Let’s get Popical!

Has it really been a year since the Popical Island compilation #1 was released!? Strike me down with a feather. It has been a pretty amazing year for this Dublin-based collective, thanks to a stream of excellent shows and releases and a constant focus on keeping things fun, accessible and smart. The first compilation helped…

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…

Bigmouth StrikesĀ 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,…