Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

How many members of Aosdána does it take to write a letter to The Irish Times? (*)

It’s the Tuesday morning clickathon! A collection of random links designed to keep you away for at least five minutes from doing something useful. Like answering the door to your local would-be TD. And sticking his leaflet in your green …

Tue, May 1, 2007, 09:20

   

It’s the Tuesday morning clickathon! A collection of random links designed to keep you away for at least five minutes from doing something useful. Like answering the door to your local would-be TD. And sticking his leaflet in your green bin. While he’s canvassing next-door.

What the Wu? There are 215 free Wu-Tang Clan downloads waiting to be enjoyed right here.

Last Friday, we rounded up the gigs and festivals of the summer. But, naturally because we’re human, we left out a few. There’s the Dublin City Soul Festival (we reckon Stax soul stirrers the Rance Allen Group are worth a look) and, then, there’s the full line-up for Groove Armada’s Lovebox hooley at Dublin’s Malahide Castle which also features The Rapture (we’re loving the Claude Von Stroke remix of their “Whoo Alright Yah Uh Huh” at the mo’), Toots & The Maytals, (the hugely over-rated) Super Furry Animals, V2 new boy Jape, superstar spinner Sasha and many more.

We like that eerie version of “Lets Dance” currently featured on an ad for Ballygowan. If, like us, you were wondering who the singer is, wonder no more. She is Miss Paula Flynn and she hails from Co Armagh. Currenly a comunications student at DCU, she usually sings with Jinx Lennon but is now planning a solo album. And yes, she has a MySpace.

Mash-ups may be so 2001 but someone forget to tell Party Ben. He’s the dude behind that Snow Patrol vs The Police “Every Car You Chase” yoke currently doing the rounds and the good news is he’s done dozens more. Our favourite is his remix of Hot Chip’s “Over & Over”. Not as good as the Diplo rerub but hey, what is?

Thanks to Joey and Liz and their super-duper TV-DVD thingy, we saw the Arcade Fire busking their way through “Neon Bible” and “Guns Of Brixton” on BBC’s Culture Show the other week and now, you can do likewise thanks to the Beeb. Luckily, you’ll miss out on Lauren Laverne’s truly appalling interview. Man, she wouldn’t even get a gig on Xpose.

Ah record labels, you’ve got to love them. Check the terms and conditions if you want to get your tune on the soundtrack to the new Bratz film. We should have gone to law school.

(* Your guess is as good as mine, but they’re really splashing out their cnuas on stamps these days)

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