Into the Pit: 137: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – Live at Village Underground – 20-June 2012

Amanda Palmer has been big news of late, not for being dicked over by a record label, or for controversy over a video, or happening to be married to Neil Gaiman, but instead she is famous right now for the fact that she has mobilised her fans to a quite extraordinary degree. No musical kickstarter or similar has even come close to the level of funding of this, and it has to be wondered if this really is the push that this kind of independent music making needed, or whether AFP is a special case. Read more “Into the Pit: 137: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra – Live at Village Underground – 20-June 2012”

Into the Pit: 136: She Wants Revenge – Live at O2 Academy Islington – 17-June 2012

Being dicked around by venue staff before even getting through the door is never a great start, but the annoyance it caused resulted in me being in just the right mood to watch Cold In Berlin. And then, to have me question exactly how I hadn’t caught them before. Read more “Into the Pit: 136: She Wants Revenge – Live at O2 Academy Islington – 17-June 2012”

But Listen: 125: The Strand – Combat Advantage

I mused for a while over whether to leave the elephant in the corner of the room here, or whether to get it out of the way first. So obviously it is going to be the latter. The Strand are, or have been at least, lumped in as a “Steampunk” band in the past. I’ve no idea whether it was a phase, or whether it is just their visual style and that’s that.

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Into the Pit: 135: SunnO))) – Live at KOKO – 12-June 2012

I have to confess that I was somewhat nervous about this gig. Were my earplugs up to the job, would I make it through the whole thing, etc. And this isn’t something I say lightly. Over seventeen years of gig-going, and hundreds and hundreds of bands I’ve seen, there are few that I’ve seen, I thought, that would be as loud as Sunn O))), or so I was told. Read more “Into the Pit: 135: SunnO))) – Live at KOKO – 12-June 2012”

Tuesday Ten: 156: Tracks of the Month (May 2012)

Another month – so it’s time for a quick rundown of the ten tracks I think you should all hear. It’s a rather wider range of music than I’ve been posting of late, too, I think. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 156: Tracks of the Month (May 2012)”

Into the Pit: 134: Mazzy Star – Live at Shepherds Bush – 03-June 2012

The gig the night before this was a late addition to the roster, so this, in some respects, was the gig that was the planned beginning of a long summer of shows. Ten gigs between 03-June and 22-July, before I get a break in the run-up to Infest. Like last year, I’m going to have issues picking the best shows from the multitude I’ve already seen, never mind what is to come. Read more “Into the Pit: 134: Mazzy Star – Live at Shepherds Bush – 03-June 2012”

Into the Pit: 133: Pretentious, Moi? – Live at Electrowerkz – 02-June 2012

The first night of two consecutive (again!) nights of gigs over this extra-long bank-holiday weekend, and this first one took me back to Electrowerkz for a live show a second time in six months. Ostensibly the gig was headlined by The Danse Society, but we had no great desire to see them so left after the third band (and judging on what I heard later from various friends, this was a good move). Read more “Into the Pit: 133: Pretentious, Moi? – Live at Electrowerkz – 02-June 2012”