Thursday, October 31, 2013

Halloween soundtrack

In honor of Halloween, I put together a Halloween soundtrack via Spotify. Here are the songs I have put on it:

01. Ministry - Everyday is Halloween
02. Miss FD - Love Magick
03. Hocico - Poltergeist
04. Horrorpops - Walk Like A Zombie
05. Ladytron - Ghosts
06. Unter Null - Zombieboy
07. Diamanda Galas - You Must Be Certain of the Devil
08. Alien Sex Fiend - Now I'm Feeling Zombified
09. Bella Morte - Dead Will Walk
10. Bauhaus - Bela Lugosi's Dead
11. Siouxsie and The Banshees - Halloween
12. John Carpenter - Halloween Theme
13. The Cruxshadows - Monsters
14. Red Lorry Yellow Lorry - Hollow Eyes
15. Mephisto Waltz - Vampyres of the Day
16. The Anix - Cry Little Sister
17. Joy Division  - Dead Souls

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

My current favorite songs

It has been awhile since I updated My Current Favorite Songs playlist but I finally did it tonight. I am going to try to make it a weekly habit to share online.

Here are the actual songs that I have on my list:

01. Talk to Me by Peaches
02. A Little Respect (Erasure cover) by Parralox
03. If I Was by VNV Nation
04. Ghosts by Front Line Assembly
05. Strict Machine by Goldfrapp
06. Fukken Uber Death Party by Hanzel und Gretyl
07. Television by Natalia Kills
08. Barrio Gotico by Corde Oblique
09. Energize Me by After Forever
10. Gravity by Steven Price (from the soundtrack of the same name)
11. Our Own Dream by Keep Shelly in Athens
12. Skin by Cylab
13. Search and Destroy by The Azoic
14. Magnolia Blvd by Butcher Babies
15. Hotel California by Noblesse Oblige

I definitely would recommend checking them out. 

Monday, October 28, 2013

10 artists/bands I am currently digging at the moment

I thought now would be a good time to share with my readers my ten favorite bands at the moment. I have  posted links to their FB and Spotify pages for anyone who is interested in checking out their music.

01. Corde Oblique - This is a Mediterranean folk project by Riccardo Prencipe. I discovered Corde Oblique via Thomas Rainer (Nachtmahr/L'Ame Immortelle) on Facebook. I was quite taken by the video clip I saw and I started out checking out Riccardo's music online. I was hooked. You can hear Corde Oblique's music here.

02. Keep Shelly in Athens - Excellent downtempo/electronica act from Athens, Greece. I saw them nearly two weekends ago at 7th Street Entry thanks to a good friend of mine. If you like the sounds of old Hooverphonic, I think you dig Keep Shelly in Athens. Their music is so good to not share with the world. You can listen to their music here.

03. Chad Valley - This was the other band I saw with Keep Shelly in Athens at 7th Street Entry. I was totally blown away by their brand of dance music. Their sound is a good mix of retro and modern dance music. Chad Valley on Spotify

04. Butcher Babies - My favorite metal band at the moment. I was jamming to Goliath today at work. Their album just keeps getting better and better every time I listen to it. Butcher Babies on Spotify.

05. The Bellwether Syndicate - I have been listening to TBS's Night Watch EP a lot lately, maybe because I'll be seeing them come 11/9 at Ground Zero. Here is the event for the show. Check 'em out. They kick ass. The Bellwether Syndicate on Spotify.

06. Amduscia - Lately I have been listening to old Amduscia at home and at work. Right now I am particularly fond of their album Madness in Abyss. I think that has to be one of the best aggrotech/industrial albums I have heard in years. It is so up there with Unter Null's The Failure Epiphany which in my book is a total classic and what for me should aggrotech sounds like. There aren't many albums in that genre as good as The Failure Epiphany, but now I can add Madness in Abyss (along with Implements of Hell by Suicide Commando). Don't get me wrong the latest albums by Amduscia in the last few years and since Edgar's untimely passing are good but I find myself liking their earlier albums so much more. Amduscia on Spotify.

07. Ego Likeness - Another band I am so amped up to see live next month therefore been listening their music quite a bit. Here is the official event for the show. Ego Likeness on Spotify.

08. Natalia Kills - I have to admit I have been enjoying the new album Trouble quite a bit. It's not a perfect pop album. There are a few real turkeys on the album but for the most part it is an enjoyable pop album. Natalia Kills on Spotify.

