Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Albums I am currently listening to

Nitro/Noise: Total Nihilism



I am totally hooked on Nitro/Noise's debut album. This is what I crave in aggrotech...harsh vocals, slamming beats, and catchy melodies. Nitro/Noise totally delivers for me from start to finish on Total Nihilism. While the remixes were good, I don't think they were an absolutely necessary to include on the album but at least I enjoyed the remixes. I like bands like Combichrist, Funker Vogt, and Nachtmahr but to be honest those bands have yet to put an album that I like from start to finish as I have with Nitro/Noise's album. I definitely will be keeping a close eye on this Canadian band. They got a really awesome sound.

Halestorm: The Strange Case



Got this album from my library last weekend. I liked the band's first album so I thought I would check out their latest album. The Strange Case is a pretty solid hard rock album. Not perfect but damn good. For me, the ballads are the best tracks on the album. I especially love the song "Break In".

Electric Daisy Carnival volume 3

Really enjoying this mixed cd that I checked out from the library last weekend. I find myself enjoying EDM once again although not all the tracks were that hot. One of the songs reminded me of Owl City whose music I find rather uninteresting. Overall the music makes my day at work a bit more bearable.

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles: Angels and Saints at Ephesus



This is a really beautiful album. I love chilling out to this album before and after work. It is so relaxing. I need to get my own copy.

Moby:Destroyed



Massive Attack: Protection




Sneaker Pimps: Becoming X




Bought the Massive Attack and Sneaker Pimps CDs a few weeks ago. Lately I have been craving music from the '90s, and these albums totally satisfied my hankering for some "retro music". LOL

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Upcoming shows

In case you have been living in a cave or under a rock there is a couple of big shows coming up in the months of August and September ;).


Combichrist (Old School) with The Azoic and F.T.C and DJ SLT


Hellions of Hollywood FB event

Kilted Farmer Koncerts is helping DarkSide Minnesota with this show. I so recommend coming early to check out the opening acts Promidal and AsOf. Both bands are really good to see live. Promidal puts on an excellent and very memorable visual live show that is so worth getting to the club early.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Interview with Noblesse Oblige

Tonight I came across a great interview with my favorite band Noblesse Oblige on FB. Enjoy!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Monday's Playlist

It's another work week and worse yet, it is the end of the month at work meaning lots and lots of stress to try to meet month's end goal. Today I walked over to the library to pick up some music to listen to at work. Of course I am bringing some of my own music into work too. That's a given ;).Music is the only thing that keeps me sane considering how many batshit crazy assholes I work with.

Electric Daisy Carnival Volume 3




DJ Tiesto: Magikal Journey [The Hits Collection]




Moby: Destroyed




Lydia Lunch: Shotgun Wedidng




Head and the Heart: Head and the Heart




Ashbury Heights: Three Cheers For the Newlydead




Nitro/Noise: Total Nihilism




Flyleaf: New Horizons




Halestorm: The Strange Case of Halestorm





In Strict Confidence: Utopia



Friday, July 26, 2013

My 10 favorite synthpop bands

Last weekend I wrote a blog about my 10 favorite aggrotech bands. I thought this time around I will list my 10 favorite synthpop bands. My list will mostly consist of more current synthpop acts but there will be a couple that has been around for a couple of decades. Most synthpop I have been listening to a lot in recent years is more contemporary and current in the music scene.

10. Invisible Limits


09. Erasure


08. Sixth June


07. Wolfsheim


06. Blume


05. Carved Souls


04. Future Perfect


03. CHROM


02. Marsheaux


01. Moonlight Cove

Thursday, July 25, 2013

My 10 favorite albums best listened to as loud as possible

Because I have been doing overtime all week at work, I have been listening to a lot of music that sounds really good loud, regardless of genre. It got me to thinking about my favorite albums that I love to listen to as loud as I can without annoying the neighbors or without going deaf while wearing my earphones. lol

10. Omega Lithium: Kinetik




09. VNV Nation: Automatic




08. Blutengel: Monument


07. Unter Null: The Failure Epiphany




06. Grendel: Timewave Zero




05. Arch Enemy: Khaos Legion




04. Suicide Commando: When Evil Speaks




03. Tristania: Darkest Whites




02. Hanzel und Gretyl: 2012 Zwanzig Zwolf




01. Nitro/Noise: Total Nihilism



Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Aesthetic Perfection - The Dark Half

If you haven't heard it already, here is the lyric video for the next Aesthetic Perfection single "The Dark Half". Personally I prefer the first single "Antibody" but "The Dark Half" isn't too shabby. I like the song but I do think it lacks the catchy hooks that "Antibody" has.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Promidal - Seduce

If you didn't have the opportunity to catch Promidal's opening set at the Leaether Strip show nearly two weeks ago, here is video footage for their song "Seduce" from their set that night. I still can't stop talking about it. I loved their set. Enjoy!


Update: Here is another video from their set. This video is even better. It gets really good around 1:30 ;).

Monday, July 22, 2013

Albums I need to get before the end of the year

Today after work, my copy of Total Nihilism by the Canadian band Nitro/Noise arrived today in the mail from Vendetta records. It goes without saying that I loved it. I also realized that Vendetta Records puts out some kickass music and got me thinking about what I should order online next from the record label. This quickly lead me to share with my readers the albums that I need to get before the end of the year.

Noblesse Oblige: Malady
This album has one of my favorite songs by Noblesse Oblige "The Great Electrifier" which is featured on Absolute Grrrls Manifesto Chapter One compilation from Alfa Matrix.


Syrian: Death of a Sun

After hearing a soundcloud preview of the new Syrian album a month or two ago, Death of a Sun is definitely high on my must have list.


Detroit Diesel: Coup D'Etat

I am thinking this is going to be my next purchase from Vendetta Records.


Electrovot: Turning Point

I just discovered this band last week and immediately fell in love with their music.


18 Summers: Magic Circus




Cat Rapes Dog: Biodegradable

I don't say this very often but I really regret selling my copy of Cat Rapes Dog's Biodegradable album years ago. I miss listening to it. Before I get their new album, I definitely want to get this album back into my music collection again.


Mediaeval Baebes: The Huntress



Chiasm: 11:11



Sunday, July 21, 2013

Monday's Playlist

It is another work week and another week where I do some overtime because it is the end of the month at my work. Here is what I plan on listening to tomorrow.

Kobra and the Lotus: Kobra and the Lotus

This is one of my current favorite albums at the moment. So glad I picked it up last weekend at the Electric Fetus. Reminds me of Iron Maiden but with a woman as the lead singer. I would totally go to their show with Amaranthe on Tuesday but having to do OT this week, it isn't possible in my schedule.


Luna Mortis: The Absence




Ego Likeness: Dragonfly




Unter Null:Sacrament




Suicide Commando: Implements of Hell




Syrian: Desynchronized




Die Braut: Psychotherapy




Wolfsheim: Casting Shadows





Sneaker Pimps: Becoming X


Saturday, July 20, 2013

My 10 favorite aggrotech bands

For the last couple of days I have been listening to a lot of aggrotech music. I think that has stemmed from when I saw Promidal last week at Ground Zero during the Leaether Strip concert. I have been listening to quite a bit of it today, the music has inspired tonight's blog entry in which I would share with everyone my favorite aggrotech bands.

10. God Module


09. Hocico


08. Detroit Diesel


07. Nitronoise


06. Die Braut


05. Grendel


04. Psyborg Corp


03. Amduscia


02. Suicide Commando


01. Unter Null


It is really funny, when I started listening to industrial music on a serious level a decade ago, I was not aware of the sub-genre.  When I did eventually become aware of the music, the harsh, guttural vocals didn't really appeal to me. The first aggrotech album I have ever heard was Suicide Commando's Bind,Torture, Kill album. I had bought it on a whim because I saw Metropolis Record's logo on the CD. It wasn't until I heard Unter Null's music courtesy of Myspace (back in its heyday) did I started thinking to myself "Hey! This shit is awesome!". Unter Null's The Failure Epiphany remains a huge musical influence on me regardless of genre. Just so damn fucking good. Slowly but surely I started doing some research and checking out other aggrotech bands over the  years. I love the aggressive energy of aggrotech especially when I am at work and need to get my groove on while working on pushing through some billing charges.

I have to admit I have yet to add Detroit Diesel's music to my music collection but I absolutely love everything that I have heard from the band online. I have listened to every song I could find online and enjoyed every single second of those songs. They definitely are a high priority of must have for my music collection. Nitronoise is my latest discovery. I recently ordered their debut album Total Nihilism from Vendetta records. They remind me of Combichrist a lot and to be honest, I like this band even more so. Today I heard a track by Amduscia off their new album Filofobia. My ears practically melted when I heard the title track. I ended up pre-ordering the new album off Amazon.com today which they will get by the end of the month.

You're probably wondering where is Combichrist, Funker Vogt, and/or Aesthetic Perfection. While I do enjoy those bands immensely, the top ten I just listed I feel puts out more consistent material. These three bands have an uneven track record with me. They definitely would fall in my top 20 hands down for sure especially since how good Combichrist and Aesthetic Perfection are live.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

10 artists/bands worth checking out

Tonight I got a great idea to start a new quarterly series on artists and bands that I think people need to check out. Hopefully people will like what they read and hear.

10. 18 Summers
18 Summers is a synthpop group that used to go under the name Silke Bischoff. After a dispute with a former band member, Felix Flaucher and Frank Schwer decided to create a new identity hence 18 Summers. Last night I came across a few tracks off the band's 2012 album Magic Circus and immediately fell in love with their music again. I only have heard one of their albums in the past but after hearing Magic Circus on youtube, I found myself getting back into the band's sound.


09. Nitronoise
I have been listening to Nitronoise's music online for the past couple of weeks now. Last night I bought online their album Total Nihilism. This is some killer aggrotech. The music is heavy as fuck, the way I love my EBM. If you like Combichrist and Nachtmahr, you will totally dig these guys. I know I do.


08. The Break Up
I was listening to The Break Up's album Synthesis today at work. I totally forgot how much I dig this album (this is what happens when one floods herself with lots of music). I have been a longtime fan of Severina Sol since I first heard her on the the first Diva Destruction album nearly a decade ago (or maybe it has been a decade...yikes! lol). Synthesis really shows Severina's potential as a vocalist where with her other band Cylab, her vocals is much more restrained. Still love her work with Cylab with every bone in my body. After all I do consider Cylab one of the bands that has had a huge influence on my musical tastes. Anyhoo, to get back on topic, The Break Up's sound is a mish-mash of '80s new wave and modern industrial music. The results is just killer.


07. Mr.Kitty
Yeah, I know I have talked about Mr.Kitty in a previous blog but I'll mention him again. This artist puts out some excellent synthpop music.


06. Code
Another band I mentioned before on my blog but I think they also deserve another shout out because I think their music is THAT good.


05. Kobra and the Lotus
Kobra and the Lotus is one of my new discoveries in recent weeks. I bought their album last weekend and been listening to it non-stop. Not a big metal fan but this band kicks ass. It is one of the few metal albums from this year I have been listening to a lot lately (next to Tristania's Darkest Whites).


04. Zynic
Zynic is a really great synthpop artist whose music I discovered last year.


03. Promidal
I admit I am biased with this local band because I am good friends with the lead singer. That said, their music and live shows is just awesome. If you like Suicide Commando, you will totally dig these guys.


02. Future Perfect
Future Perfect is one of my favorite [new] bands from 2012. Still love them today as I did last year. I think they deserve a bigger audience which is why I am giving them another shout out on my blog.


01. Noblesse Oblige
So while 2012 I was all about Future Perfect, 2013 has been and still is all about Noblesse Oblige. What can I say? I'm obsessed with this band :P. Of all the bands I come across online, not many have the ability to create music that really sets them apart from their peers and that I think really deserves massive push from me as a blog writer and music lover. I love how no two songs of theirs sounds alike. Just listen to their songs "Runaway" and "Mata Hari". They sound nothing alike. They are totally different but when you listen to Affair of the Heart as a whole, they totally flow well together when "Mata Hari" ends and where "Runaway" begins. I'm sure I am driving some people up the wall with the way I ramble on about Noblesse Oblige but my enthusiasm for this band is genuine. I really do recommend taking a listen to their music.



Wednesday, July 17, 2013

My current favorite songs

In the last few days I have been finding some really kick ass songs on youtube so I thought tonight I would share with my readers those songs. Some I have already posted on my FB/Twitter accounts so excuse me if I sound like a broken record ;).


Love this song from 18 Summers' most recent album Magic Circus. Another album I need and have been put on my Storming the Base wishlist ;).



Right now Nitronoise is my new favorite aggrotech band. I have been listening to some of their music online for the past two weeks now. Totally kicks ass. Tonight I decided that I need to get their album Total Nihilism and ordered it via Vendetta Records for only $13 which includes shipping and handling.


One of these days I will have to get Zynic's latest album. Really love his first album.




Such a kickass remix.



So excited that Carved Souls is putting out a new album this year. Love their first album.


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

New Mazzy Star

I am so excited. I just learned after work today that Mazzy Star has a new album coming out this September called Seasons of Your Day. The band also has a song uploaded on youtube for fans to listen to called "California". I personally love it. It is so beautiful.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Albums I have purchased in 2013 [so far]

So this past 4 day weekend was a very good weekend for music for me. I bought a few cds at The Electric Fetus on Saturday and 2 at Cheapo Records today which inspired tonight's blog entry which is a current list of albums I had purchased this year (so far). As a year long project for my blog, I have been keeping track of my music purchases. I thought I would share with my readers what I have bought so far and it has been quite a bit to say the very least. LOL!

January
Blutengel - Monument
State of the Union - Black City Lights
Regenerator - Disease
Loreena McKennitt - Book of Secrets
Spirited Away soundtrack
Vicci Martinez - Vicci

February
Moonlight Cove - Orphans of the Storm
Nightwish - End of An Era
Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
Ataraxia - Simphonia Sine Nomine
The Crystalline Effect - Hypothermia (I recently sold this via ebay)
Waves Under Water - All Of Your Light

March
Lullacry - Vol.4
Midnattsol - The Metamorphosis Melody
Moby - Play
Ghost and Writer - Red Flags (also sold via ebay)
Lullacry - Fire Within EP
Chill Out in Paris by Dave Visan (sold via ebay)
William Orbit - Pieces in a Modern Style
I:Scintilla - Marrow 1
Absolute Grrrls Manifesto Chapter 1

April
Ayria - Plastic Makes Perfect
Helalyn Flowers - White Me In/Black Me Out
Kirlian Camera - Black Summer Choirs
Juno Reactor - East of the Golden Sun
Sarah Mclachlan - Rarities and B-Sides
Garbage - Version 2.0
Loreena McKennitt - The Mask and the Mirror
Til Tuesday - Everything's Different Now
Io Echo - Ministry of Love
Enya - The Very Best of Enya
Garbage - Beautiful Garbage
Hooverphonic - The Magnificent Tree

May
Noblesse Oblige - In Exile
Suicide Commando - When Evil Speaks
Mediaeval Baebes - Undrentide
Faun - Von Den Elben

June
Buddha Bar IV and V by Dave Visan
Wolfsheim - Casting Shadows
Snog - Babes in Consumerland
Tristania - Darkest White
Noblesse Oblige - Affair of the Heart

July
Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay
Funker Vogt - Companion in Crime
Kobra and The Lotus - Kobra and the Lotus
Sneaker Pimps - Becoming X
Massive Attack - Protection

The total amount I spent so far on music this year....$690.04. I shit you not. LOL. Love my music though. That's my drug ;). I'll post a final list towards the end of the year or at the beginning of the new year.  One never knows what she will get at the last second ;).
 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Albums I am currently listening to

Promidal - Dead Nation
After seeing Promidal live this past Thursday night, I started listening to their Dead Nation EP again. Totally love their brand of aggrotech. Like I said in my previous blog entry, their music translates better live especially considering the effort they put into their set. Still I do recommend downloading their EP. It is even FREE. Check 'em out.

F.T.C - Anti-Human
Last weekend I went to see some live bands at Club Underground. One of the bands I saw was F.T.C (which stands for Frustration Towards Creation). It was F.T.C's first live show. I thought they were terrific. After that night, I started listening to Anti-Human again which I hadn't in awhile to be honest but that was due to the influx of new music. I think it is really good and definitely needs to be heard. It was released last year from the Colorado record label Engraved Ritual. Definitely recommend checking some of their artists on that label. I just got hooked on Mr.Kitty, a synthpop act signed to that label.

Kobra and the Lotus - Kobra and the Lotus
This morning when I was goofing around on Facebook, I came across the ad for the Canadian heavy metal band Kobra and the Lotus. Considering my penchant for female fronted metal bands, my curiousity was piqued so I went on youtube and checked out a couple of songs by the band. I was completely impressed with what I heard. When I went to the Electric Fetus today for some music shopping, I found the band's self-titled album. Of course I left the store with it. I was definitely not disappointed in what I had heard. The album totally kicks ass. If Iron Maiden's Bruce Dickinson was a woman, I think he would sound like Kobra Paige. I have already listened to the album twice today. It is definitely will be going on my end of the year best of list.


Funker Vogt - Companions in Crime
While I did not find the new FLA album as I hoped that I would at the Fetus today, I did though find the new Funker Vogt album. Yay for me! I am enjoying it immensely.


Saint Etienne - Tiger Bay
This is the other CD I bought today. I have been missing having their music in my music collection lately. I was thrilled with I found a used copy of the import version of Tiger Bay, my favorite SE album of all time. I love this version that featured some songs not included on the US version that I once had.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Leaether Strip with Promidal and Cynergy 67 in Minneapolis, MN 7.11.13

Well another Kilted Farmer Koncerts production has come and gone. I had a lot of fun last night. You can see pictures from the show on my Instagram page and also at this link on imageshack. I also got in this video footage from Leaether Strip's set during the night.


