Saturday, October 31, 2015

Happy Halloween!

In honor of Halloween, I put together a fifteen track playlist together. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1992

Time for Throwback Thursday again! To change things up a bit this week, I decided to pick ten of my favorite albums from a particular year. This week I chose the year 1992.

01. L7: Bricks Are Heavy

02. Aphex Twin: Selected Ambient Works 85-92

03. Tori Amos: Little Earthquakes

04. The Cure: Wish

05. Pantera: Vulgar Display of Power

06. PJ Harvey: Dry

07. Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds: Henry's Dream

08. Sugar: Copper Blue

09. Annie Lennox: Diva

10. Curve: Doppelganger

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Album Of The Week: Ave Maria - En Plein Air by Tarja Turunen

Ever since her untimely departure from the symphonic metal band Nightwish, I really haven't been all that enthusiastic about Tarja's solo material. Until now. Not long ago I discovered that earlier this fall she released an album called Ave Maria - En Plein Air which is an album filled with variations of "Ave Maria" (a traditional prayer to the Virgin Mary). This is her first classical album. Unlike her other solo albums where you really don't get to hear Tarja's full potential as a singer, Ave Maria - En Plein Air shows where Tarja's strength lies. Her voice is really suited for the classical genre. I have no doubt this album will be in my top 10 best of 2015 when I post it at the end of the year. This is the album I have been dying to hear from Tarja given her immense talents as a singer.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Music I am currently digging

I really digging the sounds of the Glasgow electropop band Twissted. Their song "Gentleman Jack" is my personal fave of mine.

Absolutely LOVE the new Ayria EP Feed Her to the Wolves. In my opinion, the songs are far more compelling than her previous album Plastic Makes Perfect which had its moments of brilliance here and there but overall just didn't impress me as much her previous albums.

The new Psy'Aviah EP Never Look Back/Words is quite good although the songs aren't up there like the ones on The Xenogamous Endeavour (one of my favorite albums of 2014). Still worth checking out.

Today I picked up the new Florence and The Machine album at the library today. I really liked what I heard.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1987

Throwback Thursday time again! This week it is all about 1987. Enjoy!

01. Smiths: Girlfriend in a Coma

02. Erasure: Sometimes

03. Siouxsie and The Banshees: This Wheel's On Fire

04. Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush: Don't Give Up

05. Jesus and Mary Chain: Happy When It Rains

06. Dead or Alive: Brand New Lover

07. Faith No More: We Care A Lot

08. Bananarama: I Heard A Rumor

09. Love and Rockets: Ball of Confusion

10. Pet Shop Boys: It's A Sin

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

New music: Twissted

Today after work I came across a great new electropop act from Glasgow called Twissted (you can also find them here on Twitter. I found out that they had followed my Twitter page so I clicked on their link to their sound cloud page to listen to their music. I definitely dug what I heard. They are some really killer electropop music. "Gentleman Jack" is my personal favorite track by the duo but all the tracks are just downright excellent. Great new find as 2015 is slowly winding down. Go check 'em out!

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Album Of The Week: Faithless 2.0 by Faithless

For this week's Album of The Week pic, I chose the new compilation Faithless 2.0 by Faithless. I have been a fan of their music since the mid-late '90s. Before I got into goth/industrial music, I was listening to a lot of house and techno music which included Daft Punk, The Crystal Method, Leftfield, The Chemical Brothers, Underworld, and Faithless. Faithless was a huge influence on me. Their first two albums Reverance and Sunday 8pm are absolute faves in the electronica genre for me and that has held up really well over the years. I loved their mix of trip hop, house, and trance music. The group always made music that could make me want to dance to and still does to this very day.

Faithless 2.0 is a celebration of the band's twenty years of making music with two discs containing remixes and the original hits. EDM today really doesn't interest me but I have to admit the remixes on disc 1 are really good.The remixes of  "We Come 1 2.0" by Armin Van Buuren and "Salva Mea 2.0" by Above and Beyond are my absolute faves. So glad there isn't a remix of "Mass Destruction" (my least favorite Faithless song ever). The second disc is the original tracks of the group's hits a few songs I only heard for the first time.

I like some modern EDM but no one has yet or  has the ability to make such memorable and uncompromising, original music that Faithless did for twenty years.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1980

Throwback Thursday time again folks! This week I chose the year 1980. Enjoy!

01. Blondie: Call Me

02. Dead Kennedys: Holiday in Cambodia

03. The Cure: A Forest

04. Generation X: Dancing With Myself

05. Peter Gabriel: Biko

06. Echo and The Bunnymen: Rescue

07. Siouxsie and The Banshees: Christine

08. Joy Division: Love Will Tear Us Apart

09. Waitresses: I Know What Guys Like

10. David Bowie: Ashes to Ashes

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Album Of The Week: Beware of Light by Helalyn Flowers

For this week's Album of The Week pick, I decided to go with Beware of Light by Helalyn Lights, this really isn't a full length album, it is more like an EP (i.e extended play). Beware of Light EP features a collaboration with Chris Pohl of Blutengel and includes remixes of the song as well as another new song "Karmeggedon" The new songs and the remixes are excellent. In the past Helalyn Flowers' music has been inconsistent, sometimes good and sometimes not so good but after White Me in/Black Me out, I think the duo has finally figured out how their music should sound like.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Weekly Playlist for 10.12.15 to 10.18.15

Time for this week's playlist. It has some killer tracks by Azam Ali, KMFDM, Lindsey Stirling, Imogen Heap, and so forth. Check it out!

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Updated list of music I bought in 2015

It has been awhile since I last posted a list of albums that I have bought this year so here is my updated list. When I make my final list at the end  of the year, it will be more organized than this list.

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
Nightwish - Elan
Nightwish - Endless Forms Most Beautiful (2x - 3 disc earbook copy and deluxe edition digital version)
Sleepthief - The Dawnseeker (extended edition)
Orphan Mothers - Hindsight
Angels and Agony - Monument
Re/Vision: The SkyQode Tribute to De/Vision
2:54 - The Other I
Namnambulu - Distances
Purity Ring - Another Eternity
Seabound/Iris - Radiant Turbulence 
The Foreign Resort - The American Dream
Paul Van Dyk - Out There and Back
Prodigy - Fat of The Land
Hackers 2 soundtrack
A Tribute to Blondie
Massive Attack - Mezzanine
Depeche Mode - Violator 
The Crystal Method - Vegas
Pegasus Asteroid - The Fog
Neuroticfish  A Sign of Life
Covenant - Leaving Babylon
Delta Rae - After It All
Sabaton - Heroes
Invocation Array - A Color For Fiction
Spc Eco - Dark Matter
VNV Nation - Resonance (2x - digital and CD)
Camouflage - Greyscale
Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Ashbury Heights - The Looking Glass Society
Frozen Plasma - Dekadenz
Cocteau Twins - Treasure
KMFDM - Hau Ruck
Queensryche - Empire
iotronica - Of Moons and Stars
Joy Williams - Venus
Pachelbel and other Baroque Hits
The Last of The Mohicans soundtrack
Chillout 2003: The Ultimate Chillout
Chvrches - Every Open Eye (2 CDs, one being autographed by the band)
Faithless - 2.0

Not a very impressive year for music if you ask me. The albums in bold print are my personal favorite releases of 2015. Heard a lot of super crappy albums this year but I won't mention the albums or the artists. At the moment Chvrches, SPC ECO, and Ashbury Heights are at the top of my list of best albums of 2015. Their albums are simply way too good to ignore.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1986

Throwback Thursday time again! Tonight it is all about 1986. Enjoy!

01. The Cure: In Between Days

02. 'Til Tuesday: What About Love

03. The Bangles: If She Knew What She Wants

04. Siouxsie and The Banshees: Candyman

05. Psychedelic Furs: Pretty in Pink

06. Level 42: Something About You

07. Oingo Boingo: Just Another Day

08. The Smiths: Bigmouth Strikes Again

09. Eurythmics: Thorn In My Side

10. Falco: Vienna Calling

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Old and New Favorite Songs of the Week

Old Favorite Songs:

New Favorite Songs:

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Album Of The Week: Dekadenz by Frozen Plasm

Dekadenz by the synthpop act Frozen Plasma is easily my favorite EBM/Futurepop/Synthpop album of 2015. As much as I enjoyed the new albums by Neuroticfish and Angels and Agony, the new Frozen Plasma album is really outstanding. As catchy as the songs are on the album, there definitely is a distinct melancholy to a lot of the music. If you haven't heard Dekadenz  yet, you should know now. Easily one of the best releases of 2015 in my book.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Throwback Thursday: 1995

It's throwback Thursday again. This week I chose the year 1995. Enjoy!

01. Rancid: Time bomb

02. Portishead: Sour Times

03. Elastica: Connection

04. Edwyn Collins: A Girl Like You

05. Babes in Toyland: Sweet 69

06. Catherine Wheel: Waydown

07. For Squirrels: Mighty KC

08. Bush: Glycerine

09. Hole: Violet

10. Annie Lennox: No More I Love You's