Wednesday, April 25, 2018

My 10 Favorite L7 Songs

I will be honest, I really didn't want to do my usual Earworm of the Week. On my morning commute I was listening to my L7 playlist and I decided for tonight's blog entry to post my 10 favorite L7 songs.  I am not going to lie, I am not a fan of their self-title album or the albums that followed after Hungry For Stink. When Jennifer Finch left the band, that was when the music took a downhill turn for me. I eventually moved on to techno and soon industrial music in the mid-'90s when I lived in Milwaukee, WI. While I was a bit bummed that the band didn't play "Mr. Integrity" or "The Bomb" (two of my all time favorite L7 songs) at their show last week, I was thrilled that they ended the evening with "Fast and Frightening".

10. Shitlist


09. Can I run


08. Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago


07. Just Like Me


06. Pretend We're Dead


05. The Bomb


04. American Society


03. Mr. Integrity


02. Everglade


01. Fast and Frightening

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Album of the week

Not long ago, the name Venus in Aries was mentioned by a friend on Facebook. I was intrigued and quickly liked the band's FB page. The band consists of Sean Payne, David Borsky (from what I have read online Borsky has left the band last year), Andrew Tremblay, and Verena May. Fast forward to two weeks ago, I finally remembered to listen to their music. I immediately fell in love with their brand of dark electro music immediately. Go check the album out if you haven't heard it yet. If you like KidneyThieves, Android Lust, and Kanga, you sure as hell won't be disappointed with Venus in Aries. Dope ass music.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Playlist of the week

Since seeing L7 at First Avenue last week, I have been listening to a lot of L7's music lately. Over the weekend I decided to put together a playlist featuring my three favorite L7 albums: Smell the Magic, Bricks are Heavy, and Hungry for Stink. I also threw in their new songs "Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago" (2017) and this year's "I Came Back to Bitch". Considering the state of politics in this country, I wish the band performed "American Society" last Thursday night but "Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago" and "I Came Back to Bitch" was more than appropo. I hope I don't have to wait an eternity to see L7 live like I did for their First Avenue show. I never got to see them in a concert venue setting. It was amazing to be that setting and up close to see the band.

Songs to check out:
"Fast and Frightening"
"Dispatch From Mar-a-Lago"
"The Bomb"
"Everglade"
"American Society"
"Shitlist"
"Can I Run"

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Weekly office playlist

Ugh! The weekend is pretty much over. My three day weekend went by way too quickly. I took Friday off because of the L7 show at First Avenue. 

With just a few more weeks away before the new Blume album Ashes comes out (which I have pre-ordered), I will have to keep myself occupied with their first two albums Rise From Grey and Autumn Ruins. I love both albums. They are some of my all time favorite synthpop albums. Judging by their preview clip on youtube [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SecADyl4Y7o], the new album sounds quite a bit different but I really dug what I had heard. I am excited for the new album. Along with the new Blume album is the new Loreena McKennitt album Lost Souls [which I also pre-ordered]. I really love the song "A Hundred Wishes".

After the L7/Death Valley Girls concert, I of course had to put together an L7 playlist. I have to admit I prefer Smell the Magic, Bricks are Heavy, and Hungry for Stink but I did include songs from their other albums. Also plan on listening to both DVG albums this week too.

I didn't realize until this past week that is that Lionhearts is the new solo project from Seabound/Edge of Dawn's Frank M. Spinath, album produced by HECQ. Self-titled album came out last year. I only listened to it once not long ago. I definitely need to listen to it again now that I know Frank is involved in this new project.

Because I am on a Helalyn Flowers kick (because their new EP Kamikaze Angel is so badass), I put together a playlist. I also preordered their new album Nyctophilia which comes out in June. I love HF's brand of electro-rock.

Albums:
Ash Code: Oblivion

Ashbury Heights: The Looking Glass Society

Assemblage 23: Endure (Deluxe edition)

Autumn: Chandelier

Avicii: True

Blume: Rise From Grey

Blume: Autumn Ruins

Choir Boy: Passive With Desire

CHROM: Synthetic Movement

Covenant: Modern Ruin

Covenant: Leaving Babylon

Death Valley Girls: Street Venom

Death Valley Girls: Glow in the Dark

Dum Dum Girls: Only in Dreams

Empyrean Asunder: Serpent

FIRES: Red Goes Grey

Future Perfect: Dirty Little Secrets

Future Perfect: Escape

Helalyn Flowers: Kamikaze Angel

Hocico: The Spell of the Spider

Inertia: Dream Machine

Invocation Array: Onyx Philomela

Iris: Wrath

Keluar: Keluar

Lionhearts: Lionhearts

Marsheaux: Ath.Lon

Nahko and Medicine For the People: Hokoa

Nordika: Venus

QNTAL: VIII: Nachtblume

Schwarzblut: Idisi

Strvngers: Amor/Noir

T.O.Y.: Pain is Love

Tanya Tagaq: Animism

Tanya Tagaq: Retribution

TourdeForce: Very Industrial People

Various Artists: Goth on Goth

Venus in Aries: Beyond the Veil

X-Marks the Pedwalk: Secrets

Xentrifuge: Desensitized Parallels

Zeitgeist Zero: Blackout Ep

Playlists:
Virtual Gods: My favorite Psy'Aviah Songs

Computer Love: My Favorite Marsheaux Songs

Shitlist: My Favorite L7 Songs

The Best of Anette Olzon

Ear Candy Mix

Dreampop Mix

Book of Secrets: My Favorite Loreena McKennitt Songs

Kamikaze Angel: My Favorite Helalyn Flowers Songs

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Current favorite songs of the week

Because of the L7 concert I attended on Thursday, I pushed back my weekly playlist a day. Of course I had to include a track from both L7 and Death Valley Girls. That was one helluva live show. So glad L7 played "Everglade" which is one of my all time favorite songs by the band. I would have been disappointed had I not heard that song live. The song is so aggressive but yet there are some great pop hooks to make the song linger in the listener's head.

Finally got around to listening to Adoration Destroyed this week. I like what I have heard but I just felt like I was listening to the same song over and over. I do like their cover of "Voices Carry" by 'Til Tuesday. I am thinking they will sound much better live. Can't wait to see them in June with Xentrifuge and FIRES.

This week I listened to a couple of new bands Choir Boy and Tourdeforce. I like what I had heard. I especially dug the synthpop sounds of Choir Boy. Choir Boy is touring with Cold Cave so I might have to go to that show. I need more time for Tourdeforce's music to grow on me and time for me to form some thoughts about it.

I am really digging the sounds of Venus in Aries. I bought her album [https://venusinaries.bandcamp.com/album/beyond-the-veil] last week. She reminds me of KidneyThieves, Snake River Conspiracy, and Android Lust.

Once again, this past week had me in a shit mood. It seems like pop music does help brighten up my mood. My current favorite song is from the first Princess Diaries movie "Miracles Can Happen" by Mya. It's super catchy and I am not sorry for liking the song. Also won't apologize for liking for "Wake me Up" by the now late Avicii. 28 is way too young to pass away. My heart goes to his family. It is funny I used to not like that song cause I would hear that at MN Lynx games and I quickly got sick of it but after listening to it yesterday for the first time in a long time, I found myself liking the song.

This week been listening a lot to Covenant, Autumn, and Helalyn Flowers so I have included a couple of tracks from those bands. I am really digging Kamikaze Angel by Helalyn Flowers. I definitely will be pre-ordering that album when it is ready to go. Until then I am binge listening to the new EP. The song has some solid, memorable pop hooks set to some great production.

Songs to check out:
"Death Valley Boogie" by Death Valley Girls
"Everglade" by L7
"Sunday Light" by Choir Boy
"Panic" by TourdeForce
"Judge of My Domain"

Friday, April 20, 2018

L7 with Death Valley Girls at First Avenue on 04.19.18

Ever since the band L7 reunited back in 2014, I have been patiently waiting for the band to make trip to Minneapolis for a sure. Yeah it took a few years but my favorite band from the 1990's finally returned to the Twin Cities. The one time I did see them was in 1994 at Lollapalooza on Harriet Island. So it took 24 years for me to see them again. It was so worth the wait.

The band took LA band Death Valley Girls on tour with them. I was really impressed with Death Valley Girls. They were a ton of fun to watch with their high energy, raw, unrestrained brand of gutter rock or punk rock. I hope that the band returns to the Twin Cities as a headliner one day, maybe do a show at 7th St Entry. I really dug their sound and their live performance.

You can check out DVG's latest album on bandcamp. It is really good but the band sounds even better live.


As for L7, they did not disappoint me at all. They put on a helluva live show. Unfortunately for guitarist/vocalist Suzi Gardner, she was under the weather but she was a real trooper and did not let her illness get the better of her. The band was so highly entertaining to watch especially bassist/vocalist Jennifer Finch who obviously is not a fan of wearing shoes on stage. The band was so engaging with the audience and making eye contact with us it. For this fan who has been in a trash mood for the past several months, this meant the world for me. I could easily tell that the band really enjoyed each other's company on stage. I loved seeing Donita and Jennifer clown around on stage through out the evening.

Song-wise, I wish the band played "American Society" off their second album Smell the Magic considering today's political climate. Overall I wasn't disappointed in with their set list. It was a good mix of mostly older tunes and their new songs that they released last year and this year "Dispatch From Mar-A-Lago" and "I Came Back to Bitch". I was excited when the band ended the night with "Fast and Frightening". That song is perhaps my top favorite L7 song. Of course the band played "Pretend We're Dead" which is what they are most well known for and I was thrilled to hear "Everglade" and "Shitlist". I won't lie I didn't take to the new songs right away but after awhile, they have grown on me quite considerably. I especially love "Dispatch From Mar-A-Lago" which makes me laugh quite a bit which isn't an easy feat for me to do.

I definitely can say I had a great time at last night's show. It was really nice of the guy next to me to occasionally check in on me and my friend Renee to make sure we were alright especially when the audience got rowdy during L7's set. He didn't have to but he did. So thank you to the gentleman who made sure people like Renee and myself (as well as others) were okay.

Setlist:
Deathwish
Monster
Everglade
Andres
Scrap
Fuel My Fire
One More Thing
Off the Wagon
Slide
Crackpot Baby
Must Have More
Drama
I Came Back to Bitch
Shove
Freak Magnet
Dispatch From Mar-A-Lago
Shirley
Shitlist

Encore:
Bloodstains
Pretend We're Dead
Fast and Frightening

Some photos I took from the show. I really couldn't get a good shot of drummer Dee Plakas but all I can say is that she is one hell of a drummer. Next to Lori Barbero of Babes and Toyland (word has it who was there at the show last night), Dee is my favorite drummer (regardless of gender).











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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

My ten favorite ear worms

I thought for tonight's blog entry instead of sharing just one earworm, I thought I would share with my readers my ten favorite earworms. Some are old, some (fairly) new. I will say this about these songs they always find a way to end up in my head no matter what music I am currently obsessed with. LOL! And I am not sorry for liking some pop music :P.

10. Namnambulu: Return


09. Assemblage 23: Bravery


08. Kasey Chambers: Not Pretty Enough


07. Lily Allen: Fuck You


06. Allison Moorer: Mockingbird


05. Social Distortion: Ball and Chain


04. David Gray: The One I Love


03. Nahko: Hamakua


02. Lush: 500


01. Steps: Story of A Heart