Jean-Michel Jarre, 67, has been keeping a very low profile in recent years, but the former household name is making a comeback of sorts with a new collaborator-laden album.
Electronica Part 1: The Time Machine is a who’s who of electronic wizards, featuring everyone from Little Boots, Massive Attack, and Moby, to Tangerine Dream and Laurie Anderson. Given the title, you’d have to imagine there’s a follow-up already in the pipeline. Morrissey’s debut novel, List Of The Lost, has been published this week, as the former Smiths singer bemoaned the lack of interest in his music from record companies and radio stations.
Arcade Fire’s Reflektor album has got a new lease of life with the concert film and ‘deluxe’ edition, but singer Will Butler has confirmed to NME that the band have already begun preliminary work on their next record.
One of the big releases this week is Music Complete from New Order, the band’s 10th studio album and their first without estranged bass player Peter Hook. Early indications are of a more electronic offering than the band’s previous records, and we’ll have a review on these pages tomorrow.
After thrilling a packed Cork Opera House last week, The Gloaming have announced two shows for the National Concert Hall on February 27-28. Tickets are on sale now. One of the stars of that trad crossover band is Thomas Bartlett, who seems to be popping up everywhere at the moment, including on Glen Hansard’s new album. Hansard plays Vicar St in Dublin on December 20-21. In Cork, Ham Sandwich return to Cyprus Avenue on October 10, while the great Nightmares on Wax do a live set at the Savoy on the same night. Dublin band The Minutes play The Pav tomorrow, while The Jimmy Cake are at Cyprus Avenue on the same night.
After taking the audience award at the Toronto International Film Festival last week, it looks like Lenny Abrahamson’s new film, Room, will be one of the big hits of next year when it goes on general release in January. Another interesting Irish film doing the rounds from today is Older Than Ireland, which features 30 men and women over the age of 100 giving their take on how the nation has changed during their lifetime, as well as relating some hilarious and poignant anecdotes. A simple idea that works so well. We’re well into festival season, and upcoming film events include the IFI Documentary Festival in Dublin this weekend; IndieCork from October 4-11; and the Cork Film Festival from November 6-11. Also in Cork, Triskel has a season of films by Noah Baumbach from Sunday, while Cork Cine Club at St John’s College is showing Swedish film Force Majeure from Thursday. Pink Floyd fans can catch the new concert film of Roger Waters The Wall at venues such as Triskel Christchurch and Mahon Omniplex on Tuesday.
Al Porter is at Cork Opera House tonight, while Bill Bailey’s appearance at the same venue on October 6 is already sold out. Tickets are also gone for Dylan Moran’s Saturday show at the Opera House on October 8-10, but some seats remain for the other two dates.
On Sunday, Irish audiences will get their first chance to see The Last Hotel, an opera by Enda Walsh and Donncha Dennehy, at the O’Reilly Theatre as part of the Dublin Theatre Festival. A production from London of The Importance of Being Earnest, with Poirot star David Suchet, is being broadcast live on October 8, with various Omniplex cinemas among the venues. Decadent’s production of Vernon God Little continues at the Everyman in Cork until tomorrow.