Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Earworm of the week

Ever since I have picked up David Gray's greatest hits cd from the library a few weeks ago, I have this song stuck in my head. It had been years since I last heard "The One I Love" . Hearing it for the first time in several years, it did not take me very long to fall back in love with the song. The song is so ridiculously melodic. It really is hard not to get this song stuck in one's head.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Some musical recommendations

Today after work a friend of mine emailed me about Ashbury Heights (he really dug their most recent album) and asked which AH album he should check out next, I told him Three Cheers for the Newlydead (their first album which I bought when it first came out). This got me thinking I should post some albums that I think are worth listening to for anyone looking for new music to add to their collection or to stream. Not all of the albums/EPs I have mentioned here will be new releases. I think there are some older albums that I absolutely adore and think they should be heard.

I actually had some local music to recommend. After all this blog isn't called the Twin Cities Underground for nothing ;). Although Autumn (US band) and Astronomique each have new singles out, I think the best place to start is with my favorite releases from the bands The Hating Tree and Burning Stars Fade EP.  Their new singles "The Fall" and "Mimic Form" are great no doubt about that but the music on The Hating Tree and Burning Stars Fade just has that special something that makes me want to listen to them every damn day. After not listening to The Hating Tree all summer (because I have been obsessed with the new NamNamBulu and Felix Marc albums), I am now back listening to what I consider one of my top 5 favorite albums of all time and cranking it up on my portable stereo in my condo. The music sounds so good at a fairly loud volume and while I am doing some housecleaning or trolling social media. I own a physical copy of the album and I don't say this about any CD I own that goes back 20 years but the production value of it is so stellar and timeless. The music does not dated at all.

As of now I am listening to the new Finesse release Unbroken Memory. If you love '80s music, you will love this local new wave/post punk band. The duo will be opening for Book of Love on 12/2 at 7th St Entry. I am super psyched about going to that show. The music on Unbroken Memory is so good. I hope to pick up a copy at the show a week from this Saturday.

Of course I had to include Three Cheers for the Newlydead on this list. This is my favorite synthpop in the '00s, if not my very favorite Ashbury Heights album. I think I discovered them on Myspace when I still was using that website and fell in love with their music right away. AH has gone through a few line up changes, their music is consistently good.

One of the few new albums I have included on this list is the debut album by the Singapore band Cosmic Armchair.  I have been a fan for 3-4 years (maybe even longer). I found them via youtube and have been waiting for their debut album to be released which happened last week. The wait was absolutely worth it. There is a good mix of '90s electronic music, synthpop and trance with solid hooks and beats.

As for the rest of the albums, please do check them out as well. They are just as good as the albums I have discussed here. I am super excited that The Bellwether Syndicate is currently working on new music. They are one of my favorite bands in the past few years along with SPC ECO.

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Monday, November 20, 2017

Playlist of the week

I created this playlist a few weeks ago for me to listen to at work because I was really in a shitty mood no thanks to a super shitty human being I work with. It is a mix of my favorite metal songs from all sub-genres like symphonic metal and industrial metal. I also couldn't resist and throw in some cheesy hair metal into the mix to lighten up the mood.

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to

This week at work I listened mostly to my playlists but I did manage to get in some albums that needed to be heard. Unfortunately I did not get a chance to listen to the new Evanescence album but I will eventually. Hopefully tomorrow I will. I did though get to listen to the new Amberian Dawn album. This is my first time hearing music by the band. I liked what heard. I listened to the album again this morning. The music has started growing on me with every listen. I have tried to listen to the new Primitive Race album but I just couldn't get into their music. Not my cup of tea unfortunately. Voltaire has a new album out called Heart-Shaped Wound. I need to listen to it a few more times but at the moment I just am not feeling it.

This weekend I am on an Autumn kick. Yesterday I listened to The Hating Tree twice and today Return to the Breath. Both albums have really stood the test of time right now. I can't believe it has been 20 years since The Hating Tree came out. This version has two tracks not included on the original version. I ended up buying the 20th Anniversary edition of the album on bandcamp. Right now I am listening to the new single "The Fall". The second song on the EP "Before and After" is a gorgeous ballad. That remix of "The Fall" by William Faith is really something else.

One of my favorite synthpop acts Cosmic Armchair recently and finally released their debut album Contact. I have been waiting for this album for the past couple of years. I discovered Cosmic Armchair somewhere on the internet. I forgot how ;). I have listened to the album a couple of times. It is a great album. Go check them out!

Another great album I love is Tarja's winter album From Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas). I will let her music speak for itself. I love hearing Tarja sing within the classical genre. Not that I don't love her work in the metal world but she is amazing when she is singing classical.

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Friday, November 17, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

I really wasn't sure if I was going to post my latest mix tonight since I went to see the Justice League but in the end I decided to do it. I have included quite a bit of new music.

Tarja's new winter album From Spirits and Ghosts (Score for a Dark Christmas) just came out today. I got to listen to it today after work and I enjoyed it immensely. Another album that was released today was Cosmic Armchair's debut album Contact. I have been waiting for this album to come out for some time. I discovered them online like 3-4 years ago. Definitely well worth the wait.  I have included a track from both albums.

I almost forgot that Amberian Dawn and Aurelio Voltaire have new albums out so I listened to those albums this week along with the new albums by Mind.in.a.Box and Primitive Race. I will be brutally honest, I was not particularly keen on the Primitive Race album. I need a bit more time on the MIB album but I do particularly enjoy the song "Coming Down". I am though digging the new Amberian Dawn album a lot.

I am thoroughly enjoying the self-titled album by The Dark Element, the new band that features ex-Nightwish singer Anette Olzon. There are a lot of great songs on the album but the last track on the album "Only One Who Knows Me" is my personal fave.

I know I included "Mimi Forms" from Astronomique on last week's playlist but I have been listening to it on a daily basis (just like Autumn's "The Fall" EP). It is a great song. Glad to see the band come out with some new tunes before the year's end.

Threw a few oldies but goodies on the playlist like "Mysterious Times" by Sash! featuring Tina Cousins on vocals, "Steep" by Lauren Christy, "The Cruelest Year" by Assemblage 23 (I think if there is one song that would sum up 2017 for me it is this song), "Even Now" by Autumn, "Roselake" by Elane, and "Star of the Sea' by Mediaeval Baebes.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Earworm of the week

I must admit what I have to say tonight is pretty damn funny. I woke up early this morning on my day off around 4-5 am (which I eventually went back to sleep). And the first thing that popped in my head when I woke up? "Even Now" by Autumn. I kid you not this song started playing in my head. I don't know how this song got into my head but it did this morning and it stayed in my head all day. "Even Now" is my favorite ballad off the band's excellent debut album The Hating Tree (20th Anniversary Edition) as well as one of my favorite songs by the band.

Funny thing is that this past week I have spent listening mostly to new music by Amberian Dawn, The Dark Element, Voltaire, Astronomique, Hydrah, Grendel, iVardensphere, Mind.in.a.Box, Diary of Dreams, and Primitive Race, obviously not a lot of Autumn except on my Random Mix playlists (although today I listened to The Hating Tree twice).

Having been in a shitty, melancholic mood lately, I think the song resonates with me so well is because of the lyrical content. The song is so somber and dark which my state of mind has been in for the past few months since losing my father back in late July.

"and in the morning
after years had passed
it seems
oh even now to overwhelm me
and in the stillness
after life has passed..."

The music is absolutely stunning. I will let the youtube clip speak for itself. I hope people will see why I love this song so much (as well as the band).