Terrible Band photos: The railroad tracks edition & links roundup

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21 reasons you should never take photos with an iPad.

Listen to a radio documentary Beyond The Wire: Belfast Punk in 1975 – 1985.

10 of the best Zach Galifianakis Between Two Ferns GIFs.

Terrible Band photos: The railroad tracks edition.

Rock’s Backpages marked its 10 year anniversary by posting audio and feature interviews with Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Johnny Cash, Bo Diddley and more with some in audio format dating back to 1961.

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Band of Blogs: New Build, Tennis, Lethal Dialect & Emeli Sandé

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New Build

Members of Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem team up with Planningtorock for a new musical project in the form of a distinctly bright pop band who release a very limited three-track EP this month.



The nautical-loving Denver couple return from the high seas of, ahem the recording studio with new material from their second album, the delightful singalong Origins.

Listen at Gorilla Vs. Bear

Lethal Dialect

Irish rap continues to improve with this Blanchardstown rapper and his professionally-done video for the knowledge-dropping Keep It Real.

Emeli Sandé x Disclosure

Underage Londoners remix rising Scottish R&B singer Sandé and the result is a post-dubstepping club pop hit.

Listen at Soundcloud

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Sites of the Week: Watch The Cradle, Fold It & Stand Up Or Die Trying

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Watch The Cradle

Lyrics from Jay-Z and Kanye’s Watch The Throne album matched to pictures of babies.


Fold It

Win Win! Contribute to scientific research by playing a computer game.


Stand Up Or Die Trying

Sean Coughlan is an aspiring stand-up Irish comedian who is taking a year off to try and make it pro and crowdfunding the money required to make a documentary film of his experiences.


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The Best of Free Irish Music Downloads 2011


Last November, this column covered 10 Irish releases that were given away for free in our new link and social music economy. Albums, EPs and mixtapes continue to be offered freely on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, Facebook and official band sites. Here are the 10 best releases from the last 12 months that you have to hear:

1. SertOne

Portadown-born Liverpool-based producer is as prolific as they come this year with an EP of original material and dozens of high-quality remixes of tracks from Feist, Busta Rhymes, Halves and Laura Sheeran available for free on Bandcamp.

2. Bear Bones

Former members of promising band 8Ball get back together and make more encouraging music, this time in jangly pop Morr Music vein. The 6-track Ursa Major EP is a perfect intro to their sound.

3. Loud Mouth Collective

A Dublin-based bunch of producers, rappers and artists who are united in eclecticism: from hip-hop to post-dubstep and electronic, the roster runs the gamut of future music with names like The Bastard, C.F. Meister, Bingo, Exxon Valdez and Archetype featuring on two compilations and many of their own releases.

4. Cork Rock City

Curated by online music site, Drop-D, this compilation contains a whopping 39-tracks will get you acquainted with Cork’s alternative and rock music scene before you can say “Adebisi Shank” (last year’s was an excessive 69 songs).

5. The Depravations

Sunny Galway folk from a band that only recorded these five songs to get their new drummer up to speed (the Mosey of the title). Is the west coast the best coast? The Mosey EP makes a compelling argument.


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Band of Blogs: Factory Floor, Phantogram, St.Lucia, DOOM & Radiohead

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St. Lucia

Tipped by the always on the money pop blog and label Neon Gold, NYC producer St. Lucia’s We Got It Wrong sounds like the Pet Shop Boys put through a modern electro-pop filter.

Listen at Neon Gold

DOOM & Radiohead

Celebrated masked rapper teams up with Jonny Greenwood and Thom Yorke for the unfortunately-named Retarded Fren for Lex Records’ 10th anniversary album Complex.

Listen at Soundcloud

Factory Floor

Two Different Ways is a twisting and pulsing dark and long live band techno jam that sounds made for warehouse parties. The London trio’s single comes out via James Murphy and all at DFA Records this month.

Listen at Nialler9


A bumping pop song with iridescent brass samples and floaty synths, Don’t Move marks the return of New York duo Phantogram with their Nightlife EP.

Listen at Soundcloud

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Sites: The Kitten Covers, Ten Songs That Saved Your Life & Volta

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The Kitten Covers
Famous album covers reenacted with cats.


Ten Songs That Saved Your Life

Artists, musicians, writers, designers list the ten songs that saved their lives.



If you want to support independent cinema but can’t find a copy of the film on DVD, Volta offers lots of independent films made in Ireland and abroad digitally for purchase or rent.


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