Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

Dong! Dong! Dong! The afternoon headlines

Torch song-singing tree surgeon Baby Dee plays Whelan’s, Dublin on March 22. Yeah! Check out her new “Safe Inside The Day” album on Drag City (co-produced by Will Oldham and Matt Sweeney) and feel the love. Xiu Xiu are coming. …

Mon, Feb 11, 2008, 14:09

   

Torch song-singing tree surgeon Baby Dee plays Whelan’s, Dublin on March 22. Yeah! Check out her new “Safe Inside The Day” album on Drag City (co-produced by Will Oldham and Matt Sweeney) and feel the love.

Xiu Xiu are coming. Oh yes, they are. They play Whelan’s, Dublin on May 22. Dig their new album too, “Women As Lovers”

Anyone for some Man Man? They’re on their way too and will be plugging fine new album “Rabbit Habits” at Whelan’s, Dublin on May 11.

And, guess what, Black Mountain are on their way too. We’re digging their “In The Future” album quite a lot at the moment. They play Dublin’s Button Factory on May 13.

Serial On The Record comment monkey Hot Lunch now has a blog. God help us all. He will review the carvery offerings of various hotels in the Irish midlands on a daily basis and will also write about 2 Unlimited, country music and teacakes. Check it.

UNKLE are no more. National day of mourning declared in Hoxton.

Andrew Butler from Hercules & Love Affair (actually, hang on, he is H&LA) DJs at Spy in Dublin on March 16.

The only Choice Music Prize nominees named after a kitchen stove and all-round smashing guys Stanley Super 800 have joined forces with fellow all-round nice guy and RTE Cork feen Rory Cobbe for a multi-what-have-you. Based around the theme of secondhand shops, the “Thrift Store Etiquette EP” will feature both an audio-visual exhibition (at the Triskel Arts Centre, Cork from next Friday) and a downloadable audio stream. More info here.

More online chatter equals more album sales according to research cited by Ars Technica:

The researchers followed the Amazon sales ranks for each of the 108 albums over a period of eight weeks (they said that Nielsen SoundScan stats would have been ideal, but they are costly and proprietary), as well as articles, blog postings, and MySpace friend counts about them. The blogosphere appeared to be most strongly correlated to better album sales—if 40 or more legitimate (written by normal people and not by marketers) blog posts were made before an album’s release, sales ended up being three times the average.

Love that line “written by normal people and not by marketers”

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