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    Friday, August 28, 2009

    Electric Picnic 09 Recommendations

    Some hard, tough, challenging choices had to be made. Nobody said it was going to be easy. Here's where and when i'll be at the Electric Picnic. Consider them recommended so.

    Friday 4

    22:30 Orbital - MS
    20.45 MGMT – MS
    19:45 Efterklang - CS
    19.15 Zero 7 – MS
    18:45 Lykke Li - CD
    17:30 The Temper Trap CD/17:45 David Kitt
    16:30 Peter Broderick - CD

    Saturday 5

    03.30 Tulla Ceili Band BS
    02.15 Four Tet BS
    00.30 2 Many DJs MS/Moderat LBT
    23:45 Four Tet CS
    22:15 Explosions in the Sky CS/22.30 Madness MS/22:45 Lamb BS
    22:00 The Field LBT
    20.30 Imelda May CS/20.15 Brian Wilson MS
    19.00 Bat for Lashes EA
    18.30 Lisa Hannigan MS/The Walkmen CS
    17.15 Jape EA
    16.00 Marina & the Diamonds CS
    14:45 The XX EA/15.00 Low Anthem CS
    14.00 Julie Feeney CS
    13.30 Tunng MS
    12:30 One Day International CS
    11.50 Chequerboard Live BS

    Sunday Sep 6

    1.15 Beach House BS
    22:15 Flaming Lips EA
    21:00 Passion Pitt CS
    20:30 Royksopp EA
    18:45 Fleet Foxes EA
    17:30 Florence & the Machine EA
    16:15 Simian Mobile Disco EA (so I can get a decent spot for next four acts)
    15:30 The Acorn CS
    14:00 J Tillman BS
    13:15 Villagers CS
    12.30 Dublin Gospel Choir MS

    Friday, August 21, 2009

    Tasty Gig Schedule

    Possibly the tastiest Autumn gig schedule i've ever had lined up, kicking off tonight.

    DEAF fundraising gig with Jimmycake, Dark Room Notes, Spilly Walker et al, Aug 21 Meeting House Sq.
    Wilco, Friday August 28, Vicar Street.
    Electric Picnic, Fri Sep 4 - Sun Sept 6, Stradbally.
    Dirty Projectors, Wed Sep 16, Whelans.
    Hockey, Tues Sept 22, Academy.
    Local Natives, Tues Sep 29, Academy.
    Julie Feeney, Thurs, Oct 15, Sugar Club
    Grizzly Bear, with St Vincent, Sunday Nov 1, Vicar St.

    Wednesday, August 19, 2009

    Happiness in the Guardian

    I liked the couple of articles in last weekend's Guardian covering positive psychology and the work of psychologists like Martin Seligman.

    Oliver Burkeman nicely summed up the advice in the literature. Sure, as he says, some of it might sound corny or like familiar folk wisdom but it's of value overall i think. So those main points:

    Remember to be grateful.

    Spend your money on experiences not objects.


    Nurture your relationships.

    Spend time in nature.

    Make sure you encounter new people and places.

    Never assume that you know what will make you happy.

    And the Stuart Jeffries article on being happy at work (or not) quotes Richard Layard as saying, 'There is a creative spark in each of us and if it finds no outlet, we feel half dead. This can be literally true: among British civil servants, those who do the most routine work experience the most rapid clogging of arteries.'

    And the quote from Studs Terkel who referred to work as 'a sort of Monday to Friday dying' caught my eye too.

    Wednesday, August 12, 2009