Monday, April 30, 2012

Goth Prom 2012

This is taken from Goth Prom Mpls status update:

Where does the time go? One week to go before Goth Prom Apocalypse, and everything is coming together nicely. Now is the perfect time to share the evenings schedule so that no one will miss the good stuff.

At 9:00 pm doors open. You are invited to play a dart game fundraiser set up in the bar to raise money for the Aliveness project, which provides help for those living with AIDS. Our sponsors have provided many excellent goods for us to offer as prizes, so bone up on your darts skills. $2.00 per try. Everyone who plays, wins something!

At 10 pm, Opening Ceremony. This is very exciting because it has never been done before, and it will add a layer of theater and drama to an already awesome event. The Saloon staff have expanded the footprint of the bar for us to accommodate our ever- expanding community. We will be enacting a sacrifice in the area behind the Saloon and in the Fire Bar. There will be fire and drums by the Fire Collective, art installation by David Bryan, Jarrin
Jambik, and others, live snake handling by Ahme and an awesome multifaceted performance by Zyra and A-Frame of The Stomping Ground

Rope suspension demos will take place on the Main Room Shower Stage after 10:30.

Our much beloved Hard Mondays Host Djs Nitrogen and Noise have the music well in hand and we are very excited to have END the Dj as our guest for the evening.

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mix of the Week

Since I delayed my weekly Mix of the Week blog entry because of the big news about Icon of Coil coming to Minneapolis, I thought I would post my weekly mix tonight. I'll go back to Mondays next week. Enjoy! :)

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Florence + The Machines w/Blood Orange at The State Theatre 04.27.12

After a 2-3 month wait, I finally went to see Florence + The Machines at the State Theatre in downtown Minneapolis. The show was totally sold out. My seat was in the center section of the balcony at the very top so I was looking down at the stage. Better view than the floor seat I had at my last Tori Amos show a couple of years ago. I regret not bringing my camera but considering that everyone was standing for 90% of the show, I probably would not have gotten semi-decent photos.

Opening for Florence + The Machines is a one-man act called Blood Orange. The man behind Blood Orange is Devonte Hynes. Prior to the show, I had read that his music was categorized as "soul music". Apparently whoever labeled Devonte's music as "soul music" never listened to his music. In his short 30 minute set, Devonte managed to cram a diverse array of music from heavy metal, electronica, pop, and soul music.

You can hear more of his music on Blood Orange's Soundcloud page.
I really would have enjoyed his set even more if he just eschewed the guitars. I found the guitars distracting for my personal tastes. Otherwise I did enjoy the thirty minutes Blood Orange was on stage.

Contrary to what Jon Bream of Star Tribune has written about last night's show, I thoroughly enjoyed Florence and The Machine's hour-long set. She played all of her well known tunes including my personal favorite song "Shake It Out".

While Jon Bream thought Florence's performance was like a machine,I would have to disagree. I enjoyed watching Florence move around the stage with so much energy and ease. I love it when she twirled around with her gorgeous gown she wore. Live, Florence sounded phenomenal. Her albums really don't do Florence any justice. For most of the show, everyone was standing. I thought it was cute that Florence got the audience to jump for her hit single "Dog Days". The energy in the venue was electrifying. All the concertgoers ate up every song Florence performed with her band (including yours truly). I do wish that Florence + The Machines had expanded their short hour long set by a 2-5 songs. I was kinda surprised by how short her set was, making the $65 I paid for my ticket seem almost not worth the money. Nevertheless it was a good night. Didn't buy any merch. Too damn expensive.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Albums I am currently listening to

Chrom: Synthetic Movement

After waiting impatiently for three weeks, I finally got my latest Out of Line order. One of the 2cds I ordered is Chrom's Synthetic Movement. I am loving this album a lot. Really satisfies my synthpop craving. All of the songs are excellent. I am often reminded of De/Vision at times.

Alpha Point: High Like the Angels
This is the other cd I ordered from Out of Line, also synthpop. I am digging this album a lot too.


Grendel: Timewave Zero

I am so loving the new Grendel album. No words can really describe the joy the music brings to my ears.I definitely think it is better than Harsh Generation (which I also enjoy but think the new album is even better). My personal, personal favorite track on the album is "Deep Waters". Love the female vocals.


Sapphire Solace: Shadow Stories

Sapphire Solace is one of those bands I almost lost track of until over a week ago when I discovered on their website that they had put out a full length album last year. I am glad I decided to visit their FB page which is how I discovered about Shadow Stories. The album is a mix of new tracks and remastered tracks from their digital only EP. It did not take me very long to fall back in love with this talented goth band.

System Syn: All Seasons Pass

This week I finally got my System Syn fan pack I bought from Coma Music Magazine as part of their fundraiser. I have been enjoying the album immensely. I took to the album right away unlike their previous album which was good but it had to grow on me.


Sounds of the Underground

This is a compilation of '80s/'90s music that I found at the Electric Fetus on Record Store Day last weekend. I had to get it because it had "Stay" by Shakespeare's Sister and "Lips Are Like Sugar" by Echo and the Bunnymen.


Is/Is: III

This is another cd I bought on Record Store day. Absolutely love their debut album III. The band often refers to their sound as witchgaze but I like to think of it simply as damn good. I like to compare their sound with Mazzy Star and The Jesus and Mary Chain and maybe a bit of The Melvins.

Belly: King

I finally got around to buying Belly's second and final album King. I have to admit the album isn't as good as their first album Star but I like it. My favorite song off the album is"Super Connected".

Damn shame that the public totally wrote them off as a one hit wonder. They were a damn good band IMHO.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

100 Greatest Songs Ever

Well it took me nearly a month to compose my latest list but I have to admit I procrastinated here and there. I finally got off my ass and finished this latest list. I admit it was a pain in the ass but for the most part it was a labor of love. I started off just going by singles but lets face it...singles aren't always as good as the other album tracks. This is what really held me up. I decided "fuck this shit" and decided to include non-single tracks. I also included a few covers because they were just too good to be left off the list. Enough with my ramblings. Enjoy!

