Sunday, July 31, 2016

Music to check out

Since I didn't post my usual collection of music I think my readers should check out on Friday, here it is today. Enjoy!

Friday, July 29, 2016

My 100 favorite albums from the past decade

It has been a few years since I last posted a list. At the time I ran out of ideas, that and it took a lot of work. Last weekend I was inspired to create another list. For this new list, it consists of 100 of my favorite albums from the past decade. I almost forgot how much fun there was when putting together these lists. Sure it was a lot of work but the time and energy invested in it was immensely satisfying to this blogger.

I should note with this list, I specifically made sure I would not have more than one album by an artist. Choosing which albums from certain artists like Delta Rae or VNV Nation was challenging for me but I eventually made the right decision.

100. Ryan Adams: 1989
99. Juno Reactor: The Golden Sun of the Great East
98. Adele: 25
97. Garbage: Not Your Kind of People
96. Mr. Kitty: Life
95. Ari Mason: Creatures
94. Lush: Blind Spot
93. Empyrean Asunder: Serpent
92. Lana Del Rey: Honeymoon
91. Grendel: Timewave Zero
90. In Strict Confidence: Utopia
89. Balligomingo: Under An Endless Sky
88. MergingMoon: Kamikakushi
87. Diffuzion: Body Code
86. Joy Williams: Venus
85. Within Temptation: Hydra
84. The Frozen Autumn: Chirality
83. Chelsea Wolfe: Pain is Beauty
82. Avarice in Audio: Shine and Burn
81. Emika: Drei
80. Brandi Carlile: The Story
79. Tracy Chapman: Greatest Hits
78. Helalyn Flowers: White Me In/Black Me Out
77. Bat For Lashes: The Bride
76. Purity Ring: Another Eternity
75. Psyborg Corp: The Mechanial Renaissance
74. Covenant: Leaving Babylon
73. SPC ECO: Dark Matter
72. Youth Code: An Overture
71. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Motion Picture Soundtrack
70. Nightwish: Endless Forms Most Beautiful
69. Xandrium: Sacrificium
68. Schoolcraft: Rushing Through the Sky
67.Tarja Turunen: Ave Maria En Plein Air
66. Tristania; Darkest White
65. Stray: Abuse by Proxy
64.  Anette Olzon - Shine
63. Schoolcraft: Rushing Through the Sky
62. Softwave: Together Alone
61. Purple Fog Side: Breathe In
61. Dual Density: Soul Ecstasy
59. Phantogram: Voices
58. Chvrches: Every Open Eye
57. Conjure One: Holoscenic
56. P!nk: Truth About Love
55. Pegasus Asteroid: The Fog
54. Sabaton: Heroes
53. Chandeen: Forever and Ever
52. FKA Twigs: LP1
51. Feathers: If All Now Here
50. Nitro/Noise: Total Nihilism
49. Ayria: Hearts For Bullets
48. Invocation Array: A Color For Fiction
47. Mondtraume: Empty
46. Future Perfect: Dirty Little Secrets
45. Frozen Plasma: Dekadenz
44. Dave Gahan and Soulsavers: Angels and Ghosts
43. Ego Likeness: Breedless
42. The Break Up: Synthesis
41. Aby Wolf and Grant Cutler: Wolf Lords
40. Solitary Experiments: Phenomena
39. Code 64: Departure
38. Grimes: Art Angels
37. The Luna Sequence: Fearful Shepherds Hunt Their Sheep
36. Kirlian Camera: Nightglory
35. The Jezabels: Synthia
34. School of Seven Bells: VII
33. Dum Dum Girls: Only in Dreams
32. P.O.S: We Don't Even Live Here
31. Angel Haze: Dirty Gold
30. Dessa: Parts of Speech
29. Psalm One: The Death of Frequent Flyer
28. Hungry Lucy: Pulse of the Earth
27. Suicide Commando: Implements of Hell
26. Exitmusic: Passage
25. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mix volume 1
24. Blutengel: Tranenherz
23. Psalm One: The Death of Frequent Flyer
22. Ashbury Heights: Three Cheers for the Newlydead
21. Necessary Response: Blood Spills Not Far From the Wound
20. Unter Null: Moving On
19. The Civil Wars: Barton Hollow
18. Psy'Aviah: The Xenogamous Endeavour
17. Kitten: Heaven or Somewhere in Between
16. Ayria: Hearts For Bullets
15. Marsheaux: Lumineux Noir
14. Sensuous Enemy: Parity
13. Cylab: Cut and Coil
12. VNV Nation: Of Faith, Power, and Glory
11. Lights: Midnight Machines
10. CHROM: Synthetic Movement
09. Arch Enemy: War Eternal
08. Goldfrapp: The Tales of Us
07. Departures soundtrack
06. Delta Rae: Carry the Fire
05. Hanzel und Gretyl: 2012 Zwanzig Zwolf
04. Moonlight Cove: Hearts of the World
03. Blume: Autumn Ruins
02. Sleepthief: The Dawnseeker
01. Let The Right One In Motion Picture Soundtrack

