Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Reacharound; 16/2/09







Friday, February 13, 2009

12/2/09 Reacharound




Official slow news random shout-out post no.1

I like the dodos. The first time I heard anything about them was on one of nialler9's podcasts from last year where they were compared to Animal Collective, and then apologised to in delightfully polite way but Aoife Mc. Yeah if sung tongs had been more song focused and less ambient I could see it coming in as something akin to The Dodo's sound. But thats just it they are an excellent band who make great little songs full of passion and pretty pop structures and as much as I AC sometimes you need to pull yourself out those early albums and back into the reality of modern music and The Dodo's are a great vehilce for doing so as well being a fantastic proposition on their own terms. Think of simple folk songs with intense drumming, warmth and interesting melodies playing out over very simple and occasionally genrified sounds.


Wednesday, February 11, 2009

11/2/09 daily reacharound

- Yesterday was the 3rd anniversary of the death of J Dilla (aka Jay Dee, James Yancey). It doesn't feel appropriate for me to try reminding the world of the loss of a great talent, you could take the words of Madlib, Pete Rock, Common, Busta Rhymes, Mos Def, Pharrell, Waajeed, Karriem Riggins, Flying Lotus, 9th Wonder [3], A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, Kanye West, or ?uestlove or you could put in the effort yourself. Donuts, produced from Dilla's hospital bed is the ideal place to start; its a startling document of the talent and potential, its an album still being mined by the biggest names in hip hop today (most notably Q-Tip on last years record - Renassaince). To paraphrase another great artist;
Any DJ that's added on to the list
Pump your fist, but first give praise to the true scientists

- strange news from radiohead;

- Choice nominated, drum hero and all-round treasure of the irish music scene RSAG has announced a new tour of ireland;
17 Feb 2009 22:00
The academy Dublin
19 Feb 2009 20:00
Pavillion Cork
27 Feb 2009 20:00
Roisin Dubh w/ The Kilo Galway
4 Mar 2009 20:00
Vicar st. / choice awards Dublin
20 Apr 2009 20:00
NUI, Maynooth Dublin
22 Apr 2009 20:00
Dolan’s Limerick
23 Apr 2009 20:00
Spirit Store Dundalk
23 Apr 2009 20:00
Auntie Annie’s Belfast
25 Apr 2009 20:00
Roisin Dubh Galway
27 Apr 2009 20:00
29 Apr 2009 20:00
Cyprus Avenue cork
30 Apr 2009 20:00
UL College Ball Limerick
1 May 2009 20:00
Electric Avenue Waterford
2 May 2009 20:00
Whelan’s Dublin
7 May 2009 20:00
Belfast Queens University Belfast
8 May 2009 20:00
Trinity Ball Dublin
9 May 2009 20:00
Sligo / Venue TBA Sligo
for details check out http://www.myspace.com/rarelyseenaboveground

- the newest darling of the blogosphere Wavves has a recorded show up here; http://www.nyctaper.com/?p=543
I haven't invested much time yet in Wavves ... but i'm already getting electroclash flashbacks, and not for the music.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The first ever I'm sorry Nic Reach-Around

yes its finally happened.

My litt spell of getting everything right with nic has finally ended by me doing something stupid and ok I think it was defendable and ok I was sleep deprived and high on pain killers but here goes, SHUTTHETHEFUCKUPANDLISTEN's first (and probably of many) I'm sorry nic posts.

This means me putting some effort into hunting news on some of the bands me and nic share love for while also sharing some old videos and stuff.

- TVOTR made a guest appearance on the Colbert Report last night. There's not a lot of point sticking up the video as I'm irish so we can't get the video from hulu, the website for the colbert report doesn't work for me and comedy central are youtube-o-phobes but still the video will be around on any of those resources if you care to look. But here's the best performance by TVOTR that I've seen recorded;

- http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/news/149052-decemberists-take-their-rock-opera-on-the-road - damn good news indeed. I can remember seeing another version of this song floating around ages and not being too keen on the over dramatization of the song, it seemed too "showy" and "fun" where the song I loved was a gritty tale of death and madness ... but i guess people like it ...;

Things are all very quiet on the menomena front, suspiciously quiet ..... but check this out;

The hard thing about I'm sorry nic posts is that there are bands that
a) I have gotten nic into (O'death animal collective ...),
b) She has gotten me into (jeffrey lewis, neutral milk hotel)
c) we share (TVOTR)
d) bands that we do not share (ponytail and any of the mad shit i listen to ... and then coheed and cambria, conor oberst affiliated stuff ...)

I can't pick from b or d as she either knows more than me or doesn't care. The site is based around a) primarily and b) again she knows more than me. So here are some bands nic should be in love with but might not know

9-2-09, Daily Reacharound

- http://stereogum.com/archives/video/the-2009-grammys-just-the-good-parts_051301.html - well really just the first video....

- http://stereogum.com/archives/new-grizzly-bear-album-gets-a-title-and-its-veckat_051191.html I swore that I was going to stay away from all the fan-boy pant wetting flying around the release of merriweather, as i was a little disapointed by Strawberry Jam. But Veckat has totally hooked me already.

