Naive Ted – further teasings of The Minute Particulars?
What you may need to know…
01. Regular YMLT readers will be well-up on Naive Ted by now if they weren’t before. Lucha-masked weirdo beats king resident in Limrock.
02. Following up from 2015’s The Inevitable Heel Turn album this year will be The Minute Particulars, a series of collaborations and jams that, according to Ted’s representative Andy Connolly in last night’s Evening Echo, isn’t necessarily a formal album, either.
03. Streaming above is the found-footage vidjo for newly-released track Grind Manifest. This may or may not be part of the aforementioned project.
04. Naive Ted plays the Roundy in Cork tomorrow night at 10.45 as part of Quarter Block Party, triumphantly returning to a spot his performances have left worse for wear in the past.
Thoughts: The line between electronica and demented sound-art in Ted’s output continues to blur wildly.
A wonderful story of love’s labours lost from Limerick, courtesy of musician Stephen Purcell.
True story! 20 years ago my first band recorded an album for an independent label. At the juvenile age of 16, we were in our element heading in and out of a 48 track studio over the course of three months fulfilling our “artistic vision.”
During the mixing process, the label informed us that they were shutting up shop and releasing the roster from their contracts. The album was shelved :( Not only was it shelved, the only master copy in existence went missing.
In a weird turn of events, 20 years to the year, the master has turned up. How? Well, yesterday I was moving some boxes about and ended up flicking through a box of labeled and unlabeled blank CDs. Among them was a disc labeled, ‘Figment – 4 Tracks.’ To say I was surprised would be an understatement. It gets better. When I put the ‘4 track’ CD into my system, it listed 10 tracks. I thought, “no fucking way.” I had found the bloody album!!
So, after a day of nostalgic whatsapp group messaging between all involved, I thought I’d share our little feel good story for those of you battling Trumpitis. If brattish, 90’s guitar-pop is your thing, check it out, it’s free!
Any similar stories of unearthed gems or rediscovered passions? Please, let us know in the comments, or get in touch.
Strangefish – Irish hip-hop superteam from the archives
What you may need to know…
01. Strangefish was/is a collaborative effort between Northern emcee Jee4ce, Belfast beatmaker SertOne, and Limrock cutman(s) Deviant & Naive Ted, operational between 2012 and 2013.
02. This self-titled E.P. was assembled inbetween shiftwork and fits of existential crisis in bedrooms in Liverpool, Dublin and Edinburgh, with ideas and bits flung back and forth over the interwebs.
03. It’s streaming and available for download in the widget above, releasing via Liverpudlian label Fly High Society.
04. The blurb/copy accompanying this record states that this is the “first compilation” from the outfit, implying either more archive material or fresh cuts down the road.
Thoughts: With the recognisable sonic fingerprint of each participant evident, this extended-player provides plenty for Irish hip-hop heads to dig into, while the EP’s digs into psychedelia and playfulness ought to appeal to first-timers.
RTÉ journalist Brian O’Connell reported on Today with Sean O’Rourke that the tenants of up to 70 apartments in the Strand apartment complex in Limerick could be facing eviction.
The Strand apartment complex – which includes upwards of 200 apartments and the Limerick Strand Hotel – was built in Limerick in 2007 by Galway developer John Lally’s Lalco Holdings.
In 2014, the hotel was sold to US billionaire John Malone.
At some point, the debts related to the apartments went into Nama.
Nama, in turn, sold the debt on to US vulture fund Oaktree.
Oaktree has now directed Sova, a subsidiary of Lalco Holdings, to sell the properties to repay the debt.
Because of this, according local Anti-Austerity Alliance Councillor Cian Prendiville, the tenants of 30 apartments in the complex have already been effectively “forced out” while the tenants of up to 70 more apartments may face eviction.
Brian O’Connell spoke to several tenants for his report, including a woman who has been living there for nine years.
In addition, he explained:
“It turns out that the loans attached to the development, as I said, went into Nama. Now, at some stage, Nama sold these loans or this debt onto Oaktree. They’re a US-based capital fund vehicle or so-called vulture fund as we’ve come to know them.
