We ended the month of April with a band that we had never spoken to before, but had indeed heard quite a lot from, in particular, the track Some Grand Plan from their EP In If It Is.
I got their EP in early January and, like many other Irish DJs, loved Some Grand Plan and gave it a good airing before Ronan and Barry came down to visit us on April 26th, to tell us about their experience recording in Grouse Lodge, explain the Shakespeare connection to the band, and to once more uphold the good name of Dundalk on the indie hour.
I must mention here that I was quite hungover for this show. This may explain why I sound like I’m about to fall off my dj chair at times, and the rather vague attempt at helping Mary with the gig guide early on in the show. It must also be noted here of an on-going radio war between myself and young Imelda Marcos, who hosts an (I say this begrudgingly) excellent new wave/electro/synth pop radio show called Soilse Neoin (Neon Lights) on Raidio na Life 106.4 FM every Wedensday night between 9 to 10pm.
You see, Imelda would often give me a buzz after her radio show on a Wednesday and suggest a quiet scoop to round off the mid-week. Inevitably, this quiet pint would turn into an Amstel-fuelled painting-the-town-neon-pink-until-4am type affair, only to find myself waking up on a Thursday morning barely in time for work wondering where the kebab wrapper on my floor came from and just how the fuck I would be able to get through the day.
It took me a little while, but I realised that Imelda Marcos was devilishly trying to sabotage the indie hour by rendering its host semi-radioimpotent for Thursday evenings. The fabulously dressed swine! Anyway, I cottoned on to her evil ploy, and the Wednesday night sessions ceased for a bit. However, the Wednesday before the Evil Harrison’s show, by god, she got me again. Foul temptress! It’s not over yet Imelda! The battle’s been won, but the war will be mine!!!
This week we also got an insight to the land of Ben Jacobs a.k.a. Max Tundra. Ben had a chat with us on the eve of his show in Kennedy’s of Westmoreland Row. And a lovely chap he was too. We started the show with his track Lights, and finished it up with Labial, both from his 2002 album Mastered by Guy at the Exchange. In the interview he talks about his Commodore Amiga 500, how being labeled as having too many ideas is just silly, and that his follow-up album is nearly there!
Also on this show, we heard from The Lovely Mary Healy just what to do with ourselves the coming weekend, we listened to Mighty Stef’s St Catherine, and Bill Callahan’s Diamond Dancer as recommended by nialler9.