Obligatory Irish Music Post, Because it's Calendar-Appropriate
I've never been much for the holiday--I don't really see the point in an occasion when the only point is to drink, and yet it frequently falls on a weeknight. See also de Mayo, Cinco. Plus, there's unpleasant memories due to a St. Patrick's Day cover story I had to write two years ago at a different paper. So many shitty St. Patrick's Day events. Blarf. (It doesn't bother, me, though that it's basically a meaningless excuse to party--those are great, as long as you don't have to work the next day, like say, New Year's Eve.)
Anyway, I figured we'd celebrate this time with some Irish bands that don't really sound like Irish bands, because the whole fake-Celctic thing has been down to death by the insufferable likes of Flogging Molly and Dropkick Murphys. So, how about the Thrills? They sound like the kind of sunny pop that could come from right here in Orange County! Heck, they were actually on The O.C. Here's a live version of "Whatever Happened To Corey Haim," from 2004's Let's Battle Bohemia. I'd include the regular video, but embedding has been disabled. By request, even.
Ash. Ah, who doesn't love Ash? They've been around for just about forever, always pretty good throughout that period. How about "Shining Light" from 2001's Free All Angels? How about, yeah!