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 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 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

Wafting, RSD Wishlist Deadlines, Keith Flint and O Emperor.


Hi folks,


How’s the form? Releases in the shop today include new albums by EB THE YOUNGER, SIGRID, FOALS, and the vinyl pressing of the recent DAMIEN DEMPSEY album.


A nice compilation from legend TOM PETTY.

New reissues are in from THE EAGLES, NEW ORDER and LUCINDA WILLIAMS.


PAUL WELLER has a new live album also out.

Video up for this week again for you, check it out here and be sure to subscribe!

Moving onto releases for the 15th of March, but first RSD is upon us here so hence it’s upon ye guys out there. Yer help and support are (as always) gratefully appreciated. The UNIVERSAL RSD titles ye are interested in need to go back to me tonight Friday March 8th and all the others need to be back to us by Wednesday the 13th by around lunchtime please!!

I need to get my orders up very soon after…deadline noon or high noon if you prefer on Friday the 15th of March for all companies except Uni which is even earlier!

So if you are interested in something or somethings please email us before deadlines with ARTIST/TITLE/RECORD COMPANY…3 things…the record company bit is a great help to me if you can with ARTIST/TITLE…about 500 titles available to me across 15 record companies so you folks sending record company with ARTIST/TITLE is a huge help and stops me trawling through 15 lists for your wishlist one…I don’t know them all off by heart like…only maybe half them…ARTIST/TITLE/COMPANY.


We/Ye know stock is limited and can be cut…but as always we will do our best but we cannot keep anything or promise anything but we will do our very best…that’s a promise. Sending the wishlist is a huge help to us…Sound!! Class dismissed!!


One last thing on RSD for now…it has flaws…granted…prices, ebayers, pressing plant problems and delays among them but from where we sit it is comfortably our best day of the year…it is a boost to us if the buying is right (hence the wishlist request), it is a celebration of our existence…it’s probably our favourite day of the year on the shop floor…usual scenario this year…goodies in the queue…bit of craic…loads of quality live music…we love it…Sin e for now on it anyway.

Back to releases for the 15th of March so, FRANCIS ROSSI + HANNAH RICHARD have a brand new studio album on CD of county songs. UB40 have a brand new album ‘For the Many’ on CD, 2CD or LP. First new album in five years with all original songs. Both of the above releases are on Universal, as is a new FISHERMAN’S FRIEND CD, a new live album from FOREIGNER on Eagle Rock across a waft of formats and there is a new NAT KING COLE ‘Ultimate’ CD released (LP to follow on 14th June) as well as YG ‘My Krazy Life’ ltd dlp release.


Probably the most interesting one from UNIVERSAL for the 15th of March from their waft of releases…waft…where did that spring from… I must google it…I thought it meant plenty or quantities…but in Cork slang it means ‘there is an unpleasant smell generally ‘off him boy’. So I just googled it…’scent or sound that passes gently through the air’…anyway probably the most interesting release from from Universals copious releases is the new one by LUDOVICO EINAUDI ‘7 Days Walking: Day 1’…CD only for now…you will hear that wafting from the shop next week…give it a rest Ray.


Lastly from Uni are CCR half speed LPs, 50th anniversary remastered of the self titled album as well as ‘Bayou Country’…exspensive, best best I can do is €38 if anyones interested.


SONY for the 15th (it came in today actually) is the vinyl release of the Damien Dempsey album ‘Union’…fine listen and they also have a new HANS ZIMMER ‘World Of’ CD release.


CARGO have a new BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE album for the 15th March.7


Terrible sad news about KEITH FLINT during the week again…how many times have we mentioned young men…famous musicians, who have lost their lives at their own hands…I just find it terribly sad and surely there must be more funding, more research put into it…we all need to try and understand it more…Keith was by nearly all accounts, in fact all accounts was supposed to be an absolute gent, it was about the human being and not who the human being was perceived to be…and to pair with that one of the best frontmen of the last 30 years…RIP Mr. Flint.


WARNER for the 15th March have a new album out by KAREN O + DANGERMOUSE on CD, LP or Indies only LP ‘Lux Prima’ it’s called and it could be an interesting one.

WARNER also have the next in the NEW ORDER 12”s…this time ‘everythings gone green’ as well as a new album by the DROPKICK MURPHYS.’Gang All Here’..LP only on that one…new album also out on the 15th by JACK SAVORETTI as well as a reissue by ALPHAVILLE of the class ‘Forever Young’…what a tune…I have a story but for another day.


The MURDER CAPITAL debut 7 “ was due on 15th March but pushed back now to April 5th…worth checking it out lads…Irish band have a listen here.


I have been offered a few really limited KEITH RICHARDS box sets if anyone is interested…now eh hem best price I can do is €500…no not €50. €500 as in 5 and two zeros…only a few being made and those are  ….here is some more info on it…email back sure if you want one…I need to know by Monday lunchtime…heres the info on it


Released on March 29th, it will be made available on CD, LP, as a Deluxe Box Set and a very impressive D2C Super Deluxe Box Set which will come in a one-of-a-kind exclusive casing, replicating Keith’s favorite Fender Guitar ‘Micawber’ (D2C exclusive). Other additions of the Deluxe and Super Deluxe box set include the following –

Talk Is Cheap’ Deluxe Box Set includes

  • 180g LP album &180g LP bonus material
  • the 7” Single (Take It So Hard / I Could Have Stood You Up)
  • the 7” Single (Make No Mistake / It Means A Lot)
  • CD album & CD containing bonus material
  • 80 page hardback book featuring Anthony De Curtis essay, new interview with Keith Richards and extensive photos,
  • Memorabilia: 1x tour laminate, 2x lyric sheets, original ‘Talk Is Cheap’ playback invite, tour guitar pick and 2x posters
  • Housed in a folio pack wrapped in Fender guitar case material

Talk Is Cheap’ (D2C) Super Deluxe box set also includes –

  • Limited & Numbered
  • All content matches the Deluxe Box set
  • Comes with added special feature, a one-of-a-kind exclusive casing replicating Keith’s favourite Fender Guitar ‘Micawber’
  • Features hand-reliced ash wood with original Fender guitar elements, handmade at the Fender Custom Shop in California

There’s a joyous swagger to ‘Talk Is Cheap’ that permeates each and every song. It sounds as good today as it did thirty years ago – in Keith’s words “as fresh as the day it was made”. This reissue also includes 6 bonus tracks, four of which feature pianist Johnnie Johnson including Eddie Taylor’s ‘Big Town Playboy’, ‘Blues Jam’, ‘’Slim’ and the kinetic Jimmy Reed cover ‘My Babe’.


One more back to RSD…We use a dutch company for our Music On Vinyl stuff all year round…problem for RSD is they can’t ship to us so there is a British company LITTLE AMBER FISH (LAF) who have the rights for the Music On vINYL stuff for RSD but we do not have a strong trading history with them as we use the Dutch lads…found out about them first and they give a good service so I’s a loyal dog like.

We done ok last year with the MOV stuff for RSD via LAF (you’d want to be a code breaker) so hopefully it will be ok again.


It’s 11pm and listening to the Choice awards while writing this…the music has been top notch all night…for the size of the country we punch way above our weight…


Yes boy, Yes boy, Yes boy O Emperor won it…delighted for them. Delighted.


Sin é for this week folks,


Thanks for listening,



Return of the Boy From Bray, Caps Back In Hand, And Some Analysis of How The Cookie May Crumble

Hi Everyone,
How’s it going out there??
Some nice new releases in the shop this week by SLEAFORD MODS, JULIA JACKLIN, BETTER OBLIVION COMMUNITY CENTRE, OVER KILL,YOLA, GARY CLARK JR, and reissues by DAVID SYLVIAN, a CURTIS MAYFIELD 4LP Boxset, and some lovely Verve reissues by artists such as BILLIE HOLIDAY, STAN GETZ, BILL EVANS, and WES MONTGOMORY.

Also out is the new GLOAMING 3 album, but only on CD for now folks.. LP pushed back until March 8th i’m afraid..

Bobby back up for the video this week, check it out here.. Some nice bits out..
My new years resolution after week one 2019 of the newsletter was to go back to one finger typing the newsletter but alas that has gone by the wayside… Every week so far this year the lads have to try and decipher my scrawl.. I’m not messing.. I can hand write 5 pages of foolscap in less than an hour… T’was touching 2.5 hours the other way.. Sorry lads… Scrawl is here to stay for now.. Breaking it yo ye gently!!

Anyways, on of the most eagerly awaited albums of 2019 will hit the shelves next Friday the 1st of Mark… The boy from Bray, Andrew HOZIER Byrne returns with his second long player, “Wasteland, Baby” on CD or 2LP.. It has been 4 and a half years since the release of his first record.. Sept 19th 2014 to be exact. Lily O’ Brien joined us at 00:40 on the 20th of September 2014, hence my recollection.. Big album from the boy so I hope it does really well… We are doing a pre-order best price job of €13 for the CD and €25 for the DLP.. Best price job just on pre-orders… Form an orderly queue please.. The industry has changed so much even in the four years.. Not many in the 60’s, 70’s or 80’s world would get away with a four and a half year gap.. I hope it does really well.. He has some ridiculous amount of streams anyway I think… So all is okay

Universal also have a TOM PETTY “Best Of Everything : The Definitive Career Spanning Hits Collection 1976-2016”. It’s available as 2CD or 4LP sets spanning 38 tracks in total.. All newly mastered and features 2 brand new tracks.. We are doing a €75 best price pre-order job on the 4LP set which also contains a book.. Man we have our cap out a few times already tonight… As ye know these yachts don’t by themselves… Universal also have new albums by BRYAN ADAMS on Polydor, CD + LP with this, and Mr Sheeran helps out on a track I believe… MARK MORTON debut solo album (guitarist with Lamb Of God) which also features Chester Bennington out as well. His last recording before his terribly untimely death…

MARILLION have a few live CD jobs.. “Brave Live” and “Live In Glasgow”, and lastly a couple of vinyl reissues out through Universal.. They include the original Mary Poppins Soundtrack, and the debut album by KT TUNSTALL “Eye To The Telescope”…

Warner for the 1st of March have a new album by IN FLAMES called “1, The Mask” on Nuclear Blast, which is the bands 13th studio album.. It’s available as a standard CD, digi CD, or a gatefold DLP with a pop-up sleeve…

Warner also have a brand new album by WEEZER… Self titled.. Ah sure if it ain’t broke don’t fix it type of thing.. Thank god most bands do title their records or the record shops would be demented… Bob can you grab U2 “11” and Queen “13” and Zeppelin “Lilac” please… That’ll test us lads if that was the case!!.. So the new Weezer has now been nicknamed “The Black Album” with I presume a red cover just like Welsh Dave is actually Scottish… Raymond, cop on.. The Weezer album is on CD, LP or indies only LP… Opeth also have a live album out through Warner…

This Brexit thing is looming fairly close whichever way the cards may fall… If things don’t fall into a deal.. The shit could hit the fan a little bit with increased cost everywhere.. Not getting a whole lot of info from the record companies about it to be honest… No deal would mean (in my little world… Cos that’s all it is.. Every man and every door in the country has their own tales).. it would mean that records pressed on the continent or in Easter Europe would be charged excise and customs duty and VAT at point of entry to a Sony warhorse in London (as a hypothetical example)… Increases cost… Raymond then buys said records and “imports” them into Ireland he is eligible for these extra costs… Again increases costs… Loads or permutations around it but a no deal is a disaster.. Mostly for the UK but for us here also…
Look lets see where and when the cookie crumbles… Warner are now distributing 13 territories out of France (including Eire) so free movement from Czech Republic to France for records, but can they ferry stuff here then by passing over British seas or airspace?? A lot of is above my pay grade… Watching this space for the 11th hour deal by the British Parliament.. My guess anyway… They deserve no more… And if they crash, they crash… Granted we will suffer but…
Ok.. My in-depth political analysis is over for a few years… (I haven’t a clue how it will pan out).. So back to the tunes…

Proper for the 22nd have the POND record called “Tasmania” on CD or 2LP.. POND are made up of members of TAME IMPALA‘s live band.. Mixed and produced by Kevin Parker, Mr Impala himself, so should be a good listen… Proper have the LUCINDA WILLIAMS reissue of “Happy Woman Blues” on 2LP also..

Republic of Music have some nice LEVELLERS reissues on 2LP… These are the following.. Levellers “Headlights, White Lines, Black Tar Rivers (Midnight Blue Vinyl)”… Levellers “Hello Pig (Cerise Vinyl)…Levellers “Mouth To Mouth (Lime Green Vinyl).
They also have a new album by THE CONGOs as well as a nice reissue of SNOW PATROL’s second album “When It’s All Over, We Still Have To Clean Up”..

Sony for the 1st of March have the new album by TOM WALKER “What A Time To Be Alive” on CD, LP or Indies only LP…

The Orchard for the 1st of March have the new Queensryche album “The Verdict” on CD, Deluxe Box 2CD with bonus disc of live, rarities and acoustic tracks, a bottle opener, patch and fridge magnet.. Rock n’ roll.. As well as the LP version with the CD and a poster…

I’m away galavanting with 6 lifelong friends for the weekend.. I know it’s probably safe to say that I will have the F.E.A.R next week, so be gentle with me..
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Sin é for this week folks
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
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Bowie Boxset Breakouts #4, New Picture This, and A Sunrise For HMV And The Physical Industry?

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well with ye..

Releases for this week include some lovely stuff really like new albums by MERCURY REV, TALOS (including a nice bundle with a signed limited sketch book, LP Bundle or CD Bundle available), PANDA BEAR, MICHAEL CHAPMAN, BEAST IN BLACK, ERIC GALES, MAVIS STAPLES, and GRATEFUL DEAD, as well as reissues by PRINCE, THE RUTS, METRONOMY, and of course the QUEEN “Bohemian Rhapsody” Soundtrack on Double LP in a gatefold sleeve.

Video up here again for you all!

Ok so moving on to releases for the 15th of Feb.. WARNER have the new breakouts from the last BOWIE set “Loving The Alien”, including the three studio albums “Let’s Dance”, “Tonight’ and “Never Let Me Down” as well as other bits and pieces.. Warner also have a new album by AVRIL LAVIGNE and some MEGADETH reissues on CD and LP, “The System Has Failed” and “The World Needs A Hero”…

Some weeks I talk too much and other weeks I can be slightly at a loss.. I see the government offered the 10 Million needed to get the event centre over the line and going, but 9 Million of it as a loan.. Ala Pairc Ui Chaoimh, they’re probably wondering what’s going on in that peculiar county in the south?.. They, the government, might have a referendum.. CORXIT.. Good name for a spot cream too maybe..

Universal for the 15th of Feb have the new album from PICTURE THIS on CD + LP… No in-store this time, we had a bit of craic that day I remember.. New album out next week.. The lads seem to be going from strength to strength, and more power to them..

Uni also have the new, 2nd album only actually from THE TEDESHI TRUCKS BAND… It’s called “Signs” from the 12 piece ensemble, led by husband and wife duo of Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeshi.. Quality quality blues rock.. The dude (who’s name escapes me!) who played bass on Bowie’s “Blackstar” is their bass player.. Quality musicians!! (Post the answer on the forum if you know his name… No Google-ing!!!) Available as a CD and LP with 7″ on limited press…

CHAKA KHAN has a new album out via Uni also called “Hello Happiness” on CD or LP or Indies only LP..

Sony for the 15th have some PATTI SMITH reissues on LP, “Wave” and “Radio Ethiopia”..

The Orchard for the 15th of Feb have a new album by RYAN BINGHAM called “American Love Song”..

Republic Of Music for the 15th of Feb have WEDDING PRESENT “Marc Riley Sessions Vol 3” on CD and LP..

Music On Vinyl for the 15th of Feb have a reissue of “Bucket of Life” by PENTANGLE

Thanks a million to those of you who came in for JOHN BLEK’s In-Store last Saturday.. It really meant a lot… Thanks for making it such a great success.. Here’s the video of it to relive it or watch for the first time.. Any shares would be greatly appreciated!! Enjoy!!

I see the vast majority of HMV Stores in the UK were sold during the week by Canadian  retailers Sunrise Records.. 27 Stores to close including the flagship on Oxford Street… The 27 closing were loss making… The 34 year old CEO Doug Putman took over all the HMV shops in Canada a couple of years ago… Sunrise traditionally  a proper record shop and this dude seems to have the love and belief in the physical media, so more power to him and it’s a good thing for the physical industry and looks to me like it could be the most suitable buyer.. So as I said before, the physical industry needs a big chain here and in the U.K. Ballsy move taking on 100 stores six weeks before Brexit, cause for everyone it business, that’s still way up in the air… More on that next week but a bit ballsy Doug.. But fair play.. Saved 1500 jobs…

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PIAS finally for the 15th have by METHYL ETHEL and YANN TIERSEN and a debut album by PIROSHKA, a supergroup made up of members of LUSH, ELASTICA, MOOSE and MODERN ENGLISH.

Sin é for this week folks,
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
P.S… Don’t forget us if you want a record or record voucher for Valentines!!

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Springsteen On Broadway LP Finally Here, John Blek “Thistle & Thorn” Release + Saturday Session + Return of King Monkey

Hi everyone,
Hows the form?… Missed a few days earlier in the week with a blast of man-flu.. It’s been a while since i’ve been unable to work… Was a bit croaked for a few days.. Coming back slowly but surely.. I’m sure ye love hearing about my man-flu.. This one way forum (must sort it, the forum that is) allows for no interruptions or back chat.. Ah bliss… In todays world anyway so i’m glad ye got to hear of the worst man-flu ever..

Anyway now that that is nearly off my chest, releases in the good siopa today include the aforementioned (numerous aforementioned at this stage) SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY 4LP vinyl set.. 70 Bucks still in place.. Just nod!.. Also new albums by VANGELIS, DANDY WARHOLS, STEVE HACKETT, BRING ME THE HORIZON, BACKSTREET BOYS, RUDIMENTAL, BALTHAZAR, WALER TROUT and NIGHTMARES ON WAX.
Today the 25th also sees vinyl releases of new albums by THE STRUTS and SUN KIL MOON, as well as reissues on LP by UNKLE, DELINES, BUZZCOCKS + BALTHAZAR…

Video up here for this week if ye’d like a look!

Right so, without further adieu, we shall move onto releases for the 1st of Feb.. Our most exciting release the 1st of February is JOHN BLEK’s new album “Thistle & Thorn”.. As said last week, it is a great, rewarding listen.. Lovely space in it.. Excellent work again in our opinion.. We are agreed (not always the case!!). Signed LPs up for grabs at €20 or signed CDs for €15. Nod our way.. We’d be delighted to sort.. John will be in-store on the 2nd of February at 1PM.. Our Saturday sessions return. Bring the parents, bring the kids, bring the neighbours!!.. Try it!!..

PIAS for the 1st have a few interesting releases.. New album by BEIRUT.. Indies only green vinyl.. New album by WHITE LIES (in Cyprus Avenue soon), on CD Deluxe or Indies only blue vinyl in special packaging…
So two interesting enough ones there from PIAS and another two well worth mentioning are new albums by RUSTIN MAN A.k.a Paul Webb of Talk Talk, who’s last album as Rustin Man was the brilliant collaboration with BETH GIBBONS.. Was available on LP through MOV but now only on CD through Polydor.. Trying to sell things that can’t be sold Raymond.. Not very wise.. Must be the steroids.. Won’t get many yachts that way…
Anyway, anyway.. The new RUSTIN MAN album could be worth a sus. Out as well as this is the new release from EX:RE.. Elena Tonra who is the vocalist, lyricist and guitarist of DAUGHTER.. Solo record out..

Universal for the 1st of February have the new IAN BROWN solo album called ‘Ripples’ on indies only white vinyl.. His sons are involved musically on the album.. Catch tune the lead single in fairness.. You know as i’ve mentioned it before, met Brown a few times.. Fave one was outside at the Fountain in town at about 3 in the morning after a solo gig in Henrys in 97 I reckon, maybe 98.. He unashamedly, completely unashamedly tried to pinch my mates missus to go back to his hotel.. You chose well Viv, Sully has aged well!!!
I remember it so vividly it was such a normal conversation up to the pinching attempt.. This dude was in one of “my” bands as a 15/16 year old.. And here we were within a Rizzla paper of having him back in our rented gaff… Surreal…

Universal also a new, yes I say new, album by THE SPECIALS.. “Encore” it’s called.. First album in 37 years.. Sounds alright too.. Lead single is a bit like “Ghost Town” Part II.. Hall, Golding and Panter still involved and I think Steve Cradock plays on this record also.. WITHIN TEMPTATION also have a new album out on Spinefarm, and Universal are reissuing THE CARDIGANS discography on LP, as well as EMPIRE OF THE SUN‘s album “Walking On A Dream”.. Indies only blood orange vinyl for that one…

Sony for the 1st of Feb have PADDY MCALOON’s, or now credited to PREFAB SPROUT for this 2019 reissue of “I Trawl the Megahertz” where McAloon uses radio clips and various other sounds to make the record.. I know the first three Sprouts records well but don’t know this.. Looking forward to it.. Very different I believe but still looking forward.. Talk of a brand new album this year??? Bueller… Bueller..

Proper for the 1st of Feb have the 70th Birthday Party Concert of ANDY IRVINE at Vicar Street Available on CD or LP.

The Orchard for the 1st of Feb have new albums by NINA NESBITT and also THE NEIL MORSE BAND..

MOV have the Original Soundtrack to “The Hurricane”

Warner for the 1st of Feb have limited runs of the two excellent BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD albums in Mono.. Only 5K of each in the world being pressed.. Now that should help the yacht fund a little bit.. RAMONE’S “Road To Ruin” 140gm Blue Vinyl only 6K in the world..

Warner also have LINAD RONSTADT‘s ‘Live in Hollywood’ release, PHIL COLLIN‘s reissues “Serious Hits…”, “Live and Remastered” on CD or 2LP, as well as “A Hot Night In Paris”..

Thanks again to everyone who voted in our albums of the year.. As promised here are a few blurbs on the albums that charted, and we’ll start with my own..
1) The Good, Bad & The Queen
Late in year release but a lovely listen.. Hardly a day passes when I don’t play it.. Lovely melodies, easy on the ear record.. I’m sure i’ll still enjoy it in 3 or 5 years tome..
2) Hedge Schools
A beautiful listen.. Late night, thought provoking, deeply layered listen.. I love it, simple as for me.. Each to our own folks!!
3) Rolling Blackouts
Indie Rock, some class tunes on this one.. I see it won the top spot.. Jingle Jangly guitars and definitely a couple of the tunes of the year on it.. It’s the Aussie’s debut record..
4) Villagers
Conor’s best outing yet in my opinion.. Fine fine listen..
5) Richard Swift
Late to it also, and a right mix mash of genres and sounds that probably shouldn’t work but repeat listening does reward.. But heh, that’s just my opinion.. That’s what’s great about it.. Each to our own!!

And here’s a couple of words from some of yourselves and what ye thought of some of last year’s finest listens!!

Malcolm’s top 5!
1. Shame – Songs of Praise. It came out in January and I have been listening to it ever since.  I saw them live twice – crazy stuff!  Punk Rock is in safe hands…
2. Richard Swift – The Hex.  What a mix of styles. This guy can get away with anything. This album definitely has the makings of an all-time classic.  It is very sad that he is no longer with us.  Give it a few spins and you will be hooked.
3. Richard Thompson – 13 Rivers.  RT will be 70 next year and he is still producing the goods. While he is definitely one of the guitar greats, he is also much more than that: the songwriting is superb throughout.  If this album was produced by a young fella it would win the Mercury Prize.
4. Suede – The Blue Hour.  This is one that you need to listen to from start to finish. It really hangs together and builds like a movie.  Consistently good throughout; perhaps surprisingly so.
5. John Grant – Love is Magic.  Not nearly as consistent as his first 2 albums (which were complete masterpieces) but the high-points of album #4 are great and they help you to support some of the moments which are just bizarre.  If you can get to see him in the Cork Opera House in 2019 don’t miss the gig!!!

Flor’s Top 5
1. Kacey Musgraves – Golden Hour (By a distance. One of the best albums for years in my opinion)
2. Natalie PrassThe Future and the Past (A really great pop record)
3. The Villagers – The Art of Pretending to Swim (Really great record, saw them supporting The National in Dublin as well and they were excellent so gave them an extra vote for that)
4. Cat Power – Wanderer (She has an amazing voice. A few cracking tracks, not as complete and even as choice 1 and 2 above)
5. Dave Matthews Band – Come Tomorrow (This guy is so under rated. While this album wasn’t as critically acclaimed as I thought it should it is a great album and showcases what he is best at very well)

Adam’s Top 5
1.  Kurt Vile : Bottle It In
This is by far my album of the year! Absolute magic album…There’s a line in the track ‘One Trick Ponies’ that says ‘…I’ve always had a soft spot for repetition‘ and that sums up the album for me. Listening to this is like a hug from someone you’ve known years….it”s unmistakably Kurt Vile. And all the better for it.
But in saying that he adds more layers, experimental ideas and unique rhythms. Tracks like ‘Bottle It In’ and ‘Bassackwards’, 10 min odysseys that on the 1st listen sound like the same idea repeated over and over but after a few listens (like all good albums) grow into magic epic tracks. Hands down a classic album! 2018…album of the year! There you have it.
2. Foxwarren-Foxwarren
Came across these guys by accident….a ‘recommended’ band from the google box. Had a listen and was blown away by the album. A mix of midlake/Kevin morby type of folk rock group but really good melodies. The track ‘Lost in a Dream’ could have come straight out of the Thom Yorkes piano book. A great album.
3. B.E.D: Baxter Dury, Delilah Holliday, and Étienne de Crécy
Now this is a strange album…the whole album is 19mins long in total!! 19 mins!!
It’s over before you know what’s going on but it’s class. It’s electro-synth pop music with quick snappy upbeat songs that get to the point. Well worth a listen. Baxter has that english sarcastic drowl speaking/singing voice and the Delilah has this lovely melodic voice which works. A very odd album but if you have 19 mins and feel like synthesisers…this is your album. Class!!
4. EELS-The Deconstruction
The main man himself…Mr. E. A legend….a mighty legend. In 4 years he had got married, had a baby and got divorced… 4 years!!
And what came out of all that was this album. The (apply named) ‘The Deconstruction’. Knowing what he’s been through adds another layer to this album. It’s classic EELS but that’s always a welcome. Just listen to the opening track ‘The Deconstruction’ and tell me he’s not a genius!?!
5. S. Carey-Hundred Acres
A mellow folk album from one of the Bon Iver boys. I picked this up (from music zone of course) about a week before the mega snow hit us in Feb/March. So as we were all government mandated to stay at home, myself, my wife and daughter hibernated at home listening to this album. A lovely, melodic album with some great songs. It will always remind me of the snow! S. Carey has a great voice..(if you’re into the high/melodic voice stuff ) and great melodies. A fine album.

Will have more of these for you next week!! Thank you to everyone again…

Sin é for this week folks.
Go raibh maith agar as do chluas a thabhairt

The State of our Nation + The Nation In General and Springsteen Pre-Orders

Hi Everyone, 
A horse is a beautiful animal, really strong and powerful and beautiful up close.. I have never sat on one so maybe that’s why it’s hard to get back on it.. When you run a small business (i’d imagine it’s similar no matter what you do or don’t do in this life), I find the new year a bit daunting from a work point of view.. Christmas / December is our busiest month.. Albeit worth 3 good months.. (Was 4 months in the in the heady days) so it’s very important. The shop is awash with bodies and there is a buzz.. New Year passes and it really quietens and it is daunting having to drive the business on.. Couple of okay weeks and hopefully all will be okay again..

The shop, our shop, your shop, performed well in December in the grand scheme of things… Turnover was down 1% which was good in the game we are in, i’d say so anyway.. Overall 2018 v 2017 in the shop we were down nearly 5%, or 4.8% to be exact, but the website showed strong growth so that pulled it back to only 1% down year on year. I’d take that lads for the next 10 years!!
More cost, work and problems involved in the website but if it helps stem the tide… Then it helps stem the tide. 10 years of 5% loss would not be good, so stemming the tide must be done..

Well, that’s the state of our nation, whom without it’s citizens would not be a nation so once again thanks!! I Know an odd day I can be a grumpy git but try put up with me!!
I think overall in Ireland the physical market, constructed by varying reports, is down  between 8% and 12% is the consensus.

The UK (Brexit is another newsletter) saw some big losses on the CD Format in 2018 vs 2017. CD Sales per units dropped from 42 Million units to 33 Million units, nearly 25% down, but vinyl grew by 3% up to 4.2 million units sold in 2018.
32 Million CDs and 4 Million LPs sold in the UK last year.. Still a couple of billion pounds industry so hopefully the CD will solidify a bit and the vinyl grows away slowly. Vinyl growth of 9% in the USA in 2018 vs 2017m so there is a lot of positivity to be taken from that..

The loss of HMV in the UK will be a blow if it happens as it was a blow when the closed here… It’s not good for the physical industry having shops close.. We meed more visibility, not less and it increases the costs to the record companies… It would be healthier for everyone if that find a buyer and survive.. I’m not so sure though..

So that’s the state of the nations.. Happy New Year everyone! The ball has to roll and the ole wheel will turn like little mice on a mill… We go again..

In the shop today we really only have the vinyl release of the NAS album ‘Nasir’, and (and it’s a lovely listen) the new album by THE DELINES on Decor records. The album is called ‘The Imperial’, and it’s available on CD and l*****d gatefold DLP with a bonus 7”..

Right so, before I move on to releases for the 18th of Jan of which there are a couple.. I mat as well get the first cap out for the new year… It’s not a new cap or anything..
So the cap is for the new BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN ‘SPRINGSTEEN ON BROADWAY’ 4LP Vinyl Box set.. Best price pre-order job is 70EUR on it.. As usual we are delighted to take ye’r names for it..

Right so on to releases for the 18th of January.. PIAS have the new album by SHARON VAN ETTEN called ‘Remind Me Tomorrow’ on CD and indies only pink vinyl

PIAS also have new albums by DEERHUNTER, M. WARD, and THE TWILIGHT SAD.

Sony for the 18th have the new album on CD by CHAINSMOKERS

Universal for the 18th of Jan have a new Joe Jackson album ‘The Fool’ on CD, LP or Ltd LP with a bonus 7” as well, and a new album by MAGGIE ROGERS, and some MARILLION ‘Live Double CDs’.. Uni on the vinyl front for the 18th have reissues by SNOW PATROL as well as the QUAVO release on LP and VENOM ‘Storm The Gates’ LP.

Warner for the 18th of Jan have three nice enough releases including RUSH IN RIO 4LP Box Set, JONNY GREENWOOD’s O.S.T to ‘There Will Be Blood as a l*****d release on LP and THUNDER’s ‘Please Remain Seated’, a live album on CD or LP.

Republic of Music have a reissue of THE BIG LEBOWSKI O.S.T on Mondo..

MOV have Indigo Girls’ self titled LP release, as well as a reissue of DEATH IN VEGAS ‘Contino Sessions’

Last chance saloon for your Top 5 Albums of the Year.. I dropped the ball… Meant to do Top 5 Irish Albums also, so if you do feel like throwing those our way we would be delighted to compile an Irish albums list also… So all entrants in by close of play next Thursday and we will announce the 50EUR voucher winner on Friday next with the MZ Top 20 of 2018 and maybe an Irish top 10… Also our own top 5’s will be included..

Here’s to another year folks..
Thanks for the support
Sin é for this week
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
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Doctor Evil Has A Sore Head and Some Stories, Dylan and Metallica Boxes, And A Gavin James Launch Party With RedFM

Hi Everyone

How’s the form..

I’m a bit tender myself tonight to be honest so not sure how well or unwell this will go… Davey from Rollercoaster was on a bus back to Kilkenny this morning early (yesterday morning now) to open his abode to sell Westlife tickets.. So that does make me feel a bit better…. Not the selling of the Westlife tickets, that’s cool,  the getting up for the bus at 7AM part..

Treated to David Byrne last night in the 3 Arena… Top night out… Good few record shop kids at it… Warner looked after us all splendidly… I promised some of ye I met to throw ye down some prawns from the VIP Bar but alas if ye didn’t get them the birds must have… Top show… Top top show… That’s what it was … A show… Some man for 66 I think…Well able… But the show was superb… Thoroughly engaging from start to finish…. As Ed said during the week, directed from start to finish… 12 on stage most of the night… Barefooted all, bar the lead guitarist as she wore flip flops.. Must have a verruca or something… Not a cable in sight… 6 folks banging all sorts of drums… All around their waists…  A lad on keys around his waist… A bassist… Lead guitar… Two backing singers and prop putter in placers (one of them Gavin James i’d swear..he is a busy boy ) and then the main man himself.

Not a cable in sight… The stage was like an operating theatre… We..the crowd, loved it.. Top top stuff to be fair.. I dropped the ball though… Yep I probably did drop the ball… I was in the company of the record company guys after the gig when they were going down to meet the man himself… Easy for me to say ‘can I gatecrash also?’… I’m sure it would have been no bother… Didn’t open my gob… Decided not to to be honest… Have a pic with Austin Powers from around ‘05 on a work thing which is in the house… His other side gave me a tip or two as ye probably know….. Me : “Hi, nice to meet you..” Austin : “Hi… Where are you from?”… Me : “Ireland”… Austin : Oh, I love Ireland”… Snap photo… Move on.. I love the photo though… Two doctor evils in the one snap… So to cut a short story long… I dropped the ball…?
Got my Microdisney tickets for Cypress Avenue this morning so that did cheers me up… Next.

Ok I have nothing done… Not a morsel sold or even attempted…

Out today we have releases by THOM YORKE, GAVIN JAMES… A nice little one on the Gavin James release… We have limited wristbands with the purchase of the new album… Out today… For an intimate meet and greet with Gavin where he will also perform tracks from his new record in Cypress Avenue next Tuesday evening the 30th at 7PM… All ages album Launch Party with RedFM… We do not have loads so if you or yours like the Gav man… Buy the album… Get into the event… Gavin done an in-store in the old shop for his debut album and it was great and he was such a gent..

Other releases today are THE KINKS boxset and vinyl reissue. Some new releases from JULIA HOLTER, TOM ODELL, YAZOO, NAO, DAVID CROSBY, BRONSKI BEAT, TROJAN : RUDEBOY OST, ARIANNA GRANDE (new album, CD landed a few months back), POST MALONE (same as Arianna!), THE TWILIGHT SAD, B.E.D (BAXTER DURY new supergroup), BARRY ADAMSON, and ROBBEN FORD. Reissues in the siopa today from GRINDERMAN, JOHN FOGERTY, BERT JANSCH, THE BEE GEES, and THE CHARLATANS.

So quite a bit there today.. New release video up here to watch

Okey dokey, moving on to releases for the 2nd of Nov we have a few heavy hitters… SONY have the Newest BOB DYLAN Bootleg  Series.. Vol. 14 is it… “More Blood On The Tracks”… Arguably “The Dylan Album”… It’s available as a 1CD, 2LP or 6CD/DVD boxset…€14, €25 or €120 (best price on the box)…

The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy’s highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series makes available the pivotal studio recordings made by Bob Dylan during six extraordinary sessions in 1974–four in New York (September 16, 17, 18, 19) and two in Minneapolis (December 27, 30)–that resulted in the artist’s 1975 masterpiece, Blood On The Tracks. One of the top-selling albums of Dylan’s career, Blood On The Tracks redefined the boundaries and structures of modern pop songwriting (a genre Dylan had virtually invented a decade prior), reached #1 on the Billboard 200, achieved RIAA 2x Platinum status and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015.
The single disc / 2LP configuration of More Blood, More Tracks assembles 10 of the most emotionally resonant alternate takes of each of the 10 songs appearing the original Blood On The Tracks plus a previously unreleased version of “Up to Me”. The 6CD full-length deluxe version of Bob Dylan – More Blood, More Tracks – The Bootleg Series Vol. 14 includes the complete New York sessions in chronological order including outtakes, false starts and studio banter. The album’s producers have worked from best sources available, in most cases utilizing the original multi-track session tapes.

Sony also have the new TENACIOUS D album called “Post Apocaltyo” on CD , LP or indies only green vinyl… Mr. Dave Grohl is on drums on this record… BTW… Saw Goosebumps with the kids for movie night last sunday evening… Very enjoyable… Nice actor Mr. Black.. Nice musician also.

Sony also have a new BARBRA STREISAND album, and the debut ARCADE FIRE E.P. gets a reissue.. Lastly Sony have a reissue, first issue i’d say on LP of the excellent PADDY CASEY album “Living”.. One of the biggest selling albums of 2004 in this country… Cracking album in my opinion.

Universal for the 2nd of Nov have the next in the series of METALLICA box sets… This time its fourth album “…And Justice For All” on LTD Deluxe Box or 3CD or 2LP or 1CD or cassette..

Metallica commemorate the 30th anniversary of the release of their breakthrough fourth album …And Justice For All with the announcement of its definitive reissue, out November 2nd via UMC and the band’s own Blackened Recordings.

The re-release of …And Justice For All has been remastered for the most advanced sound quality, as overseen by Greg Fidelman, and will be available in multiple physical configurations. The …And Justice For All reissue will be available physically as a Standard Double 180 gram LP, Standard CD, 3 CD Expanded Edition, Cassette and a Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set. The Expanded Edition will include previously unreleased demos, rough mixes, previously unreleased live tracks, and an expanded booklet of never-before-seen Ross Halfin photos. The one-pressing-only Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set will include the remastered double 180g LP, a “One” picture disc, 3 LPs featuring their iconic performance from Seattle in 1989 remixed by Greg Fidelman, 11 CDs, 4 DVDs, a set of four patches, a Pushead print, a tour laminate, lyric sheets, a download card for all material in the set, and a deluxe 120-page book with never-before-seen photos and never-before-told stories from the people who were there.

Next up on my notes is CHRISTIE HENNESSY with the RTE Concert Orchestra called “The Last Goodbye”… Supposed to be out on the 2nd… Moved to the 16th now I think… I’m partial to Christie if im to be honest.

Universal also have a live album on DVD OR BLURAY or 2CD/DVD or 2CD/BLU from the most successful British musician most people never heard off…. Mr STEVEN WILSON… “Home Invasion : Live From the Royal Albert Hall”

Uni also have MOODY BLUES reissue of “In Search of the Lost Chord”… 50th ann… They also have an AMY WINEHOUSE DVD documentary on the making of “Back to Black”, which includes an intimate show never seen before (ala Gavin James..), and a new ROSANNE CASH album “She Remembers Everything” on CD or LP ….There are also some reissues of the first four OMD records, half speed abbey road masters, RICHARD ASHCROFT “Alone With Everyone” reissue and the KID CUDI/KANYE WEST “Kiss The Ghosts “ gets an LP release.

Do you know the way I missed an open goal with Mr Byrne… Two different lads were in the shop this week who scored… I’ve loads of these type stories but these two are fresh in my head as they say.. First up… Our lad was working in a hotel in London many years ago and was going down stairs with a combi cage to get some meat from the fridge/freezer near the employee entrance… He swept through the door  and jammed someone against the wall with his cage… That person within a nano second raised their hands in the air and wriggled there fingers in a ghostlike fashion (made the face also)… Grey T-Shirt, jeans, no makeup on and loads of hair… That person was Robert Smith… My guy recognised him straight away and just apologised and moved the cage… Mr Smith just said “no problem at all” and moved on… Class story I thought, I laughed hard.

WARNER for the 2nd of Nov have a great EAGLES ‘Legacy’ Boxset… 15LP set or 12 CD/Bluray…

The CD version has 12 CDs and includes all seven of the band’s studio albums, three live albums, and a compilation of singles and b-sides. It also includes two concert videos: Hell Freezes Over (DVD) and Farewell Tour: Live From Melbourne (Blu-ray). The vinyl version of LEGACY has all the music from the CDs on 15 LPs, but none of the videos. Both sets are housed in handsome slipcases and accompanied by a 54-page hardbound book that’s filled with rare and unseen photos, memorabilia, and artwork that encompasses the band’s entire career.

There is an ART OF NOISE 2CD version of In No Sense! Nonsense!… WARNER also have a new MARIANNE FAITHFULL album on BMG on LP… Ltd to 1k… LP and Deluxe CD boxset available also… 200 of them available only…MATT CORBY new album also.. NICK CAVE and Warren Ellis “The Proposition” LP O.S.T… Ltd to 1500 units… New ALBUMS also by OPETH ‘Live From Red Rocks’, and PRODIGY next week through Warner.. Opeth on ltd orange vinyl 2LP only 220 copies available. Prodigy also indies only vinyl..

Sin é for this week folks i’d say folks..
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt

National Record Day and The Physical Industry, A Kinks Cracker Jack of a Box Set, And Gavin James’ Return Brings A Big Surprise

Hi Everyone,

How’s the form with ye… Hope all is alright.

Last Saturday was National Record Day across the pond… I meant to mention it last week…. It was the first one held.. A good success by all accounts.. We are our own nation as ye know hence we weren’t involved… We have had plenty of fine records ourselves down through the years so maybe IMRO or someone will look at something like it for here… I suppose from where I sit (self servingly sit Raymond, old chap) anything that will enthuse people to buy physical music i’m all for obviously… The album is 70 years old this year… 1948… Look at the joy it’s brung.
If the physical music industry has a chance to live for anywhere near that length of time again, then the industry as a whole has to embrace and advertise and promote the physicality thing… That, along with sound are two big selling points.. Process, warmth, wholeness amongst others but i’m slipping from my point.

The physical industry has got to get kids and young adults to embrace the physical… A good example of how it worked well recently… 21 Pilots new album… Warner/Atlantic gave us some tees/wristbands/balloons (all 21 Pilot branded stuff) to give away to customers (kids and young adults) … The first few girls left with a tee, wristband, balloon and CD .. All for 13 Euro… You won’t get that on a streaming platform folks… The girls were gobsmacked.. I’m sure they will have told everyone in their respective classes when they got back… That makes a difference.

People still love music as much as ever (kids too!!), but they obviously have different options in how to consume it… So the powers that be in my game, the physical one need to promote the physicality, with stuff… Give stuff… Bundles… Little mix CD with Tee-Shirt 20 Bucks (I know the bundles have been tried with metal bands and rock bands in the past but to a more mature consumer… Not really ever to the kids/young adults…) Free headband with CD type thing… I hope those girls with the Pilots stuff made others jealous…. It’s what’s needed… Physical needs to be the cool king again with the kids… Free has got in the way of that… Free is nearly always cooler…. Take the debut record from GRETA VAN FLEET, those boys see the importance of physical… They love records and they want to promote their record to their fans, not islands on a stream… New album, 10 brand new tracks.. None of the hits from the first few EPs.. Not good for streaming.. But ballsy.. Here’s 10 new cracking tracks.. We’ve got plenty more..

The physical industry which is a one with the stream industry (wherein a bit of the problem lies) needs to convert those young fans to the physical joy… But do they care enough? Monetary wise probably makes no odds to them… Industry is making money through streaming platforms in markets it never made a dollar in like eastern Europe and India… So records will probably continue to be a niche bit of the whole pie (the best bit of the pie mind you) but if enough people don’t care about it within the industry, the record may not come within an ASSes roar of another 70 years.. I’m preaching and i’m preaching a bit to the converted here I know but stuff just comes out the gob sometimes.. Sermon over… So right say two Hail Marys and an Our Father and buy a record before Christmas… That blasphemy thing still in law??…A joke. It was a joke.

Anyway anyway Raymond… Could be a long night folks… Releases in the record and tape emporium include new albums by GRETA VAN FLEET, CLIFF MARTINEZ, WILL OLDHAM, DISTURBED, RICHARD ASHCROFT, SOULFLY and ST VINCENT… Newish Compilations kind of things by QUEEN and R.E.M, and reissues by THE CRANBERRIES, DAVID SYLVIAN, THE CULT, LOW, FRANK SINATRA, BETA BAND and KREATOR.

Video up here for this week!

Right so onto without further adieu and no little haste (after my rant, speech) are releases for October the 26th.

Warner for the 26th have the new and second album by GAVIN JAMES called “Only Ticket Home”… Buy the album from us and you could be in for a nice surprise! Lips are sealed for now… Tell me have to kill me type of thing.

Warner also have THE KINKS cracker jack of an album “The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society” on Boxset, CD, 2CD, and 1LP.. More info on the boxset here.

The boxset contains remastered original LPs, CDs of the remastered original albums plus a wealth of rare and unreleased bonus material, reproduced 7" singles, deluxe hardback photo book with comprehensive notes and new band interviews, and reproduced original memorabilia.


Gatefold 2LP – Original album 2018 stereo & mono remasters, 180g heavyweight vinyl, carefully restored original artwork.

1LP – Original Swedish 12 track LP, 2018 stereo remaster, 180g heavyweight vinyl, carefully restored original artwork.

5 x CDs in bespoke accessories holder:
CD1 – Original album, 2018 stereo remaster + bonus tracks; CD2 – The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society, 2018 mono remaster bonus tracks; CD3 – Village Green sessions, containing demos and alternative versions / mixes from the original mid-sixties recordings sessions; CD4 – Village Green At The BBC, track audio and band interviews; CD5 – Preservation, Live & Demos, including previously unreleased home demos, Ray Davies live in Denmark 2010 and unreleased track ‘Time Song’.

7” singles (Reproduced original picture sleeves):
Days / She’s Got Everything (Italian picture sleeve, 1968)

Starstruck / Picture Book (Continental Europe, 1968);

The Village Green Preservation Society / Do You Remember Walter? (U.S., 1969)

Beautifully produced, linen covered, 12” x 12”,52-page hardback book containing: Extensive sleeve notes by acclaimed writer Andy Neill, with new Ray Davies interviews and new quotes from Dave Davies and Mick Avory; essays by Pete Townshend, Robert Ryan and Kate Mossman; rare and unseen Kinks Village Green related photos and imagery

Reproduced original memorabilia:
Poster of Village Green LP inner gatefold; Empire

Liverpool April 1968 tour poster; 5 glossy 10” x 8” photos from Hampstead Heath

1968 photoshoot; colour press photo with reproduced band signatures; Bournemouth April 1968 gig ticket; 2-sided PYE Records promo card; ‘Days’ 4 page sheet music

Warner also has new albums by BOY GEORGE & CULTURE CLUB… First in 20 years “Life” it is called and there is an indies only vinyl version l*****d to just 1000 copies. New ones as well from LUKAS GRAHAM and DAVID CROSBY as well as reissues by on CD and LP by JOHN FOGERTY, BERT JANSCH, BLACKBERRY SMOKE and BRONSKI BEAT.

Warner also have DR. FEELGOOD “Live at the BBC” CD, YAZOO “Four Pieces” LP box set, and the soundtrack to RUDEBOY. A movie about the TROJAN Record Label. Lastly from Warner for next week the 26th of October is a reissue of the first GRINDERMAN album… L*****d to 1500 this one on green indies only.

SONY for the 26th of OCT have new albums by TOM ODELL, NAO, JOHN LEGEND, a Christmas album, and last but not least ROGER WATERS “A Soldier’s Tale”..  Stravinsky’s Work narrated by ROGER WATERS… I hear its excellent… I dunno… Will give it a listen.

PIAS have some nice releases for the 26th October to be fair… First up is THOM YORKE with the soundtrack to “Suspiria” from the Luca Guadagnino film (you’d want to be an impressive dude to get Thom Yorke to do your film music for ya i’d say).. I heard one track from this and absolutely loved it… It’s on 2CD or 2LP indies only pink vinyl… My notes tell me it was the title track I loved… Thank you dear notes from a few weeks back… Other than the title track there are 24 other compositions, written by Yorke… Some traditional song
structures, some interludes, some instrumentals.

PIAS also have the reissues of the THIS MORTAL COIL Records…. For those of ye who don’t know (apologies to those of ye that do) THIS MORTAL COIL was a music collective of the 4AD record label under the stewardship of IVO WATTS-RUSSELL, with guests from DEAD CAN DANCE, COCTEAU TWINS, PIXIES to name but a few… Some beautiful records… So the three are getting reissued on CD or 2LP… “It’ll  End In Tears” “Blood” and “Filigree & Shadow”.

PIAS also have the new PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING 4 Track EP “The White Liner” based on the Titanic, as well as the new album from JULIA HOLTER (her last album made our customers top 10 the year it was out… 2016 was it?) It’s called “Aviary” on Domino records.

PIAS for the 26th also have new albums by KYLE DIXON & MICHAEL STEIN “Stranger Things – Halloween Sounds From The Upside Down” on CD and Purple Orange vinyl… Out on Invada records as well as debut record by B.E.D..  A collective of Baxter Dury, Etienne De Grecy and Delilah Holiday.

Last few bits from PIAS for the 26th are the BAUHAUS LP reissues on coloured lp of “Mask” and “In A Flat Field” and the Bad Seed BARRY ADAMSON has an Anthology released on Mute on CD and indies only coloured LP.

Oh TWILIGHT SAD brand new 10” also.. Told yeah there was a few and they were nice.

UNIVERSAL for the 26th have the new STRUTS album on CD only for now “Young and Dangerous” it’s called… Aren’t we all, as well as a new album from ROBYN and a new ANDREA BOCELLI album also called “Si” which features a lot of duets. UNI have a BARRY WHITE 9LP and 9CD boxset and a new album by ROBBEN FORD “Purple House” . Uni also have a fabulous JS BACH Complete Collection on 222CDs and 1 dvd.. Which presents ever known note from the composer… 399 Euro price if anyone interested.

On the vinyl record front from Universal there is a BEE GEES “All Time Greatest Hits” LP, POST MALONE “Beerbongs and Bentleys” gets its LP release on ltd clear vinyl, a couple of CHARLATANS reissues including “Up At The Lake” and “Wonderland”, and the new ARIANA GRANDE album “Sweetener” gets it’s vinyl releaseL lastly is BLONDIE’s “Heart of Glass” EP reissue.

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC have some LEVELLERS reissues on coloured vinyl “Letters From The Underground”, and “Static on the Airwaves”, a new album from LAURA GIBSON on City Slang and John Carpenter’s “Halloween” LP reissue.

The ORCHARD for the 26th of Oct have  new albums by MICAH P HINSON, SETH LAKEMAN and UNLEASHED, as well as a reissue by BTS and some LP reissues by OBITUARY.

PROPER for the 26th have a new compilation by ANATHEMA and new albums by RAZORLIGHT, LISA O NEILL and ANDY IRVINE/RENS VAN DER ZALM.

Final note, s friend of the shop has a spare ticket for The Chemical Brothers (Oct 29) for sale for 50 EUR if anyone is interested.. (face value 66 on ticket).. Pop us a mail if interested and we’ll put you in touch.

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


New Releases From John Grant and Kurt Vile, Bowie Bowie Bowie, and Offerings From Satan (or Santa).. 

Hi everyone,
Hope all is good..

Releases will start coming thick and fast for the next 6 or 7 newsletters… Btw the banks are more flexible with skipping a mortgage repayment these days I believe… Just saying is all.

Right so releases in the siopa today include new albums by TWENTY ONE PILOTS… (Pilots wristband with each purchase exclusive to ourselves if you or any of yours are interested), CAT POWER, HILARY HAHN,  PHOSPHORESCENT, JOHN SMITH (in store next Thursday @ 5PM… Please drop in if you can at all and are interested.. Please… I remember the PAT DAM SMYTH instore with me, Bobby and Vince… And Pat of course… And the centre was dead at the time as well… Audience of 3 for the whole thing… That’s cringey like. We all bought the record and the shop bought a copy as well… JOHN  SMITH is quality.. I hope a few of ye manage to get in…. Tune from the man here..)

And finally on new releases, we have the new BEHEMOTH on indies only blue vinyl.
Reissues today from JOHN LENNON BOX-SET or Vinyl of ‘Imagine’, BLOC PARTY, BUSH, TRICKY and DJ SHADOW.

Video up here again.. Subscribe and give it a thumbs up for us! Bob man is back on it this week

Right so moving on to next friday the 12th of OCTOBER… The next instalment of the BOWIE box-sets is out… LOVING THE ALIEN… Pre-Order T-Shirt and price offer/cap still on… 225EUR and let us know your tee size as well.. Payment installments cool also…. Those kind folk who pre=ordered already have their tees in the bag, and speaking of bags, we will also have some tote bags… So those will be given out on a first in first out basis on Friday…. I think thats the fairest…. So some  will get both tee and bag and maybe even a bowie poster… 3 items!! 2 for most… Tee and poster… Boo hoo I hear some of ye non Bowie enthusiasts say… Bowie Bowie Bowie…. Boo fecking hoo.

Warner also have the new and second JESS GLYNNE album “Always in Between” on CD, Deluxe CD and L*****d 140 gram Blue Vinyl, a new solo album by TOM MORELLO, a live album by KADAVAR, some bespoke and l*****d HARRY POTTER O.S.T Picture Discs on vinyl, and a 60th Anniversary  7” single of CLIFF RICHARD’s first single from 1958… Replica cover, ltd and numbered.

WARNER also have vinyl reissues from ALICE COOPER ‘Best Of’, CHRIS REA ‘Very Best Of’, ENYA all her catalogue basically, and FLEETWOOD MAC ‘Say You Will’ and ‘The Dance’.

Universal for the 12th of October have a (sorry now for mentioning) Christmas album by ERIC CLAPTON called “Happy Xmas” , a new album by ELVIS COSTELLO & THE IMPOSTERS called “Look Now” on CD and LP and also Deluxe 2CD and Deluxe 2LP… Getting well reviewed this Costello record is.

Uni also have a lovely 4CD box set of THE COCTEAU TWINS “The Fontana Years”. This 4-CD set brings together the two albums the band recorded for Fontana along with B-Sides, EP’s, Radio One sessions and the odd rarity. The set was mastered at Abbey Road from the original tapes and approved by Robin Guthrie. Housed in a study box designed by James Issacs – the booklet contains photos a discography from the era as well as a sleeve note by noted author Chris Roberts.

Synthesis Live is a new Live visual by EVANESCENCE on DVD and BLURAY, new album also out by ATREYU, as well as LP reissues by RED HOUSE PAINTERS “Songs For A Blue Guitar”,  AMY WINEHOUSE “Back To Black” on the Abbey Road half speed master, THE WHO “Live At Leeds” Abbey Road half speed master again, and while we are at it.. SO THIS IS A CHRISTMAS a Double LP of festive favourites… Look may as well get it over and done… MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE.

Whilst tonight’s theme has turned so festive on us… We might as well keep going with it and discuss Christmas presents to yer good selves.. Sure ye deserve it….(I know i’m all always banging on about names for this and names for that… Ye kind folks are my barometer to be honest and especially at this time of the year I need to get in forecasts and orders and stuff… Hence the caps in hands type requests.. A lot of it is temperature taking… And when its hot, its hot and when its not its not..) And this cap been passed around is for one of the greatest albums the world has ever seen I.M.O… So how many of ye are going to treat ye’rselves and the good house MUSICZONE.IE to the deluxe reissue of THE BEATLES “WHITE ALBUM” ??… Formats are 3CD : best price 23EUR, 2LP : best price 44EUR, 4LP : best price 93EUR, and 4CD/2 BluRay Boxset : best price 135EUR.. We will as always gladly take ye’r orders and ye’r wives/ husbands money for your christmas present… An easy fix from SATAN.. Sorry SANTA I meant.

Just on pricing… If i am off the mark on something… Please let me know…. I can’t check everything.. I do try secure best prices for me and hence for ye…

Here’s more info on the release..

3 CD

·         Expanded 3CD package features the new stereo album mix on 2CDs and adds a third CD of the ‘Esher Demos’

2 LP 

180-gram 2LP vinyl set featuring the new stereo album mix

·         Packaging faithful to the original album

4 LP  

·         180-gram 4LP vinyl set housed in a 2 piece lift off lid box with 16 page 12”x12” stapled book

·         2 x 2LP in gatefold sleeves

·         LP1 + LP2 (gatefold): New ‘The Beatles’ stereo album mix

·         LP3 + LP4 (gatefold): Esher demos

·         Limited

Box set

·         CD1 + CD2: New ‘The Beatles’ stereo album mix

·         CD3: Esher demos

·         CD4 + CD5 + CD6: Outtakes – 2 hours and 45 minutes of music and studio chat of alternate takes of nearly every song from the album

·         DISC 7 (Blu-ray): 5.1 surround of whole album / hi-res stereo mix of album / hi-res mono mix of album (it is quite different in key places so the fans will want this) / various other tracks that don’t fit easily into the above CD’s

·         Limited

One more quick one tonight… PLANXTY “Best Of” on  vinyl .. Not much more info… 27EUR retail.. Single LP as far as I know… Out late November… I need to forecast for the whole christmas.. Iinterest out there  folks??… My guess is yes…

Thanks for those… More caps next week for stuff from Satan sorry Santa.

PIAS for the 12th have a nice few releases including JOHN GRANT’s new record “Love is Magic” on CD, DLP or deluxe indies only DLP… Clear vinyl gatefold, 16 page lyric booklet, 24 page photo booklet, all via bella union.
New KURT VILE record also out on the 12th of OCT  called “Bottle It In” on CD or indies only double blue vinyl.

New CDs and LPs also out by DONNY MCCASLIN (I used the Blackstar gag once to often as it was, and also I don’t want any nice fella pulling out of a Bowie box-set on me) who is in the everyman over the jazz weekend… And JIM JAMES has another new album, “Uniform Clarity”…. Companion album to “Uniform Distortion”, and lastly new album out from Pias for the 12th would be the new JOHN HIATT “The Eclipse Sessions” on indies only metallic silver and white split splatter vinyl (i’ll be on with Dermot Bannon next)..

Last couple from Pias for the 12th of Oct are A CERTAIN RATIO “Best Of” on 2LP or CD and also a reissue of “I am Kurious Oranj”… 30th Anniversary of 11th album by THE FALL on indies only, yep you guessed it,.. Purple vinyl…

PROPER for the 12th of Oct has some LAURA VEIRS reissues on LP or CD.

MUSIC ON VINYL for the 12th of Oct have the reissue of MUDHONEYs “Tomorrow Hit Today” on LP.

The Orchard have the new COLTER WALL album “Songs Of The Plain” on CD and LP.

SONY for the 12th have PRIMAL SCREAM “Give Out But Don’t You Give Up : The Original Memphis Recordings” on CD or LP… Same songs kind of but a different record from the one you know.

Reissues on LP by SYSTEM OF A DOWN including “Toxicity” and the debut album by GLASVEGAS.

THE FALL album above is on orange vinyl… I found it amusing…. You write a 1200 or 1300 word yoke every week… Or one finger type it, even worse, and try and stay amused… Ala Joe Pesci..

Nice little link here came my way today… Thank you Joseph…  The Bonovox of U2 had a few nice words for one of our own… Have a watch here..[0]=68.ARCEKluMQ2rb1XOyb9Y8nSPDnomPbYfAkzf6fhkkRz8JGcI8vZ9FUNKLQGIVBKpPdzGg9iR49zm9B4couuDhnUOjEtG4GFYbmj06ZMp1VGrB14DyQFfhQ5IqK4nL1hYFmFArvD1hMb56R18dXjwsJji2APefi2M-aB6TuxlAsMcc5mTviEHaPg&__tn__=FC-R

JOE is one of our own….I know a few who know him and his wife, and they all say they are as down to earth as they come… Sound as a pound… I think it’s a Cork thing, we don’t get ahead of ourselves… Ahead of yourself in Cork and you would be know as a langer, and get a phunt up the hole … On the flipside, when we are good at something we have no problem telling everyone… Without getting ahead of ourselves… A CORKISM if ever I know.. Anyway good on ya Joe Boy…. It only took Bono 40 years to mention ya like… (Tongues in cheeks)

I was supposed to go way for the weekend with 5 lifelong friends but thats gone on the backburner for now… But there’s a flipside because one of my favourite Cork bands are playing in the Siopa tomorrow SAT @ 1PM… THE BURMA are back with some new cracking tunes… These boys are great, and also sound as a pound… Try get in to us if you are around… Tomorrow at 1!

Ok folks… Lots of words so
Sin e for this week.
Go raibh maith agat do chluas a thabhairt

A Band With Great Hope In The Industry, Our Trip To Tipp, and It’s The Bowie Set Time Of Year!

Hi Everyone,.

Hope all is well out there

Nice few vinyl record and CD releases and reissues out today in siopa



Video for the last two weeks now up to view here… Quite a bit in it, some nice stuff!

Right so onto releases for the 5th of October… First up I suppose has to be the new record by TWENTY ONE PILOTS

Biggest Alternative band in the world / 6 million singles sold in the UK / 600k albums sold in UK / 12 million albums sold worldwide / 41 million singles sold worldwide.

This band are a bit of a great hope in the industry… In my opinion anyway..  They have connected with a young audience who idolize them… A young audience who buy up physical product, cds, lps, merch… This band have made a mark on the teenage generation and seem to have held their attention… Some feat that i’d say… Catchy tunes on the last album BLURRY FACE… This new record is available on CD, CASSETTE, LP and Indies Coloured DLP…. It’s out via Atlantic/Warner.

Warner also the classic TELEVISION Album “Marquee Moon” 2LP Deluxe Vinyl will be released on 5th October on blue vinyl with the original album plus an additional LP of bonus tracks that featured on the 2003 remastered CD.
Warner also have a newish album by ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN… Well it’s reworkings of some of their songs and man hadn’t they some great songs… It’s called “The Stars, The Moons and The Ocean” on CD, LP, and indies only coloured double LP also as well as a new album by BEHEMOTH… The last album done really well “The Satanist”, and again this one is available on a rake of formats.

Warner also have a KATIE MELUA GREATEST HITS, a new album by DOYLE BRAMHALL, a LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM solo compilation, and the GOO GOO DOLLS “Dizzy Up The Girl” LP reissue.
Myself and Bob went on the trip to Tipp for FEILE CLASSICAL last weekend and we had a right good time… There really was a smashing atmosphere in Semple stadium the whole weekend… We were working at it… Taking pre-orders for the Live CD/DVD or CD that is going to be released in November of the show… The days were long but enjoyable… One would hold fort while the other caught a gig, so over the two nights we both saw everyone… Trade was good enough without being fantastic but the show was cracking… I saw the Franks for maybe the 30th time… As cracking as always… Great tunes… Could/should have really exciting news about THE FRANKS and corporation in the near future..

HOTHOUSE FLOWERS were very musical but maybe not as stomping as some of the others… FOUR OF US were good… Great to catch AN EMOTIONAL FISH as Ii never saw them back in the day whereas had seen everyone else… They reformed for FEILE I believe and Jerry gave it socks to be fair… I saw them the first night, Bob the second night… My night during “Celebrate” Jerry left the stage mid song (stage was on the field about 40 yards from the covered stand where the punters were) and continued through the field up into the crowd in the stand… To the very top of the stand where each and everyone of us sang “celebrate, this party’s over, i’m going home” for a few minutes…. A few attempted to invade the pitch on the Friday… All female from what I could see! But the security seemed to have their numbers… Sound security to be fair up there… So the pitch stayed univaded on Friday…

Bob saw AN EMOTIONAL FISH the Saturday night… On 3rd on the bill…. This time when Jerry tried to enter the stand, security kind of stopped him so he was running around the field belting out CELEBRATE when some few escaped onto the field creating gaps in the security cord… It was on… Pitch invasion full style (i’m sure the organisers had it in their plans… The pitch invasion.. But the 40 somethings were rebelling… Punk rockers!…) I was back up for SOMETHING HAPPENS after the invasion and the atmosphere was unbelievably good… I’m sure the gig will live long in the memory of the bands/artists as it arguably could have been as good as any gig they done…

Bob then saw THE HOTHOUSE FLOWERS and I was up for THE STUNNING about half 10, not half 2…  And shit it was only brilliant… 5 tunes… “What Goes Up Must Come Down”, “Heads Gonna Roll”, with its brilliant brass/trumpets/strings throughout… Really really good… “Half Past 2”, “Romeos On Fire”, and of course “Brewing Up A Storm”… Nearly took the roofs of all the houses in Thurles… It was class… Maybe a bit of a perfect storm of a night … But this 40 something Rebel was in his element! Highly recommended!!

UNIVERSAL for the 5th of October have a Deluxe version of JOHN LENNON’s “Imagine” album… The super deluxe box containing 4CDs and Two Bluray has 140 tracks….  Deluxe 2CD and Deluxe 2LP also.

Uni also have new albums by NAS and KT TUNSTALL and a new album by LADY GAGA… It’s the soundtrack to the film “A Star Is Born” which the lady is in and as far as I know they are all new tunes by GAGA on the album.

Universal also have a rare BOB SEGER & THE LAST HEARD release from 66/67 called “ Heavy Music – Complete” as well as a brand new HILARY HAHN album and some nice LP reissues by BLOC PARTY “Silent Alarm”, DJ SHADOW “Private Press”, TRICKY – “Maxinquaye”, BUSH “16 Stone” , JOHNNY HATES JAZZ “Turn Back The Clock”, and lastly a nice one also JOHN WILLIAMS – “A Life In Music” all on the auld gorgeous vinyl record.

SONY have a new album by HUGH CORNWELL called “Master”.
OK so time to get the auld hat out again… A big hat this time….. A truly special hat.. A hat that arguably no other man could fill… Yes it’s time for the new BOWIE box “Loving The Alien”… Info here if you haven’t already seen it… Out on the 12th of October but for the purposes of hats and caps a special mention today…

LP Box Set:

88 Page hardback book / Let’s Dance (remastered) (1LP) / Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) (previously unreleased) (2LP)* / Tonight (remastered) (1LP) / Never Let Me Down (remastered) (1LP) / Never Let Me Down (2018) (previously unreleased) (2LP – side 4 is etched)* / Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) (previously unreleased on vinyl) (3LP)* Dance (2LP)* / Re:Call 4 (non-album singles, edits, single versions, b-sides and soundtrack music) (remastered) (3LP)*

* Exclusive to ‘Loving The Alien (1983-1988) LP box’

CD Box Set

CD Box Set: 128 Page hardback book / Let’s Dance (remastered) (1CD) / Serious Moonlight (Live ’83) (previously unreleased) (2CD) / Tonight (remastered) (1CD) / Never Let Me Down (remastered) (1CD) / Never Let Me Down 2018 (previously unreleased) (1CD)* / Glass Spider (Live Montreal ’87) (2CD) / Dance (1CD)* Re:Call 4 (non-album singles, edits, single versions, b-sides and soundtrack music) (remastered) (2CD)*

* Exclusive to ‘Loving The Alien (1983-1988)’

As with other years we have secured a really good price we feel… So its a same as the other two sets… 225EUR best price pre-order job… 225…. And we have lovely merch… Looks great… So guaranteed at least one item from T-Shirt, Tote Bag or Slipmat… Email tee size with your order if interested… No guarantee but should be grand for tees… Heres some images of the merch to help ease that hand towards that pocket and gently and slowly towards the hat … Installments kool and the gang also with us as usual… We can put it in the book and you can make smaller regular contributions towards the hat.

PIAS for the 5th of October have the new PHOSPHORESCENT Record out on Dead Oceans called “C’est La Vie”… First record in 5 years… Indies only coloured vinyl on this one… If this indie rock/pop band are new to you and you like the auld indie rock/pop stuff then I believe you wont go far wrong with them…. Worth checking out..

PIAS via Domino also have the new CAT POWER record called “Wanderer” again on Indies Only Vinyl as well as Standard LP and CD… Clear vinyl this time.

The Orchard have the new album by the excellent singer/songwriter folkster Mr. JOHN SMITH for the 5th of October.

It is called “Hummingbird” and JOHN is playing two gigs in Coughlans on Weds the 10th and Thurs the 11th of Oct which should be lovely nights… We are also delighted to announce John is going to do a little instore for us on Thursday the 11th of October at 5PM!…We would be really delighted if some of ye folks were able to make it in for it.

Here’s one of the newest tunes…

PROPER have new albums by JAKOB BRO and YOU ME AT 6.

MUSIC ON VINYL have the reissue of the  album by ALICE COOPER “From the Inside” 1.5k are numbered and coloured..
Sin é for this week folks…. Bit went on I suppose.

Go raibh maith agat do chluas a thabhairt

A Busy Time with Feile Classical, Kodaline new and blue, and a Mr. Petty Set

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well…

Lily O Brien is four years old today…Hozier’s debut record is four years old yesterday, Cormac O Briens 21st was four years ago yesterday also…was a busy time…time..a funny thing.

Lily has the ear…Zach to a degree but Lily has the ear…i kind of knew it when she was maybe 2 and a half when i brought her to Marlene Enrights instore for the launch of her choice nominated debut album “placemats and second cuts “ .. Zach was at a birthday party and lily never really flinched from my side for the 30 minutes or so of the lovely gig…here again if you missed it…fair feat for a fledgling…if she didnt dig it though the whole house would have known so major kudos to Marlene!

Now she has Mamma mia soundtracks and george ezra on the go in the car…four today, not too bad a start musically Lily girl… jees ABBA were the real deal weren’t they…what hooks…Zach likes a bit of Bowie ( which will please some of ye) starman and ch ch ch ch ch changes been two of his favs….Bonnies a bit small yet but bops around in her carseat to almost everything.

In the shop today the 21st of sept are vinyl record and cd releases by ( excuse above i never set out with any plan really hence you get what you get)  VILLAGERS, SLASH, SUEDE, PRINCE, CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS, JOE BONAMASSA, BILLY GIBBONS, THERAPY & a NOEL GALLAGHER 12” as well as reissues by THE RAMONES, MC5 boxset, LENNY KRAVITZ, ELBOW …first timer on LP for the best of and the TRUE ROMANCE soundtrack.

Nice few bits and pieces.

Releases for the 28th of Sept ( we will start at home again this week and boy do i love starting at home, where the heart is ) include via Sony the third album by our very own KODALINE on CD and LP and very very l*****d blue coloured lp…well i think its blue anyway, tis some colour other than black anyway…only 250 in the country. Yes that was a full stop…and aside from that we have a simple but nice competition…preorder the new Kodaline album CD or LP before next Fridays release day and be in with a chance to win a signed copy of the record on vinyl…signed copy of the new album…fairly nice…so pop us a mail if you are interested….onliners also, as always, welcome welcome…cead mile failte.

The record by KODALINE has a very good title “ the politics of living” which i would imagine in their world is so apt…all our worlds now…but theirs, frightening rubbish goes on id say.

Sony also for the 28th of Sept have a reissue of DAVID GROHLS “ play” .


Warner for the 28th of sept have a new CYPRESS HILL album on the BMG RIGHTS label called “ elephants on acid”  as well as new albums by CHER “ dancing queen “ an ABBA covers album which could do fairly well id say, JANELLE MONAEs release on LP of “ dirty computer” , CARDI Bs lp release of her album, new SEASICK STEVE album on CD.

Warner also for the 28th have a new ARETHA FRANKLIN compilation album on 2cd and 2lp “ the atlantic singles collection” , a PHIL COLLINS four cd set, best ofs on vinyl by URIAH HEAP and NAZARETH and BARENAKED LADIES reissue of “STUNT” on 2LP.

Last few bits from Warner are the new TOM PETTY CD box “ an american treasure” on 2 cd or 4 cd….the lp set is a black friday really l*****d release so will have my cap out for that one also to forewarn ye guys…plenty cap outings to be had in the coming weeks folks…we will try not to be shy about it.

Lastly Warner have a JOE STRUMMER boxset  on 3lp & 12” or 2cd…its a compilation outside of THE CLASH stuff …box actually includes lp, deluxe cd, 7” and bonus cassette.


PIAS have a deluxe reissue of “ COME ON PILGRIM “ ON 3LP or 3CD…gold vinyl edition which has come on pilgrim, surfer rosa and live from the fallout shelter” as well a new MUDHONEY album and a remix album by ALT J on infectious…a reworking of the relaxer album by hip hop artists.

Pias also some STEREOLAB LP reissues , THELONIOUS MONK “ monk” LP and CD reissue, BITCHIN BAJAS 7 cd set and HOLGER CZUKY lp and cd reissues.

UNI have a brand new album by NILE RODGERS & CHIC called its about time…25 years so fair enough title really i suppose..9 tracks or deluxe 10 track…lp in november with the CHIC logo embossed on it.

ROD STEWART has a new album with Universal with 10 original songs and 3 covers,,lp again nov, KID CUDI & KANYE “kids see ghosts” out on CD…LP in nov also, BILLY IDOL “ vital idol” revitalized.

STATUS QUO have expanded and deluxe editions of  four albums of theirs…LONGBRANCH & PENNYWHISTLE gets a reissue ( will pass loads of ye that one id say…eagles fans should maybe get it…the rest of ye throw yer hat at it id say…i need my hats so ill be keeping mine)

UNIVERSAL also have the next U2 lp reissue…this time its best of 90s GETTING THE REISSUE REMASTERED TREATMENT…VERY HIGH FOR THE QUALITY ON ALL the others so would expect the same here, FRATELLIS reissue on LP costello music, FALL OUT BOY  have a complete studio albums 11 lp set, CINDERELLA have a 5 cd set and some JOHN & BEVERLEY MARTIN LP reissues including stormbringer and road to ruin.

Lastly Universal have a new JOHN SCOFIELD  album and a new MARCUS MILLER album on LP only i think for now called “ laid back” and a new SOFT CELL 7” called northern lights.

Myself and the bob man are off to FEILE CLASSICAL tomorrow and back up SATURDAY again,  the Shane man is holding fort music zone for the two days…car full of caps we have…we are in an airstreamer on site inside semple stadium taking preorders on behalf of Warner and FEILE CLASSICAL for the live CD or live CD/DVD of the weekend’s events…12/14 tracks on cd and same on dvd i believe with a 30 minute documentary on the whole FEILE experience…looking forward to it….Irish bands i grew up on and have seen all in the past so looking forward to it all really…hope it goes smooth is the only thing…power, wifi, credit card machine…pop ups are notorious but trying to have a plan b for everything so twil work out ….price is alright 16 bucks on the cd/dvd version…we are attempting to bring the mountain to Mohammed…i hope it works out well for all involved..come find us for a natter if your up there…here the links if interested.


PROPER for the 28th of sept have a NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS 12” EP…satin finish sleeve..4 track ep…live from Copenhagen called “ distant sky” …four cracking tracks…a few quid expensive imo though.

Proper also have a new TONY JOE WHITE album called BAD MOUTHIN…more of a blues album than a swamp rock album.

EDDI READER has a brand new album on reveal records and a TOOTS LP reissue of ska father.

ROM have a new GRAHAM PARKER and MOUNT KIMBIE remix album.


THE ORCHARD have a new JOY FORMIDABLE album and a HOUSE OF LOVE 30th anniversary reissue.


MOV have FATS DOMINO and KOOL & THE GANG numbered and coloured collections..


Dont forget the excellent BURMA are with us on the sat the 6th of OCT.


Sin e for this weeks folks

Villagers Return With An Indies Deluxe Vinyl, Weller Sounding As Great As Ever, and Another Cracking In-Store Lined Up!

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well..

Releases in the siopa today include the new PAUL WELLER album… Vocally he sounds great to be fair, and the songs sound and seem good… Will play it a few times again in the morning but on first few listens, liking it… Wellers last album was high up there on a lots of lads albums of the year in 2017…..  As it was released just last May… Productive boy for an auld boy with a fair bit of quality at the end of the day..

Also out today and a really different but very interesting listen is the new LOW album…. Quite a departure but really interesting atmospheric stuff going on… Definitely going to be playing more of this one also at the end of the day..

New albums also out by JUNGLE, RICHARD THOMPSON (not in just yet, early next week now..), ORBITAL (same as Mr. Thompson..), MARC RIBOT, CARRIE UNDERWOOD, DIANA KRALL/TONY BENNETT and WILLIE NELSON. Reissues in the shop today include albums by TOM WAITS, DENNIS BROWN, THE HOUSEMARTINS and SIOUXSIE & THE BANSHEES.
Couple of brand new EPs also from SLEAFORD MODS and APHEX TWIN.

Video up here for you all!

So nice couple of bits today the 14th of Sept and next week the 21st is probably one of the better release days of the year to be fair..

We will start at home and deservedly so… Domino have the new VILLAGERS album ‘The Art Of Pretending To Swim’, out next Friday the 21st, really disappointed that there seems to be no Cork gig on the upcoming album tour… Bobby saw him at that festival in Waterford there in the summer and he was the highlight for the Bob man and I don’t think to be fair he would have been hugely on Bobby’s radar before that… But he can produce it live as well as in the studio.

Always restless and inventive while remaining true to the power and glory of songwriting and melody, Conor O’Brien has made another great leap forward with Villagers’ fourth studio album, ‘The Art Of Pretending To Swim’, released by Domino.  The album was written, produced, mixed and primarily performed by Conor O’Brien in his Dublin studio.
CD in wallet with 12-page booklet. Heavyweight vinyl LP with 4-page booklet and digital download card.  Available to independent retailers on black heavyweight vinyl LP with bonus red vinyl 10” featuring the tracks ‘Ada (Extended)’ and ‘This Is The Art Of Pretending To Swim’, 4-page booklet and digital download card.

Delighted to take names for any formats folks… At the end of the day.

JOHANN JOHANNSSON OST to “Mandy” on CD, LP and Indies only LP also next week through PIAS.

PIAS also have a cassette release of last years CIGARETTES AFTER SEX debut album which has been my album of choice over the last week or two as well as the debut album by Galway / Cork band DOTT which was very kindly bought for me, Bobby and Shane by a friend of the shop who doubles as a  music philanthropist… Top stuff everywhere.

Universal for the 21st of Sept have the difficult, not so difficult me thinks, second album by CHRISTINE & THE QUEENS on Because records called “CHRIS”  available on 2CD English album, 2LP/CD French album, 2LP/CD English album, or a fairly l*****d boxset… Yes indeedddyy… L*****d to 10k worldwide… 3k to the UK and 300 here in Ireland… It’s a  l*****d & numbered english and french editions 4LPs/2CDs & 2 posters and exclusive alternate cover… Best price on pre-orders on the set… Did i say its l*****d… Is 43 euro… Ah for f***s sake Roy, I mean Ray, will ya cope on.
That boy has probably got more column inches in the last 25 years that anyone else… Loads of it garbage…. I’m an inbetweener where he is concerned…. But the column inches drive me a bit daft.. So time to let that ship sail for me anyway for once and for all.

Uni also have a new album soundtrack by MAX RICHTER “White Boy Rick” on CD only for now as well as new albums by BILLY F GIBBONS “BIg Bad Blues” on CD and indies only blue vinyl, french rapper MHD has a new one and there are some DVD releases on Eaglerock from the BEE GEES “One Night Only”, JEFF BECK live, GEORGE THOROGOOD live, and the classic RORY GALLAGHER documentary “Ghost Blues” gets a DVD reissue… All of these DVDs 8 quid.

Uni also have LYNYRD SKYNYRD “Live in Atlantic City” on 2CD/BLURAY or 2LP or DVD, a 4 CD set of CURIOSITY KILLED THE CAT including the first albums and a load of extras as well as some LP reissues from LENNY KRAVITZ “Are You Going My Way” and “Mama Said”, and the MUPPETS “Christmas Carol” gets a vinyl release for the very first time.

WARNER for the 21st sept have a rack of good stuff also…

PRINCE “Piano & A Microphone” gets its release on CD and LP or as a CD/LP set… The first release from the Prince vaults.

SLASH has a new album called “Living The Dream” on l*****d  indies only red vinyl on Roadrunner… Myles Kennedy in tow as well i’d imagine… CD and Standard LP available also.
Warner also has the new album by SUEDE “The Blue Hour” on Rhino… Loads of formats CD, 2LP, BOXSET and indies only blue vinyl as well.
Warner also has a new album THERAPY called “Cleave” on CD or LP on Marshall records. There is a reissue of THE RAMONES “Road To Ruin” on CD, LP, and Boxset as well as a new NOEL GALLAGHER 12” “If Love Is The Law” on indies only purple vinyl.

Getting there with Warner now lads… I prefer rambling rammases rather than horsing the new stuff at ye like… Bills to pay though so Warner also have a brand new JOE BONAMASSA album “Redemption” on CD, Deluxe CD, Standard black LP and yellow indies only vinyl on Provogue. MC5 “Total Assault” all three albums on different coloured vinyl as well through Warner.
Lastly from Warner for the 21st is a GEORGE JONES 50th Anniversary Tribute Concert.

Feast or Famine and it’s a famine with Sony on the 21st … Naught really to talk about here folks.


THE ORCHARD have a new HUDSON TAYLOR mini album on CD & LP , four new tracks from the studio and four live tracks from the Olympia, debut album by BLACK HONEY and new album by TOM BAXTER.
Orchard have the next batch of FELT reissues, albums 6 to 10 as well as the repress of debut album by UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA.

PROPER have a new MACY GRAY album.

MUSIC ON VINYL have the soundtrack to “The Man With the Iron Fists” hopefully on individually numbered silver vinyl of 750 units.

On the local front we’re delighted to welcome back THE BURMA into the shop on Saturday October 6th at 1PM to launch they’re cracking new single ‘Quicksand’.. Always a pleasure having the lads in with us.. Mark it in the calendars, if ye can make it we’d be delighted…

Sin e for this week so folks if ye’r still awake
Go raibh maith agat do chluas a thabhairt,

Music Zone

Wellllllerrrr Welllllerrrrr, A Hozier EP Pre-Order, and Poor Auld’ Bono Vox

Good evening folks,

Hope all is well..

Releases on the shop floor for this fine September evening include (the september cobwebs have blown away, temporarily anyway).. The latest LED ZEPPELIN box set releases “The Song Remains The Same”, The latest BOWIE picture disc, new LENNY KRAVITZ, new CLUTCH, new SPIRITUALIZED, new PAUL MCCARTNEY, new PAUL SIMON.. Liking this so far… Bill Frisell amongst other great musicians on it, new ST PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES… And reissues by DEEP PURPLE, KORN, NAS, and SECRET GARDEN.

Video up in the normal spot.. Give us a subscribe on YouTube if you haven’t already!

We are about to enter into Q4 which back in the day was a beast in the industry… I remember my first christmas in GD on Panna  it was a long thin shop as some of ye will remember (stocking mainly CDs, Cassettes and Video Tape.. Circa 93/94) and no kidding the queue was the length of the shop for most of the day… A baptism of fire… Had Christmases similar to that in Music Zone back in 04 / 05 times… Different beast and model now… Steady stream is good now Christmas week but the releases are still top-loaded to Q4 and look thats a good thing… September seems to have quite a few bits and pieces which should tip away for us… Also good.

Right so the 14th of SEPT has the new PAUL WELLER album “True Meanings” on CD, DELUXE CD, and 2LP. Sounding good.

CD – Housed in a ‘soft-pack’ gatefold card wallet with 12-page booklet

Deluxe CD – Limited, deluxe edition CD in a casebound book package, including a 28-page booklet of photos and lyrics

Vinyl LP – Double heavyweight black vinyl LP, housed in a gatefold ‘tip-on’ sleeve, with 8-page booklet fixed inside the sleeve, plus a download card. The tip-on sleeve is limited to initial orders only

The LP above is fairly tight but we can do 30EUR best price job on pre-orders.. If interested lets us know please, we would obviously be delighted.
Ripleys or not but we do try and secure the best prices possible and pass them over to ye folks. The modfathers 14th solo album now… Fairly stripped back affair I believe but received lots of good reviews.

Warner also has some BLIND GUARDIAN reissues, remixed and remastered on CD and LP as well as a King Jammy presents DENNIS BROWN on CD or LP plus 7” on VP records, and there is a reissue of BATMAN FOREVER OST on 2LP.

Warner also have a new DAVID GUETTA album on 2CD or 2LP and it’s the 50th Anniversary of “Waiting For The Sun” by THE (mighty) DOORS… 180g LP + 2CD and a nice Hardcover Book… CD1 is the album and CD2 is 14 unreleased tracks… Lastly Warner have a new album by Marc Ribot.

Finally, WARNER have a reissue of TOM WAIT’s “Heartattack and Vine” from around 80/81 i’d say on Std LP or strictly l*****d to only 900 copies indies only coloured LP.

PIAS for the 14th of Sept have the new album by LOW called “Double Negative” CD, LP and indies only crystal clear LP, as well as the new Jungle album “Forever” on indies only yellow vinyl…

PIAS also have new EPs by APHEX TWIN  and SLEAFORD MODS.
Sony for the 14th of Sept have the new TRAVIS SCOTT album “Astroworld” , a JEAN MICHEL JARRE Boxset and vinyl set of “Planet Jarre”, a new WILLIE NELSON album called “My Way” and E.L.O and JOHNNY CASH CD sets.

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC have a new DAVID KITT single on 12”

Universal for the 14th of Sept has a new album by GHETTS, PALE WAVES and CARRIE UNDERWOOD as well as new albums by TONY BENNETT & DIANA KRALL as well as ANN WILSON with a covers album .

Universal also have JONI MITCHELL “Both Sides Now – Live at the Isle of Wight 1970” on a couple of formats and a BANANARAMA “Live at the London Event Centre” in Hammersmith Apollo.

Universal have some nice vinyl reissues for the 14th of Sept including the next batch of SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES records, “The Scream”, “A Kiss In The Dreamhouse” and “Superstition”.. BEAUTIFUL SOUTH “Miaw” and THE HOUSEMARTINS (not the pine martens) “The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death” get the vinyl reissue treatment, and lastly the ELBOW “Best Of” gets a triple LP release.

Oh dear readers and part time crystal ball fog evaporators.. I require ye’r skills.
That boy HOZIER released a few tunes tonight 7.30 Irish time (Thursday one finger tapping.. moving slowly towards two finger tapping… Well one and a half) and there will be a physical Vinyl EP release of said 4 brand new songs in November… The trick is… ‘Tis a one order only job…. So A : If interested let us know and we will put yer name on one and B : It gives the corporation an idea of demand… So your response is a superpower or your lack of response is a superpower… Use your powers wisely, a mans career hangs in the balance.

PROPER for the 14th of Sept have the new ORBITAL  “Monsters Exisst” on CD, DELUXE CD, and 2LP as well as the new RICHARD THOMPSON album “13 Rivers” recorded 100% Analogue…. All new songs by Richard Thompson on CD or 2LP.
THE ORCHARD have new albums by HAWKWIND and GRAVEDIGGER for the 14th of sept.

Oh man, today was one of those days… Long…  And small things not exactly going to plan… Couldn’t find a record from an overnight online order… Robbed?? Glitch on site??… Will sort…. And spent another hour trying to find a separate one which I did manage to locate…. Sorted…. Pulls two hours from your day just searching… Couldn’t find a CD in the drawer for someone… Embarrassing and ultimately unprofessional…… Will sort… Second one this week….. It’s now 23.47… Alarm went off and goes off again at 7.15.

And what happened to poor auld Bonovox?? Some rumours say he was with Noely G in the South of France for a week before the Berlin gig.. Some other rumours tell that Noely G says he’s the wildest rockstar of them all.. Just saying is all, they’re the rumours..

MacPhisto called him a ‘wimp’ in Cologne.. On a serious note though.. Would you not have thought that the 3 other members of the band would have played a couple of songs for the crowd.. Surely they would have found someone to sing.. The Edge?? The Crowd?? I’m sure they all know the words.. Even half an hour.. And then give them the return gig when Bono’s Vox is back to normal.. Just saying is all..

Sin e for this week,
Go raibh maith agat do chluas a thabhairt,
Music Zone