Summertime and Kodaline have the album delayed, Editors not The Editors and Out the Gap!

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well..

Bobby and Shane stepped into the breach last week at the 11th hour…sound lads…one of my little ones was sick…ended up in hospital for a few days…all mending thankfully…little bump on the road we travel folks…ye all know the drill…no big drama in the end, in the end….THANKFULLY.

We all travel the bumpy road folks…keep going, keep going.

On the business side, it’s always going to be bumpy, the game we are in….we are up against “free”…”free” is no good for no one, but that’s another sceal for  another guys keep us open…please please be aware we are very mindful of that.

Our good and sound neighbours Welch Sports closed their doors for what was i believe the very last time…that  saddens me to be very honest…an independently owned sports shop, i don’t know, trading 30 years..? Gone……again i don’t know,… the rigours of modern business…rent, online comp…loads of factors id imagine…pity like.

Independent shops, retailers…will they be around in 20/30 years??…one for the forum….yes lads our corporation is going to invest in the forum i think…birth, life and no death of the album going to be one of the first topics…i hope ye will involve yerselfs a little bit.

The two aforementioned sound lads are going to be holding the fort from next Thursday the 9th….me myself and i is off with the clan for 10 days to the hills and lakes of the county Kkkaaavvnnnn…no phone or internet access…ah sucks…please feel free to bombard the trenches in my absence.

The Bob man will be on newsletter and videooo duty for two weeks so im sure they will be of exceptionally high standard…ill input it for him here…ah ray ya bollox.

Right so…enough ramas for one day Raymond…on to the tunage…newbies in the global corporation today include LYKKE LI and JAMES as well as reissues by GENESIS, ELO, LAMBCHOP and ELTON JOHN.

I suppose i couldn’t  leave it pass and break the habit of a newsletter lifetime and subconsciously probably the reason for the ramas…Summertime and the releases are iffy.

So moving swiftly on to releases for the 10th of August …the new Kodaline album was supposed to hit the shelves then but its now pushed back till late sept i think…would of should of been a good one for the siopa….so look we nearly had it in lads….and there was a limited to 250 blue vinyl supposed to happen…presume it will be still blue on the 28th of sept.

A bit bluey myself after the Cork match as well…no complaints for sure after 90 mins but when you are 6 points up with8 normal time left…you would hope you would get over the line…i could write a book on that match but look not to be…hurling…is the game really isn’t it to be fair…nearly all others pale into insignificance.

Sony have an ELVIS release for the anniversary…the gospel recordings…called “ where no stands alone on” and also the reissues of the five TEENAGE FANCLUB albums including bandwagonesque and grand prix.

Pias for the 10th of August ( the second eldests birthday btw…happy birthday Zach!) have reissues of the first three Editors albums…point of note here…Editors…not THE EDITORS..just noting it is all…so the back room, an end has to start and in this light and in this evening are reissued on LP.

PIAS also have THE FALL 458489 A Sides LP on coloured white vinyl…MARK E was involved in over 100 releases tween studio , live and comps and had over 60 band members and that’s just tipping the iceberg id say…another forum one id say…mark e smith stories…

PROPER for the 10th of AUG have new albums by ETHAN JOHNS and KATATONIA and a reissue by SUN RA.

Warner for the 10th of Aug have GILLIAN WELCHS “ SOUL JOURNEY” on ACONY Records…first timer on vinyl for this beaut….great words here from the girl herself…dowchta Gillian girl.

We have been working and waiting 20 years to bring you our music on phonograph record. It took a while, because we wanted to do it the right way, the absolute best way humanly possible, and I believe that’s what we’ve done. No sonic stone was left unturned, no nuance let fall by the wayside. There is honestly nothing else I can imagine hoping to hear out of the original tapes. It is all there in the groove. As people whose lives were changed by the sound of music coming off turntables, we humbly invite you to include us in your record collection.” – Gillian Welch

  • Released for the first time on vinyl, 2003’s Soul Journey features two of Gillian’s top tracks “Look At Miss Ohio” and “Wayside/Back In Time”.  
  • Soul Journey is the second title from Gillian Welch’s back catalog to be released on vinyl.
  • The Harrow & The Harvest was the first in July 2017.   
  • Mastered direct from the original tapes through custom Ortofon amplifiers to the artists’ own personal Neumann VMS-80 cutting system.   
  • Plated and pressed at Quality Record Pressings on 150 Gram audiophile quality vinyl.   
  • Packaged in an “Old Style Tip-On” gatefold jacket with lyrics (for the first time) and with a printed sleeve
  • Previous vinyl releases from Acony Records have received top notch accolades from trusted audiophiles at Analog Planet and The New Yorker.


WARNER also have the reissue of TOM WAITS “ BLUE VALENTINE” a fine record as ye know….remastered and on indies only blue vinyl for a few k.

Warner also have new albums by MAGPIE SALUTE, JASON MRAZ and THE CORAL.

UNIVERSAL have a new album by MILES KANE “ COUP DE GRACE” on cd, lp and indies only LP…pink indies only as well as new albums by NICKI MINAJ, IL DIVO, GORGON CITY and JAKE SHEARS – frontman of scissor sisters.

MUSIC ON VINYL have releases by ELVIS – FROM ELVIS PRESLEY BOULEVARD MEMPHIS TENNESSEE…2000 OF THEM ONLY, individually numbered copies on transparent blue vinyl as well as MISFITS – FAMOUS MONSTERS… 2 AND A HALF K numbered and on green and yellow vinyl as well as KEB MO – MARTIN SCORSESE PRESENTS THE BLUES.


IF i dont see ye in the next four or five days …i will ramas again this night 3 weeks.

Over to the lads.

Sound folks

Go raibh maith agat do chluas a thabhairt



U2 Releases Are In, L*****d Swirl Lambchop Reissue, and Corporate Training

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well..

Bob here on the newsletter this week! So will be short and sweet!

New releases in the siopa today include the next batch of the U2 reissues.. The masterpiece ‘Achtung Baby’, the brilliant ‘Zooropa’, and the golden ‘Best of 1980-1990’..
Also out is new releases from BOZ SCAGGS, a live MARILLION LP, UNDERWORLD / IGGY POP, TARJA, and DAUGHTRY.. We also have reissues from THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS, MIGOS, A CERTAIN RATIO, and THE SMALL FACES..

On the local scene, we have a nice Double A-Side 7’’ vinyl from Irish metal groups Soothsayer and Partholón, featuring the band’s most recent single each.

Right so, onto releases for next Friday August 3rd.. We’ll start with Universal, who have the vinyl pressing of the new Mamma Mia soundtrack, ‘Here We Go Again’, on double black vinyl gatefold.. They also have two ELTON JOHN reissues, ‘Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy’, and ‘Madman Across The Water’ on standard vinyl, as well as a whole bunch of GENESIS reissues..

On the CD front from Uni is the new NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL IBIZA, and a new compilation FAIRPORT CONVENTION CD covering Bob Dylan tracks…

Sony for August 3rd have the vinyl pressing of the new LYKKE LI record, ‘So Sad So Sexy’, which came out on CD a few weeks back.. They also have a reissue of the live JEFF BUCKLEY album ‘Mystery White Boy’ on vinyl, and E.L.O’s 1983 record ‘Secret Messages’..

Nice E.L.O singles box due shortly down the line in September as well.. More on that in a few weeks though..  Few nice boxsets down the line actually.. Bowie, Tom Petty, ELO, The Band… The main man has me trained well in the corporate selling malarkey

PIAS for August 3rd have a new IVOR RAYMOND compilation LP, ‘Paradise : The Sound of Ivor Raymond’, celebrating Ivor’s work as an arranger, songwriter, singer and producer.. Features tracks from Bill Fury, Bowie, Ian Dury, Dusty Springfield and more..

Onto Warner for August 3rd, we will have the limited, indies only magenta coloured, gatefold vinyl of JAMES’ new album ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’. Also will be available as a deluxe hardback CD. Also from Warner is a limited 7’’ release from THE DOORS for ‘Hello, I Love You’.

Republic of Music for August 3rd have the new DEAF HAVANA album, and a limited 2LP reissue of LAMBCHOP’S ‘What Another Man Spills’, reissued on milky white / yellow swirl vinyl to celebrate the albums 20th Anniversary

The Orchard have a couple of PRIMORDIAL vinyl reissues for next week..

Sin é for this week,
A bit shorter from myself this week! Yipppeee ye say!
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt

U2’s ‘Achtung Baby’, ‘Zooropa’ and ‘Best Of 1980-1990′ Pre-Order Offer, The Death Of The Album (Surely Not?), Jack O’ Rourke Is Back!

Hi EveryAone,

Hope all is well…

Releases in the shop for today include NOW 100, the new KANYE album on CD, the LP format has gone back to August 10th, again sorry for the late notice… We only heard on Weds.. New POWERWOLF, new TY SEGALL & WHITE FENCE, SWANS gone back to August 3rd folks, new (debut) by ANNE MARIE on white vinyl, P.I.L boxsets and reissues on vinyl by TONE LOC, FRANK ZAPPA, AMORPHIS, DEATH, and NOW 1.

The TROJAN box set that we are doing the special on for the 100 yo yos has been moved back to the 10th of August also… Again sorry to report that if you were mad looking forward to it.

So a lot of stuff pushed back which is a becoming more normal than rare now i’m afraid.

Ok so, the biggest releases on the 27th of JULY are probably without doubt the next batch of reissues of the U2 catalogue… Which are, it can only be described as a (and I use this word lightly and every sparingly…. I might use it 20 or 25 times if I was pushed to it) masterpiece, ACHTUNG BABY, the really really good ZOOROPA (IMO) and the Gold Best Of 1980-1990.. Ye know the one…. These are all remastered and pressed on 180 gram double vinyl to get greater sound quality… All 3 have download codes.
We are doing a pre order best price on them… Respond here if in store pick up or links to them here for our online friends…. 30 yoyos each for ACHTUNG and ZOOROPA and 34 for The Best Of… These match sterling on some of the biggest global sites so I think (even though a fiver too dear for my liking) that these are savage competitive from our corporation … !!… But 30 is better than 37/38s I guess from the record company..

These albums had a huge influence on me at the time (the two studio ones).. I done my leaving in June 91, not long turned 17 and I got a job in Mc E. Ds in July and worked there for a few years part time before I joined Golden Discs… It was mainly weekend work I done and at night… “Close” the shift was known as and it could be a nightmare depending on what manager was on… Whatever you say about Mac E D’s, man the place was cleaned… Toothbrush stuff, i’m not messing… Toothbrushes were used…the “chipper” was closed about 1 o’ clock back then, and then again manager dependant we could play CDs over the system in the store… Achtung was played to death, as was Zooropa when it came out also… One of the most memorable things about the work was the albums we played… The White Album, Suede, Primal Scream etc etc… Happy days..

Ye’r man is reminiscing about working in McDonalds now… Christ the heat has got to him i’d say… No no no theres a point to my ramblings folks… There’s a lot of talk again of “the death of the album”.. Self serving I know but surely not??

Remember college boy a few months who told me categorically it was dying… With O’ Leary in the grave… He probably read that Kanye West said it… Surely not??

We are noticing more and more EPs and mini albums coming out though…

Articles are saying the death of the album is here… They say you cannot penetrate the consciousness of a large group of people anymore with “an album”.

They are saying that we have turned into a world of grazers, and the artists job is to be always, as in 24/7, 365 days a year at the smorgasbord… No big meals anymore please to your disinterested audience… Small tasty, frequent, tantalising bites with syrup and loads of sugar… You might make stars that way, i’m not so sure you’ll make legendary musicians…. And certainly not great albums.
Ok for me you need songs to sing on stage… Tasty tip-bits or albums… Albums should win for me. Some of my favourite songs are album tracks, not singles
You want to be marked against the best if your’re worth your salt at all…

We maybe all have the potential to hit a screamer into the top corner from 25 yards once in a blue moon but can we “Modric” a game for 90 minutes week in week out… That’s the real sign of a player… So you want to put out as good an album as you can… Money and everything else aside… Most human beings want to do as well as they can at their chosen or gifted profession…  We are the best… All the greats said it.. We are the best.

A good friend of mine, and an excellently careful cyclist by the way, sent me an article from the examiner during the week about the birth 70 years ago and the conceivably death of the album…..

The writer made valid points (in the album will be around for a long time yet camp) saying albums are an expression of artistic progress and creative growth… I’ve been on a Beatles buzz again of late (regular thing) and man, the creative growth from “Please please Me” to “Abbey Road” and “Let It Be” is obviously incredible… Or as the other college boys camp might say from “She Loves You” to “Come Together”… He can’t remember any of the other songs… Wait he will just google it…
Isn’t the brilliant album a perfect storm in lots of ways… It saddens me to think the industry thinks it’s better to move away from it (not today or tomorrow, no matter what) and I believe not for a very long time… Besides who’d put the coppers in the greasy till if the albums gone??

Man, I went down a road I hadn’t planned there… Time for bed i’d say.

But before… UNI have 7 MOODY BLUES LP reissues, MIGOS “Culture” gets a 3LP release… Can’t dodge it Raymond boy… UNDERWORLD and IGGY POP have a four track EP (extended play folks in case we need to get used to it)

Teatime Dub Encounters is the result of a few clandestine hotel room recording sessions, that began a few weeks after Underworld and Iggy Pop had each released their last albums (Barbara, Barbara we face a shining future and Post Pop Depression respectively) on the same day (March 18th2016). It is neither historical or a tribute to past work. It is the work of artists in motion, engaged in a process that both bring to all of their work – one that uses spontaneity as a spur for creativity.  Formats – Mintpack CD & standard sleeve black vinyl with printed inner.

My heart sank a little then when i saw the price for said EPs…  Not far off LP prices…. Ah man, what road are we going down?

UNI for the 27th of July also have MARILLION “Live at the Royal Albert Hall” on 2CD or 2DVD or Bluray or 4LP, as well as a live album from TARJA and BOZ SCAGGS “Out of the Blues”.. New album of covers I think

Warner for the 27th of July have the pretty heralded debut by CATHERINE MCGRATH called “Talk Of This Town”, as well as a reissue (again… and i’ve used that gag before about this record) of THE SMALL FACES “Odgens…”

PIAS for the 27th have some more A CERTAIN RATIO LP releases of “Chase the Station”, + “Mind Made Up… First timers on LP and on coloured vinyl also, as well as a new DEAF WISH album called “Lithium Zion”, also indies only.

SONY for the 27th of July have the new DAUGHTRY album and some PSYCHEDELIC FURS LP reissues.

ROM have a new album by THE SPITFIRES for the 27th .

THE ORCHARD have a new album by ISRAEL NASH, as well as 3 FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH LP reissues.

PROPER for the 27th of July have the COWBOY JUNKIES LP release of the new album… Actually lande today so come in and buy it if you want it!

On the local scene…  Bit quiet lately… JACK O ROURKE is releasing his new single ‘Myth’ next Friday the 27th.. It’s sounding great and getting us excited for his new music.. The track will be his first release since ‘On The Downlow’ off his debut ‘Dreamcatcher’. Jack will be doing a launch gig for the single and for new material in Coughlan’s on Sunday July 29th. Tickets can be got here

We hope to have Jack in soon for an in-store with us, so keep eyes here for that!

Sin é for this week folks
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt


The Summer That Keeps Giving, Now Now Now, and 2 Great Gigs For Cork!

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well out there..

The summer keeps giving and giving doesnt it in fairness.. The poor record shop owners and the poor farmers though… Spare a thought lads as ye justify and ye dignify yer spotify, over yer barbequed “horse meat”  burgers… Spare a thought for the farmers and the record shop owners.
Moz… You can use a bit of that kid if you want.. (Sing it in yer heads Moz style)

All tongues removed from cheeks at the end of the day… June was the second best month of the year so far after the headiness of April… So look rock on Rocco.

Was at RUFUS WAINWRIGHT there on Monday night gone in da’operaa house… Jays he was impressive, savage pianist and a hell of a singer, a hell of a live singer… Wow like…and I liked him, he was engaging and the 95 or so minutes slipped by nicely… Very enjoyable I must say… Songs I knew by him, songs I didn’t know, new songs and a couple of Cohen covers… Slipping from piano to guitar seamlessly all evening… For a solo gig it was up there  I thought… Very good.

Right so, time to start selling stuff to ye… The fleet isn’t solar powered you know like… In the shop today are new albums by THE JAYHAWKS, DRAKE, DEAFHEAVEN, RICK ASTLEY, ALFRED HITCHCOCK as well as reissues by JASON ISBELL, THE LIBERTINES, THE NATIONAL, THE ROLLING STONES, ERIC B & RAKIM, CSN, TOM WAITS, GORILLAZ.

The Gorillaz “Demon Days”, STONES Newest one from the “From the Vault” series, WAITS “Foreign Affair”, and the JASON ISBELL should go well… I have a feeling the Isbell LP is pushed back or delayed though.

Video up here for those who like to see the stuff we flog!

Right so releases for the 20th… I suppose I have to start with NOW 100… I suppose we all probably bought a Now in our lifetime, so it is a bit of a symbolic one… NOW started in late 1983 and was pressed on vinyl until Now 35 IN 1996… Our humble corporation sold it’s first Now in 2001, and that was NOW 48… So we have seen 51 or so Now’s come and go… Easter, Summer, Christmas each year for 17 years… It was a total no brainer until quite recently… Buy 100, sell 100 and probably easily 30 or 40 more… No brainer, no bother… NOW 99 was the weakest performing Now of the 51 previous… I think some fella at some point said the times they are a changin…. I do feel a strange affinity with it though….. It’s a chart compilation Raymond, get a grip boy… I did use the word strange to be fair at the end of the day.

DRAKE’s new album is moved forward to the 13th so I never mentioned last week… Fifth studio album called “Scorpion”.

NOW 1, speaking of Nows, gets a CD and LP reprint… Uni also have the new KANYE WEST album on CD and LP… Nice to see this released as I don’t think the last album ever had a physical birth… Not exactly good for my business when something doesn’t get a physical birth.

Theres is a limited edition P.I.L. Boxset coming out… 6LP or 5CD/DVD.

To coincide with the release of a career-spanning documentary film about Public Image Ltd titled The Public Image Is Rotten, we’re pleased to announce a career boxset coming in the form of 5CD/2DVD and 6LP. This box set ‘The Public Image Is Rotten (Songs From The Heart)’ will feature the PiL Singles Collection, B-sides, Rarities and Radio Sessions, 12” Mixes, Unreleased Mixes and Tracks + a Live concert from New York Ritz in July 1989. The DVD will include PiL promo videos + some live footage from the BBC’s Top Of The Pops and Old Grey Whistle Test. Just in case that wasn’t enough, we’ve also included two live concerts, the first Tallinn Rock Summer Festival in Estonia 1988 and the 2013’s Enmore Theatre in Australia.

LASTLY UNI have some nice reissues on vinyl including TONE LOC, FRANK ZAPPA and SAM COOKE.

One more week to pre-order the new TROJAN “50th Anniversary” box set out on the 27th folks.. Lovely set.. 4LP, 6CD, 2 x 7”, albums, covers book, patch and slip mat.. Best price of 100EUR on this one.. Will have a bag of goodies to go with any pre-order

Warner for the 20th have some LP reissues by ALICE COOPER, AMORPHIS, DEATH, JOHN FOGERTY and EPICA… They also have the vinyl version of the new debut by ANNE MARIE, who supported ED SHEERAN down Da Pairc and who bucked the trend a good bit this year by selling quite a lot of CD copies.

Pias for the 20th of July have the reissue of SWANS “Soundtracks for the Blind” the last album before the Sabbatical… Mid 90s i’d say it was out… available as a 3CD or 4LP job.. First timer on vinyl for this… TY SEGALL and WHITE FENCE have a new album called “Joy” as well as a new album by PRAM and some really nice JOANNA NEWSOM cassette reissues..

I was down at KRAFTWERK last night… Well two nights ago as ye read this.. I tiredly one finger tap this every thursday night… It started slowly I thought, but was excellent from about the half an hour mark on… 2 hours i’d say… Great show, the 3-D thing worked really well…n Now weather they were watching the match or peppa pig up on stage, I can’t say… But I really enjoyed it… No sound issue for me… Half full maybe a bit more… In comparison to Alanis…which was jammed….

As regards the match… Ta siad ag dul abhaile… I be honest, I thought they would get over the Croatians but not to be after a dream start… By all accounts the better team won. I have mentioned Croatia once or twice on these pages but I think France have probably grown to be the best team in the tournament…  But you never know… It’s a cup final.

Sony for the 20th have THE INTERNET album.

Proper for the 20th have a nice indie vinyl compilation called Anthems…

The Orchard for the 20th of July have the new POWERWOLF album.

ROM for the 20th have a 3LP GOLDIE compilation.

Sin é for this week folks from a tired Mz HQ..

Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt


The Real Beast of Box Sets is Here, Fancy Yachts and L*****d Socks…sorry T-Shirts


Hi everyone,

Hope the form is good…

A good load of  ye asking how long the auld 2 for 30 vinyl sale is going on for….the rest of the summer would be the plan folks…i hope to get more titles into it again in july…spruce it up a bit is the hope.

Right so, releases in audio emporium  for this week include new albums by GORILLAZ, FLORENCE ( the yellow indies only lp got cut by about 20% of my order but still have a nice few…im on this uk record shop owners facebook group thingy…so i check in there fairly regularly and we seem to do OK with stuff ( as in our allocations of the l*****d stuff are not to bad) it seems that the florence indie version was a problem for a fair few shopkeepers over yonder) BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE  ( cute name ) and RAY DAVIES.

A blast of reissues also out today including the debut by GUNS N ROSES, called “ appetite for destruction” i think, BRUCE DICKINSON, BOWIE, BOWIE again, MADONNA, GOVT MULE, CLAPTON and BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD.

I know i have reached on these pages before but this one takes the biscuit i think to be fair…but there is a new yacht after coming on the market in monte carlo ( i don’t think ye would  to have heard about it ) and it’s a beauty so with that in mind here are the details on the GUNS N ROSES appetite LP box set..

Shane i need your help here.

  • Embossed Faux Leather and Wood Cabinet
  • Handmade 3D Cross
  • Super deluxe edition: 96 page handbound book with unreleased photos from Axl Rose’s personal archive
  • 4 CD’s in total with 73 total tracks featuring 49 unreleased tracks
  • 1 blu ray audio disc with new 5.1 surround sound mixes
  • Seven 12″ 180 Gram LPS
  • Original Album expanded into two LPs
  • First ever album remaster from analogue tapes
  • Limited Edition foil slipcase
  • 4th side hologroove hologram
  • 1 LP B-Sides  N’ EPs and Live Like a Suicide EP
  • 3LP Sound City Session and 25 unreleased songs from the 1986 session
  • 2 unreleased tracks from Mike Clink Sessions
  • 7 7″ singles on yellow vinyl
  • 12 New illustration lithos visualizing each song from Appetite for Destruction
  • Turntable Mat
  • 6 Replica Gig Flyers
  • Welcome to the Jungle Video Invite Flyer
  • Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
  • 6 Iron-On Stitched Logo Patches
  • 5 Metal Guitar Picks
  • 3 Replica Ticket Stubs
  • 5 metal Band Skull Lapel Pins
  • 2-Inch Collectable Coin
  • 5 buttons
  • 7″ adapter
  • 5 Metal Band Skull Rings
  • USB Stick
  • 5 Never-Before Seen Band Member Photo Lithos
  • 6 Temporary Band Member Tattoos
  • Robert Williams Painting Litho
  • Two Wall Posters
  • Custom bandana With Silver Metallica Ink
  • Replica 85’/86′ Concert Banner Featuring Numbered Certificate of Authenticity

So the rrp on it is 1000 euro ( id buy two cars for that boy) but taking my tongue out of my cheek for a moment…just in case there’s a buyer out there…would sell for 920 with payment plan if anyone is interested…i did say i was taking the biscuit or taking something anyway…sin sin.


Right so onto releases for the 6th of July, Warner have a nice few bits…new Moz single out on 7” “ all the young people must fall in love”…if Moz was a politician his approval rating would be on the floor  and rightly so to be fair…cheap Moz cd also out.. “ this is moz” its called.

Warner also have reissues by AHA “ HUNTING HIGH AND LOW” and MADONNA “ like a virgin” on virgin white vinyl ( don’t shoot the messenger like..i just regurgitate the sales notes sometimes, good or bad) and THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN 21 singles on double vinyl…first timer on vinyl for that one.

Last few bits from Warner are a repress of A PERFECT CIRCLE album “ eat the elephant” on indies only red and blue vinyl, a new album from black metallers IMMORTAL called “ northern chaos gods” and their is a TROJAN release of SKA & REGGAE classics on 2LP.

The world cup…interesting…whos gonna lift it…Germany goneski, Portugal one good finish from being goneski….Brazil improving, belgium may not be a bad shout,i always got a good bang from Martinez.. england, argentina, france…i dont think so… Croatia tasty looking for me also…mean and teek at the back…quality and quality eile in centre mid…one half decent striker up top …outside shot for me…some shower will drag them to pens and put them out in the next round though probably… A bit like what we done to Georgie Hagi and Romania …Raymond thats sacrilege my dear boy…the holy grail of Irish soccer and you desecrate it…in the year of the pope and all…anyone buying or selling tickets…ar nathair ata ar..

Universal for the 6th of July have the repress of RORY GALLAGHER‘S “ wheels within wheels” imo a cracking folk blues acoustic album as well as reissues on LP by BEASTIE BOYS “ solid gold hits” and FRANK ZAPPA “ burnt weeny sandwich”.

UNI for the 6th of July have the new and second album by YEARS AND YEARS “ palo santo” on CD, DELUXE CD and LP and the vinyl release of the recent new SHAWN MENDES album.

Lastly from Universal is THE BEATLES “ yellow submarine” l*****d 7” picture disc.

SONY for the 6th have the ROGER WATERS repress on l*****d coloured vinyl of newest album “ is this the life we really wanted”  as well as some LP reissues by EURYTHMICS.

On the Sony theme…there are a few DEPECHE MODE boxes..the cap is out again says ye and ye’d be right…not an ounce of shame in it either it seems Raymond boy…anyway there are a few Depeche Mode boxsets been released at the end of August and we are doing a thing with them..

Here’s the sceal with them first..

We are very pleased to be able to share a confirmed timeline for the release of the first two Depeche Mode 12” single collections – Speak & Spell & A Broken Frame. These numbered limited edition vinyl boxes collect the reproductions of the original 12″ singles from each album, faithfully reproduced from original artwork and remastered from the original audio tapes at Abbey Road in London.

The stock for these titles is strictly limited, you will not be able to get more stock than the your original order (listed below). Please note, these boxes do not contain the album. It is just the singles.


Ok here are the preorder links from our website…

And the it comes…there are tee shirts available with pre orders but only up to 10 tees for each set….heres a pic of the tees…

.a different tee available for each different set ( a speak and spell tee and a broken frame tee)…20 tees in total 10 of each….but 5 names in book for each set already so five of each left…christ i made that confusing id say…if interested let us know sure…


PIAS for the 6th of July have the 77/78 debut album…well its really a side project of THE BEES …i like it , its called “Jellies”.

PIAS also have a live album by ERASURE on 2 cd or 3 lp.


Sin e really for this week..


A cracking festival organised in Coughlans for late Sept the Coughlan’s Live Music Festival-CLMF…so the likes of LISA HANNIGAN, MICK FLANNERY, THE LOST BROTHERS, MARC O REILLY, THE SHAKER HYMN, LUKA BLOOM, O EMPEROR, I DRAW SLOW, ORCHID COLLECTIVE to name but some…a cracking festival it looks like..

Sin e for sure this time

Videos and the bob man back next friday!

Thanks for listening



Kamasi on the Horizon, BUELLER, BUELLER, BUELLER and God Only Knows!


Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well….footie season is upon us…a great shame we ain’t involved…i have fallen out of love with “ the beautiful game” to a degree to be honest…there was a time when i loved it…but the world cup does entice and excite me somewhat …my first one was 82 and the match that set soccer off for me was Brazil v Italy..i watched it a friends house, i was 8 and it was class…brilliant Brazil with Zico, Eder, Socrates and Falco but Paolo Rossi nipped in for a hat trick that day and stole the show and Italian hearts…enthralling for an 8 year old…didnt our boy Tardelli score a good goal in the final that year and ran off with the greatest world cup face of all time….its a music blog raymond…geerrra a grip.

Ok sorry… out today is the beast, it is a beast of a thing actually( it weighs in at 8.9 kg)…its a beauty too, a beauty, costs nearly as much as my last car though ( in trouble with that at the moment but sin sceal eile, amusing nearly as the last Fiesstiiieee that went to the great gig in the sky but a bit painful to share just for now)….its THE ROLLING STONES box set…even the outer box is class to be fair…stones branding on the outer box….never saw it before…the boxset is inside a box which is stones branded which is then inside another box…pandoras and all that..?

Also out from Universal is the DEF LEPPARD greatest hits and a new WILKO JOHNSON album ( looks well for a dead man , fair play to him) as well as 5SOS new LP.

Warner have the new JOHNNY MARR ( indies only purple) and THE SISTERS OF MERCY reissues as well as FULL METAL JACKET OST, TOM WAITS reissues, ANTHRAX, SEPULTURA and new album from BUDDY GUY…meant to be very good.

Also out today is the release of local lad TALOS debut album “ wild alee”…he released it independently there about a year ago and we got some LP in from him…he got signed to BMG in the states only recently ( around RSD)  so the record company are putting the record out again this time on CD also with some bonus tracks…CDs landed today and the LP is in with us Monday or Tuesday…cracking listen in my opinion…epic new classical type stuff…quality in my opinion…we have tried to get him in a few times for a little instore but hasn’t happened as yet…will keep trying though!!

Thank you actually to those of ye who came for the excellent HEDGE SCHOOLS instore last week….more quality …video to follow soon

Right so moving on to releases for next friday the 22nd of June we have the new KAMASI WASHINGTON album via Young Turks/Pias, available as a 4LP set…on the pricey side i suppose really at 55 euro as the 2cd is 15 euro…could be an interesting one to be fair..Pias also have the David Sylvian & Holger Czukay rerelease of Plight & Premonition Flux & Mutability this time on the one double CD or DLP.

Pias also have the Jonny Greenwood – coloured vinyl release of You Were Never Really Here (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

INVADA records also have Alex Somers & Sigur Rós  Black Mirror: Hang The DJ (Music From The Netflix Original Series) CD released next friday, LP on the 13th of July and lastly from Pias for the 22nd of June is the 20th anniversary reissue of GARBAGES version 2.0 on CD, 2CD, indies only orange 2lp and a deluxe limited box also.


WARNER for the 22nd of June have the new album by PANIC AT THE DISCO …in fairness to this gang ( dont know much about them ) but they are one of the few bands who have young fans that seem to really attach and buy their records and merch etc…self serving i know but it’s refreshing to see it….a guy rang me during the week doing some project or thesis on the music industry and he asked me about the future off the industry…clueless to a large degree i told him…more and more niche maybe what i do??…a movement back to it in time…???? Doomsday ???

Coined Brian Wilson i did…god only..

He had the answer though….no more albums in the future…bands/artists would just release songs…thats it a song, 3 months later a song..3 months later a new song…..who knows he could be right….what ye guys think??

On this one way rambling street that im on,  where i do all the talking and ye guys are like the quiet psycho therapist in the corner nodding or taking notes…what are yer thoughts on a shop forum, a music forum…would ye be interested? Would ye get invovled??

This is something i have tried and kind of failed at on a few occasions… believe it or not it requires a nice bit of investment in the website to get it up and running and keep it free from spam and shite…mines allowed and i will allow yer spam as well.

Nods my way in regards involvement or interest would help my decision a bit…nods if interested would be great.

Warner also have reissues by CHRIS REA, LOST BOYS OST, MARILLON, KING CRIMSON and THE POGUES best of gets a LP release also.


CARGO for the 22nd of June have the SPACEMEN 3 LP reissue “ for all the f**ked up children”.


The Orchard for JUNE 22 have a new record by THE ORB called “ no sounds are out of bounds” via Cooking Vinyl..THE ORBs 15th studio album, THE ORCHARD also have the new album by MARDUK called “ viktoria” on CD , DELUXE CD and LP….think this one maybe moved to the 29th of June now.


UNIVERSAL for the 22nd of June have the third instalment in the nine inch nails EP trilogy ( maybe strengthening our friends case about the death of the album) available on CD AND LP, there is a new album from SWING OUT SISTER and a PANTERA live at DYNAMO OPEN AIR 1998 CD as well as ELTON JOHNs revamp and restoration albums get  vinyl releases.


PROPER for the 22nd of June have a PAUL RODGERS “free spirit” live cd/dvd or 3lp release as well as INDIGO GIRLS live 2cd or 3lp release or lastly a couple of KIRSTY MACOLL LP reissues including “ kite” on clear vinyl or “ electric landlady” on pink vinyl…oh sorry they have a nice and interesting looking alternative 80s 2lp also..


We are getting the titles up on the website for the vinyl sale…its 2 for 30 instore but online i had to do 16.50 each ( shipping had to factored in as in free shipping on three records and all that…still descent i think onliners…?

Here’s the link to what we have up:


Don’t forget to remind yer better halves ( not hard ) where we are, for father’s day or any of that malarkey

Shane and myself are holding the fort as the Bob man is on his well earned holidays from me…Bobs like a Dad to me…when im at home with the nightwalkers i hear the word Dad about 150 times a day…when in work… Bob…Bob…Bob…Bob…Bob…Bob is all he hears i say…Shane has it now, he’s probably counting the days to when Bobby’s back……anyway


Sin e for this week i think

Thanks for listening


Shane, Shane… where’s the..




Oh by the way…i think i may have found my new favourite artist ….NATALIE PRASS.

A Massive 2 For €30 Vinyl Sale, A Magic Night in Kilmainhim, and A Magnificent (Birds) In-Store Tomorrow!! 

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well… Summer’s here… Slip slipping away the blian is again.

Releases in the shop today include the delayed DAMIEN RICE album “O”.. Cracker as are all three of his albums in my opinion… Also out are new albums by THE BEACH BOYS with the R.P.O on CD, the “BESIDE BOWIE” OST, the CLAPTON OST and DVD to “LIFE IN 12 BARS” (the controversial documentary on Clapton’s life) as well as BLACK SABBATH 70’s Singles Box, Best Ofs by PHIL COLLINS, ROD STEWART and reissues by TOM WAITS, VIOLENT FEMMES, PAUL SIMON and PENNYWISE … Not forgetting LILY ALLEN’s new album also.

Video up over on our website now

Right so on to releases for the 15th of June and I suppose I have to start with the beast of a boxset that is THE ROLLING STONES ‘71 – ‘16… Some quality records in there redone to the very highest standards… There is one last framed print left if anyone fancies not feeding themselves for a few weeks… Will you go and f’ off ray… Last attempted hawking by me (on the Stones box anyway!)

Universal also have a new WILKO JOHNSON album called “Blow Your Mind” on CD and LP, THE CURE “Mixed Up” and “Torn Down” are now moved to June 22.. Half speed press on the DLP and a 3CD version also with loads of extras and remixes.

UNIVERSAL also have  a 7LP KILLERS boxset as well as a fairly fairly limited RYAN ADAMS 7” on pink vinyl and the long out of print LOCK STOCK LP Soundtrack and lastly from Universal is DEF LEPPARD’S “Vault”, or greatest hits, as an LP reissue.

WARNER for the 15th of June have the new JOHNNY MARR album, his third one… The other two were quite good I thought, and he seems to be the berries… I have his book upstairs but its in a queueing system (like a bank… I think they are going to open for their customers one hour a week from next year..) I saw a thing on twitter where Mr Marr is doing a record signing in Manchester on the day of release the 15th in Piccadilly or Vinyl Exchange or one of their shops anyway, can’t remember now… But he is a doing a signing… He will be available to chat and sign from 12 to 6 on the day…I just thought class… No racing in behind a table malarky… I’d say chilling, chatting, cup a tea making … Come in and shoot the breeze type… I thought twas classy anyway.. No airs or graces i’d say… Cool customer he seems.. Tunes good also… Available as CD, STD BLACK LP or INDIES ONLY PURPLE LP.

Warner also has some nice reissues by SISTERS OF MERCY… “First and Last”, “Floodland”, “Vision Thing” and also a nice greatest hits type thing on LP, as well as some nice TOM WAITS LP reissues… BAWLERS, BRAWLERS and BASTARDS… On CD and Black LP… (Were coloured and limited for RSD… Cheaper now by about 7 quid or so, might not sit well in some throats)… I don’t know these albums to be honest but lads have thumped them big time to me over last while so i must investigate.

Lastly from Warner is a new album by MIKE SHIONDA (LINKIN PARK) and reissues on LP of “Arise” By SEPULTURA, as well as the OST to FULL METAL JACKET.

Sony for the15th have a new CHRISTINA AGUILERA CD as well as a new BUDDY GUY album called “The Blues Is Alive and Well” available on LP and CD.

Pias for the 15th of JUNE have a debut I think (could be second album also but I think only EPs up to now) by ROLLING BLACKOUTS COASTAL FEVER.. Indies only vinyl on this one… A few of our regular folk who have good taste I feel really rate this band and album so maybe this is one to watch or check out…

PIAS also have a new album by JOHN PARISH and a new EP by PROTOMARTYR (another band well liked in the shop)… Last years album made our Top 10 of the Year.

ROM for the 15th of June have a solo album from STUART A STAPLES from TINDERSTICKS.

PROPER have a live FAIRPORT CONVENTION album called “What We Did On Saturday” including all members down through the years.


I was one of the lucky ones at the NICK CAVE gig in Kilmainham the other night… One of the 25000 id say? Ballpark..?T
T’was a beautiful special night in so many ways…T’was magic.
He was on fire as were the Bad Seeds… Savage musicians… T’was a really smashing gig… “Jesus Alone” opened it followed soon after by “Do You Love Me”, “From Here To Eternity”, “Loverman” and “Red Right Hand”.. Twas flying… My favourite segment was probably “Into My Arms”, “Girl In Amber”, “Distant Sky” and “Jubilee Street”… “Into My Arms” unquestionably a brilliant song, I love “Girl In Amber”, and “Distant Sky” is my own favourite song on SKELETON TREE… It was just getting dark at this point and the stage became dark expect for the visual on the screen of the Swedish soprano who duets with the great man.. Cave disappeared into the background whilst her haunting vocal was belted out via a video link… The band played brilliantly and quietly in the background whilst Cave reappeared to deliver the lines “They told us our gods would outlive us, they told us our dreams would outlive us, but they lied”.. I swear every tissue in my body trembled and tingled with emotion… There was a raw emotion in the song, dark, haunting and you can’t help but think of his boy and his loss… You just know Cave is thinking about him as he delivers those lines… You can hear the anguish and emotion in his voice… It was unforgettable for me… He moved on then to an absolutely cracking version of “Jubilee Street”… I was breathless nearly…. The weeping song was soon to follow and then he brought about 70 people (fans) up on stage for a great rendition of “Stagger Lee”… He was manhandled and manhandling for a while and then he told them to sit down and like well trained puppies they did just that… Well the great man had spoken… I nearly sat down where I was standing… He finished with “Push the Sky Away”… Dropped the microphone and walked off stage… Like keizer soze he was gone… Five seconds later a black sedan sped from the side off the stage down a dirt road as the Seeds played the last few bars of the song… T’was over… T’was magic.

Right so we had a cracking in-store on Saturday for ye… Mr. Pat Barrett was with us to perform some tracks from the new HEDGE SCHOOLS Record… Ah ‘tis only beautiful is “Magnificent Birds”…

Luke’s Art Exhibition is on!

Cork author Kevin Doyle is coming to The Carrigaline Bookshop this Saturday 9th June from 1 – 2PM to sign copies of his crime thriller To Keep A Bird Singing. Cork locations, punk music, a socialist whodunnit…….. Check for fluff on your needle.
Again i’m sure we can organise a signed copy of the book for ya if you can’t get down to Carrigaline that day because you were at the best in store ever in MUSICZONE HQ .

We have also now up on our Youtube the cracking Stephanie Rainey full performance from RSD in April. Stephanie just supported Kodaline in the Marquee yesterday evening! Re watch her live acoustic gig from in-store here and give it a thumbs up for us!

Lastly but not leastly we have just started a massive 2 For €30 Vinyl LP PROMOTION… Over 200 titles… Some really strong ones… Well worth a look … Will have on website next week I hope so you can have an online browse…. May be slightly different online…  No discounts or stamps i’m afraid though folks… ‘Tis kind of tight for us… Good promo lads I think to be fair

Look sin é for this week,
Thanks for listening

A Sabbath Singles Boxset, A Marketing Pillar, And Cork’s Own ‘Right Here Right Now’ Festival This Weekend! 

Hi Everyone,
Hope ye’r all well..

What we have in the shop for today and the long weekend are new albums by NATALIE PRASS, GHOST, LUMP (LAURA MARLING), ROGER DALTRY, GODSMACK, DEF LEPPARD (VINYL BOXSET, JUST 300 LEFT AFTER INITAL SHIP OUT.. ALSO ON CD BOXSET), NEKO CASE and probably the two biggest of the of the week BEN HOWARD and FATHER JOHN MISTY... I am liking the Father John album to be honest. Always clever with the pen… Maybe tis me but not too many that clever with the pen these days or maybe that’s a grump age thing…

Loads of ‘Best Of’ reissues out today in the MZ Towers.. Best of Vinyl reissues by MADONNA, THE FACES, THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G, THE FLAMING LIPS, ENYA and BREAD as well as reissues by THE NEIGHBOURHOOD, JAY Z, EMMYLOU HARRIS, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, and a ZZ TOP LP BOXSET, and finally a Remix Album of PAUL SIMON’S GRACELAND.

Video up on our site again! Be sure to subscribe

Ok so, moving swiftly on to releases for Friday the 8th of June via Universal we have the MICK RONSON STORY O.S.T ‘Beside Bowie’ on CD, Limited 2LP, DVD and Blu Ray.. Could well be an interesting watch… Anyone see it??
Universal also have a lovely 17 track BEACH BOYS Compilation with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.. CD only for now, 2LP out Aug 17.. Speaking of good watches the ERIC CLAPTON ‘Live in 12 Bars’ documentary is scribed as being excellent. It’s out next week on DVD and Blu Ray, as well as an accompanying 32 track CD, and then later on 20th July as a Limited 4LP Set.. Must have a watch..
Universal also have a live STEPS CD/DVD as well as a load of live DVDs for 8EUR each… Eagle Rock from the likes AEROSMITH, GARY MOORE, ZZ TOP, BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW and THE WHO…
Lastly from Universal is a limited MILES DAVIS ‘Ascenseur Pour L’échafaud’ 3X10” LP collectors edition + a 2CD and a LP reissue of the Best Of LP of ‘Decade in the Sun’ by the STEREOPHONICS..

Sony for the 8th of June have the LP release of the CAMILA CABELLO album as well reissues on LP of SIMON + GARFUNKEL’S ‘The Graduate’ as well as reissues of PAUL SIMON’S ‘Songbook’ and ‘Heart and Bones’..

Warner for the 8th of June have a BLACK SABBATH “70’s Singles” Boxset.. 10 x 7” Singles from the good people of BMG…

“Despite a run of legendary hit singles in the 1970s, Black Sabbath and the seven-inch single format didn’t always sit well together. After the release of their debut single ‘Evil Woman’ in 1970, followed by their ultimate explosive chart success with ‘Paranoid’, the band were not comfortable with the confines of the mainstream pop format and the audience it brought them, leading to their now legendary self-imposed ban on releasing singles in the early 70s.
‘Supersonic Years – The Seventies Singles Box Set’, released June 8th, documents the band’s run of hit singles as never before and features an array of unique content.

  • This limited-edition box set includes five rare single edits: Iron Man / Sabbath Bloody Sabbath / Am I Going Insane (Radio) / Hard Road / Symptom Of The Universe. 
  • 10 unique colour picture sleeves from around the world, either ultra-rare or exclusive to this box set (see list below).
  • Remastered by renowned engineer Andy Pearce.
  • New liner notes booklet detailing the rarities contained within the box set, along with the story behind the birth and evolution of the most culturally important genre of all time. 
  • The exclusive ‘Henry Devil’ spider-dinc seven-inch adapter that can also be used as a keyring.


  1. Evil Woman, Don’t Play Your Games With Me (2012 – Remaster) / Wicked World (2012 – Remaster)
  2. Paranoid (2012 – Remaster) / The Wizard (2012 – Remaster)
  3. Iron Man (Single Edit) (2017 – Remaster) / Electric Funeral (2012 – Remaster)
  4. Tomorrow’s Dream (2012 – Remaster) / Laguna Sunrise (2012 – Remaster)
  5. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath (Edited Version) (2018 – Remaster) / Changes (2012 – Remaster)
  6. Am I Going Insane? (Radio) (Single Edit) (2018 – Remaster) / Hole In The Sky (2012 – Remaster)
  7. Gypsy (2012 – Remaster) / She’s Gone (2012 – Remaster)
  8. It’s Alright (2012 – Remaster) / Rock ‘N’ Roll Doctor (2012 – Remaster)
  9. Never Say Die (2012 – Remaster) / She’s Gone (2012 – Remaster)
  10. Hard Road (Single Edit) (2012 – Remaster) / Symptom Of The Universe (German Single Edit) (2012 – Remaster)

Single Picture Covers
Disc 1: Front – Holland/Back – Germany
Disc 2: Front – Italy/Back – Sweden
Disc 3: Front – Vertigo/Back – Warners
Disc 4: Front – France/Back – Germany
Disc 5: Front – Japan/Back – Holland
Disc 6: Front & Back – Japan
Disc 7: Front & Back – Yugoslavia
Disc 8: Front – Holland/Back – Japan
Disc 9: Front – Holland/Back – Germany
Disc 10: Front – Germany/Back – Japan

Good people indeed, BMG and Warner.. Bringing myself and the Bob Man (who declined the offer due to being an international man of mystery… We have a few of those who frequent the shop.. International men of mystery that is..) up to the big fire to see masters Smith + Cave… Nice one BMG and Warner who facilitated the whole thing… If there was one gig going to prise me away from the small fire this summer it was the PATTI SMITH / NICE CAVE show in Kilmainham.. Delighted with it!..

Speaking of gigs in the small fire, this weekend we have Cork’s very own RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW FESTIVAL in CORK OPERA HOUSE, which is a festival of Cork / In Cork / For Cork so if you like me are around the small fire this bank holiday weekend then you might consider THE FRANKS / MARLENE ENRIGHT and YE VAGABONDS on Saturday night with the Cork Opera House’s own brilliant Orchestra.. Few tickets left I think.. Or JOHN BLEK, WALLIS BIRD, IARLA O LIONARD + STEVE COONEY, THE SERVICE, ANNA MITCHELL and JACK O’ ROURKE on the Sunday Night… We will be (as in the MZ T’s) frequenting the Opera House over said Bank Holiday Weekend.. Hope to see a few of ye there..

THE ORCHARD for the 8th of June have new albums by JORJA SMITH…
Woh Woh Woh.. Never finished Warner… Got totally sidetracked by telling everyone how great they are, and never finished the releases..
Warner also, as well as the SABBATH set, have a new album by LILY ALLEN, and Vinyl Best Ofs by A-HA, PHIL COLLINS, and ROD STEWART, as well as some classic reissues by TOM WAITs with ‘Small Change’, VIOLENT FEMMES debut LP, and PENNYWISE’s Debut Self-Titled LP on indies only Blue Vinyl..

So THE ORCHARD have new albums by JORJA SMITH and TREMONTI, as well as THE SELECTOR ‘Live at Roundhouse’ and THE BEAT ‘Live at Roundhouse’ both as 2LP/DVD sets. The Orchard also have a DEVIN TOWNSEND vinyl boxset called ‘ERA’.. 2K only.. Not Price.. Quantity!!
Lastly from THE ORCHARD is MEGADETH’s reissue of ‘Killing is my Business and Business is Good’ on CD or LP..

PIAS for the 9th of June have new albums by GRUFF RHYS and HUMANS, as well as THE DROWNING CRAZE Singles 81/82…

Ok so few bits going on in the shop over the next week or two.. This Saturday, tomorrow, we have THE ELATION coming into us to launch their debut EP ‘Clickbait’.. Great title.. Great pop tunes to be honest.. Good lads.. So come in and support if you are around and the following weekend we have an exhibition on the stage by local artist Luke Hickey, entitled ‘Dark Pop’.. Get’s Unvieled Friday the 8th at 6PM..

Lastly and not lastly we have PAT BARRETT from HEDGE SCHOOLS in with us for an in-store on Sat 9th of June at 1PM.. We have the 3 S’s earlier of sell, sell, sell… The great mantra that it is.. Is we are going to invoke a new marketing strategy for four S’s for in-stores starting with the ELATION and HEDGE SCHOOLS.. Shall I present the four S’s?.. Sing, Sign, Sell and Smile.. Hopefully anyway!..

The next of our videos is now up on our YouTube to be watched.. We had the mighty THE BURMA in-store with us for our U2 Launch Party night late last year, and they played a cracking set for us, even including a great U2 Cover of ‘Electrical Storm’.. Check out the set here, and give it a thumbs up and share for the lads if you like it! We sure do

Sin é for this week so..
Thanks for listening

MTV Unplugged Returns with Biffy Clyro : Live From The Roundhouse London, and a nice Right Here Right Now Festival Competition!

Hi Everyone,
Hope ye’r all doing alright..
Kind of a bumper release week in the shop this one… Loads out… Take me off my diet of ARCTIC MONKEYS, HEDGE SCHOOLS and MANIC STREET PREACHERS new albums which I like all of.. Apologies to HEDGE SCHOOLS as out IT Department made a slip last week by linking a LOST BROTHERS song to the write up.. Lost Brothers excellent also though so I hope ye enjoyed it.. I’m sure the IT Department will remedy the situation right now with a beautiful song from the older album from Hedge Schools.. Nothing from new album up yet..

Anyway back to today.. Releases include the mighty boxsets of PULSE by PINK FLOYD as a 4LP with a 52 page hardback book, and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S ‘ALBUM COLLECTION VOLUME 2’.. We also have brand new albums by COURTNEY BARNETT, RYLEY WALKER, JAMES BAY, ASHTT (Theresa Wayman of WARPAINT), STEPHEN MALKMUS, HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT, RAY LAMONTAGNE… Deep Breath.. And Reissues by PAUL MCCARTNEY, THE BREEDERS, LENNY KRAVITZ, SPARKS, STEVE MILLER and THE FALL..

Video up again this week!! You can find it here

It’s 12 months already since the passing of Chris Cornell, hard to believe isn’t it… And again in the past 7 days the music world has lost another to suicide.. Scott Hutchison, a man who wrote some beautiful songs on his day, but was so unwell that he felt his death was the best option.. Isn’t just so so sad.. Always thought he names the band kind of with his illness in mind.. ‘Frightened Rabbit’.. But I read somewhere recently that his mother gave him the name (playfully) because of his chronic shyness as a boy / young fella.. I remember writing a few lines about him back in April 16 when the newest album came out… Painting of a panic attack where he had moved to LA and hated it.. Afraid to go out his front door… Begs the question, here at home and also abroad.. Is there really enough being done by governments to help people with mental illness.. Nearly 3 people a day in Ireland take their own lives.. Mainly young people.. Loads of money poured into other health areas.. Yet not mental health.. You wonder.. More could be done I feel.. RIP Scott, Chris, Chester and Dolores..

Ok so.. On to releases for the 25th if ye have any money left.. PIAS have new albums by KAMAAL WILLIAMS and WOODEN SHIJPS, as well as reissues by ESBJORN SVENSSON TRIO and KRIS KRISTOFFERSON..

Warner for the 25th have the BIFFY CLYRO ‘MTV Unplugged : Live at the Roundhouse London’, on CD, CD/DVD or 2LP/CD/DVD Pack.. The hugely popular series is back with a bang with Biffy..
“Although their live shows are best known for their electrifying and explosive energy, Biffy Clyro have often demonstrated that their songs possess an added poignancy when stripped back to their essence. Now the band can announce details of their first acoustic album, ‘MTV Unplugged: Live At Roundhouse London’ on May 25th.
The set is rich with favourites from the Biffy catalogue. ‘Machines’ is already long established as a highlight of the band’s live shows as Simon Neil performs accompanied by a single acoustic guitar, while the likes of ‘Many of Horror’, ‘Re-arrange’ and ‘Medicine’ are all natural fits for an Unplugged performance. Yet the band also flourish with stripped-back performances of songs that were more aggressive and dramatic in their original form, such as ‘The Captain’, ‘Black Chandelier’ and ‘Bubbles’.
The album also presents some special treats for Biffy fans. A stunning take on the Beach Boys’ classic ‘God Only Knows’ is an undoubted highlight, while a brand new original song is also included in the shape of ‘Different Kind of Love’.”

Warner also have the GRAVE DIGGER LP Reissues (Ltd to 300), the new JENNIFER WARNERS album on BMG, a new LIAM GALLAGHER 7”, PRINCE‘s ‘Nothing Compares To You’ for the first time ever on 7”, SAXON reissues of ‘Crusader, ‘Denim + Leather’, and ‘The Power and the Glory’ as LP Reissues..
Lastly Warner has the new STONE TEMPLE PILOTS LP, JEFF BECK ‘Live from the Hollywood Bowl’ 3LP, and a new Ska / Reggae comp from TROJAN..

Universal for the 25th of May have the return of SNOW PATROL.. 7th Album, Wildness’ out on CD, Deluxe CD and Exclusive Picture Disc LP… Meant to be jam packed with anthemic belters… I did really like an early album or two..
Uni also have the new (3rd) album by CHVRCHES called ‘Love Is Dead’.. CD and indies only transparent vinyl, as well as the new SHAWN MENDES album (self titled), the CD soundtrack to the new STAR WARS movie : Solo by JOHN POWELL, a new 12” single by BJORK as well as two reissues by the BEAUTIFUL SOUTH ‘0898’ and ‘Painting It Red’.

We are teaming up with the RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Festival and The CORK OPERA HOUSE for a couple of nice competitions to do with the festival over the June Weekend… It’s a music festival of Cork music, in Cork, for Cork, so we are delighted to be involved..
So Comp One.. Anyone who buys an Irish Album on CD, or LP from tomorrow morning up until Tuesday the 29th of May will be entered into a draw for two tickets for the festival on the Sunday.. 6 different acts performing, as well as a 100EUR voucher for Sliced i.e. Cork’s Best Wood-Fire Pizza Restaurant!
Comp two will run next week on our Facebook and Instagram where tickets for Saturday Night are up for grabs, as well as a 100EUR voucher for your favourite shop!!
More details about the festival can be found here..

Also now up to watch on our YouTube is our mini documentary from this year’s RECORD STORE DAY.. Features live performances from Transmission Club, Stephanie Rainey, John Blek, The Shaker Hymn, Leftbank, August Wells, The Elation, The Burma and Ian Whitty and the Exchange! Huge thanks to all the bands for a cracking day, to Tim our camera man, and to everyone who came in to make the day so special again.
Give it a watch, thumbs up, and a share for us please, and be sure to subscribe for more content. Loads coming over next few weeks!

Sony for the 25th of May have the LP Release of the CAMILA CABELLO album, some SWEET CD reissues, as well as long awaited JANIS IAN reissues on CD + LP including of course ‘Between the Lines’.

ROM for the 25th of May have the ANGES OBEL ‘Late Night Tales’ series,,

The Orchard for the 25th have new albums by LINDA ORTEGA, CANDLEMASS, a new 7” by PUGWASH, swell as THE FALL ‘Levitate’ expanded 3LP edition or 2CD edition..

A lot of rabbiting on about these new privacy laws, so if you do not want to receive this newsletter, please hit the unsubscribe button.. I may cry, but i’ll get over it.. A good cry never hurt anyone..

Sin é for this week folks,
Thanks for Listening,

The Landing of the Arctic Monkeys Spaceship, A Springsteen Box Set Price Drop, and The Price of Music

Hey Everyone,

Hope all is well on this fine summer’s evening…

Ok so a few beauts in the shop now to let ye folks know about and I suppose none more so than the new ARCTIC MONKEYS record “ Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino” and so far so bloody good for me… Nice writer is our Mr .Turner, there’s some really clever lyrics in it again… “Everybody’s on a barge floating down the endless stream of great TV”..

Really looking forward to a proper listen, in the shop your ear or mind isn’t really on the music a lot of the time… But from what I heard i’m certainly going to like it, it’s definitely mellower than even the last record but I really have liked what I heard so far… Few indies only LPs with 16 page deluxe booklet left, and CD.

Another beaut is the new HEDGE SCHOOLS album ‘Magnificent Birds’, CD with us for now, LP to follow very shortly… The last album, “At The End Of The Winding Day” was a superb listen, in my top two records that year… Stunning it is. And the couple of listens so far of the new record “Magnificent Birds” (which has a Magnificent cover by the way) is another beautiful listen… Soft, gentle, sparse, evocative are words that spring to mind.. Loads more listening of this new record to be done over the coming years… And if it’s anything like the last record, it rewards the listener more and more every time its played.. The CD is just 10 euro… I would argue (a little trust here folks) that you won’t spend a better tenner all year… Here’s a taste… Ask for more on the shop floor if you want to hear it..

Music is cheap really isn’t it… I’m not on about the free thing… I’m on about about buying a record for 10 euro up to 30 euro… If you connect with that record, then that music is so cheap… That music gives you so much for your tenner (or more dosh in most cases now to be fair)…  That money really is some of the best money you will ever spend (off course you are going to say that Raymond!… But I believe it)… How many times have you listened to your favourite records?? Do they stir emotions that lots of other “products” would not even scratch the surface of?? Genuine tingles down the back from a lyric or a crescendo or an intro?? It sounds like i’m doing an ad for mastercard or some shower now, but priceless I would argue…? You will take to the grave or to the bunsen burner, those feelings/emotions given to you by music… We are visited (less regularly than before, as it is now) by bereaved people looking for the “funeral” songs….. I doubt if bereaved people visit the DIY shop looking for the supersonic C90 power hose “cos the auld lad loved his power hoses”  and we wanted to spray the earth as they lowered him down or maybe try put out the bunsen burner… Can ye catch my drift in amongst all that?

Move on Raymond or you will be up all night kid… More new ones for today by RY COODER, BLACK PANTHER OST and BEACH HOUSE, as well as reissues by TOM WAITS (got a few of the 200), MAX RICHTER, SIMON & GARFUNKEL, MILES DAVIS and HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD.

New release video up again for you all, check it out here!

Right so moving on to the 18th of May… We have the battle of the boxsets.. In the Blue corner we have BRUCE’S Album Collection Volume 2 (after high powered negotiations during the week with the power that be in Sony… We are able to offer the Bruce box now for 175 Euro on preorders… For those couple of ye who committed to the190 last week well that’s tough I suppose… Should have waited till this week!) (the chef on the yacht ain’t cheap you know..)

In the the off red corner is the PINK FLOYD box set of the incredible “PULSE” Recording… 100EUR pre-order still open… Dearer once released folks… That’s just the way it is… PULSE should be sweet id say, tis a brilliant recording.

Sony as well as the limited and numbered Springsteen boxset for just 175 I say, also have the new RAY LAMONTAGNE album “Part Of The Light” on CD and LP.

Warner as well as the fantastic PULSE reissue also have the reissue of compilation “Relics” by Floyd as well as the new SLEEP album “The Scientists” on Third man records available as a standard Black LP, CD or limited indies only vinyl…. Just 50 copies available on that one so again don’t know if I will get any… My hats in the ring…

Warner also have a new JOE BONAMASSA releases, “British Blues Explosion : Live”, a salute from Joe to Clapton, Beck and Page.. Available via Provogue on indies only red, white and blue LP, or CD, or Blu Ray..

Warner also have a new EP by JAMES on 10’’ (four tracks) limited vinyl VIA Infectious.. OTIS REDDING “Dock of the Bay Sessions” on CD or LP.. “Live In Oberhausen”, on DVD / 2CD or BluRay / 2CD, or on two volumes on vinyl.

Lastly from Warner for the 18th of May we have new albums by AMORPHIS, and BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO, as well as 60’s + 70’s LP Compilations

The Orchard for the 18th have new albums by FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, and AT THE GATES.

Universal for the 18th of May have new albums by JAMES BAY, indies only red LP, PAUL MCCARTNEY LP and CD reissues of ‘Chaos and Creation’, ‘New’ and ‘Thrillington’ as well as a WINGS Greatest Hits…

Uni also have a new album by WARPAINT guitarist and vocalists THERESA WAYMAN, A.K.A TT.. Album ‘LoveLaws’ out on CD and LP.

Universal have reissues on LP by THE STEVE MILLER BAND including ‘Fly Like an Eagle’ and LENNY KRAVITZ ‘Greatest Hits’ on 2LP, and lastly SPARKS ‘Exoctic Creatures of the Deep’ on 2LP, a first timer on vinyl…

PIAS for the 18th have the new RYLEY WALKER album ‘Deafman Glance’ as well as new albums by ASH (Indies only LP), STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE KICKS (indies only one), JOHNNY GREENWOOD OST of ‘Body Song’… Lasly from PIAS, we will have four BREEDERS albums on 4AD reissued, ‘POD’, ‘LAST SPLASH’, ‘TITLE TK’, and Mountain Battles’.

Music On Vinyl for the 18th of May have LYNYRD SKYNYRD ‘Collected’, hopefully numbered and limited..

Cracking week for releases next week to be fair.. Probably the best of the year so far???
Not over yet…

Proper have the 2nd album by COURTNEY BARNETT ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’, on CD, LP or real limited indies only LP…

New HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT album ‘No one Here Cares About Your Creative Hub, So Get Your F**king Hedge Cut’ also out.. Album cover is a picture of said message on a shed door… The Biscuit man has earthly neighbours it seems.. Proper also have a MARK E SMITH / THE FALL ‘Best Of’ on CD and new GRETCHEN PETERS album

Also everyone, a very kind customer called into us today and has a ticket but can not make it to The Rolling Stones gig in Croke Park on the 17th of May… The ticket is free to a good home, so we’ll be taking names until noon tomorrow.. No later than noon.. and then we’ll do a draw from a hat.. Just the one ticket.. Also the ticket will have to be collected in Dublin so we will put the winner in touch with the person who is giving it away and that can all be arranged, but it will not be in Cork.. Let us know if you want to be put in the hat!!

Sin é for this week folks

Thanks for listening
Vinyl Records Ireland

Arctic Monkeys, Pulse, And How Many Caps Can A Man Have??

Hi everyone,

Hope ye’r all doing alright tonight tonight..

Newbies and reissues in the shop include new albums by FRANK TURNER, REJJIE SNOW, KACEY MUSGRAVES, DIMMU BORGIR, GAZ COOMBES, INSAHN and THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING OST by JOHAN JOHANSSON (limited and numbered that one) as well as a BRIAN ENO Boxset and reissues by ENIGMA on coloured vinyl, THE CRANBERRIES, MACHINE HEAD.

Video up and running again this week, few guest appearances this week!

Ok so moving on to releases for the 11th of May, as mentioned in last weeks ramblings, one of the most anticipated albums of the year out on Domino, ARCTIC MONKEYS return with their sixth album, entitled ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’. Produced by James Ford and Alex Turner, the album was recorded in Los Angeles, Paris and London.  Their first release since 2013’s ‘AM’ finds the band intent on continuing to explore new musical terrain with each album. ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ ups the ante in a big way; it is a bold and brilliant album reflecting Turner’s ever more comprehensive creative vision. CD in card pack. LP on heavyweight vinyl with digital download code.  Also available to specialist retailers on heavyweight clear vinyl with download code…. We are one of said specialist retailers and we still have 14 copies to be allocated if you want one, let us know… Loads of cap holding going on by me this week actually… Like shaking a box in front of Queen..? Hopefully not says he tongue firmly placed in my cheek, as all newsletters are folks.

PIAS also have the new BEACH HOUSE album next friday the 11th, CD and indies only clear vinyl also as well as THE SEA AND CAKE reissue on LP indies only pink of “Any Day”.

WARNER for the 11th have the reissue of TOM WAITS classic “Nighthawks at the Diner”… Tis fierce limited to 200 copies on red vinyl for RSD stores only… I have my name in the hat for some, do the same if you like… Cap 2… The standard black version will be readily available from the following Friday the 18th if the red ones don’t work out for me or us… We are family.

Sony for the 11th have some Music on Vinyl transitions including Simon & Garfunkel “Greatest Hits” and MILES DAVIS “Greatest Hits”.


OK may as well do it in one burst I suppose… Caps 3, 4 and 5 firmly in hand here…
Chasing names folks to be cap in hand blunt about it… Smiling as always… Here’s the sceal on three box sets due out over next few weeks…


*4LP 180g Box a 52-page hardback photo book, all encased in a thick card slipcase
Pink Floyd re-release their 1995 UK Number 1 live album ‘PULSE’, pressed on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl.  ‘PULSE’ was compiled by James Guthrie, using various performances from the band’s 1994 Division Bell tour across the UK and Europe featuring David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The album includes ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ performed in full, as well as a whole side dedicated to the show’s encore.
The 4-LP set includes four different inner sleeves, each inside individual outer sleeves, plus a 52-page hardback photo book, all encased in a thick card slipcase. This 2018 release was remastered from the original tapes by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman. Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon, who worked on the original art with the late Hipgnosis co-founder, Storm Thorgerson, recreated the art package.

100 EURO Best Price on pre-orders… Need to know by Monday at 6 if interested… Hello, hello… Is there anybody out there…? I think you will find the price savage competitive..



The limited edition boxset covers Bruce Springsteen’s second decade as a recording artist, with many of the albums included having achieved Top 5 positions internationally, reaching gold, platinum or multi-platinum status in major territories worldwide. Following on from the successful 2014 Boxset, covering the period 1973-84, Vol 2 features all five studio and live albums recorded for Columbia Records between 1987 and 1996 –all of which have long been out of print -as well as a 60pg book featuring rarely seen photos, memorabilia and press clippings from the period. Additionally, the boxset also features two EPs –Blood Brothers (available on vinyl for the first time) and Chimes of Freedom –both of which are exclusive to the box. Furthermore, each boxset features a numbered Certificate of Authenticity

The audio on The Album Collection Vol. 2 is sourced from the highest-quality transfers of each original analogue album master. Acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig and Springsteen’s long-time engineer Toby Scott utilized the Plangent Process, noted for its ability to correct pitch errors and distortions in the magnetic tape, ensuring the best possible quality versions of these albums. Additionally, two of the albums in the set have been pressed on double vinyl for the first time to further maximize audio fidelity.

‘Tunnel of Love’ (1987)* (2 LP)
‘Human Touch’ (1992)* (2 LP)
‘Lucky Town’ (1992) (1 LP)
‘In Concert / MTV Plugged’ (1993) (2 LP)
‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ (1995) (1 LP)
expanded across two LPs to maximize audio quality

12 Eps including:
‘Chimes of Freedom’ (1988) (1 EP)
‘Blood Brothers’ (1996)** (1 EP)
** first-ever vinyl release
60 Page Songbook
Certificate of Authenticity (numbered)

190 is the best we can do on the Bruce set… 








Whenever The Rolling Stones do anything, they do it with quality and gravitas. Having defined rock’n’roll in the 60s, The Rolling Stones entered their imperial phase in 1971 with Sticky Fingers. What followed is a run of albums that couldn’t have happened at any other time, by any other band: the decadent excess of Exile On Main St, the Jamaican voodoo swamp of Goats Head Soup, the disco and punk-infused prowl of Some Girls. With each new decade, the Stones evolved while staying true to their roots, coming full circle in 2016 with Blue & Lonesome, a love letter to their first inspiration: the blues. Today, The Rolling Stones and Universal Music announce ‘The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016’, a brand new limited edition vinyl box set collection, featuring 15 albums across 20 LPs released on 15 June 2018.

‘The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016’ presents this monumental era in rock’n’roll history in a highly bespoke, lenticular mounted, limited edition box-set housing the 15 studio albums from Sticky Fingers through to Blue & Lonesome in faithful and intricate original packaging replications. Every album has been lovingly remastered and cut at revelatory half-speed at Abbey Road Studios, from vinyl specific original tape transfers designed to get the very best possibly sound from the format. Each album is pressed on heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl and includes a download card for HD digital redemption of the catalogue and includes a numbered certificate of authentication.

Cut at half speed, these are among the highest quality vinyl pressings that these classic Rolling Stones albums will have ever received. Half speed mastering and pressed to a very high standard ensures top notch sound quality for the listener. Special care has been taken to create packaging to the same high standards, with detailed artwork reproduction for each album including ‘Some Girls’, which comes housed in the replica design including 20 cut-outs on the cover, while the sleeve of ‘Sticky Fingers’ is presented as Andy Warhol’s original design, complete with a working zip with a hidden image underneath and ‘Exile On Main Street’ comes with a set of 12 original postcard inserts.

Abbey Road Studios’ engineers have been cutting grooves into discs since the studios first opened in 1931. In 2013, award-winning engineer Miles Showell joined their existing mastering team, bringing a wealth of disc-cutting experience with him.

One of the artisan techniques offered by Abbey Road Studios that results in the very highest quality sound reproduction is Half Speed Cutting. This process involves the master source being played back at precisely half its recorded speed while the cutting lathe is similarly turned at half the desired playback speed. This allows the cutting head twice the time to cut the intricate groove, allowing considerably more accuracy with important matters such as frequency extremes and micro-dynamic contrasts. The resulting cuts have excellent high frequency response (treble) and very solid and stable stereo images. It’s not quite as simple as running everything at half rate. There is an EQ curve applied to all vinyl records and by running the lathe at half speed, all the frequencies are wrong. However, the technical staff at Abbey Road Studios have had new custom-built filters installed which allow Miles to practice half speed cutting to the full on a modified Neumann VMS-80 lathe.

‘The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016’

  • Sticky Fingers (1971)
    LP sleeve presented as Andy Warhol’s original design complete with working zip and hidden image beneath

  • Exile On Main St (1972) (2LP)
    2LP in original style gatefold sleeve complete with inner-bags and set of 12 perforated postcards

  • Goats Head Soup (1973)
    LP in gatefold sleeve with two inserts

  • It’s Only Rock’n’Roll (1974)
    LP with original heavyweight inner sleeve

  • Black And Blue (1976)
    LP in gatefold sleeve with original inner bag and lyric sheet

  • Some Girls (1978)
    LP housed in replica design including 20 cut-outs on the cover

  • Emotional Rescue (1980)
    LP with original sized poster

  • Tattoo You (1981)
    LP with original heavyweight inner sleeve

  • Undercover (1983)
    LP with original heavyweight inner sleeve and lyric sheet

  • Dirty Work (1986)
    LP with original heavyweight inner sleeve, red shrink wrapping and bespoke sticker

  • Steel Wheels (1989)
    LP complete with original inner sleeve and sales insert

  • Voodoo Lounge (1994) (2LP)
    2LP gatefold sleeve with original lyric inners

  • Bridges To Babylon (1997) (2LP)
    2LP with original lyric inners

  • A Bigger Bang (2005) (2LP)
    2LP gatefold sleeve with original lyric inners

  • Blue & Lonesome (2016) (2LP)
    2LP gatefold sleeve with original inners

Ok so…. Best price looks like 430 Euro… Gulp gulp I know… It’s more than a f**king cap in your hand raymond my friend I can hear ye say.. Better send the wife away for the weekend if im bringing that into the house… I know I know… shall I tease some more… First three nods my way will get very limited edition prints of the Dublin show artwork… I’m outta here while i’m still alive, caps and all.

UNIVERSAL for the 11th of May have the new RY COODER album “The Prodigal Son” on CD and LP via Concord records. UNI also have the 15th Anniversary of the “Blue Notebooks” by MAX RICHTER, a new MAGIC NUMBERS record, LP format of THE BLACK PANTHER OST, a GLENN FREY CD Compilation and a 10th Anniversary Edition of “Swan Songs” by HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD.

MUSIC ON VINYL have a limited and coloured version of “How To Talk To Girls At Parties” soundtrack.

Anyway, folks how many caps can one man have so..
MusicCork next week

Sin é for this week
Thanks for listening

Delorentos In-Store, Old-School Indies Only Arctic Monkeys ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ Vinyl!!

Hi everyone,
Hope ye’r all well.. Settling back down after our day in the sun.. Great day all round.. Thanks so so so much to all of ye who came in and supported us…
Also a huge thanks to all the musicians who came in and performed for us.. Each and every one of them are quality to deal with.. They help to create the atmosphere as much as anyone else..
Thanks also to Bobby and Shane as always, to the shopping centre for being so accommodating, and also to Red FM who pushed us all week on the radio..
We all had a lovely day even though my head swam for most of the day.. All good though.. Thanks again everyone!..

Right so moving on to releases in the shop for the 27th.. We have the new DELORENTOS record ‘True Surrender’ on CD and LP.. We had the lads instore  last Saturday. Brilliant performance, and thanks a million to them!

Also out we have new albums by VAN MORISSON, OKKERVIL RIVER, BLOSSOMS, FOREIGNER, ANNE MARIE, JANELLE MONAE, as well as reissues or LP releases by NOEL GALLAGHER (new 12’’ Remix Single), ENNIO MORRICONE (500 world wide of ‘My Dear Killer’ OST on Red Vinyl) and POST MALONE..

Right so moving on to releases for the 4th of May.. We have from WARNER brand new albums from DIMMU BORGIR, and PLAN B, as well as the vinyl release of the excellent album by REJJIE SNOW..

Sony for the 4th have the reissue of SIMON + GARFUNKEL’s ‘GREATEST HITS’ which is a MOV transition product, and the reissue of MICHAEL JACKSON’S ‘Dangerous’ on LP.

Universal for the 4th of May have the new album by GAZ COOMBES on CD and Indies only Pink Vinyl, as well as the new FRANK TURNER album on Polydor on CD and on vinyl, called ‘Be More Kind’.
Universal also has a BRIAN ENO ‘Music For Installations’ on Limited 9LP boxset, as well as a new album by IHSAH called ‘Amr’, and a vinyl release of the new KACEY MUSGRAVE album ‘Golden Hour’… Really good listen to be honest..
Last but not least from Universal are the vinyl reissues of the full ENIGMA catalogue on lovely coloured vinyl.. One press only.. All their albums including ‘MCMXC’ and ‘Cross of Changes’.. Both of those on red vinyl..

PIAS for the 4th have the new album by DAMIEN JURADO and KING GIZZARDS ‘Gumboat Soup’.. The 5th album of 7 they released last year..

PIAS for the 11th Of May have arguably the most important album of the year for the industry.. The new ARCTIC MONKEYS album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino’ is the album in question.. Can the band ‘crossover’ to people who don’t really consume music.. Probably the biggest band born this century.. Ok, Adele and Ed are bigger and have crossed over more, but the Monkeys are possibly the biggest band born this century… Old school way of releasing the album also… Zero going to be heard before it hits the shops, and I persume the streaming platforms.. I like that.. Good old fashioned anticipation..

Anyway, the assassin is back from yacht shopping and wants to tell ye about the one press only clear vinyl indies only version of the album.. Limited, and one press only.. May not even get what I ordered of it so let me or the lads know if you want a copy.. The price on this is 33EUR for the indies only one.. Standard vinyl available also.. Bit cheaper, available as CD also.. Vinyl includes downloads..

I was at Music Cork this past few days rubbing heads with the industry figures, shooting the breeze, discussing yacht prices and that.. More on that next week.. I’ll fill ye in then.. Been a messy week at the HQ, throw music Cork into the equation also…

So sin é for this week folks..
Thanks for listening,

Metallic Magnetic Bluetooth® Earphones

Metallic Magnetic Bluetooth® Earphones Price: €25 Barcode: 5015972187258

– Bluetooth v4.1 Airhoa chipset
– Fully compatible with iOS and Android devices
– Supplied with hard-shell carry case, USB charging lead and 3 sizes of earbud
– Up to 3 hours usage from a single charge
– Magnetic earbuds and flat ribbon-style cable for tangle free storage

Product Description
Get both great sound performance and practicality with these Bluetooth magnetic earphones. Connect to any smart device via Bluetooth and enjoy up to 3 hours of listening from a single charge. An inline hands-free microphone and track control gives you the ability to listen to and take control of your favourite tunes or even make and receive calls on the move. Also provided is a hard-shell carry case to keep your headphones in great condition. There are 4 modern colour schemes to choose from, which match the latest smartphone designs.

– Fully compatible with iOS and Android devices
– In-line hands-free microphone and volume/track controls


• Speaker : driver 10mmØ
• Sensitivity 98db±3db
• Impedance 32 Ohms±15%
• Frequency response 20hz-20khz
• Bluetooth version 4.1
• Bluetooth range up to 10m (clear line of sight)
• Power supply Internal rechargeable 60mAh Lithium Ion battery
• Charge time 2 Hours
• Battery life : Bluetooth playback up to 3 hours
• Weight 11.5g

Box Contains
• Bluetooth magnetic earphones
• Hard shell storage case
• USB charging cable
• Spare earbuds

Wireless Bluetooth® Headphones-Hands free calls, FM radio and SD card slot, Noise cancelling-White

Wireless Bluetooth® Headphones-Hands free calls, FM radio and SD card slot, Noise cancelling-White. Price: €30

– Wireless Bluetooth connectivity
– Built-in microphone for hands free calls
– Up to 8 hours playback from the integral rechargeable battery
– In-built is an FM radio & mini SD card reader
– Noise cancelling & Dynamic bass technology
– Folds away for the compact storage
– Dynamic bass technology

In the Box:
– 1 Set of Headphones in white
– 1.2m 3.5 stereo jack lead
– 0.5m USB charging lead
– Carry pocuh
– User guide

Limited + Coloured Bowie Vinyl Out Next Week, The Music Zone HQ Now On Instagram, and Our Full RSD Live Music Line Up and Stage Times!

Hi Everyone,
Hope ye are all doing well..
Bit of a long one this week with RSD Bits, so if the email cuts out before the end there’ll be a ‘View Full Email’ option to click below, hopefully it won’t come to that!

It has been a bit of a messy week with regards the new releases (sometimes after bank holidays it happens… Other times its down to someone dropping the ball in the supply chain)… Both occured this week…
The EELS album is delayed but I am told I should have it Monday (That’s today.. Friday, remember I one finger tap this on a Thursday night… Rainy night in Music Zone Corporation Home HQ… Quiet house other than that though… For now.. The rain could set off the nightwalkers at any moment though methinks so I will give a real update tomorrow (friday) on it because it was a drop the ball somewhere along the chain and we only twigged it Weds evening, thinking up to then  it was delayed ‘cos of the long weekend… So PIAS/CINRAM told us we would have it Friday for sure, but I don’t think they ever got a box out to us in 24 hours so I aint holding my breath really to be honest… Monday or tuesday at worst… I ordered them on the 15th of March like!!).. So once again sorry for the mishap.. More concrete info tomorrow as in Friday… Confused??… Sorry about that also…

Uni new releases delayed but will be tomorrow… But wait, what we have got is KYLIE’S new album and new albums by BLACKBERRY SMOKE, LE GALAXIE, DAVID KITT, ELVIS, JOHNNY CASH and LORDE’s newest album gets its LP release, as well as reissues by LOVE and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.

Video up for last two weeks of releases here, be sure to subscribe!

We’ve also decided to jump over to Instagram for our newest social media outing! So please give us a follow if you are on it, we’ll be putting up pictures of new releases each week, clips of upcoming videos, and general vinyl and music goodness!

Releases for next week the 13th of April are decent enough (as is May… New ARCTIC MONKEYS on the 11th of May, PINK FLOYD’s ‘Pulse’ on vinyl on the 18th of May… Nice and nice again)

Universal have a couple of U2 LP reissues and remastered versions of “Pop” and “All That You Can’t Leave Behind”… “Pop” may have been a disappointment to some at the time but I think it stood the test of time well and like it a lot … Personally I wouldn’t love “All That You Can’t Leave Behind”… It’s grand but that’s my opinion… One man’s meat another man’s poison and all that..
Here’s more info… Forgot to mention “Wide Awake In America” also reissued..

UMC/Island/Interscope are proud to announce the release of 3 new vinyl reissues from Irish rock giants, U2. All remastered and pressed on 180gsm vinyl, includes download cards.
Wide Awake In America is a four-track half live/half studio EP from 1985. Originally released only in North America and Japan, it was subsequently re-released internationally in the late 1980s. SThe artwork is a faithful reproduction of the original release. Download card with access to all tracks on the EP digitally, for the first time with this title on vinyl. All That You Can’t Leave Behind, the tenth studio album from U2, garnered multiple Grammy awards following its release in October 2000 and shot to #1 in 32 countries. The artwork comprises a 16-page booklet featuring lyrics and photography by Anton Corbijn. 3rd March 2018 marks the 21st anniversary of Pop, U2’s ninth studio album, which reached #1 in the UK, US, Ireland and 26 other countries around the world following its release in 1997. The artwork has been faithfully reproduced from the original release, including a gatefold sleeve, printed inner sleeves and a lyrics insert.• Download card with access to all 12 tracks on the album digitally, for the first time with this album on vinyl.

Uni also have the METALLICA’s  “5.98 Dollar EP : Garage Days Revisited” and remastered… Covers album they done in ‘87… There is a retail bricks and mortar only orange vinyl… Also on cassette and CD.. Debut album by ISAAC GRACIE out on UNI  and new album from THE DAMNED called “Evil Spirits” , BARRY WHITE 2LP “Greatest Hits” and singles boxset, and second album from BREAKING BENJAMIN on Spinefarm.Lastly from Uni for next week the 13th are four JULIAN COPE LP reissues : Jevovahkill, My Nation Underground, Saint Julian and Peggy Suicide.

New MANIC’s album from Sony for next week “Resistance is Futile” on CD, DELUXE CD, LP and retail shops only white LP… Two words… Great Band…. Indies only 7” single out on the same day.
Reissues on LP by JEAN MICHEL JARRE of “Revolutions” and “Chronology”, as well as HENDRIX “Band of Gypsys” LP reissue.

New JOSH ROUSE album on Yep Roc via Proper out on the 13th also.

The Orchard have the new JOHN PRINE album on CD and LP “The Tree of Forgiveness” it is called..


ROM have some nice reissues, reasonable priced reissues of FATS DOMINO, NAT KING COLE, NINA SIMONE, HARRY BELAFONTE, BLUES LEGENDS and DYLAN IN JAZZ.

Warner have the DAVID BOWIE “Changestwobowie” on CD and very limited black and blue vinyl… The new NEIL YOUNG AND THE PROMISE OF THE REAL album on LP this week the 13th… CD next week the 20th… It’s a soundtrack to the film “Paradox” directed by his new muse Darryl and starring himself… Not sure of the plot, not sure does Croz play the villain or the prodigal son or if its a rockumentary … Not so sure about it full stop but I need to hear or see it first really…. Productive is our Neil in fairness to him.

Lastly from Warner is BEHEMOTH “Messe Noir” on 2LP OR CD/DVD or CD/BluRay.. The Satanist album live is what it is.

MOV have a reissue of MACHINE HEAD’s “ The Burning Red” on LP.

Right so, our Lineup of Music is sorted for RSD18… Fair bit of organising, and toing and froing involved believe me but we are set now I think… Try catch an act/band if you can, its part and parcel of the day for us.. We are trying to show off some of the talent our city has to offer so get in if you can or get back in if your an early bird… Lots of negatives can be said about RSD but it was our busiest day last year by over 100%…  About 2 excellent weeks business in a day and the live music is part and parcel of it for us… The rugby gods shone on Munster last week some would say, and they seemed to have shone on the shop since by having the Munster fixture on the Sunday this year.. Hurrah!
Anyway the music of the rebel county (Mostly!!)

Done an excellent 6 piece instore last year.. It was quality… Loads of talent here… Doing a full band set again.. 30 mins.

Seriously talented rising Cork star… Delighted to have her involved…. 3 piece band… 30 mins

Seriously good new album out, Catharsis Vol. 1, lovely lovely guitar work… Excellent solo performance in the shop last year for the launch of his new album… Worth a listen folks… Solo 30 mins

Ok look shop favourites maybe… Really really rate these boys… New tune again top notch… Full band performance… Never had them in for a full band performance before so buzzing for this one… Note the time folks! 30 mins

Delighted to welcome the lads back, seriously great instore the last time round from Kenneth and John… They ooze class… In everything they do… Responded within a few minutes. “Yeah we will do it lads no problem” after I requested an RSD in store.. Not everyone says yes to us, au contraire dear rodders, au contraire… 2 pièce, 30 mins

2.45PM  LEFTBANK (Side Project of Ruby Horses Deckie Lucey)
Seriously respected musician and producer, spent a long time in the states… New album out this year… Couple of tracks from it… “When I’m Gone” featured in the Farrelly brothers show “loudermilk”  and “ I just want to know for sure” was nominated for song of the year at Independent music awards in NYC….delighted to welcome him.

Again delighted to have the lads in…up and coming Cork band… Only an EP out for now… Cracking cracking lead tune from it though…. Looking forward to seeing them… Full band set again. 30 mins

Big friends of the shop… Third time in in 8 months… Must give them a rest for a while.. Really like their sound we do… 3 piece performance this time. 30 mins

We’ve ye spoilt like!!
So feel free to spoil us back… Loads of live music on but feel free to ring our till, thats what it’s about also… We will take ye’r money in a friendly, polite, considerate and kind way to the backdrop of live music… Sure couldn’t be better.

While i’m on the RSD thing… SONY and Warner fills are good enough but must hear back from a lot of others still… More info next week on all that and centre access times, where to enter and from what time.. Milk tray men coming through the roof at 3AM aside.
An Update added here.. Got an email on Friday from Warner about ADA stock who they distribute for.. Not the best news.

“Hi Ray
Hope all is good with you sir. Just wanted to send you on a list of your allocation for this year’s RSD title. The only major issue we had was we over indulged on the Led Zeppelin and had to half most of the orders. On the ADA side of things there were a few lines that we got cut on completely. They were :”

Jackie Mittoo


Jesus Jones Vs Aphex Twin & The Prodigy

Zeros and Ones


I Do Like To Be B-side The A-Side




I’m Not Sayin’ / The Last Mile

Small Faces

Lazy Sunday Afternoon (Early Mix) / Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake

The Vapors

Turning Japanese


So those couple we will not have on the day… Sorry..  None in the country, all for our friends overseas.. Warner Ireland are not happy either as you can imagine.. Apologies.. Still hopeful we might get a couple, but looking very unlikely unfortunately… Out of our hands, we’re sorry..

Oh sorry lastly on it,
Have been hounding MERCURY REV also and they said they might call in the morning to say hello but probably won’t play… If any of ye get chatting to them at their gigs in St Lukes… Ye might tell them we’re alright! And as well as Mercury Rev we could / will have another appearance added to our list by this time next week for RSD! But more on that next week!

Right so,
00:21 : Body and mind tired… Only one night walker so far, for only a minute earlier..
Sin é for this week
Thanks for listening