Monday, March 31, 2014

What I am looking forward to in April

With March about to end, I thought I would share with my readers what I am looking forward to in the next month:

Non-music: my 12th tattoo. I have been bouncing off the walls for the nearly two weeks waiting for my appointment at Saint Sabrina's in April to get a partial shot of a xenomorph tattooed on my right calf. Since I am turning 40 later this year, I figure I need to do something big for my b'day and a badass tattoo like a xenomorph seems to do the trick. Music-wise, April is going to be a pretty hectic month for me for concerts.

I am kicking off April with the much anticipated concert featuring the Dum Dum Girls at the Triple Rock.

On Friday, tickets for the upcoming Chvrches show at First Avenue goes on sale. I definitely can't miss that band again like I did the first time around.

New Nitro/Noise album No Cure for Apocalypse. I think that is an obvious given for anyone who reads my blog ;). I am not sorry when I say this but this band is 10x better than Combichrist.

VNV Nation with Whiteqube at Mill City Nights - This will be like my 4th or 5th time I will be seeing VNV Nation live. Always a lot of fun to see live. It will be nice to see them in another venue other than the now closed Station 4 which frankly was not my favorite venue to see them live.

Phantogram with Teen at First Avenue - This will be my first time seeing Phantogram live. It will be interesting to see how they sound live compared to their recordings. Very excited for this show especially since the show is sold out.

Uh Huh Her with DJ Kim Anh at Triple Rock Social Club - Another first time show for me. I was kinda bummed that I had to miss UHH when they were at The Varsity a few years back so I am making up for that with this show.

Empty by Mondtraume  - I have been listening to the few tracks available for streaming on bandcamp quite a bit lately. This is definitely another highly anticipated album I am looking forward to getting later this month (will be pre-ordering it very soon).

Friday, March 28, 2014

Jam of the Week: Sky Shut Down by God Module

This week I have been listening a lot to the new God Module album False Face. It has been a godsend during this long week in using the new program system at my work and God Module's music has helped motivate me with my work. One of the songs that has stuck out with me is "Sky Shut Down". This is one of my personal favorite songs on the album. Very catchy and for some odd reason the harsh vocals calms me down at work. LOL! So this is my Jam of the Week. Enjoy! really don't want to miss their upcoming show in May at Amsterdam Bar in Saint Paul. Just saying.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mondtraume "Empty" video trailer

Tonight I was checking out the video trailer for the Mondtraume's upcoming album Empty. I definitely recommend checking out this band for synthpop fans. I definitely plan on buying it.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Albums I am currently listening to

Future Souls by Uh Huh Her - I just discovered that the new Uh Huh Her album was available for streaming on Spotify. Just finished listening to it. I think it goes without saying I will definitely be buying a copy of the album when I go see the band live at The Triple Rock on 4/30.

Authority by Client - Until I get my copy of Authority in the mail one of these days, I'll just have to settle to listen to the album via Spotify. I am enjoying the album immensely.

Out Among Stars by Johnny Cash - Although the man in black has been gone for several years, his music is simply timeless. I can never get tired of listening to Johnny Cash's music and this is the case with this "new" album from the man in black which was recorded in the '80s but was never released to the public (until now). This is a wonderful album. I thought it was really sweet to hear Johnny sing with his wife June.

In the Shadows by Roniit

Just discovered Roniit a couple of nights ago via Spotify. Her brand of electro-pop reminded me an awful lot of Conjure One, Balligomingo, Delerium, and Sleepthief. Really beautiful music.

Rushing Through the Sky by Schoolcraft

I just discovered Schoolcraft via bandcamp this afternoon at work. I absolutely loved what I had heard. In fact I just ordered a copy of it. I love bandcamp.

Love is Luxury By Valerie Gentile

Also discovered Valerie's music this afternoon on bandcamp. Really dug what I heard.

Monday, March 24, 2014

My Top 5 Picks of 2014 releases people should check out

I know it is only March but I have already heard some really stunning albums released this year that I think should be heard by the masses.

01. Authority by Client - I just found this album on Spotify. So while I am waiting for my copy of the album to arrive in the mail, I decided to take a listen to the album. I was not disappointed. The music is reminiscent of Ladytron, maybe a bit more polished. I really like the new singer Nicole Thomas. Favorite tracks: "Refuge", "Faith", and "Obsession".

02. Too True by Dum Dum Girls - Easily my favorite rock album I have heard so far this year. I am reminded a little of The Raveonettes but with a lot less distorted guitars but their music shares that same retro '60s sound with the Danish band.  Favorite tracks: "Cult of Love", "Rimbaud Eyes", and "Are You Okay?".

