Friday, October 29, 2010

Artist of the Week: Nena

I must say youtube is really becoming my go to social media network for new music, more so than Myspace. This past week I re-discovered an old childhood favorite of mine or should I say two old childhood favorites?

This video I just posted is a updated version of Nena's Irgendwie,Irgendwo, Irgendwann.

The first clip is an updated version (in 2003) features '80s English pop star Kim Wilde who sings some of the lyrics in english. Before work, I downloaded the album that the updated version from itunes. What strikes me is how America has virtually ignored Nena after her smash hit "99 Luftballoons".

I personally think it is a crime that America brushed her off as a one hit wonder when she has made equally catchy songs in the new wave/synthpop vein. Nena recently shot a video for a duet she collaborated with ex-Wolfsheim vocalist Peter Heppner.

For a woman who is 50 years old and a grandmother, Nena looks amazing. She doesn't even look remotely 40 IMHO.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

What I am currently listening to

Chandeen: Teenage Poetry

I finally got around to buying Teenage Poetry after listening to a few songs off the album on youtube. I absolutely freaking love it. I find the music so soothing and relaxing to listen to after I get home from work.

Beauty 2: Music That Touches the Soul

This is a compilation available only through Barnes and Noble. Apparently Neurodisc has struck an exclusive distribution deal with B&N so you won't be able to find a copy anywhere else. The music is a collection of electronica, folk, and classical music. I think it is worth checking out. I really dug the tracks by Blue Stone, Joanna Stevens, Chandeen, and Zoe Johnston.

Faithless: Sunday 8pm

Last weekend I went to The Electric Fetus to find a birthday gift for my father. I found a used copy of one of my all time favorite electronica albums Sunday 8pm by Faithless, and the limited edition featuring a second disc of remixes. I sold my copy years ago for much needed cash. I immediately bought the cd for $5. I almost forgot just how good this album is. All of the songs still sounds fresh and invigorating as I first heard it over ten years ago.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Artist of the week: Minerve

I was perusing A Different Drum records website tonight (after receiving the latest email update from Todd earlier today). I saw that Angelzoom has a new album out so I decided that I had to get that and maybe something else. Well I found another futurepop/synthpop band that is as good as the Italian band Blume, this latest find is the German band Minerve. I have to admit I was contemplating getting the new Code 64 album but after I started hearing samples of the new Minerve album, I knew Code 64 could wait. Here are some samples of music by Minerve.

Monday, October 18, 2010

A preliminary Best of 2010 list

Cut & Coil - Cylab
Take Cair Paramour - Ashbury Heights
Moving On - Unter Null
The Mechanical Renaissance - Psyborg Corp.
Implements of Hell - Suicide Commando
Rise From Grey - Blume
Alle Lust Will Ewigkeit - Nachtmahr
Breedless - Ego Likeness
Popgefahr - De/Vision
Living in Transition - Access Zero
Crucifix Powerbomb - Santa Hates You
Deception Island - Bella Koshka (local band from Minneapolis, MN)
Torture Garden - Various Artists (ambient/darkwave compilation from Shinto Records)
Tear the World Down - We Are the Fallen
Improvised.Electronic.Device - Front Line Assembly
Strangers - System Syn

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Ashbury Heights

Well one of my favorite bands broke up a few days ago. The Swedish synthpop band Ashbury Heights announced that they were breaking up. Anders explains why he is disbanding AH. It is a damn shame that Out of Line isn't willing to let him get out of their contract, much less has been struggling to make a decent living as Ashbury Heights. On the other hand, maybe this break up will lead to bigger and better things for Anders. So in honor of Ashbury Heights, I am posting a few clips of my favorite AH songs.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Upcoming live shows

Quaintrelles and Dandies: A night of fashion and Music
October 22nd @ Ground Zero
15 NE 4th St
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Live music featuring Uzza and Phantoms of the SS.
Doors @ 10pm
18+ $8/21+ $6

Genitorturers w/Mary Magdalan
Friday November 5th, 2010
Station 4
201 E 4th Street
Saint Paul, MN 55701
7:00pm - 11:30pm
$15 in advance
$17 at door

Halloween Bash at First Avenue
Saturday, October 30, 2010 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM CDT
Halloween Bash @ 1st Ave Mainroom
701 1st Ave North
Minneapolis Minnesota 55403
Bands featuring: Wrecking Day, Dying Euphoria, Gabriel and the Apocalypse, and  AMERICAN GOTHICA

EARLY SHOW!!! Doors open @ 4pm sharp! Costume contest with tons of cash prizes, tattoo gift certificates, and other big giveaways! Wrecking Day (featuring Chad Hanks of American Head Charge) Dying Euforia, Pinwheel, Gabriel and the Apocalypse, and American Gothic.

Doors @ 4pm, Music @ 4:45pm, Costume contest @9pm!

Tickets $10 in advance / $13 day of show.

Tix available @ First Ave
First Avenue
701 1st Ave North
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 338-8388

Show up in your best Halloween Costume for you chance to win:

1st PLACE PRIZE - $100 CASH via MONSTER HALLOWEEN, $100 Gift Certificate to ROCKIN' TATTOOS, 2 weekend passes & 2 concert passes to the 2010 CRYPTICON HORROR CONVENTION, and 1st Ave concert tickets!

2ND PLACE PRIZE - $50 cash via MONSTER HALLOWEEN, $50 gift certificate to ROCKIN TATTOOS, 1 weekend pass & 1 concert pass to the 2010 CRYPTICON HORROR CONVENTION, and 1st Ave concert tickets.

THIRD PLACE PRIZE $25 cash via MONSTER HALLOWEEN, $25 gift certificate for ROCKIN' TATTOOS, 1 weekend pass to the 2010 CRYPTICON HORROR CONVENTION, and 1st Ave conert tickets!

Age Requirement: 18+  

Niobium's Grand Finale @ Ground Zero
November 5th, 2010
Ground Zero Niobium's Grand Finale w/ special guests Gabriel and the Apocalypse, Thira, and Dj Noise
15 4th Street Northeast
Minneapolis Minnesota 55413
$10 at the door
Doors @ 8pm, Music @ 9pm
18+ show

Combichrist with Aesthetic Perfection and iVardensphere
November 15, 2010
8pm - 1:30am
The Cabooze
917 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55404
$16 in advance, $18 at door
Tickets can be bought through TicketFusion

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Mix tape

The other day I was inspired by this article from NPR on cassette tapes. I scrounged around my bedroom and found a couple of unused blank cassette tapes. I thought it would be fun if I went down memory lane and made myself a mix tape even though making mix tapes is essentially outdated and so 1980s. LOL! But you know what? I had fun. It did bring back memories of my childhood of making mix tapes. Here is my unnamed mix tape:

Side A
01. "I Am Running" - IAMX
02. "Refuse (Acoustic Mix)" - Android Lust
03. "The Teardrop Collector" - Anything Box
04. "First Train Home" - Imogen Heap
05. "Hope (Acoustic)" - Blue October UK
06. "Lovesong" - Endless Blue
07. "Elements" - Necessary Response
08. "Snowflake" - Scarlet Slipping
09. "The Hardest Walk" - The Jesus and Mary Chain

Side B
01. "I'm So Lonely I Could Cry" - Johnny Cash w/Nick Cave
02. "All My Lovers" - Autumn
03. "Freeways" - Leiahdorus
04. "Club Montepulciano" - Hooverphonic
05. Temptation" - New Order
06. "Blue Room" - Kirlian Camera
07. "Here Comes the Rain Again" - The Cruxshadows
08. "Anchor" - Bella Koshka
09. "Broken Fingers" - iN[s]CissorS

I am including clips of some of the songs from youtube.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

What I am currently listening to

Delerium: Voice Acoustic

This is a collection of Delerium's hit songs stripped down to the bare essentials. You can get a cd copy at B&N where Delerium has an exclusive deal with them which I found to be bullshit. I hate B&N. They are grossly overpriced IMO. As for the album itself, I like it even the horrid "Dust in Gravity" and overplayed "Silence". It is really interesting to hear songs like "Silence" and "Innocente" in a more stripped down,sparse sound. I think it is worth getting for Delerium fans. I do wish that they included my personal favorite Delerium song of all time "A Poem of Byzantium".

Concrete Blonde: Bloodletting

Over the weekend I made a trip to Cheapo records left with a few cds. One of them was Concrete Blonde's Bloodletting album.I used to have a cassette version of this album years ago but I mistakenly sold it with a bunch of cassettes. I almost forgot how much I love this album. Johnette Napalitano has an amazing and unique voice. Truly one of the best modern rock albums from the '90s.

Flesh Field: Strain

Last week I won a copy of Strain by Flesh Field. Awesome industrial music.

Claire Voyant: Time and the Maiden

Last year I bought Lustre by Claire Voyant and loved it. On my most recent trip to Cheapo records, I found a copy of the band's Time and the Maiden. I have to admit as much as I love Victoria Lloyd's vocals, I am not feeling this album.

Rain Fell Within: Refuge

This was the other cd I bought on my latest trip to Cheapo. I kinda figured that it was a gothic metal band judging by the photograph on the back of the cd case. For an American gothic metal band, Rain Fell Within certainly reminded me a lot of my favorite European gothic metal bands. Unfortunately Rain Fell Within's music is pretty monotonous.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Upcoming releases

October releases:
Answers Comes in Dreams - Meat Beat Manifesto (October 12)
Larva Pupa Tank - Angelspit (October 12)
Noise Collection Volume 1 - Combichrist (October 26)
Unwesen - Heimataerde (October 26)
Blutzoll - Funker Vogt (October 26)
Asia Matrix non-stop mix by DJ Taiki -Various Artists (October 29)

November releases:
Crisalide - The LoveCrave (November 2)
Angriff (remix) - Front Line Assembly (November 2)
Dreamtime - Attrition (November 9)
Hidden Faces - Clan of Xymox (November 9)
Bad Choices Made Easy - The Left Rights (November 9)
Dark Passages - Leaether Strip (November 13)
Syndicate - Haushetaere (November 19)
Dreamcatcher - Amgod (November 26)
Dying & Falling - I:Scintilla (November 26)
Trials and Tribulations - Halo in Reverse (November 26)
Harshlizer - Alien Vampires (November 26)

Already out:
Greatest Shit/Wurst - KMFDM
Waiting to Be Born - Rotersand
Pins and Needles - The Birthday Massacre
In The Dark video - The Birthday Massacre
Dark Dance - Heimataerde
Zodiac - Electric 6
Making Monsters - Combichrist
Totally Together - Meat Beat Manifesto
Never Surrender (single) - Combichrist