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)”

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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2014 in review: 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 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 “2014 in review: Compilations and re-issues”

2012 in review: Best 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 “2012 in review: Best 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”

2010 in review: Best 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 “2010 in review: Best Tracks”

Tuesday Ten: 040: In All Languages

Loosely inspired by other silly posts comparing Euro 2008 to other things (the European Championships of Beer being the best I've seen so far), I'm turning my attention this week to the more international corners of my music collection – and in particular, bands that sing in other languages than English, and indeed perhaps their mother tongue. When researching this entry, it was notable perhaps just how many bands eschew their mother tongue for using English instead: and also, I have excluded acts also that don't use vocals, whether they use a different language for their song titles or not. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 040: In All Languages”

Tuesday Ten: 015: The Ghosts Of Infest Past

We are finally in the week preceding Infest, so it is perhaps only right for an Infest-based Tuesday Ten. Not just ten artists, though – this is something of a ramble of the good and the bad from my seven Infests so far – I haven’t mentioned all of the bands over that time, but I’ve made a good attempt at mentioning as many as possible. Other recollections or corrections, etc etc, would be cool… Read more “Tuesday Ten: 015: The Ghosts Of Infest Past”