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

Some musical things for the weekend

Happy (almost) weekend! Here’s the latest Sweet Oblivion show (click) and playlist Artist / Track / Album THEESatisfaction – Enchantruss – QueenS Big Star – Ballad of El Goodo – #1 Record Grandaddy – He’s Simple, He’s Dumb, He’s The Pilot Townes van Zandt – Waiting Around To Die Yawning Chasm – Seen Like A Bird’s Cold Cold Eye – Snarl Woven Skull – Cattlemart Crows – Moods of the Hill People Leyland Kirby – A fluid wilderness of nothing – Sadly, the future is no longer what it was (Limited edition) Áine O’Dwyer – In A Fugue State of … Continue reading Some musical things for the weekend


evening, a photo by Aoife B on Flickr. I got a roll of film developed last week but wasn’t too happy with the results unfortunately. Still, there were a few ones I liked, including this unintentional triptych. Sometimes with half-frame toy cameras the film gets stuck or during processing something occurs and you end up some triptychs rather than diptychs – the results can be kind of sweet. These were all taken out of car or train windows so it’s somewhat miraculous they turned out ok! Continue reading Threevening

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

Real church music: Áine O’Dwyer

I’m not really a religious person, but I’m no atheist either. Maybe you’d call me spiritual – or just plain indecisive – but whatever it is, I believe there’s something other than ourselves out there. With that in mind, when I listen to a piece of music that makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up and a shiver run down my spine, I feel a jolt of something that can’t be described in words. Some people believe that spaces are marked with the invisible fingerprints of those who once passed through them, and that music made … Continue reading Real church music: Áine O’Dwyer