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$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:

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

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)

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)

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

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".





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 ;).

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

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

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

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

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

Flesh Field - Strain
Frost - Melodica
Funker Vogt - Blutzoll

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

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

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

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

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 ;))

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

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

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.