Posts tagged ‘2XM’

January 11, 2013

Low, Arthur Russell, Lord Huron, Benoit Pioulard

by sweetoblivion26


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 the mood for disco, if you’re feeling love-lorn, or if you just want to hear someone play cello like their heart depended on it.

(David Byrne plays guitar on that one)

(The video is gas, and the track is so… lusty)

Another band that I turn to for listening binges is Low, who helpfully have a brand new song out. Hurrah! Far from the darker sound of albums like Drums and Guns, this track hints at the band returning to the more upbeat, fuller sound of albums like The Great Destroyer, but still keeping things a bit restrained. What a voice Mimi Parker has, eh?

The Invisible Way is out on 19 March on Sub Pop. Fingers crossed we’ll see a live date here.

Lord Huron are new to me, but released their first LP late last year in the US. If there is a Fleet Foxes or Midlake-shaped hole in your life, Lonesome Dreams will fill it.

On to another of my most-played artists, Benoit Pioulard, and another reason why 2013 is shaping up to be a super one for new music. His fourth long player, called Hymnal, is due out in March also (on the incredible Kranky label), and here’s a little snippet of a track from it:

Hear the keys? Those, alongside the news that Kyle Bobby Dunn worked on strings for the record, has me incredibly excited to hear what the finished product will sound like. Hopefully the album will be available in a special edition, like its predecessor was – trust me, it’s worth it for all the goodies you get.

Here’s a new podcast featuring an interview with Rafel Anton Irisarri and Thomas Meluch (the man behind Pioulard) who together play under the name Orcas. (The link to download the podcast is at the bottom of the post).

Finally, if you have made it all the way down to here, you might be interested in the latest Community of Independents episode. You may also recognise the voice doing the voice-over during the Wolfbait interview…

In other news, my show Sweet Oblivion was supposed to be back this week, but it seems an old show went out instead. So I’ll see you next week for a new show on Wednesday at 11pm.

Finally, the Meteor Choice Prize nominations were announced this week – I’m a judge this year (very exciting) and it was really interesting to see which albums that I voted for made it through. I was sad not to see Katie Kim, Laura Sheeran and the Spook of the Thirteenth Lock in there, but I also don’t think that if albums didn’t make the award they’re not ‘deserving’ of one (that would be fairly nonsensical). If you don’t have any of those three albums, I’d highly recommend them.

June 15, 2012

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

by sweetoblivion26

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 – Fear Fun

Bonnie Prince Billy – Because Of Your Eyes (Band Version) – Hummingbird EP

Arborea – Careless Love – Red Planet

Slow Place Like Home – Selkie – There go the Lights Again

Laurel Halo – Two Years – Quarantine

Faws – Hummingbird – Blue Notes ep

Horsemen Pass By – The Lies of Christian Shaw- Giallo

Moon Ate the Dark – Explosions in a Four Chambered Heart – Moon Ate the Dark


You’re probably wondering who those cheery fellas are up at the top of the post. Well, despite always fearing doing any sort of TV work at all, I was asked to help out on the volunteer-run Community of Independents series which is broadcast by DCTV.

I’ve already done two panel interview shows with DCTV, so I was delighted to hear that I wasn’t as disastrous on air as I’d imagined, and the folks in charge wanted me to do band interviews for the second Community of Independents series, which is presented by Danny Carroll (and edited, produced and put together by a lot of other lovely folk who are DCTV staff or volunteers). Interview bands? You don’t have to ask me twice! It has been a (fun) learning experience, and great getting to know a bunch of new people too (some of whom are featured in these pics I took while we were filming the Crayonsmith interview).

I recently did a voice training workshop for radio (thanks to AIRPI), which was absolutely invaluable and showed me how to s l o w  d ow n while speaking on air… watching the recent DCTV vids, it’s obvious I need to employ the new technique there too. Having been shown the difference in my voice when I am nervous or scatty, and calm and composed (or at least trying to be!) I know that it’s something I need to keep an eye on.

Here’s the first show:

And here’s the second show:

While I have you, here is the A Joyful Slog documentary made by some members of the team – their experience in both documentary-making and music-making is certainly evident throughout the one-hour show. Watching this got me thinking about how the shape of the music ‘scene’ in Ireland will evolve over the next few years. Who will be the big players? Who will last, who will shut up shop?

