Roddy Doyle's pub conversations, a new strain of vampires, Britain's poshest film and the London Design Festival have your next seven days of culture sortedMore
Admittedly most conversations you’ll hear on a Friday night at The Dog and Duck won’t be particularly entertaining – unless it’s one of your own and you’ve had a few – but Irish novelist Roddy Doyle has always had a gifted ear for the comic vernacular of others: the popularity of the 1991 film adaptation of his novel The Commitments was as much (if not more) to do with the rowdy banter than the belted-out renditions of “Mustang Sally”.
Two More Pints, which comes out on Thursday, follows the preoccupations and format of his 2012 book, Two Pints, and recreates the dialogue of two men in a Dublin pub gabbing about current preoccupations: the whereabouts of Colonel Gaddafi and the death of Whitney Houston in the first one, horsemeat and Jimmy Savile in this. You may want to stay for one more.
It’s not usual for sons to have to keep their own fathers in check, but when you’re the drummer in your dad’s new band, and your dad is Jeff Tweedy from Wilco, the pressure’s on. Not that young Spencer Tweedy, 18, seems fazed: he’s already in a band, The Blisters, and he even directed a video for his pop’s main band way back in 2011, which you can see here and does make you ponder how thrilled Jeff’s bandmates were to have their visuals taken care of by a 15-year-old. If you want to hear the fruits of Jeff Wilco’s labours – and loins – Tweedy’s debut album Sukierae, is out tomorrow (dBpm).