Friday, November 26

Tag: Bjork

(Richard re-Marx):  “Penetrating” by THE GAY AGENDA
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(Richard re-Marx): “Penetrating” by THE GAY AGENDA

Self-described "homo riot hardcore punk outfit from San Diego, The Gay Agenda has just dropped a new record titled "Penetrating" via La Escalera Records.  This record was recorded entirely on one take and blends punk and metal with queercore chaos.  Fans of Limpwrist, The HIRS Collective, Napalm Death, Tragedy and Disrupt will definitely appreciate what The Gay Agenda has to offer. Painted on signs and shouted from megaphones, 'pride started as a riot' can't be reiterated enough.   At the tail end of Pride month, in the middle of our nation's biggest battle for civil rights and against systemic oppression since the 70's now's not the time to forget that all of our joys and current successes were hard fought.  San Diego's Homo Riot is exactly what they say they are, loud, aggressive and ga...
(Album Review)  “Skull Echo” by JULIA MARCELL
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(Album Review) “Skull Echo” by JULIA MARCELL

This Friday, Berlin/Warsaw singer-songwriter Julia Marcell will be releasing "Skull Echo" via Long Branch Records.  This concept record on loneliness is sure to stir the soul while blending sweeping pop melodies and futuristic production, which will remind fans of Bjork and PJ Harvey.  Here is what we had to say about "Skull Echo": Julia Marcell has produced a beautiful soundtrack for a panicked time, a neon lullaby for both the careful listener and someone looking for their next favorite song.  Skull Echo is dancy yet pouty, the lyrics and delivery are introspective but anthemic, built for the sing along, through tears on a drive or grinning, hopeful at dawn.  The Polish artist evokes cinematic elements, moments of thunderous timpani amidst the pocketed groove of pop songs.   Tracks like...
Indie Pop-Artist DEFOE Converses with Madness To Creation on Mental Health Awareness, Doing it DIY, and Upcoming Release “Too Soon To Cry”
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Indie Pop-Artist DEFOE Converses with Madness To Creation on Mental Health Awareness, Doing it DIY, and Upcoming Release “Too Soon To Cry”

Editor's Note:  In this interview, indie-pop artist Defoe talks with Madness To Creation about defying the mainstream way of doing things and going completely DIY in her music.  Based on this, we can tell that Defoe is truly an artist in every sense of the word.  She is releasing "Too Soon To Cry" on July 1st and her video for "In Other Words" has about 35,000 hits on YouTube already.  Defoe also gets serious with us in a mental health conversation.  Fans can find Defoe at the following locations: www.whatisdefoe.com www.facebook.com/whatisdefoe www.instagram.com/whatisdefoe www.twitter.com/whatisdefoe Madness To Creation:  What was the turning point for you to go from country to your unique vibe in music? Defoe:  When I was younger I was taken under the wing of a talente...
(Album Review) “Live In Space” by QFT
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(Album Review) “Live In Space” by QFT

European metal titans Therion have been on top of their game for years with their songs such as "Theme of Antichrist" and "Sons Of The Staves Of Time" each receiving millions of hits on YouTube via Nuclear Blast Records.  Therion vocalist Linnea Vikstrom embarked on a conceptualized solo record that discusses the philosophy of the beginning and end of the world in her May 4th release under the moniker QFT entitled "Live In Space" via Despotz Records. This album is for those that are into quantum physics and those that study the Cosmos, along with the studies of Neil Degrasse Tyson, that also listen to a mix of doom metal of Black Sabbath along with the modern flavor of European metal ala Sabaton and the like. The album starts off with a conceptualized doom metal feel entitled "End Of The...
MTC’s A to Z Throwback Review:  Looking Back at Abandoned Pools! Plus Cover Vs. Original:  Check Out Their Cover of “Army Of Me” by Bjork!
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MTC’s A to Z Throwback Review: Looking Back at Abandoned Pools! Plus Cover Vs. Original: Check Out Their Cover of “Army Of Me” by Bjork!

Tommy Walter broke apart Eels and decided to form Abandoned Pools.  Abandoned Pools achieved moderate success, selling over 100,000 copies, and achieved moderate success with "The Remedy".  Tommy Walter saw more mainstream success with his previous band Eels.  Since 2003's "Humanistic" album, Abandoned Pools would create "The Reverb" EP in 2005 and "Armed To The Teeth" in 2005.  Abandoned Pools attempted a comeback in 2012 with their record "Sublime Currency", but didn't see the success that "Humanistic" did. Here are a few career highlights for Abandoned Pools:  "The Remedy" is Abandoned Pools biggest hit, has over 140,000 hits on YouTube.  Abandoned Pools toured with the likes of Remy Zero, Garbage, Lenny Kravitz, Pink, and A Perfect Circle. Abandoned Pool's other hit was their cove...