Camden Crawl Dublin weekend is almost upon us and now I’m excited. Along with other hosts like Paul McLoone of Today FM, Claire Beck of Phantom, Mother, Entertainment.ie, Sweet Oblivion, Strange Brew, Totally Dublin, Hidden Agenda, Young Hearts Run Free and more, Nialler9 will be holding Sweeney’s down where there will be two floors of music on Saturday and Sunday. Watch the video above (the song featured is Adultrock’s ‘Chants’) to get a taste of what to expect and stage times are below along with a timetable for the whole event.
Dublin band Spies are back with ‘Distance Shorelines’, the first single from the band since 2011′s ‘Barricade’. The song’s distorted indie-rock dynamics are paired with Michael Broderick’s emotive voice. Howling post-punk guitars, crashing cymbals and an ’80s rock beat are also present on the B-side ‘Mint & Lime’ by the five-piece. The two songs sound like a young band really coming into their own. The band have been compared to The National and Interpol but while the former is suitable still, I can’t help but think of the intensity of Savages who I’ve been listening to a fair bit lately. ‘Distant Shorelines’ / ‘Mint & Lime’ will be released on Trout Records. There’ll be a launch party in the Button Factory on May 23rd.
A roundup of 14 tracks not previously featured here that have been getting the new music veins pumping in the last seven days. These tracks are the besttracks not already featured on the site in the last week that popped up on my radar and left an impression in the last week or have appeared elsewhere. The Best New Music Weekly playlist will be posted every Wednesday.
Two weeks ago Shipsshared a video of themselves working on their debut album. The band will be relatively quiet this year as a result but Camden Crawl Dublin is happening this weekend and the band are playing two shows at it. One at Phantom FM Claire Beck’s Button Factory show at 8pm on Saturday and another at the Nialler9 night in Sweeneys on Sunday at 10:30pm. Ships will also be DJing at Hidden Agenda on Saturday night.
Ships’ Sorcha McGrath put together a mix for This Greedy Pig to mark the occasion entitled the ‘Happy House’ mixtape. Rather than a truckload of dodgy house music, the 35 minute mix inspired by the Shuggie Otis song of the same name. It has classic artists Otis and Etta James rubbing shoulders with Luke Abbott, Joakim and Sorcha’s entire reason for starting the mix in the first place, John Forde’s amazing ‘Stardance’. Listen here and download at This Greedy Pig. More info on Camden Crawl over here.
1 – Luke Abbott – Brazil (2011) 2 – Shuggie Ottis – Happy House (1974) 3 – Etta James – Leave Your Hat On (1974) 4 – Rayko/Em Vee – Broadway (2011) 5 – Joakim – Nothing Gold (Tod Terje Remix) (2012) 6 – Komiko – Feel Alright (1982) 7 – Salsoul Orchestra – Ooh I love It (Love break) (1983) 8 – John Forde – Stardance (1977)
Other Voices came to London last month for three nights in St. Wilton’s Music Hall in Aldgate. Tonight at 11:20pm on RTE Two, highlights from the show shot that weekend featuring performances from Laura Mvula, Villagers, Dexys, John Grant, Matthew E. White and Laura Marling will be aired. Here are five of my highlights from that weekend. Some video from the weekend is also below.