The Digital Socket Awards have announced the shortlist for the live event which will take place in The Grand Social, Dublin on February 3rd. The awards are “a celebration of the best music of 2010, nominated by the public, voted for and judged by Irish music bloggers” – 26 in total all listed here and including me. The night will see live performances from Meljoann, Groom and very special guests. Former Analogue writer Gareth Stack will host. Tickets are €10 and will be on sale shortly. All proceeds will be donated to Aware.

The 14 categories include Best Design, Best Independent Label, Best Music Photography, Best Radio (congrats to Aoife for the Right Click Radio nomination!), Best Album by genre, Song of the Year and Album of the Year.
See full shortlist..»

Posted on January 14th, 2011




webaward Before normal service resumes, a little bit of housekeeping..

Nialler9 won the Best Music Site at the Irish Web Awards 2009 on Saturday! Thanks to all who were involved be it in voting, judging, organising the thing (Mr. Mulley, Rick and co.) It’s the best goddamn web awards going. Sure where else would you get bags of crisps and rude t-shirts thrown into the audience? Great stuff. Full ist of winners here.

This weekend sees Hard Working Class Heroes kick off again and there are a number of things I’m involved in worthy of your time. As well as participating in the speed sessions in The Button Factory on Saturday from 10.30am – 1pm along with the people listed on the left here, there will be an interesting panels taking place in the same venue at 2pm. Media – Why The First, Last And Middle Words Are Online will take a look at the impact of online music coverage from MP3 blogs to music sites and how these websites affect bands. Chaired by Jim Carroll, the panel will consist of myself, Sean Adams (Drowned in Sound – the UK’s premier indie music site?), Anthony Volodkin (creator of The Hype Machine – seriously interesting dude), James Foley of the online music industry newsletter Record of The Day and Una Mullally (Unarocks, Sunday Tribune, Soundcheck) It’s a great mix of people so try and make it along if you can. (Free entry for anyone with a valid day / weekend wristband). More panels here.

Also later on that night at 8.30pm in The Twisted Pepper, myself and Una will be joining Jim once again for the 4th Banter discussion “Meet the new media cats” which will see us poking around in the Venn diagram between blogs, Twitter and the established media. Admission is FREE but please register your interest as capacity is limited. We’ll both be DJing in between the acts on the night in the venue there for HWCH. Playing in the venue are: Valerie Francis, Hunter-Gatherer, The Spook Of The Thirteenth Lock, Cities, Kyon, Yes Cadets, The Dying Seconds and The Holy Roman Army.

Finally, next week, I’ll be hitting CMJ in New York so expect some bits and pieces on that then.

Finally: here’s a Youtube audio of the excellent ‘Slow Life’, Grizzly Bear featuring Victoria of Beach House’s contribution to the New Moon Twilight soundtrack. A few more from Thom Yorke, Lykke Li and Bon Iver & St. Vincent after the jump.


Posted on October 12th, 2009


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With so many popping up over the last six months or so, I found it hard to keep track of them all (though I’m subscribed to most of them). So, I decided to draw up a list of the new music blogs and a brief synopsis of what they are about. Alphabetically of course! No Favouritism!

Album Archive

Since May 2007
A companion blog to the Album Archive show on Phantom 105.2. Sunday, Midnight. Presented by Derek Byrne.

Asleep on the Compost Heap

Since July 2007
Run by Gardenhead, who blogs live reviews (recently Animal Collective, Deerhunter, LCD Soundsystem, SFA ) as well as recent features like Songs that personally petrify me and Norwegian Black Metal 101. With Mp3s of course!

Circle. Square. Triangle

Since October 2007
Naming his blog after a Test Icicles song (I presume?), Pedro likes The National, Le Loup, psychic-folk artist Nora Keyes, Canadians and is love with Shannyn Sossamon!

The Indie Hour

Since April 2007
Our podcast voice and radio presenter, Aoife Mc started her blog to keep all informed of her weekly radio show on 103.2 Dublin City FM every Thursday from 9-10pm. Every week she interviews an Irish artist and plays some of their tunes. I also recommend a track every week! There are some gems in there including The Jimmy Cake (all new songs, not available anywhere else!), Fight Like Apes, Grand Pocket Orchestra, Halves and White Noise. Aoife has also been flexing her blogging muscles by writing about varied topics such as Musical Youth, Reality TV and DJ Mehdi.

I Prefer the Obscure Remix

Since September 2007
Drummer and all-round nice bloke has so far featured some of the better music than Indie labels are releasing such as Menomena, O’ Death, Holy Fuck, Cadence Weapon and Les Savy Fav.

Posted on November 8th, 2007