Jim Carroll (journalist)

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Jim Carroll
Born 1968 (age 50–51)
Other names On the Record
Occupation Music journalist
Notable credit(s)
Founder and editor of Muse
Co-founder of the Choice Music Prize
Website http://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/ontherecord/

Jim Carroll (born Tipperary in 1968)[1] is an Irish music journalist, blogger and editor who is currently employed by The Irish Times. He runs a blog titled "On the Record" for the newspaper.

Carroll is a co-founder of the Choice Music Prize, an annual music award given to one Irish album from ten nominations. He also has a radio programme on Dublin's Phantom FM. In 1997 he founded the internet music magazine Muse.


Carroll uses his "On the Record" blog to air his views. In October 2006, Irish Independent journalist Anne-Marie Walsh reported that his views on the Humanzi album as "the most expensive and embarrassing flop of 2006" contrasted greatly with NME's report that the band were "the biggest new act in the country " and that their success "has stopped Dublin in its tracks".[2] His views have also been mentioned by the BBC.[3]

In 2005, the Irish Examiner included Carroll on a list of "those who called the tune in Irish music" that year, saying his column "remains one of the most influential on music".[1]


Carroll founded and began editing internet music magazine Muse in 1997. It was subsequently purchased by Irish telco Eircom.[1]

He joined The Irish Times in November 2000.[1]

On 27 January 2009, Carroll reported for The Irish Times on the leaking a day early of the nominees list for the 2009 Meteor Awards.[4]

Alongside his musical colleagues with The Irish Times, Tony Clayton-Lea and Sinéad Gleeson, Carroll opted to sit a Christmas music examination in Popular Music and Music Management at the Institute of Art and Design in Dún Laoghaire on 11 December 2009. He obtained a score of 79 per cent, higher than his colleagues who obtained scores of 71 per cent and 73 per cent respectively.[5] Carroll wrote essays on hip-hop, U2 and the Electric Picnic. The marker noted: "outstanding depth of analysis. Impressive breadth of knowledge. Outstanding use of references and fluency of use. Comprehensive. Master’s level work in that it adds to the body of knowledge on the topic. Very strong critical analysis of U2.com. Watch for tiny details which may read in a confusing manner".[5]

In March 2010, Carroll won an Irish Blog Award in the Best Blog from a Journalist category.[6] He won this same award for a second year in a row in March 2011.[7]

Choice Music Prize

In 2005, Carroll co-founded the Choice Music Prize alongside Dave Reid.[8][9][10] The prize is known in the Irish media for its tendency to come to "some pretty eccentric decisions".[11] Carroll and Reid continue to co-ordinate the annual event.[12] Carroll announces the winner.[13][14] The first winner, Julie Feeney, was given a global record deal with Sony after receiving the award.[11]

Within four years Carroll commented:

Carroll stepped down from the project after the 2010 Live Event.[15]

Music business, radio and DJing

Carroll previously reviewed music for a number of different radio shows include Today FM's Pet Sounds[citation needed] and RTÉ Radio 1 arts programme Rattlebag.[16]

He had a radio programme called The Far Side on Phantom FM.[9] He DJed alongside colleague Sinéad Ní Mhorda at Grand Canal Square as part of the Dublin Dance Festival, a free event, on 19 April 2008.[17]

Before concentrating on journalism and broadcasting, Carroll worked in the music business where he co-founded the Lakota record label, worked in A&R for several UK labels (including Go! Discs, Warner Music and Dedicated Records) and worked as a press officer for London Records.[18]

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Those who called the tune in Irish music during 2005". Irish Examiner. 4 January 2006. Archived from the original on 2009-11-15. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  2. ^ Anne-Marie Walsh (20 October 2006). "The next big thing in music". Irish Independent. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  3. ^ Stuart Bailie (17 January 2009). "Achtung Industry!". BBC. Retrieved 24 January 2010.
  4. ^ Charlie Taylor (1 January 2009). "Sharon Shannon to receive major award". The Irish Times. Retrieved 13 April 2012. As revealed by Irish Times journalist and blogger Jim Carroll yesterday, a list of nominees leaked a day ahead of the office announcement.
  5. ^ a b Jim Carroll, Tony Clayton-Lea and Sinéad Gleeson (12 December 2009). "Well whaddayaknow?". The Irish Times. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  6. ^ Charlie Taylor (3 March 2010). "'Irish Times' journalist wins blog award". The Irish Times. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  7. ^ "Irish Blog Awards Winners". Irish Blog Awards. 19 March 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  8. ^ "CHOICE MUSIC PRIZE TURNS FIVE: The Choice Music Prize – Irish Album of the Year returns in 2010". IMRO. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  9. ^ a b Brendan McGuirk (5 March 2009). "Jape wins the Choice Music Prize". Analogue. Archived from the original on 22 February 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  10. ^ a b Caitrina Cody (March 5, 2009). "Jolly Jape admits he's surprised to scoop Choice gong". Irish Independent. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
  11. ^ a b "The Choice of regeneration?". Irish Independent. 28 February 2009. Archived from the original on 8 January 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  12. ^ "The Choice Music Prize Shortlist". IMRO. 24 January 2006. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  13. ^ Phil Udell (5 March 2009). "Choice Music Prize night, Vicar Street". State. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  14. ^ "I heard the 'Muse' today, oh boy!". Irish Independent. 20 March 2007. Retrieved 6 January 2010.
  15. ^ "Team". Choice Music Prize. 28 February 2011. Retrieved 2 April 2011.
  16. ^ "Rattlebag, Thursday, 6 September 2001". Rattlebag. 6 September 2001. Retrieved 6 January 2010. [dead link]
  17. ^ John Meagher (11 April 2008). "Loaded: 11th - 17th April". Irish Independent. Retrieved 13 April 2012.
  18. ^ On The Record (29 March 2007). "About Jim Carroll". The Irish Times. Retrieved 19 January 2010.

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