Friday, November 30, 2012

IAMX - The Unified Field

The music video for the new IAMX single "The Unified Field" is finally out. I absolutely love the song. I definitely do plan on getting the upcoming IAMX album. I liked the few songs I have heard from the last album but sadly they didn't convince me to break down and buy the album. "The Unified Field" definitely had me from the get go.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

DarkDriveClinic - Walking In My Shoes

Earlier tonight I heard a great cover of Depeche Mode's "Walking In My Shoes" from DarkDriveClinic on their bandcamp page.

I personally thought it was terrific, right up there with their version of REM's "Losing My Religion".


Monday, November 26, 2012

Albums I am currently listening to

Hanzel und Gretyl: Born to Be Heiled

I just got my copy of Born to Be Heiled in the mail today. I am now listening to the album for a second time. I did not think that it was possible for Hanzel und Gretyl to create another album more brutal than their previous album 2012: Zwanzig Zwolf. This album is smoking hot. The music is loud and aggressive. Gotta love the inclusion of the banjo on one of the tracks. Very original and unexpected from one of my all time favorite bands.

Inertia: Universal Blood

It's funny I used to not like Inertia except for a couple of tracks but once I had heard the first single off the new album "Alive", I had to get a copy of Universal Blood. I am glad I picked up the album while I was at the Electric Fetus yesterday. It is really good.

Nadina: In The Now

In The Now is the other cd I bought yesterday. It is really excellent.Nadina is a Lebanese born singer whom I discovered through Delerium earlier this fall. As a fan of Middle Eastern/World music, I fell in love with her music from the soundcloud clips she posted on her FB page. Nadina recently released her debut album In The Now earlier this month. I am reminded of Delerium and Conjure One (especially Conjure One) with a Middle Eastern flair. This is a really great album. Definitely recommend for fans of Conjure One and Delerium to check out.

Zynic: Fire Walk With Me

I have been listening to this album constantly since I got home from the holiday weekend on Saturday night. Very catchy synthpop.

Bat For Lashes: The Haunted Man

Picked up the new Bat for Lashes album on Sunday from the library. I think I need to listen to it a few more times. There aren't any tracks that really stands out with me right now.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Mix of the Week

It appears that Mixpod may be closed down for good. That is the impression I got today when I tried to go to the site to create my weekly mix set. So for this week I created this week's mix via youtube. I may or may not use youtube as the site for my weekly mixes if Mixpod has closed down forever. I may have to use either playlist or worse yet grooveshark. Only time will tell though. So in the meantime enjoy my latest mix :).

Saturday, November 24, 2012

10 Artists/bands that makes me go all fangirl

So last week one of my fellow Kilted Farmer Koncerts street team members posted the question on Facebook "What band makes you go all Fan Boy/Girl?", so I thought I would post ten bands that makes me go all fangirl. LOL!

10. Zynic

This is my newest and favorite synthpop find. I have been absolutely hooked on the synthpop sounds of Zynic for the past week or 2. Recently got a copy of Fire Walk With Me in the mail when I got home from the holiday.

09. Blutengel

This is a band that I totally go apeshit over. lol

08. Curve

Yes I know Curve no longer exists but that doesn't mean their music can't stop making me go all fangirl over them.

07. The Bangles

Regardless of the trio's lackluster album that they released last year, I still love them. Their music will always remain a huge influence over me no matter how old I am. Still love their album Everything. The harmonies on that album is so spot on and flawless IMHO.

06. Kirlian Camera

Kirlian Camera has certainly become one of my personal favorite bands in the past five years I have been listening to them. Some of the most beautiful music I have heard has been from KC.

05. Javelynn

04. Sara Noxx

I think Sara Noxx is one of the most underrated/underappreciated singers in the dark music scene. I swear I am the only person in the local scene who is familiar with her music.

03. Cylab

02. Sensuous Enemy

Like I haven't rambled on enough about this awesome band from Madison, Wisconsin ;). Love this band to pieces!

And for my number 1 band that makes me go all fangirl...

01. Unter Null

To be fair, I love every thing that Erica Dunham churns out whether it is Stray, Unter Null, or Unterbites but really Unter Null is one my true love. I recently started listening to Moving On for the first time in months. The album still sounds fresh and new as the first time I heard it 2 years ago. I relate so much to the angst in Erica's lyrics which is why I adore Unter Null as well as the gutteral vocals. Erica was one of the first few women in music whose vocals can be as aggressive and brutal as men. I also credit Erica/Unter Null for really getting me into aggrotech in a huge way. Unter Null's music showed me that it can be as melodic and brutal at the same time. I can ramble on and on about my love for Unter Null but I won't bore my readers ;).

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Blutengel - Save Our Souls

New Blutengel single "Save Our Souls". Single comes out on November 30th via Out of Line. Here is the video. Enjoy :).

