Friday, June 30, 2017

My current favorite songs

Thank heavens another work week is over with. Of course I leave my CDs at work but at least I can go get them back on Monday, that and the building I work in is very secure. No one without a badge can get into the building, elevator and to the floor I work on. Anyways, I have been listening to a lot of interesting music all this week. I have been listening to a lot of newer music like PIG, KMFDM, Empathy Test, Tashaki Miyaki,  and Fazerdaze.

Today has been particularly interesting music-wise. Earlier this week I rediscovered the joys of Bonnie Tyler's music especially "It's A Heartache". I think I have listened to this song like 3 dozen times at the very least. I absolutely love the raspiness of Bonnie's voice on this track. The melodies are so freaking addictive. I got the song stuck in my head. Country music is not one of my favorite genres but I do like the country influences in this song.

For the last couple of days, I have been listening to the new KMFDM and PIG EPs. I haven't been big on KMFDM's music in recent years but I was surprised to find myself enjoying Yeah. The music is nothing like their stuff on Wax Trax! but still I liked it. I particuarly like the Lords of the Lost remix of "Hell Yeah". I honestly prefer that sound over the original version of the song. That said I much prefer the new PIG EP Prey and Obey. The music resonated with me more than Yeah by KMFDM. The music on Prey and Obey reminded me so much of early KMFDM and why I fell I got into KMFDM back in the mid '90s when I lived in Milwaukee. Speaking of early KMFDM, I threw in "Juke Joint Jezebel", the first KMFDM song I have ever heard and which got me into the band.

In the last couple of days, I have also got back into some old synthpop favorites by the likes of  The Azoic and labelmates Bow Ever Down. I definitely needed a reminder how good Illuminate, Risen, and The Product of My Pain are. Go check out those albums. They are all on Spotify.

I am really digging the latest album by Ruined Conflict. My current favorite song by the band is "Divide and Conquer". So very VNV Nation-ish both lyrically and musically.  Great pop hooks.

I finally got around to listening to Massive Addictive by Amaranthe this week. It is definitely a better album than I originally thought. It had been awhile since I listened to it so to hear it again, I listened to the album with a new mindset, and the results was that I just needed a bit more time for the music to grow on me. I like that the band mixes metal, pop, and EDM to create their own sound. Current favorite track on the album: "Drop Dead Cynical".

I really can't recommend enough for my readers to check out my two current  favorite bands Empathy Test and The Eden House. I have been listening to their music a lot on Spotify. Really excited that Empathy Test is working on their full length debut album. I certainly am anticipating for that to drop. I have yet to hear a single song from the band that  didn't like.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

My current favorite artists and bands

Snow tha Product I came across Snow Tha Product (aka Claudia A. Feliciano) last month on USA when the cable network ran the clip of "Run That" featuring the Latin hip hop rapper/singer for the show Queen of the South. I was hooked from the first listen. Hip hop music is hit or miss with me but Claudia really blew me away with her undeniable talents. I was really impressed by her rhymes and delivery. I love her mix of English and Spanish in her music as well. She does a fantastic job in the recently release of the music video for "Immigrants".

Bow Ever Down
I just rediscovered this excellent synthpop from Maine earlier this week. I forgot how good the band is when I started listening to their music on Spotify. They remind me so much of The Azoic another great band. Ironically also signed to Nilaihah Records, home for The Azoic. I don't know why but it wasn't until this week did I get to hear the band's second album The Product of My Pain. Fantastic album. You can listen to the album on Spotify. It is so damn good.

The Eden House
Right now the new album Songs For the Broken Ones by The Eden House is my favorite album. I have been listening to it on Spotify every day. I did order a CD copy last week because it is the right thing to do for this music fan.

Cesium 137
Here is another band I had put on the backburner for some time now and just now rediscovered their music. Thank heavens the band is working on new music. I always liked this band.

Ruined Conflict
I am really loving the new Ruined Conflict album Triumphant. Also have been listening to their other albums too which are just as good.

Empathy Test
If you haven't heard of the duo Empathy Test featuring Isaac Howlett and Adam Relf from London, you should get right on it and listen to their music. The duo recently released two new EPs and they are wonderful. I have been listening the hell out of them on Spotify.

