Yikes. Still a bit creaky from the picnic. Definitely getting old.
We were joined by Lydia and Danda from Sweet Jane last Thursday night, and what a pleasure it was to have them. The band had contacted me after their gig buddies Stagger Lee came on the show a few months back. I got a listen to the tunes on their myspace, read a favourable review of their live show, and invited them on the show.
Sweet Jane are just a baby band in terms of time, but with their combined music scene savvy, they’ve had an interesting life to date, with some great support slots and media attention under their belt. One of my favourite things about them is the CDr that they ‘released’ to the public. Someone approached them about the tunes on their myspace asking where they could get them, and was shortly sent a personalised CDr of the four tracks by the band.
The band now plan to record the tracks ‘properly’ – I reckon the home recorded version sound pretty proper already – and officially release the EP sometime in the next few months.
We also spoke to Nobuyuki Takeda, guitar player from LITE, who played at Saturday’s Ballroom of Romance. If you’re into Battles and Adebisi Shank, and you haven’t heard this Tokyo-based band’s track Human Gift, head to LITE’s myspace. Now. I heard from reliable sources that the gig was killer, so really looking forward to hearing them the next time they’re in town.
Also on this show we heard Feist’s I Feel It All from The Reminder. If you’d like to be in with a chance to win tickets for her up-coming Tripod gig, enter the draw on Nialler9. We also heard Hybrasil’s San Fran from their album The Monkey Pole which they released last Friday, and Nialler9 recommended Matthew Dear’s Pom Pom for our listening pleasure. I tried to finish the show with Adebisi Shank’s Jump Cut but played Feist by mistake. Doh! Instead, we heard EF from LITE to finish off the show.
Here’s a bit of sweetness for you so.
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We were joined last Thursday by Halves, who played at The Electric Picnic last Sunday. Apologies for not getting this mp3 up sooner – today is the first time I’ve felt semi-human again after the antics of Stradbally.
I heard about Halves through a guest post on Nialler9 by Cormac, and promptly got in touch with them to get my paws on a bear-encrusted EP. It is one of the loveliestly (?) packaged cd, with a ribbon and everything. And it sounds great too. From Ireland, they remind me of Dry County and Channel One, with a pinch of Sigur Ros.
Brian, Ellis, Dave and Tim came on the show and not only told us about bears, but we also listened through to the recorded versions of two tracks and they treated us to a live track as well.
We also spoke to Siobhan from Magical Girl Promotions about the gig in the Boom Boom Room tonight. Scream Club, all the way from the US, will be supported by Ophelia, Jenny and the Deadites and White Noise. It’s €10 in and promises to be a great night, so head down there if you’ve recovered from the Picnic.
Also on this show we heard The Dream of Win and Regine from Final Fintasy, Rhythm and Purpose from Channel One, Super Noise from White Noise and Super Extra Bonus Party, and Nialler9 recommeded Montreal -40C from Malajube.
Here it all is for your downloading pleasure, enjoy!
Aahhhh….can’t believe it’s over already! So much fun was had. My wellies are ruined.
Catching LCD Soundsystem, after a six hour car journey from Dublin. In fairness, we left at 4pm – eejits. We could hear Bjork from the car in a line of traffic whilst being shouted at by irate security folks who didn’t know what the hell was going on.
Super Extra Bonus Party – Saturday morning first thing. Great crowd and great gig. Lovely visuals from our own Nialler9 as usual. Met Mr New(ish) Journalism as well after the gig with his buddies Horace and Andy (not sure if the other guy’s name was Horace actually) who did make it to the picnic. Thanks for the buckie, lads.
Jamie Liddell – probably my favourite show of the weekend. Amazing to see one guy create such a buzz, wearing a nathan barley esque bin-liner jacket and shades inside a tent. Totally forgivable because of his amazing voice.
Bonde de Role – a trio of musical chancers, but loads of fun none the less.
Final Fantasy – absolutely stunning.
Beastie Boys – the first time I’ve been up on someone’s shoulders since I was about six years old. Thanks Mike Super Extra Bonus Party for that. Great buzz. Totally unfair to all the punters who couldn’t get into the tent, it makes no sense that they weren’t on the main stage. Any explanations available for that?
Sunday was a bit messier – purely due to the fact that I forgot to eat and by the time the Go!Team came on, I was that annoying drunken fool who kept falling over everybody. Apologies to anyone whose foot I stood on. And thanks to randomer Kevin who gave me the pint of wine that sent me over the edge.
Before all that I caught half of (heh) Halves and half of Fight Like Apes. Halves were atmospherically ambient and Fight Like Apes who, as Jim said, suffered from shocking sound. They’re still great though. Love that band. We caught the Beastie Boy’s instrumental set, which I wasn’t in to too much. Still cool though. MixMasterMike was deadly earlier, and UNKLE sorted us out for a Sunday night buzz.
MIA – really disappointing. And the giant backdrop with a picture of her face on it dropped hints of the egomania that may be involved in her world. Hate that shit.
Missing Go!Team – I had to be dragged back to my tent by Nialler for not drinking responsibly. Dammit, why didn’t I read the fine print on the beer advert?
Feeling like this:
I’m wrecked. Back to work tomorrow. Ouch.
The mp3 with Halves from last week will be up tomorrow evening I’d say. Til then…