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NO ENCORE is a fun and informal podcast in which embittered critic Dave Hanratty attempts to make sense of the music that finds its way to his ears on a constant basis. With tangents.

NO ENCORE is a fun and informal podcast in which embittered critic Dave Hanratty attempts to make sense of the music that finds its way to his ears on a constant basis. With tangents.
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NO ENCORE is a fun and informal podcast in which embittered critic Dave Hanratty attempts to make sense of the music that finds its way to his ears on a constant basis. With tangents.





With just over a week until NO ENCORE gets its live show on at The Workmans Club – [grab your tickets here if you haven’t done so yet]( – the fab four are in fine fettle for another run through the burning issues of the week. From over-enthusiastic two-stepping to an Anglo-American union more horrifying than anything Galloway could have envisaged, there’s lots to discuss, so let’s not...


134: NO ENCORE #134 | It Takes A Villagers

Decent pun title, that. NO ENCORE is thrilled to welcome the great Conor O'Brien of Villagers fame to the show this week as he discusses new album The Art of Pretending to Swim, Twin Peaks and a whole lot more. Elsewhere, the legendary Fionnuala Jones returns on co-host duties amidst a typically raucous episode that is absolutely packed with reviews and news. Don't forget; NO ENCORE returns to The Workman's Club on Sunday October 14th as part of the Dublin Podcast Festival. Tickets...


133: #133 | Who Will Survive In Athy?

Four revellers happy to be out of the spirit-dampening storm, the boys are back on the NO ENCORE beat once again. They're not alone, either, as Conall and John of We Cut Corners drop by to discuss their new album Imposters. Elsewhere there's a massive Irish album to discuss, some blasts from the past with new tracks, and Colm almost dying from a fit of laughter - let's crack on... ACT ONE: Kevin Sharkey's bid bites the dust, the economic pressures of music in Dublin are illustrated once...


132: NO ENCORE #132 | New World Order

Joyous scenes in NO ENCORE HQ as the status quo officially changes forevermore. And then the Hozier video takes centre stage and it all gets a bit upsetting. Elsewhere, the great David Kitt drops by for an in-depth chat as he releases his brand new Like Lightning EP - out now on All City Records - and the boys pour cold water all over The Blaze. ACT ONE: Yet another big announcement. ACT TWO: Hozier is back and everyone's lost the run of themselves. Including him. ACT THREE: The news...


131: NO ENCORE #131 | Rage, Rage Against The Dying Of The Razorlight

Back in the cosy confines of NO ENCORE Towers - complete with Craig for good measure - the boys are back in business. From plagued planes and useless eulogies to the rise of the Swedish far right, there's plenty to discuss so let's get crackin'... ACT ONE: Vanilla Ice struggles to keep his cool, Aretha Franklin's funeral gets weird, and Paul McCartney gets deep - it's the news! ACT TWO: Big Red Machine, the nebulous project from Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner, has finally taken the form...


130: #130 | Live @ Electric Picnic 2018~!

With more pep in their step than could reasonably be expected after two days of relentless hijinks, our brave NO ENCORE boys kicked off Sunday’s programme at the Ah Hear stage, right at the heart of Electric Picnic. Dave, Colm and supersub Daithí – with a cameo from the wonderful MayKay – manned the mics for a joyfully raucous episode that was declared best podcast of the weekend by The Irish Times, and that’s the paper of record, don’t ya know… ACT ONE: The weekend’s proceedings are pored...


129: #129 | Our Concerns Are Global

It's the last NO ENCORE before the festival hiatus is shattered and there's a superstar guest on board in the form of the quite excellent Saint Sister. Morgan MacIntyre and Gemma Doherty release their long-awaited debut album on October 5, with a headline show in the Olympia Theatre the following week. Don't miss out. ACT ONE: A busy preamble. ACT TWO: Saint Sister in conversation. ACT THREE: MTV VMAs, Nicki Minaj defending her honour, Lana Del Rey in political hot water and a trio of...


128: #128 | Mission Improbable

NO ENCORE returns on a two-man power trip as Dave and Colm hold the music world to ransom. There's another big announcement, a special guest who brought his guitar for company, and a metric ton of news and songs to battle through... ACT ONE: The festival hiatus is over. ACT TWO: Lots of news. ACT THREE: Reborn troubadour A. Smyth invades the studio for some chat and a tune. ACT FOUR: Jake Shears has gone for the self-titled approach with his debut album. Does the music itself have more...


127: #127 | Big Shop 'Til You Drop

Greetings. NO ENCORE returns with almost as much TV and movie talk as music talk, so maybe we need to look at what this podcast actually is. For now, dive on in to a packed and lively hour... ACT ONE: Cinema trips, drunken escapades and a reminder that we are back in The Workman's Club on Sunday October 14 as part of the Dublin Podcast Festival. ACT TWO: A wild news agenda featuring a terrible song's rebirth, the generous grocery ways of Ludacris and Mozza's manager massacring an...


126: #126 | Workman's Club Sunday October 14

That's where we'll be. For now, NO ENCORE is studio-bound for another deep dive into the music world. ACT ONE: An announcement. ACT TWO: David Kitt's lament, financial joy for Calvin Harris, label struggles for Sky Ferreira, an important Quincy Jones update and the majestic versatility of Disturbed. ACT THREE: All Saints are back with new album Testament. The boys testify accordingly. ACT FOUR: SOTW with Robyn, Enrique Iglesias, Tom Morello, Miguel and Anna Calvi. EXIT MUSIC: Spies - 'Ho...


