Saturday, September 23, 2017

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to

Today I went over to the annual fall garage sale at my favorite record store the Electric Fetus. I picked up some singles and CDs. I found a couple of Curve singles, Parallel Dreams by Loreena McKennitt, Exit Popularity Contest by Apoptygma Berzerk, and Vivaldi's The Four Seasons. I only paid $5.39 for purchases. They certainly worth every penny. I am a long time fan of Loreena McKennitt so it was a no brainer to me to buy Parallel Album. It is a beautiful album. Same can be said about The Four Seasons by Vivaldi. I have been very curious about the new Apop album but it is not available for streaming on Spotify so to find a copy for $1 was a real steal. I actually enjoyed the album. Sure beats that last two pieces of shit that Stephan Groth released (Me and You Against the World and Rocket Science), and no I am not sorry for being that brutally honest.

This past week I actually listened to quite a few albums and not a whole lot to my playlists asides from the usual suspects. After reading up on the Xandria debacle in which now former singer Dianne was shown the door by her former bandmates (and they even had the balls to message her saying that they are not friends), I had to check out her other band Ex Libris, a progressive metal band. From what I have heard Ex Libris the music is pretty good but I definitely need to listen to more of it to allow the music to grow on me. Damn shame Dianne's time in Xandria was short lived and the guys were complete dicks to her on social media. Yeah, that band lost a fan in me.

I almost forgot that Metric's Emily Haines has a new album out called Choir of the Mind. I really wanted to like it however I just found the music to be too mellow for my tastes. Plus I like Emily's work with Metric more so.

My favorite album at the moment is the new Inkubus Sukkubus album. It is absolutely delightful to listen and I do recommend checking it out. Another excellent goth album I also recommend checking out is The Spiritual Bat's Your Own World (and the Vision of Sound).

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Friday, September 22, 2017

Current favorite songs of the week

For the first time in a long time this summer I have had a pretty good week. My mood has been pretty good this week. No one pissed me off for once. LOL! Got another appointment booked at 4Points Body Gallery, got a new project to work on at the office (and I hate to sound petty but I hope my teammate who slacks off is annoyed), and my property tax refund was deposited in my bank account this week so it has been a good week for me.

I have quite a few new songs on this week's playlist. I am completely loving the new Inkubus Sukkubus album Belas Knap Tales of Witchcraft and Wonder, Vol.2.  "Gallows Lane" is my current favorite song off the album.

If you haven't hear the new Zola Jesus album Okovi, I definitely recommend checking it out. It is soooo good. All the songs are great but I currently digging the track "Ash to Bone". Might have to go to her upcoming show at Amsterdam Bar and Hall next month.

One of my top five favorite songs at the moment is Chvrches cover of Tegan and Sara's "Call It Off" from an upcoming album of artists covering songs off the Tegan and Sara album The Con. I have listened to both Chvrches version as well as Tegan and Sara's version. I like both versions a lot but as a synthpop fan, I have to admit Chvrches' version has a special place in my heart.

Other great cover songs I have included on this playlist is "Open Your Heart"  (Madonna) performed by The Birthday Massacre, and "I Melt With You"(Modern English) performed by Natalie Imbruglia. I am particularly a big fan of TBM's' cover of the classic Madonna song. Gotta love the crunchy guitar riffs.

I almost forgot until this week that the Italian goth band The Spiritual Bat has a new album Your Own World (and the Vision of Sound), it is very good so check it out. My favorite song of the album "Caress the Scar" is featured on this week's playlist.

The more I listen to the new Arch Enemy album Will to Power, the more it grows on me.

I have been listening a lot to Xandria lately, well their releases featuring their now ex-singer Dianne van Giersbergen. If you haven't heard about what happened, Dianne got kicked out of the band because she needed time to take care of her physical health. The band wasn't hearing none of it. They gave some ridiculous excuse on their Facebook page and needless to say, I am not a fan of them anymore. Who on earth goes through five singers in less than ten years? Talk about ridiculous. Anyways, Dianne was why I started to listen to Xandria. I think she is the only singer that can come close to former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen. I have included their song "Come With Me" from their album Sacrificium, the first Xandria album I bought.

Believe it or not, I have thrown in a couple country/western songs. Not a huge Dixie Chicks album but I admit some of their music is super catchy. I am particularly fond of "Everybody Knows". The other song is from the sisters Shelby Lynne and Allison Moorer from their album Not So Dark which probably will end up in my top 10 best of list.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Earworm of the Week

This week I have been listening to my playlist of my favorite cover songs by various artists/bands. One of my personal faves that has been stuck in my head is The Birthday Massacre's version of "Open Your Heart" by Madonna. I actually prefer this version with all the guitar riffs and Chibi's vocals. The original version is good but I love the guitar riffs on TBM's version. Never really was a huge Madonna fan like many people were in the '80s. I liked her music but just never got into her as much as a lot of people did. Different strokes for different folks I suppose..

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Album of the week

This week I almost forgot that one of my favorite goth bands from eons ago Inkubus Sukkubus has a new album out. It is called Bela Knap Tales of  Witchcraft and Wonder 2. I have been listening to it quite a bit for the past 24 hours. In fact I am on my third listen today. I definitely recommend checking it out (as well as the rest of their catalog).

