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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!?



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).



Vampire Weekend – Contra (XL, 2010)

Nick: Playful, poppy, folksy, jaunty.

likeable, very likeable.

it’s very clever as well I think.

how so?

musically it’s very cleverly put together.

they certainly have eh…a musical identity don’t they? play me another 1000 records and I could pick them out.

what are they called again?

Vampire Weekend.

totally unsuitable name, nothing about this is vampirical is it?

have you never heard of them before?

no, never, they are completely unknown to me.

but, I like them a lot. ok it wouldn’t be exactly my scene…

in almost every song they come up with something you haven’t heard before, they’re subtly inventive, they’re not just repeating the formula.

there’s something very…I don’t know why…maybe it’s his voice but there’s something very South American about it. it’s his voice and the rhythms.

there’s also nice classical things in it.

well it’s funny you should mention South America and I can totally see where yr coming from but they get a lot of stick for ‘ripping off’ African music or even worse ‘ripping off’ Graceland which was..

I was just about to say Paul Simon! before you said it I knew the next thing I was going to say was Paul Simon.

the ripping off thing is always a pretty sort of spurious comment because no one can write music that doesn’t refer to another piece of music.

you are always open to accusations of ripping off something.

in many ways we put far too much emphasis on being totally original. Beethoven wasn’t totally original, neither was Mozart. everyone listens, everyone is influenced and there’s nothing wrong with it.

I guess a lot of people had a problem with them because they were seen as ‘rich kids’ and…

it can be dangerous to know too much about an artist. I used to be very fond of Paul Klee.


Paul Klee, he was a Swiss painter.

and I was so fond of him I actually got for my birthday, when I was quite young, I got his diaries. and after I read them… I’ve never been so disappointed.

he was a really obnoxious, arrogant bollix of a person.

put me right off him.

it’s never a good idea to know too much.

but I like this, it’s uplifting.

When I listen to Vampire Weekend I often think of my little brother, dunno why, it’s not like he’s a huge fan of theirs or anything. But yeah, I think of him and Wes Anderson movies.