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Trinity Ball 2010

Posted in Gigs, News by Catriona on February 22, 2010

So the acts for this year’s Trinity Ball have finally been announced: here’s the full line-up of who will be playing:

Dizzee Rascal

Mystery Jets

Mr Hudson

Uffie

Digitalism

Example

Jape

Ou Est Le Swimming Pool

Jesse Rose

Louis La Roche

Japanese Popstars

Fred Falke

Delorentos

The Law

Darwin Deez

Planet Parade

Replicators

Definitely Mightbe

Adored

Police Force

Bitches with Wolves

War Stage

This year’s ball is going to be on Friday 16th April, and tickets are going on sale on Wednesday, 24th February. If you’re a student or graduate you can buy tickets here.

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Trinity Ball Guide

Posted in News by Catriona on February 21, 2010

This year’s Trinity Ball Guide will be out on Monday, and promises to be a positive treasure trove of all things ball-related, if the rumours are anything to go by. Here’s a preview of the cover…which seems to be getting progressively sexier every year, god only knows what will be on the front of next year’s issue.

Jay Reatard

Posted in News by Catriona on January 14, 2010

Oh my god, Jay Reatard died yesterday, here’s the article that broke the news. They havn’t figured out what it was yet, judging from the article it sounds suspiciously like swine flu.

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Choice Music Prize shortlist

Posted in News by Catriona on January 13, 2010

I can’t quite believe the Choice Music Prize shortlist has rolled around yet again… the feeling of my life slipping through my fingers is beginning to scare me a little. Anyway, the list is as follows:

And So I Watch You From Afar And So I Watch You From Afar
Bell X1 Blue Lights On The Runway
Codes Trees Dream in Algebra
Adrian Crowley Season of the Sparks
Dark Room Notes We Love You Dark Matter
The Duckworth Lewis Method The Duckworth Lewis Method
Julie Feeney Pages
Valerie Francis Slow Dynamo
Laura Izibor Let The Truth Be Told
The Swell Season Strict Joy (ie Glenn Hansard and Marketa Irglova)

As usual, the real talking point is who’s been left off the list as opposed to who’s actually on it. Just to chuck in my ha’penny’s worth, I’m wishing that Hunter-Gatherer had got on the list and also wondering why Patrick Kelleher and Super Extra Bonus Party weren’t on it…

Kitsune Maison 8

Posted in Albums, News by Catriona on December 2, 2009

I’ve been wildly curious about the latest Kitsune Maison compilation (Vol. 8 ) that’s just been released and have been trawling the internet in the hopes of being able to listen to it somewhere. So far, I’ve been thwarted, but that could just be due to my limited google-searching abilities. What I did discover, much to my amazement, was how scarily upmarket the Kitsune myspace page has become. It extensively advertises the rather classy looking Kitsune shop in Paris, and I spent a good few minutes admiring their clothing line before realising that I was actually on a Myspace music page. What with Ed Banger’s (i.e. Busy P’s) collaboration with Colette, it seems that the French electro scene is certainly becoming part of the Parisian establishment.

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Hard Working Class Heroes

Posted in News by Catriona on October 16, 2009

I can’t believe it’s been an entire year since the last Hard Working Class Heroes festival and this year, I’ve been running around like a crazy person, doing lots of interviews for www.inkywrists.ie. I’m going to post a couple of the band interviews up here, but you can find the rest of them (and believe me there are a LOT) on Inky Wrists.  For the full list of bands and line up, check out the HWCH website.

(500) Days of Summer soundtrack

Posted in News by Catriona on September 8, 2009

I went to see (500) Days of Summer the other day and while I liked the film, I was quite impressed with the soundtrack. Apart from the obvious emphasis on The Smiths (always a good thing), there was a good cover of The Pixies “Here Comes Your Man”, and the film also featured tracks from The Temper Trap, Black Lips and Regina Spektor. The most surprising thing, though, was that it prompted me to start listening to Carla Bruni, which was a bit of a surprise. “Quelqu’un M’a Dit” came on on mid-way through the film – I’d heard it before but didn’t know who wrote or performed it. After a bit of an internet search, I realised that it was from Carla Bruni’s first album. I’ve posted the YouTube link below so you can have a listen to it, if you fancy (I don’t upload music unless I have permission, sorry!).

