Friday, January 31, 2014

Some food for thought: music should be made for the sake of personal expression, not for fans

Today Revolver Magazine posted the  new Aesthetic Perfection album 'Til Death on its website. Of course the controversy that followed from the singles released from the album last year has followed well into the new year. If you didn't know and have been living in a cave or under a rock, Daniel Graves has decided to take his music in a different direction. While the new sound is nothing like Daniel's work on his one album project Necessary Response's Blood Spills Not Far From the Wound, the music on 'Til Death is extremely catchy. Unlike on previous Aesthetic Perfection albums, Daniel's vocals are clean and rarely ventures into the harsh territory. The closest Daniel comes to his former distorted, growling-sounding vocals are on "Happily Ever After", "Death Rattle", and "The New Black" (to a certain degree), and "The Dark Half". I enjoyed most of the album. There were a couple of tracks that didn't float my boat but overall I do think it is a solid album.

As a result for Daniel taking Aesthetic Perfection's in a different direction, the reactions from fans have been mixed. A lot of fans (like myself) dug the new sound. Then there are those fans who expected a regurgitation of A Violent Emotion. Those complaining about the direction Daniel took has this strange idea that Daniel makes music for THEM, not as a way to express himself through writing lyrics and music. While I am not going to say those complaining don't have a right to express their opinions, some of those people have been downright disrespectful and rude with their comments when a new single was released last year. These so-called "fans" wants Daniel to keep rehashing the same music over and over. Let me tell you there are a ton of aggrotech bands out there. Aesthetic Perfection wasn't the first band to make that type of music, nor will they be the last. Look at Suicide Commando who is still churning out some kick ass aggrotech as is Hocico and Amduscia. Then there are the newer bands like Freakangel, Detroit Diesel, Nitro/Noise, Sirus, Cyferdene, and Alien Vampires. Good gawd! Do people not bother to try to look online for new music?

I don't really expect my favorite bands to try to create music that is totally innovative and something completely different. What I do expect is for them is to listen to their hearts and follow the path they want to take, not what I want them to take...that and make some bloody good music. I remember on the last Unter Null album Moving On, there were a few people who weren't crazy about the album and were hoping for something in the vein of The Failure Epiphany. I enjoyed Moving On thoroughly. I could hear what Erica Norris's musical influences at the time in the music. While not brutal or harsh like The Failure Epiphany, Moving On was certainly an intense and noisy ride as I expected that it would be. Do I expect the new Unter Null album to be anything like her previous albums? No. I just want some new Unter Null music and that it would be kickass and something that Erica would be damn proud of putting out under the Unter Null brand name.

If music fans continue to think the way they do like Daniel Grave's detractors, why don't they form their own bands and make music that they want to hear? I think it is incredibly selfish for people to expect artists like Daniel Graves make music for THEM, not as a way to expression their emotions and creativity. Music is not a commodity, it is an art form. Artists should be given the room to create music and express their emotions as they see fit. Call me bias since I am friends with numerous musicians but that is just how I see it. I think it is disappointing when I see people slagging on artists for not conforming to their expectations.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

My latest finds off Bandcamp

Here are some really interesting albums I found this week off Bandcamp that I think are worth checking out.

This album won't be available until next month but from the three tracks that are available to listen to, the music is really good. I definitely plan on pre-ordering it (after I get paid next week).

Really excellent synthpop. Album comes out in March.

Kinda reminds me of the group ABC. Really good take on retro synthpop/new wave.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Army On The Dance Floor - Many Faces of War

Track List:
01. Machine
02. Juggernaut
03. Lightning Strike
04. Five Million Stars
05. Carnival
06. Bury You Alive
07. Leia
08. Captain of Your Own Sea
09. Many Faces of War

This past weekend I downloaded the album Many Faces of War by Army On The Dance Floor. Army On The Dance Floor is synthpop group featuring Kourtney Klein, Thessa M'Loe, and Jason Seger. As a longtime Combichrist fan, I recognized Kourtney from a couple of the band's videos. So if the name Kourtney Klein sounds familiar, her association with Combichrist is where you have seen her. I had been watching her new group for awhile and have been waiting for the group to drop their debut album. Last Friday the band unleashed Many Faces of War via CDBaby and itunes. The wait was definitely worth it. The music borrows heavily from the '80s new wave era. The songs undeniably infectious and will quickly get stuck in your head. You can hear some of the album via youtube courtesy of the band. I think it is fantastic. As a big fan of modern and retro synthpop/new wave music, Many Faces of War has everything I am looking for...solid, catchy (if not addictive) pop hooks and dance beats that makes me want to get up dance. "Five Million Stars" and "Leia" are my two personal favorite tracks on the album. For me I am always drawn to a song that has a really great pop hook and those two songs have the most infectious melodies on the album. That isn't to say the other songs are any less good. I think they are terrific. Oh hell. The album is just so good. While I would have preferred to have a physical copy of the album, I did download the album on both my laptop at home and my computer at work so I can listen to the album whenever I feel like. I would definitely download the album from CDBABY. You can get better quality sounding versions on that site as opposed to iTunes or Amazon and more money will go to the artist. Side-note: whenever I download (LEGALLY) I prefer to do it via CDBaby or Bandcamp where more $$$ goes directly towards the artist. Just a thought to my readers. That said, I definitely plan on watching Army On The Dance Floor and their career. They made a huge fan out of this music junkie. It is really good to hear female fronted synthpop.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Jam of the Week: The Monster I am by Sirus

Yesterday at work I came across the new album by Sirus on Deathwatch Asia's bandcamp. I was automatically hooked on the album. The song that really stood out with me was "The Monster I am", making it my jam of the week. Being a sucker for female vocals, the song was right up my alley. The album is really good. I ordered a copy via bandcamp.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Some food for thought: Whatever happened to talent?

Today before work I stopped by Barnes and Noble to see if they would have the new issue of Revolver Magazine which features the 25 Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock. In the list, it features the women from Butcher Babies, one of my favorite new bands from 2013. Well I was lucky and I did find the issue and bought it right away. It was an entertaining read without a shadow of a doubt but the raging feminist in me really wanted to scream out loud and yell at the magazine "WTF does a woman's physical appearance has anything to do with music?". Truth be told I had never heard of the majority of the women on the list since I tend to favor EBM, electropop, futurepop, industrial and synthpop music. Some of the blurbs for the women does mention their music but not all, their photos really speaks to me that this article is about their physical appearances. I definitely won't go out as far to bash the women in the article for being physically attractive. For me that isn't the issue. Also I am not here to question their talent. I am sure those whom I am not familiar with are as talented as those I am familiar with. My issue is how THEY are viewed by their male peers. By using the term "chick" really speaks volumes to the attitude towards women from the folks at Revolver. I'm not sorry when I say this but I truly dislike the term "chick".  I find it condescending and insulting to my intelligence as a woman (especially as a proud feminist, a term that should not be viewed as a negative).

Apparently I am not the only person who has taken umbrage over Revolver's annual Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock list, so has Blake Deppe who wrote this interesting OP'd piece a couple of years ago A Subculture Evolving: Women in Metal Speak Out. He poses an interesting question of why put together a list that comes out once a year featuring women in the current scene as opposed to giving them equal coverage through out the year? Yeah, what are women? Just the second banana to their male bandmates?

Also in the article, Lizzy Hale says "It was always important to me to be a woman on stage, not a girl trying to be a man. And the best part of being a woman comes with being able to play with the boys...but in stilettos," she quipped. "A lot of people don't realize the guts it takes to be a woman in metal. We have to carve our own path and make our own rules." I think Lizzy totally misses the point of the criticism towards Revolver's annual Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock list. It is the view of women in music in general, not necessarily what they wear. If Lizzy and other female musicians wants to wear high heels on stage, that's their perogative. What I am questioning is whatever happened to talent and proving your mettle's worth through what you can do whether sing or play an instrument? PERSONALLY fashion and one's personal vanity should be an artist's last concern but what would I know I am just a lowly blogger.

While I don't think the annual list is exploitive as the crap that comes out of Maxim magazine and their disgusting ilk, I do think the 25 hottest chicks in hard rock list is really doesn't do women in music any huge favors. There were a couple of photographs in the magazine that made me question the intentions of the magazine. One artist was on her hands and knees and another you got a pretty good shot of her chest. It is pretty obvious to me that the focus is not on the musical accomplishments of the women featured on the list. Pretty disappointing to me. If you ask me "badass" would be a much better description to use, not to mention ditch the term "chick".  It  may be the 21st century but obviously women in music still has ways to go to be taken dead serious. Just some food for thought from this blogger/music junkie/feminist. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Updated list of concerts in Twin Cities [local and national]

I just updated my list of upcoming concerts in the Twin Cities. Lots of local shows going on as well as some major national acts or at least well known acts in our little music scene ;).

DSMN Presents The Bizarre!!!
Transmission presents: "Heroes" (a tribute to David Bowie) [Okay so this isn't exactly a concert but Transmission is a pretty big deal here in the Twin Cities)
The Rope/Still Pacific/Thunderbolt Pagoda at Kitty Cat Klub
Thought Thieves, as l of, and Dance Assault at Ground Zero
Cwn Annwan, Eldergaad, Comets Ov Cupid, Warm Colours

The Dead of Winter show 
Transmission and Brit's Pub presents I heart UK III
The Casket Girls at Triple Rock
 DJ SLT at Ground Zero: Heartless
Heartbreakers Ball: The Melismastics, The Beatifics, and Clean at Cause
Skinny Puppy at Mill City Nights
DSMN presents A Night in Hell

Hate Dept w/Project 44 and Absynthe of Faith
Chad Valley Fine Line Music Cafe
KPT at Cause
Warpaint at First Avenue
Gary Numan at Mill City Nights

Iced Earth at First Avenue
VNV Nation at Mill City Nights
Combichrist w/William Control, New Years Day, and Gabriel and the Apocalypse

God Module w/Die Sektor, Mordacious, F.T.C, and DJ SLT
DE/VISION, Architect, Thought Thieves in Saint Paul

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds at The State Theatre

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

5 Artists/bands I am currently into

Well it is barely the new year and I have already discovered some new artists/bands. I thought I would share with my readers whose music I have been totally digging in the past few weeks.

Army on the Dance Floor
Any longtime Combichrist fans would know, this is the new project by former Combichrist drummer Kourtney Klein with Thessa M'Loe and Jason Seger. They recently released their debut album Many Faces of War. Judging by what I have heard, I am so downloading their album on Friday when I get paid. Their music is a mix of modern and retro dance music. Super heavy on the synthesizers and catchy as hell.

What can I say that I haven't already said before? Really love If All Now Here. I can't stop listening to it at work and at home via bandcamp.

Yori is an Icelandic trip hop artist whose music I discovered via bandcamp. Her music reminds me quite a bit of Bjork and Frost.

I recently discovered Flatline a week or two ago on Facebook. They are a German EBM group.

Apt Well they aren't really a NEW discovery for me. I found them via Twitter late last year. Really loved what I had heard from their "Night Train" video. Definitely plan on buying their album when it comes out next month (I believe).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

My Current Favorite Songs of the Week

My Current Favorite Songs of the Week
01. LukHash - Detached Reality
02. Amduscia - I'll Hate You
03. Juno Reactor - Guardian Angel
04. In Strict Confidence - Sleepless
05. Mordacious - Dirty Slut
06. Feathers - Fire in the Night
07. Synapse - Signal 2 Noise
08. Third Realm - Daggers In My Heart
09. Cold in May - The Reason
10. The Luna Sequence - Endless

You can check out the artists at the following links:
Falling Apart by Lukhash
The Luna Sequence
Dark Season by Cold In May
Third Realm
In Strict Confidence
Juno Reactor

Monday, January 20, 2014

Some food for thought: I love bandcamp

Last week I started streaming music off bandcamp while at work. I have been finding some interesting music off the website. Tonight I finally created a personal page on it, you can find me here. Today I decided to buy the CD If All Now Here by Feathers off bandcamp because I just adore the album and I needed to show my support for the band, which lead me to decide that I needed a bandcamp account. I absolutely freaking love this album.

The comparisons to Depeche Mode is spot on especially the track "Believe" except with female vocals. I also can hear Marsheaux and Ladytron in Feathers' music.

Today I came across the new Third Realm album Daydreams and Nightmares. I was really impressed by the material on the album. I really enjoyed the album. I definitely recommend checking it out.

Another really good album I heard today is How Cold is the Sun by Dark Matter.

The music is a mix of darkwave and ambient music. Very sinister and bleak. I really don't listen to a lot of darkwave/ambient music since I have to be in the right frame of mood. I really liked what I heard right from the get go.

I am really having fun exploring bandcamp and discovering new music. I am finding it a lot easier to discover new music than my usual channel (i.e Youtube). I'll still use YouTube but bandcamp is my go to for finding new music. In the past week of exploring bandcamp, I am finding my musical tastes are evolving. I am finding that I want to try to broaden my musical tastes and not just stick to EBM/Futurepop/Industrial/synthpop the music I listen to on a regular basis. So far I am finding great success in doing so. For anyone bitching and moaning about the "lack of good music", I really think signing up with bandcamp is the way to go. Sure beats coming off as a whiny little asshole.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

My updated list of my CD collection

It has been awhile since I posted a current list of CDs that I own so a week ago I started work on a new list. Here are the results :).

Absolute Grrrrls Manifesto Chapter 1
A Wolf and her Claws - s/t
Access Zero - Living in Transition
Alien Skin - Ghost in the Rain
Alien Skin - The Secret Garden
All About Eve - Fairy Light Nights Two Live Acoustic
All My Faith Lost - As You're Vanishing in Silence
Ana Robik  - Operator's Manual
Android Lust - The Human Animal
Anemonia - Moonlight Numina
Angels on Acid - Eyes Behind the Curtin
Anna Fermin - Someday Afternoon
Anything Box  Elektrospective
Anything Box - 1993-995 Recovered
Apoptygma Berzerk - Welcome to Earth
Apoptygma Berzerk - Harmonizer
Apraxia - Trite Permission
Arch Enemy - Khaos Legions
Ashbury Heights  - Three Cheers for the Newlydead
Ashbury Heights - Morningstar in a Black Car
Ashram  - Shining Silver Skies
AsOf - s/t
Assemblage 23 - Meta
Assemblage 23 - Compass
Assemblage 23 - Bruise
Ataraxia - Simphonia Sine Nomine
Autumn  Return to the Breath
Avatar soundtrack
Awake the Machines Vol. 7
Ayria - Debris
Ayria - Hearts For Bullets
Ayria - Plastic Makes Perfeect
The Azoic - Corruption

Balligomingo - Under An Endless Sky
The Bangles - Everything
The Bangles - Doll Revolution
Beauty 2: Music That Touches the Soul
Bella Koshka - Slow Dancing On the Endless Floor
Bella Koshka - Deception Island
The Bells of St.Genevieve and Other Baroque Delights
Belly - Star
Belly - King
Berlin - Animal
Bio (a Russian synthpop group)
Black Snow 2: the Completely Different Christmas Compilation
Bliss - Quiet Letters
Blue October UK - Incoming
Blume - Rise From Grey
Blume - Autumn Ruins
Blutengel  - Labyrinth
Blutengel - Tranenherz
Blutengel - Monument
The Break Up - s/t
The Break Up - Synthesis
Sarah Brightman - A Winter Symphony
Sarah Brightman - Dreamchaster
Brute Heart - Lonely Hunter
Buddha Bar IV
Buddha Bar V
Kate Bush - The Sensuous World

Carved Souls - Waveform
Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around
Celtic Woman - Believe
Kasey Chambers - Barricades and Brickwalls
Chrom - Synthetic Movement
Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
Cinderella Effect - Cinderellicious
Cities 97 Sampler vol. 23
the Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
Claps - Wreck
Natalia Clavier - Nectar
Club Bizarre vol.1
Code 64 - Departure
Combichrist  -Everybody Hates You
Combichrist - What the Fuck is Wrong With You People?/
Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting
Conjure One - s/t
Coralina - Limbo Balloon
Cecile Corbel - The Secret World of Arrietty
Curve - Frozen
Curve - Doppelganger
Curve - Cuckoo
Curve - Come Clean
Curve - Gift
Curve - Way of Curve
Cwn Annwyn - The Alpha and Omega
Cycle Sluts from Hell - s/t
Cylab - Disseminate
Cylab - Cut and Coil

Das Merman - Tief in Der Nacht
Decoded Feedback - Aftermath
Delerium - Semantic Spaces
Delerium - Karma
Delerium - Poem
Delerium - Music Box Opera
Delta Rae - Carry the Fire
Departures soundtrack [Japanese film that won best foreign picture at the 2008/2009 Oscars]
Deviant UK - Very Bad Things
De/Vision - Noob
Dido - No Angel
Die Braut - Psychotherapy
Diffuzion - Body Code
Discover [compilation from Conzoom records]
Diva Destruction - Passion's Price
Dj Dado - Greatest Hits and Future Bits
Dj Heavygrinder - Eternity
Doubleplusten - Hourglass
Dual Density - Soul Ecstasy
Dust of Basement - Meridian

The Echoing Green - The Winter of Our Discontent
The Echoing Green - Music From the Ocean Picture
Ego Likeness - Breedless
Ego Likeness - Dragonfly [re-release]
Ego Likeness - East
Ego Likeness - Treacherous Thing
Ego Likeness - The Order of the Reptile [re-release]
Ego Likeness - Water to the Dead [re-release]
8mm - Songs to Live and Die By
Electronic Saviors 2: Recurrence
Enigma - The Cross of Changes
Enya - The Very Best of Enya
Epsilon Minus - s/t
Erasure - The Innocents
Erasure - s/t
Espermachine - Dying Life
Essexx - Bridges
Eurythmics - Ultimate Collection
Everything But the Girl - Walking Wounded
Exitmusic - Passage

Faithless - Sunday 8pm
Faun - Von Den Elben
Ficshe - s/t
Filament 38 - Unstable
For All the Emptiness -Axioms
The Foreign Resort - Scattered and Buried
The Foreign Resort - Dead End Roadside
Fortaste - Love on Demand
Four Seasons [Vivaldi]
Front Line Assembly - Echogenetic
Frost - Melodica
The Frozen Autumn - Emotional Screening Device
The Frozen Autumn - Chirality
FTC - Anti-Human
Future Perfect - Escape

Gabriel and the Apocalypse - Into the Afterglow
Gabriel and the Apocalypse - New World Disaster
Garbage - s/t
Garbage - Version 2.0
Garbage - beautifulgarbage
Garbage - Not  Your Kind of People
Geodesique - 88
Geodesique - Smoke
Geodesique - Hologram
Lisa Gerrard/Patrick Cassidy - Immortal Memory
Goldfrapp - The Singles
Goldfrapp - Tales of Us
Gospel Gossip - s/t
GPkism - Atheos
Gravity soundtrack
Grendel - Timewave Zero
Grimes - Visions
Guano Apes - Bel Air

Haberdashery - Tonight the Angels
Hanzel und Gretyl - Transmissions From Uranus
Hanzel und Gretyl - Scheissmessiah
Hanzel und Gretyl - 2012: Zwanzig Zwolf
Helalyn Flowers - White Me In/Black Me Out
Herzschlag - Fest der Liebe
Hocico - Tiempos De Furia
Hollowstone - Rites of Existence
Hooverphonic - A New Stereophonic Sound System
Hooverphonic - Blue Wonder Power Milk
Hooverphonic - The Magnificent Tree
Hungry Lucy - Glo
Hungry Lucy - Pulse of the Earth

Icon of Coil - Machines Are Us
Ikon - Subversion
In Strict Confidence - Morpheus
In Strict Confidence - Utopia
Inertia - Universal Blood
Invisible Limits - A Conscious State
The Innocence Mission - s/t
I:Scintilla - Optics
I:Scintilla - Dying and Falling
I:Scintilla - Marrow 1
Is/Is - This Happening
Is/Is - III

Javelynn  Chimaera at Heart
The Jesus and Mary Chain - 21 Singles
Joan Jett - The Hit List
Junk Circuit - Universal Republic
Juno Reactor - The Golden Sun of the Great East

Keep Shelly in Athens - In Love With Dusk/Our Own Dream
Kirlian Camera - Absentee EP
Kirlian Camera - Pictures From Eternity
Kirlian Camera - Odyssey Europa
Kirlian Camera - Nightglory
Kirlian Camera - Black Summers Choir
Kobra and the Lotus - s/t

Ladytron - Best of 2000-2010
L'Assassins - s/t
Leftfield - Leftism
Leiahdorus - Parallel Universe
Let the Right One In soundtrack
Lily Of the Valley  - Sounds of the Moments
Lisa and KMP - A Beautiful Chemistry
Lolly Pop - s/t
Lullacry - Fire Within
Lullacry - Vol.4
Luna Mortis - The Absence
Lunar Sea [compilation]
Lush - Lovelife

Madonna - Ray of Light
Marsheaux - Lumineux Noir
Marsheaux - Inhale
Vicci Martinez - Vicci
Massive Attack - Protection
Loreena McKennitt - The Visit
Loreena McKennitt - The Mask and the Mirror
Loreena McKennitt - Book of Secrets
Loreena McKennitt - A Midwinter Night's Dream
Sarah McLachlan - Rarities, B-sides, and Other Stuff
Mediaeval Baebes - Undrentide
Mediaeval Baebes - Of Kings and Angels
MergingMoon - Kamikakushi
Midnattsol - the Metamorphosis Melody
Moby - Play
Moby - Innocents
Midge Ure - The Very Best of Midge Ure/Ultravox
Modern Rock Dance [compilation]
Moonlight Cove - Orphans of the Storm
Moonlight Cove - Hearts of the World
Moulin Noir - Boy in Darkness
Mr. Kitty - Life
Music for Dreams [compilation]
Myths - s/t

