Into the Pit: 122: Rammstein – Live at The O2 – 24-February 2012

There aren’t many bands I’ll shell out silly amounts of money for to see them live, but Rammstein are one of them. I’ve seen them five times previously over the past ten years, never been disappointed, always amazed and entertained, so when the “greatest hits” tour got announced there was no was I was missing it – no matter what the cost. Read more “Into the Pit: 122: Rammstein – Live at The O2 – 24-February 2012”

Into the Pit: 121: HOLD KISS KILL + Blindness – Live at Old Queen’s Head – 21-February 2012

One of the joys of going to smaller gigs again, and indeed seeing bands from a “scene” that I’ve not generally been involved in for some time, is that I am going to venues I never even knew were gig venues – and this gig was one of those. A pleasantly restored pub on Essex Road in Islington, that rather than being the usual fleapit for a small venue, was actually a well appointed pub, with the upstairs room full of comfy leather sofas and corner tables, meaning that it was something of a more refined gig than usual. Read more “Into the Pit: 121: HOLD KISS KILL + Blindness – Live at Old Queen’s Head – 21-February 2012”

Tuesday Ten: 149: B-Sides

In this era of downloads, the B-side has almost become a dead art. And what a shame, when you consider some of the astonishing tracks hidden away on the flipside of a single over the years. Not to mention that a number of B-sides have become accepted as some bands greatest songs, or have become live favourites, or both. Back when it was still of use, it was a good place for bands to experiment, or simply to continue releasing material without the pressure of a full album. Or in some cases, simply fill up B-side space with endless remixes, which may or may not have been any good. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 149: B-Sides”

Into the Pit: 120: The Twilight Sad – Live at Cargo – 14-February 2012

For my first gig of a busy few weeks (five gigs between now and the end of February, and quite a few in the month or two after that), it was time to revisit a band who I only saw about three months ago. Call it a case of making up for lost time, perhaps, but I really should have seen The Twilight Sad live earlier.

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Into the Pit: 119: The DDR of R’n’B club – The Half Moon – 16-February 2012

If nothing else, I couldn’t suggest that this night didn’t offer some variety in terms of the bands onstage. Going from garage rock, to political polemics, to deeply emotional, electro-rock. Kind of.

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But Listen: 120: Mind.In.A.Box – Revelations

In these times of demands for instant musical gratification, and single track downloads apparently supplanting the album, success sometimes comes to those bands that demand more than just a fleeting listen. Austria’s Mind.In.A.Box are one such band.

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Tuesday Ten: 148: Tracks of the Month (January 2012)

The first new music coverage of 2012 from me (the best of the past month or two, anyway). So new stuff, and a dusting of the old, too. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 148: Tracks of the Month (January 2012)”