Fifty years ago today, three NASA astronauts (Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins) left the Earth on the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon, and four days later, Armstrong and Aldrin became the first men to step onto another body beyond Earth – pretty much the crowning moment of what became known as […]
This has been an unusual one, that I’ve tried to write a few times and shelved. Sometimes you have inspiration, sometimes…you don’t. So I left it for a few months, and returned to it last week to pick up the thread again, and this time? It worked out, so here are ten songs about spying […]
We’re at the halfway point of the year – or if running on my eligibility criteria for the best of the year, seven months into the 2019 period (I run from 01-Dec to 30-Nov). There’s been tons of great new music, both from notable new artists and returning favourites, across a wide variety of genres […]
Just a year ago, London was literally broiling in a weeks-on-end heatwave that left tempers flaring as we realised, once again, that this city really doesn’t do well in heat. This summer has been rather different so far, after a very wet June that has rather left us miserable.
The urge to get away is something that has been part of the popular music myth for decades – and probably as long as music has been enjoyed by humanity. It takes many forms, has been used in practically every style of music in one way or another, and has probably made many listeners consider […]
Time once again for the best tracks of the past month, with a bit of a mix of styles on display this month, kinda reflective of where my tastes are at right now. As always, it’s not all heavy industrial, there are various textures of alternative music and indeed a couple of artists I’ve come […]
The mundane doesn’t have to be uninteresting – or indeed fun. Sometimes the smallest things can spark a joyous reaction (yes, even decluttering, apparently), and it might be a minor event in the midst of a humdrum day, but that one event might keep you going through the rest of it.
Everyone has someone, I suspect, that they loved and lost, or loved without ever being able to express it properly. I certainly have in the distant past, but have no intention of talking about that here. But the idea of unrequited love – as this is the subject of Tuesday Ten: 369 – is something […]
The end of April is here, and we’re starting to see the early shoots of summer. So just the time for me to delve into this month’s best tracks, most of which are…darker.
Last week – last Thursday, in fact, one of the most important alternative rock albums ever was released. Doolittle by Pixies remains a high-watermark, arguably kickstarted the takeover of the airwaves by alternative rock in the early nineties, and of course paved the way for countless other bands – Nirvana of course included.
This week, on a vaguely appropriate number, I’m returning to my past. Around a decade ago, the unexpectedly successful extreme metal night Stormblast that I ran on Thursdays in Sheffield came to an end, and from time-to-time, the question has come up as to whether I’d bring it back for the occasional night here and […]
When I was younger, I hated swimming. I didn’t learn until I was nine or ten, and being a late starter to it was no fun during school lessons. It took until I started heading on holiday with my now wife that I really resumed swimming since my schooldays, and my increased fitness at least […]
Back ’round to the end of another month already, and I’m pulling the usual first-week-of-the-month Tracks of the Month post forward by a week, for reasons that really only make sense to me. Well, that and I have ten great songs that I’m already bursting to talk about.
Writing these Tuesday Tens, sometimes they go off in completely different directions than I’d first intended. Aside from the Tracks of the Month posts, the “subject” posts are either ones I’ve collated myself, or have been opened up to suggestion threads on Facebook. The latter are often really interesting, and this week particularly so.
A few months ago, I wrote about Endings as left my employer of nearly nine years (indeed, had I stayed, this week would have been my nine year anniversary). I took a few months out to recharge and take a break, and started a new role last week with a company I’ve worked with before, […]
Another month down, thus another tracks of the month, with quite the mix this month, with a mix of new, returning and unexpected music – and in a variety of styles.
The impending number 360 in this series got me wondering. Was there a way that I could do something relevant to this number (as I have done in the past with other posts, such as 242 and 333. Then I had a brainwave.
This winter seems to have been one of discontent and illness for many. This year’s round of chesty coughs, flu and god-knows-what-else has stuck around for longer than usual, keeping people away from work for far longer than usual and also fraying more than a few usually moderate tempers as a result. I got struck […]
I’m British, so of course I say sorry. Buzzfeed came up with 65 ways Brits say sorry, there are endless jokes about it, but the reality is, I and many others say sorry far more than we need to.
In conversations at recent gigs, a number of us have agreed that we’ve been surprised at the sheer amount of new music that has come our way already in 2019. There are a whole host of exciting new releases in February, never mind further beyond that, and already it’s proving difficult to keep up