100. Looking for the KLF - Pop Incorporated
99. Sanvean - Dead Can Dance
98. I Come and Stand at Your Door - This Mortal Coil
97. God Thinks - Voltaire
96. Stay - Shakespeare's Sister
95. I Sit On Acid - Lords of Acid
94. Human - Goldfrapp
93. Fuckin' Perfect - Pink
92. Sugar Hiccups - The Cocteau Twins
91. Wild Horses - The Sundays
90. Beautiful People - Marilyn Manson (this is the only song I like by MM)
89. Cruel Summer - Bananarama
88. Because the Night - Patti Smith
87. Around the world - Daft Punk
86. Barracuda - Heart
85. Tainted Love - Soft Cell
84. Get Your Body Beat - Combichrist
83. Not Pretty Enough - Kasey Chambers
82. Standing - Cinderella Effect
81. Beloved - VNV Nation
80. Gepetto - Belly
79. Over the Hills and Far Away - Nightwish
78. Time Killer - Project Pitchfork
77. Little Black Angels - Death in June
75. Breedless - Ego Likeness
74. No More Words - Berlin
73. The Passenger - Iggy Pop
72. Hymn to Her - The Pretenders
71. Everglade - L7
70. Dreams - The Cranberries
69. Frozen - Curve
68. Cars - Gary Numan
67. Vox - Sarah McLachlan
66. Open Up - Leftfield
65. Juke Joint Jezebel - KMFDM
64. Don't Look Back in Anger - Oasis
63. 2:1 - Elastica
62. Setting Sun - The Chemical Brothers
61. Bio Vital - The Frozen Autumn
60. No One is to Blame - Howard Jones
59. Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
58. Anarchy in the UK - The Sex Pistols
57. Cherry Bomb - The Runaways
56. I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
55. London Calling - The Clash
54. Sour Times - Portishead
53. Famous Blue Raincoat - Leonard Cohen
52. Voices Carry - 'Til Tuesday
51. Every Breath You Take - The Police
50. Where the Wild Roses Grow - Nick Cave and The Bad Cave with Kylie Minogue
49. Joey - Concrete Blonde
48. Psalm 69 - Ministry
47. The Scientist - Coldplay
46. Happy When It Rains - The Jesus and Mary Chain
45. The Promise - When in Rome
44. Major Tom - Peter Schilling
43. Fade Into You - Mazzy Star
42. Singing Dead Men - Blutengel
41. Running Up the Hill - Kate Bush
40. Rebel Rebel - David Bowie
39. My Revenge On the World - Ayria
38. God is a DJ - Faithless
37. Protection - Massive Attack
36. Mercy Street - Peter Gabriel
35. Under Pressure - Queen and David Bowie
34. Dented Halos - Cylab
33. Four Seasons (spring) - Vivaldi
32. Neverending Story - Limahl
31. Dante's Prayer - Loreena McKennitt
30. Sleep - Conjure One
29. Living in Oblivion - Anything Box
28. Space Age Love Song - A Flock of Seagulls
27. Ode to Joy - Beethoven
26. Opportunities (Lets Make Lots of Money) - The Pet Shop Boys
25. Smaller - Ashbury Heights
24. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
23. Don't You Want Me - Human League
22. Hymn - Ultravox
21. Jasmine and Rose - Clan of Xymox
20. Fukken Uber Death Party - Hanzel und Gretyl
19. A Little Respect - Erasure
18. 99 Luftballoons - Nena
17. Lucretia, My Reflection - The Sisters of Mercy
16. Dreaming - OMD
15. Destroy Everything You Touch - Ladytron
14. Only Happy When It Rains - Garbage
13. If She Knew What She Wants - The Bangles
12. Nothing Compares 2 U - Sinead O'Connor
11. Enjoy the Silence - Depeche Mode
10. Sick Fuck - Unter Null
09. Blue Monday - New Order
08. Canon in D Minor - Pachelbel
07. Ladykiller - Lush
06. Cities in Dust - Siouxsie and The Banshees
05. Intentions - Sensuous Enemy
04. Pictures of You - The Cure
03. Blue Room - Kirlian Camera
02. Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These) - The Eurythmics
01. A Poem for Byzantium - Delerium

I chose "A Poem for Byzantium" by Delerium as my personal pick for greatest song ever because of the haunting lyrics and melodies. Plus it is one of those songs that I can play over and over again and never get sick of. After over a decade, the song still sounds fresh and new to me.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Gabriel and the Apocalypse "Here Comes the Crash"

Here it is...the music video for "Here comes the Crash" off Gabriel and the Apocalypse' second album New World Disaster. This is one of the 2 local bands opening up for Icon of Coil in September (the other being Dissociate). I personally think GATA is a phenomenal live act so I can hardly wait to see them live again.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Kilted Farmer Koncerts presents...Icon of Coil with [:SITD:]

It's official...Icon of Coil at Ground Zero on 9/12/12.




Icon of Coil North American tour

w/[:SITD:], Dissociate, and Gabriel and the Apocalypse

Wednesday, September 12

Tickets: $15 in advance/$20 at the door
More ticket info will be made available in the coming weeks.

VIP packages will be available very soon. I am so doing that big time. No if's, and's, or but's about it. lol

Doors at 7:30pm, show at 8:00pm

18+

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Record Store Day 2012

I had a very productive morning at the Electric Fetus. I got to the store around 8:30am, which is early for me. Had a scone and cup of coffee while in line. Line outside the Fetus was quite long. I was hoping to win something from the drawing but didn't. That's alright. I found some new music which was good enough for me. I ended up buying the new Is/Is album III, King by Belly, Requiem for the Indifferent by Epica, a compilation called Sound of the Underground which features tracks by Shakespeare's Sister, Echo & The Bunnymen, New Order, and The Psychedelic Furs, and Timewave: Zero by Grendel.

I wasn't really expecting to find the new Grendel album but I couldn't help it but get it. I'll just sell the copy I pre-ordered via Metropolis Records on Ebay when I get it. I am listening to the album. It is fantastic. If people liked Harsh Generation, I think they will like the new album. I was originally going to get the latest Eisbrecher album but when I saw the Grendel album screaming at me in the cd rack, that was a no brainer ;). I did have the opportunity to check out the RSD items up for sale but I was at #163 and I did not feel like waiting for another 30-45 minutes. I was getting a bit tired and hungry to be honest.  Oh and outside I tried one of the dogs from Natedogs with the honey mustard. Best damn dog and mustard I have ever eaten. Since the Fetus wasn't equipped for outdoor eating, I hiked over to the park across the street from Minneapolis Institute of Arts for an improtu picnic with a squirrel. LOL! I think I understand why some hot dog afficienados frowns on ketchup on hot dogs. I did not miss ketchup on the hotdog. The honey mustard was the right condiment to go along with the tasty tube steak. Oh and as someone who is not a mustard fan (unless it is dijon or has honey in it), the honey mustard was the best I have ever eaten and I have never said that about a mustard. The hotdog was quite delicious too. All in all, it was a good Record Store Day for me.

Update: Love the new Is/Is album III. So far this is my favorite local album of 2012. I wish I could honestly say I LOVE the new Epica album but I can't. It's okay but it isn't great. Of course gotta love Belly's second and final album.What a grossly underrated band Belly was in the '90s. The Sound of the Underground compilation is great too.

Friday, April 20, 2012

My current favorite bands

Sapphire Solace

I first discovered Sapphire Solace 2-3 years ago on Myspace. I downloaded their self-titled EP and immediately loved their sound. Last week I found out that they had released an actual cd called Shadow Stories. Of course I ordered it. I got my copy today and love every damn song on the album.

Claps

I have been really enjoying their album Wreck that I bought last weekend. They really do give me hope for the local music scene by showing that the scene isn't strictly indie rock and that good electro music comes out of the Twin Cities.

IS/IS

IS/IS is such a breath of fresh air for me. Their music is both melodic and heavy or Mazzy Star meets The Jesus and Mary Chain and My Bloody Valentine.

Mari Chrome

Oh how I love the song "Toxic". It is definitely my favorite song right now. So incredibly catchy. Judging by the songs I have heard on the group's Myspace page and Soundcloud page, I have no doubt their album will be amazing. They have so much talent that it is nauseating. Just kidding. LOL.

Cinderella Effect

Lately I have been listening to a lot of Cinderella Effect's music, namely the second Cinderella Effect album Cinderellicious. I am particularly a big fan of their cover of VNV Nation's "Standing". Beautiful cover. You can find the song on their first CE album Pearls.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

My alternative line up to Rock the Garden

It's that time of year again when The Current has announced the upcoming line up for the next Rock the Garden concert. This year The Current has decided to focus on local music. Anyone who knows me well enough will probably have figured out that I am anything but impressed with the line up. Don't get me wrong. I think it is great that The Current wants to focus on local music but I can think of five bands who are better than those that are playing at the 2012 Rock the Garden which leads to tonight's blog ;).

01. The Rope


02. Pink Mink


03. Gabriel and the Apocalypse


04. Is/Is


05. Ficshe


I should note that there are a lot more local bands that I think are a lot better than the aforementioned bands on the link I posted at the top of the page (like Polica, Venus Mars and All the Pretty Horses, Static Image, The Night, Pop Incorporated, Thought Thieves, Claps, etc...etc...). I just figured that I would stick to the number 5 since that is how many acts are performing at RTG.

