Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Round Up - Jazz, Hip-Hop, Mags, Various Bits...

As I'm moving job/house, I'm condensing a lot into one blog to make up for lack of other blogs in the forthcoming days/weeks.

First up, tonight is the final show for 2008 from Limerick Jazz Society. Tonight's show has an international flavour to it with Ameiresco or should that be Am/Eire/Sco (geddit?), as it comprises of American, Irish and Scottish folks. American pianist David Berkman has brought them all together. Doors are at 8.30pm, concert starts at 9pm, and admission is €15 (€10 concession). As always, the venue is Dolan's Upstairs.

Tomorrow night (Thursday), it's nylon strings-meet Don Cab as Galway's Jung Turks come to Baker Place. I caught these guys a couple of times a few years back and was always impressed but haven't seen or heard much from them recently so wonder how things are sounding with them...

The busy boyos at Cheebah have two nights this week: their end of month sessions at the Wicked Chicken features Pete The Beat on Thursday, while Friday night, they welcome DJ Eggz to Mickey Martin's. Imagine if it was this DJ Eggz that was playing....uh oh.

Dundalk's premier ranting folkster Jinx Lennon play's Upstairs in Dolan's on Friday night. Jinx is always entertaining live.

Next weekend sees a couple of well-decent events also, which I'll probably hype up closer to the time. The Kerrynini lads have another show lined up, in the intriguing location of Pery's Hotel...I remember the Termights club briefly relocating to a room there before, that was way too much like a hotel lobby, but this is in a different room, in the hotel's basement. Anyway The Hideous Penguin and T-Woc are on the bill for that one...That's Friday December 5th. The following night sees the official launch of the [Crude] mag, with a gig featuring Sea Dog & others....Hup Hup.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

A blatant plug

This Friday night. €10 in. Doors 8pm...Some tickets left @ ahem....

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

2nd last jazz show of the year

Just a quick one while I'm here...

In just under three hours time, the doors will be opening upstairs in Dolan's for Limerick Jazz Society's second last gig of 2008. Doors open at 8.30 pm for trumpeter Guy Barker, and the show starts no later than 9pm. Local-based trio John Daly (drums), Peter Hanagan on bass and Joe O'Callaghan on guitar will be joining Barker.

Barker features in this Bandzilla performance...obviously, stylists were not called in that day...

Printmakers Winter Exhibition

The busy folks at Limerick Printmakers have announced a jam-packed Members Winter Exhibition that will run for almost a month, starting next week.

The ninth year of such going on sees a plethora of locally-based artists and printmakers exhibit some of their work. I almost got dizzy trying to read through the list of 40+ contributors, but the artists include Margaret Becker, Mike Byrne, Laura Carey, Deirdre Gallagher, Vincent Casey, Wendy Dison, Clare Gilmour, Charles Harper, Kieran Herlihy, Elaine Hurley, Mary Meskell, Gavin Hogg, David Lilburn, Breda Lynch, Marian Mc Grath, Meg Kenny, Dan Kenny, Jane Murtagh, Michael O'Connor, Ya Nan Wang, Des Mac Mahon, Mary O'Dea, Suzannah O'Reilly, Derek O'Sullivan, Eithne Deloughry O'Byrne, Fiona Quill, Paul Tarpey, and Gillian Kenny among others.

The exhibition will be opened by Sinéad Dinneen, from the Visual Arts Education module at Mary Immaculate College, and all that happens on Thursday, November 27 at 8pm.

It will run until December 23, so you don't have much excuse to not visit it. While there, it may be worth checking out becoming a friend of the printmakers (a sponsorship schemes), and kids can enrol in new courses kicking off in the New Year in printmaking.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Library Tapes

Referencing Max Richter, Philip Glass, Rachel's (oooh, nice) and A Silver Mt Zion amongst their influences, Swedish outfit Library Tapes bring their Irish tour to Limerick on Monday night. Actually correct that: Library Tapes is primarily the work of one young buck - David Wenngren, who drafts in some pals to play, including Peter Broderick, who has recently kick-started his own solo career after some alliances with Efterklang.

There seems to be some really gorgeous tunes here, bits of minimal composition with ambient and classical nuances...Hey, even the hipster's read of choice Pitchfork gave it a high five with their review. In terms of live performance, I think it may be just Wenngren on his own, so it will be interesting to see how he pulls it off...maybe, he'll just plug in a laptop?

It happens this Monday night at Baker Place, and is the third (I think) show put on by the Pure Sound Collective.

In the meantime, here's a vid:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Gaslamp Killer Saturday

I'm particularly looking forward to seeing The Gaslamp Killer in town on Saturday night at Baker Place. This one is brought to us courtesy of the two Johns at Kerrynini, who after putting on a rake of ace shows in Kerry and Cork, are now starting to become more prominent in the Treaty city.

With typical lazy journalistic fervour, I'm gonna copy and paste the press release (don't judge me: other hacks get paid to do that)...before that let's just say it's gonna be a cracking night etc, Cork/Kerry boyos Heliopause are apparently really well worth checking out, and King Dumb will be lashing in some visuals to make it an aural/oral/visual musical odyssey that could get as sweaty as Jack L's hair grease...

Here's the blurb:

People of Limerick. We here at Kerrynini have been resting on our laurels lately, spending too much time waxing our backs and manicuring our moustaches instead running events and gigs. But this is set to change. The finger is officially pulled out, and we've been lucky enough to convince one of the most musically and visually erratic DJs in the world to swing by for a night of psychedelic wonderment.

Gaslamp Killer is all hair, beards, beats and cuts. Regarded by many as the mixtape king du jour, his 'I'll Spit on Your Grave' and 'Protons' mixes are unpredictable journeys where the likes of Can and Nirvana are spliced together with Flying Lotus and Sixtoo. Dude is infamous for taking the psychedelic slant towards rocking a dancefloor, recently touring Japan and regularly playing at Andy Votel's B-Music night in England.

He's a busy chap, being one of the permanent record spinners at Los Angeles' Low End Theory night, an employee of Turntablelab and a contributor to the Dublab collective along with Daedelus and Flying Lotus. We cannot recommend this guy enough for fans of obscure abstract beats, razor sharp cuts, debonair flair and a slab of humour. You've been warned. This guy is gonna be HUGE!

Support on the night comes from Killarney 4 piece Heliopause. These instrumental prog-psych soldiers were one of the first bands we hosted at Kerrynini many moons ago, back when they were younger, less hairy and a had a glint of danger in their eyes. They still have that same glint, but nowadays they smack of confidence, musicianship and an unwillingness to be pigeon-holed. Their self-titled debut EP was released earlier this year and the lads have toured the country extensively in the last few years, rampaging through various towns and cities.

Records will be spun on the night by Kerrynini male models, TheManWithNoName, Johnny Doobs and King Dumb. Expect lots of electronica, psych, funk, hiphop, afro-beat and dubstep.

All in attendance are urged to dance wildly. Starts at 10, ends after 2 - what more could you want? SEATS ARE NOT FOR FEET!!!

Check out this video of Gaslamp (there are plenty more on youtube) to get an indication of his abilities, as the guy in the crowd about 30 seconds in says, "God damn, that was seamless"

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Laura Sheeran Cancelled/MJEX/Other bits

Apologies for complete lack of/shoddy updates. A number of things have happened in the past week, leading me to wipe my whole laptop and start again. Anyway, less of these ramblings.

Galway lass Laura Sheeran will not be making the trip down to Baker Place on Friday night; however, the folks at the Pure Sound Collective assure us that all is still go for their Library Tapes gig next Monday (more on that later in the week). However, all is not lost, as the awesome Gaslamp Killer is in town on Saturday night (more on that tomorrow), and Ireland's most renowned hip hop group (they must be sick of being called Ireland's only hip-hop group of note by numerous folks in the media) Messiah J & The Expert play Trinity Rooms on Friday. Their third longplayer 'From The Word Go' seems to be picking up rave reviews at the mo'.

From said album, here's 'Megaphone Man'

Friday, November 7, 2008

A quiet enough weekend

Over the bank holiday weekend a few weeks ago, there was so much going on, but things are after slowing down ever so slightly.

This weekend, entertainment/arts options in Limerick are somewhat limited but certainly not non-existent.

Mickey Martins (where I ended up for the first time in a long time on Monday night) have our old mucker Johnny Doobs messing about tonight, and the Cheebah lads are in charge tomorrow.

Fans of trash metal will have a good time as Castletroy young lads Soloway are in action in Bakers on Saturday night. Doors are 9pm, and admission is just five bucks.

The ongoing Belltable Sessions return on Sunday night, with Driftwood Manor, Audrey Ryan, Emma Small and Rathkeale's Brendan Markham on the bill. It's a neat enough, if tried and trusted, idea - basically unplugged sessions from bands in intimate surroundings. While it may not be the warmest room in the world temperature wise, the Belltable's current digs at the Red Cross Hall could make it a cosy evening. I checked out a wee bit of Driftwood Manor, which is some interested trad/folk/rock hybrid thing, and I half-expected that on the basis of her name that Audrey Ryan may have once lined out at right corner-forward for the blue & gold camogie side, but she is in fact an American songstress who sounded a wee bit like Aimee Mann, until my computer gave up.

Oh yeah, my computer is giving lots of problems this week, so updates may be slow.

Have a good weekend; I'm off to Liverpool to watch some football. Huzzah.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Soundings Tonight

The monthly Soundings gigs return to Daghdha tonight, with clarinetist Jonathan Sage. There is quite a bit of info about this here.

Admission is €10 or free if you have a UL identification card.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Some Things Just Are

An interesting installation in the Belltable this month from Karen Power - Karen currently works in Mary I as a Music Technician and is working on a Phd at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queens University in Belfast.

Karen has moved away from her earlier instrumental compositions, and like many in Ireland and beyond (something which could be witnessed in various Soundings events & the recent Tweak Fest) has began to dabble more in electro-acoustic composition, experimentation and sound art.

The installation kicked off last night with a performance and there will be two more performances, one on November 14th and the other November 21st (both at 6pm). More info on exactly what she is trying to do is available here, so check it out if you can. Also check her myspace page where quirky titles like "Fried Rice, Curried Chip And A Can Of Diet Coke" will meet you.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Manu Katché

Expect drummer types to be all excited tomorrow night when Manu Katché comes to town. Widely considered as one of the finest jazz sticksmen out there, its not just percussive perverts that will be wowed by Katché's prowess. The guys at Limerick Jazz have him in Dolan's for what should be a very special show...Here's the official blurb:

Manu Katche (drums), Trygve Seim (tenor and soprano saxophones), Mathias Eick (trumpet), Frank Avitabile (piano), Jerome Regard (double bass).
Manu Katche's reputation as drummer of choice for Peter Gabriel, Sting and ECM stable mate Jan Garbarek has been overtaken by his accomplishments as bandleader, following two hit ECM recordings, Neighbourhood and Playground. He makes his Irish debut with a stunning group featuring two new names in ECM's pantheon of Nordic talent, saxophonist Trygve Seim and trumpeter Mathias Eick. One of the strongest line-ups to appear in Ireland this year, The Manu Katche Group offer a view of the future of European jazz and the next generation of ECM greats.
One of the best-known drummers in the world today, Manu Katche is a famed for his work with Peter Gabriel, Sting, Joni Mitchell and Robbie Robertson. Yet he is first of
all a jazz musician. Having been introduced to Jan Garbarek by ECM owner Manfred Eicher he has gone on to tour and record with the great saxophonist. His debut for the label, Neighbourhood, featured both Garbarek and Thomasz Stanko and is regarded by many as one of the great European jazz records of recent decades.
Now Katche has covened the most exciting young European players for his Playgroup album and tour. Norway's Trygve Seim is an exceptional saxophonist. Award-winning trumpeter Matthias Eick has recently released his leader debut, The Door (ECM).
Here he is doing his thing....Tickets priced €25 available from Dolan's and on the door I'd imagine