Yipeee! The Vinny Club. Twas his birthday yesterday but all the cake is gone
Go on, it’s Friday tomorrow. Zing!
Below is the mp3 of myself and The Vinny Club talking mouthy words a few months back, just in case you missed it the first time around.
The Infomatics, another of my new favourite Irish acts, are going to be playing for an hour from 6pm today in front of BT2 on Grafton Street in aid of the release of the second single Back to Front from their pretty savage debut album Kill or Create. The single is being launched along with a collaboration from Counter Propaganda, who have designed a clothing line inspired by lyrics from the album. How bling is that? The single will be available for download as of tomorrow.
As an aside, Konchus Lingo has the phattest runners in Dublin. I said phat. I’m totally hip hop.
On the last Thursday before I took my little break, I was chuffed to be joined by Ellie and Louise of Heathers. They are absolutely my favourite new Irish artists and their album Here, Not There is in my top five favourite albums released so far this year by Irish and international artists.
I listen to it on the way to work, on the way to gigs, on the bus on the way down the country, in my flat with my flatmates, and on my radio show too. And so, I was delighted that the girls could pop in to visit us just a day after they returned from their 30 day US tour with Ghost Mice.
I’m not going to start raving about how great I think Heathers are – I think it would be in everyone’s best interest if you just downloaded the mp3 instead. We played loads of tracks from Here, Not There and the girls also treated us to a live version of Remember When and Hush Hush.
Heathers are playing this Thursday 14th August in The Project Arts Centre in Temple Bar to kick off their Irish tour. It’s an all ages gig which means you can bring your little brothers and sisters. It’s only 6 euro on the door, and for that price you’ll also see Crayonsmith as support. The doors are at 8pm, tickets are available on the door but you can buy them through the Project Arts booking office before the event. I’ve already popped in to buy my ticket. Just in case everyone in Dublin likes Heathers as much as me.
We started this show with Stingray from Terrordactyl, followed shortly by You Me a new track from Adebisi Shank’s forthcoming debut album. Both bands played down at Mantua in Roscommon last weekend to rapturous applause and an occasional bout of stage crashing. Nialler9 recommended I Heard Wonders from David Holmes’ upcoming fourth album The Holy Picture, to be released on 8th of September. The single I Heard Wonders will be released on 1st September, and it’s all right actually. It sounds a lot like Pulp but it’s all right. The album might be quite interesting…
Anyway, I hope you enjoy the following mp3.
Lord Altmont at Biennale Art and Music Festival, Bari, Italy
The Lord Altmont projects takes its influences from African, Celtic and Indian music, using several languages to portray the message of each song to the listener. On the below mp3 you will find an interview with aidan, ben and anna who play as part of Lord Altmont. They told us about the Biennale Music and Art Festival in Italy where they represented Ireland, as well as about the story behind Lord Altmont. They also played a few live songs for us.
We started this show with Adebisi Shank’s Jump Cut from their EP of last year, we listened to Robotnik’s People Walk Away from his album Pleasant Square, and nialler9 recommended a track from Taken by Trees’ 2007 album Open Field.
We finished up the show with Margie from Heathers’ Here, Not There album. Heathers’ joined us on the show the following week, the mp3 of which will be on this blog shortly…
I hope you enjoy the mp3 of the Lord Altmont interview below.
Photo by Loreana Rushe
Nah. Their name is better. Apes it is so.
Jaime and Tom joined us on 17th of July to have a bit of a chinwag about Fight Like Apes’ musical journey through time and space over the last year. We had a giggle. Download it below and hear for yourselves.
On the show we also listened to Efterklang and Tortoise, who played the weekend after that Thursday in July at The Anaolog Festival in The Docklands. I went to their show, as well as the Sea Shanty thing with Tim Robbins and Lou Reed the night before. The sea shanties were both amusing and bemusing. I kept talking about the gig a good few days after, trying to process the whole thing. So on the whole it was definitely entertaining. Tim Robbins has a lovely voice. Lou Reed wasn’t very exciting. But that’s ok.
At the Efterklang and Tortoise gig the following night, I saw a few members of The Jimmy Cake in the crowd and they appeared to be there for the Efterklang show. The Danes were fun, but there was something… missing. I think The Jimmy Cake are better. I really, really do.
On the show that you will find on the mp3 below, we also listened to Jose Gonzalez doing his take on Joy Division’s Love Will Tear Us Apart, as recommended from nialler9. Before his show in The Academy last week in Dublin, I walked past him on George’s Street, hanging out on a corner with a few handsome Swedes. I suspect he was coming out of Govinda’s.
We finished off the show with Kalise from El Guincho’s Alegranza!, which I think is a perfect album for rainy days. Probably because it evokes the sunniness of El Guincho’s hometown Barcelona. Sun. *sigh*.
From Fight Like Apes we heard four tracks. We listened to Something Global, Light Sabre Cock Sucking Blues, Fran Drescher and the newley re-worked and phantom powered Lend Me Your Face. I like the new version.
They’re playing all over the UK for the next month and will be back in Dublin to release their debut album Fight Like Apes And The Golden Medallion on the 26th of September with a show in Whelan’s. Hurrah!
That’s all I have to say really. Hope you enjoy the mp3.
Story of Hair having tea.
*stretches arms* *yawns*
I’ve been having a jolly good rest from blogging and broadcasting alike. Recent highlights have been the Daniel Johnston and Friends gig and The Mantua Festival down in Roscommon. I’ve returned to the blog to get on top of the backlog of a few of July’s indie hour shows.
The first mp3 I’m putting up is the one from July 10th with Story of Hair ahead of the September release of their debut album. Watch this space. Story of Hair are supporting The Dead Flags in Whelan’s tonight and are playing a few dates around the country throughout the month.
We also spoke to Mike Mantua Project about the festival that took place just over a week ago in Roscommon. And boy, what fun we had. Hats off to Mike and all the rest of the Mantua crew for really building on last year, and despite a flooded Friday, good times were certainly had by the folks at the festival last weekend. Nialler has a round-up here. I spent a lot of time in my tent and the evidence of why is in the picture below.
I’m so happy…!
Hope you enjoy the mp3.