On City Pages' website, people often make fun of the local music scene, well more like the local hipster music scene. This year's RTG line up is proof of why that scene gets ridiculed. You can catch most of those bands perform any given night of the week in downtown Minneapolis for a lot less than $50. It's just sad that people are getting ripped off for a line up they can see for a lot cheaper on the weekends or weeknights.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

My 10 favorite releases from 1989

Tonight on FB, The Current 89.3 posed the question "What was your favorite release from 1989?" to coincide with tonight's The Time Machine. I decided to list my favorite albums from 1989 here on my blog.

The Cure: Disintegration


Belinda Carlisle: Runaway Horses


Loreena McKennitt: Parallel Dreams


Xymox: Twist of Shadows


Mary Chapin Carpenter: State of the Heart


Innocence Mission: Innocence Mission


Phantom Blue: Phantom Blue


Kate Bush: The Sensual World


Madonna: Like a Prayer


New Order: Technique


I should note that this list is not in order. I included a couple of guilty pleasures from my youth like Phantom Blue's first album and Mary Chapin Carpenter's State of the Heart. I have to admit that most of the music I listened in 1989 was atrocious and when I got older, got rid of those albums. Most of these albums here on the list I discovered as an adult.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Albums I am currently listening to

Claps: Wreck

A couple of weeks ago I came across the music video for "Book of Love" by the Minneapolis band Claps.

I was immediately hooked by the band's brand of minimal synthpop. I definitely plan on trying to catch the band live in the future. IMHO I think Claps picks up where Lookbook left off when they broke up a few years ago.

IS/IS: This Happening

Earlier this week I came across an article on the band IS/IS in City Pages. It goes without saying that my curiousity was piqued. So after I had seen the film Bully last night, I stopped at Cheapo Records, I picked up the Claps cd as well as IS/IS's This Happening EP. I took to this cd right from the word go. Imagine if The Melvins and Mazzy Star got together, the results would be IS/IS. This Happening is a fantastic four song EP that blends aggressive guitar riffs with sweet pop melodies.

Grendel: Harsh Generation

As I am waiting for the new Grendel album Timewave:Zero to come out, I decided to get their previous album Harsh Generation a couple of weeks ago.

I have been enjoying the album immensely. I wish I got into them sooner but better late than never I suppose.

Stray:Letting Go

I plan on reviewing this album sometime in the coming week but I will say this, knocking out Letting Go as the #1 contender for best album of 2012 is going to require a miracle and a few hail marys ;).

I:Scintilla: Dying & Falling

Although I have the album as an mp3, I decided to buy the 2 cd set at the I:Scintilla show I went to 2 weeks ago. Lets face it mp3s sounds like shit so to hear the album in a non-MP3 format was so refreshing.

Various Artists - Re:Connected 3.0

When I pre-ordered the new Stray album, I got a bonus cd. I opted for the Re:Connected 3.0 compilation. There are some good tracks but it is a mixed bag of hit ormiss tracks for me.


Voltaire: Hate Lives in a Small Town

Last week I heard one of the funniest songs I have ever heard by Voltaire called "All Women are Crazy".

I loved the song so much I decided to order his album Hate Lives in a Small Town from CDBaby. I am glad that I got it. I think Voltaire knows more about country music than the shit that comes out of Nashville nowadays.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Javelynn - Skip a Heartbeat

After a lengthy wait, Javelynn finally released their new music "Skip a Heartbeat" from their excellent debut album Chimaera at Heart (one of my personal favorite albums from 2011).