Honorable Mentions: 
The Internet: Ego Death
Chamaeleon: Evil is Good
Hydrah: Hold
Emmon: Aon
Iotronica: Of Moons And Stars
Zola Jesus: Taiga

Thursday, July 28, 2016

My Current Favorite Songs

I have been listening to a lot of excellent music lately, some on Spotify, some from my personal collection. Really digging the new cds I bought last weekend by Aby Wolf, Bat For Lashes and Tegan and Sara. I will let this week's playlist of my current favorite songs speak for themselves.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Guilty Pleasures of the Week: My top 10 favorite GP songs

10. Bruce Springsteen: Streets of Philadelphia

09. Chicago: Hard Habit to Break

08. Lady Gaga: Hair

07. David Cook: Come Back to Me

06. P!nk: Bad Influence

05. Stan Bush: The Touch

04. Selena: Dreaming of You

03. Real McCoy: Sleeping With An Angel

02. Air Supply: All Out of Love

01. Sophie B Hawkins: As I Lay Me Down

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Album Of The Week: Call The Rocks by Aby Wolf

This past weekend, I went to the Electric Fetus for some new music. I picked up albums by Aby Wolf (local artist), Tegan and Sara, and Bat For Lashes. When I was perusing the new releases section, I came across the new EP Call the Rocks by Aby Wolf. I didn't even know she had new music out. That was the first CD I grabbed while I was at my favorite record store. The EP is about 17 minutes of pur electropop bliss. Ex-Lookbook member Grant Cutler (who worked with Aby on the Wolf Lords album which I absolutely adore) produces the five song EP. If you are familiar with Grant's work, you can definitely hear his work in Aby's music. Since the EP goes by so quickly, I have been listening to it a few times a day. I absolutely love it and would recommend checking it out.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Weekly Playlist for 07.25.16 - 07.31.16

For this week's playlist, I created a new playlist of my favorite electropop songs after being inspired by the the sounds of Aby Wolf and Tegan and Sara today.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Office Playlist for the Week

Monday is right around the corner. Fortunately I actually bought some new music for the first time in over a month. I know I am bad about it but I do have a trip to Chicago in September for two concerts in one weekend to save $$$. Also I have been streaming music so much I have completely neglected my cd collection so I am going to try to listen to more of my cds at work but I will still stream music from my tablet to mix things up.

Aby Wolf: Call the Rocks

Amethystium: Isabliss

Ryan Adams: 1989

Bat for Lashes: The Bride

Beyonce: Lemonade

Brandi Carlile: The Story

Tracy Chapman: Greatest Hits

CHROM: Peak and Decay

Cinderella Effect: Pearls

Delta Rae: After It All

Dessa; Parts of Speech

Emika; Drei

Future Perfect: Dirty Little Secrets

Grimes: Art Angels

The Jezabels: Synthia

Juno Reactor: The Golden Sun of the Great East

Lana Del Rey: Honeymoon

LIGHTS: Midnight Machines

Lush: Blind Spot

Ari Mason: Creatures

MNYNMS: Rites of Passage

Moby: 18

Muna: The Loudspeaker

Neon Bunny: Stay Gold

Shakespeare Sister: Hormonally Yours

Tegan and Sara: Love You to Death

I Love the '80s

I Love the '90s

'90s electronica

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to



I made a trip to the Electric Fetus for the first time in a couple of months. I have to admit streaming music has made me lazy on supporting my favorite musicians. My apologies. I need to do better. I learned that local musician Aby Wolf has a new EP called Call the Rocks out. I immediately picked that up along with the new albums by Tegan and Sara and Bat For Lashes. I definitely  had an electropop theme going on with my musical purchases. As much as I love streaming, the new Tegan and Sara, and Bat for Lashes albums sounds better on my portable stereo than through my tablet or laptop. The new Aby Wolf EP is terrific. Grant Cutler (who worked on her Wolf Lords album with her) produces Call the Rocks. Definitely recommend buying all three of the releases I bought today. 2016 has definitely been better for music than 2015. 

