It’s Not Unusual

File this under ‘essential weird listening’: a recording of a broken fairground calliope playing songs like ‘It’s Not Unusual‘, ‘Moon River‘ and ‘Those Were the Days’. Wonky, off-kilter and gloriously offbeat, the songs sound like they’re being performed by a troupe of drunk clowns.  The stuff of nightmares, perhaps, but captivating all the same. I think Irwin Chusid would love this. I found these songs on the Sweet Thunder website, which Alexis Petridis linked to on twitter last night. A little rummage around unearthed more gems: a young girl singing what may be a made-up song (?) and Roxie and … Continue reading It’s Not Unusual

Ben Sims plays Cork – win tickets

House/Techno fans listen up – more gig news from Cork, and once again from independent promoters: Ben Sims (Theory, Hardgroove- UK) will play Friday 3rd December at The Pavilion, Cork City, Ireland, supported by gig promoter and DJ/producer Jamie Behan (Bastardo Electrico, Subject Detroit). Ben Sims is known as the ‘3 deck master’, ‘the human ableton’ and ‘the machine’. He got his first pair of decks at 10 years old and began DJing as a teenager. Fast forward 15 years to find him as one of the UK’s biggest techno exports and a much in-demand producer. Ben has been involved … Continue reading Ben Sims plays Cork – win tickets

Swear I’m Not Paul’s in the Red

Fellow Irish blogger Swear I’m Not Paul recently recorded a very funny pilot for RTE‘s online show Red, where he waxes lyrical about some of his favourite Irish bands at the moment and tells us about quirky videos on youtube. Have a look at the video here, and if you like what you see then leave a comment: Well done on the show Ronan! Continue reading Swear I’m Not Paul’s in the Red

Pal Joey to play the Pavilion

More Cork news: one of the city’s club nights, House is a Home, is bringing the esteemed house DJ Pal Joey to the Pavilion venue on December 4th. Sean Galvin and Shane Linehan, who run House is a Home, are two serious record collectors and DJs who are well known in the Cork scene, and they’re clearly determined to bring great house music and producers to the city. They explain: Pal Joey (aka Joseph Longo) came up in the heady days of New York street culture, amidst B-boying, boom boxes and an unusually entrepreneurial spirit of beat-making. Working at Vinylmania, … Continue reading Pal Joey to play the Pavilion

Sista Mix-A-Lot

Remember mixtapes? It’s strange to think that just a decade ago cassette tapes and by extension mixtapes were a big part of my life, and other music-obsessed teens’ social and cultural lives. When I was a kid, I’d tape myself and my sisters singing and play-acting, or myself and my cousin singing songs we’d written ourselves, such as the classic ‘Working at the Grocer’s’. We’d entertain/torment our parents by making them listen back to our shrieking and giggling, convinced that we were super talented young girls. One summer, when I was about seven, I went through a phase of making … Continue reading Sista Mix-A-Lot

Cork Rock City

About a day after I’d submitted my article to the Irish Times on Cork’s underground, I discovered that the Drop-D site was about to release a free download of music by Cork bands. It’s a particularly good omen that Cork has had the national spotlight shone on its music scene twice within the space of a month, and proof that there is so much going on in the city. The comprehensive free Drop D release consists of four compilations that span everything from electronica (Toby Kaar) to noise (Mersk) but mainly concentrate on rock and indie bands. CORK ROCK CITY … Continue reading Cork Rock City

Bigmouth Strikes Again

The Smiths nerds unite! I love this: A presenter with BBC’s Springwatch, Chris Packham, casually slips in one Smiths reference in each of his episodes. If, like me, you feel a warm glow of pride when you watch this, you’re probably very far gone in terms of music nerddom. If you were in Chris’s place, what band would you reference? video via @ChristineBohan Continue reading Bigmouth Strikes Again