Swear I'm not Paul: 18/01/2009

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Album News: The Villagers - Hollow Kind EP

The Villagers - Hollow Kind EP cover

The Villagers will release their debut EP, Hollow Kind on February 9th 2009. It could be a big year for Conor O'Brien and the Villagers, as he's widely tipped to make it big in the Irish scene.

As for now, Nialler9 has two of the songs from the EP on his blog, here:
And they're good. Damn good!

Yesterday I listened to... #1

New feature time. I'm fascinated by a topic called "Today I listened to" on a message board I use, so I thought I'd let you guys know what I'm listening to. Abuse my ears if you like, or chime in with a "Hey great album, I must listen to it". It all helps. I love the comments. So add as many as you can.

Also, check out Red for something similar:

Tonight Franz Ferdinand album cover
Franz Ferdinand - Tonight Franz Ferdinand

Franz Nicolay - Major General album cover
Franz Nicolay - Major General

White Stripes - White Blood Cells
The White Stripes - White Blood Cells

The Whitlams - Torch the Moon
The Whitlams - Torch the Moon

Yesterday I was in an alphabetic kind of mood. Starting off with the new Franz Ferdinand record, which gets better with each listen. It's still not a patch on their debut. Probably as good as the second one though. And 'Ulysses' has some wonderful lyrics.

This led perfectly into Franz Nicolay's debut record. The moustachioed keyboard player in the Hold Steady has gone solo and made a glorious record that so far is one of the best of the year. Opener 'Jeff Penalty' is as good as anything the Hold Steady have done, but the album as a whole sounds nothing like its parent band. It's kind of like a mix between The Mountain Goats, Gaslight Anthem and the Silver Jews.

I wanted to go old school next, and thus chose the White Stripes breakthrough. It's not as good as I used to think. or did I ever really love it? For me, Get Behind Me Satan is their best work. Maybe I should've listened to that instead.

Going to bed, I wanted something light, and Australia's Whitlams served that up perfectly. They're light pop-rock, but no Matchbox Twenty. But for me, their finest moment will forever be covering Divine Comedy's stellar 'Your Daddy's Car'. Unfortunately, there's no video on YouTube for the track. If anyone can point me to it, I'd be extremely grateful.

Live: Ultra Vox at the Olympia

The other one from Band Aid is coming back to Ireland with the original line-up of Ultravox. That's right, Midge Ure and co will play Dublin's Olympia Theatre on Saturday, May 2nd, 2009.

Tickets are priced €58.90 and are on sale from Friday.

Oh 'Vienna':

My brother always complains that he never heard that song once when he was in Vienna. For shame.

Blogs What I Like: Irish Blog Awards Music Nominations

Irish Blog Awards - Nominated

Great news, I've been nominated on the very-longlist for the Irish Blog Awards. This will become a longlist and then a shortlist. I've been enterted into both Best Music Blog and Best new Blog categories. Check out all the nominations here:

And then check out all the blogs nominated in Best Music Blog:

Best Music Blog - Sponsored by DownloadMusic.ie
Tenacioust: http://tenacioustimothy.wordpress.com/
Ken Mcguire: http://kenmc.com/
Music Roadmusic Road: http://musicroad.blogspot.com/
Musical Rooms: http://musicalrooms.wordpress.com/
Mp3hugger: http://mp3hugger.com/
Kilkennymusic.com: http://kilkennymusic.com/
Fireworks And Mash: http://fireworksandmash.com/
Indie Limerick: http://indielimerick.blogspot.com/
2 U I Bestow: http://2uibestow.blogspot.com/
Asleep On The Compost Heap: http://onavery.blogspot.com/
Cheebah And All That: http://cheebah.net/
Circa: Now!: http://ciarandryan.blogspot.com/
Nick Thinks: http://nickthinks.wordpress.com/
Swear I’m Not Paul: http://swearimnotpaul.blogspot.com/
Nialler9: http://nialler9.com/
Egoeccentric: http://egoeccentric.blogspot.com/
Off Her Rocker: http://wordpress.hotpress.com/offherrocker
The Indie Hour: http://indiehour.wordpress.com/
Jackandthe-news: http://jackandthe.com/
Stuart’s World!: http://stuartlawler.ie/
Frmckenzie: http://frmckenzie.wordpress.com/
Weareie: http://weareie.com/
Stuart Bailie: http://bbc.co.uk/blogs/stuartbailie
The Red Scrapbook: http://theredscrapbook.blogspot.com/
Smoke/less/fuels: http://smokelessfuels.blogspot.com/
State Magazine: http://state.ie/blog
Analogue Magazine: http://analoguemagazine.com/
Guess List: http://guesslist.ie/
The Torture Garden: http://thetorturegarden.blogspot.com/
Unarocks: http://unarocks.blogspot.com/
Unreality Music: http://music.unrealitytv.co.uk/
Those Geese Were Stupefied: http://thosegeese.blogspot.com/
On The Record: http://irishtimes.com/blogs/ontherecord
Drop-d Music Journal: http://drop-d.ie/
Cheebah And All That: http://cheebah.typepad.com/

My favourites are IndieLimerick, 2UIBestow, Nialler9, and On The Record. Hopefully these and me can make the shortlist! If not, I hope Peter, Keith or Jim wins.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Check this out

Inauguration speeches courtesy of Rick O'Shea:

Music, what music?


Non-Music: 44 US Presidents

Ah, what a perfect finale...

Stream: Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream

Great work from the guys over at the Irish Times, getting a free stream of the new Bruce album, as well as a free download of 'Life Itself'.

Check it all out here:

Perfect music for inauguration day.

Monday, January 19, 2009

Song Review: U2 - Get On Your Boots

U2 - Get On Your Boots single cover

How many times am I accidentally going to type 'Get Your Boots On' instead of the proper tilte 'Get On Your Boots'? Well, probably just another handful of times after Dave Fanning dropped in to give the first ever play to the new U2 single on 2FM's Colm and Jim-Jim Breakfast Show at 8 bells this morning.

The song is exactly what you'd expect from post-Vertigo U2. It has lead single written all over it. It's overdrive to the max, and seems to tumble past itself at extortionate speeds. You know the way on Top Gear when they cut to the Stig in-car, he's always listening to some classic driving music or ELO? Well, 'Get On Your Boots' was probably what Richard Hammond had on the stereo before that near-fatal crash.

It's pounding, it contains one of those "you know it's U2" riffs, and the chorus is goddamn catchy. Thus I won't be calling it 'Get Your Boots On' for much longer. I'd say it'll be a number one single for Bono and the boys. Especially with all the publicity U2 get these days. I'm just adding to it, aren't I?

But a new U2 album is important if you're in the Irish music world. Well it seems important. Every newspaper mentioned it today. But from these early signs, it looks like No Line on the Horizon is going to be How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb 2. So expect a huge worldwide stadium tour. Maybe starting in Croker and ending at the new Landsdowne next year? Could be, could be...

Download: U2 - Get On Your Boots

Ahem ahem...

Radio stream of the song, download it here, with some free Dave Fanning chit-chat at the beginning:

Or simply just press play:

Live: Passion Pit at Whelan's

Believe the hype. It's right!

Passion Pit (one of 2009's most hyped bands) will play Dublin's Whelan's on March 1st. Tickets cost €15 (not three shabby), and go on sale this Wednesday. Speaking of Wednesday, don't forget to check out the excellent Kanyu Tree, who are putting on a free show at 8 p.m.

Watch 'Smile Upon Me':

Stream: Justin Timberlake - Bigger Than The World

New Justin Timberlake song hits the interwebs. No news on an album yet, but he's meant to be writing it at the moment, and Wikipedia has it TBA for 2009.

Listen to new song 'Bigger Than The World' here:

Listen: U2 - Window in the Skies

Fan-made video for another new U2 song, this time 'Window in the Skies'.


Bet it gets taken down!

Album News: Sara Watkins - Self-titled

Great news for Nickel creek fans. The third one (the one who has to use the toilet marked 'Ladies') is releasing a solo album.

Sara Watkins' self-titled debut will be released on April 7th, 2009 in the US on Nonesuch Records.

Sara Watkins features a wide range of colleagues and old friends, including alt-country duo Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas; colleagues from the bluegrass world like Tim O’Brien, Punch Brothers’ Chris Eldridge, Ronnie McCoury, and Rayna Gellert; and her Nickel Creek bandmates Chris Thile and Sean Watkins.

She co-wrote 8 of the songs on the album, and one of the others is a cover of a Jon Brion tune. And you know how much I love Jon Brion!

1. All This Time (Sara Watkins)
2. Long Hot Summer Days (John Hartford)
3. My Friend (Sara Watkins)
4. Freiderick (Sara Watkins)
5. Same Mistakes (Jon Brion)
6. Any Old Time (Jimmie Rodgers)
7. Pony (Tom Waits)
8. Lord Won't You Help Me (Norman Blake)
9. Jefferson (Sara Watkins)
10. Give Me Jesus (Sara Watkins)
11. Bygones (Sara Watkins)
12. Too Much (DavĂ­d Garza)
13. Will We Go (Sara Watkins)
14. Where Will You Be (Sara Watkins)


More info:

Sara & Sean with Tift Merritt:

Stream: U2 - Get On Your Boots

Warning, you won't be pressing play - this track loads automatically. So it frightened the life out of me.

Exclusively played on 2FM early this morning, here's the brand new U2 song 'Get On Your Boots' from upcoming album No Line on the Horizon: