Thursday, 31 October 2013

EP Review: Deco Greene - Breathe

'Breathe' is a really solid four track EP from flourishing Dublin troubadour Deco Greene. 
Worth checking out.

There's a lovely almost nostalgic feeling I get while listening to Deco Greene's delicate debut EP entitled 'Breathe'. It could well be that the EP would fit in very well in the Irish music scene ten years ago that was built from the success of Damien Rice, Mundy, Glen Hansard and the like. However, as we all know singer-songwriters are less ridiculed these days and more importantly the good ones are very difficult to find. 'Breathe' pushes Deco Greene into the spotlight with four well written mature tunes that deserve to be heard by the masses.

The title track is simply gorgeous. Backed by the right amount of strings it's a very positive, re-affirming track that I'd listen to time and time again ..........

The other three songs are solid enough tunes which supports the title track fairly well to complete the EP. 'Release' has a more full band pop feel which ups the tempo of the EP. Ballad 'Love Crime' trickles along nicely and showcases Deco's fine vocals. The album closer fails to come close to the quality of Release or Breathe but is a relatively solid enough end to a good EP.

Deco Greene - Breath [9 out of 12]

2Day's Tune: Saint John The Gambler - Deadman

Spooktacular tunage from Dublin's Saint John The Gambler here with a free download of a song from the debut album available here .............

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Leading Armies - Run Wrong

New & potentially free Irish music here from Limerick's much talked about band 'Leading Armies'.

Run Wrong is taken from their current EP 'Let's Get Serious' which is freely available on their bandcamp page here:

Halloween Mix [5th & Last]

So every year I've posted a mix of songs that could in some loose way be described as spooktacular Halloween tunes. Here's the best 12 songs from those posts:

From 2009:

ASIWYFA - Set Guitars To Kill

David Hope - See The Ghost

Jape - Haunt Me


From 2010:

Zombie Cops - Taking Lives

Miss Paula Flynn - Ghost in my Car

Brad Pitt Light Orchestra - Devil & Me


From 2011:

Arrow in the Sky - Ghost Town

Fionn Regan - Violent Demeanour

The Ambience Affair - Devil in the Detail


From 2012:

James Guilmartin - Come by the Fire

Little Green Cars - Witching Hour

Halves - Haunt Me When I'm Drowsy

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Reverend JM's Panic Worship - Cast Iron Dentures

Halloween inspired music here from Dublin's Alt-Goth rockers 'Reverend JM's Panic Worship':

Loving this poster for the band's gig in December!

Sunday, 27 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Gary Clarke Jr. - Numb

Gary Clarke Jr. blew me away on Jools Holland the other night. He gained at least 1 new fan from his appearance on Jools!

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Day's Tune: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Better Days

 Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are playing The Olympia in Dublin next February and is a good enough excuse to share this quality single from the band ....

Ticket Details:


Friday, 25 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Mark Mulcahy - Pendulum

Indie music fans should go to The Grand Social tonight for the legendary Mark Mulcahy performing songs like this .....

Thursday, 24 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Preachers Son - Jericho

New tunes of biblical proportion from Preachers Son as they release a new EP entitled Jericho which sounds like ......

See the band live:

THURS OCT 24TH - LETTERKENNY: Greenroom Live, Vodoo - 9:30pm
FRI OCT 25TH - DUBLIN: Whelan's - 7pm
SAT OCT 26TH - GALWAY: Townhouse Bar and Music Venue - 9:30pm
FRI NOV 1ST - LONDON: The 100 Club - 7pm, Onstage 9:20pm
TUES NOV 5TH - DUBLIN: The Ruby Sessions, Doyles - 9 pm

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Ana Gog - A Study of her Painted Face

Here's a tune from one of my favourite albums in the lifetime of the blog from Dublin band 'Ana Gog':

See Ana Gog in Kerry this weekend at this fine mini festival called Fading Light ...

Monday, 21 October 2013

2Day's Tune: The Hard Ground - Bad Faith

The Hard Ground are hitting the road in the UK again this November and to celebrate releasing their second single Bad Faith in the UK they are going to be playing some tunes at the following venues:

The Prince Albert, Stroud, UK 06/11/13

The Bicycle Shop, Norwich, UK 07/11/13

The Islington, London, UK 08/11/13

The Full Moon, Cardiff, UK 09/11/13

Listen and download 'Bad Faith' from here:

Sunday, 20 October 2013

2Day's tune: Hudson Taylor - Beautiful Mistake

This is beautiful music for a Sunday morning. Go forth Hudson Taylor and enjoy your success with the release of their EP OSEA!

Listen to Hudson Taylor's latest EP here:

Saturday, 19 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Seo Linn - Wake Me Up [As Gaeilge]

Serious praise goes to the six young people making the Irish Language sound really great with their cover of songs such as this by Avicii which has had over 2 million views worldwide.

Catch Seo Linn in The Academy, Dublin on November 17th. Details here:

Seo Linn Sample Set List - September 2013 

Mr. Brightside – The Killers (Gaeilge)

The Man Who Can’t Be Moved – The Script (Gaeilge)
Glad You Came – The Wanted (Gaeilge)
Kids – MGMT (Gaeilge)
Party Rock Anthem – LMFAO (Gaeilge)
Somebody That I used to Know – Gotye (Gaeilge)
When Six Songs Collide – Norwegian Recycling(Gaeilge)
Some Nights – Fun (Gaeilge)
Waka Waka – Shakira (Gaeilge)
Accidentally In Love – Counting Crows (Gaeilge)
The Sweetest Girl – Wy Clef and Akon (Gaeilge)
Save Tonight – Eagle Eye Cherry (Gaeilge)
Little Lion Man – Mumford and Sons (Gaeilge)
Wave Your Flag – World Cup 2010 (Gaeilge)
Escape – Enrique Iglesias (Gaeilge)
Galway Girl – Mundy (Gaeilge)
Lonely Boy – The Black Keys (Gaeilge)
Mexico – Mundy (Gaeilge)
Heroes or Ghosts – The Coronas (Gaeilge)
Wake Me Up – Avicci (Gaeilge)
Pompeii – Bastille (Gaeilge)
Wagon Wheel – Old Crow Medicine Show
When I’m Gone (The Cup Song) – Anna Kendrick (Gaeilge)
Little Talks – Of Monster and Men
Stubborn Love – The Lumineers
Hoy Hay – The Lumineers
Forget Me Knots – The Heathers 
I will Wait – Mumford and Sons
Fairytale of New York – The Pogues

Friday, 18 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Willard Grant Conspiracy - 26 Turns

You should go to this on Monday  ..........

To whet your appetite for this gig, here's an acoustic tune from their Tour only EP entitled 26 Turns ....

Thursday, 17 October 2013

Live Review: Johnny Flynn - Whelans, Dublin October 16th

Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit were such a revelation last night in a heaving, hot Whelans that this could well be my favourite gig on 2013.

Photo Credit: Anto Kane Photography

Supporting the release of his most recent album 'Country Mile', this trip to Dublin proved very successful for Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit with Whelans crammed full of real 'Flynner' fans. The set list was taken mainly from the new album with I think every one of them wonderful tracks getting an airing. Standout tracks from the set included the beautiful 'Einstein's Idea' that I shared last week on the blog and the album's title track.

The 'Sussex Wit' were a tight band but the real star is Johnny with them distinct old school deep rich vocals, the story telling in the songs and that shy persona that many new folk stars have. [See Ben Howard!]

What I adore about Johnny Flynn is the extra 'Beirut' sounding layer that many of the new songs on 'Country Mile' has. Songs like 'The Lady Has Risen' sounded like a real breath of fresh air that if there was any justice in the music world would see Mr Flynn hit the heights of Mr Howard or Mumford & Sons.

Do yourself a huge favour by buying 'Country Mile' and going to see Johnnny Flynn the next time he's in your town. Buy the album:

Euro Dates

Fri 15th November – Paris, France La Fleche D'or
Sat 16th November – Brussels, Belgium Botanique/Rotonde
Mon 18th November – Amsterdam, Holland Bitterzoet SOLD OUT
Tue 19th November – Cologne, Germany Blue Shell SOLD OUT
Wed 20th November – Munich, Germany Atomic CafĂ©
Fri 22nd November – Zurich, Switzerland Kaufleuten Zurich, Festsaal
Sat 23th November – Milan, Italy Tunnel

2Day's Tune - Rhodes - Run

Awesome new Buckley-esque/Scandinavian style music here from UK act Rhodes. This is a quality tune that requires repeated listens!

Catch Rhodes and a bunch of other 2UIBestow endorsed acts in Oxford on Saturday ....

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Mara Simpson - Fine Lines

I adore Mara Simpson's music. The Berlin based New Zealander and frequent Ireland visiter is a great songwriter and performer who has a bunch a new tunes on Soundcloud for you to listen to. Check out 'Fine Lines' here ........

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

2Day's Tune: The Mighty Stef - Vampire, Hold Me Tight

Is now the time for The Mighty Stef to finally make the breakthrough? Yes I believe so after listening to their new single 'Vampire, Hold Me Tight' numerous times in the last couple of days .....

Vampire, Hold Me Tight is taken from their new EP entitled 'Iveagh Flats' released on the 7th November.

Monday, 14 October 2013

Album Review: Red Queen Contest - Self-titled

Navan Alternative Rock band 'Red Queen Contest' release their amazing debut album this week with this reviewer proud that it lives up to the band's obvious raw potential. 

'Red Queen Contest' are a band with firm foundations. They've played together for years with hundreds of gigs and a few different band names under their belt. Always a band to show real potential when I seen them live back in 2010, I was intrigued to find out if or when an album was going to appear and if it did the band any justice?

This self-titled debut showcases the band's ability to write great songs, their fine musicianship and their dual lead vocals from the two guitarists which elevates the band way above the ordinary. It's a great album that completely live's up to the band's early promise a number of years ago.

The most enjoyable aspect of the album for me is that it's varied in sound and texture. Some tracks are straight up edgy indie rock songs, while others include a fair amount of electronica as well as the mid album acoustic track entitled 'Back To Your Door'. The acoustic track divides up the album nicely and splits up two of the best tracks on the album 'Rosalee' and 'Eiderdown'.

My favourite track off the album is 'Rabbit's Feet' for it's quirky lyrics and great vocals. Overall there's not a bad track on the album. It's one of the most complete, satisfying rock albums I'm likely to hear in a long time.

Red Queen Contest - Self-titled [11 out of 12]

Sunday, 13 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Elliot Smith - Somebody That I Used To Know

I recently had a listen to 'Figure 8' by Elliot Smith and fell in love with Elliot's music and words. Such a wonderful talent that made great music!

Elliot Smith is honoured at this event in Whelans on Monday October 21st:

Saturday, 12 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Fling - Don't Think Twice

One of my favourite Irish folk bands Fling are planning to release a 'Live' album in the near future where there's a good chance this version of Dylan's 'Don't Think Twice' will make it onto the album:

This is such a great version of 'Don't Think Twice'

More info on Fling:

Friday, 11 October 2013

2Day's Tune - Red Sail - Wheel Your Wings Home

Here's another gorgeous track from Red Sail who've made the song available for free download here:

Thursday, 10 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Maud in Cahoots - Dance With Me

The excellent 'Maud in Cahoots' are in Whelans next week and it comes highly recommended for excellent tunage like this:

Support from Leanne Harte!

Wednesday, 9 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Johnny Flynn - Einstein's Idea

Next Wednesday in Whelans, Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit will be gracing the stage in support of their most recent album 'Country Mile'. It's a beautiful album and a gig well worth going to.

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Neon Wolf - I Can't Speak For You

Here's a great line-up for an amazing cause:

Three great bands for a tenner for charity:

Check out this fine song from headline band Neon Wolf here:

Monday, 7 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Ryan Sheridan - Endless Road

I'm not a big fan of Ryan's but well done on his recent success in Germany where tonight is the start of a decent tour over there ....

More details:

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Album Review: Baum - Self-titled

'Baum' the self-titled second solo album from Switzerland's Baum is such an intense ride that's about new beginnings, reflective feelings and difficult separations. It's simply brilliant from start to finish.

From a blogger's perspective I am privileged to hear a lot of new music before the general public gets to hear them. In the case of this album I've been listening to this on and off for a good six months in anticipation of it's worldwide or European release. However, so far this album is only available at Baum's concerts with a release date planned for the near future.

I was fortunate enough to see Baum in concert about three years ago and his intensity, musicianship and songwriting blew me away. The debut album "Music for my Landloard" is one of my all time favourite album for it's sensitivity and sentiments. It was charming and appealing with feel good tales of joy. In contrast, this album is about personal pain and despair. It's harder, harsh at times and so intense in the middle tracks on the album. It talks of missed opportunities and reminisces of near perfect pasts. It's an album of reflective moods that work together to form a masterpiece of an album.

As an art-form this album works. From the pop radio friendly opener 'Damn', through songs like 'Crow', 'Sad' and 'I Cannot Sleep' we see Baum on a journey through some difficult times which culminates in a wonderful version of Dylans 'I Shall be Released' before we get to a delicate ending of epic proportions in 'Center of Town'.

While the songs are all from Baum himself, this album has the feel of a 'band collaboration' and therefore is not a conventional 'Singer-songwriter' album. In fact like many greats, it's hard to label a genre to what Baum does so effectively.

Song that have embedded themselves in me through the months of listening to this album include 'Sleep Now' and the wonderfully written song 'Paris' where we find Baum in reflective mode after the end of a marriage.
..."and I am riding backwards to Paris for a day.". My favourite track is the 'Center of Town' track that brings the album to an epic close. Dare I say it but it's almost 'Buckley-esque' in so many ways.

Keep an eye on or for details of where you can buy this incredible album.

Baum - self-titled [12 out of 12]

Saturday, 5 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Bell X1 - Starlings Over Brighton Pier

Bell X1's most recent album 'Chop Chop' is a great album. I'm sorry now I didn't review it on release. One of the highlights is this epic tune 'Starlings Over Brighton Pier':

US Tour Details:

Uk & Europe Tour Details:

Friday, 4 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Track Dogs - Rainbox

The excellent Madrid based band Track Dogs fronted by Garrett Wall have released their second album today called 'All Roads'.

There's a fine version of an old Garrett Wall solo track 'Rainbox' on there .....

Thursday, 3 October 2013

2Day's Tune: James Vincent McMorrow - Breaking Hearts

Look at James Vincent McMorrow's schedule in in the new year ....

Feb 4th in the National Concert Hall will be a sweet gig. The new album is entitled 'Post Tropical' and is out on January 14th. Here's the album artwork:

Remind yourself of JVMcM's brilliance:

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Tuesday, 1 October 2013

2Day's Tune: Monsenior - Simple Miss

Here's a nice listen Beatles-esque pop tune from Dublin band Monseniour .....

It's taken from their debut self - titled EP which can be listened to in full here: