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Dublin & Joyce



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I’m writing this while watching a video of Noel Gallagher, Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon with Paul Weller inexplicably on drums all playing Tender together during a Teenage Cancer Trust benefit gig, which looks as weird as it sounds. Noel’s even playing it the same way he plays guitar in all his solo gigs, all reverbed acoustic strumming. One way or another it’s a fairly amazing sight that, we can only speculate, may well herald the triumphant and overdue return of Britpop, which is quite clearly what’s been missing in the soulless modern music scene.

03 The Siren’s Guide to..

The 80’s

04 All is not lost

05 Panic at the underage disco

A R T S 07 Things to do in The Big Shmoke

reslin Ciaran B Editor Music

And the shark has been jumped

The week before mid term I got involved in the soulless modern music scene by going to see Cyril Hahn in the Button Factory, which was extremely enjoyable. I can’t really remember anything he played except No Scrubs by TLC and, to universal lack of surprise but equally universal delight, Say My Name. His brand of infectious remixes was pretty rapturously received, and he’s already scheduled to return for an appearance as part of the (fairly underwhelming I think) line up for Forbidden Fruit. Longitude and Body and Soul look a better bet to me. Also, only a matter of weeks after Jaime xx cancelled his sold out gig, I was all geared up to see Yo La Tengo in Vicar Street on Saturday when they cancelled that morning because of the weather. To make matters worse, the bit at the bottom of the Luas track in Dundrum where I live was flooded that day, and got my feet awful wet. So really I’m fairly bitter about the weather in general, but I quite like Cyril Hahn.

09 The genius of Hitchcock

FASHION 10 Carrying Winter ‘12 to Spring ‘13

11 Style Icon

Marrion Cotillard

Chic/Eek Irish Design to Anne Hathaway

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CONTRIBUTORS Sophie McDonald Chris Becton Elaine McDonald Jane Cowen Se·n O Reilly Darragh OíConnor Anninka E. Barry Erin Dunleavy

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I’ve a confession to make. I’ve recently become addicted to The Carrie Diaries. The show is basically a prequel to Sex and the City – as Carrie insists on telling us at the start of each episode; “before there was sex... before there was the city... there was just me.” – this isn’t particularly relevant, it’s just an attempt at grabbing an instant audience. Carrie and her pals are living their lives in 1980s Connecticut when Carrie starts an internship in the Big Apple; cue parties, drugs, non-attempts at sexual encounters, and a clusterfuck of 1980s fashion and music references. The show is pretty awful. There’s no escaping that fact. Yet, like Pretty Little Liars, Gossip Girl and all that Made in Chelsea style nonsense I’m addicted. I thought it could just be that I’m jealous of how dramatic their lives are in comparison to my own attempts at teenage rebellion but then in true Bradshaw style I started to wonder... Perhaps the reason we love to watch shit TV shows is to make us appreciate how normal our own lives are, to put into perspective any small troubles we may be having. After all, what does a bit of study stress have on your possibly gay boyfriend finding out that you regularly ride the hot cop your dad employees? If that question doesn’t keep you pondering for a good few hours, then flick on through to Arts and check out our selection of Don’t Miss This! events and Elaine McDonald’s suggestions of what to do in the big shmoke. Live life Carrie style and bring along your best gal pals and that cute new boy you’re flirting with. Just remember to always live honestly: “Exposed secrets are like hand grenades. If you hang on to them too long, they explode in your face.” My god, I wish I was that smart at 16. Stay artsy UCD.

Fashion books are usually hugely expensive coffee table tomes high on imagery and low on words. These books are aspirational. They show us something beautiful yet almost attainable, due to the fact that what you see in editorial images or advertising shots are made for people to buy. The books themselves are also attractive. They look good on a table, a few stacked on top of each other. In buying a book on Dior or Chanel you are buying into the brand somewhat, don’t these book have logo’s emblazoned on them just like make-up or a bag or jacket? While these books are endearing in many ways, there is a distinct lack of information or storytelling in most examples. While more informative books are available online, bookshops have little to nothing if you want to learn about something more specific than the look of a particular designer or era. I think this is one of the reasons why fashion appears frivolous to many people. What is publicised, in magazines as well as books, is never the commerce, craft, finance, or psychology behind fashion; it is always the surface – a beautiful image. One book which informs as well as inspires is ‘The Beautiful Fall’ by Alicia Drake. She tells the story of Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, from when the two first met as teenagers after winning the International Woolmark prize in 1954, up until 1989. The book manages to capture you in its glamour, while still being massively informative and impressively researched.


Album Reviews


Yo La Tengo - Fade


’m reviewing this album on the back of a week of listening eagerly to it in anticipation of seeing legendary Hoboken trio in Vicar Street, which was heartbreakingly cancelled the morning of the gig. Yo La Tengo are typically thought of as a quintessentially cult band, like Pavement or The Fall or Of Montreal. That label seems, as for each of these four bands, to be earned largely through a specific stylistic trajectory which combines elements of iconoclasm, experimentalism and individuality with a broad creative palette and, often, superior

technical ability. Each band too, as well as building up a more devoted and enduring following than many of their more popular contemporaries, flirted to varying degrees of success with mainstream stardom. For Yo La Tengo, this period came with the couple of albums in the early 1990’s, culminating in the stonewall classic I Can Hear The Heart Beating As One. On that album, It seemed as though their early more experimental, shoegazy quirkiness that served to hone and test the bands artistic parameters throughout the 90’s had finally fallen directly on the batch of songs marked “mainstream popular appeal”. From that point, there are two directions an indie band a fair few albums in can go. Either towards stadium filling superstardom by isolating whatever they were doing on their breakthrough album and replicating it (“selling out” as more snobbish fans might term it). Call this, “The Kings of Leon Technique”. Or, the

much less financially rewarding option, refuse to become creatively stagnant and continue to experiment and make music they feel is interesting and original but potentially less accessible. I.e., become a cult band. There’s nothing inherently more noble in either option and ill informed musical elitism is one of the most unattractive traits going, but that said, as much as I enjoyed Aha Shake Heartbreak when I was 16, I’m not sitting around listening to Come Around Sundown (I had to look up what that was called) these days. Instead, I’m returning to YLT with Fade which is a delightful addition to a back catalogue that is rich in depth, style and charm. Lead single Ohm is classic YLT (in as much as that means anything) in its fuzzy shimmering guitars and lush harmonies. It’s exactly the kind of upbeat bouncy tune, underpinned by real musical craftsmanship that I was dying to hear swell around

ers. As I said, deliberately not embracing the chance to chase mainstream popularity is not, in itself, commendable or heroic. However, consistently producing interesting and idiosyncratically beautiful albums, is. Yo La Tengo have been a consistently welcome fixture in alternative music for so long (since 1986) that, in some ways, there are no battles left to win. This should not put them beyond proper considered critical appraisal, and if Fade has any faults it might be the sense that YLT never really get out of first gear, that they’re just making the kind of music that comes so fluidly and easily to them. But really, read that back and it’s as much a complement as a criticism. Fade sees no signs of Yo La Tengo enacting their title, instead they just continue to operate to their own inimitable standard. And I’m still furious I missed them in Vicar Street.

Vicar Street. Similarly, Paddle Forward is the kind of song that, with a cleaner (not a positive thing necessarily) production and a shoutier, more confrontational voice could have been a minor hit for someone like, say, Weezer or even Green Day. Is That Enough showcases a tasteful and delicate use of strings combined with Ira Kaplans familiar enunciated and melodic baritone which to my ear, on this track more than ever, sounds exactly like David Kitt. The stylistic spectrum remains as enjoyably varied as ever. Equally satisfying is Georgia Hubley’s voice, one of the great promises of any YLT album, which is still as beautifully delicate, mysterious and iconic as ever, standing out as clear as a bell amongst the woozy guitars of Cornelia and Jane. Situating YLT as a kind of anti-KOL for the sake of a handy critical reference point is, while obviously partly facetious, a bit unfair really, and a disservice to Caleb Followill and his broth-

By Ciaran Breslin

The Siren’s definitive guide to…The 80’s There’s probably a few of you who were alive during the 1980s. Not me though, my entire musical knowledge of that period extends solely from excessive levels of playing GTA: Vice City as ten year old. This naturally makes me the wisest person available to compile this (believe me not many people were available), the most definitive of lists to the 1980s.

Jan Hammer- Crockett’s Theme Miami Vice was allegedly a good TV show, back in the day. This is irrelevant as Jan Hammer created one of the most influential theme songs ever. It never hit number one in the UK or US but these fine details are irrelevant as it got the big one; yes, it was number one in the Netherlands for four weeks. You know you’ve hit it big when the Netherlands want a piece of you.

Notable Omissions...

By Chris Becton

Talking Heads- Once in a Lifetime This is in here partly because it is one of the greatest tracks of the 1980s, but mainly because I wanted an excuse to mention Brian Eno. He’s great.

Duran Duran- Rio

Today the video amounts to very little sense as a logical progression of events. All that makes sense is Simon LeBon, his suit, his boat and this being a great piece of 1980s synthpop.

Cameo- Word Up That red codpiece… the handle bar moustache… this was the 1980s, nobody seemed to bat an eyelid at these pieces of… err… fashion?

The WaterboysWhole of the Moon As this list is in no way democratically decided, I have no shame in saying this is my favourite song of the 1980s. I knew this when I was two (genuinely) and it’ll be no truer on the day I kick the bucket.

Michael Jackson- Thriller I recall being terrified as a child the first time I saw the video for this song, and for several years a youth I wasn’t sure if Michael Jackson’s plastic surgery had some linkage to the zombie make up. I had to be reassured it did not. In all seriousness I could have put any Michael Jackson song in here as he truly defined the decade.

Nena and her 99 Luftballons, Phil C ollins, per v y Sting and the Police, David B owie, Salt N’ Pepa.

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All is not lost So, it’s week eight. We’re not sure how it happened either, but here we are. Midterm is well and truly over. Final exams draw nearer, instilling fear into the hearts of all who are registered for them. The sun seems to have emigrated with the masses. There just doesn’t seem to be much to keep us going. Well fear not, because we at The Siren are here for you. Here’s some very highly anticipated albums, so hang in there. All is not lost. Daft Punk Random Access Memories

The Flaming Lips – Terror

Sigur Ros KVeiKUr


The French electronic duo are back (finally). Following on from their 2005 offering, “Human After All,” the new studio album contains 13 original tracks. A little over two weeks ago, viewers of Saturday Night Live were treated to a 15 second clip of a new track by the twosome, remaining true to their always slightly ambiguous public personas. The album is set to be released on May 21st.

Set to be released on April 16th, the new album has been described (by Steven Drozd, no less) as “a mood that might possibly suggest elements of Popul Vuh, Silver Apples and Suicide,” which sounds scary and great at the same time. The band performed the new album at SXSW in Austin this month, receiving mixed reviews.

Known for their surging ambient ballads (used in every television advert, ever) the Icelandic post-rock band are releasing their seventh studio album – not long after the release of Valtari last year. The band seem to be taking a darker, slightly more gothic route with the new material, as is evident from the video for “Brennisteinn,” (directed by Andrew Huang). June 18th is it’s proposed release date.

Silly Amazon. As a result of an error on their site, the entire track list (including track names and featured artists) was leaked. On April 1st, Tyler’s third studio album will officially be released worldwide. Boasting the usual Odd Future crew, Frank Ocean, Mike G and Domo Genesis – it also features collaborations with Dave Matthews, Erykah Badu and Stereolab.

Major Lazer – Free the Universe

The National – Trouble Will Find Me

Iggy and the Stooges – Ready to Die

Beyonce – Mrs Carter

This beauty was supposed to have a December 2012 release date but due to “this hiccup” and a desire for the album to be “stronger,” frontman Diplo and gang decided to postpone it until April 12th. “Gang” being the operative word, as this album has over 31 contributors – including Santigold, Flux Pavillion, Bruno Mars and... Shaggy. Yes, Shaggy. Sold.

