Jim Carroll

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The Tuesday AM randomiser

Reports on that new U2 single from Brian Boyd, State and Stereogum. On The Record’s verdict? In keeping with the tradition of U2 paying homage to other acts (see “Beautiful Day” and A-ha’s “Take On Me”), “Get On Your Boots” …

Tue, Jan 20, 2009, 09:07

   

Reports on that new U2 single from Brian Boyd, State and Stereogum. On The Record’s verdict? In keeping with the tradition of U2 paying homage to other acts (see “Beautiful Day” and A-ha’s “Take On Me”), “Get On Your Boots” reminds us of Peter, Bjorn & John (that drum-roll at the start, 1.18 and at 2.58 has a “Young Folks” buzz to it), Queens of the Stone Age (that riff) and Bob Dylan (the lyrics are a little “Subterranean Homesick Blues” redux). There is also a bit which sounds like the theme tune to Las Vegas but that could be just me. Still, the tune isn’t as bad as that Bono opinion column in the New York Times the other week.

That part of the record industry which can still claim expenses are in Cannes this week for the MIDEM beano so we can expect more reports and re-ups like this (and this) as the week goes on. Just don’t expect anything new or remarkable to emerge from the south of France.

Wonder how many of the people Rolling Stone believe will save rock’n'roll are in Cannes this week? Very few of them, I reckon, because MIDEM hasn’t been about the future of anything for a very long time. Good to see Arts & Crafts dude Jeffrey Remedios on that list, though.

What the record industry actually needs now is more bright ideas like the Now series. Now That’s What I Call A Goldmine!

Or maybe this is the way to go: house parties to flog CDs.

Peter Robinson pens an obituary for landfill indie.

US ambassador to Ireland Thomas Foley says goodbye. Says we’re too cynical, disses our pepper, trashes our neutrality and doesn’t even say thanks for the Ferrero Rocher.

Warner Music does not heart Facebook Music. Wonder does this mean that Edgar will tell his staff to stop updating their profiles during work hours?

The mighty Steven Wells reveals the golden rules of gig reviewing.

And finally, because so many people have emailed me the link (who the hell do you think I am, Prop Jim?) The Wire in five minutes. Spoilers from the minute you press play, dudes.

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