Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

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Zip up your boots for your local record store (part 1,067). One for the Road sees a whole host of local acts (including Jape, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, The Jimmy Cake, Si Schroeder, Adrian Crowley and others) playing a Road …

Mon, Feb 16, 2009, 09:14

   

Zip up your boots for your local record store (part 1,067). One for the Road sees a whole host of local acts (including Jape, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, The Jimmy Cake, Si Schroeder, Adrian Crowley and others) playing a Road Records “benefit and celebration” at Andrew’s Lane Theatre, Dublin on March 14. Tickets now on sale for €20.

Is Spotify going to take over the world? It seems that you can’t go 100 yards down the street without hearing someone or other going on about the brand spanking new “celestial jukebox” – voila the Observer, Guardian and Billboard. Just a pity that certain sectors of the record business are predicatably going “ya-boo-sucks”.

Another black day for the Irish record retail sector as a liquidator is appointed to Golden Discs. See here for that story – and also about how Bubble Hits has gone burst.

Letter of the Day: Madam – Reading The Irish Times online last Friday, I knew, even before clicking my mouse, that the author of the article entitled “Cowen fills our need for strong father figure” was John Waters. Must everything Mr Waters writes relate to fatherhood? I have a father. What I don’t have at the moment is a Taoiseach. – Yours, etc, Caroline Lynch, Shantalla, Galway.

No-one obviously told these tour managers that what happens on tour is supposed to stay on tour.

Zip up your boots for your local music bloggers (part, uhm 1). It’s a battle of the bloggers (hey, what go you call a bunch of bloggers anyway? A rash of bloggers? A typo of bloggers? A plague of bloggers? A fish-and-chip shop of bloggers? An ego-trip of bloggers?) with such wonders of the local online world as Nialler9, Ricky O’Shea, Ian “Thrill Pier” Wright, UnaRocks, NaRocRoc, Sweet Oblivion, Rapture Ponies, Aoife McIndieHour, Bluebirds Are So Natural, Dublin Streets and – oh yes, sports fans – On The Record hitting the decks at Soundcheck this coming Thursday. The venue is Spy (South William Street, Dublin 2), the action starts at 7pm and admission is free before 11pm (and then a fiver).

Enough with the drummer jokes – it seems that drumming really is good for your health

Time magazine comes up with some ideas to save the newspaper

The Indiecator shizzle continues. The latest release to get the reissue treatment from the online label is In Motion’s lovely debut album “The Language of Everyday Life”, a long lost Irish indie-jangle classics originally originally released in 1994 on Eamon Crudden’s Dead Elvis. Check out the reissue here, including a free download of “Hollow Blow”.

Three strikes and you, the illegal music downloader, are out? Not so in Germany.

Why Auto-Tune is making the world sing, sing, sing.

You thought the Irish music industry was full of gangsters? Strewth!

Finally, a video to mark the news that Wire play Dublin’s Whelan’s on June 6.

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