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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.




148: #148 | Thank U Next, OK Go

We are the gods of hellfire and we bring you… Fyre (the review)! Dave’s seen the festival disaster doc that everyone’s talking about, while Craig wants to know just how ground-breaking THAT treadmill was at The 1975 gig last week. And that’s just scratching the surface of a bumper two-man pow wow… ACT ONE How many records does it take to top the Billboard chart in 2019? How can Toto bless the rains if they’re playing in a desert? Has Gary Barlow fallen out of love with the art of...


147: #147 | Heathcliff, It’s Me, Not Tory, I’ve Come Home

And then there were two… Plus two more! With Dave and Craig mourning a very-much-alive Colm and missing a very-much-in-Sri-Lanka Daithí, the esteemed and ever-entertaining Andrea Cleary and Fionnuala Jones endeavour to make NO ENCORE great again. And how. A jam-packed episode to kickstart the year, let’s goooooo….. ACT ONE: News in 2019: R. Kelly is officially a monster, Axl Rose is officially a cartoon, Jonny Greenwood is Marty Funkhouser and Kate Bush is still cool. She’s always been cool....


146: #146 | The Best Albums of 2018~!

The end of a busy 2018 and an era as the gang bid a fond farewell to more than just the year in music as the very best long-players come into focus. If you've heard the Songs of the Year episode you'll know what we're doing with the format. If not, listen on to the NO ENCORE tribute to MTV's 120 Minutes and rejoice in our debate. Once again we would like to say a huge thank you to all of our listeners this year. We're a fiercely independent punk band of a show and your support is invaluable....


145: #145 | THE BEST SONGS OF 2018~!

Oh yes, indeed. It's time. LISTMAS is here! Part one of the NO ENCORE review of 2018 is all about the very best songs of the year. This time out, a twist! Consider it our attempt at turning this thing into the NE version of the Choice Music Prize. Enjoy... Albums of the Year on the next episode. A quick thank you to everyone who listened in 2018\. We love you. Tell your friends, etc...


144: #144 | GROSS PROPHETS

Colm and Daithí welcome Totally Irish host John Barker to the presenter’s chair this week, as both Dave and Craig get a head start on the Christmas shopping. They miss a cracker, too; Paul Noonan drops by for a chat, the long-awaited LP of Earl Sweatshirt gets the once over, and there’s a big old bundle of news and views to sort through. ACT ONE: The venerable J. Barker Esq. takes the reins as conversation swings from Daithí’s mystical Dingle experience, Colm’s 1975 past and the Longitude...


143: #143 | Tactical Espionage Action

She's back! Zara Hedderman on that co-host beat for what turns out to be quite a charged episode. NO ENCORE also welcomes 3/5 of SPIES as they celebrate the long-awaited release of debut album Constancy, which is great so do go check it out. And then there's the new 1975 record... ACT ONE: Zara discovers the Rocky franchise. ACT TWO: A heavy enough news section. ACT THREE: The 1975' A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships has been called "the millennial answer to OK Computer" but perhaps...


142: #142 | Rage Against The Corinne

It's a Bailey Rae kinda day as the full NO ENCORE complement are reunited for the first time in who-knows-how-long. The new album from Anderson .Paak is up for discussion, as is the wisdom of sharing stage times before gigs. Throw in Snoop getting a well-deserved honour, Dan Brown getting a long-overdue mention, and Colm's primer on German post-war schmaltz pop, and you've got one helluva fun time. ACT ONE: Dave is right. There's conversation about the M.I.A. documentary, online defense of...


141: #141 | Do We A-Muse You?

Man, it's a hot one as NO ENCORE turns up the heat in the studio to run the rule over the new Muse album, the demise of The Strypes and Steve McQueen's lauded heist thriller Widows. Elsewhere, the boys welcome Proper Micro NV as he launches debut album Dormant Boy. ACT ONE: A brief quiz update and an important interview to check out. ACT TWO: The Strypes RIP and Dave digs yet another grave for himself, the incredible story of the little metal band that apparently couldn't, Lorde causing...


140: #140 | Say It Again, Julian

Legitimate rock royalty makes an appearance this week, as Dave pulls up a pew alongside the inimitable Julian Casablancas. There's also a surprise album, a song to redefine the break-up anthem, and Daithí's deep dive into the world of semi-cyborg internet pop sensations. Yeah, it's been quite the seven days... ACT ONE: Colm is afforded the welcome deserved by a man turning up for one show a month, and the rock'n'roll extravaganza that is U2 at 3Arena gets the critical once-over. ACT TWO: You...


139: #139 | The Haunting of Chill House

Because Daithí sometimes makes chill house music and he got spooked by a new horror film. The best gags are the ones you have to explain, right? Another packed NO ENCORE sees ace photographer Ruth Medjber stop by for a chat ahead of her new exhibition. Meanwhile, the guys reflect on elections, gigs and scary movies... ACT ONE: The real reason why Michael D. Higgins retained the Presidency and reviews of The Voidz and Metropolis. Plus, details of the NO ENCORE Quiz of the Year~! ACT TWO: The...


138: #138 | Hedderman Above Water

She's back. A marathon episode of NO ENCORE welcomes the returning Zara Hedderman, rising Dublin dance duo Le Boom, the new album from Robyn and about 10 different gig reviews. ACT ONE: The gang run the rule over live turns from Jon Hopkins, Stephen Malkmus, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Saint Sister, Bloc Party, Dermot Kennedy and David Byrne. Phew. ACT TWO: News! ACT THREE: Christy Leech and Aimie Mallon, alias Le Boom, stop by for a chat in honour of the release of their new single,...


137: #137 | But We Always Drink Plenty Of Malk(mus)

With their Workmans Club exploits done and dusted (until December’s annual quiz, that is), the fearless foursome are back in NO ENCORE Towers for another jaunt through planet music. There’s UFOs, killer dolls and even an interview with Stephen bloody Malkmus, so let’s dive right in, eh? ACT ONE: Picture This inexplicably popular, Fleetwood Mac having a dispute, and Tom deLonge’s investigation into alien life is looking inadvisable – so far so normal then. But the boys greeting the comeback...


136: #136 | Live at Dublin Podcast Festival 2018~!

NO ENCORE goes live again with a grand return to The Workman's Club in the heart of Dublin city on a wistful autumnal Sunday night. The boys were joined by Paddy Hanna, Christian Tierney and Lilla Vargen on a lively evening, all of which you may enjoy right now... ACT ONE: Dave and Daithí review Oscar hopeful A Star is Born. ACT TWO: Paddy Hanna clambers aboard the couch for a chat before bringing the house down with a few old standards. ACT THREE: Music news in review aka why presidential...



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: #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: #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 section...


131: #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 of...


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...