Head on down to Whelans tonight for the launch of One Day International’s album Blackbird. I mentioned the album a few weeks back. Extra incentive tonight as Cathy Davey and Conor O’ Brien aka Villagers are supporting. They have dates coming up in Limerick, Cork, Dundalk and Cork too. Another band playing this week are… Read more »

Posted on October 3rd, 2008

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Those saddened by the demise of The Immediate may soon be rejoicing as Conor O’ Brien steps out from backing band duties for Cathy Davey to release an EP under the moniker of Villagers in December or January. Two songs are posted on his myspace at the moment – ‘The Meaning of The Ritual’ which… Read more »

Posted on September 30th, 2008

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I’ve been playing MJEX’s new album From the Word Go these past few weeks. It’s a natural step forward from 2006’s Now This I Have To Hear with a more eclectic mix of live arrangements taking in a smattering of everything: hip-hop, funk, R&B, reggae, indie, classical and electronic. Lyrically, the duo are stepping outside… Read more »

Posted on September 29th, 2008

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You know we’re big fans of “the Shank” around these parts. Lar, Mick and Vinny have played some of the best gigs I’ve been at in the last year and a bit and their album This is the album of a band called Adebisi Shank is now finally upon us. Recorded in Baltimore with J…. Read more »

Posted on September 25th, 2008

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I’ve been keeping my eyes and ears out for former Blue Ghost drummer Jeremy Hickey over the last two years. This Friday he will release a debut album The Organic Sampler under his Rarely Seen Above Ground moniker. Those of you who have witnessed Jeremy’s incendiary live show will know what to expect – a… Read more »

Posted on September 23rd, 2008

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Is this the most anticipated Irish debut album of the last five years? It certainly seems so. Live broadcasts on Phantom, BBC Sessions, high visibility UK support slots, a buzz here and the UK, album streams, magazine articles, Number 2 in NME’s 10 Hopes of the Near Future, blog posts galore, forum debate, regular radio… Read more »

Posted on September 22nd, 2008

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I’ve just been listening to Una and Phil talking about Lisa Hannigan’s new album on Phantom. Both of them were pretty much in agreement that Lisa Hannigan doesn’t exactly fit in to the current Irish music zeitgeist of forward thinking, eclectic music. It’s been proven on this blog time and time again just how vital… Read more »

Posted on September 19th, 2008

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No, not golf. Although I do like the sport and used to play it quite well. Its !Kaboogie’s new club night and its FREE in. Tomorrow night in Thomas Reads with Redmonk, PCP, Sixfoot Apprentice, A-Force and Richie K.

Posted on September 17th, 2008

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There are loads of impressive Irish albums out this month and next, so for the rest of the week the blog will be mostly featuring Irish artists making some great music. Had you have told me two years ago I could have filled the blog with Irish music, I would have drop-kicked you into the… Read more »

Posted on September 17th, 2008

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..How was it for you? My head hurts. I missed Saturday due to Kraftwerk. Doing visuals for the Boners meant I was in the Meeting House Square all night. The sound restrictions were a pain. While impressive as an idea, I’m not sure the square is totally suitable for showcasing new acts. The bands were… Read more »

Posted on September 15th, 2008

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Aoife has just uploaded last week’s two hour Indie Hour special which features appearances from Unarocks, myself, Johnnie Craig, Fenster of Connected Magazine, Halves and One Day International. We talked about Electric Picnic, Journalism, Blogging and Irish albums we are looking forward to before the end of the year. Tonight is another two-hour special focusing… Read more »

Posted on September 11th, 2008

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A trailer for an Irish documentary exploring DIY culture and ideas is now up. The film is made by a group of young people with no previous film-making experience including Dylan from Hideaway House. It was made for Dublin Community TV. Ian MacKaye of Fugazi appears. Certainly looks interesting. Next Monday the 15th, sees Heathers,… Read more »

Posted on September 9th, 2008

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Heathers kick off their Irish tour tonight in the Project Arts Centre. It’s €6 in, all ages and show starts at 8.30pm. The band were a recent guest on Aoife’s excellent Indie Hour radio programme. Listen to the podcast which has loads of Heathers songs and two live tunes. Wahooo, say wha wha!.

Posted on August 14th, 2008

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