Sunday, April 30, 2017

Weekly Office Playlist

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Well another weekend has come and gone, and back to the usual five day work day. Hopefully since tomorrow is the start of a new month, my Monday won't be so bad.  I definitely made sure that my choices in music would sustain me through the week. I also started another Random Mix playlist tonight. I tried to make it as eclectic as my first Random Mix. 

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to

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I didn't listen to a whole lot of albums this week. Of course I was in Chicago last weekend and didn't get home until late Monday night. What music I did listen to during my trip was my playlists. While on the train heading home, I found myself listening to a lot of my Mary Chapin Carpenter and Singer/Songwriters playlists. Those playlists made for some great traveling music. I also listened to a lot of my Random Mix too. I'm generally not into country music but I do love me some Mary Chapin Carpenter. I take great comfort in listening to her music whenever I am down or in a foul mood. She really knows how to hit the right notes with me.

At work I have been listening a lot to my Random Mix Playlist. It is just a bunch of my favorite songs that are just ingrained in my head and can't stop listening to. I like the randomness of this playlist. It has everything to satisfy my taste in music. Obviously the band Autumn dominates the playlist with a few songs on the mix. I also have a few Social Distortion songs too, and a couple of songs from both Blutengel and White Lies. Right now my favorite songs are "Little Victories" by Darden Smith and "Mockingbird" by Allison Moorer. I have always loved the song "Little Victories" since high school/college. "Mockingbird" has such bluesy feel to the song. I love Allison's vocals and lyrics on this track. It is almost heartbreaking.

As much as I enjoy listening to my Autumn playlist, from time to time I do have to listen to their albums The Hating Tree and Return to the Breath separately. Both albums are great. I am eagerly anticipating their third album which the band has been working on for some time now so I have been playing the band's first two albums practically every damn day of the week. LOL! . Between the two albums though, The Hating Tree is my personal favorite. I particularly love listening to Julie's vocals on this album. At times, her vocals are confrontational and aggressive especially on the opening track "How It Came To Be This Way" and "Desert Winds of Jezebel".

Today I made a trip to The Electric Fetus. I didn't realize The Raveonettes had a new album out so I grabbed that as well as a ticket for  KMFDM in October. I like what I have heard but I need to listen to the album a few more times before I give my final thoughts. I will say that the album is nothing like Chain Gang of Love which is my favorite album by the band. Their sound is definitely less rock and more electronic. I still need and want to see the band live one day.

I recently got the latest albums by Banks from the library. What a boring album. This is why I can never get into modern r and b nowadays. So dreadfully dull and bland. Just UGH! 

Thursday, April 27, 2017

My Current Favorite Songs

I think it is pretty obvious that my latest collection of my current favorite songs is an eclectic mix. I have a little of everything from country to synthpop. When I was heading home from Chicago on Monday, I listened to a lot my Random Mix (which used to be called Work/Commute Playlist). A lot of the songs on that playlist influenced this week's mix.

Muna's "I Know A Place" is easily one of the best songs I have heard this year (next to "Return" by NamNamBulu and "Forsaken Love" by Xandria). It is definitely the best pop song I have heard this year as well as in a long time. I really do regret not going to the group's show at the Turf Club back in February. Another time I guess.

I have really come to appreciate the latest CHROM album Peak and Decay. I really wish I could have fit it on my best of 2016 list. The band continues to push the futurepop boundaries with every release they put out. This band really can do no wrong with me.

If you haven't heard of Tamaryn, you should know about her now. I saw her last fall as Lush's opening on their brief reunion tour. Her album Cranekiss is excellent.

I threw in some oldies but goodies like Heart's "Who Will You Run to?" and Siouxsie and The Banshees' version of "This Wheel's On Fire". I love Heart's music during the '80s. I particularly love turning up the volume for "Who Will You Run to". That song is by far my favorite Heart song in general. Heart was also the first band I saw live. They were touring with Cheap Trick.

If you ever need a good earworm to drive out a terrible earworm out of your head, go listen to "Close Your Eyes" by Daybehavior. That is easily one of the catchiest songs ever.

To change things up a bit, I threw in my favorite songs by Rosanne Cash, Delta Rae, and Brandi Carlile. I don't always listen to goth and industrial music ;).

The Wheel is my favorite Rosanne Cash album. Album came out in 1993. I think I was in my freshman year of college. I wish I could really remember what compelled me to buy the album but I think I had heard a couple of songs on Cities 97 (before the station when to hell in a hand basket courtesy of Clear Channel) and fell in love with what I had heard. The title track is my favorite song off the album. I just love the combination of Rosanne's vocals and her lyrics.

I think it was last year when I borrowed The Story by Brandi Carlile from my local library. Long story short, I ended up buying my own copy at The Electric Fetus a few weeks later. I absolutely love the title track.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Earworm of the Week

Several years ago a friend of mine gave me a burned copy of the album Have You Ever Touched A Dream? by the Swedish synthpop group Daybehavior. I recently started listening to the album again on Spotify. I don't remember the last time I had listened to the album but I was definitely reminded how fantastic Have You Ever Touched A Dream? I love a good pop hook and this album definitely has some super catchy melodies. My personal favorite track on the album is by far "Close Your Eyes". The lyrics may be simple, if not repetitive but the melodies really makes this listener completely forget about them.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Albums and Playlists I am Currently Listening to

I am going out of town for the weekend. I won't be blogging for the next three days. I am just going for some much needed rest and relaxation in my favorite city outside of Minnesota (i.e Chicago). So instead of tomorrow, I thought I would post what I am currently listening to for tonight's blog post.

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Considering what a shit mood I had been in for most of the week, I really didn't listen to many albums this week except for some longtime faves like Autumn's The Hating Tree, and  the new Namnambulu album Borders. I spent most of my week listening to my playlists. Maybe after my weekend trip to Chicago and time away from work, my mood will get better. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

My Current Favorite Songs

I have been in weird mood all week when it comes to music. My long, continuous bad mood through out the work week probably contributed a lot to it. I got little country music by the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter and Allison Moorer, some pop music by Seal and LIGHTS, a little post-punk by The Rope, Echo and The Bunnymen, and The Eden House, and lots of EBM.

One of my current favorite songs at the moment is "Irony" by Frozen Plasma. This song is as catchy as "Return" by NamNambulu. Ironically Frozen Plasma is Vasi Vallis' other project so of course his knack for cranking out a catchy melody is all over "Irony".

Tonight I just listened to the latest De/Vision album 13 for the first time in a long time. I will confess it is not my favorite De/Vision album but it does have a some solid tracks on it. I have included my favorite track is the last track on 13 called "The Firing Line". I'm bummed that the De/Vision and Beborn Beton tour isn't happening because acquiring work visas in this country is getting more difficult for foreign bands. Gee I can't imagine why that is?

Got a couple of tracks by a couple of local bands from the twin cities The Rope and Graveyard Club. Can't make a playlist without including some local music ;). I am particuarly fond of "The Silence" by The Rope. Just been listening the hell out of that song this week.

Considering the shit mood I have been in this week, some of my favorite music to cheer me up tends to be music outside the EBM/Futurepop genres. "Never Had It So Good" by Mary Chapin Carpenter has always been one of my all time favorite songs (regardless of genre). The lyrics may be depressing as hell but perhaps that is why I find great comfort in them this week.

I have been listening a lot to the Dum Dum Girls this week. My absolutely favorite track is "Are You Okay?" from their Too True album. It is so ridiculously infectious. It is such a great earworm to have stuck in one's head, and the lyrics are so simple that anyone can sing along with the song.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Earworm of the Week

I am so not a fan of country music. I find most of the genre to be absolute rubbish however I do make a few exceptions. I absolutely love Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rosanne Cash, some Martina McBride (not all of her music though), Margo Price, Johnny Cash, and Allison Moorer (wife of Steve Earle) just to name a few artists.

Lately I have been enjoying the hell out of Allison Moorer's "Mockingbird". It is the title track from her 2008 album Mockingbird. I have been in such a shit mood all week (especially today after standing in the rain for 45 minutes for a 540 to come by), not a lot of music has been able to pull me out of my funk except for Allison's gorgeous ballad "Mockingbird". The song really doesn't sound country, maybe more on the bluesy side. The melodies, melancholy lyrics, and Allison's vocals really comes together and creates something magical that can appeal to this non-contemporary country music fan. Absolutely love the inclusion of the saxophone on this track. Nine years later this song still sounds as amazing as the first time I heard it.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Album of the Week: Trauma: Ritual by [:SITD:]

I have been listening a lot to the new [:SITD:] album Trauma: Ritual. This is one of those albums which I listen to once, ignore it for other, and then start listening to it again. When I started listening to it again over the weekend, I found myself enjoying the album more with every listen. I can't say the band does anything new or innovative but that's okay. Trauma: Ritual is just an enjoyable, fun EBM album to listen to and is my pick for Album of the Week.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Playlist of the week

I have been updating my work/commute soundtrack playlist that I listen to on my commute going to work/going home as well as at the office. It is my most played playlist. A lot of the songs are favorite tracks that I love binging on and have yet get sick of listening to. I felt that I was clogging up my weekly Current Favorite Songs playlist with those songs so I created a separate playlist. I love listening to this playlist because it makes my commute and work day go by fairly quickly. It is a mixed bag of pop, alternative, goth, symphonic metal, synth, EBM, and whatever else under the sun.

