Monday, 31 August 2009
Taken from the album Central Market, it gets a full release in Ireland on September 11th on Warp Records, whom are not shy in the least about this release, calling it a "full-length solo masterpiece".
After hearing Platinum Rows I am going to presume they are right. Have a listen below.
Friday, 28 August 2009
The wonderfully graceful modern /ballet dancer is Aaron from the Chairlift's sister and the band themselves feature in plastic bags. The track Ceiling Wax itself is elegant and haunting and a perfect first thing in the morning /last thing at night song if you are that way inclined. Not the most obvious track from Does You Inspire You but a great one all the same.
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Dublin based band The Evening Watch are playing a free show tonight in The Bernard Shaw.
Formerly known as Incommunicado, The Evening Watch mix it up nicely with a fine use of electronics, guitar, bass, strings and even some well placed cowbell.
There are drink promotions a plenty and some excellent tunes!
Mind Chaos is out on Friday September 18th and you can catch Hockey live @ The Academy on September 22nd.
Friday, 21 August 2009
Black Metal, a genre close to my heart, has metamorphosed continually since its birth in the early nineties in Norway. Initially black metal was a genre concerned with social upheaval, dark currents of anarchistic change and a string of arson's which culminated in a murder or two. Since such times the genre, despite the odds, has grown throughout the world. What once was an infamous sub-genre of heavy metal, only popularized by its faults , spread across the globe, spurring international interpretations of this blackened art. The latest such interpretation comes from an unsuspecting source, this time in the shape of Phil Elverum of Microphones/Mount Eerie.
Wind’s Poem is not a typical trip into a black metal experience. Elverum, clearly a fan of the genre, has taken his own interpretation and committed it to tape. The opening track, the fittingly titled Wind’s Dark Poem would fit well amongst the collection of any black metal collector. The lo-fi growl of blasting guitars, typical of Elverum’s style, is as unrelenting as it is unsettling, contrasted only by Elverum’s soft voice amidst the drone of guitar noise. This theme continues throughout, Elverum’s voice offers stark contrast to the distorted instruments it accompanies.
But is Wind’s Poem a black metal album? No, not in the classical sense anyway. Wind’s Poem, however, is certainly a Microphones/Mount Eerie album, unmistakably so in fact., and is bound to please fans. Whether it will convert black metal fans, on the other hand, is an entirely different question, one which must be answered with a resounding ‘no’. Thematically this is a black metal album, ask any patron of the genre and they will tell you that black metal is inextricably linked to nature and wilderness. Hence an album concerned with forests and wind ticks the boxes, but only in a thematic sense. Musically the same cannot be said, although there are moments of familiarity to the genre it is supposed to be echoing, there are only vast similarities to Elverum’s previous work, even the track, Between Two Mysteries, is a take on Twin Peak’s, leaving Elverum well beyond the realms of the darkened woods of Norway’s Fjords.
Wind's Poem, is not a bad album, not at all, it is though a misleading one. I, who am not a particularly great fan of Elverum’s past work, was led to this album by a friend who is a staunch supporter of Mount Eerie and Microphones. Knowing my unending affection for black metal he pointed me this way, and although I feel as though I may have found a nice [sort of] neo-folk album for my collection, I certainly feel I have not found a black metal one.
Review by Patrick Fennelly
Thursday, 20 August 2009
It kicks off at 6 bells and is tickets are a steal at €10.00. The line up is the best of Irish and the running order is as follows:
6.30pm Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands
7.20pm Channel One
8.15pm Thread Pulls
9.00pm The Jimmy Cake
10.30pm Dark Room Notes
11.30 Spilly Walker
DJ's: Skinny Wolves, Maximum Joy/VJ Metaldragon + guests.
Also this years line up has just been announced and I must admit it's pretty excellent.
International Artists confirmed include Modeselektor, Clark, David Holmes, Andy Votel, Tim Exile, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Surgeon and Planetary Assault Systems.
On the Irish front confirmed for this years festival include Legion Of Two, Sunken Foal, Neosupervital, Donal Dineen and Somadrone.
For more info on this years festival go to www.deafireland.com
Wednesday, 19 August 2009
As an entire work Amanda Blank's debut doesn't stand out. There are, however, some great highlights such as Might Like you Better and Shame on Me. The latter featuring purred vocals reminiscent of the best of Miss Kitten or a grown up Lady Ga Ga and is personally the best on the album. For those into their dirty electro it's a must listen.
Unfortunately, there are low points such as Love Song. It sits uncomfortably in the middle of the 33 minute album, slows down the pace and asks us to ignore all the foregone sexually driven lyrics in an attempt to display her own sensitive side.
Blank excels when indulging her M.I.A style rapping, but, when her singing voice is let loose, it manages to impresses with honey sweet vocals that make her more than just another female rapper lost in the mix. Her voice is beautifully utilised on the Lykke Li collaboration Leaving you Behind and then it closes with I Love you, a wonderfully girly high note.
Review by Liz Duffey
Amanda Blank I Love You is out now on Downtown Records.
Catch Jamie T live in The Village on October 24th, upgraded from Whelan's due to overwhelming demand.
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
Blank is known for her brash lyrics on various tracks she has previously worked on and most popularly Bump with Spank Rock. Might Like You Better is out through Downtown Records and the video is directed by Superfad. Song Of The Week for sure.
Also nab yourself the free Blaqstarr remix over on Rcrdlbl.
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
Disco is making a come back but with more of a psychedelic, spacey edge as showcased recently by Emperor Machine's Kananana track and Erol Alkan's Disco 3000 podcast and DJ sets. Let's embrace it.
Monday, 10 August 2009
The first is a mix done by Stopmakingme for Sup Magazine and features only artists that are featured in the new issue with Bit Boy 8 (I can't get enough of the cracking Baltic Pine), Mi Ami and The xx all included.
The second is a 5 minute mini mix by The Filthy Dukes, which if anything is always a treat.
Domino Records have just announced the signing of Final Fantasy and details of a new studio album Heartland due for release in early 2010. Pallett has been working on this album for 9 months and follows his two previous albums He Poos Clouds and Spectrum, 14th Century.
For those in attendance at Field Day in London recently, we were treated to some of his new material and non surprisingly it went down well with the excited crowd. Autumn and Winter sees Final Fantasy on tour in Canada and The United States with Timber Timbre and The Mountain Goats so we may have to wait a little longer before he returns to these shores.