Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

10 things we learned this weekend

(1) Grimes expectations: that Claire Boucher pulled a full tent for her mid-Sunday afternoon stomp at Forbidden Fruit is a real sign of the times. “Visions” has put the Canuck in an interesting place, which means she’s capable of attracting …

Tue, Jun 5, 2012, 08:01

   

(1) Grimes expectations: that Claire Boucher pulled a full tent for her mid-Sunday afternoon stomp at Forbidden Fruit is a real sign of the times. “Visions” has put the Canuck in an interesting place, which means she’s capable of attracting and holding onto crowds like this. What Boucher, a lady whose decision to dress in layers to counteract an early June chill in the air was a wise one, is producing is endlessly fascinating. Her bewitching series of space-age r’n'b whoops and hollers which rely on melodic switches rather than obvious hooks to sway the crowd work in weird-ass, unexpected, idiosyncratic ways. Forbidden Fruit, it seems, like weird.

(2) Perceptive piece by Richard Cooper on Twitter hierarchies and bullying, looking at recent behaviour by Graham Linehan and Stephen Moffat.

(3) When you closed your eyes while Julia Holter was playing yesterday, the music took you a million miles away from a tent in a field in sunny Dublin 8. These were symphonies and soundtracks for spooky, ethereal fairy-tales, one dramatic, beautifully draped ambient pop swirl after another. It has been a year for adventurous new pop dreams – Holter’s “Ekstasis” is up there with “Visions” in that regard – and, while Holter has not quite reached the same plateau as Grimes (going on the threadbare look to the crowd in the tent while she was playing), the music possesses no end of ambition and gumption. You’ll be saying in years to come that you were there to experience this Holteresque pop for the first time.

(4) I started rewatching The Wire a couple of weeks ago without realising that it’s actually 10 years since the Dickensian tale of Baltimore cops, drug dealers, citizens, ne’er-do-wells, corner boys, fiends, dockers, teachers, politicos, hacks and Clay Davis first aired. Maxim rounds up the actors and backroom folks for a ramble down memory lane. Fave line from the second time around so far: “they’ve become something worse than drug dealers, they’ve become developers”.

(5) So, how was Forbidden Fruit for you? While the no-readmission policy was a pain in the hoop and the meh weather on Saturday and Sunday didn’t do much for the soul (though you can’t blame the organisers for that, right?), the urban festival’s second outing did appear to tick all the right boxes for those who paid for or blagged their tickets. With a smartly curated line-up, the fest was never designed to attract the masses, though it was telling that Sunday seemed busier than the other days thanks to New Order on the bill. Organisers are already talking 2013 so they’re happy with the outcome despite the weekend’s many other attractions around the city. Yes, Dorothy, there is a market for a festival where people go home every night to snooze things off in their own beds.

(6) TV, pop and marketing brilliance: the story of Japanese 48 piece band AKB48 and their annual TV election.

(7) What’s the word from Catalonia? Looking forward to hearing reports from Primavera at the weekend (the tweeters, the town criers of this age, were quiet over the weekend or else we must have filtered them out). While we wait for them to flex their fingers, here’s Pitchfork’s take on the weekend.

(8) Who wants to be a Kickstarer millionaire? Amanda Palmer talks big bucks.

(9) So, how was the referendum result for you? Fairly subdued reaction over the weekend to the fact that the yes side had it by 60.3 per cent to 29.7 per cent. Bet it wouldn’t be as subdued if those figures were the other way around. But that wasn’t to be and that solid winning margin comprehensively put paid to many social media waves about a possible upset in the closing days and week. New rule of thumb: it won’t be Twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn what will win it for many years to come. Now that the bank holiday weekend is over, it’s back to business as usual. Germany says “hold on your horses Enda”

(10) Two to (w)rap it up: good pieces on hip-hop’s new collectivism and hip-hop HR.

(And something we just learned – Beach House play Belfast’s Mandela Hall on October 26, Cork’s Opera House on October 27 and Dublin’s Vicar Street on October 28. Tickets £18.50, €25 and €23 respectively, plus assorted ticket agency taxes and add-ons)

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