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The votes are in.

Last week, with TWO tickets to see Bombay Bicycle Club in Vicar Street next February on offer, I asked YOU to name your favourite song from the Crouch End-bred indie/folk/electronica/stuff rockers and why.

You answered in your tens.

But, alas, there could be only one winner.

Third Place:

Bombay Bicycle Club – Luna

Dazzler writes:

‘I will bathe myself
Then I’ll wear you for the night
Colours fading, frayed at the sides
(You’re changing in the light)
Oh why is your face so pale and white?’

Reminds me of by wife, who is a huge fan (don’t tell her I said pale and white though).

Runner Up:

Bombay Bicycle Club – Shuffle

Papa P writes:

I love the simplicity of this beautifully bittersweet song.The way the track just bounces along belies the lyrics… and then the break back in towards the end.Special nod to the goosebump inducing …

‘You gave to me
All I know
I will stay here
I will not go’

“Why won’t you believe in it until it’s gone”


Bombay Bicycle Club – Eyes Off You

Chimpy writes:

It has a beautiful lullaby, lilting tone and drifts along and then all of a sudden in the middle of it, it explodes into this epic bomb. Always gives me goosebumps. Such a great, great band.

Thanks all.

Last week: Win Nick’s Free Tix


Sick of Brexit, Boris, Trump and climate change?

Then let Malojian aka Steve Scullion channel your frustrations with this expertly assembled new video directed by Colm Laverty and animated by Michael Winchester.

The singer/songwriter from Lurgan, County Armagh, is currently beavering away on a new album which features Grandaddy frontman Jason Lytle.

Nick says: Malojian tonic.


The Dublin City Library and Archive holds the archives of the Wide Street Commission.

The Dublin City Library and Archive Reading Room tweetz:

No cycle lanes?

Wide Street Commission Map Collection (Dublin City Council)

Wide Streets Commission

This morning.


Following the announcement that their funky new album, ‘Blue Eyed Soul’, will be released on November 8th on BMG, Simply Red today reveal the details of a highly anticipated 13-date UK and Ireland 2020 arena tour.

Hailed as one of the most successful live acts ever to come out of the UK, they will be firing on all cylinders delivering their all-time classic hits from a stellar career, such as ‘Stars’, ‘Holding Back The Years’, ‘Fairground’ and ‘Money’s Too Tight To Mention’, as well as some raw and soulful new grooves (including ‘Thinking of You’ above)…

Simply Red

Calling all fans of Bombay Bicycle Club.

The London band have announced a second show in Vicar Street, Dublin, on February 11, 2020.

These gigs will follow on from the release of their new album Everything Else Has Gone Wrong in January. In the meantime the first single from the album just dropped last week and you can see the video for Eat, Sleep, Wake (Nothing But You) above.

To be in with a chance of winning TWO tickets to the second show in Vicar Street simply tell me below what is your favourite song by Bombay Bicycle Club and why.

The winner will be chosen by my pet possum.

Lines close at 5.45pm EXTENDED until 9.45pm.

Nick says: Good luck.

Lyric FM’s Liz Nolan

This calls for WAGNER!

Lyric FM

Earlier: No Show Like A No Show

Not So Exceptional

Dinah Brand – Garden

How lo-fi can you go?

Regarding this video from esoteric Dublin guitar hombres Dinah Brand the answer is very lo-fi indeed.

The scratchy home video footage complements the angular alt.rock sound that calls to mind ’90s college radio stalwarts Pavement and Built To Spill.

The duelling guitars of singer Dylan Phillips and Stephen Ryan (on loan from The Drays) form the bedrock of the group’s ragged charm.

Garden is taken from their current album Thank You Driver (top).

Nick says: I’m with the Brand.

Dinah Brand

Last night.

O’Connell Bridge, Dublin 1.

Via Wikipedia:

Davide Martello, also known as Klavierkunst is a German pianist of Italian descent. He is known for travelling around conflict zones to play his baby grand piano, which he tows behind his bicycle using a powered trailer.

Martello has been recognised by the European parliament for his “outstanding contribution to European cooperation and the promotion of common values”.According to his website his aim is to play in every capital of the world.

In fairness.

Davide Martlello

Top pic via Davide/ second pic via Donny Keane