As broadcast last night, as it is every Thursday from 10pm to midnight TXFM.
This week’s album of the week is All We Are’s self-titled album and there are debut plays from Courtney Barnett, Chromatics, Villagers, Young Fathers, Aesop Rock and others. The first hour delved into dark electronics while the second was a bit indie, a bit rap and a bit gorgeous.
LA singer-songwriter recalls a 70s piano troubadour.
Tobias Jesso Jr is a new artist signed to True Panther, who has a debut album called Goon out in March which had production from Chet “JR” White (formerly of Girls), Black Keys’ Patrick Carney, and Ariel Rechtshaid (producer du jour). His songs are classic piano ballads and ‘Hollywood’ is a perfect place to start: a slow-burning simple song about the fame lifestyle. Tobias Jesso Jr plays Dublin’s Unitarian Church on May 10th.
South By Southwest (SXSW), the music industry festival behemoth in Austin, Texas where deals are made and bands are lapped by for gigs and the next stage of their careers, is well into announcing its hundreds of bands to play the festival in March.
In among them, is a healthy dose of Irish acts who were picked to play: 14 in total, ranging from the established to emerging:
The Coronas – ‘All The Others’ Delorentos – ‘Show Me Love’ Hozier – ‘From Eden’ Kodaline – ‘One Day’ Kormac – ‘Wake Up’ Little Hours – ‘It’s Still Love’ The Minutes – ‘Cherry Bomb’ Sinead O’Connor – ‘Take Me To Church’ The Riptide Movement – ‘All Works Out’ (pictured) The Script – ‘Superheroes’
The shortlist is compiled by combining selected songs from the Meteor Choice Music Prize Judging Panel, Today FM, and the Irish Airplay charts as compiled by Radio Monitor.
A standout from Richie Egan’s fifth just-released album.
Richie Egan’s This Chemical Sea is a collection of serene electronic songcraft, aligning songwriting, sonics and production into one cohesive release. ‘Breath Of Life’, which Egan says is the most personal track on the album.
I wrote it just after my mother fell ill and it makes me feel more connected to her – it’s a musical love poem to her. The piano line at the end is one of my favourite pieces I’ve played. I remember I just sat at the keyboard and let the melody come. Now, whenever I hear it, I think of her.
The Meteor Choice Music Prize in association with IMRO and IRMA, will announce the nominees for Irish Song of the Year 2014 next Tuesday 27th. The night will feature acoustic performances from some of the nominated acts as revealed on the night and takes place in the Workman’s Club from 7pm.
I have 5 pairs of tickets to the event to give away.
The ten songs chosen by judges will then go to a public vote on meteor.ie from next week.
Aphex Twin – Syro (Warp) Delorentos – Night Becomes Light (Universal Ireland) The Gloaming – The Gloaming (Real World) Hozier – Hozier (Rubyworks/Universal) James Vincent McMorrow – Post Tropical (Faction) Sinead O’ Connor – I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss (Nettwerk) Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy (Warner Music) The Riptide Movement – Getting Through (Universal Ireland) U2 – Songs of Innocence (Island) We Cut Corners – Think Nothing (Delphi)