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


Date: January 2022

I didn’t realise that acts on indie labels can get a higher streaming pay rate due to their fairer artist/label agreements > @electricalWSOP #tweet

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I’ll admit it, hearing D Boon’s guitar ring out during the Royal Rumble brought a tear to my eye #tweet

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Film review — Dirty Ho

Once it finally coalesces into a plot, this becomes tremendous stuff. But even up to that point it makes for a decent comedy. More…

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This came out yesterday and it’s really hitting the spot tonight > @MacDara #tweet

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Another bump for the latest edition of Enlarged Heart Radio. Excuse the hollow mic sound; I’m running it thru my mixer and it’s quite sensitive. Might need a blanket for the next one > @MacDara #tweet

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TFW you preorder a book out 28 January but even though it’s ‘in stock’ they won’t send me mine until the end of February? Like, WTF? #tweet

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I long for the days when the worst thing I knew about Joe Rogan is that he never looks at his monitor when he’s commentating #tweet

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Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, yeah yeah. What would really hit is someone like Olivia Rodrigo pulling her songs from Spotify #tweet

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Ugh, fixed it this morning by forcing a library sync. The cloud ‘error’ dialog boxes last night were not in any way helpful to solving the issue > @MacDara #tweet

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The Music app had been behaving lately but yep, it just ‘forgot’ all my music again so I have to reimport 160GB of files fml > @MacDara #tweet

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Ah, the days of trying to follow WCW on UTV. More often than not, it just wouldn’t appear on Saturday afternoons; the Night Time slot was more reliable > @johnlister #tweet

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I successfully avoided Twitter all day so last night’s Dynamite would not be spoiled for me #tweet

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Vladimir in the crowd has already made this GCW show for me and I’ve only watched the preshow #tweet

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Won an award at work today. First time anything like that’s happened since I had ‘most accurate till’ in the HMV Xmas sales > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Demonic

The germ of a good idea (‘virtual reality exorcism’ has a lot of potential) is lost within a poorly fleshed-out script and student-film, make-do execution. It’s too late now, Blomkamp, you blew it. More…

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Film review — Dollman Vs Demonic Toys

What a mess. Some of the set pieces here betray at least the notion of enthusiasm, but at some point early on Charles Band must have got bored and settled for cobbling together a bunch of random half-assed takes till it made up a contractually obligated hour. It’s only remarkable for having an incredibly sleazy denouement, and for the soundtrack keeping that glam metal flame alive when grunge had long since conquered the industry. More…

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Can’t be arsed attaching the pic, but why are those pub “lads” dressed like farmers? It’s feckin’ Glasnevin #tweet

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Film review — Demonic Toys

They kind of just threw everything at the wall with this one, didn’t they? An extended riff on the opening to Child’s Play with nods and winks aplenty to the Elm Street series, The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby… it’s a lot, and somehow a lot less than the sum of its parts. More…

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Film review — Dollman

“Hey man, the script is great! A cop the size of a doll! Where does Band come up with this stuff? But, uh, it’s running a little short…”

“No problem, I’ll just copy-paste ‘fuck’ a few hundred times. That should do it.” More…

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We Irish people have a seemingly limitless capacity for denial. And I’m not just talking about the obvious #tweet

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You know what? I’m gonna bide my time on this one. Because if you believe this is over, I’ve got a bridge to sell you… > @MichealLehane #tweet

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I see you, guy in the Q And Not U T-shirt in the front row at Dynamite #tweet

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My replacement sleeve for this one finally arrived (cheers @thrilljockey). Guess it’d been sitting on a post office shelf for the past two months > @MacDara #tweet

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“Hüsker Dü begat Foo Fighters” shouldn’t be that surprising; Pat Smear worked at the SST Superstore, after all > @it_will #tweet

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I don’t like cricket so much that I’m willing to pay Sky subscription prices, but I did just spend the last 10 minutes holding my breath following the Ireland vs West Indies live score tracker #tweet

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Bee saved the day with her South African power strip! Beats have been happening > @MacDara #tweet

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Film review — Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

I can’t help but see this as a genre-specific deep-dive companion piece to Mark Cousins’ The Story of Film project. It’s clearly made by someone with a solid sense of the sociopolitical context of horror (I was going to say ‘horror cinema’, but this covers plenty of made-for-TV productions in its wide remit) and interprets folk horror in particular as an idea that varies depending on its cultural milieu (in Britain, age against youth, urban against rural and so on; but a post-colonial spectre in America and Australia) yet sharing common threads, like the tension between ‘tradition’ and ‘progress’. More…

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Film review — Crippled Avengers

Not the most enlightened premise in this day and age. But the pace is near breathless, and the choreography truly exceptional. Like, Rogers-and-Astaire-but-kung-fu good. More…

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Michael ‘Penny Sweets’ Hayes #tweet

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