Thursday, April 30, 2009
Berlin six-piece outfit Jazzanova were one of the names included on the recent Electric Picnic line-up and member Alex Barck (pic above) will give fans a sneak preview of what to expect when he jets into the city this Friday.
In the words of those nice folks over in Eightball:
"From albums and remixes and back to the dancefloor, Alexander Barck’s DJ set embraces everything that makes Jazzanova great, which is simply put, brilliant music from across the spectrum, with an essential common characteristic; it’ll get you dancin’".
Jazzanova (above) are known as a small, worldwide group of innovators when it comes to Dancefloor, NuJazz, Broken Beat and modern Folk and Soul and have remixed tracks for Masters At Work, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Lenny Kravitz and Common.
Expect a musical journey, an otherworldly, unpredictable mix of styles in Aubars this Friday, doors 11.30pm. 12 bucks door tax, a bargain if you ask me.
On Saturday, Ozzy Osbourne’s son Louis pops into the Underground @ Baker Place to demonstrate his considerable DJing-prowess.
I'm reliably informed that far from mere-celebrity DJ, his ability to move smoothly between underground house and techno and his ear for cutting edge electronic music means that he is a regular fixture at the world’s best clubs.
From the blurb from those nice folks over in Micronite:
"After 15 years of DJing, Louis’ passion for cutting edge house and techno remains as strong as the time he attended his first rave. The next time Louis shares this love affair with electronic music and weekend offending at a club in your town, make sure you don’t miss out!"
Underground @ Baker Place. Doors 11pm.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Monday, April 27, 2009
At the opening of the new hydrotherapy pool in St.Gabriel's last Wednesday I managed to grab a quick chat with Keith Earls (pic above scoring against the Osprey's, credit Owen South) about his selection, a national exclusive I believe, I might be wrong but I don't think anyone else has managed to speak to him?
Anyway, for proper and bona-fide sports coverage/discussion/analysis, check out the Leader Sport's superb blog here, plus buy the paper for a wealth of coverage.
Poor old Tomas O'Leary was desperately unlucky to both dislocate and fracture his ankle in the first ten minutes of the match against the Scarlets, very harsh. Anyway, looking forward to the first Lions fixture on Saturday, May 30 against the Highveld XV.
LIMERICK’S brightest rugby star Keith Earls has spoken for the first time about his Lions selection, revealing that he thought his chances were finished when he saw the first images of the selected players wearing the official strip appear on television.
“When it (the press conference) started, the lads came on the telly posing in jerseys - I thought, ‘I never posed in a jersey so I musn’t be in it.’ Whatever they do with computers I came out with the jersey on and I couldn’t believe it,” revealed the 21 year old from Moyross, speaking exclusively to the Limerick Leader at the opening of the new €4.6 million hydrotherapy pool in St. Gabriel’s school in Raheen.
Earls, who has set the rugby world and Limerick alight with his surprise selection for the touring party, said he was still in shock at his selection for the squad to travel to South Africa.
“I was shocked more than happy I think, I’m over the moon because I really wasn’t expecting it,” said the Munster star, who was in attendance at the opening of the pool with his team-mates Barry Murphy, Ian Dowling and Tony Buckley.
But it was the young Earls who created a stir among the children and their parents, patiently posing for photograph upon photograph, signing jerseys, flags and any available scraps of paper. Earls, who started his career with Thomond Rugby Club before signing this season with Young Munster - where his father Ger also played before him - won a Munster Schools Senior Cup medal with St. Munchin’s in 2006.
Keith said he watched the announcement with his father.
“I watched it live and brought my father out to the house just in case I did get called up because I got a letter the previous week saying I was in the provisional squad, so I told him to call out just in case.”
Looking ahead to the tour, Earls said: “It should be an unreal experience, I’m really looking forward to it”.
Posing patiently for photographs with children beside the pool, which will be used in the treatment of hundreds of disabled children, Earls was visibly impressed at the facility.
“It is great to see the kids enjoying themselves, this is an unreal facility, very impressive. This is my first time really doing anything like this and I enjoyed it. I like spending time with the kids and they love it, so it’s good.”
Friday, April 24, 2009
Listening to a few albums this week:
Doves - Kingdom of Rust (a real grower, some interesting and dark electro beats in the mix)
Red Eskimo - The Grey Death Billow (I'm going to be talking a lot about this album from the Brothers' Delaney (Limerick boys, whoop!) in time, very impressive early impressions - a bit like Midlake meets Sigur Ros/Royksopp/The Shins' bastard children - in a good way - launch in Dolan's Warehouse on Friday May 8)
Passion Pit - Chunk of Change (2008 EP from hotly-tipped American electro outfit, debut album Manners due in May)
...And So I Watch You From Afar (Bizarre post-rock from this interesting Northern Irish outfit, Mogwai-esque I think, on first impressions)
Mogwai - The Hawk is Howling (The hawk certainly is howling on this superb album from the real deal - visceral, mind-blowing, dark and epic all at the same time)
Also seems Delorentos are now not splitting up after all, which is interesting. Seems Ronan Yourell realised what he would be missing out on and came to his senses. Hoping to have an interview with one of the boys in the coming weeks, watch this space.
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
LINE UP 2009 so far:
RODRIGO Y GABRIELA
2 MANY DJs
EXPLOSIONS IN THE SKY
BAT FOR LASHES
THE SUGARHILL GANG
ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN
SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO
SKREAM & BENGA’s MAGNETIC MAN
MAGNOLIA ELECTRIC COMPANY
WHITEST BOY ALIVE
MICACHU & THE SHAPES
DUBLIN GOSPEL CHOIR
QUANTIC SOUL ORCHESTRA
Plus more acts to be announced
Body and Soul, Spoken Word, THISISPOPBABY etc all to return. Tickets this Friday. Details:
Weekend Tickets are €240 / Family Camping Ticket is €480 for 2 adults & up to 4 kids under 12 with access to designated Family Campsite. There are no single day tickets.
Campervan Tickets for access to Campervan Park are €60, available also from the same outlets. Above ticket prices include booking fee & VAT and go on sale 9am Friday 17th April from all usual outlets, https://owa.jpress.co.uk/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.ticketmaster.ie/ / Credit Card Hotline: Ph 0818 719300 Republic of Ireland / 0870 2434455 UK/Northern Ireland. Phone / internet bookings are subject to 12.5% service charges. Agents fee is €2.50.
Initial impressions? Fleet Foxes, The Watchmen, Flaming Lips, Lisa Hannigan, Halfset, Orbital, 2 Many DJs, Bat for Lashes, Zero 7, Lykke Li, Bell X1 - I'm excited in that exact order.
A very good line-up, well impressed and thankfully not a sniff of Green Day, whoop!! Different kettle of fish to Oxegen etc, I like that EP has remained slightly left of centre in its choices, even if Madness are on the list..
Friday, April 10, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
LINE UP FOR MAIN STAGE
12:10 – 12:40 Hundred Flower Campaign
12:50 – 13:20 Blackstar
13:30 – 14:00 Nick Carswell and the Elective Orchestra
14:10 – 14:40 The Overkills
14:50 – 15:20 The Out Last Knights
15:30 – 16:00 Clurichaun
16:10 – 16:40 Idle Hands
16:50 – 17:20 Lights Over Phoenix
17:30 – 18:00 I Caught Fire
18:10 – 18:40 Syllian Rayle
18:50 – 19:20 The Fewer the Better
19:30 – 20:00 Fox Jaw Bounty Hunters
20:10 – 20:50 Ten Past Seven
21:00 – 21:15 Benoit and Walter Mitty
21:15 – 22:00 Walter Mitty and the Realists
22:10 – 22:50 Snowman
23:00 – Close DJ Kav
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
As seen in the picture above, WFMU’s Billy Jam interviewed Dan Sykes of Viva Music Studios during last Friday’s live radio broadcast from Limerick to New York and the East Coast of the USA.
More than 20 guests also featured on the show - 'Put the Needle on the Record' - which was broadcast live over three hours from Sykes’ Viva studios on O’Connell Street.
Local acts like the Rubberbandits, Size2Shoes, Jay Red and True Blood Souljahz, plus a litany of other local DJs and people involved in the local music scene, all featured on the show.
Speaking after the show presenter Billy Jam praised the diversity of the local music scene in Limerick.
“The WFMU Live from Limerick show on March 27 not only proved what a richly diverse music scene inhabits the district but also how tightly knit these divergent scenes and individuals are,” he explained.
The show is available on the internet here (streaming) or for download here.
Info on Dan Sykes studio here.
I don't know whether to be amused or outraged, but I have discovered how to get more traffic to my site. Maybe the Leader would consider trying a similar tactic? Hmmm..
Anyway, in the spirit of this thought, I happened to travel several times on Ryanair last week, one time indeed while reading this article, which was highly amusing, documenting one Ryanair air hostess' sideline in the online adult film industry.
Unfortunately, she wasn't on my mostly male-staffed flight, but I thought it worthy of a chuckle. Here is pic of Ms Schinderlova, keep an eye out the next time you fly with Mr O'Leary's airline!
(normal service on this blog will resume in time, we promise, but we are still trying to adjust to being back at work)