Saturday, December 31, 2011

Top 10 favorite music videos from 2011

With 2011 coming to an end in a few hours, I thought I would end the year with my 10 favorite music videos from this year. Enjoy!

10. Pop Inc - Boulevard of Broken Dreams


09. Lunic - Far Away


08. Chaos All Stars - Autumn Night


07. Spythriller - Nemo


06. Santa Hates You - Raise the Devil


05. Blutengel - Uber den Horizont


04. Miss FD - Love Magick


03. Javelynn - Wannabe


02. Nightwish - Storytime


01. Kirlian Camera - Nightglory

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Some upcoming local shows in January

1/06/12 - Countdown to the Apocalypse
Triple Rock Social Club, 629 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Line up includes:
Gabriel and the Apocalypse
Pinwheel
I,Corvinus
Uzza

18+ show
Doors @ 9pm, music @ 9:30
$6 presale, $8 at the door
 Online tickets available at ticketfly

01/06/12 - Thought Thieves @ the Fine Line with OBCT, Dissociate, and TBD
Here is the FB event for the show. I was going to go but then I realized that was the same night as GATA's show at the Triple Rock which I really want to go. D'oh!  I definitely recommend checking out Thought Thieves' show since they decided to go in a more synth direction with their music.

1/14/12 - Still Pacific w/The Night, Upstate, DJ Paul Robb (Information Society)
Hexagon Bar, 2600 27th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN
Upstate plays first, then Still Pacific, and finally The Night. DJ Paul Robb will be spinning throughout the evening.

1/15/12 - Geodesic, Counterfeit I, Static Image, Dissociate & DJ SLT @ 7th Street Entry
7th Street Entry, 701 First Ave North, Minneapolis, MN

DJ SLT will be spinning in between sets and Shinto Records will be giving out free cds throughout the evening.

Tickets are $5, show begins at 7pm

All shows have FB events.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Top 10 favorite albums that I bought in 2011

Since I already posted my top 10 list of my favorite albums released this year, I thought I would do the same for the albums that I bought this year but released 1 or more years ago. My top personal favorites are the albums by Omega Lithium, Parralox, and Lily of the Valley. Those albums really stood out with me.

10. Decoded Feedback - Aftermath
09. i:Scintilla - Optics
08. All My Faith Lost - As You're Vanishing in Silence07. Bliss - [Quiet Letters] U.S Edition
06. The Bangles - Everything
05. Colony 5 - Buried Again
04. Kirlian Camera - Odyssey Europa
03. Omega Lithium - Dreams in Formaline
02. Parralox - State of Decay
01. Lily of the Valley - Sounds of the Moments

Friday, December 23, 2011

Seven Christmas Songs by the Innocence Mission

Since I am going to be out of town with very limited internet access, I thought I would post the Seven Christmas songs by The Innocence Mission in honor of the holiday. Enjoy!
Seven Christmas Songs by the innocence mission

I'll be back on Monday night. May post something then or on Tuesday. Same with my FB page.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Mind.in.a.Box - Revelations teaser



So looking forward to the new Mind.in.a.Box album Revelations. It sounds amazing.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My top 10 albums of 2011

This is the first time when I had actual difficulty trying to put together a top 10 list of my favorite albums of the year. I bought a lot of albums this year. Most of the albums I bought were very good but the ones that really stood out with me were few. As much as I enjoyed the new albums by Diffuzion, God Module and Ladytron, I just didn't think the material was memorable to make it on my top 10 list. So without further ado, here is my top 10 albums of 2011.

10. Scala & Kolacny Brothers - Scala & Kolacny Brothers
09. Khaos Legion - Arch Enemy
08. TC Electropunk Vol.6 - Various Artists
07. Mainstream Sellout Overground - Straftanz
06. Tranenherz - Blutengel
05. Imaginaerum - Nightwish
04. Automatic - VNV Nation
03. Chimaera at Heart - Javelynn
02. Synthesis - The Break Up
01. Nightglory - Kirlian Camera

I really struggled with who was going to be in the top spot on my list. I kept going between The Break Up & Kirlian Camera but in the end Kirlian Camera won. The album has some of the most beautiful melodies and lyrics I have heard all year. I love Eleni Alice Fossi's vocal delivery on the songs such as "Hymn" and "Nightglory". On Synthesis (by The Break Up), Severina Sol's vocals totally wowed me away. She shows more range on the album than any of the albums she has done with Cylab, The Myriad Form, and Diva Destruction. Shane Allen Hall's programming is equally memorizing. I felt like I was taking a trip back to the '80s with the various sounds he created (with the assistance of Sarah Ann Stewart of course).

One of the biggest surprises for me this year was the new Nightwish album Imaginaerum. I had totally written off the band after Dark Passion Play but once I heard the first single "Storytime", I was lured back as a fan. I have to say that I have been enjoying Imaginaerum immensely. It definitely surpasses Dark Passion Play. The album just has better melodies and Anette sounds better as singer especially on "Storytime". Another surprise was Khaos Legion by Arch Enemy. I bought this on a whim at the last garage sale for the season at the Electric Fetus. Found a copy for $1.50. Normally not a death metal fan but I totally dug Khaos Legion.

Like Nightwish, I had totally written off Blutengel after their sub-par, barely mediocre album Schwarzes Eis in 2008/2009. That all changed when I heard "Reich die Mir Hand".  With a new and improved line-up, Blutengel once again made me fall in love with their music.

Overall 2011 has been a fantastic year for music. I am looking forward to 2012 when new albums by Stray, Decoded Feedback, The Frozen Autumn, Mind.in.a.Box, and possibly Assemblage 23.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Motor feat Martin L. Gore "Man Made Machine"


This song almost reminds me of Depeche Mode when the band was still making good albums which was in the '90s. Oops! Did I just say that? ;)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Albums I am currently listening to

Nightwish: Imaginaerum

I have to admit I am really digging the new Nightwish album. After the so-so Dark Passion Play, I thought I was over Nightwish. I was wrong. When the band unveiled the video for their first single "Storytime", I was hooked. I didn't want to like the song but it was so freaking catchy I couldn't help butlove the song. After a long wait, I finally got my copy of Imaginaerum this weekend. I have been listening to it constantly. The album is so much better than the previous Nightwish album. Anette has definitely won me over. Granted she is no Tarja but that's okay with me now. This album definitely is one of the best releases of 2011. I am most likely going to list it in my top 10 if possible.

Rammstein: Made in Germany

I just picked up a copy of Made in Germany today. I still have yet to listen to disc 2 which features remixes. The first disc is fabulous of course. I am so looking forward to seeing the band for the first time next year.

Diffuzion: Winter Cities

I have to admit this is one of those albums I think needed to grow on me. I kinda prefer their first album Body Code over Winter Cities but not by much. To be brutally honest, the music isn't that all memorable. It does have some good beats and hooks but I think it could have been so much better.

Blue Stone: Pandora's Box

Pandora's Box is my first Blue Stone album. As a big fan of ambient/pop groups like Balligomingo, Conjure One, Delerium, and Amethystium, I figured I would like Blue Stone (especially after their track "Warrior Heart" on a compilation I heard last year). I like Pandora's Box but I was disappointed that the music was ALL instrumentals and no vocals whatsoever.

Nitin Sawhney: The Namesake soundtrack

I recently found a copy of the soundtrack to the film The Namesake. Loved the film score in the film when I first saw it in theaters a few years ago. This is my favorite body of work by Nitin Sawhney. I first heard of Nitin on one of the Buddha Bar compilations. I think he is a terrific artist. Here is one of my favorite tracks from the soundtrack.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

My top 10 favorite bands of 2011

10.Nightwish

I have to admit after the band's previous album Dark Passion Play, my interest totally waned. My lack of interest wasn't because of Anette but because I found the material lacking in the spark and passion I had heard when Tarja around. Now that the band has one album under the belt with Anette, apparently the chemistry has finally jelled together. The band totally reignited my interest with their first single "Storytime" off their new album Imaginaerum. I just received my copy of the band's new album and I have to say that the album is fantastic from track 1 to track 13. While Anette can not fill Tarja's void, I consider her as part of Nightwish's next chapter in their career.

09.Blutengel

Blutengel is another band whose recent material left me to question my faithfulness to the band. Their 2008 album Schwarzes Eis left me thoroughly unimpressed. When they put out Soultaker in 2009, I didn't even bother to pay much attention to it. This year when the single "Reich Mir Die Hand" was released, the band definitely got my attention back. With Constance Rudert gone and 2 new additional singers, I have to say that Tranenherz was easily one of Chris Pohl's strongest albums as Blutengel. Love the new singers. It seems that the Blutengel that I came to love several years ago is back in fine form.

08.Straftanz

Straftanz is one of my new favorite bands of 2011. Got to meet the guys in person after the VNV Nation concert last month. They were some of the nicest musicians I had the pleasure to meet. Plus their music is fucking awesome. Bought their album shortly after the show which is also awesome too.

07.Omega Lithium

Excellent band from Poland who blends industrial, metal, and goth music to make some of the catchiest music I have heard in 2011.

06.VNV Nation

I must say Automatic is one of the catchiest albums VNV Nation has ever put out. I find myself listening to it constantly. Their most recent concert I attended was as always so much fun. I love VNV Nation.

05.Lily of the Valley

I discovered this band through FB from one of my friends when he posted a clip of one of their songs from their 2010 album Sounds of the Moments, been hooked ever since then.

04.Scala & Kolacny Brothers

Earlier this fall, I came across Scala & Kolcany Brothers on youtube. It was their cover of The Cure's "Friday I'm in Love". I was hooked and I started to checking out their other songs. Who thought that modern pop/rock music re-done in a choral arrangements would sound so good? The group does some amazing covers. My personal favorite is U2's "With or Without You". That track really sends chills down my spine. Their music is definitely worth checking out. It is amazing how well modern music sounds when sung by an all female chorus.

03. The Break Up

The Break Up is easily one of the best new bands in 2011 that I have heard. Of course it helps a lot that their singer is Severina Sol (from Cylab), my favorite singer in the electro scene. Their album Synthesis is a remastered version of their 2010 debut album with a few new tracks (I believe). Severina really shows what she is capable as a singer which I rarely hear with her work in Cylab, often reminding me of Siouxsie Sioux at times. The band's music is a throwback to the '80s. I hear a lot of Missing Persons, Berlin, and The Human League.

02.Javelynn

For most of 2011 I had been waiting to hear what former Ashbury Heights singer Yasmine Yaz Uhlin had to offer with her new project Javelynn. The wait was so worth it. Javelynn's music is a far cry from her days in Ashbury Heights. The music reminds me of Fischerspooner and Goldfrapp (Black Cherry era) with its electroclash beats. The music is a ton of fun to listen and dance to.

01.Kirlian Camera

My FAVORITE band of 2011. After hearing their songs "Nightglory" and "Hymn" (a cover of the Ultravox classic) earlier this year, it was right then and there that I really started appreciating and enjoying the legendary Italian dark electropop band. I always did like them before but it was their songs "Nightglory" and "Hymn" (both found on their new album Nightglory) did I really become a huge fan of Kirlian Camera.  I won't say where their new album ranks on my best of list (which I will publish before Christmas) but it definitely is in my top 5 best of list.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

My top 10 favorite songs from 2011


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Unlike the last playlist I posted, these songs are all songs released in 2011.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

My top 10 favorite concerts of 2011

Since my concert season has pretty much come to an end for 2011, I decided to post my favorite concerts that I attended this year.

10. Legends of Synthpop - This was the third time I had seen De/Vision live. I have always enjoyed seeing them and they did not let me down for a second. This time they were touring with Mesh and Iris. I wasn't impressed with Mesh (who played last at GZ) so I left during their set (had work the next day anyways). Liked Iris but I can't really say they are one of my favorite bands in the synthpop genre.

09. Front Line Assembly with Dismantled, Cyanotic, and DJ Acucrack - This was one of those rare moments when an opening band blew the headliner out of the water for me. Absolutely LOVED Dismantled. FLA was definitely cool though. Always wanted to see FLA live. DJ Acucrack was alright but not my cup of tea. Cyanotic was pretty damn cool. Almost forgot to mention them. lol

08. GATA cd release party - This is is one of my favorite local shows I attended this year. It was the CD release party for New World Disaster (which I love). GATA has definitely grown on me since I first saw them in 2010 as one of the opening bands for Lords of Acid. I know Screaming Mechanical Brains was one of the bands that opened up for them, forgot the other 2 (the first I missed). As much as I love GATA's cds they really don't match the band's live sound which is totally phenomenal. Can hardly wait to see them next month at the Triple Rock.

07. Ladytron with Sonoio - This was my first time I saw Ladytron. I missed them the last time they were in town. Probably just as well since their sound at First Ave didn't sound so hot according to a friend of mine. The show at Fine Line was excellent. Played a good mix of old and new songs. Their opening act Sonoio was pretty damn cool.

06. Souless Affection with The Rope - This was at Ground Zero featuring a fashion show and I think some burlesque too. One of my favorite local bands (Souless Affection) was playing its final gig in the Twin Cities before moving to Texas and a new up and coming local band The Rope provided the music. Souless Affection was one of those bands that made me realize that the local music scene in the Twin Cities wasn't as lame as I used to think that it was when I first moved back to Minneapolis from Milwaukee, WI. Loved their brand of aggrotech. I saw them twice when Angels on Acid played at Ground Zero . The Rope is an excellent post-punk band that reminds me of both Danzig and Bauhaus with maybe a bit of Dominion.

05. Conjure One with VOSHO and Little Tin Box - What a treat seeing Conjure One live was. Definitely one of my favorite bands in the last several years. The 2 opening acts for this show were local VOSHO (who made their debut performance that night) and a reunited Little Tin Box. I enjoyed both bands as much as I did with Conjure One. Conjure One played all my favorite songs so no complaints from me.

04. The Bangles w/Half Demon Dolls - There aren't many bands that I grew up listening to that I still listen to to this very day. The Bangles is one of those rare bands. I have always wanted to see them live in concert so much to my delight I finally got to see them live. I was not disappointed. The band that opened up for them was a local alternative rock band called Half Demon Dolls. For a band as young as HDD, I was impressed by what they have accomplished. I do wished that I had seen The Bangles when Michael Steele was still performing with them before she retired but nevertheless, great show.

03. VNV Nation with Straftanz - I have yet to see VNV Nation live and be disappointed. VNV really knows how to put on a good fun show. Wished that it was at Ground Zero though. Straftanz was equally amazing.

02. Lords of Acid with Angelspit - The 2011 Lords of Acid show was definitely one of my 2 top highlights of this yeard. Absolutely LOVED them. Praga Khan definitely found the right woman to sing for the band. As for  Angelspit, well, my mother always says if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.

01. Combichrist with iVardensphere, Starkiller, and GATA - This is definitely my favorite concert of 2011. I thought it was a better show than their show at The Cabooze in 2010. I did the VFIM deal again and that was even more fun the first time around. Got to meet Abbeynex from Morbid Angel/Genitorturers. The whole show itself totally blew me away. I had better view of the bands and got better photos from the concert too. I didn't get tired so easily (probably because I moved around a lot as well as sat at a table for awhile).

Honorable mentions:TC Electropunk 6 cd release party
Thought Thieves cd release party
Static Image with Doubleplusten and As/Of at Station 4

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Electronic Saviors Vol.2: Recurrance track listing

This afternoon I just came across a link on Facebook for Electronic Saviors Vol.2. What did I notice on the sixth disc? Lo and behold Sensuous Enemy with the song "RE:Mission". Proceeds for the compilation will be going to Gilda's Club/Cancer Support Community (http://www.gildasclub.org/) and The Bone Marrow Foundation (http://www.bonemarrow.org/). At the moment the compilation is in the final stages of production and the art work/packaging has begun. No word on the release date but once I find out, I will post the information here and on my FB page.

Friday, December 9, 2011

2011 releases that I bought this year

I thought I would start working on my best of list this week by listing all the 2011 releases that I bought this year. I am still waiting for my copy of the new Nightwish album. It finally was shipped out this week. I should know a couple of the albums on this list were given to me free like Krista by Thought Thieves and the latest Electropunk compilation. I have bought a few more albums that were released this year but I hated them & sold them like right away on ebay. All of the albums listed here are still in my music collection.

Arch Enemy - Khaos Legion
Awake the Machines vol.7
Azam Ali - From Night to the Edge of Day
Bella Morte - Here With Me
The Birthday Massacre - Imaginary Monsters
Blue Stone - Pandora's Box
Blutengel - Tranenherz
The Break Up - Synthesis
Cities 97 Sampler vol. 23
Covenant - Modern Ruins
Diffuzion - Winter Cities
Dismantled - The War Inside Me
Doubleplusten - Hourglass
Evanescence - self-titled
Gabriel and the Apocalypse - New World Disaster
God Module - Seance
Guano Apes - Bel Air
Haberdashery - Tonight the Angels
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hollows Pt. 2
Javelynn - Chimaera at Heart
Kirlian Camera - Nightglory
Lady Gaga - Born This Way
Ladytron - Gravity the Seducer
Mina Harker - Bittersuiss
Natalia Kills - Perfectionist
Necro Facility - Wintermute
Nightwish - Imaginaerum
OTEP - Atavist
Qkumba Zoo - letthelightin
The Rope - self-titled
Scala & Kolacny - self-titled
Sirenia - The Enigma of Life
Solitary Experiments - The Great Illusion
Static Image - self-titled
Statik Sky - They Look to the Sky
Straftanz - Mainstream Sellout Overground
Synthetixxx - Magia De Cuatro
Thought Thieves - Krista
Twin Cities Electropunk vol.6
Within Temptation - The Unforgiving
VNV Nation - Automatic

Now the fun part  will be going through the process of elimination for my top 10 (maybe 20) best of list. I will definitely try to keep it to just ten albums. I plan on posting my list definitely before I go out of town for Christmas.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Twin Cities Electropunk Volume 6

Twin Cities Electropunk volume6

Last weekend I attended the cd release party for the new volume of TC Electropunk 6 at Club Underground. This is free compilation of local bands in the Twin Cities (Saint Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota for my foreign readers)that comes out every year. What do all these bands have in commmon? They are all part of the underground electro scene in the Twin Cities. The scene may not be big but it is obvious to me that it is a tight little community that clearly shows a lot of love for each other.

Prior to volume 6, I have only heard volume 5 and to be brutally honest, I wasn't crazy about it. At least at the time. I might have to pull out my copy out of storage and give it another chance. Volume 6 I liked right from the get go. A lot of the bands on the disc I am very familiar like POP INC, Thought Thieves, Little Tin Box, AS/OF, and Thosquanta. The sounds are very diverse ranging from the electropop sounds of The Night to the industrial/metal sounds of OBCT. While there are about 2-3 tracks that I wasn't really feeling, the majority of the compilation is truly a joy to listen to. I also discovered a few gems that I had no knowledge of until now.

One of the tracks that really stood out with me is "The Carousel (Planktoon Mix)" by Mach FoX.

This is a song that is right up my alley. Totally sounds it came straight out of Germany or one of the Scandinavian countries where a lot of my favorite EBM/synthpop bands originate from. So to know that Mach FoX is from my neck of the woods is pretty damn awesome.

Another personal fave is "Love Kills" by The BlackLight.

The song is in that industrial/rock vein similiar to i:Scintilla.

Overall the compilation, not to mention series is a great introduction to the local music scene in the Twin Cities. If anything the series shows that there is a burgeoning electro scene in the metro area that I THINK is worth checking out. Oh and at the top of the blog is a link to the bandcamp page where you can download it for free. I do hope though that in the future bands like Ana Robik, The Rope and Gabriel and the Apocalypse will contribute to the series. Just my $0.02 though.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Trent Reznor plans on spending 2012 working on new NIN music

I admit I am not a fan of NIN. For some odd reason, his music never resonated with me.  That said, for those who are, I have some great news. Trent Reznor is planning on spending 2012 creating new NIN music.

Monday, December 5, 2011

My Side-Line 2011 awards nominees

It's that time of year again folks! Side-Line 2011 awards nominees

I already submitted my votes. I thought I would post my nominees.

Best Band: Kirlian Camera


Best Newcomer: Javelynn

Best Album: Synthesis by The Break Up


Best Single: Nightglory by Kirlian Camera


Best Label: Out of Line

Best Concert: VNV Nation with Straftanz

Best Magazine: Gothic Beauty

Best E-Magazine: Side-Line
Best E-Shop: Out of Line

Sunday, December 4, 2011

TC Electropunk 6 CD release party

TC Electropunk 6 CD release party
Here are last night's photos that I took at the TC Electropunk 6 CD release party. I stayed for most of the night. I left prior to As/Of's set because I was tired and not feeling all that great.  Everyone who went to the show got a free copy of the cd. FYI...you can also download it for free on bandcamp. My favorite set of the night was by the Thought Thieves. The band has recently decided to go in a more synth direction which I personally think they should have done a long time ago. Not that I didn't love their synth-rock sound but the new direction they have taken has really made me love the band even more so.

I have to admit I am not really crazy about Avenpitch (at least the vocals live) but I will say that they are a real hoot to watch, namely their lead singer who has all the energy and spunk of a 13 year old (and I say that in a good way). Who else could wonder all over the stage and club while singing effortlessly. I do though have liked what few songs I have heard recorded. Best song of the night had to be Avenpitch's "Manscaping". Holy crap! I was LMAO through out the entire song.

I was really pleased with what I have heard from The Night. I have always wanted to see the duo live and I was definitely not disappointed. The band has a show coming up at the 7th Street Entry on the 21st but I probably won't go since it is on a work night and I really just don't like going out during the work week to be honest.

 Also enjoyed sets by Albuterol, OneNeoEon, OBCT, and Kether. All in all it was a good night for me.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Electropunk 6 CD Release show tomorrow night

For anyone in the metro area looking for something to do this weekend, tomorrow night is the Electropunk 6 CD release show at Club Underground (355 Monroe St NE. Minneapolis, MN). Show begins at 8pm. Cover fee is $5. Everyone who attends the show will receive a free copy of the new volume in the Electropunk series.  There will be 2 stages. Here is the FB event for the show. It includes the schedule for the bands performing that night. I for one am looking forward to seeing Thought Thieves, The Night, As\Of, and Albuterol (whom I have seen as one of the opening acts for Unter Null last year).

Thursday, December 1, 2011

The Break Up - Synthesis

The Break Up



Synthesis is the debut album by the Seattle band The Break Up. The band consists of Shane Allen Hall, Severina Sol, Rey Guajardo, and Sarah Ann Stewart. For some people, Severina Sol is most notably known for her work in Cylab as well as Fockewolf, and the first Diva Destruction album. The Break Up first came to my attention with Jennifer Parkin of Ayria mentioned the band. When I saw that my favorite singer Severina Sol was in the band, that immediately made me love them right from the word go. Earlier this year, the band put out a music video for the song "My Machine" and when I heard that I couldn't help but think this is the love child between Cylab and Ayria. It goes without saying that I was excited about their debut album.

Right before Thanksgiving, I received my copy of Synthesis from Metropolis Records. I have not been able to stop listening to the album. The music is a mix of various musical genres thrown together into a food processor and blended together to create an eclectic mix of retro and modern electropop. As a diehard Cylab fan, I can not help but hear a bit of Severina Sol's other band but that is due mostly to her smooth, seductive vocals. As I continued to listen to the album, I could also hear a bit of The Human League, Missing Persons, Berlin, and more importantly Siouxsie Sioux (especially on the track "Come Undone"). Considering  the diverse sounds on the album, I was pleasantly surprised by how well the songs flowed together as opposed to sounding disjointed or out of whack so to speak. From a technical standpoint, I think Synthesis really showcases Severina Sol's talents as a singer. Her vocal range on this album truly shines through especially on songs like "Come Undone" and "The Sun". I think with the diverse sounds of The Break Up, Severina Sol is allowed to really let loose. I get chills when she sings on "The Sun". The one song that really gets my groove on is the title track with its gritty electro beats and fetching pop hooks. What a fantastic way to close out this delightful album. I definitely recommend this album without a shadow of a doubt.

2011 has been another great year for music. I heard 2 great new debut albums...one being Chimaera at Heart by Javelynn, and the other Synthesis by The Break Up.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rammstein at the Target Center on 5/8/12

So while on my morning break at cubicle hell, I went to check City Pages' website. What did I see screaming at me at the top of the page in the music section? Rammstein tickets going on sale 12/5 for their May 5th appearance at the Target Center next year. As much as I dislike their current music, I always wanted to see the band live and now is my chance. Here is a link to Rammstein tickets on Ticketbastard's website.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

VNV Nation with Straftanz

VNV Nation with Straftanz at Station 4
What a great night I had at Station 4 last night. VNV Nation and Straftanz did not let me down one bit. I do wish that the show was held at Ground Zero. While I no longer HATE Station 4 per say, the venue feels smaller than what I am used to at GZ. Secondly I hate how divided the club is but I suppose the reason for why VNV Nation opted for a show at Station 4 over GZ is because of the audience members' age. At Ground Zero, the youngest you can be to go there is 18 while at Station 4 it is 16.

Asides from the venue and the long ass commute from Minneapolis to Saint Paul on the 94 express (and getting stuck in afternoon rush hour traffic), the evening was immensely enjoyable. Ran into a few friends. It is always good to see familiar faces at shows. Music-wise, excellent show. Straftanz blew the audience (as well as me) away. Here is a clip from their set.

Eventually I do plan on buying their album. I really like what I have heard but I have Christmas shopping to get done and I have a couple of cds that in the coming weeks.

VNV Nation once again did not disappoint me with their live show. I always love the bantering Ronan does in between songs. The song selection was not disappointing. They played a little from their past and present albums. I was giddy like a school girl because they played "Space & Time" (one of my personal favorite tracks off Automatic). I do though have to admit wished that they played "Streamline" last night but not disappointed. All in all it was a good night.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

My favorite songs of 2011

While I was away at my folks for turkey day up north, I made myself a compilation of my favorite songs that I have heard this year. I decided to include songs that were from 2010 because they were just so good not to include like "Balloon Girl" by Hungry Lucy, "Oblivion" by Lily of the Valley, and "And Romeda" by Omega Lithium.

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I definitely plan on getting working on my best of 2011 list(s) in the coming weeks. I plan on ordering the new Diffuzion album soon, probably sometime next week and still waiting for the new Nightwish album I ordered a couple of weeks ago. I thought I would just compile some of my favorite tunes that I have heard this year and share it with people :).

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Garfield's Thanksgiving

Okay so this isn't music related but I thought what the hell?! It's cute and funny.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Upcoming shows pt.2

Tonight not too long ago I saw on Facebook that tickets for the upcoming Gabriel and the Apocalypse show at the Triple Rock was posted. I posted a link on the FB page for The Twin Cities Underground as well as at the top of the page.

I almost forgot until now. Venus de Mars & All The Pretty Horses will be performing at the Triple Rock on December 2. You can buy tickets online here. I believe doors opens at 9pm. It is an 18+ event. Advance tickets $7/$10 at door.

BTW...I'll be out of town from tomorrow until Saturday. Folks have really shitty internet service so my time will be limited, or even none. I would rather watch paint dry than wait 5-10 minutes for one lousy page to load via their crappy dial up service far worse than AO-HELL (LOL). I'll probably will try to post one more entry tomorrow and just spam the shit out of my FB page with my favorite tunes. haha

Monday, November 21, 2011

Upcoming shows

If you are looking for something to do in the coming weeks, there are some cool local shows to attend.

11/25 - Static Image, Geodesic, Casket Parade, and DJ SLT (from KFAI's Across the Board) will be performing at Ground Zero @ 10pm to 2am. $6 +21/$8 for 18-20. I wish I could be there to see my friends that night but I will be up north in Lutsen, MN and won't be back until the following night :(.

11/28 - VNV Nation w/Straftanz @ Station 4. Doors opens at 6:30pm. 16+ (ick, I hate all age shows and I really mean it too. Sorry but that's just the truth coming from this 37 year old). $17 in advance (through vitaltickets.com)/$22 at door.

12/03 - Electropunk 6 CD release show @ Club Underground. $5. 9pm - 2am. 2 stages, lots of cool bands from the metro area. Free cds will be distributed at the show or you can download a copy here: http://twincitieselectropunk.bandcamp.com/album/vol-6

01/06/12 - Countdown to the Apocalypse 2012: Gabriel and the Apocalypse, Pinwheel, I Corvinus, and Uzza @ Triple Rock. 18+ show. $6 in advance/$8 at door. Doors @ 9pm, music @ 9:30pm.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Upcoming releases: November/December/January/February

November
Pop Will Eat Itself - Chaos & Mayhem [single - digital only] (11/22)
The Break Up - Synthesis (11/22)
Caustic - White Knucklehead Fuck (11/22)
Skold - Tonight [single] (11/22)
Diffuzion - Winter Cities (11/25)
Psy'Aviah - Introspection/Extrospection (11/25)
Neikka RPM - Chain Letters (11/25)

December
Amduscia - Death, Thou Shalt Die (12/2)
Throbbing Gristle - Greatest Hits (12/6)
Throbbing Gristle - Rafters (12/6)
Throbbing Gristle - Third & Final Report of Throbbing Gristle (12/6)
Throbbing Gristle - Heathen Earth: The Live Sound of Throbbing Gristle (12/6)
Throbbing Gristle - Throbbing Gristle Bring You 20 Jazz Funk Greats (12/6)
Rammstein - Made in Germany (12/13)
SITD - Early works: 1996 - 1999 (12/13)
SITD - Remixes (12/13)
SITD - Best of: 2001 - 2011 (12/13)
Hocico - Blood on the Red Square (12/16)

January
Aesthetic Perfection - Inhuman [single] (1/10)
Acretongue - Strange Cargo (1/10)
SITD - Icon: Koru (1/10)
Toxic Coma - Satan Rising (1/24)
Mind.in.a.Box - Revelations (1/24)

February
The Frozen Autumn - Chirality (2/14)
The Beauty of Gemina - Iscariot Blues (2/14)
Inure - The Offering (2/28)
Everything Goes Cold - The Tyrant Sun (2/28)

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Ladytron - Mirage [official music video]

I didn't realize until this morning that the new music video for "Mirage" had been released a week ago. Better late than never I suppose ;). Enjoy!

Friday, November 18, 2011

My top 10 albums that I want

Tonight I was perusing youtube and came across tracks from the latest Gpkism (visual kei band from Japan) album Reliquia. It didn't take long for me to figure out that I want it but with Christmas on its way, I decided that I need to curb my music buying habit a bit for the moment. So I decided I would create a wish list of albums that I want to get in the near future or eventually.

Reliquia by GPkism

Kinetik by Omega Lithium

APOK by iVardensphere

Winter Cities by Diffuzion

Introspection/Extrospection by Psy'aviah

Identity by The Crystalline Effect

Nachtbringer by Blutengel

Confidential Tears by Dekad

Chirality by The Frozen Autumn (doesn't come out until February 2012)

Revelations by Mind.In.A.Box (set to be released in January 2012)

I would have also added the new Nightwish and The Break Up albums but I have already ordered them online. I'm so bad. LOL

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cities 97 Sampler volume 23

Today on my short commute to work this morning, I made a detour to Target and picked up 2 copies of Cities 97 Sampler Volume 23. After seeing the track list last month for the new sampler, I decided that I should get a copy (and another one for my sister-in-law for Christmas). I admit I normally avoid the samplers like the plague because to be honest, Cities 97 caters to the hipster crowd. For me the word "hipster" is synomous with "douchebag". I can't help myself. Much to my pleasant surprise (and horror? LOL), I found myself listening to the compilation a couple of times at work today.

For those who aren't familiar with the Cities 97 Sampler series, every year local radio station Cities 97 releases a cd compilation of live in studio performances by national and local artists from the past 12 months. All proceeds goes to charity and because of this fact, only 33,000 copies of cd are printed and sold at Target in the metro area. This year the compilation sold out in about 3 hours. The Target I went to get my copies sold out in an hour and the store opens at 7am. I read online that the Target in Edina sold out of the cd in a half an hour.

The album is a mix of pop, folk, and rock. Nothing trendsettng here. The music is pretty predictable but not boring...well, for the most part. The album kicks off with the excellent Adele track "Someone Like You".

This is one of the few songs I liked on Adele's latest album 21 to be honest (the rest of the album was pretty tepid IMO). Adele's live performance at Cities 97 is better than original version in my honest opinion. I rarely say that about live music but this is one of those rare occasions. I found that the live version of "Someone Like You" exhuded a lot more emotions than in the original version.

Another great track I totally dug is The Head and Heart's "Lost in My Mind".

I love the harmonies, melodies, and music in general. It is mellow but not to mellow that it would lull me to sleep which a lot of folk music today does to me (make me sleepy).

The one song that really stood out for me on the entire album is The Civil Wars' "Poison and Wine".

The song is so beautiful, so lush and gentle. As one person said on the youtube page where I got this clip from, the song will break your heart in all the right ways.

For someone who tends to listen to industrial and synthpop on a daily basis, I really enjoyed the latest volume in Cities 97 Sampler series. There were a couple tracks that either felt out of place or just didn't like because the singer's vocals was a little more shrill than I would have liked but overall great album for various charities.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Spythriller - Nemo [Nightwish cover]

This morning I came across the new music video by the group Spythriller which features Justin Elswick of Sleepthief fame and Caroline Lavelle (who has performed live with Loreena McKennitt and is a well known solo artist in her own right). The video is a cover of the Nightwish (w/Tarja) song "Nemo". I thought it was a really interesting and excellent interpretation of the classic Nightwish song. Enjoy!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Santa Hates You - Raise the Devil

Santa Hates You just released a new video for "Raise the Devil".

I love it but that's just me ;).

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Some interesting Rammstein cover songs

Tonight I was perusing youtube and came across a couple of interesting choral version of Rammstein's Mutter, Du Hast, and Engel. I personally love the clip #3 and Scala & Kolacny Brothers' version of "Mutter".

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Blutengel - Nachtbringer

New video from Blutengel.

Song is from their upcoming live cd/dvd Nachtbringer out on November 18.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Nightwish - Storytime

Last night as I was getting ready for bed, I came across the new Nightwish video for the song "Storytime". I have to admit the song is pretty darn catchy. I still miss Tarja. That is what separated the band from bands like Within Temptation and Leaves' Eyes. Now they are just another cookie-cutter gothic metal band :(.



Update: it's official! I love this song. It is so damn catchy. I definitely do plan on buying the new Nightwish album which I believes comes out later next month.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Updated list of albums I bought in 2011

Earlier this week I decided to update my list of albums I had bought this year. Some I had sold so they are not listed but obviously I have bought a "few" more since my last list ;).

A
Azam Ali - From the Night to the Edge of Day
All My Faith Lost - As You're Vanishing in Silence
Alphaville - Salvation
Angels on Acid - Blood, Sweat, & Tears
Apoptygma Berzerk - Harmonizer
Arch Enemy - Khaos Legion
As\Of - s/t
Awake the Machines Vol. 7

B
The Bangles - Everything
The Bangles - Doll Revolution
Bella Morte - Here With Me
The Bells of St. Genevieve
Bio - Secret Heroes
The Birthday Massacre - Imaginary Monsters
Bliss - Quiet Letters
David Bowie - The Best of Bowie
Blutengel - Reich Mir die Hand
Blutengel - Tranenherz
Bobby Llama - s/t
Kate Bush - The Sensual World

C
Cities 97 Sampler volume 23
Cocteau Twins - Head Over Heels
Colony 5 - Buried Again
Combichrist - What the F**k is Wrong With You People?
Covenant - Modern Ruins
Curve - Frozen
Culture Kultur - Spirit

D
Diary of Dreams - End of Flowers
Dismantled - War Inside Me

E
The Echoing Green - The Winter of Our Discontent
Evanescence - s/t

F
Flesh Field - Strain
Frost - Melodica
Funker Vogt - Blutzoll

G
Gabriel and the Apocalypse - New World Disaster
God Module Seance
Guano Apes - Bel Air

H
Mina Harker - Bittersuss
Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows PT 2
Hocico - Tiempos De Furia
Holiday Ranch - s/t
Hooverphonic - A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular
Hungry Lucy - Pulse of the Earth

I/J/K
The Innocence Mission - s/t
i:Scintilla - Optics
In This Moment - The Promise
Javelynn - Chimaera at Heart
Kirlian Camera - Ghloir Ar An Oache
Kirlian Camera - Nightglory

L
Lady Gaga - Born This Way
Ladytron - Gravity the Seducer
Leftfield - Leftism
Lights of Euphoria - Krieg Gegen Die Maschinen
Lily in the Valley - Sounds of the Moment
Lolly Pop - s/t

M/N/O
Yo Yo Ma - Classic Yo Yo
Modern Rock: Dance
Midge Ure - The Best of Midge Ure/Ultravox
Natalia Kills - Perfectionist
Necro Facility - Wintermute
Orgy Vapor - Transmission
Otep - Atavist
Omega Lithium - Dreams in Formaline (still waiting for my copy I ordered earlier this week ;))

P/Q/R
Parralox - State of Decay
Phantoms of the SS & Verney 1826 0 Anthem & Procession
Pristina - Stars & Signs
Psy'Aviah - Eclectic
Qkumba Zoo - letthelightin
The Rope - s/t

S
Sataray - Mata Utara
Schiller - Voyage
Schiller - Breathless
Alison Scott - Chinese Whispers
Silent Auction - H on Earth
Siouxsie & The Banshees - Superstition
Sirenia - The Enigma of Life
Darden Smith - Little Victories
Solitary Experiments - The Great Illusion
Sound Sketches of Ancient Egypt
Statik Sky - They Look to the Sky
SynthetiXXX - Magia De Cuatro

T/V/W
This Ascension - Tears in Rain
Tristesse de la Lune - A Heart Whose Love is Innocent
VNV Nation - Automatic
Within Temptation - The Unforgiving

I will post a final version later next month, probably after Christmas. I still want to get the upcoming albums by The Break Up, Diffuzion, and the recently released iVardensphere album APOK.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Emilie Autumn announces Winter 2012 tour dates

Emilie Autumn announces Winter 2012 tour dates

I believe she will be touring to support a new album. She will be performing at The Varsity Theatre on February 26, 2012. I am so there with bells on (figuratively speaking). Here show at Station 4 earlier this year sucked ass only because I could barely see.

