Monday, 29 June 2009

Padraig Rushe - Sleeping Boy (New Video)

Just added to YouTube the video for Padraig's new single Sleeping Boy.

Monday Under The Covers: Gemma Hayes

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This is one of the best cover versions ever recorded in my humble opinion. Gemma's vocals are out of this world.

Gemma Hayes - No Ordinary Love (recorded live for Today FM)

Sunday, 28 June 2009

Sunday Summer Song: Mark Dignam

In Ireland we have been basking in the glory of the sun. The mood of the country is upbeat despite being in the face of a deep recession. I had this incredible urge to listen to Bob Marley and UB40 the other day because they seemed to be the soundtrack of a Finglas Summer. My childhood Summer's can be summarised by Bob, UB40 and this track from Mark Dignam's second album In A Time of Overstatement.

Summer Song

Album number 5 is around the corner. Can't wait!

Thursday, 25 June 2009

Julie Feeney - Pages [Review]

Galwegian Julie Feeney released her second album called 'Pages' this month and I'm enjoying it big time. It's 35 minutes (at 35 minutes eligible for next year's Choice Awards) of beautiful Orchestral Pop music. The album kicks of with two amazing love songs 'Love is a Tricky Thing' and 'Impossibly Beautiful'. The twelve tracks really do highlight Julie's songwriting talent. As stated on her website:

"Not only did the multi-tasking composer-performer from Galway sing, compose and produce the songs on her extraordinary second album, pages, she even conducted the top-flight full orchestra which performed them all in one epic 6 hour recording session at the Irish Chamber Orchestra Studio in Limerick."

Pages is fundamentally a pop album in the style similar to Regina Spektor or Cathy Davey. I love the orchestral arrangements on this album which compliments Julie's singing well. The Enya-esque effects on Julie's voice in some of the tracks sounded out of place and distracting. Also there is not a massive amount of variety in the album. When this happens the listener relies on the lyrics to carry the tracks which for me on some songs didn't happen.

I would bet money on this album being short-listed for the Choice awards because musically and technically it's a great album. Highly recommended!

Julie Feeney - Pages (9 out of 12)

Julie Feeney - Love's A Tricky Thing
Julie Feeney - Life's Nudge

See Julie Feeney Live:

16 Jul 2009 20:00 St. Nicolas’ Church - Galway Arts Festival Galway, Galway
21 Jul 2009 20:00 Farmleigh House Dublin Dublin
8 Aug 2009 13:00 St. Canice’s Cathedral Kilkenny
5 Sep 2009 20:00 Electric Picnic - stage to be revealed! Laois

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

New Katell Keineg YouTube Video

Recently uploaded is a video from a 2006 performance from Katell in The Living Room, NYC. The song is 'There You Go' which is the final track from Katell's second album Jet. As reported in this week's Hot Press, Katell has released an EP of new material in the US and is now living back in Wales. Fingers crossed for some Dublin dates soon.

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Sunday Summer Song: Furure Kings of Spain

Another excellent Irish band working on a new album is Future Kings of Spain. This tune Hanging Around perfectly describes the period of your life after the leaving cert examinations and before you decide on a career path! It describes young Irish Summer love and is a great tune.

Hanging Around

Hanging around the streets of your town,
I was waiting for you there.
I'd run aground, was on the way out,
Just kept thinking about your hair.

Wait alone, head is gone, where you running to?

Standing your ground, you made us so proud,
No one noticed, no one cared.
What you don't know now,
Ain't worth knowing, ain't worth knowing.
What you can't know now,
Is how I feel to know that you're going,
That you're going, going,
Going, where you going?

When I'm talking to you, it all becomes so clear,
I meant every word I said.
Hanging around the streets of your town,
I keep waiting 'til you go.

What you don't know now,
Ain't worth knowing, ain't worth knowing.
What you can't know now,
Is how I feel to know that you're going,
That you're going, that you're going,
Going, where you going?

I'm wasting life, I'm sure of that.
The glimpse that I see just fell black,
Your tears make pretty streams and there
Is a man over there, says he wants you,
But this boy needs you now.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Indie Week 2009

Indie Week takes place in our major cities from July 1st to July 4th. The line-up has been announced with stage time:

DOORS: 7:45
8:30 - 9:00 Bella Clava
9:15 - 9:45 Vesta Varro
10:00 -10:30 Paper Doll
10:45 - 11:15 Walter Mitty

DOORS: 7:45
8:30 - 9:00 Paper Doll
9:15 - 9:45 Walter Mitty
10:00 -10:30 Bella Clava
10:45 - 11:15 Vesta Varro

DUBLIN Whelans
8:30 - 8:50 PINKY
9:05 - 9:25 Sweet Jane
9:40 - 10:00 Sixteen Layers
10:15- 10:35 The Kinetiks

9:00 - 9:40 Bella Clava
10:00 - 10:40 Paper Doll
11:00 -11:40 Vesta Varro
12:00 - 12:40 Walter Mitty

6:00 - 7:00 Meet N Greet
07:10 - 07:30 Saccade
07:45 - 08:05 Cutaways
08:25 - 08:45 Poet in Process
09:00 - 09:20 Cowboy X

10:00 - 10:30 Paper Doll
10:50 - 11:20 Bella Clava
11:40 - 12:10 Vesta Varro
12:30 - 01:15 Walter Mitty

Thursday, 18 June 2009

It's Friday, I'm in Love with Damien & Lisa

This appeared in Damien Rice's blog:

.... "Damien is currently working on various recording projects. more news later..."

11 words to state the bleeding obvious! I should hope the man is making music. What else would he be up to? Gardening? Sudoku?

Off the Goldfish Memory soundtrack is the beautiful Once I Loved by Damien with Lisa's vocals:

Once I Loved

EP Review: Arrow In The Sky - 'Do What Thou Wilt'

Arrow In The Sky are a three piece band from Mullingar in Irelands beautiful Midlands. 6th July sees the release of their debut EP entitled 'Do What Thou Wilt' and it's as an impressive release from a new band you will ever hear.

Track listing:

1 - Half Glass
2 - Last Breath
3 - Verbal Waltz
4 - Little Puritan
5 - Turn this life around

Half Glass is a wonderful summer tune that reminds me of the seventies folk Californian sound. Last Breath is driven by Conor's strong vocals and the beautiful mandolin rifts! Verbal Waltz ups the tempo slightly and is in many ways a classic rock track not a million miles from 'Losing My Religion'. Little Puritan contains harmonised melodies and a delicate accordion solo! The EP finishes with two strong ballads; Agape and Turn This Life Around.

I have gladly listened to the EP many times I think it's the best new music I've heard this year. If the EP was a full album I'd have thought good and hard about giving maximum stars for it. Reference points for comparison have to be Calexico and Neil Young but in truth I think Arrow In The Sky bring something totally different to the music scene. We have a band with three quality singers all who are multi-instrumentalists with a range of instruments used on the tracks. Make sure you see Arrow In The Sky live in the future!

Sunday, 7 June 2009

EP Review: Funeral Suits - Eye Spy

At about the half way mark of 2009 let me remind you of the 'Sound of 2009' list that myself and Ronan from Swear I'm Not Paul blog published in January! The list of 10 acts are:

Aortal ...........[broke-up]
Armoured Bear ........[recording new album]
Laura Izibor ........ [about to conquer the world?]
Lines Drawing Circles ..... [out n about gigging]
Susan Enan ....... [debut recorded and out by end of year]
Television Room ....... [debut released]
Tenaka ........ [debut Ep out and gigging]
The Funeral Suits ....... [2 EP's & many headline gigs]
The Kanya Tree ......[hmmm not too sure!]
The Kinetiks ....... [EP released and lots of attention from the US]

Overall this still is a good list. I can still see Susan Enan being popular, Tenaka to release a strong debut and Armoured Bear to come out fighting with more great tunes.

However the bright star of the list is Funeral Suits [think they dropped the 'the' from their name!]

'Oh Dear' the debut EP from Funeral Suits included the track Black Lemonade which is a great tune. 'Eye Spy' has the difficult task of trying to better or equal the quality of the debut. The lead tune 'Start of the End' has a long intro before it crashes into a full band indie rock sound. There's an almost apocalyptic feel from the guitar chords and lyrics here. Just as I was getting into the industrial sound of the track it ends. 'Helsinki' has a near perfect guitar rift and strong vocals. 'Dani is Karl' is the hardest track on the EP with a booming bassline and crashing drums. 'Acid Happy' has acoustic rifts over guitar soundscapes in the style of Yo La Tengo's best tunes. Overall the vocals sound great, the tunes have great melodies and has an indie rock style somewhere between My Bloody Valentine and TV on the Radio.

Buy from Road

13 Jun 2009 20:00 Psycho Fest @ Twisted Pepper Dublin
18 Jun 2009 20:00 Roisin Dubh s/ Disconnect 4 Galway
20 Jun 2009 20:00 Clarence w/ Disconnect 4 Sligo
27 Jun 2009 15:00 Tower Records instore Dublin
27 Jun 2009 20:00 Twisted Pepper s/ Disconnect 4 Dublin
31 Jul 2009 20:00 Whelan’s s/Sickboy Dublin
2 Aug 2009 11:00 Le Cheile Festival Meath
8 Aug 2009 20:00 Whelan’s w/ Percolator & Lost Chord Dublin
25 Sep 2009 20:00 Bojangles s/ Ten Bears Manchester

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

I Am Not Lefthanded - Single Review

Blog favourite I Am Not Lefthanded release their new single 'Everybody Sleeps' on their website which they have made available for free!

Everybody Sleeps

The insomniac inspired single is another great tune from the band. We have the delicate vocals of Kathryn, progressive rhythm section, Dan's strong backing vacals and thoughtful lyrics which lead me to think that with a good bit of luck I Am Not Lefthanded will become a successful band in the near future!

The band are requesting their fans to make a short video clip and upload it to their Vimeo channel!

All the details are here: