Eatyard Dublin’s favourite street food market with 50+ food areas, demos, food competitions, workshops and the Bernard Shea Flea Market in there too. Gamesyard Board games, computer games, & real life sports & games for adults & kids Brewtonic Bars dedicated to craft beer, whiskey, rum, gin & fine wines. Banteryard with Jim Carroll – Talks, Panels & Debates Studioyard Art, Design, & Tech Installations. Boatyard Get your Nautical boogie on, literally, on the water with boat parties. Lineups TBA…. Kidsyard – Dedicated Arts, Design, Music & Games Area for Parents & Kids. And a Daddy nappy changing contest.
Ceol Ar An Imeall will be back on TV screens from Thursday April 7th for its seventh season on TG4.
The Irish-language-based music television show is one of the few remaining shows aimed at a youth audience interested in new and alternative music.
This season new presenters Cian Ó Ciobhain and Eithne Shortall have taken over from Una Mullally. Cian is a respected DJ and broadcaster of An Taobh Tuathail on RnG and Eithne is an arts journalist with the Sunday Times and an experienced TV contributor.
On the show this season will be feature performances from 23 Irish bands including Bitch Falcon, Ham Sandwich, Wyvern Lingo, Oh Boland, Sam Amidon, The Academic, Buffalo Woman, Fierce Mild, The Staves and Ryley Walker.
Interviewees include Mark Ronson, St. Vincent, Everything, Everything; Hot Chip Chvrches and Jose Gonzalez.
The series kicks off this Thursday April 7 on TG4 with performances from Ham Sandwich and Wyvern Lingo.
Bígí linn Déardaoin agus sraith úr nua "Ceol ar an Imeall" ag tosnú. Beidh ceol againn ó Ham Sandwich agus Wyvern Lingo…
Update: with early birds now sold out, day tickets priced at €79.50 + fee have been brought forward and will be on sale tomorrow at 9am from Ticketmaster. Also announced is that Saturday headliners are The Roots and Sunday is Chic.
Metropolis Festival is a new event happening in the RDS in Dublin on 7th and 8th of November put on by Pod and Hidden Agenda that comes with the tagline “Music / Performance / Conversation / Installation.”
The music lineup is damn impressive: CHIC Feat Nile Rodgers
Mark Ronson (DJ set)
Dorian Concept (Live)
Matthew Herbert (Live)
Maribou State (Live)
Nosaj Thing (Live)
Kormac’s Big Band
Cloud Castle Lake
Metropolis promises six rooms, all indoors with music, conversations and installations curated by This Greedy Pig.
Early bird weekend tickets on sale at 9am this Friday 24th July at €99.50 inc booking fee, through Ticketmaster and usual outlets. Tickets will rise to €145.50+ fees in three phases:
Early bird – Phase One: €99.50
Early bird – Phase Two: €119.50
Early bird – Phase Three: €129.50
Full price: €145.50
From the very first time I heard Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ ‘Uptown Funk’ back in November, I couldn’t help but admire the influences the pair were mining for the track. Particularly, I’m thinking 80s funk: whether it’s the Minneapolis funk pioneered by Prince along with Morris Day and The Time or the vocoder electro-funk of Zapp And Roger, or Cameo, either way, there’s a lot of fun to be had spotting the influences.
Here are 10 tracks that ‘Uptown Funk’ is inspired by, takes influence from or reminds me of and here’s a longer Spotify playlist featuring those tracks.
1. Morris Day and The Time – ‘Jungle Love’
Prince and Morris Day were high school buddies who were in a band together in school. Prince basically started The Time and Morris joined after and Prince focused on his solo career after that. The pair would go on to define the Minneapolis funk sound. Day and his band The Time famously appeared in the film Purple Rain and they’ve a couple of fun albums I’d recommend. Minneapolis funk is the most immediate influence many people hear when listening to ‘Uptown Funk’.
2. Zapp – ‘More Bounce To The Ounce’
If you’re like me you may have heard Zapp (or Zapp and Roger as they are sometimes known) on the soundtrack to Napoleon Dynamite or as sampled by the Beastie Boys on ‘Hey Ladies’ from their sample-bouillabaisse Paul’s Boutique. The Ohio band were characterised by Roger Troutman’s talkbox vocals and an electro-funk sound that would be influential on the west coast G-funk rap movement in the early 90s which culminated in Troutman providing the hook for Tupac’s ‘California Love’. Their song ‘So Ruff, So Tuff’ (which was the song on Napoleon Dynamite) was also sampled on the Beastie Boys’
3. David Christie – ‘Saddle Up’
The French singer’s 1982 sounds a bit like 80s Paul McCartney’s ‘Simply Having A Wonderful Christmas Time’ but despite Mccartney’s credentials ‘Saddle Up’ is much funkier. It’s all about that bassline.
4. The Gap Band – ‘Early in The Morning’
The funk band from Oklahoma was started by three brothers: Ronnie, Robert and Charlie (who sang on Kanye’s ‘Bound II’ on Jools last year). They had a 43-year long history until they retired in 2010 when Robert died. This track has similarities in the rhythms, drums and some of that dancing swing.
5. Earth, Wind & Fire – ‘Getaway’
The famous American funk band are responsible for many hits – ‘Boogie Wonderland’, ‘Let’s Groove’, ‘September’ and ‘After The Love Has Gone’ but it’s ‘Getaway’, and specifically the horn section of that disco funk track that can be most obviously heard on ‘Uptown Funk’.
6. Duran Duran – ‘Notorious’
Ronson told the Guardian in an interview that his father, who was in the 80s rock band Foreigner, asked him if the guitar in ‘Uptown Funk’ was Nile Rodgers. It wasn’t but Ronson’s guitar lick isn’t a million miles away from Rodgers work, particularly to these ears, Duran Duran’s ‘Notorious’.
The line “Uptown Funk You Up” that Mars sings could be from anywhere due to it being used in funk vernacular over the years but the cadence of it does closely align with this 1979 track from The Sequence, an all-female trio of Angie Brown Stone (Angie B, now just Angie Stone, a Grammy-winning long-standing recording artist), Gwendolyn Chisolm (Blondy) and Cheryl Cook (Cheryl The Pearl). The Sequence were the second release on Sugarhill Records after the song that brought hip-hop to a larger consciousness – ‘Rapper’s Delight’.
7. Skyy – ‘Call Me’
Cited by others as a closer influence to the guitar riff, this New York band also known as New York Skyy released this in 1981 and it was their biggest hit.
8. Brass Construction -‘Get Up To Get Down’
The 1979 funk track from the New York band has a similar style.
9. One Way – ‘Let’s Talk’
A 1985 funk hit from a Detroit band embodies the spirit of Ronson and Mars’ track.
10. The Bar-Kays – ‘Too Hot To Stop Part 1’
The late 60s/early 70s group were known for backing Isaac Hayes and their Stax Records recording career. This song opened their 1976 album Too Hot To Stop and a parallel between its double time rhythm is found in ‘Uptown Funk’ as is its “too hot” title.
There are plenty of other artists heard by others too from Cameo to Rick James to Prince. I should also say that the only credited track in the liner notes is for ‘All Gold Everything’ from Trinidad James which gives the song it’s “don’t believe me just watch” line.
Mark Ronson’s newest album Record Collection doesn’t do much for me save for this song, which is probably one of my songs of the year. It’s a sugar rush. MNDR and Q-Tip do the ‘Bang Bang Bang‘. Who needs MTV when you have the US late night talk shows?
What are the chances? If any uppity young producer have-it-all was unlikely to be featured here any time soon it was probably Mark Ronson. The man responsible for the most ubiquitously annoying covers album going in Version and the pretty awful yet wily Ghostface-featuring ‘Ooh Wee’ . Ugh, it still reminds me of working in a soulless retail space.
Since then, amongst all the other pap Ronson produces he has been showing signs of being a mildly interesting bloke – forming a group with Theophilus London (oh wait, it was for a Gucci campaign – scratch that) and most recently his Zelda-inspired bleepy new song ‘Circuit Breaker’. Last chance to intrigue Mr. Ronson.
Here it is then. Record Collection is what the new Mark Ronson album is called and the first proper single ‘Bang Bang Bang’ features the talents of MNDR and Q-Tip. Here’s a radio rip. I’m intrigued..
Washington DC’s Wale has been causing a stir with his mixtapes of late and this video seals the deal. A freestyle over Justice’s D.A.N.C.E turns into a multimedia homage to Seinfeld, Star Wars, Gnarls Barkley using the original video as a stylistic jumping off point.
In fact his new mixtape The Mixtape About Nothing has a distinctly Seinfeld theme from the cover art to the samples to the rap thematics. If you are looking for a reference for his voice, it reminds me of Lupe Fiasco. It features production from Mark Ronson and appearances from Clipse’s Pusha T, The Roots, Bun B and Lil Wayne. You can listen and download here.