souls
Ultraviolet  - DOS
Unter Null - The Failure Epiphany
Unter Null - Sacrament EP
Unter Null - Moving On
Unwoman - Circling
Uzza - Samsar

Paul Van Dyk - Out There and Back
Veruca Salt - Eight Arms to Hold You
Vivaldi - Four Seasons
Vixen - s/t
Vixen - Rev It Up
VNV Nation - Advance and Follow
VNV Nation - Burning Empires
VNV Nation - Automatic
VNV Nation - Transnational
VNV Nation -- Resonance
Voltaire - To The Bottom Of the Sea

Waves Under Water - All Of Your Light
Wideband Network - Ten Thousand Seconds
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
White Lies - Friends
Joy Williams - Venus
Joy Williams - Venus Acoustic
Within Temptation - Hydra
Chelsea Wolfe - Pain is Beauty
Wolfsheim - Casting Shadows

Xandria - Sacrificium

Youth Code - An Overture

Zynic - Fire Walk With Me

Friday, February 17, 2017

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to

Tomorrow I will be posting my updated list of all the CDs I own. I figure I would post the music I am currently listening to tonight.



I completely forgot the new Blutengel album came out today so I didn't get to listen to it at work. I am listening to it right now. I will post my thoughts about it when I have listened to the album a few times.

One of my favorite bands in the past 12 months Softwave has a new remix album out. I am definitely enjoying the remixes of their debut EP Together Alone. Go check it out.

I wonder if my neighbors are tired of hearing the throbbing sounds of "How It Came to be This Way" and "Desert Winds of Jezebel" off The Hating Tree, an album I have yet to get sick and tired of listening to. Damn shame I didn't have this album when I lived in Loring Park and had to deal with some noisy ass upstairs neighbors. I could have used this album to retaliate against their shitty house music with this album. I sure don't miss that place. Speaking of Autumn and The Hating Tree, I am sooo considering using their album cover as part of a future tattoo. Depending on if I end up getting an appointment in Chicago at Black Oak Tattoo in the fall (or not, I am kind of hoping not to be honest :P ). If not, I so want want to incorporate the moon and tree off The Hating Tree into a snow globe. All of this done in black ink. I love black ink tattoos.  Those are so damn dope. This is how freaking much I love that band and album. That and tattoos. LOL!

I so wish the Muna and Austra shows were not happening on the same night (i.e tonight). Both musical acts have put out some killer music. I ended up flipping a coin last week on which show I would go to and Austra won out. Good thing to be honest. The train ride home from Saint Paul is long and boring. At least my commute back into downtown Minneapolis is just under 15 minutes.

Another band I can not stop yakking about is Erotic Elk. I want people to stop sleeping on this band. If you like Apoptygma Berzerk and Neuroticfish, you really can't go wrong with this band.

I have been really getting myself psyched over the upcoming Aesthetic Perfection concert with Solar Fake and Nyxx. I have been really binging on Solar Fake and Nyxx's music. It will really be interesting to experience this concert because it will be at Club Underground, a tiny little venue in NE Minneapolis and the show is almost sold out. 

Thursday, February 16, 2017

My current favorite songs

Well it is Thursday again. Time to share with my readers the current crop of songs that I have been enjoying immensely. This week it has been a mixed bag for me. I got a little country from Mary Chapin Carpenter, an old fave of mine from high school/college, new age tracks by Paul Schwartz, Blue Stone, and Enigma, lots of synthpop such as my current favorite band Erotic Elk, longtime fave CHROM, Solar Fake, Icon of Coil, some electropop by the likes of Robyn (who really needs to put out a follow up to 2010's Body Talk) and Muna, goth darlings Autumn and Voltaire, Aesthetic Perfection, and Client.

The other day I was listening to "Refuge" by Client. I hadn't listened to it in a year (I think). I definitely forgot how great of a song it is. The band is working on some new music so that I am very excited about. I need to listen to their last album Authority again. It is not a perfect album but there are some solid synthpop tracks on the album.

I hope people are checking out my album of the week pic III by Erotic Elk. They remind me so much of Apop with a smidgeon of Neuroticfish (but they remind me mostly of Apoptygma Berzerk). That's a band that should not be slept on.

Super excited about seeing Solar Fake for the first time this Sunday. I was listening to my Solar Fake Playlist today. Definitely give them a listen. "Under Control" is one of favorite songs by the band.

I will never be a fan of country music but I do love me some Mary Chapin Carpenter. At least her earlier music. I have to admit, I lost interest in her music after Stones in the Road. Every now and then I'll listen to my MCC playlist. I find her music very comforting, like a good pair of fuzzy pajama pants. Right now I love her ballad "This Shirt" from her second album State of The Heart.

Whenever I get pissed because of Lord Cheeto, I love listening to Voltaire's "Hell in the Hand Basket" for some laughs. I do think that is where the angry apricot is taking this country to.

Generally I am not a huge fan of generic alternative rock bands like Imagine Dragons but I do like their song "Demons". I can certainly relate to it. Being inside my head is not very pretty. Damn shame the rest of their music blows just like Nickelback.

So until next week, enjoy!