Countdown: 2016: Tracks

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

Tuesday Ten: 254: Tracks of the Month (March 2016)

For the third month in a row, it’s twenty songs to wrap up the past month – the avalanche just keeps on coming.
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Countdown: 2014: Compilations and re-issues

Finally into December, and I can start the process of seeing the back of 2014. But before it does end, here on amodelofcontrol.com it is time to run down the year in music, with the usual four Tuesday posts that begin with the year’s best compilations and reissues, then onto the best tracks of the year next week, the best albums after that, then finally the best gigs of the year. Read more “Countdown: 2014: Compilations and re-issues”

Countdown: 2012: Albums

As I noted last week, 2012 really was a good year for music, as far as I was concerned, including a number of new discoveries. Read more “Countdown: 2012: Albums”

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”

Tuesday Ten: 119: Also Featuring…

For my first Tuesday Ten proper in about two months, I’m looking at guest appearances. I thought I had covered this before, but somehow it appears that I haven’t. Anyway – guest appearances are either used a little cynically (to get the guest artist more exposure, or even to get the other artist more “credibility” by a certain guest appearing), or simply because it’s a good musical fit. I’m hoping that most of this list at least is the latter. Other suggestions for ones that I’ve missed are welcome. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 119: Also Featuring…”

Countdown: 2010: Tracks

There has been so much good music this year – as well as a few stinkers, frankly, but let’s not dwell on those, at least for now – that for the first time ever in a year roundup I’ve stretched this one out to cover 25 songs, and I’ve still had to miss a couple of things out. Read more “Countdown: 2010: Tracks”