Monday, September 18, 2017

Playlist of the week

Only on a Monday would the weather suck so much. Temperatures were only in the 50s and it was raining when I left work this afternoon so I got wet while waiting for my bus. When I got home this afternoon, I decided to put together this playlist for this dreary weather. On the upside, my fall allergies are nowhere to be seen and heard unlike yesterday. LOL!

I have a mix bag of music ranging from Ashram to VNV Nation, some goth to synthpop. I avoided adding some trip hop because I felt it would be too obvious. The closest is Goldfrapp's "Paper Bag", one of my favorite tracks off their classic Felt Mountain. Also threw on the gorgeous cover of "Hotel California" by Noblesse Oblige. Not a fan of the original but this version sounds amazing as a electropop song. Of course I had to throw in some standard post punk songs by the likes of The Cure and The Sisters of Mercy. Of course you know damn well I had to throw in some Autumn (along with some Dead Can Dance) into the mix. I will let the entire playlist  speak for itself but I will say that it does capture the mood of the weather where I live as I sit at my desk typing this blog entry while listening to my new playlist.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to

This week just wasn't a very good week for me mood-wise. It was really hard for me to find music that would make me feel productive at work or just happy in general. All this week I have been listening a lot to my first two random mix playlists especially the second volume. I have a lot of cheesy '90s pop music on the second mix so that seems to have been a good distraction. I also have been listening to a lot to music outside of synthpop and industrial music, case in point my Mary Chapin Carpenter and Loreena McKennit playlists. I find both women's voices very comforting to listen to this week.

The more I listen to the new Arch Enemy album this past week, the more the music has grown on me. I still think War Eternal is a better but I am really liking Will to Power as time goes on with every listen. Another new release I am digging is the new Zola Jesus album Okovi. I loved her last album Taiga. Certainly was not disappointed with her new effort. I am still mulling over whether or not to see her in concert next month.

It has been awhile since I listened to VNV Nation's Resonance album. Perfect music for my current mood. I absolutely love the classical interpretations of the duo's music.

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Friday, September 15, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

I have been in such a rotten mood this week. I guess that is par for the course when one has been subjected to trauma and death in a three month span this year. I have very little to no patience for bullshit.

Some of the music on this week's playlist reflects my mood such as "Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac and "Remedy" by Adele.  I really can't say I am a big fan of either Fleetwood Mac and Adele but I do like some of their music. I know Adele can be grating on some people's nerves and she can be but I will take her over the likes of Miley Cyrus and Katy Perry. "Remedy" really hits a chord with how I have been feeling for the past several weeks. It is easily my favorite song on Adele's album 25. I think it is a beautiful ballad. Another song that resonates with me at the moment is Staind's "So Far Away". Not a fan of the band by a long shot but I love this particular song since hearing it for the trailer to the first Punisher film (which had John Travolta in it as the villain).

Speaking of beautiful ballads, "All My Lovers" by Autumn has been getting lots of airplay from me. Check out the guitar intro by Neil McKay. It is pretty killer. Such intricate melodies. His work on this song is some of my favorite I have heard from him. Neil has become one of my favorite guitarists in the past several years. What else can I say about Julie Plante? She has such a powerful voice that no vocalist in the current music scene (especially mainstream music) can really hold a candle to. Not that the band can do no wrong in my eyes. Bassist Jeff Leyda does a great job at providing the backbone to Neil's swirling guitar riffs and Julie's stunning vocals. The musicianship of this band is amazing. I hate having to wait until winter for their third album. Patience is not a virtue for me.

I have thrown in some new music. I have been digging the new albums by Arch Enemy and Zola Jesus albums. I have to admit Will to Power by Arch Enemy took some time to grow on me but I am really getting into the music now. The new Zola Jesus album Okovi is really good. I really enjoyed her last album Taiga so I was not disappointed at all with her new album. I almost forgot how good the new Clan of Xymox album Days of Black is until I listened to it this week at work. Poor album got neglected by me. I need to listen to it more often. The album is really good. Damn shame their show in Minneapolis this past spring fell through by no fault of anyone involved. I would have loved to seen them live. Oh well, I'm going to Chicago next spring for Nightwish. Another 2017 release I recommend checking out is Not So Dark by Shelby Lynne and her sister Alison Moorer. The famous sisters do some really compelling cover songs on the album like Nirvana's "Lithium" and Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds' "Into My Arms". I have included songs from all the aforementioned albums.

Next to "Return" by NamNamBulu, I have to say "I Know a Place" by Muna has to be my next favorite song of 2017. It is such a great electropop song. I always listen to that song every damn day, whether I am at work or not.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Earworm of the week

This week I have been listening a lot to Social Distortion's 1992 Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell. My favorite song on the entire album is "Born to Lose". The song is so ridiculously catchy. The song has been stuck in my head for the last few days.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Album of the week

For this week's Album Of the Week, I had a few choices but I ended up picking Natalie Imbruglia's album Male that came out in 2015. I have been listening to the album daily since I picked it up from my local library.  Male is a stunning collection of cover songs.  I admit I am not really familiar with the majority of the songs but I do know a few such as "Cannonball", "Friday I'm in Love", and "I Melt With You". I had to go youtube the original versions. I love how Natalie Imbruglia transforms each song and make it her own like Daft Punk's "Instant Crush".  My personal favorite track is Natalie's foray into country with "Friday I'm in Love".  I do not know if anyone other than Natalie could have pulled that move as successful as Natalie. What she did was truly magical. I also adore her take on Damien Rice's "Cannonball". Her version is so beautiful. The entire album is wonderful. It has taken a lot of edge off my mood in the past few days.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Playlist of the week

Over the weekend, I updated my Loreena McKennitt playlist with several more tracks. On the weekends, I will listen to one of my playlists when I go to bed. I especially love listening to Loreena's music. Her music lulls me to sleep in a good way. So very relaxing to listen to at night.

I have been a fan of Loreena McKennitt since I was in high school. I believe it was Cities 97 that introduced me to Loreena's music. I think it was her song "All Souls Night" from her album The Visit that made a huge fan out of me. I had never heard anyone like Loreena at the time and was quite enchanted with her voice. Her album The Mask and The Mirror was the first album of hers in the early '90s that I bought and the rest was history.

I have been fortunate to have seen Loreena live twice, in 1997 and last year (best $90 I ever spent for my seat near the stage). She is such a joy to see in concert. I love listening to the tales she tells about her travels and the inspirations behind her songs. I just hope I don't have to go another decade before I see her in concert again. Through out the years, Loreena McKennitt's music remained a constant in my life and certainly source of comfort in recent times.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Albums and playlist I am currently listening to

This week has been a great week for me when it comes to new music. I did get some new music in the mail as well as borrowed some from the library.

My copy of Curve's remastered album arrived in the mail. I ordered the album back in June. I already had a copy but it was used when I bought it many, many years ago. Definitely worth the $$$. I also wanted an autographed print from the band (and that I did get). On the remastered copy of Doppelganger, the second disc includes their three EPs. The band's songs on this new version sounds even better. As good as my old copy of Doppelganger, I always hoped for the band to have it remastered.

On one of the two days off I had this week (not counting Labor day), I went over to the library and checked out several CDs that appealed to me. It had been years since I last heard Social D's Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell so I decided to get it when I saw the album in the racks. I definitely forgot how good the album is which is right up there with their 1990 self-titled album (my introduction to Social D).

While at the library, I came across Natalie Imbruglia's 2015 album Male. My curiosity got to me and I snagged the album. I wasn't really a huge fan of her music when she had a hit with her cover of Ednaswap's "Torn". I liked her version but after hearing a hundred times a day, I quickly grew weary of Natalie's voice. Fast foward to 2017. I found myself enjoying Male quite a bit. Her vocals don't bother me as much as they used to in the '90s. One of my favorite tracks is the ballad "Cannonball". After having a very shitty summer, I found myself relating a lot to the poignant lyrics. The rest of the pop/rock album is wonderful.

If you haven't heard of Shelby Lynne and Alison Moorer's album Not Dark Yet, you really should. These women are so underrated as singers and songwriters especially in a genre (i.e country music) that is more interested in churning out (country/pop) hits than allow an artist to grow and mature as he or see fit. The album is a collection of cover songs. I love their take on "Into My Arms" and "Lithium".

A good friend mine introduced me to the synth-rock act Fate Creator last month. I really liked their fusion of synth and rock music. I have yet to listen to their other album.

I love George Michael's ballads on Ladies and Gentlemen. That is my favorite disc on the two disc greatest hits compilation, not that I didn't like his more upbeat tracks but his ballads just really takes my breath away. He really did have a beautiful voice. Damn shame it took his death for me to really come to appreciate his talents as an artist, especially as a vocalist.

Finally got around to listen to Royskopp's final album The Inevitable End (another album I got from the library). I can't say I was a diehard fan but I always did like what the duo put out. I have only heard disc one but I certainly like what I have heard.

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Friday, September 8, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

It has been a short work week for me so I didn't get to listen to as much music as I tend to at the office. Got a few newer songs by the likes of Exit Eden, Felix Marc, and Nordika but for the most part this week's playlist features songs from a year or more ago.

Picked up some albums recently from the library this week on one of the two days I requested off. I got some Deadmau5, Royskopp, Natalie Imbruglia, Social Distortion, Siouxsie and The Banshees, and George Michael. I haven't listened to the Royskopp, Siouxsie and The Banshee, and Social Distortion albums yet so I didn't include tracks from their albums on this playlist. I must say I was really surprised by how much I liked the 2015 Natalie Imbruglia release Male. She went in a country music direction. I really not into EDM but on a whim I decided to snag the Deadmau5 album. I actually enjoyed listening to it. Definitely something I could listen to at work to keep me motivated.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Earworm of the week

Today's Earworm. I was listening to my goth/darkwave playlist and this classic Peter Murphy came on after I got back from a doctor's appointment. It ended up getting stuck in my head for the rest of the day.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Album of the week

Back in June, the legendary shoegaze band Curve announced that they were going release remastered versions of their albums Doppelganger and Cuckoo in August. Doppelganger is one of my top ten favorite albums from the '90s. I will post at the end of my tonight's blog entry. I pre-ordered my copy of Doppelganger early so I ended up getting an autographed print from Dean and Toni.


This was so well worth the $19 in American money. I immediately started listening to the album right after work today. It didn't take me very long what was going to be my  album of the week pick on my blog. I should note this bandcamp version is not the remastered version. I have posted the link to buy the album (as well as Cuckoo) below it.

The new version includes some killer mixes on disc one, and on disc two has all three EPs. The music sounds as wonderful as the first time I heard it in college in the early '90s. 25 years later, Doppelganger still sounds fresh and innovative. I will have to listen to the original version of Doppelganger and compare it to the remastered version but so far the remastered music sounds great. I think I will have to order the remastered version of Cuckoo after hearing the new version of Doppelganger. Hopefully Come Clean and Gift will get the same treatment later down the road.



Where to buy Cuckoo and Doppelganger: https://3loopmusic.tmstor.es/CURVE

Monday, September 4, 2017

Playlist of the week

While summer isn't officially over yet (which doesn't happen until 9/22) but when Labor Day comes to an end, it definitely feels like summer is over. I thought it would be appropriate to create a playlist that would describe how my summer went and most of it was pretty damn shitty.

Most of the songs on the playlist pretty captures my mood through out the past three months after getting hit by a car while crossing the street, getting harassed on the bus and it got so bad I had to get off the bus (and no one including the driver did shit about the verbal abuse I received by my harasser, and then the fucking victim blaming BS from Metro Transit when I sent in a complaint about the driver who just let the verbal abuse go on), ongoing bullshit at the company I work for with a coworker whom I have to pick up her slack every damn day of the week, and then the nail in the coffin was my father passing away.

AC/DC's "Highway to Hell" pretty much sums up my summer. I have been finding it extremely difficult to want to go to shows. My next show probably won't be until late October for KMFDM. The anger I have over the hit and run and harassment incidents on the city bus continues to linger with me because most or all of the bystanders in those incidents I was shown very little sympathy and kindness. Between my anger and grief, I really just don't want to be in a concert setting at the moment.

Another great song to describe me is Sabaton's "To Hell and Back". I feel like this is what I have been going through this summer especially losing my father in late July. It was bad enough when I was dealing with the trauma from the hit and run and the harassment incidents but my father suddenly passing away was the icing on a very stale cake.

I did include a few songs that have provided me some brief glimpses of joy or comfort. Right now, I can really relate to the lyrics to "Bravery" by Assemblage 23 especially the line "Some days just waking up is an act of bravery". Just getting up every day especially for work to be surrounded by idiots really tries my patience but I get through the day.

I have thrown in a few songs that has been giving me some sort of joy like Muna's "A Know a Place" (my favorite pop song of 2017), "Return" by NamNamBulu, and "Iceland" by Felix Marc - the last two songs being my two favorite futurepop songs of 2017. I have yet to get sick of "Return". That is one song I can listen to repeatedly. It is so ridiculously infectious. The perfect earworm in my opinion.

I hope with autumn right around the corner, things will start looking up for me but with my dim view of humanity, I really don't have much hope.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Albums I am currently listening to

This week I have spent listening to more of my playlists than albums. It was the end of the month for me at work, I just find it easier to listen to my playlists which are three hour long playlists than trying to figure out what album to listen to. Earlier this week, I updated my gothic rock/darkwave playlist. I did finally get around to listening to Alice Glass's debut EP.  I like it what I have heard so far but I certainly need more time for the music to really sink into me. I hate saying this but the new Android Lust album is one of those albums I really have to be in the mood to listen to and definitely not something I can listen to at work. Still loving the new Exit Eden album.

As for this weekend, I have been listening to some music from a year or older. Right now I am currently listening to The Xenogamous Endeavour by Psy'Aviah while typing tonight's blog entry. It is my personal favorite Psy'Aviah album. I liked that there is more of a dance/pop element to the music.I really liked the diverse singers on the album.

This morning I threw in Chirality, the most recent album by The Frozen Autumn. That was the album that got me into the band a few years ago. I completely forgot how good the album is. Good mix of goth and synthwave. I am excited that the band has a new album coming out in November.

It is September and I have yet to get sick and tired of the latest NamNamBulu album Borders. All of the songs are so ridiculously catchy and make for great earworms. Don't be surprised if the album ends up at the top of my annual best of list.

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Saturday, September 2, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

I went to the fair after work yesterday and when I got home I was just too worn out to blog. This week's playlist consists of only twelve songs. I did though make a point of trying to incorporate some newer songs on this week's playlist. I finally got around to listening to Alice Glass's self-titled album. It is one of those releases that needs some time to grow on me (like the latest Android Lust album). Really liking the latest single from Arch Enemy. Funny enough their new album comes out on my birthday next Friday. I will probably hit the record store and pick it up as a gift to myself especially after having a super shitty summer. I really want to like the new KMFDM album Hell Yeah! but I just can't say it is a great album. There are some decent tracks like the title track but too many meh tracks for me. I do recommend checking out the latest albums by The Eden House and Fazerdaze whose music is featured on this week's playlist.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Earworm of the week

This week I have been listening a lot to my latest playlist of my favorite pop songs from the '90s and early '00s. This playlist brings back memories to my days in Milwaukee when my friends and I would hit Metropolis nightclub. We would often dance to some of the songs featured on my playlist.

My current favorite song that I had been listening to on my playlist this week is Robert Miles' "One and One". Such a beautiful song and still is to this very day. Maria Nayler's angelic vocals is what makes the song for me. I was quite saddened when Robert passed away this year. Dreamland was one of my favorite albums from the '90s.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Album of the week

I know I have said this in previous blog entries but I do have to say it again for tonight's blog entry. Country (and western) music for me is not my cup of tea, especially if it is country/western. Today's country/western music is nothing more than pop/rock music with a country twang.  That said I will make a few exceptions. A couple of those exceptions is Shelby Lynne and her sister Allison Moorer. I have been a fan of the two women for several years especially Allison Moorer. I always loved that the women walked to their own beat.

For years I have always wanted them to put out an album together.  Well my dream finally came true this year with their collaboration on Not Dark Yet. It is a gorgeous, intimate, sparse country album unfettered by the corporate machinations of Nashville. The album is a collection of cover songs which the women do so artfully well in reinterpreting the songs to suit their needs and talents. The sisters cover everyone from Nick Cave to Nirvana on this elegant album. Because this album does not sound like anything coming out of Nashville nowadays, I really was able to really get into the album and its laid back vibe. I can just kick back and chill to the music. It is simply  a beautiful, well made album. Please check it out. This is definitely not your traditional country album and it sure as heck not a country/western album. Nashville needs to take note on how good country music can sound when the music is not overpolished and the artists are not trying to be a rock or pop star.

 You can read more about the album below the playlist. I have posted a link to a recent NPR article as well as an interview with them on Rolling Stone's website.



You can read a recent NPR article about the sisters and their album here: http://www.npr.org/first-listen-shelby-lynne-allison-moorer-not-dark-yet

Rolling Stone interview: http://www.rollingstone.com/country/features/sisters-shelby-lynne-allison-moorer-talk-new-covers-album-w498479

Monday, August 28, 2017

Playlist of the week

This morning before work, I quickly put together a playlist of super cheesy pop songs I used to listen to in the late '90s and early '00s. I figured I needed to listen to something more upbeat on a Monday morning. I have been meaning to put together this playlist for awhile but kept forgetting to until this morning. A lot of the songs I danced to at the nightclub Metropolis when I lived in Milwaukee in the early '90s so there is a bit of nostalgia in the music for me.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Albums and playlists I am currently listening to

I spent most of my work week listening to my random mixes. They really do make my work day go by a little more quickly and more bearable. Sometimes I just need a good mix of music outside of goth, industrial, and synthpop music. With the way this summer has been going for me (which is absolutely shitty), I need my mood to be picked up by some cheesy ass pop/rock music.

Just got my copy of Rhapsodies in Black by Exit Eden this week. Love this album! That is all I have to say.

Just started listening to the newest effort by Android Lust in her Crater series called Berlin. I have only listened to the album twice but I do like what I have heard. The music is mostly instrumental with the occasional track with vocals.

Right now I am listening to the album Metanoia by The Moon and The Nightspirit. I came across the band in the related artist sections for Elane. I definitely need to listen to the album a few more times before giving any opinion. To be honest I am not feeling it on this initial listen. I suppose if I listen to the album more often, the music might sink in with me. Maybe.

The weather today has been crappy for a summer day in August, very chilly and sometimes wet. Perfect weather though for some Autumn and The Bellwether Syndicate. I can hardly wait for both bands to put out new music, especially Autumn (and from what I have read online, their new album comes out this winter).

If you haven't heard of Arandu Arakuaa or read one of my recent blog posts which I have mentioned them in, you should check them out. This article titled This heavy metal band is hell bent on saving an endangered language showed up in my news feed and it piqued my curiosity. The rest is history.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

This week's playlist of my favorite songs. Most of the songs consists of older tracks but I do have a few newer songs.

Android Lust recently dropped a new album so I have started listening to it. Most of the album consists of instrumentals but there is the occasional song with vocals. My favorite track at the moment is "Daughters of Dawn". In my opinion, this is the most accessible track on the entire album.

I am really enjoying the new Exit Eden album. I was going to put "Total Eclipse of the Heart" but I ended up with "Impossible". It is my new favorite song. Super catchy.

My friend Trace just introduced me to a new synthrock group called Fate Creator which I had never heard of until now. I have only listened to one song which was "Creator of Fate". I certainly liked what I had heard. It has a good mix of synth and rock.

I have been in a pretty foul mood for the past few days because of my personal life my mood has been up and down like a roller coaster. It sucks grieving as well as being salty as hell (thanks to the incidents that occurred to me this summer that left me very angry and disenchanted with humanity). Been listening a lot to one of my personal favorite albums of all time Autumn's first album The Hating Tree for the past couple of days.  Right now "Desert Winds of Jezebel" resonates with me. Lyrically the song obviously doesn't fit my mood but it is more of musical thing. Just love how powerful Julie's vocals are on this particular track, so in your face in a confrontational sort of way. No matter how many times I listen to The Hating Tree, I can never get sick of listening to the album. I wish singers today sounded more like Julie and a lot less like Taylor Swift and Katy Perry (gag me).

Threw some of my favorite songs from the '80s like "Nothin' At All", "No More Words", and "Solitaire".  I love the '80s. For me, "No More Words" is my favorite Berlin song.

Not really a Dixie Chicks fan, let alone country/western music but I do like a few tracks by the band. One of my personal favorite songs is "Everybody Knows". It has a really great catchy bluegrass sound.

Last night I discovered the South American folk-metal band Arandu Arakuaa. I posted a blog about them last night. I love that they are trying to save their language from going extinct (no thanks to modern colonization) and that their  brand of metal incorporates traditional indigenous music .

I don't know what else to say about Felix Marc that I haven't already said before. His latest solo album is fantastic. If any of my readers dig his stuff from Diorama and Frozen Plasma, I can definitely recommend his solo albums especially Alternative Facts.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Arandu Arakuaa

This afternoon after work I discovered the band Arandu Arakuaa from South America via Facebook from this article about them called This Heavy Metal Band is Hell Bent On Saving an Endangered Language. After dinner, I started checking out their music on youtube. I really dug what I had heard as well as what I had read in the link I just posted. Go check out this band.





Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Earworm of the week

Since Monday was the solar eclipse, guess which song I had stuck in my head since that day? You got it! Bonnie Tyler's "Total Eclipse of the Sun", and not just her version. I also have Exit Eden's version stuck in my head too. And of course I had to throw in Nicki French's dance version of the song. As much as I like Exit Eden and Nicki French's versions, nothing beats the classic. Gotta love Bonnie Tyler's husky voice.




Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Album of the week

If you haven't heard of the new metal band Exit Eden, you should now. The band consists of four singers from four different countries: Amanda Somerville, Anna Brunner, Marina La Torraca, and Clementine Delauney. Last week their debut album Rhapsodies in Black was unleashed upon the public. I have been listening to the album since Friday. All of the songs are cover songs given a metal transformation. I am familiar with most of the songs but there were a few tracks I didn't recognize like "Impossible" by Shontelle.

One of the weakest tracks on Rhapsodies in Black for me is "Skyfall" . The band's version fell flat to me. For me, "Skyfall" really doesn't have any memorable melodies like on Adele's first two albums. As talented as the women are, they just couldn't make "Skyfall" work for me.  I am also not particularly crazy about their version of Depeche Mode's "A Question of Time". I really wanted to like it but I'm just not feeling the love of turning a classic synthpop song into a symphonic metal track. The rest of the album is terrific. I absolutely loved the band's interpretations of "Total Eclipse of the Heart", "Frozen", "Heaven" (my personal fave), and "Impossible". Despite the flaws, I like how each member had their own distinct sound and brought it to the table. I thought all the women harmonized well together. Rhapsodies in Black is just a fun album to listen to while at work or cleaning house at  home.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Playlist of the week

I admit I listen a lot to my Random Mix playlists a lot, especially the first Random Mix playlist I created a few months ago. It gets so much play because a lot of my favorite songs are on that playlist. Unfortunately I have neglected my other Random Mix playlists. Today for my afternoon commute I listened to the second volume Random Mix playlist. I completely forgot how good the mix with songs like "One Breath" by NamNamBulu off their new album Borders which I so recommend checking out. This playlist has a good mix of current music and music from the '90s and early '00s that I adore.

My afternoon commute was a bitch because my first bus showed up five minutes early and I missed it. I had to stand in the rain for an additional 20 minutes (FYI...there was no shelter for me to stay dry). The only thing that kept me sane was my music.  Listening to my random mixes is like listening to the radio minus the annoying commercials and djs.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Weekly office playlist

It has been awhile since I wrote my weekly playlist. Last week I was just too lazy and not in the mood to put together a list of music to listen to at work for the week. Fortunately that feeling did not last long. Here is this week's collection of music I plan on listening to. Alice Glass and Android Lust recently dropped some new music (besides KMFDM, Janet Gardner, and Exit Eden).

Albums:
Alice Glass: Alice Glass

Amaranthe: Maximilism

Android Lust: Berlin

Arch Enemy: War Eternal

Avarice in Audio: Shine and Burn

The Bellwether Syndicate: The Night Watch EP

The Birthday Massacre: Under Your Spell

Blume: Autumn Ruins

Cover Stores: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story (an album to benefit War Child)

Diary of Dreams: Freak Perfume

The Eden House: Songs for the Broken Ones

Elane: The Silver Falls

Exit Eden: Rhapsodies in Black

Felix Marc: Alternative Facts

The Frozen Plasma: Dekadenz

Gold Zebra: Gold Zebra

Guardians of the Galaxy vol.2

Hanzel und Gretyl: Black Forest Metal

Hocico: The Spell of the Spider

In This Moment: Ritual

Janet Gardner: Janet Gardner

KMFDM: Hell Yeah

Mono Inc.: Together Till the End

NamNamBulu: Borders

Purple Fog Side: The Discord

Sabaton: Heroes

Suicide Commando: Forest of the Impaled

Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob

Tiny Deaths: Elegies

Uh Huh Her: Nocturnes

Xandria: Theater of Dimensions

Youth Code: An Overture

Playlists:
Random Mix

Random Mix II

Random Mix III

Random Mix IV

Of Moondrop Tears: My Favorite Autumn Songs

Empires: My Favorite VNV Nation Songs

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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This wasn't the best week for me. I had just come back to work after taking last week off. It was hard for me to get back into the groove of things. I really didn't listen to many albums for most of the week. I spent most of this week listening to my random mixes.

Yesterday some new music dropped. KMFDM with Hell Yeah!, Janet Gardner (from the band Vixen) with her self-titled solo album,  and Exit Eden with Rhapsodies in Black. I am going to have to listen to the KMFDM and Janet Gardner albums a few more times. I do though have taken to the Exit Eden album immediately. I love these women and their take on some of the biggest pop hits in the past couple of decades.

If you haven't heard of the synthpop band Gold Zebra from Montreal, CA, I definitely recommend giving their music a listen. Their self-titled has once again made way into heavy rotation with me. It is one of the few albums I have been listening to this week on a daily basis. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

Going back to work after taking a week off to say goodbye to my father and celebrate his life was not easy. I found solace in music, and most of it was in long time favorite tracks in recent years as well as from the past. And today I was just in the worst mood ever, not because of my father's passing but just how this summer has been going for me which has been awful so some of the music on the playlist reflects my mood today as well as the other days of the week.

