Spotlight On: The Aztalan Turf Podcast

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 6, 2010 by Rnowak

So as most of you guys know by now ( from previous spotlight featured here) that I’m always coming across new music, new sites, new people, new podcasts or new artist/photographers on the vast landscape that is the Internet. It’s when one of those above mentioned catches my attention that I feel the need to share with all of you my new findings so you to can enjoy!

Having said that this brings me to this spotlight on the Aztalan Turf podcast. The Aztalan Turf podcast is a bi-weekly well put together music show that’s first episode  graced the waves of the internet on March 2010. The show plays a wide range of music genres such as rock, EBM, synth pop, industrial, electro,  and goth just to name a few.

One of the things that the host and mastermind of  the Aztalan Turf podcast Renee made clear during the show is that she pretty much likes to plays music that she has  encountered and enjoyed or interested her versus music being played for the sake of playing music.  Which for those of you that have read previous spotlight I have done on  some of the other podcasts/shows out there ( for example  Sounds From The Sandbox, Latex Radio, and DJ Mirage’s show every Sunday night on Darkside Radio) you will see that this is a reoccurring theme. It’s this theme in my opinion that you really get to personalize your show/podcast. It becomes almost like an extension of your interests and passions shared with your listeners who have almost similar interests and passions and it really makes for an enjoyable listening experience( like the one I had last week with the Aztalan Turf podcast).

So as an individual with very much similar interests in the music genres played on the show I would highly recommend you guys give it shot! All of the episodes (1-13) are still available on the Aztalan Turf site here. If you like what you hear in episode 13 do go back and give a listen to some of the older episodes as well ( I know I will be).


Retro Album Review : Ayria’s Debris

Posted in Retro Album Reviews with tags , , , , , on September 5, 2010 by Rnowak

(Picture taken from the Alfa Matrix web store )

I wanted to start this new feature here because I would love to review/give my thoughts on older albums (released a year ago or longer) that I have enjoyed (or disliked). So what better way to kick off this feature then with one of my all time favorite albums Debris ( ok so you know it’s going to be a good review lol)!

Now when my ears first embarked on this enjoyable journey into the world of electro/ industrial music this was one of the first albums that I encountered. Now don’t get me wrong sure I listened to a few industrial bands/artists (KMFDM, Ministry, Skinny Puppy, NIN)  before hearing Ayria’s Debris. Mainly my music taste was heavy metal, power metal, speed metal ect ect . So after listening to Ayria, Combichrist, X-rX, Unter Null, UnterArt, UberByte, Leaether Strip, 16 Volt, Zombie Girl, Front Line Assembly and  many more it was the refreshing and unique sound that these bands/artists offered that  really sold me into this genre ( not to mention the previous enjoyment of the bands/artists that I named above) !

Now Debris is Ayria’s first full length album. Debris was released under the Alfa Matrix Label back in 2003. Now for those of you that haven’t listened to Debris yet and are more familiar with Ayria’s newer works (such as Harts For Bullets) you will find the album to have  more of a different but enjoyable sound to it! The sound that this album emulates is more of an electro/ synth pop/ trance-ish style then more harsher beats emulated on the Harts For Bullets album. The sound style evolution wasn’t just out of the blue ( so you weren’t really like WTF when it happened). It was a progression that you could really start to hear on the Flicker album.

Debris offered a ton of amazing tracks vocally and musically ( even more if you got the bonus LTD edition album which is a bunch of awesome remixes). Tracks such as Horrible Dream ( the XPQ-21 Mix I love), Mercury ( I also love the remix of this song if you haven’t heard it yet please youtube it) , DOS, Disease, Beta Complex, and most of the remixes ( if not all ) found off the bonus disk are excellent examples of what I mean.

So if your a long time Ayria fan then I really hope I did this album justice by giving my thoughts on it! If your new to Ayria or haven’t given Debris a shot yet then I highly recommend (and I can’t stress that part enough) that you do ( and yes go for the limited edition I’m sure you’ll love it just as much as I have)!

Album Review : Combichrist’s Making Monsters

Posted in Album Reviews with tags , , , , , , on September 4, 2010 by Rnowak

(Photo taken From  Combichrist’s Vampire Freaks page)

Yep your eyes do not deceive you! You are seeing an album review for Making Monsters! For those of you that haven’t heard already Making Monsters came out on August 31st as an early digital download release ( the psychical CD will be available on September 23). Now I did spend awhile debating on if I should pick up the digital download as I planned on picking up the actual CD when it came out. One of the deciding factors in me  picking it up (other than it being a new Combichrist album)  was that I got the chance to do the review for all of you before September 23!

Now before I get into my thoughts on this album I want to point out that these reviews I write up are always written in my honest opinion and should be taken that way. What I might enjoy or not enjoy others might or might not. I can give you guys my thoughts and opinions on my personal experience after listening to an album but in the end it really comes down to how well you enjoyed your own experience!

So with that little disclaimer out of the way now I’ll get on with the review. I was really excited for Making Monsters when news of it’s release first broke. Then when the first single from the album Never Surrender hit the internet ( on Vampire Freaks) my excitement grew even more.  So now with the digital download  in my Itunes library I was  all ready to listen to some new Combichrist. After listening to the album I must say honestly I felt a little let down.

Now I’m not saying that it was a horrible album or anything like that.  It’s just to me it felt like this album was a little weaker then previous albums. The best way that I’m finding to describe and back up that last statement  is that with the exception of Never Surrender a lot of the tracks beats and vocals were really less in your face when compared to tracks off of other albums. Which really makes it come off as a very different listening experience. These are just my first thoughts though. Could the album end up growing on me ? It very well could so I’m not counting it out yet as one night I might just say “Hey, let me crank up some Making Monsters.”

So if your a Combichrist fan (I’m sure   this goes with out saying) but most of you will pick this album up regardless as I  myself probably will still pick up the CD when it’s released (band loyalty). However if your new to Combichrist I would highly recommend that you go through some of their older albums before you listen to this one.  It’s just so your more familiar with the sound that made us fall in love with their music!

Album Review : Container ‘s NEO

Posted in Album Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on August 31, 2010 by Rnowak

( Image taken from Container’s Facebook page)

The Before EP (for you new comers to the site you can check out the review of that EP here) was my first listening experience of Container. The EP had left me wanting to hear more from them. So when Latex Records offered me the chance to have an early listen to Container’s upcoming full length album NEO I was all over it! After listening to the album I came to the conclusion that while I really did enjoy the Before EP however NEO really was a much better showcase of what this band is truly capable of!

I must say that one of my biggest enjoyment factors of NEO was the refreshingly unique sound that the band emulated. It’s a very different “all on it’s own” sound then what I’m normally used to listening to. The tracks off of NEO offer a pretty wide scope of  different music styles( i.e.  Darkwave, Goth and Alternative) all while still keeping that same unique sound. With that wide range of styles I have to say that the album is put together very well. You don’t come across that your just getting into the mellow sound feeling then your hit with a track of  a little more harder beat.

Overall this album was a highly enjoyable listening experience and in my opinion is very much worth checking out when it’s released .  In the meantime (to tide you over) if you haven’t downloaded the Before EP yet  you hop over to Container’s website here and do so ( It’s free). For the most up to date information on when NEO will be available for your listening pleasure you can visit Containers website here, Become a fan of theirs on Facebook or you can visit Latex Records here .

The Outside Your Little Happy Box Facebook Page Is Now Online!

Posted in General Information on August 29, 2010 by Rnowak

I’m doing away with the group and just going with a straight Facebook page. It’s my plan to make the general information post on the page vs getting clutter here. So news and updates will be posted there from now on. Your all more than welcome to join the fun here !

Album Review : Mankind Is Obsolete’s Manic Recession

Posted in Album Reviews with tags , , , , , on August 29, 2010 by Rnowak

(Picture taken from Mankind Is Obsolete’s bandcamp store)

While Mankind Is Obsolete ( or mkio )  has been around for awhile this album (believe it or not) was my first listening experience to them. Even though this is mainly a remix album it has sold me enough to want to go back and listen to the original tracks these remixes were based off of!

Manic Recession features 15 remixed tracks of past Mankind Is Obsolete tracks. It also features one original song  (Days Gone By) and one cover song ( Merchandise ). While a few of the songs (Awake, Troubled Dreams and Passing Through) do appear a couple of times on this album( as different remixes of course) it doesn’t give you that “oh it’s this song again” feeling as each of the different remixes keep the tracks very fresh sounding.

I’m sure most fans of Mankind Is Obsolete probably already have purchased the album as it was released a few week back. However if your a newbie ( like I was pre this album) I would recommend that you guys do give it a listen to ( you can listen to the tracks over at the bands bandcamp store here). As you do get a just a taste of what Mankind Is Obsolete has to offer your music collection. If you do like what you hear then by all means go back and grab the older releases because I know that I will be!

Album Review : Offscreen – Dragonfly Lingo

Posted in Album Reviews with tags , , , on August 29, 2010 by Rnowak

(Picture taken from the Dragonfly Lingo bandcamp store)

I’m always on the look out for new music to fill my ever growing library (as I’m sure most of you know by now), Social networking sites (such as Twitter, Facebook and Myspace ) have really helped me accomplish finding that new music. It was off of Twitter that I became first aware of Dragonfly Lingo( @soundfox). Highly interested (not just on my own but also after a high recommendation from a friend on Twitter)  I made a point last night of picking up the Offscreen album from the Dragonfly Lingo’s bandcamp store. After listening to the album I must say that it was a fantastic first introduction to what Dragonfly Lingo had to offer musically!

The concept behind the Offscreen album is to take stand out memorable movie quotes ( such as the exorcist, close encounters and phantasms III to name a few of the movies ) and mix them with music that specifically crafted for each line of dialogue. A concept that was very well executed in my opinion! The harmonically mixed music and sound byte really transformed each of the tracks off this album and gave them that extra level of listening pleasure. By the time the seven tack album comes to an end it really does leave you with that wanting more feeling!Having said that I for one really hope that there will be more releases from Dragonfly Lingo in the near future!

So as it was highly recommended to me I’m passing that recommendation on to all of you as well. You can head over to the Dragonfly Lingo’s bandcamp store ( bandcamp is a direct artist/band to listener  online music store. So this means that your purchase goes to the band and not a middle man such as Itunes or Amazon. Support your favorite artists and buy direct when you can) to get a sampling of all the tracks and if you like what you hear( and I’m sure you all will) you can pick up the album at a really incredible price!