The Grammys took place last night and the winners list is here, though it must be said, the Grammys have repeatedly shown themselves to be culturally irrelevant in the winners of the awards. Adele’s OK album winning over Beyoncé’s for album of the year continues the problem that a black artist has in winning one of the night’s major awards. Frank Ocean just refused to enter his work and explained why yesterday.

So the awards are establishment-lead trash but the live performances are what keeps people coming back. There were 16 performances last night and here are the most notable ones:


Chance The Rapper, Kirk Franklin & Tamela Mann

Chance The Rapper’s performance was a highly-charged medley from Coloring Book complete with choir, Kirk Franklin and Tamela Mann. Chance won Best New Artist and this is how he accepted.


A Tribe Called Quest, Anderson .Paak, Consequence & Busta Rhymes

A Tribe Called Quest performed ‘We The People’ (with some bits from ‘Award Tour’ and ‘Can I Kick It?) with Anderson .Paak, Busta Rhymes and Consequence. Busta called Trump President Agent Orange, they brought American Muslims on-stage and Q-Tip called the crowd to ‘Resist!’.


Beyoncé

A heavily-pregnant-with twins Beyoncé delivered the most visually-arresting performance of the night with some slow Lemonade cuts.


Bruno Mars’ Prince Tribute with The Time

Bruno Mars’ did a tribute to Prince with Morris Day and The Time (a band that Prince played with and formed in school) – ‘Jungle Love’ was played too but isn’t in the video. Mars did ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ is a Purple Rain-era velvet suit and it turns out he can slay on guitar:


Adele’s underwhelming George Michael Tribute

The big winner of the night – Adele performed a tribute to George Michael that was she restarted as she was off-key. Performing ‘Fast Love’ she slowed the song down to a craic-less coma level cover that could have been so much more. She also performed ‘Hello’ at the start and acknowledged that Beyoncé should have won the album of the year trophy (the Grammys do not have a strong history of giving big awards to black artists).


The Weeknd performed with Daft Punk

DP dressed as Glam Darth Vaders. They are very good at standing around behind equipment (it’s unclear if they did anything).


Metallica and Lady Gaga – Why?

Gaga couldn’t have fallen from the top further with this shit show pairing. Hetfield’s mic doesn’t work for most of it, Gaga trips. Why?

Posted on February 13th, 2017

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As rumoured and confirmed in the last week, Prince’s back catalogue is now on Spotify, Google Play, and Amazon Music Unlimited to coincide with the Grammys. Other services including Apple Music and Deezer are expected to get it tomorrow.

It features music from the years 1978 to 1996 and then his two most recent albums from 2014 Dive in here:

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Or my selection here:

List of Prince albums now available

Studio albums:

For You
Prince
Dirty Mind
Controversy
1999
Purple Rain
Around The World In A Day
Parade
Sign ‘O’ The Times
Lovesexy
Batman
Music From Graffiti Bridge
Diamonds And Pearls
[Love Symbol]
Come
The Vault – Old Friends 4 Sale
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Compilations:

4Ever
The Hits 1
The Hits 2
The Hits/The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
Ultimate

Posted on February 12th, 2017

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By now, we can say with almost 100% certainty that there’s gonna be a whole lot of Prince music been heard in the next week. Previously only available on streaming services on Tidal, and to buy on iTunes and on record shops on vinyl, Prince’s back catalogue will appear on Spotify (and possibly other streaming services) to tie-in with the Grammys on Sunday.

According to FACT, the list of albums coming include the list below, which focuses on the years 1978 to 1996.

Prince of course, was no fan of record labels during the ’90s when he was in public dispute with Warner (and refused to use his own name). He was skeptical of the internet (here’s a timeline) and had many run-ins with copyright infringement that means when he passed suddenly last year, all of a sudden a wealth of video flooded onto the net.

It was reported this week that Prince’s estate chose Universal Music Group to manage his recordings that totals the licensing rights to NPG recordings, 25 albums and his vault of unreleased works.

Here’s an interview from Billboard with the two men helping to negotiate his estate.

Check back here Monday for a playlist of Prince jams. Til then:

List of Prince albums coming this weekend

Studio albums:

For You
Prince
Dirty Mind
Controversy
1999
Purple Rain
Around The World In A Day
Parade
Sign ‘O’ The Times
Lovesexy
Batman
Music From Graffiti Bridge
Diamonds And Pearls
[Love Symbol]
Come
The Vault – Old Friends 4 Sale
PLECTRUMELECTRUM
ART OFFICIAL AGE

Compilations:

4Ever
The Hits 1
The Hits 2
The Hits/The B-Sides
The Very Best Of Prince
Ultimate

Til then:

Posted on February 10th, 2017

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Prince’s passing in April is still palpable yet things are very much moving on.

Paisley Park is now open to visitors and to the surprise of many, features his ashes.

Meanwhile, news of the first posthumous releases are with us, starting with 40-track Greatest Hits collection Prince 4Ever on November 25 and a remastered deluxe version of Purple Rain in 2017.

Prince 4Ever features 40 of the man’s biggest songs, unreleased 1982 song ‘Moonbeam Levels’, arrive 12-page booklet of photos by acclaimed photographer Herb Ritts.

The remastered, deluxe version of Purple Rain (which was agreed with Prince before he passed) will come with a second album of unreleased music.

Here’s the whopper greatest hits tracklist.

Prince 4Ever track-listing

1. 1999
2. Little Red Corvette
3. When Doves Cry
4. Let’s Go Crazy
5. Raspberry Beret
6. I Wanna Be Your Lover
7. Soft and Wet
8. Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad
9. Uptown
10. When You Were Mine
11. Head
12. Gotta Stop (Messin’ About)
13. Controversy
14. Let’s Work
15. Delirious
16. I Would Die 4 U
17. Take Me With U
18. Paisley Park
19. Pop Life
20. Purple Rain
21. Kiss
22. Sign ‘O’ The Times
23. Alphabet Street
24. Batdance
25. Thieves In The Temple
26. Cream
27. Mountains
28. Girls & Boys
29. If I Was Your Girlfriend
30. U Got The Look
31. I Could Never Take The Place of Your Man
32. Glam Slam
33. Moonbeam Levels
34. Diamonds and Pearls
35. Gett Off
36. Sexy MF
37. My Name Is Prince
38. 7
39. Peach
40. Nothing Compares 2 U

Posted on October 21st, 2016

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Metropolis Festival will pay tribute to two of the greatest who were lost this year at the festival in the RDS from November 3rd – 5th.

Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip) will perform a Prince tribute DJ Set while the Trinity Orchestra will perform the works of David Bowie.

Taylor performs on the Friday night November 4th in the Concert hall while Trinity Orchestra play a set of Bowie classics on Saturday.

“Hot Chip have always been inspired by Prince. It’s mainly the actual groove – the way melodic and rhythmic patterns interlock together – that we take from him.’” Alexis told The Guardian.

This news adds to the recent additions of a giant mirrorball and a strand of talks and conversations.

Tickets are available:

Thursday 3rd November: DJ Shadow & Mount Kimbie – Opening Party €39.50
Friday 4th / Saturday 5th: Weekend Early Bird (2 Day) SOLD OUT
Friday 4th / Saturday 5th: Day Tickets €79.50
Friday 4th / Saturday 5th: Weekend (2 Day) €145.00
Thursday 3rd / Friday 4th /Saturday 5th: DJ Shadow – Opening Party + Weekend (3 Day) €164.50

Posted on October 14th, 2016

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As part of the upcoming Interlude Festival in the RHA Gallery, off Stephen’s Green from the 24 – 26th of June in Dublin city, I have curated a room on the Sunday of the festival of live electronic & DJ sets for the Tony Ryan Room.

