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The randomiser says “relax”

Some of you will remember the Vodafone’s Bright New Sounds yoke from a few months ago. Well, the competition is now over and it would be churlish of me not to congratulate winning band The Minutes. I’m sure the 407 …

Tue, Apr 8, 2008, 08:15

   

Some of you will remember the Vodafone’s Bright New Sounds yoke from a few months ago. Well, the competition is now over and it would be churlish of me not to congratulate winning band The Minutes. I’m sure the 407 bands who entered but didn’t win will agree that it’s just an unfortunate co-incidence that two of the three winning band members work for Vodafone.

A couple of people (including Fearghal, Petee and Barry) have pointed out that €44 to see Hercules & Love Affair at The Academy in Dublin on June 1 is a bit much. It certainly is, especially when you consider the ticket prices for their UK shows earlier in the week – it’s £12 (€15) in Glasgow and just a tenner (€12.50) in Nottingham. Holy outrageous mark-up Batman!

Speaking of tickets, Bono and pals know where the money is at. No, not that deal, but this move by his private equity company Elevation Partners to acquire a stake in everyone’s favourite whipping boys Ticketmaster.

It’s official: Apple’s iTunes now sells more music than any other retail outlet in the United States. We give the CD another 4 years, 10 months and 16 days.

Vinyl, though, that’s another story. Here’s some filthy turntable porn for you.

Hear the drummers get wicked. But what about the noise of crumpling paper… is a one-day percussion fest taking place in Dublin’s Liberty Hall Theatre on April 26. Presented by Ergodos (the people behind the Printing House Festival of New Music), the event will feature New York’s Lehman College Percussion Ensemble and Dublin’s RIAM Percussion Ensemble performing Edgard Varèse’s Ionisation. There will also be performances of John Cage’s Third Construction in Metal, Michael Byron’s Music of Steady Light, works by Irish composer Aengus Ó Maoláin and English composer James Else and various drumming workshops.

And just in case you hadn’t noticed, the revisionism has begun. From today’s paper:

The media “has less time today for serious parliamentary reporting” than was the case in the past, Taoiseach Bertie Ahern said last night.

This the same Bertie who reduced the amount of time he himself had to spend in the Dail answering questions over the last few years?

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