Memory of a Festival: 029: All Points East presents Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

The last day of the ten day period of All Points East at Victoria Park was also my first ever attendance at one of the festivals in that park. Like my own “home” park Finsbury Park (I live within 100m of it), it is extensively used for live music over the summer period, which probably […]

Into the Pit: 200: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

I looked at the concept of my musical Bucket List in Tuesday Ten: 178 in 2013, and of those artists, there is pretty much only Radiohead within the list that I have a realistic chance of seeing one day (Slayer’s current line-up, with the death of Jeff Hanneman, is not really one I’m too interested […]

/Countdown/2010s/Tracks/80-61

Continuing the process of wrapping up the last decade before it disappears too far into the rearview mirror, this is the seventh part of the best tracks of the 2010s. This has been an interesting, and memory-laden trip doing this list. I’ve dredged up a few memories, reconnected with a few songs I’d not heard […]

/Countdown/2010s/Albums/100-81

The additional downtime at the moment has had one or two benefits for me – more of a chance to get my head down and get a few outstanding posts completed. I’m painfully aware that aside from regular /Tuesday Ten posts (and /Tuesday Ten/402 will follow tomorrow), I’ve not been posting as much as I’d […]

/Tuesday Ten/391/The Circus Is Leaving Town

Weirdly, I don’t think I’ve ever actually been to the circus. I’ve been to funfairs, I’ve seen clowns perform elsewhere, but even as a kid never set foot in a big top. I’ve seen them enough in film and on TV, mind, to know that maybe, just maybe, I’m not missing too much.

/Countdown/2019/Gigs

Some statistics for my gig-going in 2019. I went to 53 shows (each festival is counted by number of days – so Infest is three days, so counts for three shows), and saw 150 live sets. I saw 140 unique bands, eight of them more than once, at 37 venues, and my wife saw 46 […]

/Welcome to the Future/102/Events, gigs and new release round-up/11-Oct 2019

Back after an unexpected week away – so let’s look at things to distract us, either by way of new music or events to consider. This is the usual amodelofcontrol.com round-up, of new music coming your way this week and soon, as well as a look at the events and gigs in the future, and […]

/Welcome to the Future/101/Events, gigs and new release round-up/27-Sep 2019

Friday, the end of another week – so let’s look at things to distract us, either by way of new music or events to consider. This is the usual amodelofcontrol.com round-up, of new music coming your way this week and soon, as well as a look at the events and gigs in the future, and […]

/Tuesday Ten/383/Boys Boys Boys/Given Names/Masculine

Given names pop up an awful lot in popular music. They provide subjects of songs, refer to current or past loves, refer to normal or famous people, or have another use entirely – in Slint’s case, their debut album Tweez has song-titles of various family members of the band – oh, and a dog – […]

/Tuesday Ten/358/Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word

I’m British, so of course, I say sorry. Buzzfeed came up with 65 ways Brits say sorry, there are endless jokes about it, but the reality is, I and many others say sorry far more than we need to.

Countdown: 2018: Gigs

This year’s statistics – I saw 51 days-worth of gigs, and 156 live sets. It featured 140 different bands, and I saw sixteen twice – and all that lot were in two countries (England and Belgium) and four different cities (London, Bradford, Leeds and Sint-Niklaas).

Welcome to the Future: 065: Events, gigs and new release round-up 30-November 2018

Another Friday, another round-up. As always this is a look at upcoming releases, relevant music news and upcoming events and gigs worth spending some of your time at. It is by no means an exhaustive list, and I’m always on the lookout for more to include.

Welcome to the Future: 057: Events, gigs and new release round-up 28-September 2018

Another Friday, another round-up. As always this is a look at upcoming releases, relevant music news and upcoming events and gigs worth spending some of your time at. It is by no means an exhaustive list, and I’m always on the lookout for more to include.

Welcome to the Future: 056: Events, gigs and new release round-up 21-September 2018

Another Friday, another round-up. As always this is a look at upcoming releases, relevant music news and upcoming events and gigs worth spending some of your time at. It is by no means an exhaustive list, and I’m always on the lookout for more to include.

Welcome to the Future: 044: Events, gigs and new release round-up 08-June 2018

Another Friday, another round-up. As always this is a look at upcoming releases, relevant music news and upcoming events and gigs worth spending some of your time at. It is by no means an exhaustive list, and I’m always on the lookout for more to include.

Tuesday Ten: 330: Dream A Little Dream of Me

Back to Tuesday Tens after a bit of a break (an enforced one, really, after a busy period of work and other commitments), and I return this week to a post I’ve actually been thinking about for some years (and it will continue next week, too).

Countdown: 2017: Gigs

Some statistics: over 2017, I saw 114 live sets, across 45 days-worth of events (I count festivals by the day, so Infest covers three days-worth of events). Remarkably, by the way, my wife Daisy saw 18 days-worth of the 45 with me (perhaps a larger number than usual!).

Welcome to the Future: 015: Music news round-up 06-October 2017

This past week has been one where I’ve (once again) not written quite as much as I’d have liked. I did write about the amazing Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds show from last weekend (see the link at the end), and there are a few new interviews and reviews now in the works, though.