Sunday, September 29, 2013

Office playlist of the week

I have been meaning to change the title of my weekly blog series Monday's Playlist. Finally came up with a much more suitable title while I was on my post-dinner walk. I get the best ideas at the strangest times I swear. LOL! So here is what I plan on listening to this week (along with my current faves: Autumn Ruins by Blume, Corruption by The Azoic, Tales of Us by Goldfrapp).

Absolute Grrrls Manifesto

If you haven't heard this compilation yet, I strongly recommend checking it out. It is 4 CDs of some of today's best female fronted bands in goth, metal, industrial, and synthpop music. Granted it just scratches the surface but there are some solid bands to check out. This is how I discovered Noblesse Oblige.

Kirlian Camera: Odyssey Europa

Excellent compilation of old and more recent Kirlian Camera.

Blutengel: Tranenherz

I love Monument but Tranenherz is my personal favorite Blutengel album.

Conjure One: Conjure One

One of my personal favorite albums of all time, and definitely my personal favorite Conjure One album. I can listen to it from start to finish without skipping a single track.

Butcher Babies: Goliath

I love headbanging to this album at work. Good way to distract myself from where I am at for eight hours.

Amduscia: Filofobia

More aggressive music to make my work day to go faster and to help me stay sane.

Javelynn: Chimaera at Heart

One of my favorite albums in the last few years. Really bouncy, happy music for me. Such a underrated album from 2011.

Kobra and The Lotus: Kobra and The Lotus

Love the powerful vocals of Kobra Paige.

Omega Lithium: Kinetik

Another heavy metal album that I absolutely adore.

Marsheaux: Lumineux Noir

Something catchy in between a lot of the heavier music.

Moonlight Cove: Hearts of the World

Love this band, love this album.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

My 10 current favorite synthpop albums

Today was a synthpop sort of day for me at the office. Inspired by the music that I spent the day listening to, I thought I would share my current favorite synthpop albums with my readers.

10. CHROM - Synthetic Movement

09. Carved Souls - Waveform

08. Wolfsheim - Chasing Shadows

07. Mr.Kitty - Life

06. Noblesse Oblige - Affair of the Heart

05. Future Perfect - Escape

04. Marsheaux - Inhale

03. Moonlight Cove - Orphans of the Storm

02. Blume - Autumn Ruins

01. Syrian - Death of a Sun

Right now the new Blume and Syrian albums are my current obsessions. The music is so ridiculously catchy. My favorite song at the moment is the acoustic ballad "For My Lorraine" by Blume. The lyrics are so deeply personal and the melodies so beautiful. The song is so emotionally moving to listen to.

The new Syrian album is really killer. It has a bit of an '80s new wave sound through out the album. I have been listening to it as much as possible.

I definitely recommend checking out these albums I have listed.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sensuous Enemy - Sirens of the Sea

If you haven't heard it already, go listen to it now. This is the new single by one of my personal favorite bands Sensuous Enemy. It goes without saying that I love the song and I can hardly wait for their upcoming album Voyager.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Some food for thought: What I like and dislike about 2013 so far

Today I decided that I am going to wait until January to publish my annual best of list. By waiting until the new year, it would allow me to not miss any end of the year releases. It makes more sense to do so. In the meantime I thought I would share with my readers with my thoughts on the releases of 2013 (the good, bad, and ugly).

90% of the music I have heard this year has been excellent. Unfortunately there have been some disappointments. Companion in Crime by Funker Vogt, Babes in Consumerland by Snog, Leaving Babylon by Covenant, and Weapon by Skinny Puppy. I really wanted to like these four albums but frankly I found myself yawning myself into a coma. I was really disappointed in the new Covenant album in particular. There just was no energy or life in the music except for in "Ignorance and Bliss", the one track that really stood out with me. Also the songs sounded way too much alike. The same can be said about Funker Vogt's Companion in Crime. Of course what is one person's trash is another person's treasure. 

