In The Ticket today, we ask Massive Attack what the hell is taking them so long to finish album number five, talk to the main players in the Irish live music market about summer 2009 and 2010 (also see next …
In The Ticket today, we ask Massive Attack what the hell is taking them so long to finish album number five, talk to the main players in the Irish live music market about summer 2009 and 2010 (also see next post) and have a chinwag with all-round nice guy and Creation actor Paul Bettany. Donald Clarke explains why you won’t find a review of the new Fame in today’s paper, Brian Boyd reports on the Tommy Tiernan kerfuffle and why Rock Band versus Guitar Hero is this generation’s Blur vs Oasis.
In New Music, the column every major label A&R man gets his intern to read (we hear), we say hurrah for Tanya Morgan, Tune-Yards, MojoFury, Kyon and Zaza, while there are Music News stories on the Darklight festival, the upcoming Music Show and Lily Allen: Anti-Piracy Superhero (allegedly).
Album of the week comes from Richard Hawley and there are also reviews of releases from Basement Jaxx, Girls, Codes, Thomas Dybdahl, Bananarama, Baddies, Elder, Charlie Parr, Deadstring Brothers and many more. Plus Eoin Butler gets stuck into the singles and downloads in Shuffle.
New flicks to go with your popcorn include The Soloist, Creation, Surrogates and They’ve Some Neck. Plus DVD reviews, movie news and Donald Clarke getting some of that old-time Jedi religion juice in Screenwriter.
The Ticket: we’ve one foot on the dark side
Banter plug: don’t forget that the latest Banter discussion happens tomorrow night from 8.30pm at the Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1). “Final Scratch Me Arse” will see Tonie Walsh and Paul Webb yakking about the very early days of Irish clubland. Admission is free, but room capacity is limited so please email email@example.com with “Banter″ in the subject of the message if you’d like to reserve a place.
Hamburging: OTR is currenly hanging out in Hamburg for the annual Reeperbahn festival, a really well-organised city-fest which features loads of fantastic new international music. Last night’s highlights included Girls (six months on from seeing them for the first time at a church in Austin and they’ve now learned how to project those awesome tunes of theirs), J Tillman (dude was as sweet as a nut), Jazzanova (yeah, I know, furry dices and goatee-scratching ahoy, but their live show in a beautiful cabaret room was just dandy), Lenka (the Australian for Lily Allen) and Dear Euphoria (icy Norwegian goth-pop). And, answering the question where-the-hell-did-he-go?, old-school MTV ledgebag Ray Cokes is doing a bunch of public interviews with various acts every day during the fest.
But the standout, all-bets-are-off, there-can-only-be-one winner from last night was Danish twisty-pop lass Maria Timm. Herself and her rocking band played a set which was wall-to-wall with cheeky, smiley, sharp-as-a-pin pop tunes as if Lykee Li and Ladyhawke’s younger sisters formed a band for the sheer hell of it. OTR’s usually applies the three song rule at these fests – ie three songs and go to the next band – but this was one of those occasions when I stuck around from start to finish. See video at the end of the post for a hint of her sound.
The OTR community noticeboard is now open for business. Please note that updates may not be as swift as they usually are this morning due to Hamburging. Plug and recommend away to your heart’s content, but remember to declare an interest where one should be declared. Please note that plugs are accepted on the whim of OTR and may be edited for length/clarity/common sense and that events with a commercial sponsor are really ads and will probably not be published in this slot. Auf Wiedersehen, y’all.