April 17th: 3 Sleeps til RSD! HOTHOUSE FLOWERS Live in-store! Final lineup and stock news! Brand new FONTAINES DC, DAVID MURPHY, LANDLESS and Enjoy it!

Hi folks

Well we are nearly there…it kind of flies in the end…yes Record Store Day is this Saturday the 20th of April…we will open at 8 am and close at 5 or maybe 5.30 pm.

There are about 30/40  spot prizes donated by the record companies…so thanks to Uni, Warner, Sony and Dave and Alison from Gilded…it makes the day that bit more special. We will give out 10/15 spots to those in the queue in the morning ( hopefully the weather will be kind to us…well ye really..we will be nice and cozy…only messing …we will organise the queue somehow in the shop if it’s lashing …) and we will give out the rest of the spots throughout the day.

Speaking of making the day more special…we have big news on the live music front

Big News..

The Hothouse Flowers are going to play for us for RSD!!!

Yes Liam, Fiachna and Peter are going to play a little acoustic set for us @ 3pm on Saturday…buzzing for it we are!!

And to boot, they will have vinyl records for sale…2 records only hot of the presses will be available to buy…so the latest album “ let’s do this thing” and also “ into your heart”….these records are first timers on vinyl and only newly in the bands hands….so Music Zone heads will be some of the first people to buy these records….the lads will hang around signing records after the performance…magic it is.

Here is ‘three sisters’ from the Flowers latest album “ lets do this thing”

Three Sisters

Not sure how big a crowd we will get but advice would be to get in early…we will create as much space as possible without cutting off our faces ( we are in the business of selling records so please get to us if you want to buy a record!!!) 


Its a bloody great line up…all bands/artists will have goods to sell on the day…cash preferred as always  with the instores please Music Zoners.

Can probably leave 90 people or so in.

So there is now a change to the music line up on the day…so here tis for definite 




1PM – WHITE LLAMA ( Christy from Crow Black Chicken)

2 pm – TWO TIME POLKA …full band performance…all 6 of them!!




There will be refreshments on the aul table as with other years or feel free to bring yer own!


As regards the stock…no real changes to last week’s email….best advice is get in on the day, even better advice is get in as early as possible on the day.

Oh sorry, there is another problem…seriously cut on the Lennon one also…sorry….you will need to be up early folks.

The record companies dont inform me of cuts generally  you see…i have to check my orders against what i actually get …so its tricky…i hope ye understand.

Also just noticed Richmond Fontaine “ post to wire” was not here nor  invoiced….just chased it….it is delayed….wont be in for a week or two….ill be in touch with wishlisters when it lands….also Little Richard will now be with us and a few more Daft punk stock secured! It keeps changing!! 


Ask me on the day if you don’t see something…ask me…if i have a blank expression on my face, we could be in trouble…but some few bits are just delayed and not cut …i will know about most things but over 400 titles so you may be faced with a blank expression…what’s new says you. 

Going online on the website with RSD stock then on Monday the 22nd @ 8 pm.

I think that’s everything I need to say about it…i hope i haven’t forgotten anything…ah well if so.

Hopefully see ye on the day, i say this every year, it’s a celebration of Record Shop existence…if you don’t get a record its not the end of the world, try to think about the spirit of the day…that’s my disclaimer anyway!!
See ye Saturday ! xx


Right releases in the siopa for this Friday the 19th of April include ( and include some big ones!…record companies know its busy footfall in the record shops this Saturday….busiest day of the year by a mile so releases are very top heavy for the weekend…..busy week organizing ahead folks…anyway releases for the 19th…


 Pearl Jam – Dark Matter

Kathryn Williams & Withered Hand – Wilson Williams

And then releases for the 26th April include



And releases I need to get back to the record companies with my orders this week are for the 3rd May mainly and we will have…



This Irish duo have been making a few waves…good bit of interest on the shop floor…here is a tune




Going to hand ye over to Shane now for some down the road announcements as usual….before i do that though a really interesting one landed yesterday from David Murphy ( renowned pedal steel player) on CD and LP.  Shane will give ye a bit more info on it in a while but i played it most of yesterday afternoon and really enjoyed it….its beautiful as this tune below proves..David is playing a few tunes in Plugged for RSD Saturday @ 6 pm i think and will be in with us for an instore sometime in June.



Right sorry Shane…fire away kid…

No worries at all Ray, cheers. How’s it going everyone, nearly at RSD now!
Yeah, looking forward to Dave’s album, sounds really interesting, interpreting Irish tunes with pedal steel.
Here’s a bit more about it:
“Taking the instrument outside the confines of its traditional roots, Murphy has accumulated a growing list of recording and live credits. He can regularly be seen and heard on stage and in the studio with diverse Irish artists such as The Lost Brothers, John Blek & The Rats, Arborist, Cian Nugent, Ordnance Survey, Greenshine and The Remedy Club amongst others as well as touring or performing alongside acclaimed international artists such as Willy Vlautin, The Delines, Richmond Fontaine, M. Ward and Jolie Holland.

2024 sees Murphy take his first steps out of the shadows as a solo artist with the release of his own full-length studio album ‘Cuimhne Ghlinn: Explorations in Irish Music for Pedal Steel Guitar’ on the Rollercoaster Records label. This continues his quest to expand the vocabulary of the instrument and take it in new and exciting directions.

Murphy’s all-instrumental debut album recasts ancient Irish harp tunes and historic airs by O’Carolan, O’Riada et al into the 21st century, voiced by the mysterious, emotive and swelling sound of the pedal steel guitar. Supported by an all-star cast of musicians from across contemporary, modern-classical and folk worlds, the pedal steel ably takes its place within an ensemble featuring cello, violin, piano, harp, uilleann pipes and lush electronic textures and synths. Across 40 minutes, the album conjures a palette of sparse, dreamlike, atmospheric soundscapes and stirring, cinematic takes of these culturally significant compositions and melodies from Ireland’s great harpers, composers and song collectors.”

Like the cover and the bit of Gaeilge. It’s released this Friday on CD and vinyl:

A massive one to tell ye about that’s coming later this year is the brand new album by FONTAINES DC – Romance through XL Recordings!
These lads are going from strength to strength as we know. The frontman Grian Chatten’s solo album was one of my favourites from last year.
Here’s a teaser video for the album (love it – Stanley Kubrick fan): 

We’ll be getting a very limited amount of signed art prints too and they will go to the first 15 names who pre-order the album. So fastest fingers first on these. Probably best to order from the link above as we might not see the email for a few hours.
Here tis again: https://musiczone.ie/?s=Fontaines

Here’s what else is coming out over the next few months:

Here’s a track from them: https://youtu.be/Cu3HZEr_NAE?si=UrS6CgHG1Q6WbWu6

That’s all I think from me.
As Ray said, fantastic lineup for RSD. Will hopefully see some of ye on the day.
Up the walls at the moment with RSD stock and organising so no video but we’ll get back to them soon.

Ar ais duitse Ray!

Thanks Shane!


Right last one for this evening is Integral for the 10th of May


Excited for this one…some talent

Here is a tune from it …as good a lyric as Conor has written in my opinion… .there is an Irish record shop only exclusive vinyl available also!

Villagers – You Lucky One (Official Video)


Sin e really for this week folks

Hopefully see a good few of ye Saturday

I always tell myself enjoy it…but sher easier said than done when youre in the moment…mind do be going 100 mph…but ill try.

Thanks for listening as always and thanks to Shane and Adam as well

Slan for now

Ray, Shane and young Adam

MTV Unplugged Returns with Biffy Clyro : Live From The Roundhouse London, and a nice Right Here Right Now Festival Competition!

Hi Everyone,
Hope ye’r all doing alright..
Kind of a bumper release week in the shop this one… Loads out… Take me off my diet of ARCTIC MONKEYS, HEDGE SCHOOLS and MANIC STREET PREACHERS new albums which I like all of.. Apologies to HEDGE SCHOOLS as out IT Department made a slip last week by linking a LOST BROTHERS song to the write up.. Lost Brothers excellent also though so I hope ye enjoyed it.. I’m sure the IT Department will remedy the situation right now with a beautiful song from the older album from Hedge Schools.. Nothing from new album up yet..

Anyway back to today.. Releases include the mighty boxsets of PULSE by PINK FLOYD as a 4LP with a 52 page hardback book, and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’S ‘ALBUM COLLECTION VOLUME 2’.. We also have brand new albums by COURTNEY BARNETT, RYLEY WALKER, JAMES BAY, ASHTT (Theresa Wayman of WARPAINT), STEPHEN MALKMUS, HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT, RAY LAMONTAGNE… Deep Breath.. And Reissues by PAUL MCCARTNEY, THE BREEDERS, LENNY KRAVITZ, SPARKS, STEVE MILLER and THE FALL..

Video up again this week!! You can find it here

It’s 12 months already since the passing of Chris Cornell, hard to believe isn’t it… And again in the past 7 days the music world has lost another to suicide.. Scott Hutchison, a man who wrote some beautiful songs on his day, but was so unwell that he felt his death was the best option.. Isn’t just so so sad.. Always thought he names the band kind of with his illness in mind.. ‘Frightened Rabbit’.. But I read somewhere recently that his mother gave him the name (playfully) because of his chronic shyness as a boy / young fella.. I remember writing a few lines about him back in April 16 when the newest album came out… Painting of a panic attack where he had moved to LA and hated it.. Afraid to go out his front door… Begs the question, here at home and also abroad.. Is there really enough being done by governments to help people with mental illness.. Nearly 3 people a day in Ireland take their own lives.. Mainly young people.. Loads of money poured into other health areas.. Yet not mental health.. You wonder.. More could be done I feel.. RIP Scott, Chris, Chester and Dolores..

Ok so.. On to releases for the 25th if ye have any money left.. PIAS have new albums by KAMAAL WILLIAMS and WOODEN SHIJPS, as well as reissues by ESBJORN SVENSSON TRIO and KRIS KRISTOFFERSON..

Warner for the 25th have the BIFFY CLYRO ‘MTV Unplugged : Live at the Roundhouse London’, on CD, CD/DVD or 2LP/CD/DVD Pack.. The hugely popular series is back with a bang with Biffy..
“Although their live shows are best known for their electrifying and explosive energy, Biffy Clyro have often demonstrated that their songs possess an added poignancy when stripped back to their essence. Now the band can announce details of their first acoustic album, ‘MTV Unplugged: Live At Roundhouse London’ on May 25th.
The set is rich with favourites from the Biffy catalogue. ‘Machines’ is already long established as a highlight of the band’s live shows as Simon Neil performs accompanied by a single acoustic guitar, while the likes of ‘Many of Horror’, ‘Re-arrange’ and ‘Medicine’ are all natural fits for an Unplugged performance. Yet the band also flourish with stripped-back performances of songs that were more aggressive and dramatic in their original form, such as ‘The Captain’, ‘Black Chandelier’ and ‘Bubbles’.
The album also presents some special treats for Biffy fans. A stunning take on the Beach Boys’ classic ‘God Only Knows’ is an undoubted highlight, while a brand new original song is also included in the shape of ‘Different Kind of Love’.”

