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PopLives #57: Cian Ó Ciobhain

Every week this Q&A finds out what interesting people in music, film, fashion, theatre, literature, performance, tech stuff, and whatever else are consuming.

Mon, Nov 25, 2013, 10:18


Cian Ó Ciobhain is the man behind An Taobh Tuathail, a treasure trove of a radio show on Raidio na Gaeltachta. His new ATT compilation – Vol. 6 – is out at the start of December.

What are you reading?
Just finished ‘Me Talk Pretty One Day’ by David Sedaris and have started to dip into Miranda July’s collection of short stories ‘No One Belongs Here More Than You’ – both recent purchases from The Gutter Bookshop in Temple Bar.

Last film you saw and your verdict?
‘Beyond The Candelabra’ – alas, like most modern movies, a triumph of style over substance. Michael Douglas’ performance was the film’s saving grace. I’m falling out of love with modern movies – they all seem so clichéd.

Last gig/concert you went to and your verdict?
Mount Kimbie at the Button Factory. They are a very talented bunch and deserve all the praise that’s coming their way.

Last stage production you saw and your verdict? 
It’s been too long – a poetry reading by Billy Collins in Galway’s Town Hall Theatre well over a year ago.

Last gallery / museum / exhibition you visited and your verdict?
Again, way too long, but I did while away a few magical hours in the Museum Of London last year. Well worth it.

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

What are your most clicked bookmarks?
Discogs, Resident Advisor, Wikipedia, Liverpool Echo, Irish Times, Football 365, Factmag, RTE.

Do you have a favourite podcast or radio programme aside from your own?
Love the Resident Advisor Exchange podcasts, who chat with DJs/producers/chancers that are shaping the scene. Also ‘Second Captains’ – which keep me entertained when out running.

When you fall into a YouTube hole what’s the general subject matter of the videos you’re watching?
Italo disco or 80s/90s indie alt rock.

What song should we listen to right now?
XE3 by Mssingno.

Which boxset/TV series do you have on the go at the moment?
The Americans, Orange Is The New Black.

Which app do you use the most?

Do you play video games or mobile platform games, and if so, what’s your favourite at the moment?
Retired at the age of 21 … to free up my time for more important things.

What is your favourite club night of all time?
Jazz Juice with Aran McMahon, Sundays in GPO Galway will forever resonate with me.
Also Psychedelia in the Castle in Salthill. Darragh Purcell was a wonderful DJ, who played everything from My Bloody Valentine B-sides to Beethoven.

If you could transport one international cultural outlet to your home town, what would it be and why?
Easy. Berlin clubbing institution Berghain, if we also allowed to transport their liberal licensing laws. This town needs some techno.

And finally, if you check out one musician this week make it…
Laurel Halo. She is possibly the most innovative music maker on the planet right now. Closer to home – don’t overlook Dublin’s John Lambert AKA Chequerboard’s recent LP. Superlative stuff.

Previously on PopLives: Katie HollyElaine MaiAisling FarinellaBrendan CantyMelanie MorrisTaylor MacTemper-Mental MissElayenousFez Fa’ananaChris JudgeXnthonyDavid MullaneJo ManganDerek O’ConnorBeardymanLynnette MoranRob DelaneyJulie Chance,  Conor O’BrienNial ConlanWallis BirdAdrian CrowleyTegan QuinEllie MacnamaraSteve RyanMumblin 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.