Sunday, November 18, 2018

Best of 2018 (so far)

Because this week is a short work week for me (I took Friday off too), I thought I would skip my weekly office playlist for the week. In its place, I thought I would share ten of my current favorite 2018 albums and songs. Of course my final list won't be posted until either later next month or in the beginning of the new year. This list should give my readers a good idea what to expect for my annual list.

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Saturday, November 17, 2018

Albums and Playlists I am currently listening to

Believe it or not I spent most of last week listening to albums than my playlists. I hate saying this but I am not really feeling the new Ash Code album. No matter how many times I have listened to it, I am just not loving it. Perspektive certainly isn't the worst album I have heard in 2018 but it definitely isn't one of the best. I do like the band's other albums, just not this one. I will say that Autumn, Kaelan Mikla, Holygram, Lycia, and ACTORs have put out the best post-punk/darkwave albums this year and just overall great albums.

One of my new favorite bands of lately is the UK synthpop act The Perfect Kiss. I discovered them on Facebook a few weeks ago and been listening to their latest release Filter quite a bit. The Perfect Kiss reminds me quite a bit of Freezepop and Marsheaux with their brand of minimalist synthpop.

I have been on a Loreena McKennitt kick lately. The Mask and The Mirror was the first album of Loreena's I heard and bought with my own money. It remains to be my personal favorite album to this very day. My other favorites are The Visit and Book of Secrets.

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Friday, November 16, 2018

My current favorite songs of the week

Another week has come and gone. My weekend began when I got off work yesterday afternoon. I requested today off from work. Here is this week's playlist, it is a nice mix of old and new music.

Songs to check out:
"L'appel Du Vide" by ACTORS
"An Innis Aigh" by Indarra
"The Last Word - Depechen remix" by Analogue-X, Depechen
"Hvernig kemst eg upp?" by Kaelan Mikla
"Still There" by Holygram
"Away" by Autumn

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

My top 10 favorite post-punk songs

Today on my afternoon commute home from work (which consists of two buses to haul my ass back to downtown Minneapolis under an hour), I decided to listen to My Post-Punk Playlist , which lead me to become an ardent fan of  the genre as of lately. As the result of this afternoon commute's soundtrack, I was inspired to share my top 10 favorite post-punk songs. Some tracks are new favorites, some are older classics. Enjoy!

01. Joy Division: Atmosphere


02. Box and The Twins: Gravity


03. White Lies: Getting Even


04. Autumn: A Waiting Time


05. Holygram: 1997


06. Kaelan Mikla: Nornalagio


07. The KVB: On My Skin


08. Principe Valiente: Untouchable


09. The Foreign Resort: Heart Breaks Down


10. Autumn: Damage

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Album of the week

Picking this week's Album of the Week was immensely difficult for me because I heard a slew of new music in the past few days that I absolutely adore. After listening to my picks between Indarra's Walk on Fire, Holygram's Modern Cults, Kaelan Mikla's Nott eftir nott, Lycia's In Flickers, and The Perfect Kiss' Filter, I ultimately went with the third album from Kaelan Mikla Nott eftir nott.

I discovered the band through Facebook because I kept seeing ads that promoted their new album which was released last Friday. It got to a point in which I ended up finding the band on bandcamp and listening to the two songs that were available for streaming before the album's release. One of the songs I heard was "Nornalagio" and that was the song that converted me into a fan of the young band. I have listened to the band's previous two albums on Spotify, I can definitely hear a huge growth in their music because their first two albums were pretty unrestrained and raw. I prefer Nott efitr nott because their is less screeching and more actual singing on this album, and love the slicker production on it too. Nott eftir nott will certainly go down as one of the bests post-punk albums I have  heard in 2018 and I have heard quite a few this year (most all great). 

To learn more about the band, here is a great article about them https://grapevine.is/culture/kaelanmikla

Monday, November 12, 2018

Playlist of the week

Over the weekend, I decided to trash my Random Mix playlists and just have one big ass playlist. I have been thinking about deleting those playlists and starting over with one large playlist for some time, and I finally gotten around to doing that last weekend. After awhile I felt like it was a hassle to have four different playlists. I will continue to edit this playlist with music that I fancy at the time.

2018 is the year of post-punk/darkwave for me. I have been listening to a lot of post-punk/darkwave lately and less of EBM/futurepop/industrial/synthpop. That said, I do love the new albums by Blume and Ashbury Heights so I totally haven't stopped listening to synthpop music.  Right now my favorite bands includes Autumn, Holygram, Kaelan Mikla, and ACTORS all who have put out some kickass new albums this year.

On this new version of my Random Mix playlist, as always there is no specific direction like some of my other playlists. It is basically a mixtape just on a streaming platform. I always hit the shuffle button when I start listening to the playlist. The genres of music ranges from darkwave to trip hop. It is like listening to the radio minus the commercials and djs.

Songs to check out:
"1997" by Holygram
"Nornalagio" by Kaelan Mikla
"Damage" by Autumn
"Everylastingly Yours" by Piroshka
"The Passenger" by Siouxsie And The Banshees
"T5" by Swet Shop Boys
"We Don't Have to Dance"
"Superlover" by Birds of Chicago
"Autumn into Winter" by Lycia