Author Archives: Nick Kelly

Fresh from wowing America with their recent appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s chat show, Dublin post-punk heroes Fontaines DC have seen their debut album Dogrel chosen by influential American music website Stereogum as one of the records of the year.

Dogrel placed 4th in a list of the 50 best albums released in the first half of 2019, being pipped to the top spot by Vampire Weekend’s ‘Father Of The Bride’.

Their future really is getting big.

The 50 Best Albums Of 2019 So Far (Stereogum)

Fontaines DC

Previously:  The DC Universe

‘Off Message’

A brand new media podcast hosted by Pat Mahoney.

Via Off Message:

…soon-to-be-gigless (though probably not for long) Lise Hand (top left), political writer with The Times and The Sunday Times, Ireland edition explores with Pat O’Mahony why she thinks the paper [The Times] is shutting [its print edition and scaling down its digital presence] and reveals how she’s dealing with it.

Plus she comes clean on the life of the political hack, the impact of social media on the world she covers, the very real downside of the closure of local newspapers, and much, much more…

Off Message

Calling all 1980s music fans.

I (‘sheet Music Editor) am offering you the chance to win TWO (count ’em) tickets to the Forever Young festival which takes place from July 5-7 in Palmerstown House, near Naas, County Kildare.

It’s time to dig out the shoulder pads, backcomb that big bouffant, slip on the leg warmers and spangly jewellery and party like it’s 1982.

The line-up for the weekend is ‘a veritable who’s who of the decade that they could not kill’, including The Human League, Marc Almond, Kim Wilde, Holly Johnson, Tom Bailey of the Thompson Twins, T’Pau, Level 42 (careful with that slap bass!), Midge Ure, Bonnie Tyler, Heaven 17, Big Country and Jimmy Somerville.

There’s camping at the festival ‘to suit all tastes and budgets’ and there will be regular daily return buses from Main Street in Naas, Naas-Sallins train station and from Aston Quay in Dublin.

For a chance to win two day tickets to Saturday and Sunday (not camping tickets, sorry!), just become the 80th person to correctly answer the following question:

Holly Johnson was the lead singer of which 1980s chart-topping group?

Lines will stay open until we have a winner.

Frankie Nick says: Good luck!

Forever Young Festival 2019


A serious flaw in the competition (which was Bodger’s idea) has been detected (by TheQ47 below) that would allow a lurker to wait until the 79th entry and ninja-like sneak in and claim the 80th spot with some ease. Very sorry. I will pick a random name out of the hat at 6pm. You may also a request a suitable song by way of apology.

The seat in the SG, the most common model across the Dublin Bus fleet of 1,014 buses

Ten recent drivers’ signing-off sheets, nine from between February to June 2019 and one with an unclear date, mention complaints with seats, and the cushion in particular.

These sheets are filled in when a bus driver reports a problem with a bus and are given to the depot inspector or relief driver.

“Foam failed in drivers’ seat,” says one.

Bottom of seat unwinding,” says another.

“No support on left hand side of seat,” says a third.

The majority say the left side of their seat cushion has worn down. “Drivers’ seat very hard to sit on,” says one. “Leg getting painful in back.

The seat problem doesn’t seem consigned to one model of bus. The signing-off dockets, show drivers were steering a few different models: SG, GT, and EV.

Some Dublin Bus Drivers Say Their Seats Are Making It Painful to Work (Aura McMenamin, The Dublin Inquirer)

Pic: The Dublin Inquirer

Philomena Lynott at the Phil Lynott exhibition opening in the Green Gallery, Dublin in 2009

Philomena Lynott, the mother of Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott, has died aged 88.

She died on Wednesday morning, Hot Press has confirmed, after battling cancer for the past number of years.

Any excuse.

Phil Lynott’s mother Philomena has died aged 88 (RTÉ)



Off Clanbrassil Street, an Apartment Block of Tenants Told They Have to Leave (Lois Kapila, The Dublin Inquirer)

The Divine Comedy – Norma and Norman

It sometimes seems that we take Neil Hannon for granted. For nearly 30 years he has been one of Ireland’s best songwriters and his new single is a case in point: a three-act love story that is warm, witty, wise and with a killer chorus. And he makes it seem so effortless.

The video is also brilliantly edited and directed.

Neil is touring his new album ‘Office Politics’ this autumn when his band play Dublin Bord Gais Energy Theatre on October 6; Belfast Ulster Hall on October 7; and Cork Opera House on October 8.

Nick says: How many pop songs namecheck the Battle of Hastings? Genius.

The Divine Comedy

Tom Waits

1 – In the Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra
2 – Solo Monk by Thelonious Monk
3 – Trout Mask Replica by Captain Beefheart
4 – Exile On Main Street by the Rolling Stones
5 – The Sinking of the Titanic by Gavin Bryers
6 – The Basement Tapes by Bob Dylan
7 – Lounge Lizards by Lounge Lizards
8 – Rum Sodomy and the Lash by the Pogues
9 – I’m Your Man by Leonard Cohen
10 – The Specialty Sessions by Little Richard
11 – Startime by James Brown
12 – Bohemian-Moravian Bands by Texas-Czech
13 – The Yellow Shark by Frank Zappa
14 – Passion for Opera Aria
15 – Rant in E Minor by Bill Hicks
16 – Prison Songs: Murderous Home Alan Lomax Collection
17 – Cubanos Postizos by Marc Ribot
18 – Houndog by Houndog
19 – Purple Onion by Les Claypool
20 – The Delivery Man by Elvis Costello

Tom Waits’ 20 most cherished albums of all time, a collection of records some he has carried around with him since his early days as a musician’.

G’wan The Pogues.

And Declan.

Tom Waits lists his top 20 favourite albums of all time (FarOut)

Danny Forde – Fire Inside

Inspired by the poetry of WB Yeats and hiking in the Wicklow mountains, Danny Forde has penned a love letter to nature and the indomitable human spirit.

Joined on this live performance by Brian Walsh, Christian Wethered and Aoife Dowdall, Forde cites the likes of Bon Iver and Nick Drake as influences, and has previously collaborated with everyone from The Trinity Orchestra to Bill Whelan.

Danny says:

“I place such a high value on spending time in nature, getting to know the universal Energy that creates all things, and that guides us with insight and intelligence.”

Nick says: Is this burning an eternal flame?


Danny’s ‘Summer Solstice  mini tour.

Danny Forde