Their new album will be released May 21st and they’re going on a summer tour with The Dirty Projectors and Youth Lagoon. Life is good for The National, especially after the resounding success of High Violet. In an interview with The Gothamist, drummer Bryan Devendorf said the new material “sounds like the same band, but I think we’ve definitely made some moves that we haven’t made in the past.”

Iggy Pop has been doing some great PR for his new album with the Stooges, which is set to be release on April 30th. In a recent statement Iggy said “this is not the f***ing Smashing Pumpkins, we’ve got the bald guy and whoever. No. The only thing I really have left to say is the Stooges are a real group.” Oh, and he dressed up as a scarecrow in another video.

There is no definite release date for B’s fifth studio album, but it will be sometime this year. Already building a good head of online steam, with a “leaked” tracklist and the controversial lyrics of “Bow Down,” someone is getting a bonus for the marketing of this album.

The Black Keys – TBC

Kid Cudi – Indicud

Lady Gaga – ARTPOP

30 Seconds to Mars – Love Lust Faith + Dreams

Realistically, The Black Keys could chill out for a year or two. But four Grammies and El Camino going platinum just seems to be standard for the guys. They told Uncut “We’re going to start making the new album in the second week of January and we’re hoping to have it done by some time in March ... The record isn’t written yet, we’ll do it when we get into the studio.”

Cudi is a great man for Twitter, and it’s here that he has been implementing his one-man marketing campaign for his new album, set to be released on April 23rd. “Album turnt in, spirit turnt up. 4th studio album wrapped. Mission impossible accomplished. Hope u all love it as much as I do,” he tweeted on March 19th. We’ll forgive his awful grammar/spelling – because this is album is going to be good, said to be featuring Kanye, MGMT and Kendrick Lamar.

Her manager reportedly said that her new album (set to come out some time this year) is “very, very refreshing,” saying she continues to “push the envelope.” Well she pushed something, because she recently had to cancel her American tour as she needed to get .. hip surgery.

On March 1st, 30 Seconds to Mars released their new single “Up In the Air” from Cape Canaveral to the International Space Station in... Space? Anyway, the album is officially release here on Earth on May 2oth and it promised to be out of this world. (sorry)


Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, Ed Adition: Phoenix, Foster the People, Goldfrapp, The Glitch Mob, The Goo Goo Dolls, Azealia Banks, Queens of the Stone Age, The Vines and eh, Hilary Duff.

By Kathryn Toolan



Panic! At The Underage Disco Sophie McDonald retrospectively examines the teenage infatuation with emo music and how it informs our tastes later in life


t’s unsurprising that most of us want to forget our fifteen year old selves. All fifteen year olds are terrible, tasteless creatures, after all, aren’t they? Even the hippest of us were embarrassing wrecks at that age. But don’t we get nostalgic for the times that some of us, regardless of gender, shopped in Clare’s accessories and dreamed about a world where our parents would let us dye our hair crazy colours and where band t-shirts didn’t cost so much? Apparently Fall Out Boy are cashing in on this nostalgia and reforming – I heard their newest (lacklustre) offering on Nova the other day. My Chemical Romance have just finished their “Conventional Weapons” series, which is equally lacklustre. So how can we say “It’s not a good as their previous work” when we feel obligated to be embarrassed by once liking these flippy-fringed bands in the first place? Okay, the obvious use of the fantastical and the melodramatic as themes in these songs can seem REALLY silly to your average early 20’s student. But do you remember when you were in the throes of that humiliation called puberty? Remember those early experiences and rejections by your preferred sex? Remember how inexplicably mad you were at your parents? Yes, you were fifteen. For some of us, every emotion we felt was verging on the apocalyptic. And cranking up our old iPod Nano headphones and screaming the “do or die” bridge from the ridiculous (and if I’m to be honest about what my heart says, kind of magnificent) “Welcome To The Black Parade”, at a bedroom full of the conflict of childhood and being ‘cool’, made us feel that bit better. And what of those who genuinely went through teenage depression, and to whom the ‘carry on’ message actually spoke? Is

it fair to dismiss their genuine struggle as “emo attention-seeking”? Is it awful that a song can save a life? I know a man who is fifty years old who says that the obscure gem, “Theme From Subway Sue” by Pavlov’s Dog has taken him through some by no means trivial situations. Surely we cannot be expected to be ashamed that before we could heal ourselves with Sprigsteenesque night time drives and writing quippy screenplays on our Macbooks, or bitching on Tumblr, we had this weird, ostensibly wonderful, heart-on-sleeve music? Not everyone liked it, of course, but what did they do at fifteen? Listen to Westlife? Should we wish shame on us all, not just those of us who wore more eyeliner in one day than some fashionistas do in a week? The point is, no music should ever be a guilty pleasure, be it Britney Spears or the Black Veil Brides. If you think about it, we all once thought that Barney and the Morbegs were the height of sophisticated television. Hell, I’ll go out on a limb and admit in print that for about twenty minutes I fancied Edward Cullen. I was fourteen and got over it quickly when I realised I was being a dolt. Nowadays in some circles it’s considered cool to wear Barbie themed jewellery and listen to N*Sync and Five. It’s considered ‘ironic’. Zooey Deschanel has now made it cool to like oldies country songs. It’s not something to feel guilty about. So let’s not feel guilty about having once liked – or for that matter, still liking – emo music. Let us reclaim our true preferences from hipsterish sensibilities of acceptability and enjoy without shame. “Won’t explain, or say I’m sorry, I’m unashamed…” – “Welcome To The Black Parade”, My Chemical Romance.

Ludovico Einaudi- In a Time Lapse


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By Chris Becton

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Between now and Bloomsday on June 16th Joyceans can rejoice with the host of events organised, reading and bringing Ulysses to life - in the places it happened. Come along to these curious six and you’ll end up in locations and positions from the big book, and explore the delicious underbelly of Joyce’s world. All courtesy of the Bloomsday Survival Kit.

ON Tuesday 2nd April why not head to the pub for a fight! We’ll gather in the atmospheric McNeils Music Pub on Capel Street to hang out with the bar flies and banter our way through the first half of Chapter 12, Cyclops.

On Tuesday 26th March at 7pm head to Boteco Brazil next to the Ormond Hotel. Join two delightful barmaids for a sing a long around the old piana! It’s Chapter 11, the one with the fart!

Meet at 7pm: McNeils Music Pub on Capel Street. Bring: a copy of Ulysses if you have it and your Bloomsday Survival Kit if you’re lucky enough to possess one. You’ll read from: the first half of Chapter 12 from Ulysses, Cyclops: The One with the fight Cost: There’ll be a bowler hat at the end for donations.

Meet at 7pm: Boteco Brazil, to the right of the Ormond Hotel. This little gem has a green-painted frontage and used to be called the Ormond Wine Bar. Bring: a copy of Ulysses if you have it and your Bloomsday Survival Kit if you’re lucky enough to possess one. You’ll read from: Chapter 11 from Ulysses. The One with the Fart (Sirens). Cost: There’ll be a bowler hat at the end for donations.



Michael Groden, Me. And me now: Writing About a Life with Ulysses

Professor Michael Groden of the University of Western Ontario will deliver his talk “Me. And me now: Writing About a Life with Ulysses” at 5.30pm on Monday 6th May 2013. As always, the talks are FREE but advance booking is required – simply call 01-8788547 or email to book your seat. When: Where: Cost:

May 6, 2013 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm The James Joyce Centre 35 North Great George’s Street FREE



And the sha rk ha s been j um p ed When Henry Winkler as Arthur Fonzarelli in Happy Days strapped on a set of water skis and literally jumped over a shark a catch phrase was born. Technically the catchphrase wasn’t coined until a decade later but describing the latest antics on a floundering TV show as “jumping the shark” is the death knell ringing. Basically, as much as you may not want to admit it, that show needs off your telly box and fast. Conor Fox picks out some of our favourite shark jumping shows, and one that juuuust managed to reign itself in.

Things to do in

The OC

(2003 – 2007)

By Elaine McDonald When you think of interesting places Paris or Rome probably, spring to mind yet Dublin is not without its cultural charms either. Put aside the gimmicks of the Guinness Storehouse and Molly Malone (the amount of tourists with their faces buried in her bosom on St. Patrick’s day was practically alarming) and you’ll find a whole variety of secluded, unique and distinctly charming sights and activities right outside your front door- and no, Coppers is not one of them. Moreover, there is a variety of pocket-friendly opportunities for those low on funds.

If you want to send me hate tweets for including The OC here; that’s fine. Haters gonna hate and all that. Hear me out though. Can you honestly say that you didn’t mutter a little under your breath or release a massive “WHAT?” when Marissa murdered Trey? – set to Imogen Heap’s mournful ‘Hide and Seek’ no less. Cue Marissa dying, Ryan cage-fighting, Summer going green and Seth… well Seth is the one redemption of the fourth season. When Taylor becomes your favourite character, you know shit has gotten cray.

Feeling fancy? Interested in art or film? Littlegreen is the place for you, allowing artists to display their works free of charge and compare with a variety of other local talent and is a potential springboard to make yourself known around the city. If you feel like dabbling in the arts this is a great way to do so and gain some experience. If you’re not that handy with a paintbrush you have a whole range of monthly events to avail of, including director events such as ‘Wes Anderson month’, not only screening their entire works but also looking at their backgrounds but also their more obscure artistic efforts. There are also interactive events such as ‘Bitch and Stitch’ nights encouraging you to learn the most basic of skills while having a good natter; it’s like a group therapy session with food and sharp objects - what better way to vent your feelings. These are fantastic to get you into a completely new area of interest or even to meet people of similar tastes; you can go alone and be assured that you will make new friends. The entry fee is generally nothing and is a great place to nurse a hangover; particularly over bank holiday weekends, they tend to show classic films such as ‘The Breakfast Club’, encouraging a bit of popcorn, banter and a shneaky pint.

A walk with a difference to say the least, Bully’s Acre is one of Dublin’s oldest cemeteries. Saturated with the bodies of Catholics due to the inhibiting effects of the Reformation upon Catholic practices, the site is claimed to have a history of hauntings and ethereal sightings - probably best to go during the day so. The most famous story attached to this plot of land concerns the Irish High King Brian Boru. He is reputed to have camped on this spot when facing the King of Leinster and his Viking mercenaries in the Battle of Clontarf on Good Friday in 1014. The battle resulted in a victory for the High King’s army, although Brian Boru himself lost his life when a group of fleeing Norsemen stumbled upon his tent and killed him. And so, the remains of the man himself are said to be buried here. Moreover, during the 18th and 19th century the acre also became known as a haunt of the body snatchers who were also referred to as the ‘sack-’em-up men’. If your life needs a little livening of the paranormal type this might just be the place for you. What you may think is the wind whistling to the trees may also be the Ghost of Brian Boru to tell you to stop trampling around on his face.


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If Student Races aren’t really your thing, here’s some other free (and not-so-free) events which should keep you busy for the next two weeks:

A Language Switcheroo Night

The Original Rudeboys

Due to the success of their last The lads return to the Olympia this language exchange night, the Delfin Saturday for what is promising to be English Language School are having one hell of a gig. Having just come another one, held in the Littlegreen from supporting The Script on their 3 Street Gallery in Smithfield. Language World Tour, it’s obvious that the Dubstudents looking to meet native speak- lin band are only going from strength ers must be up for some fun and a to strength, so best to catch them now midweek mingle, and with a free glass while you can. of sangria for all participants, I’m sure the conversation will be flowing. Check Tickets from €18-€20, the Olympia, out the Littlegreen Street Gallery’s FaMarch 30th cebook page for more information, on Odeon Movie Club - Weekly this event and other events the gallery regularly holds. Classic movies, big screens, comfy chairs. What more could you ask for? Littlegreen Street Gallery, The Odeon Movie Club is a weekly Smithfield, 27th March. thing, held every Thursday at the Old Harcourt St Station. No cover charge means the cinema fills up fairly fast, so book in advance if you want to be


(2004 – 2010)

30 Rock

Ah now. It’s hard to even pick one moment where this show lost (see what I did there?) the plot. I stopped watching around Season Five but recently attempted to catch up. I had to give up this time around on Season Three when “the black smoke” rose up and killed Mr. Eko. It’s possible this was explained in the final season but I just can’t go through the confusion again.


While 30 Rock hasn’t quite jumped the shark, it came pretty close in its 4th and 5th season. Tina Fey’s sharp witted swift moving parody of her time at SNL hit every note in its first three seasons. And then came Seasons Four and Five. 30 Rock added catchphrases, characterised favourite characters, and basically sold out – just like Liz Lemon fought against in-show. Let’s not speak of the live episode but instead focus on how Fey turned it around for the final two seasons with the final episode turning out to be one the best episodes.

guaranteed a seat. Food and drink can also be had, with cocktails from €5 and tasting plates from €6. Who needs the races when you can have this? Or, rather, what a way to quash a post-race hangover! Check out film listings on www.facebook. com/TheOdeon Free, Old Harcourt St. Station, Thursdays Carlingford National Leprechaun Hunt Okay, so I know this isn’t in Dublin, but come ON. The Leprechaun Hunt invites you all to Ireland’s last known leprechaun habitat, the Slieve Foy Mountain, Co. Louth, which, would you believe, was awarded a Special Protection area in 2010 for Little People by the EU. To celebrate this protec-

tion of the last 236 leprechauns in the whole of Ireland, Carlingford hosts this special event. No one is allowed to walk on the protected area, which is fenced off to protect the little guys, and 100 ceramic leprechauns are placed within a designate area with rewards under each one. To participate, hunters gather on the Carlingford Green between 1-2pm, purchase a hunting license for a fiver, and then follow the pipe band to the mountain gate. It has to be seen to be believed, with 3000 participants last year. All profits then go to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin. For more information, hit up €5, Carlingford Green, April 8th.

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6 0 S e co n d Society Elaine McDonald rolls up her sleeves to chat to auditor of DrawSoc, Sean McIvor. If your fingers are too fat to hold a paintbrush; keep on walking. What should someone expect from DrawSoc as a society? We are UCD’s only visual arts society. We have the practical side where we have set up a space in UCD where any student can come to enhance their practical skills in a laid-back environment with music and food; we are here to introduce the different mediums of art for new comers. We hold sketching trips and try to inform our members about art classes around Dublin! How does one join, is there an initiation process like chopping one’s ear off? I am quite fond of both of them.Is there an expected level of talent or can anyone join? Severed ears are always appreciated! For now it’s completely free to join; we are still unfortunately serving under unofficial status within the college which means we can’t properly set a membership fee which is good for members’ pockets but limits our supplies and ability to hold events. Anyone and everyone can join regardless of talent, the practical classes are casual and there is a big social aspect to them too, we are not here to critique each other’s work. What activities does the society engage in? Are your nights out spent drawing soup cans? We did BYOB life drawing once, which was such good craic, as well as going to Dr Sketchy’s, a burlesque anti-art school. I think these little twists on the conventional really make the art events more appealing for students; it is also a great way to make friends too. We are yet to have a proper Drawsoc night out, but we will be planning art-filled parties in the future so bring your own soup cans. The society has become quite popular around UCD, can we expect any major events or draw-offs in the upcoming months? The society’s popularity just proves how necessary visual arts is in college life, so I really hope UCD see that too. We have a few surprises up our sleeves for the end of the semester so expect big things! We are open to any ideas new members may have - this is only the beginning in bringing art back to UCD.

Just how genuinely generous are charitable celebrities? Jane Cowen asks just how philanthropic the A-list really are


elebrity culture is a huge part of today’s society- so much so that it’s a culture in itself. These people are the talented artistic and intellectuals of the world - and naturally have a hefty bank balance. Now we all want to be famous, or at least be famous for a day just to see what it’s like. I personally would withdraw an obscene amount of cash and roll around in it in my shiny black limo. But think of all the products and companies celebrities endorse. Remember Cheryl Cole as the ambassador for L’Oreal hair products telling you that you should buy this shampoo “because you’re worth it”? Basically she is saying buy this shampoo if you want to look as gorgeous as me; if not, fine. Stay ugly and unhappy. Nine times out of ten these celebrities never even use these products, they have just been approached with a large possible pay check and accept the job. Ok, so our celebrities face immense pressure from society to look fabulous each and every second of their lives; what about when they give back? Just recently Jessie J shaved her head in aid of Comic Relief and her new look was plastered over fan sites and Twitter instantly. Now you can say this was such a huge and noble sacrifice to make but consider the benefits for her image. She is propelling her likeability and popularity by encouraging people to donate to this worthy cause when

she could have just donated a million of her own money. However, by giving up her hair to encourage the public to donate she is increasing her fan base and showing her so-called generosity. In actual fact she is endorsing the charity which inspires true generosity from the public who, on the other hand, don’t have millions to roll around in at night. So how generous can stars be when it comes to good deeds? As Joey in Friends says “there’s no unselfish good deed”. Taylor Swift was named the most charitable celebrity of 2012 with her 4 million dollar donation to the Museum of Country Music. This kind of generosity might make the young starlit feel all warm and fuzzy inside to surrender such a fee but it did come from her pocket. This amount of money is not something the young superstar would even miss considering her huge success. Surely such a selfish good deed is better than the average citizen giving money they more than likely can’t afford? When you think about it that 4 million Swift donated was earned by the generosity of her devoted yet generally middle class fans. Her fame accumulates this obscene amount of money and why shouldn’t she give some of that back as many other celebrities have? Charity will always bring a self-esteem boost no matter who you are and giving no matter how big or small is always appreciated. Ok, this type of gesture did make both stars in questions feel good about themselves and promoted a good and giving image of themselves but Jessie J’s sacrifice was symbolic; Taylor Swift’s was literal. On the other hand, Taylor Swift will probably just go write a heart wrenching song about her million dollar giveaway and Jessie’s hair will just grow back and she’ll say no more about it. Perspective, it’s all about perspective!


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WINEByTIME Seán O Reilly

The Croods Director: Kirk DeMicco (Space Chimp) and Chris Sanders (How to Train Your Dragon) Starring: Nicholas Cage, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone

Plot: A family of cave-men (and women!) are threatened by an outsider who has started inventing new fangled things like “fire” and “shoes”. Shoes; they’ll never catch on. Why watch it? It’s entertaining to a certain level with Stone giving her trademark solid performance; fun family entertainment so try to bring a child with you. Why not watch it? Ryan Reynolds doesn’t get his top off.

Jack the Giant Slayer Director: Bryan Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns) Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Bill Nighy, Ewan McGregor

Plot: Based off of fairytales, ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ and ‘Jack the Giant Slayer’, the titular hero Jack must rescue a princess from a race of giants. Why does he need to rescue them? He accidentally opened a gate way into their world. Oh Jack. Why watch it? Hoult is a Skins alumnus so it could be interesting to see how he works outside of a sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll scenario. It’s meant to be better than The Hobbit – not that that would be difficult. Why not watch it? The story is bland and weighed down by special effects.

The Hardy Bucks Movie Director: Mike Cockayne Starring:...the Hardy Bucks.

Plot: The Hardy Bucks travel to Poland to support the Irish football team. Sure let’s just see what happens. Why watch it? It’s opening in 20 more screens in Northern Ireland so if you missed it in the Republic, now’s your chance. If you like The Hardy Bucks realistically you won’t want to miss this! Why not watch it? Your only response to The Hardy Bucks is “meh.”

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone Director: Don Scardino (Me & Veronica) Starring: Steve Carroll, Steve Buscemi, Olivia Wilde, Jim Carrey Plot: Carroll – otherwise known as the Las Vegas magician Burt Wonderstone – reunites with his old buddy and pal Buscemi to take on the dangerous street magician played by Jim Carey. Why watch it? Wilde is the saving grace of the film, managing to play her character in a way that negates Carroll’s sleaziness. Why not watch it? An uneven tone, predictable plot and unfocused story all stop Burt from being incredible.

By Darragh O’Connor

he Genius of Hitchcock retrospective at the IFI reaches its climax at the end of March with seventeen films including Psycho, Rear Window, Dial M for Murder, The Birds and special screenings of Vertigo on 70mm.This four-month long season marks the IFI’s largest ever season. They’ve saved the best for last with some of the most important films from Hitchcock’s storied career included in this line-up. The big five of this run started earlier in the month with the nicely paced and gripping thriller Dial M for Murder. Keep an eye out for the 3D release of this thriller later in the year. Following that we had the James Stewart vehicle, 1954’s Rear Window. Most will remember The Simpsons parody on the plot from the episode ‘Bart of Darkness’. Despite this the original will win you over fast, as it is still an exciting detective thriller that will engage any audience. The highlight of the season was a film that has been voted the “best film in history” by nearly a thousand critics across the globe for the BFI’s 2012 Sight and Sound Poll, even toppling Citizen Kane, 1957’s Vertigo. It was a rare treat to see this film as it is meant to be seen on 70mm. All I can is that it was a true

cinema experience. To round out the season, we have the mainstream hallmarks of Hitchcock. These of course are Psycho and The Birds. Psycho will be shown on the 26th March and The Birds on the 27th March. These have stood the test of time with new and old audiences alike. For most these seminal works are the entire corpus of Hitchcock’s career, and now it your chance to see them like never before. In the case of Psycho, famous Hitchcock critic Robin Wood commented, “I came out of the theatre in a complete daze and could barely speak” when it was released back in 1960. I have no doubt that reactions like these will be mirrored today by those who have never seen this classic. Other highlights of March’s selection included Rope, Suspicion, Spellbound, and five of the nine Hitchcock silent films. There is still time to catch Psycho, The Birds, Elstree Calling and Marnie. Go and experience for yourself Hitchcock at the height of his creativity and mastery of the medium. There is no other director that can build suspense out of simple plots (like Dial M for Murder), lead to breathless crescendos and use sound like that of the infamous shower scene in Psycho. His use

It’s gone cold again. Nobody likes the cold, and putting on the heating is expensive. So this time we’re going to have a look at some wines that’ll make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Naturally you’ve spent all your money on food over the mid-term, so these good value wines will be perfect for a night in, or for easy drinking at parties.

Domaine Duffour, France, 2011. (€8.99)

Columbard? GrosManseng? You have no idea what these are which might be a bit daunting... But fear not! Despite the unusual grapes, this wine drinks identically to a French Sauvignon. Cool crisp tropical fruit with a brilliant zestiness, this is the kind of wine you regret only buying one bottle of.

Farina Italy, 2011. (€9.99)

Soft pear and apple fruit lead into a smooth and refreshing finish. I’ve seen this wine brought to house parties so many times, and for good reason. This is a fantastically easy drinking wine, and one that works very well on its own or with food. Just remember to keep it chilled!

Rèserve de Bonpas Côtes du Rhône France, 2010. (€9.99)

Côtes du Rhône doesn’t frequently come along for a tenner. When it does, you’re best to snap it up as quick as you can. The fact that this CDR has a name to itself should give you an idea of its quality. A bottle of this is packed to the brim with sweet luscious brambly fruit, and just a touch of spice. This is a wine that always goes down smooth.

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Protocolo Spain, 2010. (€8.99) A Rioja by any other name, Protocolo is a phenomenal red at a great price. Hailing from Castillo y Leon, It’s only had 3 months in oak and in this case, that was just right. Expect ripe, brambly fruit and an undertone of vanilla. Good long finish and a great nose. You can’t beat this for an all-rounder.

of music, editing, violence and the camera itself was unlike anything before him. And in my view only the work of Stanley Kubrick would come close to him in this arena. Sample a few of his films and you will understand why he is one of the greatest of all time. The creepy and voyeuristic cinematography is something that I was made acutely aware of while watching these films on the huge IFI screen. Don’t miss your chance to view a master’s work as it was meant to be seen.

Insight New Zealand, 2011. (€12.99) If you treat yourself to one thing this week, make it this. Insight is the latest project from Evelyn Frasier of Cloudy Bay fame. For your money, you’ll get one of the most well rounded, structured Sauvignons on the planet. In a classic Marlborough style, this wine jumps out of the glass with aromatic passion fruit, tropical fruit and citrus. Mouthwateringly good.

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Carrying Winter 12’ to Spring 13’ Many of the world’s most prestigious fashion weeks have come and gone and fashion lovers everywhere now wait with baited breath to see which trends have emerged from the battleground victorious, which trends have been deemed worthy of summer 2013. However, it’s rare that a student can afford a new wardrobe each season, so here we look at some of last winter’s trends you can carry into the spring. Here are the top five that are simply a must have in your wardrobe. By Lauren Tracey

3) The Devils in the Detail Next season a woman is NOTHING without her statement pieces. Ornate bird brooches, oversized Peter pan collars, sheer stockings, oxford heels, and metallic black and gold colours that have a touch of ancient orient to their design are a simple must. Designers at Galliano play into this trend magnificently by sending all their models down the runaway with bird hats and headdresses, impeccably designed to draw the viewer’s eye. There is an air of grandeur and flamboyance to this trend that has not been seen in an A/W collection yet. Plumped up bow blouses, fitted jackets and frills also parade in front of our eyes as this extravagance merges with a distinctive 1940’s style. Colours range from warm orange to burnt teal, and sage green for a touch of spice. There is an air of theatrics approaching in A/W 2013, and through capes, hoods and ornate designs this is displayed wonderfully.


5) Fashion Fairy Land In typical Louis Vuitton fashion the best is saved till last as Marc Jacobs prepared a mixture of theatrical genius, and pure fashion luxury. One could compare it to the Platform Nine and Three-Quarters of fashion, with models carrying doctor’s bags and hat boxes bejewelled, covered in tweed, and exuding elegance. The show featured stiff coats, the return of the A-line dresses layered and paired with cropped tailored trousers, all in patchworks of matt and patent leather. Cashmere dresses in red and mustard, metallic blues paired with pastel lilacs; never in our wildest dreams did we imagine such fashion fusion could occur. The trend represented in LV’s show? That, if you believe in fashion, any trend is possible.

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Valentino 1) The Minimalist Approach. Beautiful and rich, yet calm and understated, these are the words that embody the minimalist trend that has taken the catwalk by storm in the past number of weeks. Cinched in waists and natural prints such as birds and tree’s dominate the shape and style of items of clothing such as playsuits, dresses, and, if one can be so daring, even capes. There is a distinct feel for the feminine shape this season in every outfit, and silhouettes are lean, even with splayed skirts. This is beautifully displayed in the runway offerings of designers such as Valentino, whose creative directors have taken challenging outfits and made them couture worthy. “It was beautiful and rich and went from jet black and navy to that really dusty pink we’ve been seeing a lot of,” Vogue fashion director Lucinda Chambers remarks to fashion journalists. Hair and makeup in the Valentino shows was also quite plain, pale skin tones and hair pulled back were prominent features amongst all the models, perhaps in an attempt to have the clothes create an understated femininity for each. There is also a noticeable lack of jewellery in the collections of the designers choosing to opt for this trend, again creating the message that here; the clothes are going to speak for themselves.

Jean Paul Gaultier

2) A Little Risqué What is fashion without being a little bit daring? This is certainly the case in the following trend. With the Great Gatsby hitting movie theatres any month now, we are all already preoccupied with the 1920’s theme, but this trend was pushed forward in a more daring way during the Jean Paul Gautier show. Having started an hour and a half late, Gautier made sure to wow the fash pack, with beaded dress, furry jackets, even a top hat and tails went toward completing the flapper style. The sculptured waist was again a key feature, and Gautier signature corsets of course made an appearance. More skin was on show that usual for collections at this time of year which makes the impression that sheer shirts, skirts and blouses will be big next autumn.

Isabel Marant 4) Country and Western Chic Touches of this trend have already made their way into the railings of popular high street brands such as River Island, Topshop, and even Primark. But this “Little House and the Prairie,” feel has been taken one step further during fashion week by designer Isabel Marant. This designer achieves such success with this trend, because her pieces require no trickle-down effect. They are staples, and create an immediate relevancy. Cowboy shirts, red, black and mauve, and embroidered yolks are paired with brightly coloured jeans. Add a belt to an oversized shirt and some cowboy boots and you have in your hands a flirty little dressy number. Grab a bomber jacket, studded or fringed, the choice is yours, and automatically you will be a queen of this pre-bohemian era trend.


Style Icon: Marion Cotillard Anninka E. Barry assesses the influence of this week’s Style Icon, Marion Cotillard


arion Cotillard shot to fame with her awardwinning performance in La Vie En Rose in 2007, for which she was only the second actress ever to win an acting Oscar performing in a language other than English. The Parisian born actress has established international fame and as her career has blossomed so has her style. She not only memorises people through the big screen but she also brings her magic to the red carpet and she certainly never disappoints. Although it is hard to falter when most of your clothes are Dior, her style is still unfailing and flawless. However, she is not afraid to take risks with her style and this can be seen at the 2008 Oscars when she wore a mermaidesque dress by Jean Paul Gaultier. Although she didn’t attend the Oscars this year her dress for the 2013 BAFTAs certainly impressed! She arrived in a bright yellow tiered Dior Haute Couture dress finished with Chopard jewel-

lery. She looked relaxed and sophisticated and utterly breath-taking and although she claimed she wasn’t instantly taken with the dress, when seeing it up closer she described it as a “piece of art”. The French bombshell pulled the dress off effortlessly. She has recently appeared in Lady Dior documentaries as she has been the face of the Lady Dior bag since 2008, and is now trying her hand at actually designing a Dior bag. She has been given full rein for designing her own version of the iconic bag. If you haven’t seen the new Dior campaign -check it out! This is where you can truly see the beauty of the French actress, so much so that you may actually forget to look at the bags! With her dark purple lipstick and her perfectly polished back hair her radiant looks shine with that chic French vibe she has going on. She is the epitome of a sophisticated and confident woman.

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David Bowie All eyes are on the many styles of the iconic musician as a retrospective of his stage costumes open to the public in the V&A this week.

Mad Men The series, and its glorious clothing by costume designer Janie Bryant, returns April 7th, hopefully with some 70’s opulence.

Azzedine Alaïa The designer, who shows whenever he feels his collection is ready rather than it being jammed into a fashion week slot, gave us a beautiful, simple and elegant proposition for Winter.


Erin Dunleavy looks at the extreme measures PETA will take to make the news


ETA. We all know PETA. Yeah it’s that animal rights group. Yeah the one where they throw red paint on all the fashionistas as they strut out of their respective countries’ haute couture fashion shows and scream abusive mouthfuls at them with ‘fur is murder!’ being rather infamous. Yeah I think their probably doing a great job, a bit out there, but they need their message to be heard in some way. These were the vague and uncertain responses by my peers when I posed the question what do you really know about PETA? Only was it when I began to research this article that I was met with the extent to which PETA go to make themselves seen and most profoundly heard. They are notorious, particularly in the US for their loud and boisterous attempts for people to listen to them. And it usually works. Most recently during the Superbowl season in the states, PETA created a commercial for the Superbowl half time that had no chance

of being shown on air because of its explicit sexual nature. The ad featured women disrobing in an extremely sexual nature, with the end slogan reading ‘vegetarians are proven to have better sex- go veg’. While the ad itself was to a degree shocking and clever, the general consensus was the ad with its perverted imagery and sexual exploitation took away from the actual key message and instead turned the viewers quite appalled and angry towards PETA. Although it got people talking, it certainly did not have them talking about turning into a vegetarian. And isn’t that the whole point? This is an example where the key message is clouded by the external factors. Most people who have any

awareness of PETA’s campaigns will be aware of their particular interest in targeting KFC or, as PETA likes to refer to the company as, Kentucky Fried Cruelty. This powerful reference does take people aback but if you delve into the facts for their accusations you’ll find that you can’t always take PETA’s word for it. For example, PETA claim that KFC cruelly raise their chicken on their chicken farms; however it has been proven that KFC do not own any chicken farms and source their meat from the same company as McDonalds, burger king and many leading American supermarkets. But KFC are the only company receiving the PETA treatment. Most boldly the KFC symbol which is Colonel Sanders, Peta desecrated the grave site of the late sanders. They proceeded to vandalise the headstone with ‘KFC tortures birds’. This sort of behaviour is defended by PETA as keeping their message in the news, however if people come to view PETA as both disrespectful and uncaring about who they hurt, the message is therefore lost in the surrounding controversy and is hence irrelevant even if the message is one that needs to be heard.


Ryan Gosling The actor is taking time out from acting stating “I need a break from myself as much as I imagine the audience does.” Are people sick of him? Probably not.

Converse There is nothing more devastating than the combination of fabric shoes and rain leading to frozen feet.

William Rast Justin Timberlake is dumping his own clothing line, which he founded in 2005. But it was never very good anyway.

By Roisin Sweeney



Department of Linguistics & Philosophy at MIT, where he has worked for over 50 years.

UCD PhiloSoc Inaugural Lecture: “Can Civilization survive really existing WHERE? capitalism?” WHO?

Chomsky has written and lectured widely on linguistics, philosophy, intellectual history, contemporary issues, international affairs and U.S. foreign policy. He is an Institute Professor and Professor (Emeritus) in the


FADE STREET SOCIAL Fade Street Social is an ambitious new project incorporating two restaurants under one roof; The Gastro Bar and The Restaurant, along with a relaxed Wintergarden. Celebrating Irish food and character, Dylan McGrath’s lates endeavor is located at 6 Fade Street, D2.

Azealia Banks has appeared to confirm that she will perform at Glastonbury festival this year. The ‘212’ rapper tweeted a number of messages about upcoming festival appearances, mentioning Glastonbury and Coachella by name, remarking: “I am addicted to the stage!”


777 COCKTAIL BAR Features Dublin’s largest premium tequila selection of 100% blue agave tequila as well as a host of innovative specialty cocktails. Drawing on the bold flavors and vibrant colors of Mexico City, 777 is located at 7 Castle House, South Great Georges Street.


Following what can only be described as an incredible breakout year, Dublin natives Kodaline have just announced details of an exclusive headline performance at The Olympia Theatre on Friday, November 22nd. Tickets at €20 go on sale tomorrow.

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She is the second act to reveal their appearance on the Glastonbury lineup prior to an official announcement, with Alt-J letting slip the same news at the Brit Awards in February. Banks also recently revealed on Twitter that she is working with Ariel Pink and that the pair have been spending time in the studio together. It’s not clear whether any product of the collaboration will feature on her constantly delayed debut LP ‘Broke With Expensive Taste’, although a new single ‘Yung Rapunzel’ is launched today, Tuesday 26 th.



Good Vibrations tells the remarkable true story of record store and indie-label owner Terri Hooley who, in the most unlikely surroundings of 1970s’ Belfast, created a now legendary alternative music scene.