Canada Vs Spotify, David Crosby, New Hurray For The Riff Raff And The MZ Top Albums Of 2021 List

Hi folks

Hope all is well out there…

Main week we are focusing on is releases for Friday the 18th Feb…firstly though, nice few bits for this week the 4th feb…here they are… MR. PAUL MCCARTNEY’s third studio (and first Wings) album ‘Wild Life’,
and THE DIVINE COMEDY ‘Charmed Life : The Best Of The Divine Comedy’
 MITSKI ‘Laurell Hell’  (Vinyl delayed) a new JOSIENNE CLARKE EP,  ANIMAL COLLECTIVE. 
PETE TONGACE FREHELY, and a vinyl reissue of ENTOMBED’s ‘Left Hand Path‘ via Ear Ache.

Also GRANDADDY , ALKALINE TRIO and the brand new record from CATE LE BON

Also here are some releases for friday the 11th of Feb…the new ALT J record “ the dream “ , SLASH album featuring MYLES KENNEDY AND THE CONSPIRATORS 
 AMORPHIS “ halo” ,BRUNO MARSSEPULTURA,  John Prine tribute album, new EMPATH STOCKTON’S WING,  FRANK TURNER,  KANYE WEST and EDDIE VEDDER‘s new solo album 

Well a week when the Canadians tried to put some manners on Spotify…ill be honest, i was hoping it was going to snowball…they need manners put on them, be it for whatever rubbish they allow to be spouted from their platform or more importantly for me is the remuneration policy they have for musicians plays…top 1 per cent make dosh, most of the rest get a cup of coffee a year at best id say….i’d love a look under their financial hood to see how profitable they are…there was a new streaming platform launched out of Ireland in the past few weeks ( MINM) who claim to give artists a very fair remuneration…did i read 50% per cent of revenue…time will tell but i do believe there is a huge appetite to support artists/creators properly so hopefully the wheels of change will slowly start turning.

Right so onto Friday the 18th Feb…Warner have the vinyl release of the new DAVID CROSBY album “ for free” …CD came out last year…this is a really good listen in my opinion…i like Croz, he seems like a great character…there’s a really good rockumentary on Netflix called “ echos of the canyon” with Jakob Dylan as the chief character  which has lots about the mid 60s in Laurel Canyon with THE BEACH BOYSTHE BYRDSBUFFALO SPRINGFIELDTHE MAMAS & PAPAS etc etc…Croz is interviewed a few times in it…he says “… “do you know why i was kicked out of the byrds?” to Dylan…” do you know why I was kicked out of the byrds?” and he looks straight into the camera and says “ because i was an asshole”…ah sher gotta love that Croz… here is Jakob with Jade Castrinos doing a mamas and papas cover…quality stuff altogether…what a voice she has

Go Where You Wanna Go – Jakob Dylan – Jade – The Mamas and the Papas – YouTube

Jays i do gets sidetracked…meandering around the gaff…Crozs new lp is out via BMG on the 18th Feb and there is an indies only version available also.

ADA/BLIX have a deluxe audiophile 45 RPM reissue of EVA CASSIDYS seminal album “ songbird”, there is a new album by FORENZICS…Forenzics is an exciting new project from former Split Enz members Eddie Rayner and Tim Finn.

The project saw two artistic endeavours meet in the middle and started when Eddie and Tim had been revisiting some of their favorite sections from lesser-known Split Enz works, using them as inspiration and the basis for new songs. 

HURRAY FOR THE RIFF RAFF aka Alynda Segarra has signed to Nonesuch records and releases a brand new album with them…11 new songs….” life on earth” it is called and will be available on CD or LP…here is a track from the new album…” pierced arrows”

Hurray for the Riff Raff – PIERCED ARROWS (Official Video) – YouTube

Parlophone issue a stereo remix of MARILLIONS second album “ Fugazi” on cd or lp, there is a YOKO ONO tribute album on Atlantic,some serious people on the recording,  PINK FLOYDs P.U.L.S.E restored and reedited bluray and dvd formats will be joining us on the 18th feb also, ,,,first time on bluray for this one, what a show…these versions for initial orders also have the iconic flashing light ala the original albums back in the day…95 was it maybe 94…and lastly from Warner for the 18th feb is a LP reissue of ECHO AND THE BUNNYMEN compilation album “ SONGS TO LEARN AND SING” .

Universal for the 18th of Feb have the brand new METRONOMY album “ small world” on because music…it is their 7th studio album…there is a ltd transparent vinyl available.

Debut record coming out on Real World on the 18th feb also which one of the most lauded vocalists in Africa ROKIA KONE teaming up with our own JACKNIFE LEE…” bamanan” is the name of the record…here is Kurunba from it

Rokia Koné & Jacknife Lee – Kurunba (Official Video) – YouTube

There are a couple of nice bluenote lp reissues out via Uni on the 18th…JOE HENDERSON “ inner urge” and LEE MORGAN “ caramba” ..2 nice ones.

Sony have a quiet 18th feb…maybe jazz vocalist JUDI JACKSON debut album is worth a spin.

Sad news yesterday when i read that Isaac Wood was stepping away from his band BLACK COUNTRY NEW ROAD…here is what he said ““I have bad news which is that I have been feeling sad and afraid too. And I have tried to make this not true but it is the kind of sad and afraid feeling that makes it hard to play guitar and sing at the same time”

You have to wish the young man so well and hope he can find peace and contentment.

The Orchard for the 18th have a new JOSS STONE CD “ never forget my love” , Orchard also have  the release of Bobby Weir And The Wolf Bros on Third Man with a Limited Opaque Jade & Gold Vinyl as well as CD.

Drum roll, drum roll please…finally the albums of the year…

Here is the overall top 20

1.The war on drugs – I don’t live here anymore

2.Wolf Alice – Blue Weekend

3. Mick Flannery & Susan O’Neill  – In the game

4.The Killers – Pressure Machine

5.Mogwai – As The Love Continues

6. Villagers – Fever Dream

7. Paul Weller – Fat Pop

8. Alison Krauss/Robert Plant-Raise the Roof

9. For Those I Love – For Those I Love

10, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – Carnage

11.Arab Strap – As Dark Days Get

12. Low- hey what

13, Idles – crawler

14, Public Service Broadcasting – Bright Magic

15. John grant – boy from Michigan

16. Gruff Rhys – Seeking New Gods

17, Black Country, New Road – For the First Time

18. Arlo Parks – Collapsed in Sunbeams

19. John Blek –  Ether and Air

20. Big Red Machine – How Long Do

And my own favourite …the top 20 Irish albums of 2021 voted by you our customers

1.Villagers – Fever Dream

2. Mick Flannery & Susan O’Neill  – In the game – 

3. For Those I Love

4.John Blek Ether and Air

5.Inhaler – It Won’t Always Be Like This

6.Jack O’Rourke – Wild Place – 

7. Declan O’Rourke – Arrivals 

8. Brendan Tallon – Love In These Times

9. Saint Sister  Where I Should End 

10. Altered Hours – Convertible

11. Orla Gartland – woman in the internet

12. soda blonde small talk

13. Paddy Casey Turn This Ship Around

14.John Francis Flynn – i would not live always

15.Power of Dreams – Auslander

16. Wyvern Lingo  Awake You Lie 

17.Bicep – Isles 

18.The Love Buzz – Here Comes the Scum EP

19. Arrivalists – The Last Of The Written Pages  

20. Windings- focus on the past 

Gig of the year was MICK FLANNERY/SUSAN O NEILL in the opera house…well John Blek got more votes but across different venues so maybe tis a tie in dunno..its a tie…i have decided!

And the winner of the 50 euro voucher is….rick sent all the email addresses on excel so i picked number 47 before i looked…

Number 47……we will send you an email or if you see this, email us!

Proper for the 18th of Feb have 3 nice BETH HART reissues on clear vinyl via provogue…we will have “ bang, bang, boom, boom” “ fire on the floor” and “ better than home”…there is a ROBERT JOHNSON compilation album of Original recordings “ cross road blues” on 180 gram vinyl and lastly there is a Marty ROBBINS “ gunfighter ballads and trail songs” lp/cd combo format..

Right going to hand ye over to Shaney boy who will run through a few down the road releases for ye now…

Sound Ray! Hey all! Hope all is good with ye!
Second week on newsletter duties now with the gaffer, getting into the swing of it a bit more.
Lots of releases but sure that’s good. That was one of the positives from the lockdowns, the releases kept coming and kept us all somewhat sane!

So, a few interesting ones coming in the next few weeks and months that we have up for ‘pre-order’…
Firstly, Placebo have a brand new album coming out March 25th. Good band! Their first in years. Here’s the first single from it:

Then there’s a compilation by Tindersticks, ‘The Past Imperfect: Best Of ’92-21 on a few formats. Also out on March 25th. I haven’t listened to much of their earlier stuff but the last few albums were big favourites in the shop.

Electronic pioneers KRAFTWERK have an album of remixes coming out too. Some big names involved including William Orbit and Hot Chip! That’s out on March 25th as well.

A bit further ahead, blues guitar legends Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder have a collaboration album coming in April…here’s a great little tune from them:

And finally, on March 11th, the last studio album reissue from PJ Harvey, The Hope Six Demolition Project…album and demos. I really like that album, one of my favourites of hers. The reissues have been reasonably priced too which is good.

Just to note as well, the new BEACH HOUSE record has been pushed back for release, now due on April 8th.

Back to you Ray!

Thanks Shane!

Right so we have Integral for the 18th feb….they have the Khruangbin & Leon Bridges new ep “ texas moon”, the fat cat records lp reissues by FRIGHTENED RABBIT and THE TWILIGHT SAD as well as the brand new WHITE LIES album.

Integral for the 25th Feb have the new SPIRITUALIZED album..” everything was beautiful” …cd and lp formats left…i think we are out of the fancy versions but ill check for more…

Sin about e for this week really folks

Thanks for listening as always

Ray, Shane and Young Adam.