Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Album of the Week: Tiny Deaths by Tiny Deaths

If you haven't heard of the local electropop duo Tiny Deaths featuring Claire de Lune and ex-Lookbook Grant Cutler (who also worked on the Wolf Lords album with Aby Wolf), you should now. Their new self-titled EP came out today. I really like it a lot. It definitely reminds me of Wolf Lords. So check it out.

Monday, September 29, 2014

5 Artists You Should Check Out

01. Mirabilis

02. Lykke Li

03. Voicecoil

04. Astronomique

05. White Sea

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Lizzo and Caroline Smith at First Avenue on 09.27.2014

Last night I attended the sold out show featuring Lizzo and Caroline Smith at First Avenue. I have been looking forward all summer to seeing this show. Last month the two women released a single they collaborated on called "Let 'Em Say" with all proceeds going to the Women's Foundation of Minnesota.

Recently they put out a fun little video for the song.

Saturday night's show was sold out (which led to a second show on Friday night). I think it really is testament to the growing popularity of Houston born, now Minnesota-based artist Lizzo. Like Friday night, the show last night kicked off with an hour-long dj set from two members of Grrrl Prty Shannon Blowtorch and Sophia Eris under the name TAWST. That was a fun set even if I wasn't familiar with a lot of the songs the duo played.

After TAWST's set was Caroline Smith and Lizzo. They kicked off their set with their bouncy and infectious collaboration "Let 'Em Say". The energy the two women gave off quickly set the tone for the night. Both women performed together as well as solo (with Lizzo, her fellow GRRRL PRTY member Sophia Eris joined her on stage). Prior to last night's show, I was only familiar with Caroline Smith in name only. Lizzo on the other hand I am very familiar with. I started listening to her after getting into GRRRL PRTY this past summer when I finally saw them back in July at the Bastille Day Block Party and later Pizza Luce Block Party. I am not going to pretend and say that I went bananas over Caroline's music. I'll be honest modern r and b music really doesn't do much for me however I thought she really put in a highly entertaining set (with and without Lizzo). I appreciate that she doesn't take herself too seriously (like Lizzo) in her lyrics. I also appreciate the fact that she likes to make her live performances as personal and engaging with her audiences. Lizzo as expected did not disappoint me one bit. She has so much energy as a rapper and performer. Since the Pizza Luce Block party back in August and I had an inkling that I would be seeing members of GRRRL PRTY at last night's show and I was totally right about it. I was thrilled when the women came on stage to join Lizzo for "Top Floor" (I think). Another highlight from the show is when Lizzo had to apologize to her mother who was in the audience prior to singing (with Caroline and her GRRRL PRTY crew) a song that involved some obscenities in it which just cracked me up. I also loved it towards the end of the evening when a bunch of women got on stage with Caroline and Lizzo in their underwear for a song. If you haven't seen pics from last night's show on my Twitter/Facebook pages, you can find them on this slide show I made just for GRRRL PRTY and anything related to the members of the group.
goth_maven's All things Grrrl Prty and its members album on Photobucket

Last night's concert will easily go down as one of my favorite concerts of 2014. If you haven't seen Lizzo, Caroline Smith, or GRRRL PRTY, I do recommend that you do whenever the opportunity arises. I am particularly a big fan of GRRRL PRTY which is a shocker for this normally non-hip hop fan. Definitely recommend checking out their free EP GRRRL PRTY TONIGHT.

Friday, September 26, 2014

10 of My Favorite Things in Music

My 10 Current Favorite Albums:
01. Phantogram: Nightlife
02. White Sea: In Cold Blood
03. Keluar: Keluar
04. Mirabilis: Here and the Hereafter
05. Lissie: Back to Forever
06. Black Label Society: Unblackened
07. Dead Can Dance: Spleen and Ideal
08. Dessa: Parts of Speech
09. Social Distortion: Social Distortion
10. The Luna Sequence: Fearful Shepherds Hunt Their Sheep

My Top 10 Cassette Memories (inspired by Cassette Store Day which is happening tomorrow)
01. Buying a my first cassette tape which had the parental advisory sticker on it which was L7's Bricks Are Heavy.
02. Playing Bricks Are Heavy so many times until I could not see the track list on the cassette tape. lol
03. Going ordering cassettes from Columbia House Records or BMG long before Amazon.com. That was always fun.
04. Getting the cassettes in the mail. I loved seeing that square box in my mail box in college. That always brightened up my day.
05. Playing Social Distortion's self-titled album and Siouxsie and The Banshee's Twice Upon a Time compilation to a point where I would often have to take a pencil and rewound the tape back into the cassette. I blame that on the shitty boombox I owned at the time.
06. I am not 100% sure but I think the first cassette I ever bought was Culture Club's Colour By Numbers. I was so obsessed with that album as a 9 year old.
07. Listening to my cassettes on an old red Panasonic cassette player. It looked exactly like this cassette player.
08. Making mix tapes. Still enjoy making them too to this very day. What I didn't like was sitting on my ass all day waiting for a particular song to come on the airwaves. That was a big fat pain in the ass.
09. Buying my first boombox with my birthday money so I could listen to my music . It looked liked this boombox but red. I thought I was so cool. lol
10. Selling my cassettes. I sold most of my cassettes a long time ago when I first moved back to the Twin Cities. I kinda wish I didn't. I miss my Phantom Blue tapes but at least I have my copy of Mothers Heaven by the band Texas.

10 Current Favorite Songs
01. Listen Like Strangers by Army On The Dance Floor
02. 16 Voices by Phantogram
03. I Bet On You by Lissie
04. Queen Of Sorrow (Acoustic) by Black Label Society
05. Elysium by Lisa Gerrard
06. Ball and Chain by Social Distortion
07. Storytime by Nightwish
08. Just Like Heaven by Lovelorn Dolls
09. NYC Loves You by White Sea
10. Keep It Healthy by Warpaint

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Throwback Thursday: My Top 10 Favorite Alternative/Modern Rock Songs from 1994

For this week's Throwback Thursday, I decided to pick 10 of my favorite alternative/modern rock songs from 20 years ago. Where was I in 1994? Miserable as hell in my freshman year in college at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, IA. On the upside, I was listening to a lot of alternative rock music which to no one surprise went mostly unheard of by my peers at that podunk school.

01. Erasure: Always

02. Mazzy Star: Fade Into You

03. Veruca Salt: Seether

04. Jesus and The Mary Chain: Sometimes Always

05. Tori Amos: Cornflake Girl

06. Bjork: Big Time Sensuality

07. Enigma: Return to Innocence

08. Live: Selling the Drama

09. Hole: Doll Parts

10. Love Spit Love: Am I Wrong

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Album of the Week: Here and the Hereafter by Mirabilis

Last month I discovered on Facebook that the Texas neo-classical, goth band Mirabilis had a new album coming out in September called Here and the Hereafter. If you didn't know who Mirabilis is, the band consists of two women Dru Allen of This Ascension and Summer Bowman of the Machine in the Garden. Without a blinking, I pre-ordered a physical copy of the album via Projekt Records which according to them is only limited to a certain number (how many I don't know). As I am waiting for my copy of the album to come out later this month, I decided to listen to it on bandcamp. I am fairly familiar with the women's work through Myspace and Youtube but just never bought their music until recently (loved that I will be getting their other two albums with my copy of Here and the Hereafter). What I heard on the new album sure didn't disappoint me. The music reminds me of early Mediaeval Baebes but with only two women and nowhere as poppy sounding as the Baebes' music has become over the recent years. The music is enchanting to listen to between the lush melodies and the women's gorgeous vocals. If you love classical music with a hint of goth/darkwave, the new Mirabilis album Here and the Hereafter is worth listening to (and hopefully worth buying). I absolutely love the sounds of the harpsichord as well as hammered dulcimer. It is so refreshing to listen to instruments that have an organic sound to them or don't overwhelm the women's vocals. I chose Here and the Hereafter as my Album of the Week because I know I will be listening to it every day at least twice a day. I hope my readers will listen to the album. I think it is good to give your ears a break from all the stompy EBM ;).

