New Benoit Pioulard album due in October

Hooray! Benoit Pioulard (aka Thomas Meluch) is bringing out a new album in October – according to his official website: i am pleased to annouce [sic] the release of the next benoît pioulard album for the fine folks at kranky. it is called lasted & will be released in cd, vinyl & digital formats as krank145 on 11 october 2010. i am also currently assembling a handmade edition which will be limited to 25 copies to be sold through this site in the weeks leading up to the official release. thankyou to everyone for all the love & support. A … Continue reading New Benoit Pioulard album due in October

Plugd to Reopen

Brilliant news! Plugd is reopening! According to an interview in the Cork Independent: Jim tells the Cork Independent that Plugd will be re-opening on Saturday 28 August in the ESB Substation on Caroline Street. But it won’t stay there for long. “Early next year we will be following the Triskel back to their expanded Christchurch space on Tobin St. The shop will be on the first floor, about the same size as the Substation. If anyone likes lifting vinyl give us a shout! “The extra space has opened a lot of possibilities for us – for a start we plan … Continue reading Plugd to Reopen

Las Robertas

I love the fact that female-fronted fuzzy garage pop bands like the Dum Dum Girls, Best Coast and Vivian Girls are now ‘en vogue’. For some of us, the love for that sort of music never went away, but others are just discovering how wonderfully brilliant it is. Thanks to the fantastic feminist music blog Don’t Dance Her Down Boys (I can’t recommend Steph’s mixtapes enough) I’ve been turned onto Costa Rican band Las Robertas. While they don’t have the same sense of melliflousness as Best Coast, for example, there’s something really sweet and hypnotic about their harmonies. You can … Continue reading Las Robertas

Groom get ready to release new album – here’s a taster…

Album cover designed by Ruan Van Vliet, using photos by Cait Fahey and Jody Miller Dublin band Groom are getting ready to release their latest album, ‘Marriage‘, which is scheduled to drop this month. To launch the record, they have a gig planned for 21 August at the Lower Deck in Portobello, Dublin. I’ve had a sneaky listen to the album and it’s a beautiful thing – the band have stepped it up a notch since last year’s ‘At the Natural History Museum’, and crafted an album that flows together perfectly.  It is, as you would expect, about love – … Continue reading Groom get ready to release new album – here’s a taster…

Moon Duo Q&A interview

Moon Duo are the mystical side-project of Erik Johnson from bearded space-rockers Wooden Shjips. With bandmate Sanae Yamada on keyboards, Erik gets to delve further into the hazy world of fuzzy electronic-tinged psychedelia and the results are pretty damn lovely. There’s a real blissed-out feel to their music….like Silver Apples, Moon Duo carry you into a trance and leave you crumpled in a zoned-out heap. I send a list of questions to the band for an interview for Cork newspaper The Evening Echo before their recent Irish gigs, but because the band were on tour they didn’t get the answers … Continue reading Moon Duo Q&A interview

Listen to the Solar Bears interview on Sweet Oblivion, 2XM

So, y’all know I’m a big fan of Solar Bears – and I was delighted to get to interview John from the band for last week’s show. In case you not familiar with them, Solar Bears are a Dublin-Wicklow based band and fans of Tangerine Dream, Bibio, Cocteau Twins and Russian cult movies will adore them. They have a fantastic EP (Inner Sunshine), which you can stream here, and an amazing album, (She Was Coloured In) coming out on Planet Mu records soon – you can stream the album here. I’ll be playing songs from both in the coming months, and … Continue reading Listen to the Solar Bears interview on Sweet Oblivion, 2XM