The Podcast for today’s show (22 May ) can be found on Soundcloud – just click, listen and enjoy

The Spotify playlist can be listened to by clicking here


Ronan’s track of the week is Television’s Elevation – check out why here. Martin’s track of the week is Stump’s Charlton Heston – he tells us why here.

Our library spotlight  week looked at IReL  IReL ,t he Irish Research eLibrary, is a nationally funded electronic research library, initially conceived to support researchers in Biotechnology and Information Technology in mid-summer 2004, and following on the success of this, expanded in 2006 to support research in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Our recommended read of the week is a touching piece from Colm O’Callaghan, written in the wake of the Manchester Arena tragedy, that looks at the power of pop music. The piece – Manchester Arena, 22nd May, 2017 is a must read..


Martin’s track of the week 22 May 2017

My track of the week for May 22 2017 is the oddity that is Charlton Heston by Stump. Stump, led by the much missed  Cork legend Mick Lynch (Mick passed away December 2016) were one of the odder bands to have had an album –  A Fierce Pancake – released on a major label. They are heroes in Cork obviously.

Charlton Heston, an 1988 single, channelling the spirit of Captain Beefheart and the backing track of a troupe of frogs,  somehow climbed to the stately position of 72 in the UK charts. It was very far out there in 1988. Today, even more so possibly.

For those who want to know more on the Stump story – check out the post Mick Lynch by Colm O’Callaghan and / or the UCC 98.3 FM radio documentary Lights, Camera Action: The Story of Stump by Paul McDermott

Ronan’s Track of the Week (22 May 2017)

Recorded in 1976 for their 1977 debut album ‘Marquee Moon’, my track of the week, played on Monday’s show, is Television’s ‘Elevation’. The album was to become a game-changer and an enormous influence on what would eventually be termed ‘indie’ or ‘alternative’ music (or whatever lazy term you wish to apply). Television themselves transcended all labels. The album introduced a new stripped down guitar sound, and riffs that go in unexpected directions, mainly because of the interplay between front-man Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd. Indeed the interplay between all four band members is one of the key ingredients. I could have chosen any track from the album, but for me there’s something sprawling and hypnotic about this one in particular.