Jim Carroll

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The weekend in a wrap

My invitation to the Meteor Ireland Music Awards went missing in the post again. This happens every year for some reason. Never fear, here’s the view from the posh seats via Rick O’Shea and here’s the view from the sofa …

Mon, Feb 18, 2008, 08:47


My invitation to the Meteor Ireland Music Awards went missing in the post again. This happens every year for some reason. Never fear, here’s the view from the posh seats via Rick O’Shea and here’s the view from the sofa in front of the TV via Hot Lunch. My take? Never ever trust an awards set-up where no-one has a bull’s notion who the judges making the decisons are or where the public get to decide via the miracle of text voting.

I wonder would Finbarr Donnelly ever have won a Meteor? Get That Monster Off The Stage is Paul McDermott’s audio documentary on Donnelly and his bands Nun Attax, Five Go Down to the Sea and Beethoven. This fine, fine work was origianlly broadcast on Cork Campus Radio in July 2001 and is now available as a download here.

It was quite obvious that Irish TV and film caption writers took umbrage at the lack of an Irish Film & Television Awards category for their profession. How else could you explain the complete lack of captions and introductions when various winners took to the stage to accept their gongs and gush with thanks to all and sundry? Like, who was the woman who accepted the trophy for Best Documentary? Who was the fella with Lucy Kennedy accepting the Best Entertainment award? Was that Podge/Rodge? Was that really Johnny Drama who came onstage at one point to hand over an award? WTF? At least the audience in the Gaeity looked as confused as the TV audience at home so we know that both awards and TV coverage were shoddy.

On The Record doesn’t do stand-up comedy (yet) but if it did, it would not be able to best Eddie Jordan on Morning Ireland justifying Denis O’Brien’s FAI dig-out. Priceless. Listen to it here (round about the 8.20am mark).

Wisest words so far on O’Briengate? Heeeere’s Tom:

The FAI’s handling of the O’Brien contribution sent everyone off looking up the records for similar deals, for evidence of a previous interest in (let alone a previous passion for) soccer, for word that O’Brien had bought influence, power or access for his money. And what was a good-news story (Trapattoni) came to have an odd smell off it by the following day. Disclosures forced us to blow the cobwebs off our opinions of millionaire tax-exile businessmen who deny the nation the benefit of their tax contribution to do with it as they please but go around patronising us with their knight-in-shining-armour routines. The more we were forced to think about the O’Brien deal the less we liked it. The FAI have a knack that way.

Another gig to add to the May gigroll – Thao and The Get Down Stay Down play Crawdaddy, Dublin on May 4. If you haven’t checked out their amazing “We Brave Bee Stings & All” album, do so pronto.

Why your favourite heritage rock act hearts Charlie

And why big media in the U S of A does not heart Michael Copps

Meet Detective O’Regan. Nadine rumbles some singing and songwriting dude who tried to pass off a glowing review of his album as coming from The Irish Times.

Sinead’s ace Musical Rooms series continues to rock on. Very smart idea. My favourite so far has been Adrian Crowley talking about his attic.

And finally, lets start the week on the good foot, people. “Come On Feet” from Pete & The Pirates. Enjoy

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