Tuesday, September 2, 2014

10 Songs From the Summer of 2014 That Were/Are Better Than Fancy

Tonight I came across this article from Huffington Post on songs that were better than "Fancy". Some of the songs I like, some I wasn't fond of but I'll say this all the songs were better than "Fancy" by a long shot. For tonight's blog, I decided to put together my 10 favorite songs from this summer that is a definite improvement over that shitfest otherwise known as "Fancy" (most annoying earworm of 2014).

01. Royskopp and Robyn: Monument

This collaboration with Royskopp and Robyn is proof that not all pop music is as shitty as Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" (or anything by Iggy Azalea). I am a big fan of Robyn because she isn't Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj. Robyn is just Robyn. She has her own individual personality and she lets her music do most of the talking.

02. Die Antwoord: Pitbull Terrier

Easily my favorite song from Die Antwoord and the video is hilarious too.

03. Tiny Deaths: Ocean

I love this song by Tiny Deaths, very reminiscent of Aby Wolf's Wolf Lords album. Grant Cutler of Lookbook/Wolf Lords fame also worked on this new project.

04. Lizzo and Caroline Smith: Let 'Em Say

Super catchy, fun song.

05. Arch Enemy: You Will Know My Name

06. Kitten: I'll Be Your Girl

This is my late summer jam. Ever since I bought the Kitten album a couple of weekends ago, I have been listening to this song a lot (not to mention the entire album itself).

07. Weird Al: Word Crimes

I love this song. Too damn funny.

08. Lindsey Stirling and Lizzy Hale: Shatter Me

09. Belinda Carlisle: Summer Rain

I just had to include this oldie but goodie from Belinda Carlisle. I had rediscovered the joys of Belinda Carlisle' solo music over the summer. This song has been getting lots of play from me.

10. The Luna Sequence: Until the Seasons Turn

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Golgotha Presents: Wasteland Rockers 08.29.14

Last night I went to Ground Zero nightclub for the Wasteland Rockers event put on by local fashion designer Golgotha. The event featured a fashion show and live music. The excellent The Rabbit M Project, Absynthe of Faith who had a shaky start with their set but in the end sounded really good, TheRockandRollWhores whom I never heard of until tonight and obviously it was their final gig too, and of course my personal fave Promidal.

goth_maven's Golgotha Presents Wasteland Rockers album on Photobucket

I kinda made the mistake of getting to GZ a little late so I only caught like two-three songs by The Rabbit M Project. From what little I heard, his music was terrific. I have only seen The Rabbit M Project once before at Club Underground and I liked what I had heard a lot. Absynthe Of Faith got off to a rocky start with their set but the technical issues was quickly fixed within a matter of moments and they ended their set on a positive note with me. I always enjoy seeing those guys perform on stage. Before TheRockAndRollWhores and Promidal was the fashion show featuring fashions from Golgotha and Fear The Wicked. After the fashion show was TheRockAndRollWhores, a local punk band. Never heard of them until the announcement of this event earlier this summer. They put on a highly energetic and entertaining show. Apparently last night was their final show as a band. Lastly was my favorite band of the entire show Promidal. Compared to their last Club Underground show, their set last night was tame but certainly as intense and entertaining as their previous shows. There really isn't a band in the local [dark, underground] music scene here in Minnesota that can match the intensity and entertainment value of Promidal. I never attended a Promidal show where I went "Gee this is boring". To anyone who hasn't seen the band live yet, go see them. You can find them on Facebook and also find out about their shows via DarkSide MN.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Updated list of albums I have bought in 2014 [so far]

Today at work I was thinking about all the music I have bought this year. I thought I would post a list of the music I bought this year.

