Undertones ‘West Bank Songs’, A Plant Boxset, New Caribou and Marlene Enright, and The Ceremony Is About To Begin!

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well out there.

Doesn’t the year start to tip away… Feb 21st now… I’ll be talking RSD very soon…. Lists out on the 5th of March… Should be nice… The big day on Sat 18th April… Bit of thinking to do on that Raymond boy….

Nice, but again delayed releases out today… New one from OZZY OSBOURNE, the BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN vinyl reissues… Although the order I placed has been split into two shipments… One that landed today with half my order and the other that will land Tuesday week from now with the other half… Point Raymond, what’s the bloody point… Well the point been that most of what I got is spoken for but i’ll have them again in 10 days… So if you want.. Bounce us back and we shall keep.

Also with us today are new albums by COURTNEY BARNETT,  PAT METHANYSTORMZY, BIFF BYFORD, GREG DULLI, KING KRULEGRIMESBTS and of course AGNES OBEL as well as the next 3 THIN LIZZY vinyl reissues including “Live & Dangerous”“Bad Reputation” and “Johnny The Fox”..

Video is now up for viewing of all the new bits in the siopa… Check it out here :

Right so moving on to releases for the 28th of Feb… Firstly just a reminder on the opening hours…  Or closing hours more to point really…. Closed Sundays and Mondays, and only open 2 to 6 on Weds… The rest of the week normal kind of hours… Hope yer getting used to it!

So releases for the 28th of Feb and again they aint bad in my opinion…Warner have a few sweet bits starting with THE UNDERTONES “West Bank Songs” 1978 to 1983… 30 tracks.. Well say it right Raymond if your going to say it… 30 great tracks… On Salvo records… Just available as a limited gatefold double purple & white swirl vinyl… We can do a 30 euro best price job on it … You know where we are!

A classic from em..


Warner also for the 28th have a nice ROBERT PLANT singles boxset called “Digging Deep” .. There are 8×7” singles in the set…
Following on from the huge success of The Robert Plant Podcast series that digs Deep into his catalogue, RP is releasing a special Limited Edition 7” singles boxset to accompany his hugely successful podcast. The boxset is to be released on his own label, Es Paranza and features hit singles and rare b-sides spanning three decades. Digging Deep evenly represents each era, highlighting two songs from each solo album. This is the first time the remastered versions have been available on vinyl and will be packaged in a bespoke, stylish hardback book format that also includes restored original 7” artwork. 

Warner also have the reissue on vinyl (and one I hold dear to my heart for a number of unsaid reasons) of JIM MORRISON & THE DOORS “An American Prayer”  (well the record company are calling it the 9th Doors album.. I think a lot of Doors fans would argue there was only 6 Doors albums really but me as a fan hold this recording in really high regard… I love it and I think it’s a must for Doors fans… Is everybody in..? Is everybody in…? THE CEREMONY IS ABOUT TO BEGIN!

I’m some man for hawking shit aren’t I?… “A must for”…

Warner lastly has the reissue of IBRAHIM FERRER’s Grammy winning second album “Buenos Hermanos” with four new and unheard tracks.

PIAS for the 28th of FEB have the new REAL ESTATE album on Domino “The Main Thing” on CD, 2LP or Deluxe 2LP with tip on gatefold sleeve printed inners and a download code… Fine tune here, quirky video also


PIAS also have the new SECRET SISTERS album.

Sony for the 28th has LABRINTH’s “Imagination Of The Misfits Kid” on vinyl.

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC for the 28th of Feb has the new record by CARIBOU on City Slang records called “Suddenly”… It’s on CD and LP… The vinyl has a high gloss cover sleeve printed inner sleeve and a download code… The 7th album by Snaith .. The album is getting savage reviews about the place…here’s a tune


ROM also has a repress of Grizzly Bears debut album “Horn of Plenty” on clear vinyl.

PROPER for the 28th of Feb has a reworking of their classics/hits by TANGERINE DREAM called “Recurring Dreams”.

THE ORCHARD for the 28th of Feb have the new album by HUDSON -TAYLOR called “Lovin Everywhere I Go” and its available physically on CD, LP, CASSETTE and Indies Only LP.

Orchard also has the new album by FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH “F8” on CD, 2LP, or 2 LP picture disc….. Lastly also a BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE “Live at Third Man Records” vinyl release.

UNIVERSAL for the 28th of Feb have a bit.. So first up is the new SOCCER MOMMY album “Colour Theory”, its on Loma Vista records and it comes as CD, LP or indie exclusive LPs with grey, blue or yellow colour variants (keeping the aul colour scheme theme going I suppose).

There is a fine ALLMAN BROTHERS box set “Trouble No More” a 50th anniversary box on 10 LP @  BEST BEST PRICE 430 BUCKS… Don’t shoot the ferryman…. There is a 5 cd box also for nearly a tenth of the price! Now to be fair, the vinyl box is sweet as a nut, bloody gorgeous but nearly 10 times the price… Come on like 43 euro a piece of vinyl in a fancy (granted sweet as a nut)  box.. Packaging consists of a wood veneer wrapped slipcase with gold graphics, 5 gatefold jackets and a 56-page book, includes an 8,900+ word essay on the 50-year history of the band by John Lynskey, unreleased band photos along with newly shot photos of memorabilia from the Big House Museum in Macon, GA… Its a big ask though isn’t it… I’ll go back to my age old formula of 5 boxes (not a fancy box) sold at 200 Euro is a fair bit better than none or maybe maybe 1 @ 430.. Big maybe.

Also again it begs the CD question… Fine boxset for 50 quid or less maybe I think.

Speaking of value then on the flip side of the coin….

The CURE “Disintegration” and “Faith” are getting are getting deluxe CD reissues… Here’s the info… The Deluxe Edition of ‘Disintegration’ has now moved from a digi-pack to a ‘brilliant box’ / Jewel Case. 3CD Set Compiled by Robert Smith. Digitally Remastered from the original master tapes in 2010 by Robert. Disc One is the Original Album Remastered. Disc Two contains 3 Home Demos, 3 Band Rehearsals, 6 Band Demos and 8 Studio Rough mixes. Disc Three contains the ‘Entreat Plus’ Live album expanded from 8 to 12 songs. The 24-Page booklet contains sleeve notes, lyrics and rare photographs. 

I can def do it for 12 Euro… Maybe even 10… Sure you cant go wrong with that like!

Universal have a ZZ TOP documentary on dvd or bluray , they have a new JAMES TAYLOR album… It’s a covers album called “American Standard”… Meant to be good and a new SERGIO MENDES album on cd 2CD or LP… GRANT GREEN and CHET BAKER reissues on Bluenote and DEEP purple “Infinite” 2LP release.

Right so just a bit more info on the signed RORY prints by artist Vincent Zara… I’m still not fully sure how many I will have as Vincent has only ordered 24 in total… Sin é… So, they are in mounts, signed and bagged, 12 by 12” inch mount… Record size, with an 8 by 8 “ image.. I’d say they will be sweet … Could be 20 to 25 euro… Naught in it for Musiczone (just putting a smile on some faces hopefully!!) naught in it for Vincent either, he wants to cover the cost and cut in a small charity donation per print whilst shining a little light on our siopa… So all good folks everywhere… There is a good few of ye with names down for the record… Email back if you are interested in the above…over and out.

The photos from our John Blek ‘The Embers’ Album Launch / Party are now up on our Facebook page, so take a look at the following link! Thanks again to Tim for the photos!!


And last but definitely not least, the excellent new EP from Marlene Enright ‘Petrichor’ is now in the siopa on CD. We were treated to a few tracks from it live when Marlene was special guest at the party in the shop, and the tracks really are fantastic. Anyone heading in to see her tonight in Coughlan’s for Right Here Right Now is in for a great gig!

Sin e really for this week folks…
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Music Zone

A Special One For Rory Gallagher Fans, Bruce Reissues, and A Huge Thank You.

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well…. Happy St Valentine’s Day!!

Firstly I must thank everyone involved in the John Blek launch / shop party last Saturday evening. In the cold light of day I think it was a great success… It was a crappy night and yet 83 souls ventured out to an industrial unit (which we proudly and fondly call home (for now anyway) ) in Togher to show their support for us, for quality original Irish music in Marlene Enright and John Blek and for the community we are… Cos fundamentally that’s what we are now…folk are saying hello to the folk next to them and talking about needles for 20 minutes… Heaven help us!!

Nice spot prizes given out to folks courtesy of the record companies so a big thanks to them also… Test pressings of BOYGENIUS, KIM GORDON, JOHN BLEK, CAR SEAT HEADREST, INTERPOL, SPOON… Plenty of vinyl and CDs given out also… Over 25 spot prizes i’d say… Sorry not enough for everyone…. Lovely vibe in the shop I thought… I may have suffered a hint of verbal diarrhoea (I go one way or the other when i’m nervous, and i couldn’t exactly say nothing when im MC) 

So thank you to Shane, Bobby and Karolina (pro bono employee for the night!), John and Marlene and trusty Tim of course as well as the 83 other souls in the room… As Tupac might say, nothin’ but love for ya.

I think it will go down as a special night in the history of the siopa…. Lows and highs good people, highs and lows…

Right so releases in the Good Siopa Musiczone.ie today when they finally got there bums in to us include the new TAME IMPALA album, GARY MOORE “Live from London”, reissue of DAVID GRAY’s “White Ladder”, BTS new album, TINDERSTICKS EPSIMON & GARFUNKEL 50TH Anniversary edition of Bridge Over Troubled Water” on gold vinyl, CELINE DION newest one on vinyl,NATHANIEL RATECLIFF new album, ASH Best Of, BOWIE’s “Alabama Song” 40th ann 7” picture disc single.

Video is up for this week here! Give it a watch, share and thumbs up for us!

Next week is probably the best week so far this year for releases and with a random start we will start with Play It Again Sam who have the new GRIMES album on 4AD… It is called “Miss Anthropocene” and is on CD, LP and indies only coloured LP.

PIAS also have the new KING KRULE record for the 21st of Feb called “Man Alive” and that one is on XL records… So format wise there is a CD, an LP and an indies only coloured LP which also includes a flexi disc single. Lastly Pias for the 21st Feb have a repress of the last KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD album.

Cargo has the JOHN FRUSCIANTE “Curtains” reissue on vinyl… Moved one week.

RORY fans , RORY fans… Here’s something that might interest ye… Well I think it’s a lovely thing anyway… The cover of the new RORY GALLAGHER release “Check Shirt Wizard” is a  sensational painting by young Cork artist VINCENT ZARA…  And we shall have some signed prints of the album cover (signed by the artist Vincent) to sell to a few of ye… I’m not sure how many I will have (maybe as few as 5) and i’m not sure how much they are yet (next week I should)… But it is a lovely bespoke piece of Rory Merch to have your hands on.. Vincent is trying to help the shop by offering us this bespoke signed print and shining a light on us  (only shop in the country with this )…  So we appreciate that very much… We won’t be taking any profit from the prints… Just giving some Rory fans an opportunity to get a really nice item… So ye know the drill by now… Hit us back if you are interested in buying the album which entails you have a chance for a print also if interested… Some companion piece you have to admit… I will know more info next week… It may have to be a draw if it’s just 5 prints… I’ll know more next week (we at the good siopa are always at something!!)

Secondly Rory fans… The original painting is going to the Gallagher’s soon after the album launch but I think there is a strong possibility we will have it displayed in our shop the day of the album release… Which is sweet as a feckin’ nut also… Again more on that next week!!

Nearly makes a fella wanna throw another party… Nearly I said.

Right so plenty of good quality releases for the 21st of Feb so let’s look in SONY’s bag next… They have the new OZZY album… It’s called “Ordinary Man” and hopefully its not his last… Its available on 5 physical formats.. Which are CD, DELUXE CD, STD BLK VINYL, PICTURE DISC VINYL and bricks and mortar only coloured vinyl (that be us like) …. Here’s the lead single with SLASH on guitar… Sounds alright to be fair imo


SONY also has a lovely bag full of BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN reissues on vinyl… 5 in total… Stock on a few going to be split across Feb 21 and March 1st dates due to some issue.. But I will get what i ordered… So the 5 releases are “Devils and Dust” “18 Tracks” “The Rising” “Live in New York City” a triple LP and “Live in Dublin” which is also a Triple LP and is ” The Seeger Sessions Live in the Point”.

If interested I can do best price jobs of 36 Euro each on the live albums and 24 Euro each on the 3 studio albums… Well 2 studio and outtakes album but you knew what i meant!!
UNIVERSAL for the 21st of Feb have the new AGNES OBEL record on DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON… It’s called “Myopia” and its her first album on the label.. It’s available on CD, LP and indies only blue vinyl… Strictly for indie shops and indie shop websites…. Not for any other market place…. Fair play to you Agnes girl  as we’d say in Cork… I could go into one here about D2C (direct to consumer) but it’s for another day… Agnes doing a bit of both but allowing the record shops more than a fair crack of the whip while keeping the biggest dogs in the sky in their kennels and locked out of the party.

