Hope ye are all keeping safe and well folks…12 months now.
As we said last week …hopefully only a little over 2 weeks now before the call and collect is back with us…hopefully….thanks for yer patience and understanding over this time, as i have said before, working solely as a website is challenging when folks are used to a warm siopa floor.
The ” product” ( newsletter, advert, ramble, whatever you wish to call it) today may not be up to its usual self …as tis a bank holiday after all!
Right so anyway, here are the releases for this Friday, 19th of March.. It includes the brand new LANA DEL REY album ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’, (including an indies only yellow vinyl), a new RINGO STARR EP recorded over lockdown, the new CHRIS CORNELL covers album, and more new releases by STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES, NITIN SAWHENEY, LORETTA LYNN, STING, ANDREW FARRISS, SAXON, ENFORCER, MEG MYERS, WILLIAM DOYLE, HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO, BLACK HONEY, WEYES BLOOD, DEVIN TOWNSEND, SAM SMITH, and a 70’s GLAM POP compilation album .. There are reissues by NEIL YOUNG, GREEN DAY, ARCADE FIRE, AMERICA, IGGY & THE STOOGES, CHROMATICS, JUNIP, DISCLOSURE, DIRE STRAITS, MARK KNOPFLER, TREES, WYE OAK, JUNGLE, NIGHTMARES ON WAX, and MARK EITZEL… On the CD front there is the BOB DYLAN with GEORGE HARRISON ‘1970’ 3CD set, a 2CD format of PETER GABRIEL’s ‘Plays Live’, as well as a new album by HARRY CONNICK JR, and a new one by JUSTIN BIEBER.. Some biggies here folks for the 19th of March.
as regards the Lana album it wont ship to us till tomorrow or friday due to security/embargo reasons…from what i heard of it its excellent….heres the title track from the album.
i think it was ELTON JOHN who i read during the week saying that women are making the best music at the moment …hard to argue against that…certainly as solo artists anyway…Billie, Taylor, Fiona Ulla, Phoebe…Lana top of the tree there?. Very close if not…class act.
We have a lovely video this week ….a nice guest appears in it to give us a few bars out by the barrs…it could have been a scene from a Dick Lester movie! The time we spent scripting it is appreciated i hope ( come around from behind the boxes there i suppose and twil be grand…and like a lark ascending from the Lough he was with us)
i hope its worth a watch
Right so, onto releases for Friday March 26th… These include new releases by NEIL YOUNG with the live ‘Young Shakespeare’ release, BEN HOWARD, CATHAL COUGHLAN, FOR THOSE I LOVE, EVANESCENSE, FIRST AID KIT, THE ANTLERS, MAX RICHTER, DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979, SNOWPOET, FLOATING POINTS / PHAROAH SANDERS & THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, SARA WATKINS, DUA LIPA, MARTI PELLOW, SMITH / KOTZEN, LAMB OF GOD, TUNE-YARDS, and the new JOE STRUMMER collection .. There is a nice reissue of TAME IMPALA’s ‘Innerspeaker’ for the 10th Anniversary released as a 4LP boxset, and other reissues by FAITH NO MORE, BLOODHOUND GANG, THE JACKSONS, JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUESBREAKERS, MARK KOZELEK, MARIKA HACKMAN, WORLD PARTY, THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG, WILLIE NELSON, BONOBO, ENNIO MORRICONE, MADNESS, VOLBEAT, and the SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD OST on 2 limited vinyl formats.. On the CD front there is a release from SUN KIL MOON
so the lark from the the lough above was the one and only JOHN SPILLANE…good friend of the siopa now for many years….played a few times for us…i remember one RSD maybe 2013 or 2014 he played in the good siopa musiczone and had the folks in the shop eating out of his hand and singing ” oro se do bheatha baile” along with him…twas magic…he makes an absolutely beautiful sound from that guitar of his…i dont know did you hear it on the video earlier but up close ( 2 metres) the guitar sound is beautiful …and Johns a cracking fella also….heres a tune from the new record with the help of Pauline Scanlon.
we have a sweet competition around the release of the new album….Bobby prepped below for me thank you kind sir…
JOHN SPILLANE is set to release his first independent album in 20 years.100 Snow White Horses comes out on April 2nd. In celebration of that, we are running a competition to win: a signed Vinyl copy and signed CD of 100 Snow White Horses, a signed copy of John’s album Acoustic Series Vol.1 All The Ways you Wander, and a signed copy of his book, ‘Are We Brilliant or What’. To enter, pre-order the brand new album with us on Vinyl or CD and you will be entered into the draw! Recorded in London with Pauline Scanlon and produced by John Reynolds the album is inspired by John’s travels around Ireland. The decision to release the album independently allowed for a greater sense of creative freedom and these new songs are full of poetry, Irish mythology and wonder
Onto more releases for April 2nd…
Warner have the live Eagles albums reissued on vinyl via Rhino Elecktra…so they have EAGLES LIVE, LONG ROAD TO EDEN and THE MILLENNIUM.
There is a brand new HELLOWEEN single ” skyfall” on loads of physical formats ( like the auld days) it is on CD single plus 4 different 12″ vinyl single variants ( happy days…CD Singles!!! Shaggy it wasnt me summer of 01, the langer song etc etc)
Warner also has the STEVE HARLEY AND COCKNEY REBEL 45th ANNIVERSARY album….moved from jan/feb time.
Warner also for the 2nd of April has the debut album on Parlophone/PLG by THE SNUTS, on CD, Deluxe CD, STD LP and INDIES Vinyl and lastly from Warner for the 2nd of April is a reissue on vinyl for the first time since the 80s is WARREN ZEVONs ” stand in the fire” , it includes 10 bonus tracks and remastererd for maximun fidelity , has a deluxe tip on style gatefold jacket.
Universal for the 2nd of April have a reissue on vinyl of the debut album by TRAVIS “good feeling” as well as a debut EP on Polydor from ELI SMART.
Proper for the 2nd of April have the debut CD by Hey, King! on Anti….quite good i think….here is a cracking tune from it.
Proper also for the 2nd April have a vinyl reissue of MF DOOM and BISHOP NEHRU ” nehruviandoon” as an indies only picture disc.
Links for some of these will go up next week…apologies if any inconvience is caused….( yer spoilt most weeks!!) email in if interested in anythink linkless.
Bobby had a great idea i thought during the week there, where we are ( hopefully) going to put up a playlist everyweek with the newsleetter of stuff we like from the releases we hawk to ye. Hopefully a few of ye may embrace it.
REPUBLIC OF MUSIC have another interesting one for the 2nd of April with the release of JAZZ IS DEAD 006 on the Jazz is Dead label….this time with sax jazz legend GARY BARTZ, composer ADRIAN YOUNGE and ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD from TRIBE CALLED QUEST all teaming up…heres a tune from the record ” day by day”..class, and class video also…
cd and lp available on this one.
CARGO arguably could have the most interesting release of the 2nd of April though with the new GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR album on Constellation records …its called if i can get it right ” G d’s Pee at States end!” . First press only , initial orders only job includes a 10″ with and LP and it is also available on CD. I dont have a track to share at the moment folks!
Lots of semi interesting stuff out for the 2nd of April but not with the majors …the ORCHARD have three nice new releases out…all new studio albums.
Firstly we have the new JOHN SMITH record on Commoner records….speaking of Commoners, we had JOHN SMITH perform in the shop a number of years ago when we were in Douglas, he was doing a couple of nights in Coughlans and agreed to do a performance for us the afternoon between both…it was agreed that id collect John at the metropole in Cork on the afternoon in question…John is a tall man and i was driving me auld black ford fiestiee at the time ( normally it is impeccably clean as my friends would vouch for, but this day it was a tad untidy) Johns guitar barely fit in the car dont mind him ( translation from Cork for ” dont mind him” is.. John was very fortunate ( haunted ) to be able to fit in the car also!) . He could have been thinking where in jaysuses name am i going, but in great fairness to him , he didnt bat an eyelid …not a bother ! i quite enjoyed the car journey , im sure John did also when he could see over his kness, the smell from Patricks bridge that day wasnt to bad, easterly wind.
He gave a tremendous performance in the shop after, seriously talented vocally and with the guitar…really enjoyed it.
JOHN BLEK brought him home that day if memory serves, i think i offered the fiestie but the 2 small fellas declined or did someone spot JS thumbing on Maryborough hill.
anyway, sorry…JOHN SMITHS new record is out on the 2nd of April , its called ” the fray” and is on CD and long player….heres a beautiful tune from the album with guest SARAH JAROSZ,,,,
the ORCHARD also have the new studio album by THE FRATELLIS ” half drunk under a full moon” on CD and LP as well as STURGILL SIMPSON ” cutting grass vol 2 – cowboy arms sessions” on CD, LP OR INDIES ONLY BLUE LP.
PIAS for the 9th of April have the BILL MACKAY/NATHAN BOWLES debut album on Drag City ” keys” its called…sounds nice, heres a tune
GUIDED BY VOICES have an LP reissue of ” under the bushes, under the stars” on indies only coloured vinyl.
there is a reissue on SOUL JAZZ of jazz drummers STEVE REIDs ” nova” album.
lastly from Pias for the 9th of April is the first 2 in the PETER MURPHY ( BAUHAUS) reissue series on Beggars Banquet on coloured vinyl with the reissue of first 2 solo albums…” should the world fail to fall apart” and follow up ” love hysteria” …heres title track from debut
ok so folks sin e for this week really…i dont think i forgot anything, Bobs not here to oversee my mistakes!!
Hopefully not to many,
enjoy the rest of your St Patricks Day ,
hopfully we will see some of yer purdy faces from a distance in a few weeks time.
thanks for listening as always,
Ray, Bobby and Shane