Hope all is well with ye.. Another week passed I suppose, only a few more weeks.. It’s the longest time without call & collect, it’s the most restrictive lockdown we have had to be honest but saying that January was good considering how restricting trade is, so we can’t complain.. Probably done 60% of what I would hope to have done… So we are fine.. Heard the news yesterday of the Kino and was saddened to hear it… The whole situation just turned out to be unmanageable in the end i’d say… Great loss in the short term for the music scene here in Cork, but i’m sure the lads will be back stronger than ever.. Tough for them though, upheaval, shite to deal with, heart goes out to them a bit.. I know what upheaval is like.. The lads and their staff are excellent at what they do, have a love for it.. There will be many a great night ahead in their next establishment.. Bobby would have worked with the lads in the Kino and knows all the staff well.. Really tough time out there for a lot of folks in the music industry.. Hopefully by the end of the year things will be different. and we can support the music scene like we never supported it before… Best of luck to all the Kino folk in the future…
Releases due out this Friday the 5th of Feb are tame expect for a few monsters which is the physical release of the new FLEET FOXES album ‘Shore’ on CD, Standard LP or Indies LP.. It’s a lovely sounding album..
Another monster release from Sony for the 5th, this Friday, is the new FOO FIGHTERS album ‘Medicine At Midnight’ on CD, Standard LP, or Indies Only LP.. We are delighted to team up with Sony Music for a class Foos competition / Giveaway.. Bobby has more info on it here :
We are delighted to be giving away a Foo Fighters ‘Medicine At Midnight’ package to one lucky person. Up for grabs is this great bundle with the Standard Vinyl, CD, a T-Shirt (L), Beanie, and a Button / Sticker Pack.
To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is head over to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page, and give the competition post a share / tag a friend, and make sure to be following us on whichever platform you enter with! Winner will be announced on February 12th. I will leave links to each post below!
FACEBOOK COMPETITION POST
TWITTER COMPETITION POST
INSTAGRAM COMPEITION POST
Foo Fighters brand new album ‘Medicine At Midnight’ is out February 5th and can be pre-ordered here :
Not sure if there is much else out this weekend folks… Probably are a few bits I can’t remember.. We will do a video anyway to update ye… Here is the latest video we done (record last Friday)
Right so onto releases for the 12th of February… THE WHITE STRIPES ‘Greatest Hits’ on CD and LP has been moved to the 26th now folks… Sorry about that.. Uni for the 12th of Feb has the 50th Anniversary Edition of THE BAND’s ‘Stage Freight’ as a 2CD, LP or a lovely boxset (limited).. Uni also for the 12th have new albums by BUGZY MALONE, DJANGO DJANGO, R+R NOW, reissues by CANNONBALL ADDERLY, CREEDENCE, LORETTA LYNN, a CD boxset of SAM COOKE, and lastly FREDDIE MERCURY’s ‘Messenger of the Gods’ limited, coloured 7” singles boxset…
Warner for the 12th of Feb have the BLACK SABBATH Boxset of ‘Vol 4’ on 4CD or 5LP, the new WEEZER album ‘OK Human’… Here is ‘Numbers’ from the album… We have a limited vinyl.. Very limited i’m told…
Reissue of PHIL COLLINS ‘Face Value’ picture disc vinyl is out also on the 12th Feb and lastly SIA ‘Music – Songs From and Inspired By’ on CD…
PIAS for the 12th Feb has debuts from AERIAL EAST and also MUSH…
PROPER for the 12th has some releases from EARMusic, including a BLACK STONE CHERRY Live CD/BluRay and DEEP PUPRLE ‘Live at Montreux 1996’ CD/DVD version…
Right so moving onto releases for the 19th of Feb.. There is a new release from TINDERSTICKS, a brand new album on City Slang records.. ‘Distractions’ is the title and it is available on CD, Standard LP and Indies Only Blue LP (first run only).. The last album was a beautiful record and I am really looking forward to this release.. It’s released via Republic of Music (ROM) in Brighton and we have had a few teething problems with the whole Brexit thing but we think things are sorted… There is a slight chance we will have a MF DOOM release on that day but not promised fully to me.. Hopeful we are of a couple only… Here’s a track from the new Tindersticks album, where they cover (excellently I must add) Television Personalities ‘You’ll Have To Scream Louder’
Also on the 19th of Feb, JOHN BLEK releases his new record ‘Digressions #2 : Grounded’ and it’s a lovely listen.. 10 tracks, 2 of which are instrumental pieces and thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable.. 7 songs of which 3 or 4 are belters and a spoken word song to John’s unborn son about the ways of the world… Summing a lot of the world we live in up.. Great listen… All of this album is a lovely creation.. Here’s a tune from it :
Also if folk would like a signed copy of the vinyl or CD i’m sure john would have no issue, so throw the preorders our way!!
