Jim Carroll

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11 things I learned this weekend

(1) Battles doing “Atlas” live is pretty awesome. The rest of the set was excellent, but “Atlas” was sublime. (2) Crash! Did you hear that? That was the sound of the Sunderland bandwagon coming off the tracks. It sounds remarkably …

Mon, Aug 27, 2007, 09:24

   

(1) Battles doing “Atlas” live is pretty awesome. The rest of the set was excellent, but “Atlas” was sublime.

(2) Crash! Did you hear that? That was the sound of the Sunderland bandwagon coming off the tracks. It sounds remarkably like that Waterford bandwagon from a week or two ago, doesn’t it?

(3) Bloc Party, Phoenix Park, Dublin, November 3.

(4) Bang! What was that? That was the sound of the Bernard Dunne bandwagon hitting the canvas. Oops.

(5) One of the next would-be leaders of the Labour Party is a big fan of Rachid Taha. Or else he was just taking the air at the open-air creche that was the Fun Laoghaire Festival of World Cultures.

(6) Hurrah, Super Extra Bonus Party have been added to the Electric Picnic bill. They play the Bodytonic stage on Saturday at noon. Good job they changed their name from the Illegal Kids.

(7) Wallop! Crikey, that was loud! That was the sound of the Dublin football bandwagon coming unstuck, the team with the biggest entourage, greatest number of fine-weather fans and most hype in the history of the GAA – or, at least,, since the last bunch of Jacks on the Hill went around bigging themselves up. Now, anyone interested in a couple of thousand Arnotts sky-blue tops (slightly tight under the armpits and around the belly with just a few ketchup and Guinness stains)? We’ll throw in the car-top flags for free.

(8) It would seem that there’s another journalist about to hit the blogging trail. Go Nadine!

(9) Rick O’Shea and Gerry Ryan are not the only disco-jockeying fans of On The Record. Say hello everyone to our new arrival, Ray Foley. He seems to be a little unsure about our remark about the recent significant rise in his audience figures. Mmm, I wonder does Ray know “Dennis Shaugh” (see comments)?

(10) Re-watching The Wire is just as good as catching it the first time around. I’d forgotten what a fascinating character Frank Sobotka was.

(11) Cycling from Fairview to Fun Laoghaire and back is the new rock ‘n’ roll this week.