Thursday, October 30, 2014

Some Food For Thought: Why I Stream Music

Earlier this week, I came across this article called The Music Industry Has 99 Problems and They Are... written by Paul Resnikoff. One of the issues the article addresses is the streaming of music nowadays. Just scroll down to #11 - Streaming Has Largely Failed Artists and Independent Labels. I definitely would agree with what the author wrote and the problems with streaming. I truly wish companies like Spotify, Pandora, Youtube, and Sound Cloud would be more generous with payouts to artists. If it really was possible for me, I would not stream music and just simply buy music directly from the artists themselves. I do try to do that as often as possible. There are some artists whose music I will just buy without blinking an eye because I am that loyal to them.  Sadly that isn't the case nowadays. As a serious music fan, I am going to defend why I stream music online. I felt like I need to since the criticism towards streaming is so one sided and you don't hear from music fans themselves why they stream music online but that will all change now.

A few nights ago, I decided to stream the new KMFDM album Our Time Will Come. Three songs into the album, I thought to myself "Funny, this sounds awfully familiar like KUNST, WTF?!, and Blitz". I had to quit listening after three songs because the music sounded so repetitive. Had I bought this album either at the Electric Fetus or online I would have sunk $15 of my hard earned money on music that put me to sleep and I would have been pissed off that my money went to an album I didn't like.

If there is one thing I do not like it is wasting money on an album that has about 1-3 good songs and the rest being filler. Our Time Will Come wasn't the only musical disappointment for me this year. I was anything but impressed with Sarah McLachlan's latest album Shine On which I also streamed online to see if it was worth picking up at the record store. Unfortunately the music wasn't worth it. I do not doubt that the reason why the current state of the music industry is pretty much craptacular is because the industry itself shot itself in the foot by being greedy. The industry today is not interested in helping artists to sustain a long, healthy, sustainable career in music. They want hits ASAP which translates to $$$. I think another part of the problem is with the artists themselves. I think some have gotten really lazy or have lost that creative spark from their early days (for me in this case KMFDM).

In the last couple of years I have started noticing just how repetitive the dark electro scene has become and for me has gotten stuck in this complacency of synthesized music which the beats sounds way too much alike. In order for me to find new and interesting music and not end up wasting my money on music I might not like has put me in the corner and turn to streaming music online whether via Bandcamp or Youtube. The only two  bands in the past year who has put out some kick ass music that does NOT sound like Rotersand or Icon of Coil is Youth Code and 3 Teeth. I'm particularly a big fan of Youth Code. I really think this is the band that could bring back industrial music to its original roots. Or at least I hope they do. If they don't succeed, they sure have given the scene a swift kick int the ass which is sorely needed. The repetitiousness in the music is getting too much for me to bear to a point where I am really picky about where my money is spent on hence listening to music on sites like Spotify.

On the more positive note, I have bought  a shit load of music this past year, so far almost $1000 worth of music. I have downloaded music from sites like CD Baby and Bandcamp as well as Amazon, Metropolis records, Alfa Matrix Records, and bought directly from my local record stores. That is more than a lot of people so to put a lot of blame on music listeners for the current state of the music scene is a bit unfair. Not everyone is lazy and just wants music at their convenience.

I don't speak for all music fans. I only speak for myself as a music fanatic, and get my view point on the issue of streaming across. Yes it is unfair of the way artists are ripped off by companies like Pandora and Spotify but it is also unfair to listeners who gets ripped off with less than stellar music when they buy music from his or her favorite artists. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Albums I am currently listening to

Well this week has been a good week for music. I got my latest order from Alfa Matrix Records and some cds from the library. Here is what I have been listening to lately.

Royskopp and Robyn: Do It Again

Krishna Das: Kirtan Wallah

Sia: 1000 Forms of Fear

Sonny Knight: I'm Still Here

If you haven't heard of Petals and Thorns, you should now. They are a band from Cleveland, OH. If you like dark electronic rock, I think you will dig this band. They recently released their debut album The Broken Mirror this week.

I know I have mentioned it on many occasions here but do check out the new Psy'Aviah. It is easily one of the best releases this year. The remixes are just as good. And please do buy the tribute album to The Cure from Psy'Aviah's label Alfa Matrix.

