Thursday, December 30, 2010


Tonight, Roisin Dubh, Galway, the best band in the country right now?


Balls outta the bath rock and roll.

And they're sorting me out for a spot to stand where I won't get battered into (I've dislocated my shoulder you see). Top notch stuff all round.

If you're anywhere nearby get on down.

And So I Watch You From Afar - Set Guitars To Kill (Live in Belfast) from Bandwidth on Vimeo.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

Greed is Good ...N-E-W: Passion Pit, The Antlers and Andrew Bird

New Passion Pit, Andrew Bird and The Antlers! Woo! All written for a new campaign for American Express.

From Passion Pit, sugar fueled soprano uplift beauty as ever. Their height of top notchery altogether.

The other tracks are lovely instrumentals. Winner.

Passion Pit - All These Trees by Pretty Much Amazing

And while we here at the blog don't condone selling your soul to the devil (unless you're Robert Johnson or any blues legend for that matter), it can sometimes be excused, when good art is commissioned. Just not all the time like.

The Antlers - Bird Bank by jp917

Andrew Bird - Manny's Montage by jp917

Sometimes the awful world of corporate mumbo jumbo gets it right and makes me happy, whether it's Converse music collaborations, Heineken putting on free 2 Many DJ's, Mark Ronson and Jape gigs or Nike putting really cool videos together ...just don't let it suck you in I suppose!

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N-E-W (...or recently missed out on) Clinic, The Middle East & Yuck

Expect much writing over the next few weeks. You see I dislocated my shoulder on Christmas day trying to snowboard down a hill on a plastic turf bag. Yes yes, I'm an idiot. But feel free to send music, comment, e-mail and keep me company as I cannot work til I'm all healed.

Clinic are a Liverpool group who have been on the go for thirteen years. Not unlike Radiohead, with urgent yet melancholic vocals and spacey sounds. A soundtrack to boredom on wet winter days. Bubblegum came out in October.

Clinic - Bubblegum

The Middle East disappeared from my radar after being a tad disappointed by their Oxegen show and not hearing much that interested me after that. But here's a single that came out last month, which I like a lot.

The Middle East - 'Jesus Came To My Birthday Party' by SpunkRecords

Poor Yuck, they arrived a few years late. They could have been on the soundtrack to Ten Things I Hate About You, Clueless, Empire Records or any wonderful 90's coming of age/teen adventure movies. I posted and waxed lyrical about them when I ranted about the BBC Sound of 2010 list, and if you haven't heard them please check them out. They're not a 90's throwback band but they have taken some of the better sounds from that era and created tuneful, noisy rock and roll. This single is out in February and they're touring the States with the brilliant Smith Westerns.

Holing Out by Yuck

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Sunday, December 26, 2010

N-E-W: Elbow

Build A Rocket Boys is out March 11th. Woooooooo!!!

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Saturday, December 25, 2010

Ah, Christmas Day ...get fat to the new Gorillaz album and some Shonen Knife!

"Merry Christmas, ya filthy animal"

New Gorillaz album? GET IN!!! Hope you've a whopping good Christmas xoxox

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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Christmas Time! ...stranded

We're fans of Sex Beet here on the blog. Luke, the guy behind Sex Beet has gotten on to us about a song his buddy Jerry Tropicano wrote with Luke. Sadly, Jerry is stranded in Malmo, Sweden and Sex Beet are stuck in Copenhagen for Christmas so have a listen and keep them in mind when you're home and warm!

Happy Christmas guys xoxo

Jerry Tropicano ft. Luke Lust - Christmas Line

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

N-E-W: Adultrock and We Are Losers

Gavin Elsted is in Irish wonder-band Super Extra Bonus Party. He's also gone out on his own and made so damn fine music himself, releasing two free E.P's on bandcamp, one as rolling electronic rock cyborg Adultrock, the other as filth/dream/noise maniac We Are Losers. Both are well worth a listen, do it now:

Adult Rock - I Can't Tell You Why

We Are Losers - Empty Head

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Dancefloor Magic Vol 10

Another three, posting em quick and I’m away into the night! I’m back to Ireland for a week on Tuesday so loads of bits to finished up before I go. Enjoy these three, all different but all a lot of fun. I’ve never heard Big Country played in a pub or club before but will be demanding it when I’m out over Christmas.

Big Country - In A Big Country

Mylo - Destroy Rock N Roll

Fatboy Slim - Don’t Let The Man Get You Down

Friday, December 17, 2010

More Christmas time!

Ah, classic Christmas tunes, the ones you turn to every time Paul McCartney undoes his legendary status with crap yuletide warbling. I love a genuinely shit Christmas song, don't get me wrong, Slade, Wizzard etc., they make me happy, but Wings will always make me gag. Anyway, here are three beauties to get you through the snow and home to your cosy log cabin!

The Waitresses - Christmas Wrapping

The Kinks - Father Christmas

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

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popgoestheradio's top 50 albums of 2010

My top 50. Here goes ...

No. 50: Magic Kids - Memphis (True Panther Sounds)
Magic Kids - Superball by Nialler9

No. 49: The Octopus Project - Hexadecagon (Peek-A-Boo Records)

No. 48: Gold Panda - Lucky Shiner (Ghostly International)
Same Dream China

No. 47: The Walkmen - Lisbon (Bella Union)
Angela Surf City

No. 46: Suuns - Zeroes QC (Secretly Canadian)

No. 45: Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest (4AD)

No. 44: The Redneck Manifesto - Friendship (The Richter Collective)
Rubber Up

No. 43: Belle & Sebastian - Write About Love (Rough Trade)
I Want The World To Stop

No. 42: Groom - Marriage (Popical Island)
Groom - Mysteries Of Life by popical_island

No. 41: Vampire Weekend - Contra (XL)

No. 40: Broken Social Scene - Forgiveness Rock Record (Arts And Crafts)
All To All

No. 39: Chilly Gonzales - Ivory Tower (Gentle Threat)
You Can Dance

No. 38: Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History (Kitsune)
Two Door Cinema Club - Undercover Martyn by senorapf

No. 37: Girl Talk - All Day (Illegal Art)
Let It Out

No. 36: John Grant - Queen Of Denmark (Belle Union)
I Wanna Go To Marz

No. 35: Yeasayer - Odd Blood (Secretly Canadian)

No. 34: Reflection Eternal - Revolutions Per Minute (Rawkus)
In The Red

No. 33: Wavves - King Of The Beach (Fat Possum)
King Of The Beach

No. 32: Warpaint - The Fool (Rough Trade)
Warpaint - Bees by SaturdayAsylum

No. 31: Fang Island - Fang Island (Sargent House)

No. 30: Perfume Genius - Learning (Matador)
PERFUME GENIUS // Mr Petersen by TheArtOf...

No. 29: Four Tet - There Is Love In You (Domino)

No. 28: Foals - Total Life Forever (Transgressive)

No. 27: Best Coast - Crazy For You (Mexican Summer)
Best Coast - Boyfriend by Ragged Words

No. 26: Marnie Stern - Marnie Stern (Kill Rock Stars)
Transparency Is The New Mystery

No. 25: The Cast Of Cheers - Chariot (Self Released)
Tip The Can

No. 24: Harlem - Hippies (Matador)
Gay Human Bones

No. 23: Mark Ronson & The Business Intl - Record Collection (Columbia)
The Bike Song ft. Kyle Falconer & Spank Rock

No. 22: Titus Andronicus - The Monitor (XL)
Four Score Part Two

No. 21: So Cow - Meaningless Friendly (Tic Tac Totally)

No. 20: Surfer Blood - Astro Coast (Kanine Records)
Catholic Pagans

No. 19: School Of Seven Bells - Disconnect From Desire (Vagrant Records)

No. 18: The National - High Violet (4AD)
Bloodbuzz Ohio

No. 17: Not Squares - Yeah Ok (The Richter Collective)

No. 16: Frightened Rabbit - The Winter Of Mixed Drinks (Fat Cat)
Swim Until You Can't See Land

No. 15: Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo (Sub Pop)
Summer Cum

No. 14: The Roots - How I Got Over (Def Jam)
Radio Daze ft. Blu, P.O.R.N & Dice Raw

No. 13: Gorillaz - Plastic Beach (Parlophone)
Superfast Jellyfish ft. De La Soul & Gruff Rhys

No. 12: Holy Fuck - Latin (Young Turks/XL)
Red Lights

No. 11: Cee-Lo Green - The Ladykiller (Elektra)

Cee Lo Green "Fuck You"
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No. 10: Bonobo - Black Sands (Ninja Tune)
Black Sands

No. 09: Kormac - Word Play (Scribble Records)

No. 08: Janelle Monae - The Archandroid pts. I & II (Bad Boy)
Cold War

No. 07: LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening (DFA)

No. 06: Villagers - Becoming A Jackal (Domino)
The Pact (I'll Be Your Fever) by musicmusicmusic

No. 05: Gil Scott-Heron - I'm New Here (XL)
Gil Scott Heron - Me and the Devil by treylord

No. 04: Caribou - Swim (Merge)

No. 03: The Tallest Man On Earth - The Wild Hunt (Dead Oceans)
The Wild Hunt

No. 02: Adebisi Shank - This Is The Second Album By A Band Called Adebisi Shank (The Richter Collective)

No. 01: Arcade Fire - The Suburbs (Merge)
Arcade Fire "Ready To Start" by OctopusWindmill

Part 1: 50 - 41
Part 2: 40 - 31
Part 3: 30 - 21
Part 4: 20 - 11
Part 5: 10 - 01

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