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Loaded: Let Buckley and Cassidy rest in peace

Jeff Buckley reinvigorated the singer-songwriter genre in 1994 with the release of his seminal debut album Grace. Since his tragic death three years later, his estate -- namely his mother, Mary Guibert -- has done much damage to his legacy by releasing reams of sub-standard work.

Even the most cloth-eared among us wouldn't equate Eva Cassidy's sentimental songs to Buckley's compositional gifts. But her reputation is also being sullied by family members keen to unleash yet more "undiscovered" material.

Cassidy became something of a sensation in 2000, four years after her death from cancer when Terry Wogan championed her songs. Now, unfortunately, no Eva Cassidy recording is likely to escape exposure of some kind.

The latest in a long list of posthumous Cassidy albums is Simply Eva, which, according to the bumf, "focuses entirely on Eva's voice, with only the backing of her acoustic guitar". In other words, almost identical to the songs you may already know.

"Simply Eva is the album Eva's admirers have been waiting for," say her parents Hugh and Barbara. Really?

  • The line-up for the Choice Music Prize live event in Vicar Street, March 3, was announced this week. Adebisi Shank, The Cast of Cheers, Fight Like Apes, Halves, James Vincent McMorrow, O Emperor and Villagers (solo) will perform, with the other three nominees -- Cathy Davey, Imelda May and Two Door Cinema Club -- having other commitments. Tickets cost €22. The winner will be announced on the night.
  • I've been enjoying a five-track sampler of the new REM album, Collapse into Now -- due to be released on March 4. If this is anything to go by, it will offer a more varied set than their last offering, 2008's pulsating Accelerate.

Aficionados hoping to see them on tour to promote the album may be disappointed, however, with manager Bertis Downs suggesting they won't go on the road this time. Previously, Michael Stipe and co refused to tour their two best-selling albums, Out of Time and Automatic for the People. Their Monster tour in 1995 marked the first globe-trot in six years.

Collapse Into Now features guests including Eddie Vedder, Peaches and Patti Smith (appearing on an REM album for the second time). Once again, they have used the services of Dublin producer Gareth "Jacknife" Lee.

  • Good news for John Lydon fans. Public Image Ltd are set to play Tripod on June 10 in what will be their first ever Dublin gig.

Established in 1978 while the ashes of The Sex Pistols were still smouldering, PIL were among the most influential bands of the post-punk era. Their "future-sound" can be heard in the music of LCD Soundsystem and The Rapture today.

Tickets go on sale this morning (€44.50 and €48.50)

  • Another week, and another record shop goes to the wall. This time it's the great City Discs in Temple Bar, Dublin. The shutters will come down for good in the next few weeks, but in the mean time, all stock is being sold for €3 or less.
  • Last week, I gave incorrect ticket info for those keen to see Neil Hannon, Cathy Davey and Jape reinvent Vampire Weekend's debut album in Dublin's Button Factory on April 1. Tickets are free and available from www.thejdset.ie from Tuesday, February 1.

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