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DJ Shadow has the power. The first Dublin appearance in a while for Josh Davis is a between-albums affair, with Shadow out to road test some new material, show off his new live show and award the faithful with some …

Tue, Jul 6, 2010, 09:50


DJ Shadow has the power. The first Dublin appearance in a while for Josh Davis is a between-albums affair, with Shadow out to road test some new material, show off his new live show and award the faithful with some high quality boom-bop from the back-pages – and it worked on all three levels. He played a couple of new tracks – one was crunchy, mashed-up drum’n'bass, one was a nod to Herrmann’s sense of time and place, one was a beautiful lilting lullaby and one was all of the above with added acceleration. The show featured Shadow working away in a giant pod-like ball on the stage (think Wayne Coyne’s bubble, only non-transparent) with superb mind-bending eye-candy projected onto it and the giant screen behind (I didn’t catch the name of the visuals creator, but s/he deserves a shout-out). Meanwhile, the takes from the back-catalogue were choice, meaty and beaty, with “Organ Donor” in particular still in my head this morning. Per Shadow, new material will be here within months.

Missing in action: the lists of acts and yokes which have gone AWOL ahead of the weekend’s Oxegen love-in at Punchestown Racecourse continues to grow. John Mayer and Drake have joined Wolfmother and Airborne on the list of acts you won’t be seeing at “Europe’s favourite music festival”. There have been no replacements announced for these four so let’s hope someone is keeping an eye on the overall tally to make sure there really are “over 150 acts” there to stave off calls to the Advertising Standards Authority on Monday morning. Grizzled fest-goers will also note the lack of an IMRO stage (very few Irish bands playing this year), the Bacardi stage (thanks to OTR reader Southbhoy for pointing that one out), MTV’s logo and O2′s corporate presence at MCD’s big ‘un. We also hear that many Irish record label folks are fuming about a late-in-the-day decision to charge them for the tickets they need for their working passes. Still, if we’re to believe the Sindo, only “a limited number of tickets” are still on sale for the weekend’s bash so maybe punters haven’t noticed.

More flotsam and jetsam on artist fees and how your favourite stars don’t like you to know how much they’re getting paid for their festival turns. £1.5 million for The Libertines?

Next year, you may not have to bring any euro with you to Punchestown if plans for cashless fests come to pass.

It’s official: Live Nation’s nemesis AEG Live are talking to labels about stuff. AEG big boy Randy Philips says the talks have been “very exploratory”. Wonder did the labels or AEG provide the chocolate biscuits?

Good news from one of OTR’s favourite festivals: 62 acts who played at this year’s Eurosonic festival in Groningen have landed 147 European festival slots under the ETEP program. The big winners were The xx and FM Belfast with 11 and nine shows apiece, but even acts with just one or two bookings will testify to the benefits of a good show in Holland in January. Full info on Eurosonic 2011 here.

Who said there’s no money in selling CDs and stuff? The HMV brand’s operating profits are up by 37 per cent in the latest set of annual returns.

Back to the old-school…

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