09. Cylab - Been on a Cylab kick lately. They are one of my top 10 favorite bands of all time. Check 'em out. Cylab on Spotify.

10. Syrian - The band's latest album Death of a Sun is one of my favorite synthpop releases of 2013. It is so catchy. If catchy synthpop is right up your alley, go take a listen to their music. I think their music in general is really good.  Syrian on Spotify.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Albums/Singles I am currently listening to

A Hail of Bitter Almonds by Corde Oblige - I just discovered this group on FB this morning and immediately fell in love with their music. Spent the last hour and a half at work listening to their music on youtube. Definitely need to buy their music. Maybe come pay day next week. I love music like this. It helps takes the edge off me especially when I listen to a lot of aggressive music.

Trouble by Natalia Kills - I just picked up this album from the library today. I am really liking the latest album by Natalia Kills. Very catchy electro-pop music.

Big,Bad Wolf By Aesthetic Perfection - I love the new AP single. I also love the new direction that Daniel Graves is going with his music. It's a shame that some AP fans are being a bunch of douchebags about this new direction he is going. 

Fur Immer by Hanzel und Gretyl

Some hit and misses on this really not so necessary remix album. I wish the band did a remix album of songs from all their albums, not just from the terrible Born to Be Heiled.

Darkly Near by Noir

Okay album but the music just didn't do much for me.


Bleed to Lead By Virgins O.R Pigeons

Excellent single and the remixes are pretty rocking too.

Future Past by Psy'Aviah

This I totally loved. Definitely would recommend checking it out.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Transmission Goth Promo

Tomorrow night on The Current, in honor of Halloween, Jake Rudh will be playing post-punk, goth/deathrock, and industrial music. You can catch him on air at 10pm CST at the link I posted at the beginning of the blog.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Some food for thought: Thou shall not be a whiny douchebag

A couple of weeks ago, I posted a blog on the ten commandments of being a music fan. Well after visiting a particular artist’s Facebook pagethis morning and see quite a few fans whining about the new single which was recently released this week, I was inspired to create another commandment to add to my list of commandments of being a music fan. So thank you Facebook and some really whiny, butthurt, douchey FB users for tonight's blog.

Commandment #11 – Thou Shall Not be Selfish. Or Thou Shall Let One’s Favorite Artist Evolve. Personally I could also call this “Thou Shall Not Be a Whiny Douchebag” too but I won’t. It will though be the title for my blog tonight ;).

 It has come to my attention in recent months that there are some music fans who just can’t accept the fact that their favorite artist does not want to stick to one particular sound and wants to evolve. There is one particular artist in our little scene that has drawn quite a bit of criticism from a few of his fans because they can’t handle the changes in his music. I personally like the change in direction he is going in with his new material. Judging by the three singles he has released this year, I am definitely excited for the new album which should be next year. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that these fans don’t have a right to express their opinions but it is their attitudes which I find some to be childish and needs to be called out on publicly.

 As a music junkie, I do not put my favorite musicians on a pedestal so high up that my expectations of them are unrealistic. I think this is the case with the individuals I have mentioned in the previous paragraphs. The impression I got from the criticism I have read over the last few months for this particular well-known industrial act in my opinion has been unfairly harsh. I remember reading one person’s comments saying how his latest song makes her want to vomit in between her bitching and moaning. I hate saying this but most criticism has been disrespectful and rude. It’s one thing to give constructive criticism, but it is another can of worms to be rude and disrespectful. They acted as if the artist should APOLOGIZE to them for making such “shitty” music (in their eyes). Obviously those people think musicians should make music for their fans, not as a means to express themselves creatively. NEWSFLASH folks: musicians do not create music to please you. Please get over yourselves and stop being a bunch of selfish pussies. Musicians should evolve and have the freedom to put out music that makes him or her happy, so learn to deal with it.

 I think change is a good thing. I have to admit there have been times when I wasn't happy with the new direction that a band has taken. The electronica duo Goldfrapp quickly comes to my mind. After their stellar debut album Felt Mountain, I was quite taken aback with the albums Black Cherry and Supernature. Eventually though those albums grew on me although nowhere near the masterpiece of Felt Mountain. Head First is the one Goldfrapp album that I can honestly say I hated it but did I bitch and moan about it on social network media? Hell no! The only that really mattered here was that this album is what Alison and Will wanted to make. I am very curious to what the group's next album will sound like. Only time will tell.  While it is totally understandable to not like the direction taken by one's favorite artist, to behave in such a childish manner online with this arrogant attitude that the musicians should make music to please their fans as opposed to satisfying their creative juices.

As a music fan and an observer of the music scene, I believe fans should let their favorite artists to breath and allow their creative juices take them to unknown territories. Sometimes going experimental works, and sometimes it fails. After all we are only human.

Monday, October 21, 2013

New Solitary Experiments and Aesthetic Perfection videos

In case you missed seeing the new videos by Solitary Experiments and Aesthetic Perfection, here they are :).



Sunday, October 20, 2013

Office Playlist of the Week

It's another work week again. Weekends go by way too quickly. I shouldn't really complain though. I had a three day weekend, and a busy weekend too. I went to see Sarah Brightman on Thursday and Keep Shelly in Athens with Chad Valley on Saturday night.

When I was at 7th Street Entry last night, a good friend of mine had CC'd me in her comments on FB to check out Keep Shelly in Athens with Chad Valley. I decided to go to the show. I am so happy that I went. I heard some excellent music last night. I ended up picking up the import release from Keep Shelly in Athens that features their EPs In Love With Dusk and Our Own Dream. You can check out Our Own Dream on Spotify. Couldn't find In Love With Dusk but you can hear their new album At Home as well. Also check out Chad Valley. Loved his set too.

With all the EDM I have been listening to lately, I decided that for this upcoming week I will listen to a lot of EDM, not to say I won't be listening to my current favorite albums by FLA, Blume, Syrian, Berlin, Goldfrapp, Geodesique, Gravity soundtrack, and Vixen. So without further ado, here is this week's playlist :).

Walking Wounded by Everything But the Girl

Best of: 00-10 by Ladytron

Visions by Grimes

Sunday 8pm by Faithless

Leftism by Leftfield

The Singles by Goldfrapp

Poem by Delerium

On a more industrial/synthpop note:

End by System Syn

Universal Blood by Inertia

Glo by Hungry Lucy

Corruption by The Azoic

Friday, October 18, 2013

Albums I am currently listening to

Gravity original motion picture soundtrack

I haven't been able to stop listening to Steven Price's excellent film score to Gravity. Ambient music is a hit or miss with me but this soundtrack is a massive hit. I am just so taken with the music. I hope Steven will continue scoring more films for years to come. He made a huge fan out of me.

Because of the soundtrack to Gravity, I have started listening to DJ SLT's Kradis album again. Really excellent darkwave/ambient music which reminds me quite a bit of early Delerium (in their Cleopatra Records days). Really gorgeous music.


Tiesto: Club Life Vol.3: Stockholm

I recently got this album from the library. I like it but after awhile the repetitive beats starts wearing my patience. This is the problem with a lot of electronic dance music nowadays. The music sounds too much the same.Any wonders why I stopped listening to the likes of Tiesto and Oakenfold. Because they can't or won't evolve. At least Daft Punk has evolved even if I don't care for their latest album. At least they recognized that EDM today is reptetive and bland. The scene needs to change. They can't keep continue making the same generic beats.

Moya Brennan: Affinity

This is another album that I got from the library recently. It is a beautiful album. I like chilling out to this album after work.

Austra: Olympia

Another album from the library. I like it a lot. I definitely recommend checking out this band. Katie Stelmanis kinda reminds me of Florence from Florence and the Machine.

Geodesique: Hologram

Still enjoying this album after seeing them live nearly two weeks ago. Certainly going to be one of my favorite local albums of 2013.

Front Line Assembly: Echogenetic

I adore this album. I like that FLA went completely electronic on this album. My favorite songs? "Killing Grounds" and "Ghosts".

I have posted the spotify links to each of the album in case anyone would be interested in hearing them or embedded the albums by DJ SLT and Geodesique from their bandcamp pages.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My 10 current favorite songs of 2013

With 2013 slowly but surely inching its way towards the end of the tunnel, I thought I would share with my readers ten of my current favorite songs that came out this year.

10. Berlin: Animal

I love this new direction that Berlin has taken with their new album Animal. It really has given the band new life if you ask me.

09. VNV Nation: If I Was

This is one of my top favorite tracks off the new VNV Nation album Transnational.

