Body&Soul’s new stage The Library of Progress at the festival in Ballinlough Castle is pitched a place to “champion critical thinking & human curiosity.”
The Library of Progress’ is inspired by Body&Soul’s original ethos of being an incubator of great ideas and being ahead of the curve.
The Library of Progress is a positive subversion of The Library of Congress, the United States’ repository of some of humanity’s greatest works and the largest library in the world. Curated by Naoise Nunn, founder of Kilkenomics Festival and Leviathan: Political Cabaret, it looks to celebrate all that is good about our inquisitive nature, the scientific method and open critical thinking.
Here’s what’s happening:
FACTION with Blindboy Boatclub of Rubberbandits, a fast-moving, irreverent topical political debate that seeks to separate fact from fiction, and science from the snakeoil. Guests include Professor Luke O’Neill, Chair of Biochemistry, and Professor Aoife McLysaght, Professor of Genetics, both of Trinity College Dublin.
Illuminate! – some of Ireland’s most intriguing creative minds give a short five minute illustrated talk on their artistic process, inspiration and vision, featuring writer and documentary-maker Manchan Magan, broadcaster and fashion designer Brendan Courtney, award winning composer, sound designer and musician Alma Kelliher, Blaise Smith RHA one of Ireland’s foremost realist painters, and Noeline Kavanagh, Artistic Director of award winning, internationally acclaimed performance and spectacle company Macnas.
Actor, writer and performer Emmet Kirwan hosts Beats and Rhymes, a blitz of spoken word and hip hop performances from Ireland’s hottest performers including Mango and Mathman, John Cummins, Abbey Oliveira, Stephen James Smith, Sian Ni Mhuiri, Lethal Dialect, and Denise Chailia.
Rick O’Shea’s Book Club presents It Could Be Worse: Writing About The Near Future. Guests Lisa Coen and Sarah Goff-Davis from Tramp Press and writers Dave Rudden, Rob Doyle, June Caldwell, Shane Hegarty will chat with Rick about books that have been described, with varying degrees of dystopian apocalypse, the world in which we now live, where the authors got it wrong and where, chillingly, they got it right.
My Secret Planet with clinical psychologist Dr. Eddie Murphy, described as Desert Island Discs meets On the Psychiatrist’s Couch where fascinating guests open up and reveal their inner cultural lives as they talk about the cultural artefact that mean most to them.
Salon du Chat – adding a touch of theatre and the surreal to the art of conversation, the Salon du Chat team will be on hand to provide some conversational nourishment with their unique speed debating format which recreates the atmosphere of Bohemian Paris with a knowing nod to online chat rooms.
Bibliotherapist – Body&Soulers are invited to bring along a book which inspired them and deposit it in the library for others to browse or borrow, while the Bibliotherapist will be on hand throughout the weekend to prescribe books to people in need of inspiration.
The Limerick Spring brings its Speakers’ Corner to Ballinlough, inviting festival-goers to celebrate the summer solstice by having their say, get that great idea out in the open or have a rant!
Closing the weekend at The Library of Progress enjoy a party in the company of The Metabolix, a band comprised entirely of scientists and doctors in uniform.
Apollo House in Dublin is a vacant building that has been occupied by the Home Sweet Home activists and campaigners since December 15th in the city. The volunteers which included many prominent musicians such as Glen Hansard, Damien Dempsey, Kodaline and more aimed to start a national conversation about homelessness and to put pressure on the government to provide housing and shelter for those without any abode, as solutions for the problem have been wholly inadequate.
While the focus was initially on providing a shelter for the homeless for Christmas, the pressure and conversation that the group has started has lead to increased awareness and focus on the issue. While they are due to vacate the premises on Wednesday at noon, it’s not the end of the plight and fight, as the organisers are seeking a bigger commitment from the Government before they do that.
Rapper Lethal Dialect, real name Paul Alright is another artist who is concerned about the issue and wrote a spoken word piece and made a powerful video with ROC set around the streets of Apollo House about Home Sweet Home.
Sarah was in the cold so long her frozen toes were turning black, but she felt more secure in this impure habitat, a small patch of turf consisting of burned heaps of trash, where even rats don’t lurk, for they turn their noses at. Where occasional passersby might disturb her from a nap, to either empty purse and pocket or to hurl hurtful words, words that made her feel like the worlds scourge, no worse than that.. they made her feel like the rats would be more welcome there.
Imagine people had to act, to ensure Sarah’s survival.. Imagine Sarah had a home sweet home where to relax… imagine Sarah was no longer a victim of circumstance, or certain banks.. now imagine bureaucrats converging to take it back.
The tactless words of those bureaucrats, now bridge the gap between her and those who turned their backs, They don’t cut slack, cause the colour of the collar of their shirts doesn’t match, and yet, upset the apple tart? Oh they’ll reimburse all your tax!
So this is what the sons of Róisín died for.. So a high court can tell us to vacate a premises, housing homeless residents, or be removed by force? A premises? A fucking eye sore! That we turned into a sight for sore eyes.
When will we learn that by doubting our power, the only thing we actually do is empower our doubts! Our leaders? They’re not planting seeds for the future, they want to see all the seeds that they’re sowing flowering now, The only thing in this life were guaranteed is death and taxes, what can we lose attacking their most sacred of cows? While they were making a killing, negating their children, we we’re turning a building they left vacant into a house, and all they had to say is, ‘Get out’.
As part of the Dublin2020 European Capital of Culture in 2020 bid, Lethal Dialect has put together a new track inspired by the Dublin 1940s folk song The Dublin Saunter (Dublin Can Be Heaven).
The song, produced by GerryBoy is a new take on that sentiment of the city, warts and all – “Got off the flight from Boston, tired yawning, first port of call my hometown, cloaked in smog and rainwaterfall, asphalt, cobblestones, polluted river, bikes and trollies thrown…”
The video for ‘New Dublin Saunter’, directed by Terry McMahon, features Paulie falling for a girl in his local pub in Cabra and was also shot in various Dublin locations. It follows on from Damien Dempsey’s 2020 video and the song is available for free from Soundcloud.
Sea Sessions Surf & Music Festival happens this weekend in Bundoran, rechristened Fundoran for those who make the trip to the edge of The Atlantic to what will probably be a sunny haven of surf, sand and tunes. Here’s my guide for who to catch at the festival and if you want more on Sea Sessions hit Vodafone Centre Stage, your festival resource this summer for news, tickets and performances all summer long.
So how about taking the hassle out of who to see? Just follow Nialler9’s guide.
The drummer from Kilkenny is much more than that one-man job as Jeremy Hickey does it all – makes the music, produces the tracks and plays it all. Live, he stays behind his drumkit flanked by visuals of his virtual self and still manages to look like he’s doing everything all at once. It’s that workmanship that has got him noticed by the likes of Bo’Tox and Xavier de Rosnay of Justice in France as the go-to guy for live beats.
There aren’t many classic rock’n’roll bands around these days but these Dubliners are definitely in the top tier of the pack with their visceral take on garage rock and rock’n’roll. Second album Live Well, Change Often saw the band become a European tour staple picking up fans across the continent along the way. As a result, these lads are primed and ready to give you a sweaty rock show at all times.
The team at Other Voices might be 100 people deep who have been working for months on bringing the TV show back to the ring of Kerry every year but there’s one variable they can’t control: the weather. It’s not called the Wild Atlantic Way for nothing.
But if it’s ferocious outside, it’s breezeless inside the doors of John Curran’s pub on the Main Street in Dingle where poetician and Dublin “wurd” artist John Cummins is warming up the creative side of our assembled brains with rhymes and words that twist and turn like rap and sean nós about Phil Lynott, his daughter and the sizzlers and sozzled of the late night chipper.
Best laid plans of Us and Ben
It is a brief respite as news reaches that the tumultuous sea and roaring weather has taken Other Voices’ best laid plans down with it. Ben Howard, anticipated by many, including a throng of people waiting patiently outside the hearth of the show, St. James Churcis not able to perform. “The weather has been loud,” says series producer Philip King in his introduction as acknowledgement.
Stepping into Howard’s English singer-songwriter shoes, the young Leeds musician with the long black hair, Eaves, offers dark finger-picked guitar folk as an alternative. Eaves has a voice that swirls in the song with an expressive bass-laden tone that is older sounding than his pale skin suggests.
In songs like ‘Alone In My Mind’, he recalls the American alt-indie singer Kurt Vile (the hair also suggests that) except with a greater clarity of speech. When he takes to the piano for ‘Timber’, singing about “boys up the street” he reaches further back to singers who sat behind a grand instrument in the late seventies.
Scotland rises up
Tradition is rife in the music of Fife’s Kenny Anderson, the prolific Scottish artist known as King Creosote and introduced by BBC Radio One DJ and our Other Voices host Huw Stephens, as a man who has released 40 plus albums, many of those on self-pressed CDRs.
Most recently, his work with electronic producer Jon Hopkins, the 2011 album Diamond Mine brought him a Mercury Music Prize nomination. Anderson is most influential in the folk scene of his homeland, from his address on the eastern Scottish coast of Fife, a fertile home for musicians like The Beta Band, The Fence Collective and James Yorkston as threaded together narratively in Vic Galloway’s book Songs In The Key Of Fife.
Anderson’s songs and torrential output is part of the history of that place and he brings a flavour of that with his peculiar dialectal howl and his own Scots clan playing with him on cello, piano and drums. ‘Pauper’s Dough’, a new song from his recent album From Scotland With Love, is anthemic in its sound and sentiment, urging us “to rise above the gutter you are inside,” while ‘Largs’ from the same album adds a vaudeville shuffle to proceedings. From one coast to another, King Creosote’s music finds a home wherever it goes.
The nomadic harmony folk duo The Lost Brothers might think of “home” as a loose concept at this point. The Navan and Omagh metaphorical siblings share a penchant for a life on the road, currently clocking in at two and a half years travelling around the world to share their songs.
They record nomadically too, finding like-minded producers in Nashville, Sheffield, Portland and Liverpool, to name but four. Their songs recall the greats: Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel. There’s power in two old-fashioned voices, effortlessly able to support and compliment each other in such minute detail.
Songs from their fourth album New Songs Of Dawn & Dust, ‘Derridae’, ‘Soldier’s Song’ , ‘Hotel Loneliness’ and the lilting ‘Gold & Silver’ bring us to a time we could never have lived. They are joined by violinist Steve Wickham and the illustrious Frames fiddle palyer Colm Mac Con Iomaire throughout and a cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘Corrina, Corrina’ is a particular highlight. The Lost Brothers described Other Voices as “a glowing emerald” and it’s a suitable description for the band themselves: a striking thing, rare and rococo.
A jolt from the buke
If The Lost Brothers had us drifting to the past, the New York duo of Buke And Gase jolted us to the present with rumbling rock music made by customised instruments that give the band their name. The “buke” is a baritone-ukelele and the “gase” is a guitar/bass hybrid that produces those low rumbles. The pair also use a “toe-bourine” (you can guess what this does) and a range of effects that change the tone of Arone Dyer’s voice into lower octaves.
The thunderous duo tell the congregation we can stand up despite them sitting down but it’s hard to figure out whether to rock out or sit back. Buke And Gase’s entire song craft sounds like its hurtled into a filter that garbles and mangles the source. It’s discombobulating and strange, like listening to a hiss-filled cassette that has caught in the stereo on an off-kilter loop.
There are moments of chugging strings, rock histrionics and a song that sounds like Marilyn Manson’s ‘Beautiful People’ all adding up to an experience that is like listening to sheltered folk musicians from the 1800s interpreting rock music after reading about it in a book. It’s thrilling and warped.
To further prove the point Dyer pitch shifts her voice to a baritone on her thank you speech, prompting an audience member to quip “Other Voices? Sure she’d several of them.”
Twins stand apart
If there’s a singular standout performance on the night it comes from French-Cuban twins Ibeyi, who turn 20 at midnight moments after their show. Lisa-Kaindé and Naomi Diaz, are young yes, but they have illustrious parentage. Their father, Anga Díaz, was a well-known Cuban percussionist who played with Buena Vista Social Club.
His death prompted the twins, encouraged by their Venezuelan mother at age 11 to learn the cajón (the percussive box instrument) and to sing the songs of his ancestors, sung in the Nigerian tongue of Yoruba.
They arrive on-stage in St. James’ Church singing in that tongue a capella. It becomes very clear why XL Recordings, the label home to Adele, snapped these two up to release their debut album next year.
