Thursday, July 30, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Hate Dept. with Project 44 and Absynthe of Faith

Throwback Thursday time again. Tonight I am featuring photos and video footage from last year's Hate Dept. show with Project 44 and local band Absynthe of Faith. Enjoy!

goth_maven's Hate Dept with Project 44 and Absynthe of Faith album on Photobucket

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ashbury Heights: Glow

Today I just saw on youtube that Ashbury Heights has a new music video out called "Glow". It is off their fantastic new album The Looking Glass Society. Check it out if you haven't heard it already.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Weekly Playlist for 07/27-08/02

Time for this week's playlist put together by Spotify :). Really dig the tracks by Digital Daggers, Light Asylum, Phantogram, and Perturbator.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Album of the Week: The Looking Glass Society by Ashbury Heights

I know I have been awfully quiet about new music lately. Truthfully there are a couple of reasons for my silence. First, I am saving my money up for a new tattoo and my trip to Chicago over Labor Day weekend. The second reason being that the quality of music that is being released this year is anything but impressive. There have been some gems here and there but nothing like the past two-three years. June was a complete drought for me but that drought is over. At least for now.

One of my personal favorite bands from the past few years Ashbury Heights recently released a new album (finally!) called The Looking Glass Society. The new album features new singer Tea F. Thime whose vocals complimented Anders Hagstrom's vocals nicely. After waiting 6 years for new music from Ashbury Heights, the long wait proved to be worth every second/minute/hour/days/weeks/months/years. Anders has a definite talent for creating some of the catchiest melodies known to mankind. Every song on this album contains solid pop hooks. There is not one song on the album I did not like. I love the previous Ashbury Heights albums but they were far from perfect, The Looking Glass Society on the other hand is an absolute masterpiece. If you haven't heard of Ashbury Heights before, I strongly recommend checking the Swedish band out and do check out their new album.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday: God Module with Die Sektor and FTC

Throwback Thursday time! Tonight I decided to turn back the clock to last year when God Module came to town with Die Sektor, local band FTC opened up the show. Good times.

goth_maven's God Module with Die Sektor and FTC album on Photobucket

Monday, July 20, 2015

Weekly Playlist for 07/20-07/26

I just discovered tonight that on Spotify I have playlist featuring songs that was picked out for me. Well that made my job a whole lot easier.  LOL! So here is this week's playlist that Spotify put together for me.

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Freezepop at The Nether Bar with Duck Duck Punch, The Electric Witch, and Dance Assault on 07.18.15

Another Kilted Farmer Koncerts has come and gone. Last night I went to see Freezepop with local acts Duck Duck Punch, The Electric Witch, and Dance Assault. In between sets, DJ SLT provided some music while the bands broke down or put up their gear for their set. It was a fun night to be had, I especially dug the sounds of the Duluth act The Electric Witch. They even did a rad cover of Depeche Mode's Black Celebration towards the end of their set. Last night was the fourth time I had seen Freezepop live. I have yet to be disappointed in Freezepop's live shows. I love it that they close the show with a cover song and this time the theme song to the '80s cartoon show Jem.

goth_maven's Freezepop at The Nether Bar album on Photobucket

Saturday, July 18, 2015

5 songs I currently have stuck in my head

01. Amy Winehouse: Back to Black

02. Ayria: Analog Trash

03. Social Distortion: Ring of Fire

04. Razed in Black: Share This Poison

05. Dum Dum Girls: Are You Okay?

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 2000

Time for Throwback Thursday. Tonight I chose to do the year 2000. Enjoy!

01. Delerium: Silence

02. BT: Dreaming

03. Amanda Ghost: Filthy Mind

04. Daft Punk: One More Time

05. Moby: Porcelain

06. Orgy: Fiction (Dreams in Digital)

07. Nine Inch Nails: Into the Void

08. The Cure: Maybe Someday

09. Dido: Here With Me

10. Afro Celt Sound System: Release

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Freezepop at The Nether Bar on 07/18

In case you haven't heard of the news because you live in a cave, MA band Freezepop is making a return to the Twin Cities for the first time in four years. You can read all the gory details at

To get an idea of the music I have posted a playlist of Freezepop's music as well as clips of music from the opening acts.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Playlist of the Week

For this week's playlist, I was inspired by my youtube playlist of '90s songs I listen to at work.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

My review of Amy

This afternoon I had the immense pleasure of taking in an afternoon viewing of the recently released film Amy based on the tragic life of pop singer Amy Winehouse. I had been waiting to see this film for a few weeks now.

