Loaded: busy McMorrow names dates here
The ever-busy James Vincent McMorrow has announced Irish tour dates this October and November.
The Dubliner plays Cork's Pavilion (October 29), Dublin's Button Factory (November 5), Kilkenny's Set Theatre (November 6) and Limerick's Dolans (November 7). Tickets for the Button Factory date go on sale today.
It's been a good year for the singer-songwriter. He released a number-one album, Early in the Morning, in February and recently inked a North American deal with Vagrant Records, becoming a labelmate of Eels, The Hold Steady and Stars. The album will be released in the US and Canada next year.
Furthermore, McMorrow is set to join Bell XI on their North American tour this October, playing 11 shows across the country.
Meanwhile, to coincide with the Button Factory show, James will also be releasing a 7in vinyl of two new songs. The pressing will be limited to 1,000 copies, which will be available to buy at the show, select shops and anyothercity.com. A download code will be included with each copy so fans can get the songs in mp3 form.
- As anybody who has sat through Sky's Soccer AM can attest to, footballers generally have appalling taste in music. Think bad hip-hop and even worse R&B. The less said about Rio Ferdinand's fledgling music label, White Chalk, the better.
John Burns begs to differ. The Dubliner, who was on the books of Nottingham Forest and earned underage international caps, has turned to rock. Burns is backing singer and guitarist with the Nottingham-based quartet The Establishment and their straight-up brand of rock isn't a million miles away from Oasis.
The band have a new single out today, Be that Way, and the video features cameo appearances from Burns's ex-Forest teammates Teddy Sheringham, Stuart "Psycho" Pearce and Des Walker.
Burns will be hoping his music will make more of an impact than his sports career did. He only managed three first-team appearances for the former giant of English football.
- Speaking of football, Dublin-based band The Rags have their own connection with the beautiful game. The group's guitarist, Noel Campbell Jnr, is the son of the former Ireland international. Noel Snr won 11 caps from 1971 to 1977 and is still a cult figure in Germany, after spending seven years playing with Fortuna Koln (becoming the first Irishman to play in German football's top tier, the Bundesliga).
The Rags are currently on the road in support of their debut album, A National Light. They took part in Guinness's Arthur's Day event yesterday evening and play a show in Berlin on October 9.
- Another Irish band set to play abroad are Dublin duo Thread Pulls. After launching their intriguing drum-and-bass debut album, New Thoughts, in The Workman's Club, Dublin, tonight, they are off to Denmark, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Norway and the UK for more live shows in the coming weeks. Their sound may be minimal, but it's captivating.
- French retro-pop stalwarts Phoenix are releasing the multi-track recordings of every song from their 2009 album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix for free online.
As a gift to fans, the separate vocal and instrumental parts can be downloaded from wearephoenix.com now. It will be a stopgap of sorts as fans may be in for a long wait for a follow-up album.
Meanwhile, Northern Irish threesome Two Door Cinema Club -- whose glorious sound is heavily indebted to Phoenix -- will reissue their debut album, Tourist History, next Friday. The new edition will feature a documentary plus a bonus disc of remixes.