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My review of ‘Bone of My Bones’ – the debut album from Ebony Bones! – is avilable to read online over on


Last night saw Yusuf Islam (the former Cat Stevens) perform at Dublin’s 02, in what was his first ever Irish appearance. James Masterson covered the show for State and you can read his article here: An interesting interlude saw a staging of Islam’s self-penned musical, ‘Moonshadow’, which is basically an adaptation of the singer’s life story.

The publicity leading up to the concert clearly stated that it would be a performance by Yusuf Islam which would feature songs he recorded whilst known as Cat Stevens, as opposed to a full-scale Cat Stevens concert. It was  also highlighted that the afformentioned musical would feature as part of the show. Fair enough, you’d think, that makes everything crystal clear. Only it didn’t, apparently.

The concert was marred by disgrunted audience members slow-clapping, heckling, flipping rude gestures and staging walkouts. Why? Was the performance shoddy? No. Did Islam insult them? Not in the slightest. It was because they themselves assumed they would be attending a performance dominated by Cat Stevens’ classics. They didn’t want Yusuf Islam songs; they didn’t want a musical. And this was despite all the advertising leading up to the event clearly implying that this would be the case. Sadly, the disruption resulted in some members of the theatre staff reportedly being assaulted by a small number of ‘unsatisfied’ customers.

Now, I’m no fan of Yusuf Islam’s music – or Cat Stevens’ for that matter – but, having seen the advertisments for the show, even I was under no illusion of what I should expect from the night’s proceedings had I chosen to attend. It should be pretty obvious anyway, the same way that you don’t go to a Paul McCartney concert expecting a show comprising solely of Beatles songs and you certainly don’t go to see Mark Knopfler and expect to hear Dire Straits material. It just goes to show that some people can’t read what’s directly in front of them (i.e. a bloody large newspaper ad) and, when they realise their mistake, can’t accept it’s their own fault.

There’s a word for them…

Idiot (noun) :  an utterly foolish or senseless person.

Apologies for the lack of updates; I’ve been kept rather busy with other projects of late…

Over on State you can read my recent review of ‘Power’, the latest album from Boys Noize: And during the coming weeks I’ll also be reviewing live performances from The Specials, Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, Sonic Youth and Depeche Mode. Good times!

One of the most anticipated albums of the year is released in Ireland today.  ‘The Resistance’ is the fifth LP from Muse and to say it’s amazing is an understatement. You can read the full album review I wrote for State by clicking here.

‘Uprising’ is the first single to be taken from the album:

Rock School 101

Posted: September 10, 2009 in Music
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Take note all you aspiring rockstars! The following video is a shining example of how not to conduct an interview if you don’t want to be portrayed as a bunch of muppets:

The band featured are London-based indie-poppers Raygun, who say, “if you stuck Iggy Pop, James Brown and David Bowie and Shirley Bassey in a lift, then you’d probably have our band.” Indeed.

Themes for Great Cities

Posted: September 10, 2009 in Music
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I recently came across an intriguing website called CitySounds, which streams music and still images from major cities across the globe. Designed by Henrik Berggren and David Kjelkerud, the site is powered by APIs from SoundCloud and Flickr and music playlists from the various cities are updated in real time as more tracks are added.

Check it out for yourself at

Niamhnotnima has posted an interesting blog concerning the live music scene and how it will have to adapt in order to survive through everything from the dreaded credit crunch to the new era of disposable music propagated by the Web. Well worth a read!