Canadian indie-rock group Broken Social Scene have announced a UK and Ireland tour this year which includes a date a Tivoli Theatre, Dublin on May 28th. This will be their first Irish date in 10 years.

The band’s fifth album Hug Of Thunder was released in July last year, which was their first album in seven years.

Other dates:

Garage, Glasgow – May 29th
Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds – May 30th
O2 Academy 2, Birmingham – May 31st
O2 Academy, Bristol – June 1st
All Points East Festival, London – June 2nd

Tickets priced at €28+ go on sale this Friday and are available from Ticketbooth.

Posted on February 5th, 2018



Broken Social Scene are back with their first song in seven years, the first since 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record.

‘Halfway Home’ was performed by the band on Colbert last night and the band featured Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Andrew Whiteman, Charles Spearin, Sam Goldberg, Ariel Engle, Metric’s Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw, Stars’ Amy Millan and Evan Cranley, David French, and Dave Hodge.

Watch the performance and hear the song in full below.

The song has been added to the Nialler9 New Music Spotify playlist:

Posted on March 31st, 2017


I’ve made an Electric Picnic DJ Mix every year since 2008. It’s always been a blast to make and a highlight of the site for me personally. 2016’s mix features 22 artists on the Electric Picnic lineup over 20 songs in just under 55 minutes.

It’s for bumping for your festival prep for the next week or in the car on the way down to Stradbally. Last year’s mix.

I’m DJing at the Red Bull Tropical Garden at EP on Saturday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Download links:

More? Here’s an Electric Picnic Spotify playlist with a song from every artist playing

Nialler9 Electric Picnic Mix 2016

  1. Lynched – Father Had A Knife
  2. Toby Kaar – Snapdragon
  3. Nao – Inhale / Exhale
  4. Muro Masa – What If I Go?
  5. Glass Animals – Youth (Instrumental)
  6. John Talabot & Pional – Destiny (Dubtool)
  7. Jessy Lanza – Keep On Moving
  8. Todd Terje – Alfonso Meskedunder (Deetron remix)
  9. Prince Rama – Bahia
  10. Roisin Murphy – Evil Eyes (Hercules & Love Affair remix)
  11. New Order – Tutti Frutti (Tom Rowlands Chemical Brothers remix)
  12. Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (Prins Thomas remix)
  13. Shit Robot – End Of The Trail
  14. New Jackson – Shoot Out The Lights
  15. Daniel Avery – Knowing We’ll Be Here (KiNK remix)
  16. LCD Soundsystem – Home (Loving Good mix)
  17. Gene Dudley Group – Inspector Norse
  18. Super Furry Animals – Wherever I Lay My Phone (That’s My Home)
  19. Animal Collective – Brother Sport
  20. Broken Social Scene – Pacific Theme

Posted on August 26th, 2016


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Update: It’s 2016, I found this post and enjoyed it. I’ve now added a Spotify playlist of all of the albums available.

Below is a list of my favourite records of the ten years between the turn of the millenium, the year 2000 and 2010. Ranking these albums was led by a) what the album means to me and b) how often I’d listen to it. Each and every one of these albums blew me away repeatedly at some time between the ages of 18 and 27. Each one has something special going for it, something magical that brings me back to it. For that I can only thank the creators of each.

Without further ado, here are my favourite 50 albums from the decade. And remember, you can’t be wrong if they are your favourites.

Listen on Spotify

Nialler9’s albums of the decade (2000-2010)