08. Marsheaux: Secret Place

I have yet to get sick and tired of listening to "Secret Place". Proof that not all pop music is horrible.

07. Blutengel: You Walk Away


06. Goldfrapp: Annabel


Absolutely gorgeous song. The new Goldfrapp album Tales of Us is definitely one of their better albums since Felt Mountain.

05. Amduscia: Filofobia


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


03. Suicide Commando: When Evil Speaks


02. Noblesse Oblige: Runaway


01. Blume: For My Lorraine

I am hopelessly addicted to this song.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Some food for thought: My open letter to anyone thinking of writing an open letter to a certain pop princess

To any musicians thinking of penning an open letter to a certain pop star:

I wish I didn't have to write this letter but I was really left with no option when I read this article. This is what broke this camel's back. I don't know about but I have just had about my fill of reading open letters from you to She Who Shall Not Be Named. In case you don't know who I am referring to, please read this blog entry that I wrote last week.

I think by now most of mankind is pretty fed up with She Who Shall Not Be Named and her antics. That's a given. Her public behavior is pretty childish but even more so the amount of criticism she is receiving. A lot of the criticism I am seeing is downright nasty. It is uncalled for. She is only 20 years old and is at an age of where she still is growing up. I know I was still growing up at that age. I did my fair share of crap when I was 20. If I knew then what I know now, I wouldn't have done the shit I have done but I can't turn back time and change it. She Who Shall Not Be Named certainly deserves some criticism like how she should NOT be gyrating up against a married man on stage on tv as she did for the MTV lameass VMAs. Given how young she is, She Who Shall Not Be Named is just loaded with attitude and is going to continue to essentially say "fuck you" while reveling in the attention she is receiving for her behavior. My solution? IGNORE her. Don't write an open letter to her. Look how well that played out for Sinead O'Connor. I liked her first letter but as soon as you know who responded, it all went down hill for me.

She Who Shall Not Be Named may be in the headlines right now but I reckon in 5-10 years we will all be saying "WHO?" when her name is brought up on an episode of Jeopardy. She may be obnoxiously annoying but eventually fame fades away especially those who really don't show a lot for their so-called "singing talent" and relies mostly on look at me stunts like the VMAs and an awful video involving a wrecking ball.

I know it is tempting to write an open letter to you know who but in the end it will only fuel her drive to promote her crap ass album. So please...DON'T write an open letter to She Who Shall Not Be Named. The trend has worn out its welcome

Yours truly,

A fed up blogger and music fan

Monday, October 14, 2013

My top 10 current favorite albums

10. Geodesique: Hologram


09. Syrian: Death of a Sun


08. Blume: Autumn Ruins


07. Berlin: Animal


06. Goldfrapp: Tales of Us


05. Vixen: Rev It Up


04. Sneaker Pimps: 6 Underground


03. Butcher Babies: Goliath


02.Front Line Assembly: Echogenetic


01. VNV Nayion - Transmational


I got real lucky last night. I found that someone had uploaded the new VNV Nation album on youtube. I have been listening to quite a bit since last night. Don't worry. I did pre-order my own copy via amazon.com. Thankfully there was no songs that sounded like "Control" (which I particularly did not like from Automatic). I am also digging the new FLA album Echogenetic. I bought it yesterday at Cheapo discs. It has been a long time since FLA put out an album that made me excited about their music. I think it may give Suicide Commando's When Evil Speaks a serious run at the top spot for best industrial album of 2013. While at Cheapo yesterday, I also HAD to pick up a copy of Vixen's Rev It Up album. I have no regrets. It is a fun album to listen to especially when one is at work and stuck in her boring ass cubicle surrounded by humorless people. Still loving the new Blume, Syrian, and Goldfrapp albums. I can't stop playing them especially Tales of Us by Goldfrapp. I am probably one of  a few people who misses the old Sneaker Pimps band before Kelli was booted out of the band and it eventually became IAMX. I like IAMX but can't say they are on my favorite band list, old Sneaker Pimps on the other hand is. That's just me though.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Office Playlist of the Week

Because I have a dentist appointment on Tuesday morning, I am doing some OT this week to make up for the time I am gone to have my teeth cleaned and checked out. So I decided to make a trip to Cheapo today and get some new music to make my OT a little more bearable. On the upside, I will be seeing Sarah Brightman finally later this week. Without further ado, here is what I plan on listening to this week at work.

