Given that Karl Hyde’s musical pedigree stretches back even further than his heyday with Underworld in the 1990s, it’d be fair to call him a veteran of the electronic music scene. Compared to his new studio buddy Brian Eno, however, Hyde is a fresh-faced newbie. The duo have announced they’ll be releasing an album in May entitled Someday World, which also features Coldplay drummer Will Champion and Roxy Music saxophonist Andy Mackay.
Attendees at Bob Dylan’s gigs in Dublin and Cork during the summer will probably be complaining about his lack of engagement with the audience. Have a look at the footage of a chatty Dylan from 1980, currently up on Rolling Stone magazine’s website, and it’s a toss of a coin as to which Bob we’d prefer to get. He intros a version of ‘Solid Rock’ with a seven-minute sermon on the impending arrival of the Anti-Christ and how that nasty beast will be defeated by God. Would a simple, “Hello Cork, thanks for coming to see me” be too much to ask?
At least Neil Young might utter a few words on his visit here, and he may even try to flog copies of his upcoming new book on cars. A lifelong enthusiast, he writes about the dream machines he’s owned through the decades, and uses them as a launchpad for various anecdotes and his recently-discovered beliefs on cars’ environmental impact. The Canadian singer’s LincVolt pet project converted a 1959 Lincoln Continental into a low-emission hybrid with an electric motor.
Beck’s latest album Morning Phase hit the shops last week, and dance music legend Moodymann also has an impressive new record on release, featuring the likes of Amp Fiddler and José James.
As we know, Scandinavia is now the centre of the known world, and the coolest band from that uber-cool region are Gothenburg outfit Little Dragon. Their fourth album Nabuma Rubberband is due to drop in May.
There’s an impressive roster of international DJs on their way to Cork in the coming weeks, not least Belgian duo 2ManyDjs doing their eclectic mash-up business at Cork Opera House on Thursday, March 13. Kerri Chandler is at the Savoy next Friday, and Laurent Garnier plays the same venue on Saturday, March 15. Over at the Pavilion, Mike Skinner of the Streets will play a DJ set next Friday, while Jimpster is guesting alongside Go Deep on Sunday, March 16. We’ve already raved about Moodymann’s new album, and presumably tracks from it will be part of his set at the Grand Social in Dublin on St Patrick’s Day.
Tickets for former Beach Boy Brian Wilson’s appearance at Live at the Marquee in Cork on July 4 are on sale, and Cork Opera House box office is open for bookings for American singer/songwriter John Grant next Thursday. Mark Oliver Everett and his Eels have a seated performance at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin on July 1, while goth heroes Sisters of Mercy are at Vicar Street on July 9. The Frank & Walters and Kila share a bill at the Button Factory, Dublin on St Patrick’s night.
Many of Cork’s film buffs will be hotfooting it to the French Film Festival over the next week, but in the meantime, Triskel Christchurch continues its Oscar build-up this weekend with such nominated biggies as American Hustle, Philomena and 12 Years A Slave. Woody Allen’s latest ‘return to form’ Blue Jasmine is also at the venue from Monday. In Dublin, the final strand of the IFI’s Sex’n’drugs’n’rock’n’roll season is a feast of music-related films through March that includes This Is Elvis, The Harder They Come and Don’t Look Back.