Jim Carroll

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The Monday morning re-up

Maybe I need to syringe my ears but I could swear I heard someone saying something over the weekend about a certain someone playing a couple of Dublin dates in May. That’s good news, isn’t it, for what is supposed …

Mon, Jan 21, 2008, 09:12

   

Maybe I need to syringe my ears but I could swear I heard someone saying something over the weekend about a certain someone playing a couple of Dublin dates in May. That’s good news, isn’t it, for what is supposed to be the most depressing day of the year?

Dublin hearts Band of Horses. Their gig on February 20th, the first date in their European tour, has been moved to Tripod. Lets hope the bouncers take some chill pills before opening the doors.

Mo’ gig news. Adele plays Crawdaddy on March 2. Her “19″ album is wonderful and she’s one hell of a bright spark. The mighty Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings hit town in April 10, playing at The Button Factory. In case you don’t know, she’s the ex-prison guard at New York’s Riker’s Island and they’re Mark Ronson’s favourite brass section. Check out their “100 Days, 100 Nights” album for more.

Meanwhile, everyone’s favourite bike-riding Chi-Town rappers The Cool Kids play Crawdaddy on February 12. No sign of any dates beyond the Pale for any of the above, but if anyone has booked them and wants to plug the dates, use the comments field below and stop moaning about lack of publicity.

Fabrik is a new club night incoming to Dublin’s Tivoli on February 14th. Night one will feature ex-Kaftwerker Wolfgang “I Was A Robot” Flur in his Yamo guise, Dave Ball (Soft Cell, The Grid), Neosupervital and Anni Hogan.

This could be a very good idea for the summer.

Trent Reznor may have found the “Niggy Tardust” experience to be “disheartening”, but Saul Williams is a much happier camper:

I think it’s early in the game. I’m not disappointed at all. I think Trent’s disappointment probably stems from being in the music business for over 20 years and remembering a time that was very different, when sales reflected something different, when there was no such thing as downloads. Trent is from another school. Even acts that prospered in the ’90s, you look at people like the Fugees or Lauren Hill selling 18 million copies. That sort of thing is unheard of today. But Trent comes from that world. So I think his disappointed stems from being heavily invested in the past. For modern times, for modern numbers we’re looking great, especially for being just two months into a project.

Jamaican reggae dudes say no thanks to vinyl

On The Record readers are still talking MT USA. Wow, we’ve turned into a support group for Eighties music fans. Who knew?

Speaking of support groups, have we seen the last of those Nokia Trends Lab gigs? Guess they spent all the budgets on lovely girls in boiler suits.

And, finally, thanks to everyone who has contributed to our cover versions love-in. Methinks it may be time for a covers-only night on the radio show. Stay tuned.

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