An up-to-date selection of music documentaries on Netflix (UK and Ireland) to delve into. 1. David Bowie: Five Years’ This 2013 BBC documentary looks at a five-specific years that were crucial to Bowie’s legacy. It begins in 1971 with his breakthrough, then onto 1975 with his Young Americans record, onto 1977 when he made Low… Read more »

Posted on March 22nd, 2018

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Without Name is a new horror film coming to cinemas on Element Pictures on May 5th directed by Dubliner Lorcan Finnegan. The film looks creepy AF. This is the first full-length film from Finnegan who is known for his Dublin street Instagram portraits and work on commercials and short films. For the soundtrack to Without… Read more »

Posted on April 26th, 2017

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Norway is a surprising hotbed of electronic disco talent with the likes of Prins Thomas, Lindstrom and Todd Terje among the names often cited as leading lights of their home country. Northern Disco Lights is a documentary film coming on April 29th that tells the story of how that happened starting with a group of… Read more »

Posted on March 28th, 2017

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An up-to-date selection of music documentaries on Netflix (UK and Ireland) to delve into. 1. David Bowie: Five Years’ In the year we lost one of the greatest rock stars and artists of our time, this 2013 BBC documentary looks at a five-specific years that were crucial to Bowie’s legacy. It begins in 1971 with… Read more »

Posted on November 24th, 2016

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For the last two Halloweens, John Kowalski has shared his favourite Halloween soundtracks with us. This year, with the master of horror music John Carpenter is coming to Dublin next week to perform themes from his classic films and new compositions in Vicar Street, John picks his favourites from his catalogue. Like many people of… Read more »

Posted on October 20th, 2016

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I’m enough of a fan of Stranger Things, and the soundtrack by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of the band S U R V I V E, that I’ve already posted a 10 minute version of the theme song. Tomorrow though, the real retro-synth horror-style soundtrack by Stein and Dixon comes out in Volume One… Read more »

Posted on August 11th, 2016

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Returning before All Hallow’s Eve with another batch of choice horror soundtracks of his choosing, is Solar Bears‘ John Kowalski. See last year’s list. Solar Bears will release a new album next year. Michel Rubini – Manhunter If someone were to ask me what makes me recall the 1980s more than anything else it would… Read more »

Posted on October 28th, 2015

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There were a few NWA songs on one of the first primer rap cassettes I received from a schoolmate in 1998: ‘Straight Outta Compton’, ‘Fuck Tha Police’ and ‘Gangsta Gangsta’. To a Kildare Christian Brother schoolgoing 16 year-old, their narratives filled with gats, AK-47s, bitches, dirty-ass hos, penitentiaries, homicide and jackings were a vicarious thrill…. Read more »

Posted on August 27th, 2015

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This Saturday as part of the IFI Stranger Than Fiction Documentary Film Festival , the IFI  are screening Love is All, a film that will take the audience through the 20th century exploring love and courtship as seen on screen. The film uses the music of Richard Hawley to soundtrack the first kisses captured on film, and will frame… Read more »

Posted on September 23rd, 2014

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The LA label Stones Throw has held a high watermark in the quality of its musical output in the world of hip-hop, and in its latter years, beyond the fringes of rap, into punk, electronica, outsider music and jazz. It has been consistently referenced into the fabric of posts on this site, since I started…. Read more »

Posted on June 3rd, 2014

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Last week, my favourite radio DJ Benji B’s had a Soundtrack Special where he indulged us in the records in his soundtrack crate including music from composers like Ennio Morricone (timely as he’s playing here this weekend), Cliff Martinez, John Barry, Bernard Herrmann, Vangelis, Giorgio Moroder, Chromatics, Angelo Badalamenti, Jon Brion and more. Films included… Read more »

Posted on July 24th, 2013

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Goblin

A Halloween series special today with posts dedicated to music that creates an uneasy, spooky, chilling or scary atmosphere… See Halloween for all posts in the series. As Horror soundtracks go, Italian band Goblin have produced some of the most enduring in the genre and these two are my particular favourites. As a prog-rock band,… Read more »

Posted on October 31st, 2012

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