Saturday, October 29, 2011

What's Your Number?

This is a real party invitation I received on Facebook... 
from a person that I actually know... *facepalm*
(Just as an aside, it's the same individual who first told me to check out Rebecca Black)

BBC News: Where do you fit into 7 billion?
I heard about this on the radio earlier today, so I go online to find it, lo and behold, it's already circulating around on fbook. Check it out!


Monday, October 24, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Kerli Fries

It's Kerli with curly hair... xD
I created this playlist on the way to campus today. I present to you:

[Kerli Fries]
Army of Love - Kerli
Lights (Bassnectar Remix) - Ellie Goulding
Sick - Evanescence
Stinkfist - Tool
Iron - Woodkid
The Noose - A Perfect Circle
Haus Am See - Peter Fox
Pure Morning - Placebo
Ready, Able - Grizzly Bear
Two Weeks - Grizzly Bear
Slow Life - Grizzly Bear

I wish I could still make playlists on so that you could listen to the songs as I can on my iPod, but alas, I can't listen to anything because I'm in the wrong "region".

Anyhoo, I first heard Kerli Kõiv (if you're wondering how to pronounce that, I put up a video at the end of this post :) about two years ago while searching up Kanon Wakeshima. Kanon did a couple songs for the Vampire Knight anime series that I'd been watching on YouTube (think Twilight - it's got vampires, a love triangle and it's set in a school) based off a manga of the same name. This was the song Kanon wrote for the opening credits:

Still Doll

iTunes describes Kerli as: "a mix of Bjork, Natasha Bedingfield, and Evanescence's Amy Lee ... with a touch of [Gothic Lolita] on her debut album, Love Is Dead." She kinda of reminds me of a Nightmare Before Christmas themed Lady Gaga. Wiki P. Edia quotes Kerli as describing her style as 'BubbleGoth' which is "putting together light and dark, opposites, and things that you don't really necessarily think go together."  

The funny thing with Kerli, and I suppose with a lot of the other artists I feature, is that I don't really click with them the first time I listen. I didn't dislike her when I first heard "Walking On Air" two years ago, rather, I added her to my iTunes Wish List and put her away for a later date. And as it turns out, that later date was yesterday! 

She's set to release her second album this fall and this next track is the first single. I definitely obsessed over this song for all of last night/ this morning/ today. I don't know what it is, but there's just something about it that I can't get enough of. It's a bit of a change from her previous sound, more electronic and dance-like, but I'm liking it!

Army of Love

Walking On Air

What do you think of her new sound versus the old one? 
Comment below! :D

Kerli explains the deviation from her sound in this interview:

How to pronounce her name in Estonian and English:

If you didn't catch how to say it in America, it's just like 'curly'. Heheh, like curly fries! xD


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Holy Tributes Batman!

It may be unreadable, but 12 of the above albums are tributes to Tool :o

Hello MuseontheMind-ers!

I hope you're all having a fabadabadosy evening (or night/ morning/ afternoon). I've got some music to share, but first I'd like to pass on a little tid-bit my mom told me - apparently, Maynard James Keenan of Tool (if you don't know this band you MUSE... *spell check* MUST go check them out!) specifically indicated that Tool songs could not be made available on iTunes, but the music from his other bands, A Perfect Circle and Puscifer, are available. So what do I do after I hear this? 

Go straight onto iTunes and check it out for myself of course! 

And what do I find? Well... take a look at the screen shot above! 

So you can't get any official Tool tracks, but you sure as heck can get your full gamut of tributes! There's something for everyone whether you're in the mood for some Baroque Tool, string quartet Tool, Gothic Tool, or for the younger audiences, lullaby Tool. Yep. 
I've linked a couple samples below - my personal favorites are the Piano covers!   

Schism - A Baroque Tribute 

Sober - A Piano Tribute


Thought I'd just tack this last little bit onto the Tool tribute post since it has some connection :D

Amy Lee in the music video for "What You Want"
I downloaded Evanescence's new album a couple days ago (a 5-year hiatus! Has it really been that long??) and I absolutely LOVE it. Amy Lee's vocals are just as sweet and powerful, but the music seems to pack a heftier punch in this, their 3rd self-titled album. 

So, the song in question with the connection to Tool? Take a listen:


Forty Six & 2

Beginning riff. Need I say anything more?


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Technical Difficulties

Hey guys,

It appears (or doesn't... eugh, bad joke) that all the pictures on my blog suddenly decided to join the invisibility club without inviting me.  According to some Google search results, I need to change the privacy settings on my Picasa Web Album, which is fine and dandy... if I knew where to access such an album. I opened up the Picasa on my desktop, but I couldn't find any albums or album settings to "change". If anybody can help, or at least steer me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.

Until I can sort this mess out I don't think I'll post anything because it would be boring without pictures :( ... and maybe I'm a little disheartened at the whole situation...

Your woefully playlist-less and now picture-less music blogger, 

Hee hee, I fixed it!!!! Turns out, the "Sign Into Web Albums" link was in the farthest upper-left-hand corner of the screen (in size 10 font...). I am not disheartened anymore and you can expect new posts - one of them about a new album!

Yours joyfully (but still playlist-less),

Friday, October 14, 2011

Florence + the Machine - Ceremonials

Florence Welch's new album Ceremonials is set to hit stores on October 31 (at least in the UK)!

The first single - and I apologize for not posting this sooner... I think I linked it on Facebook on August 24th... is titled,

"What the Water Gave Me". Have a listen:

Ooo, sounds spooky! Not to mention the album comes out on Halloween...

Here's a video from her official website:

Can't wait to hear it! Now if only she would make a trip up here for a concert...


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

SIBERIA _ My Review

Lights live in action - photo from
I won't deny it - I've listened to nothing else but Lights since I downloaded her album this weekend. I wasn't sure if I liked the new album at first - yes, it's heavy and she has incorporated some pretty sweet dubstep beats, but the divergence from her 'sound' took some getting used to. I think it's great when artists experiment and play around with new sounds, but sometimes you like an artist for their unique sound and in this case, The Listening was very unique; an enjoyable blend of electronic beats, space-y themes, and quirkiness that came to represents Lights for me. Her dabbling in the heavier beats almost - and I don't really like saying this but the thought did cross my mind at the time - almost made her sound like any other female pop star (NOT that there is anything wrong with pop singers, I just never pegged Lights as one).

That was then... now, I've decided I quite like Siberia. My favorite tracks are:

Peace Sign

Everybody Breaks a Glass


Peace Sign



Everybody Breaks a Glass


I did buy a ticket to her concert next month - kinda stoked to see her again... for the 3rd time xD And this time.... this time, I will squirm my way to the front even if I have to use underhanded tactics such as The Well-Placed Tickle (muahahahah....) just kiddin'. 

'Cuz that would be WEIRD O_o

Although, speaking of being weird at concerts, I really wanted to do something funny at last night's Opeth concert... people seemed so serious! (Insert: "Y so srs?" *Joker face*) Opeth didn't have the berserk rowdiness of Amon Amarth, instead, it was more of a contemplative, head-nodding appreciation for metal. Still saw the long hair and black clothing (one guy even had a spiked helmet and fangs! - a pic forthcoming...) but there was no circle-pit and very little shoving (thank goodness!). The opening band, Katatonia, was pretty sweet too - and I bought a t-shirt from both bands. I'm definitely going to have to cut them though - even though I got the last small sizes (in both shirts! What luck!) the "small" sizes are 'small' enough to fit my guy friends and I'm a pretty small person :o Once I upload the pics from my phone I'll write up a review of the Amon Amarth and Opeth concerts :)


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

SIBERIA _ A Review

Lights (camera, action!)

Ello, ello, ello!
Light's 2nd album Siberia hit stores yesterday and there's already a review up on msn! Read on below... (and in case you were wondering, I will write my own review... eventually :P)

The jumping off point for Lights' frenetic new sound arrives at the end of the Canadian pop star's sophomore album, "Siberia," in the form of an epic, nine-minute synth jam called "Day One."
"Every second of that song is completely live," Lights says of the track in a recent phone interview. "It was a really special thing to throw in there. I didn't have to do it but I just thought it would be this really cool, musical adventure."
Two years after the 24-year-old Timmons, Ontario native made her major label debut with the glitteringly pristine pop production "The Listening," she found herself far removed from that lofty world and on the cusp of this cool new adventure. Banging away on a toy Yamaha keyboard double-wired through a makeshift cable to a drum machine, she began to experiment in the cluttered dining room that Toronto dance group Holy Fuck call their recording space.
Lights, born Valerie Poxleitner, met Holy Fuck's Brian Borcherdt and Graham Walsh at a British music festival a year earlier but, at first, the thought of working together never crossed her mind. Sometime later, while clubbing in Montreal, she heard the song "Where You Should Be" by UK dubstep producer Skream and had a revelation: her next record should embrace a darker, raw and rough-hewn quality to dirty up her pretty melodies and vocals.
 "My music is very melodic and very pop forward," Lights says. "I wanted to evolve and go to another level with the next record. The initial thing that came to my mind was how can I contrast what I already have and bring two things together that make this one a little different?" 
Holy Fuck certainly are different -- at least as far as Lights' shimmering, streamlined sound is concerned -- so at the suggestion of her manager, the CBC radio host Jian Ghomeshi, she asked Borcherdt and Walsh to jam. "It seemed a little far out at the time," she says. "After having met them I didn't ever think that we'd be collaborating. You just never know what's gonna work and what's not." 
She went into the first session with few expectations and wound up conceiving the album's thematic musical thrust and three of its songs: the title track, "Everybody Breaks A Glass," and "Day One," the tripped-out, nine-minute instrumental jam that closes the album. 
From there, she began mapping out more songs with Borcherdt and her co-producer Thomas 'Tawgs' Salter (Fefe Dobson, Josh Groban). She wrote some songs in more traditional ways -- on acoustic guitar, for example -- and recruited Juno-winning rapper Shad for two guest verses, all the while careful to extract the minimalist grit that dubstep evokes but not necessarily its distinctive, wobbly beat structures (save for one instrumental breakdown). 
Like any trend, dubstep has started to incur backlash from critics and producers alike the more ubiquitous it has become in clubs and mainstream pop production. 
"I'm sure the days of dubstep are gonna come and go just like any other popular genre that comes in really hot and dissipates," she says. "Going back to tracks like 'I Want It That Way' and 'Larger Than Life' by Backstreet Boys, in that era there was a very prominent punching snare drum that marked the time. It's the little things, production-wise, that tend to date something. I'm learning about that as I go." 
Alongside her music career, Lights is learning game design and software development through Alberta-based online school Athabasca University. An avid gamer and comic book nerd (the look for her debut album was heavily influenced by Wonder Woman), she's made forays into the world of online entertainment in 2009 through the 10-episode MTV motion comic series "Audio Quest: A Captain Lights Adventure," conceived in collaboration with Marvel Comics animator Tomm Coker. 
Asked how she plans to creatively apply her computer science skills, she answers a number of ways: to code and manage her own website and social community, perhaps build bespoke software to use in composing future music or maybe to develop and design her own role playing game (RPG). 
"Soundtracks to games have become more crucial than ever," she says. "But there has yet to be a game that involves music in a really cool way -- like some kind of RPG where you're exploring and looking for sounds." 
The character in Captain Lights, for example, is an audiophile that traverses the universe collecting specific sound samples. "How cool would it be to apply a concept like that to a game?" 
In the meantime, she's adopting a more natural look for "Siberia" in line with the record's grimier sounds. The video for lead single "Toes" was shot guerilla style in alleys and subway stations around Toronto and she hopes that earthy vibe will carry through future videos and live gigs. "There were no glamorous little space outfits, spaceships or energy plasma fights," she says. "It's all true and gritty. I feel good at this place with this record."

Read the original article by Kevin Ritchie on msn Entertainment here!


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Mad World

This song isn't new, nor is the choreography in the video, and for that matter this particular music video came out 8 years ago, but I still found that it was a powerful combination when put together.

Mad World

I'd heard the song before, but I never gave it much thought until I saw this music video. How did I come to watch the video? Well... I was on (STILL looking for websites with free playlists .... that work in Canada...), and on the Muse-inspired custom radio station they'd created for me, "Mad World" came on. This isn't the original version - Michael Andrews and Gary Jules covered Tears for Fears' "Mad World" (1982) for the movie Donnie Darko (2001).

So it's not new, but it has value therefore, is it still creative? 


Meet "IZ":
Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'ole (1959 - 1997) was a Hawaiian musician who became famous for his covers of "Over the Rainbow" and Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World".

Over the Rainbow

He inspires me to pick up my ukulele and give it another go!

His video was in the sidebar for Mad World... the YouTube sidebar works in mysterious ways :)