Chequerboard’s Penny Black

March 25, 2008 at 11:36 pm (The Show) (, , , )

Chequerboard’s Ornithopter collage on old vinyl record jacket

Last Thursday we were joined on the indie hour by Chequerboard, also known as John Lambert. We spoke about his record Penny Black which was released in February on Lazybird Records.

Although I had mentally drilled myself before the show to not call the album Penny Lane, that was of course one of the first things I said in the interview. Not a good start so. We recovered fairly quickly though, and myself and John had a relaxed chat on a rainy night which lent itself well to the tracks from Penny Black that we heard on the show.

We listened to Toy Winds, Ornithopter and Konichiwa and John told us about the accompanying themes to the album, about his music fellowship in the Model Arts & Niland Gallery in Sligo, and about the stunning artwork connected to the tracks which can be viewed on his website.

The album itself has received glowing reviews already, and I’ll add to those by saying that one of the best things about this record is its subtlety. At first listen, it may not grab every listener, because its charm is of the understated kind, and it takes a few listens for the full complexity of John’s work to take hold of you. It’s a record to be listened to on your own, and should be allowed some time to get under your skin. Once you’ve done that, I think you’ll find that you have a record to return to over and over again. You can buy it through Road Record’s excellent website here.

We started this show with Jape’s Floating (probably the 8 millionth time I’ve played that song over the last four years but it really is one of my favourite songs of all time), nialler9 recommended the xxxChange remix of Santogold’s Les Artistes, and we finished off with The Hare from The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock who are releasing their debut album on the 6th of May.

And so, with apologies for the delay in posting, here is the mp3 of our chat with Chequerboard. I hope you enjoy it.


Chequerboard Thursday 20th March

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Chequerboard tonight

March 20, 2008 at 6:23 pm (The Show) ()

Do tune in this evening from 9pm to 103.2 Dublin City FM when we will be joined in studio by Chequerboard a.k.a. John Lambert.

We’ll also be playing through a few of our favourite tracks this week, Mary Healy will be with us for the gig guide and nialler9 has a great track to recommend this week…

If you don’t catch us live on air, the mp3 podcast of the show will be up on this very blog in but a few days.

Until 9pm so…

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Things to be at this weekend in Dublin…

February 29, 2008 at 5:26 pm (The Show) (, , )

Fuck Buttons with their poetry recital upstairs in Whelan’s. Not really though.

After the Grand Pocket Orchestra gig last week in Whelan’s, I was on my way out when I noticed the planning permission statement on the window near the venue door. On closer inspection, it proposes the extension of Whelan’s upstairs to provide a room for ‘poetry recitals’.

So the ‘poetry recitals’ start tonight with Thread Pulls and Fuck Buttons. It’s €12.50 and it all kicks off at 8pm. Bring your beret and get ready to snap your fingers. Jazz.

On Sunday there are two gigs to be heard.  Mumblin’ Deaf Ro will be playing in Anseo on Camden Street at around 10pm.  Still absolutely loving his album The Herring & The Brine.   It will be my first time catching Mr Ro live and am very much looking forward to hearing the songs in such a lovely intimate setting.

Also on Sunday, Chequerboard is launching his latest album Penny Black in Whelan’s with support from Carly Sings, who will be visiting us on the show next Thursday. Hope to have Chequerboard himself in soon to talk about Penny Black.  Head to Chequerboard’s myspace for a listen.

Below is the mp3 of the interview we did in late January with Mumblin’ Deaf Ro.  It’s one of my favourites of recent times, as he is a fascinating talker, and really made my job of putting together a good radio show extremely easy.  Brilliant.


Mumblin’ Deaf Ro January 24th 2008 

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