Saturday, April 30, 2016

Albums I Am Currently Listening To

I have been listening to this EP by the band Softwave a lot since I bought it through their bandcamp page. The Danish band is one of the few bands in the synthpop genre that I am excited about lately. I wish more people were aware of their existence. Their music is pretty dope in my book.

Another band whose music I downloaded through bandcamp that I absolutely love. I listened to it yesterday at work and loved all three tracks. I definitely recommend downloading the EP.

Just picked up this album from the library today. I am definitely a fan and as someone whose taste in music is usually not in the r and b genre, it really speaks volumes.

Totally digging the new Ayria album. I like it a lot more than Plastic Makes Perfect.

My current favorite album right now.

Really terrific debut EP by hip hop artist Lucy Camp.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Music to check out

Today I heard some excellent synthpop music  via Bandcamp. It is hard to say which is my personal favorite because I love Purple Fog Side . They are awesome. 

Normally I don't repost an album/EP I already posted here but I will make an exception with the debut EP by the synthpop act from Denmark Softwave Their EP is so damn good, it is a crime that I am the only person who has downloaded their EP on their bandcamp page.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Random Observations of the Week

"Rebel Rebel" is still my favorite David Bowie song.

Really loving the new Tegan and Sara single "Boyfriend"

Too bad the timing of their concert in September comes right before I go back to Chicago to the bands Belly and Lush.

I can't believe my favorite Siouxsie and The Banshees album is 30 years old.

It has been a week since Prince passed away. It is so surreal.

My favorite Kendrick Lamar song at the moment is "King Kunta".

Favorite album to listen to on a rainy day hands down

My current favorite album

Two artists who needs to go away: Iggy Azalea and Azealia Banks. Every time they open their mouths, nothing but stupid comes out, especially Iggy.

Beyonce seriously needs new fans. I am no fan of Rachael Ray but she certainly didn't deserve the attack by the Beyhive.

One of my personal favorite albums that I think is grossly underrated.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

My Favorite Albums From the '90s: Lovelife by Lush

Don't get me wrong, I do love Split and I adore Spooky but for me personally, my favorite Lush album is easily Lovelife. Lovelife has always resonated with me much more than the band's first two albums. I suppose it was then I really became a big fan of the band because of songs like "Ladykillers", "500" and "Ciao!". 21 years later I still love this album.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Album of the Week: Midnight Machines by LIGHTS

Ever since I first heard Midnight Machine by LIGHTS on Spotify a few weeks ago, I have been listening to her album religiously. It is quickly becoming one of my favorite releases in 2016. I like how LIGHTS reinterprets her music by giving them a stripped down, acoustic sound. LIGHTS' previous album Little Machines was very good without a shadow of a doubt but I really enjoy how songs from that album sounds as acoustic tracks especially "Meteorites" and "Running With The Boys".

Monday, April 25, 2016

Weekly Playlist for 04.25.16 - 05.01.16

New playlist I made. Got a lot of new songs as well as a few oldies but goodies featured. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Albums I am currently listening to

Since I recently started reading a biography on Nina Simone, I got this album from the library since her other albums are currently checked out by other people. I really never paid much attention to Miss Lauryn Hill until recently with her Grammy award winning album The Miseducation of Miss Lauryn Hill. I think if there was a modern day Nina Simone, Miss Lauryn Hill comes pretty close to the late singer. I have been enjoying this album immensely. It is a good soundtrack to listen to while reading her biography.

Kendrick Lamar made a fan out of me when I saw him on Noisey, a music series on Viceland. Douchebag Kanye West has nothing on Kendrick. Kendrick doesn't make an ass out of himself like Kanye West does so needless to say I had to check out his album. I will never understand how Taylor Swift's 1989 beats out Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly at this year's Grammys. To Pimp a Butterfly is a far more compelling album lyrically and musically. The music took awhile for me to digest but over time it just grew on me exponentially. The only thing 1989 got going for it is the production but otherwise the lyrics are terrible and Taylor Swift is not that great of a singer. From what I know, the last time a black person won Best Album of the Year Award at the Grammys was Ray Charles in 2005. #grammyssowhite is all I have to say. Music industry gotta do better than hand out major music awards to mostly white people.

One of a few CDs I got from the library this week. Common is another rapper I recently became a fan of. I honestly think hip hop/rap music can be compelling music to listen to when written in an intelligent manner and with substance, Kendrick and Common are two fine examples that hip hop/rap music is a legitimate form of music contrary to what haters say.

Psy'Aviah really can do no wrong with me. Definitely plan on buying the new album (CD version) along with the new Ayria album which just came out.

I guess a four song EP of new music is better than no new music from one of my favorite bands from the '90s. Fantastic music. Lush does not disappoint me.

My current favorite album at the moment. Just love this album by LIGHTS.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Music to check out

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Rest in Peace Prince

Like everyone here in the Twin Cities and around the world, I am completely shocked by the sudden and untimely passing of Prince. Living in Minnesota/Twin Cities all of my life and Minneapolis in general for over ten years, Prince really put the Twin Cities music scene on the map. I have to admit I was just a casual fan but he did get a lot of respect from me. Prince did everything on his terms especially when he was battling with his record label in the '90s and having control over his image over the internet, not to mention his mad skills as a guitarist. That said, I end this with footage from his Super Bowl show (wish I could find better footage though) and footage of him performing "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" at the 2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. There will never be anyone like Prince. Not now, not ever. He was truly one of a kind, like David Bowie.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

My Favorite Albums From the '90s: Our Time in Eden by 10,000 Maniacs

1992 was a really stand out year in music for me when I was in high school. I was listening to a lot of alternative rock like L7, Babes in Toyland, Social Distortion, 7 Year Bitch, The Gits, The Rollins Band, etc... etc... . One of my favorite albums from that year (next to Bricks Are Heavy by L7) is Our Time in Eden by 10,000 Maniacs. Our Time In Eden is definitely one of my favorite pop albums of our time. I just love the jingly guitar riffs, the playful horn section like on "Few and Far Between", and Natalie Merchant's thoughtful and sometimes whimsical lyrics. 24 years later, the album still sounds fresh and lively as it did when I first heard it as a junior in high school.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Album Of The Week: The Story by Brandi Carlile

This weekend I went down to Chicago for a couple of days of rest and relaxation. I went by train. During my journey to Chicago and back to Saint Paul, I brought a few dozen cds to kill time on the train. My favorite album of my entire journey was The Story by singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile (a CD I borrowed from the library). It was the perfect soundtrack to listen to while looking out the window and seeing the scenery or while reading a good book. I particularly love the tracks "The Story" and "Turpentine". The rest of the album is fantastic too. One day I will have to check Brandi out live in concert.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Music to check out

Friday, April 15, 2016

Road trip music

Tomorrow I am heading down to Chicago for some much needed rest and relaxation. I am taking the train of course. Since the trip on the train takes about eight hours (FYI trains are now running on time unlike last year), I am bringing a mess of CDs to amuse my ears with and a couple of books to read (and some food to munch on through out the trip). Here is a list of CDs I am taking with me on my trip:

Ryan Adams: 1989
Adele: 25
Artesia: Llydaw
Ashram: Shining Silver Skies
Brandi Carlile: The Story
Johnny Cash: American IV: The Man Come Around
Kasey Chambers: Barricades and Brickwalls
Chandeen: Forever and Ever
Tracy Chapman: Greatest Hits
Dave Gahan and Soulsavers: Angels and Ghosts
Delta Rae: After It All
Future Perfect: Dirty Little Secrets
Gabriel and The Apocalypse: New World Disaster
Lisa Gerrard/Patrick Cassidy: Immortal Memory
Goapele: Break of Dawn
Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows Part 2 soundtrack
Hungry Lucy: Glo
Idan Raichel: After The Edge of the Beginning
Lana Del Rey: Honeymoon
Lush: Blind Spot
Ari Mason: Creatures
Loreena McKennitt: The Visit, the Mask and Mirror, The Book of Secrets
Moonlight Cove: Hearts of the World
Nightwish: Endless Forms Most Beautiful
Phox: Phox
Sade: The Best of Sade
Paul Schwartz: State of Grace
Tarja: Ave Maria En Plein Air
William Orbit: Pices in a Modern Style

I definitely went with more mellow, relaxing music for my trip on the train but there is some heavier stuff if I am in the mood. For the most part though, I want to chill on the train with my books and music.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Random Observations

Right now I am totally digging the latest LIGHTS album as well as the EP by the Danish synthwave group Softwave.

No matter how many times I listen to it, I can never get sick of the song "Lately" by Dave Gahan and Soulsavers.

My favorite rappers are:
Psalm One
Angel Haze

Current favorite artists are:
Nina Simone
Brandi Carlile

I almost forgot just how good Death of a Sun by Syrian is when I listened to it today for the first time in several months.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

My Favorite Albums From the '90s: Cuckoo by Curve

While Doppelganger is my number one favorite Curve album, Cuckoo has a special place in my heart because it was the first Curve album I ever bought. I remember buying it at Sam Goody's and on cassette too. I can't remember if I was a senior in high school or a freshman in college. If I remember correctly, I didn't take to Cuckoo right away. Over time I have really come to appreciate the album and the band's move towards a more modern sound that fused electronica and rock music which would influence the band Garbage. 23 years later, the album still sounds fresh and new to my ears. 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

My favorite releases in 2016 (so far)

I decided to not do album of the week this week and instead do a brief run down of my favorite releases of 2016 since the first quarter of the year is almost over. Unlike 2015, I have actually heard some fantastic new music in the first four months. 2015 was pretty tepid but 2016 is looking to be making up for it. I would include the new Lush EP Blind Spot but it hasn't officially come out yet.

If you haven't heard the new Kitten EP, I definitely recommend listening to it. Heaven or Somewhere In Between picks up where Kitten's self-titled album leaves off. Chloe Chaidez has a real knack for creating some really catchy pop hooks and she can sing too. I love her vocals too.

If you like Conjure One, Delerium, and Moby, Hydrah is right up your alley. Hold is a short but sweet EP of EDM.

I admit I can't stop raving enough about this album. I can listen to the album from start to finish without skipping as single track.

It is a shame that this is the last School of Seven Bells album. I absolutely adore. I love it so much I have both a digital copy and CD copy. LOL!

People really need to check out Ari Mason. Her music is so freaking awesome.

Midnight Machines is an acoustic collection of LIGHTS music from her album Little Machines. I love the stripped down interpretations of her music.

Softwave is one of my new favorite finds on Bandcamp this year. Please do check out this wonderful EP.

While Apollo and Dionysus isn't as good as Shine and Burn, the album is still very good and I certainly do consider it one of my favorite releases this year. 

Monday, April 11, 2016

Weekly Playlist for 04.11.16 to 04.1.16

Got a lot of my current favorite songs on this week's playlist, some new, some old. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Albums I Am Currently Listening to

Yesterday, I got the new Lush EP Blind Spot in the mail. I have been listening to it constantly. I think it is fantastic. I can hardly wait until September when I go see the band in Chicago. I should note Blind Spot comes out on 4/15 so less than a week so do check it out when it is unleashed on the public.

My current favorite r and b album. I got this album from the library last weekend. What a voice Goapele has! Next to Sade, I absolutely love this woman. She has definitely made a fan out of me who listens to primarily industrial, synthpop, and heavy metal.

This is another album I got from the library this weekend. Been listening the hell out of it for the past few days. I have heard other albums by Brandi but The Story is my favorite album by her.

It took awhile but I finally started to appreciate the latest album by Avarice in Audio. It is too bad Jade had to leave the band for personal reasons. I love her vocals on this album.

My latest discovery. Too bad I didn't discover them sooner. Fantastic synthwave music.

The best industrial album I have heard and loved right from the first listen in such a long time. Lately I have not been all that impressed with the industrial scene. I hate saying this but the music is starting to bore me but not the Chamaeleon album.

I haven't heard this album in long time and when I saw it at the library last weekend, I decided to get it. I forgot how good the album is, definitely will have to check out their second album whenever it comes out.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Music to Check Out

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Random Observations of the Week

I wish I discovered the self-titled album by Gold Zebra sooner. I can't stop listening to it.

I love the new cable channel Viceland. My favorite show on the channel is Noisey, a music show. It has really exposed me to some interesting music, not to mention has been teaching me a lot of things like what dancehall music is about in the Jamaica episode.

One of the most interesting hip hop artists I have heard recently is Link Wamadiguida.

Earlier this week I listened to Voices by Phantogram for a first time in a long time. I totally almost forgot how good the album is.

I have been listening the hell out of The Story by Brandi Carlisle. My two favorite songs by her are "The Story" and "Turpentine".

My current favorite Tracy Chapman song is "Telling Stories".

I love the song "Break of Dawn" by Goapele as well as the album of the same title.

With bands like Lush and Belly reunited and touring this year, one would think Rock the Garden would try to get one of those bands for their overpriced and underwhelming music festival. Just saying. Their line up this year is a snoozefest (Grrrl Prty asides).

Speaking of Belly, I am stoked they are touring this year and they will be at the Vic Theatre the night before I see Lush in mid-September. I am so going to that show. Two shows in one weekend.

As much as I disliked the film Marie Antoinette, I absolutely love the soundtrack.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

My Favorite Albums From the '90s: Violator by Depeche Mode

Black Celebration is easily my favorite Depeche Mode but it was Violator that got me into the legendary synthpop band. The songs on this album is timeless. You really can't go wrong with this album as an introduction to Depeche Mode.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Album Of The Week: Synthia by The Jezabels

I have to admit new music in 2016 has been a lot better than last year. It is now April and I have heard quite a few excellent new releases. One of my personal favorites that I have been listening to on a regular basis for the past few weeks is Synthia by The Jezabels. This album has been one of my favorite albums to listen to on my way to work in the morning. Considering how much I listen to it (as well as the new School of Seven Bells album), I am surprised I have not gotten sick of it yet. I will be honest their previous album didn't do anything for me but Synthia really blew me away. This review in The Guardian from February pretty much sums it up for me about the album. Definitely recommend checking it out.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

Albums I am currently listening to

Today I just discovered the band Gold Zebra. Their self-titled album is a couple of years old but it is so worth checking out if you like synthwave/coldwave/synthpop.

The new Helalyn Flowers and Avarice in Audio albums is starting to grow on me after a few more listens. I recently bought a digital copy of the Avarice in Audio album via google play the other day.

With all the fuss over the upcoming Nina Simone movie (which I won't be seeing since all I am hearing about is the whitewashing of Nina Simone's story), I decided to start listening to her music. I do hope her estate and family would consider investing in doing a proper biopic on the late artist. Her music and life story is so compelling.

Also loving the new albums Creature by Ari Mason and New Future by Candace (formerly known as Is/Is) .

Friday, April 1, 2016

Music to check out