Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Album Of The Week: Art Angels by Grimes

These past two weeks for me have been really great for new music. Last week I downloaded the new albums by Conjure One and Grimes. In fact Grimes new album Art Angels is this week's pick for Album Of The Week. I have been listening to this album every day especially on my commute to work and going home.

Judging by the reactions on Grimes' Facebook page, Art Angels is a love it or hate it album. The album itself is quite a departure from Claire's previous album Visions. The music is very pop-radio friendly with its super infectious pop hooks. I love this pop direction Clair Boucher went with the new album. Don't get me wrong, I love Visions but I just can't help myself and love this upbeat, pop sound. Art Angels is simply 49 minutes of fun.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Albums I am currently listening to

Really loving the new Conjure One album Holoscenic. The last two C1 albums have been a mixed bag for me. What surprises me that I actually like "Under the Gun" featuring Leigh Nash. I initially hated it when it first came out but after hearing it for the first time yesterday when I streamed the album on Spotify, I found myself liking the song. While the first Conjure One album will always be my favorite C1 album, Holoscenic is a fantastic album of ambient/pop music. I hope someday the album becomes available on CD. I bought a copy of it via Google Play but it would be nice to be able to listen to it on my stereo.

While a lot of Grimes' fans are not happy with this album, I absolutely adore Art Angels. The album is certainly a contrast from the dark sound of Visions and a lot more poppier, I like this direction that Grimes has taken with her new album. Too bad the physical copy of the new album won't become available until December.

Back to the Woods has been my morning/afternoon soundtrack when I am commuting to work and going home. Still not a big fan of hip hop music in general however Angel Haze has convinced me that not all hip hop music is rubbish. Angel has definitely gotten better as both a rapper and lyricist. The material on Back to the Woods is excellent in my opinion. I can certainly see this being on my end of the year list of best of 2015 albums.

Until Honeymoon, I have been on the fence about Lana Del Rey's music. Prior to Honeymoon, I liked some of Lana's songs and some not so much. Out of curiosity, I streamed her new album via Spotify and much to my surprise I found myself enjoying every single track on the album.

Fantastic collaboration between Dave Gahan and Soulsavers. To be honest I like this album more so than Depeche Mode's albums in recent years.

What else can I say about this album that I haven't already said before? It is a funky little album. I really dig Emika's sounds. She has certainly made a fan out of me.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

An Open Letter to Jimmy Iovine

This afternoon after work, I came across an article on Jimmy Iovine on Facebook in which he says that women have trouble finding music is difficult for women. You can read more here. I decided that tonight's blog will be a response to Iovine's comments.

Dear Jimmy,

I don't know what year you live in but it sure isn't the 1980s or even the '90s but it is 2015. Your recent comments about women finding music difficult really pissed me off. I am both a woman and an avid music fanatic. I found your comments rather insulting to my intelligence. Your comments implied that women are shallow and fickle. While I do admit that there are SOME women who are rather fickle and clueless about music but those women are in the minority while most do know what they like when it comes to music, I think it is disingenuous to imply that all women are like that way.

I run my own music blog called The Twin Cities Underground. I created this blog because for the pure reason that I love music especially goth, industrial, and synthpop music. I originally created this blog to help promote some concerts for a local promoter but overtime my blog posts evolved  into exposing some really great unheard bands to the masses. I don't make any money running my blog which is okay with me because I am in it because I love music. I work hard to look for new music online or in my local record stores. It isn't an easy feat and it can be a tedious process but I am able to find some really talented artists/bands who deserves attention which is hard to find in the dark electro scene. I do work hard at finding new music and I believe it shows in my work as a blogger.

While I do love music that is dark and aggressive, my tastes runs amok from the likes of hip hop artist Angel Haze to alternative rock artist Chelsea Wolfe. I also enjoy some classical music and some Dolly Parton. Does this sound like that I do not know how to find music? I am not stupid nor lazy. I  go online to sites like Bandcamp, Youtube, and Apple's rival Spotify for finding new music. Sometimes on social media like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, I will come across some interesting new bands. Your comments implying that members of my gender do not know how to find music is insulting especially to this music junkie who just happens to be a woman. Many of my male friends who are musicians knows the amount of work I put into my blog and showing support to my local music scene and music in general, and they respect me for my effort. You not so much. You clearly have made your views on women known in your tv appearance promoting Apple Music.

I pride myself in my work with my blog. I will be damned if some overpaid hack is going to insult my intelligence as a woman. As far as using Apple's streaming service, no thanks! I hope Apple's new streaming service fails. I'll stick to Bandcamp, Spotify, and Youtube.


A disgruntled music fan

Erica (the owner of this blog)

P.S...I am more than capable of making my own mixtape. This Spotify playlist is proof of that statement so please put a cork in it and STFU!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Old and New Favorite Songs:

Old Favorite Songs:

Not a big fan of country music or The Dixie Chicks' music (which has nothing to do with politics) but I do adore "Everybody Knows". After hearing the news this week that the band is going be playing at the MN State Fair next year, I started listening to the few songs that I do like by the band. This is my personal favorite.

I miss the series "Cold Case" but I will always have its theme song.

There really isn't many pop artists that I like but P!nk I dig. I especially love her last album The Truth About Love and her song "Just Give Me A Reason". After three years, I still love this song. So damn catchy.

New Favorite Songs:

I have been listening to the new Angel Haze album Back to the Woods a lot this week after seeing Angel perform live this past Saturday night (she was amazing IMHO). "On Fire" is one of my favorite tracks off her new album. I love that she both sings and raps on this song. Her delivery is fantastic as is her singing abilities.

Picking a song off the latest album Drei for tonight's blog was not easy for me. I ended up picking my new favorite song off the album. I am really hooked on Emika's music.

Beautiful ballad. End of story.

This morning before work I listened to this new song by Grimes and absolutely fell in love with it right away. Before dinner tonight, I listened to the album on Spotify. I definitely plan on buying the new Grimes album this weekend.