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Candy Claws – In The Dream Of The Sea Life (Indiecater, 2009)

cndyclwsNick: Candy Claws? as opposed to Santy Claus?

I never thought of it like that but yeah…maybe, probably not.

In The Dream of The Sea Life? strange but interesting title.

oh, I can hear the sea life already.


can we pause it? I’m going to the toilet.

are the water sounds affecting you?

no, the water has given way to esoteric drivel, which is what the whole thing seems to be.

unless this dramatically changes it wouldn’t even make interesting background music.

with the title and the way it starts, you’d think it would make decent music for a large aquarium, but they can’t even do that.

I always find it so amazing that people who are… no doubt… musical, can put so much effort and time into something so dull, this is just wallpaper.

albums are supposed to do something.

I always think that music has to have a certain amount of conviction. so that you’ll be able to hear that this is something that they really wanted to do.

and these guys didn’t know what they wanted?

I reckon they just tried to make something that was ‘up to date’ or ‘interesting’ but it doesn’t come across as… y’know…. it’s difficult to explain this but….I’m finding it hard to express.

maybe they had the same problem when they were making this?

haha, YES! they probably did.

if you compare this to the visual arts, like the exhibition we were at yesterday, all the best stuff has a certainty of expression, ‘THIS IS WHAT I WANT TO SAY’, this has no conviction.

it’s like somebody making a speech and getting up and just going ‘ahhh..eh yeah uhh..’

know what I mean?

The first ever physical release from the always great Indiecater Records, ITDOTSL is a {WATER ANALOGY} trip through {SOMETHING ABOUT BUBBLES / FOAMING SEA} coming up for air every now and then to {SUNSHINE / BEACH} but always {DROWNING IS SUPPOSED TO BE A GRAND WAY TO DIE, ACCORDING TO LOTS OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER DIED FROM DROWNING}. It’s really lovely.

Stream / Buy the record HERE.


Mumblin’ Deaf Ro – Señor My Friend (Villain, 2002 / Indiecater, 2009)


Nick: Who was fleetwood mac’s guitarist?

peter green?

no, don’t think so.

well he was, how about lindsey buckingham?

yes! the playing here reminds me of lindsey buckingham.

what would you call this style of music?

it’s difficult to say, finger-picked country-blues pop? something near there anyway.

well its very nice, contemplative, the singing is a bit flat at times.

but the problem is I keep forgetting to listen to it, it’s too even, it becomes wallpaper.

very pretty wallpaper all the same.

you know, I hate to say anything critical about it but it’s just not grabbing me.

it’s the sort of thing that I think would be best listened to in a darkened room, just sit back, close your eyes and get into it. it’s not suited to sitting in front of the computer trying to install programs.

I’ll stop and give it a bit more attention.

I’d say if this was your kind of music, you’d listen to this a lot, get home from a hard day at work and relax with this.

and this guy is irish?


hmmm, if you had said he was from the english midlands I would’ve believed that quicker, I don’t know why that is, but I just get an english midlands feel from it.

where does the name ‘mumblin deaf ro’ come from?

I’m not sure, his names ronan, so that’s the ‘ro’ part, I always just assumed it was a play on the old ‘bluesman’ names like blind lemon jefferson etc.

ok yeah that would make sense, is he a professional? does he make money?

ehhh no, not really, well a bit obviously but this is ireland, y’know?

strange, I’d see this as the kind of stuff that could sell very well. the more i listen to him the more I want him to make money from it.

Mumblin’ Deaf Ro is one of Ireland’s true cult heroes, thought by those who know him to be verging on genius but largely ignored by the public at large. The upcoming digital re-release of his home-recorded 2002 debut by Indiecater Records probably won’t change that but it will give the many people bowled over by his latest, ‘The Herring & The Brine’, a chance to hear 10 more delicate, hilarious and heartbreaking chunks of ridiculously good song-smithery. Keep an eye here.


V/A – An Indiecater Christmas (Indiecater 2008)


Seeing as last time we did a compilation, you were taken on an emotional rollercoaster ride of I-like-this-I-hate-this, I thought we’d do this one track by track?

Nick: that makes sense I guess.

:: The Cloud Room – Melody Like Snow ::

has that got anything to do with christmas? maybe the lyrics did but I couldn’t hear them. I don’t think I’d like to hear that on christmas morning.

:: Nina Hynes – Twinkle ::

sorta prettyish, bit over-sentimental, with the little girl voice.

:: Kill Kringle Club – Songs of Noel ::

quite nice, certainly not a classic, it’ll last the season and then disappear into average christmas song heaven, also I didn’t like the way the levels were mixed, there was one sound that was far too strident, they should’ve turned it down, it’s too hard, bit unpleasant.

:: Bill Baird – Christmas in Jail ::

it’s hard to cope with those sentimental messages, it’s a nice song and closer to the classic christmas feel, but the lyrics worry me a bit.

:: Idaho – Santa Claus is Weird ::

santa claus is weird? ahahahaha, that’s correct I guess. well it’s a weird christmas song too.

:: Venice is Sinking – The Grey Line ::

I love all these funny names. this doesn’t have anything to make it stand out.

:: Normandy – Merry Christmas Blogosphere! ::

Nah, nah, not really, she sings out of tune, though I’m overly susceptible to that kind of thing.

:: The Very Most – This Year, Christmas Came November 4th ::

that’s the first one that actually has a hook, a memorable melody, hear it twice and you’d virtually be able to sing along, still nothing outstanding, judging it purely as a christmas song it’s the best so far.

:: Remington Super 60 – Here Comes Christmas ::

very beatle-y, yeah it’s nice, lyrics a bit too easy, they’re not great but it’s quite a memorable melody.

:: Jape & David Kitt – I Will Cry This Christmas ::

that one could’ve been about easter or summer or anything other than christmas, they just dragged the word into the song, but apart from that it’s a nice little ditty, nothing……. (just drifts off)

:: The Specimen – Wish It Would Snow ::

mmmm, pfhh, what can I say? not an awful lot.

:: Nonstop Everything – There is No Santa, Little Boy ::

it’s a piece of music, so it’s got that going for it. if you heard it outside of this record you wouldn’t recognize it as having anything to do with christmas, but that doesn’t mean it’s bad. or good for that matter.

:: My Teenage Stride – Is It Christmastime Already? ::

is he singing ‘it’s christmas baby’?


well then it’s out, I think all songs that use ‘baby’ to refer to anything other than a very small child should be outlawed.

I’ve heard you say baby when you’re driving, ‘c’mon! hurry up baby!’ etc, you shout it at other drivers.

REALLY!!?!!  well next time I do it, hit me, it’s detestable, this isn’t the 20’s.

:: Dora Flood – Coastal Winter ::

these are the guys, the dreary ones, they don’t want to be here, singing bored. is it a hangover from punk? there were some carol singers in the shopping centre that sounded like that yesterday.

:: Loxsly – Santa Got the Spins ::

got the spins? is that a DJ expression?

no, its when you get too drunk and the room starts spinning, I assume.

ok well this is definitely my favorite, simple, not trying too hard, has a point to it. and it had an idea, whereas most of the other ones seem to be written without an idea.

:: Track a Tiger – Once in the Wine ::

yeah, nice pleasant, again nothing special.

:: The Winks – Action Figures ::

that was….trying too hard to be interesting & original and it failed in every category. strange noises will never replace peoples need for hooks and melody.

An Indiecater Christmas is a compilation put out by the good people over at MP3 Hugger /
Indiecater Records, it’s filled to the brim with festive cheer and a small bit of turkey filled, beer soaked despair and is available for the price of a selection box over here. GO!