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Music for Haiti: Andy Irvine, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, The Hounds and Big Monster Love play a Haiti benefit gig at Whelan’s in Dublin on February 14 with tickets at €15. There are also two …

Tue, Jan 19, 2010, 11:15


Music for Haiti: Andy Irvine, The Spook of the Thirteenth Lock, Mumblin’ Deaf Ro, The Hounds and Big Monster Love play a Haiti benefit gig at Whelan’s in Dublin on February 14 with tickets at €15.

There are also two Belfast4Haiti benefits in the city on January 31. The Answer, In Case Of Fire, Panama Kings, Kowalski, General Fiasco, Cashier No. 9, A Plastic Rose, Not Squares and dozens more will play the Limelight, Katy Daly’s and Spring & Airbrake from 3pm, while there are DJ sets from David Holmes, Phil Kieran, Japanese Popstars, Boxcutter, Col Hamilton, Psycatron and many more at the Stiff Kitten that night.

There’s a Haiti Earthquake Fundraiser in Cubins. Cork this coming Friday. On the bill: The Frank and Walters, John Spillane, Interference, Two Time Polka, The Nail Drivers, Hot Guitars, Steve Housden and many more. Admission is €15

If anyone else is running a Haiti benefit gig around the country, please feel to post details in the comments field below. Meanwhile, here’s Arcade Fire’s Regine Chassagne on her homeland, while Wyclef Jean admits that his Haiti charity, Yele Haiti, made “mistakes”.

The New York Times muses on the web’s “drive-by anonymity” and culture of nastiness.

It had to happen: Sub Pop moves into the world music market with new label Next Ambiance. Next up: Tad Doyle’s concept album with the Master Musicians of Jajouka.

It’s not just record labels who are doing the merger waltz – Billboard sees a load of digital music companies jumping into bed together in the year ahead.

Per ATL, the mighty LCD Soundsystem play Dublin’s Tripod on April 20 and 21. UPDATE Per press release from POD Concerts, tickets for the April 20 show (€36.50 and €39.50) go on sale on Friday.

Anyone want to read a “rambling tirade from a 37 year old technophobe”? You might change your mind when the rambler in question is DJ Shadow. Dude starts the year with a lengthy post about the state of the musical nation.

Can you fly a kite on the radio? Interesting piece from Siobhán O’Connell about movings and shakings at RTE Radio One and 2fm including a bit of a spin from somewhere about a swapping of the Ryans (G Ryan to the senior station and Tubs to 2fm). Given that we hear a few contracts are up for renewal in March and that there’s talk of one or two big moves afoot at 2fm, it’s a case of don’t touch the dial. Meanwhile, we also hear of changes in the air at Today FM with new recruits on the way.

If only our good friends in the Green Party had insisted on a public inquiry into the banking debacle when they were negotiating the recycled programme for government back in October, they wouldn’t have to go around huffing and puffing about the need for a “hybrid” inquiry right now. Then again, they were more interested in the fate of the ferrets back then. Or was it squirrels? On the inquiry tip, Fintan O’Toole poses a couple of questions which might be asked.

OTR bookclub: fantastic review of former New York cop Edward Conlon’s memoir Blue Bood which certainly persuaded me to go off and buy the book.

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