Last Night A DJ Saved My Life

November 28, 2008

Ahoy. We’ve been very awful with the blog of late. We are sorry. This will probably change next week. Then we’ll be wonderful. Until then, it’s another filler post. Many millions of people have been asking for our setlist from TAC. Alright then. Here we go. It’s not in order, mind. We aren’t that organised.

1. Take Take Take- The White Stripes

2. Do It Right- The Go! Team
3. In the Summertime- Wiley

4. Kiss- Prince
5. Ever Fallen in Love- The Buzzcocks
6. Pin- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
7. Satisfaction- Devo
8. Ring My Bell- Donna Summers
9. Fix Up Look Sharp- Dizzee Rascal

10. Hustler- S.M.D.
11. Pledge of Alliegance- Louis XIV
12. It’s Tricky- Run DMC

13. Juicebox- The Strokes
14. Trick Me- Kelis
15. Let’s Dance- David Bowie
16. 2 of Hearts- Stacey Q

17. Gimme More- Britney Spears


In My Life

November 21, 2008


Gosh everyone, wasn’t last night aaaaaacccccceeeee? Did everyone get a lovely piece of clothing? And a cupcake? And some punch? Good. I’m glad.

But, none of the above could have been possible without the following supafly friendlings:

Aine, Hannah, Aine (a different one this time), Matt, Kirstie, Lily, Muireann, Clare, Dave, Layla, Erika, Catriona, Becky, Catherine, Matt (a different one this time) and Andrea, Alan and Sarah, Una, Anthony, Angela, Garrett, Jane and and and and


I hope I haven’t left anyone out. I’m sure photos will surface later this evening. Until then, the above photo is what I got when I Google Images-ed ‘Wonderful People’.

Love love love, Ailbhe.

Pledge of Alliegience

November 18, 2008

Who do you love more? Daddy or Chips? Ailbhe or Katie-Lilga? Analogue or Soundcheck? Northside or Southside? It’s ok. You can like both. We like both. Luckily so, you can combine the two in one fell lovely wonderful swoop this Thursday night.

Firstly, hit up Soundcheck for some free-in action, and wonderful 2-for-1 cocktails at the official Swopshop afterparty in Spy:


Then, make your way across the river to the Twisted Pepper to see some superace music live. Played by musicians. In the flesh. :



you shall go to the ball

November 16, 2008

who’s a pretty poster then? bit-o-tweed.

Probably the most important decision in the world. Creating TAC, going to TAC, playing at TAC, dancing at TAC, pretty much anything you decide to do that has any relation to TAC. Very important indeed.

If you have a calendar (Daniel O’Donnell, Cats, Playboy, the kind is irrelevant, really), it is paramount that you remove it from it’s hanging place, lay it down nice and neat, hell, get a highlighter out, go wild, and mark the twenty fifth of November as a very special day. You’ll need the whole day you see. Your timetable will involve purchasing/rooting out every bit of glitter and tacky make-up you can get your hands on, doing yourself up to the absolute nines and getting yourself to The Button Factory. Let’s just dance and have actual fun and look stupid. Oh my, I salivate at the thought.

It’s just going to be LOVELY.

If you like, you can take part in a 6 day pre-session, starting on Wednesday in NCAD. TAC will be taking over the film society from 5.30 – 7 p.m. and screening the film that inspired this month’s theme, Party Monster. popcorn. and. rice. krispie. treats. Macaulay. Carson. Culkin. and. Seth. Benjamin. Green. in. dresses. More here.



Rod Stewart: Young Turks.

There are many things that I enjoy in this video though- mainly the synchronised energetic dancing and cropped tops.

I don’t enjoy how they promote ignoring the traffic lights at a busy intersection.

Also, Mary gives birth to a ‘ten pound baby boy’. That’s a doofer of a child, by all accounts, and Mary looks like a slender girl.

My Chemistry teacher in school looked a bit like Rod Stewart. She was a woman. Unfortunate that. Her looking like Rod-o, I mean. Not her being female. Natch.

get your lights on honey

November 14, 2008


Introducing MY FAVE.

The level of nostalgia brought on by the old Dundrum Shopping Centre in my mind reaches quite catastrophic levels. It may sound like some sort of skewed, romantic image of mine, but we truly did trek across rolling green hills to reach it when I was a young(er) ‘un. Well, one rolling green hill anyway. Bright Ideas, with it’s bejewelled boxes and little trinkets and toys, was always on our list of shops to visit, and later Material Girl supplied us with patched jeans for a tenner. School uniforms were courtesy of Rita’s and Champion Sports supplied me with my first Tamagotchi. There was a photo booth where we came dangerously close to pissing ourselves with laughter, and a hairdressers where I was introduced to the wonders of layers as a ten year old. It’s sad, then, to see the lights long gone out in all but one shop, Noel Reid’s menswear, which is also in the process of closing down. Even sadder is the fact that, sooner rather than later, the shopping centre will be torn down to make way for some hotel or apartment complex of some sort. Don’t get me wrong, the place is nothing near striking, especially now that the bins overflow and the shop windows are covered in black plastic sheeting.

And now? Well it appears that this is the shopping centre that just keeps on giving. This time in the form of a hilariously bright and garish ‘Xmas Tree Show’ shop in the unit that used to be home to Penneys. It makes me smile when I walk through the village and watch the shopping centre positively glow, all day, all night. I will never complain about Christmas starting too early ever again, and in fact, I never want it to end. I appeal to all actual photographers to go and take some super photos of it and then give them to me. ta. very. much.


shoop shoop shoop

November 14, 2008


I don’t really have anything to add. They say a picture says a thousand words. Well, they’re wrong. This picture says…six…no…seven words.

Rough Gem’s first SwopShop has sold out.

Veeeeeeery excited.

About Your Dress

November 14, 2008

Long long before Gok Wan and Trinny and Suzie, there was a budding designer who understood- nay, KNEW- that the world is comprised of different body types. This young upstart had visions of an army of females, all clad in urban streetwear, all rejoicing in their own individuality. This was a line for all girls, all real girls. Only fitting then that it should be called Re: Al Girls.

Yes. It’s diary time again. Here is our first extract. Can we please bear in mind-
a)The baffling amount of layering inherent in these ‘designs’.
b) The deft use of colouring pencil.
c) The clear arrows pointing to the accessories.
d) The options for so so many of them to be made into trousers.

I think the ‘Superstar’ jeans are my favourite. Although, I do hold a soft spot for the green shirt/blue tie/ jeans combo, as it was based on an outfit (in fact, it WAS an outfit) that I used to wear on the regular.




Alas, no designs remain from ‘Gutterstar’, the diffusion range.

Leader Of The Pack

November 9, 2008


Late in the evening, when office blocks have shut, and the library is turning on its night-time lights, a rare breed of Dublin city creature makes its way onto the streets. Fast-moving, slipping and sliding in and out of cars, through red lights and over pedestrian crossings, they stick together. Legs are covered in oil, and brows are lowered to knee-level. They move in their own kind of formation- like a Jacob’s Ladder- folding up down left right all the way home. On a bike, you’re top of the food chain.

The theme of this mixtape is packs of animals. Bands such as the Beatles, Arctic Monkeys and so on aren’t featured. It’d be a bit of a cop-out, and we’re above that kind of thing. Fleet Foxes and Band of Horses could have made their respective ways onto the tracklisting, but there’s always next time.

1. The Zookeeper’s Boy- Mew
2. Packt Like Sardines In A Crushed Tin Box- Radiohead
3. It’s You- Animal Collective
4. We Are Gods! We Are Wolves!- Le Loup
5. Noah’s Ark- Coco Rosie
6. The Owls Go- Architecture in Helsinki
7. Mamma Mia- Dublin Duck Dispensary
8. Wild Packs of Family Dogs- Modest Mouse
9. Diamond Dogs (Live)- David Bowie
10. Dear Sons and Daughters of Hungry Ghosts- Wolf Parade

Go and get it here. Image is from Rachel Denny’s ‘Domestic Trophies’ range.

omg i like denimz too

Would everybody like a brief look into my musical past? YES! oh oh okay. At the turn of the century, all I would listen to was Mary J. Blige and Ashanti. A significant turning point came when, in 2002, I had the choice between splashing out on The Very Best (it really was) of Pure R ‘n’ B Vol. 2 or The Calling’s LOVELY Camino Palmero (first blog to mention this album in a favourable way more than once? probably.). After one hella deep breath, I chose the latter. However, before this dramatic life-changing event, even before Dr. Dre gave me a prescription for a daily dose of No More Drama, I was a full on girlband addict and severe wannabe (zigga ziggahh). If I were able to root out my old diaries as Ailbhe has done recently (mine are long since torn up in embarrassment) you would be sure to find my ‘top threes’. In the musical sense it would include the likes of Spice Girls, B*Witched, All Saints, Eternal and possibly even Cleopatra at some point. But really, in my eyes, there was only one all girl group worthy of worldwide appreciation and fame. Girls 2000. Never heard of them? Formed in the late half of the 1990s, Girls 2000 consisted of two sisters and a some-amount-of-times-removed cousin (none of these were me or relatives of mine…Okay so one of them was me and two of them were relatives of mine). The following is an exclusive look at the lyrics from their first single, stunning…just…stunning.

Extra! Extra! Read all about it the girls are back in town!
Makeway! Gateway! For the Girls 2000!
Girls 2000 are here, and nobody’s safe, nobody’s
From their love, their power, their sweet devour!

(note the excessive use of exclamation marks.)

We definitely exercised our artistic license and made up words along the way for the sake of a good rhyme. We definitely bought shoes from the bargain bin in Penneys and spray painted them gold and silver. I definitely teamed these with a pair of orange cat tights from The Sock Shop (up there in my ‘top threes’ of shopping destinations at the time), a black velvet skirt and a stripey woollen polo neck.

Somewhere out there is a grainy video of Girls 2000’s first and only public appearance at a Christmas party. I need it quite urgently. I would treasure it forever and only wish I could say the same for my poor old diaries.

Hopefully, you will all get a look into the mind of teenage Ailbhe very soon with a couple of diary extracts. She might even tell you about the conceptual band (with actual instruments) that she started back in transition year, The Xams.