Archive for December, 2007


And that was 2007…

December 31, 2007

Not really into lists and hate numbering things but this is just a general rambling of the best of 2007. 

Best new music:
LCD Soundsystem
Bat for Lashes
Loney, Dear
Labhaoise Brennan
Lauren Guillery
The Swell Season
Fight Like Apes
Dark Room Notes

Best old music:
Imogen Heap
Sarah McLachlan

Best really old music:
Telemann Oboe Concertos- yeah you are reading correctly- absolutely love the sound of the oboe.

Groups I should have listened to more:
Angus and Julia Stone
Joan as Police Woman

Best gigs:
Tripod- Battles, LCD Soundsystem, God Is An Astronaut
Crawdaddy- Malajube supported by Dark Room Notes
Whelans- Halloween Phantasm, Dark Room Notes
Village- Idlewild
Button Factory- Of Montreal
Electric Picnic- Bjork, Bat for Lashes, Loney Dear, Malajube, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobious Pip, Beastie Boys, Go! Team, LCD Soundsystem….know I am leaving out some there but pretty loved everybody I saw down there.

Biggest Rant– media and advertising (ongoing- grrrrrrr)

Biggest pet peeve– people using their mobiles at gigs to film groups and sticking it up on YouTube.  Ruins the vibe at gigs and don’t they know it is going to be shit sound and shit video?

Biggest regret– missing too many artists that I really wanted to see….oh and I suppose still not finding a woman who shares the same interests as me.

Best film– really don’t know this one since I go to so so many and I can’t remember what was actually released this year Lives of Other’s, This Is England, Atonement, Waitress come to mind.  Once, Garage are great Irish ones.  Really must blog more about them so I can remember.

Best events– becoming a god-father:-)

2008 looks like a great year so bring it on!


The Double Life of Veronique

December 31, 2007

This is my favourite Kieslowski film…I really love his other films as well but this one just has some ethereal quality.  Haunting, touching and just beautiful- every time I watch it I end up in tears.  Finally ordered it on DVD (Artificial Eye) today since it has finally been reduced- the original price of 33 Euro was a bit dear for a film I already have on tape.  It was out in cinemas in 1991 but they only released the DVD last year after what looks like a long campaign- vaguely remember putting my name down on some list about 3 years ago.  Will have to do a separate blog about all of Kieslowski’s other work but the most famous is his Three Colours Trilogy.  

Anyway, it is on– 2 disc with some of his shorts and an interview on the second.  The soundtrack is also worth having- some excellent music from Zbigniew Preisner who often collaborated with Kieslowski. 

Blurb from the Sendit site:
A beautiful and disquieting romantic mystery from Krzysztof Kieslowski, The Double Life of Veronique stars Irene Jacob, winner of the Cannes 1991 Best Actress award for her performance as two identical women, Veronique and Veronika, born at the same time 20 years ago in Poland and France. They are identical in every way yet share neither mother nor father. They grow up to lead eerily similar lives; both are left-handed, like to walk barefoot, have sublime singing voices, share an extraordinary musical talent and suffer from the same barely discernible heart problem. Veronika is young, romantically obsessed and on the verge of her debut as a professional singer. She is haunted by disturbing visions and by the feeling that “she is not alone”. In Paris, Veronique is consumed by the feeling that she is “missing someone”. A series of strange objects she receives leads her to pursue the mystery further. Kieslowski’s film is a cryptic and sensual tour-de-force, an enigmatic tale of love, grief and loss.


The recording industry going a step too far?

December 30, 2007

The American legal machine for the Recording Industry Association of America is at it again- they are certainly trying to get their pound of flesh.

Full article but here is just a snippet:

Now, in an unusual case in which an Arizona recipient of an RIAA letter has fought back in court rather than write a check to avoid hefty legal fees, the industry is taking its argument against music sharing one step further: In legal documents in its federal case against Jeffrey Howell, a Scottsdale, Ariz., man who kept a collection of about 2,000 music recordings on his personal computer, the industry maintains that it is illegal for someone who has legally purchased a CD to transfer that music into his computer.

 Will be an interesting one to follow….


New Years Eve Gigs…undecided….and now sold out!

December 30, 2007

Am a bit torn as to which gig to go to on New Years Eve- it’s a toss up between the Phantasm in the Village and Jape in Whelans.  The venues are right next to each other so it looks like it will be a coin toss when I get there.  Haven’t seen Jape so I am leaning towards Whelans but Fight Like Apes will be in the Phantasm and even though I have seen them twice already this year they are bloody good!  Other post on Phantasm here.

[EDIT] Looks like they are both sold out so that is what I get for being indecisive!!

Jape- Floating

Fight Like Apes- Lend Me Your Face


Iron and Wine on Sub Pop

December 29, 2007

Received an e-mail from an acquaintance yesterday that mentioned the group Iron and Wine…this group has somehow passed under my radar but probably because it is a male singer songwriter and as any friend knows I do prefer the female voice!  The tracks are mostly Sam Beam and a guitar but he is sometimes joined by his sister Sarah.   His voice is just sublime and there is a simplicity in the music that is captivating…I have not been able to get the track ‘Jesus The Mexican Boy’ out of my head since I first heard it!  Curiously there are no YouTubes for it but there are for the other great songs ‘Naked As We Came’ and ‘Lions Mane’- you can download free tracks here for all of them.  Looks like he will be touring Europe in Jan 08 but no Dublin dates mentioned- damn it all.

He is on the SubPop label which I have been coming back to over and over this year- I am going to have a proper look at all the groups on the site now since I keep on missing some treasures like this.  It is an excellent site and I must admit that they are damn generous with their artists material since there are usually quite a few tracks you can download for free.  Other artists that I have come across this year are Loney, Dear , CSS, Flight Of The Conchords, The BrunettesGo! Team and there are plenty of other known artists past and present on the site as well.  They also have a little spin-off called Hardly Art that is worth a look at for Le Loup.   So go there NOW and start downloading for a listen…you will not regret it! 

It’s also worth a mention that if you like the Iron and Wine vibe then you should tune in to Phantom on Sunday mornings for Pearl who is on from 11am to 1pm- well worth a listen!

Naked As We Came

Lions Mane


Customers Suck

December 29, 2007

Came across this in another blog – if you have ever had to deal with customers then you will see the humour!

A bit on the long side but it’s worth the read to see what a bottle of vinegar, a moron, and incompetent management can cause!


Bruce, other music, and Social Services

December 29, 2007

The oldest son asked me today to look up Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Radio Nowhere’ which I was quite surprised- I must be doing something right in his musical education if he is asking me for Bruce!  I must say Bruce is back on form with his latest album- Radio Nowhere and Long Walk Home are excellent tracks.  Of course while I was looking up the YouTubes I had to show him some classics- Dancing in the Dark with a very very young Courtney Cox dancing with him on the stage at the end and the excellent I’m On Fire….nothing better than those two to remind me how the years have sped by.   There was also a fan video for the brilliant Bat For Lashes cover of I’m On Fire which is a bonus track on her album.  That song keeps on going through my head but usually as a duet with both of them singing it….who knows they might actually do one at some stage!

The oldest did revert to form and asked me to look up some other YouTubes that are songs mixed with games…although the first one he asked for was the fabulous Mad World by Gary Jules….not too sure on his other choice with Papa Roach though.  Also discovered that my youngest son has been looking up the In Extremo song I had posted a few weeks ago…I will probably have a knock on the door from Social Services any day now.

Bruce- Radio Nowhere

Bruce- Long Walk Home

Bruce- Dancing in the Dark

Bruce- I’m On Fire

Bat for Lashes- I’m On Fire

DVMV- Mad World (Gary Jules)

DFMV- Take Me   (Papa Roach)


Black Kids

December 28, 2007

One of the Phantom Dj’s John Caddell just played a group that I hadn’t heard of called Black Kids and the fact that you can download their EP for free here .  Just give them a few details and you will get an email with the link to download.  Some decent tunes there with I’ve Underestimated My Charm (again) being a very catchy one.

YouTube of it- appears to be set to some B-movie which is different I must say!


YouTube short films…

December 28, 2007

I made the unfortunate decision last night to check out YouTube and search for shorts…it can always be a mixed bag and I was up far too late with very little to show for it.  Sometimes the ‘related’ YouTubes can bring up some very good things but last night it was bringing up ones for suicide, bulimia and anorexia for some reason.  I presume that they use the most-viewed-model for their links which is a bit worrying actually if that is what people are watching this time of year. 

Anyway, came across these shorts by the brilliant Shane Meadows and Paddy Considine.  Shane Meadows has directed some excellent films over the last few years with the gripping Dead Man’s Shoes (an unforgettable Paddy Considine as the lead) being my favorite.  Paddy was also in another excellent film that year called My Summer of Love

Shane more recently directed/wrote This is England which was released this year and is a very powerful film- he is excellent at bringing out the best in his actors and the story and characterisations in this film are nothing short of brilliant. 

I would say Shane’s World is not excellent but is a good way of working out some ideas and features some good character acting with Paddy (and his 3 brothers evidently).  They are quite lengthy so I will admit that I haven’t actually watched all of them but will at some stage.  There are 4 episodes but they are spread out over the 7 YouTubes- with there being so many I am  putting in links instead of embedding them.

Shane’s World

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6

Part 7

Some of the better YouTubes I did come across last night are below.
Chance: strong drugs related material here but excellent acting

Rent-a-Person:  Hilarious idea- a bit patchy and could have been a bit shorter but still very funny


Blood Red Shoes

December 27, 2007

This group has been getting some airplay on Phantom and after some harassment from the boys I finally looked up the YouTubes for them.  Some tracks a tad generic and I would probably class them as punk-lite but other tracks have very catchy rhythms and beats with the type of hook that will stay with you all day!  They will be in the Hub on 25/1/08. 

MySpace and their official site.

I Wish I Was Someone Better

It’s Getting Boring By The Sea