Update: the gig has moved to Whelan’s main room due to demand.

There’s a load of Irish musicians getting together to play songs from the American punk-leaning ’80s rock band The Replacements next week.

The band called Seen Your Video include:

Peter Toomey (The Immediate)
James Vincent McMorrow
Conor O’Brien (Villagers)
Conor Lumsden (The No.1s)
James Byrne (SOAK)

The band play Whelans on April 19th with proceeds go to Women’s Aid.

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BBC Radio Ulster’s Across The Line is the best radio show showcasing new Irish music from across the island. It’s a fine example of the exact thing that RTÉ is missing from its schedule – foundational support for emerging music in the Republic (shameful really). It’s currently presented by Rigsy and Stuart Bailie and I contribute to it every 4-6 weeks, as I did last Monday.

Across The Line started as The Bottom Line in September 1986 and 30 years later as Across The Line, it’s still championing Irish music and to mark the occasion, there will be a special gig on Monday September 5th at Ulster Hall, doubling as a broadcast that will feature live performances and interviews with SOAK, Therapy?, Villagers (acoustic), R51 and Saint Sister with more TBA.

Audiences can apply for tickets to this special concert – they will be allocated through a random draw and applications can be made until Monday 1 August at 4pm. Tickets will be limited to two per person.

The event will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Ulster from 8pm-10pm and streamed live on bbc.co.uk/radioulster

Rigsy says: “I was practically reared on ATL, with Mike Edgar introducing me to so much amazing Irish music throughout the 90s. So, it’s a real privilege to be presenting the show these days alongside Stu Bailie – and to be involved in this 30th anniversary celebration gig. As is always the case with ATL – we’ve a mix of huge success stories and exciting, box-fresh bands we’ve only recently discovered. It should make for another truly special and memorable night – which it would need to be in order to mark such a momentous milestone!”

Stuart Bailie says: “ATL and The Bottom Line have been a great source of my musical education. I remember the days of Davy Sims and Mike Edgar with fondness and it’s been an honour to have become part of that fearless story. So many excellent artists have been nurtured, supported and promoted to the wider world and the Ulster Hall gig will see some of that love being returned by the acts. I’m sure that will be reflected in the audience response also, while I’m looking forward to an ATL team reunion – a top collection of professionals, music devotees and mavericks.”

Posted on July 26th, 2016

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I stuck my neck out earlier yesterday but I wasn’t far off for the winner of the Choice Music Prize. The winner was my second Choice from my original prediction in fairness. SOAK ended up being the winner of the Choice Music Prize last night in Vicar Street for her album Before We Forgot How To Dream.

By my logic, SOAK was a deserved winner, yet an early in her career, also an early one. Bridie Monds Watson is a very talented young woman who is only going to get better from her already sweet perch. That still holds true, excitingly, the best of SOAK is yet to come. Adam Clayton from U2 presenting the award was a lovely touch that framed Irish music in its own history.

Also on the night, Gavin James took home the Choice Music Prize Irish Song of the Year prize once again. It was a public vote. Unfortunately for James, it doesn’t have the same return as an album prize, though the award looks nice.

SOAK meanwhile, won an award from RAAP along with s €10,000 fund for her efforts, as provided by Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA).

RTE 2 Television will broadcast a one-hour highlights programme of the Choice Music Prize on Saturday March 12th at 11pm.

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Previous winners of the Choice Music Prize

2005: Julie Feeney – 13 Songs (Julie Feeney)
2006: The Divine Comedy – Victory for the Comic Muse (Parlophone)
2007: Super Extra Bonus Party – Super Extra Bonus Party (Alphabet Set)
2008: Jape – Ritual (Co-op Records)
2009: Adrian Crowley – Season of the Sparks (Chemikal Underground)
2010: Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History (Kitsune)
2011: Jape – Ocean of Frequency (Music Is For Losers)
2012: Delorentos – Little Sparks (Delo Records)
2013: Villagers – {Awayland} (Domino)
2014: The Gloaming – The Gloaming (Real World)
2015: Soak – Before We Forgot How To Dream (Rough Trade)

Posted on March 4th, 2016

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Readers’ best Irish albums of the year

25. Evvol – Eternalism
24. Glen Hansard – Didn’t He Ramble
23. Lakker – Tundra
22. Little xs For Eyes – Everywhere Else
21. Somadrone – Oracle
20. Anderson – Patterns

19. Ham Sandwich – Stories From The Surface
18. Leo Drezden – Multi-Moment
17. Ciaran Lavery & Ryan Vail – Sea Legs
16. Not Squares – Bolts
15. Tucan – Towers
14. Fight Like Apes – Fight Like Apes

13. New Pope – Youth
12. No Monster Club – People Are Weird
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Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys

 


10.

The Jimmy Cake

Master

Jimmy Cake

Extended explorations into synth, noise, kraut, rock and ambience for the band’s first album in seven years.

Seven years on from album #3 and Master finds The Jimmy Cake, a band apart once again. Lineup changes (seven now: Paul G. Smyth, Lisa Carey, John Dermody, Dara Higgins, Vincent Dermody, Thomas Parke and Patrick Kelleher) and life has occurred since. The album is uncompromising in its delivery, making no concessions to convenience. There are three tracks with the shortest at just over 15 minutes and the longest just past the 32 minute mark. The individual tracks are elongated passages that segue into new movements.

The strongly-titled 32-minute ‘Death Can Fuck Off’ rings out with dangerous intent, building to a wall of galloping rhythm with synth vistas leading the pack of instruments before they are engulfed by a kraut-rock chug. A bassline changes and the track goes off in a different direction and a rhythmic pulse regains control as synth notes spiral above.

‘Observatory Destroyer’ is awash with horror-soundtrack style textures at its most minimal, building to a sonic heavy-rock dirge and piano release, while the final track ‘Teen Mist’ has a space-rock feel that gives way to a diptych of ambient and engulfing noise.

That’s just an overview. Master is about the journey, a multi-movement of a variation of styles and sounds. That’s about the only thing that The Jimmy Cake can be defined by.

9.

Owensie

Dramamine

Owensie

Former Dublin rocker finds his sweet spot.

Three years on from the Dublin singer-songwriter’s second album Citizens, Owensie has followed it up with a sturdier and more elegant collection of layered folk music anchored by Michael Owens’ brittle falsetto and bright Spanish guitar playing. Conor O’Brien gives his seal of approval by supplying backing vocals and playing drums.

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8.

Girls Names

Arms Around A Vision

Girls Names

Ireland’s best alt-rock band.

For their third album, the Belfast-based band have transitioned from expansive post-punk to a space between it and their former garage-rock jangle.

The band say they approached the album with a view that they had nothing to lose. “We’ve got nothing. We’ve never had anything. And we don’t expect to. The only person I ever wanted to impress was myself,” said frontman Cathal Cully.

In that regard, Arms Around A Vision is indulgent in the best way possible with the band soaking up the weight of their alternative retro influences and embracing their own visions in the process.

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7.

Young Wonder

Birth

Young Wonder

The Cork electronic duo embrace pop dynamics and grander emotion.

After two superb EPs, the Cork pair of Rachel Koeman and Ian Ring carved out their own niche in the electronic pop sphere. Where previous songs, great as they are, were maybe too close to influences like Purity Ring, Birth finds the band creating their own textured world and deepening their songwriting prowess.

Previously-released songs ‘To You’ and ‘Time’ were among the most heartfelt so they fit right in with the new tracks like the airy ‘Intergalactic’ linking the cosmos to the romantic (“feel the rocky planet move / just for us,”), the anthemic electro-pop of ‘Enchanted’ and their most unabashed pop song yet – ‘Sweet Dreaming’.

Ian Ring remains one of the best and most nimble producers in Ireland and Colm O’Herlihy adds live instrumentation with electric guitar work. As the title suggests, this is just the beginning.

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The Strypes

Little Victories

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The Cavan boys are nearly men.

The BBC aired a brilliant Julien Temple documentary about the Cavan kids who were thrust into a rock’n’roll major label lifestyle in their early teens. It left no doubt that The Strypes would be able to handle themselves into the future, marking themselves apart from the world of pop. They love retro rock and have no interest in the modern zeitgeist. What’s more they deplored any musician getting off their face over answering their craft. The lads just want to make music, wherever it takes them.

The answer to the question about where the Strypes would go next is contained in Little Victories from the off. Where as the first album Snapshot was exactly that, an account of a band in thrall to the bluesy rock’n’roll of the early ’60s and late ’50s, Little Victories finds the band (oldest member just turned 20) toughing up their sound by incorporating harder-edged rock sounds and rhythms. While they may not have brought their music up to date, they’ve taken a leaf out of the book of the Arctic Monkeys with an album that brandishes a distinct teenage indie/rock energy. Perhaps this is at the expense of what made them stand out in the first place but the band’s youthful vim still shines through.

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SOAK

Before We Forgot How To Dream

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Derry singer-songwriter releases her Mercury Prize-nominated debut.

It’s easy to forget how far Derry musician Bridie Monds-Watson has come in such a short time. Like the Strypes, the young singer-songwriter impressed from an early age with appearances on Other Voices with effective songs simply-constructed with an acoustic guitar and Bridie’s sweet colloquial voice.

Her Rough Trade debut, produced by Tommy McLaughlin, sheds the simplicity of those early EPs and settles for a multi-layered debut album that adds piano, strings and extra percussion to bolster the songs. Monds-Watson’s appealing simplicity is sacrificed for a more serious atmosphere but her personality and her rounded vocal style shines through on songs like ‘Blud’, ‘B A Nobody’, ‘Reckless Behaviour’ and ‘Shuvels’. Before We Forgot How To Dream bagged the young Derry musician a Mercury Music Prize for her efforts but it’s likely her best is yet to come.

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4.

 Le Galaxie

Le Club

Le Galaxie

The Dublin electro band have made an album of joyous bangers.

For their second full-length, Le Galaxie enlisted the help of producer Erik Brouchek to solidify what most Irish music-loving people know from seeing the band live, that Le Galaxie are the best band for delivering gigantic song-led bangers built on dance music dynamism with live instruments.

Le Club feels like a victory lap, the band’s retro neon-electro having found new sinewy rhythms and strident sounds. Songs like ‘Put The Chain On’, ‘Streetheart’, ‘Le Club’, ‘Lucy Is Here’ and “Carmen’ already feel like modern Irish classics, the soundtrack to many a great festival night and gig. The new version of the Le Galaxie essential, the uplifting ‘Love System’ adds a sax-solo for extra celebration. A trip to Le Club is always fun.

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3.

Villagers

Darling Arithmetic

Villagers

The third album from Conor O’Brien might just be his most important.

Stripped back to accompaniment that rarely goes beyond piano, mellotron, guitar and voice, Darling Arithmetic is a clear line in the sand for one of Ireland’s best living songwriters and as a result, there’s a sense of a songwriter really revealing and exploring his own self: his sexuality, his feelings, his pain and his love.

The 36 minute album’s opening song ‘Courage’ lays it all out. “Took a little time to get where I wanted / It took a little time to get free / It took a little time to be honest / It took a little time to be me,” O’Brien sings accompanied by guitar, light brushes, bass and some faraway blurry synths.

The stripped down nature of the album highlights what a great songwriter O’Brien is. These songs are captivating enough in their demo-style form because O’Brien is an elegant arranger and musician too; he has things to say we can relate to, and sentiments that comes from a heart, his heart, with an underlying confidence that comes from experience and learning from it.

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2.

Jape

Richie Egan’s fifth album is a collection of serene electronic songcraft.

For most of his creative endeavours as Jape, Richie Egan has been juxtaposing traditional guitar-based songwriting with electronic synth textures.

The fifth Jape album, This Chemical Sea, made with band member Glen Keating, is the first released since Egan uprooted his life and family to Malmö in Sweden and that distance has encouraged a clarity of vision that translates to these two sides being more suitable bedfellows than ever.

There’s soft transparency to the production helped greatly by David Wrench who mixed and mastered the album, and whose considered imprint can most recently be heard on top notch productions from Caribou, FKA Twigs and Jungle; three of the best sounding records of the last year. Those albums have a clear spaciousness that they share with This Chemical Sea.

This Chemical Sea often feels like its floating above the physical and unmoored from the sum of its parts, that give the songs a unique identity in the Jape discography. It is a collection of serene electronic songcraft: meditative, lucid and unbound.

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1.

Empress Of

The Dublin band have made the highly-strung album of the year.

There weren’t more uncompromising sonic albums made in 2015 than this one and while it took its toll on its creators, their efforts have not gone unappreciated.

Holding Hands With Jamie is a bare psychosis, the breakdown of Dara Kiely soundtracked by dissonant, piercing and pulsing noise. Kiely spends howling into the pressurised turbulent wall of noise, fending off life expectations and minutiae.

The band match his intensity spectacularly with guitars that whirr and buzz like nasty synthesizers, drums that engulf the room in a live fashion and low-end that wipes the floor and shits on it afterward for good measure. The harshness of it all is a suitably foil for the discombobulating frame of mind that Kiely displays throughout. It sounds like post-punk, it sounds like garage-rock, it sounds like no-wave, it sounds like dirty bleedin’ techno.

The coiled wrestle between confrontation and escapism, both in the music and in the lyrics, is what makes Holding Hands With Jamie such an uncomfortable yet singularly brilliant album. That it uses the familiar language of rock music to do so makes it one of the albums of the year.

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Posted on December 22nd, 2015

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The Northern Ireland Music Prize Shortlist for this year was just announced. There are 12 albums nominated and the winner will be announced at a live event on November 14 at Mandela Hall in Belfast. Malojian, Ciaran Lavery and Ryan Vail will play on the night and an Oh Yeah Legend Award will be presented to The Divine Comedy. Neil Hannon will play some songs from his catalogue. Tickets are £12.

The list was made from choices from more than 70 people in the NI music industry and music media. They are:

A Plastic Rose – ‘Flickering Light of an Inner War’
And So I Watch You From Afar – ‘Heirs
Axis Of – ‘The Mid Brae Inn’
BeeMickSee – ‘Belfast Yank’
Ciaran Lavery and Ryan Vail – ‘Sea Legs
Duke Special – ‘Look Out Machines’
The Lost Brothers – ‘New Songs Of Dawn And Dust’
Malojian – ‘Southlands’
Not Squares – ‘Bolts
SOAK – ‘Before We Forgot How To Dream’
Therapy? – ‘Disquiet’
Tim Wheeler – ‘Lost Domain’

10 of the 12 albums are in a Spotify playlist.

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Last year’s winner was Robyn G Shields.

The NI Music Prize event is produced by the Oh Yeah Music Centre and supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Photo of SOAK by Museum Magazine.

Posted on September 14th, 2015

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Mercury Rev, SOAK, Lucy Rose, Arca, Braids, JME + Aurora are among the names added to Iceland Airwaves in Reykjavík in November.

The line-up already includes Björk, John Grant, Beach House, Father John Misty, Battles, and loads more. 46 bands were added in total including a lot of local Icelandic bands too.

Iceland Airwaves additions


Arca dj set (VE)
Aurora (NO)
Bernard & Edith (UK)
Beebee and the bluebirds
Berndsen
Borko
B-Ruff
Soffía Björg
Braids (CA)
Caterpillarmen
CeaseTone
Dr Gunni
Emilie & Ogden (CA)
Endless Dark
Grísalappalísa
Curtis Harding (US)
Himbrimi
Herra Hnetusmjör
In the Company of men
Jme (UK)
kimono
Kippi Kanínus
Kiriyama Family
Kontinuum
Markús & The Diversion Sessions
Mercury Rev (US)
Kælan Mikla
NAH (US)
Jón Ólafsson & Futuregrapher
Rozi Plain (UK)
Reykjavíkurdætur
Lucy Rose (UK)
Lára Rúnars
russian.girls
Saun & Starr (US)
Sekuoia (DK)
Soak (IE)
Sturla Atlas
Súrefni
Svartidauði
Toneron
Trúboðarnir
TUSK
Úlfur Úlfur
Valdimar
Weval (NL)

Posted on July 1st, 2015

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As they did with Leo Drezden, Smalltown America hosted a performance from Sea Legs, Ciaran Lavery and Ryan Vail’s project that produced a short EP which evokes and is inspired by the Donegal coast.

As the EP is quite short, the pair performed a cover of SOAK’s ‘Sea Creatures’ as part of the set. Check out it below along with two video performances from the set.

The live set is available in HQ lossless formats via Independentmusic.com until 15th June.

Posted on June 11th, 2015

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How to enter ticket comps – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number (for late contact) in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 1pm latest for weekend gigs.


Tuesday June 9

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  • Sylvan Esso @ Whelan’s (€15)
    [Electronic/pop] Triumphant return for the pair.
  • Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (9pm, €6)
    [Acoustic club] Basciville, CC Brez and more. 

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  • B.A.R.E. In The Woods @ Portarlington, Co. Laois (€40+)
    [Festival] One day festival feat. Roots Manuva, Overhead The Albatross, little xs for eyes and more.

  • Olé Olé: A Pitchside Party @ Dalymount Park (€10, 2pm)
    [DJs] Pre-match DJ sets with DJ Deece, Kelly-Anne Byrne, Stephen Manning, Sally Cinnamon, Sol O’Carroll and Scotland vs. Ireland screening.
  • Dalkey Book Festival @ Dalkey (2:30pm, 4pm)
    [Talks] Conversations with Amanda Palmer and Paul mcGuinness.
  • Telephones Day Out—schoolyard & laneway party @ 2 venues (Noon – late, €12+)
    [Party] Sim Simma crew day party / Hunee DJs with DIP DJs, Louis Scully, Liam Maher, Joma & more
  • A4 Sounds’  Tropical Bizness BBQ & Yard Party @ St. Joseph’s Parade (2pm, Free)
    [BBQ]  barbecued foodstuffs, tropical-themed drinks, and DJs spinning laidback beats, funky 45s and cheesy tunage.
  • Youbloom festival @ Dame district venues (Free)
    [Festival]  Conference during day. Live music from Youth Mass, Fangclub, This Other Kingdom, Buffalo Sunn and more.
  • Paddy Hanna @ Bello Bar (€10)
    [indie/rock] launch of Austria / Cameraderie single on 7″. Joey Gavin support.
  • An Evening With Amanda Palmer @ The Academy (€28)
    [Solo]  Original songs, spoken word pieces, cover tunes, audience q and a’s and more.
  • Columbia Mills[email protected]’s (€12.50)
    [Rock] New Irish band with 90s tendencies.
  • Sense – Ø @ Button Factory (€10, 11pm)
    [Dance] Boiler Room. 3 hour set.
  • Encore!!! presents Hall and Oates (Live in Dublin) screening @ The Sugar Club (€10-€12.50, 9pm, WIN TICKETS)
    [Screening] Plus Groovement Soul, Johnny Moy and T/A/S/T/E DJs.
  • The Building Society presents Lee Foss @ Hangar (€15, €10)
    [Disco] Hot Creations Underground house and techno DJ.
  • Circus: Two Door Cinema Club DJ set @ The Academy (11pm, €10, €8 with cheaplist)
    [Club] Plus DJs Rigsy and Marcus, DJ Flip (I.T.F World Scratch Champion), Rock cover bands and more.
  • Pogo: Bodytonic present Andrew Weatherall @ The Twisted Pepper (€12, 10:30pm)
    [Dance] UK dance legend.
  • J.Phlip @ Opium Rooms (€10, 11pm)
    [Dance] Dirtybird. Say My Name
  • wcb social[email protected] Grand Social  (Free, 11pm)
    [DJs] White Collar Boy DJs.
  • DOGS @ Whelan’s (Midnight, Free on FB)
    [Indie] New song Drift.

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Posted on June 9th, 2015

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With so many albums being released there is only so many that one man (me) can write about, so as another way of featuring some recommended albums beyond the reviews and album of the week posts, here is a list with links to the best albums of the last month with a regularly updated Spotify playlist you can subscribe to so you always have something long-playing to listen to.

Previously unmentioned albums include Irish producer Ebauche’s beautifully serene ambient album Adrift, the X-Files-influenced electronic of Palmbomben II, the teen duo Girlpool sharing their small worlds on the big stage and a potential classic in the Chance The Rapper / Donnie Trumpet all-star album (only released on US iTunes).

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  1. Shamir – Ratchet
  2. Jamie xx – In Colour
  3. Boot & Tax – Boot & Tax (vinyl only for now)
  4. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
  5. Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf
  6. Hot Chip – Why Make Sense?
  7. Roisin Murphy – Hairless Toys
  8. SOAK – Before We Forgot How To Dream
  9. Braids – Deep In The Iris
  10. Fight Like Apes – Fight Like Apes
  11. Young Wonder – Birth
  12. Girlpool – Before The World Was Big
  13. Lakker – Tundra
  14. Palmbomben II – Palmbomben II
  15. Ebauche – Adrift

Posted on June 8th, 2015

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

Hour one – awaiting listen links

  1. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment  – ‘Sunday Candy
  2. Beirut  –  ‘No No No’
  3. #aotw: Unknown Mortal Orchestra –  ‘Like Acid Rain’
  4. Jake Houlsby  – ‘Yannina’
  5. Ciaran Lavery  – ‘Little More Time’
  6. Bicep  – ‘Just’ (Original Mix)
  7. Shamir  – ‘Make A Scene’
  8. #tbt: Paul McCartney  – ‘Temporary Secretary’
  9. Ships –  ‘Space Inside’ 7″mix
  10. Rhye  – ‘Open’
  11. Lianne La Havas –  ‘Unstoppable’ (FKJ Remix)
  12. The Internet –  ‘Special Affair’
  13. Donnie Trumpet & the Social Experiment  – ‘Slip Slide’

Hour two – awaiting listen links

  1. Jamie XX  – ‘Good Times’ with Long Intro
  2. Vök – ‘Waterfall’
  3. Laura Clock – ‘Fantasy’
  4. Flume – ‘Some Minds’ (feat. Andrew Wyatt)
  5. Joy Orbison & Boddika – ‘TMTT’
  6. Young Marco – ‘Darwin In Bahia’
  7. Boot & Tax – ‘Dancin’
  8. Crystal Knights  – ‘Chemistry’
  9. Bottin & Rodion – ‘One For All’
  10. New Jackson – ‘Shoot out the Lights’
  11. Julio Bashmore – ‘Battle For Middle You’
  12. Idris Muhammad – ‘Could Heaven Ever Be Like This’
  13. Nozinja – ‘Xihukwani’

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on June 5th, 2015

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My new music show is live every Thursday from 10pm to midnight on TXFM. The show starts about six minutes into the first hour.

Listen: Part One

  1. The Housemartins –  Caravan Of Love
  2. Jamie xx –  I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times (radio edit)
  3. Neon Indian –  Annie
  4. Disclosure ft. Gregory Porter  – Holding On (Radio Edit)
  5. Bicep –  Just (Original Mix)
  6. Floating Points –  Vacuum Boogie
  7. Blooms – Loves
  8. Fatima – Technology
  9. Alessia Cara – Here
  10. Run The Jewels  – Early (feat. BOOTS)
  11. A$AP Rocky – Back Home (feat. Mos Def x Acyde)
  12. Baths – Lovely Bloodflow
  13. Nicolas Jaar – Variations

Listen: Part Two 

  1. Radiohead –  Bloom (Jamie xx Rework Part 3)
  2. Jamie xx –  SeeSaw (featuring Romy & Four Tet)
  3. Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons –  Sacred Dance of the Demon
  4. Bottin & Rodion  – One for All
  5. Boot & Tax  – Soultains of Mountain
  6. Kelela – Bank Head
  7. Rusangano / Family –  Standard
  8. Tei Shi – Go Slow
  9. Unknown Mortal Orchestra –  The World Is Crowded
  10. Jape  – Harrington Street
  11. Soak  – Wait
  12. RiZA  – Kabembe

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on May 29th, 2015

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AH. Super Furry Animals couldn’t have picked a better place to come and play their first Irish show in years other than Body & Soul.

They’ve just been added to the lineup for the summer solstice weekend from June 19th to 21st in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath along with:

Super Furry Animals, Tiga, Kiasmos (as revealed at their gig), SOAK , Kuenta i Tambu (KiT), Vin Gordon and the Real Rock Band, Clu, Cloud Castle Lake, Bleeding Heart Pigeons, Planet Parade and a new 2000-capacity venue featuring Northern Soul, reggae, ska fun kand more with The Mouse Outfit, Chai Wallah, Stuff and more to play.

SFA have just started back playing live again to promote their Welsh language reissue Mwng. Here they are from this week:

Ticketsare now in tier 4 of 5 for Body & Soul and that means prices from €139 plus fees.

Posted on May 1st, 2015

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Bridie Monds-Watson was asked by Rookie Magazine to cover St. Vincent which she did in her own inimitable way and they interviewed her about it and her music as part of it:

So much of that song, and what Annie Clark has said about it, is about her disdain for internet culture and people broadcasting their lives. What’s your relationship to the internet like as someone who’s never known a world without it?

I’m definitely the first generation that’s grown up with the internet in school, from like, primary, year one. I had a Facebook account when I was, like, 13. I wasn’t that interested until I was, like, 15. Now I use it tons—I kind of have to, because it’s an incredible form of promotion. But I think it’s fun, as well. I’m lucky because I’m with an independent label, so I’m in charge of my social media. If my label people post on it, it’s with my approval. I decide how much of myself I want to give away, and what I want to say as well.

The Derry musician’s debut Before We Forgot How to Dream comes out on Rough Trade next month.

Posted on April 30th, 2015

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For the most up to date Irish music playlist, head to the new Irish music weekly.

Last year, you all helped me out with creating a modern Irish playlist for St. Patrick’s Day.

Like, our Paddy’s Day Unlocked event tomorrow in Meeting House Square, the playlist represents the truly current, the young musicians, the modern Irish musicians who are changing the perceptions of our country’s music at home and abroad.

Whether it’s Hozier, All Tvvins, James Vincent McMorrow, Lakker, Girl Band, SOAK or New Jackson, Irish music is about more than the diddly eye and Bono headlines exported around the world.

So, stick this playlist on, press shuffle and let it play. There’s over 100 songs and 7 hours of music here:

Spotify playlist

If you’re looking for something more mainstream, Spotify have created a playlist of the most popular Irish artists on the service.

Posted on March 16th, 2015

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