Nadina - In The Now
The Namesake
Nena - The Very Best of Nena
Netz - werk 01
Nightwish - Once
Nightwish - Imaginaerum
Nightwish - Showtime, Storytime
9th Evolution - Retro Americana
Nitin Sawhney - London Underground
Nitro Noise - Total Nihilism
No One Knows About Persian Cats soundtrack
Noblesse Oblige - In Exile
Noblesse Oblige - Affair of the Heart
Sara Noxx - Exxtasy
Sara Noxx - XX-Ray
Sara Noxx - In(t)oxxicated

OMD - History of Modern
Omega Lithium - Dreams in Formaline
Omega Lithium - Kinetik
Otto's Daughter - Arc of a Dream

Paprika soundtrack
Parralox - State of Decay
P!nk - Truth About Love
Pristina - Stars and Signs
Promidal - Dead Nation
The Promise soundtrack
Protea - The Osiris Tree
Protea - Going Forth By Night
Psyborg Corp - The Mechanical Renaissance

Qkumba Zoo - lethelightin

The Raveonettes - Chain Gang of Love
Regenerator - Disease
Reliquary - Winter World
Republica - s/t

Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay
Samsara soundtrack
Sataray with Celadon - Mata Utara
Scala and Kolacny Brothers  - s/t
Scarlet Slipping - Fire in the Mist
Schiller - Voyage
Seelenkrank - Engelsschrei
Sensuous Enemy - Fragments
Sensuous Enemy - Parity
Sensuous Enemy - Voyager
Sequencia - Algo en Tu Ser
Shiny Toy Guns - III
Sigur Ros - Valturi
Silent Auction  - H on earth
Silica Gel - Exodo
Sin Faktory compilation
Sin Tech compilation
Siouxsie and The Banshees - Superstition
Siouxsie and The Banshees - The Best of Siouxsie and The Banshees
Sirenes compilation
Sister Soleil -  Soularium
Sleepthief - Labyrinthe Heart
Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack
Darden Smith - Little Victories
Sneaker Pimps - Becoming X
Somegirl - She's Full of Secrets
Somegirl - The Velvet Hour
Sound of the Underground compilation
Sound Sketches of Ancient Egypt
Spectra Paris - License to Kill
Spirited Away soundtrack
James D Stark - Moonstruck
State of Grace
State of the Union - Black City Lights
Stever - Playground Isolation
Stoa - Zal
Stray - Abuse by Proxy
Stray - Letting Go [2 copies...1 of them personally signed by Erica Norris]
Suicide Commando - Implements of Hell
Suicide Commando - When Evil Speaks
The Sundays - Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic
Sunscream - Change or Die
Synthetixx - Magia De Cuatro
Syrian - De-synchronized
Syrian - Death of a Sun
System Syn - End
System Syn - All Seasons Pass

Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
10,000 Maniacs - Our Time in Eden
The Crystalline Effect - Identity
This is Neo-Goth compilation
Thought Thieves - All I Pretend
Thought Thieves - Krista
Til Tuesday - Everything's Different Now
Tori Amos - Midwinter Graces
Torture Garden - compilation
Sylvia Tosun - Too Close to the Sun
Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross - The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo soundtrack
Tristania - Darkest Whites
Twin Cities Electropunk volumes 5-7

Ultraviolet - Dos
Unter Null - The Failure Epiphany
Unter Null - Sacrament
Unter Null - Moving On

Vixen - s/t
Vixen - Rev It Up
Verney 1826/Phantoms of the SS - Anthems and Procession
VNV Nation - Advance and Follow
VNV Nation - Burning Empires
VNV Nation - Judgement
VNV Nation - Automatic
VNV Nation - Transnational
Voltaire - To The Bottom of the Sea

Waves Under Water - All of Your Light
Wideband Network - Ten Thousand Seconds
William Orbit - Pieces in a Modern Style
Wolfsheim - Casting Shadows

Zynic - Fire Walk With Me

Friday, January 17, 2014

Bands that I think needs to reunite right away

Today on Rolling Stone's FB page, they posted the weekend rock question which was which band needs to reunite right now? I thought I would share my list of bands that I think needs to reunite.

01. Curve

02. Lush

03. The Cocteau Twins

04. Belly

05. L7

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

2013 releases that went under the radar

Today at work I decided to listen to some music via bandcamp. I found a few albums from 2013 that totally went under my radar. These albums totally blew my mind.

If All Now Here is my personal favorite of the bunch. I had heard of the band just briefly when Softsynth published its best of 2013 list last month. I finally got around to checking the Texas quartet's latest album. Wow. I was really impressed. Their album kinda shares the same vibe with Chvrches' The Bones of What You Believe.

Very retro/'80s sounding. Absolutely freaking love this EP by Lueur Verte.

Another personal fave of mine. Really great catchy synthpop.

Love the most recent single from Systemshock. Definitely will have to buy their new album whenever it comes out this year.

For anyone into shoegaze/dreampop/ambient/noise, this 9 song album by the Chicago band New Canyons is worth checking out. I totally dig this album.

Excellent electronica album from Mosh. Certainly has some hip hop elements to it but I didn't mind it.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2014 concerts in the Twin Cities

I thought for tonight's blog entry, I would try to create a list for all the upcoming kickass shows that are happening in the coming months. Some will be local but most will be national acts performing ini the Twin Cities. I may or may not get all of the cool shows in but I will update this blog entry if I miss one or more. Just click on the links for information. 

DSMN Presents The Bizarre!!!
Transmission presents: "Heroes" (a tribute to David Bowie) [Okay so this isn't exactly a concert but Transmission is a pretty big deal here in the Twin Cities)
The Rope/Still Pacific/Thunderbolt Pagoda at Kitty Cat Klub
Thought Thieves, as l of, and Dance Assault at Ground Zero
Cwn Annwan, Eldergaad, Comets Ov Cupid, Warm Colours

The Dead of Winter show 
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The Casket Girls at Triple Rock
 DJ SLT at Ground Zero: Heartless
Heartbreakers Ball: The Melismastics, The Beatifics, and Clean at Cause
Skinny Puppy at Mill City Nights
DSMN presents A Night in Hell

Hate Dept w/Project 44 and Absynthe of Faith
Chad Valley Fine Line Music Cafe
KPT at Cause
Warpaint at First Avenue
Gary Numan at Mill City Nights

Iced Earth at First Avenue
VNV Nation at Mill City Nights
Combichrist w/William Control, New Years Day, and Gabriel and the Apocalypse

God Module w/Die Sektor, Mordacious, F.T.C, and DJ SLT
DE/VISION, Architect, Thought Thieves in Saint Paul

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds at The State Theatre

Monday, January 13, 2014

Office playlist of the week

Since I took today off from work, I postponed my weekly blog series from  Sunday night to Monday night. I'm on a synthpop kick lately so a lot of the music I am going to listen to will be synthpop-related but not all just to break things up through out the day/week.

Love On Demand by Foretaste
Really excellent synthpop from the French band Foretaste. I have been meaning to buy this album for a couple of years now and I finally got around to doing so. Wish that I got it sooner but oh well,better late than never.

Gift by Curve
An oldie but goodie. Can't believe it has been 13 years since this album was released. I miss Curve.

beautifulgarbage by Garbage
One of my personal favorite albums by Garbage.

London Underground by Nitin Sawhney

Disease by Regenerator

Optics by I:Scintilla

Three Cheers For the Newlydead by Ashbury Heights

Hearts of the World by Moonlight Cove
One of the best synthpop albums of 2012.

The Order of the Reptile by Ego Likeness
Easily my favorite Ego Likeness album.

Nightglory by Kirlian Camera

Tonight the Angels by Haberdashery

Imaginaerum by Nightwish

Synthetic Movement by CHROM

Escape by Future Perfect

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Jam of the Week: I'll Hate You by Amduscia

This past Friday, I finally got around to check out Death, Thou Shall Die by Amduscia on Spotify. I definitely like that album a lot more than Filofobia (which I like but it was definitely flawed,wasn't too crazy about Polo's vocals on that album). One of the songs that stood out with me on the entire album is "I'll Hate You". I really can relate to the lyrics and the aggressiveness of the song in general thus it is my jam of the week.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

January/February/March/April releases (so far)

Mesh - Adjust Your Set (digital only) [Jan 14]
Mindless Self Indulgence - Fuck Machine [Jan 14]
Joy Shannon and the Beauty Marks - The Oracle [Jan 14]*
Alcest - Shelter [Jan 21]*
Ost+Front - Olympia [Jan 24]
Skinny Puppy - The Greater Wrong of the Right (re-release) [Jan 28]
Scaremeister - 31 Spirits [Jan 28]

FebruaryArmy of the Universe - Uniforms [Feb 04]
Faderhead - Atoms and Emptiness [Feb 07]*
Baal - Shurado [Feb 11]
Seabound - Speak in Storms [Feb 11]
Aesthetic Perfection - 'Til Death [Feb 11]
Clan of Xymox - Matters of Mind, Body, and Soul [Feb 11]
Harms and Kapelle - s/t [Feb 28]

KMFDM - Brute (vinyl) [Mar 11]
KMFDM - Glory (vinyl) [Mar 11]
Psyclon Nine - [Disorder:The Shadow Sessions] [Mar 11]
KMFDM - Help Us Save Us Take Us Away (vinyl) [Mar 11]
Eisbrecher - Zehn Jahre Kalt [Mar 11]
KMFDM - A Drug Against War (vinyl) [Mar 11]
God Module - False Face [Mar 11]
KMFDM - Light (vinyl) [Mar 11]
KMFDM - Boots (vinyl) [Mar 11]
Diary of Dreams - Elegies in Darkness [Mar 14]
Combichrist - We Love You [Mar 25]
THYX - Super Vision [Mar 25]

Wumpscut - Bulwark Bazooka [Apr 22]

*available in stock at Storming the Base

Of course if I find out about more releases in the coming months, damn straight you can expect me to tweet or blog about it ;).

Friday, January 10, 2014

10 albums I need to add to my music collection in 2014

This morning I decided to treat myself with some of my bonus from work an album that has been sitting on my Amazon wish list for a couple of years now Foretaste's Love On Demand. After going through my wish list it got me thinking about what all the albums that I have been wanting to buy but have pushed aside because of other albums. So I came up with a list of ten albums I need to add to my music collection.

10. Where Angels Fear by Lullacry

09. 11:11 by CHIASM

08. Is This Goodbye? by Panic Lift

07. Dismantle by Carved Souls

06. In My Fragile by Vic Anselmo

05. Madness in Abyss by Amduscia

04. Deliberately Fragile by Technoir

03. Somnia by Longing For Orpheus

02. Monosex by De/vision

01. The Lost Are Found by Claudia Brucken

This won't be an easy feat nor a cheap one but I think I can try to obtain as many of these albums as possible. Heavy emphasis on the word TRY. LOL.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

My ideal line up for Coachella

Today before work I saw that the folks behind Coachella announced the 2014 line up for this year's festival. Anyone who knows me personally knows how much fun I get out of poking fun out hipster culture and this includes Coachella. I will admit good for Coachella for adding Motorhead to the line up. That should suck out some of the pretentiousness of the annual gathering of hipsters. So while at work today, I started thinking to myself "if I ran Coachella, who the hell would I get to play at the festival?" thus I came up a list of bands that I would get to play at the festival. My line up would not be a bunch of pussies that's for sure.

* Curve (if there is one band I would kill to see reunited, it is Toni Halliday and Dean Garcia's band. Gawd do I miss them and I wish I could have seen them in their heyday).

* Siouxsie and The Banshees

* Goldfrapp

* Delerium

* Nightwish

* Blutengel

* Robyn

* Skinny Puppy

* Gary Numan

* The Suburbs

* Juno Reactor

* Garbage

* Combichrist

* Mediaeval Baebes

* Belly

* Chvrches

* Keep Shelly in Athens

* Noblesse Oblige

* Faun

* Android Lust

* The Foreign Resort

* The Bellwether Syndicate

* Nena

* Unter Null

* Kirlian Camera

* Promidal

* Massive Attack

* Portishead

* Conjure One

* Balligomingo

* Sleepthief

* Marsheaux

* Tristania

* Omega Lithium

* Rammstein

* Arch Enemy

* Hanzel und Gretyl

* Genitorturers

* Diary of Dreams

* In Strict Confidence

* Helalyn Flowers

* Cylab

* The Luna Sequence

* Ego Likeness

* Ayria

* Rotersand

* Berlin

* Ladytron

* Death in June

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Baal - Purge

Of all the new music that is coming out in the coming weeks, I am most excited about the American debut album Shurado by the Japanese band Baal. I have been listening to their earlier music via youtube and I think it kicks ass. Tonight I listened to their song "Purge" that is from their new album Shurado. Check it out.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

My current favorite songs of the week

Now that the holidays are over, I am back with my regular weekly postings.  Here is the first new playlist of my current favorite songs on Spotify.

01. "Open Your Heart" - Ofra Haza
02. "Purpose Beyond Form" - The Luna Sequence
03. "Beautyfool" - Otto's Daughter
04. "Stay" - Shakespeare's Sister
05. "Storm and Shadow" - Synapse
06. "Lost" - System Syn
07. "Angelicus"  - Delerium
08. "Love is Complicated" - State of the Union
09. "Nightsail" - Comaduster
10. "One Time in Life" - The Crystalline Effect

Been really digging music by the late Ofra Haza and The Luna Sequence lately. I recently got Ofra's self-titled album released in 1997shortly before her untimely death. What a voice. Sad that she passed away from HIV complications. I am really adoring the instrumental sounds of The Luna Sequence. Check out Kaia Young's project at her bandcamp page. Of course had to throw in a couple of oldies but goodies like "Stay" and "Angelicus".

Saturday, January 4, 2014

The Luna Sequence

Just as I am wondering what the hell I was going to write on my blog tonight, I decided to go onto Spotify to put together a list of my current favorite songs. As I was perusing my discover page on Spotify, I came across the name The Luna Sequence.  Curiosity got the best of me and I decided to listen to The Day The Curse Grew Stronger, the new album by The Luna Sequence. I really liking what I am hearing so far on the album (which I am currently listening to on Spotify but you can also stream it on bandcamp too).

I am really impressed with Kaia Young's work. Her music is an excellent hybrid of electronica (and I don't mean lameass dubstep either), punk, and heavy metal music. Although her music is instrumental, I can definitely hear a fuck you/devil may care sort of attitude come through the music. I just love fusion of electronica with punk rock and heavy metal. I definitely recommend checking out The Luna Sequence if you are for something new and different. What a nice new find in the new year for this music junkie ;).

The Luna Sequence FB page
The Luna Sequence Twitter page
The Luna Sequence bandcamp page

Friday, January 3, 2014

What I am looking forward to in 2014

01. The American debut album Shurado by the Japanese cyberpunk band Baal.

This band's music so fucking badass in my book. Really can't wait to hear Shurado which means "Scene of carnage" in Japanese. Album comes out on February 11 via Metropolis Records.

02. Skinny Puppy and Army of the Universe at Mill City Nights

03. Warpaint at First Avenue
Also looking forward to hearing their new album that comes out later this month.

04. 'Til Death by Aesthetic Perfection

05. Hate Dept at Club Underground

Check out their new album. It is really good.

06. VNV Nation at Mill City Nights

07. Speak in Storms by Seabound

8. False Face by God Module

That is it so far. Not really sure whether I am going to go see Gary Numan in March. It would be a late night for me and I have to work tomorrow. Plus I am seeing Warpaint the night before at First Avenue. Definitely will post any more events and new releases when I come across them through out the year.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

2013 CD purchases

With 2013 gone, I thought I would share with my readers all the CDs I bought and the actual amount of $$$ I spent on them. This was a year long project for me. I thought it would be interesting to find out how much money I spent on a year's worth of music. I should note that some of the CDs on my list I no longer own.

Blutengel - Monument
State of the Union - Black City Lights
Regenerator - Disease
Loreena McKennitt - Book of Secrets
Spirited  Away soundtrack
Vicci Martinez - Vicci

Moonlight Cove - Orphans of the Storm
Nightwish - End of an Era
Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
Ataraxia - Simponia Sine Nomine
The Crystalline Effect - Hypothermia
Waves Under Water  All of Your Light

Lullacry - Vol.4
Midnattsol - The Metamorphosis Melody
Moby - Play
Ghost and Writer - Red Flags
Lullacry - Fire Within EP
Chill Out in Paris 2
William Orbit - Pieces in a Modern Style
I:Scintilla - Marrow 1
Absolute Grrrls Manifesto Chapter 1

Ayria - Plastic Makes Perfect
Helalyn Flowers - White Me In/Black Me out
Kirlian Camera - Black Summer Choirs
Juno Reactor - East of the Golden Sun
Sarah McLachlan - Rarities and B-Sides
Garbage - Version 2.0
Til Tuesday - Everything's Different Now
Loreena McKennitt - The Mask and the Mirror
Io Echo - Ministry of Love
Enya - The Very Best of Enya
Garbage - beautifulgarbage
Hooverphonic - The Magnificent Tree

Noblesse Oblige - In Exile
Suicide Commando - When Evil Speaks
Mediaeval Baebes - Undrentide
Faun - Von Den Elben

Wolfsheim - Casting Shadows
Snog - Babes in Consumerland
Buddha Bar IV
Buddha Bar V
Tristania - Darkest Whites
Noblesse Oblige - Affair of the Heart

Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay
Funker Vogt - Companions in Crime
Kobra and The Lotus - s/t
Sneaker Pimps - Becoming X
Massive Attack - Protection
Nitronoise - Total Nihilism
Cyferdyne - Genesys

Marsheaux - Inhale
Amduscia - Filofobia
The Azoic - The Corruption EP

Blume - Autumn Ruins
Goldfrapp - Tales of Us
Syrian - Death of a Sun

Berlin - Animal
Gravity Soundtrack
Geodesique - Hologram
Keep Shelly in Athens - In Love with Dusk/Our  Own Dreams
Solitary Experiments - Phenomena

Vixen - s/t
Moby - Innocents
MergingMoon - Kamikakushi
Nightwish  - Showtime,Storytime
Ego Likeness - Water to the Dead
Ego Likeness - Order of the Reptile
Sensuous Enemy - Voyager

Mediaeval Baebes - Of Kings and Angels
Otto's Daughter - Arc of A Dream
Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe
Android Lust - The Human Animal
Gospel Gossip -s/t
Scala and Kolacny Brothers - s/t
The Raveonettes - Chain Gang of Love

And the total amount came to is $1,417.19, I shit you not. The Kirlian Camera, Blutengel, Nightwish, and MergingMoon cds were anything but cheap (definitely worth every single penny though).  I have no regrets ;).

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

My top 10 best of 2013

Well it is finally 2014,and as I have promised about waiting until the new year to post my top 10 best of 2013, now I can post it. Putting this list together wasn't easy. I usually do 15-20 albums in the past but in late 2013, I decided to change things a bit and just do 10 and wait until January to post it. Narrowing my picks to 10 albums really required a lot of work for me. I had to go listen to countless albums that were released this year for the past month and a half. Without further ado, here is my top 10 list :).

10. Sensuous Enemy: Voyager

09. Gravity Motion Picture Soundtrack

08. Solitary Experiments: Phenomena

07. Chvrches: The Bones of What You Believe

06. MergingMoon: Kamakikushi

05. Absolute Grrrls Manifesto Chapter One

04. Nightwish: Showtime,Storytime

03. Noblesse Oblige: Affair of the Heart

02. Goldfrapp: Tales of Us

01. Blume: Autumn Ruins

Honorable Mentions:
Front Line Assembly: Echogenetic

Suicide Commando: When Evil Speaks

Marsheaux: Inhale

Otto's Daughter: Arc of a Dream

Syrian: Death of a Sun

Mr.Kitty: Life

Choosing my #1 favorite album for my best of 2013 list was not easy. It was a toss up between Blume and Goldfrapp. Ultimately I picked Blume's Autumn Ruins as my favorite album of 2013. I had been waiting for new music from one of my top favorite synthpop bands for the past three years. The long ass wait was so well worth it. Every song is a real gem but "For My Lorraine" really nailed it for me. The acoustic ballad was a wonderful way to end the album. The mournful lyrics and Enrico's gorgeous vocals truly moved me emotionally. While some people might have found Tales of Us by Goldfrapp dull but for me it was a slice of heaven. I just love the quiet, intimate sound of the album and don't feel so overwhelmed by dance beats that is often the case with their more dance orientated albums. Earlier this year, Affair of the Hearts was on top of my best of 2013 list...that is until Blume and Goldfrapp released their new albums. It was really hard for me to edge that album out of the top spot but I just had to.

For the first time in a long time, FLA put out an album that made me excited. I really loved that they decided to go all out and go with a strictly electronic sound for Echogenetic. The new Suicide Commando album When Evil Speaks is totally kickass. Definitely my favorite aggrotech album of 2013. I thought it was a much stronger album than Amduscia's Filofobia which was good but alas I just think their music hasn't been the same since the unfortunate passing of Edgar. I would have loved to have put the new Otto's Daughter, Marsheaux, Syrian, and Mr.Kitty albums in the top 10 but I just didn't have the room. They are still very good and worthy of an honorable mention with this music junkie/blogger.