[Pics] Moving house

My mum moved house last month, out of the family home where we had lived for more than 20 years. I took these photos during the move, feeling restless and strange about the house being emptied of everything that had meant ‘home’ since I was a child. I’ll miss the squeaky step at the bottom of the stairs, the front door that would never shut properly unless you shoved it like you were furious with someone, the cold terracotta-coloured tiles, the kitchen walls that must bear at least five much-deliberated-over layers of paint, the strange noises that emanated from the … Continue reading [Pics] Moving house

Sam Jackson, David Turpin, Christian Bookshop

A pic I took of Sarah Grimes of September Girls before a Community of Independents interview  There are two new (and radically different) albums out now that I’d love to draw your attention to. One of the bands, Christian Bookshop, have featured on the blog before. A duo of Jimmy Monaghan and Aisling Walsh, they’re based in the West and have just released their self-titled debut album. Like many good things, it’s available on Bandcamp: Rather charmingly, these timeless folk songs were recorded “over two weeks in a pantry in Belmullet, Co Mayo“. The domestic setting seems to have imbued … Continue reading Sam Jackson, David Turpin, Christian Bookshop

Interview: Vicky Langan

I’m delighted this is finally online – an interview I did with my friend Vicky Langan (performance artist/experimental musician/event curator) about her work and inspiration. I’ve been really curious for a long time about what motivates her, so it was great to get to chat about it. After we did the interview, we took some photos outside in the back garden – the treacle was her idea and it worked out so, so well despite my nerves. I’m really proud of these photos. Continue reading Interview: Vicky Langan

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

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