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.