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Our amigo Liam Finn has a well known father,Neil, as we all know. Finn Snr. setup a collective of musicians for the charity Oxfam, to do some shows and release a live compilation of those gigs. It went under the name 7 Worlds Collide. Neil Finn rounded up the troops again in 2008,calling on Radiohead,Wilco,Johnny Marr and a few others…Here’s footage of Jeff Tweedy singing Fake Plastic Trees backed by members of Radiohead,Johnny Marr and Liam Finn!! 

If i only I knew this last time we saw him…

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Nialler9 has started 09 with the best `what to check out in 09`list i`ve seen. Each culprit as vital and exciting as the next. The new Grizzly Bear album is the most eagerly anticipated round the One Day way.

Get over there and bow down to the bigg dogg in Irish blogsville. His latest jukebox is full of amazing tunes too..

2009

2008 is gone, and its time to start anew…..well, sort off.  

We still have this bird, and the music on its back still has many a flight to take and many a ear to perch on. So,it has rested for the holidays and has dusted off its feathers in preparation for 2009.

Our first big news is that we will be going to Austin,TX for SXSWin March. Apparently, along with 19!! other Irish bands. We`re delighted to be going and will hopefully do a few shows while we`re there.

The last show we did in 08 in The Button Factory was most excellent. On the back of that we are really really looking forward to doing loads of  jigs this year. First up is Roisin Dubh, Galway on January 15th..All the Galway shows have been sweet. It is a Special Fantastical Strange Brew Special Thursday gig, so FREE IN!  FREE GIGS RULE DUDE!! A tour is likely in the not too distant future.

When you can`t see us*. The Hope & Dream of 2009 Villagers is bringing out a beatiful E.P in February,with a Irish tour stretched out over the month.

Believe the Hype. This is solid gold.

From his first ever gig, On A Sunlit Stage:

 

My other main tip/Hope & Dream for 2009 is Chad VanGaalen.

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His album `Soft Airplane` is released early 09 on SubPop**. It is way too amazing not to get the critical acclaim and credit it deserves.

Chad VanGaalen – Phantom Anthills

Chad VanGaalen – Willow Tree

Chad VanGaalen – TMNT Mask

 

See you soon.

Ross

*Danny and Cormac are playing in Villagers!

**Chad VanGaalen has a clause in his SubPop contract saying that he doesn`t have to tour if he doesn`t want to. In this this day and age this is unheard of,and an extremely rare option considering its the only way a musician like Chad VanGaalen would make some money,or further his name. He is also a illustrator and animator,its all about art here. Nice to hear.

(HOPE)

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HERE`s TO PLAIN SAILING IN 2009.

BIG LOVE FROM ONE DAY INTERNATIONAL.

Eartha Kitt

Sad to hear Eartha Kitt died today… Artists like her are few and far between in this day and age. A real star.

 

Eartha Kitt – C`est Si Bon

There is something special about compiling a bunch of songs and sharing them with another person. It is an expression in a way..I`m going public with this one,and will try to do so again in the future.

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Winter is one of my favourite seasons.. when you`ve got the right jacket on. I`d like to experience the extremities of a winter,a real winter,like Rocky Balboa training in USSR in Rocky IV. It can be a very beautiful thing and more peaceful seemingly. The following songs make more sense to me on a cold winter day or night, they have a bite or an edge, but the capability to send a warm tingle through your body. We have another two months of winter to bare,i hope these songs help to embrace it!

Click on the song names for downloads.

1. Julee Cruise – Falling

2. Lisa Hannigan – Teeth

3. Mariah – Shinzo No Tobira

4. Cocteau Twins – Fifty Fifty Clown

5. Beirut – Venice

6. Nico Muhly – Hudson Cycle

7. Mark Hollis – The Gift

8. Valgeir Sigurasson – Winter Sleep

9. Beach House – D.A.R.L.I.N.G

10. Mantler – Togethernest

11. Arthur Russell – A Sudden Chill

12. Grouper – Disengaged

13.  Burial – Shell of Light

14. The Redneck Manifesto – Hibernation Statement

15. Nick Drake – Horn

16. Popol Vuh – Wo Bist Du,Der Du Uberwuden

17. Dave Bixby – Waiting For The Rains

18. The Band – Acadian Driftwood

19. The Walker Brothers – The Electrician

20. Air – Alone In Kyoto

21. Sebastien Tellier – Le Long De La Riviere Tendre

 Bonus Track!

We did a cover of Joni Mitchells`River for the Phantom Christmas show..It turned out quite nice.

22. One Day International – River

Merry Christmas!

Ross.