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 to charge for streaming music...

I'm not sure if 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:

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


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 or Pat Cannon at The Scene on