The end of November looms, so it is time once again to review 2012 in music. Read more “2012 in review: Disappointments”
One of the joys of being back in London has been being able to immerse myself in the tons of live music that there always is on offer (I’m not sure I really want to count up exactly how many bands I’ve seen live in this city over the past three years, for the sake of my sanity when I realise how much it has all cost), and more particularly discovering new bands.
This week – for the first non-month round-up in a while – I’m looking at bands mentioning other bands or artists. Or lots of them in one song, in more than one case. There were quite a few more that I couldn’t include, and I’d be interested to hear other suggestions for this. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 166: Musical References”
Somehow, despite having been a fan of both Carter and Ned’s for many, many years, I never got ’round to seeing either of them back in their 90s heydays, and indeed I’d also managed to miss the various reunion shows in recent years too. So unlike just about all of my friends who also attended this show, this was my first time. However first off we had to get through Cud.
It isn’t often that I’m left with a feeling of slight nervousness prior to a gig, but then, Swans aren’t really your average band. One of the most extreme “rock” bands to exist, perhaps – their extremity being being louder, more punishing mentally and physically than just about anyone else – were ended by Michael Gira in 1997/98, and laid dormant, apparently for ever, for twelve years before Gira announced, out of the blue, that they were to be re-constituted. Less of a reunion than a picking up where they left off, My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky was an extraordinary album (particularly for a first album in thirteen years), and the show that I witnessed that autumn following release was frankly one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. Read more “Into the Pit: 153: Swans – Live at KOKO – 15-November 2012”
There are not many bands – particularly after fifteen years in and out of the public eye – that are able to generate the sheer level of mystique and reverence that GY!BE have managed. But then – and yes, it is a cliche nowadays, but one perhaps worth repeating – GY!BE are not your average band. Read more “Into the Pit: 152: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Live at Kentish Town – 05-November 2012”
Many smaller labels in the industrial scene are lucky if they release one truly extraordinary album over a period of a few years, but I’m beginning to think that Artoffact are more than just lucky in picking their artists. In recent years they have released truly brilliant albums from Urceus Exit, Saltillo, v01d, and then North American/CD releases for Chrysalide, AAIMON and Necro Facility. And, of course, the first DWIFH album, Harm’s Way, which appeared during 2010 out of nowhere to a whole lot of acclaim and a swift rising in profile.
Read more “But Listen: 126: Dead When I Found Her – Rag Doll Blues”
A month without posts has meant a month without Tuesday Tens, too. Here is my return to that, with another roundup of ten songs you should hear this month. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 165: Tracks of the Month (October 2012)”