Loaded: City silenced by volcanic ash
It was set to be one of the key live music weeks of the year, but the past seven days have been effectively barren thanks to the foibles of an Icelandic volcano. LCD Soundsystem's eagerly awaited shows in Dublin's Tripod on Tuesday or Wednesday are being rescheduled -- although mainman James Murphy has been able to make UK tour commitments. "So bummed to cancel Dublin," he tweeted on Tuesday.
The postponement of the Bedroom Community gig at the National Concert Hall on Wednesday was just as disappointing. It was set to showcase the talents of several acts on the influential Icelandic label, including Ben Frost, Nico Muhly, Valgeir Sigurosson and Sam Amidon. A rescheduled date for later in the year is expected to be announced next week.
At the time of going to print, Glen Campbell's show in Vicar Street tomorrow night is still on and so too is Rufus Wainwright's much-anticipated show in the Grand Canal Theatre next Wednesday.
- Hats off to Blur, who have made their Record Store Day celebrating 7in, Fool's Day, available as a free download from blur.co.uk.
"To avoid fans having to illegally obtain an inferior copy of this track from pirate sites, we have made it freely available through the band's website," says manager Chris Morrison.
Only 1,000 copies of the single -- the first song the four members have recorded together since Battery In Your Leg from 2003's Think Tank album -- were pressed and put into shops on April 17.
- Battle of the bands competitions are 10-a-penny these days, but one of the more significant is the JD Set Final, which takes place in Dublin's Village on Thursday.
Five unsigned bands -- Saccade, Lady Doll, Henrieta Game, The Coonics and Sixteen Layers -- will be hoping to impress a judging panel that includes Phantom DJ Michelle Doherty and Hot Press critic Roisin Dwyer.
The winning outfit will receive advice from The Charlatans' frontman Tim Burgess, studio time in Grouse Lodge Studios, inclusion of tracks on a CD distributed by Hot Press, plus PR support.
Burgess is set to play a DJ set afterwards.
- Hip hop aficionados could do worse than head to Cork for the May Bank Holiday weekend, with the city's Triskel Arts Centre running a series of events celebrating rap and associated culture.
"It is a follow-on from the 2005 City of Culture event at the same location and will feature aerosol art, break-dancing, MCing and live hip-hop music," says Triskel publicist Alma Kilmurray. "A number of overseas artists will take part as well as the cream of Irish hip hop talent."
Invited artists include New York aerosol artist Fernando "Cope" Carlo, who has been painting in New York since the birth of hip hop in the late 70s. Since that time he has been painting high quality murals in the city and has also released his own clothes line with adidas.
- Members of The Killers, Mumford and Sons, Keane and Noah and the Whale are set to release a collaboration album under the name Mt Desolation.
The band features The Killers' drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Noah and the Whale fiddle player Tom Hobden, banjo player Winston Marshall of Mumford and Sons and Keane's keyboard player and principal songwriter Tim Rice-Oxley, plus live bassist Jesse Quin.
Their album of country songs was produced by Emery Dobyns in London, and will be released later in 2010.
- Meanwhile, Keane said they were "horrified" this week to learn that one of their songs had been used as part of the soundtrack to the British Conservative party's election manifesto launch.
Drummer Richard Hughes tweeted that the Tories had not asked the band's permission to use their 2004 hit Everybody's Changing and said he would not be voting for the party.
MGMT were similarly annoyed when French Premier Nicolas Sarkozy used their best known song, Kids, to soundtrack his presidential campaign. The Brooklyn-based band sued Sarkozy for copywright infringement and were eventually awarded a €30,000 settlement.