Screw No.303 ~ Nick Cave: Trailer for 20,000 Days on Earth

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The first trailer for Nick Cave’s forthcoming semi-biographical, semi-fictional docudrama has been released. Directed by Ian Forsyth & Jane Pollard, 20,000 Days On Earth has already won directing and editing awards for World Cinema Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. The movie combines drama and reality as an intimate insight into one of the most enigmatic spirits in the music and film world. All based over a fictitious 24 hours in a life of the man himself, the movie also features appearances from Ray Winstone, Kylie Minogue and Cave’s partner in crime Warren Ellis.

“Nick would have never gone for a straightforward rock-doc,” co-director Iain Forsyth told the New York Times in a recent interview. “We decided to go in a direction that combined reality with fantasy as seamlessly as possible – which, if you think about it, isn’t too far from the transaction between a rock star and his fans. People want desperately to enter the world Nick creates in his songs.”

Get excited. Hopefully released in these parts for the end of August.

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Screw No.302 ~ Phosphorescent Tonight at The Workman’s Club

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I last caught Matthew Houck with his band Phosphorescent in Whelans back in March of last year. Already a fan of his albums to date, in particular Here’s To Taking It Easy and Muchacho, the gig was a near religious experience. As well as being a consummate musician and songwriter, Houck pours his soul into his live performances. Tonight he plays The Workman’s Club on Dublin’s Wellington Quay as a warm up to his support gig for The National on Friday night. Tonight has been billed as an intimate show and at €20 a ticket is not to be missed.

Three of the best from the Muchacho himself.

Phosphorescent ~ A Charm / A Blade

Phosphorescent ~ Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)

Phosphorescent ~ Los Angeles

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Screw No.301 ~ Cat Power Tonight at The Olympia

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I was hoping to get this post out earlier in the day but life conspired against me. If you’re one of the lucky ones at Cat Power in the Olympia tonight then my jealousy knows no bounds. A lady after my own Screw heart with a love of a good cover version but with the bonus talent of crafting a fine song of her very own. Hopefully you’re reading this returning home from the gig. Perhaps you’re not. Regardless, here’s three of the best from The Greatest.

Cat Power ~ The Greatest

Cat Power ~ Fortunate Son

Handsome Boy Modeling School & Cat Power ~ I’ve Been Thinking

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Screw No. 300 ~ The Who at Fifty


The Who will play the O2 in Dublin on 26 November 2014, kicking off their “The Who Hits Fifty” UK & Ireland tour. Given the rave reviews garnered for their “Quadrophenia” tour in 2013, the band are clearly back on form as one of the great live rock acts. The band have promised to play “hits, picks, mixes and misses” so it won’t be a straightforward romp through their greatest hits; which is good news for fans who like to see a band experiment a bit (and there aren’t many bands better than The Who for innovation). There’s even talk of a new album to be released to coincide with the tour, which should be worth a hearing given that their last album “Endless Wire” from 2006 had some great moments.

The Who were among a group of bands responsible for elevating rock music from a teenage music fad into a distinct art form in the late 60s and 70s. Their series of albums, beginning with rock opera “Tommy” in 1969, have stood the test of time and will be played enthusiastically by music fans for years to come. Back in the 1970s and 80s their “Live at Leeds” album was regarded as one of the great live albums and although somewhat dated now, still gives an indication of the punch the band can pack live; all heavy riffs and elongated guitar solos. Whether they can still reach those heights, fans will have to see for themselves. They won’t be around forever; so go for it.

The Who ~ Endless Wire (from Endless Wire)

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Screw No.299 ~ New Zero 7: Simple Science

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Zero 7 shot to fame in 2001 with the release of Simple Things, an album that naturally kicked in where Air’s Moon Safari had left off. The electrip-hop duo of Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker are also renowned for their remixes of tracks for both Radiohead & Lampbchop. As a sucker for late night compilation albums, their Another Late Night compilation from 2002 is the dog’s swizzles and by far one of the best in the series. Just recently they released a single “Simple Science” on limited edition 12″ vinyl. The track is more upbeat than their previous trip hop influenced outings. Check it out below. Here’s hoping as to an announcement of some Irish based live dates in the near future.

Zero 7 ~ Simple Science

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