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: www.state.ie/2009/10/reviews/boys-noize-power/. 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!

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Shirley Manson (she of Scots/American alt-rockers Garbage) meets Peter Murphy to discuss his quite excellent debut novel, ‘John the Revelator’:

http://www.faber.co.uk/article/2009/9/when-manson-met-murphy

19-year-old Niall Cummins has been reported missing after attending the Electric Picnic music festival in Co. Laois last weekend. If you attended the festival, please take a look at the news report on the RTÉ News website. If you saw a person matching his description, particuarly when leaving the festival site, please contact the Gardaí in Portlaoise on 057 8674100 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

Smooth Operator…

Posted: September 11, 2009 in Random
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It’s guys like this who give the rest of us a bad name!

http://melodymaker.posterous.com/the-reason-some-girls-stay-single-very-funny

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 www.citysounds.fm.