Tuesday 23 July 2019

John Meagher - Loaded: San Fermin gig to be special

Regular readers of this column – and thank you all – may remember how I raved about the self-titled debut album from the loose Brooklyn collective San Fermin last year. Well, they're playing their first ever Irish show on Wednesday night in Whelan's, Dublin, and I reckon we're in for a special one. Tickets, at the time of writing, are still available.

YouTube their recent live shows – and those sessions they did for NPR Music – and you'll get a good sense of their widescreen chamber pop. Those performances and that of the line-up for Wednesday features the evocative singing of the Milwaukee native, Rae Cassidy. Surprisingly, she doesn't feature on the album at all – despite her vocals sounding uncannily like those used on the recorded originals.

In a neat coincide the female singers who do appear on the album, Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe, will be in The Workman's Club in Dublin just three days later, on Saturday, April 19, with their band Lucius.

* An already impressive run of outdoor shows this summer got a whole lot more interesting with the announcement of a Kanye West-Pharrell Williams double bill in Dublin's Marlay Park on July 2. Tickets go on sale today.

The show will happen within a few weeks of West marrying one of the Kardashians – you know, the one who's been upsetting all sorts of people by appearing on the current issue of US Vogue.

* Meanwhile, Kanye West's Watch the Throne-collaborator Jay Z has found himself in hot water this week thanks to his decision to wear the medallion of the racist, anti-white organisation, Five Percent Nation, at a high profile basketball game.

Founded in 1964, the Nation of Islam splinter group has long been mired in controversy. "The rationale is that the black man is God and created the universe, and is physically stronger and intellectually stronger and more righteous naturally," says Michael Muhammad Knight, an author of two books on the radical group.

Mr Beyonce has received criticism from several quarters, including some black rights groups, but nothing like the sort that would be heaped on a white musician who chose to sport a similar item from an anti-black organisation. A sure case of double standards.

* Our condolences to Bob Geldof and his family on the death of his daughter, Peaches. From losing his mother to a brain haemorrhage at seven and then seeing his estranged wife Paula Yates die of an overdose years later, the Boomtown Rats man has certainly seen his fair share of tragedy.

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