Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Request...

Someone with exquisite taste got Christmas Island from Bob Dylan's new album played on the Ronan Collins radio show to-day.

Click HERE , drag the slider to 23mins and sit back with a mince pie and a pineapple.

[NOTE: link only available for one week]

Here We Go Again...

... Ex-Portsmouth head Paul Hart appointed new QPR manager with Mick Harford as assistant. I'm saying nothing!

http://www.qpr.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10373~1907437,00.html

A Christmas Promise...

Filling up my old mp3 player with Christmas carols, hymns and songs to-night and listening back to it on "random" has given me a warm happy feeling; so I've decided to try and ignore all current affairs as best I can for the rest of the month of December.

Wish me luck!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Bob Dylan's Christmas In The Heart...

I've been playing Dylan's Christmas album for the past week (I was holding back until December) and I'm loving it.

He plays it straight and he obviously has a great affection for the songs, both secular and spiritual.

His only interview in connection with the release is HERE.

Two official videos are available by clicking on the song titles below:

MUST BE SANTA

LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

Gogarty had just finished The Sopranos DVD Box-set...

... the night before:

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Fave Songs of 2009 Part 3...

THE LIBERTY OF NORTON FOLGATE - Madness:



WHEN I GO AWAY - Levon Helm:

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Another QPR Manager To Be Sacked?

QPR have suspended Jim Magilton with immediate effect. This follows a "bust-up" with one of the star players at the club after yet another defeat on Monday.

Click HERE.

It's all gone pear-shaped.........again!

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Fave Songs of 2009 Part 2...

(I won't display youtube clips, just the links, as too many slows down the page)

BOY FROM LAWRENCE COUNTY - The Felice Brothers. Click HERE.

I FEEL A CHANGE COMIN' ON - Bob Dylan. UNAVAILABLE :-( but click HERE for a cover version with lyrics on the right-hand-side in the expanded window.

Fave Songs of 2009 Part 1...

In no particular order:

CORNERSTONE - Artic Monkeys



THE SWEET SPOT - The Duckworth Lewis Method

Friday, December 4, 2009

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Who's Your Daddy?

He's a mentalist serial killer!

Click HERE.

Sunday, November 29, 2009

9minutes of Larry...

Curb Your Enthusiasm highlights from Season2 (obviously NSFW):

Friday, November 27, 2009

32% Beer...

... no thanks, I can hardly manage the 4.3% stuff!

Click HERE.

Best Of The Decade List...

The (London) Times has released a best pop albums of the noughties list. Click HERE for an interesting flick through.

I was surprised to learn I actually own 21 of them. Of this 21, after living with them for a while, I feel I can give a quick personal view:

12 SONGS (yeah, it's good)
SURPRISE (good)
SOLITARY MAN: (just okay)
FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS (very good)
BROKEN BOY SOLDIERS (didn't float my boat)
WE SHALL OVERCOME (good)
REALITY (very good)
SMILE (okay-ish)
"LOVE & THEFT" (very good)
WHATEVER PEOPLE SAY I AM, THAT'S WHAT I'M NOT (Tops!)
YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS (good)
FUNERAL (good)
STORIES FROM THE CITY, STORIES FROM THE SEA (okay-ish)
NIXON (good)
MAGIC (okay)
LCD SOUNDSYSTEM (very good)
THE GOOD THE BAD AND THE QUEEN (didn't light my flame)
FLEET FOXES (doesn't get my vote)
FAVOURITE WORST NIGHTMARE (very good)
RAISIN' SAND (initially liked; but got tired of it)
COLE'S CORNER (very good)

Sunday, November 22, 2009

A Terrible Beauty...

I went to the Hugh Lane Gallery in Dublin to take in their Francis Bacon exhibition yesterday (click here for details). I'm no art expert at all but this was a really well put together retrospective with plenty to view and, indeed, listen too.

First of all you can take in a brief biography of the Irish born Englishman, then you can watch a Melvyn Bragg interview with the man himself. After this you get to see his actual studio recreated in one of the rooms (this is actually a permanent fixture donated by the Bacon estate to the Gallery).

Next up is the cuttings of myriad photo-books, magazines etc. used by the artist for research, inspiration & method. After this is canvasses that he never used and/or tore up (a bit like listening to a bootleg of recording outtakes by a singer). This is followed by an interview with his sister that is projected onto a wall (on loop).

Finally is a collection of works of finished pieces by Bacon.

Two hours plus just flew by.... and it's free.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Monday, November 16, 2009

Yusuf/Cat gets a split decision to his show in Dublin...

Jeers/Cheers/Walk-Outs/Standing Ovations and Ronan Keating !!!

Review HERE.

and HERE.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

"Frontline" Ambush...

Ex-€900k a year man Pat Kenny has been providing us with more "Partridge" moments this week. Here his suitability as a credible investigator of the excesses of boom-time Ireland, and dealing with an economy now bust, gets questioned:



Note: Watch the grey haired lady behind the speaker. She just wishes she was someplace else :-)

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Something's Gotta Give...

Every Irish newspaper, tv and media outlet has been discussing the cutting of social welfare payments and public sector wage bills for the past three months. I have never heard of public sector wages being actually cut nor dole payouts being reduced before; and never thought I would.

Its now just one month to D-Day and discussions are still going on but the equation doesn't change.

The State doesn't have the money and nobody is stepping forward to give up their money. It looks an impossible situation for a compromise so the Government will just have to make a decision.

Are we in for a winter of discontent or will the country just grin and bear it? I think the latter but I'm not betting on it!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Simone Felice's New Band...

The Duke & The King On Jools' Later:



and they did this at their soundcheck:

Clive Anderson Interviews alan partridge...

... on his chatshow shorthly after the BEE GEES "incident":



Maybe, someday, Irish TV comedy will be this funny.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What A Face...

Look at Pat Kenny's face at the end of this clip. Hilarious!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

You go Away For A Few Days And...

Came back to Ireland and read the following revelations:

1) De Valera was a British spy.

and

2) Cuchulainn was gay.

Wow!

London/Halloween...

With both on my mind I've gotta post this from the late, great Warren Zevon:

Back From London...

Came back on Thursday evening from a very mild (19`C!) London.

After a couple of drinks in the nearby Coach & Horses, it was off to see JERSEY BOYS in the Prince Edward Theatre in Soho. A great night's entertainment. You forget how many big pop hits (Frankie Valli &) The Four Seasons had.

Great for us to meet up with Ciaran (thanks for the getting the tickets), Frank, Brigid & Adam there also.

Now where's that record....

Sunday, October 25, 2009

With A Spring In My Step...

I'm off to London for a break with Mrs. Nicodemus with good vibes:

1st I saw QPR on tv for the first time in years yesterday and they put on a classy performance against Derby. Report HERE.

and

2nd I read that Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson have ended (or at least "parked") their decades long feud HERE.

Happy days!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Felice Brothers On BBC Radio2...

Three lovely performances on this. To save you some time I'll give you the places to jump in. This will help you miss (most of) the inane chatter from the DJs. Listen as the band do their best to handle it all:

37mins; 1hr 11mins; 1hr 35mins.

Click HERE for the 21OCT09 show.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

The Felice Brothers Review 18OCT09...


The Felice Brothers returned to Dublin less one of their brethren (Simone has formed his own band The Duke & The King) to play Whelan's of Wexford Street.

It was the usual high-energy, full speed ahead performance from this most talented group of players. Lead singer Ian sure looked tired, which is not surprising given the gruelling tour schedule, but this didn't appear to affect his very affecting vocals. The pace of the show never let up with even the quieter numbers grabbing your attention; but when you have a catalogue of great songs like these boys have, you're already well ahead of the chase.

Surely, one of the best live acts out there.

P.S. thanks to Jim for the picture from the night.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Charlie's Back In The Band...

Charlie Sexton is back in Bob Dylan's band. This is good news.

Here he is from the other night in Phoenix jamming with his employer:



and in Los Angeles:

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

The Felice Brothers Are Coming To Town...

on 18OCT09 and, as you will see in this video, anything can happen:



[thanks to Jim for the link]

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Overly Serious Reviews Are In...

... for Dylan's Christmas album.

Click HERE for one from UNCUT scribe John Mulvey.

I won't be giving it a listen until nearer the appropriate season but I look forward to hearing it in front of a roaring fire whilst munching on some mince pies.

And, hey, it is for charity.

Up Your Enthusiasm...

Larry's back!

Season7 starts on MORE4 on thursday 15OCT09. Bring it on, Funkhauser!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Green's stay in government...

The Green Party have decided by a margin of FOUR to ONE to agree the new programme for government (story HERE); thereby ensuring the present coailition will probably last until 2012.

The surprise isn't so much the result as the scale of it. On every tv and radio show the representatives from each side, gave the impression it was going to be a close run thing.

Power sure does focus the mind.

Anyway, the last thing the country needs is the expense/distraction of a general election. Let this crowd sort out the mess, then give the other shower a go in 2012.

Website Recommendation

A heck of a lot of "One Man Media Machine" Vincent Browne's publications and writings are all in one place now on his new politic.ie website. You can also catch previous shows of his current TV3 Tonight shows (along with selected videos from news stations around the world).

He's been around for quite a bit (he published his first political magazine, NUSIGHT, in 1968) and there is plenty to while away the time.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Lisbon Luvvies U-Turn...

Now that the voting is over lets look at the list of Ireland's notables that voted NO the last time, out of self-publicity-driven government bashing ahead of the country's interests and are now voting YES because they realise, well, it's actually serious this time:

Finian McGrath TD,
Senator David Norris,
Seanator Shane Ross,
Eamon Dunphy.

If there was ever a list compiled of people you wouldn't depend on, I think this would be a good start.

Full story in the Irish Independent.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

QPR central defender's nickname...

Real name: Fitz Hall

Nickname: One Size.

Just had to share that.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Q.P.R.'s Co-Owner's Moral Compass Is Askew...

... and the Football League might ban him.

For a man who's used to giving the boot I can't say there would be much argument.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/q/qpr/8260661.stm

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Get Behind Me, Santa...

Listen to 30 second samples of all the tracks from Bob's forthcoming Christmas album here.

Brace yourselves.

22SEP09 edit: these have been mysteriously removed but can now be heard HERE.

No-One Knows Nada nor NAMA...

In Ireland the economy is the main topic of discussion. Like most people I'm wondering will NAMA work; what way will the Lisbon II referendum go and finally will the December budget do it's job of sorting out the countries balance book?

But, the most worrying thing about all this, is that absolutely nobody else in the country knows either.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

A Wicket Album: The Duckworth Lewis Method...

I've had Neil Hannon & Thomas Walsh's new album on constant loop in my car cd player for the past week and its an absolute joy.

Great tunes and lyrics coupled with the eccentricities of the unique world of cricket.

Makes the sun shine even when it's overcast.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

An Irishman's view of the In-ger-land....

Just watched the highlights of England's very impressive performance against Croatia on ITV and already the English media are getting themselves in a tizzy about winning the World Cup.

As an outsider, I honestly believe (for the first ever time in my 41 years) that they just might. However, the hyping up of England, every time they qualify, must be one of the main reasons why they constantly under perform on the "main stage".

The main reason for thinking they'll succeed this time is that they appear to have a manager that doesn't get affected by the media nonsense and the fact that he will plod on with the job of getting a winning team together.

An interesting footnote was the fact that they had an Irish international as the co-commentator during the game and another Irish stalwart back in the studio as the main analyst. The Irish diaspora continues to permeate everywhere.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Monday, September 7, 2009

Saturday, September 5, 2009

John Curran: Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks


We went to the book launch of "Agatha Christie's Secret Notebooks" by first time writer (and long time friend of Mrs. Nicodemus) John Curran in the Dublin City Council Civic Buildings on Thursday evening. And a very pleasant event it was too, thanks for asking.

John had been given unlimited access to the, heretofore unread, notebooks and journals of the great crime novelist by her only grandson, and protector of the legacy, Mathew Prichard. So, he took a career break and got down to making very good use of it. This was a labour of love as John has been a lifelong enthusiast of Ms Christie.

You can see an interview HERE and buy the splendid book HERE.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Yet Another Album Review...


Levon Helm has surely played his part in creating enough musical entertainment through the years with first Ronnie Hawkins, and then later The Band, to earn his rest. He has also done a few turns as an actor and has battled throat cancer; so we should have no reason to expect anymore from the man from Turkey Scratch, Arkansas. But more is what we get. His latest effort, with the guiding hand of multi-instrumentalist & producer Larry Campbell, will roll you & rock you. You just may end up wishing you had done more physical labour in your life to feel part of it all.

Click HERE to buy and download from The WORD/7digital store.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Dylan's Christmas Album Details Announced...


Tracks include "Here Comes Santa Clause", "Winter Wonderland" & "Little Drummer Boy".

Click HERE for the official press release

Monday, August 24, 2009

Lost In The Supermarket...

After queueing in my local supermarket to-day a letter in the Irish Independent rang a few bells for me later on.

This is a portion of it:

"I would like to propose, to any supermarket executives who might be reading your paper, a new service innovation -- separate checkouts for men and women.

My problem with mixed checkouts is that the male attitude to paying for groceries is so depressingly crude and functional. To men, a checkout is a hurdle to be cleared as soon as possible, and every second counts. Women, on the other hand, have elevated this simple business transaction into an art form..."

Full letter HERE.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Ireland in Six Months Time?

Where are we going to be after this little lot is over?

1) NAMA legislation to deal with the banks. Will it pass the Dail vote?

followed by

2) Lisbon Treaty referendum. Will it be another "No"?

followed by

3) Budget 2010. Will all the new cuts and taxes get through unhindered?

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Mad Men: Is It The Best TV Ever?...

I thought after the first series it was something to do with Hitchcock. I was convinced after the second one.

This little video critique convinces me more:

http://www.dailymotion.com/relevance/search/mad+men/video/xa4cyf_retro-the-camera-mad-men_shortfilms

Can't wait for the third installment.

ITV = Great TV...

Was watching my latest favourite dvd box-set to-night. It was the complete Jeeves & Wooster series.

It got me thinking, because my other favourite dramas are (Jeremy Brett's) Sherlock Holmes and Midsomer Murders, which are all ITV shows.

If you asked me, before to-night, I would have said that the BBC were the kings of tv drama.

ITV really should feel proud and continue to produce this kind of stuff. However, the news that the South Bank Show is axed doesn't bode well.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Dylan Stopped By New Jersey Police...

... and asked "What Is Your Name, Sir?"

Click HERE for the whole story.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Bertie Ahern Now Writing For the News Of The World...

Came back from my two week holiday where the Prime Minister is trying to get out of the tabloids; then opened the Sunday papers here and read that the man who has driven Ireland up the creek without a paddle is a new Sports columnist for (the Irish edition of) a British tabloid.

Felt like getting back on the plane.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Patti Smith Podcast Discussions about Dylan...

I'm off on my holidays to Italy to-morrow and have finally gotten around to downloading the Patti Smith hosted discussions on Dylan that were released by Legacy (aka Sony) in 2008. I'm looking forward to hearing them.

You can get them in 19 part chunks HERE.

See you in two weeks.

Ciao!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Wanda Jackson...

... the next time someone asks you to name a great singer, say Wanda:

Sunday, July 19, 2009

I Took A Trip To The Middle Of The Road...

I grew up with AM radio (& later FM) and had a snobbish attitude to it's playlist. However, 20years later, Mrs. Nicodemus mentioned some of these acts in passing and I suddenly got a longing to hear the artists that used to be played.

With this in mind I bought 3 albums. These were all greatest hits compilations. The acts were The Carpenters, The Eagles and Fleetwood Mac.

I played them back-to-back this evening and quite enjoyed most of the, well-crafted, songs. It was (mostly) a pleasant listen, but, what I was most surprised at, was the fact that I knew almost all the lyrics, the hooks, the intonations. Obviously I wasn't doing a good job avoiding the music back then.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Levon Helm: Tennessee Jed...

Got delivery of Levon's new album ELECTRIC DIRT to-day.

Here he is playing the opening track on Lettermen:

Monday, July 13, 2009

Photo-Stills of Hitchcock's Cameos...

It's the type of thing the internet is for.


Click HERE (from EMPIRE magazine).

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Upcoming Treats...

I'm heading to two shows over the next ten days. First up is Bruce Springsteen at the RDS this Saturday, and then the one I'm REALLY excited about, my first ever Leonard Cohen gig, which is at the O2 in Dublin on Sunday 19JUL09.

I'm also waiting on delivery of two new albums that I'm looking forward to hearing. These are The Duke & The King's NOTHING GOLD CAN STAY and Levon Helm's ELECTRIC DIRT.

Then it's off to sunny Italy on 25JUL09 for no gigs whatsoever. Maybe I'll get an invite to one of their Prime Minister's famous parties!

Saturday, July 4, 2009

List Of Dylan Albums I Don't Own...

I have most of Dylan's official albums (and a few unofficial ones!), however, I am not a completist and have not bothered with the following:

GREATEST HITS (1967)
AT BUDOKAN (1979)
DYLAN & THE DEAD (1988)
THE 30th ANNIVERSARY CONCERT CELEBRATION (1993)
THE BEST OF (2005)
DYLAN (2007).

Thursday, July 2, 2009

It's The Stupid Economy...

This report in yesterday's Irish Independent states that buying a house now is great value. Seemingly first-time buyers can get the best value in 13 years right now with repayments being a lot lower percentage of their income than previously.
In another report consumer confidence reached a 14 month high.

The price of crude oil was €147 a barrel last summer; it's around half that now.

Also credit card accounts are getting healthier as people start paying off debts instead of accruing even more.

All these stories are occuring during the worst recesssion in years.

When we were in the boom-times, we used to lament the excessive cost of buying a house, the high price of fuel and the madcap way we as individuals were owing huge sums on our credit cards.

So the bottom line is a) having houses that are priced out of your reach, b) expensive oil and c) being in loads of debt to credit card companies are the definition of good times.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Apt Ad Men Poem..

