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Podcasting, we’re podcasting: the latest Irish Times’ Culture Podcast, hosted and presented by arts blogger Laurence Mackin, features Fintan O’Toole talking about how Irish theatre is avoiding the big issues, while Una Mullally and myself have a chat about Forbidden …

Wed, Jun 8, 2011, 09:04

   

Podcasting, we’re podcasting: the latest Irish Times’ Culture Podcast, hosted and presented by arts blogger Laurence Mackin, features Fintan O’Toole talking about how Irish theatre is avoiding the big issues, while Una Mullally and myself have a chat about Forbidden Fruit, Primavera and other music festivals. Have a listen to what we have to say here.

Wonder will any Irish festival extend in the future to two weekends? Actually, I wonder will there ever be the demand for an Irish festival to extend to two weekends. That’s what has just happened with Coachella which will happen next year over two weekends in April. Per the organisers of the Californian fest, “we will attempt to produce two identical festival weekends. That means same lineup, same art, same place, different people.”

Q-Tip is coming to town (Dublin) in August (24, Button Factory) and, hopefully, we’ll also get to see Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, Michael Rapaport’s documentary about his former band which opens in the U S of A in July, over here too. Q-Tip himself has had, er, issues with the doc.

Radio moment of the year: a listener to the Ronan Collins Show on Monday claimed that Villagers “The Pact” sounded very like the theme tune to Postman Pat. Ronan played the two tunes back to back and scratched his head, as did most of the listeners. Later, it transpired that there was another theme to Postman Pat in addition to the one Ronan played but the DJ had, sadly, left his Postman Pat compilation CD at home.

Want to go on a cruise with Diplo, Tommy Lee, Skrillex (I know some OTR readers are already panting with excitement), Fatboy Slim and other electronic music dudes? Thought so.

U2 just can’t catch a break, can they? Tax issues, Spider-Man problems and now, number 74 with a bullet. And you thought number 74 was a bus not a chart position. Boom-tish.

Something for the homeboy who has everything.

Crowdsourcing is the new rock’n'roll. Here’s Colin “Son of Tom” Hanks on why he used Kickstarter to get the cash to fund All Things Must Pass, a proposed documentary on Tower Records. Meanwhile, Ten Past Seven are using FundIt to record a not-for-profit EP and, good news, the Mixtapes limited edition artists book from the Glucksman Gallery in Cork is now fully funded. And crowdsourcing really is the new rock’n'roll: per Hypebot, Kickstarter has added over $13 million to the music economy in just two years.

When young Hanks finishes his documentary, he could always bring it to the Guth Gafa International Documentary Film Festival in Gortahok, Co Donegal. This year’s festival runs from June 10 to 14 and its 30 strong programme will feature such docs as Better This World, Donor Unknown and Men Of Arlington.

More crowdsourcing: if you have an idea for an innovative, exciting, creative or ground-breaking panel or solo presentation at next year’s SXSW, the SXSW PanelPicker wants to hear from you. The PanelPicker will be seeking ideas from June 20 to July 15. To get you in the mood, have a look at some of the 2,500 proposals from last year’s PanelPicker here.

Happy birthday Kerrang! The metal and hard rock mag is celebrating 30 years on the racks at the moment. It’s outlived Sounds, Melody Maker and tons of other music titles.

Champion cauliflower grower and former bearded Maltese falcon Billy Lyons turned us onto Kreayshawn at the weekend. You’re going to love this…

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