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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Paul Brady November 10, 2018

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Passed him in the street recently and it reminded me of how there was a period where I went to a load of his gigs and that I still had some of his stuff on vinyl and CD. Having a background in Traditional music with The Johnstons and Planxty his self penned material is somewhat different yet his distinctive voice carries it. Aside from numerous Irish acts like Maura O’Connell, Dolores Keane and Joe Dolan his songs have been covered by an array of other artists including Joe Cocker, Cliff Richard, Saint Etienne, Tina Turner, Cher, Phil Collins, Santana, Bonnie Riatt, Art Garfunkel and Paul Young. I’d imagine the songwriting royalties he gets must still be pretty good.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Wume October 27, 2018

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Saw this Baltimore duo support Beach House in Vicar Street recently. Quite unusual combination of drums and Keyboard and all sorts of mixing. Unusual too to see a drummer (April Camlin) do the vocals. They are quite different but well worth a listen

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Phil Ochs September 15, 2018

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Over the Summer we were away in Clare for a while. Beforehand I didn’t break the news that there was no WiFi in the house but I did mention that there was a DVD player. My daughter was the only one who took any heed and she packed a number of DVDs .
After the shock of no WiFi or even a 3G phone signal died down (there was actually 3G in a spot in the garden where I went to smoke!) there was a search for the DVD player. No sign of it until my daughter spotted it built into the side of the TV. Cue the DVD selection being brought out….. among them was the film Pitch Perfect.
You may or may not know what is referred to as “The Cup Song” in the film , better known as “When I’m gone” by Phil Ochs. I was amused when we got home to provide a Phil Ochs album to my daughter with the afore mentioned song. Funny how a musical education can come from anything!

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Supercar September 1, 2018

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Supercar are a now defunct Japanese band that were around until 2005. It’s really nice jangly guitar music, although they have also done some electronic influenced material which was used as soundtracks for Anime films. Koji Nakamura and Miki Furukawa do alternate vocals, so there’s a lovely mix of the male andfemale voices.
Their debut album ‘Three Out Change!!’ is rated by some observers as the best Japanese Debut Albums in history

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Gasper Nali August 18, 2018

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Gasper Nali plays an instrument called a babatoni which he build himself. It’s a single string with a resonator made of cow hide which is played with a stick on one hand and a bottle in the other. There’s a type of drum played with his foot also. It gives a rather electric sound. The voice is strangely good too.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Actors August 4, 2018

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There’s been quite a crossover of musicians acting in movies over the years be it Eminen, Madonna, Jared Leto and so on. In recent times there have been quite a few Actors gaining popularity for their music. A friend went to see Kiefer Sutherland recently and was telling me how brilliant he was. Hugh Laurie is another who has recorded a number of decent albums. Ryan Gosling has a band Dead Mens Bones. Keanu Reeves plays in a band called Dogstar. There are loads.
The fact that some of these can sell out venues purely on their celebrity but some of them are actually quite good and sell records, sell out tours and so on.

 

 

 

 

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Jim Casella July 21, 2018

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The third season of “Last Chance U” appeared on Netflix yesterday, I’ve yet to watch it but will watch when time allows. It’s title sequence is “Spice Mon” by Jim Casella performed by the East Mississippi Community College drumlin. Casella is a composer and percussion specialist.
I was at a concert earlier this year where there was a number of percussion pieces and I really enjoyed them. Aside from the Drum Solos in various Metal bands live performances, pure percussion is an area that’s often neglected, bar of course the 12th of July etc.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Songs with England in the title July 7, 2018

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Later today some of us may be watching England as they attempt to overcome Sweden to qualify for the Semi Finals of the World Cup. A most enjoyable World Cup it has been too.
One of the more curious Billy Bragg albums “England, Half England” explores Englishness and there’s a few tracks from it here.
The wider English Nationalism that in part led to Brexit, what impact if any, would an English World Cup win have on Brexit?

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Stella Chiweshe June 23, 2018

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Stumbled upon Stella Chiweshe recently and the music is really enjoyable listening. From Zimbabwe she plays the Traditional instrument the Mbira dzavadzimu .

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Songs about school June 9, 2018

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My son finished up Secondary school and is currently sitting the Leaving Cert. School , like or dislike is something we all experience. It was weird after the graduation ceremony just walking out and kinda knowing we wouldn’t be back there much again , if ever. Even stranger to him of course. School has probably been one of the most common topics for songs over the years. The rebellious “School’s Out” to “School Days Over”. A small selection of them….

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