Fountains of Wayne – Valley Winter Song

Have you the blues/The Fear/The Mondays/unspecified dread?

As temperatures plunge and the daylight shrinks, so does our collective mood.

And to make matters worse, the working week looms large as we trudge to our proverbial cubicle.

To soften the blow, let me introduce a new weekly series where I choose a song that may ease your Monday and invite readers to chime in with YOUR own suggestions through the night.

To start, above is a wonderful song by American power-pop quartet Fountains Of Wayne that acts a musical comfort blanket against the winter chill.

Nick says: Enjoy.

Illustration: Worldhaspostrock

On Crimecall.

Fergus McCormack writes:

Presenter Sharon Ni Bheolain meets the family of Gerry Taylor to hear about their on-going heartache at his disappearance almost six months ago and how they haven’t given up hope of finding him.

Gerry has not been seen since the 25th May this year. As part of the investigation into his disappearance,

Gardaí recovered CCTV from that day which shows Gerry walking from the Milltown Luas stop, along Dundrum Road and the Dundrum bypass. He is last picked up on camera passing Taylors Three Rock Hotel as he walks up Kellystown Road towards Ticknock in the Dublin mountains.

Crimecall on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.

Soda Blonde Terrible Hands

Welcome to the strange new world of Soda Blonde.

Born out if the ashes of Little Green Cars, the Dublin alt.pop stylists return with an enigmatic video directed by the band’s own Adam O’Regan.

Front and centre is Faye O’Rourke (top) who stars as a glamorous lounge singer.

The band play Galway Roisin Dubh on November 23; Limerick Dolan’s, 29; Belfast Black Box, December 6; and Dublin Whelan’s, December 15 and 16.

Nick says: Delicious Soda pop.

Soda Blonde

This afternoon.

Church of St Paul of the Cross, Mount Argus, Harold’s Cross, Dublin 6

A procession of family and friends follow the hearse leaving the church to the graveyard after the funeral of actor Niall Tóibín. From top: Mike Murphy, Father Brian Darcy, actor Phelim Drew, actor John Kavanagh, impresario Noel Pearson, President Higgins and unidientified priest.

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews

Behold: stellar nippers in the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud, but not as you’d normally see them. To wit:

…astronomers created this tantalizing false-color composition of dust clouds and embedded newborn stars in infrared wavelengths with WISE, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. The cosmic canvas features one of the closest star forming regions, part of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud complex some 400 light-years distant near the southern edge of the pronounceable constellation Ophiuchus. After forming along a large cloud of cold molecular hydrogen gas, young stars heat the surrounding dust to produce the infrared glow. Stars in the process of formation, called young stellar objects or YSOs, are embedded in the compact pinkish nebulae seen here, but are otherwise hidden from the prying eyes of optical telescopes. An exploration of the region in penetrating infrared light has detected emerging and newly formed stars whose average age is estimated to be a mere 300,000 years. That’s extremely young compared to the Sun’s age of 5 billion years. The prominent reddish nebula at the lower right surrounding the star Sigma Scorpii is a reflection nebula produced by dust scattering starlight. This view from WISE, released in 2012, spans almost 2 degrees and covers about 14 light-years at the estimated distance of the Rho Ophiuchi cloud.

(Image: NASA, JPL-Caltech, WISE)