The weekend in a wrap. Heavy on the guacamole, but no onions
(1) Liverpool 2, Manchester United 1. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall, dodging boots and Scottish spittle, when Ferguson started to rant and roar and rave at full-time. Our deepest sympathies on this occasion to all the …
(1) Liverpool 2, Manchester United 1. Oh, to have been a fly on the wall, dodging boots and Scottish spittle, when Ferguson started to rant and roar and rave at full-time. Our deepest sympathies on this occasion to all the Man U fans who gather here daily.
(2) While it’s not quite on the same scale as Toronto’s Nuit Blanche, Ireland’s own Culture Night takes place next Friday night with loads going on in galleries, museums, halls and assorted spaces in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick. In a few years time, it will go all night. Like the Luas.
(3) The best documentary I’ve seen in ages? That would be Man On Wire, James Marsh’s profile of the wide-eyed Philippe Petit, the man who took a high-wire walk between the towers of the World Trade Center in New York in 1974. Before he hit New York, Petit with his team of accomplices, many of whom seemed a little unsure when it came to explaining why they had agreed to be press-ganged into service by the Frenchman, had already scaled Paris’s Notre Dame cathedral and Sydney’s Harbour Bridge.
(4) There are times when even machines fail. At the end of Kraftwerk’s near perfect display of how they invented techno, electronica and minimal house at IMMA on Saturday night, the curtains began to go across the stage to herald the conclusion of the show. Then, the curtains stopped moving and the four Kraftwerk-ers froze on the spot. They then gingerly walked offstage to huge cheers from the audience. Fantastic show, though. No-one else can do subtle, stately melancholic big-tent electronic sounds like Kraftwerk. My own highlights were “Tour de France” (though I was hoping they’d stick a big picture of Sean Kelly into the slide-show), “Neon Lights” (first time in five times seeing Kraftwerk that this tune has stood out a mile for me) and “The Model” (pure electro pop never goes out of fashion). We also hope that Ralf enjoyed the cycle from Roundwood to Dublin, as much as he enjoyed that spin around the Glen of Aherlow.
(5) The scariest newspaper headline of the weekend? “Kilkenny’s All-Ireland Champions of 2013?” from the Tribune yesterday. After Tipperary’s under 21s failed to stop Kilkenny’s gallop yesterday in Croke Park to give the Cats a clean sweep of silverware for 2008, there’s more than a germ of truth in that headline. That said, as Davy Fitz put it after Brian Cody’s men had mauled his over-hyped Waterford the previous Sunday, someone will beat Kilkenny some day. Just hope it won’t be until 2014.
(6) The only question which made the six managers participating in the Hard Working Class Heroes management panel yesterday afternoon squirm was, naturally, the one about money and their percentages. I was chairing the panel and I thought it was a good, robust exchange of views about how the role of the manager has changed in music business 2.0, with interesting points of view coming from all participants. I didn’t get to see as much of the HWCH showcases as I’d planned but you can read what Ian has to say here and I assume the State reviews will be up as soon as they get out bed this afternoon. (And Lauren Murphy and Jenny Mulligan’s reviews of the weekend for Entertainment.ie are here)
(7) Abercrombie & Fitch, Habitat and Lidl may have said no to the sixth most expensive shopping street in the world, but American Apparel are set to set up shop on Grafton Street in the near future. Yep, Dov Charney is coming to town. Liveline researchers, please note.
(8) This week, I will mostly be listening to old-school hip-hop from the early 1990s thanks to The Wackness, a wonderfully witty and quirky flick about a high school graduate spending a summer selling dope in New York. My ’90s rewind will start, naturally, with “Illmatic”.