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You can pack a lot into a 24 hour trip to Galway especially when the Galway Arts Festival is in full flow. My arts’ hits included the superb old-fashioned acrobatic display by Les Philébulistes, using two giant wheels plonked in …

Mon, Jul 18, 2011, 09:52


You can pack a lot into a 24 hour trip to Galway especially when the Galway Arts Festival is in full flow. My arts’ hits included the superb old-fashioned acrobatic display by Les Philébulistes, using two giant wheels plonked in the middle of Eyre Square; Hughie O’Donoghue’s evocative new exhibition The Road, which is still showing all this week at the pop-up gallery at Galway Shopping Centre; a rollicking live show from The Vaselines (I didn’t realise I knew so many of their tunes) and some surreal flights of fancy with the Whose Line Is It Anyway? cast. But the highlight of the trip was Cillian Murphy’s powerful performance as small-town loner Thomas Magill in Enda Walsh’s Misterman. Magill may be seen by his fellow inhabitants of Inishfree as a harmless aul’ eejit always scribbling in his little notebook as he goes in search of Jammy Dodgers for his mother, but there’s a lunacy and darkness to the character which Murphy brings to the fore. Part religious zealot, part odd-man-out, part Wall-E, part demented innocent in a world gone made: Murphy’s portrayal of Magill will stay long in your memory. If you’ve a ticket for any of the remaining shows in the run, you’re in for a treat.

Regular OTR readers will have come across Ian Wright over the years as someone who has often contributed to lengthy threads here. When he’s not getting stuck into debates or getting mistaken for a former Arsenal player, the Kildareman also makes music as The Former Soviet Republic and will be releasing his debut album “The Former Soviet Republic Is Made Of This” on August 19. He launches the album – which features Charles Bissell from The Wrens playing guitar on one track, was co-produced by Tom Burns (The Kimballs) and mastered by Bob Weston (Shellac) and includes a version of Bruce Springsteen’s “Nebraska” – with a show upstairs at Whelan’s on August 20 with support from Big Monster Love and At Last An Atlas. The album is now streaming here.

Really like the look of Onesheet, a new-ish site for bands which allows them to let users check out all their web activities, from Twitter to Soundcloud, from one page. Yet another answer to the life-after-Myspace question. Thanks to Akafino for the heads-up.

FastForward is a new buzz from music blog aggregator Hype Machine which turns a set of your favourite music blogs into a bunch of radio stations. Give it a spin.

Lessons for bands in what to do from sport: how Brian O’Driscoll manages his brand. Via Mulley.

Lessons for bands in what not to do from numpties: it seems that Morrissey has truly lost the plot. Forget about his diva-like demands on festival-goers, searching fans for meat products, canine run-ins or whinging about his lack of a record label, the old codger has gone stark raving mad this time as he bans his own fans from gigs, the only people keeping him from the poorhouse these days. You really couldn’t make this up.

If you’re not doing so already, subscribe to the Monday Note, Frédéric Filloux and Jean-Louis Gassée’s sharp and concise weekly briefing on technology and media.

U2 and PJ Harvey manager Paul McGuinness says hosanna for the end of the age of free – but Mark Mulligan has a slightly different take on the freemium business model.

The hip-hop angle to the News International and News Of the World shitstorms.

If Dinny thinks it’s tough spinning the Punchestown fiasco, the dude should move to China. Interesting take on the nascent Chinese festival scene.

The ins and outs of Google’s anti-piracy filter.

Superb piece by Graeme Thomson on Mowest, that unheralded outpost for Motown’s California soul.

We’ve already said goodbye to Sony’s original tape Walkman and now, it’s the turn of the company’s MiniDisc Walkman to shuffle off the conveyor belt and into the sunset one last time.

Where Brooklyn’s at: ten great hip-hop anthems from assorted Brooklynati rhymers celebrating their local hoods.

The people vs Ticketmaster class action looks set to go to trial. Back in 2003, two American punters sued Ticketmaster over its “delivery fees” (the company claimed this charge was simply a cost of sale but the two lads claimed the charge came with profit built-in). While an out-of-court settlement had been reached and Live Nation had set aside $22.3 million to cover costs, a Los Angeles judge ruled that this sum wasn’t big enough to cover all possible claims and the case is now set to go to court later this year.

Good news for the young soul rebels in the audience as the latest iteration of Dexys Midnight Runners led by Kevin Rowland prep a possible first album in 26 bloody years. The last time we came across Rowland, he was waxing lyrical about burlesque clubs.

How Hollywood is set to repeat the mistakes made by the music biz in recent years.

The Small Print guide to summertime apps. Feel free to add your own recommendations.

Incoming: Grimes plays upstairs at Whelan’s, Dublin on August 3. She was supposed to play in May, but blanked us to support Lykke Li in the U S of A. I saw her at SXSW earlier this year and she was quite superb.

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