2015 in Review: Best 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 “2015 in Review: Best Albums”

2015 in Review: Best Tracks

Week two of the amodelofcontrol.com review of 2015, and it’s onto the Best Tracks. Read more “2015 in Review: Best Tracks”

Memory of a Festival: 025: Cold Waves IV

After an epic holiday in Chicago – ostensibly to do Cold Waves and catch up with old friends – last year (review in the box), there wasn’t ever really any question that we wouldn’t make it back to Chicago again – and so a year on, here we were once again, in blazing September sunshine and loads more things to see. We managed all that, I managed three days of Cold Waves. Next year, though, I’m not flying back the following night, as I was paying for that decision for days afterwards.
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Memory of a Festival: 024: Infest 2015

Christ almighty, this year has passed really fucking quickly – we’re already heading back into autumn, which means I’ve enjoyed my fifteenth Infest. While perhaps not a lineup with too many “marquee” names this year, it was certainly one that had some treasures in it, and away from the bands was one of the maddest and most fun Infests in some years – a festival revitalised.
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Talk Show Host: 016: Cocksure

Another interview this week – all coming at once, eh? This time, with a project from two veterans of the industrial scene, who burst out last year to great acclaim, and return very soon with a second album. That band is Cocksure, whose members have a long and storied history in the scene – Jason Novak with Acumen Nation, Acucrack, and of course the label Cracknation; and Chris Connelly’s work with Revolting Cocks, Ministry, The Damage Manual, his own solo work and other bands besides. Read more “Talk Show Host: 016: Cocksure”

Tuesday Ten: 236: Tracks of the Month (July 2015)

As we hurtle headlong through the summer – it’s my birthday next weekend, and Infest just three short weeks after that – it is time already for another roundup of the tracks of the month, and I have to admit I’m already starting to consider what might be making the end of year lists – although there is loads of interesting releases to come yet. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 236: Tracks of the Month (July 2015)”

2014 in review: Best Gigs

This year: 170 bands, 57 days-worth of gigs. Five festivals, three countries, eight cities/towns. From venues holding thousands to those holding tens. Due to personal issues and, frankly, being too damned busy for much of the year, I didn’t get to write about many of them aside from the festivals, so writing this list has really taxed the powers of my memory. Read more “2014 in review: Best Gigs”

2014 in review: Best Albums

Week three of the amodelofcontrol.com roundup of 2014, and this is, I guess, the big one. The albums of the year. Read more “2014 in review: Best Albums”

2014 in review: Best Tracks

Here we go, then, with the run-down of the best tracks of 2014 – according to me, anyway. 2014 has been an odd year, as friends will know – life has rather got in the way in a number of respects, which has cut down the amount of writing I’ve been able to do, but that hasn’t stopped me buying and enjoying music. Read more “2014 in review: Best Tracks”