Sí’s FundIt Campaign

FundIt has been doing great things for Irish bands lately – Ten Past Seven recently hit their target and will now be able to head to a great recording studio and make an ace new record, while Nina Hynes received a whopping €10,000 from fans to make her long-awaited fourth album, Goldmine. Due to work commitments I wasn’t able to get up timely blogs about these two bands’ campaigns unfortunately, but I am able to post about a new FundIt campaign for an Irish musician who I’ve mentioned on the blog before, (aka Síle Ní Dhubhghaill).

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Twin Shadow – Dublin date announced

A Dublin date has been announced for new kid on the block and current Sweet Oblivion fave, Twin Shadow. If you haven’t heard of this young fellow (aka George Lewis Jr) then please run to this website and have a listen to his debut album, Forget, for free. Being that I am a fan of quiffs, The Smiths, disco, teasing song lyrics that are on the right side of obtuse and videos that are deliberately grainy and just a little grimy, then, naturally, it so follows that I think Twin Shadow is rather wonderful. There’s something about the spooky, slightly … Continue reading Twin Shadow – Dublin date announced

Swear I’m Not Paul’s in the Red

Fellow Irish blogger Swear I’m Not Paul recently recorded a very funny pilot for RTE‘s online show Red, where he waxes lyrical about some of his favourite Irish bands at the moment and tells us about quirky videos on youtube. Have a look at the video here, and if you like what you see then leave a comment: Well done on the show Ronan! Continue reading Swear I’m Not Paul’s in the Red

Bigmouth Strikes 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, what band would you reference? video via @ChristineBohan Continue reading Bigmouth Strikes Again

For Your Eyes & Ears: Orange Juice – Rip it Up – Top of the Pops

This Orange Juice video is gold, GOLD I tell you! My favourite bits: *The super-smiley dancers in front of the stage (especially the woman miming the lyrics) *The dancers in spandex and short shorts – especially when they start ripping up sheets of paper (around 2.15mins) *Edwyn’s awful miming (so funny!) and Malcolm and David’s over-dramatic miming of their guitar/bass playing *The bit where Edywn gets a burst of confidence and grabs the mic (around 2.00mins) *Edwyn laughing at someone in the crowd at around 2.42, just before he mistakenly pretends to sing *The guys dancing up the front in … Continue reading For Your Eyes & Ears: Orange Juice – Rip it Up – Top of the Pops