Hello, world. I’m MacDara Conroy, and this is my blog.

The Decline Of The Irish Metal Civilisation, Yet Again

"With all the clubs, gigs and activity happening in Dublin, you’d be under the illusion that there’s actually a real, thriving scene here. There’s not. There’s a disparate number of different groups all struggling to do something for their respective audiences. The only thing that really sells is nostalgia." #link

Kevin Drumm on Bandcamp

The noise musician's page for his prolific self-release catalogue. Bit expensive for digital vanity projects, mind. #link

Heavy Metal Be-Bop

Interviews about jazz and heavy metal by Hank Shteamer, the man behind the recent Craw reissues (which are fabulous, by the way, and I'd have a physical copy if I could afford one). #link

The Day the Music Died: Linda Kite in Her Own Words

D Boon's fiancée shares her story of that fateful night 30 years ago. This is from over a year ago but I only saw it via a tweet recently; some relief that no individual was to blame for what happened, though that was never what mattered. #link

Drainland on Bandcamp

Just in time for their recent re-emergence, the Drainland back catalogue is now on Bandcamp, much of it for free download. #link

Kamasi Washington’s Giant Step

Behind the scenes with today's jazz wunderkind. I need to give The Epic another go, as the lush arrangements on my first listen put me off (but I did appreciate it when the first track opened up a little and Kamasi started wailing on the sax). #link