It’s my own fault. I Googled myself. Proper Googling. And 4 pages in, I didn’t like what I found. I suppose in almost 2 years of writing part/full-time, I’ve been lucky not to get too many negative responses- unlike poor Úna. Still, it’s upsetting when an last-minute awkward awkward AWKWARD live interview you do as a favour to a friend gets slated as the most god-awful interview I’ve ever had the discomfort of watching. Fair enough, it was pretty terrible, and girl knows her shiz. I’m not one to be dwelling on blog comments, but it’s not the first time a sly dig’s been sent round my way.

S’pose I’ll have to up my game, eh? Onwards and upwards.



yes, thank you.


1. From the ashes of Dublin’s-most-annoying-band come quite a good new band: Talulah Does The Hula (Myspace yo). Though they’re prone to the same pull-a-pose-on-the-dancefloor-even-though-you’re-not-actually-on-a-dancefloor-love schtick as the Chalets, it’s hidden to the side, and shouty girl-boy choruses are switched for synths and a touch of doo-wop. Pas mal at all.

2. If you have a goosey gander at the Analogue website you can see that Railcars have uploaded a free EP. It’s only 10 minutes long, but comes with Jamie Stewart’s seal of approval.

3. Indiecater records are re-releasing one of my all-time favourite Irish records: Senor My Friend by Mumblin’ Deaf Ro. If you look at his blog and scroll down a bit, you can see a nice awkward email interview I did with him about a year ago, during which I asked possibly the most convoluted question I’ve asked to date:
Has your muted style, and ego-free demeanour aided or inhibited your career to date? (Obviously an entirely ego-free demeanour would result in a total loss of sense of self,so that’s not what I mean, but you know what I’m getting at.) Wonderful.

4. The video which opens this post? ’15 Step’ off In Rainbows, which, bizarrely, is played over the closing credits in Twilight.


sitting in a library

September 8, 2008

(this photo was not taken in a library, no no, oh no…rather, Thrasher Books…Santa Barbara…)

so everybody’s broke. down-and-out. penniless. strapped for cash and all that.

well today i found it quite easy.

i remembered…the library! okay so if, like me, you haven’t been to the library since you were a wee child trying hard not to raise your excited little voice above a barely audible whisper (okay. turns out i’m exaggerating the length of time i’ve spent away from the library.), you will need to reactivate your account. this comes with a mountain of surprises. number one. you can now take out TWELVE books. TWELVE. and to think, the agony i used to endure trying to whittle my selection down to just four. number two. you can now get books from the grown-up’s section. yes, i know, it may come as a surprise to you but you are no longer a child. can you handle that? number three. if you have any outstanding debts (i don’t know if he said fifty cent or fifty seven euro…probably the latter at this stage), chances are, these too are probably out of date and deactivated. number four. you can renew your books online. and as we’ve now established, i have issues with returning books on time. it should also be clear at this stage that i am a frequent user of the internet. therefore, point number four is a definite plus for me.

just don’t go to the library searching for anything by F. Scott Fitzgerald. they don’t have any. well not in my local. curious.

other tips for not spending money? no more cars and stuff. in fact, public transport or general moving about the place is best avoided. forget going to crappy nightclubs in Dublin that you never had any fondness for in the first place (i.e. all of them). don’t, and i repeat, don’t, under any circumstances, go to London next week. oops.

and you could always just get a job.

(on that note, could i please have one reeeally fun active yay job with a side of LOTS OF DOSH please) (dosh. do people still use that word, dosh?)