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

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

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

Sweet Oblivion 16 Feb 2012

This week’s Sweet Oblivion is up for your listening pleasure right now – just click here. Here’s what to expect on the show… Artist//Track//Album Kings of Convenience – I Don’t Know What I Can Save You From – Quiet is the New Loud Perfume Genius –  DIRGE – Put Your Back in 2 It Low – Like a Forest – Things We Lost in the Fire Windings- The Space I Ooccupy “The Space I Occupy/ The Hassle” is the new double A-sided 7” Single fromwindings, released this February 2010 on Out On A Limb Records. Both tracks on the single are … Continue reading Sweet Oblivion 16 Feb 2012

Is this real? Wipers

I go with gut feeling a lot when it comes to music. In a weird way, I often get a sense about whether I’ll enjoy a band before I even listen to them. It’s like I’m driven to seek them out and just know I’m meant to hear their work. This isn’t the same as hearing a new band’s name bandied about blogs; this usually happens to me with older or established bands. In the case of Wipers, the cult Portland post-punk/pre-grunge-era three-piece, when I first heard their name I knew they were a band I needed to investigate. And … Continue reading Is this real? Wipers