The Rear View

The sporadic updates are back, and it usually gets kicked off with a list of what tickled my musical fancy from the previous year. 2015 didn’t disappoint, with growing Irish talent to the forefront, and rightfully so. I won`t dilly dally any further, this isn’t a definitive list of any kind. Simply my delight in a small handful of the years musical offerings. And may 2016 hold many more!

Colm Mac  Con Iomaire  — The Finnish Line

Founder of Kila and also the wonderful violinist with the Frames and Glen Hansard`s Swell Season. Colm Mac Con Iomaire`s “And Now The Weather” is his second album, recorded in many studios and homes with 21 other musicians. Colm seems to have a playing style that blends traditional and modern playing for some really enchanting and beautiful music. I had the pleasure of seeing him play in Tower Records for Record Store Day and I was in a little daze for the duration! Such a gifted musician. Well worth checking out this album and seeing him live!

This is him on that day playing “The Finnish Line” the opening track from the album.


The Academic — Different 

I don`t know a huge amount about this young band from Mullingar. I do like this cracking little indie number from them however. Very catchy and addictive! This is the first track  taken from their debut EP which was released earlier in the year. I hope to hear alot more from them!


Sia — Elastic Heart 

Sia is such a interesting artist and this song just took over the airwaves last year for a time. Including Shia LaBeouf in the video should always produce something unexpected to boot! Great song, great video, great artist.


Noel Gallagher`s High Flying Birds — Ballad of the Mighty I

Noel is on top form again with the last years album “Chasing Yesterday”. This is the second single from the album, the video is a giggle at the start and end as Noel is known for have a major dislike for making music videos. He seems to do quite well however!


Florence and the Machine — What Kind of Man

I had never seen this lovely lady live until Electric Picnic last year. She is an amazing performer with huge energy on stage. So glad I finally got to see her, this is the lead single taken from the bands third studio album “How Big, How Bold, How Beautiful”


U2 — Song for Somone

I don`t have itunes but I would have been ok with getting the free album “Songs of Innocence”.  It has some really beautiful songs on there. Lucky to see them live at the 3Arena last year where the rocked the socks off the place. This is the fourth track taken from the album and was released as their third single from it earlier last year.


Blur — Lonesome Street

Blur making their comeback with their eight studio album “The Magic Whip” and gigs was so very welcome. A band that are still producing the goods and doing it well. They just have it. This is the third single from that album released in April last year.


Kodaline — Ready

Kodaline are such a super band to come out of Ireland, I fell in love with this song pretty instantly! This is the third single taken from their second studio album “Coming Up for Air”.


That`s all I can fit in for now, just a little sprinkle. Of course we had Mr. Bowie back on the scene releasing Blackstar as his new single in November last year and album of same name is confirmed to be released in January. Still one of the true innovators of music all these years on. I just have two words…Please tour?!  There were plenty of other offerings of course, Richard Hawley, Hozier, Royal Blood, Glen Hansard, Rudimental–get them back on your walkman!! Here`s to enjoying even more delightful offerings in 2016 🙂



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Perfectly Framed

It took this stunning performance by the Frames and video by director Myles O Reilly to get back on the blog again!

This video is from their one off gig back in June for Whelans 25th Anniversary.

The Frames Live At Whelan’s :: Chapter I.

The whole show was filmed by Myles o Reilly in three clips which will be released as a whole show in 2015.

Check out the clips and other videos here

The lights were switched on in Grafton street this evening and it made me think of this other great video he made capturing musicians including Glen and friends busking on Grafton Street. Liam O Maonlai had the street in a silent wonder with his beautiful Sean Nós style.


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Back Tracks

Alas this is my late list of the songs that stood out from the airwaves in 2013—This was due for posting a lot sooner! But I kept adding so many that I might as well have launched a bleedin radio station.

What the hey,we can still do a look back right?  These songs aren’t leaving just yet. And no, Blurred Lines didn’t make the list this time. Or Twerky Ray Cyrus for that matter. But they have their place on a deserving list somehow….somewhere.

