Archive for the ‘Galway’ Tag

Song: Daithi/Flann – This Place

When I met Daithi last month he spoke very highly of his friend Flann Mc Morrow (No relation to James Vincent, I asked) The pair had a kind of Postal Service thing going on, sharing and mixing music between Dublin and Galway. ‘This Place’ is the first track the duo have put up on soundcloud. Sounds like Four Tet after a few jagerbombs with wall to wall sound and a penchant for changing direction. More please.

 

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Gig: Gold Panda


The man behind the gorgeous LP Lucky Shiner will be playing across Ireland in June.

June 8th – Auntie Annie’s, Belfast.
June 9th – Roisin Dubh, Galway.
June 10th – The Pavillion, Cork.
June 11th – the Workman’s Club, Dublin.

Video: &U&I live

It felt somewhat poignant last Thursday, with our Government reaching historic heights of calamity(there’s a film in it I swear) that I found myself standing in Galway’s Aras na Gael listening to a brand out punk rock so often affiliated with anti-government mentality. The venue, which is little more than a garage for bands to jam in, played host to locals NeverNoodz, Limerick’s We Come in Pieces and leesiders We.Were.Kings – an amalgamation of  former favourites The Avalanche Effect and Burn Us Both. British Hardcore act &U&I played the role of headliners on a night that was, how you say, loud as fuck. Sound was about as messy as it gets but that added to the feeling that was this was a good old-fashioned rock gig.

&U&I performing ‘Who Will Look After Adam?’ off thier EP Kill The Man That Shot That Man.

Gig: Cap Pas Cap


Cap Pas Cap are a Dublin based electronic-tinged indie outfit. Haunted Light is the band’s first album and was launched on the 13th of November off Skinny Wolves. On Saturday night the Rosin Dubh played host to the Leinster hipsters. They have been quietly raising a few eyebrows in the capital and getting favourable mentions in various blogs, however this failed to attract a reasonable crowd and those who chose to observe did so from a cautious distance leaving the dance floor to the tumbleweeds.

With such a lack of energy to feed off it’s somewhat unsurprising that CPC put on a show that was businesslike and nothing more. Their undeniably funky brand of danceable indie-pop had the desired effect on some of the venues more inebriated clientele as tunes like the infectious single ‘Friends’ were rewarded with the awkward flailing-limb moves they deserve.

Having won over pockets of onlookers with a notably up-tempo opening, the set dipped midway with a series of tracks that failed to make any kind of first impression, sounding rather generic and stale. Loitering between The Ting Tings and Fight Like Apes with a hint of Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cap Pas Cap are not creating an entirely new or ground-breaking sound, but not every new act needs to be incredibly innovative, what CPC are doing for the most part is creating catchy pop tunes. Not-so-discreet glances and hand signals showed the band is still getting comfortable with some of the songs onstage.

A reversion back to the lively, provided a strong finish to Saturday night’s set with a handful of those impressed queuing up to get their hands on Haunted Light. With a more receptive crowd, a more inspiring stage presence and a removal of filler CPC could become one of the more exciting prospects in Ireland’s ever-growing indie scene.

Weekly Watch

This weeks top three gigs to catch:

God is an Astronaut supported by Caspian –  3rd Nov Dolans Limerick, 4th Nov  Roisin Dubh Galway, 5th Nov  The Forum Waterford, 6th Nov The Academy Dublin, 7th Nov The Limelight Belfast

Halves -4th Nov Roisin Dubh Galway, 5th Nov The Model Sligo

Tokyo Police Club – 5th Nov The Academy Dublin

Playlist: Music Library 1-11-2010

The Music Library is an alternative music show which airs on Flirtfm 101.3, Galway’s alternative student station Monday-Friday between 8 and 9 am. I take charge of the tunes on Mondays.

Sleigh Bells -Tell Em
Janelle Monae – Cold War
Arcade Fire – Rococo
Baths – Indoorsy
Best Coast – When I’m With You
Hooray for Humans – Signature
BATS – Higgs Boson Particle
Boysnoize – Frau ft. I Robot
Mount Kimbie – Before I Move Off
Fake Blood – Fix Your Accent
How to Dress Well – You Won’t Need me Where I’m Going
M.I.A. – XXXO
Nouveaunoise – Pyschasonic
Super Extra Bonus Party – Comets (ft. Heathers)
Waiting Room – Denis
Robyn – Dancehall Queen

Weekly Watch

This week I will be mostly recommending…

Jamaica, Academy 2 Dublin, €16.50, Sunday 31st

Windings album launch, Roisin Dubh Galway, Free, Thursday 28th

James Vincent McMorrow, The Pavillion Cork, €14.50, Friday 29th

Weekly Watch

Jazz weekend is upon us again. It’s that one weekend in the year when every langer on leeside suddenly remembers he “fucking loves the jazz, tis daycint, like!” So for those looking to click their approval, there’s plenty on offer. Brand New Heavies are bringing their brand of jazz, soul and R&B to the Savoy Theatre on Saturday. Herbie Hancock Band play alongside Jason Moran and the Bandwagon in the Everyman Palace Theatre also on Saturday.  The Savoy hosts Maceo Parker Band on Sunday. If like me however you’re looking for a little something different then check out Jazzsteppa playing in Cyprus Avenue on Saturday.

 

Meanwhile back at the ranch…

Yeasayer, Olympia Theatre Dublin, Mon 18th, €23

 

Fake Blood, The Academy Dublin, Sun 24th, €23.50

 

Yann Tierson, Mandella Hall Belfast Fri 22nd, The Village Dublin 23rd, The Pavillion Cork 24th, Roisin Dubh Galway 25th

 

 

Gig: Mount Kimbie


When a new band breaks onto the scene and gains instant support the first thing everybody wants to know is what do they sound like…what genre are they? Its part of the logocentric nature of man, we want to be able to point to one single thing and categorise a host of subjects, it’s basic laziness. Its hip-hop, rock and roll, grunge, electro, techno, house, etc. With this one word we try to sum up an entire sound and numerous artists.

What then do we do when an act like Mont Kimbie comes along? Widely regarded as Dubstep this London duo mixes all sorts of  ‘genres’ to create a sound all of their own. Dubstep may be the umbrella they have been cast under but last night’s showing in Galway’s Roisin Dubh was more Flylo than Jakwob, more Onra than Benga. Dominic Maker and Kai Campos varied loops and samples with dreamy synths and rocky instrumentation.

A respectable crowd was present to witness the unclassifiable but undeniably brilliant performance from Mount Kimbie. While aspects of their live show bared resemblance to minimal dubstep, in a manner not dissimilar to Skream, most of the set was dominated by beats resembling the fashionable glitch-hop sound made popular thanks to performers like Nosaj Thing. It was refreshing to see the Londoners emerge from behind their laptops and samplers to pick up a guitar and drum sticks and prove that modern electronic artists are not afraid to make music the traditional way.

LastFm offers several ‘genres’ which could all lossely be applied to Mount Kimbie’s sound but instead of playing the genres game, this time why don’t we just listen to the music and decide if we like it. After last nights memorable performance I have to say I love their blend of electo/electromental/ambient/downtempo/chillout/electronica/techno/garage/glitch hop/folktronica/shoegaze…..oh ya and dubstep.

Weekly Watch

Gigs worth checking out this week.

M0unt Kimbie – Roisin Dubh, Tue 12th, €12 – The Academy, Wed 13th, €15.50

Ham Sandwich – Roisin Dubh, Fri 15th, free – The Button Factory, Sat 16th

Pendulum DJ set – Savoy Theatre Cork,  Sat 16th, €17.50