Originally published in The Irish Times, January 20th 2012.
LIAM PAYNE looks confused, possibly even a little disappointed. “Yeah, there were none outside today,” he tells me, shrugging his shoulders. “I don’t think they know we’re in here.” Screaming girls. They have become a fixture in Payne’s life, as well as the lives of the four young men he spends most of his time with these days.
Django Django – ‘Django Django’
I’ve been waiting for this album for two years and it does not disappoint. It’s out next Friday (January 27th) and to say it’s worth a listen is an understatement; it’s a kaleidoscopic trip that’ll take you via groovy rhythms, brilliant uses of electronica, melodies, vocal harmonies and effects and is so fresh, imaginative, original and vivid that I haven’t been able to listen to anything else over the last few days. It just makes me go YESSSSS!
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I’m a bad blogger, please forgive me.
Unfortunately, many of my reviews on IrishTimes.com and in Monday’s newspaper were published under the wrong name, so here are the ones that I wrote over the course of last weekend.
My highlight was a gorgeous set by John Grant and the delicious chickpea and spinach stew I had from the tiny Dux & Co. stand. It was ALMOST worth the 20-minute-long queue.
Originally published in The Irish Times, July 4th 2011
ANONYMITY CAN be a precious commodity. In today’s information-overloaded world, where we can find out practically anything about anyone we know, or even delve into a complete stranger’s life thanks to social networks, it seems the need for privacy grows by the day. Continue reading
Originally published in The Irish Times, June 29th 2011
TECHNICALLY SPEAKING, you could say that Gillian Welch has been away for eight years. But then again, she hasn’t really been away at all. Continue reading