Saturday, May 31, 2014

My current favorite songs of the week

Here is my latest Spotify playlist featuring my ten current favorite songs.

01. What About Me? by Foretaste
02. Going Wrong by Moby
03. Soultaker by Blutengel
04. The Lowest Place on Earth by Ego Likeness
05. Pale Movie by Saint Etienne
06. When Euphoria Ends by Panic Lift
07. The Great Depression by Aesthetic Perfection
08. Aesthetics (are a Moral Imperative) by Surgyn
09. Breaking the Silence by Die Sektor
10. Foreseen by God Module

Thursday, May 29, 2014

False Face Tour at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in Saint Paul, MN on 05.27.14

Here is all the photos and video footage from Tuesday night's show at Amsterdam Bar and Hall. I had a total blast. I am just sorry that Mordacious had to leave the tour because of work.
goth_maven's God Module with Die Sektor and FTC album on Photobucket








Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Album of the Week: Butterfly by Mental Discipline

While at work today, I was perusing bandcamp and I discovered that Mental Discipline had recently released an EP called Butterfly back in March. I was not disappointed. The songs all have a good pop hook. I listened to the EP a few times. I decided that for this week's Album of the Week, I have chosen Butterfly although it is just an EP but it is an excellent release by Mental Discipline. If you are as huge of a synthpop fan as I am, I think you will dig Butterfly

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Some interesting finds on Bandcamp

Today at work, I was streaming some music via bandcamp. Came across some interesting trip hop music along the way. Check 'em out.





Monday, May 26, 2014

5 artists you should check out

01. God Destruction


02. The Luna Sequence


03. Fort Wilson Riot


04. For All the Emptiness


05. Mr.Kitty

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Astronomique

Today on my morning break at work, I came across a new local band called Astronomique in the Gimme Noise section on City Pages' website. Here is the actual article featuring the band. The very second I saw the word synthpop in the beginning of the article quickly got my undivided attention. After reading the article which I thoroughly enjoyed reading, I checked out the sound cloud link on page two. I really liked what I heard so I went over to the band's bandcamp page and listened to their debut EP Burning Stars Fade. I listened to it twice simultaneously which should say how I feel about it. I particularly enjoyed the track "Push Rewind". The music quickly convinced me that I should go to Cause tomorrow night for their album release party. So if you are looking for something to do tomorrow night, Astronomique is performing at Cause. Doors @ 9pm, $5 cover.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Memorial Day weekend

If you are like me and staying in town for Memorial Day weekend, there are a ton of stuff going on in the Twin Cities. Here are links to the events that are happening this weekend.

The Bleeding Light's Dirty Black Summer 2014 (May 23 they are performing at the Terminal Bar)

Bong Burn//Ire Wolves//Orchyd//Alex Bissen at Club Underground

Fort Wilson Riot trIIIun album release party at Triple Rock

Memory Lanes Block Party 2014

Jasyn of God Module guest dj'ing at Hard Mondays

I was playing on going to see Orchyd but seeing that Fort Wilson Riot is having an album release party for their new album (which by the way is very good), I might have to go to that show instead. UGH! I hate it when two shows I want to go are on the same night. Damn it! lol

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

5 Artists you should really hear

Tonight I got an email from reverbnation (since I run the Kilted Farmer Koncerts' reverbnation page there), the email listed 5 artists (and none of whom I had any interested in hearing...lol). I thought I would start posting on a weekly basis 5 artists who I think people should check out. Thanks ReverbNation for giving me a great idea for tonight's blog ;).

