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PopLives #34: Adrian Crowley

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 Vicar Street on March …

Thu, Feb 14, 2013, 08:29


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 Vicar Street on March 7th. 

Adrian Crowley is a singer and songwriter whose fourth album ‘Long Distance Swimmer’ was nominated for the Choice Music Prize in 2007. His fifth album ‘The Season Of The Sparks’ won the award in 2009. His sixth album ‘I See Three Birds Flying’ is nominated for this year’s Meteor Choice Music Prize.

What are you reading?
A little novel called Bruges La Morte by nineteenth century writer, Georges Rodenbach. I picked it up in Paris last week at Shakespeare and Company. They were closed for stock taking but had books on a table outside with hand written signs saying ”Take me home” and “Free books”. It fits perfectly in my coat pocket and I thought it might be a good touring companion.

Last film you saw and your verdict?
Phenomena by Dario Argento starring a young Jennifer Connelly. I watched it late the other night. It’s a psych-horror made in 1985. The story of a girl who is shipped off to a boarding school in Switzerland. She’s the daughter of a big movie director and has a love for insects that everyone else in the school finds weird. Also, she sleep walks. She befriends a wheel chair-bound entomologist after his pet chimp finds her cowering dazed in a forest and leads her to his lab. Together they try and solve the recent spate of local serial killings by using a fly in a jar to lead the way. I loved it. Ridiculous but great.

Last gig/concert you went to and your verdict?
Well, I’ve been on tour around Europe pretty much since October so I’ve seen a lot of gigs. The last one was Efterklang. I shared the bill with them in Melkweg in Amsterdam. They were excellent. But the last gig I went to that was unconnected with my touring was Ger Wolfe at ‘The House Presents’ in Annesley House, North Strand in Dublin. It was a beautiful gig.

Last stage production you saw and your verdict?
I saw Tim Key at the Project in Dublin a few months ago. I loved it. I was bowled over actually. I hadn’t laughed like that in ages.He had a custom built bath onstage. I could go on…

Last gallery / museum / exhibition you visited and your verdict?
The EYE film Institute in Amsterdam. It’s an ultra modern museum dedicated to the history of cinema. It looks like a Cyclon warship. There’s a free ferry that brings you there just behind Amsterdam Centraal. The exhibitions and installations are great and just being there is an experience in itself.

You have a golden ticket to Easons, what magazine is first on your list?
Issue number 1 of ‘Viz’.

What are your most clicked bookmarks?
I’ve no idea.I suppose I should check.

Do you have a favourite podcast or radio programme?
Yes, Radiolab. Fascinatingly and beautifully constructed stories and interviews, reflections on life, science art, philosophy, music…

When you fall into a YouTube hole what’s the general subject matter of the videos you’re watching?
Wonky cover versions of famous songs.

What song should we listen to right now?
‘The Sundown Song’ by Clogs. It’s a new song of theirs. It’s available for streaming here. I think it’s a little beauty. It has a great sentiment. Beautifully recorded too.

Which boxset/TV series do you have on the go at the moment?
Flight of The Conchords. I love comedy and those fellows are geniuses.

Which app do you use the most?
‘Polytune’. It’s an acoustic polyphonic tuner. Very handy, trust me.

Do you play video games or mobile platform games, and if so, what’s your favourite at the moment?
Very basic stuff like Temple Run and Wii Sports resort. I’m trying to get into Saints Row and Assassin’s Creed with a little help from my son.

What is your favourite club night of all time?
The Warwick in Salthill in the late ’80s. Eoin Foyle DJ’d. I think it was called Funk Off..? It was great fun, lots of good memories live there.

If you could transport one international cultural outlet (gallery, theatre, venue, club, etc) to your home town, what would it be and why?
The Guggenheim in Manhattan. I think it would look far better in Phoenix Park surrounded by trees and deer.

And finally, if you listen to one album this week make it…
Melting Cavalry‘ by Seti The First.


Previously on PopLives: Tegan Quin, Ellie Macnamara, 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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