STEPHEN FRY & DEBBIE WISEMAN have a CD called “The Mythos Suite” out next week also.

THE STAPLE SISTERS have a 7LP vinyl boxset which includes all the groups studio albums… All cut from the original analogue masters… Can do 175 Euro best price job if anyone is interested.

Lastly from Universal we have the last batch of THIN LIZZY vinyl reissues…this time up it’s “Johnny The Fox” “Bad Reputation” and of course of course “Live and Dangerous”.. Can do best price jobs again of 21 Euro each on the studio albums, and 27 Euro on one of the greatest live albums ever.


Thin Lizzy’s seventh studio album, released in 1976 and was the last to feature Brian Robertson, it contains the crowd favourite ‘Don’t Believe a Word’. This vinyl reissue is on 180gm vinyl (with download code) with replica artwork.


Recorded mainly as a three-piece following the departure of Robertson, this 1977 album reached no 4 in the UK album charts, its standout track is Dancing in the Moonlight. This vinyl reissue is on 180gm vinyl (with download code) with replica artwork.


Regularly voted as the greatest live album of all time, Live and Dangerous captures the band at their explosive best – recorded between ’76 and ’77 this double album showcases the best the band can offer. This vinyl reissue is on 180gm vinyl (with download code) with replica artwork.

THE ORCHARD for the 21st have the new BTS album.

WARNER for the 21st have a solo album from THE AFGHAN WHIG’s frontman GREG DULLI on BMG records… They have a new PAT METHANY album on CD and LP via nonesuch , BIFF BYFORD (Saxon) has a new solo album and STORMZY “Heavy Is The Hand” gets a vinyl release on Ltd Gold Vinyl.

Lastly from Warner is the new SONNY LANDRETH album on Provogue… LP, CD and Indies Gold lp also.

Massive congratulations to our friends at Coughlan’s Live for winning the IMRO Irish Venue of the year… Savage achievement, and fully deserved.. They work fierce hard on supporting organic Irish music… Absolutely delighted..

Sin e for this week really folks,

Go raibh maith agat

John Blek Album Launch Party, Tame Impala’s Valentine Release, and The Next Bowie Picture Disc.

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well… This election would have you half demented wouldn’t it.

Anyway.. Housekeeping..

Opening hours
Sunday – Closed
Monday – Closed
Tuesday 10.30 to 6
Weds 2 to 6
Thursday 10 to 6
Friday 10 to 6
Saturday 10 to 5.

Deanrock Cottages on Google will put you right outside the Business Park we are in and we are right next door to Rock Bingo then.

Ok so our little or (maybe not so little) shindig is on tomorrow night… Here’s the sceal

20% off one item on the shop floor… (Not 10 items like… Don’t make me grumpy by saying after you hand up 4 records “I thought it was 20% off”… Well it is, off 1 item.. Just one!!)

Shop open for that from 6 bells on… So doors open from 6 (never closing really the truth be told from when we open at 10.10 that morning)
Bar shall be open for soft, medium and hard liquor from 6 also.. Raffle tickets given to ye folks as ye enter for spot prizes… So grab a drink and a ticket… Say hello to the folk around you… They like the same thing.

Spot prizes will commence at 6.50…some nice ones..
One of Corks finest will play a few tunes at 7 for a little while.
More spot prizes.
JOHN BLEK performance at 7.30.
More spot prizes while John is doing a signing.
Should all be done by 9 or half past …

Dun da bheal when the music is on please but talk away like mad when it’s not on…

That’s the sceal anyway

Bring the better half if you want or the kids.. Reuse the same plastic glass please if using a plastic glass…. Help yourself away at the bar.. Put your empties alcoholic or nonalcoholic into the boxes underneath the bar.. Toilets out back.. Cleaned and with new seats!!!

As I said dun da bheal during music please and be nice to one another and all should go well!!!

Ye have the info now as I said before and cead mile failte…. I have not said it to people directly as I don’t want to put anyone under pressure, so NO PRESSURE but cead mile failte. It should be a smashing night’s entertainment…. John and our special guest are both terrific local artists… Sin sin an sceal anyway.


Video up for this week in the usual spot… Give it a watch, subscribe and give it a thumbs up for us!

Right so moving on to releases for friday the 14th of Feb (is Valentine’s day still a thing??…  If it is there are vouchers available from musiczone.ie… Unashamed plug I know… I try so hard to be so subtle most of the time (or do I??…)  And then I do a bull in a chinashop job on it.

I suppose the biggest new release of the year so far hits the shelves on Friday the 14th of feb..

Yep thats the new TAME IMPALA record… It’s on 3 vinyl formats.. Std black, a limited Forest Green coloured vinyl and an indies and HMV only Blue Vinyl.. It’s the fourth album from Kevin Parker and co and its called “The Slow Rush” and its on Fiction records… I quite like there stuff and there is a lotta love out there for them…A tad expensive maybe but we can do best price jobs of €28 on either of the Limited Edition versions… And the numbers are low enough on them…

Heres a tune from the album…


UNIVERSAL also for the 14th Feb have the new NATHANIEL RATCLIFFE album “And It’s Still Alright” on CD, LP and indies only ocean coloured green vinyl. There is a nice Bluenote release on the 14th also by CHARLES lLLYOD of his 80th birthday celebration show in his hometown .. “8 Kindred Spirits Live from Lobero”. INSAHN have a new EP out as well as some more SAM COOKE vinyl reissues and the original cast recording reissue on vinyl of CATS.

Warner for the 14th of Feb have the next one in the BOWIE 40TH anniversary picture disc singles… This time “Alabama Song” is up again via Parlophone.. Warner also for the 14th have a new ASH compilation (fine band, consistently fine band imo)… It’s called “25 Years” and there is a nice vinyl version coming out. Warner lastly have a new HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD album as well as KREATOR “Live at the Roundhouse”.

I heard on the rumour mill today of one humdinger of a Record Store Day release… Soon folks for lists… 3 or 4 weeks i’d say..

Sony for the 14th of Feb have a 50th Anniversary limited gold vinyl version of SIMON & GARFUNKEL‘s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” as well as the vinyl release of the newest CELINE DION album “Courage” on double red vinyl…. Can do a best price job of €25 on the Simon & Garfunkel.

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC for the 14th of FEB have a new EP by TINDERSTICKS “See My Girl” again on City Slang … It’s a companion piece to the excellent album last year “No Treasure But Hope”.. 4 tracks and only 2K only ever gonna be pressed.

PROPER for the 14th of Feb have DAVID GRAY’s “ White Ladder” 20th anniversary editions… Sometimes an album just hits the spot for some reason… And this is a case in point… A fine fine album of course but it sold zillions here in Ireland 20 years ago before finally doing a bit further afield… I remember seeing him in Nancy Spains I dunno maybe 25 years ago when his early stuff was out on Hut… But man “White Ladder” went berserk…. 20 years on now… It’s remastered which is nice and there is a second CD of demos rarities and b-sides. There is a 2LP white (what other colour could it be like!) vinyl version of the remastered album with printed inners in a gatefold sleeve with download code… Or there is a 4LP Box Set with the 2 mentioned enough LPs Plus all the demos and bonus tracks..

Cargo for the 14th of Feb has JOHN FRUSCIANTE’s solo album “Curtains” reissued on vinyl.

The Orchard for the 14th of Feb have a new album by MOSES BOYD as well as TOWNES VAN ZANDT self titled reissue on vinyl.

Sin e for this week i suppose,

Might see ya tomorrow night sure… The 3 boys are back in town also..

Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt..
Music Zone

John Blek, Lost Brothers, Green Days new records and 9 more sleeps till the parteeee

Hi Folks,

Hope all is well enough out there and your giving any politician that passes your door a bit of stick.

Right so,  even though im getting a bit blue in the face from this but here we go with housekeeping opening hours and all that…

Sunday closed

Monday closed ( i do my orders from home)

Tuesday 10.30 to 6

Weds 2 to 6 ***

Thursday 10 to 6

Friday 10 to 6

Sat 10 to 5.

News on the Douglas thing …looks like August time the powers that be are saying now…I will keep you posted when i hear more…thats 12 months more or less…i have my own canoe to paddle here now anyway ( I certainly didn’t think that would be the case on that Saturday night the 31st of Aug last year…but so much has happened since)…i suppose it could have been way worse on loads of levels and we are still here thanks to yer support.

Releases in the good canoe musiczone.ie for today include the new DRIVE BY TRUCKERS album, ELVIS reissue of “ 50 million elvis fans can’t be wrong”, GARY MOORE live from london ( pushed back till the 7th feb now im afraid) , HAPPY MONDAYS reissues , Blossoms new album, NENEH CHERRY reissue of “ raw like sushi “, BILL WHELANs RIVERDANCE and a new MARC ALMOND album.

Right so moving on to the 7th of Feb and we have to start with our own boy…the release of Corks own JOHN BLEKnew album on vinyl and cd…” the embers” hits the shelves next weekend and the boy is in with us for his album launch/ customer and (critically)  staff party night! on saturday the 8th of FEB …doors half 6…shows start at 7…we have a sweet sweet support act also…and some sweet spot prizes also…trust me a couple of sweet spot prizes…plus the carrot of 20% off one item in the store/ship/gluaistean/canoe/yacht on the night…terms and conditions on that one…nothing you have put away already ( must be picked off the shelf) and not really on stuff reduced already ( well i’ll see on the night!!…depends what it is like) and it can’t be something released or re released since jan 1 2020…them’s the rules but sure they are made to be broken sometimes!

Here are Johns first two singles from the new record “ the embers” so I shall let them speak for themselves



If you can’t make the instore/party and want a signed copy of the new cd or vinyl…email us and we shall sort it!

Looking forward to the night to be honest, a tad nervous about it but looking forward to it…a few bottles i’ll be grand!

Another class independent release for the 7th of Feb is the new LOST BROTHERS record again on CD or LP…( remember we do like em both!)

After The Fire After The Rain” is the sixth studio album from duo Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland. As ever the vocals are haunting and evocative, the playing is soulful and the songs resonate. The album was produced in Brooklyn, New York, by Daniel Schlett and Tony Garnier- Bob Dylan’s bassist and musical director of the last thirty years. It features an all-star cast of special guests including M Ward, Howe Gelb, Jolie Holland and Steve Wickham.”

“Elemental and emotionally direct channelling Leonard Cohen and Roy Orbison”   8/10 – UNCUT 

“Pure magic- evocative of Richard Hawley who is a firm admirer of the brothers.” -Rolling Stone Magazine 


This record is like Johns record completely independently released so i buy the records direct from the lads…its quality again to be fair…some heads playing on the record as well to be fair.

Heres a tune from it…hit us back if you want a copy of it ( i don’t think they wrote this song about us anyway…embers and fires seems to be the theme tonight)


So from the record companies, Warner have the aforementioned Gary MOORE, they have a new album by GREEN DAY “ Father of all motherf***ers” its called …i wonder which American Idiot they are referring to there..( sorry I couldn’t resist)…its on CD, LP and exclusive indies only red and white vinyl…i think i can do that for 22 euro if anyone is interested…cracking price for an indie only vinyl copy of a new studio album by a big band…credit due to everyone involved.

Heres the title track…


Warner have the vinyl release of the ROD STEWART recent one with THE R.P.O on 2 LPs as well as a  new album by SEPULTURA , this one on 2 cd or 2lp picture disc gatefold, its called “ quadra” .

Warner also have the new album by STONE TEMPLE PILOTS which is an acoustic album …its on CD and LP, they have THE BIRDS OF PREY soundtrack on CD only for now as well as a vinyl reissue of AVENGED SEVENFOLD “ DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH” 2 LP clear vinyl edition.

Lastly from Warner is a live BRYAN FERRY reissue from the Royal Albert Hall 1974 on CD or LP on BMG and the soundtrack to HONEY BOY which has music of ALEX SOMERS on LP.

Proper for the 7th of FEB have the T- REX albums reissued on clear vinyl so we will have “ slider” “ tanx” “ zinc alley” “ bolans zip gun” “ futuristic dragon” and “ dandy in the underground” .

THE ORCHARD for the 7th have the new ISOBEL CAMPELL “ there is no other” …i love the ex BELLE AND SEB singers voice.

Heres a tune from it


REPUBLIC OF MUSIC for the 7th of feb have the new NADA SURF album via city slang records…its called 

“ never not together” …theres an INDIES ONLY pink vinyl of it.

Sony for the 7th of Feb have the very best of BILLY OCEAN on Vinyl and the original motion picture soundtrack to THE IRISHMAN which has some original songs by ROBBIE ROBERTSON.

