Gráinne Dee is a musician who played with Irish post-punk band Cap Pas Cap several years back.

Today, she returns with news of a solo project as Hostess and an album A Simple Life, recorded with Stephen Shannon in Experimental audio out in Summer 2017 on After the Quake Records.

‘Valentine’ , despite arriving on the day that’s in it, is the opposite, a layered electronic-indie pop song that builds like an M83 song. It’s deceptively bright, admonishing a former love, in its sheen.

Posted on February 14th, 2017

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A list of personally recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. All times are 7.30pm/8pm unless stated. Feel free to leave your picks in the comments.

This week, I am giving away a pair tickets to Hyperdub’s Cooly G (pictured) courtesy of Ignored Playaz on Friday night. Email me to enter.

Top 3 gigs this week:

  1. Thurs 11th Nov: Gorillaz, Little Dragon, De La Soul @ The O2 (€59.80)
  2. Sat 13th Nov: Chilly Gonzales @ The Sugar Club (€19.85)
  3. Sat 13th Nov: Cap Pas Cap, Catscars, Meljoann @ The Workman’s Club (€10)

See the week’s full listings ..»

Posted on November 9th, 2010


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A list of personally recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. All times are 7.30pm/8pm unless stated. Feel free to leave your picks in the comments.

Top 3 gigs this week:

  1. Tues 12th Oct: DOOM @ The Button Factory (€33)
  2. Wed 13th Oct: Mount Kimbie @ Academy 2 (€15.50)
  3. Fri 15th Oct: State Vs Glider: Cap Pas Cap, Holy Roman Army, Awake Young Soliders, Glider DJs @ The Mercantile (Free, 9pm)

See the week’s full listings ..»

Posted on October 12th, 2010


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It’s been a good week for Irish debut albums. And here’s another one that’s been a while in the offing. Cap Pas Cap will release Haunted Light in November on Skinny Wolves with two singles coming ‘Mirrors’ and ‘Friends’ before that. This is the first free download ‘Mirrors’ which is reminiscent of something Ladytron might have recorded but with extra shade and oomph. I look forward to seeing what the band have come up with. Some old material is after the jump.

Cap Pas Cap – Mirrors

Haunted Light will be released on vinyl, cassette (both with free downloads) and the usual digital stores. A launch gig takes place on Saturday 13th November in The Workmans Club with full lineup to be confirmed, with the new monthly Skinny Wolves Club in the upstairs venue afterwards. Pre-orders are available here and here.


Posted on September 23rd, 2010


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Laura Marling plays The Academy on Saturday

A list of recommended events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin.

This week: DM Stith quietly visits Ireland and supports Adrian Crowley as well as gigs from Port O’ Brien, Antipop Consortium, Chew Lips, Laura Marling, DJ Feadz and local gigs worth going to including sets from The Cast of Cheers, Yes Cadets, Not Squares, Robotnik, Talulah Does The Hula, Sounds of System Breakdown, White Lies DJ at Propaganda and an All City Records takeover in the Bernard Shaw on Wednesday. Mp3s below too as always – make sure to check out the Four Tet remix of Antipop Consortium if you haven’t heard it.

FYI: Im DJing at Soundcheck on Thursday with The Bubble Boy and Platinum Jones.

Tuesday 6th April
C U Next Tuesday (indie/electro/pop/dance) @ Crawdaddy (11pm, €3/5)

See the full week’s listings »

Posted on April 5th, 2010


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antlersA list of events taking place over the next seven days in Dublin. Stand outs for me this week are The Antlers (explains pic), Florence and her Machine, Grand Pocket Orchestra Floating Points and Duke Dumont.

Tuesday 1st December
Julian Plenti @ The Academy (€33)
Wednesday 2nd December
Rodrigo Y Gabriela – The Academy (€30)
Phantom Music Quiz @ The Sugar Club (€50 table of 5)
SALT (new Gay club night with Berlin vibe)
Thursday 3rd December
Propagandhi @ The Village (€18)
Grand Pocket Orchestra @ Whelan’s Upstairs (€TBC)
– Lisa Hannigan @ Vicar Street (€25)
Cass McCombs, Goodtime John @ Whelan’s (€15)
Soundcheck @ Spy (Free before 11pm, €5 after – screening of The Room)

Rest of the week… (more…)

Posted on December 1st, 2009


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Last night, Ireland got its first, long overdue spotlight on music video directors of this country at the IMTV Video Music Awards. The inaugural event saw Eoghan Kidney win three awards including Best video for Valerie Francis’ Punches, Best Director and Best Original Concept. It was a great night, a celebration of the creativity of largely under-resourced folk and a timely reminder that Irish music videos are as vital as ever, which is something we are finally seeing again with Under the Ether and Una Mullally’s forthcoming TG4 series in 2010.

Most importantly, I hope awards like this continue to inspire directors and their production teams to the point where we see even better videos win next year. There are some bloody great ones here all the same. Congrats to IMTV for putting on a great event. FYI: I was one of the judges for the awards.

Here are the winners:

Best Live Video

Winner: And So I Watch You From Afar – Set Guitars to Kill (Dir: Will McConnell)
Lisa Hannigan – I Don’t Know. (Dir: Donal Dineen)
Lisa Hannigan – Lille. (Dir: Will Mcconnell)
Ladydoll – Button
The Brilliant Things – Rise

Posted on November 28th, 2009


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EP09 This might just be my post of the year. 20 songs from 24 artists (remixes double it up) who appear at Electric Picnic this year clocking in at 63 minutes. This mixtape has some of my favourite music of the year contained within it, mixed to the best of my ability in under six hours and you don’t even have to be going to the festival to enjoy it. The second half properly kicks off. It’s available as the latest podcast too.

Stage Times PDFs – Friday | Saturday | Sunday

  1. Micachu – Lips (Clark Kunt’s Heavy Mental remix)
  2. Passion Pit – Little Secrets
  3. Four Tet feat. Princess Watermelon – Go Go Ninja Dinosaur!
  4. Royksopp – Happy Up Here
  5. Chic – Good Times
  6. Simian Mobile Disco feat. Beth Ditto – Cruel Intentions
  7. Sebastian Tellier – Kilometer (Aeroplane Italo 84 remix)
  8. Marina and the Diamonds – The Shampain Sleeper
  9. The XX – Shelter (Them Jeans Drum Edit)
  10. David Kitt – Alone Like That
  11. The Big Pink – Too Young to Love (Delorean remix)
  12. Major Lazer – Pon De Floor (Diplo’s Rap remix)
  13. Miike Snow – Animal (Fake Blood remix)
  14. Florence and the Machine – Drumming Song (Boy 8-Bit remix)
  15. Cap Pas Cap – We Are Men (Jape remix)
  16. Lykke Li – Dance Dance Dance (Buraka Som Sistema remix)
  17. The Japanese Popstars – Sample Whore
  18. Klaxons – Gravity’s Rainbow (Soulwax aka 2 Many DJs remix)
  19. The Temper Trap – The Science of Fear (Hervé remix)
  20. Chew Lips – Salt Air (Plastician remix)

Right click and save as to download.

Nialler9’s Electric Picnic Mixtape 09

As it’s a fairly beat-orientated mix, I will also suggest you do not miss the following at the weekend if you’re heading which did not feature here: Moderat (a project which will apparently not exist much longer), Brian Wilson, Jeffrey Lewis, The Rubberbandits, Roots Manuva, Bat for Lashes, Chris Cunningham, Jennifer Evans, Tunng, Villagers, Skream & Benga, Introducing (DJ Shadow live cover band), Flaming Lips, Duke Dumont, First Aid Kit , Beach House and Amadou & Mariam.

Also check out CubikMusik’s EP Mix.

Posted on September 2nd, 2009


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All FREE shows taking place at Crawdaddy over the next two weeks:

Wednesday August 26th: Halfset with support: The 202s, The Holy Roman Army. Doors: 8pm.
Friday August 28th: The Infomatics with support: The Bionic Rats, MC Ophelia & DJ Moschops, Cullo & Yound Dub. Doors: 11:30pm til late.
Saturday August 29th: 8Ball . Doors: 8pm
Wednesday September 2nd: Cap Pas Cap. Doors: 8pm

The Holy Roman Army – Elegy

Posted on August 23rd, 2009


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I took my cue from the list published in The Irish Times today. While that does suffer slightly from “middle-of-the-road-itis” or “lowest common denominator-list” theory (Both made up on the spot obviously), there’s nothing overtly wrong with the list as picked by Jim Carroll, Tony Clayton-Lea, Sinead Gleeson and Lauren Murphy. It’s a good representation of Irish music right now even though everybody will probably agree that there’s something missing from the list and that it favours indie or rock acts over other genres. Someone on Jim’s blog scoffed at the ability to be able to come up with 50 great Irish acts in operation right now but I’d also like to test that theory. Most lists will always favour the already-established, more well-known names who perhaps are riding on the coat-tails of former glories. That’s why all lists are pants. They are fun to make however.

As blogs are seeing as an alternative to mainstream media, I thought it’d be fun to post my own. My list was selected as an accurate representation of the 50 acts I’m most interested in hearing more of right now. These are the 50 acts who are making Irish music good enough to stick around this country in the times of recession and who are not eye-rollingly shit. The fact that it was such a piss-easy exercise and I left off loads proves that Irish music is healthier than its been for years and years. Get purchasing.

So here are the top 50 acts in Ireland, in alphabetical order I’m keenly watching right now.


Posted on April 3rd, 2009


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A new 12″ is due from Cap Pas Cap is due in December and I’ve been lucky enough to have a listening copy of the 4-track release for the last while. The A-side is streaming on their myspace right now and is a lot more thumping and driving than their previous material. There are also three hi-grade remixes from Jape (another banger), Decal and thatboytim. All are brilliant in their own right. You have to get this when it comes out.

Cap Pas Cap – We Are Men (thatboytim remix)

The 12″ release party takes place on the 6th December in Twisted Pepper with Not Squares, Babybeef and Skinny Wolves DJs. It’ll be free in. More info.

Posted on November 3rd, 2008


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