Friday, September 30, 2016

Music to check out

Thursday, September 29, 2016

My Current Favorite Songs

It is Thursday again. Here is a collection of my current favorite songs. Still love the song "Bravery" by Assemblage 23 which is easily my favorite song off Endure. As much as I wasn't really crazy about Keri Berg on Ashbury Height's Take Cair Paramour album (didn't think she was as good as a singer as Yasmine Yaz was), I did like some of the album. I particularly loved "Kingdom Confession". Back on an Autumn kick this week. Been listening to Return To The Breath practically every day this week. I hate waiting for another opportunity to see the band live. Also included some new tracks by Delerium and Junksista. The more I listen to the new Delerium album, the more likely I will go buy the album on CD. Also included some old tracks I have loved over the years especially the Sunscreem song.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Album Of The Week: Mythologie by Delerium

I have been a fan of Delerium for well over a decade now. I was introduced to their music by a former roommate when I lived in Wisconsin. Karma and Semantic Spaces were my first introduction to the atmospheric sounds of Delerium. The rest is history. For the most part, I have loved the music Delerium but after 2001's Poem I just found each Delerium release a mixed bag.Their sound began getting more poppier and losing a lot more of their ambient sound I fell in love with on Karma and Semantic Spaces.

I really didn't care much for Chimera and Nuages Du Monde. Too many filler tracks, very few songs that I enjoyed. Also really too pop orientated for my liking. Really disappointing that Delerium could put out two really weak albums. Music Box Opera was okay. Had some decent songs but nothing to write home about. Mythologie is one of those albums that I really needed time to digest. On the first listen, I was not impressed with what I had heard. I thought it was pretty bland but I decided that I should not totally disregard this album and that I need to listen to it several more times. Listening to Mythologie a several more times and allowing my ears and brain to marinate in its lush, atmospheric sounds proved to be a wise decision.

Let me just get this out of the way and say that Mythologie is by no means another Karma, Semantic Spaces or Poem. That is fine with me. What I really like is hearing that the album's sound has a good even balance between ambient/trip hop elements with pop melodies. Mythologie is not a perfect album. I have to be in the right frame of mood at work to listen to it but home it is perfect to chill out. I definitely do recommend giving the new Delerium album a listen to and not just once. Listen to it a few more times and when your attention is not somewhere else.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Weekly Playlist for 09.26.16 to 10.02.16

I wasn't sure if I was ever going to get tonight's blog posted because of issues with Windows 10 but I now have access to my laptop. For this week's playlist, it is a collection of my favorite songs (so far) from 2016. Enjoy!

Friday, September 23, 2016

Music to check out

Thursday, September 22, 2016

My Current Favorite Songs

Here is this week's playlist of my current favorite songs. After my Chicago trip, it is an obvious given that I would include songs by Belly, Lush, and Tamaryn on my playlist.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Album Of The Week: Cranekiss by Tamaryn

I decided to skip my guilty pleasures of the week for this week and go with my pick of album of the week. It is a little late because I got home from Chicago late Monday night which pushed things back a bit on my blog. For this week's pick is Cranekiss by Tamaryn. As you probably have seen on my Twitter and FB pages, Tamaryn is the opening act for Lush on their current tour. I started listening to her music after Lush announced that she was touring with them but in the past week leading up to my trip to Chicago, I really binge listened to her music. Cranekiss is my favorite of Tamaryn's three albums and is my pick for this week's Album Of The Week.

As much as I enjoy the shoegaze sounds of Tender New Signs and The Waves, I love that Tamaryn goes slightly off the beaten path and more into the dreampop territory. I can really hear her vocals and lyrics which for me gets muddled in the reverb on her other two albums. I definitely say to go check out her music and if you can go see her with Lush. She is fantastic live.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Belly and Lush Concerts at The Vic on 09/17 and 09/18

I don't know what else to say other than this past weekend in Chicago has been a wonderful experience. I never imagined that I would be fortunate to have an opportunity to see two of my favorite bands from the '90s that I never gotten to see at the height of their careers. Initially my trip to Chicago over 9/17-09/19 was to just see the reunited Lush but when I got wind of the news that Belly had reformed and was going to be performing in Chicago the night before Lush at The Vic, I knew I would go to that show since I wouldn't be in town for the First Avenue show.

The Vic Theatre is a beautiful theatre reminiscent of The State and Orpheum Theatres in downtown Minneapolis. Venue holds about 1,400 people. The Vic is located in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago, not far from Lincoln Park neighborhood and just a quick ride on the L train to downtown Chicago.

As soon as my cab drove by The Vic to drop me off at the B and B I was staying at, I saw a line outside the venue, I knew I had to get in line ASAP (after getting a quick bite to eat). I was smart and got a room at Old Chicago Inn which was about a block away from The Vic. I got in line for both concerts around 4:30 but I killed a lot of time talking to people around me. I was really smart about getting in line for the two shows. While not quite sold out, the Belly show was packed to the gills. I would like to say personally being a short person at concerts really sucks. I had the worst experience at last year's Nightwish show when I could barely see around the taller audience members. Not here in Chicago. A couple of longtime Belly fans were super kind enough to let me up in front. I would have been content being in "second" row but I couldn't have passed up that golden opportunity. Again killed time talking to other Belly fans while waiting for the band to come on.

Unlike the Lush concert who had an opening act, Belly had no opening act. They had a ten minute break between both sets. I think it was 21 songs the band played like from other shows. Of course my faves "Gepetto", "Slow Dog", and "Dusted". I was not disappointed in the song selection for Saturday night's show. Surprisingly it was bassist Gail Greenwood who did the majority of the bantering in between songs as opposed to Tonya Donnelly. She was ever so entertaining to watch and listen to. In other words, Saturday night's show was fantastic. I am really happy that I was able to catch the band in person.

Sunday night proved to be really worth the time, energy and money invested in making the trip down to Chicago. Would have I liked a Minneapolis show? Yes of course but I was more than happy to make the journey down to Chicago, my go to city for some personal me time. I had a brief fan girl moment on Sunday morning when I saw Lush's tour bus pull up in front of The Vic. Not to look like a stalker, I quickly took a picture and went on my way to go to Lincoln Park for a couple of hours of playing the role of the tourist. Like Saturday night, I was smart and had an early supper and got in line for the sold out Lush show and chatted things up with people around me. Thank heavens the weather in Chicago was beautiful and warm outside on both nights. Once inside the venue, I was fortunate and got myself situated on the right hand side (facing the stage) in the front row. Opening up for Lush was Tamaryn. She was perfect to open up for Lush. Her brand of dreampop/shoegaze music was delightful. Unfortunately her set was quite show.

Without a shadow of a doubt, Lush put on a helluva show on Sunday night. I will confess I wished they played "500: but otherwise I was pretty content with the set list for the night. At least they played "Ladykillers". As far as the band sounded live, they were excellent.

You can see more photos I took from the show on my Instagram account. I must say the concert experiences in Chicago this past weekend has been far more pleasant than a lot of shows I have attended here in the Twin Cities. People were courtesy and didn't try to invade into my personal space (like some bitch did at a Babes in Toyland show I went to back in January). For a sold out show on Sunday night, I was surprised that I still had elbow room. If money grew on trees, I would go to more shows in Chicago because of the lack of assholes at concerts.  That said, Belly and Lush at The Vic definitely will go down as two of my favorite shows I have seen in 2016.

Side note: Minneapolis and Saint Paul you can do much better than push and shove people at shows. Lot of you are a bunch of rude, selfish assholes who don't give a fuck about others who were in those spots before ya'll so this is a a big FUCK YOU from short person.

Friday, September 16, 2016

Road trip music

Tomorrow I am heading down to Chicago for the Belly and Lush concerts at The Vic Theatre over the next two nights. Of course I am going to be spending the day on the road via Megabus but it does not mean my road trip has to be boring. Here is some of the music I plan on listening going down to Chicago (and going home via Amtrak).

For me some of the best music I love to listen to while traveling is more in the country/folk/rock vein. I absolutely adore listening to Tracy Chapman, Brandi Carlile, and Delta Rae while on the road. I also love listening to Loreena McKennitt's music while on the bus or train. I suppose after listening to EBM, metal, and everything in between five days a week, eight hours a day, one has to take a breather and listen to something else while traveling to his or her destination. That said, I did have to throw in some hip hop music by Dessa and P.O.S, and a little Alice in Chains.

I will definitely be tweeting pics from the Lush and Belly concerts this weekend. I will also be posting pics on my Instagram account as well. Feel free to follow me there if you have an IG account.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

My Current Favorite Songs

Here is this week's playlist of my current favorite songs. There are not a lot since I have been listening to a lot of the new Pride and Fall and Assemblage 23 albums along with my guilty pleasure and futurepop playlists.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Guilty Pleasures Of The Week

I updated my Guilty Pleasures playlist with some new songs. I can always count on this playlist to help me become more productive at work and drown out the idiots nearby. Also it is a nice breather from all the industrial, metal, and synthpop I listen to on a regular basis.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Album Of The Week: Endure by Assemblage 23

For the past couple of days, I have been trying to figure out which album I wanted to post as this week's Album Of The Week Pride and Fall's Red For The Dead - Black For The Mourning or Assemblage 23's Endure. I have been listening to both albums quite a bit for the past 48 hours or more. Ultimately I ended up picking Endure. The new Assemblage 23 album is just too good to not have picked it. Futurepop cannot get any better than what I have heard on Endure. The album is consistently good from the title track all the way down to the Mr.Kitty remix of "Ignorance". Every song has great, memorable pop hooks and club friendly dance beats. The remixes are equally good. I particularly enjoyed both remixes for "Bravery". I'm a bit disappointed that I won't be able to see A23 perform these songs live but shit happens. I am just glad to hear new music from Tom Shears. Endure certainly be included on my end of the year best of list.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Weekly Playlists for 09.12.16 - 09.19.16

I did a little updating on my futurepop playlist. I kept a few personal favorites but made a lot of changes to the playlist. I won't be posting a new playlist for next week since I am going to be out of town until late Monday night too. I decided to throw in a second playlist to make up for my absence.

The second playlist I have added is a collection of my favorite Blutengel songs. Enjoy!

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to



This week I have actually been listening to some new releases. I like the new Delerium single "Ritual" featuring Phildel. It is not a bad song but there is nothing about that makes it stand out from other songs Delerium has put out over the years. This is your typical ambient/pop track from Delerium. I can't really give any feedback on the new M.I.A album AIM. This is one of those albums that needs to sink into my subconsciousness after listening to it several times. I will say this it doesn't stand out as much as her previous album Matangi did with me.

Yesterday I bought the digital version of the new Pride and Fall album Red For the Mourning - Black For the Dead album after hearing a few tracks of it on bandcamp. It is a beautiful album. Truth be told, I am liking this album a lot more than the new Mesh album. The remixes are excellent too especially by Nevarakka and C-Lekktor. What is also really good is the new Assemblage 23 album Endure. When I get paid this coming week, I definitely going to order the deluxe edition which features remixes. The remixes are freaking fantastic.

I have been listening to Paper Dolls by Ayria a lot lately. I am super excited about seeing her in November. "Underneath the Water" and "Chameleon" are my personal favorite tracks on the album. I definitely think this album is a huge improvement over Plastic Makes Perfect (i.e way too many filler tracks).

Made a few playlists this week. I definitely plan on adding more to my classical playlist. It is a work in progress. Love the Ashbury Heights and Blutengel playlists that I made. 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Music I have bought this year (so far)

Today I ended up buying a digital version of the new Pride and Fall album Red For The Dead - Black For the Mourning because Spotify didn't have the album in its entirety. I must say it was well worth the $12 I spent on it which included a few remixes which were very good. It got me thinking about all the music I purchased this year and decided to share with my readers with the music I have bought so far. I have been bad. I have been streaming a lot of music lately but I am trying to get back into actually buying my music even if in digital form. I certainly could do better to show support for my favorite artists by buying their music.

David Bowie: Blackstar
The Internet: Ego Death
Psalm One: The Death of Frequent Flier

Pulcher Femina: Shadows of the Lover
Future Perfect: Dirty Little Secrets
Blutengel: Seelenschmerz
P.O.S: We Don't Live Here
Dessa: Parts of Speech
Ari Mason: Creatures

Schools of Seven Bells: SVIIB (2x - digital and CD)
Ryan Adams: 1989
Tracy Chapman: Greatest Hits
Kitten: Heaven or Somewhere In Between
Hydrah: Hold
Adele: 25
The Jezabels: Synthia (digital)
Chamaeleon: Evil is Good

Avarice in Audio: Apollo and Dionysus
Softwave: Together Alone
Lights: Midnight Machines
The Jezabels: Synthia (CD)
Brandi Carlile: The Story
Ayria: Paper Dolls
Purple Fog Side: Breathe In

Depeche Mode: Catching Up With Depeche Mode
Moby: 18
Evanescence: Fallen
Straight Outta Compton soundtrack

Believe it or not I did not buy any music in the entire month of June.

You Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble: Sing Me Home (gift to my mother)
Aby Wolf: Call The Rocks
Bat For Lashes: The Bride
Tegan and Sara: Love You To Death
Chrom: Peak and Decay

Promidal: Simul Iustus et Peccator

Kristin Kontrol: X-Communicate
Pride and Fall: Red For the Dead - Black For the Mourning

I must say I am rather glad I didn't spend my $$$ on the new Mesh album. It's good but the last 3-4 tracks on Looking Skyward are just dreadful. I may still buy the album despite its flaws but in digital form but the new Pride and Fall album is absolutely wonderful. Promidal, CHROM, and Pride and Fall's albums are the only EBM releases that I have been interested in lately. Most of the music I am listening to as of lately have been outside goth/industrial scene. My favorite albums of this year so far are by Bat For Lashes, Tegan and Sara, The Jezabels, LIGHTS, School of Seven Bells, and Kristin Kontrol.  I hope to buy some music when I am in Chicago for the Lush and Belly shows next weekend.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

My Current Favorite Songs

This week it has been a mixed bag when it comes to music that I am into right now. I recently rediscovered the ballad "Now and Forever" by Richard Marx. I almost forgot how pretty that song is. After seeing Tiny Deaths open up for Sleigh Bells last weekend, I started listening to their music again. I particularly am fond of the song "Oceans" from the first EP. This past Monday I finally saw Star Trek Beyond, "Sabotage" by The Beastie Boys was perfectly used. Of course the song ended up getting stuck in my head in a good way. The rest of the playlist isn't too shabby either ;).

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

My top 10 guilty pleasures of the week

01. Billy Vera and The Beaters: At This Moment

02. Spice Girls: Let Love Lead the Way

03. Steps: Deeper Shade of Blue

04. Lady Antebellum: Need You Now

05. Nelson: (Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection

06. Roxette: Dangerous

07. Expose: As Long As I Can Dream

08. Richard Marx: Now and Forever

09. Natalia Kills: Mirrors

10. Real McCoy: Runaway

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Album Of The Week: Looking Skyward by Mesh

For the past week I have been listening to the new Mesh album Looking Skyward. I have to admit I have never been a big Mesh fan. Liked some songs but they never really resonated with me until I heard Looking Skyward. Courtesy of one of the Facebook pages, I heard a couple of songs from the album via youtube and really liked what I had heard. I do think that the album was three songs too long. The last three songs were pretty forgettable IMHO. I felt the melodies were nowhere to be found. This is one of those cases where the less is more approach should have been used. Not every album needs to go over ten songs or the album go over an hour. Flaws aside, I really enjoyed Looking Skyward. I certainly would recommend checking it out.

Monday, September 5, 2016

Weekly Playlist for 09.05.16 to 09.11.16

In case you haven't heard, Ayria is coming back to Minneapolis this fall for her Paper Dolls tour with band Inertia and local act VOSHO. You can get your tickets at Not long ago I created a playlist of myy favorite songs by Ayria. I am excited that Ayria is finally headlining her own tour. I think I have seen her perform live about four times, and this will be my fifth time. Not once have I been disappointed in her live performances. I definitely recommend going to her show in November.

Friday, September 2, 2016

September shows in the Twin Cities

Now that it is September and official start of autumn is just right around the corner, there are a lot of great shows happening this month during my favorite time of the year. Thought it would be appropriate to post some interesting upcoming shows in the Twin Cities. Damn shame though this does not include the '90s alternative rock band Lush. Sorry but their Chicago show is sold out but I'll be there and will post pics ;).

Next week at Amsterdam Bar and Hall is Revelator: A Night of Fashion and Music. Here is what the FB event says because it is set at private.

Golgotha andThe Rabbit M Present: Revelator: A Night Of Fashion andMusic

 Come to an amazing show of fashion, industrial and electronic music.

Do you want to see some hot designs from one of the top local fashion designers? Have an amazing outfit you have been dying to show off? How about wanting to drink and dance to the sounds of some of Minnesota’s most amazing local musicians?

This event is where to be. This year’s night of fashion and music is set for the Amsterdam Bar and Hall, an awesome new venue for this annual affair. This is the event you will not want to miss.

 Want even more from the experience? Check out VIP! Sit at a table, get served by the amazing staff at Amsterdam- and get an awesome VIP only goody bag! You might even get a chance at a rare Bauhaus poster in your bag- a collectable delight! (details are in the comments).

Come see: Absynthe Of Faith The Rabbit M Project My Zero Stephan Oleara With Fashion Show By Golgotha Come Enjoy Some Local Music Ranging From Industrial To Breakbeat/Trance Fashion By Golgotha Enjoy Drinks and Food At Amsterdam Bar and Hall 6 W 6th St, St. Paul MN 55102

Other events in September:
Trivium with Sabaton and Huntress
Sleigh Bells with Tiny Deaths
Tegan and Sara with Shura
Echo and The Bunnymen with Ester Drang
Belly with DJ Jake Rudh
Peaches with TT The Artist
Legendary Pink Dots with Orbit Service

Thursday, September 1, 2016

My Current Favorite Songs

I have been in a synthpop/electropop mood lately. It definitely reflects in this week's collection of my current favorite songs.

If you haven't heard the latest release by Kitten, go check it out now. Heaven or Somewhere In Between ranks as one of the top releases of 2016 for me. I recently listened to it for the first time in a few months. It is so damn freaking good.

Right now I am really digging most of the new Mesh album Looking Skyward by Mesh (not crazy about the last few tracks on the album). My favorite track on the album is "The Last One Standing". The pop hooks in that song is superb. I think it is Mesh's best song to date.

My other top favorite song right now is the new Hydrah song "Rise Up" featuring Razaman. It is fucking dope. The track sounds like it would have been perfect for Leftism by Leftfield.

This past week I rediscovered DayBehaviour's Have You Ever Touched a Dream?. I almost forgot how good that album is. My favorite song off the album is "Close Your Eyes".  It would be hard to listen to the song and not have the melodies get stuck in your head.

So that is just some of my current favorite songs. It is always interesting what my musical mood each week.

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