01. APT


02. Gospel Gossip


03. BAAL


04. Blume




05. Schoolcraft

Monday, May 19, 2014

Album of the Week: Black Symphonies (An Orchestral Journey) by Blutengel

Blutengel: Black Symphonies (An Orchestral Journey)

For this week's Album of the Week, I have chosen the latest Blutengel release Black Symphonies (An Orchestral Journey). The album is a collection of classic Blutengel tracks re-worked into symphonic masterpieces. After seeing clips of the band performing with an orchestra on youtube a couple of years ago, it would make sense that Blutengel would put out an album of songs that has been re-interpretated and given new life as orchestral music. Hearing the songs with an orchestra really gives the songs a whole new sound to them. I particularly loved "Soultaker", "Uber Den Horizont", "Reich Mir Die Hand", and "You Walk Away". My only quibble is that I wished that the band included tracks like "Angels of the Dark", "Forever", and/or "In The Distance" from Demon Kiss, and "Singing Dead Men" and/or "Beauty and Delight" from Labyrinth. That aside, I enjoy this album immensely. It is definitely a must have for Blutengel fans.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Office Playlist of the Week

After having a four day weekend, I definitely feel well rested and ready for work. At least physically ready for another work week. Here is what I plan on listening to at work this week:









Uh Huh Her: Future Souls

De/Vision: NOOB

Dum Dum Girls: Only In Dreams

God Module: False Face

Phantogram: Voices

Phantogram: Eyelid Movies

CHROM: Synthetic Movement

Blutengel: Black Symphonies (An Orchestral Journey)

Depeche Mode: Ultra

Tristania: Darkest White

Grimes: Visions

Grendel: Timewave Zero

Kirlian Camera: Nightglory

Inertia: Universal Blood

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Local artists and bands I think people should check out

So last night I went to Club Underground for the latest DarkSide MN production run by my good friend Tracey. It was good to get out last night and to see one of Tracey's shows. While at the club, it got me to thinking about all the local artists/bands in the Twin Cities whose music I enjoy hence tonight's blog. I thought I would post links to websites (Facebook, bandcamp, reverbnation) by local bands whose music I think people should check out. A lot of the artists/bands will be in the goth/industrial scene but there will be some that are not. I think it is good for people to step out of their comfort zones here and there especially when it comes to music.

Absynthe of Faith
Aby Wolf
As/Of
Astronomique
Claps
Dance Assault
Dissociate
Endif
Fate's Palette
Ficshe
Fort Wilson Riot
F.T.C
Gabriel and the Apocalypse
Geodesik
Glean
Gospel Gossip
Hydrah
Is/Is
KPT
L'Assassins
Orchyd
Pink Mink
Promidal
Prostate
Scarlet Mother
The Funeral and The Twilight
The Melismatics
The Rabbit M Project
The Rope
Sloslylove
The Trapezoids
Thought Thieves
UZZA
Vaudeville
VOSHO

I should note that my list barely scratches the surface of the local music scene.  For the most part, I wanted to focus more on my little corner of the scene (i.e goth/industrial) which does not get much recognition (if any) from the local publications like City Pages and Vita MN but at the same time I think it would be unfair of me to not mention a few bands outside of my corner of the world. One more thing...all of these bands are currently active. I decided when I put together this list to mention bands who are currently active, it's nothing personal but I thought it would be better to give the attention to those who could use a push here or there from me and hopefully lure people to their shows. You can pretty much find these bands on FB where you can keep up to date with them.

Friday, May 16, 2014

5 Album releases I am currently looking forward to

01. Psyborg Corp: The Frozen Shrines of Obsydyana

After a 4-5 year since the release of their first album The Mechanical Renaissance, one of my favorite aggrotech bands Psyborg Corp is finally releasing their second album later this month. Of course I hopped on it and pre-ordered myself a copy of the new album. All I can say is "about freaking time".

02. Arch Enemy: War Eternal

After hearing this song back in March, I am really looking forward to hearing the new Arch Enemy album with their new lead singer Alyssa White-Gluz. I really like what I have heard from her on the new song "War Eternal".

03. Lullacry: Legacay 1998-2014

Not long ago I found out that one of my favorite metal bands from the mid '00s was calling it quits. It goes without saying that I was not happy. While their best of compilation is already out overseas, for North American fans like myself, the album won't be out until the end of this month.

04. Royskopp and Robyn: Do It Again

I love the idea of Royskopp and Robyn collaborating on new music together. I really hope they add Minneapolis to their upcoming tour this summer. I would love to see Robyn again.

05. Electronic Saviors 3: Remission
Judging by the track list, this latest and final chapter in the series looks damn awesome. So many awesome artists featured on this compilation.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Voltaire with Ego Likeness and updated concert footage

Finally put uploaded pictures from Tuesday's Voltaire with Ego Likeness concert.
goth_maven's Voltaire with Ego Likeness album on Photobucket


I also updated my album of concerts that I have attended recently with pictures from the Phantogram and Uh Huh Her concerts.
goth_maven's Other concerts I have attended album on Photobucket

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Albums I am currently listening to

Stoneburner: Songs in the Key of Arrakis

Last night I picked up a copy of the new Stoneburner album at the Ego Likeness show last night because I really liked what I had heard on youtube.


You can get a copy at this link. I definitely recommend buying it.

Blutengel: Black Symphonies: An Orchestral Journey

My copy of the new Blutengel album arrived yesterday. I freaking love it. The album is a collection of orchestral versions of a dozen Blutengel songs from the past few years. I really dig the orchestral versions of "Uber Den Horizont", "Soultaker", and "Reich Mir Die Hand". Definitely a must have for diehard Blutengel fans.


Phantogram: Eyelid Movies

Just picked this album up at the library today. I definitely need my own copy. It is a great album of dark electro-pop music. I have to admit I like this album a bit more than Voices. Just slightly.


Loreena McKennitt: The Journey So Far: The Best of

I am so glad I got this from the library because it really is pointless to buy when I have the majority of the songs on CD and the fact that there is no new material from Loreena Mckennitt. I would only recommend this album for casual listeners. The deluxe version has a bonus concert CD.



Warpaint: The Fool

This is definitely my favorite Warpaint album. The band's new album has its moments but it is nowhere as good as The Fool IMHO.


Mondtraume: Empty

Easily my favorite album of the bunch here. I can't stop listening to the album.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Rant of the Week: internet trolls and my credibility

So last night before I went to bed, I had an interesting brief encounter online. I had posted a comment on a local news channel’s FB page regarding this year’s Taste of Minnesota line up.  Almost immediately I got a response from some fool who told me I had no credibility all because I said I wanted to go see Halestorm at Taste of Minnesota after I said I would pass on the rest of the (mostly godawful) bands. Judging from what little I gleaned off this toad’s FB page, he had no credentials in the music scene whatsoever. Of course I had to response automatically with “So says a complete stranger on the internet.”  It goes without saying (almost) that his comment pissed me off enough to make trying to go to be bed difficult.  Of course that idiot’s comment immediately was going to be my next blog entry.

As much as I enjoy ridiculing particular artists from time to time (i.e Nickelback, Avril Lavigne, Limp Bizki), I do go out of the way to not cut down the fans who enjoy those artists/bands. I do have some manners. Not only do I think it is rude but I also would consider it a form of bullying too. Just because someone likes a band you do not like does not give you permission to cut them down by telling them they have no credibility.  Obviously some people haven’t gotten out of their high school phase. If there is one I have learned from some of my friends in the local music scene is to not be embarrassed of the music I listen to. Listening to more than one genre of music or even mainstream isn’t going to kill a person. If I want to see Halestorm, I am going to see them whether some internet troll likes it or not. This mentality of who has street cred or not needs to go. I once felt that way when was into the indie punk scene and was reading 'zines like Flipside and Maximum Rock 'N Roll but eventually I grew up and so should idiots like that internet troll who pissed me off. Music should be about community and sharing our same interests with other fans, not tearing other people down.

I have been called a lot of names on the internet and I let those just fly off me. What I don’t take lightly is having my credibility questioned. Let me tell you about my credentials. I actually got my start writing album reviews for the website regenmag.com. That is what got my foot into the door way. Four years ago, I started helping promote shows for Kilted Farmer Koncerts by distributing flyers all over the city. Also four years ago, I created my blog The Twin Cities Underground with the main purpose of exposing underground bands to the masses.

