new online station – woxy.com

October 20th, 2007 by

As I caught up with some feed reading, a post by Stephen O’Grady was interesting for a number of reasons. The reason for this post though is to mention Woxy – as mentioned in Stephen’s post.

I looked it up – http://woxy.lala.com/ tuned in – and its great!

Cheers Stephen, always good to find new sources of music!


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something to listen to …

July 8th, 2007 by

Having just been re-acquainted with my tv tuner card (more details here later), I was able to quickly look up the program I was watching on the web. In short, I found William Crawleys blog, and this absolutely fantastic song from Sinead O’Connor.

The song was so powerful, and truly heartfelt (one of Sinead O’Connor’s impressive qualities), that to save time in finding the song, here it is, courtesy of youtube.

Full credit though goes to William Crawley though, for sharing that song.

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Rokia Traore

September 23rd, 2006 by

through lastfm (again) I found some rather excellent music.

it is Malian Contemporary Music, and the track I heard “Kele Mandi” blew me away, so I’m going to have to get that album!

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Pretty Girls Make Graves

September 18th, 2006 by

apart from the alarming and odd sounding title – work with me…

its been a particurly long week – with another one ominously ahead. in finishing the last of it, I listened to some lastfm neighbours streams, through amarok (and

yes – gnome users can use too…), which in its latest version, includes the ability of listening to a miriad of streams from lastfm.com.

Pretty Girls Make Graves - Latest album cover

when I was listening away, I heard a tune that caught my ear. looked at the playist and saw who it was ‘Pretty Girls Make Graves‘. clicked on the album cover sleeve in amarok, and hey presto, link to amazons entry.

their site also has a mov stream of the entire album, strongly recommend you give them a listen.

making the start of a good week!

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girl band for sale???

April 17th, 2006 by Richard

the article – This is the girl band you can buy – Sunday Times – Times Online (via Danger at tcal.net, is scaring me on so many levels.

the music industry has found ways and means of promoting their latest wonder hit in many ways over the years, but this is something new – and not to put too fine a word on it – insidious. perhaps I am being cynical, correction, I am intentionally being cynical, as this is what is happening. the bands they seem intent on promoting, are in too many cases devoid of talent, and seem to want to portray an idealistic world whereby all is good if you are faithful to this band and their promotional tours, merchandise and trite music. not being into this band/group makes you odd and you feel left out, until you get in on it. incidentally, this is not only endemic to the music industry, but that is a whole other story and not for this post.

music is a business, big business. as in any business, making your product the be-all and end-all, is the aim of the game. sadly in the case of the music industry, this makes for a wholelotta painful listening. in fairness, its not only the music. it is also the imagery and lifestyle that is portrayed. when popular girl bands, whose fan base includes young children under a certain age say, 13 (not being in a family way, it is hard to judge when the protective instinct really kicks in…), why must they insist on wearing clothes and behaving in a manner that is way above the targets audience’s range of experiences and stage in life. this must sound like I am an old prude, but I think it is part of the symptom of a greater ill.

our way of life is evolving, and part of that evolution has meant that we are now at a stage, when having the latest and greatest is a must. ways of life are leading to an overly excessive lifestyle, in food, drink, health, social inequalities. so many of these are interlinked, in a such a pervasive manner. we all fall into the trap, one way or another.

here is an amusing quote from the article,

Any resemblance to existing brands in the stage names of the girls — Mercedes, S-Jay, Rockwell and Chanel — is said to be entirely coincidental.


it really makes me wonder at times, where we are headed. all the items i mentioned above have such deeper significance than they might appear at first glance. at times I pause and take a look at each thing mentioned, and I ponder about them, and a lot of what I see troubles me. I have just had a great weekend, plenty of outdoors for me, and it was good, really good, I’d hate to loose it.


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see anything odd?

April 11th, 2006 by Richard

for the most part, I am not a fan of pop-up windows…

whats wrong with this picture?

spot the errors 0 pop-up

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Ian dempsey podcasts

January 18th, 2006 by

this is interesting, the Ian Dempsey Breakfast show now has a podcast available. looks good.

it would be great if they also created podcasts for either the Tom Dunne, Pet Sounds show, or again even better for the Donal Dineen, Small Hours show. this last one at least now has playlists available

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Ella Fitzgerald and ethnopoetics

October 10th, 2005 by

a few days ago I decided to catch up with some new feeds, one of which pointed me here, a place that I stumbled across this summer when it was being revamped, Ubu web, it tickled my interest then, and then I forgot about it. I caught up with the site again, and browsing around, and saw a word that caught my interest, ethnopoetics… intrigued, I carried on.

Inuit throat singing, celtic mouth music, and many others. but the one I liked the most was this one, by Ella Fitzgerald.

In a piece like this transformation of Lady Be Good, she abandons Ira Gershwin’s catchy and playfully banal lyrics to create a new and uncompromised artwork.

play it loud and get lost in it, its wonderful!


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What – Me Worry? Jug Band

August 10th, 2005 by

(via The Sneeze )

Fun, lighthearted sounds, with that wonderful old lp static sound to it. Highly recommend giving this a listen a to.
What – Me Worry? Jug Band: Listen

Here is a blurb from the site, explaining what jug band music is.

While the backbone of the jug band sound was the blues, the repertoires of these bands were culled from a wide variety of musical styles including country dance, string band, ragtime, jazz and popular music. These songs often had a light-hearted, comical, ribald flavor.

I also love the look of the juke box, click the tune you want to listen, no pop ups, no need for external players. Very nice.


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To listen to …

April 21st, 2005 by

Small Hours

When all other machines are silent and the wires generally down, the radio assumes its primary role. At such times the signal sounds perfectly true.

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