Dublin experimental veterans The Jimmy Cake today unveil their new album, Tough Love, in full, ahead of its release and launch gigs this weekend.

Tough Love is the band’s sixth studio long-player. Written in 2015 as a single longform piece for a once-off performance in Dublin’s now-defunct Joinery venue, Tough Love is, in the words of Penske’s Albert Twomey, “part kosmische post-punk dystopia, part time-lapsed motorik stoner rock. Both sides menace and swell, playing with time and space before building to two distinct strains of glorious sonic pay-off.”

Produced and recorded at Dublin’s Guerrilla Sounds studio by Percolator man John “Spud” Murphy, Tough Love was mastered by veteran engineer Harvey Birrell, with layout by former band member Paul G. Smyth.

The Jimmy Cake have been an ongoing concern in Dubland since 2000, after the disbanding of noise-rock outfit Das Madman. In that time, they’ve shared stages with the likes of Damo Suzuki, Iva Bittova & Charles Hayward, while becoming an ever-more dense psych-rock proposition over the course of six full-lengths, with previous album ‘Master’ arriving after a seven-year hiatus and hitting #12 on the Irish album charts.

The entire, 40+ minute piece is streaming below, uninterrupted and in its dense, slab-heavy glory.

Tough Love releases on the 14th of July on vinyl via Penske Recordings. A number of gigs are scheduled for this weekend:

Friday 7th July – St Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Patrick’s Street, Waterford (with Percolator)
Saturday 8th July- The Grand Social, Liffey Street Lower, Dublin

Posted on July 3rd, 2017

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Ahead of its full physical and digital release on Cork-based weirdo boutique Penske Recordings, The Jimmy Cake have today released a short preview of upcoming album Tough Love.

Tough Love is the band’s sixth studio long-player. Written in 2015 as a single longform piece for a once-off performance in Dublin’s now-defunct Joinery venue, Tough Love is, in the words of Penske’s Albert Twomey, “part kosmische post-punk dystopia, part time-lapsed motorik stoner rock. Both sides menace and swell, playing with time and space before building to two distinct strains of glorious sonic pay-off.”

The album is broken into two parts of about 21 minutes in length each, What is streaming below is a five-minute excerpt with visuals taken from 1908 silent film Segundo de Chomón and edited together by the band’s Vinny Dermody.

It was produced and recorded at Dublin’s Guerrilla Sounds studio by Percolator man John “Spud” Murphy, Tough Love was mastered by veteran engineer Harvey Birrell, with layout by the band’s Paul G. Smyth.

For those unfamiliar, The Jimmy Cake have been an ongoing concern in Dubland since 2000,  after the disbanding of noise-rock outfit Das Madman. In that time, they’ve shared stages with the likes of Damo Suzuki, Iva Bittova & Charles Hayward, while becoming an ever-more dense psych-rock proposition over the course of six full-lengths, much of it featured here.

Tough Love releases on the 14th of July on vinyl via Penske Recordings. A number of gigs are scheduled for its release around the country:

Friday 23rd June – Bulmers Lounge, Body & Soul Festival, Westmeath
Friday 7th July – St Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Patrick’s Street, Waterford (with Percolator)
Saturday 8th July- The Grand Social, Liffey Street Lower, Dublin

Posted on June 14th, 2017

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Body&Soul has added some names to the festival for June 23 – 25 2017 in Ballinlough Castle, Co. Westmeath.

Joining the main lineup today is: Bonobo, Talos, Skott, DJ Bambii, New Jackson.

The Bulmers Lounge will host Stephen James Smith, RED PILL Poetry Collective, John Cummins, The Tullamore Rhymers Club, Moth & Butterfly, and MissElayneous & DJ FunkTom, The Jimmy Cake, Fixity, Cranky Face, Percolator, The Ocelots, SYLK, Character Development Cypher, Liam & Hajime with Stephen Heffernan, and The Bonny Men.

Theatrical performances: Waterford playwright Conor Clancy’s ‘Will It Fit In A Van?’ about a poorly run drug distribution in a small fictional town delves into kidnappings, murder, biscuits, beloved horses, the clergy and a very important chipper!; while ‘Fizzy Drinks with Two Straws’, a play for anyone who has ever been told “you’re too young to understand”, comes to Body&Soul from Scene & Heard Festival and Theatre Upstairs.

Wonderlust’s line-up of live music, performance, conversations, talks and workshops in the walled garden will include Katie Kim and Crash Ensemble, while Women on Walls brings its movement to Ballinlough where Accenture’s Eithne Harley, Royal Irish Academy’s Pauric Dempsey and TCD’s Professor Lydia Lynch will discuss how underrepresentation of women in the RIA’s official portraits led them to take positive action and commission several female portraits now on permanent display at Academy House.

new to this year: The Library of Progress is a positive subversion of The Library of Congress, the United States’ repository of some of humanity’s greatest works and the largest library in the world. Highlights include Beats and Rhymes with Emmet Kirwan, a blitz of spoken word and hip hop performances and FACTION, hard-hitting political debate with Blindboy BoatClub of Rubberbandits.

Previous announcements.

Posted on May 5th, 2017

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Molossus are a new band formed from members of The Jimmy Cake, Hands Up Who Wants To Die and Percolator, introduced via three tracks recorded live at Guerrilla Studios by music video collective The Practice Tapes.

The members include Eleanor Myler, Paul Clynes, Ian Chestnut, John Dermody and Thomas Parkes.

There are three tracks recorded live (‘Sine’ – 00:00 / ‘Spiky’ – 05:40 / ‘Ocras’ – 09:04) showcasing their alternative rock styles that draw on ambient, punk, garage, shoegaze and krautrock. Fans of Altered Hours will dig this.

As the band define it:

Molossus is the sound of an owl and a bear fighting over a mason jar full of electricity. Imagine a cloud full of razor blades ; you’ve just imagined Molossus. When you find yourself screaming into the abyss, Molossus will whisper back.’

Molossus play 28th of April with Wild Rocket and Venus Sleeps at On The Rox on Coke Lane in Dublin.

Posted on April 12th, 2016

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Instagram, Irish Water, Marriage Equality, EDM, Jobbridge, Hozier. This is just a small list of things we did not have the last time The Jimmy Cake released an album. 2008’s Spectre & Crown was a majestic modern Irish classic, rich and textured neo-classical leaning release.

In many ways, it was the opposite of what came before, Dublin Gone, Everybody Dead; itself released six years earlier; characterised by a spiked folk take on post-rock and kraut music.

Seven years on from album #3 and Master is 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 in-between as no doubt has music tastes and inspirations. 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.

Artwork: Jack Teagle.

Tour dates

29th August – Hangar, Dublin
26th September – Cyprus Avenue Cork.

Supporting The Waterboys
October
Sat 24 | Sligo Live Festival | Sligo
Sun 25 | Glencarn Centre | Castleblayney
Mon 26 | Millenium Forum | Derry
Tue 27 | Ulster Hall | Belfast
Thu 29 | The Seapoint | Galway
Fri 30 | Big Top | Limerick
Sat 31 | Cork Opera House | Cork

November
Mon 2 | The Hub | Kilkenny
Thu 5 | Vicar Street | Dublin
Fri 6 | Vicar Street | Dublin
Sat 7 | Vicar Street | Dublin

Posted on August 26th, 2015

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Good evening Ireland, and that’s an order. Jameson have teamed up with Nialler9 in the pursuit of a great night out. So if you have no plans, read on…


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How to enter ticket comp – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number 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.


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Tuesday November 18

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  • Chet Faker @ The Academy (SOLD OUT)
    [Beard pop] Aussie R&B electronics.

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Wednesday November 19

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Thursday November 20

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  • La Roux @ The Academy (SOLD OUT)
    [Pop] synth pop downtown. 
  • Irish Composers Collective Ten-Year Anniversary @ Project Arts Centre (€5-€10)
    [Mini Festival]  eight concerts including Kirkos Ensemble, Dublin Laptop Orchestra and more.
  • Dolittle presents Speech Development Tour: B Dolan, Scroobius Pip & warrenpeace @ The Workman’s Club (€15)
    [Rap/poetry] Lyricists and live music.
  • Little Matador @ Odessa Club (€10)
    [Rock] Part of Odessa’s 10th Birthday celebrations. 
  • Tim Hecker, Ellll @ Button Factory (€15)
    [Electronic]  Canadian ambient artist
  • Rhythm Method @ Bello Bar (€10)
    [Experimental] Jazz and contemporary improv.
  • Eton Messy, Blonde, Just Kiddin @ The Twisted Pepper (€10, 10:30pm)
    [Electronic] The Youtube channel is on tour. + SOW004 Residents
  • Outbound: Lift Off at Hangar[email protected] (€8/€6, 10:30pm)
    [Dance] House, Techno and Garage

