Music Time! “Magic” Edition 7/31/16

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So it’s Harry Potter’s birthday. So let’s put “magic” into MediaMonkey and see what comes out. It’s time for some “magic” music!

ARTIST: 808 State
SONG: Magical Dream
ALBUM: Ninety
YEAR: 1989

ARTIST: Dawn of Ashes
SONG: Sex, Blood, & Black Magic
ALBUM: Anathema
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Neuroactive
SONG: Magic
ALBUM: Antidote
YEAR: 2009

ARTIST: Paradoxx
SONG: Witch Hunt (Black Plague Mix)
ALBUM: Contamination Paradoxx Remixxed
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Erasure
SONG: Magic Moments
ALBUM: Cowboy
YEAR: 1997

ARTIST: Empire State Human
SONG: The Witch
ALBUM: Cycles
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Secession
SONG: The Magician
ALBUM: A Dark Enchantment
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: Ganymede
SONG: Magic
ALBUM: Euromantique (Expanded Edition)
YEAR: 2001

C’mon… you knew this song was coming! LOL

ARTIST: The Police
SONG: Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
ALBUM: Every Breath You Take: The Singles
YEAR: 1986 (song)

ARTIST: Austra
SONG: Spellwork
ALBUM: Feel It Break
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Minitel Rose
SONG: Magic Powder
ALBUM: The French Machine
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Restricted Area
SONG: Magic Memories
ALBUM: Fun and Fearless
YEAR: 2003

ARTIST: Siouxsie And The Banshees
SONG: Spellbound
ALBUM: Gold
YEAR: 1981

ARTIST: The Icicle Works
SONG: In the Cauldron of Love
ALBUM: The Icicle Works
YEAR: 1984

ARTIST: Dynamic Destony
SONG: This Magic Moment
ALBUM: Kisses In The Evening
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Equatronic
SONG: Moonspell
ALBUM: La Mode Depeche: The Best of 1996-2008
YEAR: 2008 (album)

ARTIST: Ladyhawke
SONG: Magic
ALBUM: Ladyhawke
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Ladytron
SONG: Light & Magic
ALBUM: Light & Magic
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Miss FD
SONG: Love Magick
ALBUM: Love Magick (Single)
YEAR: 2011

ARTIST: Book of Love
SONG: Witchcraft
ALBUM: Lullaby
YEAR: 1988

ARTIST: Parralox
SONG: Supermagic
ALBUM: Metropolis (Master Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2010

ARTIST: Ian McCulloch
SONG: Magical World
ALBUM: Mysterio
YEAR: 1991

ARTIST: Diary of Dreams
SONG: The Witching Hour
ALBUM: Nigredo
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Ego Likeness
SONG: Burn Witch Burn
ALBUM: The Order of the Reptile
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: New Clear Sky
SONG: The Stuff of Magick
ALBUM: Psychodrama
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: Hearts of Black Science
SONG: Witches
ALBUM: Signal (2CD Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: XTC
SONG: Summer’s Cauldron
ALBUM: Skylarking
YEAR: 1986

ARTIST: Nevarakka
SONG: Magical Moments
ALBUM: Soft (Deluxe Edition)
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Eternity Range
SONG: Spellbound
ALBUM: Solitude
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Moulin Noir
SONG: Spellbound (Run Level Zero Mix)
ALBUM: The White Room
YEAR: 2001

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Music Time! Random music, 7/10/16

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Okay, let’s put MediaMonkey on shuffle and see what comes out. No theme today, just random music.

ARTIST: Siouxsie And The Banshees
SONG: Something Blue
ALBUM: Downside Up
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Ostrich
SONG: Gold, Silver & Stones
ALBUM: The Ostrich Effect (Expanded)
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: X-Marks The Pedwalk
SONG: Sweep Hands (Timeless 8.0)
ALBUM: Drawback
YEAR: 1996

ARTIST: Letters to Cleo
SONG: Get On With It
ALBUM: Aurora Gory Alice
YEAR: 1994

ARTIST: Depeche Mode
SONG: Enjoy the Silence {Reinterpreted}
ALBUM: Remixes 81-04
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Lights of Euphoria
SONG: Liquid Lust (Part I)
ALBUM: Gegen Den Strom
YEAR: 2004

ARTIST: Skinny Puppy
SONG: Riverz End
ALBUM: Last RIghts
YEAR: 1991

ARTIST: XTC
SONG: Making Plans for Nigel
ALBUM: Waxworks: Some Singles 1977-1982
YEAR: 1982

ARTIST: Diary of Dreams
SONG: Traumtänzer
ALBUM: Freak Perfume
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: Sally Shapiro
SONG: Skating In the Moonshine (Jon Brooks Remix)
ALBUM: Remix Romance Volume 1
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Rein[Forced]
SONG: Malignancy (Panic Lift Remix)
ALBUM: Pre-Existing Conditions
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: INXS
SONG: Guns In The Sky
ALBUM: KICK
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: The Charlatans
SONG: Everything Changed
ALBUM: B-Sides
YEAR: 1990

ARTIST: The Psychedelic Furs
SONG: Highwire Days
ALBUM: Mirror Moves
YEAR: 1984

ARTIST: HALO EFFECT
SONG: Pathfinder
ALBUM: Recoding
YEAR: 2012

ARTIST: RED FLAG
SONG: Made for Love
ALBUM: Codebreaker T133
YEAR: 2002

I saw this band sooooo long ago in Montreal and was immediately hooked. I wore this CD out!

ARTIST: The Sundays
SONG: Skin & Bones
ALBUM: Reading, Writing and Arithmetic
YEAR: 1990

ARTIST: Boytronic
SONG: All the Memories
ALBUM: Love for Sale
YEAR: 1988

ARTIST: The Icicle Works
SONG: As the Dragonfly Flies
ALBUM: The Icicle Works
YEAR: 1984

ARTIST: B! Machine
SONG: Consequence
ALBUM: The Falling Star (Expanded Edition)
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: cosmicity
SONG: Patience
ALBUM: Renaissance
YEAR: 1999

ARTIST: Ladytron
SONG: Season Of Illusions
ALBUM: Velocifero
YEAR: 2008

ARTIST: Ashbury Heights
SONG: Bare Your Teeth
ALBUM: Three Cheers For The Newlydeads
YEAR: 2007

ARTIST: Eisfabrik
SONG: Vor Langer Zeit
ALBUM: When Winter Comes
YEAR: 2015

ARTIST: dAVOS
SONG: Disgrace
ALBUM: I Could Sense A Tragedy!
YEAR: 2013

ARTIST: Midnight Oil
SONG: Sometimes
ALBUM: Diesel and Dust
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: NeKrodamus
SONG: Take Me Away
ALBUM: A Brave Dawn (Limited Edition)
YEAR: 2006

ARTIST: Fluke
SONG: Eko
ALBUM: Six Wheels On My Wagon
YEAR: 1993

ARTIST: Northern Lite
SONG: Reach the Sun
ALBUM: Reach the Sun
YEAR: 2004

Music Time! “Work” Edition. 4/21/16

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I’m sitting on a conference call to activate a T1 in Florida. Mostly boring twiddling of thumbs waiting for others to get their work done so we can take the next step. So… music to pass the time by more quickly. I wonder how many songs I have with the word “work” in the title…

ARTIST: The B-52’s
SONG: Work That Skirt
ALBUM: Whammy!
YEAR: 1983

ARTIST: Depeche Mode
SONG: Work Hard
ALBUM: People Are People
YEAR: 1984

ARTIST: Devo
SONG: Working In a Coal Mine
ALBUM: New Traditionalists
YEAR: 1981

ARTIST: Dramarama
SONG: Work For Food
ALBUM: Best of Dramarama
YEAR: 1993

ARTIST: Empire State Human
SONG: I Work for the Government
ALBUM: Pop Robot
YEAR: 2002

ARTIST: The Escape Club
SONG: Working for the Fatman
ALBUM: Wild Wild West
YEAR: 1988

ARTIST: Front 242
SONG: Work 01
ALBUM: Front By Front
YEAR: 1988

ARTIST: Kate Bush
SONG: This Woman’s Work
ALBUM: The Sensual World
YEAR: 1989

ARTIST: New Order
SONG: Working Overtime
ALBUM: Waiting for the Siren’s Call
YEAR: 2005

ARTIST: Oingo Boingo
SONG: Wild Sex (In the Working Class)
ALBUM: Nothing To Fear
YEAR: 1982

ARTIST: Planet P Project
SONG: Work (Will Make You Free)
ALBUM: 1931 – (Go Out Dancing – Part 1)
YEAR: 2005

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

ARTIST: R.E.M.
SONG: Finest Worksong
ALBUM: Document
YEAR: 1987

ARTIST: Shriekback
SONG: Working on the Ground
ALBUM: Natural History- The Very Best Of Shriekback
YEAR: 1983 (song)

ARTIST: Tears for Fears
SONG: The Working Hour
ALBUM: Songs from the Big Chair (Expanded Edition)
YEAR: 1985

ARTIST: They Might Be Giants
SONG: Working Undercover For The Man
ALBUM: Mink Car
YEAR: 2001

ARTIST: XTC
SONG: Senses Working Overtime
ALBUM: Waxworks: Some Singles 1977-1982
YEAR: 1982

Music Time (Birthday Special)! 3/12/16

It’s my birthday, so I’m not putting MediaMonkey on shuffle. Instead I’m picking some of the artists and songs that have either influenced my life or have given me fond memories. Artists and songs that changed everything in some cases.

Head On the Door, TheFirst off is The Cure.

When I first heard The Cure I was captivated and immediately hooked on Robert’s voice, the sound, etc. The Cure helped me transition from Nebraska to California. The Cure made me confident as I cut off my rat tail from Nebraska and felt comfortable with my spiked hair. The Cure were a major force in my life.

I remember when Disintegration came out and suddenly they were being played on Top 40 radio. I would hear locals calling into the station (I had to listen because Top 40 was 1) the only choice in Groton, CT, and 2) it was the channel that everyone, even grudgingly, could agree on) and ask, “Hey, can you play that song by that new band The Cure?” I would cringe. The Cure have been around since the late 70’s!!!!!

My all-time favorite album is Head On the Door followed closely by Pornography. I can listen all day long!

ARTIST: The Cure
SONG: A Night Like This
ALBUM: The Head On the Door
YEAR: 1985

Black Celebration (UK Version)Second up is Depeche Mode.

Like The Cure, Depeche Mode helped me transition from Nebraska to California. The synthesizers and back and forth of cheery to dreary songs created the almost perfect soundtrack to a teenager’s life in the 80’s. Having Depeche Mode reach Top 40 status with Violator was a bittersweet pill, sweet that they would finally get the recognition they deserved outside of Los Angeles and New York with an entirely new fan base, bitter in that it created the same problem as The Cure with Disintegration: people who thought they were a new band.

Depeche Mode was my driving music. Black Celebration and A Broken Frame were my companions as I drove from Los Angeles to Connecticut to start my school in the Navy. The songs of Depeche Mode droned out the sound of pneumatic chippers on the metal decks of Navy ships as I slept in my bunk.

But Not Tonight remains my all-time favorite song. I love everything by Depeche Mode, but BNT sticks hard. It’s a song about life and living and enjoying. It’s a life soundtrack song to be sure. And I will sing the fuck out if it at karaoke!

ARTIST: Depeche Mode
SONG: But Not Tonight
ALBUM: Black Celebration (UK Version)
YEAR: 1986

WildThird is Erasure.

Their connection to Depeche Mode helped me find them, but once I did they grew on me on their own. The upbeat songs and amazing stage outfits captivated me. Their songs are uplifting and joyous and are the perfect companion as you drive down the road of life. Yes, they have some sad songs, but even those songs have a hopeful message in them.

Throw in their love of ABBA and propensity to do ABBA covers and you’ve got the prefect recipe for awesome. (Yes, I’m an ABBA fan and I’m not apologizing for it.) Then add a pinch of social commentary in a few songs and they could easily be an anthem band for certain social movements.

My favorite albums remain The Innocents and Wild! It’s hard to pick just one song to represent those albums, so I’ll pick one at random.

ARTIST: Erasure
SONG: Blue Savannah
ALBUM: Wild!
YEAR: 1989

Boi-ngoFourth is Oingo Boingo.

I’ve met tons of people who know who Danny Elfman is thanks to his contributions to movie soundtracks, but they didn’t know he was the force behind Oingo Boingo. I still can remember bursting out with excitement as Oingo Boingo appeared at the dorm party in Rodney Dangerfield’s Back to School. The excitement of finding out they were doing the song for Weird Science.

I miss seeing their Halloween shows. At least their music lives on as Elfman does more for music outside Boingo. Seriously, look up his soundtracks, you’ll be surprised how many movies contain his music.

BOI-NGO was an album that got me through a year of oddness in my life. Looking back I still don’t know what happened or why I went through that stage. I suffered at school and even ended up at remedial high school for a ½ semester before the teachers at my regular school went to bat for me and got me back so I could graduate with my friends. BOI-NGO was my soundtrack as I got back to normal. It’s not my favorite album, but it’s the album that came out at the right time.

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

Pretty Hate MachineFifth is Nine Inch Nails.

Don’t get me wrong here, I haven’t liked everything by NIN and there are albums in my collection that I know I’ll likely never listen to again. But NIN introduced themselves to the world with Pretty Hate Machine. You know, back when we had cassette players in cars!

My friends and I wore the shit out of that cassette. It was in the car every day, flipping over with that clankity clankity sound that cassette players made as they switched over the magnetic reader. We played it so much the cassette broke and the tape wound all the way on one side. So we bought another one. And broke it again. The best memory I have of this is my and my friends heading to Six Flags’ Magic Mountain in California while blasting Pretty Hate Machine and singing as loud as we could on the Interstate with the windows of my Geo Metro rolled all the way down in the dry California summer air. It was our last trip before I headed out to join the Navy.

When CDs finally really started to come into our lives, it was really hard to find Pretty Hate Machine. I ended up having to buy it imported at almost $50. Yeah, totally worth the money.

ARTIST: Nine Inch Nails
SONG: Head Like a Hole
ALBUM: Pretty Hate Machine
YEAR: 1989

NordhausenSixth is And One.

The first song I heard by And One still sticks with me. Dark and dreary and somehow cheery as well. Finding And One sent me down a path toward other great bands like Covenant, Assemblage 23, etc. Bands I had missed in their early years because I was in the Navy (I had no idea about the grunge scene and missed Nirvana as well, so hey, don’t give me no shit over it). I’ve played catch-up and now have EVERY album, EP, and CD Single by And One.

And One has so many amazing songs that I turned dozens of them into karaoke songs and annoyed my friends as I sang them at my karaoke parties. “How come you don’t sing songs everybody knows?” “Because I want to sing the songs I love, not the songs you love. But fine, I’ll sing I Ran by Flock of Seagulls or Tainted Love by Soft Cell right after this.”

While I have all their albums, the first one I heard is Nordhausen and it remains my favorite to this day. So here is the very first song I heard by them that started me down a road toward amazing bands:

ALBUM: And One
SONG: Sometimes
ALBUM: Nordhausen
YEAR: 1997

SkylarkingSeventh is XTC.

I have to admit that when I first heard XTC I didn’t like them. I have to give credit to an ex-girlfriend back in the 80’s for pushing them on me and making me listen to all of their songs. What I fell in love with first was their lyrics and jovial singing style. Then I fell in love with their sound. XTC has great skeptic songs as well and those stuck with me and became an anthem not just for me, but for an entire movement.

No, Andy Partridge is not related to the Partridge Family. That the rumor continues to this day astounds me. The Internet people: Google that shit!

ARTIST: XTC
SONG: Dear God
ALBUM: Skylarking
YEAR: 1986

Mind- The Perpetual IntercourseThe last one I’ll do is Skinny Puppy.

Skinny Puppy is not for everyone. I fully admit that. Their earlier stuff is not as “harsh” as their later stuff. Skinny Puppy’s ‘Mind: The Perpetual Intercourse’ and VIVISect VI are what got me through A School in the Navy (that and Flood by They Might Be Giants, yeah, I know, weird combination). It annoyed my roommates and that made it even better. Laying in my bunk after a shitty balls to four watch listening to ‘Dig It’ was the perfect thing to fall asleep to and wash away the stress of the day.

Skinny Puppy was my stress relief as I was learning the ropes of the Navy. I would cheat on Perpetual Intercourse and VIVISect VI with Remission, Bites, Cleanse Fold and Manipulate, and Ain’t It Dead Yet and toward the end of A School Rabies came out and blew me away. Rabies might very well be my favorite Skinny Puppy album.

ARTIST: Skinny Puppy
SONG: One Time One Place
ALBUM: Mind:The Perpetual Intercourse
YEAR: 1986

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