Synthcentral 20170129: Top 25 Artists Who Influenced My Life

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Music Time! “Non-Synth” Edition 10/22/16

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So it’s 3:30 in the morning and I’m still up. I’m tired, but my legs are bothering me (nerves from my car wreck and subsequent back surgery) and I’m out of meds. So I’m drinking alcohol as that helps calm the nerves down (I wish we had medical marijuana in Texas as that would really help).

In the meantime… some music. Most of the times I concentrate on synth-based music (Electro, EBM, Futurepop, Synthpop, Synthwave, etc), but tonight I’m going to tell MediaMonkey to ignore all those genres and play non-synth music.

I saw this band in Birmingham, Alabama a few years ago when they played with IAMX.

ARTIST: Feeding Fingers
SONG: Mouth Filled With Sand
ALBUM: Wound in Wall
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Black Tape for a Blue Girl
SONG: One Last Breath
ALBUM: A Chaos Of Desire
YEAR: 1991

ARTIST: Peter Murphy
SONG: Should the World Fail to Fall Apart
ALBUM: Should the World Fail to Fall Apart
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: Cocteau Twins
SONG: Love’s Easy Tears
ALBUM: Love’s Easy Tears EP
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: The Mighty Lemon Drops
SONG: Sympathise With Us
ALBUM: Rollercoaster: The Best Of The Mighty Lemon Drops
YEAR: 1997 (album)

ARTIST: Pop Will Eat Itself
SONG: Token Drug Song
ALBUM: The Looks Or The Lifestyle
YEAR: 1992

Check out Lush’s new Blind Spot EP as well!

ARTIST: Lush
SONG: Leaves Me Cold
ALBUM: Gala
YEAR: 1990

Some of my favorite songs by The Cure are their B-sides!

ARTIST: The Cure
SONG: I’m Cold
ALBUM: Join the Dots – B Sides & Rarities (1978 – 2001)
YEAR: 1979 (song)

Perhaps one of the most underrated post-punk bands around!

ARTIST: Romeo Void
SONG: Never Say Never
ALBUM: Benefactor (2006 Remastered Reissue)
YEAR: 1982

ARTIST: Siouxsie And The Banshees
SONG: Nightshift
ALBUM: Juju
YEAR: 1981

Don’t forget to check out Head Carrier, the new album by The Pixies!

ARTIST: The Pixies
SONG: Head On
ALBUM: Trompe le Monde
YEAR: 1991

Yes, that’s Robert Smith from The Cure singing!

ARTIST: The Glove
SONG: Perfect Murder
ALBUM: Blue Sunshine
YEAR: 1983

ARTIST: The Dead Milkmen
SONG: The Pit
ALBUM: Bucky Fellini
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: Kate Bush
SONG: The Dreaming
ALBUM: The Dreaming
YEAR: 1982

ARTIST: The Charlatans UK
SONG: When The Lights Go Out In London
ALBUM: Simpatico
YEAR: 2006

Before a lot of people got introduced to Bjork in the 90’s, quite a few of us were listening to her in The Sugarcubes!

ARTIST: The Sugarcubes
SONG: Traitor
ALBUM: Life’s Too Good
YEAR: 1988

And some help from Kate of The B-52’s…

ARTIST: REM
SONG: Shiny Happy People
ALBUM: Out of Time
YEAR: 1991

ARTIST: Ministry
SONG: N.W.O.
ALBUM: Psalm 69: The Way to Succeed & the Way to Suck Eggs
YEAR: 1992

ARTIST: Gene Loves Jezebel
SONG: Screaming For Emmalene
ALBUM: Promise (Special Edition)
YEAR: 1983

Had the pleasure of finally seeing the P’Furs in Austin last year!

ARTIST: The Psychedelic Furs
SONG: Blacks – Radio
ALBUM: Psychedelic Furs
YEAR: 1997

ARTIST: For Love Not Lisa
SONG: Slipe Slide Melting
ALBUM: The Crow (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
YEAR: 1995

ARTIST: The Smiths
SONG: There Is a Light That Never Goes Out
ALBUM: Singles
YEAR: 1995 (album)

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! “Sleep” Edition. 7/23/16

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Apparently my body and brain think I’m still in Mountain time and I should wake up at 0600. While something startled me awake (probably a jackass slamming his car door), I couldn’t get back to sleep. So here I am… awake. Wanting sleep…

ARTIST: The Cure
SONG: Sleep When I’m Dead
ALBUM: 4:13 Dream
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Apoptygma Berzerk
SONG: Half Asleep
ALBUM: 7
YEAR: 1998

ARTIST: Stray
SONG: Sleep As Metaphor
ALBUM: Abuse By Proxy
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: School of Seven Bells
SONG: Half Asleep
ALBUM: Alpinisms (Special Edition)
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: B! Machine
SONG: SleepDreamSleep (Alternate)
ALBUM: Alternates And Remixes
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Evil’s Toy
SONG: From Above Comes Sleep
ALBUM: Angels Only
YEAR: 1997

ARTIST: The Creatures
SONG: Don’t Go to Sleep without Me
ALBUM: Anima Animus
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: Edge of Dawn
SONG: In Your Sleep
ALBUM: Anything That Gets You Through The Night
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Cruxshadows
SONG: Sleepless
ALBUM: As the Dark Against My Halo
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Deviant UK
SONG: Wide Asleep
ALBUM: Barbed Wire Saints
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Lights of Euphoria
SONG: Sleepwalking
ALBUM: Beyond Subconsciousness
YEAR: 1996

ARTIST: Liquid Divine
SONG: Sleepwalk
ALBUM: Black Box (Expanded)
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Anders Manga
SONG: At Dawn They Sleep
ALBUM: Blood Lush
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Collide
SONG: Dreamsleep
ALBUM: Chasing The Ghost
YEAR: 2000

ARTIST: Assemblage 23
SONG: How Can You Sleep
ALBUM: Compass (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: Conjure One
SONG: Sleep
ALBUM: Conjure One
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Simple Minds
SONG: Sleeping Girl
ALBUM: Cry
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Ayria
SONG: Kiss Me Goodnight As I’m Falling Asleep
ALBUM: Debris (Expanded Edition)
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: Moulin Noir
SONG: I Can’t Sleep
ALBUM: Descending
YEAR: 2000

ARTIST: Say Y
SONG: Sleeping Under a Bridge
ALBUM: A Digital Fate
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: Escape with Romeo
SONG: Sleepless Nights
ALBUM: Emotional Iceage (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Fiat Lux
SONG: Sleepless Nightmare
ALBUM: Fac Ut Vivas
YEAR: 1984

ARTIST: Faderhead
SONG: No Time to Sleep
ALBUM: FH4
YEAR: 2013

Music Time! “Home” Edition. 7/20/16

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While traveling is always fun, it’s always great to finally get home. It was a long trip going after the monsoon with mostly a bust. A really cool storm in the distant south of Show Low, AZ and some rain and rainbows in Albuquerque. But the scenery of the desert and mountains definitely compensated for the general lack of storms. Of course AZ lit up after we left. LOL

So I’m home and some home music is good today…

I get to see these guys on 7/29 in Houston!

ARTIST: Anything Box
SONG: The Long Ride Home
ALBUM: 100% Air-Friendly Groove Pak EP
YEAR: 2001

ARTIST: SYSTEM SYN
SONG: Homecoming
ALBUM: All Seasons Pass
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Neuroactive
SONG: No Place Like Home
ALBUM: Antidote
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: Diorama
SONG: Home to Millions
ALBUM: Art of Creating Confusing Spirits
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Frozen Plasma
SONG: Home
ALBUM: Artificial (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: After the Fire
SONG: Carry Me Home
ALBUM: ATF
YEAR: 1982

ARTIST: Minitel Rose
SONG: Home
ALBUM: Atlantique
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: And One
SONG: Back Home (Club Mix)
ALBUM: Back Home EP
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: The Endparty
SONG: Home
ALBUM: Beauty Always Leaves
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Oingo Boingo
SONG: Home Again
ALBUM: BOI-NGO
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: Erasure
SONG: Home
ALBUM: Chorus
YEAR: 1991

ARTIST: Public Image Ltd.
SONG: Home
ALBUM: Compact Disc
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: Code 64
SONG: Carry Me Home
ALBUM: Departure
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: The Cure
SONG: Homesick
ALBUM: Disintegration
YEAR: 1989

ARTIST: Declaration
SONG: Welcome Home
ALBUM: Divine Design
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: Pop Will Eat Itself
SONG: Home
ALBUM: Dos Dedos Mis Amigos
YEAR: 1994

ARTIST: Electrogenic
SONG: Home Again
ALBUM: Double Exposure
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: B! Machine
SONG: A Place Called Home
ALBUM: The Falling Star (Expanded)
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: James D Stark
SONG: Home
ALBUM: Fortress Of Solitude
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Diary of Dreams
SONG: Homesick
ALBUM: Grau Im Licht
YEAR: 2015

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

ARTIST: Raindancer
SONG: My Way Home
ALBUM: Hearts And Machinery
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: DE/VISION
SONG: Home
ALBUM: Heart-Shaped Tumor (CD Single)
YEAR: 2001

ARTIST: The Birthday Massacre
SONG: The Long Way Home
ALBUM: Hide and Seek
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: MOON.74
SONG: Coming Home
ALBUM: How I Feel
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: The Mobile Homes
SONG: Stay At Home
ALBUM: Hurt
YEAR: 1990

ARTIST: Psy’Aviah
SONG: Home
ALBUM: Introspection Extrospection (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2011