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James Franco’s band, Daddy, have announced their debut album, Let Me Get What I Want. The songs will be based on a series of poems, written by Franco, inspired by The Smiths. Former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke will appear on every song. Each song will be accompanied by a video, which will form a film when watched in sequence, and a painting done by Franco.

We can all bless the rains with Toto at Vicar Street on May 23rd next year – if we’re lucky enough to grab a ticket when they go on sale on Thursday 27th of November. Hurry boy, they’re waiting there for you.

Louise Gluck picked up the National Book Award for poetry on the fourth time of asking. The Pulitzer Prize winner was given the prestigious American-based award for her collection, Faithful and Virtuous Night, at a reception in Cipriani Wall Street on November 19th.

Interpol’s tour of America ground to a halt for a few days as the band’s tour bus got stuck in a blizzard in Buffalo, New York. The band survived, in part due to the fact that they live in their tour-bus anyway, though they were forced to cancel shows in Toronto and Montreal.

Mike Nichols, director of The Graduate, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf and Catch 22, passed away on November 19th at the age of 73. Nichols’ work stands testament to his sense of humour, warmth and intelligence, all of which remained with him for the extent of his life.

Odrán de Bhaldraithe, Stephen Keegan and Bryan Grogan

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