Rev It Up by Vixen - After the death of Vixen guitarist/founder Jan Kuehnemund last week, I decided that I needed to get a copy of the band's second Rev It Up (my personal fave). I am really glad I did. The music brings back fond memories of my youth. I might eventually get around to buying their first album.

Echogenetic by Front Line Assembly - This was the other album I bought today. I absolutely freaking love it. I haven't been crazy about FLA's music for a long time but the new album really kicks ass. Certainly going to give Suicide Commando's When Evil Speaks as my favorite industrial album of 2013.

Pretty in Pink soundtrack

White Me In/Black Me Out by Helalyn Flowers

Fairy Lights Nights Two by All About Eve

Atheos by GPKism

Synthetica by Metric

No Redemption by Combichrist

Breedless by Ego Likeness

Nightglory by Kirlian Camera

Awake the Machines volume 7

Total Nihilism by Nitro/Noise

I haven't listened to the All About Eve and GPKism albums in a long time. I felt it was time to brush off the dust and give them a spin. Nothing starts off Monday on the right foot than some Combichrist and Nitro/Noise. I need some super aggressive music to get my blood pumping.  

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Some food for thought: owning up to my own musical past

Last night as I was scrolling through my twitter feed, I came across some horrible news...Jan Kuehnemound had passed away from cancer. She was only fifty one years old. While I do feel bad whenever an artist passes away at such a young age, I was really taken aback when I found out that Jan had passed away on Thursday what was a "fierce battle with cancer". Why? Back in my early teenage years, I absolutely adored the band Vixen. As a young teenage girl, seeing four women in a heavy metal band really blew my mind away. Heavy metal was a male dominated genre. Seeing Vixen in music videos or hearing their music on the radio empowered me and told me that women could play heavy metal as well as the guys. I was such a huge fan I even joined the band's fan club which was super rare for me to do. So Jan, thank you so much for playing such a huge influence on my life as a woman and music fanatic. 51 was way too soon to go but I do hope you are truly at peace now and no longer suffering.

Jan's death had me thinking today about the music I listened to as a youth over 20 years ago (I know, I know. I am 39 believe it or not...haha). Before I got into alternative rock in my late teens, I spent my formidable years listening to hair metal which included Vixen, Phantom Blue, Faster Pussycat, Motley Crue, and Poison to just name a few. I know it seems unconscionable considering what I listen to nowadays but I did listen to that music. As I was thinking about Jan's untimely passing today (while on my way to the mall to meet a friend for lunch), I thought it would be good for me to come clean with my musical history in honor of Jan's passing. I don't know what really led me to get into hair metal but it certainly played a big part of my musical history. I made the transition from listening to Michael Jackson, Culture Club, and Cyndi Lauper, and Debbie Gibson to the aforementioned bands. I have to admit that for a long time I was ashamed that I liked hair metal but as I get older, I realize that I should not be ashamed for a small time period in my life. Okay so the music was cheesy but the music was fun and incredibly catchy too. Do I still listen to those bands? No but I am not going to pretend that I didn't listen to hair metal or enjoyed it. That was part of my youth. I have moved on as I have gotten older. Now I can just look back on my youth with great fondness and affection. So much as changed since I was 15/16 years old.

If Jan's death has taught me anything in the past 24 hours, it is to embrace the past. Do not run from it or deny that it existed. Life is too short and precious. 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Albums I am currently listening to on Spotify

01. Steven Price - Acoustic Reflections

02. Kerli - Utopia

03. After Forever - After Forever

04. Joan Jett and The Blackhearts - Unvarnished

05. Nightwish - Oceanborn

06. Detroit Diesel - Terre Humaine

07. ReVamp - Wild Card

08. Rabia Sorda - Metodos del Caos

09. Anything Box - Worth

10. Heimataerde - Gottgleich

Definitely an eclectic mix. I am really digging the new Kerli album. I wasn't really crazy about her first album but tonight I decided to check out Utopia and absolutely LOVED what I had heard. Also digging Steven Price's album Acoustic Reflections. Steven is the film composer for the film Gravity. I definitely want to get those albums one day, especially the Kerli album. Ditto with the Detroit Diesel album too. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Some Food for Thought: My 10 Commandments for music fans

This morning before work I came across Matt Fanale's Ten Commandments of Industrial post on Facebook. That quickly inspired me to create my own Ten Commandments list for my blog tonight. In my case, it is the 10 Commandments for music fans like myself. I would like to say thanks to Matt for being the inspiration for tonight's blog entry. I mean that sincerely as a music junkie/blogger. Gotta give credit where credit is due. Now on to my own 10 Commandments.

Thou Shall...

1. Share new music with friends. Having joined Spotify last month, I have been introducing some new music to my friends (not like that I wasn't before with youtube, which I still do). It appears that my posts are influencing a few of my friends on my FB page. I know people have issues with Spotify (as well as Pandora/Youtube with streaming issues and the amount of $$$ that the artist receives) but for me it is a good way to determine if I want to buy the album or not. I have found some albums I definitely need to buy a CD copy of for my music collection. To continue...

Thou Shall Not...

2. Limit oneself to one particular genre. I must admit I am finding myself enjoying dance music again. The new Berlin album Animal is pure EDM and I love it. I am also loving Lindsey Stirling's debut album too. Today I discovered a great new local band via City Pages called IL Neige. Not a huge fan of indie pop but I totally dig this band. To listen to one particular genre of music is boring. I also been listening to some metal in recent months too. I am finding myself much more productive at work when I listen to all types of music.

Thou Shall...

3. Attend more local shows. I really need to go out more to local shows in the Twin Cities. With Jenny Dalton performing at Cause all October, I need to go see her live again. Jenny Dalton was the first artist I started to going to see live when she friended me on Myspace several years ago. Last time I saw her was at where the Crooked Pint (or Ale, I can't remember) is now (which once housed the 501). Maybe next week I'll go. This past Sunday I went to see my friends in Geodesique at Cause for one last show of the year. It was good just seeing some local live music. This Saturday I plan on attending a show at Club Underground.

Thou Shall Not...

4. Mention Miley Cyrus's name. From here on out, the former Hannah Montana star is only going to be known as She Who Shall Not Be Named. Enough with the ridiculous open letters (and yes I mean you Sinead O'Connor and Amanda Palmer). Stop giving her the attention she obviously craves. At least Annie Lennox was smart enough to no mention her in recent comments.

Thou Shall...

5. Keep personal feelings about certain artists/bands "personal". At least off my blog, my personal FB page is another story but only those who are friends with me sees my rantings which really are rare to begin with . And yes there are a few artists/bands and members of the scene who are on my shit list. In the last year or two, I have noticed how some big names in the goth/industrial scene taking shots at others in the scene. Sure the targets are just asking for ridicule HOWEVER given the position that those people are in, they are not coming off as professional and in the end makes the individual lose some credibility with some fans. I know I am just a lowly blogger but  I do try to make an attempt at presenting myself in a professional manner and to not let my personal bias in get in the way of my blog entries. It's just common sense.

Thou Shall Not...

6. Complain about the lack of good music. That's an easy one for me. It is others who complain about the lack of good music that drives me up the wall. I for one work hard to find new music to discover and enjoy. It is a lot of work scouring the internet for interesting music but my efforts does pay off. Problem is that a lot of people today have the attention span of a gnat and consider music disposable product. I don't. I see music as audio art. If you can't find music to enjoy, then don't bother listening to music at all or just shut the hell up.

Thou Shall...

7. Be honest without insulting in writing reviews on concerts/albums. I guess you could say this could be tied in with #6. I'm going to be honest about bands or albums I don't like. I would hate to lie to myself and pretend to like a particular band when I really don't. Dishonesty is not useful. Keep in mind what I write about a show I have attended or an album I have listened to, it is my personal opinion. It is not factual. At the same time I have to try to show some restraint and not be downright insulting. I have had to learn that over the almost four years with my blog.

Thou Shall Not...

8. Download music illegally. This is another easy commandment for me to follow. Never will be a fan of piracy. As someone who has friends that are musicians, I see their music as art and that a lot of money went into it (studio and instruments) to create it. I think it is only fair for my friends to be compensated for their hard work. I do not treat my music collection as a commodity as a lot of people do. I believe in purchasing music legitimately. If you are too damn cheap to spend money on music, then go to your library. Oh and believe it or not there are some artists who makes music and available for free. Wiping Out Thousands and Technikult of Flesh are two examples of artists whose music is readily available for free. Caustic is another great artist who makes a lot of his music available for free at charge. To say there isn't any free music is a cop out. Do your homework.

Thou Shall...

9. Buy music directly from the artist as much as possible. This year I have bought quite a few albums directly from artists via their websites/bandcamp pages [Ayria, Helalyn Flowers, Mr.Kitty etc...etc...]. I think this helps get more money directly to the artist themselves.

10. Buy merchandise at shows. I try to make a point in buying a t-shirt/CD at concerts I attend. This ties in with #9, getting more $$$ directly to the artist.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

October/November/December releases

I thought it was time to post an updated list of some upcoming releases in the coming weeks. Lots of good music I should add :).

October:
VNV Nation - Transnationals [10/25]
iVardensphere - Break the Sky (digital only) [10/15]
Snog - The New Cocksucker Blues (digital only) [10/15]
Gary Numan - Splinter (Songs From a Broken Mind) [10/15]
Solitary Experiments - Phenomena [10/18]
KMFDM - Opium [10/22]
KMFDM - WWIII [10/22]
Noir - Darkly Near [10/22]
Dubcon - UFO pon di gullyside [10/22]
The Twilight Garden - Reconcile (digital only) [10/22]
Rummelsnuff - Kraftgwinn [10/25]

November:
Blutengel - Once in a Lifetime [11/01]
Miss Construction - United Trash: The Z Files [11/01]
Technoir - We Fall Apart [11/01]
Acucrack - The Mawn Reproduction [11/05]
Cynical Existence - Erase, Evolve, and Rebuild [11/08]
Junksista - Bad Case of Fabulous [11/08]
Erasure - Snow Globe [11/11]
Solar Fake - Reasons to Kill [11/11]
Ludovico Technique - We Came to Wreck Everything [11/12]
System Syn - No Sky to Fall [11/12]
Psyclon 9 - [Order of the Shadow: Act 1] [11/12]
iVardensphere - The Methuselah Tree [11/12]
Virgins O.R. Pigeons - Gotta Get Mad [11/22]
Bruderschaft  Return [11/22]
Totem Obsucra vs. Acylum [11/22]
Epica - Retrospect [11/25]
Die Krupps - The Machinists 0f Joy [11/26]
Ego Likeness - Water to the Dead [11/26]
Ego Likeness - The Order of the Reptile [11/26]
Tweaker - And Then There's Nothing [11/26]
Leaves' Eyes - Symphonies of the Night [11/26]
Freakangel - The Ones to Fall [11/29]
Iron Lung Corp - Body Snatchers [11/29]

December:
Nightwish - Showtime Storytime [12/10]

Monday, October 7, 2013

Office playlist of the week

This is a day late because I took today off because I went out last night to Geodesique's last show for the year as the current line up :(. It was a good show but sad that it was the last as the current line up but I certainly am looking forward to the next phase for Geo. Gotta take the bad with the good. Anyhoo...here is what I plan on listening to at work for this week.


I bought a copy of this album while at the show last night. I absolutely love it. I definitely recommend downloading it via the band's bandcamp site.

Nitin Sawhney: London Undersound


Die Braut: Psychotherapy

Suicide Commando: When Evil Speaks


Marsheaux: Inhale


The Break Up: Synthesis


In Strict Confidence: Utopia


Diffuzion: Bodycode


Berlin: Animal


Saint Etienne: Tiger Bay


Spirited Away soundtrack


Asides from enjoying the new Geodesique album, I am also been grooving to the new Berlin album Animal. I picked up a copy yesterday at The Electric Fetus. I love the new album. The sound on the new album is modern EDM (electronic dance music). It sounds nothing like the band's old stuff. You can listen to Animal on Spotify. I wouldn't be surprised though if fans of the band's new wave days would not care for their new sound. That's just my take on it.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

5 soundtracks worth checking out

Today I went to see the film Gravity starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney. It was so worth the $13 I spent to see the film in 3D IMAX. What really made the film so memorable for me was the Steven Price film score. After listen to the the film score on Spotify, I started thinking about what soundtracks/film scores that I love that I could recommend to my readers to check out. I chose 5 of my personal favorite soundtracks that I can recommend without hesitation.

01. Gravity by Steven Price

If you are into ambient/darkwave music, this film score is right up your alley. It is so gorgeous with sinister undertones through out the album. I thought the intensity of the music really elevated the more dramatic scenes in the film.

02. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

I have to admit I prefer Trent Reznor's work as a film composer than his work with NIN and How To Destroy Angels. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo is my personal fave. The music is really bleak and nihilistic which really fits well with the storyline of the popular novel. His searing cover of "Immigrant Song" really got under my skin (in a good way). Two years later, this soundtrack still holds up well for me. It is really good to listen to on a chilly evening.

03. Samasara Soundtrack by Michael Stearns



I definitely recommend seeing the 2012 film Samsara. It is visual eye candy. The music also features Dead Can Dance's Lisa Gerrard on several tracks. The music is a perfect soundtrack to meditate to.

04. Okuribito [Departures] by Joe Hisaishi



This is one of my personal favorite soundtracks of all time and easily my favorite film score by Joe Hisaishi (who is known for his work on various Hayao Miyazaki films). The classical film score helps propel the emotions that runs through the characters and the scenes they are in. I never get sick and tired of listening to it day after all these years.

05. Let the Right One In

Best damn movie ever in my book. Anyone who knows me personally knows how much I love the Swedish adaptation of the novel Let Me In which was eventually re-titled Let the Right One In. The film score by Johan Soderqvist is my other top favorite soundtrack of all time. The music is an eerie blend of orchestral and ambient music. Johan's work really captures the essence of the film's two leading characters of Oskar and Eli and their relationship. One minute the music can be moody and bleak with a dash of despair inbetween and then can quickly shift into intense and explosive. Absolutely beautiful music even in its darkest moments. 

Friday, October 4, 2013

The Bellwether Syndicate

Tonight's featured band is The Bellwether Syndicate. The band features William Faith of the legendary Faith and the Muse and Sarah Rose(aka DJ Scary Lady Sarah). The band also features Philly Peroxide on keyboards/percussion and Mike Skull on bass for their live shows. I became aware of this project last year when William and Sarah started up kickstarter project to help fund their first EP The Night Watch. I immediately donated some $$$ to help fund their new project because I really liked the description as well as being a fan of William's other band Faith and the Muse. After many delays (which was totally out of the group's control), The Bellwether Syndicate finally released their EP earlier this year. I was not disappointed. This video clip off youtube will give you a good indication of the band's sound.


I love it because it reminds me of many of my favorite post-punk bands of the 1990s. I definitely recommend buying their EP The Night Watch off their website (link posted at top of the page). And next month the band will be at Ground Zero with The Foreign Resort. 

Tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/462117 (just for The Foreign Resort/The Bellwether Syndicate show)

 or:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/463786 (a combo package with the upcoming Ego Likeness show)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Geodesique

Today I was thinking that with all the cool shows coming up this month and next month, I thought it would be a good idea for me to write a post for each band. Tonight's blog entry I am featuring the local band Geodesique. This coming Sunday, the band has an album release gig at Cause. They will be performing with some other local bands Dichotomy, Ephedream, and Dance Assault. $5 cover fee. Geodesique will also be selling copies of their new album Hologram. I am really looking forward to this show. According to the band, after this show the band will be on hiatus until 2014 so this is definite must go to show. I have been a fan of Geodesique for over a year now. They first started out as Geodesic but when the band added Lala Fairshadow and evolved into Geodesique, that was when I felt a deep admiration for the band's work. You can read more about Geodesique in this great article with the band on City Pages's website. I strongly recommend checking out their music. I love it.





And if you like what you have heard on these youtube clips, you can go to their bandcamp page to buy their music.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

10 albums I definitely need to own

Recently received my property tax refund check this week. I was thinking about ordering online some new music. I am not going to blow all of it at once. It did get me thinking about what albums that I really want to buy my hard earned money on. Here are the ten albums that I definitely need to add to my music collection.

10. Namnambulu - Distances


09. Noyce: Plast:ique


08. All My Faith Lost: Chamber Music


07. Vision Talk: Hello Goodbye


06. Zynic: Blindsided


05. Carved Souls: Dismantle


04. Front Line Assembly: Echogenetic


03. Solitary Experiments: Phenomena


02. Parrolox: Recovery


01. VNV Nation: Transnational


I am thinking I will most likely order the new VNV Nation album although the new Parralox covers album is only limited to 500 copies which I might get and hope to find the new VNV at the Electric Fetus. It's a tough call for me.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Videos of the week

It's been awhile since I have posted a few new or current music videos that I have found online. So here are my latest collection of favorite music videos.