Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Earworm of the Week

For the past couple of days, I have been listening to quite a bit of CHROM at work. CHROM is one of my favorite EBM bands for the past 5 years. Been a fan since I first heard their song "Loneliness" back in 2012. Last year they put out their  excellent long-awaited follow up Peak and Decay. Right now "We'll Be Alone" is my current favorite jam by the German EBM band. It is from their 2012 album Synthetic Movement which has become one of my personal favorite albums in the past five or more years.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Album of the Week

If you haven't heard of the band Ghost Twin, you should now. They recently dropped their album Plastic Heart over a week ago.

Ghost Twin is dark synthpop that combines roaring synthlines, dirty pulsing bass, dreamy guitar, and a haunting vocal dichotomy where Baroque meets Industrial, with live video percussion that feeds cinema through a cut-up technique imbued with occult aesthetics. Their audio/visual performance creates a full sensory evocative narrative of shadowy haunted rooms occupied by astral phantasms and electronic voices from beyond the aether.

I discovered Ghost Twin earlier this year via Facebook and had been listening to their previous release Here We Are In The Night. Plastic Heart features a few songs off that EP like "Chymical Wedding" and "Mystic Sabbath" (my personal favorite track by the band). I have only listened to the album a few times but I am really do like what I have heard and can honestly recommend checking the band out.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Playlist of the Week

Last week, I created another Random Mix playlist considering how much I enjoy my other two Random Mix playlists. I have edited this playlist today to include a few more songs. I got a little more pop music on this playlist than I do on my other two Random Mix playlists including ABBA, Debbie Gibson, Savage Garden, and yes The Spice Girls. Sometimes I need some cheese to get through my work day. I have also thrown in some country, classic rock, r and b, and hip hop music on this playlist. Of course I also had to include some EBM, synthpop, and darkwave.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to this week

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I have to admit, I have spent most of this past week listening to my '80s and random mix playlists but I have managed to squeeze in a few albums.

One of my new favorite new bands Ghost Twin dropped their new album Plastic Heart last week. I am really enjoying the album quite a bit.

Still listening to some of my favorite 2016 releases like Conjure One's Holoscenic and Kitten's Heaven or Somewhere In Between. It has been awhile since I heard a Conjure One album and liked it in its entirety. The last time that happened was with the first album. C1's albums after that has been a mixed bag for me.  Tonight I took a walk after dinner, I listened to Heaven or Somewhere in Between. People really need to check out Kitten. Kitten's music is so damn catchy.

I recently got the latest album by Enigma from the library. It isn't as bad as I once thought it was when the album first came out but I can honestly say there is nothing to write home about the album. The music is pretty dull to me. I also miss Sandra Cretu's vocals. Too bad she has retired.

Since I have been listening to the new NamNamBulu album practically every day, I decided to listen to some Frozen Plasma. While Dekadenz is my favorite Frozen Plasma album, Artificial comes in a close second. My favorite FP song "Irony" is on the album. I also love "A Second of Life", a lovely ballad. 

Friday, May 26, 2017

My Current Favorite Songs of the Week

It's Friday night! Time to post this week's playlist of my favorite songs of the week. I have been on a random mix kick all week, my tastes is all over the board.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

My Random Mixes

I have to admit one of the perks to using Spotify is being able to create playlists. This week I have been listening a lot to my two Random Mixes playlists. Tonight I decided to create a third one. Listening to these mixes is like listening to the radio minus the djs and commercials. With my random mixes, I do not stick to one particular genre which frees me up to throw in whatever I like. I love throwing in some super cheesy pop music from my youth. These sort of mixes makes my work day go by a lot quicker.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Food for thought

It has been awhile since I last posted some music-related commentary here. After what transpired in the past twenty four hours on social media regarding former Combichrist drummer Joe Letz, I thought I would address the topic on my blog. I was originally tempted to write about it last night but I decided to wait until the next day to allow my initial reactions to settle down. No good comes out of writing out of anger. I have been angry enough for the past few weeks since my hit and run. I am tired of being angry.

I would like to first begin by saying I do believe in the First Amendment. I also believe that Joe Letz has every right to express himself. After all this isn't North Korea (or Russia). I don't believe in telling Joe or anyone else to stop speaking however that does not mean Joe can't face consequences for his poor choice in words and photographs.

This past Sunday I was at The Birthday Massacre show at The Cabooze.  While in between bands, My good friend Renee showed me some photos he posted on his Instagram account (which is now set to private). There were photos of Joe in very dark colored face paint with bright pink lipstick and a wig to match. I was completely floored especially with some of the photos he juxtaposed his image with (i.e a bucket of fried chicken which I utterly despised). To say the photos I saw was in poor taste is the understatement of the century. Still I just wrote it off as Joe the human incarnation of 4Chan and just trolling the internet. That all changed yesterday when I saw a three year old photo on Facebook of a jury subpoena with the N and F words written on it. My jaw hit the ground figuratively speaking. I was pretty livid and shocked at the same time when I saw that photo.

I have met Joe a couple of times over the years for the Combichrist VIP events. He always have been very courteous and nice to me HOWEVER unlike his supporters who keep parroting "he was nice to me" over social media this does not excuse his behavior then and now with me. I refuse to normalize the sort of behavior Joe has exhibited on social media. Being nice does not mean give Joe a free pass with me unlike with some people. People like Joe need to be held accountable for their bullshit, famous or not.

Ever since 45 took office in January, I have experienced having a few racial slurs thrown my way as an Asian American. No thanks to the current president, he has made this disgusting language perfectly acceptable. Whenever I am reading the news online or watching it on TV, I cringe when I see marginalized groups of people targeted by the supporters of 45. When I go back online on to social media and I see people defend Joe and normalize his actions. It gets under my skin when they write off all the critics who have been coming at Joe as "social justice warriors" and people going overboard on political correctness (not in those exact words mind you). If you think tonight's blog entry is just more whining from a social justice warrior well then try being on the receiving end of some racial slurs like "chink" and "gook" and then get back to me please. Those words nor is the F and N words that Joe used on that three year old photo acceptable nor should be normal to use so freely like any other word in the English vocabulary. As for the other photos of him with the very dark colored face paint, pink wig, and pink lipstick, I pretty described how I feel about them in the beginning of this post. I won't revisit that subject other than to say they were anything but amusing.

Now that Joe has been let go from the upcoming PIG tour, I honestly hope he does a lot of soul searching about himself and the things he posts on social media. Considering the fact that he has a son, he really needs to think about how he wants his son to turn out to be later in life. Does he want his son to be an obnoxious asshole who can't treat other people with respect or does he want a loving, selfless son who treats others with respect? I don't hate Joe or am angry at him for his behavior on social media but I definitely am disappointed in him . I am also disappointed in people who chose to ignore Joe's behavior because he is their friend or because they met him and he was nice to them which basically says it is normal to use offensive slurs that denigrates other people or mock others because of the color of their skin. Treating people who are not like yourself should not be difficult nor be seeing as being overly PC. Having good manners and treating people with respect and dignity has nothing to do with political correctness. That is all I have to say. Good night.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Playlist of the Week

Since I posted my review of Sunday night's concert at The Cabooze with The Birthday Massacre with Sumo Cyco, and Army of the Universe on yesterday (i.e Monday), I decided to push back my Playlist of the Week a day. Last week I had been on an '80s kick, and created second mix of '80s music. This time I did not keep the playlist to just new wave music. I did include some pop and hard rock through out the playlist. I have been enjoying the hell out of this new mix. I have fallen back in love with a good number of songs on this mix like OMD's "Dreaming", "Everlasting Love" by Howard Jones, and my personal fave from the Footloose soundtrack Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out For a Hero". It is funny in a good way that as cheesy as some of these songs are (i.e Starship's "Nothing's Gonna Stop us Now") the songs still holds up to the test of time to this music fan. Maybe it is the nostalgic factor that makes me love even the cheesiest songs from the decade but listening to this playlist (and my other '80s playlist) makes my work day go by quicker.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Birthday Massacre with Sumo Cyco and Army of the Universe at The Cabooze

Last night I went to The Cabooze to see The Birthday Massacre, Sumo Cyco (a Canadian band who filled in for The Ludovico Technique who had to drop out of the tour because one of the band members fell critically ill), and Army of the Universe. It had been awhile for me since I last been out to a show. Last time I went to a concert was back in March for Kite. Seeing some bands live did some good for me. I already had seen Army of the Universe before when they opened up for Skinny Puppy in 2014. I was not disappointed in seeing the band live again. They were fantastic live. It had been three years since seeing them with Skinny Puppy live. I think I enjoyed the band even more so this time around. I really wasn't sure what to think of them when I first saw Army of the Universe live.

Sumo Cyco I was completely unfamiliar with. If you have heard of New Year's Day and Butcher Babies, I would say that is how I would describe Sumo Cyco's sound. I liked what I had heard, I have included a youtube clip of one of their songs to give my readers an idea of what their music sounds like. It may be a hit or miss for some people. I had a friend who wasn't too into their set. I have saved their albums on Spotify so I can listen to their music at work this week. I will eventually post what I think of their music later down the road. Their set was energetic. I was highly entertained by what I saw and heard from the Toronto band.



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The Birthday Massacre did not disappoint me at all last night. Truthfully, last night's show was only the second time I had seen the band. The last time I saw them was at Station 4 when it was still around and that was over 3 years ago, might have been 4-5 years ago. The first time I had heard of the band was on the compilation This is Neo-Goth from Cleopatra Records with their song "Video Kid". I had never heard a band that fused new wave music with hard rock before. TBM performed quite a few new songs from their upcoming album Under Your Spell. I really liked what I had heard and certainly have plans to buy the album when it comes out. I was also pleased with the band playing older songs like "Video Kid", "Happy Birthday", "Blue", and their killer cover of "I Think I am Alone Now".

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All in all it was a good night. I ended up being right in front of the stage. I actually remembered to bring my earplugs (unlike the Kite concert). Bought myself a t-shirt to support TBM, and got to hang with some good folks in the scene. Definitely have to go see TBM in concert more often when they come to town. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to

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Last weekend I picked up the George Michael greatest hits compilation. I forgot how good George Michael's ballads are. I am listening to disc one from Ladies and Gentlemen and it is so perfect for this wet, rainy Saturday evening.I just love songs like "Cowboys and Angels" and "One More Try". I still can't believe he passed away late last year. Definitely gone too soon. George Michaels was truly a talented artist.

Still loving the latest album by White Lies. Friends is just one of those special albums that I can listen to on a regular basis, and for a good amount of time. The album came out last summer but in my defense I didn't hear it until early fall and was immediately hooked. The album has some seriously good songs. The band is well adept at creating songs that will get stuck in your head very easily because of the pop friendly hooks.

Despite a couple of clunkers, Cover Stories is a great re-telling of Brandi Carlile's The Story . Dolly Parton can really do no wrong. She could sing the phone book for all I care. Her interpretation of The Story is incredibly good. I would have Dolly's version is just as good as the original. Her version still captures the same emotions I hear when Brandi is singing. Love The Avett Brothers' cover of "Have You Ever" just as much as Dolly's version of "The Story".

I have yet to get sick of listening to Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Awesome Mix Vol 2 . The soundtrack is just so damn good. I think the film will most likely go down as my favorite film of 2017, next to Beauty and The Beast, Alien: Covenant, and Your Name.

I have been on an '80s kick lately. Created a new '80s playlist which mixes both new wave, pop, and rock. I like that I did not stick to just new wave.  

Friday, May 19, 2017

My Current Favorite Songs

Last night I went to see Alien: Covenant hence no blog entry last night. I enjoyed the film. While I enjoyed Prometheus, I do think Alien: Covenant is better. I decided to save my weekly playlist of my favorite songs of the moment for tonight. The more I think about it, I think Fridays would be best for me to post my weekly playlist of my current favorite songs. The timing makes more sense.

This week's playlist is definitely a mixed bag. Due to the untimely passing of Chris Cornell of Soundgarden and Audioslave, I had to include a song from each of those bands. Badmotorfinger was part of my soundtrack in high school. Although I never really listened to much of Soundgarden's music after that album or Audioslave, Chris's passing is still sad and should be acknowledged.

I have been listening to a lot of '80s music this week. I created another '80s playlist on Spotify and been enjoying that playlist a lot. Of course I have peppered this week's playlist with quite a few tracks from my youth. I would have loved to have seen Tears For Fears live when they were in town, I didn't think it was worth the $$$ since they were not the ones headlining the show. I honestly can say I am not a Hall and Oates fan.

Still listening to the hell out of the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy 2. I have included two of my personal favorite tracks from the film "Lake Shore Drive" by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah and "Father and Son" by Yusuf/Cat Stevens. Never heard the song "Lake Shore Drive" until the film but I love it. It is so laid back and the harmonies are great. "Father and Son" always have and always will be my favorite Cat Stevens song. It is such a beautiful ballad.

Another favorite album of mine is Cover Stories, Brandi Carlile's The Story re-done by various well known musicians. Dolly Parton's version of "The Story" is incredible. She takes my favorite Brandi Carlile song and turns it into her own. Dolly's version is equally as good as the original.

With summer right around the corner, I have been listening too quite a bit of "Summer" by Marsheaux. This song is my go to summer jam.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Earworm of the Week

All this week, I have been listening a lot to "Little Victories" by the singer/songwriter Darden Smith. I have found myself re-connecting with the lyrics to the song therefore have to listen to it constantly. After that hit and run incident almost two weeks ago, my mood has been on a roller coaster ride. I have found great comfort in the lyrics as well as in Darden's voice. Every now and then I need to give myself a break from the industrial, goth, and synthpop music I listen to every day.

This beautiful ballad has been a long time favorite of mine since 1993, either when I was finishing high school or as a freshman in college. Might have been when I was a senior in high school. I remember first hearing the song on Cities 97 when the station still played some interesting music. After 24 years, "Little Victories" still sounds wonderful and certainly has not aged a bit.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Album of the Week

For this week's Album of the Week, I decided to go with Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story An Album to Benefit War Child. Because 2017 is the tenth anniversary since Brandi's album The Story (my favorite album by her) was released, The Story was revisited but with other artists covering Brandi's songs. Proceeds of the album goes to War Child.

I first heard the album on NPR prior to the album's release and really enjoyed what I had heard so I ordered a copy, especially knowing that my $$$ would go to charity.  As someone who really isn't all that into country music, I found the majority of the album quite pleasant to listen. I absolutely adore Dolly Parton's interpretation of "The Story". Dolly did my favorite Brandi Carlile song justice. Dolly could probably turn the worst pop song out there and make it sound good. While I like Kris Kristofferson's cover of "Turpentine", I just felt that this version sounded more like a spoken word track than an actual song and really didn't have much emotions like the original track has. The melody is still there but I will take the original over his and I do like Kris Kristofferson as an artist, just not crazy about his contribution to the album. A big MEH for me on "Wasted" that Jim James did. His track and The Indigo Girls' version of "Cannonball" are my least favorite tracks on the album that I have to skip. Not big on the vocals on both tracks. Other faves includes "Have You Ever" from The Avett Brothers, "Losing Heart" from The Secret Sisters, "Downpour" from Margo Price (my favorite country artist), and "Again Today" from Pearl Jam. While I do like Adele's contribution to the album "Hiding My Heart", I just felt that she sounded out of place  on album with mostly country/folk artists. I can also say the same about Pearl Jam but I like their version of "Again Today" a bit more than Adele's version of "Hiding My Heart".

That said, nothing beats the original The Story. It is one of my favorite albums I have bought in the past couple of years.I have included the original album. The Story has held up so well in ten years since it first came out. There is nothing pretentious or fake in Brandi's music. Brandi is a fantastic storyteller. One day I will see her live in concert.



Monday, May 15, 2017

Playlist of the Week

It has been awhile since I listened to my '80s playlist. I wasn't in the mood for my usual playlists when I was getting ready to leave work this afternoon. I decided to listen to my '80s playlist. I completely forgot how good this mix is while I was listening to it on the way home. I recently added a few more tracks to the mix. I know this mix barely touches the '80s but it certainly reflects my taste in music during the decade when I was growing up.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

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This week I have been listening a lot to the soundtrack to the new Guardians of the Galaxy film. It is so good. I love the mix of classic rock, country, folk, r and b, and soul music. The film is as good as the soundtrack. I also been listening a lot to the Concrete Blonde compilation I bought last weekend along with the GOTG soundtrack. The compilation is a great reminder how great Concrete Blonde was.

I was at Target today and I heard Tegan and Sara's album Heartthrob playing. It had been awhile since I listened to the album. Heartthrob is such a great pop album. I was never big on the duo's previous sound but when I heard this album when it first came out, I quickly became a fan.This foray into pop music was a smart move for the duo. They gained new fans in the process. The album is still good now as it was when it first came out. Their latest album Love You to Death (not a misspelling) is just as good.

Speaking of pop albums that I love, About U is another fave of mine. The lyrics are well written and do not come off as silly but thoughtful and serious at times with a a dash of angst. The melodies really get into my head and stay there.

Been neglecting Sabaton's album Heroes for awhile. Listened to it yesterday at work. This album is easily one of my favorite heavy metal albums of all time. First discovered them when they opened up for Nightwish in 2015 at their Chicago show. That was awesome show. They really impressed me a bunch. The timing of their recent tour didn't allow me to see them when they were in town. Maybe another time. I need to go back to their latest album and listen to it again.

While at work yesterday, I discovered the album Northern Lights by  Cantus. It is a choral album. At the time (which was in the morning), I really wasn't in much of a mood for the usual stuff I listen to and decided to find some classical music. Came across Northern Lights. Normally I don't listen to music that is more mellow but I enjoyed listening to these young women sing.

The Hating Tree by Autumn is one of those albums I can listen to over and over again, and not get sick of it. Whenever I am not in the mood for newer music in my collection, I just turn to that album by the Minneapolis trio.

If you haven't of Purple Fog Side, you should now. Their new album The Dischord is so damn good. It is definitely one of my favorite releases of 2017, not to mention one of my favorite synthpop releases of the year.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Playlist of the Week

Considering my mood all this week, I had been listening a lot to my goth/darkwave playlist so a lot of the songs on this week's playlist consists of many songs from that playlist. I got a few local acts featured on this week's playlist.

I had been neglecting Tiny Death's Elegies album which is my current favorite album from a local artist here in the Twin Cities. I finally listened to it today for the first time in a month or two. I forgot how beautiful the music is. I had a difficult time choosing a favorite song off the album for this week's playlist but I ultimately decided on "The Tide".  I so love the production on this track.

I know I have featured "The Silence" by local MN post-punk band The Rope before but I absolutely adore this song. I would certainly have to say this is my favorite song by The Rope. The rhythm section is very solid.

My current favorite Autumn song I have been hitting the replay button on my Spotify app all week has been the beautiful ballad "Lullaby For Marguerite" from the band's last studio album Return to the Breath. It is a six and a half minute epic ballad. I love the orchestral strings that opens up the song. With my mood all week fluctuating all over the place, I have taken great solace in this song. I find the melodies and Julie's vocals has a calming effect on me especially when the rage in me comes to the surface.

Got some oldies but goodies like "Mexican Moon" by Concrete Blonde", "Donimo" by Cocteau Twins", "In Between Days" by The Cure, and "Ardera Sempre" by Miranda Sex Garden. As old as they are, these songs truly do hold up in this day and age of trap music and whatever else is popular in pop music nowadays.Recently I started listening to "Ardera Sempre" by MSG for the first time in many, many years. I definitely have forgotten how good this song is. The vocals sends chills up my spine.

The only non-goth/darkwave/post-punk song I did feature on this week's playlist is Muna's "End of Desire". It is such a great pop song. Muna put out one of my favorite releases of 2017 with About U. The music isn't sappy or stupid. The production is far from slick and overproduced.

2017 is almost half way over and I am still listening to the latest White Lies album Friends on a regular basis. Friends was my top favorite album of 2016. I have yet to get sick of it. All of the songs on the album are super catchy. My current favorite song is "Is My Love Enough?".

Threw in some Ashbury Heights and Blutengel songs. Three Cheers For the Newlydead remains my favorite Ashbury Heights album of all time. It has so many great songs that has really memorable hooks. "Derrick is a Strange Machine" is ridiculously catchy. The lyrics are silly but a lot of fun to sing along to.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Earworm of the Week

For this week's Earworm of the Week is my all time favorite Blutengel song "Uber den Horizont" from the band's album Tranenherz which is one of my top five favorite Blutengel albums of all time. It is a beautiful song. I love the opening notes to the song. I also love the vocals of Chris and Ulrike on this track. They are like yin and yang to each other. Six years later this song still sounds fresh to my ears. I don't think I could ever get tired of listening to it.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Album of the Week

Since I recently acquired some new music in the past few days, picking this week's Album of the Week was a bit challenging but I ended up with the soundtrack to the new Guardians of the Galaxy film which I absolutely loved. Like in the first film, the music to the sequel is a collection of classic music ranging from country to soul music. Because of my current mood after last weekend's hit and run accident, I find myself listening to the soundtrack a lot which has been able to brighten things up a bit for me. The soundtrack is so much fun to listen to and for awhile it does put a smile on my face. Never heard of "Lake Shore Drive" by Aliotta Haynes Jeremiah  (let alone the trio who is responsible for the catchy tune) but I absolutely adore the song. I love the vocals, so gentle and soulful. The melodies are super catchy. And I love the inclusion of the fiddle towards the end of the track. One can really do no wrong with the inclusion of some Fleetwood Mac, Sam Cooke, and Parliament (which is such a fun track to listen to at work). My very favorite track on the entire soundtrack has to be Cat Steven's "Father and Son". That song has always been my favorite Cat Stevens song but after seeing the film, I love it even more so especially when seeing the film. It was such a perfect song for the scene that it was featured in. The song gave the scene so much emotional depth to it. I even gotten tears in my eyes during the movie. Generally not a country music fan, but I absolutely love the Glen Campbell song "Southern Nights". It just has so much positive energy. Such a catchy little song. The entire soundtrack is great. Definitely worth owning as well as seeing the movie too.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Playlist of the Week

I admit I put this week's playlist at the last second. It is all the studio albums by Colony 5, one of my favorite EBM/Futurepop bands. I find it easier to hit the random button to mix things up a bit. Not sure what the band is up to. Their Facebook page hasn't been active since last year. I would love it if they are working on new music but I can't be too sure. Anyways, it is hard not to love their entire catalog. Their music hasn't aged a bit to this music listener.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to

I originally was going to write this blog last night but I got involved in a hit and run. I am alright with just a couple of cuts and bruises but I did not feel like blogging last night so I posting last night's blog today.

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Got some new music this weekend. I picked up the soundtrack to the new Guardians of the Galaxy film at The Electric Fetus today. I absolutely love both the film and the soundtrack. Also picked up Recollection: The Best of Concrete Blonde at the Fetus too. On Friday, my copy of  Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story An Album to Benefit War Child. I definitely needed some new music to cheer me up especially after last night's hit and run incident. All three albums are great. I particularly love the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy movie. The Concrete Blonde compilation is great too. I am glad I picked it up.

2017 has been an mixed bag for me when it comes to new music. There has been some great new releases like the new NamNamBulu album Borders which I play like every day at work and at home, and then there is garbage new music by the likes of The Raveonettes with 2016 Atomized. Lately I find myself listening to older music like Autumn's first two albums. Their music does not sound remotely dated at all. Also I have yet to get sick of their music considering how much I listen to their music at home and at work. Also still love listening to LIGHTS' 2016 acoustic album Midnight Machines. I find her music much more interesting when it is stripped down with less electronic beats but that is just me.

I have only listened to the new Blondie album Pollinator a couple of times. It is okay but I think I need more time to listen to it for the music to grow on me. I do though love the new Purple Fog Side album Dischord. That is some great synthpop.

As far as playlists are concerned, I have been listening mostly to my two random mixes. It is like listening to the radio station minus the annoying commercials.

Friday, May 5, 2017

New music releases to check out

I will let the title of tonight's blog speak for itself but there are some interesting new music releases out this week I think is worth checking out. I have not listened to all of these releases but I do like what I have heard so far especially the Purple Fog Side album and the cover album of Brandi Carlile's album The Story.











Thursday, May 4, 2017

My Current Favorite Songs

Got another fun filled playlist of my favorite songs, and of course it is a mixed bag.

Just listened to the new Purple Fog Side album The Discord last night. It is great. I have been fan of the synthpop act since 2015 when they contributed a track to the De/Vision tribute album on SkyQode. Love their cover of REM's "Losing My Religion". I like System Syn's version they did a few years ago but I think Purple Fog Side does a better interpretation of the classic REM song.

I completely forgot that country singer/songwriter Allison Moorer did a cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" until I started listening to her album Mockingbird not long ago. It is certainly different from Social Distortion's version (which is my personal fave) but I do enjoy it. Allison's version is a lot slower and more mellow than Social Distortions' version and even the original  but I like it.

I will forever kick myself for not seeing Concrete Blonde at The Varsity Theatre a few years ago around Thanksgiving. They have been one of my favorite modern rock bands since my senior year in high school after hearing "Joey" on the radio while heading home from Montana with my church's youth group. That song has always been one of my all time favorite songs. My other favorite Concrete Blonde song is "Mexican Moon". I have been listening to that song a lot for the past few days. I think that song has been under looked as one of the band's best songs.

Another song I have been listening to a lot lately is the 11 minute opus "The Hating Tree" by Autumn. This song was originally one of my least favorite tracks by the Minneapolis darkwave band but considering how much I listen to their album The Hating Tree, the song has grown on me quite considerably. The song is certainly is not as melodic as say "How It Came to be This Way" or "Desert Winds of Jezebel" but it does have a lot of charm to it with Neil's dazzling guitar riffs, Jeff's throbbing basslines, and Julie's incredible vocals and haunting lyrics. I particularly enjoy the end with Julie's talents on the piano.

I am really contemplating going to that cheesefest Go Fest from Go93 because Muna is part of the line-up. I truly do regret not going to their Turf Club show back in February. Their album About U is my favorite pop album of this year (so far). I would love to hear "I Know a Place" and "Around U" live, my two personal favorite tracks off their album.

Of course I had to include two of my all time favorite songs "Ball and Chain" by Social D and "500" by Lush. The songs are so damn catchy, it is virtually impossible for me to get sick of listening to the two songs.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Earworm of the Week

For this week's Earworm of the Week, I chose Nightwish's "Elan" from their 2015 album Endless Forms Most Beautiful, the band's first studio album with Floor Jansen. I knew she was the right fit for the band when they released the live album Showtime, Storytime . I was not disappointed when the band released the first single off Endless Forms Most Beautiful. Floor was neither Tarja nor Anette. She had her own identity as a singer having sung with ReVamp (which her and her bandmates decided to call it quits last year) and before that After Forever. The song has great melodies courtesy of Tuomas Holopainen, super catchy as expected from the musical mastermind.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Album of the week

I have to admit I was originally going to say that the new album by The Raveonettes album 2016 Atomized was my album of the week pick for the week but the more I listened to it, the less I liked the album. I rather wished I streamed it first before plopping down $11.99 for a mediocre album. Fortunately it did not take me very long to find another album that I actually like and can listen to from start to finish, and not cringe.

Not long ago I discovered that The Cranberries were hitting the road later this year. Unfortunately no Minnesota dates. The closest they will be near the Twin Cities is Iowa and Chicago. Anyways, they are touring in support of their new album Something Else which is an album featuring acoustic versions of their classic songs as well as three (I think) new tracks. The album also features a string quartet from the Irish Chamber Orchestra. I have already listened to the album twice today.  I also enjoyed the new songs as much as I enjoyed listening to the classics. I probably will buy a copy of the album whenever I make another trip to The Electric Fetus.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Playlist of the Week

Last night before I called it the night, I decided to put together another random mix of more of my favorite songs since I listen to the hell out of my first random mix at work. It is basically more of the same with more tracks from my favorite bands like Autumn, Blutengel, CHROM, NamNamBulu, White Lies, and Ashbury Heights. I also threw in some tracks by Metallica, AC/DC, Kite, Concrete Blonde, and everything in between the goth and synthpop I listen to on a regular basis. I have to admit I really enjoy these random mixes. The music makes my day more bearable and often I can drown out the sound of my coworkers.