Sunday, June 30, 2013

Monday's playlist

Another work week has come up. Here is what I plan on listening to at work. I decided to go more in the electronica/mainstream route to avoid musical boredom. Of course I will still have a few of my favorite industrial/synthpop albums on hand ;).

Adele: 19

Olive: Trickle

Dido: Life for Rent

Kate Havnevik: Melankton

Chicane: Behind the Sun

Brother Sun Sister Moon: Luminous

Traci Lords: 1000 Fires

Astralasia: White Bird

Portishead: Dummy

Friday, June 28, 2013

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Albums I am currently listening to

Buddha Bar IV

Of all the Buddha Bar compilations I have heard over the years the fourth (and fifth) is my personal favorite. With all due respect to Ravin, I always preferred David Visan's taste in songs for the albums he mixed. David's choice in songs on Buddha Bar IV (and V) struck a bigger chord with me. Buddha Bar IV was what opened the door for me to downtempo/chill out music as well as world music too.

Noblesse Oblige: Affair of the Heart

Finally got my copy of Affair of the Heart today. It was definitely worth the wait to hear it. I most certainly recommend checking the album out.

Assemblage 23: Bruise

I was listening to Bruise for the first time in many months. I forgot how good this album was and still is. A very catchy album.

Io Echo: Ministry of Love

I really wanted to go see this band the other night but the timing was just not right for me (thank you WORK!!!). Anyways I popped in this cd into my computer at work and found myself jamming to the album for under an hour.

This is Neo-Goth

This is one of those albums where I had sold it years ago and recently bought it again (just like Buddha Bar IV and V. This is the compilation that introduced me to the sounds of L'ame Immortelle and The Birthday Massacre.

Suicide Commando: When Evil Speaks

Really digging the second disc of remixes on the new Suicide Commando album. I rarely like bonus remix discs but in this case, this one really rocks in my opinion.

Wolfsheim: Casting Shadows

I have been in a Wolfsheim mood lately but no longer had any of their music. Recently won a copy of Casting Shadows off ebay. Definitely missed listening to their music. Will have to buy more of their music in the future.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Upcoming albums I am looking forward to

I think the title of tonight's blog is pretty self explainatory ;). Here are my list of upcoming albums I am looking forward to getting in the coming months.

Funker Vogt: Companion in Crime

Pride and Fall: Of Lust and Desire

Front Line Assembly: Echogenetic

Amduscia: Filofobia

Cat Rapes Dog: Life Was Sweet

Covenant: Leaving Babylon

Sopor Aeternus: Poetica

Sirenia: Perils of the Deep Blue

After hearing the song Ghosts by Front Line Assembly tonight, I particularly excited for new FLA. Judging by this clip and the clip for Killing Grounds, I definitely plan on pre-ordering Echogenetic this Friday when I get paid.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Funker Vogt - The Firm

In case you haven't seen the new music video for "The Firm" by Funker Vogt, here is the video.

The band's new album Companion in Crime is released as an import this Friday as a 2 disc set or even better an awesome box set which includes a t-shirt, a wooden box that the items comes in, and keyring pendant. As for the US, the album won't come out until July 9th via Metropolis Records, and the deluxe version will only be in digital form.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Monday's Playlist

With the boss gone this week and having to do some overtime at the office, I really made sure that the music I listen to will motivate me to work my ass off.
Electronic Saviors 2: Recurrence

This coming Saturday I am finally seeing one of my personal favorite bands Sensuous Enemy live again so in honor of that show, I have to listen to their album Fragments.
Sensuous Enemy: Fragments

Regenerator: Disease

Blutengel: Monument

Leftfield: Leftism

Garbage: Not Your Kind of People

Delerium: Semantic Spaces

Saturday, June 22, 2013

New music videos/songs of the week

Just saw on FB that Hocico has uploaded a couple of new songs via ReverbNation. Check 'em out. I think they are really good.

Friday, June 21, 2013

My favorite albums to listen to on a stormy night

If you are in the Twin Cities, we are experiencing another severe thunderstorm. One thing I love about nights like tonight is that it is perfect mood music. I decided to share with my readers my favorite albums to listen to on a night like tonight.

Portishead: Dummy

Massive Attack: Mezzanine

Let the Right One In soundtrack

Frost: Melodica

Goldfrapp: Felt Mountain

The Cure: Disintegration

So if you are looking for a soundtrack to tonight's storm, here are a few of my suggestions :).

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Some food for thought

So this week I have been reading online some interesting articles and/or conversation. A lot of it involved non-stop bitching and moaning about music so here is my personal response.

1). Regarding Low's performance at last weekend's Rock the Garden, RTG is not like KDWB's Jingle Ball or any of the events they put together. The festival was thrown by the Walker Art Center and The Current. Expect music that is unpredictable kinda in the vein of the art that the Walker shows. Secondly, Low is not exactly your typical rock band. Their music is a love it/hate it sort of thing. Personally, I am not a fan of their music. While I am not a fan, the band should be allowed to perform their music as they want to but I guess you can't please everyone. At least what Low did by performing just one song for 27 minutes is riskier than what  most musical acts do nowadays. So kudos to Low for performing an extended version of "Do You Know How to Waltz?".
This footage isn't from the concert itself but it should give you an idea about the song.

2). The other night I came across a conversation (which I didn't participate in) where the individual who started the conversation questioned the importance of the singing talent shows on tv like The Voice and American Idol nowadays. Of course I saw the standard comments about how these shows are ruining music nowadays by showcasing these artists who just seems to be mere products ready to be molded and shaped by and for the major record labels. While the criticism towards these shows are valid, the conversation got me thinking to why don't people not in the time and energy in trying to find new music instead of whining about the lack of good music? Anyone who knows me personally knows damn well the time, money, and energy I invest in finding good, interesting music. A few years ago Myspace was my place to go to for finding new music but that site has lost its charm and was replaced by youtube. Go to Pandora if you must. Start reading music blogs created by music fans like myself. Do what you need to do but complaining about the music scene and the so-called "lack of good music" is really old and dull. I'll even give you a few suggestions too ;).

Noblesse Oblige

Future Perfect

Moonlight Cove

Sensuous Enemy

The Break Up

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

CDs up for auction on ebay

Forgot to mention this but better late than never. Here my latest listing of CDs I have put up for auction on ebay.

Nightwish - Imaginaerum (2 CD ltd edition)
Alfa Matrix Recovered: A Tribute to Depeche Mode
Silica Gel - Exodo
Tristesse de la Lune - A Heart Whose Love is Innocent
KMFDM - Attak
SITD - Icon: Koru
Straftanz - Mainstream Sellout Overground
Yo Yo Ma - Classic Yo Yo
State of the Union - Black City Lights
Access Zero - Living in Transition
Ikon - Subversion

My username is eanderson74. If you just happen to win more than one of my items for auction, I do combine s&h costs. I like to get my items into the mail as quickly as possible when I receive payment. In other words, the sooner the payment is sent out, the sooner the CD(s) gets to your house ;).

Monday, June 17, 2013

My current favorite albums

This weekend was very good for my portable stereo. Just got some new music from a couple of record stores as well as the library. Tonight's blog might resemble a lot like last night's blog entry. The difference is that I am going to actually discuss about the music that I have acquired ;).

Buddha Bar V by David Visan

Long before I got into the dark electro scene over a decade ago, I was really into downtempo/chillout/trip hop music. What got me into chillout music (as well as expose me to world music) was the Buddha Bar compilations. This weekend I found a copy of Buddha Bar V by David Visan. That was one of my favorite compilations in the series, with the fourth volume being my personal favorite. It goes without saying this album came home with me along with the new Tristania. I always loved the albums that David Visan mixed. I felt his vision really captured the essence of the long-running series. There are two discs in the Buddha Bar series. The first disc the music is more laid back and the second disc the music picks up the beat, more club-orientated. The fourth and fifth volumes in the series are the only albums where I liked both discs. The latter discs I tend to favor the first disc over the second disc. I definitely recommend checking out the first five volumes of Buddha Bar compilations. They are something special I think.

