No surprise there then. Earlier this week, we concluded that Flying Lotus would probably not be releasing a new album in 2017 because of this feature film Kuso he’s been working on under the name Steve. but we’d probably get some new Fly Lo in the film. Tim Heidecker, Hannibal Buress,David Firth, Iesha Coston, Zack… Read more »

Posted on January 20th, 2017

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Returning to Stradbally for Electric Picnic every year on the cusp of the seasons is like returning to your hometown at this point. Most things are in the place you expect, others have had a lick of paint and there are new attractions to check out, some gaudy and some just right. Electric Picnic 2016… Read more »

Posted on September 6th, 2016

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Returning before All Hallow’s Eve with another batch of choice horror soundtracks of his choosing, is Solar Bears‘ John Kowalski. See last year’s list. Solar Bears will release a new album next year. Michel Rubini – Manhunter If someone were to ask me what makes me recall the 1980s more than anything else it would… Read more »

Posted on October 28th, 2015

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Over three days and nights in Cork the Sounds From A Safe Harbour’s programme took hold in the venues of the city that saw the likes of Lisa Hannigan, Wild Beasts, The National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner, Richard Reed Parry, Crash Ensemble and many more contemporary artists play shows in a new festival put together… Read more »

Posted on September 22nd, 2015

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This year was my tenth Electric Picnic. That’s a lot of weekends spent in a field in Stradbally, so arriving on site early on Friday at lunchtime, I had the touch of a jaded cynic, who had seen it all before, who could walk the festival with eyes closed. Yet, despite the noticeable amping up… Read more »

Posted on September 8th, 2015

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There were a few NWA songs on one of the first primer rap cassettes I received from a schoolmate in 1998: ‘Straight Outta Compton’, ‘Fuck Tha Police’ and ‘Gangsta Gangsta’. To a Kildare Christian Brother schoolgoing 16 year-old, their narratives filled with gats, AK-47s, bitches, dirty-ass hos, penitentiaries, homicide and jackings were a vicarious thrill…. Read more »

Posted on August 27th, 2015

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The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson is a a film directed by Julien Temple that tells the extraordinary story of musician Wilko Johnson (Dr. Feelgood, The Blockheads, Roger Daltrey), who diagnosed with incurable pancreatic cancer and given a few months to live, managed to accept his fate with uplifting positivity and defy the death sentence handed down to… Read more »

Posted on July 14th, 2015

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If you were to pick the single best festival in Ireland at the moment, it’s certain to be Body&Soul. As I said last year, it’s the most beautiful festival in Ireland. The weather always helps but also does putting it on during the summer solstice, the brightest weekend of the year. It’s the attention to… Read more »

Posted on June 24th, 2015

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