Favourite Albums of 2015…so far

I know we’ve long passed the year’s half way mark (where has the time gone) but I wanted to share a Spotify playlist I’ve been carefully compiling. It’s a list of my favourite albums released this year and whilst it may contain some obvious choices I think there’s also a few wild cards in the mix. I’ve even included two albums which haven’t been released yet. That might seem a tad presumptions but I’m more than convinced that these two will be  battling it out for my affections and the coveted number one spot come the end of the year. So have a listen, let me know what you think and if there are any glaring omissions please don’t hesitate to share.


Best Irish Music Blogs – Shortlist

Blog Awards Ireland - Music BlogWell boys and girls, it’s that time of the year again and I’m delighted to announce that for the third year running, my humble music blog has been included amongst the country’s best and brightest. (I am of course talking about the Irish Blog Awards.) And whilst 2014 may not have been the most fruitful where blog content is concerned, I am honoured to see that my writing endeavors are still being regarded in a positive light.

There’s still a long way to go in these awards, so I won’t begin to write my acceptance just yet. But that doesn’t mean that I can’t thank you (the reader) for living up to your name and reading, but also for commenting, liking my posts, following the blog and emailing me everything from music submissions to words of gentle encouragement (not that I need it).

While you’re here, why not check out the other great blogs and websites nominated for this years awards.

Blog Awards Ireland – Music Shortlist



Or how about some music instead?

Mick Flannery – Get What You Give

Logitech UE 4000 Headphones – Review

Logitech-UE-4000So here we have it, it’s time for this blogs inaugural product review. And I cannot think of a better way of starting than with the latest offering from the worlds newest audio Superpower. Well I say new, but Logitech and Ultimate Ears have been around the block and are both established brands. What is new however,  is the recent merger of the two. So to kick things off, the kind people at Logitech UE sent me a pair of their on-ear headphones the Logitech UE 4000.

The Positives

These headphones have a lot going for them. But lets start with the most important aspect, the design. Lets be honest the majority of people who buy headphones have one goal in mind. To wear them around their neck like some sort of fashion piece and impress their friends. The Logitech UE 4000 are perfect for this. Not only do they look great and come in a choice of 3 colours (black, white and purple) but they also have a cushioned headband which should help avoid any uncomfortable neck burn. This also comes in handy should you wish to wear them in the more conventional way, on your head. The headphones also feature plush memory foam cushions designed to make your listening experience as comfortable as possible. And I can vouch for that. The small but sturdy headphone body combined with the memory foam cushions and padded headband made these the most comfortable headphones I have yet to wear.

Now lets move on to the really important stuff, the sound. The Logitech UE 4000 are very powerful headphones. They are equipped with high-sensitivity 40mm drivers which provide truly remarkable depth and clarity. This allows you to keep the volume dial in the red without distorting the sound (not that I recommending doing so as irreversible hearing damage may occur).  The compact on-ear headphones also feature a detachable audio cable. This may not seem like a ‘big deal’ but if you were to cast your mind back to every broken pair of headphones or earphones that you owned I’m betting the audio cable was the main culprit with most. This small but considerate inclusion means that you can enjoy your headphones long after the audio cable packs in.

The Negatives

The only real negative that I could find was that I had to give back the headphones once I was finished with this review. Barring this there were no other negative aspects I could think of. Sure there may be other headphones out there that produce better sound quality. But you would be hard pressed to find them for less than €100.

The Techie Stuff

  • Driver Units: 40mm
  • Sensitivity: 105 dB SPL/mW, 1 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 ohms, 1 kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Noise Isolation: 26 dB
  • Connection: 3.5 mm (1/8 inch)

The Star Rating: 4.5/5

Every review has to have one right. But why do they have to be stars? Why not golden headphones? Well whatever grading system you prefer to use, the Logitech UE 4000 gets four and a half of them out of five.