Best photo I took all year

My laptop’s Christmas present from me was an impolite wine spillage on the keyboard resulting in a tedious copy and paste requirement job for some letters of the alphabet. So I will keep this in a brief list format. After this, I’m done with 2007 and making lists for another year. Thanks to all the readers and those who left comments, downloaded the podcast and got into the music. 2008 is going to be an interesting year….

Posted on December 26th, 2007



Albums of 2007

My subjective offering of albums I utterly loved this year. Ooh, and please don’t tell me In Rainbows and Kala should be higher, just post yours in the comments instead. Oh, and Happy Christmas!

30. Roísín Murphy – Overpowered
29. UNKLE – War Stories
28. Talib Kweli & Madlib – The Liberation
27. Super Furry Animals – Hey Venus!
26. Yeasayer – All Hour Cymbals
25. Radiohead – In Rainbows
24. MIA – Kala
23. Beastie Boys – The Mixup
22. Animal Collective – Strawberry Jam
21. Shape of Broad Minds – Craft of the Lost Art
20. The Go! Team – Proof of Youth
19. Saul Williams – The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust
18. Holy Fuck – Holy Fuck LP
17. Malajube – Trompe-L’oeil
16. Deerhoof – Friend Opportunity
15. TTC – 3615
14. Arcade Fire – Neon Bible
13. Modeselektor – Happy Birthday
12. Super Extra Bonus Party – Super Extra Bonus Party LP
11. Dan Deacon – Spiderman of the Rings


Posted on December 21st, 2007




There were only ever four real contenders for this once the voting started. The top four albums below trail-blazed from day one and the others all languished behind. This year almost 200 of you voted for 61 different Irish albums with 354 votes counted in total. That’s three more albums than last year.

This blogs championing of the number one album below has left me in a slightly awkward position but perhaps it was inevitable. No doubt, there will be a few cynics who discount the results as a canard but this was a public poll. To be as transparent as possible, you can look at the resultsheet (Click vote to organise by number) which shows the number of votes each of the 61 albums received. Aside from giving out personal information, I can’t be any clearer than that.

The EP results will be released next week in a Podcast special so stay tuned for that. Thanks to all who voted. The number of votes are displayed after the album. MP3s are included where possible and some of the artists have chosen the track themselves.

20 – 11

10. Hybrasil – The Monkey Pole (10 votes)

I caught these Wickla boys in Wexford over the summer and they got everyone in the venue shaking. This is because Hybrasil are Ireland’s leading exponent of dancefloor-friendly indie music. The album has a strong electronic-pop ethos which also helps move spines on dancefloors around the country.

Hybrasil – Binary Love


[Buy the album: Road Records / iTunes ]

9. Hooray for Humans – Safekeeping (11)

Hooray for Humans
Taking their cue from North American alt-indie bands, Cork’s Hooray for Humans specialise in anthemic, punchy songs with a tinge of emo and a distinctive vocal tag-team. They could easily soundtrack a US teen high school drama with those chops.

Hooray for Humans – Signature


[Buy the album: Road Records / iTunes ]

Posted on December 17th, 2007



Vote Irish albums EPS

The second annual nialler9 Irish album poll is back after last year’s success! 2006 saw Si Schroeder voted the best album by you guys and this year I’m extending the poll to include Irish EPs as there were many quality EP releases this year that deserve some love too.

Here are the simple rules to vote:

  1. You can pick up to 5 Irish albums and EPs released in 2007.
  2. At least one Irish album is required but you can leave the EPs blank if you haven’t heard any this year.
  3. Please include title of the EP as some artists have had more than one.
  4. 3 ways to vote

Leave your votes in the comments in public for all to see.
Use the vote page.
Send an email to [email protected] with your choices

So what’s it gonna be? Album-wise, 2007 saw releases from Dry County, Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, Cathy Davey, Super Extra Bonus Party, Adrian Crowley, Sarsparilla, So Cow, Delorentos, The Flaws, Thinguma*jigsaw, Nina Hynes, Kill City Defectors, Hybrasil, Hooray For Humans, Zoid and Large Mound to name but a few.

It was a good year for EPs with Channel One, Halves, Dark Room Notes, Terrordactyl, Adebisi Shank, LPX, Fight like Apes and The Things all releasing in the last twelve months. Of course, there are plenty of others which you can help fill in the gaps with.

Update: I’ll close the vote on Tuesday at noon.

Posted on December 4th, 2007