Cargo for the 7th of Feb have some live vinyl from FLEETWOOD MAC from  Finland in 1969 and THE WHO live in AMsterdam from 1969 also as well as some T-REX LIMITED 7” SINGLES ON COLOURED OR PIC DISC…” TELEGRAM SAM “  or “ ride a white swan” 

Universal for the 7th of FEB have new albums by OH WONDER, ROBERT GLASPER , ASGEIR, SETH LAKEMAN and CADILLAC THREE  as well as a vinyl press of LUDOVICO EINAUDIs “ seven days walking on white vinyl” 

Pias for the 7th of FEB have a deluxe reissue of the BLACK PUMAS album …available now as cd with clear splattered vinyl together or a deluxe 2 cd which has a live session as the bonus disc.

Pias have a 10th anniversary expanded edition of GIL SCOTT HERONs “ im new here” on DLP COLOURED as well as KHRUANGBIN & LEON BRIDGES EP  called texas sun on cd and one press only orange vinyl.

Pias have a new album by STEVE SPACEK and a nice ACID JAZZ label compilation on Vinyl.

As you may have noticed the release schedule is starting to hot up a little bit, like the year, and i have a few for late feb early march id like to run by ye,,so if any catch your radar and you want one please message back…it also helps to unfog the crystal ball a little bit…

Some i dont have prices for yet…ill update on that…heres a few anyway

Theres a ROBERT PLANT 7” SINGLES BOXSET called “ digging deep”, new albums by AGNES OBEL, CARIBOU,THIN LIZZY live & dangerous vinyl reissue, new SERGIO MENDES, theres an ALLMAN BROTHERS boxset on CD and LP …cd is ok money but the best i can do on the vinyl set is 425 euro…yikes i know, let me know…there is a 3 CD deluxe version of Disintegration by THE CURE coming up…i think i can do 10 euro best price job on it if interested…the GALLAGHER “ CHECK SHIRT WIZARD 77” live album is early march on 3lps or 2 CD…i can do for 17 quid on the cds and 35 euro best price job on the lps…again email back if you want the pre order prices…new MOBY and new DEACON BLUE albums on the horizion as well as SIMPLE MINDS street fighting years boxset.

There is loads more but just a taste of some there…

I think i have tried to hawk ye enough wares for one night…do i ever stop ..oh RECORD STORE DAY is only around the corner!!

Speaking of hawking like!

Sin e for this week

Go raibh maith agaibh as do chluis a thabairt



John Blek ‘Embers’ with The Gang Back Together Party, F**k The Man, and RHRN Winner Announcement (Kind Of)

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well with ye.
Nice mix of releases in the good siopa this week.

Firstly firstly housekeeping… Quickly.

Opening hours (I know they caused confusion to a few during the week so real apologies for that)

Google musiczone.ie opening hours is the way but here it is anyway… Deanrock Cottages is the place on google and then right next store to Rock Bingo.

Sunday closed ****
Monday closed ****
Tuesday 10.30 to 6
Weds 2 to 6 ****
Thursday 10 to 6
Friday 10 to 6
Saturday 10 to 5.

I think our new phone number and opening hours should be on all platforms… If they are not, let us know please.

Anyway anyway… Onto the releases for today… New albums by WIREBLACK LIPSANNIHILATORJOHN FOGERTY, WOLF PARADE, NICHOLAS GODIN, SUPERGRASS  best of, and reissues by ELECTRONICTHIN LIZZY and SAM COOKE, MOZ new single.

Video is done everybody.. Due to demand Bob-Man is back…. New releases, and the announcement of the winner for our Right Here Right Now competition.. However, not smooth sailing and having IT issues uploading video.. Bob-Man will have it uploaded and up on our Youtube channel early tomorrow.. Sorry!!!
Music Zone Youtube

Right so moving on to releases for the 31st of Jan… PIAS have the new DRIVE BY TRUCKERS album “The Unraveling”.. Their 12th album… On ATO records… CD and LP available.

Here’s a tune from it


London Records via Play It Again Sam have the reissues on vinyl of the HAPPY MONDAYS albums… ”Bummed”, “Pills Thrills and Bellyaches”, “Squirrel and the G-Man” and “Yes Please”.

PIAS also have the new POLICA album as well as new albums by IIRO RANTALA “Playing Gershwin” on ACT records and an album by JOACHIM KUHN & MATEUSZ SMOCYYASKI…

Lastly from Pias is various artists “THE VIRTUES : TELEVISION SERIES SOUNDTRACK” featuring original music by Polly Jean Harvey…

Something I have only slightly touched on on these rambling pages before, but something that has swum around my head a lot over the last few years is the way the industry is treating the Compact Disc or to be fairer I suppose the way the (music)  media is treating the compact disc.

Now, before I go on… This is obviously self serving but I am preaching to the converted here a bit as ye buy physical products from us… Five to one baby, one in five … That’s ye folks…

Slagging off the CD has led to comments like “no one buys CDs anymore”,  or “I’m nearly embarrassed to be buying this now”, on the shop floor quite regularly… Nearly as irking as the “do ye sell iTunes vouchers” one from a few years back…
Some people honestly feel (and I find this incredible but it’s true) slightly foolish buying a CD.

WHY oh why would you feel foolish buying something you like, supporting an artist, band, label, record shop and the people that work in said businesses … Why is that something to feel foolish about?? Buying something you like!!

Because “the man” says there are better and cheaper ways to do it… F**k “the man”.. If you enjoy the product differently than the way “the man” says you should enjoy it… More power to you is what I say…

I’ll steal a great line or two from Cork band THE SHAKER HYMN which could be used for talking about “the man”

“It feels the need to beat upon its chest, forcing us to think that it knows best” .

Here’s the tune btw


My criteria with choices in life start simply with..  Are you hurting someone… If not then the choice is yours… I don’t need the “cool gangs” telling me the CD is for imbeciles… FECK right  off.

Right, in our current situation, we sell more vinyl records than CDs and we may have positioned ourselves as a vinyl record shop but fundamentally we are a record shop… Full stop… CDs, Vinyl and Cassettes and we dis no one whether they want a Daniel O Donnell cassette or a Sun Ra limited press… If you have got something out of buying either of those products then A. we done a good job and B. more importantly you got something out of it.

But the media has been giving the CD a hammering for a while… And very unfairly and falsely hammering the CD also. I think I have used this analogy before… But physical music buyers like are more like the vegetarian option now in the music consumption food chain… Streaming dominates the market now… 74% of all music consumed in 2019 in the UK was streamed… 18% was our little love , hobby , pastime, physical products… And 8% now only downloaded.

So 1 in 5 of people who consume music buy a physical product… But of the 18% who buy physical (yes those fools.. that can not only hear it,  but can see, touch, read and taste (if that’s your thing) and fundamentally own it!!)… Most are buying cds… 75% of the 18% physical buyers are CD buyers… Yet the media gives the impression that vinyl is kicking the shite out of CDs.. Not the case by a mile… So why does the industry not try push the CD more??… RECORD STORE DAY (RSD) is a big opportunity missed every year with CD… Some very good customers of mine don’t buy on Record Store Day because there is nothing for them to buy… Crazy business model.. Alienating a large segment of the physical buying public… Sorry now lads and I know some of ye were never called cool in yer lives… But there is an element of vinyl is  for the “cool kids”… It’s like one of our banks advertisements… A load of bolloxology…

You should be into something cos you like it…. End of story… Cool me arse… Have you seen some of the lads coming into me.

Look… Paul Sinclair of SuperDeluxeEdition gives a much more eloquent synopsis of the whole thing (the article which forced my tuppenceworth upon ye)


Back to releases… Universal for the 31st of Jan have the new album by BLOSSOMS “Foolish Loving Spaces” on 2CD or Vinyl… The second CD has an acoustic album.

Uni also has a fantastic NENEH CHERRY reissue of “Raw Like Sushi”… 30 years ago when some of ye no doubt were “Cool”… There is a 3CD version and a 3LP version available.

SONY for the 31st of Jan have new albums by MEGHAN TRAINOR and LOUIS TOMLINSON, a new 7” single by JAKE BUGG and vinyl reissues by PINK “Funhouse” and ELVIS – 50 MIL ELVIS FANS CAN’T BE WRONG.

THE ORCHARD for the 31st have a new CAROLINE POLACHEK album.

Warner for the 31st of Jan have a lovely GARY MOORE live album from London Town on Provogue records… It’s on CD or deluxe CD which includes a plectrum and a sticker or limited DLP blue transparent vinyl.

Warner are also doing a vinyl press of THE CRANBERRIES album from a few years ago “Something Else”… DLP again… There is an Original Score and Songs by GRAHAM COXON to “End of the Fucking World” .

WARNER are also doing the new MARC ALMOND on BMG “Chaos and a Dancing Star” on CD, Std LP or indies only LP… Only 1k of them.

Lastly Warner have some limited run on vinyl of  the MATRIX RELOADED and MATRIX REVOLUTIONS soundtracks.

Right so sat 8th Feb… Party evening!! 
The main event is Mr JOHN BLEK who in my opinion is getting better and better… A beautiful sound he justs makes… New album out that day…  So John will be singing, signing, swigging and hopefully smiling by the end of it.

Here’s another tune ‘Revived’ from the new album, with the boy Mick in town on the tune as well..

Anyone who can’t make the night and wants a signed copy.. Email us!!
John is well worth catching live… So hopefully you can sample the evening of the 8th… Doors at 6.30… Show starts at 7 (I plan to close the door at 7… As Jim would say by then… Is everybody in, is everybody in… The ceremony is about to begin)

We will have a second musical guest on the evening… Who is also class… Trust me… There will be a fine array of beverages. (mainly alcoholic ones but non alcoholic ones also)… Plenty of nice freebies which I will raffle off on the night… Few nice items promised.

There will be a draw for a test pressing of the new album by Mr. Blek as well as a separate draw for two tickets for Johns show in the Triskel in march… The 20% discount on one item in the shop is on the cards for ye (t and cs and all that jazz)… The gang are back together… So loads of reasons to celebrate… Let’s burn the place down… Ok bad turn of phrase maybe… See you on the 8th maybe..?

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

The Music Zone Albums and Gigs Of The Year Big Reveal, Last Chance for our Right Here Right Now Comp, and A Good Week of Releases

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well.
Little bit of housekeeping as with other weeks…

Opening hours the same as the other weeks..
Shop is closed Sundays and Mondays..
Tuesday 10.30 to 6
Weds 2 to 6
Thursday 10 to 6
Friday 10 to 6
Saturday 10 to 5.

Eir (and i’m not going there because I will only upset myself if i do) were not able to give us our old phone number after all (surprise, surprise… no not the game show) so our number for the foreseeable future is 021 4967119.

Should have some bit of concrete news on the Douglas place by the end of the month. Deanrock Cottages on google is the best way to find us… We are in there behind the magic door, right next door to ROCK BINGO and the tyre place.

Last chance to enter the RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW competition also that we are running with Coughlans live and the OPERA HOUSE… There is a 100 euro voucher for us and tickets for shows at the festival up for grabs.
If you entered already then I have your name.. If not email us back the answer to this question.
Name the MICK flannery e.p. that was released at christMAS… It’s like a game of catchphrase… Say what you see!

Here’s some info on the festival…

In late February, Cork Opera House and Coughlan’s Live have come together again to celebrate Cork and its ever growing love and demand for live music.  Nowin its third year, Right Here Right Now is a celebration of the vibrant and eclectic music scene here in Cork.
This year, Mick Flannery and Valerie June will join the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra for the festival opening on Saturday, the 22nd of February. The success of the last two festivals has led to the decision to expand the programme. RHRN2020 welcomes a second night with the orchestra in an evening of Folk and Trad Music with Donal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor, Nell Ní Chróinín, and Strung. With more announcements to follow, RHRN 2020 promises to be an unmissable weekend of music.
We are giving away two tickets to Mick Flannery & Valerie June, and two tickets to An Evening of Folk & Trad with Donal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor, Nell Ní Chróinín and Strung AND a €100 voucher for Musiczone. 

You can also enter on the aul’ Facebook. Here is the link for the post and how to enter on FB.
To enter simply all you have to do is :
1) Like Music Zone on Facebook
2) Like and Share the Facebook post linked below.
3) Tag the person who you would bring!


Right so releases in the good siopa musiczone.ie for this week are by BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUBSTOCKTONS WINGHALSEYMARCUS KINGMIDGE URESTEVIE NICKS and UNCLE TUPELO.

Video up again this week up here… Winner to the €50 Voucher for the Albums of the Year contest announced in the video so if you entered be sure to watch..

Moving on to releases for the 24th of Jan and to be fair it’s not a bad week of releases… Nothing jaw droppingly wowzer but solid week methinks for Jan… Pay weekend and all i’d say.. I think here in To(u) gher we will be more dependent on a solid release schedule as there is little or no foot traffic really… So we are depending on folks making a decision to get out to us or buy off the website!.

I did tell ye before Terry said this blah blah blurb is only an advert… Well and i’ll say it quietly… He’s right… But at least we is honest about it…

Anyway the 24th of Jan sees the new album by WIRE called “Mind Hive” on CD, LP and Limited Embossed Sleeve Indies Only LP… It’s on the pink flag label via Cargo… Heres a fine tune from it… Bit more poppy maybe and will get stuck in your head I think


Also via Cargo is the new BLACK LIPS album called “Sing In A World hTat’s Falling Apart”… It’s on CD, LP and DELUXE red vinyl edition (FIRELP573X), comes with a die cut spot gloss sleeve & poster. This is for Indies only. Both LPs come with downloads. CD is a gatefold wallet sleeve.

Heres a tune from the record…


PIAS for the 24th of Jan have the new album by WOLF PARADE on Sub Pop records… “Thin Mind” it’s called and its their 5th long player… CD, LP and Neon Orange Indies Only LP also… Codes are included with the LP versions… Fine lead tune again… The intro sounds very familiar to me but cant put my finger on it…


Pias also have the new album by YORKSTON/THORNE/KHAN on Domino.

Warner for the 24th of Jan have a reissue of the self titled album by ELECTRONIC with messers Bernard Sumner and John Martin Maher… I better stop, the last time I jestfully messed with a Mancunian our shop was nearly burnt to the ground the next day (more of that in the video )… The reissue from 1991 is out next Friday and we can do a €21 best price job on pre-orders.

Warner also has a brand new ANNIHILATOR album “Ballistic, Sadistic” as well as a tour edition of the new BEHEMOTH album “I Loved You At Your Darkest”  CD/BluRay version, and there is a DAVE CLARKE 5 2LP and CD release out also…

Warner also has SUPERGRASS “The Strange Ones” 94 TO 08 Deluxe Box Set which has 6LPs, 13CDs, a book and a 7” single… €190 best price job if anyone is interested… As well as a DLP version also.

No new material one it i’m afraid folks. Here’s the details of the box.

Released on 24th January 2020, “The Strange Ones: 1994-2008” is career spanning deluxe box set containing the 6 Supergrass original albums on picture disc LP and CD, 13 bonus CDs containing: Unreleased live material, B-sides, remixes, rarities, studio out-takes, demos, acoustic versions, new mixes, a deluxe book with rare photos and band quotes, posters and button badges. Features over 6 hours of previously unreleased audio material. Compiled in association with Supergrass.
Part of a multi-format release also including a 2LP & 1CD ‘Best Of’, featuring their biggest hits, compiled by the band.
6 x original albums as picture discs:
I SHOULD COCO (UK #1, 1995) / IN IT FOR THE MONEY (UK #2, 1997) / SUPERGRASS (UK #3, 1999) / LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS (UK #9, 2002) / ROAD TO ROUEN (UK #9, 2005) / DIAMOND HOO HA (UK #19, 2008)

 13 CDs
1 x 6CD set – All 6 original studio albums in new digipack
1 x 4CD set – Live: Over 5 hours of previously unreleased performances spanning their entire career. Includes radio sessions, full production live shows and acoustic sets
1 x 2CD set – Remixes, B-sides, non-album singles, acoustic versions and other rarities. Includes tracks previously unreleased digitally
1 x 1CD – Demos, out-takes and oddities. All previously unreleased

12” sq, 52 pages. Story of each album, written by separate journalists: Everett True, Charles Shaar Murray, Sylvia Patterson, Andrew Male, Adam Sweeting and Paul Moody. Quotes from new band interviews with Matt Everitt, unseen photos memorabilia.

7” Single
Caught By The Fuzz / Richard III 2020 Remixes

Colour posters x 4

Supergrass is 10 – button badges x 8

Lastly Warner have JOHN FOGERTY “50 Year Trip : Live at Red Rocks” CD or DLP version, it was recorded in June 2019..

Proper for the 24th of Jan have a new PET SHOP BOYS album called “Hotspot” on X2 RECORDS. 10 new tracks from Mr.TENNANT and Mr. LOWE on CD Jewel or Gatefold Vinyl.

Sony for the 24th of Jan have a DEPECHE MODE CD Box called  MODE… 18 CDs in the box… Any interest then i’ll try to get a good price on it… It’s going to be expensive… Best hope 200 bucks id say…

Universal for the 24th have the next batch of THIN LIZZY vinyl reissues… Big hitters here in “Nightlife”, “Fighting” and of course “Jailbreak”… Can do a best price pre-order job on these €21 also people … Where ya going with the one euro Raymond boy…? Well i’m trying to do as good a price as I can and  I know a euro doesn’t matter a shite in the scheme of things but with these best price jobs I still try to make a certain % margin and it makes me feel better when i’m at that % margin… So humour me I suppose!

Universal also for the 24th have some SAM COOKE VINYL reissues “Encore” and the self titled one also as well as “The Complete Keen Years 57 – 60” 5CD set by Sam, there’s a vinyl release of RIVERDANCE “Music from the Show”, there’s a reworking of the latest BREAKING BENJAMIN album and there is a a reissue of “Live in Moscow” 2CD or 2LP by ELTON JOHN and RAY COOPER.

Lastly from universal NICHOLAS GODIN (AIR) has a new atmospheric album out on Because music called “Concrete and Glass”… It’s available as a CD/LP combo or stand alone cd.

THE ORCHARD for the 24th of jan has new albums by GILL LANDRY, THE WOOD BROTHERS, CASPIAN and OCTOBER DRIFT.

So there the releases for the 24th (or the ones I thought were worth hawking to ye anyway) so I suppose without being drop dead gorgeous, not a bad week.

Right so… The greatest best of 2019 albums lists ever made part infinite… Far response to this so thank ye all (who did) for participating… Few hours work in getting them sorted but I was excited about it if i’m to be honest… T’was fair close in the end, and overall very close also, we will have a live draw for the €50 Voucher Winner on the video as Bill O’Herlihy would say LIVE… Not cant get more exciting than that!!

There was only 10 points between the Top 3 in the overall category, and the winner to be fair appeared most frequently on the lists… So deserved I suppose… The MZ table don’t lie..

And a remarkable result in the Irish album category.. A fecking draw… I kid you not…123 votes each… It’s 00.18 on Friday morning and I have just recounted them… Yep 123 votes each!!
(you’ll hear it more in the coming weeks people… Your vote matters!)

More on our special night on the 8th of Feb next week also as the evening slipped by without me saying to much about it…

Here are the Top 20 “Best Albums Of The Year” category, followed by the Top 10 “Best Irish Albums of the Year”, and finally Top 5 “Best Gigs Of The Year”. (All in descending order!!..)

Music Zone – Top 20 “Best Albums Of The Year”
20. Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
19. Julia Jacklin – Crushing
18. Bon Iver – i,i
17. Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
16. Black Midi – Schlagenheim
15. Little Simz – Grey Area
14. Thom Yorke – Anima
13. Big Thief – U.F.O
12. Tindersticks – No Treasure But Hope
11. Wilco – Ode To Joy
10. Billie Eilish – When We Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?
9. Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
8. The National – I Am Easy To Find
7. Mick Flannery – Mick Flannery
6. The Murder Capital – When I Have Fears
5. Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains
4. Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars
3. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
2. Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
1. Nick Cave – Ghosteen 

Music Zone – Top 10 “Irish Albums Of The Year”
10. The Gloaming – 3
9. The Divine Comedy – Office Politics
8. Girl Band – The Talkies
7. John Blek – Thistle and Thorn
6. Lankum – The Lifelong Day
5. Boa Morte – Before There Was Air
4. A Lazarus Soul – The D They Put Between The R and L
3. Mick Flannery – Mick Flannery
2. Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
1. The Murder Capital – When I Have Fears

Music Zone : Top 5 Gigs Of The Year
5. Mick Flannery – Live At St. Lukes
4. Idles – Iveagh Gardens
3. Microdisney – Cypress Avenue
2. Saving Grace – Everyman Theatre
1. Villagers – Cypress Avenue

So that’s it folks.. Sin é for this week…
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt

Bombay Bicycle Club Return, and We’re Back Together So It’s Time For A Partyyyyyyyyyyy!

Hi Everyone,
How’s it going?
Hope all is well enough…

Not a whole heap released today really, (the STOCKTON’s WING release was moved to next Friday the 17th, the re-ups are starting to land back in like Fontaines and Lankum and more) but we do have the excellent DAVID KEENAN album on CD and LP, had a few listens today and he’s the real deal in fairness, worth checking out..


Also new FAT FREDDY’S DROPCHARLIES ANGEL Limited Vinyl Picture Disc, a new FIELD MUSIC LP on Limited Red Vinyl, and TOWNES VAN ZANDT reissue.

Video back up and running!! Check it out here!!

Next week Friday the 17th we have the aforementioned STOCKTON’S WING Compilation on LP and CD.

Also via Universal for the 17th we have the new BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB album on Caroline / Island records, their first record in 6 years… It’s on CD, LP or Ltd Deluxe 2LP pressed at 45 RPM… Downloads included with the vinyl presses… Singles sound decent enough on this.


HALSEY is back with a new album “Manic” on Virgin / EMI on CD or Vinyl as well as a new MARCUS KING solo album “El Dorado” on Spinefarm Records again CD and Vinyl and lastly there is a new ANTI FLAG album.

Quick boring housekeeping.. Opening hours… Same as last week… Closed on Sundays and Mondays… 10.30 to 6 on Tuesdays, 2 to 6 on Wednesdays, 10 to 6 on Thursday and Friday and 10 to 5 on Saturday… Deanrock Cottages on google will put you right at the entrance to our Business Park… We are in there alright right next door to rock bingo… Sin sin till I repeat myself again next week … We are here.. I know its the first week of Jan but we are here..

Right so, as Frank Gallagher may shamelessly say “we’re having a f**king parteee”… Well I don’t want to scare anyone away and it’s not exactly the whole sceal… A bit of a shindig alright, but not Gallagher style … The corporation are throwing a few birds at one stone alright… Here’s the sceal… Hope you might consider it.

Cork’s own JOHN BLEK has a new record ‘The Embers’ out on Friday the 7th of Feb and we here at the MZ Corp are hosting a very special in-store to coincide with the album launch on Saturday evening the 8th of Feb at 7PM kick off… Here’s “empty pockets” from what is another beautiful record.


So it’s our first in-store in To(u)gher and we have had a fairly hairy 5 months but like Elton John… Blah blah blah… Bob is back today which is brilliant (a newsletter in itself) Shane boy is here all the time, again brilliant and a lot of ye have dug us out of this hole we were in… So we are having a little night (well hopefully a big night!) where we invite ye folks to our new humble abode in the heart of Togher for what promises to be a brilliant instore.

We shall have some beverages if you want a beverage (if you drink funny types of beverages, bring your own!)… Try persuade the better halfs to drop ye over or bring a driver or just drive yourself and call in and say hello… Carpark is ours for the night so will be plenty room out there.

So it’s an instore party with some top quality original tunes by Mr Blek,  a thank you to Shane boy, a welcome back to the Bob man and a little nod to our shareholders… Thanks.

The corporation is offering a 20% discount off one item on the night…. So if you have been eyeing something up but never got to it… Saturday the 8th is the night for it… Terms and conditions apply like any good corporation… It can’t be anything you have away already or anything released since Jan 1st 2020 and I might have to see on the stuff that is reduced already .. So basically I can make them up as I go along… Ah no no no its basically those conditions above… So pencil it in with the boss or bring em along, bring the kids if you want… We would love to see ye… Some of us may drift to a public house as the night darkens.

And don’t worry either… Going out can be like going to the dentist for folks our age but sure ye have the info now and a few weeks notice… See what ye can do or cant as the case may be.

Warner for the 17th of Jan have a new COURTEENERS album on Parlophone, DAVID BYRNE releases “American Utopia on Broadway”, reissue on Rhino of MC5s “Kick Out The Jams” as well as STEVIE NICKS “Bella Donna”  and UNCLE TUPELO “Anodyne”… Lastly Warner have a MIDGE URE Singles Collection.

PIAS for the 17th Jan have new albums by BILL FAY, ALICE BOMAN, ALGIERS and a reissue by DWIGHT YOAKAM of “Blame the Vain”.

The ORCHARD for the 17th of Jan have a new album by AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF THE DEAD as well as a SONS OF APOLLO Limited 2CD of new album “MMXX”.

Right so albums of the year… Drum roll… Eehhh nah….. I tell ye, i’m getting fairly excited over it  as its coming together nicely but i am chasing one last push… So until next Weds to have your say… Email us top 5 albums of 2019… 50 euro voucher up for grabs but the more enter the better picture we get of the taste in the siopa… As Stephen Stills might say for what its worth, here are my top 5’s..

Albums of the year.

1. A LAZARUS SOUL – THE D THEY PUT BETWEEN THE R & L (obviously if I have it as my album of the year, it resonated with me… And man did it do that… Every song tells such a story that you are transported into the characters lives… I think it’s a savage piece of work, hence numero uno…shades of new model army in parts)





  1. Saving Grace : The Everyman
  2. Mick Flannery : St Lukes
  3. Villagers : Cypress Avenue
  4. John Blek : The Seomra
  5. Microdisney : Cypress Avenue

I may have preferred some of the instores as they would be more personal to me but I went for remote gigs.
That’s my tuppence worth … It’s all subjective. It was a good year for new music I felt, a few months of it completely passed me by… Nearly everyone has different votes but in general a nice blend rises to the top so shout in yours to us.

More on these next week but releases on the 24th from THIN LIZZY (reissues), SUPERGRASS (BEST OF) , MOZ new single, WIRE new album, BLACK LIPS new album, ELECTRONIC self titled release… (so more next week from John Martin Maher) and WOLF PARADE (new).

Shout at us on email is best if there’s anything you see or want us to pop away… Be delighted .

Sin e for this week so I suppose,
Thanks for listening

A tentative step and an exciting debut by David Keenan

Hi everyone,

Hope all is well and that christmas was safe and peaceful…welcome to the roaring 20s !?!

Well, back on the horse, tentatively…like the rest of ye, tentatively also no doubt.

Im back a week earlier than normal with the newsletter as i suppose i gotta keep reminding ye folks of us …but it will be short and sweet…you know that whole tentative thing.

Right so opening hours… and these will be more or less consistent for the foreseeable future.

Friday 3rd jan 10 to 6

Saturday 4th jan 10 to 5

Sunday 5th of Jan closed

Monday 6th of jan closed

Tuesday 7th of Jan 10.30 to 6

Wednesday 8th of Jan  2 to 6

Thursday 9th of jan 10 to 6

Friday 10th of jan 10 to 6

Saturday 11th of jan 10 to 5.

The shop will be closed on Sunday and Mondays and  open 2 to 6 on Wednesdays.

Explain yourself Raymond you lazy sod…

Well…Sunday is with the smallies and ideally zero shop work will be done …so yes lazy sod day.

I have decided to do my orders from home on Mondays to help me get a good start to the week…get a bit ahead of myself…so that newsletters arent been sent out on saturday nights at midnight!! Ease my workload a little …so that’s the craic with Mondays…i hope ye understand.

Weds has always been wholesaling day for me for over 10 years now …to cut a long story short…i sell kids dvds and a few cds on floor spinners in a few shops around the county ( i do it on a weds only) ..i started it in 2009 when things were really starting to go shite and it probably helped keep us open in 10, 11 and 12 before things started to settle…its less and less now but I still need to get out for 3 or 4 hours every weds so that’s the craic with weds …i’m not polishing my yachts!

So i hope that’s cool…if anyone wants me to hang around on a friday evening, thats cool also just give me an auld email and we can sort it out.

Tis a bit different now, i hope you can understand.


Right so, first point of major note is the albums of 2019 reminder …come on folks get them over to us…the top 5 albums of 2019, also top 5 Irish albums of 2019 and if you want top 5 gigs of 2019 …50 euro voucher for the siopa for one participant …if you only want to send your top 5 full stop that’s cool… we would like as good a reflection as possible of the taste of our dear patrons so top 5s please folks …thanks to those who have already.

Right so before we dive into short term releases and mise repeating myself from the last newsletter…there are new albums on the near horizons from DRIVE BY TRUCKERSTAME IMPALA, JONATHAN WILSON, GERRY CINNAMON, WIRE, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, GREEN DAY, PET SHOP BOYS , GREG DULLI ( AFGHAN WHIGS) and ISOBEL CAMPELL to name a few so hopefully it  will be an OK start to the year in the current abode…unit 4 deanrock business park …nb nb nb use Deanrock cottages on google maps or sat navs etc and you will be right outside the business park where we are …Deanrock cottages folks…then we are right next door to Rock Bingo …obviously the next few months could be scary so if you need anything, try to think of us…sound out.

Right so .releases for the 10th of Jan …the biggie i suppose is the DAVID KEENAN album “ a beginners guide to bravery” on CD or LP , there are some TOWNES VAN ZANDT vinyl reissues of “ our mother the mountain” and self titled album.

Here’s a taster to the much anticipated DAVID KEENAN album 


Uni for the 10th have the STOCKTON’S WING collection which features hits, rare tracks and unreleased tracks..cd and lp on this one also.

Uni have a limited edition picture disc to the new Charlies Angels soundtrack, some nice Blue Note vinyl  reissues by ART BLAKEY, PETE LE ROCA and TONY WILLIAMS.


Sony for the 10th have a new CD by KESHA.


Started reductions on the vinyl sections over the last 3 or so working days…so a  nice few reductions at the counter and lots more in the section …as I left work earlier today i was just starting R so a fair bit through them…hope to finish them tomorrow…20, 30, 40 and 50 percent off in places so worth a little look if in.

Pias for the 10th of Jan have a new FIELD MUSIC album…a concept album about the after effects of world war one…heres a taster


as well as THE FLAMING LIPS featuring the colorado symphony orchestra “ the soft bulletin” recorded live at red rocks on 2lps.


Sin about e so for this so folks,

A tentative step for all mankind this week

Thanks for listening,

If you want to order anything, the email is always open!!




Boss Man Is Back, Another Disappointment in the Physical Industry, and A Night That Will Live Long In The Memory

Hi everyone,
How’s the form with ye… Hope all is well out there.. I’m back after a lovely break to be honest… Great to have the time with the clann.. Back to it.. Sure.. Well good to have it and be able to do it… Releases in the shop this week are the excellent THE MURDER CAPITAL debut ‘When I Have Fears’ (more on that later.. only found out early in the week actually that the bands manager is a daughter of the City legend and ex R.O.I player Damien Richardson), new ones from RIDE, SLEATER-KINNY, FRANK TURNER, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, DJ KHALED,  a CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL ‘Live at Woodstock’ LP, a new GIRL BAND 7”, a JACKSON BROWNE Reissue and finally an ZZ TOP vinyl set.

Video up again at the following link..

Before we talk about the other night I just want to have a little moan.. Sure, I am back.. The TOOL release… Isn’t that just a mebs for shops… A big big release, something we would have done very very well with if it wasn’t such a mebs.. 90 Euro best price on the CD.. Granted it’s fancy… But we are not going to have to hire security for the day of release are we… Sure we will do very to sell 3 or 4 max i’d say.. Look in the their defence, they have always done innovative physical products.. But maybe offer a standard product as well as the fancy version.. It may not bode well for the LP release.. I have tried to find out but to no avail.. Release date moved to October now I believe… No idea of price on it..  It’s just a pity for Tool fans who like to buy physical products (what we sell) that your only option is 90 Euro… I believe Pledge Music is facing bankruptcy in the States so artists / bands who have used Pledge to collect monies for recording and making records have lost said money over the last 6 to 9 months… A complete disaster for those involved.. A simple standard CD version of the Tool album would have kept physicals away for the streams… Decision made way above my pay grade and for their own good reasons I suppose… But from where I and the shop(s) are concerned.. Its kind of madness

Right so moving on to releases for the 23rd of August.. .Not a whole heap happening really… Sony have new CDs by TYLER THE CREATOR and RICK ROSS

Universal for the 23rd of August have the new album by TAYLOR SWIFT ‘Lover’, standard CD and a fancy box available.. Uni have a deluxe CD version of MASSIVE ATTACK’s ‘Mezzanine’ with some bonus material and rarities on CD 2… Uni also have the brand new album from NEW MODEL ARMY ‘From Her’ on CD or 2LP…
Universal have the vinyl reissues of the first two records by JULIAN COPE‘s band ‘The Teardrop Explodes’, albums ‘Kilmanjaro’ and ‘Wilder’ reissued, as well as the vinyl release of ELTON JOHN’s ‘Rocketman’ soundtrack, and lastly some fine LP reissues on the Verve label by the likes of MCCOY TURNER, SONNY ROLLINS, CHARLES MINGUS, and DIZZIE GILLEPSIE.

PIAS for the 23rd of Aug have some JOAN AS POLICEWOMAN LP reissues on coloured limited vinyl, ‘Real Life’, ‘To Survive’, and ‘The Deep Field’ out, as well as MAPS reissue on coloured vinyl of ‘Turning the Mind’.

ROM for the 23rd have 4 Laurent Garnier EPs reissued.

The Orchard for the 23rd have the new CEREMONY album.

Back to the Murder Capital gig the other night in the crane lane… Thanks to those of ye who came out and supported it.. If I didn’t get to say thanks in person.. Hope you read the thank you here.. Greatly appreciated.. These events are great but I find them stressful to be honest.. You want everybody to be happy. Band, management, record company, venue and most importantly the people who attend.. Thanks to all of those above, and to Bob, Shane, Tim and Adam for making it work… We had a full house in the end.. The Crane was jointed… A brilliant atmosphere and a savage, intense, guttural, emotional performance by the band.. Wow they were / are incredible.. If they can show progression in years to come, they never play in venues that size again.. So exciting for us to be involved and to see a queue of people after the show waiting to get their CDs and Records and Posters signed.. The 5 lads were spot on… Really appreciative of their position in the music world and I think they intend to take their opportunity with both hands.. I really like them all and it seemed they really liked each other… Lovely banter and commandership amongst them… Not only were the musically very tight but they seemed humanely very tight also…
Seeing the sound check is something that will live long in my memory… The whole night will.. It could, and I hope it is, one for the record books.. Im converted anyway, im in…
Few Photos up here on our Facebook! 


I could write another 2 pages about the gig but best you see them yourselves at some point..

Anyway, finally Warner for the 23rd have a reissue of MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE ‘Black Parade Is Dead’ and a new album by CROBOT also…

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

Slipknot Return With A New Album, Feile 19 Ticket Competition, and A Cooperative Bolloxology Report

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well out there..
My own last few lines for a couple of weeks.. 2 to be exact.. (One week off!).. The one way newsletter street
Releases in the siopa this week include the THOM YORKE ‘Anima’ 2LP Orange Vinyl and Book Box Set, BLUR ‘Live at the BBC’ 4 Track 10” Vinyl, SHREK O.S.T. first timer on vinyl, new albums by LLOYD COLE, TY SEGALL, CARNIFEX, a new IDLES 7′‘, the POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU O.S.T on limited vinyl of 2500 worldwide, a SPOON compilation LP, and reissues by JASON ISBELL, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, NINA SIMONE, SERJ TANKIAN, and BIG COUNTRY.

Video up this week, Bob man on duty for it.. Will be a short one.. Definitely beginning to feel like late summer releases!

Well this newsletter is a bit of a cooperative between myself and the Bob man… So i’ll do a bit and Bobby can tidy up my mess.. Probably rings a bell Bob i’d say… Before I go on… Two quick things… We have two tickets up for grabs for Feile 19… Buy the Feile Classical CD from us for €8 and you enter the draw for the two tickets… I know I’m not a bookmaker but my guess is you would stand a 5% chance of winning tickets… Wrong job Raymond, in some ways only!!!
You can pick up the CD online here, or of course in-store as well…

Right second thing… This MURDER CAPITAL gig we are involved in is something worth considering… Cracking Irish band in my opinion.. Have been listening and reading a lot about them recently and they ain’t to keen on the whole social media bolloxology… Admirable, very very admirable in my opinion… In an age where we are poisoned by bolloxology on our social medias… I find it great that a new (Irish) band are kind of saying ‘f**k that tripe… Come see us live and see what you think’.. Old school. Brilliant, admirable and deserves to be heard.. And for the last time i’ll say it… Ye have that chance.. Here’s the first two tunes live from a radio station..

Pre-order the album below and gain entry to the Cork album launch gig in the Crane on Thursday Aug 15th at 7PM.

Speaking of bolloxology on the auld social media etc…. When the Musiczone Empire was at it’s busiest 04, 05 maybe to a lesser extent 2006.. I used to do nada… No SM, no website… Pull cup the shutter in the morning and pull it down at night and do a few hours paperwork every month and that was it… No we have to poison ye weekly with this and daily with the other social (me hole) stuff.. Can’t take a leaf from these young lads book… Be gone in a few months… It’s all about the bolloxology now… Fair play to ye lads..

Right so, moving on to music for the 9th of August… Starting off, WARNER have the new SLIPKNOT album ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ via Roadrunner… Available on 2LP, CD or CD with a t-shirt.. 30 bucks for them if anyones interested… Also €30 best price on the 2LP if anyone interested in that… Sound…

Swap over time. Bob man here taking the reins for the rest of the newsletter. None of the bolloxology craic from me this week I’m afraid folks. Only releases, releases, releases. Will keep all the other good stuff for next week.

Universal new releases for the 9th of August have the new MARIKA HACKMAN ‘Any Human Friend’ on CD or Pink Coloured Vinyl.. Really enjoyed her last album from a few years back so looking forward to giving this one a few spins in the siopa!
There is also a new P.P ARNOLD album through Uni next week, as well as JOHN SCOFIELD‘s ‘Hand Jive’ first timer on 2LP, DONALD BYRD‘s ‘Ethiopian Knights’ Blue Note LP reissue, and GODLEY + CREME (Ex 10CC) ‘Consequences’ 5CD album..

