Thursday, December 31, 2009

Boogie Times

Last day of the year!
Back in work early this morning then off for a nap, then back up and hitting the town to flier for the big Substance New Year's Bash in Kellys.
It's gonna be fucking silly.
Here's a taster. If you're in Galway tonight get on down, it's €5 in

Fleetwood Mac - Everywhere

Womack And Womack - Teardrops

Candi Staton ft. The Source - You Got The Love

Duck Sauce - aNYway

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Best Spam mail I've gotten in a while!

Tel of M. Cenani. It was with great difficulty that he was admitted to
his presence, and then he was ordered away. But he persisted in
speaking; and after apologizing for his mistake, he returned the money.
The banker asked him if he knew that he was no judge of cloth. Colbert
assured him that it was not worth more than eight crowns. "And you might
easily have kept this money for yourself." "I never thought of that,
sir," replied the young man. "But, if you had thought of it?" inquired
the banker. "It was quite impossible, sir, that such an idea could come
into my head. I should as soon have thought of carrying off all that you
have here." "Suppose I should make you a present of this money that you
have returned to me with such admirable integrity?" "What right have I
to it? And why should you give it to me? I would not take it, sir." "You
are a fine fellow and an honest fellow," said the banker, and inquired
his name. The conversation was suddenly broke off by the arrival of the
banker's carriage. As young Colbert went out, he was seized by the
collar, by his enraged master, who abused him in the most frantic
manner, and dismisse

No idea what any of that was about. If you're in Galway tonight I'll be hammering out tunes for a 5 hour marathon Christmas Eve Eve in Kelly's. Here are a few mad decent teeeeuuuunes like ...

Nina Simone - Funkier Than A Mosquitos Tweeter

Kool And The Gang - Celebration

Junior Senior - Move Your Feet

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


I heard Cameron Crowe makes a mix tape every month. I like that idea. An actual cassette. Recently I bought Iron Maiden's Fear Of The Dark on tape in a charity shop. I put it on in the kitchen while making dinner. Makes you listen to a whole album. I'm a skipper, it's an illness, this might help. Burn albums I buy to tape? Might be an idea.

It'll mainly be new music, but I'll include new discoveries too, or songs I've revisited in the month.

M - Pop Muzik (Tolga Edit)
The Slew - 100%
Fionn Regan - Protection Racket
Dead Prez - Hip Hop
Nas - Get Down
(Bands I Saw Live in Nov/Dec)
Fightened Rabbit - Swim Until You Can't See Land
Modest Mouse - Bukowski
The Pogues - Sickbed Of Cuchullain
The XX - Islands
Giveamanakick - Borrowed Time
Adenisi Shank - Oyasumi
Jonsi - Boy Lillikoi
The Raveonettes - Last Dance
Fucked Up - Neat Parts
CFCF - Monolith
Yeasayer - Ambling Alp
Think About Life - Havin' My Baby
The Drums - Let's Go Surfing
Vampire Weekend - Horchata
Hot Chip - One Life Stand
Final Fantasy - Lewis Takes Action
Fuck Buttons - The Lisbon Maru
Ted Leo And The Pharmacists - Even Heroes Have To Die
Pogo - Lost
Passion Pit - Sleepyhead (Acoustic)
Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name

Anyone want a tape? Mail me

Monday, December 21, 2009

Happy Christmas folks, iTest's Christmas special!

I put together three hours of some of my favourite Christmas tunes. It was fun. I played Rage Against The Machine's Killing In The Name three or four times cos it had just been declared Christmas no. 1 in the UK. Shockingly exciting! Not going to get into the in's and out's of it now, but to sum it all up, I don't give a fuck where the momey went, Sony are welcome to it, €50,000 was donated to charity, it was done for fun, and it was indeed funny. There.

Apart from that here's a load of Christmas music!

