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It’s Choice Music Prize week, my friends. Can you feel the excitement in the air? Or is that just some pre-Cheltenham jitters? All 10 of this year’s nominated acts are playing at Thursday’s live event at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. For …

Mon, Mar 5, 2012, 08:48


It’s Choice Music Prize week, my friends. Can you feel the excitement in the air? Or is that just some pre-Cheltenham jitters? All 10 of this year’s nominated acts are playing at Thursday’s live event at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre. For those who won’t be there, the show will be broadcast live on Today FM. I wrote about my years behind the scenes with the Prize for Friday’s Ticket and you’ll find the piece here. Please note that the piece and panel contain opinions which may not be to the liking of certain acts’ street teams.

The west’s awake: first acts for the Galway Arts Festival Big Top are James Vincent McMorrow, Lisa Hannigan and Elaine Mai (July 26) and The Coronas, Bressie and The Kanyu Tree (July 27). Tickets for the former are €33.50 and for the latter are €30 and go on sale on Friday. Limited early bird tickets will be available for both shows (The Coronas €27 and James Vincent McMorrow/Lisa Hannigan €30) via the festival website.

This time next week, OTR will be billeted in Austin for SXSW 2012. For acts heading to TX, here’s a guide to some guerilla marketing methods, while here’s what Musicmetric’s data-mining around acts playing SXSW in 2011 and 2012 has discovered.

Seems that Apple are dealing with TV channel executives regarding streaming plans in the exact same way as they dealt with the music biz in the past: it’s Apple’s way or the highway, dudes. Now that’s we call disruption. The always excellent Monday Note also considers the issue of Apple and TV.

We had another full house (our fourth in a row) for a very lively, interesting and thought-provoking Banter last week. Rip It Up & Start Again featured Frank Fitzgibbon, Brian Fallon, Gavin Sheridan and Paul Mallon talking about the current and future state of the journalism trade and media business. It was quite invigorating to ignore such red herrings (as old media vs new media) for once and instead have some practitioners talk shop and stretch their predictive abilities for two hours. Thanks to all four for being good sports. For more on last week’s session, check out the #journobanter thread and reviews by Shane O’Leary and Lisa Cunningham. Yes, there will be a podcast at some stage (and yes, we’re tardy about them). Next Banter will be in April on The Attention Economy (dates, panelists and details coming soon).

More journalism links: the fuming over aggregation and curation goes on (and on). And why the data journalist will rule the game.

Musos, is it time to quit your band?

The 10 most innovative companies in music, per Fast Company. No sign of IRMA in the list. Shome mishtake, shurely?

Have really enjoyed the last few episodes of Miriam Meets, especially Miriam O’Callaghan’s encounter last week with a mischevious bunch of Horslips and yesterday’s words-from-the-horses-mouth with Ted and Ruby Walsh.

Good advice for anyone planning a music hackathon.

Pinterest? Pah! Twitter? Snarf! We’re all about Manteresting, Weibo and Thre.ad this week. We’re also all over This Is My Jam, Herd.fm and Cred.fm,

ChicXSW: very smart booking by the CorkXSW folks as Chic are confirmed for this year’s event at Lissard House over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The kids are alright: excellent piece from a few weeks ago by Brian O’Connell on the CoderDojo initiative. Plus, why Microsoft are backing Daniel Brusilovsky’s Teens In Tech Labs project. Feeling a little left out, non-teen OTR readers? Well, here’s why you should check out CodeAcademy or Decoded.

The fallout from Channel 4′s Great Ticket Scandal show continues with an admission to Music Week from Live Nation that they have “never listed tickets in the secondary market without the participation of the artists or management”. Oh yes, your favourite act knows all about this kind of price-gouging. Methinks that there are lots more worms to come out of this can. And fair play to Radiohead, who have moved swiftly to speak out against this and endorse and partner with the Ticket Trust, a fan-to-fan ticket exchange service.

Sometimes, it snows in March: much acclaimed French psych-folk duo Natural Snow Buildings play Whelan’s, Dublin next Sunday (March 12) and you really should get along to see them. Reasons why here, here and here.

Kenny Powers is BACK!

One of our favourite albums of the spring season is “Black Radio” from the Robert Glasper Experiment. To mark the release, Frolab and All the Way Live have compiled a series of live recordings of the band with special guests including Q-Tip, Pete Rock, Bilal, Doom and many more. Get bopping here. It’s the return of the cassette bootleg, innit.

What can Miles Davis and Duke Ellington teach businessmen and entrepreneurs?

Sweet oblivion: really good analysis of how music start-up Beyond Oblivion fell apart.

Alexis Madrigal tracks how and why 104 different companies are following his online movements.

More distortion in the headphones please: mastering music for the iPod age.

Saying no to Twitter.

Mark Mulligan on the UK music industry’s CD-driven crisis. “The music industry is being entrapped by a demographic pincer movement: on the left the emerging Digital Natives lack a product strategy that meets their needs, on the right the traditional CD buyers lack a format succession cycle.”

Dexys Midnight Runners are back! Now known as Dexys. C’mon Irish live bookers, get ‘em over here.

Icestival: the icy charms of Igloofest

Donal Dineen is back! We last heard from my old mucker Donal Dineen last December when he brought his seminal Small Hours radio show to a close. Now, the Kerryman has popped up online with this Sitting Room Interview with the ace Maverick Sabre. Did one of you mention No Disco?

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