2013 in Review: Disappointments

Regular readers will be well used to this by now – at the end of each year, I round up my year in music over the course of successive weeks. This year there will be five posts, the dates of which are shown below. I’ve not had the time to write as many reviews as I’d like to have done this year (the second half of the year in particular has been horrendously busy and stressful), which means that perhaps I’ve not been able to do justice to what has been released or played this year. In addition, this is the tenth year of my end of year lists, so at some point I’ll be having a quick look back at what has topped the lists over the years. Read more “2013 in Review: Disappointments”

Tuesday Ten: 189: Remembrance and War

While I’ve covered nuclear war (Tuesday Ten: 109), various other parts of past history (Tuesday Ten: 047), not to mention American Politics (Tuesday Ten: 056), I’ve never looked directly at war (although judging on my notes I’ve certainly looked at the idea in the past). And in this week of Remembrance Day, it is maybe time to do so at last in more detail. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 189: Remembrance and War”

Into the Pit: 183: Alice In Chains + GHOST – Live at Alexandra Palace – 09-November 2013

After a period with only one gig in a month, this was a return to gigging again, the first of ten shows or so between now and Christmas. And for this one, it was my first ever visit to Alexandra Palace for a gig (somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit), and while well organised – few queues getting in, friendly staff amongst other pleasures – I couldn’t help feeling that the food/drink court area was priced at an extraordinary level (a fiver for a pint of Fosters, for example). Read more “Into the Pit: 183: Alice In Chains + GHOST – Live at Alexandra Palace – 09-November 2013”

Tuesday Ten: 188: Tracks of the Month (October 2013)

This will be the last monthly roundup of 2013, as at the beginning of December I will be turning my attention – as usual – to rounding up the year in music. There has been a hell of a lot to consider, too, as 2013 has been something of a bumper year for music as far as I’m concerned. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 188: Tracks of the Month (October 2013)”