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Saturday 20 January 2018

Loaded: John Meagher on Komedy Kanye

Kanye West
Kanye West
Jay-Z performs during the Budweiser Made In America Festival
John Meagher

John Meagher

It's just as well that Kanye West is focused on music, because newly disseminated footage of a fly-on-the wall comedy project he had worked on for HBO back in 2008 suggests he had a long way to go to match his boast of being "the black Larry David".

West's routines were clearly influenced by David's Curb Your Enthusiasm, but felt much more forced. The project is still theoretically in development with the US network, so the new father (right) could yet add "comedic actor" to his CV.

Larry Charles – who directed many of the Curb episodes as well as the Sacha Baron Cohen film, Borat – worked with West on the untitled project. "I think it was too hardcore for HBO," he said.

* Crowd-funding projects have become comparatively commonplace in the music industry (see my feature on the future of the Irish music Industry) , but Universal Music's just-announced venture is novel.

The world's largest record company has launched a scheme called The Vinyl Project and is inviting fans to help it decide what "rare and deleted" albums it should reissue on vinyl.

The Vinyl Project will allow fans to register their interest in the re-release of certain LPs, with Sonic Youth's Goo, Björk's Biophilia, Pulp's His N Hers and Nirvana's MTV Unplugged performance currently being considered.

Crucially, backers will have to vote with their cash much like Kickstarter, where users have to promise to buy a copy if the proposal goes ahead.

* The Daily Mail took a pot-shot at Amanda Palmer after she experienced a bra malfunction at Glastonbury, but the US singer had the last laugh at the weekend when delivering an impromptu song castigating the newspaper at her show in London's Roundhouse.

The performance has gone viral on YouTube. Sample lyrics: "Dear Daily Mail/ It's so sad what you tabloids are doing/ Your focus on debasing womens' appearance/ Devolves our species of humans/ But a rag is a rag."

* His latest opus, Magna Carta ... Holy Grail, may have disappointed, but Jay-Z's hard-won reputation is such that demand for tickets for his October 6 show at Dublin's O2 will be intense when they go on sale this morning.

The hip-hop king's  last visit to these shores was for the Watch the Throne tour in June 2012 and saw him share a stage with collaborator Kanye West.

* Agnes Obel's profile may be in the ha'penny place compared to Jay-Z, but for those who have been smitten by the classically trained Dane, news of a first Irish show in three years is to be celebrated.

The Copenhagen native plays Vicar Street on October 23 and a new album, Aventine, will be released here on October 23. Her sumptuous debut album Philharmonics was centred on her exquisite piano-playing, and featured a haunting cover of John Cale's Close Watch.

* Blur play the grounds of the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, on August 1 – I can't wait – and, from July 26, there will be a free photographic exibition at IMMA's Great Hall which celebrates the band's fine innings.

Irish Independent

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