125: #125 | Thank You Daithí, Very Cool!

NO ENCORE is back back back as the boy Daithí returns to talk up his new double A-side singles, which are both excellent and you should go check them out. First up, the latest edition of the most raucous music show in all the land... ACT ONE: The demise of Eamon Dunphy, the joy of Mission: Impossible and the tender heart of Daithí O'Dronai. ACT TWO: News as Dave rages against the celebrity priesthood, ticket touts find their days numbered, and the Mercury Prize nominations are unveiled....


124: #124 | The Dark Knight Isn't THAT Good, Guys

NO ENCORE reunited as Colm finally returns from his travels to tell us all about Paul Simon in the form of a gig review and a Listening Guide. But first, the boys bid a tearful farewell to the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Dave shares a tale of strip club remorse and Kanye West finds an unlikely ally. ACT ONE: Your standard preamble, for the most part. ACT TWO: News with Pussy Riot's latest protest, some fresh mental health perspective, Craig on Kanye, and some booze news, Get the Spotify playlist...


123: #123 | One-Two / Three-Four

NO ENCORE returns to set the music world to rights. There's a birthday, a guest co-host, arguably too much football chatter for a music podcast, and the new album from Deafheaven up for review so let's get right to it... ACT ONE: A difficult gig and the WORLD CUP. ACT TWO: Lots of news including Stormzy's new venture, Rage Against the Machine's latest battle and the delirious joy of Justin Bieber. ACT THREE: Deafheaven's Ordinary Corrupt Human Love in review. ACT FOUR: Songs of the Week...


122: #122 | Sting In The Tale

NO ENCORE is a man down as Colm flounces off to hang out with his impending in-laws. That leaves Dave and Craig to welcome the returning Fionnuala Jones, she of Daily Edge, Goldenplec and hailing from The Big Town with a Hill fame. On this week's agenda; the new Drake album and why it's such an intimidating proposition, some World Cup and Love Island chatter, and the hottest studio there ever was. ACT ONE: Preamble in the form of TV reviews for some reason. ACT TWO: The news looks at Fyre...


121: #121 | Express Yourself, It's One-Two-One

The studio is almost literally on fire as Dave and Daithi touch down following a European jaunt and just make the podcast in time to explore another wild week in music. NO ENCORE wouldn't be complete without Craig or Colm, either, so it's good that they're present, also. On the agenda; Nine Inch Nails live report and album review, Childish Gambino under fire, Nick Cave weirdness, Drake excessiveness, Kanye Kanye-ness and general podcast wackiness. ACT ONE: The usual preamble catch-up of...


120: #120 | For Us, It Is Five Shows Or None At All

Dave, Colm and Craig are back once again and getting used to this whole 'all three guys present for the same episode' schtick, so maybe that'll catch on if we're very lucky. A packed episode of NO ENCORE takes a look at the huge and highly grim news story that rocked the music world and beyond. Meanwhile, the boys sidestep two major album releases to shine a light on one of the most inventive and daring pop records of the year. ACT ONE: Reviews of gigs that Dave didn't attend. ACT TWO: The...


119: #119 | Where The Chorus?

NO ENCORE returns to its sole OG Trio format for the first time in two months somehow, as Craig wraps up his hectic college run, Colm keeps time like a boss and Dave gets excited about the World Cup. On the pod this week; a sad and sudden passing, an important new album from Kanye West and Kid Cudi, a typically wild news agenda and a handful of hot new tunes to assess. ACT ONE: Craig Fitzpatrick, now officially a Master. ACT TWO: Nile Rodgers remembered, Ariana Grande celebrated, Jeremy...


118: #118 | Paul Alwright

Following the release of excellent new album Hungry, Paul Alwright sits down with the NO ENCORE boys for an in-depth chat. Paul discusses his latest record and gives an insight into his creative process, while also looking at his passion for science, his burgeoning acting career and what's next up in that department, and how he feels about his place amongst the wider rap, hip-hop and spoken word community in Dublin and beyond. Hungry is available now on Spotify, Apple Music and your local...


117: #117 | Ye Day

NO ENCORE returns to review a Kanye West album for the very first time, and what an album to start with. Elsewhere, there's live recaps of Forbidden Fruit and Nick Cave - who also gets his very own Listening Guide - some brief metal discussion, a bizarre Taylor Swift-related list and various other nonsense. ACT ONE: It's the preamble bit. ACT TWO: Happy Birthday to the most misunderstood snare drum in all of music. ACT THREE: Kanye West and his most divisive album to date. ACT FOUR: 10...


116: #116 | God's Favourite Broadcasters

Greetings! NO ENCORE is a house reestablished as your OG Wrecking Crew finally reconvene. But that's not good enough, so there's a guest onboard for company. On the agenda; music's most scorching beef of the moment, the new album from one Father John Misty, a live report of his Dublin visit - and Broken Social Scene's own big night out in the capital - and plenty of new songs and so on... ACT ONE: Couple of Monday night gigs, why not. ACT TWO: Making sense of Pusha T and Drake, Censorship...