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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Nomeansno June 15, 2019

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Found some No Means No on vinyl at home recently, had forgotten I even had it. The particular EP had been bought in a record shop I think on South William Street that stocked a lot of alternative records. It was a great spot for getting punk/Metal the like. Can’t remember it’s name. It may have only been there for a few years.
No Means No were a Canadian band around from 1979 to 2016. Produced 10 albums and countless EPs over the years. They made their final public appearance in late 2015.

This weekend I’ll mostly be listening to… Banned Christy Moore Songs June 1, 2019

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Has there been an Irish artist to have ever had so many songs banned by RTE and other radio stations for their outspoken content?
Section 31 of the broadcasting act caused a number of his songs to be banned by RTE. “90 Miles from Dublin” as it expressed support for Republican prisoners. “Mcllhatton” and “Back Home in Derry” were banned too as they had been written by Bobby Sands. “The Time has Come” was banned by RTE as it was written about Bobby Sands. “Section 31” was banned due to it being a critique of Section 31.
“They Never Came Home” his song about the Stardust Tragedy was withdrawn from sale due to a judges findings on the lyrics.
St Brendans Voyage mentioned Gibraltar and due to the murder of the Gibraltar 3 the BBC banned it.
I couldn’t find if songs such as Joe McCann were banned too.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening To: Turnpike Troubadours May 25, 2019

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As one would expect when a modern country band has songs about upland bird hunting with pointers (an English pointer, but que sera), I’m loving it.  While there’s certainly nothing wrong with songs about Mama, trains, trucks, prison, and getting drunk. A more insightful lyricist is appreciated, especially now during the reign of pop country. As such these Oklahoma boys are a refreshing drink of water. Won’t bore you with the details. Just listen and enjoy.

 

 

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… An Uncut Compilation CD from May 1999 May 18, 2019

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Found this recently at the bottom of a pile of CD’s. I presume some magazines still give out CDs with them but for a time they were a great way of discovering new music and new artists and indeed confirming that a band wasn’t great at all. Usually there were a few recognisable names on them with bands presumably being pushed by record companies.
This one isn’t too bad, has a number of artists I’d never heard of with the temptation of Primal Scream, Paul Westerberg, Oasis, Tom Waits and Mogwai on it. The Olivia Tremor Control are one group I’ve investigated further.

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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… We Banjo 3 May 4, 2019

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From Galway We Banjo 3 are what they refer to as a “Celtgrass” band mixing bluegrass and traditional Irish tunes.
The banjos work really well together, complementing each other. Their four albums are great but having seen them live they are a different kettle of fish altogether. I like the instrumentals a bit more than the songs.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Tones on Tail April 27, 2019

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Tones on Tail are a curiously unremarked group. A side project/successor band to Bauhaus – of which opinion is mixed, they consisted of Daniel Ash, Kevin Haskins and Glenn Campling, missing only guitarists David J.

Pretentious, surely, as all the immediate post-Bauhaus spin-offs were. Self-consciously arty. Likewise. And yet, for my money this was a fantastic late post-punk excursion. Dancey – well sort of in that early to mid 80s funk inflected way, melodic, atmospheric and playful to a degree that Bauhaus, a ponderous creature much of the time, simply weren’t.

The best track for my money? Rain, a piece freighted with soft, atonal keyboards that somehow coheres into an almost perfect example of mid-period post-punk and then fades directly into Real Life.

But if those two shine just a bit brighter than all else there’s a scope here that is much wider than might be anticipated. Performance has sequenced keyboards interacting set against drum machines. How We Lustre is shoutey, and why not, set against an insistent repetitive bassline. Lions prefigures future offerings from Ash and Haskin’s Love and Rockets.

Perhaps surprisingly the band’s output has had a curious afterlife, appearing as soundtracks for a range of films, television shows and so on, right up to Stranger Things and Rick and Morty. Make of that what you will.

What I like most about ToT is the sense that pop didn’t have to be predictable, that it could be spiky, restless and experimental. And that was true of a lot of post punk, a moment when the promise and actuality of opportunity of music was clear.

Enjoy.

The Rain

Real Life

War

Lions

Movement of Fear

Go

Now We Lustre

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… “I Am The Greatest” by A House April 13, 2019

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I got tickets for the “A House is Dead – I Am Still The Greatest” show in the NCH at the end of June. “For this one-off concert Dave Couse, Fergal Bunbury and friends re-interpret the seminal 1991 album for 2019.
Having seen them umpteen times when they were initially on the go I’m really looking forward to seeing them again.

This Weekend I’ll mostly be listening to: Surf Friends – Dreams are real EP April 6, 2019

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Here’s an outfit I like a lot. A New Zealand group from the 2000s and 2010s, on the legendary Flying Nun, surely they were made for that label, who in their songs manage to produce something with guitar bass and drum machine that riffs on the greats of Flying Nun but also adds something – I’m not quite sure what, to the mix. It could be a sort of almost Factory records post-punk sensibility. So the garage rock aspect is shaped into something cooler, more glacial but also more chaotic (Swell Maps come to mind). They’ve not recorded in a while unfortunately, having two albums to their name, the last released in 2013. They’ve a raft of singles and this EP, from 2016. It’s a good one.  

Holiday

Skywalker

Dance Tonight

Johnson’s Street

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Barracudas March 30, 2019

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The Barracudas were from Plymouth and lasted just a few years forming in 1978 and breaking up in the early 80’s. They’ve reformed occasionally since.
Never heard of them at the time but they were included in the excellent compilation “Children of Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from the Second Psychedelic Era, 1976–1995” . I was listening to it again recently and I really liked “We’re Living in Violent Times” so went off to discover some more of The Barracudas.
It’s good “Power Pop Punk Surf Garage Rock” with an occasional nod to The Ramones….oh and “The K.G.B. Made A Man Out Of Me” is quite a song title.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Michael Cleveland March 16, 2019

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Michael Cleveland is a blind (and partially deaf) bluegrass fiddle player. His style is slightly unconventional and he has been nominated for Grammys in the past.

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