Wednesday, November 30, 2016

A general list of my favorite releases from 2016

I can't believe December is right around the corner. Soon I will have to post my best of 2016 list, probably closer to the end of December or possibly in the beginning of January. I decided this year I won't post my favorite album from this year every day like I have done in the past two years just to give myself a break. Instead I decided to post a list of my favorite releases from this year. I will eventually trim it down somewhere between 10-20 albums. 

I think 2016 has been a great year for music. Lush briefly reunited and gave their fans new music even if it was just in the form a four song EP. Going to their Chicago show was a real treat for me. That was so worth the nine hours on the megabus. Same with seeing Belly live the night before.

There have been some disappointments for sure. I wasn't all that impressed with the new Garbage album Strange Little Birds. Did enjoy seeing them live over the summer at the Skyway Theatre. While I liked Mythologie by Delerium, I just can not say it was one of the best releases in 2016. 

Definitely two of the best albums this year are You Want It Darker by the late Leonard Cohen and Midwest Farmer's Daughter by Margo Price. I wasn't expecting to like both albums but I do and am constantly listening to both albums.

Aby Wolf: Call the Rocks
Ari Mason: Creatures
Assemblage 23: Endure
Avarice in Audio: Apollo and Dionysus
Ayria: Paper Dolls
Bat For Lashes: The Bride
Blaqk Audio: Material
Delain: Moonbathers
Hydrah: Hold
Kanga: Kanga
Kitten: Heaven or Somewhere in Between
Krewella: Ammunition
Kristin Kontrol: X-Communicate
Leaves' Eyes; King of Kings
Leonard Cohen: You Want It Darker
Lush: Blind Spot
Margo Price: Midwest Farmer's Daughter
Marsheaux: Ath.Lon
Mondtraume: Free
Phantogram: III
Purple Fog Side: Breathe In
Psy'Aviah: Chasing the Speed of Light
Rotersand: Capitalism TM
School of Seven Bells: SVIIB
Shura: Nothing's Real
Sleigh Bells: Jessica Rabbit
Softwave: Together Alone
Tegan and Sara: Love You To Death
The Jezabels: Synthia
White Lies: Friends
Youth Code: Commitment to Complications

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Album Of The Week: Midwest Farmer's Daughter by Margo Price

Country music to me is a love it or hate it. I love the sounds of Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Kasey Chambers, but not so much with Kenny Chesney, Blake Shelton, former country star gone pop Taylor Swift, and Carrie Underwood. A couple of weeks ago I came across the Nashville episode of Parts Unknown on CNN and fell in love with the sounds of Margo Price. I was reminded me of early Dolly Parton and Loretta Lynn. I can hardly believe that Margo was rejected by 30 record companies before signing to Jack White's Third Man Records. Her album is so damn good. Country music today would be much more compelling to listen to if it went back to its traditional roots and not the crappy pop route.

There is nothing fake or dishonest about Margo's music. She writes from her heart and from personal experience. "Weekender" is by far my favorite song on the album. The lyrics are so highly entertaining to listen to, plus the song has great melodies. I also adore the song "Hurtin' (On the Bottle)". The entire album is a delight to listen to. It is so nice to hear a country album that does not sound like the artist is trying to be a pop star. Check it out!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Playlist of the Week

For this week's Playlist of the Week, I have chosen my recently made compilation of my favorite Loreena McKennitt songs. I have been a fan of Loreena McKennitt since high school. I recently saw her for a second time live at the state theatre this past October. She did not disappoint me. Loreena is one of the few artists I will spend $90 for a good seat and it was worth every single penny.

Friday, November 25, 2016

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

My Current Favorite Songs

I figure I would post my playlist of my current favorite songs tonight since tomorrow is a holiday and most likely won't post a blog. To all my readers have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Album Of The Week: Material by Blaqk Audio

For a week now, I have been listening non-stop to the new Blaqk Audio album Material a good friend passed down on to me because he hated the album. I absolutely love the album. The songs are incredibly catchy. There have been moments on the album when I felt like I was listening to Covenant or Apoptygma Berzerk. The song "Curious Friends" in particular bears a striking resemblance to Covenant's "Call the Ships to Port".All the songs have solid pop hooks and great club-friendly dance beats. Certainly worth recommend checking out. Damn shame I didn't go to their show at The Turf Club earlier this year. I would have loved to see them perform these songs in person.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Playlist of the Week

For this week's Playlist of the Week, I have chosen my Sarah McLachlan playlist I made a week or two ago. I have been a longtime fan since I first heard the song from "Vox" off the album Touched in high school in the early '90s. Not really into her recent music but I can always count on her earlier material to unwind to after a long day at the office.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to

Albums:




Yeah, I have been on an Autumn kick to get myself revved up for their most recent show (last night) at Day Block Brewing Company with UZZA. I was not disappointed (and UZZA put on an excellent show as well). The band played some new songs as well as a mix of old songs from The Hating Tree and Return to the Breath. I just wished I didn't have that gin and tonic, my third drink of the evening. That did me in for the night. lol. Too bad the band won't be playing live for awhile and will be focusing on new music which isn't necessarily a bad thing but I still love seeing them perform live.


Ever since I saw Ayria this past Tuesday, I have been listening to her new album Paper Dolls which is fantastic. I like it a lot more than Plastic Makes Perfect which had more filler tracks IMHO.



I have been listening to the new Blaqk Audio album a lot since a friend of mine gave it to me while at the Ayria concert. I am reminded of Covenant and Apoptygma Berzerk.


Still love this album to bits and pieces. Leonard had such a beautiful voice which matched well with his lyrics.







My issues with Sleigh Bells is that their recordings do not have the same energy and aggression as their live performances. Their show I saw back in September was one of the best shows I have seen this year. They had so much energy and aggression. Their new album comes a bit closer to their live sound. I definitely have been enjoying the new Sleigh Bells album in the past several days.


If you like the post-punk sounds of The Rope, you definitely need to hear the new White Lies album. Dope album!

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Friday, November 18, 2016

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Thursday, November 17, 2016

My Current Favorite Songs

This has been a super great week for music. Still listening to the new Leonard Cohen album You Want It Darker, picked up the new Ayria album Paper Dolls on Tuesday night at the show, finally got to hear the new Kanga album on Spotify, and a friend of mine gave me a copy of the new Blaqk Audio album which he hated but I absolutely LOVE. The Ayria show was freaking awesome. I have yet to see Jennifer Parkin put in a bad performance. I also love how fan friendly she is. So sorry to see Mill City Nights/The Nether Bar go away. I thought it was a great venue. I have yet to get sick of the new and final album by Leonard Cohen album. What is also really good Friends by White Lies. What freaking great album. So that is about it for me.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Ayria with Inertia and The Trapezoids

Last night was the Ayria concert that Kilted Farmer Koncerts put on at the soon to be closed The Nether Bar, basement venue at Mill City Nights (RIP). UK band Inertia is Ayria's opening act on their tour and local minimal synth act The Trapezoids opened up the show here in Minneapolis. What a fantastic show!





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I still have more pictures to upload onto my Instagram account. Keep an eye out at https://www.instagram.com/eanderson1974 for more concert photos.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Album Of The Week: You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen

It should come as no surprise to people who know me personally that my pick for Album Of The Week this week is You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen. I had been listening to the album 1-3 times a day since I first heard the album on Spotify last Friday.

I first heard of Leonard Cohen back in the '90s with the song "Closing Time". I became a bigger fan when Tori Amos covered his song "Famous Blue Raincoat" in concert in 2001, a month after the terrorist attacks. Her rendition was as beautiful as the original track.

When You Want It Darker was released a few weeks ago, I remember reading that this album might be his swansong and that he may be leaving this mortal coil soon. His death came to no surprise to me but still sad nevertheless. When You Want It Darker is a fitting way to say goodbye to his fans. I think it is best to let the music do the talking. Please listen to it as well as go buy a copy of the album. There are no bad tracks on the 9 track album. Don't be surprised if this album ends up at the top of my best of list when I post it in late December/early January.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Playlist of the Week

After the horrible election results last week, I had to create a playlist which sums up my mood. I think the songs speaks for themselves.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to:

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I have to admit I am so NOT impressed with the new albums by Amaranthe and Enigma. I like both groups but their latest efforts have been less than impressive however I don't want to give up on them completely so I have been listening to them whenever I can. Do LOVE the final album by Leonard Cohen. It is a beautiful album. I listened to it last night on Spotify and immediately fell in love with it. Today I went out and bought the CD. I have already listened to it three times. Such a haunting effort. Rest in peace, Leonard. You will be missed.

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I have been on an AC/DC kick lately after I created my first politically influence playlist. Their music seems have brought me out of the dumps post-election. I can listen to "Highway to Hell" and "Money Talks" constantly. Of course I had to create a post election playlist to reflect my emotions. When I just don't want to think about politics, I love to jam to my '80s playlist.

Friday, November 11, 2016

New music releases

If you are looking for some new release that might appeal to my readers.



I am a big fan of Kaia Young's work with both The Luna Sequence and Invocation Array. IA just released their new album Onyx Philomela. I have heard a few tracks so far via youtube and totally dug what I heard. Definitely will download this album sometime this weekend.


I honestly can say I am not impressed by the new Enigma album. I'll stick to their earlier music. This is just my personal opinion. I think my readers might like the album.



I am currently listening to the new Phantogram album and really liking the album so far. Damn shame I forgot about their show at First Avenue last month which ended up being a sold out show. Oh well. I did seem them back in 2014.



I haven't heard the new Sleigh Bells album yet but I will say something about it on my blog eventually.


Totally recommend checking out the new Rotersand album.<


I definitely need to listen to this album after Leonard's recent passing.





I adore the new EPs by Mondtraume and Psy'Aviah. These two never disappoints me.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

My Current Favorite Songs



I have to admit this week's playlist of my favorite songs have been influenced by this week's presidential election. At the moment L7's "American Society", AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" and Combichrist's "What The Fuck is Wrong With You" speaks volumes to how I am feeling at the moment. Super disgusted with the results of Tuesday's election.

Politics asides, I do recommend checking out the latest releases by Mondtraume, Psy'Aviah, and Rotersand. Got some tracks by them on my playlist. Another band I am liking right now is Erotic Elk. Their album III is really good. Earlier this week I saw that White Lies put out a new album over the summer called Friends, that is another album worth checking out.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

My ten favorite songs to listen to during and after the 2016 election

Well another election season has come and gone, and we have a new president one that I absolutely detest with every inch of my body. As a woman and a person of color, I am completely offended by our next president and those who elected him and his bigoted VP. Thanks America! The one constant in my life that has helped me cope with this horrible news is music. Here are my ten favorite songs that has made today a bit more tolerable (but not by much).

01. Assemblage 23: Bravery


02. Dixie Chicks: Not Ready To Make Nice


03. Combichrist: What the Fuck is Wrong With You?


04. AC/DC: Highway to Hell


05. L7: American Society


06. David Bowie: I'm Afraid of Americans


07. Youth Code: A Litany (A Place to Stand)


08. KMFDM: New American Century


09. Suicide Commando: When Evil Speaks


10. Portishead: Sour Times

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Album Of The Week: The Hating Tree by Autumn

It is Tuesday and it is time for my Album Of The Week. I actually was going to make The Hating Tree last week's Album Of The Week but that got put aside. Just as well since I have been listening to the album every day for the past several days. In fact it is my most played album at the moment. It is funny though when I first listened to The Hating Tree prior to seeing Autumn open up for Strap On Halo in August, the album really didn't do much for me. Now I listen to this album more so than Return to the Breath.

Favorite tracks: How It Came To Be This Way, Even Now, ...Of Moondrop Tears, Desert Winds of Jezebel, and Resurrection. I particularly love the ballad "...Of Moondrop Tears". I have been listening to the shit out of that song. When I am in the mood for something more upbeat, I usually turn to "How It Came to Be This Way" and "Desert Winds of Jezebel".

So if you haven't heard of Autumn or at The Hating Tree, check it out.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Playlist of the Week

In honor of the 2016 election cycle, over the weekend I created a soundtrack to this year's election. I think it is safe enough to say I have really come to despise politics even more so than ever. I will let my playlist speak to how I feel about the candidates in the presidential race as well as other races both local and nationwide. I already cast my vote. As an immigrant to this country, voting for me is something I do take seriously. Had I remained in my native country of Vietnam, I am not sure if I would have that privilege to vote. I hope everyone does go out and vote (even if for that walking apricot...blech!).

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Albums and Playlists I Am Currently Listening to

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I have been on an Autumn kick lately, The Hating Tree in particular. Julie Plante's vocals is really amazing on this album. Love the lyrics too. And after this shitty day, the album is giving me a bit of comfort. Can hardly wait to see the band again in less than two weeks when they open up for UZZA at Day Block Brewing Company on 11.18.16.

Today I finally got around to listening to Ministry's With Sympathy. I am probably going to be one of of the few people who will say I prefer the work that came after With Sympathy. I wish I could like the vocals but I can't.

Just yesterday I heard some great new music, the new releases by Psy'Aviah, Rotersand, and Mondtraume. I particularly love the new Mondtraume EP Free. I absolutely love the title track. The remixes are pretty dope too. The new Psy'Aviah EP Chasing the Speed of Light is excellent. Rotersand's Capitalism TM is really good although there are a couple of weak tracks but generally I think it is worth listening to.

Playlists:









A couple of days ago I put together a new '80s playlist. I used to have one but I deleted it because I wasn't thrilled with the selection. My new playlist is a huge improvement. 

Friday, November 4, 2016

Music to Check Out













Thursday, November 3, 2016

My Current Favorite Songs

To say this week's playlist of my current favorite songs is a mix bag is putting it mildly. There is some songs by Cat Stevens, The Bangles, Ayria, Hans Zimmer, and Cocteau Twins to just name a few. Oh, I would like to throw in the new Ladyhawke album (which I finally listened to earlier this week) is really good and certainly worth checking out. Got one song by Ladyhawke on the playlist too. Also been listening constantly to The Hating Tree by Autumn. I gotta admit, I like that album a bit more than Return to the Breath. "...Of Moondrop Tears" is my current favorite Autumn song at the moment.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Local music that should be heard

Apparently I am feeling a bit better than last night because I'm back blogging again. lol. I thought tonight I would share with my readers some of my favorite music coming out of the Twin Cities where I reside, it would make sense to do that considering the name of this blog.

Monkey Warhol
Monkey Warhol Sound Cloud Page

Ficshe

Ficshe Sound Cloud Page

Promidal


Tiny Deaths


Autumn


UZZA


Gabriel and The Apocalypse

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Album Of The Week: Mother Moon by Inkubus Sukkubus

Just a heads up, I'm rather under the weather this week. I may skip a blog post or more this week. Definitely not skipping tonight's post.

For this week's pick for Album of The Week, I chose Mother Moon by Inkubus Sukkubus, a pagan gothic rock band from the UK. I first discovered them when I found their best of album in the used cd bins at Cheapo Records many years ago. Unfortunately I lost track of the band until this week when I came across Mother Moon on Spotify. I was completely reminded why I fell in love with the band.