The Sugar Migration – Leave No Trace

I had an inkling to listen to some Sugar Migration today, and lo and behold, I had the delightful experience of finding a newly released EP!

I came across The Sugar Migration a few years ago while re-watching my favorite Gossip Girl episodes. Just so happens the episode Circles plays in revolves around my favorite character, Chuck.

So upon hearing Circles blasting in the over-the-top New York club, I dived into the self-titled The Sugar Migration EP. I loved it all, save for The Laboratory song. Just way too sad/depressing sounding for my tastes.

But, this! This new four-track EP, Leave No Trace, released 10 years after the other one! All four songs are sophisticated, catchy, and plain fantastic!

It starts off with Burning Man (Burn It Down) – it’s heavy acoustic-guitar-sounding, and I think that the ups and downs are in just the right places.

The second song has to be my favorite. It Never Rains In LA….

Don’t say it’s gray today
It’s never gonna rain in LA
Just say okay
Cause here I’m gonna do it today
No way it’s gray
It’s never gonna rain in LA
Just say okay
Cause here I’m gonna do it my way

It’s sooooooo good. And there are so many things great about LA. Aside from the (lack of) rain, there’s Battle Tapes, Party Nails, LA Hallucinations (have those a lot – here’s lookin’ at you, Carly Rae), the general location for the filming of Face Off… just so many good things about that city! But, anyway.

The third track, Armageddon’s Right, has a familiar feel that stems from some of the tunes on the original EP. It’s a really cool, pretty, mellow-y tune. I just love the vocals.

The last song, Long Way Back From Hell, is a nod to the Danzig song. I really like what’s going on with the instruments – pretty neat to hear an acoustic take on the track.

I mixed some sugar with food coloring to achieve my own weird version of a sugar migration.

To sum it up, Bravo to band lead Lou Caiola Jr. and The Sugar Migration. 10 years later you continue to make sweet tunes!

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Ghost – Black To The Future Tour (Stage AE)

Ghost – Black To The Future Tour – Live at Stage AE, 9-25-2015

I’ve waited quite a while to write up a Ghost post. I first discovered Ghost when a friend posted a youtube version of Year Zero on Facebook. Judging from the caption he was making fun of the song, but I thought it was pretty good, so I dived into their discography and found that I enjoyed a hell of a lot of their stuff. Pun taken for what it is.

Walking into Stage AE that night was like walking into the Dauntless headquarters in the world of the Divergent trilogy. Every soul was dressed in black, and Stage AE apparently keeps it pretty dark light-wise for indoor shows which was fitting. The crowd was the friendliest; I went alone and ended up making more friends than I had at any other previous solo-attended concert.

Ghost put on the most theatrical performance I’ve seen to date. To my absolute delight, one of their songs (I believe it was the encore closer, Monstrance Clock) featured candelabrums on stage and it looked like something straight out of Disney’s The Haunted Mansion ride.

They played my absolute favorite Ghost song, If You Have Ghost. Along with a whole slew of my other favorites. And while I don’t remember much of what he said, I do remember Papa Emeritus III being very soft-spoken, asking the audience many questions, and being extremely polite. And the Nameless Ghouls rocked the house down, taking us black to the future.

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ORGY – Pop Killers Tour (The Outpost)

ORGY – Pop Killers Tour – Live at The Outpost, 1-14-2016

I waited all freakin’ night with camera in one hand, phone in the other to catch my favorite ORGY song live, Wide Awake and Dead. While the black-clad, Bowie-tribute-face-painted musicians didn’t play my favorite song, they still put on a fun show.

From Fiction Dreams In Digital to Opticon to Stitches to Dissention, ORGY members Jay Gordon, Carlton Bost, Creighton Emrick, Bobby Amaro and Nic Speck rocked the little Outpost while fans videotaped them and danced in their own ways.

It’s my opinion that these guys need a little revamp on their image. The crowd consisted of mostly guys, with a few girls peppered in. The lyrics of many ORGY songs (especially off the newest release, Talk Sick) make me squirm a little. Maybe I’m just getting older and more feminist in my years, but it’s hard for me to listen to, let alone sing along to verses like “I don’t want to love you Cause baby you’re mistaken that I’m here for you I don’t want to love you Sex and lies is what I do Baby you’re mistaken that I’m here for you So suck it” – that being said, I don’t have much room to complain since I knew what I was in for when I bought my ticket.

ORGY was going in such a good, non-derogatory-toward-women direction with Wide Awake and Dead that I feel they are just taking some steps backward by not playing it during this tour.

Regardless, I must say that it was pretty awesome to hear a good cover of Blue Monday live. It was the closing song where Gordon got on the floor and the whole room turned into an 80s dance party. Would I have rather spent my $12 on a ticket to see Blue Monday performed by New Order? Hecks Yes, but ORGY did a nice remake in my book.

The opening band, Bobaflex, put on a smashing performance. I didn’t arrive early enough to see Death Valley High.

I’ll leave you with this song so you can bask in how cool it is. I adore everything about it and would love to create my own take on a music video for it.

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The Score – White Iverson

The Score – White Iverson

My best song discovery of 2016, thus far. It was released in 2015, but I found it on accident today.

It’s a cover of the Post Malone song, but I can’t even tell, I’m in love with this version. Not really the lyrics, but the whole feel of it.

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