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“A coward is somebody who dies a thousand deaths because they haven’t got the courage to express what they think…”

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Fair enough, I’ll come right out and say it then. You’re an idiot, Marco. Read the rest of this article here.

“Folks say ‘Ohh, they look like dead babies’. I say ‘No, these babies are very much alive’.”

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She catches my eye and makes a startling admission. “Dead babies look like they’re made of candle wax,” she says. She takes a drag on her rollie cigarette and, almost as an afterthought, adds “I should know. I’ve buried three of mine.” Read the rest of this article here.

What a Waster (2007)


The Moldy Peaches – Unreleased Cutz and Live Jams 1994-2002
If you caught the Strokes Irish debut in the Temple Bar Music Centre last summer, then you’ll surely remember their bizarre support act that night, the Moldy Peaches. Adam and Kimya performed a set of infantile anti-folk, dressed as Robin Hood and the Easter Bunny respectively. ‘Unreleased Cutz’ runs to an unnecessarily comprehensive 55 tracks. There are woefully inferior versions of their best songs: the insanely catchy Who’s Got The Crack?; the eerily prophetic NYC’s A Graveyard; and the unbearably poignant Nothing Came Out (still their finest moment). There are desperately unfunny covers of bad songs: Two Princes by the Spin Doctors and even I Wanna Be A Hulkamaniac by Hulk Hogan (I kid you not). And there are 50 other pieces of crap I listened to so you don’t have to. (The Slate, 2002) Read the rest of this entry »

Q. What are your ambitions? A. To grow fins and swim away.

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Extremely confused, and confusing, interview with Devandra Banhart from the summer of 2006. It was very late at night, I had no respect for the guy or his music and I kind of wanted to punch him for most of the duration of our conversation. That aside, we got along famously. The conflict referred to was the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War. He later dated Natalie Portman. Read the rest of this interview here.

This is funny


Seriously, I might have to go to hospital if I watch this again. (Via Phlaimeaux.)

“You’ve heard of the Loch Ness Monster, right? The fact is that there are dozens of these lake creatures all over the world…”

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Since 2008, I’ve been doing a weekly Q&A interview at the front of the Irish Times Saturday Magazine. This is the only one they’ve ever refused to print. I interviewed a preacher who was about to address a creationism rally in Lucan. The Irish Times refused to publish it on the grounds that the guy was nuts. My position was that of course the guy was nuts, that was precisely why I interviewed him in the first place. Sanity prevailed, unfortunately… Read the rest of this article here.

“The great image of God, with forefinger pointed straight at me…”


From the Tonight Show in 1959. Kerouac was too nervous to do a straight interview, so host Steve Allen asked the writer to do a reading, while he accompanied him on jazz piano. That same show today, incidentally, is hosted by Jay Leno.

The Vengaboys: a critical reappraisal

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Attention wedding DJs, office party organisers and hack journalists. A Nineties revival as wearily predictable as day following night, or Mayo bricking it in Croke Park, is soon to be unleashed. The other day some radio station called to ask if I’d like to come in and reminisce about what a wild and crazy decade the Nineties were. Dear God, wouldn’t it be easier if we just slit our wrists now and were done with it?

This is The Nostalgia Treadmill. That is the phenomenon whereby popular culture constantly venerates the decade-before-last as some sort of lost golden age. Think about it. The sitcom Happy Days – which sentimentalised socially oppressive and conformity-obsessed 1950s – was made in the 1970s. That ‘70s Show debuted in the 1990s. Read the rest of this entry »

Miscellaneous Amusing Items I Come Across #47

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Oddly sinister use of quotation marks at a cafe my sister happened upon in Cork. Why do I get the impression that dishes are served with some fava beans and a nice chianti?

Chilean miners: “We’re not gonna lie… It got pretty gay down there.”

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