Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Upcoming album releases

August 10th
The Kosmokrator - Preemptive Strike
Malady - Noblesse Oblige
The Human Animal - Android Lust

August 24
Soul Saliva - The Love Crave

September 07
Dark Dance - Heimataerde

September 14
Pins and Needles - The Birthday Massacre
Arising Hero - Funker Vogt
Never Surrender (single) - Combichrist

September 28
Zodiac - Electric Six
Greatest Shit - KMFDM
Wurst - KMFDM
Making Monsters - Combichrist
Waiting to Be Born - Rotersand

Monday, July 26, 2010

Upcoming shows at Ground Zero

August 7th:

Unfortunately Cyanotic won't be at Ground Zero  so it will just be Unter Null and Cynergy 67. On the other hand, both of the bands' sets will be extended. During regular club night, Erica Dunham of Unter Null will be dj'ing for a bit. For those attending the show will not have to pay if they so choose to stay for regular club night.


September 11th


The Anything Box show is another early show. Doors open at 6:30pm. Show begins at 7pm. 18+.  $15 advanced via www.brownpapertickets.com, $20 at the door.  Oh and 2-4-1s during the first hour.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Sextacy Ball 2010 at Ground Zero

So another concert came and went in a blink of an eye. Yesterday I had to pick up the flyers for the next two shows Kilted Farmer is putting on (Unter Null in August and Anything Box in September) right after work. Since I rely on metro transit to get me from point A to point B, that consumed quite a bit of my time between then and the show. At the time, I didn't think I would have the time to eat dinner so I just went straight home from Ground Zero from picking up the flyers. I dropped off my shoulder bag, made a bee-line for the bathroom, and fed my constantly hungry boys their pellets. I grabbed a mocha iced crema from Dunn Bros and headed to Ground Zero. Well needless to say due to technical difficulties (i.e computer for one of the bands had shorted out or exploded) caused the GZ staff to hold back on opening the doors to the club. Once in the club, I downed four rum and cokes (2-4-1s first hour) and a vodka cranberry. Bad idea especially on an empty stomach (I don't count my frozen treat from Dunn Bros as solid food). I almost got sick during My Life w/The Thrill Kill Kult's set and just wasn't feeling very well for the rest of the night so I just left before the Lords of Acid could go on stage. To be honest, I have no regrets. As much as I like "I Sit On Acid" and "Scrood Bi U", feeling nauseous and worn out from a long day at work at a concert with lots of people around me just wasn't worth it. I did though take some pictures of local band Gabriel and the Apocalypse, Blownload, and My Life W/The Thrill Kill Kult. You can see the photos at my photo album at image shack.

I will be brutally honest here...I am not really a big fan of old school industrial bands like TKK and Lords of Acid. I prefer the newer stuff. I did really enjoy Gabriel and the Apocalypse enough to buy their cd at the club for $5 (which is really good). I personally enjoy the current crop of industrial bands (as well as synthpop) that labels like Out of Line and Metropolis Records are putting out. Also, I am more of a Unter Null fan than a LOA or TKK fan so for me Unter Null is what I really am excited to see (in two whole weeks from tonight). It was nice to go out for a bit but having had no supper or time to relax after work, I have no regrets leaving GZ early.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Unter Null @ Ground Zero on August 7th



FYI...Cyanotic will not be performing at Ground Zero on August 7th. According to the promoter, Erica will be performing an extended set by throwing in some music from her other project Stray. Cynergy 67 will still be performing and their set will be extended to nearly an hour. Otherwise the show continues as noted on flyer.

Here is link to buy tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/114182

Saturday, July 17, 2010

What I am currently listening to

Nachtmahr: Alle Lust will Ewigkeit

I was kinda surprised to see my copy of the latest Nachtmahr in my mailbox today. I just listened to it for a second time. Fabulous stuff from L'ame Immortelle's Thomas Rainer. Since I have been digging the harsher stuff in EBM lately this album is right up my alley. I had listened to some of the tracks on youtube this past week which led me to order a copy online.

Colony 5: Colonisation

Back in April/May, I started listening to some Colony 5 online and really started to dig their brand of electro-pop/synthpop. After getting hooked on the song "Plastic World", I ordered the album Fixed (that the song was on) via A Different Drum records. Unfortunately Todd didn't have a copy and had to wait for a copy to get in (just got noticed yesterday that it was sent out...FINALLY). In the meantime, I downloaded off itunes Colonisation which is essentially a best of compilation. This totally makes up for the lackluster Darkness Prevails by Pulcher Femina (which lacked solid pop melodies and strong vocals).


Edge of Dawn: Anything That Gets You Through the Night

I am really digging the new Edge of Dawn album quite a bit. I can definitely hear a bit of Seabound (Frank's other band) in the songs but with beats that are a bit harder (not in the Suicide Commando vein).


Dust of Basement: Meridian

After listening to Dust of Basement through youtube, I recently got around to buying one of their albums. I found on ebay an affordable copy of Meridian, a compilation of the band's music. The band's brand of synthpop is addictive to say the very least.


Ayria: Debris

It has been nearly a month since I saw Project Pitchfork and Ayria at Ground Zero. I bought a copy of Ayria's first album Debris and have been listening to it on a regular basis. I don't really listen to the second disc which contains remixes but the first disc is awesome. I really love the songs "Red Shift", "Start Again", "Debris" and "Disease".

The Spiritual Bat: Through the Shadows

Now this is goth music at its finest. I saw these guys two weekends ago at The Bedlam Theatre. I was quickly reminded of Siouxsie and the Banshees with a bit of Diamanda Galas.

Monday, July 12, 2010

What I am currently listening to

Dust of Basement: Meridian



Really rad German synthpop. I have been listening to their stuff online for some time now and I FINALLY got around and bought their best of compilation Meridian via Ebay. I wish I bought this sooner. The music is just so damn good.


The Spiritual Bat: Through the Shadows



I saw these guys just over a week ago and immediately got hooked into their brand of old school goth music. I wished I bought the cd at the show but I didn't so I ordered mine online.

End: the DJ: Endtrovert



Oni Sakti (proprietor of Shinto Records) was giving out free cds to those who went to last weekend's Dark Carnivale show at The Bedlam Theatre. I ended up getting the latest mixed cd by End: The DJ. Not usually a fan of mixed cds but I totally dug this mixed cd of modern industrial music. Certainly worth checking out if you ask me.

Colony 5: Colonisation



I downloaded this best of compilation by Colony 5 last week via itunes. All I have to say is this is nothing short of awesomeness :-).

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Myspace to stop free music streaming

Myspace to stop free music streaming

The free streaming on MySpace may soon be history. According to people close to the News Corp. owned company, MySpace wants to move its MySpace Music section to a paid model. At the moment MySpace is rumoured to be spending $20 million/month (!) on streaming royalties. However sources close to MySpace say that the royalty payments are a lot lower although the service is indeed burning money at a fast pace. Fact is that News Corp. have a huge cash flow problem with the company. The Google search deal is up this month and MySpace sees a $300 million/year in revenue evaporate.


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MySpace to stop free music streaming - the end is near
The free streaming on MySpace may soon be history. According to people close to the News Corp. owned company, MySpace wants to move its MySpace Music section to a paid model. At the moment MySpace is rumoured to be spending $20 million/month (!) on streaming royalties. However sources close to MySpace say that the royalty payments are a lot lower although the service is indeed burning money at a fast pace. Fact is that News Corp. have a huge cash flow problem with the company. The Google search deal is up this month and MySpace sees a $300 million/year in revenue evaporate.
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Recent reports say that the site's owner News Corp. is in discussions with Google Inc., Microsoft Corp. and Yahoo Inc. about replacing MySpace's crucial search-advertising partnership with Google. However, it looks like it that MySpace will soon be up for sale instead of being continued byNews Corp . Fox Audience Network, which serves most of the ads on MySpace, is up for sale. If Fox Audience Network is sold, it's pretty sure that MySpace will follow the same way.

Add to that that MySpace Music was driving most of the searches that made up the massive page view obligations that MySpace had under the Google Agreement. With free music going away, those page views will go away, too. Meaning a search deal is even less lucrative. Add to that the news that was revealed yesterday by Techcrunch.com which says that visits to MySpace UK have halved in 6 months. In a desperate attempt to get the visit rates up, MySpace UK has been using a strategy of buying up cheap and sometimes unrelated Google keyword ads in order to generate 'dirty' traffic to bump up the publicly accessible comScore stats. And, if that wasn't bad enough, it seems that Facebook.com is the third biggest referrer of traffic to the site. In other words, Facebook is ironically keeping the site alive for the moment.

So bands who still count on MySpace, better start rethinking your strategy, because you'll soon be without a space (pun intended).

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If Rupert Murdoch thinks people are going to pay money to listen to music on Myspace, then he is sorely wrong. I have talked to a few friends of mine who uses MS and they think this is a horrible idea. If anything, making the music section into something like Rhapsody, Napster, or Pandora  where people pay to listen is just going to add the last nail in Myspace's coffin. Rupert has gobs of money. That old goat can stand to lose a few bucks. I have nothing positive to say about that old fart.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Sextacy Ball 2010



Doors open @ 7pm, show @ 8pm (or roughly around 8pm)

Also appearing Blownload, DJ Deathwish, and Gabriel and the Apocalypse

2-4-1s for the first hour

Adv tickets $20 via www.brownpapertickets.com,  $25 door

Ground Zero
15th 4th St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Dark Carnivale @ The Bedlam Theatre 07.03.2010

Last night I went to The Bedlam Theatre for the Dark Carnivale show that Oni Sakti (of Shinto Records) hosted with Brian Naughton, Phantoms of the SS, Uzza, Sullen Serenade, and The Spiritual Bat. It was a lot of fun even if there was not even ten people in the theatre section. I purposely skipped Brian's set because I only wanted to see the other bands. So without further ado here are some photos and a video clip I took at the show last night.
Here is a link to my image shack photo album of the Dark Carnivale show at The Bedlam Theatre.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

A Different Drum

Lately I have been on a synthpop binge. Well more like modern synthpop (or futurepop). Right now I am digging Colony 5.



"My World" is my favorite song off their Colonisation album which I recently downloaded off itunes.

I'm really loving A Different Drum records right now. I have bought a lot of cool ass albums through the label. One of my current favorite acts from the label is the Italian electro-pop trio Blume. They are so freaking awesome.


I have been digging their debut album Rise From Grey more so than the new De/Vision album to be honest.
Another great ADD act is Code 64. Too bad their first singer left. He was really good.



The service I get from ordering from ADD is great. I get a free EP from the label along with some promo cards. Shipping is pretty darn fast too. The label has some excellent deals too. Right now there are some cds being sold at $3. Ya can't beat a deal like that at ADD.