03.Voices by Phantogram - It is funny, the first time I listened to this album I had streamed it on Spotify. Initially I wasn't sure what to think of it. Despite that reaction, I still bought it yesterday at the Fetus. Now that I have listened to the album a few more times since buying the album, I absolutely love the album. I really can't describe their music. It certainly isn't straight forward pop. The music can be quite dark lyrically and musically.  Favorite tracks: "Fall in Love", "Bill Murray", and "My Only Friend".

04. Many Faces of War by Army on the Dance Floor -  I have been watching this band for a good part of 2013. Earlier this year Army on the Dance Floor released their debut album Many Faces of War independently. Having heard samples of their music prior to their release and enjoying what I had heard, I was very excited to hear their debut album. I love new wave music so Many Faces of War is right up my alley. Very catchy and dance friendly. Favorite tracks: "Five Million Stars", "Leia", "Many Faces of War".

05. False Face by God Module - Absolutely freaking love this album. End of story. This album totally made my work day a lot more bearable. The music is harsh yet melodic as expected from God Module. Favorite tracks: "A Good Night to Die", "False Face", and "Through the Noise".

Honorable Mentions:
Hydra by Within Temptation - Hydra is my next favorite album in the rock/metal genre. This is the band's most diverse album I have heard. I love the duets with Tarja, Howard, Xzibit, and Dave Pirner. I think including them has helped the band's music sound not so monotonous like on previous albums (which is why I never couldn't get into the band in the same way as I did with Nightwish). Favorite tracks: "Dangerous", "And We Run", and "Paradise (What About Us)".

Shurado by Baal  - Heavy, intense cyberpunk music is my best description for this excellent album from the Japanese band. I love listening to this album while I do some housecleaning. Not the most melodic album I have heard but it has a lot of energy and is a good outlet for pent up aggression.  Favorite tracks: "Purge", "Dead Sector", and "Awake".

While the new Aesthetic Perfection album 'Til Death was thoroughly enjoyable, I just didn't think it was as strong as the new God Module album. I still like it and the direction that Daniel Graves decided to take his music, I just happen to like the new God Module album a bit more. The new Combichrist album We Love You just failed to impress me. It had a few solid tracks but overall I was not terribly impressed by it especially when the new Nitro/Noise album No Cure for Apocalypse is coming out in a few weeks and judging by the few tracks I have heard, it kicks massive ass. For me personally, Combichrist's music has become rather stagnant and uninteresting while Nitro/Noise's music sounds more fresh and energetic. This is one of my quibbles with a lot of the bands signed to Metropolis Records, some of the bands on their label have been churning out some of the most uninteresting music in the past few years therefore I have been using bandcamp to find music that would appeal to me. Right now DWA (aka Digital World Audio, formerly known as Deathwatch Asia) Records has gotten my undivided attention with bands like Nitro/Noise, Sirus, Detroit Diesel, Surgyn, and Cyferdyne. Sorry for that off-topic rambling. I just had to get that off my mind ;).

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Office Playlist of the Week

Well it's Sunday evening. Again. Another weekend is coming to an end and another end of the month push here, not to mention the stupid new system goes live this week. Oh goody. On the positive note, I recently made a trip to the Electric Fetus for some new music so that will help make my Monday a bit more tolerable. Here is what I plan on listening to for this "fun-filled" week:

Voices by Phantogram - This was one of the CDs I picked up today at the Fetus. I only heard it via Spotify. Let me tell you, the actual album itself sounds 100x better than the digital version. It is awesome. Now I am really excited to be going to see Phantogram in April. I feel so lucky to have scored a ticket for their now sold out show.

False Face by God Module - This was the other album I picked up today. Also sounds better than how it sounds online. I am listening to this album just as I am writing this blog tonight :).

This Icona Pop - My current favorite pop album right now. Just a fun album to listen to and a nice break from the darker stuff I listen to on a daily basis.

Hydra by Within Tempation - After a week of owning this album, I am still enjoying the new WT album immensely.

Too True by Dum Dum Girls - I can definitely see this album being in my end of the year top ten list. It is so freaking good. Really getting excited for their upcoming show in just over a week.

Total Nihilism by Nitro/Noise - As I am waiting for April and the release of the new Nitro/Noise album, I'll have to settle to listen to Total Nihilism. This band just totally blows a lot of bands in the aggrotech scene out of the water.

Machines Are Us by Icon of Coil

The Golden Sun of the Great East by Juno Reactor

All Of Your Light by Waves Under Water

Broken Hearts Corporate Minds by Sirus

III by Shiny Toy Guns

Scala and Kolacny Brothers by Scala and Kolacny Brothers

If All Now Here by Feathers

Beyond Flatline by Seabound

Atavist by Otep

Goliath by Butcher Babies

Darkest White by Tristania

Saturday, March 22, 2014

My favorite cover songs

Tonight I put together a playlist of My Favorite Cover Songs on Spotify. The original artists are listed in parentheses. Enjoy!

01. Standing (VNV Nation) - Cinderella Effect
02. No Limits (2 Unlimited) - Helalyn Flowers
03. Invincible (Pat Benatar) - Ayria
04. Hymn (Ultravox) - Kirlian Camera
05. It's A Sin (Pet Shop Boys) - Sensuous Enemy
06. Hotel California (The Eagles) - Noblesse Oblige
07. Promise (When in Rome) - Marsheaux
08. Over the Hills and Far Away (Gary Moore) - Nightwish
09. Little Black Angel (Death in June) - Ladytron
10. I Think We're Alone Now (Tommy James and the Shondells) - The Birthday Massacre

I definitely recommend checking out the versions of "Standing", "Invincible", and "Hymn" in particular. I think they are the cat's meow. At least to me they are ;).

Friday, March 21, 2014

Jam of the Week: War Eternal by Arch Enemy

For this week's Jam of the Week, I have chosen the new Arch Enemy track "War Eternal". If you haven't already heard, Angela Gossow has decided to focus her attentions more on band management and Alissa White-Gluz is the new frontwoman for the Swedish metal band. I like Angela's work as singer but I am really digging what I have heard so far from Alissa White-Gluz. I have been listening to the song quite a bit today. I definitely plan on buying the new Arch Enemy album when it comes out.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Front Line Assembly with Cyanotic, Dismantled and DJ? Acucrack

It's Throwback Thursday again. This time I chose the 2011 FLA show with Cyanotic, Dismantled, and DJ? Acucrack. It was a fun show. While all the bands were great, I really dug FLA and Dismantled's sets.
goth_maven's Front Line Assembly 2011  Mpls show album on Photobucket

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Win tickets to see Gary Numan at Mill City Nights on 3/30

I thought I would share with my readers a contest that Kilted Farmer Koncerts is having to win free will call tickets to see Gary Numan on their Facebook page.


To enter, you must do both of these things:

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Of the artists Kilted Farmer Koncerts has booked throughout the years, which artist is your favorite?

(Our past shows are listed here: )

Entries accepted from date of posting until 7:00 pm CDT, March 20, 2014.

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* One entry per person.
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* One winner will be drawn at random from all eligible entries, and announced in the comments on this Facebook post.
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* If the winner doesn't reply by 7 pm, March 21, we'll choose another winner.
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* Retail value of the prize is $50.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Albums I am currently listening to

Here is what I have been listening to lately, along with some old music I recently dug out of a box.

Old school ( for me that is when I was in my 20s/30s ;)):

Exit Paradise by In Strict Confidence

Redemption by Imperative Reaction

Where Sun and Moon Unite by In Strict Confidence

Satellites by Cylab

The Approach by I:Scintilla

Demon Kiss by Blutengel

Flicker by Ayria

Advance and Follow (V2) by VNV Nation

New School

Hydra by Within Temptation

Only in Dreams by Dum Dum Girls

Corruption by The Azoic

Greatest hits...So Far by P!nk

Common Reaction by Uh Huh Her

I almost forgot  how much I enjoy Redemption by Imperative Reaction. That was the first album IR album I ever heard. Still holds up very well with me to this very day. Very good motivational music to listen to while one is trying out the new exercises given to me today at my second physical therapy session for frozen shoulder (which is so much fun...not). I am also really enjoying the two ISC albums I have mentioned. I especially love the Where Moon and Sun Unite EP. That was my first ISC album I ever bought so that album has a special place in my heart. I guess the reason for digging out some old music is because I am not exactly getting any younger hence the need to feel nostalgic.

I must admit I really do love the new Within Temptation album. It doesn't bore me like their previous albums (sorry WT). I think having an array of guest musicians on the album has broken up the monotony of the band's music. Hydra and Only In Dreams have been the two albums that are getting heavy rotation both at work and at home. I am really looking forward to seeing Dum Dum Girls in two weeks.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

My Top 10 Must Have Albums

Tonight I have been thinking about all the upcoming releases set to be released this spring. I am also including a couple of albums that are already available to the public.  I thought I would share with my readers my 10 must have albums. I know have posted something similar last month but this will be updated because on my last list, there were a couple of releases that I did not include.

10. Geben aller Verdammten by Schwarzblut - I recently heard Schwarzblut's latest EP Bis aufs Blut and absolutely loved what I heard. If their new album Geben aller Verdammten is anything like the EP, I am definitely planning on buying the album.

