But Listen: 128: KMFDM – KUNST

Recent KMFDM albums have followed something of a pattern, and not just in their release dates – i.e. in the Spring, every other year, for ten years now. All these years of "conceptual continuity" have resulted somewhat in a band resting on their laurels a bit, and most criminally re-using the same old ideas time after time. And yes, this album is pretty much doing that again, but it isn't without it's joys along the way – we could call it, er, "conceptual continuity", yes?

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Into the Pit: 160: Deftones – Live at Brixton – 13-February 2013

Crikey. Over two years already since the last, breathless Deftones show at Brixton, and here we were again, the Deftones with another exceptional new album to showcase.

Unusually for a midweek Brixton show, though, I'd ensured that we got there relatively early, as I wanted to see the first support act, Three Trapped Tigers. Apparently on the tour at the request of the Deftones, their complex, energetic nominally-post-rock sounds clearly gained them a number of new fans across the set. It was also interesting to see them in such a large venue. I first saw them back in summer 2009, in the backroom of a pub, so this was something of a step-change.

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Into the Pit: 159: Bitter Ruin – Live at The Borderline – 11-February 2013

Concluding three gigs within a week of up-and-coming acts, all three of which I’ve been following for a while now, was Bitter Ruin’s return to London for their first show in the city in 2013. 2012 was a good year for the duo, with a new EP (The Rocket Sessions, released late in the year), a high-profile new manager (Matt Lucas), and a string of well-received gigs, including a support slot to big crowds on the Ben Folds Five reunion tour last December.

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Into the Pit: 158: Blindness – Live at The Star of Kings – 08-February 2013

A new venue on me, this one – I’m not sure if it had previously been under another name? – and heading up York Way for the first time in a while brought home just how quickly the King’s Cross area is changing as regeneration takes hold. What was a grotty, forbidding area with little other than industrial units and decaying buildings is swiftly becoming a new area of inner-city London, and maybe in time there may be more venues up here. The pub itself was quite pleasant, even if the basement venue where the gig was had a very low ceiling indeed.

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Into the Pit: 157: Rebekah Delgado – Live at The Water Rats – 06-February 2013

After a fairly lengthy break from gig-going after a very busy 2012 – aside from the special occasion of Kraftwerk in Germany last month, this show marked my return to attending London gigs, and indeed it is the first of a number in the next few months.

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