Saturday, October 30, 2010

Dancefloor Magic vol. 3 ...a ghoooooooulish collection

Mooooooahahahahaha, it's Saturday, it's Hallowe'en weekend, which must mean it's time for blood to spill from your mixer, demons to fly from your record bag and spikes to drive through your ears from your headphones ...vampires and witches, it's a Hallowe'en DJ special.

So you'll have Monster Mash on hand, Ghostbusters and Thriller too, good, good. But how 'bout you really give them a scare. I'd recommend getting a projector and playing this video in between clips of scary B-Movies and pictures of Keith Richards getting out of the bath. Too far?

This kinda thing gives me the shivers too.

Veronica Falls - Found Love In A Graveyard

The Sonics - The Witch

Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells

Johnny Cash - Ghost Riders In The Sky

Screaming Females - Zoo of Death

Danny Elfman - This Is Halloween

Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London

Faith No More - Zombie Eaters

Los Saicos - Cementerio

The Kinks - Wicked Anabella

Butthole Surfers - Who Was In My Room Last Night

The Cramps - Aloha From Hell

David Lynch - Ghost Of Love

Dead Kennedys - Halloween

Dusty Springfield - Spooky

Eagles Of Death Metal - Kiss The Devil

The Germs - Lexicon Devil

Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Iron Maiden - Hallowed Be Thy Name

M83 - Car Chase Terror

Misfits - Scream

North American Halloween Prevention Initiative - Do They Know It's Halloween?

New York Dolls - Frankenstein

Ramones - The KKK Took My Baby Away

Ray Parker Jr. - Ghostbusters

Rocky Horror Picture Show - Time Warp

Slayer - South Of Heaven

Squirrel Nut Zippers - Hell

Sonic Youth - Halloween

Talking Heads - Psycho Killer

Tom Waits - God's Away On Business

The Cramps - Zombie Dance

Screamin' Jay Hawkins - I Put A Spell On You

Have a happy Halloween! x

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Friday, October 29, 2010

N-E-W: Nobunny (...and old Nobunny, The Nerves and So Cow covering The Nerves)

It's a Lo-fi party here today. New tracks from Nobunny and an old one I heard yesterday that I've fallen in love with. And So Cow covering The Nerves, who'd I'd never heard either for a tribute album to them. They wrote Hanging On The Telephone too it turns out. News to me. So I listened to more of their songs and found musical love.

Nobunny is a rabbit masked filth pop machine. He has released First Blood, a new LP, his first on Goner Records, home to Magic Kids, Ty Segall, Box Elders and loads more.

Here are two tracks from it:

Nobunny - Blow Dumb Alt

Nobunny - Do The Fuck Yourself Alt

And here's another I heard for the first time last night. You're either gonna love it or hate it. The way music should be.

Nobunny - Hippy Witch Alt

It was Brian Kelly aka So Cow who introduced me to Nobunny as he's toured with him, played with him and is a big fan of his. Brian is on yet another big long US tour, with three more dates left, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Chicago, then back to Ireland for Guinness and an Irish tour. Details here. Anyway, he's recorded a track for a tribute album the The Nerves on Volar Records. (Volar, sort your website out, it's a mess!)

So Cow - Working Too Hard Alt

Anyway, I'd never heard The Nerves before so last night I went on a little youtube trek through their back catalogue, or whatever popped up and I fell in love. On my next trip into London town I'll be on the search for their one E.P that they released in 1976 before breaking up ...though I'm not sure how fruitful I'll be as I reckon it's pretty rare. But the few tracks there are are wonderful pop songs. Wonderfully catchy, well written simple pop songs with great vocals, interesting bits and pieces and ...dammit I'm not cut out for this descriptive junk, just listen and enjoy for yourself! (If you'd like to add a descriptive word or two in the comment box be my guest)

So here's the original of the tune So Cow recorded, as well as the original of Hanging On The Telephone, which I always thought was a Blondie original, and one more.

The Nerves - Working Too Hard Alt

The Nerves - Hanging On The Telephone Alt

The Nerves - When You Find Out Alt

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Groom - Marriage

My brother and sister are over to visit so I'll be keeping it very short.

Groom are one of my current favourite bands. They're part of the Popical Island bunch that hang about Dublin town. I'm a little late to the party but here's my two cents.

It's a little twee with a dollop of 90's alt rock. The lyrics are very good. I enjoy the guys voice. It has trumpets. It's full of solid good pop songs. It's well worth €5. And it has trumpets.

Listen to it here. Please do. You'll enjoy it. I promise.

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Quadro No.3 The Yardbirds - Good Morning Little Schoolgirl

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Zig & Zag on 2fm!!

Apologies to anyone not from Ireland or anyone not born between 1984 and 1991 but I'm excited about this. The alien twins of my childhood have their own radio show. Cashing in on nostalgia!

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Monday, October 25, 2010

N-E-W: Girls & Vessels

- I reluctantly post this Girls track as they left a bad taste in my mouth after their Galway gig a few months back. I heard some terrible reports about them being rude and acting like rock royalty. Pitchfork giving you thumbs up is nice but it doesn't give you free reign to act like a knob. Being nice isn't hard. And on top of that they weren't that great live.

But at the end of the day they do make good music, and good music is good music.

Girls - "Heartbreaker" by crawdaddy

Broken Dreams Club is out November 22nd.

- And a band called Vessels with this sweet ambling Thom-Yorke-vocally track. It's got a pretty cool post-rock breakdown at the end.

Meatman, Piano Tuner, Prostitute (feat. Stuart Warwick) by Vessels

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N-E-W: Lykke Li

When Lykke Li got very popular in 2008 I was right off the bandwagon. I really wasn't a fan, it lacked the necessary oomph maybe. But today I heard this new song on the radio and I think it's pretty nifty. You can download her new E.P for free from her website for the price of your contact details. Enjoy!

Lykke Li - Get Some by radarmaker

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John Peel's anniversary

John Peel died 6 years ago today. And while I never listened to him at the time, being in Ireland, I've come to realise the influence he's had on music and radio. I've worked in radio and was lucky enough to be left alone to do what I wanted. Reading John's Margrave Of The Marshes autobiography (that his wife finished after he died) gave me confidence to play something that would drive fickle listeners away but would keep long term listeners who knew they wouldn't hear that wide a range of music anywhere else. His attitude to radio is a breath of fresh air in such a stifling and conservative medium.

He was an original "pirate radio on a boat" DJ with no boundaries at all. Punk, Hip Hop, Dubstep, he caught on to most things and championed them before pretty much anyone else on radio this side of the world. His Peel Sessions are still regularly played on BBC 6 Music and the list of bands he had in to play is staggering, as is the range of styles.

He championed Napalm Death, Birmingham Metal band. And played their song You Suffer four times in a row. Cos it's 2 seconds long. Have a listen!

Napalm Death - You Suffer Alt

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Calling London # 3 with Flashback Records!

In our last Calling London post, Aaron from Civil Civic said Flashback was his favourite London record store. So we got onto the guys in Flashback about the best of London music.

What are your favourite venues for original live music?

- The Lexington on Pentonville Road is pretty cool.

Clubs and Clubnights: Where’s fun to go dancing?

- I don't dance but the DJ nights at the Mucky Pup, Queens Head Street N1 are pretty good.

Favourite London bands/artists?

- Male Bonding (new album out on Sub Pop) are a great post hardcore band. Toehammer have just released their debut single and are amazing live.

Upsides to being a music fan in London

- So much choice

Downsides to being a music fan in London

- Beer is always crap in venues!

Recommend a record store:

- Flashback (like duh!)

Where is best to find out what’s going on?

- Time Out covers most things.

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Dancefloor Magic vol. 2

It's Saturday! I bet all you cool kids are ironing your best shirt, shining your dancing shoes and giggling with your girls over a few pre-party coctails. Just me then? And if you're the lucky guy or girl in charge of the party tunes, as with last week and henceforth I have a couple of party songs you might like.

If you want to get a little creative, maybe crack the third deck out and drop this in between two tracks it'd be a nice fun little interest grabber. You'll probably know this as the sample Moby used in Honey from his super successful Play album.

Bessie Jones - Sometimes Alt

I'm not too fond of people remixing classics. They're classics cos they're tried and tested! But then again sometimes a lightly tampered with oldie can be a fun detour during the evening. I can imagine some people are going to hate this but give it a listen anyway.

Stevie Wonder - Uptight (B.Cause Fraze Ruff Ride Refix) Alt

So you've been blessed with a massive lighting system, smoke machines, strobes, a stage and dancefloor, you are the boss for the night. It's building up nicely, but you want to aim the lights at the big disco ball and send a magical swirl around the room. If your people are on their way up, this is the one to bring them to that happy place, boom!

Here are two versions of Shinichi Osawa's Star Guitar.

Chemical Brothers - Star Guitar Alt

Shinichi Osawa - Star Guitar (Japanese Popstars Remix) Alt

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Friday, October 22, 2010

N-E-W: Yeh Deadlies

Yeh Deadlies have come along nicely. I caught them at a disastrous but charming upstairs Roisin Dubh gig a few months back. There seemed to be about 5 people there who know what was going on. Very messy. But this Popical Island band have a new song, and it's very very good. They seem to have gotten it more together since I saw them. Have a listen:

Yeh Deadlies - Telstar Of The County Down by popical_island

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Quadro No.2 Wimple winch - Save my soul

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Ah now Mark E. ...there's no need for that

...the best song I've heard all year and a wee rant.

This blog is rarely one for indie scraps or celeb stories but this one deserves a mention. The revered Mark E. Smith threw a bottle at Mumford And Sons while they were sound checking and badmouthed them. Pitchfork have the full story. I'm sorry, but after a few beers I can't help but want to stick up for the lads. They get a lot of grief online, and though I did giggle at a "Sawdoctors for the middle class" comment I saw somewhere, I can't say it's all that warranted. Go ahead and ignore them, but if Laura Marling had had a single with Little Lion Man's popularity I can't imagine The Ticket would have named her top UK band/artist, nor would NME have named her top of their "Cool List". Don't call them an abomination to music. They're not. Nickleback are.

While I admit The Fall are great, I'm not sure if Mark E. Smith would be allowed these kind of Johnny Lydon-esque shenanigans if he wasn't the golden boy of St. John Peel. Either way elder rock stars of respect should be above this petty nonsense. I'm sure there people who are fans of both The Fall and Mumford & Sons. Personally, if Bruce Springsteen threw a bottle at Warpaint I'd be gutted. If Leonard Cohen talked smack about White Denim my reverence for him would dip considerably. And if Tom Waits lambasted Villagers? Well I'd be straight up unimpressed.

Whatever about Oasis slagging Blur, there's a point in age and adoration where it becomes silly and pointless to give less than complimentary opinions about other musicians, unless it's hilarious and ridiculous. Maybe it's one of the few downsides to being a wealthy and revered part of music history.

Thanks for allowing me rant. And now for something completely different.

I've been meaning to post this song for ages. I got to play it twice live, pure rush. Such energy, such a frigging anthem. I got to see it played live too. 'mazing. More Not Squares! ...but if Bowie has a go at Not Squares ...!

Not Squares - Release The Bees Alt

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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Philadelphia Grand Jury cover Jay-Z on Triple J

Philadelphia Grand Jury take the obligatory radio show guest funny cover to a new level. Sublime.

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Monday, October 18, 2010

Music hero of the week!

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Tunes My Mates Like vol. 4

It's time for another edition of Tunes My Mates Like. I've got lots of mates with great taste in music and I'll be honest, I find out as much about bands I've never heard of from late night youtube marathons over a few tins of cheap brew than I do from the radio! S'pose my mates don't have advertisers and listeners to keep happy!

But I couldn't find mp3's for the ones I wanted to post, so youtube vids will have to do!

First of Brian, who's band Go Panda Go are about to release their debut E.P has gone with two not-so-similar tracks. I'd never heard this working class pop punk masterpiece before, nor had I heard of the band.

And then from Octopus Project's 2007 effort Hello, Avalanche a track called Mmaj. I'll be writing about Octopus Projects excellent new album Hexadecagon over the next few days.

Gary gots this one in. I'm not sure if I like it. Sure is soothing. Zzzzzzzzzz ...but in a good way I suppose, just not mad on the guys voice.

Byron dude, this is great! Wierd, but wonderful. If you're in Galway town tonight pop along to the Roisin Dubh, Byron will be playing a set with Eoin Reilly whose birthday it is tonight, so Happy Birthday Fuz! They'll be playing all sorts of 80's New Wave atrocities to music. Wish I was there.

Sarah is in with a song I'd forgotten from the first Foals album. Belter. Would anyone be up for heading to see them in the Flowerpot in Kentish Town, London on New Years Eve? Tiny venue, would be amazing! Tickets here.

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N-E-W: Alpines

Alpines are one of my favourite new bands of late. Beautiful female vocals, dark beats, musically minimal. All I know is they're from South West London and they're currently working on a live set. Let's wait and see what happens! For further reading check out Breaking More Waves blog who wrote about them last week.

Empire by Alpines

Survival by Alpines

Find out more on their myspace and blog

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R.I.P Eyedea

Rapper Michael "Eyedea" Larson of Eyedea And Abilities was found dead yesterday morning. Cause of death is so far unknown.

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Calling London # 2 with Civil Civic!

A few days ago I started a feature about moving to London in which I ask Londoners who know things about music in the city what they'd recommend to a stranger to this big new world.

And who better to ask than Aaron from one of my very favourite London bands at the moment, Civil Civic! They make raucous filthy music with some lovely melodies. Here's a taster.

Civil Civic - Fuck Youth Alt

Civil Civic - Run Overdrive Alt

What are your favourite venues for original live music?

- In London, for live music pubs I like The Macbeth. The Luminaire is great. For bigger venues The Forum and Koko. Except the bar at Koko is extortionate.

Clubs and Clubnights: Where’s fun to go dancing?

- I only dance at house parties after I have ransacked the punch bowl.

Favourite London bands/artists?

- I can't keep track of who actually lives here or not. There is a new project called Intergalactic Republic Of Kongo that are doing great stuff.

Upsides to being a music fan in London:

- Almost every band tours here

Downsides to being a music fan in London

- Almost every band tours here

Recommend a record store:

- I like second hand vinyl stores. Vinyl is the only physical music format I feel like handing money over for. It helps that I'm a sucker for old oddities. Flashback on Essex road in Islington is good.

Where is best to find out what’s going on?

- The best nights out are invariably the ones you never plan. I'm sure that's the case in any city. You just need one friend in the know. For everything else there's TimeOut.

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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dancefloor Magic vol. 1

A while back I started posting a few dancefloor friendly mp3's every Saturday. It got lost along the way but I'm going to make a proper effort to do it again. I've less distractions in London, or at least the distractions take more planning and as a result life becomes more ordered.

I used to DJ every Saturday night and would often find myself messing about online on a Saturday to find a few new interesting tunes outside of the obvious stuff I'd bought during the week. DJ's, feel free to get involved in suggestions, But if you start suggestings tech-house-dubstep horseshit or Lady Gaga mashups I will be laying a virtual beat down on you.

Speaking of, I was in a club in Camden the other night and I realised how aggressive dance music has become. I heard a remix of a Passion Pit tune that was completely stripped of any sort of soul and fun it ever may have had. Is the modern dancefloor getting ready for the rise of the robot? Soul-less, harsh, pounding sounds of the apocalypse. No thanks. Dancing is fun, leave it that way.

I'll only be posting mashups if they're as good as this one. Smoooooooth.

Tone E - Golden Ghostwriter (RJD2 Vs. Jurassic 5) Alt

Kormac is an Irish DJ and producer who often plays his brassy dancing swing music with an 11 piece live band. He released his debut album on Scribble Records a few months back but this nugget of groovy fun is from a few years back.

Kormac - Kormac's House Alt

I was surprised at how well this one goes down live, but why wouldn't it? It's brilliant! Aiiiiiaaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiiiiaaaaaaaaaaah!!

Led Zeppelin - Immigrant Song Alt

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Holy Fuck - Red Lights video, it's cool for cats

And I thought Holy Fuck couldn't get any cooler. Three wonderful albums. An amazing live show. And now a video with cats driving cars, playing instruments and blowing stuff up.

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Friday, October 15, 2010

Conor from Villagers covers Janelle Monae

I played this cover of Janelle Monae's Tightrope by Conor J. O Brien aka Villagers for my girlfriend. She asked me would I like it if it was another singer songwriter playing it. Probably not, I replied. The truth hurts. I like Villagers and Janelle Monae a whole lot you see. Interesting listen though.

Conor J. O' Brien (Villagers) - Tightrope (Janelle Monae cover) Alt

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N-E-W: Go! Team

New Go! Team, woo! Well it sounds just like all the stuff they've done before. Do we care? Noooooooo!!! Flipping great band.

Rolling Blackouts is out in January. This should give me a chance to go see them live again, as the windy messy late night Oxegen show a few years back really didn't do it for me. It wasn't their fault, just a bad setting.

The Go! Team - T.O.R.N.A.D.O by memphisindustries

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

N-E-W: The Vaccines

The Vaccines are quite the popular lads at the moment. I first had a listen the other day and soon found they are NME's latest uber-hyped rock n' roll spawn. Not that this should take away from them, they are a very good guitar rock band. At the same time, this much attention for a band who played their first ever gig thsi day last week in the Flowerpot? Ah well, more power to them, I wouldn't put in the heartbreaking work if I didn't have to either, better begrudged for being good and successful than a pain in the arse woe is me indie martyr.

This is their debut single.

Wreckin' Bar (Ra Ra Ra) by The Vaccines

Blow It Up by The Vaccines

And if you're one for insider speculation Jay Jay Pistolet is in the band and one of the lads from The Horrors little brothers.

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Calling London # 1 w/ My Band Is Better Than Your Band

As some of you may have read I've just moved from little Galway in Ireland to big big London in the UK. I miss a few things, being able to walk everywhere, not being broke and Tayto crisps, apart from that though I'm falling in love my new home. There is so much going on it's hard to take in. But instead of wasting time trying to figure it all out myself I've gotten on to a few people who know their stuff. I hope this will be helpful to anyone in London, planning to move to London or planning to visit at any stage ...which everyone should!

For Calling London # 1 we have Ollie from My Band Is Better Than Your Band, an excellent new music blog based in London. He's launching a new clubnight, Back To The Future, in Centro on West Central Street near the Holborn Tube. I'll be heading along after the Tribes gig in the Flowerpot. London ahoy!

- What are your favourite venues for original live music?

Silver bullet in Finsbury is a great little venue. The Flowerpot in Kentish town is also brilliant. They have 1 band every night and entry is always free. The last couple of weeks have seen A&R buzz bands Brother, Mona and The Vaccines play to rammed crowds!

- Clubs and Clubnights: Where’s fun to go dancing?

Back To The Future at Centro every Thursday is a great night out. Right in the centre of town and super cheap drinks!

- Favourite London bands/artists?

The Vaccines, Talking Pictures, Mystery Jets

- Upsides to being a music fan in London:

Probably in the best city in the world for new music with some of the best venues as well!

- Downsides to being a music fan in London:

There aren't any!

Recommend a record store:

Vinyl Exchange and Music & Video Exchange on Poland Street

Where is best to find out what’s going on?!

Thanks Ollie, now go check out his blog and go to his clubnight! If you'd like to get involved mail me,

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6 Music. Glad they didn't can you.

BBC 6 Music. Oh how I love you. I listened every now and again back in the old country but every day before work for a few hours you are the soundtrack to my morning and early afternoon. I'm sure there are better radio stations in the world but for the moment 6 Music will do. Here are the last two songs I heard.

4AD's first number one. Anthem and a half!

And this lady I've just come across. She's touring with Grinderman at the moment. When I heard the song I thought it must be a Jefferson Airplane song I'd never heard. I'll be blogging about her soon once I get my hands on some mp3's. Creepy and brilliant.

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N-E-W: Zola Jesus, Cut Chemist & Tribes

The wonderfully talented Nika Rosa Danilova, aka Zola Jesus is a 21 year old from the US with a huge voice. She's already toured with Fever Ray and has a well acclaimed album, Stridulum which came out recently. Yesterday she released an E.P Velusia on Sacred Bones records. You can pick it up here

Zola Jesus - Poor Animal by souterraintransmissions

Turns out Cut Chemist had an album out in July. That one passed me by. I'm listening to it now and am a bit sad I didn't catch it at the time as it would have been a great summertime listen. Ah well, here I sit in a big jacket on a cold dry London morning with it's African and Latin rhythms bringing me back to sunnier times in the background! Sound Of The Police is out now.

Cut Chemist - Povo De Santos Alt

Finally, tonight I venture out to London town with my friend Phil who used to live here. I heard this band the other day and noticed they were playing in the Flowerpot. Phil vouched for the Flowerpot being good fun. So it's on. Tribes are the band, well worth checking out.

Tribes - Nightdriving/Useless God by Scharna

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

HWCH by Michelle O Grady

Last weekend Irish musics finest converged various venues about Dublin to celebrate new music for Hard Working Class Heroes 2010. Michelle O Grady headed on down to a few gigs for PGTR.

Enemies: The Grand Social

I actually cannot praise this band enough. Each time I see them, they just get better and better. It's clear to see this band have grown in confidence and rightly so. On the first night of this year's Hard Working Class Heroes festival, Enemies took to the stage after some delay but it was worth the wait. The whole crowd were immediatley caught up in their rhythmic yet relaxing melodies. Their have a great stage presence though this may be due to the on stage chemistry between their two drummers(yes, that's two drummers!).

There is a great energy to their band and with dates played from everywhere from Paris to Galway and even Japan, they have cultivated a steady following.

My personal favourite is 'Two Lads' which they failed to play last Thursday but all is forgiven due to the stellar show they put on.

To hear more of this self proclaimed 'progressive/ambient/rock band, get yourself a copy of their album 'We've Been Talking' which is out now.

Enemies - Nag Champa Alt

Halves-The Workman's Club

I was really curious to see this band as what I had read about them previous to this, led me to believe that they are different to everything else that is out there on the Irish music scene at the moment-and I was correct.

Halves use a wide and eclectic variety of instruments to create what I can describe as beautiful yet haunting sounds. The celestial voice of their lead singer has you just about lulled into a sense of calm when the whole band builds into a crescendo and you cannot but be taken with the energy of the music.

As the music is quite serious, I was expecting that I may not leave the gig in the most olympic and joyous of moods and it may be all very 'chin-strokery' but I was quite mistaken. As a band, they are highly enjoyable to watch. Band members swop around instruments(which for some reason, always impresses me) and there is a great on stage comradery.

For fans of Sigur Ros, Mogwai and bands of that ilk, Halves are a must see.

Halves are just about to release their debut album 'It goes, It goes (Forever & Ever) on the 29/10/10.

Darling, You'll Meet Your Maker by halves

On top of this I got a big up to some of Galway's finest who did everyone proud over the weekend. Tony Higgins ex-So Cow aka Junior 85 and Lost Chord

Here's Lost Chord playing Records Not Fear at their gig in Sweeney's over the weekend

Lost Chord - You Do Not Do from mark willis on Vimeo.

And here's a track from Junior 85's Wiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide Awake E.P

Junior 85 - Raymond Scott Alt

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Magnetic Man on BBC Radio 1

I'm not a big Magnetic Man fan, and I wasn't into this tune when I heard it first. Then I watched this video on ReqEffect blog with soon-to-be-superstar Katy B and a wee orchestra for the Zane Lowe show on BBC radio 1. Very very cool.

I'm still not sure about dubstep. Sure it's interesting but as a dancefloor music or a listen at home it's never done it for me. But it seems to be splitting in different directions which is fun to watch. This kind of thing is interesting and I'll be keeping an eye on Magnetic Man in the future. On the other hand those shiney tech electro offshoots that keep turning up in my inbox are one of the worst things about music at this moment. We'll all be so embarrassed in a few years if this shit takes more legs than it already has.

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Sunday, October 10, 2010

R.I.P Solomon Burke & N-E-W: Felix & Volcano and unreleased Stereolab!

Firstly, Solomon Burke RIP. After reading High Fidelity, I had a listen to some of his stuff. Damn good so it is. Others will eulogise more poignantly, and with facts at least. All I got is this song always goes down a storm on the dancefloor. Nice one for the tunes Mr. Burke.

Solomon Burke - Everybody Needs Somebody To Love Alt

As I (and many a blogger before more) have said already, my e-mail inbox is generally crammed full of chancers addressing me as "dear blogger/media reprasentative", extolling the virtues of their Lady Gaga Vs. Oasis ELEKKKKKKTRO Mashup or acoustic Sex On Fire cover with a link to a Bebo page.

Well good music in the inbox can brighten up my day no end and I've gotten a fair bit recently. Sam from Felix & Volcano mailed the other day. Their sound confused me. I think it might be because it reminded me of a band I listened to briefly as a teenager called Atom & His Package. A&HP are fun but you know that friend you can only hack when your in a good mood? The friend that will make you want to throw him/her from a tall tall building if your in a "who pissed in your Corn Flakes" kinda mood. They Might Be Giants and Dead Milkmen do the same thing to me. Certain silly moods only.

In short I can be a cracky boy. But I needn't ignore a band according to my potential crankiness. Felix And Volcano, onward!

That's only one part of it though, they also remind me of bits of Flaming Lips and LCD Soundsystem which more than make up for the off day annoyances.

You can stream their 5 track E.P here and pay what you like for it depending on how much you like it and financial ability!

Felix And Volcano! - Boku-Maru Alt

Finally, new track from Stereolab. They announced last year that they're taking a break. They will however be bringing out a collection of unreleased material entitled Not Music on November 16th. Here's a track from it.

Stereolab - Sun Demon Alt

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Friday, October 8, 2010

John Lennon, 70 tomorrow!

If I were more sentimental I'd take a trip down Abbey Road way to pay tribute to 'ol John Lennon who was born 70 years ago tomorrow (or in about ten minutes, it's 11:50). But I'm not. But once I make another three friends in London I'll be down like a shot to get a photo taken walking across the road with my new buddies! ...any excuse to post a Beatles tune, any excuse at all.

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Video for Make It Better by The Knocks

Here's a video for one of my favourite summer song:

The Knocks - Make It Better Alt

The Knocks - Make It Better (Official Video) from HeavyRoc Music on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

N-E-W: Marnie Stern, The Limiñanas & Magic Magic ...and some chillwave band name fun!

Before I haul myself off to work for the evening I've a few new tunes to share. First off we're hopping over France way...

It seems like every week I hear a new girl fronted band that are brilliant. I hope it doesn't become a "thing" like female soul sounding singers from a few years back, but it's just nice to hear.

The Limiñanas are a French dirty garage 60's pop sounding group. Someone else said it quite well ...’If the Velvet Underground had written songs with Serge Gainsbourg, it’d probably have sounded something like this trio from Perpignan.’

Have an aural gander:

The Limiñanas - Je Suis Une Go-Go Girl Alt

Another lady, this time guitar noise superhero Marnie Stern. I've been a fan a while and yet again she fails to disappoint. More gritty grooves, pop metal riffage and girly wailing. Her third album entitled Marnie Stern is out today. Tonight I will be blasting it through the headphones (I live in a terribly un-sound-proofed house. It's a balls).

Marnie Stern - Cinco De Mayo Alt

And then we have Magic Magic. Before we get to the tune, follow this link, it's for a website that gives you a name for your new Chillwave project. Moon Parade and Chrome Bones are my current favourites. I bet a lot of bands were gutted when they realised Angel Witch was already taken as a band name! Magic Magic, another one of those bands with vague chill la-di-da kinda names. But they do have some lovely songs, sleepy epic indie rock! This tune seems to have been out a while but since they're not The Killers or anything I wouldn't worry too much about being a little behind the curve.

Magic Magic - Sleepy Lion Alt

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Quadro No.1 The Castaways- Liar Liar

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Monday, October 4, 2010

Mogwai live in Galway

Mogwai just announced for Galway show! for tickets, Monday 14th February, worth a trip home I reckon.

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New Major Lazer remix and video

Cool new Major Lazer video! It's a remix of a 1992 tune called Percolator by Cajmere, remade as Percumajor. And it has a great video.

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Saturday, October 2, 2010

DJ Shadow tonight in Galway

Roisin Dubh presents DJ Shadow tonight in Radisson Live Lounge in Galway

...and I'm not there.

If you're going enjoy it, the stage set up alone is worth seeing apparently!

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