Swear I'm not Paul: 05/07/2009

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Saturday, July 11, 2009

Setlist: James, Oxegen, Friday 10 July 2009

Old-school stylee James played the Main Stage at Oxegen on Friday. Closer 'Laid' was a standout.

Oh My Heart
Ring the Bells
She's a star
Out to get you
Sit down

Setlist: Mumford and Sons, Oxegen, Friday 10 July 2009

Marcus Mumford and his excellent Mumford and Sons played the Hot Press New Bands Tent yesterday and were definitely one of my highlights of the weekend.

White Blank Page
Roll Away Your Stone
Hold on to what You Believe
The Cave

Setlist: The Mighty Stef, Oxegen, Friday 10 July 2009

Ireland's own (what a magazine!) The Mighty Stef played the IMRO New Sounds Tent on Friday at Oxegen. I didn't catch much, but I know of three songs...

Death Threats
Down at the Radiotron
Poisonous Love

Setlist: 202s, Oxegen, Friday 10 July 2009

The 202s album is one of the best Irish albums of the year, and they popped in to the Red Bull Music Academy yesterday for a short little set.

Ease My Mind
Goodbye, Good Evening
Who Cares About Sunshine
Shoot You Down

Setlist: God is an Astronaut, Oxegen, Friday 10 July 2009

Didn't catch much of God is an Astronaut on the Heineken Green Spheres stage, so again, let me know what I'm missing.

Shining Through
No Return

Setlist: Iain Archer, Oxegen, Friday 10 July 2009

Former Snow Patrol songwriter Iain Archer played the Red Bull Music Academy yesterday. I haven't a clue what the songs he played are called - so please let me know what they were.

Canal Song
Streamer On A Kite

Setlist: Republic of Loose, Oxegen, Friday 10 July 2009

Republic of Loose played the Heineken Green Spheres yesterday and had a massive singalong for some of their best known tunes.

I Like Music
Comeback Girl
The Steady Song
Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin (Michael Jackson cover)

Setlist: Cashier No. 9, Oxegen, Friday 10 July 2009

Northern Ireland's Cashier No. 9 were absolutely amazing at the IMRO New Sounds Tent on Friday evening. They played a stormer of a set and won many a new fan, no doubt.

When Jackie Shone
To The Death of Fun
42 West Avenue
Jump The Queue
Goodbye Friend

Setlist: Duke Special, Oxegen, Friday 10 July 2009

The great dreadlocked one brought the summer to the O2 Stage at Oxegen yesterday, and his fans went wild for 'Freewheel'. Need someone to fill in the gaps in the setlist (especially the earlier songs).

Sweet Sweet Kisses
Salvation Tambourine
Our Love Goes Deeper Than This
Last Night I Nearly Died (But I Woke Up Just In Time)

Setlist: Jape, Oxegen, Friday 10 July 2009

Richie 'Jape' Egan played the Red Bull Music Academy stage at Oxegen on Friday, but sadly didn't have the full house he deserved. 'Christopher and Anthony' was a highlight as always. Again, some of the tunes are missing from my setlist below. Photo from electricpancake.

Christopher and Anthony
I Was A Man

Setlist: Dinosaur Pile-Up, Oxegen, Friday 10 July 2009

Dinosaur Pile-Up wouldn't have been a band I really knew before, but after rave reviews from absolutely everyone, I really have to check them out. They played the Hot Press Stage on Friday. I'm missing some tunes from the setlist, so if you know what they are, let me know.

My Rock 'n' Roll
Opposites Attract
Love is a Boat and We're Sinking
Summer Hit Single

Setlist: Fight Like Apes, Oxegen, Friday 10 July 2009

Fight Like Apes descended on the Heineken Green Spheres stage yesterday and put on a powerful performance filled with some WWF-style chair antics. It had to be seen to be believed. Hopefully someone will put it up on youtube! Thanks to Ian for the set updates. Check out his Oxegen reviews here:

Something Global
Tie Me Up With Jackets
I’m Beginning to Think You Prefer Beverley Hills 90210 to Me
Lumpy Dough
Recyclable Ass
Snore Bore Whore
Lend Me Your Face
Lightsabre Cocksucking Blues (McLusky cover)
Jake Summers
Do You Karate?

Setlist: Therapy?, Oxegen, Friday 10 July 2009

Therapy? played the second stage or Oxegen Stage 2 as it's also called. Great show from the Northern legends.

Enjoy the struggle
Clowns galore
Fantasy bag
Crooked timber
Innocent x
Potato junkie

Setlist: The Script, Oxegen, Friday 10 July 2009

Every day has to have a token Irish act on the Main Stage (like the Blizzards at Slane this year), and Friday had a few, The Artane Boys opened, followed by the Coronas, with the Script on much later. (Why weren't you at Fight Like Apes like the rest of the people with taste though?)

I know I'm missing some songs here, so leave a comment if you know what really happened!

