Friday, March 31, 2017

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Thursday, March 30, 2017

My Current Favorite Songs

Well I'm sure some of my readers are tired of seeing some songs on this playlist but I can't help myself. There are just some songs that just my ears gravitate to and can't seem to let go nor can get sick and tired of listening to. This is the case with "Return" by NamNamBulu, "Forsaken Love" by Xandria", "Blue Angel" by Graveyard Club", and just about any given track by Autumn but especially "Desert Winds of Jezebel" (The Hating Tree), "How It Came To Be This Way" (The Hating Tree), and "The End of the Line" (Return to the Breath). I make no apologies for my love for these songs and the bands I just mentioned. lol

That said, I have been on a '90s kick for sure this week. I got some Concrete Blonde, Belly, Lush, Gin Blossoms, Elastica, singer/songwriter Darden Smith, and Social Distortion. Darden Smith is an old fave of mine from high school or maybe it was my freshman in college (I can't remember). Always loved his song "Little Victories" from the '90s. Such a beautiful ballad. As much as I love Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire", Social D's version is so kick ass. It is rare that I like a cover more than the original version but this is the case here. As generic and bland Gin Blossoms' music was, I have to admit they did put out some super catchy songs. "Cajun Song" was and still is my favorite Gin Blossoms song.

Want to know who I have been asleep on for some time now? The Bellwether Syndicate. It had been a year or more since I listened to their music.  I recently started listening to their EP The Night Watch. If you haven't heard it, you can listen to it here (The Bellwether Syndicate Night Watch Ep ). It is so fucking good. According to a post the band left back in January  on their FB, they are back from a hiatus and currently at work on new music.

I know I sound like a broken record but if you haven't heard of Ghost Twin, please check them out. Their music is so wonderful. I love their song "Mystic Sabbath". Same can be said about Evrst and their song "The Hills".

I was listening to my singer/songwriters playlist earlier today at work, I was quickly reminded how much I love Roseanne Cash's "The Wheel" and Allison Moorer's "Mockingbird". Both songs are well written as well as beautifully sung. I especially love "Mockingbird". It is a gorgeous ballad.

Threw in a lot of EBM/Futurepop into the mix. I recently listened to the latest SITD album. From my initial listen, I enjoyed what I had heard. I need to listen to it a few more times before I can really give my $0.02 about the album. I know some people are not crazy about it but I liked what I had heard.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Earworm of the Week

For this week's Earworm of the Week, Chose Ghost Twin's "Mystic Sabbath". Last week, one of my FB friends brought up the band Ghost Twin. I was immediately intrigued by the name so I went on bandcamp and listened to a couple of tracks from their upcoming album that comes out in May (which I have included in this post below the youtube clip). I was hooked. I then went and listened to their album Here We Are In The Night. The song on that album that really stood out with me was the song "Mystic Sabbath". I absolutely love the way Jaimz Asmundson's vocals and lyrics flowed. Jaimz's delivery almost had a rap-like quality. I just really enjoyed listening to him sing on this song. The melodies is infectious. If you haven't heard of Ghost Twin, Check them out. Their new album drops in May.




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Albums of the Week

Rarely will I feature two albums/EPs on my Albums of the Week but this week I will make a rare exception. I recently discovered a couple of great bands Evrst (a French electropop band) and Ghost Twin (a dark synthpop band from Winnipeg). I know Ghost Twin has a new release coming out in May but not much is known about Evrst. I hope they are working on a new album. I really enjoy what I have heard from both bands. Standout tracks: "The Hills" by Evrst and "Mystic Sabbath" by Ghost Twin.


Monday, March 27, 2017

Playlist of the Week

Since Goldfrapp dropped three new songs in the past few weeks from their upcoming album Silver Eye which comes out this Friday, I put together a Goldfrapp playlist last week. I did not include "Anymore" from the new album. I honestly do not care for the song. It is the weakest of the three tracks in my honest opinion. Judging by the songs I have heard, I am guessing Silver Eye is going to be a bit more upbeat and club-friendly than The Tales of Us (which I absolutely adore) which I am fine with. I like that the duo changes sound with each album.

