Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Pet Peeves of the Week

Pet Peeve #1: Don't label your music as something that it really isn't or can be easily misinterpreted. I sure made that mistake today.

While at work today, I got a notification that Brooklyn, NY band Of Clocks and Clouds had started following my Twitter account. As I am chilling out before I go to bed, I decided to check out their album You on their bandcamp page after seeing the band use the term "dark electro" to describe their sound on their bandcamp page. The Flaming Lips and Radiohead were the first two bands that quickly popped into my head when I started listening to their music. Lets face it, I don't listen to those bands nor the type of music they play (and we all know what I listen to...;)). My opinion? I liked what I heard but if you are going to use the term "dark electro", it better live up to its name because to me the music does NOT live up to the term "dark electro", look whose blog you are reading...a music junkie who spends hours at work listening to the sounds of Unter Null, Suicide Commando, Hocico, God Module, Decoded Feedback, ect...ect... . This is a rock album plain and simple. Do I think it should be heard? Of course especially for fans of Flaming Lips and Radiohead. I think this band is talented.


Pet Peeve #2: If you are going to put together a music festival in the Twin Cities, make sure it lives up to the term "music festival"

So today on my morning break at work,I saw on City Pages' website that Downtown Records is bringing to Minneapolis a music festival to Skyway Theatre. You can read about it here. It goes without saying (not really) that I was anything but impressed with the line up. Never heard of the majority of the bands save for Future Islands and local band Hippo Campus. I'm sorry but when I think of music festivals, the first thing that comes to my mind is Coachella,Pitchfork,and Lollapalooza and has more than ten bands which I usually have heard of most of the roster on the bill. The cost of attending this festival is $59 (GA), $76 (VIP) for both days. Talk about overpriced for a bunch of mostly unknown bands. I'll say this about this music festival, at least it doesn't have the most white bread, bland, boring artists like the Skyline Music festival at Target Field that will be happening in August with the likes of Melissa Etheridge and O.A.R (gag me). I think in the very near future I will have to make a trip to Chicago for Lollapalooza and see a real music festival. Most (not all)  festivals that occurs here in the Twin Cities leaves something less to be desired. 

Monday, July 28, 2014

5 Artists You Should Check out

01. BrunuhVille


02. Mother Black Cat


03. Aengeldust


04. Schwarzblut


05. And Finally


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Album of the Week: Novus Ordo Seclorum by God Destruction

With all the CDs I recently acquired whether ordering online or borrowing from the library, I have been listening to Novus Ordo Seclorum by God Destruction a lot. I decided to make it my Album of the Week.

This is my first album by the Mexican aggrotech act. I hadn't heard of them until I decided to order some music from Juggernaut Music Group back in April. After listening to a few songs, I knew I had to order the album. After a lengthy wait to receive my CD copy of the album, the music proved that the long ass wait was so worth it as well as the money I spent for it and the Machinista EP). As a big fan of aggrotech music, Novus Ordo Seclorum satisfies this fan with its dark lyrics, fast pace dance beats, and harsh vocals.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Some Food For Thought: bad behavior and crossing the line

As you probably heard by now, Combichrist had announced the second leg of The We Love tour for later this year. One of the opening acts for the tour was supposed to be Blood On the Dance Floor. Later in the day Combichrist yet again made another announcement stating that BOTDF was let go from the tour after receiving numerous complaints from their fans. I really wasn't sure if I wanted to tackle this particular controversy and possibly be responsible for more internet however after going to BOTDF's FB page and seeing their whining from the band about being dismissed from the tour and their annoying fans with their "fuck haters" comments, I decided "Fuck it! I'm writing about this shit". Besides maybe it is good for me to play with fire here and there on my blog ;). Like I really get paid for my ramblings. LOL!

After I had done a couple of chores and ate dinner, I decided to do really get into the whole controversy over Blood On the Dance Floor. One of the first articles I read was from New Year's Day Merch Guy. What bad behavior and I am just being kind here. That article immediately gave me the impression that I am not dealing with a full deck of cards here when it comes to Dahvie Vanity. To me this sounds like this guy people should not be around especially on tour, let alone in life.

The article that really grabbed my attention was this tumblr called Truth About Dahvie Vanity. While the band and their fans are blaming social media for these rumors of Dahvie having sex with underage girls or sexually harassing them, I do not believe for one second that the stories I have read on this tumblr are just rumors. And then there is the infamous Jessi Slaughter controversy. Because Jessi had made several videos of herself rambling on and on, she became a target of idiots with a rumor that she slept with Dahvie which was untrue. Here is where Blood On the Dance Floor comes in. they decided to join in the mockery of Jessi with the rest of the internet trolls with a video mocking one of Jessi's videos. Talk about a really great role model for impressionable youths. NOT! This is definitely not professional behavior for a musician, or another human being for that matter. I don't give a fuck who you are, you just don't bully or sexually harass your fans.

I really wish that Combichrist vetted out their opening acts better but then again I didn't know all that shit about Dahvie until today which led me to do some online research. Thankfully Combichrist is smart enough to listen to their fans and heeded their complaints by dismissing Blood On the Dance Floor from their upcoming fall tour. The actions and behavior of Dahvie Vanity is appalling (as is BOTDF's alleged music). Bullying and harassing young female fans is totally inappropriate and shame on the fans who are blinded by the celebrity status of this not-so-talented band. I know Combichrist has received their fair of shit over the years for supposedly being "sexist" but from the times I have met them in person, I have been treated with utmost respect and kindness from the band. I never have taken their lyrics seriously. I always thought their lyrics were written with tongue firmly planted in cheek. Now Blood On the Dance Floor on the other hand thinks they are the shit but what really is shit is their music and the way they treat some of their young fans. I have met a lot of my favorite musicians over the years (my favorites include: Donna and Steve of Ego Likness, Kristy of The Azoic, and Jennifer Parkin of Ayria just to name a few). Dahvie needs to grow the fuck up and a pair of balls. A real man would not treat his fans like the way he has done in the past and probably will continue in the future.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

5 artists you should check out

And Finally




Last week I came across a new synthpop act called And Finally courtesy of A Different Drum records. The two clips on youtube really didn't do much for me because it didn't really give me a full idea of what the band's music is about so I decided to see if Spotify had the album and thankfully they do which you can find here. After hearing the album in its entirety, I quickly ordered a copy from A Different Drum Records. From what I have read online, the album was released late last year. You can either go to the band's link at the top of the page or to ADD's website which they are selling for dirt cheap (i.e $10). I definitely recommend giving this band a listen. I think they are fantastic.

AudioCentesis

Okay the Twin Cities isn't exactly a hotbed for industrial music but there are a few cool bands worth checking out. One of my personal favorite bands is AudioCentesis. They recently released their new album Zughenruhe. If you are a huge fan of bands like Hocico, God Module, Unter Null, etc...etc..., AudioCentesis is definitely right up your alley.

Absynthe of Faith

Absynthe of Faith is another favorite local band of mine. The youtube clip I just posted is just a sample of what to expect from these guys. I would definitely recommend going to their ReverbNation page to hear their music.

F.T.C

Another MN industrial act worth checking out.

Promidal

of course I just had to mention my personal favorite local band from the Twin Cities...Promidal. Their live shows is fucking sick and I say that in a good way.