Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

From the news desk…. Tweak, Spotify, PiL, Mercury Day etc

It’s back (part one). Multi-media fest Tweak returns to Limerick for a second year from September 21 to 26 with workshops, performances, exhibitions, films and happenings of every sort. Find out more about this year’s array of bleeps, clicks, pops …

Tue, Sep 8, 2009, 14:15

   

It’s back (part one). Multi-media fest Tweak returns to Limerick for a second year from September 21 to 26 with workshops, performances, exhibitions, films and happenings of every sort. Find out more about this year’s array of bleeps, clicks, pops and hisses here.

No more free Spotify for Irish folks. Many OTR readers will have received an email from Spotify today announcing a clampdown on those using proxy servers to access the service for free.

“While we are really happy that you are enthusiastically using Spotify, we are unfortunately going to have to restrict access to your free account. Spotify is currently available in six countries: Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, France and the UK. We never intended to allow use of our service outside of those countries and we do not run any adverts on your account like we do in the launch countries. For this reason we have to restrict your account, you will be able to log in to Spotify and view music and playlists but not listen to any music.”

I wonder will all those folks who have been using Spotify for free now sign up for the Premium service (actually, hold on, can Irish users sign up for Premium) and available of Spotify for your mobile?

It’s back (part two). Seeing as he made such a great success of his other reunion, John Lydon has put the PiL train back on the tracks, though without founding members, guitarist Keith Levene and bass-playing legend and all-round nice guy Jah Wobble. I’m currently reading the latter’s forthcoming autobiography, “Memoirs Of A Geezer”, and he has some less than complimentary things to say about Lydon. Indeed, when I interviewed him in 2004, Wobble said that, while “I don’t think I would have become a musician if John (Lydon) hadn’t got me into PiL”, he found the PiL experience to be “dark, destructive, nihilistic”. The following year, when I talked to Lydon, he said he’d work with Wobble again “in a heartbeat. I have total respect for him and I think he feels the same way.” Anyway, PiL on tour and there’s talk of an Irish show.

In case you missed it over the weekend, OMM is back.

As announced by herself onstage at EP09, Marina & The Diamonds play Dublin’s Academy on November 11. Tix, at €14.80 a pop, go on sale on Friday.

Finally, it’s the day of reckoning for the acts on this year’s Mercury Music Prize shortlist. Our prediction: Florence & The Machine.

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