Saturday, March 31, 2012

I:Scintilla with Cwn Annwn and Thought Thieves

I:Scintilla with Cwn Annwn and Thought Thieves
After a four year wait, I finally got to see I:Scintilla live again. First time I saw them was at The Varsity Theater with Ayria and The Cruxshadows. I was not disappointed. Local bands Cwn Annwn and Thought Thieves opened up the show. Cwn Annwn is an excellent metal band whose music reminded me of Iron Maiden but with a female lead singer. Julie Schultz has a great set of pipes, reminding me of Geddy Lee of Rush. The musicianship of the band is solid and tight, a bit of thrash and prog if you ask me. Thought Thieves followed next with a shit load of fog. I have never seen so much fog in my life but it certainly gave their set a bit of atmosphere. Too bad I could barely see them as you can see in the photos. Musically, the band is fantastic. I really love the direction the band has taken (more synth). They performed a few new songs which I enjoyed immensely. For a band I initially wasn't sure of, Thought Thieves have certainly established themselves as one of my top favorite local bands. Finally, I:Scintilla finished the evening with their brand of electronica and rock music. They were missing a couple of band members according to Brittany who was just getting over being sick but I wouldn't have known that had she not told me. The band played a mixture of songs from Optics and Dying and Falling. I was not disappointed with their song selection. Afterwards, I picked up the boxed set of Dying and Falling as well as Cwn Annwn's The Alpha and Omega. I also chatted briefly with Brittany who was very gracious and sweet. To sum up the whole evening, I had a blast.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Aztalan Turf Podcast and Kilted Farmer Koncerts presents: I:Scintilla

This is just a reminder. Tomorrow night I:Scintilla will be performing at Ground Zero.

Doors opens at 9pm, music at 9:30pm. 2-4-1s during the first hour.

Thought Thieves and Cwn Annwn will be opening up for the band.

Djs Nitrogen and Noise will be playing some tunes in between the bands to keep the feet stomping on the dancefloor.

Tickets are $10 at the door.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

Tonight I was perusing Landmark Theatres' website to see what was playing at the Lagoon and Edina theatres this weekend as well as upcoming films. One of the films that will be airing next month is the documentary The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye.

The film opens up on April 6. That weekend Genesis P-Orridge and the film director Marie Losier will be in town on 4/6 and 4/7 for an In Person sessions to discuss the film. Times are 7:30 and 9:40pm.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Lords of Acids - Deep Chills [album teaser]

Today Lords of Acid posted a clip of album teaser of their new album Deep Chills.

To be perfectly honest, the samples of each track wasn't long enough for me to tell if I liked or not what I heard.

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Getting to Know the Kilted Farmer team

My friend and fellow KFK member Renee came up with the great idea of "getting to know the Kilted Farmer team" blog series. The first blog in the series begins with our fearless leader Trace. Since I am part of the street team, I thought I would post my info :).

Name: Erica

Role: Street Team Member

Current Favorite Album: Icon:Koru by SITD

Most Anticipated Album: Letting Go by Stray

Favorite Recently Released Album (Within the last past year): Nightglory by Kirlian Camera

Touring Act You've Seen Live the Most Times: a tie between VNV Nation &Tori Amos (4x each)

Most Memorable Past Live Show; Unter Null

What Are You Most Excited About Musically Right Now: Ashbury Heights working on new music after a legal battle with its label Out of Line.

Name One Band You Think Deserves More Recognition: Javelynn

Other Music-Related Activities: I think this site is the most obvious music-related activity ;).

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Albums I am currently listening to

This Mortal Coil: Filigree & Shadow


Belly: Star


School of Seven Bells: Ghostory


The Jesus and Mary Chain: 21 Singles


10,000 Maniacs: Our Time in Eden


Mankind is Obsolete: Trapped Inside


Aiboforcen: Dedale


I recently made a trip to The Electric Fetus to try to use up my Xmas gift card from work. I ended up guying the first five albums listed here. The Mankind is Obsolete and Aiborforcen cds were acquired a couple of weeks ago. Right now I am on a '90s kick hence the Belly, 10,000 Maniacs, This Mortal Coil, and The Jesus and Mary Chain cds.

I used to own the Belly album on cassette but I sold it years ago. When I listened to the album for the first time in over a decade, I was totally blown away just how good the music sounded. "Dusted" and "Gepetto" are my very, very favorite tracks off the album. I first heard of This Mortal Coil when I bought their album Blood (which I sadly sold). I came across Filigree & Shadow in the used cd bins at the Fetus. I am glad I bought it. It's very mellow and relaxing.

When I was in high school/college, I was a big 10,000 Maniacs fan. Our Time in Eden was my favorite album by the band. I bought a used copy. I have missed listening to that album. The album still remains a favorite of mine. It's a timeless classic for me.

For sometime now, I have been wanting some music by The Jesus and the Mary Chain in my cd collection. While at the record store, I found a used copy of 21 Singles. It goes without saying that it went home with me. Totally digging this compilation.

It's funny. I really didn't care for the first School of the Seven Bells album but I decided to pick up their latest album Ghostory while record shopping. I am glad I did. I really like the album which is a mix of pop, shoegaze, and electronica music.

The Mankind is Obsolete and Aiboforcen albums are really good. I particularly love the Aiboforcen album. Kinda reminds me of Ayria (BTW...Jennifer Parkin sings on their cover of U2's "New Year's Day"). I love all the albums. For a few of them, it is a trip back in time to my youth.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

7/3 Aesthetic Perfection, X-RX,BlakOpz, & Static Image at Ground Zero

All Cities Destroyed Tour

I have been meaning to mention the upcoming Aesthetic Perfection gig at Ground Zero but I kept forgetting. Well, it isn't as if it was just right around the corner ;).

This will be my third time seeing Aesthetic Perfection live, four seeing Daniel Graves (1st time was as Necessary Response as opening act for De/Vision in '07 or '08).
X-RX is one of the opening acts.

I really like their sound from what I am hearing from them online.
Ditto for BlakOpz.


And for a local band...Static Image. I think 7/3 will be a fun night, and it will be the night before Independence Day. There will be no excuses to be missing the AP show (unless you really have to work the following day at the crack of dawn...haha). 

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Lords of Acid - Pop That Tooshie

Lords of Acid just uploaded the video for their new single Pop That Tooshie. According to LOA, youtube wasn't too thrilled with the video (for the obvious...nudity).  I am not crazy about the song. Lyrics are pretty dumb by LOA's standards. That is just my personal opinion though. 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

New music videos

Today I just saw that there were some new music videos by Aesthetic Perfection and Faderhead. Enjoy!





Sunday, March 18, 2012

100 greatest men in music

After the unexpected popularity in last month's 100 greatest women in music list, I decided shortly after posting that blog to give my favorite male artists the same treatment. This took me a little longer to compose. I was going to do 200 like I did with the women but I decided against it. The amount of time I put into 100 was already consuming plenty of my time. This list was truly a labor of love for me. I hope people will like this list as much as my previous list. Keep in mind, this list is based on my taste in music as well as admiration and respect for artists who have influenced many of my favorite artists. This has nothing to do with mainstream music or what is popular. Without further ado, here is my list. Enjoy!

100. Raymond Watts
99. William Faith (Faith &The Muse)
98. Wayne Kramer (MC5)
97. Sascha Konietzko (KMFDM)
96. Richard Butler (The Psychedelic Furs)
95. Bill Leeb (Front Line Assembly/Delerium)
94. Martin L. Gore (Depeche Mode)
93. GG Allin
92. Josh Homes (Queens of the Stone Age)
91. Brian Eno
90. Angelo Bergamini (Kirlian Camera)
89. Trent Reznor
88. Ralf Hutter (Kraftwerk)
87. Peter Spilles (Project Pitchfork)
86. Hans Zimmer
85. Daniel Graves (Aesthetic Perfection)
84. Robert Smith (The Cure)
83. Yo Yo Ma
82. Tuomas Holopainen (Nightwish)
81. Bryan Ferry
80. Shane McGowan (The Pogues)
79. Dave Gahan (Depeche Mode)
78. Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins)
77. ButchVig (Garbage)
76. Moby
75. Praga Khan (Lords of Acid)
74. Rhys Fulber (Conjure One)
73. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
72. Adam Ant
71. Paul Weller
70. TomShears (Assemblage 23)
69. Al Jourgensen (Ministry)
68. Layne Staley (Alice in Chains)
67. Kurt Cobain (Nirvana)
66. Justin Elswick (Sleepthief)
65. Andydeane (Bella Morte)
64. James D. Stark
63. Ronny Moorings (Clan of Xymox)
62. Dave Grohl (FooFighters)
61. Johnny Marr (The Smiths)
60. Morrissey
59. Peter Hook (New Order)
58. Joey Ramone
57. Peter Heppner (Wolfsheim)
56. Syd Barrett (Pink Floyd)
55. GPK (Gpkism)
54. Adrian Hate (Diary of Dreams)
53. Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine)
52. Blixa Bargeld (Einssturzende Neubaten)
51. John Williams
50. Chris Pohl (Blutengel/Terminal Choice)
49. Ian MacKaye (Fugazi/Minor Threat)
48.Weird Al Yankovic
47. Kaizer Von Loopy (Hanzel und Gretyl)
46. Freddie Mercury (Queen)
45. Jim Morrison (The Doors)
44. Nick Wade (Alien Sex Fiend)
43. Ludvig Van Beethoven
42. Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine)
41. Clint Carney (System Syn/Imperative Reaction)
40. Anders Hagstrom (Ashbury Heights)
39. Jesus &the MaryChain
38. Pet Shop Boys
37. Diego Merletto (The Frozen Autumn)
36. John Lennon
35. Nitin Sawhney
34. Midge Ure (Ultravox)
33. Andy LaPlegua (Combichrist/Icon of Coil/Panzer Ag/Scandinavian Cock/Scandy)
32. Joe Letz (Combichrist)
31. Daft Punk
30. Matt Fanale (Caustic)
29. Iggy Pop
28. Douglas P. (Death in June)
27. John Cage
26. Duran Duran
25. Johnny Lydon
24. Coil
23. Stephen Merritt
22. Claus Larsen (Leaether Strip/Klutae)
21. Clock DVA
20. Dave Stewart (Eurythmics)
19. Ian McCulloch (Echo & the Bunnymen)
18. Budgie (Siouxsie & the Banshees)
17. Mike Ness (Social Distortion)
16. Boyd Rice
15. Johann Sebastian Back
14. Caberet Voltaire
13. Erasure
12. Percy Trayanov (Cylab)
11. Rob Dickinson (Catherine Wheel)
10. Andrew Eldritch (The Sisters of Mercy)
09. Peter Gabriel
08. Arvo Part
07. Ronan Harris (VNV Nation)
06. Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins/Violet Indiana)
05. Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance)
04. Leonard Cohen
03. David Bowie
02. Nick Cave (Nick Cave &The Bad Seeds/Grinderman)
01. Johnny Cash

Friday, March 16, 2012

New releases

iVardensphere - I Dream in Noise remixes Vol.2 [June 12]
Skinny Puppy - Bootlegged, Broke And in Solvent Seas [June 12]
Assemblage 23 - Bruise [June 12]
Decoded Feedback - diskonnekt [June 12]
16 Volt - LetDownCrush [June 26]
Suicide Commando - The Suicide Sessions II [June 26]
Cesium 137 - Science and Sound [June 26]
Heimataerde - Gottgleich [June 26]
You can also see what else Metropolis Records will be releasing in the coming months. Good stuff I say.

On May 4th, Alfa Matrix will be releasing the new albums by Freakangel (Let It All End), Alien Vampires (Clubbers Die Younger), and of course Stray (Letting Go). You can buy all three albums by March 30th. Of course I pre-ordered the new Stray album last night. As for the upcoming Metropolis releases, I am most excited about the new Decoded Feedback and Assemblage 23 albums.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A couple of goodies to share

Coma Fundraiser

Considering what kick ass stuff that Coma Music Magazine has up for sale on their website, I thought I would share the link with those who visit my blog. I should note that the System Syn fan pack is sold out. Items are only in limited quantities.

Before I forget, Erica Dunham still has a bunch of copies of Moving On (2 disc) available on her bandcamp page. Best part is that it will be signed and she will throw in some bonus goodies at her choosing. I couldn't help myself, I put in an order the other night. You can read about it on Unter Null's FB page.

I would definitely try to take advantage of these offers ASAP.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Albums that I have bought so far in 2012

I know it is only March but I have already bought more albums than I probably should have. I thought I would share with my readers with what I have bought so far. I am including albums that I have pre-ordered and recently ordered. The asterick next to the album means that it was a pre-order.

Aiboforcen - Dedale [just ordered this album last night, been listening to various tracks off the album and totally fell in love with what I have heard]
Alien Skin - Ghost in the Rain
All About Eve - Fairy Light Nights Two
Blue Stone - Messages
Blutengel - Nachtmahr
Cecile Corbel -The Secret World of Arrietty
DarkDriveClinic - Noise in My Head
Die Braut - Psychotherapy
Die Sektor - Applied Structure in a Void
Diffuzion - Winter Cities
Eurythmics - Ultimate Collection
Florence + the Machines - Ceremonials
The Frozen Autumn - Fragments of Memories
The Frozen Autumn -Chirality
Garbage - Not Your Kind of People [Deluxe edition] *
Geodesic - Live Transmission
Goldfrapp - The Singles
Grendel - Timewave: Zero *
Geodesic - Myriad
Lisa Gerrard/Patrick Cassidy - Immortal Memory
Mankind is Obsolete - Trapped Inside [this was just shipped out on Sunday, I should be getting it by the end of the week]
Mind.in.a.Box - Revelations
Moby -Destroyed
Necro Facility - Wintermute
Nightwish -Imaginaerum [import with bonus cd of instrumental versions of the album]
Omega Lithium - Kinetik
Polica - Give You the Ghost
Rammstein - Made in Germany
Sequencia - Algo en tu Ser
SITD - Icon:Koru
Solar Fake - Frontiers
Spectra Paris - License to Kill
Statik Sky - They Look to the Sky
Unter Null - Moving On (Erica Dunham is/was offering signed physical copies of the album on Unter Null's bandcamp page with it, she is throwing in some goodies with the cd, of course I had to buy a copy ;)).

I am such a music junkie as you can tell by my list ;). I did recently sell my Statik Sky and Die Sektor albums with a few other cds via ebay. I try to unload a few albums after I buy a few.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Essence of Mind - In the Night EP

Sorry for my absence. A nasty virus hit my laptop last week. Finally got it back today.


Looks like Essence of Mind has a new EP coming out. Sounds very Apop-ish to me. I like what little I have heard.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

DJ SLT - Rain Storm EP

If you haven't heard of DJ SLT, you have to be living in a cave. KFAI's own DJ SLT has recently released an EP of original music titled Rain Storm.

It is three tracks of experimental ambient music. There are three versions: original, static, and battlefield. The music isn't exactly geared for radio but that is just fine with me. This is atmospheric, mood music especially on a cold, bleary, rainy night (so well appropriately titled). Turn off the lights and the music takes on a whole new life. It is very unsettling and I mean that in a good way. All three tracks are layered with sounds that ranges from hypnotic droning to subtle static. Every time I have listened to each song, I always pick up on a new sound, beat, rhythm or noise. I enjoyed Rain Storm EP immensely. This is just an appetizer to what to come from the KFAI's own DJ SLT.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Albums I am currently listening to

Lacuna Coil: Dark Adrenaline


I'll be honest I am not a diehard fan of Lacuna Coil. They have some good songs however their music tends to sound alike to me. Their last two albums have been rather dull for me. I wasn't going to get it until I saw that my library had it so I requested it online. Just listened to the album tonight. Much to my surprise, I actually enjoyed the album. The music is more melodic than the band's previous efforts. I enjoyed their cover of REM's "Losing My Religion". I thought it was an interesting take. I definitely plan on buying my own copy of Dark Adrenaline.

Cecile Corbel: The Secret World of Arrietty

I saw the latest film from Studio Ghibli a few weeks ago and fell in love with the music. I was lucky to find a copy of the soundtrack on ebay. Cecile Corbel is created the music on the soundtrack as well as performed all the music. The music has an innocent and whimsical feel which compliments the film itself. The Secret World of Arrietty is a delightful soundtrack well worth every single penny I shelled out for it.

The Frozen Autumn: Fragments of Memories

After getting hooked on The Frozen Autumn with their latest album Chirality, I decided to start checking out their other albums. Fragments of Memories is my latest Frozen Autumn purchase. The album is quite good, maybe not as good as Chirality. The melodies didn't stand out as much as on Chirality. I'm glad I bought it though. I still plan on trying to get their earlier albums. I really dig The Frozen Autumn's sound.

[:SITD:]: Icon: Koru

I really wasn't sure if I was going to get the new SITD album Icon:Koru, but after hearing a few tracks online, I knew I had to get it. I am glad I bought it. I think Icon:Koru is a stronger album than their previous album Rot.

Lisa Gerrard & Patrick Cassidy: Immortal Memory

This is my favorite Lisa Gerrard album. I first heard it 2-3 years ago when I borrowed a copy from my library. I finally got around to buying my own copy. The music reminds me of her work on the Gladiator soundtrack with Hans Zimmer. Lest I forget, Patrick Cassidy has a gorgeous voice and compliments Lisa's very nicely. His vocals never overwhelms this listener's ears or Lisa's vocals.

Eurythmics: The Ultimate Collection

Lately I have been craving to hear some Eurythmics so I picked up this compilation on my last trip to the record store. For some the title might be misleading and probably could have included some more of the group's music and maybe even some of Annie's solo work, but for this listener I am happy with what I got. Now I can jam to my favorite Eurythmics' songs at home and at work.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Artists worth checking out

So while blogger.com was down for most of the weekend, I came across some excellent "new" bands to share with my readers here.

Sequencia

Sequencia is a really rad synthpop band from Argentinia. This youtube clip I just posted was in my recommendation section on my home page on youtube. I had to check it out and of course the rest is history. Turns out they are on A Different Drum records. Given their sound, it is no surprise that they would be on ADD.

Foretaste

Foretaste is a French electropop band. When I was checking out the aforementioned Sequencia video clip, I noticed the Foretaste' video of their cover of Garbage's "Stupid Girl". Being the huge Garbage fan that I am, I just had to check out the band's version of one of my favorite Garbage songs. I personally love it but I'm sure there are and will be detractors of this cover song.

Zedna

Zedna is a Mexican synthpop band. They remind me quite a bit of Sequencia if you ask me. <3 this band.

Celluloide

This is the other band that features Foretaste's lead singer.

Silica Gel

Silica Gel is a terrific synthpop act from Spain.

Eloquent

Eloquent is really what lead me to come across all these bands last night. This clip I just posted essentially started a chain reaction.

Rarely do I come across so many "new" bands in one night but I did last night. I honestly have no patience for those (like a former friend of mine) who bitches and moans about the lack of new music and then in the same breath says she is too tired to look for it. People like her do not get one iota of sympathy from me.

Thursday, March 1, 2012