Monday, September 15, 2014

5 2014 Releases You Should Check out

01. Empyrean Asunder: Serpent

02. 3Teeth: 3Teeth

03. Mr.Kitty: Time

04. Die Braut: Parricida Perpetuo

05. More Machine Than Man: Something Ventured, Nothing Gained

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hocico with HARDWIRE and Infaux at Amsterdam Bar and Hall on 09.12.14

Another Kilted Farmer Koncerts has come and gone. This past Friday night veteran EBM band Hocico made their first return to the Twin Cities in 12 years to perform at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in downtown Saint Paul with Arizona band HARDWIRE. Opening for the two bands in Saint Paul was the Sioux Falls, SD band Infaux. Of the three bands, I am most familiar with Hocico. I am relatively new to their music. I just started listening to them two-three years ago after checking out Tiempos de Furia from the library (and ended up buying my own copy). Infaux was a nice fit for the bill that night with their brand of cyberpunk. Very noisy and aggressive is the best description for the duo's sound. The guys are very nice too. I got to meet them before the show. Long before the show, I listened to a few of HARDWIRE's songs and liked what I heard but hearing them live totally blew me out of the water. They totally killed it on stage. I think everyone in the audience were totally impressed by the band's performance. Hocico ended the night with a highly energetic set. They were so well worth the wait. The audience ate up their entire set. Unfortunately the band played so hard that that Racso Agroyam's laptop abruptly quit working during the first and second attempts at an encore. Thankfully this ended at the end of the night and not early in the beginning of their performance. I had a wonderful time that night. I bought a t-shirt and CD from the band. Of course I have taken lots of photos and recorded a bunch of video footage from the show. Enjoy!

goth_maven's Hocico with HARDWIRE and Infaux album on Photobucket

Saturday, September 13, 2014

My latest CD purchases from today's garage sale

Yesterday I found out that this weekend is the annual Electric Fetus Garage Sale and Fall Festival. As a loyal customer of the Electric Fetus record store, I definitely made sure I would hall my ass down to the record store the next day. It didn't take me very long to find a bunch of CDs that I wanted to add to my record collection. I ended up spending $10.78 for nine CDs, not too shabby I say. Here are the items I bought:

Club Mix 99 - I couldn't resist and pick up this collection of super cheesy dance club hits from the '90s. Sometimes I feel motivated the most at work when I am listening to really cheesy pop music. I have to admit the songs brings back fond memories of my clubbing days in my early 20's.

Dido: Life For Rent - I love Dido's first two albums. I had to buy another copy to add to my music collection. Between No Angel and Life For Rent, Life For Rent is my personal favorite of the two albums. Too bad her music after those albums became boring as hell IMHO.

Austra: Olympia - Austra is a really excellent electro-pop band from Toronto. I scored big when I found their new album in the $1.50 section. Their new album Olympia is very good. They have such a distinctive sound it is pretty hard to compare them with any other band.

Gladiator soundtrack  - The best soundtrack that Lisa Gerrard has put out IMHO. I had to add this album back into my collection. I love Lisa Gerrard. She has such a beautiful voice.

Loreena Mckennitt: An Ancient Muse - I really can't go wrong with Loreena McKennitt. 

Eluveitie: Origins - I haven't listened to this album yet but I thought I would check it out. Only had to pay a $1 for the album. 

Elastica: Elastica - I have missed listening to this album. Haven't heard it in ages like in 15 years or so.

Lindsey Stirling: Lindsey Stirling  I have this album as a burned copy but I thought I would get an actual copy of the album. I really like her music a lot. I also recommend her latest album Shatter Me.

The Jezebels: Prisoner - I had heard this album a month or two ago when I borrowed the CD from the library. Absolutely loved what I had heard. When I saw this album at the sale today, I was ecstatic to see it so I bought it of course ;).

In This Moment: Blood - Been meaning to buy this album for awhile but never got around to buying it until today. Finding it for $1.50 made me a happy camper.

I should note that the garage sale at the Electric Fetus continues tomorrow. I definitely recommend going there. Sifting through all the boxes is so much fun. I think the purchases that I bought today were so worth the effort.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Albums I Am Currently Listening to

Warpaint: Warpaint

I recently picked up Warpaint's second album from the library last weekend. I decided to give the album another shot. I first listened to the album earlier this year and wasn't too impressed. I finally got around to listening to the album again today at work. I must say the album certainly sounded better the second time around. I think I just needed to listen to it more than once. While I still prefer the band's first full length album The Fool, their self-titled album has grown on me considerably. It is definitely more experimental and often veers into the type of music that Duluth band Low is notorious for making.