We’ve just recently seen the closing down of the great Richter Collective label after four years, and though their influence on Irish music will be seen for years to come, it is sad that they have decided to finish up. Other DIY outfits, like Popical Island are, thankfully, still going – Popical are launching their final compilation soon – but how will they evolve and change? Time, obviously, will tell, and I look forward – though with a tiny bit of trepidation – to what happens next, and meeting the future movers and shakers. It’s an uncertain time in many ways, but people keep on trucking, unpaid, and sometimes ignored, because they want to. That’s the music biz for you.

Pics by me

March 19, 2012

Sweet Oblivion has moved to Wednesdays at 11pm

by sweetoblivion26

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 a late show means I can play darker, weirder and more downbeat tracks than usual, and I’ve started thinking of the show as having two parts… sort of like a Side A and Side B, with the first more upbeat than the second. I want to give night owls something soothing to listen to as it approaches the witching hour, which is a nice goal to have.

Also, the show is now on after John Kelly’s show, which I am chuffed about as he is an incredible and inspiring broadcaster and writer. Hopefully some of the magic of his show will rub off  on mine, ha!

Lastly, Sweet Oblivion was on Wednesdays on Campus Radio and Flirt FM, so that’s the day I always associate with the show.

As for the changes at 2XM – now the great Dan Hegarty broadcasts a live show from Mondays to Thursdays on 2XM at 11am, which is then re-broadcast on 2FM at 11pm. How cool is that? It provides a tangible link between the two stations and also means there is more Dan on the radio, and he’s a great champion of Irish music. He seems delighted about the change and I really hope it goes well for him. Here’s to a bright year for 2XM!

Thanks as always to everyone who listens in – you’re who I make the show for. Don’t forget that the show is available for a few weeks after broadcast on the RTE Player. I always Tweet and Facebook this link so follow me on either of those sites to go straight to the player, or go to the website and search for it there.

Click here to listen to last week’s show.

Artist – Track – Album

Parks – Topaz – Umber

Grimes – Circumambient – visions

Solar Bears – Alpha People

Mansions On The Moon – Light Years

Sharon Van Etten – Ask – Tramp

Brigid Power Ryce – The Waves Were Wild (live)

Yawning Chasm – Moon Silver Ocean

Mirroring – Fell Sound

Julia Holter & Linda Perhacs – Delicious Descent

Moondog – Moondog’s Theme

Katie Kim – Dimmer – cover and flood

Windy and Carl – Sirens – Depths

Arvo part – Spiegel im Spiegel

Finally… it was the two year anniversary of Alex Chilton’s passing on St Patrick’s Day. This one is for all you Big Star fans out there…

There’s people around who tell you that they know 
And places where they send you, and it’s easy to go 
They’ll zip you up and dress you down and stand you in a row 
But you know you don’t have to, you can just say “no”

September 10, 2010

2XM on 2FM

by sweetoblivion26

Well holy God, as Miley (rest Mick Lally’s soul) would say. It has been almost two years since 2XM launched and this month we got the really exciting news that 2XM shows are going to feature on RTE 2FM.

The wonderful powers that be have decreed that every Sunday from 10pm to 12am on 2FM will be dedicated to shows from 2XM, with presenters putting together special 20-minute long shows to entertain the masses.

Two weeks ago was the first week, and this Sunday night (12 September) is the second – and Sweet Oblivion is featuring!

I’ve crammed some of my favourite songs into the 20 minutes: Land Lovers, Squarehead, Benoit Pioulard, Janelle Monae and Zola Jesus all make an appearance.

If you turn the dial to 2FM at 10pm you can expect to hear shows from:

UnderCurrents with John Bella Reilly
The Release Point with Jenny Mulligan
Inches with Ciarán Ryan
Wired for Sound with Jan and Barry
Sweet Oblivion with Aoife Barry
The Suburban Dream Ciaran McCarthy
Why, it could be the most eclectic and enjoyable two hours of your week!*
Thanks to 2XM and 2FM for the opportunity – and best of luck to everyone who has shows that night.
*Hey, we can blow our own trumpets just this once, please? ;)

PS. I won’t be playing this, but….woo hoo!

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