Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

12 things I learned this weekend

(1) Democracy is a bad idea. Everything was going grand at Leviathan’s Naomi Klein love-in until they asked for questions from the audience. Really, it would have been far more interesting to let her and Maccer keep talking. And it …

Mon, Nov 5, 2007, 11:03

   

(1) Democracy is a bad idea. Everything was going grand at Leviathan’s Naomi Klein love-in until they asked for questions from the audience. Really, it would have been far more interesting to let her and Maccer keep talking. And it was good to see that she’d done her homework beforehand on the inequalities of the Irish health system.

(2) Twenty Major is a hoot. No, seriously. His performance at the Leviathan panel discussion, squashed as he was between Eurovision pin-up John Waters and some silly billy from the Green Party, was a masterclass in one-liners and common sense. We know that Irons Bars will have no trouble when he appears on The Late, Late Show in January to hawk his book.

(3) Tiocfaidh ár lá? These days, it’s more like “tiocfaidh ár ski slopes”.

(4) I’ve said it before and sure, I’ll say it again: Adele is going to be everywhere in 2008. “Hometown Glory” is a glorious tune. Get in now before the pack, people.

(5) Being able to pause live TV rocks. Yep, we finally goodbye to the video age at On The Record HQ.

(6) If you still have some respect for the Green Party, have a listen to Cathal Mac Coille’s interview with Eamonn Ryan from today’s Morning Ireland. Ryan may have thought he’d come on to get in a plug for the roll-out of some new electricity meter, but Mac Coille had other ideas. The minister spent the interview avoiding giving straight answers to hard questions and using the exact same get-of-out-jail cards as Willie O’Dea used last night on The Week In Politics. Having that ministerial Prius under his bum really changes things. Here, anyone still have any love for Ciaran Cuffe?

(7) There are some texters who just don’t appreciate the mighty Roscoe Holcomb on the radio of a Saturday night.

(8) The biggest cheer at last night’s Animal Collective gig came when it was announced that Panda Bear was going to play a few songs from the album of the year, “Person Pitch”.

(9) Mulley really is the Brother Mouzone of the Irish interweb. Just ask the lads at Ace Internet Marketing.

(10) Are you a musician who is still signed to EMI? Yes, I know a fair few of you read this inbetween writing b-sides and album tracks. Well, your new boss reckons you have to work harder. Something tells me that Guy Hands didn’t really think this whole record label thing through before he got out his cheque-book.

(11) Westlife to play Croke Park on June 1, 2008. Will this do the business? I know they can sell out Point shows at the drop of a hat, but that’s surely the same punters going every night. Lucifer will have to come up with a very special scam for this one. Westlife’s last gig ever, perhaps?

(12) The best soundtrack for this time of year remains that Irresistible Force remix of Coldcut’s “Autumn Leaves“. Ideal music for kicking leaves. Hear it here.

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