Album Spotlight: Queensryche Operation:Mindcrime

Mindcrime  “Who do you trust when everyone’s a crook?”

A question first asked back in 1988… one that we’re still pondering thirty years later.

On May 3, 1988, Queensryche released a compelling, ambitious, and emotionally charged concept album that changed the damn game, Operation: Mindcrime. Over the last three decades this album has been celebrated and praised for its excellence, and complexity. I wanted to shine a light on this fascinating work of art. They don’t make albums like this anymore, homies. Operation: Mindcrime tells the story of a man- frustrated with the current state of the world, who joins an underground organization, and eventually is turned into an assassin.

The storyline is thought-provoking, and multilayered, and so is the music.

Here are my top 5 songs. Afterwards, I’ll give a rating of this album.

5. Revolution Calling- An explosive jam where the protagonist- Nikki, airs out his frustrations, and is seduced into joining the cause. So much truth is dropped in this song.

4. Operation: Mindcrime- A thunderous track with a riff that’s nasty as fuck!

3. I Don’t Believe In Love- Rhythmic. Operatic. Raw.

2. The Mission- The vocals kick so much ass on this track! And the music is dark and unapologetic.

1. Eyes Of A Stranger- This is a song that grabs you and refuses to let go. It’s a heartbreaking masterpiece.

Operation: Mindcrime– one of the most epic albums of all time, gets 5 (out of 5) stars. It’s timeless.

Cheers, homies!

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Writing Playlist #18

sade I came up with this playlist a few weeks back. I was just trying to come up with something dope. Sade and Depeche Mode go so well together!

1. No Ordinary Love- Sade

2. Stripped- Depeche Mode

3. Your Love Is King- Sade

4. I Am You- Depeche Mode

5. Smooth Operator- Sade

6. I Want It All- Depeche Mode

7. The Sweetest Taboo- Sade

8. Dream On- Depeche Mode

9. Cherish The Day- Sade

10. Rush- Depeche Mode

11. Like A Tattoo- Sade

12. Cover Me- Depeche Mode

13. Kiss Of Life- Sade

14. Home- Depeche Mode

15. Babyfather- Sade

16. In Your Room- Depeche Mode

17. Hang On To Your Love- Sade

18. Sweetest Perfection- Depeche Mode

19. Is It A Crime- Sade

20. To Have And To Hold- Depeche Mode

21. Never As Good As The First Time- Sade

22. Sister Of Night- Depeche Mode 

modeCheers, homies!

 

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Listening Party: The Doors

doorsThe Doors was one of the first classic rock bands that I was turned on to. I remember being a teen in the nineties rocking out in my room to their hypnotic grooves. I had my lava lamp going, and ooh I was seriously jammin’ back in the day. Here’s my Listening Party for this legendary, iconic, and hugely influential band.

1. Strange Days

2. Five To One

3. Waiting For The Sun

4. Love Her Madly

5. Love Me Two Times

6. People Are Strange

7. When The Music’s Over

8. L.A. Woman

9. Not To Touch The Earth

10. The Spy

11. Light My Fire

12. Hello, I Love You

13. Riders On The Storm

14. Back Door Man

15. Love Street

16. Break On Through (To The Other Side)

17. The Unknown Soldier

18. We Could Be So Good Together

19. Moonlight Drive

20. The End

21. Touch Me

22. Been Down So Long

23. You Make Me Real

24. The Soft Parade

25. You’re Lost Little Girl

26. Soul Kitchen

27. My Wild Love

28. Roadhouse Blues

29. End Of The Night

30. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)

Cheers, homies!

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Writing Playlist #17

Fiona I haven’t put together a writing playlist in quite some time, but trust, a sista has been getting her writing on. I’ve been keeping myself busy with writing. If only my social life was just as exciting. Oh well. Anyhoo, this playlist revolves around the hella talented, Ms. Fiona Apple.

1. Jonathan

2. Sleep To Dream

3. On The Bound

4. Slow Like Honey

5. Get Gone

6. Pale September

7. A Mistake

8. Werewolf

9. The First Taste

10. To Your Love

11. The Child Is Gone

12. Criminal

13. The Way Things Are

14. Fast As You Can

15. Paper Bag

16. Carrion

17. Shadowboxer

18. Limp

19. Never Is A Promise

20. Love Ridden

21. Better Version Of Me

22. Sullen Girl

Cheers, homies!

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Listening Party: Type O Negative

type o The music of Type O Negative could be described as beautifully brutal, powerfully poetic, intensely evocative, and romantic af. In my writing whenever I’m putting together a love scene, this is the band I often turn to. Type O’s music is unforgettable; and it it’ll never leave you. Here are all my favorite tracks. Enjoy!

1. Haunted

2. Gravitational Constant

3. Wolf Moon

4. Nettie

5. Die With Me

6. Hey Pete

7. Bloody Kisses (A Death In The Family)

8. Who Will Save The Sane

9. Love You To Death

10. …A Dish Best Served Coldly

11. In Praise Of Bacchus

12. Can’t Lose You

13. Life Is Killing Me

14. My Girlfriend’s Girlfriend

15. Everything Dies

16. Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)

17. Green Man

18. Be My Druidess

19. We Hate Everyone

20. Christian Woman

21. How Could She

22. Everyone I Love Is Dead

23. Too Late: Frozen

24. Burnt Flowers Fallen

25. Blood & Fire

Cheers, homies!

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My Top 5 Depeche Mode Albums

dmodeDeep within me there’s a love for Depeche Mode that will never go away. DM’s music has been an important part of my life’s narrative. I’m grateful for being introduced to this band. I’m thankful that we still have them with us. For well over thirty plus years DM has been kicking ass and making uncompromising music. It’s 2017 and they’re still relevant!  The music of DM is experimental, danceable, provocative, and timeless. Here are the 5 albums that I just can’t get enough of. 😉

5. Exciter (2001)- Exciter was my gateway drug album. I’d heard of the band, but once a homie played this album for me… shiiit it was a wrap. I. Was. Hooked. I became an instant junkie for the band. Exciter’s saturated with the most beautiful melodies, and emotionally- rich vocals. “I Am You” is the sexiest song ever created.

4. Black Celebration (1986)- Atmospheric. Layered. Bold. And dark as fuck. Black Celebration is the perfect album; it gives me everything. The lyrics are poetic. The vocals are haunting and unforgettable. The music has so much substance. I suggest listening to this album during a rainstorm in Autumn- and don’t forget the blacklights, and the sandalwood incense. “Stripped”“Dressed In Black”“New Dress”. Damn! Every single song is incredible.

3. Playing The Angel (2005)- This album is a freaking masterpiece. From the sonic assault of “A Pain That I’m Used To”, to the hypnotic “The Darkest Star”P.T.A. is one of the most enjoyable albums in their catalogue. I lost someone extremely close to me the year this album came out. I was constantly playing P.T.A. which is why the album is so meaningful. “Nothing’s Impossible” is the jam of all jamz.

2. Violator (1990)- A definitive Depeche Mode album for sure. Getting lost in this album is a given. You put Violator on and all the shit life brings to your door is forgotten, at least temporarily. This album is epic on every level. “Sweetest Perfection”“Personal Jesus”“Halo”, and “Blue Dress” are my favs.

1. Songs Of Faith And Devotion (1993)- This is my absolute favorite album of the band’s. Instead of trying to recreate another Violator, the band added a few traditional rock elements to their sound, and unleashed a whole different breed of animal. Songs Of… was made during a tumultuous time for the band, but out of that inner conflict came a remarkable album. My bud often says “drama and chaos produces the best art”. “Mercy In You”“In Your Room”“Condemnation”“I Feel You”, these are all my jamz.

If you’re a fan of the band then share with me your fav albums. Until next time…

Cheers, homies!

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Listening Party: Nine Inch Nails

ninNine Inch Nails came into my life like a tidal wave of which I’m still caught up in. I had no idea that this band would have such a lasting impact on my existence. Their music heals, feeds, restores, and definitely inspires me creatively. Here are the tracks that have always stayed with me over the years. Enjoy!

1. The Fragile

2. I Would For You

3. The Line Begins To Blur

4. Something I Can Never Have

5. Reptile

6. Even Deeper

7. The Perfect Drug

8. Lights In The Sky

9. Head Like A Hole

10. Hurt

11. Gave Up

12. The Wretched

13. Piggy

14. All The Love In The World

15. Down In It

16. Please

17. Last

18. She’s Gone Away

19. The Only Time

20. Closer

21. Only

22. Somewhat Damaged

23. The Becoming

24. The Warning

25. Into The Void

26. Ringfinger

27. The Big Come Down

28. The Good Soldier

29. Terrible Lie

30. Wish

31. With Teeth

32. Discipline

33. Came Back Hunted

34. Mr. Self Destruct

35. We’re In This Together

36. All Time Low

37. Every Day Is Exactly The Same

38. In This Twilight

39. Dead Souls (Cover)

40. Ruiner

If you’re a fan of NIN please let a sista know! Until next time, y’all…

Cheers, homies!

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Listening Party: Chris Cornell

Chris The music of Chris Cornell was not only something that could be heard, but also felt in the depths of my soul. I often found solace in his voice and lyrics. His music wasn’t something that I jammed to every once in awhile, hellz no. I listened to that beautiful and intoxicating voice religiously. I turn to him for musical inspiration as I write, read, and when I need something to get me through the emotional turmoil, isolation, and the physical anguish I often feel. So for this special edition of Listening Party, I’ve put together fifty-two jamz (a jam for each year of his life) from his impressive career. There’s jamz from Soundgarden, Audioslave, and his solo work. Thank you so much, Chris, for having such a consistent presence in my life. Rest easy, homie.

1. Scream (Solo)

2. Set It Off (Audioslave)

3. Face Pollution (Soundgarden)

4. Long Gone (Solo)

5. Mailman (Soundgarden)

6. 4th Of July (Soundgarden)

7. Can’t Change Me (Solo)

8. Sunshower (Solo)

9. No Attention (Soundgarden)

10. Yesterday To Tomorrow (Audioslave)

11. Scar On The Sky (Solo)

12. Nothing To Say (Soundgarden)

13. Burden In My Hand (Soundgarden)

14. Nothing Compares 2 U (Prince Cover)

15. Gasoline (Audioslave)

16. What You Are (Audioslave)

17. Sweet Euphoria (Solo)

18. Josephine (Solo)

19. New Damage (Soundgarden)

20. Fell On Black Days (Soundgarden)

21. Limo Wreck (Soundgarden)

22. Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden)

23. Moth (Audioslave)

24. Working Man (Audioslave/Rush Cover)

25. Part Of Me (Solo)

26. Head Down (Soundgarden)

27. Outshined (Soundgarden)

28. Loud Love (Soundgarden)

29. Room A Thousand Years Wide (Soundgarden)

30. I Am The Highway (Audioslave)

31. Poison Eye (Solo)

32. Murderer Of Blue Skies (Solo)

33. Like A Stone (Audioslave)

34. Slaves & Bulldozers (Soundgarden)

35. Somewhere (Soundgarden)

36. Blow Up The Outside World (Soundgarden)

37. Be Yourself (Audioslave)

38. Two Drink Minimum (Solo)

39. Cochise (Audioslave)

40. Rhinosaur (Soundgarden)

41. Show Me How To Live (Audioslave)

42. Billie Jean (Michael Jackson Cover)

43. Overfloater (Soundgarden)

44. Climbing Up The Walls (Solo)

45. Drawing Flies (Soundgarden)

46. Drown Me Slowly (Audioslave)

47. Zero Chance (Soundgarden)

48. Kickstand (Soundgarden)

49. Holy Water (Soundgarden)

50. Tighter & Tighter (Soundgarden)

51. Never The Machine Forever (Soundgarden)

52. Rusty Cage (Soundgarden)

Cheers, homies!

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Album Spotlight: Soundgarden-Superunknown

Super For my introductory review I’m shining a spotlight on one of the most eminent, endlessly-playable, and complex albums of our time; Soundgarden’s Superunknown. When this album was released it forever altered the musical landscape with its metallic guitar riffs, devastating percussion, and vocals that were from another freaking planet.  I’ve never done a written review for an album, so please bear with your gurl. Madman Reads & Rocks is a YouTuber(also a blogger, musician, author) who puts together the dopest album reviews. You can check out his channel here. His reviews have definitely had a positive influence on what I’m trying to do.

For my review I will talk a bit about the album, rank my top five songs, and give a star rating with 5 being the highest, and 1 being the lowest.

Superunknown was released March 8, 1994, and was Soundgarden’s fourth album. Although, it was released over twenty years ago, the music still sounds modern and vibrant. The songs are just as impactful today as they were in 94, and that’s one hell of an accomplishment. There are fifteen tracks and they all kick ass! When I first purchased the album, no song was skipped during my initial listening party. I allowed each so to play in its entirety. Superunknown brought me to my knees; it was so hard hitting, and relentless. I knew after the first listen that the album was way beyond special

5. Let Me Drown- A brutal opener that sets the tone of the album.

4. Limo Wreck- Piercing. Primal. Perfection.

3. Black Hole Sun- Hard rock meets psychedelic sounds. Musically arresting. Unforgettable.

2. Fell On Black Days- Haunting. Slow tempo, but heavy.

1. Mailman- Dark, yet sublime.

I give this album 5 stars! I still listen to Superunknown faithfully.

Cheers, homies!

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The Music Tag

notes I saw this tag on YouTube and wanted to complete it.

1. Favorite bands or musician of the moment.

Soundgarden. Tool. Alice In Chains. However this list could change by later tonight. Lol.

2. The last song you listened to.

“Sleigh Ride” by The Carpenters

3. What’s in your cd player?

I don’t have one, but in my dvd/cd player is a Deftones mix cd that I made a few years back.

4. What was the last show you attended?

Soundgarden in 2011.

5. What show are you looking forward to?

Lord willing, Metallica, and PJ Harvey.

6. One artist you would love to see live.

Depeche Mode

7. Favorite movie soundtrack.

“Strange Days”, and “The Crow”.

8. Top 3 most played songs on ITunes.

Don’t have ITunes.

9. Most underrated artists.

Meshell Ndegeocello

10. Favorite albums.

Too damn many to list, but I’ll name a few. Soundgarden “Superunknown”, Alice In Chains “Dirt”, Prince “Purple Rain”, Deftones “Deftones”, Metallica “…And Justice For All”.

11. Favorite song lyric.

“I beg you my darling. Don’t leave me. I’m hurting.” PJ Harvey “Rid Of Me”.

12. Shows you’ve seen live.

Janet Jackson, Tool, Prince, Deftones, Jill Scott, Nine Inch Nails.

Cheers, homies.

 

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