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The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC -

WU-TANG CLAN

Ron O’Neal (Live on The Daily Show) ★★★★ All nine sur­viv­ing Wu Tang mem­bers were re­united with­out ap­par­ent ran­cour on The Daily Show last week . There was one mildly awk­ward mo­ment when host Jon Ste­wart in­quired about the ab­sent 10th. “Oh, we got Dirty right here,” en­thused Method Man, reach­ing to grab some­thing un­der the pre­sen­ter’s desk. (For­tu­nately, he pro­duced a com­mem­o­ra­tive T-shirt rather than an urn.) On the ev­i­dence of this per­for­mance, their lat­est come­back is far from DOA. The sixth Wu Tang al­bum, A Bet­ter To­mor­row, is due in Novem­ber. youtube.com

TOBIAS JESSO JR

True Love ★★★ The sepia-tinged baby pho­tos ac­com­pa­ny­ing this YouTube video, cou­pled with the tinny, home­made qual­ity of the demo record­ing, had me braced for a reedy-voiced am­a­teur in the Daniel John­ston mould. But Tobias Jesso, when he even­tu­ally opens his mouth, proves to be a far more as­sured vo­cal­ist. (Think Dakota-era John Lennon.) The Van­cou­ver-based song­writer is cur­rently work­ing on an al­bum with ex-Girls bassist and pro­ducer Chet White. youtube.com

GIRL BAND

De Bom Bom Any Other City Records ★★★★ The Dublin noise rock­ers an­nounced them­selves with the fear­some Law­man back in Jan­uary. This lat­est ef­fort sounds like one of those ag­o­nised pri­mal screams from the sec­ond half of Nir­vana’s In Utero al­bum. Five hun­dred copies of the 7-inch sin­gle go on sale Septem­ber 1st. Be­fore that, Girl Band play the Lime­light in Belfast on Au­gust 18th.

FLOOR STAFF

The Guest ★★★ The new video from An­thony Don­nelly’s Floor Staff project is about an ex­pec­tant cou­ple forced to come to terms with ev­ery par­ent’s worst night­mare when their baby boy is born a layabout in­die mu­si­cian. (The short film was ap­par­ently in­spired by a hal­lu­ci­na­tion direc­tor Bob Gal­lagher ex­pe­ri­enced dur­ing a shaman­is­tic rit­ual. No com­ment.) And the mous­ta­chioed in­fants first words? I’m pretty sure I lip-read “I pre­ferred their early stuff”.

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