Thursday, June 22, 2017

My favorite songs of 2017 [so far]

Since I posted this week some of my favorite albums of 2017, I thought I would share with my readers my favorite songs [so far] since the year is halfway over.

My top 3 favorite songs of 2017 definitely has to be "Return" by NamNamBulu, "I Know a Place" by Muna", and "Forsaken Love" by Xandria. All three songs are so damn catchy. I constantly listen to them every damn day have yet to get sick of any them. Those songs are earworms I do not mind getting stuck in my head, especially "Return" by NamNamBulu. Haven't heard a futurepop song this year that comes close to being as good as that song.  I have to admit I wasn't impressed with the new Xandria album. I wish it had more songs that were as memorable as "Forsaken Love".

Another great song I love listening to and it gets stuck in my head is "Out of My Head" by Tashaki Miyaki. I recently discovered this band a few weeks ago. As a fan of artists and bands like Tamaryn, Lush, Belly, Slowdive, and Mazzy Star, Tashaki Miyaki satisfies my shoegaze craving. I would love to see Tashaki Miyaki hit the road with Tamaryn. That would make for a great concert.

Although "16 Psyche" is not as catchy as the other songs I have mentioned, the new Chelsea Wolfe track is great. Very noisy but I like it. The song is a nice contrast to the rest of my playlist. Definitely the darkest song.

One of my new favorite songs is "Last Night On Earth" by Empathy Test from their Losing Touch EP. I discovered this band earlier this year. Really great synthpop. I have yet to hear anything by the band that I didn't like.

My current favorite song is "12th Night" by The Eden House with Monica Richards on vocals. This song gives me the chills. I am so ordering a copy of the album tomorrow when I get paid. I have been listening to the new Eden House album all week long.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Album of the week

For the past 2-3 days, I have been listening a lot to the new album Songs For the Broken Ones by The Eden House. It has consumed my time and my ears. I am waiting for Friday to get paid so I can order an actual copy of the album. I love the various guest vocalists on the album like Monica Richards who sings on my personal favorite track "12th Night", Louise Crane, Kelli Dayton (of Sneaker Pimps fame), Lee Douglas, and Meghan Noel-Pettit. Every time I listen to the album I immediately think of the sounds of Cocteau Twins, Lycia, The Sundays, and Black Tape for Blue Girl with the swirling guitar riffs and ethereal vocals. The production quality of the album is excellent. This is simply a beautiful album. It is an album I can listen to both at work and at home. Certainly one of my favorite releases of 2017.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Best of 2017 [so far]

It's June and the month is slowly coming to an end. Even more importantly the first half of 2017 is almost over. Tonight I thought I would post my favorite albums released this year so far.

If you haven't heard of Ruined Conflict before, you should now. They recently dropped their latest album Triumphant. It is so good. As a VNV Nation fan, I can not help but hear how similar the two acts sounds. Triumphant is the band's third album and they continue to get better with each release. Do check them out.

Absolutely love, love, love This Dream. As a fan of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Lush, and Belly, Tashaki Miyaki is right up there. Their music is super catchy but with lots of fuzzy, distorted guitars. "Out of My Head is easily my favorite song by the band cause of its super catchy pop hooks and singalong lyrics.

Borders is easily my favorite futurepop album I have heard so far this year. The music is so damn melodic. I am constantly listening to their song "Return" every damn day. I have yet to get sick of the song no matter how many times I listen to it. The rest of the album is fantastic. The wait was definitely worth it. I hope I do not have to wait for that same amount of time for new music by NamNamBulu.

The new album by The Eden House is so fucking good! I have been listening to the album for the past few days. I am waiting for pay day at the end of the week to buy a CD copy of the album. I absolutely love the numerous guest vocalists on the album.

Purple Fog Side is one of my new favorite bands I have discovered online in the past couple of years. I first discovered this band on a De/Vision tribute album I bought from SkyQode and really dug their brand of synthpop. Earlier this year they dropped The Dischord. I immediately loved the album. If you dig female fronted synthpop, you really can't go wrong with Purple Fog Side. They are so grossly underrated and overlooked.

I love the direction that Hydrah took on her new EP Siren with the use of stringed instruments.

Excellent soundtrack to an excellent movie. I never heard of Rupert Gregson- Williams but he does a fantastic job scoring the film.

If you have never heard of Sixth June before, please check out their album. I discovered them through either Bandcamp or Youtube. I forgot which site but either way I immediately was hooked on their music. Their new album came out earlier this year. I have to admit I have neglected it for awhile with all the stuff I listen to but I recently started listening to Virgo Rising. It did not take long to be reminded how good the album is and why it is one of the best releases of 2017. 

I can't believe it but I almost forgot to mention Under Your Spell. It has been awhile since I could listen to a TBM album and continually listen to it on a regular basis. Their last few albums after Walking With Strangers really didn't do much for me to be brutally honest. I would listen to them a few times and then move on. This is not the case with Under Your Spell. I found myself enjoying this album from start to finish. I have been listening to the album on a daily basis. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Playlist of the week

Yesterday I put together my fourth volume in my Random Mix series. I just pick some of my favorite songs from the past and present. I even have a little country music on my mixes. I find my work day goes by a bit more quickly when I am listening to these mixes.

On my latest mix, I included a lot of old favorites like "Rooms on Fire" by Stevie Nicks", "How Can I Refuse" by Heart, "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns 'N Roses", and "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" by Cyndi Lauper. The majority of the mix are fairly older songs although I did add a couple of new tracks by The Eden House, Fazerdaze, and The Birthday Massacre.

