Thursday, May 31, 2012

Upcoming June events

In case you are wondering what to do in June, here are some fun events to attend to.

Music and Kings Present: Just Can't Get Enough (A Night of Synth) - Jake Rudh will be giving away tix to the June 26th Howard Jones show that Kilted Farmer Koncerts is putting on at The Varsity Theater.

Rebel, Rebel, Rox for Pussy IX (A musical tribute to David Bowie)

Warehouse Party - Thought Thieves, As/Of, Static Image, Dj Noise, Dj Nitrogen, DJ Fenris, DJ DV8, and recently added Scarlet Mother

The Rope/Claps, Blood & Sun/The Night at Cause

Caustic LIVE at Hard Mondays - This show is going to be FREE. You can't argue with a deal like that ;).

Heliosphere Live Show at Chamber

Screaming Mechanical Brains at The Triple Rock Social Club

Howard Jones, The Electric Hits at The Varsity

Yeah, June is going to be kick ass for live entertainment.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

DarkDriveClinic - Litmus Heart

Here is the brand new video for "Litmus Heart" by DarkDriveClinic. This is one of my personal favorite songs off their album Noise in My Head. I definitely recommend checking them out :).

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

My favorite albums of 2012 [so far]

Well I was going to wait until June but I couldn't wait any longer to post some of my favorite albums of 2012 (so far). I am not going to put the albums in order. That will be saved for the end of the year list :).

Stray: Letting Go

Mari Chrome: Georgy #11811

Garbage: Not Your Kind of People

Chrom: Synthetic Movement

Grendel: Timewave Zero

Alpha Point: High Like the Angels

Is/Is: III

Various Artists: Electronic Saviors 2: Recurrence

9th Evolution: Retro Americana

That pretty much sums up the first half of 2012. 2012 has been a very good year for music I say :).

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Happy Birthday Siouxsie Sioux!

Since today is Siouxsie Sioux's birthday, I thought in honor of one of my top 5 all time favorite singers, I would dedicate my weekly mix with a mix of Siouxsie and The Banshees music. Without them, I would not have gotten through my horrible freshman year in college at University of Northern Iowa.

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There music would also help shape my musical tastes too but I didn'tknow it at the time.

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Albums I am currently listening to

Garbage: Not Your Kind of People

After a lengthy hiatus away from music, Garbage returns with their fifth album Not Your Kind of People. I had pre-ordered this album way back in February. So well worth the wait. I am so glad to have gotten the deluxe edition because it has four bonus tracks. While many reviews of the album have been mixed by music critics, I think the album is stellar and those critics who have totally written the album off is well...wrong. The title track is my favorite,favorite,favorite song on the album but it isn't to say that the rest of the songs on the album aren't just as good. Hopefully I won't have to wait seven years for another album by this awesome band.

Invisible Limits: A Conscious State

After being blown away by Mari Chrome's debut album Georgy #11811 last month, I decided to check out Marion Kuchenmeister's other band Invisible Limits. After listening to a few tracks online, I decided to buy the group's second album A Conscious State. As a big fan of '80s new wave music, A Conscious State did not disappoint me.

9th Evolution: Retro Americana

9th Evolution is one of those bands that one can't really label their music. The Florida band's music has been heavily influenced by various genres like metal to industrial as well as punk, glam rock, and whatever other musical genre one can think of. I bought this album last week and got it in the mail a couple of days. I was not disappointed in what I have heard. To get some idea of what the band sounds like, check out this track. It is one of my personal favorite tracks off the album.

With all the synth-based bands I listen to on a daily basis, Retro Americanais definitely refreshing to listen to.

Paul Van Dyk: Evolution

I had requested this album online from my library. I really had no expectations. I was simply curious to hear the new Van Dyk album. Much to my surprise, I found myself enjoying the album quite a bit.Still not the trance fan that I once was but Evolution got my groove shaking. I wasn't bored with the album as I tend to be with most trance albums nowadays.

