Wednesday 23 April 2008

The Manic Street Preachers Cover Umbrella

This has several consequences.

1. Another shit summer. It wasn't a coincidence that this rain dance plagued the radio and single charts during the wettest summer ever.

2. That sound, along with James Dean Bradfields screams of "Eh eh eh under my um-bar-ella" is the mighty hammering of a nail into the coffin of the little credibility the band had

3. This man now has a rival for worst "RAWK" song of the year.

Monday 21 April 2008

Indie Pendence Festival Line Up Revealed

The line up for the Indie Pendence festival has been released, revealing a decent line up for a free festival considering two major sponsors have pulled out of funding the event.

The line up, which is expected to have more names added in the coming months, is headlined by Cathy Davey, The Blizzards and Ham Sandwich with Fight Like Apes, The Flaws, The Chapters, Dirty Epics, Alphastates and Travega all taking to the stage in Mitchelstown's New Square on the August Bank Holiday Weekend.

Friday 18 April 2008

Don't forget: Record Store Day tomorrow

Record Store Day is tomorrow, a really cool idea that deserves support for reasons gone into in depth on Jim's blog.

So whether it's Plugd in Cork or Road in Dublin at least pop in and buy something. Yes, it's easy to download and it's something we've all done but as Nick Hornby put it

Yes, yes, I know. It's easier to download music, and probably cheaper. But what's playing on your favourite download store when you walk into it?
Nothing, that's what. Who are you going to meet in there? Nobody. Where are the notice boards offering flatshares and vacant slots in bands destined for superstardom? Who's going to tell you to stop listening to that and start listening to this? Go ahead and save yourself a couple of quid. The saving will cost you a career, a set of cool friends, musical taste and, eventually, your soul. Record stores can't save your life. But they can give you a better one."

Tuesday 15 April 2008

"Love Thy Enemies" says Jesus....and Google ads.

From The Guardian

Much embarrassment at the Green Arrow Forum, the bloggers' website that supports the BNP. At the top of the site is an advertisement for, the UK's leading Muslim marriage service. This has caused much consternation to the perplexed BNP bloggers. It transpires that the ads are placed by Google, whose computerised brain must have noted that the Green Arrow constantly refers to Islam and thus thought this would be an appropriate site for lonely Muslim hearts. Some BNP bloggers have also twigged this and suggested that in future, Islam be referred to only as "the threat to the west" to avoid confusion.

Monday 14 April 2008

Free festivals feeling the pinch

As Jim will tell you, gig economy is changing as the music scene readjusts in line with global downturns (or Rip Off Republic prices, or the scene hitting saturation point, depending on your point of view.)
The old adage of "unforseen circumstances" is wheeled out more and more often, time and again to circumvent admitting that often big names just aren't selling.
However it appears that it isn't just punters who are questioning the value for money the live scene promises these days as the big advertising spenders look at just what they're getting for their buck.
With that in mind it is interesting to hear that Diageo have pulled out of sponsoring the Mitchelstown "Indie Pendence" Music Festival amongst others in line with a revised national policy of sponsoring such small events.
Following this festival's success last year (the first time in years the event in Mitchelstown finished in the black after disastrous flirtations with Danni Minogue and, er, Eamon) hopes were high that the line up of Fight Like Apes, Director, Delorentos, Republic of Loose, Sultans of Ping and co could be built on, however these hopes appear to be dashed. The rumoured line up for this year's festival (and I ain't sayin' nothin' yet - I learned my lesson) still promises great value for money for punters going to a free gig, but Arthur G. and co don't see it this way and organisers will hope revellers will be feeling generous when the buckets come around.

Sunday 13 April 2008

Is this the funniest multinational corporation web site ever?

Fair play to Maccy-Dee's for their website, a place where worried customers can air their grievances and ask the questions they want to the faceless corporation.

"Bah! A PR stunt!" I hear you say. Maybe so.

However, judging by some of the questions posed to the fast food giants the website is not a simple FAQ made by the company and there is some straight-faced lackey earnestly answering WHATEVER is posed to McDonalds. Here's a selection taken from the site.

QUESTION: I notice that, in general, people who eat at McDonalds appear to be less healthy and less attractive than those who don't. In your opinion, is this a result of diet or of other economic and social factors?

ANSWER: This is certainly not a conclusion that the company would agree with. All sorts of people, from different walks of life, all with different tastes are welcome to enjoy the food at McDonald's restaurants. With many new additions to the menu and detailed nutritional information available in the restaurants on the reverse of trayliners, on most packaging and via the internet, all customers can make better informed decisions about the food that they eat. (June 2007)

QUESTION Have you stopped poisoning people?

ANSWER: McDonald’s is a legitimate business and sells food and drink acting fully within the laws of the countries where it operates.

QUESTION: I have nightmares about the ronald mcdonald clown... Would you be willing to compensate by sending me some free food vouchers to help me get over my fear of clowns and aid my rehabilitation into society?

ANSWER: McDonald's is saddened to hear that you are having nightmares about Ronald McDonald. As McDonald's Chief Happiness Officer, he has been the face of the company since 1963 and is one of the most recognised characters in the world. Unfortunately, the company will not be able to provide you with any free food vouchers.

QUESTION: Is Ronald McDonal (sic) secretly teaching little boys that it's normal to wear lipstick?
ANSWER: Ronald McDonald is all about teaching children how to understand and enjoy food, to be active, and have lots of fun.

and finally....

QUESTION: A McDonald's near me got shut down due to a "worrying amount of seman in the fries" how much is a worrying amount, how much is actually allowed in our food?
ANSWER: This is a myth and is not true.

Hint: for the best questions type "Ronald" into their site search engine and enjoy the various different questions and hypothesis of his origin and genealogy.

Friday 11 April 2008

Tuesday 8 April 2008

Brady's got a chippy on his shoulder.

To all those who doubt the quality of entertainment that soccer can provide I produce Exhibit A; RTE's Champions League punditry.

Yet another performance that will go down in the annals of history along with Dunphy's questioning of Staunton's qualifications ("Would you let him drive the train to Cork, Bill?"), last night's hissyfit from Arsenal employee Liam Brady will live long in the memory.

And kudos to Dunphy for his antagonising jibes dressed as serious analysis (comparing Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger's sideline mannerisms to Monthy Python's Ministry of Silly Walks was sublime piss taking at it's best). The car crash telly continued by Brady's assertion that he would have refused to go on air had he known the backstage crew had assembled a video of Wenger's sideline behaviour and reached a climax when Dunphy revealed that he had a part to play in the editing room. Graeme Souness must have thought to himself "This would never happen at Sky"

No doubt some clever sod will provide a youtube clip, when it surfaces, regardless of your attitude to football I implore you to watch a sore loser and a wind up merchant at their best.

UPDATE: It's on YouTube at HERE, I'll embed when I'm home (work nazis have blocked YouTube here.)

Thursday 3 April 2008

Delusions of Grandeur

Coughlan and Hanafin throw support behind Cowen
03/04/2008 - 13:49:51

Agriculture Minister Mary Coughlan and Education Minister Mary Hanafin have both come out in support of Brian Cowen as the new leader of Fianna Fáil.

The two ministers were both regarded as possible candidates for the job, but they confirmed that they believe Mr Cowen should take over as Bertie Ahern's successor.

European Affairs Minister Dick Roche has also declared support for Brian Cowen, as have ministers Micheal Martin, Willie O'Dea and Martin Cullen.

The comments suggest the Laois-Offaly TD may get the job without a contest.

However, Transport Minister Noel Dempsey has refused to rule out a leadership bid, while Foreign Affairs Minister Dermot Ahern has also declined to publicly state his intentions.

Noel Dempsey? Taoiseach?

The first person to leave a comment convincing me that he would be a good Taoiseach wins a prize.*

*Prize being my admiration.

Massive Attack for d'Marquee

According to Jim.

Still not a great line up.

Tuesday 1 April 2008

April Fools jokes.

They've reached saturation point, it's tiring. But have you heard any decent ones?