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by Shane O'Reilly, Editor, Dublin for outsideleft.com
originally published: September, 2006
Their last one wasn't very good at all, despite rave reviews from some in the know

So just while im writing up my other essays, my american adventures, and others, i thought i'd inform others of all the great music I found floating around out there. Some of these bands were culled straight from 'cool' magazines like VICE (my favourite), FACE and our own Irish stuff like HOTPRESS. But others I've noticed late at night on rubbish channels. MTV2 with all its indie satelliting of weird shit has lately come up with some gems too;

TWINKRANES - 'Plateau' (irish band with huge possibilities. Sounds like Primal Scream crashing an ambulance into an ice-cream van carrying, and killing, KASABIAN.... who btw have a new album out but i have yet to try to listen to it. Their last one wasn't very good at all, despite rave reviews from some in the know)

GUILLEMOTS - anything by them, they're great. 'Train through Brazil' is quality. You lot will probably have heard of them but I feel obligated to spread their word, free godly advertising. Sure why not, I did it with the Strokes, Arctic Monkeys etc...

SIMIAN MOBILE DISCO - 'Hustler', etc.... (great dance stuff. cool vid too by this dude Samm Farahmand, check out his site at www.saam.tv )

BECK - He's back oh yes. Another album, The Information, and it's of course gonan be fantastic. I got a preview taster of it and songs like 'Strange Apparition', 'Nausea' , 'We dance alone' and the new single 'Cell Phone's Dead' are just what you want. The afore-mentioned single is sheer genius. The last minute of franzied climaxing tambourine and bongos panic is a God damn delight to hear. Those backing vocals lurching forward biting of Bowie, Jackson and Primal Scream just says winner to me.

THOM YORKE - Not a whole lot I need to say, most people have or should checked out this guy's album 'The Eraser'. It's electronic sure but it's also extremely good and i HATED radiohead's KID A and AMNESIAC. (single to watch out for - 'Harrowdown Hill')

DJ SHADOW - new album - 'The Outsider'. Well, i'll be honest, I tried to download this, and was very unsucceesful. I hate when that happens. But the singles '3 FREAKS' and 'ENUFF' rock balls so despite the fact the album is more 'single' orientated and even sounds poppier, fair to say I think, it will probably be very good.

OK GO - 'here we go again'. If not the song, u cant not like the video. Its that famous treadmill dancing. You all know it. Class!

NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB - anything by them....and dance, dance away.....

SMOOSH - 'La Pump' (have a guess how old these two chicks are.... freakish. It actually scared me and made me realise how much of my life I have wasted as a talentless hack of sorts. If I was eight, the last thing I would do would be start a band and write very good songs. No, no, if I was eight, I'd probably play with plastic figures and put things up my nose, like most of us right? RIGHT?? I wouldn't be capable of showing any musical prowess... I still can't but I'd bloody love to).

Here's three 'indie' groups I know very little about for the moment but good tunes I saw on Channel 6;
1) GREENHORNES - 'Pattern skies'
2) OPEN HAND - 'Tough Girl'
3) PRETTY GIRLS DIG GRAVES - 'All Medicated Geniuses'

THE VEILS - 'Advice for young mothers to be' - reminding me of THE BOY LEAST LIKELY TO and SUFJAN STEVENS and a few other really nicey nicey groups but it's a nice song, good title and the video was funny.....

These next two bands are weird and new and again I've only just found them through the pages of Vice but they're cool by me and could have a bright future over here;
1) KLAXONS - anything......
2) CLOR - anything.....

If all else fails, if I haven't made you even a little happier and you're looking for a band that sings about cocks, coke, daisies, hating the smiths, homosexuals and bongs then there is, of course, only one band left to save your own soul with - WEEN! DO IT!!!!!

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Shane O'Reilly
Editor, Dublin

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