Music Time! 2016 New Music, Volume 4

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My theme this time is “2016 New Music!” I put all the music released in 2016 and sorted it alphabetically by album. This is Volume 4, with album titles T through Z. Some bands put out more than one album in 2016, so you may see them twice in different volumes. 2016 was a fantastic music year if you like synth-based music! It was also a phenomenal year for concerts for me. I got to see some amazing artists in concert, from Assemblage 23 to the Pet Shop Boys. Here’s hoping 2017 is just as magical!

It’s music time again! Why do I do this? Well, in the hopes of introducing people to new synth-based music (EBM, Futurepop, Synthpop, Synthwave, Darkwave, Industrial, Industrial Dance, Electro, etc). So give the bands a listen and if you like what you hear, then go and pay for their album and support the bands!

NOTE: I own (as in paid for, or was gifted) all of the music that I feature. I also attend as many local shows that I can to support bands when they’re on tour. Please do the same and support music!

I missed Marsheux in Volume 1, so rectifying that now…

ARTIST: Marsheaux
SONG: Like A Movie
ALBUM: Ath.Lon
YEAR: 2016

I also forgot Tonebox in Volume 3, so rectifying that…

ARTIST: Tonebox
SONG: Mechanism Pilot
ALBUM: Nocturn
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Metroland
SONG: Synthetic Sound
ALBUM: Things Will Never Sound The Same Again
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Phantogram
SONG: Funeral Pyre
ALBUM: Three
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Entrzelle
SONG: Bloodborn
ALBUM: Total Progressive Collapse (Bonus Tracks Version)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Perturbator
SONG: Venger
ALBUM: The Uncanny Valley
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Skold
SONG: Wake Up And Die
ALBUM: The Undoing (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Bootblacks
SONG: Always
ALBUM: Veins
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Violetta Crush
SONG: Summer Star
ALBUM: Violetta Crush EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Body Of Light
SONG: Burn As One
ALBUM: Volantà Di Amore EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Fredrik Croona
SONG: World Beneath My Skin
ALBUM: Welcome Home
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Hamerzya
SONG: Extra-Dimensional Pulses
ALBUM: Welcome, Strange Visitor
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Blinky Blinky Computerband
SONG: Meine Freizeit (Restriction 9 Remix)
ALBUM: What’s Your Frequency: A Collection of Remixses
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Soulimage
SONG: Heaven Above
ALBUM: The Whole Universe
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Ladyhawke
SONG: Chills
ALBUM: Wild Things
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Blinky Blinky Computerband
SONG: Words & Inspiration
ALBUM: Words & Inspiration (Single)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Blaqk Audio
SONG: You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)
ALBUM: You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) (Single)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Diorama
SONG: Beta
ALBUM: Zero Soldier Army
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Selofan
SONG: Nightclub In The Sky
ALBUM: Στο Σκοτάδι
YEAR: 2016

Music Time! 2016 New Music, Volume 3

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My theme this time is “2016 New Music!” I put all the music released in 2016 and sorted it alphabetically by album. This is Volume 3, with album titles P through S. Some bands put out more than one album in 2016, so you may see them twice in different volumes. 2016 was a fantastic music year if you like synth-based music! It was also a phenomenal year for concerts for me. I got to see some amazing artists in concert, from Assemblage 23 to the Pet Shop Boys. Here’s hoping 2017 is just as magical!

It’s music time again! Why do I do this? Well, in the hopes of introducing people to new synth-based music (EBM, Futurepop, Synthpop, Synthwave, Darkwave, Industrial, Industrial Dance, Electro, etc). So give the bands a listen and if you like what you hear, then go and pay for their album and support the bands!

NOTE: I own (as in paid for, or was gifted) all of the music that I feature. I also attend as many local shows that I can to support bands when they’re on tour. Please do the same and support music!

ARTIST: Abbey Death
SONG: The Outside
ALBUM: Realignment EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Omnimar
SONG: Wrong Direction (AW 3.0 Remix)
ALBUM: Restart
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Adoration Destroyed
SONG: In Elegant Decay
ALBUM: Ritual Damage
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Roosevelt
SONG: Night Moves
ALBUM: Roosevelt
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Anders Manga
SONG: Sacrificial Night
ALBUM: Sacrificial Night (Single)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Psy’Aviah
SONG: Frozen
ALBUM: Seven Sorrows, Seven Stars (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Dance With The Dead
SONG: Her Ghost
ALBUM: The Shape
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Com Truise
SONG: Du Zirconia
ALBUM: Silicon Tare EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Panic Lift
SONG: The Path
ALBUM: Skeleton Key
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: STRVNGERS
SONG: Stay With Me
ALBUM: Sonic Erotica
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Helalyn Flowers
SONG: Shadow Complex
ALBUM: Sonic Foundation (Bonus Tracks Version)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Trevor Something
SONG: The Real You
ALBUM: Soulless Computer Boy and the Eternal Render
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Covenant
SONG: In Theory
ALBUM: Sound Mirrors (CD Single)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Waveshaper
SONG: Pixel Stars
ALBUM: Station Nova
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Dead Astronauts
SONG: Sea Legs
ALBUM: Strange Ways EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Absolute Valentine
SONG: Disco Lover
ALBUM: Sunset Love EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Pet Shop Boys
SONG: Groovy
ALBUM: Super
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: School of Seven Bells
SONG: Signals
ALBUM: SVIIB
YEAR: 2016

Music Time! 2016 New Music, Volume 2

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My theme this time is “2016 New Music!” I put all the music released in 2016 and sorted it alphabetically by album. This is Volume 2, with album titles F through O. Some bands put out more than one album in 2016, so you may see them twice in different volumes. 2016 was a fantastic music year if you like synth-based music! It was also a phenomenal year for concerts for me. I got to see some amazing artists in concert, from Assemblage 23 to the Pet Shop Boys. Here’s hoping 2017 is just as magical!

It’s music time again! Why do I do this? Well, in the hopes of introducing people to new synth-based music (EBM, Futurepop, Synthpop, Synthwave, Darkwave, Industrial, Industrial Dance, Electro, etc). So give the bands a listen and if you like what you hear, then go and pay for their album and support the bands!

NOTE: I own (as in paid for, or was gifted) all of the music that I feature. I also attend as many local shows that I can to support bands when they’re on tour. Please do the same and support music!

 

ARTIST: Sin.Sin
SONG: Moving Sands
ALBUM: Fairytronics EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Day Twelve
SONG: Lie In Wait
ALBUM: Fin
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Blinky Blinky Computerband
SONG: Killing Machine
ALBUM: For a Better World
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: A Covenant of Thorns
SONG: Resurrection
ALBUM: Forgotten EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Blinky Blinky Computerband
SONG: Tolerance Is Freedom
ALBUM: Fractured Sign
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Clicks
SONG: Take Control
ALBUM: Glitch/Machine
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Eloquent
SONG: Mixed Emotions (Nórdika Remix)
ALBUM: Global Remix Extravaganza
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: THYX
SONG: Don’t Get Alive
ALBUM: Headless
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: The Crüxshadows
SONG: Helios
ALBUM: Helios EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Dismantled
SONG: The Hero
ALBUM: The Hero EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Voicecoil
SONG: Screaming To The Sky
ALBUM: Inertial Fault
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Mesh
SONG: Paper Thin
ALBUM: Kill Your Darlings (CD Single)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Aesthetic Perfection
SONG: LAX
ALBUM: LAX (Single)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Magic Sword
SONG: Legend of The Keeper (Extended Mix)
ALBUM: Legend EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Body Of Light
SONG: Come Down
ALBUM: Let Me Go
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Mesh
SONG: The Traps We Made
ALBUM: Looking Skyward
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Timecop1983
SONG: Come Back
ALBUM: Lovers, Pt 1 EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: X-in June
SONG: Love Made Of Wax
ALBUM: Magus
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Vanguard
SONG: They Are Watching
ALBUM: Never Surrender
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Saft
SONG: Aldrig Som Förr
ALBUM: Norrbacka
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: The KVB
SONG: Night Games
ALBUM: Of Desire
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Twisted Destiny
SONG: Let’s Play
ALBUM: Offline
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Information Society
SONG: State Of The Nation
ALBUM: Orders of Magnitude
YEAR: 2016

