Jim Carroll

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The pre-Picnic randomiser

If you only read one interview today which features brilliant stories about Jigga and Diddy, it should be this one with our favourite bowling alley DJ ?uestlove from the Roots doing a 15 year rewind. WTF story of the week. …

Mon, Aug 29, 2011, 08:56


If you only read one interview today which features brilliant stories about Jigga and Diddy, it should be this one with our favourite bowling alley DJ ?uestlove from the Roots doing a 15 year rewind.

WTF story of the week. No contest.

Following on from last week’s post about cancelled shows, here’s the back-story on why the Lord of the Dance at the Cliffs Of Moher event didn’t go ahead.

Factory Floor aren’t the only act who were on the Electric Picnic line-up and are now missing from the bill. You can also add Niki & The Dove (thanks to sharp-eyed Joanna for the spot), Killing Joke (Ken spotted that one) and, it seems, The Vaccines (though the band have the show still listed on their schedule) to the AWOL list. Amanda Brunker must be getting very excited.

So how much do you think SXSW’s 10 days of interactive, film and music conferences and shows are worth to Austin, Texas? That’s right, $167 million.

The pie has it: 30 years of record sales and changes in formats. If you’re wondering what this pie might taste like a decade from now, read this.

Brilliant piece from Ronan Casey on Big Tom’s recent soiree at the Marquee in Drumlish.

On the Fringe: theatrical readers (or readers who like theatre, even) will remember us wowing about Shaun Dunne’s play I Am A Home Bird (It’s Very Hard) earlier this year. Dunne’s latest piece Do You Read Me? looks at “the culture of psychic mediumship and alternative spirituality in the wake of the collapse of all the institutions we once had faith in” and will run at the Boy’s School, Smock Alley Theatre from September 10 to 16. If that doesn’t tickle your tastebuds, you’ll find at least one or two flavours which will in the Fringefest’s gigantic programme.

Aside from doing their thing at the Electric Picnic, National Ploughing Championships (strangely, a first mention for that event on OTR) and Fringe in the coming weeks, you’ll find the Nighthawks art collective back in situ at the Cobalt Cafe (North Great Georges Street), Dublin on September 17. On the bill: Barry Murphy, The Lazy Band, The Gonzo Club, Tommy Nicholson, Trevor Byrne, Novastone and Tomie James. Tickets are €13 and can be bought from the Oxfam shop on Parliament Street.
If David Byrne made iPhone apps….

Did he park the car in Harvard Yard? Superb documentary from the RTE documentary team on Boston politician William Bulger and his gangster brother Whitey. Some brilliant docs to be found in the back-catalogue.

One for the #bandtips brigade: 10 ways to screw up your album release campaign.

An oldie but a goodie as The Quietus goes soaring. Very relevant, especially if you’ve had to review the new David Guetta album.

The view from the music PR’s desk. Includes photos of journalists’ desks which will be very familiar to many of my peers.

Good piece from Peter Preston on a confused future for newspapers online and in print.

Brand New Retro is one for fans of old Irish magazines and fanzines with Dundalk man Dougie Devlin providing the scans from the past.

Meet the management – IE Music’s Tim Clark talks shop

Community of Independents is a new music TV series which will air on Dublin Community TV later this year featuring six bands from the indie community telling their story on the small screen, All six acts – Patrick Kelleher and His Cold Dead Hands, Axis Of, Lafaro, Owensie, Windings and Junior 85 – will play at Whelan’s, Dublin on September 6 and admission is a fiver.

One from the unforeseen circumstances dept: Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes’ pre-Picnic Dublin show this Wednesday has been upgraded from Crawdaddy to Button Factory. Tickets €14 plus TM charges. I suppose we could always say “we saw this coming”.

And finally, don’t miss ‘em in Stradbally.

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