Wednesday, January 30, 2008

My Music Bible

There are some things in life precious to me and i thought id share one of them , my music Bible,

I have owned this book for two and a bit years and it never ceases to amaze me.

1001 Albums you must hear before you die is a chronology database of brilliant albums that have impacted the world of music.

Starting with Classics such as Frank Sinatra all the way through to The White Stripes, spanning years from 1955 to 2005. Many albums on this list i personally would not include but then again they have affected music history. Each album entry is accompanied by pictures, quotes, and additional information about the album.

This masterpiece will enthral any reader for hours as you flick through the many years of music history. I have found connections with many artists through this book and have listened to many great albums i would not have even dreamt of buying.

If you haven't already sampled this book it is a must have for any music fan , get up , go out and buy!
If you cant be bothered the full list of albums are featured here

Hello all!

Sorry for the lack of posts in the past week as I am on business in Denver, Colorado, Its not all meetings and work though, got to try out skiing and i think im hooked, Anyways I just like to thank everyone who nominated me for a blog award for 2008 and it looks like i made the grade according to 2fm presenter Rick O'Shea, he has published a short list for Best Music Blog 2008

I have also been nominated for Best Blog 2008 , A long List of 136 Blogs im ver happy to be though of thanks everyone , list is here
Also there has been a number of Limerick Nominations which I'm delighted to say, Thanks again and its an honour to be nominated.

I will get back posting properly when i get back next week , stayed tuned ! Cheers

For more Ski Snaps check them out here

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Radiohead's Surprise Gig

Radiohead plotted another sneaky event yesterday in London and preformed a gig in a tiny place Rough Trade shop ,93 Feet East, Brick Lane to be exact for a select few of fans who queued up all day. Radiohead have all the songs on youtube and you can view them here, looks like a superb intimate show and they are shaping up to be one of the festival and gig highlights for this summer,
view here --->

Radiohead - House Of Cards (Live at 93 Feet East)

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Brit Awards 2008

Its that time of year again and the brit awards have been nominated, the nominations are listed below.
I don't like these type of events as crap artists usually win due to idiot judges and teenybopper's voting but hey its still a bit of laugh.
Below i have put a
* who i think the moron's will vote for and win and a ** for who i think should win.
The Brits awards take place Feb 20th.

British Male Solo Artist
Jamie T*
Mark Ronson **
Newton Faulkner
Richard Hawley

British Female Solo Artist
Bat For Lashes
Kate Nash *
KT Tunstall
Leona Lewis
PJ Harvey **

British Group
Arctic Monkeys **
Girls Aloud
Kaiser Chiefs
Take That *

British Album
Arctic Monkeys - 'Favourite Worst Nightmare' **
Leona Lewis - 'Spirit'
Mark Ronson - 'Version' *
Mika - 'Life In Cartoon Motion'
Take That - 'Beautiful World'

British Breakthrough Act
Bat For Lashes
Kate Nash *
Klaxons **
Leona Lewis

British Live Act
Arctic Monkeys
Kaiser Chiefs
Muse **
Take That *

British Single
The Hoosiers - 'Worried About Ray'
James Blunt - '1973'
Kaiser Chiefs - 'Ruby'
Kate Nash - 'Foundations'
Leona Lewis - 'Bleeding Love'
Mark Ronson - 'Valerie' (featuring Amy Winehouse) **
Mika - 'Grace Kelly'
Mutya Buena - 'Real Girl'
Sugababes - 'About You Now'
Take That - 'Shine' *
(All Crap)
International Male Solo Artist
Bruce Springsteen **
Kanye West *
Rufus Wainwright
Michael Buble

International Female Solo Artist
Alicia Keys
Feist **
Kylie Minogue
Rihanna *

International Group
Arcade Fire **
Foo Fighters
Kings Of Leon *
The White Stripes
(Good Mix)
International Album
Arcade Fire - 'Neon Bible' **
Eagles - 'Long Road Out Of Eden'
Foo Fighters - 'Echoes, Silence, Patience, Grace'
Kings Of Leon 'Because Of The Times' *
Kylie Minogue - 'X'

Outstanding Contribution Award
Paul McCartney ************

Friday, January 11, 2008

Made to Love Magic

Once in awhile albums come along that give you a serious look into the artists vision for their music this is once such album. Nick Drake Made to love magic from the offset brings you into this haunting world of a singer songwriter compiling songs for albums yet to come. This album is a compilation of rare and unheard tracks and made its way to to production thanks to his sister and fellow friends.

Many of the tracks are unreleased amateur recordings from his college days and some are outtakes to his three studio albums, there are also some of Drakes final recorded songs which gives this album a haunting and magically feel to it. One of those records that will get rid of any stress of the day.

This album is worth seeking out , if you are unfamiliar to Mr. Drake don't start here peruse his only three studio albums the first being Five Leaves Left (One of my all time favourites) and then Bryter Layter and finally Pink Moon. Nick is one of these classic tragic music type guys, died early and left some great stuff behind him, go check his stuff.

Nick Drake - Day is Gone (Taken from Five Leaves Left)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

The Smiths Live

Johnny Marr is off doing his Modest Mouse duties, while Morrisey is churning out solo album after solo album, its hard to think what albums we could be treated to if these two got together today. All we can do is look back at the classic times they gave us.

I have stumbled across this recording of the smiths with john peel , it contains tracks from 1983 - 1986, which they recorded with the late great Mr.Peel.

It is a superb quality bootleg and worth a listen for any smiths fan, here is the link to download the whole album -> in the three letters then wait for count down and press free download and it should start)

For More Smiths Bootlegs Try Here

Maybe we might see Marr & Moz back again some day.

If your not a fan of smiths and want to start off somewhere go out and get the Queen is Dead album and don't say i didn't warn you if you can get it our of your CD player. Enjoy!

The Smiths -Stop if you've heard this one before

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Another Bootleg Beauty

As you know already I am a big fan of rare bootleg's, From the List of Website Links on the left of the blog please find numerous bootleg pages , Today i have come across yet another gem in this field. Check out
This Website allows visitors to access hundreds of bands and rare performances, the above link is just for Neil Young and the site offers over 20 live Bootleg's of the man. On the left of his page shows the names of the bands and the number of bootlegs for each. The site has very unusual bootlegs of for example Bob Dylan & Young & so on. Not just old classic performances there are a few new bands such as Arcade Fire. Get Downloading and Enjoy!
The Picture at the top refers to this site one of my most frequented bootleg sites.

Thursday, January 3, 2008

The Small Mercies come up Trumps again

The 29th of December saw Eamonn Hehir descend on dolans again for a nearly annual Christmas gig, I went expecting the same greatness we heard last year ,However the set list seemed to have improved and the gig flowed better than any other I have seen this year. We were greeted with two classic covers from Emmylou Harris & Neil young and an all round good night of music and craic, It looks like it will finally happen and we will be treated to a second helping of a Eamonn Hehir solo album. Blood Mill Road was the first and at the gig two songs cropped up that would fit nicely in the new album one of which was "Gigs & Funerals" (Feat. Below) ,Cheers Lads hope to see ye next year

Click Play Below to Play Gigs & Funerals by Eamonn Hehir


Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Blog Awards 2008

Head on over to here & Nominate Indie Limerick in the Best Music Blog 2008 & the best newcomer 2008 come on now folks i don't ask for much thanks,

Happy New Year