Shite’n’Onions Celtic Punk Podcast #106

Track Listing:
The Templers Of Doom – The Oliver Cromwell Twist (Bring Me The Head Of John The Baptist)
The Radiators From Space – Television Screen (TV Tube Heart – 40th Anniversary Edition)
Hudson Falcons – Monahan’s (Desperation and Revolution)
The Skels – Pot to Piss In (Stoney Road)
The Bloody Irish Boys – Shake Hands With the Devil (Whiskey Devils: A Tribute to the Mahones)
Kilkenny Knights – Mick Watson (Various – Raise Your Pints Vol.2)
Sir Reg – All Saints Day (Various – Raise Your Pints Vol.2)
Black Anemone – Freedom and for all (In It For Life)
Craic – 20 Years Later (Sound of Vandermark)
Real McKenzies – Scots Wha Ha’e (Two Devils Will Talk)

The best of 2014

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Running a little late with the list but whatever, great music doesn’t go stale. So without further adieu.

The top five:

#1 The Mahones: The Hunger & The Fight (Part 1)

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Twenty five years on and more tour miles driven then the rest of the entire Celtic-punk scene combined, The Mahones on The Hunger & The Fight still have the enthusiasm of a band in the studio for the first time (but thankfully the 25 years and many albums under their belt studio experience).

Read the full review here


#2 Whiskey of the Damned: Monsters are Real whiskey of the damned  

I’ll go out on a limb and say McCarthy has the finest voice in Celtic-punk (and that includes Dave King), maybe Van the Moan threw in a few vocal lessons to boot. Of course a good voice won’t do it alone, the band are tight as f#*k, loud and fast and the songs first class and while still fast and trashy

 

Read the full review here


 

#3 Blood or Whiskey: Tell The Truth And Shame The Devil bow

Pissed and angry but still a party. Its great to have’em back.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read the full review here


 

#3 Kilkenny Knights: Brady’s Pub Tales download

Honestly not a bad song over the entire almost hour of music and more then a few that could wake the dead and induce them into jig.

 

 

 

 

 

Read the full review here


 

#5 (joint) Black 47: Last Call

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Black 47 hung up their green suede shoes in November, 2014 after 25 years of hard jigging and gigging. Two albums were released in 2014; Last Call, their final original album, full of fresh and originals ideas and, Rise Up – The Political Songs, a collection of, well, political songs as a reminder of how good this band was.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rise Up – Read the full review here

Last Call – Read the full review here


 

The best of the rest (in no particular order):


 

The Pourmen: Too Old to Die Young

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Read the full review here


 

Finnegan’s Hell: Drunk, Sick And Blue

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Read the full review here


 

Craic: Amongst the Mischief and Malarkey

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Read the full review here


 

Wages of Sin: Queensbury Rules

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Read the full review here


 

Bastard Bearded Irishmen: Rise of the Bastard

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Read full review here


 

The Biblecode Sundays: Live Near Abbey Road (Park Royal)

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Read full review here


 

Bodh’aktan: Against Winds and Tides

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Read full review here


 

Best of ballads and folk:


 

Irish Whispa: Irish Whispa

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Read full review here


 

The Canny Brothers Band: The Guinness Situation

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Read full review here


 

Hugh Morrison: Scotland is Free

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Read the full review here


 

The Fenian Sons: 617

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Read the full review here


Punk rock shout out


The Hex Bombs: Everything Earned

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Read full review here 


 

DVD:


 

 

Greenland Whalefishers: 20 Years Of Waiting (DVD)

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 Read full review here


 

And a very special shout out.

Radiators from Space: Sound City Beat

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Craic: Amongst the Mischief and Malarkey

Craic is an Irish word, an all inclusive word for good times as in “wheres the craic?”, “The craic was mighty!” or “Having the Craic!”. Craic is also the name of a very fine Celtic-punk band from Cleveland, Ohio who bring us their debut full-length, “Amongst the Mischief and Malarkey”. Produced by former Dropkick Murphy, Ryan Foltz, the band is tight and the sound is great – powerful but without losing the bands raw edge. The music of Craic is built on the rawness of the second wave of punk with DKM style gang vocals, layer upon with banjo, tin whistle and fiddle. The closest reference point for comparison is the long departed Nogoodnix.

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Track listing and a few song comments:

01 – Hold the Penny – Fast, trashy second wave punk meets tin whistles
02 – Lonesome Lullaby-More American meets Celtic meets punk, again pretty fast
03 – 36 Bombs – About legendary Cleveland Irish gangster Danny Greene and the 36 bombs that tried to kill him, I really need to check out “Kill The Irishman” the movie about his life
04 – Dirty Old Town – Initially I was wondering what the point of covering DOT was until they got all trashy on it after the second verse then I totally got it
05 – Roads Less Traveled
06 – Irish Banshee
07 – Serenity
08 – Marching Orders – Maybe my favorite track on the album – fast, fast, fast
09 – Parallels
10 – Lily & Nolan – A ballad very much in the Irish tradition – beautiful song
11 – Fields of Athenry – A very over done song but this is a fine version

In all, a really strong debut which may have turned me into a Craic addict.

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