Hello, world. I’m MacDara Conroy, and this is my blog.


Raheny is my home area; the poor sequence change on that traffic island is a relatively recent phenomenon > @pmonahanjr7 #tweet


Seriously, though, what’s the necessity for an Oxford comma if there’s no ambiguity for it to clear up? > @guardian #tweet


OK, with Unyielding Love on the bill I’m really gonna try and make the Dublin show now > @dmepromotions #tweet


I’m a big fan of WWE doing the #RoyalRumble in baseball parks, with the smaller dugout entrance set. Hope it’s more than just a two-year thing > @MacDara #tweet


Just saw two robins having a style battle on a neighbour’s wall #tweet


Justice Pain main evented the first indie show I ever attended, IWW’s debut matinee in Tallaght > @combatzone #tweet


Had to root around for change for the customs charge (which is the final insult) but I finally have this, five weeks after it was posted from the States > @MacDara #tweet


Funny story here: on Monday I filed a missing item report with An Post and queried the retailer again. Later that day, after weeks in limbo, the parcel magically reappeared on tracking > @MacDara #tweet


Much delayed new episode of Enlarged Heart Radio is now sequenced; just needs a few links and it’ll be ready to go. Keep and eye/ear out for it tomorrow #tweet


Spinning my wheels against some IT issues this morning so I think I’ll go for a walk #tweet


So… it turns out ‘refund protection’ is kind of a scam? Anyway, if Jawbox’s Electric Ballroom gig sells out I’ll have a ticket to flog online > @MacDara #tweet


Film review — Terminator: Dark Fate

I imagine a bunch of saddo men have moaned about the new Terminator requel (a new word I just made up*, a portmanteau of reboot and sequel) that it’s too political or feminist or whatever. Which is of course ignorant of the fact that the franchise is inherently political — Government contractors messing about with rogue AI? That’s politics, bozos! — and that since the second film, a woman kicking ass as much as if not more than the men has been kind of central to its thing. More…


Film review — Violent Cop

It’s remarkable enough that Takeshi Kitano made a film this good on his first go. But knowing he fell into the job by accident when Kinji Fukasaku had to pull out? That’s just taking the piss, like. More…


Listening to the new Raspberry Bulbs (it’s out next month) and wondering why so few bands (maybe only them?) have made black metal swing #tweet


My weather apps don’t agree but I feel like the temperature’s dropped a few degrees in the last hour or so #tweet


Enjoyed the Freud/Yeats show at IMMA today before it closed, fourth time lucky! It reinforced how much I love Jack B Yeats’ work, and why I don’t particularly care for Lucian Freud > @MacDara #tweet


I’ve done that thing where I put something in a ‘safe place’ and now I cannot remember where that place is #tweet


That’s some frost out there this morning #tweet


Film review — Stoker

There’s a bit in this film where Mia Wasikowska’s character comes to a stunning realisation, and the camera tilts to bring a lampshade fixture on the wall behind into frame: a literal lightbulb moment. I didn’t know whether to laugh or run away to join the circus. More…


Saturday Night’s Main Event, January ‘86: Hogan wearing blue trunks and busting out the Axe Bomber like he’s working for Inoki #tweet


Watching this four-way main event from last week’s NXT and Keith Lee is the only guy I connect with, he’s the only one of this group who’s got IT #tweet


The big secret they don’t want to tell you about delivery drivers blocking footpaths, cycle lanes, etc is that no provision was ever made for them to park anywhere else. On foot? On a bike? The man doesn’t care #tweet


STILL waiting for mine to show up, it’s been weeks now. Parcels from the US to Ireland just don’t take that long > @RingsideC #tweet


Film review — Demonlover

Watched this based on its thematic comparisons with Videodrome (it’s kind of that crossed with In the Company of Men, if you want my facile elevator pitch) and… nah, not my bag. Too long and meandering for an espionage thriller, not engaging enough to work as a mood piece — and then in its final few minutes it devolves into some kind of live-action video game, which was probably interpreted at the time as saying something about yadda yadda but it’s nothing more than a provocative stylistic wheeze. Blah. More…


There’s so much that deadens the soul about the chain of events on Wilton Terrace yesterday, but the one that really gets me is, why wouldn’t you check the tent first? What brings someone to that place? > @MacDara #tweet


I was only listening to this album earlier today. Let’s see how much the shipping costs… > @Bandcamp #tweet


They could’ve waited till after the register deadline; it’s a calculatedly crooked move IMO #GE2020 #tweet


My name is MacDara, it’s Irish – yet Irish people seem to have the hardest time accepting it’s my first name, not my surname > @MarcusCVance #tweet


Watching this week’s NXT and Bee finally cracked it: Damien Priest is the wrestling Lenny Kravitz #tweet


Good job I wasn’t planning to go to that Body Void gig tonight as they only get on stage when my last bus home is leaving #tweet


Ticket sorted for Jawbox at Whelan’s. Who else is going? #tweet


Man, I should’ve pitched this one! That Unwound box set is one of my better purchases. What a band > @Bandcamp #tweet


Paging @electricalsband (and looks like I’m getting a refund on my London ticket) > @jawboxofficial #tweet


Mixer (or its power supply, or both) still very much dead. Refund on the way, and support ticket lodged with the manufacturer so let’s see how that goes… > @MacDara #tweet


Film review — Videodrome

David Cronenberg must think back on this film, nearly 40 years after the fact, and get chills. Not so much for the prescience of the themes (the deleterious effects of life mediated through screens, sure, alongside hefty slices of transhumanism, dark enlightenment and totalitarian tendencies) but because his extremist depictions more or less came true. More…


Ordered new shoes that should’ve been here by now. Just checked the tracking and it says ‘Unable to deliver - Not In’ at 8.10am this morning, when I was very much awake and would’ve heard a knock on the door @Postvox #tweet


Anyone I know have a Behringer Xenyx Q802 mixer? Mine appears to have died literally a minute after plugging it in. Troubleshooting tips would be appreciated #tweet