In something of a return to DJing (aside from a few private parties recently, this was my first set in eighteen months), I donned my DJ:traumahound hat last night to join Jonny and Nathan at Tragedy >For Us< in Whitechapel, and it was great to be back. Read more “DJ: Guest: Tragedy >For Us<: 23-June 2017”
I swear that as a reviewer, things are getting harder to define.
What do I mean? The crossing of genres, the meshing of styles, is becoming so common as to make established genre descriptions almost defunct, and this is making the job of those of us that still write about music very much more difficult. Read more “But Listen: 153: Ghost Twin – Plastic Heart”
Some artists never sit still, and continue to innovate, moving their sound forward by involvement in new projects and new concepts. Read more “Talk Show Host: 033: Black Line”
For many, gigs in the heat of summer evenings are a tough sell, particularly in small venues (outdoor, festival shows of course are a different matter entirely). However, the summer is paradoxically a busy time for indoor shows, and two came up this week on consecutive evenings, and they were very different. Read more “Into the Pit: 197: Summer Nights in Small Venues”
What’s that coming over the hill?
This week, it really is a monster (or mythical creature). Ten of them, in fact. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 297: The Monster Mash”
It is, then, the week of another bloody election this week here in the UK, and there has been distinct signs of just how fucked off everyone seems to be with it across the coverage of it (not helped by the uptick in terrorist attacks in the country in recent weeks). Fuck knows what is going to happen on Thursday, mind, with opinion polls showing all kinds of outcomes. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 296: Tracks of the Month (May 2017)”
The cliché of the second album. It gets raised every single time, by just about everyone, but is it really a thing? I guess it depends on what happens with your first. If your first album isn’t great, though, will you have a chance to make a second? This second album expectation only really comes in after a first album that is either brilliant or simply shows promise. Can the artist build on what they’ve already done, or will they be a one-trick pony, forever destined to be remembered for the first and that’s it? Read more “But Listen: 152: 3TEETH – <shutdown.exe>”
The announcement of a European Skinny Puppy tour earlier in the year (“Down the Sociopath Too Euro 2017“) was, I have to say, a bit of a surprise. It has been seven years since their last UK appearances at least, and in the meantime they’ve released the excellent Weapon – but that was four years ago – and only last year cEvin Key was recovering from cancer surgery. Read more “Into the Pit: 196: Skinny Puppy: O2 Forum Kentish Town, NW5: 30-May 2017”
We’re edging toward the halfway point of 2017, and this week I’m taking a fifth look back at 1997. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 295: Tracks of the Month (May 1997)”
How artists can change entirely, embrace a whole new body, as it were, has never ceased to be a fascination to me. Read more “But Listen: 151: Coldkill – Distance By Design”