Trust me, you stand to benefit from David Kitt, Somadrone and Sunken Foal in your life, stuffed by a three-course meal and Dublin: The Movie. Taking place in the Sugar Club this Sunday 1 March, all this and more is yours for €20…paidback triple with a cosy feeling come summer that your squids helped hoist that banner, run this film and put a smile on the face of many an arts, movies and music fan. That’s the idea but it’ll only happen if you go…
GiveAManAKick have returned from the CMJ Music Marathon in New York where they played alongside The Blizzards, Fighting With Wire, Heathers and Hooray For Humans. That’s a comprehensive summary of the state of new music from these shores!
The bands played at the Bowery Poetry Club and judging by the look of the GAMAK vid, saw some real brownstone houses. and SteveAManAKick looks like he wouldn’t mind a 40oz…
I’m still having trouble inputting videos here: not sure what happened in the blog-cogs recently. However, click these links to see the YouTube vids and write-ups from nice personages at East Village Podcasts…
Love or hate ‘em, there’s no denying what a scream-out-loud, psychotic rock extravaganza this will be for the black-bedecked crowd in Iveagh Gardens tonight. I was there for The Fall on Tuesday night and it’s a really lovely location for this year’s fringe. Be sure to catch the Dagger Lees, my favourite of the three, before they hit HWCH this weekend….
Well that was nice while it lasted…
My Hot Press alter-ego took over at Stradbally, zipping Off Her Rocker into a sleeping-bag cocoon for the weekend. Irish music had a really strong presence in this year’s Picnic line-up and it was great to hear loads of good reports back of Halves, SEBP and Jape, while Cathy Davey‘s performance was all but sent up in thanks for the celestial weather.
I had the pleasure of spectacular Sigur Ros to wind down on Friday, la Franz on Saturday (and was a bit miffed that they left the stage at 11pm in order to encore and be done by the 11:15 finish listed on the timetable. I met them later that night (*drool*swoon*) there wasn’t a peep of such criticism from yours truly) …My Bloody Valentine on Sunday. They were really the most important performance on the schedule for me and didn’t disappoint, except I wanted membrane-shredding LOUD and didn’t get it….
Over in the Hot Press Chatroom it was all systems go as we had some incredible names lined up for interview: Carbon/Silicon, Elbow, That Petrol Emotion, Foals, Michael Franti and The Roots took the tent by storm: it was so interesting to listen to their stories while hovering with the camera. ?uestlove of The Roots was just riveting, explaining how he started performing on the street because their esoteric hip-hop wasn’t suited for the clubs and years down the line, jamming at Prince’s gaff with Stevie Wonder on piano. Imagine!
You’ve heard about The Minutes’ ambitious manifesto of Gigs In Your Gaff, right? If you haven’t, it may be time to leave that rock you’ve been living under, if only to save your complexion….
The Dublin threesome revealed their plans shortly after winning the Vodafone Bright New Sounds competition and have regularly gigged across a variety of venues and reception rooms in the country since.
However this weekend at Electric Picnic sees a new development in the camp…site! Though Irish performers are famed for spontaneous renditions al festo (here on this blog, one commenter swore The Mighty Stef kept him awake all night with Bowie covers at EP07) The Minutes plan to go one further for their documentary with impromptu live shows throughout the weekend…in YOUR tents!
So if you loved Ukraine, Harmonic or want a sneak preview of new single Black Keys, get in touch with the band or keep an eye out for the leather-clad minstrels as they strum their way through the Stradbally estate.
Fair warning, eh, Matt Vinyl?
Well, I thought you may like a list of the Irish bands playing at Electric Picnic this year. So I scrobbled this together from various sources over the last few weeks, before stumbling upon the confirmed line-up. Unfortunately the official stage times have not been released and only a handful of bands have the correct time listed on their profiles, so I’ve omitted their appearance times here as it was too complicated/unreliable. Also, I haven’t listed DJs as they’re too difficult to track to correct sites. I may have missed out a couple of bands…do let me know if anyone’s left out!
However this should give you an idea of who’s playing > when…keep an eye out for the final line-up and stage times for more info.
Crystal Castles at ALT by Farzad Qasim
State have released details of 2008′s Hard Working Class Heroes photography exhibition. Twenty-five snappers will see their work displayed in the Button Factory exhibition space in conjunction with the festival in Temple Bar from 12 – 14 September. Congrats to everyone involved!
The Mighty Stef Dinky HyBrasil Intinn T-Woc Produse Noise Control Dj Flip Hijack Oscar Kila Stanley Super 800 Dirty Epics Dusty Kid Autamata Damian Schwartz Dan McElligot A Guy Called Gerald Túcan Firehouse Skank Eddie Brennan Syntheme Gavin Glass & The Holy Shakers Sian DJ Half Dutch Republic of Loose Alex Under Tu Ki Skuzzi Port Detroit Grand Pubahs Alloy Mental Andy McKee Tractile Audiojack Timmy Stewart The Brothers Movement Preston Reed Arveene God is an Astronaut Chymera DJ Godfather Johnny Moy Hassle Merchants The Urges Don Ross Ham Sandwich Miss Jools Milanese Switch
What a bloody line-up. That’s an absolutely bounding weekend covering the ultimate reach of deadly Irish bands. You can find out everything you need to know at www.solas-festival.com and, OI!! I want a full report, with photos to follow, of everything the weekend had to offer on my desktop by 11am on Monday morning. Right?
Off you go then
There’s been loads going on all over the country in recent weeks as this list testifies. You know what that means, don’t you? Ye-es. Loads of photos!
- Donal has Mitchelstown Indie-Pendence all sewn up with Gemma Hayes and The Kinetiks:
- Toni Ireton was on hand for The Red Labels at Oxegen and Fight Like Apes and Robotnik at Castle Palooza
- kDamo was up the front for Super Extra Bonus Party at Mantua Lives
- Celine Burke has some pics of Damien Dempsey at LeCheile on her Flickr:
- Richard Walsh captured the live vibe of Knockanstockan with pics of New Secret Weapon and The Amazing Few
- Jenny Guerin was also at Knockanstockan for Murder of Crows and The Hassle Merchants
- Ruth Medjber snapped her heart out with The Blizzards, Delorentos and Republic of Loose at the Hot Press Signing Tent at Oxegen