What has started as hobby, has grown into a passion. In the course of the past four years, I have come across a plethora of excellent up and coming bands, both local and national.  For the first time since moving back to Minnesota over 10 years ago, I have attended more local live shows. One reason being is Kilted Farmer Koncerts but the other reason being I have seen the dark, underground scene grow and evolve with some new, interesting  bands like Promidal, Glean, Scarlet Mother, AsIof, Absynthe of Faith, FTC, and so on . I am really impressed by what I have been seeing in the past few years in the MN scene. By showing my support, I have been attending as many local shows as well as buy some merchandise from the bands, not to mention take photos and record some video footage to share online.  I also have helped out with a few friends selling merchandise at shows. I also try to show my support by sharing the events on FB/Twitter. I don’t do this for money (obviously since I don’t get paid for shit, nor do I ask to be paid) or for fame. I do this because I love my music scene and music in general. There is nothing pretentious about what I do. After four years of hauling my ass to shows, people now know when they see me at shows, I am there to cover the night’s event.  In fact I got three shows this week, 1 national (tonight: Voltaire with Ego Likeness) and two local shows.


So there it is in a nutshell…my street cred. I have worked too hard to have gotten as far as I have now to be taken seriously as a blogger and music fan in general in my local and national dark, underground scene and I certainly have ways to go. I am not going to put up with idiots who views the music scene in black and white. Not everyone can listen to the same shit over and over again on a daily basis. Don’t like the fact that I might enjoy some mainstream music, there’s the door.  I am not going to compromise my integrity as a music listener or blogger because of some asshole loser. If you are going to try to discredit me, at least back up your damn statement with some facts by showing your own credentials. Also if you feel the need to troll on the internet tearing other people down, I suggest that you step way from the computer/tablet/phone,  go get outside and get some fresh air. Some oxygen to the brain would do you some good. Trying to tear down people online just makes you look like an insecure little child.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Some food for thought: an open letter to Taste of Minnesota

So today at work, I came across City Pages' article on the 2014 Taste of Minnesota line up. It is pretty obvious that what I saw has resulted in an open letter to the organizers of the family event from yours truly ;).

Dear Taste of Minnesota organizers:

It has come to this music blogger's attention this year's musical line-up for the latest incarnation of the family friendly event. May I say that I was anything but impressed? Please don't get upset when I saw that I had to literally bite my lip from laughing out loud at work. Have you not learned anything from the last few concerts the Minneapolis Aquatennial used to throw during the week long event? The last concert they had had that has-been group Night Ranger headling the event. Now I understand that Taste of Minnesota is a family friendly and budget-friendly event but there really is no excuse to put together a line up as lazy as the one you cobbled together for the Fourth of July weekend.

You could say I am observer of the Minnesota music scene. I am, mostly of the dark underground music scene but I do watch what is happening in the local music scene from afar. Although I am a relatively obscure music blogger who does not get paid one dime for what I write, I do take my observations and  especially music dead serious. Over the years I have seen the local music scene grow and evolve. With such a diverse music scene, one would think a local event like Taste of Minnesota would take advantage of the richness in music here in our lovely state but you don't. It is evident that you don't. In my honest opinion, it would have been cheaper to go with all local music instead of having to pay travel expenses for a bunch of has been bands like Badfinger, Marshall Tucker Band, and Starship). Have you not heard of the band Polica? They are quite popular for an indie band. They could probably have brought in more people than the entire current line up for this year's Taste of Minnesota. Well maybe not, certainly would have the appeal to attract more people in their 20s and 30s. Believe it or not, people in their 20's and 30's do have families and have an eclectic taste in music.

Here are some other artists and bands you COULD have tried to have gotten instead of say motherfuckin' Starship:

Trampled By Turtles
Pert Near Sandstone
Low
L'assassins
Pink Mink
Night Moves
Aby Wolf
Dessa
Jeremy Messersmith
Caroline Smith
Atmosphere

I could go on and on but I won't. My point is that Minnesota has a vibrant music scene. If you want to showcase what Minnesota is really about, then the musical acts should be from Minnesota. To not take advantage of the healthy, diverse music scene here in the state and simply use a slew of has-beens or unknowns who you really don't know what sort of fan base they have (as opposed to the more established known acts I have listed above) is rather insulting to this music observer. If you want to see any profits to come in, better to try to get local acts that has a steady following. A lot of their fans have families too (hint hint hint).