In my opinion, the show was a lot of fun. I was really looking forward to the most was Promidal's set and I was not disappointed one bit. Rarely do I see bands put in the effort of incorporating performance art into their set but Promidal did that which from my understanding took a couple of months to put together. There was lots of blood and gore which almost reminded me of the opening scene for the ever so disgusting gross film Mother of Tears by Dario Argento. Seriously that was what I was reminded of although I liked what I saw last night, Mother of Tears not so much. Musically Promidal sounded excellent live with their brand of aggrotech/terror ebm. Their EP Dead Nation is really good I think but their music translate live a hundred times better.  If you missed their set last night, it was a visual sight to see. I haven't been that entertained by any band (local or national) that had that much energy and imagination that Promidal had in a long time.

Up next was the Wisconsin band Cynergy 67. I personally hadn't seen them live since 2010 when they opened up for Unter Null. They put in a very energetic set too. Was a bit short on cash last night so I was not able to buy some merchandise from them but I definitely plan on making it up for that very soon. I really like what I have heard online from their latest album, and they say they will have a new album out later this fall (like in October). Hopefully the band will come back to the cities again so I can see them live again.


Finally was the mighty Leaether Strip. Leaether Strip was terrific. Like Promidal, Leaether Strip's music translates much better live in my honest opinion. The audience totally ate up LS's set.  It was fun show. I thought it was great seeing a band with such a rich history as Leaether Strip come to Minneapolis on their 25th anniversary tour, let alone a much different band than I am used to seeing live. I am used to seeing more of today's contempory acts in the industrial scene. To see a band with a long history like Leaether Strip was a real treat for me. I hope everyone who went to the show last night had as much fun as I did.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Mr.Kitty

Mr.Kitty Facebook page
Mr.Kitty Twitter page
Mr.Kitty Bandcamp page

A week or two ago, I was sent a few promo tracks for this artist named Mr.Kitty (aka Forrest Avery Carney) who is based in Dallas, Texas from the Jason L. Anderson of Engraved Ritual record label. I had heard the track "Heaven" after getting it via Twitter and was totally blown away by what I have heard so to hear a few tracks off the new Mr.Kitty album Life was an immense joy. From the moment I heard the song "Insects" off Life, I knew I was going to buy the digipack (which I just did tonight). The music reminds me of some of my favorite synthpop artists from the '80s like Erasure and Pet Shop Boys but without sounding dated or obsolete. To get an idea of what Mr.Kitty sounds like, you can check out the links I had posted at the top of the page or watch this video clip from youtube.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Code

Tonight I was perusing some of my favorite music pages on FB to see if there was any band or news that would catch my eye. Fortunately my search did not take me very long. Thanks to Side-Line, I discovered the Swedish electropop/coldwave band CoDe. Fortunately SL also provided links to their soundcloud page so I got listen to a few of their songs. It is almost needless to say that I totally dug what I heard. Whatcha expect from this electropop/synthpop fanatic ;)? I totally recommend checking out their music. They remind me of one of my favorite electropop bands Future Perfect. CoDe definitely has that same female/male dynamic that Future Perfect has with their music. So check out CoDe.









Monday, July 8, 2013

My 10 favorite songs of 2013 (so far)





















I had totally forgotten last month to post some of my favorite tunes released this year because I like to post some of my favorite music mid-year. A lot of good songs have come out in 2013 so far. Of course this is just a preliminary list. My final list won't be posted until either the end of the year or possibly sometime into the new year, depending on what music is released around that time. At one point "You Walk Away" by Blutengel was my favorite 2013 song. Unfortunately for Blutengel, they have been ousted out of the top spot with "Runaway" by Noblesse Oblige. You wouldn't believe how many freaking times I play that song at home and at work. Gotta give credit where credit is due and that is IAMX's Chris Corner who directed the music video for "Runaway" which is how I really got into Noblesse Oblige (along with the Absolute Grrrls Manifesto compilation which features one of the group's older songs). I hope by the  end of the year I will have the new Marsheaux and Hurts albums, especially Marsheaux whose music I absolutely adore.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Monday's Playlist

It's that time again. Time for me to get ready for another work week and pick out the tunes that I want to listen to while at the office. So here is this tomorrow's selection.

Espermachine: Dying Life




Kirlian Camera: Nightglory




Helalyn Flowers: White Me In, Black Me Out




The Break Up: Synthesis




Dual Density: Soul Ecstasy




Shiny Toy Guns: Season of Poison




Midnattsol: The Metamorphosis Melody




Noblesse Oblige: In Exile