Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Earworm of the week

I have been listening a lot to Felix Marc's latest album Alternative Facts quite a bit this week. It is one of my favorite [synthpop] albums from 2017. I really had a difficult time choosing between his album and Namnambulu's Borders for my number album on my best of 2017 list. Ultimately it was Borders that ended up on top but that does not mean that Alternative Facts was any less good. It was such a tough call. Both albums got me back into synthpop after getting kinda bored with the music for the past couple of years.

My personal favorite song off Alternative Facts is "Vain". Because I didn't have such a great 2017, the lyrics resonates with me so well on an emotional level which does not happen a lot in synthpop music with me. Then there are the melodies and the production which is just top notch. Everything about this song to me is flawless. It is a beautifully well written and well sung song. Perfect in my book.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Album of the Week

Picking this week's Album of the Week was not very easy for me. I had a tough choice between Visions of Atlantis's The Deep and The Dark, Brandi Carlile's By the Way, I Forgive You, and Junksista's Promiscuous Tendencies. It really was a tough choice. I love all three albums. Ultimately I went with By The Way, I Forgive You. I have been listening to the album since it came out last Friday.

I am a fairly new fan to Brandi's music. I started listening to her music last year when I picked up The Story from the library and eventually bought my own copy because I listened to the album so much I wanted my own copy and to support Brandi as a fan. What struck me is her innate talent for songwriting and to tell a story in her lyrics like Dolly Parton, one of Brandi's idols. This also applies to her songs on the new album especially on songs like "The Mother" and "Fulton County Jane Doe". I really like how raw and intimate the album sounds. It almost sounds like a live album to me especially on tracks like "Whatever You Do" which is mostly Brandi on acoustic guitar with some strings  in the background. It is a beautifully haunting track. I have to admit that "Hold Out Your Hand" was one of those tracks that I initially did not care for but as time went on and I listened more to the album and the song itself, the song grew on me. I can't say it is my favorite track on the album but I definitely enjoy it a lot more than the first time I heard the song.  The entire album is a  real gem and a real joy to listen to. I really do need to see Brandi live in concert. From what I have been told she is a fantastic entertainer as well as musician. Personally she should tour with local artist Chastity Brown who put out the terrific album Silhouette of Sirens. Just saying ;).

Monday, February 19, 2018

Playlist of the week

Last night I did an update on my Futurepop playlist. I threw in a lot of older tracks but I did added in newer songs by the likes of Kirlian Camera, Junksista, Charlotte Someone, Sally Dige, Cesium 137, and Psy'Aviah.

Songs to check out:
"Monday" by Junksista
"Haunted River" by Kirlian Camera
"Leaving Sensoria" by Ultranoire
"Jupter, Venus and Mars" by Charlotte Someone feat. Lokka Vox

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Weekly office playlist

It is short work week for me this week because I took Monday off because of an impending snow storm. Regardless of a short work week, I still need to keep myself occupied for Tuesday through Friday.

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Saturday, February 17, 2018

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to

This week has been a good week for new music. The new Junksista album Promiscuous Tendencies has been my jam at the moment. I need to listen to the deluxe edition when I have the time. Still enjoying the hell out of the new Kirlian Camera album Hologram Moon which arrived in the mail this week. It was definitely worth the $70 I dropped for it.

Today I have been listening to more of the new Brandi Carlile and Visions of Atlantis albums. They are so damn good. I am not crazy about "Hold  Out Your Hand" on Brandi's album By the Way, I Forgive You but the rest of her album is top notch. She is a stellar singer/songwriter. Lyrically, she is on par with Dolly Parton IMO. She really knows how to tell a story in her music. I rarely hear that in music nowadays.

I absolutely love The Deep and The Dark by Visions of Atlantis. I really enjoy listening to the album so much the time just flies by so quickly. I love that the album ends with the ballad "Prayer to the Lost". It is a beautiful song.

I don't know where the hell I have but Cindergarden put out a new album last year called Architectures of the Becoming. I have only listened to it once today but I really liked what I had heard. And next month there will be a Leonard Cohen tribute album from Cindergarden. That should be really interesting to hear. It comes out on the 23rd, the same day Chandelier by Autumn comes out.

Been on a massive L7 kick this week because I bought my ticket for their show in April at First Avenue. I am so excited. The one time I saw the band live was at Lollapalooza. Now I get to see a full set from them in a club setting.

With the Nightwish concert in Chicago coming up, I have been listening to my Nightwish playlist quite a bit. Despite the ticket mishap, I did buy my Chicago ticket this week. Actually I have to pick it up at the box office because I bought it through Enter the Vault since TicketBastard has a $16 service fee tacked on to the $55 ticket. Now I am just watching the airline rates via Hipmunk and Kayak. This will be a fun show. It is always fun to go to Chicago for concerts. People in Chicago aren't assholes like here in the Twin Cities.

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Friday, February 16, 2018

Current favorite songs of the week

Happy Friday! It is a three day weekend for me. I took Monday off just to avoid dealing with the crappy winter weather happening sometime between Sunday and Monday. Also I rather see Black Panther during the week instead of the weekend with everyone else under the sun.

I have quite a bit of new tracks on this week's playlist. New songs by Brandi Carlile, Junksista, Visions of Atlantis, Boytronic, Cosmic Armchair, Psy'Aviah and Anders Manga. Got a couple of 2017 faves by the likes of The Dark Element and Grendel. For those Nightwish fans who miss Anette Olzon (believe me there are those fans), do check out The Dark Element's self-titled album featuring Anette. It is so damn good.

This week has been a good week for new music. Today Brandi Carlile and Visions of Atlantis put out new albums. I have already listened to the new Brandi Carlile album By the Way, I Forgive You twice. So far, the only song I do not like on the album is "Hold Out Your Hand", otherwise I really liked the rest of the album. It goes by pretty quickly. My current favorite song on the album is the opening track "Every Time I Hear That Song".

The new Visions of Atlantis album The Deep and The Dark is quite good. I really need to listen to the rest of the band's catalog. I really like their sound and the new album. I finally got to check them out after Exit Eden's album because Clementine is part of the super group.

My favorite album at the moment is the new Junksista album Promiscuous Tendencies. I can always  count on that band for their raunchy and hilarious lyrics. I think it is their best album to date. Just so much fun to listen to. "Monster" is my current favorite track. I love the hip hop vibe.

If you haven't heard the new Psy'Aviah album Lightflare yet, do it especially the deluxe edition. On the second disc, there is a fantastic track titled"Earth, Wind, Fire, Air and Sky" featuring Om Namaha Shivaya. The song is a total departure from the usual electronica fare one would expect from Yves. It is a New Age/Ambient vibe. I love it!

I am still bummed that the new Autumn album Chandelier has been pushed back to March 23. That said I have no doubt the wait will be worth it. In the meantime I added a long time favorite song of the band's "Red". I would say it is in my top five favorite Autumn songs.

I have been on a L7 kick all week after buying my ticket for their upcoming concert at First Avenue in April. I am so excited for that show. I had a difficult time picking out what song to add to t his week's playlist but eventually I chose my long time fave "Everglade". Also excited for the upcoming Belly concert at the Fine Line too which I also got my ticket for their show this week.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Earworm of the week

This week I have been on a major Kirlian Camera kick. My copy of their new album Hologram Moon  finally arrived in the mail this week so I have been really enjoying it but I also have been listening to their other albums. The album that got me into the band's music was their 2011 release Nightglory. The title track quickly got my undivided attention but it was their cover of the classic Ultravox song "Hymn" that solidified my fandom over their music. I love the pace of the song. It has a nice slow burn to it, and of course gotta love Elena's vocals. Elena's voice is so powerful, she gives the song an emotional depth that I don't hear in the original.

I can hardly believe it has been seven years since Nightglory was released. I still listen to it quite a bit, at least once a week. If you haven't listened to Nightglory or Kirlian Camera's music in general, I strongly recommend it. Their music is so good.