This track kicks off our 39th podcast yet this is my first glimpse of what Portland band AU look like (though there are only two official members listed), despite them having three albums now. This extended version of the song has that spark that comes from great musicianship. The album, also called Solid Gold is out on The Leaf Label in Europe and Hometapes in the US later in the spring. The B-side to this featuring Colin Stetson is on Bandcamp for free.
In which I invent a new word, Aoife and I talk about Azealia Banks (that’s her above drawn by 400 Facts), why Grimes reminds me of Opus III, why Chairlift are great, Twitter fights with Zomby, Icelandic intentions and pronunciations, a load of brilliant Irish electronica and some Shangaan electro.
All this week, there will be guest posts from various people involved in different strands of Irish music – record shop owners, writers, bloggers, promoters, radio presenters, bands and more, telling us what Irish bands or artists they are really into right now.
“So I’ve been asked to list the five Irish acts I’m most excited about. Being a reader of this fine blog, I’m going to stick my neck out and assume that you don’t need me to tell you about And So I Watch You From Afar, Two Door Cinema Club, BATS, Boxcutter or Adebisi Shank. Here, then, are a few box-fresh acts that deserve your love:”
Jack Hamill is from Belfast, he’s only just turned 20 and he’s quite possibly a genius. He started at 16, channelling ambient and IDM under the name of RL/VL, but he’s since absorbed a world of early electro, funk, dub, disco and house and he has the potential to go stratospheric. Boxcutter, Martyn, 2562 and Detroit prodigy Kyle Hall are fans, and a series of high-profile releases and remixes are in the works. Say no more.
I was out of Dublin for the weekend so missed Deerhunter, DM Stith (dreamt I was there though strangely), Jape and Africa Day but my trip included a visit to Belfast for Club AU where I saw the Belfast Egyptian Lover in the form of 19 year-old Space Dimension Controller rock his 808 and cowbell. Tremendous.
As you’re probably aware by now, Grizzly Bear’s new album Veckatimest is one of the albums of 2009 and as well as an the album being officially released, a couple of interesting related videos and bits popped up on Friday after I left. Number one – the sparkle exploding heads of weirdness video for one of my tunes of the year, ‘Two Weeks’ as directed by Patrick Daughters. Second, the glorious album is streaming in full on their Myspace and third, a Black Cab Session.
Having hit a half century of issues, AU magazine started a poll to find out the best songs to come out of Northern Ireland since the magazine’s inception five years ago. The top 20 can be seen after the jump. How does it stack up NI music fans? I’ve only heard most on the list by name so I’m thinking of the top 50 as an enabler to get over my ignorance of NI bands. Of course, My favourite right now would be Cashier no.9.
The 50th issue magazine has a metallic cover, plus a CD featuring tracks from the top ten artists as voted for in the poll so you should be able to spot it easily enough if you want to see the full list. (more…)