I am digging the collaboration that Royskopp and Robyn on the EP Do It Again. Neither of those artists can really do no wrong in my book. The new SIA album is excellent to and certainly worth looking to. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

5 Artists I am not embarrassed for liking

01. Dolly Parton
I think it is pretty public knowledge that country legend Dolly Parton has always been a LGBT ally but today she made her status in the gay community even bigger by calling out the anti-gay Christians which you can read in this article on  I have been a fan of Dolly Parton since I first saw her in the classic comedy 9 to 5, still the funniest office/workplace movie ever.  As an adult I have grown to love her even more so as a human being as well as a musician. I am not going to make any bones about it I am a big LGBT supporter and I have always known for some time that she was  big gay icon. Her recent comments today when she called out the sanctimonious, self-righteous bible thumpers about judging members of the LGBT community made me love her even more so.

02. Yusuf Islam/Cat Stevens
There weren't a lot of artists that my brother listened to that I liked when we were teenagers. He was more into classic rock like Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, and worse yet the Grateful Dead (gag me). I was more into alternative rock. The one artist that I did like that he got me into was Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam). I still love listening to Cat Stevens' music to this very day.

03. Weird Al
Like anyone who grew up in the '80s, Weird Al was part of my childhood. I still love his music to this very day. It always cracks me up. His new album Mandatory Fun is good for some laughs.

04. Belinda Carlisle
I love the Go Go's. They were one of my favorite bands growing but I always loved Belinda's work as a solo artist even more so. Her solo music was a lot poppier but catchy nevertheless. I just got back into her solo material over the spring time when I ordered her latest collection of her hit songs. It made me wish pop music today wasn't so slick and over produced, not to mention the overuse of Auto-Tune. Pop artists today should take a lesson here and there from pop stars from my youth like Belinda Carlisle.

05. Angel Haze
I didn't imagine I would ever like hip hop music but I have come to like some of it this year (first GRRRL PRTY, now Angel Haze).

Monday, October 27, 2014

5 Albums From Alfa Matrix you should hear

Ever since the new Psy'Aviah album came out almost a couple of weeks ago, I have been listening to a lot of music from Alfa Matrix. I decided to pick my top 5 favorite releases from the label I think my readers should check out.

01. A Strange Play: An Alfa Matrix Tribute to The Cure

I just received my latest order from Alfa Matrix records today and in it was the new tribute album to The Cure. It features a slew of Alfa Matrix artists covering classic songs and deep cuts from The Cure. It is a 2 cd compilation. I have been enjoying the album a lot this evening. The album comes out on November 7 but you can hear a few tracks on the bandcamp page.

02. Psy'Aviah: The Xenogamous Endeavour

This album was also in the package that I got today.It is certainly going to be in my top 5/10 best of 2014 list. It is a fantastic album.

03. Mondtraume: Empty

Another excellent 2014 release from Alfa Matrix. The debut album by the Spanish synthpop act Mondtraume is by far my favorite synthpop album I have heard this year. It is solid from start to finish.

04. Unter Null: The Failure Epiphany

My favorite aggrotech album of all time. This album is a huge musical influence on me. I have yet to get sick of listening to it.

05. Ayria: Debris

My favorite Ayria album of all time.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Albums I am current listening to

I went to the Electric Fetus this afternoon. I picked up a few cds at the store. I bought the self-titled debut EP by Tiny Deaths, Ruin Me With Love by Jourdan Myers, and X2.0 Best of: 1994-2006 by Suicide Commando. Tiny Deaths and Jourdan Myers are two new up and coming local artists.

Jourdan's music is what I would describe as being indie pop. I discovered her music earlier this summer through City Pages and liked what I had heard. I just discovered that she had recently released a new album so I decided to buy it. I like it a lot. I need to listen to this album a few more times before I can make final judgement.

Tiny Deaths is one of my favorite local acts in the Twin Cities this year. I was so happy to find a copy of their self-titled EP at the Electric Fetus today. As a fan of Aby Wolf's Wolf Lords album and Lookbook's music, there was no doubt I would like Tiny Death's music. A lot of the credit goes to ex-Lookbook member Grant Cutler whose work reminded me a lot of the Wolf Lords album as well as his work with his former band. I definitely recommend the Tiny Death EP for fans of Wolf Lords and Lookbook or electropop in general.

Other CDs I am listening to right now:

Suicide Commando: X.20 (Best of)

Epica: The Quantum Enigma

Sleater-Kinney: The Hot Rock

Black Label Society: Catacombs of the Black Vatican

Ladytron: Gravity the Seducer

Erasure: Other People's Songs

Haim: Days Are Gone

Fleshgod Apocalypse: Labyrinth

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Throwback Thursday: My Top 10 Favorite Songs from 1998

01. Mono: Life in Mono

02. Loreena McKennitt: The Mummer's Dance

03. Orgy: Blue Monday

04. Hole: Celebrity Skin

05. Radiohead: Karma Police

06. Garbage: Special

07. Smashing Pumpkins: Ava Adore

08. Tori Amos: Spark

09. The Propellerheads: History Repeating

10. Natalie Imbruglia: Torn

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Some Food For Thought: the reality of the music scene

Today after work I came across an interesting conversation on Facebook. I am not going to name any names for the sake of keeping this blog professional. It goes without saying the conversation between the artist and its fans to be a real eye opener. The artist clearly has some serious issues to be taking his frustrations out on the fans and the internet in general. And this is not the first time he has taken to Facebook and made himself look like a total douchebag with his whining. This is my personal take on what went transpired on the artist's Facebook page. I personally took umbrage at his opinions because he came off as self-absorbed and ungrateful.

I think artists (especially those who are just starting out) in the dark underground scene needs to be realistic and know that you can't make a living off making music  alone. Most well known artists I have had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with have day jobs. I certainly know my friends in the local music scene has day jobs as do I since I don't get paid for writing on my blog. I cover the local music and concert scene because I love music, end of story. I am all about my art. I prefer going to concerts over clubbing because I find clubbing absolutely dull and I am not into drama which comes with the territory. I get plenty of that at the office, I really don't need any more drama outside of work. So in between concerts I spend a lot of my time online searching for new music to share with my readers or hitting the local record stores searching for interesting music. Why? Because I love to do it and obviously there are people who just don't know where to look for new music which became my goal as time went on when I first started blogging.

I think it is pretty obvious that the economy in the past few years have really effected everyone including the music scene. People are buying less music and streaming music more (and usually for free) and attending less concerts. Have you seen the costs of concert tickets lately? The mainstream concerts are ridiculous. As far as the underground scene is concerned, the costs of tickets are fairly reasonable but somehow not enough people are attending shows to help the promoters break even. Newflash: some people have other financial priorities (i.e children, mortgages, bills) or even unemployed or work-related issues. For me personally, I am fortunate I am able to afford to attend the shows I want to see and buy music but not everyone has that luxury. Don't go blaming fans for not buying your music or attending your shows. I personally would have liked to have seen this particular artist live but he never really toured the states much. It really doesn't help being stuck in the midwest either.

From my experiences in my local goth/industrial scene, people do try to go to shows but not everyone can. I have a friend who lives way up in the sticks in Northern Minnesota. She would totally go to the shows  here in the cities but she can't due to distance and the fact that the shows happen mostly on week nights. Or sometimes the shows that goes on happens on nights when people are working. Unfortunately no amount of promoting that my friends and I do have seen any increased numbers in attendance at shows therefore loss of money for the promoters. They are lucky if they break even. I certainly make a concerted effort to attend shows even on a work night. To hell with being tired the next day. At least I'm supporting my scene but I am speaking for myself.

I find it very disappointing when I am forced to unlike an artist's page because he feels the need to rag on fans and the online community for something I believe was created by the current state of the economy. Musicians are not Gods. The fact that this individual had to ban some people from his page for expressing views he didn't like really says a lot just about his character. It is disappointing but that's the reality. I wish he would grasp reality but if he wants to whine about it on Facebook by all means he can. I just won't have to read it whenever he posts it (thank goodness). This is also another reason why I find myself going to concerts outside the goth scene in recent months, it is complete free of drama. 

I will end this blog by saying that true and honest music fans (like myself) will always buy music (legally) whether CDs, vinyl, or digital and attend live shows put on by their favorite artists as much as possible. I admit I stream music on Spotify but I also buy music.Without a shadow of a doubt reality can be cruel. Shit happens and people may have to put other priorities first ahead of music. Believe me I  now. The holidays and my 2 nieces' birthdays are coming up in the next two months. Money is going to have to be spent on gifts and travel expenses. I am going to have to skip out on a couple of shows to save money. That is the crux of life. I'm sorry but my family will be coming first during this time of year. That is my reality. I don't think people like myself have to apologize for putting more important matters first than luxuries like concerts and buying music.

If artists feel like us fans owe them something then I think they certainly should get out of making music and find a new career/hobby. That is a sure fire way to alienate one's fan base as is creating drama about it on social media. Respect is a two way street. Fans should show their support by buying their favorite musican's music legally and if possible go to their shows (and buy merchandise at the show too). Musicians, don't develop this high and mighty attitude and expect to be worshipped by your fans. We are not filthy rich. Also, learn to take what you can dish out on the internet. Banning fans on your Facebook page does not earn you respect. The respect I had for this certain artist went straight down the toilet tonight. I have no patience for other people's online drama.

Monday, October 20, 2014

5 Albums You Should Check Out

01. Youthh Code: An Overture - I have been listening to this album constantly this past weekend. It is so good. Definitely well worth the long ass wait I had to get it. I think Youth Code (and 3 Teeth) is what our little music scene really needs. A lot of the music right now sounds repetitive with all the oontz oontz beats going on (not to say that I don't love the synth beats but I do think the scene is becoming stagnant).

02. Psy'Aviah: The Xenogamous Endeavour

As if I really need to explain this choice ;).

03. Stoneburner: Songs in the Key of Arrakis
One of the more underrated releases of 2014. The music reminds me of Juno Reactor. I definitely recommend buying the album.

04. Bad Pollyanna: Monstrous Child

Just came across this album on bandcamp a minute ago.

The last one I can't really recommend but I am sure there are diehard KMFDM fans who would be interested in hearing their new album. Me personally? I have moved on to bigger and better things years ago. I'll just stick to their '80s/'90s material.

05. KMFDM: Our Time Will Come

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Album of The Week: The Xenogamous Endeavor by Psy'Aviah

2014 has really been a great year for music. Despite that it is mid-October, there are still some great releases that has yet to come out or has recently came out. My new favorite release that just came out this week is The Xenogamous Endeavour by Psy'Aviah. I have been eagerly anticipating this album after hearing their EP Our Common Future which was released earlier this year. The music re-ignited my interest in the electro-pop band.I have always liked Psy'Aviah but somehow the music really struck a chord with me until now.

 From what I have read online, The Xenogamous Endeavour has been well received by most fans and has gotten quite a few positive reviews from critics despite the absence of Emelie Nicolai who had left the group. With Emelie gone, founding member Yves Schelpe decided that instead of working with just one singer he decided to collaborate with an array of vocalists for the new album. The results definitely lives up to my expectations. The music is a lot poppier than on the albums that came before it. Personally for me, "Get Your Tickets" featuring Suzi Q. Smith was the one track on the album that I did not care for. The rapping just threw me off and it feels out of whack on the entire album. That said, it is just one track that I did not like. The rest of the album is absolutely fantastic. Yves chose a great group of artists to work with for each song. Asides from "Get Your Tickets", I just found it near damn impossible to pick one favorite song off the album. I will say this go listen to "In Uthenera" featuring Angelika Schwarzblut from the electro band Schwarzblut (which reminds me, I really do need to buy their new album one of these days, it is really good). It is a beautiful song.

