Archive for Music – Page 2

Summer Entertainment in Hyde Park

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You may not know it from the weather but you know summer has arrived when suddenly open air concerts you weren’t even aware existed announce their arrival.

I honestly don’t know how you’re supposed to keep up with everything as in order to get tickets you usually have to buy anything up to 9 months beforehand. That requires some serious organisational skills, which I fear I don’t possess.

I had the misfortune of missing Springsteen’s Wembley Stadium gig, his first in 25 years. Despite having purchased my ticket in October or November, come the day I was suffering from a foot injury which made standing for more than 10 minutes quite painful.

I reluctantly conceded that there’s no way I would manage one of the Bruce’s marathon performances. All is not lost, other than money, as The Boss is playing another gig next week as part of Hard Rock Calling, which has been shunted out to the Olympic Village in East London and which I’ve bought a ticket for, here’s hoping I don’t get hit by a falling piano between now and then. Read More→

It’s All In The Name

All In A Name

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It’s not very often I post two days in a row but as I mentioned in yesterday’s post there were quite a few bits of new music getting listened to over the last few weeks, some of which I liked more than others.

One of the ones I liked was a cracking techno EP that was released yesterday on the Pushing Red label, you may recall they were responsible for ASC’s EP back in February.

The EP in question is from Martsman, although his bank manager probably only knows him as Martin Heinze.

Martin is a German based DJ, Producer and A&R man for a Drum&Bass, Electronica and Experimental music net label.

Who are all these people with better time management skills than me? Read More→

A Tale Of Two Tunes

What dubstep is to music, to some.I’ve been fortunate enough to have had some new music filling my ears over the last few weeks.

There are a few pieces I should tell you about but to keep it under a thousand words I’m only going to mention two of them. This may or may not come as a shock to you. I’m also going to go out on a limb and say there is a good chance at least one of the genres will be new to you.

What am I talking about? Well, let’s start with something that dropped today on one of my favourite labels, IM:LTD. It’s a dubstep EP from a Frenchman who goes by the name of Kuantum. Now, I’ll be honest, dubstep isn’t something I’ll rush to listen to these days but I can appreciate why people like it in it’s current guise. Read More→

What If There Is No Fat Lady?

No Fat Ladies HereHow many times have you heard someone tell you that it isn’t over until the fat lady has sung? I’ll be honest, I’ve never really known where that expression originated. I’ve always assumed it was opera related and something everyone knew via osmosis.

Why am I admitting this to you? Well, I thought I would tell you because I’ve just spent some time Googling it because I considered it for the title of this post and wanted to know what it meant. Whilst the phrase does indeed make reference to an opera; Wagner’s Ring Cycle, the “fat lady” is the valkyrie Brünnhilde and her final aria at almost 20 minutes pretty much draws the epic to a close. Read More→

Stop Making Sense Sensible

Sense Sensible Making StopWell, if there’s one thing I’ve realised this week it’s that I’m not great at getting myself to the right gig with the right ticket on the right day.

There was momentary panic when I realised I’d deleted the email confirmation to last week’s Comedy for Depression gig in aid of the Depression Alliance. Thankfully it was all sorted a few hours before the event and we all laughed jollily.

On Friday I was due to go to the Scala to hear a band called Hijack Stories. I thought I’d got it all worked out, I’d booked Friday off work so I could laze around at home and then rock through the night. However it all went a bit Pete Tong once I realised I’d left the tickets on my desk at work…bother! Read More→