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    Thursday, September 17, 2009

    Dirty Projectors

    Excellent set last night in Whelans from the Dirty Projectors, makers of Bitte Orca, one of the most original, fascinating and downright brilliant albums of this year. Great drummer! Didn't manage to get a decent photo of him or indeed most of the band so you'll have to make do with these two of Angel and Dave. The Dave one's got a touch of the Ian Curtis' about it and the Angel one is well, just look at her, and she sounds good too. Here she is singing the very fab Two Doves from Bitte Orca which is something of a tribute to Nico's classic 'These Days' - Two Doves has amazing treated strings on the album, sadly not present in the live version. You tube audio clip below of the song.

    Angel Deradoorian, Dirty Projectors

    Angel Deradoorian, Dirty Projectors

    Dave Longstreth

    Thursday, September 10, 2009

    Protecting the Taxpayer from NAMA

    Labour party's new doc on disastrous NAMA plans, quote below, full doc here.

    'The bill to establish the National Asset Management Agency (NAMA) is one of the most significant pieces of legislation that the Dáil will ever debate. It involves setting up an agency that will acquire some €80 to €90 billion in property-based loans from Irish banks.

    The risks to the Irish exchequer are enormous and irreversible. Overpayment by NAMA for these loans will impose a huge financial burden on the State, yet it is clear that this is the inevitable consequence of the current Government’s approach'

    Wednesday, September 9, 2009

    Jogging Playlist Vol 3

    Island, IS, Volcano Choir, Unmap

    Anonanimal, Andrew Bird, Noble Beast

    Ronnie's Theme, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, The Hare's Corner
    Beijing, Patrick Watson, Wooden Arms
    Weird Fishes, Radiohead, In Rainbows
    Crystalised The XX, XX
    Dull Life, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, It's Blitz!
    Nothing Ever Happened, Deerhunter, Microcastle
    Golden Age, TV on the Radio, Dear Science
    Five Fingers, Aesop Rock, None Shall Pass
    Little Girl (ft Julian Casablancas), Danger Mouse and Sparklehouse, Dark Night of the Soul
    If I Ever Feel Better, Phoenix, United
    Crying Lightning, Arctic Monkeys, Humbug
    Stillness is the Move, Dirty Projectors, Bitte Orca
    Naked Eye, Luscious Jackson, Fever In, Fever Out
    Iceblink Luck, Cocteau Twins, Stars and Topsoil
    Hearts on Fire, Cut Copy
    Life in Marvellous Times, Mos Def, The Ecstatic

    Monday, September 7, 2009

    Electric Picnic 09 Review

    Some real gems in the Irish Times photo slideshow here.

    The perfect Electric Picnic 09 festival experience for me was Passion Pitt in the Little Big Tent. They absolutely tore the roof off, crowd and band went nuts for the whole set. Glorious.

    Body and Soul Tent

    In the body and soul arena.

    Florence and the Machine's performance was explosive. And the crowd were very up for it.

    Loved every minute of Jape's wonderful gig. Just love what this guy does full stop. New song Scorpio very fab and the one he started with that wasn't from Ritual. Anyone know what that was? The bit where he got the guy up to sing along with him was a really funny, heart warming moment.

    Julie Feeney's performance was a wonderfully theatrical delivery of tunes from an exceptional album. And she looked fab. Quite besotted with her now.

    Fleet Foxes reminded me again why i adore them so much.

    Blitzen Trapper and the Acorn were lovely.

    And David Kitt was in flying form subbing for Bat for Lashes.

    Flaming Lips were brilliant, the lights, the balloons, the singer encased in a giant ball, the tunes...but i was too tired to get the full whack out of it.

    Main gripes at festival organisers - Please bring back the tables at the back of the main stage to sit and chill out - made that whole area much nicer in previous years.

    Please make sure the Heineken bar qs are properly divided - they were absolute mayhem near the main stage on Friday night, with lots of crushing and flying beer.

    Please don't put all the big acts on on sunday evening!

    It's still a wonderful festival tho.

    Finally given all the muck, grime and hassle carrying stuff to the camping site, this 34 year old old fogie is seriously considering the B&B and taxi option for his next EP.