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

Date: March 2020

Only the expensive Odlums flour at my nearest Tesco this afternoon. Budget-conscious shoppers still getting screwed over in all of this #tweet

Just like clockwork, the return of sunny days brings an end to our stable broadband connection #tweet

The woozy guitar tone on the latest Mamaleek album is my new jam #tweet

One more LP arrival in today’s post: the new reissue of Cocteau Twins’ Garlands #tweet

You know what I’m gonna do? I’m gonna watch Ken Burns’ Baseball #tweet

Film review — Chuck

I have nowt to say about this movie, except two things: one, I’d forgotten Chuck Wepner had a boxer-versus-wrestler match with Andre the Giant; and two, you’re telling me the casting director couldn’t find anyone who looked even a little bit like Muhammad Ali? More…

Film review — First Love

There’s a sweet romance at the core of this genre-mashup Yakuza flick, but Takashi Miike’s First Love is really all about the comedy of errors as its rogue’s gallery of characters — bent cops, inept gangsters and even bungling brain doctors — flail around Tokyo after hours. More…

Watched Vivarium earlier today, and I did not get on with it. But it did make me stick on XTC’s Drums and Wires for a listen #tweet

It was weird enough I was watching Minoru Suzuki wrestling live in a Tokyo shopfront, but then YouTube just removed it for violating terms of service. What? #tweet

Anyone even thinking about clogging up the shops today to hoard stuff: you can still go to the supermarket whenever, they explicitly said no restrictions on that, don’t you pay attention??!! #tweet

Where’s the ambition? I was expecting they’d announce it’s SEVEN nights by now > @KayfabeNews #tweet

New restrictions seem just a reiteration of the previous, but emphasised for the plonkers not heeding them already #tweet

The big shopping centre was eerily empty. If it weren’t for the chemist, supermarket and phone shops, it’d be like Dawn of the Dead. Or Point Square #tweet

TakeOver Dublin’s pushed back to October, but even October is looking ambitious IMHO > @aikenpromotions #tweet

My gold vinyl copy of the new Horse Lords album just arrived and it’s beautiful (also, expect parcels to be about three days late like this was, for obvious reasons) #tweet

Stuck on Animal Crossing Wild World for the first time in, like, a decade and I found this in my mailbox #image

Confirmed: part of Stuart Gordon’s Space Truckers was filmed down the road from the house I grew up in (and a bit at the Wood Quay Civic Offices, too) > irelandsmovies.wordpress.com #tweet

Film review — Space Truckers

This was made at Ardmore in Wicklow (with a scattering of other locations: I spotted the Civic Offices, and maybe Dollymount Strand?) and I remember the buzz as if we’d scored some big Hollywood production (Dennis Hopper! Stephen Dorff! Names we’ve heard of!) when in reality it was a cheap and cheerful slice of post-Charles Band space-ploitation. Critics absolutely piled on it at the time, but there’s really a lot to love. More…

Now watching Space Truckers, and I’d forgotten that reputed Minutemen fan George Wendt was in it #tweet

There was a dog in the garden by the postbox and I had to pet it #tweet

Posting my Seanad ballot later on. If you’re eligible and haven’t done it yet, I’d suggest you get on that as the deadline is next Monday #tweet

I envy people who can just, like, watch movies or stream a whole series right now, because I can’t #tweet

Just heard from the brother of this man, and he’s in hospital; doctors say his condition is improving. I’m so relieved. You have no idea > @MacDara #tweet

Watching the Stardom show live on YouTube now and I’ve never been so happy to see Korakuen Hall so empty #tweet

I did not expect the Minutemen to be fans of DAF given the closest they got to using electronics was a LinnDrum. But when you listen it makes sense #tweet

Film review — Beetlejuice

A few things to note here, having watched this for the first time in donkey’s years: there’s a set-up, but basically no real plot, it’s more an experience than a movie; it does not out-stay its welcome, all wrapped up in a neat 90 minutes; and Michael Keaton is the GOAT. More…

I already felt sorry for my American friends because, well. But now I really feel sorry for them #tweet

Fantastic news – and I know many labels are continuing to waive their revenue shares for the rest of the month to support their rosters > @Bandcamp #tweet

Getting out on my bicycle for the first time in five weeks (b/c of my ear thing) to do the shopping and steer as clear from other people as possible > @MacDara #tweet

Remember people complaining about January being long? I hate to break it to you, but there’s still more than a week left of March #tweet

Before anyone gets any smart ideas, April Fool’s Day is NOT fucking happening this year #tweet

Leave the numbers to the experts, there are too many variables at play. All we can do is heed the advice and consider how our behaviour affects others. It’ll be better for all our health #tweet

If it doesn’t help casuals or freelancers who’ve lost some but not all work, then it won’t count > @rtenews #tweet

Asthma kills. 20 years ago this summer, a guy I once worked with died from an asthma attack while cycling home. Take it seriously > @AGlasgowGirl #tweet

Every Chinese takeaway bar one in Dundalk is closed on Just Eat. And the one that is open refused my order #tweet

Braun Strowman’s accountant: Oh I’m sorry, dude; you only get paid when you work, brother #tweet

Changed my password on a work VPN last night and then freaked out about not being able to log in for my shift today, in case you’re wondering how my morning is going #tweet

Supposed to be limiting our social contact but if it takes multiple walks to the shops to find loo rolls, then what’s the fucking point, eh? > @MacDara #tweet

The Flying Luttenbachers’ Greatest Hits is name-your-price @Bandcamp — and remember all revenue today goes to the artists (h/t @JeffTreppel) > @MacDara #tweet

An old man collapsed in front of me on my road about an hour ago. Just slumped to the ground. I rang 999, ambulance arrived really quickly. No pulse, last I heard before they lifted him in > @MacDara #tweet

DNS weirdness for me this morning: phone and laptop connected to same Wi-FI network; sites work fine on laptop (Chrome) but connection immediately refused on phone (also Chrome) > @MacDara #tweet

Despair is setting in now. Getting sick is the least of my worries #tweet

Everyone (mostly comedians) retweeting that thread about the Tories not being genocidal (their word, not mine) is getting unfollowed. Like come on, just accept you have actively malevolent leadership ffs #tweet

How’s the panic-buying in British supermarkets? I get the impression it’s a lot worse than here, where things have calmed down and we’re just waiting for the regular restocks #tweet

WrestleMania at the Performance Center… why even bother having it at all? #tweet

A while from now, when Q1 results come in, so many stocks are going to tank like no one can remember why profits were so far below projections… #tweet

#NowPlaying A Certain Ratio - Sextet (orange LP version) #tweet