Two possible albums for pressies this year include the Pogues’ 30 Years boxset, a collection of their five studio albums plus a live concert featuring Joe Strummer after he replaced Shane MacGowan in the band; and Live At The Cellar Door, a Neil Young performance recorded in 1970. Spotify has released its list of most streamed songs for 2013, with the global chart being topped by ‘Can’t Hold Us’ from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and ‘Wake Me Up’ by Avicii.
In the UK, it was tunes by Bastille, Daft Punk and Passenger in the top three. Rumours abound of a possible reunion of Outkast following online pics of Big Boi and Andre 3000 (inset) hanging out together. Finally, a minute’s heavy bass for Junior Murvin, the Jamaican singer who died earlier this week from diabetes-related complications. The 64-year-old was famous for his ‘Police and Thieves’ classic, a track also covered by the Clash.
The Riptide Movement are always an interesting live proposition, so their Apr 4 gig in Vicar Street should be hugely popular. Meanwhile, Joan As Policewoman has a new album on the way in the new year, and will play the Button Factory in Dublin on Apr 30. Maximo Park will play Whelans in Dublin on Feb 28. In Cork, jazz-funk legend Roy Ayers is at the Pavilion tomorrow, while Hozier’s (inset) appearance on Dec 21 has already sold out on the back of a phenomenal word-of-mouth vibe for the Wicklow bluesman. Also in the southern capital, Villagers play the Savoy on Dec 16, as does Sharon Shannon and her big band on Jan 6. The Galway box player will be joined by Mundy and Shane MacGowan for her appearance at Vicar Street on Jan 3.
Comedy ventriloquist Nina Conti (daughter of actor Tom Conti) may be familiar to you from the Family Tree series alongside Chris O’Dowd, and she also got a BAFTA nomination for her documentary Her Master’s Voice. She brings her stand-up (hand-up?) show to Cork Opera House on Jan 20. Jimmy Carr’s shows are all sold out at the Opera House this weekend, but if you really do want to see him in Ireland you have two choices. He’s back in Munster at the INEC in Killarney next Friday or, if you are the type of person who can plan far, far ahead, the British funnyman has announced two dates for the Olympia in Dublin in 2015 — Feb 13 and 14.
Jack Whitehall is another hugely popular act from across the water, and his roster of shows at Vicar Street in Dublin is now up to four, with two extra appearances on Sunday, Jan 5, added to the next night’s sellouts. David McSavage is at the same venue on Mar 14 and is, incidentally, currently filming a new series of The Savage Eye. Tom ‘the Bear’ O’Mahony (Damo and Ivor/Republic of Telly) is at City Limits in Cork tomorrow.
Films at Triskel Christchurch in Cork from Sunday include Rome-set The Great Beauty from Paolo Sorrentino, and American comedy Computer Chess. The venue also has It’s A Wonderful Life from Monday, with the greatest film ever made getting a run until Dec 23 as part of a seasonal offering that also includes The Muppets Christmas Carol (Dec 16). At the IFI in Dublin, the rock-opera Peaches Does Herself has nothing to do with Ms Geldof and everything to do with the rather obscene Berlin-based electro icon of the same first name. Upcoming live broadcasts at the Omniplex cinema chain include the Bolshoi’s Sleeping Beauty on Dec 22 and the New Year’s Eve Gala from the Berlin Philharmonic on... you guessed it... Dec 31.