Jim Carroll

Music, Life and everything else

The wrap is wrapped for 2016

Including New York flyers, “Countryman Christmas”, Sesame Street, jazz greats, crate digging, information overload, Duran Duran’s “Notorious”, Planet Earth etc

McCoy Tyner. Photo: Christian Weber

Mon, Dec 19, 2016, 09:43


(1) The Russians are not just into hacking your emails these days, they’re also getting into sneakers.

(2) Notes from the chairman: outgoing Mercury Music Prize chairman Simon Frith looks back on his 25 year tenure with the event and what has (and has not) changed within the music industry in this time.

(3) When flyers were king: Mark Ronson, Moby, Nelson George, Frankie Inglese, Patrick Moxey and Lady Miss Kier of Deee-Lite remember the days when flyers rather than social media activity were the way to get folks into your club night.

(4) Duran Duran’s “Notorious” at 30: an oral history of the fourth album which reinvented and repointed the band’s groove

(5) The jazz dudes: Christian Weber’s stunning portraits of 10 living legends

(6) “Information overload is something that’s been plaguing me for a while. It was only recently that I decided to take the time to understand why my brain doesn’t work the way it used to. I needed to do this to understand myself. The first step in admitting you have a problem is understanding that problem. I have an information problem. This is a millennial’s quest to understand information overload while struggling against it. Here’s everything I’ve learned.

(7) From Nickelback to Sesame Street, how music is used to battle crime and fight wars

(8) Dusty grooves: Twenty years after the release of DJ Shadow’s game-changing “Endtroducing”, DJs, artists, and collectors talk about crate digging in the internet age

(9) Danger, Planet Earth II: six producers who worked on David Attenborough’s latest series talk about their proudest – and scariest – exploits, from navigating a city’s ‘hyena gates’ to laying off the insect repellant in case a jaguar smells you

(10) Like Cork nostalgics with The Holly Bough or mountain farmers with Old Moore’s Almanac, it’s always the start of Christmas in these parts when Nero’s annual “Countryman Christmas” compilation arrives from way out west. The 15th edition has room for Margo Price, Anderson .Paak, Claude Von Stroke, Lucinda Williams, Prince, Levlez, Tiggs D’Author and this wee gem.