09. Freakshow by  Aengeldust

08. The Journey So Far: The Best of Loreena McKennitt by Loreena McKennitt-being a diehard fan, I definitely want to add this best of collection to my ever so growing music collection. I can't help it ;).

07. Arizona Lights by Machinista

06. Black Symphonies by Blutengel

05. Rave the Reqviem by Rave the Reqviem

04. Collection by Belinda Carlisle - I confess. I have a soft spot for Belinda Carlisle's solo work so to own this collection of her solo work is a must have for me.

03. Electronic Saviors 3: Remission

02. Authority by Client - Okay so I already pre-ordered the new Client album. I still think though it is album to look out for this year for fans of Ladytron (although some longtime Client fans aren't loving the new singer and songs).  To each their own I suppose.

01.No Cure for Apocalypse by Nitro Noise - Hands down this is the release to look out for...the new Nitro Noise album. If you dig Combichrist, you will absolutely fucking love Nitro Noise. I know I do. Personally I prefer Nitro Noise over Combichrist any given day but that is just me

Saturday, March 15, 2014

My Current Favorite Songs of the Week

Here is this week's playlist of My Current Favorite Songs of the Week. I have really gotten into the sounds of pop acts Icona Pop and Charli XCX. Their music just puts me in a good mood when I need it. The playlist gradually gets harder with songs by the Japanese cyberunk band Baal and Youth Code.

01. Lock You Up by Charli XCX
02. Just Another Night by Icona Pop
 03. Bedroom Eyes by Dum Dum Girls
04. 1000 Years by Blouse
05. Wait Another Day by Uh Huh Her
 06. Dead Sector by Baal
07. Carried Mask by Youth Code
08. From My Cold Dead Hands by Combichrist
09. This Stone is Starting to Bleed by Roman remains
10. Krieger (Symphonic version by Blutengel

I am also totally digging the new Client single "Refuge". I have been listening to it constantly since last night. The song is so freaking infectious. I pre-ordered the band's new album Authority as a result from listening to it non-stop last night. LOL! I personally do like the new singer.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Some Food For Thought: Women's History Month (my current musical influences as an adult)

Well I thought tonight I would blog about my musical influences as an adult for my Women's History Month series but considering how much I have to write, I have decided to split it into two parts. Tonight's blog will be about my current influences and the second part will be about the women who has influenced me in my adult years.

Right now I have been listening to a few interesting pop artists: Icona Pop, Charli XCX, and Sky Ferreira. I really love a good solid pop hook and these women have created some of the catchiest pop songs in recent years. I am particularly digging the pop duo Icona Pop. Their music is brash and fun. It's happy music for me. It will be interesting how all their careers will evolve throughout the years. I hope their careers don't go on a downward spiral like Lady Gaga's career especially with her dismal third album Artpop and that stupid stunt of being vomited on at SXSW. I will be bloody honest. I did love Lady Gaga's music when she first came out. Her music was incredibly infectious and addictive but for me her music quickly became overshadowed by Lady G's public persona and I grew weary of it. Also I was not impressed with her third album which I found lacking in any decent melodies in my personal opinion. Still I do credit Lady Gaga for making pop music a bit more interesting in recent years. I still think a lot of if is rubbish but every now and then something will grab my undivided attention and make me love it like Lady Gaga did in 2009.

As of right now, my favorite band is the Dum Dum Girls. I have been listening to Too True and Only in Dreams a lot. I just adore their sound of retro garage punk. The music is very raw and minimalistic yet just filled with melodic pop hooks. Lead singer Dee Dee often reminds me of Chrissie Hyndes of The Pretenders. Right now their upcoming show at The Triple Rock is my most anticipated concert between now and June. The funny thing about the Dum Dum Girls' music is that I tried to get into their music a few years ago but at the time I just couldn't get into their music. I suppose this was because at the time I wasn't ready to really branch out of the synthpop and industrial mindset I was stuck in. Now that I am edging closer to turning the big 4-0, my outlook on music has evolved. I am really looking beyond one particular genre. Outside of my beloved industrial and synthpop genres, the Dum Dum Girls is where my heart is. Absolutely adore this band.

Uh Huh Her is a band I fell in love a few years back but kinda pushed aside for awhile...until this year. UHH is an electro-pop band from LA featuring actress/singer Leisha Hailey (who was on The L Word and in the band The Murmurs) and Camila Grey. After hearing their first single "Innocence" for their upcoming album Future Souls, I had to bust out my copy of Common Reaction and started listening to it once again. I was quickly reminded how good the band's music is. I will finally be seeing this band at the end of April. It will be my first time seeing Uh Huh Her so I am very excited to be going to that show.

Speaking of electro-pop in general, I have been listening to a lot of it in the past couple of years from the Greek band Marsheaux to Tegan and Sara's latest album Heartthrob. Tonight I recently pre-ordered the new Client album Authority after I heard their new song "Refuge", which I played incessantly all evening long. LOL! Pop music of all sorts has definitely started filtering back into my consciousness and without feeling any shame about it.

I could easily go on and on about my current musical influences but these are the main ones that have gotten under my skin. I will though give out some shout-outs to:Baal, Mari Chrome, Army On the Dancefloor, Noblesse Oblige,and Javelynn who have all put out some kick ass music in the past 1-3 years and has made waking up in the morning all the worthwhile.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Faith and the Muse at Ground Zero

For this week's Throwback Thursday, I chose Faith and the Muse which was the first show I started helping out with my friend Trace for his Kilted Farmer Koncerts promotional company. Boy! Five years ago sure has flown by. Local bands Mercy Kill and Autumn opened up for the band. Packed show. I remember a couple of douchebags who were totally butt wasted moshing during the show and would knock me into this poor woman which I had to apologize profusely. We were both super pissed. BTW...who the hell moshes to Faith and the Muse? Oh just some drunk ass morons. Anyways, on a more humorous note, two guys got into a fist fight during Autumn's set and had to have their asses hauled out of Ground Zero. Without further ado, here is my photos and video footage from the show.

goth_maven's Faith and the Muse at Ground Zero album on Photobucket

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Jam of the Week: 500 (Shake Baby Shake) by Lush

As old as this song is (which is 18 years old), I still love it. The song is so damn catchy. Just love the jingly guitar riffs and the infectious pop hooks. Definitely my favorite tune off Lovelife. Lush is one of those band that I truly miss from my twenties. There never will be another band like Lush.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Some food for thought: Why I love music

So last night before I had to go to bed, I came across an interesting article from The A.V Club titled New study reveals some peole really don't like music, all people like money. You can read the actual study from the University of Barcelona here. This had me scratching my head. I kinda understand why there is a small segment of the human population who just can't get into music as I read the comments section on NPR's article on the same topic. To each their own I suppose.

I think it is pretty obvious that I am a big music junkie. After all I have about ten concerts to attend between now and June and my CD collection is fairly extensive. As I am writing tonight's blog, I got Icona Pop's album This Is... blasting on my boombox. I have to listen to music when I blog, surfing the 'net, read, or cook. I am not a fan of silence or the sound of people or the elevator because my apartment is right smacked dab in front of the elevators therefore I need some background noise to drown that shit out.

For me listening to music is as important as is breathing and eating. I cannot function without listening to music, especially when I am at the insane asylum (i.e work). Since my 9 to 5 job is just basic data entry work, I need to be motivate me to do my job and music does that for me. I tend to listen to a lot of industrial, synthpop and metal at work although lately I have been on a pop kick (i.e Icona Pop, Charli XCX, and Sky Ferreira). Also music drowns out the batshit crazy people I work with. Good gawd I work with some insane women. If you want to know what Hell looks like, it looks like my office (i.e middle aged/post-menopausal women with the maturity level of a 12 year old).

Another reason to love music is that music can be very therapeutic for a troubled soul. There have been quite a few times in my life that music proved to have saved my life when I was a teenager/college student. My freshmen year in college in Cedar Falls, IA was such a miserable year. I was just not happy there but thank gawd for Siouxsie and The Banshees whose music literally made me finish the remainder of the school year without applying a razor blade to my wrists. Or if I am in a really bad mood (courtesy of work), I will tend to throw in some Suicide Commando, Unter Null, Hocico, or Butcher Babies to make me feel better when I get home from work. For me, nothing calms my nerves down like some aggrotech or heavy metal.

Then there is the thrill of shopping for music. Normally I really don't enjoy shopping but when it comes to music, I absolutely love music shopping. There just is nothing like going through the CD racks or bins at The Electric Fetus and Cheapo Records and  finding some interesting new music.

Finally I can't forget to mention about seeing my favorite bands live. As much as I love listening to music at home (or work to keep me sane and free from murderous thoughts), I love going to concerts and seeing my favorite artists/bands perform live. There really just is nothing like seeing one's favorite artist/band perform live on stage. I always get a thrill from every show I attend, whether it is a local band or a national band. Plus it gets me out of the apartment. lol

While those who are ambivalent to music are certainly entitled to their opinions, I for one can't imagine for the life of me a life without the enjoyment of music.  For me life without the enjoyment of music just isn't worth living.

Monday, March 10, 2014

Albums I am currently listening to

CDs I picked up from the library this weekend: 
 This is...By Icona Pop

Imperium by Blouse

True Romance by Charli XCX

Only In Dreams by Dum Dum Girls

Symphonies of the Night

Pink Moon by Nick Drake

 From my personal CD collection:
 Chain Gang of Love by The Raveonettes

Water to the Dead by Ego Likeness

Uber Alles by Hanzel und Gretyl

Pieces in a Modern Style by William Orbit

I must say the CDs I picked up from the library over the weekend are really good. I am really digging the Icona Pop album This Is... and True Romance by Charli XCX.  They are fun, catchy pop albums. I definitely want my own copy of the Icona Pop album. It totally brightened up my day (which was just awful) when I got home from work today. I also love Only In Dreams by Dum Dum Girls. I am now super excited to see the band alive. I am totally digging DDG's music in a huge way. I was really stoked to have found Blouse's album at the library too. Blouse is touring with DDG. After hearing their album, I can definitely understand why they were chosen to tour with DDG. Their sound is similar to Dum Dum Girls' retro/garage rock.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Hate Dept. with Project .44 and Absynthe of Faith at Club Underground on 03.08.14

Well another concert I went to this weekend and this time at Club Underground underneath The Spring Street Tavern. The Skinny Puppy show from two weekends ago was my official kick off to my busy concert schedule. Last night's show was the Hate Dept. with Project .44 and local band Absynthe of Faith show which was a collaboration between Kilted Street Farmer and DarkSide Minnesota. It was a fun night to be had. Always fun to see my friends in the scene and to have a couple of drinks while we chatted before the show. Considering the turn out for the show, Club Underground was definitely the ideal setting for the show. The small, intimate setting allowed the audience to have a closer interaction with the bands. Since the arrival of DarkSide Minnesota, it seems like the dark underground scene in the Twin Cities has started to come alive with fresh new faces (well maybe not so new to a certain extent) like Absynthe of Faith, who started in 2007 but has started making a serious dent in the scene with the help of DSMN last year. You listen to their music on their ReverbNation page. Absynthe of Faith kicked off last night's show and judging by the audience, they have really cultivated a nice following so far. I definitely would recommend to people to keep their eyes on this promising young band. Project .44 was the second band. They are touring with Hate Dept. on their US tour. The band features members of Ministry, TKK, and other notable Chicago bands. Their set was highly energetic and entertaining. They even had a couple of friends from the Twin Cities get up on stage and sing back up with them. Finally there was Hate Dept.. I am relatively new to the band's music. I have only heard their new album New Ghost. Hate Dept.'s set was a ton of fun. There was a lot of bantering and interaction with the audience through out the set. As a live act, Hate Dept. sounded phenomenal. I was completely impressed. Unlike at the Skinny Puppy, I was fortunate to put myself near the stage but yet not get knocked around or pushed to the ground by the audience which allowed me to get some photographs and video footage from the show. In general, I had a great time last night. Next show for me is Warpaint at First Avenue on 3/29.

goth_maven's Hate Dept with Project 44 and Absynthe of Faith album on Photobucket

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Some food for thought: Women's History Month (my pre-teen years)

As I noted in my last op'd piece I wrote earlier this week, I am continuing it with my musical influences in my pre-teen years. Yeah I know this is out of order/synch but I decided at the time I wrote my previous blog entry that I decided to just go with what felt right at the time, and going out of order seems right to me. Besides this is my blog ;).

According to my calender and Facebook newsfeed, today is International Women's Day. I think it was obvious that today's blog entry would be all about women, mainly the women who influenced me in my youth. Yes I am going to put a number to my age when I saw that I was born in '74 thus grew up as an '80s child so a lot my musical influences were women. So yes, I am old and I have the white hair to show for it. LOL!

My latest Spotify playlist Women Who Has Influenced Me highlights the women I grew up on. I'll be perfectly honest here...Madonna is not on my playlist is because she really didn't have an influence on me as did the other women. I liked her music but Madonna didn't do much for me. I was more of a Cyndi Lauper fan and I still am to this very day. I think it was Cyndi's quirky persona that drew me to her. Another reason I preferred Cyndi over Madonna is that I felt that Cyndi was and still is a better singer. I finally saw Cyndi live for the first time last year, she totally was everything I expected her to be as a live performer. Her quirkiness shined through in her humorous antecdotes about the making of She's So Unusual she would ramble on in between songs.  Still adore Cyndi as an adult. The music scene needs more women like Cyndi who do not conform to the industry's expectations/standards.

Bands like The Bangles and The Go Go's were massive influences on me as a child, especially The Bangles. To see a group of women play instruments and write their own music really showed me that women could do more than just sing. I was really drawn to The Bangles' music because of how well the women harmonized on the songs akin to The Beatles. The band's '60s/'70s influences really shone through their music. On my playlist, I chose their non-singles songs that really highlighted the band's abilities to harmonize as well as them being my personal favorite songs. I loved The Go Go's because their music was a little more raw and harder compared to The Bangles' power pop sound. Still both bands I adore to this very day and their influence on me still reflects on my fondness for all female bands.

As I grew older as a child, edgier music by Berlin, Blondie, and The Pretenders started to seep into my subconsciousness. I think I was about 12 or 13 when I got into Blondie. I am sure it was because of the radio and tv (like Friday Night Videos). I remember having a cassette version of The Best of Blondie and playing the shit out of it. LOL! I simply loved dancing to Blondie's music. Berlin was one of the first new wave bands I got into growing up. I remember hearing "No More Words" on the radio and cranking up my little boombox to hear the song. The album LoveLife remains a personal fave in terms of '80s new wave music. As for The Pretenders, I honestly can't remember how I got into them. I do remember seeing videos for "Brass in Pocket" and "Back on the Chain Gang" and just loving their music. Yeah, I know my memory sucks :P. I'll say this what struck me the most about The Pretenders was Chrissy Hyndes' own personal convictions like on animal rights.

Looking back I wonder I went from listening to such cool music to such lame ass hair metal when I entered my teenage years (thankfully I was saved by the likes of Social Distortion, L7, and Babes in Toyland). I wish there really wasn't a need for International Women's Day but considering the way women are still being treated in the world (including in the good of USA where misogyny  and religious fundamentalism runs rampant in certain parts of the country) I really believe that the day is needed. We as human beings (male or female) need to start treating each other with respect. As a woman, I would really appreciate it if a woman is allowed to have complete autonomy over her own body without the intervention of religious fundies (including other women) and sexist pigs (no offense to members of the porcine family who are actually intelligent and more likely capable of critical thinking than their human counterparts).

After reading Cyndi Lauper's memoir last year, I was amazed by what she had to go through as a woman to get to where she is now. I also love her passion for gay rights over the years. Not only is she a huge influence on me musically but on a social political level well too. Her strength and perseverance just amazes me to no ends of the earth. Cyndi makes me proud to be a feminist, a term I am not a ashamed of using to describe myself. Women should not be ashamed of using that term. I blame the far right wing and their followers for making the term "feminist" a derogatory term. It is not. I should have also credited the band L7 in my previous op'd piece who help started the whole Rock For Choice movement to make me more aware of a woman's reproductive rights as a teenager. The same can be said about Tori Amos and her being a spokesperson for RAINN (rape, abuse, incest, national network). These women are not just artists but political activists who I absolutely have nothing but love and respect for. And yes I am a flaming liberal/moonbat/femi-nazi for any right wing troll out there.

Yes as the human race in general should treat one another with respect and kindness so we don't need days like International Women's Day but reality shows that isn't happening. Thanks to Texas, their abortion law has pushed numerous clinics to close its doors. They have just made it more difficult for women to get access to health care. This is just some of the shit women is being subjected to in this country and why International Women's Day is necessary. If I was really sorry for getting political at the end of today's blog,I would apologize but I am not. Being a woman,feminist, and that this is International Women's Day, I feel like it is necessary to celebrate being a woman, my musical influences and yet still try to justify why this day is still needed. Anyone offended by my more serious segments of my blog entry, I'm not sorry. That's all I have to say.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Combichrist with Ivardensphere and Aesthetic Perfection at The Cabooze

Throwback Thursday again. This time I am showcasing photos from the 2010 Combichrist show at The Cabooze. That was the first time I did a VIP package deal, not to mention meet the guys in Combichrist and my good friend Colleena. That was a fun show. Got a drumstick from Joe Letz after it flew into my face during the set. Absolutely loved Ivardensphere's set with the taiko drummers and of course Aesthetic Perfection.
goth_maven's Combichrist at The Cabooze album on Photobucket

Here is the only video footage I shot from the show that night.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Current List of Upcoming Shows in the Twin Cities

It is that time again for me to post a current list of upcoming shows that are happening in the Twin Cities.

