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Rick O’Shea is not a Castrato, give his show back its balls

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

I’m completely biased in this because Rick O’Shea is a good friend but I’d listen to his show if he was a mate or not. Except his show isn’t a show anymore. It’s a playlist with a voice that doesn’t get enough coverage. As you may have read on some blogs and in the press, 2FM made a very silly decision to take an axe to Rick O’Shea’s afternoon show along with the shows of Nikki Hayes and Will Leahy. Rick’s show was a modern radio show, meaning it was interactive, it was guided by pop culture and whatever zeitgeist was happening, it read texts out, it got people to do funny things, it spread the 2FM wings out from radios and into the general populace and the ratings showed it was working quite well. The future of Radio is not the “broadcast out and that’s it” model, the future of radio is about reaching out and getting back and reaching out again. Radio needs to be guided by the voices of those that are listening. We don’t need a Carson Daly radio model.

And now the personality and the soul of it has died. The music lives on but nobody wants just music anymore, as someone said, our iPods will do that for us, we’re much better at being our personal DJs.

They won’t take his blog away though or his chat and banter with us the audience at the Blog Awards or the Web Awards so we can still have fun with Rick there. You can join the Facebook group If It’s Not Broken Don’t Fix It: Keep Rick O’Shea and Nikki Hayes Talking to show your support. Or has Una says, email

Backstage chatter at the All My Models Are Plastic Studios
Photo owned by kevindooley (cc)

I don’t think a Facebook Campaign is enough though but at least it’s a way of showing our support. Join the group, write a blog post and maybe suggest ways of getting this more attention.

If you like Spiritualized, try Burning Codes for 4 euros

Monday, January 12th, 2009

Belfast band Burning Codes (I’m cogging all this from Indiecater) released a physical album back in October called Burning Codes and now Indiecater are offering it in digital form for a whole €4. Seriously. 4 quid for an album that I must say I was quite impressed with. I’m a fan of Explosions in the Sky, Spiritualized and all those types of bands so Burning Codes appealed to me. Don’t ask me to name what those genres are, music I like is what it is.

You can listen to some of the songs on their mySpace too.

Random pic to add colour to this post:
Photo owned by hayashi yosuke (cc)

Posting a video on the Sunday to fill the content gap

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Animal Collective – Fireworks

I just like the hook

Sunday, December 28th, 2008

Don’t worry. Real blogging is back soon where I’ll be using the C word (Cork), the N word (National Broadband Scheme), the F word (Food), the R word (Regulator) and other fun words like dollop. Isn’t dollop a really interesting sounding word? Say it slow. Say it fast.

Regina does Little Boxes, so does Elvis, so does Deathcab

Saturday, December 27th, 2008

Shearwater – The Snow Leopard

Friday, December 26th, 2008

Shearwater. Another “not the official vid” fan-generated thing. Amazing song. Get the album which is called Rook.

Up loud, turn it and happy Christmas!

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Passion Pit – Sleepy head.

Loving my Christmas present:

For you

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

Get some festive music into thine ears

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Head over to Indiecater and get some great Christmas inspired music from some great musical talent. Two tracks I really really liked from that compilation are: Track 12 – Nonstop Everything -There Is No Santa, Little Boy and track 15 Loxsly – Santa Got The Spins. 17 tracks for a recession busting €6.50. You can listen to them before you buy too.

Then via You Ain’t listen to Sufjan Stevens’ latest Christmas album called “Astral Inter Planet Space Captain Christmas Infinity Voyage, Volume VIII.”

(Pic taking outside Apple Store in Regent Street)

Dance – Lykke Li & Bon Iver doing ‘Dance Dance Dance’ in L.A

Monday, December 8th, 2008