Friday, July 22, 2016

Music to check out

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Guilty Pleasure of the Week

For this week's Guilty Pleasure of the Week, I decided to go with my playlist of my favorite r and b and hip hop songs I made awhile back on Spotify. For some time now, I have started listening to some r and b and hip hop music. Not all of the music in those genres floats my boat. Some of the music in those genres still bores me but I do like them a lot more than I used to a few years ago. Still not crazy about some of the lyrics by Ice Cube, NWA, and 2Pac but overall I do think they are or were immensely talentted.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Album of the Week: Darkness Leaves Nowhere to Go by The Luna Sequence

If you haven't heard of The Luna Sequence, you should check out this act now. I have been a fan for the past couple of years. I discovered The Luna Sequence through Bandcamp and been a fan of Kaia Young's blend of industrial, metal, and punk music. Earlier this spring Kaia released a new TLS EP called Darkness Leaves Nowhere to Go. This was the first TLS release which I didn't take to right away but in the past couple of days I have been listening to it and have warmed up to the songs quite a bit. I have to admit I favor  the 2014 release Fearful Shepherds Hunt Their Sheep a bit more but Darkness Leaves Nowhere to Go is still a great effort by one of my favorite cyberpunk acts in the last few years. Definitely give it a listen! You really can't go wrong with anything by The Luna Sequence.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Weekly Playlist for 07.18.16 - 07.24.16

For this week's playlist, I chose to share a playlist I created awhile back of my favorite songs by the synthpop group Marsheaux. I have been a fan of their music for some time now. This is a good introduction to one of my favorite bands.

Friday, July 15, 2016

Music to check out

Fantastic Korean artist I just discovered today on bandcamp.

Another discovery I absolutely adore.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

My Current Favorite Songs

I decided to just put my current favorite songs on a Spotify playlist instead of using youtube clips. It is so much easier. Got a little of everything from cheesy pop to '90s alternative music. Still love the new Bat For Lashes album. Check it out!

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Guilty Pleasure Of The Week: Lenka by Lenka

A couple of weeks ago when I was editing my Guilty Pleasures playlist on Spotify, an old familiar name from several years ago popped into my head. Her name is Lenka. She is a pop artist from Australia. In 2008 she released her self-titled album. I forgot how I first heard of her but I believe I had heard one of her songs on a tv commercial. It might either been "The Show" or "Trouble is Your Friend". I can't remember. I ended up rediscovering her not long ago and enjoying her album.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Album Of The Week: X-Communicate by Kristin Kontrol

It hasn't been quite a week since I saw Garbage at the Skyway Theatre. The band sounded and looked amazing sans Butch Vig who was home with a sinus infection and couldn't travel. Opening for Garbage was Kristin Kontrol, a new musical project from Kristin Welchez (aka Dee Dee from the Dum Dum Girls). Kristin Kontrol is nothing like Dum Dum Girls' music. The music is more electronic based than rock. I had to listen to the album a few times for the music to grow on me but once the music stared to sink in, I started to really enjoy the album as a whole. I am so used to her work with Dum Dum Girls which is probably why it took me awhile to take to this album.
I love hearing a different sound from Kristin. I certainly would say X-Communicate can be added to my growing list of best of list for 2016. Go check it out!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Weekly Playlist for 07.11.16 - 07.17.16

While on vacation last week, I created a playlist of my favorite Garbage songs to get ready for their show at the Skyway Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. I think it turned out great.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Food for thought: Who are you to judge?

I was planning on posting my usual weekly list of music I plan on listening to at work for the week but then I came across a post on Facebook that forced me to change plans.

A friend of mine posted a post on Facebook from the Garbage Message Board, here is the exact post that has gotten my undivided attention:

I miss redhead Shirley...

Just saying.

Then the shit storm of sexist and ageist comments started trickling in, especially this gem:

I miss the old Shirley who used to take care of how she looks on stage. I know it's hot up there but she never looked bad to me on stage until this tour. It's horrible what she's doing with her hair. I mean, the NYKOP hair bun was annoying (because she had it 90% of the tour) but she always looked great.

This small, pink and improvised hair bun she's doing after 4 or 5 songs makes her look terrible.

I know she doesn't care and I'm happy because she's more confident and everything, but sometimes, you know.

Sexist, ageist, and patronizing all wrapped up in one, three things I try to avoid in a man. Oh hell! Those are all traits that are never attractive in any human being regardless of gender.

Here is a picture of Shirley from Thursday night that I took at the concert. Personally I think she looks fabulous with pink hair. I also think she looks beautiful, 49 or not. To say that she does not take care of herself reeks of ageism and sexism. all wrapped up in one.

It is a well known fact that women are continually judged by their appearance , more so than men. Just stop it, men. This is ridiculous and makes you look like sexist pigs.  I definitely do not think all men are sexist pigs but judging by the post I read tonight, some men are still stuck in the mindset they have the (male) privilege to judge a woman's appearance.

After my friend posted a really excellent response to the blatant sexism and ageism comments, here is one of the guilty party's response:

I would say the same If Butch started to make a man bun or something weird. It's not a gender thing at all. We all have different opinions, I didn't attack her as a woman, I admire her, what are you guys saying? We are not asking her to change because we don't like the way she looks, you guys went way too far with this...

Hello butthurt?! I almost came close to faceplanting on my laptop with this response. Typical knee jerk response from someone who is not in a marginalized group and was born into privilege right from birth. When a person criticizes a woman for her looks, that damn right is sexist. There is no ifs, ands, or buts about it. Don't try to pull that crappy excuse that you would criticize a man for his looks too. Once you let the genie out of the bottle, you can't put it back in it, so either own it or sit down!

I know Shirley most likely doesn't care what people think of her hair color or how she appears. If you follow her on Facebook you would know she is more than capable of defending herself but I wrote this post to really address the issue of sexist attitudes towards musicians, especially female musicians (cisgender and transgender alike). Women are and still is a marginalized group who continually gets treated with less respect than men, especially in the music industry. As a music junkie, I will be damned to let anyone get away with their judgment on the physical appearances of women in music.

Considering the recent events in Dallas (Texas), Saint Paul (Minnesota), and Baton Rouge (Louisiana), the one thing people are whining about the most is Shirley Manson's hair color on Facebook at the time. Should these people not be focusing on Garbage's latest album and their current US tour and just enjoy the band's music? Some of you really need to check your privilege and go outside to see what is really happening in the world. No one wants to deal with your self-absorbed, whiny little diatribes. Social media sucks at times because of all the ugliness I see on it, onn the other hand, social media has exposed just how stuck some people are in their privilege ways as well as seeing  how woke most people have become regarding the issues of race, gender, age, class, and LGBT rights (especially trans rights). 

Friday, July 8, 2016

Music to check out

Thursday, July 7, 2016

My Top 10 Current Favorite Songs

01. Bat For Lashes: I Do

02. Kwabs: Forgiven

03. Natalia Kills: If I was God

04. Richard Marx: Hazard

05.Eve: Who's That Girl?

06. Harvey Danger: Flagpole Sitta

07. Fluke: Atom Bomb

08. Goldfrapp: Human

09. Scandal: Goodbye to You

10. Ultravox: Hymn

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Guilty Pleasure of the Week: Perfectionist (Deluxe Edition) by Natalia Kills

Several years ago, I had the pleasure of seeing Swedish pop star Robyn perform live at First Avenue. Her opening act was English pop singer Natalia Kills. She only performed a few songs but that was because she didn't have a full length album out yet. Natalia Kills (aka Teddy Sinclair) reminded me of Lady Gaga vocal-wise. Fast forward to 2015 when she and her husband Willy Moon were on the show The X-Factor and essentially ruined their music careers for the verbal dressing down on a contestant. That put me off her music for some time until I recently came across her deluxe edition of Perfectionist. A lot of the songs are new to me since this is the deluxe edition which had more songs than the version I bought a few years ago. I have to admit I found myself enjoying the album. The music is super catchy however I still can't forgive her and her numbskull husband for their behavior on television.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Album of the week: The Bride by Bat For Lashes

For the past few days, I have been listening to the new album The Bride by Bat For Lashes. It is a beautiful album. According to this review of the album, The Bride is based on a short film Natasha Khan made last year called I Do.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Weekly Playlist for 07.04.16 - 07.10.16

Here is this week's playlist. It is mostly new songs but a few older tracks too. I recently discovered Shura who I really like at the moment. I definitely recommend checking out what music she has out online. She has a full length album coming out next week I believe. I am also really loving the new Bats for Lashes album at the moment. I think I will get an actual CD copy of it when I get paid next Friday.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to

I took off this coming week off from work so no list of music I am going to listen to at work.



Saturday, July 2, 2016

Best of 2016 (so far) and other thoughts

Well June is over so 2016 is a little halfway over. I thought I would share my favorite releases that I have heard this year.

|Right now I am particularly loving the new albums by Tegan and Sara and Bats for Lashes. I wish I could have included the new albums by De/Vision, Carved Souls, and Garbage but I can't. I either found the music flat and uninteresting or I just straight up did not like the album (Garbage, sorry but I just did not like there album). I'll be honest, the most interesting music I have been hearing has been hip hop music. Just not really feeling the goth/industrial scene as I once was. The music is starting to sound all the same for me. That said I have found some releases this year I dig. I love the new direction that Decoded Feedback has taken with Dark Passenger and Transformation by Dark Insights is just classic EBM/Futurepop, reminiscent of Assemblage 23 and VNV Nation. Also a huge fan of Ari Mason's Creatures. Been a fan of her work since finding her on youtube a couple of years ago. Finally please check out the little known synthpop acts Purple Fog Side and Synthwave. They are so freaking awesome. 

Honorable Mentions:

Friday, July 1, 2016

Music to Check Out