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ha! the other week i moaned that the irish times hadn’t bothered to review big boi‘s latest opus, sir lucious left foot: the son of chico dusty. well, i just had a glance at friday’s the ticket today and sure enough, it’s done got a review. garnering four stars, jim carroll commends mr patton’s “slick, sumptuous outlaw funk”. cot damn. in other news, janelle monáe is giving antwan a run for his money in the whole AOTY stakes…


who remembers all the little interludes on stankonia, at the end of which there goes up a shout of “BREAK”? sometimes i shout them out in my head. i know it’s probably the most-blogged thing this side of janelle monáe (incidentally, this man’s protegé) but i can’t get enough of big boi‘s latest effort, sir lucious left foot: the son of chico dusty. the beats are great, the rapping is wild, it’s funny and it’s not just full of self-aggrandising nonsense (though, being honest, it’s a rap album so there is some of that). in my opinion, and i know the year is barely half over, it’s the best album to come out in 2010. that i’ve listened to. as i’ve had this one on repeat this past week, i realise that it’s been a very long time since i’ve had one album that has bumped everything out of the equation.
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a ticket to nothingness

the back page of the ticket, the irish times‘ weekly entertainment supplement, always makes for interesting reading. this week is no different. brian boyd quotes steve van zandt ahead as he analyses the failures of modern music, ahead of van zandt’s appearance in tower records on sunday.

…the music media is supposed to offer up a welcoming pair of arms to “new music” in all its forms. But a scene that celebrates itself (and sets up forums to do so) does nobody any favours. “We need to develop bands” is the catch-cry. Really? The Beatles developed by going to Hamburg and playing five shows a day seven days a week until they felt ready to approach a record label.

meanwhile the music charts show an awful trend that has only grown in recent years. the death of the king of pop has seen his albums fly off the shelves in the past fortnight. however, which albums sit on the top of the charts? the essential michael jackson, number ones, and king of pop all fill the top three positions in the irish album charts. thriller gets a look in at number 5, but the fact is, people are going out and buying collections of his supposed greatest hits rather than listening to his albums in the format in which they were intended to be heard.

i’ve shouted down “death of the album” rants in my time, listing recent albums by the likes of wilco, panda bear, death cab for cutie and sufjan stevens as proof that people out there are still making great albums. fact is, people don’t seem to be buying them. blah blah disposable nature of pop, blah blah itunes downloads, blah blah see above piece from brian boyd. it’s a vicious circle, and i think it will only come to a halt when something truly major happens – if and when that happens, we’ll see the next chapter unfold. for now, go download man in the mirror and forget “the album” ever existed.

i just checked in…

i know i mainly talk about music here, but i’m a huge film fan too. i just read something crazy in yesterday’s the ticket: john turturro was due to play éamon de valera in neil jordan’s michael collins! i mean alan rickman was perfect, but that would have been very interesting… in other news, turturro is keen for the coens to put together a sequel to the big lebowski. i don’t know how i feel about that, would it dampen the spirit of the original film?

anyway, i talked about it before, but have a listen to xxxchange‘s excellent we make it good mix, which kicks off with a song from that most brilliant film. and don’t forget he’s playing transmission next week – miss at your peril.

oh, and NSFW on this video…