The Kiosk on Phantom 105.2 FM

Just a little post to mention a few things coming up on The Kiosk — my arts and culture show on Phantom — in the next few weeks.

Emma Donoghue (Room) and Sebastian Faulks (Birdsong) will be in for a chat — they both have new works of fiction coming out over the next while, and Donoghue has an intriguing-sounding play coming up in the Dublin Theatre Festival. We’ll also be reviewing some of the plays in the Dublin Theatre Fest and we’ll have some pretty deadly competitions too.

The Kiosk airs at 11am on Saturdays on Phantom 105.2 — that’s 105.2 FM on the radio dial and on the internet. There’s also a repeat of the show Tuesdays at midnight and Sundays at 7am. Do tune in — and text me! I love an aul text — it’s 51052. Email the show at this address: kiosk [at]

Prince: the CD challenge

So I’ve decided to take on what may perhaps prove to be an impossible challenge: in advance of the Malahide Castle gig on Saturday I’m out to prove to committed Prince hater Conor that Prince really is deadly — and he’s just been listening to the wrong tunes — or not giving them enough attention.

With that in mind, I’m compiling an album of Prince material for Conor — comprising not just of songs Prince wrote and played on, but also songs he wrote for other people, and I’m throwing in a couple of covers musicians have done of his songs. I’m including some obvious stuff, but I’m adding some more obscure songs in there too — ones that aren’t so much about Prince crawling semi-naked across the bathroom floor (observe the videos) but more about simple quality tunes. (Mind you, ‘simple’ is not really a word in Prince’s vocabulary.)

Conor’s going to review the album, alongside Prince rookie, 17-year-old Robyn Maguire, on the show on Saturday. So far, with a large amount of help from my Prince fanatic buddy Adrian, this is the track listing I’ve come up with. Fingers crossed it does the trick!! Cannot wait til the Malahide Castle gig on Saturday.

Girls & Boys    5:24                  Prince
When You Were Mine    3:48    Prince    Dirty Mind    Pop/Funk
Starfish & Coffee    2:48    Prince      Dream Factory
Love…Thy Will Be Done    4:25    Martika       (written by Prince)
Sign ‘O’ the Times    5:03    Prince    2 Sign ‘O’ the Times    Rock
When Doves Cry    5:56    Prince & The Revolution     Purple Rain    R&B
She’s Always In My Hair    3:26                Prince
Darling Nikki – Foo Fighters     (cover of the infamous track)
I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man    Prince
Private Joy    4:31        Prince
Alphabet St.    5:40    Prince       Ultimate: Prince    R&B/Soul
Purple Rain    8:42    Prince and The Revolution       Purple Rain    Rock
Manic Monday    3:05    The Bangles         (written by Prince)
Rockhard In A Funky Place    4:32    Prince      The Legendary Black Album

Crimson & Clover    3:50        Prince
Joy in Repetition    4:47       Prince
Bang Bang    3:21        Prince

Dr Beat — Conor Pope’s track listing

Hi folks,

First a brief explanation: Dr Beat is our musical makeover feature that runs monthly on The Kiosk, the Saturday morning arts magazine show I present on Phantom 105.2, Dublin’s indie rock station. We’ve been running Dr Beat for three months now, and enjoying every minute of it, as makeover volunteers Jo, Aveen and Dick have either scorned or loved our musical makeover choices for them.

This month, our `patient’ is one Conor Pope — yep, the fierce (but fun!) price-watcher from The Irish Times. Conor used to play in a band, but now he feels he has gradually tuned out from music.

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The Kiosk this weekend

Coming up on The Kiosk on Phantom 105.2, Dublin’s indie rock station, this weekend, I’ll have interviews with Sarah Waters — she’s got a new book called The Little Stranger just out — and Todd Phillips, the director of The Hangover, America’s No. 1 film. Also, we’ve got a great competition on the way for two interrailing tickets which will allow you to travel through 30 different countries in Europe for a whole month. Not to be missed. More details to come on

