PopLives #72: Charlene Lydon
Every week this Q&A finds out what interesting people in music, film, fashion, theatre, literature, performance, tech stuff, and whatever else are consuming.
What are you reading?
Berlin Stories by Christopher Isherwood. I run a Cinema Book Club with Chelsea Morgan Hoffmann in Light House Cinema and this month it’s Cabaret, which is somewhat loosely based on Berlin Stories. It’s a great read!
Last film you saw and your verdict?
The last film I saw was Jersey Boys which I really liked. It’s just so delightfully surly for a stage musical adaptation. I don’t know if that’s a good thing for everyone but I found that charming.
Last gig/concert you went to and your verdict?
Snoop Dogg in The Academy. I was bitterly, bitterly disappointed. I was hoping for more charisma. He just seemed bored.
Last stage production you saw and your verdict?
I am terrible for going to the theatre. Unless I’m forgetting something (which I probably am) I think the last play I saw was Pageant Wagon’s production of Mary Stuart in Freemasons Hall last year. It was excellent. Such a great space and the performances and costumes were fantastic!
Last gallery / museum / exhibition you visited and your verdict?
Science Gallery Fat exhibition. I loved it! I’m always very wary of fad diets and demonising foods and this was a really great discussion of those issues.
You have a golden ticket to Easons, what magazine is first on your list?
Probably Empire. It’s basic but it does the job.
What are your most clicked bookmarks?
I have a tendency to get lost all day on Cracked.com and I also have a terrible guilty pleasure relationship to those awful “Which [insert sitcom/band/film here] character are you?” quizzes. So Buzzfeed gets clicked a lot.
Do you have a favourite podcast or radio programme?
I rarely listen to radio but when I do I usually go for Radio Nova, especially in the mornings because they play decent rock music when I’m walking to work and I find that far more tolerable than chart pop in the mornings.
Podcast wise, my boyfriend Bren runs two podcasts (Under Your Bed and The Horseplay Podcast) and is podcast-mad so he usually shoots me over links to things he thinks I’d be into but I don’t particularly follow any. I’ve started listening to Kumail Nanjiani’s X-Files Files in which he plans to discuss every single X-Files episode. I’m intrigued. And a little jealous I didn’t think of it first.
Give us a tip for 2014…
Get out in the sun, for god’s sake!
When you fall into a YouTube hole what’s the general subject matter of the videos you’re watching?
Ugh, it’s probably kitties. I wish I could say it wasn’t. Or film trailers.
What song should we listen to right now?
I’m loving the new Jack White album, Lazaretto, so I’m gonna recommend that everyone puts that in their earholes right this minute.
Which boxset/TV series do you have on the go at the moment?
I just finished Orange Is The New Black. And now that distraction is over I’m going to go back to Sons of Anarchy which I really like but found the “Ireland” season so unbearable that I nearly gave up. Also, for night-time scares I’m watching French supernatural drama The Returned. It’s great!
Which app do you use the most?
The Dublin Bus app. I can’t say enough nice things about it. And Spotify.
Do you play video games or mobile platform games, and if so, what’s your favourite at the moment?
I rarely, if ever, play video games. I’m far too excitable.
What is your favourite club night of all time?
I’m more of a pints ‘n’ chats in a dark pub kind of girl. But if I am up for a dance I love Mother for great music.
What was the last country you visited and what were you doing there?
France. I was at the Cannes Film Festival. Which was amazing. And stressful. And exhausting. And other-worldly. And did I say amazing?
If you could transport one international cultural outlet to your home town, what would it be and why?
The Alamo Drafthouse in Austin. They are so, so cool!
And finally, if you check out one film this week make it…
Definitely recommend documentary Mistaken For Strangers. If you didn’t catch it at the OneTwoOneTwo festival last year, it’s on release from Friday 27th in Light House Cinema. It’s a documentary about Matt Berninger’s younger brother, Tom on the road with The National. Even if you’re not a fan of the band, this is such a warm and funny documentary, it’s impossible not to fall in love with it.
Previously on PopLives: Avril Stanley, Mary Nally, Colm Mac Con Iomaire, Anna Rodgers, Tara Flynn, John Butler, Don Wycherley, Maser, Rubberbandits, James Wolf, Sinead Gleeson, Olwen Fouéré, Le Galaxie, Cian O’Brien, Cian Ó Ciobhain, Katie Holly, Elaine Mai, Aisling Farinella, Brendan Canty, Melanie Morris, Taylor Mac, Temper-Mental MissElayenous, Fez Fa’anana, Chris Judge, Xnthony, David Mullane, Jo Mangan, Derek O’Connor, Beardyman, Lynnette Moran, Rob Delaney, Julie Chance, Conor O’Brien, Nial Conlan, Wallis Bird, Adrian Crowley, Tegan Quin, Ellie Macnamara, Steve Ryan, Mumblin Deaf Ro, Rick O’Shea, Grace Dyas, Mark O’Halloran, Amy Conroy, Louise McSharry, Maeve Higgins, Ray Yeates, Nialler9, Jeanie Finlay, Kevin Barry, Brigie De Courcy, John Scott, Willie White, Niall Muckian, Phil Boyle, Angela Dorgan, Roise Goan, Joshua Gordon, Mick Minogue, Eilis Boyle, Annie Mac, Ben Frow, Michael McDermott, Sinead O’Connor, Shane Langan, Kathy Scott, Eoghan Kidney, Michael Roe, and Phillip McMahon.