Mojo magazine has resurrected an old Observer interview with Kurt Cobain in which he talks about his links with Cork, the county from which his ancestors emigrated to America. The late singer talks about the sense of family history he felt on Nirvana’s first visit to Europe in 1991 when he wandered around Cork around the time they opened their tour at Sir Henrys. “The entire day I walked around in a daze. I’d never felt so spiritual in my life,” said Cobain in an interview originally published in 1993, the year before he took his own life. Various pictures are available of Cobain in Cork, both in Sir Henrys and standing on the concrete bollards on the Grand Parade, from the time they played the now-defunct venue as support to Sonic Youth. The entire interview can be read in the August edition of Mojo.
Josh Homme of Queens Of The Stone Age has hit out at Jay-Z after playing the rapper’s Made In America Festival. According to NME, Homme objected to the way his band were subjected to an attempted search by security at the event, and were also asked to pose for a picture with a bottle of Jay-Z’s branded champagne. Pharrell Williams continues his inexorable march to a thousand chart hits with the news that he’s back working with his N.E.R.D bandmates Chad Hugo and Sheldon Haley, and also in discussions with One Direction about helping to produce their next album.
As Guinness gets ready for its big promotional push with Arthur’s Day next Thursday, Murphy’s has announced MGMT (above) as headliners for its Little Big Weekend at the Savoy in Cork Oct 18-20. The American outfit play the Sunday of the event, while The Stunning, the Frank and Walters, O Emperor and Jerry Fish will perform over the weekend. For free tickets, punters can enter a lottery via the official website. Also in Cork, Christy Moore and Declan Sinnott play the Opera House on Nov 7, while Kila have a 25th anniversary gig at Cyprus Avenue on Oct 11. The Duckworth Lewis Method have announced an ‘Irish tour’, but unfortunately it only takes in Dublin (Olympia, Nov 27) and Belfast (Limelight, 28). Other biggies announced for the capital include Tinie Tempah (O2, Dec 4), and Rudimental (Olympia, Feb 10).
Jools Holland’s series has been keeping up its high standards with a great mix of big names and emerging artists. Tonight’s extended version has Kings of Leon, Sting and Kanye West, while Tuesday’s show features the Pixies and Janelle Monae. Another series worth checking out next week is Guth (TG4, Thursday, 9.30pm), looking at the influence Irish emigrants had on popular music. Beginning with Bing Crosby, it will also feature the likes of John Lydon, the Smiths and the Gallagher brothers.
Frances Ha, directed by Noah Baumbach, returns for another run at Triskel Christchurch in Cork from Monday. The same venue is also showing the Paradise Trilogy from Austrian filmmaker Ulrich Seidl (Dog Days, Import/Export) on consecutive nights. Each tale follows a member of the one family on different holidays: one as a sex tourist, another as a Catholic missionary and the third at a diet camp. Paradise: Love on Monday follows 50-year-Teresa, off to Kenya to have sex with younger local men; Faith on Tuesday has Anna Maria and her door-to-door journey with a statue of the Virgin Mary; and Wednesday’s show is Hope, the tale of Melanie, an overweight 13-year -old who spends the summer at a strict diet camp. At the IFI, Dublin-based comedy rock band Dead Cat Bounce unveil their mockumentary Discoverdale tomorrow.