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PopLives #32: Ellie MacNamara

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 …

Thu, Jan 31, 2013, 08:50


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, second up is:

Ellie MacNamara is one half of Heathers, a band she performs in with her sister Louise. Their second album ‘Kingdom’ is nominated for this year’s Meteor Choice Music Prize.

What are you reading?
I’m reading The Rules Of Attraction by Bret Easton Ellis. My brother gave me a few of his books for my birthday and this is the first one I picked up. It’s amazing, strange, but I love the way it’s written and I would definitely recommend it.

Last film you saw and your verdict?
The Impossible. It was fantastic. It the real life story of a family caught in the 2004 tsunami in Thailand. I’m pretty sure the whole cinema was crying throughout the whole film. At times it was very difficult to watch but I was very impressed. It’s a sensitive subject and it’s still very soon after the catastrophe but director Juan Antonio Bayona did a great job. And Naomi Watts was fantastic.

Last gig/concert you went to?
Marina & the Diamonds.

Last stage production you saw and your verdict?
I went to see Tuesdays With Morrie in The Gaiety a week ago. I had seen the film a few months previously and decided that I had to go to the play. In hindsight, I wish I hadn’t seen the film before seeing the play, but it was great and Terry Byrne was so perfect as Morrie.

Last gallery / museum / exhibition you visited and your verdict?
It was probably the Imperial War Museum in London. I’m a big history person so this place fascinates me and I always try to go here when I’m over in London.

You have a golden ticket to Easons, what magazine is first on your list?
National Geographic.

What are your most clicked bookmarks?
Probably Facebook,
Trip Advisor
 or BBCGoodFood.com. We’ve both got really into cooking and baking lately so anything food related.

Do you have a favourite podcast or radio programme?
I don’t really listen to a huge amount of radio. When I’m driving I like to listen to Phantom.

When you fall into a YouTube hole what’s the general subject matter of the videos you’re watching?
Mostly music-related videos and the Actors Studio. The odd time… some Honey Boo Boo.

What song should we listen to right now?
Alt J- ‘Taro’
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Which boxset/TV series do you have on the go at the moment?
I’ve just started Breaking Bad and I’m absolutely loving it. And also Homeland - Louise is obsessed with it. It’s incredible.

Which app do you use the most?
Dublin Bus and Weather (does that count?). I’m awfully boring.

Do you play video games or mobile platform games, and if so, what’s your favourite at the moment?
My favourite video games as a child were, Super Mario world for the Nintendo and a little later on Pokemon for my Gameboy. Nowadays I prefer to watch as I would probably end up breaking the game by just touching it. Temple Run on my phone keeps me entertained when my iPod goes out of battery.

What is your favourite club night of all time?
It was definitely WAR when it was in Spy, nd just Spy in general.I don’t think anything will ever beat that.

If you could transport one international cultural outlet (gallery, theatre, venue, club, etc) to your home town, what would it be and why?
The Natural History Museum in New York. I had a really brief visit here last year and I was blown away. I think maybe I could get through the whole thing if I went once a week for a year.

And finally, if you listen to one band this week make it…


Previously on PopLives: Steve Ryan, Mumblin Deaf RoRick 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.


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