Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The last wrap of 2012

Anyone for some music lists to help you get through the day? Here are the albums and tracks of the year as voted by the music critics at The Guardian, our blogging buddy on the irishtimes.com block Una Mullally’s Pop …

Wed, Dec 19, 2012, 09:25


Anyone for some music lists to help you get through the day? Here are the albums and tracks of the year as voted by the music critics at The Guardian, our blogging buddy on the irishtimes.com block Una Mullally’s Pop Life Awards of the Year, Nialler9 counts down his remixes of the year, Spin magazine’s best hip-hop albums and songs of 2012, Philip Sherburne’s 20 best electronic tracks of the year, our favourite NYC record shop Other Music’s albums of the year, Totally Dublin’s albums of the year, Sound of the City’s 10 Best NYC Hip-Hop Albums of 2012, the best jazz albums of 2012 per the Los Angeles Times and The Guardian and, finally, Pitchfork have started their mammoth list-making with their best tracks of the year.

You know that it’s becoming a lot like Christmas when the annual Countryman Christmas CD drops through the letterbox from the wilds of Galway. On Nero’s playlist for the 11th in this hugely limited edition series: Chvrches, Kendrick Lamar, Lou Doillon, Johnny Hoban, Frank Ocean, Zion I, Ocho and Bob Dylan. Happy Christmas to Nero and to everyone who tipped OTR off to great music in Twenty Twelve.

Just how powerful is Justin Bieber’s Twitter account?

One more list! One more list! One more list! Here’s our favourite interviewee of 2012 and all-round dude Questlove’s top 50 hip-hop tunes of all time.

Say hello to Spencer Manio, one of those who picks the music you hear when you’re wandering around a shop or shopping centre. Sure beats one of the lads behind the counter sticking on a CD.

Ever notice how no-one talks about a Dell Tax?

In praise of “Call Me Maybe”. More on this later in the week.

Four big changes for the music business in 2013.

Why subscription will be big for media in 2013

It’s been AGES since we’ve had a decent the-death-of-blogging article so, behold, it’s the return of the rise and fall of the obscure music blog meme.

More futuregazing: here are five companies who will define the future of radio.

State’s Midnight Mass: this year’s service will feature live sets from the excellent Jennifer Evans, Ghost Estates, Skelocrats, The Notas and Deaf Joe with various State DJs playing some tunes inbetween and afterwards. It takes place in The Mercantile (Dame Street, Dublin 2) from 8pm. Admission is free in, but all proceeds on the night go to Pieta House and donations are welcome.

The Black List: The Wrap lists the 10 best unproduced screenplays currently doing the rounds in Hollywood. Script most likely to emulate previous Black List hits like Juno, Slumdog Millionaire, The Social Network and The King’s Speech: Draft Day.

Oral history time: remembering the birth of the Beastie Boys.

New York hip-hop radio station Hot 97 dissed the local scene recently when program director Ebro Darden said most of them were “minor league rappers” and didn’t deserve a berth on the station’s playlist. J Pablo bites back with his list of 11 minor league rappers primed for the step up to Hot 97.

101 bangers from 2012: have a listen to Peter Curtin’s Best Of 2012 show from The Block on Spin Southwest.

Arthur’s Day: Knee Deep’s radio show special on the great Arthur Russell.

Hackwatch: here’s C.W. Anderson, Emily Bell and Clay Shirky’s report into post-industrial journalism.

Mo’ Miles: the Miles Davis Quintet live in Stockholm from October 1967 with Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Herbie Hancock (piano), Ron Carter (bass), and Tony Williams (drums).

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