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For the last two months, I’ve been doing a weekly column for the Irish Times (along with one about new Irish music) where I talk to people who make a living working in the Irish music business. So far, I’ve talked to an artist manager, festival manager, independent label owner, venue manager, DJ, lighting designer… Read more »

Posted on April 24th, 2015

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Le Galaxie are about to release their beast of a second album next Friday. Le Club is suitably-titled, it’s 14 tracks, over an hour of sinewy dance music made for neon nights and packed floors. Here is the title track, one you’ll recognise from their many recent festival and show-slaying performances in the last two… Read more »

Posted on April 15th, 2015

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Record Store Day, the annual celebration of independent record shops and its stock takes place on Saturday around the world. Here’s a full list of records stores participating in Ireland and the list of special releases available worldwide which includes releases from too many to name. Here are the special events taking place on the day. It’ll be updated… Read more »

Posted on April 13th, 2015

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I love a dash of 1950’s American retro music, especially if there’s something weird, wonderful and esoteric about it. For this Spotify playlist, I’ve put together 15 tracks of pure throwback guitar and rock’n’roll magic from originals from Chuck Berry, Little Richard to odd cuts like the Vigilantes’ ‘Man In Space’ (which features on this rare… Read more »

Posted on April 9th, 2015

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This is a post written by Wayne Fahy of Sleep Thieves about the band’s largely positive experiences as an independent band with their music on Spotify. As it happens, they are playing RHA tonight.. Over the last few months, the issue of fair royalties for bands and how streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer et… Read more »

Posted on March 25th, 2015

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I’m delighted to tell you that we raised over €4,000 for Marriage Equality​ yesterday at our Vinyl Love event in the Odessa Club. We had hours and hours of 7″s and 12″s all day. There was a great love of a good tune and a great level of support for the cause. Thank you for… Read more »

Posted on March 23rd, 2015

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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… Read more »

Posted on March 16th, 2015

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Cultural icons inspire weird Welsh pop genius. Year: 1997 Album: Radiator A petrol station is not supposed to be a fountain of knowledge. A newspaper, a magazine, or possibly a trashy novel can be procured, but real biographical information is not something that you might expect. Except in the days before the internet, UK motorway… Read more »

Posted on March 12th, 2015

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Best of 2014 : Albums | Songs | Readers Irish Albums | Readers Irish songs | Remixes | Videos  Artwork by Stephen Maurice Graham. Here’s my favourite list of the year to do: my songs of 2014 All I ask is that if you discover something through it, leave me a comment below and let me know. Listen on Spotify… Read more »

Posted on December 24th, 2014

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