Jim Carroll

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More from the EP 09 hamper. Full line-up for Poptopia, the three-days-and-nights love-in from the Thisispopbaby crew is here for you to read and wow over. Meanwhile, in another part of Thomas Cosby’s stately pile, Mind Field at Electric Picnic …

Mon, Aug 24, 2009, 09:55


More from the EP 09 hamper. Full line-up for Poptopia, the three-days-and-nights love-in from the Thisispopbaby crew is here for you to read and wow over. Meanwhile, in another part of Thomas Cosby’s stately pile, Mind Field at Electric Picnic features mind-expanding chats, debates, discussions, disagreements, drunken rambling (that would be the poets) and many other flights of fancy from the Leviathan luders. Full line-up anseo (hurrah, we can now apply for a grant for speaking Irish). EP 09: T minus 11 days. Youse are all going, right?

The good folks of Wexford sure like to get dressed up in their finest glad-rags for the posh gigs and The Swell Season at the town’s Opera House was one of those. A beautiful chocolate-box of a venue for a show with plenty of sparkle which saw Glen Hansard neatly drawing a line between his two bands (even if both bands were onstage) with all but the two encores – “Fitzcaraldo” and “Red Chord” – being non-Frames tunes. The material from forthcoming new album “Strict Joy”, in particular, sees Hansard still going deep into the mystic and raving on like John Donne. All in all, there’s a far greater thump and oomph to the new songs – and some telling covers, like a stunning rendition of Tim Buckley’s “Buzzin’ Fly” – than has been the case before. It seems that chapter two may be even more revealing than chapter one, though it remains to be seen if the “Falling Slowly” crowd will come along for the jig.

Yet another OTR prediction comes true.

Freebie gigs in the big smoke: Free & Easy at Dublin’s Crawdaddy sees a bunch of local acts warming up for their Electric Picnic slots in the coming weeks. You can see Halfset, 202s and the Holy Roman Army at the venue this Wednesday, with The Infomatics, Bionic Rats, MC Ophelia & DJ Moschops, Cullo & Young Dub playing late on Friday. 8 Ball and guests play next Saturday, with Cap Pas Cap bringing the freebies to a close on September 2.

Question for blogging foodie Tom Doorley: is this a tapas trend I see on my plate? La Bodega on Anne Street in Wexford now joins Galway’s Cava and Dublin’s Bar Pintxo as proof that Irish diners are embracing the notion of eating dribs and drabs (copyright Paddy82) with great relish.

New albums which soundtracked OTR’s weekend and the initial scores on the doors: Volcano Choir’s “Unmap” (6/10), Sufjan Stevens’ “The BQE” (8/10) and Tyondai Braxton‘s “Central Market” (8/10).

Going on what we saw at the weekend during their get-together at a posh south-east hotel and golf club complex, Kilkenny folks should be glad that their team are taking on the Premier County in hurling and not golf on Sunday week. Man, those players sure are cat at the aul’ putting. For the record: OTR was not and will never be part of any fourball.

More head-scratching to be extrapolated from those JNLR figures of last week. Anyone else think it’s strange that RTE have listed Marian Finucane’s weekend shows as two seperate shows? Surely, if this is the new way of spinning those JNLR figures, you’d have seperate figures for all five Gerry Ryan shows. Just sayin’, like.

And, while we’re on the radio, we note that RTE radio’s grande fromage Clare Duignan claims they’re going digital to get those teen listeners that 2fm are abandoning. “For an awful lot of teens and those in their early 20s, a lot of their consumption is music and they’re not listening to radio for that, they’re going online. In a way, the digital world is probably the biggest competitor for 2FM. We have been getting more active in that whole area. They [RTÉ’s seven digital stations] are something that I believe will really connect with younger listeners.” Wonder does this mean then that RTE are going to spend more than the frayed shoelace they’ve currently allocated to these services? And we wonder too what the listenership figures are like for these stations and if, as we suspect, more of the 25-plus market than the teens are tuning in. Over to you, Ms Duignan…..

Finally, the lovely Hauschka (we’re big fans of Volker Bertelmann’s “Snowflakes and Car Wrecks” album) plays Dublin’s Sugar Club on November 19 and Cork’s Triskel at Jury’s the following night. Some “Morgenrot” for a Monday.

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