I have been a fan of Goldfrapp when I first heard of the group either in 1999 or 2000 on this now defunct music show on CNN called World Beat. It was around the time of the release of Felt Mountain. The show didn't need to convince me to go out and buy the album. When the group released a follow up album with Black Cherry, I was a bit slighted that the music took another turn, a bit more on the electroclash side. At the time I was not happy with their sound but over the years I grew accustomed to the changes in their sound with each album. Head First remains my least favorite album but everything else (despite their inconsistencies and imperfections) I still enjoy listening to immensely. I can hardly wait for Friday when Silver Eye is unleashed to the public. In the meantime, I can listen to my playlist of my favorite songs by the group.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Albums and Playlists I am currently listening to

I was out for most of the afternoon yesterday and then went to a movie last night so I didn't get around to listing the current crop of music I have been listening to as of this past week. Also since there isn't much new music I am going to listen to at work this week, might as well just skip that entry for this week.

I have been enjoying my recent purchases from my most recent trip to The Electric Fetus last weekend. The new Emika album Melanfonie is excellent just not ideal listening music at work. It is definitely a classical album, not an electronic album like Emika's previous album Drei.

No matter how old it is, I still love Murder Ballads. I have missed owning a physical copy of the album by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. I think I first bought this album when I moved back to the Twin Cities from Milwaukee. I don't ever remember owning it during my time in Milwaukee. I wish I could remember I heard about it but that is the album that got me in Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds.

I don't know which I listen to more...the new Tiny Deaths album Elegies or NamNamBulu album Borders. Both albums have been receiving lots of play in my stereo. I have moments when I feel like I am listening to Goldfrapp whenever I put on Elegies. I just get that Seventh Tree and Supernature vibe throughout Elegies. The infectious melodies on Borders is really keeps making me listen to the album over and over again.

A couple of days ago one of my FB friends mentioned the Canadian band Ghost Twin. I listened to the two tracks on their bandcamp page for their upcoming album Plastic Heart (https://ghosttwin.bandcamp.com/). I was hooked immediately. I started listening to their album Here We Are In The Night. My favorite song by the band is "Mystic Sabbath". The song has a really great pop hook.

After listening to the new Hydrah song "Ominous" repeatedly for the past several days, I had to re-listen to her last EP Hold from last year. The one thing I am not crazy about on "Ominous" is the lack of vocals.  At the same time it is good to see that Hydrah is venturing into new territory and not sticking to one particular sound with her music.

I admit I love the new Beauty and The Beast film. I saw it again last night. I love the mix of old and new music. Yes some of the lyrics on the original songs have been altered a bit. I personally love the new even the Celine Dion track "How Does a Moment Last Forever". Including the demo tracks was absolute pointless to be honest. If I was to have a guilty pleasure, the soundtrack to the live action film of Beauty and The Beast would be my guilty pleasure of the moment. Had I felt guilty for liking the soundtrack.

Today I just discovered the band Evrst. They are a French electropop band. One of their songs came on after I finished listening to some Ghost Twin on Spotify. I really dug what I had heard. Hopefully they are in the process of making some new music.

Ever since I have heard a few new tracks from Goldfrapp in the past few weeks, I put together a playlist of my favorite Goldfrapp songs.

Also been on a The Foreign Resort kick lately. I haven't listened to their music in the past year or more. Been sleeping way too much on their brand of post punk.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

My current favorite songs

It's Thursday and time for me to share with my readers my current favorite songs. I couldn't resist and leave a few songs on my playlist this week. There are just some songs I just can't stop listening to and this the case with NamNamBulu's "Return", Graveyard Club's "Blue Angel", and Xandria's "Forsaken Love" just to name a few. Those songs are just so ridiculously catchy.

I am totally digging the sounds of Graveyard Club. I wish I could have gone to their show at the Triple Rock earlier this week but it was during a work week. One day I will see them live.

Today I discovered the Canadian band Ghost Twin. They have a new album coming out in May. I listened to two songs from that album on their bandcamp page. I really dug what I heard. I also took a listen to their previous release. The song that captured my attention was "Mystic Sabbath". That song is so freaking good. Definitely will have to buy their new album when it comes out. Check them out.

I am totally digging the new Delta Rae song "A Long And Happy Life". This is not the sort of music I usually help promote but I really like this band. Their sound is a mix of rock, pop, country, and folk.

One of my other favorite songs off the new NamNamBulu album is "One Breath". The entire album is absolutely wonderful. Storming the Base has physical copies of the album for sale. That is where I got mine.

In honor of spring, I put on Black Violin's excellent interpretation of "Spring" by Vivaldi. The duo gives the song a hip hop edge.

Got some a bit of a '90s vibe on this playlist with tracks by Concrete Blonde, Belly, and The Breeders. I really have been loving The Breeders' "Drivin' on 9". What a super catchy song. Back in college as a freshman, I had a roommate who had a copy of Last Splash, I absolutely loved "Drivin' on 9" the most.

I have been listening a lot to the new Hydrah track "Ominous" quite a bit. It is a lot different from her other songs. Very different. There are no vocals and the music has a classical influence to the song. It took a few listens for the song to grow on me.

No matter how old the song is, "All Through the Night" remains to be my favorite Cyndi Lauper song ever. This song really showcases Cyndi Lauper's vocal range the best. I am so glad I went to her show at the now former Mill City Nights a few years ago. She obviously takes very good care of her vocal chords because when she performed it that night sounded as good as when I first heard it on the radio as a child.

Having seen the film Beauty and The Beast and loving every second of it, I just had to add "Evermore" by Dan Stevens.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Earworm of the Week

Earlier this week I added the song "Driving on 9" by The Breeders from their album Last Splash. The song has been stuck in my head since then. The song is so ridiculously catchy. It is so different from the rest of the album. As someone who has a strong disdain for modern country music, I love this track and its country-ish vibe. This is one of the few songs I do not mind having stuck in my head for hours or days on end. Unlike say just about any song by Jennifer Lopez.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Album Of The Week: Elegies by Tiny Deaths

Last weekend I went over to the Electric Fetus and treated myself to some new music. One of the albums I bought was the new album by local act Tiny Deaths which consists of Claire de Lune and producer Grant Cutler (ex-Lookbook). I have been a fan for a couple of years. I think word of mouth via City Pages is how I discovered Tiny Deaths. I have only been able to catch Tiny Deaths live a couple of times but when I have (last time when TD opened up for Sleigh Bells last fall) they sounded amazing.

Elegies is the new release from Claire and Grant. It is a beautifully, lush electropop album. I have been listening to the album every day since I bought it. The album is easily my favorite release from the duo. It is short but very sweet. I am reminded at times of Goldfrapp when they have toned down the dance beats and are more subdued and mellow. Please take a listen to their new album. It is fantastic.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Playlists of the Week

Since I didn't do playlist of the week (because of the Kite concert), I thought I would make up for it by posting two playlists.




The first playlist is a collection of my favorite goth/darkwave tracks that I have listened to over the years. I admit I am rather partial to the band Autumn - U.S Band hence the three tracks featured on the playlist. I am also very fond of The Frozen Autumn, and Siouxsie and The Banshees which I included a couple of tracks by each band. I couldn't just stick to one particular song from the aforementioned bands. I would include more tracks from my personal favorite goth band Diva Destruction but I could only find one track on Spotify. I love listening to this mix on a cloudy, rainy day. It is great mood music.

The second playlist is all of the albums/EPs by synthpop  Glow - St. Louis. Trace introduced me to them several years ago with their album Winter. I loved what I had heard. Unfortunately over the last few years I kind of forgot about the band until Trace once again brought them to my attention to me in an email. Thank heavens I was able to find their music on Spotify. If you like female vocals as much as I do, I definitely recommend checking out Glow's music. 

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to

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This week I have been listening a lot to my playlists I have created  recently. My current playlist of my favorite songs is probably the one playlist I have been listening to the most. I just love the flow of this mix. It just has a great collection of songs that I have been enjoying lately.

I also have been enjoying the hell out of my goth/darkwave mix. It is a nice break from the usual EBM/Futurepop that I listen to most of the time.

I only listened to a bit of my Xandria playlist but I am liking their earlier stuff. I put ALL of their albums on one playlist and it is like seven hours long. I should listen to it at work one day. Same with my NamNamBulu playlist. Just only listened to it a little bit.

I am so glad I was reminded of the band GLOW. I did forget how good their music is.

Absolutely love the local band Graveyard Club. I love every single song I have heard from the band.

