Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Susanna and the Magical Orchestra – Love Will Tear us apart

Saturday, January 19th, 2008

Via Fabulist

I want this for Christmas (next year) – Tenori-on

Saturday, December 29th, 2007

and I can be the next Aphex Twin or just make the next Radiohead album. If Sigur Ros decided to be all electronica, they’d use one of these on their album and not instruments made out of dead sheep and rocks.

It’s called the Tenori-on

Showreel style demo:

Longer demo:

They’re on fire

Tuesday, December 25th, 2007

Totally, utterly in love with the Bat For Lashes cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on fire”:

Here’s the song sung by himself, live:

Happy Christmas

Still a chance to get Tom Waits to number one for Christmas

Sunday, December 16th, 2007

People of Ireland, you have til Thursday to buy the Tom Waits song “Christmas card from a hooker in Minneapolis” and try and get it in the charts or close to number 1. G’wan, it’ll beat the usual shite. Buying details here from Adam. Summary:

Apple iTunes* – 99c, works on any iPod or iPhone (please note the link will launch iTunes)
Eircom Music Club – €1.20, works on any ‘Plays for Sure’ device / €1.40, works on mobile phone
Sony Connect* – €1.29, works on any Sony device (please note the link only works in Internet Explorer and you will need the SonicStage application to download song)
EasyMusic – €1.35, works on any ‘Plays for Sure’ device (please note you may have to change your location to Ireland before purchasing as the site’s default is for the UK)
Wippit – €1.39, works on any ‘Plays for Sure’ device (please note you may have to change your location to Ireland before purchasing as the site’s default is for the UK)

Disclosure: I’m a judge for the Choice Music Prize

Friday, November 30th, 2007

is what some people will probably be saying when Jimbo Carroll makes them feel special. And they should feel special. The Choice Music event is a great thing. Hat tip Sinéad. 🙂 Hope you didn’t fall off your seat when you saw the title.

Quick before the Best of Year Music Lists – Recommend me some stuff

Sunday, November 25th, 2007

Got some recent music recommendations for me before I go though the Best Of lists and find new music that way.

Don’t fuck with the Nialler*

Saturday, November 24th, 2007

Jim made me blog this. I cannot say no cos you don’t fuck with the Carroller.

The story is that Nialler gives out about a concert and someone bites back(comment 19 onwards), when maybe they shouldn’t. Nialler’s in our blogger posse afterall. You don’t fuck with the bloggers.*

* Comes from the movie Adventures in Babysitting.

Gang Leader: Don’t fuck with the Lords of Hell.
Chris: Don’t fuck with the babysitter.

Real Men

Monday, November 5th, 2007

Heard this cover sung by Tori on Phantom yesterday evening:

This is the original from Joe Jackson, the vid is cringeworthy:


Most popular artists and albums in Ireland via Gracenote

Sunday, November 4th, 2007

Via JP

Gracenote Maps tells you what is being listened to in what country. Shame there isn’t more than Top 10. Would love to see a Top 1000.

Current Top Artists in Ireland:
The Beatles
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Green Day
Guns N’ Roses
Bob Dylan
Foo Fighters
Bruce Springsteen

Current Top Albums in Ireland:
Guns N’ Roses Greatest Hits
International Super Hits – Green Day
Rush of Blood to the Head – coldplay
Stadium Arcadium – Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Echos, Silence, Patience and Grace – Foo Fighters
Eyes open – Snow Patrol
Neon Bible – Arcade Fire
Curtain call (The hits) – Eminem
Back to Black – Amy Winehouse
Because of the Times – Kings of Leon

eircom’s music store

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Update: Website is live. (reviews are imported in from, please use LouderVoice!)

Met some nice people from eircom recently who told me about their future broadband plans as well as their plans for content. Not one of them wore a tie by the way. eircom will be relaunching their new music store very soon and from what I’m told it’s being built using lots of web 2.0 goodness. They’re also using a well-known and respected Irish company to design the store. Nice to see young local companies being used. They’ll be launching IPTV next year and are doing deals with media producers to get channels on the service as well as selling/renting movies and videos.

What I’m liking most about all of this is that the people looking after these areas are very enthusiastic and definitely are unlike the old eircom where the attitude seemed to be reject the new and hold on to the old ways as much as you can. Love that they are using the Last.FM engine to make recommendations to people. “If you like this, you’ll probably like this”. Better than Amazon’s recommendations based on purchases alone. They’re also getting the idea of the long tail by going around and trying to get as much local talent on to the store as possible. Perhaps they’ll add a podcast section some day? I asked them the dodgy DRM question and for labels that insist on it, they’ll use it but a lot of their music will be DRM-free. Universal looks to be on the way of getting rid of DRM completely anyway and yeah, they should be able to offer more content than iTunes because of that Universal/Apple spat.

Here’s some of the features:

  • The music channel will carry music from all the major labels, plus international and Irish independents, offering the widest range of products in Ireland – 800k tracks at launch; 7k videos, 27k polyphonic ringtones, 8k realtones.
  • Also features music news, album reviews, plus an Ireland-wide music events guide
  • In partnership with, the channel will include free MP3s, videos, and a 24/7 streaming music player.
  • Music store Includes music recommendations from, a media player where users can compile sample playlists, and 30sec samples before you buy
  • Channel will offer the widest range of download types in the Irish market place. Customers can download in multiple formats – to pc, to mobile, dual download (simultaneously to pc and mobile), video, real tones & poly tones and wallpaper.
  • I’d love to see what it looks like at the end of the day. Right now I can’t access the music section on with Firefox or Internet Explorer due to some overzealous scripts saying I don’t have the right version of IE and Windows Media player. That’s not good. Lastly, eircom are turning up at more and more tech events like BarCamps and Open Coffees and want to meet local tech companies. Do say hello to them, you might get some work from them!

  • Customers can pay for downloads by either credit card or through premium rate SMS
  • Entire EMI catalogue is DRM-free, so there are no restrictions on usage
  • DRM-enabled tracks can be burnt to CD or transferred to appropriate media players