While everyone in America pretty much knew Amy as a walking trainwreck, director Asif Kapadia wanted to show that there was much more to Amy than what the public saw in the tabloids. Amy was truly a talented artist, troubled but talented nevertheless and a human being to say the very least. The film includes various pictures, film footage, and voice recordings of Amy dating all the way back to when she was a baby. The film also includes many people from Amy's life from her family (who have dissociated themselves with the film accusing the film of telling untruths), friends, and business associates.

I found the film absolutely compelling and equally devastating to watch. Amy Winehouse had so much promise as an artist who was like an old soul trapped in a young body. Sadly her demons were too unrelenting that Amy could not seek the help to address her addictions, namely to alcohol. Right from birth, Amy's life was anything but easy. Her family was dysfunctional. The pain that came from her life would eventually lead Amy down a road of addictions and an eating disorder thus lead to her untimely death.

I understood why Mitch Winehouse dissociated himself with the film. There were moments that made me question his character as a father to Amy but that was never the intention of Asif Kapadia from what I have read in his interviews about the film online. The scene where Mitch shows up with a camera and audio crew in Saint Lucia is one example of why this viewer made me take a dim view of him even for a brief moment (the other him saying Amy didn't need to go to rehab AT THAT TIME, which was edited out of the film). As Asif said in one interview, there is plenty of blame to go around with Amy's family, friends, and business associates but ultimately at the end of the day Amy is the only person who could truly recognize that she had an addiction to narcotics and alcohol and needed help. For anyone who has experienced or has witnessed family members or friends with addictions  is that if they truly want to get clean they first need to recognize it and seek the help. You send a person to rehab all you want but that individual really has to see that they need help and that they want it. I think Mitch is right about that issue. Sadly Amy never reached that moment of clarity that she needed help.

Asides from her troubled personal life, the film shows Amy as an immensely talented artist especially when she would pick up the guitar. I had no idea what Amy Winehouse was capable of as a musician. You can watch this early footage of Amy Winehouse performing "Take the Box"  to get an idea of  what the late artist was capable of. As depressing as the film was, I loved watching a younger and less troubled Amy with her friends and former manager long before the fame and stardom took a toll on her.

I think Asif Kapadia did accomplish his goal and humanized Amy Winehouse. She was much more than that trainwreck on stage in Belgrade where she got booed off for showing up shitfaced and not performing.  Her record label and management knew she was in no shape to perform but still sent her to Belgrade so she could be publicly shamed. Amy was human and not perfect as is anybody else. Looking back, I feel guilty now for all the cracks I made about her physical and mental state. If anything I have become a bigger fan of Amy Winehouse more so than I was before when Back to Black first came out. I truly recommend seeing the documetary. It was far more worth my money than the latest Terminator film which I saw last weekend.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1994

Throwback Thursday time again folks! Tonight it is all about 1994. Enjoy!

01. Mazzy Star: Fade Into You

02. Live: Selling the Drama

03. Tori Amos: God

04. Jesus and Mary Chain: Sometimes Always

05. Bjork: Big Time Sensuality

06. Erasure: Always

07. Nine Inch Nails: Closer

08. Veruca Salt: Seether

09. Hole: Doll Parts

10. Beastie Boys: Sabotage

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Future Perfect "The Fall"

In case you haven't seen it yet, here is the new video for "Fall" by one of my personal favorite synthpop bands Future Perfect. Check out the video and their new EP After the Fall.

Monday, July 6, 2015

My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult coming to town

If you haven't heard already,My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult is coming to Amsterdam Bar and Hall in Saint Paul on 10/3. So in honor of their fall show in Saint Paul, tonight I decided to post some of their music I could find on Spotify and youtube.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1988

Throwback Thursday time again. Tonight I chose the year 1988.

01. The Bangles: Hazy Shade of Winter

02. OMD: Dreaming

03. When In Rome: The Promise

04. Breathe: Hands to Heaven

05. Tracy Chapman: Fast Car

06. Erasure: Chains of Love

07. Information Society: What's On Your Mind

08. Morrissey: Every Day is Like Sunday

09. Primitives: Crash

10. Book of Love: Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Old and New Favorite Songs Of the Week

Old Favorite Songs:
Velvet Acid Christ: Slut

Social Distortion: Ball and Chain

September Mourning: Before the Fall

New Favorite Songs:
Toni Halliday: Now The Time is Here

Daybehavior: Change

Bella Morte: Water Through Sand