Gang Gang Dancing

June 4, 2009

It’s almost the first Friday of the month (i.e. TOMORROW) Which means it’s time to put dancing shoes on again, and head down to Spy on South William St.

As ever, Katie-Lilga and I are hosting Songs for Swinging Children, wherein we and our lovely friends play lovely music, while everyone else drinks cheap cheap drinks and dances around. It’s rather nice. Hope to see y’all there.


P.S. Photo obtained from Googling ‘kids having fun’. Thank you the Internet.


Ailbhe and Katie-Lilga,

Bluebirds Are So Natural,
The Internet,
The World.

Dear the Blog,

We haven’t been very good recently. Our amazing lives became difficult. The normally fun things that both you and we enjoy have been swallowed by a massive hole of not-fun. Terribly inconvenient. We’ll be back soon, promise, and we’ll spend some quality time. We’ll try and make it up to you. Not sure how. But we totes will. As a present, will you accept a video-clip of our all-time-favourite-thing-ever? That being animals doing things that animals don’t normally do.



Hands up who likes nice things, please.
Hands up who likes lovely music, please.
Hands up who likes Ailbhe and Katie-Lilga, please.

Well done. Now that’s settled, combine all three of the above at Spy tonight. Free in, loadsa music and a bottle of wine for a tenner. Amazing. It lives on the internet here.


P.S. Above photo the result of google images’ definition of ‘animals having fun’.

Getting to Know You

April 4, 2009

A glorified events guide we may very well be of late, but look here, we’ve just branched out into the very specific genre of ‘getting tagged and answering questions re: ourselves’. Woah. Behold…

What’s the last thing you read or are currently reading?
A. Watt; Samuel Beckett
K. Bodies by Susie Orbach

Do you nap a lot?
A. Obv.
K. Rarely.

Who was the last person you hugged?
A. Katie, last night on Grafton St.
K. Ailbhe, last night on Grafton St.

What’s your current obsession/addiction?
A. Tuna sandwiches. No, really, every day for the past month. I had a panic attack the other day when I didn’t know what I wanted to eat for lunch. Then I stopped being silly and had a tuna sandwich. I hope I don’t get mercury poisoning.
K. David Hockney and raw carrots.

What are you wearing right now?
A. A really old Sufjan Stevens t-shirt and jeans.
K. Pyjamas.

What was for dinner?
A. Cheese on toast. It was amazing.
K. Cheese on toast. It too was amazing.

What have you been listening to lately?
A. Swan Lake, Camera Obscura, Beyoncé’s ‘B-day’.
K. Our Song by Taylor Swift (on repeat, it’s awful, seriously) and Jape.

If you could have any super power, what would it be?
A. I’d like to have Sabrina the Teenage Witch’s zappy finger. I think that would cover most of my bases.
K. A bit of time travel wouldn’t go amiss.

What is your favorite weather, and why?
A. Cardigan weather. I don’t fare well in the heat.
K. Sunny days, Ireland style. Not too hot, not too cold.

What was the last thing you bought?
A. A bus ticket. How. Exciting.
K. Bulmers.

Say something about the person who tagged you :
A. She’s lovely, but a little shy.
K. Brave.

If you could have a house- totally paid for, fully furnished- anywhere in the world, where would you want it to be?
A. Berlin. Yum.
K. Can I have three little ones? Thanks. Dublin, Paris and Sydney please.

Favorite vacation spot?
A. The seaside plz.
K. Paris.

Favorite pair of shoes you keep going back to over and over, even though your closet is overflowing with a zillion others?
A. Brown penny loafers. I don’t know how I’m going to deal with the summer.
K. Not possible. All of my shoes fall apart. All of them.

Name one thing you cannot live without.
A. Late-night radio.
K. LOLs.

If you could wake up anywhere tomorrow, where would it be?
A. After finals. That would be great thanks.
K. Sydney, thereby solving my problem of deciding when to go and booking flights. Deadly.

We tag Annmarie and Cillian.


April 1, 2009

Bored on a Friday evening? We can’t be having that. Come one come many to Spy on South William St to the launch of Songs for Swinging Children.

Songs for Swinging Children runs from 7pm-11pm and promises 2 for 1 cocktails, lovely tunes and NO ENTRANCE FEE.

We will play many things, including Cher, Camera Obscura and Chuck Berry. We will also play things that don’t start with ‘C’, obv, but alliteration’s always ace (see what I did there?)

If you’d like us to play you something, leave a comment below. Hope to see y’all there.

Ailbhe + Katie-Lilga

Vitement vite, tonight from 9-10 (ish) K-T and I will be playing some records with our friends. Not going to bother linking to them all, there are literally millions. Literally. No exaggeration.

We’ll for defs play this:

We might well play this:

And there is no way we’re not playing this:

A + K

Today It’s Your Birthday

January 8, 2009

Today our lovely Katie-Lilga is twenty one earth years old. She shares her birthday with Elvis and my favourite Backstreet Boy- AJ McLean. Her birthday present is currently flying to my house from eBay land, so in the meantime, here’s a filler mixtape present for both K-tizzle and y’all to enjoy. The theme is, naturally, birthdays and birthday parties. You won’t sleep, you won’t want to leave, and you might even kissaboy/girl. Fingers crossed and many many happy returns.

Beastie Boys: No Sleep ’til Brooklyn
Albert Hammond Jr.: Bright Young Thing
Erik Hallden: There’s Always Someone’s Birthday
Foals: Balloons
Alexis Taylor: Coming Up
Jona Lewie: You’ll Always Find Me in the Kitchen at Parties
Au Revoir Simone: Backyards of Our Neighbours
Sonic Youth: Get into the Groove
Does it Offend You, Yeah? : Let’s Make Out (Extended Mix)
The Sandpipers: Never Can Say Goodbye

Get it while it’s hot



Oy vey, another year out. Our blogín is not quite yet one year old, but as we say often, in the manner of over-indulgent aunties, we love every single one of you. And when we mean you, we mean those who continually type the following search terms into Google.

Olsen Twins: 78
Sugababes: 19
Mia: 17
M.I.A.: 16
mia: 13
Right Said Fred: 6
mia pics: 4
pin up swimsuit: 2
pashmina: 2
nike high top blazers: 2

We hope you party hardy this evening, or, if you’d rather, watch Jools Holland. As long as you’re happy, we’re happy.

Ailbhe and Katie-Lilga.

Faits Divers, Take Two

December 1, 2008

1. Did you miss our Swopshop? Would you like to see it televised? Good-oh. Go here on Wednesday, at 12:30. We feature on the Culture show- you’ll have to wait about 15 minutes into the show though, so maybe run and make a cup of tea? Don’t worry if you miss it, it’ll be repeated every two hours for a 24 hour period. Also, photos of the night have surfaced on the Rough Gem blog.

2. Do you like Swedish tweepop? I do. So does Erik Hallden. Lucky that, because Swedish tweepop is how he makes his living. He also has swell lyrics like: ‘I may not be Harry Belafonte/But my kisses taste like Del Monte’.

3. Indiecator have made a Christmas record! Oh my yes! A review will follow mid-week, along with a special free track. Until then, have a goosey gander at the specially commissioned tracks from the very top of the Christmas tree.

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