58 episodes

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

Nialler9 Nialler9

    • Music
    • 4.8 • 8 Ratings

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

    The new music that got us through April

    The new music that got us through April

    Like the podcast? Support Nialler9 on Patreon







    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!







    Support Nialler9 on Patreon and join our Discord chat + get member-only content







    Andrea has a Ghost newsletter to subscribe to.







    Subscribe in Apple | Android | ACAST | Pocketcasts | CastBox | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS Feed















    Subscribe to the podcast and please leave a review on iTunes, tell your friends or commit to supporting us directly. Support us on Patreon.







    Previous podcast episodes in this series

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Broken Record & the campaign to fix streaming

    Broken Record & the campaign to fix streaming

    Support Nialler9 on Patreon







    The lack of income in the last year for musicians during a pandemic highlighted just how little streaming pays out in terms of an artist’s overall revenue.







    The most streamed artist in the world in 2019 was Drake who only made 30% of his money from streaming.







    Something is broken.







    The #BrokenRecord campaign started by Tom Gray in the UK has been mounting pressure on music streaming services and labels to change the way they do business. Aided by UK Parliamentary Inquiries and a groundswell of support that lead to 156 musicians including Paul McCartney, Damon Albarn, Gary Barlow, Kano, Annie Lennox, Kate Bush, Mike Skinner, Noel Gallagher and Roots Manuva release an open letter to the Prime Minister calling him to intervene to put the value of music back “in the hands of music makers.”







    On this episode, Niall and Andrea contextualise how the campaign got here, how a typical major label deal works, the issues around streaming rates and how Spotify royalties works, recent streaming developments and the responses in the past year from musicians towards the issue.







    Plus, why your algorithmic playlists on Spotify might be problematic, and the alternatives to the big DSPs.











    Support Nialler9 on Patreon and join our Discord chat







    Andrea has a Substack newsletter to subscribe to.







    Subscribe in Apple | Android | ACAST | Pocketcasts | CastBox | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS Feed















    Subscribe to the podcast and please leave a review on iTunes, tell your friends or commit to supporting us directly. Support us on Patreon.







    Previous podcast episodes in this series

    • 1 hr 16 min
    An introduction to Italo Disco

    An introduction to Italo Disco

    Support Nialler9 on Patreon







    I’m excited to share this one. Today’s episode (#130) is all about my favourite subgenre of disco and dance music – Italo. What it is, where it came from and why it’s so enduring.







    Italo disco is a European form of electronic disco that proliferated throughout Europe in the early ’80s. iI’s a catch all term for 80s electronic pop of mostly Italian origin.







    Italo is what happens when disco starts getting made with drum machines and synthesizers –  a loveable curio of romantic pop, a  tasteless yet tasteful novelty item, A simple music born at a time when music was increasingly sophisticated.







    Italo is big fun electronic pop music that doesn’t take itself too seriously. It is time capsule of a generally more innocent time of bad dancers, keytars, moustaches and chrome-shimmering fashion.







    From Vice’s A Bullshitter’s Guide To Italo-Disco by Angus Harrison







    Imagine, if you can, if somebody made a B-movie of the entire disco genre. Music so obviously emotional, it becomes inescapably affecting. This is Italo and its heartstring-pulling magic. It’s not disco, in fact in most cases it’s technically a lot worse, but there is untold charm in the chintz.







    Niall and Andrea take you deep into how US disco morphed into Italo, how Moroder and Hi-NRG fits in, the characteristics of Italo disco, the glitz, the glamour and the keytars. Plus, we talk about the Nialler9 Podcast theme song – Red Dragon Band’s ‘Let Me Be Your Radio’.











    Patreon members get exclusive access to my 8 hour Italo Disco playlist featuring all of the songs played on this episode, which includes classics like







    Doctor’s Cat – Feel The DriveMr. Flagio – Take A ChanceLa Bionda – I Wanna Be Your LoverRAF – Self-ControlKen Laszlo – Hey Hey GuyRyan Paris – Dolce VitaSabrina – Boys and many more.







    Support Nialler9 on Patreon and join our Discord chat







    Andrea has a Substack newsletter to subscribe to.







    Subscribe in Apple | Android | ACAST | Pocketcasts | CastBox | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS Feed















    Subscribe to the podcast and please leave a review on iTunes, tell your friends or commit to supporting us directly. Support us on Patreon.







    Previous podcast episodes in this series

    • 1 hr 16 min
    My Bloody Valentine - Loveless: A classic album revisit

    My Bloody Valentine - Loveless: A classic album revisit

    Support Nialler9 on Patreon















    With the news that My Bloody Valentine are re-releasing their catalogue through Domino and that their music is finally on streaming services, Niall Byrne and Andrea Cleary revisit the Irish/English shoegaze band’s classic 1991 record Loveless.







    On this podcast hour, you’ll hear all the album’s expensive gestation that took in countless engineers and many studios, the thousand of pounds that Creation Records boss Alan McGee sunk into for the recording without hearing a note, how Kevin Shields’ perfectionism lead him to both his Glide Guitar technique and a near mental breakdown, why the album was recorded in mono, why the vocals sound like that, and the reaction to the album at the time. Plus, are MBV really that loud live?







    It’s the Nialler9 Podcast, episode 129 with Niall and Andrea.











    Support Nialler9 on Patreon and join our Discord chat







    Andrea has a Substack newsletter to subscribe to.







    Subscribe in Apple | Android | ACAST | Pocketcasts | CastBox | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS Feed















    Subscribe to the podcast and please leave a review on iTunes, tell your friends or commit to supporting us directly. Support us on Patreon.







    Previous podcast episodes in this series

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Lana Del Rey reviewed & looking forward after a year of no gigs

    Lana Del Rey reviewed & looking forward after a year of no gigs

    Support Nialler9 on Patreon







    This month marks an entire year since venues in Ireland and elsewhere have been shut down.







    In the intervening year we had a summer of guesswork, shifting restrictions, reduced capacity gigs, the rise of live streams, financial support for the commercial live music sector and rescheduling galore.







    Now, with the UK racing ahead in the vaccination stakes, and their plan to re-open from June 21st, Niall looks at what could actually happen this summer, in Ireland, the UK and Europe. Will we actually get to go to gigs this year?







    Then, Andrea casts her critical eye over Lana Del Rey’s seventh album Chemtrails Over The Country Club in her typical considered fashion. Andrea talks the iconography of the American dream, millennial reflection, the propulsion of fame, and Lana’s exploration of artifice, wealth and class.







    It’s the Nialler9 Podcast, episode 128 with Niall and Andrea.











    Support Nialler9 on Patreon and join our Discord chat







    Andrea has a Substack newsletter to subscribe to.







    Subscribe in Apple | Android | ACAST | Pocketcasts | CastBox | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS Feed















    Subscribe to the podcast and please leave a review on iTunes, tell your friends or commit to supporting us directly. Support us on Patreon.







    Previous podcast episodes in this series

    • 1 hr 2 min
    For Those I Love - David Balfe on finding hope in grief & friendship

    For Those I Love - David Balfe on finding hope in grief & friendship

    Note: This is a repost of a podcast special from 2019 when the album was self-released. For Those I Love’s debut album is out this Friday March 26th via September Recordings.







    See All For Those I Love posts on this site.















    This is a Nialler9 Podcast special episode about a most important album I heard in 2019. The artist name and the album are called For Those I Love and it’s a project by one man David Balfe.











    For Those I Love has its roots in North Dublin working class areas and another musical project that explored working class reality. That band was called Burnt Out and they released a number of tracks and videos in 2016 that were among the most ambitious and fully-realised multimedia art that has come out of Ireland in the 21st century.







    The Coolock poet Paul Curran, who sadly passed away in early 2018, was in Burnt Out with David Balfe and they were best friends who grew up together.







    While the music on Balfe’s nine-track For Those I Love album was started well before Curran’s death, the album took on a different meaning with his close friend’s passing. It serves as tribute to Curran’s legacy, but it also mark the importance of friends and family.







    Balfe recorded 76 songs, the chose nine for the album. It is sad, filled with rage and grief but it is also a celebration. It has upbeat rave euphoria, cathartic spoken word, dense swirling productions and self-recorded clips shared between friends on Whatsapp.







    It references The Streets, The Blaze, “that Mount Kimbie video we’d always watch”, A Lazarus Soul, Grogan’s Pub, Twin Peaks and embodies summer evenings with friends, innocent nights talking shite, arms around your friends at a festival, getting up to no good, and the small moments that are insignificant until someone great is gone.







    This podcast is Balfe’s story in his own honest words, but it’s also the story of Curran, their extended friends and family, as told through this art.



















    Enjoy the podcast? Support us on Patreon for bonus content and community access.







    Please subscribe to the podcast and if you enjoyed it please leave a review on iTunes, tell your friends or commit to supporting us directly. Support us on Patreon!







    Previous podcasts in this series are listed here.







    Subscribe in iTunes | Android | ACAST | CastBox | Stitcher | Spotify | RSS Feed

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

tinovska ,

The Number One Music Blog in Ireland

Nialler9 is published by a music lover in Ireland. He seeks to find so many different sounds from all over the Earth. In music, it's important to be curious and open to what's happening. We are bloggers and I look forward to what his podcasts will be like. Always unique. One day I got to go visit the land of Oscar Wilde and other genius people and meet Niall.

eglbc ,

wish the host would talk less

such a good mix of music, but right when you getting into it{via good vibes}, the host starts trying to sound clever//hip//blogworthy and chirps in with useless banter. //Less talk///moar rok

ArcAngelZulu ,

The Only Music Podcast I Listen To

I used to listen to several different music podcasts, but then I found nialler9. Now, this is the only podcast I listen to and it provides excellent tunes in a diverse range of genres. You certainly won't be disappointed!

Top Podcasts In Music

Listeners Also Subscribed To