Vivian Maier – Street Photographer

Last Friday, I bundled myself up, tucked myself into bright red hat, scarf and gloves, and went into town, to meet a lovely friend, chat, eat, and then seek out something I have been waiting exactly a year to own. I never got my hands on it. It was a book about Vivian Maier – ‘Vivian Maier: Street Photographer’, carefully put together by John Maloof, the man who now owns hundreds of thousands of the late Vivian’s incredible street photographs. The Gallery of Photography, where I was  determined to buy this book, was unexpectedly closed, and so I left, just a little…

Lightbox tour, Rest & Ten Past Seven gig, new Daniel Rossen song

The past two years have seen a huge rise in the amount of young electronic musicians emerging from their bedrooms and plonking themselves onto blogs, radio shows and into the ears of many. It’s not like Ireland wasn’t a place for great electronic-based music before, but it’s very easy now to get your hands on the software needed to make purely electronic tracks, and even easier to get your music online and into people’s heads. You don’t even have to release a full album – look at Toby Kaar, who is wowing people on the strength of a handful of official tracks,…

Mary Margaret O’Hara – Body’s in Trouble

This track couldn’t have come out in any decade other than the 80’s – that bassline! those drums! – and yet there’s something quite timeless about it too. It’s by Canadian singer/actress Mary Margaret O’Hara, who has a sort of cult status amongst her fans, given that she only released one album ‘proper’, the stunning Miss America (in 1988), one soundtrack to a film called Apartment Hunting (that she apparently did not consent to being released), and one Christmas-themed EP, as well as contributing to a handful of other people’s projects. There’s nothing like releasing an album as intriguing, unusual and gut-twisting…

Pick n’ Mix: Choice Music Prize, Out on a Limb Records, Winged Victory for the Sullen

It’s Friday, so how about a little catch up on what’s been going on this week? Music, radio, juicing (!) and more are included here. Choice Music Prize By now, we all know that The Choice Music Prize nominees have been announced – was your pick in there? I have to say that I’m delighted to see Tieranniesaur and Patrick Kelleher and His Cold Dead Hands in there, and overall the list is really solid. It’s never going to satisfy everyone, and it’s nigh on impossible to put together a list of 10 nominees that every single person will be happy with.…

Sweet Oblivion on 2XM interview: Elastic Witch

The world needs more independent record stores, but it’s an extremely hard time to open one. That’s why the latest bunch of Irish indie record stores – Elastic Witch in Dublin and Wingnut in Galway, and now Waterford – are taking a new approach to selling records in  Ireland. Instead of focusing on being stand-alone entities, they are harnessing the power of an existing business in which to root themselves, showing that in recession times it’s good for people to come together to make things work.