Thursday, 13 September 2007

We Have Moved!!!

I have moved this blog over to wordpress so we now have a new URL.

If you were kind enough to bookmark or link this blog it would be great if you would update your links to this:

All updates will now be done over on the new blog so see you there!

Monday, 10 September 2007


The first one starts off weird....but it gets better!

"Bridge over troubled water" performed in 2003 in New York during the "Old friends: live on stage" tour.

Sunday Business Post Article

Up Next....My All-Time Favorite Album!

Up this week we're looking at the 1970 folk classic 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' by Simon and Garfunkel. It topped charts, won Grammy’s and influenced millions. But why does it out-rank the likes of Doolittle, Exile on main St. and The Bends to be my favourite album of all time?

Well, to put it was the first one I ever heard.

My dad is not a massive music fact nobody in my family is. He had a very skimpy record collection mainly of classical releases and the odd, very dodge 70s pop. But one of them stood out to me; Bridge Over Troubled Water. The reason was that the back of the LP had all the lyrics, which meant that I could sing all the songs with ease. I literally spent hours playing it over and over again. I know every lyric, every chord change and every harmony like the back of my hand.

I now have my dad's copy of the record framed and on my wall at home (pic to follow) and have replaced his with another second hand copy (not that he'll ever listen to it).

I went to see them live in the summer of 2003 in the RDS (the same summer I saw the Pixies live for the first time). And they were brilliant. I’m really looking forward to this show now.

Sunday 9pm….Phantom 105.2

Thursday, 6 September 2007


Smells like Teen Spirit

Live at Reading Festival

Wednesday, 5 September 2007

Up This Week....

It's Nirvana's Nevermind from 1991. This Sunday at 9pm onPhantom 105.2

Wednesday, 29 August 2007

The Beastie Boys, RDS, March 10th 1995..

And then they came back to play the RDS a year later. This time with support from the jon Spencer Blues Explosion and Hurricane.


The Beastie Boys, the Tivoli, Sat 11th June 1994

The Beasties arrive in Dublin to plug their new album ...... with support from Scary Eire!!? Whoever they were!

Who's who on the back of the CD sleeve..

The Videos

Sure Shot

Sabotage (Directed By Spike Jonze)

Root Down (Directed By Spike Jonze)

And then I saw this......

Tuesday, 28 August 2007


I love this poster. More here.

Shows Update

Here's an update on the albums we've covered so far on the show. If you have a suggestion for an upcoming show just pop it in a comment and we'll add it to the hitlist.

Beastie Boys: Ill Communication - On this Sunday

R.E.M. : New Adventures in Hi-Fi (26/08/2007)

Led Zeppelin: III (19/08/2007)

Johnny Cash: American IV - The Man Comes Around (12/08/2007)

Guns N' Roses: Appetite For Destruction (05/08/2007)

Air: Moon Safari (29/07/2007)

Jackson C. Frank: Jackson C. Frank (22/07/2007)

Bob Dylan: Blonde on Blonde (15/07/2007)

Daft Punk: Alive (08/07/2007)

Muse: Origin of Symmetry (1/07/2007)

Smashing Pumpkins: Mellno Collie and the Infionite Saddness (24/062007)

Radiohead: OK Computer (17/06/2007)

Tom Waits: Closing Time (1006/2007)

Jeff Buckley: Grace (03/06/2007)

Sex Pistols: Never Mind The Bollocks (27/05/2007)

Björk: Debut (19/05/2007)

Blur: Parklife (12/05/2007)

The Libertines: The Libertines (05/05/2007)

The Eels: Electro-shock Blues (28/04/2007)

Pulp: Different Class (21/04/2007)

Arcade Fire: Funeral (14/04/2007)

Beck: Odelay (07/04/2007)

Foo Fighters: Foo Fighters (31/03/2007)

John Lennon: Imagine (24/03/2007)

Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (10/03/2007)

Ben Folds: Rockin' the Suburbs (03/03/2007)

The Rolling Stones: Exile On Main St. (24/02/2007)

Weezer: Pinkerton (17/02/2007)

The Postal Service: Give Up (10/02/2007)

The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced (03/02/2007)

Brian Wilson: SMiLE (27/01/2007)

Pixies: Doolittle (20/01/2007)

Radiohead: Kid A (13/01/07)

Thin Lizzy: Live and Dangerous (6/01/07)

The Doors: Waiting For the Sun (30/12/06)

PJ Harvey: Dry (23/12/06)

Elliott Smith: Either/Or (16/12/06)

Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go (9/12/06)

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik (2/12/2006)

Mic Christopher: Skylarkin (25/11/06)

Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever To Tell (18/11/06)

Primal Scream: Screamadelica (11/11/06)

REM: Up (4/11/06)

Monday, 27 August 2007

Set List

So, going to the Picnic and want to check out the Beastie Boys? Well this is their latest Set list from the Virgin festival in Baltimore this month. Most of the set lists on this tour are close variations of this:

Up This Week...

Up this week we're looking at Beastie Boys - Ill Communication as they are playing two sets at the weekends Electic Picnic. As a long time fan who still hasn't seent them live, I'm really looking forward to this gig!

If you want to get yourself in the mood before the weekend, I can't recommend enough their latest DVD Dude, I Fuckin Shot of the best concert DVDs around and well worth the beans! So tune in next Sunday at 9pm for the Album Archive on Phantom.
In the time being heres a great Beastie Boys wallpaper for you to enjoy.

Monday, 20 August 2007

Up Next Week

Again apologies for lack of updates due to holidays....but next week we're looking at R.E.M.'s 1996 New Adventures in Hi-Fi. Not only is it my favorite R.E.M. album, it also gives me a chance to stick up this pick again.......
I know, I'm sorry...couldn't resist. I'll get up last nights playlist for Led Zepelin later tonight when I get back into the station.

Thursday, 16 August 2007


Not been here all week due to holidays...but back now!

Tuesday, 7 August 2007

This Week

The last studio release in his Lifetime...its the fourth album in the American Recordings sessions: American IV - The Man Comes Around

Tuesday, 31 July 2007

20 Years Ago this Month

It's now been 20 years since the release of Appetite for Destruction. Like myself, many people grew up with this album and the roller coaster ride that was Guns n' Roses back in the late 80's and early 90's. Anyone have any interesting memories of the album and the times?

This was the original artwork for the album as inspired by Robert Williams. It had to be replaced by the more familiar one (above right) as MTV refused to play their videos until it was gone. It didn't goo far however, it ended up on the inside artwork!

Monday, 30 July 2007

Coming Up This Week...

It's the 80's hard rock classic.....

Guns n' Roses and Appetite for Destruction

Sunday, 29 July 2007

Show On Tonight

I found this online and it's brilliant! The original video is from a 70s disco version of Apache (By the Tommy Seebach band) and just lashed on top of the Moog Cookbook remix of Kelly Watch the Stars. Love it!

Show on tonight at 9pm! Don't miss it!

Monday, 23 July 2007

Up Next Week

Next Sunday at 9pm we'll be looking at Moon Safari by French outfit Air.

Don't forget that the Jackson C. Frank show will be repeated next Sunday morning at 7 if you're still awake!

Sunday, 22 July 2007

Playlist for 22/07/2007

Jackson C. Frank - "Jackson C. Frank" 1965

1: Don't Look Back
2: Kimbie
3: Kust Like Anything
4: Spanish Moss
5: Last Month of The Year (early demo)
6: You Never Wanted Me
7: Blues Run The Game (album version)
8: Marlene (post album track)
9: Dialogue
10: Al Stewart Clip
11: Yellow Walls
12: My Name is Carnival
13: Billy Connolly clip
14: Can't Get Away From my Love
15: Cryin' Like A Baby
16: Milk and Honey

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

Rare Clip

There is very little footage of Frank floating around. Here is a short clip from a documentary about the London Folk scene which was long lost in the BBC archives as it was wrongly labeled as a documentary on the Railways!

Burning Man

UnaRocks tipped us all off to a fantastic video. It's the closing scene to Daft Punks new film Electroma. Not only is it a great scene but it features Dialogue from Jackson C. Frank as the soundtrack. A great, great video.

Monday, 16 July 2007

Up This Week...

A special show this week as we look at the life of Jackson C. Frank and his self titled release from 1965. It was to be his first and only release as his deeply troubled youth would evolve into an even more troubled future.
His album is regarded as the most forgotten classics of the last century and it would later go on to inspire the likes of Simon and Garfunkle and Nick Drake. But what happened to him in his childhood that brought out such a beautiful album and indeed what happened to him in later life? Well this Sunday between 9 and 10pm on Phantom 105.2's album archive we're going to tell you his story.

Sunday, 15 July 2007

Playlist for 15/07/2007

Playist for Blonde on Blonde by Bob Dylan (15/07/2007)

1: Rainy Day Women (live Unplugged)

2: Absolutley Sweet Marie (live Unplugged)

3: 4th Time Around (live 1966)

4: I Want You (live 1981)

5: Freeze (Studio Outtake)

6: Leopard Skin Pill Box Hat (Live 1966)

7: Just Like A Woman (live 1981)

8: I Wanna Be Your Lover (album outtake)

9: She's Your Lover Now (album outtake)

10: Rainy day Women #'s 12 & 35 (album version)

Friday, 13 July 2007


Nice Bob poster. You can find more of them here. Or you can buy them down in Wicklow town directly from collectable poster art. We like!

Tuesday, 10 July 2007

Up This Week...

Back to normal business...

Coming up this Sunday we're looking at Bob Dylan and his 1966 release Blonde on Blonde. This Sunday at 9pm on Phantom 105.2

Monday, 9 July 2007

Go Buy My T-Shirt

I suggested it and the lads at Festival Shirts made it! Whoop! See here and go buy one here...but don't get it in blue...i don't want us to be clashing!


Sorry for the lack of updates over the last few weeks.....but all of us in Phantom Towers have been very busy setting up Camp Phantom down in Oxegen 2007. It was a mad few weeks for a lot of people working in Phantom and a very busy weekend for everyone.

The Phantom crew

But we had great fun and did a great job. Loads of great links and interviews and loads of great pics. Here's a few!

(back L-r) Nadine, Emer, Rosin, Sarah-Ann, Louise (front L-r) Caz, Ruth, Brian

Michael Stipe and Myself
Myself and Dave Crean at Tori Amos
Arcade Fire go Climbing and Tim Robbins takes pics....surreal!
Nadine (The Kiosk) and Emer (Phantom 'Good' News)
I'll be back later with an update on the show.

Monday, 25 June 2007

Coming Up This Week:

It's Muse with their 2nd studio outing, the wonderful Origin of Symmetry

Sunday, 24 June 2007

Tonight At 9pm

The Smashing Pumpkins and 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness'

Tonight at 9pm on Phantom 105.2

Now here's a nice Smashing Pumpkins wallpaper

Playlist (24/06/2007)

Playlist for 24/06/2007: Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness - The Smashing Pumpkins

1: Love
2: Muzzle
3: Jellybelly
4:Thirty Three
5: Zero (single)
6: Bullet With Butterfly Wings (demo)
7: Believe (b-side)
8: Jimmy on Drugs (clip)
9:Billy on Drugs (clip)
10: Simpsons (clip)
11: Tonight Tonight (single)
12: Homer and Billy (clip)
13: Where Boys Fear to Tread (live)
14: 1979 (live in Dublin)

The Award Winning Video For Tonight Tonight

Thursday, 21 June 2007

Old Posters

Tragedy Hits Dublin Leg of the Tour

Dublin-The Point Theatre, May 11,1996, 9:30 pm. 7000 fans filled the floor at The Smashing Pumpkins hit the stage. 110 security guards scrambled behind the barricades to control the flow of the mosh pits as they formed as the Pumpkins began toplay. A few minutes into the show Billy Corgan could feel that something was wrong. Hetold the crowd to take a step back. At 10 pm, Billy said that they would stop the show ifthey didn'tstop moshing. For Bernadette O'Brien, a 17 year high school student, it was already too late. O'Brien, who was near the front of the stage with a friend and two cousins crushed by the overpowering crowd. When informed of the girl's injuries, Corgantold the crowd, "I'm sorry we can't play on. The gig's over. There's a girl out there who'snearly dying. We as human beings cannot play up here while people are getting seriously hurt down there. "The following day, Bernadette was taken off life-support at MaterHospital in Dublin. It was announced that she died from massive internal injuries. ThePumpkins sent flowers to her funeral and released a statement extending their condolencesto Bernadette O'Briens family and friends.

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Coming Up This Week.....

This week on the Album Archive we're looking at the 1995 masterpiece by the Smashing Pumpkins 'Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness'.
So tune in this Sunday at 9pm on Phantom 105.2.

Sunday, 17 June 2007

Playlist for OK Computer (17/06/2007)

1: Let Down

2: Pearly (b-side)

3: Subterranean Homesick ALien

4: Luck (War Child Version)

5: Electioneering

6: Climbing Up The Walls (Zero 7 B-side Mix)

7: Exit Music (for a film)

8: Karma Police (live)

9: Paranoid Android (single)

10: Polyethylene Pt 1 & 2

11: No Surprises (live)

12: Airbag (live)

Album Inlay Card

Note: the hidden text on the inside cardCatch those tracks (above) + more on tonights show at 9pm on Phantom 105.2.

Airbag on Jools Holland 1997

Thursday, 14 June 2007

And in other news...

Looks like the new album is almost ready!

From the bands blog Ed writes:

"Yes I know its been a while ..... but we've been working on this album for a while ...... BUT WE ARE NEARLY THERE ..... "

Wednesday, 13 June 2007

What We've Covered and the Hitlist

For those of you who are new to the show here's a list of the albums we've covered already:

Tom Waits: Closing Time (11/06/2007)
Jeff Buckley: Grace (03/06/2007)
Sex Pistols: Never Mind The Bollocks (27/05/2007)
Björk: Debut (19/05/2007)
Blur: Parklife (12/05/2007)
The Libertines: The Libertines (05/05/2007)
The Eels: Electro-shock Blues (28/04/2007)
Pulp: Different Class (21/04/2007)
Arcade Fire: Funeral (14/04/2007)
Beck: Odelay (07/04/2007)
Foo Fighters: Foo Fighters (31/03/2007)
John Lennon: Imagine (24/03/2007)
Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon (10/03/2007)
Ben Folds: Rockin' the Suburbs (03/03/2007)
The Rolling Stones: Exile On Main St. (24/02/2007)
Weezer: Pinkerton (17/02/2007)
The Postal Service: Give Up (10/02/2007)
The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Are You Experienced (03/02/2007)
Brian Wilson: SMiLE (27/01/2007)
Pixies: Doolittle (20/01/2007)
Radiohead: Kid A (13/01/07)
Thin Lizzy: Live and Dangerous (6/01/07)
The Doors: Waiting For the Sun (30/12/06)
PJ Harvey: Dry (23/12/06)
Elliott Smith: Either/Or (16/12/06)
Manic Street Preachers: Everything Must Go (9/12/06)
Red Hot Chili Peppers: Blood Sugar Sex Magik (2/12/2006)
Mic Christopher: Skylarkin (25/11/06)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever To Tell (18/11/06)
Primal Scream: Screamadelica (11/11/06)
REM: Up (4/11/06)
And here's the hitlist where you can see what's coming up in no particular order. As you might have guessed we try to stick albums in on certain dates and anniversaries etc. If you want to make a suggestion you can do it here.

And shout out to the gang over in DCAL who I just discovered have been running a similar blog for the last few months! (as I mentioned in my first post....I'm always one for jumping on band wagons a bit late)

Tuesday, 12 June 2007

Articles and Links...

BBC reports about Spin's decision to name the album the best from the last 20 years.

Pitchfork take a similar line

Time magazine are not far behind

Irish Times interview in the run-up to the release

SHOPOCALYPSE CHANNEL is a site made by the band while they were recording the album back in 1997

Monday, 11 June 2007

This Week On the Album Archive

Next up on the show we have Radiohead's 3rd studio outing; OK Computer. Some people claim it's one of the greatest albums of all time, but is it even one of Radiohead's best albums? Tune in this Sunday at 9pm and make up your own mind.

Playlist (10/06/2007)

Playlist for Tom Waits Closing Time:

1: Old Shoes (and Picture Postcards)

2: Grapefruit Moon

3: Rosie

4: Martha

5: Lonely

6: Virginia Avenue

7: Little Trip To Heaven

8: I Hope I Don't Fall In Love With You (live, 1974)

9: Ice Cream Man (live, 1974)

10: Ol' 55 (Origional Version)

11: Midnight Lullaby

12: Closing Time

13: Ice Cream Man (Album version)

Saturday, 9 June 2007

Playlist (3/06/2007)

Don't forget you can hear a repeat of last weeks show this Sunday morning at 7.00am on Phantom 105.2.
Playlist for Jeff Buckley Grace:

1: So Real
2: Hallelujah
3: Mojo Pin (live)
4: Dream Brother Alternate Take
5: Last Goodbye (Acoustic)
6: Lover You Should Have Come Over
7: Grace (live)
8: Forget Her
9: Eternal Life

Thursday, 7 June 2007

A Born Story Teller

From a recent letterman performance

Check This Out

Great Blog dedicated to Tom Waits giving all the latest news and info:

The Eyeball Kid

Wednesday, 6 June 2007

Next Week

Sorry for the delay in updating this but I was up at the Rory Gallagher Festival in Ballyshannon over the weekend (adds Rory to the hit list for future weeks). I'll get last weeks play list up later today (I have to get it faxed over from Phantom Towers).

But in the time week we're looking at Tom Waits' Closing Time. Whoop!

Friday, 1 June 2007

This Sunday at 9pm

Don't forget to tune in this Sunday at 9pm on Phantom 105.2 to hear the full story behind the making of 'Grace'.

In the time being, here's some wallpaper to tie you over until then:

Thursday, 31 May 2007

Some Music

Here's some mp3's to wet your appetite for the weekends show:

The Boy With A Thorn in His Side (Smiths cover)

Wonderful version of Nina Simone's Be Your Husband

Live version of Lover, You Should've Come Over


<- Bar far the stangest piece of fan art work I've found so far!

"Whoever listens carefully to "Hallelujah" will discover that it is a song about sex, about love, about life on earth. The hallelujah is not a homage to a worshipped person, idol or god, but the hallelujah of the orgasm. It's an ode to life and love."
-- Jeff Buckley

The Extra Track; the 'Grace Scandal'

The second release of the album featuring the last track 'Forget Her' which Buckley fought not to have included on the album. This version was released after his death.

Tuesday, 29 May 2007

10 Years ago today......

Ten years ago today (May 29, 1997) Jeff Buckley decided to go for a swim in the Wolf River, laid on his back and began floating while he sang "Whole Lotta Love" by Led Zeppelin. Quickly, stealthily, and tragically the currents sucked him in and pulled him under.

"So I wait for you
And I burn
Will I ever see your
sweet return?

Oh, will I ever learn?"