Despite my harsh criticism towards the event, I do plan on attending Taste of Minnesota to see Halestorm, the only band that appeals to this music junkie. I do hope that this year's Taste of Minnesota won't end up like the disaster that the last time the event was held on Harriet Island. I'll say this at least you had the decency to address the entrance fee which sounds more reasonable than what happened in 2010.  If Taste of Minnesota does continue on after this summer, please do more research into the bands you chose to have perform. Not everyone has the taste of the baby boomer generation. Just saying.

Sincerely,

Erica (aka Rivet Grrrl)

Saturday, May 10, 2014

My top 10 favorite synthpop songs

So here I am at my desk listening to Empty by Mondtraume when I suddenly got inspired to share my top 10 favorite synthpop songs (in recent years).

10. Refuge by Client


09. Secret Place by Marsheaux


08. Far From Pain by Mondtraume

07. Without You by Code 64


06. The Colour of Love by Beborn Beton


05. Once in a Lifetime by Wolfsheim


04. Western Rust by Blume


03. Until the End of Time by De/Vision


02. Smile of Low by Moonlight Cove


01. Spiders by Ashbury Heights

Friday, May 9, 2014

My Current Favorite Songs of the Week

Here is my Top 10 Current Favorite Songs of the Week.I have included a few songs from artists that are coming to down in the next few weeks (Voltaire, Ego Likeness, De/Vision, and God Module). Warning: the Voltaire track is a bit on the raunchy side ;).

01. Far From Pain by Mondtraume
02. The Love Thieves by Depeche Mode
03. Lies by Anette Olzon
04. Bullet by Uh Huh Her
05. Conversation (Club Mix) by Cosmic Armchair
06. Our Common Future by Psy'Aviah featuring Kyoko Baertson
07. Moments We Shared by De/Vision
08. Cantina by Voltaire
09. Burn Witch Burn by Ego Likeness
10. Devil's Night by God Module

I am so loving the debut album Mondtraume album Empty. One of my personal favorite tracks on the album is "Far From Pain" which features Lady Marian from Psideralica. I would love it if the song got the remix treatment. This just has remix me all over it. LOL!

Of course I had to include "Conversation" by Cosmic Armchair. What a catchy little synthpop number.

Lately I have been listening to "Our Common Future" by Psy'Aviah again. If this is any indication of what to expect from Psy'Aviah on their next album, I am so buying it.

I wish I would say that the new Uh Huh Her album is great but I can't. There are some good songs on it like "Innocence", "It's Chemical", and "Bullet" but the album starts to falter after "Bullet". "Bullet" is my current favorite song off the album.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Jam of The Week: Conversation (Club Mix) by Cosmic Armchair

Yesterday my copy of Mondtraume's Empty arrived in the mail from Alfa Matrix Records. In it came the latest Alfa Matrix compilation. There is quite a bit of kick ass music on the latest compilation. My personal favorite track from the album is from the Singapore synthpop duo Cosmic Armchair "Conversation (Club Mix)". The song is incredibly catchy. It has everything I look for in a good synthpop song thus I am making "Conversation" my Jam of the Week. You can listen to other songs on the duo's website which I posted the link to at the top of my blog entry. I will definitely post my thoughts on their music in a future blog entry. Here is a link to their 2010 EP A Second Look.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Nitronoise - No Cure For Apocalypse



Nitronoise is one of my new favorite bands that I have started listening to in the past year. Their 2012 debut album Total Nihilism was one of my favorite new finds in 2013. The music was everything that Combichrist’s music was in their early years but with a lot more energy and well frankly better lyrics and vocals (comparing to their last couple albums).

Last month, the Canadian band released their follow up album No Cure For Apocalypse. I can definitely say that this album does not suffer the dreaded sophomore slump/jinx. In fact No Cure For Apocalypse blows Total Nihilism out of the water. Like its predecessor, No Cure For Apocalypse hits the listener's ears with an all out frontal assault with hard-hitting dance beats and death metal-like vocals. Although death metal music, especially the vocals is not something I can listen to every day, I can make the exception with Kold's excellent vocals. His vocals are ferocious to the T. I can listen to him sing/growl every freaking day of my life. Lyrically, the album is as angry, if not angrier than Total Nihilism which fits right in with Kold's vocals. Most of the album is pretty fast and energetic but they do slow down like for "Spit It Black" which still has a menacing sound to it despite the slow beats. I really love the piano version of "Don't Be Afraid" a lot as well. What a killer way to close out the album. I will admit that there were a couple of songs on the band's previous album that I wasn't too particularly fond of but here on No Cure For Apocalypse I couldn't find a single track that made me hit the forward button. The bonus disc featuring remixes by C-Lekktor, Grendel, Blakopz, Modulate, and Rotersand to just name a few was quite good, better than I expected.

No Cure For Apocalypse will no doubt be a serious contender for my best of 2014 list. I at least listen to the album at least once a day since I got it last month in the mail. The music is highly aggressive and energetic which I look for in the aggrotech/terror EBM genre, solid hooks (in order to get and keep my attention, you really have to create music with a memorable hook and the band does it with their new album), and has compelling lyrics.

I have included a few clips from youtube that I think are worth checking out. This band is so freaking awesome :).









Track List:
01. The Revelation
02. Want Some
03. If We Stop Breeding
04. Censorshit
05. All Shall Perish
06. Spit It Black
07. Don't Be Afraid
08. Wake Up Call
09. Unchained
10. God Game
11. We Demand Better (featuring Nachtmahr)
12. Don't Be Afraid (piano re-work)

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Anette Olzon - Shine



I will be the first to admit I really wasn’t into Anette Olzon when she joined the immensely popular gothic-metal band Nightwish in 2007 after the departure of the band’s previous singer Tarja Turunen. Face it, Anette had big shoes to fill when she joined the band and those shoes just couldn’t be filled in my honest opinion. Then a couple of years ago, Anette left the band to strike out on her own. The result is her 2014 solo debut album Shine which I had discovered at a local record store by accident.

With the album stuck in my head, I decided to stream the album out of curiosity. Why? Because I’m afraid of wasting money on a potential turkey of an album and let me tell you I bought a few turkeys last year (like Ghost and Writer’s second album). I quickly soon found myself eating a big old slice of humble pie after I listened to Shine. I quickly ended up going to my favorite record store and buying an actual copy to show my support. Note to Anette: I was wrong about you as a singer, my sincerest apologies from this cynical blogger. I may not have been crazy about your work with Nightwish. Shine has shown to me that you were meant to be a solo artist. 

Now that Anette has struck out on her own as a solo artist, I got to hear her as an artist, not just as a member of a popular heavy metal band. Shine has shown to me what Anette is fully capable of as an artist. I now hear her just as Anette, not as Tarja’s replacement. The material on the album is strong. The music isn’t quite metal but it isn’t completely pop/rock either. Shine is smack dab right in the middle hints of classical influences through out the album. There are moments when I am reminded of Liv Kristine of Leave's Eyes and Sarah Brightman when Anette starts to hit the high notes. The album is steeped in unforgettable hooks and delicate, intricate melodies. The acoustic guitars give songs like “Moving Away” a folkish feel. On every song on Shine, Anette’s delicate vocals isn’t overwhelmed by the music and is at the forefront. While the epic sweeping ballads "Lies" and "Moving Away" are my two personal favorite tracks, the album in general is terrific. I honestly did not find one track on the album I did not like no matter how many times I have listened to Shine. I hope that people will hear this album with an open mind. I have to admit I was a bit cautious but in the end I was pleasantly surprised by how good the music is. Shine certainly is a serious contender for my annual year end best of list without a shadow of a doubt.



