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Friday the 13th is supposed to be a terribly unlucky day but based on the evidence of this weekend, people are taking a few risks anyway. This weekend in the capital sees the launch of the fantastic Strange Passion compilation (you can read our interview with it’s curator Darren McCreesh here), a haunted house just off Capel St, a dinner club (IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE!), loadsa gigs and one seriously powerful photo exhibition.
See you all on Monday.
Strange Passion Album Launch Party (Friday, 7.30pm, Project Arts Centre, Free)
Strange Passion is a 14-song compilation of Irish post-punk made between 1980 and 1983. That simple description does not do justice to the wonder within. From Dogmatic Element’s Banshees-influenced melodies to Stano’s associative take on pop, it’s spirit rather than sound that ties this group together. Roger Doyle’s Operating Theatre project channeled Obscure Records’ ambient leanings, Major Thinkers went to New York and obviously the Virgin Prunes were plain crazy. This Friday, many of the people involved will be gathering in the Project Arts Centre to celebrate the launch and there’ll be DJ sets from Mici Durnin (B-Music), Garry O’Neill (Where Were You?), Skinny Wolves, SM Corporation and (son of SM Corp’s Steve Averill) Great Lakes Mystery. Entry is free and you can stream Strange Passion on East Village radio.
Old House (Supafast Building, Midnight, 4 Euro)
The Supafast building is already pretty spooky. Friday 13th, no matter what your levels of superstition, is always wont to get a little bit creepy. Combine both, and you’ve got one formidably horrifying concept: Old House. From midnight tonight, the Smithfield building will be transformed into an ectoplasmically weird experience, as part of the 10 Days In Dublin festival. Featuring spectral soundscapes from Davy Keogh and Cloud Castle Lake’s Daniel McAuley, art from Kitty Moss and Ingrid Lyons, and a big, gooey pot of melted brains, Old House is the perfect excuse to Halloween way before Halloween.
The Flats: Memories; Perceptions; Reality (Flat 8E, Pearse House flats, 11 till 6 on Saturday, 12 till 5 on Sunday)
Jeanette Lowe’s photograph of two boys standing in the stairwell of a block of Dublin flats caused quite a stir, winning the Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize and finding itself a home in the National Portrait Gallery in London. As part of PhotoIreland 2012, you can go and see it, and others of Jeanette’s photographs of the flats, in one of the flats themselves. Nifty.
Supafast’s Set Food Club (Supafast Building, Saturday, 8.30pm)
Looking for a sweet home-cooked meal on a Saturday night that won’t break the bank and doesn’t involve waiting for tables in some fancy-shmancy restaurant? Let Hugh Cooney and the rest of the Supafast crew take care of you for the evening. With a mouth-watering seven-course menu on the cards, the boys know how to cater for a discerning audience. Full details to be found on the Facebook event below and booking ahead is essential.
Joy Orbison (Twisted Pepper, Saturday, 10.30pm, 12 Euro)
Lovingly referred to as The Don of UK bass, Joy Orbison has long been several steps ahead of the club music crowd. From his game-changing debut single ‘Hyph Mngo’ through to his newer collaborative works with similarly-minded dance-floor crushers Boddika and Pearson Sound, the young Londoner has pushed the limits of garage and techno to their bassiest. His DJ sets are stuff of legend in these parts, with his by-now-annual visits tearing the Twisted Pepper basement to shreds every time. Recent form would suggest we’re in for his heaviest set yet.
Le Galaxie – Fade 2 Forever EP Launch (Saturday, Button Factory, 9pm, 10 Euro)
The EP is in shops today but the real party happens tomorrow night in the Button Factory, where the disco funk will be provided by Ships, Adultrock, Sleep Thieves and Nanu Nanu, as well as the boys themselves obviously. That’s a hell of a lot of synthesizers for one night. Check out Le Galaxie’s Night Drive playlist over here and get ready for a night on the tiles.