Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Earworm of the week

This week I have been listening a lot to my latest playlist of my favorite pop songs from the '90s and early '00s. This playlist brings back memories to my days in Milwaukee when my friends and I would hit Metropolis nightclub. We would often dance to some of the songs featured on my playlist.

My current favorite song that I had been listening to on my playlist this week is Robert Miles' "One and One". Such a beautiful song and still is to this very day. Maria Nayler's angelic vocals is what makes the song for me. I was quite saddened when Robert passed away this year. Dreamland was one of my favorite albums from the '90s.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Album of the week

I know I have said this in previous blog entries but I do have to say it again for tonight's blog entry. Country (and western) music for me is not my cup of tea, especially if it is country/western. Today's country/western music is nothing more than pop/rock music with a country twang.  That said I will make a few exceptions. A couple of those exceptions is Shelby Lynne and her sister Allison Moorer. I have been a fan of the two women for several years especially Allison Moorer. I always loved that the women walked to their own beat.

For years I have always wanted them to put out an album together.  Well my dream finally came true this year with their collaboration on Not Dark Yet. It is a gorgeous, intimate, sparse country album unfettered by the corporate machinations of Nashville. The album is a collection of cover songs which the women do so artfully well in reinterpreting the songs to suit their needs and talents. The sisters cover everyone from Nick Cave to Nirvana on this elegant album. Because this album does not sound like anything coming out of Nashville nowadays, I really was able to really get into the album and its laid back vibe. I can just kick back and chill to the music. It is simply  a beautiful, well made album. Please check it out. This is definitely not your traditional country album and it sure as heck not a country/western album. Nashville needs to take note on how good country music can sound when the music is not overpolished and the artists are not trying to be a rock or pop star.

 You can read more about the album below the playlist. I have posted a link to a recent NPR article as well as an interview with them on Rolling Stone's website.



You can read a recent NPR article about the sisters and their album here: http://www.npr.org/first-listen-shelby-lynne-allison-moorer-not-dark-yet

Rolling Stone interview: http://www.rollingstone.com/country/features/sisters-shelby-lynne-allison-moorer-talk-new-covers-album-w498479

Monday, August 28, 2017

Playlist of the week

This morning before work, I quickly put together a playlist of super cheesy pop songs I used to listen to in the late '90s and early '00s. I figured I needed to listen to something more upbeat on a Monday morning. I have been meaning to put together this playlist for awhile but kept forgetting to until this morning. A lot of the songs I danced to at the nightclub Metropolis when I lived in Milwaukee in the early '90s so there is a bit of nostalgia in the music for me.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to

I spent most of my work week listening to my random mixes. They really do make my work day go by a little more quickly and more bearable. Sometimes I just need a good mix of music outside of goth, industrial, and synthpop music. With the way this summer has been going for me (which is absolutely shitty), I need my mood to be picked up by some cheesy ass pop/rock music.

Just got my copy of Rhapsodies in Black by Exit Eden this week. Love this album! That is all I have to say.

Just started listening to the newest effort by Android Lust in her Crater series called Berlin. I have only listened to the album twice but I do like what I have heard. The music is mostly instrumental with the occasional track with vocals.

Right now I am listening to the album Metanoia by The Moon and The Nightspirit. I came across the band in the related artist sections for Elane. I definitely need to listen to the album a few more times before giving any opinion. To be honest I am not feeling it on this initial listen. I suppose if I listen to the album more often, the music might sink in with me. Maybe.

The weather today has been crappy for a summer day in August, very chilly and sometimes wet. Perfect weather though for some Autumn and The Bellwether Syndicate. I can hardly wait for both bands to put out new music, especially Autumn (and from what I have read online, their new album comes out this winter).

If you haven't heard of Arandu Arakuaa or read one of my recent blog posts which I have mentioned them in, you should check them out. This article titled This heavy metal band is hell bent on saving an endangered language showed up in my news feed and it piqued my curiosity. The rest is history.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

This week's playlist of my favorite songs. Most of the songs consists of older tracks but I do have a few newer songs.

Android Lust recently dropped a new album so I have started listening to it. Most of the album consists of instrumentals but there is the occasional song with vocals. My favorite track at the moment is "Daughters of Dawn". In my opinion, this is the most accessible track on the entire album.

I am really enjoying the new Exit Eden album. I was going to put "Total Eclipse of the Heart" but I ended up with "Impossible". It is my new favorite song. Super catchy.

My friend Trace just introduced me to a new synthrock group called Fate Creator which I had never heard of until now. I have only listened to one song which was "Creator of Fate". I certainly liked what I had heard. It has a good mix of synth and rock.

I have been in a pretty foul mood for the past few days because of my personal life my mood has been up and down like a roller coaster. It sucks grieving as well as being salty as hell (thanks to the incidents that occurred to me this summer that left me very angry and disenchanted with humanity). Been listening a lot to one of my personal favorite albums of all time Autumn's first album The Hating Tree for the past couple of days.  Right now "Desert Winds of Jezebel" resonates with me. Lyrically the song obviously doesn't fit my mood but it is more of musical thing. Just love how powerful Julie's vocals are on this particular track, so in your face in a confrontational sort of way. No matter how many times I listen to The Hating Tree, I can never get sick of listening to the album. I wish singers today sounded more like Julie and a lot less like Taylor Swift and Katy Perry (gag me).

Threw some of my favorite songs from the '80s like "Nothin' At All", "No More Words", and "Solitaire".  I love the '80s. For me, "No More Words" is my favorite Berlin song.

Not really a Dixie Chicks fan, let alone country/western music but I do like a few tracks by the band. One of my personal favorite songs is "Everybody Knows". It has a really great catchy bluegrass sound.

Last night I discovered the South American folk-metal band Arandu Arakuaa. I posted a blog about them last night. I love that they are trying to save their language from going extinct (no thanks to modern colonization) and that their  brand of metal incorporates traditional indigenous music .

I don't know what else to say about Felix Marc that I haven't already said before. His latest solo album is fantastic. If any of my readers dig his stuff from Diorama and Frozen Plasma, I can definitely recommend his solo albums especially Alternative Facts.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Arandu Arakuaa

This afternoon after work I discovered the band Arandu Arakuaa from South America via Facebook from this article about them called This Heavy Metal Band is Hell Bent On Saving an Endangered Language. After dinner, I started checking out their music on youtube. I really dug what I had heard as well as what I had read in the link I just posted. Go check out this band.





Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Earworm of the week

Since Monday was the solar eclipse, guess which song I had stuck in my head since that day? You got it! Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Sun", and not just her version. I also have Exit Eden's version stuck in my head too. And of course I had to throw in Nicki French's dance version of the song. As much as I like Exit Eden and Nicki French's versions, nothing beats the classic. Gotta love Bonnie Tyler's husky voice.




Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Album of the week

If you haven't heard of the new metal band Exit Eden, you should now. The band consists of four singers from four different countries: Amanda Somerville, Anna Brunner, Marina La Torraca, and Clementine Delauney. Last week their debut album Rhapsodies in Black was unleashed upon the public. I have been listening to the album since Friday. All of the songs are cover songs given a metal transformation. I am familiar with most of the songs but there were a few tracks I didn't recognize like "Impossible" by Shontelle.

One of the weakest tracks on Rhapsodies in Black for me is "Skyfall" . The band's version fell flat to me. For me, "Skyfall" really doesn't have any memorable melodies like on Adele's first two albums. As talented as the women are, they just couldn't make "Skyfall" work for me.  I am also not particularly crazy about their version of Depeche Mode's "A Question of Time". I really wanted to like it but I'm just not feeling the love of turning a classic synthpop song into a symphonic metal track. The rest of the album is terrific. I absolutely loved the band's interpretations of "Total Eclipse of the Heart", "Frozen", "Heaven" (my personal fave), and "Impossible". Despite the flaws, I like how each member had their own distinct sound and brought it to the table. I thought all the women harmonized well together. Rhapsodies in Black is just a fun album to listen to while at work or cleaning house at  home.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Playlist of the week

I admit I listen a lot to my Random Mix playlists a lot, especially the first Random Mix playlist I created a few months ago. It gets so much play because a lot of my favorite songs are on that playlist. Unfortunately I have neglected my other Random Mix playlists. Today for my afternoon commute I listened to the second volume Random Mix playlist. I completely forgot how good the mix with songs like "One Breath" by NamNamBulu off their new album Borders which I so recommend checking out. This playlist has a good mix of current music and music from the '90s and early '00s that I adore.

My afternoon commute was a bitch because my first bus showed up five minutes early and I missed it. I had to stand in the rain for an additional 20 minutes (FYI...there was no shelter for me to stay dry). The only thing that kept me sane was my music.  Listening to my random mixes is like listening to the radio minus the annoying commercials and djs.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Weekly office playlist

It has been awhile since I wrote my weekly playlist. Last week I was just too lazy and not in the mood to put together a list of music to listen to at work for the week. Fortunately that feeling did not last long. Here is this week's collection of music I plan on listening to. Alice Glass and Android Lust recently dropped some new music (besides KMFDM, Janet Gardner, and Exit Eden).

Albums:
Alice Glass: Alice Glass

Amaranthe: Maximilism

Android Lust: Berlin

Arch Enemy: War Eternal

Avarice in Audio: Shine and Burn

The Bellwether Syndicate: The Night Watch EP

The Birthday Massacre: Under Your Spell

Blume: Autumn Ruins

Cover Stores: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story (an album to benefit War Child)

Diary of Dreams: Freak Perfume

The Eden House: Songs for the Broken Ones

Elane: The Silver Falls

Exit Eden: Rhapsodies in Black

Felix Marc: Alternative Facts

The Frozen Plasma: Dekadenz

Gold Zebra: Gold Zebra

Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2

Hanzel und Gretyl: Black Forest Metal

Hocico: The Spell of the Spider

In This Moment: Ritual

Janet Gardner: Janet Gardner

KMFDM: Hell Yeah

Mono Inc.: Together Till the End

NamNamBulu: Borders

Purple Fog Side: The Discord

Sabaton: Heroes

Suicide Commando: Forest of the Impaled

Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob

Tiny Deaths: Elegies

Uh Huh Her: Nocturnes

Xandria: Theater of Dimensions

Youth Code: An Overture

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Random Mix II

Random Mix III

Random Mix IV

Of Moondrop Tears: My Favorite Autumn Songs

Empires: My Favorite VNV Nation Songs

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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This wasn't the best week for me. I had just come back to work after taking last week off. It was hard for me to get back into the groove of things. I really didn't listen to many albums for most of the week. I spent most of this week listening to my random mixes.

Yesterday some new music dropped. KMFDM with Hell Yeah!, Janet Gardner (from the band Vixen) with her self-titled solo album,  and Exit Eden with Rhapsodies in Black. I am going to have to listen to the KMFDM and Janet Gardner albums a few more times. I do though have taken to the Exit Eden album immediately. I love these women and their take on some of the biggest pop hits in the past couple of decades.

If you haven't heard of the synthpop band Gold Zebra from Montreal, CA, I definitely recommend giving their music a listen. Their self-titled has once again made way into heavy rotation with me. It is one of the few albums I have been listening to this week on a daily basis. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

Going back to work after taking a week off to say goodbye to my father and celebrate his life was not easy. I found solace in music, and most of it was in long time favorite tracks in recent years as well as from the past. And today I was just in the worst mood ever, not because of my father's passing but just how this summer has been going for me which has been awful so some of the music on the playlist reflects my mood today as well as the other days of the week.

 Earlier this week, a former FB friend had the nerve to contact me and try to beg me to refriend her. I was not having any of it. I had to throw on "Not Ready to Make Nice" by Dixie Chicks on my playlist since it really captures my feelings for the brief conversation I had with her.

Another song I have been listening a lot to and have been finding great comfort in is Delta Rae's "Dance in the Graveyards". It is a beautiful song that celebrates death and the life the deceased had lived. This song does help take the sting out of the pain I am going through at the moment. The same can be said about "Space and Time" by VNV Nation. The beats on that song does contribute a lot to perking me up.

Most of the songs on the playlist are older tracks especially by Cyndi Lauper, Fleetwood Mac, and Tears for Fears. The only two tracks that are new are by Tashaki Miyaki and Exit Eden. I am loving the debut album Rhapsodies in Black by Exit Eden. All the songs are cover songs but that's okay. I love album. I ended up ordering a copy online this evening after trying to see if I could find it in my favorite record stores (which I did not).  I adore their cover of Bryan Adam's "Heaven"

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Earworm of the week

I have been listening a lot to some pop music lately considering my current state of mood after the passing of my father. This week I have rediscovered the sounds of my favorite Ellie Goulding song "Anything Could Happen" from her excellent 2012 album Halcyon. This song has been stuck in my head all week long. The song is so infectious and catchy. Five years later since its release, I still love the song. Easily one of my favorite pop songs of all time.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Album of the week

Several years ago, I briefly wrote reviews for a well known website. One of the albums I wrote a review for was The Fire of Glenvore by the German dark fantasy/folk band Elane. I immediately became a fan. Unfortunately over time I lost track of the band until earlier this year when they dropped Arcane 2. I kinda forgot about it for awhile until a couple of days ago when I was scrolling through my Spotify account and saw Arcane 2 was one of the albums I had saved. I am sorry for neglecting this wonderful album for a long time. I find the music very soothing to listen to. If you like the sounds of Faun, Omnia, and Qntal I definitely can recommend Elane.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Playlist of the week

Today I decided to update one of my Random Mix playlists, the second volume to be exact. I felt like it needed some new tunes added to the mix.

Threw in a couple of faves from the '80s "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)". Those two songs I can never get sick and tired of listening to. Probably will still be listening to those songs when I am in my retirement years. The only newer track I added was "Mystic Sabbath" by Ghost Twin, one of my favorite new bands I discovered this year. The song is so damn catchy. Another favorite song of mine is Pararalox's version of "Eye in the Sky" by The Alan Parsons Band. Not a fan of the original song but I absolutely love this electropop version. I hate saying this but the original bores me.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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I haven't been listening to much music this past week with my father's memorial service and all. Here is what little I have been listening to. I have been taking a lot of solace in more mellower music. Barely listened to any synthpop this past week. I been listening a lot to my chill out playlist a lot. Not only is it great to go to sleep to but also just to relax during the day. I feel the same way about my Loreena Mckennitt and Stoa playlists.

I am generally not a fan of live albums but I absolutely adore Loreena Mckennitt's Nights from the Alhambra. Obviously the live album has been edited to leave out the stories Loreena told in between songs. I just love the vibe I get from the album, not to mention the songs on this album. Great album to listen to as my unplanned vacation winds down.

I went out for a nice long Sunday morning walk today. I decided to listen to Synthia by The Jezabels. It had been awhile since I listened to the album. If you are politically inclined especially towards feminist issues, The Jezabels is a band worth checking out. Their most recent album was one of my favorite albums from 2016. The last song on the album "Stamina" really captures how I currently feel both physically and emotionally.

Another album I hadn't listened to in ages is Chandeen's  Blood Red Skies. It is one of my personal favorite dreampop albums. The album that they released after that Forever and Ever is just as good. I certainly recommend checking that album out as well.

I don't know why but I keep going back to Rupert Gregson-Williams' work for Wonder William. The music is so beautiful.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

I am a day late on this playlist. I was in and out for most of the day, and by the time evening I was too worn out to post a blog. So here is this week's playlist of my current favorite songs.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Earworm of the week

For the past couple of days I have been listening a lot to Ashbury Height's most recent album The Looking Glass Society. It is one of my favorite albums from 2015, if not was my favorite album of that year. I honestly felt the music was better well written than its predecessor Take Cair Paramour. Certainly had better hooks. All of the songs on The Looking Glass Society are all great I have to say that "Ghost Spirit Mother" is my current favorite track on the album.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Album of the week

If you haven't heard of Nordika and looking for some new synthpop to listen to, check them out. Hector A. Marin's project reminds me of some of my favorite synthpop bands like Carved Souls, Depeche Mode, NamNamBulu, and Colony 5. Nordika dropped a new album not long ago. It is a solid album from start to finish.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Playlist of the week

Being on a major Felix Marc kick lately because of his excellent new album Alternative Facts so awhile back I created this playlist of Felix's songs. Asides from Alternative Facts, I love the tracks from Parallel Worlds. Not big on Pathways IMHO. If you like Diorama and Frozen Plasma, Felix's other bands, I definitely recommend checking out his solo albums.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

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I have to admit my listening habits has been sporadic this week considering the fact that I am still grieving over my father's passing. I have been listening to a lot of my playlists and more mellower music. I am finding that VNV Nation is giving me a lot of comfort lately. Too bad I am going to have to skip their upcoming show at 7th St Entry. The same can be said about Mary Chapin Carpenter's music too. The warmth of Mary's voice is very comforting to me. I am also been enjoying the soundtrack to Angels and Demons even if the film wasn't all that great (but I did enjoy the book).

Thursday, August 3, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

I thought I would post this week's playlist of my current favorite songs tonight because I am having dinner with a friend tomorrow night. A lot of the songs was going to be featured on last week's playlist before I found out my father had passed away the night before. I did include a few songs I have been finding some comfort from such as Allison Moorer's "Mockingbird" and "Ball and Chain" by Social Distortion.  I can so relate to the lyrics in both songs. I also love Allison Moorer's vocals on "Mockingbird" as well as the melancholy feel to the song.

In the past couple of days I have really taken a shine to the darkwave/goth band Stoa . Their music is so soothing especially since I am in mourning over the passing of my father.  Super chill music. I can also say the same thing about Hans Zimmer's score for Angels and Demons which wasn't that great of a movie but I love the music especially "503".


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Earworm of the week

Since the passing of my father almost a week ago, I have been listening a lot to "Ball and Chain" by Social Distortion. This song has always been a favorite of mine since I first heard the song in the early '90s. Right now I can completely relate to a lot of the lyrics (maybe not all but definitely a lot).

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Album of the week

A couple of weekends ago, I made a trip to my favorite record store the Electric Fetus, I finally picked up the soundtrack to my favorite film of the summer Wonder Woman. I absolutely loved Rupert's work on the film. I have been listening to it on a daily basis. The music is so beautiful especially "Amazons of "Themyscira" and "Pain, Loss, and Love" (two of my personal favorite tracks). I also love Sia's contribution with Labrinth "To Be Human" a beautiful ballad.