CURRENTLY LISTENING TO:
Gillian Welch – ‘The Harrow & the Harvest’
Look, I’m not going to complain about my job. I love being able to a) listen to music all day and b) write for a living. I’m extremely lucky to be able to do so, and remind myself of that as often as I can. Sure, there are downsides, but it’s far from a difficult job. But at the risk of sounding like I’m moaning, there’s a lot of totally shit music out there. And often, I have to listen to it. It wears you down. Then an album like this comes along. And you get to speak to its co-creator. And you think ‘I’d listen to nothing but shit albums for a month if one like this comes along in a blue moon’.
Yes, it’s brilliant. Beautiful, simple, rich and soothing. It’s so obvious that Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings love making music together. It’s been worth the 8-year wait. Looking forward to seeing her in November (date TBA).
Joseph O’Connor – ‘Star of the Sea’
This book comes strongly recommended by someone who claims it as their favourite-ever book by an Irish author. I’m about 50 pages in, and it’s slow to move so far, but I’m enjoying how O’Connor is slowly building each character’s backstory, keeping them all simmering away while switching between them.
I love famine stories and always mean to do more reading on the topic of workhouses, etc. I think it stems from a book I read many times as a kid, but couldn’t find: Marita Conlon-McKenna’s ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’. I’ve looked for this many times in bookshops and can’t find it! Maybe I imagined it?
Jon Ronson – ‘The Psychopath Test’
Now this, on the other hand, is totally engrossing. It’s a great read, documenting Ronson’s investigation into psychopaths and psychopathic behaviour. I’m a big fan of his writing in general, and this book zips along and is so interesting and humorous, despite its heavy subject matter. I’ve been listening to a few Ronson podcasts recently too – gutted I missed his talk in Dublin back in May.
Nothing. I’m still trying to find a series to fill the Game of Thrones-shaped hole in my life. My interest in The Killing has kind of petered out after the first five episodes or so. I watched the first two episodes of The Shadow Line and thought they were good, but not great. The Apprentice is over (yeah Tom!). I didn’t like Parks & Recreation. I think I’m too hard to please.
CURRENTLY BAFFLED BY:
Google+…. I’m confused. Circles? +1? I don’t think I could be arsed. I still joined, mind you – but what is this insatiable need we have to find twenty different ways of keeping in touch with the same people over and over again? I’m as guilty as the next person on this count…
CURRENTLY LOOKING FORWARD TO:
Going to see Tim & Eric at the Vodafone Comedy Festival this weekend and I’m both excited and curious. These guys are funny without trying to be – that’s why they’re funny. But how will their show translate live?
A top 5 moment from Awesome Show, Great Job:
Morrissey! Next week! Twice! In my favourite Irish venue!