Culch Lent: We can’t give up… driving

All this week we’ll be talking about those things that we just couldn’t be without for 40 days and 40 nights. Today, Sinéad’s a little mollycoddled… I came late to driving. Not late to being behind the wheel of a car, just late to driving. Jesus, I was woeful. I started learning at the tender age of 17. My first great failing was my inability to successfully ease off the clutch and onto the accelerator in anything akin to a smooth movement. Sometimes we juddered forward, more often the engine cut out. Everyone starts out like that, of course – but not everyone keeps it up for weeks on end. Eventually able to propel the vehicle at a speed at least faster than walking (an achievement, after many weeks of giving myself whiplash against the seatbelt with violent spluttering halt after violent spluttering halt), I undertook to master being on … There’s more

Culch Lent: We can’t give up… tea

All this week we’ll be talking about those things that we just couldn’t be without for 40 days and 40 nights. First up, White Rabbit’s love affair with the hot stuff… Someone once suggested that I give up Tea for Lent and I laughed in their face for 20 straight minutes long after they forgot what I was laughing at, became uncomfortable and left me stand there alone clutching my sides. HA. Give up Tea. That’s hilarious. Whilst they say that the normal human body is 70% water and 30% body goo (I don’t know, I’m not a Scientist), my body is 70% Tea. Cut me and I bleed Tea. The single worst day of my life was the 9th August 2010 – THE DAY WE RAN OUT OF TEA BAGS and the shop was closed so I had to wait until the morning. I roamed the streets, tears streaming down my face, … There’s more

Pop Culture Show Pilot: The Format

Over the past week we’ve been trying something new. The Format, our pop culture web TV experiment, is the result of many hours of planning, filming and editing. As it is a pilot, filmed in Culch Towers (AKA Darren and Sinéad’s apartment), we would really love to hear your feedback. How did we do? What works? What would you change? Should we keep it up? What would you like to see us covering if we do? Any and all thoughts would be appreciated – we’re on a learning curve and we want to be better able to produce a show that viewer’s can have input on and look forward to. Oh, make sure you look out for the great viewer competition from Meteor. We wanted to bring together all of the many topics we cover on Culch.ie, present them to you in a different way, show you what we look … There’s more

Events: The Kilimanjaro Rock Event

In June, Culch’s own Jenny Foxe will be heading off on what has to be one of the biggest challenges of her life. She’s going to climb Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Irish Premature Babies. The funds raised from this trek will go towards providing emergency accommodation for parents who find themselves separated from their infants due to transfer to specialised treatment units, which makes it an extremely worthy cause. As part of her fundraising she’s put together The Kilimanjaro Rock Event. It’s happening in the Gypsy Rose this Friday night (24th) and features live music from The Fendermen, The Big September, The DC Experiment and Machine Gun Baby. Tickets are only a tiny wee €10 so we reckon you should go along and throw a few sheckles her way. You’ll be entertained for your trouble and there’s also a raffle on the night with some fairly deadly prizes such as … There’s more

New Music: Lightships – Sweetness in Her Spark

It was revealed at the start of the year that Gerard Love of Scotland’s Teenage Fanclub would be releasing a full album of self-penned tracks. Coming together under the name Lightships, the group of musicians features Dave McGowan and Brendan O’Hare of Fanclub as well as Bob Kildea, bassist with Belle & Sebastian and Tom Crossley, flautist with International Airport and The Pastels. Their debut single, ‘Sweetness in Her Spark’, taken from the album ‘Electric Cables’ is a dreamy tune to float away on with a light-filled video to match filmed in, would you believe, Glasgow? The album is released on Domino on March 30th. Meantime, have a look….    

Culch Valentine’s: The round-up

There’s a certain laziness that pervades when something is a hobby and not a jobby. Sure you’d like to write acerbic, witty commentary of a Thursday, maybe a couple of gig reviews peppered throughout your week, dash off a Photoshop of something and a funny cat on a Saturday morning. But then there’s arse grooves in the couch; long, luxurious bouts of cheese eating and your addiction to SingStar to think about. And you just can’t do everything. You’re only one person. And you’re trying God damn it you’re trying. Here at Culch Towers, every now and then we fight off the blanket of lethargy and do a wee group project to bring us all together under a blanket of lechery. And what better theme to get handsey to but Valentine’s?* We’ve been just delira with the response to our foray into personal storytelling and we’ll try to get into … There’s more

Culch Valentine’s: My secret admirer

Hi there gorgeous, So, Valentine’s Day. Starry-eyed loser, star-crossed lover or cross-eyed malcontent, you’re bound to have an opinion on it, yes? Be it a memory, a barely-concealed urge to vomit, a poem for your other half that makes the rest of us vomit, a scribbled note on what a perfect valentine’s would be for you, a history lesson on the relics of St Valentine, an angry swipe at Hallmark, a cry for help because you don’t know your partner much better than you know your postman and you’re deathly scared of trying to shop for them or anything in between, we share those feelings and each day in the run up to the 14th one of Culch’s writers will bring you their own personal Valentine’s thoughts. With love and last-minute garage chocolates, Culch A hideous chud I was. An skinny incubator of late puberty, hormones and penchant for sleeveless knitwear. Until … There’s more

