More gigs I’d love to see this weekend:
Bulls on Parade, Spring and Airbrake, Belfast, 9pm, €11
Heathers album launch with support from Hooray For Humans and Reuben Teskey, Eamonn Dorans, 7:30pm, €10.
Noise Control, Crawdaddy, 8pm, €10
DeftSounds presents Nouveaunoise featuring Janey Mac and Arc Amator, BoomBoomRoom, 9pm, €5 – *BARGAIN*
Gemma Hayes, Electric Avenue, Waterford, 8pm, €17.45
Robotnik support by AJ Suzuki, Laverys Bunker, Belfast, 8pm, £3
God Is An Astronaut, The Academy, 8pm, €22
Ham Sandwich, The Village, €15
Fighting With Wire supported by Ladydoll, Dolans, Limerick. 8pm, €10
Jinx Lennon ft Miss Paula Flynn – Smithfield Square, Dublin
Le Galaxie single release, support from Codes and Robotnik, Whelans, 9pm, €10
Fun fun fun!
I really dig that blue man with maracas…I might print this poster and cut him out for my wall!
Continuing their domination of the night, Raidió na Life take over Traffic on 30 May to raise some cash for new decks…the old ones will be donated to a youth project PCP teaches at the YMCA. Cranking up the Academy for a Friday night Tropical Heat Wave, RNL residents PCP and DJ Halfdutch are joined by Worries Outernational, Richie !Kaboogie and A-Force of alphabetset.net. Promises of bass-heavy hip hop and reggae dancehall style are sworn to blow the roof off as Dublin’s club talents converge.
The Academy, 30 May, 10 – Late, €8,
I’d love to Google a voodoo iconograph of Papa Legba splashing bloody paint across a canvas for this post…Stagger Lee are looking for an intrepid artist to further their latest creative endeavour, sending out a call to arms. Despite a whirlwind inception in 2007 that led to supports with Sleater Kinney, The Kills and The Duke Spirit, exciting, positive changes are on the way from the ‘Lee and they’d like y’all to be involved….If you’re a snapper, snazzy painter or have a knack for the linear, get in touch via email or MySpace.
Pic : Ben Murphy
Also, they play Frantics tonight at the Bernard Shaw, 8pm.
Nominations for Balcony TV 2008 awards are in with nods to Luan Parle, Mumblin’ Deaf Ro and Redkid.
The daily web-cast show screens short, new music videos from Irish artists and poets, filmed on a balcony above Dame Street in central Dublin. A sister project on a tiny verandah in Hamburg’s Reeperbahn was launched in late 2007 and is a regular feature on youtube.de main page.
Brought to you by three friends and flatmates, Balcony TV, a ’boutique Irish music phenomenon’ according to Hot Press, was crowned Best Music Website in the Digital Media Awards 2007 and recently nominated for a prestigious Webby.
Fans and bands alike appreciate the unwavering support for burgeoning Irish music and its cheerful site, simple in design and packed with a wealth of accessible content in blogs and YouTube. You’re not a band til you’ve been on the Balcony :p
Check out this video announcement or hit the ‘more’ tab for a full list of linked artists and accompanying videos. A rocking ceremony at the Sugar Club on 20th June will see the winners crowned to the refrains of live performances from Royseven, The Kinetiks and Readers’ Wives amongst others…
It’s taken ages to post these: I’ve been perfecting a new Photoshop action that will help batch images at a much faster pace. The pictures from Friday’s Tracer AMC/And So I Watch You From Afar gig are cool and I’m really happy with them, as the lights in Murray’s are very, very dim and ASIWYFA are very, very fast.
I tried some flash a la NME but didn’t like its look. Blur and glare weren’t doing it either it so transpired that trusty f2.8 on 1600 ISO at 160/sec…the camera setting of rock’n'roll…was the only way forward. I wanted to capture flicks, reeling heads and constant motion. I didn’t bargain on the genuine vibe of the night in snaps from odd moments of stillness.
They were fabulous. To review, I’d say they adapted well to the crowd and venue: despite the restrictions of an intimate audience in a funnel-shaped venue, the soar and drill of ASIWYFA commandingly loud, they played clearly with vigour, avoiding the volume threshold that leads music into noise. I heard a profound difference between the live and studio performances: The Voiceless rings with as much urgency as a bareback race against time, greasy bass sliding in amongst pealing guitars the advance of drums, uniting a headstrong force, urging their instruments to sally on. They shine on polished records and sheen with sweat on stage. Energy and instruments lock, meandering mp3s transform into fast-paced rivers of song, blending a set that’s over only all too soon. Considering it was their first ever Dublin show despite a UK tour beginning tomorrow, I’m glad I got the chance to see And So I Watch You From Afar so up-close: if there’s any justice, the next time I see them live it will be from very, very far away….
Crayonsmith are Youtube.ie‘s featured music video this weekend!! Latest single from the Dublin band, Lost in the Forest was released in early March on Cork’s Out On A Limb Records. Also check out this spoof trailer, released a week before Lost in the Forest proper.
Music fans have responded eagerly to the new efforts of Crayonsmith, who’ve conquered and ranked the album of the year arena recently with White Wonder, record #2 from Ciaran Smith & Co. Following on from its Academy launch with Cap Pas Cap and Bats in April, the band have supported Why? and Yeasayer and follow Islands on a North American tour in June. Catch them with The Mae Shi and Noah and the Whale at Crawdaddy on 26 May before they go…
Gimme a Crunchie and sing me a theme song : it’s Friday, I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it!!
These are the gigs I’d love to see this weekend. How cruel life is, anchoring our human souls to one place at one time…
We Should Be Dead – Roisin Dubh, Galway
Japanese Toys, Story of Hair, Murder Plan – Radio City, Dublin
New Amusement mini-album launch – Upstairs@Whelans, Dublin
DC Tempest EP launch, Gill Verrecchia – The Village, Dublin
Tracer AMC vs And So I Watch You From Afar – BoomBoomRoom, Dublin
Oppenheimer, Robotnik – Roisin Dubh, Galway
The Aftermath – Breffni Arms, Cavan
Halves – Whelans, Dublin
Lord of the Black Mountain – The Hub, Dublin
Distractors single launch – Crawdaddy, Dublin
THE NEXT DAY:
Entries to the ‘most contrived artwork and band-name’ Tracer AMC/And So I Watch You From Afar gig-goodies competition closed last night and I was left the enviable task of sifting through the mountain of submissions, which was wrapped in oh, three minutes or so :p
Without further ado:
Malville – A Place To Live by Seamus
An Illness Bravely Borne - Empty Turmoil vol. 1 (defined) by OneForTheRoad
Both recieve a pair of passes to the 16 May BoomBoomRoom gig and signed albums and posters from Tracer AMC/And So I Watch You From Afar. Thanks to everyone who participated, some truly awful albums came in! Also to the bands for donating free stuff and David and Cauls at AC30 Dublin for the passes.
Y’all better be warned. Serious photo-indulgence coming yer way next week