Sony for the 9th of August have ELVIS ‘Live 1969’, live at the International Hotel on 2LP or 11CD set.. Here’s some more info on it :

The new CD Set features 11 complete sets from the first of his many engagements at The
International Hotel (several of which are released in full for the first time, with one show
entirely unreleased), allowing fans a more definitive picture of The King’s glorious return to
the concert stage. A physical box set will feature a 50-page book including rare photos, memorabilia and an oral history by Ken Sharp curated from historic interviews with Elvis, Colonel Tom Park,
Tom Jones, Jerry Schilling, James Burton, Cissy Houston, Terry Blackwood, George Klein,
Fats Domino and more. 11CDs housed in 2 separate media carriers (one holding 6 discs, the other holding 5 discs) and a 52-page smythsewn book, all contained in a double-walled board slipcase.
The Vinyl is a 2LP gatefold pressing, with 2 generic white sleeves and originally released the same day as Suspicious Minds was first released.

The Orchard for the 9th of August have the new FIONN REGAN album ‘Cala’ on CD and indies only yellow vinyl… Opening track ‘Collar Of Fur’ a lovely track, will be getting a few listens here

Proper for the 9th have a new FEEDER album on CD, Deluxe CD, LP or Deluxe LP.. Tallalah it is called.. Also out is a ZERO 7 reissue on CD and LP of their second album ‘When It Falls’, and a STEVE HILLAGE ‘The Golden Vibe’ indie shop release only on CD or 2LP..

MOV for the 9th of August have ELVIS ‘A Date With Elvis’ 60th Anniversary Edition of 2000 numbered copies on blue vinyl..

Lastly, PIAS for the 9th of August have KYLE DIXON + MICHAEL STEIN’s ‘Butterfly : Original Series OST”, and a handful of ARCTIC MONKEYS 7” vinyl reissues.

Sin sin folks,
Will be back to you myself next week.. Gotta get the bolloxology hat on for the week and have some stories for ye!
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt

Soundgarden’s Excellent Set Is Here, The Closing Of Another Door on the Physical Industry, and Monday Is The New Saturday

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well..
Releases in the Musiczone.ie gaff this week include the new BIFFY CLYRO Soundtrack album to ‘Balance, Not Symmetry’, the next batch of IRON MAIDEN CD Reissues, MEGADETH LP Reissues, NUSRAT FATEH ALI Live LP, the beautiful new set by SOUNDGARDEN ‘Live at the Artists Den’ deluxe box or 4LP set, both lovely.. Also out is the STRANGER THINGS 3 Soundtrack, and new vinyl releases from SOLANGE and KAISER CHIEFS, a new BTS album on CD, BOWIE AND DIETRICH “Just A Gigolo’ Soundtrack, and reissues by UB40, GREG ALLMAN, and STATUS QUO…

Video up here again for this week folks

Couple of nice gigs over the weekend before last.. VILLAGERS put on a great musical treat… One issue the chatter brigade seemed to be intern… Ah look some have more tolerance I suppose but it drives me bonkers a bit… Not a few words here and there… Im not from 1940s Germany… But full blown chats with roaring laughter as the 4 women and 2 men had for the half hour I spent near to them… Back of the room please, back of the room… Chat away there.. I moved away to a nice spot for 20 minutes to then have 4 drunken women arrive (who knew the songs but we load and lairy).. Now they were loud at a really quiet part of the show.. So they were being ”shushed” so they responded with loads and loads of loud ”shushing” of their own… Maybe i’m just a grumpy middle aged git… Enjoyed the gig despise my grumbling there…
SAVING GRACE with Robert Plant on vocals were just sweet.. The 75 minutes they were on stage just flew…  Could hear a pin drop… Beautifully played songs by the band.. American Roots stuff.. Songs going back to other centuries… Couple of Patty Griffin covers and a Low cover of ‘Everybody’s Song’, and sine serious kind and big words from Planty about Low the band… Saving Grace were fab, the banjo player brilliant and had the sweetest voice (maybe my highlight when he took the lead vocals)… Thats some going with Robert Plant on stage and the other lead vocalist exceptional as well.. Suzi Diann I think her name is… Plant kind of seductively skulked about the stage (mindful of his footing.. he is 70 isn’t he so he didn’t want a hopper) for a lot of the night… In great form it seemed to me in his plain black tee, black jeans and black boots… He oozed it… Just oozed it.. It begged a question… If Plant wasn’t on stage, then very arguably the music would have been just as good as the other 4 musicians were just top top class.. was it who he is or who he was that captivated everyone in the theatre, or was it because he has something special??.. Said it earlier.. He oozed it.. But more than backed up by four very capable and excellent musicians.. Top night out… Monday is the new Saturday…

Right so on to releases for the 2nd of August, Warner have the BAD COMPANY ‘Swan Song Years’ 6CD boxset on Rhino, JEFF TWEEDY ‘Warm / Warmer’ 21 track CD, NICK CAVE + WARREN ELLIS ‘The Road’ remastered and reissued LP on coloured vinyl, Skillet ‘Victorious’ new album on Roadrunner CD only for now, CARNIFEX new album ‘World War X’, and lastly from Warner for the 2nd of August is a live SAXON box set ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ as either 5LP or 3CD sets…

Tad quiet for the 2nd of August… Sony Music have nada out.. They are moving house or distribution to Cinram from Sony DADC who are shutting up shop soon enough… Another dagger for the physical industry… Cinram distribute PIAS and CARGO to us already.. A bit slower than Sony DADC but ok service I suppose.. They only ship out on Tuesday and Thursday so if you miss the Tuesday cut off of 11AM then it won’t ship till Thursday and if it misses a sailing then it’s Monday which is a week.. Sony DADC were never a week from the order day… So hopefully that doesn’t happen to often… That’s before Borisland and what that holds for all our futures.. A No Deal Brexit very very real now I feel and what shite that will bring to us all… We will have to wait and see…

PIAS for the 2nd of August have a new IDLES 7” single… Two new songs in fact, a brand new TY SEGALL ‘First Taste’ and the JASON ISBELL ‘Live at the Twist + Shout’ LP Release… Was out on coloured vinyl for RSD

Uni for the 2nd of August have a new VOLBEAT album “Rewind, Replay, Rebrand” on Jewel CD, 2CD Digi and Black 2LP as well as the soundtrack on vinyl to the 2001 smash hit film ‘Shrek’… Great soundtrack also.. It’s a first timer on vinyl.. Universal also have the debut album by Irish artist SIBEÁL and lastly CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL release “Live in Woodstock” as a limited 2LP or 1CD versions…

Last week I was rabbiting on about how the physical industry is trying to eat itself (more on it next week actually) well for now here’s a little example of one thing that goes on… Freddie Mercury’s estate released a 7” Picture Disc single and a CD single today of ‘Time Waits For No One’.. I tried to get some as I would have sold some (kinda my job) but they were only available on his website… Now as ye know Freddie is gone, so the estate (Mary is it?) just sell them on his website.. Absolutely, they can do that… Just cause I’m going to sell a few can’t and won’t change that… Tough tiddles Thomas.. They are 1000% entitled to do it but if we don’t get offered anything to sell, we’ll only be around as long as Cork in a hurling championship… I’ve three points…
1). We can’t control it and have no right to control it.. It’s purely tough tiddles Thomas…
2). I’d imagine the estate of Mr Mercury aren’t short a few bob or two, so why not let the shops have some..
3.) This is the most crucial one… It’s not sold out on his website… Folks idolise this man and his band (murky water Queen we will say) so fans not being able to get it isn’t right really… Do enough to give them to the shops.. But sure i’m bound to say that.. Will have to get on to my dentist about it.. If he gives me permission i’ve a great Freddie story..

I’m off for a little over a week folks, finishing next Thursday evening the 1st of August and not back until the 12th or 13th of August, so the Bob man and Shane man will have the reigns of duty… I’ll do half the newsletter next week and Bob will finish it and he’s flying solo the week after…

Last thing re THE MURDER CAPITAL in the Crane Lane… Strong likelihood this band will never again be found in a venue this size… Just saying is all… Links to new album below.. Pre-Order a product and gain entry to the Cork Album launch show on Thursday Aug 15th..


Sin é for this week folks…
We will all be glad of the break of the newsletters anyway won’t we!!
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt

Ray’s Odds on Thom Yorke, More from the Prince Gold Mine and a Lazarus in Irish Music

Hi Everyone,


Hope all is well out there. Firstly, thanks to everyone involved in the MICK FLANNERY weekend a couple weeks back… i hope everyone enjoyed the gigs or the instore, they were all quality…we had a great weekend also…Corkonian JESS LEEN and her band did an instore Saturday at 1pm, excellent…here is Jess’ new single…


Right so releases in the musiczone.ie tape and record emporium for this week include the new ED SHEERAN ‘Collaborations’ album, BOWIE ‘Space Oddity 7” singles box, SUICIDE’s debut reissue, GOMEZ ‘Liquid Skin’ reissue, PAUL MCCARTNEY reissues, SQUARES+JOE SATRIANI, CROWDED HOUSE, LONNIE SMITH, BOBBI HUMPHREY, KHRUANGBIN, BLOC PARTY ‘Live’ and a lovely lovely NEW ORDER live release…it sounds savage to be fair.

Right so, on to releases for next week the 19th of July…first up we have THOM YORKE’s third solo album ‘Anima’ on CD, Std black LP, Indies-only orange LP…those 3 formats are out on the 12th of July…there is a deluxe vinyl version later in the year. This record is out via XL records and was written by Yorke and produced by Nigel Godrick…we have a nice little record to give away to one lucky pre-order of the Thom album…it’s a very special, extremely limited Thom Yorke 12”…a three track 12”…there is only one per store and to a very select few stores also I am told so it’s a good un.

So pre-order the new Thom Yorke album to be in with a chance to win…8 preorders so far…will probably get to about 20…5% chance of victory!! Hopefully it gets to about 40 pre’s for us…2.5% chance then…anyway thats the deal with it…shout our way if you want to preorder it! Thanks!!

PIAS also for the 19th July have a new album by THE FLAMING LIPS called ‘Kings Mouth’ on Bella Union, as well as a new album by GOON and lastly but not leastly SHAKESPEARE’S SISTER 2CD Singles party on London records.

Warner for the 19th of July has a few nice releases also…i shall curse it now i suppose but the releases this summer have been alright…

Normally they are Joe Average at best but decent releases even this week the 19th of July. 6 months of the year down and the shop is milling around the same as last year so that’s ok…thats always ok…stay open, stay open, stay open.


Anyway, Warner have the latest PRINCE release on vinyl …there is a standard black vinyl as well as a deluxe CD and 2 x 180g purple vinyl…limited job that one.


Warner also have a nice JAMES TAYLOR LP boxset (CD boxset also available) called the Warner years 70-76…€100 best price job on the LP set…Warner also have a new album by SABATON called the ‘great war’ as well as a new MIKE LOVE (Beach Boy) CD, GRAHAM NASH ‘over the years’ demo and lastly a lovely reissue on LP of the debut record by CROSBY, STILLS AND NASH on 140g Burgundy vinyl with a special stoughton gatefold LP insert on textured paper.

PROPER for the 19th of July have the really really excellent A LAZARUS SOUL album…it’s getting an international release on CD via Cracked records…we have it already…great songs on it ….here’s one of them…https://youtu.be/S8THFYdAsaQ


Republic of Music for the 19th of July have a STUART A  STAPLES (Tindersticks as ye know) score to ‘High Life’ movie on Indies-only clear vinyl.

ROM also have Tomorrowland 2019 a 5 CD set of 15 years of Dance festival includes our very own Fish Go Deep!!


Universal for the 19th have the BRIAN ENO release of ‘Apollo, Atmospheres and Soundtracks’…this release includes a remaster of the original 1983 album plus a new 11 track album.

Available on 180g black vinyl, standard 2 CD or limited 2 CD version. Uni have the new chart compilation NOW 103, as well as new soundtrack to the LION KING film, FRANK ZAPPA ‘Mothermania’ 1 LP version, LIVE ‘throwing cooper’ 25th anniversary CD remaster. Lastly from Universal for the 19th of July is a really limited edition of the new SPECIALS album ‘Encore’ on red coloured vinyl, the record set also includes ‘Best of the Specials Live’ LP…these aew not cheap, best price job €45…am only getting a few i think.


Music On Vinyl for the 19th of July have a reissue of TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND ‘Made up mind’ on 1.5 k numbered and limited smoke coloured vinyl, as well as NINA SIMONE ‘Is it Finished’ live album on numbered 1.5k pink and black marble vinyl.


Sin é for this week so,

Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt.



Ed Sheeran Featuring, Bowie and the Apollo 11 Moonlanding 50th Anniversary, and Mick’s Bloc Party!

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well out there. Twas MICK FLANNERY weekend here at the Musiczone.ie Record and Tape emporium…album 6 launch day was Friday and the boy was instore at 1pm Saturday…96fm rolled into town to cover it…we have hit the big time!!

Ah sure look seriously it is exciting for us…we were involved with two album launch shows Friday in Coughlans live…fine fine record folks…we are delighted to be involved…without smoke being blown up arses…we like supporting and being involved with the local music scene and trying to help in any little way we can…so being involved here is great as Mick is top of the tree and we go back a bit as well…have done this dance a few times now…all good anyway, hope to see ye in the shop Saturday. The album is available here and here’s the latest single…

Releases in the shop today aside from Mr. Flannery’s new album are by THE ROLLING STONES ‘Rock n’ Roll Circus’, SIGUR ROS ‘Agaetis Byrjum 20th Anniversary’, FANGCLUB, DEEP PURPLE, THIRD WORLD, THE B52s, THE LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY and the STRANGER THINGS SEASON 3 CD soundtrack.

Right so right so moving on to releases for this week and the biggest release without doubt is the new ED SHEERAN Collaboration album…here is a load more info on it…

“Global megastar Ed Sheeran has unveiled the official track listing for his ‘No.6 Collaborations Project’, confirmed for release on July 12th via Asylum/Atlantic. The 15-track LP, that includes 22 collaborators, will feature an all-star cast of Sheeran’s favourite artists including Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Khalid, Eminem, Travis Scott, Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Stormzy and many more!

Ed Sheeran says – “I’m a huge fan of all of the artists I worked with on the album. Whether I’ve been following them since the beginning of their careers, or had their albums on repeat, they’re artists that inspire me and all bring something special to each track. Can’t wait for you to hear it!”

The track listing news follows the release of Sheeran’s global hits ‘I Don’t Care’ with Justin Bieber and ‘Cross Me’ feat. Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock – the tracks, which have amassed over 750 million global streams to date, both feature on the upcoming release. Already one of the biggest hits of the year, ‘I Don’t Care’ secured its fifth consecutive week at No.1 in Ireland’s  Official Singles Chart last Friday.

‘No.6 Collaborations Project’ Track Listing:

Beautiful People feat. Khalid
South of the Border feat. Camila Cabello & Cardi B
Cross Me feat. Chance the Rapper and PnB Rock
Take Me Back to London feat. Stormzy
Best Part of Me feat. Yebba
I Don’t Care with Justin Bieber
Antisocial with Travis Scott
Remember the Name feat. Eminem & 50 Cent
Feels feat. Young Thug & J Hus
Put It All on Me feat. Ella Mai
Nothing on You feat. Paulo Londra & Dave
I Don’t Want Your Money feat. H.E.R
1000 Nights feat. Meek Mill & A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie
Way to Break My Heart feat. Skrillex
Blow with Bruno Mars & Chris Stapleton

Warner also have DAVID BOWIE – Space Oddity 50th Anniversary 2 x 7 ” boxset via Parlophone…the Bowie heads have informed me that Duncan (the son) is taking way more control over the music from next year…Anyway, here is some more info on this release…

“As part of the ongoing celebrations marking 50 years since David Bowie’s first hit, this a very special double 7” single
of SPACE ODDITY features brand new mixes by Tony Visconti. The double 7” set will come in a box including a double-sided
poster featuring an original Space Oddity print advertisement and a Ray Stevenson shot of David taken on stage at the ‘Save
Rave ‘69’ concert at the London Palladium on 30 th  November, 1969, the backdrop featuring a N.A.S.A. astronaut.
The set also includes an information card and a print featuring an alternative shot by Jojanneke Claassen from the Space
Oddity promo single cover session. The cover of the original mono single is the rare UK promotional picture sleeve
which, along with the label, features the original Philips trademark specifically cleared for this 50th anniversary release.
The single itself has been cut from the original analogue single master tape. The jacket housing the 2019 mixes by Tony
Visconti is a new design featuring alternative Ray Stevenson shot from the ‘Save Rave ‘69’ concert to that on the poster.
First released as a 7-inch single on 11 July 1969, Space Oddity was also the opening track of David Bowie’s self titled second
studio album, David Bowie. Initially inspired by Stanley Kubrick's film 2001: A Space Odyssey, the song gained huge popularity
when it was adopted as the unofficial theme of the Apollo 11 Moon landing mission which launched five days after the single’s

Warner also have some nice reissues and releases in the shape of ARLO GUTHRIE, ‘Best Of’ on Indies only green vinyl, LOVE – Four Sail LP reissue, AMERICA ’50 Golden Greats’ 16 track single CD, or 2LP or a 50 track 3 CD version, as well as reissues by JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – Thirty Seconds Over Winterland and GREGORY ISAAC’s ‘Mr Isaacs’ LP reissue. Last nice reissue ad remaster of the debut self-titled album by SUICIDE, Indies-only 140g red vinyl…all of these for next Friday the 12th of July.

Play It Again Sam for the 12th of July have the NEW ORDER ‘Live Show from the Old Granada TV Studios…recorded over 5 nights with visual artist LIAM GILLICK and a 12 strong synthesizer ensemble…released as a 2CD or a 3LP Set…the LP set with 3 different colours, red, light green and blue, individual sleeves in a hardback slipcase…best price €50 job on the LP set or €14 for the 2CD job.

PIAS for the 12th of July also have a new album by BLEACHED as well as METZ ‘Automated’ which is a collection of non album singles, b-sides and rarities.

Republic of Music for the 12th of July have KHRUANGBIN ‘Hasta El Cielo’ on CD, LP + 7″ or Indies-only LP + 7″…both pieces on the Indies-only version are pressed on individually numbered yellow vinyl…dub version of ‘Con Todo el Mundo’.

The Orchard for the 12th of July, have the BLOC PARTY ‘Silent Alarm Live’ release on CD or LP.

Cork sadly lost a bit of a record shop legend during the week with the passing of Richard Mealy. I only know Richard about 5 or 6 years to be honest but i always, always enjoyed our little dances over records…second hand records…you see Richard was a really good second hand records and second hand clothes operator up in Mother Jones Flea Market…he knew his shit, big time…and loved it too to be fair. So Rich would come in to see ‘Any new second hand Ray’…we had grown fond of one another at this stage and if i wasn’t too grumpy i’d say ‘there’s a box out the back Rich…have a look sure’…without fail he would pick the best 5 records out of a fairly bad pile and then we would do a dance over price….always fun, always good natured…he would leave with the 5 records and a smile…great exchanges though though to be fair…i’d slag him as he left by saying ‘you’ll sell them for double that above now i suppose’…he’d just laugh and say see you next week Ray. I will miss his visits to the shop…a good lad whom i was very fond of…shared a bit of time with him at the Microdisney gig back along and he was in and out of the shop until very recently…ah an awful loss to his family and close friends. I heard a nice story yesterday from another good lad who would visit both our establishments weekly… a friend of our lad was visiting him and he was hunting a record and our lad knew Richard had the record but it was a Monday and the Flea Market was closed …Our lad rang Rich and he came in and opened the stall and gave our mutual friends friend the record…no money…nah, youre grand, no money, it’s cool…fair play…Rich must have sold a load of mine over the weekend i’d say! Only messing kid…Rest in peace.

Universal for the 12th of July have the 20th anniversary edition of ‘Liquid Skin’ by GOMEZ  on Limited 2 CD or 2LP as well as some updated and expanded versions of PAUL MCCARTNEY albums ‘Paul is Live’ 2LP, ‘Choba b CCCP’ LP, ‘Amoeba gig’ 2 LP, ‘Wings over America’ 3 LP.

Uni have a CROWDED HOUSE 2LP ‘Best Of’, THE ROOTS ‘Tipping Point’  LP reissue, new album by K-Flag and Banks, some bluenote label releases also by CONNIE SMITH and Bobbi Humprey and a SQUARES and JOE SATRIANI release also:
‘Joe Satriani is one of the most respected and loved guitar players in the world. Despite known for his monstrous technique, he is the opposite of the stereotyped “shredder”. Satriani is in fact known for his unique melodic sense, his great rock sound rooted in the 70s and his soulful soloing.  After many years of great success as a solo artist, Satriani founded Chickenfoot together with ex Van Halen Sammy Hagar and Michael Anthony and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith. Satriani about “Squares”: “In Berkeley, CA, back in the late ’70’s my then brother in law Neil Sheehan and I decided to start a band. It would be a power pop trio with me on guitar and Neil managing and writing lyrics. We sought out a drummer and a frontman/bassist, and in December of ’79 we found them playing on the local bay area scene. Our lead vocalist/bassist Andy Milton was from Cleveland, Ohio. He was 6ft. tall, good looking and had a voice like a modern day Elvis. Our drummer Jeff Campitelli was a local phenom who could groove like Charlie Watts but with a new ferocious energy that would help propel the band into the burgeoning New Wave music scene. We called ourselves “The Squares”. We were part Van Halen and part Everly Brothers. A mix of heavy metal, rock ‘n’ roll, punk and new wave. We were hard to pin down and categorize, which is most likely why we never “made it”! But as we were trying our best to get a record deal and become superstars we had a lot of good times, and we laid down some seriously good music. Ultimately, I left the band I started to pursue a solo career. What remains are the original early ’80’s demos. We’ve restored the original recordings, brought them into the digital world, and with loving hands and ears John has remixed the best of what we did in the studio. They sound better than ever. Turn it up and enjoy The Squares!”

Lastly, from Universal for the 12th of July is the VELVET UNDERGROUND – Complete Matrix tapes Limited 8 LP Box Set.

Also on the local scene aside from the boy Flannery, we have rising star JESS LEEN and her band playing instore for us next Saturday the 13th at 1pm for the second Saturday session in a row. Jess is from Douglas but is London based now…Talented lady…and she is bringing her band, which should be sweet…she is launching a new single ‘Compliments’ and here is a little link to it…

Come here hope to see some of ye over the weekend!!!

Sin é for this week so i suppose.
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt!!


BOWIE Bonanza, Mick’s Sixth, Join the Fangclub and a Launch in the Real Capital


Hi Everyone,


Hope all is well this week…6 months of the year gone…already…right so albums of the year…look before i start i just want to say that I wasn’t overly proud of the last few paragraphs of the newsletter last week…I was upset and it was badly written, tired attempt at trying to make a point…wasn’t gone on what I wrote but look i had a point i was trying to make but i think i failed…


On to the music, releases in the shop for this week we have the new release by KYLIE…some of ye will maybe be a bit surprised to hear that we had quite a bit of interest in this release…it’s available as a nice mint green indies only vinyl. We also have releases by THE BLACK KEYS…haven’t listened yet but all accounts it’s stripped back and rocking…drums, guitar and vocals…indies only vinyl due in on Friday, CD and Standard black vinyl here now. Parlophone have the BOWIE ‘Mercury Demos’ box set…we can all talk about price here i know…but the box does look sweeeet (ala little Petey)…i heard as in i heard now Bowieheads before ye revolt on me (i heard means it could be a rumour) anyway i heard that DUNCAN JONES was getting more control over the BOWIE stuff…well i’m waiting for the onslaught of info…is it true?? New BOWIE 7” picture disc out today also ‘DJ’.

Also out today…we have releases by GOVT MULE, MAX RICHTER, GENERATION AXE, IGGY POP, SPICE GIRLS as well as a couple of limited coloured and numbered ones from Music On Vinyl

ACCEPT ‘Metal Heart’, BAND OF BROTHERS ‘OST’, STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN ‘Couldn’t Stand the Weather’, MINISTRY ‘Land of Rape and Honey’.


Right so, moving on to the 5th of July….we are delighted to have the new MICK FLANNERY LP and CD in the shop…it’s a fine fine album once again folks…i mean that…once again…6 albums in now and the output is astonishing high quality…really really well crafted songs one again and probably a more mature and accomplished record…i love it. Give Mick a go if you haven’t already is my advice.

We are involved with Mick and Coughlans for a few launch shows in Coughlans on Friday the 5th of July…pre-order the album with us if you want to get in.https://musiczone.ie/?s=MICK+FLANNERY


Not many spots left now…Also delighted to have MICK instore on Saturday the 6th of July at 1 o clock to play a little set of songs from the new record so it would be great if you coud come along to that if around…right that’s Mick’s love in for this week done….here is a bit of a blurb about the record…


“A cliché has it that you have to beware of the quiet ones, because most of the time their voices speak sharper and with more range than the loudmouths. Every cliché, however, has a grain of truth in it, and so it’s fair to say that while County Cork singer-songwriter Mick Flannery is outwardly reserved, his songs are fluent in expressing layered aspects of the human condition, its flaws, triumphs, and general uncertainty, particularly evident in his new single out today (Friday 17th May), ‘Come Find Me’.


‘Come Find Me’, which will appear as track 3 on the upcoming album ‘Mick Flannery”, references emotional search and rescue. “The song is basically about someone who would like to find a partner but doesn’t quite know where to start. It looks at trying to stay positive about life, even in a city, where crowds of people can make someone feel even more alone,” explains Flannery.