Warner also have the GRAVE DIGGER LP Reissues (Ltd to 300), the new JENNIFER WARNERS album on BMG, a new LIAM GALLAGHER 7”, PRINCE‘s ‘Nothing Compares To You’ for the first time ever on 7”, SAXON reissues of ‘Crusader, ‘Denim + Leather’, and ‘The Power and the Glory’ as LP Reissues..
Lastly Warner has the new STONE TEMPLE PILOTS LP, JEFF BECK ‘Live from the Hollywood Bowl’ 3LP, and a new Ska / Reggae comp from TROJAN..

Universal for the 25th of May have the return of SNOW PATROL.. 7th Album, Wildness’ out on CD, Deluxe CD and Exclusive Picture Disc LP… Meant to be jam packed with anthemic belters… I did really like an early album or two..
Uni also have the new (3rd) album by CHVRCHES called ‘Love Is Dead’.. CD and indies only transparent vinyl, as well as the new SHAWN MENDES album (self titled), the CD soundtrack to the new STAR WARS movie : Solo by JOHN POWELL, a new 12” single by BJORK as well as two reissues by the BEAUTIFUL SOUTH ‘0898’ and ‘Painting It Red’.

We are teaming up with the RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW Festival and The CORK OPERA HOUSE for a couple of nice competitions to do with the festival over the June Weekend… It’s a music festival of Cork music, in Cork, for Cork, so we are delighted to be involved..
So Comp One.. Anyone who buys an Irish Album on CD, or LP from tomorrow morning up until Tuesday the 29th of May will be entered into a draw for two tickets for the festival on the Sunday.. 6 different acts performing, as well as a 100EUR voucher for Sliced i.e. Cork’s Best Wood-Fire Pizza Restaurant!
Comp two will run next week on our Facebook and Instagram where tickets for Saturday Night are up for grabs, as well as a 100EUR voucher for your favourite shop!!
More details about the festival can be found here..

Also now up to watch on our YouTube is our mini documentary from this year’s RECORD STORE DAY.. Features live performances from Transmission Club, Stephanie Rainey, John Blek, The Shaker Hymn, Leftbank, August Wells, The Elation, The Burma and Ian Whitty and the Exchange! Huge thanks to all the bands for a cracking day, to Tim our camera man, and to everyone who came in to make the day so special again.
Give it a watch, thumbs up, and a share for us please, and be sure to subscribe for more content. Loads coming over next few weeks!

Sony for the 25th of May have the LP Release of the CAMILA CABELLO album, some SWEET CD reissues, as well as long awaited JANIS IAN reissues on CD + LP including of course ‘Between the Lines’.

ROM for the 25th of May have the ANGES OBEL ‘Late Night Tales’ series,,

The Orchard for the 25th have new albums by LINDA ORTEGA, CANDLEMASS, a new 7” by PUGWASH, swell as THE FALL ‘Levitate’ expanded 3LP edition or 2CD edition..

A lot of rabbiting on about these new privacy laws, so if you do not want to receive this newsletter, please hit the unsubscribe button.. I may cry, but i’ll get over it.. A good cry never hurt anyone..

Sin é for this week folks,
Thanks for Listening,

The Landing of the Arctic Monkeys Spaceship, A Springsteen Box Set Price Drop, and The Price of Music

Hey Everyone,

Hope all is well on this fine summer’s evening…

Ok so a few beauts in the shop now to let ye folks know about and I suppose none more so than the new ARCTIC MONKEYS record “ Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino” and so far so bloody good for me… Nice writer is our Mr .Turner, there’s some really clever lyrics in it again… “Everybody’s on a barge floating down the endless stream of great TV”..

Really looking forward to a proper listen, in the shop your ear or mind isn’t really on the music a lot of the time… But from what I heard i’m certainly going to like it, it’s definitely mellower than even the last record but I really have liked what I heard so far… Few indies only LPs with 16 page deluxe booklet left, and CD.

Another beaut is the new HEDGE SCHOOLS album ‘Magnificent Birds’, CD with us for now, LP to follow very shortly… The last album, “At The End Of The Winding Day” was a superb listen, in my top two records that year… Stunning it is. And the couple of listens so far of the new record “Magnificent Birds” (which has a Magnificent cover by the way) is another beautiful listen… Soft, gentle, sparse, evocative are words that spring to mind.. Loads more listening of this new record to be done over the coming years… And if it’s anything like the last record, it rewards the listener more and more every time its played.. The CD is just 10 euro… I would argue (a little trust here folks) that you won’t spend a better tenner all year… Here’s a taste… Ask for more on the shop floor if you want to hear it..

Music is cheap really isn’t it… I’m not on about the free thing… I’m on about about buying a record for 10 euro up to 30 euro… If you connect with that record, then that music is so cheap… That music gives you so much for your tenner (or more dosh in most cases now to be fair)…  That money really is some of the best money you will ever spend (off course you are going to say that Raymond!… But I believe it)… How many times have you listened to your favourite records?? Do they stir emotions that lots of other “products” would not even scratch the surface of?? Genuine tingles down the back from a lyric or a crescendo or an intro?? It sounds like i’m doing an ad for mastercard or some shower now, but priceless I would argue…? You will take to the grave or to the bunsen burner, those feelings/emotions given to you by music… We are visited (less regularly than before, as it is now) by bereaved people looking for the “funeral” songs….. I doubt if bereaved people visit the DIY shop looking for the supersonic C90 power hose “cos the auld lad loved his power hoses”  and we wanted to spray the earth as they lowered him down or maybe try put out the bunsen burner… Can ye catch my drift in amongst all that?

Move on Raymond or you will be up all night kid… More new ones for today by RY COODER, BLACK PANTHER OST and BEACH HOUSE, as well as reissues by TOM WAITS (got a few of the 200), MAX RICHTER, SIMON & GARFUNKEL, MILES DAVIS and HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD.

New release video up again for you all, check it out here!

Right so moving on to the 18th of May… We have the battle of the boxsets.. In the Blue corner we have BRUCE’S Album Collection Volume 2 (after high powered negotiations during the week with the power that be in Sony… We are able to offer the Bruce box now for 175 Euro on preorders… For those couple of ye who committed to the190 last week well that’s tough I suppose… Should have waited till this week!) (the chef on the yacht ain’t cheap you know..)

In the the off red corner is the PINK FLOYD box set of the incredible “PULSE” Recording… 100EUR pre-order still open… Dearer once released folks… That’s just the way it is… PULSE should be sweet id say, tis a brilliant recording.

Sony as well as the limited and numbered Springsteen boxset for just 175 I say, also have the new RAY LAMONTAGNE album “Part Of The Light” on CD and LP.

Warner as well as the fantastic PULSE reissue also have the reissue of compilation “Relics” by Floyd as well as the new SLEEP album “The Scientists” on Third man records available as a standard Black LP, CD or limited indies only vinyl…. Just 50 copies available on that one so again don’t know if I will get any… My hats in the ring…

Warner also have a new JOE BONAMASSA releases, “British Blues Explosion : Live”, a salute from Joe to Clapton, Beck and Page.. Available via Provogue on indies only red, white and blue LP, or CD, or Blu Ray..

Warner also have a new EP by JAMES on 10’’ (four tracks) limited vinyl VIA Infectious.. OTIS REDDING “Dock of the Bay Sessions” on CD or LP.. “Live In Oberhausen”, on DVD / 2CD or BluRay / 2CD, or on two volumes on vinyl.

Lastly from Warner for the 18th of May we have new albums by AMORPHIS, and BRAD MEHLDAU TRIO, as well as 60’s + 70’s LP Compilations

The Orchard for the 18th have new albums by FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, and AT THE GATES.

Universal for the 18th of May have new albums by JAMES BAY, indies only red LP, PAUL MCCARTNEY LP and CD reissues of ‘Chaos and Creation’, ‘New’ and ‘Thrillington’ as well as a WINGS Greatest Hits…

Uni also have a new album by WARPAINT guitarist and vocalists THERESA WAYMAN, A.K.A TT.. Album ‘LoveLaws’ out on CD and LP.

Universal have reissues on LP by THE STEVE MILLER BAND including ‘Fly Like an Eagle’ and LENNY KRAVITZ ‘Greatest Hits’ on 2LP, and lastly SPARKS ‘Exoctic Creatures of the Deep’ on 2LP, a first timer on vinyl…

PIAS for the 18th have the new RYLEY WALKER album ‘Deafman Glance’ as well as new albums by ASH (Indies only LP), STEPHEN MALKMUS AND THE KICKS (indies only one), JOHNNY GREENWOOD OST of ‘Body Song’… Lasly from PIAS, we will have four BREEDERS albums on 4AD reissued, ‘POD’, ‘LAST SPLASH’, ‘TITLE TK’, and Mountain Battles’.

Music On Vinyl for the 18th of May have LYNYRD SKYNYRD ‘Collected’, hopefully numbered and limited..

Cracking week for releases next week to be fair.. Probably the best of the year so far???
Not over yet…

Proper have the 2nd album by COURTNEY BARNETT ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’, on CD, LP or real limited indies only LP…

New HALF MAN HALF BISCUIT album ‘No one Here Cares About Your Creative Hub, So Get Your F**king Hedge Cut’ also out.. Album cover is a picture of said message on a shed door… The Biscuit man has earthly neighbours it seems.. Proper also have a MARK E SMITH / THE FALL ‘Best Of’ on CD and new GRETCHEN PETERS album

Also everyone, a very kind customer called into us today and has a ticket but can not make it to The Rolling Stones gig in Croke Park on the 17th of May… The ticket is free to a good home, so we’ll be taking names until noon tomorrow.. No later than noon.. and then we’ll do a draw from a hat.. Just the one ticket.. Also the ticket will have to be collected in Dublin so we will put the winner in touch with the person who is giving it away and that can all be arranged, but it will not be in Cork.. Let us know if you want to be put in the hat!!

Sin é for this week folks

Thanks for listening
Vinyl Records Ireland

Arctic Monkeys, Pulse, And How Many Caps Can A Man Have??

Hi everyone,

Hope ye’r all doing alright tonight tonight..

Newbies and reissues in the shop include new albums by FRANK TURNER, REJJIE SNOW, KACEY MUSGRAVES, DIMMU BORGIR, GAZ COOMBES, INSAHN and THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING OST by JOHAN JOHANSSON (limited and numbered that one) as well as a BRIAN ENO Boxset and reissues by ENIGMA on coloured vinyl, THE CRANBERRIES, MACHINE HEAD.

Video up and running again this week, few guest appearances this week!

Ok so moving on to releases for the 11th of May, as mentioned in last weeks ramblings, one of the most anticipated albums of the year out on Domino, ARCTIC MONKEYS return with their sixth album, entitled ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’. Produced by James Ford and Alex Turner, the album was recorded in Los Angeles, Paris and London.  Their first release since 2013’s ‘AM’ finds the band intent on continuing to explore new musical terrain with each album. ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ ups the ante in a big way; it is a bold and brilliant album reflecting Turner’s ever more comprehensive creative vision. CD in card pack. LP on heavyweight vinyl with digital download code.  Also available to specialist retailers on heavyweight clear vinyl with download code…. We are one of said specialist retailers and we still have 14 copies to be allocated if you want one, let us know… Loads of cap holding going on by me this week actually… Like shaking a box in front of Queen..? Hopefully not says he tongue firmly placed in my cheek, as all newsletters are folks.

PIAS also have the new BEACH HOUSE album next friday the 11th, CD and indies only clear vinyl also as well as THE SEA AND CAKE reissue on LP indies only pink of “Any Day”.

WARNER for the 11th have the reissue of TOM WAITS classic “Nighthawks at the Diner”… Tis fierce limited to 200 copies on red vinyl for RSD stores only… I have my name in the hat for some, do the same if you like… Cap 2… The standard black version will be readily available from the following Friday the 18th if the red ones don’t work out for me or us… We are family.

Sony for the 11th have some Music on Vinyl transitions including Simon & Garfunkel “Greatest Hits” and MILES DAVIS “Greatest Hits”.


OK may as well do it in one burst I suppose… Caps 3, 4 and 5 firmly in hand here…
Chasing names folks to be cap in hand blunt about it… Smiling as always… Here’s the sceal on three box sets due out over next few weeks…


*4LP 180g Box a 52-page hardback photo book, all encased in a thick card slipcase
Pink Floyd re-release their 1995 UK Number 1 live album ‘PULSE’, pressed on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl.  ‘PULSE’ was compiled by James Guthrie, using various performances from the band’s 1994 Division Bell tour across the UK and Europe featuring David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright. The album includes ‘The Dark Side of the Moon’ performed in full, as well as a whole side dedicated to the show’s encore.
The 4-LP set includes four different inner sleeves, each inside individual outer sleeves, plus a 52-page hardback photo book, all encased in a thick card slipcase. This 2018 release was remastered from the original tapes by James Guthrie, Joel Plante and Bernie Grundman. Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis and Peter Curzon, who worked on the original art with the late Hipgnosis co-founder, Storm Thorgerson, recreated the art package.

100 EURO Best Price on pre-orders… Need to know by Monday at 6 if interested… Hello, hello… Is there anybody out there…? I think you will find the price savage competitive..



The limited edition boxset covers Bruce Springsteen’s second decade as a recording artist, with many of the albums included having achieved Top 5 positions internationally, reaching gold, platinum or multi-platinum status in major territories worldwide. Following on from the successful 2014 Boxset, covering the period 1973-84, Vol 2 features all five studio and live albums recorded for Columbia Records between 1987 and 1996 –all of which have long been out of print -as well as a 60pg book featuring rarely seen photos, memorabilia and press clippings from the period. Additionally, the boxset also features two EPs –Blood Brothers (available on vinyl for the first time) and Chimes of Freedom –both of which are exclusive to the box. Furthermore, each boxset features a numbered Certificate of Authenticity

The audio on The Album Collection Vol. 2 is sourced from the highest-quality transfers of each original analogue album master. Acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig and Springsteen’s long-time engineer Toby Scott utilized the Plangent Process, noted for its ability to correct pitch errors and distortions in the magnetic tape, ensuring the best possible quality versions of these albums. Additionally, two of the albums in the set have been pressed on double vinyl for the first time to further maximize audio fidelity.

‘Tunnel of Love’ (1987)* (2 LP)
‘Human Touch’ (1992)* (2 LP)
‘Lucky Town’ (1992) (1 LP)
‘In Concert / MTV Plugged’ (1993) (2 LP)
‘The Ghost of Tom Joad’ (1995) (1 LP)
expanded across two LPs to maximize audio quality

12 Eps including:
‘Chimes of Freedom’ (1988) (1 EP)
‘Blood Brothers’ (1996)** (1 EP)
** first-ever vinyl release
60 Page Songbook
Certificate of Authenticity (numbered)

190 is the best we can do on the Bruce set… 








Whenever The Rolling Stones do anything, they do it with quality and gravitas. Having defined rock’n’roll in the 60s, The Rolling Stones entered their imperial phase in 1971 with Sticky Fingers. What followed is a run of albums that couldn’t have happened at any other time, by any other band: the decadent excess of Exile On Main St, the Jamaican voodoo swamp of Goats Head Soup, the disco and punk-infused prowl of Some Girls. With each new decade, the Stones evolved while staying true to their roots, coming full circle in 2016 with Blue & Lonesome, a love letter to their first inspiration: the blues. Today, The Rolling Stones and Universal Music announce ‘The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016’, a brand new limited edition vinyl box set collection, featuring 15 albums across 20 LPs released on 15 June 2018.

‘The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016’ presents this monumental era in rock’n’roll history in a highly bespoke, lenticular mounted, limited edition box-set housing the 15 studio albums from Sticky Fingers through to Blue & Lonesome in faithful and intricate original packaging replications. Every album has been lovingly remastered and cut at revelatory half-speed at Abbey Road Studios, from vinyl specific original tape transfers designed to get the very best possibly sound from the format. Each album is pressed on heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl and includes a download card for HD digital redemption of the catalogue and includes a numbered certificate of authentication.

Cut at half speed, these are among the highest quality vinyl pressings that these classic Rolling Stones albums will have ever received. Half speed mastering and pressed to a very high standard ensures top notch sound quality for the listener. Special care has been taken to create packaging to the same high standards, with detailed artwork reproduction for each album including ‘Some Girls’, which comes housed in the replica design including 20 cut-outs on the cover, while the sleeve of ‘Sticky Fingers’ is presented as Andy Warhol’s original design, complete with a working zip with a hidden image underneath and ‘Exile On Main Street’ comes with a set of 12 original postcard inserts.

Abbey Road Studios’ engineers have been cutting grooves into discs since the studios first opened in 1931. In 2013, award-winning engineer Miles Showell joined their existing mastering team, bringing a wealth of disc-cutting experience with him.

One of the artisan techniques offered by Abbey Road Studios that results in the very highest quality sound reproduction is Half Speed Cutting. This process involves the master source being played back at precisely half its recorded speed while the cutting lathe is similarly turned at half the desired playback speed. This allows the cutting head twice the time to cut the intricate groove, allowing considerably more accuracy with important matters such as frequency extremes and micro-dynamic contrasts. The resulting cuts have excellent high frequency response (treble) and very solid and stable stereo images. It’s not quite as simple as running everything at half rate. There is an EQ curve applied to all vinyl records and by running the lathe at half speed, all the frequencies are wrong. However, the technical staff at Abbey Road Studios have had new custom-built filters installed which allow Miles to practice half speed cutting to the full on a modified Neumann VMS-80 lathe.

‘The Studio Albums Vinyl Collection 1971-2016’

  • Sticky Fingers (1971)
    LP sleeve presented as Andy Warhol’s original design complete with working zip and hidden image beneath

  • Exile On Main St (1972) (2LP)
    2LP in original style gatefold sleeve complete with inner-bags and set of 12 perforated postcards

  • Goats Head Soup (1973)
    LP in gatefold sleeve with two inserts

  • It’s Only Rock’n’Roll (1974)
    LP with original heavyweight inner sleeve

  • Black And Blue (1976)
    LP in gatefold sleeve with original inner bag and lyric sheet

  • Some Girls (1978)
    LP housed in replica design including 20 cut-outs on the cover

  • Emotional Rescue (1980)
    LP with original sized poster

  • Tattoo You (1981)
    LP with original heavyweight inner sleeve

  • Undercover (1983)
    LP with original heavyweight inner sleeve and lyric sheet

  • Dirty Work (1986)
    LP with original heavyweight inner sleeve, red shrink wrapping and bespoke sticker

  • Steel Wheels (1989)
    LP complete with original inner sleeve and sales insert

  • Voodoo Lounge (1994) (2LP)
    2LP gatefold sleeve with original lyric inners

  • Bridges To Babylon (1997) (2LP)
    2LP with original lyric inners

  • A Bigger Bang (2005) (2LP)
    2LP gatefold sleeve with original lyric inners

  • Blue & Lonesome (2016) (2LP)
    2LP gatefold sleeve with original inners

Ok so…. Best price looks like 430 Euro… Gulp gulp I know… It’s more than a f**king cap in your hand raymond my friend I can hear ye say.. Better send the wife away for the weekend if im bringing that into the house… I know I know… shall I tease some more… First three nods my way will get very limited edition prints of the Dublin show artwork… I’m outta here while i’m still alive, caps and all.

UNIVERSAL for the 11th of May have the new RY COODER album “The Prodigal Son” on CD and LP via Concord records. UNI also have the 15th Anniversary of the “Blue Notebooks” by MAX RICHTER, a new MAGIC NUMBERS record, LP format of THE BLACK PANTHER OST, a GLENN FREY CD Compilation and a 10th Anniversary Edition of “Swan Songs” by HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD.

MUSIC ON VINYL have a limited and coloured version of “How To Talk To Girls At Parties” soundtrack.

Anyway, folks how many caps can one man have so..
MusicCork next week

Sin é for this week
Thanks for listening

Delorentos In-Store, Old-School Indies Only Arctic Monkeys ‘Tranquility Base Hotel + Casino’ Vinyl!!

Hi everyone,
Hope ye’r all well.. Settling back down after our day in the sun.. Great day all round.. Thanks so so so much to all of ye who came in and supported us…
Also a huge thanks to all the musicians who came in and performed for us.. Each and every one of them are quality to deal with.. They help to create the atmosphere as much as anyone else..
Thanks also to Bobby and Shane as always, to the shopping centre for being so accommodating, and also to Red FM who pushed us all week on the radio..
We all had a lovely day even though my head swam for most of the day.. All good though.. Thanks again everyone!..

Right so moving on to releases in the shop for the 27th.. We have the new DELORENTOS record ‘True Surrender’ on CD and LP.. We had the lads instore  last Saturday. Brilliant performance, and thanks a million to them!

Also out we have new albums by VAN MORISSON, OKKERVIL RIVER, BLOSSOMS, FOREIGNER, ANNE MARIE, JANELLE MONAE, as well as reissues or LP releases by NOEL GALLAGHER (new 12’’ Remix Single), ENNIO MORRICONE (500 world wide of ‘My Dear Killer’ OST on Red Vinyl) and POST MALONE..

Right so moving on to releases for the 4th of May.. We have from WARNER brand new albums from DIMMU BORGIR, and PLAN B, as well as the vinyl release of the excellent album by REJJIE SNOW..

Sony for the 4th have the reissue of SIMON + GARFUNKEL’s ‘GREATEST HITS’ which is a MOV transition product, and the reissue of MICHAEL JACKSON’S ‘Dangerous’ on LP.

Universal for the 4th of May have the new album by GAZ COOMBES on CD and Indies only Pink Vinyl, as well as the new FRANK TURNER album on Polydor on CD and on vinyl, called ‘Be More Kind’.
Universal also has a BRIAN ENO ‘Music For Installations’ on Limited 9LP boxset, as well as a new album by IHSAH called ‘Amr’, and a vinyl release of the new KACEY MUSGRAVE album ‘Golden Hour’… Really good listen to be honest..
Last but not least from Universal are the vinyl reissues of the full ENIGMA catalogue on lovely coloured vinyl.. One press only.. All their albums including ‘MCMXC’ and ‘Cross of Changes’.. Both of those on red vinyl..

PIAS for the 4th have the new album by DAMIEN JURADO and KING GIZZARDS ‘Gumboat Soup’.. The 5th album of 7 they released last year..

PIAS for the 11th Of May have arguably the most important album of the year for the industry.. The new ARCTIC MONKEYS album ‘Tranquility Base Hotel and Casino’ is the album in question.. Can the band ‘crossover’ to people who don’t really consume music.. Probably the biggest band born this century.. Ok, Adele and Ed are bigger and have crossed over more, but the Monkeys are possibly the biggest band born this century… Old school way of releasing the album also… Zero going to be heard before it hits the shops, and I persume the streaming platforms.. I like that.. Good old fashioned anticipation..

Anyway, the assassin is back from yacht shopping and wants to tell ye about the one press only clear vinyl indies only version of the album.. Limited, and one press only.. May not even get what I ordered of it so let me or the lads know if you want a copy.. The price on this is 33EUR for the indies only one.. Standard vinyl available also.. Bit cheaper, available as CD also.. Vinyl includes downloads..

I was at Music Cork this past few days rubbing heads with the industry figures, shooting the breeze, discussing yacht prices and that.. More on that next week.. I’ll fill ye in then.. Been a messy week at the HQ, throw music Cork into the equation also…

So sin é for this week folks..
Thanks for listening,


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Limited + Coloured Bowie Vinyl Out Next Week, The Music Zone HQ Now On Instagram, and Our Full RSD Live Music Line Up and Stage Times!

Hi Everyone,
Hope ye are all doing well..
Bit of a long one this week with RSD Bits, so if the email cuts out before the end there’ll be a ‘View Full Email’ option to click below, hopefully it won’t come to that!

It has been a bit of a messy week with regards the new releases (sometimes after bank holidays it happens… Other times its down to someone dropping the ball in the supply chain)… Both occured this week…
The EELS album is delayed but I am told I should have it Monday (That’s today.. Friday, remember I one finger tap this on a Thursday night… Rainy night in Music Zone Corporation Home HQ… Quiet house other than that though… For now.. The rain could set off the nightwalkers at any moment though methinks so I will give a real update tomorrow (friday) on it because it was a drop the ball somewhere along the chain and we only twigged it Weds evening, thinking up to then  it was delayed ‘cos of the long weekend… So PIAS/CINRAM told us we would have it Friday for sure, but I don’t think they ever got a box out to us in 24 hours so I aint holding my breath really to be honest… Monday or tuesday at worst… I ordered them on the 15th of March like!!).. So once again sorry for the mishap.. More concrete info tomorrow as in Friday… Confused??… Sorry about that also…

Uni new releases delayed but will be tomorrow… But wait, what we have got is KYLIE’S new album and new albums by BLACKBERRY SMOKE, LE GALAXIE, DAVID KITT, ELVIS, JOHNNY CASH and LORDE’s newest album gets its LP release, as well as reissues by LOVE and BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN.

Video up for last two weeks of releases here, be sure to subscribe!

We’ve also decided to jump over to Instagram for our newest social media outing! So please give us a follow if you are on it, we’ll be putting up pictures of new releases each week, clips of upcoming videos, and general vinyl and music goodness!

Releases for next week the 13th of April are decent enough (as is May… New ARCTIC MONKEYS on the 11th of May, PINK FLOYD’s ‘Pulse’ on vinyl on the 18th of May… Nice and nice again)

Universal have a couple of U2 LP reissues and remastered versions of “Pop” and “All That You Can’t Leave Behind”… “Pop” may have been a disappointment to some at the time but I think it stood the test of time well and like it a lot … Personally I wouldn’t love “All That You Can’t Leave Behind”… It’s grand but that’s my opinion… One man’s meat another man’s poison and all that..
Here’s more info… Forgot to mention “Wide Awake In America” also reissued..

UMC/Island/Interscope are proud to announce the release of 3 new vinyl reissues from Irish rock giants, U2. All remastered and pressed on 180gsm vinyl, includes download cards.
Wide Awake In America is a four-track half live/half studio EP from 1985. Originally released only in North America and Japan, it was subsequently re-released internationally in the late 1980s. SThe artwork is a faithful reproduction of the original release. Download card with access to all tracks on the EP digitally, for the first time with this title on vinyl. All That You Can’t Leave Behind, the tenth studio album from U2, garnered multiple Grammy awards following its release in October 2000 and shot to #1 in 32 countries. The artwork comprises a 16-page booklet featuring lyrics and photography by Anton Corbijn. 3rd March 2018 marks the 21st anniversary of Pop, U2’s ninth studio album, which reached #1 in the UK, US, Ireland and 26 other countries around the world following its release in 1997. The artwork has been faithfully reproduced from the original release, including a gatefold sleeve, printed inner sleeves and a lyrics insert.• Download card with access to all 12 tracks on the album digitally, for the first time with this album on vinyl.

