Saturday, December 20, 2014

Albums I have bought in 2014

January
Baal - Shurado
Foretaste - Love on Demand
Feathers - If All Now Here
Sirus - Broken Hearts Corporate Minds
Army On the Dance Floor - Many Faces of War

February
The Melismatics - Rising Tide
Glean -
Dum Dum Girls - Too True
Aby Wolf - Wolf Lords
Astronomique - Burning Stars Fade

March
Client - Authority
Dum Dum Girls - Only In Drems
Within Temptation - Hydra
Lullacry - Crucify My Heart
Icona Pop - This is...
Nitronoise - No Cure For Apocalypse
Phantogram - Voices
God Module - False Face
Schoolcraft  Rushing Through the Sky

April
Belinda Carlisle - The Collection
Amaranthe - The Nexus
Veruca Salt - 8 Arms to Hold You
Amanda Ghost - Ghost Stories
Chelsea Wolfe - Pain is Beauty
Anette Olzon - Shine
Depeche Mode - Black Celebration
Depeche Mode - Ultra
Goldfrapp - Supernature
Mondtraume - Empty
Uh Huh Her - Future Souls

May
Blutengel - Black Symphonies
Nightwish - Oceanborn
Psyborg Corp - The Frozen Shrine of Obsydyana
Fort Wilson Riot - Trilliun
Stoneburners - Songs in the Key of Arrakis
Machinista - Arizona Lights
God Destruction - Novus Ordo Seclorum
Mankind is Obsolete - Mobius Loop
Panic Lift - Is This Goodbye?
Surgyn - Envy
Lucid Living - Miracless

June
The Luna Sequence - Fearful Shepherds Hunt Their Sheep
Arch Enemy - War Eternal
Lindsey Stirling - Shatter Me
Marsheaux  - Odyssey
My Midnight Heart - Chest of Hearts
Delerium - Poem
The Girl and the Robot - Silence/Borderline
The Girl and the Robot - Whole/Flowers

July 
Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze
Travis - The Man Who
Puffy - The Best of Puffy Amiyumi
Xandria - Sacrificium
Weird Al - Mandatory Fun
And Finally - Heartbreak Empire
The Lonely Soul Experience - Path of Blood

August
Youth Code - An Overture
Junksista - Bad Case of Fabulous
Kitten - Kitten
Kyary Pamyu Pyamyu - Pika Pika Fantajin
Ludovico Technique - Some Things Are Beyond Therapy
Angel Haze - Dirty Gold
Blutengel - Demon Kiss
Mirabilis - Here and the Hereafter
Mirabilis - Sub-Rosa
Mirabilis - Pleiedes
Lizzo and Caroline Smith - Let 'Em Say

September 
Empyrean Asunder - Your Are My Punishment maxi-single
Empyrean Asunder - Serpent
Hocico - El Ultimo Minuto Antes de que tu Mondo Caiga
Dido - Life For Rent
Gladiator Soundtrack
Austra - Olympia
Loreena McKennitt - An Ancient Muse
Club Mix 99
Lindsey Stirling - Lindsey Stirling
Elastica - Elastica
Eluveitie  Origins
The Jezebels - Prisoner
In This Moment - Blood
Psy'Aviah - The Xenogamous Endeavour
A Strange Play: An Alfa Matrix Tribute to The Cure
Clan of Xymox - Creatures
Hocico - Wrack and Ruin
Social Distortion - Social Distortion

October
Avarice in Audio - Shine and Burn
Hanzel und Gretyl - Black Forest Metal
Tiny Deaths - Tiny Deaths
Jourdan Meyers - Ruin Me With Love
Dolly Parton - Ultimate Dolly Parton

November
Junksista - High Voltage Confessions
Unwoman - Circling
Emmon - Aon

December 
Pretty Addicted - Crackhead Christmas Stockings (which included a copy of  It All Stems From Childhood CD)
FKA Twigs - LP1
Sisu - Blood Tears
Nightwish - Highest Hopes
Stanley Woolner - Houston County
Emmon - Nomme
L7 - Hungry For Stink

I have spent $1.290.13 on 98 cds total in 2014. And who says people don't buy music? ;)

Friday, December 19, 2014

Top 20 Albums of 2014

I finally put my list of my favorite albums released in 2014. I knew 10 would be impossible so I went with 20.

20. Army On the Dance Floor: Many Faces of War
19. Tiny Deaths: Tiny Deaths
18. FKA Twigs: LP1
17. Fort Wilson Riot: Trilliun
16. Keluar: Keluar
15. Xandria: Sacrificium
14. Empyrean Asunder: Serpent
13. Mondtraume: Empty
12. Cosmic Armchair: We Are Watching EP
11. Kitten: Kitten
10. Dum Dum Girls: Too True
09. Junksista: High Voltage Confessions
08. The Luna Sequence: Fearful Shepherds Hunt Their Sheep
07. Guardians of the Galaxy: An Awesome Mix Vol.1
06. Emmon: Aon
05. Arch Enemy: War Eternal
04. Youth Code: A Place to Stand
03. Psy'Aviah: The Xenogamous Endeavour
02. Avarice in Audio: Shine and Burn
01. Hanzel und Gretyl: Black Forest Metal

Honorable Mentions:
Mirabilis: Here and the Hereafter
Stoneburner: Songs in the Key of Arrakis
Unwoman: Circling
Nitro/noise: No Cure For Apocalypse
A Strange Play: An Alfa Matrix Tribute Album to The Cure
Pretty Addicted: It All Stems From Childhood

This was a difficult list to compile. I had to do a a few do-overs with this list because I kept forgetting some of my favorite releases. I chose Hanzel Und Gretyl's Black Forest Metal album as my number one pick because of all the albums on my list, this is the one album I have the most fun listening to especially at work. The music is loud, aggressive and easy to bang one's head to. My other favorite heavy metal album of the year is Arch Enemy's War Eternal. I have yet to get sick of listening to that album. As you can see, I have mentioned a lot of artists from Alfa Matrix records. 2014 was an excellent year for the label in my book. They released some seriously excellent music. I am particularly fond of the debut album by Avarice in Audio. The beats are just sic and the male/female vocals are excellent in my book. I included a couple of local releases by the likes of Fort Wilson Riot and Tiny Deaths, both whom put out some seriously wonderful music this year.

If you are looking for some interesting, new music to check out, I definitely can recommend the artists on my list here. 

Thursday, December 18, 2014

5 Things I have learned in 2014

With the year coming to an end, I thought I would share 5 things I have learned in 2014.

1) Never bring flower pots to a concert venue. Back in October at the Fine Line for the Dum Dum Girls concert, some guy brought in some flowers and the pot they were in. Unfortunately that got the guy escorted to the door and asked to leave. As humorous as I found the situation, I did kind of felt bad for the guy because he was asked to leave the building. Not sure if he was able to come back. I think management should have confiscated the pot and let the guy stay.

2) When you choose a highly controversial singer to front your band when your original singer leaves, do expect blowback. Don't act all surprised and defensive about it. When you do, you get no respect from me or from fans. You made your bed, now go lie in it.

3) Complaining constantly online does not earn respect from fans. Complaining about the internet being the reason why people aren't buying your music and then blaming fans really doesn't earn anyone respect. Being an asshole doesn't get anyone far especially with me. Newsflash: other people have financial priorities to attend to. I can't always what I want. I also get bogged down with a ton of music that I suddenly want to own (in other words I get easily distracted). While I do stream music, I also make sure I buy music legitimately whether online, at shows, or at my favorite record stores, and so should music fans. I can not emphasize enough for music fans to support their favorite artists and buy the music. Don't treat music as a commodity.

4) Don't pander to fans who don't like change when you want to take your music in a different direction. Daniel Graves of Aesthetic Perfection took a shitload of heat when he decided to take a different direction with his music for his next album 'Til Death. He was accused of selling out. At the time I found the whole debacle amusing but annoying simultaneously. My problem was with those who thinks artists like Daniel should be making music for them. Artists like Daniel create music for themselves, not for the public.

5) Try broadening  your  musical horizons and listen to music outside your comfort zone and that I did this year. I actually started getting into some hip hop music which I thought would never happen. I still don't like a lot of hip hop music but I do love the sounds of Grrrl PrtyLizzo, and Angel Haze

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

My Top 20 Favorite Artists/Bands of 2014

I can hardly believe that December is half way over. Discovered and heard lots of great music. Tonight I thought I would share my favorite bands of 2014. I didn't think 10 would be enough so I opted for 20.

20. Psy'Aviah


19. Pretty Addicted


18. Astronomique


17. Fort Wilson Riot


16. Arch Enemy


15. Keluar


14. Cosmic Armchair


13. Xandria


12. FKA Twigs


11. Veruca Salt


10. Tiny Deaths


09. Junksista


08. GRRRL PRTY


07. Army On the Dance Floor


06. Avarice in Audio


05. Youth Code

04. The Luna Sequence


03. Dum Dum Girls


02. Emmon


01. Hanzel und Gretyl



Honorable Mentions:
Nitronoise
Phantogram
AudioCentesis
Mirabilis
Jourdan Meyers
Lindsey Stirling
Stoneburner
God Destruction
Marsheaux
Machinista
Lucid Living

Monday, December 15, 2014

My Favorite Songs of 2014

Well it has been awhile since I last made a Spotify playlist for my blog and since the year is coming to an end, now would be a perfect time to make one. Tonight I just cobbled together a playlist of my favorite songs from this year called My Best of 2014 Playlist.

Here is the track list [song/artist]:

01. Frostbite - Avarice in Audio

02. Black Forest Metal - Hanzel und Gretyl

03. Rimbaud Eyes - Dum Dum Girls

04. Before I Die - Psy'Aviah featuring Diana S. of Junksista

05. Come With Me - Xandria

06. Expanses - The Luna Sequence

07. The Truth - Junksista

08. Consuming Guilt - Youth Code

09. To Hell and Back  - Sabaton

10. Far From Pain - Mondtraume

11. I'll Be Your Girl - Kitten

12. If We Stop Breeding - Nitro/Noise

13. Marching of the Days [synthpop mix] - Cosmic Armchair

14. War Eternal - Arch Enemy

I am so glad to see that Hanzel und Gretyl regained their mojo after their disappointing Born to Be Heiled in 2012. "Black Forest Metal"is by far my favorite metal song of 2015 with "War Eternal" by Arch Enemy, "Come With Me" by Xandria, and "To Hell and Back" by Sabaton right behind them.

2014 has been a good year for Alfa Matrix records I think. They put out some killer music. I particularly love the debut albums by Avarice in Audio and Mondtraume as well as the new albums by Junksista and Psy'Aviah. Of course I had to include some songs by those bands.

The new Youth Code EP A Place To Stand is killer. "Consuming Guilt" is one of my favorite tracks off the EP.

One of the catchiest songs of the year is deifnitely "I'll Be Your Girl" by Kitten. The self-titled debut album by Kitten is one of my most played albums of 2014.

I definitely recommend checking out my playlist to listen to my favorite songs of 2014.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

My 10 Favorite Concerts of 2014

Now that I have seen all the shows that I plan on seeing for 2014, I thought I would share with my readers my favorite concerts from this year.

10. Lizzo and Caroline Smith at First Avenue


09. God Module with Die Sektor and F.T.C at Amsterdam Bar and Hall
goth_maven's God Module with Die Sektor and FTC album on Photobucket



08. Grendel with Ludovico Technique and Endif at Amsterdam Bar and Hall
goth_maven's Grendel with Ludovico Technique and Endif album on Photobucket



07. Eye vs. Spy Tour at Mill City Nights
goth_maven's Eye versus Spy tour album on Photobucket



06. Hocico with HARDWIRE and Infaux at Amsterdam Bar and Hall
goth_maven's Hocico with HARDWIRE and Infaux album on Photobucket


05. Within Temptation at First Avenue


04. Tegan and Sara at First Avenue


03. Dum Dum Girls at The Triple Rock Social Club/The Fine Line Music Cafe
goth_maven's Dum Dum Girls at the Triple Rock album on Photobucket



02. Unwoman at Amsterdamn Bar and Hall
goth_maven's An Evening with Unwoman album on Photobucket



01. Veruca Salt at The Varsity




Honorable Mentions:
Phantogram at First Avenue
The Ladykiller Tour 2 [Sick of Sarah and Hunter Valentine]
Aesthetic Perfection with Surgyn and Panic Lift at Ground Zero
Voltaire with Ego Likeness and The Trapezoids at Amsterdam Bar and Hall
Hate Dept. with Project .44
VNV Nation with Whiteqube
Skinny Puppy with Army of the Universe
Uh Huh Her at The Triple Rock

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Eye vs. Spy Tour at Mill City Nights on 12.10.14

Another major concert in the dark underground scene has come and gone again. This time it was the Eye vs. Spy tour featuring Skinny Puppy, Front Line Assembly, Haujobb, and Youth Code. Originally VNV Nation was part of the line up but at the last second the band had to pull out of the tour. Thankfully Front Line Assembly was ready and willing to fill the void left by VNV Nation. Of course VNV Nation's departure from the tour wasn't without its fair share of controversy but it is what it is and the show went on.

As for the show, I was not disappointed with every band. I was particularly excited about Youth Code because I had missed them the first time around earlier this year. Although their set was just 20 minutes long, for me that was 20 minutes of bliss. I was a bit surprised by how calm the audience were during their set. Given the aggressive tone of their set, I would think that a mosh pit would erupt during their short set but I was wrong. The duo of Ryan and Sara played most of their EP A Place to Stand with a couple of tracks from their self-titled album. I love the band's raw energy and Sara's harsh vocals and angst-riddled lyrics. Youth Code is definitely one of my top 10 favorite (new) bands of 2014.

Up next was the German EBM band Haujobb. They were really good live. I think their music translates better live. For me, on record their music lacks the energy I heard from them on Wednesday night. Their set was about 30 minutes long give or take a few minutes. I hope to see them again live in the near future.

Front Line Assembly tore through the next hour with a killer set. It had been three years since I first saw them live at Ground Zero. The band did not disappoint many a fan that night. There was a good mix of old and new songs. The energy of the band that night was amazing. I hope I don't have to wait another 3 years for the band to tour again. They are fantastic live.

And finally the almighty Skinny Puppy. I first saw them earlier this year in February and once again this past week. What a real treat to see this legendary band twice. They really put on one helluva live show. Their set was pretty much the same as the first time they were in town but that is okay. They still put on one of the best shows I have seen all year. The band really invests the time and energy into putting on a killer set with interesting visuals and costumes (except for Cevin Key who is busy focusing on the music). I really wish a lot of bands in the dark electro scene put the time and energy into their sets as does Skinny Puppy. As much as I wish I could have been around to see the band when Dwayne Goettel was alive but I am very happy to say that I have seen Skinny Puppy twice and all in one year. Personally I find their music much more engaging live than when I listen to it at home.

For me this is the last concert for 2014. Because of my upcoming trip to Chicago for Nightwish in April of 2015, I am going to be particularly picky about what shows I attend. I have to save as much money for spending in the windy city. As the last show of the year for me, the Eye vs. Spy tour was a highly energetic and incredibly fun show to watch. It definitely ended my year in concerts on a high note. I did leave the show with a Youth Code shirt to show my support for the band. Wish I got to meet them but hopefully one day I will. With just a handful of dates left on the tour, I definitely recommend to people to catch them while you can. I can definitely say I got my money's worth out of the show.

goth_maven's Eye versus Spy tour album on Photobucket