Countdown: 2015: Gigs

2015 in gigs: 70 days, 165 live sets, 154 unique bands, forty venues, seven cities, four festivals (and each of those festivals in a different town/city), three countries, two continents. Read more “Countdown: 2015: Gigs”

Countdown: 2015: Albums

This week, on part three, I turn my attention to the best albums of the year. I seem to say it every year, but really – 2015 has been an extraordinary year for alternative music, you’ve just got to have been looking in the right places to find some of it. Not all of it has been what you might expect – one of the most interesting trends of late has been some cross-pollination of genres that is really resulting in some extraordinary music. Read more “Countdown: 2015: Albums”

Countdown: 2015: Tracks

Week two of the review of 2015, and it’s onto the Best Tracks. Read more “Countdown: 2015: Tracks”

Tuesday Ten: 234: Tracks of the Month (June 2015)

Another busy month, mainly preoccupied with gigs (I saw nine separate shows last month). In between that, though, there has been a lot of new music and a lot to write about. Two interviews coming very soon, as well as a couple of new reviews in the works. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 234: Tracks of the Month (June 2015)”

Tuesday Ten: 132: nineteenninetyone

I seem to have been delving into my musical past, and in particular the nineties, an awful lot so far in 2011. I’m not exactly sure why: perhaps it’s just been discovering a handful of nights in London that cover parts of that past that I’m still fond of – so Nuis@nce and Louder Than Fuck, the latter of which really did feel like I was back in my early teens with the soundtrack. Oh yes, I was a grunge kid for a while, plaid shirts, short sleeve band T-shirts over long sleeve ones, ripped jeans, etc. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 132: nineteenninetyone”

Countdown: 1990s: Tracks: 180-161

Part two of the epic run-down, that took me an eternity to write. Read more “Countdown: 1990s: Tracks: 180-161”

Countdown: 2008: Tracks

In these mp3-based times, this isn’t necessarily a collection of singles, more the best individual tracks I’ve heard this year (and were released in the last twelve months since last year’s list). Read more “Countdown: 2008: Tracks”

Tuesday Ten: 018: Indie

It's time to delve into what is now some of the outer reaches of my music collection for this week's TT. Indeed, into a genre that I rarely buy anything from anymore – indie bands. And this one is in a slightly different format to usual, too – click on the Key Tracks links to find video links/track samples. Other suggestions for bands I may have missed welcome… Read more “Tuesday Ten: 018: Indie”