Best of 2016: Tracks

Part two of my 2016 round-up is being posted from Los Angeles, so hello from there. Read more “Best of 2016: Tracks”

Tuesday Ten: 272: Tracks of the Month (September 2016)

Post-Cold Waves V, it’s been a time for getting things done and catching up. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 272: Tracks of the Month (September 2016)”

Cold Waves IV: Chicago: 24/25/26-September 2015

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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Tuesday Ten: 231: Medication

I mentioned the other week that after some time of fighting it, I finally accepted the need for anti-depressants from my doctor. A couple of weeks in, things are at last settling a little with them and some of the side-effects are relenting. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 231: Medication”

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”

Cold Waves III: Metro, Chicago – 26/27-September 2014

In the annals of crazy plans by me, this one was up there with Festival Kinetik 4.0 in 2011, where my friend Tim and I headed to Ottawa and then Montreal for a heavy, heavy week of music, drinking and sightseeing. Doing Cold Waves III came up from similar origins – a lineup too good to miss, and also a chance to catch up with friends who moved back to Chicago from London last year. Not to mention some sightseeing and drinking (and fantastic food), too. So, with not a great deal of notice comparatively, my financee and I headed the 3,950 miles westward across the Atlantic.
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Infest 2014 – University of Bradford – 22/23/24-August 2014

A sign I’m clearly getting old – this was my fourteenth Infest. God, time flies. This year was perhaps a bit special for a number of reasons, though, at least partly down to the fact that this edition very nearly didn’t happen, and in the event it is a damned good thing that it did happen, as this summer would have been a hell of a dead zone both musically and socially in our corner of the music world.
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Tuesday Ten: 209: Tracks of the Month (July 2014)

It’s unlikely that there will be much more content on amodelofcontrol.com for the coming week – I’ve got a busy few days before my birthday on Saturday, and I’m spending the whole weekend at Bloodstock. Needless to say there will be a review of said festival from my perspective online next week. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 209: Tracks of the Month (July 2014)”