Friday, April 30, 2010

Dr. Dog - Shadow People...

,,, another track from one of my new 3 favourite albums (see earlier post):

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Jakob Dylan: Nothing But The Whole Wide World...

Channel4 News...

Channel4 News has been the number one choice of U.K. & international news for me for a long time. It's quite different than the rest of the U.K. news programmes. To-day, when Gordon Brown's BigotGate story broke, is a good time to show them in action:

1st the whole incident in one minute:

Click HERE.

Then their sign-off at the end of their main news at 7pm:

Click HERE.

Of course, this is a slight story that fits on my blog quite easily, but their unique independent covering of news (both well known and less so) on their tv and website really is to be admired.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Got Any Spare Coppers For The Coppers?

I actually thought I was hallucinating when I heard Mr P.J. Stone of the Garda Representation Association demand that serving Gardai be "allowed to take part-time jobs" as barmen and as security men on their days off from the force (click HERE). He also stated that there is a good chance that Gardai will become corrupt if asked to live on their present wages alone.

Apart from the fact that I've never seen a poor Garda and have witnessed them being treated like privileged people getting into nightclubs for free, getting free drinks in pubs and generally being (cough!) looked after in the local community, do they really think they should be first in the queue for these jobs, that could be a genuine life-line to more deserving people? As regards to becoming "vulnerable to corruption" if they are not allowed take these jobs, well Mr. Stone if they would become vulnerable to corruption, for this reason, they probably already are. I mean a part-time barman's wages isn't going to do much about that.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

3 really good new albums...

I've been lucky enough to come across three new cds are that really very good.

The first When The Devil's Loose is by A.A. Bondy;

the second is by Dr. Dog and it's called Shame, Shame;

whilst the third one is Women & Country by Jakob Dylan.

You can get pre-listen to samples of these on youtube and on other parts of the web if you want to see if they float your boat (and if you don't trust me !).

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Popular British/Irish Politicians...

Listening to the fact that Nick Clegg & Eamon Gilmore are topping the polls got me thinking.

There is a similar trend in politics in the U.K & Ireland and it's this: if you haven't had power, and you say the right things, you do well in the polls. There is nothing particularly new in this but it's always worth remembering.

In the meantime the (senior) civil servants rumble along & run the (respective) country regardless.

However, it's not totally un-democratic as they are swayed greatly by the perception of the media. So, the next time you expect your news information to be free, please remember it's right to pay for it. Otherwise, the power-mongers will have free reign themselves.

It's up to you which news source to pay for, of course.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Crystal Swing Go Stateside...

There's just no stopping this juggernaut:

Click HERE.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

John Prine Tribute Album...

Some cool, groovy artists have been assembled to do a tribute album of John Prine songs.

About time.

Click HERE for some early details (not released until June 2010).

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Jakob Dylan Performance...

Went to buy JD's new cd Women & Country to-day in HMV in Dundrum S.C but was told it ain't out here until next week. In the meantime this'll have to do:

http://online.wsj.com/video/jakob-dylan-performs-everybody-hurting/C54215CD-3142-41EF-8217-9D2A8C4C426B.html

Friday, April 2, 2010

The Spirit Store in "Best Small Music Venues" list...

Duke Special has written a little piece, in The Guardian's list of "best small music venues in the world", on Dundalk's Spirit Store. I have had a few great nights there. Anyway, the article can be read HERE.

Thursday, April 1, 2010