Jim Carroll

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It’s Banter time, baby. The latest installment in the yakking about popular culture series is War Stories: Tall Tales from The Battlefields of Irish Clubland and I will be joined by a couple of Irish clubland scoundrels for a night …

Tue, Oct 19, 2010, 10:02

   

It’s Banter time, baby. The latest installment in the yakking about popular culture series is War Stories: Tall Tales from The Battlefields of Irish Clubland and I will be joined by a couple of Irish clubland scoundrels for a night you will not forget in a hurry (a bit like the nights they put on over the years). Billy Scurry, Shane Johnson (Fish Go Deep) and Tiddlerz are the three likely lads who will be providing a no-holds-barred look at what the hell really went on back in the day when the strobe lights were flashing. It takes place on Wednesday at 8pm in the Twisted Pepper, you can get more info here or sign up for the event here (we’re nearly at capacity so make sure you sign up today). The next Banter is Publishing 2020 which will take place on November 24 and feature Hugh Linehan (Irishtimes.com editor), John Ryan (Broadsheet, Blogorrah, New York Dog etc) and guests talking about the future of the online (and offline) publishing businesses. Yep, they’ll be examining their bellyfluff in public.

It’s Primavera time, amigo. First names for Primavera 2011 will be announced this afternoon. Primavera booker Xavier Guasch was in town recently for Hard Working Class Heroes and he gave us a few hints, but our Catalan is a bit rusty so that’s no help.

Speaking of HWCH, videos of the four discussion panels from the weekend are here.

Your local record store supports you: Dublin’s finest indie record shop City Discs (Temple Lane, Temple Bar, Dublin 2) is holding a 50 per cent off sale from now until the end of the month. Go along and fill your boots.

It’s CMJ Music Marathon time, buddy. And no, we’re not New York-bound (more’s the pity). Here are the 30 acts which Spin magazine reckon will rock at CMJ 2010 (we think they’re right about Dominant Legs, Pomegrantes, Fake Problems and the amazing Dominique Young Unique – you can download a mixtape of all 30 to help you make up your own mind) and here’s the New York Times’ tongue-in-cheek guide to the festival.

Wonder did anyone point out to Guy Hands before he bought EMI that the initials used to stand for Every Mistake Imaginable in music biz lore? Fascinating overview about the courtroom battle between Hands and his old mucker, Citibank’s David Wormsley currently raging over that deal.

Gene Simmons vs Anonymous: round one. And now, round two.

One for the anoraks in the audience: Ken Burns’ film Empire of the Air on the early days of American radio sounds like a must-see.

Sounds for your Eardrums: expect two singles a month from online label Eardrums Pop (OTR regular Tenacious Tim is involved) kicking off with Chicago duo Tiny Fireflies. You can download the full single (including music, cover art by UK illustrator Minkee and booklet designed by German visual artists Julia Pax) here.

Say hello to Daft Funk, the Irish Daft Punk tribute band.

The paradox of reversible decisions – or why we’re less happy with music now than ever.

Interesting observation from Peter Preston about newspaper circulations now and in the pre-internet age.

One of our favourite acts from three nights of binge-gigging at In the City in Manchester: Glasser.

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