Music Television – Thoughts on the State of Metal

A weekend spent at home recently gave me the opportunity to watch a lot of music television, and me being that kind of guy that I am, naturally took the opportunity to catch up on what the young folk are listening to in rock and metal nowadays. There are a couple of channels catering to this audience, but my package doesn’t have access to Kerrang! (probably a blessing) or MTV Rocks (definitely a blessing), so the only dedicated channel left is Scuzz, which in my experience averages a 50% success rate in avoiding utter drivel. However, for the dedicated fans, the channel Propeller (Sky 189) plays music shows in the evening, after a long day of teleshopping and talk shows. Tuune is general chart music, followed later in the evening by Rock Tuune, and then late at night comes Metal Tuune. Anyway, onto the content:

First of all; okay, things actually aren’t that bad! Continue reading


Report: Tower of Power – Direct

In which foolishness turns into a blog post. Never let it be said I don’t follow jokes to the bitter end.

So a text conversation I had yesterday  went something like this:

[General chit chat about the holidays, games, the vomiting bug, El Sistema Scotland, and then:]
Me: I just got a CD there in a second hand shop – tower of power direct, an audiophile recording from the seventies from a label set up specifically to make high quality live studio recordings of bands.
Peter: Holy crap. I want a full report on my desk in the morning.

And so we have:

Report: Tower of Power Direct

Background: Seminal funk band Tower of Power recorded this album for the Sheffield Lab record label, a company specialising in live studio recordings, recorded directly to disc without post-production or editing. Sheffield Lab’s aim was to provide high-quality audiophile standard recordings that captured the feel of live performance with the quality of studio sessions. Continue reading