Here's what to expect at her live shows. These photos were taken back in 2009 when she and her crumpets were at The Varsity Theatre which was a fantastic show IMHO.

Monday, November 7, 2011

My current favorite bands

01. Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley is a recent discovery. I found them from one of my FB friends. Just got their album today. I personally love what I have heard.


02. Javelynn
If you haven't heard of Javelynn, you should now.

Their debut album Chimaera at Heart was finally released last week. I have been playing it constantly. The music is irresistably fun and catchy.

03. Parralox

As of right now, I am so done with Lady Gaga and Natalia Kills. Parralox has shown me that pop music doesn't have to be dumbed down to the masses with over the top beats and atrocious lyrics that Lady G and Natalia Kills churns out. They almost remind me of Goldfrapp between their Black Cherry and Supernature albums with a dash of Kylie Minogue but with a less shrilly voice.

04. Hungry Lucy

Hungry Lucy is one of those bands where I know who they are but never had any of their music...until now. I suppose better late than never. I am really digging their latest album Pulse of the Earth.

05. Omega Lithium

One of the songs by Omega Lithium appeared in the recommended section of youtube over the weekend. Long story short, I am hooked. Lately I have been listening to some metal (like Arch Enemy and Guano Apes) so Omega Lithium is right up my alley.

06. Kirlian Camera

Kirlian Camera is easily my favorite band right now. I have only been listening to their music for about two years but it wasn't until I heard their song "Nightglory' earlier this year that really made me love the band with the stunning melodies and majestic lyrics. Their cover of Ultravox's "Hymn" really left me breathless. I was so pleased when the band included it on their new album Nightglory (which by the way is fantastic).

07. Haberdashery

Haberdashery is Stephen Pearlman, a solo artist from Chicago. I saw the aforementioned clip on A Different Drum's website and fell in love with the lush, pop melodies. As a huge fan of Erasure, Haberdashery definitely sounds quite a bit of my favorite synthpop group from the '80s. Definitely makes up for the dud of an album that Erasure recently put out last month.

08. Necro Facility

I came across the latest Necro Facility album Wintermute last month at the Electric Fetus and I decided to get it on a whim (as opposed to the latest System Syn). So glad I did.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Albums I am currently listening to lately

I have been really lazy and too tired to write cd reviews as of lately. I decided to go back to my original weekly series on what I am currently listening to but slightly re-worded. So here is a list of music I am currently listening to right now and enjoying.

Javelyn: Chimaera at Heart

After the long wait for the debut album from Javelynn titled Chimaera at Heart, I finally got my copy and give it some spin time in my portable boombox. I was not disappointed. It is 39 minutes of pure electropop bliss. All of the songs have solid pop hooks and bouncy club beats. I love that Yaz is now front and center as opposed to sharing vocals with Anders in Ashbury Heights (not that there is anything wrong with that mind you. I LOVE Ashbury Heights and the work she has done with Anders). My only quibble with the album? It's too short! LOL!. Seriously though, the album totally lives up to my expectations and then some.

Hungry Lucy: Pulse of the Earth

I have to admit this is my first Hungry Lucy album. I bought this album a few weeks ago online after I listened to several tracks on youtube. I was completely taken with the lush melodies and the delicate vocals of Christa Belle. The music reminded me quite a bit of some of my favorite ambient pop groups like Delerium, Conjure One, and Sleepthief.

Necro Facility: Wintermute

I came across Wintermute by Necro Facility at the Electric Fetus 2-3 weekends ago. Along with a copy of Statik Sky's They Look to the Sky, I bought it. I was going to get the latest System Syn album but I am glad I opted for Wintermute. Wintermute has been receiving lots of spin time in my boombox and at work too. It's great to hear some synthpop that isn't overly slick and polished both musically and in the vocals. There certainly is an aggressive edge to the group's sound, almost veering into aggrotech territory.

Statik Sky: They Look to the Sky

This is the other cd I bought at the Fetus on my last visit. I was impressed that I had found a couple of groups in the electro scene that were not signed to Metropolis Records. The music on They Look to the Sky is pretty much instrumentals with some pre-recorded vocals from various samples the group used in their music. It is good stompy music to dance to however after awhile the music does get a bit repetitive to be honest. Still I do like to listen to it at work as a means to get my ass working ;).

Parralox: State of Decay

After waiting for over a month, I finally received my copy of State of Decay. So well worth the wait. I am definitely hooked on the Australian electropop group. I am often reminded of Kylie Minogue in Amii's singing but a lot less irritating. The production by John van Ahlen is steller. The beats and hooks he creates is mad crazy. Coupled with Amii's delightful vocals, the results is pure joy to listen to for this music lover. Definitely one of the best pop albums I have ever heard. I definitely plan on buying more of their music.

VNV Nation: Automatic

Love this album! "Control" for me is the weakest track on the entire album. I just didn't like the melodies or lack there of but overall I love it and I can hardly wait to hear the songs live in concert later this month.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Chandeen - Blood Red Skies

Here is a nice surprise. A tasty sample of the upcoming Chandeen album Blood Red Skies. I totally forgot that it was coming out this fall.

Here is another sample of what to expect from the album.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween playlist vol.2

I know I made a Halloween playlist not long ago but I thought I would create a second playlist. I think I will let the songs speak for themselves. Enjoy!

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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Psyborg Corp - Cryovolcano Terrorzone

One of my favorite aggrotech bands Psyborg Corp just uploaded a clip of a song from their upcoming album The Frozen Shrines of Obsydyana. Of course as a fan, I just ate it up figuratively speaking. What really strikes me is that there are actual clean vocals for a brief moment on the album which I haven't heard on their first album The Mechanical Renaissance.

I absolutely adore this band. Found them last year on youtube with their cover of Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" and was hooked ever since then. I am so looking forward to hearing their new album whenever it comes out.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Pop Inc. - Boulevard of Broken Dreams

Well after months of waiting, local new wave band Pop Inc. finally released their new music video (paid for by a kickstarter campaign from earlier this year) for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams". So well worth the wait IMHO. The video revolves around a Charlie Chaplin impersonator named Pharaoh Kingsley.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New discovery

Yesterday morning, one of my FB friends posted a video clip by this band called Lily of the Valley. I was immediately hooked.

