But Listen: 117: Skinny Puppy – hanDover

In quite fabulous timing for this review, there was an intriguing article in the Guardian’s music section yesterday entitled When Bands Fall Off Cliffs. Ostensibly about how some bands find massive success and then the next release sees their fanbase simply fall away – and there were some pretty sobering and unexpected examples in the article. Read more “But Listen: 117: Skinny Puppy – hanDover”

Tuesday Ten: 144: Back For Good?

Two reunions of different kinds hit the news last week, although interestingly the return of Steps seemed to be rather overshadowed by The Stone Roses. The NME in particular are treating the latter like the, er, Resurrection, the most important music news, well, ever. Which in some respects kinda shows them for what they and most of the music industry are about nowadays – obsessed by nostalgia and perhaps no longer all that interested in new music – which, as the papers full title suggests, should really be their focus. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 144: Back For Good?”

Into the Pit: 110: Pop Will Eat Itself – Live in Islington – 22-October 2011

2011 will go down as the year of nostalgia more than any other, I suspect. I’ve lost count of how many returning bands, re-issues, retrospectives and the like that I’ve seen…and while it probably isn’t doing a great deal for the future of the music industry, going on the numbers it must be helping the bottom line somewhere. And while I feel slightly uneasy about the whole issue of revisiting the past, I’ll admit that I have got sucked in to it on a number of levels. But when it is some of your favourite bands that are doing it, it is hard to avoid.

Read more “Into the Pit: 110: Pop Will Eat Itself – Live in Islington – 22-October 2011”

But Listen: 116: Left Spine Down – Caution

When Left Spine Down first burst on the scene – the first track I heard was the blistering U Can’t Stop The Bomb, as I recall, and it was certainly among the best tracks of 2008 – they seemed like an awesome idea. Like someone had finally, after some years of trying, understood the idea of “cyberpunk” music. Who knew that successfully fusing punk and industrial could be so hard?

Read more “But Listen: 116: Left Spine Down – Caution”

Into the Pit: 109: dEUS – Live at KOKO – 11-October 2011

I seem to be playing catchup with a number of bands nowadays. Insofar as having missed them live in the past, I’m now taking every opportunity possible to see some of my favourite bands, even as they edge into perhaps the later stages of their career. Read more “Into the Pit: 109: dEUS – Live at KOKO – 11-October 2011”

DJ: Guest: 059: Autonomy – 01-October 2011

I was back to DJ at Autonomy for the first time in four months. The break has been nice, actually, and the absence of my fellow residents meant that I did the whole four hour set myself. It was something of a marathon, and indeed a mightily odd night, but I got through it ok and the crowd was a good mix of regulars and new people – the latter definitely being a good thing. As I noted on Facebook at the time, it did feel a bit like an episode of Writhe and Shine at points, but there were some good requests and a busy dancefloor for much of the night. I’ll be back again for the 03-December Autonomy. Read more “DJ: Guest: 059: Autonomy – 01-October 2011”