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

Playlists:
Random Mix

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.