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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2013 in Review: Best Tracks

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

Tuesday Ten: 181: Fight The Power

In a time where inequality is rising faster than in a long while, austerity is all the rage (despite the warnings that this is only making things worse), and the various results of the Euro crisis, to mention but a few things, I’d perhaps expect a rise in political comment from music or even comedy, but apparently not, with a few exceptions. So here are ten artists who over time have made a stand, and commented (or advocated direct action in one way or another) on the political world they saw. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 181: Fight The Power”

Tuesday Ten: 179: Hitchin’ A Ride

I’ve looked at this kind of thing before, but from a different viewpoint (024: Changing Direction), where bands changed direction decisively for what they would likely protest is “artistic reasons”. I’m taking a different tack this week, and it is inspired by a few things (like many of these posts, they are frequently in the works for some time!), but the impetus this week has been thanks to the shitfit caused by one or two prominent industrial bands daring to incorporate other influences, and, you know, not being KVLT or something.
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Tuesday Ten: 152: Repackage, remaster, reissue

I’ve looked at band reunions before (144: Back For Good?), but I’ve not looked at the glut of album reissues, remasters and other ways that record labels have found to help bolster their physical sales numbers that little bit more, as digital sales continue to increase. And while I have a bit of a distrust of this kind of re-sale, almost – many people are paying again for a product that they have bought in some form before – I will admit I’ve bought a few of late. Particularly as I have lost, had stolen or in some cases pretty much worn out some of the originals. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 152: Repackage, remaster, reissue”