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Hope Show 34 – the lowdown

Hope Show 34 – for absent friends

1. Rocket Juice and the moon – Hey Shooter
2. Grant Hart – The Argument
3. Mike Watt – Against The 70’s
4. Goldblade – Riot Riot
5, Panthro U.K. United 13 – Sound of a gun
6. The Evens – Wonder Why
7. Matana Roberts – Secret Covens
8. Barry McCormack – The Road to Tyrellspass
9. Glimmermen – Peace at Last
10. David Grubbs – A Dream to help me sleep
11. Midday Veil – Sun Stone
12. Hunx and His Punx – Mud In Your Eyes
13. Blast – Winding Down
14. Funeral Oration – Still IN A Punk Band
15. The Pukes – GLC
16. Zounds – Deportee
17. The Lives Of Millionaires – Act One Scene One
18. Southport – Fade Away

My daughter is getting into the Red Hot Chili Peppers and she switched me on to Rocket Juice and the moon. It is a collabaration between Damon Albarn, Flea and Tony Allen. It’s an interestng album shooting off in all quandrants with a very funky background (funky bassline, who’d have imagined that?)

I played Grant Hart a coule of weeks ago but want to get back to this album. I’m feeling pretty nostalgic today. I’m thinking of Seamus Heaneys family and how the death of one man has received pretty much universal approval in expressing sadness and empathy. His 2 sons have been to a few Hope gigs and one of them played drums in the Lawnmowers. Mike Watt featured heavily in their musical education so I’ve played Grant and Mike for them.

I’m also nostalgic because my son lost his Semi-Final today. He loves uplifting music and what is more uplifting than Goldblade . We played this song as a battle cry last night. Didn’t work though!!

Panthro UK United 13 is some mouthful. This band changed their name to Black Cougar SHock Unit but along the way released a criminally underated album, this is from that

The Evens released their third album this year, the odds. I’m just throwing this in so You don’t forget it.

Matana Roberts is a really interesting person, full of free jazz and rhythms that will have you all over the place. I played Secret Covens as it’s 1min53secs – didn’t want to get you too worried

I’ve been thinking of Dublins history a lot of late. I visted the excellent Dublin Tenement Experience and would have been at the lockout commemoration today if it hadn’t of been for the aforementioned semi-final. Rather than delving into our history I’ve taken the recent album by Barry McCormack (well 5 years is recent) and the new album by Glimmermen to celebrate Dublin today. And I won’t mention the All-Ireland Semi Final v Kerry as that could well be over by the time you read this.

David Grubbs voice is one I could listen to forever. I first came across him in Squirrel Bait and then Bastro. This rickets and scurvyy album is a beauty. No other word for it don’t ya think

Midday veil have a new album called Current (how long this that title stay relevant for?) coming out next month on Translinguistic Other. This is from that, I’m looking forward to the album.

I’m enjoying the Hunx and His Punx album, more than I should I suppose. It’s raw punk rock us style. Not too disimilar to Black Flag (who I played last week) and Blast who are next. Actually totally not similar at all but coming from the same place if that can be possible

I love Funeral Oration – tuneful punk rock from the Netherlands that dabbles in a US hardcore sound. They didn’t play rebellion this year but would have been a welcome addition.

The Pukes and Zounds both played Rebellion and gave me the opportunity to get both these records and share them with you. I played Deportee as it is a poignant memory of times when people left Ireland to travel unfriendly land, much like what this country has become. 100 years after the lockout what has changed? Maybe we drink coffee and wine and have nicer clothes?

The lives of millionaires remind me of the world we are chasing, the world of bankers and big bucks, the world we hope isn’t too alluring for others, but we just can’t seem to change it can we?

In memory of Big Jim Larkin, James Connolly and Seamus heaney I play Fade Away by Southport who have just announced their decision to stop playing as a band (damn shame).


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Dublin Tenement Experience

Dublin tenement Experience

Powerful. Harrowing. Sad. Enthralling. Vital.

This sums up the 45 minutes spent in the company of anu productions as they tried to reflect what life was like for people living in Tenement Houses in Dubln in 1913. These houses were home to up to 100 people, with as many as 20 in one room. People in Ireland seem to have a strange relationship with our history. It mainly revolves around the fact that this is an island and at some stage we became two countries. How we view history is usurped by where we stand on this (admittedly pretty big) question. We have monuments on our main streets and our capital is littered with references to figures in our history. Get a train to Connolly or Pearse Station, walk up Sean Mc Dermott street and across Parnell Street to our main thoroughfare, O connell (look them up you may be amazed). It is there where we see the GPO, Gresham Hotel and the statue of Big Jim Larkin (let’s pretend the spire doesn’t exist for the purpose of this exercise.) We do seem removed at times from this and the aestethic overrides the reality.

Big Jim proclaimed “The great appear great, because we are on our knees. Let us arise”. Of course it was Larkin who tried to mobilise people in 1913 to join a trade union and William Martin Murphy, the owner of the Irish Independent(amongst other enterprises that he ran) rallied against this. 600 Tramway workers were locked out of their job for being members of ITGWU and protests were held. These culminated in (another) Bloody Sunday on O Connell (then Sackville Street) as hundreds of people were injured when polic baton charged the crowds. Sympathetic strikes then broke out all over the city and over 20,000 people were locked out of their jobs by employers hell bent on breaking union influence.

This was all set against a backdrop of extreme poverty. People were barely making enough money to live on. Tenement houses were home to overcrowding and we are starkly told their story here. In a rivetting performance we are brought into each room in the house where there is a scene from the day. We are told of the collapse of a building that led to the death of two. We are told of the dilemna of the pawn office, were people went every week to sell their belongings in the hope they would have enough money the folliwng week to buy them back. We hear of a family hell bent on supporting larkin and standing up to their employer, that picture changes after 4 months and a cold winter when people couldn’t keep going to the soup kitchens for their food. They had literally nothing but their health which was rapidly diminishing. We are starkly brought back to those times, in a powerful way. Of course it being history means the story had already been written but there’s no escaping the facts. Armed with these facts we should be doing our level best to remember our past, celebrate it and use it to build a better future.

Tenement Houses were a huge part of Dublins history and we need to recognise it. A tenement museum should play its part in this, in the same way as 16 Moore Street, where the leaders of the 1916 rising (look it up) gave word to surrender and were captured. This buiding was earmarked to be part of a development as a shopping centre. The reason it hasn’t been demolished yet? The builder went bankrupt? That is the Ireland we are in today, shopping centres are more important than history (there is no reason why we can’t celebrate both if needs be).

A worrying aspect though is that the collective bargaining Larkin was looking for 100 years ago still doesn’t not exist in ireland today. We are one of three European Countries (out of 27) that doesn’t recognise it by law. PAWN SHOPS are also re-appeaing in Dublin today, so what has changed? Well we don’t have too many places where 100 people sleep under one roof, bar the number of homeless shelters that are also increasing, but there is an obsession with property that helped get this country into this mess. Larkins other slogan, “An injury to one is a concern to all” has as much relevance a century on.

more info on tenement experience
excellent production by anu
more news on centenary of the lockout
save moore street campaign


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