Monday, May 31, 2010

Benga - Pleasure EP



I was writing a little bit there about that EP and why I liked it, as I was going through it, I started liking it less and less. I used to prefer the old version of 'Loose Synths' but the version on Diary Of An Afroman is clearly better.

Anyway, this is the only tune I want to post from Benga tonight.



OH YEAH! Today I had a really nice walk through the park, down into the Furry Glen and back up to the Mount Sackville gate, completely forgetting that area is rent boy city.

As I was walking out of from under the canopy there was a pretty stocky early 30 something lad walking towards me, he was looking at me so I gave him a nod and said hello.

I continued to walk and I heard him whistle quietly after me, I turned around and he beckoned me to come after him with his hand. I shook my head and kept going. He whistled again but this time I had my key in between my index and middle finger and he must have copped it because he turned and walked away.

I'M A TFF KNT.

I went home and saw three lads getting questioned by undercover Gardaí in bulletproof vests. It was really odd, Chapelizod is usually dead quiet and full of old people.

I really do love living here. I made some tasty spaghetti and watched more Firefly.

The Usual

 Israel, I don't know what I can say that hasn't already be said, nor do I want to say focus on one thing and have it look like I miss the point. In general though, fuck you.

When I heard the Ambassador to Ireland's statement on the news and I was fuming. I can't find it online anywhere, I'm sure it'll be on the 9 o'clock news.

Nick Clegg condemned the Israeli government last year, he's been very quiet so far today, prick.

Nick Clegg, you are a prick. Fight me.

In other news, today I watched more Firefly, I played a really good game of Civ4, then my laptop died. I ate, tried again and was triumphant.

I've listened to 6.9 hours of music today so far. Listening to everything I own is turning out to be a monstrous challenge.

I listened to Paramore at the Brixton Academy in 2008, this tour I think.


It's only alright, there's nothing really new about what this band do and I still don't think I like it, apart from a few catchy hooks.

Then I listened to Parasite by See You Next Tuesday which is just fucking silly, quite entertaining though.


Then a little bit of a change of tone, the magnifique Django Reinhardt & Steph√°ne Grapelli on Parisian Swing, a two disc album. The most memorable track for me for some reason is After You've Gone.



Lovely!

Then it was on to Crowbar, a compilation called Past & Present. It's got the live version of Self Inflicted on it. It's not this version though, Kirk's vocals are better on the version I have.



Then I listened to a Luciano Pavarotti album entitled Pavarotti, I can only assume it's a greatest hits of some description. Of all the tenors I've heard, Pavarotti's voice doesn't do it for me, he does however, sing some incredible songs. Don't ask me what tenors I prefer, I've just heard a fair few more that have voices that suit me better.

Up next was Eagles Of Death Metal' album 'Peace Love Death Metal' which is ok, it's quite middle of the road-y though isn't it? There weren't any tracks that jumped out at me, mind you, conquering the world in Civ4 may have been distracting.

Oh yeah, I listened to Provokief's 'Peter And The Wolf' for the first time since sitting in Music class in first year (Class: 1M, Classroom: C1, Teacher: Miriam Wright) Gas.

Now I'm listening to Tchaikovsky's 'Allegro Brillante' I am enjoying it thoroughly. I hope whoever called me pretentious reads this and is having a right old titter to him or herself.



This is a different and incomplete version. I wish Youtube would lift the time restriction on videos. I still can't believe it's only been a site for 5 years!

I'll probably update again tonight after I listen to loads more.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Grr.

Tonight I went to see the Awake Young Soldiers single launch, I walked around Dublin for most of the evening because I wasn't feeling too hot being in a pub, I get like that some days. Anyway, I missed AYS because I had to get the last bus. Lame.

I got home feeling really angry, but not at missing the gig, I don't know what it was over. I was swinging air punches, it was really stupid and I'm glad it's gone away.

I started watching Firefly. It's great. I love these kinds of shows, I'm being told it's better than BSG in terms of the story etc. but I don't believe it.




Also, how great were these movies. I am going to download them and be a kid again, I think I was always a little too old to have been enjoying them as much as I did but I don't care. A Goofy Movie rocked as well. Fucking Powerline!


"My name is Chance. I know, it sounds odd, but most names do if you think about it long enough... maybe even yours. I was abandoned when I was very young. I lived on the streets scranging for food sleeping wherever I could; that seemed like fun at first, but pretty soon, it landed me behind bars. But I don't like to talk about that; let's talk about after that... when I got my second chance... and my name. You see, this family came along, and I guess you can say they rescued me, because they adopted me and brought me to live at their house. But it was their home, not mine. Still, it was an improvement over that other place: lots of space, fresh air, plenty interesting things to explore, and all the underwear I could eat."

Gold.

I'm going to go to Pukklepop this summer, I'm going to try get into Life too.

Maybe This Is Normal

I've been reading the news a lot recently, more than usual, paying particular attention to news of accidents and murders, deaths in general. I'm not reading the obituary pages or anything but I keep expecting to see somebody I know. This has been going on for a couple of weeks.

Today, as you know, I listened to Organic Halluciniosis by Decapitated.

Strangely enough, I didn't listen to much else, I suppose it's early yet. I did listen to Ellen Allien - The Other Side - Berlin which was pretty cool, there's a song called Rej (Feat. Ame) that I can' find on Youtube that I really enjoyed, and obviously Way Out (Feat. Apparat)



I listened to Queens Of The Stone Age - Over The Years And Through The Woods. It's a good set. I always forget how fond of that band I am. I lifted the setlist right off Wikipedia.

  1. "Go with the Flow" – 2:58 (From Songs for the Deaf)
  2. "Regular John" – 5:24 (From Queens of the Stone Age)
  3. "Monsters in the Parasol" – 4:39 (From Rated R)
  4. "Tangled Up in Plaid" – 4:00 (From Lullabies to Paralyze)
  5. "Little Sister" – 2:51 (From Lullabies to Paralyze)
  6. "You Can't Quit Me Baby" – 9:49 (From Queens of the Stone Age)
  7. "I Wanna Make It wit Chu" – 4:27 (From Volumes 9 & 10 of the Desert Sessions and Era Vulgaris)
  8. "Leg of Lamb" – 3:34 (From Rated R)
  9. "I Think I Lost My Headache" – 5:24 (From Rated R)
  10. "Mexicola" – 5:09 (From Queens of the Stone Age)
  11. "Burn the Witch" – 3:12 (From Lullabies to Paralyze)
  12. "Song for the Dead" – 7:47 (From Songs for the Deaf)
  13. "No One Knows" – 7:47 (From Songs for the Deaf)
  14. "Long Slow Goodbye" – 7:20 (From Lullabies to Paralyze)

Now I'm listening to 'Oversteps' by Autechre, one of the few Warp producers I still like, though I'm open to old school suggestions, none of the newer stuff has been any use. I had this album on my ipod for a while but I must not have listened to it much because I don't recognise much of it.



It's a really good album, I prefer it to Tri Repeatae anyway.

I'm not quite sure what I've done but my Blogger has gone insane, the letters I'm typing are huge but they look normal in the Preview. Hmm...

I'm going to the Sunday Roast in the Mercantile later to see the lads, Awake Young Soldiers' single launch. I'm really looking forward to it. Dave and Stevie from O,TA are in it too.

The same Dave and Vinny from O,TA produced it in the studio.

I love Fats' lyrics and voice, they're such a class band to watch live. Luke and I danced for the whole set I think on stage at Biddlefest. Ah Jaysis, I don't even remember it.




Decapitated - Organic Hallucinosis

I really fucking missed listening to this album, new school death metal in my opinion, at its finest.




This morning, I'm going to watch this and get really angry. I know I'll get angry and possibly start burning clergy-folk.


Saturday, May 29, 2010

Jerk Off

I'm actually a really nervous and paranoid person. How am I just realising this when I've known it forever. No biggie, acting the gobshite seems to get me by.

David Wells

I just found a bit of music on my laptop called 'Op. 3' by a lad called David Wells. It sounds exactly like Melophobia and the jams Stevie and I used to have. For about ten minutes I thought the lads put it on my laptop to test me or some shit (I'm very paranoid like that).

There, I just found his blog.

And here's his bandcamp.

Mad.

FUCK

I just tried to watch the Red Enemy documentary and I got maybe 3 minutes in before I had to turn it off. Well, I had them both loading so I watched a minute or so of each.

I really don't know if I'm upset or angry and I don't know what's stopping me from watching it. Well, I do. It just shouldn't. I'm such a fucking pussy with this shit.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Paul Gray

Paul Gray was the bass player in one of my favourite bands, one of the few metal bands that I consider timeless, Slipknot. I had posters of this dude on my wall, I bought strings because magazines said he had them. Make no mistake, Paul Gray was a huge part of a 9 piece band.

8/4/72 - 24/5/10 R.I.P.







Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Lately

I've been close to picking up the phone and calling you, I've also been tempting fate telling myself I'm not going to see you around town, kind of hoping that I will.

What to do.

Weekend, No Nachos

I had such a great weekend. My memory is dreadful so I'll piece it together as best I can.

On Friday we jammed for the first time since February and it went surprisingly well, we ran through the set a few times then Vinny, Luke and Stevie got to work on the bones of a new song. The dogs were acting the bollocks, good dogs.

Oh yeah, I had been to see Venetian Snares that week, on Wednesday which was an experience, I enjoyed it and he played a really good set but it was so damn intense. No metal show or any other show for that matter has ever been that intense on my head before. I had to watch it in 5 - 10 minute bursts!

I was convinced to head out to Monkstown Farm after that so I automatically lost a couple of days. After a couple of days of no sleep, I got home for 3 hours sleep and went jamming. Like I said, it went surprisingly well.

On Saturday, I woke up on the button at 12.30, just in time to get up, have a cup of green tea, grab a banana and a toastie and leg it in to see IWrestledABearOnce. The guy they had working in The Pint this weekend sucked, bad. If I wasn't there to see my friends play, I would have left, and I did after they finished!

There were so many kids there, it was sweltering. I hadn't seen Hero In Error in about a year, which is pure craziness. I whole heartedly enjoyed their set and gave some kids a good bashing, proper order. 3o Nights Of Violence played a reunion/last show at this and they fucking killed it. I forgot my morph suit so I settled for pulling Dirty Dancing moves atop the crowd.

I left during IWABO because I couldn't hear anything. On the way home I grabbed a burrito in Boojum and an old school 99! I made my way home in the heat and getting burnt was worth it.

I got a text from an old friend, Megan, who is going away to London for 4 months, she asked me to come over so I went to her place on Parliament street and we hung out for the night, it was great to catch up and chill out. When she fell asleep, I felt a little bit like having an adventure, so I did.

I climbed on the roof of the apartment block and watched the sunrise all morning, it was beautiful, there are pictures on my Facebook. It was a lovely experience, being up there on my own, watching the city wake up. I think I can do it from my house, I might start doing that if I can. I got through to another friend, Dave and he was up for an adventure too.

He came in from Blackrock in a taxi and we started for the docks, talking about loads. We had some pretty mental discussions about physics, religion, drugs, law and growing up, he's quite a knowledgeable guy and we have a hell of a lot of experiences in common. Dave's from New Zealand, I'd like to go there.

We found a seal hanging out on the new bridge by docklands, he was chilling in the sun, waving and barking to us, looking for the craic. I took a picture, what a good lad.

We went back up by the new Grand Canal Theatre which looks amazing and then headed up towards the Iveagh Gardens and Stephen's Green and walked until they were open. We ended up chilling in the green being roasted alive by the sun listening to The Blind on my phone.

I brought Dave to that show because he knows his music and hasn't been to any DHC shows, as I expected, he was pleasantly surprised by both The Blind and Frustration, he couldn't get over how friendly everybody was and how good the vibe was at the show. Good job lads. Both bands played really good sets.

I left before First Death and Find A Way played. Mental decision I know but I couldn't hack the heat, I wouldn't have been able to enjoy either one of the sets. Find A Way were definitely one of the first bands that gave me a proper appreciation of local music for the atmosphere they provided time and time again but I'm just not a massive pop punk fan. I'll always love the times I had watching that band but I'm not going to lie for the sake of trying to fall in line. I was too late to get into a lot of the older bands to fully get it. Actually, thinking back on it, I don't think I know another band who gave me so much lasting joy to watch. I just wouldn't feel right saying that band meant so much to me when it's very clear that Find A Way meant so much more to so many more people and I would never begrudge anybody of that. Well done lads, you'll be missed.

I went home then, and I slept, like a log, for 15 hours. It was fantastic. I don't remember sleeping for that long in ages!

Yesterday, I got up and watched a lot of How I Met Your Mother, I'm on Season 4 now. It's good. I posted my deposit for Pulse, sorted, and went into town to go to the bank. I was just strolling about for a while, sweltering, but refusing to take off my Balance & Composure crewneck I just got in the post that day!

I went to try another new burrito place, Pablo Picante, at Sk's request. It sucked. It didn't half come close to Boojum. I'm like an ad.

I had another Shake at Shakes too, a Rolo, it wasn't great. Then I met up with Peter and Balfey and Emmie et al and we got the 46a out to the Hideaway House. I had never been to a Hideaway show before so I was delighted to be able to see this, final one. There was a couple of hundred of people there and the buzz was great, lots of people I didn't know, lots of suns.

I grabbed a six pack of alcohol free Becks and even still I felt weird walking around with bottles. It felt good to be having a few brews at a gig though, it's mad how that felt good, it's only a beverage!

The line up was a secret but it was leaked and leaked as the day got closer. I had somebad information obviously and thankfully. I heard that Etcha and Villagers were playing, Etcha would have been good but I just don't get the Villagers buzz. Anyway, the line up was Jogging (meh), Logic Party (meh) Find A Way (The most delish major fun times), And So I Watch You From Afar (First time seeing them and wow!) and a really lovely garden set from Heathers, they're a great duo. It was a really nice night.

To top it all off I got to see all the Duffys in the same place again and had the chats with Laura, Darragh and Serene on the way home.

Then I slept. Now I'm typing. Phew.

I would post some songs but my hand is tired. Later.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Summer Jams

Nothing like tough guy beatdown tunes to accompany a little belter of a day.


Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Scroobius Pippppppplad

Stop being a snob with your music, it's meant to be heard man, anyone can use it.

-Snob, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - Logic Of Chance

I'm loving this stuff.
Thou shalt not steal if there is direct victim.
Thou shalt not worship pop idols or follow lost prophets.
Thou shalt not take the names of Johnny Cash, Joe Strummer, Johnny Hartman, Desmond Decker, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix or Syd Barret in vain.
Thou shalt not think that any male over the age of 30 that plays with a child that is not their own is a peadophile... Some people are just nice.
Thou shalt not read NME.
Thou shalt not stop liking a band just because they've become popular.
Thou shalt not question Stephen Fry.
Thou shalt not judge a book by it's cover.
Thou shalt not judge Lethal Weapon by Danny Glover.
Thou shalt not buy Coca-Cola products.
Thou shalt not buy Nestle products.
Thou shalt not go into the woods with your boyfriend's best friend, take drugs and cheat on him.
Thou shalt not fall in love so easily.
Thou shalt not use poetry, art or music to get into girls' pants.
Use it to get into their heads.
Thou shalt not watch Hollyokes.
Thou shalt not attend an open mic and leave before it's done just because you've finished your shitty little poem or song you self-righteous prick.
Thou shalt not return to the same club or bar week in, week out just 'cause you once saw a girl there that you fancied but you're never gonna fucking talk to.
Thou shalt not put musicians and recording artists on ridiculous pedestals no matter how great they are or were.
The Beatles... Were just a band.
Led Zepplin... Just a band.
The Beach Boys... Just a band.
The Sex Pistols... Just a band.
The Clash... Just a band.
Crass... Just a band.
Minor Threat... Just a band.
The Cure... Just a band.
The Smiths... Just a band.
Nirvana... Just a band.
The Pixies... Just a band.
Oasis... Just a band.
Radiohead... Just a band.
Bloc Party... Just a band.
The Arctic Monkeys... Just a band.
The Next Big Thing.. JUST A BAND.

Thou shalt give equal worth to tragedies that occur in non-english speaking countries as to those that occur in english speaking countries.
Thou shalt remember that guns, bitches and bling were never part of the four elements and never will be.
Thou shalt not make repetitive generic music,
thou shalt not make repetitive generic music,
thou shalt not make repetitive generic music,
thou shalt not make repetitive generic music.

Thou shalt not pimp my ride.
Thou shalt not scream if you wanna go faster.
Thou shalt not move to the sound of the wickedness.
Thou shalt not make some noise for Detroit.
When I say "Hey" thou shalt not say "Ho".
When I say "Hip" thou shalt not say "Hop".
When I say, he say, she say, we say, make some noise... kill me.
Thou shalt not quote me happy.
Thou shalt not shake it like a polaroid picture.
Thou shalt not wish you girlfriend was a freak like me.
Thou shalt spell the word "Pheonix" P-H-E-O-N-I-X not P-H-O-E-N-I-X, regardless of what the Oxford English Dictionary tells you.
Thou shalt not express your shock at the fact that Sharon got off with Bradley at the club last night by saying "Is it".

Thou shalt think for yourselves.

And thou shalt always... Thou shalt always kill!

Scroobius Pip knows.


Monday, May 17, 2010

Another Eclectic Bunch

Today I had a hankering for something I hadn't heard in a long time. I bought the album when I was in 3rd or 4th year in school, maybe later.

It was Walls Of Jericho's 'With Devils Amongst Us All'. How badass I thought I was. This is not the video I wanted to post.



Also today I tried on the Florence & The Machine album. I did not like it one bit, tacky commercial production, no singing, etc. No thanks.

Right now I'm listening to a Psytrance album (Why?) by Vibrasphere called Lungs Of Life. I like it so far, it's like a less trippy Shpongle.

This is the song I have on now, happy!

Hero In Error

You should check out this band.

Hero In Error

You should, really.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

I Used To Want To Be A Barrister...Jaysis

Sometimes, for a few seconds, I frantically claw at myself over what anybody else would think of whatever it is I'm doing. It never last more than a few seconds, maybe a minute or two when I'm tired but then I come around and realise that none of it matters. I simply do not care.

I should keep that in mind next time I'm in a group of people, no, I shouldn't. That's baggage right?

Enough of this bollocks.

Listen to this.

Don't Think Twice, It's Alright

My Nana makes the best apple pie, but then, so does everyone's Nana. Come to think of it, I ate lots today, cereal, tea, cereal, popcorn, pancakes, loads of crackers and humous, potato pie, salad, apple pie. I'll finish the salad later over some How I Met Your Mother.

Today I've been listening to
  • Frank's Wild Years by Tom Waits
  • The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan by eh, Bob Dylan
  • The Fleet Foxes album
  • For Emma, Forever Ago by Bon Iver
  • For The Birds by The Frames
  • One of the lads new mixes on sound cloud
  • There was a small bit of Caspian and Venetian Snares too but I wasn't feeling them today
All the Bob Dylan videos I look up are all covers, it's sending me slight ways vertical. I don't want to post the song everybody knows from that Waits album because I don't think 'Down In The Hole' is that great a song.

In fact, The Wire could have done so much better than that choice, obviously the lyrical content sticks out and serves its purpose but it's off the mark and poorly performed, maybe not by Tom.

Completely unrelated but this has been one of my favourite songs for a few years.





What Happens When You've Moved On

Even though I've been and gone,
I'll never leave,
I'll never leave,
I don't know how to leave.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

UGH

I'm having one of those 'You're a fucking dope' nights, can't let it affect my sleeping pattern.

Tonight Tonight

After 65daysofstatic and Loops Haunt tonight in Crawdaddy (which was a really good gig, I go to gigs on my own a lot but I wish I had someone to bop with at that), I went for one of my beloved strolls around the city, it was only a short one, down Harcourt St. and around Temple Bar-ish. I listened to this.



It's quite like Burial, I love that kind of music for walking around at night, suits the mood I'm in usually.

I need to* get back into the swing of doing something productive, I can't wait until the lads are all finished their exams. In the band we have people doing Sound Engineering, Law, Film and Music. Dave owns the studio so he's allowed not be in college, I'm quite looking forward to going to Pulse.

*Or I may begin to inwardly spiral again...Balls to that. I need to hang around with people on the daily.



Rome


I'm halfway through the second season of Rome, it's really good. I wonder how I would have fared way back when, sure we're only excuses of real men!

I'm listening to Thom Yorke this morning, still, that album and that E.P. resonate through my bones! After that it's time for Claude Von Stroke's Fabric set.

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Bad Plus

The Bad Plus are more than a great band, they've been my introduction into another world of music, first and foremost through their music but also through their excellent blog 'Do The Math'

Today I listened to four of their albums back to back. I can't remember was it Jools Holland that turned me on to them or was it first year in college. Anyway, check some of these out. I love 'Semi Simple Variations'.





EVERY WAKING MOMENT YOU SON OF A BITCH

No matter how happy I am day by day, you are still in my head. I know you well enough to know you've not even tried to change things because you hate confrontation and it's a lot easier to leave me alone. I don't even know how I'd react. Either way, there's no way I haunt your thoughts as much as you do mine.


In other news, this song calms me.



Thursday, May 13, 2010

Being On The Bus

I suppose almost everybody I know can relate to spending a good chunk of their lives on buses. Being a jackeen, my weapon of no choice has always been Dublin Bus. I can't remember how long it's been since I took my first bus ride or how long it's been since the bus became such a solid part of my life.

The 40 was definitely the first bus I would have taken on my own, from the Bottom Of The Hill in Finglas to Parnell St. and I hate that bus, I always will. There's nothing good about taking a disproportionate amount of time to get from one place to another on a second rate vehicle that's late half the time. The 83 was a late discovery for me. It went from just across the road from the 40 and landed me almost invariably closer to where I needed to go, the quays. That's a better bus by far actually.

Anyway, I hadn't intended on writing about all the different buses and why I like or dislike them suffice to say the 25's 66's 67's and more recently 46's have all taken decent chunks of my time with them. The point in this was this. Last night whilst traveling from Maynooth to Chapelizod at roughly half past ten I was struck, although not for the first time, by how much I enjoy being on the bus with my headphones on.

Obviously this can't be the case for rush hour buses leaving town or weekend buses heading in that way but when it's late and dark out or just empty in general, I love it.

That's all.

Oh, and listen to Animals by Pink Floyd and Only Boundaries by Balance & Composure

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Today

I really wanted to drink today. No matter who tells you what, it's a day by day thing. Today was a hard day.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

DaftIronNickManCavePunk

I went to see Iron Man 2 today. Some parts were so mind blowing they distracted from the unadulterated bullshit I was being subject to. That's Hollywood I guess, I watched and I enjoyed.

I love the word unadulterated, I need new words.

Tonight I've been listening to Murder Ballads by Nick Cave, I don't know much about him or what his fans think of this album but I really like it. I don't want to rely on a greatest hits, give me some suggestions.

Did anyone notice how Daft Punk snuck into Iron Man 2 just before the release of Tron: Legacy?

Somebody has their clever hands in the right pies. Daft Punk are scoring the new Tron movie and I'm bracing for quite the miserable flop of an impact.


Monday, May 3, 2010

Slightly Mad

First this happened.



Now I'm in bed.