Tuesday Ten: 259: Age of Consent

I have no idea how this one came up. A particular song was mentioned in the pub on the Monday night of Whitby last month, and all of a sudden five or six of us were coming up with a long, long list of songs along the same lines.
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Tuesday Ten: 207: Fetish

Actually inspired originally by seeing the godawful Akon’s Smack That a while back, this week’s Ten has been on the backburner for a few years, and a recent flash of inspiration – and the subsequent avalanche of additional suggestions as a result – has got me finishing it at last. So, we are this week looking at fetishes, the definition of which that appears on Google: “a form of sexual desire in which gratification is linked to an abnormal degree to a particular object, item of clothing, part of the body, etc.”. Also, just to be clear, this list will include BDSM themes. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 207: Fetish”

2013 in Review: Disappointments

Regular readers will be well used to this by now – at the end of each year, I round up my year in music over the course of successive weeks. This year there will be five posts, the dates of which are shown below. I’ve not had the time to write as many reviews as I’d like to have done this year (the second half of the year in particular has been horrendously busy and stressful), which means that perhaps I’ve not been able to do justice to what has been released or played this year. In addition, this is the tenth year of my end of year lists, so at some point I’ll be having a quick look back at what has topped the lists over the years. Read more “2013 in Review: Disappointments”

Depeche Mode – Live at The O2 Arena SE10 – 29-May 2013

I think that most of us that listen to a lot of music, and have been in one “scene” or another have a bucket list of bands that they simply have to see at some point or another. I’m no exception, and in my incessant gig-going in recent years, I’ve cleared many of the bands off said bucket list – in the past eighteen months alone, I’ve cleared at least ten bands off it. I’ll be returning to my “bucket list”, as-is, at some point in the near future. Read more “Depeche Mode – Live at The O2 Arena SE10 – 29-May 2013”

Tuesday Ten: 176: Depeche Mode covers

I’ve had this on my “to do” list of Tuesday Tens for about two years, but to be honest I’ve been awaiting the right moment to use it. But with a new (rather lacklustre) DM album, the O2 shows this week (where I finally see them live after years of waiting), and an intriguing new cover released this past week, it has finally got me inspired to complete it and get it posted.
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Tuesday Ten: 174: Live Albums

So…I’ve looked at the best gigs, live venues, and gigs at the London Astoria, bands at Infest, bands I’ve *not* seen live…but I’ve never had a look at live albums, somehow, as my girlfriend pointed out last week. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 174: Live Albums”

Tuesday Ten: 107: Stuck on Repeat

When I first thought about it, this was inspired by a seemingly never-ending parade of bands who seem to have come up with nothing new themselves that I keep hearing. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 107: Stuck on Repeat”

Tuesday Ten: 088: Bad Cover Version

Ok, for the return of the Tuesday Ten for 2010, this week is the first of a pair of posts that are companions of sorts. Both of them will be looking at cover versions, but in specific ways. This week, I’m looking at covers where the originals weren’t necessarily bad, but the cover versions are definitely worse. And next week, I’ll be looking at covers that are better than the originals. Obviously, this is a highly subjective area, so feel free to argue the case if you think I’ve dissed your favourite song. Better still, I’d love to know about any glaring omissions from the list. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 088: Bad Cover Version”