Linkage: Dublin in the summer of ’61 & other links

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Dublin in the summer of ’61
Stunning photos of Dublin unearthed on Boards.ie show Dubliners on their bikes alongside the old green buses and cars of a clean city.
Boards.ie thread

Charting The Beatles
Graphic designer Michael Deal has produced unique infographics which give insights into The Beatles under the categories song authorship, self-reference, key and their career-long schedule.
Charting the Beatles

Music Scribing Awards
Popmatters editor picks the best and the worst music articles written last year.
Read at Popmatters

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Win a VIP box to Kila & Smokie @ the Olympia

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Day and Night is giving one lucky winner a prize money can’t buy – a VIP box to see folk legends Kila on St. Patrick’s Day in the Olympia Theatre. Not only that, the winner will also be able to catch one of the greatest live bands in the world Smokie VIP-style the following day on the 18th of March. All you have to do is find the answer to the question below in the Irish Independent today.

What bar is reviewed in this week’s Day and Night magazine?

Once you have the answer, turn to page 15 for details on how to enter.

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Duke Special’s fan funding adventure & faking the band

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A couple of weeks ago, Digital covered the crowdfunding aspect of music when UK band Scars on Broadway were mentioned for the way they raised money from fans through slicethepie.com. So it’s good to see that our own Duke Special is the latest example of an artist who has received funding direct from fans.

Using Pledgemusic.com, the eyeliner-wearing dreadlocked one is hoping to release three albums and put on some “unusual and elaborate theatrical experiences” with the money raised. 15% of the total will also go towards the charity DePaul.

The three albums include a studio version of songs written for a recent production of Mother Courage & Her Children, an EP of songs based on Huckleberry Finn and a collection of songs inspired by Paul Auster’s book The Book of Illusions recorded by Steve Albini featuring Neil Hannon, Ed Harcourt and others.

To encourage pledges, Duke offered exclusive items including signed albums, a private concert, a sightseeing tour, dinner, a write a song session and a phone call all with Duke himself. It appears to have worked as those items are gone and in total he has received 573 pledges or 118% of the funds he originally asked for.

Last week, I featured (with a question mark) what was claimed to be a new Daft Punk song from the movie soundtrack to Tron Legacy. As reported by Pitchfork, it turns out the track is a fake but it’s not the only French dance music-related skullduggery happening on the net.
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Band of Blogs: Wu Tang vs The Beatles, Joanna Newsom, Gil Scott Heron & Ellie Goulding

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Wu Tang vs The Beatles mashup album
Enter The Magical Mystery Chambers is a remix/mashup album incorporating Wu Tang Clan acapellas with songs and covers of The Beatles.
Get at Tea Set records

Hear new Joanna Newsom material
Have One On Me is the new triple album from the indie-harpist singer to be released later this month. Sample ’81′ a gorgeous, chiming little ditty from it on her label’s site.
http://www.dragcity.com

Gil Scott Heron returns to music
16 years since his last album, the spoken word poet returns with a remarkable vitality on new album I’m New Here. Get a free download and watch the video for Me And The Devil.
Watch and listen at Nialler9

Ellie Goulding gets NYC remix treatment
New York’s Penguin Prison and rapper Theophilus London give Goulding’s Starry Eyed a suitable disco workover.
Listen at Neon Gold

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Sites of the Week: Youtube Disco, The Sixty One, Radiotuna

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Youtube Disco
New to Youtube, Disco is a music discovery feature that allows you to create mixes and playlists of similar artists.
http://www.youtube.com/disco

The Sixty One
The Sixty One says it is “nurturing a growing ecosystem where talented folks can sell songs and merchandise directly to their fans”. It does this with a uniquely minimal interface, full-screen photos and streaming songs from these talented folks.
http://www.thesixtyone.com

Radiotuna
Radiotuna’s search engine uses real-time “what’s playing” station data to help you find global radio stations that are in line with your taste.
http://www.radiotuna.com

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