Friday, October 31, 2008
However, here's a recommendation for tonight.
Proving they did it better in the old days, German expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari still has the ability to be dark and creepy 80 years later. Can someone tell the idiots behind the Saw franchise that this is how you make a film? It's on at 9pm tonight at the Belltable (Red Cross Hall)
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Kicking off at 9pm, this week's guests for the Whitehouse Poetry Revival are Keith Armstrong & Guy Hudson.
Here's some copy and paste guff:
Keith Armstrong was born in Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, where he has worked as a community development worker, poet, librarian and publisher. He now resides in the seaside town of Whitley Bay, is coordinator of the Northern Voices creative writing and community publishing project which specialises in recording the experiences of people in the North East of England.
Guy Hudson was born in Mansfield and grew up in a Lincolnshire village.He is interested in poetry as a spoken word medium and seeks to promote the oral tradition of poetry. This year he graduated from Lincoln University with a BA in English and hopes to teach Literacy in Prisons. He is married with two children.
Here's a vid of Keith Armstrong, but the quality is fairly crap.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Anyway, by all accounts, she has moved away from her folk days, even doing an album of jazz standards from the 1920's in the interim. She plays Dolan's Upstairs tonight, along with Jess Klein. Doors are at 8pm, and admission is €15
Here's a video for 'Slung Lo'; I can't honestly say if it is a very good video or not, as my computer has constant problems with youtube stalling these days....
Friday, October 24, 2008
Here's a rundown of some of the options, and there are quite a few, but beware, there is a strong possibility of a blatant plug at the end.
Tonight - see below posts on Nu Killa Kru & 'Tom Crean - Antartic Explorer'. Local pop-rockers We Should Be Dead play The Trinity Rooms, as part of their Electro Pop weekender thing.
Saturday - Well damn it. The last time he was in town, I was going to Cork for a gig. That was six months ago, and as I'm hitting Cork again tomorrow night for Trans Am, guess who decides to come back to town? Daedelus. Apparently, he was great last time out in the Cornmarket. He'll be in Trinity Rooms this time around. Check out this interview from April.
Sunday - There are a heap of options on Sunday. My advice would be to avoid Calvin Harris (Trinity Rooms also) in favour of either Strutt @ Dolan's, Steinski at Mickey Martins (should be deadly), or Cork rockers Hope Is Noise at Baker Place. Check out an excellent interview with Steinski at Cheebah.
Monday - Canadian indietronica dude Milosh playes the Red Cross Hall (Belltable's current gaff). And earlier in the day, ahem, a new documentary, The Hitchhikers Guide To The Southwest (produced by Mark Keane and myself) will air on Spin South West at 12.45pm. You may, or may not, wanna tune in.
That's it; have a good weekend folks. Will update this page on Tuesday.
In the meantime, here is Steinski speaking about the seminal Lessons, which he put together with Double Dee. This was recorded at the great Plugd Records in Cork.
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Dublin boyo Fraher from the 174 Crew will be making his way down, and also on bill is Nu Killa's own Code (Subtle Audio). Code is attracting a wee bit more attention these days, with even a forthcoming Polish show on the agenda - nice one, Conor!
The great thing about this one is that a new sound system has been installed Underground; up to now, the Nu Killa boys used to have to bring their own, and let's face, the biggest problem with the Underground since it emerged a few years ago has been consistently troublesome sound. This will be a good chance to check out if they have rectified that.
To make the deal even sweeter, admission is just €6. In fact, if you bother your arse and make it in before 11.30 (doors are 11), it'll be just four quid. Up yours "R" word!
Not much more to say except here is a picture of Fraher, which he looks like he took himself.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Swanky papers had this to say:
“a remarkable and uplifting piece of theatre, gives everything and asks nothing.”
Emer O’Kelly, Sunday Independent Dublin
“This magnificent revelation of a fascinating character simply compels a standing ovation”
“You will go to then end of the earth to find theatre this rewarding”
Murray Bramwell, The Australian
I've had a little fascination with Crean since seeing a documentary on TG4 some years ago I think, which a few years after that (around 2004 I think) led me to pick up Michael Smith's excellent book 'An Unsung Hero'. During the production of a documentary this year, I even managed to grab a pint in the South Pole Inn. For various reasons, I've always missed performances of this play, but I'm definitely going this Friday. Has anyone else seen it? Reports please.
Tickets are available at €20 (€18 Concession) from The Belltable, and the play runs until Saturday night.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Their ongoing Jazz Workshop Performances continue tonight. Participants meet on a weekly basis at LITMT to learn their way through a number of jazz standards, with teachers like John Daly, one heck of a jazz drummer himself.
Anyway, people can pop down to the Millenium Theatre tonight at 8pm to check it out.
If you can't make it down, do check out the rather spiffing new site at www.limerickjazz.com
Monday, October 20, 2008
Doors are down for 8pm, and admission is €8.
In the meantime, here's a video for the song 'River Rhine'
Friday, October 17, 2008
First up to the chopping block is Kieran Herlihy, who kindly obliged to tell me a little bit more about his work. I blogged about Kieran’s work quite recently here, looking at his new exhibition ‘A Full Stop’, which runs at Limerick Printmakers until Thursday, October 23. Kieran received the 2007/08 Bursary Award from the Printmakers. Do check out this show.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
“I have a younger brother and when we were trapped indoors on a wet Saturday (and had no real interest in Sports Saturday), very young and unsupervised in the sitting room, I took a crayon to the wall and took on the curtains. My cousin Tim introduced me to comics and in my early teens I was given the freedom to draw and paint on my bedroom walls; from there it went to walls outside. At school, I leaned towards the creative rather than academic subjects and if I didn’t like a class, I’d draw on the tables or t-squares for friends. So art was a habit by that stage.”
“Art College happened because I had no interest in anything else when I finished school. I think when I was in school and all I did was draw, I thought if I get the opportunity to go to college, I'll go do what I love. L.S.A.D. was the best decision of my life so far. In that college I had my mind opened; I felt engaged in all subjects. It was there that I made my best friends and had so much support from the Tutors and Lecturers. L.S.A.D. was hard work and great fun. I will look back on my time there with fond memories.”
ON GETTING THE BURSARY
“Every year the Limerick Printmakers offers a one year bursary to one graduate from the print department in L.S.A.D. Also that artist is given a show at the end of their year. I was very fortunate that the Printmakers selected me, I learned a lot more this year, and they are so encouraging. Also Joe Buckley has been an amazing source of support, so I’d like to give him a mention. The Bursary award was the best way to make that transition from Art student to Artist. The fact that when I left the college I had such amazing facilities and resources at hand has made a difficult transition period a great deal easier.”
‘A FULL STOP’
"A Full Stop" is a contradictory title for my show. Most exhibitions are placed in situe, the show has an opening and then for the duration of the exhibition viewers can come view the work; the artist is seldom there and the layout of the work never changes.
With "A.F.S." the opening night was the first night of an ongoing installation. Everyday I add work, move work around, talk to the viewer making them a participant in the art, and interact with the space, the people and the materials.
I try to encourage an open dialogue between other viewers and myself. I also play with imagery, cryptic phrasing and the gallery space itself. I want the work to be accessible, engaging and playful. It’s a very organic show, always changing, and viewers come back every few days and find new things, and we always end up in different discussions on various subjects.
The work in this show was created within the last twelve months; a lot is being made in situe. I constantly make work and collect materials.”
“The reactions are as varied as the people who are coming to see the installation. Some people need a little coaxing to talk, and some don’t want to talk, while some just go straight ahead. The thing I have learned from this show is to recognise who is who, how to approach them and how to get the most from people. It’s tricky but its a learning curve.”
Thursday, October 16, 2008
They take over Dolan's on Sunday, October 26. In the Warehouse, they have Scottish duo Slam, who while never really my preferred choice of hot beverage, have left an undeniable mark on dance music over the past two decades, through their own releases, their djing worldwide, but also through their own label Soma.
What is on upstairs that night is intriguing me a little bit more. The Poets Of Rhythm are a funk/soul kinda job from Germany of all places. They've played Limerick before (summer 2007) when I was off travelling, but I've heard that they were the business. The recorded tracks on myspace have been getting numerous plays 'round here, and further investigation is definitely required (I reckon PC and Cheebah would be able to make some recommendations as to where to take this.)
Tickets are now available from Dolan's for €20, which covers both venues, and it all kicks off at 9pm, with guest djs upstairs A2DF, Paul Tarpey and Broken Funk DJs.
In the meantime, let The Poets mesmerise you with this clip from their last visit to Limerick
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Joining them will be Cork prog-punk crossover types Jezery, no strangers to Limerick.
The first show is at 12.30pm at the Limerick Art College, and then at Baker's later on that night at 9pm. DATS are on Texan label Australian Cattlegod Records (also the Stateside home for Redneck Manifesto).
Here's what Australian Cattlegod have to say about the boyos:
"These four musicians from Catania, Italy are in love with the loudest volume of their amps and have a passion for angular and geometric, yet organic, song structures.The music brings to mind images of a lilting and sensuous dance thousands of feet above terra firma, caressing the outer limits of our atmosphere and roaring back down to earth like a jet airplane. 30,000 Feet Tarantella is a work full of moody irony, joy, and passion. Diane and the Shell illuminates a direct, powerful, and clear sound rich with allegorical metaphors, given life in haunting orchestral arrangements.The grace and sensitivity of their playing belies a maturity and wisdom far beyond their young ages.Their debut, The Red EP, churned forth progressive structures and mutant-disco provocations foreshadowing the fully realized work expressed with this release. 30,000 Feet Tarantella was recorded and mixed by Sacha Tilotta with the artistic production of Agostino Tilotta (Bellini, Uzeda) in one week of amusing and exhilarating delirium."
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The record has been lauded with critical high-fives all-round and will surely be a nominee for next year's Choice Music Prize (although with the typical judging oddballness for the Choice, the winner will probably be The Saw Doctors new Aran sweater-infused spoken word meets grime opus)
Anyway, Jape continues to plug 'Ritual' with another trip to Limerick tomorrow night (Tuesday, 15th), bringing his gadgetry and Matt from TRM with his flowing locks amongst others along for the ride. The show happens at Upstairs at Dolan's , and will be perfect entertainment fare after Ireland stuff the Cypriots....hopefully.
To get you all kinds of worked up for this, here is the video for 'I Was A Man', directed by ace design duo M&E (Matt TRM and his good lady)
Monday, October 13, 2008
However, one shining light in Limerick over the years has been the Belltable Film Club.
Kicking off tomorrow night (Tuesday, October 14), with highly acclaimed The Kite Runner (haven't seen it yet, but have only heard good things), there is a fantastic range of films on over the coming months at the Belltable's temporary home at the Red Cross Hall on Cecil Street.
All films kick off at 8pm (sharp I have noticed - real time, not Irish time); and tickets are €6. Also, there'll be no popcorn, but you can grab a drink before it starts there (although I dunno what the bar story is in Red Cross Hall - if anybody can fill me in here, that'd be much appreciated.
Friday, October 10, 2008
They've been here twice before - I caught the first time, but was off travelling the second: the first time was a really fantastic day/night. Around September 2006 I'd guess, the new Mastadon record 'Blood Mountain' came out that day, and we met with the Lite lads prior to the show up at a friend's flat on O'Curry Street. We spoke to them, drank beers, while they replied in the very limited English they had, and didn't drink beers. It turns out that the ultra-technical four-piece don't drink before shows - they are true pros. They played a packed Boatclub, a gig so good it became a CDr (seriously - Lite: Live in Limerick). Afterwards, the band did indeed indulge in a few scoops, as some shenanigans went on 'til the wee hours.
Also on the bill are 54-71 (as with Lite, they are also from Tokyo, and on the deadly Transduction Records) and Adebisi Shank, this Sunday night at Baker's. Props to the good lads over at Organised Chaos for another quality line-up.
First up, here is a Lite Video of them playing live:
And, shag it, it's Friday, so here is this week's second dip into the "archives" for another shoddy Ryan article from a few years ago. Enjoy the weekend!
LITE, Limerick Boatclub, Friday September 8th
By Ciarán Ryan
While Chicago and Louisville will probably be always considered the areas that spawned the math rock and post rock genres, music of a primarily instrumental rock nature has spread its wings a lot further. Look here in Ireland where The Redneck Manifesto continue to be one of the biggest "underground" acts in the country. Even look around this city and you'll see a number of bourgeoning acts trading in these circles.
However, when a new sound was been formed in the late eighties, it has hard to imagine that the instigators would have believed how far-reaching their influence would be. Take LITE for instance, a four -piece hailing from Tokyo consisting of Nobuyuki Takeda and Kozo Kusumoto on guitars, Jun Izawa on bass, and Akinori Yamamoto on drums.
Three of them were in the same band (Kusumoto being the odd one out), and as Takeda explains, there are a number of other bands on the same wavelength in Japan. "It is not as if instrumental music is mainstream in the Japanese
music scene but we seem to have quite a lot of those bands, a lot of
whom are really good. We don't have any particular band that influenced us but we
certainly got influenced by bands we played with at gigs".
After releasing two sold out self-released EPs in their native country, the band came in contact with fledgling UK label, Transduction Records, when they saw a LITE show in Tokyo. While a full-length debut ("Filmlets) is pencilled in for a release in the near future, the band have just released a self-titled mini album in the UK.
Sure, "LITE" contains many of the same facets of other instrumental releases, but the band seemed to have enough tricks up their sleeves than to be signalled out as mere copyists. Opener "Oct" crashes in with a Bob Weston-esque bassline and is met by an almost jazz-like nimbleness and stop-start staccato. More impressive still is the dual-guitar playfulness of "I Miss Seeing All", which later hints of elements of prog while bringing to mind the likes of Don Caballero. By the time the final of the five tracks, "Past Three Days", grows on you, the more pensive side of LITE emerges and they create a soundscape equal to that of some of Unwed Sailor's finest moments.
Takeda does not have any problem with comparisons to other bands, and knows the perceived notions of instrumental music. However, he is keen to rightly point out that LITE do offer something essentially different. "By using fewer instruments we can take a lots of different approaches to making our music. Yes, we could have a singer but we are into instrumental music and don't yet feel any kind of limitations".
While the band are only edging onto the radar on this side of the world, they have built up a significant fanbase in their home country. Their most recent single, "Human Gift" even managed to top the college radio charts there this June. College Radio has probably been most successful in the United States in breaking many bands, and it seems that it is playing an extremely important role in Japan, according to Takeda. "College radio in Japan represents the subculture at the moment. For people turning up at our gigs and buying our stuff, we are just so happy that our music is heard and seen by real people".
Now, LITE get to bring their music to more "real people" when they embark on their first UK and Irish tour.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Picked up a record from them afterwards called 'Augurs & Auspices' - the name alone is promising...I can report back later on the quality if anybody is interested.
Couple of quick observations:
1) a small enough turn-out, which wasn't that surprising considering it was a) Limerick, and b)a Wednesday night.
2) Why do people leave Bakers, and just spend their time in the smoking room? There was a mass exodus from the Underground after support band Laminate Reno, and the majority of people didn't seem to resurface for the Creeping Nobodies
3) Shut up!!! I've never expressed Nazi-esque tactics over years of going to gigs when people start talking, or have never gone "ssssssh", but last night I got close. As it turned out, about 7 or 8 people stayed to actually "watch" the band. It was very visible who we were, as we were on the dancefloor part. However, some twits behind me had the loudest conversation, full of giggling and whatnot, completely in view of the band. It was a conversation that should have happened out in the smoking zone.
Anyway, rant over...
Tonight, at the same venue down Tait Square, Katie Kim plays with Waterford outfit Deaf Animal Orchestra. Can't admit to knowing much about DAO, but the mighty Donal Dineen played a couple of tracks from Katie Kim, and she sounds good.
There isn't much else on in town, unless Mary Black is your thing (playing the Warehouse).
The youtube clips were a bit crap, so don't bother; listen to the tunes on myspace instead.
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Well, the quite popular Mamuska nights return to Limerick on Friday night at their home in the Daghdha Space (John's Square).
In honour of this event, I've dipped into the archives, and found a badly written article I did back a few years ago on Mamuska. Read it and weep.
Mamuska Night, Daghdha Space, St John's Square, Friday 2nd June
By Ciarán Ryan
In the cultural haven that is the Daghdha Space, a group of performers and curious spectators alike have been gathering every second month for a night where dance, installations and music are thrown into the melting pot.
This Friday will see the final Mamuska night of its second season at its St. John's Square home.
"Mamuska" initially developed in a studio in UL, but according to Daghdha Dance Company's Head of Programming Davide Terlingo, they saw the move to the city venue as providing more access to the wider community. "It is an open performers night, where the aim is to blur the barriers between the audience and the performers. We see it as a shared environment", Davide explains.
To this end, audiences are invited to take a more active role in the performances, where the theme of "experimentation" runs throughout. Key to the night's success has been that the company does not tend to regurgitate previous materials and performances, keeping each night fresh for audience and performers alike. The format of the night also has an inherent advantage, Davide believes. "All performances last between five and ten minutes, and there are plenty of other things going on. People can go look at the visuals, or have a drink and chat with their friends. It's not for a specialist audience".
Audience numbers at the Mamuska Night have ranged from 150 to 300, proving that the night does not contain any form of an elitist remit. "We find that most of the people who come to Mamuska don't usually go to dance performances. I think a lot of people feel safe and comfortable when they are here", says Davide. It would appear that comfort is easily provided in the form of bean-bags, which are left out for audience members who really want to relax.
This will be Mamuska's last performance of its current season, but it will be reappearing after the summer. With a night that manages to balance the artistic and the accessible, it perhaps should not be that surprising that the name of the night comes from a film. However, the film in question may be of surprise, as it sees Daghdha keeping away from any high-brow connotations, as Davide explains.
"I was watching The Addams Family, and there is a part where Uncle Fester goes missing. They organise this ball where the extended family is all invited, and they do his traditional Addams dance, which is called "Mamuska"!"
Who are we to complain, as it provides a more than apt name for what Mamuska is about.
In the meantime, here is some copy and paste guff from their site:
Mamuska Limerick is back revealing a taste of the vibrant arts scene in Limerick. Mamuska Limerick, in partnership with Mamuska Nights, is a performance event in which local, national and international artists present their work. The format remains the same, for this legendary event which continues to inspire both artists and audience with its unique flavour and format built around informality and a true sense of artistic experimentation. The performed works are selected on a first come, first served basis which makes each Mamuska Limerick one of risk taking, inspiration, artistry and fun.
Daghdha invites you to the Daghdha Space to chat, listen and gorge on new ideas, playful imaginings and curious experiments. Mamuska Limerick – ‘Harvest’ offers a feast of ripe ideas so indulge yourself on the latest crop of dance, performance, film, sound art and music.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Hickey plays Trinity Rooms. If you haven't seen him just yet, this is well worth checking out. If you have seen him, just ignore the next paragraph.
Basically, RSAG live is Hickey doing drums and vocals, with the backing tracks all recorded (though played by Hickey initially) However, it looks COOL, as silhouettes of Hickey playing those other instruments appear in the visuals behind and to the side of him, making it a more multimedia experience. Nice.
However, none of this would be much cop if there were absolutely no tunes to back it up; it would actually just be a mere novelty. Thankfully, Hickey has some decent tunes in his back pocket, very much evident on his debut album with the electronic label Psychonavigation Records. I reckon every review (well, every one I have seen) has mentioned his David Byrne-esque yelp, and sure, it is very much there. Also, check out his love of afrobeat throughout.
Check in on his myspace page, and guess what? His two top influences are Fela Kuti and Talking Heads....no shit, Sherlock. Oh yeah, drum-enthusiasts - he is good, really good. All that you guys hear are drums anyway, so you are gonna be all over this like a rat on cheese.
Good stuff all 'round.
Here is a short video clip:
Monday, October 6, 2008
Managed to drop into Limerick Printmakers over the weekend to check out 'A Full Stop' , a new exhibition from Kieran Herlihy
Some fantastic works from this young Limerick-based artist, who was awarded the 2007/08 Bursary Award from Limerick Printmakers Studio & Gallery, after graduating from LSAD last year. The exhibition is the culmination of the year's work since.
On top of drawing, painting, etc, Herlihy's penchant for graffiti art can also be seen in many of the works, and he uses objects found to paint or draw on - for instance, a door is used for one piece, another piece uses what looks like some kind of large can/cylinder type-thing, not unlike one of these (without the glass of beer), but probably completely different to that.
Argh, I'm no good at describing art, so just read the blurb here.
Kieran, who seemed like a pleasant chap when I dropped by, will be around, and adding to the exhibition, as it runs until October 23rd, so do check it out.
Friday, October 3, 2008
Adebisi Shank's new album 'This Is The Album Of A Band Called Adebisi Shank" may be brief, but is an absolute stonker. They play Bakers on October 12th, supporting LITE.
The An Taobh Tuathail compilation Volume 2 has been getting quite a few spins of late. Acts I already know and love like Mice Parade and Somadrone feature, but the likes of Susanna & The Magical Orchestra are new to me. Perfect record for the late night listen, like the radio show of the same name.
Brian Eno & David Byrne may be back with a new album, but at the start of September, I finally picked up My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts. Released in 1981, this has got everything on it; truly amazing album, and you can see that 27 years later, there are still bands copying them. Vampire Weekend, where did your interest in world music stem from, eh?!
There is a lot of info on this site about the record, including some clips. I feel like an idiot that it took me so long to get this.
Finally, TV On The Radio have just unleashed their latest album - 'Dear Science'... I've only got through one sitting of this so far - it seems a wee bit bananas, a little less polished than 'Return To Cookie Mountain', and yes, do believe the hyperbole about this one - it sounds deadly so far.
Here's a video for 'Dancing Choose'
And here is the same song, in a frankly weird appearance on Letterman. Good ol' Dave has to look at the record sleeve again to make sure he got the album title right.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
The artists in question are Niamh Ni Bhuigleir, David Slade and Louisa Donnelly.
While the opening is tomorrow (Friday October 3) at 7pm, it will be running up until October 17, so there is plenty of time to see it.
More info here on the copy and paste bit:
With backgrounds in Art, Film and Graphic Design the trio present a diverse body of work that incorporates photography and collage as well as painting. This unique exhibition will be officially opened by Denise Ryan
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Next Wednesday (not today), but Wednesday October 8 has a host of good things happening. Now, we can be thankful for students in Limerick coming back, as they are the only ones with money these days!
Not only is there that Creeping Nobodies gig mentioned below, and Manchester fiddler Dezi Donnelly is in town at Dolan's, but it also marks the second night of the monthly Electronique nights at Daffy's Basement on Catherine Street.
This is worth checking out - first up, it is free; secondly, it is offering a range of "diverse electronic beats" which, let's face it, you probably won't find anywhere else in the city; and finally, it has djs from some of the guys responsible for Limerick's longest running drum n' bass night, Nu Killa Beats.
Code and Bee will be dishing out the tunes.
(Here's Bee doing said dishing out of tunes)
Here's the copy and paste part:
It all kicks off at half nine. Worth checkin' for sure.
This new night kicked off in September aiming to cover new territories as far as the cities sound transmissions are concerned. Code and Bee took to the controls on a mission to make Daffy’s basement a home for under-appreciated beats of the dubstep and techno variety. The Dj’s admit to being unsure that the crowd would respond favourably to the experimental vibe on offer but the success of the opening night has encouraged them to take a monthly excursion with their sound-system to the Catherine Street venue. The popularity of new music technology courses in local colleges is partly responsible for giving this injection of interest in esoteric electronica but it is also clear that many who attended the debut night welcomed the novelty of having somewhere to dance outside of the weekend.
Wednesday the 8th of October is the date for the next instalment. Expect to hear Aphex Twin, Jeff Mills, Burial, Digital Mystikz, Boxcutter, Carl Craig, LFO, The Future Sound Of London and other electronic music luminaries in the mix.
The vibe will be chilled enough early in the night and the more tacky shakin' beats will get played towards the end. So, come on down and check out a slightly different sound to what you are used to hearing out and about in Limerick.
Tonight, Wednesday October 1, if you are not watching the 'Pool against PSV (I have this weird feeling it could be a struggle), the good burgers from Limerick Jazz Society have the Mark McKnight Quintet in town, Upstairs in Dolan's.