Thursday, May 24, 2018

My 10 Favorite Hanzel und Gretyl Songs

I wasn't in the best of mood today at work (usual mood swings again) so I spent a good chunk of my work day listening to some Hanzel Und Gretyl. Nothing like some loud industrial/metal to brighten up my work day and to the day go a bit faster. I make no apologies when I say I am not really crazy about the band's first two albums which was more industrial/techno hence I did not include songs from those albums on this list. I am glad they took the metal route. I find their industrial/metal sound a lot more fun to listen to in  my honest opinion.

01. Fukken Uber Death Party


02. Unterstutzung 87


03. SS Deathstar Supergalactik


04. Disko Fire Scheiss Messiah


05. Black Forest Metal


06. Burning Bush


07. More German than German (KyzrWolf Remix)


08. Burning Witches For Satan


09. Loud and Proud


10. Ich Bin Uber Alles

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Earworm of the week

I am probably one of the few people who grew up in the '80s who preferred the sounds of Cyndi Lauper over Madonna. Don't get me wrong. I love '80s Madonna. She had some great tunes during the '80s. For me though, Cyndi's music was my jams during my youth. My favorite song by Cyndi (and still is today) is "All Through the Night" from Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. After all these years, the song still sounds great and has stood the test of time. Personally it does not sound dated or obsolete. Absolutely love the synthesizers in the song. As much as I love her more upbeat tracks like "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and "She Bop", I do love how she tones things down for a bit with this track.

I had the most fortunate pleasure of seeing Cyndi perform this song live at the former Mills City Night about 4 years ago. It was a pretty intimate setting compared to her usual arena shows. I was even luckier to get a right in front row to see Cyndi Lauper form live. She sounded so good live. To hear and see Cyndi perform "All Through the Night" live in concert was quite thrilling. That definitely was one of the best concerts I have ever attended. The fact that it wasn't in an arena setting was a real treat.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Album of the week

It has been a rough day for me. I woke up this morning after having a dream about my father and that put me in a pretty cranky and often emotional mood all day long so I am really not in a chatty mood tonight. I will just let the music speak for itself. They are a great addition to the new record label Sett Records (home to Autumn and The Bellwether Syndicate).



You can find the band on:
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/mercurysantennae
Their official website http://www.mercurysantennae.com/
Soundcloud https://soundcloud.com/mercurys-antennae
Youtube https://www.youtube.com/user/MercurysAntennae

Monday, May 21, 2018

Playlist of the week

I thought now would be a good time to update my playlist of my favorite songs of 2018 (so far). I kept a good number songs that I started out with when I created this playlist. I switched out some songs and replaced them with different tracks from the same albums they came from. I also added some new tracks by the likes of Mercury's Antennae, Goldfrapp, Blume, Cosmic Armchair, Loreena McKennitt, and Alice Glass. 2018 definitely is looking to be a great year in music despite a couple of disappointing releases which will go unnamed.  I can hardly wait to hear the new albums by Helalyn Flowers and Helalyn Flowers when the come out in the coming months (June and July).

As a teaser, here is a short ranking of my favorite 2018 releases ;)
Top 5 Favorite Albums of 2018 [so far]
01. Chandelier by Autumn
02. Ashes by Blume
03. Lost Souls by Loreena McKennitt
04. Lightflare by Psy'Aviah
05. Awakening by Unity One

Songs to Check Out:
"Ocean" by Goldfrapp (feat. Dave Gahan)
"Iron Age" by Blume
"I Know a Place - Acoustic" by MUNA
"Reality - Reprise" by Unity One
"La belle dame sans merci" by Loreena McKennitt

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Weekly office playlist

I thought I would do today's blog before I head out for the season opener for the Minnesota Lynx this afternoon (game starts at 4pm, 3:30pm is when the champions are awarded their rings from last year's finals).

I decided to pull out some old albums that I hadn't listened to in awhile (like a few years ;)) such as FKA Twig's first album and Ayria's Plastic Makes Perfect. Gotta give some of my much neglected music collection some attention.

Got all four of my Random Mix Playlists. Currently listening to the fourth volume which I finished last night. It sounds good. Those playlists is like listening to the radio minus the commercials and annoying djs.

Albums:
Access Zero: Living in Transition

Apoptygma Berzerk: The Singles Collection

Autumn: The Hating Tree

Autumn: Chandelier

Ayria: Plastic Makes Perfect

Belly: Star

Blume: Ashes

Blutengel: Tranenherz

Celtic Woman: Lullaby

Cesium 137: Rise to Conquer

Chrom: Peak and Decay

Daybehaviour: Have You Ever Touched a Dream?

Delerium: Voice [An Acoustic Collection]

Dessa: Chime

FIRES: Red Goes Gre

FKA Twig: LP1

The Foreign Resort: Scattered and Buried

Goldfrapp: The Singles

Helalyn Flowers: Sonic Foundation

Hungry Lucy: Glo

Inertia: Dream Machine

Javelynn: Chimaera at Heart

Kirlian Camera: Nightglory

Loreena McKennitt: Lost Souls

Lush: Spooky

Marsheaux: E-Bay Queen is Dead

Mercury's Antennae: The Moon Viewing Garden

Mondtraume: Empty

Moonlight Cove: Hearts of the World

Muna: About U

Pulp: Different Class

QNTAL: VII

Re/Vision: The SkyQode Tribute to De/Vision

Ride: Tarantula

Seabound: Double-Crosser

September Mourning: Volume II

SPC ECO: Dark Matter

Stoneburner: The Agony Box

Stoneburner: On the Folding Space

Tegan and Sara: Love You to Death

Various Artists: Deadpool 2

Venus in Aries: Beyond the Veil

Zanias: To the Core

Playlist:
Random Mix

Random Mix II

Random Mix III

Random Mix IV

Fukken Uber Death Party: My Favorite HuG songs

Shitlist: the Best of L7

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to

I will be honest I have spent most of this past week listening to my newly re-done Random Mix playlists. I re-did my Random Mix playlists because I felt they were getting outdated, if not repetitive. It was time for a change. I just finished the fourth RM playlist but I haven't gotten around to listening to it. I like what I have heard on the three playlists I have put together. I am glad I took the time last weekend to start over from scratch.

I recently got the Celtic Woman live album from the library. Boy! There is a group that needs to call it the day. I used to love Celtic Woman when their first album came out in 2005. Since then all of the original members have left, new women have come and gone. Unfortunately I was not impressed with what I have heard. I miss the original members. Just not impressed with the latest round of women in the group.

This week I just learned that the new Hanzel und Gretyl album Satanik Germanik will be coming out in early July. I preordered my copy directly from the band. I hope to get it sooner but if not at least I have something to look forward to in July (other than my tattoo appointment). In the meantime been jamming to the HuG playlist I created not long ago.

So for most of this week I have been listening to the usual music that has been in heavy rotation in my stereo or on Spotify [new albums by Autumn, Unity One, Mercury's Antennae, Blume, Strvngers, Nordika, and Loreena McKennitt]. I think so far the new Chandelier, Ashes, and Lost Souls are my top three favorite albums of 2018. So far. I can hardly wait for the new Helalyn Flowers and Hanzel und Gretyl albums. It will be interesting how they will fare with the others. I honestly can say I am a bit leery of the new Chvrches album because some of the songs I have heard from it didn't strike a chord with me.

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Playlists:








Friday, May 18, 2018

My current favorite songs of the week

TGIF! I had a very good day. I had taken the day off from work. The week overall was pretty good despite having to be trained in on some new duties because a coworker is leaving the company I work for, can't really complain because it will keep me busy all day long. Also I made a deposit for my next tattoo in July with an artist who specializes in blackwork tattoos. Yeah this has been a good week.

Music-wise, I got a good mix of new and old music. Really digging new music by Loreena McKennitt, Blume, and Mercury's Antennae in particular. Their albums have been getting constant play whether on Spotify or on my portable stereo. Had to throw in a couple of cheesy pop songs to lighten up the mood. I admit I have a soft spot for ABBA and the UK pop group Steps.

Songs to check out:
"My Last Confession" by Autumn
"The Killing Time (Dead Leaves Mix 2018)
"The Ballad of the Fox Hunter" by Loreena McKennitt
"Fetisha" by Strvngers
"Relocate" by Nordika
"Scarlet" by Blume



Where to buy some of the music heard on this week's playlist:
https://strvngersngp.bandcamp.com/album/amor-noir
https://skyqode.bandcamp.com/album/awakening
https://aquorecords.bandcamp.com/album/venus
https://mercurysantennae.bandcamp.com/album/the-moon-viewing-garden
https://autumn-us.bandcamp.com/album/chandelier-2