Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Album of the week

If you haven't heard of the new metal band Exit Eden, you should now. The band consists of four singers from four different countries: Amanda Somerville, Anna Brunner, Marina La Torraca, and Clementine Delauney. Last week their debut album Rhapsodies in Black was unleashed upon the public. I have been listening to the album since Friday. All of the songs are cover songs given a metal transformation. I am familiar with most of the songs but there were a few tracks I didn't recognize like "Impossible" by Shontelle.

One of the weakest tracks on Rhapsodies in Black for me is "Skyfall" . The band's version fell flat to me. For me, "Skyfall" really doesn't have any memorable melodies like on Adele's first two albums. As talented as the women are, they just couldn't make "Skyfall" work for me.  I am also not particularly crazy about their version of Depeche Mode's "A Question of Time". I really wanted to like it but I'm just not feeling the love of turning a classic synthpop song into a symphonic metal track. The rest of the album is terrific. I absolutely loved the band's interpretations of "Total Eclipse of the Heart", "Frozen", "Heaven" (my personal fave), and "Impossible". Despite the flaws, I like how each member had their own distinct sound and brought it to the table. I thought all the women harmonized well together. Rhapsodies in Black is just a fun album to listen to while at work or cleaning house at  home.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Playlist of the week

I admit I listen a lot to my Random Mix playlists a lot, especially the first Random Mix playlist I created a few months ago. It gets so much play because a lot of my favorite songs are on that playlist. Unfortunately I have neglected my other Random Mix playlists. Today for my afternoon commute I listened to the second volume Random Mix playlist. I completely forgot how good the mix with songs like "One Breath" by NamNamBulu off their new album Borders which I so recommend checking out. This playlist has a good mix of current music and music from the '90s and early '00s that I adore.

My afternoon commute was a bitch because my first bus showed up five minutes early and I missed it. I had to stand in the rain for an additional 20 minutes (FYI...there was no shelter for me to stay dry). The only thing that kept me sane was my music.  Listening to my random mixes is like listening to the radio minus the annoying commercials and djs.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Weekly office playlist

It has been awhile since I wrote my weekly playlist. Last week I was just too lazy and not in the mood to put together a list of music to listen to at work for the week. Fortunately that feeling did not last long. Here is this week's collection of music I plan on listening to. Alice Glass and Android Lust recently dropped some new music (besides KMFDM, Janet Gardner, and Exit Eden).

Albums:
Alice Glass: Alice Glass

Amaranthe: Maximilism

Android Lust: Berlin

Arch Enemy: War Eternal

Avarice in Audio: Shine and Burn

The Bellwether Syndicate: The Night Watch EP

The Birthday Massacre: Under Your Spell

Blume: Autumn Ruins

Cover Stores: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story (an album to benefit War Child)

Diary of Dreams: Freak Perfume

The Eden House: Songs for the Broken Ones

Elane: The Silver Falls

Exit Eden: Rhapsodies in Black

Felix Marc: Alternative Facts

The Frozen Plasma: Dekadenz

Gold Zebra: Gold Zebra

Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2

Hanzel und Gretyl: Black Forest Metal

Hocico: The Spell of the Spider

In This Moment: Ritual

Janet Gardner: Janet Gardner

KMFDM: Hell Yeah

Mono Inc.: Together Till the End

NamNamBulu: Borders

Purple Fog Side: The Discord

Sabaton: Heroes

Suicide Commando: Forest of the Impaled

Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob

Tiny Deaths: Elegies

Uh Huh Her: Nocturnes

Xandria: Theater of Dimensions

Youth Code: An Overture

Playlists:
Random Mix

Random Mix II

Random Mix III

Random Mix IV

Of Moondrop Tears: My Favorite Autumn Songs

Empires: My Favorite VNV Nation Songs

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to

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This wasn't the best week for me. I had just come back to work after taking last week off. It was hard for me to get back into the groove of things. I really didn't listen to many albums for most of the week. I spent most of this week listening to my random mixes.

Yesterday some new music dropped. KMFDM with Hell Yeah!, Janet Gardner (from the band Vixen) with her self-titled solo album,  and Exit Eden with Rhapsodies in Black. I am going to have to listen to the KMFDM and Janet Gardner albums a few more times. I do though have taken to the Exit Eden album immediately. I love these women and their take on some of the biggest pop hits in the past couple of decades.

If you haven't heard of the synthpop band Gold Zebra from Montreal, CA, I definitely recommend giving their music a listen. Their self-titled has once again made way into heavy rotation with me. It is one of the few albums I have been listening to this week on a daily basis. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

Going back to work after taking a week off to say goodbye to my father and celebrate his life was not easy. I found solace in music, and most of it was in long time favorite tracks in recent years as well as from the past. And today I was just in the worst mood ever, not because of my father's passing but just how this summer has been going for me which has been awful so some of the music on the playlist reflects my mood today as well as the other days of the week.

 Earlier this week, a former FB friend had the nerve to contact me and try to beg me to refriend her. I was not having any of it. I had to throw on "Not Ready to Make Nice" by Dixie Chicks on my playlist since it really captures my feelings for the brief conversation I had with her.

Another song I have been listening a lot to and have been finding great comfort in is Delta Rae's "Dance in the Graveyards". It is a beautiful song that celebrates death and the life the deceased had lived. This song does help take the sting out of the pain I am going through at the moment. The same can be said about "Space and Time" by VNV Nation. The beats on that song does contribute a lot to perking me up.

Most of the songs on the playlist are older tracks especially by Cyndi Lauper, Fleetwood Mac, and Tears for Fears. The only two tracks that are new are by Tashaki Miyaki and Exit Eden. I am loving the debut album Rhapsodies in Black by Exit Eden. All the songs are cover songs but that's okay. I love album. I ended up ordering a copy online this evening after trying to see if I could find it in my favorite record stores (which I did not).  I adore their cover of Bryan Adam's "Heaven"

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Earworm of the week

I have been listening a lot to some pop music lately considering my current state of mood after the passing of my father. This week I have rediscovered the sounds of my favorite Ellie Goulding song "Anything Could Happen" from her excellent 2012 album Halcyon. This song has been stuck in my head all week long. The song is so infectious and catchy. Five years later since its release, I still love the song. Easily one of my favorite pop songs of all time.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Album of the week

Several years ago, I briefly wrote reviews for a well known website. One of the albums I wrote a review for was The Fire of Glenvore by the German dark fantasy/folk band Elane. I immediately became a fan. Unfortunately over time I lost track of the band until earlier this year when they dropped Arcane 2. I kinda forgot about it for awhile until a couple of days ago when I was scrolling through my Spotify account and saw Arcane 2 was one of the albums I had saved. I am sorry for neglecting this wonderful album for a long time. I find the music very soothing to listen to. If you like the sounds of Faun, Omnia, and Qntal I definitely can recommend Elane.