To me, Daft Punk are the most frustrating band on earth. After an amazingly promising debut and some highly inventive videos, they warmed to fashionable publications like The Face and many other media outlets and ending up becoming some shit parody of themselves. The music became watered down dance-pop. Sure, ‘One more Time’ was a… Read more »

Posted on April 9th, 2006

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It will be interesting to see where history places Mogwai in the pantheon of rock culture, but one thing I’m sure of is that they will occupy a shelf all on their own. Their latest album ‘Mr Beast’ continues along the strange path Mogwai have set for themselves, a unique one far removed from their… Read more »

Posted on April 6th, 2006

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Cool little Flash movie entitled ‘Drum Machine’ here. Related Tags: Flash

Posted on April 5th, 2006

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I’ve been loving Australian 8 piece Architecture in Helsinki’s second album ‘In case we Die’. Symphonic melodies, fragile voices, endearing triumphant songs, smatterings of indie electronica and orchestral rock opera – It’s all here. Oh and bassoons, xylophones, melodicas and sitars. It’s so sweet and joyful it threatens to be too sugar coated, but ultimately… Read more »

Posted on April 2nd, 2006

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I wasn’t at all impressed with Four Tet’s show in the Temple Bar Music Centre last November. It was mostly noodly electronica in which Kieran Hebden hinted at playing a song one minute but then went on a strange musical tangent for six minutes. It was a hint of what Hebden had in store when… Read more »

Posted on March 28th, 2006

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A chance to put up a quick post about one of my all-time favourite groups The Beastie Boys (and one of my favourite photos I’ve taken at a concert) . The above image was taken at the Wembley stadium concert in December 2004 on the Pageant Tour and if that gig was anything to go… Read more »

Posted on March 27th, 2006

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First official Line-up confirmed: Basement Jaxx Massive Attack New Order Pet Shop Boys Groove Armada Anthony and the Johnsons DJ Shadow Damien Rice Yeah Yeah Yeahs The Frames Devendra Banhart Super Furry Animals Belle & Sebastian Rufus Wainwright (solo) Bloc Party Alabama 3 The Rapture Mad Professor Saul Williams Tom Vek Gang of Four David… Read more »

Posted on March 23rd, 2006

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An oldie but a goodie, this set is two years old this week, but still sounds as fresh as ever. Squarepusher’s use of breaks and bleeps in conjunction with some atmospheric synth lines make this one of my favourite 25 minutes of music. When the beats stop, (which they do frequently) , they are built… Read more »

Posted on March 23rd, 2006

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Jeffrey Lewis hitchedhiked his way into Dublin town last night to play an excellent show in Crawdaddy. Jeffrey is known for his blunt voice, direct lyrics and for his humorous comics. I wasn’t too enamoured with Jeff before last night’s show, I heard ‘Chelsea Hotel Oral Sex Song’ and ‘The Last Time I did Acid… Read more »

Posted on March 1st, 2006

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I’m offering a great live set for your ears from Dublin based Super Extra Bonus Party, who were formerly known as the Illegal Kids. The set consists of some refreshingly upbeat electronica from the jangly tones of Spanik to the bouncy energetic Mushie Shake, and the ethereal Softly which samples Dublin singer songwriter Nina Hynes…. Read more »

Posted on February 16th, 2006

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Breakcore gigs are the best gigs in the world. FACT. They are the most fun, the most mental and without trying to sound like a hippy, bring a sense of community unrivalled by most other gigs I’ve been too. Anyone who was at the Ice Bar in Dublin last month for Aaron Spectre and Lakker… Read more »

Posted on February 10th, 2006

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Diplo remix of forthcoming Yeah Yeah Yeahs single Gold Lion, taken from a 2 hour Diplo mix here. Thanks to Palms Out Sounds for this one. Download Remix MP3 – Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Gold Lion (Diplo’s Optimo Remix) Update: Stereogum has the link to the actual single here. Obviously after listening to the manic… Read more »

Posted on February 1st, 2006

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OK here it goes. How to describe  Animal Collective? This is music which at first listen is strange, celestial and confusing. Repeat listens to their latest and seventh album “Feels” reveal psychedelic soundscapes and songs that recall early Mercury Rev with a unabashed, adolescent charm and slighty silly lyrics with endearing lines like “Sometimes I’m… Read more »

Posted on January 27th, 2006

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