Friday, May 31, 2013

My 10 current favorite songs

Since I posted my 10 current favorite albums last night,I thought for tonight I would post my 1o current favorite songs.

10. Tegan and Sara - Love They Say

09. Mediaeval Baebes - Scarborough Fayre

08. Metric - Breathing Underwater

07. Noblesse Oblige - Runaway

06. Juno Reactor - Final Frontier

05. Faun - Diese Kalte Nacht

04. Suicide Commando - When Evil Speaks [Sin-DNA Remix]

03. Ayria - Hunger

02. Kirlian Camera - Heavens

01. Helalyn Flowers - White Me In/Black Me Out

Thursday, May 30, 2013

My 10 current favorite albums

Tonight I thought I would share with my readers my top 10 my current favorite albums just in case you are wondering what I am digging right now ;). I should try to make this a weekly series, assuming that I don't forget or get too lazy to keep up with it ;).

10. Kirlian Camera: Black Summer Choirs

09. Faun: Von Den Elben

08. Suicide Commando: When Evil Speaks

07. Loreena McKennitt: The Visit

06. Ayria: Plastic Makes Perfect

05. Noblesse Oblige: In Exile

04. Moonlight Cove: Orphans of the Storm

03. Hungry Lucy: Glo

02. Helalyn Flowers: White Me In/Black Me Out

01. Mediaeval Baebes: Undrentide

So this is my 10 favorite albums at the moment. I have been really getting into the sounds of Mediaeval Baebes again as well as the sounds of Faun. Their music is such a contrast from the synthpop and industrial music that I listen to on a daily basis. I definitely need more Mediaeval Baebes and Faun music.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

June releases

With May coming to an end within a few days, I thought I would get a head start and post a list of releases for the month of June. It isn't much but better something than nothing I say.

No official date yet but Psy'Aviah is releasing a new EP called Future Past in the month of June. You can a preview on the following video clip.

June 11
Snog - Adolph's Library (digital only)
Download - LingAm
Aesthetic Perfection - Antibody (digital only)
Alison Moyet - The Minutes
Boards of Canada - Tomorrow's Harvest
Covenant - Last Dance
Tristania -Darkest White

If you are like me and don't live in Europe and want the new Noblesse Oblige album Affair of the Heart, the album won't be available to US music fans until mid to late June. I pre-ordered my copy via Storming the Base because Amazon says the album isn't going to be available until June 30 while Storming the Base will have the album in stock in mid-June (like June 14).  Sometimes I really do hate living in the US. O.o. Just kidding.

Canadian band Austra has a new album coming out on June 18th called Olympia. Here is the first single off the new album.

June 21
Technomancer - System Failure

June 25
The Legendary Pink Dots - The Gethsemane Option
iVardensphere - Scatterface v.3
Bella Morte - The Best of Bella Morte 1996-2012

Monday, May 27, 2013

Tuesday's playlist

Because today was a holiday, I had the day off from work. I usually post on Sunday night what I am going to listen to at work on Monday but with the holiday, this weekly series is going to be for Tuesday.

Gospel Gossip: Gospel Gossip

Gospel Gossip is a local band from Minneapolis, MN. I just got their latest self-titled album from the library. It is really good. Reminds me of a lot of my favorite shoegazing bands like Lush and My Bloody Valentine. Check 'em out. One day I will go see them live for sure.

FTC: Anti-Human

I recently received a copy of the latest FTC album from a friend. I only listened to half of it but I like what I have heard so far.

Mediaeval Baebes: Undrentide

Sometimes I need to take the edge off from all the synthpop and industrial music I listen to during the work day.

Loreena McKennitt: The Visit

Suicide Commando: When Evil Speaks

This is probably going to be the first album I am going to listen to tomorrow since I am surrounded by idiots at my work. Suicide Commando will be the perfect album to listen to first thing tomorrow morning.

Siouxsie and The Banshees: Twice Upon a Time: The Singles Collection

I don't think I really need to explain this album. Listening to some Siouxsie and The Banshees at the office always brightens up my day :).