Little Green Cars -My Love Took Me Down To The River To Silence Me

Suede – It Starts And Ends With You

Queens of The Stone Age-Kalopsia

Laura Marling-Master Hunter

Neon Neon – Mid-Century Modern Nightmare

Primal Scream-It`s Alright, It`s Ok

Johnny Marr-Upstarts

An amazing remix of “After You” by Pulp was done by James Murphy in late 2012–can`t seem to find it online –but Jarvis and Co perform the original below on the first TV appearance in 10 years on Jonathan Ross in February last year.

Jake Bugg-Lightning Bolt

The ones I picked are a small handful of the great tunes that emerged last year, multitudes to pick from as usual–Villagers, Django Django, Arctic Monkeys and didn’t even mention David Bowies new Album, The Next Day! Sorry Mr. Bowie we do love you, and how I wish he would tour….but for now-new material is most welcome!   

The contact sheet for the Diamond Dogs album cover shoot

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Battle of the Bands Infographic

As part of my post grad in Digital Media Marketing in DCU, one of the challenges is to create an infographic, a little on the daunting side as it tries to achieve creative flair with statistics to boot! There are a number of free sites available for creating infographics, I started with and ended up using piktochart , both relatively easy to use, there are good F.A.Q sections in both and a handy livechat support in Piktochart. I ended up having to use the livechat support as the site can be a bit glitchy but they were really quick and helpful with answers. And all this for zero bucks? Impressive. So I decided to base my infographic on where the heart is which is music, now this is my first attempt so please go easy on me! My shapes may not be 100% aligned but my statistics should all be upstanding and correct 🙂

Feel free to leave feedback as I have a bit to go before I get perfect infographics!

infographic finished

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Tangled Rhythms

To write like this at 23, amazing. Having seen her perform before, Laura Marling is a stunningly beautiful singer and song writer, and judging from her latest offering “Master Hunter” from her fourth album “Once I Was An Eagle”, she is only getting better.

Quoting Joni Mitchell as being one of her biggest influences, along with the phrasing of Bob Dylan and the “growling” of Neil Young.

Tangled up in Blue is probably one of my favourite Bob Dylan songs and the rhythms can definitely be heard here. Beautifully inspired and I cannot wait to hear more.

Catch her on Programme 3 of Other Voices  (Wednesday 22nd May) – 10.55pm

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Record Store Day Purchases

Record Store Day Purchases

7″ picture disc of the Aladdin Sane track “Drive-In Saturday” and 7″ Rare Unreleased Dylan. Nice.

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Record Store Day 2013

record store day

I guess it looks as if you’re reorganizing your records. What is this though? Chronological?


Not alphabetical…




No fuckin’ way.

It`s Record Store Day. 🙂

There is an abundance of delights to behold if you head down to your independent record store today! Don`t Delay! ( The rhyming ends here 😉 )

high fidelity

Check out here for stores in Ireland taking part.

Tower Records shenanigans are here, not to be missed.

Jack White is ambassabor for Record Store day 2013

 “As Record Store Day Ambassador of 2013 I’m proud to help in any way I can to invigorate whoever will listen with the idea that there is beauty and romance in the act of visiting a record shop and getting turned on to something new that could change the way they look at the world, other people, art, and ultimately, themselves.

Let’s wake each other up.”

Check out the full article here


Snippets of releases for Record Store Day 2013:

To celebrate Record Store Day 2013, Blur are streaming their 2010 Record Store Day single, Fool’s Day, exclusively on the Blur Facebook page. Click here to listen . Fool’s Day was originally released in April 2010 on 7″ vinyl.

David Bowie: “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” b/w “Where Are We Now?” 7″
Two tracks from Bowie’s The Next Day on white vinyl. 7″ picture disc of the Aladdin Sane track “Drive-In Saturday”.

The Flaming Lips: Zaireeka A 4-LP box set featuring new artwork and unique colors for each LP. Booklet contains excerpts from Pitchfork Editor-in-Chief Mark Richardson’s book about the album.

Pulp: “After You” 12 “Original song (recorded with James Murphy), a Soulwax remix, and an additional remix

Support your local record store, we need them to stay alive and thriving, music is meant for sharing, touching, embracing and needs a place to hang-out and breathe. That can`t be found on your itunes player.

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Criminal Cravings

Meanwhile in Germany, some craving thieving sods have done a runner with lorry load of Nutella.

“Thieves in the region have previously stolen other large quantities of food products, including five tonnes of coffee worth €30,000 taken in March and 34,000 cans of an energy drink in August.”  (The )

Am, so I would first like to confirm I was not in the area and know nothing of their whereabouts……


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Radio what’s new? Radio, someone still loves you!

Possibly the best news the radio world in Ireland has heard in quite a while. In a time where it seems radio stations are taking on a copy and paste formula of each other, Former Phantom FM founder, Simon Maher has launched a new multi-format radio station It will be broadcasting at weekends in Dublin, Cork and Limerick on FM, online and on its smart phone App. is broadcasting live on FM for 15 Weekends until July 7 on 94.3FM in Dublin, 105.5FM in Limerick and 106.7FM in Cork.

The thinking behind the station is “Playing the music we like”  

And with the people behind this station I`m sure we won`t be disappointed.

Check out the the site here for your listening options!

“Let’s hope you never leave old friend
Like all good things on you we depend
So stick around cos we might miss you
When we grow tired of all this visual
You had your time, you had the power
You’ve yet to have your finest hour”

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Dry the Rain

Back once again with the plethora of events (use that plethora word only in text, not to be said out loud) for this upcoming Summer.

Where do we even begin? They do it to us every year, those shiny happy promoters. Look over here!! Cooler festival with more beer and hipsters than you can shake a stick at! No! Don`t go there, come here, intimate venue and just the right assortment of bands AND you can sleep in a pigeon`s wing for the week-end, book now! Or, buy us all!! You know you will never get to see this band ever again, last gig ever, momentous moments to be captured, buy now!

Blur, Hyde Park London 2012, I`m looking at you.

So whittle it down again, you can`t have em all ya know.  Sure you`d be wrecked. 😉

Forbidden Fruit 1 Jun – 3 Jun Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin

Kasabian,Primal Scream,Le Galaxie,Everything Everything. One word and I was sold Kasabian. Finest band to have emerged in last decade and so underrated.

Limited Early Bird Tickets

Day 44.50,Weekend 79.50, 54.50 and 99.50 thereafter

Body And Soul 2013  21 Jun – 23 Jun Co. Meath

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Public Image Ltd.,Solange, Mmoths,Willy Mason

Weekend ticket – EU139
Family Weekend ticket – EU139 (Admits one adult & up to 2 kids under 12)
Weekend & Bus (from Dublin) Combined ticket – EU168

Sunday Day ticket – EU55. NO CAMPING

Sunday & Bus (from Dublin) Combined ticket – EU84

Campervan ticket – EU50

Sea Sessions Surf and Music Festival 2013 21 Jun – 23 Jun Co.Donegal

Fat Freddys Drop, Bastille, Therapy?,Le Galaxie, Frank and Walters, The original Rudeboys

Longtitude 2013  19 Jul – 21 Jul Co Dublin (Favourite)

Kraftwerk, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, Foals Yeah Yeah  Yeahs, Hot Chip Modest Mouse, Django Django, Kodaline, Jake Bugg

€129.50 for a weekend early bird (€149.50 after April 7) or €44.50 for a day (€54.50 after April 7)

Wesptort Festival of Music and Food, Sat 29th and Sun 30th June(Favourite)

Elvis Costello,Imelda May, ABC, Damien Dempsey

Brilliant promo vid.

Electric Picnic 30 Aug – 1 Sept, Co Laois –Will ye come on and announce it already!! Image

The ones that matter to me. And maybe you.

Brucey x 2 in Pairc Ui Chaoimh and Kilkenny Wrecking Ball Weekender (Sold Out)

Bruce Springsteen

Blur Kilmainham

Tickets are still on sale for this Dublin gig, Hyde Park the last eh?? I forgive you Mr. Albarn and co. Catch them at the The Irish Museum Of Modern Arts in Kilmainham, Dublin.


Yeah, we`ll let you away with it.  Plenty to choose from this Summer, make sure you fit in at least one of em!!

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