- http://egoeccentric.blogspot.com/2009/02/backstage-piano-session-by-son-lux-why.html
I managed to catch Why? and Son Lux playing in dublin last november. It was a strange and brilliant gig. Walking into ALT I was a little worried of a repeat of a Super Extra Bonus Party Remix Release Party repeat - as much as I enjoyed being the drunk underager at gigs when I was younger I now feel embarrased by those days and a) don't need to see them repeated all over my new shoes and b) seriously those shoes were cool and expensive and I normally don't give a shit about clothes but washing vomit out of runners is fucking annoying. But anyway .... the gig was amazing. Got talking to Josiah Wolf before the gig, had a chat with Son Lux after. Son Lux's drummer blew me away. Seeing Yoni play with that same attention to delivery and style and humor while carrying the emotive claibre of his records all while drumming was but a small testament to the talent this guy has shown for so long now.

- http://www.culturebully.com/abe-vigoda-reviver-review
There so many brilliant little peices from Abe Vigoda's debut album Skeletons; especially the outro to dead city/waste wilderness. But overall you get the sense of a band who are really just finding themselves, they seem more about the energy the song rather than the bigger picture, which is refreshing in so many bands that are coming out of american right now, especially tose affiliated with b-more's Wham City scene, but Abe Vigoda seem to have the potential to do much more with their sound. So I've been quietly looking forward to the new release from the band and here it is. From what this review says it seems to have been worth the release - a more carefully planned out route has taken, more focus on song selection and the recording process ... many of the songs from skeletons really sounded like they needed room to breathe. So if they can balance that with the enthusiasm and fun of skeletons this will definitely be a band who are going to make some serious noise in the future.


Friday, February 6, 2009

the daily reach-around

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/download/148944-pitchforktv-el-guincho-various-songs-on-pitchfork-live-part-1 I work in a small enclosed office with 4 other people. So playing music is strange and leads to alot of argument; the bands we all seem to agree on are very few, but El Guincho is one. Like Animal Collective's brother sport I really can't understand how anybody cannot love this guy.

http://www.nialler9.com/2009/02/05/videovillagers-the-meaning-of-the-ritual/ More cool stuff from this great new band.

http://egoeccentric.blogspot.com/2009/02/themselves-promo.html Funnily enough I've been going back through my old
Anticon catalogue last weekend. Every now and then I pull cLOUDEAD's amazing Ten out of my collection and remind myself of just how fucking far ahead of their time they were. But here is another track coming out of that collective.

http://www.analoguemagazine.com/reviews/estel/; great review of a release I've been getting very excited about.


http://www.state.ie/blog/blur-announce-oxegen-headliner/ ----- see this is why people study philosophy. Every now and then the world just seems to act with a sense of calculated malice; its like god himself has said to himself "ah ha ha ex-tractor fan was shocked and awed by the horribleness of what oxegen will be this year what can i do to make him go ....." seriously???

http://stereogum.com/archives/pauls-boutique-turns-20_050322.html Meant to post about this yesterday. I know now that God is watching me and has just decided yup guess who's next for the oxegen list, Beastie Boys playing a don't look back version of Paul's Boutique.

http://stereogum.com/archives/progress-report/progress-report-grizzly-bear_050461.html There are three albums set for release this year that I've desperate to hear. So far Animal Collective have been amazing. Grizly Bear and Dan Deacon are next on the list.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

waste a few minutes

play this game


the daily reach-around

http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/download/148865-pitchforktv-ponytail-live-on-add-part-1. I'm at work so I can't check this out, but Ponytail are insane live. This may well be a very wierd video. The thing about Ponytail is that you really have to be in their world to get them live; that level of joy stops being expressible in terms of words and pop references and needs to just be felt. So they really really benefit from have great suport acts (for example nic isn't a fan 'cause she just gets annoyed by vocalist Molly Siegel). But they're still amazing, and playing Dublin in march with the amazing Adebesi Shank as support.

speaking of Adebesi Shank; http://www.nialler9.com/2009/02/02/free-passes-to-this-town-needs-guns-adebisi-shank-asiwyfa/

today's obligatory animal collective link; http://gorillavsbear.blogspot.com/2009/02/animal-collective-x-paper-route.html

http://www.state.ie/blog/mogwai-to-play-3-night-dublin-residency/ I haven't seen Mogwai since their Happy Songs For Happy People tour ... two weeks before I could hear again ... The thing is that last fri. aside I've been pretty unhappy with the volume levels at every gig I've been to starting with Tom Waits in the ratceller. This is obviously not a sound engineering issue as the quality has been top notch. But when I go to a gig, well at least from a band I expect to be loud I don't want to be able to hear the annoying Irish punters at the gig. There will only be the music, and me and my balls vibrating from the low end. I go to gigs for an experience, not a performance, although performance does play a huge part; it is usually just about getting the crowd involved - seeing Amanda Palmer in a couple of weeks may change that opinion.

http://unarocks.blogspot.com/2009/01/sad-day-for-irish-music-journalism.html a poignant peice lamenting the physical death of another of Ireland's music institutions. Road, State and now this are have all gone in the past couple of weeks ... sad times for Irish music lovers.

(apologies for the lateness of this post, i was pretty sure i had either dreamt it, or it was a hallucination... nic.)