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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….

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Yes May 26, 2018

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Given the Referendum Count today I could hardly listen to anything else but Yes

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Rolling Stones May 12, 2018

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I’ll be in Croke Park next Thursday to see The Rolling Stones. I’ve never seen them before and as a voluntary steward in Croker I figure I may as as well pop along for the day. I’ve seen all sorts there since I started doing it in 1996. I’ve drawn a line in that I didn’t bother going along to Celine Dion, Westlife, Elton John and I think I was away for Garth Brooks. Beyoncé clashed with The Stone Roses and there was only ever going to be one winner there! This Summer well I’ll give Michael Bublé and The Pope a miss. I intend popping along to one night of Taylor Swift. As I’ve said before the ones that you think will be great are often crap (Red Hot Chilli Peppers), the ones you are wary of can be excellent entertainment (That That) and then there’s ones you go along to out of curiosity and was heartily sorry that you did (One Direction).
“Rolled Gold -The Very Best of the Rolling Stones” was one of the soundtracks to my youth. Thats it though now, will the Stones be good, they’ve such an incredible back calalogue they’d really have to be.

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