01. Regret Will Come is the bedroom-pop project of confirmed sad-boy Fintan Gallagher. “Discerning pop for the depressed millennial”, or so runs his tagline.
02. Lo-fi bubblegum pop is the order of the day here, in the vein that Ireland seems to produce at a prodigious rate in the past decade, albeit with a more pop-culture-tinged aesthetic.
03. Streaming above is the video for single Holy Cross Made of Flesh, directed by the team Sunburnt Soul Films and featuring a cameo from Ronald Reagan. It’s taken from Gallagher’s debut full-length, I Hope You Thrive.
From top: Bill Graham; BP Fallon; Dave Fanning; NPR‘s Bob Boilen; Lester Bangs; from left: Huw Stephens, Annie Mac, MayKay of Other Voices, and Donal Dineen
Last Friday we asked you to request a piece of music as a shout out to your favourite rock writers, jocks and other evangelists.
In fact, the specific sentence that needed filling was:
‘I would like to dedicate__________to ___________for sharing with me his/her impeccable taste and love of decent music.’
In the balance was a newly-minted voucher for twenty-five euro, redeemable at any of fourteen Golden Discs locations, including the brand-new Vinyl Lounge , upstairs in the chain’s flagship Cork location on Patrick Street.
The running was tough, but there could only be one winner…
Specific Gravity, with the clincher:
I would like to dedicate New Grass by Talk Talk to Donal Dineen for sharing with me his impeccable taste and love of decent music. Insight, foresight, more sight, the clock on the wall reads a quarter past midnight… And so would begin a few hours of nightly magic. Dineen’s shows remain the pinnacle of musical broadcasting in this country.
He just let the tracks do the talking and despite his obvious breadth and depth of knowledge, was never preachy or arch about introducing lesser known but massively talented artists from around the globe. It was like a muso mate sharing some recommendations they thought you’d like to hear.”
In other highlights:
OUCH: “I would like to dedicate Henry McCullogh by BP Fallon and David Holmes to both BP Fallon and David Holmes, for sharing with me their impeccable taste and love of decent music and this amazing tribute to a legend of Irish music. They’re two men whose recommendations have help me discover some amazing music, it was an interview with David Holmes that first made me seek out Histoire de Melody Nelson by Serge Gainsbourg, easily in my all time top ten!”
MCGENIUS: “I would like to dedicate this beer I’m supping to Bob Boilen of NPR’s All Songs Considered podcast for sharing with me his impeccable taste and love of decent music. And for introducing me to Puddles’ Pity Party and his unbelievably awesome Johnny Cash/Pink Floyd tribute.”
SCOTTSER: “I would like to dedicate Nobody’s Hero by Stiff Little Fingers to Lester Bangs for sharing with me his impeccable taste and love of decent music. “A hero is a goddamn stupid thing to have in the first place and a general block to anything you might wanna accomplish on your own.”
LIAM DELIVERANCE: “I would like to dedicate American Townland by Interference to the producers and researchers, and indeed the hosts, of Other Voices for sharing with me their impeccable taste and love of decent music. The series which has been running for fourteen years, continues to introduce music of a high quality from artists old and new, and to do so in a warm and reliable format. Great music, knowledgeable hosts, beautiful scenery and moments of pure magic.”
PAT WALSH: “I would like to dedicate Ballad of a Thin Man by Dylan to the late Bill Graham of Hot Press, for sharing his knowledge & passion for music with me & thousands of other readers.”
LIAM: “I’ll dedicate MBV’s Sometimes to Dave Fanning, whose evening Rock Show got me through secondary school and also introduced me to the likes of the Pixies, Primal Scream, REM and the Cure, way, way back in the day.”
01. Youngsters from the musical hotbed of the North Coast (Coleraine, to be precise), Sleeping Outside are quite happy to give themselves the dreaded ‘alternative’ tag, but their pop sensibilities are what stand out.
02. Emerged last year with debut E.P. Sleepy, recorded at NI rock documentation outpost Bearcat Studios.
03. Streaming above is single Make Me Wait, released last week and available for download and streaming from their Bandcamp. Recorded by Caolan Austin of NI label/studio Small Town America, and mastered in the Metal Shop in Philly, USA by engineer Jake Ewald.
04. Although no gigs are in the offing at present, they’ve been busy in the past year gathering their live chops, in support of emergent Irish bands like Hot Cops and Brand New Friend.
Thoughts: Filled with the kind of late-teens over-earnestness and lust for catharsis that seems ever more like a hazy, distant post-life scenario to your now-ageing writer, there nonetheless is a good grip here on uncomplicated, feelsy guitar-pop that ought to get better with time and experience.
Had to share this video of, what was without doubt, the highlight of [music and arts festival] Féile Na Bealtaine in Dingle.
On Sunday evening, outside Dick Mack’s pub, the secret location for the Oíche Bealtaine performance was revealed – we had to go to a field out the back of Curran’s pub off Main Street.
We arrived into a pagan world – full of straw-men structures and performers dressed in animal skins. Any fear of a reenactment of The Wicker Man or Burn the Witch was allayed when the music kicked off and the crowd joined in the pagan rave.
01. Progressing from synth-pop and new-wave inflections that earned his second album a Choice Prize nomination, Patrick Kelleher’s new material apparently veers into acid house and early techno for inspiration.
02. Over the years, Kelleher has trod the boards with acts like Future Islands, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, A Flock of Seagulls and Dan Deacon, performing live with collaborator Brian Conniffe (Nurse With Wound).
03. Streaming above is the video for Miracle Candle, taken from the aforementioned Choice nominee, Golden Syrup.
Dublin Digital Radio spends another weekend comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable, via the medium of broadcast. A big weekend in the works, and some great new shows on demand.
DDR collective member Emily Carson writes:
Some good listening from the last week includes XXX: Proto Techno filled with songs from the 70s and 80s that have inspired techno producers near and far. The newest episode of Quiet Angry Women has even more music from women who are ‘quietly ferocious, quietly angry and lots more in between’ and there’s even more more trans-continental selecting on ‘From East Ghost to West Ghost’.