Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

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It’s the 450th Strange Brew night out on Thursday October 20 and they feel fine. Live sets from Tieranniesaur (we heart Tieranniesaur), Retarded Cop, Daithi, Squarehead (debut album “Yeah Nothing” is quite bodacious), Moths, Elaine Mai, Kid Karate, We Are …

Tue, Oct 4, 2011, 09:37

   

It’s the 450th Strange Brew night out on Thursday October 20 and they feel fine. Live sets from Tieranniesaur (we heart Tieranniesaur), Retarded Cop, Daithi, Squarehead (debut album “Yeah Nothing” is quite bodacious), Moths, Elaine Mai, Kid Karate, We Are Losers, The Depravations, Kool Thing and The Debutantes. Gugai on the decks playing club faves and future faves. Doors open at 8pm and admission a tenner or a fiver in advance online. Get on it, people.

The cool factor: what makes one brand cooler than another. OTR is cool, right?

Smashing double-bill for brass fans with the ace Hot 8 Brass Band (representing New Orleans) and the excellent Kings Go Forth (from Milwaukee) playing Dublin’s Village on October 27. Tickets €20 (plus fees).

Handbags (Dub-bags?): James Blake throws a hissy fit over Skrillex, Korn and brostep. Meanwhile, US dance music fans have a little more to worry about than clubs closing early and not being able to serve the gargle.

We’re really digging the new album from DJ Shadow “The Less You Know, the Better” (check it out here), but we’re also digging his article on the 10 Things Shadow Hates About the Music Industry (now that deserves capitals).

Here’s your listening list for the next couple of months: all the new albums you can expect to see real soon in your favourite download store (or bricks and mortar outlet, if you have one).

Sacre bleu! Sizable drop in French music sales, but digital sales and streams are on the up. Same story in the UK, it seems. Wonder at what stage we’ll stop hearing stories like this? I suppose it’s a bit like Irish property prices.

Miles Davis, the chilli years.

Branding and bands, part 12,559

Band aid one: what you should be selling at your merch stand and why

Very interesting interview with music supervision queenpin and Chop Shop boss Alexandra Patsavas.

If we had any cash to invest in new music tech, we’d be throwing a few euro at Turntable.fm and joining some heavy-hitters at the table.

More future tech: interesting look at music-ID apps like Shazam and Soundcloud and capture culture.

How Portugal the Man used social media to get in, stay in and succeed in the game.

Band aid two: how to get a booking agent to take your band on and, more importantly, book some damn gigs for you.

You have met Les Lascars before, haven’t you?

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