Music for the Weekend #13

Christmas is fast approaching for all of us. I’m sure you will all be busy with Christmas shopping and putting up trees and all sorts this weekend. If you have time have a listen to this week’s playlist!

Lisa O’Neill is a fellow Cavan woman who I’m really a huge fan of. I’ve started off with her because she is someone you all should hear and ‘learn’ to love. It’s someone who hasn’t forgotten her roots and who instead embraces it. I’m a huge fan of Jim James and his track ‘State of the Art’ is a huge grower. Featured also are Empress Of, Andrew Belle and Josef Salvat. Sway Clarke II brings us ‘Don’t Need Much’ a dreamy/R&B track that has some pretty straight lyrics and a direct message. He doesn’t need much bar cigarettes and alcohol. I’ve also included Grizzly Bear’s track ‘Listen and Wait’ which really is a delicious track featuring lovely musical layers and Rossen’s great sounding voice. I don’t really need to introduce The National, they really deliver great clear-cut songs and ‘Lean’ is no different. It features on The Hunger Games soundtrack.

The man behind Vancouver Sleep Clinic is 17 years of age and to be honest I’m really in awe of his ambient music. It is the essence of pure and utter relaxation for me, ‘Collapse’ is a tune I love swaying and dancing lazily to. And if you aren’t relaxed enough finishing up this weekend playlist is Abbey Bowden and her haunting track ‘Still’.


Music for the Weekend #10

Here are 40 minutes or so of music lined up for your weekend. Hope you all like the mix and believe me it’s a mix of all sorts.  Have a great weekend everyone. Huge thanks to anyone who nominated me in the Blog Awards Ireland. Don’t know what to say in relation to that other than I love blogging as an escape and I hope you all enjoy the posts. Cheers.



Music for the Weekend #8

Looks like it’s set to be another sunny weekend here in Ireland. Hope you all have the beers, barbecues and the sunscreen at the ready. This weekends music playlist is super chill with tunes from the amazing Alice Boman, Smoke and Jackel, Volcano Choir and London Grammer who are currently making waves on the charts. Have a listen and have a great weekend everyone!

Music for the Weekend #7.

Apologies for my lack of posting all but a very sore neck mean’t I had to get away from the computer for a couple of days. However, I’ve been listening to lots of great music and this week’s playlist contains a nice mix of pop, alternative and contemporary classics. It features a cracking tune from Balmorhea. If you haven’t seen Rectify then I suggest you do because it features this band in the opening theme tune. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen before. Half Moon Run, Hayden Calnin and Pharrell Williams are in there too amongst many more. Have a listen and tell me what you think!

Music for the Weekend #4

Another weekend, another playlist. This week it’s a real mix of everything.  I’ve included Daft Punk’s new song Get Lucky. I’m not really a fan of theirs par se but it’s catchy and appeals to the senses. To Kill a King is a british folk band (they remind me of Mumford and Sons) and here is their tune Funeral done with a shit load of guitars and voices. It’s very heartwarming. Justin Vernon is back with a new band called The Shouting Matches and I have to say it’s refreshing to hear. Gone are the emotive synths or any effects and in place are three men just doing what they love. They video below is part 1 of three where they played at Coachella recently. Patrick Kelleher recorded a version of Niamh Kavanagh’s eurovision winner ‘In Your Eyes’ for Record Store Gay recently and it’s so impressive. Finally, I had to include The National’s new tune, Demons because well I’m just glad to see them back with Matt’s delicious baritone voice lending to the great music. Have a great weekend everyone.

Music for the Weekend #3

PicMonkey CollageIt looks like it’s gonna be a rainy miserable weekend out there. I guess that will deter a lot of us (including myself) from heading out, so if you are stuck in the house..spend some time listening to some of these great tracks. First up is Fryars and his chillingly beautiful track On My Own. It really is the video though that stands out and it encapsulates the lyrics perfectly. Next is Daughter doing a mash-up of Bon Iver’s ‘Perth’ and Hot Chips ‘Ready for the Floor’. It is so beautiful and inventive, it’s like a totally new song has been created. I love how Perth transitions seamlessly into Ready for the Floor. That’s all thanks to Elena’s flowing voice. Finally, Nialler9 amongst other blogs recently wrote about Slow Skies, the musician-producer duo from Dublin. They sit somewhere between folk and pop and the result is something very gentle and tender, thanks to Karen Sheirdan’s stunning voice.

Alabama Shakes-Always Alright.

I remember hearing Alabama Shakes for the first time and assuming (no to presumptions people!) it was a guy soulfully singing. How wrong I was. Instead I was completely blown over that it was a woman singing.I don’t think I’ve heard anyone like her before.

And then I watched Silver Linings and discovered this song. And it’s been one of my favourites ever since.  Here they are on SNL and look at the beaut that is Christopher Waltz introducing them.

Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds-We Know Who U R.

Absolutely delighted to see one of my all time favourite bands back with a bang. Following on from a teaser video back in November, here is the first single of their new album  Push the Sky due to be released in February. One of the best male vocalists I’ve ever heard. Looking forward to this album as much as I am?!

Mikky Ekko-Pull Me Down.

When I first heard this song I was like is this One Republic? God, they sound kinda cool. But no, it’s Mikky Ekko, the American singer-songwriter probably most famous for his collaboration with Rihanna on her single Stay. Low and behold, this man reaches far above and ahead of Rihanna musically (but that’s not too hard is it?!) Hoping to hear loads more from him in 2013. Here is he is with Pull Me Down live from BBC Radio 1 studios.

Baby, it’s cold outside.

Featuring one of my favourite artists of 2012, Sharon Van Etten and the delectable Rufus Wainwright. This will be on repeat over my Christmas holidays. One of the best covers I’ve ever heard!

Wishing all my readers of this teeny tiny blog a very Merry Christmas! Keep safe everyone and best wishes for 2013 x