Thursday 27 March 2008

Actual Electric Picnic Line Up and the scurge of on-line rumours.

According to an Electric Picnic press release:

Sex Pistols, Sigur Ros, Grinderman, Franz Ferdinand, George Clinton & The P-Funk Allstars, My Bloody Valentine, Goldfrapp, Christy Moore, Wilco, The Gossip, Duffy, Underworld, Tinariwen, CSS, Tindersticks, New Young Pony Club, Josh Ritter, Lisa Hannigan, Cathy Davey, That Petrol Emotion, The Breeders, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Sinead O'Connor, Henry Rollings (sic) The Waterboys, The Roots, Kila, Micah P Hinson, Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes), Hayseed Dixie, Candi Staton, Juana Molina, Turin Brakes, Faust, Midnight Juggernauts, Tartit, Hadouken!, Silver Apples, Mark Geary, Teitur, Blitzen Trapper, Absentee, Balanescu Quartet, Lou Rhodes, Adrian Crowley, One Day International, The Yard Dogs, Tobias Froberg, Boss Volenti, Dawn Landes, Constantines, Yacht, Lionheart Brothers, Large Mound, Emmy the Great, Foals, Kormac & the BSQ Band, Jape, Noisettes, Dublin Gospel Choir


With more to be announced. The acts in bold were predicted on the very different list I posted the other day, which many, including Nialler9 felt was legit too - it was heavily rumoured on the Electric Picnic Forum. Hopefully the remainder of the acts on the "leaked" list will emerge, because as of yet the following rumoured acts haven't appeared:

Moby
Super Furry Animals
Fat Boy Slim
Elbow
Chic featuring Nile Rogers
Gary Numan
The Human League
808 State
The Orb
Mogwai
Neon Neon
Jamie Liddell
Lee Scratch Perry
Baaba Mal
The Wedding Present
Sebastien Tellier
Billy Bragg
Marty Mulligan
Saul Williams
Booka Shade
Transglobal Underground
Two Gallants
King Creosote
Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong
Damien Bloody Rice
The Duke Spirit
Crystal Castles
Red Snapper
f*ck Buttons
Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip
Fish Go Deep
Grand National
Cinephile
Kings of Convenience
David Kitt
Donal Dineen
Gemma Hayes
Plaid
Kevin Rowland
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Two Gallants
Trentemoller
Richie Hawtin
Massive Attack
Paul Weller
James
Bloc Party
Fat Freddy's Drop
Cornelius
Buzzcocks
DJ Krush
Supergrass
The Coral
Bonnie Prince Billy
Notwist
Calexico
Jimmy Cliff
Robyn
Low
Dirty Three




So officially the "leaked list" had 18 right out of a predicted 78 (or a 23% success rate fact fans!) and failed to foresee 42 of the acts actually announced.

Hmm. It smacks of someone taking all the acts touring at the moment, throwing on a list and seeing what sticks. Given the calibre of some of the acts that haven't been officially announced, I hope this isn't the case.

Wednesday 26 March 2008

A rehashed old rant on our 'enlightened' times.

Today the inquest into the deaths of Nollaig Owen and her son returned an open verdict. The whole story has been, quite rightly, been treated delicately by the press and all concerned have full sympathies with the young woman, who clearly had mental health issues. While the inquest returned an open verdict it is taken that the most likely explanation is that the mother took both her child and her own life, similar to another tragedy when a mother threw herself and her child off the Cliffs of Moher.

If it were a father, however, would he be given the same benefit of doubt or would he be denounced a "monster" by the tabloids?

I've said it before and I'll say it again, there is a stigma around men's mental health issues that really need to be addressed by the media in this country. It reflects on how we still see the divisions of gender - the strong men and weak women - I'm amazed more women weren't offended by Eoghan Harris' patronising defense of Grainne Carruth, the Taoiseach's secretary on Today FM's The Last Work last week. The constant references to how she's had three children, how she's "just" a housewife now and suggesting how the big bad tribunal are harassing a lil woman who is out of her depth in this mans world of a tribunal were unbelievable. I nearly expected Harry Enfield to pop out.





In this day and age you can add "Men: don't expose yours" to that mantra.

Tuesday 25 March 2008

Alleged Electric Picnic line up

My Bloody Valentine
Sex Pistols
Moby
Tindersticks
Underworld
Super Furry Animals
Fat Boy Slim
The Breeders
Elbow
CSS
George Clinton
Chic featuring Nile Rogers
Gary Numan
Franz Ferdinand
The Human League
808 State
The Orb
Mogwai
Faust
Neon Neon
Jamie Liddell
Sigur Ros
Foals
Lee Scratch Perry
Baaba Mal
The Wedding Present
Sebastien Tellier
Henry Rollins
Billy Bragg
Marty Mulligan
Saul Williams
Booka Shade
Transglobal Underground
Two Gallants
King Creosote
Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong
Damien Bloody Rice
The Duke Spirit
Crystal Castles
Tinariwen
Red Snapper
f*ck Buttons
Micah P Hinson
Dan le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip
Fish Go Deep
Grand National
Lisa Hannigan
Cinephile
Kings of Convenience
David Kitt
Donal Dineen
Gemma Hayes
Gossip
Plaid
Kevin Rowland
Rodrigo y Gabriela
Two Gallants
Trentemoller
Richie Hawtin
Massive Attack
Paul Weller
James
Bloc Party
Fat Freddy's Drop
Cornelius
Buzzcocks
DJ Krush
Supergrass
The Coral
Bonnie Prince Billy
Notwist
Goldfrapp
Calexico
Jimmy Cliff
Robyn
Hayseed Dixie
Low
Dirty Three


From the Electric Picnic forum - we'll see tomorrow hw accurate it is.

