Monday, December 27, 2010

Deep Burial - Ultramack 007 - Blood Samples

Melodramatic instrumental hip hop from mid '90s Dublin. Deep Burial released a split 12 inch with Decal and then went on to release this full album. Tim from Deep Burial is currently part of the excellent doom dub folk duo Melodica Deathship.

gimme that wine

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Decal - Ultramack 004

This release was one of the first times I became aware of people making electronic music in Dublin. Decal was Alan O' Boyle and Dennis McNulty who had already been in a number of indie guitar bands. This was their debut album released on their own ultramack label. They went on to release an impressive catalogue of music on a whole host of other labels including Rotter's Golf Club, Planet Mu, Satamile, Trama Industries, Leaf, Law & Auder, Lo Recordings and D1 Recordings. Decal is still making music, but these days it's just Alan. Electronic music doesn't get much more warm, laid back and blissed out than this.

ultramack 004

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Crossbreed - demos

Tracklist: Too Hot To Sleep, Elizabeth Shits, Driver Ant, Dallow, Gerry Can, Alfred Hitchhiker, King Ferret, Umiak, Helicopter Belch


There's Gonna Be Some Rockin' - tape

This tape was given away free at "There's Gonna Be Some Rockin' which was a tribute to the music of AC/DC that took place on St. Patricks Day 1999. The tracks are original compositions by some of the bands that took part. There are some recordings of the gig but they should only be listened to after a day of drinking.


Monday, October 18, 2010

The Slowest Clock - no hand signals

This was the second EP by The Slowest Clock. Their first one is on the DIY Irish Harcore Punk Archive, and there's a live track on Dublin Opinion. There's also a session on the Fanning Sessions blog. They released an album called Still Life some years after they broke up but I've never heard or seen it.


Welcome to the Underworld - tape

This tape was given away at a Saturday afternoon gig in The Rockgarden. All tracks are live recordings.


Groundswell - tapes - part 2

Thanks to Anthony for these.

Mickey Special
Tracklist: Forming a Skin, Mapping the Damage, The Length of Aversion, Phlegm's Short Reign, Dislocated Speech

The Low Country
Tracklist: That Done and Got Me Started, The Sound of Secrets Forming, In the Light of the Cracks, Hacket's Remains, Instrumental, Scab Jacket, Hearing it Cross-Eyed

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pet Lamb - early demos

These are the the earliest recordings by Pet Lamb and include the much loved Feelie.

Tracklist: Feelie, Morning Gory, Schizophrenia Rex, Why Not Now, Stupid Things, Drop It, Your Shadow Hates Me

drop it

More Pet Lamb on the lovely blunt records blog.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

In Dust - Bewildermental & Nosebleed

The only time I remember seeing In Dust was with LMS and I think Venus Envy in Barnstormers and LMS played so long that In Dust only played a couple of songs before they were told to stop. Apparrently they played with the Young Gods in the Rockgarden. I know I was at this gig but I have no memories of the evening whatsoever......good times.

There's more info about In Dust on The Swedish Nurse blog.


Sunday, October 10, 2010


Flexihead was an early outing for Niall Byrne who went on to be in the monstrous Jackbeast, and The Redneck Manifesto. Their bass player Brodie went on to join Blood or Whiskey. Check out the DIY Irish Hardcore Punk Archive to hear what Jackbeast were all about.


Raisins & Vomit - Four Bands from Dublin

Ratfish Records presents

Female Hercules - Fire Power
Cruiser - Archangel
Pincher Martin - Aphelion
The Knocking Shop - Before Again


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Jam Jar Jail - Fanning session +1

Tracklist: Kill Me Kill You, Pump Me, Mom's a Zombie, Elevator and Your Fantasy is included too.

Pump Me

Poor auld Dave didn't really get Jam Jar Jail judging by his comments at the end of Elevator. I remember standing behind him and some of The Whipping Boy one night in The Baggot, and they were enthusing to him about Sonic Youth (this would have been around the time of Daydream Nation). Dave's response was "I'm not really into that arty stuff".

Check out Chane's latest band Surgeon Marta. There's loads more Fanning sessions over at The Fanning Sessions Archive.

Monday, September 20, 2010

A-tone - the collected works

A-tone was an outlet for the supremely mellow tunes of Dennis McNulty before he completely immersed himself in the electronic arts. They released one single on the Julius Geezer label. Members of the group would go on to join Moutpiece, Dinah Brand, Legion of Two and Spring Break.


Crossbreed - Whelans 15/2/95 (last performance ever)

Thanks again to Daragh Bhoy for this.
There's some guest vocalists doing their party pieces on the last five tracks.
One the reasons Crossbreed broke up is that Steve the drummer was going to a remote Scottish island to join a buddhist monastary.


Sunday, September 19, 2010

The Idiots

The Idiots were Brian Mooney, Andy Osbourne and Dec Costello. This was their only proper release, except for one side of a single that was part of the RoadRelish series.
There's more Idiots on The Wirewool, These Aul Tapes and DIY Irish Hardcore Punk Archive.
Gutarist/singer Brian Mooney is currently making music as Beautiful Unit.
This blog takes it's name from one of their songs.

Dig it.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Pet Lamb & Female Hercules - Whelans 9/5/94

Thanks to Daragh Bhoy for this

There is some classic between song audience banter on this.

Download: Pet Lamb & Female Hercules

Mexican Pets - early demo

Thanks to Eric Butterfield for this

This line-up of Mexican Pets featured Pat Clafferty, Jill Hahn, Derrick Dalton and Eric Butterfield.
It was recorded by Dylan Phillips and Eric Stover I'm guessing in Elektra or Sun studio in Temple Bar.

Tracklist: Bruise, Backpedal, Iguana, How To Have More Fun and Stigmata Erratta

have more fun.

Check out These Auld Tapes from The Attic for more early Mexican Pets.

Female Hercules EPs

Dublin's finest fuzzed out garage rockers Female Hercules released two CD EPs, Sweetheart and Gwendolyn.

4 Wild Studs

Female Hercules' two early 7 inch EPs are on the blunt records blog here & here.

Mexican Pets & Pet Lamb in The Underground, 26/6/91

Thanks to Laura for this

Download: Mexican Pets & Pet Lamb

A night in memory of Derrick Dalton

Wednesday 29 September in Whelans.
12 entry includes a copy of the Aeromodeller album 'First Flight' and the Crumb 7 inch 'Like Goodbye'. Tickets available from All profits go to the charity Aware.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Pet Lamb - High Anxiety (the lost album)

This is one of the classic albums of Dublin indie rock in the 90s. Unfortunately it was never released. It's a story that's as old as the music business. The A&R man that signed the band moved on to greener pastures and they were left working for a company that didn't dig their music.

Here's how the band describe the time:

"Appeared on the late night James Whale show and were described by panelist Malcolm MacLaren as "madly wonderful". The highlight of this period was spotting Nicholas Parsons in Liverpool St. station, sitting alone eating a banana, got him to sign an autograph for us.
All the while writing songs for first album proper. They wanted us to use Hue And Crys producer, we wanted Albini or Martin Bisi. Chose Bisi cos Albini wasn't available and we wanted a trip to New York. Bisi had done Sonic Youth, Swans and Unsane. We slept on the studio floor and made the record High Anxiety named after the under appreciated masterpiece by Mel Brooks.
Dropped by Roadrunner. They wouldn't release the record and we couldn't afford to buy it."

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