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.