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”

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 “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”

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 “Bitter Ruin – Live at The Borderline – 10-July 2012”

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. Read more “Garbage – Live at Brixton – 01-July 2012”

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. Read more “Garbage – Live at Brixton – 01-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)”