Thursday, December 23, 2010

What I am currently listening to

Paradoxx: Decades

I first discovered Paradoxx through youtube by accident when I was looking up for some other synthpop music. The song I came across was "Radium Lover". I was automatically hooked. I found a copy of the band's best of cd via A Different Drum Records. I finally received my cd today. The music is as good as I hoped that it would be. The melodies are very catchy.

Apraxia: Trite Permission

Apraxia is a local electronica act from Minneapolis founded by Alex V. I first came across Apraxia via Myspace a few years ago. I always liked what I heard from Apraxia especially a cover of Depeche Mode's "Strangelove" which can be heard on this album. I don't know why on earth it took me this long but I finally got around to buying one of Apraxia's album. Apraxia's music is a mix bag of synthpop and industrial. Trite Permission is very good.There were moments through out the album that I felt like I was re-living the '80s (i.e my youth). Then there would be moments that would bring me back to the present time with some modern dance beats.

Tron Legacy

I saw the new Tron film this past weekend. I really loved Daft Punk's venture into the world of film score so I bought a copy of the soundtrack. I was disappointed that this is not the complete soundtrack. There are several tracks not included on the American version. Nevertheless the soundtrack is very enjoyable. I do plan on acquiring the 2 CD version of Tron Legacy at some point, probably sometime in the new year.

8mm: Songs to Love and Die By

On my most recent venture to Cheapo records, I struck gold and found a copy of Songs to Love and Die By by 8mm for $1.95 in the used bins. Best part was that the cd was still sealed. I have always been meaning to check out 8mm but never got around to and this was a great opportunity for me. I love trip hop music but very picky about trip hop music. Songs to Love and Die By did not disappoint me. I loved the breathy, seductive vocals of Juliette Beavana combined with laid back downtempo beats provided by her husband Sean.

The Green Children: Encounter

Encounter was another cd that I found on Saturday for under $2 in the used cd bins. I found the band on Myspace earlier this year and always liked their dance/pop sound. I was reminded a bit of Delerium, Conjure One, and Balligomingo with lyrics that delves into the world of Lords of the Rings-type fantasy. I'll admit the lyrics are a bit hokey but overall the music is very good.

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