THE ART OF MASSEDUCTION
For 24 hours on Monday, the Twitter feed that was the biggest source of conversation in the country was not Stephen Fry or Frankie Boyle – rather, it was Met Eireann as Hurricane Ophelia raged across the country. We’ve seen the streets of Dublin described as resembling “a zombie apocalypse” during the day – so Leinster House on a grander scale, one might argue.
Anyway, we made it through in one piece and at HP Towers, our thoughts are now turning to to a hugely exciting week of gigs. First up are English art-rock mavericks The Horrors at the Tivoli, while we’re also looking forward to electro guru Tycho at District 8 on Thursday and Chic’s double-header with Chaka Khan at 3Arena on the 25th.
Leading the way though, is US art-pop icon Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, who plays a two-night stand at the Olympia this weekend. Having produced a string of acclaimed albums – including 2012’s Love This Giant collaboration with David Byrne – 2014 proved to be Clark’s annus mirablis. The Dallas native produced arguably the album of the year with St Vincent, while also serving (the servants) as one of the guest vocalists for the reunited Nirvana during the grunge legends’ Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame induction.
Anticpation was thus sky for high Clark’s recent Masseduction – and she hasn’t disappointed, delivering another bona-fide art-pop tour de force. Always impressive stage productions that beautifully showcase Clark’s unique style, her live performances are invariably sonically brilliant too, with the singer delighting in showcasing her phenomenal skills as a guitar-shredder.
In short, it’s sure to one of the gigs of the year – and we can’t wait. Check out Ed Power’s 2014 interview with St. Vincent below…Read it here »
REMEMBERING SEAN HUGHES
Everyone at Hot Press this week was deeply saddened to hear of the death of legendary Irish comic Sean Hughes, who passed away in London aged 51, having been treated for cirrhosis of the liver.
Starting his winning of the Perrier Award in 1990 – the youngest ever winner of the award – Hughes kickstarted a new wave of Irish comedy in the UK, clearing the way for the likes of Dylan Moran, Tommy Tiernan, Dara O Briain and the eventual success of Father Ted.
Hughes became a cult favourite thanks to his innovative Channel 4 sitcom Sean’s Show, and later enjoyed further TV success thanks to his role as team captain on Nevermind The Buzzcocks. He also penned several fine novels, including 1998’s The Detainees, and appeared in films such as The Commitments, Puckoon and The Butcher Boy.
He was also a massive comedy fan, interviewing the likes of Blur on MTV and even appearing in the video for The Cure’s ‘The 13th’. Showing the esteem in which he was held in the world of comedy, among those paying tribute have been Sean’s Buzzcocks co-star Phill Jupitus, the Mighty Boosh’s Noel Fielding, Rob Newman, Al Murray and Jack Dee.
Below you can read Sean’s final Hot Press interview, conducted by Roisin Dwyer in 2013, which offered a fascinating insight into a brilliant and unique comedic talent.Check it out
THAT FRIDAY FEELING
RHA’s Hennessy Lost Fridays returns for its final instalment of the year on Friday, October 20th. As with previous events, Lost Fridays is showcasing some of the Irish music scene’s hottest talents within the ambient setting of the Royal Hibernian Gallery.
First up on the night is Dublin band Colombia Mills. Taking their name from the legendary building based on Dublin’s Quays, which in the early 90s became a mecca for fans of the rave scene, they’re a delicious melting pot of ‘80s and ‘90s influences, managing to sound both startingly original and yet utterly familiar. They’ll be joined by alt-funkers Come On Live Long, who are known for their distinctive blend of exquisite melodies, driving rhythms and ethereal soundscapes. In between acts, there will also be tunes from resident Whelan’s DJ Alex Donald, who will be conjuring up a heady mix of electro, house, hip-hop, pop and rock.
Arrive early to enjoy unique walking tours of the RHA’s current exhibitions, Plunge by Vera Klute in Gallery I, and Strange Attractors by Ronnie Hughes in Galleries II & III, conducted by RHA Director Patrick T. Murphy.
Visitors can also experience a tasting masterclass with a Hennessy Brand Ambassador. Throughout the night, Hennessy’s expert mixologists will create bespoke Hennessy-based cocktails, including Hennessy & Ginger and Hennessy Sidecar. For up to date info on the event, please see the Facebook event page.Check it out
FARIS BADWAN’S DAY IN DUBLIN
A murky dive into the darkest depths of goth-rock gloom – and no, we’re not talking about Friday’s Late Lateline-up. Rather, it’s one of our favourite bands of recent years, London art-rock crew The Horrors. Having commenced their career as none-too-promising Cramps knock-offs, the group managed one of the more unlikely reinventions in modern rock with their stunning 2009 sophomore effort, Primary Colours, a quite brilliant melange of krautrock, shoegaze and indie.
The boys subsequently proved it was no flash in the pan with further superb albums in 2011’s Skying and 2014’s Luminous. Released just last month, their latest outing, V, finds Faris Badwan and co. exploring a typically imaginative mix of Gary Numan-style electro, synth-pop and industrial.
It’s sure to make for an intoxicating live experience at the Tivoli and we’re looking forward to a belter on a par with the band’s 2012 stormer in Dublin. Below, you can read Paul Nolan’s interview with the band from earlier this year, in which they discuss touring with Nine Inch Nails, collaborating with Gorillaz, their love of acts like Australian avant-garde mavericks HTRK, and more.Check it out »
MATTERS OF THE MIND
We spent last weekend binge-watching David Fincher’s latest masterwork Mindhunter on Netflix – and it proved to be a glimpse into shocking depravity not witnessed since the last Tory conference. Boasting top-notch lead performances from Jonathan Groff, Holt McCallany, Hannah Gross and Anna Torv, the series offers a chilling insight into the emergence of serial killers in the 1970s, with a generous helping of 20th century neurosis into the bargain.
Our view is that it’s one of the best things Fincher has ever done, and it sets us up nicely for the second part of Netflix’s autumn double-whammy – the new series of Stranger Things, due at Halloween. From an Irish perspective, meanwhile, there are a couple of notable pieces of trivia related to the series. First up is the fact that McCallany – who is from an Irish-American family – received part of of his secondary education at Newbridge College.
Perhaps it was he, then, who suggested the inspired use of the Boomtown Rats’ ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ to end one episode. Indeed, Fincher has long rivalled Scorsese as the leading director when it comes to the use of rock and pop; aside from the Rats’ classic, Mindhunter also masterfully incorporates tunes such as David Bowie’s ‘Right’ and – of course! – Talking Heads’ ‘Psycho Killer’.
Watch it (with the lights on, if necessary) and meantime pick up some further viewing recommendations in our list of student film classics (including Fincher’s The Social Network), which you can read below…Check it out »
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