James Lavelle’s guest-heavy UNKLE project debuted in 1998 with Psyence Fiction, a collaborative album between himself and DJ Shadow, that featured Ian Brown, Mike D, Kool G Rap, Badly Drawn Boy and Thom Yorke, that he has never since surpassed. It was also responsible for one of the best music videos ever made in ‘Rabbit In Your Headlights’ which you can see below.
Since Shadow left the project, there have been sparks on albums 2003’s Never, Never, Land (‘Eye For An Eye’, ‘Reign’), 2007’s War Stories (‘Restless’, ‘Mayday’) and 2010’s Where Did The Night Fall (not much registers from that for me), it’s a very different beast with a very different palette.
Earlier this month, an UNKLE exhibition was held at the Lazarides gallery in London and so news reached of a new UNKLE album called The Road to debut in 2017, to follow a new song ‘Cowboys and Indians’ which debuted last year.
Having just released her album At Swim, Lisa Hannigan has has announced an Irish tour for December. The dates are:
December 1st Seapoint Ballroom, Galway December 2nd O’Reilly Theatre, National Opera House, Wexford December 8th The Glassworks, Derry December 10th Vicar Street, Dublin December 12th Cork Opera House, Cork December 16th Limetree Theatre, Limerick December 17th Beaulieu House and Gardens, Drogheda, Co Louth December 18th Unitarian Church, Dublin (all ages show at 2.30pm) December 19th The Empire Music Hall, Belfast December 22nd St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny December 21st An Ghrianán Theatre, Donegal December 23rd Theatre Royal, Waterford
Tickets on sale for all shows Thursday September 15th at 9am from Ticketmaster.
National Concert Hall announced its Autumn season and as part of it, the American drone-based ambient music duo Stars of the Lid will play Sunday October 9th. They will be joined by a crew that includes Luke Savisky, visual collaborator & projectionist; MFO, German lighting designer; Echo Collective (A winged victory for the Sullen’s string ensemble); Francesco Donadello (collaborator); Bobby Donne (from Kranky label-mates Labradford) and support comes from Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh
Wyvern Lingo have announced a headline show at Button Factory on December 3rd. In the meantime, they are supporting James Vincent McMorrow on his Irish dates. Tickets for The Button Factory cost €17.50 + fee and are on sale today from TM.
Here are all of their dates coming up:
November 24th Mike the Pies, Listowel, Kerry 25th INEC, Killarney, Kerry 26th Roisin Dubh, Galway 27th Cypress Avenue, Cork
Saint Sister are playing a unique headline show on November 5th at Dublin’s Christchurch Cathedral. Tickets from €19 + fee from TM.
Lyra will make her Irish debut Upstairs at Whelans on 4th October. Tickets €13 inclusive of booking fee available from Ticketmaster.ie and outlets from Wednesday September 7th at 9am.
Vinyl & Wine, the vinyl listening club is to to exclusively premiere David Bowie’s lost 1976 album, The Gouster on Thursday, September 22nd in The Liquor Rooms. Tickets on Eventbrite now from €15.
Keaton Henson, the brittle English folk singer-songwriter is set to play the Olympia on Saturday February 11th 2017. Tickets for the seated show from €34.50 including booking fee and restoration levy on sale now from Ticketmaster.
Brian Deady is playing headline show at St Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny on Saturday December 17th. Deady recently signed a major label deal on the back of his excellent Non Fiction album. Support is from brother Colin Deady. Tickets priced at €17.50 plus booking are available from www.tickets.ie and Rollercoaster Records, Kieran Street, Kilkenny. Tickets on sale now. Doors 7.30pm.
Following last week’s preliminary announcement of Richard Hawley, Lapsley and more for Other Voices this year, the TV show and event in Dingle between Friday 4th – Sunday 6th of December, has announced more this week.
Making their trip to the main room at St. James Church also are:
Low, Jack Garrett, Keaton Henson, Glen Hansard and The Academic.
The Irish acts of the IMRO Other Room are: Gavin Glass, Saint Sister, Talos, Bitch Falcon, Hawk with another TBC from the viewer’s choice from the open call.
For those heading to Dingle for the weekend, who may not get tickets, fear not, there’s a load of music happening for free in the pubs and venues of the town as the CPL Music Trail is back with 45 live acts including:
David Kitt, Sorcha Ni Bhriain, Declan McLoughlin, My Tribe Your Tribe, Eve Belle Mongoose, Chanele McGuinness, Hannah McPhilimy, Johnny Stewart , Hare Squead, Marc O’Reilly, Rusangano Family, Conor Walsh, Shookrah, Chapter 2, Slow Moving Clouds, Maria Kelly, Sample Answer, Callum Orr, Bad Sea, MKAI and Rebecca Collins
The National Concert Hall have revealed their This Must Be the Place series of concerts for this August which features Marc Almond, Sun Kil Moon and Keaton Henson. Tickets for below are on sale Friday at 10am.
Discotekken continue their great run of shows with Twin Kelly – a Twin Peaks, R Kelly A/V night. Yes, that’s what it says. It happens Wednesday May 8th @ the Underground Cinema Room, The Generator, Smithfield. €8/€10.
Gemma Hayes has a UK and Ireland tour coming up at the following places:
May 14 The Globe, Cardiff May 16 Leaf Café, Liverpool May 17 Gorilla, Manchester May 19 The Louisiana, Bristol June 12 Electric Circus, Edinburgh June 13 Óran Mór, Glasgow June 27 Whelans, Dublin June 28 Killarney Festival July 10 Pound Arts Centre, Corsham
For our 41st podcast Aoife and I got ourselves a better audio setup with two pro microphones (thanks to all who helped with that) and took a return aural trip to Canada via the Caribbean, Cambridge, Malmo, Manchester, LA and New York. Better equipment also means you can hear our dog Daffodil barking from downstairs throughout if you listen closely but I trust it won’t detract from these 13 songs, which are some of the finest I’ve heard over six weeks and collected together. Also, Bruce Willis makes an appearance. You’ll just have to listen.
Every Friday, I pick out four new music picks from the best of the music blogosphere as part of my Day & Night digital section. Follow Day & Night on Twitter or Facebook. The magazine is out today in print with every copy of the Irish Independent. My picks for the week are up next…