Swear I'm not Paul: 15/02/2009

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Friday, February 20, 2009

Setlist: Kaiser Chiefs, O2 Dublin, 19 February 2009

Think this is the correct setlist, however if it isn;t, please email any corrections to swearimnotpaul@gmail.com thanks. Thanks to Mary D and Tiago for an update.

'Spanish metal'
'Everyday I Love You Less and Less'
'Everything is Average Nowadays'
'Heat Dies Down'
'You want History'
'Saturday Night'
'Love is Not a Competition'
'Good Days, Bad Days'
'Modern Way'
'Half the Truth'
'Never Miss a Beat'
'I Predict a Riot'
'Take My Temperature'
'The Angry Mob'
'Thank You Very Much'
'Oh My God'

Also played 'Na Na Na Na Naa', 'Like It Too Much', 'Can't Say What I Mean' and 'Tomato In The Rain'.

Watch a video of the performance last night:

Download: Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest live

Thanks to Ryan for the nod towards http://onethirtybpm.com/2009/02/10/live-preview-grizzly-bear-veckatimest/ which has some live cuts of the songs from Grizzly bear's upcoming Veckatimest (I have to check everytime to see if it's spelled right).

You can download the album (well live versions) in full here:

01. Cheerleader (originally '2 Hud') (Live @ Boston MFA 08.14.08)
02. Fine For Now (Live @ Boston MFA 08.14.08)
03. Two Weeks (Live @ Boston MFA 08.14.08)
04. Two Weeks (Live on David Letterman)
05. While You Wait For The Others (Live on KCRW: Morning Becomes Eclectic)
06. While You Wait For The Others (Live @ Boston MFA 08.14.08)
07. What Is Your Deal? (DoE Daytrotter Session)
08. Deep Blue Sea (Live @ Boston MFA 08.14.08)
09. Deep Blue Sea (Live on KCRW: Morning Becomes Eclectic)

Stream: The Black Lips - 200 Million Thousand

The more I look at the album cover, the more I think that's George Washington. I'm probably totally wrong. The album itself comes out next week in the US, so if you find a lucky Irish retailer, you may be able to buy it today. If you can't find one of those, you can stream it in full on last.fm.


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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Album News: Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest

Grizzly Bear - Veckatimest album cover art

I've no idea how to pronounce it, but no doubt you'll be reading the title Veckatimest on a lot of year-end best ofs. This could well be Grizzly Bear's best album yet.

It's due out in late May. And I hope to have a download of anything, even a live cut, as soon as possible to whet your appetite. Trust me, it'll be great.

01 Southern Point
02 Two Weeks
03 All We Ask
04 Fine for Now
05 Cheerleader
06 Dory
07 Ready, Able
08 About Face
09 Hold Still
10 While You Wait for the Others
11 I Live With You
12 Foreground

Download: Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Album Launch Party

An excellent show by Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit to promote the launch of their new album Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. The set had a mixture of old and new, with songs coming from the new record, Jason's excellent solo debut Sirens of the Ditch, and even some songs he recorded with The Drive-By Truckers. If you haven't got the new album yet, or even heard Jason live, you're in for a treat. The one thing I recommend you download this week. Forget about that U2 leak.

Set I - 68:05
01. Intro
02. Soldiers Get Strange
03. Try
04. Goddamn Lonely Love
05. Grown
06. Cigarettes & Wine
07. Chicago Promenade
08. Street Lights
09. The Magician
10. Seven Mile Island
11. Outfit
12. Danko/Manuel

Set II - 65:56
01. Intro
02. The Blue
03. Sunstroke
04. Never Gonna Change
05. No Choice In The Matter
06. American Girl
07. Crowd / Tuning
08. Brand New Kind Of Actress
09. Sway
10. Decoration Day


Watch 'Outfit' live from December 2007 (one of his greatest songs):

Album News: Tinted Windows

No title, no tracklists, not much really. But I thought this was strange enough (or interesting enough, depending on perspective) to tell you about.

