Infest is over (if you missed it, read more at Memory of a Festival: 030), summer is beginning to ebb away as we move into September and autumn, and we’re hit with the usual deluge of new material as the autumn release schedules kick into life.
For the first time the other Friday, I took amodelofcontrol.com on the road. Sure, I’ve done a semi-regular podcast for the past year or so (next one before Infest, it was recorded last night), and I present (in smaller rooms, and in front of much smaller audiences) in my dayjob fairly regularly. But until someone […]
In a remarkable coincidence (and really, it is!), Tuesday Ten: 340 this week happened to fall in the week where I reach the landmark age of 40. When I realised this the other week, I decided to ask my regular readers and contributors on Facebook for songs that celebrate…something, anything.
Another month gone, and thus time again to wrap up the best music I’ve heard recently – and once again, there is a lot of it. Not quite enough to make it to twenty songs, mind, but more than enough to be considering and discovering.
One of my closest, and oldest, friends comes to visit this weekend. We met by chance amid the chaotic Lost Weekend in 2000, and have remained firm friends ever since – and she was even my Best Person at my Wedding two years ago. We’ve had many great times, had nights of sketchy memories, seen […]
As we reach into mid-July, here in England we’re currently fighting through the warmest period in some time. Yesterday was apparently the 16th consecutive day with temperatures above 28°C, and frankly it’s felt like longer than that as London has broiled in the heat.
Back to the first Tuesday of the Month now, after a really, really busy month that left me without time anyway last week – that and there were a couple of releases that I needed to wait until this week to feature. And to catch up a bit, there are more than ten this month.
For those of you not following football, apologies, but this week I (finally) turn my attention to the beautiful game. I’ve actually covered sport before (100: Now Sports), which coincidentally I posted just before the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, and I featured a handful of football songs, but there are many more to […]
This week is all about repetit… oh wait, that was last week on Tuesday Ten: 333, sorry. In a change from the originally planned programming (I will post the Tuesday Ten about Spies and Surveillance – that I’ve now pushed back four times – in the coming weeks, I promise), to link in with other […]
This week, as the Tuesday Ten series reaches a repeating number in the form of 333, I will now attempt this week’s post without repetition, deviation, or hesitation. Actually, maybe not. I’ll leave that to Just A Minute.
We are nearly at the halfway point of 2018 already, folks. How is this year slipping away so fast? Anyway, amid the heat of the long, Bank Holiday weekend, I’ve pulled together the best tracks of the past month.
It is perhaps fitting that, despite the warm sunshine of this week, that I’m covering a darker subject on World Goth Day, and thus, this playlist is one for the darkness than the daytime. But then, nightmares aren’t meant to be an enjoyable affair.
Back to Tuesday Tens after a bit of a break (an enforced one, really, after a busy period of work and other commitments), and I return this week to a post I’ve actually been thinking about for some years (and it will continue next week, too).
Just before Whitby, I’m trying to get a few posts in to catch-up a bit. First up, today, is this month’s Tracks, but also to follow will be Transmission: 008 and hopefully at least one review that I’ve had in the works for a while.
I’ve long used Google Timeline, as I’m curious about just how far I do travel, and totting up some numbers for 2018 so far – and by chance, today is the day 100 of the year – provided some eye-opening numbers, going on the fact that I haven’t really gone very far this year, so […]
As we finally sweep out of a long winter, with the days getting longer at last, and the shoots of new growth visible, a cautious optimism returns. Part of that is down to the anticipation of things to come – there’s lots of fun stuff happening this summer and into the autumn, a few changes […]
Eleven years on – to the day – from the very first Tuesday Ten, and very first Tracks of the Month (Tuesday Ten: 001), this is Tuesday Ten: 326. The Tuesday Ten series always takes a break for about six weeks during December and into January, so there have been 506 weeks where I could […]
In December, The Cure mark 40 years since the release of their first single, Killing An Arab (based, of course, on elements of L’Étranger (The Stranger) by Albert Camus). And this June, Robert Smith of The Cure is curating the line-up at (a frankly epic) Meltdown this summer for the 25th Anniversary of that festival, […]
The idea for this post actually came out some months ago, when I saw a post by a friend talking about an inspirational woman in music, and it got me thinking, after she agreed to take part in a then-nascent idea – could I ask other women I knew to do the same, to talk […]
At least for now, I’ve pulled forward the tracks of the month posts by a week to the last Tuesday of the Month from the first, as that suits my posting schedule a bit better at the moment (and it will also avoid posting over the Easter and Whitby weekends, too). The intention hasn’t changed, […]