Jim Carroll

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The randomiser rides again

You are about to read a politics-free randomiser. Don’t fret, sports fans, we’ll be dusting off On the Polls and it will be ready to roll as soon as the Prez dissolves the Dail to get #ge11 underway. App of …

Mon, Jan 24, 2011, 09:40


You are about to read a politics-free randomiser. Don’t fret, sports fans, we’ll be dusting off On the Polls and it will be ready to roll as soon as the Prez dissolves the Dail to get #ge11 underway.

App of the week: regular readers will know that we’re big fans of Breaking Tunes, the website which gives you a heads-up on new Irish acts. As and from today, Breaking Tunes is now available as a free app from the iTunes store.

It’s MIDEM time in Cannes when the, er, senior members of the music biz gather to chinwag, network and drink fine wines. Keep an eye on Hypebot for excellent updates on the mood of the gathering such as this ode to DIY.

Well Done Steak: we kick off Banter 2011 with a panel looking at Irish Food in 2011 and Beyond. The Banter dinner-party will feature Elaine Murphy (The Winding Stair, Dublin), Aoife Carrigy (freelance food and wine writer and Holy Mackerel blog) and David and Darragh Flynn (The Happy Pear, Greystones). I’ll be the maitre d’ on this occasion. It all happens in the Twisted Pepper, Dublin on Thursday, doors open at 7.30pm and the discussion gets underway at 8pm-ish. For the early birds, the 3FE Café will be providing free samples of their new 3FE sandwich range. More info here.

Free CDs! Yes, free plastic discs. Back in December, as part of OTR’s Christmas Extravaganza at the Roisin Dubh, we gave away a bunch of OTR v Strange Brew mix-CDs featuring music from Thee Oh Sees, Not Squares, SBTRKT, Funeral Party, Sleigh Bells and many more. Gugai has now found a bunch of CDs which we didn’t give away on the night and they’re available to a good home. Leave your name and postal address in the comments below (don’t worry, I’ll delete the comment once I’ve taken down the details) and you’ll get a free CD in the post in the next week or two.

Not-so-’appy-of-the-week: Nokia pull the plug on their Ovi Music Unlimited (nee Comes With Music) shizzle. Reason? Slow uptake due to DRM restrictions. Real reason? It ain’t no iTunes. Other real reason? Dude, it’s all about streams now innit?

Further proof of the impending death of the CD as a music format: interesting story about the closure of a Sony CD manufacturing plant in Pitman, New Jersey.

Meanwhile, just 44,000 sales saw Cake debut at number one in the Billboard 200, the lowest ever tally for a chart-topping album in the chart’s history. Irish figures? The biggest selling album in Ireland last week was Bruno Mars’ “Doo-Wops & Hooligans” with just under 2,700 units shifted.

Maybe this is the future for The Ticket’s Album Club?

“YouTube’s comprehensiveness as a free music source might be hurting music subscriptions and artists by offering users a free place to hear just about any song they want”. More on why YouTube might be bad for music here.

Free gigs in Galway! The Go! Team (Black Box, March 3), Cut Copy and Holy Ghost (both Radisson Live Lounge, March 4) are heading to the wild, wild west for two free Heineken Green Spheres’ shows. Sign up here for the tickets. (DOI: I contribute a weekly column to the Heineken Music website).

Cork Rock: working and would-be musicians and music business folks in the Cork area might be interested in the all-day industry panel next Saturday (January 29) from noon in the city’s Cyprus Avenue venue. It will feature contributions and advice from managers, bookers, radio and industry bodies about all manner of stuff. Talking heads include Ashley Keating (Frank & Walters, Red FM’s Green On Red), Colm O’Sullivan (Red FM programme director), Michael Carr (Cork 96FM’s Green Room), Alan Cullivan (manager And So I Watch You From Afar, who are current rocking Russia as we type), Alan Hennessy (Rapture Music), Eoin Aher (booker, Cyprus Avenue), Shane Dunne (booker, Indiependence Festival), Angela Dorgan (First Music Contact, Music From Ireland) and Sinead Troy (Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers & Authors).

Fests out foreign: while we wait for more details about the acts playing the various Irish festivals (a lot of you will be excited when you hear who we’ve heard is playing Body & Soul), you may wish to start planning a trip out foreign for your festival kicks. Loving the Coachella line-up with Yeezy, Arcade Fire, Strokes, Lauryn Hill, Animal Collective playing in the Californian desert in mid- April (ticket details here). Staying in the U S of A, the line-up for the New Orleans Jazz Festival features Wilco, John Legend & The Roots and Willie Nelson as well as the Fire, the Strokes and Ms Hill in the Crescent City from April 29 to May 8. Slightly nearer home in the opposite direction, there’s the EXIT Festival in Novi Sad in Serbia with Portishead and Arcade Fire topping the bill so far. It happens from July 7 to 10 (hey, same weekend as Oxegen) and ticket details and packages are here.

Rock doc: one of the most intriguing music documentaries I’ve heard about in a while is BBC Radio Foyle’s Rock Of Ages, which has David “Rigsy” O’Reilly looking at the influence of the Christian Fellowship Church in east Belfast on the Northern Ireland music scene with contributions from Duke Special, Paul Archer, Two Door Cinema Club and others. The doc is currently unavailable online, but hopefully it will be transmitted again soon.

And, finally, ever wonder what a mash-up would sound like featuring the video for Beyonce’s ‘Single Ladies” and the audio for Planxty’s “Bean Pháidín”? Wonder no more and press play.

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