Monday, March 19, 2018

Playlist of the week

I just started counting down the days for my next trip to Chicago. I am going to Chicago to see Nightwish. Great excuse to go to my favorite city. Plus I have no way of getting to Maplewood outside of ride-sharing apps if I was going to their show at The Myth. I figured going to Chicago would be much easier in the sense that I can hope on the L train (the red line) to the Aragon Ballroom which is not far from the train.

With less than two weeks to go I have been updating my Nightwish playlist to prepare myself for my trip. I hope one day Tuomas will have the band's earlier albums available for streaming. In the meantime I will settle for their new compilation album Decades. It is two CDs of their greatest hits with their past and present singers, all remastered. I also have thrown in a few tracks from their live albums.  All three singers are well represented I think.

Songs to check out:
"Ever Dream" [Live at Wacken 2013]
"Amaranth" [Live at Wacken 2013]

Sunday, March 18, 2018

Weekly office playlist

Today was a good day. I went over to the Electric Fetus and bought some new music. I found the new Cesium 137 album Rise to Conquer, Cigarettes After Sex's self-titled album, and Cindy Wilson's Change. Essentially I bought my current three favorite most played albums on Spotify.  Super excited about that this is the week is when Chandlier by Autumn drops. I already pre-ordered my digital copy. Hopefully will get my hands on a CD copy eventually. Eventually. In the meantime, I have new music to amuse me as well as some interesting music to listen to via Spotify, and I will continue to listen to the The Hating Tree and Return to the Breath incessantly as always ;).

On a whim and without listening to the music first, I decided to throw in some new unheard music (to these ears) by Ash Code, Boy Harsher, Forever Grey, and Void Vision. Hopefully I can get back to my readers and give my thoughts about their music. I am so trying to check out new music. Just have to remember to do so while at work ;).

Ash Code: Posthuman

Autumn: The Hating Tree

Autumn: Return to the Breath

Bornless Fire: Arcanum

Boy Harsher: Lesser Man

BT: Electronic Opus

Chandeen: Echoes

CHROM: Peak and Decay

Cesium 137: Rise to Conquer

Cigarettes After Sex: Cigarettes After Sex

Cocteau Twins: Victorialand

Cosmic Armchair: Cannonballs

A Covenant of Thorns: Requiem

Daybehaviour: Follow That Car!

Death Valley Girls: Glow in the Dark

The Eden House: Songs for the Broken Ones

The Fauns: The Fauns

Forever Grey: Alabaster Chamber

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Soundtrack

Golden Gardens: How Brave the Hunted Wolves

Hocico: Tiempos de Furia

Hungry Lucy: Glo

In Good Faith: Anthology

Junksista: Promiscuous Tendencies

Kirlian Camera: Hologram Moon

The Luna Sequence: Fearful Shepheds Hunt Their Sheep

Mojave 3: Ask Me Tomorrow

Nightwish: Decades


[:SITD:]: Trauma: Ritual

The Soft Moon: Criminal

T.O.Y.: Pain is Love

Torul: Reset

Void Vision: Sub Rosa

We the North: Unhealing

X-Marks the Pedwalk: Secrets

The Best of Anette Olzon

Ear Candy Mix

Dreampop Mix

Amaranth: My Favorite Nightwish Songs

Gothic rock/Darkwave Mix


Saturday, March 17, 2018

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to

I am not really feeling chatty all tonight since I have been doing quite busy for the past 24 hours.  I am dead tired especially today with all the errands and activity I have been doing. I will say this I have been listening to a lot of Nightwish to get ready for my trip at the end of the month to see them live.



Friday, March 16, 2018

My current favorite songs of the week

Happy Friday! Here is this week's playlist of my current favorite songs. Most of the songs on this week consists of older tracks but I have included a few more recent tracks from the past 12 months.

I found out this week that Death Valley Girls will be opening up for L7 on their upcoming tour so of course I had to check out their music on  Spotify. Their music isn't as fast or aggressive as L7's music is but I think they are a good choice to open up for the band. In my dream, I would have loved to have seen either Babes in Toyland, Bruise Violet, or Kitten Forever  open up for L7. Obviously that isn't happening. That said I am excited to see Death Valley Girls live as well as L7. "Disco" is my favorite song by DVG.

One of my favorite local bands Promidal has their most recent album available on Spotify. "All Hallows Eve" is probably my favorite song by the black metal band. I have watched this band for quite some time and have seen them evolve into the band they are today. They are a really fun band to see live.

Nightwish as a new compilation out now called Decades which features songs from all their past and present singers. I apologize for being petty here but at least Nightwish didn't go through five singers in less than a decade unlike a certain symphonic metal band.  Despite the turmoil which led to Tarja and Anette's departures from the band, Tuomas has some common human decency to simply remaster their songs and not re-record them with Floor's vocals. According to Tuomas, it would have been disrespectful for the singers at the time to re-record them. I am glad there are quite a few tracks featuring Tarja. Her voice is what attracted me to Nightwish's music. I really hope their earlier albums will be uploaded on to Spotify.

I have to admit, Extraordinary Ways by Conjure One hasn't always been my favorite C1 album but in recent months I have come to appreciate the album. My favorite song off the album is "Pilgrimage". Really glad I got to see them live once.

Still digging the new albums by Cindy Wilson, Cigarettes After Sex, and Brandi Carlile. I just wish the timing of Cindy Wilson's gig at The Turf Club wasn't near the date of my Chicago trip. Her album Change gets daily play on my tablet via Spotify.  Same can be said about Cigarettes After Sex's show which is like a few days near L7's show at First Avenue.  Hopefully one day I will get to see Brandi Carlile live. The more I listen to her music, the more I really want to see her live at least once in my lifetime.

I hate that I can't be at any of the shows Autumn is playing this weekend and can't get my grubby  hands on a early copy of their third album Chandelier. One more week left. I did pre-order a digital copy of the album. In the meantime, been listening a lot to my favorite Autumn album The Hating Tree.

All this week (and last week) I have been on a Chandeen kick, namely with their album Blood Red Skies. Forever and Ever used to be my favorite Chandeen album but now it is Blood Red Skies. I do still love Forever and Ever though. Current favorite song  "Rabbit, Run".

Songs to check out:
"Tempest" by Cesium 137
"All Hallows Eve" by Promidal
"Things I'd Like to Say" by Cindy Wilson
"Rabbit, Run" by Chandeen
"Mother" by Brandi Carlile

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Earworm of the week

I have been on a Hanzel und Gretyl kick this week because I am getting all excited over their upcoming album Bad Fukken Luck Crew which comes out in June. I pre-ordered the (autographed) album with a t-shirt. All week long I have had their song "Fukken Uber Death Party" from their 2008 album 2012: Zwanzig Zwolf. It is easily my favorite HuG song. I love cranking up that song and the album it is on at work. The song is aggressive AF yet extremely melodic. I would love to see HuG live again but I might have to travel to Chicago since the last time they were in the Twin Cities was when they toured with Ministry for the Evildoers tour and that was when Epic was still known as The Quest.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Album of the week

If you haven't heard Cindy Wilson's solo album Change, you really should now.  I wish I hadn't slept on this album. I think it would have been on my best of 2017 list had I been aware of its existence sooner but that's life. I have been listening to on a daily basis. Before I heard the album, I assumed the album would be more rock orientated. How wrong I was. Change is a gorgeous lush, sensuous pop/electronic album. There definitely are glimmers of '80s new wave,modern synthpop, and EDM through out the album. Change is the best of both worlds which the music bridges between the past and the present,I can really hear the influence seep through on "Mystic", one of my favorite tracks on the album. This track was one of the first tracks that stood out with me when I first listened to the album. I also love the song "Things I'd Like to Say" especially towards the end because the song is awash in ambient, spacey yet lush electronica. Vocally, "On the Inside" is my favorite track. I absolutely love Cindy's delicate, whispery-type vocals. There is not a single song on the album I did not like. All the songs on Change is a delight to listen to.

Songs to check out:
"Stand Back Time"
"No One Can Tell You"
"Things I'd Like to Say"
"On the Inside"

You can buy her album via bandcamp []

Monday, March 12, 2018

Playlist of the week

While at work and while listening to the Nightwish compilation Decades, I decided to quickly throw together a playlist featuring some of my favorite songs Anette Olzon has done with Nightwish, her much underrated solo album Shine, and the debut album with her new band The Dark Element. Looking back, I think my opinion of Anette's work with Nightwish was a bit harsh. She did some solid work on the two albums she did with the band. I absolutely loved her solo album Shine but from what I have read online, it did not sell very well. Damn shame. That album had some great tunes. I really learned to appreciate Anette as a singer. I believe Nightwish just wasn't meant to me but I do love her on "Amaranth" and "Storytime", my two favorite songs she did with Nightwish. I do strongly believe that she has found the right musicians to work with at the moment. Her band The Dark Element put out a really great self-titled debut album last year.

Songs to check out:
"Floating" - Anette Olzon
"Storytime" - Nightwish
"Amaranth" - Nightwish
"Here's to You" - The Dark Element