So, my mammoth listen-through of Metal Hammer’s top 100 albums of 2017 begins. My ears have been subjected to 2,275 different artists, according to Last.fm, but I have not heard of any of the first ten bands. Embarrassing. Still, this is the point of doing this, so here we go. Who is at number 100? [...]
Christmas always starts early for me. I don't want it to, but I play in a brass band, and so I'm required to practice Yuletide tunes as early as late October some years. I am usually utterly fed up of Christmas three weeks before it actually arrives. This year has been a bit better on [...]
Like a large slice of Doom Metal with a side-order of Prog? Then you'll love King Goat. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mHBrg2flF8A I can't stop listening to this track. The rest of the album is very good too. Go and buy it!
I know it's not fashionable to prefer the Phil Collin's era of Genesis over Peter Gabriel, but there's just something about the poppier approach. I like it. I like it a lot. My favourite Genesis track is this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huXh3M7bCs4 This is a great track by any standards.
I don't have much, if anything, useful to say about the death of David Bowie. I don't own any of his music. Not sure why; I guess I was just into other bands and artists when I was growing up and I missed his most prolific and successful period, but it is impossible to ignore [...]
It's back to band tonight! I love my Christmas break, but I do miss my brass band too. We will be rehearsing the Regionals piece I should think: Essay by Edward Gregson. It's a lovely piece of music, full of descriptive sounds and should suit our band nicely. Here's a version of it from Youtube: [...]
I have recently moved from playing cornet to Flugel, and I'm loving it! It's a lovely instrument to play with a gorgeous tone (when played properly) and it's great to be playing from a soloist's seat again. Here's me playing Georgia On My Mind at a recent event in Corby Glen with my band Carlton [...]
Maynard Ferguson Legacy Big Band, a photo by rutty on Flickr. This weekend saw me spend 48 hours or so in the most bracing part of England - Skegness for my favourite brass band event of the year, the Butlin's Mineworkers Championships. Thousands of brass banders managed to get there despite the atrocious weather conditions. [...]
There's a new Iron Maiden album out next week! I'm ticking the "excited" box.
No, not the BBC/OU programme about the UK coastline but an excellent track from the wonderful Devin Townsend. I seem to have missed a few albums recently. I need to catch up - the guy is one of the Metal world's best kept secrets
I love science and I love music. This video has mixed them up in a rather wonderful way. Visit Symphony of Science for more
Found via Glinner on Twitter