If you haven't heard the album, I definitely recommend checking it out. You will see why I like to push this band on my FB page as one of those bands who deserves more exposure in the US music scene.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Record Store Day at The Electric Fetus

Well as some in the local music scene would know, a week from this Saturday is Record Store Day. If you don't know what Record Store Day is, it is a day to honor and celebrate the culture of independent record stores across the country. That is if you are fortunate to have a indie record store in your neck of the woods like I am here in Minneapolis. Every record store has their own special sales that will feature rare and unique albums that customers can buy on April 21. As a huge fan of Electric Fetus, I thought I would post the link to the Minneapolis Electric Fetus store's Record Store Day events. One year, I won a drawing and ended up with free pair of tickets to Franz Ferdinand at First Avenue. I have to admit, I should have gone with the Zune (but can't dwell on the past).  Here is a link to other local record store day events. I hope people will go hit some record stores on 4/21. We should be grateful that we have independent record stores in the Twin Cities. I know some people who don't and don't even realize that they still exist.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Helalyn Flowers - Flowers Before the Sunshine preview

This preview of the new Helalyn Flowers track can also be found on the new Alfa Matrix compilation. It's tight. I am so getting the new album (of course).

You can download Sounds From the Matrix 12 at Amazon.com.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Mari Chrome

Over the weekend while listening to the latest Alfa Matrix compilation that came with my copy of Letting Go by Stray, I came across the track "Toxic" by the electropop group Mari Chrome. I found myself hitting the back button on my remote control to my boombox quite a few times. Then I came across 44 second audio previews of the group's album Georgy.

I would also recommend checking out their Myspace page. The clips are more than a minute long.  I am so addicted to their music.  I really like Marion's vocals. She reminds me of a few of my favorite singers like Jai of Sensuous Enemy, Eleni Alice Foss of Kirlian Camera/Spectra Paris, and Yaz of Javelynn/Ashbury Heights. If you love music with strong, powerful female vocals, I definitely recommend Mari Chrome.

http://www.myspace.com/marichrome
Mari Chrome FB page 

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Joy in the Congo: A musical miracle

Tonight I am going to totally step outside my comfort zone and share with my readers a story I saw tonight on 60 Minutes. It is about the Kimbanguist Symphony Orchestra. Here is the actual transcript of the 60 Minutes segment: Joy in the Congo: A Musical Moment. For all the poverty these musicians and singers have to live in, they somehow manage to create music that is a pure joy to listen to. Here are a couple clips that I found on youtube.


The second clip really gives a better insight into the talent of the orchestra and choir.

Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye


I just got back not long ago from seeing The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye at the Lagoon Cinema. It is only playing in town until Thursday. You can read the synopsis here. I enjoyed the film from start to finish. Filmmaker Marie Losier could have easily made a predictable and polished documentary on Genesis and Lady Jaye but she did not. Genesis and Lady Jaye would not have wanted that. The film was as experimental as Genesis' work with Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV. For all the weird footage, it is obvious that what I saw was a love story between Genesis and the late Lady Jaye. The love they had was obviously genuine. Considering both their roots as performance artists, Genesis and Lady Jaye were truly meant for each other. I really recommend for those in the local goth/industrial scene to go see this movie before its run at the Lagoon ends. There is some really great footage of Throbbing Gristle and Psychic TV worth seeing (IMHO).

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Assemblage 23 - Bruise [preview]

Just came across a preview of the upcoming Assemblage 23 album Bruise. I love what I have heard. Enjoy! :)

Sunday, April 1, 2012

A few upcoming events in the coming weeks

Tonight I have come across a couple events happening during April which I thought I would share. One being vita.mn PRESENTS Venus de Mars & All the Pretty Horses/El Le Faunt and His Traveling Circus/The Deceitful Lawpings.  The other event is Radio K/301 prsnt: Mpls Mayday w/Toki Wright (Rhymesayers) + More. The event covers a broad range of electronica artists which includes one of my personal faves Ficshe. Also I couldn't forget about mentioning Thomas Dolby at the Cedar Cultural Center on 4/6 and Rammstein on 5/8, the day after Goth Prom.