The Lobster – Film Review

The Lobster Film PosterThe lobster is a somewhat absurdist take on a contemporary question. What does it mean to be in a relationship, what pressures are placed on us from society and how an inability to conform to the status quo can single one as a ‘social piranha’ forced to live out in the wilderness.

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Sicario – Film Review

On paper Sicario is the latest film to explore the violent depths of Mexican drug cartels. And whilst it does this very well I have to admit that when I saw the posters I was somewhat underwhelmed. The plot is one which has popped up in a variety of films, TV series and even documentaries in recent years so hopefully my reluctance and overall lack of interest is understandable.

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A Song For The Weekend: Ordinary Love

U2 are very much the human embodiment of Marmite. Some people love them whilst more love to hate them. Of course the Dublin four-piece differ greatly from the notorious sickly brown goo. These differences can be quantified in the form of the Irish bands Grammy success, record album sales or even their high protein content (although that last one might be the Marmite). Well anyway, with it being 2014 (Happy New Year by the way) the first weekend of 2014 to be exact, I thought I’d better start as I mean to go on. Hence the Song For The Weekend Post.

U2 are one of my favourite bands, just thought I should make that clear. And with a new album on the way and a freshly pressed new single already out there for public consumption I’d be hard pressed to find a better candidate for 2014’s first  song.

Ordinary Love, the first sign of life from Bono and co since way back in 2009, was released in conjunction with the new Mandela biopic (right up Bono’s street). Strangely enough the track has received little to no attention and even less affection from those high and mighty gods (The Established Media). But I’m here to make a Spartacus-like stand and say that I, Keelan Foley, of sound body and mind (perhaps one step too far??) do like this new musical offering from U2.

The track is somewhat reminiscent to the ‘No Line On The Horizon’ album which in turn is reminiscent to the finer elements of U2’s back catalogue. I think that’s sufficient rabble from me.. so here’s this weekend’s track. Enjoy!

Corner Boy – Morning Morning E.P.

Corner Boy

Bluegrass, folk, a big double bass and an ole banjo thrown in for good measure. Sound familiar? Of course it does! Corner Boy are relatively new kids on the tweed covered block, can a block be covered in tweed? We’ll it was only a metaphor, but disprove me if you must. The ‘Irish Folk Rockers’ formed under the guidance of singer and guitarist, Michael D’Arcy, and have recently released their debut EP Morning Morning.  The 5 track EP, recorded in the secluded railway town of Lennoxville, Quebec, contains many points of reference within the modern folk scene. And before we go any further with this review it’s only fair to get these over-obvious comparisons out of the way so I can keep the focus on musicians at hand.

In 2011 Corner Boy packed a bag full of all things musically related to Irish and English folk and headed for the bright lights of Montreal. There the band garnered as much Americana Bluegrass and Gospel as their baggage allowance would permit and returned home with their debut E.P. Morning Morning and  a hefty fine for excess baggage. The overriding sound produced from this intercultural pick n mix is nothing short of an impromptu jam session between Mumford and Son’s and The Lumineers  in an Irish pub. Sure it’s not highly original but everyone is tapping their feet, clapping their hands and having a great time. Session on!

And that is what this E.P. is all about. From the explosive opening title track to the subtly crafted ‘Move to Paris’  you are bombarded with ‘catchy melodies and instant sing along lyrics that radiate energy; bringing the marriage of the new folk revival and Irish trad into the 21st century.’ For a debut record, Morning Morning is a very positive sign of things to come. They have already graced the stages of Other Voices Derry and have picked up nominations in the MRU Awards. Big things are most definitely around the corner….boys.

Check out their official website for updates.

Cold Blood – Hannes Fischer Edit

hannes-fischerI stumbled across this back in November and it’s  been stuck in my head ever since. And so to answer the two questions that nobody is asking. What is this mysterious track that has taken up permanent residence in your head? and Why have you waited this long to post it on your blog? Both are very fine questions but I’ll start with the what.

I know very little about this tune or its background bar the fact that it is a remixed version of the theme music from a German film called ‘Cold Blood’. The mix is by the Berlin based DJ Hannes Fischer and contains samples from country music as well as the original ‘Cold Blood’ tune.

And now for the why, which is slightly easier to explain. For those of you familiar with my blog you will know that there has never really been a place for electronic music. So I felt that if I posted this tune it would stick out like a sore thumb. But now I realise that this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. I’ve always claimed to have an open ears policy when it come to music and so without further rambling…

  • Hannes Fischer – Cold Blood

Top 10 Tracks of the Year – All I Want

And so we reach the penultimate position of this chart. My selection should not come as a surprise to anyone even remotely familiar with the Irish Music Scene. The Dublin Alternative band, Kodaline, turned heads with their impressive single ‘All I want’. So much so that it took the number two position in my tracks of 2012 chart. With it being New Years Eve and all that I think I will cut this post short. I will be unveiling my number one song of the year tomorrow. Until then, feel free to check out Kodaline below and share your own favourite songs in the comments below.

Kodaline – All I Want

Top 10 Tracks of the Year – The John Wayne

Keeping inline with the tradition of all music websites publishing ‘Top Lists’ around this time of year,  I have decided to  release my very own. As you can probably tell from the title I have decided to publish my top 10 tracks of the year. So lets kick this highly original idea off with number 10.

10. The John Wayne – Little Green Cars

Since the release of their debut single, Little Green Cars have experienced an unprecedented surge in popularity. The Dublin five piece band consisting of Stevie Appleby (vocal & guitar), Adam O’Regan (vocal & guitar), Donagh Seaver O’Leary (bass guitar), Dylan Lynch (drums) and Faye O’Rourke (vocal & guitar) formed almost three years ago and have been playing and recording ever since. They have had a phenomenal year at home with major festival appearances and an abundance of coverage. With a 2013 album in the works and a growing fan base in the states and overseas it may not be much longer till ‘Little Green Cars’ becomes a household name.

 

Stay tuned for song number 9