“Sova which is a subsidiary of the original developers [Lalco Holdings], they gave me a comment and they told me that the debt secured against the properties was sold by Nama to Oaktree and it’s Oaktree that have now directed that Sova have to sell the properties to repay the debts.
“Sova, they say, maintains ongoing communication with the tenants. I went back with a follow-up question because what’s all that got to do with the tenants who are in place currently. Why do they have to leave? Just because there’s been a change in ownership.
“And they said, well, ‘unless there’s specific circumstances to the contrary, Oaktree, which is the vulture fund, their view is that the volume is maximised by sale with vacant possession’. So, in other words Sean, they realise that these apartments will make more on the open market if they’re vacant before being sold.
“I’ve heard stories in the last 24 hours, in the last batch of apartments were sold, tenants had to leave, they went back out for rent and they got €400-€500 more a month for them.
“Nama didn’t confirm to me when the loan had been sold or for how much, but a spokesperson pointed out that Nama doesn’t actually own properties and they say that Nama policy is that, where possible, debtors and receivers should avoid seeking vacant possession of residential property but, of course, if a new owner comes in, they have different policies.”
Further to this.
Mr O’Rourke later interviewed Minister for Housing Simon Coveney and asked him about the contents of Mr O’Connell’s report.
To introduce the matter, Mr O’Rourke compared the situation in Limerick to that of Tyrrelstown, Dublin 15.
Readers will recall how last year up to 200 families renting homes in the Cruise Park development in Tyrrelstown faced eviction.
Twinlite – a property company owned by developers Michael and Richard Larkin – had sent letters informing tenants in Tyrrelstown that they had to leave the properties in which they lived, after a Goldman Sachs vulture fund bought an €89million loan, secured on the homes by the Larkin brothers, from Ulster Bank.
It states that where a landlord proposes to sell 20 or more units in a development – within six months – the sales will be conditional on existing tenants being able to remain in the property unless there are exceptional circumstances.
During debates on this amendment, several politicians appealed for the number 20 to be reduced to five.
Mr O’Rourke asked Mr Coveney why this amendment is failing to protect the tenants of the Strand apartments in Limerick.
Mr Coveney said:
“First of all, we need to check whether it does or it doesn’t. But, I mean, for me, it is totally unacceptable that when one institutional investor sells to another institutional investor or one professional landlord is selling an apartment complex to another professional landlord, that people’s tenancies shouldn’t be protected through that sales process.
“That is the norm in many countries, it’s not the norm in the UK, but it’s the norm in many countries and it should be the norm here. And we have taken advice from the Attorney General to make that happen and that is why, in the rental legislation, which got a lot of controversy and coverage in the build-up to Christmas – we introduced a Tyrrelstown amendment, to make sure Tyrrelstown wouldn’t happen again.
“That legislation has now been passed and the commencement order, for the so-called Tyrrelstown amendment which ensures that, actually, when this type of sale happens that people are protected by law, to stay in their homes, as tenants who are paying their way – that amendment will be commenced next week actually. That’s my understanding.”
“… I listened to your report on the radio, before coming in, and I’ll need more details to be able to give an accurate answer on that because...the legislation doesn’t apply retrospectively because it can’t…”
Listen to the interview with Brian O’Connell in full here
Listen to the interview with Simon Coveney in full here
01. Co-founder of the Community Skratch Games festival, and founder of the Unscene label/collective (see yesterday’s YMLT), Naive Ted is arguably one of the cornerstones of independent music in Ireland, in addition to his own ever-expanding body of increasingly experimental beat-tapes and production credits.
02. We’re reliably informed the follow-up to 2015 magnum opus The Inevitable Heel Turn is on the way.
03. Streaming above is a video released on the quiet over the post-Xmas/pre-New Year fug, for single Post-Factual (That Old Chestnut).
04. Appearing next at Quarter Block Party on North Main Street, Cork, from February 5th to 7th, where he’ll be performing all-new material which may or may not be new-LP-related. More info here.
Thoughts: More oddball beats and pieces with a reliably lo-fi feel, albeit a tad more ’90s-feeling in places. Looking forward to hearing where this might lead.