It feels weird posting this, but I need to keep going. There are loads of new releases, and still new music coming through, and buying music right now is the only way we can help. The events listing is still being updated, but obviously an awful lot is being postponed, cancelled or changed right now.
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/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/019, which continues on the letter M. /transmission/020 will follow soon.
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There were a lot of releases last week in my absence.
Pick of the week – and the month, and certainly the best album of 2020 so far – comes from Swedish Goth band Then Comes Silence, whose new album Machine is absolutely outstanding, with not a single even middling track, and banger after banger, particularly on the first side. I’ve been listening to this on repeat since it arrived on promo a few weeks ago, and I will be still for a while yet, too.
There were other great albums released last week, though. Rising stars Code Orange haven’t quite gone as industrial as the title track perhaps suggested, but new album UNDERNEATH does kick hard. One of two supergroups this week (this one with members of Unsane, Cop Shoot Cop and Swans), the self-titled debut from Human Impact probably sounds exactly like you might expect from these alumni (but it’s very good). The other supergroup – or perhaps better called a collective – is The Joy Thieves, whose first release I liked a lot, and I also like the new A Blue Girl EP.
Another four releases from last week were all very, very different. Grinding, industrial metal from Birmingham? No, not Godflesh, but khost, who released Buried Steel. The new album from King Dude I also really like, something of a back-to-basics album, stripped back and raw, and Full Virgo Moon is really enjoyable. The return of Rotersand is How Do You Feel Today?, and aside from the eerily prescient title, it’s such a varied listen that I need more time to get with it. Finally, post-punk band SPECTRES released Nostalgia, and it’s another solid addition to the Artoffact stable.
One other interesting release last week was from Therapy?, who have released a Greatest Hits album – with all songs re-recorded at Abbey Road. There’s a lot of a nineties Therapy? on there, that’s for sure…
Rather quieter this week. Myrkur’s latest album is out today, in the form of the stripped-down Folkesange, while pulled forward by a week is the second album from Promenade Cinema, Exit Guides, and on first listen, it’s another excellent synthpop release from this young band.
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In amongst all this chaos, there are still new album announcements, too. Einstürzende Neubauten have confirmed, at last, the details of their new album (their first since Lament six years ago) – it is called Alles Im Allem and is released on 15-May.
Then there is Empathy Test, who announced the crowdfunder for their new album Monsters, and it has been funded many times over already (it did £3k in the first fifteen minutes!).
Obviously things have rather changed right now, and I’m updating events as they are postponed or cancelled.
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.
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Look out for /Tuesday Ten/401, and potentially some other things now I have more time.
Marking the number 400 with a relevant /Tuesday Ten
/Tuesday Ten/399/Tyrant Lizard King
Songs of reptiles and amphibians
/Memory of a Festival/034/10 Years of Chaos
Chaos Theory marked their tenth anniversary with a full day of bands, and I was there to cover it
/Tuesday Ten/398/Tracks of the Month/Feb-20
The best tracks of the past month
/Transmission/019/the a-z of industrial/m/part two
the podcast continues, the second episode on the letter M
/Talk Show Host/059/Teeth of the Sea
As they prepare to play 10 Years of Chaos this weekend, I talk to London band Teeth of the Sea
/Tuesday Ten/397/No Treasure But Hope
Songs of and about Hope
/Tuesday Ten/396/Don’t Fucking Tell Me What To Do
Songs containing instructions
/Into The Pit/210/3TEETH and PIG
I reflect on the first notable tour of 2020 to reach London
/Tuesday Ten/395/Gods and Monsters (songs of mythology)
Songs that dig into different mythologies
/Tuesday Ten/394/Tracks of the Month/Jan-20
A bumper edition, with the best tracks of the past month
My first DJing of 2020, at a friend’s birthday.
Objectionable and unpleasant people in song
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I talk to the progressive London promoters as they prepare to mark ten years of shows