Carlow beat producer James Strain aka Auxiliary Phoenix has hooked up with Cannibal Ox’s Vast Aire & Gentle Jones (High Elders) on a new tune called ‘Night Light’.

Taken from his forthcoming EP , Power Cosmic, out later in Spring via Little L Records, the tune is a jazzy beat-focused night jam.

Check out the tune and the VHS-inspired video below.


Posted on February 23rd, 2017

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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.

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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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How to enter ticket comps – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number (for late contact) in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 1pm latest for weekend gigs.

Tuesday July 7

  • Cannibal Ox @ Button Factory (€20)
    [Rap]  Gritty New York rap duo and creators of rap classic The Cold Vein.
  • Ruby Sessions @ Doyle’s (9pm, €6)
    [Acoustic club]   Bad Sea / Bryan Rice Dalton Music  and more

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  • Nick Oliveri  @ Voodoo Lounge (€15)
    [Rock]+ Mother Mooch. Former QOTSA bassist and mad lad.

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Posted on July 7th, 2015


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Cannibal Ox’s The Cold Vein is one of the definitive rap records of our time. Its psychedelic sonic nitty gritty tales, helped by El-P’s production nous, of New York’s underbelly still resonate 14 years later.

Earlier this year, the duo Vast Aire and Vordul Mega released a new album Blade Of The Ronin, which wasn’t considered on the cards a few years back. What’s more, the pair are playing a gig in Dublin tomorrow night at Button Factory.

Even better, I have tickets to giveaway to the show on Tuesday night, so just email me on [email protected] with Cannibal Ox as the subject and your name in the body before Tuesday at noon.

Posted on July 6th, 2015


Florence And The Machine’s new album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful just dropped and so did two dates for Belfast and Dublin as part of her European tour. The dates are at the Odyssey Arena, Belfast on Wednesday 9th and Dublin’s 3Arena on Thursday 10th September.

Tickets £39 / €45+ respectively on sale Friday.

Full tour dates:

09/09 Odyssey, Belfast
10/09 3 Arena, Dublin
12/09 Motorpoint Arena, Sheffield
14/09 SSE Hydro, Glasgow
15/09 Metro Radio Arena, Newcastle
17/09 Capital Arena, Nottingham
18/09 Arena, Manchester
19/09 Genting Arena, Birmingham
21/09 Alexandra Palace, London
22/09 Alexandra Palace, London
24/09 Alexandra Palace, London
25/09 Alexandra Palace, London

Still kind of hard to believe but NY El-P affiliated dark rap duo of Vast Aire and Vordul Mega, responsible for one of the best albums of all-time – Cold Vein, Cannibal Ox are playing the Button Factory on July 7th. They released a new album Blade of the Ronin a few months back but let’s be honest, the appeal is the old classics here.

Tickets €20+ on sale from & usual outlets.

Cold classic:

Young Hearts Run Free are running a special event in Martello Tower in Sutton this Sunday called Portal of Discovery billed as “an afternoon of readings, song, storytelling, comedy, and food, with some of Ireland’s most interesting creative people.” It features comedian Fred Cooke, actor, director, and playwright Gina Moxley, spoken word champion, and poet Stephen James Smith, and featuring music by The Evertides, and Dylan Tighe, a radio presentation by Sounds Alive and more. Tickets €20.50+.

After a couple of sold out solo shows, David Kitt is going around the country playing acoustic shows this summer, culminating in a show in Whelan’s in October. The dates are:

Thursday, 06 August – The Red Door, The Bridgebrook Arms, Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. Tickets €10 plus booking from venue & Eventrbrite.Doors: 8.30pm
Friday, 07 August – Unitarian Church, St. Annes, Wexford. Tickets: €12.50. Doors: 8pm
Sunday, 09 August – The Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Tickets: €12.50. Doors: 8.30pm
Thursday, 13 August – Roisin Dubh, Dominic Street, Galway. Tickets: €15 plus booking. Doors: 8.30pm
Friday,14 August – Debarra’s, Clonakilty, Cork. Tickets €10. Doors: 8.30pm
Saturday, 15 August – Levi’s Bar, Ballydehob, Co. Cork. Tickets €10. Doors: 7.30pm
Sunday, 16 August – Coughlan’s Bar, Douglas Street, Tickets €15. Doors: 8.30pm
Friday, 21 August – Katie Daly’s, Gorey, Wexford. Ticket: €15. Doors: 9pm
Friday, 24 October – Whelan’s, Wexford Street, Tickets: €15 plus booking. Doors: 8pm

He’s also playing Mitchelstown Cave in July.

Halloween is a long way away yet but that stick this in your calendars.

Devil’s Night Disco will feature some of the darkest horror music around with a fully-seated sets from returning Italian soundtrack masters Goblin playing music from the films Suspiria & Profondo Rosso, along with I-F, The Horrorist (Live), Umberto (Live) , Everything Shook more. It happens in District 8 on October 30th. Tickets on sale soon.

J. Marinelli is a raw punk musician who is coming to Dublin for a show on the Summer Solstice weekend for a show at The Barricade Inn on Parnell street on Friday June 19th with support from the Former Soviet Republic & Gross Net.

Posted on June 8th, 2015


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

This week’s album of the week is Jape’s This Chemical Sea and there’s debut plays from Buffalo Woman, Fort Romeau with New Jackson, Johnnie Common and Natalie Prass.

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

Part One

Part Two


  1. Bitch Falcon – ‘Wolfstooth’
  2. Marika Hackman – ‘Animal Fear’
  3. Toro y Moi – ‘Empty Nesters’
  4. Jape – ‘Breath Of Life’
  5. Buffalo Woman – ‘U Make Me High’
  6. All We Are – ‘Feel Safe’
  7. SOAK – ‘Sea Creatures’
  8. Flying Lotus – ‘Coronus, The Terminator’
  9. Björk – ‘History of Touches’
  10. Cannibal Ox – ‘Vein’
  11. MuRli – Both Sides ‘(feat. God Knows)’
  12. Kate Tempest – ‘Lonely Daze’
  13. Ghostface Killah & BADBADNOTGOOD – ‘Ray Gun’ (feat. DOOM)
  14. AlunaGeorge – ‘Supernatural’
  15. No Monster Club – ‘I’ve Retired’
  16. Jonnie Common – ‘Crumbs’
  17. Natalie Prass – ‘Bird of Prey’
  18. Tei Shi – ‘Bassically’
  19. Vallis Alps – ‘Young’
  20. Caribou – ‘Julia Brightly’
  21. EMBRZ- ‘Slow Down’
  22. Jape – ‘Ribbon Ribbon Ribbon’
  23. Fort Romeau – ‘Not A Word’ with New Jackson
  24. Seven Davis Jr – ‘Wild Hearts’

Posted on January 23rd, 2015


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With the news that Def Jux, home to Aesop Rock, Cage, El-P, Rob Sonic, Cannibal Ox, Mr. Lif and more is winding down as a traditional label, The Crypt posted a 62 tune 350MB mixtape by Vega of Def Jux tunes to mark the occasion. Tracklisting after the jump.

ZIP: Def Jux Mixtape (Alternative link)

Before Def Jux disappears in its current form they’ve scheduled some releases including a posthumous album from Camu Tao, a remix compilation, a 10th year anniversary and other goodies. Hopefully, as detailed in El-P’s statement, they can “turn this hoopty in to a hovercraft”. Here are some of my own personal favourite tunes from the label:

MP3: Aesop Rock – Facemelter

MP3: RJD2 – The Horror

MP3: El-P – Poisenville Kids No Win (feat. Cat Power)

MP3: Cannibal Ox – Vein

MP3: Mr. Lif – Brothaz

And a related classic:

MP3: Company Flow – End to End Burner


Posted on February 6th, 2010


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