And I Feel Like Taking Off (My Self Respect)

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You can imagine how the pitch went:

“Hello Mr Hudson, we are popular ‘urban’ group- N-Dubz. We wish to appeal to a niche MOR market. Your agent tells our agent that we could cross-polinate our appeal with yours. We’re advised that it will all end up well.”

Actually, no. Nobody would wish for that ridiculous hybrid. Yet, here it is.


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Win tickets to Alicia Keys at the O2


Day and Night has five pairs of tickets to giveaway to readers for Alicia Keys‘ upcoming gig in the O2 on May 21st 2010.

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 bar is reviewed this week in Day and Night?

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

Here’s a recent performance of Empire State of Mind (Part II) on Letterman to get you in the mood.

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The 20 Best iPhone apps


With over 100,000 applications now available in the Apple store and with the rising ubiquity of the the iPhone in Ireland, many of you might be wondering what apps to use. Here are 20 of Day and Night’s must have killer apps.

  1. – a complete English dictionary and thesaurus downloaded to your phone (free).
  2. Wikipanion – searches Wikipedia in a faster time than the official app (free).
  3. iCensus – Search the National Archive of Ireland’s 1911 Census from your phone (€2.99).
  4. Movie Genie – For those times when you need to know where you recognise an actor from, you need this IMDB client (€1.59).

  5. eBuddy – Instant message facility which can connect to MSN, Yahoo, Gmail and Facebook. Available for free and in a pro version with extra features (€2.39).
  6. Ireland Rail/ Dublin Buster – Essential travelling apps with realtime route and arrival information (€1.59/ free).
  7. (more…)

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Videos of The Week: Jay-Z, Avatar=Fern Gully? and other brilliant videos of the week

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1. Jay-Z – On To The Next One
Jigga serves up a visual-heavy monochrome video to match his Justice D.A.N.C.E. -sampling tribal tune from The Blueprint III.

2. How to make ‘Smack My Bitch Up’
Insightful video tutorial which shows how Liam Howlett may have created The Prodigy’s seminal track using the music program Ableton. What’s most fascinating is how he twisted samples from other well-known songs into completely unrecognisable shapes.


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The Karate Kid remake & other links

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World of Warcraft: police tool
A man wanted in connection with dealing drugs was caught when the US sheriff identified his Canadian location through World of Warcraft.

12 Odd news stories
Heard the one about the 6 year-old boy who missed schoolbus and took his mothers’ car instead? That and 11 other odd stories make up this weird news dozen.

The Karate Kid remake
The first pictures of the remake of the classic tale of Daniel-San are out showing Will Smith’s son Jaden as Daniel and Jackie Chan as Mr Miyagi.

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Band of Blogs: Anders Ponders, Bon Iver, Lonelady, Remixes of 2009

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The best music on the web this week.

Anders Ponders
Imagine a cross between a viola-playing Final Fantasy and Belle & Sebastian and you’ve got Anders somewhat sussed out. Listen to his debut album Nodes of Overtones on this week.

Bon Iver goes back to school
The bearded troubadour recently rejoined his first high school band – the Eau Claire Memorial Jazz Band, in order to raise funds for their annual trip to New York. The resulting concert of Bon Iver and Duke Ellington songs has now been released on iTunes. Listen to a song via I Guess I’m Floating.

Warp Records will release Lonelady’s debut album Nerve Up in February. Inspired by post-punk angular riffs, 80s pop and sounding like a combination of late ’80s/early ’90s female singers (Alanis Morrisette, Tori Amos, PJ Harvey), LoneLady is an intriguing proposition. Get the single for free.

Remixes of 2009
Before the year was up, I selected my 35 favourite remixes of the year taking in reworks from Aeroplane, Joker, Classixx, The Horrors, Crookers, Rustie, Skream, Air France and Fake Blood. Listen to them on

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Sites of the Week: Growing Up Heroes, A Collection A Day, Tune Checker

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Growing Up Heroes
Everyone wanted to be a superhero at one time in their young lives. Now you can relive that feeling through this Tumblr photo archive of kids dressed in superhero costumes.

A Collection A Day
For each of the 365 days of 2010, Lisa Congdon, an obsessive collector, will be posting pictures (and some times paintings) of her many collections.

Tune Checker
A new UK-based site which compares the prices of online music retailers such as Amazon, iTunes, 7Digital, We7 and depending on what album you search for.

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