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Daedelus – Fair Weather Friends

How cute is this?

To be honest, I can’t take the credit for uncovering it, props to Nolwenn and Jane for unearthing this little gem. Daedelus – yes, correct spelling – is due to play Whelans on April 12th. The guys were looking for interesting live acts to cover, and this seems worthy of a mention. I’ll plead ignorance and admit that this one is new to me. Maybe I’m getting old and losing my touch. Next I’ll be saying that music just doesn’t sound like it used to. The stuff that kids listen to these days, it all sounds like noise to me!
Enjoy, great song and vid.

March 14, 2008 Posted by | Daedelus, Whelan's | 2 Comments

Young Galaxy – Come And See

Anyone still interested in Canada or Arts & Crafts?
I’ve been away so maybe the backlash already started in my absence. It’s inevitable really. Actually, here’s a thought, why don’t we get the jump on everybody at SXSW and start it now?
It’s just a shame that it might happen on Young Galaxy’s watch. Still relatively unknown around these parts – criminally – YG actually have alot going for themselves. Is it classic indie, Canuck style? Yes, but the reference points hit all the right spots. There are slices of Spiritualized, pieces of MBV, parts of Mercury Rev, a twist of Galaxy 500, and a dash of a whole host of other indie heavyweights on their self-titled debut album – in all good record stores now. Their new single – Come And See – has just hit the interweb, and should be heading for every indie conscious playlist in April no doubt. Here’s a sneak preview.

Current Mood: Missing Brooklyn

Current Listening: Booka Shade – Charlotte (from their forthcoming The Sun & The Neon Light album)

March 14, 2008 Posted by | Young Galaxy | Leave a comment

Chequerboard – Penny Black

Well, I’m back!
Seven days in New York, the perfect antidote to all those blues and woes. Although I missed this little old blog I have to say, so it’s good to be back. I’ll hopefully step up the posts now, and quit moaning about having no time. I’m sure the award winning Nialler – congrats! – has been keeping you up to date anyway.
So, what have I learnt in the last week?
Well, New York is warmer than Ireland at this time of year. American free pour drinks are dangerous, but fun! The Slits get better and better live with every drink (see previous comment). The new Kelley Polar album sounds great. Walking across Brooklyn bridge is really beautiful, and not that hard if you suffer from vertigo. The Pistons rule, and the Knicks suck. You can’t smoke outside in a queue for a club?! No matter where you go, you’ll always bump into someone that knows a mate of yours, fact! Brooklyn kicks Manhattan’s ass.

Here’s a very brief look towards the future. I’m going through a big techno phase again, so I’m really looking forward to the Michael Mayer dj set this Sunday, and Ricardo Villalobos on May 3rd.
Albums I can’t wait to get my hands on are m83, Jamie Lidell, Holy Ghost, Kelley Polar, Esse Jain, and Notwist.
I was foaming at the mouth in a previous post about the new Chequerboard album on Lazybird Records. Below is my review for Totally Dublin. Penny Black is a real triumph. John Lambert deserves all the credit (and Choice nominations) he gets.
Check out his myspace if you like the sound of the review.

Chequerboard – Penny Black [Lazybird Records]

Time is a precious commodity. Everything else, John Lambert has in abundance. Already a gifted guitarist, exceptional producer, and talented graphic artist, Lambert found that time in the guise of a music fellowship, awarded courtesy of the Model Arts & Niland Gallery. A year spent in Sligo has yielded Penny Black – a momentous album of arresting beauty and depth. Lambert signalled his intent last year with the re-release of his colourfully textured Dictaphone Showreels EP, and Penny Black elaborates on this template, exploring and challenging Lambert’s ability as an accomplished musician, composer, and producer. From the opening track – also entitled Penny Black – the sheer extent of this exploration becomes apparent. Layers of undulating guitar lines shift and reverse, amidst a backdrop of rich electronic instrumentation and sparse, distant percussion. The latter half of the song is transformed by a sudden downpour of rain and an oblique vocal sample – found sounds and field recordings that echo Lambert’s solitary location during the making of this record. Within one song – and on several occasions throughout the album – Chequerboard invokes the spirit of Bola, The Books, Boards of Canada, and countless other electroacoustic innovators, but arguably with a superior display of technical ability and musicianship. There can be a tendency for music of this nature to drift anonymously into the background, but Penny Black never succumbs to such pitfalls. The nine tracks contained – in particular Skating Ground, Konichiwa, 20th Century Artillery, and Prince August – are simply too captivating, making it virtually impossible to resist further engagement or closer examination. Chequerboard’s music avoids the familiar, unnecessary or incidental, making this a defiant, deliberate and complete collection of beautiful songs. Penny Black is definitive proof that the time and effort invested by Lambert in his craft has produced a work of real importance. Invest some of your own time in this masterpiece.

See also: Boards of Canada – The Campfire Headphase (Warp Records), Bola – Soup (Skam Records), The Books – Lost and Safe (Tomlab).

March 12, 2008 Posted by | Chequerboard, New York | 3 Comments