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Interviews from the paper with Villagers, Hank Shocklee, Daniel Lanois and Colm Mac Con Iomaire
Here’s a round-up of some recent interviews which have ran in The Irish Times and The Ticket in the last few weeks. Let’s start with Conor O’Brien. I talked to him about the new Villagers’ album “Darling Arithmetic” and it was a conversation which covered a lot of bases, from love and sexuality to what happens when you realise you’re not really a rock star. Interview here – and album streaming below.
Hank Shocklee is one of hip-hop’s most fascinating architects. His work with The Bomb Squad on those early Public Enemy albums remain a case of a master bringing the noise in some style. As you can see from this interview, he has a lot to say about hip-hop past, present and future. Bonus noise: here’s the Bomb Squad boyo at his best
I’ve interviewed Daniel Lanois before and he’s someone who always gives great value for time and money. This time around, we caught up with him ahead of his show at Dublin’s Vicar Street this coming Thursday as part of the tour around his current “Flesh & Machine” album. As you can see, Lanois had a lot to say, plus he’s a great man for coming up with headlines.
Finally, you’ll find an interview with Colm Mac Con Iomaire in today’s paper. He may be best known for his service in The Frames, but Mac Con Iomaire is a serious player in his own stead with a great debut solo album “The Hare’s Corner” (streaming below) and a clutch of fascinating soundtrack work already to his credit. His new album “And Now the Weather (Agus Anois An Aimsir)” is released on Friday and he plays Whelan’s in Dublin on that date.