Baal - Shurado
Foretaste - Love On Demand
Feathers - If All Now Here
Sirus - Broken Hearts Corporate Minds
Army On the Dance Floor - Many Faces of War

The Melismatics - Rising Tide
Dum Dum Girls - Too true
Aby Wolf - Wolf Lords
Astronomique - Burning Stars Fade EP

Client - Authority
Dum Dum Girls - Only In Dreams
Within Temptation - Hydra
Lullacry - Crucify My Heart
Icona Pop - This Is...
Nitro/Noise - No Cure For Apocalypse
Phantogram - Voices
God Module - False Face
Schoolcraft - Rushing Through the Sky

Belinda Carlisle - The Collection
Amaranthe - The Nexus
Veruca Salt - 8 Arms to Hold You
Amanda Ghost - Ghost Stories
Chelsea Wolfe - Pain is Beauty
Anette Olzon - Shine
Depeche Mode - Black Celebration/Ultra
Goldfrapp - Supernature
Mondtraume - Empty
Uh Huh Her - Future Souls

Blutengel - Black Symphonies
Fort Wilson Riot - Trilliun
Nightwish - Oceanborn
Psyborg Corp - The Frozen Shrines of Obsydyana
Stoneburners - Songs in the Key of Arrakis
Machinista - Arizona Lights
God Destruction - Novus Ordo Seclorum
Mankind Is Obsolete - Mobius Loop
Panic Lift - Is This Goodbye?
Surgyn - Envy
Lucid Living - Miracless

The Luna Sequence - Fearful Shepherds Hunt Their Sheep
Arch Enemy - War Eternal
Lindsey Stirling - Shatter Me
Marsheaux - Odyssey
My Midnight Heart - Chest of hearts - $5
Delerium - Poem
The Girl and The Robert - Silence/Borderline and Whole/Flowers

Dum Dum Girls - End of Daze
Puffy AmiYumi - The Best of Puffy AmiYumi
Travis - The Man Who
Xandria - Sacrificium
Weird Al - Mandatory Fun
And Finally - Heartbreak Empire
the Lonely Soul Experience - Path of Blood

Youth Code - An Overture
Junksista - Bad Case of Fabulous
Kitten - Kitten
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Pika Pika Fantajin
Ludovico Technique - Some Things Are Beyond Therapy
Angel Haze - Dirty Gold
Blutengel  Demon Kiss

Basically I bought about 6 albums/EPs (mostly on CD, few were digital downloads via bandcamp). To think, the year is not over yet. lol

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Album of the Week: Kitten by Kitten

Kitten: Kitten

For this week's edition of Album Of The Week, there was no doubt that my choice would be the debut album by Kitten that I bought over the weekend. I have been listening to the album as often as I can on a daily basis. I am really glad I picked up the album when I did. The album cover had caught my eye while I was at the Electric Fetus. With my android phone, I quickly googled Kitten band to see what this band was about and if this is a band worth checking out on a whim. Long story short, I decided to get the album (along with some J-Pop which I kinda wish I didn't get and should have opted for the new Imogen Heap album instead) when I read online that Kitten's sound had a new wave influence. That quickly won me over.

I was totally hooked on Kitten's music the second I heard the first song "Like A Stranger". By the time I got to "I'll Be Your Girl" (one of my personal favorite tracks), I was completely in love with the album and the band's sound. I am really impressed with lead singer Chloe Chaidez's vocals. For someone as young as she is, Chloe definitely has demonstrated to me that age has nothing to do with talent. Personally I think she is better than a lot of her much older peers. From what I have read online about Kitten (like in this WSJ article), Chloe has been working as a singer since she was 15. Obviously all the work she has been doing for the past four years has paid off for the singer. I am very impressed.

As a fan of Cocteau Twins, Slowdive, and My Bloody Valentine, let alone shoegaze music, I can certainly hear their influence on Chloe in her music. There is also a bit of '80s r and b influence thrown into the mix like on "Sex Drive". I'll be honest that song has me on the fence. I don't think the song is bad however it sounds rather out of place on the album. "Devotion" has a bit of that '80s r and b but mixed in with new wave and the results is much better. At least to this listener.

I love how the album ends with a stripped down, acoustic number "Apples and Cigarettes". It is a stark contrast to the other songs on the other album which relies heavily on synthesizers and guitars. It is a quiet, subtle number. I for one am anticipating what the future holds for Chloe/Kitten. This album is so good, it would be a crime to not hear with all the music that is out there nowadays.