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0 Comments 08 July 2010

Jana Hunter is best known for her solo output as a haunting songstress, initially associated with the “New Weird America” folk movement of the early 00’s. Here she returns with a new band and a gorgeous debut LP of slow burning drone-pop.

Twin Hand Movement is out now on Devendra Banhart’s Gnomonsong label.
http://www.myspace.com/lowerdens

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Download the first track from Radiohead drummer Phil Selway’s solo LP for free

0 Comments 02 July 2010

Phil Selway’s debut solo album Familal is out this August and the Radiohead drummer will showcase his new material with a European tour that kicks off at this year’s Electric Picnic.

The first track By Some Miracle is now available for download from his site here.

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Harmonic @ the Marquee – stage times

0 Comments 23 June 2010

via Jim Carroll, here are the stage times for Foggy Notions ‘Harmonic’ Marquee night in Cork this Friday

Doors open at 6pm
Villagers: 6.30pm-7.15pm
Camera Obscura 7.45pm-8.30pm
Midlake: 9pm-10.15pm
Grizzly Bear: 10.45pm-midnight

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Guesslist @ Primavera 2010 – Friday

0 Comments 02 June 2010

Our Friday starts tentatively with A Sunny Day In Glasgow, who nicely surprised those only in the vicinity of the Pitchfork stage to avail of the relatively quiet queues for the drink token booths. The upbeat shoegaze sounds are a nice start to the day, and lead us nicely into the finale of The New Pornographers who continue the guitar-pop mood of the evening and ease into Day 2 of Primavera Sound.

From there it’s a matter of sampling some of Best Coast who chill us out nicely prior to Beach House on ATP. Having discovered the Americans with their superb sophomore effort ‘Devotion,’ my desire to see them live was only heightened by this year’s superb ‘Teen Dream,’ and I’m not alone. The venue is packed beyond capacity for this beautiful set, which, while note perfect, was somewhat spoiled by the amount of chatter. Once again it’s a case of not seeing a band you like at a festival. A trip to Vicar St may be necessary.

We hang around ATP for Les Savy Fav who tore up the same venue two years ago. Once again a topless Tim Harrington stage dives, shimmys, dances and marshals the crowd as in 2007, and energises another set that will have won over many new fans.

From there it’s Pixies time. This set has divided opinions, but from where we were sounding it was an absolute winner. Yes, Francis Black seemed to be going through the motions, but when the motions involve such a stunning back catalogue, those popping their Pixies live cherry will be hard pressed to complain. On the plus side the band sounded excellent, a really tight performance of hits and for what it’s worth, Kim Deal seem chuffed.

From 3am on it’s dance time, and we return to ATP to join those reveling to DJ Barry Hogan. At this stage spirits are very high and the beer buzz doesn’t wear off until we’re on the beach at 8am. God help us on Saturday…

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Guesslist @ Primavera 2010 – Thursday

0 Comments 31 May 2010

It’s guesslist’s third consecutive year at Primavera, and it is evident by the Departure Lounge at Cork Airport that Barcelona will once again become a pilgrimage site for hundreds of Irish festival goers.

The combination of the line-up, the location and the value for money relative to Irish events continues to be a draw, though the last factor is obviously made a reality by the huge product placement and sponsorship advertising throughout the Parc Del Forum site.

Our festival kicks off on Thursday with a madcap performance of the near-naked Monotonix on the Vice stage. Starting their set in the crowd, their warm-up consists of lead singer and guitarist slinging beer at each other – then the real madness begins. Stage-diving off drum kits, playing blistering rock in every possible section of the crowd (including bringing equipment into the seated area) they kick our Primavera off with a bang.

Stopping for food (the less of which is said about the €8 burger the better), we take in an impressive set from Titus Andronicus who inject a new life into guitar led punk/postpunk/whateveryourhavingyourself and will have won over new fans this week (this one included).

‘Are they good live?’ a friend who has just discovered The xx asks as we head to the Ray Ban stage. Their performance sums them up perfectly – note perfect replication of their eponymous debut, zero stage presence. This is fine, if you know what you’re getting yourself into but the Londoners lose alot of the crowd. They are a perfect example of a band that benefit more from playing to a crowd in a dedicated gig, rather than a solid festival act. By the background chatter of disinterested punters, this impression is shared by many.

We kill time by checking out a bit of Superchunk who seem to be pleasing the big turnout, before hitting Broken Social Scene. It’s a mixed performance, mad cap at times and overall a bit disjointed but a fine array of songs from across the new album and favoruites such as ‘You Forgot It In People’ make it worthwhile.

