But Listen: 139: Seeming – Madness & Extinction

Reviewing music is sometimes an exceptionally difficult task. On some occasions, the words will flow immediately, and the whole review can be completed quickly (something that actually I find easier with bad albums). On others, it might sit on the back burner for a while while I listen again and again trying to find the right words, be it positive or negative. Read more “But Listen: 139: Seeming – Madness & Extinction”

But Listen: 138: Laibach – Spectre

Whatever your opinion on Laibach, it is perhaps hard to disagree that even after over thirty years active, anything they release is at least worth talking about. Over their career they have cast their critical eye over mainstream pop music, covering fixtures in the pop canon with, er, surprising results, uncovered hitherto unnoticed totalitarian leanings in other pop hits, examined their balkan heritage, classical reinterpretations, reworkings of national anthems and even, once in a while, joining the herd and making a better and more enduring industrial anthem than any of their peers. So in this time of apparent political instability in Europe, it cannot be a surprise that this most politically vocal (as opposed to active, the distinction is important) band have turned their attention to recent events. Read more “But Listen: 138: Laibach – Spectre”

Into the Pit: 185: February Gig Round-up (Anna Calvi, Behemoth, Cradle of Filth, Monster Magnet, St Vincent)

After a bit of a slow start to the year gig-wise, into February and all of a sudden there is a short spell of a number of gigs. Time constraints and other distractions have meant I've struggled to finish full reviews, so here is a roundup of the gigs I attended during February.

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Tuesday Ten: 199: As Seen On TV

The television appearance is an important part of the promotional armoury. Not a video (I’ve covered these in various posts before), but simply a live* rendition of a current song that maybe gets a band out to an audience that otherwise might not know about them. I’ve also excluded TV-aired festival appearances, too. One thing, though, is that those opportunities for TV slots are greatly diminished nowadays, so most of this list goes back a bit… Read more “Tuesday Ten: 199: As Seen On TV”

Tuesday Ten: 198: Tracks of the Month (February 2014)

A new month, so a new ten tracks of things that I’m enjoying at the moment. To be honest, we seem to be in a bit of a lull at the moment, after the flurry of releases recently (Seabound, God Module, Laibach, seeming and Aesthetic Perfection will all be reviewed separately soon, by the way – all are “in the works”), so I didn’t perhaps have as much to put into this list as I might have liked. But there is some interesting stuff here, that’s for sure. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 198: Tracks of the Month (February 2014)”