Garbage: Beautiful Garbage

Hanzel und Gretyl: Scheissmessiah

Gotta need some loud and heavy music like HuG ;).

Inertia: Universal Blood

The Break Up: The Break Up

Sunday, May 26, 2013

CDs for sale

It's that time again when I post my latest list of CDs that I have up for auction on ebay. My username is eanderson74. I am pretty quick on getting my items into the mail. That is when I get the payment. If you read the descriptions for the items on ebay, they are all in great condition. I have included a song clip from the albums. Most do not have any scratches but they all do NOT skip. So here is the CDs that I am selling:

Yo-Yo Ma: Classic Yo-Yo

Celtic Woman: Songs From the Heart

Chandeen: Teenage Poetry

And One - S.T.O.P/Treibwerk

Blutengel: Nachtbringer/Tranenherz Live

Solar Fake: Frontiers

Ellie Goulding: Halcyon

Minerve: Please

Elis: Catharsis

State of the Union: Black City Lights

Access Zero: Living in Transition

Rotersand: Random is Resistance

IKON: Subversion

Friday, May 24, 2013

Albums I am currently listening to

Mediaeval Baebes: Undrentide

I recently won a copy of Undrentide off ebay last weekend. I had been missing out on listening to their music, especially that album (which was my very first album by them back in the early 2000's when it first came out). If you have never heard of Mediaeval Baebes, they are an english vocal ensemble who is heavily influenced by the medieval period hence the lyrics and use of classical instruments. The results is heavenly. Anyways, I am so glad that I have a copy of Undrentide in my possession again. The music is wonderful and it just transports me to another world when I listen to it.

Mediaeval Baebes website

Suicide Commando: When Evil Speaks

On my day off from work today, I decided to make a trip down to the Electric Fetus in hopes to find the new Snog and/or Suicide Commando albums. Well I wasn't able to find the new Snog album but I did find the new Suicide Commando album When Evil Speaks. I didn't hesitate for a second and automatically grabbed the album. The version I bought included a bonus disc filled with remixes. As much as I wanted the new Snog album, I am really happy that I bought When Evil Speaks. I was completely blown away by When Evil Speaks. The music was heavy and aggressive as I expected. The remixes really impressed me the most. I loved the bonus remix disc and I don't say that about bonus remix discs very often. Each of the artists really took the time and care to ensure that they didn't ruin the integrity of the song. I definitely think When Evil Speaks will go down as one of my favorite albums of 2013 and certainly as one of the best industrial albums of this year too. Check it out!

Suicide Commando website

The Break Up: The Break Up
While at the Project Pitchfork show last night, I picked up a free copy of The Break Up's demo cd for free. As a big fan of their 2011 release Synthesis,I had to grab their demo along with some other merchandise. If you have heard Synthesis, you would recognize a few of the tracks on their demo CD. They were just remastered for Synthesis. The demo is just as good as Synthesis in my opinion.

The Break Up website

Loreena McKennitt: The Visit

The Visit is the other CD I bought today while at the Electric Fetus. I found a copy for only $0.99. One of the very first Loreena McKennitt songs I have ever heard was "All Souls Night". I believe I had heard it on Cities 97 as a teenager. I had never heard anyone sing like that at the time. Her voice was so beautiful and remains so to me to this very day. I once had a copy of this album but eventually sold it for cash. Now I have a copy of it again and I am happy about it :).

Loreena Mckennitt website

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

My current favorite songs

Here are my current jams of the moment.

Of course I have to mention (for a second "Mata Hari" by Noblesse Oblige. What can I really say? I love this group. I really love their unique sound that they got going, and I especially love the Indian flavor on "Mata Hari". I thank Alfa Matrix for introducing me to Noblesse Oblige on their Absolute Grrrls Manifesto.

Earlier tonight, I came across the name Swarf on Facebook. So I decided to look up Swarf on youtube. Really like what I have heard especially on this track.

