Tuesday Ten: 292: Tracks of the Month (April 2017)

It has been another busy week gathering and writing content at amodelofcontrol.com, and there will be a few posts in the next couple of weeks as a result. The first of which is this, the best tracks of the past month. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 292: Tracks of the Month (April 2017)”

Tuesday Ten: 289: European Me

I toyed with the idea of a post celebrating Europe last summer around the referendum vote, but frankly, I was too damned down about the whole thing to even consider it. Debate has raged, of course, in the press, in person, on social media, just about everywhere, and there is certainly no doubt that the country is probably even further away from consensus than it ever was. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 289: European Me”

Tuesday Ten: 249: Communication Breakdown (Telephones and Music)

Yesterday marked fifteen years since I began my career working in Mobile Telecoms. Back in February 2001, things were very different in my life. I was recovering from a nasty accident (I shattered my ankle after being hit by a car late in 2000), on crutches, and hobbled into a new job with what was then BT Cellnet in the outer reaches of south Leeds. That employer became O2, a few of my friends joined the company too (and one or two are still there!), and I moved on after four years, and joined later in 2005 an independent mobile telecoms reseller in Sheffield. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 249: Communication Breakdown (Telephones and Music)”

Tuesday Ten: 199: As Seen On TV

The television appearance is an important part of the promotional armoury. Not a video (I’ve covered these in various posts before), but simply a live* rendition of a current song that maybe gets a band out to an audience that otherwise might not know about them. I’ve also excluded TV-aired festival appearances, too. One thing, though, is that those opportunities for TV slots are greatly diminished nowadays, so most of this list goes back a bit… Read more “Tuesday Ten: 199: As Seen On TV”

2013 in Review: Best Gigs

After last year’s exhausting run of gigs, 2013 was even crazier. I saw 66 days of gigs – seeing nearly 160 live sets in the process, in three countries, six different cities and and including three festivals. What was interesting, though, was that maybe I hit saturation point this year. While there were a handful of truly extraordinary shows, there were quite a lot of shows that were just ok, and then quite a few more – particularly support acts – that really weren’t up to much at all. But the one thing that was easy? The best of the lot, which was decided on the spot, back in January… Read more “2013 in Review: Best Gigs”

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: 167: I Get Around

This month – January 2013 – marks an important transport anniversary, the 150th anniversary of the first London Underground line, therefore the 150th annniversary of the first underground system in the world. It is kinda hard to imagine what an earth London would be like without it’s dense and complex transport system, and so to see the warm reception to the celebrations has been really quite great in a city as cynical as London. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 167: I Get Around”

Tuesday Ten: 158: Concept Albums

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that over the years, there aren’t a great many times where I could honestly say that I haven’t rolled my eyes in response to any news that “[x] are releasing a concept album”. It is fair to suggest that Concept Albums really do have a shitty reputation, in the main, perhaps because some of the better known exponents over time managed to drag the idea through the mud, with certain dull, never-ending prog-rock epics being the worst offenders. And yes, I can’t stand Pink Floyd. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 158: Concept Albums”

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”