The End

Oh hey.
So the blog has totally petered out, kinda sad right? But i knew this would happen. I wanted to kill it at the 12 month point, keep it neat. Nick convinced me to keep it going and, well..yeah.

But that’s not good enough! We’re proud of this – it’s probably the best Irish blog of all time ever, actually scratch that – it’s definitely the best website since the invention of the internet. So we’re coming back! But only for two weeks. For the first week things will be as they always were, ‘Classic Nick Thinks…’ if you will. But for the second week we’ll change things up a bit – Nick is gonna pick the albums he wants to review, they might be his favorites or his least or who knows? Exciting, right?

Ok, gotta go, MASSIVE thanks to anyone out there who still cares, see you on Monday!

xx r&n

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Jogging – Minutes (Richter Collective, 2010)

Nick: Are they Irish?

{nod}

{nod}

Is this a new album?

Came out on Friday.

Sort of amazes me because…it sounds like it comes from a number of years ago.

But I….ehh yeah. I sort of like it.

Remember when I went to the Battle of the Bands in…Temple Bar, when you played…Well there was a band playing and I went to the bar and when I got back I thought…

you thought they were still playing the same song, you’ve used that line here too many times, think of something new.

It’s an old line but it’s the truth, what else can I say?

I guess you could gimme an analogy rather than tell the tale again.

True.

You could say….Jogging are like……eating……10 chocolate eclairs.

What does that mean?

What genre is this? It’s not Heavy Metal.

Maybe Post Hardcore? Rock n’ Roll?

I think when a band goes down this route, they have to have heavy beats, heavy riffs and shouting or else it becomes a different type of music. And then they get stuck in a situation where they become samey. You want to hear them suddenly do something gentle but if they did they wouldn’t be playing their music anymore. Awful pity.

Obviously they’re seriously talented musicians.

They sound angry but I bet they’re not really.

I met a guy last night in Whelans, I’ve forgotten his name (sorry) but he said he was a big fan of the blog, and I immediately felt bad that we hadn’t updated in weeks, so here we are, guilt post. Anyway Jogging are deadly and this is for that guy.

http://jogging.bandcamp.com/

Owensie – S/T (Self Released, 2009) & Terrordactyl – S/T (Armed Ambitions, 2007)

Nick: Owensie? I see.

I suppose…of it’s kind…this is very good. However, the kind is not my kind.

How do you feel about folk music in general though?

Generally I like it, but it depends on the type and where it comes from, maybe not where it comes from actually.

The kind of folk music I like is the sort that……Ok maybe not….but I was going to say I like the type that happens when people who aren’t musicians get together and sing. Pubs, weddings and so on.

But this person is very professional, under certain circumstances this could be quite nice but right now it’s ultimately quite boring.

So would you buy a CD of drunken wedding sing-a-longs?

Haha yes I probably would! No. I didn’t really express myself correctly there, but you know what I mean.

If you really think about what folk music is or should be, then this isn’t folk music at all. Folk music is music for folks. It’s for enjoying with people. This is not sing-a-long music, this is listen-to music. And it’s quite intense in fact, you have to give it a lot of attention.

I know now why I don’t like this; it comes across as precious, very precious. To me anyway. And it lacks…a lot of folk music sounds spontaneous, as if it was thought up on the spot. Whereas this is the exact opposite. There is no spontaneity¬† whatsoever. But then Beethoven wasn’t exactly spontaneous.

Seeing as we’re here, how about we listen to his old band?

Ok sure, seeing as we’re here.


This is fascinating, despite the fact this is completely different it comes from the same part of the mental forest. Complex, planned out…

The mental forest! Haha.

I didn’t say that, don’t twist my words.

You did.

I said the same mental part of the forest.

That’s even better actually.

I’d say he is very talented, you could probably ask him to write a Flamenco piece or a Classical piece and all he’d need is 5 minutes.

Well don’t forget there’s 3 other people here as well now.

I wonder what set him in the direction of this dirgey troubadour kinda stuff. Mind you, this does even less for me.

This song’s called Pat Kenny’s Mind.

Oh is this guy Irish!?

Yep.

Oh.

Owensie plays the Rothar.ie benefit on Saturday night with Betamax Format, Groom and Yeh Deadlies, grab his lovely record for free at: http://owensie.bandcamp.com/

Terrordactyl are no more (I think), which is a shame (if I’m right) (which I think I am).

http://www.myspace.com/thedactyls

Dennis Wilson – Pacific Ocean Blue (Caribou, 1977)

Nick: I find it very difficult to say anything sensible about this.

When it started I thought “Yeah, I’m gonna like this’ but now I’m not so sure.

For what should really be easily assimilable music it’s overly complex, so many extraneous bits, the production is a bit overboard. ”Little bit of this, little bit of that, ok.. yeah that’s good. No! More!” It’s quite nice but all over the place.

Well I think he was really trying to prove himself on this, he’d been seen as the pretty-boy, not-very-good-drummer in the early days while his brothers were the ‘talented’ ones.

Well he’s gone a long way to proving everyone right here. The further you get into it the worse it gets, it’s all over the kip!

Nah, nah Mr…..whoever you are…Wilson, not good. Basically he didn’t know what he wanted to do did he? It’s almost like he found 100% compatible samples from 60 different recording and put them all together. But I guess it’s typical, coming from where he’s coming from.

Must be hard being Brian Wilson’s brother.

Yeah, but take up knitting or something, beat him at that!

I’m going to make my comparison about painting again….

Don’t…

He takes every colour of the rainbow…

Seriously, it’s ok, everyone knows it by now.

Hi, my name is Dennis Wilson, I make Rock n’ Roll records. I’ve had a career of 15 years making records, hit records with The Beach Boys, during that 15 years I’ve had some very exciting moments but I’ve never been as excited as I am now, as a matter of fact, I am very proud to announce;
D. Wilson Knitwear, a new venture run by me and my spiritual advisor Nick T. Hinks.

Listen to Pacific Ocean Blue on Spotify.


Big Star – #1 Record (Ardent, 1972)

{Track 1: Feel}

Nick: {surprised face :-0}

what?

It sounds like another band just joined in!

With the horns?

Yeah, very weird.

So Alex Chilton died of a heart attack the other day…

Who’s he?

He was in Big Star.

And this is Big Star?

Yes.

I like it, it sounds quite like the Beatles, his voice even sounds like a mix between McCartney and Lennon’s.

It’s the Beatles with less musical imagination, but that’s not by any means a bad thing. It’s nice.

How long after the Beatles was this?

2 years, 1972.

And how many years before the New Romantics?

A few, you don’t think…

They sound somewhere between the Beatles and the New Romantics.

Ok, are you not thinking of Glam Rock?

Yeah! that’s what I meant, it’s beginning to veer in that direction.

Were they big? Obviously not if I’ve never heard of them.

Yeah they kinda flopped, completely flopped actually. Years later folks like REM and The Replacements would cite them as a huge influence and…

They deserve to be big.

There was a big box set released last year, one of the discs is a live recording, you can hear the crowd all chatting amongst themselves, almost unaware there’s a band playing in front of them.

I can’t understand that. It sounds like popular music, what were Beatles fans listening to in 1972?

{Track 10: Try Again}

They’ve gotten a bit boring now haven’t they?

No.

I think they have.

It’s very good but stuff like this just makes me realize how much better The Beatles were than everyone else.

Sheesh. The Beatles The Beatles The Beatles. I think I read this in the liner notes of the #1 Record/Radio City twofer: Big Star sounded like everybody but nobody sounded like Big Star. Anyway, go read something by someone who can actually write HERE.

Spotify users can listen to this record HERE.

Jonny Fun And The…Hesitations – Carpe PM (Self Released 2009)

Nick: What are they called again?

Jonny Fun…

Oh yes, and the hesitations.

And The….Hesitations.

