Please support Blackout Week, which started yesterday – campaigning against IRMA’s plans to censor and block websites from Irish Internet users.
U2 had a busy week of promo for new album No Line On The Horizon (see what Joe thought of it); having New York’s 53rd St. renamed ‘U2 Way‘, performing a 5 night residency on Letterman, and ultimately securing the #1 spot in album charts the world over.
BITS & BOBS
Bob Dylan will release a new album this year, sometime around April.
Indie royalty got a bit bitchy this week, with Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyle doing an Oasis by having a dig at The Arcade Fire, calling them “pricks who treat their fans like shit“. Win Butler’s reply was a bit more reasoned; “I hope I was less of a “prick” then telling Rolling Stone that a bunch of people I don’t know at all are really assholes“.
The Bernard Shaw is hosting a record fair on Sunday at 2pm, with the following sellers offering their goods: Bold Lump (deadly noise + drone selections) / Beatfinder Records / Choice Cuts, Mark Allton / John Mahon (Stereotonic) / Eoin Cregan (Pogo) / Tom Beary (12) / Da Wiseguy (Illicit Grooves) & more…
Fabchannel is shutting down. The online concert footage archive will disappear in 7 days time, so get watching while you can!
In Dublin, there’s a fine noisy lineup of bands for tonight’s Ballroom of Romance in the Lower Deck, headlined by Action Beat (featuring no less than 9 guitars), while tomorrow Peter Bjorn & John are playing in the Button Factory.
More additions for the excellent Primavera Sound in Barcelona:
Saint Etienne / Herman Dune / Liars / Jeremy Jay / Jesu / Rythm & Sound feat. Tikiman / Dead Meadow / DJ Yoda / DJ Rupture / La Bien Qerida / Los Punsetes / Tim Burgess DJ / Dr. Kiko / Daniel Devine / Meneo
Grizzly Bear performing While You Wait For The Others on KCRW: