I’m Scared of Vinyl

Little Boots – Remedy

Posted in Videos by Catriona on July 31, 2009

How pop is this?

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The Dead Weather – Horehound

Posted in Albums by Catriona on July 15, 2009

I always get really nervous before listening to supergroup collaborations, because the expectation is so much higher than with regular bands. It’s like grafting fruit – welding a stem from one plant onto the roots of another – you can never be sure how it will turn out or what sort of Frankenstein’s monster you might produce. Plucking up the courage to listen to The Dead Weather was even harder than usual, because I really, really love both The Kills and The White Stripes.

With the best will in the world, I can’t say that I particularly loved their debut album – it felt like a very raw, uneasy collaboration between Jack White and Alison Mosshart. I think it might have worked slightly better if the sound had been more pared down – the bass, extra guitars and drums felt very heavy, and had the effect of drowning the individuality that makes Mosshart and White such good musicians in their own right. Perhaps it’s because I associate both White and Moss predominantly with two-piece bands (I’ve always preferred The White Stripes to The Raconteurs), so hearing them both together in such a traditional four-piece set up that went for such a heavy-rock sound didn’t really do it for me.

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Emmy the Great

Posted in Gigs by Catriona on July 10, 2009

Fresh from her appearance at Glastonbury, Emma-Lee Moss, aka Emmy the Great descends upon Crawdaddy yet again. Despite having only released her debut album, First Love, in February, the 24 year old is no stranger to touring, having supported the likes of Martha Wainwright, Bright Eyes and Tilly and the Wall. Don’t be tempted to lump her in with the recent tirade of female singer-songwriters, as Emmy the Great’s delicate folk-inspired melodies lean more towards Regina Spektor than Lily Allen. Emmy the Great is most notable for her ballad-like lyrics, which are stories in their own right: “Gabriel” is about a 19th century woman who marries for money, while “Edward is Dedward” tells the story of a girl who attends her lover’s funeral before sleeping with his father – riveting stuff. It’s Emmy the Great’s second time playing in Crawdaddy this year: if you missed her the first time, don’t make the same mistake again.

Emmy the Great plays Crawdaddy, Harcourt Street. July 15th, 8pm (€12)

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Indie Week at Whelans

Posted in Gigs by Catriona on July 1, 2009

It’s a particularly hectic line-up at Whelans tonight. Seven bands are playing as part of Indie Week, which is currently touring the country. Things could get tense, especially since the prize is the highly sought-after chance to play at Canada Music Week. Headlining the gig are two previous winners: Limerick band Vesta Varro and the up-and-coming Walter Mitty and the Realists. The competing bands are a diverse bunch: the best-known contenders are Dublin band The Kinetiks, who are currently touring after the release of their “Aye Aye Aye Aye” EP in March. They’ll be joined by 16 Llayers, Bella Clava, Poet in Process and Paperdoll. It looks like it could be an interesting competition: Paperdoll in particular should be worth watching, as the NY four-piece have had a string of critically acclaimed sell-out shows in the US in the wake of their debut album, Ballad Nerd Pop.

Whelans, Wexford St. July 3, 8pm (€12)