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Sunday November 23

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  • Smithfield Market Fair @ The Generator (Free,  All-day)
    [Market]Comedy, live bands, DJs and stalls.
  • SODA: Shane Mannion @The Bernard Shaw (Free)
    [All day hangout] 6hr Set from the Poho Bodytonic man.
  • Chevron Lives @ The Sugar Club (€12)
    [celebration] A night in honour of Phil Chevron.
  • Pyg Sundays[email protected] (€5, 9pm)
    [DJs] Ray Mang and Colin Perkins
  • Forza Italo with Chrissy, DJ Benetti @ The Odessa Club (€5/€7, 7pm)
    [Italo/electro/industrial]  Planet Mu,’s Chrissy Murderbot, Coca Dis Italo DJ and more

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Posted on November 18th, 2014

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Given that the glooming preview video/song ‘Observatory Destroyer’ is 19 minutes long, you can expect Popular Music is a tongue in cheek title of The Jimmy Cake’s work in progress fifth album, the followup to 2008’s Spectre and Crown.

A lot can and has changed since then. With members moving on and others joining, the 2012/2013 version of the band is an entirely different proposition to the elegaic orchestrations of Spectre & Crown. Popular Music will be released on 180g double vinyl with only 3 tracks on 4 sides of vinyl (?) clocking in at a whopping 72 minutes. The album will be accompanied by illustrations by Jack Teagle (his work is awesome) which are supposedly “darkly magnificent”.

The band have kicked off a Fundit to raise the €7500 for mixing, mastering and manufacturing. See the rewards and details. Sadly, the touted €1,000 reward of “all our shoes” isn’t real.

Posted on December 14th, 2012

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deafirelandDEAF are kicking things off a little early this year with a fundraising event on the 21st of August in Meeting House Square (which will have a temporary roof & full bar for evening – let’s hope that addresses the sound issues.) Tickets are €10 from tickets.ie and in the shops below from Friday.

The lineup is:
The Jimmy Cake, Dark Room Notes, Spilly Walker, Boxcutter, Channel One, Thread Pulls, Sarsparilla, Patrick Kelleher & his Cold Dead Hands.

All artists are performing for free, noble souls they are. This year’s DEAF sees the likes of Dam Funk (!), Modeselektor (!!), Grouper(!!!!), Soap & Skin, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Surgeon, Christian Vogel, Planetary Assault Systems, John Weise & Roger Doyle playing. DEAF are looking for volunteers for the fundraising gig also.

A Spilly Walker live video is after the jump.
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Posted on July 22nd, 2009

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Irish songs

Bringing the public polls to a close for another year we have a podcast consisting of the top Irish tunes of 2008, as voted by the readers of Nialler9. We decided not to announce a tracklisting for this one so that you’ll have to listen to it to see who charted where. There are some surprises in there but I will say that songs from the likes of Hunter Gatherer, Lisa Hannigan and Jape all appeared. As for the other ten you’ll just have to listen to Aoife count them down in our 54 minutes special. Go go. Shoo Shoo!

nialler9 Podcast #22 – Irish Songs of 2008(MP3 – right click / save as)

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Posted on December 27th, 2008

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Don’t listen to the naysayers. 2008 was one of the best years for Irish music in a long time. The results of the third album poll demonstrate the breadth of talent this small country has to offer. Please support the artists you’ve never heard and intrigue you by buying their music using the links below. Thanks to everyone who voted. If you needed some late Christmas ideas this collection would be a pretty cool present. The entire list of 64 albums voted for is available on Google Docs.

An Irish songs of 2008 podcast as voted by you is to follow.

Posted on December 23rd, 2008

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Jimmy

With Chequerboard! And Adebisi Shank! And a 15 piece band! Recession be damned! I ain’t gonna miss this. The Jimmy Cake would like you to register your intention to go to the gig by buying tickets in advance. Giving today’s wallet-tightening economic mindset, they are worried they might not get enough heads in to the gig. You can buy tickets here for a reasonable €20.

The band recently recorded a MUZU session featuring ‘Jetta’s Palace’ and a new song ‘Electric Domino Effect’. There’s an old interview from No Disco as well as vintage Jimmy live footage from John Kelly and Other Voices on their channel too.


The Jimmy Cake TV on MUZU.

(Via MUZU blog)

Elsewhere: The Jimmy Cake pick a mammoth Egoeccentric Hangover Mixtape.

Posted on November 17th, 2008

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The Jimmy Cake

It must be a personal triumph for the nine musicians in The Jimmy Cake to have finally released their third album Spectre and Crown after such a long recording period. It certainly felt like a very personal album launch – a long overdue return. The album is an evocative, organic and rich affair with strong classical motifs and understated tones, largely abandoning the crunch of previous work. Fitting then, that the band added a string quartet and extra brass to last night’s album launch.

An apt dedication to a deceased uncle before ‘Red Tony’ lent personal weight to proceedings and was no doubt acknowledged by extended family, many who were seated in the balcony. The new songs sounded wonderfully precise – ‘Haunted Candle’ and ‘Jetta’s Palace’ were rapturous renditions. It’s hard to believe the band only practised with the string quartet for the first time a mere six hours or so before the gig. As Aoife said, Dip the bass player was a dominating presence but each member contribute equally to this band. The accordion player Jurgen and keyboardist Paul Smith were front and centre, backed by the two guitarist Vinnie and Mike. The drummer John does a fierce job keeping the band together rhythmically and the three brass band members – Lisa (clarinet), Parx (trumpet) and Alex (saxophone – his last gig for the band) are esssential to The Jimmy Cake sound.

A slew of older songs showed the transition between then and now, but were also no less than awesome, including the raucous ‘Limestone Cowboy’, ‘This Used to be the Future’ and set-closer ‘The Opposite of Addiction’. If any band deserve an accolade for achievement this year, it’s the Jimmy Cake. Godspeed.

The Jimmies were interviewed on The Indie Hour this week. Listen.

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Posted on April 19th, 2008

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Podcast Feb

Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit vinyl artwork

It took us a while to get around to this one with everything going on but the tunes below are representative of what I’ve been listening to for the last month. Most importantly, they are still getting played. Think of it as a snapshot of February. Thanks to Aoife for presenting.

Podcast #12 – February 08

  1. Snake & Jet’s Amazing Bullit Band – X-Ray [X-Ray Spirit]
  2. Amplive feat. Del The Funkee Homosapien – Videotapez [Rainydayz Remixes]
  3. Cadence Weapon – Gettin’ Dumb [Afterparty Babies]
  4. Neon Neon – I Lust You [Stainless Style]
  5. Foals – Olympic Airwaves [Antidotes]
  6. Waiting Room – Denis [Roughage: Road Relish Compilation]
  7. The Jimmy Cake -Jetta’s Palace [Spectre & Crown ]
  8. Clark – New Year Storm [Turning Dragon]
  9. Freestylers – Ruffneck [An England Story: the Culture of the MC in the UK 1983-2008]
  10. Storkboy Choons – Rockfield Symphony [Supporting Casiotone for the Painfully Alone] in Whelans March 9th]
  11. Vampire Weekend – A-Punk [Vampire Weekend]

nialler9 Podcast #12 -February 2008 (MP3)

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Posted on February 27th, 2008

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Jimmy Cake

Judging by the version of The Jimmy Cake’s new album that Aoife played to me, it’s shaping up to be one of the best Irish albums of 2008. If you head over to The Indie Hour blog, you can hear three new songs “Jetta’s Palace”, “Red Tony” and “My Brass Buttons” from the wonderful, yet untitled record due out in February 2008 as well as an interview with them.

Listen – Tea And Cake with the Jimmys @ The Indie Hour

Posted on November 5th, 2007

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