Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Albums I am currently listening to

The Frozen Autumn: Chirality

This was one of my most highly anticipated albums of 2012. I have been a fan of The Frozen Autumn for the last few years but getting hold of their music was awfully pricey. I was really pleased when I saw that Metropolis Records had signed the band to their label. After a lengthy wait, the band's album was finally released last week. I have been enjoying it immensely. I am reminded quite a bit of Clan of Xymox.

Jonsi: Go

Last week I found the solo album Go by Sigur Ros' frontman Jonsi. Needless to say, I decided to check it out. I am glad. Go is a beautiful album in the vein of Sigur Ros minus the quirky lyrics. I found myself enjoying Jonsi' solo album moreso than his work with Sigur Ros which I have to admit not a huge fan of except for the first album.

The Civil Wars: Barton Hollow

I first heard of The Civil Wars not long ago on the latest volume of Cities 97 Sampler (a compilation from a local radio station featuring live performance tracks). The song was "Poison & Wine". I was immediately hooked. I finally got around to buying the duo's album over the weekend. I absolutely love. While I normally don't go for indie folk/country music, I totally dug The Civil Wars. The music is hauntingly beautiful with the delicate acoustic melodies and the male/female vocals.The 40 minutes quickly goes by for me.

Florence + the Machines: Cermonials

This past weekend I finally broke down and picked up a Florence and the Machine album, namely Ceremonials. I have been meaning to check out her music other than on youtube. I have been enjoying Ceremonials quite a bit. Florence definitely has a distinctive voice in today's pop music. Very powerful to say the very least. I also was fortunate to be able to buy a ticket to her upcoming show in April which is sold out.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Some upcoming live shows

Electric Six at First Ave on May 6. The band will be recording a live album that night.

Thomas Dolby - The Time Capsule tour on April 6 - This show will be at the Cedar Cultural Center. It is an all ages show.

Emilie Autumn - Fight Like a Girl Tour on 2/26 - I am really not happy that this show is going to be at the Triple Rock Social Club. Venue is way too small for the type of show Emilie puts on. Now I am not terribly sure if I want to deal with being packed into the Triple Rock like a sardine in a can. Being around so many of EA's obnoxiously annoying fans does not sound like a good time to me.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Codes of Ashes - Era Origin Decoded

When I think of Tennessee, I tend to think of country music or the typical rootsy singer-songwriter artist. That all changed when I was introduced to Codes of Ashes (aka Brett Beach). At the risk of pigeonholing Codes of Ashes, the best description that I can think of to describe Codes of Ashes' music is electronica. Is it your typical electronic-based music? I don't think so because it takes the best of IDM (beat-wise) and trance (melody-wise) to create something unique; but I think that is for the listener to decided. Codes of Ashes encourages its listeners to interpret his music as they hear it with their own two ears.

Codes of Ashes' latest project is a digital EP called Era Origin Decoded. Era Origin Decoded is a collection of remixes based on the song "Era Origin". Last year, Codes of Ashes had a remix competition where he had people submit their remixes of the track. The best remixes would end up on what the very EP you are reading about right now, and those whose remixes were featured on the EP would get a premium Soundcloud account of their very own.

The end results of the competition was quite impressive. Every individual whose remix was featured on the EP maintained and respected the integrity of the original version of "Era Origin" but yet added their own flavor to the song. Judging by the high quality in each remix, it is obvious each individual took their time in crafting a distinctive and unique remix of the song without destroying the original composition. The Codes of Ashes Destruction Mix is a densely layered, wall of cacophony noise. The KMA Mix is a little noisier but as the song progresses on I can't help but hear a bit of electroclash in the pulsating beats. The song is slightly repetitive in the beginning but eventually the build up leads to where the song made this listener want to dance. My personal favorite remix is the Monz tha Illeet Mix. When I first saw the name, I immediately thought "Oh great. A hip hop remix". Boy! I couldn't have been any more wrong than I was at that moment. This remix mixes classical, traditional Asian, and modern dance music, creating a stunning masterpiece in my book. The other remixes Luio Under the Sun, The Bs of D Melodic Monolith Mix, and Tweaker Ray mix reminds me of some of my favorite '90s techno acts like Future Sound of London, Moby (prior to his album Play), Carl Cox, The Prodigy, and Leftfield. I really felt like I was taking a trip down memory lane to the '90s when I was listening to techno music.

As someone who has a love/hate relationship with remixes, I have to say that the remixes for "Era Origin" was truly fantastic. The six individuals heeded Brett Beach's request to keep the integrity of the original composition but at the same time took the song to a new level. It is not easy for remixers to be able to balance between creating their own composition out of someone else's work. And it is also not easy for this music fan to really enjoy remixes and not end up being bored but somehow I did really enjoy all six remixes. That is a rarity definitely well earned by Code of Ashes and its fans who contributed to Era Origin Decoded.



Thursday, January 26, 2012

Carved Souls - I Stand Alone

New Carved Souls video for "I Stand Alone". It is a really great synthpop song. It is a bonus track on their Waveform album. Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Tonight I came across the band Grimes.
I think I will let the music speak for itself. I will say that I really like what I have heard from the Canadian act. Of course I had to share it with my readers ;).

Monday, January 23, 2012

The Frozen Autumn

Last night I put in a pre-order for the new album Chirality by the Italian goth band The Frozen Autumn. In honor of the band's upcoming album which comes out on Valentine's Day, I thought I would put together a collection of their music for those unfamiliar with the band.

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I hope people will enjoy their music as much as I do :).

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Albums that I am currently listening to

Geodesic: Live Transmission 1
This was one of 2 EPs that I bought last weekend when I went to see Geodesic at 7th Street Entry with some other bands performing that night. This EP was recorded live at Ground Zero last year. I have to admit the music didn't quite stand out with me as the other EP Myriad did. I still enjoy listening to Live Transmission 1. It isn't what I normally listen to but Geodesic's music is a nice change of pace from the synthpop, dark electropop, and aggrotech I tend to listen to.

Spectra Paris: License to Kill

I am a big fan of Kirlian Camera, especially Eleni Alice Fossi's vocals. I decided to check out her other band Spectra Paris's most recent album License to Kill. I am really enjoying the album. The music isn't as dark as Kirlian Camera's music. The music has more of a rock-edge to it. The lyrics are more light-hearted, if not playful. With songs like "Carrie Satan" and "Movie Ghouls", this listener can tell that the band isn't interested in being serious. This is fun, catchy electropop.

Die Braut:Psychotherapy

I recently came across Die Braut's music through youtube (i.e their music video for their song "The New Man"). I was totally blown away by the band's brand of aggrotech. I was quickly reminded of Suicide Commando and Unter Null. I definitely recommend checking out this excellent aggrotech band from Chile if you dig Suicide Commando and Unter Null. Very aggressive yet melodic music.

Blutengel: Nachtbringer & Tranenherz Live

I have to admit when the video for "Nachtbringer" first came out, I really wasn't all that impressed but now that I have bought the latest album from Blutengel, the song has really grown on me considerably. I am assuming that the first eight tracks were discarded songs from the Tranenherz sessions and Chris Pohl decided to release them for his fans along with some demo tracks. The 2nd disc is a dvd of live concert footage. Overall I think this is for diehard Blutengel fans and not for those looking to buy their first Blutengel cd. Just my $0.02. For this diehard fan, this cd/dvd set was definitely worth the money.

Friday, January 20, 2012

L'Ame Immortelle - Wie Tranen im Regen

New L'Ame Immortelle.Enjoy! :)

Update on my computer situation: I am going PC shopping tomorrow. Probably won't get my laptop until next week or whenevr the factory ships it out to me. Thankfully I have access in my condominium building to a couple of computers.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

FYI for my readers

Due to my home computer suddenly buying the farm on me earlier this week, I am not going to be able to post anything for awhile. My motherboard gave out and after trouble shooting my memory chips and video card, the tech support at Dell concluded that my mother(fucking)board is pretty much done for. Because the warranty on my pc expired, I would have to pay an arm and a leg to take my computer in for a new motherboard. After talking with a few of my FB friends, I decided it was not worth the money for an obsolete computer. I am going to try to get a new laptop this weekend. If not, I'll try to make it downstairs to the computer lab in my condo to post the occasional blog entry. Thanks for your understanding. Peace!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Geodesic with Static Image, Dissociate,and Counterfeit I at 7th Street Entry

Geodesic with Static Image, Dissociate, and Counterfeit I at 7th Street Entry

Here are the photo results from last night's show at 7th Street Entry. Despite having been living in Minneapolis for over a decade now, this was the first time I have been to the 7th Street Entry I must confess. I like it. Place has the cleanest bathrooms I have ever seen in a club setting. Almost wanted to deck some obnoxious bimbos (or at least throw my PBR tall boy at them)sitting right behind me because they clearly were: a) drunk and b) had no idea about the bands performing and were just there to drink more and barely watch some live music (regardless of the type of music the bands were performing). I know they weren't there for the bands because I overheard them mention how terrible the band (Geodesic or maybe it was Counterfeit I) were performing.

Asides from the three morons sitting behind me, I had good time. Picked up 2 EPs from Geodesic which I really like (and most likely will review here on my blog), not only are those guys my friends but I totally dig their music a lot. I really enjoyed Dissociate even though I normally don't care for experimental industrial music (after reviewing so many cds in that area for a well known website a few years ago, I got turned off by that sort of industrial music). Counterfeit I was okay, definitely not my cup of tea I'll be brutually honest. I wouldn't go as far as to say they are terrible but my musical preferences leans more towards something more melodic like Kirlian Camera, Blutengel, Javelynn, The Break Ups, and Parralox. Another reason I was at the show was for my friends in Static Image. This time Jesse sang a couple of songs while Tracey worked the synthesizers. I think the band is improving with every gig that I have seen them (which is most). All in all it was a good night for local music.

Speaking of local music, if you haven't read the article Golden Age of Minnesota Music I would strongly recommend reading it now. When I first moved back to Minnesota 12 years ago, I was totally out of touch with the music scene and well to be honest not really impressed with it either. It wasn't until 2008 when I started to find some real gems in the metro area like Bella Koshka and Pop Incorporated. Since then, I have come to love my local music scene.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Tomorrow at 7th St Entry: Geodesic, Counterfeit I, Static Image, and Dissociate

FYI...Some of the Twin City's finest electronic acts welcome Counterfeit I from IL to 7th St. Entry for a night of music, drinks and debauchery.


DJ SLT will be spinning between sets and Shinto Records will be giving o...ut CDs towards the end of the evening.

Geodesic: http://www.reverbnation.com/Geodesic

Counterfeit I: http://www.reverbnation.com/counterfeiti

Static Image: http://www.reverbnation.com/staticimage

Dissociate: http://www.reverbnation.com/dissociatesound

DJ SLT: http://www.facebook.com/pages/DJ-SLT/100590994674

Tickets $5
Festivities begin at 7

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Upcoming releases

Mind.in.a.Box - Revelations (1.24)
Insure - This is the Life [digital only] (1.24)
Toxic Coma - Satan Rising (1.24)
V/A - Underworld: Awakening (1.31) [Both original picture soundtrack and film score by Paul Haslinger which features remixes by Angelspit and Aesthetic Perfection)

Inkubus Sukkubus - The Goat (2.12 on Storming the Base but is already available digitally right now)
Stiff Valentine - America Inbreeding (2.14)
Eisbreicher - Die Holle Muss (2.14)
The Beauty of Gemina - Iscariot Blues (2.14)
The Frozen Autumn - Chirality (2.14)
Inure - The Offering (2.14)
Everything Goes Cold - The Tyrant Sun (2.28)

Mind.in.a.Box - Revelations Club Mixes (3.13)
Stomkern - Dead Letters (3.13)
Caustic - Can't Believe We're Re-Releasing This (3.13)

Lords of Acid - Deep Chills (4.10)
16 Volt - Wisdom (4.10) [This is a re-release]
Wumpscut - Women and Satan (4.10)
Wumpscut - DJ Dwarf  XII (4.10)
Skyla Vertex - Urwerk (4.24)
Grendel - Timewave: Zero (4.24)

Schwarzblut - Maschinenwesen (no date has been set)

I forgot to mention in my blog earlier this week about what I am looking forward to this year...new Decoded Feedback. Their album is titled disKonnekt. More info about it and any other new releases will be posted both here and on my FB page.