Right next up, the hawk machine never stops, are Warner releases for the 19th of February.. Biggie is the BOWIE / MORRISSEY 7” Single on PLG, ‘Cosmic Dancer’. Again like the last 7” there are only a few hundred for the Irish market.. We have a few left, so on the site here or email us.. WEA for the 19th also has the NEIL YOUNG vinyl release for ‘The Times’.. Price is right.. Warner also for the 19th has WHITESNAKE’s ‘The BLUES Album’ on CD or LP, a new RICKY WARWICK release and a reissue of EMMYLOU HARRIS’ ‘Red Dirt Girl’ on Nonesuch…
PIAS for the 19th Feb have the new MOGWAI album ‘As Love Continues’ on CD, LP, Indies Only Yellow LP, or limited deluxe box set also… Here is ‘Dry Fantasy’ from the new album
The Orchard for the 19th of Feb has the reissue and reworking of GRANDADDY’s ‘The Sophtware Slump : On A Wooden Piano’… There is a limited clear vinyl version, standard vinyl, or CD.. The Orchard also has a new EDIE BRICKELL & THE NEW BOHEMIANS album ‘Hunter And The Dog Star’ on CD and Vinyl
Uni for the 19th of Feb has new albums from SG Lewis (debut), a really nice FRANK ZAPPA 3CD compilation to coincide with the movie release ‘ZAPPA’.. Interesting that will be to say the least!! BON JOVI’s ‘2020’ get’s its vinyl release on Feb 19th, MAGGIE ROGERS releases ‘Notes From The Archives 2011-2016’ 2LP set and also a LEE MORGAN ‘The Rajah’ vinyl reissue is due on BlueNote’s reissue series.. I think that’s most of it for the 19th for now anyway.. Going to hand you over to Bobby now to run through some further down the road releases or whatever I forgot!!!
A few nice bits announced again today, so will begin with the announcement of IMELDA MAY’s upcoming sixth studio album ’11 Past The Hour’. It will be available April 23rd and is coming on CD or LP.
There has also been a nice THE BLACK CROWES reissue of ‘Shake Your Money Maker’ announced on a few formats. All the CD formats are due in on February 26th, and they are coming as a 1CD, 3CD, or Deluxe Limited 3CD Boxset. There is also a nice 4LP Set coming, but that is coming a little bit later on March 19th
BIRDY has announced her brand new studio album ‘Young Heart’, due through Warner on April 30th.. Lead single ‘Surrender’ sounding really nice! Coming again on CD or Vinyl
Warner also have announced a series of LP reissues with Rhino for Black History Month this February, with some nice releases coming throughout the month. These include releases by CURTIS MAYFIELD, ARETHA FRANKLIN and RAY CHARLES.
Other nice bits announced for the coming weeks and months include a STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES tribute album to his son Justin Townes Earle, releases by BTS, TOM JONES, there is a KEITH JARRETT Vinyl set release via ECM, FATHER JOHN MISTY’s ‘Fear Fun’ gets reissued on CD and LP (first time available in a while!) through Sub Pop, there is an ARETHA FRANKLIN compilation CD, and finally Music On Vinyl have a limited, coloured vinyl reissue of ELVIS’ ‘On Stage’ LP, and a standard reissue of ALTER BRIDGE’s ‘AB III’.
That’s it from me folks,
Back to the bossman!
Right so, thanks Bob, onto a few releases for the 26th Feb that I need to order in the next day or two.. PIAS for the 26th have the start of THE NATIONAL’s remasters, with the first and second albums remastered on CD and LP, ‘The National’ and ‘Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers’, as well as the class third release, ‘Cherry Tree’ EP.. PIAS for the 26th of Feb also have new albums by BALTHAZAR, JULIEN BAKER, LOST HORIZONS and MAXIMO PARK..
Warner for the 26th of Feb have the live NEIL YOUNG release ‘Way Down In The Rust Bucket’ as a 2CD, 4LP or Deluxe Boxset.. Quality release from the Ragged Glory era..
Warner for the 26th also have new albums from EPICA, KREATOR and ROBIN SHULTZ (really limited LP there).. Lastly from warner for the 26th of Feb there is a deluxe boxset of DEFTONE’s ‘White Pony’ as a 4LP/2CD/Book..
Look, thanks for the support over the last month.. It’s a very restrictive environment to be working in and we are doing our best.. Working hard Shane, Bob and myself are… It’s weird, it feels like we are sprinting to go backwards.. It is restrictive and believe it or not a lot more time consuming.. So bare with us, we are doing our best.. Lucky to be doing anything also… We are mindful of that…
Anyways, Sin é for this week I suppose,
Thanks for listening as always
Stay in by the wall,
Ray, Bobby & Shane