Tracks on compilation albums are like friends. You can find good friends like Sir Reg, Greenland Whalefishers and The Go Set. There are friends you have lost touch with and need to reconnect with – The Porters, The Killigans and Kilkenny Knights. Friends that you need to get to know better – Mickey Rickshaw and Hoist the Colors and of course friends that you haven’t met until now. Raise Your Pints – Vol.2 is a very good compilation and if you want to know what is going on in the European scene the MacSlon is the man.
1 The Rogues from County Hell – MacSlon’s
2 The Cloves and the Tobacco – Too Much Trouble
3 Kilkenny Knights – Mick Watson
4 Irish Stew Of Sindidun – One Way Ticket
5 The Killigans – From The Underground
6 The Mullins – 9 To 5
7 The Go Set – Holdfast
8 The O’Reillys & The Paddyhats – Sign Of The Fighter
9 Billy Treacy – Temple Bar
10 Sir Reg – All Saints’ Day
11 Hoist The Colours – Mourners
12 Mickey Rickshaw – Nonprofit Warfare
13 Uncle Bard & The Dirty Bastards – I Only Got One Pint
14 Paddy and the Rats – Lonely Hearts’ Boulevard
15 BalticSeaChild – Fool In The Rain
16 Drink Hunters – Celtic Punks
17 Airs & Graces – 4 Corners
18 The Moorings – Drink Up Fast
19 The Porters – Son Of This Town
20 The Clan – Horns Up And Fight
21 Greenland Whalefishers – The Letter
1. The Pogues – Just Look ‘em Straight in the Eye and Say “Pogue Mahone!” (Joint)
Sure it’s a comp., but it’s 5 feckin disks of stuff you’ve never heard – well worth the high sticker price.
1. The Go Set – The Rising (Joint)
The perfect combination of the rawness of the 1st CD and the maturity of 2 & 3.
2. The Tossers – On A Fine Spring Evening
More genius from The Tossers. The most consistant band in the scene.
3. JD and the Longfellows – Happy Hour Again
Offbeat greatness from the thinking mans drinking band.
4. The Wages Of Sin – Gringo Mariachi
The S’n’O message board popular choice.
5. Irish Stew of Sindidun – Dare to Dream
Professor Gommels #1 choice.
6. The Mighty Regis – Another Nickel for the Pope
Best new band of 2008.
7. The Dreadnoughts – Legends Never Die
Siobhan is dead, long live The Dreadnoughts.
8. Black 47 – Iraq
The best B47 release since “Green Suade Shoes” in 1996
9. Meisce – Shipwrecked in a Bottle
10. The Fisticuffs – Neatly Stumblin’ (Joint)
10. The Pubcrawlers – One Too Many Again (Joint)
10. The Porters – Anywhere but home (Joint)
Single of the Year
1. The Currency – 888
In Search of a Rose – Kind Of Green
Corrigan Fest – La Victoire en Chantant
Boiled in Lead – Silver (Led Zeppelin meets Celtic rock)
Mr. Irish Bastard – The Bastard Brotherhood
Dirges – When Laughing got you Killed
The Righs – The Rivers Run Deep
Zydepunks – Finisterre
The Cherry Coke$ – Sail the Pint