Into the Pit: 051: The Birthday Massacre – Live at Satan’s Hollow Manchester – 25-October 2007

Like many other gigs of late, I was left feeling rather old again after this one. Again the attendance was heartening – it was a queue pretty much ’round the block before it opened – with many, many very dedicated fans of the headliners.

Into the Pit: 032: The Birthday Massacre – Live at the Cockpit Leeds – 18-July 2006

Something around 40 minutes behind time, the Screaming Banshee Aircrew appear and waste no time in getting on with it. Maybe it was just me, but it seemed that something wasn’t quite right last night. I’ve seen SBA a lot over the past year or two, and they have been much better than this. Off-nights […]

/Welcome to the Future/119/Events, gigs and new release round-up/27-Mar 2020

It feels weird posting this, but I need to keep going. There are loads of new releases, and still there is new music coming through, and buying music right now is the only way we can help. The events listing is still being updated, but obviously, an awful lot is being postponed, cancelled or changed […]

/Tuesday Ten/394/Tracks of the Month/Jan-20

The new year has started well for new music. In fact very well, as all kinds of new music has been flying at me from all directions, or so it feels. Which is why this week has more than ten songs – I finally stopped at sixteen – and I suspect that future /Tracks of […]

/Welcome to the Future/112/Events, gigs and new release round-up/24-Jan 2020

A welcome to the many new readers of this page. This is the weekly Friday post, of new music coming your way this week and soon, as well as a look at the events and gigs in the future, and finally nods to any other notable news that affects artists and music that I cover […]

/Welcome to the Future/109/Events, gigs and new releases for 2020/03-Jan 2020

/ returns for 2020, with the usual way to start – the round-up of music that we can expect this year. There is perhaps less known in advance than usual, or at least that I’ve seen reported – but there are some fascinating releases coming. In addition, this is the weekly Friday posts resuming, of […]

Welcome to the Future: 066: Events, gigs and new release round-up 04-January 2019

2019 is here, and the Friday round-up is back. As always this is a look at upcoming releases, relevant music news and upcoming events and gigs worth spending some of your time at – but most importantly this week, it also rounds up what is likely to be coming your way in 2019. I’m always […]

/Memory of a Festival/030/Infest 2018

Twenty years of a festival existing is nothing to be sniffed at. Sure, bigger festivals have existed much longer (Reading dates back into the sixties, while Glastonbury is a few years younger), but in the current crowded festival environment, a smaller festival lasting twenty years is an extraordinary achievement. Particularly when the twentieth edition is […]

Talk Show Host: 046: beinaheleidenschaftsgegenstand

Trying to do a series on British Industrial has actually proven a little more difficult than I perhaps expected, partly my own fault due to issues with time and other commitments. But, following on from Talk Show Host: 043 with ded.pixel, I’m now continuing the series with a band with a near-unpronounceable name for many.

Talk Show Host: 045: Paradise Lost

While the release schedules are often clogged nowadays with anniversary re-issues, remasters and other ways to get us, the listeners, to shell out cash again for albums we already have, it isn’t often that what might be termed overlooked or controversial albums come in for the lavish re-issue treatment.

Welcome to the Future: 019: Music news round-up 10-November 2017

I’m now in full-on “shit, what have I missed” mode on This is as I’m frantically digging through everything I’ve written about this year, everything I’ve listened to, making sure that nothing really great is missing from the end of year round-up. It has happened before, where I’ve questioned later “how on earth did […]

Tuesday Ten: 314: Tracks of the Month (October 2017)

The final tracks of the month for this year, so this one is slightly longer than usual as I try and crowbar in as many songs as possible to clear the decks. That’s because we’re just weeks away from starting to round-up the year in music, and there’s been so much good stuff this year […]

Tuesday Ten: 313: Tracks of the Month (October 1997)

Yes, it’s Wednesday, not Tuesday, and this features twelve songs. A day later than planned due to Whitby, of course, this is the very last look-back in my two-year series looking at 1996 and 1997. It has been an interesting delve into my musical past, and indeed has dredged up memories I’d long thought forgotten. […]