While the likes of Grandmaster Flash, Booka Brass Band, Interskalactic play the Block party outdoors and Kelly-Anne Byrne and Dmitri In Paris have a disco ball upstairs, the Tony Ryan room on Sunday June 26th will feature:

DJ Cian Ó Cíobháin (Midnight – 1:30pm)

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A stalwart of Irish radio for the last 17 years through his show on RnaG An Taobh Tuathail, Cian is one of Ireland’s finest DJs (110th Street in Galway) and selectors and he doesn’t play Dublin enough.


Solar Bears (live A/V set) – (10:30pm – 11:30pm)

After three albums of on Warp Records, Planet Mu and Sunday Best, Solar Bears have confirmed themselves as Ireland’s most cinematically-driven act taking in wistful Boards Of Canada-style electronic ambience, krautrock, library music, psychedelia and tough synthesizers. The Interlude show will be a live A/V set. Check out their recent Boiler Room mix for an idea of what to expect.


Bantum: Prince A/V set (9pm – 10pm)

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Ruairi Lynch is a huge Prince fan who has played his own unique take on Prince tracks live in the past. At Interlude, Lynch will air his specially remixed and mashed up tribute to the Purple One with visuals by LeTissier.

Bantum with some Prince jams #noadvance

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Daithí (8pm – 8;45pm)

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The Galway electronic pop producer with the fiddle in tow recently followed up his debut album with this smash featuring Sinead White – ‘Love’s On Top’.


Adultrock (7pm – 7.45pm)

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With a new release on Bodytonic this week, Gavin Elsted is pushing the analogue buttons of electronica with his hazy widescreen dancefloor productions which take inspiration from John Talabot and a hardware-heavy recording ethos.

https://soundcloud.com/adultrock/push-and-pull-master


Bad Bones (6pm – 6:45pm)

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Sal Stapleton has been releasing a tune and video a month of dark-gilded electronic R&B that recalls FKA Twigs and Maya Jane Coles. Live, she’ll be flanked by dancers.


Tickets

Tickets are €29 per day. Weekend tickets are sold out.

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Posted on June 23rd, 2016

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On The Tonight Show last night, D’Angelo cropped up to pay tribute to the Purple one, accompanied by Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum (Princess) to play the pertinently-titled ‘Sometimes It Snows in April’. It’s an affecting rendition.

This week, Jimmy Fallon told a great story about Prince challenging him to a game of ping-pong that is so quintessentially Prince you couldn’t make it up. Ask your boy.

Lumo Club this Saturday will be purple-hued.

Posted on April 27th, 2016

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Update: We’ve organised a last-minute night to play some Prince in Tengu tonight.

Prince was found dead at the age of 57 at his Paisley Park home in Chanhassen, Minnesota today. Prince.

Prince.

Last week, Prince’s plane was forced to make an emergency landing and he was hospitalised for flu, it was said. He showed up in public the next day. The news broke through TMZ and was just confirmed by his publicist.

First Bowie and now Prince?

Bowie didn’t feel human but Prince is definitely not of this world. The definition of a legend.

One of the most singular, talented musicians to exist in popular culture, that is not hyperbole, Prince Rogers Nelson was responsible for a great many classic songs: ‘1999’, ‘Purple Rain’, ‘When Doves Cry’, ‘ I Wanna Be Your Lover’, ‘Cream’, ‘Little Red Corvette’, ‘I Would Die 4 U’, ‘Controversy’, ‘Kiss’, ‘Raspberry Beret’, ‘Erotic City’, I could go on..

Seeing Prince live in concert (I saw him at Malahide Castle in 2011) was one of the best concert experiences of my life – he was one of the actual greats. Music was 99% of his DNA.

Every room in his Paisley Park home was a recording studio. It had two music venues. He made music constantly.

One of my favourite stories about Prince, is the one where he helped a friend move house in some overalls when his career was starting off. Two girls recognised him and came closer before deducing, it wasn’t Prince. There’s no way Prince would dress in denim overalls they thought. From that day forth, you never caught Prince Rogers Nelson in anything that wasn’t dressed to kill. RIP.

Posted on April 21st, 2016

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