Archive for September, 2010

September 30, 2010

Windings Grows Old Like J

by sweetoblivion26

You can’t fight the ageing process – no matter how much you try and deny Old Father Time, he’s going to visit you eventually. Even a hefty dose of botulinum toxin won’t stop him.

One man who recently found himself preoccupied with growing older is Windings, aka Steve Ryan (and band), and he came to a somewhat unusual conclusion – he wants to grow old like J.

Who’s J, I hear you ask?

Why, J Mascis, of Dinosaur Jr fame.

(Hopefully he’ll have better taste in hats.)

Windings’ new album ‘It’s Never Night’ (produced by Tommy McLaughlin, who has also worked with Cathy Davey and Villagers) is out on Friday 8 October, and the band are getting ready for a slew of live dates. Fittingly, it includes one in New York – as part of the CMJ Music From Ireland Showcase on 22 October in the Bowery Poetry Club. J would be proud.

Old Like J:


Fri Oct 8th: Tower Records in-store Performance, Dublin, 1pm

Wed Oct 13th Spirit Store, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Thurs Oct 14th: The Workmans Club, Dublin

Fri Oct 15th: Crane Lane Theatre, Cork

Tue Oct 26th:                     NUIG Sessions, Galway

Thurs Oct 28th: HMV in-store Performance, Galway, 4pm

Thurs Oct 28th: Roisin Dubh, Galway

Fri Oct 29th:                       The Stables, Mullingar

Sat Oct 30th: Bar Ritz, Castlebar, Co. Mayo

Sat Nov 6th:                       Dolan’s, Limerick

Sat Nov 27th: Gonzo Theatre, Cavan


September 30, 2010

I Don’t Know…

by sweetoblivion26

..who is…I think she is from Cork…there are two songs on her Bandcamp site and no link to a website. Googling brings up nothing…

but I do know that this song sent shivers up my spine:

Who is Sí?

(check the comments below and you’ll find out!)

September 29, 2010

S Carey – All We Grow

by sweetoblivion26

S Carey is the percussionist and pianist for Bon Iver’s band, but he’s also the creator of one of this year’s most beautiful albums. Heart-swelling, hair-on-the-back-of-your-neck-standing-up type stuff.

All We Grow

Jump in. (via Brooklyn Vegan)

September 23, 2010


by sweetoblivion26

In my ears:

City of Satellites – BMX – (on Hidden Shoal)


Also on Hidden Shoal Liam Singer

Sad pop song with beautiful vocals, called Winter Weeds (mp3)


New Deerhunter album


Clips from the new Benoit Pioulard album


The Gorgeous Colours




Brandt Braeur Frick (You Make Me Real!K7 – November)


Strands (Steve Shannon) – new album out 22 October

September 22, 2010

Derrick Dalton Tribute Night

by sweetoblivion26

IT has been two years since Derrick Dalton, of the bands Hey Paulette, Mexican Pets, and latterly Crumb, passed away. A tribute night in memory of Derrick will take place on September 29th in Whelans, Dublin, featuring Thread PullsDinah BrandRicher Than Astronauts, and Little Beauties.

The event not only marks the second anniversary of his premature passing but the posthumous release of two records, an LP by his solo project Aeromodeller and a 7” single by his band Crumb.

The new Crumb 7” Like Goodbye is on red vinyl and features songs  that were completed by Dez Foley and Fiachra McCarthy from the band following Derrick’s death.

The Aeromodeller LP First Flight was recorded almost entirely by Derrick in his own recording studio in 2008.

In an extremely generous move, both records (which are split releases on YesBoyIceCream records and Disques Fridge) are included in the ticket price of €12.

The night is being put together by Derrick’s wife Laura and all proceeds go to Aware.  According to Thumped:

She feels that the night will be a fitting reminder of Derrick’s talent and is especially proud of his solo LP First Flight, which carries a dedication to the couple’s daughter: “I want to be able to show this to Julie when she’s older and say ‘Your da did this’”. Laura is keen to sell as many tickets as possible to raise money for Aware, and added “buy tickets even if you can’t make it along on the night, invite as many people as you know”.

After the bands, DJs will play until 2am and there will be a stall selling some of Derrick’s other releases and screenprints of the Aeromodeller LP cover by Niall McCormack.

Tickets are available now from Whelans WAV box office and

Have a listen to some of Derrick’s work here:

September 22, 2010

New York City, f*ck off.

by sweetoblivion26

Matson Jones, please reform.

September 21, 2010

of Montreal do Michael Jackson

by sweetoblivion26

It’s not easy to cover a Michael Jackson song without sounding like a bad karaoke band – it’s even harder to do a Michael Jackson medley without sounding like you’re short on ideas and full of beer.

But the glitter-shorts-wearing, eyeliner-loving, freak-funk-bassline-adoring of Montreal are just the band to tackle a Michael Jackson medley and turn the occasion into the greatest Halloween party you were never at.

Shake your tailfeather!

via Stereogum

Also, their new album is a grower, folks. A freaking grower. The band went back to ‘real’ instruments this time around and enlisted the help of Janelle Monaé and Solange – and the results are quite sexy.

Here’s the nighmarishly delicious (deliciously nightmarish?) video for the surftastic single Coquette:

September 20, 2010

Perfect Plugd Pics

by sweetoblivion26

Pic by Barry Walsh (all pics used with permission)

Plugd is back.


And bigger and better than ever – like some sort of magical record store in an ad: Back! Bigger! Better! New Techno-House section curated by Albert! (Ok, I made the last bit up)

I finally made it into the new Plugd (which is located in the Triskel Loading Bay building opposite Cyprus Avenue on Caroline St in Cork) two weekends ago. I hopped in the door, yapped the ear off poor Jim and Albert, bumped into friends, and bought the new Four Tet LP. Just like old times.

It’s hard to put into words how important the reopening of this beloved record store is for Cork’s music scene, but to see it rising like a shiny phoenix, shaking the dust off its feathers and settling into its new home, is proof that good things happen to good people.

A huge congrats to the lads on the reopening.

Local photographer and DJ Barry Walsh has captured the spirit of the shop beautifully in a series of photographs he took for Plugd’s facebook page. Thanks Barry for letting me repost some here!

Click on the images to see the rest of Barry’s photographs.

Pic by Barry Walsh. Click for more.

Pic by Barry Walsh. Click for more.

Pic by Barry Walsh. Click for more.

September 20, 2010

Still Bill

by sweetoblivion26

How do you turn a duck into a soul singer?
Put it into an oven until its bill withers

Alright, that may be the worst joke in the world – and I’m an animal-loving veggie so I know it’s not the most tasteful either! – but hey, if I tell you it’s all in the name of good music, you’ll forgive me, right?

If you want to find out more about the real Bill Withers – while leaving all ducks unharmed in the process – you should get your ass down to the Sugar Club in Dublin on 30th September, where Fresh & Noble presents the documentary Still Bill.

What is Fresh & Noble?

Fresh & Noble is a new music promotions company that will launch this September with a unique series of music documentary screenings in Dublin and Cork. The series aims to showcase some of the new breed of music documentaries that spans genres but is rarely screened. Each screening will be followed by DJs or live bands which will be hand-picked to compliment that evening’s documentary.

Still Bill is a “critically acclaimed intimate portrait of soul legend Bill Withers in his 70th year, and features rare access to a private man responsible for classics such as “Ain’t No Sunshine,” “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day,” “Grandma’s Hands,” and “Just the Two of Us.”” It sounds rather amazing.

The Irish premiere was at The Pavilion in Cork on Sunday, September 19th, but Dubliners can catch it next week at the Sugar Club.

Fresh & Noble is also delighted to have joined up with leading independent Irish promoters Choice Cuts for the Dublin event which will treat guests to a unique experience of soul. This takes place on September 30th at The Sugar Club, Dublin.  Start time is at 8pm with the screening at 8.45pm. Entry is €7.50 with support music acts to be announced.

The best bit? Fresh & Noble will be back with even more documentaries for us to enjoy:

  • Nina Simone: La Légende – Special screening of this intimate portrayal of this icon for the Cork Jazz Festival.
  • Favela On Blast –  the directorial film debut from Grammy-nominated DJ and producer, Diplo, documents the vibrant and innovative musical subculture that has emerged in Brazil’s impoverished slums, known as favelas
  • Dub Echoes – A documentary that traces the origins of Jamaican dub music and it’s influence on the development of hip hop and electronic music.

It’s inspiring to see music lovers bringing us more than the typical music-related events – and especially good to see these events take place in locations other than Dublin.  Not that I don’ t love my adopted home, but I’m as aware as anyone else how cities around the country frequently get ignored when it comes to gigs and events.

Good work, Fresh & Noble!

September 10, 2010

Sweet Oblivion – listen to the latest show

by sweetoblivion26

Thanks Soundcloud!

Sweet Oblivion 9 September

Teen Girl Fantasy – Cheaters – 7am (Forthcoming album)
Matthew Dear – Soil to Seed (new track)
Tiga – You Gonna Want Me – Sexor
PVT (formerly Pivot) – Window – Church-With-No-Magic
Don’t have the album? Sign up to the mailing list here to get a free download, then buy the album…
Adebisi Shank – (-_-) – This is the second album of the band called Adebisi Shank
John Vanderslice – Time to Go – Emerald City
Apples in Stereo – Tidal Wave – Fun Trick Noisemaker
Sufjan Stevens – I Walked – The Age of Adz
The Age of Adz (pronounced Odds) is an upcoming album by Sufjan Stevens to be released October 12, 2010, on Asthmatic Kitty Records.
Beach Fossils – Youth – Beach Fossils
Beach Fossils – Daydream – Beach Fossils
Debut album by this Brooklyn band, out on captured tracks Tour dates in UK so hopefully Ireland too
Perfume Genius – Mr Peterson – Learning
Owen Pallett – A Man With No Ankles
“A Man With No Ankles” is the first track on Owen Pallett’s forthcoming A Swedish Love Story EP.Out 9/28 via Domino.
Kanye West – Devil in a New Dress
From Stereogum via @kanyewest
Secret tracks: Janelle Monae – Violet Stars, Happy Hunting – Metropolis EP
Alice Coltrane – Astral Meditations – Universal Consciousness


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