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Lou Reed 1942-2013

Sun 27 October 2013, 10:21pm

Tweet Just a quick post to mark the death of founding member of The Velvet Underground, inspiration for 10,000 bands – see Brian Eno quote – singer, songwriter and general rock legend, Lou Reed, who has died of an unspecified “liver-related ailment”.  He had a liver transplant in May this year after suffering liver failure. […] more »

Gotye: Autonomous artist meets autonomous audience…

Wed 3 April 2013, 8:52am

Tweet What a great way to demonstrate what’s happening in this new digital world. It’s a Wired talk by Gotye (he’s Belgian Australian, so its not pronounced the way you’d think). It’s peppered with great music inspired by his own internet hit Somebody That I Used to Know: What got to him first of all […] more »

Beware of Mr Baker…

Mon 7 January 2013, 4:45pm

Tweet That’s Pete ‘Ginger’ Baker, by the way.  No relation…  [Are you sure?! - Ed]  In the Guardian Edward Helmore talks to the former Cream drummer as a taster for the forthcoming documentary “Beware of Mr Baker” – the “second-best rock documentary of the year”, according to Rolling Stone.  There’s also a Guardian gallery, Ginger Baker’s […] more »

Climbing up on Solsbury Hill…

Sat 22 September 2012, 1:18am

Tweet Just a random music video… Grab your things, I’ve come to take you home…  Enjoy. more »

Other Voices Live

Sun 4 December 2011, 9:29pm

Tweet I meant to flag this up earlier, but better late than never.  The Guardian is live-streaming two sets from the Other Voices Festival in St James’s church, Dingle, tonight.  The stream starts at 9.30pm GMT. First up is the Wild Beasts gig followed by a live stream of Spiritualized at 10.15pm GMT.  Also at the Guardian, […] more »

Drum and base

Wed 17 August 2011, 5:29pm

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Friday Thread: Hey (Father) Joe, where you going? St Pats Knock, 1976.

Fri 8 July 2011, 3:29pm
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Tweet Right, many of you won’t make much of this. But if you are anywhere near fifty, you’ll certainly remember the music (taken from the Pound Club, behind Roddy’s and opposite the bus station in Oxford Street, I think. It turns out to be “The Pieces of Eight” in Anne Street) and that unforgettable mid 70s look. […] more »

RTÉ on hosting Eurovision 2012: “that’s a bridge we’ll cross on Sunday if we need to.”

Tue 10 May 2011, 10:39pm

Tweet Despite the BBC report headline, RTE’s chosen representative, Jedward, are not the “favourites” for Eurovision 2011.  That position still clearly belongs to France.  Although, to be fair, Jedward’s odds have shortened since I bookmarked that earlier today… RTÉ, on the other hand, would probably be quite content with a French result - judging by the comments from Julian Vignoles, […] more »

Friday thread: some Irish culture while we wait for the result

Fri 25 February 2011, 8:36pm

Tweet The Rubberbandits are back. While we are at it: And a history lesson: more »

“Higgs, Higgs, glorious Higgs…”

Thu 26 August 2010, 1:30pm

Tweet A little bit of culture, and science, from the CERN choir via CERNTV.  It’s no Large Hadron Collider rap… ANYhoo… Enjoy! more »

Listening to Van Morrison

Sat 5 June 2010, 6:24pm

Tweet There’s a great piece in today’s Guardian Books section, Greil Marcus on his new book Listening to Van Morrison.  Here’s an extract from the article It’s a short book, not a biography or a career survey, but an attempt to follow those moments in Morrison’s music, as he’s made it from his first records with […] more »

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