Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

EXIT festival – the stuff from night two

(1) The tune of the night? Art Ensemble of Chicago’s “Theme de YoYo” as played over the PA after Primal Scream left the stage. I could not believe my ears. Way, way, way more exciting than what Bobby and friends …

Sat, Jul 12, 2008, 12:36

   

(1) The tune of the night? Art Ensemble of Chicago’s “Theme de YoYo” as played over the PA after Primal Scream left the stage. I could not believe my ears. Way, way, way more exciting than what Bobby and friends had to offer. Sorry, Bobby. Actually, most of the music played over the PA on the main stage between bands bested the Scream last night. Sorry, Scream.

(2) Second best tune of the night? “Eton Rifles” as thumped out by Paul Weller. Most of Weller’s set was top-notch (though he should have played more from “22 Dreams”), but the return to his youthful days trumped all. Weller now has a cigarette roadie. He may or may not have a man-bag roadie too. And he was getting a fierce time altogether from the mosquitos who were buzzing around his head.

(3) The reggae stage is still rocking

(4) Tiga’s set had more epic and pointless breakdowns than the M50

(5) The Serbians are only mad for the Latin music. Every time I walked past that stage, it was mobbed

(6) Sham 69 are still going. They weren’t as good as Concrete Worms, though.

(7) The Gossip have some amazing new songs (including one which may or may not be called “New Sensation”). Beth has a great command of the Serbian language.

(8) There are times, dear friends, when cheesy trance makes sense.

(9) And finally, the things you discover when you’re walking around a fortress in the early hours of the morning. I came across for a flyer for Dis-patch, a forthcoming art-and-music fest in Belgrade. One of the festival highlights is the world premiere of Totally Wired, a documentary made by Niamh Ahern, an old acquaintance of mine, about Schneider’s Buero, Andreas Schneider’s renowned electronic musical instrument shop in Berlin. The documentary will also be screened at Dublin’s Digital Hub on October 25 as part of DEAF 2008 (thanks to Karen for the heads-up). Here’s the trailer:

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