With the World Cup just two weeks away and Ireland not present, we’ve been lucky enough to not have to endure a World Cup song sung by bland lifestyle-peddlers The Script. But there’s still some merit to football-themed songs (Put Em’ Under Pressure is a classic of course) and Irish digital label Indiecater recognises this.
Indiecater have spent a year putting together their World Cup compilation: Fast Forward together. 32 bands from across the world were asked to write a song about a country participating in the tournament in South Africa. The result is eight groups with four teams each with songs by artists like The Very Most, The Dirty 9s, Grand Pocket Orchestra, At Last An Atlas, Hunter-Gatherer, Spirit Spine and Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin. The entire compilation can be streamed or downloaded for €5 at http://www.indiecater.com.
Meanwhile, music bloggers continue to bare the brunt of the music industry ambivalence towards their operations. After the IMRO licence situation in Ireland last month, Google is at it again – deleting the popular Scottish music blog The Pop Cop from its Blogger service. Jason who ran the site also runs the Music Alliance Pact (MAP) project wrote about the situation on http://musicalliancepact.blogspot.com. (more…)
Feed the Animals
Listen to Girl Talk’s mashup album Feed The Animals and watch in real-time as samples pop in and out of the tracks on the site. http://feedtheanimalssamples.com
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The newly-relaunched Comhaltas site aims to further promote traditional Irish music with its Digital Traditional Music Archive, starting with 15,000 audio items and 4,000 photographs. http://comhaltas.ie
The Arcade Fire new songs
Samples of two new songs ‘The Suburbs’ and ‘Month of May’ from the Canadian group, purported to be featured on a 12” were posted online last week. Since, they’ve also announced that their album The Suburbs will be released on the 2nd of August. http://www.arcadefire.com
LCD Soundsystem covers Carl Craig
James Murphy and co. do a 10 minute cover of the techno legend’s Throw complete with compulsory “I wanna see your haaaaaaaaaaand!” bit. Listen at Urb
Donal Dineen’s Summer Loaf
Today FM’s finest late night DJ delivers a soundtrack for the summer in a mix featuring tracks by Solar Bears, The Redneck Manifesto, Flying Lotus, Foals, Gold Panda, Lee Fields, Madlib and more. Listen to Summer Loaf mix
Girl Crisis cover Nirvana
A group consisting of Brooklyn’s female indie musicians get together to record an excellent cover of Come As You Are. Listen at Nialler9.