With the PIG, Julien-K, Ghostfeeder show in two days, I have been listening the hell out of the band's music. Right now for me, PIG's music really resonates with me. This is the closest thing to the KMFDM sound I fell in love when I was in my 20s in the 1990s. Their new EP Prey and Obey is excellent especially the remixes. I absolutely love the Leaether Strip remix of "Prey and Obey". The sound is so brutal. If this is any indication what the next full-length PIG album sounds like, I can easily say I will be buying it.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Earworm of the week

I have been a long time Delerium fan for well over a decade. A former roommate of mine from my days in Milwaukee, WI introduced me to the electronic band with their albums Semantic Spaces and Karma. At one point, I did have quite a few of their albums from their Cleopatra records day when their sound was in the darkwave/ambient vein and without vocals. My personal favorite Delerium is Poem. It is a good mix of ambient, electronica, and pop music. This week I have been listening to Poem quite a bit. My favorite track hands down from the album is the gorgeous ballad "A Poem for Byzantium" featuring vocalist Joanna Stevens who briefly sang in the downtempo duo Solar Twins back in the late '90s.  As old as this song is, I still can listen to it and not get tired of it. The song still sounds as new as it did the first time I heard the song in 2000.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Album of the week

For the past few days, I have been listening to some really great music by Empathy Test and Ruined Conflict. I having a difficulty time picking whose music I would pick for tonight's blog entry. Ultimately I ended up picking Ruined Conflict and their new album Triumphant which just came out not long ago. I think it would be next to impossible to not hear the VNV Nation influences in Xavier Morales' vocals. He sounds so much like Ronan Harris but if you ask me his voice has a slightly higher pitch. That's just my $0.02. Even the lyrics shares that inspirational vibe that VNV Nation's songs possesses. As a fan of the band's other albums Revolutionary Mayhem and A.R.M.O.R, Triumphant did not disappoint me. All of the songs are well written lyrically and musically.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Playlist of the week

For the past several days, I have been binging on the post punk/darkwave sounds of The Eden House and their new album Songs for the Broken Ones. I recently put all of their music onto one playlist so I can listen to it as a mix. I do recommend  checking out this band for those who enjoy the sounds of the Cocteau Twins, Autumn (the US darkwave band from Minneapolis where I live), Black Tape for a Blue Girl (and all the ethereal darkwave bands on Projekt Records), and Faith and the Muse.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Weekly Office Playlist

I can't believe how fast my three day weekend went. I think the fact that I was busy made the weekend go by quickly. Friday I went over to the mall to pick up the third and final lego set I needed for the Guardians of the Galaxy series Ayesha's Revenge which I put together last night, then had a Lynx game that night to attend to which was a lot of fun. Saturday I had a shit load of errands but I took a nap so I could go out at night with my camera and take some photos for pride weekend. And today I had the pride parade which was delayed by a protest against police presence at the parade so that dragged things on a bit. I was going to go over to Loring Park but by the time I got home, I just wasn't in the mood to go over there.

Back to a five day work week and it is the end of the month of course. Fortunately I got some new music on my Spotify and picked up the new album by The Birthday Massacre over the weekend. Having some new music always makes my work day more bearable.

Aengeldust: Agent Orange

Angels on Acid: Eye's Behind the Curtain

Angelzoom: Angelzoom

Arch Enemy: Khaos Legions

The Birthday Massacre: Under Your Spell

Bow Down Ever: The Product Of My Pain

Bow Ever Down: Risen

Cesium 137: Identity

Cesium 137: Science and Sound

Clan of Xymox: Days of Black

The Cranberries: Something Else

The Eden House: Half Life

The Eden House: Songs For the Broken Ones

The Eden House: Time Flows

Empathy Test: Bare My Soul

Empathy Test: By My Side

Empathy Test: Losing Touch

Fazerdaze: Fazerdaze EP

Fazerdaze: Morningside

Ghostfeeder: World Fameless

Hexheart: Midnight on a Moonless Night

Isgaard: Whiteout

Isgaard: Early Days

Lorde: Melodrama

Lords of Acid: Lust (special remastered version)

Marnie: Crystal World

PIG: Prey and Obey

Ruined Conflict: Triumphant

Softwave: Together Alone the remixes

Tashaki Miyaki: The Dream

My Favorite Songs of 2017

Gothic rock/darkwave Playlist

Futurepop Playlist

I Love the '80s

I Love the '80s II

The Luna Sequence Playlist

Graveyard Club Playlist

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Albums and Playlists I am currently listening to



If you haven't heard of Empathy Test, you should go check out their music now. I have been listening to their latest EPs they recently dropped as well as 2014's Losing Touch. If my readers like Mr.Kitty and Kite, I think Empathy Test is certainly right up their alley. I have been listening to their music a lot this past week.

