As a teenager I was enticed by the world of electronica/industrial/goth. I became very particular about my selections and was lucky enough to find the best local spot in Salt Lake City. Modified Music was a land of dreams. Now it is gone. More often than not I found all of my favorite imports from Europe there. If they didn’t have it, I always had the option of having it shipped in very easily. I walked into the independently owned music shop loving what was on the speakers more often than not. My favorites as a teenager ran in the vein of Apoptygma Berzerk, Kraftwerk, And One, Mesh, Neuroticfish, Portishead, Ayria, Covanent, K.M.F.D.M., Ego Likeness, The Cruxshadows, Inkubus Sukkubus and others. I had a hindering for The Rasmus, H.I.M., Lacuna Coil and other items that needed singles imported. I never did stray from my building blocks of The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, Bauhaus, Joy Division, Sisters of Mercy and etc.
Yes, I was a little unusual. Music is a huge part of my life, though. Now that isn’t unusual at all. I’m the girl who nearly effortlessly won concert tickets, attended too many to count and meet bands. I never really tried too hard in the past, these days I very rarely go out for a concert unless it’s something good I’ve always wanted to see. My next show will be K.M.F.D.M. coming up this month and I haven’t seen them live in ten years.
Recent concerts (past three years): Concrete Blonde, Collective Soul, The Dreaming (lost track there – six or seven shows and counting), Portugal. the Man (acoustic set, meet and greet from radio station, concert – free), Explosions in the Sky, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. Does Henry Rollins count for his spoken word?
There’s more but I’m too tired to think.
I am a longtime Kraftwerk fan, but hadn’t heard of the documentary before listening to to Henry Rollins’ 203rd broadcast on KCRW (yes, I’m behind). Sat down and watched it, was amazing. I wanted to share it here, despite my assumption that few know of Kraftwerk these days.