Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The wrap will be singing “Slievenamon” all week

Including Tommy Hilfiger, Damon Baehrel, Bandcamp, clearing samples, Urban Outfitters, Japanese record shops, dreams and Olympic sprinter diets

Champions of f***ing Ireland Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Mon, Sep 5, 2016, 09:40


(1) One for the older hip-hop fans in the audience to remember that the more things change, the more they remain the same. “Rappers have always sounded similar. It only bothers you now because they don’t sound the same as your favorite group from school.”

(2) New York’s hardcore years: superb piece by Michael Stahl about the Big Apple’s 1990s’ hardcore scene.

(3) Dan Schoenbrun brought together a couple of film-makers to make a movie of each other’s dreams. The result is Collective: Unconscous

(4) How Bandcamp became “one of the greatest underground-culture bazaars of our time”.

(5) Fascinating piece on Pat Shannahan, the woman who has cleared the samples used on some of your favourite records, including that brace from The Avalanches. “Throughout a career that has stretched more than two decades, Shannahan has cleared samples for the likes of the Beastie Boys, Beck, Sounds of Blackness, Kool Keith, Public Enemy, Ghostface Killah, the Chemical Brothers, Ice-T, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and far too many others to fit in a single breath.”

(6) Is the most exclusive restuarant in America all it’s cracked up to be? Nick Paumgarten tries to get into the kitchen with chef Damon Baehrel at his operation in the basement of a woodland home in Earlton, New York.

(7) Oral history dept: how Tommy Hilfiger became hip-hop’s favourite fashion brand – and how it all fell apart.

(8) Just why has Japan more record shops than anywhere else in the world? “Japan’s odd consumer behavior is a prime example of the Galapagos syndrome, a business term that takes its name from Darwinian evolutionary theory. It explains how the country’s geography, history, and culture have come together to create a love for a technology that the rest of the world has all but forgotten.”

(9) What’s next for Urban Outfitters? Inside the company’s Philadelphia headquarters.

(10) The food of champions: what’s in the ideal diet for an Olympic sprinter like Usain Bolt?