New Kings Of Leon, A Japan Classic, And Releases Starting To Land

Hi everyone,
Hope ye are all safe and well.. It’s a long month at the best of times.. Better days ahead, far from out of the woods yet.. Anyway, i’m sure like me, are full up with Covid talk / news.. So the hitman is back on and I think we have another load of records to sell ye folks today… Selling them isn’t out problem, getting them onto our shop floor is the problem(s)… All we can ask for here is patience please and all we can offer are apologies… If Covid wasn’t such a huge daily news cycle, Brexit issues would be dominating the news.. My own opinion, it’s very challenging and very tricky.. Issues for us, delays big time, VAT Issues, Customs Duties on some items… Deal me arse.. Or if there is a deal, what would no deal have been… Everything we sent to the UK in December (not much thankfully now, maybe 15 orders, including a Planar 1 is being ‘returned to sender’… us!!)… Here is word for word what our courier emailed us on the 15th Jan.. ‘Apologies, customs have stopped all parcels going into UK until further notice. Unfortunately this was out of our hands and all parcels are RTS’… Anyway, it will iron out (hopefully) but it’s a mess at the moment… Just an update on delays here so folks know… Bowie Birthday single due today / tomorrow finally, shipped on the 11th of Jan… Shame Indies Only LP shipping out of the UK today i’m told, CD here as is other vinyl… Sleaford Mods due today / tomorrow.. Alice in Chains ‘Facelift’ due also.Kurt Vile has landed also.. There are loads of little problems but this week things seem to moving a bit better… Uni and Warner stock moving the best.. We will be in touch when your record is here.. Delivery only as well obviously for now..

Right, enough moaning Raymond… Releases for this weekend the 22nd of Jan.. We have the BOWIE ‘Station to Station’ 45th Anniversary record on Red or White Variants I believe… This has landed.. A sign we are getting back on track! A Few I failed to mention up to now.. Rhino are running what they call ‘Start Your Ear Off’ campaign of once off coloured vinyl pressings so we will have very soon TALKING HEADS ‘Speaking In Tongues’ €24 and ‘The Name Of This Band Is’ €24, THE CARS ‘Shake It Up’ €20 and BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD’s ‘Best Of’ also for 20 bucks… Can’t go wrong there folks… Pure class.. All due very soon.. We don’t have them on the site just yet, so if you are interested nod our way and we will put away… should have links for next week.. Also due for this Friday is the new BICEP album ‘Isles’ on Warp, SAM AMIDON’s debut LP is reissued and here now for release Friday is BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG & NORAH JONES’ lovely LP ‘Foreverly’…

Sony ones due for this week have a blast of once off coloured vinyl reissues by SANTANA, SIMON & GARFUNKELBOB DYLANMILES DAVISLOU REED and ELVIS PRESLEY

I think that’s about it for releases for this Friday the 22nd… We will get there folks, bare with us… It’s a tricky working environment anyway at the moment.. Website only… Pair it up with our deal / no deal Brexit.. But things do seem to be moving this week.. Also if you see anything on these pages that you want.. We have absolutely no problem putting it away for you until click & collect, call & collect returns or until the shop re-opens… No problem, just let us know.. Record companies are giving longer credit terms so all fine.. Ask away!!

Right so onto the 29th of January… ARLO PARK’s debut record (as said last week) is out on Transgressive via PIAS.. One press only red vinyl first pressing available and CD also.. Also out from PIAS on the 29th is MARTIN GORE’s new E.P. ‘The Third Chimpanzee’ via Mute Records on CD or Indies Blue Vinyl, a new GOAT GIRL album, and a JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN live album.. Nice indies blue vinyl also for it..

Uni for the 29th of January have the new album by STEVEN WILSON ‘The Future Bites’... Coloured Indie LP available and Uni also have some class reissues by PJ HARVEY ‘Is This Desire?’ and ‘Is This Desire? : Demos’BOB MARLEY’s ‘Songs of Freedom’ Box Set, THIN LIZZY’s ‘Chinatown’MAMA &THE PAPAS’ ‘If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears’, and THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS ‘The Gilded Palace Of Sin’. Lastly from Uni via Blue Note is a vinyl reissue of JOHN SCOFIELD & PAT METHENY’s ‘I Can See Your Hose From Here’.

Warner for the 29th have the reissue of ST GERMAIN’s ‘Tourist : Travel Version’ and also a STEVE HARLEY / COCKNEY REBEL reissue…

Sony for the 29th of Jan have the once off clear vinyl presses of MEAT LOAF’s ‘Bat Out Of Hell’SIMON & GARFUNKEL’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, and MILES DAVIS’ ‘Kind of Blue’, as well as HANS ZIMMER ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Soundtrack on LP..

Right so, going to hand you over to the Bobman, Hitman, whatever you want to call him as he runs through some further down the road releases… I think there’s a few nice one’s here this week.. KOL, Taylor, Japan, Neil Young.. Anyway here’s Bob…

Hey folks,
Bossman is spot on, a few nice ones for this week announced.
We’ll start off this week with the announcement of the brand new album from KINGS OF LEON, ‘When You See Yourself’, being released on CDVinyl or Limited Cream Vinyl on March 5th. Liking the sound of the new track ‘100,000 People’, nice and mellow. Will link it here : 

Next up is the reissue of JAPAN’s classic ‘Quiet Life’, due into us also on March 5th. There’s a few formats for this one. Standard CDIndies Only Limited Red Vinyl and a nice 3CD / 1LP Vinyl set, featuring original album, alt mixes, b-sides, singles, rarities and live material – including the sought after ‘lost’ Live at Budokan show from March 1980 previously only available as the 4 track EP ‘Live in Japan’. The vinyl is a half speed master for enhanced sound quality! 

NEIL YOUNG’s home-recorded, solo acoustic album ‘THE TIMES’ gets its vinyl release in February following the CD release late last year. A couple of classics, more recent material, and even a Dylan track recorded solo by Mr. Young. Can’t go wrong with that! 

TAYLOR SWIFT’s latest release ‘Evermore’ will get the vinyl treatment on limited green vinyl in May, now up for pre-order.

The brilliant WYVERN LINGO are releasing their second studio LP ‘Awake You Lie’ through Rubyworks in February, and it will be available as on CD or Vinyl. Their first album was on heavy rotation in the shop throughout 2018 and we were lucky enough to have them in for an in-store around the time of release of the album! Check out the an acoustic version of new single ‘Rapture’ here :

Just a couple left so I will rattle them off and send you back to the bossman! FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE’s self titled album is being reissued through Music On Vinyl as a limited red vinyl. Also through Music On Vinyl is a reissue of the excellent CRAZY HORSE self titled LP, this one on standard black vinyl. There is a new BLACK SABBATH ‘Volume 4’ Super Deluxe Edition release coming through Warner, as a 4CD set or 5LP SetJEFF TWEEDY has a new album ‘Love Is The King’ coming also through Warner on CD or LP, and a JIM CROCE Greatest Hits on vinyl also in the pipeline. Finally STING has a new ‘Duets’ compilation album due on CD and LP through Universal in March.

And one last mention from me today, we have now up on the site the latest PEARSE MCGLOUGHLIN & NOCTURNES LP ‘The Rest’, released in 2020. Pearse is a songwriter from Sligo, and the album is making it on a good few Irish Albums of the Year lists at the moment. Really really nice songs, and very interesting textures and sounds throughout. Well worth a listen. 

Back to the bossman! 

Right so, releases for the 5th of Feb… Sony have the new FOO’s album.. Standard Black vinyl, CD or limited (really) blue vinyl version…

Uni for the 5th of Feb have the new SLOWTHAI album ‘Tyron’ on Indies only as well as CD and Standard LP.. Uni also have the new album from COMMON

PIAS for the 5th have the debut from BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD on indies exclusive vinyl, and also ‘Legacy +’ by FEMI KUTI & MADE KUTI…

Warner for the 5th have the new album by THE STAVES called ‘Good Woman’ on CD or Indies Only Vinyl… I like the sound of this, here is a tune from it..

Warner for the 5th also has a GEORGE BENSON ‘Buzzin’ vinyl reissue…

I think there is a new WAXAHATCHEE record due on the 29th Jan also.. It’s very tight on stock i’m told..

The classic UNCLE TUPELO reissues on limited and numbered coloured vinyl via Music On Vinyl (whose products exudes quality) are for release the 29th of Jan also.. Only 1500 in the world of these numbered, coloured editions, of the records with Mr Jay Farrar and Mr Jeff Tweedy…

Right so folks, reminder of albums of the years please… Taking shape.. The more the merrier and the better.. Come on, I don’t have to start naming names do I?? Juvenile attempt to get ye to email in your Top 5 Albums of 2020, Top 5 Irish Albums of 2020, and Top 5 Gigs (Real or Online).. Note the ‘real’ word…

PIAS for the 12th have a debut album by AERIAL EAST ‘Try Harder’ on Partisan Records (staple mates of Fontaines DC & Idles).. It sounds gorgeous.. here’s a tune from it :

MUSH album out also on PIAS on 12/2/2021..

Lastly before we go, friend of the siopa JOHN BLEK is release a new album on the 19th of February, ‘Digressions #2 : Grounded’, and it’s a quality listen once more.. Here’s the lead track from it ‘Right Moves’.. Lot’s more on this release over the coming weeks but so ye know, John only pressed 150 LP (one press only).. So nod our way if interested as with everything else, nod our way!!

Sin é I suppose for this week folks..
Thanks for listening,
Stay in by the wall
Ray, Bobby & Shane

P.S… Just got word on a special limited DERMOT KENNEDY release… These won’t last 24 hours.. Only a few available to us..

New Lana Del Rey, New Steven Wilson And Seriously Impressed By Arlo Parks

Hi Everyone,Hope ye are all keeping safe and well.Tis a nightmare out there for some families and we all have to do everything we can to alleviate the pressure on the health system…stay at home, stay away from people. Loads of time to listen to music I suppose!The whole deliveries thing is not great at the moment either….in this one way, as well as for public health reasons, we are lucky we are not open…they are a bit of a mess. Sony/Pias trucks returned to the warehouse last week without managing to board the boat…stock still on trucks……so any Sony/Pias new releases or catalogue stuff ordered before christmas for new releases or 4th jan for cat stuff are still in the warehouses in the uk ( attempted deliveries again this week)   .DPD who carry Proper/Orchard/ SRD/Shellshock have suspended operations to Europe and here until this friday the 15th of Jan. So it’s not great out there re supply chains.I think its not having the right paperwork ( in simple terms) at the port….it will iron itself….if the paperwork is correct, there is a green line which moves relatively quickly….a matter of time before all the companies using it get there paper work right and things get moving better…sorry…be worse if we were open!! Placed an order with Universal on monday the 4th of Jan and it landed on Monday 11th of Jan…so not too bad considering so will get there….normal service would be 24/48 hours delivery after order placed so if lands at 48/72 hours that wouldn’t be too bad.Warner is no problem at all to be fair…their warehouse is in France and it’s the usual 48 hours delivery….Bowie single only shipped Tuesday …so everything in simple terms is delayed!!Silver lining… if we were open it would be worse!! ( as in, we would be sick of saying, sorry its delayed) Some silver lining that is…necessary though.Maybe by this time next month click/ call and collect will be back and that would be a big help to trade but for now its website/delivery only. or its the 13th jan already, there will be a step in the evenings soon and our corner of the world will be a brighter place.Right the tunes so…releaseS from last friday, ALICE IN CHAINS, PASSENGER, BOWIE and BARRY GIBB for example still have not landed but are due in the next few days.

Some decent releases for this Friday when they land next friday …or before that i hope obviously….so the new SHAME record is out and really looking forward to that one myself as well as the new SLEAFORD MODS album also….if interested, no problem we can put it away till click and collect is back…no problem just give us the nod. Two big releases and would have brought folk into the shop…both have a fairly limited vinyl available for a short period.Sleaford mods released a new single yesterday Kurt VileS NEW EP is due out for this Friday also from Pias.Warner for the 15th …this friday… have a reissue of BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONGs and NORAH JONES collaboration album “ foreverly” on Reprise records….smashing little record in my opinion.Heres a tune from it remember when it first got released, i used to be “ pop quizzing” lads in the shop with who is this…ah sher easy when you know!!….tricky to pick Billie Joe from Greenday from this isnt it…and Nora also!There is also a live STEVIE NICKS  in concert album due out from Warner for the 15th….limited clear vinyl due and cd/dvd also.

Right thats kind of it for this Friday.Moving on to the 22nd of Jan Warner have the Bowie STATION TO STATION vinyl in store only….various colour variants i believe this time….we can’t list on our website but we are allowed to take phone orders and ship it folks…so if interested , you know where we are…021 4967119.The record will be on white or red vinyl i think or are they all red/white…45th anniversary, indie shop only version anyway.

Stumbled across a treat last sunday lunchtime actually….a real treat….i was listening to a bit of bbc radio 6 ,,,i find Cerys Matthews and later Guy Garvey very enjoyable if time permits…Lillian Smith on radio 1 here is quality also if your an early bird at the weekends…Anyway, .in between Cerys and Guy last Sunday lunchtime was David Bowie for an hour with a bottle of water and a bunch of records as he said himself ( i know you fanatics have heard in all before blah blah blah, but if not, and you don’t suffer with uberfanditis, you’ll probably find it on some player or something …) so David done his DJ set with records that he loved basically…he opened with “love street” saying if there was any street we would want to live on it would be here…he had me at hello…it was pure lovely is all i can describe it… was class..the power of radio, the power of music….David was in my kitchen whilst i was peeling the spuds 5 years after he left us. 

Right what else for the 22nd…Nonesuch reissue Sam Amidons self titled LP, new albums by RHYE and some DIO vinyl reissues via Universal.Sony FOR THE 22ND have those limited coloured vinyl runs by BOB DYLANLOU REEDSIMON & GARFUNKEL, SANTANA and Mr.ELVIS AARON PRESLEY.Right so the 29th of Jan so…Universal have the new STEVEN WILSON album on cd and 3 different colour vinyl formats….the white one been the indies only one….Underrated dude is Steven, hand cannot erase was a great album about 6/7 years ago id say…new album is called “ future bites” and i’m looking forward to it.Heres a tune from it

Uni for the 29th of Jan have the reissue of PJ HARVEY’s fourth record “ is this desire” cd and lp as well as a separate demos vinyl.Uni also have a reissue of excellent BOB MARLEY “ songs of redemption” boxset on CD or limited 6LP boxset…its the first time ever the vinyl set was available outside Jamaica and the first time in 30 years its available anywhere.Uni also for the 29th have reissues on vinyl of THIN LIZZY’S “ CHINATOWN”, MAMAS AND PAPAS excellent debut album “ if you can believe your eyes and ears” , THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS “ the gilded palace of sin” with Mr Parsons and Mr Hillman and lastly a reissue on bluenote of JOHN SCOFIELD/PAT METHANY “ I can see your house from here” .Warner for the 29th of Jan have a reissue of excellent album by ST GERMAIN “ TOURIST” on 2LP as well as a STEVE HARLEY and cockney rebel on 2LP.Young guns or maybe not so young guns…have a listen to ST GERMAIN…class 

We go on as if things are a normal working environment…they aint…but we still try hawk ye records….its what we do…one of my sidekicks and chief LINK man Bobby “ the hitman with alotta heart” Buckley is on a few days hols so i am one/two fingering tapping this…bare with me, or more to the point,  Raymond bare with it!!One big release announced in last few days is new LANA DEL REY album…nice indies yellow vinyl here also…her last one was norman fucking brilliant i thought …the hitman would be proud of me. Folks, get the aul top 5s back into us if you can spare the few minutes….absolutely no judgement at all if that is deterring you….the mocking would be to your face…..the more in, the better the chart…it won’t be announced until this newsletter in a fortnights time….throw your tuppence worth in folks!!Top 5 albums, top 5 irish albums and top 5 gigs….please if you have a minute….2 weeks left! 

Sometimes , something smacks you square in the face…it happened to me last saturday night as i was doing a bit of new release sampling ( not always fully done but try to give a lot of things 30 seconds and if it grabs me…i keep listening….not ideal i know as im sure i miss a load of great stuff…but its a sample listen anyway…there is tonnes of stuff every week, impossible to hear even 25% of it properly, a lot of the cream will rise but not always)…so i done my 30 seconds with a new artist who is releasing her debut album on Transgressive Records on the 29th of Jan…ill walk you through my thoughts as they happened…so i played this first first thing that grabbed me is the voice…the poignancy in the vocal, the honesty in the vocal, the emotion in the vocal, the starkness and emotion in the image…where is this going i ask myself…listen on…ok its a trip hoppy/electronic beat thing going on but at the heart of the song is a story which i become very easily engaged with…a knack very few songwriters have i feel…JOHN PRINE had it, TRACY CHAPMAN has it…i am not now watching this story unfold….i’m in… i want to hear more.So i choose this…black dog its called powerful a song i have not heard in a long time…the most thought provoking, insightful and understanding  song i have heard about mental health…Miss Parks hats off to you…hats off… summing up a family’s plight in trying to deal with mental health in a 4 minute song.If you never listen to a song all year, give this song a listen…it might help us all be more understanding and open.To cut it short, im in…smacked in the face in…the record is out on 29th jan and the first press only is on red vinyl.Pias also have new Martin Gore EP, new GOAT GIRL album, live JOAN AS POLICEWOMAN. Look sin e for this weeks folks…Must make my way to the siopa and take over from Shane to continue with stocktake.Stay in by the wall.Thanks for listeningRay,Bobby and

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Bowie’s Birthday Single, New Foos And London Grammar 2

Hi everyone,
Hope ye are all well and safe.. ‘Strange Days have found us, strange days have tracked us down. They’re going to destroy our casual joys’… James Douglas Morrison 53 years ago said it best… Time to baton down the hatches folks again, big time… Lockdown 3 commenced in work for me on Monday the 4th… It was eerie, couple of customers.. Eerie… We had strange Mondays in January before (none more so that the morning after Bowie’s death in 2016.. The strangest Monday morning / day I ever put down in a record shop).. The last act I did that Sunday night was listen to Blackstar before going to sleep, only to wake to a text from Tim, ‘BOWIE’S DEAD’… What more could be said.. It was a strange / surreal Monday.. Folks gravitated towards record shops that day all over the world I think.. Strange start this year.. Sad start this year also… Gerry Marsden, Liam Reilly, Robbie Callan, and down here locally, a member of the legendary Lynch Mob, Reuben Lynch.. R.I.P all.. A jolt to the senses…

Right so, time to go hawking I suppose… Website open, call and collect / click and collect within guidelines available.. 021-4967119 is the phone or email or 

Before I go on with the hawking festival, if interest in something we have no bother keeping something for you once you honour it.. If up the country and want to wait for 3 items / records that’s also no bother.. Just get in touch.. We’re easy!! (but honourable)…

Right, due out for this Friday (although deliveries are another kettle of fish at the moment cause of the other thing.. So bare with us!! We will be in touch.. Happy fecking new year!!).. Right, MR. BOWIE would have been 74 this Friday the 8th, so there’s a Birthday 7” Single coming out with covers of Lennon’s ‘Mother’ and Dylan’s ‘Trying To Get To Heaven’... There are 8147 numbered copies of these available across the world.. 1000 cream ones on and the rest in shops (standard black ones) in shops across the globe including the good siopa 8147 is a reference to the birth of our lord… Donny McCaslin… Sorry 8th Jan 1947 wasn’t McCaslin’s birthday I don’t think.. It has some significance anyway… These won’t last and i’ll try get a firm number tomorrow on how many I will have..

Right Friday the 8th or sometime in the near future anyway we will have BARRY GIBB & FRIENDS ‘Greenfields : The Gibb Brothers Songbook’ through Uni..

Uni for the 22n of Jan have some DIO vinyl reissues.. In fact 7 of his 10 albums.. The Mercury Albums are reissued.. Also there is a blast of Mariah Carey reissues on vinyl : ‘Charmbracele’, ‘E=MC2’, ‘Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel’, and ‘l I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’. Finally from Uni for the 22nd is a new RHYE album..

Next few weeks from Sony start this Friday (or early next week i’d say!) with ALICE IN CHAINS’ debut album ‘Facelift’ reissued on double vinyl.. Due for release the 8th of Jan.. Sony for the 15th of Jan have the new ZAYN CD, and  ‘THE GHOST OF TSHUSHIMA’ original game soundtrack vinyl release. Sony for the 22nd of Jan have new albums by BRING ME THE HORIZON, and WARDRUNA’s ‘Kvitran’ on CD, Black Vinyl or indies only red vinyl.. Jan 22nd from Sony also brings limited vinyl coloured runs on some classics.. So on cream vinyl we will have SANTANA’s ‘Moonflower’, and all the rest are on white vinyl, which are MILES DAVIS’ ‘In A Silent Way’LOU REED’s ‘Coney Island Baby’SIMON & GARFUNKEL’s ‘Greatest Hits’BOB DYLAN’s ‘Nashville Skyline’ and ‘John Wesley Harding’, and lastly ELVIS’ self titled album..

The Orchard for the 8th of Jan have the new PASSENGER album ‘Songs For The Drunk and Broken Hearted’ on CD, Deluxe CD, or 2LP.. The Orchard for the 15th of Jan have a new MATTHEW SWEET album ‘Catspaw’ on CD or Indies Vinyl as well as a return of THE THE with the soundtrack to the film ‘Muscle’.. CD only for now..

It’s 11.07 on Wednesday Morning, 6/1/21, and oblivious to me until very recently, it is now very likely that click & collect and call & collect are non-runners from tonight / tomorrow… Again, it is what it is… Now it is going to pinch big time, but again it’s the right thing if it needs to be done… The medics the length and breadth of the country must be sick to death of this virus (as we all are) and a handle needs to be put on the curse of a thing then so be it.. We will still operate the website as usual for delivery and phone / email in orders and we can deliver or keep for you until things ease up (We would ask again to try honour them)… So that’s it, we support the decisions made and we get on with it as best we can, we all need to put this virus back in it’s box…

Right so, enough about all that.. The music.. Monday, eerie Monday had me thinking (again) what a blessed environment I / We work in.. Shane has often said it before.. We are surrounded by quality and culture and stories and song.. The music.. So we go again..

PIAS for the 15th of Jan have some tasty releases.. They have via Dead Oceans the new, 2nd, SHAME album ‘Drunk Tank Pink’ on indies only Galaxy Pink Vinyl, Standard Pink Vinyl or CD.. We really liked this band’s debut a few years back… One of the new upcoming crews out there.. First two singles very solid on a few listens.. Major Talking Heads / Wire / Jon Lydon vibes going on… No bad things.. Will be getting plenty of listens here.. Here is ‘Snow Day’ from the record :

PIAS also have the new SLEAFORD MODS album ‘Spare Ribs’ on Rough Trade Records on CD, Indies Only LP and standard black LP… Telling it like it is, like no one else out there really is at the moment.. Refreshing.. I missed them about 5 years ago now when they played The Crane Lane here in Cork on a Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.. It was meant to be class altogether… Cork hopefully again in the future…

PIAS for the 15th Jan have a new KURT VILE E.P ‘Speed, Sound, Lonely KV’ on Matador as a CD or 12” Vinyl, and includes a duet with the late, great John Prine.. Oh boy I think about Prine a lot through this Covid thing.. Here’s the tune if you don’t know it’.. ‘How Lucky’

PIAS for the 22nd have the new BICEP record ‘Isles’ on CD, Indies 3LP version, or Picture Disc Vinyl... PIAS for the 29th of Jan have a new MARTIN GORE E.P. ‘The Third Chimpanzee’ on Mute records on CD or coloured 12”.. GOAT GIRL’s second album is out on Rough Trade on the 29th Jan ‘On All Fours’ is the title… JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN ‘Live’ album on Sweet Police records out on CD and indies only blue vinyl, and lastly for PIAS for the 29th there is a RICHARD SWIFT live album on Secretly Canadian, ‘Even Your Drums Are’..

R.O.M for January 8th have a new tribute ‘DAVID BOWIE IN JAZZ’ collection of covers from some of the jazz scene.

Proper for January 22nd have the vinyl pressing of KATE RUSBY’s latest covers album ‘Hand Me Down’, pressed on limited orange vinyl.

We work as a bit of a tag team with this newsletter these days… Strengths and weaknesses of the letter I have plenty.. Good cop / bad cop… So i’m going to tag in Bobby ‘The Hitman With A Lotta Heart’ Buckley… The hitman will try move ye’r hands towards purses / wallet / credit / debit cards with upcoming beauties on CD and LP.. Email or buy from the site or pay over the phone for delivery.. Whatever works.. Here’s the hitman! :

Hey folks,
‘Hitman With A Lotta Heart’ here now.
A lotta heart as there’s a whole lot coming out!! 

Kicking us off, FOO FIGHTERS are back with their new LP ‘Medicine At Midnight’, due out at the beginning of February. The band’s 10th outting will be available on CDVinyl or very limited Indies only blue vinyl. Out through Sony

Also now announced through Sony, we will have the brand new LONDON GRAMMAR album ‘Californian Soil’ due in on CDVinylIndies Vinyl or as again, a very limited boxset. It’s the band’s third LP, and the first since 2017’s hugely successful ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’. We have just been told in the last hour or so that this new London Grammar is now pushed back until April for release!

Time to be a bit of the bad-cop myself! Just a warning, both the limited indies Foos LP and the London Grammar box set are very very limited. They will be gone. If interested let us know and we will do our best.

One that there has been a good bit of buzz about for a few months now, which was due to land before Christmas but was delayed is the new Greatest Hits compilation from the mighty mighty THE WHITE STRIPES. This is now coming on February 15th as a 2LP Vinyl or CD

Another savage announcement.. CATHAL COUGHLAN of Microdisney /
Fatima Mansions has a new record out, ‘Song of Co-Aklan’, on CD or LP due out in March, first new music in 10 years. Guest a plenty on it freisin. Looking forward to it!

The next two reissues / demo releases in the PJ HARVEY series from Universal are also now announced. First up ”Is This Desire?’, and ‘Is This Desire? – Demos’ are due in on vinyl on January 29th, and following this the excellent ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’ alongside ”Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea : Demos’ are out a little later on February 29th.

There’s a few very nice Music On Vinyl reissues coming down the line over the next month or so.. We will have limited, numbered and coloured reissues from UNCLE TUPELO, and WILLIE NELSON, and there are standard vinyl reissues landing of THE STONE ROSES ‘Remixes’ and also of MILES DAVIS ‘Miles in Tokyo’, which has never available on vinyl in Europe before.

I’ll rattle off the final couple of pre-orders so I don’t keep ye all day! PHIL COLLINS’ has announced a limited picture disc 40th Anniversary pressing of ‘Face Value’ through Warner, there is a new HANS ZIMMER soundtrack release to ‘Hillbilly Elegy’, there are two SUEDE reissues due (the original ‘The London Suede’ reissue, and ‘See You In The Next Life’), a reissue of the MARC BOLAN / T. REX ‘Shadowhead’ rarities compilation LP,  and Shellshock have new live session CD releases from DAVID BOWIE and PINK FLOYD.

Another mention for MR. BOWIE. The next in the series of coloured vinyl 45th Anniversary Reissues is due out on January 22nd through, and this time it’s for ‘Station To Station’, pressed on Red & White vinyl. Again, like the previous releases this will not be sold or available through any website, it’s a shop sale only release. So if you are interested pop us a mail and we will make sure one is tucked aside and do our best! 

Last, but definitely not least from mise! Cork’s own JOHN BLEK has announced a new, very limited release (150 Vinyl, 350 CDs) from the Digressions series, ‘Digressions #2 : Grounded’. The album was written and recorded in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are lucky to have a few copies for sale on both Vinyl and CD. Myself and Ray have been lucky enough to have heard the album, and are both in strong agreement that again, it is excellent. Excellent. The song crafting from John as always is superb, with this limited album release allowing John to use varying techniques and instrumentation.  The first single is released this Friday, January 8th, and is called ‘Right Moves’. Be sure to check it out!

If you would like to check out all the upcoming pre-orders on the site for the next few months, you can take a look here :

That’s it from the hitman for this week folks, back to the bossman! 

Right so, lastly for this week, it’s our traditionally late ‘Albums of the Year’ Pole for 2020… We would love if you got involved.. 3 categories

  1. Album of the Year
  2. Irish Album of the Year
  3. Gigs of the Year (Online can be Included!!)

So send us your votes from number 1 to 5 in each category… With number 1 being favourite to 5 least, and we give them points 5 to 1 baby, 1 in 5.. On a Jim kick today it seems… We tot up the votes and produce our world revered, only TOP 20 CHARTS OF 2020 that matters (In Tougher) part whatever… As usual, email in with ‘Top Albums Of The Year’ as the subject and we will draw one of ye out of a hat for a €50 voucher for the good siopa… The more enter the better the charts we feel (naturally)..

Right, sin é for this week folks…
Keep the fate, keep safe.. Stay in by the wall as my dear mother used say..
Peace, love & understanding,
Ray, Bobby & Shane

Important Shop Update. Please Read.

Hi Everyone,
Happy new year!! Let’s hope for a more settled one… Not the best of starts but a necessary one… Not ideal at all, what needs to be done needs to be done… I know I would feel our shop is a safe environment especially in January / February when things are quieter, but I fully appreciate what is required by everyone in trying to get a handle on it again… It is what it is… Brighter days ahead… while i’m here, I would and i’m sure Bobby and Shane would also like to thank all of ye for the love and support in 2020 shown to the good siopa … Thanks for keeping oil in the machine.. Go raibh mile maith agaibh…

Right so… Scéal going forward is the same as the last lockdown… Website full open, call and collect, click and collect available, phone orders… Door is firmly closed folks but others available… Contact details are :
Phone : 021-4967119
Email : or

The three of us here had agreed a roster for 2021 so we are going to stick to it…(This could be a fairly quiet lockdown but we have a good bit of housekeeping to keep us going).. Bobby has the finer details of when we are on site, but 7 days a week after tomorrow (so we are going to stick to it for the lockdown as if we were open, so we are very reachable on the phone 021-4967119 or the email..)

We are closed fully tomorrow but will be on site behind closed doors from then.. And one small difference to the roster, this Saturday, January 2nd 2021, we will only be onsite from 10AM-4PM.

But here are the hours going forward from after Saturday and for the future
Monday : 10AM-6PM
Tuesday : 10AM-6PM
Wednesday : 10AM-6PM
Thursday : 10AM-6PM
Friday : 10AM-6PM
Saturday : 10AM-6PM
Sunday : 11AM-4PM

I know it’s hard for everyone this, and some friends of the shop have lost loved ones in 2020 and it’s a horrific time to grieve and lose someone… We al need to keep going I suppose..

Back next week with a full on hawking newsletter… Hawking like you’ve never seen hawking.. A hawk fest… Sher what more would you expect from us!! I’ll leave with Lennon again.. ‘Everything will be okay in the end, if it’s not okay, it’s not the end’..

Sin é for now folks,
Stay safe
Peace and love
Ray, Bobby & Shane

Shop Back Open, A Tame Impala Box Set, and The Final Releases Of The Year

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well.. So back open last week… It was nice to get back open… Last few laps of this marathon really we hope… Three weeks trade to go so hopefully it will be good, in a safe environment.. The guidelines are on the table as you enter the shop as have been since June 11th… We hope to see ye!!

Myself, Bobby and Shane will be in the shop a lot over the next 3 weeks… Open 10-6 everyday, but 12-6 on Sundays until Christmas anyway… May knock off about 4 on Christmas Eve…

It has been a tricky 15/16 months.. Ferocious changes in a short period in a short period… I don’t think I have ever worked harder than in that period, and I think the 2 lads would tell you they haven’t either i’d say… I’m haunted to have had them throughout this.. Constant upheaval, goalposts changing all the time.. Every small business i’m sure will tell you the same… And we were one of the lucky ones, having a website allowed us to function to a good level especially recently in lockdown 2… Also folks are definitely trying to support Irish businesses which is a great thing and hopefully will last.. We would like to think we give a good service.. Well we definitely try our best anyway… Sometimes we make a mistake and drop a ball but we always try to fix it where possible… Pressing plants are really creaking this year so out of stocks are a problem.. They also have had their COVID challenges.. It is what it is folks.. Light down the road though.. Hopefully we can all have a nice Christmas.. Anyway, look i’m heading to the shop now so Bobby is going to take the reigns for the rest of the newsletter and take ye through releases for this Friday, the 11th and the 18th, and if there is anything nice in the new year.. I’ll be back next week.. Maybe the last of the year… Shops open, websites open, telephones sales open 021-4967119, email open or … Vouchers, turntables, records galore, cds… Anyway, sin é from me this week, thanks for listening!!

Hey folks,
Bobby here for the remainder of the newsletter. I’ll start off with releases for this Friday, December 4th, and where better to start than with the new ARCTIC MONKEYS ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ release on indies clear vinylstandard vinyl or CD, out through PIAS / Domino. Two tracks released today online, it’s sounding great, looking forward to giving the whole album a blast on Friday!

PIAS also have the coloured, deluxe vinyl reissue of PORRIDGE RADIO’s ‘Every Bad’.

Universal have a good bit for this week, including the CAT STEVENS ‘Mona Bone Jakon’ and ‘Tea For The Tillerman’ reissues, BON JOVI ‘2020’ Vinyl releaseTHE WHO ‘WHO’ 7” Vinyl SetABBA’s ‘Happy New Year’ coloured 7”YUNGBLUD’s new albumnew SHAWN MENDESnew NICK CAVE & NICHOLAS LENSMARGO PRICE live CDBOB MARLEY’s ‘The Complete Island Recordings’ CD Set, RAMMSTEIN reissue, Bluenote reissues by MCCOY TYNER and LEE MORGAN, a deluxe CD of the most recent PAUL HEATON & JACQUI ABBOT album, and the ROLLING STONES SHM-CD reissues.

Warner for this week have the COLDPLAY ‘Christmas Lights’ 7”SIGUR ROS ‘Odins Raven Magic’ reissue, a BLIND GUARDIAN reissue, and the new live KELLY JONES of Stereophonics album. 

Sony for Friday have the PARADISE LOST ‘Draconian Times’ reissue on indies exclusive blue vinyl, and the new BEYONCE live 4LP set ‘The Homecoming’. ROM for this week have the KHRUANGBIN ‘Late Night Tales’ release, and CALEXICO’s ‘Seasonal Shift’ on indies vinyl or CD. Cargo for Friday have a live release from THE BEATLES ‘Liverpool Empire 7th December 1963’ on vinyl, and WILDHEARTS ‘Thirty Year Itch’ yellow vinyl.

Moving on so for releases for December 11th, and again some nice bits out.. Universal will have the new PAUL MCCARTNEY album ‘III’ on CD or indies white vinyl, the new AVALANCHES album, a FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD compilation record, a BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB new live release, and nice limited, coloured vinyl releases by KISS, ‘Hits Vegas’, and KILLING JOKE’s ‘The Singles Collection’ 4LP, also coloured. Also landing through Uni is the vinyl release of THE KILLER’s new album ‘Imploding The Mirage’.

PIAS have a host of stuff out on the 11th. BELLE & SEBASTIAN’s new live album ‘What To Look For In Summer’ drops, one that will be getting plenty of rotations in the lead up to Christmas in the siopa! KAMASI WASHINGTON’s new soundtrack to ‘Becoming’ is out, as well as the new SINEAD O’ CONNOR 7” of ‘Trouble of the World’, the FIELDS OF NEPHILIM ‘Elizium’ reissue on green vinyl, coloured vinyl reissues of INTERPOL’s ‘Antics’ and ‘Our Love To Admire’, lottery-style lucky dip coloured vinyl reissue of JAMIE XX’s solo record ‘In Colour’, a lovely reissue of FRIGHTENED RABBIT’s ‘The Winter Of Mixed Drinks’ released for the albums 10th Anniversary, the new album by LATE NIGHT FINAL, and finally the F.Y.C reissues.

Warner for the 11th of December have NEIL YOUNG’s masterpiece ‘After The Gold Rush’ 50th Anniversary CD reissue, a ROXETTE 3CD or 4LP rarities compilation, the DEFTONES ‘White Pony’ 2CD Deluxe release (vinyl for this release pushed back to Spring 2021 now), and last but definitely not least from Warner is THE KINKS ‘Lola Versus Powerman…’ reissues on a few different formats.

Proper have the release of the JOHN PRINE ‘Live’ LP, on limited yellow vinyl for this one! They also have a PORCUPINE TREE CD Box SetSTURGILL SIMPSON’s new ‘Cuttin Grass : Volume 1’ release on CD or Indies Coloured Vinyl, and finally a nice deluxe format of GERRY CINNAMON’s most recent album ‘The Bonny’. White Vinyl and Etched Black Vinyl, with a few extra tracks included.

Sony for the 11th of December have the 3LP / BluRay Set release of THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE ‘Live in Maui’, and a coloured limited vinyl reissue of BRITNEY SPEAR’s ‘Glory’ LP.

A few nice bits announced for release in 2021 in the last week, and now up on the site for pre-order, or the order book is open so if interested pop us an email back.

There is a lovely 4LP expanded vinyl box set release of TAME IMPALA’s excellent debut album ‘Innerspeaker’, released for the 10th Anniversary of the album. What a band. How they’ve developed their sound over the past ten years is exceptional, a great song writer. Personally I love the sound of ‘Innerspeaker’, very 60’s / psych-rock feel to it. Well worth a listen if you haven’t heard the album

Also announced for release next year there are two FRANK BLACK reissues that have been out of print for some time. ‘Oddballs’ compilation and ‘The Cult Of Ray’ get pressed through Demon on limited coloured vinyl. There is also SLOWTHAI’s new album ‘TYRON’ just announced, and finally a BARRY GIBB & FRIENDS new album, featuring songs of BeeGees performed by Barry and a host of friends.

Back to the releases for December. Luckily i’ve just reminded myself. There has also been announced for December a coloured vinyl reissue of FRANK BLACK’s ‘Christmass’ album on Cactus Green Vinyl. Acoustic show, featuring solo material and Pixies tracks.

Moving on to December 18th, and not too much happening 7 days before Christmas on the release front for the final few releases of the year. (May be a small few the week after Christmas, but that week is normally quiet enough as well). Warner for the 18th have the new white 12” vinyl or limited 7” single release from LIAM GALLAGHER with ‘All You’re Dreaming Of’, nice Christmas-y sounding release from Mr. Gallagher. They also have a reissue of BRUNO MARS’ debut LP ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’. 

Universal for December 18th have a limited, cream white vinyl reissue of TAME IMPALA’s newest record ‘The Slow Rush’, as well as the new Score to new Disney Jazz film ‘Soul’ by TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS, and the ‘Music Inspired By “Soul”‘ arrangement and composition vinyl by jazz / R&B musician JON BATISTE.

Sony for the 18th of December have a coloured vinyl pressing of ALICIA KEYS LP ‘Alicia’.

And finally for 18th of December, PIAS have a THUNDERCAT / FLOATING POINTS 12” Remix Vinyl, a new 12” EP from LANTERNS ON THE LAKE, and the new DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS’ album ‘The New Ok’. CD only for this one at the moment, vinyl now pushed back until January 29th 2021.

That’s it from the MZ HQ this week folks,
In the words of the bossman, thank you as always for listening,
Ray, Bobby & Shane

Arctic Monkeys and Macca, Black Friday 2020 Information, And A New Liam Gallagher Single

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well with you… Strange year in work, strange 15 months… I won’t slag off Noel Gallagher again in our hopefully soon (as in next year) to be returning videos… I can’t remember but I did have some kind of playful pop off him in the video the day before the fire… Global pandemic then… The little devil…

Look all signs point to our doors being back open Tuesday morning, December 1st… I have no idea how business will be… Big favour to ask though… For the 3 weeks, that’s all it really is, up to Christmas, if the shop is anyway busy, could we do our business and slip out again… I know it goes against everything we feel the shop is… But a favour… Come in, say hello, wave goodbye (don’t forget the bit in the middle!!).. The rules of engagement are the same.. On our table as you enter the shop… As we all know, this Covid thing is tricky to manage as everyones thoughts and expectations are different.. Hopefully after Christmas things will become half normal again and as the spring and early summer appears fully normal… Nearly there… Big chats, full house, in-stores, taking the mick, hangovers.. It’s in the stars…

Right, on to the tunes… This Friday is ‘Black Friday’ and i’ll get to that in a minute.. Other releases due into us Friday are the AMY WINEHOUSE CD CollectionPAUL WELLER’s ‘Wake Up The Nation’ Remix CD album, WELLER’s ‘On Sunset : Remixes’ 12” vinyl, NAS’ ‘Kings Disease’ vinyl, PETER GABRIEL’s ‘Growing Up : Live’ vinyl, all those from Uni… 

Warner for Friday have a nice few.. BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG ‘No Fun Mondays’ covers album, PAOLO NUTINI’s ‘Sunny Side Up’, and you guessed it, they were all yellow and still are.. Fine album… THE STRANGLER’s ‘Peaches’ V.B.O is in on vinyl, SPANDAU BALLET ’40 Years’ greatest hits compilation on Double LP or 3CD, SHAKIN’ STEVENS ‘Singled Out’ best of job on vinyl or CD also and they have a MADNESS ‘Absolutely’ on vinyl also..

Lastly from WEA is SMASHING PUMPKINS... I am sold out for now.. Will have more standard vinyl and CDs next week but got cut to shreds on baby pink indies vinyl so couldn’t fulfil 2 pre-orders… Sorry lads… Ye know who ye are… Sorry.. Sometimes we lose and sometimes we win… Getting a couple of extra KERBDOG’s Friday if anyone’s interested.. On the site now or email us…

Right so, for this Friday ‘Black Friday’ the call it (i’ll keep my thoughts to myself), we have won some and we have lost some… I’ll start with the bad news… I shall be getting ZERO quantities of releases by FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE + BLUE OYSTER CULT, SHARON JONES, NANCY SINATRA… The word from the record companies was there was very few of these… Sorry…
Problem with GEORGE THROGOOD… I’ll be in touch with ye folks that are interested…

Right the better news (not for some!!), we will have copies of U2’s ‘Boy’, LOU REED ‘Magic + Loss’, JOHN PRINE ‘Asylum Albums’.. Pricey, very pricey really but lovely and only 4K in the world .. MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE ‘Life On Murder Scene’, ALANIS MORISSETTE ‘Live In 02’, UNCLE TUPELO ‘Live at Lounge Ax’, NICK CAVE ‘Cosmic Dancer’ 7”, ALICE IN CHAINS ‘Sap’, JARVIS COCKER reissues, DRIVE BY TRUCKERS, JONATHAN WILSON 12”, GEORGE HARRISON ‘My Sweet Lord’ 7″, CHRIS CORNELL 7″, EDITORS ‘Back Room’… There are others i’m sure but just can’t think of them..

Protocol for the day is phone the shop 021-4967119 and we can take it from there… There will be enough U2 until they go online at 6PM… What’s left will go online then at 6… It’s a mini-RSD again I suppose… The phone will be answered from 10AM (must get the nightwalker to school like in the bowels of East Cork) so sin an sceal with that… 021-4967119 or the emails are the best way to get us until we are locked in again next week hopefully..

Right so, onto Friday the 4th of December.. We have the new ARCTIC MONKEYS live release ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall’ on 2CD, 2LP and indies / selected retailers only 2LP clear vinylCAT STEVENS reissues of ‘Mona Bone Jakon’ and ‘Tea For The Tillerman’, MICHAEL KIWANUKA ‘Solid Ground : Remixes’ limited gold 10”, LEE MORGAN’s ‘Sidewinder’ + MCCOY TYNER’s ‘Real McCoy’ BlueNote reissues..

MANSUN’s 25 Disc Boxset is out via Proper for the 4th of December…

Sony for the 4th have PARADISE LOST’s ‘Draconian Years’ Indies only Double Blue vinyl or CD… Sony also have BEYONCE’s ‘Homecoming’ 4LP live album

Warner for the 4th of December have COLDPLAY’s 7 “Christmas Lights”, KD LANG’s ‘Watershed’ LP, KELLY JONES’ ‘Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day’ 3LP or 2CDSIGUR ROS’ reissue of ‘Odin’s Raven Magic’ on 2LP or CD via Krunk Records…

Come here to me, come here to me (Cork for listen to me).. What about FONTAINES getting a Grammy Nomination for the Best Rock Album… Sweet as a nut that, delighted for them.. A bloody GRAMMY nomination.. Fair fecking play lads.. Well done!!

Right i’ll hand ye to Bobby in case he has a few bits in the future or what i’ve forgot… He may just be saying hello and waving goodbye…

Hey folks,
Very little to talk about today i’m afraid. 

There’s a few bits out this Friday not mentioned, including a couple of BRIAN ENO reissuesDRIVE-BY TRUCKERS ‘Live at Plan 9’ vinyla SCORPIONS set, and KODALINE’s new one is due to land on vinyl.

Just a few extras for December 4th which have just gone up on the site, we will have the new CALEXICO album (a seasonal album!), and KHRUANGBIN are the latest in the LATE NIGHT TALES series, which i’m looking forward to giving a spin. That one is on 2LP Orange Indies Only Vinyl. There will also be the ROLLING STONES SHM-CD riessuesSHAWN MENDES’ new one, RAMMSTEIN reissue, BOB MARLEY CD setnew NICK CAVE & NICHOLAS LENSan ABBA 7″BON JOVI’s ‘2020’ vinyl release, YUNGBLUD’s new albumTHE WHO ‘WHO’ limited 7″ set, & a new MARGO PRICE Live CD

Other than that only one new release for the future.. R Kid LIAM GALLAGHER releases his new single ‘All You’re Dreaming Of’ on December 18th through Warner as a limited 7” vinyl, or a white 12” vinyl! 

That’s it from me, back to the boss-man!

Right so the 11th of December sees the new MCCARTNEY album ‘III’… There is a numbered white vinyl version available to us… I don’t know yet how many we will get… Reasonably confident the number will be enough to keep my customers happy… So if interested throw us over your name..

Uni for the 11th also aside from Macca have a new album by THE AVALANCHES… Loved their first album many years ago now and like their second record also… I think this is only their 3rd album in about 20 years… ‘We Will Always Love You’ it is called and it has a host of guests on it and a load of samples as usual…

Uni for the 11th Dec also have BOMBAY BIYCLE CLUB ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose : Live at Brixton’ album on CD minipack, LP and 2LP Gatefold… Was recorded on November 19th.. FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD ‘Bang! : The Best Of’ gets a vinyl reissue, THE KILLERS new album ‘Imploding The Mirage’ (which by a lot of accounts is really good) finally gets its vinyl release on the 11th, KISS live album ‘Rocks Vegas’ limited coloured 2LP / DVD, KILLING JOKE have some reissues also including ‘The Singles Collection’ 4LP Boxset on Coloured vinyl..

WEA for the 11th have NEIL YOUNG’s ‘After The Goldrush’ 50th Anniversary CD reissue and the reissues of THE KINKS’ ‘Lola Versus Powerman’...

PIAS have a rack of good stuff for the 11th of December.. BELLE & SEBASTIAN’s live albumSINEAD O’ CONNOR’s new singleFIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM ‘Elizium’ reissueF.Y.C reissues, FRIGHTENED RABBIT reissue ‘Winter of Mixed Drinks’ 10th Anniversary, INTERPOL ‘Antics’ and ‘Our Love To Admire’ coloured vinylJAMIE XX reissue and albums by J. WILLGOOSE, PERRY BLAKE, and a PORRIDGE RADIO reissue

Sony for the 11th have a BRITNEY SPEARS reissue of ‘Glory’ on 2LP white vinyl

Orchard for the 11th of Dec have a new STURGILL SIMPSON album written and recorded whilst recovering from a nasty bout of Covid… It’s a bluegrass album I believe… Called ‘Cuttin’ Grass : Volume 1′.JOHN PRINE live album is out on the 11th December also..

And finally, a nice note to end on.. Good friend of the siopa MR. JOHN BLEK is performing a special live-stream show in the legendary De Barras Folk Club on December 4th 2020. Tickets and information on this gig can be found at the link below… Will be a lovely one, as it always is with John..

Sin é for this evening really folks,
Thanks for listening as always,
Ray, Bobby & Shane,

Bowie and Moz, Nick Cave and War On Drugs Live, and An Irish Classic Gets A 30th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well… Vaccine announcements, and party time at the Golden Gate, boogie time at the Golden gate…. Public health officials must be pulling their hair out…. Doing so well… Alas… What will the next fortnight bring… I still think we will be open for December anyway I hope!!… Let’s see after that..

Some protocol, call and collect 021-4967119, 10 to 6 everyday except Sundays for now… If we are open in December  we will do the 7 days for the month… Also open for click & collect, chose pick up in-store at checkout to avoid postage or we can ship out… Sin é an sceal and party political broadcast for

Coughlan’s Live / Mike The Pies and other local, cultural, so important venues have started up live streamed gigs again recently.. Some top quality Irish musicians performing so well worth supporting… Here’s some more information
David Kitt – Lockdown Live Series with Mike The Pies.. (More live videos on their Facebook Page)

Right onto the business of selling records… Friday is a big enough release day to be fair… NICK CAVE’s ‘Idiot Prayer’ live album is outWAR ON DRUGS live album is coming out, JOHN HIATT Vinyl reissues, new KING GIZZARD, BOB MARLEY’s Half Speed Masters, AMY WINEHOUSE 7” Vinyl Collection Boxset, FLEETWOOD MAC’s ‘Best Of Peter Green’ vinyl, ELVIS PRESLEY ‘Nashville’ CD Set and LP also this Friday…

SABBATH’s ‘The End’… Oh come here I nearly forgot and had forgot.. THE STUNNING ‘Paradise In The Picturehouse‘ gets a 30th anniversary vinyl repress… Sweet… Right hands up who didn’t own it on cassette or some format back in the day… Hands up… Right back of the class, stand in the corner until I tell you you can come out… Ah 30 years ago..

KERBDOG reissues now the 27th Nov folks… EMMYLOU’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ is going to be in the house on Friday as will PINK FLOYD’s redone ‘Delicate Sound Of Thunder’, COLDPLAY’s ‘Parachutes’ 20th Anniversary and they are all yellow…. Ok ok i’ll stop… They are though… Yellow… IRON MAIDEN’s ‘Nights Of The Dead’ is with us for Friday also, CHRIS REA’s ‘ERA 1’ 3CD set will be here, and THE DIRTY KNOBS’ record will be here… Oh crikey it’s Wednesday evening.. Bit to do with them before Friday.. Patience my dear friends… Patience may be required…

Friday the 27th… What retail calls Black Friday sees some nice releases for the day… The main one I suppose is U2’s ‘Boy’ remastered and in white vinyl… I’ll say more next week on those release with rules etc etc, I love me rules… Stay in the corner I said or you’ll get a dawk of the duster..

Right, also for the 27th of Nov is the AMY WINEHOUSE 5CD ‘The Collection’ box set, PAUL WELLER’s ‘Wake Up The Nation’ remixed album on CD, as well as the ‘On Sunset : Remixes’ vinyl, NAS’ ‘Kings Disease’ vinyl releasePETER GABRIEL ‘Growing Up’ Live 3LP set from Milan 2003.. First time on vinyl.. NOW 107 compilation is out, new album from GARY BARLOW also..

PIAS for the 27th of Nov have a new SLEAFORD MODS’ single, DRIVE BY TRUCKERS ‘Plan 9 Records’ 3LP Indies Live album, and a nice SOUL JAZZ PRESENTS CUBA 3LP Set….

Orchard for the 27th have a nice DREAM THEATRE live album ‘Live in London’ on a host of physical formats…

Sony have a MILEY CYRUS CD ‘Plastic Hearts’…

Warner for the 27th of Nov have the BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG covers album ‘No Fun Mondays’.. They also have PAOLO NUTINI’s ‘Sunny Side Up’ one press only job on coloured vinyl, new HATEBREED, MADNESS ‘Absolutely’ vinyl press, SHAKIN STEVENS box set and best of compilation on vinyl and CDSPANDAU BALLET’s ’40 Years’ greatest hits. Warner for the 27th also have THE STRANGLERS’ ‘Peaches : Very Best Of’ and last but not least is the new SMASHING PUMPKINS album ‘CYR’ on CD, Standard vinyl and indies only coloured vinyl.. 20 songs… Double album, first time since Mellon Collie i’d say… Let’s see what it brings shall we?…

It might seem like there’s not a lot for the 27th but when you add in the Black Friday releases there’s a pile of stuff coming in… As said i’ll give an update on Black Friday releases and the rules of the game also… 

I’ll hand you over to the Bob man now for any exciting stuff further down the road… I didn’t forget anything major from the 20th or 27th November did I kid??

Howdy folks!
Just will give a quick mention to A WOMANS HEART LP for ya Ray, that’s due on the 20th November (although still not landed into the shop), along with reissue of KANYE’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ LP through Uni Nov 20th.. 

As for releases announced for the future, it seems to be slowing down now for 2020 so a bit shorter this week..

First up, and not coming until 2021, is the limited 7” MORRISSEY & DAVID BOWIE release of ‘Cosmic Dancer : Live’. This one is very limited, to just 500, so if interested pop us a mail ( or or pick it up on the site. The sooner we have numbers the better chance we will have of getting enough copies. So if interested let us know. Ray, you have me trained well!! 

Another really nice one coming in 2021 now up on the website is the long awaited vinyl reissue of THERAPY?’s ‘Troublegum’, coming through MOV..

There is a lovely SUEDE ‘Royal Albert Hall’ live show from 2010 pressed on clear vinyl, and finally from mise, the only one for this calendar year announced for down the line this week is an expanded edition on CD or coloured / etched vinyl of GERRY CINNAMON’s latest album ‘The Bonny’ coming mid December.

Thanks again everyone,
Back to the bossman!

Right so, on to the 4th of December now… Bobby made some room in your wallets I hope… The release are going to slacken off soon now if i’m talking about Dec 4th.. Last week of major stuff is Dec 11th i’d say… Hardly anything releases then until Jan 10th ish so i’ll have less to rabbit on about..

Anyway the 4th see’s ARCTIC MONKEYS’ ‘Live at Royal Albert Hall’ on 2CD, 2LP or indies only or sorry selected retailers only coloured vinyl, THESE NEW PURITAN’s ‘Hidden’ vinyl reissue on indies only vinyl, and a new album from S CAREY also…

Uni for the 4th have the SHAWN MENDES album ‘Wonder’ on CD and vinyl, YUNGBLUD’s ‘Weird’ on CD, White vinyl or Indies only ‘night edition’ vinylMARGO PRICE new live CD, RAMMSTEIN’s 15th anniversary release of ‘Herzeleid’ on CD and Limited LP (expensive!!!).. NICK CAVE and NICHOLAS LENS have another collaboration album, an operatic project called ‘L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S’.

Uni have a lovely BOB MARLEY ‘Complete Island Recordings’ 11CD set for great money with some classic albums.. A steal… Uni are reissuing the first two CAT STEVENS / YUSUF albums as boxsets, deluxe CDs or LPs.. So ‘Mona Bone Jakon’ and the classic ‘Tea For The Tillerman’.. Uni have a live 4LP GEORGE THOROGOOD ‘From Boston’ on black vinyl, they have a new MICHAEL KIWANUKA 10” Gold Remix vinyl of ‘Solid Ground’ (limited) and Uni have some ROLLING STONES CDs (Limited) that were only ever released in Japan before now… Bob should have a link to these for more info :

Lastly for the 4th of December from Universal is a couple of class Bluenote Reissues, LEE MORGAN ‘The Sidewinder’ and MCCOY TYNER’s ‘Real McCoy’…

Sony for the 4th of Dec have PARADISE LOST ‘Draconian Times’ on 2cd OR 2 Blue LPs, as well as BEYONCE’s ‘Homecoming’ 4LP Live album...

Warner for the 4th of Dec have a blue COLDPLAY 7” ‘Christmas Lights’... 500 copies only for UK and Ireland… I’ll start a list.. As with everything in the newsletter everyweek.. If you are interested in something email us or is probably the best way to secure something, or buy it from the site… I think i’m fairly meticulous with the email but if you don’t get a response email me again!! Half man / half computer does drop an odd ball.. The half man side to blame… I don’t know will anyone will look for the Coldplay single or will 20 people look… I’ll start a list if ye do.. I think Bob may have mentioned the Bowie / Moz single also earlier.. Same story..

Warner have a new KELLY JONES album for the 4th of Dec, SIGUR ROS reissue of ‘Odin’s Raven Magic’ on KRUNK Records CD or 2LP, and a KD LANG reissue of ‘Watershed’ on Nonesuch…

Warner for 11th Dec while i’m here have DEFTONES’ ‘White Pony’ 20th Anniversary 2CD reissue (vinyl has been moved to next year), NEIL YOUNG’s ‘After The Gold Rush’ 50th Anniversary on CD only for now, and THE KINK’s ‘Lola Versus Powerman…‘ reissues on various formats..

Proper have a MANSUN 25 Disc CD Box Set out actually toward the end of the month..

Last one so, PIAS for the 11th have a new SINEAD O’ CONNOR 7” single on Heavenly… It’s a cover of ‘Trouble of the World’ made famous by Mahalia Jackson… 
BELLE & SEBASTIAN have a lovely album coming out on the 11th of Dec.. It’s called ‘What To Look For In Summer’, the record company were kind enough to send me a link for it so i’m listening all week.. Love it!! It’s on 2CD or G.F 2LP…

 30th Anniversary Edition coloured reissue through Beggar’s Banquet.. FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS’ first two albums get reissued and remastered from Analogue, extras on CDs and first time since original release on vinyl.. Includes smash album ‘The Raw & The Cooked’.. Both indies only coloured vinyl… 

There is a 10th Anniversary of seriously underrated band FRIGHTENED RABBIT’s ‘Winter Of Mixed Drinks’, coloured vinyl and 7” on initial orders only... Scott Hutchison RIP.. Tortured by mental health issues for years.. Serious word to wise.. Worth looking into.. INTERPOL’s ‘Antics’ gets a 15th Anniversary reissue on white vinyl, reissue also of ‘Our Love To Admire’ on blue vinyl.. Other reissues include JAMIE XX’s ‘In Colour’ on various, lucky dip colours..

KAMASI WASHINGTON has a score out for ‘Becoming’, a Netflix Film / Series on Michelle Obama.. Indies gold vinyl available on that one.. THE KILLS have a B-Sides album out, J. WILLGOOSE from Public Service Broadcasting has a solo project under LATE NIGHT FINAL and lastly PERRY BLAKE (Sligo native) has a new album on CD… Oh and PORRIDGE RADIO deluxe vinyl out on the 11th also..

Phew phew phew!!
Sin é for this week,
Thanks for listening,
Ray, Bobby & Shane 

Christy Moore’s ‘The Early Years’, Arctic Monkeys ‘Live At Royal Albert Hall’, and A Lovely Shout Out From Ryan Tubridy

How are ye all folks,
Hope all is ok with ye… Green shoots of hope announced on Tuesday… Fingers crossed.. You’d be sick shit of it wouldn’t you… But sher that’s the way of it.. Lockdown life is a bit weird here early in the week.. Better at weekends.. Getting odd jobs done though.. Website stocktake, returns, damaged stuff, shop stock take all to be done… One quick word on the records away for folks, please don’t get odd… But if it’s in a box for 2 months plus i’ll be sending nudging emails to pick them up… No oddness allowed please… Need to clear some decks.. That’s fair enough I think!!

Right so releases for Friday include the CHRISTY MOORE ‘Early Years’ 3LP and 2CD/DVD and 2CD.. The vinyl is beautiful and sometimes when you see a record you wish you had bought more of it… There are 1000 copies available… All hand numbered 1/1000 and I have 14 copies left to sell.. It’s lovely… Good friend of the shop and Cork Artist Vincent Zara done the cover of the Christy album and it’s great.. Vincent was also responsible for Rory’s ‘Check Shirt Wizard’ cover.. Talented boy..

Uni also for this Friday have the new album by CHRIS STAPLETON, and ANDREA BOCELLI, BILLIE HOLIDAY O.S.T on vinyl and CD, JOHN PARISH / PJ HARVEY reissueBRIAN ENO ‘Film Music’ compilationDEREK & THE DOMINOES 4LP or 2CD sets, and lastly ELTON JOHN ‘Jewel’ box as 8CD set or various vinyl sets…

Warner for this Friday have the KEITH RICHARDS & THE X-PENSIVE WINOS ‘Live at the Hollywood Palladium’, and THE POGUES ‘At The BBC’ CD release.. 

The biggie for the weekend comes out of the Sony Records Stable.. AC/DC’s ‘Power Up’ is with us… 5 Physical formats.. Rock n’ roll… Sony also have a new album by PALOMA FAITH, JOHNNY CASH With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on vinyl and CD, and HANS ZIMMER ‘Interstellar’ OST on 2CD or 4LP

ROM have the LAMBCHOP Covers album ‘Trip’… Out this Friday via City Slang…

I shan’t go into it now but this Brexit thing is most likely going to be a pain where there is no window… I will keep ye posted…

Friday the 20th of November is up next and is a good week for releases I think… PIAS has the new, excellent WAR ON DRUGS Live Album and there’s an indies only purple vinyl with selected retailers only… Well we are one of them folks…. Another way to make it more appealing and palatable to ye folks, the consumer… Selected retailers only coloured vinyl… That’s us lads… I better stop aiming my gun at my foot… Selected retailer that I am…. Fine band though! PIAS (if they are still talking to me) have also a blast of JOHN HIATT vinyl reissues for the 20th..

Uni have a load of stuff for the 20th of November… NEIL DIAMAND with Orchestra, Christmas albums by JAMIE CULLUM and ANNIE LENNOXTOM JONES CD BoxsetBOB MARLEY vinyl catalogue is fully reissued at half speed masters, AEROSMITHBLACK SABBATH and BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW have live albums out, JOHN WILLIAMS ‘Star Wars : Empire Strikes Back’ gets a vinyl reissue… Reissue of KANYE WEST’s ‘Dark Twisted Fantasy’ on 3LPs, and lastly from Uni for the 20th is the AMY WINEHOUSE ‘Collection’ as a 7” vinyl boxset... I was chatting to Shane about Amy during the week actually, savage talent.. ‘Back To Black’ sounds great and will still sound great in 100 years.. Some of the songs, ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’, ‘Love Is A Losing Game’.. Just great songs… A great album.. A great tragedy.. I think Amy was a happy go lucky enough girl until fame and the industry got hold of her… Like, she was getting Princess Di type paparazzi shite for a good 2/3 years before she died and then alcohol poisoning, all alone… Ah just very sad… Shane saw her he said in Oxegen and she was alright (she was drunk) but the voice was savage he said… Anyway pity…

Sony for the 20th have an ELVIS ‘From Elvis In Nashville’ album on CD Boxset or LP and hopefully an update on Flirty, ‘The Best Of’ PETER GREEN’s FLEETWOOD MAC’ on Vinyl, BILL WITHER’s ‘Greatest Hits’ on vinyl and JIMI HENDRIX ‘Live at Maui’ on 2CD / Blu-ray

Warner for the 20th have the IRON MAIDEN ‘Live in Mexico’ new album on various formatsCOLDPLAY’s ‘Parachutes’ 20th Anniversary Yellow Vinyl Limited Edition… 20 Years my god… EMMYLOU HARRIS’ class album ‘Wrecking Ball’ is now out via Nonsuch / WEA on the 20th November also… PINK FLOYD remastered and deluxe versions of ‘Delicate Sound Of Thunder’‘ are in on the 20th across a host of physical formats, and MIKE CAMPBELL’s band THE DIRTY KNOBS release their album ‘Wreckless Abandon’ on the 20th also… Mike as ye know was the late, great Mr. Tom Petty’s guitar player.. Lastly from Warner for the 20th, UFO reissue ‘Strangers In The Night’ on 2LP or CD Boxset… Nice few bits there to be fair..

The Orchard have the KERBDOG reissues, ISOBEL CAMPBELL reissues and the JOHN PRINE ‘Live’ 2LP vinyl (coloured vinyl to follow on 11th Dec)..

I’ll hand over to Bobby who will run through some other releases for down the road in a little bit… A few beauties there I think… Before I do that, a little chat with Bobby… We are famous kid!!! Mr. Ryan Tubridy gave us (me, you, Shane & Cormac also) a lovely shout out on his radio programme this morning… He is, in huge fairness to him, trying to get folks to think about buying Irish / From Irish Businesses this Christmas and going forward also.. So that idea about the signed photographs of the 3 of us could work alright… 50 quid each for the signed ones, 20 quid for the unsigned ones you were saying… Serious though, thanks for the light shining Mr. Tubridy, thank you. About it (buying Irish), when you are going shopping now as Paul Heaton may say, ‘stop for a minute, think for a minute’… There are great independent shops in every town and every city up and down this country… Give them a go.. The biggest beast in the sky is hoovering up millions of pounds / dollars an hour… It may feel easier, but stop for a minute, think for a minute.. Google is your friend in helping to find the .ie’s … As far as we are concerned, in our little Star Wars, we are there on price, we are definitely there on customer service and a bit of craic, we just don’t have the resources to buy tonnes of every record, so albums etc can slip out of stock. But we promise to communicate, to be honest (a given) and to do our very best… I don’t think you can be fairer than that.. Folks like us are the length and breadth of the country.. Give them a try!!! We have tried to get the audio from the lovely mention today up on our YouTube channel. Our apologies here as the sound isn’t great, but we have it up now. Again, a huge huge thank you Mr. Tubridy.

Right Bobby, you’re on kid with a few upcoming releases (we better get signing photos then!!)

How’s it going everyone,

Starting us off with the upcoming releases this week is the announcement of a brand new ARCTIC MONKEYS live album, ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ coming out on CD, Vinyl or Indies Only Clear Vinyl. Recorded live in 2018 on the ‘Tranquility Base’ tour. I reckon this could be a first live album release from the band, and it has a cracking setlist. And better still, all the proceeds from the album are going to War Child to help support the amazing charity due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on their fund-raising.. Hats off Mr Turner and co. I saw the band on this tour in Dublin, and the sound was phenomenal, so really looking forward to giving this a few spins!

Mentioned earlier as the CD/BluRay version is due to land next week, a 3LP/BluRay set of THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE ‘Live in Maui’ was announced by Sony this week. Lovely looking set!

Another great announcement made this week freisin, one of the best selling Irish albums of all time, ‘A WOMAN’S HEART’ is being pressed on vinyl (a first timer!!). 

Some other nice bits announced and now on the site for pre-order include DEFTONES ‘White Pony’ 20th Anniversary 2CD or 4LP (including an indies only white LP version with print), BEYONCE has a new live album called ‘Homecoming : The Live Album’ coming out as a 4LP set, there is another BOB MOULD Vinyl Boxset entitled ‘Distortion 1996-2007’ on Clear Splattered Vinyl (an indies only signed version coming again as well), there is a 20th Anniversary Limited Blue Vinyl pressing of PARADISE LOST’s ‘Draconian Years’ album, and finally for this week, a 13CD PORCUPINE TREE Box Set.

That’s it from me folks, back to the bossman!

Right so, releases for the 27th of November which is also Black Friday (with a twist, behind closed doors), but won’t go through it again.. Wishlist window closed i’m afraid… The list of releases is here… Online then from 6PM on the 27th…

Regular releases for the 28th include DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS ‘Plan 9 Records July 2006’ 3LP Indies only vinylnew SLEAFORD MODS singleJARVIS COCKER reissues with 12” Singles of ‘Jarvis’ and ‘Further Complications‘, a SOUL JAZZ RECORDS PRESENTS Cuba : Music and Revolution 3LP set, and a TIM BURGESS reissue of ‘Ascent Of The Ascended’ on indies only vinyl..

The Orchard for the 27th have a nice DREAM THEATRE live album on loads of formats..

Uni for the 27th Nov have a new GARY BARLOW album, the AMY WINEHOUSE 5CD collection release.. V good price… PAUL WELLER ‘Wake Up The Nation’ 10th Anniversary Remix album on CD only.. Vinyl to follow in Feb I think… WELLER’s ‘On Sunset : Remixes’ limited 12” is out on the 27th also, NOW 107 compilation is out that day, STEVEN WILSON’s new single 12” from ‘Future Bites’ album due in January… Uni are reissuing the first 3 DOVES albums on vinyl ‘Lost Souls’, ‘Last Broadcast’ and ‘Some Cities’, there is a new NAS album on vinyl ‘Kings Disease’, and lastly PETER GABRIEL’s ‘Growing Up Live’ from Milan 2003… First time on vinyl..

Sony for the 27th have a MILEY CYRUS CD ‘Plastic Hearts’…

Warner for the 27th have the reissue of PAOLO NUTINI’s ‘Sunny Side Up’ on sun yellow vinyl (I added in the word sun myself), the brand new SMASHING PUMPKINS album.. More on that next week… BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG’s ‘No Fun Mondays’ covers album, THE STRANGLERS ‘Peaches : Very Best Of’ vinyl, HATEBREED’s ‘Weight of the False Self’, SHAKIN’ STEVENS ‘Definitive’ boxset and a singles compilation, and finally from Warner for the 27th is a SPANDAU BALLET ’40 Years’ greatest hits compilation on Red Vinyl or 3CD..