I will admit my favorite of the four playlists I have created in this series are the first two. I probably will work on this mix to get it to the standards of my two favorite playlists. Still I have been enjoying this playlist quite a bit especially at work today. It made my day a bit more bearable.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Weekly Office Playlist

And once again, the weekend has come to an end. These two days really do go by quickly but fortunately for me, I have requested this Friday off. Here is some of the music I plan on listening to this week.

Created a couple of new playlists this weekend. One consists of all of Cesium 137's music and the other playlist is another random mix. I really do enjoy creating these random mixes that sticks to no particular genre. 

Just discovered this new band called Fazerdaze. They remind me a little of Tashaki Miyaki and Lush. Very shoegazey music. Really liked what I heard on youtube. Fortunately found their music on spotify. 

I know I am beating a dead horse but I really do recommend checking out the new album by The Eden House if you are into the sounds of Autumn, Black Tape for Blue Girl, and Lycia. It is so bloody damn good.


Anemonia: Moonlit Numina


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to



I may have had a shit week as far my personal and work life goes but when it comes to music, this week has been great. Right now I am almost done listening to the new album Songs for the Broken Ones by The Eden House, a UK band compromising of Stephen Carey and Tony Pettitt (of  Fields of the Nephillim) and with a lot guest appearances on their albums like Monica Richards of Faith and the Fuse. For me, I have a tendency to gravitate more towards industrial and synthpop bands but it does not mean I do not enjoy some goth and darkwave music. After all one of my favorite bands (Autumn) is a goth band. When I get paid next week, I certainly plan on buying a CD copy of the new Songs for the Broken Ones.

This past week I rediscovered Cesium 137. I hadn't listened to their music in ages. Their album Intelligent Design was the first album I had heard from the band. I think I discovered them when I found the album at Cheapo Discs in the used cd bins. That was many, many, many moons ago. Great album. Definitely need to listen to the rest of their catalog and become familiar with their music again.

Really glad to have come across the latest album by Cellmod Graveyard of Empires. I have been enjoying the album a lot for the past couple of days. Damn shame I just found out about it. It certainly would have ended up on my annual best of list.

I feel guilty for neglecting the most recent album by Bat for Lashes The Bride. I was rearranging my cds to fit in my most recent albums and I saw The Bride buried underneath my other CDs. I brought the CD into work this week and listened to it a few times. I feel bad about letting it collect dust because the album is so good. I was quickly reminded why this album was one of my favorite albums of 2016.

Every time I listen to the new album Under the Spell by The Birthday Massacre, the more I love it.  I certainly plan on buying a copy one day. I hope The Electric Fetus will get copies of it (which they usually do with TBM music). 

Friday, June 16, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

Another work week has come and gone. Got a lot of new songs on this week's playlist as well as a few oldie but goodies.

 I had to throw in some oldies like "Heaven's Gate" by Toni Childs, one of my favorite songs from the '90s. There is no other artist I can really compare with Toni Childs. Toni has such a unique voice. Once upon a time Cities '97 was my go to source to discover new music. That is how I learned about Loreena McKennitt, Sarah, McLachlan, and Toni Childs. Now the station is just commercialized garbage. Damn shame.

Another oldie but goodie I had to throw in is "La Isla Bonita" by Madonna. Still my favorite Madonna song from my childhood.

I have been in a fairly bad mood this week (one reason being PMS) so one of the few things I do to cheer myself up has been listening to Autumn's music. Of all the albums I listen to, I keep going back to The Hating Tree. It is the most played album in my collection. It is really hard for me to pick a favorite song off that album since I listen to it almost every day. I think if I had a current favorite song from the album it has to be "How It Came to be This Way". Between Julie Plante's powerful vocals and her confrontational lyrics, I can relate to that song on so many levels that it has a profound effect on me considering the amount of bullshit I have been dealing with for the past several weeks.

Just re-discovered the sounds of Cesium 137 just the other day. I definitely have forgotten how good their music is. Judging by their Facebook page, Cesium 137 is currently working on some new music so that is a very good sign.

I really wanted to like the latest De/Vision album but I find it rather middle of the road. It isn't bad but it isn't really interesting. I find myself kinda bored with synthpop at the moment. I love NamNamBulu. Their music can hold my attention for long periods of time but De/Vision? Eh. My favorite track on the 13 is the last track  "The Firing Line". I think that is the one song on the album that the best melodies.

Since booking hotel room at Central Loop Hotel in Chicago for the Nightwish show in March, I have been listening to my Nightwish playlist a lot. As much as I love Tarja, I love Floor's version of "Ever Dream" on their live album Showtime, Storytime from 2013 (as well as "Amaranthe").  Floor has such a huge presence on this track. The live album immediately convinced me she was a perfect fit for the band after the departure of Anette Olzon.

This week I listened to the new albums by 3Teeth, Marnie (from Ladytron), Slowdive, Hydrah, Tashaki Miyaki (that is the name of the band, it is not a solo artist), and The Birthday Massacre. The new TBM, Hydrah, and Tashaki Miyaki albums have been getting a lot of my attention this week at work. I only listened to the new 3Teeth album once but I do like what I have heard so far. Really loving the title track to Under the Spell. It is my current favorite song from the new  TBM album.

It has been a long time since I listened to Bat For Lashes' The Bride. I was quickly reminded how good the album is especially the first track "I Do". What a gorgeous track. The album itself was one of my favorite releases from 2016. That was a really great year for music.