Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The pre-bank-holiday-weekend wrap

The Hocus Focus is a fundraising soiree running at the Little Green Bar (High Street, Dublin 8 – formerly known as the U Bar) from tonight until October 31 featuring 50 hours of DJs, performers and artists. The event aims …

Thu, Oct 25, 2012, 09:28


The Hocus Focus is a fundraising soiree running at the Little Green Bar (High Street, Dublin 8 – formerly known as the U Bar) from tonight until October 31 featuring 50 hours of DJs, performers and artists. The event aims to raise cash and awareness for Focus Ireland. DJs and acts include Le Galaxie, Nialler9 (Pop Lives Q&A with the dude here), the Gramophone Disco, War, All City, Throwing Shapes, Babalonia, Don Conroy (yes, Don Conroy) and tons more. Full line-up and times here. DOI: I’ll be playing some tunes tonight.

The CMJ wrap: Spin’s Top 10 bands, Jon Parales goes binge-gigging for the New York Times and Hypebot rounds up the panels and the banter.

Are you on Pheed yet? C’mon people, it’s the new Twitter. Look, Chris Brown is already on it.

US politics reading list via Instapaper: a look at the politics’ Moneyball operation, Frank Rich dissects the Tea Party, what both candidates have planned for the US economy, the Clintons haven’t gone away you know and neither has Jeb Bush.

Meanwhile, back on Twitter, more yadda-yadda-yadda. Look, if you believe Twitter is just a big left-wing nutjob conspiracy mob, you need some new followers in your life. We recommend this lad. And this lad. And especially this lad.

“When artists speak out against file-sharing and take on the freehadists, nothing bad happens”

We wrote about The Echo Nest a long, long time ago (pre-OTR, in fact). They’re still in business and count Spotify, Vevo, and MTV as clients.

The newsonomics of Rupert Murdoch – or, in other words, is he going to start buying US newspapers?

You will have already read our observations from last week’s Dublin Web Summit, but what about F.ounders, the invite-only event for tech startup founders, moneymen and their VBFs (including man-with-the-tax-plan, Bono)? Two reports from inside the F.ounders experience: here’s Frank McNally from this parish and here’s Martin Bryant from The Next Web.

The Sound of 2013: we’re big fans of Jessica P’s This Must Be Pop blog. She’s currently running the rule over a host of new, fresh pop names so catch up on the stars of tomorrow here.

Craig Doyle and Tubs, this is the new standard when it comes to TV chat shows.

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Why pre-release album streams are proving to be so darn tooting popular.

Trent Reznor on why he’s now back on a major label. When you read between the lines, it all comes down to biscuits. Meanwhile, Helienne Lindvall considers the move and why major labels aren’t all bad bastards.

The declassified CIA story which became Hollywod flick Argo.

Does Jack Dorsey do anything except give interviews? Forbes pokes the Twitter and Square head honcho for his secret sauce.

Your vacuum cleaner sounds like that for a reason.

Everything But the Girl dude and Buzzin’ Fly label man Ben Watts talks to Beggars Group boss Martin Mills about the state of the business.

Put down that spreadsheet and try to avoid the boss today so you can watch the awesome “Kraftwerk and the Electronic Revolution” documentary below.

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