MAD MEN Season2 (the best drama series on television) finished on RTE1 last night and to-night I stumbled across a poem on the times website about Ad Men. Here it is:

Attack on the Ad-Man

This trumpeter of nothingness, employed
To keep our reason dull and null and void,
This man of wind and froth and flux will sell
The wares of any who reward him well.
Praising whatever he is paid to praise,
He hunts for ever-newer, smarter ways
To make the gilt seem gold; the shoddy silk;
To cheat us legally; to bluff and bilk
By methods which no jury can prevent
Because the law’s not broken, only bent.

This mind for hire, this mental prostitute
Can tell the half-lie hardest to refute;
Knows how to hide an inconvenient fact
And when to leave a doubtful claim unbacked;
Manipulates the truth but not too much,
And, if his patter needs the Human Touch,
Skilfully artless, artfully naïve,
Wears his convenient heart upon his sleeve.

He uses words that once were strong and fine,
Primal as sun and moon and bread and wine,
True, honourable, honoured, clear and clean,
And leaves them shabby, worn, diminished, mean.
He takes ideas and trains them to engage
In the long little wars big combines wage.
He keeps his logic loose, his feelings flimsy;
Turns eloquence to cant and wit to whimsy;
Trims language till it fits his client’s pattern
And style’s a glossy tart or limping slattern.

He studies our defences, finds the cracks
And, where the wall is weak or warn, attacks.
He finds the fear that’s deep, the wound that’s tender,
And, mastered, outmanoeuvred, we surrender.
We who have tried to choose accept his choice
And tired succumb to his untiring voice.
The dripping tap makes even granite soften.
We trust the brand-name we have heard so often
And join the queue of sheep that flock to buy:
We fools who know our folly, you and I.



A. S. J. TESSIMOND (1962)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

A Nice Pear...


I have been giving the new Bulmers (Magners in the U.K) Pear Cider a try to-night.

It's a pretty tasty drink but I'd be hard pressed to knock back a lot of them as it's a bit too sweet for my taste buds; but I'll try can 4 and see how it goes.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

So Take Heed, Take Heed Of The Western Wind...

Liamy MacNally, one of my Dylan fellow-travellers, wrote a piece about the recent Dylan visit to these shores in his column for The Mayo News awhile back.

You can read it HERE.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Underneath The Sky Of Blue...

One of the earliest Dylan albums that I remember hearing was NEW MORNING. It's considered a pretty minor work in the Dylan catalogue but I love it. It contains some great songs and I still think it stands up to-day.

I recently bought the new re-mastered cd version of it and played it in my car coming into work this evening. It sounded fantastic and the weather was glorious.

Every song is on youtube. Here's the title track:

Trailer for Whatever Works...

The upcoming new Woody Allen film starring Larry David:

End Times For The Newspaper by The Daily Show...

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
End Times
thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorJason Jones in Iran


Surely Not! (I'm just surprised that the NEW YORK TIMES let Jason Jones in).

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Morning Ireland Goes Visual & Nightly News With Vincent Browne Beats Prime Time...

The ratings-topping current affairs show Morning Ireland (on RTE Radio One) has recently employed a web cam to allow listeners to become viewers. Whilst I foolishly dismissed this idea as unnecessary and thought it would add nothing to the show I have to admit I was wrong. The visuals have enhanced the listening experience and it is now the only way we catch the show at home. [The only downside is that it takes up more of your time].

It can be watched every weekday morning HERE.

On the subject of current affairs, albeit on a different medium, a different outlet and at the far end of the day, the TV3 show NIGHTLY NEWS WITH VINCENT BROWNE has improved greatly this year (Monday - Thursday:11pm). I find it far more interesting, fresher and, yes, more entertaining than its richer and stale elder brother PRIME TIME on RTE1. Recent example HERE.

So there you are: a radio show that is better with visuals; and TV3 has made an excellent programme. Its good to have your preconceptions shook up once in a while!

Friday, June 19, 2009

The Felice Brothers Return...

Whilst listening to the depressing news of another imminent Lisbon Treaty Referendum Re-Run RavishingRickRude texted that The Felice Brothers are returning to Dublin on Sunday 18OCT09. Needless to say, I hope to make it.

Full details of their European tour is available on their myspace website.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Leonard Cohen Night...

This Friday night (19JUN09) BBC4 are showing a series of programmes about everyone's favourite Canadian. Should be worth a look.

Full schedule HERE.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Some Nick Lowe Songs...

All Men Are Liars:

"do you remember Rick Astley..."





This is his song about a half man/half boy:

Raglan Road by Patrick Kavanagh...

Whilst listening to the Clearance Sale show from Theme Time Radio Hour the DJ played Raglan Road by Van Morrison & The Chieftans.

This poem has been a favourite of mine even though I'm not a big poetry appreciator. It was made into a song, set to the tune of "Dawning Of The Day" but I don't think that makes it better than simply reading it off the page.

Anyway, here it is sung by Mark Knopfler (use of the Van version has been forbidden by Mr. Morrison's people):



Click HERE to read it.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Yet Another New QPR Manager

Can't say I'm excited. This from the BBC website:

"Queens Park Rangers have appointed former Ipswich boss Jim Magilton as their new manager.

The 40-year-old former Northern Ireland international, who left Portman Road in April, has signed a two-year deal at Loftus Road.

He told the club's website: "I'm really looking to the challenge of managing this great football club.

"The board are highly ambitious but they are very realistic, I have huge ambitions to achieve though."

Magilton took Ipswich to 14th in the Championship table in his first season and eighth last term but was sacked in April after failing to secure a play-off spot.

The Tractor Boys finished the season in ninth place and 12 points off the play-off zone and Magilton was soon replaced by Roy Keane.

QPR took 11th spot in the Championship this season, five points behind Magilton's former club.

Magilton added: "Our aim is to keep progressing, year after year.


"There is a very strong group of players and with one or two additions we can expect to drastically improve on the 11th place finish secured last season."

Magilton will be the Flavio Briatore-led board's fifth manager since they took over in August 2007 (with two caretakers: Mick Harford and Gareth Ainsworth) and QPR's seventh in three-and-a-half years.

Under Briatore, John Gregory was sacked, Luigi De Canio left for personal reasons, Iain Dowie was sacked and Paulo Sousa had his contract terminated in April.

Rangers chairman Briatore said: "We had an incredibly high number of applicants, but Jim was the stand-out candidate for the role.

"We (the board) sat down with him on four separate occasions to discuss our goals and ambitions and he has really impressed myself, co-owners Bernie Ecclestone and Lakshmi Mittal and vice-chairman Amit Bhatia with his knowledge, understanding and passion for football."

Magilton's assistant manager is expected to be appointed in the next few weeks."


People are already wondering how long he will last!

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Cowen or Brown...




Who goes first? Too close to call!

I Think I Just Heard The Album Of The Year...

...and it's The Liberty Of Norton Folgate by MADNESS:



It's a concept album and the concept is dear ol' London town. There's no filler; every track is enjoyable; and the pièce de résistance is the title track. It is like a ten minute Brechtian piece.

There's still 6 months left but it'll take some beating.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

DylanRadio...

Click HERE for Dylan-centric related music.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Ronnie Wood, 62 To-day...

Happy Birthday, wherever you are...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

FC Barcelona Do It With Style...

Just seen a beautiful, stylish display by a Barcelona side that strolled to win the UEFA Champions League against a hapless Manchester United on tv.

However, the worrying thing for every other team in The Premiership is that Manchester United are (by far) the best team in the English league.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Toon Many Managers...

I was watching the last-day-of-season Match Of The Day on BBC1 earlier.

It was all about the relegation battle and, in the shake up, Newcastle lost out (it made sense, they were very poor). But what I had totally forgotten was that Kevin Keegan was their manager at the start of the season.

They have had so many different people in charge over the last nine months that I thought it must have been far longer since KK was at the helm.

Anyway, West Brom, Middlesbro' and Newcastle... welcome to my world.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Levon Helm...

Levon Helm, God bless him, has a new album coming out called Electric Dirt.

Here's a short film he made inspired by his last album Dirt Farmer (great music contained within):

The Good Old Days...

After viewing, hearing and reading about the findings of the Ryan Commission of systemic child abuse in the Industrial schools and orphanages of Ireland (example here) I sure don't want to hear about the "good old days" again.

One of the things it does prove is the need for media to bring these ugly things to the public attention; because the powers-that-be sure can't be trusted to do so.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

The Duke & The King...

Simone Felice has recorded a new album in a sideline band called The Duke & the King (click here).

A song is on youtube (click here).

The home page is here (HERE contains the reasons Simone doesn't play with his brothers regularly anymore.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Fox News Really Dislike Obama...

This is hilarious only for the following fact:

A sizeable amount of people get all their views from Fox News. That thought is just too disturbing.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Political Sleaze....

Reading all the stories around Europe about political shenanigans, whether it be in the U.K. Italy or France, just brings home to me that we in Ireland are no worse nor better than any of them.

There is always an attitude here that corruption is somehow worse in these parts than in other places but in reality all politics involves grubbiness and the bending of principles to a large degree.

Ireland is a lot smaller than these countries and that does highlight it's own parochialness but essentially none of us have a monopoly on corruptness, nor integrity.

On a related matter, I hereby predict that Fianna Fail will not have one MEP after the European elections. The loosing of the two by-elections (for the Dail) already seems a foregone conclusion. I'll be expecting terms like "massacre" and "wipe out" after the local elections also.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Album Review Time...



ALBUM: Yonder Is The Clock

ARTIST: The Felice Brothers


First the bad news: this is not a slick production job. Second the good news: this is not a slick production job. The Felice Brothers have the the kind of organic rock'n'roll appeal that last struck me when I first heard The Band. Stop jeering, I'm serious. Lyrics, music and attitude that dovetail into the noise that these boys make is a rare thing... and it should be celebrated. Let's get down to business: there are 13 songs, and while two are just the boys having fun, and maybe three are songs to dance to, the rest are just incredibly good. From what I've seen and heard of these guys I'm torn between wanting them to be widely celebrated and wanting them to keep on, keeping on the way they are. The Felice Brothers don't seem to care either way. I much prefer that attitude.

Download HERE.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

My Three Dylan Shows...

The Bob Dylan European 2009 Tour came to an end in Dublin to-night and, by all the accounts I have heard, it was a great show. Sadly, due to work, I was not there but I was at the previous three shows at Glasgow, Edinburgh & Dublin (1st night):

Stirring up the ghosts of the old blues men, there is something spiritual going on at these performances that I can only flounder at explaining: but it's there in that voice, the hammering of the keyboard, the stabbing of the guitar and in the blasts of air through the harp.

Every night I saw him, Dylan was totally into sound that he and his band were making. The previous night's show was forgotten and the next one wasn't even on the horizon. Each night is a separate entity. Sure, some nights work better than others, but the "here and now" is what matters. No previous recordings, no previous versions, no previous accolades count. Only concerned with the job-in-hand.

Throwing funny shapes and walking around like a stringed puppet being operated by a child, Dylan is also entertaining from a visual point of view. His riverboat gambler attire and impressive collection of broad rimmed hats all add to the old timey feeling that we're experiencing. The band circle around him following his moves and the interaction amongst them all was good.

The choice of songs changed fundamentally every night within a frame-work of rocking 12-bar blues numbers, folk, rollicking rock'n'roll, ballads and Dylan epics. Loving the old stuff, whilst dying to hear a new one.

I could go on about how Edinburgh was my favourite show of the three, and how The Ballad Of Hollis Brown (Glasgow), I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (Edinburgh) and If You Ever Go To Huston (Dublin) were moments that will stay with me for a long time and how sorry I was to miss his last Dublin show.....but I won't.

Suffice to say I can't wait to see him again.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Dylan Tour...

I arrived back last night from attending the two Scottish Dylan shows. Had to get up early this morning for work (feeling mighty tired as I type). Then it's off for my third and final Bob Bash in Dublin to-night. Hope to have a piece written up about all three over the coming days.

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Support Your Own Team...



I've been hearing numerous stories about people, born and bred in Leinster, supporting Munster in this weekend's Heineken Cup Semi Final. What is that about? Are they just cheering the most successful team? Is there more fun following Munster? Shouldn't be allowed, I say.

By the way, I haven't heard of any defections the other way around.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Album Review...


Album: Together Through Life, Artist: Bob Dylan.

It sounds good, feels good and it swings; but this is a lightweight collection of songs. There is little that is lyrically interesting and most of the tunes and melodies have been heard before. The back-to-back songs "Shake, Shake Mama" and "Feel A Change Coming On" provide the best moments. I also have to say that the addition of accordion is a plus and gives the cd it's signature sound. So, overall, an enjoyable listen but it won't demand your attention.

By the way, this album along with "Love & Theft" and Modern Times form a more likely trilogy than the Time Out Of Mind/"Love & Theft"/Modern Times suggestions ever did.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bob Dylan Divides Opinion in London's O2...

I've always been intrigued at the wide variety of views after a Dylan show. Last night's London show seems as polarising as always:

One report HERE.

and another eye-witness account HERE.

Both agree on the chaos of traffic arrangements though.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

Good Music Overload...

It's been a busy few days for me music-wise.

Earlier this week I took delivery of the new Felice Brother's cd YONDER IS THE CLOCK (more stompin' stuff from the siblings).

Last night I went to the FOCUS GROUP's cd single (Bits & Bobs) launch in The Bailey (Enniscorthy). The tables were all bedecked with party paper plates upon which were a fine selection of sweets, jelly-babies and chocolate rice-krispie buns. The performance by the lads was just as sweet. Best gig yet by the South-East wonders.

Then this morning I rushed off to my local independent record store and picked up the new Dylan cd TOGETHER THROUGH LIFE. My first impression was this: "Nice 'swing' feel to the new album. Nothing startling in the lyrics, that I have noticed so far, but sounds good.
A 'happier' album than Modern Times. Lots of lovey-dovey stuff."

I'll probably put up more detailed reviews of these albums after I've heard them a few more times.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

RTÉ and Keane-O...

What is it about RTÉ and it's fascination with Roy Keane?

On to-night's Six-One News the appointment of Keane to the managers job at Ipswich got mentioned three times! They even sent their London Correspondent (Brian O'Connell) to Ipswich to cover the story (this was before it appeared in the actual sports news section).

Another former Ireland Captain, Mick McCarthy, managed Wolves to promotion last weekend but didn't get a tenth of this coverage.

Man-Bags...

... I was in Manhattan recently and I wore a man-bag. But I still don't think I would ever wear one in my hometown.

Here I am in Central Park thinking about it:

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Irish Politicians' Chutzpah...

The trickling of stories of Irish politicians resistance to any cuts in their income grows more depressing by the news hour. The latest story involves the (apparently straightforward) culling of minor ministerial posts. It now appears that each of the TDs relieved of their duties will get a parachute payment of €53,000 (click HERE for details). They, of course, continue to draw their €100,000 salary plus expenses etc. etc. etc.

I'm not sure if it's a case of "Detachment from reality" or "grab the money while you can". Probably both.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Curb Your Enthusiasm with added Seinfeld...

It looks like filming of the new series of CYE is moving apace with the ex-stars of Seinfeld featuring in "multi-episodes".

Click HERE.

History Of The Bootleg...

Interesting BBC RADIO4 programme detailing the history of bootleg recordings, written & presented by David Hepworth.

Plenty of humerous stories too, not least the bit at around 39mins with Mrs. Yoko Ono Lennon.

Click HERE to listen.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Dylan's Favourite Songwriters...

... as a slideshow.

From the Huffington Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/04/15/bob-dylan-reveals-his-fav_n_187354.html

Interestingly Dylan's new album was co-written with Robert Hunter. This makes me a little worried as the last time he worked with Hunter was on the disappointing DOWN IN THE GROOVE album. But I live in hope.

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Friday, April 10, 2009

Good Friday...

Since I started working (in 1989 YIKES!) I've never had Good Friday off. It's always been a working day for me. I've never minded this because it's a pretty much "do nothing" type of day.

However, one album I always like playing on Good Friday is SAVED by Bob Dylan. It just suits the day perfectly. All the tracks are available on youtube. Here's one of them:

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Bertie Gains A Free Seat For Life...

The FAI have given the man who was the head of the Irish government for the last number of years, a free seat for life in the new Aviva Stadium, i.e. Landsdowne Road.

Now, Mr. Ahern could well afford to buy one of those long-term tickets that are constantly advertised these days (unlike most of us).

As a small token of his place in our economic downfall, I wonder will he give this seat up to a charity to raise money before every home game?

Sound And Vision...

Watched the old (1935) Hitchcock film THE 39 STEPS to-night, for the first time since I was about 14, and realised that it is the blueprint for every light-hearted chase movie that has been made since; and apart from some (slightly) more believable storylines in the genre in later years, it hasn't really been improved on.

Also got a chance, at last , to watch the Scorsese film of The Rolling Stones that was called SHINE A LIGHT. Whilst I did enjoy it I left slightly dissapointed by a) the song selection (too many "weak" tracks) and b) not enough insightful interviews.

Still far better than anything that was on the telly though, apart from the ever excellent MAD MEN.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Bad Bank For Toxic Debts In Ireland...

We've all been hit hard in the "supplementary budget" here in Ireland but the most interesting thing in it was the creation of a state agency to take over the bad debts of the main commercial banks. Therefore, allowing them to return to "normal" lending.

This has been mooted in many countries across the globe but none of them have gone for it so far. Ireland is the first to do it.

The rest of the world will be watching with great interest to see how this gamble pays off.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Antici------pation...

Waiting to hear a new album from a favourite artist is always an exciting but unnerving time. Will it be great? Will I be disappointed? Do I like this?

This month I've got two coming down the track that I've been looking forward to:

The Felice Brothers' "Yonder Is The Clock" and Bob Dylan's "Together Through Life".

I've recently bought the Leonard Cohen Live In London 2Cd which on first listen sounds great. However, I have not given it my full attention as I'm still going thru' my Nick Lowe phase with "Jesus Of Cool" and the latest best of "Quiet Please" getting constant playback on any device I can find that'll play 'em.

Friday, April 3, 2009

The Grand National...

I'm not really a fan of following the gee-gee's but always try to have a punt on the big races, especially the Aintree Grand National. It's the most exciting race there is (if your horse stays up!!)

This year I'm going for BIG FELLA THANKS with ZABENZ being my outside choice.

The race is at 16:15 to-morrow.

Monday, March 30, 2009

The man that keeps on giving...

... I'm presently listening to the SUGAR AND CANDY show from Theme Time Radio Hour and it's an absolute treat (records played are listed HERE).

Amazingly, Bob Dylan has been providing (public) entertainment for over 48yrs now, in various guises: And I still find it amazing that he keeps me entertained 26years after first hearing him. Naturally, everything he has has done has not been top-notch but he's had a far better strike-rate over a long period of time than anybody else. Plus he keeps on touring and "putting himself out there" with varying set-lists every night, with bugger-all props.

He can't do small talk on stage; and he never could master the medium of television but...that's ok.

Peace Out.

Beyond Here Lies Nothin'...

... Free (official) mp3 of a track from the forthcoming new Dylan album is available to download by going HERE.

Kinda Los Lobos/Mexicana/Accordion/Ry Cooder type thingy.

Sounds good, methinks.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

last.fm to charge for streaming music...

I'm not sure if last.fm are trying to loose out to SPOTIFY but now they are introducing a €3/month fee to users outside the U.K, U.S.A and Germany. See the BBC news story below:


http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/technology/7963812.stm

Q. What do you get if you put lights on sheep?

A. Art

Friday, March 27, 2009

Stompin' At The Savoy...

Look here for the RTÉ ONE O'CLOCK NEWS report of Friday's Bank of Ireland shareholders meeting at the Savoy Cinema, Dublin (then click on the camera icon).

Eloquent questions from the floor that highlight the difference between this sort of "spontaneous" questioning and the more controlled atmosphere afforded to media people.

Of course, bugger all answers given as to why the exact same people (more or less) are still in charge of BoI that got the company into this mess in the first place.

God knows what's coming up in next month's budget for the rest of us!!

Monday, March 23, 2009

(Almost) Glory Days..

Nick Lowe...


Nick Lowe was always a guy, that for years, I was meaning to buy an album from but never got around to.

But that was only until I bought the re-issued cd of his acclaimed album JESUS OF COOL, a few months back, which I fell in love with in a head-over-heels way.

He now has a (2CD + DVD) career retrospective out and its called QUIET PLEASE... and it really is great stuff.

So, if you like your popular music packed with slick lyrics and catchy tunes, it's available (at great value) direct from the label by clicking PROPER-RECORDS.CO.UK.

You won't regret it. And if you don't believe me, here's Canada's favourite son Kid Jensen introducing him when he was in Rockpile:

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Grand Slam!

You just can't beat live sport for testing your nerves while sitting in your front room.

I was watching the Wales v Ireland game this evening and was "in a heap" by the time the final whistle was blown.

Without going into a detailed account of the game (you can read that in to-morrow's papers) my emotions went from excitement, frustration, worry, confidence, admiration, anger to despair then jubilation. Of course, by the time O'Driscoll lifted the trophy I needed to reach for the Kleenex (due to a cold coming on, you understand.

61 years since we last won a Grand Slam and I would have hated to miss it; but, boy, it ain't easy viewing.

The Answer My Friend...

Dylan as neighbour: Got a good laugh out of this to-night:


Saturday, March 14, 2009

Manhattan...

I'm off with Mrs. Nicodemus to New York for a few days this weekend which reminds me of my favourite film opening sequence ever:

Friday, March 13, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

No More Q & A...

I see here that RTE have cancelled their Questions & Answers show. [This was basically a copy of the BBC's Question Time].

I can't say I'm bothered as I stopped watching this a long time ago because it had the air of being a very staged set-up. Despite all protestations from the programme makers to the contrary, it was obvious to me that the audience was packed with stooges from various political parties and interest groups and that the questions were all pre-approved.

Indeed, even if a question was not to the liking of the panel, or the host, it was always shoe-horned to suit them. Therefore, the guests just said what they wanted to say regardless.

It seemed like a good idea to have politicians and public figures exposed to the "ordinary peolpe" but like a lot of good theories it didn't happen that way in practice.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

While we're waiting for the new album

Just saw the universally acclaimed Fleet Foxes on The Culture Show. The (still little known) Felice Brothers are a lot more up my alley.



(thanks to Jim)



Lyrics HERE.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Film Tip...


One of the best thrillers from recent times is Sexy Beast.

HERE is the first 11minutes from it. I think the whole film is actually available in eight segments on youtube. If you are going to watch it, look out for a blistering turn by Ben Kingsley.

WARNING: your language might disimprove after viewing!!!

Friday, March 6, 2009

And Another Album Review...



Hunky Dory - David Bowie:

At last Bowie found his sound on this Wildean, fey, bi-curious album. It's
all about a young man living away from home and writing songs about
freedom, growing, learning, reading and reminiscing. Bowie has never been
the warmest of writers, what with his habit of building (and hiding behind)
characters; but here, uniquely, you can read his thought-dreams. And, of
course, the cream on the strawberry is the contribution of Mick Ronson.



You can download HERE.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Slip Slidin' Away...


Another disappointing season for Q.P.R. looks on the cards.

After looking like play-off contenders at the turn of year The "R"'s are now in eleventh place in The Championship, 8 points off sixth place and just 11 points off the relegation spot!

There are already rumours that new manager, Sousa, is under pressure.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Everyone's watching Current Affairs...

Since the recession the viewing figures have gone thru' the roof for news and current affairs programmes (The Sunday Times story here).

And I suppose, with more redundancies being announced every day, it's only a matter of time before daytime tv is re-classified as prime time :-(

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Felice Brothers Album...

... Yonder Is The Clock is out on 07APR09.

Click here and listen to a track here.

Pre-Bob Show Session 06MAY09...

Sadly, I can't make it but I found this on ISIS:

"

Pre-gig Musical Get Together, Dublin, May 6, 2009

On May 5 and May 6, 2009 Bob Dylan appears at the O2 Arena, (formerly The Point Depot) in Dublin. If you are looking for somewhere to meet like-minded Dylan fans during the day on Wednesday May 6 before the gig then look no further … long time ISIS subscriber John Roberts has organised a gathering at “The Scene“, a great venue bar in the centre of Dublin, in Stephens Green.



Kent Duchaine, a Minnesota Blues Minstrel, will perform during the daytime get together. Kent, who has backed blues greats such as Hubert Sumlin, Boogie Woogie Red, Luther Tucker, and Eddie Burns, has also opened for Bukka White and shared the bill with Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker and Howling Wolf.



The gathering starts at 12 noon at ‘The Scene’, South Kings St, Stephens Green, Dublin 2, on the corner, below Dunnes Stores. All this and one of the best pints of Guinness in Ireland too! Admission is just 5 Euros, payable on the door.



For further information email John Roberts on spiderpromos@aol.com or Pat Cannon at The Scene on patcannonn@yahoo.co.uk.

"

Thursday, February 26, 2009

New Drink spotted...



Picked up a can of a new drink in the offy to-night. It's a concoction of Jim Beam bourbon and Cola. It's actually less strong than you'd think, coming in at just Alc. 4.6% Vol., which is less than some lagers.

I'm not a whiskey drinker but I thought I'd give it a shot, no pun intended. I'm still not a fan of whiskey but I'm glad I tried it. Now, where's me beer...

I Couldn't Go With The Flo...

Ahh damn it.. here's more from the new Flight Of The Conchords' series:

How many Presidents does it take to change a light-bulb?

This blog's favourite local band, The Focus Group, have made a new video. Let's celebrate...

Friday, February 20, 2009

The Ice-Cream Man Cometh...

While I was reading the paper, I just heard the chimes of our local ice-cream man coming into the estate.

It's not even March yet and two weeks ago it was snowing.

Woody's Latest...


Made my annual Woody Allen visit to the cinema earlier and enjoyed his latest, Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

I'm not saying it was an "Annie Hall" but it was a heck of a lot better than last year's effort, Cassandra's Dream.

The story was good, the acting was top notch and Spain looked lovely.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

The BRITS 2009...

I've just watched The Brits on tv and it was poor.

Boring, with lots of the performances mimed, and all topped off with a fairly insipid finishing medley by "lifetime achievement" winners Pet Shop Boys (honourable discharge to Brandon Flowers).

The best performance was by Coldplay, and I'm not even a fan.

Too Many Mans...

Flight Of The Conchords Series2 with Jemaine & Bret is coming soon.

Here's a new number in advance that'll get ya dancin':

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Killers' Hat-Trick...


My favourite pop band of these modern times is The Killers.

I loved HOT FUSS and the follow-up SAM'S TOWN; and now I'm digging DAY & AGE. All are packed with catchy tunes delivered with just the right amount of swagger.

Spaceman, the second single from that new album is out now, and it's pop perfect!

They have their own youtube channel which covers a heck of a lot of their stuff.

You can access it HERE if you want a taste.

Meanwhile, from their "odds and ends" album, SAWDUST, here's their cover of the Dire Straits song ROMEO & JULIET:

Suddenly Spring Has Sprung...

I was driving home from work this morning heading down along the east coast of Ireland under a glorious sky, with the Irish Sea glistening in the distance. Just last week it was dark, and threatening to snow.


It's always amazing the way seasons come in so quickly. I do believe I'd be unhappy in a country that didn't do this sort of thing.

Sadly, I was unable to take a photograph.

Monday, February 16, 2009

What a Banker Part 3...


Seanie F was called to the explain his creative transactions to the Economic and Regulatory Affairs Committee to-morrow but has declined to come along for the chat (see here).

Not so long ago he was willing to talk all about what was best for the economy.

Previous posts HERE & HERE.

Sing-A-Long...

... if you dare:

New Dylan Album Out In April...

... I haven't read this anywhere else, so I thought I'd post it HERE.

Meanwhile, here's Dylan's most bizarre official video ever (well, you try to figure out what's going on):

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Best Looking Show On Television...

Mad Men returns on BBC4 to-night, for series2, at 10pm.

It's sumptuous sets, classy clothes and ,oh so, politically incorrect characters make this one of the most enjoyable series on modern TV.

For this series it has jumped two years to 1962 and the times they are-a changin' at an even faster pace.

Can't wait.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Springsteen and the Superbowl...

I stayed up late last Sunday night and caught The E-Street Band's 12minute Superbowl half-time show.

Bruce made a great impact in so short a time (the music was pre-recorded but the vocals weren't).

Here's the first 4mins (you can find the rest on youtube also):

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Full length Dylan ad-break...

Check out the Coronantion Street ad break on 16FEB09

Click HERE for the details.

(thanks to Fred for the link)

Monday, February 2, 2009

It snowed to-day...

Here I am in my garden to prove it:

Sunday, February 1, 2009

Best Music on Irish Radio...

The best music programme on radio is hidden away deep in the schedule.

It's called "Weekend On One" with Donal Broughan.

It goes out every Saturday on RTE Radio One from 6am to 8am !!!

For weekdays at this time, when there is a far bigger listenership, we get Maxi(!)

Unbelievable.

Recession Music Part 1...

Here's a rollicking number: The Band with Ain't Got No Home (I couldn't find the Clarence Frogman Henry original):

Friday, January 30, 2009

Bruce Ticket Queue...

It took 23minutes in a queue on ticketmaster.ie but I got me some tickets for Dublin 11JUL09.

It was stressful but is there a better way of selling a "hot" ticket?

edit: just noticed that Bruce is providing the Superbowl half-time entertainment this Sunday.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Another Album Review...

My review of Deserter's Songs by Mercury Rev has made it onto this week's The WORD/7digital Download Store.

You can find/download it HERE until next Thursday.

The full text will be here for a bit longer:

"
Word Reader Pick
Mercury Rev
Deserter's Songs

Holed up in the Catskills, after coming through some pretty bad personal "issues", is where Mercury Rev made their masterpiece. This album is somehow etheral, somehow earthy, somehow orchestral, somehow rollicking, yet always manificent. Using a wide array of instruments, from woodwind to mellotrons to Wurlitzer organs to a saw(!), the band drew up all the ghosts of American folk, psychedelia and stompin' rock 'n' roll to create music that sweeps, soars and stumbles. It's not important that Garth Hudson & Levon Helm played on two of the tracks but it does seem right that they are here. Mercury Rev were never better but, then again, few bands are. "

John Martyn R.I.P.

Singer/songwriter John Martyn died to-day.

I don't know an awful lot of his stuff but I always liked this one: