James Murphy has been talking about putting LCD Soundsystem to bed. Apparently, it's stifling his artistic creativity. Hmm, we'll take your word for that, James.
On the basis of two albums under the LCD moniker, particularly 2007's monumental Sound of Silver, plus a much-admired Nike-sponsored EP, the New Yorker (below) is perhaps feeling the weight of expectation for his as-yet-untitled new album, which will be released in May.
Just before he retires that stage name, Murphy will be playing Dublin's Tripod, Dublin, on Tuesday, April 20. Tickets go on sale today (€36.50/€39.50) for what could be the gig of the year.
- It may be a precarious time for fledgling labels, but a new Dublin firm, Any Other City, is taking a punt with a four-track sampler to be released next Friday.
The label who offered the world the first music from the country's big hopes of 2010, Villagers, will be showcasing wares from bands who will all be a mainstay of the label's releases in 2010: New Amusement, Hired Hands, Tender Trap and Feed the Bears.
In add-ition, the label will be running its own club night on the last Saturday of every month upstairs in Whelans, Dublin. The club will feature live perfor-mances from bands on the label plus DJ sets from bands, label personnel and special guests. The first one is on Saturday 30 January.
- The makers of a major BBC documentary on Thin Lizzy are looking for fans who have original photos or Super 8 video footage of the band which may not have been seen before.
They are especially interested in anything that relates to Lizzy's last UK gig at Reading in 1983. Interested parties with such material are asked to contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A major player in the UK market, IWC's credits include documentaries on or featuring JK Rowling, Richard Dawkins, Stephen Fry and Stephen Hawking.
- Imelda May has been personally invited by legendary guitarist Jeff Beck to sing with him at the 52nd Grammy Awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday week.
Beck has been nominated for A Day in the Life in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category. "They want to put Jeff on with a bunch of famous guitarists, but Jeff just wants to plug in and play," May told Hot Press. "I phoned my double-bass player's wife, who's a dressmaker, to sort out my frock for the night. I saw one in an old movie that I like. Jeff has also asked me to sing with him and Eric Clapton at The O2 in London."
The Dubliner also revealed that her second album has been recorded and will be released later this year.
- For a brief period at the end of the 80s, Dublin band Power of Dreams were among a glut of acts in the city that were tipped for world domination. It never quite happened, but the Craig Walker-fronted outfit left behind some fine music, including an excellent debut album, Immigrants, Emigrants and Me.
2010 marks the 20th anniversary of the release of the album and, to mark the occasion, the band has decided to reform for a series of live shows. Whelan's, Dublin, will host the actual anniversary concert on Friday, March 12.
A 2-CD limited edition of the album, containing all 14 original tracks plus the debut A Little Piece of God EP and various B-sides, will be released on March 1.
- Tonight's televised Haiti fundraising concert is expected to attract one of the biggest ratings of the year in the US. The brainchild of George Clooney, a host of names including U2, Alicia Keys, Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera are set to perform in the Hope for Haiti gig.
The telethon aspect of the event will raise money for Red Cross, Oxfam, Partners In Health and Wycliffe Jean's Yele Haiti Foundation.
Meanwhile, Arcade Fire's Regine Chass-agne, who is of Haitian decent, made an appeal earlier this week encouraging "support and solidarity" for the country after the natural disaster.