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This post is brought to you by hundreds of Irish music fans crossing their fingers because of this. Those not heading to Parc del Fòrum for the weekend should head instead to Whelan’s in Dublin on Thursday night or the …

Mon, May 23, 2011, 09:28


This post is brought to you by hundreds of Irish music fans crossing their fingers because of this.

Those not heading to Parc del Fòrum for the weekend should head instead to Whelan’s in Dublin on Thursday night or the amazing Camden Palace Hotel in Cork on Friday for a night with Jinx Lennon. If you can’t make the gig, make sure you download “Hungry Bastard Hibernia” from his Bandcamp site, a free album of tracks which didn’t make it onto his last two albums “Trauma Themes Idiot Times” and “National Cancer Strategy”. Album goes live on Thursday.

Or you could check out Sade at Dublin’s O2 on Wednesday night (a gig I’m not happy to be missing). Here’s the story of Sade’s wild years.

And if you’re still stuck for something to do, check out the Katie Kim and Laura Sheeran gig at Whelan’s in Dublin next Sunday (May 29) which is to mark the release of a new split-single on the Flaming June label.

“What’s Goin’ On” is 40 years old this year and naturally, there’s a box-set on the way to mark the occasion. OTR wants one.

OTR readers will remember our good friend Alexander Mamut from a few months ago when the Russian multi-billionaire bought into HMV. Now, Al (as we call him when we meet for a game of bridge) has purchased Waterstone’s from the group for £53 million. The plan now is to reposition the chain as “a regional and local community-orientated bookseller”.

Good analysis from Ben Sisario on eMusic, now that it seems intent on saying hello to EMI’s catalogue and saying goodbye to the likes of Domino, Beggars and Merge.

From the songwriting department: the men and women in the shadows who write the hits and the songs which changed some songwriters’ lives.

The only way in which Julianna Barwick’s gig at the Unitarian Church in Dublin on Friday night would have been better is if we’d replaced the pews in this wee diamond of a venue with beanbags. A gorgeous balm for the ears, Barwick’s ethereal set soared higher and higher as the night went on. Smashing opening set from Elaine Mai too. Thanks to Leagues at Harmonic for asking OTR to get involved with this show.

One of our favourite Irish albums from Zero Ten was “Doom Your Cities, Doom Your Towns” from Melodica Deathship AKA Tim Ording and George Brennan. Check ‘em out at work on old and new tracks in 2fm the other week here.

Who gets what from Limewire’s $105 million fine.

Am I the only one who hasn’t noticed new ticketing agency Ticketgroup doing business in the Irish market? Yeah, I reckon I am.

Here’s Kool Herc’s guide to old-school New York hip-hop venues. Or you could join JDL from Cold Crush Brothers on his walk around the Big Apple’s hip-hop haunts.

Rejoice, hungry indie rock peasants, Steve Albini is in the kitchen! At long last, people can link to an Albini article which is not this.

Live Nation goes raving! This can only mean one thing: MCD will be bringing back Hi-Fi before you know what’s going on. Or buying the Life festival.

Money, money, money: the Warner Music deal without any mention of any bands or acts.

Divatastic. We canI blame the husband, right?

And finally, some new Diddy to send you on your way. You have seen part one, right? Big up Crego for the links.

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