Martin Zellar and The Hardways: Roosters Crow

I admit, I like Martin Zellar's music. I have always had a soft spot for his brand of country/rock since his days with The Gear Daddies. His new album (also which I got from the library) is great. Martin has a real knack for writing some of the catchiest music I have ever heard.

The laughing in the background is annoying but once the band starts playing, you'll forget about it.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Upcoming summer releases

It's been awhile since I have posted on upcoming releases. Tonight I came across some new releases. It isn't much but hey! It's better than nothing I say.

Assemblage 23 - Bruise (June 12)
Decoded Feedback - DisKonnekt (June 12)
Skinny Puppy - Bootlegged, Broke, and In Solvent Seas (June 12)
Heimataerde - Gottgleich (June 12)
iVardensphere - I Dream in Noises vol.2 (June 12)
And One + Treibwerk - S.T.O.P (June 12)
Staubkind - So nah beh mir (June 15)
Funker Vogt - Hard Way (June 19) [This is their new single, so obviously there is a new album in the works ;)]
Suicide Commando - The Suicide Sessions vol.2 (June 26)
Cesium 137 - Science and Sound (June 26)
16 Volt - LetDownCrush (June 26)

Modulate - Robots (July 10)
Suicide Commando - The Suicide Sessions vol.3 (July 24)
16 Volt - SuperCoolNothing (July 24)

Twitch the Ripper (August 14)
iVardensphere - Bloodwater (August 14) [Obviously a re-release. I bought a copy at the 2010 Combichrist show at The Cabooze.]
System Syn - Premeditated [remastered] (August 28)
Lords of Acid - Vampire Girl [single] (August 28)

Today's releases [via Out of Line]:
Light of Euphoria - Schwarze Sonne [single]
Kirlian Camera - Immortal [EP]
Psyche - As the Brain Collapses
Xotox - Eisenkiller [EP]
Angst Pop - Odipus Rex 2012 [EP]
Agonize - Wahre Liebe [single]
Mono Inc - After the War [single]
Funker Vogt - Hard Way [single]
KMFDM - Amnesia [single]

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Free download - I (Heart) You Remix

Today KMFDM released their new single "Amnesia" off their latest album WTF?!.

In honor of the release of the single, they are offering a free download of the Army of the Universe remix of "I (Heart) You" which can be found on their Amnesia single.

Monday, May 21, 2012

100 greatest songs of the 1990s

Last week I caught a bit of VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of the '90s on television. I nearly wanted to throw up all over the tv when I saw the list. Yes there were some gems but those were few and far between in a sea of crap. I decided that I could come up with a better list just like I did earlier with my 100 Greatest Women in Music. So here is my list of what I consider the 100 greatest songs of the 1990s. Enjoy!

100. Mindphaser - Front Line Assembly
99. Josephina - Gene Loves Jezebel
98. Vision Thing - The Sisters of Mercy
97. I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone - Sleater-Kinney
96. Papua New Guinea - Future Sound of London
95. Sleep to Dream - Fiona Apple
94. Ich Bin Ein Auslander - Pop Will Eat Itself
93. My Favorite Game - The Cardigans
92. Rusty Cage - Soundgarden
91. The Rockafeller Skank - Fatboy Slim
90. Ordinary World - Duran Duran
89. Feed the Tree - Belly
88. Heaven or Las Vegas - Cocteau Twins
87. Man in the Box - Alice in Chains
86. Maria - Blondie
85. Crash - The Primitives
84. Inbetweener - Sleeper
83. I Sit On Acid - Lords of Acid
82. Clown - Switchblade Symphony
81. Du Hast - Rammstein
80. Bruise Violet - Babes in Toyland
79. I've Got to Go Now - Toni Childs
78. Blue Monday - Orgy
77. Bullet with Butterfly Wings - The Smashing Pumpkins
76. Selling the Drama - Live
75. Pretend We're Dead - L7
74. Laid - James
73. Alison - Slowdive
72. Come to Daddy - Aphex Twin
71. I Can't Imagine the World Without Me - Echobelly
70. There She Goes - The La's
69. Frozen - Madonna
68. Down By the Water - PJ Harvey
67. Everyday is Like Sunday - Morrissey
66. Trigger Hippie - Morcheeba
65. Black Metallic - Catherine Wheel
64. Wild Horses - The Sundays
63. Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
62. Doll Parts -Hole
61. Connection - Elastica
60. Incantation - Delerium
59. Ardera Sempre - Miranda Sex Garden
58. Just Like Honey - The Jesus and Mary Chain
57. Angry Johnny - Poe
56. The Box - Orbital
55. Overcome - Tricky
54. Here Comes Your Man - The Pixies
53. Around the World - Daft Punk
52. Sour Times - Portishead
51. If I Can't Change Your Mind - Sugar
50. Return to Innocence - Enigma
49. Better Life - Solar Twins
48. Firestarter - Prodigy
47. Psalm 69 - Ministry
46. Selling Jesus - Skunk Anansie
45. Little Fluffy Clouds - The Orb
44. Friday I'm In Love - The Cure
43. Dreams - The Cranberries
42. All Apologies - Nirvana
41. Curlylocks - Baby Fox
40. Juke Joint Jezbel - KMFDM
39. Common People - Pulp
38. These Are Days - 10,000 Maniacs
37. The Child Inside - Qkumba Zoo
36. Busy Child - The Crystal Method
35. Three Strange Days - School of Fish
34. The Path of Thorns - Sarah McLachlan
33. Stolen Car - Beth Orton
32. Sad Tomorrow -The Muffs
31. 500 (Shake Baby Shake) - Lush
30. Block Rockin' Beats - The Chemical Brothers
29. Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode
28. Open Up - Leftfield
27. Only Shallow - My Bloody Valentine
26. Why - Annie Lennox
25. Control - Traci Lords
24. Where the Wild Roses Grow - Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds with Kylie Minogue
23. Only Happy When It Rains - Madonna
22. Runaway - The Corrs
21. Ten Little Girls - Curve
20. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
19. Porcelain - Moby
18. Ruby Soho - Rancid
17. Tuesday Morning - The Pogues
16. Fade into You - Mazzy Star
15. Connection - Elastica
14. Regret - New Order
13. Volcano Girls - Veruca Salt
12. Teardrop - Massive Attack
11. It's Oh So Quiet - Bjork
10. Life in Mono - Mono
09. Fingers and Thumbs (Cold Summer's Day) - Erasure
08. Bury My Lovely - October Project
07. Mummer's Dance - Loreena McKennitt
06. Silent All These Years - Tori Amos
05. She's On the Phone - Saint Etienne
04. Battersea - Hooverphonic
03. Joey - Concrete Blonde
02. Kiss Them For Me - Siouxsie and the Banshees
01. Ball and Chain - Social Distortion

This list is pretty much a reflection of my taste in music for most of the '90s, beginning with my sophomore year in high school when I discovered alternative rock music like Social Distortion and going through to the present moment. I tried to keep it the songs to singles for the most part but there are a few songs on the list that were not released as singles.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Caustic LIVE at Hard Mondays [Free Pride Week Show]

Earlier tonight I got word that Caustic is returning to Minneapolis in 3-4 years to Hard Mondays for Pride Week. Best part of the news is that it is FREE. That's right folks! It's free. I'm so taking Tuesday off to recover from the show.

Here is the actual link to the Caustic Live at Hard Mondays event on FB. It has all the gory details needed. Here's hoping that he plays my favorite Caustic song "Lady Business". LOL!

This song makes me LMAO every time I listen to it.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

5 things in music I am most excited about right now

01. Decoded Feedback and Assemblage 23 - I just pre-ordered the new albums DisKonnekt and Bruise tonight. You can hear clips of the new DF album at this link.. And here is where you can hear the new A23 album.

I thought about getting the limited edition of Bruise but remixes are a hit or miss with me so I decided to just get the regular version.

02. New Garbage - so last night I went to Clubhouse Jager to hear the new Garbage album Not Your Kind of People courtesy of Renee Aztalanturf and DJ SLT. It is a fabulous album. For me, I just love the title track of the album.

I think this is their best ballad I have heard since "Milk".

03. I got my ticket for the upcoming Aesthetic Perfection concert on 7/3.

04. Dead Can Dance announces release date and name of their new album.

05. New Delerium - Yay! I just hope this new album will sound like a mix of Poem,Semantic Spaces, and Karma. Their last two studio albums sounded too poppy for my liking. Oh and I hated that craptacular song "Dust in Gravity" on their useless acoustic album.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

In Strict Confidence - "Morpheus" preview

I just came across a video clip on youtube of snippets from the upcoming In Strict Confidence EP Morpheus. I really like what I have heard and that says a lot since it has been awhile since I have shown any interest in ISC.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Garbage Album Release Party

To celebrate the release of Garbage's new album, Not Your Kind of People, Across the Board's DJ SLT and Aztalan Turf Podcast are hosting a PRE-TRANSMISSION album release party.

We'll be playing the album in it's entirety. WE HIT PLAY AT 9 PM SHARP!!! We'll also be giving away copies of the album.

Cost: Free 21+ Come for Garbage, stay for TRANSMISSION. Or come early to TRANSMISSION to hear Garbage.

This is an unofficial fan event.

For more info on the album, visit Garbage's Official website:

DJ SLT:​djslt

Aztalan Turf Podcast​aztalanturf

Monday, May 14, 2012

VNV Nation - Crossing the Divide EP

Free download from VNV Nation. It is a six song EP of remixes of songs from Of Faith, Power, and Glory album. Enjoy!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

In honor of Mother's Day

In honor of Mother's Day, I thought I would post a collection of videos of clips with a mother theme to them. I tried to use MixPod but apparently that wasn't going to work due to copyright issues.

So to all the mothers out there, Happy Mother's Day! :)

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Albums I am currently listening to

First Aid Kit: The Lion's Roar

I have been curious about the Swedish sisters known as First Aid Kit. I requested their new album awhile back and finally got my turn at it. I rather like what I am hearing even if it is not what I normally listen to. I would describe their music as indie pop meets Americana.

Suicide Commando: The Suicide Sessions 1

While out putting up flyers around uptown for the upcoming Howard Jones show next month, I decided to reward myself with some new music. I decided to get this Suicide Commando compilation (couldn't find the latest Brute Heart album at Cheapo). I have to admit I am not impressed by what I have heard but maybe I just need to listen to the compilation a few more times.

Madonna: Ray of Light

Last weekend was the annual Bryn Mawr Festival of Garage Sales. One of the cds I bought there was Ray of Light by Madonna. This is the only Madonna album that I really love. I also think this is her last good album she made. I think what made this album so great is William Orbit's production. I just adore the subtle electronic beats. I missed owning this album so finding it last weekend for dirt cheap totally made my day.

Garbage: Garbage

This is another album I bought last weekend at the garage sales. I missed owning this album. Hearing Garbage's first album for the first time in 3-5 years felt good.

Buddha Bar VII

Back in the early to mid '00s I was really into the Buddha Bar series and chillout music in general. I decided to take a trip down memory lane when I bought the seventh volume in the series last weekend. While it is not nearly as good as the first five compilations, I still enjoy winding down to this 2 cd set.

Everything But the Girl: Walking Wounded

This is the last album I bought at least weekend's garage sale. What a fantastic album Walking Wounded is. Always loved Tracey Thorn's warm vocals which is complimented well with Ben Watts' immaculate beats.

The Artist Motion Picture Soundtrack

I found the soundtrack to The Artists today at the library. I had to check it out. I loved the film. When I listen to the soundtrack, I have images of the film running through my head.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Albums I have bought in 2012 (updated list)

I thought it was time to post an updated list of albums I have bought this year (so far). I sold a few that I didn't particularly care for and obviously added a lot more. LOL!

Alien Skin - Ghost in the Water
Alpha Matrix Re:Connected 3.0
Alpha Point - High Like the Angels
Belly - Star
Belly - King
Buddha Bar VII
Celtic Woman - Believe
Chrom - Synthetic Movement
Cwn Annwn (local heavy metal band) - The Alpha & Omega
Cecile Corbel - The Secret World of Arriety
DarkDriveClinic - Noise in My Head
Electronic Saviors 2: Recurrence
Everything But the Girl - Walking Wounded
Florence + The Machines - Ceremonials
The Frozen Autumn - Fragments of Memories
The Frozen Autumn - Chirality
Garbage - self-titled
Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy - Immortal Memories
Goldfrapp - The Singles
Grendel - Harsh Generation
Grendel - Timewave:Zero
I:Scintilla - Dying & Falling
Is/Is (local band) - This Happening
Is/Is - III
Madonna - Ray of Light
Mankind is Obsolete - Trapped Inside
Mari Chrome - Georgy #11811 - Revelations
Moby - Destroyed
Nightwish - Imaginaerum
Omega Lithium - Kinetik
Polica (local band) - Give You the Ghost
Rammstein - Made in Germany
Sequencia - Algo enTu Ser
SITD - Icon: Koru
Solar Fakes - Frontiers
Sounds of the Underground (a retro compilation)
Spectra Paris - License to Kill
Stray - Letting Go
System Syn - All Seasons Pass
The Jesus and Mary Chain - 21 Singles
This Mortal Coil - Filigree and Shadow
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross - The Girl W/the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack
Unter Null - Moving On (an autographed copy from Erica Dunham, I just couldn't resist ;))

I obviously have a weakness for music :P. I am still waiting for to get my copy of the new Garbage album which won't be out for just under 2 weeks which is why I did not include it on this list.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Rammstein at the Target Center 05.08.12

Well Rammstein came, conquered and left Minnesota in pieces so to speak. It was their first US tour in a decade. Since I didn't bring my camera, I did find that City Pages has a slide show of the Rammstein show from last night. I'll post other links to the show on my FB page if I find any more.
Here is some video footage I found on youtube including the entrance of the band which gave me the chills.

I thought it was really cool that the band entered not from back or under the stage but rather from one of the side entrances where people go to their seats. I wish I had a better seat than being stuck up high behind some morons who were smoking cigarettes through out the night.

This clip is a montage of footage from the show. I should note, none of the footage is from me. I did not have my camera. Oh well. I will come Howard Jones, Aesthetic Perfection, and Icon of Coil.

This is one of my favorite moments during the show when the band was performing the song "Engel".

Gotta love the wings.

Rammstein really knows how to put on a show. I was totally blown away by the band's live performance. I loved the amount of fire and pyrotechnics the band included in their live show. It really made for a spectacular viewing. I was shitting my pants figuratively speaking. I have never seen a band that invested that much time, energy, and obviously skill like Rammstein does. You want to see a live band that does more than just stand on stage? Go see Rammstein. Clearly they also have a sense of humor when the band finished the set with "Pussy" (my least favorite Rammstein song). I'll let this clipI found from 2010 speak for itself. It was hilarious.

Before I forget, Joe Letz from Combichrist dj'ed for the first half hour with a set of Rammstein songs to get the audience pumped up. The audience in the GA area seemed to have the life of the Chinese terra cota warriors for through out the night with the occasional spurt of energy but I think everyone enjoyed the show. I just wished I had better seats or at least wasn't sitting behind three massive douchebags who were puffing away on cigarettes. All in all, I had a blast last night. So well worth the money.

Here is a great review of the Rammstein show from the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.

I finally found some good footage of "Pussy" with the dick cannon from last night's show. LOL!


Monday, May 7, 2012

Grendel : Timewave Zero (Official music video)

If you haven't seen the new Grendel music video for "Timewave Zero", here it is ;).

The new album is brilliant IMHO. Definitely one of top 5 faves of 2012.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mix of the Week

I have recently decided to move my weekly series Mix of the Week to Sundays. I just find it easier for me to post my weekly series on Sundays than Mondays. So enjoy my latest mix :).

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Friday, May 4, 2012

Mari Chrome - Georgy #11811

Georgy #11811 is the debut album by the German duo Mari Chrome featuring musician Kai Otte and singer Marion Aseema Kuchenmeister of Invisible Limits who joined forces in 2007. This is my most anticipated album of 2012 by a new artist or band. I first heard of Mari Chrome through Side-Line but I didn't hear their music until I got a copy of the new Alfa Matrix compilation (with my copy Letting Go by Stray)which features their song "Toxic".

I was immediately hooked by the song automatically. I haven't been this excited about a new artist since Javelynn. You could say Mari Chrome is this year's Javelynn, my little pet project where I try to spread the word about their music as much as possible. After listening to "Toxic" a gazillion times, it goes without saying that I immediately pre-ordered a copy of the duo's debut album Georgy #11811. I recieved my copy of the album this week and have been listening to it as much as possible at home as well as at the office.

The music on Georgy #11811 truly lives up to my expectations. The album isn't perfect per say. I think their cover of New Order's "Blue Monday" was disappointing. I really wished it wasn't turned into a midtempo track. I was hoping it would have the same energy of Orgy's version of "Blue Monday". Thankfully I cannot say the same about their interpretation of The Cure's "A Forest".

I really enjoyed their take on The Cure classic. I thought it was unique take on the song with the crisp, pulsating synth beats and Marion's powerful vocals. "The Seeker" is another personal favorite track of mine from the album. Like "Toxic", the song is propelled by infectious pop melodies and club-thumping beats.

Whenever I listen to Georgy #11811, I can't help but can't compare Marion's powerful vocals to one of my favorite singers Jai of Sensuous Enemy. Both women have a distinctive vocal range that can blow most of today's female singers out of the water. Kai Otte's skills as a musician is impeccable. His beats always lets Marion's vocals be front and center, and never try to overwhelm her vocals.

Georgy #11811 is a terrific debut album for Mari Chrome. I am looking forward to what the duo can creat in the near future. They have made a huge fan out of me.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Delerium news

I think I'll let the clips speak for themselves ;). Needless to say I am very excited.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Electronic Saviors 2:Recurrence

Electronic Saviors 2: Recurrence

Last week I got my copy of Electronic Saviors 2 compilation from Metropolis Records. It took me all weekend to listen to all six discs in the boxed set. I only bought the six disc version but that is okay with me. Here is the track list. It is pretty spectacular to say the very least. As most knows, the compilation raises money for the fight against cancer. Credit goes to Jim Semonik (DJ and promoter) who not only got all these great artists to contribute a track to this massive boxed cd set but also a cancer survivor. Proceeds of the compilation goes to Gilda's Club and The Bone Marrow Foundation. So if you can buy the compilation (the standard disc is only available from what I have heard), money will go to a great cause.

As I have said earlier, listening to my standard edition of Electronic Saviors 2 took me the entire weekend. I'll be brutally honest, there were some songs I wasn't really crazy about. I guess I just wasn't feeling some of the tracks but there are some pretty awesome songs on the compilation that made it worth spending $37 on this mixed bag of music. I'll just list some of my favorite tracks.

Mesh: You'll Never Understand Harder

Love the addition of Vic Anselmo's vocals. I'm not a huge Mesh fan but I just adore this song.

Ashbury Heights: Decent Cancer

This is a previously unreleased track by Ashbury Heights. Anything AH does is gold in my book.

Obscenity Trial: Ubers Wassers Gehen [SITD Remix]

Blutengel: Where Will You Be

Those are just a few of my favorite tracks. I also adore Sensuous Enemy's "Re:Mission", Constance Rudert's "The Harbour Song", The Mighty Chouffe's "Always This Heart", and The Dark Clan's "Sick as Love" just to name  a few.

I like how Jim organized the songs by the several stages of emotions that comes with coming to terms with cancer. I may not have been all that crazy by a good number of songs but those songs are outnumbered by those I love listening to. This was definitely a well spent $37.