Monday, September 22, 2014

5 Artists You Should Check Out

01. Keluar

02. Petals and Thorns

03. More Machine Than Man

04. Dreams Divide

05. White Sea

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Office Playlist of the Week

This weekend was a great weekend for new music. I made a trip to Cheapo Discs on Saturday and picked up a few CDs and then today I borrowed a bunch of CDs from the library.

From my collection:

Social Distortion: Social Distortion

Hocico: Wrack and Ruin

Clan of Xymox: Creatures

Wolfsheim: Spectators

Blutengel: Black Symphonies (An Orchestral Journey)

Angel Haze: Dirty Gold

Kitten: Kitten

Empyrean Asunder: Serpent

Dido: Life For Rent

Junksista: Bad Case of Fabulous

Lindsey Stirling: Lindsey Stirling

Machinista: Arizona Lights

Elastica: Elastica

Eluveitie: Origins

From the library:

Sleigh Bells: Bitter Rivals

Daft Punk: Discovery

White Sea In Cold Blood

Lissie: Back to Forever

Dessa: Parts of Speech

Pantera: Cowboys From Hell

Black Label Society: Unblackened

Phantogram: Nightlife

Howler: World of Joy

Arcade Fire: Reflektor

So far I really dig the albums by Lissie, Dessa, White Sea, and Pantera. I especially dig the White Sea album because it reminds me of Kitten's self-titled debut album. If you like Kitten and Io Echo, I definitely recommend checking out White Sea.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Music That Is Still Relevant To Me After 2 Decades (or almost)

Today I went over to Cheapo Discs over in uptown to peruse the used CD bins like I used to do every weekend when I lived in Loring Park. Living farther away from uptown has made me less interested in making the journey but today I felt like going there. I ended up buying Social Distortion's self-titled album, Clan of Xymox's Creatures and Hocico's Wreck and Ruin.

Social Distortion's 1990 self-titled album for CBS Records was a huge influence on me in high school. I was first exposed to Social Distortion on MTV. First saw their video for "Ball and Chain" at a friend's house and being completely blown away by their sound.

I think I bought the cassette version of the album like a week after seeing the video. The influence of that album helped me made the transition from cheesy and often awful hair metal to alternative rock. I have owned the album on CD off and on through out the years but today I decided that I needed to have it in my collection again. As a result, today's purchase made me start thinking about albums that I grew up with in the early/mid '90s that I still enjoy to this very day.

I absolutely freaking love Bricks Are Heavy. I played the shit out of my cassette version of the album as a teenager. I related a lot to the angst and nihilism of the lyrics. Plus it was anything but boring unlike my brother's music (i.e Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, and The Grateful Dead). 22 years later, Bricks Are Heavy remains a dominating force in my music listening habits. I miss the band. Women in music today lacks the balls that the women in L7 possessed. No one can pull the same shit like Donita Sparks did when she threw her used tampon into the audience at a European festival. That takes a lot of balls. Fucking funny as hell too.

As much as I love Doppelganger, I will always have a soft spot for Cuckoo which is my first Curve album that I ever bought. I remember being at Sam Goody/Musicland and coming across the album. I had never heard of the band and I decided to buy it on a whim. Glad that I did. It made me a big fan of Curve.

Belly:Star - Star was one of my favorite albums from my freshman year in college. I forgot how I came across the album but whatever the case it was one of my favorite albums that I listened to when I went to University of Northern Iowa for one year. I think I bought the cassette copy at a local record store in Cedar Falls. I just loved the jingly guitars and Tonya Donnelly's delicate vocals. The music still holds up for me as well as it did in 1993. I am still boggled that the album is 21 years old.

Okay so the self-titled album by Elastica isn't 20 years old...just yet, it turns 20 next year. It has been at least a decade since I last heard the debut album by the British rock band Elastica. I recently bought the album last weekend because I missed listening to it. I am glad I did. The songs are short and fast as well as being very catchy. The band's raw, minimalist music is a welcome change in this climate of overproduce crapfest that is passed off for music.

Vixen: Vixen - laugh at me all you want but I still love the self-titled debut album by the glam metal band Vixen. I bought their first two albums last year after the passing of the band's founding member Jan Kuehnemund and rediscovered the joy of their music. Cheesy yeah I'll be the first to admit it but their music is still a lot of fun to listen to and often a nice change of pace from the aggrotech, synthpop, and heavy metal that I listen to on a regular basis.

Concrete Blonde: Bloodletting - I first heard the song "Joey" by Concrete Blonde when I was a senior in high school and going home from a trip with my church youth group. The song hit the airwaves and I immediately fell in love with the song. I bought the cassette version when I  was a freshman in college. Another favorite album from my college years. I think it goes without saying I was the "goth" or "freak" at the college I attended to because my music collection had people scratching their heads in  confusion. LOL!

Siouxsie and the Banshees: Twice Upon a Time/The Singles - This was my very favorite album in 1993 when I was miserable as hell at UNI in Iowa. This album is what helped me get up in the morning and go to classes. I had never heard anyone sing like Siouxsie Sioux before. Her vocals was so different from anyone else I had heard up to that point.

Although when I look through this list I feel a bit old especially since I recently turned 40 however I view these albums with great affection. They are a part of my past as well as my present. As I do get older every year, I find myself less and less embarrass of the music I listened to growing up even if the music was glam metal. I see it as just part of my adolescence. More importantly in recent years I find myself going back to my musical roots and have been enjoying the music of my youth. I hope when I get much older, I will be enjoying the music that I love now then.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Throwback Thursday: My 10 favorite singles from 1984

This week I came across Rolling Stone Magazine's 100 Best Singles of 1984 list. I thought for Throwback Thursday, I would share my 10 favorite singles from that year with my readers.

01. Dead Or Alive: You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)

02. Twisted Sister: We're Not Gonna Take It

03. Scandal: Warrior

04. Billy Idol: Rebel Yell

05. Eurythmics: Here Comes the Rain Again

06. Bananarama: Cruel Summer

07. Cyndi Lauper: She Bop

08. Sade: Smooth Operator

09. Nena: 99 Luftballoons

10. Culture Club: Karma Chameleon

These songs pretty much sums up my childhood ;). I was particularly obsessed with Culture Club and Cyndi Lauper in the '80s. I have to confess in the '80s I did like some hair metal. I will always have a soft spot for Twisted Sister's "We're Not Gonna Take It". Of course had to throw in some Eurythmics. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Office Playlist of The Week

This is a little late but better late than never...this week's list of albums I am listening to at work.

All the albums I bought from the Electric Fetus' fall garage sale.

Blutengel: Demon Kiss

Warpaint: Warpaint

Empyrean Asunder: Serpent

Die Braut: Parricida Perpetuo

Kobra and the Lotus: High Priestess

Client: Authority

Nitro/noise: No Cure For Apocalypse

Ludovico Technique: Some Things Are Beyond Therapy

Baal: Shurado

Goldfrapp: Tales of Us

Uh Huh Her: Future Souls

The Lonely Soul Experience: Path of Blood

Curve: Frozen EP

Ayria: Debris

Hocico: El Ultimo Minuto (Antes de que tu Mundo Caiga)

I must say I love the CDs I bought over the weekend. I am particularly fond of the Gladiator soundtrack, Origins by Eluveitie, Life for Rent by Dido, An Ancient Muse by Loreena McKennitt, Prisoner by The Jezebels, and Lindsey Stirling's first cd. Now I am looking forward to getting my copies of Serpent by Empyrean Asunder (any day now) and the new Youth Code album which comes out next week.

Monday, September 15, 2014

5 2014 Releases You Should Check out

01. Empyrean Asunder: Serpent

02. 3Teeth: 3Teeth

03. Mr.Kitty: Time

04. Die Braut: Parricida Perpetuo

05. More Machine Than Man: Something Ventured, Nothing Gained

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hocico with HARDWIRE and Infaux at Amsterdam Bar and Hall on 09.12.14

Another Kilted Farmer Koncerts has come and gone. This past Friday night veteran EBM band Hocico made their first return to the Twin Cities in 12 years to perform at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in downtown Saint Paul with Arizona band HARDWIRE. Opening for the two bands in Saint Paul was the Sioux Falls, SD band Infaux. Of the three bands, I am most familiar with Hocico. I am relatively new to their music. I just started listening to them two-three years ago after checking out Tiempos de Furia from the library (and ended up buying my own copy). Infaux was a nice fit for the bill that night with their brand of cyberpunk. Very noisy and aggressive is the best description for the duo's sound. The guys are very nice too. I got to meet them before the show. Long before the show, I listened to a few of HARDWIRE's songs and liked what I heard but hearing them live totally blew me out of the water. They totally killed it on stage. I think everyone in the audience were totally impressed by the band's performance. Hocico ended the night with a highly energetic set. They were so well worth the wait. The audience ate up their entire set. Unfortunately the band played so hard that that Racso Agroyam's laptop abruptly quit working during the first and second attempts at an encore. Thankfully this ended at the end of the night and not early in the beginning of their performance. I had a wonderful time that night. I bought a t-shirt and CD from the band. Of course I have taken lots of photos and recorded a bunch of video footage from the show. Enjoy!

goth_maven's Hocico with HARDWIRE and Infaux album on Photobucket

Saturday, September 13, 2014

My latest CD purchases from today's garage sale

Yesterday I found out that this weekend is the annual Electric Fetus Garage Sale and Fall Festival. As a loyal customer of the Electric Fetus record store, I definitely made sure I would hall my ass down to the record store the next day. It didn't take me very long to find a bunch of CDs that I wanted to add to my record collection. I ended up spending $10.78 for nine CDs, not too shabby I say. Here are the items I bought:

Club Mix 99 - I couldn't resist and pick up this collection of super cheesy dance club hits from the '90s. Sometimes I feel motivated the most at work when I am listening to really cheesy pop music. I have to admit the songs brings back fond memories of my clubbing days in my early 20's.

Dido: Life For Rent - I love Dido's first two albums. I had to buy another copy to add to my music collection. Between No Angel and Life For Rent, Life For Rent is my personal favorite of the two albums. Too bad her music after those albums became boring as hell IMHO.

Austra: Olympia - Austra is a really excellent electro-pop band from Toronto. I scored big when I found their new album in the $1.50 section. Their new album Olympia is very good. They have such a distinctive sound it is pretty hard to compare them with any other band.

Gladiator soundtrack  - The best soundtrack that Lisa Gerrard has put out IMHO. I had to add this album back into my collection. I love Lisa Gerrard. She has such a beautiful voice.

Loreena Mckennitt: An Ancient Muse - I really can't go wrong with Loreena McKennitt. 

Eluveitie: Origins - I haven't listened to this album yet but I thought I would check it out. Only had to pay a $1 for the album. 

Elastica: Elastica - I have missed listening to this album. Haven't heard it in ages like in 15 years or so.

Lindsey Stirling: Lindsey Stirling  I have this album as a burned copy but I thought I would get an actual copy of the album. I really like her music a lot. I also recommend her latest album Shatter Me.

The Jezebels: Prisoner - I had heard this album a month or two ago when I borrowed the CD from the library. Absolutely loved what I had heard. When I saw this album at the sale today, I was ecstatic to see it so I bought it of course ;).

In This Moment: Blood - Been meaning to buy this album for awhile but never got around to buying it until today. Finding it for $1.50 made me a happy camper.

I should note that the garage sale at the Electric Fetus continues tomorrow. I definitely recommend going there. Sifting through all the boxes is so much fun. I think the purchases that I bought today were so worth the effort.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Albums I Am Currently Listening to

Warpaint: Warpaint

I recently picked up Warpaint's second album from the library last weekend. I decided to give the album another shot. I first listened to the album earlier this year and wasn't too impressed. I finally got around to listening to the album again today at work. I must say the album certainly sounded better the second time around. I think I just needed to listen to it more than once. While I still prefer the band's first full length album The Fool, their self-titled album has grown on me considerably. It is definitely more experimental and often veers into the type of music that Duluth band Low is notorious for making.

Roseanne Cash: The Essentials

I almost forgot how much I like Roseanne Cash's music (Johnny's famous daughter who is a singer/songwriter). I was a fan of her music when I was in high school. Roseanne's music is more in the singer/songwriter vein than country. There certainly is elements of country music in her music and certainly more than what passes off for "country music" nowadays. I really like the material from her album The Wheel the best. I really should try to find that album either in stores or online. After hearing "The Wheel" and "Seventh Avenue" from that album, I find myself wishing I didn't sell my cassette copy of that album years ago.

Sade: Ultimate Collection

If pop artists sounded more like Sade and less like Miley Cyrus and Iggy Azalea, I would listen to pop music more often but alas they don't. I absolutely love this woman. She could sing the phone book and I would still listen to her sing it.

Dar Williams: Many Great Companions/The Best of Dar Williams

Dar Williams is another favorite singer/songwriter of mine. The first disc is a stripped down collection of Dar's music featuring some of her famous friends ranging from Gary Louris of The Jayhawks to Mary Chapin Carpenter. The second disc is a best of collection. I haven't listened to her music in years until I had picked up this album from the library and her music still resonates with me as it did when I first heard her music over ten years ago.

Kobra and the Lotus: High Priestess

I discovered Kobra and The Lotus last year via Facebook and really liked their brand of progressive metal on their self-titled debut album. Today I picked up their new album High Priestess from the library. I definitely was not disappointed in what I heard on the album.

Cyndi Lauper: She's So Unusual: a 30th Anniversary

One can not do wrong with some Cyndi Lauper. At least with me I can't. Loved her music as a child, still love her music as an adult.

Johnny Cash: Out Among the Stars

Not my favorite Johnny Cash release but I still like this posthumous release that had been hidden for years but was discovered by his son in 2012. The music definitely makes me miss the man in black and shows that there will never be another artist like Johnny Cash. Johnny was truly a one of a kind artist regardless of musical genres.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Women who has influenced me from the past decade

Earlier this week I turned the big 4-0 (ick...lol). Not something I am really thrilled about but tonight I was going through my playlists on Spotify. I came across my two playlists of Women Who has Influenced Me in my pre-teen and high school years. I immediately thought I would create a list that would show the women who has influenced me in the past decade when I was in my 30s (inspired by my recent b'day). I think it will be interesting how my taste in music will change/evolve in the coming years, just not crazy about getting old. Hahaha!

Women who has influenced me from the past decade

01. Sick Fuck - Unter Null
02. My Revenge On the World - Ayria (should be "on", not "to" on Spotify)
03. Summer - Marsheaux
04. Wicked Days - Android Lust
05. Sirens and Satellites - Ego Likeness
06. The Bells - I:Scintilla
07. Runaway - Noblesse Oblige
08. Destroy Everything You Touch - Ladytron
09. We Fly - Future Perfect
10. Purpose Beyond Form - The Luna Sequence

And in case you missed my other two playlists in this series, here they are ;):

Women who has influenced (pre-teen years)

