Best of 2016: Gigs

This has been a quiet year. Read more “Best of 2016: Gigs”

Best of 2016: Albums

Part three of the round-up of 2016 comes to you from the final week of our honeymoon (from the warm sunshine of the Dominican Republic). Sorry, not sorry. Read more “Best of 2016: Albums”

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: 219: Outros

One of the interesting things about writing this series is that occasionally one post (and not necessarily at the time of writing it!) will inspire another, and then will have me wondering how I didn’t think of it before. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 219: Outros”

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: 165: Tracks of the Month (October 2012)

A month without posts has meant a month without Tuesday Tens, too. Here is my return to that, with another roundup of ten songs you should hear this month. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 165: Tracks of the Month (October 2012)”

2010 in Review: Best Gigs

The problem with my gig-going in 2010 wasn’t that I went to too few, or too many – although for various reasons I did miss a number of gigs I really wanted to see – but that trying to narrow the best of the year down to ten was probably as difficult as it has ever been. So a couple of gigs that I perhaps would otherwise have included didn’t make the cut. Read more “2010 in Review: Best Gigs”

Into the Pit: 096: Neurosis – Live at KOKO – 06-December 2010

I think it’s pretty fair to say that I wasn’t expecting a support act quite like Daniel Higgs. Having read up since, he’s an ex-member of an influential folk act called Lungfish, and looked initially like he may be as old as the total age of the members of Neurosis, and looking a little like Santa Claus on his day off. Rather marvellously described by Dischord Records as an “Interdimensional Song-Seamstress and Corpse-Dancer of the Mystic Crags”, this is space age (or space cadet) folk music, not exactly of this world and not, perhaps, what the crowd wanted in some cases. If you put the time in, his sparse, acoustic songs were actually intriguing, and his between-song banter hilarious. His set was also notable for running ten minutes over time, and the first time I’ve ever seen a member of the headline band come onstage and tap someone on the shoulder to remind them that it’s time to finish! The closing cover of Somewhere Over The Rainbow was mightily odd, too… Read more “Into the Pit: 096: Neurosis – Live at KOKO – 06-December 2010”

Tuesday Ten: 099: Joy Division/New Order covers – 30 years since the death of Ian Curtis

Today marks the 30th anniversary of Ian Curtis’ death. The influence of his band and of course New Order that formed in the wake of his death has been enormous, and nowhere is this shown more by the massive list of covers of both band’s songs. Read more “Tuesday Ten: 099: Joy Division/New Order covers – 30 years since the death of Ian Curtis”