Compact archive June 27, 2008

Flogging Molly in Prague - Irish folk-punk you will love

What makes a band truly remarkable? Insightful lyrics? Memorable melodies? Blow-your-mind live performances? The truth is that it takes all of those things along with a boundless enthusiasm, an infectious energy and a supreme devotion to the fans. With this rare combination, a band may ascend past “good,” – or even the record industry’s Holy Grail, “marketable” – and reach sublime.

Drawing on the hardships and joys of their own lives and a musical history ranging from old world Celtic to modern day punk rock, the seven members of Flogging Molly do just that, and they do it with a charm and an ease that makes them one of the most accessible bands performing today.

“We’re not a traditional band,” explains Dublin born singer/songwriter, Dave King. “We are influenced by traditional music and inspired by it, and we put our own little twist on it.”

“If it didn’t have mandolin, accordion, fiddle and whistle, it would be punk rock, and if it didn’t have guitar, bass and drums, it would be traditional Irish music,” King admits, adding, “You can’t be bothered being labeled.”

Eight member group punk-folk group which recently produced new album Float. Contagious energy, strong melodies.
2nd July in Rock Café, Prague. Are you going?


The cause of Presidential Vote Corruption postponed

The Czech police have postponed the criminal announcement of the presidential vote corruption. The presidential vote, when Klaus was voted the president again, was an international disgrace. Now it seems, no one will be punished. Josef Notný (SNK) stated, one person from ODS wanted to bribe him into voting for Klaus. The Anti-corruption police leader Roman Skrepek said to Pravo there wasn’t any proof.

Novotny confirmed to Pravo that Vlastimil Sehnal, who is a senator for ODS, offered two millions czk for his vote for Klaus. Novotny said there is no proof, as the investigators weren’t allowed to the security cameras tapes at all, with the comment there are no cameras in the room, where Novotny was supposed to be bribed. Novotny showed a picture of the camera, but they said it is a speaker.


Klaus announced he won't subscribe the new gay-lesbian law, but he neither treads it.

The president Vaclav Klaus so gave the public know, his attitude to the registered partnership is still reserved. The new law, changing some regulations connected to gay and lesbian partnerships won’t be subscribed, but also won’t be sent back to the parliament. So it will be probably passed.

For the president, the law represents one step of a line, at which end is the same laws for hetero and homo families. For Klaus, who always repeats he supports traditional family, the idea of a gay or lesbian couple adopting a child is unthinkable.

At least he doesn’t use his backroom tactics, like in the case of Blob, to stop the inevitable development. Czech homosexual couples are gaining influence, they will have their first gay-parade this weekend, and no one can expect a country in the middle of Europe to go backward.

Prague Smichov Beach is now Opening

The Smichov Bank of Vltava has a new layer of nice white sand and wooden floors for tables were laid yesterday. The place is coming back to life again. For the fourth time, it will be possible to take a seat, have a drink and sunbathe or chat under an umbrella, in the very centre of Prague.

The Smichov Beach is opened everyday since 10 to 22 hours until the half of September. The full capacity of the place is about five hundred people, so no wonder the place with a view of Vysehrad and Podskali hosted about 40 thousand people last year.

The all-day ticket to the beach is 50czk, small kids for free. There will be concerts of various groups and thematic evenings focused e.g. on mediterranean cuisine. There is a beach volleyball field, of course, you can play petanque. The place is sweet.


Czechs Massively going on Vacation Abroad

To go on vacation abroad is much more tempting than before. The Czech crown was strong the last year already, but now the crown is even stronger, so it is possible to live decently on holiday. Lidove Noviny wrote about increased interest in foreign currency purchasing.

Simplified – if now it is possible to buy euro for about 24,4 czk, at this time one year ago it was 29 czk. Euros are so cheaper of 16 percent. If we talk about dollar, it is even better as it falls, because it is cheaper of 28% compared to the last year; one dollar is now 15,60 czk, last year it was 21,60.

The average standard of housing for Czechs at vacation is now 3-star hotel.