The……………………….Hesitations.

got it.

It’s nice stuff, but he doesn’t sound like Jonny ‘fun’.

You think he’s Jonny….

Well he’s not fun, there’s no fun in the songs, or in their execution.

Jonny Slightly Contemplative is more suitable.

The Hesitations doesn’t really cover the band either but it’s closer.

Very likeable, tuneful, gentle music.

I’d say in the regular Dublin venues they’d have a problem with not being heard, everywhere I’ve been people stand there screaming at each other till you can’t hear the music.

Nice voice too, again, sympathetic.

One of the few things you’ve played me recently that I’d actually buy and listen to on a regular basis.

It’s the old fashioned, good melody, good lyrics, nice execution, you can’t go wrong.

In that respect it’s very traditional.

Musical.

There’s quite a bit going on too. And it all fits, everything here is meant to be here, no useless noise like other modern stuff.

Yeah, I like this a lot.

I feel like I should add a disclaimer here. I’m involved in the Popical Island collective. So is Jonny Fun. Also, he’s a friend. I’ve always been a little cautious (hesitant? weh weh) of getting Nick to review stuff by friends of mine in case it looks like he’s giving them an easy ride or whatever. But that’s definitely not always the case. So shut up.

http://www.myspace.com/loveandlime


Adebisi Shank – This Is An Album By A Band Called Adebisi Shank (Richter Collective, 2008)

Nick: Are they African?

Irish.

Oh… ok.

Well…

They certainly have, so far, their own sound.

and is it a sound that you enjoy?

Yeah, sort of….yyyeah.

They’re slightly reminiscent of The Jimmy Cake, there are elements that are similar. Do you not think?

Well…you seem to compare every instrumental band we review to The Jimmy Cake.

No. No I don’t.

Any idea where they got the name Adebisi from?

Yes. Yes I do.

And are you going to tell me?

After I do some typing.

Ok.

He’s a character from the popular prison drama Oz.

….right….

Shank? {making a stabbing motion} They ‘shank’ people in prison.

Ok.

What does Adebisi mean to you?

Well it’s an African name, there’s an author, I think her name is Adebisi, I’ll look for the book later.

{Googling} So far it seems to be most common in Nigeria, it’s the Nigerian Murphy.

Oh no the author is Chimananda Ngoz Adichie.

Do you think she’d like these guys?

How would I know? I’ve only read a book by her!

Yes but from that book…

Probably not.

Can you think of any authors that would really like this album?

Why? Are you going to send it to them? “We thought you might like this.” It’s pretty intrusive music, not good for writing.

They come up on Google! A lot as well, Adebisi Shank torrent, Adebisi Shank Wiki, Adebisi Shank Twitter.

{record ends}

Quite likeable, heavy without being nasty and unpleasant Heavy Metal. But it’s the same with all that stuff, you couldn’t cope with a lot of it, it’s so relentless. They should release albums where they intersperse this with bits of Vivaldi, just so you can get your head together again.

Actually that’s a really good idea!

One day I was out walking, the sun had just come out after a heavy rain. I looked to the sky and saw a rainbow forming (happens all the time). As it’s arc stretched over the field I ran to position myself in it’s path. I was standing there, eyes closed, arms outstretched like Verve era Richard Ashcroft during an instrumental passage. Waiting for it to hit. Imagining the intense rush of feeling. But nothing happened, I had miscalculated my mark by a few feet. Bad depth perception I guess.

http://www.myspace.com/adebisishank


So Cow – Meaningless Friendly (Tic Tac Totally, 2010)

Nick: Yeah, I quite like it, I get the impression that they’re trying to do more than they’re musically capable of.

well it’s just one guy.

Oh well that explains it, it’s like…ehm I can’t think of any example.

He’s….trying to play a concerto when he can only handle sonatas?

But, yes if it’s just one guy, then it’s quite an achievement.

The first number…It got better after that. I thought ‘Oh here’s someone who’s listened to Oasis too much.’