Roseanne Cash: The Essentials

I almost forgot how much I like Roseanne Cash's music (Johnny's famous daughter who is a singer/songwriter). I was a fan of her music when I was in high school. Roseanne's music is more in the singer/songwriter vein than country. There certainly is elements of country music in her music and certainly more than what passes off for "country music" nowadays. I really like the material from her album The Wheel the best. I really should try to find that album either in stores or online. After hearing "The Wheel" and "Seventh Avenue" from that album, I find myself wishing I didn't sell my cassette copy of that album years ago.

Sade: Ultimate Collection

If pop artists sounded more like Sade and less like Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea, I would listen to pop music more often but alas they don't. I absolutely love this woman. She could sing the phone book and I would still listen to her sing it.

Dar Williams: Many Great Companions/The Best of Dar Williams

Dar Williams is another favorite singer/songwriter of mine. The first disc is a stripped down collection of Dar's music featuring some of her famous friends ranging from Gary Louris of The Jayhawks to Mary Chapin Carpenter. The second disc is a best of collection. I haven't listened to her music in years until I had picked up this album from the library and her music still resonates with me as it did when I first heard her music over ten years ago.

Kobra and the Lotus: High Priestess

I discovered Kobra and The Lotus last year via Facebook and really liked their brand of progressive metal on their self-titled debut album. Today I picked up their new album High Priestess from the library. I definitely was not disappointed in what I heard on the album.

Cyndi Lauper: She's So Unusual: a 30th Anniversary

One can not do wrong with some Cyndi Lauper. At least with me I can't. Loved her music as a child, still love her music as an adult.

Johnny Cash: Out Among the Stars

Not my favorite Johnny Cash release but I still like this posthumous release that had been hidden for years but was discovered by his son in 2012. The music definitely makes me miss the man in black and shows that there will never be another artist like Johnny Cash. Johnny was truly a one of a kind artist regardless of musical genres.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Women who has influenced me from the past decade

Earlier this week I turned the big 4-0 ( Not something I am really thrilled about but tonight I was going through my playlists on Spotify. I came across my two playlists of Women Who has Influenced Me in my pre-teen and high school years. I immediately thought I would create a list that would show the women who has influenced me in the past decade when I was in my 30s (inspired by my recent b'day). I think it will be interesting how my taste in music will change/evolve in the coming years, just not crazy about getting old. Hahaha!

Women who has influenced me from the past decade

01. Sick Fuck - Unter Null
02. My Revenge On the World - Ayria (should be "on", not "to" on Spotify)
03. Summer - Marsheaux
04. Wicked Days - Android Lust
05. Sirens and Satellites - Ego Likeness
06. The Bells - I:Scintilla
07. Runaway - Noblesse Oblige
08. Destroy Everything You Touch - Ladytron
09. We Fly - Future Perfect
10. Purpose Beyond Form - The Luna Sequence

And in case you missed my other two playlists in this series, here they are ;):

Women who has influenced (pre-teen years)

01. Live - The Bangles
02. September Gurls - The Bangles
03. Complicated Girl - The Bangles
04. Vacation - The Go Go's
05. Our Lips Are Sealed  - The Go Go's
06. Hymn to Her - The Pretenders
07. Back On the Chain Gang - The Pretenders
08. Atomic - Blondie
09. Heart of Glass - Blondie
10. One Way or Another - Blondie
11. Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
12. All Through the Night - Cyndi Lauper
13. No More Words - Berlin
14.Sex (I'm A...) - Berlin

Women who has influenced me (high school years)

01. Magick Flute - Babes in Toyland
02. Everglade - L7
03. Joey - Concrete Blonde
04. Cinderella's Daydream - ZuZu's Petals
05. Another Shot of Whiskey - The Gits
06. Gepetto - Belly
07. Tired of Nothing - 7 Year Bitch
08. Cities in Dust - Siouxsie and The Banshees
09. Connection - Elastica
10. 500 (Shake Baby Shake)  - Lush
11. Raspberry Swirl - Tori Amos
12. Little Plastic Castle - Ani Difranco
13. I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone - Sleater-Kinney
14. In My Heart - Texas

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Some local tunes

This morning before work I heard some interesting tracks by some local artists so I thought I would share the songs with my readers.

If you haven't heard of Astronomique, you do now. They are one of my new favorite local bands in the Twin Cities. The band will be playing at the Kitty Cat Klub this Thursday night. Here is the Facebook event for the show. Depending how I feel after work, I might go to that show since I took Friday off from work.

One of my favorite local bands Wiping Out Thousands had broken up earlier this year, and out of the ashes is a new duo called Tired Tongues featuring Taylor Nelson from WOT. Checked out a sample of what the duo has to offer. I really like what I heard.

Tired Tongues will be doing a dj set at the KCK show that Astronomique will be performing this Thursday night. You can also read more about Tired Tongues on City Pages.

Finally I came across this interview with Jourdan Myers, a local singer/songwriter. Her music isn't what I normally listen to but I liked what I had heard in this clip.