Friday, September 21, 2018

My current favorite songs of the week

TGIF! This week felt like it would never end. Here is this week's playlist, got a good mix of old and new songs. There were quite a few new releases today. Unfortunately I did not get around to listening to the new i:scintilla album Swayed. I hope to get to listen to it this weekend.

One of my favorite local bands Tiny Deaths released her new album Magic today. I was definitely not disappointed in what I heard on the album. It is fantastic. If I am up to it after seeing Venom, Tiny Deaths has an album release party at the Icehouse on October 4 [event link:].

Metric  and In Strict Confidence  also have new albums out Art of Doubt and Hate2Love . At the moment the jury is out on both albums. I need to listen to them a few more times for the music to grow on me.

For most of this week, the weather in the Twin Cities have been garbage. It had been raining all damn day and night from Monday through Thursday. I have been on a bit of a Dead Can Dance and Lisa Gerrard kick because of the dreary ass weather. I love Dead Can Dance's new song "The Mountain". You can listen to the new song at Pitchfork []. My favorite DCD album is easily The Serpent's Egg. I have been listening to it quite a bit for the past couple of days.

Thanks to Justin of Sleepthief, I found out not long ago Mythos has a new EP out called Eros. It is really good. I have been chilling out in the evenings with a cup of tea and some Mythos playing in the background.

As much as I adore Tinderbox, I am starting to find myself preferring Peepshow from Siouxsie and The Banshees. Both albums are fantastic but Peepshow is starting to overtake Tinderbox as my favorite Siouxsie and The Banshees album. Right now my favorite song is "Burn-Up" which is featured on tonight's playlist.

And to shake things up a bit, I added in a track by a Vietnamese artist named Pham duc Thanh called "Falling Rain". I was curious to see if Spotify had any traditional Vietnamese music since I have taken an interest in my own culture in the past 12 months since seeing Ken Burns' excellent The Vietnam War documentary. The instrument Pham duc Thanh uses is called the Dan Bau, it is a stringed instrument.

Of course I got some Autumn tracks on this week's playlist, one song from their three albums ;). And there are some long time favorite songs by Anette Olzon, Blutengel, and Cocteau Twins too.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Music for rainy days

All this week, it has been raining cats and dogs where I live. I love rain but since I haven't seen any sunshine since either Saturday or Sunday I am rather tired of the rain at the moment. On the upside, the weather makes me dig out classic albums to listen to while the rain falls. Here are the albums that I have been listening to this week that really fits perfectly with this dreary weather. You really can't go wrong with any of these albums. Perfect mood music.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Earworm of the week

For the past few days, I have been listening to my Chvrches playlist I created on Spotify. I am getting really excited for their 10/3 show at The Palace especially since I have never seen them live before. Today "Never Ending Circles" from the band's second album Every Open Eye  has been stuck in my head. I would say it is in my top ten favorite Chvrches songs.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

My favorite podcasts

I decided to post something different for tonight's blog post. It isn't music related but it does involve audio. Last summer after all the trauma and the loss of my father, I wasn't in much of a mood for a lot of music. There was some I listened to but a lot of it just turned me off so I started listening to more podcasts asides from the now cancelled Another Round (RIP). As a result, I started to find myself in a whole 'nother world especially true crime podcasts. Listening to true crime podcasts is my version of soap operas except they are actual events unfortunately. They proved to be a good distraction for me to be honest and a great way to make my work day go by quickly (and drown out the dipshits near me).

Here are my favorite podcasts I am currently listening to:

The Vanished Podcast - Just started listening to this podcast just prior to my trip to Chicago. It is addicting although depressing AF because most of the cases are unsolved cold cases. The more I have listened to each episode, I have learned just how law enforcement views missing people cases and not necessarily in a good way.  I love that the host allows family members of the missing person control the narrative of the story on how the person went missing. I just hope one day all the cases featured on The Vanished that are still unsolved will be solved and the families can get some sort of resolution to the mystery of why their loved one disappeared.

Casefile - My favorite true crime podcast. The host is anonymous, probably because he doesn't want to be a distraction from the narrative of the episode. There are a good mix of solved and unsolved cases. There is a lot of graphic details in each of the cases which may not be suitable for the faint of heart. Hell! I couldn't listen to all five parts of the East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer mini-series. Some of my favorite episodes includes the Silk Road, Mia Zapata, and The Moors Murders.

Crime in Color - This is another favorite true crime podcast. In this series, people of color are the focus while a lot of other true crime podcasts, POC are virtually nonexistent. 

Criminal - Another favorite TC podcast with a slightly different perspective in the cases it covers.

The David Chang Show - I love chef and host of Ugly Delicious David Chang. Now David has his own podcast. My favorite episode so far is with street artist and fellow Korean-American David Choe, it is two hours of the two men just chewing the fat. There is a lot of rawness, honesty, anger, and pain from David Choe but the conversation is so fascinating and so refreshing because the two friends don't hold things back with each other. The two men do discuss for a moment about the passing of their good friend Anthony Bourdain.  

