Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

Where was I before we were so rudely interrupted by the events of last week?

It’s all still going on over here. The conspiracy theories are funny, but the outraged fuming about the bands that didn’t make the Top 40 is even funnier. Pelvis? An Emotional Fish? Every single U2 album ever released? When someone …

Mon, Mar 3, 2008, 12:46

   

It’s all still going on over here. The conspiracy theories are funny, but the outraged fuming about the bands that didn’t make the Top 40 is even funnier. Pelvis? An Emotional Fish? Every single U2 album ever released? When someone mentioned the Aphex Twin because he was born in Limerick, eyes began to glaze over. Still waiting for the Enya fans, though.

At least, it means there’s less fuming here. It’s interesting to see the amount of spinning which is going on (disingenuous spinning too, because a number of the spinners are not declaring some very blatant conflicts of interest) in an effort to discredit this year’s winners. It won’t work, though. Super Extra Bonus Party, the sound of young Kildare, rock.

Time to move on. There are other things going on in the world.

Congrats to all the winners at this year’s Blog Awards, especially my ireland.com colleague Shane Hegarty, music blogger of the next millennium Nialler9, arts & culture dame Sinead Gleeson and all-round blogging juggernaut Twenty Major. As the ancient Chinese bleesing goes, may you enjoy many hours of contentment playing with your glass gongs. Anyone want to start fuming about this?

Good overview from Forbes on the chatter at the Digital Music Forum East confab in New York last week

Lets hope Trent Reznor will be as forthcoming about sales stats for the new Nine Inch Nails album as he was with Saul Williams’s recent album. You can get the new 36-track instrumental album, “Ghosts I-IV”, on a variety of different formats and for a variety of different prices.

Per Billboard:

Fans can receive the first nine songs from the 36-track project, which was recorded during “an intense 10-week period last fall” and likely to spawn additional volumes, for free, or the entire album can be obtained digitally for $5. There are several other ordering options available for “Ghosts I-IV,” each of which come with immediate access to the album in digital form. The standard double-CD set is retailing on Reznor’s site for $10, while a $70 deluxe edition in a hardcover fabric slipcase includes the audio CDs, a DVD with multi-track files for the music and a Blu-Ray disc with high-definition stereo mixes.

Of course, it had to happen. Bands have poked their managers and now, the managers are poking the labels for a share of the cash from those online copyright-infringement settlements from last year.

Maybe those acts should have a chat with Brian Eno. He’s making cash working with Electronic Arts on music for Spore.

RIP Radio Nova legend and broadcasting bucaneer Chris Cary

Hello Thom! Bet you thought we’d forgotten about you, you cheeky wee scamp. Bet you wish we had, more to the point. Anyway, Thom Yorke is showing his green credentials, saying Radiohead will not be playing Glastonbury this year because of his concerns over how many people use private transport rather than public transport to get to the festival. Hugely commendable but is this the same the Thom Yorke and Radiohead band who are playing Malahide Castle in June, a venue where a sizeable number of the people in attendance will arrive by car?

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