Sunday, March 27, 2011

Upcoming Kilted Farmer Koncert shows

Legends of Synthpop

I'll let the video clip speak for itself ;-).

On May 11, Combichrist will be performing live at Ground Zero. I haven't received the flyer yet but I do have the link to buy Combichrist tickets online via Brown Paper Tickets. You can buy them online tomorrow at ten am.

Frontline Assembly w/Die Krupps, Cyanotic, and DJ? Acucrack

iVardensphere was originally supposed to tour with FLA but they have been asked to rejoin the upcoming Combichrist US tour. Cyanotic is replacing them.

Doors open at 7pm, show at 7:30pm.

Tickets $15 adv via Brown Paper Tickets, $20 at the door.

2-4-1s during the first hour.

Ground Zero

15 4th st NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Friday, March 25, 2011

Shinto Records

I thought I would post this message on my blog tonight. I received the message a couple of nights ago.

Shinto Records is working on putting together some promotional CDs, Stickers, T-Shirts and various items.

Because Shinto pays between 50-65% of the sales directly to the artists sometimes our budget is low or promotional items.

We have started a kickstarter for fans, artists and people who still believe in music for the people, at a good price and having the artists being taken care of. We also have some great rewards, for both fans and artists, some being of higher value than the actual pledge price.

For more info go to:

The list of rewards are great and the paintings mentioned will soon be posted on the Shinto Records website.

Thank you,
Shinto Records

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I thought it was high time that the good folks at Shinto Records deserved a shout out from me for putting out some really kick ass music. I don't think a lot of people in the underground scene really knows about Shinto Records. If you go to the Faq page, you will see that the label won't sign just anyone under the sun. I appreciate that the label is picky about who they sign.

I have been a fan of Shinto Records for a couple of years now. I was at an Angels on Acid concert 2 years ago when I picked up a copy of the compilation Sin-Tech (along with an Angels of Acid cd). The compilation features a lot of great artists like C/A/T, Kirlian Camera (which is how I got into KC), Cylab (one of my all time favorite bands), as well as lesser know yet equally talented artists/bands like Scarlet Slipping, Jason Alacrity, Phantoms of the SS, and Life's Decay to name a few. I really liked how diverse Sin-Tech was in comparison to other compilations in the goth/industrial/synthpop genres. I eventually found copies of Sin-Faktory and Lunar Sea at my local independent record store Cheapo Records store for about $10. Unlike Sin-Tech, Sin-Faktory and Lunar Sea are geared towards either the industrial or goth/darkwave genres. The quality of both compilations are excellent. They introduced me to a bunch of new artists like Proyecto Alienoxir, Impurfekt, One Eye Wanders, Weltenbrand, Bella Lune, and Verney 1826. I am particularly fond of Lunar Sea because of the tracks by The Spiritual Bat, Weltenbrand, Sur Lune, and Tiffany Apan. The label's most recent compilation Torture Garden I ordered online last year. Normally I am not a huge fan of darkwave/ambient. That sort of music is a hit or miss with me but I honestly dug this particular compilation. This is a great album to listen to on a cold, winter night or around Halloween time. It just has a great ominous or sinister vibe. I would have to admit I have a soft spot for Torture Garden because my friend Serena Toxicat (aka Protea) has a track on the album. And yes, that is an obvious plug for her music ;-).

Here is a list of artists on Shinto Records. I like a good number of them. Besides Protea, I am particularly a big fan of Scarlet Slipping, The Spiritual Bat (here is a video clip of The Spiritual Bats performing at The Bedlam Theatre back in July which I shot), Phantoms of the SS, END: the DJ, Sullen Serenade, and Bella Lune. For my Minnesota friends, you can find the compilations that I have mentioned (at least most of them) at Cheapo Records although the one in uptown is pretty sparse (nor do they give a crap about the goth/industrial section in their store which is why they never seem to replenish cds in that particular sectio nof the store). Of course you can always order online. Of course another way to get a copy of the comps I just mentioned is at local live shows but those are few and far between. It is definitely more convenient to order online.

Don't get me wrong, I love the stuff that Alfa Matrix and Metropolis Records puts out but lately I have been finding more joy out of discovering artists that are signed to much smaller labels like Shinto records. I do hope that people will break the mold and venture out of the safety zone of what they are used to listening to and check out artists on smaller labels.  

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

5 songs worth checking out

The title of my latest blog entry speaks volume. These are some new finds that I found online that I think are worth checking out. This will be a weekly thing on my blog. The songs I will feature will be a mix of new and old songs that catches my ears.

05. Man On a Wire by Ghost & Writer

04. Journey of Life by X-Perience

03. Carmilla by Tour de Force

02. NB Sadness by Silent Auction

01. Uber den Horizont by Blutengel

I love all five tracks that I have listed. I am particularly fond of the tracks by Blutengel, Tour de Force, and X-Perience. Those songs really have strong, solid pop hooks. I just love the male vocals on "Carmilla". The vocalist reminds me of Enrico from the Italian synthpop band Blume. Silent Auction is a recent discovery for me. I found the band on A Different Drum website nearly 2 weeks ago and have hooked since then. "Man on a Wire" is by far my favorite song I have heard from Ghost & Writer so far. I haven't heard much  but what little I have heard really hasn't convinced me to buy a copy of their album Shipwrecks online. Still I am not totally writing them off completely. I will have to listen to more of their music online before making a final decision. Just LOVE the new single "Uber den Horizont" by Blutengel. It is as good as "Reic mir die Hand" from their new album Tranenherz. So that is all I really have to say about these five tracks. Look for another five sometime next week.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Conjure One clips

Here are two video clips that I took at this past week's Conjure One show in Minneapolis, MN at Ground Zero. I accidentally deleted 2 but at least I got 2 video clips for people to watch over and over again :P.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

What I am currently listening to

Silent Auction: H on Earth

This is my current favorite album at the moment. I found Silent Auction when I paid a trip to A Different Drum's website and heard their song "Beautiful Mess" on their media player. I was immediately hooked and ordered the album. I have been listening to the album constantly since its arrival this week. What a great synthpop album. I am reminded of The Azoic and Bow Ever Down (but not as monotonous). What a great find.

Somegirl: She's Full of Secrets

This is Somegirl's second album with a different singer. I have to admit I prefer Somegirl's most recent album The Velvet Hour. The songs have better, more memorable melodies. She's Full of Secrets isn't horrible per say but it definitely could use some improvements. Not too keen on the singer on this album. I like Laura who sings on the third album as well as with the trip hop act Endless Blue (whose music is certainly worth checking out).

Junk Circuit: Universol Republic

This is the one album on this list that I will honestly say I did NOT enjoy. I have tried listening to it in its entirety but I just can't. The vocals annoy me. The melodies are lacking compared to other artists signed to A Different Drum Records (or has a distribution deal via the label). Their cover of "Bela Lugosi's Dead" isn't even tolerable.

The Echoing Green: Music from the Ocean Picture

I have been checking out some of The Echoing Green's music on youtube and I have found myself enjoying their music quite a bit. I thought I would start off with Music from the Ocean Picture as my first TEG album.  I have been enjoying this lovely collection of synthpop music. I am particularly fond of the song "December" both musically and lyrically. Just a beautiful pop song. The rest of the CD is very good too. I definitely need to check out more of The Echoing Green's music.

Conjure One: Exilarch

After seeing Conjure One in concert this week, I have been listening to Exilarch a lot. The album keeps getting better and better with every listen although I still don't particularly care for "I Dream in Color". Just not crazy about the vocals and the melodies. It really was a treat to see Conjure One in concert as noted in a previous blog entry.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Frontline Assembly w/Die Krupps,iVardensphere, and DJ? Acucrack

Kilted Farmer Koncerts and Ground Zero present…

Front Line Assembly w/Die Krupps, iVardensphere & DJ? Acucrack

Sunday, May 29 at Ground Zero (Memorial Day Weekend)

Doors 7 pm, 7:30 pm show, 18+

Tickets $15 adv at Brown Paper Tickets, $20 door

Venue Info

Ground Zero

15 4th Street NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Conjure One w/Pyro Plastic Flow, Vosho, and Little Tin Box

Conjure One with Pyro Plastic Flow, Vosho, and Little Tin Box

2nd concert that I have attended in one week. I have been excited to see Conjure One from the very moment Kilted Farmer Koncerts booked this show which I think goes back to January. Here are shots that I have taken from the show. I will post clips of the videos at another time.

I had a immensely good time. The music was wonderful. Last night was my 2nd time of seeing Pyro Plastic Flow. I have to say I finally got a grasp of what Rockula was trying to accomplish with his music which is a mix of samples, drums, and guitar riffs. His music is essentially a soundtrack to the images that is shown on the screen which ranges from old '70s Japanese commercials to uber cheesy Asian martial arts films. A collage of music and images you could say. In other words his music finally grew on me. The first time I saw him was last month at the 400 Bar. I will be honest at the time I didn't really grasp what he was trying to accomplish with his music but now I do and I really enjoyed his set this time around.

Last night was the debut live performance of Vosho, a local electronica band. You can check out their music on their ReverbNation page. I definitely liked what I have heard so far from this promising new band. It is nice to see new electronica artists sprout out in the local music scene which is heavily polluted with pretentious indie rock bands who sounds like they barely can sing or play their instruments properly.

The last local act before Conjure One is the recently reunited Little Tin Box. I really dug what I heard from LTB. I wish I had heard of them before but at least unlike with Autumn, they are creating new music while Autumn pretty much ended last spring. Here is the band's Facebook page.

Now for the best part...Conjure One. What a great set Rhys and Leah put in. I will have to admit that it was a bit weird hearing Leah sing all the vocals that were originally sung by other artists. Still I think Leah did a great job as vocalist. They performed most of my favorite songs (i.e "Sleep", "Extraordinary Ways", "Tears from the Moon", "Center of the Sun", etc...etc...). Wished that they performed "The Distance" but overall I can't really complain. C1 ended the night with Delerium's "Silence". All in all it was a fun night. Mingled with a few of my friends. Chugged down a few Heinies. Got some good pictures/video clips. Oh and it was nice to have some elbow room for once (unlike at the LOA show). HAHA. In 2 weeks De/Vision with Iris and Mesh. Somegirl will start off the show. Yay! I love De/Vision and I can hardly wait to see Iris and Mesh for the first time.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Lords of Acid with Radical G!, Angelspit and Thought Thieves

Lords of Acid with Radical G!, Angelspit, and Thought Thieves

After waiting for weeks on end, I finally went to see the mighty Lords of Acid (and actually stayed through the entire show for their set unlike the last time where I abruptly left because I wasn't feeling so good from bad food and exhaustion). Local band Thought Thieves started off the show iwth a brief set which was always fun to see. They have an EP release show at Ground Zero on April 29th with Pop Inc., and Heliosphere (which I definitely plan on attending). Radical G! was interesting but to be honest, I found his brand of synthpop I guess if you want to call it that, didn't do much for me. I thought it lacked some memorable pop hooks. Angelspit put on a good live show although I have to admit I am not crazy about their music and towards the end of their set, their songs started getting on my nerves. They do sound better live than on record. Now Lords of Acid was a ton of fun. Their new singer DJ Mea really killed the audience so to speak. Their set was anything but boring. They saved their most recognizable tracks towards the end of the show (i.e "Pussy", "I Sit On Acid"). I really enjoyed the occasional audience participation during their show.

The overall concert experience was a bit cramped but much more enjoyable than Emilie Autumn. I was able to get some good shots without having to look under or over peoples' shoulders. Now I am looking forward to seeing Conjure One next week with will feature the debut performance of local electronica act VOSHO.

In other news...Combichrist is coming back to Minneapolis on May 11th. Sounds like Gabriel and the Apocalypse will be the opening local band for that show. They are great. And on May 29th is Front Line Assembly with Die Krupps and iVardensphere.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Upcoming releases

March Releases
Shipwrecks by Ghost & Writer (March 08)
Carbon Beauty by Angelspit (March 08)
Krank by KMFDM (March 08)
666 on the Crucifix by Caustic [digital only] (March 22)
Lovedead EP by Army of the Universe [digital only] (March 22)
Worlds Collide by Binary Park (March 22)

April Releases
Zerstorer by And One (April 12)
Suck by SKOLD (April 12)
Throat Full of Glass by Combichrist (April 12)
The Golden Vagina of Fame and Profit by Caustic (April 12)
Beneath the Ashes by Fractured (April 12)
WTF?! by KMFDM (April 12)

May Releases
Anomie by SKOLD (May 10) [This includes deluxe addition as well]
Beating Dead Horses by 16 Volt (May 10)
Tanzomat by And One (May 10)
Undeveloped by ohGr (May 10)
Shrekk & Grauss by Wumpscut (May 10)
s\t - Every Lining Has a Cloud (May 10) [Projekt Records]
Sans Serif: Unbound - Mira (May 10) [Projekt Records]
Darkest Hour by Clan of Xymox (May 24)
Mother Ignorance by Army of the Universe (May 24)
An Alternative Solution by Mesh (May 24) [This includes deluxe addition as well]
Manifestations at Baba Bazooba by Vienna Woods (May 24)

June Releases
Dies Irae - Atrium Animae (Projekt Records)

Here is a list of upcoming releases from A Different Drum Records. They didn't list any dates so I decided to just post a link to ADD's blog.

I for one is excited the most over new And One. I am so pre-ordering that album but I am going to wait a bit. I am a bit hesitant on remix albums (i.e the upcoming Mesh remix album). They are  a hit or miss with me, usually a miss. May check out Ghost & Writer's album since I do like Frank's worth in Edge of Dawn and Seabound. Other than that, there isn't much for me to really get excited over on this list.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

What I am currently listening to

Covenant: Modern Ruin

I have been looking long and hard for the newest Covenant album at my favorite local record stores, and today I finally found a copy of Modern Ruin. I had heard some of the tracks online which made me want to buy it, preferably in person. My diligence paid off. I am really enjoying the latest collection of modern synthpop from Covenant.

