Archive for November, 2007

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Whelans this weekend- 2-3/12/07

November 29, 2007

Looks like I am not going to make it to Whelans this Saturday for a couple of excellent groups with some very catchy tunes but if you get a chance you should!

 The Brunettes – Her Hairagami Set

Edit:  Got an email today and have some free tickets for The Brunettes….typical!!!

Supported by the Limerick group We Should be Dead which do not seem to have any good YouTubes up so check out their MySpace for the infectious Forget Romance Lets Dance.

Another Edit:  from the comment below by one of the guys in WSBD- here is the excellent vid for their single:

I might be able to get to Whelans on Sunday for Dan Deacon though.  A local boy for me- he is from Baltimore but I wouldn’t usually say that too loud since I never liked the place.   Just not sure if his music is just that bit too eclectic….coming from me that is saying a lot!

Dan Deacon “Snake Mistakes”

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Bloody Yellow Ribbon

November 29, 2007

I had the excellent tunes from Spiral Stares driven from my brain last night after reading a blog by Shane Galvin where he mentioned that insipid tune Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree and it has been going through my head all day!   I was in school in the States in 1980 when the American hostages were being held in Iran and we were made to sing this song constantly…it has haunted me ever since!  Had a listen to some In Extremo today to blast it from my years…not many people have heard of them but they are a German medieval metal group and some interesting tunes…and instruments.

In Extremo – Herr Mannelig

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France- Ooh la la!

November 29, 2007

Back from France yesterday and a woeful migraine so no blogging last night.  Its my own fault really since my French friend introduced me to some Lindt chocolate with chili and I had far far too much!  Absolutely orgasmic is all I can say- best chocolate that I have had in a long time and if you just let it melt in your mouth it is damn fine!   Not hot at all but leaves you with a lovely warm feeling in the mouth and it really brings out the flavour of the chocolate.  Don’t know who had the idea first but this was the secret ingredient in the film Chocolat.   I liked it so much that when we went to the supermarket I bought what was left on the shelves to give to some special people here.   Got just a few strange looks with 12 bars of the same thing but this chocolate is really worth it! 

The trip itself was as relaxing as usual- I go quite often to visit the friend and god-daughter so I just sit back and relax which is something I don’t get to do here.  She also happens to be an excellent cook which goes quite well with me being an excellent eater so quiet symbiotic I think.   Not so much rest this time though since she has some new additions to the apartment- a new kitten and puppy to go with the other 3 cats.   The new kitten (Plume) absolutely loves me and was waking me up at all hours to share her love.   I forgot what cat tongues can be like and she is one of the lick-iest cats I have ever seen….the fact that I thought there was a nail file being repeatedly dragged across my face at 4 in the morning will give you a good image there!   I have never owned a cat…or been a slave to one depending on which way you look at it…but they seem to have some sort of affinity with me which can be nice but just not that early in the morning!  Then Sherlock the new puppy-come-horse had to get in on the act as well and made sure that I had lots of dog ‘kisses’.   The puppy is nearly 4 months old and already the god-daughter can ride him like a horse! 

Spent some time as well comparing music- some groups both of us have heard of but she had a lot of new groups for me to listen to so will be trying to catch up over the next couple of weeks.  Most of the music can be found at Europe2 and the majority are groups that sing in English- I am still amazed at the number of foreign groups/acts that sing in English in their home country.   There is a very good blog from two of the presenters called Nagui et Manu which has some playlists and podcasts- I even came across Ireland’s very own Duke Special in a fairly decent live studio set there.   The site is easy enough to navigate but having a bit of French would be helpful of course.

I must say that the website for Europe2 is fantastic and I hope that when Phantom goes national (presuming that is the plan) that they will be able to expand their website to include some of the elements there…all down to advertising revenue I know!  Saying that- I still prefer the overall type of music and vibe of Phantom over Europe2. 

Will leave you with one of the groups that I came across who’s singer has quite a catchy voice….then again I am always a sucker for a female with accented English…be it Cork, Fermanagh, French or Finish!

Called Thedo (Zhe-doo is at least how the friend pronounced it)

Although not an official video and just the song.

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Silencer Tropfest

November 28, 2007

Another YouTube that I came across in Tropfest- some very good short films in there but think this one has a good edge to it and has an excellent production.  Sent off to the Kiosk….

Silencer- Tropfest 2006

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Cuckoo Love

November 21, 2007

Off to France tomorrow so only a quick one- came across this quirky animated short a while back.  By students of the Sup’infograph School in France and very well done!

L’engrenage

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The Story of Bubbleboy

November 21, 2007

Happened to come across this brilliant short this evening since it caught my eye with the sometimes nickname of Bubbleboy (as in the Hardcore post below).  Quite a funny story with excellent narration similar to a Dr. Seuss story.  Will never beat Boris Karloff in The Grinch Who Stole Christmas but still very good.

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Hardcore

November 21, 2007

About as personal as I am ever going to get here. 

Hardcore is the moniker which I have been getting the last few years with my neat/straight Vodka drinking and while I do love that image a rather different moniker has been used by friends- Bubbly Boy!

The reason behind both monikers is that I have numerous intolerances to food, chemicals and even water these days.  One of my friends has told me that if I were a dog he would have me put down!  I have been thinking of prostituting my body to medical science but to be honest I don’t want them turning me into something like the Elephant man.  So living in a plastic bubble might be the best way to go!

I have something called Orofacial-granulamatosis ….or if you want to sound really hip with Doctors you can just say OFG.   Actually even mentioning it to a doctor will leave them baffled anyway since there really is no information
on it at all.  You can find the google here.

It appears to be something that you have a genetic disposition to and will kick in when triggered by certain factors…I am blaming my mother for subjecting me to Government testing when I was a baby and living in the close proximity to some Nuclear weapons;-)   (Both true….but only some sort of cognitive testing and I only found out about the small nuclear missiles about 10 miles from away when they were declassified).

I do not have an allergic reaction but I am intolerant to somethings and just hyper-sensitive to others. I pretty much follow a coeliac’s diet even though I am not coeliac…I say that I am sometimes though to save the hassle of explaining everything.   Just to make it interesting as well I get severe migraines so that cuts out another swath of food that I should not eat.   On a positive note I came across this in the Economist recently so I probably have a negative percent chance of ever having cancer.

I will not list all of my intolerances but these are the main ones that I have to avoid:

Wheat (and Oats and most other grains)- well pretty much in everything from bread (of course), pasta (people actually forget about that and still say to me at least you can eat pasta!), soups, sausages, crisps….etc

MSG- mono-sodium glutamate (E620-E625) and its cousins maltodexterin and dextrose.  In nearly everything and bloody insipid.  

Benzoic acid (E210-E219)….in nearly everything since it is a very cheap way to kill off the germs in water and water based items in softdrinks, shampoos, soaps…list goes on

Triethanolamine- another pernicious one…in shampoos, soaps, eye gels…

Water- yes water!  Mostly the bottled ones though with high sulfate levels but also some of the filters that use silver nitrate.

At this stage I know for the most part what I can have and I don’t have to read the back of everything I buy- tis a pain though when the manufacturer changes the ingredients and I only realize it afterwards.

So the next time you see me in a pub with my neat vodka then you will understand that I am not an alcoholic but that it is just about the only safe thing that I can have to drink!  So all in all I probably should be in a bubble…then again I would probably have some reaction to the plastic;-)

All of this notwithstanding- ask the friends- I will beat them hands down in a drinking competition so I am hardcore!!