Influences: Industrial Love

This is another entry a bit off my usual style…but it’s my blog!  I’ll do what I want!  ^_^
Long before I happened on such groovy awesomeitude as Justice and Big Gigantic, my love affair with EDM began at a little place we call The Church.  It’s the Lizard Lounge on Wednesdays and Sundays–industrial and 80’s nights for the freaks and fetishists of the Dallas area.  I don’t get out there as often as I used to, but when I did…man, was it good times!  When I think back on those nights, a few things come to mind:  bass in my boots, contagious laughter, and a whole lot of time on a dance floor.  These nights, and the music that accompanied them, shaped my tastes as a musician and have a heavy influence on me even now.
The following list is in no particular order.  I would recommend checking out everyone listed, but it’s my list, and I’m biased.  So do with it what you will.  (:
Suicide Commando
And One
The Cruxshadows
VNV Nation
God Module
Apoptygma Berserk
Skinny Puppy
Unter Null
Front 242
It’s early for me, and I’ve left quite a few out…but that’s a taste of the darker side of my electro love.  ❤  Happy Wednesday!
“…and you are on my bad list.”

Born Villain (Marilyn Manson)

You’ll have to cut it down
And burn me into splinters
Or I’ll unwrap the string
That was me
Around your finger
And I’ll hang you in
Your bedroom burial ground
-“Born Villain”
I hate starting things with a note of criticism or pessimism, but I did have my own pre-conceived notions about this one.  When I follow Marilyn Manson’s discography from beginning to end, both Eat Me Drink Me and High End of Low seem a bit out of place.  So when I heard, “No Reflection,” the lead single from the new album in mid-March, it was clear that Born Villain was on it’s way, and I held on to a shred of hope.  The term “classic Manson” comes to mind.  I suppose that by the eighth full-length album, there’s a style and sound that just fit.
It’s the first album since the band’s release from Interscope, giving the band some creative authority and freedom not previously possible.  My favorite part of any of these albums has always been the lyrical content, a given as I’m a lyricist and vocalist.  Born Villain does not disappoint on this front, and Manson even ventures out of his comfort zone into repeating verses, something practically unheard of on previous albums.  It’s blues-y and rhythm-driven, experimenting with slower tempos, acoustic and ambient sounds mixed with aforementioned piercing lyrics.  There’s a different sense of self communicated, a desire to shake up old habits, to start fresh.  The bonus track is a cover of “You’re So Vain,” a treat in and of itself.
Basically, what I’m saying is that if you also yearn for the golden days of Grotesque, enjoyed MM’s work in any capacity, gave up hope after Eat Me, or have never heard it at all…Born Villain deserves your undivided attention for at least one full listen.  It will surprise you, much like it surprised me.
Remember, musicians are people too!
Support them by going to their shows and buying their music.

"Deep Cuts" (The Knife)

I had plans today.  I did.  Then I decided to stay in, clean house, and listen to music.
I’ve recently reacquainted myself with The Knife, particularly Deep Cuts.  Another one of my beloved European electro duos, specifically of the Swedish variety.  The first song I heard off this album was “Pass This On.”  I love the unique sound of Karin Dreijer Andersson’s voice in any capacity, but I feel like “Pass This On” captures an allure unique among the other tracks on the album.  Like most albums I adore, this one contains great lyrics and excellent beats.  Making for some good, mellow dance times on this lazy Sunday.  Listen for excellent backing vocals from Jenny Wilson on “You Take My Breath Away,” too.  It’s a real treat.  “Got 2 Let U” reminds me of bad decisions on a really good night.  The fun kind!  (:
It should be noted that beyond The Knife, Andersson and Olof Dreijer (the other half of the duo) also run their own record company, Rabid Records.  Andersson has released some work under the project name Fever Ray.  Impressive stuff.

Voodoo Fest 2012: Lineup Announced

Let’s talk about things that make me happy about New Orleans:
1.  My friends.  They’re truly unlike any other people.
2.  Phil’s.  Best burgers out there.
3.  Coffee and beignets
4.  The House of Shock
5.  VOODOO!!!
I’ve missed Voodoo quite a few years in a row now, but it seems it’s been for this year.  Here’s what we know we’ll see there so far:
Green Day
Neil Young & Crazyhorse
Bootsy Collins
Gary Clark Jr.
Say Anything
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Above and beyond anything else, I am STOKED for the top three.  Justice was the best show I’ve ever seen, and I can’t believe I’ll get to see them AGAIN.  Skrill and AWOL have long been on the list of wants for me so it’ll be good to see them for the first time…And yeah.  I’m a happy, happy girl.
“dance, baby, dance like the world is ending.”


Hello, beloved readers.  (=
Real talk for a minute:  My monitor’s been on the fritz for weeks…which is making it difficult to get an adequate review posted. So, while I wait for the monitor to get replaced, have a list of random awesomeitude!
1.  Big Gigantic, “A Place Behind the Moon”
This is one that usually puts me to sleep easily or starts my day on a nice mellow note.  A variety of influences in there and it comes down to one thing:  DAMN GOOD.
2.  Anything by Röyksopp.
3.  Depeche Mode, “Remixes ’81-’11”
Some refreshing and new spins on some classics.
4.  Morgan Page‘s “The Longest Road” is phenomenal…I recommend the Downtempo Mix.
5.  One can never go wrong with some Daft Punk.  Never.
6.  Knife Party…I needed something hardcore to get through the move; these guys fit the bill nicely.
7.  Girl Talk, ’nuff said.  If you don’t know who Girl Talk is, here’s a free download of “All Day.”  This is another one that helps get me out the door…and it’s inspired many a dance party.
Obviously, this isn’t ALL that I’m listening to…but it’s a nice sample of how my days start.  ^_^  Still settling into the new place; if you have something you’d like to see reviewed here, let me know!
“we can do no great things, only small things with great love.”
-mother teresa

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