Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Album Of The Week: Theater of Dimensions by Xandria

I absolutely loved Xandria's last full length studio album Sacrificium. That was my first introduction to Xandria. Singer Dianne van Giersgergen's vocals struck a chord with me. She reminded me quite a bit of Tarja Turunen with her operatic vocals. I was super excited when the band finally released their new album Theater of Dimensions. I have to admit this album was not an easy album to digest. The songs on this album was not nearly as melodic as Sacrificium was with the exception of 'Forsaken Love", my personal favorite track on the album. That said, with every listen of this album the music does grow on me bit by bit. I like banging my head to the music while at work during the day. It is really too early to say if this will end up as being one of the best releases of 2017. Only time will tell. I really wasn't impressed with the deluxe edition that features a few acoustic tracks. I would just opt listening to the regular album.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Playlist of the Week

I'm not really not up in the mood to chat about this week's playlist after a rough afternoon. So here is my Playlist Of the Week. It is the one thing that is giving me some comfort right now.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

100 albums that has influenced me from my childhood to adulthood

I finally completed my latest list of the 100 albums that has influenced me from my youth to the present moment as an adult. I ranked these albums by the places they have in my heart as well as relevancy. Most of the albums I have listed are from my late teens/early 20's but there are a few childhood favorites. My brother and his stoner/hippy friends in high school played a bit of influence on my musical tastes (i.e Pink Floyd, Indigo Girls, and Led Zeppelin) so I had to include those albums.

100. NIN - Broken
99. Cocteau Twins - Treasure
98. 7 Year Bitch - Sick 'Em
97. Vixen - s/t
96. ABBA - Gold
95. Assemblage 23 - Meta
94. Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
93. Kirlian Camera - Nightglory
92. Android Lust - The Dividing
91. Weird Al - Even Worse
90. Dum Dum Girls - Only in Dreams
89. Psalm One - The Death of Frequent Flyer
88. Dido - Life For Rent
87. Blume - Rise From Grey
86. Amanda Ghost - Ghost Stories
85. Tori Amos - From The Choirgirl Hotel
84. Dar Williams - The Green World
83. Ani Difranco - Dilate
82. Indigo Girl - s/t
81. The Gits - Frenching the Bully
80. Garbage - Version 2.0
79. Icon of Coil - The Soul is in the Software
78. Mediaeval Baebes  - Undrentide
77. Travis - The Man Who
76. The Birthday Massacre - Walking With Strangers
75. Sarah Brightman - La Luna
74. Ashbury Heights - Three Cheers For the Newlydead
73. The Go Go's - Greatest Hits
72. Angel Haze - Dirty Gold
71. Belinda Carlisle - Runaway Horses
70. Robyn - Body Talk
69. Tears For Fears - Songs From the Big Chair
68. Megadeth - Rust In Peace
67. The Crystal Method - Vegas
66. Sensuous Enemy - Fragments
65. William Orbit - Pieces in a Modern Style
64. Paul Van Dyk - Out There And Back
63. George Winston - December
62. Johnny Cash - American IV: The Man Comes Around
61. Sleepthief - The Dawnseeker
60. Michael Jackson - Thriller
59. Til Tuesday  Everything's Different Now
58. Autumn - The Hating Tree
57. The Triplets - Thicker Than Water
56. Kasey Chambers - Barricades and Brickwalls
55. Led Zeppelin - IV
54. Pink Floyd - A Momentary Lapse of Reason
53. Clan of Xymox - Creatures
52. Mary Chapin Carpenter - Come On, Come On
51. Ayria - Hearts For Bullets
50. Balligomingo - Beneath the Surface
49. Texas - Mothers Heaven
48. Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds - Murder Ballads
47. Unter Null - The Failure Epiphany
46. Blutengel - The Oxidising Angel
45. Erasure - Cowboy
44. Enya - The Celts
43. Diva Destruction - Passion's Price
42. Hanzel und Gretyl - Uber Alles
41. Republica - s/t
40. Front Line Assembly - Implode
39. Buddha Bar IV
38. Hackers 2 soundtrack
37. Heart - Brigade
36. The Cure - Disintegration
35. Depeche Mode - Violator
34. Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay
33. Cyndi Lauper - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun
32. The Bangles - Everything
31. Leftfield - Leftism
30. The Muffs - Blonder and Blonder
29. Cat Stevens - Greatest Hits
28. Curve - Doppelganger
27. Cylab - Satellites
26. Nightwish - Wishmaster
25. Conjure One - s/t
24. Sarah McLachlan - Solace
23. The Sisters of Mercy - Floodland
22. Massive Attack - Mezzanine
21. Toni Childs - House of Hope
20. Lush - Spooky
19. Hooverphonic - Blue Power Wonder Milk
18. BT - ESCM
17. Madonna - Ray of Light
16. Concrete Blonde - Bloodletting
15. VNV Nation - Future Perfect
14. Goldfrapp  Felt Mountain
13. Moby - Play
12. Faithless - Sunday 8pm
11. Babes in Toyland - Fontanelle
10. Delerium - Karma
09. KMFDM - Nihil
08. Ministry - Psalm 69
07. Voltaire - Almost Human
06. Apoptygma Berzerk - Welcome to Earth
05. Loreena McKennitt - The Mask and The Mirror
04. Belly - Star
03. L7 - Bricks Are Heavy
02. Social Distortion - s/t
01. Siouxsie and The Banshees - Twice Upon a Time: The Singles (82-92)

