Open Ear came onto the scene back in 2016 as the escape of choice for Ireland’s experimental electronica underground. Lush weather and sweet vibes ensued to guarantee it dominated conversations before and after. They’ve started firing up recordings from the festival on their site. One of Wickla’s best kept intersections between man and musical machines, Automatic Tasty played last year and this live recording is one of the first to … Read More
Above: Breen outside All City with a copy of his EP which came out on Vision Collector. Then his mix from the Deee Deeeeee Hur first birthday in Jigsaw. Breen is one of the founders of Dublin Digital Radio – ddr. which has become a real little community hub for Dublin’s outsider dance scenes. He’ll be one of the heads taking care of upstairs in The Wiley Fox after our screening on December … Read More
Above: Enda Starr running the controls for the weekly Firehouse show on Radio Na Life 106.4 FM. Find out when to lock in over here. Rashers Tierney caught up with Paul from the legendary Firehouse Skank to hear about hauling the first proper sound system to Ireland in the early 1990s, friends pissing in the wrong place at a rammers gig and that all essential UK link up. Mick T-woc … Read More
With Townlands Carnival beckoning this weekend, the lads at Rua Sound have put out a mix to get you into them festival vibes. It’s full of that 160 rolling goodness and features a few dubs from their extended fam. Sadly, we’ve yet to make it down to Townloands Carnival – but it’s Goat Shed, Riddim Shack and Sub Atomic line ups look bleddy ace. Save it for the car journey … Read More
The reality music of Jinx Lennon shows us that we can engage with everyday life and not go under. Influenced as much by post punk and hip hop the Dundalk man is a different breed of singer songwriter altogether. He released two albums in 2016 after a six year break. We packed Martin Leen off up to Dundalk for a chat with the lad. So there has been a long … Read More
Despite his youthful appearance and relatively underground status Hamilton Leithauser has been treading the boards of the alternative music scene for a long time now. Benny Profane caught him in action last night and felt the mad urge to scribble this review and send in a photo he took with a potato. With his former cohorts The Walkmen he was the driving song-writing force behind a band that put … Read More
Above: A shot by photographer Steve Gullick, taken from the band’s website. Last Friday the suicide and self-harm awareness charity Pieta House held a fundraising gig in Dublin’s Vicar St featuring a host of Irish acts. The line-up included Limerick-based hip-hop collective Rusangano Family, followed by four-piece folk innovators Lynched, with the near-peerless Girl Band headlining the event. Benny Profane sent us in this review. Now as my presence at … Read More
Mutate is a techno collective which was started in October 2013 with the aim of bringing over niche international guests and fresh faces to Dublin’s clubs. Jasper Mathews got in touch with Mutate bossman Jay Carroll to discuss the sounds of Mutate, how to stay afloat in today’s competitive scene and the resurgence of club culture with the Celtic Tiger 2.0 rolling in. Tell me a bit about the … Read More
There’s too much to do. Auntie Mary is doing me head in. All the shopping is inciting anxiety. There’s no tree up and the decorations are still in the attic. There’s too many christmas songs. Christ, there’s just too much christmas… The bahumbuggery always gives way in the end though. Generally thanks to good company, some time to put the feet up, or delicious pints. You succumb to … Read More
A new online radio station based in Dublin is about to take off. What’s in store? We checked in the DDR crew to find out.
So, a new digital radio station is in the pipeline. Tell us how it came about?
The idea was floating around in our heads for a while I think. A few of us have been involved in different forms of radio over the years and I think we all wondered why Dublin didn’t have something like this already. We went to Open Ear festival on Sherkin Island earlier this year and started talking seriously about it. A five hour car journey home with only national radio for company really got the wheels moving then. I wouldn’t wish that on anyone. I guess it’s a bit reactionary in that sense, we were a bit angry with the lack of coverage for certain areas of culture in Ireland so we are trying to fill that void in a small way.