The Hives And Cindi Lauper - A Christmas Duel
Sufjan Stevens - Did I Make You Cry On Christmas?
The Raveonettes - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Weezer - The Christmas Song
The Waitresses - Christmas Wishes
Fucked Up - David Christmas
AC/DC - Mistress For Christmas
Black Lips - Christmas In Baghdad
Slow Club - Christmas TV
Sultans Of Ping FC - XMas Bubblegum Machine
Adebisi Shank - Walking In The Air
The Polyphonic Spree - Happy XMas (War Is Over)
The Decemberists - Daddy Please Don't Get Drunk This Christmas
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone - Cold White Christmas
Run DMC - Christmas In Hollis
The Maytals - Happy Christmas
The Knife - Christmas Reindeer
Bruce Springsteen - Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Bob Dylan - Must Be Santa
Dandy Warhols - Every Day Should Be A Holiday
Julian Casablancas - I Wish It Was Christmas Today
The Kinks - Father Christmas
White Stripes - Candy Cane Children
Ray Charles - Winter Wonderland
Rocket From The Crypt - Cancel Christmas
Queen - Thank God It's Christmas
Band Of Horses - The First Song
Eels - Everything's Gonna Be Cool This Christmas
Au Revoir Simone - Fallen Snow
Blitzen Trapper - Christmas Is Coming Soon
Death Cab For Cutie - Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
Ramones - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)
Twisted Sister - Oh, Come All Ye Faithful
Blink 182 - I Won't Be Home For Christmas
The Flaming Lips - Christmas At The Zoo
Frightened Rabbit - It's Christmas So We'll Stop
Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name

Happy Christmas!

Top 100 of the Decade part 1

I stoopidly decided to take on putting a top 100 of the decade together for the Saturday show. It's taken a while but it's finally done!

The first 50 were broadcast Saturday afternoon on i102-104fm

The Hicks pic by the way because I watched a documentary on him this morning. The guy was amazing

100. White Denim - Shake Shake Shake
99. Friendly Fires - Paris (Aeroplane Remix)
98. Queens Of The Stone Age - First It Giveth
97. Damian Marley - Welcome To Jamrock
96. The Raveonettes - Love In A Trashcan
95. Frankie Valli - Beggin' (Pilooski Edit)
94. Girls Aloud - Sound Of The Underground
93. She And Him - Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?
92. Dan le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip - Thou Shalt Always Kill
91. System Of A Down - Chop Suey
90. Coldplay - Yellow
89. The Rapture - House Of Jealous Lovers
88. Calvin Harris - Acceptable In The 80's
87. The Streets - Let's Push Things Forward
86. The Gossip - Standing In The Way Of Control
85. The Raconteurs - Steady As She Goes
84. Biffy Clyro - Living Is A Problem Because Everything Dies
83. R. Kelly - Ignition Remix
82. Battles - Atlas
81. Crystal Castles Vs. Health - Crimewave
80. Hercules And Love Affair - Blind
79. Fatboy Slim - Weapon Of Choice
78. Dead Prez - Hip Hop
77. The Walkmen - The Rat
76. Santigold - L.E.S Artistes
75. Beck - E-Pro
74. Jay Z - Encore
73. Florence And The Machine - Dog Days Are Over
72. Common ft. Lily Allen - Driving Me Wild
71. Black Lips - Cold Hands
70. Fionn Regan - Put A Penny In The Slot
69. Saul Williams - List Of Demands
68. Tom Waits - God's Away On Business
67. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - The Skin Of My Yellow Country Teeth
66. PJ Harvey - Good Fortune
65. Death Cab For Cutie - Cath...
64. Sufjan Stevens - Chicago
63. CSS - Let's Make Love and Listen Death From Above
62. Jurassic 5 - What's Golden
61. Justice - D.A.N.C.E
60. Beirut - Nantes
59. Nine Inch Nails - The Hand That Feeds
58. Bright Eyes - The First Day Of My Life
57. Roots Manuva - Witness (1 Hope)
56. Postal Service - Such Great Heights
55. Nas - Get Down
54. Foals - Hummer
53. Final Fantasy - This Is The Dream Of Win And Regine
52. Polyphonic Spree - Light And Day
51. Gorillaz - Clint Eastwood
50. Primal Scream - Swaskita Eyes (Chemical Brothers Remix)

Playlist for iTest Dec. 13th

It's snowing everywhere cept here

Rage Against The Machine - Killing In The Name
Pogo - Expialidocious
James Yuill - This Sweet Love
Marvins Revolt - Taking One For The Team
Yeasayer - Ambling Alp
Jacuzzi Boys - No Seasons
Fionn Regan - Protection Racket
Dan Deacon - Padding Ghost
The Slew - 100%
Bob Dylan - Must Be Santa
Hot Chip - Take It In
Passion Pit - Sleepy Head (Acoustic)
Delphic - Doubt
Ali Love - Diminishing Returns
Karen O And The Kids - All Is Love
Smashing Pumpkins - A Song For A Son
Fuck Buttons - Surf Solar
The XX - Crystalised
Turbo Fruits - Trouble
Ted Leo And The Pharmacists - Even Heroes Have To Die
Chinese Stars - Rabbit Face
Liars - Scissor
Portishead - Chase The Tear
Marvins Revolt - Organise Your Arms
Nurses - Technicolour
Jacuzzi Boys - Planet Of The Dreamers
Final Fantasy - Lewis Takes Action
The Soft Pack - C'Mon
Shout Out Louds - Walls
Pogo - Lost
Vampire Weekend - Cousins
Hot Chip - One Life Stand
Shearwater - Castaway
Fucked Up - Neat Parts
Adebisi Shank - Oyasumi
Beach Comber - Real Estate
Turbo Fruits - Naked With You
Tinariwen - Lulla
Fear Of Tigers - Friday Night At The Geek Club
The Slew - Wrong Side Of The Tracks
Yeasayer - Love Me Girl
Jonsi - Boy Lilikoi

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mini Viva

If these guys aren't flipping massive in the next year I'll eat my hat (it's made of chocolate)

Mini Viva - I Left My Heart In Tokyo

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Two more songs that I think sound alike

Here are two songs I think sound alike. Am I being silly?

The Go Find - Everybody Knows It's Gonna Happen, Only Not Tonight

The XX - Crystalised

Turbo Fruits

I just found a band that I really like. I'll be playing them on the radio show at 6 on i102-104 this evening. I'll be playing them in Substance on Thursday. Now that's some cross promotion, boo yeah!

From the ashes of Be Your Own Pet comes Turbo Fruits, delightfully named, even more delightfully fast and dirty pop n' roll gems

Enjoy these songs!

Turbo Fruits - Trouble

Turbo Fruits - Naked With You

Echo Kid is out on Fat Possum records now

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Good n' fucken heavy like!!

I was in my sitting room trying to watch the budget, trying because all it seemed like was a bad economics lesson when you know the punch-line will be, eh sorry lads we're up shit creek and our rich mates took the paddle and fucked off elsewhere! So booze is coming down a whopping 13cent, fags not changing but I don't mind cos I'm buying them on the chaep anyway, and the dole only coming down a wee bit, not tres bad.

So to drown out the excess shite I've found a few heavy tunes

Liars have just dropped their first tune in over 2 years, it's the first single from Sisterworld which is coming out on March 9th 2010. It's lovely and dark, and then turns eeeevil!

Liars - Scissors

This Fucked Up song is two or three years old but was originally a B-Side but for now is the first song to be released on a nice Fucked Up package out on a double CD of hard to find tracks out January 26th. I really like this band, it's listenable hard core, and I hope that's not an insult. While they are NME approved which would usually be an immediate turn off they're head and shoulders above the likes of Gallows

Fucked Up - Neat Parts

And earlier when I was searching for Fucked Up I found a song by that name from 1998, sounds like the kind of thing I was listening to when I was a dirty little skater!

Sloppy Seconds - So Fucked Up

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Top whatever lists and Christmas specials

I finally committed to dates for special Christmas/New Years radio shows,

Saturday Dec. 19th from 2-6p.m will be part 1 of the Top 100 of the 2000's,

Sunday Dec. 20th from 6-9p.m I'll be playing 3 hours of my favourite Christmas music, not the usual rubbish however, I've been collecting some mad shite over the past few weeks,

Saturday Dec. 26th from 2-6p.m I'll be concluding the Top 100 of the 2000's,

And on Sunday Dec. 27th I'll be running through some of the better tunes of the past year,

If you're near your radio/internet it's on i102-104fm in the west of Ireland and online

If you'd like to suggest anything I'd love some help with any of the shows, my e-mail is or leave a comment below. I've been building a youtube playlist. Here's the link:

So here are three to get everyone started!

For this year

Animal Collective - My Girls

For the past 10 years

The Avalanches - Frontier Psychiatrist

And for Christmas

The Ramones (Merry Christmas - I Don't Wanna Fight Tonight)


Stress!! are a bunch of Galway dudes who've been promoting Irish and international acts in Galway for the past three years. Originally based in the beautiful and sorely missed De Burgos, a 16th Century wine cellar that fell foul of arsehole neighbours and the dreaded fire officer. They've moved recently to Kelly's on Bridge St. and have hosted an impressive succession of gigs over the past few weeks including a Nick Cave tribute night with local boy Vertigo Smyth and Gareth Dickson, guitarist with Vashti Bunyan, the Homelights Tour with Adrian Crowley, Alisdair Roberts and James Yorkston and this Saturday, Adebisi Shank with support from C!ties.

On top of promoting local and Irish talents like Vince MacMahon DJ's, So Cow, Junior 85 and And So I Watched You From Afar they've hosted a DJ Set from Jeffrey Dammers of the Specials, LA's Daedelus and UK Hip Hop magicians Dan Le Sac Vs. Scroobius Pip TWICE!!

Jonny and Tony from STRESS!! came in last week to host their own hour of music, this is what they played, you can download the whole thing at the end!

Vertigo Smyth - Comfort Me
So Cow - Greetings
Northstation - Wagtail
And So I Watched You From Afar - The Voiceless
Heliopause - Maybe Later
Flying Buttresses - ??
Jimmy Penguin - Philedephia Sunrise
Junior 85 - Indie Pop Pretty Of Today Are Plastic Surgery Disasters Of Tomorrow
Larkin Grimm - I Killed A Man
Deviant - ??
Paul o Rielly - Far Away Town
Peter Delaney - Pariah Chimes
Beat Poet - Tao
Thingumajigsaw - Serpent's Apple
Deviant - Get Out Of Galway


Two Tuesday Tunes

I came across two gems yesterday while bopping through a mountain of CD's and mp3 blogs with my housemate Brian who's got killer taste and is a massive Adebisi Shank fan

Adebisi Shank - Oyasumi is a new tune I assume, it's not on their album This Is An Album By A Band Called Adebisi Shank, it's really flipping funky and a great start to a week in which I DJ at one of their shows (Finbar Hoban Presents ... at Bar Ritz in Castlebar Co. Mayo on Friday) and then go see them again on Saturday in the club I run my Thursday night clubnight (Kelly's Bridge St. Galway) with C!ties from Ennis before Giganic Club. A really exciting band, amazing live and well worth a look for anyone near Castlebar or Galway this weekend

...and while you're at it enjoy this free Adebisi Shank Christmas song!

Jonsi - Boy Lilikoi is the first solo effort (bar the Jonsi And Alex album last year with his partner Alex) from Sigur Ros frontman Jón “Jónsi” Þór Birgisson. It's all leading up to Go which is due out March 22nd 2010. It's dreamy but not in an annoying #ly vague way, there's a lot of meat on this tune, definitely a cracker!

Boo yeah, ever and out!

Sunday 6th December's iTest Playlist

Got a wee confession, the show wasn't live, I recorded it Saturday night cos I went to The Pogues, who were amazing, but since 99% of the texts that come in involve some manner of abuse (wot d fuk iz dis shite ply lady gaga) it's no biggie the odd time!

M - Pop Muzik (Tolga Edit)
Doves - Brazil (Aeroplane Remix)
Soko - I'll Kill Her (JD's Kiler Mix)
The Slew - 100%
Vampire Weekend - Cousins
Ted Leo And The Pharmacists - Even Heroes Have To Die
Hot Chip - Take It In
Weekends - Raingirls
Fionn Regan - Protection Racket
The Twilight Sad - I Became A Prostitute
Think About Life - Havin' My Baby
CFCF - Monolith
Fear Of Tigers - Friday Night At The Geek Club
Yeasayer - Ambling Alp
Fucked Up - Beat Parts
Shearwater - Castaways
Nurses - Technicolour
Anya Marina - Whatever
Delphic - Doubt
Final Fantasy - Lewis Takes Action
Efterklang - Modern Drift
Frightened Rabbit - Swim Until You Can't See Land
James Yuill - This Sweet Love
The Slew - Wrong Side Of The Tracks
Sleigh Bells - Infinity Guitars
Thee Vicars - The Beat
MF Doom - Da Superfriends ft. Vast Aire
Mumford And Sons - Winter Winds
Beach house - Norway
The Drums - Let's Go Surfing
Jesca Hoop - Seed Of Wonder
Shout Out Louds - Walls
Blak Roc - Hoochie Coo
Hot Chip - One Life Stand
Ali Love - Diminishing Returns
Vitalic - Your Disco Song

I kicked off with the full 7 minutes of this acid-pop remix of M's Pop Muzik, famously used as the intro music for U2's Zoo tour an a darn catchy uplifting piece of cheese, I'll have it edited down as an intro for next weeks show, the little girls voice saying "let's talk about pop music" would sound sweet to start the show I reckon!

M - Pop Muzik (Tolga Edit)

Owen Pallett aka Final Fantasy, the genius that is has a new tune out, it's set to appear on his eagerly anticipated Heartlands album which will be out January 12th. If you ever get to see him live do go, a pretty special occasion

Final Fantasy - Lewis Takes Action

Shout Out Louds are a wonderful Swedish band who came to my attention through a song called Time Left For Love which was one of my musical highlights of 2007, well they've this new single out which will feature on Work which is out February 23rd

Shout Out Louds - Walls

The second of two new Hot Chip tunes to surface from One Life Stand which is due out February 8h. It sounds pretty damn good so far. Hooray!

Hot Chip - One Life Stand

A song from last year admittedly but this remix puts a nice slant on one of my favourite songs of all of 2008

Soko - I'll Kill Her (JD's Killer Mix)

Another backplaylist, November 8th

And after posting that last post I realised that I'm a big feckin' eejit cos I'd already posted it ...shiit! If you look back on the first post in November you'll find some of those tunes to sample and of course purchase in your local record shop if you like any of them!

Could do with a cup of coffee now, geting ready for work at 7 in the dark is no fun

Here's the back playlist for November 8th

The Raveonettes - Last Dance
Au Revoir Simone - Another Likely Story (Aeroplane Remix)
The Soft Pack - Answer To Yourself
Vitalic - One Above One
The Drums - Let's Go Surfing
Marina And The Diamonds - Mowglis Road
Why? - Eskimo Snow
Devandra Banhart - Baby
Sleigh Bells - Ring Ring
Karen O - All Is Love
Tegan And Sara - Hell
Kurt Vile - Blackberry Song
Cold Cave - Life Magazine
Times New Viking - Move To California
Fuck Buttons - Flight of The Feathered Serpent
Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer
Big Boi - Shine Blockas
Slayer - Unit 731
Nakatomi Towers - Cut Me Out
Mirrors - Organ Song
House Of Dolls - Before She Wakes
Miike Snow - Black And Blue (Caspa Remix)
Thom Yorke - Hearing Damage
Telekinesis - Tokyo
Julian Casablancas - Left And Right In The Dark
Rain Machine - Driftwood Heart
Vampire Weekend - Horchata
Bodega Girls - Ain't That Cold
Blk Jks - Mololatladi
Suckers - Afterthoughts And TV
The Drums - Saddest Summer
Brakes - Heard About Your Band
Sleigh Bells - Crown On The Ground
Arms - Tiger Tamer
Tom Waits - Get Behind The Mule
Julian Casablancas - 11th Dimension
Think About Life - Havin' My Baby
Surfer Blood - Floating Vibes
The Sweet Serenades - On My Way
Yeasayer - Ambling Alp
Tegan And Sara - Alligator

Backplaylists! Novemeber 1st

Filling in the playlists I missed!

Sufjan Stevens - Introductory Fanfare For The Hooper Hoeroes
The XX - Islands
Julian Casablancas - 11th Dimension
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Done All Wrong
LCD Soundystem - Bye Bye Bayou
Neon Indian - Deadbeat Summer
Florence And The Machine - You've Got The Love
The Sweet Serenades - On My Way
The Raveonettes - Last Dance
Death Cab For Cutie - meet Me On The Equinox
Tom Waits - Get Behind The Mule
Surfer Blood - Swim (To Reach The End)
Rain Machine - Give Blood
Fuck Buttons - Surf Solar
Nakatomi Towers - Cut Me Out
Blitzen Trapper - Black River Killer
Bon Iver ft. St. Vincent - Roslyn
Air - So Light Is Her Footfall
Times New Viking - Move To California
Rodrigo Y Gabriela - Hanuman
Mirrors - Organ Song
Islands - Vapours
Florence And The Machine - Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up) Lionheart Remix
Think About Life - Havin' My Baby
Marina And The Diamonds - Mowglis Road
Karen O - All Is Love
Why? - This Blackest Purse
Rain Machine - New Last Name
Local Natives - World News
Tegan And Sara - Arrow
Thom Yorke - Hearing Damage
Eagles Of Death Metal - Now I'm A Fool
Alec Empire - 1000 Eyes
Wolf Gang - The King And All His Men
Surfer Blood - Floating Vibes
Arms - Tiger Tamer
Julian Casablancas - Left And Right In The Dark
Spoon - Got Nuffin
Yeasayer - Ambling Alp
Vitalic - One Above One
Vampire Weekend - Horchata
The Raveonettes - Heart Of Stone

Saturday, December 5, 2009

The Pogues at the Olympia

Pogues in Dublin tomorrow night! I heard Shane McGowan has gotten his teeth done, a little disappointing if you ask me, I want my rockstars filthy and fucked up dammit!

Here's a photo of his more dentally challenged days

And here is one my my favourite tracks of all time

The Pogues - If I Should Fall From Grace With God

Modest Mouse AND Frightened Rabbit tonight!

New name on the blog!

The other one was a little offensive and tough to talk about on the radio

Quick one as I'm on air at the moment

Modest Mouse AND Frightened Rabbit tonight

Good news for people who like goo music (see what I did there?!)

Modest Mouse - Bukowski

Frightened Rabbit - Old Old Fashioned

Tuesday, December 1, 2009


Not one for mashups here are two that made me laugh

Marvin Gaye Vs. The Pixies - Get It On With My Mind

Nirvana Vs. Digitalism Vs. Michael Jackson - Smells Like Thriller

Tonight The Cellar Bar in Galway will host the Movember shave off! Anyone who has been involved should come along and have the lads from Fat Tonys shave off their Mo from 7:30, pitchers of beer will be €5 and myself and Disconnect Keith (fellow Mo-Brethern ... aka Substance) will be DJing

C'mon down!


New Substance visuals


Thanks Leon!

Substance is a clubnight in Kelly's on Bridge St. Galway with Josh Clarke and Disconnect Keith playing Soul, Indie, Electro, RocknRoll and good ol Party Tunes

We've had some amazing nights recently, it really is a cracking club, great lighting system, loads of dry ice, cool visuals, bitta strobe the odd tome, MASSIVE soundsystem, cheap beers, sound people (no aggro since we've started ...EVER) and some damn good dancers

Free before 12, €5 after but if you meet us demand a membership card, we gots loads of em!

For now have a free tune

The Slew 100%