Update (as of 1/13): Just found out that the new Lords of Acid album was announced so I have included that in the April section ;).

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack

I have to confess I am not a fan of Trent Reznor. I never understood the appeal of his music back in the height of NIN's popularity in the mid to late '90s. Still don't to this very day. I did not care much for his work on the soundtrack to the Social Network film but then again I never did see the movie nor have any interest. That would change when I went to see the David Fincher adaptation of Stieg Larsson's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo right before Christmas (yeah, a real feel good movie of the season...lol).

Much to my surprise, I enjoyed the film. It wasn't flawless by all means. I take umbrage to the inclusion of particular parts of The Girl Who Played With Fire (which was really dumb since Sony announced that it would put film versions of the book as well as The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest despite the poor box office showings).

As for the film score, I will have to admit Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross created a top notch film score. I think the reason I enjoyed the score so much was because I had seen the film therefore understood the music itself. The soundtrack is split into 3 discs. First disc just clocks in over an hour while the other 2 discs clock under an hour. The majority of the music is quiet, minimalistic ambient music but it does have some not so quiet moments like "Immigrant Song". I think the reasons for having a minimalistic film score is because David Fincher did not want the music to distract the moviegoer which often happens in many films nowadays, and also because the story is so dark and bleak, the music had to embody that same nature. David Fincher definitely picked the right guy (i.e Trent Reznor) to compose the score for his film.

The soundtrack kicks off with the blistering cover of Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song" featuring Karen O. of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Trent Reznor. Initially I wasn't too crazy about the song but when I saw the film and how it started off with this track, I quickly grew to love it. One of my favorite quieter tracks is track #6 "What If We Could?". The hauntingly sparse piano melodies just gives me the chills. As someone who really isn't into minimal ambient music, Trent and Atticus's work is surprisingly not dull and monotonous as I tend to see in this genre of music. The music certainly isn't easy listening for sure. The repetitive droning is often unsettling and eerie ideal for the film. I do think 3 discs is simply 2 too many. I felt this 3 cd soundtrack was ambitious and self-indulgent on Trent and Atticus' part. I do love how the soundtrack finishes with a cover of Bryan Ferry's "Is Your Love Strong Enough?" by Trent's current band How to Destroy Angels. Overall I am glad I bought the soundtrack. 

The music really does capture the essence of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (US version). I do though recommend seeing the film first before buying the soundtrack. You will really get a better understanding of the music and how it relates to the film.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

What I am looking forward to in 2012

01. New Stray album Remember Me (which I believe is the title of the album)
Stray - Remember Me by strayremix

02. New Garbage album. Until it is released enjoy this U2 cover they did last year :).

03. Mind.in.a.Box Revelations

Release date: 01.24.2012

04. New Technoir album

05. The Frozen Autumn Chirality
Release date: 02.14.2012

06. Grendel - Timewave Zero

Release date: 04.21.2012

07. The Beauty of Gemina Iscariot Blues

Release date: 02.14.2012

This is just the tip of the iceberg. I am sure as the year progresses on, I will find more releases to be excited about and of course will post them here and on my FB page.

Monday, January 9, 2012

New discoveries

Tonight I just figured out that I can post an embedment of my youtube playlist (sometimes I often think I was a blonde in another lifetime...lol). As a result of my "new" discovery, I decided to post my playlist of new discoveries I found on youtube. Some of the music is a 1 or more old but new to my ears. Enjoy!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Albums that I am currently listening to

DarkDriveClinic: Noise in My Head

This is my current favorite cd right now. Became an instant fan when I first saw their video for Silhouettes late last year. I finally got around to buying their album Noise in My Head last week when I was at the Electric Fetus. I was fortunate to find a copy of their album and needless to say I left the store with it. The album is really good. Their music reminds me of Come Clean and Gift by the Brit-rock band Curve with their fusion of techno and rock. Good stuff. Definitely worth recommending for fans of Curve, Garbage, and Kidneythieves.

Die Sektor: Applie Structure in a Void

This was the other cd I bought at the Fetus last year. I found it in the metal section (which by the way the band is anything BUT metal...duh!). I like what I have heard but to be brutally honest, it isn't the best album I have heard nor are Die Sektor the best aggrotech band out there in the dark electro scene. This is one of those albums that took me several listens to grow on me.

All About Eve: Fairy Light Nights Two

Fairy Light Nights Two is one of those albums that I always see whenever I would go browse the cd bins at Cheapo Records in uptown. Well I finally decided to buy a copy. Apparently this is the second volume of a 2 CD live acoustic album by the band. I didn't see any copies of the first but I will probably buy one online. I really like what I had heard on Fairy Light Nights Two. I not really familiar with the sounds of All About Eve so I'm not going to try to pretend that I do. I will say that I loved what I had heard on the cd. Just love Julianne Regan's delicate vocals set to acoustic guitars. I found the music very mellow and soothing to listen to. Good music to chill out to with a cup of hot tea.

Blue Stone: Messages

I have to admit I found Blue Stone's latest album Pandora's Box disappointing because the songs had no vocals on it. Today I had stopped into Cheapo Records and picked up a copy of Messages (because a friend recommended that album to me last year). Now this was what I have been craving from Blue Stone...good, ethereal vocals set to lush, ambient, pop melodies similar to the sounds of Conjure One, Delerium, Balligomingo, and Sleepthief.

iVardensphere: APOK

I had gotten this cd just the day before I went out of town for Christmas. I really like this album a lot more than Bloodwater. I love the frequent presence of vocals. The only drawback was the remixes. I thought they were not really necessary to include on the album but that is just my personal opinion.

I was hoping to have received my copy of the soundtrack to The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo that I had won off ebay prior to the New Year but I should be getting it this coming week. I definitely plan on posting my thoughts on it here. I also am waiting for my copy of Nachtbringer & Tranenherz Live by Blutengel. Not sure when I will get it. The folks in Switzerland (groove_inc) I order my imports from through Amazon didn't have a copy so I tried another company but they are in Germany because I didn't want to wait for a backorder. I hope I don't have to wait too long for it too.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Countdown to the Apocalypse at the Triple Rock

Countdown to the Apocalypse

So for my first live show of 2012 I went to The Triple Rock Social Club for the Countdown to the Apocalypse featuring Gabriel and the Apocalypse with Uzza, I,Corvinus, and Pinwheel. It was a fun night. Up first was the post-punk/dark wave band Uzza. I have seen Uzza a few times over the last few years and have come to really enjoy the band's music. I particularly enjoyed last night's set. You can check out their music on their reverbnation page at the link I just posted. I think Uzza has one of the most original sounds in the local music scene that I have heard in the last few years. I feel like their sound takes the best elements of the past (i.e post-punk/glam rock) and combines it with modern rock. Last night's set I felt like I was taking a trip into '70s glam rock with a heavy dose of punk rock guitar riffs.

I,Corvinus was up next with their brand of infectious yet hard-hitting prog/metal. I really enjoyed this band immensely. I am not a big metal fan (especially in the local music scene I have to admit) but I,Corvinus really hit the spot for me. In metal music today, the guttural/cookie monster on acid vocals is the rage and to not hear that in this band was very refreshing to my ears. You can check their music out on their reverbnation page.

After I,Corvinus, was Pinwheel. I would best describe their music as prog-metal. My friend Renee thought their music was in the same vein as say Tool and A Perfect Circle. For fans of those bands, I think Pinwheel would be right up their alley. I have to admit their music isn't my cup of tea however I will say that they are a talented band certainly worth checking out live for those into prog-metal music. From what I know, Pinwheel does quite a few shows GATA.

Finally the show ended with the band that I was pretty much there for that night...Gabriel and the Apocalypse. Definitely worth seeing that night. This was like my 3rd or 4th time of seeing the band perform live and I was not disappointed. The band played a good number of songs from their new album New World Disaster. I loved hearing my favorite song "Silent War" live.

All in all last night was a lot of fun. I wish though I could have also seen Thought Thieves perform live but I have no doubt I will again (like in March for the I:Scintilla show ;)). I will say this...whoever thought it was a good idea to book Emilie Autumn live at the Triple Rock has obviously NEVER seen her concerts live. Stage is way too small as is the venue, plus she has a huge cult following. At this point, I rather see her at Station 4 again which is saying a lot.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Alter der Ruine

As the old Queen song goes "Another one bites the dust". R.I.P Alter Der Ruine.