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’.
Record Store Day is this Saturday, and Dublin Digital Radio is on the case with a weekend of programming.
Writes Cathy Flynn:
It’s been another exciting week on DDR with a number of new shows starting. Popular interview series Femme Fatale returned to Irish airwaves, hosted by Sophie Murphy. Record label Lyxliv joined the DDR family & celebrated their first release by grime/footwork artist Wastee. We are also now joined by Kate Butler for a monthly residency.
This Saturday is Record Store Day 2017, and DDR will be marking the day. Tune into Getting Away With It for a Record Store Day special from 12 – 1pm, to hear previously unreleased material from The Smiths & new tracks from The The, the first plays on Irish radio (a bold claim). From 1pm on, we will be broadcasting live from All City in Temple Bar for their annual Record Store Day instore, with sets from DDR residents ONE -CP, Fio & a live set from New Jackson.
Another week, another serving of unreal alternative radio from the disruptors at Dublin Digital Radio, with heapings of on-demand content including highlights streaming above, and a packed schedule for the weekend.
Writes collective member AXXS:
We have been witnessing a huge interest and activity during our special 24 hours of Women’s Voices session that kicked off on Wednesday night, to broadcast female voices in support for #strike4repeal. Some highlights from that day include Dandelion and Aoife Nic Canna, who opened a night of amazing set of shows presented by artists and activists from around the capital. Kate Butler closed the night with her live set Witching Hour.
Other highlights from the past week have been: an incredibly pleasant show from Wah Wah Wadio with a mix of fresh house; Richie Bree & James Kirwan’s Sonntags Radio with some laid-back grooves, and a selection of their favorite records; IBM with a mix of tracks from Philip Jeck, Leroy Smart, unknown Tanzanian musicians and more; a very cool mix from Breen with soul and funk put together in his show Beneath the Bricks/w Breen. Also, a great selection of post-punk presented by Elastic Witch Radio.
As always we are excited for the weekend and yet again the upcoming list of shows is looking great, featuring live shows from the sound girls in Eve at 2pm on Saturday. The Adult Store 9pm on the same day is also something to look out for, and on Sunday we have All City x Jheri Trackswith a great selection of house, techno, experimental and electro, very cool!
International Women’s Day is tomorrow, as are the Strike4Repeal actions around the country. With that in mind, Dublin Digital Radio, from midnight tonight, is carrying twenty-four hours of exclusively female voices.
This is rare move for an industry that recently fared poorly in gender equality by percentage, with women and female-identifying individuals comprising only 28% of voices on-air.
DDR collective member Cathy Flynn talks us through some of the highlights.
Dandelion (12am), Aoife Nic Canna (1am) and Kate Butler (11pm): Aoife Nic Canna & Kate Butler both featured heavily in the recent documentary “Notes on A Rave in Dublin”, which sold out two showings as part of the ADIFF Festival. Dandelion will open 24 Hours of Women’s Voices with a live set of her signature soul sounds at midnight, bringing us into Wednesday, followed by Aoife Nic Canna. Meanwhile Kate Butler’s Witching Hour will close the day with a live set from 11pm on the Wednesday night.
Strike 4 Repeal Rev Radio (9am): Strike4Repeal hit the airwaves at 9am with a guide to the day’s actions, and a soundtrack to get you pumped to get out on the streets and fight for your rights.
The Renunciation: At 12pm and 6pm, instead of the Angelus, we will listen to 12 people’s abortion stories.
These Hysterical Women – A Discussion of Women in Psychology (12pm):
Sadhbh Byrne and Jill Woodnutt discuss the role of women in psychology and how this affects women’s mental health issues.
Quiet Angry Women w/Aisling O’Riordan (2pm):
Quiet Angry Women hosts music from women who whisper and shout their wants and needs. Female anger can be ignored and shrugged off. Over an hour Aisling O’Riordan will highlight music that is angry, ferocious and sometimes gentle.
Dublin Digital Radio continues to innovate on their self-created online airwaves, playing host to dozens of new shows from all over the country. It’s a big weekend for the station, with more shows debuting.
Collective member Aoife Davis writes:
Heading into March, we’ve got an even wider selection of shows at Dublin Digital Radio, with newcomers joining to airwaves weekly, including “Morning Gardening with Jenn“, “Digital Garden” and “Little L Records”.
Our highlights of the week include Gash Collective’s ELLLL, bringing you a selection of witch house, noise and left field bass, Sonntags Radio’s upbeat disco, house and funk and ambient, down tempo and soulful sounds from Underneath the Orange Tree, with James Rogers and Ruaidhri Finnegan.
This weekend is shaping up to be an exciting one, welcoming new show “Beautiful Swimmers” on Saturday at 7pm, while also looking out for Repeater with Eomac and our regular, Eoin Ryan with Shivers Radio on Sunday.
This Wednesday, the station will also be running twenty-four hours of female voices for International Women’s Day, in solidarity with Strike4Repeal.
Writes Cathy Flynn:
The aim of 24 Hours of Women’s Voices is to make you feel inspired and excited this International Women’s Day/Strike4Repeal Day. We want to be the soundtrack to your day, whether you are at home, in work, or out on the streets. If you cannot strike and want to feel like you are part of the day, stick on Dublin Digital Radio, and feel the Girl Power through the air waves. Also, women’s voices make up only about 28% of broadcasting on Irish airwaves. 24 Hours of Women’s Voices is an example of the breadth of female creativity there is out there. We are taking this opportunity to have one day of 100% women’s voices!
Our weekly look at audio auteurs Dublin Digital Radio continues, as we serve up some of the lads’ choice cuts of recent weeks, and a three-hour, on-location special at Cork’s Quarter Block Party festival (co-hosted by yours truly).
Writes DDR collective member Brian:
Our first excursion down south to Cork city for Quarter Block Party wasn’t without its minor bumps but we got through it and what a wonderful festival it was. Find the recording below where our hosts Dwayne Woods and Mike McGrath-Bryan take you through interviews and performances from Wastefellow, Myles Manley, Dowry, ELLLL and more.
Vincent Dermody returned for his bi-weekly venture into folk and experimental while the One-CP crew had German SUED Records boss SVN come into DDR towers for a mix.
The time approaches for International Women’s Day, and with it, the called-for national strike to bring attention to the issue of repealing the Eighth. As the momentum for the strike hits the straight, Dublin Digital Radio will be getting behind it with a big show at its HQ.
DDR jock Dwayne Woods writes:
Four days out from International Women’s Day, March 8th, online radio station Dublin Digital Radio present Striking Sounds. An eclectic evening of music featuring some of the best Irish female acts or female fronted acts who are set to perform in solidarity with Strike 4 Repeal.
The fundraising and awareness event will take place on March 4th at Jigsaw, 10 Belvedere Court, Dublin 1.
Coming in relatively late are some of the highlights of recent on Dublin alternative radio station Dublin Digital Radio. Since kicking off late last year, the station has attempted to bring different voices and sounds to the Irish radio landscape, with shows recorded live in Jigsaw in Dublin, and pre-taped around the country.
Writes collective member Brian Hyland:
The Dublin Digital Radio roster expanded again this week as we launched some new shows including Off Target and Soft Landing Radio, making their debuts on the digital airwaves.
Among our top selections this week were, The Co-Present where host Dwayne Woods caught up with Steven Sharpe and Maija Sofia. Next was One-CP which had SUED label head, SVN in the house before his Dublin gig, well worth a listen. Last but not least, Beneath the Bricks with Breen gave us another stellar mix last Sunday.
Our now-weekly check-in with Dublin Digital Radio brings with it another eclectic selection of on-demand auditory treats and a packed weekend schedule (see above), ahead of the station hitting the road this weekend.
Writes DDR member Brian:
Week 16 has been good and busy for us here at DDR, with plenty of new shows starting and preparations for our first festival appearance at Quarter Block Party well underway.
Some highlights of the past week (embedded above) include Underneath The Orange Tree with host James Rogers and Graham Dundon bringing soulful grooves and afrobeats to the DDR Studio. Check out their first record, dropping soon. ELLLL continues her fine form following the release of her Romance EP with an hour and a half of tough beats, atmospheric techno and bass while Brian Coney of The Thin Air delivered his weekly mixed bag of oddities for his show Death Culture Blues.
Looking ahead to the weekend we are broadcasting from Cork City on Saturday with interviews, live performances and a bit of messin’ in Plugd Records from 2-6pm (your writer included – Mike), before we take over Gulpd Café to play records from 9pm-12am. On Sunday, Shivers radio returns from 5-8pm and Aidan Hanratty brings the ambient and drone vibes from 8-10pm.
Dublin Digital Radio keeps on slowly breathing fresh air onto the Irish (digital) airwaves, with an eclectic selection of live shows from their studio at the Jigsaw arts space and pre-tapes pulled in from around the country.
Streaming above: a selection of the station’s finest few hours this week. Also above: the schedule for the weekend. Get in.
DDR member Cormac writes:
A new week of shows here at DDR. Some highlights included Denise & Leg’s Dublin Punk Radio, last Saturday Staxx Lyrical had Ballymun hip-hop group 5th Element in studio, and Emma Cawley’s show “XXX” looks at Gqom, electronic music from South Africa, with an interview with label manager Craig Pugnetti.
For the weekend ahead some show highlights to keep an eye out for include the Wino Boys’ show “Wah Wah Wadio” on Saturday. While on Sunday we have a new show called “Mullin’ it Over: Obama: A Retrospective” which takes a look back at the highs and lows of his presidency. At 8pm Major Problems boss Barry Redsetta is back on the airwaves, which is not to be missed!