So for my Album of the Week selection, I have chosen The Xenogamous Endeavour. It is beyond good. This album will easily be in my top 5 of my best of list. Go check it out!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Throwback Thursday: My Top 10 Favorite Songs from 1986

01. Siouxsie and The Banshees: Cities in Dust

02. The Bangles: Walk Like An Egyptian

03. OMD: If You Leave

04. Eurythmics: Thorn in My Side

05. The Cure: In Between Days

06. Sting: Russians

07. Baltimora: Tarzan Boy

08. Pet Shop Boys: Opportunities

09. Howard Jones: No One is to Blame

10. Peter Gabriel: In Your Eyes

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Ladykiller 2 tour: Sick of Sarah and Hunter Valentine at 7th Street Entry on 10.14.14

Last night I went to 7th Street Entry to see Sick of Sarah and Hunter Valentine. Both bands play really catchy pop-punk music. Yeah, this isn't the type of show I normally would attend but being a fan of Hunter Valentine (since I last saw them with Cyndi Lauper) I just had to go. I also always wanted to check out Sick of Sarah as a live act. Plus I am trying to make a point of covering shows on my blog outside of my comfort zone. In other words, a win-win situation here.

I would like to go on record that waiting outside whether for First Avenue or 7th St Entry is never boring. I am often hit up for money by panhandlers. Last night was really interesting, funny but annoying at the same time. Some guy I had seen earlier walking around the neighbor was having one of his "moments" (clearly he was mentally ill). Suddenly one of the chicks in front of the line decided to engage him in a conversation. It goes without saying waiting for the doors to open at 7th St Entry was anything but dull. I was so relieved when the doors opened. Anyhoo, I got a beverage and situated myself on one of the stools about 20-30 feet away from the stage. The show started about 9:15 with some local band I had no idea who they were. To be honest, their music was pretty forgettable too. Their set was about 20 minutes long. As I expected Hunter Valentine put in an excellent set. More energetic than when I saw them with Cyndi Lauper last year at Mill City Nights. Their music is super catchy. I loved how interactive the band was with the audience. It was really fun seeing Kiyomi crowd surf during the show. Their new band member Lisa Bianco is a great addition. She really impressed me with her abilities as a guitarist. I thought it was cute and funny when members of Sick of Sarah joined Hunter Valentine on stage at the end of their set, and Hunter Valentine would return the favor at the end of Sick of Sarah's set. As for Sick of Sarah, they put in a terrific live show. They definitely were anything but boring. They clearly are loved here in their hometown of Minneapolis. While the venue was from sold out, the band still draws a big crowd especially from the local LGBT community. If you haven't already seen the photos I have tweeted online last night and today, here they are in this little slide show.
goth_maven's Ladykiller tour album on Photobucket
To get an idea of both Hunter Valentine and Sick of Sarah's music, I have posted a video clip from each of them.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

5 music videos you should check out

01. Sun Gods to Gamma Rays: A Ghost to Find

02. Psy'Aviah: Before I Die (feat. Diana S. of Junksista)

03. Torul: All

04. Hanzel und Gretyl: Black Forest Metal

05. Junksista: Time

Monday, October 13, 2014

Some of my favorite releases from 2014

Today I saw in my news feed on FB a couple of preliminary best of 2014 lists since we re already in mid October and the year is slowly coming to an end. I thought I would share some of my favorite albums from this year. I might forget one or more but this is just a preliminary list. I am still waiting for my damn Youth Code CD as well as the new Psy'Aviah album, and the new Avarice in Audio and The Cure tribute albums don't come out until November. I won't post the final list until late December/early January. I should also note, this list is in random order.

Empyrean Asunder: Serpent
Nitro/Noise: No Cure For Apocalypse
God Destruction: Novus Ordo Seclorum
Arch Enemy: War Eternal
Xandria: Sacrificium
The Luna Sequence: Fearful Shepherds Hunt Their Sheep
Pretty Addicted: It All Stems From Childhood
Phantogram: Voices
Dum Dum Girls: Too True
Kitten by Kitten
Baal: Shurado
Mankind is Obsolete: Mobius Loop
Marsheux: Odyssey
Client: Authority
Weird Al Yankovic: Mandatory Fun
Within Temptation: Hydra
Blutengel: Black Symphonies (An Orchestral Journey)
3 Teeth: 3 Teeth
The Lonely Soul Experince: Path of Blood
Keluar: Keluar
Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Tape Vol. 1
Stoneburner: Songs in the Key of Arrakis
Mirabilis: Here and the Hereafter
Lindsey Stirling: Shatter Me
Fort Wilson Riot: Trilliun
God Module: False Face
Mondtraume: Empty [deluxe edition]
Aengeldust: Freakshow
Army on The Dance Floor: Many Faces of War

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Office Playlist of the Week

From the library:

The Cure: Greatest Hits

Combichrist: We Love You

Triptykon: Melana Chasmata

Richard Marx: Beautiful Goodbye

Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix Tape Vol.1

From my personal collection:

DarkDriveClinic: Noise in My Head

Arch Enemy: Khaos Legions

Clan of Xymox: Creatures

Delerium: Poem

Sirus: Broken Hearts Corporate Minds

Phantogram: Voices

Noblesse Oblige: Affair of the Heart

Javelynn: Chimaera at Heart

Kitten: Kitten

Uh Huh Her: Future Souls

Moonlight Cove: Hearts of the World

Saturday, October 11, 2014

New Music Videos of the Week: My Shelter (Seelennacht) and Our Common End (Psy'Aviah feat. Mari Kattman)

I adore both songs but the new Psy'Aviah track is really something special. I am super impatient to receive my copy of the new album. I have always liked Psy'Aviah's music but the new direction Yves has taken with his music is a huge improvement. I personally like that he has chosen to work with various singers on each song instead of sticking to a one singer. 

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Throwback Thursday: My 10 Favorite Songs from 1974

So for tonight's Throwback Thursday, I decided to pick ten songs from 1974 when I was born.

01. Blue Suede: Hooked On A Feeling

I have to admit Guardians of the Galaxy got me to like this song. I used to not like it until I saw Guardians of the Galaxy. Catchy as hell that's for sure. I had this song stuck in my head for a long time after I first saw the film.

02. Redbone: Come and Get Your Love

Another song I have come to love from the Guardians of the Galaxy soundtrac.

03. David Bowie: Rebel Rebel

Hands down this is my favorite David Bowie song.

04. Big Star: September Gurls

I love both Big Star and The Bangle's versions of "September Gurls". Such a great song.

05. Cat Stevens: Another Saturday Night

I grew up on Cat Stevens thanks to my then hippie brother. This was one of my favorite Cat Stevens songs.

06. ABBA: Waterloo

Whenever I hear this song, I think of the episode of The Simpsons when the FBI and Mr.Burns tracks down Homer's mother at Homer's house. Just as Mr.Burns is going to run the tank into the house, he puts on some music and instead of "Ride of the Valkyries", "Waterloo" comes blasting out of the stereo. lol

07. Mike Oldfield: Tubular Bells

08. Dolly Parton: Jolene

One of my personal favorite Dolly Parton songs of all time.

09. Suzi Quatro: Devil Gate Drive

10. Queen: Killer Queen

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Album of the Week: Keluar by Keluar

Earlier this year I had discovered that one of my personal favorite coldwave bands Linea Aspera had broken up. Here is a sample of what their music sounded like. It was pretty kick ass IMHO.

Thankfully Alison Lewis moved on to a new project that proved to be just as wonderful as her former group called Keluar. Alison now goes under the name as Zoe Zanias in her new group with Sid Lamar. Earlier this summer I discovered that Keluar had released their first full length, self-titled album. It is a combination of their EPs Ennoea and Vitreum. I finally got around to start listening to the album this week and immediately found myself enjoying the album. As a fan of Linea Aspera, I was definitely not disappointed in the duo's self-titled album. If you like early Kirlian Camera or Zoe's former band, I would definitely recommend check out this album. The music is really well crafted. Take a listen to "Coralline" and "Ennoea", two of my personal favorite tracks on the album, a lot of the credit goes to Zoe Zanias. Her vocals on those songs is just stunning.  Zoe has become one of my new favorite singers.

As someone who is always on the look out for something different from what everyone else in the dark scene is listening to, Keluar's self-titled album satisfies my ears from start to finish so I decided to make this album my pick for Album of the Week on my blog. It may not be stompy music like Rotersand or Combichrist  but I personally find the music danceable.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

5 Songs You Should Check out

01. Psy'Aviah: Deliverance (featuring Miss FD)

Song is taken from the new Psy'Aviah album The Xenogamous Endeavor out next week.

02. Lovelorn Dolls: Just Like Heaven

Song is taken from the A Strange Play: An Alfa Matrix Tribute to The Cure which comes out on November 7.