The Kiosk this week

Lots to come on the show tomorrow. In fact, I would say there will very probably be a fight in studio on the reviewing front over the merits of the new Batman flick. Our reviewers will also be checking out the new season of The Wire, now airing on TG4. The Dandy Warhols will pick out a favourite track for The Kiosk’s Back Track series. I’ll be talking to Lavinia Greenlaw, the author of a brilliant book now published in paperback from Faber & Faber called The Importance of Music to Girls. Acclaimed classical guitarist Darragh O’Neill will be performing live and we’ll have a review of those Tom Waits gigs. That’s all to come on The Kiosk — Saturdays at 11am. Repeated Sundays at 8am.  Oh, and before I forget — we’ve a great competition for you too. Fans of U2 should be happy:-)


Noah and the Whale ‘5 Years Time’

The Dandy Warhols pick their Back Track choice

Tom Waits ‘Hoist that Rag’

The Kiosk this week on Phantom 105.2

Lots to come on the show this week. I’ll be talking to the award-winning writer Enda Walsh (Hunger, Disco Pigs, The New Electric Ballroom). In the Kiosk’s Back Track, Gavin Friday will be picking out a trune that has a lot of memories for him. Kiosk reviewers Peter Murphy of Hot Press and Andrew Lynch of The Sunday Business Post and The Evening Herald will be reviewing the new album from Primal Scream, new documentary A Complete History of My Sexual Failures and Brian Friel’s version of Three Sisters running at the Abbey. We’ll also be recommending the best books to take on holiday with you this summer. Tune in to The Kiosk tomorrow at 11am (repeated Sundays at 8am).

The Kiosk this week

Barcelona was so warm! Quite a shock to come back to Dublin — and discover the floods and the endless rain. Home sweet home, eh? Anyway, coming up on the show this week, I’ll be talking to Albert Hammond Jr of The Strokes about his new second solo album (and of course asking him about the current state of play with the Strokes). Derek O’Connor from the Darklight film and art festival will be coming into the studio to talk about how the festival — which takes place in Dublin this weekend — is going. Our reviewers Johnnie Craig and Cillian McDonnell will be reviewing new albums from Beck, My Morning Jacket and Fleet Foxes. And Daragh from Dark Room Notes will be telling me about the track that means a lot to him — that’s coming up in The Kiosk’s Back Track. Tune in to the show at 11am Saturday on Phantom 105.2 (repeated at 8am on Sundays).

This week on The Kiosk

Coming up on the show this week, I’ll be talking to Steve Coll about his brilliant new book The Bin Ladens. We’ll be reviewing the new Joy Division film, directed by Grant Gee, and the new albums from Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip (pictured left) and Martina Topley-Bird. Peter Murphy of Hot Press will be in to talk about the Miley Cyrus controversy and Rachel Unthank will be performing live in studio. Also, new tunes from The Delays and Death Cab for Cutie:-) Tune in to Phantom 105.2 Saturday at 11am….Here’s the Joy Division trailer below.

This week on The Kiosk

Lots to come on The Kiosk this week. Investigative journalist and Flat Earth News author Nick Davies will be in to discuss corruption in the media. Sinéad Gleeson and Johnnie Craig will be reviewing the new album from The Breeders and the new book from Toby Litt, I Play the Drums in a Band Called Okay. Prenup (that’s Cait O’Riordan from The Pogues and Fiachna and Dave from Hot House Flowers) will be in to play a tune from their new album. And we’ll be playing brand new songs from one of my favourite bands at the moment, Dans le Sac vs Scroobius Pip. Tune in this Saturday at 11am (or to the repeat on Sunday at 8am).

The Kiosk this week

Coming up on ze show this week, we’re going to have an alternative poetry special. Our panel, including award-winning poet Daljit Nagra and Sunday Tribune/UnaRocks superscribe Una Mullally, will assess poetry from some of the world’s biggest alternative stars — artists like Leonard Cohen, Billy Corgan and Jewel, and director Tim Burton. Also on the show, I’ll be speaking to the author and director Rebecca Miller about her brilliant new novel, The Lives of Pippa Lee, what it’s like being married to Daniel Day-Lewis and the influence her late father Arthur Miller had on her. Guitarist Preston Reed, who plays Crawdaddy on April 27th, will also be performing live on the show. Tune in to Phantom 105.2 this Saturday at 11am or Sunday, for the repeat, at 8am. Catch you then!