Tuesday, 18 January 2011

The Frames - Vicar St March 30th

Direct from The Frames.ie message board!

'for the birds' will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on march 30th
2011. to mark the occasion the frames will be playing the album
through in its entirety in vicar street on march 30th. (plus a good fat encore im sure..) this will be a
seated show and we are delighted to say that interference will be the
opening act. tickets are €30 including booking fees and will be
available to buy on monday 24th january at 9am from ticketmaster.

I really hope the above is true!

Here's Glen and Dave Odlum talking about the album release and performing Headlong on TV3's on March 29th 2001.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Album Review: Battle For Second Place - First

'First' is the debut album from Scottish band 'Battle For 2nd Place' which is released on a 'Pay What You Like' basis through their website: http://www.battlefor2ndplace.com/fr_home.cfm 'First' is fine album from a talented band with an amazing vocalist.

The Battle for 2nd Place have a sound which harks back to early 1990's Seattle grunge with one exception! They are fronted by Ireland's Orla Pendergast whose vocals are outstanding on the album. On some tracks she sings with conviction and passion while on others the vocals are pure and delicate. The alternative grunge rock sounds revolve around Orla's vocals and lyrics to produce some fine songs like the album opener 'Stuck in Rewind' and the sample track 'Damage That You've Done'.

Battle For 2nd Place - Damage That You've Done by 2uibestow

The best tracks on the album for me are the last two. 'Fair on Me' is a beautifully sung track with a despairing catchy chorus. The album closer 'Held To You' is the type of epic outro the album deserves with it's feedback and two false endings. The most mainstream track is the radio friendly 'In The Morning' and is an alternative rock song of the highest standard. 'Hallow' is another fine song which showcases the outstanding vocals of Orla.

'First' is not a perfect album. There are a few songs which while not poor didn't ignite a passion in me. I think the backing vocals and the male/female harmonies could have been expanded on and I felt there was a harshness to the recording with the bass often way back in the sound of a number of tracks.

The Battle for 2nd Place have a really good debut album in 'First'! Their music is perfect for Phantom FM and I hope they gain some valuable exposure in Ireland leading up to their first headline gig in Whelans on Feb 13th.

The Battle For 2nd Place - First [9 out of 12]


Sunday, 16 January 2011

Saturday, 15 January 2011

The Digital Socket Awards 2010

As a founder member of The Digital Socket Awards I'm delighted we are at the shortlist stage! Over 20 judges listed here shortlisted from the nominations voted by the public. I'm very proud of this shortlist as I believe it represents the blogging community in Ireland.

1. Best Design (Website, Artwork, Posters)

Adebisi Shank – This is the Second Album

Cathy Davey – The Nameless

Halves – It Goes, It Goes (Forever and Ever)

O Emperor – Hither Thither

Villagers – Becoming a Jackal

2. Best Independent Label

Any Other City
Osaka Record
Out On A Limb
Popical Island
Richter Collective

3. Best Video

Ambience Affair – Devil in detail

BATS – Star Wormwood

BATS - Star Wormwood from Digital Beast on Vimeo.

Cathy Davey – Little Red

Patrick Kelleher & His Cold Dead Hands – Contact Sports

Rubberbandits – Horse Outside

4. Best Music Photography

Kieran Frost
Ruth Medjber
Alessio Michelini
Loreana Rushe

5. Best Radio Show

Alison Curtis
Donal Dineen – The Small Hours
I-con Phanotm FM
Paul McLoone
Right Click 2XM

6. Best Pop

Cathy Davey – The Nameless
The Divine Comedy – Bang Goes the Knighthood

The Divine Comedy - At The Indie Disco by Fantastic Plastic Mag

Fight Like Apes – The Body of Christ and the Legs of Tina Turner
So Cow – Meaningless Friendly

So Cow - Shut Eye by liamvoltaire

Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History

7. Best Folk

Simon Fagan – Outside Looking In
Halves – It Goes, It Goes (Forever and Ever)

Growing & Glow by halves

James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the Morning

And If My Heart Should Somehow Stop by chris2131

O Emperor – Hither Thither
Villagers – Becoming a Jackal

8. Best Rock and Alternative

Adebisi Shank – This Is The Second Album Of A Band Called…
Enemies – We’ve Been Talking
Jogging – Minutes
Redneck Manifesto – Friendship

The Redneck Manifesto - Hex by Richter Collective

Thread Pulls – New Thoughts

9. Best Electronic & Hip Hop

Meljoann – Squick

E.X.I.T - Meljoann by fresh_air

Not Squares – Yeah OK
R.S.A.G. – Be It Right or Wrong
Shit Robot – From The Cradle To The Rave
Solar Bears – She Was Coloured In

Solar Bears - Forest Of Fountains by Ragged Words

10. Best Indie

The Cast of Cheers – Chariot
Grand Pocket Orchestra – The Ice Cream
Groom – Marriage

Groom - Mysteries Of Life by popical_island

Ham Sandwich – White Fox

Ham Sandwich - The Naturist by tigger_sinclair

Jogging – Minutes

11. Best EP

The Ambience Affair -Patterns

Devil In The Detail by The Ambience Affair by no music

And So I Watch You From Afar – The Letters
Angkorwat- Early..
The Holy Roman Army – Desecrations

Sacred Animals – Welcome Home

12. Best Newcomer

The Cast Of Cheers
Jennifer Evans

Jennifer Evans And The Ripe Intent - Uncomfortable Word by Dara McConnell

Hipster Youth
James Vincent McMorrow
Solar Bears

13. Song of the Year

Adebisi Shank – ‘Genki Shank’
The Cast Of Cheers – ‘I Am Lion’
Cathy Davey – ‘Little Red’
Squarehead – ‘Fake Blood’

Squarehead - Fake Blood by lizpelly

Villagers – ‘The Meaning of the Ritual’

14. Album of the Year

Adebisi Shank – This is the Second Album
The Cast Of Cheers – Chariot
Cathy Davey – The Nameless
James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the Morning
Villagers – Becoming a Jackal

Details of the live event are here: http://www.digitalsocketawards.com/2011/01/14/live-final-details/

We are delighted to have Groom and Meljoann performing on the night along with some very special guests!



Friday, 14 January 2011

Amhrán Gach Lá - Wayne Brennan

I've just decided that Friday's Amhran Gach la will be for cover versions!

Here's the amazing Wayne Brennan doing justice to The Doors Spanish Caravan at a recent Brownbread Mixtape in The Stag's Head. Check it out and turn it up!

Later this month Wayne is beginning a nationwide tour!

January 27th - The Crane Lane, Cork. Doors 8pm.

February 3rd - The Passionfruit Theatre, Athlone, Co.Westmeath.
February 4th - Upstairs @ Dolans, Limerick
February 10th - Cleeres Theatre, Kilkenny
February 11th - Live @ Monroes, Galway
February 17th - The Sugarclub, Dublin
February 25th - Hugh Lynch's, Tullamore, Co.Offaly

March 4th - The Drogheda Arts Centre, Co.Louth
March 25th - Glor, Ennis, Co.Clare


Thursday, 13 January 2011

Amhrán Gach Lá - Cocophone

Cocophone is the band I got to see perform live more than any other band last year. The two piece indie folk band make beautiful music which is a joy to listen to. I was delighted to hear about this upcoming gig in The Academy 2 on Feb 11th. It comes on the back of them receiving some radio airplay and getting nice things said about them in the press!

Here's the last track on their EP Special Offers.


Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Album Review: A Lazarus Soul

A Lazarus Soul are releasing their third album "Through a Window in the Sunshine Room" on Jan 29th and includes some excellent tracks in the typical ALS understated way.

Bookended by instrumentals 'Through A Window in the Sunshine Room' contains nine tracks of unglamorous beauty. There's no indie classic, breakthrough single or sing-a-long choruses here. It does however have Brian Brannigan's pure vocals, his astute social observations and a soundtrack which is complex in nature but entirely listenable. Brian along with Tony Hegerty made the album with a few legends in the Irish music scene including Martin Kelly (Sunbear/ The Ruby Tailights), Ger Griffin (Rollerskate Skinny/ Super Electric), Pat Barrett (10SR/ The Hedge Schools) and Joe Chester engineering.

A Penthouse View was deservedly the first single released from the album last month as it's one of the best tracks on the album. The lyrics sum up the whole property bubble bullshit of the tiger years. 'We Start Fires' which includes the guitar playing of Ger Griffin also contains wonderfully descriptive lyrics and commentaries;

"You can see us on weekends drinking on the porch, We are a river going backwards".

There are two tracks which impress me most. 'Save Our Greenbelt' has a pleasant Stone Roses feel to it and is vocally the best track. Again the lyrics enables me to effortlessly paint images in my mind.

The last track 'Contrails' flirts with electronic dance as well as being dark and atmospheric. It really suits Brian's vocals. Maybe the next A Lazarus Soul album should be an electronic dance album.

I needed to listen to the album a number of times for it all to click for me. On some of the tracks the lyrics are difficult to follow. Some of the tracks go nowhere for me, however as outlined above there are four quality tunes on this record.

A Lazarus Soul - Through a Window in the Sunshine Room [10 out of 12]


Through a Window in the Sunshine Room is being launched in The International on Sunday AFTERNOON, Doors 1pm.

This is an afternoon gig, Doors 1p.m. Special guests Japanese Eye (aka Fergus Cullen from E+S=B) & A Mechanical Turk (This is the electronic side of Thomas Haugh a.k.a Hulk)

Amhrán Gach Lá - Villagers

Villagers are strong favourites to win the Choice Music Prize 2010! Here's Conor and band doing a wonderful version of Neil Young's 'Old Man'!

Villagers - 'Old Man' by stripeyjumper

Upload appeared here last week: http://www.thepointofeverything.com/
Here's the full list of 10:

Adebesi Shank “This is the Second Album of a band called Adebisi Shank” (Richter Collective)
The Cast of Cheers “Chariot” (Self release)
Cathy Davey “The Nameless” (Hammer Toe Records)
Fight Like Apes “The Body of Christ & The Legs of Tina Turner” (Model Citizen)
Halves “It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever)” (Hate is The Enemy)
Imelda May “Mayhem” (Universal)
James Vincent McMorrow “Early in The Morning” (Universal)
O Emperor “Hither Thither” (Universal)
Two Door Cinema Club “Tourist History” (Kitsune)
Villagers “Becoming a Jackal” (Domino)

Congratulations to all the nominated bands! None of my top 10 albums made the list such is my alternative taste!

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Choice Awards Prediction!

I'm usually real poor at predicting these things but I'll give it a go!

The Choice Shortlist is being announced tomorrow afternoon I think!

Here's the 10 albums I predict will be honoured!

Adebisi Shank – This Is the Second Album of a band Called Adebisi Shank (Richter Collective)

The Cast of Cheers – Chariot (Self Release)

Cathy Davey – The Nameless – (Hammer Toe Records)

The Divine Comedy – Bang Goes the Knighthood (DCR Records)

Ham Sandwich – White Fox (Route 109 Recordings)

Imelda May – Mayhem (Decca)

James Vincent McMorrow – Early in the Morning (Universal Ireland)

O Emperor - Hither Thither (Universal Ireland)

Villagers – Becoming A Jackal (Domino)

.... and the controversial one ....

Jinx Lennon – National Cancer Strategy (Septic Tiger)

Amhrán Gach Lá - Annette Buckley

This video for Annette Buckley's 'Beneath The Big Blue Sea' is simply stunning and the song is gorgeous.


Beneath the big blue sea from cormacoconnor on Vimeo.

Whelan's Ones To Watch 2011

Tickets are priced at a mere €10 for all four nights or €5 for a single night.

Band lists copied from: State.ie


Whelans Main Room (Doors – 7:30pm)
Lisa O’Neill
Ivan St John

Home by Ivan St John

Owensie: Dark Place by OOAL

Wednesday 13th

Whelans Upstairs (Doors – 7:30pm)

Jennifer Evans
Anthony Furey
The Man Whom

Jennifer Evans And The Ripe Intent - Uncomfortable Word by Dara McConnell

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


Whelans Main Room (Doors – 7:30pm)

Thread Pulls
Cloud Castle Lake
Great Lakes Mystery

Sink and swim by thread pulls

Organo Moderato by Great Lakes Mystery

Whelans Upstairs (Doors – 7:30pm)

Guilty Optics
Toby Kaar



Whelans Main Room (Doors – 7:30pm)

Shouting At Planes
Grand Pocket Orchestra
Miracle Bell

Whelans Upstairs (Doors – 11.30pm)

Strait Laces
Hired Hands
Lost Chord

Strait Laces: Where The Wolf Roam by CultureNI


Whelans Upstairs (Doors – 7:30pm)

No Monster Club
Bill Coleman

Summergirl by No Monster Club

She Knows I Know by bcoleman

Whelans Main Room (Doors – 7:30pm)

Heroes In Hiding
The Danger Is
The Casanova Wave

All For Gold - The Danger Is by Lefthand Productions

The Casanova Wave by The Casanova Wave

The Village (Doors – 7:30pm)

Planet Parade
This Club (Hoarsebox)
Cashier No 9

1. Soon They'll Come by planetparadeband

Monday, 10 January 2011

Amhrán Gach Lá - Junah

I adore Junah. Their vocal harmonies and delicious folk sounds are simply superb. They've been quiet of late but I think the plan is to release their debut this year with a big tour of Ireland.


Check out this video for the song 'Burning in the Hallway' which recently appeared on YouTube!

Friday, 7 January 2011

EP Review: Arrow in the Sky - Winter's Requiem

Arrow in the Sky release the EP Winter's Requiem on February 1st and it proves to me that they are one of Ireland's best bands in the Folk-rock genre.

In 2009 three piece folk band folk band Arrow in the Sky released a wonderful EP called 'Do What Thou Wilt' and included some superb tracks like Half Glass and Verbal Waltz. Fast forward a year and we find out that Arrow in the Sky is now down to a two piece as multi-instrumentalist Shayne Byrne hit the road.

The five track EP Winter's Requiem shows no sign of standards slipping. It kicks off with the catchy 'Promises' [which can be freely downloaded below]. Conor's vocals are unique and pure throughout but especially on 'Bated Breath' where the vocals carry the song with a string and mandolin background. The best track on the EP is the folk pop track 'Ghost Town' with it's sing-a-long chorus.

Arrow in the Sky are two talented lads making great folk music. I urge you all to check out the band live and to download the song 'Promises' below.

Arrow in the Sky - Winter's Requiem [10 out of 12]


Check out the first EP here:

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Blog Co-Operation: Irish Sound of 2011

For a third year, 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 Northern Light


Just formed last year, Belfast alt-rockers A Northern Light burst onto the scene with their splendid debut EP Chase the Ghosts Away. The trio describe themselves as makers of melodic space rock, but don't be put off by the tag, this is easily accessible guitar music, with riffs straight out of the E Street Songbook. Their second EP is due this year, and they're set to tour extensively.

B-Movie Lightning


Mike Smalle experienced minor success in the past decade with pop-rockers Cane 141, and even recorded a John Peel session, but his new project is his best yet. The Galweigan released debut single 'Triple Trouble' in 2010, and lists everything from Aphex Twin to Microdisney as an influence. He's currently working with producer Ian Catt (Saint Etienne, Manic Street Preachers, Kylie Minogue) on his debut album.

Dayo & The Swingfolk


Dayo is a genuine artist who has written a bunch of wonderful Jazzy Pop tunes. He has a pure voice I could listen to endlessly along and we really can't wait to hear the debut album he has recorded and ready to send out to the world. Dayo is going to need everyone who likes his bunch of tunes to spread the word and to become his 'street team' as the album won't be getting any major PR push. He is part of a new generation of musicians who sees success in terms of 'friends found' rather than 'cd sales'.

Deaf Joe


Waterford native Joe Harney looks like a folk artist. Sometimes looks can be deceptive, but in Deaf Joe's case, they're definitely correct. The owner of a gorgeous voice, the multi-instrumentalist creates beautiful soundscapes and is a fantastic live performer. He wowed crowds at Electric Picnic 2010, and his Winter's Glow EP was one of the standout releases of last year.

The Making


The Making is a four piece Monaghan rock band who write REM inspired alternative songs. They have been playing music together now for the past two years in local pubs/ clubs and finally got the finances together to record their first single 'Summer's Gone' in 2010. They are busy putting the finishing touches to the debut album which will hopefully be released during 2011. The Making's best asset is the pure vocals of frontman Brendan Mc Cahey.

The Making - Younger by 2uibestow

Milan Jay


Arriving on the scene in December 2009 with his Mellow Funk EP, Milan Jay is one of the most experimental acts around. He dabbles in a whole host of genres, but has seemed to found his niche in the fuzzy rock of the To the Sea and Swim EP he released in November. Expect two more likeminded, yet wonderful EPs to follow this year.

The Riot Tapes


The Riot Tapes are an alternative rock band fronted by Elaine Doyle. The demo songs you can hear using the soundcloud link above are well crafted radio friendly rock songs which bring to mind bands like Garbage or No Doubt. The Riot Tapes have major ambitions for 2011 to make a name for themselves in Ireland and beyond. Have a listen to 'Photograph' below and watch out for the band in the new year.

The Riot Tapes - Photograph (v3) by the riot tapes

Saramai & The Swords


Navan is such a great spot for new talent. Simon Fagan is busy making a name for himself worldwide while The Lost Brothers are hoping to build on their recent successes. Add to that artists like Joy Booth, Ruairi Coogan, Red Queen Contest and our pick of the bunch Saramai & The Sword. Saramai has been busy writing material for a debut album she hopes to release in 2011. Last year she has had some high profile support slots to Declan O'Rourke, Grada and Jack L. Saramai is a wonderful vocalist and writes songs of real depth.

Saramai & The Swords - No Way Back by 2uibestow

Saramai made a video for her song 'His & Hers' and here it is .... make sure you turn the volume up!

His & Hers from saramai on Vimeo.

Seven Summits


It's going to be hard for Northern Irelanders Seven Summits to top 2010. A set at Glastonbury was followed by the release of debut single 'Burning Heart' in December, and are currently working on their second album. Their first was a widely missed cracker, but after their various successes in 2010, they're set to be one of the breakout stars of this year.



Sive is the moniker of songwriter and musician Sadhbh O’Sullivan. Having spent years playing guitar and bass in various bands, Sadhbh obtained a place at Ballyfermot college where she began to sing and perform her own compositions. I seen the band perform on Arthur's Day in Boyles, Slane and was massively impressed with the quality of the performance. Check out the track 'Breath' from a four track demo recorded last year.

Sive - Breathe by 2uibestow