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Blowing bubbles and talking Joyce with tUnE-yArDs

Fri, May 2, 2014, 07:54


Frank: director Lenny Abrahamson on his new film featuring Michael Fassbender wearing a large plastic head and Domhnall Gleeson writing songs about a woman in a red coat.

tUnE-yArDs: how a library book, studio hours and James Joyce helped Merril Garbus make her ace new album “Nikki Nack”

Blue Ruin: why filmmaker Jeremy Saulnier poured all his and his family’s savings into making his new film

Foxes: Louisa Rose Allen joins the dots between EDM hits and her onw glorious debut album

Richard Dawson: meet the “rougher, Geordie John Grant”

Bang the Beat podcast: Ian Maleney rounds up the best of the month’s sounds from the dance music underground including Mono Junk, Keita Sano, Joey Anderson, Call Super, Gesloten Cirkel and M Buckley

Plus CD reviews (including Lykke Li, Fatima Al Qadiri, Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, Lily Allen, The Horrors, ORB, Atmosphere, Natalie Merchant, The Harvest Ministers, Family of the Year, Kavorka, Aldoc, Lab Trioetc), film reviews (Blue Ruin, Run and Jump, Tarzan 3D, Pompeii 3D, Plastic, In Bloom, Ilo Ilo, Paths of Glory, Bad Neighbours, Song for Amy, Brick Mansion), 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.

Podcast plug: Banter is now in the podcasting business with new episodes from our previous adventures in talking going live every week. You can listen to or download our latest podcast, which features Jon Ronson talkimg about how his story about being in a band with Frank Sidebottom became the inspiration for Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank film, here. Catch up previous episodes here or subscribe via the iTunes store or, for Android users, this link. The Banter podcasts are produced by Tanya White for Old Hat.

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