  1. The KnifeSilent Shout (2006)
  2. Joanna Newsom Ys  (2006)
  3. Broken Social SceneBroken Social Scene (2005)
  4. Queens of the Stone AgeSongs for the Deaf (2002)
  5. Arcade FireFuneral  (2005)
  6. J DillaDonuts  (2006)
  7. BattlesMirrored (2007)
  8. Animal Collective –  Feels  (2005)
  9. RadioheadKid A  (2001)
  10. Why? Alopecia (2008)
  11. GorillazDemon Days  (2005)
  12. The StrokesIs this it?  (2001)
  13. MIA/DiploPiracy Funds Terrorism / Arular    (2004/2005)
  14. Four TetRounds (2003)
  15. Cannibal OxCold Vein (2001)
  16. Death in VegasScorpio Rising  (2003)
  17. LCD SoundsystemSound of Silver (2007)
  18. Panda BearPerson Pitch  (2007)
  19. The StreetsOriginal Pirate Material  (2002)
  20. Aphex TwinDrukqs  (2001)
  21. PlaidDouble Figure (2001)
  22. Godspeed You! Black EmperorLevez vos Skinny Fists (2000)
  23. Saul WilliamsSaul Williams (2004)
  24. MadvillainMadvillainy  (2004)
  25. Buck 65Talkin’ Honky Blues  (2003)
  26. SquarepusherGo Plastic (2001)
  27. Sufjan StevensSeven Swans  (2004)
  28. The AvalanchesSince I Left You  (2000)
  29. Super Furry AnimalsRings Around the World  (2002)
  30. BeirutThe Flying Club Cup  (2007)
  31. DJ ShadowThe Private Press  (2002)
  32. Girl TalkNight Ripper  (2006)
  33. Broken Social SceneYou Forgot it in People (2003)
  34. Grizzly Bear  – Veckatimest (2009)
  35. Bon Iver For Emma Forever Ago  (2008)
  36. CamilleLe Fil  (2006)
  37. Animal CollectiveMerriweather Post-Pavilion  (2009)
  38. El-PI’ll Sleep When You’re Dead (2007)
  39. Bloc PartySilent Alarm (2005)
  40. OutkastStankonia (2000)
  41. DangerdoomThe Mouse and the Mask (2005)
  42. The Beta BandHot Shots II (2001)
  43. Max TundraMastered by Guy at the Exchange (2002)
  44. MogwaiMr Beast (2006)
  45. Primal Scream XTRMNTR  (2000)
  46. Wolf ParadeApologies to the Queen Mary (2005)
  47. Jamie LidellMultiply  (2005)
  48. Dangermouse The Grey Album (2004)
  49. Flying LotusLos Angeles  (2008)
  50. Shugo TokumaruL.S.T. (2006)

Posted on February 25th, 2016


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As broadcast last night, as it is every Thursday from 10pm to midnight TXFM.

Part One

  1. Broadway Sounds – ‘Sing It Again’
  2. Little Green Cars – ‘Please’
  3. Alabama Shakes – ‘Don’t Wanna Fight’
  4. Jack Garratt – ‘Chemical’
  5. Ghostpoet – ‘Off Peak Dreams’
  6. Action Bronson – ‘Baby Blue feat Chance the Rapper’
  7. Kanye West – ‘All Day’
  8. Battles – ‘Atlas’
  9. Courtney Barnett – ‘Pedestrian at Best’
  10. Girlpool – ‘Chinatown’
  11. The Gloaming – ‘Sailor’s Bonnet’
  12. Caribou – ‘Julia Brightly’

Part Two 

  1. Broken Social Scene – ‘Stars And Sons’
  2. Natalie Prass – ‘Bird Of Prey’
  3. The Hard Ground – ‘Pucker’
  4. The Middle East – ‘Blood’
  5. Grizzly Bear – ‘While You Wait for the Others’
  6. Tanlines – ‘Brothers’
  7. James Blake – ‘CMYK’
  8. Jai Paul – ‘Jasmine (Demo)’
  9. Kendal Johansson – ‘Blue Moon’
  10. Grimes – ‘Genesis’
  11. Kendrick Lamar – ‘Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe’
  12. Run The Jewels – ‘Oh My Darling Don’t Cry’

You can listen live on Thursdays to the show on 105.2FM, online, the iOs app, Android app or if you missed it, along with all the other shows, via the listen back section

Posted on March 6th, 2015


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Oh just Broken Social Scene back together, with Feist, to play ‘Almost Crimes’ and ‘7/4 Shoreline’ live on Jimmy Fallon. Just two of my favourite songs, no big deal. The reason for the break from the band’s hiatus is Arts & Crafts Records’ 10th anniversary bash called the Field Trip festival which will be celebrated on Saturday in Toronto and a compilation of A&C artists collaborating on a song each so there’s Chilly Gonzales x Stars, Amy Millan x Dan Mangan, Broken Social Scene x Years and more. Listen to the comp X below.


Posted on June 7th, 2013


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It was only last week when Broken Social Scene debuted a video for ‘Forced To Love’. Now, they’re at it again with a slo-mo slap-happy but ultimately happy clip for ‘All To All’

Sebastian Grainger also turned in a remix of the track which won’t be the last remix of ‘All To All’. Each Monday a new remix be made exclusively available for 24 hours through various sites, after which the track will be offered for stream and download at

Broken Social Scene – All to All (Sebastien Sex Legs Grainger Remix)

Posted on August 10th, 2010



Oh, post-Bank Holiday blues – death on you. The new Broken Social Scene video helps ease us back into reality with its own distinct unreality 3D scanning technology. The video was directed by MAKAPOON (Adam Makarenko & Alan Poon). In case you missed the band’s other video recently – the fan-made clip for ‘Meet Me in the Basement’, it’s here. Both songs are from their recent album Forgiveness Rock Record.

Posted on August 3rd, 2010


Tory Y Moi

Dam Funk @ SXSW 2010

A mammoth day in which I caught a lot of bands. Here are the highlights of the Friday from Austin.

Local Natives
One of last year’s breakout hits of SXSW, this year the LA harmony-heavy indie band returned to the place where everyone knew who they were and wanted to see them again. In that year, as a band they’ve got tighter but if you were at their recent Dublin show you’ll know that already. North America has been slow to catch up on the Local Natives buzz but with their album now officially released Stateside, the audiences were a lot more appreciative of the material.

Mountain Man
Three girls huddle around a trio of microphones and wonderful things happen. Amelia Meath, Molly Sarle, and Alex Sauser-Monnig are based in Vermont and their sound is rooted in the North American music of blues, country and folk. Singing all their songs acappella bar one with a guitar, their crystal-clear harmonies are what draw you in as their sweet voices chime in unison. Many of their songs could have been sung in 1920 but still sound fresh to these modern ears.

Memory Tapes
Davye Hawk’s solo project is many things: electronic, wistful, nostalgic, Balearic, independent and lo-fi. Live, it’s a much more focused approach; a drummer, a minimal backing track and Hawk playing guitar and singing in a brittle timbre. I would have liked to see more of this show to be sure but I was impressed with what I caught.


Posted on March 23rd, 2010


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Forgiveness Rock Record

Forgiveness Rock Record

Forgiveness Rock Record album art

After announcing that the new Broken Social Scene album would be released in May, it now has a title and a free MP3 download.

Forgiveness Rock Record is that odd title and the free download is ‘World Sick’, what you may have come to expect from the band: a seven-minute sprawling loose big tune.

Bring on SXSW!


Download it here or via the widget below. (more…)

Posted on February 19th, 2010


I’m giddy like a Japanese schoolgirl about the imminent return of Broken Social Scene. A new as yet untitled album is due on May 1st on City Slang / Co-Op and they’ll be playing SXSW next month which I hope to catch. I’ve fond memories of all their Dublin shows particularly the Temple Bar Music Centre gig in 2006 and their two albums You Forgot in In People and Broken Social Scene are amongst my favourite albums ever. ‘7/4 (Shoreline)’ is one of my favourite tunes ever too.

The new album was produced by Tortoise’s John McEntire mainly in Toronto and Chicago and features the usual guests Feist, Amy Millan, Emily Haines, Jason Collett and loads more. The core group is now Kevin Drew, Brendan Canning, Justin Peroff, Charles Spearin, Andrew Whiteman, Sam Goldberg and Lisa Lobsinger. That’s four guitarists, a bassist a drummer and three vocalists. You can read more about the new album in a Kevin Drew interview with Pitchfork.

MP3: Broken Social Scene – 7/4 (Shoreline)

MP3: Broken Social Scene – Stars and Sons


Posted on February 8th, 2010


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While Emily Haines is one of the most singular vocalists in indie thanks to her work with Broken Social Scene, her day job with Metric definitely furrows in a less polychromatic landscape to the point that a voice so sweet became so lost in the muddled mix of Live it Out and its occasionally dour rock arrangements. Her recent solo album Knives Don’t Have Your Back (About 20 in blog years – Watch Dr. Blind) was a substantial and ethereal release so it’ll be interesting to see if Metric can take themselves to the next level. Fantasies is released on 31st of March digitally and the 14th of April on CD.

Pre-orders of the album come with extra shit too.

Incidentially, I bought Broken Social Scene on vinyl yesterday – one of my favourite albums.

Posted on March 9th, 2009


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