Sunday, August 30, 2015

Office Playlist of the Week

It is that time again when I have to get ready for another work week. Fortunately for me this week is a four day work week because I am going to Chicago for Labor Day weekend (won't be blogging from Saturday to Monday). Picked up some music from the library for this week and to listen to during my bus ride to Chicago and train ride home to the Twin Cities. The following week will be a three day work week since I took the day after Labor Day off (since it is my b'day).

Loreena McKennitt: The Visit, The Mask and The Mirror, and The Book of Secrets

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Upcoming Fall Concerts




With summer slowly winding down, I thought I would highlight some upcoming shows happening in the fall season. I just found out tonight that God Module is making a stop in the Twin Cities in November as part of the Prophecy tour which is good news since this time of year is always never a good time for Trace to put on any shows for Kilted Farmer Koncerts. Fortunately someone in the scene was able and willing to put on the show.  

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Hocico with HARDWARE and Infaux

Throwback Thursday time! This week I am going back to last September when Mexican aggrotech band Hocio came to Amsterdam Bar and Hall with Arizona band HARDWIRE ,and SD band Infaux opening up for the two touring bands.

goth_maven's Hocico with HARDWIRE and Infaux album on Photobucket

Monday, August 24, 2015

Weekly Playlist for 08/24-08/30

Here is this week's playlist from Spotify. There is some good stuff on it from the Dum Dum Girls to Marsheaux. Check it out!

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Album Of The Week: Resonance by VNV Nation

Although the album has been out since mid June (here in the US), I chose VNV Nation's Resonance as my Album Of The Week pick. Ever since seeing a couple of clips of VNV Nation performing orchestral versions of a few songs from their catalog via youtube a couple of years ago, I always felt the band needed to put out an album of their songs re-done in a classical vein. My dreams came true over the summer. I was not disappointed. Resonance is a beautiful album.. The overall mood of the album is subdued and mellow which I personally liked. I also enjoyed the selections chosen for this album. I don't know if there was really a need for two versions of "Nova" though. I find myself preferring the Largo version of "Nova" over the Maetoso.  While I do love the song "Sentinel" I felt it would have been more beneficial if the tempo was picked up more and have more of a bombastic sound to the song. Overall Resonance is a wonderful album to unwind to especially on a rainy night like tonight.


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Club Underground show in 2008 (I think)

Throwback Thursday time! I was going through my Photobucket album when I came across some old photos at a show at Club Underground featuring one of my personal favorite bands Sensuous Enemy. I think this was back in 2008, maybe 2009. I don't remember. That was the first time I saw the Madison, WI band and they totally blew me away with their music. Too bad I don't have any video footage from the show but I did include some music of theirs to listen to. I do remember getting to the venue a little late and only catching one song by local artist Ficshe which was my fault for missing most of her set.
goth_maven's Club Underground in October album on Photobucket

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Combichrist and The Birthday Massacre at Mill City Nights on 11/05/15

Tickets for the show goes on sale Friday for the Mill City Nights show: Combichrist/The Birthday Massacre tour. You can also buy VIP packages for their show here. I should note when buying the VIP package this does not include ticket. For Combichrist VIP packages, go here. Again, you have to buy the ticket separately.

According to The Birthday Massacre on their Facebook page, MXMS featuring Jeremy Dawson of Shiny Toy Guns will be touring with the bands. Judging by what I have heard, MXMS's music sounds really awesome.
You can hear other tracks on their sound cloud page.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Albums I love to listen to on a rainy night

Since I took tomorrow off from work, I decided to change things up a bit for tonight and post some of my favorite music to listen to on this rainy Sunday night.

01. Architect: Mine

02. Noblesse Oblige: Affair of the Heart

03. Let the Right One In

04. Hungry Lucy: Pulse of the Earth

05. Moby: Innocents

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Straight Outta Compton review

I am going to take a break from my usual reporting on all things goth, industrial, metal, and synthpop to review the recently released film Straight Outta Compton, the biopic on the gangsta rap group NWA.

I am not going to pretend that I am a fan of gangsta rap music however I always have found the story of NWA to be compelling given the drama surrounding the members namely Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins), Ice Cube (O'shea Jackson Jr.) and Eric "Eazy-E" Wright (Jason Mitchell). The film tells the rise and eventual fall of the popular rap group.

For the majority of the film, the story centers on Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Eazy-E's life. Unfortunately MC Ren (Aldis Hodge), The D.O.C (Marlon Yates Jr.) and DJ Yello (Neil Brown Jr.) take a backseat to Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Eazy-E, even with 2 1/2 hours, there was so much of the story with the three major stars in the group, there just wasn't room to delve into the lives of MC Ren, The D.O.C and DJ Yello. They do get coverage but the film does not go as in depth as they do with  Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, and Eazy-E. Also not mentioned in the film was the incident between Dr.Dre and journalist Dee Barnes, now he says he regrets in this interview. I am glad Dr. Dre has addressed this topic recently and said that he regrets his actions. The glossing over of the group's history of misogyny and sexism annoyed me just like with critics of the film however this film was telling the story of the band and these men were young and in the thrust of fame. I'm not justifying their attitudes and behavior at the time but that is just part of the history of the group and storyline of the film. If anything the women were just part of the spoils of success. I would have to agree with F. Gary Gray when he said that the reason he didn't include the band's attitudes and treatment of women was because it did not fit into the film's narrative. The real story is this group of young men who became one of the biggest and to some the most dangerous musical act in the world and to a certain extent the long lasting effects of their music.

The performances in the film were extremely well done. Each actor not only resembled their real life counterparts but I felt they captured the essence of their characters. Although director F. Gary Gray is more known for his music videos (which included members of NWA), he did a great job at telling the story of NWA and what fueled the rage in their lyrics which was racial profiling by law enforcement and poverty. NWA was telling the public what they saw on a daily basis and those offended by their lyrics simply just didn't understand the rage that drove them to write songs like "Fuck the Police". Critics of the group never went through the constant harassment from law enforcement because of the color of their skin.  NWA was like CNN but minus the rose colored glasses and with such brutal, intense honesty that is sorely lacking in news reporting nowadays. There are no happy endings or quick fixes to the numerous issues that fueled the group to write such intensely vivid, if not graphic lyrics.

I really hope this film is recognized come awards season, It is a powerful film that tells the story of a notorious rap group whose music still resonates with a lot of people considering what is going on in Ferguson, MO as well as other parts of the country because of poor relations with law enforcement, poverty, and other social injustices. I loved the performances of each other (including Paul Giamatti as Jerry Heller who I think put in an outstanding performance). The visuals and sound were nothing short of mind-blowing which I think needs to be seen and heard in the theater, not at home. In my honest opinion,if you wait for it to hit Netflix or be released on blu-ray, you will miss the feel and sounds of the impact of the film, plus I think it would feel more like a made for tv movie.  For a movie that was 2 1/2 hours long, the movie was so good that the time flew by quickly. This is a definitely must see movie.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Souless Affection with The Rope

Throwback Thursday time again! This show took place in 2010. I think it was part of a fashion show but I can't remember however I do know this was the one and only time The Rope played at Ground Zero. This was also the last gig for Souless Affection in the Twin Cities before TJ moved down to Texas.

goth_maven's Souless Affection with The Rope album on Photobucket

Unfortunately I have no concert footage from this show but here are some clips from the two bands, one footage from the actual show itself.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Albums I am currently listening to

Sunday, August 9, 2015

My Weekend pt.II: Pizza Luce Block Party

Since I didn't have much room or time to include my brief time at Pizza Luce Block Party in last night's blog, I decided to save it for a separate blog entry. While I only went to see the first three bands at the annual block party yesterday, I did take a fairly good amount of pictures and I got some video footage from a couple of performances. The first band I saw was Rogue Valley. They reminded me a bit of The Civil Wars and early Belle and Sebastian but with more electric guitars. Unfortunately I accidentally deleted video footage I recorded with my digital camera but I did get 15 seconds through my Instagram account.

And here is a full song to give listeners a better idea of their sound. I totally dug their music when I get time I'll take a listen to their music.

Up next was a long time fave of mine L'Assassins. I can always count on that band to provide a lot of energy and passion in their music. They are a band that is always fun to watch.

The last act I saw was Tiny Deaths. I had been meaning to see this electropop act for some time now but never got around to seeing them.

If you haven't heard Tiny Deaths music, I definitely recommend checking out their self-titled EP. It is very good.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

My Weekend Part I: My evening at the Nomad World Pub

I was going to post my weekend activities in one big blog post but considering how much time is consume by uploading videos on youtube, I have decided to split it into two parts. I will start with my evening last night at the Nomad World Pub. I went there to see my good friend Brooke perform live for the final time in the Twin Cities with her band Glean before she moves overseas next year. I really didn't stay long last night, I just went to see Jenny Dalton and Glean.

The evening itself was to celebrate the album releases for both Glean and Infinities. In between bands, DJ Sophia Eris (of GRRRL PRTY) provided music which ranged from hip hop to '90s eurotrance. There was something for everyone amidst Sophia's sets. I was lucky to got to the Nomad before 9pm last night, ended up not having to pay cover for the show. Sometimes it does pay to be anal about getting to one's destination on time ;).

I remember when I first signed up with MySpace, one of the first artists that started following me was Jenny Dalton. For awhile I did go see her perform as often as I could and then life happened and I got distracted with other concerts and activities. Last night was the first time I had seen Jenny perform live in about 3 years I think, maybe 4. I almost forgot how much I liked Jenny's music which I can describe as being a little bit of Tori Amos and Kristen Hersh.

Glean was the next act to go on stage which was roughly around 10:30. Their music can be described as a mix of ambient, alternative, and chamber rock. The description is spot on with a bit of melodrama thrown in for good measure as seen in the clip that I recorded last night. While Glean's set was certainly entertaining, it was a bit bittersweet since this was would be Brooke's last live performance in the Twin Cities.


Before I left the Nomad last night, I did buy a copy of the band's new EP Shadows and Sand. It is excellent. I definitely recommend buying it (link already provided in previous sentence).

Despite the fact that this would be the last time I would get the opportunity to see Brooke perform live, at least I can say I am thrilled to have gotten to know her as a musician and as a person. I still remember seeing her with Pop Inc. at the C/A/T show at The Loft performing "Looking for the KLF" several years ago and being totally blown away what I heard. She also made me rethink my opinion of the local MN music scene which at the time was between apathy and yuck (things have definitely changed since I started paying more attention to the scene and discovering there was a dark underground scene).
It has been five years since I first started this blog. One of the reasons I started was thanks in part of my involvement with the Kilted Farmer Street team and secondly getting to know people like Brooke in the local music scene who got me to look at the Twin Cities music scene in a whole new light. I will definitely miss her physical presence in the cities but thank heavens for social media :). Thanks for everything Brooke! :)

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Grendel with Ludovico Technique and Endif at Amsterdam Bar and Hall

Throwback Thursday time again! This week I am featuring photos and videos from last year's Grendel concert at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in Saint Paul, MN.

goth_maven's Grendel with Ludovico Technique and Endif album on Photobucket

Monday, August 3, 2015

Weekly Playlist for 08/03-08/09

Here is this week's playlist that Spotify put together for me. Lots of good stuff.