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The Best of Irish Music Blogs
Monday, 21 March 2011 13:52   

best-of-irish-music-blogsThe best of Irish Music blogs by the Independent’s Day and Night

Ireland has a healthy mix of music bloggers, who largely focus on independent music with a healthy interest in what’s happening on the ground. Here are 10 Irish music blogs you should check out:

MP3Hugger – Dubliner Kevin has been posting great songs quietly without much fanfare since 2005. Mostly likely to post little-known indie-pop bands who deserve greater exposure such as Dublin’s Scared Animals or Galway’s Low Sea. (

Asleep on a Compost Heap – Verbose, witty, measured, tangental. All of these words apply to Darragh McCausland’s personal space on the web which manages to coherently cover life in Kells, musings on minimal techno and verdicts on the indie albums du jour.

Those Geese Were Stupefied – Karl McDonald is a young Irish writer who takes his music as serious as most scholars take James Joyce. His Irish interview series is essential reading for followers of this country’s music.

Cubikmusik – Cubik’s interests lie in electronica, soul, R&B, beats and hip-hop and you’ll find an eclectic selection of the above on his blog along with his regular “Under the influence” series with producers and musicians.

The Torture Garden – Shane Culloty is the owner of perhaps Ireland’s longest running music blog (March 2005). A massive fan of Arcade Fire and Cathy Davey, his blog is the first place to look for news and demos on both those acts as well as North American folk-indie artists.

Tenacious Tim – Tim is an American living in Ireland. Regular gig-goers should read his experiences with tinnitus and should stay for the tunes drawn from mainly Scandinavia and Ireland.

Bandwidth Films – Our sole Northern representative, Bandwidth is chock-a-block with live performances

Swear I’m Not Paul – Generally less niche than most other blogs, Ronan Hunt-Murphy covers a little bit of everything so you’ll be sure to find something you like in the setlists from gigs, album reviews, news and interviews.

Harmless Noise – No other blogger cares more about Irish music than Nay McArdle. Her regular roundups of Irish music both North and South of the border are absolutely essential reading.

Spherical Notions – Joey Kavanagh’s spot on the web covers live gigs and the hottest new electro and pop acts coming your way. Recent featured artists include Estelle, Ellie Goulding, Goldfrapp, Bitches With Wolves and Kiss Kiss Kiss.

Congratulations to Choice Music Prize Winners - Two Door Cinema Club
Monday, 21 March 2011 13:39   
Two-Door-Cinema-Club-Tourist-HistoryTwo Door Cinema Club have just been announced as the winner of the Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of the Year 2010 for the album Tourist History (Kitsune). Two Door Cinema Club received a cheque for €10,000 - a prize which has been provided by the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA) - as well as a specially-commissioned award, courtesy of the Recorded Artists And Performers Ltd (RAAP).

The 11 strong jury panel of Irish music media professionals deliberated at length tonight and chose the album from the shortlist of 10 records released by Irish artists throughout 2010. The sold-out event in Vicar Street, Dublin featured performances by 9 of the 10 shortlisted acts (Imelda May is currently in Australia and was unable to attend). The event was hosted by Today FM’s Alison Curtis and was broadcast live in a special broadcast on Today FM’s Paul McLoone Show.

The full shortlist of nominated albums was as follows (albums in alphabetical order):

Adebesi Shank - This is the Second Album of a band called Adebisi Shank (Richter Collective)
The Cast of Cheers - Chariot
Cathy Davey - The Nameless (Hammer Toe Records)
Fight Like Apes - The Body of Christ & The Legs of Tina Turner (Model Citizen)
Halves - It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever) (Hate is The Enemy)
Imelda MayMayhem (Universal)
James Vincent McMorrow Early in The Morning (Faction Records)
O Emperor - Hither Thither (Universal)
Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History (Kitsune)
Villagers - Becoming a Jackal (Domino)

All of the shortlisted albums are available through HMV in their stores nationwide (with the exception of The Cast Of Cheers album which is only available via download).

In recognition of the role of the Choice Music Prize as an important showcase for Irish music, Culture Ireland supported a delegation of key international music industry press, promoters and publishers to attend the event.

Previous winners of the Choice Music Prize Irish Album Of The Year are:
2005: Julie Feeney - “13 Songs”
2006: The Divine Comedy - “Victory For The Comic Muse”
2007: Super Extra Bonus Party - “Super Extra Bonus Party”
2008: Jape - “Ritual”
2009: Adrian Crowley – “Season Of The Sparks” (Chemikal Underground)
Good luck to all the Irish bands at SXSW
Monday, 21 March 2011 13:29   

music-from-irelandEverybody at IASCA wish to send the best of luck to all Irish bands at SXSW.

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Soundalikes, Parody and Plagiarism
Monday, 21 March 2011 13:26   


31 March 2011

6pm - 8pm

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PRS for Music Boardroom, Berners Street, London


"Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery", wrote the 19th century cleric and writer Charles Caleb Colton. However, such flattery when it comes to writing music can land the composer or songwriter in very hot and potentially expensive water.

A BASCA seminar on Thursday 31st March will look at how to stay clear of the rocks of plagiarism, even when instructed to sail close to the wind by a producer or director. Other elephant traps lie in the area of deliberate soundalikes, or where the specific aim of the composition is to parody an original.

On the panel will be Neil Innes, whose work includes possibly the king of all parodies, The Rutles. Neil will be joined by Philip Pope, who also doffed his cap in the direction of The Beatles recently for a series of sketches in the last series of Harry and Paul. Philip also wrote extensively for Spitting Image and was the musical force behind The Hee Bee Gee Bees, including writing the classic Meaningless Songs in Very High Voices.

Joe Bennett, a musicologist and Head of School, Music and Performing Arts at Bath Spa University will add his considerable experience of numerous case studies, while film and television composer Alan Parker will talk about the perils of being asked to write soundalikes for various productions, as well as "The Curse of the Temp Track".

Professional members and Members of BASCA can attend this event free of charge but it is also open to non-members in return for an entrance fee of £30, and Student members can attend for half price. If you would like to attend, please contact Graham Jackson.

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Cork Music Industry Free Advice & Demo Dip Day
Friday, 04 February 2011 12:40   

mmf-logoSaturday, 25th January

Music Managers Forum Ireland in association with First Music Contact & IASCA & Cyprus Avenue, Cork

Come down to Cyprus Avenue, Caroline Street Cork on Saturday 29th January at 12pm (midday) to get invaluable advice and expert opinions on the music industry and taking the next steps as an artist or band.

The day will include an introduction and discussion followed by a Q&A and will be rounded off with a demo-dip session where demos will be picked at random, listened to and feedback given in the room.

What makes us dance
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 16:02   

SG_Biorhythm_ImageTitle_webIASCA - Irish Association of Songwriters, Composers & Authors This looks very interesting!!


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