Friday, January 30, 2009

Bruce Ticket Queue...

It took 23minutes in a queue on 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:

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Can I have a result please...

Watched Jeff Stelling on Countdown for the first time yesterday. He did a good job but I kept expecting him to give me the latest score from Hartlepool!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Bruce is back...

Bruce Springsteen is back in Europe in the summer.

If I'm lucky next Friday morning, I should be able to get tickets for myself and Mrs. Nicodemus for the Dublin show on 11JUL09.

Details here.

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Most listened to...

Here are the acts I've listened to most on my home computer (as captured by

For full list click HERE.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Undertones...

The Undertones came on while I was on "random" mode on my mp3 player and it reminded me of the great singles they have put out.

Here's just a few of them (all well under 3minutes):

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Tony Hart R.I.P.

Another memory from childhood.

Remember the theme music?

Snooker Loopy...

Presently watching the live final of the British Masters on BBC2 and something is missing.

Here is the answer.

That the BBC can "demote" the husky tones of Clive Everton is, indeed, a sad thing.

Here he is talking recently about reported match fixing in the game (specifically Jamie Burnett's 9-3 loss to Stephen Maguire at the UK Championship):

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Beating Around The Bush...

So, the George W. Bush era comes to an end.

I really don't need to go into how miserable it was, but what I was always amazed at, was how the guy could not speak coherently without the help of a prompter (and even that was no guarantee). He was generally regarded as a skilled politician before he was president but how did he get away with a life in politics, for so long in his career, without the power of articulation?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

What'll You Be Listening To When You're 82?


Oldest Rocker In Town

The Wire: Final Episode...

I've finally made it thru' all 5 seasons of The Wire, bar the last episode, which I am saving for this weekend.

It's been a hell of a series and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

Now, I should be able to catch up on all those Theme Time Radio Hour shows.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Channel4 Catch-Up...

A great service from is their free catch-up and 4-on-demand service. This is the same idea as the BBCiplayer but unlike the BBC version, I can view the Channel4 stuff here in Ireland.

I'm presently watching the very good religious documentary Christianity: A History here. The interesting thing about episode one, which was expertly presented by Howard Jacobsen, was the assumption that a lot of Christians don't realise that Jesus was a practising Jew. Surely this assumption is incorrect?

Anyway, another thing this is useful for is watching Channel4 even if you presently can't receive it thru' your tv.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

How did they ever get any work done?

I've been reading about the exploits of Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, Richard Harris & Oliver Reed in the book HELLRAISERS.

Apart from all the mad stories, and the totally un-gentlemanly behaviour, what really shines through is how much they lived life to the full, especially in their youth, whilst earning vast sums of money for doing a job that came easy to them.

It'd really stop you boasting about a night out, if you were ever inclined to do so, after reading about these lads.

Of course, nowadays we get actors checking themselves into clinics if they develop a liking for headache medicine, and then go onto Oprah to talk all about it.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Kevin Rowland Said, Not to-night...

I was at the great Dexys' gig in Vicar Street a few years back. During it, the crowd tried to get the band to do Jackie Wilson Said. Now youtube have the clip, thanks to regular reader RavishingRickRude, posting it onto their site:

Thursday, January 1, 2009

Thought you had an embarrasing night last night?

Well, thank God you aren't famous.

Here's Paul Weller in Prague.


Happy New Year...