Leave The Skin You’re In At Least Once A Week
By Cian Ó Cíobháin
1. Radio Weirdo - Friday 5.58pm
Brian Coney, of ‘zine The Thin Air has been recording off-kilter, lo-fi delights these past few years.
2. A Lilac Decline - Theremin Song
A Lilac Decline is an anagram of Cecilia Danell, who hails from Sweden but resides in Galway.
3. Loner Deluxe - Watch Lake Eli
More from Galway’s Rusted Rail imprint, this time label guru Keith Wallace reaches into his ghost box & discovers some Canadian boards.
4. Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh & Garth Knox - County Down
The Gloaming’s Ó Raghallaigh on Hardanger fiddle & Knox on viola d’amore collaborated together this year, releasing an LP called ‘All Soundings Are True’ on Diatribe. Here’s their otherworldly take of an on old Irish standard.
5. Lankum - The Granite Gaze
Stirring contemporary ballad from Dublin’s Lankum from their gripping new LP Between The Earth & Sky.
6. Hannah Peel - Archid Orange Dwarf
Hannah Peel from Craigavon has released music with The Magnetic North & Beyond The Wizards Sleeve.
7. sfiiinx - Maze
Composer & soprano Síobhra Quinlan’s Labyrinth Suite has just been released on Ensemble Records
8. Rollers/Sparkers - OH!
Possibly the best album made on Irish soil in recent memory is by Dublin’s Rollers/Sparkers. It’s called Interior Ministry.
9. Rollerskate Skinny - Man Under Glass
‘Horsedrawn Wishes’, released in 1996, is the second album by Dublin’s Rollerskate Skinny and might be one of the greatest albums of the nineties, which includes this among its numerous highlights.
10. Somadrone - The Howling Infinite (feat Margie Lewis)
Somadrone is one of the country’s most enduring & imaginative talents and this is taken his sixth LP Wellpark Avenue, which is due in spring 2018.
11. Naive Ted x Post-Punk Podge - Once A Week
The utterly beguiling & unpigheonholable Naive Ted hails from Kerry but unlike most Kerrymen, he knows how to swing a hurley. Post-Punk Podge on vox. His chant is why this pod is called thus.
12. MuRli - RUN [Prod. by mynameisjOhn]
This is from Limerick based /MC MuRli’s debut EP, produced by mynameisjOhn. Alongside God Knows, you might now know them best as Rusangano Family.
13. So Cow - Shackleton
Brian Kelly, the force-of-nature behind So Cow, has influenced a generation of Irish bands. From Tuam, just like the Sawdoctors. He recently recorded a new LP with new band Half Forward Line.
14. Strength N.I.A. - Northern Ireland Yes
Minimal New York no wave vibes from Derry band Strength N.I.A’s debut LP released earlier in 2017.
15. Trick Mist - Crumbs Abound
Originally from Co. Louth, but now based in Cork, having previously resided in Manchester, Gavin Murray can claim to have lived in two of the world’s major music cities. This beautiful atmospheric love song came out in 2016.
16. neonfrench - makelove
Dublin-based Djamel Medjy released his debut LP on his own Portals imprint. Worth seeking as is his recent ‘Bach Of The Bus’ EP, on which this is featured.
17. Gadget & The Cloud - Continue
Kelly Doherty hails from Cork and this gem is from her 2017 debut LP Songs For Sad People To Dance To on Little L.
18. Or:la - Jaipur
Known for her compelling DJ sets, Derrywoman Or:la is based in Liverpool & this off-kilter piece of hypnagogia is from her UK Lonely EP on Hotflush.
19. Comrade Hat - Old Amsterdam
If George Michael had sang with The Blue Nile, he might have sounded a bit like Derry’s Neil Burns.
20. Katie Kim - Thieves
When David Lynch discovers Waterford’s Katie Sullivan, she might become his next muse.
21. Ryan Vail - Above The White Wash (feat Best Boy Grip)
I became aware of Ryan Vail after a spellbinding performance at 2016’s Other Voices in Dingle. Here he is with fellow Derry-based Eoin O’ Callaghan (yes, loads of Derry folk on this podcast, woof!), who records as Best Boy Grip & - most lately - Elma Orkestra.