Sometimes, it feels like my life is simply following a long list of instructions. How to work the various equipment in our homes and offices, how to use transport, how to get somewhere, the recipes we follow. Weather warnings, travel advice, reminders about things to do from friends and partners. How to do our jobs.
If like me, you’ve been despairing of politics of late, it won’t have escaped your notice that most right-wing leaders appear consumed by their own self, in extreme forms of hubris and arrogance. We have an American President that appears to believe he is above the law, and not far off the same with the […]
Are you ready for a little addition? Maybe some subtraction? Or I can just split the difference with you as we circle around a subject that can get very complex indeed. This is the first part of songs about mathematics, dealing with the “easy” stuff this week, and the really complex stuff next week.
The third part of Transmission, the a-z of industrial. Unlike “b”, where I just about had enough for one episode, there are so many bands beginning with “c” that this will spread across two episodes – and I still had to miss out a few.
Welcome to the amodelofcontrol.com review of 2017, which begins this week. Over this and the next three Tuesdays, I’ll be rounding up the best music of the year in various categories. In coming weeks there will be the best tracks, the best albums, and the best gigs.
This week, I’m back to talking to someone I’ve wanted to catch up with for some time. As The Rearview Mirror: 010 perhaps suggested, I’m a long, long time fan of the work of Dean Garcia, both of his work with Curve, and his more recent work under the SPC ECO name.
Shoegaze, while it has had something of a critical renaissance in recent years, didn’t half fall off the map quickly initially. Aside from the sheer technical prowess, sonic violence and beauty of My Bloody Valentine, most bands came and went, with sneering jibes in the press about them in the following years.
A new month, and I resume my now regular weekly roundup of musical items of interest. As is now usual, this will include the new releases this week, other announcements, upcoming events, and other items that are worth hearing about, as well as an update on what has been new on amodelofcontrol.com this week. There […]
Onto part seven of my 1996 roundup. As a reminder, I’m marking twenty years of writing about music (my writing long pre-dates this website going live) across this year with a monthly look at ten releases from 1996, where possible in chronological order.
It was Crufts over the weekend, and I have a partner who is obsessed with Dalmatians. So what else to write about this week, but dogs…but I had to paws for a while to get enough songs (with thanks to Daisy and Alex for assisting there).
During my recent Depeche Mode live review, I noted that they were one of those bands that I’d been waiting a long, long time to see, and indeed, over the past few years, I’ve made considerable inroads into a long list of similar bands. Particular shows of note included Laibach at the Tate Modern last […]
Last but one – those just outside the top twenty.
Today marks the 50th Tuesday Ten since I started doing these back in March 2007. And while I thought I might run out of ideas quite quickly for subjects for this, somehow they just keep flowing.
As promised last week, here is the second part of my favourite albums of the 90s. Same rules as before, this time the list takes a more metallic edge, perhaps. These ten are in chronological order, just about, by the way.
Many bands change their output over time, often as a concious decision to evolve their sound. Sometimes it is an incremental process, and is often welcomed. Playlists: Spotify Then again, there are then times when a more drastic move in style is greeting with heresy by the fans. I’ve seen some of my favourite bands […]