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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Endless Dive September 11, 2021

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A Belgian Post Rock band that have been around since 2016

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Orla Gartland August 28, 2021

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I went to Mass last Sunday for my father in laws anniversary mass. In fact I went to two masses last Sunday due to the fact that there was limited capacity of 50 at the church and you weren’t able to book it. So I had to collect my Mam and she was terrified of being too late to get in. It was 10 o’clock mass , so to be on the safe side I said I’d pick her up around 9.15…. I was told to pick her up at 8.45 to be doubly sure we got into the church. I was there at 8.50, where she was standing in her driveway waiting for me, house locked, alarm already on. Arrived at the church at 9.10, dropped her at the door, parked and went up to join her in the church…. I then realised that there was a 9 o’clock mass already on. So I went in and sat with my mother for the rest of that Mass. Given we were wearing masks we decided to go out for a bit of air after the first mass. I met a friend from the GAA club who directs people to available seats etc in the church and explained that we were going back in for ten Mass as we were only at the 9 o’clock one as we were afraid we wouldn’t get a seat. He laughed and showed me the red tape down the middle of the church that had allowed them to have two pods of 50 in the church, so the capacity was actually 100 and over the past while they had yet to reach that capacity!

So why am I going on about Mass? ….. Well there was a lad playing the organ and a lady singing at both Masses and it occurred to me that it was the first live music I had seen in 18 months……. The previous day my daughter had gone into town to see Orla Gartland who was doing a record launch. She played some songs to a crowd of 50, each at a table, each called up to the merchandise stall separately and of course then to go up and get things signed by her and pose for photos. My daughter remarked how it was great to hear live music again…..

An awful pity there wasn’t some magic red tape at the concert to make two pods of 50!

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… First Aid Kit August 14, 2021

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Swedish sisters, Johanna and Klara Söderberg came to prominence when their music was spotted on MySpace. Initially doing lovely acoustic duos such as “My Silver Lining”, they also came to prominence with some wonderful covers such as “Red Dirt Girl” and “America”. They’ve diversified a bit , introducing electric guitars to some of their most recent albums.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Hole July 31, 2021

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Was watching one of those old Glastonburys recently on BBC4, the ones you start watching and naming all the bands that appear, incredulous that your children had never heard of like ….Hole, The Levellers or Travis!! … Of course you start muttering how music was better back then……

Anyway I had forgotten how good Hole were in the late 1990’s ……

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Do Make Say Think July 3, 2021

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Do Make Say Think are a Canadian Instrumental band, that mix post rock with some jazz influences. They’ve been around since the mid 1990’s and have seven albums.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Official UEFA European Championship Songs June 19, 2021

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I actually quite like this years song and it’s funny how this early in the tournament it has a very familiar ring to it. So I went off and found some older ones too.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Alcest June 5, 2021

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Alcest are a French band, around since 2000 or so and pioneers of a genre called “Blackgaze”. Blackgaze is a fusion of Black Metal and Shoe Gaze. A description of Blackgaze is that it “marries the harsh, alien instrumentation of black metal with the mellower, dreamy soundscapes of shoegaze.”

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… This Will Destroy You May 22, 2021

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Another Post Rock Band, This Will Destroy You (TWDY) from Texas. They’ve been around since 2004 and have had countless albums and quite a bit of success. “The Mighty Rio Grande” is probably my favourite of their songs.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… As Seas Exhale May 8, 2021

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Started in 2010, As Seas Exhale is the brainchild of Stephen Craft, who writes, plays and produces all the material. It’s a nice mix of ambient and post-rock music and similar with much in the genre gets better with each listen.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Songs about Cats .. April 24, 2021

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Last Weekend, One of the neighbour’s called to say a black cat had been knocked down on Taylor’s Lane and was lying dead there and thought it was one of our black cats.
We hadn’t seen one of them all morning, Went over and it looked like one of ours…
We wrapped it up, took it home to break the news to the children…..
There were tears ….
and as they are about to identify the body, our own cat that has been AWOL saunters in.
So I was left someone else’s dead cat.
The Neighbourhood WhatsApps didn’t produce an owner, so eventually the council collected the body a few days later.

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