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.




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!
GO!See more

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 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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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

A few new releases from Alfa Matrix

This week I found out that Alfa Matrix has a few new releases to look forward to next month for fans of the label.

Diffuzion - Winter Cities [11/25]

I absolutely adore their first album Body Code. For me, news of their new album is a joyous occasion. I definitely plan on pre-ordering myself a copy.

Neikka RPM - Chain Letters [11/25]

Aiboforcen - Dedale [10/28]

Friday, October 14, 2011

Skinny Puppy - HanDover

Well I was perusing youtube tonight (as always), and what did I came across after doing a bit of search on Skinny Puppy? Songs from the new album HandOver. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Bella Lune - Ophelia music video

Last night I came across the new music video for "Ophelia" by Bella Lune.

This is one of my favorite songs off Synthesia. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Bangles w/Half-Demon Doll at the Fine Line 10.11.11

So last night I finally got to see my childhood favorite band The Bangles at the Fine Line Music Cafe. Opening for the band was a local band named Half Demon Doll which consisted of four young ladies: Sam Stahlman, Hailey Jacobsen, Alyse Emanuel,and Ailie Pikala. Their music is probably best be described as alternative rock. Being someone who has grown up on groundbreaking "alternative rock" like Depeche Mode, The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees, Berlin, New Order/Joy Division, etc...etc... , I tend to have a more biased opinion of what should be considered "alternative rock". Opinion aside, the young ladies were quite good. Their music was very melodic with lots of energy. It was a joy watching the girls perform live. I got the impression they were enjoying themselves quite a bit. I liked how 2 of the members Ailie and Alyse switched instruments for 2 of the songs just to mix it up. The band performed oh for a good 30-45 minutes.

The Bangles went onstage about 9:30 last night. Definitely was worth the wait. While I did miss former bassist Michael Steele (Micki), her absence wasn't evident in the trio's lively performance. I have to admit, I really wasn't all that crazy about the band's latest album Sweetheart of the Sun, the songs they performed from that album did sound good live. Of course the band also played a lot of their popular hits like "Manic Monday", "Hazy Shade of Winter", and "If She Knew What She Wants". The band played all of the songs that I was hoping they would play but even better Debbie sang "Some Dreams Can Come True" from my favorite Bangles album Everything. Unlike the Ladytron show I attended last week, I was hellbent on getting up in front of the stage. I got pretty good view of the band (too bad the club is so fucking anal and Nazi-like about people taking photos/videos of bands' performances). I apologize for some of the quality of my photos (I would like to give that credit due to the Fine Line and their archaic rules on picture flash, only take photos 3 songs into the show. I would like to add that I had some neanderthal bouncer get up my grill when I tried to take a photo during the FIRST song into The Bangles' set and I wasn't using flash, so tempted to tell the a-hole FUCK YOU but I would have probably been shown the down. The a-hole forced me to resort to my camera phone hence a few piss poor photos. Got a dirty look from the a-hole bouncer when I got a shot of Debbie Peterson singing with her acoustic guitar). Where was that ASSHOLE when some goofy guy grabbed my arms (playfully might I add) and threw them into the air while dancing?! It's bad for people to take photos but okay for complete strangers to pester other people in the audience? Oh how I loathe the FL. Despite my run-ins with the bouncer at the not so FINE Line, I had a great time. I liked how the band allowed audience members go on stage during their final song of the night "Walk Like An Egyptian".

Monday, October 10, 2011

October/November releases

Well it has been awhile since I posted an updated list of upcoming releases in the coming weeks.

System Syn - All Seasons Pass (10/11)
Shiv-R -This World Erase (10/11)
Absolute Body Control - Wind [Re]Wind (10/11)
Binary Park - The Deviated (10/11)
Electric Six - Heartbeats and Brainwaves (10/11)
Angelspit - Hello My Name Is (10/11)
VNV Nation - Automatic (10/11) [Actual CD]
Aesthetic Perfection - Inhuman (10/18)
De/Vision - Popgefahr the mix (10/18)
Straftanz - Mainstream Sellout Overground (10/25)
DarkDriveClinic - Noises in My Head (10/25)
Skinny Puppy - HanDover (10/25)
Javelynn - Chimaera at the Heart (10/28)
Kirlian Camera - Nightglory (10/28)

Aesthetic Perfection - All Beauty Destroyed (11/08)
Absolute Body Control - Shattered Illusion (11/08)
Pop Will Eat Itself - New Noise Designed (11/08)
iVardensphere - APOK (11/08)
Encephalon - The Transhuman Condition (11/08)
Voltaire - Riding a Black Unicorn (11/14)
Lahannya - Dystopia (11/21)
Acretongue - Strange Cargo (11/21)
The Break Up - Synthesis (11/22)
Skold - Tonight (11/22)
Caustic - White Knuckle Head Fuck (11/22)
Re:\Legion - 11.11.11 (11/29)
Thirteenth Exile - Into Nothing (11/30)

*The new Kirlian Camera, Javelynn, Voltaire albums will be available via Storming the Base in November. To hell with that for this fan. I'm going to pre-order the new KC soon, already pre-ordered the new Javelynn album ;).

The last time I posted a blog entry on upcoming album releases a few months ago, I mentioned that Stray and Pop Inc. will be putting out records. I will admit I was off. I am not sure about the Pop Inc album. I know there is a premier showing for "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" at the Trylon cinema theater (I think that is the name) later this month. The impression I am getting with the new Stray album, it appears that it might be 2012.

In this recent list (and for future lists), I am trying to include lesser known artists/bands outside of the realm of Metropolis Records/Alfa Matrix Records. A few I have found on Storming the Base' website.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Miss FD - Love Magick

I finally got to see the new music video for "Love Magick" by Miss FD a few minutes ago. I think this has to be my favorite song by her. I love the song and the video. Enjoy!

You can buy the song on, itunes, and on bandcamp.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Free Javelynn download

Javelynn finally posted their free download as a reward for people liking their page at the magic number of 700. I posted the link on my FB page but I am also going to post it here too. It is the Gordonius Shumway remix of Wannabe. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Current favorite songs of the week

Mixpod is being a bloody pain in the ass tonight. I have spent a good amount of time trying to create one bloody playlist but to no avail. So instead I have opted to posting video clips/links to my current favorite songs. Enjoy!

Chatelaine - Killing the Feeling

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Ladytron w/Sonoio at the Fine Line Music Cafe 10.03.11

Well it has been awhile since I have seen a national artist/band live in person. I believe Freezepop was the last national act I had seen live in concert (back in August). Last night was my first time seeing Ladytron in person. I was going to go back in 2009 (at First Avenue) but then I came down with a debilitating headache which rendered me to spend a few hours on my back and with a cold,wet washcloth over my forehead. Good times. This time around, nothing was going to stop me from seeing the band live (even my least favorite day of the week...Monday). I did take some photos but the ones with Sonoio was crap. I hate that no flash rule at the Fine Line but here are what I took of the show.

Ladytron w/Sonoio

Here are some much better photos of the show that was uploaded on to City Pages. There is even a photo of the set list too.

I found some footage from the show as well on youtube.

I pretty much enjoyed the show. DJ Jake Rudh started the evening with music often heard on his weekly gig at Transmission and on The Current. He has some excellent taste in music that's for sure. Love how he can just blend music from the past and present without much effort. Sonoio started off around eight o'clock. Unfortunately not everyone could see his set because his gear was on the floor of the stage. You had to be in the front row to see what Alessandro Cortini was doing. All I could see was a couple of lightbulbs, some tubing and his laptop. As for his music, it is really hard to peg his music other than electronica. I can certainly hear some ambient, house, and a smidgeon of industrial music. I liked what I had heard. Not my cup of tea but his music was interesting enough for me to enjoy at the time.

It was around 9 o'clock when Ladytron hit the stage. They began their set with "Soft Power" (from Witching Hour). I should note I haven't been into Ladytron for so long. Started listening to them 2 years ago with Velocifero.  Like I said at the beginning of the blog, I wasn't able to make it to the last Ladytron show so I don't have anything to compare this show with the previous show. Most of the songs I was able to recognize. I was excited that the band played their cover of Death In June's "Little Black Angel".  I loved the live version. The energy through out the night was electrifying to say the very least. The audience was very enthusiastic. I was so glad the band ended their show with my personal favorite Ladytron song "Destroy Everything You Touch". My only beef with the show? It was one of the shortest sets I have witnessed but asides from that I had an excellent time. Definitely plan on seeing them live in years to come.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Ladytron w/Sonoio tonight at the Fine Line

If you haven't heard by now tonight is Ladytron's show at the Fine Line with Sonoio (formerly of NIN). Here is the link to the Fine Line's website. I had read yesterday that VHS or Beta was going to play the show but apparently I am wrong. Jake Rudh of Transmission will be dj'ing  in between the sets. According to Jake, Sonoio is to go on stage about 7:10, Ladytron at 9:10.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Collide - Mind Games

Just found via Side-Line that Collide recently released a new music video for the song "Mind Games". Enjoy!

As a teaser, here is a 40 second snippet of Miss FD's new single "Love Magick". A full length video will be posted both here and on my FB page.