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The votes are in.

Last week, with an electrifying €20 Currys PC World gift voucher on offer, I asked you to name your favourite song featuring phones or phone calls. This was mine.

You dialled in in your dozens.

But there could be only winning caller.

Third Place:

Telephone Road by Steve Earle

Charger Salmons writes:

‘The first time I heard this I was driving down a two-lane blacktop in a big fat old Buick just as dawn rose on a big sky Texas. I had a fresh pack of Winston, a big steaming cup of black coffee and the future Lady Charger asleep in the passenger seat.This track just made perfect driving music.I particularly love the wailing Hammond organ.

I was delivering a car from upstate New York to the West Coast.The company involved gave you five days to make the trip, a certain mileage to do it in and the first tank of gas. Didn’t cost me a thing except the gas to get across and cheap roadside motels. It was the cheapest way to cross America on someone else’s dime. It was only later that I found out the real Telephone Road was only a few hundred miles away in the same state.’


Answering Machine by The Replacements

Stephen Moran writes:

‘Yes the technology may be defunct but the sense of desperation is timeless .Singing into the void of the answering machine static, Westerberg bleeds out with just guitar in hand over the voicemail. “How can you say I’m lonely to an answering machine” showing that regardless of the communication medium, life remain the same: full of heart and heartbreak.’


I’ve Got Your Number Written On The Back Of My Hand by The Jags

Muchacho Gordo-Delgado writes:

‘This is how you used to remain in touch with someone you “met” on a night out.’

Nick says: Thanks all.

Last week: Win Nick’s Voucher

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Saint Sister featuring Lisa Hannigan – The Place That I Work

There’s more to life than books, you know – but not much more.

“Atmosfolk” duo Morgan MacIntyre (top sitting in white), from Belfast and Gemma Doherty (seated in black), from Derry, aka Saint Sister have teamed up with kindred spirit Lisa Hannigan (top at back) for this single in aid of the Dublin Simon Community.

The video is by Algorithm and directed by Kev Freeney and was shot in the iconic Winding Stair bookshop on Dublin’s Ormond Quay.

Nick says: All the world loves book-lovers.

Saint Sister

Lisa Hannigan

Pic: Kevin Freeney

Central Plaza, Dublin 2.

Including unGeorgian floor to ceiling windows on the ground floor.

A beautiful addition?

Or Pokémahone?

YOU must Decide.

Pokémon to pay €60 per sq ft for offices at former Central Bank HQ (Irish Times)

Trainman Blues – Undivided Seer

Woke up this morning… put the kettle on.

The latest missive from Copenhagen-based Irish bluesman Richard Farrell (top right) has a wonderfully gritty electric guitar lick that any true blues cat would sell his soul at the crossroads for.

The video was shot by Sebastian Page and edited by the band’s Laust ‘Krudtmejer’ Nielsen.

Nick says: Rail rail gone.

Trainman Blues

Joe Chester – Anyway

Get me to the church on time.

Specifically, the 17th century baroque chapel of l’Eglise du Gesu in Nice, France, where Joe Chester has recorded his new live album Under The Ragged Thorn without an audience.

The album is currently only available as a limited edition CD on Bohemia Records and spans Joe’s solo career to date, including songs from last year’s double album Jupiter’s Wife.

Joe is also known as an ace producer and for his work with The Waterboys, Sinéad O’Connor, Hedge Schools and, last but not least, A Lazarus Soul.

Joe has uploaded videos of some of the live performances onto his YouTube channel.

Nick says: Nice work.

Joe Chester


Jinx Lennon sings ‘Pushing The Patients Round’ on The Tommy Tiernan Show on RTÉ 1.

Johnny Keenan writes:

Delighted to see Jinx Lennon being talked about far and wide online, after his performance on The Tommy Tiernan Show over the weekend.

The first time I saw Jinx perform was in 2005. It’s fair to say he blew my mind. I was delighted and honoured to have booked him many times since.

Jinx is a porter in Dundalk hospital. Like the song goes, pushin’ all the patients round. His music is raw and real. He is one of the very few Irish artists to tell it as he sees it.

For all the new fans of Jinx please enjoy this live set from a fantastic venue run by sound heads in Dundalk’s premiere venue, Spirit Store, the breathing ground for emerging talent.

Jinx Lennon

The new  St Teresa’s Gardens complex in Dublin 8

Stephen Coyne writes:

Railings as far as the eye can see.

The Liberties newest street is a ‘road’ – Margaret Kennedy Road, fronting onto what will be a regenerated St Teresa’s Gardens. 54 new social housing units.

But why not a ‘street’? Why not city centre character?


Previously: How Much?

A planning application has been submitted for a 45-floor apartment block on North Wall Quay, Dublin 1


Archidub writes:

Planning application submitted to An Bord Pleanala for 1,005 apartments in 3 blocks ranging from 8 to 45 storeys on a 1.1 hectare site at City Block 9 on North Wall Quay, Dublin 1 (North Lotts). While its unlikely to be built in its current form due to Docklands SDZ’s onerous height limits, it does seem likely a version of this will be constructed at some stage in future whether this is through waiting for a change in the SDZ or abolishing the SDZ.


As one door closes, another one opens…

This is the first music competition sponsored by our gracious new voucher host: Curry’s PC World.

To celebrate, the question this week is: What’s your favourite song featuring phones or phone calls?

Here’s mine.

The winner will be chosen by my repair man and sent a €20 Currys PC World gift voucher (yes, twenty big ones).

Please include video links if possible.

Lines close SATURDAY 11am.

Nick says: Good luck.

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