Monday, October 20, 2014

5 Albums You Should Check Out

01. Youthh Code: An Overture - I have been listening to this album constantly this past weekend. It is so good. Definitely well worth the long ass wait I had to get it. I think Youth Code (and 3 Teeth) is what our little music scene really needs. A lot of the music right now sounds repetitive with all the oontz oontz beats going on (not to say that I don't love the synth beats but I do think the scene is becoming stagnant).

02. Psy'Aviah: The Xenogamous Endeavour

As if I really need to explain this choice ;).

03. Stoneburner: Songs in the Key of Arrakis
One of the more underrated releases of 2014. The music reminds me of Juno Reactor. I definitely recommend buying the album.

04. Bad Pollyanna: Monstrous Child

Just came across this album on bandcamp a minute ago.

The last one I can't really recommend but I am sure there are diehard KMFDM fans who would be interested in hearing their new album. Me personally? I have moved on to bigger and better things years ago. I'll just stick to their '80s/'90s material.

05. KMFDM: Our Time Will Come

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Album of The Week: The Xenogamous Endeavor by Psy'Aviah

2014 has really been a great year for music. Despite that it is mid-October, there are still some great releases that has yet to come out or has recently came out. My new favorite release that just came out this week is The Xenogamous Endeavour by Psy'Aviah. I have been eagerly anticipating this album after hearing their EP Our Common Future which was released earlier this year. The music re-ignited my interest in the electro-pop band.I have always liked Psy'Aviah but somehow the music really struck a chord with me until now.

 From what I have read online, The Xenogamous Endeavour has been well received by most fans and has gotten quite a few positive reviews from critics despite the absence of Emelie Nicolai who had left the group. With Emelie gone, founding member Yves Schelpe decided that instead of working with just one singer he decided to collaborate with an array of vocalists for the new album. The results definitely lives up to my expectations. The music is a lot poppier than on the albums that came before it. Personally for me, "Get Your Tickets" featuring Suzi Q. Smith was the one track on the album that I did not care for. The rapping just threw me off and it feels out of whack on the entire album. That said, it is just one track that I did not like. The rest of the album is absolutely fantastic. Yves chose a great group of artists to work with for each song. Asides from "Get Your Tickets", I just found it near damn impossible to pick one favorite song off the album. I will say this go listen to "In Uthenera" featuring Angelika Schwarzblut from the electro band Schwarzblut (which reminds me, I really do need to buy their new album one of these days, it is really good). It is a beautiful song.

So for my Album of the Week selection, I have chosen The Xenogamous Endeavour. It is beyond good. This album will easily be in my top 5 of my best of list. Go check it out!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday: My Top 10 Favorite Songs from 1986

01. Siouxsie and The Banshees: Cities in Dust

02. The Bangles: Walk Like An Egyptian

03. OMD: If You Leave

04. Eurythmics: Thorn in My Side

05. The Cure: In Between Days

06. Sting: Russians

07. Baltimora: Tarzan Boy

08. Pet Shop Boys: Opportunities

09. Howard Jones: No One is to Blame

10. Peter Gabriel: In Your Eyes

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ladykiller 2 tour: Sick of Sarah and Hunter Valentine at 7th Street Entry on 10.14.14

Last night I went to 7th Street Entry to see Sick of Sarah and Hunter Valentine. Both bands play really catchy pop-punk music. Yeah, this isn't the type of show I normally would attend but being a fan of Hunter Valentine (since I last saw them with Cyndi Lauper) I just had to go. I also always wanted to check out Sick of Sarah as a live act. Plus I am trying to make a point of covering shows on my blog outside of my comfort zone. In other words, a win-win situation here.

I would like to go on record that waiting outside whether for First Avenue or 7th St Entry is never boring. I am often hit up for money by panhandlers. Last night was really interesting, funny but annoying at the same time. Some guy I had seen earlier walking around the neighbor was having one of his "moments" (clearly he was mentally ill). Suddenly one of the chicks in front of the line decided to engage him in a conversation. It goes without saying waiting for the doors to open at 7th St Entry was anything but dull. I was so relieved when the doors opened. Anyhoo, I got a beverage and situated myself on one of the stools about 20-30 feet away from the stage. The show started about 9:15 with some local band I had no idea who they were. To be honest, their music was pretty forgettable too. Their set was about 20 minutes long. As I expected Hunter Valentine put in an excellent set. More energetic than when I saw them with Cyndi Lauper last year at Mill City Nights. Their music is super catchy. I loved how interactive the band was with the audience. It was really fun seeing Kiyomi crowd surf during the show. Their new band member Lisa Bianco is a great addition. She really impressed me with her abilities as a guitarist. I thought it was cute and funny when members of Sick of Sarah joined Hunter Valentine on stage at the end of their set, and Hunter Valentine would return the favor at the end of Sick of Sarah's set. As for Sick of Sarah, they put in a terrific live show. They definitely were anything but boring. They clearly are loved here in their hometown of Minneapolis. While the venue was from sold out, the band still draws a big crowd especially from the local LGBT community. If you haven't already seen the photos I have tweeted online last night and today, here they are in this little slide show.
goth_maven's Ladykiller tour album on Photobucket
To get an idea of both Hunter Valentine and Sick of Sarah's music, I have posted a video clip from each of them.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

5 music videos you should check out

01. Sun Gods to Gamma Rays: A Ghost to Find

02. Psy'Aviah: Before I Die (feat. Diana S. of Junksista)

03. Torul: All

04. Hanzel und Gretyl: Black Forest Metal

05. Junksista: Time