It is pretty obvious that I am rather partial to Autumn - U.S band, Ashbury Heights, CHROMSocial Distortion, and White Lies. What else can I say? I have my personal faves whose music I can't stop listening to. LOL! Seriously right now I am totally digging Autumn's song "Red" from their album Return to the Breath. I am particularly fond of Julie's talents as a pianist. Her work on that song (as well as the ending for the 11 minute epic "The Hating tree") is amazing. Not only is she freaking talented as a singer but also as a pianist.

I am generally not a country music fan but there are a few artists I do enjoy like Rosanne Cash and Kasey Chambers. I have been a fan of Kasey since I first heard "Not Pretty Enough". Been a fan since then. She reminds me a bit of a young Lucinda Williams. I just love that she is not Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, or every other female country-pop star under the damn sun. Her music is so raw and powerful. As for Rosanne Cash, I am not necessarily a huge fan of all of her music but she has churned out some great albums like The Wheel, Rules of Travel, and The River and The Thread. Rosanne definitely inherited her father's talents as a musician.

Lately I have been listening to quite a bit of Imogen Heap/Frou Frou. Imogen Heap has such a unique voice. I like that raspiness of her voice.

Of course I had to throw in some oldies but goodies like Siouxsie and The Banshees' "This Wheel's On Fire", The Bangles' "If She Knew What She Wants", Belinda Carlisle's "Summer Rain", and The Cure's "In Between Days". Those songs have never aged one bit with me, especially "If She Knew What She Wants" which I think showcases The Bangles' talents as a band when it comes to harmonizing together.

Friday, April 14, 2017

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

My Current Favorite Songs

I got an interesting mix this week. I have a few songs from the past. One of those songs is "Big" by one of my favorite bands from the '90s QKumba Zoo. They are an electropop group from Africa that had hit in the '90s with "The Child (Inside)". That song was on so many dance compilations from that decade. I would have put on  the beautiful ballad "Weeping" instead but that song is not available for streaming for some odd reason. Oh well, I still love "The Child (Inside)".  Such a great pop song. That said I chose my other favorite song "Big" from QKumba Zoo. I just love the sunny lyrics and energetic beats.

Another song I had not heard in ages is "They" by Jem. It is a nice mix of pop and trip hop. Easily my favorite song by Jem who I guess her career has faded away.  Her second album was a hit or miss. I liked it but I knew a couple of people who didn't have a high opinion.

Another band I have been listening to lately is Claire Voyant. I have been listening to their album Lustre all week. I definitely have forgotten how good this album is. I would love to see the band come back and make at least one more album but if not I will always have their other albums to listen to.

I also have been enjoying Imogen Heap and her old band Frou Frou's music. I have a song from her as a solo work as a song from Frou Frou. I really haven't listened to Frou Frou's music in ages. Imogen has such a distinctive voice. You really can't compare her to anyone else in the music industry.

The new Clan of Xymox album Days of Black is starting to grow on me. While I prefer their earlier material, Days of Black does have its charm. One of the tracks I am particularly fond of is "I Couldn't Save You" featured on this week's playlist.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Earworm of the Week

This week I have been on an Ashbury Heights kick at work. I have been listening to my AH playlist I created awhile back. I have been a fan since Three Cheers For the Newlydead first came out several years ago. For a long time I have been rather indifferent towards Take Cair Paramour, the third AH album but without  former AH singer Yaz Uhlin. Former singer Kari Berg did a pretty good job on vocals but she was no Yaz. Take Cair Paramour had its moments but at the time I missed Yaz therefore wrote off the album. Now that time has passed, I have given TCP another chance and I am enjoying the album a lot more. My personal favorite track on the album is "Kingdom Confession". This one of the few times when both the melodies and lyrics hits that strikes a chord with me at the same time. I absolutely love and can relate to the opening lines "I used to be demon. I used to be a clown. All the little devils. Used to get me down...". For me, this is my perfect song which has both the perfect melodies and perfect lyrics. Take Cair Paramour came out in 2010. After seven years since its release, the album has not aged a bit. I also strongly recommend the checking out the most recent AH album The Looking Glass Society. It is fantastic.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Album of the Week: Floodland by The Sisters of Mercy

Floodland is one of the few albums I would own on and off through out the years (i.e had to sell my copies for much needed cash). Last weekend I found the 2006 remastered version of Floodland at Cheapo. Since it is not available for streaming on Spotify, I ended up leaving the store with the album. I honestly like this version more. The remastering has definitely improved the sound quality of the music. Having not heard the album in so many years (definitely under a decade), the music still sounds as fresh and new to these ears. The additional tracks are okay but I don't know if they were really necessary to include on the album.

I think I was first introduced to The Sisters of Mercy via an online friend I would often chat with on a now defunct message board many, many, many moons ago. She put a couple of songs on some mixed cds she made for me. It did not take me very long to fall in love with their sound. I eventually ended up buying a copy of Floodland. When I listened to it the first time in many years last weekend, I found myself falling in love with the music all over again. I definitely have no plans on selling this album ever again. The album is so damn good.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Playlist of the Week

I love Kristin Kontrol but my heart will always belongs to Kristin Welchez's other band Dum Dum Girls. Over the weekend I compiled all the DDG's EPs and full length albums into one playlist. Not sure if the band is done or is on hiatus. If they are done, I am glad I got to see the band live twice. At least I have their music to listen to,

Saturday, April 8, 2017

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to

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This week I have been listening to a lot more albums than my playlists. Lately it seemed like I have been listening to my playlists but this is not the case this week. There has been some interesting new music like the new Clan of Xymox, Delta Rae, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Heimataerde. To be honest, I need to listen to those albums a few more times before I can really give my opinion. From the initial listens, I am not really all that impressed but that just on the first listen. I am hoping that I just need time for the music to grow on me, especially the new CoX and The Jesus and Mary Chain albums since I both love those bands.

After getting a new tattoo today, I made a trip to Cheapo Discs along Eat Street. I found the 2006 remastered version of Floodland by The Sisters of Mercy. I hadn't owned this album in years. Because it is not available to stream on Spotify, I decided to buy it. I am so glad I did buy it. I completely forgot how good the album is and it certainly has stood the test of time.

You know it says a lot how much I love The Hating Tree when I decided to get a digital copy to listen on my phone when I go to Chicago in a couple of weeks and I really don't feel like bringing my tablet along. That and to just listen to it whenever I am on the bus/lightrail too when running errands. Of all the albums I listen, The Hating Tree is by far the most listened to album, digital or CD.


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I have been listening to a lot of my Blutengel playlist. Maybe because I had been so disappointed in their recent efforts that I need to be reminded why I love the band. I really get the impression that Chris Pohl has gotten a bit too lax on songwriting (kinda like Andy of Combichrist) hence the uninspiring music in recent years.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

My Current Favorite Songs

For once, I got a completely different mix of songs for this week's playlist. There are some familiar names but different songs for sure. Got a bit of a throwback Thursday theme here too with some David Bowie, old Faithless, Social Distortion, L7, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Lush, Autumn, and The Cult. The only new songs from the past six months are by Tiny Deaths, NamNamBulu, Delta Rae, and Heimataerde. The new Delta Rae track took a bit of time to grow on me. For me though, I think the stand out tracks truly worth checking out are by Tamaryn, The Bellwether Syndicate, and Ghost Twin,. Just my $0.02.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Earworm of the week

Lately I have been listening a lot to "You Walk Away" by Blutengel from their 2013 album Monument. Unfortunately it is the last song by the band that has really gotten me excited  because after Monument, their albums kinda went downhill for me. Anyways, I love how this is not the typical Blutengel song which tends to involve anything vampire related in the lyrics. I also love the general sound of the sound which is in your face and confrontational which I rarely hear in Blutengel's music. The melodies may not be as melodic as say like "Singing Dead Men", "Forever", "Oxidising Angel", they are still pretty catchy. Certainly catchier than on the most recent releases the band has put out :\.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Album of the Week: Hungry For Stink by L7

This afternoon after I got home from work and scarfed down some Taco John's (I was famished after work), I went out for a walk especially with the weather being so freaking nice outside. For music, I put on the 1994 album Hungry For Stink by L7.

L7 was a huge musical influence on me in high school. I discovered them in an issue of Rolling Stone magazine, the one with Nirvana on the cover and I think Kurt Cobain had a shirt that said sell-out on it. The band also influenced me regarding my reproductive rights as a young woman at the time with Rock For Choice. Because of L7, I became the feminist that I am today. Bricks Are Heavy was my first L7  album I bought and the first album that had a parental advisory warning sticker on it too. LOL! Played that album to death because I loved the music on it so much.

After Bricks Are Heavy, the band had a huge task of creating a follow up album that was as memorable as their major label debut.  I won't lie, Hungry For Stink wasn't as impressive as Bricks Are Heavy but it was still a very good album when it was released over 20 years ago. Listening to the album today on my afternoon walk, I relieved the same emotions I felt when I first started listening to L7's music as a teenager which ranged from angst. The album still can't come close to its predecessor but it sure still has some really kick ass tracks like "Andres", "Can I Run", "The Bomb", and "Stuck Here Again" which are all pretty much anthems for the one hellish year I spent in Iowa for my first year in college. After 23 years, Hungry For Stink still holds up well in this day and age of manufactured, overproduced pop and trap music which will eventually vanish like the Dodo bird.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Playlist of the Week

Today I have been in a Lush sort of mood so I put together a playlist of all the releases that Lush released. I wish I had the pleasure of seeing the band back in the '90s. That is one of my biggest regrets. Fortunately I made up for that last September when I made the trek down to Chicago to see the band on their brief reunion tour.





Although it was sad that Chris Acland was not there to perform with the band because of his passing after the release of Lovelife, it was wonderful to finally see one of my favorite modern rock bands from the '90s. People rag on Lovelife but I enjoy the album as much as I enjoy Split, Spooky, and Gala. I guess different strokes for different folks. Can't please everyone.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

Weekly Office Playlist

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I took tomorrow off because of the light work load and wasn't sure I could stay busy all day. Over the weekend I bought a ticket to the upcoming The Birthday Massacre show at The Cabooze so this week I will be on a TBM kick. If I can remember, I definitely need to listen to the latest albums by Project Pitchfork and Heimataerde. I am going to try to give the new Goldfrapp album another shot. After all they are one of my favorite electronic acts. I think I heard some of it today when I was at Cheapo Discs. Speaking of Cheapo, I found a copy of Tamaryn's Cranekiss unwrapped for $0.95. I saw Tamaryn last year as Lush's opening act. I completely forgot to buy her album when I was at the show. It is a fantastic album. I definitely recommend checking it out. Oh and I finally bought the Siouxsie Sioux poster I have been eyeing for some time. 

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to

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Once again I had the urge to pull out a couple of albums I hadn't listened to for what seems like an eternity. First is Haberdashery's 2011 album Tonight the Angels, a fantastic and underrated synthpop album. I remember being friended by Haberdashery on Myspace (remember that site?! LOL) and liking what I had heard. I think the project started off as an Erasure cover project. Anyway, I completely forgot  how good Tonight the Angels is. I can definitely hear a lot of Erasure influences in the music. I certainly will be playing this album more often. If you like Erasure, I can certainly recommend checking out Haberdashery.

Another album I hadn't listen to in ages is The Night Watch EP by The Bellwether Syndicate.  I pulled it out of my cd racks earlier last week and have been listening to it every day. I am excited that their hiatus is over and they are back at work on new music.

I have only listened to the new SITD album a couple of times but I am very much enjoying their new album which is what I can't say about the new Goldfrapp album Silver Eye. I am honestly disappointed in the new Goldfrapp album. Save for a couple of songs, Silver Eye is easily a very week album. Black Cherry and Supernature are far better dance albums than Silver Eye IMHO. For me, the writing and vocals are the weakest I have ever heard from Alison Goldfrapp. I am not sure which album I am less crazy about Depeche Mode's Spirit or the new Goldfrapp album.

The new Mr.Kitty album A.I is pretty rock solid from what I have heard. Hadn't had the time to really listen to the album this past week. Now that the damn end of the month BS at work is over, I am going to listen to it more often so I can give more of my thoughts on the music on my blog but from what I have heard, I like it.

Melanfonie by Emika is one of those albums that isn't best suited to listen to at work. It isn't the most accessible album I have heard in recent months but I am enjoying this classical project by Emika. I like to chill out to it after work.

It has been a couple of weeks and I have yet to get sick and tired of listening to Borders by NamNamBulu. Do not be surprised to see this album at the top of my end of the year list. The music is so damn catchy and I absolutely adore Henrik's vocals.

This past week was the usual end of the month crunch at the office so as far as playlists was concerned, I only listened to a few to motivate my ass. The only playlists that kept me focused and energized at my job were my Goldfrapp, Autumn, Blutengel, Current Favorite Songs playlists.