Monday, June 30, 2008

Do You Want A Lift?

Bit of a slow news day but I just found this on the bbc website.


Wonder will they take off (and I mean that literally!)?

Also a lot of internet chatter (none of it confirmed) about the new Bootleg Series (vol8) Dylan release scheduled for September. Appears this is mainly consisting of outakes from Oh Mercy!, Under The Red Sky, Good As I Been To You/World Gone Wrong, Time Out Of Mind and Modern Times. Also some other studio work not related to these albums.

Again, I want to reiterate this is just speculation at this point.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Spanish is the Loving Tongue...

Yes, my bet has come through. €50 up. Ole! Ole! Ole!

What a Sunday line-up!

First up is the GAA SFC. Will Westmeath shock the Dubs? Will an upbeat Down beat Armagh? Details here.

Followed later by the EURO2008 final. Will my bet come through? If you're away from a tv, follow it here.

All the while Glastonbury goes on in the background with Leonard Cohen due on later this evening. All of this on BBC2/BBC3/BBC4 throughout the evening.

And I have to read the Sunday papers!

Jeez, hope I'm not too tired for work to-morrow.

Sunday Service...

To-day's sermon comes from Joe South & The Believers.

I have the 1st part here on vinyl somewhere, give me a minute... ahh yes here it is:



Here's the exit hymn, but remember if you're going to the match, drive carefully:

Saturday, June 28, 2008

The Enniscorthy Strawberry Fair...



... started to-night and aforementioned group The Focus Group kicked off proceedings but not before an impromptu busking session (which got broken up by the local Garda Siochan√°.....very Rock 'n' Roll!!!).



Great set by the lads included a song about previous Fairs and finished off with Bits & Bobs.

Onwards and upwards...

Friday, June 27, 2008

Kevin Rowland/Dexys Midnight Runners...

Here is the official Dexy's myspace page. Features a demo of a new song, IT'S OK JOHANNA, that is due to appear on the (hopefully) imminent album (the first since Don't Stand Me Down). I first heard this album was due out in 2007, so I'm not sure where its at now. Anyway, you may want to bookmark this link:

http://www.myspace.com/dexysmidnightrunners


Oh yeah, and because it's a Friday, here's a favourite for The Dapper Don:

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Boots Of Spanish Leather...

My tenner goes through the mill again to-night as, my bet, Spain take on Russia in the 2nd semi-final of Euro'08.

Can the Spanish, against all previous experience, make it to the final? Whatever the score, its lining up to be a cracking game.


Get the beers in...... I have :-)

Ain't My Cup Of Meat...

The topic is Cultural Blind-Spots.

You know you should like them (hey, even your friends like 'em) but you just can't: Here's mine...


MUSIC: The Doors, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, U2, Radiohead

FILM: Star Wars/Trek, James Bond, Sideways, Animated Films

TV: The Young Ones, Little Britain, ER, Deadwood, CSI: Wherever

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Ireland forecast for first recession in 25 years...

Report from the ESRI that Ireland is facing into a recession. Here's hoping you enjoyed the boom of the last 15 years!

Of course, the good times didn't always sit well with some people. They seemed to think we were better off when we were poorer*, but I wasn't one of them!

Anyway, here's Guthrie singing about those hard times that could be on the way back. [No, no! Not Woody.....Gwen].





* Is that an oxymoron?

Monday, June 23, 2008

Lack of original tv thought...

I see that TV3 are going to do a version of "The Apprentice" (from the USA) whilst RTE are doing their version of a series of "Who Do You Think You Are?" (from British tv).



Where are the original ideas in Irish tv?

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Sports Sunday...

A full day of big games here in Ireland and beyond.

In Croke Park there are no less than 2 games involving my adopted* county in Football(SFC) & Hurling (SHC). Alongside this, Clare and Limerick fight it out in Thurles for a date with Tipperary in the Munster SHC final and it's Mayo v. Sligo in the Connaught SFC.

All this will be followed to-night by a mouth-watering clash in, a so far excellent EURO'08, between Italy and (the team I backed before the tournament started) Spain. Will my tenner be safe after to-night?

I read a letter in today's Sunday Times from someone complaining about the fact that there is so much coverage of Euro08 whilst none of Ireland, England, Wales etc. are in it. Where's the problem?

All of the above can be followed here.

* I still can't bring myself to discuss my own county's defeat to Dublin in the SFC!!

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Mid-Summer's Day...

... and there has been constant rain here in Ireland since early this morning. The summer here, almost always, lives down to expectations.

Anyway, it has given me time to browse the net and read the paper and I've noticed the following:

1) There are plans afoot to re-make My Fair Lady with Keira Knightley as Eliza Doolittle and Daniel Day Lewis being pursued to play Professor Henry Higgins. You may ask...why? Details here.

2) Greil Marcus has written in to-day's Guardian about Dylan's Visions Of Johanna.

3) Finally, if you can hold your nose and buy the Mail on Sunday to-morrow, there is a special BOWIE feature in their Life magazine; this will be followed by a free Bowie CD the following week (29JUN08). Click here.

Hope the weather is better where you are.

Peace Out.

New QPR Club Crest...

I see that in the exciting new dawn happening at Loftus Road that they have ditched the traditional club emblem and replaced it with this.

Now, maybe I'm too much of a traditionalist, but why change a perfectly good crest? And I bet it cost a small fortune to get the thing designed.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Leonard Cohen/Tom Waits...

Two gigs that got away from me this year due to work (LC) and holidays (TM).

Here's a video of each:



and the eggs chase the bacon around the frying pan:

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The WORD cd...


The free cd in the July issue of The WORD is particularly strong this month (and I'm not just saying that because they quoted me on the blurb for track 12..... I promise)


Apart from the obvious(!) there are interesting tracks from Fleet Foxes, Half Man Half Biscuit, Imelda May, Cathy Davey, and John Hiatt. I even enjoyed the Mick Hucknall version of the Bobby Bland song "I Pity The Fool".


Anyway, all the details can be clicked right here for the next few weeks.
On a further point, my video music channel (Nicodemus Music Channel) is now a permanent link under the last.fm widget.
I've noticed that it may play the same song twice within one listen/visit, which is quite annoying, I am working on a fix for this; in the meantime just press the "next" button if this happens. Of course, this option is always available if it plays a song you don't like also.
As always, any comments/suggestions are welcome.

Peace Out.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Republic of Ire...

We couldn't qualify for Euro08; we sent a turkey to Eurovision; then we said no to the EU.

Maybe it's time to join another continent? Australia maybe? South America anyone? How about Africa?

Where do we go from here? I believe we should send the think-tank Libertas, Sinn Fein, Coir, The People's Movement, Dunphy, Myers, Arnold, Ross and Gay Byrne (along with their cheerleaders from the U.S., UKIP and News International) on a plane to Brussels to hammer out the new deal.

Of course, before they even got to Belgium, that little lot wouldn't be able to decide the seating arrangements on the plane, nevermind having to negotiate a treaty with 26 other countries.

Republic of Ire indeed.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Dylan Still Going Strong...

Here is a recent piece on the great man by my Westport connection, Liamy, in his De Facto column for The Mayo News.

Lovely stuff.

Friday, June 6, 2008

The Pope & Capitalism...

Interesting article here from Will Hutton in The Observer about his time partaking in a discussion in the Vatican about "what is happening in contemporary capitalism, and what could be done if it is not to become as destructive, iniquitous and unstable as it was 100 years ago".


As, basically, all other political doctrines have failed the need for "moral capitalism" is examined.

Dylan Art Exhibition in London...

From the DRAWN BLANK series.

Here's the book: http://www.play.com/Books/Books/4-/3583195/-/Product.html?searchstring=bob+dylan+drawn+blank&searchsource=0

Here's an interview and a taster: http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/music/article4074327.ece
Here's a BBC News video piece:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7445327.stm

And finally, here's the details of the exhibition:

The Drawn Blank Series exhibition opens on June 14 at The Halcyon Gallery, Bruton Street W1.

The Focus Group report...

Went to see local burgeoning group The Focus Group to-night. This is my third time seeing James, Colm & Steven and they are becoming a tighter sound with every new listen. With influences from everthing from ABBA to ZAPPA there's something in there for all the family. After a quiet word in the ear from Steven to-night, I've updated the weblink on the right-hand-side to show their current website (apologies for displaying the out-of-date one up until this).

Anyway, the next sighting is strongly rumoured to be in the Market Square, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford on 27JUN08. So, if you're in the locale........ be there.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

CD recommendation...

I've been listening to Chris Difford's new album The Last Temptation of Chris lately and it's a beaut.

A lovely wide-ranging collection of songs, looking back on a life full of tribulations and jubilulations, written with wit and aplomb.

Great to hear the SQUEEZE man sounding so good. I know you'll like it.

Here's a couple of links :

http://www.chrisdifford.com/

http://www.play.com/Music/CD/4-/5110976/The-Last-Temptation-Of-Chris/Product.html