Ever since I first saw the At Home With Monsters exhibit earlier this month, I have been listening to a lot of Javier Navarrete's work on the Pan's Labyrinth soundtrack. The melodies sends chills down my spine every time I listen to the album. The music really fits well with the film and captures the essence of it.

I think it has almost been a week since I have been listening to the new NamNamBulu album. I have yet to get sick of it so far. I'll be honest. I am more impressed with it than with the new Depeche Mode album Spirit. I tried to listen to Spirit this afternoon and just felt like "Meh". I will probably try to listen to Spirit a few more times but I did that with the new Blutengel album and I was bored to tears by it.

Today I went over to the Electric Fetus to treat myself with some new music (i.e got my MN state tax refund the other day). I ended up buying Murder Ballads by Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Elegies by Tiny Deaths, and Melanfonie by Emika. I almost ended up with the new Depeche Mode but then I saw the new Tiny Deaths album and I opted for that instead which proved to be a very smart move. I love Elegies. It is a great album. I had no idea Emika had a new album but when I saw it in the new releases section, I grabbed the last copy. The album is a far cry from her previous album  Drei. It is more classical as opposed to dance music. I like what I had heard initially.I just wasn't expecting a classical album. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

My current favorite bands

I apologize for the lack of chit chat but it has been a busy day for me. I made a trip to MIA to see At Home With Monsters after work and then did laundry. I am a bit worn out. I will let the bands' music speak for themselves. It is all great stuff.

Graveyard Club

All this week I have been listening to my playlist of all of Graveyard Club's music. I discovered them through Minneapolis Institute of Arts because they were playing for the museum's Third Thursday event (which was last night). I couldn't make it to the event due to work but their name stuck in my mind. I finally got around to listen to their music this week and been listening to it (whenever I wasn't listening to the new NamNamBulu album). I would best describe their music as low-fi pop with some goth influences (mainly in the lyrics). Hopefully I can go check out their live shows.

NamNamBulu

All week I have been listening to the new NamNamBulu album Borders and loving it. I won't repeat everything I have said about it in the past few days on previous blog entries. It is great album.

Kite

Ever since Sunday's concert, I have been listening to my playlist of all their EPs. Go see them if they come to your town. They are so amazing live.

Glow - St.Louis


Echo Signal

Thursday, March 16, 2017

My Current Favorite Songs

I have to admit I am really liking this week's playlist. I got a few oldies but goodies on the playlist as well as a few newer songs. It is a good mix of synthpop, EDM, pop, post punk, darkwave, and shoegaze. I guess my rare good mood translated into a really great playlist.

Once again Blutengel put out a really lackluster album last month so for me I find myself listening to my favorite Blutengel albums Demon Kiss, Labyrinth, and Tranenherz. "Uber den Horizont" from Tranenherz is one of those songs I can never get sick of listening to.

I have been listening to the new NamNamBulu album Borders incessantly this week, especially the song "Return". It is one of the best futurepop songs I have heard in ages. I remember first hearing "Beloved" by VNV Nation and being deeply moved by the song. I felt the same way when I first heard "Return". And then there is Henrik's vocals. I love listening to him sing. I can't compare him to any other musician because he has such a unique voice.

I really didn't care much for the new Goldfrapp song "Anymore" but I absolutely love the other new track "Ocean". It is a bit darker and edgier for me. Regardless of my thoughts on "Anymore", I am certainly anticipating the new Goldfrapp album Silver Eye. Judging by the "Anymore" and "Ocean", Silver Eye sounds like it is going to be more of a dance album.

Earlier this week, I discovered the local Minneapolis band Graveyard Club. While I wish they wouldn't run away from the goth/pop label and develop some sort of visual image for the band (this hipster look isn't doing much for me), their music is excellent. The band knows how to crank up some really catchy melodies. The harmonies is equally good too. I put a couple of songs on this week's playlist "Sleepwalk" and "Blue Angel".

You know who I haven't listened to in awhile that I fell in love with their music all over again? The Foreign Resort. I completely forgot how good their song "Take A Walk" is. It has been a few yeas since I last saw the band live. I hope to see them live again next year, if the band can squeeze in Minnesota on their tour schedule.

I can also say the same thing about Metric and their song "Breathing Underwater". It is my favorite song from their album Synthetica.

Of course I had to include two of my favorite Kite songs on this week's playlist "True Colours" and "Dance Again".

I have thrown in some obscure songs by The Eden House, Ashram, and Chinese Theatre I think are worth checking out.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Earworm of the Week

For this week's Earworm of the Week, I had a tough choice between Kite's "Dance Again" and NamNamBulu's "Return". Both songs have been stuck in my head all this week because I had gone to the Kite concert on Sunday and have been listening to the new NamNamBulu's album Borders incessantly. Ultimately I ended up picking "Return". First of all the song has the best pop hooks I have heard in the past five years. I love the opening notes. The first time I heard the song, I immediately was hooked. And of course I can't forget about Henrik Iversen and the lyrics. The combination of Henrik's deep, warm vocals and the haunting lyrics moves me in the same way when I heard "Beloved" by VNV Nation for the very first time. I haven't heard a song that was able to do that until "Return" this past weekend. This song is the best futurepop song I have heard in a very long time, not to mention best song in general.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Album Of The Week: Borders by Namnambulu

For the past 72 hours I have been binging on the new album by Namnambulu which dropped last Friday. I have been waiting for new music since the group reunited a few years ago. It is pretty obvious that I was excited when the group's long-awaited album was finally unleashed to the public. The album is so ridiculously good. It has been so long I have heard an album that is as melodic and infectious as Borders. The melodies in all of the songs are addictive and infectious. It does not take very long to get any given song stuck in your head. The songwriting and production is top notch. It is pretty obvious that the band took their time with the album to put out an album that is loaded with memorable pop hooks, banging club beats, and beautiful, thoughtful, and often heartbreaking lyrics. The wait for new Namnambulu music was so worth the long wait..

Monday, March 13, 2017

Kite with Abbey Death and Echo Signal

Last night was another fun filled concert put on by Kilted Farmer Koncerts at Amsterdam Bar and Hall in downtown Minneapolis. It was super fun, getting there in the snowy weather not so much. The headliner was the Swedish synthpop duo Kite. They were touring with Abbey Death featuring Valerie Gentile and Abbey Nex (who I am familiar for his time in Genitorturers and Combichrist). Their music is a unique mix of gothic rock, electronic, and industrial music. Local post punk band Echo Signal opened up for the two bands.

Being without a car, getting to the venue was not an issue for me. I just trudged up to the Nicollet Mall light rail station and got on the green line. Some people showed up late because of the snow storm. I hung out with some friends and made some new friends. I even got to chat with the Nicklas and Christian from Kite which was pretty damn cool.

Truthfully? Last night was my first time seeing Echo Signal live. I was hooked on their music right from the get go. I bought their three song EP after the concert to show my support. It is very good and I am looking forward to hearing more music from them. Their EP is certainly worth checking out.

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I definitely need to see these guys perform again. Echo Signal in some odd way reminded me of The Rope except Jesse has as a much deeper voice than Adam's. I would love to see them do a show with Finesse, Autumn, and The Rope. That would be a kick ass show.

Abbey Next was a lot of fun to watch and listen to.
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Their recorded music really doesn't do the band justice. I personally think Abbey Death sounds better live, also the band put on a highly energetic and entertaining set. I have some video footage from their set that I will post at the end of the blog. You can check out their EP on bandcamp.


My personal highlight of the evening was seeing Kite perform live. I have heard many people rave about the band as a live act but I wasn't sure if they lived up to the hype. Needless to say the band's live performance last night did live up to the hype. Kite put on an absolutely fantastic set. Nicklas has such a distinctive, unique voice. I can't really compare his style of singing to anyone else. His unique singing translated really well from recordings to live performances.


You can listen to the band's music on my Kite Playlist.


I was thrilled that the band played my personal favorite tracks "True Colours" and "Dance Again" which for me has the best hooks. The lighting for Kite's set was excellent. I will let my video clips from some of Kite's set speak for itself. The entire audience was dancing through out Kite's set, including yours truly. I had a wonderful time last night. I hope to hear and see more from Kite, Abbey Death, and Echo Signal for years to come. It was a joy to watch all three bands perform live.