Here is another killer track by Swarf.

I think on Friday I am going go down to the Electric Fetus to see if they have the new Snog album in stock. Found a couple of tracks from Babes in Consumerland and loved what I have heard, especially "Apocalypse Fatigue".

I have been listening to the new Helalyn Flowers album constantly. I really adore their cover of 2 Unlimited's "No Limits". It so rocks.

As a big fan of the synthpop group Blume, I have been dying for new material from them. Their new song "Western Rust" is what I have been longing for since their debut album Rise From Grey which was released a few years ago. This band can do no wrong in my opinion.

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Noblesse Oblige - Mata Hari

I almost forgot today was the new Noblesse Oblige music video for "Mata Hari" was going to be released to the public.

I am really digging this track from the band's upcoming album Affair of the Heart which comes out on May 24. I pre-ordered my copy via Storming the Base. Definitely check out this excellent band. Their music is really nothing like what I am hearing out of the music scene at the moment.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Imperative Reaction - Siphon EP

In case you haven't seen it yet, Imperative Reaction had dropped a new EP today called Siphon. It is free for download. Enjoy :).

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Friday, May 17, 2013

Albums I am currently listening to

Noblesse Oblige: In Exile

Noblesse Oblige

After getting hooked on Noblesse Oblige's most recent single "Runaway" last month, I decided I needed to check out their music. I decided on the duo's first album In Exile. I was immediately hooked on the duo's music. It is really hard for me to really describe Noblesse Oblige's sound. There definitely is elements of new wave,dark cabaret, and punk rock thrown into the mix. I think I will let the clips I have posted speak for the group's music. I will say that it is obvious that they don't take themselves too seriously. I detect a sense of playfulness in their music and lyrics rarely heard in a lot of music I listen to nowadays. Anyways here a few clips from the album.

Ayria: Plastic Makes Perfect

Ayria bandcamp page

Yesterday in the mail, I received copies of Ayria's Plastic Makes Perfect and Helalyn Flowers' White Me In, Black Me Out albums. I had pre-ordered the 3 disc version of the album which 2 of them features remixes. While Plastic Makes Perfect is no Debris or Hearts for Bullets (my favorite Ayria albums), Plastic Makes Perfect is still your typically fun Ayria album. All of the songs are bouncy and energetic as one would expect from Jennifer Parkin. What really struck me is how Jennifer Parkin not only just signed a picture card of herself but also the outside and inside of the box case that my CD came in, and not just her John Hancock either. She left a brief yet detailed message for me. I have met a few artists in the scene here and there over the years, of all those artists Jennifer is my favorite. She is the most fan friendly musician I have had the joy of meeting. I hope to get an updated pic of me with Jennifer next week at The Triple Rock for the Project Pitchfork show.

Project Pitchfork with Ayria on May 23

Helalyn Flowers: White Me In, Black Me Out

Helalyn Flowers

I have to admit this is my favorite album right this very second. I am really impressed with the new HF album. In the past, their albums have been uneven with me (i.e some good songs with a bunch of filler) but White Me In, Black Me Out is awesome from start to finish.I ordered the two CD version of White Me In, Black Me Out and I am so glad that I did because they do some kick ass covers of "No Limit" by 2 Unlimited and "Pet Cemetery" by The Ramones on the second disc. On the first disc, there is a killer cover of PJ Harvey's "Rid of Me". The original material on the first disc has really shown me what this band is capable of and that is a great album that is consistent from the first track to the last track. I love how the band blends hard rock with electronica and pop music together to create one cohesive sound, almost like The Birthday Massacre but harder IMHO. I would definitely recommend getting this album, especially the two disc version. The remixes are quite good if I do say so myself.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

WTII Records Digital Sampler 2013

Free music :)

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Blume - Western Rus

Just heard the new Blume track "Western Rust" today. I absolutely freaking love it!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Monday's playlist

Another weekend has come and gone. I have filled up my CD wallet with CDs that I want to listen to at work tomorrow. Here is what I plan on listening to:

Nadina: In the Now

This is one of my favorite 2012 releases. If you like Conjure One and Delerium, I think you will like Nadina's album.

Waves Under Water: All O Your Light

Lily of the Valley: Sounds of the Moment

Ego Likeness: East

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack

And One: S.T.O.P/Treibwerk EP


Kirlian Camera: Pictures From Eternity

Psyborg Corp: The Mechanical Renaissance

Friday, May 10, 2013

TC Underground Mix: The '90s

For this week's mixtape, I made a mix of my favorite songs from the 1990s. Some of the music is from my own collection and a lot came from my local library. I went over there last weekend and struck gold with a slew of albums from the '90s. Unfortunately I couldn't use all of the CDs. In the end, I am happy with the results. Yeah, there was a lot of crap from the '90s (i.e "Macarena" and europop...blech!) but there was a lot of awesome music to have come out of that decade. I decided on this mix to include my favorite non-singles as well as singles.

Side A
01. Smashing Pumpkins - Cherub Rock
02. The Breeders - Drivin' On 9
03. Sugar - If I Can't Change Your Mind (solo mix)
04. Belly - Dusted
05. Radiohead - Creep
06. Lush - 500
07. Slowdive - Spanish Air
08. Curve - Frozen
09. Shakespeare's Sister - Stay
10. Anything Box - The Teardrop Collector

Side B
01. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Sometimes Always
02. Concrete Blonde - Joey
03. Garbage - Special
04. Leftfield - Open Up
05. Delerium - Euphoria (Firefly)
06. Republica - Drop Dead Gorgeous
07. Faithless - God is a DJ
08. Dido -Here With Me
09. Moby - Porcelain

I wish I could have included songs by Social D, L7, and Babes in Toyland but maybe in the near future. Here is one of my favorite songs from my mix.

This song is so damn catchy. I had a roommate in college who had the album on CD and would often play it. This was my favorite track on the album.

Another fave is 500 by Lush.

Still haven't really gotten over the band's demise after the band's drummer committed suicide and that was over a decade ago. Just love the jingly poppy sounds of the song. So infectious. Truly one of my personal favorite songs of all time.

Of course I just have to mention one of my favorite bands from the decade...Belly!

Star was and still is a great album from the decade. "Dusted" is one of my favorite songs off the album. The band really rocks hard on that tune.

For all the crap there was in the '90s, there was a plethora of awesome music. You just had to look for it hard enough. The same can be said about every decade.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Leaether Strip 25th Anniversary tour

LEAETHER STRIP - 25th Anniversary tour!!
1st time EVER in Minneapolis
Thursday July 11th Ground Zero Nightclub

Opening acts are Cynergy 67 and Promidal
w/ DJs Nitrogen and Noise
Doors 8:30pm Show 9pm 18+

Adv tix $20 at Brown Paper Tickets or (with no fees at the GZ ticket booth during club hours) $25 door

241s for first hour after doors

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Classic Mixtape: Valentine's Day Mix

This week in my Classic Mixtape series, I decided to write about a Valentine's Day Mix that I made. It wasn't angry and bitter nor saccheriney sweet/lovey dovey. It was a nice mix of both and it turned out pretty damn good too. IMHO it didn't come off too cheesy like a lot of V Day mixes tends to be.  Here is the track list:

Side A
01. The Cure - Lovesong
02. Sarah Mclachlan - Possession
03. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
04. Portishead - Sour Times
05. Depeche Mode - Strangelove
06. Bjork - All is Full of Love
07. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
08. Madonna - Justify My Love
09. Radiohead - Creep
10. Curve - Already Yours

Side B
01. Voltaire - See You in Hell
02. PJ Harvey - This is Love
03. The Smiths - Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
04. Saint Etienne - Only Love Can Break Your Heart
05. New Order - Bizarre Love Triangel
06. Siouxsie and The Banshees - The Last Beat of My Heart
07. Erasure - Always
08. Wolfsheim - I Don't Love You Anymore
09. Dead Can Dance - Persian Love Song
10. Apoptgyma Berzerk - Until the End of the World

Here are my choice cuts that I absolutely love off this mix:

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Monday's playlist

Well tomorrow is Monday. Again. Here is what I plan on listening to tomorrow.

William Control: Silentium Amoris

Stray: Letting Go

Hungry Lucy: Pulse of the Earth

Silica Gel: Exodus

The Break Up: Synthesis

DarkDriveClinic: Noise In My Head

Sara Noxx: Exxtasy

Rammstein: Made In Germany

Saturday, May 4, 2013

New music from Glis and I:Scintilla

Just got an email tonight from Alfa Matrix records that they have the new EPs from Glis and I:Scintilla ready for download on their bandcamp page. Check them out. They are really good.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Skinny Puppy - paragUn

If you haven't heard the new Skinny Puppy song "paragUn", well here it is.

I'll give them credit for evolving but personally I am not feeling this track. I might just need to listen to it a few more times to let the music sink into my brain.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

TC Underground Mix: Electro Mix

Earlier this week, I wrote about finding a stash of mixtapes that I had made from ten plus some years ago. After listening to a few of my mixtapes (and enjoying them), I have been inspired to start getting into making mixtapes (for myself mind you). When I say mixtapes, I mean as in using actual the outdated cassette tapes. Maybe the fact that I am going to be turning forty next year is making me feel nostalgic for my youth but whatever the case may be, I decided to be unhip and use cassettes as opposed to creating an mp3 playlist (or a youtube playlist) or CDs. I'm sorry but there is something about using cassettes that just makes creating mixtapes all the more fun. I think it is because of all the work that makes creating a mixtape all the more pleasurable.

While at work today, I quickly put together my first mix. I decided to go an electro route. I'll let the track list speak for itself.

Side A:
Ladytron - Destroy Everything You Touch
Parralox - I Am Human
Goldfrapp - Ooh La La
Grimes - Nightmusic
Hooverphonic - Vinegar and Salt
Noblesse Oblige - The Great Electrifier (club mix)
Canal Pop feat. Polette - Things You Say You Like

Side B:
Tegan and Sara - Closer
The Break Up - Lightning
Javelynn - Die Young
Synthetixxx - Falsification
Everything But the Girl - Wrong
Future Perfect - We Fly
Sara Noxx - Desire

I am really happy with this mix. I knew how I wanted this mixtape to start and end with. Here are my favorite tracks:

Am I trying to resurrect the cassette tape format? By all means no. I am doing this for my blog and for my own personal enjoyment. Call me strange but I am enjoying the heck out of listening to my old mixtapes as well as creating new ones. As I see it, making mixtapes is just another creative outlet for me :).

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Albums I am currently listening to

Texas: Mothers Heaven

In my bag of mixed tapes that I found yesterday, was my cassette version of Mothers Heaven, one of my favorite albums from my youth. Tonight I listened to it and was immediately reminded just how good this album is.

The Muffs: Blonder and Blonder

One of my favorite albums from the '90s. I always felt The Muffs was so much better than Green Day. Their music was addictive. So ridiculously catchy. It was so not hard to get one of their songs on the album stuck in your head.

Garbage: Version 2.0

This was one of the albums I bought on Record Store day a couple of weekends ago. This is by far my favorite Garbage album. I can sit and listen to this album without skipping a single track. Almost forgot how much I love the song "Medication".

Garbage: Beautiful Garbage

Beautiful Garbage is my second favorite Garbage album. I especially love the ballads "Cup of Coffee" and "Drive You Home".

Synthetixxx: Magia De Cuatro

I have recently started listening to this album from the Russian synthpop group. I forgot how good this album sounded.

Loreena McKennitt: The Mask and the Mirror

The Mask and the Mirror is truly one of my favorite albums of all time. End of story.

Enya: The Very Best of Enya

Every now and then I like to chill out to some new age. I picked up this best of compilation during Record Store Day.