They are magnetic in performance. Lisa-Kaindé sits at the piano with Naomi facing her. They are distinct personalities despite their closely-shared genes. Lisa-Kaindé has the style of a jazz/soul diva while Naomi, a lover of hip-hop and electronic music is more energetic and employs a sampler and a range of percussive instruments. She even uses her body as an instrument, beating her chest, snapping her fingers and slapping her thighs on a brittle song about their mother (who is in the audience) called ‘Mama Says’.
They sing in English but their outbursts of Yoruba language bring some African exoticness. They perform a cover of Better ‘In Tune With The Infinite’ by the rapper Jay Electronica, someone not expected to by cited in a church in West Kerry but it’s their performance of the single ‘River’ that gets people clapping along and stomping feet in the pews to its simple gospel-tinged beat.
It’s still early days for the twins but they captivated and excited the audience with their talent. A room fell in love with their sound and energy. Upon finishing their set with a rousing a capella, the church stood up with them to offer a standing ovation. Music producer Aoife Woodlock appeared and presented the twins with a cake with “Ibeyi” written on it to mark the first day of their twenties and a marquee performance.
Invigorated, the crowd dispersed into the night. Some headed to the afterparty central of Benner’s Hotel, some went to An Chonair to see Kormac’s Big Band tear it up, while some of us, ended up where we began, with a Dublin lyricist inspiring us with words, this time, the rapper Lethal Dialect and his band in McCarthy’s.
Cabra native Paulie Allwright has been one of the shining examples of Irish rap for a few years now. Through his first two albums under the LD series and his mentorship of those around him, Allwright has lead the way for others to follow.
On his third album 1988, he raises the stakes for albums in the genre from this country. Gone are the more obvious rap standard boom bap beats and in their place are warmer and more dynamic productions by Jackknife-J with live instruments, a translucent bed of synthesizers, club-sounding chord progressions, less-obvious arrangements and soulful backing vocals and hooks by Dublin singer Jess Kav. Moving away from the standard rap template makes for a better album.
1988 features nods to music previously left outside the Lethal Dialect palette, namely his enduring love of dance music heard growing up in Cabra at house parties. ‘Beast Mode’, a song about eschewing the pitfalls of working class neighbourhoods, is the most obvious link to that time, a track built on a slowed-down to rap tempo sample of Layo and Bushwacka’s 2002 track ‘Love Story’.
Allwright is a better lyricist, a man more interested in exploring his life and the society around him in less oblique terms than on previous records. The album’s stunning opener ‘School Dayz Are Over’ features the requisite impressive thematic wordplay “The old heads schooled me to Business but apart from that / I have the Music down to a Science / it’s where my heart is at..”
His cadence and flow is perhaps limited compared to other MCs but Allwright uses it in a dominant fashion and when combined with the hooks of Jess Kav on album highlights ‘Headstrong’ and ’26 Laws’, you hear songs that are close to uncompromised radio-friendly songs. Fellow Dublin underdog Damien Dempsey appears to sing the hook on the album closer ‘Brave’ and the result is a modern Irish rap song that contains links to Ireland’s balladeer past.
By embracing his American influence and his Irish origins, and through Jackknife-J’s productions, Lethal Dialect reveals a more expansive and truer representation of himself as an artist and moves on the parameters of Irish rap in 2014. Onwards and upwards.
The video for ‘Headstrong’, the first single from Lethal Dialect’s third album 1988 out in September has landed. A simple video featuring footage of LD’s recent gig in The Grand Social along with some street-shot footage (and a brief studio appearance). It was shot by Adam Browne and Tara Morgan and directed by Lethal Dialect.
How to enter ticket comp – Email [email protected] with the gig above in the Subject line you’re entering for along with your full name and phone number in the body of the message. Full info on each show below. Draw closes at 6pm the day before the gig or Friday 3pm latest for weekend gigs.
Sweeneys 5th Birthday with the Strypes @ Sweeneys (Free) [Rock] Kicking Bird, Richie Farrell & The Last Tribe, Betty Swing Machine, Redwoods, Leading Armies, St. John The Gambler & Conor Linnie & special guests.
On a skit on the forthcoming 1988Lethal Dialect x JackKnifeJ album, during a skit called ‘The Shark interlude’, Paulie aka Lethal Dialect is berated by a man for his lack of radio singles on the album. LD responds by saying he wrote an album that just happened to be more accessible, citing ‘Headstrong’ as an example. In response, the man says “great vocals, really great vocals and then you rap about your mother having cancer on it?” To which Paulie says “that’s real life shit. that’s true.”
That’s because Lethal Dialect’s music has always veered towards painting what he sees and sharing his truth. On the first single from the album, ‘Headstrong’ which does feature a great vocal hook from Dublin singer Jesse Kav (who appears throughout the album), JackKnifeJ’s brooding bumping ambient production (reminds me of Banks’ ‘Drowning’ in tone) is the perfect backdrop for Paulie remaining positive among the curveballs that life throws at him.
1988 will be released in September 2014 and will be premiered here first. On Saturday July 12th, Lethal Dialect will host an album preview party in The Grand Social, where the album will be performed in full with a backing band. Tickets €8 in advance or €10 on the door.
Dublin bass promoters !Kaboogie kicked off a more electro-orientated club night called People Are Saps this year. Declan aka Sixfoot Apprentice is one of main crew and here he gives us his top 10 tracks of the year. Something good for everyone.
1. Chance The Rapper – ‘Everybody’s Something’ feat. Saba & BJ The Chicago Kid
A stand-out track from the excellent Acid Rap mixtape, which despite being a free release, and not on any label, still managed to do real well in the US charts cos of online plays.
2. Lethal Dialect – ’13 Til Infinity’
An absolute feckin’ Irish hip-hop anthem for that unreal Summer we had. Perfect for yer backyard barbecues ‘n’ bifties buzz.
3. Young Fathers – ‘I Heard’
These Scottish lads have had a great year, and are definitely ones to keep an eye on. Mad variety of tunes outta them, from bass-heavy bangers to the more mellow ones like ‘I Heard’.
4. Richie !Kaboogie & Joni – ‘I Do’
Lush vocal from Joni on this Richie !Kaboogie production. Insanely catchy one, this.
5. Graeme S & MyNameIsJohn – ‘Struggle’ feat. GodKnows
80/160bpm jukey-footwork beats from these two Limerick producers, with GodKnows bringin’ the sick grimey vocals. Powerful stuff.
6. Run The Jewels – ‘Run The Jewels’
I was well hyped when I heard that Killer Mike and El-P were teaming up for a release. Turned out to be one of the albums of the year. Plus the sound feckers gave it away for free. Serious heft in this track, the album opener.
7. Blue Daisy & Unknown Shapes – ‘Used To Give A Fuck’
Definitely one for the dancefloor. There’s no messin’ around with this one. A straight banger from the get-go.
8. K.Flay – ‘Hail Mary’ feat. Danny Brown
Two heads who had a great year. K.Flay with the West Ghost mixtape, and Danny Brown with the Old LP. An odd combo here on this track, but it works real well.
9. Lethal Dialect – ‘Keep It Real’ (Deviant Remix)
Deviant calls this one his “manky” remix. Fairly apt title. This is filthy boom-bap to get the head noddin’.
10. Sophie – ‘Bipp’.
Infectious summer single on the Numbers label. One of the most FUN electronic tunes of the year.
Meanwhile uptown, Richie !Kaboogie has has own Christmas selection mix:
While Rejjie Snow is getting all the international attention, Lethal Dialect is at the coalface of Irish rap, making music that’s simply better in every way – as a songwriter, rapper, charasmatic performer and authentic figure. LD is a truer representation of what’s going on here on a street level.
He’s been working hard on the followup to LD50 II, and the plan for 1988 is almost complete. The Jacknife J-produced ‘School Dayz Are Over’ Scimon Tist composition is the intro track from the forthcoming album, a statement of intent and a LD history lesson. It’s an overview of the man’s earlier days with emphasis on craft developed while in school (“all the revision I did in that prison was learning the verses i’d written..”) and resolve (” I been elusive since my early teens, often heard and rarely seen and though we may of parted ways we stayed in cahoots.. Like the Timberland tree in the suede on my boots, I may have swayed but I never ever strayed from my roots.”)
The music is hopeful, nostalgic and cinematic, a perfect foil to LD’s considerable words and talent. This is Irish rap to be proud about on our own terms. Roll on 1988.
1988 I hit the planet, neither parent musician nah.. the pair of them were earning a living so I was birthed into a certain tradition but by the time I was swearing I swear the whole fuckin’ family were sharing my vision.. Looking back on school I went from being determined and driven to snoozing in class, amusing the students, abusing the staff ditching school matching and alerting suspicion all the revision I did in that prison was learning the verses i’d written.. I released my debut while Tommy was serving a term and imprisoned but the original album version was with him and when it dropped I started slacking too concerned with chasing skirt and with women listening to them telling me about how i’m scared of committing but I interpret it different, so chicken spare me your bitching you sign up for this best to read the terms and conditions.. But I never regret, thats just a person admitting to wishing to go back and reverse a decision, you live and learn though.,.
Hook When me and Jack are in the lab the Chemistry is hard to match but if I die tonight LD50 is the artefact, the old heads schooled me to Business but apart from that I have the Music down to a Science its where my heart is at.. Do the Math kid or if you aint the sharpest tack, let me spell it out for you i’m talking about the Art of rap.. School Dayz Are Over..Time to plan for the future forget your History cause none of us can start from scratch
At 17 I was just another brazen adolescent.. Raving at a session on a school night and waking at 11, then turning up late and missing lessons, at the back of the class staring out the window gazing at the heavens the teacher says my lack of concentration is distressing.. I told her be happy I graced her with my presence.. Then she gasped and she asked if i’ll ever stop behaving like a cretin and said my attitude is in the way of my progression.. She kicked me out the class for imitating her expressions, if anybody laughs you’s are aiding and abetting I was suspended for not attending detention after school, not to mention being condescending and bending half the rules.. Now the principles appraising and assessing.. He said if I get expelled how I plan obtaining a profession.. I told him time is money and were ageing with the seconds.. Fuck a career while i’m here I wanna be making an impression..
I must have spent half the days of my youth in detention making paper planes, dishing out tirades of abuse.. Mr. Walsh is now a convicted pimp, its sick to think that he gave me a detention slip for blazing a zoot.. I graduated school and started slaving for suits.. Tryna Get To My Dreams, got led astray in pursuit.. Like I was aiming for the stars but then was failing to shoot, I put the labor in and never got the savor the fruits.. To my real friends my right hands raised in salute cause loyalty is just a word that people say when it suits and I been elusive since my early teens, often heard and rarely seen and though we may of parted ways we stayed in cahoots.. Like the Timberland tree in the suede on my boots, I may have swayed but I never ever strayed from my roots.. Now the past is just a memory thats based on the truth.. When im sittin’ and reminiscing’ it plays on a loop.. From my mind, to the page, to getting laid in the booth through the speakers on the stage when im raisin’ the roof.. Theres two types of people in this world; Those who find an excuse to make it and those who make an excuse, which one are you?
Last September, along with the huge help of Monster Truck Gallery, I ran a series of events called Minimum Maximum which was a great success. This year, it’s back, in slightly different form. Minimum Maximum will be a series of once-off gigs in non-traditional spaces presented and curated by me, Nialler9.
The first of which is taking place on September 21st in Upstart’sGranby Park popup on Dominick Street Lower, which opened last night, one day before it closes its month run. In the afternoon from 3pm til 7pm we’ll have a FREE all-ages gig with lo-fi diysco-rockers Tieranniesaur, Irish hip-hop’s leading light Lethal Dialect, recent Nialler9 album of the week recipients Pearse McLoughlin & Justin Grounds as Idiot Songs, The Cast Of Cheers’ Conor Adams side project with Dave Green Charmers and Australian Dublin-based acoustic looper Liza Flume. See Facebook event and MinimumMaximum.net and its slow-changing colour background for more.
The first gig takes place there tomorrow with Homebeat/Fading Lights with little xs for eyes, Ana Gog, Ocho, Biggles Flies Again and Sfumato.
One of the best Irish rappers at the moment, Paulie Allwright references Souls Of Mischief’s ‘From ’93 til Infinity’ and flips the same sample as that track on the good times vibes new Lethal Dialect track from his upcoming 1988 album which you will hear here first this Summer. Going by the Jacknife J-produced ’13 ‘Til Infinity’, it looks like it’ll be a suitable summery release too. The video for the song by Jonathan Lambert is a high-quality one and goes for a summer day out feel too. Take pride.