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My old friend and colleague Sean McNulty has just launched a brilliant site named Auraist, dedicated to promoting and showcasing the most stylishly written books around. I’ll be a regular contributor. My first feature spotlights Adele Bertei’s memoir Twist: An American Girl, one of my favourite books of the year.[…]

I’ll have the privilege of interviewing John Murry at the All Curious Minds tent, programmed by Raymond Bell and David Bell, at 1pm this Sunday as part of the All Together Now festival. We’ll be discussing the tenth anniversary of his classic album The Graceless Age, Sarah Share’s new documentary[…]

Thanks so much to Forlorn for having us on their show with Star Comedy Democrats at the Crown Live, Wexford, on Friday. Big shout out to Bill Hennessy and Tom Bates for tech support, and to Sasha Bratkova for the shots. We had an absolute blast.

Federal Hall is one of the first pieces myself and Dan Comerford wrote together. Adapted from a short story named The Blacklight Ballroom (New Irish Short Stories, edited by Joseph O’Connor, Faber, 2011), it originates with an interview I did with filmmaker and writer Bill Carter, about how during the[…]

Happy Saint Valentine’s Day, you young lovers. And old lovers. And ex-lovers. And soon-to-be lovers. And retired lovers. Presenting the video for This Is Not Your Love Song, taken from Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance’s latest album Republic of the Weird. Co-written/produced with Basciville. Mixed by Johnny Fox. Mastered by[…]

Playing Television, thinking about Tom Verlaine. Was privileged enough to see the band play Vicar Street, Dublin, almost 22 years ago. Here’s the review I filed for Hot Press. (Pic: Robert Mapplethorpe’s inner sleeve portrait for Marquee Moon.) Television, Vicar St, Dublin, April 16, 2001 “It was tight toy night/Streets[…]

Alrighty friends, our album Republic of the Weird is one month old today. To celebrate, here’s a live clip of ‘Upon That Hill’, captured by Paul Sills at our launch show in Crown Live on November 5.Today is also Bandcamp Friday, when all sales go directly to the artist, so[…]

Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance are proud to present the video for Republic of the Weird, the title track from our second album, released Friday Nov 4. Directed and edited by Paul Sills. Filmed at the Presentation Arts Centre, Enniscorthy. We’ll be playing a special hometown album launch show at[…]

Hold That Line, the new single from Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance, is released today, June 24, on Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes and all digital platforms. Written and co-produced by Cursed Murphy, Dan Comerford and Johnny Fox. Engineered and mixed by Johnny Fox. Mastered by Fergal Davis. Cover shot by Kenny[…]

Cursed Murphy Versus the Resistance are proud to announce the release of our new single, Hold That Line, on all digital platforms on Friday June 24. The track is the first to be taken from our forthcoming second album, due in the autumn. Thanks to Kenny Ruttledge for the shot,[…]

Excited to report that today we began the recording phase of We Have Always Been Your Harbour, a play for voices. This project, part of the Ports Past & Present initiative, part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland Wales Co-operation Programme, is a 21st century response to[…]

Before he was a successful author and television star, Anthony Bourdain was a chef. Everyone knows this. His most famous book Kitchen Confidential applied gonzo journalism to the world of boiler room cuisine. I liked it a lot. So did many of the writers and musicians I knew. For whatever[…]

Had the privilege of catching up with Dirty Three leader, Bad Seeds member, composer and now author Warren Ellis on Zoom today. Warren’s excellent new book Nina Simone’s Gum will be published by Faber & Faber next month. Our feature will run in the Irish Times, more details soon. Meanwhile[…]

I’ll be doing an in-conversation event with Tom Mooney at Wexford Library on Thursday October 19, 7pm. Entitled ‘For the Love of Lou Reed’, it marks ten years since the passing of the Velvet Underground co-founder and New York sleaze-rock poet laureate. We’ll be discussing Lou’s life and work, his[…]

Podcasts - Videos

Top Album Tracklist

  • Burn Hibernia Burn

  • Climb

  • This Cursed Earth

  • Bells of Hell

  • Foxhole Prayer

  • Cursed Murphy's Blues

  • The Poor Mouth

  • rise Again

  • The Resistance

  • We are Dead Stars

Top Tracks

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    Burn Hibernia Burn

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    This Cursed Earth

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    The Bells of Hell

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    Foxhole Prayer

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    Cursed Murphy's Blues

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    The Poor Mouth

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    Rise Again

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    The Resistance

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    We Are Dead Stars