Tristania: Darkest White

I'll be bloody honest...this is my first Tristania album. Up until the last few months, I never really gave the much thought. That was until I heard one of their songs on Absolute Grrrls Manifesto compilation, and found myself really enjoying the song. Last week I streamed their new album Darkest White and found myself enjoying the music and wanting to get the album. This past weekend I picked up the new album from The Electric Fetus. For a newbie, I am really loving Darkest White a lot. The songs are very melodic and yet aggressive. My personal favorite song off the album is "Requiem". I keep listening to that song over and over again.

Snog: Babes in Consumerland

Just like the Tristania album, this is my first Snog album. I had heard a couple of songs on youtube off the new album and really dug what I had heard. When I went to Cheapo to look for the new Tristania album, I got lucky and found the Snog album instead. Overall it is a really good album but I did not like the song "The New Cocksucker Blues" both lyrically and musically. That song just gets on my very last nerve but otherwise a very good album.

KMFDM: Kunst

Truth be told, I haven't liked a single KMFDM album since Hau Ruck. Their last few albums have left me bored to tears but along comes Kunst which gave me a swift kick in the butt. I actually liked every single song on the album. I really dug the tongue in cheek self-titled track. That is just a fun track to listen to as loudly as possible. I can see this album ending up on my end of the year best of list for sure.

Chicane: The Best of Chicane: 1996-2008

Got this album from the library along with the KMFDM album over the weekend. I really forgot how much I like Chicane's music. Very relaxing music to listen to.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Monday's playlist

Oh goody, tomorrow is Monday and we all know what that means. Time to pick out the CDs I am going to listen to for the day/week.

Chicane: The Best of Chicane

KMFDM: Kunst

Buddha Bar V

Tristinia: Darkest White

Sirenia: The Enigma of Life

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

Unter Null: Moving On

Future Perfect: Escape

Saturday, June 15, 2013

My 100 most influential albums

For the past week I have been working on my latest list which is a 100 albums that has influenced me from my youth all the way to my adulthood. I have to admit it was quite a monumental task for me. I really had to dig deep into my soul to create this list. Each of the albums listed has helped shape my musical tastes that I have today, even if the music is cheesy and silly. Still I cannot deny that even the cheesiest albums from my youth its influence so I included them on my list. Fortunately this does NOT include that godawful Captain and Tennille album my aunt and uncle gave me for my birthday as a child. Since they were/are devout Catholics, they clearly didn't want to give me music that was popular for people my age at the time.

