Thursday, 30 December 2010

For The Turnstiles: Grant Lee Buffalo [copy of 4fourtyfour post]

'For The Turnstiles' is the weekly Folk column to appear on 4fortyfour! To kick the column off in fine style I'm going to explain the origin of the name and feature 'Grant Lee Buffalo' who are making a return to the live scene in 2011.

From the age of 13 I got into music in a big way with the arrival of Grunge and in particular Pearl Jam and Nirvana. After some time immersing yourself into a genre you begin to expand and search for new artists. I went to 'The Breeders' album signing on Oct 31st 1993 and was there at the time someone asked the band if they could get on the guest list for their gig in The Tivoli. I jumped in with my name and headed with hope to the gig. The support band that night blew me away. I was at the front and a three piece who they announced were called 'Hag' produced some of the most outstanding sounds I've ever heard with wonderfully written songs. It wasn't until they played 'Fuzzy' that I realised it was Grant Lee Buffalo.

Grant Lee Buffalo released their debut album in 1993 called 'Fuzzy'. It was always accompanied by the endorsement by Michael Stipe who called it "The best album of the year hands down," and led to many support slots to diverse artists such as Pearl Jam, REM, The Cranberries, and The Smashing Pumpkins.






While touring 'Fuzzy' a regular cover that featured on their set lists was Neil Young's 'For The Turnstiles'. I was aware of Neil Young being the 'Godfather of Grunge' who was regularly rocking in the free world. However GLB's version of 'For The Turnstiles' effectively opened up a whole new genre for me. It brought me to Neil Young's 'Harvest' which then led to my love of Folk music.

Here's Grant Lee Buffalo's version of 'For The Turnstiles' which appeared on 'Buffalondon Live EP' which was the first official release from the band in early 1993.


Grant Lee Buffalo - For The Turnstiles by 2uibestow


From 1993 to 1998 GLB released four studio albums; 1993's Fuzzy, 1994's Mighty Joe Moon, 1996's Copperlopolis and the final album in 1998 Jubilee. For me the standout tracks include 'America Snoring', 'Even The Oxen', 'The Hook', 'Drag' and 'Happiness'. However I can't overstate the quality of such songs like 'Dixie Drug Store' about a visitor to New Orleans spending a night with a Voodoo Queen, or 'Jupiter & Teardrop' about the adventures of young lovers on the run. The last album 'Jubilee' was recorded as a four piece without Paul Kimble but with the inclusion of Bill Bonk and Phil Parlapiano. It gave GLB their biggest hit in 'Truly, Truly' but it wasn't enough to satisfy Warners and led to the demise of the band.

Singer Grant Lee Phillips went on to release six solo albums while bassist and producer of GLB's albums Paul Kimble formed Pistol Star. Drummer Joey Peters is still recording music for TV and Film.

In October of this year the blog 'Consequence of Sound' reported on the reunion of the band to perform together for selected gigs in 2011. This was meant to happen in January but I recently learned of Grant Lee Phillips injuring his leg onstage in Oslo, Norway. They have confirmed May 18th for Glasgow and will be likely to feature on the line-ups of the Summer's music festivals.


After seeing Grant Lee Buffalo once in The Tivoli, twice in The Olympia and recently Grant Lee-Phillips in The Village it really is a hope of mine to get to see this magical band again. Here's hoping it will happen!


This is a vintage video of Grant Lee Buffalo from 1994 which shows the guile of Grant's 12 string, the power of the bassline's and the intense lyrics which made GLB stand-out: Jupiter & Teardrop



Blog Co-Operation - 10 Acts for 2010! The Verdict

Here's the verdict on the predictions Ronan from Swear I'm Not Paul and myself made 12 months back!

Rating System:

Scored! = Successful Year

Hit The Bar! = Moderate Success

Row Z = Limited Success

Own Goal = WHO ARE YA!