Hate Dept w/Project 44 and Absynthe of Faith
Chad Valley Fine Line Music Cafe
Transmission: 13 Years (a celebration in the First Avenue main room)
KPT at Cause
Warpaint at First Avenue
Gary Numan at Mill City Nights

Dum Dum Girls at The Triple Rock
Iced Earth at First Avenue
VNV Nation at Mill City Nights
Phantogram at First Avenue
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 with Thought Thieves in Saint Paul
Aesthetic Perfection at Ground Zero with Surgyn and Panic Lift

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds at The State Theatre
Tegan and Sara at First Avenue

Sarah McLachlan at the State Theatre

Tori Amos at the O'Shaughnessy

Just found out on bandsintown, the Phantogram show is sold out. Sounds like a moot point for me to mention it. LOL! Although it isn't on the Triple Rock's website yet, I have learned that Uh Huh Her will be playing there on 4/30. I found out via Camilla Grey's Instagram page. Chalk that up to another concert for me to go to along with the Tegan and Sara concert which I already bought my ticket. I would like to see Sarah McLachlan this summer but I'll have to see how much her show will be. I got so many concerts to attend this year. It's almost getting ridiculous. Almost :P.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Some food for thought: Women's History Month (my high school/college years)

Today I learned from 89.3 The Current that March is Women's History Month. I was quickly inspired to write my own after reading Jay Gabler's article on The Current's website. I quickly got to thinking that it has been two years since I wrote my immensely popular 100 Greatest Women in Music list. Just had to share that link in case you just started reading my blog. That blog entry I think really got people noticing what started out as a lowly vanity project which quickly evolved into something bigger than I expected or planned for it to turn out to be.

In honor of Women's History Month, I decided to start creating playlists featuring influential bands that were either all women or were female fronted. Tonight's playlist features artists/bands that influenced me in my teenage/college years.

To go back to the original topic, through out my nearly 40 some years of existence on this planet, I have been heavily influenced by female musicians from The Bangles to Unter Null. Some of my fondest musical memories stems from my younger years when I was in high school and in college. For the first half of my high school years, I listened to some really shitty hair metal but after seeing a Social Distortion video on MTV which knocked some sense into me, I started getting into the alternative rock scene in '91. While everyone and the media was fawning over Nirvana, I was all about L7. I came across a blurb about them in an issue of Rolling Stone magazine which ironically featured Nirvana on the cover. That quickly piqued my curiosity. I remember buying a cassette version of Bricks are Heavy and having my ass kicked by such heavy, aggressive music and by women. That album got me to start looking for other bands like L7 which lead me to the Twin Cities own' Babes in Toyland and Zu Zu's Petals, Curve, The Gits, and 7 Year Bitch. This was all when I was in high school. I really loved the notion of women playing really aggressive music. memory ever...moshing to L7's music during their set at Lollapalooza '94 on Harriet Island. I ended up getting dirty from head to toe that day.

When I entered college, I started listening to bands like The Muffs, Lush, Luscious Jackson, Concrete, Elastica, and Belly. Of course I was looked upon as a freak of nature, you would too if you went to school in Iowa. That was a short lived stint that I have been trying to forget for many, many years. On the other hand, that stupid school I was stuck at for a year led me to discover Siouxsie and The Banshees. That was a godsend. When I transferred to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, my tastes in music continued to evolve. That was when Sleater-Kinney and Garbage started making a name for themselves in the music scene. I really took to Sleater-Kinney at the time more so than Garbage. I also started listening to Ani Difranco and Bikini Kill. I didn't start listening to Goldfrapp and Tori Amos' music until I returned home to the Twin Cities but it was like around that time which was about '96 (I think).

I have to admit I rather miss those years. Maybe because I haven't been tainted by the reality of idiotic co-workers, bills, taxes, politics, and stupid people in general, and now been polluted by cynicism and bitterness of the daily grind. Oh well I guess I can always drown myself in music when the daily grind gets to me...which is every day when I step into that damn office I work in with a bunch of fucking immature "children" I call "co-workers".

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Office Playlist of the Week

Since tomorrow is my least favorite day of the week, I thought for tomorrow (and maybe for the rest of the week depending on my mood) I would listen to a lot of aggrotech and heavy metal music to make the day a bit more bearable or tolerable. Here is what I plan on listening to to keep me sane:

Shurado by Baal

Aftermath by Decoded Feedback

Scheissmessiah by Hanzel und Gretyl

Psychotherapy by Die Braut

When Evil Speaks by Psychotherapy

The Failure Epiphany by Unter Null

Tiempos de Furia by Hocico

Darkest White by Tristania

On the less heavier side of things:

The Bones of What You Believe by Chvrches

The Singles by Goldfrapp

Wolf Lords by Aby Wolf

If All Now Here by Feathers

Transnational by VNV Nation

Voyager by Sensuous Enemy

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Jam of the Week: Our Common Future by Psy'Aviah

For this week's Jam of the Week, I chose "Our Common Future" by Psy'aviah. The song features former Lunascape vocalist Kyoko Baertson. I am really digging the group's foray into trip hop/electropop territory. If their new album sounds anything like what I am hearing from the group here and on their previous EP Future Past, I will definitely be buying it.