Saturday, March 11, 2017

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to

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Earlier this week I went to the library on my day off from that cess pool I call work. I picked up some CDs to listen to at work. I'm glad I did because this week ended up being a colossal shitfest and music was my saving grace. Right now I am particularly digging the second Lost Themes by John Carpenter, The Best of Chris Isaak by Chris Isaak, and Deja Vu by legandary producer Giorgio Moroder.

I am generally not into modern dance music as I once was when I was living in Milwaukee in the '90s and would spend my weekends getting shitfaced in nightclubs, but I am really digging Deja Vu. I got it on a whim. I wasn't even expecting to like it. I can't believe I have slept on this album in 2015.

I have been in such a horrible mood all week between work and just the ongoing cold ass weather I call winter which this year for me has been sucking the life out of me. I have been finding Chris Isaak's 'music especially his gorgeous vocals quite therapeutic. The same can be said about Autumn's music but in a different way since Julie Plante's vocals often can be confrontational and passionate like on some of the tracks on The Hating Tree (i.e "How It Came To Be This Way" and "Desert Winds of Jezebel").

On the up side, I have gotten inspired to create a few new playlists in one week. Just the other day, I was reminded of the synthpop group GLOW. Fortunately I was able to find their music on Spotify and put all their music onto one playlist to listen to. I completely forgotten about this group for the past few years.

Thursday night I finally got around to creating a goth/darkwave playlist after my recent playlist of my current favorite songs. I also put together a playlist of a slew of Conjure One remixes.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

My Current Favorite Songs

I don't know if it is the wacky weather here in Minnesota but this week (went from 65 degrees with a tornado warning to a windy and 30 degree temperatures for most of the week) I have been going through various musical mood swings. It clearly shows on this week's playlist. Here is some of my thoughts on this week's playlist.

The first six songs on my playlist, I got some of my favorite goth tracks. I don't think I need to go into the first track considering how much I go on and on about the band on my blog ;).  Oh hell with it! I'll just say The Hating Tree has become one of my all time favorite albums. I am constantly listening to. "How It Came To Be This Way" is one of my favorite tracks by Autumn in general, and certainly my top favorite track from The Hating Tree. I just love the powerful delivery of Julie Plante's vocals on this track. Julie has easily become one of my favorite singers of all time. She really can do no wrong, not mention the band itself. I am super excited that the band is working with William Faith on their third album. Maybe it is time I re-do my list of 100 greatest female artists I wrote a few years ago. It does need to be updated with the current times.

Mephisto Waltz was one of those bands I discovered while living in Milwaukee. I came across their album The Eternal Deep at Atomic Records. I haven't had the album in years but last year I found their album on Spotify. One of my favorite tracks is the haunting cover of The Rolling Stones "Paint It Black". Just a fantastic cover.

"Judgement" is this excellent remix by Faith and The Muse for L'Ame Immortelle on their album Zwielicht album. This was my first introduction to both L'Ame Immortelle and Faith and The Muse. It might have been 2002 (when the album came out) when I heard the album. "Judgement" is one of my favorite tracks on the album.

Diva Destruction is one of my favorite goth bands of all time. I was all about that band in the late '90s/early '00s. Debra Fogarty had such a distinctive voice. I miss her. There is something about her voice  on "The Broken Ones" that has me keep hitting the repeat button. Definitely my favorite song by DD. I need to bust out Passion's Price one of these days.

Of course I had to throw in "Jasmine and Rose". I think a friend of mine (I unfortunately lost touch with through out the years) named Rachel introduced me to them on a mixed cd she made for me. It was either that or when I bought Notes From the Underground.

Speaking of the '90s, I absolutely love the songs "500 (Shake Baby Shake)" and "Gepetto" by Lush and Belly. I have loved them the first time I heard them in the '90s and I still love them to this very day. I was thrilled when Belly played "Gepetto" at The Vic back in September. That show was fantastic. I wish Lush played "500" the following night at the same venue but I am just happy to have seen them live before they went back into retirement. I really can't complain when my friends didn't get to see them during their short reunion tour.

If you haven't heard of Hydrah before, you should look up her brand of EDM. Her music is pretty dope. Her song "Fall Into Fate" is my current favorite song. You can find her stuff on Spotify. I absolutely love her music. Hydrah used to live in the Twin Cities but now resides out in California. Fun fact: Katie Kramarczuk is from the same family who owns the Polish deli Kramaczuks in NE Minneapolis. Best damn potato/cheese pierogies I have ever consumed.

Today I came across a few tracks from the days when the synthpop label A Different Drum Records was still around. I miss that label. They put out some great music by the likes of Daybehavior and Somegirl.

Trace (aka Kilted Farmer) emailed me today and reminded me of the synthpop group GLOW. I had to look up their music on Spotify and found them. I completely forgot about this group. They remind me a bit of Hungry Lucy. They are so freaking good. Their albums are Stay, Winter, Rain Theory, The Years, and Gabriel.

Lately I have been listening to some remixes of Conjure One songs from their most recent album Holoscenic. My current fave is "Oceanic" (Amine Maxwell Extended remix).

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

International Women's Day

It's International Women's Day today. Last week I put together a playlist of all the women in music that has influenced me over the years from my youth to the present moment. This was the project I was working on for a good part of last week. The playlist is well over three hours long. The genres range from alternative to pop music.I say it is pretty diverse. I am not going to deny my pop influences. Lets face it, "Toy Soldiers" and "Only in My Dreams" has just as much of an impact on me as does "Cities in Dust" and "Sour Times".

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Album of the Week: Virgo Rising by Sixth June

Last week I wasn't sure what my Album of the Week pick would be. It was a toss up between Maximilism by Amaranthe and Virgo Rising by Sixth June. Ultimately I ended up picking the latest album by Amaranthe. So for this week, it is pretty obvious...Virgo Rising by the synth-wave group Sixth June. I discovered Sixth June through YouTube a few years ago and the rest is history.

The German duo Laslo Antal and Lidija Andonov released Virgo Rising last month. I have been enjoying this album immensely for the past week and a half. The vibe of the album is very '80s-ish. The music is super catchy. So check it out!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Playlist of the Week

For the past couple of weeks I have been listening a lot to the futurepop band CHROM. I decided to create a CHROM playlist consisting of their three albums: Electroscope, Synthetic Movement, and Peak and Decay. I first heard of CHROM when I saw their video for "Loneliness" off Synthetic Movement in 2012 and quickly became a fan right then and there. I love that CHROM doesn't stay stagnant in their music and tries to push the boundaries of futurepop in their music.There are brief forays into the aggrotech territory with harsher, less polished vocals.

I have to admit their first album Electroscope is not my favorite CHROM album but I figured I should try to listen to it more often to see if the music grows on me. As a music fanatic, the first thing I look for in a song is a hook/melody. I definitely hear that on the band's second and third albums Synthetic Movement and Peak and Decay . I certainly like a few tracks off the album but those songs or rest of the album don't grab my undivided attention like their second and third albums do with me. I am sure over time I will come to appreciate Electroscope.

If you haven't listened to CHROM, do check them out.

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

At Home With Monsters weekend

I took tomorrow off from work because I have a medical appointment and it is just a lot easier for me to take the day off than try to get to work in a timely manner via public transit especially with my job being in Edina. I thought for tonight's blog, I would do something totally different and write about the new exhibit that just opened up at Minneapolis Institute of Arts At Home With Monsters. I know it is not music related but considering that my blog attracts many in the local geek community, why not review the show?

I had the immense pleasure of going to the sold out opening night celebration last night. This was my first time going to the museum at night.


The doorway alone to the exhibit was a work of art. I loved that the eyes moved.



I loved that the first thing that greeted me at the door was the angel of death from the second Hellboy film. There is something about Guillermo del Toro's work that even if you have never say his Hellboy movies (I'm guilty of that crime I have to admit), you can definitely tell that his work. I knew right then and there this exhibit was going to be great, if not something special.

For me, my favorite Guillermo del Toro film is Pan's Labyrinth so it goes without saying that my favorite part of the exhibit was seeing all the sketches and figures from the film.







I should note I have taken a shit load of photos and I have not gotten to Pale Man yet but you can keep an eye out for it through my Instagram account at this link www.instagram.com/eanderson1974.

A lot of the exhibit features art work which includes a large comic book collection that Guillermo del Toro has collected over the years. I really enjoyed the section that focused on Edgar Allan Poe and H.P Lovecraft. I especially dug the Edgar Allan Poe in his chair set to the sounds of a thunderstorm.

My favorite part of the weekend was going to today's Creative Conversation with Guillermo del Toro.

That lecture was so fascinating. It was so worth the 20 minutes I spent on hold to get my ticket. Sadly I didn't realize at the time the book signing was a separate event but from what I understand those tickets sold out by 10:40 which was about the same time I got through to the museum. I can't really complain though. After all I did score a ticket to the opening night celebration which many people did not. I loved that Guillermo wasn't shy about using foul language which he peppered throughout the entire 90 minute conversation. I enjoyed hearing him answer some of questions audience members had submitted to the MIA staff earlier. One of my favorite moments was when he was talking about the making of his film Cronus and how difficult it was for him to get the film made. Fascinating stuff.

Before I left the museum, I picked up the book At Home With Monsters. What a great way to end the weekend. I definitely plan on seeing the exhibit again. I so recommend checking it out. The cost of admission is so worth the visit.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to

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Got into a Curve mood this morning. Curve is one of those bands I never got to see live and never will (according to Dean Garcia on Facebook last year Toni Halliday decided to leave the music industry behind her). Oh well, I will always have their music to enjoy. I actually have the two CD compilation which goes under the name Way of Curve. It was not a cheap import but so worth the money. There is some really great remixes and unreleased tracks by the band. I love their cover of the Donna Summer classic "I Feel Love". I definitely recommend either downloading the album or finding an actual copy of it Amazon.

Because I am going to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts for the opening celebration of At Home With Monsters exhibit, I have started listening to Javier Navarrete's film score to the film Pan's Labyrinth", one of my top five favorite films of all time. I just love the music to the film. Javier really captures the drama and melancholy of the film in his music.

I have been listening to a lot of CHROM's second album Synthetic Movement which has been one of my favorite albums from 2012. This album has really held up well with me. I can't believe it has been five years since the album came out.

I recently created a couple of new playlists, a CHROM and Moby playlist. I just started reading Moby's memoir Porcelain last night. So to read his book set to a playlist of his music I put together is perfect. I am enjoying Moby's book so far. 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Music to check out

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

My Current Favorite Songs

Believe it or not, I came actually prepared for this week's playlist of my current favorite songs. LOL! Got lots of songs that I have been enjoying as of lately.  Most of the album consists of old songs (i.e 2 tracks from my Autumn (2 songs, one each from their two albums The Hating Tree and Return to Breath), Bella Koshka (a favorite local band that is no more), Stray, Blutengel, a couple of songs from Erotic Elk, Metric, and Uh Huh Her.

I have to admit I find myself enjoying the updated version of "Spilling Blood" from Daniel Graves under his Aesthetic Perfection moniker as opposed to the original version with the Necessary Response moniker.

Of course I had to include tracks from Nyxx and Solar Fake after seeing them (and AP) live almost a couple of weeks ago. "Nightmare" is the catchiest song (and my personal favorite song) on Nyxx's EP of the same title. Very poppy sounding but the song definitely has a dark electro vibe to it.

If you haven't heard the new Sixth June album Virgo Rising, you definitely need to listen to it right now. I have been listening to it quite a bit lately although not as much as the latest Amaranthe album. Right now "Knife in the Water" is my favorite song off the album.

Speaking of Amaranthe, I am probably going to end up sick and tired of listening to "Endlessly" at the rate I continue to listen to the song over and over again.

I have yet to get sick of the new White Lies album Friends. That album is so damn good. Really loving the song "Is My Love Enough?". The song is so ridiculously infectious. This is one of those good earworms to have stuck in my head.

I really want to like the new Blutengel album but it just is flat out dull so every time I try to listen to it, I end up listening to one of their older albums. That or my Blutengel Spotify playlist. "Singing Dead Men" remains my personal favorite Blutengel song of all time. I love the vocals of Chris Pohl and ex-Blutengel vocalist Constance Rudert.

As far as "new music" is concerned, I do love the new Lana Del Rey track "Love".

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Earworm of the Week

Since I have been listening to the latest Amaranthe album Maximilism a lot lately, it was obvious that I would pick one of the songs off the album for this week's Earworm. It was a tough call which song I would pick but ultimately I ended choosing the beautiful ballad "Endlessly" which I think was a wonderful way to close out the album.