Archive for January, 2008


Some good gigs over the next few days…

January 30, 2008

No time to actually go to these gigs myself with the French friend coming over but if you are around Dublin city-centre then these would be worth checking out…

Future Kings of Spain
Thursday in Whelans- tickets were free so presume they are all allocated but they might do something at the door.
Venetian Blinds

We Should Be Dead
Friday in Crawdaddy- Album release- 10 euro available on the door on the night.
Forget Romance Lets Dance

American Music Club
Saturday in Whelans- looks like tickets still available from
Electric Light


Ting Tings- Great DJ free download- via iTunes

January 28, 2008

If you head over here , The Ting Tings have put up Great DJ as a free download for the moment.  Good tune but still think Thats Not My Name has more of a punch.  They will be part of the NME tour that is in the Ambassador on Wednesday the 30th of May…typical that I won’t be able to make it so hope they are back again soon.

 [Edit]- not available via MySpace directly any longer but if you click on the header it will bring you to iTunes where you can get it there…presumably still free though.


Yothu Yindi

January 26, 2008

Just a quick one following on Midnight Oil- listened to Yothu Yindi around the same time in the 90’s and they had one great album Tribal Voice.  Just a few YouTubes- the remix is quite catchy!


Treaty- Filthy Lucre Radio Mix

Tribal Voice


Midnight Oil

January 26, 2008

It’s Australia Day so Midnight Oil came straight to mind- I loved this group in 88 when Diesel and Dust came out- constantly listened to the whole album and to their follow up Blue Sky Mining.  Their earlier album 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 has more of a punk feel and there are some great tracks there as well.

Unquestionably political with every single track- no surprise then that Peter Garrett studied law and is now a member of the Australian House of Representatives- so chances of a reunion are slim!  They were the first group that I saw in the Olympia and they were excellent- in Australia they would have been a stadium group so to see them in such a small venue was brilliant.  Unfortunately for me there have been comparisons with his disjointed dancing and mine- not a compliment believe me! 

A whole bunch of YouTubes- embedding some so the post isn’t huge! 

Scream in Blue
Power and the Passion
US Forces


Diesel and Dust– strange I can’t find more from the album!
Dead Heart

Beds Are Burning


Blue Sky Mining
One Country
Bedlam Bridge
Forgotten Years


Earth and Sun and Moon
Truganini– Later….with Jools Holland June 93 (A very young Jools!)


Swedes Please

January 26, 2008

Came across another great music blog today when looking for a group mentioned on the Kiosk (Surrounded). 

Swedes Please is a blog dedicated to presenting Swedish groups and has some great content- I think what very little free time I have over the next few weeks is going to be spent here!  There is a link from this post to Lines Through Lines where you can find three of Surrounded tracks to download.

I came across quite a few things Swedish last year:  Loney, Dear and Little Dragon are relatively new groups and I listened to The Knife quite a bit again.  I also met Helena and Annika- two lovely Swedish girls at Electric Picnic!  I had actually looked into going to Gothenburg in Feb-March and try to catch a few gigs but the new job has changed those plans until later in the year at some stage. 

Surrounded– Safe Tomorrow Sun

Loney, Dear– I Am John

Little Dragon– Twice

The Knife– Silent Shout

Helena and Annika at Beastie Boys- Electric Picnic 07



World Cinema 2007

January 25, 2008

I never thought I would be advocating going to HMV but I went into browse the usually outrageously priced world cinema and I was shocked to see three excellent films from last year at 3 for €30…..would have bought them today but I picked up tickets for Band of Horses and Broken Social Scene so the wallet was a bit lighter!

This Is England

The Lives Of Others (Das Leben der Anderen)

Tell No One (Ne Le dis a personne)

All worth having a look at!



January 25, 2008

I have made the decision to take the promotion.  While I am not exactly happy about the commute I really have no choice but to take it.  I know I am too Dublin-centric and to be honest I still don’t think I would live anywhere else in the country…unless it was with somebody special and since I don’t have anybody it is the job and the boys that I have to think about.  For those of you who don’t know, I work for the Civil Service (for my massive sins).  Please note that I am not a Civil Servant…there is a huge difference in mentality there and I will never fit that mould no matter how long they employ me.  Believe me I have strict instructions with the friends that if I ever start acting like I am institutionalised they are to have me put down immediately.

Anyway, with the Service it is not everyday that a promotion comes up- you have to do exams then interviews and they are not every year or even every two so if I don’t take this opportunity now it could easily be 3-4 years before I would find myself in this position again.  Just as an example, if I were to wait for a promotion on seniority (like a real Civil Servant would) then I am appx 1800 on the list in my current department- no that was not a typo!  I still may get the chance to come back to my current department but after the interview I think that is slim- they seem to be taking only outsiders and not promoting from within.  I can always quit anyway and find something else (which is what I have been thinking recently) but with having IT skills and no certification it would be fun to say the least to find a starting salary that I could live on.   Somehow my degree with International Relations and Russian Language has never been very useful here! 

Just as a sidenote and to add some fun to the week, the car that I would need for the commute broke down and I have to debate about getting it fixed or even replace it at this stage.  The thing that has me laughing though is that the day after it broke down I finally get the letter about having the driving test which usually takes almost a year to get!  Typical!!  I do have a licence and have been driving for 21 years now but the Irish licence is for automatics only since that is what I did the test in years ago so I have to do it again in a manual.  Been putting it on the long finger with all the messing about Dublin Corporation has done over the years (that is a rant for another time!) so have to get it done now!


This is where I want to be in April

January 24, 2008

Coachella in Palm Springs on April 25-27. 

Far too many to list so here is the poster….my only consolation is that I know there would be far too many conflicts so would miss half of them!  Still….The Swell Season, The National, Battles, Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, Stars, Mum, Portishead, Kraftwerk, Death Cab for Cutie, Metric…oh dear god I have to stop there or I am going to work myself up!



Gigs I am missing

January 24, 2008

One of those weeks where there are a few gigs that I can’t make….

Stars– on tonight…
Take Me To The Riot

Blood Red Shoes– might be able to catch these guys tomorrow but probably not.
I Wish I Was Someone Better

Explosions In The Sky– Saturday but sold out ages ago. 
From the film Friday Night Lights-Your Hand In Mine

Very similar group is God Is An Astronaut who I caught last year and are excellent.
From Dust To The Beyond


The Ting Tings

January 20, 2008

I am not one to follow hype but every now and again there is a group that validates at least some of it.  The Ting Ting’s song ‘That’s Not My Name’ keeps on coming back into the head of late so decided to check out their other stuff.  Found the set they had at Glastonbury last year and they are pretty darn good so hope to hear some more of them soon.

Glastonbury Pt 1

Glastonbury Pt2

Later With Jools Holland

Interview with them on the Later…with Jools Holland Blog

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