Stuart Bailie the founding father of Belfast’s Oh Yeah centre hands over to a new CEO. Oh Yeah is a unique place were music is created, celebrated, remembered and the business around I taught. But it has only been one achievement of the man who might have invented the word “Britpop”.
It is not easy to find information (in English) about Dupain. In my continuing search to find really interesting music that I’ve not heard before, this Occitan band is my next stop, and I might hang around here for a while. Since their reformation in 2011 they have been experimenting with electronic, jazz and experimental noise. The most recent studio album is La Sòrga which I have been listening to over the last few days.
Driven away from morning radio current affairs in this run up to the referendum by lies, exaggerations, appalling condescension and guesses presented as fact, I am re-discovering podcasts. Here are some favourites that have brightened my mornings and evenings now that Today and PM are abandoned.
As the paint splattered, “Colourful Revolution” continues in Macedonia, and in part as a response, the country’s President Gjorge Ivanov has revoked pardons for 22 of 56 politicians, which sparked the protests.
Image: Twitter/Balkan Newsbeat
I really am catching up on music I missed sometime over the last 20 years. This week Lila Downs, her album Balas y Chocolate has been played almost every day. She’s playing in London’s Royal Festival Hall, thus proving I have fallen way behind in finding interesting music.
I came by Astor Pantaleón Piazzolla by chance. Last year I was given a private recording of the SFK Youth Orchestra performing at the Bled Festival in 2007. The opening was Astor Piazzolla’s Oblivion.
In addition to the news this week former Bosnian foreign minister and ambassador to the United Nations writes about countries unmoved by the Sarajevo siege …
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And I was playing their early work in the early 1980s. Nocturnal Koreans is a mini album of 8 tracks which I’ve been listening to for a couple of weeks – since its release.
A news story in the Guardian sent me off to find out about Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu. Maybe you have already heard his music – as I said in an earlier post, I’m just trying to catch up.
I love Abavuki. They are the most energetic band I have ever seen. The Marimba led multi-instrumentalists change the stage line-up through their performance.
So today to my surprise and delight I have been listening to Mariza and in particular her new album Mundo.
The Eurovision Song Contest is but 2 weeks away and the non-musical pseudo political rumbles have begun. Sympathy, please for the people of Romania who will neither be represented on the Eurovision stage, even though they had a qualifier Moment of Silence by Ovidiu Anton [YouTube] or see the show on TV, but why? Find[…]
The highlights of the main stories from the Balkans
Good advice for journalists of any age.
TNW’s top tips for becoming a better writer – link
It is not so much that streaming video is the future. It’s easy navigation to find it that is the future.
If you don’t know how to, the PR will give you interview tips …
Every week I put together this Slovenia and Balkans News Briefing for friends and clients around the world. I also email it to anyone who asks. Read this week’s posting.
I spend a lot of the week looking for stories about journalism, technology that supports it and how it’s all changing
A pick of the stories I have read this week about stories, news, journalism and social media
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I came across Anchor last week. I read it was “Twitter for radio”. That combines my two favourite platforms.
First impressions – excellent. Welcomed by a “real person” with a “real message” and found a couple of other people who I know from Twitter.
This is Generation Innovation Night of Ambition. The annual event has become important not just for schools who nominate pupils as participants, it is a key moment in the year for organisers Connect at the Northern Ireland Science Park and for many, many people involved on the fringes of NISP.
a Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN) report says that Serbian Government pressure, state funding for favoured outlets and self-censorship have all contributed to a worsening in Serbia’s media landscape.
Well when I say “here” I mean over there on niemanlab.org/ Here’s the link. Go feed your brain … Here are 15 smart people talking for 5 minutes each about journalism’s future You are welcome
This week the Wall Street Journal publishing on Snapchat and the move of The Independent to online only,
Interview with Ivan Novak also known as Saliger, a founding member of Slovenian band Laibach on their 35 anniversary and on his return from North Korea concerts.
The BBC’s multi-award winning Chief International Correspondent has the most interesting broadcaster’s accent. On the Radio 4 programme One to One she talked about her voice to Jan Ravens, the woman from Dead Ringers who often impersonates Lyse and many other famous women.
My first interviewee for this podcast series is Martin Gilchrist. We met in The MAC in Belfast. The MAC is a popular and accessible arts centre in the city. Popular with people interested in the arts, of course. But also a place where people involved in tech and startup businesses hang out sometimes.
How is technology impacting on Journalism? The question could be asked at least once a week and each week there would be even more information to add to the answer.