/Welcome to the Future/109/Events, gigs and new releases for 2020/03-Jan 2020

/amodelofcontrol.com returns for 2020, with the usual way to start – the round-up of music that we can expect this year. There is perhaps less known in advance than usual, or at least that I’ve seen reported – but there are some fascinating releases coming. In addition, this is the weekly Friday posts resuming, of new music coming your way this week and soon, as well as a look at the events and gigs in the future, and finally nods to any other notable news that affects artists and music that I cover here.

/transmission – the amodelofcontrol.com podcast – has returned, continuing the run through of the a-z of industrial, with all episodes thus far are here. The latest episode is /transmission/016, the second part of the letter L. /transmission/018 will follow soon.

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/This Week/New Releases

A note about the releases that I feature here. This has never been intended to cover every single release in that week. It is more about highlighting notable releases, by either bands that I’ve long written about, artists that I’m intrigued by, or simply music that I like – and by extension that my readers may like.

Because I cover 01-Dec to 30-Nov for my /Countdown end-of-year roundups, a few releases have slipped the net prior to Christmas, and so I’ll mention these now – and no doubt include some of them, at least, on /Tuesday Ten/390 next week.

So: released on 02-Dec was a new EP from the excellent electronic act Raime, the Planted EP, while on 06-Dec New York industrial-rock-experimentalists (seriously, they sound like no-one else) Pop. 1280 returned with their new album Way Station.

A notable return, following a handful of live shows and a successful Kickstarter, was of the much-loved Goth band Rome Burns with their new album All Monsters to Angels, while in the week following (on 13-Dec) was the return of industrial-rock veterans Hanzel und Gretel with Hexennacht.

One most unusual release today has been from Seeming frontman Alex Reed, who has released what is reckoned to be the first album entirely written, produced and released this decade – from writing to release in 24 hours comes Midnight to Midnight.

Finally, released today too, another comeback is the first genuinely new material from Stabbing Westward in a nineteen years, with the Dead and Gone EP.

/2020/Upcoming Releases

First up are the releases that have confirmed dates (as always, though, dates can and do frequently change!)
10-Jan: Apocalyptica – Cell-0
17-Jan: …and You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead – X: The Godless Void and Other Stories
24-Jan: Pet Shop Boys – Hotspot
24-Jan: Wire – Mind Hive
14-Feb: Ash – Teenage Wildlife: 25 Years of Ash
14-Feb: Ihsahn – Telemark EP
21-Feb: Greg Dulli – Random Desire
21-Feb: Grimes – Miss Anthropocene
28-Feb: Wrangler – A Situation
06-Mar: My Dying Bride – The Ghost of Orion
06-Mar: Bodycount – Carnivore
27-Mar: The Orb – Abolition of the Royal Familia
24-Apr: Asian Dub Foundation – Access Denied
29-May: Static-X – Project Regeneration

There are also releases coming – of course subject to change, those without titles have no further details known yet – from ∆AIMON, 11 Grams, ACTORS, Bootblacks (Thin Skies), CHANT (Hydra), Chemlab, Concrete Lung (The Ecstasy Of Emptiness), Dead Animal Assembly Plant, ded.pixel (And to the Wolves We Are Thrown), DEF NEON (War Beats), Deftones, dexy, Einstürzende Neubauten (despite some reports, it is not called Year of the Rat!), Empathy Test, Ganser, HAEX (The Ether, the Abyss and the Void), IDLES (Toneland), Imperative Reaction (Mirror), Jean-Marc Lederman, My Bloody Valentine, Nadine Shah, Nine Inch Nails, Promenade Cinema (Exit Guides), Run The Jewels (RTJ4), Seeming, The Avalanches and The Birthday Massacre.

/Upcoming/Gigs/Club Nights/Events

This weekly listing has now seen a significant overhaul, and has moved over to a Shareable calendar format that is embedded below. You can add it to your own calendar views if you wish (GCal link, iCal link), and then you will get dynamic updates as I get them. Otherwise see the embedded calendar below.

If you have updates, relevant events for me, or want to tell me about something else, use the contact details above.


Two sad deaths in the music I cover to note over the Christmas period. Firstly Vaughan Oliver, the artist so key to the identity of 4AD records, passed away, and the heartfelt eulogy from Ivo-Watts Russell is worth a read. Then also, news broke on Christmas day that original Big Black bassist Dave Riley also passed away.

/amodelofcontrol.com/next week

Look out for 2020 coverage rolling on, with /Tuesday Ten/390 and /transmission/018 coming in the next week.

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The top 50 tracks of 2019
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/Transmission/017/the a-z of industrial/l/part two
the podcast continues, wrapping up the letter L
/Tuesday Ten/389/I Like Birds
Songs featuring or about birds

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