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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Moranbong Band January 25, 2020

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A North Korean All Female band whose members were supposed hand picked by the country’s supreme leader Kim Jong-un. It’s a kind of power pop.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Something Happens January 11, 2020

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Went to see Something Happens in Whelans over the Christmas, a great nights entertainment from a great band. Of course it was a nostalgia trip, the age profile was what you’d expect and I don’t think I’ve been as hot at a gig in years! They were one of a number of bands that I followed in the late 80’s, saw them live umpteen times, bought the singles and albums and hoped that they’d get the international success that never came.
They did record some brilliant songs “Hello, Hello, Hello, Hello (Petrol)” , “Parachute”, “Beach”, “Kill the roses”, “Forget Georgia” and so on. As ever their show had some cover versions including ‘Like a Rhinestone Cowboy’  and ‘What’s New Pussycat’ as a mashup of Hello Hello, Hello and I Will Follow.

 

This Weekend I’ll Mostly be Listening to… Tracks and music of 2019 January 4, 2020

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Not a fantastic year, at least in my book. I’m still using emusic despite its diminishing selection, and granted some gems appear there. But bandcamp is as useful in finding new music. And old music, as always remarkable how many groups continue to put out interesting albums, even well into their careers.

So here’s a selection of stuff I really liked, mostly tracks, though all the albums these are drawn from, where applicable, are worth a listen in my opinion.

All your lists and recommendations very welcome.


Monoloc – Mufon
Mentioned before – fantastic atmospheric techno.


Pye Corner Audio – Descent
Close to, but not quite the same, as hauntology, and on the Ghostbox Label.


Quadratschulz – Opportunity Cost
IDM updated, or reworked for the 2010s.


The Utopia Strong – Konta Chorus
A sort of prog-rock/electronica supergroup which features Kavus Torabi, Michael J. York and Steve Davis, yes, that Steve Davis. Saw them live in Whelans last night. Fantastic.


Priests – The Seduction of Kansas
Political, feminist, and cracking tunes.


Oh Baby – Part of the 80’s
Also mentioned before, pop music but not quite.


Hawklords – One Way Trip
They just keep going – an album a year, this spin-off from Hawkwind has across the 2010s carved out its own unique identity in the space rock area.


Goodbye Ivan – Comptine POL Remix
I like the original album by Goodbye Ivan, but I also like the remixes. Particularly this one.


Galactic Protector – Space Year 1422
Electronic!


Fontaines D.C. – Too Real
Have to have an Irish band, and this is pretty excellent. Given their tickets sell out in seconds flat I’ve no hope about seeing them any time soon. They’re like a cross between The Fall, Cathal Coughlan’s solo output, particularly Fatima Mansions (on the vocals, albeit with a Dublin rather than a Cork accent) and a hint of Joy Division. Which is just fine in my book.


Freeloader – The Thing To Do
A spin-off from perhaps the best AC/DC like band that isn’t AC/DC, that is the late lamented Upper Crust! Nat Freedberg’s Freeloader is a weird little sleaze-rock offering with some fine songs.


Ex Hex – Good Times
Not an album I warmed to, unlike their remarkable first one from years back, but a great track.


Deepchord – Garden
On one of a series of De:tuned EPs (DE:10:02) released this year as a celebration of the label this is mighty fine ambient techno. Can’t work out whether it is new or an old track reworked. Either way, excellent.


Bob Mould – Sunny Love Song
He just keeps on going. Effortless.


Apex Manner – Where My Mind Goes
Not sure how I found this, but there’s a weird blend of Grandaddy style American indie with more shoe gaze inflected sounds. A lot to like.


The Coathangers – Hey Buddy
Great angry feminist rock.


Lorelle Meets the Obsolete – Líneas en Hojas
Mexican psych shoe gaze that is going on their most recent album in adventurous and noisy territory. But not noisy as in shoe gaze, more noisy as in post-punk.


Linda Guilala – Mucho Mejor (remixed by Soft Regime)
Very fine, as is the original, and from Elefant Records


Hawkwind – 65 Million Years Ago
I guess one could have a dinosaur joke in there. But the great survivors survive.


Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – Tides IV
An instrumental album of soothing near-ambient.


Robyn Hitchcock/ Andy Partridge – Planet England
Mentioned before, and still one of the great tracks of the year.


Sobrenadar – Cruce (Mark Peters Remix)
Have to throw this in, not least due to the way in which Mark Peters has reworked the song.


Tone Depth – Free
I just like this.


Haav – Under
And this too!


Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – Disco Pink Lade Lemonade

Squalls of feedback, garage-rock, psychedelia and so on. And all that in one track, lasting many minutes long! Actually every time I hear them I think one track, any track is probably just about enough. But what a track! Okay, the version I was listening to isn’t actually this one above although both were recorded the same time, though the one I particularly like was released this year. Whereas the one above was released in 2017. Does it matter? Probably not. On to 2020.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Gershon Kingsley December 28, 2019

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Gershon Kingsley died recently aged 97. A pioneer of Elecronic music he was probably best known for the somg “Pop Corn” which is credited as being the first Electronic hit single. His instrument of choice was a Moog synthesizer

 

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Epigram December 14, 2019

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From Toronto, Epigram are a post rock band that released two brilliant albums in 2008 and 2010 before going on an indefinite hiatus in 2011.
It’s lovely and soothing.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… 3epkano November 30, 2019

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3epkano are “Dublin based collective who are dedicated to producing original soundtracks for silent and avant-garde cinema.” They’ve been around since 2004 and have released a number of albums. They remind me a lot of This Mortal Coil.
It’s lovely relaxing music.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Songs with videos Featuring League of Ireland Grounds November 16, 2019

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I recently heard an ad for Dermot Kennedy ,looked up who Dermot Kennedy was, watched one of his videos and noticed that it was partially shot in The Carlisle Grounds in Bray …. which got me wondering what other videos featured League of Ireland Grounds?
The classic of the very limited LOI Ground in music video genre is “Jacks Heros” by The Pogues and The Dubliners which gloriously features them playing football in Tolka Park. I may be wrong but the rest of it could have been shot in the bar in Tolka.
Waterford rapper Pat Lagoons video was shot in part in The RSC where Waterford United play.
Urban/Hip hop artist Bobby Basils video features himself standing in the middle of Richmond Park where St Pats Play.
A music related LOI post wouldn’t be the same without The Hooplechauns and one of their many hits “We Are The Shamrock Rovers” which features both Milltown and Tallaght.
I’m surprised that there aren’t many more as there would have been plenty of LOI supporting bands. Although they don Derry City gear in some videos I couldn’t find any Undertones video featuring The Brandywell. No Westlife with The Showgrounds in Sligo.
Dalymount was a place where I thought there’d be something, bar Johnny Logan singing “Hold Me Now” in front of the Jodi before a match, I couldn’t find any music videos filmed there either.
Are there more videos that I missed?

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to Music about… Conspiracy theories! November 9, 2019

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These themed TWIMBLT’s are kind of entertaining to put together – next week IEL has a classic one. But in the meantime the thought struck me, what about music and conspiracies, political and otherwise.

So we have pretty much anything by Killing Joke in the past twenty or thirty years (though Jaz Coleman doesn’t seem to think so!), REM’s kind of sort of one about how the Republicans stole to power in the US (and full marks to them for using the term social democrat, which I suspect they regarded as a bit more leftwing than some who use the term – which makes me think of the almost contemporaneous Youth Against Fascism by Sonic Youth which amongst a list of fascists includes an actual conspiracy, the Ku Klux Klan) and the Lords of the New Church who loved themselves a good conspiracy theory – Seducer covers the Priory of Sion, the Anti-Christ, whoever. Holy War is almost even more conspiracy doused. Sample lyric:

Anti-Soviet polish priest
Was just the image they need
Seize control or the Catholic Church
For Bolshevik creed
They replaced him with an actor
Set the stage for war
Pope John Paul II was poisoned
Behind Vatican doors

Did he mean JP I? Who knows. It was a conspiracy!

In the early 1980s I loved the Lords and their mix of punk, glam and metal. Wasn’t so keen on Stiv Bator’s sub-current of misogyny though. But they were a most strange group, worth another look.

Who else? Megadeth’s Hanger 18 featured in a This Weekend about flying saucers a short while back, but it’s filled with conspiracy theories. Techno/IDM maven Black Dog has made a career of skirting close to political conspiracy theories in the last couple of decades and MK Ultrabrite plays/engages with that. MIA was prescient all the way back in 2010 about surveillance, even if a bit off about the source. Public Enemy veered close to some potentially dodgy stuff. Race Against Time as the Guardian notes suggests/demands/propounds(?) that ‘the World Health Organisation is, in fact, engaged in the propagation of racially targeted biological warfare’. Okaaaaaaaay. The Goats were simply genius, and the problem was their conspiracy theories were pretty much rooted in fact, or close to same (check out Noriega’s Coke Stand). Less plausible was Prince’s Dreamer which has the immortal lines:

While the helicopter circles us, this theory’s gettin’ deep
Think they’re sprayin’ chemicals over the city while we sleep”

But… best in show? The Golden Horde and the greatest conspiracy song ever – The Chocolate Biscuit Conspiracy. And what a coup, Dublin’s finest, dragging the grandfather of conspiracy theories, Robert Anton Wilson in on co-vocals.

Any other songs gratefully accepted.


MIA – The Message


The Goats – Whatcha Got Is Whatcha Gettin’


The Goats – Noriega Coke Stand


REM Ignoreland


Black Dog – MK Ultrabrite


Killing joke – The Great Cull


Public Enemy – Race Against Time


Prince – Dreamer


Lords of the New Church – Holy War


Lords of the New Church – Seducer


Golden Horde – The Chocolate Biscuit Conspiracy

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Penetration November 2, 2019

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A band name thought up before Internet Search engines that featured Pauline Murray on vocals. From Durham they were active from 1976 to 1980 before reforming in 2001.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Stars October 19, 2019

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Canadian band Stars have been around for years with limited success. They played Dublin and Galway recently but I missed them as I didn’t know!!!
I love the way Torquil Campbell and Amy Millans duet on so many songs, possibly most effectively on one of their best known songs “Your Ex-Lover Is Dead”.

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