11 things I learned since last Thursday at 8.20pm
(1) Wilco live are majestic. Nay-sayers, take a hike. People who saw them elsewhere on this tour and went “meh”, go back to your trainspotting. Those who think nothing will compare to their Whelan’s show back in the day, go …
(1) Wilco live are majestic. Nay-sayers, take a hike. People who saw them elsewhere on this tour and went “meh”, go back to your trainspotting. Those who think nothing will compare to their Whelan’s show back in the day, go back to your knitting. Last Thursday’s gig was the best live show I’ve seen in Zero Seven featuring an ungainly guitarist (that would be the peerless Nels Cline), the most energetic drummer outside of a Duracell ad (that would be Glenn Kotche) and a lead singer who is slowly morphing into Bob Dylan (and that would be Jeff Tweedy). “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart” was where things went all blurry for me.
(2) Here’s a hint that everyone’s favourite fortnightly Katy French fanzine is about to start blogging. Here, does this mean they’ll be charging for the blogs? And will they let ALL the comments appear after each blog post? Can’t wait to read Olaf’s blog. Or Niall’s blog. He could call himself Nialler10. Chuckle.
(3) M.I.A. ain’t got love for Dublin. Then again, it must be a two-way thing because there’s just not enough people in Dublin willing to show their love for M.I.A. by shelling out fortysomething euro to stand in a tent in the middle of December and wave their hands in the air like they don’t care. No excuse given for the cancellation so anyone care to hazard a guess? And you can’t use “unforseen circumstances”, OK? That one’s already had a run out this season.
(6) American Gangster’s yarn about the rise and fall of Harlem drug dealer and kingpin Frank Lucas is well worth its two and a half hours. Denzel Washington is excellent, but Russell Crowe is sublime. And Jay-Z’s album of the same name is well worth checking out too.
(7) Are the Stereophonics the most joyless band who have ever existed? Watching them on Later with Jools Holland was the most horrific TV experience of the weekend. I mean, who pissed in their chips to make them that miserable? And they’re doing THREE shows in Ireland the week after next. Three shows! Holy what-the-hell-is-that-all-about Batman?
(10) On The Record readers heart MT USA