Call + Collect 021-4967119 available.. My mobile can be on silent but i’ll try get back.. 021-4967119 or email or… Sound sound… 3 Weeks to go…

Sin é for this week… I’m off to sign some photos…

Thanks for listening,
Ray, Bobby & Shane

The Next In The Depeche Mode Vinyl Single Sets, Bruce Is Back, And A Run-Through Of Some RSD Drop 3 Releases

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well out there… Trying to catch up after a deluge of stock hit the shop last week.. A bit calmer this week and it ramps on big time again next week.. So hitting the siopa this Friday the 16th of October via Universal is the MATT BERNINGER solo album ‘Serpentine Prison’, DEF LEPPARD’s ‘Hits Vegas’, PETER GABRIEL ‘Live in Athens’ 1987 vinyl, new VAMPS album ons CD and THE WHO ‘Essential’ on CD also.. 

Warner for the 16th have the deluxe TOM PETTY reissues of ‘Wildflowers & All The Rest‘, EAGLES ‘Live From The Forum MMXVIII’IAN DURY ‘Best Of’ on vinyl, KATIE MELUA ‘Album No. 8’, and PIXIES ‘Hear Me Out’ Single…

PIAS for the 16th of October have the new KEVIN MORBY album and also the deluxe CD version of the BLACK PUMAS debut.. Vinyl looks delayed to me..

I definitely forgot a few for the 16th i’d say (not getting younger like!!) but I think that’s the bones of it… Next weekend, or October 23rd / 24th is a bit mad again though (i’m loosely presuming the doors will be still open or call and collect might be available.. But sure who knows… Let’s wait and see).. When I say mad, I mean mad with releases…

So October 23rd is BRUCE & THE E-STREET BAND’s new album ‘Letter To You’ on CDstandard LP, and indies only coloured LP... Sony also have the PEARL JAM ‘MTV Unplugged’ CD.

Uni for the 23rd of Oct have the THIN LIZZY CD Boxset, a BEASTIE BOYS compilation on CD and 2LP, and BLOSSOMS’ new session / live album ‘In Isolation / Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport’ on CD and indies blue / pink vinyl…

WEA for the 23rd of October have the new GORILLAZ album, which has a nice indies only vinyl, new FAITHLESS album, new JOE BONAMASSA album and a GREG LAKE anthology also…

PIAS for the 23rd have the new ADRIANNE LENKER solo album ‘Songs & Instrumentals“, DRIVE BY TRUCKERS’ ‘Live From Austin, Texas’ vinyl onlySONGHOY BLUES new albumnew THIS IS THE KIT album on Rough Trade also…

RSD Drop 3 so is Saturday October 24th and there will be releases on the shelf that day by RORY GALLAGHER ‘Cleveland Calling’, INHALER ‘My Honest Face’ E.P, THIN LIZZY ‘Chinatown’ deluxe vinyl, JOHNNY CASH ‘Classic Cash’, LEWIS CAPALDI ‘Divinely’, MARK KNOPFLER ‘Metroland’, DEF LEPPARD ‘Rock N’ Roll’, DAVID BOWIE O.S.T to ‘The Turning’, THE VIRGIN SUICIDES O.S.T, THE SPECIALS ‘Dubs’, U.F.O. ‘Live In Youngstown 1978’, LOUR REED & JOHN CALE ‘Songs For Drella’, SKID ROW ‘Slave to the Grind’, TOTO ‘Live in Tokyo’, CHEAP TRICK ‘One To Get You Live 1977’, MILES DAVIS ‘Double Image – Rare Miles from Bitches Brew Sessions’, MENSWEAR, BOB MOULD, DAVID GRAY, DIO, LONDON SUEDE and  few more i can’t think of new either… Nice selection there I think to be fair.. Bobby will send the link to what’s coming out and again no promises and first come first served… I’ll go through the rules next week to keep them fresh in ye’r heads!! 
Link here for the releases for RSD Drop 3 :

Right so, Bobby will run through some announcements in the last week here now.. Some nice things in the pipeline..

Hey again everyone,

Starting us off this week is also what we started with last week! Final edition of the AC/DC new album ‘Power Up’ is now up on the site, and it’s the limited edition CD boxset. Comes with a chargeable box which has a logo which lights up, while the opening of the ‘Shot In The Dark’ plays through an in-built speaker. Also comes with a 20-Page book, and of course, a charging cable! 

Few other nice bits announced again in the last 7 days. BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG of Green Day has a new covers album coming out (indies only baby blue vinyl on this one), which he has recorded during lockdown. 

The yearly release with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has been announced, and another nice one this year. JOHNNY CASH & THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA is due in November on CD or LP.

Also announced for release over the coming weeks are four THE DURUTTI COLUMN reissues from the 2000s, all on coloured vinyl, and I believe all first timers on vinyl. 

The Sony release schedule for November is now up, and includes limited clear vinyl record reissues by SIMON & GARFUNKELMEAT LOAF and MILES DAVIS, as well as new releases from PALOMA FAITHLITTLE MIX, a new ELVIS PRESLEY ‘From Elvis In Nashville’ CD set release or standard vinyl,  The Very Best of PETER GREEN’S FLEETWOOD MAC gets a vinyl release, there are a blast of MARIAH CAREY reissuesHANS ZIMMER’s ‘Interstellar’ Soundtrack is releases as a 2CD or 4LPTHE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE’s ‘Live in Muai’ is coming as a 2CD/BluRay set, and there is a SANTANA ‘Moonflower’ reissue. Finally for this week, Warner have a 3CD new early CHRIS REA compilation album, entitled ERA 1 : As, Bs & Rarities 1978-1984′.

Back to the bossman!

I’ll move onto October 30th Release now..

Universal have the U2 ‘All That You Can’t Leave Behind’ reissues on loads of formats.. If you are interested you know where we are.. Best price pre-order jobs still there..

Uni also have for the 30th the new SAM SMITH album on CD or LP, as well as a deluxe version of the latest album from THE WHO ‘WHO’.2CD out for this on Oct 30th, and then a 7” Boxset / CD set due in December now.. There is also a brand new album by ELVIS COSTELLO ‘Hey Clockface’ on a few physical formats, DIZZIE RASCAL has a new album ‘E3AF’ also. Also via Uni for the 30th October is the much anticipated STYLE COUNCIL 3LP or 2CD compilation ‘Long Ho Summers’, EMBRACE ‘Out Of Nothing’ reissued on limited indies only red vinyl (first timer on vinyl),  and a 50th anniversary of ELTON JOHN’s self titled album on gold vinyl… And yes i’m going to say it.. Oh yes I am… Oh no he’s not… It is… Universal have a nice CHRISTMAS ALBUM 2LP Set..

WEA for the 30th Of Oct have new albums by AMY MACDONALD, BLACK STONE CHERRY ‘The Human Condition’ indies only purple vinyl or deluxe CDGRATEFUL DEAD Picture Disc reissue of ‘American Beauty’ for the 50th AnniversaryMACHINE HEAD reissue of ‘Burn My Eyes’ 2LP… Moved from a few months ago.. WEA have a big… Yes a big URIAH HEEP boxset.. 23CDs and an LP in the set.. It’s called ’50 Years In Rock’ and we can do it for €145 if interested… WEA also have the MOTORHEAD ‘Ace of Spades’ deluxe boxset and a YES Live album on Vinyl called ‘The Royal Affair’… Lastly for WEA for the 30th of October, they have the JONI MITCHELL ‘Early Years’ 5CD boxset, as well as ‘Early Joni’ LP and a 3LP ‘Live From Canterbury House’ release..

Sony for the 30th of October have the next in the series of the DEPECHE MODE 12” Vinyl Sets.. The next album up.. My own personal favourite Mode album (the live album is even better), is SONGS OF FAITH AND DEVOTION… There has been a few shop soldiers buying these sets from the beginning and granted they are more on the tasty side money wise.. By all accounts they are quality and are worth it… Really well done I am told.. Anyway, ‘Songs of Faith & Devotion’ is next.. Price is best price pre-order job of €150… 

Sony also have some TOTO vinyl reissues, and an interesting MIDNIGHT OIL release ‘The Makaratta Project’.. It’s a themed mini album of collaborations with indigenous artists, available on CD or Yellow vinyl… Lastly Sony have (oh no they have not!) a MEGHAN TRAINOR Christmas album..

The Orchard for the 30th of October have a vinyl reissue of THE PRODIGY live album from 2010 ‘World’s On Fire’ on 2LP, and they have a new JIM WHITE album also..

R.O.M have a new release from SUN RA ARKESTRA on indies gold vinyl, as well as 5LP BOB MARLEY and ELVIS PRESLEY sets..

PIAS for the 30th of October have the new EELS album, and the new SEAMUS FOGERTY is the week after.

One final note.. Sigur Ros ‘Takk’ was due in for release for this Friday.. We ordered 5, and we were charged for it.. Never got it.. What’s known in the industry as a shortage.. I’ll email each of ye who have ordered it from us individually when I know more… Sorry.. 

Look sin é for this week folks,
Thanks for listening..
Ray, Bobby and Shane,

Power, Corruption & Lies, Pink Floyd New Set Announced, and Involved In A Bit Of A Dance

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well with ye.

Releases in the siopa for friday the 2nd of October include the NEW ORDER “Power, Corruption & Lies” boxset and the four singles from the album are released separately also.

New ENSLAVED album also from Warner. UNI have the QUEEN & ADAM LAMBERT release on various formats, BON JOVI New CD, LANA DEL REY new Poetry album,  AILBHE REDDY debut album is out, PILLOW QUEENS debut record also out (vinyl only for that one for now), SUFJAN STEVENS new one “The Ascension” is due out for Friday but we got an email from the label saying the stock was delayed and would not be in the shops until Thursday or maybe Friday… From my experience, it will be unlikely if it lands to us this week… An email like that is always worth a day or two longer delay from my experience.

So that was the bad news.. Slightly delayed but if ships tonight could well still land for Friday but the email brought good news also… I am getting 10 more of the indies vinyl version… Myself and the rep done a bit of a dance over this title… He maybe has 2k or 3k of the indies one for the UK and Ireland… So that would mean as few as 2 or 3 hundred for here…. He sends out an email looking for forecasts from us (how many we think we will sell) and then we do a dance… He steps out and I step in again type of thing… Here’s what was said… 

REP : 
Hi, How many of the limited LP will you need?

ME : 
could i get 75 copies do you think? if not …let me know the number so i dont oversell it…( thats very important) let me know at 13 copies already…if i was braver id ask for 100
let me know

Oh dear
I wish I could do that many
I’m thinking 30 for now
Such a headache this record

ah sur…i understand…30 for sure for now…?
and i might do a waiting list maybe…?
or 30 full stop…

Sorry lets say 25
Really don’t have enough to go round

ok…its getting worse…ill say no more!
25 for sure so…just to confirm

Sorry this is getting a bit like the scene in life Brian
Gonna have to say 20 final offer. Tryig to juggling qties and make fair across all Irish accounts

So you can see it was a bit of a dance… To make a short story long anyway, getting 10 more copies… The things you do for love… Sin sin

Also in this weekend is the ROISIN MURPHY new record “ RÓISÍN MACHINE” and we have some exclusive 12 by 12” prints with the LP, and we have some signed CDs also. Roisin is the berries and like Neil Hannon is an unsung hero of Irish music… Great supporter of records and record shops also hence the trés cool prints and signed stuff… Really hope the album does great, will be plenty of plays in our little shop anyway…. Róisín on Graham Norton at the weekend I think.

We/ye are spoiled with signed stuff this week as COREY TAYLOR from Slipknot releases a solo album “CMFT” on CD and LP… Signed copies available of these also (not for long i’d say).. Warner have new ones also from GROOVE ARMADA, JONSI, ROBERT PLANT CD Anthology, SIGUR ROS () VINYL reissue.

Sony for friday have the ROGER WATERS “Us and Them” release, a MARIAH CAREY reissue and DEANO Christmas album. The Orchard for this Friday have the 25th Anniversary of the “(Whats the Story?) Morning Glory” album by OASIS on Silver Vinyl.

Crikey we are busy boys lately with releases.

Moving on to the 9th so…

Before that, just to let ye know i’m missing Friday as its son number 2s Communion, only found out Monday about it.. Was to be a few weeks later than that… Originally May… Small fry, Covid fry again though…. So the lads will cover me Friday, i’m in Saturday morning for most of the day then.

I work from home on Mondays, in the shop Tuesday all day, in and out of the shop a bit Weds and Thurs, in the shop Friday all day and Sat morning are my general movements.

Anyway the 9th, National album day… I wont get too caught up in it as i probably am preaching the converted anyway but I can’t see how albums won’t be around for a very long time. It’s an ARTefact, a creation from a period in your life (that can be passed on to your great grandchildren… He made that… Feck off).. It is a body of work to compare and compete with your peers… I think every band worth its salt sets out to make the greatest record they can make… It’s ultimately how they will be judged… On the songs… Perform them well live then they will be judged on that also but it starts with the song… Without that there is nothing… Folks are always going to put a bunch of songs together I feel… It’s organic… I know Mr. ELK thinks different to me and his comments a few months back now about how some musicians are working in the dark ages as regards making and releasing music… He believes as a musician you need to be staying engaged with your fans very frequently… New song every 2 or 3 weeks type of thing… Suits his business model that… Albums suit my business model!! Erra there is an argument and a place for both of them I think… Albums are there for a while now though… Watch out for the next shark in the digital waters though Daniel… Right so anyone for the last few iTunes vouchers there now folks…

The 9th sees a rack if stuff…time agin me so im going to just rattle them…NATIONAL ALBUM DAY stuff and normal releases all horsed in here together folks…i do apologise.

The 9th, BLACK SABBATHD “Paranoid” BoxsetsULTRAVOX “Vienna” Box and Vinyl, KRAFTWERK limited reissuesFOALS “Collected Works”GARY MOORE limited live LPIRON MAIDEN Self Titled Limited, LINKIN PARK “Hybrid Theory” Various Formats, THE DOORS “Morrison Hotel” Deluxe reissue, THE REPLACEMENTS Deluxe reissueTRAVIS new albumPHIL COLLINS “No Jacket Required” limited vinyl, INHALER 7” SingleBILLIE EILISH 7” SingleMARILLION Live, JOHN LENNON “Gimme Some Truth” various formats, TEARS FOR FEARS “Seeds of Love” Various FormatsRORY GALLAGHER “Best Of”DIRE STRAITS Studio Albums BoxsetsDIVINE COMEDY Boxset and vinyl reissues, FUTURE ISLANDS new albumBUFFALO TOM reissue of “Birdbrain”, and METZ have a new album..

Bobby will give ye all a quick rundown on the announcements in the past week..

Hi again everyone,

Few nice bits announced this week for release over the coming months, now up for pre-order.
Starting us off, PINK FLOYD are set to release a new, “Re-Stored, Re-Edited and Remixed” version of live album “Delicate Sound Of Thunder” in November. Lots of different formats, a 2CD/BluRay/DVD set, 3LP Vinyl version2CD and DVD. Some of the formats feature tracks not released on the original release of the album, nice one! 

There is a new KURT VILE E.P set to be released, 5 tracks. “Speed, Sound, and Lonely KV” is the title, and it will feature a duet with the late JOHN PRINE..

FLEET FOXES have released a new album “Shore”, have heard a few bits and sounding very good again. Their last album is one I still listen to quite a lot, great memories of seeing them and working for the gigs in the Opera House a few years back now. Anyway, physical formats not out until February, but available now to pre-order on CDVinyl or Exclusive Clear Vinyl.

Other bits announced include NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE “Return To Greendale” gets released as a 2CD2LP or Deluxe BoxTHE STRANGLER’s “Peaches : The Very Best Of” gets it’s first ever vinyl release, BRITISH SEA POWER have a 15th Anniversary Deluxe Reissue of ‘Open Season’ (the bonus LP on zoetrope vinyl looks great!), KODALINE’s new album gets released on CD or LP, there are three different HEAVEN 17 reissues on clear vinyl announced, and finally RYUICHI SAKAMOTO’s ‘Hidari Ude No Yume‘ gets reissued as a CD, Vinyl or Deluxe 2LP.

Back to the boss-man!

Oh delighted to announce we will have copies of the reissue of the REVELINO debut album with us for the 9th of October also… 25 bucks!

Some Kila records landed in also this week.

Right so the 16th of October… MATT BERNINGER, of the you know who i’m sure, has a solo album “Serpentine Poison” on IndiesNormal or CD. Also out is the new VAMPS album, a nice TANGERINE DREAM 10CD setPETER GABRIEL “Live in Athens” vinyl reissue, and DEF LEPPARD “Hits Vegas” on various formats.. All of these out via Universal.

ROM have new albums by NIK KERSHAW and our own PADDY HANNA also out on Galway’s Strange Brew record label.

WARNER have THE EAGLES ‘Live From The Forum’ out on Rhino for the 16th of Oct… Four formats on this one.. IAN DURY ‘Hit Me : Best Of’ Compilation on BMG, and a stone wall classic gets reissued on Nonesuch for the 16th : Emmylou’s “Wrecking Ball”.. €22 best price pre-order job… Nonesuch normally about 40 quid retail on vinyl so I is hoping this ain’t a mistake…

KATIE MELUA has a new album out on the 16th also, there is a MASTODON Limited Pink Vinyl ‘Medium Rarities’ releasea PIXIES Single out, and last but not least from Warner is the TOM PETTY “Wildflowers & All The Rest” reissues…

PROPER has SUN RA’s “A Fireside Chat with Lucifer”.

PIAS has a deluxe version of BLACK PUMAS‘ album with bonus new songs and a brand new KEVIN MORBY for the 16th also.

PIAS for 23rd has new ADRIANNE LENKER (Big Thief) Solo Album, DRIVE BY TRUCKERS “Live At Austin City Limits” album vinyl only on indies coloured vinylTHE FALL “Franz Ferd Experiment” Expanded EditionSONGHOY BLUES “Optimistic” new album, and THIS IS THE KIT’s new album.

As always the email and website are open for biz… As is the siopa.

As my dear mam used to say to me when I was a small boy…. Stay in by the wall.

Stay in by the wall.
Sin é for this week folks
Ray, Bobby and Shane

John Lennon ‘Gimme Some Truth’ Has Landed, AC/DC New Album Announced, And R.I.P to a Guitar God

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well with ye folks.. Strange few days.. Level 5 and we were closed again… Not what we want.. More upheaval.. Avoided for now, it’s in our own hands… All of us.. So back to the rules in-store.. More important than ever… Only 4 customers at a time, only 15 to 20 minute visits, stay behind the perspex and keep 2 meters from other folk… Ah it’s been a wonky time…

Loads and loads and loads of releases in the shop for Friday.. Nearly too much stuff.. Work has been intense of late with the amount of releases coming at us.. Right so, for Friday.. The JOHN LENNON ‘Gimme Some Truth’ boxset and other various formats landed… The biggest box looks absolutely beautiful.. Looking forward to giving it a play or two over next few days.. RORY GALLAGHER ‘Best Of‘ landed also, as did the DIRE STRAITS LP and CD Limited Studio album sets.. Good prices on them I think.. The TEARS FOR FEARS ‘Seeds of Love’ vinyl and boxsets also landed, still waiting on the 7”s by BILLIE EILISH with the new Bond tune and the INHALER 7” also..

Sony for the 9th of October or this Friday have some nice releases for National Album Day.. So we will have limited coloured versions of STONE ROSES debut albumPAUL SIMON’s ‘Graceland’, DEACON BLUE’s ‘Raintown’, EUROPE’s ‘Final Countdown’, WEDDING PRESENT ‘Bizarro’, FOOTLOOSE OST, and a picture disc vinyl pressing of PREFAB SPROUT’s ‘Steve McQueen’. Aside from N.A.D releases, Sony also have a SADE vinyl boxset and a coloured vinyl reissue of ROBERT JOHNSON’s ‘King of the Delta Blues’..

PIAS for this Friday have the DIVINE COMEDY Vinyl Reissues (slight delay with the CD boxset), as well as the new FUTURE ISLAND’s album.

Warner for this Friday the 9th have quite a bit of stuff for National Album Day and also some general stuff.. Right so, NAD stuff first, WEA have limited one run only presses by ALPHAVILLE, DEXY’S MIDNIGHT RUNNERS ‘Searching’, TALK TALK ‘It’s My Life’, DURAN DURAN Self Titled, BLUES BROTHERS OST, ZZ TOP’s ‘Eliminator’, ICE-T’s ‘Rhyme Pays’, ROD STEWART’s ‘Greatest Hits’, the FRIENDS OSTIRON MAIDEN Self TitledPHIL COLLINS ‘No Jacket Required’A-HA ‘East Of The Sun...’ GARY MOORE’s ‘Live From London’ and the KRAFTWERK reissues… Just to flag it here.. I was cut back on the German versions of KRAFTWERK’s.. I don’t know how bad yet.. I’ll know later today.. Hopefully I won’t have to break hearts.. I’ll try do it gently if so…

General release from Warner for friday include the LINKIN PARK ‘Hybrid Theory’ 20th Anniversary Edition, ULTRAVOX ‘Vienna’ 40th Anniversary Editions., BLACK SABBATH’s ‘Paranoid’ BoxsetsTRAVIS brand new album ’10 Songs’FOAL’s ‘Collected Reworks’  album, MOTORHEAD ‘On Parole’, and last but not least THE DOORS’ ‘Morrison Hotel’ boxset… Crikey, some amount of stuff!! I’m opening the roof for Friday.. The weather is supposed to be good and i’m but and i’m putting the National Album Day stuff up there… Enquire in-store for further details!!..

And Eddie Van Halen passed away, a guitar god it must be said… Dogged with health issues for a long time.. RIP to one of the ultimate guitar gods and rock stars…

Just received the invoice for KRAFTWERK German versions.. Biggest problem is DIE MENSCH MASCHINE… Ordered 10 copies, I am getting 2 copies, with 7 of you  folks after either requesting or paying for it .. Let me know if there is anything I can do… I only found out Tuesday that there was cuts.. 80% is more than I thought… Let it with me for now…

Right so better move on to the 16th of October or it will be here before I have this newsletter finished… Universal have the National’s MATT BERNINGER
 ‘Serpentine Prison‘ solo record on CD, LP or Indies Only LP… Universal have a new album from THE VAMPS, a TANGERINE DREAM 10CD boxsetDEF LEPPARD’s ‘Hits Vegas’ live, and PETER GABRIEL’s ‘Live in Athens’..

Warner for the 16th of October have THE EAGLES ‘Live From The Forum’ across various formats, IAN DURY ‘Hit Me! : The Best Of’, EMMYLOU HARRIS ‘Wrecking Ball’KATIE MELUA’s new albumMASTODON ‘Medium Rarities’ vinyl limitedPIXIES ‘Hear Me Out’ single, and of course the deluxe versions of TOM PETTY’s ‘Wildflowers & All The Rest’ album..

PIAS for the 16th of Oct have the deluxe version of the debut BLACK PUMA’s album which has new tracks and a limited coloured vinyl… PIAS also have the new KEVIN MORBY album

SUEDE ‘Best Of’ was delayed actually but it is due this Friday..

Bobby will run through what announcements have been made in the last week here now also.. New AC/DC I believe..

Hope all is well folks,

Another few nice bits announced in the last 7 days or so. As Ray mentioned, new AC/DC album ‘Power On’ is probably the biggest. Album record with Brian Johnson back on vocals and Phil Rudd back on drums. Few different formats, CDVinylIndies Only Yellow VinylPicture Disc Vinyl, and there will be a nice boxset but we don’t have full information on that yet, should follow in a newsletter shortly!

Fresh off the press at 3PM today, there is a new CHRISTY MOORE compilation album due out in November, ‘The Early Years : 1969-81’, and it’s on 2CD, Limited 2CD/DVD or Limited 3LP White Vinyl. Lots of rare material here, stuff out of print for a long time, or in the case of some of the live session material, stuff never released! 

THE WAR ON DRUGS have just announced a live record ‘Live Drugs’, featuring material collected from live show throughout the band’s full career, a full live retrospective. There will be a limited indies only purple vinyl on this one.

KEITH RICHARDS & THE X-PENSIVE WINOS have a live album release coming, on a few different formats. ‘Live at the Hollywood Palladium’ is the title, and it was recorded in 1988 during the writing and production of ‘Talk Is Cheap’.

Other nice bits announced, there is a new ARTHA FRANKLIN compilation album ‘Aretha’ coming out  on various formats, a brand new DRIVE-BY TRUCKERs album (second this year!), a JAMES BOND Vinyl Soundtrack Compilation. There a lovely AMY WINEHOUSE ’12×7 : The Singles’ vinyl 7″ boxset, as well as a 5CD collection of her studio, live and rarity releases. Finally there is a BILLIE HOLIDAY : Bille – The Original Soundtrack release, and TAYLOR SWIFT’s most recent album ‘Folklore’ gets it’s vinyl release.

Back to the bossman, and the the releases for October 23rd!

Right so on to the 23rd of October and we will have via Sony Music… Is this Bruce’s 20th studio album… Everyone of them released on Columbia Records.. That says a lot to me about both parties involved… Sorry reading back got sidetracked… Yes.. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN AND THE E-STREET BAND’s new album ‘Letter To You’… It’s available on CDstandard black vinyl, and a limited indies only coloured vinyl (we still have some to sell of this).. Have not gone listening to any of it yet..

Sony also have on the 23rd of Oct the PEARL JAM ‘MTV Unplugged’ on CD..

Universal for the 23rd of Oct have the THIN LIZZY CD Boxset (fairly comprehensive!), there’s a BEASTIE BOYS compilation out that day also… If I didn’t mention before their documentary is well worth a watch.. It’s excellent.. Lastly from Uni is a BLOSSOMS’ sessions and live album ‘From Isolation / Live From The Plaza Theatre, Stockport’. It’s on CD, or indies only DLP Coloured vinyl…

The Orchard for the 23rd have a DEVIN TOWNSEND ‘Empath’ live album..

PROPER for the 23rd have a new BEN HARPER release..

PIAS for the 23rd of October have the new ADRIANNE LENKER (Big Thief) album, DRIVE BY TRUCKERS ‘Live from Austin, Texas’SONGHOY BLUES new albumTHIS IS THE KIT new album and THE FALL reissue of ‘The Frenz Experiment’…

Warner for the 23rd have the new GORILLAZ album, ‘Song Machine : Season One – Strange Times’, on CD, LP, 2CD or Indies Only Vinyl (productive lately), a new FAITHLESS recordGREG LAKE AnthologyJOE BONAMASSA new album ‘Royal Tea’ on CD, 2LP or Boxset... Warner have a RANDY NEWMAN vinyl reissue of the OST ‘The Natural’, there is a new 7” ROYAL BLOOD single, a new SAM AMIDON album on CD only for now and last but not least is the JOHN PRINE CD boxset ‘Crooked Piece of Time : The Atlantic Years’… Ah just class.. Simple but brilliant songs… A couple of chords only most times… No Eddie Van Halen (something tells me they’d have fun together though).. But brilliant, simple songs.. If Prine is new to you.. I’d highly recommend him.. One of the people I thought about throughout this pandemic… Terrible loss.. Top man i’d say.. I hope yourself and Eddie rip it up..

Still lot’s going on isn’t there… RSD 3 is the day after those big releases on the 23rd of Oct… It’s intense..

Anyway, sin é for this week folks,
Thanks for listening,
Ray, Bobby and Shane

Oh sorry! Breaking news, THE EMPEROR’s OF ICE CREAM vinyl will be here by Saturday.. Maybe Friday but definitely Saturday i’m told.. Exciting stuff

Sign ‘O The Times Is With Us, National Album Day Special Releases, and The Divine Comedy’s Massive New Boxset

Hey everyone,Hope ye are staying safe and well and that the form is good.RSD Drop 2 Week and I don’t have any major news on it… Some of my/our orders have not left the UK which is a little concerning but I am promised I will have them for  Friday…. Hopefully so… Warner / Proper / Music On Vinyl / Orchard / SRD/ Shellshock all with me… Uni and Sony leaving the UK today… ROGER WATERS this drop now and BOB MOULD moved to October 24th drop. As far as cuts… I got cut back on the Stones single and the Paul Mccartney self titled release… Other than that I think i’m alright… But sure ’tis a bit of a minefield this year anyway so i’m sur you will understand if the machine creaks.I plan to open at nine on Saturday morning and I’d ask ye folks to take the shop guidelines seriously please… There are probably more cases in Cork in the last week than there has been in the last 3 months…  So its out there, so let’s be careful and look after one another.2 metres 2 metres 2 metres.Apart from the lovely RSD DROP 2 releases for this Saturday, we have quite a few releases in the shop Friday the 25th also.The various formats of the PRINCE “Sign O’ The Times” boxset have landed in…

What an album… I saw him in Pairc Ui Chaoimh in 1990… I was only a young fella (16) and I suppose  I felt the crowd and the great man just never gelled that night… As I said I was only a young fella so my memories could be way off the musical mark but no great rapport was struck up… I do recall some long guitar solos… I recall some brilliant moments… I recall being embarrassed when parts of the crowd started chanting OLE OLE OLE (it was the height of ITALIA 90).. I still get embarrassed to this day if a crowd is disrespectful or overly apathetic to a band or artist… I’m proud Cork (aren’t all ye fuckers down there.. I hear ye cry) but if a travelling band comes to town and isn’t shown respect (mainly the chat brigade) then it embarrasses me… Rooted back to that night in 1990 I wonder… ‘Cos those that chanted, I know well intentioned for a bit of craic like, we’re an embarrassment. 
I saw MJ in 1988 on the same field and that was simply AMAZING… Well had no money for a ticket for Jackson but went down da Pairc to soak up the atmosphere and hear the gig…. Mad really when I think back on it.. Could go right outside the stadium without a ticket… Right outside… Hear the gig as plain as day…. Amazing sound… 30 minutes left in the gig and the stewards are opening the big gates to let folk leave… In we slipped as you do… Incredible is the only word I can find to describe that 30 minutes, he was so so good, the sound was so so good… I’ll never forget it…. Man in the Mirror… So powerful.. A song for the ages…. Back down the Pairc the following night… Radio repeat of the night before… Got in a bit earlier in fact… Mad isn’t it, you wouldn’t get in a asses roar nowadays don’t mind seeing nearly half the show… Happy days.Anyway, the Prince S.O.T.T. reissues are with us.LOU REED ‘New York’ boxset is also in with us… DEFTONES new albumIDLES new albumGUNS N ROSES Greatest Hits vinyl, A CERTAIN RATIO new album, ELLIOT SMITH self titled reissue, new SYLVAN ESSO, new DIANA KRALL, ELBOW vinyl reissues (have not shipped yet), ROLLING STONES ‘Steel Wheels Live’ on various formats, CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL ‘Chronicles Greatest Hits’ LP, some JEFF BECK reissues on coloured vinyl, JJ CALE “ TRAVEL LOG” on coloured vinyl… JOHN PRINE “ SOUVENIRS” vinyl is due for Friday (again not yet shipped but is still due friday). BOB MOULD’s new one is on route also for friday!!

MALOJIAN’s new album “Humm” is with us on CD and LP… Delighted to have that in stock and looking forward to giving it some time… Previous couple of albums we had were excellent, so really looking forward to it… This dude is worth checking out folks, seriously talented… Here is a tune Stevie done at the start of lockdown… Beautiful.

I think thats more or less it for releases out this weekend… about 40 RSD 2 title drops also…Right so onto October 2nd, the new SUFJAN STEVENS album…. CD, LP, indies lp sold out i’m afraid (ye did receive a word of warning my friends, not always the boy who cries wolf) 90 minutes for the SUFJAN man… Looking forward to it.PIAS have THE WORKING MENS CLUB debut album released on the 2nd of Oct also.Warner for the 2nd of October have the new COREY TAYLOR (SLIPKNOT) and we have signed copies of it on cd and lp!! Warner also have new records by JONSI, GROOVE ARMADA, ENSLAVED as well as a SIGUR ROS reissue of () and a ROBERT PLANT 2CD solo anthology called “Digging Deep” .  Lastly and arguably the cream of the crop is the NEW ORDER “Power, Corruption, Lies” box-set… 100 euro best price pre-order job as well as the reissue of the four 12” singles from the album “Blue Monday”, “Confusion”, “Murder”, and “Thieves Like Us”.SONY have the ROGER WATERS “Us and Them” live release across four formats on the 2nd of October. Sony also have MARIAH CAREYs rarities album.

 REPUBLIC OF MUSIC have the debut album by AILBHE REDDY on the 2nd of October….looking forward to this one.Heres a tune from the album ORCHARD have the 25th Anniversary Silver Vinyl reissue by Oasis of “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory”…. One run silver vinyl only.UNI for the 2nd of Oct have the LANA DEL REY poetry album, QUEEN & ADAM LAMBERT live release, BON JOVI new album on CD, ELLA FITZGERALD berlin tapes lost album.Bobby is going to run through some release announcements in the last week or so and give ye a lowdown on them.

Not as busy this week folks with announcements from the last week. Kicking us off is the new ELTON JOHN ‘Jewel Box’ 8CD set, as well as it being split into 3 different LP releases ‘Deep Cuts’, ‘Rarities & B-Sides’, and ‘And This Is Me’. The sets feature more deep cuts, curated by Elton himself and spans over 30 years of material.

There is a THE STYLE COUNCIL new 3LP or 2CD compilation release, entitled ‘Long Hot Summer : The Story Of The Style Council’, which features 2 previously unreleased tracks. 

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have announced a brand new studio LP ‘CYR’, which will be available on CD, LP or indies only pink LP. Also a new release coming down the line from THE AVALANCHES, which will be available on CD, Indies Only Coloured Vinyl, or a Limited Deluxe Vinyl pressing. 

Other bits announced / now up for pre-order on the site include a new STEVIE NICKS live album (CD only for now), the debut solo album from MATT BERNINGER of The National, coloured vinyl reissues of SLEAFORD MODS’ ‘Austerity Dogs’ and ‘Divide And Exit’, the release of HANS ZIMMER’s Soundtrack to the new Bond Film ‘Time To Die’, and indies exclusive pressing of the new ELVIS COSTELLO record ‘Hey Clockface’, 

Back to the bossman!Right so on to Oct 9th… What would have been the great Mr. Lennons 80th birthday and what this year is NAD,  no, not a festival in North Cork (Nadfest), nor the home of good friend of Mr. Lennon, Donovan, but in fact NATIONAL ALBUM DAY…. And some nice releases out for it.. All of them limited and usually on a coloured vinyl or picture disc… So releases for NAD include (it has an 80’s theme i’m told… I just hope the industry isn’t turning into an episode of X Factor) PAUL SIMON’S “Graceland”STONE ROSES Debut, DEACON BLUE “Raintown”, NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK “Hanging Tough”, FOOTLOOSE, TOP GUN and ROCKY 4 Soundtracks, PREFAB SPROUT “Steve McQueen”, EUROPE “Final Countdown”, WEDDING PRESENT “Bizarro”, A-HA “East Of The Sun, West Of The Moon”, PHIL COLLINS “No Jacket Required”FRIENDS Soundtrack, TEARS FOR FEARS “Seeds of Love”, nice boxset available for that also. … So I think they are the main NAD releases for the 9th of October..all limited colour or picture disc vinyl.One press and probably only one ship of each of these.Lots of other releases on the day as well folks… I’ll start with the LENNON release ‘Gimme Some Truth’ via Universal … Good few formats here… 36 tracks remixed by Sean Lennon and Yoko… Boxset contains a 124 page book, bumper sticker, postcards, posters and a copy of the MBE refusal letter.. 
Ah 80 he would have been… Nearly 41 years ago now… Ye’r man sent apologies there lately… FFS… John boy it was probably just written in the stars… Safe to say you will always be remembered.

Our own fallen hero down these parts has a really good “Best Of” album coming out on the 9th of October… RORY that is…its on 2LP2CD or CD… 30 tracks that span his whole career from Taste to “Fresh Evidence”.. Fairly comprehensive.Universal also have DIRE STRAITS “The Studio Albums 78 -91” (and what albums they were too)… Limited on both formats… Savage value on the CD Set at 25 euro and good value on the Vinyl boxset also I feel… Say no more!Right so, INHALER… Yes INHALER… There was a lot of interest in the EPs for RSD.. Only one coming out now in RSD DROP 3…. but “Falling In” by INHALER is coming out on the 9th of October as a limited coloured 7”.. I should have 15 maybe 20 of them… Email in or buy it from the site I suppose is the way to go. BILLIE EILISH’s new 7” is out on the 9th Oct also… New Bond theme isn’t it?… “No Time To Die”… ah pure Bond.Sorry few other NAD releases by SOUL II SOULJOE JACKSON Live and MARILLION Live.Warner for the 9th, aside from NAD, releases have some nice boxsets by BLACK SABBATH “Paranoid” 4CD or 5LPULTRAVOX “Vienna” 5CD/DVD boxset (or half speed vinyl), LINKIN PARK “Hybrid Theory” 20th Anniversary EditionTHE DOORS “Morrison Hotel” 50th Anniversary Edition, maybe my favourite Doors album but like asking a fella to pick his favourite child…. And there is a REPLACEMENT’s ‘Please To Meet Me’ Box also… And a 3LP reissue of SIGUR ROS “ Takk..”.WARNER also for the 9th have a one press only reissue of the KRAFTWERK Albums on coloured vinyl… German Versions of the albums available also… One press only.Lastly Warner have a new album by TRAVIS for the 9th October called “ 10 songs”.Pias for the 9th of October have the THE DIVINE COMEDY Boxset as well as the LP reissues… Neil is just the berries really… Brilliant, quirky, intelligent lyrics and the dude is a king of melody… Ohh sweet melodies, where does he find them… The boxset is fab and massive… 23CDs and a DVD best price job 150 on pre-orders… All the records, under DIVINE COMEDY moniker anyway, expect the latest two and maybe the very first album are been reissued on 2LPS… 9 in total… Ah bliss, thats the word I think… Sunday afternoon bliss.

PIAS have FUTURE ISLANDS new album out on the 9th Oct also “As Long As You Are” on CD, INDIES COLOURED VINYL and vinyl. METZ new album also “Atlas Landing” as well as a 30th anniversary reissue of BUFFALO TOM’s “Birdbrain” on mint green vinyl.Look thats enough to be rabbiting on about so.
Sin é for this week folks,
Thanks for listening
Ray, Bobby and Shane.

New Eels Record Just Announced, A Couple Of Big Bumper Weeks, and RSD Drop 2 Details

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well with ye all.
Bit of a 50/50 newsletter this week between myself and Bobby…

I had a little planned procedure done yesterday so I have to rest up my leg so the lads are in the good siopa this week to cover me.

So i’m going to do some of the newsletter and the Bob’s going to do some also.

RSD DROP 2 is upcoming on the 26th Sept so it will be the same as Drop 1 with one crucial difference… Planned opening time will be 9 am…. If i’m in earlier and there is a socially distance queue will do the same as first drop (I wont be there at 6.40 though!!!) and open earlier one at a time job.

Obviously only 30% of the titles this time in comparison to drop 1 so it wont be as busy….
Bobby will send ye a link here to whats on the list…

Can I be clear and stress something though… Even if you have wishlisted… The best way to get the record you want is to try and get in on the day… And the earlier the better… Most people leave with what they want then…

Right so, i’m going to quickly run through releases for the next 3 or maybe 4 Fridays and Bob’s will give ye a nice heads up on recent announcements and further away releases.

Songs and crazy dreams last night in my house… T’was a bit mad, the drugs do work!!

Right anyway this Friday… New RUN THE JEWELS album out… A rep from a different record company than Warner told me last week its the best hip hop album in a long time… A 10 out of 10 album in his opinion.

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WARNER also have the new NEIL YOUNG CD, AVA MAX debut cd, CHARLI XCX new one, FLYING COLOURS live album, DAVID BOWIE – Young Americans limited gold vinyl, not for the site just in-store, pop us an email if interested and Warner also have the deluxe reissue of FLEETWOOD MAC’s ‘Play On’

Also in the shop for Friday are some GARY MOORE reissuesCRANBERRIES deluxe reissue of “ No Need To Argue” on CD and LP, THELONIOUS MONKS “Palo Alto” , YUSEF/CAT STEVENS reworking of “Tea for the Tillerman 2” , NICK MASON’s “ A SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS LIVE” .

Next up, a bumper week, the 25th of Sept… PRINCE “ SIGN OF THE TIMES” BOXSETS and other various formats, IDLES new and hugely anticipated new record “Ultra Mono” , A CERTAIN RATIO new album , TWILIGHT SAD repress of “No One Can Ever Know”, BOB MOULD has a new album, ltd indies only vinyl available on it, the GUNS N’ ROSES ‘Greatest Hits’ vinyl release is also on the 25th, ELLIOT SMITH self titled deluxe reissues also out, new MACHINE GUN KELLY new CD, ELBOW vinyl reissues of ‘Asleep In The Back’, ‘Cast of Thousands’, Leaders of the Free World’ and ‘Dead in the Boot B Sides’ album also out on the 25th, ROLLING STONES “Steel Wheels” Live is out on the 25th also… Loadsa formats on this including a nice 4LP indies only blue and orange vinyl, and Bluray / 2 Dvd / 3 CD boxset also. Reissues also on vinyl by LITTLE RICHARD and HERBIE HANCOCK as well as a nice new record by SYLVAN ESSO.

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Just been offered 10 maybe 15 F.D.C 7”S of  ‘A Heroes Death / I Don’t Belong’ 7” single… A tenner each.. Any takers? Let us know… As with everything else email us if interested.

Also for the 25th we have the new ROISIN MURPHY album “Roisin Machine” …we have some exclusive 12 x 12 prints with the vinyl and we have a limited number of signed CDs also… Let us know!!

New Deftones album on 25th also, limited indies one, the class LOU REED ‘New York’ boxset and SLADE ‘BEST OF’ job also.

So quite a bit there for the 25th of Sept.. And RSD Drop 2 the day after…. A sea yachts on the horizon, lots of yachts…ha.

Bob will take over here now for a bit and run through further the road releases announced recently or stuff… Some nice stuff for National album including the Roses debut on clear vinyl…. Neverreally been pressed as a limited edition like this before… 3k I believe…that THIN LIZZY CD set for late October is a real limited one actually… 400 copies U.K. and here…

Anyway over to the Bob man…

Hello again folks,
Hope everyone is keeping well

A few nice bits now up on the site that have been announced in the last week or so for release over the next few months.  A big one announced at 2PM today.. EELS’ brand new album will be released on October 30th, ‘Earth To Dora’. There is a limited edition boxset featuring 2LP on vinyl, a lithograph, CD, stickers / magnets, and a slipmat. There is also a standard vinyl pressing and CD of the album due out..

Warner have a BOWIE release of ‘Metrobolist (AKA The Man Who Sold The World), on CD or LP. The release marks the 50th Anniversary of the release of Bowie’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ in North America, with this release using the original intended album artwork and title. It will come in 2020 limited edition handwritten numbered copies on gold vinyl (# 1971 – 2020) and on white vinyl (# 1 – 1970) all randomly distributed. The coloured vinyl editions are completely randomly distributed, we have no way of telling whether the vinyl is black or coloured, or whether we have received any coloured vinyl. It is a lotto, lucky dip scenario..

Another nice anniversary release coming down the line is the new 5LP boxset or 4CD boxset of BLACK SABBATH’s ‘Paranoid’, released for the band’s 50th Anniversary. The sets feature original album remastered by Andy Pearce andMatt Wortham in 2012, the 1974 Quadradisc Mix in Stereo version of “Paranoid” and the “Live In Europe 1970” (triple album in the 5LP box set) based on two live recordings that are previously unreleased on vinyl: Live in Montreux 1970 and Live in Brussel 1970.

GORILLAZ have a new album just announced ‘Song Machine : Season One – Strange Times’, featuring a whole host of guests including Robert Smith, St. Vincent, Beck, slowthai, Slaves and many more. It will land on CD, Limited Deluxe CD, LP or Indies Only Limited Coloured LP.

Motorhead have a deluxe reissue for the 40th Anniversary of ‘Ace Of Spades’, released as a 3LP or 2CD featuring a bonus live album, or as a super deluxe boxset, featuring 7LPs, a 10”, and  DVD

There is a 5LP or 4CD deluxe reissue of WILCO’s ‘Summerteeth’. The set features the 1999 album, as well as demos, alternates, outtakes and unreleased live material. There is a limited yellow vinyl record pressing of PAOLO NUTINI’s second album ‘Sunny Side Up’, released originally in 2009. KRAFTWERK’s catalogue is getting the coloured vinyl reissue treatment, with the 2009 remasters getting pressed on colour vinyl, alongside the reissue of the German Versions also on coloured vinyl.

There is a lovely JONI MITCHELL ‘Archives Vol 1 : The Early Years (1963-1967) 5CD boxset due out at the end of October. As well as the set, there are two live early year vinyl releases out the same day, ‘Early Joni – 1963’, her earliest-known recording as a 19-year-old Mitchell performs at CFQC AM, a radio station in her hometown of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, as well as ‘Live From Canterbury House’ 3LP from 1967.

There will be an ULTRAVOX – Vienna 40th Anniversary release pressed on half speed master or as a super deluxe 5CD/DVD set.

Also coming down the line is a new NEW ORDER 12” vinyl ‘Be A Rebel’ on indies only coloured vinylIan Dury new compilation called ‘Hit Me! : The Best Of!’ on 2LP white vinyl or 3CD, THE POGUES ‘The BBC Sessions 1984-1986’ is released on CD, a new KAMASI WASHINGTON Vinyl or CD Soundtrack for ‘Becoming’, a new PUBLIC ENEMY CD, SWANS reissue of ‘Children of God’ on LP or CD, a reissue of RILO KILEY’s self titled album on coloured vinyl, a new SEAMUS FOGERTY album, and finally a new GREG LAKE 2CD or 2LP compilation album.

On again as Ray was mentioning, Sony for the 9th of October have some nice releases for National Album Day, including THE STONE ROSES’ self titled debut LP on clear vinyl, a picture disc of PREFAB SPROUT ‘Steve McQueen’, a clear vinyl pressing of PAUL SIMON’s ‘Graceland’, and DEACON BLUE’s ‘Raintown’ on blue vinyl.

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Right i’m back so…. We are a welled oiled record hooring machine!!… Oct 2nd sees the new SUFJAN album “The Ascension” … His last record is a masterpiece in my opinion… It may sound as if theres not a lot going on there but it is so layered … Its great… The new one is more electronic for sure… From what I have heard so far… Soundscapey again, great walls of sound… Loads going on, may seem a bit packed on early listens but i’m growing nicely into it…. Hes one of my favs what can I say… i’m entitled to rattle on aren’t i?… Oohh on my own one way street… Forcing stuff down yer throats in my “ad”… The hope is just giving the info!

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Seeing as im pushing my opinions on ye…. One I noticed for 2nd October is a debut by WORKING MENS CLUB self titled out on Heavenly….heres a tune

‘Tis younger im getting!!

Warner for the 2nd Oct have the COREY TAYLOR (SLIPKNOT) solo album… now we have signed copies of this on CD and signed copies of the black LPs also available… Sweet really… So thanks Corey!! Theres an indies only white vinyl version also but not signed.

Warner for the Second October also have new albums by ALOE BLACC, ENSLAVED, NICKELBACK, AMARANTHE, DOLLY PARTON ‘Christmas Album’, dare I mention the word huh, going to be a weird one!, Christmas that is, i’m sure Dolly’s album wouldn’t be that weird…

Brand new Groove Armada also for the 2nd Oct… Saw them in the half moon many years ago…

SIGUR ROS Frontman JONSI releases his second solo album on the 2nd of Oct on his own label KRUNK…. It is called SHIVER and sure to be an interesting listen… There is an indies exclusive LP available… We may not have links for some of these up so shout if looking for one… To coincide with the new solo album… SIGUR ROS’ () will get a vinyl reissue… 3rd album of theirs.. Incredible piece of work …. It is the only album where Jónsi sings entirely in the wordless lyrics of Hopelandic. A desire to elide meaning and allow the listener to bring their own interpretation to the music, extends to the eight songs, all of which are nameless.  The music is broadly divided into two halves, divided by a critical 36 seconds of silence. The first half of the album being lighter and more optimistic, and the second half bleaker and more melancholic, culminating in the thundering climax of Untitled #8, the closing song of every Sigur Rós show since the song was written in 2000.

Wea for the 2nd oct also have the ROBERT PLANT Solo Anthology Digging Deep: Subterranea on 2CD but I suppose the biggest and most sought after release for WEA or the 2nd is the NEW ORDER “Power, Lies and Corruption” boxset as well as the 4 x 12” singles from it Blue Monday, Confusion, Murder, and Thieves Like Us… We are doing a best price job of 100 euro on pre-orders on the boxset…

Uni for the 2nd Oct have a pile actually as well… LANA DEL REY’s poetry record is out that day, Lana reads 14 of her poems from her new poetry book, out on cdcassettestandard black vinyl and just announced indies coloured vinyl… Talented lady. QUEEN & ADAM LAMBERT ‘Live Around The World’ is out on a rack of formats here, including a limited indies red vinyl…

BON JOVI have a new album out on 2nd oct “ 2020” a lot to be said for it, and will be for a long time…. CD only for 2nd oct, 2LP Coloured version for 4th Dec… Need my numbers in the next few days… Interesting Bluenote compilation album “Bluenote Reimagined” where the new jazz kids on the block take a stab at re-working some old Bluenote classics. Uni have a mad ZAPPA ‘Halloween 81’ 6CD boxset with a Frank Halloween Mask and Cape included for trick or treating…

ELLA FITZGERALD “ The Lost Berlin Tapes” is out on the 2nd from universal as CD or 2LP There is also a dlp 80s vinyl comp and a reissue of SHANIA TWAINS debut album.

Sony for the 2nd Oct have ROGER WATERS’ “Us And Them” Live show on 4 formats, cd, bluray, dvd and vinyl….MARIAH CAREY Rarities CD and Self Titled debut on vinyl, as well as some more Christmas lps… Four different ones… DEAN MARTIN, PERRY COMO, ANDY WILLIAMS and JOHHNY MATHIS.

Republic of Music for the 2nd of Oct have the AILBHE REDDY “Personal History” album release on CD and LP and there is a late night tales release by HOT CHIP.

THE ORCHARD for the 2nd have the OASIS “(WHATS THE STORY?) MORNING GLORY” 25tj Anniversary Silver Vinyl edition… 40 Euro is the best we can do and that’s tight to be honest… Ye’r saying yeah and i’m telling ya… It’s expensive… It’s to expensive really in my opinion… But I wont go on trying to unsell it… It’s out on the 2ndL silver coloured, limited 40 bucks best… 25 years ago midnight opening in G.D Patrick Street for it… Young man… Set up display… Over to La Chateaux, 2 pints… Opened up at midnight… Walked up to my mams after…. Happy days.

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Proper via Demon have the SUEDE ‘Best Of’ on various formats for the 2nd Oct.

On the local scene… We got the debut album in from ANNA MIEKE on Vinyl and CD

And we got some albums in from ULTAN CONLON also some cds and his new gorgeous new vinyl

Jays the release schedule is kind of busy isnt it or else im getting auld.

Sin é for this week folks
Ray, Bobby and Shane


Hi Everyone,

Hope yer all well and minding yerselfs… well back to school now for those of us in that position, a bit more normality ( maybe) but all the time conscious of Covid, so far from normal really…it is what it is though, keep on truckin for the winter and hopefully it will be the brightest spring of them all.

On to the tunes….i have been some man for hawking stuff over the last few months, trying to keep it going….today/tonight is no different!! …Today’s newsletter may not be as pretty or have as many links as usual, as  the Bob man is on a well deserved week off…so tis roll back to the old days or the not so good days ( re after the fire) when Raymond one figure types this baby.

Speaking of my two boys who work with me, the Shane boy had a few poems published in a poetry book “ beautiful ways to say” ….a few copies available in the shop if anyone wants to support it…proceeds are going to charity…well done Shane kid.

The tunes Raymond, the tunes….right out this friday the 11th Sept we have the next in the PJ HARVEY reissue series “ to bring you my love” is out as are the demos from those sessions on a separate record. 

Uni have the brand new album by DOVES “ the universal want” on CD,LTD INDIES ONLY WHITE VINYL and a lovely box set also.

Uni also have a brand new album from MARILYN MANSON on indies white  vinyl or cd also…kevins buddy from the wonder years, is that true is it..??

We also got in from universal some lovely RICHARD AND LINDA THOMPSON vinyl reissues.

THE ORCHARD for friday have a SUZANNE VEGA  live album on vinyl , a new album also by NEAL MORSE and lastly AMORPHOUS ANDROGYNOUS ( FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON)  have the CD release ( an RSD release i think that may have got delayed) of “ cascade 2020” if anyone is interested.

