Monday, February 25, 2008

Music News : From Eurovision to Oscar

The two main headlines for music this week are firstly the Irish Entrance for the Eurovision. As we all know the Eurovision has not been about talent for many years, politics and crap outlandish acts have filled our screens. So Ireland has spoken and their statement seems to be "If you can’t beat them join them!"

Ireland's 2008 Eurovision Entry: Dustin The Turkey - Irelande Douze Pointe

Second Headline is that Irish singer songwriter Glen Hansard has won an Oscar! His Song from "Once" has bagged the front man of the frames an Award. Himself and Marketa Irglova have had a great year with the success of the movie, congratulations guys!

"Falling Slowly" from "Once" -- Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Murphys Live Tour Presents...........

Live Tonight in dolans Warehouse--> Murphys Live Tour Presents...

Main act = Giveamanakick,

Plus battle of the bands between Seneca & Walter Mitty and The Realists

Go Seneca! (Previous post about Seneca Here -->

Check them all out at 8 Tonight 21 Feb 08

Free in & Enjoy

For more info on Giveamanakick check out

Giveamanakick(Limerick Band) perform 'Spring Break' on RTE's The Once A Week Show

Jeff Tweedy Live

I am really enjoying this acoustic treasure I found, Jeff Tweedy Live at the Pacific Northwest.
The front man of Wilco and also his previous band, Uncle Tupelo really pulls out all the stops on this record. It was released in 2006 and follows Jeff on his northwest tour. I love the intimacy of this record and the connection with the audience.
It was released on DVD but i found the Mp3 version on a site so ill share it here with you.


If your new to Jeff try out Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Blue Sky Blue (2008 Release).

Video Clip from "Sunken Treasure: Live in the Pacific Northwest"
Jeff Tweedy "The Thanks I Get"

Brit Award Winners 2008

A good night for all especially macca , here is the full list of winners

Best British male: Mark Ronson
Best British female: Kate Nash
Best British album: Arctic Monkeys - Favourite Worst Nightmare
Best British group: Arctic Monkeys
Best British breakthrough act: Mika
Best British live act: Take That
British single: Take That – Shine
International male solo artist: Kanye West
International female solo artist: Kylie Minogue
International group: Foo Fighters
International album: Foo Fighters - Echoes
Critics' choice: Adele
Outstanding contribution to music: Sir Paul McCartney

Here are my earlier predictions , got a lot right

Sir Paul McCartney - Brit Awards 20 Feb 08 performing "Live and Let Die and "Hey Jude" Sing Along (Legend!)

Monday, February 18, 2008

Other Voices Archived

If you missed the first installment of the new series of Other Voices last week that saw acts Ryan Adams & Cathy Davey performing plus many more. You can now check it out here
All "Other Voices" shows are archived on their website. Enjoy

My Review on the "Other Voices" new series

Meteor Award Winners 2008

Meteor Awards was on TV last night, a mish mash of crap acts and great talent.
It was fantastic to see Cathy Davey get Best Irish Female, she should have won best album but that hobbit Casey won it. Other Highlights of the night include Ray Foley - Best DJ.He deserves it, gets me through the 12 - 2 slump on today fm.
Also Radiohead getting International band(sweet!) & another highlight for me was the two performance awards, Blizzards (oxegen) Muse (oxegen) and I saw both performances(sweet!).
Downside of the night = Boyzone are back and as bad as ever. Oh god please do us a favour and rid Ireland of this horrid nightmare of a band. Its a pity Limerick band "We should be dead" didn’t pick up the newcomer award, but at least they got some media coverage.

Full List of Winners :
Best National DJ - Ray Foley Today FM
Best Regional DJ - Keith Cunningham Red FM
Best Irish Band - Aslan
Best Irish Male - Duke Special
Best Irish Female - Cathy Davey
Best Irish Pop Act - Westlife
Best Irish Album - Paddy Casey with Addicted to Company
Best Irish Live Performance - The Blizzards
Lifetime Achievement Award - The Saw Doctors
Best Irish Folk Traditional - Damien Dempsey
Best International Live Performance - Muse
Best International Male - Bruce Springsteen
Best International Female - Amy Winehouse
Best International Album - Arcade Fire with Neon Bible
Best International Band - Radiohead
Humantiarian Award - Mary Donohoe
Most Downloaded Song - Mundy and Sharon Shannon with Galway Girl
Hope for 2008 Meteor Award - Ham Sandwich

Festival Conundrum Update : T in the Park

Festival Conundrum Continues......

Name : T in the Park

Where : Balado, Kinross, Scotland

When : July 11 to 13

Headliners : The Verve, REM and Rage Against The Machine

Acts Confirmed:

Rage Against The Machine
The Verve
Kings Of Leon
Kaiser Chiefs
The Prodigy
Pigeon Detectives
The Raconteurs
The Fratellis
The Kooks
Primal Scream
The Chemical Brothers
Ian Brown
Biffy Clyro
Counting Crows
KT Tunstall
The Enemy
The Feeling
Amy MacDonald
Panic At The Disco
Hot Chip
Aphex Twin
The Charlatans
The Pogues
Ben Folds
The Wombats
Reverend and The Makers
DJ Hell
Erol Alkan,
The National
Band of Horses
Seasick Steve
Eddy Grant
Alabama 3
Sons and Daughters
The Courteeners
Paul Heaton
Lightspeed Champion
The Ting Tings
Black Kids
The Law
Gabriella Cilmi
Sons of Albion
The Script

Whats the Catch : Its in England, Its Sold Out!

Great Line-Up which usually is the line up for Oxegen 08, so we will have this at our doorstep but then again id say T-in the park is better run than oxegen. No crap security and line-up clashes. Tickets will be available for any festival on e-bay near the date, so dont worry about the sell out.


Friday, February 15, 2008

Go forth & Seek

Planning to buy an album this weekend?
Then look no further than the man above. I can’t stop playing this album at the moment. I am all against greatest hits and I am a big believer of discovering and filtering through the actual albums & discography’s. This greatest hits brings you into Moz's world of savage tunes and is a must play for this weekend, if your new to the Mozfather check out Viva Hate one of my top 30ish albums. An absolute classic!
Really getting in the National as well, check out the album "The Boxer". It’s a grower............

The National - Fake Empire
on Letterman(July 24, 2007)

Festival Conundrum!

There will be future discussions on this matter, but I will leave this image with you for the mean time.
My Brain is rattled as it’s that time of year again, which summer festival to attend?
So many choices so little time, Oh Well!
I will put updates here on the different festival options and the line ups. Also a look at must see concerts during the summer. Watch this space.
Enjoy the weekend and ponder your options.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentines Day!

The corporate fat cats have decided we should be romantic today and all in love. Damm fat cats.
Ah feck it why not!
Happy Valentines day, have a nice day/night and go out a buy one of those crazy giant furry hearts with a face on it for the crack! Make someone Happy

Wolfman featuring Peter Doherty - For Lovers

Not Short Listed but Long Listed

As I said Indie Limerick was not short listed for the blog awards, however due to being nominated in three categories for the long list , we were published in Last nights Limerick Leader, Check it out --->

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Not to be missed tonight

Other Voices is finally back and is boosting a huge number of artists this year. All live from the little church St James' in Dingle. Tonight at 11.25 on RTE 2 sees Dave Geraghty, Foy Vance, the Crimea, Cathy Davey and non other than Ryan Adams taking to the stage, Do not miss and Enjoy! The sixth series promises such acts as Ray Davies, Ryan Adams, David Gray, Seasick Steve, Super Furry Animals, The Charlatans and in a new item, special sets from Irish acts such as Dry County, Half set and fast-rising Galway man Adrian Crowley. Damien Rice on Other Voices playin Cannonball & an interview.

Look what I found

As you know i like a good root around looking for live bootlegs. I like it even more when i find a live recording i was at. I have done just that. Here is a live recording of the killers from Oxegen Last year. It was a mud filled mess but some great bands made the weekend worthwhile. The killers ended the weekend on the sunday with this fantastic set list. Enjoy

Set List :

01 - Bones

02 - Somebody Told Me

03 - Smile Like You Mean It

04 - Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine

05 - Uncle Jonny

06 - This River Is Wild

07 - Mr Brightside08 - My List

09 - For Reasons Unknown

10 - All these Things That I've Done

Just press the free button, type in the code and it will download in seconds, free gratis!

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Blog Awards 2008 Shortlist

While Indielimerick was nominated in the long list in three categories, unfortunately we didn’t make it in to the shortlist. Congratulations to all who have made it to the impressive shortlist and best of luck on the 1st of March might see you next year.
Now we can expand our blog favourites by checking out this year’s short list, Here
On a local note, we have no less than 13! blogs that made it to the short list congrads guys. Here is the limerick list -->

Monday, February 11, 2008

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards.....

The main winner seems to be miss winehouse, some good press for once but she does herself no favours. Back to Black is such a great album and she deserves her awards but needs to really sort herself out. Heres the main winners.

Album Of The Year:
Herbie Hancock - River

Record Of The Year:
Amy Winehouse - Rehab

Song Of The Year:
Amy Winehouse - Rehab

Best New Artist:
Amy Winehouse

Best Pop Album:
Amy Winehouse - Back To Black

Best Alternative Album:
The White Stripes - Icky Thump

Best Dance Album:
Chemical Brothers - We Are The Night

Best Rap Album:
Kanye West - Graduation

Producer Of The Year:
Mark Ronson

Best Video:
Johnny Cash - God's Gonna Cut...

Full List -->

Witness them Live

Interpol have grown and grown on me ever since witnessing them live a few years back supporting Coldplay in Marley Park.
If you haven’t got a chance to see them live, here is a chance to experience the live feel of Interpol. This gig was a bonus Live EP with the re-released “Our Love To Admire”. Download here ->
Set List:
1. Pioneer to the fall (Live)
2. Obstacle 1 (Live)
3. The Heinrich Maneuver (Live)
4. Mammoth (Live)
5. Rest My Chemistry (Live)
6. Stella Was a Diver and She Was Always Down (Live)

If you’re unfamiliar to Interpol I would seriously suggest the purchase of “antics” and you will then continue purchasing all of their albums. Enjoy !

Interpol - Slow Hands

Friday, February 8, 2008

We Should Be Dead

Homegrown indie talent "We Should be dead" shall decend on Dolans tonight to launch their new album ‘Forget Romance, Let's Dance’. One listen from their myspace page and it offers the listener a fresh indie appeal.
This Limerick quartet are worthy of great things and this gig tonight is the start of something great. The album is currently available in shops and I would strongly advise adding it to your list of things to do this weekend.
Female lead vocalist adds something special to this band and they seems to be a well put together foursome, I wish the best for them tonight and urge you to go along , why not drop in on their myspace page ->
& check them out for yourself.

In other great news they have been nominated in the best new bands category for the meteor awards called the 'Hope For 2008' award
To vote for them click here
-The Meteors take place at the RDS Arena on Friday February 15th. They will be broadcast on RTE the following night Saturday February 16th.

We should be Dead - 'Forget Romance, Lets Dance'

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Things to do this weekend

Wondering what to do with your time this weekend well here goes:

1. Buy Smashing Pumpkins- American Gothic EP
Before you buy if you are new to this band please go out and get "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness". Such an awesome album and well in my top 30ish range. That album was released in 1995 and apart from that album, "Siamese Dreams"(93) & "Adore"(98) they didnt click with me again until now. This new EP offers me the band as i want to hear them. Not a new experemental album or change of music taste. This EP goes back to its more indie root.The EP also offers a folk type feel to it along with some and acoustic bliss. This paves the way forward for an excellent follow up album, hopefully in the same vain as american gothic.

2. Control on DVD
I have yet to see this movie as limerick cinemas didnt show the damm thing , so finally it has been released (11th of feb methinks)
Not heard of it yet check out my earlier post on it here

3. France V Ireland (Sat 9th Feb, 4.00pm , Stade de France)
Not music related I know but it has to be mentioned. We started our 6 nations campaign in a bad light with remenance of the world cup still haunting us. With a poor opener against Italy 16-11 (we still won it) , We now need to get rid of our ghosts by beating the french this saturday. The Coach & Staff and all that crap need to be put aside and we need to get on with the job in hand and we need to bring back the heart in our game and play for our country again , not ourselves.

Have a good weekend
Smashing Pumpkins at museum guggheneim in bilbao(1998)
Pug Live
Album : Adore

Wednesday, February 6, 2008


Don’t go mad just yet. Music isn’t dead, but my relationship with music is at a troubling time.
It’s hard to explain this in text format but do you remember when you got your first CD/Tape/Record or maybe that CD/Tape/Record that sparked something within you? Everyone's first record isn’t always the most glamorous item. Mine was a prodigy tape but that’s beside the point. Its that first purchase of a record that excites you and the magic with the 300th listen, the reading of the sleeve notes, the discovery of the artwork and the understanding of the lyrics. This experience has been lost for me and makes me pose the above statement. That inexplicable ‘magic’ that comes with enjoying a new album in its entire and artistically complete form seems to be gone and in a sense, Music as I once knew it is dead. Bear with me as I try to explain…

