Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The randomiser says “always look on the bright side of life”

RIP Donald “Duck” Dunn, the bass-player with Stax house band Booker T & The MGs. I had the pleasure of catching him in action with that legendary band at SXSW back in 2007 when they backed Isaac Hayes, William Bell …

Tue, May 15, 2012, 08:39


RIP Donald “Duck” Dunn, the bass-player with Stax house band Booker T & The MGs. I had the pleasure of catching him in action with that legendary band at SXSW back in 2007 when they backed Isaac Hayes, William Bell and Eddie Floyd at Antone’s.

Festival watch: change of name and dates for the festival formerly known as Live On Spike. It’s now called The Island Jam,, takes place on June 30 and July 1 in Cuskinny, Cobh, Co Cork and acts playing include Republic Of Loose, Cathy Davey and Fun Lovin’ Criminals. Tickets, though, don’t appear to be on sale yet. Wonder are the weekend tickets still €170 as was the case with the Live On Spike event?

Are you ready for another social media network to take up some of your time? The team behind Diaspora give their elevator pitch.

Band aid: some interesting takeaways from the Music Think Tank blog including why making a living is the new success for many bands, when ‘if anyone else likes it, it’s a bonus’ isn’t enough and the new deal on sponsorships.

Mapping the world’s digital music markets.

Meet the Moneyball of startups: “What Billy Beane is to baseball, Dave McClure is to technology startups. He is quirky, offbeat and unconventional, which is one of the reasons why entrepreneurs love him, and he’s also a marketing machine that can turn out slogans and brands like a finely-tuned copy shop on Madison Avenue.”

Awesome piece by Questlove on the late, great MCA. And here’s another tribute:

Waterboys’ fans, this is for you. Mike Scott will be reading from his forthcoming memoir A Waterboy’s Adventures in Music and discussing that book during the Dublin Writers Festival in June. This old-school Waterboys’ fan will be chairing the discussion.

Two fine examples of why music writing and reviewing still matters: Niall Crumlish on what sounds like a mighty night out with The Gloaming last weekend, while Michael Hann remembers getting hooked on Trouble Funk and go-go in Washington DC.

Why everyone’s a journalist on Twitter. More bad news for hacks: the robots are coming. Personally, I welcome our new robot overlords.

Meet the data brokers

Inside M.I.T.’s media lab

Record label moguls talkin’ loud: excellent interview with Cooking Vinyl boss Martin Goldschmidt on why 2012 is a great time to be running an indie label, a good profile of XL Records’ geezer Richard Russell and Island founder Chris Blackwell on moving from selling reggae to flogging rum.

Why we still subconsciously desire some kind of visual feedback when flipping through multiple pages of content.

Do you remember Turntable.fm? Go on, you do.

Why cracking down on Pirate Bay is unsustainable

It’s that time of year when US TV networks nix certain shows and bring in new ones. NBC, for instance, have announced 16 new shows for the upcoming season, while CBS have put the kibosh on shows like Richard Price decent police procedural NYC 22 after a handful of episodes. It’s a rough, tough business as the New York Times notes: “the failure rate for network television rarely changes — only the names of the shows do. For most people in the television industry, it’s perfectly normal for hundreds of scripts to be pared down each season, “Survivor” style, to just one or two hit shows. These people rarely stop and wonder if there’s a better way of doing business.

Feck Frank Zappa, here’s the real story on the origins of that “writing about music is like dancing about architecture” cliche


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