Tuesday, February 28, 2012


It's official...the new Stray album Letting Go is going to be released on May 4th. Yay! I am so pre-ordering the album when it becomes available to be pre-ordered.

Yesterday tracks of disc 2 titled Let Me Go was made available online though Soundcloud.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

100 greatest women in music pt.II: 200-101

Earlier this week, I posted a blog entry of the 100 greatest women in music. This was my personal response to VH1's version 100 greatest women in music which was simply awful. As I was reviewing my list once I posted it, I realized I had missed quite a few female artists who were just as deserving to be on my list. Initially I was going to refer to those artists not included in my original list as honorable mentions but after awhile I decided that they deserved better. I decided that part 2 would be an extension or a prequel to my original list. Are these women any less important than those in my first list? By all means no. So sit back and enjoy!

200. Lesley Rankine (Ruby/Silverfish)
199. Xev (Diffuzion)
198. Lady Marina (Psiderlica)
197. Wendy O. Williams (Plasmatics)
196. Lucia Cifarelli (KMFDM)
195. Brooke Aldridge (Pop Inc.)
194. Adele
193. Kirsty MacColl
192. Alllison Mosshart (Dead Weather/The Kills)
191. Kathleen Hanna (Bikini Kill)
190. Suzanne Vega
189. Enya
188. Toni Childs
187. Sharleen Spiteri (Texas)
186. Emilia Lo Jacono (formerly of Kirlian Camera)
185. Lindy Gabriel (Gabriel and the Apocalypse)
184. Siobhan De Mare (Mono/Violet Indiana)
183. Anna Bohn (OncetheSun)
182. Saffron (Republica)
181. Lisa Hammer
180. Ellis
179. Marsheaux
178. Jaymie Valentine (Cindergarden)
177. Natacha Atlas
176. Skye Edwards
175. Sandra Cretu (of Enigma fame)
174. Christine Wade (Alien Sex Fiend)
173. Renee Cooper-Komor (Zombie Girl)
172. Anggun
171. DJ Mea (Lords of Acid)
170. Hillary Davis (Bella Koshka)
169. Laura Boland (Bella Koshka)
168. Nina Persson (The Cardigans)
167. kaRIN (Collide)
166. Penelope Houston (The Avengers)
165. Terri Snyder (Silent Auction)
164. Lidija Andonov (Sixth June)
163. Victoria Lloyd (Clarie Voyant)
162. Lucinda Williams
161. Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama/Shakespears Sister)
160. Christy Hunt (Pink Mink)
159. Katia Figueroa (Die Braut)
158. Skin (Skunk Anansie)
157. Alice Glass (Crystal Castles)
156. PJ Harvey
155. Sia
154. Cassiopee (Anemonia)
153. Candia (Inkubus Sukkubus)
152. Eliane P. (Die Form)
151. Elenor Raynor (The Crystalline Effect)
150. Ruth-Ann (ex-Olive)
149. Loretta Lynn
148. Sharon den Adel (Within Temptation)
147. Nico (Velvet Underground)
146. Dru Allen (This Ascension/Mirabilis)
145. Robyn
144. Kim Shattuck (The Muffs)
143. Kasey Chambers
142. Emmylou Harris
141. Anne Clark
140. Imogen Heap
139. Claire Boucher (Grimes)
138. Antje Schultz (In Strict Confidence/ex-Chandeen)
137. Dale Bozzio (Missing Persons)
136. Free Dominguez (KidneyThieves)
135. Sleater Kinney
134. Toril Lindqvist (Alice in Videoland)
133. Channy Casselle (Polica)
132. Alison Moorer
131. Ailyn (Sirenia)
129. Mary Zimmer (ex-Luna Mortis)
128. Joanna Stevens (ex-Solar Twins/sang on albums by Conjure One and Delerium)
127. Ishtar Alabina
126. Noemi Aurora (Helalyn Flowers)
125. Susan Ottaviano (Book of Love)
124. Stevie Nicks
123. Amanda Palmer (Dresden Dolls)
122. Kristy Venrick (The Azoic)
121. Skye Edwards (Morcheeba)
120. Nikki Telladictorran (Prometheus Burning)
119. Patrice Synthea (Regenerator)
118. Patti Smith
117. Marissa Nadler
116. 7 Year Bitch
115. Tracey Thorn (of Everything but the Girl fame)
114. Azure Ray
113. Mira Aroyo (Ladytron)
112. Karen O. (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)
111. Beth Gibbons (Portishead)
110. Emelie Nicolai (Psy'aviah)
109. Grace Jones
108. Sina Hubner (Pzychobitch)
107. Pat Benatar
106. Lene Lovich
105. Eva O
104. Miss Kittin
103. Juliette Beavan (8mm)
102. Alison Moyet (Yaz)
101. Froxeanne (The Frozen Autumn)

