Tuesday Ten: 278: Camden Town

About eighteen years ago, while I was still reading Geography at King’s College London, the subject of my dissertation proposal came up. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 278: Camden Town”

Countdown: 2016: Gigs

This has been a quiet year. Read more “Countdown: 2016: Gigs”

Countdown: 2015: Albums

This week, on part three, I turn my attention to the best albums of the year. I seem to say it every year, but really – 2015 has been an extraordinary year for alternative music, you’ve just got to have been looking in the right places to find some of it. Not all of it has been what you might expect – one of the most interesting trends of late has been some cross-pollination of genres that is really resulting in some extraordinary music. Read more “Countdown: 2015: Albums”

But Listen: 144: BLiNDNESS – WRAPPED iN PLASTiC

I’ve covered the progress of London-based band BLiNDNESS for some time now – in fact, I first did so nearly five years ago, at the tail-end of 2010 when I covered their debut single Confessions on Tuesday Ten: 117, and then the first time I saw them live was the following summer at the Barfly, and their potential was clear even then. Read more “But Listen: 144: BLiNDNESS – WRAPPED iN PLASTiC”

Tuesday Ten: 232: Tracks of the Month (May 2015)

Been a bit of a quiet month on amodelofcontrol.com, as other parts of life have got in the way. But things are now ramping up again, with a number of posts and reviews to come. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 232: Tracks of the Month (May 2015)”

Tuesday Ten: 218: 2015 and upcoming music

The start of a new year, so it is time for my usual round-up of music coming our way soon (here is last years). Sources are, as usual, a selection of direct band and label sources and press reports, and are believed correct at the time of writing. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 218: 2015 and upcoming music”

Countdown: 2013: Tracks

2013 has been a really, really strong year for music. Read more “Countdown: 2013: Tracks”

Into the Pit: 181: Keith TOTP and Blindness + supports – Buffalo Bar N1 – 20-Sep 2013

For this night, back to the Buffalo Bar for Guided Missile's latest presentation, with some familiar music and one band new to me, and offering proof once again that the North London live music scene could be seen as in rude health.

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Tuesday Ten: 170: Tracks of the Month (February 2013)

Another month, ten more new songs you should hear. New bands, old bands, returning bands. You can hear eight of the ten songs on the playlists below, but a little frustratingly not all of them appear on one playlist. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 170: Tracks of the Month (February 2013)”

Into the Pit: 158: Blindness – Live at The Star of Kings – 08-February 2013

A new venue on me, this one – I’m not sure if it had previously been under another name? – and heading up York Way for the first time in a while brought home just how quickly the King’s Cross area is changing as regeneration takes hold. What was a grotty, forbidding area with little other than industrial units and decaying buildings is swiftly becoming a new area of inner-city London, and maybe in time there may be more venues up here. The pub itself was quite pleasant, even if the basement venue where the gig was had a very low ceiling indeed.

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Countdown: 2012: Tracks

Yet again, this list was a tough one. 2012 actually ended up being an impressive year for new music, as far as I was concerned, it just didn’t all come from the corners that I was expecting. Read more “Countdown: 2012: Tracks”

Into the Pit: 148: Blindness – Live at Rattlesnake of Angel – 12-October 2012

It has been a while since I’ve been able to attend a Blindness show – since February pretty much every show they have played I have been committed elsewhere, so once this show was announced, and I realised I had a clear point in my calendar, it was finally time to catch up once more. Read more “Into the Pit: 148: Blindness – Live at Rattlesnake of Angel – 12-October 2012”

Into the Pit: 121: HOLD KISS KILL + Blindness – Live at Old Queen’s Head – 21-February 2012

One of the joys of going to smaller gigs again, and indeed seeing bands from a “scene” that I’ve not generally been involved in for some time, is that I am going to venues I never even knew were gig venues – and this gig was one of those. A pleasantly restored pub on Essex Road in Islington, that rather than being the usual fleapit for a small venue, was actually a well appointed pub, with the upstairs room full of comfy leather sofas and corner tables, meaning that it was something of a more refined gig than usual. Read more “Into the Pit: 121: HOLD KISS KILL + Blindness – Live at Old Queen’s Head – 21-February 2012”

Into the Pit: 119: The DDR of R’n’B club – The Half Moon – 16-February 2012

If nothing else, I couldn’t suggest that this night didn’t offer some variety in terms of the bands onstage. Going from garage rock, to political polemics, to deeply emotional, electro-rock. Kind of.

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Into the Pit: 118: Blindness – Live at Buffalo Bar – 14-January 2012

I’ve been following Blindness for a while now, and having picked up their debut EP a long while ago now (and promptly putting it in my best of 2010), seen them live once last year, I’m now making more of a concerted effort to see them live again – and this was the first opportunity I’ve had this year.

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Countdown: 2011: Gigs

During 2011 I saw an awful lot of live sets. At a rough count, around about 125 (including supports and festivals) – and I saw a few bands more than once, in particular Front 242, who I saw four times in four different countries. Like the albums list, a few that might have made it in a normal year ended up being missed off this list. It was a good year for live gigs, and I only saw a few duds. So my quality filter is definitely improving… Read more “Countdown: 2011: Gigs”

Tuesday Ten: 137: Videos and 30 Years of MTV

Another bit of a retrospective this week, as I finally get ’round to covering the fact that MTV turned 30 years old on 01-August. As the NME noted a few months ago, whatever happened to the MTV of old? For all its faults – not least seemingly moving away from what was the whole point in the first place towards reality shows (which it started with The Real World) – MTV did drive the use of the music video. It pushed artists to produce ever more outlandish, expensive and perhaps ridiculously conceited concepts, but crucially also gave some bands exposure that they would never have otherwise had. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 137: Videos and 30 Years of MTV”