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Nialler9 talks new music, new albums with interviews and chat.

    James Vincent McMorrow on what needs to happen next for live music in Ireland

    James Vincent McMorrow on what needs to happen next for live music in Ireland

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    On last week’s podcast, Niall recounted his experiences at the trial live music event in the Iveagh Gardens where James Vincent McMorrow and Sorcha Richardson played outdoors for 500 people with social distancing and safety measures in place, without any advance PCR or Antigen testing (as we’ve heard this week, NPHET’s Tony Holohan does not recommended Antigen tests for international travel) .







    Aside from the personal and social aspects of the gig we discussed, we acknowledged the gig was met with a lot of negative criticism where a fair amount of people saw the event as a PR stunt with no meaningful contribution to the return of live music for Irish artists and fans this summer.







    On this episode, with further pilot gigs to take place next week, we are talking to James VIncent McMorrow himself in a near-hour long chat about his expectations for the event, what his hopes for it were and how the event reduced in ambition over time, how an overtly cautious approach and over-reliance on optics from the government inform these pilot events and won’t help the live music industry get back to work sooner.







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    Some quotes from James from our chat.







    On the return of live music:







    “We’re just looking for like a viable opportunity to get those people that have been f****d over for a year and a half. And we’re past the point now of it like last year, totally, you couldn’t come out and be like, “bring shows back” because it was like, we’re in the midst of this thing. We need to protect people. And everyone, everyone in this industry was a willing participant in that because we all understood what was at stake. But if you see other industries thriving and getting back to normal, or whatever the version of normal is now and you see these other industries still being left behind because it gets thrown this idea of caution. You have to be cautious and you’re like, Where’s the fairness in the caution? Where’s the where’s the caution scale? I just haven’t no one showed it to me.”







    “I want to see someone on a government level saying we don’t think that some dude singing a Kings of Leon song in a fucking bar in Temple Bar is going to be the difference between a super spreading COVID event or not, people are going to be in pubs in a couple of weeks or in indoor dining, they’re not going to be in there with tape measures making sure people are a meter apart. But in the fields,

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    Niall goes to the first gig back

    Niall goes to the first gig back

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    Niall attended the first gig back last night at the Iveagh Gardens where James Vincent McMorrow and Sorcha Richardson played outdoors for 500 people and about 25 media, with social distancing and pods. It was the first of the touted pilot events in Ireland happening in the coming months before the return of live music.







    What was the experience like? How did it work? Did it feel normal? Niall tells Andrea about it all. We discuss the social and personal aspects of attending gigs post-COVID. Was it actually a pilot event if there was no data or COVID testing done on site? Is there any data to take away from this to support the return of live music? What was it testing or piloting exactly?







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    The music that got us through May

    The music that got us through May

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    At the end of each month, Andrea and Niall share their best finds and picks in a ping pong disco style.







    We discuss new albums from Black Midi, Arooj Aftab, Billie Marten and Emma Houton, along with new songs from Torres, Sharon Van Etten with Angel Olsen, Chai, Burial and more.







    Plus, the usual lay of the land chat and books, and things we recommend.







    Niall’s top 25 songs of the month are here.











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    Recommended







    Sharon Van Etten, Angel Olsen “Like I Used To”







    Album: Arooj Aftab – Vulture Prince







    Torres “Don’t Go Puttin Wishes In My Head”







    Album: Black Midi – Cavalcade







    Album: Billie Marten — Flora Fauna







    Album: Emma Houton – The Bath







    Public Service Broadcasting “People, Let’s Dance”







    Alexander O’Neal “Criticize”







    CHAI “Donuts Mind If I Do”







    Mikaela Davis, Mary Lou Lord “Some Song”







    Julia Jacklin, RVG “Army Of Me”







    Burial “Dark Gethsemane”







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    We need to talk about Enya

    We need to talk about Enya

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    In the week of her 60th birthday… it’s time to talk about one of Ireland’s most successful musicians.







    80 million plus albums sold worldwide.







    The biggest selling Irish solo artist and biggest overall behind U2.







    Niall and Andrea are talking about the life and music of Enya.







    From early beginnings in Gweedore in Donegal to joining the family band Clannad to setting out with Nicky and Roma Ryan to forge her own path, Enya is one of Ireland’s most well-known yet taken for granted artists.







    Creative control, a small team and a suitable label contract are all part of her success. Yeah we all know ‘Orinocco Flow’, and that ‘Boadicea’ was sampled by the Fugees, but why has there been a reappraisal of her work from mostly North American artists?







    Is Enya New Age or is she actually an electronic ambient music pioneer? Is Enya underappreciated in Ireland ?







    We speak to Brian Coney who had a piece in Vice this week entitled The Guide to Getting Into Enya, Patron Saint of Mystical Mood Music where he breaks down the three distinct moods of Enya’s music.







    Plus, Enya trivia, is she really a reclusive lady in the castle? Why doesn’t she play live? There may be a hot take in there too.











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    Referenced in the show:







    Songs played on the Nialler9 Podcast Spotify Playlist







    The Guide to Getting Into Enya, Patron Saint of Mystical Mood Music by Brian Coney







    Enya Is Everywhere by Jenn Pelly







    Enya’s Reddit AMA







    Enya on Nighthawks







    @EnyaComments















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    St. Vincent takes us downtown to '70s New York

    St. Vincent takes us downtown to '70s New York

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    The sixth album from Annie Clark aka St. Vincent is inspired by music made in sepia-toned downtown New York from 1971 to 1975.







    The title Daddy’s Home refers to her father’s release from prison in 2019 after doing 10-years stretch for manipulation of the stock  market with a scheme that defrauded 17,000 investors out of $43m.







    After his release, Clark delved back into her father’s record collection and so began St Vincent’s 1970s New York themed album, produced by Clark and Jack Antonoff.







    Niall and Andrea deep dive into the record. Bowie himself in the 70s termed his Young Americans period “Plastic Soul” are we getting a version of that here? It is art made from an imagined past or is Daddy’s Home a fresh take on vintage funk and 70s rock sounds? How does it fit in the St. Vincent discography? Is It as Gritty, Grimy & Sleazy as suggested?







    We discuss.











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    Mentioned in the show:







    The Quietus review of the album







    Stop Investors Buying Our Homes Petition.







    Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign: Home







    Save James Joyce’s ‘House of the Dead’ (Usher’s Island) from becoming a tourist hostel.



























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    • 50 min
    The new music that got us through April

    The new music that got us through April

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    At the end of the month on the site, I share my favourite songs of the previous month as you can see for April here. As we don’t cover new music every week on the podcast (anymore), this week’s episode delves into the albums and songs that got Andrea and myself through April.







    Albums from Dry Cleaning, Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders along with songs from Self-Esteem, Kojaque, J Smith, Orla Gartland and Beabadoobee get a look in and we also discuss the movies, TV, books and podcasts we’re enjoying.







    We also give updates on recent topics we’ve covered including the Grammys, Spotify and the return of live music and the piloting of events in the UK.











    Albums:







    Dry Cleaning – New Long Leg







    Floating Points & Pharoah Sanders – Promises







    Songs:







    Kojaque – Town’s Dead







    J Smith – Blood Orange







    Beabadoobee – Last Day On Earth







    Self Esteem – I Do This All The Time







    Orla Gartland – Zombie!







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