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
This coming weekend, it’s the Superbowl – the culmination of the American Football season in the US, and for others, the biggest advertising platform of the year. Last year’s event saw the best part of 100 million in the US alone tune in, and a thirty-second advert costs $5 million due to the crazy potential […]
A glorious picture article on the BBC website last week reminded me that 2019 sees the centenary of the Bauhaus movement, and inspired this week’s post. In terms of art and design I’m very much a modernist at heart. While I appreciate older art, what really gets me interested is modern art, modern design, and […]
As I near the end of the twelfth year of this series, I’m still not short of subjects to write about. Indeed, my notes suggest that I have twenty potential subjects at least for future posts, besides the usual monthly wrap-up of new music. This week, then, I’m digging back into those I’d started thinking […]
In the past, I’ve generally not posted a “tracks of the month” post at the beginning of the year, instead waiting until early February. This year is different, partly because so many great new songs have already been released from releases due in 2019, but also because my end-of-year (Countdown) series covers December to November.
This is the last Tuesday Ten of 2018, and in one of those quirks, I also finish working at my current job next week. After nearly nine years working at the same company (in about three discrete roles), after a company re-organisation I’m taking redundancy and am looking for a new role.
I’ve long thought about posting on this subject, but I genuinely didn’t know where to start – but the impetus came after the recent confirmation battle over Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, as yet another set of abuse allegations appeared to get brushed aside for political expediency, despite the detail of the allegations suggesting […]
There are two Tuesday Tens today for a good reason. Partly because Tuesday Ten: 349 – this month’s tracks of the month – was unavoidably pushed back last week due to other things going on, but also because this post was so specific to today. That’s because today are the mid-term elections in the US, […]
One last month of 2018 where I’m wrapping up new music, and it’s been an interesting set of songs that I’ve been sifting through this month. Not everything was able to be included, to be honest, as for once I decided to stick with a maximum of ten songs. Also, look out for a second […]
After last week, where I finally looked at Opening Songs on albums, this week, I’m heading to the other end of the album, to the Closing Song. But not secret tracks, or outros, songs that actually close albums properly, and interestingly, there are a number of more recent songs featured this week.
There is a good reason why it has taken 347 editions of my Tuesday Ten series to get ’round to doing my favourite opening tracks – mainly because I didn’t want to come across all Rob Gordon and Barry Judd in High Fidelity.