I made the mistake of asking “What is Goth to you” on Facebook recently (after being asked the same question by French journalists at Whitby, in my role as (co-)captain of Real Gothic FC). Over 700 comments later, we were still no closer to the answer. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 301: Oh My Goth!”
Welcome to Tuesday Ten 300, and this week I’m talking about songs that are about music. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 300: Bring The Noise”
I go to see a whole lot of live music. Somewhere between 40 and 70 nights of my year, every year, are spent going to gigs and festivals, in the UK and beyond. Which probably means that I go to more gigs than most – and I started at my first show twenty-two years ago this month. Read more “Repeater: 002: Lessons and Questions from Twenty-Two Years of Gig-Going”
As I nudge toward Tuesday Ten: 300 next week (a milestone I never thought I’d reach), another month has passed and here we are again with the latest batch of new tracks to catch up on. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 299: Tracks of the Month (June 2017)”
The final part of this is to deal with the issues women have as performers – be that in bands, as DJs, or as other performers in a musical space. Read more “Repeater: 001.3: Experiences of Women as Performers”
Sadly, clubbing is no more a safe space for women than gigs are. Some of the stories I’ve had for this section are jaw-dropping, with quite extraordinary examples that should never, ever be happening. Read more “Repeater: 001.2: Experiences of Women at Clubs”
I really shouldn’t have to be writing about this.
“Our scene”, judging on many of the comments I’ve seen that came about from this, is anything but a safe space. We keep banging on about how friendly and inclusive our scene is, but then I see comments about sexual assaults at major festivals, violence towards women at gigs, to name but a few instances. Read more “Repeater: 001.1: Experiences of Women at Gigs”
The realisation of how strong a year 1997 was for music, certainly in the UK anyway, has been seen by a whole litany of posts on various sites in recent months (this one from 6Music piqued my interest, seeing as every single album in the list, I think, will be covered by me in my own 1997 series!), and in particular OK Computer, which I covered in 295: Tracks (May 1997). Read more “Tuesday Ten: 298: Tracks of the Month (June 1997)”
In something of a return to DJing (aside from a few private parties recently, this was my first set in eighteen months), I donned my DJ:traumahound hat last night to join Jonny and Nathan at Tragedy >For Us< in Whitechapel, and it was great to be back. Read more “DJ: Guest: 089: Tragedy >For Us<: 23-June 2017"
I swear that as a reviewer, things are getting harder to define.
What do I mean? The crossing of genres, the meshing of styles, is becoming so common as to make established genre descriptions almost defunct, and this is making the job of those of us that still write about music very much more difficult. Read more “But Listen: 153: Ghost Twin – Plastic Heart”
Some artists never sit still, and continue to innovate, moving their sound forward by involvement in new projects and new concepts. Read more “Talk Show Host: 033: Black Line”
For many, gigs in the heat of summer evenings are a tough sell, particularly in small venues (outdoor, festival shows of course are a different matter entirely). However, the summer is paradoxically a busy time for indoor shows, and two came up this week on consecutive evenings, and they were very different. Read more “Into the Pit: 197: Summer Nights in Small Venues”
What’s that coming over the hill?
This week, it really is a monster (or mythical creature). Ten of them, in fact. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 297: The Monster Mash”
It is, then, the week of another bloody election this week here in the UK, and there has been distinct signs of just how fucked off everyone seems to be with it across the coverage of it (not helped by the uptick in terrorist attacks in the country in recent weeks). Fuck knows what is going to happen on Thursday, mind, with opinion polls showing all kinds of outcomes. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 296: Tracks of the Month (May 2017)”
The cliché of the second album. It gets raised every single time, by just about everyone, but is it really a thing? I guess it depends on what happens with your first. If your first album isn’t great, though, will you have a chance to make a second? This second album expectation only really comes in after a first album that is either brilliant or simply shows promise. Can the artist build on what they’ve already done, or will they be a one-trick pony, forever destined to be remembered for the first and that’s it? Read more “But Listen: 152: 3TEETH – <shutdown.exe>”
The announcement of a European Skinny Puppy tour earlier in the year (“Down the Sociopath Too Euro 2017“) was, I have to say, a bit of a surprise. It has been seven years since their last UK appearances at least, and in the meantime they’ve released the excellent Weapon – but that was four years ago – and only last year cEvin Key was recovering from cancer surgery. Read more “Into the Pit: 196: Skinny Puppy: O2 Forum Kentish Town, NW5: 30-May 2017”
We’re edging toward the halfway point of 2017, and this week I’m taking a fifth look back at 1997. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 295: Tracks of the Month (May 1997)”
How artists can change entirely, embrace a whole new body, as it were, has never ceased to be a fascination to me. Read more “But Listen: 151: Coldkill – Distance By Design”
Last week I was looking at weakness, and songs thereof, and this week, it’s the flipside. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 294: Strength to Endure”
Not all DJ sets go as planned, and this was one of them. Read more “DJ: Guest: 088: Lily’s 30th: 20-May 2017”