Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

11 things I know now that I didn’t know before the Christmas

(1) Tara Road is truly the worst movie ever made. We sat there in horror, as it went on and on and on, unable to reach for the remote control. Thanks RTE! (2) Live Nation are to move into the …

Thu, Jan 3, 2008, 10:48


(1) Tara Road is truly the worst movie ever made. We sat there in horror, as it went on and on and on, unable to reach for the remote control. Thanks RTE!

(2) Live Nation are to move into the business of selling tickets. And you thought Ticketmaster were trouble? Chuckle, chuckle.

(3) The move may well have something to do with the fact that 2007 was not a great year for the live music business. I know what you’re thinking: WTF? But apparently, the top 20 tours in 2007 “only” generated $996 million in ticket revenue, the lowest figures since 2004. The big three for Zero Seven were The Police, Kenny Chesney and Justin Timberlake.

Meanwhile, we love this bit about the Hannah Montana tour:

The tour came in at No. 15 with $36 million, but with tickets evidently underpriced at an average of $54, venues sold out within minutes, and scalpers offered the prized tickets for many times their face value. Angry parents sued the Hannah Montana fan club, politicians launched investigations, and Federal Reserve economists issued a report that reminded people about the basics of supply and demand.

(4) As more and more labels show their love for music bloggers, Jim Wayne reckons there may be some ethical issues to consider. Interesting piece.

(5) Did you know that children’s music features quite a lot all year round in the French charts? Nope, me neither. Aidan Curran is our guide to a world of such chart-toppers as Ilona Mitrecey and Pigloo.

(6) Radiohead plan to stop touring in response to constant badgering from The Irish Times. “It’s the only way we can get that fecker off our back”.

Radiohead also starred in the best music biz pantomine of the season. Day one, someone from EMI Records whispered in the ear of The Times that the band had demanded the rights to some of their old albums and a big marketing spend if they were to stay with the label. EMI said no, reckoning it would cost them around £10 million. Day two, Thom Yorke interrupted his festive munching of organic mince pies to stamp his feet, suck his thumb and say “no, we didn’t”. We await EMI’s “oh yes, you did” retort with great interest. This is better than anything involving June Rodgers and Alan Hughes. No?

(7) Paul Tarpey is fast becoming one of my favourite writers. His Cheebah piece about a night on the decks with Grandmaster Paul Webb is sublime.

(8) Like everyone else, I read Roisin Ingle’s fine, fine interview with Glen Hansard in The Irish Times pre-Xmas. Unlike everyone else, though, I had a strong sense of deja-vu about a lot of the quotes and opinions he was expressing about Dublin, mainly because he had said more or less the exact same things to me back in 2002 when I interviewed him for The Ticket.

What’s changed in the meantime is that more people are paying attention to him because of the success of Once. This must really irk Hansard. He’s spent nearly 18 years with The Frames, yet this film, which took just a few weeks to shoot and is really John Carney’s baby, has done more for him and his career than anything The Frames have ever done. I may come back to this again, chiefly because it has created a lot of waves.

(9) If you didn’t get one of these for Christmas, don’t despair. It looks like TG4 will be repeating Series 4 of The Wire from next Monday night. No word on when they’ll start screening Series 5.

(10) There has been a whole spate of new gig announcements over the last two weeks and I’ll round these up tomorrow. But from the news just in department: Derrick May is coming back. The innovator will be at Electric Shock in the Tivoli, Dublin on January 26.

(11) Chocolate kimberleys are the best biscuits in the world.