Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The randomiser has the first farmer’s tan of the year

OTR coming soon to an app near you? The Irish Times’ news app is now available for your iYokes and, what do you know, it’s already topping the charts at the App Store. Next up: The Irishman’s Diary app (er, …

Tue, Apr 13, 2010, 14:25

   

OTR coming soon to an app near you? The Irish Times’ news app is now available for your iYokes and, what do you know, it’s already topping the charts at the App Store. Next up: The Irishman’s Diary app (er, maybe).

Stand tall, Black Eyed Peas! You are the most corporate band in the United States of America! You’re probably heading that way over here too, if the fee we hear you’re charging for your after-show soiree in the Tripod next month is any guide. Here, who do OTR readers reckon are the most corporate band in Ireland? The ones who will whore themselves for any ol’ brand at any ol’ launch? Don’t all answer at once.

Beats for the sunny south-east: Rob O’Connor from Beat 102-103 in Waterford is taking his radio show out of the studio for a brace of Irish Beats Sessions in Phil Grimes’ bar in the city. Tomorrow night (Wednesday 14), it’s Neosupervital in the spotlight, with David Geraghty in action in the same spot on Wednesday 21. Both gigs will be recorded for broadcast on Rob’s Irish Beats show on the following Sunday.

Why bands making albums for kids is pointless.

Anyone for another band from back in the day doing it one more time? First mutterings about a Big Audio Dynamite reunion.

Wilco (The Festival). Bet they’ll tour that if it’s a success.

Stately gigs: online mag State are hosting a free gig on Friday night in the Mercantile (Dame Street, Dublin) as part of Music Network’s Love: Live Music day. If you want to see Super Extra Bonus Party, The Cast of Cheers and Take the Money & Run, please RSVP here.

Two good ‘uns at the Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey Street, Dublin) in the weeks to come. Item one, the fourth Psycho Fest takes over the venue on April 24 for an all-day-and-night bash featuring dozens of acts including Cap Pas Cap, Girls Names, Wounds, Disconnect 4, Boy From Brazil, Cloud Castle Lake and many, many more. Item two, Kormac’s Big Band FINALLY gets around to releasing that debut album. Kormac and co will be launching “Word Play” with a show at the venue on April 29.

Is Beardyman the only beatboxer to ever feature on The Late, Late Show? We think so. Dude brings his Open Sauce show to Dublin’s Button Factory on May 7.

The story of the late, great Alex Chilton’s 28 years in New Orleans

The Bray Jazz Festival turns 11. This year’s turn from one of the finest small jazz fests in Europe will feature 34 shows in the Co Wicklow town over the May Bank Holiday weekend from such players as Soft Machine’s John Etheridge, Wolfgang Muthspiel (who will be playing with Larry Grenadier and Chris Cheek in a drum-free trio), Wayne Krantz and many more.

Finally, the coolest robot you’ll meet today

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