Oh my god.

Posted in News by Catriona on June 20, 2009

Right. For a while, I’ve had my suspicions that writing negative reviews of things could backfire, but I was asked to write a review of Airbourne’s latest album for Trinity News and was actively encouraged to write a bad review (which was entirely justifiable, having listened to the album). However, what I hadn’t factored in was the terrifying levels of devotion that metal fans possess. Read the response to my review below, posted by a vitriolic pervert. I’m still shuddering, mainly because of the disgusting attitude that this guy evidently has towards women. Needless to say, my respect for the band remains at an all time low.

Subject: [trinitynews] Re: Review: Airbourne – Trinity News

Bombora< > wrote:

ha ha, very entertaining. (note hint of sarcasm). I think this lass, in her self-righteousness and typical, unoriginal cynicism, is missing the point.

Proof is in the pudding sweet heart.

Were you correct in assuming the rock’n’roll era had died, then I guess Airbourne would never have graced the cover of Metal Hammer magazine.

Would it be fair to assume you have never been to a show?

If so, then you will obviously not have been enthralled with the raw energy and antics of this band. Anyone who shows as much devotion to their music and performance as these guys deserves a little more credit than you offer.

Of course you wouldn’t entertain the idea of immersing yourself in such energy. How then could you hide in your self-imposed musical chastity once you had been moistened by the sweaty, primal performance of Airbourne.

Perhaps given your somewhat introverted nature you didn’t realise that there is more to a band than a 34.40 minutes album? Mindless it would be to assume that an album is what it’s about. If this were the case, bands would record album after album after album. And wouldn’t tour.

By condemning yourself to your cd rack and mundane loungeroom lifestyle, you should thus relinquish your right to expressing your half-opinions. As you have only experienced but one element of that which is Airbourne.

I like the cleche,”torture in Guantanemo bay,” you are possibly the first person I’ve ever heard to use that phrase. Very original. Originality is good, but if you are going to be unoriginal, at least be good at it. Airbourne are good at it, very good. You however, need some practice.

With devotion and good old-fashioned hard work, you too may be able to re-invigorate that which was once awesome!

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Choice Music Prize

Posted in News by Catriona on January 22, 2009

Now the shortlist’s out for the Choice Music Prize, everyone seems to be speculating as to who’s going to win. The Script are currently the popular favourites, though hopefully the odds at the bookies aren’t indicative of the final outcome, considering how good some of the other nominees are. What seems so strange is that there is such a disparity in genres between the albums nominated. The prize itself was established to pick out the albums from the previous year which deserve some extra time in the spotlight and to select out the album which best sums up the year in Irish music. What it doesn’t do is divide the albums into different genres, so you get artists who have just released their debut album competing against established musicians, and different genres competing against each other. For instance, how can The Script really be compared to an artist like David Holmes? They are both so completely different. The Script are signed to a major label, producing mainstream pop, and selling a phenomenal number of albums, despite having ridden on the boy-band bandwagon for quite some time before this year’s success in the charts. Compare this to David Holmes, who has been DJing since he was 15, scored films for Steven Soderbergh, and whose ambient sound is a far cry from the pop-rock of The Script. Add Fight Like Apes, Jape, R.S.A.G., Lisa Hannigan and the others into the mix and the variety becomes even more mind-boggling. Since the only thing that the acts have in common is that they’re Irish and released in 2008, it seems a bit unfair to pit one album against the other, regardless of genre, in a quest to find out which one is the ‘best’. Still, with a €10,000 prize, it’s unlikely that the winner will be complaining…