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Tuesday Ten: 211: Tracks of the Month (August 2014)

As we start to inch out of summer and into autumn, suddenly the release schedules are starting to fill up quickly, with tons of new music worth checking out starting to appear as a result. So, here is the first fruits of the musical harvest coming our way.

Infest 2014 - University of Bradford - 22/23/24-August 2014

A sign I'm clearly getting old - this was my fourteenth Infest. God, time flies. This year was perhaps a bit special for a number of reasons, though, at least partly down to the fact that this edition very nearly didn't happen, and in the event it is a damned good thing that it did happen, as this summer would have been a hell of a dead zone both musically and socially in our corner of the music world.

Tuesday Ten: 210: 1994

There has been a lot of "twenty years since..." features this year on "classic" albums. But then, the more I think about it, 1994 really was quite an awesome year for what we call alternative music in its various forms. I was sixteen that summer, and the torrent of new music covered all kinds of bases, pushed forward genres into new realms, resulted in some strikingly unusual and unique releases. Notably I still listen to many of the albums regularly today, even while I try and keep up with new music too.

Bloodstock Open Air 2014 - Catton Hall, Derbyshire - 08/09/10-August 2014

A first for me, in attending Bloodstock for the first time, and a first time in fifteen years camping at a festival (I last did so in 1999 for Reading - you know, back when they still booked bands worth seeing). It wasn't my first festival where the rain was torrential, though, but even so this was a load of fun, thanks to both the bands and the people.

Tuesday Ten: 209: Tracks of the Month (July 2014)

It's unlikely that there will be much more content on amodelofcontrol.com for the coming week - I've got a busy few days before my birthday on Saturday, and I'm spending the whole weekend at Bloodstock. Needless to say there will be a review of said festival from my perspective online next week.

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