Whatever we might think of Ireland’s very own rock monolith, we can’t avoid the fact they’ve managed to just about seep into every last corner of the globe over the last 3 decades. This was brought home to me this week when I heard on French radio a track from a compilation recently brought out […]
Archive for May, 2008
More on the Interpol report on the supposed finding of laptops belonging to bombed FARC rebels. ‘What’s really happening with this dodgy laptop story’, asks Pepe Escobar. Forrest Hylton says its part of the US’s propaganda war against Hugo Chavez.
Lots more detail on the Interpol report here.
I haven’t had time to complete the music post that I wanted to write this week, so here’s the plan of what I intended it to be about.
Point 1: Mention the cancelling of the Animal Collective gig in the Tripod on Monday night because the band missed the ferry.
Point 2: Moan on […]
Some news just in, this year’s Charles Edward Trevelyan Award for Humanitarian Crisis Management goes to…
.. those lovely chaps from the Myanmar Junta.
A years supply of Cornish Pasties for them and all their families, lucky sods !
Trevelyan photo from Wikipedia
The Juntadales from AP Photo via Daylife
Readers may hate me for putting up the Eamon Dunphy interview with former Government Press Secretary Mandy Johnston, which aired on RTE Radio last Saturday morning, but I only do it as a note for the record. Much of what she has to say is about her career, and her time with Charlie McGreevy, little […]
Apologies to regular visitors here but we’ve slowed up considerably on the posts recently. For myself, I seem to have contracted a dose of Joycean Paralysis or Dublin Sleeping Sickness since I got back from a trip there for 10 days in April. I know Conor has a document to submit at the end of […]
Mark E Smith’s most distinctive texts echo both Lovecraft and Dick’s methodology. According to caricature, The Fall proffer a naturalism whose dreariness is leavened only by its humour. But it was only in their earliest mode that The Fall were comic naturalists, introducing an amphetamine-driven garage punk to the bingo halls, industrial estates and cracker […]
Will Oldham is playing in Vicar Street on the 15th of June. I’m going because Sean Baith can’t and someone has to shout ‘Sean Nós’ at him.
I’ve put this up before but its worth showing again: the great Jeffrey Lewis singing a song about thinking he’s seen Will Oldham on the L-train in New […]
I’ve recently become a fan of Jerry Haber’s blog Magnes Zionist. Jerry is an academic and Orthodox Jew who works in the US and Israel and takes grave exception to how the Israeli government are treating Palestinians.
The Magnes of the title refers to Judah Magnes, a Reform Rabbi, who originally worked in the US […]
On Monday the New York Times reported on protests and violence in Bolivia, following from Sunday’s referendum which would give Santa Cruz greater autonomy and allow it to have control over the natural resources located in the region, which currently accounts for 30% of Bolivia’s GDP.
The move for greater autonomy, however, should be seen […]