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Yeezy taught me: the last randomiser of 2010

Last call: if you want to tell us about your cultural highs and lows of 2010, you can do so here. We’ll be rounding up some of these in the paper this week. From the courts: the two sides in …

Mon, Dec 20, 2010, 09:53


Last call: if you want to tell us about your cultural highs and lows of 2010, you can do so here. We’ll be rounding up some of these in the paper this week.

From the courts: the two sides in the Mc v D case, namely MCD Concerts’ Denis Desmond and Eamon McCann, finally settled their differences on Friday afternoon after eight expensive days with m’learned friends in Court 16 of the Four Courts. The case has been adjourned until January 12 so as to allow the settlement to be implemented so more to come on this in due course.

It is that time of year when you have lists to the left of you, lists to the right of you and lists staring you right in the face. Here are a pair of fine specimens from our music biz news and views site of the year Hypebot, in the shape of a book list for IRMA members and other old-school record biz boyos and the 100 most read stories on Hypebot in ’10. Keep chewin’.

Did someone mention lists? Get your mitts on London’s excellent Pure Groove record store’s Top 20 albums (includes link to a handy Spotify playlist) and lists from their friends and families; Pitchfork’s all-singing, all-dancing Top 50 Albums and Top 100 Tunes, the year that was in music rounded up by Drowned In Sound, 20 of the best from the last 12 months as selected by Resident Advisor, the top albums as chosen by Blahblahblahscience and, a respite from the looking back, the albums to look forward to in 2011 from Stereogum.

Homegrown lists: around 200 readers of Nialler9′s blog had their say with the songs of 2010 (albums list to follow this week), OTR contributer Aoife Flynn’s songs and albums of the year, Naomi from Harmless Noise lists her top tunes and albums and Swear I’m Not Paul asked a rake of Irish bands for their favourite albums of the year (part 1 and 2). Any other lists? Please link to them in the comments below.

Hold the horses, it’s two non-music lists! Brilliant reading material for the holidays in the shape of the best long-form articles of 2010 and the most extraordinary photos of the year.

It’s not gone away, you know. As they launched their Digital Music Nation 2010 report, UK record biz lobbyists the BPI also noted that illegal downloading is still “a serious threat to the country’s online music future”. Despite the fact that there are now nearly 70 legal download services and increased sales for digital singles and albums, “more than three-quarters of the music downloaded in the UK is illegally obtained”. Extrapolation for the Irish market: please don’t buy the line that the Eircom Music Hub and a three-strikes policy amount to a knockout combo of punches. Context for the bigger picture: it’s not just the Irish political system which is in need of reform and a reset. Yes, it’s a problem, but there are many (many) other issues and challenges which also have to be tackled.

What’s the world’s most popular live music venue? Clue, it’s not Academy 2.

“Have we hit peak blogging, the point where blogging slowly becomes as antiquated as the CB radio, a niche hobby like woodworking, a musty, ungainly verb that falls out of the popular lexicon?” The answer

Blog plug: if you only read one blog about Irish music from two Italians based in Dublin this month, it will probably be One More Tune, the blog from Rossella Bottone and Luisella Mazza, which Lauren highlighted in Friday’s Ticket. Well worth checking out.

IMHO, this is one of the hardest jobs in rock’n'roll.

Wanted: an Irish promoter to bring hip-hop professor 9th Wonder to town for a lecture and DJ buzz. Any takers?

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A must-read article for all aspiring rock stars: how you will make ends meet via videos, treadmills, touring and – yes – working with brands. Via the Lefsetz Letter.

It’s the season for mix-tapes: here’s “The Fourth Quarter Vol II – I’ll Be Right Over” from Waterford/Berlin buzzers You’re Only Massive (the first volume in the series is here) and here’s a bunch of mixes from Marxman and Firstborn music-maker Oisin Lunny. It’s also the season for “A Countryman’s Christmas” (sorry, no link), that annual CD of quality tunes compiled by Nero and despatched from the wilds of east Galway to selected ears worldwide. This year’s model includes tunes from David McAlmont & MIchael Nyman, John Grant, Janelle Monae, Robyn, Star Slinger, Rural Savage, Drake and many more.

Finally, a tune for the season. Richard Hawley, Jarvis Cocker and Lisa Hannigan singing “Silent Night” in St James’ Church, Dingle, Co Kerry earlier this month for Other Voices. Some hush in the pews please

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