Blutengel: Tranenherz

I have to admit just when I have given up on Blutengel with their mediocre 2009 effort Schwarzes Eis, Chris Pohl returns with a very strong effort courtesy of its first single "Reich mir die Hand". This is the first album without back up vocalist Constance Rudert. New singers Anja and Steffi are nice additions with Chris and Ulrike's vocals. The material is as strong as Demon Kiss and Labyrinth in my honest opinion. They are full of infectious pop hooks.

Artesia: Llydaw

I first discovered Artesia through youtube a few months ago. I was quickly enchanted by the lovely ethereal vocals of Agathe. I recently acquired a copy of their most recent album Llydaw. The music is simply stunning to say the very least. I was quickly reminded of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Lycia, and a little bit of Chandeen.

127 Hours soundtrack

After hearing the song "If I Rise" with Did and A.R. Rahman from the 127 Hours film not long ago, I decided to check out the soundtrack. I have to say this is not one of the better soundtracks I have heard. The only tracks I really liked (asides from "If I Rise") were the ones A.R Rahman composed and Chopin's "Nocturne No.2". The rest of the tracks felt out of place and just annoyed me.

The Light Asylum promo cd - I am still digging the promo cd that I received last week from the band's guitarist Adam. I will let my review speak for itself. I am really looking forward to hearing their full length album that comes out in late May.

Eurythmics: Greatest Hits

For some odd reason I had a need for some Eurythmics so I requested online from my library. I picked up the cd yesterday. Their music never gets old with me. I just love the Eurythmics' music.

A.R Rahman: Connections

This is another cd I requested online from my library and picked up yesterday. Ever since I first heard his work on the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack a couple of years ago, I have been enjoying his music here and there. This collection does include "Jai Ho" which was featured in SM.  Every now and then I like a break from my usual industrial and synthpop sounds, and listen to something foreign like A.R Rahman and other world artists. Connections is getting a lot of playtime on my boombox. The music is very relaxing for me.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A trip down memory lane

Last night I was doing a little cleaning in my bedroom. Lo and behold I found a box of mix tapes that I had made years ago. Tonight I started to my tapes. I have to admit the majority of the tapes consisted of crappy pop music but at the time I didn't know any better. I think it was around the time I had just moved back to Minnesota from Wisconsin so that was definitely long before I delved into industrial and synthpop music.

I decided for tonight's blog (and my100th blog entry), I would take a break and post some links to some of the songs from my mix tapes. Some uber cheesy, some actually good.

Weeping by Qkumba Zoo - This is one of my favorite pop songs of all time. I don't consider them a guilty pleasure at all because I don't feel guilty for liking Qkumba Zoo. I thought they made great pop music. Why they didn't make it big here in the states is beyond me.

1000 Oceans by Tori Amos - I have to say this is my personal favorite Tori Amos song. The song is so beautiful and often brings tears to my eyes. I have seen Tori live 4 times. I think she performed this song live on my 2nd or 3rd time I had seen her. I forget. It was such a long time ago.

The Dance of the Bad Angels by Booth and the Bad Angel - It has been years since I have heard this song. Tonight I listened to it for the first time in nearly a decade. What  a great song.

A Love Before Time by CoCo Lee - The song is a little syrupy I have to admit but it is quite lovely. I think the Chinese version is better. I just like hearing the song in its original language.

Sleeping With an Angel by Real McCoy - Back in my early 20s and when I lived in Milwaukee, WI, I didn't know any better and was into that whole europop crap. One of my favorites back then was this ballad by Real McCoy. The lyrics are dumb but I do still enjoy the melodies.

Graduation (Friends Forever) by Vitamin C - See "Sleeping With an Angel". LOL! I admit I like the damn song.

As I Lay Me Down by Sophie B. Hawkins - It has been a long time since I have heard this song. Still love it to this very day. What a gorgeous ballad.

Tarzan Boy by Baltimora - I remember first hearing this song on some commercial for mouthwash (I think). Loved it then as a kid, still love the song as and adult.

Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth by Primitive Radio Gods - I nearly forgotten about this one hit wonder until I found it on one of my mixed tapes tonight. When it first came out on the radio, I quickly got sick of the song because it was so overplayed. Now that PRG has fallen into distant memory, I can finally enjoy this song again.

500 (Shake Baby Shake) by Lush - My favorite Lush song. I miss Lush. They were so great. Damn shame their drummer committed suicide. Lovelife remains as one of my favorite modern rock albums from the '90s.