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March 2014

Weeknotes #654

The first half of this week was another one of those times when things just pile up out of my hands. The end of any production cycle is often super-stressful, but I’ve had enough experience to know such stress is amplified by the notion that it doesn’t always have to be that way. And I’m acutely aware of the affect it has on the quality of my work. So that’s what was on my mind Wednesday afternoon.

Wednesday evening I was at the IFI for Breadcrumb Trail, the new documentary on Slint and the making of their classic album Spiderland, with director Lance Bangs in attendance for a Q&A afterwards. I liked the film quite a bit, and wrote about it here.


Some creative inspiration, care of the Minutemen -- live circa June 1985. #video

Weeknotes #642-653

Gonna make a renewed effort to be more disciplined about my working/living week and keep weeknotes here on an actual, y’know, weekly basis. Not that I need to guilt myself into working (I’m pretty much doing something every day) but I could be Getting Things Done a lot more efficiently, if not better as such. And that’d leave the rest of my time for living better, too.

Even if I don’t have much to write about for any given seven days, I think even that is worth mentioning, so that I can look back later and see how things pattern week to week. So that’s what I’m doing right now.


The long walk

Taking a break 6km into the 2013 Harbour 2 Harbour Walk

Around about this time last year, I surprised the hell out of myself by walking the 25km or so from Howth to Dun Laoghaire. Yeah, you might run marathons in your sleep or whatever, but it was a big deal to me. And I’m sure Aware were pretty happy with me too, seeing as I raised €200 in sponsorship for the charity in my first Harbour 2 Harbour Walk.

This coming Monday is St Patrick’s Day and I’m doing it all again, hoofing it from one side of Dublin Bay to the other on the 2014 Harbour 2 Harbour Walk — this time hopefully in less rubbish weather!


Music reviews: GridLink, Gary Lucas, Bblurbs and more

Shellac at Whelan's on 20 November 2013

Five months since my last reviews update here and it’s been a bit of a drought from me to be honest, especially when it comes to the heavy stuff. Expect that to change as spring gets going.

In the meantime (and ICYMI) check out my takes for Thumped on new/recent ones from Melt-Banana, The Necks, Chrome and GridLink, not to mention my interview with Coilguns before their short Irish tour last October, my verdict on Shellac’s gig at Whelan’s in November, and my second Noises On! column where I rounded up a few months’ worth of all sorts. I should do those more often; blurbing is fun.