Next to Empathy Test, I have been listening a lot of The Eden House music especially their new album Songs For the Broken Ones. I am really addicted to the new album. It is everything I love about darkwave/goth music. I can't recommend checking out this album enough.

Earlier this week I discovered the dreampop band Fazerdaze. They are a band out of Auckland, New Zealand. I heard their song "Lucky Girl" on Spotify by accident and immediately loved what I heard. They released their full length album Morningside last month. It is a fantastic album. Their music is super catchy.

Today I made a trip to the Electric Fetus and saw they had the new TBM album so I bought that and a ticket to next Saturday's PIG show at Amsterdam Bar and Hall. I love Under Your Spell by The Birthday Massacre. I am really happy to have gotten to see the band live last month and hear a few tracks from the new album.

Ruined Conflict has a new album out. It is wonderful. As a fan, I am definitely not disappointed. Ruined Conflict is definitely a band to check out for fans of VNV Nation. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

My favorite songs of 2017 [so far]

Since I posted this week some of my favorite albums of 2017, I thought I would share with my readers my favorite songs [so far] since the year is halfway over.

My top 3 favorite songs of 2017 definitely has to be "Return" by NamNamBulu, "I Know a Place" by Muna", and "Forsaken Love" by Xandria. All three songs are so damn catchy. I constantly listen to them every damn day have yet to get sick of any them. Those songs are earworms I do not mind getting stuck in my head, especially "Return" by NamNamBulu. Haven't heard a futurepop song this year that comes close to being as good as that song.  I have to admit I wasn't impressed with the new Xandria album. I wish it had more songs that were as memorable as "Forsaken Love".

Another great song I love listening to and it gets stuck in my head is "Out of My Head" by Tashaki Miyaki. I recently discovered this band a few weeks ago. As a fan of artists and bands like Tamaryn, Lush, Belly, Slowdive, and Mazzy Star, Tashaki Miyaki satisfies my shoegaze craving. I would love to see Tashaki Miyaki hit the road with Tamaryn. That would make for a great concert.

Although "16 Psyche" is not as catchy as the other songs I have mentioned, the new Chelsea Wolfe track is great. Very noisy but I like it. The song is a nice contrast to the rest of my playlist. Definitely the darkest song.

One of my new favorite songs is "Last Night On Earth" by Empathy Test from their Losing Touch EP. I discovered this band earlier this year. Really great synthpop. I have yet to hear anything by the band that I didn't like.

My current favorite song is "12th Night" by The Eden House with Monica Richards on vocals. This song gives me the chills. I am so ordering a copy of the album tomorrow when I get paid. I have been listening to the new Eden House album all week long.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Album of the week

For the past 2-3 days, I have been listening a lot to the new album Songs For the Broken Ones by The Eden House. It has consumed my time and my ears. I am waiting for Friday to get paid so I can order an actual copy of the album. I love the various guest vocalists on the album like Monica Richards who sings on my personal favorite track "12th Night", Louise Crane, Kelli Dayton (of Sneaker Pimps fame), Lee Douglas, and Meghan Noel-Pettit. Every time I listen to the album I immediately think of the sounds of Cocteau Twins, Lycia, The Sundays, and Black Tape for Blue Girl with the swirling guitar riffs and ethereal vocals. The production quality of the album is excellent. This is simply a beautiful album. It is an album I can listen to both at work and at home. Certainly one of my favorite releases of 2017.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Best of 2017 [so far]

It's June and the month is slowly coming to an end. Even more importantly the first half of 2017 is almost over. Tonight I thought I would post my favorite albums released this year so far.

If you haven't heard of Ruined Conflict before, you should now. They recently dropped their latest album Triumphant. It is so good. As a VNV Nation fan, I can not help but hear how similar the two acts sounds. Triumphant is the band's third album and they continue to get better with each release. Do check them out.

Absolutely love, love, love This Dream. As a fan of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Lush, and Belly, Tashaki Miyaki is right up there. Their music is super catchy but with lots of fuzzy, distorted guitars. "Out of My Head is easily my favorite song by the band cause of its super catchy pop hooks and singalong lyrics.

Borders is easily my favorite futurepop album I have heard so far this year. The music is so damn melodic. I am constantly listening to their song "Return" every damn day. I have yet to get sick of the song no matter how many times I listen to it. The rest of the album is fantastic. The wait was definitely worth it. I hope I do not have to wait for that same amount of time for new music by NamNamBulu.

The new album by The Eden House is so fucking good! I have been listening to the album for the past few days. I am waiting for pay day at the end of the week to buy a CD copy of the album. I absolutely love the numerous guest vocalists on the album.

Purple Fog Side is one of my new favorite bands I have discovered online in the past couple of years. I first discovered this band on a De/Vision tribute album I bought from SkyQode and really dug their brand of synthpop. Earlier this year they dropped The Dischord. I immediately loved the album. If you dig female fronted synthpop, you really can't go wrong with Purple Fog Side. They are so grossly underrated and overlooked.

I love the direction that Hydrah took on her new EP Siren with the use of stringed instruments.

Excellent soundtrack to an excellent movie. I never heard of Rupert Gregson- Williams but he does a fantastic job scoring the film.

If you have never heard of Sixth June before, please check out their album. I discovered them through either Bandcamp or Youtube. I forgot which site but either way I immediately was hooked on their music. Their new album came out earlier this year. I have to admit I have neglected it for awhile with all the stuff I listen to but I recently started listening to Virgo Rising. It did not take long to be reminded how good the album is and why it is one of the best releases of 2017. 

I can't believe it but I almost forgot to mention Under Your Spell. It has been awhile since I could listen to a TBM album and continually listen to it on a regular basis. Their last few albums after Walking With Strangers really didn't do much for me to be brutally honest. I would listen to them a few times and then move on. This is not the case with Under Your Spell. I found myself enjoying this album from start to finish. I have been listening to the album on a daily basis. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Playlist of the week

Yesterday I put together my fourth volume in my Random Mix series. I just pick some of my favorite songs from the past and present. I even have a little country music on my mixes. I find my work day goes by a bit more quickly when I am listening to these mixes.

On my latest mix, I included a lot of old favorites like "Rooms on Fire" by Stevie Nicks", "How Can I Refuse" by Heart, "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns 'N Roses", and "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" by Cyndi Lauper. The majority of the mix are fairly older songs although I did add a couple of new tracks by The Eden House, Fazerdaze, and The Birthday Massacre.

I will admit my favorite of the four playlists I have created in this series are the first two. I probably will work on this mix to get it to the standards of my two favorite playlists. Still I have been enjoying this playlist quite a bit especially at work today. It made my day a bit more bearable.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Weekly Office Playlist

And once again, the weekend has come to an end. These two days really do go by quickly but fortunately for me, I have requested this Friday off. Here is some of the music I plan on listening to this week.

Created a couple of new playlists this weekend. One consists of all of Cesium 137's music and the other playlist is another random mix. I really do enjoy creating these random mixes that sticks to no particular genre. 

Just discovered this new band called Fazerdaze. They remind me a little of Tashaki Miyaki and Lush. Very shoegazey music. Really liked what I heard on youtube. Fortunately found their music on spotify. 

I know I am beating a dead horse but I really do recommend checking out the new album by The Eden House if you are into the sounds of Autumn, Black Tape for Blue Girl, and Lycia. It is so bloody damn good.


Anemonia: Moonlit Numina


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to



I may have had a shit week as far my personal and work life goes but when it comes to music, this week has been great. Right now I am almost done listening to the new album Songs for the Broken Ones by The Eden House, a UK band compromising of Stephen Carey and Tony Pettitt (of  Fields of the Nephillim) and with a lot guest appearances on their albums like Monica Richards of Faith and the Fuse. For me, I have a tendency to gravitate more towards industrial and synthpop bands but it does not mean I do not enjoy some goth and darkwave music. After all one of my favorite bands (Autumn) is a goth band. When I get paid next week, I certainly plan on buying a CD copy of the new Songs for the Broken Ones.

This past week I rediscovered Cesium 137. I hadn't listened to their music in ages. Their album Intelligent Design was the first album I had heard from the band. I think I discovered them when I found the album at Cheapo Discs in the used cd bins. That was many, many, many moons ago. Great album. Definitely need to listen to the rest of their catalog and become familiar with their music again.

Really glad to have come across the latest album by Cellmod Graveyard of Empires. I have been enjoying the album a lot for the past couple of days. Damn shame I just found out about it. It certainly would have ended up on my annual best of list.

I feel guilty for neglecting the most recent album by Bat for Lashes The Bride. I was rearranging my cds to fit in my most recent albums and I saw The Bride buried underneath my other CDs. I brought the CD into work this week and listened to it a few times. I feel bad about letting it collect dust because the album is so good. I was quickly reminded why this album was one of my favorite albums of 2016.

Every time I listen to the new album Under the Spell by The Birthday Massacre, the more I love it.  I certainly plan on buying a copy one day. I hope The Electric Fetus will get copies of it (which they usually do with TBM music). 

Friday, June 16, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

Another work week has come and gone. Got a lot of new songs on this week's playlist as well as a few oldie but goodies.

 I had to throw in some oldies like "Heaven's Gate" by Toni Childs, one of my favorite songs from the '90s. There is no other artist I can really compare with Toni Childs. Toni has such a unique voice. Once upon a time Cities '97 was my go to source to discover new music. That is how I learned about Loreena McKennitt, Sarah, McLachlan, and Toni Childs. Now the station is just commercialized garbage. Damn shame.

Another oldie but goodie I had to throw in is "La Isla Bonita" by Madonna. Still my favorite Madonna song from my childhood.

I have been in a fairly bad mood this week (one reason being PMS) so one of the few things I do to cheer myself up has been listening to Autumn's music. Of all the albums I listen to, I keep going back to The Hating Tree. It is the most played album in my collection. It is really hard for me to pick a favorite song off that album since I listen to it almost every day. I think if I had a current favorite song from the album it has to be "How It Came to be This Way". Between Julie Plante's powerful vocals and her confrontational lyrics, I can relate to that song on so many levels that it has a profound effect on me considering the amount of bullshit I have been dealing with for the past several weeks.

Just re-discovered the sounds of Cesium 137 just the other day. I definitely have forgotten how good their music is. Judging by their Facebook page, Cesium 137 is currently working on some new music so that is a very good sign.

I really wanted to like the latest De/Vision album but I find it rather middle of the road. It isn't bad but it isn't really interesting. I find myself kinda bored with synthpop at the moment. I love NamNamBulu. Their music can hold my attention for long periods of time but De/Vision? Eh. My favorite track on the 13 is the last track  "The Firing Line". I think that is the one song on the album that the best melodies.

Since booking hotel room at Central Loop Hotel in Chicago for the Nightwish show in March, I have been listening to my Nightwish playlist a lot. As much as I love Tarja, I love Floor's version of "Ever Dream" on their live album Showtime, Storytime from 2013 (as well as "Amaranthe").  Floor has such a huge presence on this track. The live album immediately convinced me she was a perfect fit for the band after the departure of Anette Olzon.

This week I listened to the new albums by 3Teeth, Marnie (from Ladytron), Slowdive, Hydrah, Tashaki Miyaki (that is the name of the band, it is not a solo artist), and The Birthday Massacre. The new TBM, Hydrah, and Tashaki Miyaki albums have been getting a lot of my attention this week at work. I only listened to the new 3Teeth album once but I do like what I have heard so far. Really loving the title track to Under the Spell. It is my current favorite song from the new  TBM album.

It has been a long time since I listened to Bat For Lashes' The Bride. I was quickly reminded how good the album is especially the first track "I Do". What a gorgeous track. The album itself was one of my favorite releases from 2016. That was a really great year for music.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Earworm of the Week

It is Wednesday! It is time for Earworm of the week! This week I chose Josh Vietti's version of Pachelbel's "Canon in D", my favorite song from the baroque period. One of the songs I was weaned on growing up. My parents were big fans of baroque and classical music.

I first heard this version of "Canon in D" on a radio station on google play a few years ago. I immediately became hooked on this modern take on a childhood classic of mine. I have heard a few variations on "Canon" from groups like Bond to Delerium but Josh's version is my personal favorite.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Album of the Week: Under Your Spell by The Birthday Massacre

Once again I had a hell of a time trying to figure out what this week's Album of the Week will be the soundtrack to the Wonder Woman film which I absolutely adore or the new album Under the Spell by The Birthday Massacre. After listening to both albums at work today, I ultimately decided Under the Spell would be this week's pick. I am really enjoying this album more so than the band's previous 2-3 albums.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Playlist of the Week

Last week I found out Nightwish is hitting the road in North America again to play some old and rare material. Unfortunately the show they are playing at in the Twin Cities at The Myth. That did not make me happy since I have never heard one good thing about the venue, that and I have no way to get there with no car and all. Today I booked a room for two nights in Chicago at the same hotel I stayed at this past spring because the rates were great. I decided to get a early morning flight to Chicago on the day of the concert, chill at the Art Institute before the concert, spend the following day at The Field Museum, and if I take the train home, go hit the Shedd Aquarium (because I am just a big old kid at heart). So in honor of the news of the upcoming Nightwish concert, this week's playlist is of Nightwish songs. I wish Spotify had the band's older albums prior to Once but I did what I could do with what there was available.

I am super excited to make another trek to Chicago to see Nightwish. I went to Chicago to see Nightwish in 2015 at the Concord Music Hall. Super glad I went to that show when the weather was nice and all I needed was my black leather jacket. When the band came to Minneapolis, it was in February when it was cold and there was snow on the ground. I will say this I am going to get to the venue like 2-3 hours in advanced if I want to get a decent view of the band. When I was at the Concord Music Hall, my view was not the greatest being short and all while being surrounded by tall people. I will say that one person was really kind enough to switch places with me which did help a bit.

I am fortunate to have seen Nightwish with Tarja, Anette, and now Floor. I feel so privileged to say that I have seen the band live with each of those singers. Honestly I think Floor is a much better fit than Anette was. Anette was okay but I think she was more suited as a solo artist (especially after hearing her excellent album Shine). I still remember after seeing Nightwish live with Tarja, I ended up being deaf in one ear for 36 hours because I stood in front of some speakers, had no earplugs, and in between bands, black metal was blasted through out the venue. It freaked me out but it did get me to start wearing earplugs to shows.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Weekly Office Playlist

Once again, the weekend has pretty much come and gone. I had really nice weekend. Spent a lot of time outside at the Walker Sculpture Garden and the Northern Spark event on Saturday, then today I got some new ink.  Now it is back to the grind. Just got volunteered to have one of auditors sit with me at work this coming week. Better me than my coworker who has a shitty attitude and works way too slowly. Anyways, here is some of the music I plan on listening to at work this week:

3Teeth: Shutdown.exe

Amanda Ghost: Ghost Stories

Arch Enemy: War Eternal

Army of the Universe: 1999 and The Aftershow

Bat For Lashes: The Bride

The Birthday Massacre: Under Your Spell


Tracy Chapman: Greatest Hits

Cellmod: Graveyard of Empires

Claire Voyant: Claire Voyant

Collide: Color Of Nothing

Devauta Daun: Look

Ego Likeness: The Compass Eps

Frozen Plasma: Momentum

Glow: The Years

Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Awesome Mix Volume 2

Ghost Twin: Plastic Heart

Hexheart: Midnight On a Moonless Night

Hotel Costes: Hotel Costes 15

Hydrah: Siren EP

Inkubus Sukkubus: The Anthology

Kitten: Kitten

Lana Del Rey: Honeymoon

Moby: Hotel: Ambient

Night Club: Requiem for Romance

Purple Fog Side: The Discord

Robert Miles: 23 AMRupert Gregson-Williams: Wonder Woman soundtrack

Saint Etienne: Home Counties

Sixth June: Virgo Rising

White Zombie: La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Volume 1

Hydrah Playlist

My Current Favorite Songs

Gothic Rock/Darkwave Playlist

Morningstar in a Black Car: My Favorite Ashbury Heights Songs

Of Moondrop Tears: My Favorite Autumn Songs

Metamorphosis: My Favorite Delerium Songs

I Love the '90s

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to



I have been listening to quite a bit of new music lately. I am particularly fond of Rupert Gregson-Williams' score for the new Wonder Woman film. I have been listening to that album a lot, at home as well as at work. I think the music is part of the reason why the film is such a hit on so many levels. It captures the emotions of the film. To me, this is one of the best film scores I have heard in five years. I love it as much as the film itself.

Today I discovered Cellmod released a new album last year called Graveyard of Empires. I just finished listening to the album. I love what I heard. I certainly can recommend checking it out. I wish I knew about it sooner though like oh say last year. lol

Yesterday Under the Spell by The Birthday Massacre dropped. I have been enjoying it a lot more than their last 2-3 albums. In the past, I just haven't been impressed with the band's material after Walking with Strangers (which is my favorite TBM album of all time) but this time the band released a really strong album that I can listen to from start to finish. "Endless" and "Under the Spell" are my current favorite tracks from the album.

Since the Ego Likeness/Stoneburner show last weekend, I have been listening to When the Wolves Return and On the Folding of Space. I admit I have neglected Ego Likeness's When the Wolves Return album for awhile so it was nice to rediscover the this past week. While I was at the show, I bought the last copy of On the Folding of Space. It is a really good. I have one other Stoneburner album from the previous show Ego Likeness show at Amsterdam Bar and Hall. I normally not into instrumental music but Stoneburner's music is really interesting. There is some really interesting, complex rhythms and sounds. I kinda get the same vibe from some of my favorite '90s techno acts but with the beats amped up .

My other favorite album right now is The Dream by Tashaki Miyaki. The album has some really great melodies that easily gets stuck in my head. I feel like I am listening to early Lush, My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, and Slowdive. I really like that Metropolis Records is branching out with the artists that they signed. I can hardly wait to hear more music from Tashaki Miyaki.

I know I already wrote a bit about the new Hydrah EP Siren on a couple of blog posts here this week but this EP is definitely worth hearing. The music Hydrah puts out is not contrived, commercialized dance music. 

Friday, June 9, 2017

My Current Favorite Songs of the Week

It is Friday night and the weekend has finally arrived. Here is my latest mix featuring my favorite songs that I have been listening to a lot this week at work. I have thrown in some new tracks by the likes of Hydrah, Slowdive, Tashaki Miyaki, The Birthday Massacre, and Sia but most of the mix consists of older tracks.

I am really digging the new releases by Hydrah and Tashaki Miyaki at the moment. I definitely need to hit the Electric Fetus this weekend to see if the store has Tashaki Miyaki's album The Dream in stock, if not I am going to buy it online. If you love shoegaze, you definitely would love Tashaki Miyaki. Her brand of noir pop/shoegaze is so damn good. Modern electronic music today is a hit or miss with me. I like some but I also dislike a lot of it. I personally think some people make EDM for all the wrong reasons and just in it for the money. This is not the case with Hydrah. Her music is really good.

The new album by The Birthday Massacre is finally out. I listened to Under the Spell only once today. I liked what I have heard. Certainly will post more about it when I have listened to the album a few times. Right now "Endless" is my favorite track off the album.

Today I decided to listen to Robert Miles' second album 23 Am. It had been so many years since I last heard the album. I am so glad I listened to it again. I was quickly reminded how good the music is on this album. Unfortunately after that album, his music went downhill for me but his first two albums will always remain classics to me.

Threw some Ego Likeness and Stoneburner into the mix after last Sunday's concert. Gotta include songs to remind me of that show.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Ego Likeness with Stoneburner and Absynthe of Faith at Club Underground on 06.04.17

This past Sunday night I went over to Club Underground to see Ego Likeness, Stoneburner, and Absynthe Of Faith (put on by Kilted Farmer Koncerts of course). This was my third time I had seen Ego Likeness. Local band Absynthe of Faith opened up the show.

It had been awhile since I had last seen Absynthe perform live. Jarvis had taken over vocals so it was different yet good to hear him sing. He did a really excellent cover of David Bowie's "Space Oddity" which was how Absynthe of Faith ended their set with. AoF had done this cover a year before David Bowie's death for a local radio and its annual David Bowie tribute show.

Up next was Steven Archer's project Stoneburner which is really good. His music is a mix of tribal rhythms and electronic music. Really gnarly music. Stoneburner will be releasing a new album sometime this summer via Negative Gain. I definitely look forward to hearing that album.

Here is a sample of what Stoneburner's music sounds like. You can also find Stoneburner's music on Spotify.

The evening ended on a high note with the ever so wonderful sounds of Ego Likeness. I like interactive Donna and Steven are with their fans. Really cool folks and their music is freaking awesome.

I have been wanting to get my favorite Ego Likeness song recorded for my youtube channel. I finally did so on Sunday night with my smartphone. I just love the melodies for this song as well as Donna's vocals. I would not have guessed that Donna's voice was starting to go out (she mentioned during the show that she was starting to lose her voice). She sounded amazing as always. A very consumate and passionate performer she is as well as her husband.

Asides from the fact that the AC in Club Underground went out and it was hot as hell in there, I had a wonderful evening. Getting to chat with Donna is always a real treat. She is right up there withh Kristy Venrick of The Azoic, Jennifer Parkin of Ayria, and Nyxx on my list of favorite musicians I have had the joy of meeting and chatting with.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Album of the Week

It has been a great weekend for me. Listened to some new music. It was really hard for me to pick which album I was going to post for my Album of the Week. Today I was trying to figure out if it was going to be the soundtrack to Wonder Woman which I absolutely love both the film and soundtrack, Tashaki Miyaki's The Dream (this fantastic noir pop artist), or the new Hydrah EP Siren. I ended up choosing Siren. The new Hydrah EP is so damn good. I have been listening to it quite a bit for the past couple of days.

I will confess the first track "Ominous" was one of those tracks that I didn't initially like the first time I had listened to it when it was released as a single. It was an instrumental and I wasn't used to not hearing Katie's vocals. It did eventually grow on me when I started listening to the song more often. I like how ominous the song starts out with the stringed instruments and then slowly progresses into a mid-tempo club track. While on her previous EP Hold, the music was a bit more on the pop side. On Siren, there is more of a classical influence in the music with the use of stringed instruments and piano which I loved hearing in the songs.

I am really impressed with every single and release that Hydrah puts out. I can hear her music evolving. I am generally not a fan of modern electronica (outside of my realm of the goth/industrial world) but her music is really good. There is nothing pretentious or fake about Hydrah's music. Do not be surprised if you see this excellent release in my top ten of my annual best of list at the end of the year.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Playlist of the Week

I just remembered today that Hydrah recently released a new EP called Siren. So today, I put together a playlist combining her new EP with music she released last year. I genuinely tend to be on the fence when it comes to EDM music but I do like Hydrah's music quite a bit. I am often reminded of Paul Van Dyck, Moby, and Tiesto. Her music has that '90s vibe when I listened to techno music in the '90s. Her 2016 release Hold was one of my favorite releases and it looks like 2017's Siren is going to have a place on my best of list.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Albums and Playlists I am Currently Listening to

I have been listening to some new music lately. The band Collide recently released a new album. I am really enjoying the new music so far. I am glad to see the band return to the scene with some new material. I could say the same for Marnie from Ladytron who just released Strange Words and Weird Wars. Of course I had to include the new Ghost Twin album Plastic Heart. My personal favorite release at the moment (that isn't a soundtrack) is The Dream by Tashaki Miyaki. I certainly recommend this album for anyone into the sounds of My Bloody Valentine, Lush, and Slowdive.
Speaking of Slowdive, I initially wasn't impressed with their latest self-titled album when I first heard it however when I started listening to it last night, I found myself enjoying the album a lot more.

Listening to a lot of soundtracks for the past few days. Of course it wasn't intentional.  Just saw the film Wonder Woman today and loved it so I have been listening to the album which the music was scored by Rupert Gregson-Williams. His work is wonderful. I am reminded of Hans Zimmer. The film ends with the song "To Be Human" featuring Sia and Labrinth which I absolutely love. A great closer to an awesome film. Last night, I felt like listening to the soundtrack to the film Singles. I hadn't listened to that album in years. I completely forgot how much I love the song "Dyslexic Heart" by Paul Westerberg. The movie was pretty forgettable but I always loved the soundtrack. I also been listening to quite a bit of the soundtrack to Alien: Covenant.

A few days ago I put together a playlist of all the releases that The Luna Sequence , one of my favorite independent artists in the past 2-4 years I have been listening to TLS. Go take a listen. It is a nice mix of heavy metal, techno, and industrial music.



Friday, June 2, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

Believe it or not, I actually have some new music featured on this week's playlist in between some old faves of mine. I would have included something from the new Collide album but I haven't heard it yet. I will put in some new Collide music on next week's playlist.

Got some local music on the album by the likes of Autumn - US BandGraveyard ClubDevata Daun, and Paul Westerberg. Can not go a week without featuring my favorite band Autumn. I can't help it. lol

If you haven't heard of Tashaki Miyaki, you have now.  If you are a fan of bands like My Bloody Valentine and Lush, I definitely recommend checking out TM. Tashaki also reminds of Tamaryn (who opened up for Lush on their brief reunion tour). I just heard their latest album The Dream a couple of days ago. I absolutely loved what I heard. I love the song "Out of My Head" is my current favorite song from Tashaki Miyaki. The song is so dreamy and infectious.

I finally got around to listen to the new Slowdive album again. The first time I listened to it I guess I was in a bad mood because the music didn't really sink in with me. After work today, I listened to the album and I found myself enjoying it a lot more than I did the first time around.

Marnie  from Ladytron has a new album. I just finished listening to it tonight. I really liked what I had heard. Still miss Ladytron though.

I will be honest I am not a fan of Pentatonix but when I heard their cover of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" tonight I was really surprised by how good it sounds. I think their version sounds as good as the original.

Jury is still out on the new Blondie album but there are a few good tracks on the album. One of my favorite tracks is "Doom or Destiny".

So Lords of Acid is hitting the road this summer. One of the bands touring with them is Night Club. They kind of remind me of Nyxx. I only listened to their album once today. I will have to listen to more of it before posting my final thoughts. I did like what I heard so far.

Threw in some oldies from the '90s like Paul Westerberg, Toni Childs, and Robert Miles (RIP).

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Music to check out

It has been awhile since I posted about music my readers should check out. Here is some recent stuff I just discovered. Enjoy!