Saturday, August 27, 2016

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to



Since the news of the upcoming Ayria show this past week, I have been listening to a lot of Ayria on Spotify at work. I am thrilled that she is finally headlining her own tour. I have seen her about 4 times and all as supporting act. For more information on the show, just go to Kilted Farmer's Facebook page. Her new album is fantastic. IMHO I like it a lot more than Plastic Makes Perfect which was only so-so.

Considering how much I love the new CHROM album Peak and Decay, I finally got around to listening to their first album. Unfortunately this album lacks the melodies of Synthetic Movement and Peak and Decay. In other words, it was a let down for me since I love that band but oh well. Their new album and previous album are fantastic. Go check them out.

Still on my Autumn kick since the Strap On Halo show. I hate waiting to find out when their next show is going to be.

My current favorite album is by the local band Promidal. Their next show is on 09/17 at Club Underground for the Twin Cities Electropunk Vol.8 release party. They are selling actual CDs  of their latest album at their shows. It is gnarly shit so there go to that show and grab yourself a copy of the latest Promidal album.  

Friday, August 26, 2016

Music to check out

Thursday, August 25, 2016

My Current Favorite Songs

Lots of synthpop goodness on this week's playlist of my favorite songs and the occasional oddball pop/rap song. lol

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Guilty Pleasure of The Week

Here are my top 10 favorite Guilty Pleasure songs for this week.

01. Expose: End of the World

02. Tina Cousins: Forever

03. Love Theme From St. Elmo's Fire

04. Mary J. Blige: No More Drama

05. Lauren Christy: Steep

06. P!nk: Bad Influence

07. Lenka: The Show

08. Josh Groban: To Where You Are

09. Vonda Shepherd: Baby, Don't You Break My Heart

10. Richard Marx: Turn Off the Night

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Album Of The Week: Return To The Breath by Autumn

Ever since the Strap On Halo show almost two weeks ago, I have been listening to Autumn's two albums The Hating Tree and Return To The Breath on Spotify. I have especially been listening to Return To The Breath. I had bought this album online after seeing the band open up for Faith and The Muse in 2009 (I believe). Both The Hating Tree and Return To The Breath are excellent but I am particularly a big fan of Return To The Breath. The songs on this album sticks out more to me than The Hating Tree does. And after all these years, the entire album still holds up well. Does not sound dated at all.  The band sounds fantastic live after seeing them for the first time in several years. Julie Plante definitely has one of the best set of pipes around. She is what attracted me to Autumn's music. I definitely recommend checking the band's music out on Spotify and if in the Twin Cities, live in concert.

Just for the heck of it, here are the slide shows from when Autumn opened up for Faith and The Muse in 2009, and Strap On Halo almost two weeks ago.

Monday, August 22, 2016

10 Albums of 2016 I Think Should Be Heard

I was going to do post my usual weekly playlist however I was inspired to share with my readers 10 albums released this year that people should listen to ASAP.

01. The Jezabels: Synthia

02. School of Seven Bells: SVIIB

03. CHROM: Peak and Decay

04. Kristin Kontrol: X-Communicate

05. Otep: Generation Doom

06. Tegan and Sara: We Love You To Death

07. Shura: Nothing's Real

08. Softwave: Together Alone

09. Kitten: Heaven or Somewhere In Between

10. Hydrah: Hold

2016 has been very good for music. 2015 was not so hot. What good music that came out didn't come out until in the second half of the year. 2016 has been very consistent from January and up until now. 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Mixed Madness PT.3

Last night, I went to Club Underground for the Mixed Madness pt.3 show, a collaboration between Nxt Front Ent and Cerberus Ent. The line up included: Nemesissy, The Rabbit M Project, Genre Treason, Volsungasaga, and Promidal. Discord Curse was supposed to perform after Promidal but they bailed out when the show begin last night. I'll just say this about the situation, bailing on a show at the last second in favor of underage friends is not going to get you any more gigs. It was the band's responsibility to find out about the venue's policy on underage guests, not to mention read the Facebook event. I have no sympathy for this BS and from what I have heard, this band is not reliable. Not professional. I don't think this band will get far if they continue to behave irresponsibly. Asides from the drama, the show was a ton of fun. I definitely miss attending these smaller shows. I love the intimacy of these shows my good friend Tracy puts on. Of all the acts that played last night, Nemesissy seemed out of place the most. They are most likely more suited to open up for bands like Hippo Campus with their brand of geek rock. As for the rest of the acts, they were really good. I particularly liked EDM act The Rabbit M Project, the viking metal band Volsungasaga, and my personal fave Promidal.

goth_maven's Mixed Madness show at Club Underground album on Photobucket

I have seen The Rabbit M Project a few times thanks to my friend Tracy of Promidal. I have always enjoyed The Rabbit M's music whenever I got to see him on stage but last night I really enjoyed his music. His set was lit for sure. Genius Treason was a really entertaining rap duo. Lots of humor thrown into their music.Volsungasaga put on a great set with their brand of viking metal. Fucking heavy shit that's for sure. Without a shadow of a doubt, the night for me belonged to Promidal. They fucking killed it last night as you will see in my video from the show. Granted it lacked the meat throwing/fake murder antics I am so used to seeing at Promidal's shows however that era is over. Promidal is an adult and is here to make your ears bleed. That said there was still some fake blood during the set. Of course the music was bloody heavy as expected. I really loved the fusion of black metal with the synth beats.

I have watched Promidal evolve over the years which has been a joy for me to watch. I have always enjoyed watching Promidal live and grow despite the revolving door of members who have come and gone. Last night the line up I saw was 100% solid as a rock. This line up really looked and sound like a complete band which I believe was sorely needed for Promidal. While at the show, I picked up the new album Simul Iustus et Peccator (which is only available on CD at the moment). I can definitely hear a huge growth and maturity from Promidal's early days to now. This album fucking rocks. The blend of black metal and aggrotech is perfect. There is a huge improvement in the production. While I do love Promidal's previous albums, my main quibble with them is the production quality. They sounded more like demos than actual albums. I definitely recommend picking up the new album.

The next Promidal show is on September 17 at Club Underground for the Twin Cities Electropunk Vol. 8 release party. CDs are being sold for $10. If that event wasn't on the weekend I was going down to Chicago, I would totally go to it. I hope others will go to it. I have been to previous TC Electropunk release parties, it is always a lot of fun to see various local bands in the Twin Cities so please support the local music scene and go to the show.