Track List:
01. Like a Show Inside My Head
02. Shine
03. Floating
04. Lies
05. Invincible
06. Hear Me
07. Falling
08. Moving Away
09. One Million Faces
10. Watching Me From Afar

Sunday, May 4, 2014

LucidLivingMusic - Miracless

Just a few minutes ago, I was contacted via Twitter by a Persian-Canadian artist named Shirin Delsooz. She has a project called Lucid Living. Since I wasn't listening to any music at the time, I decided to listen to her new EP on her soundcloud account. As a fan of electro-pop acts like Delerium, Conjure One, and Balligomingo along with world artists like Azam Ali, it was a given I would take to Lucid Living's music like a duck to water. As I am listening to the EP again, I can't help but think of Aby Wolf's 2013 collaboration with Grant Lord on the brilliant Wolf Lords album. Shirin's vocals definitely reminded me quite a bit of Aby Wolf (local MN musician). I say that in a positive manner because I love that album, just as I love Miracless. Considering what I listen to on a daily basis, Shirin's music does help take that edge off. My favorite track has to be the instrumental track "Always Royal Mountain" which melds both modern electronic with traditional Persian folk melodies. "Let Me Sleep" is another great song too. It's a darker track. Definitely has an industrial edge to the song which I think would appeal to a lot of my readers. While most of the songs are more on the poppier side, the music is heavily synth-driven and equally enjoyable to listen to. Please do check out Shirin's music as well as her as an artist at her website.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Jam of the Week: New Life by Mondtraume

So all this week I have been listening to the debut album Empty by synthpop act Mondtraume. It is my favorite debut album I have heard in a long time. I am reminded of De/Vision, Minerve, Melotron, and Namnambulu. One of my personal favorite tracks on the album is the ballad "New Life", a song dedicated to Pikotto's son. I often have to hit the back button again to hear the song repeatedly therefore making it very easy for me to make this song my Jam of the Week.


If you like the song enough, I definitely recommend buying the album. It is so good.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Current list of upcoming shows in the Twin Cities

May 
Send Receive feat. Echo Signal, UZZA, and Ryan Sutter
 Voltaire with Ego Likeness in Saint Paul
Art a Whirl [[[Ficshe + Lola's Paradox]]]
Vaudville - Masquerade Party CD release party w/Fifth Hour, The Phoenix Philosophy, Venus On Fire
Polkadot Party at Art-a-Whirl presented by 612 Brew
Endif, Dissociate, Wolfbait at Club Underground
 Goth Prom XI: Grim Tales
Orchyd, Ire Wolves, Alex Bissen at Club Underground
Jasyn of God Module guest DJ at Hard Mondays
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
Girl Germs Live Tribute to Women in Rock
Aesthetic Perfection at Ground Zero with Surgyn and Panic Lift

June
Rebel, Rebel - Rock For Pussy XI: A Tribute to David Bowie
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
Wayne Static, American Head Charge and more at Skyway Theater

July
Veruca Salt at Varsity Theater
Sarah McLachlan at the State Theatre
Camera Obscura at First Avenue
The Julie Ruin w/Kitten Forever at The Triple Rock

August
Tori Amos at the O'Shaughnessy
Echo and The Bunnymen at First Avenue

September
Within Temptation at First Avenue
Shonen Knife at The Turf Club

Here is my current list of upcoming shows. Added a few shows. It seems that both Chvrches shows at First Avenue is sold out. Next week Kilted Farmer Koncerts will be making another concert announcement. Of course I will be sharing the news via Twitter/FB. This month you can catch me at all the Kilted Farmer shows this month as well as the Girl Germs Live Tribute at First Avenue. I got three shows to attend in one week. Life is good.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Dark Carnivale at The Bedlam Theatre July 3, 2010

Throwback Thursday time! Tonight's trip down memory lane is at the Dark Carnivale show I attended four summers ago at the old Bedlam Theatre along the Hiawatha light rail line (aka the blue line). The show feature local acts Geodesique (now known as Geodesik)and UZZA, and the other two acts were from out of state Sullen Serenade and from Italy The Spiritual Bat. Unfortunately the show was held at the worst time...on a holiday weekend so not many people showed up for that show but I still enjoyed it.











You can view the rest of the photos here.