Tuesday Ten: 296: Tracks of the Month (May 2017)

It is, then, the week of another bloody election this week here in the UK, and there has been distinct signs of just how fucked off everyone seems to be with it across the coverage of it (not helped by the uptick in terrorist attacks in the country in recent weeks). Fuck knows what is going to happen on Thursday, mind, with opinion polls showing all kinds of outcomes. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 296: Tracks of the Month (May 2017)”

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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Tuesday Ten: 252: Inappropriate Wedding Songs

It all started at one of the very first weddings we attended. Up in the hills west of Huddersfield, this wedding had an “alternative” soundtrack as befitted the bride and groom, and after a first dance of Velvet Revolver’s Fall To Pieces and a succession of amusingly – and we have no idea if unwittingly or not – inappropriate songs that culminated in Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart, we hatched a plan. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 252: Inappropriate Wedding Songs”

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: 2014: Gigs

This year: 170 bands, 57 days-worth of gigs. Five festivals, three countries, eight cities/towns. From venues holding thousands to those holding tens. Due to personal issues and, frankly, being too damned busy for much of the year, I didn’t get to write about many of them aside from the festivals, so writing this list has really taxed the powers of my memory. Read more “Countdown: 2014: Gigs”

Into the Pit: 184: Mogwai – Live at Royal Festival Hall – 25-Jan 2014

Every year I seem to be starting my live gig attendance that little bit later. Last year I began with easily the best show of 2013 in mid-January, with a trip to Germany to see Kraftwerk, and this year we are into the last week of January before I attend a show. And this time, it wasn't to see bands I'd not seen before, it was to see two bands that I'd not seen in a long, long time.

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Countdown: 2013: Albums

Part four of my 2013 rundown – and this was a difficult list to do. Very difficult. And for the first time in a number of years, it took until the last week to finally decide once and for all on the top five in particular. Read more “Countdown: 2013: Albums”

Tuesday Ten: 147: Long Songs

My girlfriend set me a challenge for two Tuesday Tens the other week, and it seemed like an interesting idea. Last week included the shortest Spotify Playlist I will ever post, and this week goes to the other extreme. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 147: Long Songs”

Tuesday Ten: 123: Tracks of the Month (February 2011)

Another month, time again for my usual monthly rundown of ten tracks you should hear. Unfortunately there isn’t a lot of this months on Spotify, but what there is of it can be found on the link in the box. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 123: Tracks of the Month (February 2011)”

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…”

Tuesday Ten: 100: Now Sports

With a big summer of sport coming up – well, ok, the World Cup, as well as the usual stuff like Wimbledon, the British Grand Prix, etc – let’s have a look at the musical world of sports. Not all have been good, mind – all too often songs about one sport or the other are written specifically for the event, which doesn’t always end up with a track that is any good. Those songs that just happen to be about one sport or another are frequently better and certainly more interesting, but it’s surprising, in some respects, just how few tracks there are to choose from. As the title suggests, by the way, this is a Three Lions-free zone. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 100: Now Sports”

Countdown: 1990s: Tracks: 60-41

Part eight, and we’re nearly there. Read more “Countdown: 1990s: Tracks: 60-41”

Tuesday Ten: 039: Tracks of the Month (May 2008)

Where the hell is this year going? We seem to be flying through it. So anyway, here's my monthly rundown of ten tracks that I really like/am listening to lots at the moment. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 039: Tracks of the Month (May 2008)”

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”

Tuesday Ten: 002: Music that Inspired

I'm not sure what got me thinking about this, it must have been listening to something when I got home last night. But in a quiet hour I started on a list of albums that inspired me, got me interested in something new, triggered something…hopefully you know what I mean. So here it is. I'd be really interested to know what inspired you, too… Read more “Tuesday Ten: 002: Music that Inspired”