For a second year in a row Ronan over at Swear I'm Not Paul and myself have been working on creating a list of 10 Irish acts in alphabetical order who we believe will make considerable progress towards world domination in the coming 12 months. Ronan picked five acts and I picked five acts ready to invade your music world in 2010.




A Plastic Rose - Row Z [Some minor successes with high profile support slots but nothing spectacular from the band]

http://www.myspace.com/aplasticrose

Belfast based A Plastic Rose consists of equal parts Sligo and Belfast and make the type of Indie Rock music Tim Wheeler dreams about. The vocals are shared by the contrasting styles of Ian and Gerry which results in harmonies not normally associated with the alternative rock genre. So far in their career they have released Eps and Singles with the full LP hopefully out this side of Christmas 2010. Seeing A Plastic Rose live is a must for the new year.









Candice Gordon - Own Goal [Candice hasn't made any progress this year. Maybe she is writing material for an album!]

http://www.myspace.com/candicegordonmusic

Born in South Africa, but resident here since the age of seven, the
Dubliner has an amazing voice as well as a wild back story including a
stint in the circus. But it's the music that really does the talking -
it's a deep down dirty whiskey swagger that pulls no punches.

Candice Gordon - 'Smoking Like the Barrel of a Gun'








The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra - Hit The Bar [BPLO released their debut album with a moderately successful push.]

http://www.myspace.com/bplo

Hailing from Limerick The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra make some wonderful indie folk music which is receiving radio play across the country. They've released two EPs, played Electric Picnic and HWCHs as well as picking up celebrity fans like Paul McCloon and Cormac Battle along the way! 2010 could be the year of The BPLO with the likely release of their debut on the horizon.









Fiach - Row Z [Fiach released a decent debut album in Feb and played many high profile gigs including Vantastival, supporting Ray Davies and playing on The Late Late with Eddi Reader but album failed to make any impact!]

http://www.myspace.com/fiachmusic

Is it better to release a number of mediocre albums or wait until the time is right to make and release an amazing debut album? Fiach has been around forever but in February he will finally release that debut album that he has spent years preparing. Fiach is a veteran of many a sessions night clocking up an impressive apprenticeship of live performances. The recent Whelans gigs proved he is equally impressive fronting a band and owning his audience. I think 2010 will find us falling for the singer-songwriter again with Fiach's uplifting songwriting being at the forefront of the movement. February 25th finds Fiach in The Button Factory for the album launch!








Henrietta Game - Hit The Bar [HG played some very high profile gigs this year supporting Kila on St Paddys Day in The Olympia, a slot at EP and getting to the final of The JD Set all while recording their debut album!]

http://www.myspace.com/henriettagame

Henrietta Game only formed last January and already they've released a single, selected as Tony Fenton's daily download, performed with the legendary Peter Green and got a high profile slot at The Electric Picnic. Henrietta Game are guitar, cello, violin, glockenspiel and four part harmonies which send shivers down the spine. Henrietta Game is one of the most original bands out there which will appeal to indie kids and folk lovers alike.








Oliver "Ollie" Cole - Row Z [Ollie released a decent debut album on EMI but it dived!]

http://www.myspace.com/olivercole

Many of you may remember Ollie Cole as the frontman in the
sadly-missed Turn. Well, he's back under the guise Oliver Cole and has
signed to EMI. He released the excellent What Will You Do EP last year, and looks set to release full-length debut album We Albatri sometime in 2010.

Oliver Cole - 'We Albatri'







Padraig Digan -Own Goal [I'd say Padraig is just quietly working away on his debut album!]

http://www.myspace.com/padraigdigan

Padraig was the lead singer with Wallmark and later with Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. In 2005 Wallmark released a great album but Wallmark didn't last much longer after the release. Since then Padraig has been writing a whole bunch of great tunes that will become his debut album this year with Karl Odlum's input. Padraig writes honest emotional songs full of life and character. With luck 2010 will be Padraig's year!









Planet Parade -Hit The Bar [PP released an excellent EP and toured constantly around Ireland]

http://www.myspace.com/planetparade

Clane produces a lot of good music. Planet Parade are the latest act
to join Bell x1 and Damien Rice as exports of Kildare's Detroit Rock
City. They're a fantastic indie-pop band who have been honing their
craft in a live setting - particularly at autumn's Hard Working Class
Heroes Festival in Dublin. Check out their EP Ghosts to People, and if you're around, head over to Whelan's on Friday, January 15th to catch them
live.


Planet Parade - 'Sunshine'







Two Door Cinema Club - Scored!!! [A major International Break-through for the band!]

http://www.myspace.com/twodoorcinemaclub

With a debut album imminent, Bangor, Co. Down's Two Door Cinema Club could be the biggest Irish act of 2010. They've been hyped by the BBC and Spinner, and will be releasing their first album, Tourist History, on March 1st. They played the Introducing Tent at Glastonbury last year, but expect them to feature higher up the bill at Festivals in 2010, as well as joining
the NME Shockwaves Tour throughout the UK and Ireland.


Two Door Cinema Club - 'I Can Talk'






We Cut Corners - Row Z [WCC are back on the live scene this Jan coming. I'm sure they spent 2010 working on their debut album!]

http://www.myspace.com/wecutcorners

Ireland's other singing drummer duo Oppenheimer split up over
Christmas, but instead of the Nordies' electronic feel, We Cut Corners
are a beautiful folk-pop group with songs that sound so much bigger
than the sum of their parts. They also joined the lineup at Hard
Working Class Heroes in 2009 and featured on RTÉ 2's When Under Ether. Expect to hear much more from them in 2010.

We Cut Corners - 'YKK'




1 Scored! - Two Door Cinema Club

3 Hit The Bar! - Henrietta Game, Planet Parade, The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra

4 Row Z - Fiach, A Plastic Rose, We Cut Corners, Ollie Cole

2 Own Goal - Padraig Digan, Candice Gordan

Wednesday, 29 December 2010

Review of 2010

How was 2010 for you?

If I'm being honest I'd say 2010 was personally a great year. Many good things happened this year. However I'm in the minority in Ireland and share many of the same worries that affect people in Ireland today. So feck your IMF, feck your Fianna Fail and feck your recession I got music in my life!







Here's my musical highlights!



Top 3 Live Performances [From an Irish Band]

Even with the addition of four new venues [Workman's, Grand Social, Mercantile & Ulysses] I simply didn't get to many gigs. Here's the top three [excluding Boyles in Slane & Vantastival]


1. The Frames - Vicar Street





2. Brad Pitt Light Orchestra - Crawdaddy [with support from Maud in Cahoots]

December by The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra by sillygooserecords

Maud in Cahoots - Push Me Under min sample by Pop Culture Monster



3. Clockwork Apple Weekender

featuring;

Sweet Jane,
The Ghandies,
Little Xs For Eyes,
Jennifer Evans


Uncomfortable word by Jennifer Evans







Top 3 Bands at Vantastival

1. Valerie June [from Memphis and a wonderful talent]

2: Arrow in the Sky

3: The Bionic Rats

Wah Wah by the bionic rats







Top 5 Performances at the Slane Castle Whiskey Presents 'Live at Boyles'.


1: The Lonely Schizophrenic - [Feb & July]

2: The Dirty 9s - [April & Nov]

3: The Whiskey Limbs - Jan





4: Fiach - April

5: Preachers Son - Dec

X For Sandra by Preachers Son







Top 3 Blogposts of the Year:

1: Swear I'm Not Paul's massive post where you can listen to part of every Irish album released this year.

http://www.swearimnotpaul.com/2010/12/list-listen-to-every-irish-album-of-2010.html

2: Elaine's Interview with I Am Not Lefthanded from last April on Rarities, B-Sides & Other Stuff which is both genuine and informative:

http://raritiesandb-sides.blogspot.com/2010/04/interview-i-am-not-lefthanded.html

3: Nay's critique of Kopek's video 'Love is Dead'. No one can cut to shreds so eloquently as Nay!

http://harmlessnoise.wordpress.com/2010/05/07/video-kopek/








2010 was the year for band name changes!


John, Shelly & The Creatures have become 'Master & Dog'
Hoarsebox have become 'This Club'
Meath's excellent band 'The Dolldrums' became 'Red Queen Contest' and another great Meath band 'The Dls' became 'Youth Mass'

False Starts - Youth Mass by Clockwork Apple




Top 5 Music Videos

I don't check out official music videos as much as I should! Here's the top five videos I got to see over the year:


1. The Minutes - Fleetwood







2. The Ambience Affair - Devil in the Detail






3. Jennifer Evans - Scattered







4. Herm [ft Nina Hynes] - Year of the Horse






5. Reader's Wives - Victor's Mother Juliet










Top 12 Songs of the Year

1 [A]: Resurrection Fern - Brothers

1 [B]: Preachers Son - Lipstick

1 [C]: Bill Coleman - Church of Second Chances

Church of Second Chances by bcoleman

2: The Blue Choir - What If I Could Be The One?

3: Peter Doran - Pathways

4: Terence Rowlands - Red Sunrise

5: Pearse McGloughlin - Morning Mist [For The Birds]

6: Tiger Cooke - Out of Reach

7: I Am Not Lefthanded - The Place That Won't Take Me Back

The Place That Won't Take Me Back by I Am Not Lefthanded

8: Seán Kangataran - Don't Bet On Beauty

9: Eric Eckhart - Lost

10: Keith Mullins - Mistakes






Top 5 EPs of the Year


1. I Am Not Lefthanded - Time To Leave

2. A Band Called Wanda - Roses Are Still Red

3. BellaJane - No Strings Attached


BellaJane - Marionette by The Clink

4. Maria Byrne - All You Need

5. Strange Glue - Life in the Buslane










Top 10 Albums of the Year


1: Burning Codes - Burning Codes 2

2: Terence Rowlands - Beta


Junkstore by Terence Rowlands

3: Ham Sandwich - White Fox

4: Bill Coleman - You Can't Buy Back Your Love

5: Keith Mullins - The Great Atlantic

6: Peter Doran - Sleepless Street

Sleepless Street by PeterDoran

7: Sean Kangataran - Self-Titled

8: The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra - Lowering The Tone

9: Resurrection Ferm - Transend Mortality

10: Fia Rua - Falling Time






Gone but not forgotten section:

Goodbye to the following Bands

Alphastates,

Alphastates - Sometimes by 2uibestow


Storybooks for Small Dogs

Vasco Junior,



Derek Nally RIP

Farewell to Road Records

Here's The Redneck Manifesto at The Road Records Farewell gig in The Button Factory.

Monday, 27 December 2010

Mark Dignam - Whelans Jan 6th

Blog favourite Mark Dignam is back home playing a few gigs next week.

Mark has been added to the Vibe for Philo bash in Vicar Street on Jan 4th.

Full line-up:

Eric Bell,
Brian Roberstson Band
Chris Laney,
The Hoodoo Rhythm Devils,
Matt'n'Phill,
Pat McManus Band with special guest Bat Kinane
Conor McGouran,
Gnasher,
Tony Powell,
Mark Dignam,
Leanne Harte,

and added today Glen Hansard.


When Mark Dignam last played Whelans I was very privileged to be part of a small crowd who seen both Glen Hansard and Liam O'Maonlai doing short support slots. Here's hoping something similar happens next Thursday!


Thursday, 23 December 2010

Ceol Na Nollag 2010 - Merry Christmas

To all who read this I wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful 2011.

Here's some more cool Christmas music for ya!





Sleep Thieves - Christmas Vacation


01 ChristmasVacation by wearesleepthieves





Miss Paula FLynn - Happy Christmas Valentine









Ivan St John - You're A Mean One Mr Grinch







This is hilarious from El Hombre Jokes!








Here's a bit of comic relief:


Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Ceol Na Nollag 2010 - SJ McArdle




Stop The Cavaley!!!! I got one more Christmas tune for ya!

Listen to the unique voice of SJ doing this classic Christmas tune!

Stop The Cavalry by sjmcardle

Monday, 20 December 2010

List: Top 10 Irish Albums of the Year

1: Burning Codes - Burning Codes 2





Northern Ireland Indie band Burning Codes released the album of the year. It's full of indie pop tunes which make me want to sing, nod my head and put a smile on my face. It's a complete album where every song seems to fit together seamlessly. The writing is inspiration and some of the gospel-esque melodies are simply superb.

Buy The Album












2: Terence Rowlands - Beta





Terence Rowland's debut 'Beta' is a beautifully crafted album of charming songs showcasing a fine voice, inspirational lyrics and a skilled songwriter. I love the glow which emanates from the album when I listen to it.


Buy The Album


Something Unknown by Terence Rowlands










3: Ham Sandwich - White Fox





Ham Sandwich gets third spot for releasing a great pop album. They focused their attention on the band's best assist which is Niamh's voice which sounded amazing on this album.

Buy The Album
Ham Sandwich - The Naturist by tigger_sinclair










4: Bill Coleman - You Can't Buy Back Your Love





Bill Coleman "writes great songs. Songs of meaning which have a point. These lyrics get delivered with vocals which can be delicate on some tracks and full of passion on others." ... Full Review here!

Buy The Album

Crossfire by bcoleman










5: Keith Mullins - The Great Atlantic





"'The Great Atlantic' is an album of great depth, intimacy and charm which if there was any justice in the world would be listened to by the masses!" Full Review here!

Buy The Album












6: Peter Doran - Sleepless Street




"'Sleepless Street' is a quality album of intelligent songs sung by a singer with a great voice. It has upbeat rock tracks, delicate ballads, piano based tracks, strings, gripping lyrics and even concludes with an epic seven minutes plus swooning ballad which gave the album it's title." Full Review here!


Buy The Album


The Composer by PeterDoran










7: Sean Kangataran - Self-Titled




"The lyrics really stand-out on the album. There are tales of love and relationships, of beauty and self image, of loss and breakdowns and of prominent life journeys." Full Review here!

Buy The Album
Hairpins by SeánKangataran










8: The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra - Lowering The Tone




Lowering The Tone .... "is a grown-up album of inspirational songs, wonderful harmonies and interesting song structures. The main quality I love about the album is the infusion of fun which flows throughout the album." Full Review here!


Buy The Album
December by The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra by sillygooserecords











9: Resurrection Ferm - Transend Mortality





"The better songs on the album are those uplifting tracks like 'Hummingbird Hearts' 'Wall' and the opener 'Something Unlike Love'. I particularly love the refraining lyrics at the end of 'Brothers' and at the outro to 'Stay in the Sun'." Full review here!













10: Fia Rua - Falling Time



"Eoghan sings with such great conviction. When he encourages us to 'Walk Away' in the song of the same name I'm there with him. When he sings 'I crave more magic in my life' it brings to mind The Frames 'Pavement Tune' when Glen belts out 'I want my life to make more sense'." Full Review here!


Saturday, 18 December 2010

List: Best 50 Songs of 2010

Here is the full list! There's a three way tie for first place because I forgot about 2 great tunes which I had to include. Also I've heard many great demo tracks through-out the year which are not included here.








1 [A]: Resurrection Fern - Brothers

This warm and charming folk track is a slice of beauty. It's taken from a wonderful debut album which I'm privileged to have heard as I know it hasn't reached many people!

Resurrection Fern - Brothers by 2uibestow





1 [B]: Preachers Son - Lipstick

This Gavin Friday assisted tune is epic. The lyrics, vocals, strings, guitars all work in harmony to create an atmospheric song of real depth.

Lipstick (duet with Gavin Friday) by Preachers Son







1 [C]: Bill Coleman - Church of Second Chances

I adore the vocals, lyrics and message of this track. It's a song which means much to me. If you get a chance you need to buy Bill's album complete with unique artwork!

The Church of Second Chances by bcoleman







2: The Blue Choir - What If I Could Be The One?

There's very few songs that I've heard sung with such conviction than this tune. It's a massive alternative rock track with a super refraining line towards the end of the song.


The Blue Choir - What if I Could Be the One by 2uibestow




3: Peter Doran - Pathways


When I hear this track I love the rhythm, grove and swagger of the guitars and accompanying strings. The melodies and lyrics make this a truly remarkable song.


Pathways by PeterDoran








4: Terence Rowlands - Red Sunrise


Terence Rowlands got in touch with me about 6 weeks back with details of his debut album which he recorded on a budget. I really love the album even though I haven't done the honourable thing as yet and given it a proper review. Everything about this song is perfect even if the production does prove lack of a budget.









5: Pearse McGloughlin - Morning Mist [For The Birds]


This was one of the two tracks I forgot about while I was putting the list together. It's a song I first heard in '09 and then again earlier this year sung with great passion by the Glor Sessions regulars.









6: Tiger Cooke - Out of Reach


This tune is all about the mood and feeling within the song. How did this song not become a major hit for Tiger? The controllers of Ireland's radio stations need to hang their heads in shame for not playing this song.


Out Of Reach - Tiger Cooke - Fingertips of the Silversmith by tigercooke







7: I Am Not Lefthanded - The Place That Won't Take Me Back


IANL had a great 2010. They toured America and raised over $15,000 to record their debut album. They also released a great EP from which comes this wonderful song.


The Place That Won't Take Me Back by I Am Not Lefthanded







8: Seán Kangataran - Don't Bet On Beauty


Seán gathered a bunch of unfamiliar musicians together to record a really superb album which I listen to on a regular basis. The vocals here are so wonderful and delicate.









9: Eric Eckhart - Lost

One time Irish resident Eric Eckhart also released a debut album of the highest quality. 'Lost' is the best Coldplay song not written by Chris Martin. I don't know if anyone will see that as a compliment! 'Lost' is a brilliant tune which I have to encourage you to check out.

Lost by Eric Eckhart






10: Keith Mullins - Mistakes


Keith Mullins released an Americana album which brings to mind the delicate sides of Calexico. The stand-out track is this poignant and catchy song called 'Mistakes'!

Keith Mullins - Mistakes by 2uibestow




Read about songs 11 - 20: http://2uibestow.blogspot.com/2010/12/list-best-50-songs-of-2010-11-20.html

11: Sean [Dr.] Millar - Sports and Pussy
12: Burning Codes - Can You Hear The Sounds?
13: Reader's Wives - Victor's Mother Juliet
14: Ham Sandwich - Ants
15: A Lazarus Soul - A Penthouse View
16: Herm - Rearrange
17: A Plactic Rose - The Kids Don't Behave Like This
18: The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra - Long Time Rogue
19: Anthony Furey & The Young Folk - Sad Day
20: Jennifer Evans - Scattered


Read about songs 21 - 30: http://2uibestow.blogspot.com/2010/12/list-best-50-songs-of-2010-21-30.html


21: Fia Rua - More Magic
22: BellaJane - Man Overboard
23: The Dead Flags - Anymore
24: Fiach - Stop
25: The Dirty 9s - Trouble
26: Maria Byrne - All You Need
27: A Band Called Wanda - Two by Two
28: The Ambience Affair - Parting Patterns
29: Owensie - Subtle Connections
30: Simon Fagan - Damn Honey


Read about 31 - 40: http://2uibestow.blogspot.com/2010/12/list-best-50-songs-of-2010-40-31.html

31: Villagers - That Day
32: The Long Knives - Pheremones
33: Two Door Cinema Club - Undercover Martyn
34: Skibunny - Miles Iz Dead
35: Groom - This Golden Age
36: James Vincent McMorrow - From The Woods!!
37: Bobby Noonan - I Love The Sound Of Rain
38: Kate O'Callaghan - When I Get Low
39: The Divine Comedy - At The Indie Disco
40: El Hombre Jokes - Just Don't Get Along


Read about 41 - 50: http://2uibestow.blogspot.com/2010/12/list-best-50-songs-of-2010-50-41.html
41: Gavin Glass - Just Like Rome
42: Ollie Cole - Need You Strong
43: Scarecrow Disco - Your Parrot's Low On Batteries...
44: James Guilmartin - Untimely Tails
45: New Amusement - Gone to Sea
46: Eleanor McEvoy - Take You Home
47: Hal - Down in the Valley
48: Gavin Mulhall - Surrender to Reason
49. Vyvienne Long - Happy Thoughts
50: Awake Young Soldiers - Auburn

List: Best 50 Songs of 2010 [11 - 20]

This top 50 list contains the 50 tracks from 50 different artists and like all lists they represent the music which I adore at this very moment in time.








11: Sean [Dr.] Millar - Sports and Pussy

Sean Millar is a literary genius as demonstrated again by his 'Of The People' parts one and two releases this year. I adore this little folky number which contains scathing observations which makes me smile!











12: Burning Codes - Can You Hear The Sounds?

Next week when I get to write my favourite albums of 2010 the second Burning Codes album will be close to the top. It's full of warm indie pop tunes like this one.










13: Reader's Wives - Victor's Mother Juliet


You know if a song is great when you can recall it easily at any one moment. On my way to work when Juliet reads the news on Today FM I can hear Niall belting out the chorus of this tune.








14: Ham Sandwich - Ants


'Ants' is the stand-out track from Ham Sandwich's second album 'White Fox'. I highly encourage you all to check out the album. It's a mature pop classic. I love the Niamh and Podge harmonies in this tune.


Ham Sandwich - Ants by 2uibestow






15: A Lazarus Soul - A Penthouse View


Brian Brannigan is in my eyes another lyrical genius who merges indie sounds with astute commentaries of life. 'A Penthouse View' was a free download taster from the new album 'Grand Canal Docks' which is due out in the New Year.









16: Herm - Rearrange

Herm's album 'Monsters' was released in '09 but 'Rearrange' came out as a single in the Summer and it's a super indie grungie song.

Herm 'Rearrange' by undercurrents







17: A Plastic Rose - The Kids Don't Behave Like This


A Plastic Rose write great alternative rock tunes. They are a big festival band in the making and I can't wait until their time comes to release a debut album.








18: The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra - Long Time Rogue


BPLO released an excellent album 'Lowering The Tone' which includes many excellent tracks like December, Grace Jones and Soon! However the little gem in the album is this drinking song 'Long Time Rogue'. Go on now, take a drink, hug a loved one, listen and sing out loud!


The Brad Pitt Light Orchestra - Long Time Rogue by 2uibestow







19: Anthony Furey & The Young Folk - Sad Day


'Sad Day' is one of the most positive happy little tunes I've heard all year. Anthony is a superb songwriter and deserves your attention.


Anthony Furey & The Young Folk - Sad Day by 2uibestow






20: Jennifer Evans - Scattered


I was delighted to finally see Jennifer Evans live last month in The Village. She is massively talented, ultra professional and backed by a sublime backing band. She writes wonderful jazzy indie tunes such as this track represented by a beautifully made video.



21: Fia Rua - More Magic
22: BellaJane - Man Overboard
23: The Dead Flags - Anymore
24: Fiach - Stop
25: The Dirty 9s - Trouble
26: Maria Byrne - All You Need
27: A Band Called Wanda - Two by Two
28: The Ambience Affair - Parting Patterns
29: Owensie - Subtle Connections
30: Simon Fagan - Damn Honey
31: Villagers - That Day
32: The Long Knives - Pheremones
33: Two Door Cinema Club - Undercover Martyn
34: Skibunny - Miles Iz Dead
35: Groom - This Golden Age
36: James Vincent McMorrow - From The Woods!!
37: Bobby Noonan - I Love The Sound Of Rain
38: Kate O'Callaghan - When I Get Low
39: The Divine Comedy - At The Indie Disco
40: El Hombre Jokes - Just Don't Get Along
41: Gavin Glass - Just Like Rome
42: Ollie Cole - Need You Strong
43: Scarecrow Disco - Your Parrot's Low On Batteries...
44: James Guilmartin - Untimely Tails
45: New Amusement - Gone to Sea
46: Eleanor McEvoy - Take You Home
47: Hal - Down in the Valley
48: Gavin Mulhall - Surrender to Reason
49. Vyvienne Long - Happy Thoughts
50: Awake Young Soldiers - Auburn

Friday, 17 December 2010

List: Best 50 Songs of 2010 [21 - 30]

This top 50 list contains the 50 tracks from 50 different artists and like all lists they represent the music which I adore at this very moment in time.







21: Fia Rua - More Magic


I love the conviction with which Fia Rua sings this song with. It's a charming warm song which delivers a great chorus.


Fia Rua - More Magic by 2uibestow






22: BellaJane - Man Overboard


Ronan over at Swear I'm Not Paul prefers the track 'Marionette' from Bella Jane's debut EP 'No String Attached' but I love the Fiona Apple sounding 'Man Overboard'. The whole EP is wonderful and deserves your attention.


BellaJane - Man Overboard by 2uibestow






23: The Dead Flags - Anymore


When I began this list I had this track in the high 30s but it beat it's way to number 23 due to the rocking quality of this single. It's a perfect pop rock track with a killer video.








24: Fiach - Stop


Fiach finally released his debut album which I really enjoyed but failed to make Fiach the household name many people including me predicted. Stop is an attitude filled stomper of a track.


Fiach - Stop by 2uibestow






25: The Dirty 9s - Trouble


.... deep breath .... "There's no better live rock band in Ireland at this present moment than The Dirty 9s." .... they can quote me on that! Album closer 'Trouble' kicks off with a trumpet and builds up to an intense finish.









26: Maria Byrne - All You Need


I love the simplicity and vulnerability of this track. It has a simple message delivered effectively with delicate vocals and sweet harmonies.










27: A Band Called Wanda - Two by Two

Galways folk act 'A Band Called Wanda' released their debut EP this year and includes this fun and wacky folk song.

A Band Called Wanda - Two by Two by 2uibestow






28: The Ambience Affair - Parting Patterns


I first heard this song when I found out it was used in a CSI and couldn't spot listening to it for ages. It's the type of harmless noise which is difficult to describe as there's so much going on. I suppose it's the mood of the track which I admire most.








29: Owensie - Subtle Connections


Owensie is a superb guitarist and songwriter. He makes the kind of mesmerising music which is truly wonderful to listen to. 'Subtle Connections' is the stand-out track of his self released and difficult to find EP.

Owensie - Subtle Connections by 2uibestow






30: Simon Fagan - Damn Honey


'Damn Honey' is a great little song from Navan based Simon Fagan. It's the lead single of his fine debut 'Outside Looking In'.





31: Villagers - That Day
32: The Long Knives - Pheremones
33: Two Door Cinema Club - Undercover Martyn
34: Skibunny - Miles Iz Dead
35: Groom - This Golden Age
36: James Vincent McMorrow - From The Woods!!
37: Bobby Noonan - I Love The Sound Of Rain
38: Kate O'Callaghan - When I Get Low
39: The Divine Comedy - At The Indie Disco
40: El Hombre Jokes - Just Don't Get Along
41: Gavin Glass - Just Like Rome
42: Ollie Cole - Need You Strong
43: Scarecrow Disco - Your Parrot's Low On Batteries...
44: James Guilmartin - Untimely Tails
45: New Amusement - Gone to Sea
46: Eleanor McEvoy - Take You Home
47: Hal - Down in the Valley
48: Gavin Mulhall - Surrender to Reason
49. Vyvienne Long - Happy Thoughts
50: Awake Young Soldiers - Auburn