Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Earworm of the Week

Several years ago a friend of mine gave me a burned copy of the album Have You Ever Touched A Dream? by the Swedish synthpop group Daybehavior. I recently started listening to the album again on Spotify. I don't remember the last time I had listened to the album but I was definitely reminded how fantastic Have You Ever Touched A Dream? I love a good pop hook and this album definitely has some super catchy melodies. My personal favorite track on the album is by far "Close Your Eyes". The lyrics may be simple, if not repetitive but the melodies really makes this listener completely forget about them.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Albums and Playlists I am Currently Listening to

I am going out of town for the weekend. I won't be blogging for the next three days. I am just going for some much needed rest and relaxation in my favorite city outside of Minnesota (i.e Chicago). So instead of tomorrow, I thought I would post what I am currently listening to for tonight's blog post.



Considering what a shit mood I had been in for most of the week, I really didn't listen to many albums this week except for some longtime faves like Autumn's The Hating Tree, and  the new Namnambulu album Borders. I spent most of my week listening to my playlists. Maybe after my weekend trip to Chicago and time away from work, my mood will get better. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

My Current Favorite Songs

I have been in weird mood all week when it comes to music. My long, continuous bad mood through out the work week probably contributed a lot to it. I got little country music by the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter and Allison Moorer, some pop music by Seal and LIGHTS, a little post-punk by The Rope, Echo and The Bunnymen, and The Eden House, and lots of EBM.

One of my current favorite songs at the moment is "Irony" by Frozen Plasma. This song is as catchy as "Return" by NamNambulu. Ironically Frozen Plasma is Vasi Vallis' other project so of course his knack for cranking out a catchy melody is all over "Irony".

Tonight I just listened to the latest De/Vision album 13 for the first time in a long time. I will confess it is not my favorite De/Vision album but it does have a some solid tracks on it. I have included my favorite track is the last track on 13 called "The Firing Line". I'm bummed that the De/Vision and Beborn Beton tour isn't happening because acquiring work visas in this country is getting more difficult for foreign bands. Gee I can't imagine why that is?

Got a couple of tracks by a couple of local bands from the twin cities The Rope and Graveyard Club. Can't make a playlist without including some local music ;). I am particuarly fond of "The Silence" by The Rope. Just been listening the hell out of that song this week.

Considering the shit mood I have been in this week, some of my favorite music to cheer me up tends to be music outside the EBM/Futurepop genres. "Never Had It So Good" by Mary Chapin Carpenter has always been one of my all time favorite songs (regardless of genre). The lyrics may be depressing as hell but perhaps that is why I find great comfort in them this week.

I have been listening a lot to the Dum Dum Girls this week. My absolutely favorite track is "Are You Okay?" from their Too True album. It is so ridiculously infectious. It is such a great earworm to have stuck in one's head, and the lyrics are so simple that anyone can sing along with the song.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Earworm of the Week

I am so not a fan of country music. I find most of the genre to be absolute rubbish however I do make a few exceptions. I absolutely love Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, some Martina McBride (not all of her music though), Margo Price, Johnny Cash, and Allison Moorer (wife of Steve Earle) just to name a few artists.

Lately I have been enjoying the hell out of Allison Moorer's "Mockingbird". It is the title track from her 2008 album Mockingbird. I have been in such a shit mood all week (especially today after standing in the rain for 45 minutes for a 540 to come by), not a lot of music has been able to pull me out of my funk except for Allison's gorgeous ballad "Mockingbird". The song really doesn't sound country, maybe more on the bluesy side. The melodies, melancholy lyrics, and Allison's vocals really comes together and creates something magical that can appeal to this non-contemporary country music fan. Absolutely love the inclusion of the saxophone on this track. Nine years later this song still sounds as amazing as the first time I heard it.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Album of the Week: Trauma: Ritual by [:SITD:]

I have been listening a lot to the new [:SITD:] album Trauma: Ritual. This is one of those albums which I listen to once, ignore it for other, and then start listening to it again. When I started listening to it again over the weekend, I found myself enjoying the album more with every listen. I can't say the band does anything new or innovative but that's okay. Trauma: Ritual is just an enjoyable, fun EBM album to listen to and is my pick for Album of the Week.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Playlist of the week

I have been updating my work/commute soundtrack playlist that I listen to on my commute going to work/going home as well as at the office. It is my most played playlist. A lot of the songs are favorite tracks that I love binging on and have yet get sick of listening to. I felt that I was clogging up my weekly Current Favorite Songs playlist with those songs so I created a separate playlist. I love listening to this playlist because it makes my commute and work day go by fairly quickly. It is a mixed bag of pop, alternative, goth, symphonic metal, synth, EBM, and whatever else under the sun.

It is pretty obvious that I am rather partial to Autumn - U.S band, Ashbury Heights, CHROMSocial Distortion, and White Lies. What else can I say? I have my personal faves whose music I can't stop listening to. LOL! Seriously right now I am totally digging Autumn's song "Red" from their album Return to the Breath. I am particularly fond of Julie's talents as a pianist. Her work on that song (as well as the ending for the 11 minute epic "The Hating tree") is amazing. Not only is she freaking talented as a singer but also as a pianist.

I am generally not a country music fan but there are a few artists I do enjoy like Rosanne Cash and Kasey Chambers. I have been a fan of Kasey since I first heard "Not Pretty Enough". Been a fan since then. She reminds me a bit of a young Lucinda Williams. I just love that she is not Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, or every other female country-pop star under the damn sun. Her music is so raw and powerful. As for Rosanne Cash, I am not necessarily a huge fan of all of her music but she has churned out some great albums like The Wheel, Rules of Travel, and The River and The Thread. Rosanne definitely inherited her father's talents as a musician.

Lately I have been listening to quite a bit of Imogen Heap/Frou Frou. Imogen Heap has such a unique voice. I like that raspiness of her voice.

Of course I had to throw in some oldies but goodies like Siouxsie and The Banshees' "This Wheel's On Fire", The Bangles' "If She Knew What She Wants", Belinda Carlisle's "Summer Rain", and The Cure's "In Between Days". Those songs have never aged one bit with me, especially "If She Knew What She Wants" which I think showcases The Bangles' talents as a band when it comes to harmonizing together.