Cabin in the Woods written by Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon couldn’t wholly be classified as a horror film, which is what I thought it was initially, instead, in true Whedon style, it blends elements of horror, comedy and the supernatural into a completely unique and imaginative solid script which unfortunately cant be discussed in too much detail without giving away the main premise of the movie, all I can say its that it’s pretty meta. Think comedy television show Community mixed with Buffy the Vampire Slayer seamlessly blended with Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead or Drag Me to Hell.
Being crammed behind a desk with my fellow Flip It TV presenter Ali Daly, we were barely hanging onto to our laptops and mixer (we were Djing at the first ever DIE night), as the crowd swelled to an enormous amount in the smaller upstairs room of Dolans Pub. I wish I could say we were playing such great tunes that they were delirious with dance but no…they were in fact there to see the raucous Hip-Neck Blues Collective. This was my first introduction of the footstompin, high energy, and riotous band who hail from (that’s right) Limerick.
A little funk in your life is never a bad thing and while it’s usually left to an older generation of artists to give us some funk, Jericho are breaking with tradition and bringing funk back to an audience who think of funk as a mood rather than a genre of music. Let me just say funk one more time, because I like the funking sound of it!
Jericho’s debut EP entitled Tantra, landed on my desk just last week and I had no expectations or idea’s of how it was going to sound. Saying that, the minute I uploaded it to my laptop and gave it a listen, I was surprised by the music. The only way I can describe it is Prince mixed with Michael Jackson but performed by pasty Irish men & women. The songs themselves are nostalgic but without ripping off any other artist. And all this from a young band based in Cork.
It’s the Saturday night of the Easter weekend and with dreams of chocolate eggs and Techno in my head, I get into Dolans warehouse where Dan Sykes opens proceedings with a statement of intent. The Techno is sharp, precise and presses along molto vivance. The set has that little extra oomph this time around compared to some of the previous sets I’ve heard from this chap, most likely due to the fact that tonight will be Sykes’ final set for the time being as a resident. Going out with a bang appears to be the order of the night; proper order it is too.
As one of State magazine’s Faces of 2012 Galway’s Elaine Mai is clearly one to watch. Praise has been heaped on her from all corners of the Irish music press and yet it’s next to impossible not to heap more of said praise upon her, especially when you listen to her debut EP entitled Dots which was released last week. Her music comprising of intelligiently layered and looped accoustic melodies mixed with with wistful vocals and at times electro beats, speaks to the listener in a way that few artists do in todays musical climate.
Opening track Guarded is like a synopsis of Elaine’s style, looped vocals and beats abound and it is impossibly catchy meriting numerous plays before I even explored the rest of the EP.
The following three tracks stick to the standard set by the opener. Tainted’s electro snare drums and repetitive vocals prompt a kind of laidback head bopping that few accoustic sounding artists can aim to coax from the listener.
The EP is available to listen to and buy right now from Elaine Mai’s bandcamp page and at a mere five bob you’d be silly not to.
Luckily for us here in Limerick she plays Bourkes Live this thursday night with the exceptional So Cow also on the bill. Having seen both of these before I can assure it will be well worth a gander.
Listen to Elaine Mai here
I didn’t know much about this film going into it, I believed it involved the life long work of analytical psychologist Carl Jung, as played by Michael Fassbender, psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud, played by Viggo Mortensen, and their relationship to one another. Not being a psychologist in any sense of the term, more an admirer of the human condition, I thought I would get an entertaining ride and a bit of an education on the father of both processes and with it being a David Cronenberg film, I felt in relatively safe hands. How wrong I was.