Sunday, June 27, 2010

New releases

I for one am excited for the new album by The Birthday Massacre. I have been a huge fan since I first heard their song "Video Kid" off a Cleopatra Records compilation a few years ago. It is good to see new original material from them. I don't like remixes or live albums so a new album was definitely needed IMO.

07.13 Orange Sector
Krieg & Frieden
· CD
07.13 Orange Sector
Krieg & Frieden
· Digital
07.27 Noblesse Oblige
The Great Electrifier/Beck And Call
· Digital
08.03 PreEmptive Strike 0.1
The Kosmokrator
· Digital
08.10 Noblesse Oblige
Malady
· Digital
08.10 Noblesse Oblige
Malady
· CD
08.10 Preemptive Strike 0.1
The Kosmokrator
· CD
08.24 The LoveCrave
Soul Saliva
· Digital
08.24 The LoveCrave
Soul Saliva
· CD
09.14 Funker Vogt
Arising Hero
· CD
09.14 The Birthday Massacre
Pins And Needles
· CD

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Artist of the week: Unter Null

My artist of the week is Unter Null.

Unter Null is one of my top five artists of all time, next to VNV Nation and Ayria. Erica Dunham and company along with the guys in Cyanotic will be stopping in Minneapolis, MN in August. Best part is that through out the tour the bands are offering VIP packages for people to meet the bands. Here is the actual information from the email I got from Unter Null via Facebook:



VIP PACKAGE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

* Entry into Venue @ Load in where you will be issued your Detox tour VIP Laminate (your tour VIP laminate will get you %10 percent off all merch from both bands)

* Access to set up & sound check followed by a Q&A exclusive to the equipment, production, and live set up, as well as a guided tour of the stage oncesound check has completed

* An exclusive photo opportunity with all of the touring artists and crew in addition to shots of just you with the members of Unter Null and Cyanotic

* An exclusive meet and greet where there will be a one-on-one opportunity for signatures (tour and/or day of show posters will be available for everyone, with the all the signatures of both Unter Null and Cyanotic)

* There will be a special VIP photo taken with the bands, and hosted on the Facebook and Myspace pages of both Unter Null and Cyanotic

* A special first mention in the credits of the 2010 Detox Tour DVD that we are recording over the course of the tour (and more than likely anappearance in it)

* As a DETOX tour VIP, you will also receive a coupon via email which will save you 25% off of the Tour DVD once it released (fall/winter of 2010)

It did not take me very long to decide to buy my package. I just adore Unter Null. I never get tired of listening to the caustic sounds of UN.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

What I am currently listening to (6/20/2010)

















I am really digging Ayria's debut album Debris. Classic Ayria. I bought the cd at the Project Pitchfork/Ayria show I attended last week.  I used to have a copy of Floodland by The Sisters of Mercy but I sold it for much needed cash a few years ago. I found a used copy at Cheapo records (which is where I bought Project Pitchfork's Daimonion cd at). I missed owning that album and now I finally have it back in my cd collection and in my ipod. I finally used up the remainder of my gift card from work and bought the new album by Edge of Dawn and former Catherine Wheel's frontman Rob Dickinson's solo album Fresh Wine for the Horses. The last three albums are from the library.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Project Pitchfork with Ayria and The Trapezoids concert review

Last night I finally got to see two of my favorite industrial bands Project Pitchfork and Ayria. Local band The Trapezoids opened the show.

The Trapezoids


I have to admit I honestly wasn't crazy about them. My beef with synthpop is that the genre has a tendency for being monotonous and The Trapezoids is a perfect example of monotonous synthpop.

Ayria was awesome. I am a huge Ayria fan and she has yet to disappoint me with her live performances.

Ayria


I tried to video record her live performances of "Bad List" and "Analog Trash" but my camera = epic fail. I did though manage to get "My Revenge On the World". This is definitely better footage than the one I shot last year at Station 4 in Saint Paul (where everyone was sweating like pigs).

After her set and while waiting for Project Pitchfork to go on, I bought her Debris album and got Jennifer Parkin to sign her autograph on an insert in the package. I also got to have my picture taken with Jennifer too. There is a photo of me and her in my album on myspace. Photobucket is being a pain in the ass and it won't show the photo of her and I but rather one of Peter Spilles. UGH! Photobucket is a piece of shit. I think I'll start uploading photos elsewhere than that bitch.

Project Pitchfork went on about 11pm. They were awesome. I still prefer Peter's other project Santa Hates You IMO.

Project Pitchfork


I also got video recorded PP performing my favorite song "Timekiller".

I have a ton of photos up in my photo album from the show on my myspace page.

While I am more of an Ayria fan and prefer Santa Hates You over Project Pitchfork, last night certainly ranks as one of my favorite concerts of this year so far.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Top 10 favorite artists and bands for 06/14 through 06/20

10. Dust of Basement

09. Autumn

08. Plas-Tick

07. The Sisters of Mercy

06. Project Pitchfork

05. Santa Hates You

04. Ayria

03. Kirlian Camera

02. Joan Jett - I have been on a Joan Jett kick since seeing the film The Runaways back in April.

01. Concrete Blonde

Sunday, June 13, 2010

My current favorite songs

This is my all time favorite Project Pitchfork song. It is getting me all pumped up for the upcoming Project Pitchfork show at Ground Zero.

Speaking of the Project Pitchfork show, I never get sick of this song by Ayria.

I just love Jennifer's vocals on "My Revenge On the World".

On a more obscure note, I am really digging Dust of Basement/Plas-Tick.


I really want to get the albums that these two particular songs are on but I also don't want to spend an arm and a leg. So far I can't find the Dust of Basement album that "Desire" is on. I may just end up getting the Plas-Tick album via their website.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Top 10 favorite albums of the week

Here are my top ten favorite albums for this week:

10. Cuckoo - Curve

This was my first Curve album I ever bought. I bought it on cassette when I was in high school and bought it on a whim. While Doppelganger remains my favorite Curve album of all time, Cuckoo has a very special place in my heart because it was my first Curve album.

09. Lovelife - Lush

Lovelife is easily my favorite Lush album. I was devastated when I heard that the band's drummer committed suicide in the late '90s which led to the demise of the band. Screw Oasis and Blur. Lush was easily the best Britpop band IMO.

08. The Black Opal - Lisa Gerrard

My good friend Ian sent me a copy of Lisa's latest album. It is wonderful. I love her version of "All Along the Watchtower". I do miss the use of the dulcimer on this album.

07. Mantaray - Siouxsie

I just love Siouxsie's debut solo album. Of course I love just about anything that woman does. She has such distinctive vocals that does not require auto-tune which seems to be a trend in popular music nowadays. It seems to be a rare treat to find an artist whose vocals is so distinctive naturally.

06. A Greater Good - Neuroticfish

This is a great best of compilation of Neuroticfish's music. I wish I had discovered Neuroticfish sooner. This is really great modern synthpop.

05. The Osiris Tree - Protea

I decided to throw in some winter solstice music on to my ipod this week, namely The Osiris Tree, the debut album by Protea (i.e Serena Toxicat). This definitely is not your traditional Christmas music that's for sure. It is reminiscent of Diamanda Galas and an array of Projekt Records artists like Attrition. I almost wish my idiot upstairs neighbor would start blasting his awful house music so I can turn up the song "Black Xmas" for shits and giggles. The song will make any untrained ear bleed.

04. Uber Alles - Hanzel Und Gretyl

I actually got this album for free from Outburn magazine several years ago when they still covered cool synthpop and industrial bands (now they cover shitty heavy metal and emo/punk bands). I was completely blown away by the abrasiveness of Vas Kallas' vocals.

03. Felt Mountain - Goldfrapp

I first heard of Goldfrapp on a now defunct music program on CNN called World Beat. The very second I heard the first few seconds to "Paper Bag", I knew that Goldfrapp was something special. It didn't take me long to order the album online. For me, this is Goldfrapp's best album. While I have enjoyed their follow up albums, nothing beats their debut album. Felt Mountain's music is just plain sexy with its orchestral melodies and laid back electronic grooves. Allison's vocals often reminds me of Shirley Bassey and I mean that in a good way too.

02. The Absence - Luna Mortis

I am still reeling over the fact that Luna Mortis is no more. This was a really great Midwestern heavy metal band whose singer had a ferocious voice not to different from her fellow metal singers in Arch Enemy and Otep. The Absence is their one album and it is killer. It is both heavy and melodic.

And my number one favorite album of the week is...

01. No One Knows About Persian Cats soundtrack

I saw the film last weekend and was really captivated by the music. The story may have been fictional but the 'actors' in the film were all professional musicians. The soundtrack is a mix bag of traditional and modern Persian music. I truly recommend both the film and the soundtrack, or at least the soundtrack. The film is only shown in small independent film theaters for a one week run however you can see it on youtube.

Anyhoo...that is my top 10 favorite albums for this week. Until then, same bat time, same bat channel. LOL!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Recent CD purchases

This week was my fifth anniversary at my job as a reward I got a $100 Visa gift card (for not strangling any of my idiot co-workers...haha). Just kidding. Seriously though I decided this was the perfect time for me to finally get the soundtrack to the film The Runaways, based on Cherie Currie's biography Neon Angel.

In the movie I wasn't so bothered by Dakota Fanning's 'singing' as Cherie Currie but when I listened to the soundtrack tonight, whew! WTF?! Was the studio thinking hiring Dakota to play Cherie?! She had a very wimpy voice compared to Cherie Currie. I actually didn't mind Kristen Stewart's passable vocals as Joan Jett. They weren't dead on but at least they came remotely close to Joan's vocals unlike Dakota Fanning's painful attempts at singing. The only songs that I truly enjoyed were the actual Runaways songs, MC5, Nick Gilder, and Suzi Quatro songs, the rest were horrible including The Stooges (I am going to go as far to say they are a horrible band who got way too much praise for faint talent).

On more positive side, my copy of the soundtrack to No One Knows about Persian Cats came today in the mail.

This is a terrific soundtrack with music that is as diverse. The genres ranged from traditional Persian music to modern heavy metal. I even enjoyed the lone rap track which is a miracle considering I can't stand rap music. The movie was good although not flawless but the music was just wonderful. I definitely would recommend that album, The Runaways soundtrack not so much.

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

New releases

 I thought it would be a great idea to add to my blog a weekly (if possible) update of new and upcoming releases.

June releases:
We Are Kant Kino - Kant Kino (June 11)
The Faults of Humanity - Freakangel (June 11)
Mental Slavery - Leaether Strip (June 25)
Improvised Electronic Device - Front Line Assembly (June 22)
Farewell - A Kiss Could Be Deadly (June 22)

July releases:
Krieg & Frieden - Orange Sector (July 13)
The Kosmokrator - Preemptive Strike (July 27)

Recent releases:
Shattered Heart Reflections - Suicidal Romance
Hold My Hand - Shiv-R
Anything That Gets You Through the Night - Edge of Dawn
Eiszeit - Eisbrecher
Noise Collection Volume 1 - Combichrist
Shifting through the Lens (single) - Front Line Assembly
The Human Parasite - Menschdefekt
American Porn - 16 Volt
Scarred (single) - Combichrist
Red Queen - Funker Vogt
Krieg - KMFDM
Dogmatic Infidel Comedown OK - IAMX
Strangers - System Syn
Breedless - Ego Likeness
Claire Voyant - Claire Voyant

Monday, June 7, 2010

My top 10 bands for 06/07 thru 06/13

Every week I will be posting ten bands that I think people need to hear.

10. Sensuous Enemy



09. Sapphire Solace



08. Cylab



07. Anemonia



06. Protea



05. Blume



04. Engelmacher



03. Fatal Krone



02. Liquid Divine



01. Pulcher Femina



I am going to try to feature virtually unheard of bands as much as possible along with more recognizable names in the goth/industrial/synhtpop scene.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Best of 2010 (so far)

It is almost hard to fathom that it is already June. Half of the year has practically flown by right before my eyes. I thought it would be fun to list my favorite releases this year so far.

10. Strangers - System Syn
 09. Darkness Prevails - Pulcher Femina
 08. Popgefahr - De/Vision
 07. Deception Island - Bella Koshka
 06. Living in Transition - Access Zero
 05. Crucifix Powerbomb - Santa Hates You
 04. Implements of Hell - Suicide Commando
 03. Breedless - Ego Likeness
 02. The Kill House EP - Syrenn
 01. Moving On - Unter Null

I was tempted to put The Kill House EP by Syrenn in my top spot but Syrenn has a full length album coming out this summer so I am sure that will kick major ass and get into my final best of list by the end of the year. I truly recommend downloading The Kill House ASAP.

I have to admit I was a bit disappointed in the Pulcher Femina cd. There were a few songs that I didn't care for but eventually I did come around to love most of Darkness Prevails.

Lately I have been digging a lot of stuff from the synthpop label A Different Drum records like Code 64, Blume, and from what I have heard on youtube Colony 5 (still waiting for their cd Fixed from them). Access Zero I have been following for sometime now on Myspace and their debut album Living in Transition is wonderful. I like the mix of synthpop and rock. I think the band pulls it off better than Mesh did with A Perfect Solution (which I now think is a very weak album). I would have included Rise from Grey by Blume on the list but it was released last year. Personally I think that is the best synthpop album I have heard in a long time. I find myself preferring Blume over De/Vision. I feel like De/Vision has painted themselves into a corner. I do think Popgefahr is still wonderful by all means. I love the songs "Twisted Story" and "Plastic Heart".

As much as I liked Suicide Commando when Blind, Torture Kill first came out, I just wasn't all too impressed but Implements of Hell really kicked me in the ass big time. Maybe because lately I have been digging the really harsh electro scene. Anyways, I have been listening to Implements of Hell a lot lately, especially at work. LOL!

Lately I have found myself enjoying Santa Hates You over Project Pitchfork. The music is simply fun and energetic and a lot of the credit for that goes to Jinxy. Crucifix Powerbomb is a ton of fun to listen. The lyrics are quite humorous and silly like on "Z.O.M.B.I.E" and I don't say that in a bad way.

I have to admit Breedless is my first Ego Likeness album. I totally dug  what I heard. The songs are so catchy. I also had to list Bella Koshka's new album Deception Island. It is the only non-industrial album on my list. They did not disappoint me with their follow up album Slow Dancing On the Ocean Floor.

As wonderful as all of these albums are, they just couldn't hold a candle to my beloved Unter Null's latest concoction Moving On. I sincerely enjoyed Erica Dunham's exploration into IDM in her music. She adds a whole new layer to her traditional music which can be easily categorized as terror EBM or aggrotech. I bought the limited edition superfan box which included two bonus discs. The instrumentals on the Moved On disc was awesome. For anyone who is familiar with Erica's other project Stray, you can definitely hear Stray on her latest UE effort. While Unter Null is not completely done, Erica is putting it on hiatus to focus on Stray and whatever fancies her tastes which is good. Artists should not be confined to one particular project or sound and should be allowed to grow and experiment with their art.

The year is still young and there are other releases for me to buy like the upcoming Cylab album Cut and Coil. I want to get the new Suicidal Romance album Shattered Heart, Decoded Feedback's Aftermath, and Edge of Dawn's Anything that Gets You Through the Night.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Top 10 favorite albums for the week of 5/30 to 06/04/10

I have decided that every Friday I will post a list of my ten favorite albums of the week. It will be a nice way to close out the week. The album title is italicized.

10. Anthology Archives - Revue Noir
09. Sapphire Solace - Sapphire Solace
08. Deception Island - Bella Koshka
07. Crucifix Powerbomb - Santa Hates You
06. Mantaray - Siouxsie
05. Fire in the Mist - Scarelet Slipping
04. Rise from Grey - Blume
03. Implements of Hell - Suicide Commando
02. Labyrinth - Blutengel
01. The Kill House EP - Syrenn

I have included links to the artist/band's Myspace pages for those interested in hearing their music which I think is worth checking out.

I am proud to say that Bella Koshka and Scarlet Slipping are two local acts from Minneapolis. I have seen Bella Koshka live three times so far. I plan on seeing Scarlet Slipping in July at The Bedlam Theater on the west bank of the  U of M over by the Hiawatha lightrail. I first discovered Bella Koshka in 2008 at The Cruxshadows concert at The Varsity Theater. I was blown away which is rare for me with any local band. I am normally not a fan of my local music scene. Most artists and bands are pretty forgettable but there are some I do enjoy immensely like Bella Koshka.

Scarlet Slipping I found through Myspace (I think through Shinto Records' profile page. It wasn't until I bought Sin-Tech (my favorite Shinto Records compilation) at the last Angels on Acid concert at Ground Zero did I fall under Dawn Wagner's hypnotic vocals. A couple of months ago I bought her album Fire in the Mist at Cheapo Records, that really solidify me as a fan.

The last Blutengel album really was lackluster and the melodies just fell flat with me. My favorite Blutengel cd is by far Labyrinth. I never get sick of "Singing Dead Men" or "Beauty & Delight".

My friend Trace has been a huge influence on my music collection. He suggested that I check out the Italian synthpop band Blume. He said they were so much better than De/Vision. He was right. Blume blows De/Vision out of the water with me. The melodies are much stronger and the vocals are very soulful.

I think it was a year ago that I found Syrenn through Myspace. I was perusing machineKUNT's profile page and came across Syrenn. All I can say is download The Kill House EP. It is an awesome precursor to her full length debut album on machineKUNT records and I have no doubt it will kick ass. Angie reminds me so much of Jennifer Parkin of Ayria and in a very good way.

The rest of the albums I have listed are excellent too. I definitely recommend the latest Santa Hates You album Crucifix Powerbomb. It is a lot of fun to listen to as loud as possible.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Upcoming events

Psychotica w/Mommy S3Z No. and Apox @ Ground Zero (15th NE 4th St. Mpls, MN) on June 10.

Doors open at 8pm.
$12 in advance, $15 at the door.

Project Pitchfork @ Ground Zero on June 16

Again, doors open @ 7:30pm, not 7pm as noted on flyer.

Shinto Records presenting: Spiritual Bat and Sullen Serenade @ The Bedlam Theater on July 03.
1501 S. 6th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Doors open at 8pm (I believe). I read that $10 is the cover charge for the show.
Scarlet Slipping and Phantoms of the SS will also be performing that night.

Sextasy Ball 2010

Lords of Acid with My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult.
Tickets can be bought online through www.brownpapertickets.com.
All the information about the concert is on the website.
Tickets will also be sold at Ground Zero on Saturday night of June 5 for $20 cash.

Unter Null w/Cyanotic and Cynergy 67



EARLY SHOW!!
Doors 6:30pm , Show 7pm - 10pm
All paid concert goers will get free admission into club night.
241st for first hour after doors
Adv tickets go on sale tomorrow 5/29 at 10am at
www.brownpapertickets.com
$12 adv. $15 doors
18+
Erica Dunham will be doing a DJ set during club night after the concert!!!!

Anything Box

Anything Box w/ Thought Thieves and Duck Duck Punch w/ very special guest DJ Paul Robb of Information Society

This will be an early show at Ground Zero before club night with doors at 6:30pm and show at 7pm.
$15 adv. $20 doors at Brown Paper tickets

There are a couple of shows that I thought were worth mentioning (i.e Spiritual Bat w/Sullen Serenade and Psychotica ) even though they have nothing to do with the promoter Kilted Farmer. I for one am going to the Spiritual Bat show since I am a big fan of Shinto Records AND I do want to see Scarlet Slipping perform live, I have one of her cds and she is fabulous.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Welcome to the Underground

If there are two things that I live and die for is: A) my four betta fishes and B) music. I love music. I am particularly a big fan of all things industrial and synthpop, with some goth thrown into the mix. I recently started helping out a local promoter promoting some really kick ass concerts he has been bringing into the Twin Cities (mainly Minneapolis so far). I am always constantly finding ways to help promote his shows whether in real life or on the internet. For awhile I had been mulling whether or not to start up a new music blog here. I once did that but I deleted it because I really didn't have a direction or vision for it. A recent email from a good friend of mine suggested that I create a music blog because I am constantly suggesting to her such kick ass artists and bands. Her email got my wheels started turning inside my head all day long so I decided to create a new music blog.

My goals with this blog is to: 1) help promote upcoming concerts for people in the Minneapolis/Saint Paul area ,and 2) share my favorite artists/bands, albums, and songs with the rest of the world. I have to admit I was going to try using another online blog service but to be honest, that required too much work into getting it up and formatted so might as well go with what I know how to use which is this site.

Most of the artists and bands that I will be promoting or droning on and on about (LOL) are mostly national. To be honest, there are not many artists/bands where I live in that I really am crazy about but I will try to throw in a local band here and there. I really want people in the Twin Cities area to be exposed to the kind of music that I love as well as to keep my fellow goths and rivetheads informed of upcoming concerts because frankly the local media here  in the Twin Cities SUCKS SHIT!

Before I end my first blog entry here...I'll just leave this little reminder for my fellow goths and rivetheads in Minnesota.


Doors open at 7:30 pm, not 7pm. Show begins at 8:30pm with The Trapezoids.
2-4-1s from 7:30 to 8:30pm.