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Friday, June 18, 2010

Stream: The Roots - How I Got Over

The Roots new album promises to be something special. It features brilliant, inspired samples, as well as guest performances from a range of acts. You can stream 90 second samples of all the tunes below, including the brilliant Monsters of Folk sampling 'Dear God 2.0' and their take on Joanna Newsom with 'Right On'. the album comes out on Tuesday in the US.

1. "A Peace of Light" (feat. Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian & Haley Dekle of Dirty Projectors) 1:50
2. "Walk Alone" (feat. Truck North, P.O.R.N. & Dice Raw) 3:55
3. "Dear God 2.0" (feat. Monsters of Folk) 3:59
4. "Radio Daze" (feat. Blu, P.O.R.N. & Dice Raw) 4:16
5. "Now Or Never" (feat. Phonte & Dice Raw) 4:34
6. "How I Got Over" (feat. Dice Raw) 3:36
7. "DillaTUDE (The Flight of Titus)" 0:42
8. "The Day" (feat. Blu, Phonte & Patty Crash) 3:44
9. "Right On" (feat. Joanna Newsom & STS) 3:36
10. "Doin' It Again" (feat. John Legend) 2:24
11. "The Fire" (feat. John Legend) 3:41
12. "Tunnel Vision" 0:40
13. "Web 20/20" (feat. Peedi Peedi & Truck North) 2:46
14. "Hustla" (feat. STS) 2:56

Download: Jill Andrews - A Little Less

Former Everybodyfields singer Jill Andrews is set to release her debut solo album this year. She came out with a self-titled EP last year, which was extremely impressive (better than anything by her previous band, in my opinion). She recorded a live session for HearYa which was posted yesterday, and played a new, unheard song which could be from said upcoming debut record.

A Little Less
Sweetest in the Morning
These Words
Worth Keeping

Jill Andrews - 'A Little Less'

Full Show/More info:

Watch 'A Little Less':

Album News: Eels - Tomorrow Morning

Mister E must be the most prolific artist around, it seems every month I'm posting news of a new Eels album. The latest of which is Tomorrow Morning. It's due out on August 24th and ends the trilogy of albums that started with El Hombre Loco. End Times was a pretty good album, so hopefully part 3 of 3 can keep the trend going.

01 “In Gratitude For This Magnificent Day”
02 “I’m A Hummingbird”
03 “The Morning”
04 “Baby Loves Me”
05 “Spectacular Girl”
06 “What I Have to Offer”
07 “This Is Where It Gets Good”
08 “After The Earthquake”
09. “Oh So Lovely”
10 “The Man”
11 “Looking Up”
12 “That’s Not Her Way”
13 “I Like the Way This Is Going”
14 “Mystery Of Life”

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Album Review: The Drums - Self-titled

The Drums - The Drums

It would be easy to write-off the Drums as yet another throwback pop band. However, that would be too simple to do. Don't we all want some new Smiths material? Or how about something that sounds like them, Joy Division, the Cure, and all the rest of those great 80s acts? The Drums may be the band that has come up with the best effort so far. There's been much eightiesgazing, but so far none have been this good.

The Drums self-titled debut album stands out because these guys know their way around a pop hook. Opener 'Best Friend' sounds like it could have been a huge hit for the Sundays, and they performed a wonderful version of the song on Jonathan Ross just a few weeks back. In fact, BBC seems to be promoting them a fair bit, probably because they came in fifth on the BBC Sound of 2010 Poll. So far, this is far and away the best release from anyone on that poll. Yeah, I said it, screw you Ellie and Marina!

The whole thing is very head-down, arms-straight-down danceable - the kind of thing my old college housemate would have loved. He couldn't dance to the like of Justin Timberlake or whatever the clubs are banging out these days, but he could definitely dance to this. And whistle along. Every album needs whistling. It's featured here on the single 'Let's Go Surfing', which is probably the album's worst moment. It's a song that tries too hard to be a hit. The Drums work much better when they're just enjoying it.

There's plenty to enjoy here, 'Book of Stories' and 'Forever and Ever Amen' are highpoints, particularly the former, which is a real smooth summery Cure-type track. Overall, the album is nothing amazing, it's far from groundbreaking, but it is a lot better than all the rest of the 80s pastiches out there. If they can build on this, the follow-up should be superb.

Watch: Tegan and Sara, Tower Records, 15 June 2010

They may have performed a full length gig at the Olympia Theatre, but Tower Records on Dublin's Wicklow Street was the place to be yesterday as Tegan and Sara played a nice intimate gig to a capacity crowd. You can watch it all below.

Back in Your Head
Call It Off
Living Room


Back in Your Head



Call It Off

Living Room

Setlist: Tegan and Sara, Olympia, 15 June 2010

Singing siblings Tegan and Sara played a headline gig at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin last night as part of their European Tour. By all accounts, it was a great gig, but the free instore they did at Tower Records earlier in the day was even better.

The Ocean
On Directing
The Cure
Red Belt
You Wouldn't Like Me
I Bet It Stung
The Con
Where Does The Good Go
Speak Slow
Walking With A Ghost
So Jealous
Like O, Like H
Night Watch
Don't Rush
Hop A Plane
Sentimental Tune
Back In Your Head
Dark Come Soon
Call It Off
Living Room

Photo: courtesy of Evampire

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Stream: Ray LaMontagne - Beg, Steal or Borrow

This is the first track we've had the chance to hear properly from Ray LaMontagne's upcoming album with the Pariah Dogs, God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise. It's a nice tune, and is a good introduction for the record, especially as it features some lovely pedal steel guitar. The album itself is due August 17th.

1. Repo Man
2. New York City's Killing Me
3. God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise
4. Beg Steal Or Borrow
5. Are We Really Through
6. This Love Is Over
7. Old Before Your Time
8. For The Summer
9. Like Rock & Roll and Radio
10. The Devil's In The Jukebox

Stream Ray LaMontagne - 'Beg, Steal, or Borrow':

Live: RSAG Irish Tour

Kilkenny's Jeremy Hickey (aka Rarely Seen Above Ground, or R.S.A.G. for short) is back with a new album, Be It Right or Wrong (expect a review of it on here by Friday). He's also back with a nationwide tour in support of the album.

The tour is kicking off tonight at Dolan's in Limerick, and visits some of Ireland's finest music venues. The Kilo will provide support at all the shows, with the excellent 202s also on the bill for the Academy. Tickets for the Academy show are €13.50, so it's not an expensive night out. Well worth it.

Tour dates (all June):
Wed 16th – Dolan’s, Limerick w/guests The Kilo
Thu 17th – Cyprus Ave, Cork w/guests The Kilo
Fri 18th – Roisin Dubh, Galway w/guests The Kilo
Thu 24th – The Academy, Dublin w/guests 202s and The Kilo
Sat 26th – Spirit Store, Dundalk w/guests The Kilo

Watch 'Stick to Your Line':

Links: 98 FM Interview 13 June 2010

Once again, I was a guest on John Barker's Totally Irish on 98fm on Sunday night. If you tuned in and wanted to know more about what I discussed (apart from my tips for the World Cup), here are the links.

The show itself...
Totally Irish on 98fm

Richter Collective
An independent label formed by musicians, who are more about promoting great music than anything else. Features some great Irish acts like Adebisi Shank, BATS, and the Redneck Manifesto.

Richter Collective Sampler
A mixtape of tunes from all of the RC's finest bands, exclusively on State.ie. Stream and download it here:

Enemies - We've Been Talking
Debut album from one of the Richter Collective's best upcoming bands. Stream it in full here:

Jogging - Minutes
One of the more impressive Irish debuts this year, Jogging are the best band signed to RC (so far) in my opinion. Hear their debut in its entirety here:

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Download: Imelda May - Daytrotter Session

Imelda May is the latest artist to record a Daytrotter Session. The Irish chanteuse performed five fantastic songs, which can be downloaded as free mp3s over on the Daytrotter website.

Big Bad Handsome Man
Knock 123
My Baby Left Me
Sneaky Freak
Watcha Gonna Do?


Setlist: Stone Temple Pilots, Olympia, 14 June 2010

Stone Temple Pilots played a sold-out gig at the Olympia Theatre, Dublin last night, and looking at the setlist, it was surely fantastic.

1. Vasoline
2. Crackerman
3. Wicked Garden
4. Between The Lines
5. Sour Girl
6. Creep
7. Hickory Dichotomy
8. Bagman
9. Huckleberry Crumble
10. Tumble In The Rough
11. Big Empty
12. Plush
13. Lounge Fly
14. Interstate Love Song
15. Sex Type Thing
16. Dead And Bloated
17. Trippin' On A Hole In A Paper Heart

Watch 'Vasoline' live in Dublin:

Monday, June 14, 2010

Stream: MIA - MAYA

The new album from MIA, called /\/\/\Y/\, is due for release on July 12th, but can now be streamed in full at the People's Music Store website. The stream allows you to listen to 30 second snippets of the entire thing, so in theory you can listen to all the album. You just have to reload every 30 seconds!

1 “The Message” 0:57
2 “Steppin' Up” 4:01
3 “XXXO” 2:54
4 “Teqkilla” 6:19
5 “Lovalot” 2:50
6 “Story Told” 3:32
7 “It Takes a Muscle” 3:00
8 “It Iz What It Iz” 3:29
9 “Born Free” 4:07
10 “Meds and Feds” 3:08
11 “Tell Me Why” 4:10
12 “Space” 3:08


Live: Oxegen 2010 Hot Press Signing Tent

The first batch of acts for the Hot Press signing tent at Oxegen 2010 have been announced. Expect more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Lineup so far:
Wild Beasts
Cathy Davey

Some great names there so far, and there's sure to be more.

Watch Wild Beasts 'Assembly':

Oxegen 2010 Full Lineup Daily Breakdown

Oxegen 2010

No stage times or anything, but here's the daily breakdown of the lineup for Oxegen 2010.


Main Stage: Arcade Fire, Jay-Z, Stereophonics, Vampire Weekend,
The Black Keys, The Coronas, Eliza Doolittle

Vodafone Stage: Fatboy Slim, Groove Armada, Scouting For Girls, Plan B, Republic Of Loose, Two Door Cinema Club, Drake, Fox Avenue

Heineken Green Spheres: David Guetta, Goldfrapp, Empire Of The Sun,
The Coral, Delorentos, God Is An Astronaut, Kassidy

Hot Press Academy: Villagers, Frightened Rabbit, Shed Seven, O Emperor,
Joe Echo, Lissie, Sweet Jane

Red Bull Music Academy: Chipmunk, Tinie Tempah, Gabriella Cilmi,
Darwin Deez, MemoryHouse, Colm K, Andreya Triana, The Capitals

Dance Arena: Simian Mobile Disco, Erol Alkan, Vitalic, Aeroplane, Fred Falke, Primary 1, Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, Dublin Streets, DJ Gordo & Church


Main Stage: Muse, Kasabian, Florence + The Machine, Dizzee Rascal,
John Mayer, Biffy Clyro, The Stranglers

Vodafone Stage: The Black Eyed Peas, Doves, Editors, The Cribs,
Rise Against, Tinariwen, Kids In Glass Houses

Heineken Green Spheres: Calvin Harris, Hot Chip, Gossip, La Roux,
Cathy Davey, Ellie Goulding, Wallis Bird, Panama Kings

Hot Press Academy: Ash, Kele, Bombay Bicycle Club, Yeasayer, Hurts,
Mayer Hawthorne, 3OH!3, Chapel Club, Daisy Dares You, Matthew P

Red Bull Music Academy: The Drums, Dirty Projectors, Wild Beasts,
Alex Metric, Jackmaster, Space Dimension Controller, Illum Sphere,
The Minutes

Dance Arena: Armand Van Helden, A-Trak, Japanese Popstars,
Louis La Roche, Villa, French Horn Rebellion, Bitches With Wolves,
David E. Sugar, Steve Aoki, Amasis


Main Stage: Eminem, Faithless, Paolo Nutini, Bell X1, Newton Faulkner,
Earth Wind & Fire, Echo & The Bunnymen

Vodafone Stage: The Prodigy, 30 Seconds To Mars, The Temper Trap,
Joshua Radin, D12, Professor Green, The Knux

Heineken Green Spheres: Mumford & Sons, Ocean Colour Scene,
The Courteeners, Jamie T, We Are Scientists, Kate Nash, Diana Vickers,
General Fiasco

Hot Press Academy: Julian Casablancas, Laura Marling, Hilltop Hoods,
Mystery Jets, The High Kings, Example, The Middle East, Rachel Furner

Red Bull Music Academy: Broken Social Scene, Delphic, Hudson Mohawke,
Jamie Lidell, Local Natives, Cecile, Robot Koch, Planet Parade

Dance Arena: Steve Angello, Chase & Status, Fake Blood, Jess Rose,
The Golden Filter, Popof, Al Gibbs, Vogue

Just 24 days to go...

Stream: Kele Okereke - Tenderoni Remixes

Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke has an imminent debut album: The Boxer. You may have heard lead single 'Tenderoni' already (especially if you ventured over onto Nialler9's blog recently, he loves it), but you may not have known that Kele is running a remix competition. Full details can be found here, if you wish to enter. But most of us probably just want to hear the remixes...

Stream some of the entries so far:
Tenderoni Remixes

Live: Conor Furlong at Whelan's

Conor Furlong will be playing his first ever Whelan's headline gig with his new band on Tuesday the 29th of June. I'd highly recommend it, as it's sure to be an excellent gig. Conor could definitely take off with the right promotion team behind him. He already has the tunes.

Support on the night comes from The Koubas and Andy Humphreys.

Watch Conor Furlong - 'Are You Gonna Sleep Tonight?':

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Setlist: Paul McCartney, RDS, 12 June 2010

Anyone who wasn't busy watching Green bottle it (or some other tabloid-pun) at the World Cup probably knew there was something else going on in Dublin, as crowds swarmed to the RDS to see Paul McCartney return to Ireland for the second time in six months. Luckily for anyone who did see him the first time around (at the O2 back in December), he mixed things up with some other songs from his extensive back catalogue.


1. Venus And Mars/Rock Show
2. Jet
3. All My Loving
4. Letting Go
5. Got To Get You Into My Life
6. Highway
7. Let Me Roll It / Foxy Lady
8. The Long and Winding Road
9. Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five
10. Let 'Em In
11. My Love
12. I'm Looking Through You
13. Two Of Us
14. Blackbird
15. Here Today
16. Dance Tonight
17. Mrs Vandebilt
18. Eleanor Rigby
19. Something
20. Sing the Changes
21. Band on the Run
22. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
23. Back in the U.S.S.R.
24. I've Got a Feeling
25. Paperback Writer
26. A Day in the Life / Give Peace A Chance
27. Let It Be
28. Live and Let Die
29. Hey Jude
30. Day Tripper
31. Lady Madonna
32. Get Back
33. Yesterday
34. Helter Skelter
35. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (reprise) / The End

Watch 'Day Tripper' from last night's gig: