Saturday, March 28, 2009
Only about 15 people at the gig last night, probably due in part to Animal Collective playing across town but the band still put on a really good show. I thought there'd be more people at it but they seemed to be happy playing in Dublin for the first time and appreciated those who did come out. I really like their album and they're excellent live as well. The Academy 2 has fairly rubbish acoustics and it would have been an even better gig if it was in Whelans or somewhere similar but the songs still got through. A really good band who hopefully will be back again and a few more people will get out to see them. I'd certainly recommend people to go.
Delta Spirit - People C'mon
Posted by Neil at 11:15 AM
Much better news for fans of Bright Eyes than the Killers attempting to make him sound like the Killers, is Conor's new album which is due out soon. This is the first track I've heard from it and it's really good. Looking forward to the album.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
The Felice Brothers released a great album last year and they're following it up with Yonder Is The Clock which is out next month. This is the first track I've heard of it and it sounds really good. Should be a good one.
The Felice Brothers - Run Chicken Run
Posted by Neil at 12:33 PM
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||M - Th 11p / 10c|
|Bruce Springsteen - Interview|
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||M - Th 11p / 10c|
|Bruce Springsteen - Working on a Dream|
Posted by Neil at 1:51 PM
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
I missed the release of his newest album, which apparently came out last December but I'm definitely going to track it down. I really liked his last album On Promenade, especially this song , and the video below, so my hopes are high for The Shawl which has been getting some really good reviews.
Posted by Neil at 9:31 AM
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Another new release from Rock Proper who released the Jay Bennett album I featured a while ago. This is a similar type of music and is again free to download. It's an interesting approach to release these albums without charge and I think it's an idea worth trying. These guys are getting an audience that may not have heard their music otherwise. They just want to get their music out to as many people as possible and that's an admirable aim. There's so much music these days that sometimes it takes something a bit more radical like giving your music away for free to get noticed.
The album itself isn't going to change the world but it's certainly a good strong album. I've listened to it a few times and will definitely keep an eye out for more stuff from Andy. Have a listen to the track below and if you like it head here to download the other 5 songs. It's a record label worth supporting, they put out some good music and it's free so you really can't lose.
Andy Wagner - Live In A Dream
Posted by Neil at 4:04 PM
Yep, Jack White's got another new band. And it's another supergroup. And he's the drummer. The lineup is The Kills' Alison Mosshart as the lead vocalist/frontwoman, Jack White on drums and vocals, Raconteur Jack Lawrence plays bass, and Queens Of The Stone Age's Dean Fertita's on guitar. This is the first single off their album that's due out this summer. Cool song, Jack always puts out great stuff so I'm looking forward to the album.
Haven't heard the new album from Buddy & Julie Miller but I've been listening to this song a lot over the past few days so I'm looking forward to hearing the rest of it. Really interested to hear the song that Robert Plant guests on. Never really listened to the duo before but I really like this song, it's definitely worth a listen.
Buddy & Julie Miller - Ellis County
Posted by Neil at 10:56 AM
Christian Kiefer - In Hindsight (featuring Bill Callahan)
Frank Turner - Long Live The Queen
Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs - Gettin' High For Jesus
Horse Feathers - Curs In The Weeds
J. Tillman - Steel On Steel
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit - Seven-Mile Island
Gary Louris and Mark Olson - Turn Your Pretty Name Around
The Chesterfield Kings - Up And Down
The Cocktail Slippers - Give It To Me
The Handsome Family - Weightless Again
The Whispertown 2000 - Done With Love
Wintersleep - Weighty Ghost
Posted by Neil at 10:39 AM
Monday, March 16, 2009
Great singer/songwriter, his last album The Ax In The Oak was really great. He recorded a Daytrotter session the other day and it's worth a listen. He did three songs from The Ax and one from the first album I heard of his, Stories Under Nails. Download the session here
Posted by Neil at 8:58 PM
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Every year the music industry heads to Texas for SXSW in the hope of discovering the next big thing. The festival can be a real springboard for bands, Bon Iver & Fleet Foxes were the big successes of the festival last year. Every year the organisers also put up a bunch of mp3s by some of the bands playing. There's probably around 2,000 musical acts, some brilliant, some rubbish and most I've never heard of. But I've put together a few of the ones I have heard of who have mp3s available and who I think are definitely worth a listen. I'll put up a part 2 in a few days.
Micah Dalton - Down, Down, Put It Down
Alela Diane - White As Diamonds
Girls - Lust For Life
Earlimart - Face Down In The Right Town
The Ettes - Crown Of Age
Danny Schmidt - This Too Shall Pass
Slow Club - Slow Club
Winterpills - Beesting
Lucero - What Else Would You Have Me Be
Posted by Neil at 6:43 PM
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
It's only March but already the best gig I've seen this year and will definitely be up on any end of year lists. They exploded out of the blocks with an opening that not many bands could match including opener 'Great Expectations', and the simply huge 'The 59 Sound'. Over the course of the 80mins or so they played all(?) of The 59 Sound album and a few choice songs from their debut 'Sink Or Swim' and the ep 'Senor & The Queen.' 'Patient & The Ferris Wheel', 'Old White Lincoln', 'We Came To Dance' and 'Boomboxes and Dictionaries' were just a few of my favourites but really I could have picked most of the setlist as a highlight.
Having watched their performance on Letterman (see below) I wasn't too sure about their live prowess but last night they were really on form. It was the last night of their tour and they really seemed to be enjoying themselves with frontman Brian Fallon beaming throughout. One thing that really came across was the passion they have for their songs and performing and that's not all that common with a lot of artists these days.
The sound was great (as it always seems to be in the Academy) and the crowd were definitely up for it. The pace barely slackened throughout the whole show and it really was a great performance. Definitely one of the best bands around at the moment.
The 59 Sound - Live on Letterman
And a couple of covers that Brian Fallon has done solo
Posted by Neil at 1:15 PM