Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The randomiser says “anyone for turkey sambos?”

About last night…. Broken Social Scene at Vicar Street were good, but No Age at Whelan’s were sublime. The BSS gig was a wonderfully ramshackle greatest hits set right from the heart of Queen Street, but No Age were awesome, …

Wed, May 21, 2008, 08:44


About last night…. Broken Social Scene at Vicar Street were good, but No Age at Whelan’s were sublime. The BSS gig was a wonderfully ramshackle greatest hits set right from the heart of Queen Street, but No Age were awesome, throwing down a mean, energetic set of superbad bangers. If you haven’t checked out their amazing “Nouns” album yet, make amends today. As for that stupid turkey, it’s fantastic news that Dustin and his woeful, unfunny song and act was turfed out of the Eurovision. Why do we persist in thinking that a glove puppet in a shopping trolley is actually funny? Can’t wait to hear what Liveline is going to like today. Thank you Europe. I’m voting Yes to Lisbon after this.

Great minds think alike and this also applies to commissioning editors and sub-editors at the Irish Sunday papers who suffered a nasty dose of the Ys at the weekend. Here’s Jennifer O’Connell in the Sunday Business Post writing about Generation Y. And, what do you know, here’s Christine Bohan in the Sunday Tribune also talkin’ about the Y Generation. Next weekend, how about a few pieces on Generation Z?

From the Bleedin’ Obvious Department: Rolling Stone looks at how high ticket prices could hit the live music business. Jeez, they should ask some of the Irish promoters about that one.

Also from the Bleedin’ Obvious Department: Rolling Stone (again) on bands need to do other things to make cash now that they can’t flog CDs.

The reason why you hear the same tunes over and over again on the radio is because they test well, per the Guardian. And oh yes, Irish stations ruthlessly test their playlists too. One music programming dude told me a while back that Irish audiences always respond really well to singer-songwriters. Fact, sadly.

We’re not the only ones to heart Lykke Li. Here’s an interview from The Times.

Anyone for some fuming Radiohead fans? Don’t all rush at once. According to Billboard, a bunch of Yorkalists are up in arms over problems and delays encountered in getting to a recent ‘Head gig due to really bad weather conditions and the location of the venue in wildest Virginia. Lovin’ this comment:

If you gave even one tiny llama turd about environmental impact, you would never have scheduled a show at a venue 40 miles away from downtown D.C., nowhere near public transportation of any kind

There you are now. The first ever appearance of a “llama turd” in On The Record. Thanks Thom.

Dallas to Live Nation: pay up. Turns out the live music giant owes the good people of the Texan city $800,000. That’s about €118, isn’t it?

How to save the music industry (part 24,516). Wired details the five point plan which consumer research agency The Leading Question and music business info bods Music Ally believe might – might – just save the business. Most of them make sense, especially number five:

Trust the DJ: Online means anyone can access or own John Peel’s entire record collection, but the instant and massive availability of music on demand means you need a trusted guide like John Peel more than ever. The new layers of value will come from the social connections that come about through music as much as from the music itself.

And finally, here’s how the Recording Industry Association of America catches music pirates. Now you know.

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