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Further to the low-key State Social #1 which I organised last month, the second edition will be a little more jucier. On the decks will be Dublin indie-pop group Talulah Does the Hula, along with State’s own Phil Udell and Loreana Rushe. Give it a shot if you want something to do in Dublin this Wednesday! Details on the flyer below (don’t forget to sign up to the Facebook Group, too):


Moz Almighty

Posted: November 27, 2009 in Music
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My review of Morrissey’s show at Dublin’s National Stadium is now online here:

The Dagger Lees

The Dagger Lees

Dublin blues-rock four piece Stagger Lee have announced that they have changed their name. The Dagger Lees, as they are now known, would have faced legal difficulties in the future if they had not taken this step now. The good news is that this makes no difference to their brand of fine sultry rock ‘n’ roll.

The Dagger Lees will be travelling to Detroit in 2009 to record their debut album with Jim Diamond, who has previously worked with such luminary artists as the White Stripes and the Von Bonies.

In other news, the band will be making an appearance at the Spiegeltent in Dublin this September as part of the Fringe festival, while they’ll also be performing at the Glasgowbury and Solas festivals.



The Dagger Lees:

Hotpress will have a new competitor when State Magazine launches in March

State magazine, which describes itself as ‘Ireland’s New Music Payload’, is due to hit the newstands in early March and looks set to end the virtual monopoly enjoyed by Hot Press on the Irish market. The new periodical, whose founders include photographer Roger Woolman and ex-Hotpress contributors Phil Udell and John Walsh, will be published on a monthly basis. It is claimed that State will have a style similar to UK publications such as Mojo and Uncut.

Debate has raged over whether there is place for two seperate music publications, with some voices writing-off State before it has even gone to print. This may be premature, however, as there will be a noticeable difference between the magazine and its rival: Hotpress divides its content between music, cinema, politics, current affairs and culture; State will be almost exclusively music-based. They have also recruited a bunch of talented and respected Irish music writers, including Stephen Robinson, Sinead Gleeson, Tanya Sweeney, and renowned blogger Nialler9. The editors have even drafted in Rolling Stone journalist Kara Manning to write State’s first cover story.

Meanwhile Hot Press has undergone a facelift in anticipation of the forthcoming competition. For the most part the content remains unchanged but the physical appearance has been transformed and now features a new logo, a glossy A4 format, and an improved typeface. One complaint about Hot Press in recent years is that it has become somewhat jaded, so it will be interesting to see if its writers up their game now that there’s a new kid in town.

Whatever way you look at it, it’s going to be an interesting year for music journalism in Ireland as this story pans out.



Hot Press:

Podcast: Phantom’s Nadine O’Regan talks to Phil Udell from State Magazine and Hot Press journalist Peter Murphy.

The Chalets

After many months of noticeable inactivity, Dublin band The Chalets have confirmed that they have split. A short announcement on their MySpace blog reads: “Hi Chalet stalkers. We just wanted to let y’all know that we won’t be releasing any more records or playing any more gigs. We had loads of fun!” It had been anticipated that the band would release a follow up to their successful debut LP, ‘Check In’, in the coming months, but presumably it has now been shelved.

The group achieved international recognition in recent years, with several songs being featured on the American TV series ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and the ‘Outlaw Tennis’ video game. MTV Ireland also used their tune ‘Sexy Mistake’ as part of a branding campaign. A European tour in 2006 underlined The Chalets’ popularity beyond Irish shores as the band played to numerous capacity crowds.



The Chalets: ‘Feel the Machine’

This is a show I thought I’d never get to see. Back in 2000, when the Smashing Pumpkins originally broke up, I was a poor student and couldn’t afford a ticket for their concert in the Olympia. And even if I could have, the concert sold out so quickly that I probably wouldn’t have bagged a ticket anyway. So when I heard they had re-formed and were headed for Dublin I made sure I was going to be there. This may or may not have involved blackmail, sexual favours, and the issuing of death threats.

Procrastination and the need to order beer means I’m too late to catch support act Concerto For Constantine. But, seeing as they’re a local band, I’m sure I’ll cross paths with them again. I do, however, manage to get a pit pass at the last minute so I get myself into a good position in front of the stage and wait anxiously for the main event.

The lights go out and Messrs Corgan and Chamberlain stroll out, with Jeff Schroeder, Ginger Reyes, and Lisa Harriton in tow. Without saying a word they launch into ‘Porcelina’. An odd choice for an opening song, I think to myself, but pleasant nonetheless. At the same time, though, I have my suspicions and it soon becomes clear that they are warranted.

Perhaps it’s the venue’s infamously dire acoustics – or perhaps it’s Billy Corgan’s desire to perform re-hashed versions of certain songs – but whatever is going on is making many tunes almost impossible to interpret. ‘Try, Try, Try’ is the only track I can positively identify, although I think ‘Behold! The Nightmare’ may have followed the opener. Thankfully, they’ve decided not to tamper with ‘Tonight, Tonight’ or ‘Mayonaise’ and the audience finally gets a taste of what the Smashing Pumpkins should sound like.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t last and the fans are soon subjected to an undecipherable mix of riffs, solos, and Corgan’s combination of crooning and screaming. It’s almost the halfway point in the gig before the familiar opening notes of ‘Today’ send the crowd into raptures. Acoustic versions of ‘Perfect’ and ‘1979’ provide a welcome break from the constant drone, whilst ‘Bullet With Butterfly Wings’, ‘Lily’, ‘The Everlasting Gaze’, and recent single ‘Tarantula’ are wedged into gaps in what can only be described as a horrible wall of sound. Even ‘Ava Adore’ – one of the band’s finer works – is butchered mercilessly as part of the Pumpkins’ gratuitous reinvention of their back catalogue.

The whole affair is getting tiresome and more than a few people are sneaking a peek at their watches when the band finally leave the stage. Some glance ernestly at the exits and wonder how long the encore will last. Mercifully, it’s short. The finale is actually a superb rendition of ‘Cherub Rock’, which, for a split second, could almost make you forgive them for the mediocrity that preceeded it. Alas, the reality is too bitterly disappointing to ignore.

The performance clocks in at just under two and a half hours in length, leaving some to argue that at least the audience got value for money. I, on the other hand, feel robbed. This could have been – and should have been – so much more. Most fans at tonight’s concert had never seen the Smashing Pumpkins before and this was their chance to hear live versions of songs they hold dear to their hearts. Instead, all they got was a deluge of mostly obscure, reworked compositions with a few token crowd-pleasers thrown in. The worst part is that Billy Corgan & Co still show flickers of true genius on stage… if only they’d lose that middle-age spread!

Dublin-bound - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (left) and Radio Soulwax.

The line-up for the annual Heineken Green Energy festival in Dublin is starting to take shape nicely. Acts confirmed so far to appear at the Dublin Castle include Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Radio Soulwax, and the Kooks.

Nick Cave whisks his band into Dublin on May 3 to promote his forthcoming album ‘Dig Lazarus, Dig’. It will be the Australian blues-monger’s first visit to these shores for more than four years and tickets for his live show are expected to be snapped up faster than you can curse Ticketmaster’s online booking system. According to Cave, the band’s new material features a garage rock sound similar to his recent Grinderman side project. If he’s telling the truth, the audience is in for a special treat.

Meanwhile, Belgian brothers David and Stephen Dewaele take to the stage on May 4 to rock the masses with Radio Soulwax. The duo (who also perform as 2 Many DJs) have been a mainstay of the European club circuit for the past number of years, with their ever-popular DJ mixes finding their way into the charts on numerous occasions. The show will also incorporate a screening of their new film, ‘Part of the Weekend Never Dies’.

On May 5 the Kooks swagger into town as they prepare to release their new LP, ‘Konk’. The indie favourites enjoyed immense success with their debut effort ‘Inside In/Inside Out’, which spawned the hit singles ‘She Moves in Her Own Way’ and ‘Naïve’.

Tickets for Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds go on sale this Friday, while tickets for Radio Soulwax and the Kooks will be available from next Tuesday.