Jim Carroll

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What’s in The Ticket today – and your plugs

The best in music and movies every Friday from The Ticket in The Irish Times

Me? Pop star of the year? No way!

Fri, Dec 20, 2013, 08:30


Lorde: smart, sussed and talented, meet the pop star of the year as the New Zealand teen Ella Yelich-O’Connor talks about the year – and the tune – which changed her life.

2013 in pop: Ailbhe Malone’s eclectic year in intercontinental and intergalactic pop.

Ticket Awards 2013 – the winners: we asked your votes and you delivered. What you’d to say about the music and films of 2013.

Anchorman 2: Steve Carell on reprising his turn as the crazy weatherman

Booking the Cooks: the man in the bib with some seasonal fare is Jerry Fish

Plus CD reviews (including Triúr, Peshay, Machinedrum, “Amada” Erasure, Childish Gambino, Tin Charm, Mary J Blige, R Kelly, Marc Cary Focus Trio etc), film reviews (Anchorman 2, Moshi Monsters: The Movie, Walking With Dinosaurs), games, apps, listings, movie quiz, news and much, much more.

That’s your winning Ticket in The Irish Times today in print, online and the best of The Ticket on the app.

Solstice plug: join DJs Mike Larkin (Mulligan Records, Galway), Frenchie (091) and Countryman (Body & Soul lord of the dance and compiler of the infamous annual “Countryman’s Christmas” collection, the eleventh edition of which has just landed worldwide from Sydney, New York City and Dublin 4 to Ballinamore and Cappawhite) plus Phil RetroSpector on visuals for a Solstice party in The Cellar, Eglington St., Galway tomorrow night from 10pm. Admission is a tenner and all proceeds go to the Galway Hospice Foundation.

Glider plug: ho, ho, ho, it’s the Glider Xmas Party. Aside from some delinquent reindeers breakdancing on the dancefloor and knocking back hot whiskeys, you’ll find Piotrek (Andrews Sisters Brothers), (Cillian, Tanya Sweeney and myself – plus special guests from the Workman’s crew – playing this, that and the other upstairs from 10pm and downstairs from 11.3pm. Admission is free.

The OTR plugs service is now open for business. Please feel free to plug and recommend stuff away to your heart’s content, but remember some simple rules: (a) declare an interest where one should be declared, (b) plugs are accepted on the whim of OTR and may be edited for length/clarity/common sense and (c) plugs which mention a commercial sponsor are really ads and will probably not be published in this slot. Is it too early to open the tin of chocolate Kimberleys we’ve hidden somewhere in the gaff?