Hot Press Magazine – The biggest influencer in the Irish Music Industry is  40 years old

Hot Press Magazine – The biggest influencer in the Irish Music Industry is 40 years old

Hot Press Magazine - The biggest influencer in the Irish Music Industry is already 40 years old     Every Irish artist dreams about their consecration as the day he/she will be on the Hot Press cover. Going back in time, we could name many established artists, like Hozier, hoping to be baptized as a rock stars by THE magazine. Since 1977 it delivered to its readers interesting, quality content, differentiating from the other magazines for its distinctive interviews. They define themselves as the writers’ journal. And they definitely are. As of today, we can state that Hot Press is an indispensable part of Irish cultural heritage. So, in a lunch break of a weirdly sunny day in Dublin, walking around Temple Bar, I came across a free (FREE!) Hot Press covers exhibition. I obviously walked in and… how fascinating! The exhibition is organised for Hot Press’ 40th birthday, in collaboration with and in the spaces of the National Library of Ireland’s National Photographic Archive. It gives you the overall look you need to understand how they were able to grow and change during the years, without losing their touch and their personality. A clear evidence of their evolution is their logo: always different, but coherent with their vision. They fought and are fighting for social causes from multi-cultural Ireland, women’s social and political rights, sexual freedom between consenting adults to the referendum for marriage equality and the 8th March repeal. (Incidentally the Vinyl Love collective are running Vinyl love for Repeal events all week-end too click for more info below! Anyway back to the free Hot Press Expo....
Why Records are Still Better than Digital | Record Store Day 2017

Why Records are Still Better than Digital | Record Store Day 2017

Why Records are STILL better than digital. With international record day hitting on April 22nd 2017 we’re getting a little nostalgic and emotional about the old school art form of record collecting. Sure, you can get everything online nowadays, and with the likes of Spotify, Deezer, I-Tunes and Soundcloud to name a few, you can reach your favourite music faster than ever. While that’s all well and good we still think there’s nothing quite as real as sinking back into a chair, popping on your favourite vinyl and listening to good old analog. So before we disappear off to our neighbours Claddagh Records and have a fan fit over a limited edition of U2’s new 2017 mix of “Red Hill Mining Town”, let us quantifiably prove to you that records are STILL better than digital. 5. Analog is still alive and thriving. Walk into any rock and roll store these days and you’ll see they’re not empty. Spindizzy on Georges Street, Tower Records, amongst others are full of serious music fans and collectors alike Monday to Sunday. They’re filled with the believers of the craft of music. See it’s expensive these days to create a vinyl track, it costs more than digital and the turnaround time is roughly about 4 to 8 weeks. The only people who will put themselves through this are the musical big wigs and the real music nuts. We love the music nuts just so you know.   4. Analog still sounds better. When creating music nowadays you can do layer upon layer of music but there’s something magical about the fact that analog squashes all the sound down into...
5 Most Iconic Irish Rock Songs from the Movies.

5 Most Iconic Irish Rock Songs from the Movies.

5 Iconic Irish Rock Songs from the Movies. We’re mad about Irish Rock Music here in the Irish Rock N Roll Museum. Who would have guessed it? But we’re all fairly well versed when it comes to the movies as well. In particular I like pinpointing Irish Rock songs that feature on movie soundtracks. It shows that we Irish punch well above our weight in the art, something we are most certainly proud of. Below is most certainly not a comprehensive list but it’s a start. 5. “Mustang Sally” By The Commitments - The Commitments All Irish people are well conversed with the story of the commitments. It’s a great Irish movie and a great Irish band were formed out of it that did a tour a few years back. If you’re a tourist reading this blog and you’re coming to Ireland you must watch The Van, The Commitments and The Snapper. If you’re an Irish person reading this blog here’s a reminder to watch them again! 4. “Arsonist’s Lullaby” By Hozier - Live By The Night Ben Affleck’s movie Live by the night was a bit of a visual beauty but was critically panned as his worst directorial choice to date. The use of Hozier’s song “Arsonist’s Lullaby”, was a more refined choice and produced a great movie trailer. Pity the movie wasn’t up to scratch. 3. “Shipping Up To Boston” By The Dropkick Murphys - The Departed The Dropkick Murphy’s are an American Irish Celtic Punk band and their song “Shipping Up to Boson” featured heavily in The Departed. It’s one of those songs which knocked up and said...