Author Archives: Nick Kelly

Brian MooneyThe Kind Kind Of People

You may remember Brian Mooney (top) as the lead singer of Dublin indie stalwarts The Idiots who made the long gone White Horse their fortress for a time in the 1990s.

Brian has also recorded under the name Beautiful Unit and recently supported A Lazarus Soul in Whelan’s.

Check out his latest video (above) which he uploaded to Vimeo last week. Great title too!

Nick says: Loving Kind.

Brian Mooney

Top pic: Andrew Sheridan

Come gather round, people.

As we enter a new decade, let’s take time to remember the last.

To be in with a chance to win this week’s Golden Discs voucher worth an eye-watering €25, simply tell me below what was your favourite song from the years 2010-2019?

Here’s mine.

Nick says: Good luck!

Lines MUST close at 6am Saturday.

Please feel free to Include video where possible. Thank you.

Golden Discs

Fontaines D.C. Liberty Belle

What a year it was for Dublin’s most feted rock band.

And 2020 looks bright too. Having just seen debut album Dogrel nominated for the Choice Prize, Grian Chatten (third left at top) and the boys have dropped a new video shot partly at last year’s sold out Vicar Street shows.

And they headline Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens on July 4.

Nick says: Ring in the new.

Fontaines D.C.

Good times.




Thanks Blueshirts.




The Dublin Bowie Festival presents:

David Bowie: Pioneer of Sexual Fluidity

An LGBT ‘Culture Vultures’ panel discussion hosted by Tony Clayton-Lea and featuring live David-related choonage with Shobsy & Joe from State Lights.

At the Workman’s Club, Wellington Quay, Temple Bar, Dublin 2 at 7pm.

Culture Vultures (Dublin Bowie Festival)

This afternoon.

On RTÉ 2FM’s Tracy Clifford Show.

The shortlist for this year’s RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2019, in association with IMRO & IRMA, was announced by Jim Carroll, chairman of the judging panel.

To wit:

DaithiL.O.S.S. (Strange Brew)

Mick Flannery Mick Flannery (Rosaleen Records)

Fontaines D.C.Dogrel (Partisan Records)

Girl Band The Talkies (Rough Trade)

Jafaris Stride (DFL)

Junior BrotherPull The Right Rope (Strange Brew)

Lankum The Livelong Day (Rough Trade

Soak Grim Town (Rough Trade)

Maija Sofia Bath Time (Trapped Animal)

Sorcha Richardson – First Prize Bravery (Faction Records)

The Irish Album of the Year 2019 will be revealed at a Live Event on Thursday March 5, 2020 in Vicar Street, Dublin and will be broadcast live on RTÉ 2FM in a special four hour extended programme from 7-11pm,

The Irish Album of the Year award is chosen by a panel of twelve ‘Irish music media professionals and industry experts’


Also: G’wan the Rough Trade, in fairness.

RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Album of the Year 2019

From top: Into Paradise; Larry Gogan

This morning.

Further to news of the death of DJ Larry Gogan.

Via Colm O’Callaghan in the Blackpool Sentinel:

…Larry played consistently by his own rules, and so it went on for almost forty years, during which, on his impeccably pop-tastic playlists, you’d find all manner of emerging gold in among the hits of the day, the odd rare antique and the oldies-but-goodies

To this end, and as numerous musicians, pluggers and alickadoos have already attested, he made life much, much easier for those working in the local entertainment sector.

And in that consistent championing, afforded a public service every bit as valuable and rich as that provided by news, current affairs, analysis and the gab that dominates much of the national radio schedules.

I saw this myself through the heft he consistently lent to a little known band from Churchtown, South Dublin, called Into Paradise, who battled manfully at the crease from 1988 until 1994 and released a series of fine records, to the sound of silence for the most part.

In any other functioning democracy, Into Paradise would have neither been seen or heard before the witching hours.

But in the band’s sweeping, six-minute cri de coeur, ‘Sleep’, Larry heard enough sparkle through the gloom to make him want to play it regularly on the national airwaves in the middle of the afternoon…[more at link below]

Larry (The Blackpool Sentinel)




Spotlight magazine, 1969.

Via Brand New Retro

Yesterday: The Man With The Golden Voice

The Lost BrothersAfter The Fire

Having served up a cracking Christmas single last month, The Lost Brothers return with the title track from their forthcoming album After The Fire, After The Rain.

Oisin Leech (top left) and Mark McCausland have roped in a stellar cast of American musicians including M Ward, Howe Gelb and Bob Dylan’s bassist Tony Garnier on this nuanced tale of tragedy and recovery.

Oisin says:

“The song itself is a statement of perseverance and survival against all the odds. A flower growing from the aftermath, the rubble and the ashes..”

The atmospheric video was directed by Gavin Wood.

The Lost Brothers nationwide tour stops off in Dublin’s Vicar Street on March 20.

Nick says: Brothers are doing it for themselves.

The Lost Brothers