[City of Arabia image from Dark Roasted Blend]
Latest odds on The Choice Music Prize (via paddypower.ie): Jape – Ritual 9 – 4, Lisa Hannigan – Sea Sew 7 – 1, Oppenheimer – Take The Whole Mid-Range And Boost It 12 – 1, Mick Flannery – White Lies 5 – 1, R.S.A.G. – Organic Sampler 7 – 1, Halfset – Another Way of Being There 12 – 1, Fight Like Apes – Fight Like Apes and the Mystery of the Golden Medallion 11 – 2, David Holmes – The Holy Pictures 10 – 1, Messiah J The Expert – From The Word Go 14 – 1 The Script – The Script 6 – 1. The winner’s announced this Wednesday.
Up and coming Dublin 4-piece U2 released their latest LP today, apparently. Take the time to read the mammoth reaction, counter reaction and counter counter reaction to Jim Carroll’s review, check what State made of it all or peruse our own track-by-track review.
Bearing all that in mind then marvel at Morning Ireland’s verdict. Do not adjust your Real Player, they do indeed compare U2 to Pink Floyd (Morning Ireland usually index their show, not in this case – the album stuff is on in the last twenty minutes or so).
BITS & BOBS:
NE-YO will perform live at The Marquee in Cork on July 6th and then at the O2 in Dublin July 7th. Tickets on sale Thursday March 5th at 9am.
The redundant NME Awards took place last night, notable only for the fact that Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon played their first public performace together since Blur split in 2002. The decision to award Oasis the title of Best British Band drew boos from the crowd.
GIGS THIS WEEKEND:
This Saturday at 11:00pm sees Cyprus Avenue in Cork play host to Choice nominated Messiah J & The Expert. €10 in.
Quite a busy weekend in Dublin – tonight sees the final show by Green Lights with the Funeral Suits in the upstairs in Whelans (looking forward to it lads) and The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster topping an impressive bill in Crawdaddy alongside House Of Dolls, Legion Of Ape, Cheap Freaks and Sickboy.
Excellent Swedish blues/folk duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums are in Crawdaddy on Saturday, followed by a sublime evening of electronic inventiveness in ALT with U:Mack’s Static club night; featuring Four Tet, Sunken Foal, Tim Exile and loads more until late closing – and finally on Sunday we have the Irish debut in Whelans of Passion Pit, one of the finest new bands of 2009.