I saw one of them, the brothers from Oasis at the Brit Awards the other night, my God what an unsympathetic prat! He needs to be taken into a corner and slapped.

He’s a really stupid…bit of dirt. Maybe he really is scum but he should at least try to hide it.

{track 5: The Tony Keady Affair}

I’m not wild about the drumming here in sync with the voice.

But I like it, it’s a bit too rough at the edges and he’s never heard the expression ‘less is more’. So many layers.

Maybe he’s trying to disguise the fact he doesn’t know what he’s doing? Hiding under it all.

Apart from there being too much noise and not enough music, and the melodics start becoming a bit samey after a while, it’s quite an achievement for someone on their own.

And they shouldn’t be called So Cow, this wouldn’t help cows produce more milk. Mozart does that.

So Cow is on tour for the rest of his life, this record is (physically) out very soon. Go see him, buy this record. My brain is not working today.

http://www.myspace.com/socow

Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here (XL, 2010)

Nick: Gail who?

Gill Scott-Heron.

is that three people?

just one.

{track 3 – I’m New Here}

this is a cover of a Smog song.

who?

Smog? Bill Callahan? Mr Lovely Voice?

oh yes! him.

I sort of like it! despite the fact I shouldn’t. I never like talking records and this is certainly one of them.

some people call him the ‘Godfather of Rap’.

really? it’s quite far removed from rap. but then, I’m quite far removed from rap. I wouldn’t know about that.

he has a great voice, even his talking is musical.

well, I guess you could say it’s a very slow rap. relaxed rap.

it’s very interesting though.

I wouldn’t imagine it’s something you’d listen to often, like if you owned the record you wouldn’t….you know…

but it’s different from everything else.

a talking record that works!

What was the first mp3 you ever downloaded? Is this a question we’ll be asking future stars in years to come? ‘Possibly’ is the answer. Well, I’m pretty sure my first was The Peter Kriss Jazz by Don Caballero off Epitonic. But I also got a load of ‘old’ stuff off Limewire, including The Revolution Will Not Be Televised and The Bottle by Mr Scott-Heron. So what? So I’m really cool.

Listen to this record on Spotify.

The Velvet Underground – The Velvet Underground And Nico (Verve, 1967)

Nick: What’s the date of this?

’67

oh right, I was just going to say it takes me way back.

it sounds it, it’s nice.

I’m nowadays inclined to sort of…well….this is sympathetic music.

{track 2 – I’m Waiting For The Man}

gentle, quite mellow with a strong nod to Bob Dylan.

gentle? how times have changed.

yes! I guess back then it sounded like…

you were being attacked with a hammer.

{track 3 – Femme Fatale}

ok maybe that last one wasn’t as mellow but this is.

she has a lovely voice.

and his voice is definitely a less-grating Bob Dylan, Bob Dylan with all the edges taken off.

{track 6 – All Tomorrow’s Parties}

nice bit of variety too.

sounds like they’re singing kind of posh.

think that’s just her accent.

well she sounds posh to me.

did you know the world’s most expensive piece of art was sold this week? a Giacometti sculpture. 65 million!

spooky.

what?

I think one of the most expensive records ever sold was by The Velvet Underground.

really?!

let me check, hold on, weird that you would mention it now.

ehm…7th most expensive record ever according to this site, an acetate of this album in a plain sleeve with some different tracks went for $25,200.

this is the best thing I’ve heard since listening to Joanna Newsom this morning.

it’s not the greatest album ever but well worth having in your collection, can I put it on my I-pod?

I was talking to a friend recently about the first time I heard Heroin and he told me a great story. When he was 12/13, himself and two friends were hanging out on their road after school when one of the lad’s brothers, Titch (one of those MEAN older brothers) told them to come into the house. They wandered into his room where he was playing this album. Heroin began, he said ‘listen to this’. The four of them stood there in complete silence for the songs seven minutes and when it ended Titch beat the living shit out of the three of them.

Listen to this record on Spotify or y’know just take it down off the shelf and put it on, you have it.