Tuesday Ten: 159: Fire

After finally seeing the Olympic Torch Relay last week – amongst the enormous crowds in the City of London on Thursday morning – as well as the spectacular finale to the opening ceremony with a seriously clever way to light the Olympic Flame in the stadium, not to mention the sad news of a colleague suffering a fire at his flat (happily he and his partner are ok) and the arrival of summer heat at last in the past week, I guess the choice of Fire as a Tuesday Ten subject is apt. Although I’m kinda wondering how it has taken 158 Tuesday Tens to think about doing it. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 159: Fire”

Into the Pit: 144: Seabound – Live at Purple Turtle – 22-July 2012

For the last of six different gigs during July – and my last for a few weeks – it was back to the Purple Turtle for the first time in a while, to see the return of the band that I believe are now the finest exponents of synthpop/futurepop anywhere. But first, before Seabound, there were the support acts, and I was there to see them all. Read more “Into the Pit: 144: Seabound – Live at Purple Turtle – 22-July 2012”

Tuesday Ten: 158: Concept Albums

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that over the years, there aren’t a great many times where I could honestly say that I haven’t rolled my eyes in response to any news that “[x] are releasing a concept album”. It is fair to suggest that Concept Albums really do have a shitty reputation, in the main, perhaps because some of the better known exponents over time managed to drag the idea through the mud, with certain dull, never-ending prog-rock epics being the worst offenders. And yes, I can’t stand Pink Floyd. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 158: Concept Albums”

Into the Pit: 143: Assemblage 23 – Live at O2 Academy Islington – 14-July 2012

This gig was unusual on a few counts, but particularly for having the dubious honour of being the first gig I’ve attended downsized (i.e. moved to a smaller venue) in a long, long time. It would be easy to blame it on the recession, but this was the first turnout I’ve seen this poor in a while. I think more likely is that now we are heading into the holiday season, and with the Olympic getaway already underway, maybe just many people were elsewhere.

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Into the Pit: 142: (The Death Of) Six By Seven – Live at Hope and Anchor – 13-July 2012

In something of a downsizing from the various gigs I’ve been to of late, this was the most intimate show I’ve seen in a long, long time – and remarkably the first time I have ever attended a gig at this famous old basement venue. The pub appears to have been somewhat gentrified from it’s old reputation, although the gig space itself was still impressively dark and cramped.

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Into the Pit: 141: Bitter Ruin – Live at The Borderline – 10-July 2012

I think it took me a little while to come around to Bitter Ruin in the first place, but to be fair, the first time around I only saw a couple of songs as we got there late. The second time around, again supporting Amanda Palmer, there was no such mistake, and for their short set they were enthralling. Read more “Into the Pit: 141: Bitter Ruin – Live at The Borderline – 10-July 2012”

Into the Pit: 140: Garbage – Live at Brixton – 01-July 2012

Of the many, many bands I’ve seen over the past seventeen years, one of the earliest I saw was Garbage way back in the spring of 1996. As, frankly, the quality of their albums dipped a bit, and they became less and less interesting in touring, I chose not to see them live again…until now.

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Into the Pit: 139: Faith No More – Live at Hammersmith – 08-July 2012

Of all of the various nostalgic gigs I’ve attended in recent years – and I’m beginning to worry that I seem to be doing more of these than I see new bands – this was one that I never really thought I’d get the chance to see. Read more “Into the Pit: 139: Faith No More – Live at Hammersmith – 08-July 2012”

Tuesday Ten: 157: Tracks of the Month (June 2012)

Here are ten more songs and artists you should hear about, that have been rocking my world over the past month. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 157: Tracks of the Month (June 2012)”

Into the Pit: 138: Concrete Lung – Live at The Unicorn – 29-June 2012

Having missed Concrete Lung’s support slot with Combichrist the previous night, I was tipped off that the band were playing under the name of FLESH WASTER at The Unicorn. So, post-work booze session completed, and on the way to a birthday bash in Walthamstow, I diverted via Camden to catch the show.

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