The same can’t be said for The Big Pink who somehow prove to be a decent draw to the Pitchfork stage despite being terribly dull. The next close to two hours, however, are all about Pavement. Having read recent reviews of their Dublin show which suggested a disinterested performance by Steve Malkmus, I was delighted to see a guitar-swinging,  joking Malkmus throw hit after hit into the crowd. It’s a real highlight to jump around to opener ‘Cut Your Hair’ and a finishing with the likes of ‘Stereo,’ ‘Two States,’ ‘Range Life’ and an encore of ‘Gold Soundz’ ‘Shady Lane’  and ‘Stop Breathin”.

From there we dance to Delorean before crashing at Moderat who are uninvolving – or maybe it’s the fact that it’s 4am. Round two begins in twelve hours…

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Villagers @ Cyprus Avenue, Cork, 20/5/2010

0 Comments 25 May 2010

Those hoping to cool off following a scorching summer’s day in Cork last Thursday would have been bitterly disappointed as Cyprus Avenue sweltered with the heat of a capacity crowd. The last time guesslist saw an Irish act sell out the venue well in advance, Fight Like Apes were in town, and punters left as satisfied as they did that night, if for different reasons.

Unassuming as ever, Conor O’Brien, ably backed with a full band ran through a setlist mostly comprised of tracks from his then soon-to-be Number 1 album ‘Becoming A Jackal,’ deviating from the Villagers debut only to play Down, Under The Sea – a reminder, if one was needed of the abundance of other quality, well crafted tunes at O’Brien’s disposal. The performances are both intimate, suiting the setting, and forceful, pushing the venue to its limits in the best way possible.

Villagers have now played Cyprus Avenue a few times, the Indie-Pendence festival and are due to play the Marquee this summer as support for Grizzly Bear. Demand for the group here in Cork will not diminish anytime soon, and it remains to be seen if intimate venues such as Cyprus Avenue will be able to host Villagers as they continue to rise.

Setlist:

  • The Meaning of The Ritual
  • Home
  • Becoming A Jackal
  • That Day
  • Pieces
  • To Be Counted Among Them
  • The Pact (I’ll Be Your Fever)
  • I Saw The Dead
  • Down, Under The Sea
  • Ship of Promises

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Girls Names – You Should Know by Now

0 Comments 21 May 2010

Girls Names - You Should Know By Now

One of the most exciting new bands around at the moment, Belfast’s Girls Names profile continues to rise and rise.

They’ve been described as hot shit, featured on Pitchfork, and they’ve just sold out another run of their second 12” release –You Should Know By Now on Tough Love records.

They’re currently off touring the UK (having played a great gig supporting Dum Dum Girls the other night) – it looks like the 3 piece will have a busy summer ahead.

Here’s one of the highlights:

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Tame Impala – Innerspeaker

0 Comments 09 May 2010

Really liking what I’ve heard of Tame Impala, a bunch of sun-soaked psych rockers from Perth, Australia.

They’ve put out a couple of 7”s and are set to release their debut album Innerspeaker in a couple of weeks – I’ve a feeling I’ll be listening to this a lot over the coming summer.

Their grasp of prog and classic rock sounds remind me a lot of Dungen, which is no bad thing – lots of wah-drenched guitar, shimmery vocals and rolling drums add up to create a gorgeously lazy summer vibe.

Tame Impala – Runway, Houses, Cities, Clouds

Tame Impala – Solitude of Bliss

Innerspeaker is out on May 21st, you can pre-order it here.

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The Books – Beautiful People

0 Comments 27 April 2010

Ugly artwork aside, I’m very excited at the prospect of new music from The Books – the duo have been making odd, fascinating music for awhile now and I’ve no doubt that new album The Way Out (due July) will be no exception.

Their mix of classical, folk and glitchy sounds creates a gorgeous musical setting over which they fuck with and bewilder their listeners. Conversational segments, old documentary audio and stream-of-consciousness soundbytes create a synesthesia-like mood that’s as intriguing as it’s inexplicable.

The Books – Beautiful People

New track Beautiful People is pretty straightforward, yet backwards – typical of the sort of Wonka-like behaviour that The Books instill in their songs.

The Books play the Button Factory on May 13th – not to be missed. Their Sugar Club video show a couple of years back was one of the best gigs I’ve seen/heard.

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Hear the new LCD Soundsytem album now

0 Comments 14 April 2010

Streaming now via this widget from the LCD Soundsystem website:

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