Friday 29 June 2007
Bush: "One Day The Good Lord Will Take Fidel Castro Away" - Reuters.
Really, this quote does more to undermine the twit than sarcasm ever could.
As an added treat I present you with perhaps the most inane news brief of the millennium. Even more feckless than Albanian Watchgate.
Thursday 28 June 2007
Firstly, an optimistic example...
Nigerian asylum seeker becomes Ireland's first black mayor - Breaking News.
Via Twenty Major
If your life was a movie, what would the soundtrack be?
So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc.)
2. Put it on shuffle.
3. Press play.
4. For every question, type the song that's playing.
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button.
6. Do not lie and try to pretend you are cool.
This is the soundtrack to the major motion picture event that is me:
Opening Credits: "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" - Smokey Robinson & The Miracles.
Waking Up: "God Only Knows" - The Beach Boys.
First Day At School: "Moon Hop" - Derrick Morgan.
Falling In Love: "Bottle Of Smoke" - The Pogues.
Fight Song: "Run Fay Run" - Isaac Hayes.
Breaking Up: "Wake Up & Make Love With Me" - Ian Dury & The Blockheads.
Prom: "Bo Diddley" - Buddy Holly.
Life: "Blindinoneeye" - Radical Face.
Mental Breakdown: "Window" - Fiona Apple.
Driving: "In Diesen Raum" - Trost.
Flashback: "Monsters In The Parasol" - Queens Of The Stone Age.
Getting back together: "Jam Band Death Cult" - Ninja High School.
Wedding: "Girl, I'm Gonna Fuck You Up" - Republic Of Loose.
Birth of Child: "The Magic Number" - De La Soul.
Final Battle: "Walk Like An Egyptian" - The Bangles.
Death Scene: "Indestructable Sam" - Buck 65.
Funeral Song: "The Slip" - Reverend Cleatus & The Soul Saviours.
End Credits: "Kung Fu" - Ash.
Must admit to being satisfied with that playlist of chance. John - The OST available soon.
Have a go yourself.
Wednesday 27 June 2007
Tuesday 26 June 2007
The movie is about a love affair between a US marine, Jason Johnson, and Meriam Al-Khalifa, a member of the royal family of Bahrain. It is called, fittingly:
The Princess & the Marine (2001).
Further adding to the insanity, Mark-Paul Gosselaar stars as Jason Johnson. You know him... Zack from Saved By The Bell!
They grow up so fast.
1. THE COMEDIC ONE-LINER INTRODUCTION
2. THE PERSONAL/HEARTFELT/OPEN APPROACH
Adopted only by females, or 13 year olds. Or both.
3. THE ESOTERIC RAMBLE
4. QUOTATIONS FROM FILM/TV/SONG/POETRY/SCRIPTURE
5. THE "WRITE NOTHING AT ALL" MERCHANT
Social retards. Should fuck off back to the abyss.
Head2Head - Does Ireland need nuclear power?
Sound points are made by both sides, but I leave you with the words of Oisín Coghlan. He says no:
"Le Métronome" - Malajube. (Watch until the end.)
"Pate Filo" - Malajube.
Monday 25 June 2007
Sunday 24 June 2007
But I do have a problem with Glastonbury. Rock music is ours. By which I mean it belongs to anyone born between 1950 and 1971. We invented it, and we made the rules.
Friday 22 June 2007
"No. Not really bothered."
"My arse man. Couldn't get a ticket yeah?
"No. Not really bothered. Doesn't interest me."
"Sure I thought you were into festivals and that shit man."
"I am. Just not into Oxegen."
"Why not like?"
Now, this is how I should have replied...
"Grace Kelly" plays at the gates of Hades. Mika has made his pact... Kerchinnnng-ah!
Thursday 21 June 2007
The horror. The whining.
Wednesday 20 June 2007
Next, Deerhoof's "Wrong Time Capsule". They are headlining the Foggy Notions Stage at the Picnic and a sonically quixotic show lies in store for those who choose to attend. I may well be one of them, a lack of clashes permitting... Apeshit animation, directed by Martha Colburn.
(3) Nobody seems to have considered the longevity of the new stadium's feasibility... The French clubs and the Guinness Premiership have shown how petulant their approach to the Heineken Cup can be, and how desperately the competition needs their continued involvement to survive. If they eventually decide to quit (not too unrealistic a possibility you will agree) then Munster rugby's new indulgence would be in dire straits... I hardly expect there to be a 26,000 capacity crowd at every Magners League clash once the stadium reopens. Without the Heineken Cup, the funds lost to this venture would result in an hastening of the exodus of players from the province. Hardly beneficial to club or country.
Tuesday 19 June 2007
- Mon 23 July. Doors: 21:00. Admission: €18 (€16 members).
Secondly, Battles. Their recent Mirrored is a distinct joy, an album of required status. Also, the word from friends who saw them at Primavera is that their live show is similarly impressive. All in all, decidedly worth the price of admission.
- Thu 23 Aug. Doors: 21:00. Admission: €22.50 (€20 members).
Further details at www.roisindubh.net.
Can rap recover from sales slump - USA Today.
An injection of wit and creativity is seriously needed if commercial American hip hop is to be revived. However, I doubt the will for change even exists. The gangsta captains are going down with their pimped out ships. Aiight!
For your aural and visual delectation, the Irish Messiah J & The Expert with "Something Outta Nothing". An example of creative, witty and effortlessly cerebral hip hop. An example of how hip hop should be. An old example, but a good one nonetheless:
My, what a reactionary post. Thanks www.unarocks.blogspot.com.
What happened them? They got fucked... Pass the tissues McKenna.
By the way, I voted Green.
Monday 18 June 2007
"What's funny about that?"
"Science and religion."
"Science and religion? Together?"
"Well, maybe the exams were arranged alphabetically."
"I wish. My sister is sitting her Music exam next week."
Friday 15 June 2007
The Catholic Church? Practitioners of self-serving hypocrisy? Say it ain't so...
Story found at:
Thursday 14 June 2007
Here is a sneak preview. A song they call "Robots":
In the interview Sweeney also mentions Albini's detailed critical analysis of the music industry, The Problem With Music, published in the American cultural-political journal The Baffler in 1993. A fascinating read. Check it out at:
Whilst on the topic of Albini, beneath lies a clip of considerable interest... Subtle covering Shellac's "Prayer To God" live in Salt Lake City, Utah in March of this year. Dose gripped by convulsions of anger. His delivery dripping with targeted invective. Enjoy:
Wednesday 13 June 2007
Well, I suppose that's "tree huggers" for you. Eh, Dick Roche? Eh?
Where's Trevor Sargent gone? Oh, he's still here. But he said...
Tuesday 12 June 2007
Tracks of note on their debut album Flight Of The Bass Delegate include "White On White Crime", "Thunderstatement", and "Scarlett Johansson Why Don't You Love Me", all present and correct on their myspace. Check out the video for "White On White Crime" below. Tasty.
Interesting Trivia Aside #1 (And Only): Jai-Alai - the lunatic variation of the Basque sport pelota - appeared in the opening credits of the TV series Miami Vice. A death among players was part of the plot of one episode, "Killshot", which aired during the 3rd season... So there.
Ahem, the video:
Spleen vented. I need a smoothie.
Monday 11 June 2007
- The Directors’ Masterclass with legendary German New Wave director Volker Schlöndorff, takes place Friday 13 July 2007 in the morning.
- The Actors’ Masterclass with Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons takes place Saturday 14 July 2007 in the morning.
- Furthermore, the Galway Film Fleadh/Galway Film Centre in association with Northern Ireland Screen, will be presenting the Screenwriters Masterclass with acclaimed screenwriter Terry George which takes place Friday 13th July in the afternoon.
- Admission to each Masterclass is by application only. The cost of each half day Masterclass is €50. Deadline for application is 5pm, Friday June 29th 2007.
The reformation of spoof rockers Spinal Tap is perhaps the final nail in the coffin of Live Earth's credibility. Christopher Guest's rock mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap exists as unquestionably the finest jibe ever at the preening self-importance of the rock star. It hilariously lampoons the complete lack of self-awareness that insulates their hallowed world. I truly hope that Christopher Guest took up Gore's invitation as a means to successfully deride from within. I really do. It would do his filmic repertoire a real disservice if he's being genuine this time... The folly of placing Spinal Tap on the bill is perfectly captured by Robert Sandall in the current Sunday Times Culture magazine: "Al Gore had better hope that their (Spinal Tap) slogan for the day - "We're hot, and so's the planet" - doesn't catch on."
Watch it all unfold on the telly if you will, or join me outside for a walk, or a tree hug with Dick Roche, or a strum on my acoustic guitar. You should hear it when it goes all the way up to 11.
The above facts and quotes are taken from Robert Sandall's "Green age kicks", from the current Sunday Times Culture magazine, 10th July '07. Worth a read.
This appearance came after a lengthy discussion with Vladimir Putin. Refreshments were plentiful throughout, and Sarkozy left in high spirits... Ladies and gentlemen, the world's most obvious pun.
Sunday 10 June 2007
Missed out on Primavera this year then? Me too, had gathered nowhere near the requisite funds... However, a few mates of mine made the trip to Barcelona, and to compound my (our) jealousy one of them posted a video on youtube chronicling their escapades. The charlatans. Maybe its because I know them, but I feel it quite accurately depicts the debauched lunacy of the festival break away. Huzzah DJ Eurovision! Huzzah!
Saturday 9 June 2007
Overseen in a counting station in Monaghan (I know its not Dublin but give me a break):
Beside all the candidates was "1"
Written at the bottom: "As promised"
Overheard on Tuesday, 29th May 2007 - Monaghan by Danny