Saturday, February 27, 2016

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Friday, February 26, 2016

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

My Favorite Albums From the '90s: Ray of Light by Madonna

Of all the albums Madonna has released over the years, Ray of Light is my personal favorite Madonna album. I liked her music in the '80s but I was more of a Cyndi Lauper fan. It was not until Ray of Light when I became more interested in Madonna's music (for awhile). A lot of the credit goes goes to producer William Orbit. His production on the album is brilliant. The music is very moody and often mellow which melds well with Madonna's introspective, reflective lyrics.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Album Of The Week: 1989 by Ryan Adams

After the Grammys last week and reading about Taylor Swift's speech at the awards show, I decided to check out some of her songs from her latest album 1989. Needless to say I had to ask myself "And she won Album Of The Year Award for that drivel?!" because it was horrible, well between her weak ass voice and insipid lyrics. I was later recommended by a friend to check out Ryan Adams' version of 1989 (which is only available digitally). I must say Ryan Adams definitely made the generally bad music of 1989 sound amazing. Ryan gives the songs life and gives them an emotional quality which they don't have in the original versions. It helps that he can actually sing and doesn't sound like a chipmunk. The lyrics are still awful. Taylor Swift really need to grow as a musician. She can't continue writing music like she is still a teenager or sound like chipmunk either. If anything Ryan Adams should have won the Album Of The Year award at last week's Grammy Awards.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Albums I am currently listening to

I admit I have some diverse taste in music lately. LOL! Really digging the Tracy Chapman greatest hits cd and the soundtrack to Straight Outta Compton but this what I am enjoying at the moment music-wise.

Friday, February 19, 2016

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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

My Favorite Albums From the '90s: The Mask and Mirror by Loreena Mckennitt

Before local radio station Cities 97 turned to shit after becoming Clear Channel's bitch, the station was very progressive in playing a diverse selection of artists and musical genres I rarely heard on other radio stations. Loreena McKennitt was one of the few artists I was exposed to by the station and quickly influenced by. I think it was "All Souls Night" that was the first song by Loreena that I had ever heard. It was totally love at first listen. Eventually I started hearing songs from The Mask and Mirror and totally loved what I had heard and that quickly became my first compact disc that I ever bought.

Since this album was the first CD I ever bought as well as first Loreena McKennitt album, it will always have a special place in my heart. I love reading the CD booklet which there is a brief description of the inspiration behind the songs. The art work is truly beautiful. No one ever puts in the kind of work that Loreena does with the CD booklets for each album she releases.

As for the music, I find Loreena's music very relaxing and soothing to after work. No one has a voice like Loreena does. I adore this album from start to finish. It is really difficult to pick a favorite out of the eight tracks. I love the dark lyrics to "The Bonny Swans" which reads like a soap opera, the vocalizations on "Santiago", and the haunting melodies to "The Dark Night Of the Soul" just to name a few reasons why I love this album. The older I get, the more I have come to appreciate this album.  I have no doubts I will still be listening to it in my later years in life.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Album Of The Week: Dirty Little Secrets by Future Perfect

Last week I finally got around to buying the first album by the UK group Future Perfect. I first fell in love with their music when I came across the video for "Hunter" on youtube about three years ago and since then I have been a fan of the synthpop band. I also recommend checking out their other albums on their bandcamp page.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Weekly Playlist for 02.15.16 - 02.21.16

Here is this week's playlist. Ignore the Britney Spears track. Honest to goodness I do NOT listen to Britney's crappy music on Spotify. Honestly. LOL. Otherwise the rest of the playlist is quite good.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Albums I am currently listening to

My tastes in music has been a mixed bag lately. I have even been really enjoying some hip hop music. Right now I am digging the sounds of P.O.S,Dessa, and Psalm One's group The Rapper Chicks. I am really digging The Rapper Chicks. I am also loving Dessa's music too. She is easily my favorite songwriter at the moment. She just has a way with words. On the other end of the spectrum, I am digging the aggrotech sounds of Chamaeleon on their album Evil is Good. I recently got Lauryn Hill's album from the library while it is a tad too long I can definitely see why the album won all those Grammys years ago. It is very good album. 

Friday, February 12, 2016

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Throwback Thursday: 2000

Throwback Thursday time again! Tonight I chose the year 2000. Enjoy!

01. Nightwish: Wishmaster

02. Goldfrapp: Felt Mountain

03. Delerium: Poem

04. Amanda Ghost: Ghost Stories

05. The Cure: Bloodflowers

06. Hooverphonic: The Magnificent Tree

07. Chicane: Behind the Sun

08. Poe: Haunted

09. Bond: Born

10. Sarah Brightman: La Luna

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

My Favorite Albums From the '90s: Social Distortion by Social Distortion

Of all the albums in the '90s I have listened to, the self-titled album by Social Distortion had the biggest influence on me. I was a sophomore in high school and listening to shitty hair metal. One day after school at a friend's house, I saw the music video for Social D's "Ball and Chain". I immediately fell in love with the song. It was catchy as hell and it sure beat the hell out of the shitty music I was listening to at the time. The music was nothing I had ever heard of at the time. No one at my high school that I knew of was listening to bands like Social Distortion. Most of my peers were into top 40 music. "Ball and Chain" was one of those few rare songs that had a profound effect on me and my musical tastes. The song remains one of my personal favorite songs to this very day. I also adore the band's cover of "Ring of Fire", it is just as good, if not better than the original (and I love the original by Johnny Cash).

I think it was a week or two after I saw the video did I pick up the album (on cassette). I really played the hell out of that cassette. After getting into Social Distortion, I started reading up on the alternative rock scene via Maximum Rock N Roll and Flipside fanzines. I quickly ditched the hair metal scene and started listening to bands like Babes in Toyland, L7, 7 Year Bitch, The Gits, The Rollins Band, etc...etc... . I absolutely hated high school like a lot of people but one of the few good things to come out of it is discovering that there is much better music outside of top 40 music and shitty hair metal. I will be eternally grateful for the influence Social Distortion's self-titled album had on me and making the rest of my high school somewhat more bearable.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Album Of The Week: Parts of Speech by Dessa

Ever since my last trip to the local library, I have been listening to Parts of Speech by Dessa non-stop. I have heard the album before but for some odd reason at the time, I just wasn't impressed with what I heard. This time around my opinion has definitely changed for the better. Parts of Speech has quickly made me a fan of Dessa's music. The album as a whole has struck a chord with me both musically and lyrically. I absolutely love the way Dessa writes. She truly has a gift for songwriting. They are more like poetry or short stories especially on tracks like "Skeleton Key","Beekeeper", "The Man I Knew", and "Annabelle".

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Albums I am currently listening to

I have to admit I am really digging some hip hop music. Two of my favorite albums right now are by local artists Dessa and P.O.S. I am really enjoying the most recent P.O.S album. The production is incredibly good and totally different from what I have been exposed to over the years. Right now I am just finding the goth/industrial scene very stagnant which is why I have been checking out hip hop music left to right and to be honest liking a lot of what I am hearing. Last year wasn't that great in that scene to me, perhaps my age is starting to effect my tastes in music as I get older. Maybe. That said, I finally got around to downloading the first Future Perfect album. I don't know why I hadn't done it but I am glad I did. I absolutely love the album. I do plan on buying their latest effort After the Fall.

Friday, February 5, 2016

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Throwback Thursday: 1986

01. Siouxsie and The Banshees: Tinderbox

02. Cocteau Twins: Victorialand

03. New Order: Brotherhood

04. This Mortal Coil: Filigree and Shadow

05. The Bangles: Different Light

06. Cyndi Lauper: True Colors

07. Duran Duran: Notorious

08. Madonna: True Blue

09. Depeche Mode: Black Celebration

10. Megadeth: Peace Sells...But Who's Buying

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

My Favorite Albums From the '90s: Sunday 8pm by Faithless

In the four years I lived in Milwaukee, WI in the mid '90s, my favorite album I ever bought and heard has to be Sunday 8pm by Faithless. I remember seeing a music video for "God is a Dj" on tv and falling in love with the song right away and then finding a promo copy of Sunday 8pm at the now closed Atomic Records and being all giddy about it.

I am not really sure how I discovered Faithless. I had heard of them before from their previous album Reverance, another fantastic album by the UK band. However I heard about them, Faithless became a huge musical influence on me.

I love that the music can easily shift from laid back trip hop to catchy, upbeat dance music. Tracks such as "God is a DJ" and "Take the Long Way Home" would push me into checking out house and trance music. For an album that is almost 20 years old, I have yet to get sick and tired of listening to it especially Maxi Jazz's smooth rapping which is like butter to my ears. I have no doubt I will still be listening to this album when in 20-30 years.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Album of the week: Shadows of the Lovers by Pulcher Femina

Last week I started listening to Pulcher Femina's music online and found myself enjoying their music via youtube. After liking a couple of songs off Shadows of the Lovers album, I went over to Spotify to listen to the album in its entirety and found myself really digging the album. I ended up buying a digital copy via google play. I have been listening to the album at least twice a day. It is funny. I used to have their album Darkness Prevails but eventually I sold it because it only had a couple of good tracks on the album. I will have to check it out again now that I have rediscovered Pulcher Femina.