Tuesday Ten: 273: Tracks of the Month (October 1996)

Onto part nine of my 1996 roundup. As a reminder, I’m marking twenty years of writing about music (my writing long pre-dates this website going live) across this year with a monthly look at ten releases from 1996, where possible in chronological order. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 273: Tracks of the Month (October 1996)”

2015 in Review: Best 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 “2015 in Review: Best Albums”

Tuesday Ten: 236: Tracks of the Month (July 2015)

As we hurtle headlong through the summer – it’s my birthday next weekend, and Infest just three short weeks after that – it is time already for another roundup of the tracks of the month, and I have to admit I’m already starting to consider what might be making the end of year lists – although there is loads of interesting releases to come yet. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 236: Tracks of the Month (July 2015)”

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: 091: Bad Romance

This week is inspired by the usual annual marketing blitz that is Valentines Day, and in particular this article about valentines day compilation albums. So, here are ten songs you are unlikely to hear on such a compilation: all of these songs are about love in one way or another, just maybe not the “conventional” view as the marketeers may have it. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 091: Bad Romance”

2009 in review: Best Tracks

So, before I rush headlong into my top ten tracks of 2009 (albums next week, gigs the week after), a quick mention of a few acts that have wowed me, bored me, surprised me or otherwise this year. Some of these may be in the other lists, others won’t be. Read more “2009 in review: Best Tracks”

Tuesday Ten: 072: Lust

This week was going to be a run-through songs involving one or more of the seven deadly sins, which many of you may remember me asking about a few weeks back. But finding a selection I was happy with has been very hard indeed, so this week I’m concentrating on just one of the sins, and will come back to covering all seven later. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 072: Lust”

Tuesday Ten: 067: Tracks of the Month (March 2009)

Only just got this collated in time, but it's time for my usual ten tracks of the past month. Lots of new stuff to cover, so let's get on with it. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 067: Tracks of the Month (March 2009)”

Damnation Festival 2008 – Live at University of Leeds – 22-November 2008

Like what appeared to be all of the UK metal community, I headed up to Leeds yesterday for the long-awaited Damnation Festival, the biggest incarnation yet of the one-day metal festival that has had something of a nomadic existence over the past few years. The queue to get into the venue was huge at 1630 – most of the way down the hill to The Faversham, if you know the Leeds University complex – although the staff moved quickly to get punters into the venue, and that was definitely a good thing with the bitterly cold conditions outside. Read more “Damnation Festival 2008 – Live at University of Leeds – 22-November 2008”