Music Time! 2016 New Music, Volume 1

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My theme this time is “2016 New Music!” I put all the music released in 2016 and sorted it alphabetically by album. This is Volume 1, with album titles A through E. Some bands put out more than one album in 2016, so you may see them twice in different volumes. 2016 was a fantastic music year if you like synth-based music! It was also a phenomenal year for concerts for me. I got to see some amazing artists in concert, from Assemblage 23 to the Pet Shop Boys. Here’s hoping 2017 is just as magical!

It’s music time again! Why do I do this? Well, in the hopes of introducing people to new synth-based music (EBM, Futurepop, Synthpop, Synthwave, Darkwave, Industrial, Industrial Dance, Electro, etc). So give the bands a listen and if you like what you hear, then go and pay for their album and support the bands!

NOTES:

  • I own (as in paid for, or was gifted) all of the music that I feature. I also attend as many local shows that I can to support bands when they’re on tour. Please do the same and support music!

 

ARTIST: Novakill
SONG: Promised Land
ALBUM: (D)anger
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: De/Vision
SONG: Essence
ALBUM: 13
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Espermachine
SONG: Lost Generation
ALBUM: 3RD
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Nattskiftet
SONG: Arendal
ALBUM: Aceton EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Circuito Cerrado
SONG: Let The Bass Fuck You Up
ALBUM: Arrhythmia (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: FM-84
SONG: Arcade Summer
ALBUM: Atlas
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Munich Syndrome
SONG: Neon City
ALBUM: Atmospherics 1: Urbania
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Sono
SONG: Heaven Is in Hell
ALBUM: Backyard Opera
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Underworld
SONG: Low Burn
ALBUM: Barbara Barbara, We Face A Shining Future
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Electro Spectre
SONG: A Kingdom Alone
ALBUM: Beautiful Lies
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Zoon Politicon
SONG: Run Forever
ALBUM: Black In White
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Covenant
SONG: I Close My Eyes
ALBUM: The Blinding Dark
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Liste Noire
SONG: Time Is Your Crime
ALBUM: Brace
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Fangoria
SONG: Geometría Polisentimental
ALBUM: Canciones Para Robots Románticos
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Rotersand
SONG: Monopole
ALBUM: Capitalism TM
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Adoration Destroyed
SONG: Voices Carry
ALBUM: Carnal Dirge EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Blinky Blinky Computerband
SONG: Sweet Thing (Cellular Circuit Edit)
ALBUM: Cellular Circuits EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Ari Mason
SONG: Beasts Tonight
ALBUM: Creatures
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Visage
SONG: Loving The Alien (Invasion Remix)
ALBUM: Darkness to Diamond
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Amnistia
SONG: Dawn
ALBUM: Dawn (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Front 242
SONG: Take One (Kant Kino Remix)
ALBUM: Detox Static EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Blinky Blinky Computerband
SONG: Elektromann (Dancefloor Mix)
ALBUM: Electric Mushrooms EP
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: The Midnight
SONG: Daytona
ALBUM: Endless Summer
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Assemblage 23
SONG: Endure
ALBUM: Endure (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Sinestar
SONG: The Madness Of Control
ALBUM: Evolve
YEAR: 2016

“Skyrim belongs to the Nords!” – Trump’s America

“I can’t believe we let Provincials like you wander around Skyrim.” – Trump Supporters

I’ve been playing Skyrim again lately. This time on the PS4. As I’ve been playing through again, it has struck me how many social issues are addressed in the game and how there are quite a few similarities between Skyrim and where the United States is right now.

The Empire is the United States government, full of rules, laws, regulations, accords, and treaties that not everyone agrees with. It has its flaws and it can’t please everyone all the time. Sometimes the rules, even if they came from a well-intended idea, just don’t work well, or violate the rights of citizens (can you say Patriot Act?).

skyrimlogonegativeThe Stormcloaks are Trump supporters. They have some valid grievances. They make a few decent points about how the Empire has left them behind, how the smaller cities face economic challenges that larger cities like Solitude don’t face: where “elites” have forgotten the farmers and miners, who have been hit the hardest by bad economic times.

While the inability to practice one’s Talos worship freely has been actually banned by the Empire thanks to the White-Gold Concordant (the Skyrim equivalent of the boogeyman UN for the New World Order conspiracy theorists), many Trump supporters feel like their religious beliefs are under attack by “liberal elites.” Of course here in America, that’s simply not true.

People think that the fact they cannot force their religious beliefs on others or use their religion to discriminate in the business world, that somehow their religious beliefs are under attack. The fact that you can’t force others to adhere to your beliefs, especially through law, doesn’t mean your religion is illegal or under attack: it means your religion is YOURS. YOU have a constitutional right to believe what you want, not make others adhere to your beliefs.

Opposed to abortion for religious reasons, then don’t get an abortion. Opposed to birth control for religious reasons, then don’t use birth control. Opposed to homosexuality because of religious reasons, then don’t put your lips around a penis. Your religious opposition is yours and yours alone, that’s your constitutional rights, but others have a constitutional right as well to not agree with your religious beliefs and to live their lives to their own accord. But I digress…

The valid concerns and points that the Stormcloaks have are diminished because of the other elements behind and intermingled within their movement.

First and foremost is the willingness to use violence to overthrow the tyranny of government. Never mind the fact that the government is not tyrannical (although now that Trump’s in office it might actually go that way – the irony of creating a tyranny while thinking you were getting rid of one). How many of your Trump supporting friends and family were ranting about overthrowing the government if “Killary” won? How many of them were buying more guns and ammo waiting for the revolution to start? How many are looking forward to the day they can exercise their Second Amendment rights to overthrow the government (without concern for the innocent lives that would be lost in such a battle), regardless of the fact that they clearly have no idea what “tyrannical” actually means.

The second is the underlying racism. When the Empire says “true sons and daughters” they mean anyone who lives in the Empire and supports it, regardless of their species or race or ethnicity. When the Stormcloaks say “true sons and daughters” they mean Nords: white people. They hate Provincials and outsiders. Do all Stormcloak supporters hate outsiders? Do all Stormcloaks despise every Argonian, Kajit, or Elf they meet? Of course not. However, they’re openly supporting a cause led by Ulfric, a man who does nothing to assist anyone who is not Nord. Ulfirc, who willingly allows Dark Elves to be treated badly and live in The Grey Quarter, a special part of his city (aka forced segregation). The Grey Quarter is pretty much synonymous with ghetto. This racism can even be heard by the guards. Empire guards will say, “Stay out of trouble Argonian,” while Stormcloak guards say, “Stay out of trouble lizard.” Empire guards refer to Kajit correctly and Stormcloak guards refer to Kajit as cats.

I feel for the Stormcloaks. I really do. They have some legitimate gripes and grievances. However, I cannot support their cause because of the blatant racism and racist undertones. I cannot support their cause because of their inability to understand the consequences of their actions and how it will affect their fellow countrymen and women. They want to burn the system down and replace it with what? In our modern real-life comparison, they elected someone who promised to “drain the swamp” and then immediately filled his surrounding space with insiders and lobbyists and his fellow billionaires. He made it swampier. He then selected white nationalists, concreting what those of us not in denial already knew: he is a racist.

Now the Stormcloaks are in charge in America. The racist element is running around engaging in hate crimes across the country: going after the easy to identify targets first: Argonian, Kajit, Dark Elf, etc. How long before they start going after the Provincials, who aren’t as easily identified by their skin color (or scales)?