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History Lesson  “The days of cheap oil and easy acquisition are over. “ -- President Obama, June 2010

A Study In Mudslinging In the January 12 issue of Northern Express, Grant Parsons wrote a piece that touched on behind-the-scenes campaign financing. Mr. Parsons referenced attack ads he received in the mail prior to the November elections.

Sad Story I read with sadness in the Detroit Free Press of 24-year-old Angela Marie Alexie, who abandoned her just born baby boy in an unheated Eastpoint, Michigan garage to die alone in the cold, and who had also previously lost 3 children to foster care, the youngest of which, a girl, suffered withdrawal symptoms because of Alexie’s drug use during pregnancy.

Balance On The Page Having looked through the Northern Express for years, I have finally found something worth reading besides News of the Weird and the Advice Goddess!

An Eye On Congress The U.S. Senate on January 21 voted 98 for and 1 against to adopt a non-binding resolution stating, “It is the sense of the Senate that climate change is real and not a hoax.”

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Six Irish modern rockers

Kristi Kates - March 7th, 2011
Six Irish Modern Rockers
By Kristi Kates
Most modern rock fans are pretty familiar with great Irish bands like U2,
Snow Patrol, The Pogues, The Frames, and The Cranberries.
But each year brings a crop of brand “new” Irish bands, whether they’re
musicians who have been laboring at their craft well under the radar for
quite some time, or those who seem to have popped up out of nowhere. And
2011’s no exception - check out this year’s shortlist of what we think are
some of the coolest Irish bands around.

THE CORONAS
Hailing from Terenure, Dublin, Ireland, lead singer Danny O’Reilly and
crew’s 2009 album, Tony Was an Ex-Con, was recorded in Cornwall with John
Cornfield, but is now sharing its uber-catchy crop of songs a lot farther
afield. Formed when the bandmates were 15, the group began their career as
“Kiros,” but then decided to name themselves after the Corona typewriter,
perhaps a nod to their snappy, deft lyrics, Gary Lightbody-esque vocals,
and percussive, steady beats.
LISTEN FIRST TO: “Won’t Leave You Alone,” “Listen Dear”

THE SCRIPT
Dublin, Ireland’s pop-rockers The Script have heard (seen?) their songs
included in a plethora of TV shows and movies, including The Ghost
Whisperer, Eastenders, and 90210. But while those are great coups, it’s
the songs themselves that matter, especially those from their brand-new
album, Science and Faith. Blending emotional, heart-on-sleeve lyrics,
vocals that resonate between fiddle and maudlin violin, and an
energetic live presence, they’re finally starting to get U.S. notice.
LISTEN FIRST TO: “Breakeven,” “Live Like We’re Dying”

DIRECTOR
Taking a detour from the somewhat typical indie-rock/indie-pop that’s
prevalent among a lot of Irish export bands right now, Malahide, County
Dublin’s Director work their songs more along the art-rock genre, with
some of their more dim, moody songs reminiscent of The Smiths, and others
recollecting the sharp, white-room sounds of bands like Interpol and Wire.
While stateside success has eluded them to date, those in the know have
already picked up their most recent album, I”ll Wait for Sound.
LISTEN FIRST TO: “Sing It Without a Tune,” “Reconnect”

THE BLIZZARDS
Hailing from Mullingar in Ireland’s County Westmeath, Niall, Dec, Justin,
Anthony, and Aiden have opened for the likes of Oasis and Kaiser Chiefs,
have snagged several awards, and hit platinum status for their music
overseas - but they’ve made barely a dent here. It’s a mystery why, as The
Blizzards’ music is the kind of catchy indie-pop that radio adores. The
secondary mystery is where the band’s been, as they reportedly went on
hiatus a year ago, and haven‘t been heard from since. Fortunately, you can
still buy their albums.
LISTEN FIRST TO: “Trouble,” “Buy It Sell It”

THE DUCKWORTH LEWIS METHOD
What do you get when you bring together The Divine Comedy’s Neil Hannon
and Pugwash’s Thomas Walsh? Why, a new side project band named after a
cricketing term, ‘natch. Although they’ve only released one album to date
- a theme album about (what else?) cricket - it’s a wildly entertaining
concept set that’s as much show tunes as it is alterna-pop. As a bonus,
Duckworth Lewis Method listeners will also get to hear guest spots from
the likes of Matt Berry and Alexander Armstrong. Now that’s first class.
LISTEN FIRST TO: “Test Match Special,” “The Age of Revolution”

DELORENTOS
Yet another Dublin band (must be something musical in the water there…),
Delorentos lean more towards alternative rock than their more indie-pop
cohorts, with opening spots for The Coral, Arctic Monkeys, and Supergrass
under their collective band belt. With choppy, guitar-based tunes and
loads of hooky turnarounds and harmonies, they’re kind of a Clash/Pixies
hybrid, if heavier on the post-punk influences and less so on the
Pixies-esque oddities. Listen closely, and you’ll get an earful of the
band’s subtle political jabs, too.
LISTEN FIRST TO: “Stop,” “Eustace Street”



 
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