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The CMJ festival is in full flow in New York at the moment. We’re not there and we wish we were there when we read these excellent guides to the acts playing from Rollo & Grady, The Village Voice and …

Thu, Oct 18, 2012, 09:17


The CMJ festival is in full flow in New York at the moment. We’re not there and we wish we were there when we read these excellent guides to the acts playing from Rollo & Grady, The Village Voice and the New York Times (who have Little Green Cars as one of their six tips).

There’s plenty of yakking at CMJ too (we love the aul’ yakking). Here’s the lowdown on the panel on Music Journalism Exploded.

When we talked to Questlove a while back, he remarked that he had something like 15 jobs. Well, that total is now 16 as he prepares to become a lecturer at NYU to co-teach a course on Classic Albums such as Sly & The Family Stone’s “There’s a Riot Goin’ On”, Aretha Franklin’s “Lady Soul”, Led Zeppelin’s “IV”, Prince’s “Dirty Mind”, Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall” and the Beastie Boys’ “Paul’s Boutique”.

Speaking of Prince….the 20 best Prince songs you’ve probably never heard

Don’t forget to enter our competition to win passes for the Beatyard festival if you haven’t done so already.

The word on the streets in Ulaanbaatar: Mongolia’s new school hip-hop culture. Tip of the hat to Nero for the link.

Why bands touring the U S of A should blank driving through Sierra Blanca, TX.

Banter reminders: two Banters in the coming week with Madonna’s Pop Lives taking place at the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin on Saturday (6pm, admission free) as part of the OneTwoOneTwo music documentary festival and The Anti Room podcast live at the Twisted Pepper, Dublin on Wednesday next (doors open 7pm, recording starts at 7.30pm sharp, admission free but you need to sign up to the invite list here). Stay tuned for some really interesting Banter news in the coming weeks.

One of our favourite “lost” albums is “How I Do”, the 2001 debut album from Res which was produced (and A&Red) by Santi White (AKA Santigold). I’ve often wondered what happened to Res so it was interesting to read this piece about The Res Documentary, a forthcoming documentary from filmmaker Steve Zegans about what happened next, her solo career and Idle Warship, her collaboration with Talib Kweli.

From the Hard Working Class Heroes desptaches: Darren Hemmings is impressed by his encounter with some of the Donegal kids involved with Beo.

In praise of the MiniDisc. Man, we loved the MiniDisc.

Richard Russell is loaded.

Go south, young jazzers. There is a really bad pun to be made about the link between nomadic pan-European new jazz fest 12 Points and the brand who sponsor the Cork Jazz Festival, but we’re not going to make it. 12 Points, which returns to Dublin’s Project Arts Centre next February, will be hosting shows by MeTaL-O-PHoNe (Friday), Thought-fox (Saturday) and PELbO (Sunday) at Cork’s Triskel as their touring programme 12 Points Plus heads to the southern capital.

It’s been a-g-e-e-e-e-s since we’ve had a “Tickemaster are bastards” story. Maybe the ticket-selling giant have turned over a new leaf and are now everyone’s BBF and…oh, OK, scratch that.

Headline of the year: is your dishwasher really yearning for the internet?

West to east: OTR faves Daithi and Elaine Mai play a tasty double bill at Dublin’s Workman’s Club on Friday night.

Not from the pages of Stuff magazine: 23 of James Bond’s most memorable Gadgets.

Hit the north: full details of next month’s Belfast Music Week here.

For the alt music fans in the audience: the 120 Minutes archive, “the independent, critically acclaimed, definitive library of music video nostalgia”.

For the dub fans in the audience: King at the Controls documentary on King Jammy at work. Respect to FO’C for the heads-up.

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