Synthentral 20170809

New episode of Synthentral is now online!

Today’s episode features music by Psy’Aviah, Seppuku, Frozen Plasma, Hungry Lucy, Client, Karl Bartos, Dark Distant Spaces, [x]-Rx, Howard Jones, Emmon, Dance With The Dead, Sono, Mojave Phone Booth, Cryo, Dan Terminus, Le Cassette, Code 64, Alice In Videoland, Bone Symphony, Social Ambitions, Sonik Foundry, Empty, Cosmicity, Phenotract, Terrolokaust, A-ha, and Cesium 137!

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Synthentral! 20170422

New episode of Synthentral is now online!

Today’s episode features music by Blinky Blinky Computerband, Adoration Destroyed, Third Realm, Client, Platform One, Culture Kultür, Paradoxx, Carved Souls, Minerve, Ghost & Writer, Any Second, Pulcher Femina, Xero G, Pristina, Synapsyche, mOOger!, Electro Spectre, The Shortwave Mystery, Missing in STARS, Sono, Zuruckspulen, Kant Kino, Plike, Decoded Feedback, Nie, Provision, Lucia Fenix, and Koto

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Music Time! “Women of Synth” (Volume 2: C to E) Edition! 11/05/16

Wendy Carlos working on the music from Disney's TRON.

Wendy Carlos working on the music from Disney’s TRON.

I love most everything synth-based, especially Synthpop, Futurepop, EBM, Industrial, Industrial Dance, Synthwave, Darkwave, etc. Hell, I even like some synth-based New Age music (in other words, not Yanni). But you know what I really like? Those genres with women vocalists! So it’s music time with women vocalists in the Synthpop, Futurepop, EMB, Industrial, and Darkwave world! I didn’t realize there were so many until I actually started thinking about it. There are so many I’ve had to break this up! So here is Volume 2: C to E!

ARTIST: Capsize
SONG: Do You Believe The Lies (Cistrans Remix)
ALBUM: Perfect Wreck, A (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: CHIASM
SONG: Petals
ALBUM: 11-11
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: CHVRCHES
SONG: By The Throat
ALBUM: The Bones Of What You Believe (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Class Actress
SONG: Need To Know
ALBUM: Rapprocher
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Client
SONG: Authority
ALBUM: Authority
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: Club8
SONG: Late Nights
ALBUM: Pleasure
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Collide
SONG: Crushed
ALBUM: Some Kind Of Strange
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: The Crystalline Effect
SONG: How I Get Out
ALBUM: Identity (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Day Twelve
SONG: Sky Punch (Alt Mix)
ALBUM: Fin
YEAR: 2016

ARTIST: Daybehavior
SONG: Devil In Me
ALBUM: Have You Ever Touched A Dream
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: DEAR STRANGE
SONG: The Unicorn
ALBUM: The Unicorn EP
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Diffuzion
SONG: Wired Tunes
ALBUM: Body Code (Limited Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Dissonance
SONG: Fearless
ALBUM: Reincarnate
YEAR: 2001

ARTIST: Distorted Reality
SONG: In My Dream
ALBUM: Fine Line Between Love And Hate, The (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Effcee
SONG: Gentle Devastation
ALBUM: Perfect (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2004

Ego Likeness are currently on tour with Adoration Destroyed and will be at Elysium Austin on 11/12, so come out for two great bands!

ARTIST: Ego Likeness
SONG: The Breach
ALBUM: Water to the Dead
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Eight to Infinity
SONG: Carbon Dating
ALBUM: Aether
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Einsend
SONG: Fue (Original Mix)
ALBUM: Primary Remixes
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Electrogenic
SONG: Another Day
ALBUM: Double Exposure
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: Elen Cora
SONG: Days And Dreams
ALBUM: House Of Cards
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Emmon
SONG: Distance
ALBUM: Nomme (Expanded Edition)
YEAR: 2011

What list of women in synth would be complete without the amazing vocals of Annie Lennox?!?!?!?!

ARTIST: Eurythmics
SONG: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
ALBUM: Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
YEAR: 1983

ARTIST: EYCROMON
SONG: Give Retaliation
ALBUM: Awake From The Sleepers
YEAR: 2011

Music Time: “Cars & Driving Edition” 10/15/16

One thing that having to rent a car when I need it now and then has proved to me: car seats are more and more uncomfortable for people with lower back issues, especially if you have had surgery or damage in the lumbar area (L5/S1). Hyundai used to have good seats, but now they don’t. I may have no choice but to buy a really old used piece of shit and just nickle and dime myself to death taking care of it.

That being said… songs about cars and driving it is…

ARTIST: Adam and the Ants
SONG: Car Trouble
ALBUM: Antics in the Forbidden Zone
YEAR: 1981

ARTIST: Amnistia
SONG: Driven
ALBUM: Anti#Versus (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2014

ARTIST: Assemblage 23
SONG: Drive
ALBUM: Defiance
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: B-Movie
SONG: She’s a Car Crash
ALBUM: The Age Of Illusion
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Cabaret Voltaire
SONG: White Car
ALBUM: Code
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: CHROMATICS
SONG: Night Drive
ALBUM: Night Drive
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Client
SONG: Drive
ALBUM: Heartland
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: A Covenant of Thorns
SONG: Drive Me Home
ALBUM: Hallowed & Hollow
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: The Cure
SONG: Mint Car
ALBUM: Wild Mood Swings
YEAR: 1996

ARTIST: Daily Planet
SONG: Electric Car
ALBUM: The Tide (Total Edition)
YEAR: 1996

ARTIST: DE/VISION
SONG: Drive
ALBUM: Unversed in Love (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 1995

Had the privilege of seeing these guys in Houston last night at the House of Blues. Check their tour dates for shows near you!

ARTIST: Echo and the Bunnymen
SONG: Get in the Car
ALBUM: What Are You Going To Do With Your Life?
YEAR: 1999

Of course no list of songs about driving and cars can be complete without this one! Keep an eye out for a new album from Numan as well!

ARTIST: Gary Numan
SONG: Cars
ALBUM: The Pleasure Principle
YEAR: 1978

ARTIST: Inter-Connection
SONG: Drive Away
ALBUM: Chrome
YEAR: 2012

One of the most danceable bands ever!

ARTIST: Kitchens of Distinction
SONG: Drive That Fast
ALBUM: Strange Free World
YEAR: 1991

ARTIST: Ladyhawke
SONG: Sunday Drive
ALBUM: Anxiety
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Lights of Euphoria
SONG: Sunday Drive
ALBUM: Voices
YEAR: 1998

ARTIST: Sadman
SONG: End Up In A Car
ALBUM: I Hide (CD Single)
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Second Decay
SONG: Burning Car
ALBUM: La Décadence Électronique
YEAR: 1992

ARTIST: Shiny Toy Guns
SONG: Chemistry Of A Car Crash
ALBUM: We Are Pilots
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Thompson Twins
SONG: Salvador Dali’s Car
ALBUM: Big Trash
YEAR: 1989

Music Time! 2/11/16

Time to hit the shuffle button on MediaMonkey and see what comes out. I hope you discover new artists from this effort!

ARTIST: System Syn
SONG: Absence
ALBUM: All Seasons Pass
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: XTC
SONG: Dear Madam Barnum
ALBUM: Nonsuch
YEAR: 1992

ARTIST: Siouxsie And The Banshees
SONG: Desert Kisses
ALBUM: Kaleidoscope
YEAR: 1980

ARTIST: Point of View
SONG: Always I Think of You
ALBUM: O.N.E.
YEAR: 1997

The Cure are on tour! Check your local venues!

ARTIST: The Cure
SONG: Last Day of Summer
ALBUM: Bloodflowers
YEAR: 2000

I’ve been to a lot of concerts. Some bands just stand there and sing. Some bands put on damn near an Opera-like show. Some bands just have an amazing stage presence. VNV Nation is one of those bands. If you get a chance to see them live, do it. You won’t regret it.

ARTIST: VNV Nation
SONG: Generator
ALBUM: Transnational
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Say Y
SONG: Schwarzer Engel
ALBUM: Refill
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: Glow
SONG: Lost
ALBUM: The Years
YEAR: 2005

Sometimes I think I was the only person listening to Jullan. They’re a Japanese Synthpop band and very few people in the states remember them.

ARTIST: Jullan
SONG: Because of Love
ALBUM: Electromance
YEAR: 1984

ARTIST: Alien Vampires
SONG: Lies
ALBUM: Harshlizer
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Miss Kitten
SONG: Sunset Mission
ALBUM: Calling From the Stars
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: BAK XIII
SONG: Body Religion
ALBUM: Ultima Ratio Regum
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Skinny Puppy
SONG: The Choke
ALBUM: Bites
YEAR: 1985

ARTIST: Dead Or Alive
SONG: Misty Circles (Dance Mix)
ALBUM: Sophisticated Boom Boom (Expanded Edition)
YEAR: 1984 (2010 Re-Release)

ARTIST: Clan of Xymox
SONG: Crucified
ALBUM: Creatures
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: Client
SONG: The Chill of October
ALBUM: City
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Regenerator
SONG: Excision
ALBUM: Debugged
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: The Other Two
SONG: You Can Fly (Quake Dub)
ALBUM: Super Highways
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: Neuroticfish
SONG: The Bomb
ALBUM: Gelb
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Public Image Ltd.
SONG: Rise (Bob Clearmountain Remix)
ALBUM: Greatest Hits So Far
YEAR: 1986