Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

11 things I know now that I didn’t know a week ago

(1) Remember this awesome guest post from Paul Tarpey about the early days of Irish club culture? Well, the Irish Blog Awards folks have just gone and given it the nod as 02 Blog Post of the Month for September. …

Mon, Oct 6, 2008, 08:50


(1) Remember this awesome guest post from Paul Tarpey about the early days of Irish club culture? Well, the Irish Blog Awards folks have just gone and given it the nod as 02 Blog Post of the Month for September. Congrats Paul! Memo to self: must get more quality guest posts.

(2) Most of you culture-vulture folks will already have caught Louis Walsh having a pop at Irish radio stations for not playing enough Irish music. Louis was himself fuming because none of these radio stations would play the new Boyzone single. Feck, it must be really bad so. Thought it was interesting to note that three of the most played records on Today FM last week, per their chart yesterday, were Irish – that’s 30 percent innit? And poor old Lucifer got a little bit of a biff in the Girls Aloud feature in the Observer yesterday. Louis was slated to be the band manager after they won the Pop Stars: The Rivals talent show but ignored the girls for two years. They’re getting on quite well without him, thanks very much. Mmm, whatever happened to the Carter Twins?

(3) On The Record is getting snippy comments (number 67) from some League of Ireland fans (worse, Bohs fans) for writing about Liverpool FC rather than our lack of coverage for the homegrown league. Hey, we used to be Thurles Town fans until the club went out of business so we’ll go back on the terraces when they come back on the pitch. (Manchester City 2, Liverpool 3).

(4) Who do you think is going to be the first rapper to rhyme about the credit crunch and banking crisis? Our money (sorry) is on Lil Wayne.

(5) Speaking of pop and politics, did you know that KT Tunstall, Jarvis Cocker, Feist, Laurie Anderson and Martha Wainwright are on a ship off the coast of Greenland? No? Well, thanks to Peter Paphides, you now do. It’s part of Cape Farewell, a coming together of scientists and artists to form a “cultural response” to climate change.

(6) Twenty Major has hung up his blogging boots. On The Record understands that he will be appearing on Seoige sometime this week to talk about how he now has the time to join Liberatas, write a duet with Damien Rice, cook the perfect risotto and learn how to play the tin-whistle. We wish him well, wherever he shall roam.

(7) The Economist thinks initiatives like Nokia’s Comes With Music may well save the music business. Not so sure if that will work for Boyzone. Meanwhile uptown, record label folks are optimistic for the future, chiefly because they still have jobs to go to, it seems, and didn’t take the call from Lehman Brothers (who are still hiring).

(8) Yeah, old news but, hey, I’ve been out foreign. Two bands with albums of the year bring the noise to the big smoke – Vampire Weekend play the Ambassador on October 23 and TV On The Radio play Tripod on November 15. Hell yeah, we’re excited.

(9) Per readers of Entertainment Weekly… sorry, the RTE Guide, The Wire is the 49th best TV show ever made. It’s not as good as Blackboard Jungle or Location Location Location, then.

(10) If you haven’t read Generation Kill yet, Evan Wright’s awesome tale of frontline Marines in Iraq, make amends pronto before everyone starts talking about David Simon, Ed Burns and Wright’s TV take on the book.

(11) And finally, time to get stoopid. It’s a hard Knux life, folks.

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