That said, on to the good stuff. Do keep in mind this is a preliminary list. There are some albums that I am dying to have that are coming out in coming weeks by the likes of VNV Nation (duh!) and Solitary Experiments. After a stellar year in 2012, I didn't really know if 2013 would come close to it when it came to music. Oh how I was wrong. I heard some kick ass music by artists I am well familiar with and newly discovered artists. So here is my list of albums that I am seriously considering for my best of 2013 list. They all get regular plays at home and at work. This is not in chronological order. For my final list, I will most likely narrow it down to 10-20 albums. 

Helalyn Flowers - White Me In/Black Me Out
Ayria - Plastic Makes Perfect
Sarah Brightman - Dreamchaser
Suicide Commando - When Evil Speaks
Amduscia - Filofobia
Butcher Babies - Goliath
Tristania - Darkest Whites
Blume - Autumn Ruins
Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
Goldfrapp - Tales of Us
Syrian - Death of a Sun
Noblesse Oblige - Affair of the Heart
Blutengel - Monument
Kirlian Camera - Black Summer Choirs
Marsheaux - Inhale
Mr. Kitty - Life
Zola Jesus - Versions
Faun - Von Den Elben
Io Echo -Ministry of Love
Kobra and the Lotus - s/t
Gospel Gossip - s/t
The Bellwether Syndicate - The Night Watch
Absolute Grrrls Manifesto Chapter 1
Juno Reactor - The Golden Sun of the Great East
Front Line Assembly  - Echogenic

Right now the new Blume and Goldfrapp albums are getting heavy rotation. I am particularly in love with the new Goldfrapp album Tales of Us. It is the closest to Felt Mountain. It kicks ass in a very quiet and subtle way. Autumn Ruins by Blume is definitely one of the best synthpop albums of 2013. Covenant could learn a lot about crafting a good pop hook from these guys. Sorry to Covenant fans but Blume is a much better band. Their songs do NOT sound the same.

I really don't listen to metal but this year I have picked up a few metal albums that I have been totally digging: Darkest Whites by Tristania, Goliath by Butcher Babies, and the self-titled album by Kobra and the Lotus. Really love the new Tristania album. It is a solid album from start to finish.  The band made a fan out of me. Goliath is one of those albums that took a few listens for the music to grow on  me. Totally dig the brutal vocals from the women in Butcher Babies. Excellent music to clean house too. Finally Kobra and The Lotus. If Iron Maiden had a female singer, I imagine this is how they would sound like. Kick ass album. Kobra Paige has a powerful set of vocal chords. Just blows my mind hearing her sing.

As soon as I pay my mortgage for next month and get paid, I am so ordering the new VNV Nation and Solitary Experiments albums. Definitely also need to get the new Parralox album of cover songs. I am also excited for the next For All the Emptiness album sometime this fall. Oh and I almost forgot about the new Sensuous Enemy album Voyager.

Monday, September 23, 2013

VNV Nation - Retailiate [free download]

If you haven't heard the new VNV Nation song "Retailiate", here it is AND it is a free download. Check it out! Album Transnational comes out on 10/4 (CD form, I believe the digital version comes out next week).

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Monday's Playlist

The weekends goes by way too quickly but yet the work week goes by way too slowly. Thank heavens for music. With the month inching its way towards the end,I thought I would bust out the good stuff for tomorrow (and the rest of the week).

Noblesse Oblige: Affair of the Heart

Goldfrapp: The Singles

Epsilon Minus: Epsilon Minus

Mari Chrome: Georgy #11811

Future Perfect: Escape

Zola Jesus: Versions

Armin Van Buuren: Intense

Tristania: Darkest White

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Hellions of Hollywood Minneapolis show 09.19.13

I was going to write a review of the Minneapolis show of Hellions of Hollywood on last night but no thanks to Photobucket, I had to push it back to today. Oh well. Better now than never. Oh I decided to go back to using Photobucket for my concert pictures. I could never get my pics to show up on my blog nor does it have a slide show option through image shack. You can see some of the photos on my Instagram account too.