See Something Say Something - This is a podcast geared towards Muslim Americans which is sorely needed in this day and age of that orange clown in the White House. I just love listening to what the host Ahmed Ali Akbar and his guests discuss. It is very educational for non-Muslims. 

The Cheryl Reeve Show - As  Minnesota Lynx fan, this is a must listen for me.

Unhappy Hour with Matt Bellassai - whenever I need a good laugh, I will turn to former BuzzFeed host of Whine About It Matt Bellassai. This guy is hilarious. I found him through his guest appearances on Another Round. His podcast is about complaining and it is hilarious to listen to Matt and his guests complain. 

These podcasts I felt like I had to mention but can't really recommend.

True Crime Garage - I will listen to this podcast every now and then but it is definitely not my favorite TC podcast. I don't care for hearing the two hosts crack jokes through out each episodes (some being totally inappropriate). I am also not a fan that they have given that internet troll James Renner airtime for his ridiculous conspiracy theories. I will say this aboutTCG, they give a lot of coverage for unsolved cold cases which are needed to solve them since the mainstream media has moved on. 

Sword and Scale - This was an interesting podcast that I listened for awhile until one day before the host began the show, he warned listeners that in the FB group they would be making off colored jokes. I think that it is disgusting that people would think it would be appropriate to make light of such serious matter like violent crimes.

Missing Maura Murray - a pretty good TC podcast but again like TCG, they have a history of giving James Renner publicity for his nonsense. His theories on Maura Murray is why I can't stand this man. 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Playlist of the week

In honor of the upcoming Chvrches concert I will be attending in just over two weeks (the 10/3 show which I bought my ticket on the day they went on sale), I quickly put together a playlist of my favorite Chvrches songs this morning before work. I am finally getting to see the band live, they either were playing out at The Myth (i.e unaccessible to this carless person) or the show is sold out (i.e First Avenue).

It is hard for me to pick which of the band's three albums is my favorite but I will probably go with their second album Every Open Eye. That album I can listen to from start to finish without skipping a single track on it. Opinions on Love is Dead has been mixed. While there are a couple of tracks that I am not particularly fond of, I don't think it is as bad as some people have made it out to be. I wouldn't say it is in my top 10 of my favorite albums of 2018, perhaps top 20 but it is a solid good album that gets more crap than it deserves.

Songs to check out:
"Never Ending Circles"
"Leave a Trace"
"Really Gone"
"The Mother We Share"
"Empty Threat"

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Weekly office playlist

Another weekend has come and gone. After having short 3 or 4 day work weeks, I am back to the traditional 5 day work week. I have put together a list of old and new music.

This past Friday night, I went to the Dispatch/Nahko and Medicine for the People concert at The Armory. I left the show after a few songs into Dispatch's set. Not feeling their music but I absolutely adored Nahko and Medicine For the People's set. It was soooooo amazing. Just bummed that a good friend of mine couldn't make it for financial reasons. Definitely plan on listening to a lot of Nahko and Medicine For the People's music this week. Their music is how I got through the difficulties I was going through last summer. My favorite album is Hoka which features my favorite song "Great Spirit". It is such a beautiful song and really got me through the emotional roller coaster ride I was on.

Pulled out some albums I hadn't listened to in awhile because of the new music I have been flooded with such as Autumn's Return to the Breath, L7's Smell the Magic, The Jezebels' Synthia, and Conjure One's self-titled album.

Android Lust: Shores Unknown

Ashbury Heights: The Victorian Wallflower

Autumn: The Hating Tree

Autumn: Return to the Breath

Autumn: Chandelier

Blume: Rise from Grey

Blutengel: Demon Kiss

Cesium 137: Rise to Conquer

Chvrches: Love is Dead

Conjure One: Conjure One

Expiring Time: Forever Distant

Garbage: Not Your Kind of People

Hanzel und Gretyl: Satanik Germanik

Helalyn Flowers: Nyctophilia

Helix: Twin

The Jesus and Mary Chain: 21 Singles

The Jezabels: Synthia

KMFDM: Hau Ruck

L7: Smell the Magic

The Lost Boys Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Mercury's Antennae: The Moon Viewing Garden

Michael Giacchino: Incredibles 2

Nahko and Medicine For the People: Hoka

Nahko and Medicine For the People: Dark as Night

Nahko and Medicine For the People: On the Verge

Psy'Aviah: Lightflare (deluxe edition)

Psalm One: P.O.L.Y (Psalm One Loves You)

Sleepthief: Mortal Longing

Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack

SPECTRA*paris: Retromachine Betty

Tegan and Sara: Love You to Death

Valerie Renay: Your Own Shadow

Venus in Aries: Beyond the Veil

VNV Nation: Automatic

Cities in Dust: My Favorite Siouxsie and The Banshees Songs

Mortal Longing: My Favorite Sleepthief Songs

Principe Valiente Mix

My Post-Punk Playlist

Dreampop Mix

'90s and '00s Pop Playlist

The Best of 2018 (so far)

Gothic rock/darkwave playlist

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to

Because of my weekend trip to Chicago last weekend and falling down the proverbial rabbit hole with The Vanished Podcast which I just started listening to this past week, I didn't listen to a whole lot of music in the past several days.