Monthly Archives: May 2009

Super Extra Bonus Party – Night Horses (Self Released, 2009)


ok this is going to be the first time I listen to this as well, which isn’t normal practice…

Nick: it’s not

…but my brain is……..I just can’t really think of what else to do today.

and it’s by who again?

Super Extra Bonus Party

wow, what a terrible name.

their last album won the Choice Music Prize.

which is…..?

well, it awards the most innovative and forward thinking Irish album of a certain year, rather than caring about sales or anything like that.


{Track 4 – Thin Air feat. Mr Lif}

is that called orchestral rap?

probably not.

it’s quite imaginative but despite that, it doesn’t manage to become interesting.

do you know what I mean?

a lot of variation, a lot of……ehm.

it just doesn’t become compelling does it?

I don’t know if they want if to become compelling or not though.

who wouldn’t want their music to be compelling?

well some people just want to create an atmosphere don’t they?

point taken.

{Track 6 – Comets feat. Heathers}

oh this is something new.

that one was very good.

the girls voices really bring a whole new dimension to it.

because also, they ehm…..

{Track 7 – Eamonn feat. May Kay}

this is a different girl now?


well this is better as well, there’s more structure when the girls are involved.

{Track 8 -Do Incio Ao Fim feat. Rodrigo Teles}

it’s the old problem isn’t it?

they repeat something ad nauseum and I still can’t understand it.

sowetto shark?

it’s the way he started?

it’s significant isn’t it?

what is?

the fact they’d repeat it throughout yet no one can understand it.

I’m going back on what I said, it is interesting.

{Track 9 -Tea With Lord Haw Haw feat. Captain Moonlight & White Noise}

super human master race?

yeah, they’re massive Nazi’s, did I not say that?

ARE THEY!?!?!?!

no, I’m kidding.

oh haha ok, thank god.

well they could be.

the only thing it doesn’t do, I think, is it doesn’t hang together as an album.

it’s like someone assembled all his favorite songs onto one CD.

they don’t all come from the same part of the forest, as they say.

I’ve never heard anyone except you say that.

you’ve never heard that?!?

it’s not my fault that you’re terribly uneducated.

if I *was* terribly uneducated it *would* be your fault.

hahaha good point, well no, I could have sent you to a very good school and you could’ve just not paid any attention.

actually that’s exactly what did happen!

haha maybe you could ask our visitors if they know the phrase?

who? oh the people who read the site?

well, you just did.

I think they should’ve been more discerning, some of this, especially the beginning is quite boring.

I’d like to see them live, do they play, have you seen them?

yep, I saw them at Hard Working Class Heroes, the sound was really bad so I left after a few minutes, seemed to be having a lot of fun though.

I’m not sure if the latter half of the album is better or if I just had to get used to them.

Gonna agree with Nick here, some of it’s pretty bleh, other bits, especially the track with Heathers, are really great but I’d say you’d be hard pressed to find someone outside of the band who thinks every track is aces.

They’re having a launch party this Friday in Andrew’s Lane, full details on their website.


Bill Wells & Maher Shalal Hash Baz – Gok (Geographic, 2009)


We’ve done Maher Shalal Hash Baz before but this time it’s them and Scottish pianist Bill Wells.

Nick: have we?

yep, the record’s called Gok.


well it opens kind of nice but gloomy.

Helen: it’s a deathmarch.

yes I was just about to say, funeral march-y.

this reminds me of the stuff, well some of the stuff…..he worked as an arranger with Miles Davis?

Gill Evans?

YES! very good, reminds me of Gill Evans.

I was thinking more Vince Guaraldi, but drunk.

I don’t know him.

the guy from the Peanuts soundtrack, Charlie Brown?

when I open my Peanuts books, I don’t get a soundtrack.

I could play you bits from Sketches of Spain that sound like this.

like, I couldn’t ehm…..I couldn’t listen to this for a long time.

the last time we did these guys you said;this is one of the only things you’ve played me recently that I would happily listen to again. extremely likeable.”

ah! yeah well I probably wouldn’t listen to it for hours.

{Track 9 -Time Takes Me So Back}

is she singing a combination of English and French?

I have no idea.

sounds like it.

the only thing I don’t like about it, is the lack of tempos changes, and the tempo seems to be draggy, slow to the point of draggy.

{Track 14 -Banned Announcement}

see? it’s nice to have something jaunty like that.

is that someone whistling?

I was having a pretty shitty day on Saturday, nothing going right. I was looking forward to heading into RSAG in Whelans, that was the light at the end of the shitsaturdaytunnel, but then my friends lamed out on me, too tired, too broke, too busy yadda yadda yadda. Oh boy was I mad! So mad I just lay motionless on my bed for half an hour, staring out the window at the moon. Yep, pretty mad alright.

But then I got up and got out, walked to Tesco with this record in my ears for the first time, smile growing larger by the second. I bought some beer and skipped home, marveling at all the boring things I walk by everyday.