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Last week, we asked you to fill us in on the sounds that ease you into your Sunday mornings.

To be specific, we asked you to complete the following sentence.

‘On Sunday mornings I fill my home with the sounds of___________________________because_____________’

At stake was a €25 voucher for Golden Discs, redeemable at any of their 14 locations nationwide.

The competition, as ever, was stiff, but there can only be one (as ever).

Kolmo wins with this rhyming clincher:

“On Sunday mornings I fill my home with the sounds of Bill Withers’ ‘Lovely Day‘  because I’ll tell you why – you wake up, feeling like a slug, climb out of bed after giving her a hug, scratch your head as you hop from the bed, have the dogs been fed? We’ll have to see after quite a lengthy pee. Roll downstairs, tip on over to the shiny kettle, still not feeling the finest of fettle, fill her up as you look at the pup, right so, let’s start the show – on goes ‘Lovely Day’, a warm wave melts over you that everything is going to be OK.”

Strong contenders from the running:

Odockatee: “On Sunday mornings I fill my home with the sounds of Badly Drawn Boy’s Hour of the Bewilderbeast because from the opening, cornflakes-themed The Shining, it’s a gentle but interesting meander near the water and back. Just a beautiful document of moments in time.”

James M.Chimney: “Sunday morning. It could be Dream Wife or possibly Screaming Females. Sometimes the vinyl goes on, or sometimes it’s purely digital. If I’m busy cooking breakfast, I’ll opt for something upbeat, Joy Division or a bit of Batcave. As the sausages sizzle under the grill, I’ll reach for imaginary cobwebs. As I pour the orange juice, I lament to Cave’s refrain… ‘why are all the women weeping?‘”

Shayna: “It’s Sunday morning, there’s no-one to gently warm my croissants in the oven, there’s no Illy freshly ground coffee percolating, the Papers have arrived (mags not fully intact – Damn you, little neighbour paperboy/kid). I’m trying to feel better about my disastrous artichokes entrée at my last dinner party (balsamic vinegar on the table, what was I thinking?). Anyhoos, I got Bob.”

Harry Molloy: “On Sunday mornings I fill my home with the sounds of Procol Harum’s Whiter Shade of Pale because it sounds great, you can sing along without knowing what you’re singing about (poxiest bleedin’ lyrics ever written) and it reminds me of being little when my dad would be singing along to classic gold while making a fry, and would give me a sausage on a fork which would satisfy my little stomach”

The Citizen: “On Sunday mornings I am mostly listening to the talented Irish singer and producer Gavin Glass and the title track from his most recent album Sunday Songs because he gets it. The getting old, the hangover, the fun, the realism and the optimism. Worth a listen anytime, Sunday morning ideally.”

gorugeen: “on Sunday mornings I like to fill my home with the sound of Dummy by Portishead. Why? Because it’s the perfect soundtrack to Sunday morning happy time.”

mildred st. meadowlark: “On Sundays I fill my home with the sounds of Sunrise by Norah Jones because it’s a wonderfully warm song and just makes me bliss out as I make an enormous stack of food. Also anything by Fleet Foxes. They have a wonderfully uplifting sound to their music that would suit a relaxing and ponderous Sunday morning.”

Thanks all.

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Every Friday, we give away a voucher worth TWENTY FIVE yo-yos to splash out on vinyl, CD or whatnot at any of the 14 Golden Discs stores nationwide.

All we ask from you is a tune we can play at an UNSPECIFIED time.

This week’s theme: Easy Sunday listening.

What track or album do you play to welcome the day of rest/fear?

To enter, please complete this sentence.

‘On Sunday mornings I fill my home with the sounds of___________________________because_____________’

Lines MUST close at MIDNIGHT tonight MIDDAY Sunday,

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Last week, with a twenty five euro voucher for Golden Discs on offer, we asked you to complete this sentence:

‘The greatest non-ballad love song ever is….”

You did so in your dozens.

But there could only be one winner:

Tomboktu takes the voucher with an Irish-made, Dublin-based swoon choon:

Under Clery’s Clock by the late Phil Chevron and performed by The Radiators, because not only is it a genuinely gay Irish song (‘last bus to An Lar’), and not only did it capture the anxiety of being gay before decriminalisation (song: 1989; law change: 1993), and not only because it recounts an honesty that we don’t talk about in polite society (‘Burgh Quay at night/In this dark and stinking place’), but also because in those dark days it was so, so visionary, looking to a day of equality long before even gay activists were thinking about it (‘to hold him and embrace/Just like other lovers do/Without disgrace’).”

Runners up:

Penfold: “The greatest non-ballad love song ever is ‘Fell in Love with a Girl’ by the White Stripes because it’s a great manic song that comes in under two minutes, which is more than enough for any love song or associated acts! The video Is pretty class too which just enhances the song.”

Odockatee: “‘Whatever’ by Liam Lynch. He puts up so many barriers but shows his true love for Zaphron by the end. Maybe its friendship, maybe its more. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll kiss 1 minute and 29 seconds goodbye. MWAH!”

Mike: “The greatest non-ballad love song ever is Love Machine by Supermax because how could you pick anything else with a lyric like ‘If you need a one day lover just call 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 1 day lover. If you need a two day lover just call 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 2 days lover‘”

Ivan: “The greatest non-ballad love song ever is I Wouldn’t Normally Do This Kind of Thing by Pet Shop Boys because it’s sounds daft as a brush, looks dafter, has an ace descending bassline, you can dance to it and it references the Rite of flippin Spring.”

Bertie Blenkinsop: “I don’t know if this is considered a ballad but I absolutely love the way Alicia Keys sings thisI’m no music critic but i often thought it may be because it seems to be slightly out of her vocal range so it seems like she’s reaching for the notes and so seems to be yearning even more. Anyhow, don’t listen to it if you’re mad for someone and can’t have them, you’ll have to go off and stand on a cold square of lino to get yourself back on track :)”

Deluded: :The greatest non-ballad love song ever is “Hey Boy, Hey Girl” by the Chemical Brothers because it is so joyous and high-energy and Paul Oakenfold opened a set with it which still gives me goosebumps.”

Smith: “The greatest non ballad love song ever is “This is not a Love Song” by PIL. Throbbing [Jah] Wobble bass and wailing anti-capitalist /neo-liberal sentiment delivered by Lydon. The title says it all.”

Serval: “The greatest non-ballad love song ever is F.E.E.L.I.N.G.C.A.L.L.E.D.L.O.V.E. by Pulp because the lyrics are astoundingly brilliant and the melody and arrangement perfectly match the wildness, craziness and uncontrollable urges of love.”

Thanks all

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Last week: This is Not A Slow Set

 

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Every Friday, we give away a Golden Discs voucher that would normally fetch twenty five euros on the open market.

All we ask from you is a tune we can play at some unspecified time (on Monday).

This week’s theme: Loud love songs.

What non-ballad love choon gives you the goosebumps in all the right places?

To enter, please complete this sentence.

‘The greatest non-ballad love song ever is ___________________by________________because__________’

Lines MUST close at MIDNIGHT

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Last week, we asked YOU, our distinguished commentariat to recommend us your favourite new Irish music.

On the line was a crisp, new €25 voucher for Golden Discs, redeemable at any of its fourteen locations nationwide. In fact, we asked you to complete this sentence:

‘My current favourite song by a new Irish artist is ___________________ by ______________________ because __________________________’

The competition was tight as usual, but as ever, there can only be one winner:

Dav clinches it, with his recommendation (streaming above).

My current favorite song by a new Irish artist is Falling for You by Daithí featuring Sinead White because, not only is it a powerful vocal on her end, but he spent the last year traveling Ireland, recording sounds from the landscape to incorporate into his tracks, so I mean this quite literally when I say this is the sound of Ireland!

Other highlights from the running:

Gorugeen: ‘My current favourite song by a new Irish artist is Charlene by Chewing on Tinfoil because the video is so simple, honest, which reflects the song. It’s a tune that’s emotional but not at all soppy. It’s a touch raucous and sung in a genuine accent. An all round great package.’

Odockatee: ‘My current favourite song by a new Irish artist is Tin Man by Saint Sister because it has great harmonies, a real velvet flow and it’s just cool.’

Anne: ‘Lynched are very good’.

Penfold: ‘My current favourite song by a new Irish artist is Bullethead by Fangclub because its a great rough sounding riff laden track that showcases the bands grungey influences. Not sure if it qualifies as new as picked it up midway through last year.’

Thanks all

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Last week: The Young Folk

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Today, like every Friday, we’re preparing to part with a €25 voucher for Golden Discs, redeemable at any of their fourteen locations nationwide.

To celebrate the release of the talent-stuffed shortlist for this year’s Choice Music Prize, all we ask from YOU is a song from the current generation of Irish artists that we can play at an UNSPECIFIED time.

To enter, just complete the following sentence.

‘My current favourite song by a new Irish artist is ___________________ by ______________________ because __________________________’

Lines MUST close at MONDAY 10am!

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Every Friday, we give away a newly-minted, freshly-pressed voucher for TWENTY-FIVE euro to spend with aplomb and abandon at the Golden Discs location of YOUR choice. Any of fourteen of them, nationwide.

All we ask from you is a tune we can play at an UNSPECIFIED time.

This week’s theme: Irish women singers.

What female Irish voice tickles your ear buds and breaks your booze-soaked heart?

To enter, please complete the following sentence:

“The best Irish female voice by some distance is ________________________ particularly when performing____________________________”

Lines must close at 5.45pm MIDNIGHT.

Golden Discs

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Every week we give away a voucher worth TWENTY FIVE euros to spend with giddy abandon at any of the 14 Golden Discs stores nationwide.

All we ask from you is a tune we can play TODAY.

This week’s theme:  LIVE Irish act.

What gig from an Ireland outfit/musician left you speechless?

To enter, just complete this sentence

‘The best live performance from an Irish act I have ever witnessed was_________________________at_____________________because____________’

Lines MUST close at 3.45 6pm.

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Every week, we give away a voucher to the tune of 25 Euros to spend at any of the 14 Golden Discs stores nationwide.

All we ask from you is a tune we can play TODAY.

This week’s theme: A song for a commenter.

If you could request one song for one Broadsheet commenter what would that song be and who would that commenter be?

To enter, just complete this simple sentence:

‘I would like to dedicate___________________________to_____________________because____________________’

Lines MUST close at 1.45pm 5pm MIDNIGHT

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Yesterday, we asked YOU, to lay out your favourite listens from the year that’s been.

On the line was a €50 voucher (twice the usual} for Golden Discs, usable at any of its fourteen branches around the country.

We specified:

‘The best thing I’ve heard all year was___________________________’

It was a big year for music both major and independent, and we had some great suggestions. But there could only be one winner.

LiamZero takes the voucher with the The Dame’s surprise swansong from January.

“‘Blackstar’ by Bowie, because in just three days, it went from being the remarkable rebirth of one of popular music’s greatest careers to being the most astonishing, beautiful, witty, dignified, clever and heartbreaking farewell of them all, filled with lyrics that suddenly revealed their hidden truths. It’s a poorer world without him, but at least he gave us a fitting goodbye.”

In further finds from the running we have  two categories:

The Best thing I heard this year from this year

Starina: “The best thing I’ve heard all year was Girl Band’s Holding Hands With Jamie. Slightly deranged, with clever lyrics and deadly melodies. We should hold them up as an example of how great Irish music really can be.”

Witty Name: “The best thing I’ve heard all year was Let Me Get There by Hope Sandoval and the Warm Invention, featuring Kurt Vile. Warm, fuzzy tune, with great guitar. American singers with a great Irish band (Dirt Blue Gene, Colm O Ciosóig). Lovely album, takes your mind off all the madness of 2016.”

Kolmo: “The best thing I’ve heard all year is Deantown by Vulfpeck. Nothing on Earth has come close to being this toe-tappingly groovy. Nothing. Nada. Nix.”

Garreth: “Nick Cave, Skeleton Tree. A hard, brutal listen, but hauntingly beautiful. Masterpiece.”

Marklar: “The best thing I’ve heard all year was (Girl We Got A) Good Thing by Weezer. Full of joy and back to their best.”

The best thing I heard this from from another year:

Ouch: “Only discovered this Bowie gem when it was re-released this year on the Who Can I Be Now box set that covered his phenomenal 1974 – 1976 period. Amazing tune and it didn’t even make the cut to be released at the time…”

Wilson-IRL: “The best thing I’ve heard all year was Farewell Sarajevo by Maybeshewill from the album I Was Here For A Moment, Then I Was Gone. The album is a couple of years old but i first heard it this year and it’s the first album that I’ve repeatedly listened to, in its entirety, in over a decade.” (Recommended – Mike)

Niallo: “The best thing I’ve heard all year was Superstition by Stevie Wonder… No, no, wait! Come back… on 10+ grand’s worth of hi-fi gear at the listening room on Wicklow Street, blew me bleedin’ socks off, you can hear the placement of each of the instruments as if you were in the studio, ’twas unreal.”

Zena: “The best thing I’ve heard all year was, Cherokee Morning Song by Walela. It was released before 2016 but it’s one hell of a song, it’s sang in Native American too, simply beautiful.”

Thanks all

Yesterday: The Best Thing I’ve Heard All Year

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