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Friday, January 29, 2010

Live: Haiti Aid Dublin 2010

Wednesday 3rd of February is the date for Haiti Aid Dublin, a music marathon taking place in Whelan's and the Village. Tickets are €20 with proceeds going towards the Irish Red Cross's work in Haiti.

The event will be hosted by Michelle Doherty and features a marvellous line-up. In all, 14 acts will be performing, including Ham Sandwich, O’ Emperor, The Chapters, Patrick Kelleher and his Cold Dead Hands, The Holy Roman Army, Sleep Thieves, and Butterfly Explosion.

More info:

Live: Ricky Gervais at the O2 Dublin

Comedian, actor, writer, and all round funnyman Ricky Gervais will be stopping off at Dublin on his World Tour to perform his latest stand-up routine at Dublin's O2 on Friday 23rd of April. Tickets go on sale Friday the 5th of February, and cost €40. Show starts at 7.30, and is an Over 18s only event.

(I know this isn't music related, but it's damn big news. Too big not to post).

Watch 'The Bible' from Animals:

Watch: Justin Timberlake, Charlie Sexton, and Matt Morris - Hallelujah

Justin Timberlake teamed up with respected songwriter (and solo artist in his own right) Matt Morris and legendary guitarist Charlie Sexton at last weekend's Hope for Haiti Now Benefit show. They performed a cover of Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah', and I must say they did a great job. Much better than that Alexandra Burke tool. Check it out here, and if you like it, buy the Haiti For Hope Now album and support a great cause (as well as getting some great music).


Live: Nerina Pallot at the Sugar Club

In order to promote her latest album The Graduate, Nerina Pallot will be playing a special one-off intimate gig in Dublin's Sugar Club. I saw her a few years back at the Village, and she was so much better live than on record. Plus she has a hardcore fanbase, who know the words to all the songs - even the rare unreleased ones - so get your tickets before they're all snapped up!

She'll be arriving in Dublin on May 3th. Tickets for the gig are €16 and go on sale this Monday.

Watch 'Idaho' live from Abbey Road:

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Live: Owen Pallett at Whelan's

Owen Pallet (formerly known as Final Fantasy) has just released his Heartland album, his first under his birth name. It's a splendid record, and to promote it, he'll be visiting our fair shores.

He plays Whelan's on March 18th, tickets cost €24 and are on sale now.

Watch his cover of the Tom Tom Club/Mariah Carey song 'Fantasy':

Live: Fairport Convention at Whelan's

There are still some tickets left for Fairport Convention's return to Dublin. Formed in 1967, they've been propping up the BritFolk scene for many a year. Without them, there would be no Mumford and Sons, no Laura Marling, no Seth Lakeman, well, you get the idea.

Legends Fairport Convention will be playing Whelan's on March 10th. Tickets are €20, and are on sale now.

Watch 'Who Knows Where the Time Goes':

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Live: Swell Season, DLM, ASIWYFA at Vicar Street

Great news comes my way from Jim Carroll and his On the Record blog. He announced this morning that eight out of ten cats acts nominated for this year's Choice Music Award will be performing on the night.

The show takes place in Vicar Street on March 3rd. Tickets are €27, and for that bargain price, you'll get approximately ten minutes each from all of the following:
And So I Watch You From Afar, Codes, Adrian Crowley, Dark Room Notes, The Duckworth Lewis Method, Julie Feeney, Valerie Francis, and The Swell Season.

Bell x1 and Laura Izibor are the two absentees as they're touring elsewhere. But for €27, how can you argue with a lineup like that?

Get your tickets here.

Here's 2007 winners Super Extra Bonus Party performing at that year's event:

(Video courtesy of Nialler9)

Album Review: An Taobh Tuathail Vol III

An Taobh Tuathail is an RTE Radio na Gaeilge (RnaG) show, which is presented by Cian Ó Cíobháin, and is on Monday-Friday from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. This is the third volume of their compilation series of albums, featuring the best music from the show.

RnaG wouldn't be a station I'd usually listen to, but their nightshift programming is excellent. They combine brilliant instrumentals with wonderful soft vocal-led tunes. This sort of variety is what makes the latest CD release worth owning.

Opening song 'Frozen Grass' from Loner Deluxe, is a sleepy instrumental song, easing the listener into the record. Vocals kick in on the second, 'Nightswimming' by Roshi featuring Pars Radio. I had not heard of Roshi before this release, but her vocals here are splendid. Think of a less twee Lisa Hannigan. Essie Jain's 'Haze' is a piano-led tune, which is beautifully sombre, but also marvellously inspiring.

There are local and international acts on the compilation, with appearances from Kilkenny's own R.S.A.G., as well as Animal Collective's 'Loch Raven'. 'Dwelling on the Past' is taken from R.S.A.G.'s splendid Organic Sampler, and fans of Animal Collective will know 'Loch Raven' from Feels.

Jacaszek's 'Walc' is probably the most out-there tune on here, with a brilliant syncopated beat, as well as glimpses of haunting vocals, which never quite appear. There are many highlights on this album, 'Able' by Them Use Them is a standout, as well as closer 'The Highway' from Peter and the Wolf.

If you've picked up this album and are wondering whether it's worth getting, it probably is. If you're a fan of any of the artists involved, you'll like it. Anyone who turned on Merriweather Post Pavilion on a regular basis will love this, and it'll probably turn you on to more great acts of a similar vein.

And I hope you'll be tuning in every night from now on too. 92-94FM, 102.6 FM, Sky channel 0166 and NTL channel 905.

More info:

Album News: Seasick Steve - Songs for Elisabeth

Seasick Steve - Songs for Elisabeth

Elizabeth, you were born to play the part. But Seasick Steve was born to play his part too. The old-time rocker, like the kind that we've seen in so many outlaw movies. He fits that bill perfectly. And it's not just the way he looks and acts, it's the music too. It's phenomenal. I wonder why he wasn't cast in Jeff Bridge's Crazy Heart?

Seasick Steve is releasing a special Valentine's gift for his wife, Elisabeth, and luckily we all get to hear it. It has wonderful packaging, almost like a Valentine's Card, with the following inscription:
“Real bad luck
That’s the cards in my hand
The only ace I’ve ever drawn
Is when you let me be
Your lovin’ man”

1. 8 Ball
2. Walkin Man
3. My Donny
4. Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde
5. Just Like A King
6. My Home (Blue Eyes)
7. Ready For Love

Steve will also be coming to Vicar Street on February 22nd and 23rd. There's still tickets for the second night available.

Album News: Joanna Newsom - Have One on Me Tracklist

I posted the album cover for this yesterday, as well as a link to the stream of '81'. In case you still couldn't get hold of the stream, I've posted a clip below. Also, here's the full tracklist as well as song times for Joanna Newsom's three disc album Have One on Me, due next month.

Disc One:
1 - Easy 06:04
2 - Have One On Me 11:02
3 - '81 03:51
4 - Good Intentions Paving Company 07:02
5 - No Provenance 06:25
6 - Baby Birch 09:30
Total: 43:54

Disc Two:
1 - On A Good Day 01:48
2 - You And Me, Bess 07:12
3 - In California 08:41
4 - Jackrabbits 04:23
5 - Go Long 08:02
6 - Occident 05:31
Total: 35:37

Disc Three:
1 - Soft As Chalk 06:29
2 - Esme 07:56
3 - Autumn 08:01
4 - Ribbon Bows 06:10
5 - Kingfisher 09:11
6 - Does Not Suffice 06:44
Total: 42:31

Stream '81':

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Stream: Joanna Newsom - 81

At the moment, the Drag City website is getting a hell of a lot of traffic. People want to hear the first studio cut from the upcoming triple album from Joanna Newsom called Have One on Me, out on 23rd of February.

The song is like her older material, harp-led with lyrics about the Garden of Eden. Hopefully the site will get back in working order, so you can hear it properly. For now, have a look at that very sparse album cover.

Joanna Newsom - '81'

Download: Drive-By Truckers - This Fucking Job

'This Fucking Job' is one of the many Patterson Hood-penned tracks on the upcoming Drive-By Truckers album The Big To Do, and the band have made it available as a free download. They're also unveiling the album cover for the record, which is due March 16th on ATO Records.

This is what they had to say about the cover: "This is the seventh DBT album that has featured original artwork by Wes Freed. The band has a very special relationship with Wes, they never tell him what to draw and often give him no input at all, yet he always seems to find some subtext, often one they didn’t know was there, that he brings out and runs with. That relationship has hit a new level on this album, as he basically illustrated every song. He honed in on the circus allusions of The Rock Show and how it all could be tied together in The Big To-Do. Look for more pieces to be unveiled in the weeks prior to release date."

Drive-By Truckers - 'This Fucking Job'

Live: BATS, Hunter-Gatherer, Groom at Twisted Pepper

The lovely Aoife Barry of Sweet Oblivion and RTE 2XM has arranged a fantastic line-up to raise money for Haiti. A fundraising gig and bake sale are to take place on Thursday, 4th of February at Dublin's Twisted Pepper. Tickets are €10 at the door, with each penny of that going to GOAL's Haitian Relief Fund. The bake sale starts at 7 p.m. and is sure to be delicious. There's also due to be a raffle on the night.

Aoife had this to say: “Like everyone in Ireland, I was shocked to hear about the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti, which is one of the world’s poorest countries. I wanted to do something to help GOAL do its work in Haiti and thought that a gig would be a great way to bring the music community together so we could all do our bit to help. The cake sale element is a way of boosting funds on the night but also for showcasing the skills of local amateur bakers and I’ve been stunned with the reaction so far. Everyone has been hugely positive and I would love if we raised a substantial amount of money for GOAL. I’d like to thank everyone who has offered to volunteer or help in any way with the gig, and hope to see a great crowd there on the night.”

More info:
Official Facebook Page

Live: Florence and the Machine at the Olympia

Want to waste your money on the most hyped act of 2009? Yeah, you probably do. Seems like I'm the only one who doesn't get it. For me Florence and the Machine is just a poor man's Bat for Lashes. She is. Go listen, and you'll see what I mean.

Anyhow, if you do want to go see Flo at the Olympia on May 2nd and/or 3rd, then you can buy a ticket this Friday at 9 for €28.

Watch 'Dog Days Are Over':

Album News: Brad Mehldau - Highway Rider

Brad Mehldau and super-producer Jon Brion last teamed up on 2002's excellent Largo, but are back in 2010 with a double album.

The album features performances by Mehldau’s trio — drummer Jeff Ballard and bassist Larry Grenadier — as well as drummer Matt Chamberlain, saxophonist Joshua Redman, and a chamber orchestra led by Dan Coleman.

It'll be fifteen songs in length, split over two discs, and will be released on March 16th on Nonesuch. (March 12th in Ireland)

1.01 John Boy 3:11
1.02 Don't Be Sad 8:35
1.03 At the Tollbooth 1:06
1.04 Highway Rider 7:42
1.05 The Falcon Will Fly Again 8:17
1.06 Now You Must Climb Alone 4:06
1.07 Walking the Peak 8:00
2.01 We'll Cross the River Together 12:23
2.02 Capriccio 5:16
2.03 Sky Turning Grey (For Elliott Smith) 6:20
2.04 Into the City 7:34
2.05 Old West 8:24
2.06 Come with Me 6:15
2.07 Always Departing 6:21
2.08 Always Returning 9:52
3.01 Bonus Download: Highway Rider (commentary & demo) 9:34

Monday, January 25, 2010

Album News: The Tallest Man on Earth - The Wild Hunt

The first Tallest Man on Earth album, Shallow Grave was absolutely fantastic, and he's signed to US label Dead Oceans to release the follow-up The Wild Hunt. He'll be releasing it on April 13th, and has made lead single 'The King of Spain' a free mp3 download.

01 The Wild Hunt
02 Burden of Tomorrow
03 Troubles Will be Gone
04 You're Going Back
05 The Drying of the Lawns
06 King of Spain
07 Love Is All
08 Thousand Ways
09 A Lion's Heart
10 Kids on the Run

The Tallest Man on Earth - 'The King of Spain'

Download: Joanna Newsom - Melbourne, Jan 20 Bootleg

Joanna Newsom played some new material at Melbourne's Forum Theatre last Wednesday, Faster Louder was in attendance and had this to say: (Download the bootleg at the bottom, below the review. Plenty of songs from upcoming triple LP Have One on Me were played.)

There’s no doubt that Joanna Newsom is somewhat of acquired taste. Her unique voice holds a chiLd-like beauty to some whilst jarring to others. For many, she sits at the pinnacle of the indie-folk world; 2006’s Y’s in particular regarded as one of the genre’s finest of the past decade. Yet, for all the skinny black-jeans and thick-rimmed glasses that were on show, Newsom’s set leant far more on her classical groundings. Before an adoring audience, she and her band treated the Forum to a delicate and carefully crafted evening’s entertainment.

In front of a crowd who seemed more interested in talking than in his music, Ned Collette was extremely comfortable. Too much so. A regular support act for bigger drawcards, he appeared quite content to meander through his catalogue and let it wash over whoever was listening. Dedicating All The Signs to the Tote and the Arthouse did garner some appreciation yet, other than a searching instrumental at the close of his set with backing band Wild Orca, there was no earnestness and little to be inspired about.

Joanna Newsom strode out to her harp, positively beaming at her audience. “Hello everyone. I’m going to be playing a lot of new songs tonight. I hope that’s okay.” The rapturous applause that met that statement suggested it would be. The first of these was a gentle, playful love song; one that could have comfortably taken its place on 2004’s Milk-Eyed Mender.

Newsom’s six-piece band was then welcomed to the stage, bringing with them a trumpet, trombone, drums, two violins, a guitar and a mandolin. Bridges and Balloons followed, receiving very subtle assistance from Neil Morgan on drums and occasional strumming from guitarist Ryan Francesconi. Having thanked Francesconi for arranging her latest material to suit a live setting, Newsom pushed through two more new songs; the second possibly titled Ribbon Bows. It emphasised Newsom’s poetic tendencies and was set against warm, intermittent sounds from her string section.

“It’s going to be a bit loosey-goosey with the tuning,” Newsom told the crowd, fussing for a minute over her harp which, it should be said, completely dwarfed her on stage. She begun another new song, tentatively titled In California by the internet community, before stopping dead two minutes in. “Sorry, we need help. Someone fell.” Looking genuinely concerned, Newsom waited several minutes before a girl, who passed out, was carried from the congested front row. It was somewhat strange given the context, especially as the crowd had been, to this point, completely silent and exceptionally well mannered.

Starting once more from the top (at the audience’s behest), Newsom plucked her way through a slightly softer version of the song; with her drummer only imposing himself towards its conclusion.

Switching to piano gave a slightly darker overtone to yet another new and unnamed song, with heavier full-bodied accompaniment from the horn section. This, however, was off-set by the bouncing tempo of Inflammatory Writ which followed; aided by the backing vocals of both Morgan and Francesconi.

After thanking Ned Collette for supporting her, Newsom requested another minute or so to once again tune her harp. The particulars of her sound were clearly quite important. The opening notes to Emily were then greeted with a large cheer; Newsom’s voice rising and falling with more power than on-record. It marked a transition into older material, with The Book of Right On and Peach, Plum, Pear thrilling the Forum.

Closing with a solo encore performance of Esame, Newsom proved a couple of things. She is certainly capable of commanding a large audience on her own; the song’s gentle lyrics matched well against her soft harp. Yet, one felt the night may have suffered had she not been supported by a backing band, with many of her new songs driven by their classical arrangements.

Despite having not released anything for a few years, Joanna Newsom is still clearly held in the highest regard by so very many. The glimpses offered into her new and soon to be released album suggest a slightly fuller, bolder sound going forward. On her performance at the Forum, it seems evident that her new material will be every bit as revered as her past, much-loved work.

1. Jack Rabbits
2. Bridges and Balloons
3. Have One on Me
4. Ribbon Bows
5. In California
6. Easy
7. Inflammatory Writ
8. Soft as Chalk
9. Autumn
10. Emily
11. No Provenance
12. The Book of Right-On
13. Peach, Plum, Pear
14. Occident
15. Esme

Full Show