Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Thundercrack Playlist #28

#28 this week and a fairly packed playlist. Any issues with having the songs up, please contact me and I'll take it down. Enjoy

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01. Ben Folds Five - Alice Childress

02. Gregory and The Hawk - Grey Weather

03. Chad Vangaalen - Willow Tree

04. Oakley Hall - Confidence Man

05. Velocity Girl - Sorry Again

06. The Baseball Project - Past Time

07. Voxtrot - Firecracker

08. The New Pornographers - The Speed Of Luxury

09. Anders Osborne - When I'm Back On My Feet

10. Ryan Adams & Gillian Welch - Helpless

11. Robyn Hitchcock - Bad Case Of History

12. Elvis Perkins - Weeping Pilgrim

13. Pearl Jam - Little Sister

14. Handsome Furs - What We Had

15. Low - Like A Forest

Friday, August 22, 2008

Thundercrack Playlist #27

Bit later than usual but same idea. Again any issues with the songs being available, please send me an email and I'll remove the song immediately.

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01. Catfish Haven - Are You Ready

02. The 1900s - Two Ways

03. Of Montreal - Id Engager

04. The Broken West - Auctioneer

05. Port O'Brien - Stuck On A Boat

06. Loretta Lynn & Jack White - Portland Oregon

07. Anthony da Costa - Ain't Much Of A Soldier

08. Tegan & Sara - Walking With A Ghost

09. Ween - Baby Bitch

10. Mark Erelli - Five Beer Moon

11. Paleo - In The Morning Linda Dies

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Review: The Killers, The Academy, Dublin - 20th August 2008

It's hard to imagine the Academy hosting a better gig than The Killers last night. A fantastic performance matched with brilliant quality sound made for a great evening. Opening with For Reasons Unknown followed by Somebody Told Me was a perfect way to start the concert. There were many highlights over the course of the show, with all three albums well represented. For me, the high points were Bones, When You Were Young, Tranquilize, Under The Gun and the two new songs, Spaceman and Neon Tiger. Spaceman in particular is definitely one of the best songs they've written so far on the basis of tonight's performance. Let's hope it translates on to the album. Sam's Town as well was amazing with it being a lot closer to the Abbey Road version than the one on the album.

It was my first time seeing the Killers and I'd heard a lot about Brandon's voice being weak in concert but I didn't find that in the slightest. His voice was very strong and really shone. He's a great frontman and the Academy stage was clearly too small for him. He'll have no problem working the crowd at Marlay Park tonight. The sound helped and really added to the gig. The crowd was good, especially during the big crowd pleasers, All These Things That I've Done, Mr. Brightside etc.

I'd be interested to hear how people got their tickets (I got incredibly lucky on Ticketmaster) because it certainly wasn't an easy ticket. Based on tonight I would say the band are still trying to find their true audience as it was a real mix tonight. The front row was almost exclusively young girls (certainly on my side) with the crowd getting more diverse further back (and more energetic. Still don't understand the fascination with watching the gig through a phone in order to get a crap video of it rather than just enjoy the show as it happens but maybe that's just me) . The differences between their first two albums are pretty clear and it'll be interesting to see what direction the next album goes in. It'll be tough for them to top this gig at Marlay Park later on tonight. It was most definitely a stadium sized show in a small venue and the songs were clearly built for big audiences. It was a pleasure to see them so up close and personal.

Here's a performance of Spaceman from America not so long ago. Trust me that live, this song goes to a whole different level. They've really got it nailed now.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

The Mary Janes

The Mary Janes are often forgotten in discussions of great Irish bands but their two albums were two fantastic records. In particular Sham is a great cd. Fronted by the genius of Mic Christopher, they were a great rock group, before they broke up in 1999, when Mic went solo. Unfortunately, his career was cut short in 2001 when he died in Holland. His solo record 'Skylarkin' was released after his death and is another wonderful record.

I've always preferred Mic fronting this rock band than the more acoustic style of his solo record, even though 'Skylarkin' is a fantastic album too. 'Sham' is great from start to finish and an essential purchase if you can find it, which isn't easy to do although you can get their excellent debut album 'Bored Of Their Laughing' on iTunes. Here's a few mp3s from the album.


Part Of Me

Cut Me Loose

And look at this fantastic documentary from 2003, 2 years after Mic's death.

And finally, a great video of Mic and Glen Hansard on Grafton Street.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

A Few New Videos

Some decent videos have popped up recently. Here's a few:

Travis : 'Something Anything'

Bettye Lavette w/Drive By Truckers : 'Talking Old Soldiers'

Still prefer the original though. One of Elton's best

Calexico - Two Silver Trees

Cure - The Perfect Boy

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Thundercrack Playlist #26

#26. Just under 50mb.(Any record companies want a track removed, just send me an email and I'll remove it immediately.) O'Death, Blitzen Trapper and Okkervil River all have upcoming dates in Dublin.

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1. Captain Beefheart and The Magic Band - Diddy Wah Diddy

2. Son Volt - Windfall

3. Fred Prellberg - Tornado Alley

4. Blitzen Trapper - Furr

5. O'Death - Lowtide

6. Okkervil River - Coastlines

7. Van She - Changes

8. Patterson Hood - Heavy And Hanging

9. Damien Dempsey - The Rocky Road To Dublin

10. The Band - Long Black Veil

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Newport Folk Festival Live

You can stream live performances from Jim James, She & Him, Jakob Dylan, Steve Earle & Gillian Welch on the npr website. They'll be available as podcasts soon enough I'd say. The Steve Earle & Jakob Dylan shows have already been released.

Richard Swift - Ground Trouble Jaw EP

Richard Swift has released a new 5 song ep which you can download for free from here. Some really good tracks on it. Only available for a limited time so get downloading.

Friday, August 8, 2008

New Conor Oberst Video - Souled Out

Been listening to Conor Oberst's new album the last couple of days and been mightily impressed. I was a bit sceptical when he dropped the Bright Eyes name for the record but there was no reason to fear. A really strong set of songs, it's well worth picking up. Here's the video for 'Souled Out' off the album.

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Thundercrack Playlist #25

The Dagger Lees are part of this year's Hard Working Class Heroes Festival in Dublin at the start of September. New Michael Franti album out soon too.

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01. She & Him - I Was Made For You

02. Missy Higgins - 100 Round The Bend

03. The Duke Spirit - The Step And The Walk

04. Michael Franti & Spearhead - Remote Control

05. The Dagger Lees - Stagger Stomp

06. Music Go Music - Light Of Love

07. Sonya Kitchell - For Every Drop

08. Vivian Girls - Where Do You Run To

09. Wilco - Don't Fear The Reaper (Live)

10. The Pogues - The Body Of An American

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Video of Wilco Lollapalooza Performance

You can download a video of Wilco's show from the weekend at Live Mp3s. It's ripped from the webcast so the picture is quite fuzzy but more than watchable. The sound is great so well worth the download. Excellent show.

01. Misunderstood
02. I Am Trying To Break Your Heart
03. You Are My Face
04. Impossible Germany
05. It’s Just That Simple
06. Stage Banter
07. Handshake Drugs
08. Pot Kettle Black
09. One Wing
10. Spiders (Kidsmoke)
11. A Shot In The Arm
12. Jesus, Etc.
13. Hate It Here
14. Can’t Stand It
15. Walken
16. Monday
17. Outtasite (Outta Mind)

Monday, August 4, 2008

New Wilco Song - One Wing (Live at Lollapalooza 2008)

Wilco debuted a new song at the festival at the weekend called 'One Wing'. Here's the video. For good coverage of the festival head over to Rolling Stone where they have a lot of reviews and info.