Jim Carroll

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More free festivals for Dublin please. Saturday was spent taking in the pleasures at the Tall Ships festival down in docklands and, later, at the Down With Jazz beano in the heart of Temple Bar. You can understand instinctively why …

Mon, Aug 27, 2012, 08:32

   

More free festivals for Dublin please. Saturday was spent taking in the pleasures at the Tall Ships festival down in docklands and, later, at the Down With Jazz beano in the heart of Temple Bar. You can understand instinctively why the Tall Ships festival works (Ships! Chips! Family stuff! Sailors!), but it’s still quite a pleasant surprise when you clock thousands of people streaming from the city-centre towards the river and the quays to see what’s going on. Bandwise, the diverse all-Irish line-up at George’s Dock pulled strong audiences all day (and weekend), which is always a healthy indicator of things. Later, the Down with Jazz soiree in Meeting House Square – which looks amazing when the umbrellas are up – was another crowd-puller. See, folks, there is an audience for jazz in the city.

Two good pieces on Jay-Z and his interest in the Brooklyn Nets: here’s the New York Times on how the rapper’s involvement in the franchise has rewritten the celebrity investor handbook, while New York magazine go indepth on who’s who at the Nets and their new arena.

More Jigga: associate professor of law Caleb Mason provides a thorough line-by-line legal reading of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems”, plus our favourite content curator Jason Hirschhorn on why Hova is an ideal model for entrepreneurs.

List of the day: what music streaming services are available where.

It’s time to start scratching your head over radio again. Billboard pitch up on how US Triple A stations are helping to break acts like Goyte and Adele. Expect similar future articles to also include Of Monsters & Men, given the current on-air ubiquity of “Little Talks”.

The new old new thing: wristwatches.

Good round-up on the growing number of long-form journalism sites out there like Byliner and The Atavist and how they operate.

We’ve been here before (remember plans by Dublin’s Spirit to take the show on the road to different countries?) and this time, it’s the turn of New York’s Marquee nightclub to think global. Damn good headline too.

The future of retail? Magic mirrors, 3-D printers, pay-by-phone: “”Every waking moment is a shopping moment. Anytime, anywhere.”

It’s the return of “unforeseen circumstances”! Break out the bunting! This time, though, it’s happening across the water as Lenny Cohen moves his two shows scheduled for the Hop Farm in Kent to London’s Wembley Arena.

Be careful what you tweet (part 34,809)

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard this quesion

Deanna Zandt parses one of OTR’s favourite words.

Interesting post by David Hepworth on an afterlife for The Word magazine.

Farewell to Helienne Lindvall’s excellent Behind the Music column in The Guardian and best of luck to her wherever and whatever she does next.

Cool tech projects on Kickstarter right now.

Eoin Long rolls back the decades of dance.

Time for some “death of the album” thinkpieces, methinks.

What we’re looking forward to hearing most this week: a brace of brand new tunes from Missy Elliot.

And finally, it’s Electric Picnic week so who’s going? Here’s Jonathan Wilson, one of the (many) acts I’m looking forward to seeing in Stradbally.

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