Swear I'm not Paul: 08/03/2009

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Friday, March 13, 2009

Live: U2 second Croke Park Date confirmed

Second Croke Park date comfirmed by Bono and co. Their 270 degree show will continue at the home of the GAA on the 25th of July. Tickets are priced €33.60, €59.80, €91.50, and €131.50 and go on sale this Friday at 8.

Who the hell would pay €131?

Also, support for both nights has been confirmed, Glasvegas for Friday and Kaiser Chiefs for Saturday.

Expect an announcment of a third date soon too.

Watch: Pet Shop Boys - Love Etc.

Pet Shop Boys - YES

I still love the Pet Shop Boys. I just can't get enough of their 80s electronica schtick. And speaking of "love", the first single from their positively titled new album Yes is called 'Love Etc.' It's out today, and gives a teaser for the upcoming full album (out the 20th). Pet Shop Boys describe the debut single as "a post-lifestyle anthem which sounds like nothing we’ve done before." Better news is that both Johnny Marr and Owen Pallett are involved. They may be old, but they're never stale.

Love etc
All over the world
Beautiful people
Did you see me coming?
More than a dream
Building a wall
King of Rome
The way it used to be

Download: MONO - Follow the Map

Mono - Hymn to the Immortal Wind

MONO (all capital letters remember) are set to release their fifth album Hymn to the Immortal World in two week's time (the 24th), and I have a nice little preview tune for download. This is their most epic album to date (yes, even more epic) and features a 28-piece orchestra. Recorded and Mixed by Steve Albini, it's sure to be magical.

01 Ashes In The Snow
02 Burial At Sea
03 Silent Flight, Sleeping Dawn
04 Pure As Snow (Trails Of The Winter Storm)
05 Follow The Map
06 The Battle To Heaven
07 Everlasting Light

MONO - 'Follow the Map'

More info:

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Events: St Patrick's Festival 2009

St Patrick's Festival 2009

There is so much going on at this year's St Patrick's Day Festival, it would be impossible to list everything. Luckily, the festival organisers have really embraced the technology and put up a lovely website complete with daily planner.

Check it out here:

I'll probably see you at something!

News: Ryan Adams and Mandy Moore married

What the hell?


Album News: The Dead Weather - Horebound

The Dead Weather

Good news Jack White fans. Or maybe bad news. Another offshoot side-project thingamajig. Jack White has teamed up with Allison Mosshart of the Kills to form the Dead Weather.

Jack isn't playing guitar on this one from the sounds of it, but does play drums and provide vocals. Mosshart is co-singer, or lead-singer. They're joined by Jack Lawrence (Little Jack from the Raconteurs and Greenhornes) and QotSA's Dean Fertita.

Their debut album Horebound is due in June, and single 'Hang you from the Heavens' is available online now:

Check out the tunes...

The Dead Weather - 'Are Friends Electric'

Album News: Death Cab for Cutie - The Open Door EP

It may be the name of a Evanescence record (remember them? Funny story, I was on holidays with a bunch of guys from college a few years back, and one of them was a bit rotund. He loved Evanescence too. And was damn annoying. While on hols, he purchased a medium-small t-shirt with the band's logo on the front. When he wore it, it was all in widescreen. Stretched over his globular body. We didn't have the heart to tell him how horrid it was. Plus he was a tit anyway, so it made us laugh).

Anyhow, I digress, Death Cab for Cutie are to release a new EP, The Open Door later this year. No scheduled date yet, but they'll hardly sit on their hands for too long. There'll be some ukelele on it, so I'm looking forward to it.

Expect more news when I hear it.

Live: Michael Jackson at the O2 London Pre-sale code competition

I got tickets (finally) for MJ's comeback in London later this year. However, my tickets are for the extra dates next year. It may be a year away but I am just so excited. I haven't been to London before, so that should also be great.

There still are some pre-sale tickets on sale (I think) here:

And also if someone want a presale code, I have one spare one going. Leave a comment if you're looking for one. And if anyone I know wants one they'll have priority. Otherwise I'll have a raffle!

Full list of dates so far (over 40):
Wednesday, July 8th
Friday, July 10th
Sunday, July 12th
Tuesday, July 14th
Thursday, July 16th
Saturday, July 18th
Wednesday, July 22nd
Friday, July 24th
Sunday, July 26th
Tuesday, July 28th
Thursday, July 30th
Saturday, August 1st
Monday, August 3rd
Monday, August 10th
Wednesday, August 12th
Monday, August 17th
Wednesday, August 19th
Monday, August 24th
Wednesday, August 26th
Friday, August 28th
Sunday, August 30th
Tuesday, September 1st
Thursday, September 3rd
Sunday, September 6th
Tuesday, September 8th
Thursday, September 10th
Monday, September 21st
Wednesday, September 23rd
Sunday, September 27th
Tuesday, September 29th
Thursday, January 7th
Saturday, January 9th
Tuesday, January 12th
Thursday, January 14th
Saturday, January 16th
Monday, January 18th
Saturday, January 23rd
Monday, January 25th
Wednesday, January 27th
Friday, January 29th
Monday, February 1st
Monday, February 8th
Wednesday, February 10th

'Beat It' in Dublin, 1997:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Live: Passion Pit at the Academy

Were you at that gig last week with Hockey? Amazing. I can't wait for Hockey to come back to ireland. They should be massive. As should the band they supported, Passion Pit. Passion Pit return to Dublin to play the Academy on May 7th.

Tickets are priced €15.50 and go on sale on Friday (the 13th - another Friday the 13th, we're getting screwed in 2009!)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Bizarre: Radiohead with Super Mario Brothers

Words can't explain this...

Live: Jape at the Button Factory

Fresh from winning Choice, Richie Egan will no doubt sell out Dublin's Button Factory when he returns on May 1st. Tickets are €17 and on sale now.

Here's his classic 'Floating':

Setlist: Gutter Twins, Roisin Dubh, Galway, 17th Jan 09

the body
god’s children
the stations
we have met before
creeping coastline of lights
resurrection song
the twilite kid
the lure would prove too much
kimiko’s dream house
summer’s kiss
king only
river rise
sunset machine
i am in the heavenly way
candy cane crawl
one hundred days
all i have to do is dream
tennessee waltz
i get a kick out of you

Setlist: Gutter Twins, The Academy, Dublin, 16th Jan 09

Thanks to James for these two Gutter Twins setlists.

the body
god’s children
the stations
we have met before
creeping coastline of lights
resurrection song
the twilite kid
the lure would prove too much
kimiko’s dream house
summer’s kiss
sunset machine
i am in the heavenly way
candy cane crawl
one hundred days
all i have to do is dream

Monday, March 9, 2009

Live: U2 at Croke Park official

Finally official news that U2 are to play Croke Park on the first of three dates I announced a good while back. There's only one date pencilled in so far, July 24th, but as soon as it sells out, no doubt more will be added. Feed all the hype.

No price info yet, but tickets go on sale next Thursday (the 20th).

Wasn't I on U2 hiatus anyway?

Live: Support for Metallica at Marlay Park

Full support acts for Metallica's summer concert at Marlay Park. Tickets cost €67 or €76 (I think the latter) and are on sale tomorrow.

Support lineup:
Avenged Sevenfold
Alice in Chains
Thin Lizzy
Lamb of God
The Sword

Alice in Chains should be brilliant. And Thin Lizzy? Well, it's just not the same.

Metallica - 'One' (live at Reading)

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Read: State Magazine Issue 11

Available online here:

I miss the print version. It entertained me on public transport. Damn recession.

Album Review: U2 - No Line on the Horizon

U2 - NLITH cover art

U2 - No Line on the Horizon

With a new U2 album, you always need time to digest it. You can't simply make a rash judgement. There's always too much hype. Especially this time. Kind of ironic when you think back to their pre-fame bandname. Thus I've let the album settle for a week or more. I've gotten used to its peaks and throughs. And been more or less engulfed by the latter.

No Line on the Horizon could well be U2's worst ever album. I don't want to be too harsh and make that claim outright, but it definitely is their worst since Pop. It was supposed to be a departure with worldly influences (they decamped to Morocco to record some of it, don't you know. The writers for the Herald AM obviously don't, claiming 'Fez' is Middle Eastern-influenced). Instead it sounds like an album of B-Sides that could have been the bonus disc for the inevitable Best of U2 2000-2009.

The first three songs are actually decent enough, and don't prepare you fully for what the rest of the album lacks. The opening title track could have been on the last record (which is actually better than critics say). And despite the fact I'm about to give it some backlash, 'Magnificent' is one of the better tunes on here. It starts out sounding like Bono could break into "Woah Black Betty, bam a lam" at any moment, before dissolving into a 'New Year's Day' pastiche. And that's one of the better songs.

'Moment of Surrender' is like an All That You Can't Leave Behind offcut, and is probably the best song on the album. A high before a stream of lows. Some may argue that it's dull and boring, but because it doesn't try to be anything other than what it is, it works. Which makes me ask why the Rick Rubin songs were scrapped. Hopefully these will be on the second U2 album of 2009, Songs of Ascent. Because if Rick's tunes were worse than these, then they surely must have been horrific, and I don't blame the guys for dumping them.

'Unknown Caller', 'Stand-Up Comedy' and 'Fez-Being Born' are among the worst songs U2 have ever recorded. The refrain in 'Unknown Caller' is excessively laboured and its a disfigured sister of 'Miracle Drug' from How to Dismantle and Atomic Bomb. Is 'Stand Up Comedy' a deliberate joke? Even if it is, it's still not funny. The Killers could do a better job. 'Fez-Being Born' is a waste of five minutes, five minutes which I have now wasted a number of times. Bono, I want my half an hour (at least) back.

Although steeped in All That You Can't Leave Behindness, 'I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight' is actually a good pop song. It should have been the first single, as it is miles and away better than the clunky 'Get on Your Boots'. Remember the emotion Bono showed in 'Miss Sarajevo', 'One', 'Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own', yeah? This is probably the only place on the album where he actually shows he's still possible of that. That said, it's only an equal of the third of that trio. 'Get on Your Boots' on the other hand, is just 'Vertigo'-lite.

'White as Snow' is incredibly boring, because it lacks any substance. Whereas 'Moment of Surrender' is similarly slow, it's never dull. 'Cedars of Lebanon' suffers from the same triteness. 'Breathe' is one of the only decent songs in the second half of the album, actually it's the only one worth listening to.

So overall it could well be worse than Pop, but after listening to this record so much over the last week, I'm officially on a U2 hiatus.