Swear I'm not Paul: 01/03/2009

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Live: Black Lips at CrawDaddy

Black Lips will play Dublin's CrawDaddy on May 22nd in support of their new album 200 Million Thousand, which goes on sale just before St. Patrick's Day.

Ticket info soon...


Album Cover: Camera Obscura - My Maudlin Career

Great album cover for Camera Obscura's new album My Maudlin Career which is due in April. The 20th to be exact.

01. French Navy
02. The Sweetest Thing
03. You Told A Lie
04. Away With Murder
05. Swans
06. James
07. Careless Love
08. My Maudlin Career
09. Forests And Sands
10. Other Towns And Cities
11. Honey In The Sun

More info:

Oh and someone said something about a torrent?

Live: Oxegen 2009 Daily Lineups latest

From the MCD newsletter. No times or stages yet, but at least you know now if you want to buy a day ticket.

FRI 10TH JULY: Blur, Snow Patrol, The Script, Keane, Lily Allen, James, Pendulum, Ladyhawke, Fight Like Apes, Swedish House Mafia, Crookers. NEW additions: Eagles of Death Metal, Dreadzone, God is an Astronaut, Tom Middleton, Aeroplane.

SAT 11TH JULY: Kings of Leon, Bloc Party, Elbow, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Pete Doherty, The Mars Volta, The Game, Squeeze, Hockey, Tiga, Digitalism. NEW additions: Pet Shop Boys, Doves, The Saturdays, Gary Go.

SUN 12TH JULY: The Killers, Razorlight, The Specials, Lady Gaga, The Ting Tings, Katy Perry, Manic Street Preachers, Paolo Nutini, Florence and the Machine White Lies, Jason Mraz, Foals, Friendly Fires, of Montreal, Miss Kittin and The Hacker (Live). NEW additions: Nine Inch Nails, Jane’s Addiction, Glasvegas, Hudson Mohawke.

Pet Shop Boys medley at the BRITs:

Download: Amazing Baby - Bayonets

Amazing Baby are another Brooklyn, New York band playing SXSW. They are currently mixing their album, which looks set to be rocking! Check out this song and video if you don't believe me!

Amazing Baby - 'Bayonets'

More info:

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Album News: U2 - Songs of Ascent

Will No Line on the Horizon be up for the Choice Music Prize in 2010? Somehow I doubt it. But what about Songs of Ascent? Never heard of it you say. Well you will, for that's the title of the second album U2 are set to release this year.

It's from the same recording sessions as No Line and is set to be more experimental. That can only be a good thing, right?

Bono claims "We're making a kind of heartbreaker, a meditative, reflective piece of work, but not indulgent. It will all have a clear mood, like Miles Davis album 'Kind Or Blue'. Or 'A Love Supreme' would be a point of reference, for the space it occupies in people's lives, which is to say, with that album, I almost take my shoes off to listen to it."

It's due in the Autumn. More news when I hear it.

Live: Neil Young at the O2

If you missed his Irish shows last year, you are a complete and utter failure. Ah no, I don't really mean that. Maybe you couldn't afford it. Like me and every gig this year. Tough times.

Anyhow, Neil Young returns to promote his new album Fork in the Road in June, Saturday the 21st to be precise. He'll play Dublin's O2. Tickets are priced from €67 to €76 and go on sale next Monday.

'Hey Hey My My' at Malahide:

Stream: Say Hi - Oohs and Aahs

I posted a download a few days ago, but now I have two more presents for you. One: another free track; and two: the entire album stream! Yay!

Oohs & Aahs Tracklist:

01. Elouise
02. Hallie And Henry
03. Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
04. November Was White, December Was Grey
05. Dramatic Irony
06. Maurine
07. One, Two ... One
08. Audrey
09. The Stars Just Blink For Us
10. Sallie's Heart Is Stone

Say Hi - 'November Was White, December Was Grey'

Stream the album in full here:


Live Review: Choice Music Prize 2009, Vicar Street Dublin, 4 March 2009

The official Choice Website hasn't been updated yet, but by now you should all know that Jape and Richie Egan took home the ten grand prize. Hopefully it'll put him back into the album charts too.

Last night's show was an extravaganza of music. Four of the ten acts did not perform due to other commitments (not sure why soundtrack maestro David Holmes didn't play, he was in attendance. I'm sure it was him I spotted!), but the six who did play showed while Ireland's music scene is so great in 2009.

Eventual winner Jape opened proceedings with 'Christopher and Anthony', the song with the truly infectious chorus that just won't leave your head. 'Graveyard' works so well in a live setting, and shows that he was a worthy winner of the award. Let's just hope he spends the money on musical equipment and nothing culinary!

Messiah J and the Expert were next up and came on early. Now I'm not usually a lover of hip-hop, but I must say I was really impressed by their performance. What makes them special for an Irish act is that they don't sound like a bunch of Irish yokels trying to rap, they actually sound like accomplished rappers. A real hip-hop group, which will no doubt be an inspiration for kids in the future. They've opened Ireland up to hip-hop.

One of the real highlights for me was the first chance to see Mick Flannery live. I wondered how his stripped back material would work in a live setting, and it was much better than I could have imagined. 'Wait Here' was so much darker live, and shows what a great storyteller Mick is. 'Tomorrow's Paper' was probably my favourite song of the evening. It was a stark contrast to 'Wait Here', and really makes me want to see him perform a full set.

I missed the start of Halfset due to bathroom commitments (if Oppenheimer can have commitments, why can't I be allowed to pee?). Their live set reminded me of the Postal Service, who I really adore. They're a proper band which I liked, none of this press play on the laptop nonsense that you get from some of those dancier artists.

R.S.A.G. was different to what I expected. Forget the new Bell x1 record, Jeremy Hickey is the man who really embodies Talking Heads. Well a Talking Heads with a lot more drumming. It was a great spectacle of a show, the full-on sights and sounds things you don't expect from a smaller less accomplished artist. He should be massive.

The night ended with a set from Fight Like Apes. As usual, it was a great set from one of Ireland's best young bands. I'm really excited to hear some new material from them and see where they go next, because at the moment it looks like they're really starting to take off. Thus it was great to see them in a venue like this before they move on to the Olympia and maybe even the O2.

It didn't take long for the winner to be announced, none of the dramatic pregnant pausing after "The winner is". Not begrudging Jape for winning (because the album is excellent), but it is a clever choice from the judges after the alienation some people felt with Super Extra Bonus Party last year. They were dead right.

And the winner is:

Setlist: Choice Music Prize 2009, Vicar Street, Dublin, 4 March 2009

MC for the night was Allison Curtis, Jim Carroll and someone whose name I've forgotten in the haze presented the award. Our own Hugh Jackman!

Setlists for all the acts (I'm not sure of the Halfset songs, so could someone please leave a comment or email them in please?)

Christopher and Anthony
Strike Me Down

Messiah J and the Expert
Megaphone Man
Turn the Magic On
Jean is Planning an Escape

Mick Flannery
Safety Rope
Wait Here
Tomorrow's Paper

Another Way of Being There

Stick to Your Line
Talk Back Crawl Back
Moon Movin' the Oceans

Fight Like Apes
Jake Summers
I'm Beginning to Think You Prefer Beverley Hills 90210 to Me

I'll try and get some videos as soon as they're uploaded.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Watch: Hockey - Too Fake

Not too many expected Passion Pit to be outdone at the weekend in Whelan's, but they really were by Hockey. If you missed out, you really missed out. These guys should be huge. Check out the video to see what I mean:

Too Fake Music Video

Live: Choice Music Prize 2009

It's on tonight, but there are still tickets on sale at €27. But good news to everyone who can't afford it, the whole thing will be on Today FM.

Here's the ten acts nominated:
Fight Like Apes - Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion (Model Citizen)
Mick Flannery - White Lies (EMI)
Halfset - Another Way of Being There (Casino Gravity Records)
Lisa Hannigan - Sea Sew (Self published)
David Holmes - The Holy Pictures (Canderblinks)
Jape - Ritual (Co-Op)
Messiah J & The Expert - From The Word Go (Inaudible)
Oppenheimer - Take The Whole Mid-Range And Boost It (Fantastic Plastic)
R.S.A.G. - Organic Sampler (Psychonavigation)
The Script - The Script (Sony Music)

My money is on either Fight Like Apes or R.S.A.G. I'd love to see the latter win.

R.S.A.G. live at 'Dinner's Ready':

Live: Metallica at Marlay Park

That's Marlay with an "a", not an "e" as I have spelled it in the past. The other Marley is either Bob/Damien/etc.'s surname, or the titular character of Marley and Me.

Anyhow, enough fluff. Metal kings Metallica are set to return to Ireland to play Marlay Park on August 1st. Tickets are on sale from next Tuesday. No price yet, but I'll let you know when I hear more.

Metallica playing 'Whiskey in the Jar' live in good old Ireland:

Download: Japanese Motors - Spendin' Days

Japanese Motors are offering a free download of 'Spendin' Days' in order to promote their new three song EP, Perception of Reality. All you need to do is enter your email address. It's as handy as that.

The EP is out now on Vice Records.

More info/Download it here:


Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Setlist: Franz Ferdinand, Olympia Theatre, Dublin, 1 March 2009

Their new album is so much better than the new U2 it's unreal. But that said the new album isn't a patch on their debut. Says a lot about the quality of the new U2. The Franz Ferdinand show on Sunday night though was very, very good.

# Come on Home
# No You Girls
# Do You Want To
# Walk Away
# Bite Hard
# The Fallen
# Take Me Out
# Turn It On
# 40'
# Live Alone
# Michael
# Ulysses
# Darts Of Pleasure
# What She Came For
# Outsiders
# This Fire

'Take Me Out' from the Olympia:

Album News: Pete Yorn - Back and Fourth

From Pete's twitter:
"My new record titled “Back and Fourth” will be released on June 23rd. It was produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes). "

Nothing else. But a release date and an excellent producer. I cannot wait. Colour me excited. His last album was pretty great, but his first musicforthemorningafter is so terrific.

Hopefully he'll come over here to promote.

'Just Another Girl' live in 2007:

Live: TV on the Radio and Lady Gaga at Oxegen 2009

More names announced for Oxegen 2009:
TV On The Radio
Manic Street Preachers
Lady Gaga
Florence & The Machine
The Game
Friendly Fires
Of Montreal

You would have expected many of these acts to be playing - well these types of acts anyway. Lady Gaga will pull in the pop fans, and Tv on the Radio will excite those of us with taste. But The Game? That really is straight out of left field. Strange.

Download: The Deer Tracks - 127SexFyra

The Deer Tracks are set to release new album Aurora next week (march 9th in the UK), and it recently was Rough Trade's album of the week. So therefore I just had to check it out. And it looks promising, well, based on the track I have here, bizarrely titled '127SexFyra'. The album is already out in their homeland , Sweden, but now we in Ireland can get a chance to see what Scandinavia has been raving about.

The Deer Tracks - '127SexFyra'

More info:

Yes This Is My Broken Shield
The Puzzled Piece
Slow Collision
Before The Storm
I Bite Your Tongue
Christmas Fire
World Of Abel
Cast Away

Monday, March 2, 2009

Setlist: Snow Patrol, O2 Dublin, 28 February 2009

Snow Patrol closed the month of February with a storming performance at Dublin's O2. Their latest album works much better in a live arena, as we all know the studio sound was lacking. Maybe they need now-solo Iain Archer back?

They even played that song Leona Lewis wrote for them!!!

If There's A Rocket Tie Me To It
Hands Open
Spitting Games
How To Be Dead
The Golden Floor
The Planets Bend Between Us
You Could Be Happy
Shut Your Eyes
Chasing Cars
Set The Fire To The Third Bar
Crack The Shutters
Take Back The City
Open Your Eyes
The Lightning Strike
You're All I Have

One of their classics, 'Chocolate':

Download: Mumblin' Deaf Ro - The Hero is a Graduate

Mumblin' Deaf Ro - ‘Senor, My Friend’

Mumblin' Deaf Ro are re-releasing their debut album through Indiecater for a bargain price of four euro. If you didn't get the album back in 2003, you really missed out. If you still haven't heard of them, here's a snippet from the record (the track 'The Hero is a Graduate'). The album is joyous, glorious, uplifting, and all around brilliant. Make sure you buy it. Four euro? How can you say no?

Mumblin' Deaf Ro - 'The Hero is a Graduate'


Download: Kill it Kid - Private Idaho

Kill it Kid - EP

Kill it Kid are kind of like the Kings of Leon for 2009. But one that it's cool to like. They're a fivesome from Bath in the UK. They are a bit more baroque than KoL though, and perhaps a little darker.

Their EP came out in December and a full length LP is expected later this year. They're signed to One Little Indian, which has a history of producing greatness. For now check out a free download of 'Private Idaho'

Kill It Kid - 'Private Idaho'

More info:

Their EP is available here:

Setlist: The Killers, O2, Dublin, 20 February 2009

Setlist from last week's Killers performance at the renamed Point.

1. Spaceman
2. Losing Touch
3. Somebody Told Me
4. Smile Like You Mean It
5. This Is Your Life
6. Joy Ride
7. I Can't Stay
8. Shadowplay (Joy Division cover)
9. Bling (Confession of a King)
10. For Reasons Unknown
11. Neon
12. Human
13. Sam's Town
14. Read My Mind
15. Mr. Brightsideo
16. All These Things That I've Done
17. A Dustland Fairytale
18. Bones
19. Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
20. When You Were Young

Closer 'When You Were Young':