Archive for January, 2010

January 27, 2010

Haiku for Joanna

by sweetoblivion26

Joanna is back

With triple album, song, and

harp in tow, lovely.

Alternative haiku:

Fucking wish I was

Joanna Newsom, she looks

like a pretty elf.

January 26, 2010

BATS, Hunter-Gatherer, Groom play Haiti Fundraiser

by sweetoblivion26

Hey folks, I’m after organising a fundraiser for the charity GOAL, which will be taking place in the Twisted Pepper on Thursday 4th February. Hope to see you there!

Here’s the press release:

Rockers, DJs and Bakers get together to raise money for Haiti

A fundraising gig and bake sale will take place in Dublin’s Twisted Pepper venue next week to raise money for people affected by the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

Dublin bands BATS, Hunter-Gatherer and Groom will play at the venue on Middle Abbey St on Thursday 4th February on what promises to be a fantastic night of fundraising for GOAL.

Organised by journalist and 2XM presenter Aoife Barry (of the ‘Sweet Oblivion’ radio show and blog), the event will kick off at 7pm when bakers begin selling their delicious homemade cakes (including vegan and gluten-free options) – with all money going to GOAL. The cake-selling will continue for the night but at 8pm the first of the three bands will take to the stage.

After the bands have finished their sets, the partying will continue upstairs in the Mezz room with DJ sets from Nialler9, Popical Island DJs and the Mary Jane Girls.

Tickets for the event can be bought on the door for €10 and there will be a raffle on the night.

Aoife said: “Like everyone in Ireland, I was shocked to hear about the devastation caused by the earthquake in Haiti, which is one of the world’s poorest countries. I wanted to do something to help GOAL do its work in Haiti and thought that a gig would be a great way to bring the music community together so we could all do our bit to help. The cake sale element is a way of boosting funds on the night but also for showcasing the skills of local amateur bakers and I’ve been stunned with the reaction so far. Everyone has been hugely positive and I would love if we raised a substantial amount of money for GOAL. I’d like to thank everyone who has offered to volunteer or help in any way with the gig, and hope to see a great crowd there on the night.”

To find out more, visit or the official Facebook page at

January 25, 2010

New Midlake album – review

by sweetoblivion26

I have a review of the new Midlake album – which is rather excellent – on State. Read it here:

I was very, very lucky to do an interview with lead singer Tim on Friday – if you’d told me that back in 2006 when I listened to their CD on the bus to work every day, I would definitely not have believed you! I’ll let you know when it’s online.

Everyone have their tickets for the gig?

January 13, 2010

Choice Music Prize nominees named

by sweetoblivion26

Ah, another year, another Choice Music Prize shortlist….and another chance for fans of Irish alternative music to go bleedin’ mental that their favourite band wasn’t on the list. Last year, it was the inclusion of Dublin pop act The Script that got everyone’s underwear in a twist – and with good reason; this year, it’s the inclusion of Laura Izibor and Bellx1, and the ‘non inclusion’ of bands such as BATS and Patrick Kelleher that’s got people blogging and tweeting about the nominations.

Here’s the full list:

And So I Watch You From Afar “And So I Watch You From Afar” (Smalltown America)
Bell X1 “Blue Lights On The Runway” (BellyUp)
Codes “Trees Dream in Algebra” (EMI)
Adrian Crowley “Season of the Sparks” (Chemikal Underground)
Dark Room Notes “We Love You Dark Matter” (Gonzo)
The Duckworth Lewis Method “The Duckworth Lewis Method” (1969/Divine Comedy Records)
Julie Feeney “Pages” (Mittens)
Valerie Francis “Slow Dynamo” (VF)
Laura Izibor “Let The Truth Be Told” (Atlantic)
The Swell Season “Strict Joy” (Plateau)

The fighting/discussion is going on here on the On The Record blog right now, so do weigh in with your two cent if you’re so inclined. The more of us that engage in the debate, the more fun and interesting this becomes.

Going by the judges (below), I’d wager that it will be a ‘mainstream-ish’ band that will win, perhaps The Swell Season or The Duckworth Lewis Method. But it would be fantastic to see Valerie Francis or Adrian Crowley, or ASIWYFA take home the prize, in my opinion – but they do have some competition.

One good thing that of course comes of being nominated is that it brings  a band more attention from the media and music fans, so the lesser well-known bands on this list must be doubly excited to be included.

And although music is about music, it’s also about opinions, and in Ireland we have plenty of those. So let’s get arguing….


Martin Burns (News of the World)
Josh Clarke (i105-i107, Galway)
Roisin Dwyer (Hot Press)
Tony Fenton (Today FM)
Cathal Funge (Phantom 105.2, Dublin)
Padraic Halpin (Ragged Words)
Sophie Gorman (Irish Independent)
John McMahon (2fm)
Rob O’Connor (Beat 102-103, Waterford)
Eva Staic (Spin 1038, Dublin)
Chris Wasser (Evening Herald)
Aoife Woodlock (Other Voices)

The awards ceremony will take place on 3 March 2010.

January 6, 2010

The Knife release new track

by sweetoblivion26

Cut through the boredom that comes with being trapped indoors thanks to this abysmal (well, beautiful, but treacherous!) weather by listening to this fantastic new track by The Knife (via Stereogum)

You know when a band is so totally awesome that you hope and pray each time they bring out a new track that they haven’t ‘lost it’? Well, The Knife are one of those bands. And they still have it, for sure. This particular track – which is more of a percussive piece than their electronic sound of old – is taken from their forthcoming double-album Tomorrow in a Year, which is a collaboration with Mt Sims and Planningtorock and was commissioned by the Danish performance art group’ Hotel Pro Forma, to accompany its opera based on Darwin’s On The Origin Of The Species.

How bird-like are those first vocals?! Wow…

Here’s the tracklist for  Tomorrow, In A Year, which will be released on 1 March. Download the track by subscribing to their mailing list.

The album is out digitally 2/2 (physically 3/9) via Mute. Some tracklist info:
CD 1
1 “Intro”
2 “Epochs”
3 “Geology”
4 “Upheaved”
5 “Minerals”
6 “Ebb Tide Explorer”
7 “Variation Of Birds”
8 “Letter To Henslow”

9 “Schoal Swarm Orchestra”

CD 2
1 “Annie’s Box”
2 “Tumult”
3 “Colouring Of Pigeons”
4 “Seeds”
5 “Tomorrow In A Year”

6 “The Height Of Summer”

Bonus track:  “Annie’s Box” (alt. vocal)

January 6, 2010

Sweet Oblivion playlists – update!

by sweetoblivion26

Just catching up on the playlists for the last few shows – the last two shows were repeats because of Christmas time busy-ness, but now things are all back on track for Sweet Oblivion in 2010, have no fear...

On 2nd December I started off crazy with some hip hop, and then got a bit mellow, ending on what is one of the greatest jazz tunes ever, Miles Davis’s ‘So What’. It’s so great to get to play a huge range of music on the show, there’s nothing like rooting through records and just going for what feels ‘right’. The full playlists are after the jump.

Subtle The Mercury Craze – ‘For Hero, For Fool’ (Anticon)

Plastic LittleNot a Thug – ‘Welcome to the Jang House’ (Halftime)

Arabian PrinceInnovative Life – ‘Innovative Life’ (Stones Throw)

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