Podcast & Column: NewFound Sounds

Now is a very exciting time to be involved, in any way, with Irish independent music. It’s not that the music being made now is necessarily better than in times past, or more important, but that the game itself has changed. It is easier and cheaper to access recording materials; it’s easier and cheaper to promote your music thanks to the internet and its numerous iniatives; we still have great venues; the DIY spirit is alive and kicking; and collectives and labels are springing up all over the place. There is another side to all of these changes, and that’s … Continue reading Podcast & Column: NewFound Sounds

Nibiru, You Kiss By The Book, Niamh de Barra

Yesterday I squinted my way through an interview with the band Nibiru for a Community of Independents shoot at a sunny Bernard Shaw – it will be aired on DCTV on Thursday night, and online the next day. I had this image in my head of Nibiru as grizzly guys in their late 20s/early 30s – and it turns out they were a little more fresh-faced than that. They are all members of different bands and two of them had just come back from touring Europe with one of their other projects. It never fails to impress me how people can … Continue reading Nibiru, You Kiss By The Book, Niamh de Barra

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

Black Sun sets…

Photo by Andy Ferreira At the end of my last post I wrote about how things change in the music business, and how time is the only thing that can tell what will happen in the future. One imminent change for the Cork and wider Irish music scene is that Black Sun, the weirdo/experimental/improv/noise (I could go on!) night run by my dear friend Vicky Langan, will see its last music show take place this Saturday. Its experimental cinema programming will continue, with thanks to the Triskel Arts Centre. In Vicky’s own words: Looking back, it would have been cheaper … Continue reading Black Sun sets…

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