Jim Carroll

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Congrats to Irish band Little Green Cars who’ve just inked a deal with champion indie label Glassnote. Here’s label boss Daniel Glass on the label’s successful streak, thanks to acts like Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino and Two Door Cinema …

Tue, Dec 6, 2011, 09:15

   

Congrats to Irish band Little Green Cars who’ve just inked a deal with champion indie label Glassnote. Here’s label boss Daniel Glass on the label’s successful streak, thanks to acts like Mumford & Sons, Childish Gambino and Two Door Cinema Club.

Our next TV fix? That looks like being Homeland, based on this piece. Of course, that’s once we’re finished with the excellent Boss.

Last call for the Banter: don’t forget that Banter’s Review of 2011, which is always one of the most entertaining nights ouf of the year, happens tomorrow (Wednesday) at the Twisted Pepper, Dublin. On the panel: Sinead Gleeson, Miriam O’Callaghan and Conor Pope, with me acting as devil’s advocate. Full info here.

Here’s a headline you don’t see every day of the week: “Ticketmaster giving concert-goers a refund”. Wonder does that class action extend to Ticketmaster Ireland?

This is what life was life for the music business before fecking Napster came along. And this is what life looks like for Argentian film and TV fans in 2011 thanks to Cuevana.

Voting is now underway here for the fifth annual Irish Festival Awards. There are 20 categories in all and the winners will be unveiled after voting closes on January 31st. It’s co-ordinated by the Cherrycool folks behind the Castlepalooza festival and the good eggs that they are have removed themselves from consideration in all categories in the interests of fairness and full disclosure.

Aul’ media lads say no to Twitter. Are you with ‘em or against ‘em?

OTR continues to find new social media networks to replace Twitter, Facebook and Bebo (our Bebo page rocks). This week’s new arrival: Pinterest.

More people giving out about people giving out about stuff online.

Scary headline of the week award.

It really is the season for lists. Here are the albums of 2011 lists from NPR, the Beeb’s music writers, Stereogum, Paste, Gorilla vs Bear, The Quietus and the Guardian. I will be listing my top albums of 2011 next Monday, once voting has closed for The Ticket Awards (you have voted, haven’t you?)

More lists? Sure, why not? Here’s the longlist for the BBC Sound of 2012 malarkey (unlike the Mercury Music Prize who keep the guilty parties hidden from view, you’ll find a list of the people to blame for these selections here). And, because there’s no such thing as a definitive list, here’s the Blog Sound Of 2012 list as chosen by 32 UK music bloggers.

Very interesting piece about now we should give new artist platforms a bit more time to prove themselves. All new plays can’t be iTunes overnight.

Following on from that, Steven Levy considers the issue of Facebook, Spotify and the future of music. If you only read one piece this week featuring the line “this brief blessing from the Pope of Poke presaged a turning point for the entire music industry”, make sure it’s this one.

And more from the future of music world: focus on the tech startups stepping in to help artists market their tunes as the big boys leave the pitch

Anyone for some tapas from “a nice Irish kid making Spanish food”?

Do you need a proper camera when you have a snazzy iPhone? Ars Technica do some comparing and contrasting.

Hip-hop branding dude Steve Stoute tells his story (his book “The Tanning of America” should be on your to-read list) with lots of references to Hova, who turns up here talking about “Decoded” and other stuff.

Mo’ hip-hop:” classic Ol Dirty Bastard. You’d miss him. Tip o’ the hat to Faulkner for pointing us towards the clip.

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