Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Limerick man Keith Forde has just released a video for his single "At the Airport". This is Keith's second single and hopfully we will see a full album release soon. Keep track of this local talent here http://www.keithforde.com/ . The video is wonderfully shot at the foynes flying boat museum in Limerick. Its a great track and you will be humming it hours later. Great Stuff!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
TEXT VIDEOS & PICS TO FOLLOW That Day (Solo) Cecelia (Solo) To Be Counted (2 Piece) Ritual On a Sunlight Stage Set the Tigers Free Home I Saw Dead The Bell Jackal The Pact Ship of Promises (Solo) ENCORE: New Found Land (Solo) Memoir (Solo) Pieces
Monday, December 13, 2010
Another year nearly over and its time for my top ten. Been to 11 gigs over the year compared to 21 gigs last year, Sign of the times I guess. It's been a bit of a crazy year to be honest and glad im seeing the back of it. Been to some outstanding quality gigs over the year, including a great live perfomance from Two Door Cinema Club in Dolans when they were just exploding on the scene. Doubt we will see them around limerick soon and if that at the price of ten euro. Its been a great year for Irish acts as you will see from my list. The list of albums below are in no particular order as always. They are just albums I have kept going back to over the year. Hope you all have a great Christmas and a great 2011, Thanks for reading throughout the year. One more thing go and buy/download the rubberbandits "Horse Outside" keep XCraptor off the crimbo no.1 slot again.
Fionn Regan - Shadow of an Empire Josh Ritter - So Runs the World Away Cathy Davey - The Nameless The National - High Violet Villagers - Becoming a Jackal Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - III/IV Bruce Springsteen - The Promise James Vincent Mc Morrow - Early in the Morning Frightened Rabbit - The Winter of Mixed Drinks O Emperor - Hither Thither
Notable Mentions to the following gems :Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History, Guggenheim Grotto - The Universe is Laughing, Band of Horses - Infinite Arms , Caitlin Rose - Own Side Now , Arcade Fire - The Suburbs , Interpol - Interpol , Brad Pitt Light Orchestra - Lowering the tone , I am Kloot - Sky At Night , Cherry Ghost - Beneath This Burning Shoreline, Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can , Neil Young - Le Noise, Midlake – The Courage of Others, Manic Street Preachers – Postcards from a Young Man
The Digital Socket Awards are here! These awards have been made possible thanks to 26 music bloggers from around Ireland including yours truly. The awards will take place in the Grand Social in Dublin on February 3rd 2011. How the voting will work is that the public will draw up a longlist and then the judges/bloggers will make a shortlist and all the winners will be announced on the night. The awards are a fantastic idea and it gives the people and the hard working bloggers and a way to give back to the bands and the artists. Now for your part in all of it. head on over to http://www.digitalsocketawards.com/vote-for-your-favourites/ to vote for you favourites in the categories listed below. VOTING IS OPEN NOW! Categories: 1. Best Design (Website, Artwork, Posters) 2. Best Independent Label 3. Best Video 4. Best Music Photography 5. Best Radio Show 6. Best Pop 7. Best Folk 8. Best Rock and Alternative 9. Best Electronic & Hip Hop 10. Best Indie 11. Best EP 12. Best Newcomer. 13. Best Album 14. Song of the Year More info: http://www.digitalsocketawards.com/
Friday, December 10, 2010
4 great bands lined out last night in dolans for a very late night of booze and music, It was billed as an 8 o'clock sharp start but muggins here went early got grub & drinks(Great food in dolans as always), It seems there was a booking issue or a mix up of somewhat so bands wouldn't start until 10 bells. More drinks went by and so did the time in the upstairs area with a great DJ, 10.40 last days of death country arrived out on stage and played six tunes to now a packed warehouse. Im ashamed to admit it was my first time seeing these locals lads live after missing them on numerious ocasions. They pack a great live punch and are worth while checking out, check them out here http://www.myspace.com/lastdaysofdeathcountry . The freezer sessions are a great idea and a great way to see snippets of bands, next up were the Flaws, Once again never got to see these guys live after missing them twice before in dolans and being an avid fan of their debut album "Achieving Vagueness". It was great to see them live and hoping to hear a new album soon, Keep an eye on them here http://www.myspace.com/theflaws Another local band then took to the stage by the name of "Windings", Saw these guys supporting The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra back in September in dolans (Review here). They are currently giving their debut album away for free for all of December, Its well worth checking it out and the link is here http://windings.bandcamp.com/ , They also have their brand new album "Its never Night" for sale too. Last up were the excellent O Emperor, I have witnessed them twice before (Review here and here), They are fantastic live and have made one amazing album this year entitled "Hither Thither", I expect it will make a few top ten lists including my own. Its a great record from a great bunch of lads, Check them out here and try and catch them live at some stage if you can. A great night of music despite the event going way over schedule, with the last band finishing up around 2.10. Cheers to Jagermeister and dolans for a great night, Not to the former for the next day hangover though :) Last Days of Death Country The Flaws Windings O Emperor
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
The Carrickmacross four piece are feverously working on their follow up album to “After the Wedding", Check out the video below as a snippet for the new release, Hopefully we will see the album out soon, Sanzkrit hope to release the first single from the new album in spring of 2011, so not long to wait now. The band are also planning a major Irish tour in February and March. Until then check them out here http://www.sanzkrit.com/
The lovely people at "Windings" want to spread some Christmas cheer , They are giving their debut album away as an early crimbo gift. You can download the delightful 17 track album here . The band plays dolans on Thursday night as part of the Freezer sessions, get your free tickets and info here. Thanks lads!
Thursday, December 2, 2010
S.Carey - As We Grow
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - III/IV (Just got it today, Cant wait to hear it!)
The Duke & The King - Long Live The Duke & The King
Jenny & Johnny - I'm Having Fun Now
Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blues
Ryan Bingham - Junky Star
All Aways Suggestions Very Welcome!