Before the Worst
Talk You Down
Break Even
The End
We Cry
The Man Who Can't Be Moved
Rusty Halo

Setlist: Snow Patrol, Oxegen, Friday 10 July 2009

Snow Patrol were co-headlining the Main Stage at Oxegen last night, but not really as Blur were the final act and had a much longer show. You could tell Gary Lightbody was annoyed by this and the band did their best to upstage Blur. The fans really got involved in this one, and they may even have outscreamed the Blur fans.

If There's a Rocket, Tie Me To It
Hands Open
How to be Dead
Golden Floor
Somewhere a Clock is Ticking
Make this go on forever
What if the storm does
Spitting Games
Set the fire to the third bar
Shut your eyes
Chasing Cars
Crack the shutters
Open your eyes
You Are All That I Have

Setlist: Blur, Oxegen, Friday 10 July 2009

Girls who like boys and boys who like girls had a fantastic time (albeit a bit wet) for headliners Blur at the Oxegen Main Stage last night.

She's So High
Girls And Boys
Tracy Jacks
There's No Other Way
Out Of Time
Trimm Trabb
Coffee & TV
Country House
Oily Water
Chemical World
Sunday Sunday
End Of A Century
To The End
This Is A Low
Song 2
For Tomorrow
The Universal

Friday, July 10, 2009

Watch: Dave Matthews Band in Portugal

They're on stage now at the Optimus Alive festival in Portugal.

Live streaming video here:

Download: Nathan Oliver - French Press

Cloud Animals is the name of Nathan Oliver's excellent new album. I have three songs from it for download as mp3 to really give you a sample of it. The album is full of really great pop tunes, but they're not your normal by-the-numbers pop, these are special. Enjoy.

01. Icicles For Fingers
02. Under Lock & Key
03. French Press
04. State Lines Pt. 3
05. Playground Lies
06. A Dark History
07. Alone In A Fog
08. How Small We Have Become
09. Red Panda
10. Leaf Spine
11. Cloud Animals

Nathan Oliver - 'French Press'
Nathan Oliver - 'State Lines Part 3'
Nathan Oliver - 'Icicles for Fingers'

More info:

Album News: Genesis - Live 1973-2007

Great news Genesis fans. They're going to release a new live boxset called Genesis Live 1973-2007, which will feature early classics as well as material from their reunion tour. It's due out September 29th and is sure to be fantastic.


'Watcher Of The Skies'?
'Get 'Em Out By Friday'?
'The Return Of The Giant Hogweed'?
'The Musical Box'
'The Knife'
Bonus The Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles 01/24/75
'Back In N.Y.C.'
'Fly On A Windshield'?
'Broadway Melody Of 1974'?
'The Chamber Of 32 Doors'

'Seconds Out':
'Carpet Crawlers'?
'Robbery, Assault & Battery'?
'Afterglow?5. Firth Of Fifth'
'I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)'?
'The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway'
'The Musical Box (closing)'
'Supper's Ready'
'The Cinema Show'?
'Dance On A Volcano'?
'Los Endos'

'Three Sides Live':
'Turn It On Again'
'Behind The Lines'
'Me And Sarah Jane'?
'Follow You Follow Me'?
'In The Cage (Medley: Cinema Show/Slippermen)'
'One For The Vine'
'Fountain Of Salmacis'?
'It/Watcher Of The Skies'

'The Way We Walk':
'Land Of Confusion'
'No Son Of Mine'
'Driving The Last Spike' ?
'Old Medley'
'Throwing It All Away'
'Fading Lights'
'Jesus He Knows Me'?
'Home By The Sea/Second Home By The Sea'
'Hold On My Heart'
'Domino (In The Glow Of The Night/The Last Domino)'
'The Drum Thing'
'I Can't Dance'
'Tonight, Tonight, Tonight'?
'Invisible Touch'
'Turn It On Again'?
'That's All'?
'In Too Deep'

'Live At The Rainbow 1973':
'Watcher Of The Skies'
'Dancing With The Moonlit Knight'
'The Cinema Show'
'I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)'?
'Firth Of Fifth'
'The Musical Box'
'More Fool Me'
'The Battle Of Epping Forest'
'Supper's Ready'

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Album News:The Swell Season - Strict Joy

Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova are back together, creatively at least. That romance was never going to last. Huge age difference and the fact Glen thinks he's God or somesuch. Anyhow, the music is fantastic, so that's all that matters.

Strict Joy will be released on September 25th. No album cover yet, but I'll post it as soon as I get it.

‘Low Rising’
‘Feeling The Pull’
‘In These Arms’
‘The Rain’
‘Fantasy Man’
‘Paper Cup’
‘High Horses’
‘The Verb’
‘I Have Loved You Wrong’
‘Love That Conquers’
‘Two Tongues’
‘Back Broke’.

Live: Steve Van Zandt at Tower Records

Little Steven's Underground Garage will be coming to town. Stevey will also be performing with the E Street Band when they play with Bruce Springsteen at the RDS at the weekend. Yes, there's something other than Oxegen on. So if you've got tickets for neither Bruce nor Oxegen, then I recommend you head down to Tower Records on Sunday when Steve Van Zandt will pop in for an Underground Garage show.

It's on at 1, and admission is free. Support (which is on after Steven) comes from The Urges and The Len Price 3. It'll be just as good as actually seeing the Boss!

More info:

Live: La Roux at the Academy

Freaky looking redhead Elly Jackson, her with the big quiff, who's better known as the vocalist of La Roux will be playing Dublin's Academy on November 12th.

Tickets cost €15 and will go on sale this Friday (as far as I know.)

Watch 'Bulletproof' on BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Stream: The Dead Weather - Horehound

Oh yeah. It's available. You can listen to it online for free. No downloading. What are you doing still reading? Click the link. Below. Now.

1 60 Feet Tall
2 Hang You from the Heavens
3 I Cut Like a Buffalo
4 So Far from Your Weapon
5 Treat Me Like Your Mother
6 Rocking Horse
7 New Pony
8 Bone House
9 Three Birds
10 No Hassle Night
11 Will There Be Enough Water?

From first listen, '60 Feet Tall' is so brilliant, it's indescribable.


Download: The Almighty Defenders - 'Bow Down and Die'

The Almighty Defenders

You may remember me mentioning The Almighty Defenders, the collaboration between King Khan and Black Lips. Well here is a taste of their first single, 'Bow Down and Die'. The album promises to be excellent.

01 All My Loving
02 The Ghost With the Most
03 Bow Down and Die
04 Cone of Light
05 Jihad Blues
06 30 Second Air Blast
07 Death Cult Soup n' Salad
08 I'm Coming Home
09 Over the Horizon
10 She Came Before Me
11 The Great Defender

The Almighty Defenders - 'Bow Down and Die'

More info:

Download: Elephant Stone - I Am Blind

Indiecater Records have brought us another great release, again at excellent value. This time, it's Rishi Dhir's Elephant Stone. The album is called The Seven Seas and is available for 4 euro!

The album has been nominated for this year's Polaris Prize, and I think it's good enough to win it.

Elephant Stone - 'I Am Blind'

More info/buy:

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Stream: Son Volt - American Central Dust

American Central Dust is the new album from Jay Farrar's excellent Son Volt. Their last record The Search wasn't quite as good as Okemah and the Melody of Riot, but from listening to the previews of this one, it definitely is a return to form from the former Uncle Tupelo legend.


Son Volt - 'Down to the Wire'

Live: Groom at Bewley's Cafe Theatre

Excellent local band Groom will be playing Bewley's Cafe Theatre this Thursday, the 9th. Doors are at 8pm and tickets cost €8 on the door. Support comes from Yeh Deadlies, who I'll be interested in seeing. I hear they're pretty decent.

From the press release:

Places are limited to 40

So: if you want, you can just show up and pay at the door. But Bewley's tends to fill up quickly, so we have a 'reserve-a-chair' list. If you think you're going, confirm attendance via the Facebook group or else just you can get in touch with us in whatever way suits you - e-mail, phone, text or pm. We'll stick your name down on a list, which means you're guaranteed a place.

Doors open at 8.30, and Yeh Deadlies are on at 9 sharp (and they're not to be missed, they're great). If you're on the list, and you're not there by 9, your place will go to someone else. Fair?

More info:

Monday, July 6, 2009

Live: David Geraghty at the Button Factory

Another great gig lined up for September. This time it's Bell x1's David (Dave) Geraghty at the Button Factory in support of his upcoming second album. The gig takes place on September 16th (Gill's birthday, could be a surprise present maybe? Don't tell her though!). Tickets are priced at a bargain €13.50 and go on sale this Friday at 9.

Watch 'Fear the Hitcher':

Live: Fleet Foxes at Vicar Street

You better be getting up early this Thursday. You'll have to be in line or online at 9 on Thursday morning to get tickets for Fleet Foxes. They'll be playing Vicar Street in Dublin on September 7th. Tickets are priced at €24 and support comes from the excellent Blitzen Trapper.

Watch 'White Winter Hymnal':

Album News: Jonsi and Alex - Riceboy Sleeps

Jonsi and Alex are set to release their debut album Riceboy Sleeps on July 20th. The release date is the same everywhere which is a great thing. You may know Jonsi better as the frontman of Icelandic/Hopelandic ethereal sensations Sigur Rós. Alex is his very talented other half. You can download the single 'Boy 1904' now here:

01. Happiness
02. Atlas Song
03. Indian Summer
04. Stokkseyri
05. Boy 1904
06. All The Big Trees
07. Daníell In The Sea
08. Howl
09. Sleeping Giant

Preview video: