I had an absolute joyful holiday away from Ireland so it’s straight back in with an attempt to summarise the last ten days of links, news, songs and videos.
- Ever wonder what happened to The Peth, the Super Furry side-project? A string of UK dates including the Green Man festival precedes the release of the album The Golden Mile on September 1st. There are new songs on the Myspace page and they have a new website. The band includes SFA drummer Dafydd Ieuan and also features the actor Rhys Ifans who let us not forget was the original vocalist for the Super Furries before Gruff came along. One song is titled ’69 Fanny Street’ which is piquing my interest.
- Nialler9’s favourite Baltimore rapper Height recently recorded a live session with SnowGhost. They’ve got videos and audio.
- An exhaustive downloadable library of hip-hop battle tapes from New York 1978 – 1987.
- Bodytonic Electric Picnic line-up includes Diplo, Modeselektor, Benga, The Count and Sinden, Roni Size and Reprazent (10 years too late?) and loads more.
Speaking of the Picnic, Australian band and new Warp sigining Pivot will be playing the festival and are looking for gigs in Ireland in August. Check out the video for ‘In the Blood’ which features puppets, blood and nautical violence.
- Roots Manuva is back with ‘Buff Nuff’ taken from the forthcoming Slime & Reason! Video here. Do I detect a dubstep influence on the production?
- Gunnin’ for that #1 Spot – The basketball documentary directed by Beastie Boy Adam Yauch is due out this month. The documentary follows promising young players on the fast track to the NBA. Catch the trailer here.
- On the 14th June, McGruders on Thomas Street hosts Kid 606, Ceephax Acid, Bass Clef and more for Red Rum IV. It’s only around the corner if you are heading to Dan Deacon and friends in Vicar Street beforehand.
- Listen to the new Sigur Ros album – Með suð i eyrum við spilum endalaust.
- The Hood Internet vs Chicago new mixtape.
- Holiday time also means listening time and I got a chance to listen to loads of stuff including James Pants, Shy Child, She & Him, Tricky, Air France, Carly Sings, The Bug, Heathers, Wiley, Bullion, BEW and The Roots of Chica compilation. More on these artists when time and digestion allows.
- Two things I am sure about – Why?’s Alopecia and Vampire Weekend’s debut keep getting better and better with each listen.
Right, I’m off to catch a bit of Euro 2008..