Singer-songwriter Karl Blau is an artist who came to my attention via Sally in our Loose Joints podcast recently.

He released Introducing Karl Blau on Bella Union in 2015 and today it was announced he’d be coming back for dates in Ireland in Dublin, Galway, Cork and Kilkenny next month, as part of his UK and Ireland tour.

Tour dates

Tuesday 14th February – LONDON – 100 Club tickets
Wednesday 15th February – WINCHESTER – Railway tickets
Thursday 16th February – BRISTOL – Louisiana tickets
Friday 17th February – LIVERPOOL – Leaf tickets
Saturday 18th February – DUBLIN – Whelans tickets
Sunday 19th February – GALWAY – Roisin Dubh tickets
Monday 20th February – KILKENNY – Cleere’s tickets
Tuesday 21st February – CORK – Cyprus tickets
Thursday 23rd February – BIRMINGHAM – Hare & Hounds tickets
Friday 24th February – OXFORD – The Bullingdon tickets

Posted on January 3rd, 2017

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Sally Cinnamon is a Dublin-based DJ and my cohost on our newly-formed Loose Joints Podcast (Subscribe), where you may have heard some of these tracks previously.

See all the top 10 tracks of 2016 guest selections.


1.

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions – Help Me Get There (feat. Kurt Vile)

Only heard it this month and it stopped me in my tracks. Two of the sweetest voices together, Vile & Sandoval are evoking all the sultry passions of Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge’s Help Me Make It Through The Night. This was a late find but makes the list for me.


2.

Lower Dens – Real Thing

Such slick groove from Lower Dens, 80s synthy shoegazey pop at it’s finest. It would certainly fit nicely on the Twin Peaks or Stranger Things soundtrack this year. Check out the video if you’re in the market for a cool new girl crush.


3.

Lisa Hannigan – Lo

Speaking of girl crushes, the long awaited follow up to Passenger did not disappoint. I don’t think Lisa has ever sounded stronger, he voice is sublime throughout. heard this for the first time in Clonmel during the summer in the church with the band and I got shivers. She and the band have nailed something really special here, it needs to be seen live to be believed. Her talent is boundless, she continues to blow my mind more than any other Irish female.


4.

Matt Corby – Sooth Lady Wine

Although nothing else on his album jumped out at me or even sounds like this track, there’s a timelessness to this. It’s so groovy and dreamy I absolutely love it.


5.

James Blake – Love Me In Whatever Way

If ever there was an album proving an artist is going from strength to strength it’s this one. It delivers in every way. I fell in love track after track but ‘Love Me In Whatever Way’ was my first love. He’s just untouchable.


6.

Kaytranada – Lite Spots

Kaytranada and Anderson Paak stole the show for me this year album wise. I was blown away. Cover to cover this delivered entirely. Everyone I gave it to fell for it’s addictive and hooky charms. Many’s a kitchen dance I had to this, what more could you want form an album?


7.

Anderson Paak – Light Weight & Am I Wrong?

Genuinely cannot pick a favourite on the album. I don’t think I enjoyed an album more this year, between this and Kaytranada. It’s an absolute gem form start to finish. Whittled down to these two as they had the most number of plays, in de clurb.


8.

Fatima Yamaha – Love Invaders

Probably the track I played the most at my gigs. It’s got absolutely everything. There’s nothing else you need to say about it. It’s an absolute gem.


9.

Yves Tumor – The Feeling When You Walk Away

Another one I loved from the opening riff. So slick, so sexy. Love this dude’s vibe even though the album was slightly disappointing considering how awesome this track is. Let’s hope he’s got more in him.


10.

Karl Blau – Fallin’ Rain

Exceptional cover of Link Wray’s 1971 track which Blau brings his own magic entirely to. Guest features include Jim James (My Morning Jacket) and Laura Veirs. It’s a choric dream from start to finish.The message is heavy and sad but there is something so joyous about it too. I know I’m gonna always love this tune.


Posted on December 13th, 2016

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After a month’s hiatus hampered by illness and cancellations, Loose Joints is back. The new hosted by Nialler9 and Sally Cinnamon talking to people about the music they love: old and new.

On this episode, Aisling Rogerson, cofounder behind what I’d consider the best café in Dublin joins us. The Fumbally started a few years ago as a humble café in a post-recession space and it’s only grown to incorporate Wednesday night dinners, occasional events and the Fumbally Stables next door where they host workshops, yoga, dinners, events and talks.

Listen in as we pick some new music from all three of us and ask Aisling to pick out some special considerations. Inevitably, the chat turns to Simply Red once more.

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Download: Loose Joints Podcast #4: Aisling Rogerson (99MB, 1hr 35mins)

Tracklisting

  1. New Music Pick: Sally:
    Sinkane – U’huh
  2. New Music Pick: Aisling:
    Mikael Seifu – How To Save A Life (Vector of Eternity)
  3. New Music Pick: Niall:
    Saint Sister – Tin Man
  4. Aisling: A song from a band who you think are massively underrated:
    Khruangbin – A Calf Born In Winter
  5. Aisling: A song that would make you cry / emotional:
    Alice Coltrane – Turiya And Ramakrishna
  6. New Music Pick: Sally:
    Romare – Je T’Aime
  7. New Music Pick: Niall:
    A Tribe Called Quest – Black Smasmodic
  8. New Music Pick: Aisling:
    iZem – Agua Viva (feat. Nina Miranda)
  9. Aisling: A song that reminds you of good times?
    Barrington Levy – The vibes is right
  10. Aisling: Your guilty pleasure?
    Simply Red
  11. New Music Pick- Aisling:
    Karl Blau – Fallin’ Rain

Loose Joints #3: Emmet Kirwan.
Loose Joints #2: Oisin Davis.
Loose Joints #1: Aidan Kelly.

Special thanks to Sean Corcoran for facilitating recording.

Posted on November 30th, 2016

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