Culch Valentine’s: How I learned to stop worrying and love the occasional bang

Hi there gorgeous, So, Valentine’s Day. Starry-eyed loser, star-crossed lover or cross-eyed malcontent, you’re bound to have an opinion on it, yes? Be it a memory, a barely-concealed urge to vomit, a poem for your other half that makes the rest of us vomit, a scribbled note on what a perfect valentine’s would be for you, a history lesson on the relics of St Valentine, an angry swipe at Hallmark, a cry for help because you don’t know your partner much better than you know your postman and you’re deathly scared of trying to shop for them or anything in between, we share those feelings and each day in the run up to the 14th one of Culch’s writers will bring you their own personal Valentine’s thoughts. With love and last-minute garage chocolates, Culch I used to be very righteous about sex. (More a locked knickers type than surfer-esque ‘totally righteous, dude!’) … There’s more

I Heart Tea Crowd Episode 9 – Dead Cat Bounce

Comedy rockers Dead Cat Bounce have been on the scene since 2008, touring the circuit and regaling audiences with tales of ‘Overenthusiastic Contraceptive Lady’ and ‘Good Touch, Bad Touch’. A full band, with vocalist Jim Whalmsey, drummer Demian Fox and guitarist Shane O’Brien, the first few seconds of any of their shows will lull you into a false sense of musical security before they launch straight into lyrics such as ‘like a chimpanzee in a buffet car they’re grabbing at things before they know what they are … and trying to put them in their mouths’ (‘Christians in Love’) and ‘Me and my instructor tearing down the autobahn, doing ninety in a Mazda with the handbrake on’ (‘Switzerland’). Having caught them live a number of times, we can only say that comedy and rock go incredibly well together and their show, Howl of the She-Leopard, hits Vicar Street on the … There’s more

Events: Tribes @ Academy 2 May 4th

For those among you who miss the glory days of Britpop, check out Tribes if you haven’t already and then grab tickets to their Academy 2  show on May 4th. With lots of guitar and hooky melodies, look no further than ‘We Were Children’ for your starter tune: Follow up with ‘Sappho’, ”When My Day Comes’ and ‘Corner of an English Field’ all taken from their debut album Baby.  Tickets are €13 from the usual. You’re welcome.

Album Review: Rebecca Gresty

Rebecca Gresty’s Mad at the Seems [sic], is a big debut. The vocals and big band sound are immediately reminiscent of Imelda May but where May is infused with no small dose of cheek, Gresty often plumbs for a more reserved performance. Album opener ‘Mad at the Seems’ showcases her enviable voice to toe-tapping effect with a jazzy accompaniment that would sit well in a 1950s nightclub before sliding into ‘Leave Me Be’ with its more rock ‘n’ roll sound. Perhaps a symptom of spending life on the road as a touring band, some of the performances have a slightly jaded quality where more emotion is expected, but ultimately the seeds of something good are there. Rebecca Gresty Standout tracks like ‘Toast’  and ‘Nothing’ show that Gresty can give an emotive performance and ‘Rockin’ Horse’ gives a glimpse of how the band sound when they’re having fun, but the album … There’s more

Pics: Launch of the Song of the Year Category @ The Meteor Choice Music Prize

The inaugural Irish Song of the Year Category for this year’s Meteor Choice Music Prize was launched in style last Thursday night with acoustic performances from four of the nominees – The Kanyu Tree, This Club, Cashier No. 9 and Lisa Hannigan – in the cosy surrounds of the upstairs bar in Doheny & Nesbitt on Baggot Street. 10 songs in all have been shortlisted and are listed after the jump:

Reviewed: Carlsberg VIP Club @ The 02

There’s a certain amount of nostalgia attached to any walk down the quays for a concert at The 02. Undeniably an improvement on its previous incarnation as The Point Depot, you still find yourself with a hankering after a few merch stalls, a concrete floor and a balcony that really made you feel like you were taking your life in your hands. The fact is, we’ll always feel sorry for those young pups who never got to experience a concert at The Point Depot. In the same way they don’t remember the pound coin, they’re blissfully unaware of the amount of time you could spend queueing for the ladies loos while listening to the last few muffled bars of your favourite song creeping through from the main arena and awkwardly crossing your legs. Instead, they’re mollycoddled with multi-storey parking, drinks holders on the seats and a LUAS straight to the … There’s more

Red Bull Launch Bedroom Jam Competition

Pictured below are band-of-the-hour The Minutes (see what we did there? ) rocking out at last night’s launch of the Red Bull Bedroom Jam at The Workman’s Club. If you think you’d look that good on stage and have the talent to back it up, then read on, this could be your big moment. Bedroom Jam is offering young Irish bands the chance to seriously kick-start their careers by performing at Irish music festivals in 2012, with the ultimate winner bagging a chance to record at the Red Bull Studio next autumn. We’re particularly interested in this competition because it relies heavily on how cool you are on the internet … or how well you can promote yourself at least… and we’re all about the internet self-promotion in Culch Towers. To enter Bedroom Jam, bands need to upload a video of themselves performing to the competition website, www.redbullbedroomjam.ie between now … There’s more