 Earlier this week, a former FB friend had the nerve to contact me and try to beg me to refriend her. I was not having any of it. I had to throw on "Not Ready to Make Nice" by Dixie Chicks on my playlist since it really captures my feelings for the brief conversation I had with her.

Another song I have been listening a lot to and have been finding great comfort in is Delta Rae's "Dance in the Graveyards". It is a beautiful song that celebrates death and the life the deceased had lived. This song does help take the sting out of the pain I am going through at the moment. The same can be said about "Space and Time" by VNV Nation. The beats on that song does contribute a lot to perking me up.

Most of the songs on the playlist are older tracks especially by Cyndi Lauper, Fleetwood Mac, and Tears for Fears. The only two tracks that are new are by Tashaki Miyaki and Exit Eden. I am loving the debut album Rhapsodies in Black by Exit Eden. All the songs are cover songs but that's okay. I love album. I ended up ordering a copy online this evening after trying to see if I could find it in my favorite record stores (which I did not).  I adore their cover of Bryan Adam's "Heaven"

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Earworm of the week

I have been listening a lot to some pop music lately considering my current state of mood after the passing of my father. This week I have rediscovered the sounds of my favorite Ellie Goulding song "Anything Could Happen" from her excellent 2012 album Halcyon. This song has been stuck in my head all week long. The song is so infectious and catchy. Five years later since its release, I still love the song. Easily one of my favorite pop songs of all time.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Album of the week

Several years ago, I briefly wrote reviews for a well known website. One of the albums I wrote a review for was The Fire of Glenvore by the German dark fantasy/folk band Elane. I immediately became a fan. Unfortunately over time I lost track of the band until earlier this year when they dropped Arcane 2. I kinda forgot about it for awhile until a couple of days ago when I was scrolling through my Spotify account and saw Arcane 2 was one of the albums I had saved. I am sorry for neglecting this wonderful album for a long time. I find the music very soothing to listen to. If you like the sounds of Faun, Omnia, and Qntal I definitely can recommend Elane.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Playlist of the week

Today I decided to update one of my Random Mix playlists, the second volume to be exact. I felt like it needed some new tunes added to the mix.

Threw in a couple of faves from the '80s "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" and "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of These)". Those two songs I can never get sick and tired of listening to. Probably will still be listening to those songs when I am in my retirement years. The only newer track I added was "Mystic Sabbath" by Ghost Twin, one of my favorite new bands I discovered this year. The song is so damn catchy. Another favorite song of mine is Pararalox's version of "Eye in the Sky" by The Alan Parsons Band. Not a fan of the original song but I absolutely love this electropop version. I hate saying this but the original bores me.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

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I haven't been listening to much music this past week with my father's memorial service and all. Here is what little I have been listening to. I have been taking a lot of solace in more mellower music. Barely listened to any synthpop this past week. I been listening a lot to my chill out playlist a lot. Not only is it great to go to sleep to but also just to relax during the day. I feel the same way about my Loreena Mckennitt and Stoa playlists.

I am generally not a fan of live albums but I absolutely adore Loreena Mckennitt's Nights from the Alhambra. Obviously the live album has been edited to leave out the stories Loreena told in between songs. I just love the vibe I get from the album, not to mention the songs on this album. Great album to listen to as my unplanned vacation winds down.

I went out for a nice long Sunday morning walk today. I decided to listen to Synthia by The Jezabels. It had been awhile since I listened to the album. If you are politically inclined especially towards feminist issues, The Jezabels is a band worth checking out. Their most recent album was one of my favorite albums from 2016. The last song on the album "Stamina" really captures how I currently feel both physically and emotionally.

Another album I hadn't listened to in ages is Chandeen's  Blood Red Skies. It is one of my personal favorite dreampop albums. The album that they released after that Forever and Ever is just as good. I certainly recommend checking that album out as well.

I don't know why but I keep going back to Rupert Gregson-Williams' work for Wonder William. The music is so beautiful.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

I am a day late on this playlist. I was in and out for most of the day, and by the time evening I was too worn out to post a blog. So here is this week's playlist of my current favorite songs.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Earworm of the week

For the past couple of days I have been listening a lot to Ashbury Height's most recent album The Looking Glass Society. It is one of my favorite albums from 2015, if not was my favorite album of that year. I honestly felt the music was better well written than its predecessor Take Cair Paramour. Certainly had better hooks. All of the songs on The Looking Glass Society are all great I have to say that "Ghost Spirit Mother" is my current favorite track on the album.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Album of the week

If you haven't heard of Nordika and looking for some new synthpop to listen to, check them out. Hector A. Marin's project reminds me of some of my favorite synthpop bands like Carved Souls, Depeche Mode, NamNamBulu, and Colony 5. Nordika dropped a new album not long ago. It is a solid album from start to finish.


Monday, August 7, 2017

Playlist of the week

Being on a major Felix Marc kick lately because of his excellent new album Alternative Facts so awhile back I created this playlist of Felix's songs. Asides from Alternative Facts, I love the tracks from Parallel Worlds. Not big on Pathways IMHO. If you like Diorama and Frozen Plasma, Felix's other bands, I definitely recommend checking out his solo albums.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

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I have to admit my listening habits has been sporadic this week considering the fact that I am still grieving over my father's passing. I have been listening to a lot of my playlists and more mellower music. I am finding that VNV Nation is giving me a lot of comfort lately. Too bad I am going to have to skip their upcoming show at 7th St Entry. The same can be said about Mary Chapin Carpenter's music too. The warmth of Mary's voice is very comforting to me. I am also been enjoying the soundtrack to Angels and Demons even if the film wasn't all that great (but I did enjoy the book).

Thursday, August 3, 2017

My current favorite songs of the week

I thought I would post this week's playlist of my current favorite songs tonight because I am having dinner with a friend tomorrow night. A lot of the songs was going to be featured on last week's playlist before I found out my father had passed away the night before. I did include a few songs I have been finding some comfort from such as Allison Moorer's "Mockingbird" and "Ball and Chain" by Social Distortion.  I can so relate to the lyrics in both songs. I also love Allison Moorer's vocals on "Mockingbird" as well as the melancholy feel to the song.

In the past couple of days I have really taken a shine to the darkwave/goth band Stoa . Their music is so soothing especially since I am in mourning over the passing of my father.  Super chill music. I can also say the same thing about Hans Zimmer's score for Angels and Demons which wasn't that great of a movie but I love the music especially "503".


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Earworm of the week

Since the passing of my father almost a week ago, I have been listening a lot to "Ball and Chain" by Social Distortion. This song has always been a favorite of mine since I first heard the song in the early '90s. Right now I can completely relate to a lot of the lyrics (maybe not all but definitely a lot).

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Album of the week

A couple of weekends ago, I made a trip to my favorite record store the Electric Fetus, I finally picked up the soundtrack to my favorite film of the summer Wonder Woman. I absolutely loved Rupert's work on the film. I have been listening to it on a daily basis. The music is so beautiful especially "Amazons of "Themyscira" and "Pain, Loss, and Love" (two of my personal favorite tracks). I also love Sia's contribution with Labrinth "To Be Human" a beautiful ballad.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Playlist of the week

I am back! I had to take a few days away from my blog because of the recent passing of my father last week. Considering the fact that I had just seen him two nights prior to his death, his passing knocked the wind out of me and I needed a bit of time to gather my thoughts. Music has been my savior in my darkest hours. Lately VNV Nation has really been helping me a lot for the past few days. I have added a few more songs to my VNV Nation playlist. Unfortunately because the memorial service is taking place next week, I won't be attending the VNV Nation show which is a bummer but my heart isn't into concerts or being around large groups of people at the moment.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Top 10 favorite electropop songs

Over the weekend, I had created a playlist of my favorite electropop songs. I have been listening to a lot of it this week at work. I thought I would pick out of ten tracks from it that stands out with me the most.

10. Gossip: Heavy Cross

I have to admit I became a fan of this song after it was used in a Christian Dior commercial with Charlize Theron in it. I had never heard a song like "Heavy Cross". It sounded so different. I just love the funky beats to this song.

09. Tiny Deaths: Ocean

Tiny Deaths is one of my favorite local acts in the Twin Cities. The song is off Tiny Deaths' self-titled EP, released in 2014. Former Lookbook member Grant Cutler is provides the music and you can hear his former band in Tiny Deaths' music. "Ocean" is the first song I had heard by Tiny Deaths and I was hooked.

08. Aby Wolf: Intentions

"Intentions" is the song that got my undivided attention while record shopping at the Electric Fetus. This song was playing in the shop. I loved it so much I asked one of the employees who was this artist and he took me over to where her album was located in the CD section. Of course I bought myself a copy. Grant Cutler's work can be heard on the Wolf Lords album. He does a great job at with production on this album and his work with Tiny Deaths.

07. Ladytron: Destroy Everything You Touch

This is hands down my favorite Ladytron song ever as is the Witching Hour is my favorite album by the band.

06. Ladyhawke: Magic

I forgot how I came across this song. It was a couple of years ago. I wouldn't be surprised if it was on tv show. Or maybe it just by accident on youtube. Despite my shitty memory, I adore this song. It got me to take another look at Ladyhawke's music again. The first time I heard it I wasn't all that impressed, but the second time I heard her first album I started getting into it.


I almost forgot about this song until I came across Zhala's album on Spotify. I adore this song. Can't really really put into words that could describe this song. I will just let the song speak for itself.

04. Marsheaux: Summer

This is the only song that isn't on my electropop playlist but I do have a Marsheaux track on it. This is my personal favorite Marsheaux song of all time. I found the Greek electropop/synthpop band via Facebook several years ago. The more I listened to their music online, the more I grew to love their music. "Summer" was the very first song I heard by the band. The perfect song to listen to during the summer.

03. Tegan and Sara: Boyfriend

One of my favorite songs off the duo's most recent release Love You to Death. Before the sisters went the electropop route, I really wasn't a fan of Tegan and Sara but when Heartthrob was released I immediately became a fan after hearing some of the songs on youtube.

02. Chvrches: The Mother We Share

This is my personal favorite Chvrches.

01. Robyn: Indestructible

There are so many great songs on Robyn's last album Body Talk (2010) but ultimately I chose "Indestructible" to be on my playlist. I love how bouncy and catchy the song is, that and the lyrics aren't so depressing like "Call Your Girlfriend" (BTW...my very favorite song by Robyn).