Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

Playing catch-up in nine easy steps

(1) You go away for a few days and all hell breaks loose. Item one: John Waters vs the O’Blogosphere. John boy called people names and generally acted like Kevin Myers. The O’Blogosphere responded (I’d have sore thumbs if I …

Mon, Jan 28, 2008, 10:00


(1) You go away for a few days and all hell breaks loose. Item one: John Waters vs the O’Blogosphere. John boy called people names and generally acted like Kevin Myers. The O’Blogosphere responded (I’d have sore thumbs if I linked to everything which was written). Much fuming all round. Boy, I’m glad I missed that one…

(2) Item two: “Falling Slowly” and the Oscars. While there’s some chit-chat about whether the song from Glen Hansard and Mark√©ta Irglov√° actually qualifies to be considered for the gong (and Una had a piece on it in the Sunday Tribune yesterday), Adam Maguire points out that the very first time the song was ever featured was in Once back in January 2006. Yes, the song turned up in several different places between then and now (the soundtrack to a Czech flick Beauty In Trouble, on “The Swell Season” album and on “The Cost” from The Frames – Glen knows how to get value from a tune), but it was first written for the flick. Jaysus, it had better win the bloody yoke after all that.

(3) If you’re offered a job working on the road with an aging prima dona, militant vegetarian and all-round over-rated egomaniac, here’s what to expect. Some day, if you’re good, l’ll tell you the tale about me and Morrissey’s trousers.

(4) On The Record: we know things. Last Monday, we told you The National were on the way to Dublin. By Friday, voila, tickets for the show on May 15 were on sale. Just like that. What’s the betting that there are more dates to be announced?

(5) On The Record: did we tell you that we know things? Yesterday’s Sunday Times had an interesting business story that MCD’s Denis Desmond has taken a share in Irish pop station Bubble Hits. Mmmm, we thought, that sounds familiar. Is this the same story we wrote about, oh, six months ago? Wonder what old On The Record story the Sunday Times will pick up next week….

(6) Want to read another article about The Wire? Of course you do. Here’s Charlie Brooker hanging out with the cast. Question: did anyone go to the David Simon masterclass in Dublin last week?

(7) Is the 2FM Hope for 2008 Meteor Award the gong of death for new bands? Previous winners of the gong of death have included such household names as Relish, Rubyhorse and Angel of Mons. Hoping to do a little bit better this year are Leanne Harte, Owen Brady, The Kinetiks, the rather excellent We Should Be Dead and Ham Sandwich. 2FM listeners (all of them – not just those in our house who listen to Rick O’Shea’s show) get to decide the winner.

(8) Cormac McCarthy’s The Road is the most chilling, bleak, unputdownable book I’ve read in years. You’ll have dreams and nightmares about the man and the boy for nights afterwards.

(9) A ton of new gigs have been announced in the last few days. These include Hammell On Trial (Bog Lane Theatre Ballymahon Co Longford February 24 and Cyprus Avenue Cork February 25), Animal Collective (Tripod, Dublin, May 19), Yeasayer (Whelan’s, Dublin, May 13), Efterklang (Button Factory, Dublin, March 29), Dinosour Jr (Academy, Dublin, May 12 and Spring and Airbrake, Belfast, May 13), Grant Lee Phillips (Whelan’s, Dublin April 28) and Frightened Rabbit (Speakeasy, Belfast February 20; Roisin Dubh, Galway, 21; Cyprus Avenue, Cork, 22 and Crawdaddy, Dublin, 23).

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