03. I:Scintilla: The War to Win

04. Avarice in Audio: Sleepwalking Societies

Song is taken from their debut album Shine and Burn which comes out on November 21.

05. Junksista: The Truth

Song is taken from High Voltage Confessions out on November 21.

Personally I am particularly excited about the new albums by Psy'Aviah and the debut release of Avarice in Audio. The EPs they have released this year have been spectacular.  I really like the direction that Psy'Aviah is taking by eschewing a full time lead singer and going with an array of other artists. All I really need to make my life complete (at least for the moment) is the debut album by Cosmic Armchair. Just saying ;).

Monday, October 6, 2014

Saturday, October 4, 2014

10 of My Favorite Things in Music

I was out at a concert in Saint Paul and didn't have the time to blog my weekly series so here it is today :).

10 2014 Releases That Needs to Be Heard (at the moment)
01. Too True by Dum Dum Girls
02. Here and the Hereafter by Mirabilis
03. Fearful Shepherds Hunt Their Sheep by The Luna Sequence
04. Frostbite EP by Avarice in Audio
05. We Are Watching EP by Cosmic Armchair
06. Keluar by Keluar
07. Zughenruhe by Audiocentesis
08. Trillun by Fort Wilson Riot
09. Mircless by Lucid Living
10. Many Faces of War by Army on the Dance Floor

10 Albums I Am Looking Forward to Hearing
01. The Xenogamous Endeavor by Psy'Aviah
02.A Strange Play: An Alfa Matrix Tribute to The Cure
03. Shine and Burn by Avarice in Audio
04. Black Forest Metal by Hanzel Und Gretyl
05. Superstition by The Birthday Massacre
06. High Voltage Confessions by Junksista
07. Japanese Robot Invasion by Lovelorn Dolls
08. Error EP by Spider Lilies
09. Exorcisms by Belle Morte
10. Drahtseilakt by L'Ame Immortelle

10 Current Favorite Albums
01. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mixtape Volume 1
02. Social Distortion by Social Distortion
03. Here and the Hereafter by Mirabilis
04. Hydra by Within Temptation
05. Amaranthe by Amaranthe
07. In Cold Blood by White Sea
08. Blood by In This Moment
09. Demon Kiss by Blutengel
10. I Never Learn by Lykke Li

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Top 10 Favorite Songs from 1992

01. Shakespeare's Sister: Stay

02. Ministry: N.W.O

03. Annie Lennox: Why

04. Catherine Wheel: Black Metallic

05. L7: Pretend We're Dead

06. Paul Westerberg: Dyslexic Heart

07. Tori Amos: Silent All These Years

08. Camouflage: Heaven

09. Erasure: Take a Chance on Me

10. Sunscreem: Love U More

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October Events Happening in the Twin Cities

No Kilted Farmer Koncerts this month but there are some fairly interesting events going on in October.

Phantogram (tonight)
Symphony of Brotherhood at Club Underground  (10/2)
American Head Charge with BREED and A:POD  (7th St Entry 10/6)
The Pixies  (State Theater 10/11)
The Afghan Wigsw with Joseph Arthur (First Avenue Mainroom 10/11)
Doro Pesch with Cwn Annwn (POV's on 65 10/11)
DSMN Presents: Terror in the North (R.T Quinlanns in Duluth, MN 10/11)
Sick of Sarah and Hunter Valentine: The Ladykillers Tour (7th St Entry 10/14)
Betty Who (First Avenue Mainroom 10/17)
L'Assassins EP Release Party (Triple Rock 10/18)
Ani Difranco with Jenny Scheinman (First Avenue Mainroom 10/18)
The Pretty Reckless (First Avenue Mainroom 10/21)
Dum Dum Girls with Ex-Cops (Fine Line 10/22)
Hot Topic Presents: Black Veiled Brides with Falling in Reverse (Myth Nightclub 10/24)
Ben Frost (Amsterdam Bar and Hall 10/30)
White Empress with Cwn Annwn, Plague of Stars, From Light Rose and The Angels, and Splitdriven (The Cabooze 10/30)
The Protomen with Urizen (Triple Rock 10/31)