Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The randomiser rides again

Nice weekend everyone? I’m sure we shall hear plenty today about AC/DC, Record Store Day and the joys of ice-cream on a sunny day. I spent Saturday afternoon putting together a smashing ‘zine in a few hours in the company …

Mon, Apr 20, 2009, 08:37

   

Nice weekend everyone? I’m sure we shall hear plenty today about AC/DC, Record Store Day and the joys of ice-cream on a sunny day. I spent Saturday afternoon putting together a smashing ‘zine in a few hours in the company of some great folks in the smoking area of the Bernard Shaw boozer in Dublin. Yep, Zine Day was like putting together a magazine in a shed in the middle of a field in Co Laois all over again. Thanks very much to Will St Leger and Bodytonic’s John McMahon for asking me to get involved in the project and to Gareth “Play That Song I Like” Williamson and all those bright sparks who showed up, grabbed a pair of scissors and slapped on the Pritt-Stick. Naturally, there will be more Zine Days in the future.

Incoming: new online city guide for Baile Atha Cliath. Le Cool Dublin launches May 14 as a free weekly mag right to your in-box with a guide to the best cultural and entertainment events in the big smoke. Sign up here if this tickles your fancy.

Anyone interested in kicking the tyres at MySpace Music? Join the queue.

In the wake of lots of yak about a three-strikes-and-you’re-back-in-the-Stone-Age-dude policy when it comes to music piracy, the New York Times scratches its chin a few times and wonders if internet access is a basic human right

Review of Jack White’s new band The Dead Weather as they step out for the first time in New York City.

Viva Vevo?

2fm online music store: epic fail. Ken “Brian” Sweeney catches the story in yesterday’s Trib about how 2fm’s new online store is selling MP3s which are iPod and Mac-unfriendly due to DRMifications. Like, hello? That’s €230,000, or 41.2 per cent of Gerry Ryan’s salary, down the pan.

Music festivals say “we’re grand, boss”. Note 1: this may not apply to the Irish festival sector. Note 2: we have not seen any Ticketmaster manifests to back up Note 1. Note 3: we are, of course and as always, more than open to seeing Ticketmaster manifests in relation to Note 1 should you have a few going spare.

Anyone looking for a Dublin-based festival over the May Bank Holiday Weekend – which is the weekend after next – and wondering what to do now that the Green Energy festival seems to have been 86′d, the Sibin festival could be for you. Some 60 acts do the do on six stages with reps from the Electricity, Reach, !Kaboogie, Worries Outernational, Acii Disco, Antics, Hospital, Rootical and many other crews holding court at the Man O’ War Pub, Balbriggan, Co Dublin on May 2. Tickets are €47.50 in advance (from Spindizzy or All City) or €50 on the day.

Country music sales go down, down, deeper and down. Hey, first and last Status Quo refererence in On The Record! This week, anyway.

Beantown attorney confounds record industry with brand new gameplan: “he did it!” If that happened in an episode of Law & Order, Jack McCoy’s eyebrows would approach Glenda Gilson-like heights.

And finally, let’s start the working week with a chant. It’s going to be a good one.

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