01. Live - The Bangles
02. September Gurls - The Bangles
03. Complicated Girl - The Bangles
04. Vacation - The Go Go's
05. Our Lips Are Sealed  - The Go Go's
06. Hymn to Her - The Pretenders
07. Back On the Chain Gang - The Pretenders
08. Atomic - Blondie
09. Heart of Glass - Blondie
10. One Way or Another - Blondie
11. Girls Just Want to Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
12. All Through the Night - Cyndi Lauper
13. No More Words - Berlin
14.Sex (I'm A...) - Berlin

Women who has influenced me (high school years)

01. Magick Flute - Babes in Toyland
02. Everglade - L7
03. Joey - Concrete Blonde
04. Cinderella's Daydream - ZuZu's Petals
05. Another Shot of Whiskey - The Gits
06. Gepetto - Belly
07. Tired of Nothing - 7 Year Bitch
08. Cities in Dust - Siouxsie and The Banshees
09. Connection - Elastica
10. 500 (Shake Baby Shake)  - Lush
11. Raspberry Swirl - Tori Amos
12. Little Plastic Castle - Ani Difranco
13. I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone - Sleater-Kinney
14. In My Heart - Texas

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Some local tunes

This morning before work I heard some interesting tracks by some local artists so I thought I would share the songs with my readers.

If you haven't heard of Astronomique, you do now. They are one of my new favorite local bands in the Twin Cities. The band will be playing at the Kitty Cat Klub this Thursday night. Here is the Facebook event for the show. Depending how I feel after work, I might go to that show since I took Friday off from work.

One of my favorite local bands Wiping Out Thousands had broken up earlier this year, and out of the ashes is a new duo called Tired Tongues featuring Taylor Nelson from WOT. Checked out a sample of what the duo has to offer. I really like what I heard.

Tired Tongues will be doing a dj set at the KCK show that Astronomique will be performing this Thursday night. You can also read more about Tired Tongues on City Pages.

Finally I came across this interview with Jourdan Myers, a local singer/songwriter. Her music isn't what I normally listen to but I liked what I had heard in this clip.

Monday, September 8, 2014

5 Fall Releases I Am Looking Forward to

01, Youth Code: An Overture
Youth Code presents a limited CD collection, compromising their brand new EP A Place To Stand, along with their 2013 debut album, as well as the breakout single EP tracks from the Angry Love 7". 16 tracks in total, comes in a thick cardstock matte digipack. I have been listening to their debut album online and really enjoying their sound which sounds quite refreshing in a scene that is kinda getting stagnant and complacent with the music.

02. Hanzel und Gretyl: Black Forest Metal
I admit it, I wasn't crazy about Born to Be Heiled. It was a major letdown for this HuG fan. Despite my dislike for that album, I have to be optimistic about the next album. One never knows what one can get with every album by his or her favorite bands. I have been a fan of HuG for over  a decade now, I am not giving up on them now.

03. The Birthday Massacre: Superstition
It's The Birthday Massacre. What else can I say? ;)

04. Empyrean Asunder: You Are My Punishment [maxi-single]
Being an obsessive hoarder when it comes to owning music via compact discs, I had to pre-order one of the 25 copies of the upcoming single from my favorite band of 2014 Empyrean Asunder. If you haven't heard of Empyrean Asunder, I strongly recommend checking out their music on their bandcamp page. They are simply awesome in my book. I wouldn't be pushing them so much on my blog and Twitter/FB pages if I didn't think they were something special.

05. Japanese Electro Punk Brutality
After getting into the Japanese cyberpunk band Baal and the Japanese aggrotech band 2 Bullet, I am really starting to appreciate the darker music scene from Japan. I am definitely curious to hear this compilation that was put together by Cevin Key of Skinny Puppy. 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Album of the Week: Dirty Gold by Angel Haze

Angel Haze: Dirty Gold

I chose Angel Haze's debut full-length album Dirty Gold as my Album of the Week. I have been listening to the album constantly since I got it in the mail last week. I came across Angel's music via youtube with her song "Battle Cry" which features SIA. I soon found myself listening to the song over and over again. I started checking out her music on Spotify and youtube and found myself really enjoying Angel's music. I ended up ordering a copy Dirty Gold online. As picky music fanatic who prefers industrial and synthpop music over hip hop (or anything mainstream for that matter) music, Dirty Gold turned out to be a pleasant surprise for me. I really dug Angel's rapid fire raps as well as her singing. I also like how deeply personal the lyrics in her music can be. In this day and age of Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj, Angel Haze is breath of fresh air to me. I found nothing about Angel's music to be cliched or repetitive. The strongest and most compelling tracks for me is "Sing About Me", "Battle Cry", "Dirty Gold" and "Rose Tinted Suicide". I wasn't really too big on "New York" (one of the bonus tracks on my version of Dirty Gold). I wasn't fond of the hooks or the lyrics. I found that track rather monotonous but overall I love the album. Dirty Gold is a nice change of pace from the other music I listen to on a regular basis.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Jams of the Week

Normally I focus on one particular song for my weekly Jam of the Week series but this week I will make an exception and write about two of my favorite songs at the moment.

The first song is UnterART's "Now or Never".

The song is super catchy and the vocals is a mix between clean and harsh. The melodies is so ridiculously addictive. Unfortunately the band is no longer together. Chris Harms is now in the band Lords of the Lost, okay band but I prefer his work with UnterArt.

My other favorite song at the moment is so not industrial and so unlike me..."Battle Cry" by Angel Haze (featuring Sia)

I came across this video on youtube a few weeks ago and have been listening to it constantly. It is such a powerful song by the young artist. I liked the song so much I actually bought her album Dirty Gold which surprisingly enough is quite good (this coming from someone who really isn't a big fan of hip hop music although I am starting to find a few artists in the genre compelling to listen to like GRRRL PRTY, Lizzo, and now Angel Haze). I love the lyrics which clearly is deeply personal for Angel Haze and Sia's vocals.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

10 Songs From the Summer of 2014 That Were/Are Better Than Fancy

Tonight I came across this article from Huffington Post on songs that were better than "Fancy". Some of the songs I like, some I wasn't fond of but I'll say this all the songs were better than "Fancy" by a long shot. For tonight's blog, I decided to put together my 10 favorite songs from this summer that is a definite improvement over that shitfest otherwise known as "Fancy" (most annoying earworm of 2014).

01. Royskopp and Robyn: Monument

This collaboration with Royskopp and Robyn is proof that not all pop music is as shitty as Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" (or anything by Iggy Azalea). I am a big fan of Robyn because she isn't Lady Gaga or Nicki Minaj. Robyn is just Robyn. She has her own individual personality and she lets her music do most of the talking.

02. Die Antwoord: Pitbull Terrier

Easily my favorite song from Die Antwoord and the video is hilarious too.

03. Tiny Deaths: Ocean

I love this song by Tiny Deaths, very reminiscent of Aby Wolf's Wolf Lords album. Grant Cutler of Lookbook/Wolf Lords fame also worked on this new project.

04. Lizzo and Caroline Smith: Let 'Em Say

Super catchy, fun song.

05. Arch Enemy: You Will Know My Name

06. Kitten: I'll Be Your Girl

This is my late summer jam. Ever since I bought the Kitten album a couple of weekends ago, I have been listening to this song a lot (not to mention the entire album itself).

07. Weird Al: Word Crimes

I love this song. Too damn funny.

08. Lindsey Stirling and Lizzy Hale: Shatter Me

09. Belinda Carlisle: Summer Rain

I just had to include this oldie but goodie from Belinda Carlisle. I had rediscovered the joys of Belinda Carlisle' solo music over the summer. This song has been getting lots of play from me.

10. The Luna Sequence: Until the Seasons Turn