Jim Carroll

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The post-holiday, start-of-the-week, strap-yourself-in-baby re-up

Say hello to NEW PHOBIΔ, OTR’s chillwitchwave band coming to a venue near you once we’ve learned how to play the synth. Support acts wanted. DJ Shadow, on the other hand, is really coming soon to a venue near you. …

Mon, Sep 27, 2010, 10:58


Say hello to NEW PHOBIΔ, OTR’s chillwitchwave band coming to a venue near you once we’ve learned how to play the synth. Support acts wanted.

DJ Shadow, on the other hand, is really coming soon to a venue near you. He plays three Irish shows this week and, going on the evidence of his Dubin show back in July, those who go to see him at Cork’s Savoy on Thursday, Dublin’s Tripod on Friday and Galway’s Radisson on Saturday are in for a sound and visual extravaganza. Also, as part of this year’s Offset festival, which stars and showcases world-class creatives in design, illustration, fashion, photography, publishing, advertising and animation, I’ll be conducting a public interview with Shadow at the Grand Canal Theatre on Friday. Full details on this and all other Offset events, workshops, seminars and panels here.

Very good Banter last week starring Paul Brown (Earagail Arts Festival) and Cillian Stewart (Castle Palooza) talking about the ins and outs of running an Irish festival. A capacity audience, including people contemplating running festivals and those already in the game, had plenty of questions about promotion, marketing and sponsorship for the pair afterwards – it’s great to see that there’s quite a few people willing to give the festival promotion business a go and are optimistic about what they’re got planned despite the gloom and doom elsewhere. If you missed it, keep an eye on the Banter site for the soon-come podcast. Next Banter is War Stories: Tall Tales From the Battlefields Of Irish Clubland and that happens on October 20. You won’t want to miss this particular show-and-tell.

Bruce Springsteen and Shane Hegarty do lunch. Really looking forward to hearing the “lost” songs from “Darkness On the Edge of Town” when “The Promise” lands in November.

Expect to see a lot of these acts on those Sound of 2011 lists comingatcha in three months’ time. Meanwhile, Larry Ryan asks if the new band cycle has become just too damn fast for all involved. And, with MP3 sales in the United States now flatlining, is there anyone who is going to actually puchase the tunes these bands produce?

On the other hand, people are buying tickets to see The Script like there’s no tomorrow. Seeing as the band sold 60,000 tickets for their Irish gigs in March in less than an hour last Friday, I think we can expect to see them headlining the Aviva Stadium or Croke Park next summer.

Very good post by Helienne Lindvall on how expecting some musicians to become social networking busybees just ain’t going to fly when some of them have enough problems writing new songs.

Abba take on the Danish right-wingers. There could be a musical in this.

Warren Buffett’s milkshake brings Jay-Z to his yard in Nebraska. Man, this sort of thing just never happens in Eddie Rocket’s these days.

Latest Ragged Words Presents hop is at the Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey St., Dublin 1) this Saturday with the Brainlove Records tour pulling up the bumper and offloading Napoleon IIIrd, Pagan Wanderer Lu, Stairs
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and Mat Riviere. More info here.

Head west young man (or woman): the Westpost Arts Festival kicks back its heels in Co Mayo from October 1 to 10 with gigs from Fionn Regan, Mick Flannery, Kormac’s Big Band, The 4 of Us (well, two of ‘em so The 2 of Us) and loads more. Full info here.

The revolution will not be a parliamentary one: the Swedish Pirate Party didn’t quite storm the barricades at the country’s general election winning less than one per cent of the overall vote and thus securing zero seats. Sweden was, after all, the country which returned a Pirate Party MEP in last year’s European elections, something which eluded Silvio and friends (though they went rummaging in the bins for votes nonetheless). Seeing as they needed just four per cent of the vote to win a domestic seat, considerably less than the seven per cent won last year, it seems the the Swedes decided that there’s more to politics than pirates thumbing their nose at copyright czars and said no.

World premiere alert: “That the Night Come” is a new Yeats-inspired collection of songs by Donnacha Dennehy which were commissioned by American soprano Dawn Upshaw, who will perform them with the Crash Ensemble at the Great Hall, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin 8 next Saturday. The night will also feature new music from Argentina’s Osvaldo Golijov performed by Upshaw, the Crash Ensemble doing Zorn and Iarla O’Lionáird performing Dennehy’s “Grá agus Bás”. Next on the Crash Ensemble agenda: recording both of Dennehy’s peices for an album for Nonesuch due in 2011. More info here.
How to stop piracy (part 2,344): release your new music on 78rpm discs. Elvis Costello plans to stick out four songs from his forthcoming album “National Ransom” on a pair of 78s. Best of luck playing that on your iPad, dude.

4 out of 5: why so many music critics turn in positive album reviews. Warning: piece may cause you to scratch your head in confusion with lines like “online critics are perhaps guilty, extending the long tail of hipsterdom into impenetrably esoteric ends, allowing no gateway for the ignorant or uninitiated to fully enjoy a piece of music writing without feeling like they’re being talked down to.” On second thoughts, make that 3 out of 5.

It doesn’t look as if there are too many takers willing to put their hands in the pocket to help Princess Superstar fund her next album. Would any OTR readers pay $10,000 for a “private burlesque strip-tease”?

And finally…. it’s July 1983, it’s New York City and it’s New Order live onstage. Enjoy.