Jim Carroll

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The randomiser says “Wilco will love you baby”

If there was a transfer market for musicians, I’d wager that each of the individual members of Wilco would command hefty fees. Any band would probably give a sizable chunk of their gigging income to have one of these six …

Mon, Aug 31, 2009, 09:09


If there was a transfer market for musicians, I’d wager that each of the individual members of Wilco would command hefty fees. Any band would probably give a sizable chunk of their gigging income to have one of these six musicians onboard to pull and push them onwards and upwards. Their show at Dublin’s Vicar Street on Friday night was easily one of the gigs of the year, a dazzling and sensational tour-de-force with all six performing out of their skins. From the moment they struck the stage with “Bull Black Nova”, through a two-and-a-half-hour set covering all corners – even “California Stars” from “Mermaid Avenue” got an airing, with support band Blitzen Trapper onstage to lend a hand – there was no let-up in the quality. Jeff Tweedy was wisecracking like a cheesy Las Vegas compere, Nels Cline took off for another world entirely on “Impossible Germany” and Pat Sansome peacocked and windmilled away like a Sixties mod over on the opposite side of the stage. One wonders what various members of Dublin indie-rock bands in the audience thought as peerless song followed peerless song – back to the rehearsal studio, probably. Who needs Radiohead when you have Wilco?

And certainly, who needs Oasis? Older sibling calls it a day – younger sibling keeps Tweeting about his fashion line. Predicition: Oasis, Slane Castle, 2015, the reuniuon tour.

It could be a soggy EP09 by the looks of things. A week of showers and heavy rain followed by 30,000 people traipsing around Thomas Cosby’s manor will really test that drainage system to the full no matter what sort of Indian summer is waiting in the wings.

“Recession: Opportunity Knocks” is one of a mini-series of talks and discussions to be held over the course of the upcoming Dublin Fringe Fest. This one is a town hall-style come-all-ye bringing together some of the folks who are reshaping the city’s cultural life. Chaired by Sinead Gleeson, the panel will feature Trevor O’Shea (Bodytonic/Airbound), BrenB (Offset/Always Read the Small Print), Dylan Haskins (Exchange/Hideaway House), Kate Nolan (Re-Dress), Peter O’Brien (Dartmouth Sq/Edenbee), Conor Bereen (Coppinger Row) and Kaethe Burt-O’Dea (Sitric Compost Community Garden). It takes place at the Metro Bosco Tent (George’s Dock) on September 9. Tickets are €6.

To Belfast to take in a night of the Belsonic fest and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs at St George’s Market. The latter was the first gig I’ve ever attended in a former fruit and veg market which goes to show that Belfast folks at not backwards in coming forwards in finding gig spaces to hold a few thousand people. Excellent performance from the YYYs, though support band Fight Like Apes looked uncommonly jaded as if non-stop touring has finally taken its toll. Belsonic at Custom House Square saw Dizzee Rascal flogging his wares, but it was really the final three tunes – AKA The Number Ones – which people wanted to hear. Yep, the place went “Bonkers”. But if Dizzee really wants to be the pop star his hits would indicate that he wants to be, dude needs to spend a few aul’ quid on the live show. Also on the bill were Vampire Weekend who slipped four new tunes into the middle of their set from forthcoming album number two. Really liked a song which might be called “It All Comes Along” which featured a blistering guitar-line on loan from the Bhundu Boys and all the band jigging out on the spot, and “Cousins” which was just plain ripping.

More Fringe Fest stuff and a recommendation for non-Stradbally bound readers in the big smoke. The rather awesome Nico Muhly plays at the Spiegeltent on September 6. Interview with him here.

More yakking: Offset 2009 is a three day pow-wow in Dublin’s Liberty Hall from November 6 featuring a bunch of leading creative types talking, debating and inspiring. Away from the chatting, Offset will also feature gallery shows and other events across the city. Full details here.

One of 200 acts playing EP09 that people are going wild about right about now: The XX

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