Podcast 3

Finally podcast 3 is up, click on the link below for tunage.

*Numbers 1 and 2 were deleted as I hate my voice on them, apologies.


Riskee And The Ridicule

I just got turned on to these guys from  Kent- they call themselves Riskee And The Ridicule and they are blowing me away at the moment. They include a grime MC, a hardcore punk fan, a pop punk aficionado and the eclectic mix is fresh yet familiar. Add to this some proper political lyrics and you have a heady mix that makes me want to bounce around the gaff like a teenager.

Read more at their website or check out the Spotify link for their latest release Blame Culture here.


The Most Beautiful Suicide

I found this picture and article on Life.com, I'm loathe to romantacise such a tragic event but this is an amazingly moving picture. A quote from the time;
On May Day, just after leaving her fiancĂ©, 23-year-old Evelyn McHale wrote a note. “He is much better off without me. . . .I wouldn’t make a good wife for anybody,” she wrote. Then she crossed it out. She went to the observation platform of the Empire State Building. Through the mist she gazed at the street, 86 floors below. Then she jumped. In her desperate determination she leaped clear of the setbacks and hit a United Nations limousine parked at the curb. Across the street photography student Robert Wiles heard an explosive crash. Just four minutes after Evelyn McHale’s death Wiles got this picture of death’s violence and its composure.



Music to listen out for in 2014

Here are a few bands I am really looking forward to hearing more from in 2014.

First up is Sisters - I know absolutely nothing about these guys I'm afraid other than they are from Limerick and are signed to Just Off Pop. I followed a link from the excellent http://nialler9.com and came across their song Hush Hush. A lovely jangly late 80's early 90's indie affair. I shall be keeping an eye out for more from these.

Next is Warpaint, I fell in love with these through Jools Holland and must have listened to the Exquisite Corpse EP and 2010's The Fool a million times. This is my singalong nighttime driving record of choice, with Jenny Lee Lindberg's sumptuous bass turned all the way up to 11.

Above is the first track from the eponymously titled 2nd long player. Warpaint have a new album out on Rough Trade in late January, if its half as good as previous records it will get many a play in this household.

Snowbird sound like the last 20 years never happened and the indie charts are back in the safe hands of 4AD. Thats because Snowbird is the result of a partnership between the Cocteau Twins Simon Raymonde with Stephanie Dosen. A new record titled moon is due to land late this month on Bella Union with guest appearances from members of Midlake, Radiohead and Lanterns on the Lake. If this deliciously soothing first release is anything to go by this is going to be one of the records of the year. 

Turn off the lights, pour a large glass of red, light a candle or whatever takes your fancy and have a listen to this:

According to BBC6Music North London's Wolf Alice were the most blogged about band last year, I can see why. I have heard them compared to Elastica but everything I have heard has been a lot slicker than that, more Veruca Salt to my ears (production wise). This band are dripping with potential and front woman / head honcho Ellie Rowsell's voice is so delicate you feel it could just shatter into a million tiny fragments at any moment. The topless lady on the cover of their albeit beautifully designed Blush EP confuses me, as I suspect it is intended to, reminding one of naive teenage fumblings.  I hope they don't get nudged in the wrong direction by corporate forces as I feel a talent like this at this stage in the media spotlight could easily go either way. The EP is well worth purchasing, a real grower - one to watch, which is the purpose of this little blog :)

If anyone has any recommendations for me, please pop it in the comments, I'd love to hear from like minded people, am always looking for new tunes and will give anything a go (musically)! 

Happy New Year peeps, be excellent to each other and party on!


Top10 Albums 2013

The new year is all about lists and it would be remiss of me not to jump on the bandwagon so here is my top 10 of 2013;

1.  My Bloody Valentine - MBV
2.  Girls Names - The New Life
3.  Lust For Youth - Growing Seeds
4.  CHVRCHES - The Bones Of What You Believe
5.  Pity Sex - Feast Of Love
6.  Boards Of Canada - Tomorrow’s Harvest
7.  Explosions in the Sky / David Wingo - Prince Avalanche OST
8.  Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Daze
9.  HAIM - Days Are Gone
10. Death Grips - No Love Deep Web

Looking forward to records from Sisters, September Girls, Deathmole and Snowbird in 2014


Waterford Quays - 2006

Found this old pic I took in 2006, I think its my favourite I've taken. The composition is off and the lenses was dirty but I just love the feel and colour of it. No filters or PShop.

I took it on a icy and foggy winter morning, I couldnt sleep (this was BC - Before Children) so headed off on the bike with my camera as was my wont at the time. I had to climb over the railings and hang over the edge of the bridge to take this, there was about 40 in the set but this one had something IMO. When I got back to the bike she had iced over and wouldnt start - Aprilia's hate Irish weather - so I had to walk home to get a battery charger etc... I think it was worth it.


Lush - When I Die

Lush - what a band. Sometimes when I get bored of new music or just cant find something that engages me I tend to fall back on one of several bands - Conflict, The Smiths, Joy Division, Fugazi or Lush. Trusted stalwarts. Comfort music. My first taste of 'shoegaze' was from these guys, in fact their album Spooky would still remain in my Top Ten list, inspiring artwork by Vaughan Oliver too. It's one of those records that brings me back in time every time I hear it. I'm no longer a wage slave toiling begrudgingly office bound for the yankee dollar but a stick skinny unwashed punk sleeping on a dilapidated mattress in a smoke filled run down flat, drunk and giggling on a heady concoction of cheap cooking sherry and cheaper cider (we called this bastard of a drink WolfBite, try it at your peril).

This is When I Die from their second LP Split, if you haven't heard these guys may I heartily recommend their back catalogue. This is a particularly moving song, the lyrics blow me away - check them out below the YouTube box.

If you walked in now
I wouldn't start I wouldn't frown
And if you just appeared
I wouldn't cry or think it weird

'Cause you are still around
You're in the air, you're in the ground
And you can't go away
I am afraid you're here to stay

Friends don't understand
They close the door, they raise their hands

She says she heard your voice
Of course she does, she has no choice

I was hours ahead
When they removed you from your bed

They drank all the while
Until you said goodbye

Why are we sitting here in ourselves?
Why are we sitting here in ourselves?
Why are we sitting here in ourselves?

I don't look up, I don't look down
I look ahead and make no sound
My love was there,
I only stare

Healty in my dreams
Is what you are, is what is seems

What does it all mean?
You're only hiding behind a screen

Curse the English day
For what it forces us to say
Banish all the pain

'Cause when I die, die
I'll see you again.