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PopLives #31: Steve Ryan

Over the next few weeks on PopLives, the Q&A that concerns itself with the media consumption of interesting people, the nominees of this year’s Meteor Choice Music Prize will be answering the questions. The Choice takes place in the Olympia on March …

Tue, Jan 29, 2013, 08:47


Over the next few weeks on PopLives, the Q&A that concerns itself with the media consumption of interesting people, the nominees of this year’s Meteor Choice Music Prize will be answering the questions. The Choice takes place in the Olympia on March 7th. 

Double whammy of PopLives this week, first up:

Steve Ryan is the man behind Windings, whose third album ‘I Am Not The Crow’ is nominated for this year’s Choice Music Prize and released on Out On A Limb Records.

What are you reading?
Oliver Stone and Peter Kuznick’s The Untold History of the United States. I got it as a Christmas present, but haven’t got past the introduction yet, as my reading of it was interrupted by Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test.

Last film you saw and your verdict?
Django Unchained.  It was good, but about 45 minutes too long. Tarantino’s most recent work calls to mind an era when bands were given seemingly endless resources to make that “essential” Triple Concept Album, like every new work produced is some kind of Masterpiece.

Last gig/concert you went to and your verdict?
Thurston Moore in Bourkes Bar, Limerick. It was great! It was billed as an experimental free noise improv, but ended up being more like ‘An Evening With Thurston Moore’. He was affable, chatty, played the hits, and passed out cake to the audience!

Last stage production you saw and your verdict?
The last stage production I saw was the Belltable Community Theatre Project’s production of Mike Finn’s ‘Pigtown’. It was a great production of a fantastic play. I had seen the original production ten years earlier too, so this one was a great reminder of what a class piece of work it is. It was also the last thing I got to see in the Belltable Arts Centre in Limerick, as it’s now closed for the foreseeable future, which is an awful shame. But the Limetree Theatre is up and running now and it’s an amazing space, so, y’know, it’s an ill wind that blows and all that.

Last gallery / museum / exhibition you visited and your verdict?
The last time i visited a gallery was during the summer of 2012, to have a look at some of the exhibitions as part of EVA International. It was in Limerick City Gallery. I’m from Limerick, and I live in Limerick, that’s why most of my answers are region-specific to that area. We got a lot going on here!

You have a golden ticket to Easons, what magazine is first on your list?
It’s always going to be Uncut. I’ve been reading that magazine since Issue No.2, where they had a cover mounted CD with Beck and Emmylou Harris doing a version of Gram Parson’s ‘Sin City’. That Free CD opened my eyes to so many hitherto undiscovered musical wonders. That’s almost 15 yrs ago now!

What are your most clicked bookmarks?
Ugh, Twitter and Facebook I’m afraid. Also, being a musician, I visit Thomann.de a lot to see what’s new in instrument land, and then i go to Adverts.ie to see if anyone’s selling it 2nd hand.

Do you have a favourite podcast or radio programme?
Weeknights, Dave Fanning’s Show on 2fm, and Paul McLoone’s Show on Today FM. Those guys keep me updated on what’s going on in the music world, and what I should be listening to. I really only get to listen the radio when I’m driving around at night, which, as a musician, I tend to do quite regularly.

When you fall into a YouTube hole what’s the general subject matter of the videos you’re watching?
David Bowie live performances from the 70′s.

What song should we listen to right now?
Goat – ‘Run To Your Mama’. That’ll get you goin’.
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Which boxset/TV series do you have on the go at the moment?
Boardwalk Empire. My wife and I just went through a marathon two series of it in January, it’s good stuff. I ten to shy away from the TV series that people go on about a bit too much. For example, The Wire. I watched the 1st series, and had absolutely no desire to delve in the ensuing series. The people’s voice let me down!

Which app do you use the most?
Hmmm, probably a toss up between Instagram and Pumps.ie. Instagram is a fun thing, pumps.ieis kind of indispensable I gotta say.

Do you play video games or mobile platform games, and if so, what’s your favourite at the moment?
I don’t really play video games that much. I get frustrated with them, and it’s too easy to just turn them off. I lack perseverance. I guess that defeats the purpose a small bit.

What is your favourite club night of all time?
Termights!! The Indie/Alternative Club of choice for Limerick folk of a certain Era. Actually, Termights spread itself across 2 or 3 eras of Limerick Indei-type folk I’d say, and about twice as many venues. If the walls of Termights could talk… there’d be several arrests made pretty sharpish.

If you could transport one international cultural outlet (gallery, theatre, venue, club, etc) to your home town, what would it be and why?
My wife and I went ot Sicily on our honeymoon, and went on a day trip up the side of Mt Etna. It took a while to get there on a bus, and the road was quite bendy and rugged, as you’d imagine. After 2 hrs of this, it felt like we were in one of the most remote places imaginable. We were at a very high altitude, and everybody on the bus was in awe. As the bus drew up to a small crossroads, not 3 miles from the base of Etna, the awe turned to outright disbelief, as there on one of the corners of the crossroads stood a giant Lidl Store. The very embodiment of an International Cultural Outlet. We could do with one of them in Limerick. Oh, wait…

And finally, if you listen to one album this week make it…
Windings – ‘I Am Not The Crow’! (was that too obvious?) And if that doesn’t do it for you, maybe try Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti’s ‘Mature Themes’.


Previously on PopLives: Mumblin Deaf Ro, Rick O’SheaGrace DyasMark O’HalloranAmy ConroyLouise McSharryMaeve HigginsRay YeatesNialler9Jeanie FinlayKevin BarryBrigie De CourcyJohn ScottWillie WhiteNiall MuckianPhil BoyleAngela DorganRoise GoanJoshua GordonMick MinogueEilis BoyleAnnie MacBen FrowMichael McDermottSinead O’Connor,  Shane LanganKathy ScottEoghan KidneyMichael Roe, and Phillip McMahon