Pants on the Ground!

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The return of American Idol last week has already thrown up its first hero in 62 year-old Larry Platt of Atlanta, Georgia. Platt’s ultra-catchy audition song Pants on the Ground has gone viral. It’s a catchy tune too.

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New bands to watch in 2010

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Running in parallel to the annual music critics’ new bands features, music bloggers are posting their “ones to watch” lists for the year ahead. History shows they are worth paying attention to. Last week’s BBC Sound of 2010 poll featured Marina and the Diamonds, The Drums and Ellie Goulding at the top, all acts which have been bigged up on blogs for eons. So what acts are bloggers excited about for 2010?

Starting with Neon Gold is a good idea seeing as they actually released Marina and Ellie’s first singles last year. They’ve listed 15 artists they are looking forward to hearing more of including New York’s sincere emo-tinged folksters Freelance Whales and LA-born pop queen in the making 17-year old Sky Ferreira who is working on an album with top-class names like DJs Aeroplane, producer Paul Epworth (Bloc Party, Friendly Fires) and the heavyweight Swedish pop team of Bloodshy & Avant. The latter are part-responsible for Britney Spears’ Toxic.

Highlights from The Music Fix’s list of 18 acts include Sunderland’s stylistic Dexys Midnight Runners-inspired indie-popsters Frankie and the Heartstrings, the ’80s-synth heavy Parallels, the French-revolution-namechecking Manchester band May 68 and Hyperdub dubstep producer Darkstar.

Spin Earth takes a global view of things looking at bands from around the world whose profiles are rising. Taking one from each continent featured, we have Nigeria’s soulful Nneka who recalls Erykah Badu, Hong Kong’s cute and twee duo My Little Airport, Europe is represented by the under-loved Scotch folk of Frightened Rabbit, Chile’s garage rockers Los Howlers do it for South America, the US east coast’s Bethany Cosentino aka Best Coast impresses with her melodious scuzz-pop for North America while Sydney’s answer to Fleet Foxes with synths Cloud Control bring it home to Australia.

Closer to home, the bloggers behind Swear I’m Not Paul and 2UIBestow have teamed up to offer their top ten Irish acts which include Belfast rockers A Plastic Rose, the impressive indie-folk of Henrietta Game and Dublin duo We Cut Corners.

We Cut Corners also feature in State.ie’s Faces of 2010 week which shines a light on homegrown alternative acts like Cork’s O Emperor, the cinematic uneasiness of Catscars, the return of Carol Keogh, Dundalk’s promising Take The Money and Run complete with magnetising female vocalist and the soon to be Stephen Street-produced Funeral Suits.

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Win tickets to Peter Doherty in Galway

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Day and Night with thanks to Heineken Music with has one of the last remaining pairs of tickets to giveaway to readers for Peter Doherty’s rescheduled show in the Roisin Dubh, Galway on the 21st of January.

To be in with a chance to win tickets, just find the answer to the question below in today’s Irish Independent Day and Night magazine:

What is this week’s special arts event of the week ?

Then turn to page 15 for details on how to enter the competition.

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Dublin Tweasure Hunt & other linkage

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Dublin Tweasure Hunt
Irish Twitter users are using the service for a treasure hunt on the 30th of January. More details at this Twitter profile.
http://twitter.com/dublintweasure

Twenty Pieces of Music That Changed the World
Fascinating Canadian radio series which takes a look at 20 single songs and their impact on the world. Includes a studious look at Louis Armstrong, Beethoven, Public Enemy, Wagner, The Carter Family and The French National Anthem.

CBC Radio – Twenty Pieces of Music That Changed the World

The ultimate geek jumper
Super Mario fans beware, you’re going to want one of these immediately.
See pic at The Daily What

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Band of Blogs – Róisín Murphy, The Knife, Jay Electronica, Reflection Eternal

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The best music on the web this week.

Róisín Murphy – Momma’s Place
The Wicklow-born diva returns with a great pop-house number which serves as a forewarning to her new baby daughter that mama was a bad girl first and knows all the tricks in the book.

The Knife’s opera opus
A stunning 11-minute song which appears on the Swedish electro duo’s forthcoming opera side project album Tomorrow, In A Year. ‘Colouring the Pigeon’ was easily the most popular song in the music blogosphere last week.
Colouring of Pigeons  by  The Knife
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Videos of The Week: RTE broadcasts an icy fall, The best bloopers, Black Metal

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An Icy fall
The now infamous RTE News clip of an unfortunate man falling on the ice in Dublin last week proves we still love a bit of slapstick. Within 3 days, the video had racked up 215,000 views.

The Best Bloopers ever
Fishing show presenter Bill Dance must hold the world record for the most number of hilarious TV bloopers to happen to one man. Here are over a dozen of then in one compilation.

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Sites of the Week: Chat Roulette, Ikea Hacker & Apartment Therapy

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Chat Roulette
If you’re curious and feeling brave, this site will connect you to another random person in the world via webcam and chat who is feeling as adventurous as you. The internet — connecting unknown people for no apparent reason since 1989.
http://chatroulette.com

Ikea Hacker
The Swedish furniture giant has many fans who like to take advantage of their cheap goods to turn them into something else useful. Example: one Austrian has turned a bookcase into a massive hamster home.
http://ikeahacker.blogspot.com

Apartment Therapy
Staying with home tips, this popular US-based blog is a must-visit for those seeking ideas and inspirations for home makeovers. The House Tours section is a popular attraction.
http://www.apartmenttherapy.com

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