Everyone’s favourite “world music” politi-pop star is giving away a free MP3 download of his new single “Rainin’ in Paradize” from his Official Site. The song is an agitated siren-riddled political pop song more in the vein of Manu’s older stuff as Manu Negra but with a deceptive sheen of friendliness. Listen closer and you… Read more »

Posted on June 20th, 2007

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Tropicalia legends Os Mutantes reformed in 2006 and played their first shows ever outside of their native Brazil after 30 years. Now they are coming to Dublin, Vicar Street to be exact on the 26th of July. Tickets are €33.60 but will definitely be worth it. The history of the Tropicalia movement is one of… Read more »

Posted on June 7th, 2007

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So you dig a bit of Beirut and you’d like to hear more Eastern Folk Gypsy music. One option is going straight to the source, Taraf de Haidouks (frantic Romanian folk troupe) , Kocani Orkestar (Balkan Brass Band, song used in “Borat: The Movie”) or the Electric Gypsyland compilations where Western artists such as Animal… Read more »

Posted on May 17th, 2007

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That’s right, Adam Pierce is about to release his seventh studio album as Mice Parade and it’s a self-titled one. 2004’s Obrigado Saudade was a revelation to me, organic, spacious, serene and full of purpose, a mix of folk sensibilities and electronics too accomplished to be labelled as folktronica. The follow-up Bem-Vinda Vontade hinted at… Read more »

Posted on May 17th, 2007

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Nialler tends to sniff out anything truly “fresh” before me, so this piece, like so many of my other offerings, is something I’ve been sitting on for ages. Here’s hoping it won’t detract from your enjoyment. In this post, it’s with great pleasure that I present you with a taste of a truly class act,… Read more »

Posted on April 29th, 2007

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A seated performance in Dublin’s most adorned & decorated venue was a perfect setting for the 24 year old Ms. Newsom on Saturday. If the the male population in attendance had their way, that pre-nominal would be changed pretty fast such is the unflagging fervour of devotion she incites. And it’s not hard to imagine… Read more »

Posted on April 16th, 2007

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There is some absolute gems of musical talent coming out of Ireland lately, specifically in left-of-centre alternative music (see Herv, Terrordactyl, Alphabet Set, !Kaboogie for examples) and here’s another act to add to that list. Nouveau Noise are Conor Gaffney and Nile Conway, a duo making organic electronica that wouldn’t be out of place on… Read more »

Posted on April 4th, 2007

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Before I listened to the new CocoRosie album, I was still undecided on the merit of their recorded work. No doubt there is are a few highlights I would return to on their second album Noah’s Ark (“K-Hole, “Noah’s Ark”, “South 2nd”) but the album overwhelming depends on your tolerance for found sounds – telephones… Read more »

Posted on March 26th, 2007

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Or Podgram, if you prefer Gruff’s term. Times Online has Gruff Rhys and Lisa Jen talking about the Candylion album and performing “Cycle of Violence”, “Lonesome Words” and the best song about driving ever bar none “Gyrru Gyrru Gyrru”. Gruff also talks about how he wanted the Fingerbob-inspired Candylion artwork to be “a little bit… Read more »

Posted on January 23rd, 2007

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The talented elven virtuoso lands on these shores on the 14th of April for a show in the Olympia for a reasonably priced €25.20 (after the Arcade Fire debacle). There’s also rumours of a sort-of live EP to be released around that time perhaps with a rendition of traditional Scottish tune and versions of the… Read more »

Posted on January 17th, 2007

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Thanks to everyone who voted this past week. In total we had 198 votes with 58 different Irish albums chosen. Sinéad has reliably informed me that there was 170 Irish albums released this year. The results are a little bit surprising due to the lack of mainstream and high profile acts. Where’s U2’s Singles Collection?… Read more »

Posted on December 13th, 2006

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15. Nomo – New Tones The funkiest album on the list, Michigan-based Nomo take their cue from the Congolese band, Konono N°1, respectively appropriating their percussive tribal sound to the Northern Hemisphere. Extending that ethos with breakneck brass, organ and guitar to produce a post-Afrobeat sound – the songs on instrumental New Tones are refreshlingly… Read more »

Posted on December 7th, 2006

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It’s December so that means only one thing. Time for plenty of best of lists! We start the list season with the first part of Top 20 albums of 2006 list (numbers 20 – 16). Enjoy! 20. Fujiya & Miyagi – Transparent Things Clocking in at 36 minutes, this album from Brighton based trio compiles… Read more »

Posted on December 7th, 2006

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Something about the revered anticipation that greeted Juana Molina as she took the stage in Crawdaddy last night told me this was going to be different from other gigs I’d been to recently. There were also people sitting on the floor in front of the stage as well which is something I’d imagine happens at… Read more »

Posted on November 28th, 2006

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