Happy Hour – November 16th

Making a welcome return to the airwaves this week after a couple of weeks off due to werk. Thankfully, a Minion has been hired and I’m back with a bang.

First Dates, Monday Channel 4, 9PM.

As usual we spent far too much time talking about First Dates. The fact Ian watches this AND has admitted it on live radio is still a source of amusement and obviously blows a serious hole in his Indie Rocker cred. Anyway, without spoiling the whole episode, it was a good ‘un. First up was Sophie and Adam. All I can say is OUCH! And I thought it was all going so well.. Next were the token older couple Meguel and Kevin, neither of whom looked their age and both of whom were sporting some questionable tan. It was all very nice and plesant and Kevin is a serious DILF so the episode is worth watching for that fact alone. Annie and Barry, aside from sharing their names with the main characters in a children’s readers, they also left the country in tears. On a side note, don’t go all XFactor on us Fred. I can’t cope with this level of emotion on a Monday evening! Poshie Masie was back for another go after her previous date ended with her match kindly informing her that he wanted to bang as many women as possible and sew his seed in her (seriously!) Things went much better this week with James, surely a cousin of Jedward with that quiff.


Gig Guide

Hudson Taylor play the Bailey Allen, Wednesday November 16th.

Sample Answer play the Roisin Dubh, Saturday Novemebr 19th. Use the code SAMPLE at check out to get 50% off your ticket (yurt)

Wyvern Lingo play the Roisin Dubh, Saturday, November 26th.

Coronas play Seapoint Ballroom, Wednesday and Thursday, November 23rd and 24th.

And, the last EVER Fight Like Ape Galway gig is next Thursday in the Roisin Dubh, November 24th.


And finally, months and months ahead of time, our Way Too Early Picnic Predictions

Ian reckons Tribe Called Quest, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Foals, Hozier, Blink 182, Two Door Cinema Club, Jamie T, Bloc Party.

And, under strict instructions not to cheat, here are my guesses

Alt J, Jerry Fish, The Eskies, Coldplay, Jenny Greene, MK, King Kong Kompany, David McWilliams, Hanna Wants, The Libertines, Picture This.

Incidentally, EP early bird tickets finish TODAY, so if you haven’t already gotten yours, get them.

You can catch the show in it’s entirety here:

And finally, the tracklist from the show:

1. One More Chance by Bloc Party
2. Inhaler by Foals
3. LoveCats by The Cure
4. Can’t Keep Checking My Pulse by Unknown Mortal Orchestra
5. Higher Love by James Vincent McMorrow
6. Take me Out by Franz Ferdinand
7.Always on my Mind by Pet Shop Boys
8. Good Boy by Sample Answer
9. Corpses by Saint Sister
10. Crouching Bees by Fight Like Apes
11. Ants by Ham Sandwich
12. Come Get Your Love by Redbone
13. Feels Like We Only Go Backwards by Tame Impala
14. Rabbit Hole by Jamie T
15. Time for Heroes by The Libertines
16. Youth by Glass Animals
17. Ampling Amp by Yeaslayer
18. Can I Kick It by A Tribe Called Quest
19. Next Year by Two Door Cinema Club
20. Sweet Jane by Velvet Underground

First Dates ♥


First Dates made a welcome return to Channel 4 last Tuesday with it’s sixth series (WOO)

For anyone who hasn’t seen the show, it’s based on the premise of two strangers meeting for the first time over dinner. The catch? The restaurant is fully miked for our viewing pleasure. Think “The Restaurant” meets “Blind Date”.

Paternoster Chop House restaurant in Central London is the venue for these hopeful singletons, who are greeted on arrival by mixologist (that’s bartender to you and I) Merlin Griffiths before being waited on hand and foot by the hottest wait staff I have ever seen; CiCi Coleman, Laura Tott and Sam Conrad.

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However, Maitre D’ Fred Sirieix is the real star of the show, offering advice on love, romance and dating all delivered in a sexy, sauve French accent. If he wasn’t so adorable it would be a definite case of fromage.

Last week got the series off to a great start! Unfortunately, Becky the burlesque dancer and stand-up comic Lewis didn’t exactly hit it off and nor did ice queen (aka resting bitch face) Gemma and her man but the fabulous Jay and Robbie and Uma and Ruth more than made up for that. Jay spoke about surviving a serious homophobic attack at the age of 14 while Uma’s sisters’ sudden death last year spurred her on to apply for First Dates.

Couple of the evening, however, has to be brawny scientist Ashley and single-Mum Sonia.

Their date went soooooo well and all jokes about eloping to Gretna Green and getting married aside I really hope it works out for them!


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