Tuesday Ten: 176: Depeche Mode covers

I’ve had this on my “to do” list of Tuesday Tens for about two years, but to be honest I’ve been awaiting the right moment to use it. But with a new (rather lacklustre) DM album, the O2 shows this week (where I finally see them live after years of waiting), and an intriguing new cover released this past week, it has finally got me inspired to complete it and get it posted.
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Into the Pit: 171: Author & Punisher – Birthdays N16 – 12-May 2013

The last gig of a bit of a frantic period at the end of April into early May, before a couple of weeks off from gigging, this was a hastily arranged, last minute attendance. I had a ticket for the A&P show earlier in the week, but the announcement of this show allowed me to take up a friend's spare ticket at The Knife's brilliant show in Camden instead. Happily, it all worked out well, and I didn't miss anything.

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But Listen: 132: Skinny Puppy – Weapon

Nearly ten years since comeback album The Greater Wrong of the Right, and thirteen years since their return from the hiatus/collapse with the legendary Doomsday show, Skinny Puppy are back with their fourth album since the reformation, and after a string of ultimately disappointing albums that have seen them, at best treading water or even going backwards, this is their first truly satisfying and ultimately listenable album in a long, long time. Read more “But Listen: 132: Skinny Puppy – Weapon”

Tuesday Ten: 175: Science Fiction – Double Feature

Time again to delve into an area I’ve touched upon before, but in different ways. Back in the distant past I’ve looked at songs about space (Tuesday Ten: 079), and robots (Tuesday Ten: 063), but remarkably I’ve never looked in general at science-fiction in music. So, time to right the wrong, and go boldly beyond… Read more “Tuesday Ten: 175: Science Fiction – Double Feature”

Into the Pit: 170: Chelsea Wolfe – Live at Cargo – 09-May 2013

Since last year, and her debut UK show that I also covered here, Chelsea Wolfe has, on the evidence of this show and the apparently well-received tour across the country, significantly increased her fanbase in the UK. So, after a much smaller gig at The Old Blue Last in Shoreditch last May, this time it was around the corner to the larger Cargo for her second London show.

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Into the Pit: 169: The Knife – Live at The Roundhouse NW1 – 08-May 2013

I wasn't even meant to be at this gig. Initially – and indeed some time ago – I had bought a ticket to see Author & Punisher the same evening, after failing to get a ticket in the now-familiar scrum for a gig that raised as much interest as this. But, thanks to a message a few days prior from a friend, I got offered a spare ticket, and frankly, there was no way I was passing this up – and I had a second opportunity to see A&P on Sunday night, which I did go to (and a review will follow from that show in due course, too).

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Tuesday Ten: 174: Live Albums

So…I’ve looked at the best gigs, live venues, and gigs at the London Astoria, bands at Infest, bands I’ve *not* seen live…but I’ve never had a look at live albums, somehow, as my girlfriend pointed out last week. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 174: Live Albums”

Into the Pit: 168: Recent Gigs – review catch-up

The last month has been a really busy one, and despite attending a number of gigs in that period, I’ve not had the chance to get my thoughts on online for most of them so far. So – as I’m never going to be able to catch up if I don’t do this – here, for the first time, is a set of short-form reviews of a few gigs I attended during April and early-May that I’ve not otherwise covered.

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Tuesday Ten: 173: Tracks of the Month (April 2013)

First post in a while, yep, been really busy again. On schedule, mind, here is this month’s ten tracks you should hear. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 173: Tracks of the Month (April 2013)”