Friday, January 27, 2017

Music to check out

Thursday, January 26, 2017

My Current Favorite Songs

Been listening to a lot of killer music this week. I have been listening a lot of Together Alone by Softwave. The Danish duo of Catrine Christenson and Jerry Olsen put out last year one of my favorite finds on Bandcamp that I came across when I was searching for some interesting new music to share on my blog. Such a great gem. You can buy their EP  on their Bandcamp page: https://softwave.bandcamp.com/album/together-alone .

Still loving the Nyxx EP. I am really excited about seeing her perform live next month with Solar Fake and Aesthetic Perfection so of course I have one of her songs on this week's playlist.

I recently discovered the band The Stompcrash. For some odd reason, I was expecting your typical goth metal band but instead what I got was a fantastic gothic/darkwave band. Not really big on the band's name but their music is great.

There is a mix of some old and new tracks on the playlist. I also been listening a lot lately to the new CHROM album Peak and Decay. I have to admit I am not feeling the new Covenant album The Blinding Dark. There are some good tracks but just not enjoying it as much as Leaving Babylon. To be honest, I thought CHROM put out a more solid, cohesive album than Covenant.

Of course I had to include a track by Strvngers. If you haven't listened to their music, go do it now. Their album is soooo damn good. https://strvngersngp.bandcamp.com/album/strvngers

I have fallen back in love with some old faves like Cylab and Clan of Xymox. Overall, it is a nice mix of EBM, darkwave, goth, and synthpop. I hope my readers enjoy the mix as much as I do.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Earworm of the Week

I am so glad I picked up the remastered version of Blonder and Blonder by The Muffs. I have been listening to the album every day. All of the songs are ridiculously fun to listen to because of the super infectious pop melodies. For this week's Earworm of the Week, it was pretty obvious to me that my pick would be from The Muffs' second album and it is "Won't Come Out to Play". I definitely forgot how much I love this song. It is just as melodic and catchy as my other favorite song "Red Eye Troll".

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Album of the Week: Blonder and Blonder by The Muffs

Once upon a time, I actually enjoyed the sounds of pop-punk music. I was influenced by the writings I read in the now defunct fanzine Flipzine. Thanks to Flipside, I was introduced to the infectious sounds of bands like Groovie Ghoulies and The Muffs. The year was 1994. I was living in Milwaukee, WI as a college student. I bought a cassette copy of Blonder and Blonder by The Muffs. This album came out just shortly after Green Day's Dookie album which exploded on to the music scene. I couldn't get into Green Day like every other person at my college but I did dug The Muffs's sound. It was so ridiculously catchy especially songs like "Oh Nina", "Sad Tomorrow", and "Red Eyed Troll". I just loved Kim Shattuck's gravelly vocals. Unfortunately pop-punk became a thing of the past for me when bands like Green Day, Blink-182, and Good Charlotte turned the genre into some of the most dreadfully boring music I ever heard and I moved on.

This past weekend I came across the remastered version of Blonder and Blonder. I didn't hesitate and bought it (along with Goldfrapp's Felt Mountain). Listening to this album brought back fond memories of the first time I heard the album. What I have appreciated about the music The Muffs made was how short, fast, and catchy the songs were. Most of the songs barely clocked in over three minutes, few being over 3 1/2 minutes long. It is a wonderful album that got overlooked by in a scene by the Green Day's Dookie. I am very glad I picked up this album over the weekend. I completely forgot how much I loved The Muffs and this album in particular. It definitely brought me some joy in my life in a reality that is fraught with fears and unpredictability.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Playlist of the Week

I have been on a nostalgia kick in the past twenty four hours. It all started when I bought some new music yesterday which was Goldfrapps' Felt Mountain and The Muffs' remastered version of their second album Blonder and Blonder, which has also inspired me to start my next 100 list for an upcoming blog post. Today I was just jamming to my '90s playlist I created awhile back. Today I almost forgot how much I love the song "Heaven's Gate" by Toni Childs. Her voice is so distinctive and unique. Another great song I recommend checking out on this playlist is This Mortal Coil's "I Come And Stand At Every Door". That song totally sends chills down my spine.I added and removed a few songs here and there. So here is my playlist of the week. A trip down memory lane. I hated high school and my first year in college but I absolutely loved the music I listened to during those years. Enjoy!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to



Now that the orange one has been sworn in, I had to rename my playlist to The Donald Trump Era. If he doesn't get impeached and removed from office in two years, this is going to be the longest four years ever. Because of Trump, my mood lately has been more reflective and somber hence I have been listening to my playlists that are much more mellow (i.e my singer/songwriters and chill out playlists). I am also listening to a lot of Tracy Chapman. Well her greatest hits album anyways. A lot of her lyrics reflects the mood of the country in the past 24-48 hours.

Recently listened to the new Austra album. I am liking it so far. I am sure it will grow on me the more I listen to it. Also heard the latest album by BT. I haven't listened to his music in ages. His album reminds me of early William Orbit. It has been four years and Blume's Autumn Rust remains one of my most played CDs. This album goes down as one of my all time favorite albums.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

My Current Favorite Songs

With tomorrow's inauguration of the angry apricot tomorrow, I have been finding great solace in music outside the EBM genre. Okay so maybe the Voltaire song isn't as mellow or serious as the rest of the songs but it certainly captures my current mood.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Earworm of the Week

For some time now I have been trying to figure out what to post on my blog on Wednesdays to switch things up. Fortunately today I came up with the idea of posting the latest song that is stuck inside my head, good or bad. This week I chose Lily Allen's "Fuck You" which I have been listening to constantly because of a certain president elect who resembles a mutant oompa loompa. I absolutely loathe the man but so love the Lily Allen song. Because I have been listening to the song every freaking day, the song is now stuck in my head. In a good way. Something to keep me from crying over what is to happen on Friday (blech!) by making me laugh.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Album Of The Week: Karoshi by RROYCE

I will be brutally honest. I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to post an album of the week tonight. I was going through my albums on Spotify at work and most of them didn't impress me. That is until I came across Karoshi by the German EBM band RROYCE. This album had been sitting in my albums section for some time unlistened to.I finally got around to checking it out. I wasn't really expecting much and was ready to dismiss it because I was bored with the other albums I was listening to to find my pick for tonight's blog. Much to my surprise, I found myself enjoying Karoshi immensely. The band really doesn't sound like any other bands in the EBM genre so I really can't compare them to anyone in particular. Their music is pretty damn catchy. Definitely check them out if you are looking for some new music.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Playlist of The Week

It has been awhile since I have updated some of my earlier playlists that I created when I first started using Spotify on a daily basis. One of those playlists I decided to make this week's Playlist of the Week. It is my '90s Electronica playlist. There are still some of the songs that were there when I put this playlist together but I did change up quite a few tracks to give it a fresher sound.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to



So here is what I have been listening to lately. I forgot that Daniel Graves put out an live acoustic album as Aesthetic Perfection so I finally got around to listening to it. I thought hearing his music acoustically was really interesting especially my favorite AP song "The Great Depression". I am not sure if this would have worked for any other band in the EBM scene but I enjoyed the album.  Yesterday I was introduced to the Swedish electro pop band Kite. That is some good stuff. I have also been on a Empathy Test and Lebanon Hanover kick of lately. Go check those bands out. And of course I am still listening to the hell out of Nightmare by Nyxx. 

Friday, January 13, 2017

10 Albums From My Teenage Years

So the big trend on Facebook right now is to name 10 albums from your teenage years without thinking too much about it. I thought I would participate through my music blog.

01. L7: Bricks Are Heavy

02. Social Distortion: Social Distortion

03. Babes in Toyland: Fontanelle

04. Sarah McLachlan: Solace

05. Loreena McKennitt: The Mask and the Mirror

06. Mary Chapin Carpenter: State of the Heart

07. The Gits: Frenching the Bully

08. 7 Year Bitch: Sick 'Em

09. The Bangles: Everything

10. Belinda Carlisle: Heaven On Earth

Thursday, January 12, 2017

My Current Favorite Songs

For this week's playlist, it is mostly new music with a couple of older tracks by Camouflage, Mental Discipline, Delta Rae and local band Autumn. Just discovered the sounds of Xeno and Oaklander tonight. Really love what I have heard. This week I also discovered Empathy Test, that or had completely forgotten about them in the back of my head. lol

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Album of the Week: Nightmare by Nyxx

In case you have been living under a rock or in a cave, next month is Kilted Farmer Koncerts' show for Aesthetic Perfection featuring Solar Fake and Nyxx. While I am very excited to be seeing Aesthetic Perfection again and Solar Fake for the first time, I am especially stoked about seeing Nyxx. I have been listening to her EP Nightmares (which came out earlier of 2016) a lot lately. I would describe her music as dark pop or goth pop, either way I have been enjoying her music a lot since I first heard about her late last year. Nyxx's vocals reminds me a bit of Britney Spears. Her music is a bit more pop than what I tend to listen to but her dark lyrics helps give her music an edge that you can't find in today's pop music. Nyxx's music is slick and seductive, and the EP left me wanting to hear more from this promising artist.So go check her music out and her shows with Aesthetic Perfection and Solar Fake.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Playlists of the Week

Last night before I went to bed, I quickly put together a Solar Fake playlist to listen to at work in honor of their upcoming show with Aesthetic Perfection next month at Club Underground. I am super excited to be seeing Solar Fake life for the very first time. If you aren't familiar with Solar Fake, check them out. Their music is excellent.

Oh and for the sheer hell of it. Here is my Aesthetic Perfection playlist I created last week in honor of the upcoming show from Kilted Farmer Koncerts.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to



Friday, January 6, 2017

Music to check out

Thursday, January 5, 2017

My current favorite songs

Here is this week's collection of my current favorite songs. I have been listening to a lot of ebm/futurepop lately. I am still loving the new White Lies album. Been playing that album every damn day at work. I am also loving the self-titled album by Strvngers. Also been digging some old Colony 5 and KMFDM as of lately.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Album Of The Week: Strvngers by Strvngers

Last week my friend Renee shared on Facebook the self-titled debut album by the Canadian darkwave band Strvngers. Within a matter of seconds, I was completely hooked on the band's music. Since the introduction to this band, I have been listening to the album 2-3 times a day. That is how  much I am enjoying the album. So it should come to nobody's surprise that I chose the this fantastic album of darkwave, EBM, and '80s new wave to be my Album Of The Week. I love the fusion of retro and modern music. The results is electrifying and makes my work day a lot more bearable with its infectious melodies and uptempo dance beats. Every track on Strvngers is a gem. I honestly can not pick a particular favorite track out of the songs. Check out the album. It is so worth your time.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Playlist of the Week

For this week's Playlist of the Week, I chose my Futurepop playlist because I just updated it with more than just a few songs. More like over a dozen different tracks including a couple of new tracks by my current favorite bands Nyxx and Strvngers. Hope people will enjoy it!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Honorable mentions of 2016

I may have posted my top 20 picks of my favorite releases of 2016 but there is a lot more albums I really enjoyed this year that I couldn't fit on to my list. For tonight's blog entry, I have posted my other favorite albums of 2016 that I could not fit on to my list. I hope my readers go check them out. They are very good.