Archive: March 2011

Ah Death Cab For Cutie, it’s nice to have you back. Ben Gibbard and co have been out of action since 2008’s Narrow Stairs. The first introduction was the eight-minute-plus ‘I Will Possess Your Heart‘, a song that takes me back to a simpler time, when banks hadn’t collapsed and the big, bad world was […]

How do I begin to explain just how Fleet Foxes make me feel? How can I convey just how perfect this band is? How can I show you that they take me somewhere higher whenever I press play on any of their songs? The self-titled debut album, released in 2008, received constant rotation for the […]

Eclectic seems to be the buzzword that Irish bands are aiming for nowadays. Maybe it comes back to the idea that attention spans on the internet are so short that bands are stretching their genre knowledge and on three-minute songs can jump through a multitude of sounds (to add conviction behind lessening attention spans, I […]

Say what you like about Irish radio (it’s rubbish, it all sounds the same, there’s no original DJs to be seen, where are the new DJs coming through to take over, how is Tony Fenton still allowed near the airwaves when he probably owns about five albums, why is the point of 2fm, what does […]

They were either going to embrace guitars more or go completely dancefloor crazy. And Friendly Fires have chosen the latter. Which is no terrible thing. If you aren’t well versed in Ed MacFarlane’s dance moves yet, then let’s take a look at what you are missing. The band’s self-titled debut album came out in 2008 […]

Conor O’Brien just keeps finding ways to draw us all back into his world. Just when you think the Villagers machine might be slowing down after two straight years of grafting, he hits us with a Daytrotter session and covers a Leonard Cohen song. If you haven’t heard of Daytrotter, the simplest explanation is that […]

You did get the memo telling you Fred are the best band in Ireland, right? Their last album, Go God Go, was one of my favourite albums of 2008 (yes, I liked music before the blog started), and opening track ‘Skyscrapers’ soundtracked that summer. That it coincided that was an awesome summer does perhaps have […]

Please tell me you’ve heard of Milan Jay. Please say ‘We Believe’ has been on constant rotation on your iPod since it got released last November. Please say you said to friends in the intervening months, ‘You’ve got to listen to this’. And please tell me you have been anxiously awaiting Milan’s next release? You […]

The National Oh The National, we could never stay mad at you, could we? Fresh from being announced for the festival every hipster hates, they release one of the greatest fanboy videos in recent memory. Now firstly, how could you Matt? How could you play Oxegen over Electric Picnic? Don’t you know that us National […]

I thought that I had finished with Villagers. Fresh from being pipped at the post (I presume) for the Choice Music Prize in Dublin last Thursday by Two Door Cinema Club, Conor hopped on a plane and was straight back playing music. He was on Jo Whiley’s Radio 1 show over the weekend where he […]