Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

Get the last of the randomisers for ’09! Free tinsel with every purchase!

And lo, Rage Against the Machine take the Christmas Number One slot in the UK. There will be much rejoicing amongst older music fans (ie the ones who probably haven’t purchased a single, and especially not a Christmas Number One …

Mon, Dec 21, 2009, 10:56

   

And lo, Rage Against the Machine take the Christmas Number One slot in the UK. There will be much rejoicing amongst older music fans (ie the ones who probably haven’t purchased a single, and especially not a Christmas Number One single, since they were knee-high to a grasshopper) at the thought of having given The Man (AKA Simon Cowell) a dig in the mush. There will also be much rubbish spoken yet again about how Facebook and Twitter campaigns of this ilk are the new rock’n'roll. Really? Using a 17 year old song by an established band is surely just the Christmas Number One equivalent of those japes to get the Wolfe Tones to the top of the world’s greatest songs’ polls. Furthermore, does anyone really give a fig about what’s the Christmas Number One anymore? Or does tradition trump everything at this time of year?

The Minister for Fun AKA The Man Who Nearly Out Of A Helicopter gave a state of the arts nation address on RTE Radio 1′s Arts Tonight yesterday evening. Martin Cullen (for, in case you have forgotten, he is the current Minister for Fun) talked about his great plan to put the Abbey Theatre in the GPO (in what could be Cullen’s arts version of his e-voting fiasco, Fiach Mac Conghail can also probably sell some stamps inbetween putting on plays), his intention to amalgamate loads of galleries and the great work done by people he has no control over (ie Culture Ireland). He was also talking about his great plans for opera. OTR predicts that this will involve the soon-come Grand Canal Theatre in some shape or form.

Let Gilles Peterson be your guide to the delights of Havana. Dude’s “Havana Cultura” compilation, the record he put together in the Cuban capital, is well worth a spin too.

Best Baile Atha Cliath innovation of ’09 without a shadow of a doubt: Dublin Bikes. Surely a first for the capital city: a scheme which actually works, is hugely popular and is vandal-free. The smiles on the faces of people pedalling around the city-centre on bright blue high-nelly hybrids says it all. More bike stations in ’10, please.

Want to know why the compact disc is far from dead? Well, here’s a ream of reasons for a start.

Irish radio stations live and die by their quarterly JNLR books. But we say “pah to the JNLRs!” What we really need to properly guage what folks are listening to on their radios are Portable People Meters.

You thought you’d seen all the Top 10 lists you wanted to see for 2009. Well, there’s more. Here’s a list of 10 albums you’re too cool to like

Why record labels want the shirt off your back

One of the shorter randomisers of the year on the shortest day of the year was brought to you by “A Countryman’s Christmas”, the annual CD of quality tunes compiled by that man Nero in the wilds of east Galway. Happy Christmas and big thanks to him and we’ll leave you with one of the tunes from that CD. Four sleeps till Christmas!

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