100. Michael Jackson - Thriller
99. Sesame Street Original Cast Record
98. Culture Club - Colour By Numbers
97. Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse of Reason
96. Enya - s/t
95. George Winston - December
94. Vixen - s/t
93. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
92. Royksopp - The Understanding
91. Heart - Brigade
90. Paul Oakenfold - Tranceport
89. Megadeth - Rust in Peace
88. Craig Armstrong - As If to Nothing
87. Guns N Roses - Appetite for Destruction
86. Tiesto - In Search of Sunrise vol.3
85. The Gits - Frenching the Bully
84. Ladytron - Velocifero
83. 7 Year Bitch - Sick 'Em
82. ABBA - Gold
81. Babes in Toyland - Fontanelle
80. Leftfield - Leftism
79. Daft Punk - Homework
78. Ani Difranco - Dilate
77. Travis - The Man Who
76. Ayria - Flicker
75. Covenant - United States of Mind
74. The Birthday Massacre
73. Bikini Kill - Reject All American
72. Robert Miles - Dreamland
71. Switchblade Symphony - Serpentine Gallery
70. Chicane - Behind the Sun
69. Mediaeval Baebes -Undrentide
68. Garbage - Version 2.0
67. Orbital - In-Sides
66. Paul Van Dyk - Out There and Back
65. Puffy Amiyumi - The Very Best of Puffy
64. Hanzel und Gretyl - Uber Alles
63. Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around
62. Tori Amos - From the Choirgirl Hotel
61. Bjork - Homogenic
60. The Muffs -Blonder and Blonder
59. Portishead - Dummy
58. This is Neo-Goth compilation
57. Pet Shop Boys - Very
56. Til Tuesday - Everything's Different Now
55. October Project - s/t
54. Mary Chapin Carpenter - Stones in the Road
53. Moby - Play
52. Voltaire - Almost Human
51. Toni Childs - House of Hope
50. Blutengel - The Oxidising Angel
49. Icon of Coil - Serenity is the Devil
48. Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
47. Run Lola Run soundtrack
46. Cowboy Junkies - The Trinity Session
45. Sarah Brightman - La Luna
44. The Crystal Method - Vegas
43. William Orbit - Pieces In a Modern Style
42. Trainspotting soundtrack
41. 10,000 Maniacs - Our Time in Eden
40. Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain
39. Cyndi Lauper - She's So Unusual
38. Cylab - Satellites
37. Front Line Assembly
36. This Mortal Coil - Blood
35. Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay
34. Belly - Star
33. Nightwish - Wishmaster
32. Texas - Mothers Heaven
31. Let the Right One In soundtrack
30. Hooverphonic - Blue Wonder Power Milk
29. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Darklands
28. Nine Inch Nails - Broken
27. Sarah Mclachlan - Solace
26. Cat Stevens - Greatest Hits
25. Lush - Love Life
24. Clan of Xymox - Creatures
23. Madonna - Ray of Light
22. Massive Attack - Mezzanine
21. Erasure - The Innocents
20. Conjure One - s/t
19. Curve - Cuckoo
18. The Bangles - Everything
17. BT - ESCM
16. Faithless - Sunday 8pm
15. Unter Null - The Failure Epiphany
14. Buddha Bar IV
13. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads
12. Cocteau Twins - Treasure
11. The Sisters of Mercy
10. Social Distortion - s/t
09. L7 - Bricks are Heavy
08. Loreena McKennitt -The Mask and the Mirror
07. Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting
06. VNV Nation - Futureperfect
05. Ministry - Psalm 69
04. Siouxsie and The Banshees - Twice Upon a Time: The Singles
03. KMFDM - Nihil
02. Delerium - Karma
01. Apoptygma Berzerk - Welcome to Earth

As you can see, my taste in music runs a gamut and I am proud of that fact. The top 10 most influential albums for me were the albums that really altered my musical tastes forever. Apoptygma Berzerk was my introduction to EBM/futurepop which is the reason it is at the #1 spot on my list. Although Psalm 69 by Ministry was my first taste of industrial music, it wasn't until Nihil by KMFDM that got me exploring the industrial genre more seriously.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

My favorite albums of 2013 [so far]

I wasn't sure if whether to post my annual list of my favorite albums so far because I am still waiting for my copy of Noblesse Oblige's Affair of the Heart (which Storming the Base is still waiting to receive) but I decided to just go ahead and compile my favorite albums from this year. With the way I ramble on about Noblesse Oblige here on my blog, I think it is a given that album is going to make it into my year end top 10/5 list ;).

10. Juno Reactor: The Golden Sun of The Great East

09. Suicide Commando: When Evil Speaks

08. Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob

07. Ayria: Plastic Makes Perfect

06. Io Echo: Ministry of Love

05. Kirlian Camera: Black Summer Choirs

04. Faun: Von den Elben

03. Blutengel: Monument

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

01. Absolute Grrrls Manifesto Chapter 1

Keep this in mind this is just a list of my favorite albums so far. I still need to get the new Marsheaux, Zynic albums, and fall is going to awesome with new albums by Blume, Unter Null, and VNV Nation.  Plus as anyone who reads my blog on a regular basis, I post a more comprehensive list of what I consider the best releases of the year towards the end of the year. This list is just a brief sample of some of the excellent releases I have heard in 2013. Check them out if you haven't!