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Album: Straftanz's Forward Ever - Backward Never

Genre: Aggrotech

Similar Bands: See all the freaking Aggrotech acts I've posted about already.

Review: Simple, angry, dancey. "Straftanz", according to google, translates to "criminal dance". German lyrics, or short, repetitive English, with the requisite movie samples. This is pure, basic Aggrotech. I like it.

Playlist Potential: Workout, Driving.


Bread, cheese and cold cuts.


Album: Rasputina's Sister Kinderhook

Genre: In iTunes I have the band tagged as "Gothic cello rock".

Similar Bands: Uh... Nothing, quite. Sort of Emilie Autumn, Zoe Keating, Abney Park and even sort of Vernian Process.

Review: I had an epiphany while listening to this album. I have been disappointed with everything Rasputina has done since How We Quit the Forest. Really, what I wanted was the same sort of goth cello rock that lead me to genre tag them. However, since HWQtF, what Rasputina has been doing is more sort of Steampunk, ahead of the masses like me picking it up. It's an American Steampunk, a sort of Cherie Priest's Boneshaker kind of Steampunk, but there it is. This album is the least cello-driven. There's a lot of banjo.

I think it's going to take some time to adjust to the Rasputina we have from the Rasputina I fell for in the late 90s, but I think I will learn to appreciate it.

Playlist Potential: Possibly my Nano-Victorian playlist for some of it.


PC basmati rice with red pepper and edamame. From a line of bagged frozen vegetarian things. This one is pretty good, though "heat" and "tomato" are the only dominant tastes. Could use a little more rounding out flavourwise. Still, I should see if this is still available for the next time I am too lazy to make dinner - this batch had been in the freezer for something like 6 months, and it was still fine.


Album: Emilie Autumn's Enchant

Genre: Darkwave? Folkwave? Or is "spooky women with orchestral string instruments" now its own genre?

Similar Bands: Vaguely speaking, Birthday Massacre, early Rasputina, Zoe Keating

Review: Emilie Autumn's earliest album in iTunes. You can see the Emilie Autumn responsible for Opheliac peeking out occasionally, but the differences are clear from the cover photo. Opheliac has her with red hair dressed all in black with heavy makeup. Enchant has her with lavendar hair wearing fairy wings. Enchant has a strong Renn Faire/Enya feel mixed in with the harder gothy/darkwave stuff that later comes out on Opheliac. She even borrows several bars from Greensleeves at one point. Given how much I liked her later album, I was a little disappointed with this one, but better that than the other way 'round.

Playlist Potential: I don't think it really matches any of my current playlists.


The entire week of meals at camp at Kaleidoscope Gathering. Though mycrazyhair's quinoa and chickpea salad was my favourite.


Album: Memmaker's How To Remix A Robot Uprising

Genre: Electro-Industrial

Similar Bands: Valium Era, Skylight Glare, etc.

Review: I bought this because it has the remix of Energon3 with the Optimus Prime sample in that I liked. It manages to stand on its own as a good album, though, which is rare in remix albums. If you liked How To Enlist in a Robot Uprising, it's definitely worth your time and money to pick up this one, too.


I also picked up 4 Heather Dale CDs at Kscope; The Road To Santiago, The Green Knight, The Gabriel Hounds and The Trial of Lancelot. Itunes can't decide if Heather's World music or Folk, but that tells you most of what you need to know genre-wise. I've seen Heather and Ben play a few times at Kaleidoscope, and gotten enough of the songs half-lodged in my head that I figured I should give them some money. It's Celtic-y, pagan-y, Arthurianish folky type stuff. I'm particularly fond of Mordred's Lullaby and the Green Knight. Black Fox is a great track, but the album version isn't nearly as great as it was live, with Ben growl-whispering the Devil's lines under Heather's lyrics. Which is just to say, if you get a chance, go see them live.


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Aug. 4th, 2010 05:16 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Heather Dale is awesome live. I've seen her (them) play a few times.
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:23 pm (UTC)
I love the new Zoe Keating album, fwiw, but I really commented to say that despite not owning any Rasputina (other than a single cover song), I have tickets to see them on Friday night and I'm really excited about it.
Aug. 5th, 2010 02:29 am (UTC)
Melora has some pretty great between song banter. I'll be interested to know what you think about them live.
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:44 pm (UTC)
Really, what I wanted was the same sort of goth cello rock that lead me to genre tag them.

You might want to check out Johnny Hollow for that. Their second album (Dirty Hands) more so then their first... They're certainly not exactly like Rasputina, but there are some parallels.
Aug. 4th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
We saw JH when they opened for Voltaire last winter.
Aug. 5th, 2010 02:25 am (UTC)
Yeah, I've got their first album. I hadn't realized there was a second!
Aug. 5th, 2010 02:52 am (UTC)
I like the second one much better than the first. It's got a little more edge to it - the first is softer. And I think they're definitely more technically proficient than they were when they recorded the first one.

Plus, it's got "Worse Things", which is by far my favourite song of theirs. If you've seen them live, you may remember it - it's a very pretty but somewhat psychotic-sounding song in 3/4 time, very piano-heavy, the lyrics of which include burning someone's house down because they wouldn't answer their phone.
Aug. 4th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
cochese just got his first real exposure to Rasputina this weekend, and when he looked them up on wikipedia, he noted that they were listed as steampunk (among other genres). I sort of frowned at that, because to me, they are a goth band... but then other goth bands have become steampunk recently too... :) But I'm thinking I would not really dig their more recent stuff. (Then again, I mostly love them for their covers. And Transylvanian Concubine.)

I have little bits of both Enchant and Opheliac (unless both are very short albums), and I think I like stuff from both of them. But then again, I did have a fascination with Enya for years, and love Medieval Babes. :)
Aug. 5th, 2010 02:28 am (UTC)
I think Thanks For the Ether and How We Quit The Forest are from their "goth" phase, but after that, they really start into the "American Steampunk" mode, though the genre wouldn't really take off for a few years yet.
Aug. 5th, 2010 03:38 am (UTC)
Those are the two albums I own, coincidentally enough. :)
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