The National Concert Hall will host a Shane MacGowan 60th Birthday Celebration on January 15th next year and a lot of famous people will be in attendance to participate including Shane MacGowan himself and:

Nick Cave, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, Glen Hansard, Camille O’Sullivan, Johnny Depp, Cerys Matthews, Carl Barat of The Libertines, Lisa O’Neill, Finbar Furey, whenyoung, Glen Matlock of The Sex Pistols, Clem Burke of Blondie with Cáit O’Riordan, Spider Stacy, Jem Finer, Terry Woods of The Pogues, and more.

Joining them are a newly created band featuring members of the Pogues led by Music Director Terry Edwards. The evening’s celebrations will be hosted by RTÉ broadcaster and presenter John Kelly.

Tickets are on sale Friday at 10am from €65+ up to €85+ from 01 417 00 00 or

The concert as part of the NCH Perspectives Series celebrates the power and poetry of Shane’s work and his singular contribution to Irish music.

Born Christmas day, 1957 Shane Patrick Lysaght MacGowan spent some of his childhood years in Pembury, Kent, before he and the family moved to his mother’s home close to Nenagh, County Tipperary. Within a few years, the family returned to England, and by the mid-1970s, MacGowan had hitched a ride on the punk rock tour bus. After seeing The Clash, and being up close and personal with the Sex Pistols and The Jam, he formed The Nipple Erectors. It wasn’t until the early 1980s that he established himself as a song-writing force to be reckoned with a new band.

When it came to writing songs for The Pogues, it was a given that MacGowan would draw on not only his Irish heritage (Irish nationalism, history, immigrant life in London and beyond) but also his love of literature (poets and writers such as James Clarence Mangan, Brendan Behan, JP Donleavy).

Founded in 1982 by MacGowan, Peter ‘Spider’ Stacey and Jem Finer, The Pogues (or as they were initially named, Pogue Mahone, the Anglicisation of the Gaelic póg mo thóin – ‘kiss my arse’) invested a hefty level of realism and impertinence into a music form that was often seen as commercially sluggish. Blending Irish traditional music with punk, The Pogues quickly came to the attention of record companies and signed to the London-based independent label, Stiff Records. In 1984, the band’s debut album, Red Roses For Me (1984) introduced a major song writing talent in MacGowan, whose methodically arranged lyrics in songs such as Dark Streets Of London, Boys From County Hell, and Streams Of Whiskey combined the rawness of Brendan Behan (whose The Auld Triangle was included on the album) with a metropolitan poetic sensibility that too many people have since failed to emulate.

The following year’s Rum, Sodomy and The Lash (produced by Elvis Costello) was even better, featuring songs that would soon be termed ‘classic’: The Sick Bed Of Cúchulainn, The Old Main Drag, A Pair Of Brown Eyes, and Sally MacLennane. A year later, the Poguetry In Motion EP was released and featured equally significant, evocative songs such as A Rainy Night In Soho and The Body Of An American. Between these songs and the band’s 1988 (third) album, If I Should Fall From Grace With God, MacGowan wrote his own name into the history books.

Whether rugged ballads or raucous tunes, MacGowan had the measure of them, and as the years passed it seemed as if the force of the songs and the pleasures of the words increased in strength. Several years ago, his friend Johnny Depp described MacGowan as “one of the most important poets of the 20th century.”

MacGowan is that, for sure, yet he is also one of the very few singular, erudite pioneers whose personal vision of music provided successive generations with notions way beyond their awareness. The legacy of his genius song-writing has not only been sustained but also intensified. He is, as a particularly relevant song might observe, a man you don’t meet every day.

Posted on December 6th, 2017

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Sea Sessions have announced the acts lined up to play the festival in Bundoran, Co. Donegal from Friday June 23rd to Sunday June 25th.

Headlined by Primal Scream, who had to drop out last year the lineup is:

  • Primal Scream
  • The Coronas
  • Foy Vance
  • All Tvvins
  • Badly Drawn Boy
  • Mr Scruff
  • Dreadzone
  • Little Hours
  • Brian Deady
  • Wyvern Lingo
  • Áine Cahill
  • Gurr
  • Talos
  • Kormac
  • The Cuban Brothers
  • Caravãna Sun
  • Otherkin
  • Soulé
  • Touts
  • Bitch Falcon
  • Le Boom
  • Jafaris
  • Jack O’Rourke
  • Stomptown Brass
  • Apella
  • Wolves of Youth
  • Keith Disconaut
  • Tiz McNamara
  • Penrose
  • Eve Belle

Day tickets from €49+ fees, Weekend from €99.50 non-camping, €124.50 camping.

Posted on February 15th, 2017


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Primal Scream have been announced for a date at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin on 30 November this year.

The band’s new album Chaosmosis is their eleventh, featured guests Sky Ferreria and Haim. Recent gigs are drawn from their entire illustrious career leaning on XTRMNTR and Screamadelica.

Bo Ningen will support.

Tickets priced €35 inclusive of booking fee and restoration levy go on sale at 9am this Friday, 16 September from Ticketmaster outlets and

Posted on September 12th, 2016


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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Sea Sessons, the Bundoran festival has announced its first bands for Friday 24th June – Sunday 26th June 2016 and they are:

Primal Scream
Tinie Tempah
Bad Manners
Sunset Sons
Bad Manners
99 Souls
DJ Hype & MC Daddy Earl
Moreland & Arbuckle
DJ Yoda
Pleasure Beach
CC Brez
Ciaran Lavery
August Wells
Cut Once
Pierce Brothers
Bitch Falcon
Craig Gallagher
The MushBurgers

Tickets are priced from €99.90 for 3 days and €124.90 including 4 nights camping. Limited day tickets are also available from €47.50 and VIP upgrades from €50 extra. Tickets from Ticketmaster or Sea Sessions website.

Here’s that new Primal Scream feat. Sky Ferreria song (still don’t know quite what to make of it)

Posted on February 17th, 2016


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Hey the blog is three years old today! There are two ways to interpret this: 1) Major loser 2) Music fanatic (Is there really any difference?). So here’s a special post for a special day. I asked DJ Robbie Coffey to once again to put his skills to use for the occasion and this is what he concocted. Just check out the sweet tracklisting, it’s full of killer grime, dubstep and hip-hop and has some of my favourite tunes from the past few years.

DJ Robbie Coffey – Waxy Cocktail Mix

  1. Primal Scream – Loaded
  2. Missy Elliot – Get Ur Freak On (accapella)
  3. MC Lyte – I am the Lyte
  4. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime (inst.)
  5. Public Enemy – Shut em Down
  6. Schooly D – Gucci Time
  7. Wiley – Wearing my Rolex
  8. Ghislain Poirier – Blazin’ feat Face T (Modeselektor remix)
  9. Eazy E – Tha Muthafuckin Real (accapella)
  10. Daedelus – Fair Weather Friends
  11. Dizzee Rascal – Trapped
  12. Benga & Coki – Night
  13. The Bug feat Flowdan – Warning
  14. M.I.A. – Paper Planes (inst.)
  15. Roni Size Reprazent – Don’t Hold Back (TC & D*Minds remix)
  16. Utah Saints – Something Good (High Contrast ’08 remix)
  17. Tricky D & Mez feat. Mirda Chikinba – When We Coming
  18. M.I.A. – Paper Planes (accapella)
  19. Ice T – Warning

Posted on November 11th, 2008


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