Posts Tagged ‘ U2 ’

News In Brief: Danger Looms As Loo’s Demolished

The loom band disease spreads fast from extremities to internal organs! (image: pinterest.com)

The loom band disease spreads fast from extremities to internal organs! (image: pinterest.com)

Step away from the loom bands! They will KILL you. Danger is looming! Turns out the popular little rubber bands that everyone is spending hours tying in knots could actually be highly cancerous. Well not the actual bands, NIB doesn’t want to scaremonger, but the little charms you can add to your creations. They’ve been found to have excessive levels of carcinogens causing global panic. Or a small media panic. With each great craze comes a great fall, remember when Tamogotchis got smart and started taking over the world and the Americans had to be called in?

In other news it’s been Leaving Cert results week and in true Irish fashion a pub has been blacklisted for offering shots to students at 10.30am. The Bishopstown Bar in Cork, had to apologise after tweeting; ‘Best of luck to all getting results. Remember we serve alcohol from 10.30am’ proving just how important it is to pass your exams so you don’t end up running a pub that opens after Jeremy Kyle every morning. Continue reading

More Than Just A Melody

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Reblogged from I’m Talkin’ Here

I’ve always loved music. Listening, singing, playing; it’s always been there. We listen to music for a multitude of reasons. To sing, to dance, to pick us up and even sometimes to bring us down. It stirs emotion, to those who allow it; above and beyond things we’ve ever previously experienced. Continue reading

News In Brief – No Make Up Selfie Mix Up Saves Polar Bears

dougalThere have been some great news stories this week. Too much in fact for NIB, it’s meant to be brief!

To kick us off a man in Cavan has been banned from painting roads for two years. Martin Hannigan, an ‘anti-pothole’ campaigner, has been threatened with a prison sentence if he continues to paint warning signs around potholes on his county’s roads. Ironically he has also been fined for damaging the public highway, the very highway he wants to save! He needs Bono. Continue reading

News in Brief – Irish Spring Break Is Upon Us

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A man has been handed down a suspended sentence after telling Gardai to “shut the f*** up”. The man, who has previous convictions and is a recovering heroin addict apparently, became enraged when his partner didn’t win a community award: Tallaght Person of the Year. After a public row he snatched her handbag and stalked off only to be picked up by Gardai. Sure we’d all be raging if we didn’t win Tallaght Person of the Year.

He should give auld Enda a call. The Taoiseach is in Washington singing the Wild Rover with Mr O’Mahoneybama and has told a press conference if people have a problem with the way he’s doing things they can give him a ring. His number is public after all. This has given NIB an idea. Continue reading

The Coalboat Kid – A Conversation with Pat Larkin

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Pat Larkin has been in the Irish music scene for over 30 years, starting his career with Mod heroes The Blades and moving through many successful bands since. More recently he has moved into film; writing, producing and directing his own short films. Irish News Review caught up with him recently ahead of the premiere of his latest short “The Answer Machine” later this month. Continue reading

News in Brief – Another Week , Another Scandal

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NIB is currently sitting by a cup of cold coffee and some stale cream crackers (the glamour of working from home), Enda Kenny meanwhile is standing by the boss of Irish Water. Presumably he hasn’t got much on and just fancied a stand.

Tayto Park, home of the spud, has been banned from adding any new animals to its zoo after inspectors found “overweight” racoons and evidence of “inappropriate breeding”. Ohh err. Officials from the National Parks and Wildlife Service were following up on a previous ban in 2012 when animals were found to be stressed out and living in poor conditions. It is a theme park based around crisps let’s remember. On their return visit the inspectors were still not satisfied and Tayto have now been ordered not to add to their menagerie for the forseeable. The racoons will have to lay off the cheese and onion, as for the inappropriate breeding . . . Continue reading

Them Old Recession Blues – Ireland’s Pulsing Music Scene

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It’s a sad statistic, but the recession has produced some great music out of this country. The heady days of U2, Something Happens, The Hothouse Flowers and even the great Christy Moore can all be traced back to one constant – the country was on its knees, being an unemployed musician was acceptable and nearly expected, and above all else the people needed a lift.

We are of course right back in the thick of those dark days of the eighties, even worse some would argue. But thankfully our troubadours and balladeers have come out of the woodwork once more, and we’re now truly spoiled for choice in Irish music. Continue reading

Five Must See Irish Acts in 2013

The-Strypes-300x192The Irish music scene has become a diversified space in recent years. We’re famous for our traditional and country music, with the odd U2, Thin Lizzy or Westlife thrown in the mix. But recently a wave of new young talent has burst onto the music scene.

We look at the top five Irish acts you must catch this year. Move aside Bono… Continue reading

News in Brief-James Reilly Teams Up With 50 Cent For A Double Dose of Controversy

James Reilly Knows He’s Been A Bold Boy

THERE’S NO COKE!! Coca-cola that is, not the other stuff, sure they found plenty of that in Dublin the other week. No, there’s none of the fizzy brown stuff we all know and love. A flood in the production plant in Co. Antrim at the beginning of this week threatened to leave the whole country facing a drought. Before you rush your petrol cans down to your local Supervalu, stocks were set to be replenished mid-week just in time for Friday’s vodka HURRAH!

       Bono and wife Ali Hewson gave their youngest daughter Eve the gift of music for her twenty-first. Actually a recording of the two parents singing Lady Gaga’s Telephone. Not exactly much of a stretch for the U2 frontman perhaps he didn’t have time to get to the shops. Anyway, what twenty-one year old wouldn’t want a cd of their dad singing?
      All of them.
      The glass screens that separate the proles (me included) from the workers of our social welfare departments are to be removed despite the fears of said workers. The Department of Social Protection hopes to “frame” the relationship between it’s employees and clients but many workers fear they will now have to look at welfare recipients, sorry, fear for their safety. They have, by way of appeasement, been given panic buttons and CCTV is case the rabble should get too riotous, the dirty beggars.
       What do Health Minister James Reilly and rapper 50 Cent have in common? Not a lot but they’ve both made boo boos this week.
       50 ’Fiddy’ Cent has had to cancel a planned appearance at Carphone Warehouse in Dundrum Town Centre after making an ill-judged comment on Twitter. This was not taken well by some young fans who made full use of the Dundrum Town Centre Facebook page to vent their frustrations.
        Minister Reilly on the other hand has been making mistakes of a monetary nature. It turns out while James Reilly may be overseeing the closure of some nursing home beds he actually has his own money invested in some others. By invested I mean he owes €1.9 million.
It seems my own little home-made it into the nationals this week after the cancellation of Wexford’s biggest agricultural show. The Irish Independent ran a story featuring one of our local priests, Bishop Brennan who is asking all parishioners to pray for an improvement in the weather. I don’t believe in all that, but I do live in Rathangan and at this point anything is worth a go, so, dear Lord if you could stop the rain soon that would be great. Thanks.

U2 boys return home to continue work on new album

U2 frontman Bono, along with his fellow band mates, were spotted at their Hanover Quay recording studio over the weekend. Their return to their Dublin base seems to indicate that they are finally getting back to work on their problematic 13th studio album. This, of course, has excited many fans who have been left in limbo waiting for the completion of the groups much anticipated new work!

The atmosphere was friendly outside the studio on Friday as Bono casually greeted fans, posed for pictures and signed autographs. He even took the time to inspect the new graffiti that constantly adorns the outer walls of the studio. However, there is no secret regarding the mounting anxiety facing the band over their new album. Plans for the ambitious album were announced in early 2010 with an expected release date sometime during 2011. However the year is nearly at a close and the album is nowhere near completion?

This is partly due to the bands many side projects which have significantly taken away from their studio time. Both Bono and the Edge were involved in the production of the new Spiderman musical ‘Turn off the dark’. The show, which premiered back in June, featured original music composed by the U2 duo. Then of course, there was the epic 360 tour which grossed an impressive $700 million! Obviously a great financial success for the boys, however with Bono’s back surgery significantly disrupting the tour, the lads have struggled to make up more than 20 missed tour dates.

Perhaps more significant than time delays, were the delays to the bans creative process. The upcoming album was meant to include several collaborations with well know musicians and producers. The main contributors being Gnarls Barkley, Danger Mouse and producer RedOne. However, in a rather candid interview earlier this year, U2 bassist Adam Clayton admitted that their recording sessions with RedOne were “not working” and that most of his material will be scrapped from the upcoming album.

For many die hard U2 fans this may come as welcomed news. With RedOne mostly know for his work with Lady Gaga and Jenifer Lopez, a joint musical venture with the U2 boys seems like a slightly mis-matched combination. This will most likely mean that songs featuring David Guetta and Will.i.am will also be dropped form the new album.

Thankfully, a new release date has been suggested for late 2012. This means that the band will have to put in some marathon time at the recording studio if they want to meet the predicted deadline. However, with the band settling back into Hanover Quay, a place that has brought them much creative success since the mid 1990s, there should hopefully be a successful end in sight for the longstanding project.