Sunday, July 23, 2017

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to

Yesterday I made a trip to the Electric Fetus for a little retail therapy. I have very successful trip to the record store. It was a soundtrack sort of day for me. I bought the soundtracks to Wonder Woman, Trainspotting (1996 film), and Crouching Tiger,  Hidden Dragon. Years ago I used to have the Trainspotting soundtrack but sold it for cash. I have been missing it for awhile and Spotify doesn't have the actual soundtrack on its website and for $2.99, I couldn't resist and grabbed it from the used cd bins. I also have been missing the Tan Dun's film score to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon. Movie was only okay but I absolutely love the music.

After falling in love with the Felix Marc new album Alternative Facts, I started listening to his other solo albums Pathways and Parallel Worlds this past week. They are pretty good but right now Alternative Facts is my favorite of the three albums. Nevertheless Felix's other two albums have some great synthpop songs such as the beautiful ballad "Sweet Dancer" off Pathways and "Parallel Worlds" from the album it shares its same namesake.

I am really digging the new Nordika album Ecstasy. Nordika reminds me so much of the synthpop band Carved Souls. My only gripe is that the music tends to sound the same. At least with Felix Marc's new album he tries to change up the sound. Also enjoying the soundtrack to War of the Planet of the Apes.



Saturday, July 22, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

I am a day late on my playlist. Last night I had a horrible encounter on the bus going home from a trip to the MIA and then picking up some dinner from StormKing Barbecue. I just wasn't in the best frame of mind to blog.

For this week's playlist, I have a lot of synthpop going on. Got everything from De/Vision to Syrian. Right now I am currently obsessed with the new Felix Marc album Alternative Facts. That album is so good. It was hard picking which song to put on this week's playlist but ultimately I chose "Iceland" which I have been listening a lot to all week long. Got some oldies but goodies by the likes of Conjure One, The Frozen Autumn, Syrian, and Hocico.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Current favorite artists/bands

Here are this month's crop of my current favorite artists/bands. I don't think I need to explain Felix Marc or Mono Inc. since I have pretty much talked about them on previous blog posts. If you haven't heard their music especially their latest album, they are definitely worth checking out.

Thanks to a friend of mine on FB, I discovered the joyous sounds of Golden Gardens, this terrific dreampop/shoegaze/goth band from the Seattle, WA. I put together a playlist of their music and have been listening to it for most of this week.

I finally got around this week to check out the new Nordika album. I was certainly not disappointed. It is a really good synthpop album.

Earlier this week I came across Echo Image on youtube. I don't know why I never heard of them but I really like what I have heard. Makes me think of the days of when A Different Drum Records was still around putting really great synthpop albums. Miss that label.

Felix Marc

Mono Inc.

Echo Image


Golden Gardens

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Earworm of the week

This week I have been all about the new Felix Marc album Alternative Facts. It is such a well crafted synthpop album. I have been listening to the album twice a day at work. That is how good I think it is. There was no doubt I was going to pick a song off the new album for this week's Earworm of the Week. It was a tough call between "Hysteria" and "Icleand" (my two personal favorite tracks off the album) but ultimately I ended up choosing "Iceland". I have been listening to this song constant through out my work day today.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Album of the Week

I think this should come as to no surprise that I chose the new Felix Marc album Alternative Facts for my Album of the Week. I am more familiar with Felix's work with Frozen Plasma than Diorama (who I should really check out). I have been listening to his new solo album every day since last Friday. The album has been really addictive to me just as much as Borders by NamNamBulu.  The album has such great hooks and beats. The production value is excellent. I have to admit "Still Turn Me On" and "Fine Line" are the only two songs that took a little longer to grow on me. Considering the previous songs that came before them (which I absolutely adore), I suppose there was a need to turn things down a notch or two and change things up on the vocals. "Fine Line" itself as a song is good but I am rather meh on Boris May's contributions to the song. Personally I am not a fan of the rap/shouting style. I found his vocals distracting but I didn't think his vocals were terrible. Those two songs were the only two that I had any issues with but overall Alternative Facts is solid synthpop album. I have also started listening to Felix's other solo albums which I am liking so far. I definitely plan on checking out Diorama's albums this week at while at work.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Playlist of the week

A couple of days ago via Facebook, I discovered a band from Seattle, WA called Golden Gardens. If you like the Cranes and Cocteau Twins, I think Golden Gardens would be right up your alley.  I have put together a playlist of their albums (sans their remix album). I am really liking their sound a lot. Please do check them out.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Albums and playlist I am currently listening to

I think this week's worth of music I have been listening to is interesting between some Bonnie Tyler and a lot of synthpop. Been listening to some old faves by the likes of Autumn, KMFDM, and The Azoic. One can never go wrong with The Hating  Tree, Nihil, and Forward.

I recently found out about the new Felix Marc (of Frozen Plasma fame) album Alternative Facts just a couple of days ago. It is so good. I didn't realize Felix was a solo artist until now. Today I have been listening to his other two solo albums. I really like what I am hearing from Felix as a solo artist. I certainly recommend listening to Felix's solo albums. If you like Frozen Plasma, you really can not go wrong with his solo albums. Personally his latest album I would checkout first but that is just my opinion.

Next to Alternative Facts, I have been listening a lot to Together Till the End by the German goth band Mono Inc.. I found Mono Inc. on youtube when I saw their video for "Boatman" featuring Ronan Harris of VNV Nation. The music is definitely not what I normally listen to or have heard before but I love this album. I hope to get around to listening to their other albums sometime this weekend.

Another good synthpop album I am going to recommend is the new Nordika album Ecstasy. I have only listened to it a couple of times but it is wonderful. I personally think it is better than their first album (which I enjoy listening to).

I know it is totally un-goth of me but I can't help but like Bonnie Tyler. I love her voice and her music especially her greatest hits that I grew up on as a child.

This past week I have been editing all four of my Random Mixes. That has been my little pet project for me. I need to keep the music fresh on my Random Mixes so I don't get bored at work.



Friday, July 14, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

Happy Friday to all! It is a three day weekend for me, took Monday off so I am in a great mood that I don't have to see my coworkers until Tuesday. Also I heard some new songs today which I have put on this week's playlist. Unfortunately I haven't gotten around to listening to the new songs by LIGHTS and Nine Inch Nails. They will most likely end up on next week's playlist.

If anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis knows I can't have a playlist without a song from my favorite (Minnesota) band Autumn. If you hadn't heard of their first album (which is my personal favorite) The Hating Tree, you should listen to it now (you can also listen to it on youtube, just type in Autumn The Hating Tree). I can always count on that album to brighten up my day at work. Easily one of my favorite albums of all time (mmmm...sounds like I need to put together a new list). Not one bad song on that album.

Threw in a few old favorites from the '90s (besides "A Waiting Time") like "Santiago" Loreena McKennitt, "Good Mother" by Jann Arden",  and "Sleeping With an Angel" by Real McCoy. Yes I threw a cheesy pop song but I love it. I have always loved that ballad by Real McCoy. I'm also particularly loving the Jann Arden song. "Good Mother" has always been a favorite song of mine by the Canadian singer/songwriter.

I have fallen back in love with the song "Lately" by Dave Gahan and Soulsavers. It is a gorgeous ballad. I think their collaboration on Angels and Ghostswas great. I don't know why so many people bagged on it. Oh well. Different strokes for different folks.

Right I am so into the new Felix Marc album Alternative Facts. It is such a great album. All of the songs have really solid, memorable pop hooks. I had a difficult time picking which song to feature on this week's playlist but I ended up with "Iceland". Any of the songs could have been on this week's playlist.

The new songs by Garbage, Aesthetic Perfection, and Arch Enemy are great. I will confess the Arch Enemy track took a little longer for it to grow on me. The new Garbage song "No Horses" on the other hand is vintage Garbage between their first two albums. I absolutely love the song. I can say the very same thing about the new Aesthetic Perfection track "Rhythm + Control". I have listened to the track a few times today. It is a super catchy song. Love all the guest appearances by Nyxx, William Control, and Jinxx.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

2017 releases that should be heard

I think 2017 has been a very good year for new music but there are a few releases I think should be heard ASAP. There are a lot more releases I have heard this year but these are the ones that really sticks out with me and should be heard. I say this since I have listen to most of these albums day in and day out at work and at home.

Last night I found out that Felix Marc of Frozen Plasma has a new solo album out called Alternative Facts. I must say this album is right up there with the latest NamNamBulu album Borders which I am constantly listening to through out the work week. I think for fans of EBM/Futurepop, you really can't go wrong with these albums. Both albums are well produced. The lyrics are well written. The melodies are out of this world and super catchy as hell.

While I am more of synthpop and industrial fan, I must say the new album by the darkwave/goth band The Eden House Songs of the Broken One is absolutely amazing. I love the numerous guest musicians and singers that contributed to the album. All the singers did an equally wonderful job on their tracks.

I wish that I was discovered the German goth band Mono Inc. sooner. I have been enjoying the hell out of their new album Together Till the End this week at work.

My new favorite discovery this year is Tashaki Miyaki. Not big on the fact that the band is using a Japanese name when the musicians themselves are anything but Asian, I hate saying this on my music blog but cultural appropriation really isn't cool, especially with this Asian-American. That said the band's first full length album on Metropolis Records is excellent. The band refers to their sound as noir pop and probably to avoid the shoegaze label but I am going with what I know so readers can get a better idea of their sound. Tashaki Miyaki reminds me of Lush, My Bloody Valentine, The Sundays, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and the Cocteau Twins combined. It is a really great pop album.

I have really been enjoying the hell out of the new PIG EP Prey and Obey. The vibe reminds me of KMFDM's earlier years. While I do like the new KMFDM EP Yeah! I have to say their current sound pales in comparison to what PIG puts out in their music.  Rarely do I enjoy the remixes as much as I do with the originals but I do on Prey and Obey.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Earworm of the Week

While I wait for new music by Kitten, an excellent electropop band from Los Angeles, CA, I have been listening to their most excellent EP Heaven or Somewhere In Between from 2016. It was one of my favorite releases from 2016. All the songs on the EP are fantastic. The melodies on every song is memorable and will easily get lodged in your head for a long time. And the production value on the EP is terrific. It is some of the best production I have ever heard. My personal favorite song off the EP is "Church". I will let the song speak for itself and why it is my Earworm of the Week pick.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Album of the Week

For the past couple of days, I have been listening a lot to the new album byGerman gothic rock band Mono Inc. called Together Till the End. I am absolutely new to the sounds of Mono Inc. . Over the weekend I finally listened to their song "Boatman" with Ronan Harris from VNV Nation and I was hooked right away. I don't know why I haven't been aware of this band but I am glad I found them now. Together Till the End is a great introduction to the band for me and I definitely will check out their other albums. I love music with melodies that sticks in my head and sing along anthems. I truly find it impossible to pick a favorite song on the entire album. Every song is great in their own right with their addictive melodies. The use of the harpsichord and accordion on the album really gave the album a lot more character. The same can be said for the backing female vocals. I will say that if there were any particular tracks to check out I will say "Boatman","Rome Wasn't Built in a Day", "This is My Life" and "Children of the Dark".  I will be honest though I do not know if there was a need to include all of those remixes. I would have personally kept "Forever and A Day"(Infinity Rmx by Solitary Experiments) and "This is My Life"(Kondensat remix by Blitzmaschine), the only two remixes that I enjoyed listening to. Really loved the live and unplugged "Potter's Field" and "Across the Waves" (performed by Palast). I may be late to the party when it comes to Mono Inc.'s music but I am glad I have joined the party. I definitely will either order a copy of the album via Amazon or buy a digital copy via google play so I can listen to it on my phone when running errands.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Playlist of the Week

Since the upcoming VNV Nation (and iVardensphere) show at 7th St Entry is less than a month away, I decided to update my VNV Nation playlist. I have added a few more songs from their classical album Resonance as well as their other albums. I believe this is my fifth time seeing VNV Nation live (definitely my third time seeing iVardensphere live).  I have never been disappointed in their live shows. I am particularly fond of their albums Empire and Automatic. It really should be interesting to see the band perform in a smaller setting for this tour.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Weekly Office Playlist

The weekend goes by way too quickly. Despite having Friday off, this weekend went by very quickly for me. I finally got my CD copy of The Eden House's Songs for the Broken Ones. I like being able to listen to the album on my stereo. Since I have been streaming my music, I have been a lot more pickier about buying CDs. I have been updating some of my playlists like my first Random Mix playlist. Not long ago I did update my futurepop playlist. I also have added a few more tracks to my VNV Nation playlist. I am getting super excited for their show next month at 7th St Entry so I wanted to extend the playlist for me to listen to at work..

Autumn: The Hating Tree

Autumn: Return to the Breath

The Azoic: Forward

Battle Beast: Bringer of Pain

The Birthday Massacre: Under Your Spell

Bonnie Tyler: From the Heart - Greatest Hits

Cellmod: Graveyard of Empires

Cesium 137: Science and Sound

CHROM: Peak and Decay

Concrete Blonde: Recollection - The Best of

Drain STH: Freaks of Nature

The Eden House: Songs for the Broken Ones

Erasure: Loveboat

The Frozen Autumn: Pale Awakening

Hanzel und Gretyl: Scheissmessiah

Helalyn Flowers: Sonic Foundation

Hexheart: Midnight On a Moonless Night

Jed Kurzel: Alien Covenant soundtrack


Lords of Acid: Lust

Luna Mortis: The Absence

Metric: Fantasies

Nordika: Ecstasy

PIG: The Gospel

Shiny Toy Guns: Girls Le Disko

Steve Jablonsky: Transformers - The Last Knight

The Tear Garden: Eye Spy, Vol.2

A Tribe Called Red: A Tribe Called Red

Zeraphine: Years in Black (Best of)

Futurepop Playlist

Empires: My Favorite VNV Nation Songs

The Eden House

Gothic rock/darkwave Playlist

Random Mix

Random Mix II

My Favorite Songs of 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

It is Friday night. Time to share with my readers my favorite songs of the week. I got a few local Minnesota bands on the playlist (Graveyard Club, Autumn and The Rope), some new songs (The Eden Tree, PIG, Battle Beast) but for the most part some older tracks. I have been really obsessed with PIG and The Eden House for the past few weeks. Prey and Obey and Songs of the Broken Ones have been receiving lots of play at home as well as at the office.

If you haven't heard of the Russian synthpop band Pegasus Asteroid, you should now. I have included my favorite track by the band "The Fog" on this playlist. It was one of my favorite songs in 2015. The I love the smooth vocals of Anastasia Sokolova and the chill vibe of the music. Just a fantastic song by a band that should be heard by more people into synthpop.

Speaking of synthpop I have been listening a lot to Colony 5. I miss this band. They put out some really good, quality synthpop music.

One of my new favorite songs is by the power metal band Battle Beast.  I recently got their latest album from the library. Their song "Beyond the Burning Skies" has been stuck in my head. It is a beautiful yet aggressive song.

Dark Insights has been getting lots of play from me this past week. I haven't listened to their album Tranformation in awhile. When I was going through my albums on Spotify, I came across Transformation and started listening to it. I definitely can recommend checking out this album for fans of Pride and Fall, VNV Nation, Rotersand, and other futurepop/EBM bands.

I have to admit I am not a big fan of Lorde or her new album however I do like the song "Sober" off her new album Melodrama. It is a catchy pop song.

Fantasies by Metric remains to this very day my favorite album by the band. It was the album that made me a fan. I absolutely love the song "Blindness". It is such a catchy song. I also love the lyrics too.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Earworm of the Week

Ever since the PIG show on Saturday night, I had been listening to my favorite KMFDM album NIHIL on a daily basis. "Juke Joint Jezebel" was the very first KMFDM song I ever heard. It was in the early '90s, and I was living in Milwaukee. I believe I heard the song at my friends' Jason and Dave's house. I was hooked. As influential as Ministry was for me in my introduction to industrial music, KMFDM was the turning point that lead me to get into the genre more seriously. "Juke Joint Jezebel" remains my favorite KMFDM song to this very day (next to "Brute" and "Anarchy").

Here is the concert footage of PIG performing my favorite KMFDM song I recorded. I was sweating bullets because I was afraid the batteries in my camera would die on me. Fortunately it did not. LOL!

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Album of the Week

I thought about posting the new PIG EP as my pick for last week's Album of the Week but ultimately I went with a different album. After seeing PIG on Saturday night, I certainly knew I would have to mention it on my blog. Prior to the concert, I already have been listening to Prey and Obey a lot. This is the sort of industrial music I fell in love with back in the '90s and in my personal opinion music that KMFDM should still be making (but aren't,just my $0.02). The music is very aggressive yet melodic especially the title track. The remixes are excellent.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Playlist of the week

I confess...I just put together this week's playlist just now but I had been thinking about creating this particular playlist for the past few days. It is a collection of my favorite cover songs. Enjoy! I know I am enjoying it as I have it playing on Spotify via my tablet.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

PIG with Julien-K and Ghostfeeder at Amsterdam Bar and Hall on 07.01.17

Last night I was at Amsterdam Bar and Hall for another Kilted Farmers Koncert. PIG with Julien-K and Ghostfeeder were on tour together for the Prey and Obey tour. Prey and Obey is the title of the latest PIG EP. I can honestly say it is one of my top 10 favorite releases of 2017. It is so fucking good.

Ghostfeeder started the evening off with their brand of electro/synthrock. I have been listening to their most recent album World Fameless this past week. It is excellent. Ghostfeeder is from Tampa, Florida whose influences include IAMX, Sneaker Pimps, The Birthday Massacre, and Mindless Self Indulgence to just name a few. Some of their musical influences can be heard in their music. I tried to record some video footage from their set but my batteries died towards the end, and my other videos I recorded last night took longer to upload so I decided to scrap it. Instead I have posted their latest album to check out.

Up next was Julien-K,the Long Beach electro-rock band featuring former Orgy members Ryan and Amir. This was the first time I had seen Julien-K live. I really liked what I saw last night. They had a lot of energy and their music to me sounded much better live than recorded. Don't get me wrong, I do like their recorded music but they are one of those bands I think sounds better live. As for new music, they are crowdfunding a new album. Not sure when it comes out. I certainly will most likely check it out. At the end of their set, I snagged a copy of their set list. Here is what the band played:

Death to Analog
Strange Invisible
Systeme de Sexe
Deep Beat Overground
Dark Cadence
Kick the Bass
Futura (DTA Mix)
Mannequin Eyes
Flashpoint Riot
Blue Monday

The band closed out their set with a cover of New Order's "Blue Monday" which I fortunately recorded on my camera and uploaded onto YouTube.

Finally was PIG. Earlier in the evening I was part of the VIP meet and greet event. That was so well worth the $60 I shelled out. I was just besides myself that I finally got to meet Raymond Watts who is responsible for my favorite KMFDM album NIHIL. That was so gnarly. Of course I had to wear my KMFDM t-shirt with the NIHIL album cover on it.

I got a few goodies from the meet and greet which included a tote bag, stickers, lanyard, posterand EP just for those who participated in the meet and greet. I had not done a meet and greet since 2012 for the Icon of Coil show.

As for the show itself, I loved that En Esch and Guenther Schulz were part of PIG's touring band. It was like a quasi-KMFDM reunion but even better. I like that the show started out with the band (sans Raymond) wearing PIG masks. The band even played a couple of songs from Nihil "Brute" and "Juke Joint Jezebel". I got "Juke Joint Jezebel" recorded for my youtube page.

Thank heavens my batteries did NOT die for this footage. I thought it would but fortunately it did not. To finally hear one of my favorite KMFDM songs live and sung by Raymond Watts was definitely a dream come true for me. PIG's set was incredible. Their sound is I wish KMFDM sounded like. There was a good mix of old and new songs which satisfied everyone in the audience. Fun night overall.

As much as I want to go, I probably won't attend the 3Teeth show because I am a bit tight on money and plus, I really want to continue stashing $$$ for my trip to Chicago in March to see Nightwish, and maybe one more tattoo for the season. I  will however be at the VNV Nation in August.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to

Since I will be at the PIG concert tonight, I figured that now I should post my latest blog when I have the time. I definitely will be posting photos from the concert tonight. I didn't post all the albums I am currently listening to but this is the majority. I am really loving the new PIG EP Prey and Obey as well as the latest Ghostfeeder album. I don't know why but I have been on a weird Bonnie Tyler kick. I can't help myself. Sometimes I am in the mood for the weirdest music outside of what I normally listen to and this week it is Bonnie Tyler. Go figure. That said I have made up for it by binging on a lot of synthpop goodness by The Azoic and Bow Ever Down. I have been particularly enjoying Bow Ever Down's music lately. I hope their hiatus will end soon. Their music is fantastic. Go check out their music (and The Azoic too). I finally listened to the debut album by Hexheartd this week. That is really fucking good!  Still listening to the hell out of Songs of the Broken Ones by The Eden House on Spotify. Still waiting for my CD copy of the wonderful album. This week definitely has been very good for new music despite a somewhat shitty work week for me.



Friday, June 30, 2017

My current favorite songs

Thank heavens another work week is over with. Of course I leave my CDs at work but at least I can go get them back on Monday, that and the building I work in is very secure. No one without a badge can get into the building, elevator and to the floor I work on. Anyways, I have been listening to a lot of interesting music all this week. I have been listening to a lot of newer music like PIG, KMFDM, Empathy Test, Tashaki Miyaki,  and Fazerdaze.

Today has been particularly interesting music-wise. Earlier this week I rediscovered the joys of Bonnie Tyler's music especially "It's A Heartache". I think I have listened to this song like 3 dozen times at the very least. I absolutely love the raspiness of Bonnie's voice on this track. The melodies are so freaking addictive. I got the song stuck in my head. Country music is not one of my favorite genres but I do like the country influences in this song.

For the last couple of days, I have been listening to the new KMFDM and PIG EPs. I haven't been big on KMFDM's music in recent years but I was surprised to find myself enjoying Yeah. The music is nothing like their stuff on Wax Trax! but still I liked it. I particuarly like the Lords of the Lost remix of "Hell Yeah". I honestly prefer that sound over the original version of the song. That said I much prefer the new PIG EP Prey and Obey. The music resonated with me more than Yeah by KMFDM. The music on Prey and Obey reminded me so much of early KMFDM and why I fell I got into KMFDM back in the mid '90s when I lived in Milwaukee. Speaking of early KMFDM, I threw in "Juke Joint Jezebel", the first KMFDM song I have ever heard and which got me into the band.

In the last couple of days, I have also got back into some old synthpop favorites by the likes of  The Azoic and labelmates Bow Ever Down. I definitely needed a reminder how good Illuminate, Risen, and The Product of My Pain are. Go check out those albums. They are all on Spotify.

I am really digging the latest album by Ruined Conflict. My current favorite song by the band is "Divide and Conquer". So very VNV Nation-ish both lyrically and musically.  Great pop hooks.

I finally got around to listening to Massive Addictive by Amaranthe this week. It is definitely a better album than I originally thought. It had been awhile since I listened to it so to hear it again, I listened to the album with a new mindset, and the results was that I just needed a bit more time for the music to grow on me. I like that the band mixes metal, pop, and EDM to create their own sound. Current favorite track on the album: "Drop Dead Cynical".

I really can't recommend enough for my readers to check out my two current  favorite bands Empathy Test and The Eden House. I have been listening to their music a lot on Spotify. Really excited that Empathy Test is working on their full length debut album. I certainly am anticipating for that to drop. I have yet to hear a single song from the band that  didn't like.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

My current favorite artists and bands

Snow tha Product I came across Snow Tha Product (aka Claudia A. Feliciano) last month on USA when the cable network ran the clip of "Run That" featuring the Latin hip hop rapper/singer for the show Queen of the South. I was hooked from the first listen. Hip hop music is hit or miss with me but Claudia really blew me away with her undeniable talents. I was really impressed by her rhymes and delivery. I love her mix of English and Spanish in her music as well. She does a fantastic job in the recently release of the music video for "Immigrants".

Bow Ever Down
I just rediscovered this excellent synthpop from Maine earlier this week. I forgot how good the band is when I started listening to their music on Spotify. They remind me so much of The Azoic another great band. Ironically also signed to Nilaihah Records, home for The Azoic. I don't know why but it wasn't until this week did I get to hear the band's second album The Product of My Pain. Fantastic album. You can listen to the album on Spotify. It is so damn good.

The Eden House
Right now the new album Songs For the Broken Ones by The Eden House is my favorite album. I have been listening to it on Spotify every day. I did order a CD copy last week because it is the right thing to do for this music fan.

Cesium 137
Here is another band I had put on the backburner for some time now and just now rediscovered their music. Thank heavens the band is working on new music. I always liked this band.

Ruined Conflict
I am really loving the new Ruined Conflict album Triumphant. Also have been listening to their other albums too which are just as good.

Empathy Test
If you haven't heard of the duo Empathy Test featuring Isaac Howlett and Adam Relf from London, you should get right on it and listen to their music. The duo recently released two new EPs and they are wonderful. I have been listening the hell out of them on Spotify.

With the PIG, Julien-K, Ghostfeeder show in two days, I have been listening the hell out of the band's music. Right now for me, PIG's music really resonates with me. This is the closest thing to the KMFDM sound I fell in love when I was in my 20s in the 1990s. Their new EP Prey and Obey is excellent especially the remixes. I absolutely love the Leaether Strip remix of "Prey and Obey". The sound is so brutal. If this is any indication what the next full-length PIG album sounds like, I can easily say I will be buying it.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Earworm of the week

I have been a long time Delerium fan for well over a decade. A former roommate of mine from my days in Milwaukee, WI introduced me to the electronic band with their albums Semantic Spaces and Karma. At one point, I did have quite a few of their albums from their Cleopatra records day when their sound was in the darkwave/ambient vein and without vocals. My personal favorite Delerium is Poem. It is a good mix of ambient, electronica, and pop music. This week I have been listening to Poem quite a bit. My favorite track hands down from the album is the gorgeous ballad "A Poem for Byzantium" featuring vocalist Joanna Stevens who briefly sang in the downtempo duo Solar Twins back in the late '90s.  As old as this song is, I still can listen to it and not get tired of it. The song still sounds as new as it did the first time I heard the song in 2000.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Album of the week

For the past few days, I have been listening to some really great music by Empathy Test and Ruined Conflict. I having a difficulty time picking whose music I would pick for tonight's blog entry. Ultimately I ended up picking Ruined Conflict and their new album Triumphant which just came out not long ago. I think it would be next to impossible to not hear the VNV Nation influences in Xavier Morales' vocals. He sounds so much like Ronan Harris but if you ask me his voice has a slightly higher pitch. That's just my $0.02. Even the lyrics shares that inspirational vibe that VNV Nation's songs possesses. As a fan of the band's other albums Revolutionary Mayhem and A.R.M.O.R, Triumphant did not disappoint me. All of the songs are well written lyrically and musically.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Playlist of the week

For the past several days, I have been binging on the post punk/darkwave sounds of The Eden House and their new album Songs for the Broken Ones. I recently put all of their music onto one playlist so I can listen to it as a mix. I do recommend  checking out this band for those who enjoy the sounds of the Cocteau Twins, Autumn (the US darkwave band from Minneapolis where I live), Black Tape for a Blue Girl (and all the ethereal darkwave bands on Projekt Records), and Faith and the Muse.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Weekly Office Playlist

I can't believe how fast my three day weekend went. I think the fact that I was busy made the weekend go by quickly. Friday I went over to the mall to pick up the third and final lego set I needed for the Guardians of the Galaxy series Ayesha's Revenge which I put together last night, then had a Lynx game that night to attend to which was a lot of fun. Saturday I had a shit load of errands but I took a nap so I could go out at night with my camera and take some photos for pride weekend. And today I had the pride parade which was delayed by a protest against police presence at the parade so that dragged things on a bit. I was going to go over to Loring Park but by the time I got home, I just wasn't in the mood to go over there.

Back to a five day work week and it is the end of the month of course. Fortunately I got some new music on my Spotify and picked up the new album by The Birthday Massacre over the weekend. Having some new music always makes my work day more bearable.

Aengeldust: Agent Orange

Angels on Acid: Eye's Behind the Curtain

Angelzoom: Angelzoom

Arch Enemy: Khaos Legions

The Birthday Massacre: Under Your Spell

Bow Down Ever: The Product Of My Pain

Bow Ever Down: Risen

Cesium 137: Identity

Cesium 137: Science and Sound

Clan of Xymox: Days of Black

The Cranberries: Something Else

The Eden House: Half Life

The Eden House: Songs For the Broken Ones

The Eden House: Time Flows

Empathy Test: Bare My Soul

Empathy Test: By My Side

Empathy Test: Losing Touch

Fazerdaze: Fazerdaze EP

Fazerdaze: Morningside

Ghostfeeder: World Fameless

Hexheart: Midnight on a Moonless Night

Isgaard: Whiteout

Isgaard: Early Days

Lorde: Melodrama

Lords of Acid: Lust (special remastered version)

Marnie: Crystal World

PIG: Prey and Obey

Ruined Conflict: Triumphant

Softwave: Together Alone the remixes

Tashaki Miyaki: The Dream

My Favorite Songs of 2017

Gothic rock/darkwave Playlist

Futurepop Playlist

I Love the '80s

I Love the '80s II

The Luna Sequence Playlist

Graveyard Club Playlist

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Albums and Playlists I am currently listening to



If you haven't heard of Empathy Test, you should go check out their music now. I have been listening to their latest EPs they recently dropped as well as 2014's Losing Touch. If my readers like Mr.Kitty and Kite, I think Empathy Test is certainly right up their alley. I have been listening to their music a lot this past week.

Next to Empathy Test, I have been listening a lot of The Eden House music especially their new album Songs For the Broken Ones. I am really addicted to the new album. It is everything I love about darkwave/goth music. I can't recommend checking out this album enough.

Earlier this week I discovered the dreampop band Fazerdaze. They are a band out of Auckland, New Zealand. I heard their song "Lucky Girl" on Spotify by accident and immediately loved what I heard. They released their full length album Morningside last month. It is a fantastic album. Their music is super catchy.

Today I made a trip to the Electric Fetus and saw they had the new TBM album so I bought that and a ticket to next Saturday's PIG show at Amsterdam Bar and Hall. I love Under Your Spell by The Birthday Massacre. I am really happy to have gotten to see the band live last month and hear a few tracks from the new album.

Ruined Conflict has a new album out. It is wonderful. As a fan, I am definitely not disappointed. Ruined Conflict is definitely a band to check out for fans of VNV Nation. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

My favorite songs of 2017 [so far]

Since I posted this week some of my favorite albums of 2017, I thought I would share with my readers my favorite songs [so far] since the year is halfway over.

My top 3 favorite songs of 2017 definitely has to be "Return" by NamNamBulu, "I Know a Place" by Muna", and "Forsaken Love" by Xandria. All three songs are so damn catchy. I constantly listen to them every damn day have yet to get sick of any them. Those songs are earworms I do not mind getting stuck in my head, especially "Return" by NamNamBulu. Haven't heard a futurepop song this year that comes close to being as good as that song.  I have to admit I wasn't impressed with the new Xandria album. I wish it had more songs that were as memorable as "Forsaken Love".

Another great song I love listening to and it gets stuck in my head is "Out of My Head" by Tashaki Miyaki. I recently discovered this band a few weeks ago. As a fan of artists and bands like Tamaryn, Lush, Belly, Slowdive, and Mazzy Star, Tashaki Miyaki satisfies my shoegaze craving. I would love to see Tashaki Miyaki hit the road with Tamaryn. That would make for a great concert.

Although "16 Psyche" is not as catchy as the other songs I have mentioned, the new Chelsea Wolfe track is great. Very noisy but I like it. The song is a nice contrast to the rest of my playlist. Definitely the darkest song.

One of my new favorite songs is "Last Night On Earth" by Empathy Test from their Losing Touch EP. I discovered this band earlier this year. Really great synthpop. I have yet to hear anything by the band that I didn't like.

My current favorite song is "12th Night" by The Eden House with Monica Richards on vocals. This song gives me the chills. I am so ordering a copy of the album tomorrow when I get paid. I have been listening to the new Eden House album all week long.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Album of the week

For the past 2-3 days, I have been listening a lot to the new album Songs For the Broken Ones by The Eden House. It has consumed my time and my ears. I am waiting for Friday to get paid so I can order an actual copy of the album. I love the various guest vocalists on the album like Monica Richards who sings on my personal favorite track "12th Night", Louise Crane, Kelli Dayton (of Sneaker Pimps fame), Lee Douglas, and Meghan Noel-Pettit. Every time I listen to the album I immediately think of the sounds of Cocteau Twins, Lycia, The Sundays, and Black Tape for Blue Girl with the swirling guitar riffs and ethereal vocals. The production quality of the album is excellent. This is simply a beautiful album. It is an album I can listen to both at work and at home. Certainly one of my favorite releases of 2017.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Best of 2017 [so far]

It's June and the month is slowly coming to an end. Even more importantly the first half of 2017 is almost over. Tonight I thought I would post my favorite albums released this year so far.

If you haven't heard of Ruined Conflict before, you should now. They recently dropped their latest album Triumphant. It is so good. As a VNV Nation fan, I can not help but hear how similar the two acts sounds. Triumphant is the band's third album and they continue to get better with each release. Do check them out.

Absolutely love, love, love This Dream. As a fan of bands like My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Lush, and Belly, Tashaki Miyaki is right up there. Their music is super catchy but with lots of fuzzy, distorted guitars. "Out of My Head is easily my favorite song by the band cause of its super catchy pop hooks and singalong lyrics.

Borders is easily my favorite futurepop album I have heard so far this year. The music is so damn melodic. I am constantly listening to their song "Return" every damn day. I have yet to get sick of the song no matter how many times I listen to it. The rest of the album is fantastic. The wait was definitely worth it. I hope I do not have to wait for that same amount of time for new music by NamNamBulu.

The new album by The Eden House is so fucking good! I have been listening to the album for the past few days. I am waiting for pay day at the end of the week to buy a CD copy of the album. I absolutely love the numerous guest vocalists on the album.

Purple Fog Side is one of my new favorite bands I have discovered online in the past couple of years. I first discovered this band on a De/Vision tribute album I bought from SkyQode and really dug their brand of synthpop. Earlier this year they dropped The Dischord. I immediately loved the album. If you dig female fronted synthpop, you really can't go wrong with Purple Fog Side. They are so grossly underrated and overlooked.

I love the direction that Hydrah took on her new EP Siren with the use of stringed instruments.

Excellent soundtrack to an excellent movie. I never heard of Rupert Gregson- Williams but he does a fantastic job scoring the film.

If you have never heard of Sixth June before, please check out their album. I discovered them through either Bandcamp or Youtube. I forgot which site but either way I immediately was hooked on their music. Their new album came out earlier this year. I have to admit I have neglected it for awhile with all the stuff I listen to but I recently started listening to Virgo Rising. It did not take long to be reminded how good the album is and why it is one of the best releases of 2017. 

I can't believe it but I almost forgot to mention Under Your Spell. It has been awhile since I could listen to a TBM album and continually listen to it on a regular basis. Their last few albums after Walking With Strangers really didn't do much for me to be brutally honest. I would listen to them a few times and then move on. This is not the case with Under Your Spell. I found myself enjoying this album from start to finish. I have been listening to the album on a daily basis. 

Monday, June 19, 2017

Playlist of the week

Yesterday I put together my fourth volume in my Random Mix series. I just pick some of my favorite songs from the past and present. I even have a little country music on my mixes. I find my work day goes by a bit more quickly when I am listening to these mixes.

On my latest mix, I included a lot of old favorites like "Rooms on Fire" by Stevie Nicks", "How Can I Refuse" by Heart, "Welcome to the Jungle" by Guns 'N Roses", and "The Goonies 'R' Good Enough" by Cyndi Lauper. The majority of the mix are fairly older songs although I did add a couple of new tracks by The Eden House, Fazerdaze, and The Birthday Massacre.

I will admit my favorite of the four playlists I have created in this series are the first two. I probably will work on this mix to get it to the standards of my two favorite playlists. Still I have been enjoying this playlist quite a bit especially at work today. It made my day a bit more bearable.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Weekly Office Playlist

And once again, the weekend has come to an end. These two days really do go by quickly but fortunately for me, I have requested this Friday off. Here is some of the music I plan on listening to this week.

Created a couple of new playlists this weekend. One consists of all of Cesium 137's music and the other playlist is another random mix. I really do enjoy creating these random mixes that sticks to no particular genre. 

Just discovered this new band called Fazerdaze. They remind me a little of Tashaki Miyaki and Lush. Very shoegazey music. Really liked what I heard on youtube. Fortunately found their music on spotify. 

I know I am beating a dead horse but I really do recommend checking out the new album by The Eden House if you are into the sounds of Autumn, Black Tape for Blue Girl, and Lycia. It is so bloody damn good.


Anemonia: Moonlit Numina


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to



I may have had a shit week as far my personal and work life goes but when it comes to music, this week has been great. Right now I am almost done listening to the new album Songs for the Broken Ones by The Eden House, a UK band compromising of Stephen Carey and Tony Pettitt (of  Fields of the Nephillim) and with a lot guest appearances on their albums like Monica Richards of Faith and the Fuse. For me, I have a tendency to gravitate more towards industrial and synthpop bands but it does not mean I do not enjoy some goth and darkwave music. After all one of my favorite bands (Autumn) is a goth band. When I get paid next week, I certainly plan on buying a CD copy of the new Songs for the Broken Ones.

This past week I rediscovered Cesium 137. I hadn't listened to their music in ages. Their album Intelligent Design was the first album I had heard from the band. I think I discovered them when I found the album at Cheapo Discs in the used cd bins. That was many, many, many moons ago. Great album. Definitely need to listen to the rest of their catalog and become familiar with their music again.

Really glad to have come across the latest album by Cellmod Graveyard of Empires. I have been enjoying the album a lot for the past couple of days. Damn shame I just found out about it. It certainly would have ended up on my annual best of list.

I feel guilty for neglecting the most recent album by Bat for Lashes The Bride. I was rearranging my cds to fit in my most recent albums and I saw The Bride buried underneath my other CDs. I brought the CD into work this week and listened to it a few times. I feel bad about letting it collect dust because the album is so good. I was quickly reminded why this album was one of my favorite albums of 2016.

Every time I listen to the new album Under the Spell by The Birthday Massacre, the more I love it.  I certainly plan on buying a copy one day. I hope The Electric Fetus will get copies of it (which they usually do with TBM music). 

Friday, June 16, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

Another work week has come and gone. Got a lot of new songs on this week's playlist as well as a few oldie but goodies.

 I had to throw in some oldies like "Heaven's Gate" by Toni Childs, one of my favorite songs from the '90s. There is no other artist I can really compare with Toni Childs. Toni has such a unique voice. Once upon a time Cities '97 was my go to source to discover new music. That is how I learned about Loreena McKennitt, Sarah, McLachlan, and Toni Childs. Now the station is just commercialized garbage. Damn shame.

Another oldie but goodie I had to throw in is "La Isla Bonita" by Madonna. Still my favorite Madonna song from my childhood.

I have been in a fairly bad mood this week (one reason being PMS) so one of the few things I do to cheer myself up has been listening to Autumn's music. Of all the albums I listen to, I keep going back to The Hating Tree. It is the most played album in my collection. It is really hard for me to pick a favorite song off that album since I listen to it almost every day. I think if I had a current favorite song from the album it has to be "How It Came to be This Way". Between Julie Plante's powerful vocals and her confrontational lyrics, I can relate to that song on so many levels that it has a profound effect on me considering the amount of bullshit I have been dealing with for the past several weeks.

Just re-discovered the sounds of Cesium 137 just the other day. I definitely have forgotten how good their music is. Judging by their Facebook page, Cesium 137 is currently working on some new music so that is a very good sign.

I really wanted to like the latest De/Vision album but I find it rather middle of the road. It isn't bad but it isn't really interesting. I find myself kinda bored with synthpop at the moment. I love NamNamBulu. Their music can hold my attention for long periods of time but De/Vision? Eh. My favorite track on the 13 is the last track  "The Firing Line". I think that is the one song on the album that the best melodies.

Since booking hotel room at Central Loop Hotel in Chicago for the Nightwish show in March, I have been listening to my Nightwish playlist a lot. As much as I love Tarja, I love Floor's version of "Ever Dream" on their live album Showtime, Storytime from 2013 (as well as "Amaranthe").  Floor has such a huge presence on this track. The live album immediately convinced me she was a perfect fit for the band after the departure of Anette Olzon.

This week I listened to the new albums by 3Teeth, Marnie (from Ladytron), Slowdive, Hydrah, Tashaki Miyaki (that is the name of the band, it is not a solo artist), and The Birthday Massacre. The new TBM, Hydrah, and Tashaki Miyaki albums have been getting a lot of my attention this week at work. I only listened to the new 3Teeth album once but I do like what I have heard so far. Really loving the title track to Under the Spell. It is my current favorite song from the new  TBM album.

It has been a long time since I listened to Bat For Lashes' The Bride. I was quickly reminded how good the album is especially the first track "I Do". What a gorgeous track. The album itself was one of my favorite releases from 2016. That was a really great year for music.