Former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos, Hanson's Taylor Hanson and Fountains Of Wayne bassist Adam Schlesinger have formed a new band, Tinted Windows.

The group has recorded its debut album at Stratosphere Sound Studios in New York, which Schlesinger and Iha co-own with Ivy's Andy Chase. The set is expected this spring on a label to be announced.

Tinted Windows will play its first major show at Billboard's South by Southwest showcase, to be held March 20 at Pangaea in Austin, Texas.

So not a live performance, song clip, or download in sight. Nor a label or release date. But James Iha and one of the kids from Hanson? Amazing. Baffling.

But Hanson werne't all 'Mmmbop', you know:

Download: The Rest - Apples and Allergies

The Rest - Everyone All at Once

Queue me fawning over an album cover again. Nothing really explains why I like certain album covers, but I really do like the one for Hamilton Ontario's The Rest's upcoming second album Everyone All at Once.

And if the music is anything like the cover, it's sure to be great. From what I've heard, it will be. The song I have here, 'Apples and Allergies' builds and builds into brilliance, well, from, brilliance. (Far too many commas there!)

1. Coughing Blood / Fresh Mountain Air
2. Modern Time Travel (Necessities)
3. Sheep In Wolves' Clothing
4. Phonetically, Phonetically
5. Apples & Allergies
6. Drinking Again
7. Blossom Babies Part Two
8. Walk on Water (Auspicious Beginnings)
9. The Lady Vanishes
10. Everything All At Once
a) The Last Great Cocoa Owl Job
b) In My Attic, Souvenirs

The Rest - 'Apples and Allergies'

More info:

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Irish Blog Awards 2009: Shortlists announced

Sadly, yours truly did not make the final five this year, but we're only young, and can always build for next year. I'll need a new template for this. If anyone wants to make one for me, I'd give them lots of hugs. (I have very little money!)

But congratulations to everyone who made the shortlist in each category, and especially the 5 who beat me in mine!

Full list of finalists here:

Best Music Blog - Sponsored by DownloadMusic.ie

* mp3hugger.com
* nialler9.com
* state.ie/blog
* onavery.blogspot.com
* irishtimes.com/blogs/ontherecord

But to make me feel better, please follow my new project on twitter here:
It all starts on Monday...

Download: Throw Me the Statue - Ship

Throw Me the Statue - Purpleface cover

In order to heighten anticipation for their upcoming second full album (the follow up to the splendid Moonbeams), Throw Me the Statue have released a little EP. It's called Purpleface, and is available now. The EP's closing tune, 'Ship' is the glorious crescendo of the EP, and I have it available for download.

1. That's How You Win
2. Written In Heart Signs, Faintly
3. Honeybee
4. Ship

Throw Me the Statue - 'Ship'

More info/Buy:

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News: Delorentos split

Now I was never the biggest fan of the band in the first place, but they did have promise. They also showed that it wasn't so hard to make it on the Irish music scene. And when you do make it, you can end up supporting great acts (like Dave Matthews Band at the Point a few years back). Sadly, Delorentos are no more. Here's the press release:

We've got some sad news.
It's with a very heavy heart that we have to let you know that Ronan has decided to leave the band. He feels its best for him to move on and do other things. The three of us will still be making music and will let you know about what happens next.
As our songs always came from the four of us playing together we've also decided that it wouldn't feel right to continue "delorentos" without him.
We're all very proud of the songs we've written over the last year, we feel they're some of the best we've ever done, and as a result we're determined not to discard them or let them go.
Next month, the four of us are going to record this album together and plan on making it something we'll all be proud of. It'll be our last collection of songs as delorentos, and we hope you'll like them.
We want to thank everyone that's supported us since we started, we'd never have gotten this far without you. We hope to play a gig or two to say goodbye.
We'll be in touch soon with more details.
Ross, Neal and Kieran and Ro.

Here's what they did: