Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Albums from 2013 that I missed that I wished I could have included on my best of list

It's funny so far a lot of the music that I have bought in 2014 have been releases that were released last year but somehow I missed hearing them. I suppose it is better late than never but still...I wish I had heard them to have included them on my annual best of list.

01. Chelsea Wolfe: Pain is Beauty

I absolutely love this album. Chelsea Wolfe's music reminds me quite a bit of Bat for Lashes. It is very atmospheric and dark. So damn good.

02. Amaranthe: The Nexus

My current favorite heavy metal album at the moment. Definitely looking forward to seeing them with Within Temptation in September.

03. Feathers: If All Now Here

If Depeche Mode was all women this is what they would sound like.

04. Icona Pop: This Is

One of my favorite pop albums right now.

05. Sirus: Broken Hearts Corporate Minds

This is what made me become a big fan of DWA Records. Nice mix of clean and harsh vocals with some female vocals in between.

06. Aby Wolf: Wolf Lords

Really great album from local artist Aby Wolf.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Album of the Week: Empty by Mondtraume

While at work today, I realized that the debut album Empty by the Spanish synthpop band Mondtraume was officially released to the public. Of course I had to stream it while at work via Bandcamp. To say I love this album would be a gross understatement. I knew Empty was going to be great when I first heard a few songs online but once I had heard the album in its entirety, to say it is great doesn't do the album justice. Empty is more than just great. It is a beautiful, well-crafted synthpop album that has left this listener speechless and quite moved by the haunting lyrics and vocals of Damasius Venys. Of course I can not forget Damsius's bandmate Pikotto VonMond who provides the music and programming behind this excellent album. This is the first time I am going to admit this but this album gave me goosebumps. I have heard and enjoyed many a synthpop albums over the years but very few has dug deep into my soul as Empty has on me. Every song on the album is a true gem but the one song that truly stood out for me was "New Life", a tribute to Pikotto's newborn child. That song made me pause for a moment at work. Such a loving tribute to a child from a new father. The lyrics actually brought a tear to my eye. Also loved the fact that the song features samples of Pikotto's child. The remixes on the two disc version of Empty is excellent. I particularly enjoyed the remixes by Psy'Aviah, Psideralica, and Pox Sono. As a massive music junkie, I immediately ordered a copy of Empty from Alfa Matrix to show my support for the artist and record label. I can easily say that Empty will be at the top of my annual end of the year list as one of the best releases of 2014. The album is a beautiful work of art that needs to be heard (and bought legally).

Empty by Mondtraume on Spotify

Empty by Mondtraume on Alfa Matrix Records

Empty by Mondtraume on Amazon.com

Empty by Mondtraume on POPoNAUT

Sunday, April 27, 2014

My 100 worst songs ever

So after hearing that hideous Avril Lavigne song last week, I was quickly inspired to put together a list of 100 songs that I would consider to be horrible and for me personally the worst songs ever. Of course taste is subjective. What is considered one person's junk could be another person's treasure. I included a lot of familiar songs often seen on other worst songs lists as well as current popular songs.

100. Nookie - Limp Bizkit
99. Daughters - John Mayer
98. Back That Thang Up - Juvenile
97. Ice Ice Baby - Vanilla Ice
96. The Sign - Acid of Base
95. Disco Duck - Rick Dees
94. Follow Me - Uncle Kracker
93. Kokomo - The Beach Boys
92. What's My Age Again? - Blink 182
91. Roar - Katy Perry
90. Wrecking Ball - Miley Cyrus
89. Timber - Pitbull w/Kesha
88. Radioactive - Imagine Dragons
87. Kiss Me - Sixpence None the Richer
86. The Only Thing That Looks Good On Me is You - Bryan Adams
85. Don't Speak - No Doubt
84. Can I Touch You There - Michael Bolton
83. We Built This City - Starship
82. Mambo No.5 - Lou Bega
81. I'll Be Loving You - New Kids on the Block
80. Every Morning - Sugar Ray
79. Happy - Pharrell Williams
78. Can't Fight This Feeling - REO Speedwagon
77. I Don't Want to Wait - Paula Cole
76. Telephone - Lady Gaga
75. Rock On - Michael Damian
74. Honty Tonk Daonka Donk - Trace Adkins
73. Believe - Cher
72. Achy Breaky Heart - Billy Ray Cyrus
71. Party All the Time - Eddie Murphy
70. Last Resort - Papa Roach
69. Music - Madonna
68. London Bridge - Fergie
67. Shake Ya Ass - Mystikal
66. Gettin' Jiggy Wit It - Will Smith
65. Lullaby - Sean Mullins
64. Screaming Infidelities - Dashboard Infidelities
63. Bubbles - Colby Colliat
62. You're Still the One - Shania Twain
61. Don't Let Me Get Me - P!nk
60. Make Em' Say Uhhh - Master P
59. The Reason - Hoobastank
58. Bizarre Love Triangle - Frente
57. Summer Girls - LFO
56. Run Joey Run - David Geddes
55. Pocketful of Sunshine - Natasha Bedingford
54. 50 Ways to Say Goodbye - Train
53. Sailing - Christopher Cross
52. Sexy and I Know It - LMFAO
51. Hooked On a Feeling - Blue Suede
50. Story of My Life - One Direction
49. Blame It On the Rain
48. Barenaked - Jennifer Love Hewitt
47. Mandy - Barry Manilow
46. With Arms Wide Open - Creed
45. Shiny Happy People - REM
44. You're Having My Baby - Paul Anka
43.You Suck - The Murmurs
42. Call Me Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen
41. Heartbeat - Don Johnson
40. Around the World - ATC
39. 2 Becomes 1 - The Spice Girls
38. Oops! I Did It Again - Britney Spears
37. Mmmmm...Bop - Hanson
36. The Clapping Song - Aaron Carter
35. Gangnam Style - Psy
34. Stronger - Kelly Clarkson
33. Rico Suave - Gerardo
32. Nothing My Love Can't Fix - Joey Lawrence
31. She Bangs - Ricky Martin
30. Jenny From the Block - Jennifer Lopez
29. Smile - Vitamin C
28. C'est La Vie - B*witched
27. I'll Be There for You - The Rembrandts
26. Puppy Love - Donny Osmond
25.Baby - Justin Bieber
24. Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani
23. Chinese Food - Alison Gold
22. Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind
21. Steal My Sunshine - Len
20. Only Wanna Be With You - Hootie and The Blowfish
19. I was Made For Dancing With You - Leif Garrett
18. Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy) - Big and Rich
17. Macarena - Los Del Rio
16. She Thinks My Tractor is Sexy - Kenny Chesney
15. Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke
14. How You Remind Me - Nickelback
13. Who Let the Dogs Out - Baha Men
12. Afternoon Delight - Starland Vocal Band
11. We Are Never Getting Back Together - Taylor Swift
10. Lose Control - Kevin Federline
09. I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing - Aerosmith
08. Papa Don't Preach - Kelly Osbourne
07. My Humps - Black Eyed Peas
06. Good Time - Paris Hilton
05. Higher - Heidi Montag
04. Friday - Rebecca Black
03. My Heart Will Go On - Celine Dion
02. I Love U - Tila Tequila
01. Hello Kitty - Avril Lavigne

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Jam of the Week: Voices In My Head by Noblesse Oblige

For this week's Jam of the Week, I have chosen the new single by Noblesse Oblige called "Voices In My Head". It is the last song on the group's Affair of the Heart album that was released last year. It is my current favorite song to chill out to with a glass of red wine.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Flashback Friday: Anything Box at Ground Zero

Tonight I was perusing my old imageshack account. I came across pictures from the Anything Box show back in 2010. In honor of flashback Friday, I thought I would share pictures from the Anything Box show at Ground Zero. It was a lot of fun. The rest of the pics are in the link I posted. I also did get video footage from the show too.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

My 10 current favorite albums to listen to on a rainy day

It was rainy here today here in Minneapolis, MN. The dreary wet weather was the inspiration behind tonight's blog. I thought I would share with my readers ten of my current favorite albums to listen to when it is raining outside. I have included a couple of oldies but goodies too.

10. Above and Beyond: Acoustic

09. Goldfrapp: Tale of Us

08. Sneaker Pimps: Becoming X

07. Phantogram: Voices

06.Portishead: Dummy

05. Depeche Mode: Ultra

04. Moby: Play

03. Blume: Autumn Ruins

02. Gravity Soundtrack

01. Chelsea Wolfe: Pain is Beauty

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

My top 10 worst music videos ever

Tonight after work I made massive mistake of checking out the new Avril Lavigne video "Hello Kitty". As the old adage goes "curiosity killed the cat". I can definitely say that curiosity killed this cat and her ears. What a horrible song. I lasted only for 20 seconds before clicking out of youtube :P. Of course my experience with that horrid video quickly inspired tonight's blog. I dare you to try to sit through all the 10 horrible and often laughable music videos, or at least try the top 2 most godawful music videos. They are so bad I can't sit through them without laughing uncontrollably or wanting to rip  my ears off my head.

10. Rednex: Cotton Eye Joe

09. Paris Hilton: Good Time (featuring Lil' Wayne)

08. Sisqo: Thong Song

07. Lindsay Lohan: Confessions of a Broken Heart (Daughter to Father)

06. Alison Gold: Chinese Food

05. Creed: With Arms Wide Open

04. Limp Bizkit: Nookie

03. Joey Lawrence: Nothing My Love Can't Fix

02. Farrah Abraham: Blowin

01. Avril Lavigne: Hello Kitty

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

10 songs I can never get sick of listening to

Today at work I was listening to my music (no big surprise here) which got me to think of 10 songs that I could listen to over and over again without getting sick and tired of it.

10. Noblesse Oblige: Runaway

This is my go to song when I get an annoying earworm stuck in my head which really doesn't take much to do (usually courtesy of the grocery store). This is the song that made me a big fan of Noblesse Oblige. Truly one of the best songs I have heard in recent years.

09. P!nk: Just Give Me a Reason

This is by far my favorite mainstream pop song in such a long time. I also think this is P!nk's strongest song lyrically and musically ever. I am not ashamed nor do I feel guilty for enjoying this catchy pop song.

08. The Cure: Pictures of You

One of the prettiest ballads ever and easily my favorite song by The Cure.

07. Erasure: A Little Respect

My favorite Erasure song of all time without a shadow of a doubt.

06. Ayria: My Revenge On the World

If I put together a soundtrack to my life (which I really should one of these days), this song is going on it. I think this was the very first Ayria song I have ever heard. I think. lol

05. Blutengel: Uber den Horizont

04. Cyndi Lauper: All Through the Night

Absolutely love this ballad by Cyndi Lauper. As fun as "Girl Just Want to Have Fun" and "She Bop" are, "All Through the Night" is truly my favorite Cyndi Lauper song of all time. I am so glad to have gone to her show last fall and was able to see her perform the song live.

03. VNV Nation: Saviour (Vox)

02. Delerium: A Poem for Bzyantium

"A Poem for Byzantium" is my personal favorite Delerium song of all time, not to mention one of my favorite songs of all time in general. I really adore ex-Solar Twins singer Joanna Stevens' polished vocals and haunting lyrics. The combination is stunning.

01. Siouxsie and The Banshees: Cities in Dust

"Cities in Dust", let alone Siouxsie and The Banshees, is such a huge influence on me. When I first heard the song on Twice Upon a Time compilation twenty years ago, I was just so taken by Siouxsie Sioux's vocals. I was practically at a loss for words.

Monday, April 21, 2014

My current favorite songs of the week

Here is my newest playlist of My Current Favorite Songs that I put together on Spotify. Enjoy!

01. The Waves Have Come by Chelsea Wolfe
02. Bloodsport - Bloodshed remix by Nano Effect by Aengeldust
03. Wake Up Call by Nitro/Noise
04. The Love Thieves by Depeche Mode
05. She's Leaving by Marsheaux
06. Trees and Flowers by Dum Dum Girls
07. Volcano Girls by Veruca Salt
08. Stripped by Depeche Mode
09. Silver Lining by Amanda Ghost
10. Black Roses by Charli XCX

Sunday, April 20, 2014

My top 10 favorite albums

With yesterday's blog entry about my loot I bought from the Electric Fetus and Cheapo Records, it was pretty obvious to my readers what I was going to listen to this week at work. I honestly felt like I was going to rehash the same old stuff for tonight's blog. Instead I decided to post my ten current favorite albums which does include a few of my music purchases from yesterday I must admit.

10. Dum Dum Girls: End of Daze

I adore the Dum Dum Girls.

09. Belinda Carlisle: The Collection

Yeah, gotta throw in some pop music here on my list. Totally satisfies my craving for some catchy pop music.

08. Schoolcraft: Rushing Through the Sky

3-4 weeks after I got this album in the mail, I am still listening to Rushing Through the Sky incessantly.

07. Depeche Mode: Black Celebration

Classic DM. Enough said.

06. Anette Olzon: Shine

Shine is really a terrific album. I really like Anette's vocals on the album. Heavy metal really wasn't her style. I think she found her musical niche here.

05. Client: Authority

04. Depeche Mode: Ultra

It is funny. I was perusing Side-Line's FB page. Someone mentioned DM's Ultra album last week. I thought to myself when I went out yesterday that if I was to ever find this album, I should pick it up. I did and I love this album. This is the only Depeche Mode album post-Violator that I think is consistently good from start to finish. Not to say that the band hasn't put out any good songs but their albums in recent years haven't been consistent as their earlier albums. At least to me they haven't.

03. Phantogram: Voices

After seeing Phantogram perform live last weekend, I have been listening to Voices at least once a day. This band is definitely one to keep an eye out for. I plan on catching them again whenever they pass through the Twin Cities.

02. Chelsea Wolfe: Pain is Beauty

I am really glad that I bought this album. This is my first introduction to Chelsea Wolfe. I immediately fell in love with her sound right from the second I first heard the album. Very atmospheric.

01. Nitro/Noise: No Cure For Apocalypse

The new Nitro/Noise album was definitely worth the wait. I simply adore this band more so than Combichrist  whose music has gotten less interesting over the years. No Cure For Apocalypse totally blows their first album Total Nihilism out of the water. Definitely no sophomore slump here. This album is for sure going on my end of the year list.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Record Store Day 2014

Another record store day has come and gone for me. I hit my two usual record stores today which is the Electric Fetus and Cheapo Records. I bought about a half dozen CDs today. I am definitely ready for a week of overtime at the office next week. Yay. Not. Here is what I ended up buying today:

Depeche Mode: Black Celebration

Depeche Mode: Ultra

Anette Olzon: Shine

Chelsea Wolfe: Pain is Beauty

Veruca Salt: Eight Arms to Hold You

Goldfrapp: Supernature

Amanda Ghost: Ghost Stories

I say today was a pretty succesful haul ;).

I recently heard the new solo album by ex-Nightwish Anette Olzon and totally dug what I heard so buying that album was a necessary one. While I thought she wasn't the right vocalist for Nightwish, I think she really found her niche as a solo artist. Her vocals are more suited to pop/rock which her album Shine is.

 Chelsea Wolfe is a new discovery for me so while at the Electric Fetus this morning, I bought her new album Pain is Beauty. That album totally blew me away. It is so good.

In honor of the upcoming Veruca Salt show in July, I bought their album Eight Arms to Hold You. I just love their song "Volcano Girls".

For some odd reason, I have been craving some Depeche Mode so I bought two DM albums for my music collection Ultra and Black Celebration. The same can be said about the Goldfrapp and Amanda Ghost albums.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: All Cities Destroyed tour

Throwback Thursday time! With May right around the corner and one of Kilted Farmer Koncerts' shows that month is Aesthetic Perfection, I thought I would go back to 2012 and share my pics and video footage from the last time AP was in town with Blakopz and X-RX. That certainly was a fun show.
goth_maven's All Cities Destroyed tour Minneapolis album on Photobucket

Time for some shameless promoting ;)

Aesthetic Perfection 'Til Death tour 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Some food for thought: Goodbye Station 4

Well it is official...Station 4 is truly no more. The building that once housed Lab, Ryan's, and then finally Station 4 is no more and so is the plans to renovate the space into 2 different venues. It is an end of an era for the underground metal and punk scenes. Truth be told Station 4 was not my favorite venue. One reason, it was a big fat pain in the ass to commute to Saint Paul via public transit even if I took the express route 94(the 16 is horrible). Walking to the venue from the bus stop was the pits because downtown Saint Paul is not heavily lit like downtown Minneapolis and often not safe with all the crackheads and whores that one can find in the darkness of Saint Paul. The other reason I did not like Station 4 is the bathroom. Every time I HAD to use the ladies restroom, I wished I had a spray can of Lysol to disinfect my entire body. Damn restrooms were fucking gross as hell. I have seen cleaner Port-a-Pottys than the restrooms at Station 4. Before I forget, I absolutely hated the pillars. Try watching a concert with those damn things blocking your view, especially if you are a short person like me.

Well that said,over the last few years I have gone to Station 4, I did see some really kick ass concerts at that dump. I thought in honor of that former cess pool of a venue, I thought I would share with my readers my favorite memories (i.e pictures and videos) from the times I went to Station 4.

01. Genitorturers
goth_maven's Genitorturers concert at Station 4 album on Photobucket

02. Emilie Autumn
goth_maven's Emilie Autumn at Station 4 album on Photobucket

goth_maven's VNV Nation with Straftanz album on Photobucket

04. The Birthday Massacre with Aesthetic Perfection and William Control
goth_maven's The Birthday Massacre at Station 4 in Saint Paul album on Photobucket

05. VNV Nation at Station 4 (with Ayria and War Tapes)

06. Ayria at Station 4 (with VNV Nation and War Tapes)

07. Genitorturers performing "Devil in a Bottle" at Station 4

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Videos of the week

Stoneburners: Sisters of Isolation

Panice Lift: Awake

Lord of the Lost: La Bomba

Monday, April 14, 2014

Office Playlist of the Week

Since I took Monday off to recover from the two concerts I attended this weekend, I pushed my weekly blog series back another day. Today I went to the library and stocked up on some new music. Left the library with a slew of goodies to keep me occupied at work this week.

End of Daze by Dum Dum Girls

He Gets Me High by Dum Dum Girls

I Will Be by Dum Dum Girls

Yes I am on a DDG kick. Ever since I saw the band live two weeks ago, I have been listening to their music constantly.

The Collection by Belinda Carlisle

Imperium by Blouse

Push the Sky Away by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

The Acid Test by The Melismatics

Bitter Rivals by Sleigh Bells

Si Sauvage by The Suburbs

Mosquito by Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Transnational by VNV Nation

Voices by Phantogram

Love On Demand by Foretaste

Echogenetic by Front Line Assembly

Everything's Different Now by 'Til Tuesday

De-Synchronized by Syrian

Inhale by Marsheaux

Chain Gang of Love by The Raveonettes

Three Cheers for the Newlydead by Ashbury Heights

Of course not all of the albums I am planning on listening to this week are from the library. I think the ones from my personal collection is pretty obvious ;). I had to pick up the Blouse album from the library. I didn't get a chance to listen to it enough times before I saw them at the DDG show. I really enjoyed their set that night. I hope the band comes back to town. They sounded even better live than on record.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Concerts I have attended so far in 2014

I have compiled on my photobucket account pictures that I took with my smartphone and/or digital camera from concerts I have attended. I thought I would share them again on my blog in case anyone has not seen them or would like to see them again.

The first slide show features Warpaint with Cate Le Bon and Skinny Puppy with Army of the Universe. I will definitely be updating it with pics from tonight's Phantogram show tomorrow but in the meantime, it is just those two concerts.
goth_maven's Other concerts I have attended album on Photobucket

Of the two shows, the Skinny Puppy show was much more entertaining than Warpaint. To be truthful, the new Warpaint album didn't do much for me so hearing the music live didn't make the situation any better. Still I am glad to have seen the band live and hear songs from their first album.

Up next is the Dum Dum Girls with Blouse at the Triple Rock. I absolutely loved seeing the Dum Dum Girls live. They played all my favorite songs. Blouse sounded excellent live as well. Definitely will be seeing both bands live the next time they are in town.
goth_maven's Dum Dum Girls at the Triple Rock album on Photobucket

Finally is VNV Nation with Whiteqube. Whiteqube sounded really great live. Highly entertaining set. As always, I was not disappointed in VNV Nation's live set. I could have lived without seeing the couple behind me making out. WTF would anyone want to make out when they paid good money to go see a band in concert?! Ronan had to playfully call them out for it. There is a time and place for everything but making out at a concert setting like at VNV Nation is not one of them. That said, I loved how the band ended the show with having everyone flash their flashlight apps from their android phones onto the band during "Nova (Shine On)" when the chorus would hit. That really gave me the goosebumps. It was good hearing both old and new songs at the show. I did get a bit irritated at hearing some chick continually scream out for the band to sing "Further". Came close to telling her to STFU. Overall fun show.
goth_maven's VNV Nation with Whiteqube album on Photobucket

Shows I am looking forward to seeing in the coming weeks:

Uh Huh Her at the Triple Rock on 4/30

Voltaire with Ego Likeness on 5/13

De/Vision with Thought Thieves on 5/21

God Module with Die Sektor, Mordacious, and FCT on 5/27

Aesthetic Perfection with Surgyn and Panic Lift on 5/31

Friday, April 11, 2014

Some new finds

I thought tonight I would share with my readers a few of my latest discoveries/finds that has caught my attention and ears. I have to admit, the music strays outside my traditional industrial and synthpop genres but you know what? I am at a point in my life where I want to expand my blog to other genres of music as long as the music is good. I don't want to get too set in my ways. A few years ago I was content just covering the dark underground scene but not any more. As you will see in the featured artists tonight, I am starting to listening to EDM as I once did in my early to mid '20s. The music I have featured here may or may not to be to my readers' liking but don't worry I am not giving up on my beloved industrial and synthpop music. As a music blogger I just need to grow :).


Empathy Test

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Some food for thought: Yeah, I like pop music and I am not ashamed of it

Today I came across an interesting op'd piece on City Pages titled Poptimist life: Why liking pop doesn't equal hating rock. The article was based on the NY Times article titled The Pernicious Rise of Poptimism. Asides from the over use of the annoying term "poptimism" or "poptimist" which both sounds awfully ridiculous. After reading both articles which I got nothing out of except that both writers clearly enjoy reading their own material. In the last few years, I have come to the conclusion that one should not be ashamed of listening to pop music. Life is too bloody short to be embarrassed by what he or she is listening to. As I am edging closer to turning 40 this year, I have reached a point in my life to say "to hell with it" and just enjoy all forms of music that attracts my undivided attention.

While I do think there is a lot of shitty acts in pop music nowadays like Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, and Katy Perry, I do think there are some really interesting artists in pop music nowadays. Instead of bloviating on and on about enjoying pop music, I'll just get to the nitty gritty and share with my readers my favorite pop songs and artists.

Belinda Carlisle

I recently re-discovered Belinda Carlisle's solo work. So damn freaking catchy. I love her solo music as much as her work with the Go Go's.


Zhala is a Swedish pop artist signed to Robyn's Konichiwa records. She is so not like a lot of today's pop artists. I really like her distinct sound which she refers to as "futuristic cosmic pop". I just call it good music.


I became a fan of Robyn's music when I first heard her album Body Talk back in 2009. Her music was nothing like her debut album years ago. I really liked her edgier electro-pop sound she embraced more so than the r&b influenced sounds of her youth.


Of all the mainstream pop artists out there, P!nk is by far my personal favorite. She has a ton of spunk and attitude which I absolutely adore. I also appreciated that she takes no shit from no one especially from record label executives like L.A Reid in her early years like trying to get her second album Mizzundastood released.

Icona Pop

Right now the Swedish duo Icona Pop is getting a ton of airplay at home and at work. Their brand of pop music is addictive and infectious. It has a lot of energy and just a ton of fun to listen to. Too bad I didn't get into them before they played in the Twin Cities not long ago.

Sky Ferreira

Ellie Goulding

Charli XCX

What I really like about pop singers like Sky, Ellie, and Charli is that each of them have their own distinct voices. I also appreciate the fact that they rather let their talents speak for them and not use their sexuality, physical appearances, or provocative performances (ahem Miley Cyrus) to sell their products.

So that is about it for me. I love pop music damn it! Am I worried about losing my street cred in the underground scene? Hell no! I have friends in the scene who enjoy some of the pop artists on my list here. Besides I have been finding it quite constrictive if I limit myself to a particular scene in the last few years. I think it is healthy to listen to other types of music and would strongly suggest to my readers to do the same as well.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Jam of the Week: Five Million Stars by Army on The Dance Floor

Today at work I was listening to Many Faces of War, the debut album by Army on the Dance Floor. Ended up playing "Five Million Stars" (one of my personal favorite songs on the album) over and over again. Lets face it, the song is so damn catchy. I decided right then and there to make "Five Million Stars" my Jam of the Week.

I really do recommend hearing the entire album which can be found on itunes and CDBaby. Army On The Dance Floor is easily one of my favorite up and coming independent artists/bands that I have heard in the past year. I would not be tweeting their videos as often as I do if I didn't think so highly of them as I honestly do. In our little corner of the underground music scene, it is so easy to not get one's music heard so much. As an independent blogger who does not get paid for everything that I publish here, I feel some responsibility to help give bands that attracts my undivided attention a push here and there especially independent artists/bands who often get ignored by the more recognizable blogs/websites who no doubt have their hands full with the in's and out's of the music industry and the BS that comes with it..

Monday, April 7, 2014

My current favorite songs

Well it has been awhile since I posted my weekly playlist of my current favorite songs. So here is this week's playlist.

01. And We Run by Within Temptation (featuring Xzibit)
02. Darkness Falls by Schoolcraft
03. Faith by Client
04. Bill Murray by Phantogram
05. Savior (Vox) by VNV Nation
06. On a Roll by Icona Pop
07. I Got Nothing by Dum Dum Girls
08. Summer Rain by Belinda Carlisle
09. Invincible by Amaranthe
10. Devil's Night by God Module

If you haven't been following my blog or my twitter account, you would know that many of these bands I will be seeing either in a few days or few weeks/months.

 I didn't imagine that having Xzibit on a Within Temptation song would work but surprisingly enough I really dug his rapping skills on the song "And We Run". That song has quickly become one of my personal favorite songs on the new Within Temptation album Hydra. Since I am going to be seeing Within Temptation in September, I thought I start checking out their touring buddies Amaranthe. Really liking what I have heard so far from the band. Definitely looking forward to attending that show.

I wish I could turn back time to last Tuesday. I absolutely adore the Dum Dum Girls. They were so good live. I should have bought some merchandise before the show.After the band's performance, the merch table was way too crowded. Right now "I Got Nothing" is my favorite DDG song.

I admit I have been listening to a lot of Belinda Carlisle's Runaway Horses album lately. For me, it is one of those perfect pop/rock albums that just never gets old. "Summer Rain" is currently stuck in my head.

The rest of the songs on my playlist are great too especially "Faith" by Client. It is my next favorite song next to "Refuge" on the group's new album Authority.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Schoolcraft "Rushing Through the Sky"

A couple of weeks ago I discovered a Canadian artist named Schoolcraft (i.e Lindsay Schoolcraft) on bandcamp. According to her FB profile, not only does she front her own band but she also performs live with Cradle of Filth as backing vocalist/keyboardist. Anyhoo, I was looking for some new music to listen to and decided to give her 2012 EP Rushing Through the Sky a listen.

I immediately fell in love with her music. The music on Rushing Through the Sky is absolutely gorgeous. While Rushing Through the Sky is nowhere as heavy her its musical influences of Nightwish, Within Temptation, We Are the Fallen, and The Birthday Massacre, I would still put Schoolcraft in the same musical category as those bands. It is obvious to this listener that Schoolcraft has definitely learned well from them on constructing a memorable melody. I haven't heard such beautiful melodies as I have on this EP in the past few years. After listening to Rushing Through the Sky so many times online, I knew I had to own a copy of the EP. I recently received Rushing Through the Sky yesterday in the mail. I have been listening to it non-stop (except when I had to sleep, eat, shower, run errands...lol) since receiving it.

 The fact that I have been listening to the EP as much as I have is a testament to Lindsay's ability as a musician to create such memorable music. My absolutely personal favorite song on the album is "Darkness Falls".  Like all her songs on the EP, the lyrics reads like poetry and flows so well with the music. What really drives home this song for me is the delicate yet infectious melodies. I particularly love it when Lindsay sings the line "As the sun sets on our regrets".  I adore the way Lindsay delivers that line in the song.

Rushing Through the Sky is 32 minutes of pure bliss. There is not one bad track on the EP. Rarely do I sit down and take the time and care to listen to the lyrics as well as the music on an album like I have with the debut EP by Schoolcraft. The album is extremely well written and the music quite enchanting, I definitely recommend on giving this excellent EP a listen. I wish I had discovered this band sooner but better late than never. I definitely will be keeping my eye on Schoolcraft from here on out as a blogger and music junkie.

Track List:
01. Into the Night
02. Your Mind
03. December Rain
04. Your Forever
05. Masquerade
06. Darkness Falls
07. December Rain (instrumental)

Friday, April 4, 2014

My Friday

I don't know what it was about today, maybe because I am way too cranked up for my upcoming appointment at Saint Sabrina's for my 12th tattoo (of a xenomorph) or maybe because it was Friday and pay day for me, either way I was in an unusually good mood today at work. While at work I was in a mad mood for some cheesy pop music from my youth. The day long cheesefest definitely made my work day a lot more bearable and made me a much more pleasant person to deal with. LOL!

Tonight I put together a playlist of cheesy pop songs that I listened to throughout my work day .

01. Leave a Light On by Belinda Carlisle
02. Holding Out for a Hero by Bonnie Tyler
03. Solitaire by Laura Branigan
04. Who Will You Run To by Heart
05. St. Elmo's Fire by John Parr
06. What Kind of Man Would I Be by Chicago
07. If She Knew What She Wants by The Bangles
08. Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now by Starship
09. Kyrie by Mr. Mister
10. Right Here Waiting by Richard Marx

Okay so The Bangles' song isn't cheesy (at least to me). I think that song really highlights the band's ability to harmonize which they did extremely well at especially when Michael Steele was still in the band. The rest is just super deliciously cheesy. One of my favorite films from my youth in the '80s has to be Footloose (I absolutely refuse to watch the remake that was made a couple of years ago). My favorite song from that film was "Holding Out For a Hero" by Bonnie Tyler. Absolutely loved the scene the song was featured in. Another favorite film from the '80s was Mannequin, and yes I loved that uber cheesy Starship song from the film. Oh and yes, I am old (i.e will be 40 in September) if I was old enough to have seen those films in the movie theater ;). This morning I had this odd urge to listen to some Laura Branigan music. I don't know where that came from but I listened to some of her songs this morning. "Solitaire" has always been my favorite Laura Branigan song. Of all the Richard Marx song, I do love me some "Right Here Waiting". Super cheesy but I love that song and without any apologies. Ditto with "St.Elmo's Fire".

I have to admit it was nice listening to music that I normally don't listen to every day at work. It really helped take off some of the edge that comes with working with a bunch of batshit crazy, middle aged, and/or post-menopausal women. I definitely need to do that more often.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Legends of Synthpop

Throwback Thursday time. This week I chose the 2011 Legends of Synthpop tour featuring Iris, De/Vision, and Mesh. Yes, I too thought the title was a bit misleading (like some people thought in the scene) but I suppose this tour needed some way to attract concertgoers. It was an okay show but certainly not one of my favorite concerts I have attended in the past few years. Very glad to be seeing De/Vision again later this spring when they play the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in Saint Paul.
goth_maven's Legends of Synthpop concert album on Photobucket

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Current list of upcoming shows in the Twin Cities

Now that it is April and have gotten word of a few new shows going on in the Twin Cities, it's time to post a current list of upcoming shows in the dark, underground (as well as the not so dark) music scene :).

Decibel Magazine Tour feat. Carcass w/The Black Dahlia Murder, Gorguts, and Noisem
Orchyd Presents: Mechanical Angels album release party
Iced Earth at First Avenue
VNV Nation at Mill City Nights
Phantogram at First Avenue
Lacuna Coil at POV's in Spring Lake Park
Combichrist w/William Control, New Years Day, and Gabriel and the Apocalypse
Uh Huh Her at Triple Rock

 Voltaire with Ego Likeness in Saint Paul
Goth Prom XI: Grim Tales
God Module w/Die Sektor, Mordacious, F.T.C, and DJ SLT
DE/VISION with Thought Thieves in Saint Paul
Black Label Society at Myth
Aesthetic Perfection at Ground Zero with Surgyn and Panic Lift

Lindsey Stirling at Myth
Chvrches at First Avenue (now sold out)
Second Chvrches show on June 5
Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds at The State Theatre
Tegan and Sara at First Avenue

Sarah McLachlan at the State Theatre
Camera Obscura at First Avenue

Tori Amos at the O'Shaughnessy

Within Temptation at First Avenue]

I'm going to be butt tired by the time 2014 comes to an end. This week I found out about Chvrches coming back to First Avenue in June. I am so excited. I missed them the first time around. Tickets are going on sale this Friday. So buying one work be damned. Also new is the Voltaire and Ego Likeness show in Saint Paul, MN at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall. Yay! I get to see Ego Likeness again.  My calender is getting more filled up with every month that goes by.  I'm such a concert slut this year. lol

UPDATE (as of 4/4): Today I just found out about the upcoming Within Temptation show at First Avenue in September. I decided I rather go to that show than to see Chvrches (whose first show on 6/4 sold out but a second for the 5th was added).