The song is co-written with ESCQ, a song writing, and production duo based in Los Angeles, CA, where Mick recorded the track. He recounts: “When I arrived they already had a guitar riff ready for a verse to go on. I sang what they reckoned sounded like traditional Irish melody over the top, which they liked, so we went from there. The guys don’t have the same timidness when it comes to choruses being choruses, so they pushed this song to be as catchy as they could. Someday I’ll release the version we did, it’s much poppier than what I eventually recorded myself.”


An award-winning, double-platinum selling artist, Mick Flannery is on the brink of releasing not only his self-titled sixth album but also overseeing the worldwide premiere of the stage musical, Evening Train (so named after his 2007 debut album). He began to write songs as a teenager in his home of Blarney, County Cork. As musical influences from albums by the likes of Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell, and Tom Waits seeped into his creative DNA, Mick absorbed, learned and honed the craft that would send him on his way into the world.


This self-titled release will be Mick’s sixth album – that is a sizeable back catalogue, a genuine body of work. As a mature songwriter, he reasons, he’s trying to hold on to what is essential to him, and resigning himself to the fact that the naïve, passionate, 20-something ‘Mick Flannery’ is gone. What comes next, he contends, is much more interesting and experienced. “You have a larger worldview and are more learned, each of which combine to create something new.”


Mick Flannery’s self-titled album is set for release on Friday 5th July 2019. The stage musical, Evening Train, premieres at The Everyman Theatre, Cork, 13th – 23rd June, 2019, as part of Cork Midsummer Festival.


Album Track listing:


  1. Wasteland
  2. Must Be More
  3. Come Find Me
  4. I’ve Been Right
  5. Fool
  6. How I Miss You
  7. Way Things Go
  8. Light a Fire
  9. Star to Star
  10. Dreamer John
  11. I’ll Be out Here

WEA also for the 5th of July have another few cracking little releases. Reissues of  SIGUR ROS ‘Agnetis Byrjun’ 20th anniversary edition on Krunk records…it’s available as a 2LP or 4 CD set. The band have expanded the album for this release…unearthed some material, b-sides and a full 95 minute concert from Rejkjavik, on the day the album originally came out. A download for all the extras is with the 2LP release! Another fine reissue from Warner for the 5th of July is the JACKSON BROWNE ‘Running On Empty’ remastered as well…fine album…Warner have some NAZARETH LP reissues on coloured vinyl, GRATEFUL DEAD ‘Filmore West San Francisco 5LP set on Rhino. There is the new vinyl release of the latest ANDERSON .PAAK album ‘Ventura’, RSD stores only, limited coloured vinyl with it.


TIM BUCKLEY vinyl boxset 7LP set of studio albums from 66-72, there is a CLASSICAL CHILLOUT compilation available on 2LP and there is some breakouts of the WOODSTOCK Vinyl box (the box we got in today, if anyone is interested like).


Sony for the 5th of July have the OST to STRANGER THINGS as well as a reissue of AUDIOSLAVE’s self titled album.

Proper for the 5th of July have a 25th Anniversary reissue of EVERYTHING BUT THE GIRLS ‘Amplified Heart’…half-speed master reissue.


Universal for the 5th of July have the new FANGCLUB album, their 2nd, the first album was a fine album…going to give this a spin or three. Uni also have a new LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY album ‘Blue Sky in Your Head’…brand new album, first in 18 years and only their fourth album….10 million records sold by this band.


Universal also have the ROLLING STONES ‘Rock n Roll Circus’ on a few formats Limited DVD/Blu Ray/2 CD …here’s more info on the release.

 ‘“You are about to be transported to another age: swinging London in the late sixties. The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is a time capsule. Two days in December 1968 that in many ways capture the spontaneity, aspirations and communal spirit of an entire era…for a brief moment it seemed that rock ‘n’ roll would inherit the earth.”  


‘ABKCO/UMC will jointly release the 4K Dolby Vision restoration of the concert film The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus on Blu-ray for the first time ever on July 5th. The movie, shot over two days in December 1968, features The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithfull, impromptu supergroup The Dirty Mac (John Lennon, Keith Richards, Mitch Mitchell, Eric Clapton), Yoko Ono in addition to the original lineup of The Rolling Stones. Filmed before a live audience at Intertel VTR Services Limited, a North London TV studio in 1968, Rock and Roll Circus was directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, originally conceived as a BBC TV special, but it never aired. It centres on the original line up of the Rolling Stones – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts (with Nicky Hopkins and Rocky Dijon) who serve as both the show’s hosts and featured attraction. The “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band” is seen and heard performing six Stones classics-to-be: Jumping Jack Flash, Parachute Woman, No Expectations, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Sympathy For The Devil and Salt of The Earth. The program also includes full length musical performances by The Who, Jethro Tull, Taj Mahal, Marianne Faithful, Yoko Ono. It also features ‘The Dirty Mac’, a group that was the first musical context in which John Lennon performed before an audience outside The Beatles. The Dirty Mac was Eric Clapton (lead guitar), The Rolling Stones’ own Keith Richards (bass) and Mitch Mitchell of the Jimi Hendrix Experience (drums) with Lennon on guitar and vocals. A mirthful conversation between Jagger and Lennon to introduce The Dirty Mac finds them referring to each other as “Winston” and “Michael” with Jagger affecting a convincingly flat American accent and Lennon referring to himself as “Winston Leg-Thigh.”


The Limited Deluxe Edition is a multi-format package of Blu-Ray, DVD, 2CD soundtrack, and a perfect-bound 44-page book with David Dalton’s original 1969 Rolling Stone essay, and photographs by Michael Randolf. The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus soundtrack has been expanded to 28 tracks, received a new mix and 192k 24 bit HD restoration. Bonus material included by the late concert pianist Julius Katchen, three additional songs by Taj Mahal and never before heard recordings of The Dirty Mac performing The Beatles classic, “Revolution” and the aptly titled track “Warmup Jam.” Also to be released for the first time on vinyl as a 3 LP package, and on a 2CD format.


Uni also have a soundtrack to the MICHAEL HUTCHENCE documentary ‘Mystify’ as well as DEEP PURPLE ‘Live in Newcastle’ from 2001…2k of these on red vinyl. Lastly Uni have reissues on LP of THIRD WORLD – 96 Degrees in the Shade and the B-52s self-titled album.


PIAS for the 5th of July have the new album by JESCA HOOP.


Right so, THE MURDER CAPITAL debute album has been announced for 16th of August and we are delighted to be involved with the launch of this very exciting album…THE MURDER CAPITAL are going to launch the album in Cork in the Crane Lane the night before the record is on shelves anywhere else in the world. So the album launch show is Thursday the 15th of August at 7pm sharp in the Crane Lane. Entry to this show is a purchase of the debut album from TMC. So here are the links to the albums on CD and LPs…



.if you want to go to the show…buy the album from us…ideally from our website as we can track the sales for the charts but if that’s not possible come instore and pay us and we will put your name on the list…looking forward to this…come join us…can’t wait to hear the album also…if you do buy it from us you can pick it up on the night, pick it up in the shop, or we can post it out to you. Sin Sin i think…so

Sin é for this week folks,

Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt.




P.S. Big JOY DIVISION poster if anyone wants or BIG RICHARD HAWLEY poster, BIG PRINCE poster, BIG BLACK KEYS poster and 4 small BRUCE posters…first come, first served job…they are up on the stage area.

No Beef with iTunes, Raconteurs Return, the Original Sinnerboy and Last Chance for Mick Tix

Hi Everyone,


Hope all is well out there in record land…got a bit of a reaction to the iTunes thingy last week…sure i know, i know…the tongue do be fairly firmly stuck in the auld cheek a lot writing this…sure it is only a rejig in Apple, but give me and my sling shot a moment in the sun like!!


Point of note here also…the DIVINE COMEDY album is excellent i.m.o….so varied musically and so so clever and witty and albeit sarcastic lyrically…top class i.m.o.


Right so releases today in the all conquering corporation include the new MURDER CAPITAL 12” (excellent, excellent tune), JOY DIVISION’s limited 40th Anniversary edition of ‘Unknown Pleasures’ on rebel red vinyl, new MADONNA also, ABBA 7” reissues, REM Best Of, new BASTILLE, new KATE TEMPEST, ‘Tommy’ classical by ROGER DALTREY, new BILL CALLAHAN, NOEL GALLAGHER 12”, new CALEXICO and IRON + WINE collaboration album. So that’s the bulk of it really…oh yeah…some guy from New Jersey has a new record out today also called ‘Western Stars’…could be worth a listen…his name is BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN…remember now lads ye want records for Father’s day isn’t it…records or record vouchers…eh hem blatant raymond, downright blatant…

Right so onto releases for the 21st of June and let’s start with Play It Again Sam as they have a couple of nice ones…first up and quick off the draw here folks…I might be like the boy who cries wolf sometimes but this time…THE RACONTEURS are back – JACK WHITE, Brendan Benson, Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler, their 3rd studio album on Third Man Records, first in over a decade…here’s the quick draw McGraw bit (very very few) available to indie retailers on white vinyl with an alternative cover and hand, screen printed LP jacket…we were cut cut cut…we will disappoint more than give a smile to…pistol ready folks…oh the standard black is easy peasy if you want one of them.


PIAS also have the new HOT CHIP album for the 21st of June, their 7th in total, 3rd on Domino, CD, LP or indies only LP…cassette as well actually.

New album from BLACK MIDI also…buzz building on these, BUDDY and JULIE MILLER new album ‘Breakdown on 20th Avenue South’ on CD, LP or indies LP.


Lastly from PIAS for the 21st of June but not least is the new TWO DOOR CINEMA CLUB on CD or coloured vinyl.


SONY for the 21st of June…(oh that Aldous Harding album is a fine listen also…come out a few months back) have a new album by MARK RONSON ‘Late Night Feelings’ on CD, LP or indies only LP…lots of good guests on this one.

WILLIE NELSON has a new album also ‘Ride Me Back Home’ on CD or LP and there is a vinyl repress of AEROSMITH ‘Greatest Hits’.


The Orchard for the 21st of June has a new album by WILL YOUNG.


Proper for the 21st of June have the new JIM LAUDERDALE album.


Repubic of Music for the 21st of June have some nice exclusives LP with tote bags for around 27 quid…so they have BOB MARLEY ‘Sun is Shining’ LP (with a Bob tote bag)…ELVIS ‘Jailhouse Rock’ with Elvis tote and NINA SIMONE ‘Love Me or Leave Me’ with NINA tote.


FIRST CUSTOMER last monday morning seemed like an interesting dude…happy chap, lots of hair (ala Bobby’s league), bought the RORY GALLAGHER ‘Blues’ 3 CD compilation from me…so I strikes up the aul conversation as record shop people do like..SINNER BOY were in the South County last night…’Aye’ was the reply ‘I play bass with ‘em’…i felt like a character from Shrek…the one with the hoover!! I was the ‘sinner boy’!! Never saw them before…Bobby told me they were excellent but I’ve never seen them…Donkey! Our man, the bassist was sound…had a good chat…he was delighted he got his ‘Rory’ in Cork…said it three times ‘Aye, got me Rory in Cork, delighted ‘Got me Rory in Cork’…pity he met a donkey along the way.

Warner for the 21st of June have a new PRINCE release called ‘Originals’’, a live WU-TANG CLAN album on CD+LP called ‘Disciples of the 36 Chambers: Chapter 1’…there is a nice indies-only coloured vinyl on this one actually as well.


Warner also have nice vinyl reissues by DAVID GUETTA, L7 ‘Best Of the Slash Years’ limited and numbered, GILBERT O SULLIVAN ‘Back to front’ reissued on vinyl for the first time since its release. Warner for the 21st of June also have some CHIC hallf-speed LP remasters of ‘C’est chic’ ‘Chic’ and ‘Risque’. They have a numbered and limited reissue of CHER’s ‘3614 Jackson Highway’ 180g coloured gatefold tip on sleeve…


Lastly, Warner have a new CLIFF MARTINEZ Soundtrack ‘Too Old to Die Young’ on 2CD OR 2LP.


Uni for the 21st of June hae The ROLLING STONES ‘Bridges to Bremen’ via Eagle Rock on DVD, Blu Ray, DVD + 2CD, Blu Ray + 2CD or 3LP.

Universal also have the TRAVIS 20th Anniversary of ‘The Man Who’ reissue on CD, LP or boxset as well as DEF LEPPARD CD box set Volume 2 7 CD set or Vinyl box set Volume 2 10 LPs.


Lastly from Uni for the 21st of June is the CARPENTERS with the RPO on vinyl release.

Few spots left for the MICK FLANNERY show in Coughlans on Friday the 5th of July…buy the album here to get in…https://musiczone.ie/?s=MICK+FLANNERY


Sin é for this week folks, sorry for lack of videos…back next week.

Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt,