Sunday, December 10, 2017

Weekly Office Playlist

Another weekend has come and gone but fortunately for me, it is another four day work week. I requested Friday off to go see Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Albums:
All My Faith Lost: Redefine My Pure Faith (A Tribute to Black Tape For a Blue Girl)

Amberian Dawn: Darkness of Eternity

Android Lust: Berlin

Ashram: Ashram

Autumn: The Hating Tree (20th Anniversary Edition)

Autumn Tears: Love Poems For Dying Children Act 1

Bjork: Utopia

Blutengel: A Special Night Out

Book of Love: Book of Love

Chandeen: Teenage Poetry

Chelsea Wolfe: Abyss

Conjure One: Extraordinary Ways

Covenant: Dreams of a Cryotank

Delain: A Decade of Delain (Live at Paradiso)

Drab Majesty: The Demonstration

The Eden House: Timeflows

Elane: Lore of Nen

For All the Emptiness: mt ep

Frozen Autumn: The Fellow Traveller

Ghost Twin: Plastic Heart

Grendel: Age of the Body Disposable

In Strict Confidence: The Hardest Heart

Inertia: Dream Machine

John Williams: The Star Wars trilogy

Lindsey Stirling: Warmer in the Winter

Loreena McKennitt: Elemental

Marsheaux: Peek a Boo

Ofra Haza: Kirya

Shelby Lynne/Allison Moorer: Not Dark Yet

Sinsin: Nobody's Heroin

Solar Fake: Sedated

Tegan and Sara Present: The Con X: Covers

Visions of Atlantis: Trinity

X-RX: Gasoline and Fire

Playlists:
My top songs of 2017

My Favorite Songs of 2017

I Love the '80s

I Love the '80s II

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to

Today I went over to the Mall of America for a little retail therapy. One of my purchases I left the mall was Lindsey Stirling's new Christmas album Warmer in the Winter. It is a lovely album however I personally prefer the non-vocal tracks over the ones featuring singers I have no clue who the fuck they are. IMO I don't think anyone will remember Sabrina Carpenter, Becky G, Trombone Shorty, and Alex Gaskarth in 10-20 years with their mediocre vocals.

Yesterday I remembered that the darkwave  Frozen Autumn has a new album out called The Fellow Traveller which came out last month. I have only listened to it once but I certainly liked what I have heard. I am glad they finally released new music. I absolutely loved their previous album Chirality.

Speaking of new music, the live acoustic albums by Blutengel and Solar Fake came out yesterday. I really like both albums but I am particularly fond of Solar Fake's Sedated (Live and Acoustic). I wish with the Blutengel live acoustic album the band dug deeper into their catalog as opposed to using songs from the last 2-3 albums (which to me wasn't anything to write  home about).

Dug out a few albums I haven't listened to in ages like Feather's If All Now Here. I have included a youtube track. I will let it speak how good Feathers' music is.


Next year, Psy'Aviah will be releasing a new album so this morning I was listening to my favorite Psy'Aviah album The Xenogamous Endevour. I believe that was in my top five best of 2014 list.

Also been listening a lot to two of my very favorite albums of 2017 Namnambulu's Borders and The Eden House's Songs For the Broken Ones. I have listened to these albums so many times this year I have never gotten tired of listening to them. Just great albums.

Oh and I plan on posting my annual best of list sometime between now and the new year, more likely before the new year.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

My favorite songs of 2017

Last night, I posted about all the songs I listened to in 2017. Tonight's playlist consists of my favorite songs that came out of 2017.

One of the highlights for me this year was to hear new music from my favorite band Autumn. I was not disappointed with "The Fall". William Faith's remix is incredible. He gives the band a whole new sound. As odd as it is to hear their music remixed as a club track, I absolutely love that version. I am absolutely stoked about the new album Chandelier which drops next month.

In the vein of Autumn, The Eden House has a new album out called Songs For the Broken Ones. Faith and the Muse's Monica Richards sings on most of the tracks and does an amazing job. My personal favorite track off the album is "12 Night".

Despite my personal life being a total shit show this year, 2017 was very good to me when it came to music. The return of Namnambulu was a huge highlight for me this year. It has been nearly a year since Borders was released but I still find myself listening the hell out of it especially the song "Return". I listen to that song every damn day and sometimes more than once. I have never gotten sick of the song. The song has really great pop hooks set to some great production and lyrics. I would have to say it is my very favorite song of 2017.

Another song that I listen to on a daily basis because I am so damn obsessed with it is Xandria's "Forsaken Love". The song is my favorite off Theatre of Dimensions which would end up being Dianne's last album with the band. Unfortunately the album fell flat with me and the band ended up looking foolish after the way they treated Dianne because she needed to take care of her voice. Anyways, I feel "Forsaken Love" really showcases Dianne's talents the best. I wish nothing but ill will for Xandria. WTF goes through five singers in less than ten years? Xandria! It doesn't say much for their integrity or lack there of, and no I am not sorry for writing these comments on the band.

Pop music really isn't my cup of tea but this year there was one pop band that got my undivided attention which was Muna, an L.A based electro pop band. I discovered the band via youtube
for their song "I Know a Place". I  immediately became hooked on the song. Their album About U is fantastic. I love the band's brand of pop music. It is well written and produced. I really regret not going to their show at The Turf Club earlier this year (I went to the Austra show at The Triple Rock).

My other favorite pop song of 2017 is "For Now" by P!nk from her new album Beautiful Trauma. It is my favorite song from the album. I like P!nk. She is a real hoot to watch or read in interviews. She has a lot of spunk that's for sure, nor is she boring.

One of my favorite new finds of 2017 is Nahko (frontman for Nahko and Medicine for the People). His solo album My Name is Bear has given me comfort in my grief (i.e lost my father this year) which not a lot of albums from this year has been able to provide an emotional outlet for me. I love the entire album but I am particularly fond of "Hamakua". I can relate so much to the lyrics, and the melodies and Nahko's vocals are just delightful to listen to.

Both Blutengel and Solar Fake has recently released live acoustic albums. I just listened to them today on my day off from work. Both albums are really good but I like the Solar Fake album a bit more.

This year I discovered two excellent dreampop/shoegaze bands Fazerdaze and Tashaki Miyaki. Their songs I have on the playlist are just super catchy and will end up being ear worms but I love them.

I am really happy that Anette Olzon (ex-Nightwish) joined a new band this year called The Dark Element. The band put out a solid debut album. I had a difficult time picking a song for this playlist because all of the songs are great. I eventually ended up going with "Here's to You".

If you are looking for a song to get a song stuck in your head, go listen to "Mystic Sabbath" by Ghost Twin. That song is pretty damn catchy and hard not to get stuck in one's head. It has ear worm written all over it.

The entire playlist is definitely worth checking out. There were some really great music that came out this year. I could go on and on about the other songs but I won't. If you don't have a Spotify account, just go look them up on youtube. All of them should be on youtube.




Thursday, December 7, 2017

My top songs 2017

Earlier this week, I came across an app that allowed me to find out what music I streamed the most in 2017 via Spotify (https://2017wrapped.com/). Since I listen to music every day via Spotify at work, I decided to see what my year in music was. Here is a bit of what I have learned from my listening habits this year:

The artists/bands I listened to the most this year are: Autumn (US band), Blutengel, Loreena McKennitt, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Nightwish. I'm kinda surprised that Namnambulu and Muna wasn't included since I have listened the hell out of their new albums Borders and About U which I absolutely adore.

Genres I listened most to this year: Dark wave, EBM, Electro-Industrial, Futurepop, and Neue Deutsche Harte.

Songs I listened to the most: Return by Namnambulu, The End of the Line by Autumn, How It Came to Be This Way by Autumn, Endlessly by Amaranthe, and Bravery by Assemblage 23. Yeah, I spent a lot of 2017 listening to Autumn. I plead guilty ;).