Sophie Hungers new album is also with us and we got one of the signed vinyl copies btw…yay!!

PROPER for the 11th of sept have the new album by EVERYTHING EVERYTHING on a nice indies only vinyl.

On the local scene, the debut CD by DAVID O DONOVAN “ say no more” is out this friday also…there will be plenty of rotations of this album by this extremely talented Cork musician  over the weekend.

Right so …on to the 18th we go Raymond…PIAS have a new album by ED HARCOURT “ monochrome to colour” on vinyl and CD.

PROPER for the 18th sept have some GARY MOORE vinyl reissues, RAINBOW live in munich…these are on limited and numbered vinyl.

WARNER for the 18th have some nice stuff….the new NEIL YOUNG CD release “ the times” both acoustic versions of some of his classics or some cover versions.

The new RUN THE JEWELS album is out on the 18th sept also RTJ4 it is called and and its on CD, 2LP or Deluxe 4lp…..i would have listened to a bit of hip hop back in the day, but the current crop dont enthuse me to be honest…but this gang are meant to be the real deal so will give them a listen…a BTW…there’s a WU TANG “ an american saga”  documentary doing the rounds on netflix at the moment…i’m four episodes in and it has been very good…very good…mad story. If it’s your thing, i think its worth checking out…also coming highly recommend to me is the THE BAND documentary “ ONCE WERE BROTHERS” …have not seen it yet myself but it comes highly recommended…dvd and bluray available to me if anyone is interested…just out on those formats me thinks.

I’m some man for getting sidetracked…yabber, yabber, yabber.

WARNER also for the 18th of Sept have DAVID BOWIE’S “ YOUNG AMERICANS ” limited gold vinyl …in store job only, cant go on our website even…if you interested pop us a mail.

Warner also for the 18th have new albums by CHARLI XCX, BRAD MEHLDAU, FLYING COLOURS live in london, FLEETWOOD MAC deluxe reissue of classic “ then play on”…only one with green and kirwan if i’m not mistaken…and lastly new pop sensation AVA MAX releases her debut cd…billions of streams this artist has i believe.

Universal for the 18th has the reworking of the CAT STEVENS/YUSUFs masterpiece “ tea for the tillerman” volume 2 …50 years on for this record and yusef was chatting to his son a while back and wondered should he do something for the anniversary ( a bit of a milestone to be fair) and one thing led to another and a reworking of the songs became “ tea” part 2…

Universal do a reworking of THE CRANBERRIES second album “ no need to argue”…i think about Dolores every now and again, very tragic, conquered the musical world at a tender age, she was the one age to me and she was a global rock star…i struggle to manage a small shop…can’t even imagine the highs and lows of what her life was.

First ever 2 lp pressing of this huge album with b sides and a live track from mtv unplugged…19 bonus tracks on the 2cd version…release date maybe moving but for now i still have it for the 18th Sept.

Uni has the THELONIUS MONK “ PALO ALTO” LP…palo alto is a town in ( predominantly white college town in the 60s) California. Soon after the MLK assanination a college boy by the name of Danny Scher tried to bring about some racial unity in his town by organising a concert in his college. The artist he somehow managed to persuade was Mr. Monk….problem was, no one believed him…if Danny lived in Cork he would have been greeted with “ go way ou dat boy” at the mention of his gig…no one hardly bought tickets but hundreds hung around the car park the night the supposed gig was to happen…and sure enough Mr. Monk turned up….what transpired lived long in both mens memories…this record is a document of that night…that’s what records are, a document of something created, that’s why they will always exist…but that’s for another night.

UNI also for the 18th have a JOHANN JOHANNSSON 8cd/dvd boxset ( another gone to soon) and a LUDOVICO EINAUDI 2LP or 2 CD compilation called “ undiscovered” which are tracks important to him and some of his favourite tunes which he felt may have been slightly overlooked.

Sony for the 18th have the NICK MASON “ saucerful of secrets” live at the roundhouse on cd/dvd or on 2lp.

Right so the 25th sept…hold on to yer hats.. but not yer wallets…alright alright.. lame, i know lame…there is a lot going on though…the day after the 26th is RSD DROP 2…and the day before there is a host of releases either new or reissues…..where to begin…one that was to be out but pushed back a week to Oct 2 is SUFJAN STEVENS new album “ the ascension” so we will park that one till next week. PIAS have the new IDLES album “ ultra mono” …3rd album on Partisan…big band now, great live band by all accounts. 5 physical formats available…deluxe vinyl version, black and white indies only vortex vinyl, std blk vinyl, cd and cassette tape.

A CERTAIN RATIO are releasing a new album on Mute on the 25th, first album in 12 years…first pressing will be available in one of four colours with no external clue what colour it is…white is so so so rare at 300 copies, blue so so rare at 600 copies, red  so rare at 900 copies and turquoise rare at 1200…ye get my drift ! 

Wasn’t there a thing with one of the bowie eps from blackstar and a flashlight held the secret to the colour puzzle…do ye remember that?

The light will shine through if it’s transparent , won’t if its black…we banned all light that week…torches on phones… wouldn’t put  the lights on in the shop even..saved a few bob on the bill anyway.

PIAS also have a reissue of TWILIGHT SAD “ no one can ever know” what colour the record is…there 3rd album as a coloured 2 lp.

CARGO for the 25th sept have the new BOB MOULD indies only LP on this one.

Wea for the 25th of sept probably have one of the boxsets of the year in the PRINCE sign of the times boxsets and reissues…6 physical formats available i do believe…2 cd, 3cd, 4lp blk, 2 lp peach, 8cd/dvd and 13 lp/dvd…savage boxes, savage looking boxes …on these formats the peach 2lp and the 2 big boxsets won’t be around for long…small runs on those 3 formats…so you know where we are if you’d like one.

Wea also on the 25th have a LOU REED boxset for his album “ new york” ..3cd, dvd , 2lp and a 44 page booklet in the box…68 quid best price job.

Warner also has new albums by DEFTONES with an indies only gold vinyl version and new ROISIN MURPHY also with an indies only vinyl on the go as well….we have an exclusive print available with preorders also…so again ye know where we are…sound!!

SLADE best of job out also via Warner for the 25th sept.-9

UNIVERSAL for the 25thof SEPT have a host of releases also….ELLIOT SMITHS self titled second album gets the deluxe reissue treatment , remastered album and live bonus disc also…2lp or 2cd.

New albums also out from SYLVAN ESSO ,MACHINE GUN KELLY and DIANA KRALL.

We had a band we liked HAPPY ABANDON from Chapel Hill North Carolina play a gig in Coughlans and a good few of you folks went into it…fine album it is 2, the one they were touring that night…still copies in the shop…get to your little point Raymond…Sylvan Esso are from the same town and the lads that night done a S.E cover and it was great…an interest in SYLVAN ESSO was born that night sd looking forward to the new album.

Uni have the release of the GUNS N ROSES greatest hits on vinyl for the 25th sept also…the splattered one is gone now i think…there is a first press and maybe a few from an even smaller second press….second press people not guaranteed yet…the DLP black vinyl is available though if anyone wants one…ill try get more concrete info on the splattered ones but if your name aint down already…then its game over im afraid…sorry…even some of those waiting on 2nd press maynot get it…sorry…ill get more info.

ELBOW are doing a blast of reissues on vinyl…sought after first 3 albums…asleep in the back, cast of thousands and leaders of the free world as well as b sides album “ dead in the boot” …download codes with them all…all of ELBOWS CATALOGUE IS NOW AVAILABLE ON VINYL.

Rolling Stones – steel wheels live is released on Eagle rock on a host of formats…dvd, bluray, dvd/2cd, sdbr/2cd, 4lp blk version, 4lp blue/orange coloured version and deluxe SDBR/2DVD/3CD boxset…

CREEDENCE CHRONICLES is reissued on 2lp and there is a LITTLE RICHARD greatest hits coming out on vinyl also.

ORCHARD for the 25th have finally the release on vinyl of the late great JOHN PRINEs – souvenirs album , they have THE HIVES live from third man and a STEVE HACKETT live album also.

I did warn ye there were a few out on the 25th of sept…the books are open if anything takes your fancy.

Big announcement today as well from the U2 camp…with the release of the ALL THAT YOU  CAN’T LEAVE BEHIND BOXSET…well not just a boxset…but lets start there…11lp vinyl set  feat remastered album, live, rare and unreleased recordings…preorder only best price job of 200 euro…also there is a super deluxe 5  cd boxset …100 BUCKS PRE ORDER BEST PRICE well as a 2cd version , a 1cd version and a 2lp version….only announced at 3 pm today.

I went on a bit today didnt i…apologies folks….ye’ll be glad to hear the bell ring.

Lads, ladies its not stopping…i think im out but they keep pulling back in…a BIGGIE though …its 11.15 on thursday morning…got a call from Sony rep…new BRUCE & THE E STREET BAND album…i forgot to ask what its called!!…ill find out….3 formats though…there is an indies only gray coloured vinyl  double vinyl with booklet …only 7 thousand of these in the uk and ireland…about 600 copies due for here….36 euro best price on that one…not sure how many im getting yet but i should be good for a few….STARTING THE LIST as soon as newsletter goes out…..std double lp version best price 30 euro…cd best price 15 euro…we will copy in links with the newsletter…Bobby, Bobby…where are you..??? ( only playin kid)

Sin e for this weeks folks,

Thanks for listening

Ray, Bobby and Shane.

Brand New Doves and Flaming Lips, John Lennon’s ‘Gimme Some Truth’, and Some Lovely Local Scene Releases

Hi everyone,
Hope ye are all safe and well.. T’was a busy week last week, a long week, but I think it went well enough, Record Store Day Drop 1 I mean…
First year doing it, I didn’t sleep the night before, it’s a big day for the shop ever year since about 2013/14, but first Christmas Eve that sleep eluded me… The nightwalkers had a little bit to do with it, but look at the ceiling at 4AM, so by 5AM i have up on R.E.M… Anxious over trying to run a fafe drop, anxious that people will be happy, no party to look forward to… Very anxious over that!! Opened at 7AM as there were 7 or 8 social distanced outside at that time.. One at a time for the first hour and then Shane joined so it was a bit quicker… We got there anyway.. Job done… Sold a lot of records and I think we managed it well enough… Nice leftovers went on the site at 6PM and the site was very busy from 6 to 8 to be fair… Maybe it’s an idea for the other years as it gives our regular onliners a chance also… Makes the day a bit more intense… But in the end, 2 words… All good…

While i’m at it, RSD Drop 2 is Saturday September 26th… It’s won’t be as intense as there are far less titles being dropped, around 80 I believe versus 300 last Saturday… Some of the stand out ones would be from BILL EVANS, BLACK CROWES, BOYS NEXT DOOR, BRITNEY SPEARS, CHARLES MINGUS, DECLAN MCKENNA, DESTINY’S CHILD, THE DOORS, ERASURE, FLEETWOOD MAC, HANK WILLIAMS, NAS, NATALIE PRASS, NOTORIOUS B.I.G., OL’ DIRTY BASTARD, PAUL MCCARTNEY, PETER TOSH, RAMONES, THE REPLACEMENTS, ROGER WATERS (now moved to October), ROLLING STONES, SNAPPED ANKLES, T.LC., THE WEDDING PRESENT and THE DANCE CRAZE COMPILATION…

Bobby will attache the most up to date RSD Listing when he is sending this out.. Obviously ignore the Aug 29th, it’s with O’Leary in the grave…
I have also attached a list to our site to the details of all the RSD Drop 2 releases, which can be found here :

Right so, what’s out this Friday the 4th of September. We have got the ROLLING STONES ‘Goats Head Soup’ reissues across various formats, AMY WINHOUSE’s debut album ‘Frank’ gets the Abbey Road Half Speed Master treatment, MILES DAVIS ‘Birth Of Cool’ DVD and BluRay also in…Warner for Friday have the FLEETWOOD MAC Boxsets 1969-19474 on vinyl and on CD, as well as the lovely TWO TONE CD Boxset.. Sony for Friday have the new DECLAN MCKENNA’ album ‘Zeros’ on CD only for now, the vinyl formats out next week.. PIAS for this weekend have the YO LA TENGO ‘Elecro-Pur-A’ vinyl reissue..

Kind of a tame Friday to be fair, the RSD Drop has passed, it’s calmer but it does beat up again as September goes on..

Next week the 11th of Sept, PIAS have the new FLAMING LIPS record on Bella Union.. It’s called ‘American Head’ and there is a nice indies only format.. PIAS also have the next SPOON vinyl reissues on Matador.. This time ‘Gimme Fiction’, ‘Ga Ga’, and ‘Transference’..

The Orchard for the 11th have the new SUZANNE VEGA live album on Cooking Vinyl called ‘An Evening Of New York Songs & Stories’.. Should be a nice listen.. NEAL MORSE new one out also..

Proper for the 11th have the new EVERYTHING EVERYTHING album ‘Re-Animator’ on CD and indies only vinyl.. Also there is a new SUN KIL MOON CD Release ‘Welcome To Sparks Nevada’…

Universal for the 11th of Sept have the new record by DOVES… It’s been a while, a couple of real beauts in their past… The new album is called ‘The Universal Want’, and it’s on a host of formats.. CD, LP, indies only white vinyl, and a deluxe box set…

The next in the POLLY JEAN HARVEY vinyl reissue series is out on the 11th of Sept as well, ‘To Bring You My Love’ and also separately ‘Demos’ from those sessions… MARILYN MANSON has a new album on the 11th, reissues by RICHARD AND LINDA THOMPSON on vinyl and a really nice CD set also..

Upcoming nice ones announced or made aware of to us in the last week include a lovely JOHN LENNON boxset ‘Gimme Some Truth’, available here on 5 different formats

There is a QUEEN and ADAM LAMBERT Live Album available also in October, again on 5 different physical formats.. Also TEARS FOR FEARS have a new boxset and reissue of ‘Seeds Of Love’ album, as well as new albums announced by BON JOVI and ELVIS COSTELLO… And a very nice ELLA FITZGERALD release also, and a orange vinyl reissue of PHIL COLLINS ‘No Jacket Required’..

One the local scene we have a few lovely releases.. DAVID O’ DONOVAN dropped a CD ‘Say No More’ into me a few months ago and it go some serious rotations in the car.. It is excellent.. He is such a talented and accomplished musician… Album will be released on Sept 11th.. Below is a bit on the album and two tracks..

“As an eleven year old I remember listening to Steve Hunter’s guitar solo on Alice Cooper’s ‘Generation Landslide’. On hearing that magical sound I knew at that moment I wanted to play guitar”. 
Since then David O’Donovan has become a very accomplished guitar player and composer. From his early days of playing on the 1970’s/80’s Cork scene with rock bands such as Driveshaft and Prog band China White to achieving national exposure with the band Stands Looking Back, he still considers himself to  be a student of the guitar, always seeking to create different kinds of magic from the instrument.
His diverse and wide-ranging approach to playing has allowed him to express and interpret his influences in his own unique way, being influenced by players such as Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix, David Gilmour, Bert Janch, Alex Lifeson, Steve Morse and Eric Johnson.
His debut solo album S A Y  N O  M O R E  pays tribute to these players through an eclectic collection of instrumental compositions accompanied by his daughter Takara and other accomplished musicians. 
S A Y  N O  M O R E  has been Mastered and part mixed in Austin TX by Eric Johnson’s studio engineer Kelly Donnelly and artwork/design by international rock photographer and graphic designer Max Crace.

Also HOPE IS NOISE have a brand new E.P. ‘Head Wrecked’ also out this Friday September 4th.. Here’s a little bit about the release.. Only got it so must get listening myself… The lads are Cork music legends.. 

Since bringing their body of work under the banner of Hope is Noise back in 2005, the Cork 4-piece have built a dedicated following, drawn equally to their ability to construct a winning pop tune with seemingly little effort, and their incendiary hardcore tendencies; the result being a sound that in places resonates with a more considered take on Husker Du’s knack for a tune, and burns with a rage comparable to Hot Snakes, Fugazi or At the Drive In.
 May 2020 brought about the pandemic release of their new EP  – “head wrecked”, and which is now available on CD format. 
This is the restless sound of a furious and focused band, unwilling to settle and be pigeon-holed. A band born of long-standing friendship, whose disparate elements are brought together by a passion for creation and performance, regardless of broader trends and fads.

Lastly on the local scene THE BURMA have a new E.P. out ‘Sugar Moonlight’.. We love this band in-store… They were to play for RSD for us but alas… New E.P. again, the lads are productive with lots of quality… Deserved to be heard by more people.. E.P. is in stock now, here’s a tune :

Right so, a few nice bits for the 18th of Sept… DAVID BOWIE’s ‘Young Americans’ gold vinyl (in-store only on this one so not on site, let us know if you would like one put aside), a lovely (lovely price also) version of ‘Then Play On’ by FLEETWOOD MACNEIL YOUNG new CD ‘The Times’.. Covers or acoustic versions of his own tunes, and lastly Warner have the new RUN THE JEWELS album ‘RTJ4’ on CD, 2LP or Deluxe 4LP… 

Universal have CAT STEVENS / YUSUF ‘Tea For The Tillerman’ 2CRANBERRIES ‘No Need To Argue‘ on 2CD (limited) or 2LP…

Proper have RAINBOW ‘Live in Munich’, some GARY MOORE Reissues on double vinyl, and a TOTO live vinyl also…

Sept 25th is big but I don’t want to poison ye…

So sin é for this week,
thanks for listening
Ray, Bobby and Shane