Don’t get me wrong, my life is all about listening to music and the spark and magic of music is not altogether gone but the music environment has permanently changed. To an extent, this is the fault of the iPod. I bought my first iPod four years ago. It was the first of its kind and was a natural progression from the Mini-Disk. This thing was unreal, "you can store every CD you own on this small white yoke? Fuck me, this is great!"
With a sense of naïve excitement, I had no indication that I would feel so differently just four years later The bond between an album and its owner in my eyes is now gone. The time when one CD would reside in your CD player for weeks or months at a time, replaying until you had absorbed its lyrics completely is unfortunately dead. For example, one such album which fascinated me relentlessly was Coldplay's “Parachutes”. Every time I hear that opening cord a chill goes down my spine and that’s the same for many albums i have an affinity with such as Ryan Adams "Gold" and The Who’s "Who's Next". All these albums I a have spent time with, savoured, and have for that honeymoon stage became interweaved in the fabric of my life. As is the nature of music, these albums came to be identified with certain periods in my life, and the memories and the lyrics can at times become interchangeable. But now music is just tossed around like another facet of our ‘convenience’-centred lifestyles, and unlike the devotion (or indeed, rejection) that would accompany each new purchase, our one-click – download culture leaves us asking, "who’s this band again?". Music has become too dispensable.
Radiohead’s new album "In Rainbows"(before its physical release) has sparked such controversy. What a superb record. But again, it doesn’t get the full recognition from me due to its (initially) free digital release. No proper cover art, no sleeve notes, no physical item, a button on my iPod that will direct me to 9,000 more songs. The bond has broken. But then again is all this just me and is anyone else feeling this dissatisfied with music becoming another faceless digital commodity? It’s hard to embrace an album (or mP3 File should I say) in its entirety these days. Don’t get me wrong, I am discovering new bands and artists every day whether it be old albums or new, but somehow the essence of these discoveries is becoming increasingly lost. Sorry for loading this on you but it needed it to be said. Perhaps its back to vinyl?

"Hey Hey My My, Rock & Roll Will Never die"
Neil Young

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

New Sound from New York

No new albums in 2008 appealing to you yet , well this New York Quartet will prove you wrong. Vampire Weekend are a classic Indie Rock band and have had as much hype as Arctic Monkeys debut album, one of those bands you hear about before even listening to them. Some of these types of bands fall shy of their reputation but Vamprire Weekend are living up to their name with this self tiled debut album
They are four ex-Columbia University students with asuave sound that incorporates ska, New Wave and Afro-pop ? What this you say well, This album is worth a listen to, to kick back and enjoy likable songs with catchy guitar riffs a go-go. Songs such as "Mansard Roof" will keep you coming back for more & more.
Ezra Koenig the lead singer blends a good mix of writing skills and warm vocals to bring this debut to Indie rock life.
Now you know , Go Buy , Go Listen

Vampire Weekend perform "I Stand Corrected" on Feel My Heat Indie 103.1 Fm with Danny Masterson and Brent Bolthouse

Monday, February 4, 2008

So Bad its Good!

I have always loved this Phil Collins Song - In the Air tonight, always loved those type of drums in 80's Songs, such cheese , So Bad its Good Anyways this is the best advert ever, even if it did cost 9 million , Although Phil is looking good in his old age Enjoy! Phil Collins - In the Air Tonight Now I want chocolate, a cup of tea & an amazing drumming monkey, Damm it! Cadburys Monkey - In the Air Tonight

Monday Blues

Maybe because im tired , jet lagged and blogged down with work but its just one of those mondays,
Some news to cheer people up perhaps, I hear you say :
* Radiohead Shall go to the ball AKA play Glastonbury
* Coldplay on the verge of finishing fourth studio album
* Muse to release a DVD from their performance from Wembley (How Sweet!)
* January is finished with!
* The New copy of Uncut has a free CD of Tracks Insprired by the Faces (well worth a look)
* Tommorow is not Monday
* The Dog above blinks his eyes & Shrugs His Shoulders (How Cool)
* IndieLimerick has been Nominated in three categories for Irish Blog Awards 2008 - Best Music Blog , Best Blog & Best Newcomer
Here's a song to brighten up your day

Cathy Davey - Cold Man's Nightmare