Speaking of songs, Spotify also put together a playlist of the top 100 songs I have listened to this year. There is a good mix of pop, rock, electronica, dark wave, EBM, metal, alternative, and new wave. My musical taste this year has been all over the place. I have been making a point to not stick to one genre or two. Considering what a shitty year 2017 has been for me, pop music has definitely cheered me up on days when I really needed it.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

My ten favorite earworms of 2017

Now that it is December and 2017 is coming to an end (THANK HEAVENS!!!), I thought now would be a good time to start reflecting on the year. I thought I would start tonight with my ten favorite earworms from this year. This list is a good mix of old and new music. I will let the songs speak for themselves and hopefully my readers will hear why they are on my list ;).

P.S...Normally earworms are annoying as hell and they usually are songs that people do not like (which is probably putting it mildly). I decided this year to make earworms into something positive instead of being a negative irritant like mosquitoes. LOL!

10. Allison Moorer: Mockingbird


09. Nehko: Hamakua


08. Darden Smith: Little Victories


07. Graveyard Club: Blue Angel


06. White Lies: Right Place


05. Autumn: Even Now


04. P!nk: For Now


03. Amaranthe: Endlessly


02. Xandria: Forsaken Love


01. Namnambulu: Return

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Playlist of the week

Last night I decided my Conjure One playlist needed a bit of an update. I ended up adding some remixes to my Conjure One playlist. And just for fun and nostalgia, I added two youtube clips I recorded from Conjure One's 2011 show at Ground Zero in Minneapolis, MN. Enjoy!

I discovered Conjure One many years ago when I found their self-titled album in the used CD bins at Cheapo Discs when it was still in uptown. This was days before the album was released. Something compelled me to buy that album and as the adage goes "the rest is history". I immediately became a fan of Conjure One. I eventually learned that C1 is the brainchild of  Rhys Fulber of Front Line Assembly and Delerium. While I do enjoy all of C1's albums, the self-titled album remains my personal favorite album. The most recent C1 album Holoscenic is excellent. I do recommend checking it out.





Monday, December 4, 2017

Weekly Office Playlist

Since I posted a review of Saturday night's concert last night, I thought I would post my list of music I plan on listening to this week.

I have updated a few of my playlists like my Conjure One, Christmas, and Gothic Rock/Darkwave playlists.

I was listening to my Christmas Playlist today at work. I have to admit it is a bit difficult to listen to because I am not really in much of a festive mood this year since my father passed away over the summer. A lot of  the music I can listen to without getting emotional  but still.

I did add a couple of holiday albums to my list of albums I plan on listening to this week but  for the most part I stuck to mostly secular music.

Threw in some Book of Love and Finesse music after Saturday's excellent concert. If you haven't heard Finesse's new EP, it is really good. The link is posted on this list.

Albums:
All My Faith Lost: As You Are Vanishing in Silence

A Place Both Wonderful and Strange: What l Speak l Create l

Arch Enemy: Will to Power

Artesia: Hilvern

Ashram: Ashram

Aubri Doe: Sleeping Symphony

Autumn Tears: Eclipse

Book of Love: MMXVI: The 30th Anniversary Collection

Celtic Woman: The Best of Christmas

Chandeen: Winter Reverbs

Curve: Doppelganger

Curve: Cuckoo

Depeche Mode: Exciter

Diary of Dreams: Hell in Eden

Elane: The Fire of Glenvore

Emika: Drei

Empathy Test: Losing Touch

Finesse: Unbroken Memory

George Winston: December

In This Moment: The Dream

Inkubus Sukkubus: Barrow Wake

Jed Kurzel: Alien: Covenant

Johan: Johannsson: Arrival soundtrack

Music Lab Collective: Chilled Piano Vol.3

Nahko: My Name is Bear

Nahko and Medicine for the People: Hoka

Nahko and Medicine for the People: Dark as Night

Sixth June: Virgo Rising

Sleeping Romance: Alba

Tarja: My Winter Storm

Tears for Fears: Rule the World: The Greatest Hits

Visions of Atlantis: Delta

White Lies: Ritual

X-RX: Gasoline and Fire

Playlist:
Nahko and Medicine for the People playlist

Artesia playlist

SPC ECO playlist

Christmas playlist

Gothic rock/darkwave playlist

Pandora: My Favorite Conjure One Songs