Jim Carroll

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This must be the place: there are live shows which will stay long in the memorybanks and then, there’s LCD Soundsystem’s weekend visit for a three night stand at Dublin’s Tripod. Here was a live show which had heat, soul, …

Mon, Nov 22, 2010, 09:48


This must be the place: there are live shows which will stay long in the memorybanks and then, there’s LCD Soundsystem’s weekend visit for a three night stand at Dublin’s Tripod. Here was a live show which had heat, soul, funk, fun, energy, width and depth. Flawless, relentless and peerless, James Murphy and his gang of groovers may be the closest we’ll come to watching Talking Heads in their prime (Murphy, alas, didn’t don an XXXL white suit – it was too damn hot for that). This was a show which was as tender and tingling as it was euphoric and ecstatic. In a year of superb live performances, this one really (really) felt like something else.

Yakking: Publishing 2020 is the latest in the Banter series and it will take at the Twisted Pepper (Middle Abbey Street, Dublin 1) on Wednesday. Come along to hear seasoned media practitioners Hugh Linehan (online editor irishtimes.com), John Ryan (Broadsheet.ie and formerly of Blogorrah, New York Dog and dozens of other titles), Michael McDermott (Le Cool Dublin) and Blathnaid Healy (news journalist, rte.ie) talk about the future of media. There will probably be talk of Twitter, paywalls, Facebook, iPad apps and fanzines. Much ROFLOL-ing will ensue. Full details here.

Farewell to the wheels of steel.

Why Austin, Texas is the most rocking city in the U S of A

Japerama: to Dundalk’s Spirit Store on Thursday night for an appointment with Richie Egan’s new songs as the Jape trio crossed the country on the FMC Tour with And So I Watch You From Afar and Fionn Regan. The Jape bandwagon hasn’t rolled this way in a while, what with Redneck Manifesto and VisionAir commitments, but there’s no doubt that there’s a killer fourth – fourth! – album in the works. The new songs have an effortless air to them, all elastic grooves and killer harmonies as if they were born to boogie, and set a pace which keeps the entire set on the upbeat.

More yakking: as part of Temple Bar Gallery & Studios’ Open Day and to coincide with Alan Butler’s current solo exhibition, the gallery have organised a panel discussion on “Intellectual property and new Internet technologies”. The speakers are Keith Donald (Chairman of the Irish Music Rights Organisation and musician), Conor McGarrigle (internet artist) and me (mischief-maker and tea-drinker). It happens next Saturday (November 27) at 3pm and admission is free. I will, of course, be quoting liberally from the august, erudite and informative contribitions of Senators Donie Cassidy and David Norris to this recent debate in the upper house on the issue (if the lobbyists get to me like they obviously did to those two).

“It’s rare to find a band endeavouring to be both morally and intellectually instructive, who’ve also earned a near-mythological status as a live act.” That sounds like our kind of band and, yes, Titus Andronicus are on their way next weekend (Whelan’s, Dublin, November 27 and Cyprus Avenue, Cork, November 28). Do not miss ‘em.

So fellow eMusic subscribers, how are we feeling about the major labels in and big-ass indie labels out changing of the guard at your favourite online music store?

Good piece about a subject which is close to OTR’s heart (we’ve written about this LOTS in the last few years): the problems with finding and tapping funds for new bands.

Jigga over here, Jigga over there: yes, I know he was on the cover of The Ticket on Friday but here’s Cornel West having a chinwag with Hova at New York’s Public Library last week and here’s Simon Hattenstone hanging with Jay-Z at Roc Nation HQ (the comments after the piece are priceless).

What happened when Amanda Ghost, the woman who “found” James Blunt and co-wrote “You’re Beautiful”, took over the helm at Epic Records.

One of many gig announcements which got away: we heart Funeral Party’s snotty punk rock (especially “NYC Moves to the Sound Of LA”) and they’re coming to town (Belfast’s Stiff Kitten and Dublin’s Academy 2) next year (January 31 and February 1) to flog debut album (“The Age of Nowhere”).

Oddly, Academy 2 does not feature anywhere on the lists of Irish venues in contention for various IMRO Live Music Venue of the Year awards. Shome mishtake, shurely? Anyway, you, The Public, have until Thursday to help decide which venue is crowned the IMRO National Live Music Venue of the Year. Get voting here. Results in all categories to be announced on December 1. Actually, OTR readers, what is YOUR Irish venue of the year and why?

A song for today. From 1997, Hazo on the turntables, Luke Kelly on the microphone

Show some Concern: the Concern Festival, the fast that thinks it’s a festival, takes place in various venues in Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway this Thursday (November 25) with such acts as Codes, Clockwork Noise, Daithi O Dronai, The Last Tycoons, R.S.A.G., Slow Motion Heroes, Windings, the Jimmy Cake, Brad Pitt Light Orchestra and many, many more taking part. Those who are taking part in the Concern fast can get into the gigs for free – full info here.

And finally, say hello to the future (here’s the context – ta to FOC for the tip)

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