Saturday, May 30, 2015

Album of the Week: Greyscale by Camouflage

Last weekend I made a trip to my favorite record store the Electric Fetus and found a copy of the new Camouflage album Greyscale. As a big fan of synthpop and as someone who only has heard a few of their songs, I decided to buy it. The $21 I spent on the import cd was so worth it. So for this week's Album of the Week, I have decided on Greyscale by Camouflage.



As I have stated at the top, I have only heard a few songs by the legendary synthpop band so to hear a full length Camouflage album is a real treat for me. The music for the most part is very laid back and mellow often reminding me of Depeche Mode and De/Vision like on tracks. I have to be the first to admit "Shine" (a more upbeat track) took me a few listens for it to grow on me but it is a great song to start off the album. The song really gets stuck in your head and in a good way. As a whole, the album has a moody sound that made me think of Depeche Mode's Ultra, Exciter and Playing Playing the Angel eras. The music is often laid back and mellow but the pace does pick up a bit beginning with "Misery". The album is solid from start to finish. I particularly enjoyed the collaboration with ex-Wolfsheim singer Peter Heppner. I liked how the song shifts from Marcus Meyn's vocals to Heppner's distinct vocals with complete ease. Another favorite track off is "Still" which incorporates stringed instruments into the music which adds a nice sound to the song. I also enjoyed "Leave Your Room Behind". The song is not quite chill but also not as upbeat like "Shine". The vocals by Marcus and Oliver made me think of  De/Vision. I say this as a compliment. I enjoy listening to both men singing. Greyscale is easily going to be one  of my favorite releases of 2015 in a year of so-so releases (to me).







Thursday, May 28, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Freezepop

With the recent announcement from Kilted Farmer about the July Freezepop show at the Nether Bar in the basement of Mill City Nights, I thought for Throwback Thursday it would be all about Freezepop tonight :).

First up is my first concert video footage I ever recorded. It was filmed in 2008 at Ground Zero. The band did a killer cover of "The Final Countdown" by Europe.


Up next is a slide show and a video from their 2011 show at Ground Zero. I remember standing outside the venue in the 100 degree heat and then getting a free freezepop from a member of the crew. Freaking awesome (the treat, not the damn heat...haha).
goth_maven's Freezepop concert 2011 album on Photobucket




Opening up for the band was The Echoing Green which I have included some videos from their set too.


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Old and New Favorite Songs Of The Week

Old Favorite Songs:
Dum Dum Girls: I Got Nothing

I think of all the Dum Dum Girls songs, "I Got Nothing" is my favorite song by them. The song has such great memorable pop hooks.

Marsheaux: Summer

This is my summer theme song. I think this was the first song I have heard from Marsheaux. Still a classic to me.

Siouxsie and The Banshees: Cities in Dust

My all time favorite Siouxsie and The Banshees song. End of story.

New Favorite Songs:
Purity Ring: Repetition

My current favorite song off the latest Purity Ring album. I am really looking forward to seeing the band next month.

In This Moment: Dirty Pretty

My favorite song of the latest ITM album Black Widow. A very catchy song.

Camouflage: Count On Me

Really loving the new Camouflage album Greyscale. I particularly love "Count On Me" which features ex-Wolfsheim singer Peter Heppner.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Weekly Playlist for 05/25-05/31

Since I have been listening a lot to the latest Frozen Plasma album Dekadenz, I thought for this week's playlist compile a playlist of my favorite songs from the German synthpop group. If Frozen Plasma sounds awfully familiar it is because Vasi Vallis from Namnambulu is also in Frozen Plasma.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Music I have bought in 2015 so far

Since I have Monday off because of Memorial Day, I thought instead of posting a list of music to listen to at work, I would post a list of music I have bought this year so far.

January
Chandeen: Forever and Ever
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts: Fit To Be Tied
Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope
Mono: Formica Blues
Sade: The Best of Sade
FKA Twigs: EP2
Zola Jesus: Taiga

February
Nightwish: Elan
Nightwish: Endless Forms Most Beautiful (3 CD earbook)
Sleepthief: The Dawnseeker (re-release)
Paul Van Dyk: Out There and Back
BT: ESCM
Prodigy: Fat of the Land
Hackers 2 soundtrack
V/A: A Tribute to Blondie: Platinum Girl
Massive Attack: Mezzanine
Depeche Mode: Violator
The Crystal Method: Vegas
Orphan Mothers: Hindsight
Angels and Agony: Monument

March
Re/Vision: The SkyQode Tribute to De/Vision
2:54: The Other I
Namnambulu: Distances
Purity Ring: Another
Seabound/Iris: Radiant Turbulence
The Foreign Resort: All of Above
Pegasus Asteroid: The Fog
Neuroticfish: A Sign of Life
Nightwish: Endless Forms Most Beautiful (digital version)

April
As/Of: A Million Scars
Covenant: Leaving Babylon
Delta Rae: After It All
Sabaton: Heroes
Invocation Array: A Color For Fiction

May
SPC ECO: Dark Matter
VNV Nation: Resonance
Camouflage: Greyscale

Because I am saving up money for my next tattoo which will be a fairly large one on one of my thighs, well that and lack of any interesting new music worth shelling out money for, I haven't been bought much music this month. As far as how much money I have spent on music this year (so far), I have spent $413.05. Some of the CDs I bought this year I bought dirt cheap at Electric Fetus. I will be honest, 2015 isn't as good as the last two years for new music. Hopefully things will pick up over the summer/fall. One can only hope.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Albums I am currently listening to

Sara Noxx "Falling" [single]
 
The latest single from Sara Noxx. I really wasn't big on her latest album but I love this song. I'd skip the duet version. I wasn't terribly impressed with that track but the other versions of "Falling" is fantastic.

Solitary Experiments: Heavenly Symphony

Kinda ironic that Solitary Experiments' symphonic album would come out around the time VNV Nation releases Resonance. I certainly like Heavenly Symphony but hands down Resonance is a far better album. Solitary Experiments should stick to futurepop/EBM. This album sounded rather contrived IMHO. I did not get the same emotional response as I did with Resonance.

Marsheaux: A Broken Frame


In This Moment: Black Widow

The first time I heard the latest In This Moment album last year I was not impressed. Now that I heard it again the music has started growing on me.

VNV Nation: Automatic


SPC ECO: Dark Matter

Still can't get enough of this album or this band.

Frozen Plasma: Dekadenz

I think the new album by Frozen Plasma is my favorite futurepop album of 2015. As much as I enjoy the new Neuroticfish and Angels and Agony albums, I find myself listening to Dekadenz album quite a bit.

VNV Nation: Resonance
I have yet to get sick of this album.

Rosa Kruger: Orquidea

Super underrated darkwave/synthwave music from Argentian band.  

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Old and New Favorite Songs

Old Favorite Songs:
Future Perfect: Hunter


KMFDM: Juke Joint Jezebel


Ministry: Psalm 69


New Favorite Songs:
Frozen Plasma: Age After Age


Marina and the Diamonds: Weeds


Nightwish: Endless Forms Most Beautiful

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

40 Albums that are 20 years old

Seeing that the band Garbage has been performing their self-titled album live overseas because it has been 20 years since its release. I thought it would be a hoot to remind my readers what else was released 20 years ago. This is just some,not all the releases that came out in 1995. Now I feel old ;).

01. Garbage: Garbage
02. Leftfield: Leftism
03. Tricky: Maxinquaye
04. The Chemical Brothers: Exit Planet Dust
05. Foo Fighters: Foo Fighters
06. Blur: The Great Escape
07. Supergrass: I Should Coco
08. The Smashing Pumpkins: Mellonie Collie and the Infinite Sadness
09. Sonic Youth: Washing Machine
10. Ol' Dirty Bastard: Return to the 36 Chambers
11. Mariah Carey: Daydream
12. Selena: Dreaming of You
13. Fugazi: Red Medicine
14. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony: E.Eternal 1999
15. The Roots: Do You Want More?!!!??!
16. Goldie: Timeless
17. Massive Attack: No Protection
18. Radiohead: The Bends
19. Bjork: Post
20. PJ Harvey: To Bring You My Love
21. Oasis: (What's the Story) Morning Glory
22. The Jayhawks: Tomorrow the Green Grass
23. Rancid: And Out Come the Wolves
24. 2Pac: Me Against the World
25. Pulp: Different Class
26. Emmylou Harris: Wrecking Ball
27. Faith No More: King For the Day,Fool For a Lifetime
28. Pink Floyd: Pulse
29. Teenage Fanclub: Grand Prix
30. D'angelo: Brown Sugar
31. Chris Isaak: Forever Blue
32. Aphex Twin: I Care Because You Do
33. Alice in Chains: Alice in Chains
34. Team Dresch: Personal Best
35. David Bowie: Outside
36. Elastica: Elastica
37. Aimee Mann: I'm With Stupid
38. Lisa Gerrard: The Mirror Pool
39. Front Line Assembly: Hard Wired
40. KMFDM: NIHIL

Monday, May 18, 2015

Weekly Playlist for 05/18-05/24

In honor of the upcoming Voltaire and Ego Likeness show at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in Saint Paul, I created a playlist of songs featuring Voltaire and Ego Likeness's songs. Local steampunk band Bad September will be opening up the show that night. I have also included their latest album in case you are curious about their music.



Saturday, May 16, 2015

Upcoming events in the Twin Cities [updated]

May:
Amaranthe with I Prevail and Santa Cruz at Mill City Nights
Goth Prom XII: Mystery
Aurelio Voltaire with Ego Likeness and Bad September at Amsterdam Bar and Hall
Ministry at Mill City Nights
Hot Chip with Slow Magic at First Avenue Mainroom

June:
Lindsey Stirling at Northrup Auditorium
Purity Ring with Braids and Born Gold (All Ages show) at First Avenue Mainroom
Rock the Garden 2015
En Esch with GoFight and Ghostfeeder at Amsterdam Bar and Hall
Electric Six with White Reaper at First Avenue Mainroom
Dance Assault album release show at Fine Line Music Cafe
Pride in concert: Deborah Cox, Peaches, Hunter Valentine, Mayda

July:
Lenka at The Cedar
The Inaugural MN Midsummer Nightmare
Minnesota Take Down at Mill City Nights
Veruca Salt at The Cedar
V 2.0 The Resurrection Fashion Show at Ground Zero

August:
The Kills with Baby in Vain at First Avenue Mainroom
Social Distortion with Nikki Lane and Drag the River at First Avenue Mainroom
KMFDM with CHANT! and Inertia at Mill City Nights
Insomnium with Omnium Gatherum and Cold Colours at 7th Street Entry
The Psychedelic Furs and The Church at First Avenue Mainroom

September:
Symphony X with Overkill at Mill City Nights

October:
Suicide Girls at Mill City Nights
Crypticon Minnesota 2015

February 2016
T Presents: Nightwish at First Avenue Mainroom (tickets goes on sale on 6/6 but you can buy them through enterthevault.com)

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1998

Throwback Thursday time! Tonight I am sharing with my readers my favorite albums from 1998. Enjoy!

01. Tori Amos: From the Choirgirl Hotel


02. Hooverphonic: Blue Power Wonder Milk


03. Garbage: Version 2.0


04. Curve: Come Clean


05. The Smashing Pumpkins: Adore


06. Massive Attack: Mezzanine


07. Madonna: Ray of Light


08. Nightwish: Oceanborn


09. Propellerheads: Decksanddrumsandrockandroll


10. Craig Armstrong: The Space Between Us

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Things to know about The Twin Cities Underground for Twitter Users

I apologize to my readers for a break in my regular weekly posting of my favorite songs from the past and current music scene. I really need to get what is driving me up the wall off my chest. Tomorrow I will be back to my usual weekly posting for throwback Thursday ;). Tonight's blog is for those on Twitter who hit the follow button on my page, mainly for the few dumbasses who follow me for no other reason than to increase their followers or can't read my freaking bio. 

1) It will be five years in June when I first started my blog The Twin Cities Underground (hardly an original name for a blog but that was the best I could think of at the time). I initially created the blog as a vanity project for myself to talk about my favorite music. Things changed just shortly after I joined the street team for Kilted Farmer Koncerts and I began using it to promote KFK shows and new and interesting music.

2) My interests in music is primarily synthpop and industrial music. I do enjoy music in between like heavy metal, dreampop (i.e Chandeen and SPC ECO), shoegaze (The Foreign Resort, The Jesus and Mary Chain, The Bellwether Syndicate), I tend to promote music that I enjoy listening to. If people just took the time and listened to the youtube clips I post, you would get a freaking clue what I like. 

3) I may like a little hip hop but what I do NOT promote hip hop music at all. It is not my scene. The dark underground music scene is where I am at. Read my freaking bio on my Twitter page you stupid illiterate, dumbfucks:

This is my Twitter account to my blog The Twin Cities Underground,a blog for all things industrial and synthpop music as well as the local MN scene.

4) Regarding local music scene here in Minnesota, it is a hit or miss for me. I don't cover the entire MN scene because there are aspects of it that I don't care for (i.e indie rock). I'll cover what catches my attention.

5) To a certain troll who keeps creating fake accounts...FUCK YOU. I'm going to keep banning you as long as you keep creating new ones and keep following me. I'm sick of your shit. 

6) I am not interested in popularity contests. I don't follow back everyone because not everyone shares my interests. End of story.If you are following me for the sake of increasing your following numbers, go fuck off and stop wasting my time. 

So that is the gist of tonight's blog. I am really not into games or people who don't have a clue about my Twitter account and blog. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Playlist of the Week 05/12 - 05/17

A day late but I had a good excuse which was the latest album by my new favorite band SPC ECO. For tonight's playlist, it features some of the band's previous music. Their music is simply too good to not miss. Please do check them out.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Album of the Week: Dark Matter by SPC ECO

I was going to do my weekly playlist but then I heard a fantastic album this afternoon that I felt that needed to be shared with on my blog. The album is Dark Matter by the alternative band SPC ECO which features Dean Garcia (of Curve fame) and Rose Berlin. They and a slew of collaborators (which you can read the list at this link to find out who they worked with).



Dark Matter is a lush, atmospheric, seductive collection of dreampop and electronica with a tinge of shoegaze. The album is very mellow and laid back. For the most part, SPC ECO has its own sound but from time to time I can hear a little Curve creep into the music like on "I Won't Be Heard". Another song that I am quite taken with is "Meteor", a beautiful ballad. The song is very chilled and relaxing to listen to. Makes me think of some of my favorite trip hop bands like Hungry Lucy, Olive, and Solar Twins (the last two from the '90s).  The music does get darker and edgier through out the album case in point "Down Low" and "The Whole World Shines". The beats gets grittier and lyrics are darker. The entire album is terrific. Dark Matter was released last week but I hadn't heard about this project until this afternoon via Facebook. I love the album from start to finish. Dark Matter is my pick this week for Album of the Week. Check it out!

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Office Playlist of the Week

Sabaton: Carolus Rex

Sabaton: Heroes

Delain: The Human Contradiction

A Strange Play: An Alfa Matrix Tribute to The Cure

Delta Rae: After It All

Angel Haze: Dirty Gold

The Crystal Method: Vegas

Dido: No Angel

Depeche Mode: Violator

Delerium: Poem

Enigma: The Cross of Changes

Curve: Cuckoo

Purity Ring: Another Eternity

Hooverphonic:A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular

Republica: Republica

Joan Jett and The Blackhearts: Fit To Be Tied

Janet Jackson: The Velvet Rope

Loreena McKennitt: The Mask and The Mirro

Massive Attack: Mezzzanine

Madonna: Ray of Light

Lindsey Stirling: Lindsey Stirling

Nightwish: Highest Hopes: The Best of Nightwish

Prodigy: The Fat of the Land

Pretty Addicted: It All Stems From Childhood

Marsheaux: Lumineux Noir

Paul Van Dyk: Out There and Back

Social Distortion: Social Distortion

Schwarzblut: Gebeyn Aller Verdammten

Sleepthief: Labyrinthe Heart

Suicide Commando: When Evil Speaks

I decided for this week's collection of music to take to the office, I decided to go with a mostly '90s vibe but with some music from the dark electro scene. I kinda burned myself out on the latest Nightwish album as well as futurepop music. I am though still digging the latest albums by Delain and Sabaton. I am particularly digging Sabaton's music. The Swedish heavy metal band definitely made a huge impression on me last month in Chicago. I absolutely love their music. They need to go on their own headlining tour. 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Throwback Thursday: My Favorite Albums From 1996

01. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds: Murder Ballads


02. Everything But the Girl: Walking Wounded


03. Ani Difranco: Dilate


04. Belle and Sebastian: If You're Feeling Sinister


05. Fiona Apple: Tidal


06. Sleater-Kinney: Call the Doctor


07. Bikini Kill: Reject All American


08. Lush: Lovelife


09. Stabbing Westward: Wither Blister Burn + Peel


10. Skunk Anansie: Stoosh

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Old and New Favorite Songs

Old Favorite Songs:

I hadn't heard this song in two decades (or less). I don't know why but Peach Union popped in my head unexpectedly this week so I decided to find it on youtube. I completely forgot how much I like this song. I particularly love the orchestral melodies during the 2:58 mark.


Absolutely love this dance remix of the classic RUN DMC track as well as the original. Such a fucking great song to dance to at Metropolis when I went there in the '90s in Milwaukee, WI.


Another favorite song from my europop phase back in the '90s. I kinda miss those days when I go out to Metropolis (RIP) in Milwaukee, WI and get totally wasted and danced the night away. "Crush" was one of my top favorite songs from that era.

New Favorite Songs:

My current favorite song from Sabaton.



Monday, May 4, 2015

Weekly Playlist for 05/04-05/10

I thought for this week's playlist I would put together a mix of my favorite songs from Angels and Agony, a futurepop band from Holland. They kinda remind me of Assemblage 23. They have been a longtime favorite of mine for many years. After almost a decade of silence, the band released a new album earlier this year called Monument (yeah, I know, not exactly an original name for an album). I definitely recommend checking out this overlooked band in our little corner of the world in the music scene. They are too good to be ignored.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Future Perfect: After the Fall

After a three year absence, one of my personal favorite bands Future Perfect returns with new music in the form of a 35 minute maxi-EP called After the Fall which is a first of two EPs set to be released this year, a follow up to their 2012 Escape. You can read more about the new music in a Q and A session on their website. 

Prior to reading the Q and A session on the band's website, I definitely could tell there was a distinct theme through out the lyrics which is the consequences of one's own choices through acts of lies and deception. The production on this album is stellar. It really stood out for me from the first time I heard the album. The sound of the synthesizers were crisp and had a lot of punch to the beats. In comparison to Escape, I felt the songs on After the Fall had a lot more energy, the music a lot more upbeat. Like on the previous album, vocals is shared between Simon and Rebecca. Both did a great job. The vocals meshes very well together. I particularly enjoyed listening to Rebecca's vocals on After the Fall, in my personal opinion her vocals have improved and gotten stronger on this album. 

I enjoyed listening to After the Fall and I love the music however there was one song that just did not win me over which was "Excess". The production on the song is fantastic but the melodies and lyrics simply did not win me over. I felt the melodies fell flat in comparison to tracks like "Dangerous Desires" and "Neo Rom Com" (which can easily get stuck in one's head if you aren't too careful ;)). The lyrics I just didn't think was great and to be honest, too cheesy for my liking. The instrumental track "Walking On Knives" is one of my favorite tracks of mine on the album. It was produced by new FP collaborator Noel Canney. I kind of wished the track was a little longer but better to be too short than too long.  I also dug "Dangerous Desires" and "Protect and Survive". 

Despite the misstep with "Excess", I think After the Fall is a great follow up to Escape. I enjoy this new direction Future Perfect is going in which is not to play it safe and stick to one particular sound. I am looking forward to hearing the band's second EP and see what direction they take their music to.

You can pre-order After the Fall digitally tomorrow via Google Play, iTunes, and Amazon, and for CDs through their bandcamp page.