David Bowie

So, The Man Who Fell to Earth has left us.

At the age of 69, David Bowie passed away on January 10th 2016 after what the tabloids dubbed a “secret” battle with cancer.

I think the word they’re reaching for is “private”.

I can’t really add anything new to the beautiful tributes I’ve read and heard, but there really is a Star Man waiting in the sky now, and he’s already blown our minds.

I think New Order said it best:

“Oh, you’ve got green eyes
Oh, you’ve got blue eyes
Oh, you’ve got grey eyes
And I’ve never seen anyone quite like you before”

RIP, Aladdin Sane.

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Oh, you pretty thing…

 

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Books recommendations, with a little help from my friends..

I’m always on the lookout for book recommendations, so I canvassed some of my friends, favourite bloggers and my husband for their book choices! My esteemed panel didn’t steer me wrong and now I’ve added to my already overwhelming book backlog and I hope you will too.

Without further ado…

Barry Finnimore is a singer/songwriter, a barista and my husband (n’awww). He’s just started working on his 3rd EP and always puts the seat down. www.facebook.com/barryfinnimoremusic

His Choice: Life by Keith Richardsbarry 1Deirdre Foley is a co-founder of www.vivaadonis.com and is a History grad & mPhil student. She can rock a red lippie like nobody else I know.

Her Choice: Fathers Come First by Rosita SweetmanDee 1.jpg

Co-incidentally, Rosita’s daughter, Chupi Sweetman Durney, herself an insanely talented jewelry designer, also gave me a little recommendation.

Chupi’s designs are amazingly beautiful and intricate, and I’m the very proud owner of an engagement ring and wedding ring designed by her. Her website is www.chupi.ie
Her Choice: A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett

Claire Kane has been responsible for quite a few wonderful blogging adventures, her latest is http://clairebyreverie.com/, which she describes as An Irish Beauty Blog with a Little More. A qualified personal trainer and Sports Nutritionist, she also runs http://voltafitness.co/ I don’t know where she finds the time!!

Her Choices: Girlboss by Sophia AmorusoClaire 1.jpg

Room by Emma DonoghueClaire 3.jpg

Niall Murray is the singer and guitarist with Dublin 5 piece “Handsome Handsome”. If you get a chance to see this band live: Do It!! https://www.facebook.com/HndsmHndsm:

His Choice: Catch 22 by Joseph HellerNiall M

Paula Dennan is the writer behind one of my very favourite blogs, http://cornflakegirlsmusings.com/  If she gives a book recommendation, you definitely follow it!!

Her Choices: Northern Lights by Philip PullmanPaula 1

Tender by Belinda McKeonPaula 2.jpgSoooo, there you have it, quite a long post, but some really great recommendations, my Kindle list has now exploded!!

Happy reading, and happy new year, xx

She Shook Me – €1.00 EP

Hello!

To celebrate a great year (which included our marriage in October) we’ve decided to sell our She Shook Me EP (5 tracks) for €1.00 on our Bandcamp page – www.barryfinnimore.bandcamp.com 

We’d be delighted if you’d download a copy, consider it our wedding present!!

We recorded it at Orphan Studios in Dublin, with Gavin Glass producing.

We were/are immensely proud of our work on it and it paid off with lots of airplay and good reviews, particularly for the title track, She Shook Me.

 

😀

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Our wedding day, October 2015

Girl in a Band, book review

As a teenager in the 90’s, I was completely besotted by Kim Gordon, a proper rock and roll ice queen, the epitome of cool.
Girl in a Band, Kim Gordon
Book-ended by her and Thurston Moore’s break up, Girl in a Band is raw and self-aware at times, but never cringey or oversharesome (no, it’s not a word, but it should be). Artsy and nostalgic, it’s well-paced and I think she gives just enough of herself away to let the reader in, while preserving much of her mystery.
There is a slight simmering anger bubbling under at times, as well as thoughtful sensitivity, I found her so relatable, whether discussing her childhood in LA, her relationship with her schizophrenic brother, her first days in New York, art, music and (of course) Sonic Youth, and on into marriage and motherhood, the tone seemed so conversational that I ate this book up in a matter of hours.
While it’s no “Just Kids” (my favourite memoir ever), it’s a really decent, classy read, which I thoroughly enjoyed and would recommend.

Are ‘Friends’ Electric?

Does something ever catch you unawares? A song you’ve heard a million times, a book you’ve read to death, a photo you’ve looked at every day… one day you hear/read/see it in a different light and it changes.

I was walking to work this morning and “Are ‘Friends’ Electric” by Gary Numan came on the radio and Jaysis, the feels!

This verse hit me as so sad, so tragic and real.

“So I found out your reasons
For the phone calls and smiles
And it hurts
And I’m lonely
And I should never have tried
And I missed you tonight
It must be time to leave
You see it meant everything to me”

I went through a friendship break-up around this time last year, and it’s been on my mind lately, so this was so poignant. Mff.

 

 

Pure M awards – Best Male Solo nomination

Good evening!

Things are still quiet chez moi as I have the lurgy of all lurgies, but a bit of news: Barry has been nominated for a Pure M award – Best Male Solo Act.

Tis a long list, in fairness, but it’s nice to see his name up there, first award nomination.

Whoop 🙂

If you’d like to check us out, we’re on soundcloud – www.soundcloud.com/barryfinnimore

Pure M Award Nomination

Pure M Award Nomination

Courtney Barnett in Whelans

On April 4th, my fella and I popped along to Courtney Barnett’s sold-out gig at Whelan’s, Dublin.

It was a warm Saturday night and I was kinda “meh” about going out, to be honest, but I am so glad we did!

Barry heard Courtney on TXFM some time last year and I bought him her EP ” A Sea of Split Peas”. I loved her grungey, almost monotone trails of consciousness lyrics:

“the paramedic thinks I’m clever because I play guitar. I think she’s clever because she stops people dying”

and her wordplay “it’s Monday, so mundane”.

The gig was sweaty and jammers. The middle aged lady in front of me was pressed up so close against me, I think she got me pregnant…

Courtney and her band played a blinder, a lot poppier than I’d imagined and almost psychadelic in places. I thought she was gonna lob herself in to the drum kit and a couple of points, but she managed to restrain herself!

She was cool enough to come to the merchandise stand after the gig and do some signing, which was deadly, my boyfriend was thrilled cos he had popped over to buy me a copy of her new EP “Sometimes I Sit and Think, and sometimes I just Sit” as a Thank You for the gig tickets.

She gave me a big wave through the crowd too. She has an amazing fringe. And a Torvill and Dean tshirt. Total girl crush.

Moi’s EP (I think you can tell from her handwriting that she totally wants to be my bestie)

Courtney Barnett EP

This is my favourite track, from her debut EP