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...
Irelands Top 5 Rock n Roll Mother’s

Irelands Top 5 Rock n Roll Mother’s

Ireland’s Mothers of Rock N Roll We only have one mother in this life, and sometimes they don’t get the appreciation they deserve. The woman that nursed us when we were sick, the woman who would move mountains to make us happy, and not to forget the woman who would threaten us with the wooden spoon when we were bold. Yes, a mother’s love is unconditional, but everyone knows, there’s no mammy like an Irish mammy. To celebrate  Mothers Day we wanted to wish everyone’s mammy a very special day, but especially some of the Irish rocking mammy’s, & mammy’s of rockers. Here are our Top 5 Irish Rocking Mammy’s.   Imelda May Imelda has been a busy woman over the last few years. She got the attention of the country in 2008 with her song ‘Johnny Got A Boom Boom’ and has been on the train for success ever since. With over 5 studio albums under her belt, annual world tours, and even had her own tv programme on RTE ‘The Imelda May Show’. On top of all that, Imelda is one cool mammy, and will surely pass on her talent to her daughter. Happy Mothers Day Imelda May. Sinead O Connor Sinead O Connor is no stranger to the lime light, and has an impressive career spanning nearly three decades. She has worked with the likes of ‘The Chieftans’, had a leading role in Neil Jordan’s film ‘The Butcher Boy’ and is famously known for her timeless hits ‘Mandinka’ and ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’. Sinead has always is a true national treasure, and we were blessed with the music she has produced. Happy...
U2’s Joshua Tree: 7 Things You May Not Know

U2’s Joshua Tree: 7 Things You May Not Know

Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary We’re delighted to celebrate the 30th anniversary of U2’s Joshua Tree today. What an amazing and iconic album, that catapulted the further into the elite ranks. In celebration, we’re offering 20% off for anyone who comes to reception and sings us a line from their favourite Joshua Tree song from Thursday 9th of March to Sunday 12th of March. It’s as simple as that! What better time to come and check out our U2 exhibit and everything else we have to offer? Book Your Tour  Interesting Facts About Joshua Tree The 9th of March marks the 30th anniversary of one of U2’s iconic album Joshua Tree. As they embark on a celebratory tour, we took a look at the making of the album and found out some interesting facts that you may not (or may, I know there’s plenty of superfans out there!) know about the album. Enjoy!     Mick Jagger and Keith Richards Inspired the Album’s Direction   Coming from a punk background and influence, U2 to this point hadn’t really delved into the world of blues music. This lack of blues influence struck Bono when he was working on a project with Mick Jagger & Keith Richards, when the lads were jamming some blues music and he realised he had no familiarity with it. Along with spending some time with Bob Dylan and Van Morrison as well as the Waterboys and Hothouse Flowers, this inspired Bono to go back to a roots influenced style of writing for the album, drawing on both Irish and American culture and tradition.     All But...
Rory Gallagher’s Top 5 Greatest Hits

Rory Gallagher’s Top 5 Greatest Hits

  Rory Gallagher’s Top 5 Greatest Hits This week marks Rory Gallagher’s 69th Birthday. It’s been more than 22 years since he passed away, but he lives on through his array of timeless rock anthems. In memory and celebration of this guitar hero’s music, we’ve compiled a list of what are arguably Rory’s Top 5 Greatest Hits.   1. Tattoo’d Lady Tattoo’d Lady is the opening track from Rory’s fifth studio album entitled ‘Tattoo’. It opens with a psychedelic intro that subtlety builds and builds until you here that guitar break through like a sonic tank. One of his greatest works hands down. 2. A Million Miles Away A Million Miles Away is one of those songs where Rory’s musical talent blindingly shines through, with his soulful solos and the ability to be able to make his guitar sound like it’s weeping. The track really does transport you A Million Miles Away. 3. Bullfrog Blues A pure headbanging tune. Rory shows no mercy to his guitar’s fretboard using his glass slider that gives that classic bluesy sound. With a super fast tempo, this blues song should do the Kings of Blues, B.B Kings and Muddy Waters proud. 4. Bad Penny This is truly one of the great rock anthems of all time. This iconic guitar melody gets into your head and you can’t help but hum along to it. Not to mention Rory’s tantalizing vocal ability that would make any vocalist envious. 5. Philby Rory had a lot of rockstar admirers, from Jimi Hendrix to Slash from Guns’N’Roses. It’s truly one of Rory Gallagher’s greatest heavy songs, that has inspired countless musicians to...
Top 10 Rock N Roll Christmas Songs

Top 10 Rock N Roll Christmas Songs

Top 10 Irish Rock N Roll Christmas Songs Christmas is upon us, and with it the return of Christmas songs taking over our airwaves. While we can agree there are a lot of very poor attempts, there are some gems out there too! In no particular order, here is our definitive list of the top 10 Rock N Roll Christmas songs. From old to new, world famous to somewhat obscure, it’s an eclectic list. Enjoy! And be sure to let us know your comments good or bad. And afterwards, check out our special Christmas tours featuring a festive drink and a 20% discount. 1. Happy Xmas (War is Over) - John Lennon John Lennon’s classic needs no introduction. While it is a Christmas song, this was more of a platform for John & Yoko to highlight their protest against the Vietnam War. The song was accompanied by giant billboards like the one you can see in the thumbnail in 12 major cities around the world. 2. Walking in the Air - Ryan Sheridan When Ryan Sheridan was asked to perform a Christmas song for Tony Fenton’s radio show, he wanted to perform something out of the ordinary that reminded him of his childhood. For many of us, “Walking in the Air” conjures up memories of watching The Snowman, yearning for some decent snow so we could build our own snowman! Not very likely in Ireland. In this version, Ryan captures the essence of the original, while adding his own bluegrass inspired twist. 3. Merry Christmas Everybody - Slade Slade’s worldwide hit is one of the most recognisable Rock N Roll Christmas...