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,



Divine Help, the Rory Blues, Feck off iTunes and the Boss…


Hi Everyone,


Hope all is well out there. Releases in the good siopa musiczone.ie this week include the BOB DYLAN ‘Rolling Thunder 1975 Live Recordings’ 14 CD set or 3 LP set, new RICKIE LEE JONES, NEIL YOUNG Live album, 25th Anniversary of FLOYD’s ‘division bell’, RUSH Live, new ones also from SANTANA, MAX RICHTER, JAMIE CULLUM, AVICCI, THE DIVINE COMEDY which I am looking forward to…Mr Neil Hannon linked a fair few indie record shops on his social media or website to buy the record… fair play like…cos I have no bother a lad selling stuff from his own website and trying to cut out everyone – obviously if everyone does that, we may not have a business…but I think enough artists, musicians, labels realise that we give exposure and promote their records and that’s a small but important piece of the puzzle so it can work either way depending on artist or label…but spot on from Neil to send traffic and potential sales in the direction of record shops (we didn’t get any sales from it but still) a spot on thin to do…well as far as we are concerned anyway!

You win some, you lose some…lost one last week…a bit disappointed I was…and with no body in particular…just the game…I’m off on one here now and I haven’t even started the newsletter…Here goes


The Rory album released last week, which we done well with but we disappointed a load of faces with…there was a blue vinyl version pressed but it seemed to only be available via a major music online retailer…as far as i can gather it wasn’t available in any bricks and mortar store…so the record company and the online retailer done some exclusive deal on this and  I suppose we (as i’m sure all brick and mortar stores are) were fierce disappointed…we are Cork based…Rory was predominently Cork based and we had so many disappointed faces when we told them we could not supplythem with the blue vinyl…some walked away but most said erra I will take it off ye lads but easy to see the disappointment etched in their faces…not my guy’s fault, he asked for me to try and get some…the mechanics of the game caught me out this time…but a hard one to take, for all bricks and mortar, when exclusive online deals are being done, especially when it’s kind of with one of your own…as I said at the outset, you win some, you lose some…bravo Neil Hannon…not so bravo scenario two..

Also in today reissues by GENESIS, JAMES TAYLOR and we got our hands on a handful of each of those really limited RICHARD HAWLEY reissues on coloured vinyl…the first three records.


Right so, better start the newsletter…Releases for next Friday include THE BOSS…yep SPRINGSTEEN is back with a new record…i really like the two tunes i have heard…really like them…he is the BOSS after all and ‘Born in the USA’  was the first album I ever bought out of my own money and I wore the cassette out…yep it was a cassette…I bought it in Blackpool, England the summer of ‘85…I was 11 …the same holiday (only foreign one) Live Aid was on over there as well…so I bought the Springsteen tape over there and played it I reckon a couple thousand times…knew every word off by heart…still love it to this day…maybe not everyones fave but I love it still…can you remember the first thing you downloaded of iTunes…probably not or maybe you do…more on that later if time allows.

‘Western Stars’ is the name of Springsteen’s new album…it’s on CD , standard black vinyl and indies only coloured vinyl…here’s Tuscon train



Sony also have the vinyl release of the new PINK album ‘Hurts to Be Human’


Proper for the 14th of June have the new CHRIS ROBINSON BROTHERHOOD album ‘Servants of the Sun’ on CD and LP.


Republic of Music have what I think could be a lovely album by CALEXICO and IRON AND WINE….a collaboration album between the two bands…I think SAM BEAM wrote all the songs whereas everyone chimed in with the music. ‘Years to Burn’ is available via City Slang records on CD, standard LP or Indies only coloured LP…I’m looking forward to this.


Music On Vinyl for the 14th of June have a reissue of TOM BAXTER’S ‘Feather and Stone’ album.

PIAS for the 14th of June have the new BILL CALLAHAN album on Drag City.


Universal for the 14th of June have the new MADONNA album ‘Madame X’ via Polydor. It’s available on 6 physical formats:


‘Madonna’s highly-anticipated 14th studio album Madame X will be released on June 14th. Influenced creatively by living in Lisbon, Portugal over the past several years, Madame X is a collection of 15 new songs that celebrate Madonna’s career-long affair with Latin music and culture as well as other global influences. Singing in Portuguese, Spanish and English, highlights on the album include “Medellín,” which was co-produced by Mirwais and captures the spirit of Maluma’s hometown, the anthemic song “I Rise,” the Jamaican dancehall vibes of “Future” featuring Quavo, and co-produced by Diplo, as well as the sonically innovative Mirwais produced “Dark Ballet.” Recorded over 18 months in Portugal, London, New York and Los Angeles, Madonna collaborated on Madame X with longtime producer Mirwais, as well as with producers Mike Dean and Diplo, among others.  The Deluxe 2CD comes in hardcover book with 32-page booklet and 2 bonus tracks. The LTD Rainbow Picture Disc is a double vinyl in clear bag with the deluxe tracklisting. The Box Set includes deluxe hardcover 2CD album, standard album cassette, 7” picture disc, poster & tattoo set. Also available on 2LP black vinyl, CD jewel case and MC.


Universal also have a ROGER DALTREY ‘Tommy’ reworking with a full orchestra, a new album from BASTILLE ‘Doom Days’ on CD, LP and Indies Only LP, a new album from KATE TEMPEST, TANGERINE DREAM Remastered CD Box Set, Carole King ‘Live at Montreaux’ 1973, BOB MARLEY and the Wailers ‘Legend’ 35th anniversary 2 LP edition…limited…

Last few things from Universal for the 14th June is the R.E.M. ‘In Time’ Best of 88-2003 2 LP release and a load of ABBA 7”s released also.


‘Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, ABBA’s Voulez-Vous will receive a multi-format reissue on 14 June. The album that saw the band say goodbye to the decade they dominated with style, Voulez-Vous was their fifth consecutive No.1 in Sweden, a chart-topper around Europe and a US Top 20 album. Powered by classic singles, including the title track, and ‘Chiquitita’, Voulez-Vous was at the heart of one of the groups most successful years to date.  Marking one of the longest gaps between new albums, Voulez-Vous was recorded across an entire year, with Benny and Björn refining their precision song writing, and Agnetha and Anni-Frid providing some of their finest vocals across a diverse set of songs that ranged from contemporary disco classics to ballads that explored Sweden’s rich musical past.

To celebrate the album’s original 23 April 1979 release, UMC will be releasing a number of anniversary reissues:  • A 2LP half-speed master on 180g vinyl, mastered at Abbey Road and cut at 45rpm. • A coloured-vinyl 7” singles box set, collecting the singles ‘Voulez-Vous’, ‘Summer Night City’, ‘I Have A Dream’, ‘Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight)’, ‘Does Your Mother Know’, ‘Chiquitita’ and the extended dance mix of ‘Voulez-Vous’. • Each single released as a limited-edition standalone picture disc.  


I mentioned last week the 25 years and the changes in that period in this game…one of the biggest changes in the game was ITUNES…and here we are today and its been wound up…bye bye…it sounds as if it gives me satisfaction and do you know what it probably feckin does…bye bye…cos there was a period of time when every third customer ( well not really a customer as it turned out) asked us for itunes vouchers…we used joke in the shop saying we need to get tee shirts done  saying we do not sell itunes vouchers…we sell physical stuff like!

I was younger and at that time a decade or so ago i was looking at my business going down the tubes so to see em gone and we still here is like, shit,  how did that happen….i certainly am not not counting chickens ( just yachts Ger you know!!) as we can never see too far down the tracks … that question by every third person for itunes vouchers  was only 6 or 7 years ago…now its bye bye…we certainly didn’t slay Goliath…a Swede by the name of Ek can take credit for that…but how the mighty have fallen…like they owned the industry there for a while ( like streaming does now i suppose) and now they are goneski…i never bought into it..as in the shop didn’t…we never sold ipods or any mp3 players even though the numbers sold around the place in 2009 2010 and 2011 were only savage id say…now they are obsolete more or less…scary really…anyway our  new t shirts say “ yep, the vinyl is back” small print hopefully forever.


Warner for the 14th of june have the 40th anniversary limited ( nicely limited folks) of JOY DIVISIONs “ unknown pleasures” on red indies only vinyl via rhino…20 euro best price job if interested…cracker obviously…new NOEL GALLAGHER EP also out on coloured vinyl, new BARONESS album, new ZZ TOP best of, HANK WILLIAMS release only 300 of the triple LP pressed if i get a few, as well as some PRIMAL FEAR reissues on vinyl.

Lastly from Warner is THE MURDER CAPITAL new single “ green and blue” 12” indies only  single…now now lads if ye havent been on this crowd , its time to get listening here….second single…heres a link to it..https://youtu.be/ddBjpD5kHVY

The first single “ feelings fades” was released about 2 months and we sent them around the world…i only had a hand full but they were goneski…we shipped copies all over the shop…a savage sign for an Irish band…Flood is on production on the album later in the year…this band could have a very bright future…the singer is Cork like as well as far as i know…cracking second single …cracking.

Right lastly so don’t forget we have CLARE SANDS in with us on SATURDAY as in tomorrow at 1 o clock for an instore to launch her new EP “ the basement sessions” …should be lovely, two on stage…if you around pop in and check it out sure…if you can’t make it and want a signed ep on CD, give us a shout and we can organise that for you…may even muster up a free itunes voucher with it!

Look, sin e for this week.

Hope to see some of ye saturday,

Go raibh maith agat as do cluas a thabairt,




Bob Dylan “Rolling Thunder Revue” Set Due, Where Will It All Be In 25 Years, and Hold On To Your Swing

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well…
Releases in the shop this week include the RORY GALLAGHER “Blues” Album, DEPECHE MODE 12” Box Sets of “Music For The Masses” and “Black Celebration”, a VENOM LP boxset, ELP LP Box, lovely new album from RICHARD HAWLEY, an ASH 7” Singles set, a STREETS reissue of “Everything Is Borrowed”, a new album by VADER, a new live album by LISA HANNIGAN + STARGAZE, New CHASE AND STATUS, DUFF MCKAGAN, DARKTHRONE, THE LA’S at the BBC, as well as THE POLICE “EVERYBODY STARES” BluRay + DVD.

Video now up here to view, quite a bit of releases in it today so get the popcorn ready!!

Right so, right so moving on to releases for the 7th of June… PIAS have the new DIVINE COMEDY album out on his own label (Hannon) that is “Office Politics” is the name of the album.. There is a deluxe 2CD version with a bonus disc of another 15 track album “Swallows and Amazons”… There is also a DLP indies only job out on vinyl…

PIAS als have a BRIAN JONES compilation called “His Favourite Songs” on 3CD for €12 or DLP for €20.. PIAS have a live SONIC YOUTH album from “Battery Park, NYC 2008” on LP and a brand new PETER PERRETT album also “Humanworld”..

SONY for the 7th of June have the BOB DYLAN release of Live Album “Rolling Thunder Revue : 1975 Live Recordings”.. It’s a 14CD set or 3LP set.. We had.. Sorry, I can’t blame Bobby or Shane here… I had a cap out for this a few weeks back.. €70 still out if anyone else is interested… €70 best price on both pre-order prices, €80 after.. Here’s info on the CD set

A comprehensive CD anthology of music from the mythic first leg of Bob Dylan’s groundbreaking Rolling Thunder Revue, this 14CD box set includes all five of Dylan’s full sets from that tour that were professionally recorded. The collection also provides the listener with an intimate insider’s seat for recently unearthed rehearsals at New York’s S.I.R. studios and the Seacrest Motel in Falmouth, MA plus a bonus disc showcasing one-of-a-kind performances from the tour. The collection features 148 tracks in all, with more than 100 of those never previously released. Included in the box set is a 52-page booklet featuring rare and never-before-seen Rolling Thunder Revue photos and a revelatory essay by novelist/musician Wesley Stace.

A customer of ours has two Cure tickets for sale for Sat 8th of June if anyone is interested.. Face value.. Nod our way and we will put ye in touch..

Warner for the 7th of June have the NEIL YOUNG Live Album with the Stray Gators band “Tuscaloosa” live on 2LP or CD.. It’s a previously unreleased 11 track recorded in the University of Alabama in Feb 1973.. The Stray Gators were more or less the band that recorded “Harvest” and “Time Fades Away” with Young.. Fine track listing on this one..

Warner also has a 25th Anniversary version of PINK FLOYD “Division Bell” for next Friday.. Gatefold Double Blue Vinyl edition available to us… I remember vividly selling this album in Golden Discs in Patrick St 25 Years Ago.. Flashback time… Bit surreal that this flashback to sitting here now writing to this… Where to be in 25 years time.. Or be here at all.. 2044..  Where will the Music Biz be… My side of it??  Is clutter a thing of the past?.. Good clutter (i’ll say records) Bad clutter (half used tins of paint) .. Machines can play what we want by us telling them.. Voice activated music, voice activated hot water, cold water, lukewarm water.. We are I feel becoming a less cluttered society .. More sterile, healthier, fitter with less clutter… So where will all be in 25 years??  Disintegrating plates (saw some guy from the Guardian cut the shit out of The Cure Masterpiece during the week).. So no wash up… Swings you just can’t fall out of… Dogs that will put up their own shite.. Well this music retail business has seen spectacular change in 25 years.. Today is now I suppose and go with that.. 25th Anniversary of Floyd out next Friday…

Warner for next Friday also have RUSH “Time Machine” 2011 180gm 4LP boxset.. Best price job on it is €80 and lastly there is an issue of ASHLEY MCBRYDE’s album “Girl Going Nowhere” on LP..

Little Amber Fish for the 7th of June have the first 3 RICHARD HAWLEY albums on super limited clear vinyl (only 275 of each pressed)… So “Late Night Tale”, “Low Edges” and “Self Titled”… I’ve my name in the hat for some of them so fingers crossed…

The Orchard for the 7th June have a new RICKIE LEE JONES covers album on CD, LP or indies only yellow splattered vinyl as well as a new album by FIRESPAWN and some MANOWAR LP reissues…

Uni for the 7th of June have a AVICII album called “Tim” which was finished after his passing, CD next week and LP in August.. Universal also have new albums by AURORA, JAMIE CALLUM and SANTANA called “Africa Speaks” produced by Rick Rubin, and they also have a new MAX RICHTER Score to “My Brilliant Friend” which is a new HBO Series…

Uni also have reissues on vinyl by GENESIS “Seconds Out” a double live LP, and JAMES TAYLOR “One Man Band” LP reissue also..

Few spots left for the 7PM MICK FLANNERY show on the 5th of July… If you want to go… Get the album here at this following link and you’re in!!
Mick Flannery – Mick Flannery (2019) Pre Order

We have a really nice in-store coming up on Saturday 8th of June with CLARE SANDS joining us with accompaniment… Clare is a seriously talented musician and I am seriously looking forward to this in-store as I missed her around the launch of her debut album… She is launching “The Basement EP” with us on Saturday the 8th of June at 1PM if you around great or if you want to get a signed copy of the EP (CD Copy) then give us a nod and we will sort… Should be a cracking in-store.. Here’s a tune from the new EP “The Malécon Reel”

Cap out again for The Boss… SPRINGSTEEN new record “Western Star” out in 2 weeks, June 14th.. Pre-order links up here. Indies only coloured LP best price job of €30, standard LP is €27, and CD is €13 best price.. Give us a shout if interested!!

Right, I’m getting back on my swing…
So sin é for this week folks,
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Music Zone

A Cloudbusting Newsletter with Mick Flannery, Our Boy Rory and Clare Sands In-store

Hi everyone,


Hope all is well…Releases in the good siopa musiczone.ie this week include the sought after and exclusive KATE BUSH ‘Cloudbusting 12” Picture Disc’ the independent retailers only 45th Anniversary edition of BOWIE’S ‘Diamond Dogs’ , the new MORRISSEY covers album on ‘sky blue’ vinyl, RAMMSTEIN’s new one landed…I’m still hoping THE WATERBOYS will land for tomorrow Friday (the Orchard!!) …(it did!)

I am out of the shop today, Friday (tomorrow as I write this) but am here all day Saturday…bit of juggling going on at the moment….PRIMAL SCREAM ‘Singles’ is here, JOAN AS POLICEWOMAN ‘Live at the BBC’ is here, FLYING LOTUS new one is here…new records also by HAYDEN THORPE, WHENYOUNG…the new EP from INTERPOL is also with us…Reissues also by STEREOLAB, TEARS FOR FEARS, OSCAR PETERSON TRIO and the new release by DERVISH gets a release on vinyl.


Moving onto releases for next Friday the 31st of May…I suppose the big release down south here is the RORY GALLAGHER release ‘Blues’…Pre-order prices still available on the auld link above or bounce us back an email. Such a pity for Corkonians that Rory isn’t still mulching around the city, such a loss to the wider music community but sure life is full of ‘what ifs’.


“A collection of rare and unreleased recordings of Rory Gallagher playing strictly blues material. It will range from previously unheard /unreleased tracks from Rory’s archive, special guest sessions that with legendary blues artists (Muddy Waters / Albert King), lost radio

sessions and more. There will be a deluxe 36-track 3CD version covering Rory playing electric, acoustic and live blues comprised of 94%

unreleased material. Also coming is a 14-track 1CD / 2LP version of which 92% of the material will be unreleased.

‘The Blues’ follows in a similar vein to recent successful collections by The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton.

Rory Gallagher was one of the most consummate and electrifying guitarists of his generation. A glance at the testimonials below from

friends, contemporaries and followers testify to this: Johnny Marr “The man who changed my musical life was Rory Gallagher, I picked up

a guitar because of him.”


Universal also for the 31st of May have the release of THE POLICE ‘Everyone Stares’ on DVD or Blu Ray on Eaglerock. This is the astonishing home movies shot by Stewart Copeland charting the meteoric rise of the band…all pieced together here…meant to be a very intteresting and enjoyable watch.


Uni also have new album on CD + LP by DUFF MCKAGAN (ex GnR man) as well as CHASE AND STATUS.


PAUL MCCARTNEY has a limited coloured 3 LP version of ‘Egypt Station’ out on the 31st of May also.


Last couple from Universal for the 31st of May would be the reissues of DOVES first three albums, so reissued as numbered, coloured ltd edition 2 LP package…So we will have ‘Lost Souls’, the ‘Last Broadcast’ and ‘Some Cities’ with us next Friday.


Last one is a first timer on vinyl…transparent green vinyl in fact of THE LA’S ‘BBC Sessions’…


MICK FLANNERY has a new album coming out on Friday the 5th of July and we are delighted to be heavily involved around the release of the album ( self titled and on cd and LP) …the shop has a long association with Mick going back to the first album “ evening train” which was before Mick was record companyed up, we used buy that album direct from him ( or his mam and dad) back in the carrigaline days…maybe 12 or 13 years ago now id say and Mick has played quite a few in stores for us down through the years.

We shared a nice few whiskeys and guinness/beamish if memory serves, back before the launch of the red to blue album circa early 2012 when EMI had some industry “heads” invited to a secret gig in Charlies for Mick to showcase songs from the new record….he thought it didnt sound great…it sounded amazing…we were a bit like two lost souls as the “heads” sipped their G&Ts…so me, Mick and a lifelong friend of mine fell into each other’s  company and we shared a nice drink later that night as the “heads” continued with the G& Ts and continued talking more and more shite.

I like Mick….he strikes me as a really really genuine kid…but to the music…

This is Micks own release…Warner are helping with distribution and other things but its Micks baby, so we are trying to help as much as possible.

It’s our thing anyway, trying to support the local stuff ( as best we can anyway) and let’s be honest Mick is A list when it comes to local music, national music also….and in my personal opinion , i just think the lad is so so talented, i love what he does, i get it, it appeals to me…for me one of the best songwriters this country has seen if not, the best….. hugely underrated in my opinion in sectors…his previous five albums i still play regularly and i love them all…very very few in the history of recorded Irish artists would have a body of work that would stand up against Micks output…expect the true greats…i fully believe in years to come Mick could well be in that category.

He has a  chance ( through his talent) to make a really good living for himself, his family and a really nice side living for his band…he should try take it….( i think he has been to be fair)

Saw him in st Lukes there last weekend and he was just outstanding….9 on stage…drums, bass, electric, acoustic, piano, sax, trombone, violin and a backing singer…sonically it was amazing…vocally and musically…anyone who was there will vouch for it…he could do that show with half the band and make more johnny cash but its about the craft, its about the muse…its brilliant to see.

I have had the great pleasure of hearing the new record and i just think its fantastic….some brilliant songs, some of the trademark hushed beauties and some more contemporary sounding songs…quality thought provoking lyrics as you always get ( amazing that that is the case) …big wall of sound going on at times, great production, vocally on point at all times ,cracking melodies the whole way through…..its an absolute gem of an album and i will be pulling it out and playing it in 20 years time…..that’s what great art gives you…something forever.. in this immediate world.


Right, id say ye get we are fairly passionate about this release  so here’s the bit about it…

We are involved with Mick and  the good good skins of Coughlan’s Live on Douglas Street as they host two album launch shows on friday the 5th of July ( the day the album comes out) …one show is at 5 pm and the second one is at 7 pm…entry to the show is simply buy the album from our website…must be from the website please as we need to track them….that’s it really i suppose…..we will have your name on the door then…..go buy it!!

The link to it is  here https://musiczone.ie/?s=MICK+FLANNERY

Click collect in store if your about the place to save a few quid on the shipping….be an excuse to hook up also for a few jars…we can also bill it as the music zone christmas party!!

limited capacity is the only thing…sure buy it anyway even if you cant make it in!!

Look thats the sceal with it….the launch shows in Coughlans are a three piece…Mick is doing an instore in the shop the following day sat the 6th of July at 1 o’clock also.

The album is an absolute cracker…here’s the latest single…https://youtu.be/DYUQA0_vZgY


Loads more where this came from..could be the best 20 quid you spend all year.


Hope to see ye on the 5th or the 6th…sound!!

Above was meant to be the midweek special i promised….i never got it written!!


PIAS for the 31st of May have a LISA HANNIGAN + STARGAZE (contemporary-classical orchestra) Live album…from the National Concert Hall in Dublin, available on Play It Again Sam as a 2LP or CD release.


PIAS also have a new album by PIP BLOOM ‘bout’ on Heavenly and there is also a new LEE SCRATCH PERRY album ‘Rainford’ on CD, LP or Indies-only gold LP.


Lastly PIAS have a deluxe version of ‘Drokk’ music inspired by mega city one on Invada Records…music here composed by GEOFF BARROW and BEN SALISBURY.


Republic of Music for the 31st of May have a new GANG OF FOUR album called ‘Happy Now’…indies-only splattered orange vinyl…vinyl only release as far as I know…well no sign of CD thus far anyway…I’m not a big fan of CD only or Vinyl only or cassette only for that matter…

We are physical retailers…choosing one format and not doing a CD release only fragments and disenchants people I feel…we are trying to make people feel enchanted!!


A STATUS QUO reissue of hits package on LP also ‘12 Gold Bars’ .


The Orchard for the 31st of May have SKEPTA ‘Ignorance is Bliss’ CD release as well as a GLENN HUGHES official bootleg boxset Volume 2, 6 CD set.

Proper for the 31st of May have a few nice releases….new album by DARK THRONE on Peaceville ‘Old Star’ on CD or LP.

Also there’s a FRANK TURNER ‘Poetry of the Dead’ 10th Anniversary Indies-only coloured vinyl release and a rake of (as we would say in Cork) PLACEBO LP reissues now on Elevator Lady Records . So we will have the self-titled album, plus ‘Without You I’m Nothing’, ‘Black Market Music’, ‘Sleeping with Ghosts’, ‘Meds’, ‘Battle for the Sun’ and ‘Loud Like Love’…all of these are ok money, either 20 or €22.


Sony for the 31st of May have the next two in the DEPECHE MODE 12” singles boxsets….this time we have BLACK CELEBRATION with 5 12” s in its set….we can 100 euro best price job on it ( i know im always banging on with best price jobs and caps and all that malarkey and i suppose it is an ad, this newsletter malarkey that is…maybe too much so…but look i fight for some of these best price jobs to try and give as good a price as i can….i apologise for shaking the box in front of ye to often……im sure ye see it for what it is…no interest…drift over it …interested….great)

Anyway the second MODE box is MUSIC FOR THE MASSES….7 pieces of 12” vinylin that set…115 best price job on it.

Sony also have the vinyl release of the new KHALID album “ free spirit” for the 31st of May.


Warner for the 31st of May have an ASH 7” SINGLES BOXSET from 94 to 2004 as well as an EMERSON , LAKE, PALMER 4 LP boxset and a HOOTIE AND THE BLOWFISH 25TH anniversary of cracked rear view as a 3cd/dvd.

The big one from Warner for the 31st is the new RICHARD HAWLEY album “ FURTHER” on CD, LP or INDIES only orange LP and they also have THE STREETS reissue of “ everything is borrowed” as well as a new album by VADER.

Lastly from Warner is a VENOM compilation as a 2 cd or a 2 lp job…or a 9 lp boxset…its called in nomine satanas.


On the local scene, we have a good in-store gig coming up….CLARE SANDS will be releasing her new EP, ‘The Basement Sessions’ on Saturday the 8th of June at 1pm. Talented girl, well worth a look.


Described by RTÉ Lyric FM as an ‘exceptional talent’, and Hot Press as ‘a passionate and alluring unique force in Irish music’, Clare Sands is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, performer, and songwriter hailing from the vibrant musical city of Cork. ‘She is the most eclectic performer on the Irish scene to date’ – RTE Radio 1.

Gracing a fender strat guitar in one hand and electric violin in the other, Sands, a Boss/Roland and Yamaha endorsed artist, has a unique ability to to create eclectic, energetic, heartfelt, soulful music with an Irish traditional twist.

Having played her biggest show to date last summer, Liverpool’s Feis alongside Irish legends Imelda May and Shane McGowan to 15,000 people, Sands has been touring around the world since a young age, both as a solo artist and accomplished violinist/guitarist with Jack L, Hothouse Flowers, SON, Luka Bloom, Mundy, and other highly acclaimed artists, performing sold-out dates at the INEC, Cork Opera House, Electric Picnic, and The National Concert Hall, to name a few.

Along her musical path, Sands met legendary guitarist and producer, Jimmy Smyth (Van Morrison, Mary Coughlan, Chaka Khan) and released ‘Dance x3!’  It was met with critical acclaim; holding position at No 1 in the Irish Airplay Charts for over two months, it received excellent reviews by BBC, RTE, The Irish Times – it’s ‘a celebration of groove and Motown songcraft’ – Nialler 9

Sands is currently gearing up to release her live EP ‘The Basement Sessions’ due out June 13th 2019, recorded live in her Cork City basement due out this summer. The first three tracks and accompanying live videos from the record have received widespread recognition, with 40,000 views, national & international airplay, and phenomenal press reviews ‘magical & moving, powerful yet delicate, ephemeral & ethereal, yet durable’ – The Irish Times.


Sin e for this weeks folks,

Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabairt



More Bowie On The Way,  A Kate Bush Picture Disc, and A Word Used Sparingly On These Pages

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is good out there… Not a great start for the Rebel County in the auld hurling… Dodgy ground now.. Will be tough to come out of Limerick with anything and then have to win the last two to stay alive… Dodgy ground..
Anyway it’s a music blog and not a hurling / sport blog.. Releases today in the siopa include by THE NATIONAL (on a sweat all week with this one… dribs and drabs being invoiced out.. No CD by Wednesday night had shipped.. Biggest summer release maybe and delays all over the shop… 3PM Thursday not one copy of the album in the shop)… But it’s a belter to be fair.. If your format is slightly delayed, fear not they are all on the way… PIAS also have the new INTERPOL EP today… We also have new releases by RAMMSTEIN (delayed..), LEWIS CAPALDI, DAVID BOWIE, POSSESSED, A.A. BONY, a TRAFFIC boxset, WHITESNAKE, and reissues by P!NK

New release video up now here!

Right so for releases for the 24th of May… Warner have the afore mentioned KATE BUSH picture disc we hawked to ye last week… My price was slightly out of whack but lok we won’t starve like so €23 best price pre-order still stands!!

Warner will als have the 45th Anniversary release of BOWIE’s “Diamond Dogs”.. It’s on a limited red vinyl and is limited to independent record stores only… I don’t think it’s available online either.. Physical stores only I think… Will Check.. You win some, you lose some with this kind of stuff.. Direct To Consumer (DTC) versus indie shop only releases… Who calls these things?? The Band?? Management?? Record Company??…

Warner for the 25th also have the latest release from the MOZ man, “California Sun” on RSD Store Sky Blue vinyl (probably in honour of ye Bob..!!!), as well as CD.. It’s a covers album and includes guests like BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG, MAVIS STAPLES, and ED DROOST of Grizzly Bear… The couple I heard sound really good… Warner lastly have a new album by THE STRAY CATS on CD, Deluxe CD or indies only LP..

Don’t forget the smashing new PALE record is out on the 24th also… Here’s a link to it..

PIAS for the 24th of May have the new album by FLAMING LOTUS “FLAMAGRA” on CD, Deluxe 2LP or standard 2LP… It’s available on Warp Records and there is a host of big name guests on it.. The last record was very popular if you like your experimental electronica tinged with hip-hop… I think John Coltrane is in his bloodline or else Alice.. Not bad I suppose…

PIAS also have a couple of JOAN AS POLICEWOMAN next Friday the 24th also.. There is a “Live At The BBC” indies only LP and also “Joanthology”.. A 3CD best of more or less with the disc 3 being the Live at the BBC on CD.. PIAS also have a BLANCMANGE vinyl boxset of their first 3 albums as a 6LP set… So the three original albums plus bonus discs of B-Sides, extended versions and remixes.. Lastly from PIAS for the 24th of May is the debut album from WILD BEAST front man HAYDEN THORPE…

Universal for the 24th of May have the soundtrack to “Rocket Man” the ELTON JOHN story on CD only for now… They also have a new STING release “My Songs” which are reworking or reinterpretations of his greatest hits.. That’s out as CD, deluxe CD or GF DLP… Not out till June 7th for vinyl now…

Limerick three piece WHENYOUNG release their debut album “Reasons To Dream” on Virgin / EMI next Friday also.. Some fine tunes.. Here is one..

Universal also have a reissue of JANET JACKSON’s “Control” album next Friday… LP not until 7th of June though, and also a reissue of TEARS FOR FEAR’s “The Hurting” on LP…

Universal finally have the LP release of the new DERVISH album “Great Irish Songbook” and some STEVE MILLER BAND LP reissues a plenty..

Sony for the 24th of May have a PRIMAL SCREAM Greatest Hits Compilation “Maximum Rock N’ Roll : The Singles” as a 2CD or two separate vinyl (unfortunate, that really) Volume 1 and Volume 2.. Sony also have a TOTO CD Boxset called “All In”.

A Really nice release which could even be in the shop today (it is!!) is the new album by COLM MAC CON IOMAIRE “The River Holds It’s Breath – Tost Ar An Abhainn”.. His third solo album now from The Frames and Kila member… The last album was excellent!!

The Orchard for the 24th of May have the new album by THE WATERBOYS “Where The Action Is” via Cooking Vinyl.. Judging from some of the lyrics from the last album Mike knows where the action is alright… Only Slagging!! The last album was a great record I thought… I still play it from time to time… Saw them in the City Hall 1989 I think it was, only a slip of a lad.. Looking forward to this one…

The Orchard also have the new CATE LE BON album “Reward” on CD, or indies only red LP, as well as a reissue of THE FALL “Dragnet” LP and 7”, black and white splatter vinyl on this one…

Shellshock for the 24th of May have a PINK FLOYD “Transmission” CDs from Radio Broadcasts from 67/68…

Tis seldom we do a mid week newsletter but there will be a one pager on Tuesday evening about something we are excited, passionate and delighted to be involved with.. I have been listening to an album for the last week now at least once a day, somedays twice… It’s an album that forces the listener to listen to it and I don’t want it to finish.. It is in my opinion a masterpiece but I can’t tell you anymore until Tuesday… I have used that word sparingly on these pages.. “Excellent”, “great listen” used a lot.. A week into this and in my opinion it’s a masterpiece.. Till Tuesday folks..
Sin é for this week,
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt

Sorry forgot…. To take my cap out this week..
Springsteen Best Price pre order jobs on the site now for the new album..
Indies only LP €30
Standard LP €26
CD €13..
Out June 14th, indies only is the one will be so so stock wise..
Here’s the new single!

Slán and thanks

Two Bowie Releases, A RSD Store Exclusive Kate Bush 12” Picture Disc, And A Special Birthday

Hi Everyone,
Hope the form is good with ye..
Releases in the shop this week include the new MOZ 7” single, the new album by MAC DEMARCO, new one also by EMPLOYED TO SERVE, reissues by ROBERT GLASPER, HERBIE HANCOCK, ONCE O.S.T ON Limited Clear Vinyl, BIG COUNTRY’s expanded edition of “The Crossing”, ROBERT CRAY “Collected” on limited coloured vinyl, “Natural Born Killers” OST 25th Anniversary coloured vinyl, MATTHEW SWEET, ALLMAN BROTHERS and PETER GREEN., again all three of them MOV coloured LPs

Video up as always here to watch!

Moving onto releases for the 17th of May we have a really big release with the 8th studio album from THE NATIONAL.. I have wrote on these pages, numerous times in the past now at this stage, about who are the biggest band born this century… Born now lads I said before ye are on me!.. These boys have to be close to that title surely?.. Other than that I don’t know who.. I personally might edge the title THE NATIONAL’s way.. I have heard this album a couple of times (perks of the job, starting to receive listening links in advance.. nice one!!), and it’s going to be excellent… Plenty of female guests on it and plenty of strings and orchestration… We have hit ye with the formats and prices a few times already but here they are once more.. All up on site now through the title links as well to pre-order online

Deluxe 3LP set :
Pressed on red / grey / yellow 140s vinyl set in tri-fold jacket with printed innersleeves, 24 page booklet and 24” x 24” poster folder housed in printed plastic sleeve.  Side 5 on the 3LP edition contains 22 minutes of music from the ‘I Am Easy To Find’ Original Film Score – exclusive to this format. Side 6 on the 3LP is an etching.. €46 best price pre-order.

Standard 2LP
Pressed on black vinyl.. €32 best price pre-order

Independent Retailer 2LP Vinyl :
Pressed on clear 2LP €40 best price pre-order

CD : 
€15 best price pre-order

The album is called “I Am Easy To Find”, just like the album will be next Friday the 17th..

PIAS also have for the 17th of May a new INTERPOL EP “A Fine Mess” on Matador on CD or LP, and lastly PIAS have CLINT MANSELL “Out Of The Blue” on Invada…

Universal for the 17th of May have the new album by RAMMSTEIN, self titled on Spinefarm Records, so a couple of formats here including CD Digi, Deluxe Digi and a Gatefold DLP.
Universal also have a RONNIE LANE “Just For A Moment” as limited 6CD, 2LP or 1CD and lastly a TRAFFIC LP Boxset, The Studio Albums 67-74..

As I am on Universal.. May as well get my cap out for this week, sure it’s turning into a weekly happy now, bringing out the cap that is… Anyway, Universal for the 31st of may have a RORY GALLAGHER new release, a collection of rare and unreleased recordings.. Available to us on three formats.. 1CD, 3CD or 2LP.. We are going to do a best price job on pre-orders here… The 1CD at €13, the 3CD at €20, and the 2LP format at €27.. These are pre-order best price jobs lads, hit us back if interested.. Fill that cap!! Swallow your cap be more in your line Raymond..

Sony for the 17th of May have a 2LP reissue of P!NK’s I’m Not Dead”

The Orchard for the 17th of May have the new FULL OF HELL album on Relapse Records…

Warner for the 17th of May have the next in the series of the BOWIE 40th Anniversary Picture Disc 7”s, this time it’s “Boy’s Keep Swinging” from the Lodger album..

Warner also have BOWIE’s “Clareville Grove Demos” 3×7” vinyl box..

Following on from Spying Through A Keyhole, in early 1969 at his flat in Clareville Grove, London, David Bowie with John ‘Hutch’ Hutchinson continued to demo ‘Space Oddity’ and other tracks.
This live demo tape session is set for release as a 7″ vinyl singles box set of six home demos, four of which are previously unreleased recordings, Clareville Grove Demos will be released on 17th May 2019.
As with the Spying Through A Keyhole vinyl singles box set, the design of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels with cover and print photos by David’s then manager Ken Pitt taken in the Clareville Grove flat. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 r.p.m.
Due to the nature of some of the solo home demos where Bowie accompanied himself on acoustic guitar, the recording quality isn’t always of a usual studio fidelity. This is partly due to David’s enthusiastic strumming hitting the red on a couple of the tracks, along with the limitations of the original recording equipment and tape degradation. However, the historical importance of these songs and the fact that the selections are from an archive of tracks cleared for release by Bowie, overrides this shortcoming.

Warner also for the 17th of May have the new album by THE HEAVY on BMG, the album is called “Sons” and there is an indies only exclusive LP with a bonus 7″.. We can do best price job at €22 on this… And lastly there is a new BRAD MEHLDAU on CD and LP

Warner also have a very limited KATE BUSH 12” Picture Disc coming up on the 24th of May… 4 Tracks… We have one order only on this title, it is for RSD Stores only.. Best price job on pre-orders of €23.. They won’t last long i’d say..

KATE BUSH – “CLOUDBURSTING” 12” PICTURE DISC. RECORD STORE DAY STORES EXCLUSIVE RELEASE. 4 track picture disc single from the rarities release ‘The Other Sides’

 Side One:
Cloudbusting 12” mix
Under the Ivy
 Side Two:
Rocket Man
Warm and Soothing

MOV for the 17th of May have two nice releases… LYNYRD SKYNYRD “Collected” comes out on 3LP Coloured vinyl, and there is a reissue of PRISCILLA : QUEEN OF THE DESERT SOUNDTRACK, again on coloured vinyl..

Here’s THE PALE single that I promised from last week.. Cracking album, jumps between genres and styles with some fine lyrics

Some football during the week wasn’t there… Unbelievable stuff and some serious stuff starts Sunday on the hurling fields also.. Champions league semi finals and championship hurling.. Summer’s here!! The shop turned 18 years last Wednesday and it’s still vivid, I was only a pup really… Leeds were in the Champions League semi final at the time with David O Leary’s team of young pups.. Bridget Jone’s Diary OST was top of the charts… Sony Cat was delayed and first potential customer was looking for AC/DC CDs, none in stock.. Schoolboy error by a schoolboy.. Actually not my fault, stock was delayed.. I’m still telling the same auld yarns (probably be saying it tomorrow with the new Whitesnake album courtesy of my new pals in The Orchard.. again).. But I could have cried to be honest.. Thought i might never see a customer ever again.. Finished that Tuesday the 8th of May, the day after the bank holiday with 606 Punts in the till.. This yacht might float after all.. We wouldn’t do it now to be honest on a Tuesday (or rarely do anyway), but we are still floating… Anyway

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

Return of the Smiling Assassin and the Dumb Paddy,  A New One Direct From The Pale, And Our Fontaines D.C. Prize Draw!

Hi Everyone,
How’s the form this evening??
Summer is here.. Stock take time in the Musiczone.ie Tape and Record Emporium..

Releases in the siopa this week include the new one by VAMPIRE WEEKEND, as well as new albums by BIG THIEF, LITTLE STEVEN, AMON AMARTH, ARIANA GRANDE, LAMB, NEWTON FAULKNER, , a new NATIONAL 7” and reissues by EDITORS, and PROTOMARTYR.

Video up here now for the visuals! We also have done our first ever live draw… Winners of the Fontaines D.C. draw done live on video… So give it a watch and see if you’ve won!!

Right so moving on to releases for Friday the 10th of May… Not a blistering day to be honest but there are some fine releases coming up in the next month or 6 weeks.. But first the 10th of May. Universal have the new MAC DEMARCO record “Here Comes The Cowboy” on CD, standard LP or indies only LP.. His fourth record, and his first distributed by a major… It’s on his own label with a major doing the distro on it..

Universal also have new albums by HOWARD JONES and UNEMPLOYED TO SERVE, as well as LP reissues on Bluenote of HERBIE HANCOCK‘s debut LP “Takin Off” and a 2LP reissue of ROBERT GLASPER “Canvas”..

PIAS for the 10th of May have a new album by HOLLY HERNDON and a STILL CORNERS reissue of “Strange Pleasures” on Indies Only LP…

Slight cap coming out of the arse pocket here again… There’s a BOB DYLAN bootleg release coming on the 7th of June… Well there is an issue with the CD stock (not the LP stock) and most of the Rolling Thunder Revue 1975 Live Recordings 14CD boxsets have been eaten up already on pre-orders via Sony and not a whole pile are left now to go to retail.. Hence the words here about it.. Not a sales pitch!!.. My guy is sound and is telling me as it is.. I am getting some but I need to let him know ASAP.. So best price job on the 14CD set is €70… They are going to be tight folks so let me know if you want one ASAP please… The 3LP vinyl of it we can do at €70 best price job as well if interested… I see the vinyl is available on Amazon but the CD set is currently unavailable with the note we don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock… So there is no bolloxology here.. They are scarce (until) they do another run… (Raymond you smiling assassin you).. So email us if you want one.. (No talk of a second run btw)..

Sony for the 10th of May have a JIMI HENDRIX “Live at Woodstock” CD release also

CARGO for the 10th of May have the new SLEAFORD MODS 7” single release..

The Orchard for the 10th of May have the new WHITESNAKE album “Flesh And Blood” on 3 formats via Musiczone.ie.. CD/DVD, 2LP or Deluxe Boxset. Also out is the much heralded new A.A. Bondy record on CD and indies only LP.. While i’m on the subject of the Orchard again (you know my besties from a few weeks back.. The dumb Paddy sketch… Well the JOSH RITTER album never landed with us on the 26th… It was never keyed in the UK by someone or human error.. Thats okay, these things happen, I can live with that… It makes me look like a dumb Paddy to my customers but someone along the chain dropped the ball.. It happens, it’s in today, a couple of lost sales.. Most lads will come back.. But they (the Orchard) did commit a greater crime this past week with the new Alan Parsons Project CD release… I am on a UK Indie shop retailer Facebook Group.. A good few hundred on it.. (A Really well known record shop owner in the UK got kicked off it this past week for being an abusive, condescending knob on it towards another record shop owner… Good riddance too.. I say.. Anyway, on this group lads and ladies are asking about the Parsons CD via the Orchard… Cuts they were told.. Delays they were told.. No one got stock.. It charted at 38 in the physical charts.. How can that be when no one got stock?? It transpired that Amazon got all the stock.. Full stop.. From (our friends) at the Orchard.. We / Us as indie specialist retailers are pissing against the wind if that’s the attitude.. Maybe it’s not just dumb Paddy after all…

Warner for the 10th of May have the new Moz 7” single “Wedding Bell Blues” on clear yellow vinyl as well as the debut record by (well under this moniker anyway) SAMMY HAGAR and The Circle…

Warner have some nice price jazz LP reissues by CHET BAKER, NAT KING COLE, OSCAR PETERSEON, STAN GETZ and THELONIUS MONK..
New CDs also by MAVIS STAPLES and ENSLAVED, and lastly a reissue of FRANK SINATRA’s “I’ve Got You Under My Skin” on LP…

Last couple of bits so for this week, kinda the local scene, THE PALE were in touch during the week and they have a new record out on the 24th of May and they are self releasing it.. No record company and no distribution… So they are getting into select shops around the country… Like your own little indie record shop here… Dear share holders, the LP will be €20..  I have heard it all and it’s excellent.. Really it is excellent.. Hit us back if you want a copy..

Lastly so.. Lads that THE SHAKER HYMN E.P “The Shape Of The Sea” is an absolute cracker… How the lads aren’t bigger is astonishing (well, nothing in this industry would astonish me now I think).. I love love the new 5 tracks… Just mentioning it again is all cos I like it so much.. Give it a listen here sure

Sin é for this week
My cap is even getting tired
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt

Vampire Weekend Make Their Return, A Special Fontaines D.C. Competition and The Industry’s Royalty Rates

Hi everyone,

Hope all is well out there and we all enjoyed the Easter Bunny… Crikey the year is flying… Sailing season soon…


Video up here again this week, give it a watch and share for us!

Right so moving on to releases for the 3rd of May we have a few nice releases via Sony… First up is the new VAMPIRE WEEKEND album called “Father Of The Bride”.. It’s available as a CD, standard black vinyl, and an indies only coloured LP.. Major label debut… Although they were on Bella Union or someone major enough before this I feel.. Sounds sweet to be fair… Sony also have the album by AMON AMARTH “Berserker” on CD, 2LP or a super duper boxset thingy…

Universal for the 3rd of May have the LEWIS CAPALDI album release “Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent” it is called and it’s on CD, standard black LP, or on the 17th of May a high street only red vinyl.. Lots of British press and DJ’s believe in this dude.. Here’s a link to the song from the new record

Universal have  new LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY CD with a bonus disc of Greatest Hits thrown in for good measure.. Uni also have the new album by LITTLE STEVENS AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL.. “Summer of Sorcery” it’s called on CD, or 2LP.. Lastly from Universal for the 3rd of May is the release (first time release may I add) of the ARIANA GRANDE album “Thank U, Next!”.. It’s a DLP gatefold with white inner bags..

Warner for the 3rd of May has the new RHIANNON GIDDENS CD on Nonesuch Records, as well as IN FLAMES “I, The Mask” on 2LP Picture Disc vinyl

ROM for the 3rd of May have the new STONE FOUNDATION 7”..

PIAS arguably for the 3rd of May have the biggest release of the weekend with the BIG THIEF new album “U.F.O.F” on 4AD… It will be available on CD, standard LP and indies only coloured LP… Single LP.. It could be a cracker i’d say.. Indies only single LP is €22 via 4AD.. Decent value.. Begs the céist I’m afraid why oh why is the NATIONAL record on 4AD two weeks later €45 for an indies only (now double LP granted so would cost more).. I suppose royalty rates is the only good reason I can think of for that price difference… Cos it’s a massive difference.. So look maybe the National boys demanded more from the sale of the record (they are entitled to that.. if that is the case) but if it is not the case then it’s simply cash cowing and that’s a shame… The reason it hints at a cash cow for me is standard 2LP is €32 and indie as only 2LP is €40… No big problem with 3LP one as it looks sweet an there are extras on it.. But a €8 retail difference cause of colour??? I make my point again… 20 x €32’s is better than 10 x €40’s… Royalty wise and every other wise… It’s one i’ve trouble getting my head around.. Maybe the powers that be in these record companies have their market research done on these releases and it tells them that the price is not a factor… I for one (for ye’r market research purposes like) will tell ye that on the front line here in the shop floor, price is a huge factor.. Anyway look it is what it is…

Here is the info on The National record which is out May 17th..
I Am Easy To Find’ is the band’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s Grammy Award- winning release ‘Sleep Well Beast’. A companion short film with the same name will also be released with music by The National and inspired by the album. The film was directed by Academy Award- nominated director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners) and stars Academy Award-Winner Alicia Vikander. Mills, along with the band, is credited as co-producer of the album, which was mostly recorded at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY with additional sessions in Paris, Berlin, Cincinnati, Austin, Dublin, Brooklyn and more far flung locations.
The album features vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth
Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more.
As the album’s opening track ‘You Had Your Soul With You’ unfurls it’s so far, so National: a digitally manipulated guitar line, skittering drums, Berninger’s familiar baritone, mounting tension. Then around the 2:15 mark, the true nature of ‘I Am Easy To Find’ announces itself: The racket subsides, strings swell and the voice of long-time David Bowie bandmate Gail Ann Dorsey booms out – not as background vocals, not as a hook but to take over the song. Elsewhere it’s Irish singer songwriter Lisa Hannigan, or Sharon Van Etten, or Mina Tindle or Kate Stables of This Is The Kit, or varying combinations of them. Also, The Brooklyn Youth Choir, whom Bryce Dessner had worked with before. There are choral arrangements and strings on nearly every track, largely put together by Bryce in Paris – not a negation
of the band’s dramatic tendencies but a redistribution of them. “Yes, there are a lot of women singing on this, but it wasn’t because, ‘Oh, let’s have more women’s voices,’” says Berninger. “It was more, ‘Let’s have more of a fabric of people’s identities.’ It would have been better to have had other male singers but my ego wouldn’t let that happen.”
Formats :
Deluxe 3LP set pressed on red / grey / yellow 140s vinyl set in tri-fold jacket with printed innersleeves, 24 page booklet and 24” x 24” poster folder housed in printed plastic sleeve.  Side 5 on the 3LP edition contains 22 minutes of music from the ‘I Am Easy To Find’ Original Film Score – exclusive to this format. Side 6 on the 3LP is an etching.. €46 best price pre-order.
Standard 2LP pressed on black vinyl.. €32 best price pre-order
Independent Retailer pressed on clear 2LP €40 best price pre-order
CD.. €15 best price pre-order

PIAS for the 3rd of May also have an indies only reissue of the debut PROTOMARTYR record “No Passion, All Technique”.. A few lads coming in here to us swear by this band and would say they are the best band around at the moment.. I’m going to investigate… We can investigate together.. Here’s a link

Lastly PIAS for the 3rd of May have EDITORS “The Blanck Mass Sessions”.. A reissue.. Not the RSD one, a Standard Black vinyl one!..

Proper for the 3rd of may have the 3rd album by FRANK CARTER AND THE RATTLESNAKES called “End Of Suffering”, indies only green LP with this one.. Proper also have new albums by RICHARD BARBIERI, and also THE FELICE BROTHERS, as well as reissues by GONG “Angles Egg” and “You”.. Lastly from Proper is a DLP “Best Of” of PETER GREEN SPLINTER GROUP,  2CD also available on that…

Music On Vinyl for the 3rd of May have a reissue of the NATURAL BORN KILLERS 25th Anniversary Edition of the soundtrack.. 2K of them on green vinyl, also out is the OST to ONCE, this time 3K on transparent vinyl.

Bit of good news for you competition lovers here… Around RSD we were due a present from FONTAINES D.C… The following Monday we got a package from the lads with 3 signed prints of the album cover.. I kept meaning to do something with them, so any person who has bought the LP or CD off us, or is intending to buy the LP or CD off us, we will enter your name to the hat.. So if you have already or want to pick up the album, shout at us… We have the list still of everyone who pre-ordered with us still..

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

A Sincere RSD Thank You, The National Pre-Order Cap Is Out, and No Irish Need Apply

Hi Everyone,
How’s the form?… Listen i’m going to start with RSD I suppose… Huge huge and sincere thanks to all of ye for celebrating our survival day… Ye’r terrific in fairness. About 5% back on last year but still three solid week’s business in one day (and not a whole pile of stock left over) so overall a great day… I feel the atmosphere is so unique on the day so thanks to each and everyone one of ye who parted with their cash on the day to support what we do… Thank you

Thanks also to Bobby and Shane for being my arms and putting up with my grumpiness at times.. Top men as always…

Thanks a million to Tim our video man.. Time works the video nearly all day long.. 7:30 – 5 in fact then goes and edits it.. And produces it.. Again for a handful of records.. Top man again.. Doing it for the cause also.. It would not be done if Tim wasn’t involved.. So thanks kid (anyone looking, or sons or daughters of yers looking for a video man.. you will not go wrong with Tim)..

Thanks a million to Bartosz and his team here at Douglas Village.. Its a big event and i’m always asking for this that and the other, and the answer is more or less always YES… You can’t ask for more than that.. Top man

The day wouldn’t be the same without the musicians that graced our stage for us (all for a bottle of water and a record of their choice.. And a bit of promo in the centre, on the radio and on the auld social media malarkey)..

The Alkove kick us off and they brought so much fun to the event.. They were perfect as openers, good tunes and great fun, the had the place bopping
The Shaker Hymn were up next.. I have mentioned these boys numerous times in the past, cracking little band, serious good tunes.. I have their new EP on repeat in the car stereo for two weeks.. It gets better lads every day… Quality songs.. 5 of them for €5.. Where would you get it.. Quality, original, independent, Irish music for a fiver… How much is a cup of coffee these days??
Ian Whitty and the Exchange were up next and the lads put on a great performance.. Top songs by top lads.. Firm favourites here with us…
Gavin James was up next and although he did not perform as his voice was gone, he still turned up and smiled, photographed and autographed for nearly an hour.. A Lot more would have rang up and said no can do, but in fairness he showed up.. Fair play..
Next up Marc O’ Reilly and wow he blew me away.. I thought he was just phenomenal, crikey so talented.. Tremendous stuff.. Only saw Marc live once before but i’ll be seeing him a lot more in the future..
Gerald Ahern and his band were next, a late edition to RSD but they had some tunes and played really well.. Gerald has progressed a lot musically in the last few years…
Next up were The Grunts and I for one loved it.. The lads are sound, and were really tight.. Good tunes, old style rock n’ roll, punchy vibe going on… They have a song something along the lines of “The Man Who Stalked You Is Now The President” and man they nailed it on the day.. Well worth catching it when Tim has the video done…
Last but not least was Sara Ryan who gave a really lovely performance.. It was late in the day at this stage, maybe half 4 but there was still 20 or so people stayed for the performance.. You couldn’t hear a pin drop.. Chatting to Sara after and she commented on it.. She said it was scary because she knew people were really listening to her.. So bul a bos to ye folks and major bul a bos to all the musicians who perform,ed for us on the day.. Ye guys really help make it so special..


Video up this week here for you!

Moving on to releases for 26th of April.. Sorry CRANBERRIES is out that day.. I may have billed it for the 19th last week.. Head swimming.. It’s the 26th for the final CRANBERRIES album…

Sony for the 26th of April have the P!NK album on CD only for now.. Great pop act i.m.o. New albums is called Hurts 2B Human.. Sony also have PRINCE “Ultimate Rave” on CD.DVD and a PRINCE 2LP reissues of “Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic”, one is a remix album of the other..

The Orchard for the 26th (ahhhhh the Orchard).. I promised ye a slap off them… A deserved slap.. Here was the story with my RSD order.. Stock ordered.. Stock allocated.. Good fill.. No major cuts.. Keyed to my account.. No issues.. So i’m saying ship it.. Not shipping.. ship it.. Not shipping.. Everyday that passes, my stock is depleting.. Jim in Dorset wants on of them.. Bob in Norfolk needs on of those.. Réamann is Sister Rays needs one of those… Until My stock was gone.. “Take it from Paddy’s box”.. “Sure it’s only dumb Paddy”.. It smelled with “No Irish need apply” be honest… Got 5 unites of Orchard RSD Stock on Monday the 15th of April.. 2 Days after the event.. Apologies to those who were let down.. Sin an scéal…

The Orchard have the new JOSH RITTER album for the 26th of April “Fever Breaks” on CD, LP and indies only LP… New LAMB album also “Secret of Letting Go” on CD and LP..

Universal for the 26th of April have the new album by CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN.. “The Balance” on Island records, available as CD and LP.. Uni also have Bear’s Den new record on Communion Records, and there is the CD release of the MARVIN GAYE lost album “You’re the Man”.. Universal also have the first posthumous release from J.J CALE called “Stay Around on Because Music.. This comes as a 2LP/CD set.. Not bad money maybe €30.. “Roll On” by Cale gets a reissue also CD/LP for €25.. Universal also have some LP reissues by JAMES BROWN of “Motherlode” and the O.S.T to “Black Caesar” also…

Nice MOODY BLUES “Live at the BBC” release as a 3LP, first time on vinyl and it’s a limited numbered coloured edition.. “The Great Adventures of Slick Rick” gets a reissue and there are cassette reissues of all BJORK albums..

OK so, new THE NATIONAL album out on the 17th of May.. Time to take the auld cap out of the arse pocket again.. You’re some man Raymond boy… How many weeks business on Saturday… Well Kanye’s got this new feature on his yacht.. Anyway don’t want to bore ye with that… Pricing not outstanding here from 4AD.. Four physical formats available to me… Best price jobs are €15 for the CD, Standard 2LP is €32 and Deluxe 3LP is €46,  and the indies only coloured 2LP version is €40.. I have queried this one’s price with 4AD and how limited a press it is… Anyway they are the best prices we can do folks so if interested… Here’s the info on the triple one…
5th side contains 22 minutes of music from the I Am Easy To Find Original Film Score – Exclusive to this format – etching on the 6th side – Tri-fold LP jacket – 3 printed innersleeves – 24 page booklet – 24” x 24” poster folder – housed in printed plastic sleeve.
It’s a piece of art really I suppose.. 16 tracks and an extra 22 minutes…

PIAS for next week have the new SOAK album “Grim Town” after Choice winning and Mercury nominated debut album, out via Rough Trade on CD, DLP and indies only DLP with 7”.. KEVIN MORBY has a new album out via Dead Oceans on CD, Cassette and indies only 2LP, and also out is the new ALDOUS HARDING album “Designer”, out on CD, LP or indies only LP.. I like that “The Barrel” tune..

KING GIZZARD the Aussie psychedelic 7 piece have a new album out next week called “Fishing For Fishies”, and there is a ROLLING BLACKOUTS new 7” single released for Indie shops only..

MOV for the 26th have MATTHEW SWEET “Altered Beast” blue vinyl, 1k only.. ROBERT CRAY gets the “Collected” 2LP treatment on red vinyl, 2k worldwide only… ALLMAN BROTHERS “Where It All Begins”, 11th album reissued on 2k blue vinyl.. PETER GREEN’s “Little Dreamer” is out as on orange and yellow vinyl, 750 worldwide… BIG COUNTRY “The Crossing”, debut album reissued with 4 bonus tracks, and MILES DAVIS “Miles In The Sky”.. Finally from MOV is a nice one, with IAN BROWN‘s “Monkey Business” reissued on vinyl..

WARNER for the 26th have the final CRANBERRIES album as mentioned earlier, on CD, Deluxe CD, Std LP and Indies only LP.. “All Over Now” is a fine tune, Stephen Street on production duties again..
Warner also have CORMAC NEESON‘s (lead singer with THE ANSWER) debut solo album “White Feather”.. Take a listen to single “Broken Wing”, lovely song.. Big departure, almost a country / Neil Young feel to it… CD Only for now..

Warner also have a new ENFORCER album on CD and LP, GEORGE BENSON’s “Walking To New Orleans” on Provogue CD, LP or indies only LP.. Keifer Sutherland has a new album, there are some KREATOR reissues, and MARINA (Without the Diamonds) has a new album with “Love + Fear” as a 2LP or CD on Atlantic… There is a Trojan “Monkey Business – Definitive Skinhead Reggae Collection” out as a 2LP, some NAZARETH LP reissues and a new ROB THOMAS album on CD…

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

Record Store Day, A Special Video, and ALL TVVINS Live In-Store

Hi everyone

It’s a one pager this week i’m sure ye’r thrilled to hear that anyway!..
Loads of new releases on the walls this week.. FONTAINES D.C., GLEN HANSARD, WALKING ON CARS, ALL TVVINS, CHEMICAL BROTHERS, DERVISH, PET SHOP BOYS.. And loads and loads of RSD stock to go on the Raymond’s left hand wall (as Raymond looks at it, ye’r right) and also a bay or two of RSD Stock in the middle of the floor…

Video up this week again.. Bit of a special one this week.. Not many new releases in it.. Just a sneak preview of Record Store Day release wall to get you excited for tomorrow morning!!

Just going to rattle off releases for the 19th of April..

CRANBERRIES last ever album (indies only), and also new albums by LOYLE CARNER, DRUG DEALER, NOUVELLE VAGUE, GANG OF 4, CAGE THE ELEPHANT, FAT WHITE FAMILY and GRAND MAGUS… Reissues on the 19th by ELBOW, BLIND FAITH, CARNAGE, STEVIE NICKS, ROY HARPER, SCISSOR SISTERS, SKELETON WITCH, ALTERBRIDGE and STATUS QUO… Lastly a new STONES compilation out “Honk” to pay for Mick’s op..

Bad news on one front folks… Going to be a rant next week so gonna keep it short here.. Don’t want to spoil it.. Really p*ssed off… Left down and not getting stock from The Orchard.. I’m really sorry.. Very very disappointed..
We will have none of the following.. The Fall “Imperial Wax Solvent”,  Otis Redding / Booker T, Tangerine Dream… I’m really sorry.
We pushed and we pushed for our order in the last 2 weeks, so we are getting a couple of copies of the following titles, but they won’t land in with us until Monday and won’t have many.. These titles are Roy Ayers, Al Green Singles Box, The Residence, Townes Van Zandt..
We will fill in more on this next week…

And finally for this week again folks, delighted to welcome back the brilliant ALL TVVINS back to the shop this coming Tuesday, April at 1PM to sing, and sign their cracking new album “Just To Exist”. Had it blasting all day and sounding great again.. If you can’t make it give us a heads up if you want a copy of the LP or CD signed.. If you can make it in we’d love to see ya!

Sin é for this week..
Hope you can pop in over the weekend to say hello

Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Music Zone

RSD Only 8 Sleeps Away, A Savage Week Of Irish Releases, And ALL TVVINS Back Live In-Store

Hi Everyone,

How’s the form… 3 more sleeps to Record Store Day… Cracking Music line up… Some rare lovely records… What’s there not to like!! Here is our music again for the day, with the time of each act now

11:15AM – The Alkove
12 Noon – The Shaker Hymn
12:45PM – Ian Whitty And The Exchange
1:30PM – Gavin James
2:15PM – Marc O’Reilly
3:15PM – The Grunts
4:15PM – Sara Ryan

While we are on about quality in-stores, we are delighted to welcome ALL TVVINS on Tuesday the 16th of April, at 1PM.. Maybe not a great time but if ye can pop in that would be fantastic… It’s the lads second album, this time on Faction.. Haven’t heart it yet but it’s getting great reviews… It’s out on the 12th of April, the record.. If you can’t make it in and want the record or CD signed by the lads, shout at us!

Right so , RSD problems are hopefully done but I am still awaiting quite a bit of stock so we will have to wait and see!!

CD’s and LP’s out today on the good yacht musiczone.ie include the BOWIE “Spying Through A Keyhole” 7” Singles Boxset, NEW ORDER’s “Movement” boxset, as well as new releases from ELUVEITIE, and reissues from MOTORHEAD, RICHARD SWIFT, BOZ SCAGGS, MARVIN GAYE, and BOB DYLAN

Video up this week again here!!

Ok so moving on to a big weekend for record stores and a big weekend for releases also… Becoming one of the major release days of the year now, the day before RSD is..

So let’s start with (What I believe will be one of the biggest albums of the year and could well end up high on loads of best album charts by years end…) is the debut record by FONTAINES D.C (whom I believe could be one of the biggest bands on the planet in 5 years time)… I have mentioned the Dublin boys a few times in these pages over the last 12 or 18 months now… Introduced to them way back along by Aiden from Mike The ePies and myself and Hassey from Coughlan’s tried to get them for an in-store / gigs some time back.. Alas to our great pity not to be… The debut record “Dogrel” is released by Partisan Records on Friday April 12th and is available on CD and limited one press only indies yellow vinyl… Snap ’em up… Word to the wise.. LP will have a download code and best price pre-order offer available of €10 on the CD and €24 on the indies only yellow vinyl..

Also a new 7 inch vinyl from MURDER CAPITAL!

Bibio have a new album out next week on Warp called “Ribbons” on CD, LP or 2LP indies only…

Staying with big releases and keeping it country as one might say… WALKING ON CARS release their second album on Virgin / EMI next week.. It is called “Colours” and it’s available on CD and LP.. It was recorded in Dingle and in London.. Lead single here

CHEMICAL BROTHERS also have a new album on on the 12th of April also through Virgin / EMI. It is called “No Geography” and it’s on CD and 2LP.. Universal also have new albums from NORAH JONES, ANDY BLACK (Black Veil Brides) and MELISA ETHERIDGE..

Uni also have NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL MUSIC 102 and a NIRVANA “Live at the Paramount” DLP release on Geffen / UMC.. First time ever on vinyl for this!! Great gig.. It includes a poster and a sticky cloth replica of the original VIP pass as the download code…
Lastly from Universal we have the new album by DERVISH “The Great Irish Songbook” on CD or LP.. Some cracking help on board with the Sligo band on this record.. The likes of Steve Earle, Rhiannon Giddens, Vince Gill, Brendan Gleeson and Kate Rusby…

Proper for the 12th of April have the new ALL TVVINS album “Just To Exist” on Faction records, CD and LP and as I said earlier the lads are in for an instore on Tuesday 16th April at 1PM

Proper also have the PET SHOP BOYS “Inner Sanctum” Bluray, DVD and 2CD set which was filmed at Londons Royal Opera. 5*’s all over the shop for this.. It is meant to be sensational..

There is a new 12” EP out by PET SHOP BOYS on the same day, “Agenda”, 4 new tracks I think…
Proper also have a new record on ECM by BILL FRISELL and THOMAS MORGAN (double bass) as well as lastly a new SUN KILL MOON (cd only) with DONNY MCCLASIN as guest..

No time for long or short tales this week with the newsletter.. Wall to wall releases.. Makes the newsletter very boring!!!

THE ORCHARD for the 12th of April have the new album by K-Pop sensations BTS “Map Of The Should : Persona” it’s called… CD album comes with a photo book, photo cards, postcards and a poster… The Orchard also has new albums on the 12th by DAMIEN JURADO, BRUCE HORNSBY (produced by Bon Iver), ANDY BELL, WHITE CHAPEL, and CIVIL WARS singer JOHN PAUL WHITE has a new solo album..

Sony for the 12th of April have a CD album by L.S.D (Labrinth, SIA and DIPLO), as well as a reissue on LP of SANTANA’s “Supernatural”..

SRD for the12th have new albums by BUDOS BAND “V” on CD or LP…

Last but not least WANRER for the 12th of April have the new album by GLEN HANSARD “This Wild Willing” on Epitaph available as CD, 2LP or Indies only 2LP… Glen’s fourth solo record now and this was largely record in Paris with a right miss mash of musicians invited into the studio to put their own slant on the record… Musically everything went… Street musicians to big names all helped and contributed to the record.. I think he is very happy with it… Here’s a link to the single

ANDERSON PAAK has a new one out via Warner as well next week as well as some BLIND GUARDIAN reissues on LP.. There is a NICK CAVE / WARREN ELLIS indies only whiskey coloured vinyl LP of the sound track to “Assassination of Jessie James”..

Last couple of bits from Warner are ROXETTE “Have A Nice Day” LP reissue and Suede “The Insatiable” Ones” 3DVD feature film..

Right so sin nearly é for this week, unlikely if I will get one out next week but you wouldn’t know.. So just on opening times and all that jazz for RSD… The good shop Music Zone will open at 8AM.. We will have goodies.. The shopping centre will open at 6:30 AM but only, I repeat only, at the entrance at the Marks + Spenser’s / Starbucks, by Falvey’s Chemist.. So the queue can start there for anytime before 6:30.. The car park will open then at 6:35.. Or James Bond through the ceiling if you want.. Look if you fancy pop in a say hello and soak up some of the atmosphere.. It’s always pretty unique.. I suppose it’s our celebration day… We are still here
So on that,

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

Record Store Day 2019 Live Music Announcement!, New Bowie + New Order Sets, And A Few RSD Updates

Hi all,
How’s the form??
This time two weeks it’s RSD Eve and it’s full on from here on in now… I haven’t heard of many more major problems but there will be loads of little one’s in the next fortnight and then Santa arrives and all is good in the world..
The music for the day has been sorted now, so here’s what we have for definite!! This is in no particular order, we’ll be announcing the times and running order for the band’s in next weeks newsletter

So for definite we have THE GRUNTS, a hardened rock n’ roll band with some good tunes and quality riffs

We also have lined up THE ALKOVE fronted by Eddie Kelly, another no messing rock n’ roll band with a great frontman. Both of these bands are first timers with us for RSD and we are delighted to welcome them and really look forward to their sets

The next two cars we have lined up I personally have to say are two of my favourite Irish bands… Both bands are RSD veterans with us.. So we are delighted to welcome back IAN WHITTY AND THE EXCHANGE.. As good a wordsmith as there is around, back by three terrific musicians… Personally, can’t wait!!

And RSD would hardly be RSD if we didn’t have some form or guise of THE SHAKER HYMN… The lads are quality.. Blue in the face from telling ye… So the lads are back and they are launching a new E.P. on the day also… As Lil Percy would say… Sweet!… Can’t wait..

The 5th act we can confirm for RSD 2019 is another new RSD act for us, and is the brilliant MARC O’ REILLY… We are big big fans of Marc here in the shop, he is a tremendous musician and we are delighted to welcome him… He has made some great music so far and is worth checking out!

The 6th act we will welcome to the siopa on the day is the brilliant songwriter SARA RYAN, a  lovely songwriter with a great voice.. Her first single is out on April 25th and she is also playing Coughlan’s that night. Delighted to welcome her. Debut album due out later in the year

And last but definitely not least, the 7th act we will welcome into the siopa on the day.. Someone who has become a bit of a friend of the shop in the last few years.. He was with us back when his first album was launched back in 2016, and we were delighted to be asked to work with him again in Cypress Avenue late last year for the launch of his second studio album “Only Ticket Home”.. He’ll be fresh out of his two sold out Opera House gigs, and we are delighted to have GAVIN JAMES in with us for RSD 2019… Really really thrilled, going to be very exciting!!

So that’s it for the entertainment for now… Hope to have times for each act announced for next week… Sin sin for now.. We would love if you could get in and support us and the lads playing for us on the day, for a record and a cup of tea!!

Right so, on to releases for the good yacht musiczone.ie today.. BILLIE EILISH‘s album was embargoed so only landed in this afternoon so nobody got it on the sneaky a day or two before release… Embargoes are good.. Makes the work, craft, art all more special… I have tortured over it.. Please Respect it… I fully support that, it’s the way it should be..

Other releases today include the BETH GIBBONS performing Henryk Górecki’s Symphony No. 3 “Symphony of Sorrowful Songs”. Also out is new releases from WHITE DENIM, STEVE EARLE, JOACHIM KUHN, and reissues by KEITH RICHARDS, COCTEAU TWINS, FRANK ZAPPA, MOTORHEAD, MARVIN GAYE, THE CONGOS, LOVE UNLIMITED, SPARKS, and a new KISS compilation vinyl release.

Video up again for you all here! Be sure to subscribe to keep up with all the comings and goings!

So on to releases for the 5th of April, we’ll start with (not exactly a stunning week of releases.. But the week after, the 12th, I’ll need a book.. Savage stuff the day before RSD… Savage.. I suppose people will be in Record shops so get the releases in… It’s cracking on the 12th..) Back to the 5th for now and I suppose the biggest release of the weekend is the DAVID BOWIE “Spying Through A Keyhole”..

With 2019 marking 50 years since David Bowie’s first hit, Space Oddity, Parlophone is set to release a 7″ vinyl singles box set of nine previously unreleased recordings* from the era during which Space Oddity was first conceived.
The title ‘Spying Through A Keyhole’ is a lyric taken from the previously unknown song, Love All Around, and though most of the other titles are known, these versions have never been officially released until late last year (see footnote). Most of the recordings are solo vocal and acoustic home demo performances, unless otherwise stated.
The photography that adorns the box front and the print inside is by Ray Stevenson and was taken in Tony Visconti’s flat in the summer of 1968.
The design of each single label is presented to reflect the way David sent many of his demos to publishers and record companies, featuring his own handwritten song titles on EMIDISC acetate labels. The singles themselves are all mono and play at 45 r.p.m.

Best job pre-order offer of €42 on the Bowie set…

Warner also has new albums by ELUVEITIE and DON FELDER (Eagle) and MIKE AND THE MECHANICS reworking of classics plus three new tracks.. Warner also have reuissues on LP from DAVID GUETTA and from MOTORHEAD again “Hits of Death”, “Motorizer”, “Better Motorhead Than Dead” and the Live 4LP set, “Inferno” and “Hammered”.

Back to RSD for a sec.. Sorry now stuff going on all the time and i’m the bearer of some bad news here.. These price changes occurred after we sent out our price list to ye folks.. Price increases on Green Day, Jeff Tweedy, Madonna (True Blue), Pink Floyd and Van Morrisson and a price decrease on the Sigur Ros releases… my own little Brexit…

Lastly from Warner is the NEW ORDER “Movement” boxset which includes the LP, CD . Bonus CD of 18 completely unreleased tracks, a DVD of live shows + TV Appearances, plus a 48 page hard back book with a lift off lid box.. €100 best price pre-order job on this..

Universal for the 5th of April have a solo record from TYLER RAMSEY lead guitarist and cowriter with BAND OF HORSES… PROFESSOR LONGHAIR “Live On The Queen Mary” gets a CD and LP release.. OUR PLANET OST is also out on CD and LP and there is a reissue and 40th anniversary edition of THE SLIT’s album “Cut”.. Lastly from Uni for the 5th of April are some 3CD essential Jazz sets by WAYNE SHORTER, HERBIE HANCOCK, JOHN COLTRANE and KEITH JARRETT..

PIAS for the 5th of April have the CIRCA WAVES album, their 3rd on CD, standard black vinyl or indies only blue vinyl… They have a 5CD PETE SEEGER set containing 152 tracks, and some RICHARD SWIFT reissues on LP…

Sony for the 5th of April have new albums on CD only by KHALID, SARA BAREILLES and BROOKE + DUNNE..

THE ORCHARD for the 5th of April have the new album by IDLEWILD “Interview Music” on CD, LP and indies only LP and also new albums out by MARTHA, LISSIE, JAWS, LUKE SITAL-SINGH, and EXHUMER…

Music on Vinyl for the 5th of April have reissues of WITHIN TEMPTATION’s “The Silent Force” on 180gm vinyl as well as MATTHEW SWEET’s “Girlfriend” reissue.. We hope to have some of the 1000 pink copies that were pressed on that one…

Start this on a Thursday evening as most are well aware, and it get’s finished in the siopa by the lads on a Friday.. 24 hours since scribbling and unfortunately there’s been a change on there being no problems with RSD.. Unfortunately we have run into some today..
Tá brón orm.. Truly tá brón orm.. but we have been cut on a few bits…. With Sony, the PREFAB SPROUT and BILLY JOEL are very very tight.. We have just enough for the demand.. But could sell out quickly on the morning.. Early worm for those two if you are wanting one.. Sorry..

With PIAS we had a good few cuts.. EDITORS, JOHN GRANT, the SOUL JAZZ 7” set, and THE CHARLATONS set, are all big problems for us.. Cut hugely.. Will be first come first served with these and we are sorry… The last two from PIAS unfortunately we got 0 allocated of the JEAN CLAUDE VANNIER and 0 allocated of the NASRAT FATEK ALI..
Again, we are very sorry… If there are any more changes good or bad we will let you know over the newsletter again..
We hope to have the live music times announced in next weeks newsletter
Sin é  for this week folks
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Music Zone