Now here is the song that I heard yesterday.

Personally I think you would have to be insane to not like this group.

This is not the song that my friend posted but I found this track several minutes ago. The band is signed to Halotan Records. Now I have never heard of Halotan Records, let alone Lily of the Valley but I am really digging what I am hearing. The music is a mix of goth and electro. I am often reminded of Diva Destruction (who seemed to have fallen off the face of the earth).

As I am looking on Halotan's website, I find myself impressed with the artists/bands that are signed to the label and what the label has to offer. In a recent blog entry (as well as on FB), I have expressed my burn out with Metropolis Records. I feel like they aren't really interested in signing artists because of the love of music but rather for profit (just my $0.02). Judging by some of the recent signings to their label over the years, I guess the folks at Metropolis aren't interested in quality. Not to say that there hasn't been any good music from them. I admit, I bought the new God Module, Bella Morte, and TBM cds but were they the best? By  far no. My top 10 favorite albums of 2011 so far? Hint...the bands are not on Metropolis records.  Anyhoo...finding Halotan Records is a dream come true. I need to find a new outlet for music that most people haven't heard of, and Halotan Records appears to be that label. It's been a long time since I have unearthed a new find and am all excited about my discovery.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

My guilty pleasures

I decided to take a break from all the industrial and synthpop I love to blather on about and put together a playlist of guilty pleasures.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Copy cat contest

This is straight off Javelynn's FB page.

Javelynn


THE COPY CAT CONTEST!

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We're having a little contest during the next 5 days
where one person can win the following items:

* A signed copy of "Chimaera at Heart"
... * A printed and signed band photo
* Copies of hand written lyrics and notes from our
studio sessions.

How do you compete?
Use your imagination and copy our album cover!
You can paint one, pose with friends, use inanimate
objects or animate it. Basically do whatever the hell
you want!

The ONLY rule is:
* You can not edit or manipulate the original photo
and post it as your submission. You can only use it
as reference material.

How do you submit?
Upload your submission to our Facebook wall
and give it the following title: "Supahmegahmassive Doomcake!"

When's the deadline?
On Thursday at midnight CET. (2011-10-27)
We will pick and announce the winner on Friday (2011-10-28)
Shipping? Worldwide!
The contest is open for submission from... well.. Now!
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Too bad that I don't have the time to come up with something spiffy. Too tired after work to try to be  creative. Thought I would share this contest with anyone who would be interested.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

CD format: end of an era?

This morning I came across an interesting article via Side-Line CD format to be abandoned by major record labels by the end of 2012. I admit I was initially flabbergasted but at the same time I felt like the story needed to be researched before I came to a final conclusion. Sadly there really wasn't anything other than the Side-Line article. None of the major record labels have commented about the issue so really it sounds like pure speculation however I would not be surprised if this occurs. My friend Renee made a very excellent point when she said that there will always be a market for CDs because some countries don't have access to iTunes and Amazon downloads, plus for bands they can't just autograph USB sticks (unless bands design their own USB sticks that allows room for autographs). Then there are people like my parents who aren't technologically inclined and buys cds. So maybe the solution could be print less cds, set lower standards on album sales, and be a bit more frugal on promoting music. Look where Heidi Montag's alleged music career went after sinking a million or 2 into her crappy album....roughly 400 copies sold (those poor people ;)). Besides independent artists or those on smaller, lesser known albums have mastered using the internet to help promote their music and for free courtesy of various social networking sites.

On to the music industry...it is their own damn fault that sales has been going downhill for years now. Their business model is so outdated. As much as I am not crazy about mp3s and the whole digital industry (I like my cds thank you very much), it is obvious to me that digital is the next progression in music. I am getting two different signals from the recording industry when it comes to digital music...the labels wants to eschew the CD format but yet don't like it when people file share music online. C'mon. Make up your bloody mind folks.

Two...the music industry is not interested in nurturing and sustaining an artist's career. Artists/bands today are here today and gone tomorrow. The industry wants to make an easy quick buck ASAP. I can't fathom to see the likes of Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj having a successful career spanning as long as the likes of Paul McCartney or Stevie Nicks. People are so sick of being force fed such generic crap that is riddling pop music today.

To a lesser extent, I often feel that way about  the much beloved (and occasionally aligned) Metropolis Records...signing just about anyone with a pulse or the current hottest act in the scene. I was at the Electric Fetus today. I saw a slew of new releases from Metropolis Records. To be honest I could not get excited enough to buy any of them. I ended up buying the new cds by Statik Sky (signed to Vendetta Records) and Necro Facility (from Artofact Records/Storming the Base). I can't lie and say that I haven't bought any music with connections to Metropolis Records or promise that I won't ever in the future. All I am saying is that I would like to see a more diverse sound from Metropolis Records akin to Out of Line (like signing bands whose sound can't be easily pegged like Kirlian Camera or Javelynn). Guess that would be expecting a lot :\.

Finally...after all these years (since the 1980s), one would think the cost of CDs would go down. Oh no! The cost of CDs is still overpriced. Any wonders why the music industry is losing money on album sales? People don't want to pay $15 for crap. This is why file sharing exists, or at least one of the reasons it exists. I should note that I am a firm believer in supporting my favorite artists by buying their music. I don't really want to condone illegal file sharing but when it comes to music I despise, then go for it ;).

If this Side-Line article on the end of CD format for major record labels, I think the labels have no one but themselves to blame because of the reasons I just listed. I have no sympathy for the industry. They continue to put out crap for way too much money therefore people are not willing to spend money on their products. My big question is alleged decision to end the CD format will this affect small, independent record labels and independent artists? I do know that there are a few small labels and artists who chose the digital route due to costs but I think that's understandable since they don't have the money that the big major corporate labels have, plus the music they put out are high in quality. Given the lack of meat to the Side-Line article to back up their claim, all I can say is to wait and see what happens in 2012. 

Friday, October 21, 2011

Snippets from Winter Cities by Diffuzion

This afternoon I saw that Diffuzion had uploaded some samples of their new album Winter Cities on to Soundcloud. It is really hard for me to assess the tracks when they only run 30 seconds long but at least they give me some idea what to expect from the band.

Diffuzion - Winter Cities (2011) by Diffuzion

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Halloween mix 2011

With Halloween right around the corner, I decided to add a few more tracks to my Halloween playlist I created last year. Enjoy!


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