Bye Bye 2012

31 12 2012

Yes kids, it’s that time again where we wave buh bye to the year and welcome in a new one. Instead of words this NYE,  I’ve decided to post up some pictures which sum up the last 12 months before finishing off with my top 20 LPs of 2012.

Thanks to all the bands, promoters, PRs and mates who hooked me up with records, gigs and good times.Here’s to 2013.

2012: The Year In Photos (And The Odd You Tube Link)

May 13, 2012. I’ll remember this day until they put me in a pine box.Kinda crazy to think that long after we’re dead, people will still be able to see us on this footage of City winning their first Premier league title. Can you spot me and my Da? Handy hint: We’re under the giant purple arrow….

Chilling like villains backstage at the Odyssey with the WWE alongside my brother and nephew.Also-big thanks to the Celtic Warrior Sheamus for hooking us up and being an absolute hero.

Here’s a clip of Therapy? playing ‘Exiles’ at the Tall Ships in Dublin this summer.Y’know…I might refer to myself as “the wonderful Edwin McFee” for the duration of 2013 (the quality’s amazing, eh…..?). Mad props to the Therapy? boys.

My fanzine, Generation Why, (which started the ball rolling on this mental job of mine) celebrated its tenth birthday.

There was a lot of party rocking in a variety of different places with a number of different people this year.Here’s to more adventures.

I finally got that Iron Maiden mask I’ve always wanted.

…and that Betty Banner tattoo I’ve always been looking for too.

And lastly (but certainly not, um, leastly…) here’s my Top 20 LPs of 2012.It’s been a great year for records and hopefully 2013 will be just as good. Happy New Year and Up the Irons!

1) Therapy? ‘A Brief Crack Of Light’

2) Gallows ‘Gallows’

3) Hot Water Music ‘Exister’

4) Best Coast ‘The Only Place’

5) The Gaslight Anthem ‘Handwritten’

6) Wolfsbane ‘Wolfsbane Saves The World’

7) Triggerman ‘Hail To The River Gods’

8) JD McPherson ‘Signs And Signifiers’

9) Cloud Nothings ‘Attack On Memory’

10) Hour Of 13 ‘333’

11) Cheap Freaks ‘Bury Them All’

12) The Jim Jones Revue ‘The Savage Heart’

13) Bobby Conn ‘Macaroni’

14) James Levy And The Blood Red Rose ‘Pray To Be Free’

15) Mystery Jets ‘Radlands’

16) DZ Deathrays ‘Bloodstreams’

17) Master And Dog ‘Master And Dog’

18) Band Of Horses ‘Mirage Rock’

19) Baby Woodrose ‘Third Eye Surgery’

20) Alabama Shakes ‘Boys & Girls’





Ten Years Ago Today

25 09 2012

Hard to believe this time 10years ago I made these.I have to say, the last decade has been a dream and I feel lucky/proud to tick off basically everything/everyone on my “to do” list.Really looking forward to the next 10plus years ahead too.Oh, and if anyone tells you that you “can’t” do what you want with your life, tell them your pal Edwin says they’re full of shit.Up the Irons.

Big thanks to Martin for the artwork too.

 





My Birthday Gig-Talulah Does the Hula, Pocket Billiards, SilhouettE

21 07 2009

On August 28 I turn the grand old age of 30, so I thought what better way of celebrating the fact than by putting on a gig with some of my favourite bands. The date for your diaries is August 29 and I’m putting it on in association with the folks from the Big Gig. All money on the door gets split equally between all three bands, so come down and check out the show. Here’s the press release below and I’ll keep everyone up to speed over the coming weeks…

GENERATION WHY???  (IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE BIG GIG) PRESENTS:

TALULAH DOES THE HULA

PLUS POCKET BILLIARDS AND SILHOUETTE  

Spring and Airbrake, Belfast

Saturday, August 29

Making their Belfast debut, Dublin supergroup Talulah Does the Hula (featuring former members of NME and Hot Press darlings the Chalets and Neosupervital) bring their 50s inspired brand of Phil Spector-esque anthems (before he went mental of course) to the masses, promising good times and great tunes for all. Already a hit with the press, the four girl, one guy combo are said to have been brought together by a mutual love of the tropics, harmonies, bouffants, sex (how rude!), sunshine, outdoor drinking and groups like the Shangri-las and the Shirelles. Fans of perfect slices of power pop should clutch the band to their chests now, but don’t take our word for it, here’s what the critics have to say-

“Ireland has a new perfect pop band to fall in love with.”  Hot Press Magazine

“One of our favourite new bands of the year” State Magazine

Also on the bill are the world’s best party band (yes, that’s official) Pocket Billiards. who bring their full ska orchestra with them and it’s a rare chance to see the group before they head into the studio to record their debut slab of wax. As if that wasn’t enough, erstwhile Poet’s Pocket Symphony and Angelfall chanteuse Shauna Tohill’s latest musical incarnation SillouettE (who is sure to charm the under-crackers off of the crowd at this year’s Glasgowbury) rounds off an eclectic, yet electric bill.

To download a Talulah Does the Hula press pack click on http://brixtoncat.com/talulah/TDTH_EPK.zip

Venue:                          Spring & Airbrake

Date:                              Saturday 29th August 2009

Ticket Price:                £4.00

Doors:                          9:00pm

Links:                        http://www.myspace.com/talulahdoesthehula

                                    http://www.myspace.com/pocketbilliards

                                    http://www.myspace.com/silhouetteofficial

                                    http://www.myspace.com/thebiglistni