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1.

LCD Soundsystem – Tonite

This is it. This is the excitement we’ve been waiting for. Ok, it’s a jaded excitement but it’s LCD sonically and lyrically encapsulating their whole deal in one track. Ever the ageing outsider, Murphy ruminates on the current pop landscape’s monoculture that peddles limited edition sneakers before turning it back on himself “And what’s it you do again?
Oh I’m a reminder / The hobbled veteran of the disk shop inquisition”. He’s still losing his edge and recognises he sounds like his mother. The generation gap is stark.

“You’ve lost your internet and we’ve lost our memories / We had a paper trail that led to our secrets / But embarrassing pictures have now all been deleted / By versions of selves that we thought were the best ones
‘Till versions of versions of others repeating / Come laughing at everything you thought was important / While still making mistakes that you thought you had learned from.”

In the end, Murphy suggests the culture prioritises the youthful superstars is a false narrative but offers a hopeful alternative narrative for living.

“You’re missing a party that you’ll never get over / You hate the idea that you’re wasting your youth / That you stood in the background oh until you got older / But that’s all lies.”

It’s not over and Murphy’s own “late era middle-aged ramblings” is proof.


2.

Alex Cameron & Angel Olsen – Stranger’s Kiss

A classic-sounding collaboration that has a curtain-closer feel. Olsen is the real star once she appears giving the tune a lift beyond the norm. Nice video featuring Girls actress Jemima Kirke too.


3.

James Holden & The Animal Spirits – Pass Through The Fire

It’s been a while since anything from Mr Holden has grabbed my ears. ‘ Pass Through The Fire’ is a discombobulating building track recorded with his new band The Animal Spirits. Holden will no longer be DJing so this is the new phase of his career and it’s a nu-jazz brass and wind modular synth folk /trance workout constructed live with the band Tom Page (RocketNumberNine), Etienne Jaumet, Marcus Hamblett, Liza Bec and Lascelle Gordon – have shared lead single ‘Pass Through The Fire’.


4.

Confidence Man – Boyfriend (Repeat)

One of those novelty-lite talky songs that would have gone down well at the indie-disco, ‘Boyfriend Repeat’ is a fun and funky pop song from an Australian four-piece.


5.

Julien Baker – Appointments

21 year-old Memphis songwriter Julien Baker’s debut was reissued on Matador earlier this year and now we had news of her newest Turn Out The Lights on October 27th. ‘Appointments’ is a torch-burning hopeful highlight. Baker plays Dublin in November.


6.

Four Tet – the one with a load of random symbols

I’m not sure where I’ve heard this before but it was posted under a load of random symbols on Spotify this week. It’s not the other track on the new limited 12″ release with ‘Planet’ on it, that’s ‘SW9 SSL’ Just don’t ask me what it’s called.


7.

Daughter – Burn It Down

Surprise! Daughter are doing the score for a video game. Not totally expected perhaps but their music is ambient-leaning and Florence And The Machine worked with Square Enix and Final Fantasy before so it’s has precedence. The band’s soundtrack for Life Is Strange: Before The Storm will be released as Music from Before the Storm will be released on September 1.


8.

The Horrors – Something To Remember Me By

The Horrors are at their best when they bring rock textures with more hypnotic elements and this new song from their fifth album V (Sept 22) does just that. It’s a bit New Order, a bit Caribou.


9.

Ardyn – Throwing Stones

After this Gloucestershire duo’s last song had a Fleetwood Mac vibe, their newest continues the trend of sounding like classic artist with Kate Bush being the most obvious touchstone. It was produced by Tourist (they feature on his new single) and the sense of foreboding common from watching Hitchcock’s The Birds.


10.

Anna Of The North – Money

From the new album from the Norwegian-Kiwi duo of Anna Lotterud and Brady Daniell-Smith out September 8, ‘Money’ is a warning to a friend, or ex about a coin-sucking lover.


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Posted on August 17th, 2017

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Anyone who has witnessed one of Caribou’s incendiary live performances in recent years will dig this.

The Caribou Vibration Ensemble EP is a live three-track recording of Dan Snaith’s 2011 touring project which including the Caribou live band, Four Tet, James Holden, Ahmed Gallab of Sinkane and the quartet of horn players who helped record the album Swim: Kyle Brenders, Colin Fisher, Rob Piilonen and Steve Ward.

There are three tracks on it: a near-nine minute live version of ‘Bowls’, a 13-minute version of ‘Sun’ and an improv track. Two were recording in Ghent, Belgium and one was recorded at Scala in London.

The release is dedicated to sound engineer Julia Brightly who did sound for Caribou, Mogwai and Yeah Yeah Yeahs and who passed away in 2011 (a track on Caribou’s latest Our Love is named after her). As a result, all proceeds will go towards genderedintelligence.co.uk

Download at Bandcamp, Bleep or iTunes.

Posted on January 29th, 2015

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Body&Soul today added some names to their lineup for Ballinlough Castle in Co.Westmeath for 21 to 22 June.

Good bookings with Holden, Shabazz Palaces and Lasertom. The new names are:

Max Romeo – Jamaican singer/legend.
James Holden – UK experimental techno producer.
Tom Vek – His time has gone – new album out now sounds out of step.
Shabazz Palaces – experimental poetic avant hip-hop. Great booking.
TOKiMONSTA – American electronic producer. Also a woman, not that it matters. I just didn’t know that.
Alle Farben – Berlin DJ/producer
Hermigervill – From Iceland, that’s all you need to know.
September Girls – shoegazy garage rock.
Lasertom – Dublin space disco.
Booka Brass Band – New Orleans brass / Dublin-style.
Interskalactic – SKA covers of popular songs.
Prison Love – Bluegrass/country band.
Jerry Fish – he’s on every Irish festival bill these days.
Ryan Vail – ambient electronic Derry duo.
Colm Mac An Iomaire – Frames’ fiddler playing his elegaic soundtrack-style instrumentals
The Irish National Clown Orchestra – No words

Tickets

The festival has announced that the Bathhouse & Sauna in the Lakeside Sanctuary & Spa, the Soul Kids entertainment in the Walled Garden; Artisan food yurts, the Radioshack in the Orangerie; the Wonderlust Stage championing spoken word, music and debate; late-night woodlands epicentre of mischief ‘My House’ and the return of the velvet lounge cocktail bar, decadent dinning at the Woodlands Banquet Feast and humorous happenings at the Good Times Comedy Lounge will also be there.

Tickets are now €139.50 excluding fees for the weekend, €169.50 with bus from Dublin. Sunday tickets are €55 excluding fees (€84 with bus).

Posted on May 22nd, 2014

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Just in time for the end of the year, the 44th Nialler9 podcast features great tracks that didn’t make my top 50 albums or top 100 songs list that deserved a bit more love. 14 tracks and 70 minutes in total with me babbling in between. Enjoy.

Podcast #44 Track list

  1. !!! – ‘Slyd’ – Thriller (Warp)
  2. Roosevelt – ‘Montreal’ – EP (Greco-Roman)
  3. Con Vos – ‘Central Park’  – Cocoon Bloom EP
  4. James Holden – ‘Renata’ – The Inheritors (Border Community)
  5. Wave Racer – ‘Rock U Tonite’
  6. Jessy Lanza – ‘Keep Moving’ – Pull My Hair Back (Hyperdub)
  7. Glasser – ‘Keam’s Theme’ – Interiors (Matador)
  8. DJ Koze – ‘My Plans’ feat. Matthew Dear – Amygdala (Pampa)
  9. Lapalux – ‘Guuurl’ – Nostalchic (Brainfeeder)
  10. Forest Swords – ‘Thor’s Stone’ – Engravings (Tri Angle)
  11. Chance The Rapper – ‘Cocoa Butter Kisses’ – Acid Rap mixtape
  12. John Wizards – ‘Lukasa By NightJohn Wizards (Planet Mu)
  13. Wampire – ‘The Hearse’ – Curiosity – (Polyvinyl)
  14. MONEY – ‘So Long (God Is Dead’) – The Shadow of Heaven (Bella Union)

MP3: Nialler9 Podcast #44

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Posted on December 24th, 2013

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