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This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Saint Sister December 3, 2022

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An wonderful Irish duo that have been around since 2014 and have produced two excellent albums and a number of singles. Their sound has been refered to as “atmosfolk”

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Built To Spill November 19, 2022

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From Idaho, Built To Spill are a band that have been around for 30 years with guitarist/vocalist Doug Martsch the mainstay of the band for that period. I remember hearing of them 20 years ago, intending to buy a CD but bought something else instead. Hadn’t thought of them since until they popped up on youtube for me.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to…. Fontaines D.C. October 22, 2022

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Is there ever a band you hear about and for some illogical reason you don’t want to like them? These were a band I didn’t want to like. All the fuss about them, had a quick listen, didn’t like them bar “Dublin City Sky”. Hailed by all sorts and then my petty dislike for them was cemented when a certain Phibsboro based football club produced a jersey with the bands logo on it. I turned down tickets to see them a number of times, turned my nose up when “A Heros Death” and “Skinty Fia” entered the house ……

Then at Electric Picnic they were playing after the Pixies and it was a choice between them, Dermot Kennedy, Mall Grab or Gang of Youths. I stayed for Fontaines D.C. They were absolutely amazing and well I was wrong about them!

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Girl in Red September 24, 2022

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From Norway, Girl in Red was fantastic live when I saw her. She originally released her material on Soundcloud, it got popular and she’s released a number of albums since. She’s also a member of the LBGTQ community. Hadn’t heard any of her material before but with an enthusiastic crowd and some decent songs the show was great. She also did the splitting the crowd bit and going into the crowd too as shown in the first video.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Khruangbin September 10, 2022

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I literally stumbled into these playing at Electric Picnic and they were amazing. The funky disco sound, The great guitar backed by a stunning bass and drum driven rhythm. I couldn’t help myself but dance! The medley’s they play are wonderful too.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Mutefish August 27, 2022

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I was preparing to do an exhibit and talk at last weekends Social Democrats Left Bank Summer School when I came across this poster. It’s from a 2011 gig taking place after the May Day March. (there’s a bit on it here). I had never heard of Mutefish before so decided to see what I could find from them. They were (are…not sure if they are still on the go) a band with members from Dublin, Poland, Lithuania and the Ukraine. So you can hear the various influences in the music. I quite like them.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… CMAT August 13, 2022

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Am off with my son and daughter to Electric Picnic next month, have yet to check how to put up the tent nor indeed many of the artists playing. There’s quite a number I’d be unfamiliar with, so have been listening to a selection over the last while. One that caught my ear is CMAT, such a great talent, sing along tunes all whilst coming across as a lovely person with a good attitude to it all. Delighted in her success to date. The videos are wonderful too and I love the Country tinge to a number of the songs.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Link of Chain: A Songwriters’ Tribute to Chris Smither July 30, 2022

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To mark his 70th Birthday in 2014, various artists got together and each performed a song from Chris Smithers 50 years of back catalog. The album Link of Chain: A Songwriters’ Tribute to Chris Smither was released.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… The Pixies July 16, 2022

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Off to the Iveagh Gardens tonight to see the Pixies. Really odd having physical tickets with a date of 18th July 2020 on them. Really looking forward to seeing them as for my sins, I haven’t actually seen them before. I know it won’t be seeing them in their heyday but to see them at last is great.

They were one of those bands that broke up for a good period before reforming. I presume lack of physical record sales has led to a lot of bands putting aside their differences and touring as it seems to be the main way to make money from music now.

This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to… Longitude July 2, 2022

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Those of you that live and outdoor music venues will be familiar with the sounds of the nearby gig. There seems to be some kind of sonic rule, where if you’re interested in hearing a gig the wind usually blows in the opposite direction and you hear little of it…. Indeed this week having sat in the back Garden to see if I could hear The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, there literally wasn’t a peep. I was in Inchicore Monday , at Marlay for Guns n Roses on Tuesday , so Wednesdays gig was my first chance to hear anything…. However if it’s something you don’t want to hear, the wind will definitely blow the sound in your direction and you may aswell have gone to hear the racket.

As the years rolled by I have known less and less of the acts playing longitude, this year Denise Chailia is the only one in the whole line up that I’m familiar with. Anyway I’m sure I’ll be hearing each and every note from it this year.

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