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Hope Show *82 the lowdown

Hope Show *82 the lowdown

1. dope body – intro
2. Hands Up Who Wants To Die – No Big Deal
3. Slow science – False Start
4. Action Beat + GW Sok – Dig The Hole
5. Luvdump – No Borders
6. Freebase – FAFY
7. Anti Corpos – Despertar
8. Good Throb – Dog Food Dick
9. Protomartyr – Scum, Rise!
10. The Walking Targets – There’s Nothing Like Indecision
11. King Champion Sounds – The Year 500
12. USA Nails – Sonic Moist
13. Baby Ghosts – Ghost Privilege
14. So Cow – The You’re Nice Mysteries
15. Sleaford Mods – Fear Of Anarchy
16. David Rovics – I’m A better Anarchist Than You
17. Officer Down – You Decay
18. The Barr Brothers – Love Ain’t Enough
19. Loaded 45 – Witch Is Dead

Dublin band Hands Up Who Wants To Die released their second album earlier this year. It is a whirlwind of noise and a work to be proud of. No Big Deal is just one of 8 great songs on it.

As mentioned in previous weeks Slow Science have a split 12″ out now on bombed out records with Dauntless Elite. I can’t stop listening to it and wish Slow Science hadn’t called it a day.

Action Beat + GQW Sok teamed up for this 10″ which is Action Beats tenth record. Between them a lot of vinyl has been produced.

The luvdump album came out last year but with a title Age of Austerity it is still as apt as ever. No Borders is a song especially timely with the US decision to grant some sort of remedial asylum relief to up to 50,000 undocumented Irish people in contradiction with the Irish law of direct provision.

There’s a new 4 band split record out on UK hardcore label Dry Heave records. For those who remember their skateboards and thrash music. This is powerful tuneage

Anti Corpos are from the Brazil and in an effort to show it’s not all Olympics and World Cup I have been enjoying their attack on all things corporate.

Good throb don’t care about anything and for that I love them.

Protomartyr’s album was released on hardly art earlier in the year. it is post punk for the Gang of Four generation.

I am going to endeavour to make as much time for Scotish punk as I can. The Walking targets are a melodic punk band from Edinburgh, one of many from a burgeoning Scotis scene

You don’t need to hear me championing King Champion Sounds any more. However I will, and will continue to do so until you listen

I’ve been championing USA NAILS a bit recently too. Their Sonic Moist album is a real grower, and it started off in a good space for me.

baby Ghost are from UTAH, they have just released their Ghost Walk lp. The cassette release has sold out but you can still download it.

So Cow are a three piece Irish band with some great quirky tunes so I thought I’d lighten the mood before going witht he anarchic antics of Sleaford Mods Their chubbed up album is now out and they have a date in Dublin in a couple of weeks. Smack right in the middle of my work Christmas party.

I thought I’d take a bit of an anarchy theme due to the discourse in Ireland over the previous weeks. Hundreds of thousands of people have been out protesting about impending water charges and various reports are talking about a sinister fringe infiltrating the protest. Imagine anyone coming to their own decision about a tax???? David Rovics is always good for some social satire, hopefully he won’t be over infiltrating the masses on December 10

Of course it all started when there was a local protest in Tallaght and after the Tanaiste had left the local yoots waded in and a brick (1 brick) was thrown in the direction of the police. Riot Irish style… The following day a woman was thrown against a bollard by three police officers. This has lead to one Senator talking about Ireland being in a state of Lawless utopia. Pure anarchy eh. Officer down would have something to say about all this.

And then we finish with a small glimpse into how bad the Barr Brothers are Loaded 45 finish us off on a high.

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Hope Show *78 the lowdown


I can tell you these weeks keep on flying in and inbetween each show it seems like there’s a new funeral for me to go to. Ironic too that this show coincides wioth the 10 year anniversary of John Peels death. For so many people over 40 and interested in music John Peel gave us an education. His was the show to listen to if you wanted to find out new music. He was our bandcamp, our you tube or even our myspace. Dodgy radio frequencies and hazy reception made it harder for Irish people but we sure persisted.

I was gonna go witha straight tribute, al Peel sessions and bands championed by the BBC DJ but then felt that’s not what it’s about. Why not champion music that doesn’t get played too much elsewhere. And that’s where tonights songs came from.

A fortnight ago I had never heard of Blitzkrieg Bop other than it being a Ramones song and the obvious War reference on the word Blitzkrieg. Then I received an email from habinerecords telling me all about them and their new album championing their sound from 77. The Boys are another band from 77 who released 3 albums as their participation in the orginal punk rock wave. They have a fourth album out now and are bringing their cockeny punky attitude still to bear. Duncan Reid was in the Boys and he is still releasing music too. Similar in sound to his original band it is pop punk pre green day style of course. Glimmermen are from Dublin and their
album from last year still deserves to be heard a lot more

I got three amazing records this week all with a common denominator, GW SOK. The former EX frontman is as prolific as ever. He is a member of King Champion Sounds whose new record, Songs for the Golden Hour, is out now on Louder than war records. If I had the power to create a supergroup and was drawing up a shortlist bands like the Ex, Nomeansno and Dog Faced Hermans would be high up that list. great to know that Andy and Wilf from Dog Faced Hermans and Nomeansno re still playing as two pin din . Even better to know they got GW Sok to sing with them on the new double 7″. The Sleaford Mods are coming to town. They don’t care if you go or not or if you like them. They are brash and snotty and could care less what I write. they do have some great songs though and if you’re around Dublin on December 5 I recommend you going along. Parquet Courts have a snip of Sleaford Mods brashness but don’t sound like they come from the streets (not the band but the concrete slabs you walk on). They are from Brooklyn and have released three albums, my guess is their upringing might be slightly different to the Sleaford Mods but their sound is still post punkingly good.

The Down and Outs are from Liverpool and have released 4 great albums over the past ten years or so, Pocket Money punks is from their Friday Nights Monday mornings album out on Dead and gone records. Every time I listen to Bear Trade I have a wry smile on my face. it’s not funny it’s just that I enjoy listening to them so much. bear Trade are my Undertones in a John Peel sense. two albums in and they can still do no wrong. Bomb the music Industry are, unfortunately, no more they released 7 great albums and you can get them all on their site, free… lay It On The Line are a four piece from the UK . They have tons of side projects and are extremely prolific.

Red Hare released their album last year on Dischord and it was a return to the old days for Swiz veteran Jason Farrell. Still singing hearfelt songs nearly 30 years after starting and still just wantiong to play music for music’s sake. Rites of spring are fellow DC scene people. It’s kind of where so much of that dc sound emanatres from. Yeah, it’s been hijacked as emo but Rites Of Spring were such a good band. ANother lost band are the Crucifucks. It could be one of my desert island discs you know.

repetitor are new to me ut I’m sure glad I’ve come across them. Serbian noise merchants. Antagonizers ATl are street punk from Atlanta, not the same streets as sleaford mods mind you but one of crews rather than gangs. Comrades say they are New Yorks only punk band. Of course they’re not but they have some good angry tunes.

And so we finish ths show of new music from around with a trip to Alberta, Canada for Viet Cong Indie-rock, post punk or whatever, the choice is yours

Thanks for listening

1. Blitzkrieg bop – you’re like a ufo
2. the Boys – New Car
3. Duncan Reid – Kelly’s GOne Insane
4. Glimmermen – This town
5. King Champion Sounds – SM Revelation
6. Two Pin Din & GW Sok – Listen TO The Painters
7. Sleaford Mods – Tweet tweet tweet
8. Parquet Courts – Black and White
9. Down And Outs – Pocket Money Punks
10. Bear Trade – Anathema
11. Bomb The Music Industry – Dude, Get With the program
12. Lay It On The Line – Petticoat Lane
13. Red Hare – Fuck Your Career
14. Rites Of Spring – Drink Deep
15. The Crucifucks – Legal Genocide
16. Repetitor – Lica
17. Antagonizers ATL – The Crew
18. Comrades – Walmart Liberation Front
19. Viet Cong – Continental Shelf –
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Hope Show 39 – The lowdown

Hope Show 39 – The Lowdown

I got a New Model Army magazine during the week courtesy of the wild hearted outsider. No bigger fan of that band have i yet to meet. They have a new album coming out oon and will be playing in
Ireland in December. Listening to No Rest makes me look forward to
both of these things even more

I played Atom and His Package a few weeks ago and have been asked
for another song, so here goes. Atoms package is his drum machine
I played 2 songs from Superchunks album last week. Its such a
good album, it deserved another song this week

Fugazi, I keep playing but that’s co I can’t get enough of them
Deathfix feature Brendan Canty from Fugazi. I see they are doing
a UK tour soon, should be interesting. I remember the first time
Fugazi were doing a tour of the UK, phone calls galore were made
suggesting the band travel to Dublin. They agreed to do this and
McGonagles was never the same. Miriam suggested to me earlier
that deathfix sound like Genesis or Pink Floyd, I wouldn’t know –
do they?

Subhumans certainly don’t sound prog rock and I wouldn’t want you
to think I was going soft after attending a sparse protest against
austerity today.

Not a chance, so I’ve taken out Dublin’s homocore crew, Knifed,
followed by Subhumans alter ska ego, Citizen Fish

There’s a cool label in Blackpool called Just Say No To Government
Music, Higgins runs the lable so he’re his take on California Uber
Alles, with a war tinge

One person who would have sympathies with todays protest is
definitely Joe Strummer. I’m playing this in Phil Chevrons
remembrance. Two really nice people singing about things close to
their heart and never thinking they were above you and me.

Notable absentees from todays protest were most of Dublins
musicians but it was good to see Tempermental Miss Elayneous
flying the flag for some sort of protest movement. Hopefully that
flag will continue flying in our communities for years to come.

I was at a great performance during the week by Dan LE Sac vs Scroobius Pip. They did Magician’s Assistant and the power coming from stage was equal to any noise Neurosis could bellow out. Intense and amazing.

Crumb up next. I love this band, I wish they were still around. 5 years on I find it hard to listen to them. I really wish they were still together.

I was reminded on McCarthy during the week by reading tweets from Comedy playwright (is that his proper title) Graham Linehan. My first foray into radio shows was in Capital Radio when I used to give Tony Gahan some records to play on his 20th centruy Promised Lnd show. When Tony decided enough was enough there was a vacancy at the station, filled for two weeks by myself and the aforementioned wild hearted outised but then this Hot Press journalist stepped in. Graham Linehan and his love of McCarthy!!

If I didn’t play SE Rogie on my two week stint, I should have. I menat to but I think we wwent for Dead Kennedys instead. What were we thinking?

What do you mean you haven’t got the Glimmermen album yet. It’s free to download. Try it

I love the attitude of this bike is a pipe bomb, Most plan-it-x stuff actually. Front Seat Solidarity is a refreshing album which trains and cops is taken from.

Against Me go down as one of the best bands I’ve seen live. I’d say top three of gigs I haven’t been involved in. We could have taken over the world that night. What happened??


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Hope Show 35 – The Lowdown

Tonights show, the lowdown

1. THe Blades – Last Man IN Europe
2. Bangers – Blind Hindsight
3. NoFX – US Aholes
4. The Great St Louis – DOnt ASk
5. The Jam – Down IN the Tube Station
7. Fury – Resurrection
8. Rudimentary Peni – The Rain
9. HDQ – Sometimes
10. Jawbreaker – Friendly Fire
11. Hunx and His Punx – Rat Bag
12. Revenge of the Psychotronic Man – red Top Bullshit
13. The Ruts – Something That I Said
14. Neurotics – Take Strike Action
15. TV Smith & The Bored Teenagers – Bored Teenagers
16. TV Smith – Not IN My Name
17. Ghost Mice – England
18. Captain Chaos – Up The Punks
19. The Flatliners – Bad News
20. Vic Chestnutt – You are never Alone

My friend Ramor is partial to some mod music, he reminded me last week I have neglected this genre on the show. I thought playing Southport would have him enough soul in recent weeks but that hasn’t been the case. I read during the week that the Blades may be reforming. I suppose they all got together at the Phil Chevron gig and decided to do it while they can, and good on them too.I love the last man in europe. That soaring riff, infectious chorus and slight Pretty Vacant guitar intro. brilliant

Bangers came to my notice courtesy of No Idea records and fit in with the theme of singalongs, as do NOFX. Maybe not mod but still sharp eh Ramor

The great St Louis have those soaring songs too, intelligent songs I call them

And to finish off this set I had to dig out the Jam, some great songs, still sounding great

I played Bl’ast last week and loved every second of it. The remixed new record is a blast, go get it. Jade Tree records re-released some stuff by Fury a couple of years ago. This is resurrection from it

Rudimentary Peni are not hardcore in a musical sense but from a way of running your band they are hardcore, Speaking of bands reforming (which I was at the start, keep up) HDQ have been doing gigs on and off and have a new record coming out. This is from Soulfinder on Boss Tuneage . When HDQ played Dublin in the 80’s we were amazed that a band from the UK could sound like a band form the US, and boy could they jump

I end my hardcore set with Jawbreaker from the US. Tuneful in a way BL’ast never were but they always packed a friendly fire to their sound.

Hunx and his Punx blast out obnoxious punk and i’m liking the new record more each day. Whether they live in a rat bag or not doesn’t matter, it’s a reflection on the world.

Red Top Bullshit may not be an obnoxious song and Revenge Of the Psychotronic man are not poster boys for gay punk rock but it fits in here somehow as The Ruts bounce us in to Something That I Said. I wrote about the ruts in my first fanzine in 1984 – I’m still listening to them just as much. Another band from just a bit later that I still return to are the Newtown Neurotics . I had the pleasure of seeing them a couple of times in recent years and that is why I would urge the Blades to reform while they can. If the songs are good they stand the test of time and if you’re doing it for the right reasons (music rather than money) then go for it. I picked this neurotics song as there has been so much talk around the centenary of the lockout from those in power n a country that still hasn’t legislated for Collective Bargaining

This may not be No Time to be 21, or it certainly wasn’t when Tim wrote this song in 77. Boss Tuneage released this record of the Bored Teenagers performing the first Adverts album with TV Smith on vocals. If you’ve none of Tims records, I’m asking you person to person, right now to get one. Not In My Name was written about the war on Iraq, it’s as relevant as ever now in these ever so dangerous times of nation building.

Ghost Mice and Plan-it-x records are great. Ghost Mice are so interesting. They brought out a cd about their European tour and have a song about each country. It’s a personal zine set to music. Youeven get bonus pictures on the cd and a load of songs from their tour. One extra song is “Up The Punks” “Punk rock music save my life” – brilliant “That’s why I sing and ask you the sing with me – Up the punks, up the punks”.

The Flatliners have a new album out this week . I haven’t got it yet so you have to make do with a song from their last excellent record.

No doubt you’ve been singing along to everything through the show so I am finishing on a note to let you all know that when you come down from all this dancing, You are still not alone, never feel that way or let it envelope your life. Live this life as best you can and stay true

Thanks for listening


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