Jim Carroll

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Owen Pallett, take two. The violin maestro formerly known as Final Fantasy will now also play Dublin’s Whelan’s on March 19. The more I listen to his new album “Heartland”, the more I dig it. And he’s fantastic live too. …

Thu, Feb 11, 2010, 10:55

   

Owen Pallett, take two. The violin maestro formerly known as Final Fantasy will now also play Dublin’s Whelan’s on March 19. The more I listen to his new album “Heartland”, the more I dig it. And he’s fantastic live too. Tickets at €24 each on sale from today.

Google goes all Public Enemy and shuts ‘em down. When not launching yokes which are a mixture of many other yokes (hey, whatever happened to Orkut?), the internet behemoth-owned Blogger service shut down a bunch of MP3 music blogs earlier this week. The reason for the 86-ing? The music posted on the blogs allegedly violates Blogger’s terms of services. Odd because in most cases, the blogs were simply posting or streaming MP3s given to them directly by acts, labels or PRs and so there didn’t appear to be any violation involved. Many of the blogs in question, including the excellent Pop Tarts Suck Toasted and It’s A Rap have now moved to their own domains.

More oddball interweb behaviour: Warner Music may be about to stop licensing its songs to free music streaming services like Spotify. Warner chief executive Edgar Bronfman Jr pontificated that “free streaming services are clearly not net positive for the industry and as far as Warner Music is concerned will not be licensed”. Hold on a darn tooting minute: don’t Warner Music and friends get paid royalties for Spotify streams? Isn’t this the way the industry was supposed to be moving? Is Bronfman Jr (the man who wrote “To Love You More” and “Whisper in the Dark” as recorded by Celine Dion and Dionne Warwick, trivia fans) about to send in the lawyers again? Do I hear whoops of delight from well-upholstered legal eagles everywhere? Or is this the first shot in a negotiating battle with streaming services to make sure that the latter don’t get to kick the record labels in the hoop as happened when Steve Jobs came along with iTunes?

Illegal downloaders, who loves ya baby? Alan Kelly MEP, that’s who. The Tipperaryman and Labour MEP for Munster told the EU’s Internal Market Committee yesterday that “individuals who carry out a small level of downloading of illegal material should not be the subject of any legal sanctions”. Much of what Kelly had to say made sense bar the bit where he seemed to mix up IMRO and IRMA. One letter, a world of difference.

Members of Westlife, this is your future.

John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads”, Coldplay’s “Yellow” and now, Frank Sinatra’s “My Way”: bringing a new meaning to the expression “jaysus, he’s murdering that song”. Tip of the hat to FO’C for the link.

And finally, let the fuming begin! Patrick Kelleher, So Cow AND Hunter-Gatherer blanked by Linda Martin and RTE’s Eurosong 2010 judges in favour of John Waters, Boyzone’s Mikey Graham and, I kid you not, the runner-up in the German version of American Idol. I assume someone is going to start a Facebook campaign today….

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