Monday 24 March 2008

Democracy simply doesn't work.

Long time no post - was on a relaxing internet free holiday. Calmed down, chilled out, all good.


Then I saw Kerrang's Top Ten Greatest Rock Bands Of All Time.


10. Bowling For Soup
9. Queen
8. Avenged Sevenfold
7. Paramore
6. Evanescence
5. Elliot Minor
4. Nine Inch Nails
3. HIM
2. 30 Seconds to Mars
1. My Chemical Romance


For the record, Led Zeppelin were 41st, pipped to the big four-oh by The Rasmus. Yes, I know it was a public vote organised by a magazine whose key demo are angry 14 year old suburban kids in "I hate myself and want to die" Cobain hoodies who are unique and in no way similar to the other angry 14 year old suburban kids in "I hate myself and want to die" Cobain hoodies, but come on! Any self respecting magazine should either

a) Suppress such an embarrassing gauge of its readers' tastes.
b) Complement the list with an editorial condemning their tragic taste. Gotta be cruel to be kind, in a few years the kids will thank you.
c) Just pack it in altogether.


Remember the next time you slate Hot Press or NME. It could be so so so much worse.

It could be Kerrang.

Wednesday 12 March 2008

Friday 7 March 2008

MGMT/Futureheads/CSS sells out. Oxegen still hasn't.

I wonder if the Oxegen bubble has burst - tickets are usually gone by now.

In other news, rumours abound that the MTV Spanking New Music Tour dates in Dublin have sold out.

Tuesday 4 March 2008

What do you do with all your old magazines?

I'm a hoarder. I keep stuff of little or no practical use, often claiming "sentimental value" or insisting that in years to come the many discarded items that lay strewn across my room or dormant in the attic will be worth something some day. When my mother suggests that she'll give my old childhood toys to charity I have a simple reply. Suggesting that armed with only an arts degree to my name my main source of financial income will be the antiquated by-gones of my youth, I imply that should she want me to put her in a good nursing home she'll keep my 1980s heirlooms, lest she appear on a "Prime Time 2030" expose of substandard geriatric care hosted by a cyborg Miriam O'Callaghan.

But I digress.

Another thing I keep is magazines. Lots of them. In fact it has gotten ridiculous - impractical even. I have pretty much every issue of Empire from the last 7 years in my room, taking up valuable book and DVD space. Then there are the various music magazines in boxes at the end of my bed.
Now many people are, at this point thinking "Why not recycle them?". That's what my mother argues. My girlfriend likewise (Now we could go off on a psychological tangent right there, but lets keep it Freud-free mmmkay?).
People who say this aren't hoarders. They can't understand that for people like me it is not good enough to simply extract the literal value - i.e. the content of the magazine - from it. Oh no. We hoarders need to feel another value from it. Throwing these items away is like admitting defeat - something a proud hoarder would never do, for it also exposes an underlying fear; that all this collecting, the pedantic cataloguing of these things has been futile - hours of our lives wasted. Maybe cleaning all this space would be cathartic but then the fear that an opportunity to redeem that value of the hoard could be potentially missed.

Anyway, reading the lively debate on magazines on Jim's blog, there are plenty of magazine buyers out there. Are you a hoarder? If so where do you keep your bounty? Are you a reformed soul who took the brave step of dumping your lot? Or are you the disposable type who dumps something once it has served its purpose?

Monday 3 March 2008

I hate the term 'Nanny State'.....but

It's a knee jerk reactionary phrase to unpopular laws. Yes, we can be over regulated at times but such Orwellian terminology only serves to sensationalise situations in a bid to attract attention.

Yet as hypocritical as I'm going to sound, I'm quite surprised that more hasn't been made of Eamon Ryan's proposal to give more prime time viewing hours to public service announcements, which smacks of the government dictating to us what we should watch.

Mr Ryan insists that RTE must stop 'chasing ratings', claiming that 'RTE's key role is in the provision of high-quality content in innovative creative output.'

A key role it has served in recent times with output such as 'Celebrities Go Wild', 'Celebrity Jigs and Reels', the upcoming 'Celebrity Banisteoir' and the interminable 'You're A Star'.

The fear now is that there will be a split in how money is spent by the national broadcaster - advertising funds will go towards buying in imported television shows and sporting events, with license fees going toward the proposed 'public service content'.

Obviously RTE will have to increase the fees taken from advertisers to cover the dramas and sports coverage that they currently host on the station but the question is will advertisers bother stumping up that much more? Considering that Irish people can, and do watch many of the shows RTE boasts in its lineup on Satellite television (the big hitters such as Lost, Prison Break, Desperate Housewives and Scrubs are all on Sky One and E4) how much is the Irish market really worth? The crown jewel in RTE Sport's Autumn to Spring line up is the Champions League - available on ITV and Sky Sports.

The pressure is on RTE to compete with these channels, it is not the advertisers job. Should RTE lose these ratings earners an anemic line up will have advertisers in a position to pay less for air time - albeit for a schedule that will have less viewers. However many of these advertisers have air time on satellite television also; will they be concerned knowing that many Irish have a mini-dish?

This draconian attempt by Ryan to 'serve the people' is reminiscent of De Valera's fear of the influence of television on Irish culture. While Dev's fear of 'cultural colonialism' is all to apparent in modern Ireland, any attempt by the government to impose what it believes is important viewing on the public will be of little benefit and will ensure millions turn to Sky and NTL for what they really want to see.