DJ: Guest: 053: Club Tron – 25-February 2011

I was there to DJ at Club Tron, and broadly it was good fun. Good to see some old friends, but my DJing was less good. I seem to be stuck in a bit of a rut at the moment with my sets – I’m beginning to wonder whether the somewhat conservative tastes of the punters in the clubs are not helping, or whether it’s just that I’m getting bored of doing this. I really hope it’s not the latter. Read more “DJ: Guest: 053: Club Tron – 25-February 2011”

Into the Pit: 098: Rob Zombie – Live at Brixton – 16-February 2011

Twelve years is a long, long time between visits to the UK for an American artist. Particularly one as loved in the metal scene as Rob Zombie. Or was that “did love”? Let’s be honest, much of his solo material has been, well, kinda half-assed on record, reaching a nadir on the dreadful Educated Horses, a point where I was thinking he’d now got tired of making music and was far more bothered with his burgeoning horror movie director career. So the arrival of Hellbilly Deluxe 2 last year – which actually showed signs of life again, with some cracking songs on it, and then the announcement of this tour, came as a little bit of a surprise. Perhaps he was still bothered after all. Read more “Into the Pit: 098: Rob Zombie – Live at Brixton – 16-February 2011”

Tuesday Ten: 122: Dumped

Ok, so I did Bad Romance last year, but here’s another list for Valentines Day – this time dealing with being dumped. It’s been a good many years since it happened to me, and I really rather hope it stays that way. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 122: Dumped”

But Listen: 105: Concrete Lung – Versions of Hell

Here’s a question for you. What is “urban” music? Is it really just hip-hop, rap, R&B and various forms of dance music? For me, urban music brings to mind music that could only be created in the environment fostered by living in a city – and that isn’t always music you can dance to. The Axis Of Perdition‘s filthy, grimy industrial black metal was forged in the grim northern town of Middlesbrough, and other than it’s literary and filmic influences, the urban industrial heartland it comes from is clearly vitally important to it’s sound.

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