Hellions of Hollywood Minneapolis Show

goth_maven's Hellions of Hollywood Minneapolis show album on Photobucket
The Hellions of Hollywood show was a collaboration production between Kilted Farmer Koncerts and DarkSide MN. Psyclon Nine and Dawn of Ashes are touring the US together as part of the Hellions of Hollywood. Opening bands for the show were two local bands As/Of and Promidal. I could not have asked for a better line up for the show. For me As/Of just keeps getting better every time I have seen them live. The first time I have seen them live was 2010 as an opening act for Loudness. I liked what I heard. Odd mix but it was too late for them to get on the FLA bill at the time. I think as time gone on, the band's sound has really gotten tighter and they have recently added a second keyboardist Sarah France Bateman. Of course I love seeing what Tony Logan is wearing for the night. His outfits are a hoot. I had a great time watching the band that night.

The second opening band was Promidal, my current favorite local band. This band is a real blast to watch. They really put a lot of time and energy into their live set. I have never had so much fun seeing a live band perform as much as I do with Promidal. Not only do I love their brand of aggrotech but I love the gory visuals of their live shows. Promidal did not disappoint me that night. I am always sad when their set ends which I don't say a lot here on my blog.

Dawn of Ashes followed suit. I admit I am not familiar with the band only by a few clips on youtube (and to be honest I prefer their older material prior to them going metal). I have to admit they put on a kick ass live show. I was so glad I had my earplugs with me. That was one of the loudest shows I have ever heard. I think it was their soundcheck (or maybe it was Psyclon Nine's soundcheck) I heard outside of Ground Zero that was a telltale sign of what to expect from the earbleeding and highly energetic concert. I'll be frank. Definitely a fun band to see live.

Psyclon Nine closed the night with a highly energetic set. The crowd really went ape shit, moreso than over Dawn of Ashes. The moshing was quite something else. I ended up moving all over the club until I decided to go over to the right hand side of the stage and stand on the bench which was the perfect view for me and I was able to take pics without getting slammed into the floor and having my cameras/phone broken into pieces. Personally I am quite picky about the harsher EBM (my faves being Unter Null, Suicide Commando, and Psyborg Corp) but I have to hand it to Psyclon Nine to getting the audience in my city to move their butts. I rarely see that at the shows I attend (except maybe at the most recent Combichrist show and July's Leaether Strip show).

I have put my recent concert footage from the Hellions of Hollywood show at the top of my playlist of Concert footage that I shot. It isn't much but it is some. I am so happy that I finally got some video footage of Promidal's set. Overall the Hellions of Hollywood show was a fantastic show. Always good to see my friends on stage as well as in the audience.

Friday, September 20, 2013

New Helalyn Flowers digital EP Videodope

Just found out this evening that Helalyn Flowers just released a new digital EP called Videodope. Check it out!

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

My 10 current favorite albums

10. Sunscreem: Change or Die

I am really glad that I picked up this album while at the Electric Fetus' garage sale last weekend. It is really good '90s style techno music. I should try to get 03 (which I once had on cassette as a teenager). I almost forgot how much I liked this band.

09. The Azoic: Corruption

I have been listening to Corruption a lot since I bought it last month at the Combichrist show. The remixes are really good. Just wish there was more than one remix of "Search and Destroy" and "Lost Souls".

08. Lindsey Stirling: Lindsey Stirling

I had gotten this album from the library (and burned a personal copy for myself while on vacation earlier this month). Really dig Lindsey's album. Kick ass mix of classical and techno.

07. Syrian: Death of a Sun

I have been listening to this album on Spotify lately. Awesome synthpop. I recently put in a bid for my own copy on ebay. I can definitely chalk this album up as one of the best synthpop albums of 2013.

06. Vivaldi: The Four Seasons

So glad I bought this album last weekend. It is nice to just take a break from all the industrial, metal, and synthpop music I listen to and just thrown in some classical music especially Vivaldi's The Four Seasons.

05. Butcher Babies: Goliath

Goliath is my favorite metal album at the moment. Heavy and harsh. I like that there are two female vocalists. Good album to listen to at work and keep me focused on my job at hand.

04. Marsheaux: Lumineux Noir

As much as I love Inhale, I think Lumineux Noir is (slightly) better. I was listening to the album today at work and I didn't skip over one single song on it unlike Inhale. I think this band is underrated. I love their minimalist sound. It is a refreshing change of pace from the sometimes repetitive sounds of EBM.

03. Nitin Sawhney: London Undersound

Love, love, love this album. Perfect rainy day music with its mix of world and electronica music.

02. Goldfrapp: Tales of Us

I have been listening to the new Goldfrapp album every freaking day since I bought it last Wednesday after work. It reminds me a little of Seventh Tree and Felt Mountain, with a bit of folk music thrown in. I can listen to this mellow album both at work and at home. The music just makes me so damn happy.

01. Blume: Autumn Ruins

As if anyone who knows me hasn't figured this one out, I love this album to bits and pieces. Definitely one of my favorite synthpop albums of 2013. This album is definitely going to give Noblesse Oblige's Affair of the Heart a serious run at the top of my best of list later this year. This album is so damn good.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

CDs for sale

It is that time again for me to purge my CD collection. I decided this time to try to sell a few of my cds on but for the most part I am selling the really good stuff on ebay. I know I have some loyal followers who buys my music on ebay. eanderson1974 is my user ID on So here is what I am selling on Amazon:

Howard Jones: The Very Best of

Regenerator: Disease

State of the Union: Black City Lights

I have had no success in selling my State of the Union and Regenerator cds on ebay. Amazon is my last resort. If you are into female fronted industrial music and synthpop, I think you would dig the sounds of Regenerator and State of the Union.

Here are the CDs I am selling on ebay as eanderson74:

Funker Vogt: Companion in Crime

Snog: Babes in Consumerland

Machineries of Joy Volume 5

William Control: Silentium Amoris

The Green Children: Encounter

Cyferdyne: Genesys

Sunday, September 15, 2013

My top 10 current favorite songs

I decided to skip my weekly playlist blog entry since I pretty much posted it last night with my latest purchases from the Electric Fetus' fall garage sale. Instead here are my top 10 current favorite songs.

10. Moon Trance by Lindsey Stirling

09. If You Leave by OMD

08. Self Control by Marsheaux

07. The Devil In Me by Flesh and Fell

06. Moments We Shared by De/Vision

05. What You Give is What You Get by Erotic Elk

04. Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths

03. Hotel California by Noblesse Oblige

02. Western Rust by Blume

01. Annabel by Goldfrapp

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Albums I bought today at the Electric Fetus' annual garage sale

Today was one of my favorite days of the year...the annual fall garage sale at the Electric Fetus. The sale isn't just today but goes until 5pm tomorrow so if you haven't hit their garage sale today, you still have time tomorrow. I love going there and finding CDs at cheap ass prices. Tomorrow prices will be 50% off. Well having gotten some money for my birthday last weekend, I decided to use some of the cash on some music. Here are the results of my trip to the Electric Fetus:

Sunscreem: Change or Die

This is some kick ass rave music.

Vivaldi The Four Seasons

I have been dying to have The Four Seasons by Vivaldi in my music collection so I can listen to it at home. I was raised on classical music as a child (my parents weren't big rock and roll fans, still aren't to this very day), and this particular piece remains a huge influence on me.

Club Bizarre Volume 1

This is a 2 disc compilation of some kick ass EBM/Industrial music. And One, Funker Vogt, VNV Nation, Controlled Fusion, and Hocico are just some of the bands featured on this album.

Paul Schwartz: State of Grace

One of my all time favorite classical/pop albums. The burned copy I have isn't in great condition so finding an actual copy was a joy for me.

The Sundays: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

I have always loved this band but never got around to buying their music. When I found this album, I knew it was coming home with me.

Nitin Sawhney: London Undersound

I am an admirer of Nitin Sawhney's work especially his score for the film The Namesake. I was really pleased to find a copy of this album at the sale today. Great album.

Enigma: The Cross of Changes

I have missed being able to listen to Enigma's music for a long time. I decided to pick up The Cross of Changes which is my personal favorite Enigma album. Their older music is my favorite. Never was impressed with their last album which I thought kinda sucked. The Cross of Changes still holds up well to this very day IMHO.

Pretty in Pink Soundtrack

Well this was a no brainer for me. Pretty in Pink is one of my top 5 favorite films from the '80s. I grew up on John Hughes movies. Always loved the music from Pretty in Pink so I bought the soundtrack.