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Metropolis records mix

Today as I was heading home from work, I saw on Metropolis Records' FB page a question posed by the administrator of the page if you could make your own Metropolis Records compilation, what songs would you put on it? I thought to myself well there is tonight's blog entry. LOL! Instead of just listing the songs, I put together a playlist together. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Collide - Bending and Floating

Yesterday Collide posted online their new music video for "Bending and Floating". I have already posted it on my FB page but for those NOT on FB, here is the video.

BTW...THANKS for those who have shared last night's blog entry. The positive feedback has been amazing. I didn't really think that blog entry would be read and shared by as many people has it has been. I decided because I missed a few artists/bands I have started a follow up to that blog entry. I should note that those artists and bands are not just runner ups or honorable mentions. They are just as important as I have listed in my blog last night. In the future, I also plan on doing a 100 greatest men in music list too. I think that might even be more of a challenge to me. I am going to take my time on that list. I won't say when I will post the list. Just keep an eye out for it both here and on Facebook :).

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

100 Greatest Women in Music

Last week on VH1, they had a weeklong special called the 100 greatest women in music. As you can see, the list sucked ass only because the public voted for those artists. I decided to create my own list. Keep in mind that this list applies to my taste in music. I cover many genres of music. Much to my surprise, creating my own list of my 100 greatest women in music proved to be a pain in the ass. After nearly a week of working on my list, I finally finished it. So enjoy!

100. Ani DiFranco
99. Ofra Haza
98. Sinead O'Connor
97. Julianne Reagan (All About Eve)
96. Sade
95. Florence Welch (Florence + The Machines)
94. Brittany Bindrim (I:Scintilla)
93. Liv Kristine (Leave's Eyes)
92. Zola Jesus
91. Chibi (The Birthday Massacre)
90. Joy Williams (The Civil Wars)
89. Amy Winehouse
88. Sharin Foo (The Raveonettes)
87. Debra Fogarty (Diva Destruction)
86. Helen Marnie (Ladytron)
85. Geike Arnaert (ex-Hooverphonic)
84. Sarah Brightman
83. Amii (Parralox)
82. Mya (Omega Lithium)
81. Sara Noxx
80. Terri Nunn (Berlin)
79. Lady Galore (Lords of Acid fame)
78. Azam Ali
77. Shikhee (Android Lust)
76. Kate Bush
75. Christina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil)
74. Mia Zapata (The Gits...RIP :( )
73. Otep
72. Carah Faye (Shiny Toy Guns)
71. Angela Gossow (Arch Enemy)
70. Dido
69. Yasmine Uhlin (Javelynn/ex-Ashbury Heights)
68. Vas Kallas (Hanzel und Gretyl)
67. Monica Richards (Faith and the Muse)
66. Sarah Cracknell
65. Aimee Mann
64. Bjork
63. Sarah McLachlan
62. Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star)
61. Tash Cox (Mankind is Obsolete)
60. Go Go's
59. Tori Amos
58. Tarja Turunen
57. Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays)
56. Christa Belle (Hungry Lucy)
55. Victoria Mazze (The Divine Madness)
54. Sonja Krashoufer (L'ame Immortelle)
53. Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries)
52. Chrissie Hynde (The Pretenders)
51. Serena Toxicat (Protea)
50. Mary Chapin Carpenter
49. Jarboe (Swans)
48. Kate Havnevik
47. Anna Netrebko
46. Constance Rudert (Cinderella Effect/ex-Blutengel)
45. Rebecca Coseboom (DarkDriveClinic)
44. Gen (Genitorturers)
43. Elizabeth Frasier (Cocteau Twins)
42. Ficshe
41. Natasha Khan (Bat for Lashes)
40. Bella Lune
39. Miss FD
38. Emilie Autumn
37. Johnette Napolitano (Concrete Blonde)
36. Nina Hagen
35. Liz Enthusiasm (Freezepop)
34. Eleni Alice-Fossi (Kirlian Camera)
33.Tina Root (Switchblade Symphony)
32. Levannah (Qkumba Zoo)
31. Poly Styrene
30. Lydia Lunch
29. Alison Krauss
28. Tonya Donnelly (Belly)
27. L7
26. Cycle Sluts from Hell
25. Babes in Toyland
24. Puffy Amiyumi
23. Miki Berenyi (Lush)
22. Julie Plante (Autumn)
21. Donna Lynch (Ego Likeness)
20. Alison Goldfrapp (Goldfrapp)
19. Nena
18. Shonen Knife
17. Jai (Sensuous Enemy)
16. Diamanda Galas
15. Danielle Dax
14. Ann Wilson (Heart)
13. Caroline Blind (Sunshine Blind)
12. Erica Dunham (Unter Null/Stray)
11. Jennifer Parkin (Ayria)
10. Shirley Manson (Garbage)
09. Dolly Parton
08. Lisa Gerrard (Dead Can Dance)
07. Cyndi Lauper
06. Joan Jett
05. Toni Halliday (ex-Curve)
04. Severina Sol (Cylab/The Break Up)
03. The Bangles
02. Siouxsie Sioux
01. Loreena McKennit

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Grendel - Timewave Zero [exclusive sneak preview]

I think I am going to have to pre-order this album. I am totally digging what I have heard in the sneak preview of their upcoming album Timewave Zero.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Albums that I am currently listening to

Polica: Give You the Ghost

Rarely do I fall for the hype machine that fawns over new or establish artists and bands. So much over local band Polica has been made in the local music scene, I eventually had to check out the band's music via youtube. Much to my surprise, I found myself enjoying the songs by the band. Today I picked up a copy of their debut album Give You the Ghost which was released earlier this week. I am really enjoying the band's music. I can't really categorize Polica's music. There certainly elements of electronica, hip hop, and jazz music. I will admit the vocals and use of auto-tune might annoy some people but I like the results.

Goldfrapp: The Singles

Earlier this week, I heard the song "Melancholy Sky" by Goldfrapp off youtube.

I loved the song right away. After being so disappointed with their last studio album and pretty much given up on the duo, Goldfrapp finds a way to make me love them again. Along with the Polica and Mind.in.a.Box cds I bought today, I bought The Singles for "Melancholy Sky" alone. So worth every penny I spent on the album. The song sounded like it would have been perfect on the duo's Seventh Tree (one of my favorite Goldfrapp albums of all time).

Mind.in.a.Box: Revelations

I have been wanting this album since I heard a few tracks of the album online. I am not disappointed.

The Raveonettes: Raven in the Grave

I found the latest album by The Raveonettes last weekend at the library. For me, the band's work has been spotty. Their previous album In and Out of Control had its moments but by the end of the album, I was not impressed. I absolutely hated Lust Lust Lust. This was not the case with Raven in the Grave. I think the band has returned to their brand of '60s garage rock ala Jesus and the Mary Chain meets The Shirelles.

The Puppini Sisters: Hollywood

I have been a big fan of The Puppini Sisters for several years now. I recently found out that they had a new album (released last year). Hollywood took me awhile to grow on me. Music didn't really stick out with me initially but after several listens I have come to appreciate their latest collection of retro-pop standards.

Solar Fake: Frontiers

Last week, I discovered Solar Fake through youtube and loved what I had heard so I ended up ordering the one man project's latest album Frontiers.

It goes without saying that I have been listening to the album constantly.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine's Day playlist

In honor of this obvious corporate holiday, I decided to create a playlist for this day just for fun. Enjoy!

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Monday, February 13, 2012

Kilted Farmer Koncerts presents....Howard Jones

It's official! Howard Jones will be peforming in Minneapolis, MN on 6/26 (a Tuesday night) with DJ Jake Rudh from Transmission night at Club Jaeger.

Details will be released next week so keep an eye out on both Kilted Farmer Koncerts and The Twin Cities' FB pages and websites.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Upcoming events for February

Transmission Presents: I Dream of Wires (annual synth tribute)
Clubhouse Jager
923 Washington Avenue N
10pm to 2am
21+, Free

DJ SLT at Ground Zero (muscle & steel)
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Ground Zero nightclub
Bondage A-Go-Go w/DJ Nitrogen, dv8, and DJ SLT
18 ($8), 21+ ($6)
Doors & music @ 10pm

Berlin - "The Queer Indie Revolution is here"
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Club Underground nightclub
Here is all the gory details about the new monthly event at Club Underground.
10:00pm to 2:00am
$6, 21+ event

Emilie Autumn - Fight Like a Girl tour
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Triple Rock Social Club
7:00pm - 10pm
$15 in advanced/$20 at door
Fight Light a Girl tour tickets

Orgy at First Avenue
Just found out about Orgy tonight (2/14). All the concert info is featured on the link.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Minnesota music

While at work today, I thought it would be a great idea to compile a playlist of my favorite songs from local artists. After all my blog was created to help support the local music scene in Minnesota. I chose songs by artists/bands that are still around and together (unlike my personal favorite local banad Bella Koshka). Enjoy!

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

LIGHTS - Banner

New music video from electropop artist LIGHTS. The video is for the song "Banner". I definitely need to check out her latest album. I am digging what I have heard from her album Siberia.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A few new upcoming releases :)

From good old Metropolis Records:
Suicide Commando - The Suicide Sessions (May 8)
Pre-emptive Strike 1.0 - T.A.L.O.S (May 8)
V/A - Electronic Saviors 2: Recurrence (May 8)
16 Volt - Skin (May 22)
KMFDM - Amnesia (May 22)
THYX - The Way Home (May 22)

I just pre-ordered the Electronic Saviors compilation. So excited. Looks fantastic.

From WTII Records:
Stromkern - Dead Letters (March 13)
Dead on TV - Fuck You, I'm Famous (April 24)
Rein[Forced] -Dichotomy (April 3)

From Cop International:
Nolongerhuman - Depersonalization (sometime around the end of March)
Chiasm - Obligatory EP (sometime very soon, keep an eye out on Cop's FB page)

Before I forget, Alfa Matrix is having a sale.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Lamb - Butterfly Effect

This is a short film that the trip hop group Lamb created set to the song "Butterfly Effect".

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Boxcar Strainsun - A Giant Orange Sash Over the Pacific Ward Skies

Boxcar Strainsun: A Giant Orange Sash of the Pacific Ward Skies

Being an avid music fan, it is hard for me to find new, obscure artists even my musician friends have never heard of. Boxcar Strainsun is that rare gem that I alone have discovered. Boxcar Strainsun is a musician from New Mexico. He has been influenced by jazz, gangsta rap, punk music, PJ Harvey, Cocteau Twins, and Massive Attack (and trip hop music in general), a mix bag to say the very least.You can hear elements of his diverse influences in his debut album A Giant Orange Sash Over the Pacific Ward Skies.

It is very rare for this avid music fan to hear an album where the sound can not be easily pigeonholed into one particular genre or sound.While A Giant Orange Sash Over the Pacific Ward Skies can easily be categorized as electronica but Boxcar Strainsun takes elements from every sub-genre in electronic music and creates a sound of his own. The album isn't the easiest to digest for this listener's ears.  The beats is in the forefront while the melodies takes a backseat.

One of the songs that did stand out with me was "Paper Wings".

This is one of the  more accessible tracks on the album which is why I like it quite a bit.

Another track off the album that I like is "Sueno".

I like the mellow groove of the song. It is a nice, pleasant song to chill out to.

The diverse sounds is both Boxcar Strainsun's strength and weakness. The music is definitely not predictable. Because each song does not sound remotely alike, the flow of the album is chaotic and disjointed. The beats can be often unnerving. On the upside,A Giant Orange Sash Over the Pacific Ward Skies is not your mamby-pamby Owl City-like electro-pop lite album. Boxcar Strainsun is not interested in creating a wimpy pop album. The beats and sounds certainly shows through in his music. The music really goes well as background music while driving in the car. I definitely think that is the best way to listen to the debut album by Boxcar Strainsun.