The final Sweet Oblivion on 2XM… and Camden Crawl Dublin gigs

Tonight will see the last Sweet Oblivion go out on RTÉ 2XM at 11pm. It has been a hard decision to make, but for now I’ve decided to take a break from the show. Sweet Oblivion has been going out on the digital station for almost four years, and aside from a year or two’s break I’ve been presenting a show under the Sweet Oblivion name for around 10 years, since the days of Cork Campus Radio in UCC… so it’s going to be strange not having a weekly show to make. 2XM is a fantastic resource and I was so … Continue reading The final Sweet Oblivion on 2XM… and Camden Crawl Dublin gigs

Low, Arthur Russell, Lord Huron, Benoit Pioulard

Pic by me, Dublin There are few things better than going through a phase of listening to the same artist for a week after not listening to them for quite a long time. That immediate feeling when you put on the first track is like a restorative sigh – you can instantly relax into that blissful space where every note, every beat is deliciously familiar. With that in mind, here’s some Arthur Russell for your ears. Thanks to his intense work ethic and ability to create music spanning a number of genres, you can listen to him if you’re in … Continue reading Low, Arthur Russell, Lord Huron, Benoit Pioulard

Sam Jackson, David Turpin, Christian Bookshop

A pic I took of Sarah Grimes of September Girls before a Community of Independents interview  There are two new (and radically different) albums out now that I’d love to draw your attention to. One of the bands, Christian Bookshop, have featured on the blog before. A duo of Jimmy Monaghan and Aisling Walsh, they’re based in the West and have just released their self-titled debut album. Like many good things, it’s available on Bandcamp: Rather charmingly, these timeless folk songs were recorded “over two weeks in a pantry in Belmullet, Co Mayo“. The domestic setting seems to have imbued … Continue reading Sam Jackson, David Turpin, Christian Bookshop

Onra, Yawning Chasm, Costello, Adventures of a Music Nerd

Some bits and bobs taking place over the next few weeks… I interviewed the MC/rapper Costello yesterday for DCTV – the interview will feature on the community tv programme Community of Independents this Thursday on DCTV (and aertv.ie). Not being the world’s greatest expert on Irish hip hop, I approached the interview with a bit of nerves, but it turned out really well as Costello was well able to chat and was really open about the different subjects we talked about. It was great education for me in what the Irish hip hop scene is up to, and I’ll be paying … Continue reading Onra, Yawning Chasm, Costello, Adventures of a Music Nerd

Latest RTÉ 2XM & Community of Independents shows, and new music

Hey folks, hope you’re all enjoying this wonderfully grey June-uary! I’m back on Sweet Oblivion on 2XM after a few weeks’ break (which included a trip to Primavera), so here’s a link to the latest show. ~Just click here to listen to new stuff from The Walkmen, Fred, Bonnie Prince Billy & Moon Ate the Dark~ Here’s the full setlist: Fred – Villains  Eleventy Four – Snapshot (released on 10 August 2012) Fiona Apple – Paper Bag – When the Pawn… The Walkmen – Heartbreaker – Heaven Father John Misty – O I Long to Feel Your Arms Around Me … Continue reading Latest RTÉ 2XM & Community of Independents shows, and new music

Community of Independents & Hard Working Class Heroes Festival

If you’re someone with an interest in the Irish music scene as a whole, a great festival to give you an insight into what’s going on here is Hard Working Class Heroes. Yes, it doesn’t cover every single band in the country but it’s a good snapshot of what’s happening nationwide. One interesting aspect to the festival is its panel discussions, where people working in the music industry in a number of different countries gather to give their opinion on subjects such as technology, downloading, labels, and more. Jim Carroll of the Irish Times was the man asking the questions during … Continue reading Community of Independents & Hard Working Class Heroes Festival

Sweet Oblivion has moved to Wednesdays at 11pm

Hey folks! Just a little update – 2XM has undergone some (really positive) changes, which has led to the station schedule being shuffled about a bit. As a result, Sweet Oblivion is no longer on Thursdays at 5pm. Instead, it is on Wednesdays at 11pm. At first I was a little worried about it being so late, but I’ve starting feeling like it’s actually quite a positive thing. My show isn’t really ‘daytime radio’ in style, and I have moved on a lot musically since my early days (the show began in 2002 or so on Cork Campus Radio). Having … Continue reading Sweet Oblivion has moved to Wednesdays at 11pm