We keep going amid the lockdown. There are 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/023, which completes the letters N and O. /transmission/024 will follow soon.
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/This Week/New Releases
There are so many new releases this week, that it’s likely to take me all weekend to get through them.
Probably the most high-profile of them are the first album in four years from Deftones, the excellent Ohms that sees the band continue to do what they do so well, while the third IDLES album, Ultra Mono, very much sees them bristling at something of a recent backlash (sadly so much a habit in the British music industry), and the album is certainly not subtle. Also making a notable comeback are the evergreen Public Enemy, whose return to Def Jam Records is the powerful What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down.
There is new Industrial music this week, too. The excellent tech-industrial of 11Grams is showcased in their second album Humanicide, while longstanding industrial dancefloor staple Soman returns with Global.
In perhaps more experimental releases – Anna von Hausswolff releases an album of solo, instrumental pipe-organ work on All Thoughts Fly, German progressive metal band The Ocean release the excellent Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic | Cenozoic, Robin Proper-Sheppard’s current project Sophia release Holding On / Letting Go, while Svalbard unleash When I Die, Will I Get Better?.
Finally – Ashbury Heights return with new single Spectres from the Black Moss, while German industrial festival Katharsis, without a physical festival this year, release a tasty-looking, sprawling compilation too.
A couple of notable re-issues this week, too. The classic Prince album Sign o’ the Times finally gets the lavish reissue and remaster it deserves – the super deluxe version is no less than eight CDs with an awful lot of unreleased material – and I’m looking forward to revisiting one of the greatest albums of all, never mind just the eighties, over the weekend. Not quite of the same stature, but perhaps important in “our” scene – Suicide Commando has revisited his classic Mindstrip, with Mindstrip Redux that sees Johan van Roy provide new versions of the entire album, as all as a remastered original.
/This Week/Upcoming Releases
Not too many announcements this week, although Oneohtrix Point Never returns with Magic Oneohtrix Point Never on 30-Oct.
Then, the outstanding series on German alternative music of the seventies and eighties has an unexpected fourth volume next month (they had suggested that the third in the series a couple of years back was to be the last) – Deutsche Elektronische Musik 4 is out on 16-Oct. On a related note, I’m currently reading the excellent oral history of the scene, Electri_City, by Rudi Esch of Die Krupps that comes highly recommended.
Obviously things have rather changed right now, and I’m updating events as they are postponed or cancelled, and also including relevant Livestreams as they are announced.
This weekly listing has now seen a significant overhaul and has moved over to a Shareable calendar format. The below draws direct from a GCal I’ve long maintained, and 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 events listing below – click on the links to bring up the Calendar entry.
If you have updates, relevant events for me, or want to tell me about something else, use the contact details above. It goes without saying that any gig or club still in the listing is subject to change at short notice, or may not happen at all.
Look out for /Tuesday Ten/428, and potentially /transmission/024.
A new livestream with a different, Alternative, focus to my other streams
/Talk Show Host/069/The Foreign Resort
I talk with The Foreign Resort about touring, festivals and the scene
Songs about secrets
Rivet returns as a livestream
My old extreme metal night returned as a livestream
/Talk Show Host/068/Bootblacks
I talk with Bootblacks about touring, festivals and…Steely Dan.
/Tuesday Ten/426/War on Error
Songs about the War on Terror
/Talk Show Host/067/ACTORS
I talk with Shannon from ACTORS about her band and her love of music
/Tuesday Ten/425/Smokers Reflect
Songs about smoking
/Talk Show Host/066/Chris Peterson talks about Jeremy Inkel
I discuss the life and work of Jeremy Inkel with his friend Chris Peterson
My old extreme metal night returned as a livestream
/Talk Show Host/065/Seeming
A lengthy interview with Alex Reed, the first of a number of interviews from Stay-In-Fest
/Tuesday Ten/424/Tracks of the Month/Aug-20
The best tracks of the past month