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Thanksgiving mix

Update: apparently Mixpod is no more so I am unable to put together lists for my blog on their page. Wonder if the damn music industry went after Mixpod :(. I will find a way to continue my weekly mix series one way or another.

In honor of Thanksgiving, I created a little playlist. I'll be away for the next few days so my FB page and my blog will be quiet until I get back on Saturday. Enjoy!

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Monday, November 19, 2012

5 things I am currently excited about

It's been awhile since I wrote the five things I am excited about. I'll try to post more about stuff I am currently excited about.

05. I just got my new Unter Null shirt today. I absolutely fucking love it. It is so bad ass.

04. Sarah Brightman in 2013 - so stoked to be seeing Sarah for the first time next March.

This is the most expensive concert ticket that I have ever bought but for Sarah, it was a no brainer.

03. The return of Unterbites. As soon as I get paid again next week, I am so putting in an order for some of Erica Dunham's new goodies.

02. New Hanzel und Gretyl album coming out next week. I have mine pre-ordered. It should be shipping out by the end of this week knowing how Metropolis records operates.

01. Zynic - this is my new favorite synthpop band. Been listening to their stuff on youtube all weekend.

I recently ordered their album from Amazon. Should get it by the time I get back from Thanksgiving vacation.

Friday, November 16, 2012

My 10 favorite soundtracks

Today at work I was listening to a few soundtracks which quickly gave me the idea to share with my readers my ten favorite soundtracks of all time.

10. Gladiator soundtrack

This has to be one of the most beautiful soundtracks I ever had the pleasure to listen to. The combination of Hans Zimmer and Lisa Gerrard is simply divine.

09. The Promise

Not really familiar with the work of Klaus Badelt but apparently he gets quite a bit of flack for his film scores. I immediately fell in love with is work on this underappreciated film when I first saw it in the movie theater. The music took my breath away.

08. Marie Antoinette

I didn't care much for the movie but LOVE the soundtrack especially "Hong Kong Garden" by Siouxsie and the Banshees. I thought the mix of modern music with a period movie was odd and didn't feel right with me. The acting was nothing to write home about but the music (and costumes) made up for the dull film.

07. Gypsy 83

This was another film where I loved the music more than the film itself. I did love Sara Rue's performance. Just wish that the story in the film had a bit more meat on the bones.

06. Slumdog Millionaire

This is the soundtrack that got me into A.R Rahman's music. I really like the mix of modern and traditional Indian music although I think a remix of "Paper Planes" was totally unnecessary to include on the soundtrack.

05. Baraka

I recently heard this soundtrack courtesy of my library. I found myself liking this soundtrack a little more than the soundtrack for Samsara (which is very good). I don't know why that it is but the music on Baraka just stood out with me more.

04. Garden State

Yes, I admit it. I love this soundtrack and especially The Shins' "New Slang". I love this soundtrack so much because I feel like I am listening to a mixed cd/tape.

03. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

This is by far my favorite film score in the Harry Potter series. The music just resonated with me the most as did the film too.

02. Let the Right One In

No words can really describe the beauty of the soundtrack to my all time favorite movie. I don't think the movie could have worked as well with another composer. Johan Soderqvist really nailed the film with his beautifully composed score.

01. Departures

Just love, love, love this film score by Joe Hisaishi (who is famous for his work with Hayao Miyazaki's animated films).

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

My day from hell mix

I have had such a shit day at the office so I decided to be a little creative and put together this little playlist that sums up my mood.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New releases from Alfa Matrix records

Got an email from Alfa Matrix records today that is up and ready for download on their bandcamp page. Check them out!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Promidal - Dead Nation

So my friends in Promidal finally have put out their first EP Dead Nation on bandcamp. It is some serious kick ass aggrotech music. Check it out!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Albums I am currently listening to

Got a shitload of new cds that I either acquired or bought in the past week. My ears are in paradise. LOL! Got a bunch of free cds from Trace who got a bunch of synthpop cds from A Different Drum records at a good price and ended up giving them away at the Assemblage 23 show the other night. I just dove right in and grabbed what I could and so far I really like what I have picked out. I haven't listened to all of the cds yet I got from Trace so I'm just going to list what I have heard so far.

Wideband Network - Ten Thousand Seconds

This is a really good album of electronic/pop/dance music. I can definitely hear elements of BT and Hybrid. Definitely worth checking out I think.

Ultraviolet - DOS

Really great synthpop. Very reminiscent of Depeche Mode and De/Vision IMHO.

Silica Gel - Exodus

Ever since finding them on youtube, I have been wanting some Silica Gel to add to my constantly expanding music collection. Scored a copy from Trace and it is so damn good.

Alien #6 13 - Establishing Alpha

I can honestly say that this wasn't my favorite cd out of the bunch that I acquired. It wasn't horrible but I just couldn't get into the music at all. Too mainstream dancey for me.

At Station 4 on Tuesday night. I ended up leaving the club with two cds: the latest albums by William Control and Aesthetic Perfection.
William Control - Silentium Amoris

After being left unimpressed with their second album Noir, I have to say that Silentium Amoris is a massive improvement. It is so less rock and more darkwave/synthpop. Fantastic album. So glad I bought it at the show.

Aesthetic Perfection - All Beauty Destroyed

I finally got around to buying the latest AP album. Forgot to get a copy back in July at their headlining show at Ground Zero. It's pretty good for the most party but eventually my attention span dropped around the last few songs on the album. Music started to sound too much the same IMHO. Still I totally dig the band.

Espermachine - Dying Life

The other night at the A23 show, I bought Espermachine's Dying Life album. Absolutely fucking loved it.

Delerium - Music Box Opera

A couple of weeks ago I got the new Delerium cd in the mail. It almost goes without saying when I say that I love the new Delerium album. Definitely a stronger effort than Nuanges du Monde was.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Assemblage 23 at Ground Zero on 11.08.12

Well another Kilted Farmer Koncerts has come and gone. Kinda depressed now since I don't have a major concert to attend to until 2013 (i.e Sarah Brightman). LOL! Since I didn't get video footage from The Birthday Massacre the other night, I was damned determined to make up for that loss with the A23 show. Since I recorded six videos from the show, I think it is just best to go to my youtube page to watch them. Enjoy!

Assemblage 23 with Espermachine and Thought Thieves

Espermachine started off the show last night with their brand of  killer synthpop. I loved their set. I bought their cd Dying Life after they got off stage. I love it from start to finish. I definitely recommend checking out their album. Thought Thieves followed next. I was rather surprised to see them in the second slot on the show's bill than Espermachine but whatever. The last time I saw the band at GZ, their fog machine went into overtime and no one could see them let alone their own hands in front of their faces. LOL! All the songs they performed were from their latest CD. I have to get it one of these days. The songs are still new to me and haven't gotten familiar enough with them. Still I liked what I have heard from the band. They certainly have come a long way since I first saw them play a few years ago. Assemblage 23 closed out the night with a killer set featuring many songs from Bruise but with a few new/older tunes. Although I didn't know him, I thought it was awesome that Tom would dedicate "Document" to the late Donovan Madsen who was a huge A23 fan. For once, I was really smart about where I stood on the concert floor. I spent all night in front of the stage and without one of those damn speakers blockng my view. I was wiped out by the end of the night, too tired to wait to go meet Tom Shears. Still I did get a pic of myself with the lead singer of Espermachine so I am happy as a clam about that. All in all last night was a fun night.

BTW...I have posted my videos from the show last night on The Twin Cities Underground FB page.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

The Birthday Massacre with Aesthetic Perfection and William Control

Well another concert has come and gone. Last night I went to Station 4 in Saint Paul to see The Birthday Massacre with Aesthetic Perfection and William Control. I have been always wanting to see TBM live but never had the time,energy, or in good health to see them.

On their current tour, The Birthday Massacre took Aesthetic Perfection and William Control with them. I thought they were great choices. The show started early and ended early since it was an all ages show. Aesthetic Perfection certainly didn't disappoint me. This is my fourth time that I have seen them live. Aesthetic Perfection only performed for 30 minutes. I was not disappointed in their song selection. It was a good mix from All Beauty Destroyed and A Violent Emotion.

Up next was William Control, featuring William Francis of Aiden. I have to admit I wasn't too fond of William Control's music the first time I had heard it 2 years ago on Noir but during their set, their music grew on me. I ended up buying the latest William Control cd Silentium Amoris (as well as All Beauty Destroyed by Aesthetic Perfection). In the beginning of William Control's set, I had a hard time hearing William Francis' vocals clearly. It wasn't until halfway through the set did the vocals improved. I'm not sure if it was because of the venue, the band itself, the music, or the soundman. Once I started enjoying their music, I decided to buy a copy of their latest album. I am glad that I did.  The album is fantastic. It starts off as more synth-rock and evenutally becomes more darkwave/synth. LOVE William Francis' vocals.

Finally The Birthday Massacre. The band did not disappoint me one bit. They put on one heck of a live show. They sounded good live as they do on their cds. It was an hour long set since it was an all ages show. The band played all of my favorite songs. Loved watching Chibi move all around the stage. Sorry I don't have a videos from this show. I wasn't close enough to the stage. I definitely plan (or trying to) for tomorrow night's Assemblage 23 show.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Election Day mix

In honor of tomorrow's election day, I created a 13 track playlist. It pretty much sums up my attitude towards politics, the good, bad, and the ugly. Enjoy!

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