Uni also have the METALLICA’s  “5.98 Dollar EP : Garage Days Revisited” and remastered… Covers album they done in ‘87… There is a retail bricks and mortar only orange vinyl… Also on cassette and CD.. Debut album by ISAAC GRACIE out on UNI  and new album from THE DAMNED called “Evil Spirits” , BARRY WHITE 2LP “Greatest Hits” and singles boxset, and second album from BREAKING BENJAMIN on Spinefarm.Lastly from Uni for next week the 13th are four JULIAN COPE LP reissues : Jevovahkill, My Nation Underground, Saint Julian and Peggy Suicide.

New MANIC’s album from Sony for next week “Resistance is Futile” on CD, DELUXE CD, LP and retail shops only white LP… Two words… Great Band…. Indies only 7” single out on the same day.
Reissues on LP by JEAN MICHEL JARRE of “Revolutions” and “Chronology”, as well as HENDRIX “Band of Gypsys” LP reissue.

New JOSH ROUSE album on Yep Roc via Proper out on the 13th also.

The Orchard have the new JOHN PRINE album on CD and LP “The Tree of Forgiveness” it is called..


ROM have some nice reissues, reasonable priced reissues of FATS DOMINO, NAT KING COLE, NINA SIMONE, HARRY BELAFONTE, BLUES LEGENDS and DYLAN IN JAZZ.

Warner have the DAVID BOWIE “Changestwobowie” on CD and very limited black and blue vinyl… The new NEIL YOUNG AND THE PROMISE OF THE REAL album on LP this week the 13th… CD next week the 20th… It’s a soundtrack to the film “Paradox” directed by his new muse Darryl and starring himself… Not sure of the plot, not sure does Croz play the villain or the prodigal son or if its a rockumentary … Not so sure about it full stop but I need to hear or see it first really…. Productive is our Neil in fairness to him.

Lastly from Warner is BEHEMOTH “Messe Noir” on 2LP OR CD/DVD or CD/BluRay.. The Satanist album live is what it is.

MOV have a reissue of MACHINE HEAD’s “ The Burning Red” on LP.

Right so, our Lineup of Music is sorted for RSD18… Fair bit of organising, and toing and froing involved believe me but we are set now I think… Try catch an act/band if you can, its part and parcel of the day for us.. We are trying to show off some of the talent our city has to offer so get in if you can or get back in if your an early bird… Lots of negatives can be said about RSD but it was our busiest day last year by over 100%…  About 2 excellent weeks business in a day and the live music is part and parcel of it for us… The rugby gods shone on Munster last week some would say, and they seemed to have shone on the shop since by having the Munster fixture on the Sunday this year.. Hurrah!
Anyway the music of the rebel county (Mostly!!)

Done an excellent 6 piece instore last year.. It was quality… Loads of talent here… Doing a full band set again.. 30 mins.

Seriously talented rising Cork star… Delighted to have her involved…. 3 piece band… 30 mins

Seriously good new album out, Catharsis Vol. 1, lovely lovely guitar work… Excellent solo performance in the shop last year for the launch of his new album… Worth a listen folks… Solo 30 mins

Ok look shop favourites maybe… Really really rate these boys… New tune again top notch… Full band performance… Never had them in for a full band performance before so buzzing for this one… Note the time folks! 30 mins

Delighted to welcome the lads back, seriously great instore the last time round from Kenneth and John… They ooze class… In everything they do… Responded within a few minutes. “Yeah we will do it lads no problem” after I requested an RSD in store.. Not everyone says yes to us, au contraire dear rodders, au contraire… 2 pièce, 30 mins

2.45PM  LEFTBANK (Side Project of Ruby Horses Deckie Lucey)
Seriously respected musician and producer, spent a long time in the states… New album out this year… Couple of tracks from it… “When I’m Gone” featured in the Farrelly brothers show “loudermilk”  and “ I just want to know for sure” was nominated for song of the year at Independent music awards in NYC….delighted to welcome him.

Again delighted to have the lads in…up and coming Cork band… Only an EP out for now… Cracking cracking lead tune from it though…. Looking forward to seeing them… Full band set again. 30 mins

Big friends of the shop… Third time in in 8 months… Must give them a rest for a while.. Really like their sound we do… 3 piece performance this time. 30 mins

We’ve ye spoilt like!!
So feel free to spoil us back… Loads of live music on but feel free to ring our till, thats what it’s about also… We will take ye’r money in a friendly, polite, considerate and kind way to the backdrop of live music… Sure couldn’t be better.

While i’m on the RSD thing… SONY and Warner fills are good enough but must hear back from a lot of others still… More info next week on all that and centre access times, where to enter and from what time.. Milk tray men coming through the roof at 3AM aside.
An Update added here.. Got an email on Friday from Warner about ADA stock who they distribute for.. Not the best news.

“Hi Ray
Hope all is good with you sir. Just wanted to send you on a list of your allocation for this year’s RSD title. The only major issue we had was we over indulged on the Led Zeppelin and had to half most of the orders. On the ADA side of things there were a few lines that we got cut on completely. They were :”

Jackie Mittoo


Jesus Jones Vs Aphex Twin & The Prodigy

Zeros and Ones


I Do Like To Be B-side The A-Side




I’m Not Sayin’ / The Last Mile

Small Faces

Lazy Sunday Afternoon (Early Mix) / Ogdens’ Nut Gone Flake

The Vapors

Turning Japanese


So those couple we will not have on the day… Sorry..  None in the country, all for our friends overseas.. Warner Ireland are not happy either as you can imagine.. Apologies.. Still hopeful we might get a couple, but looking very unlikely unfortunately… Out of our hands, we’re sorry..

Oh sorry lastly on it,
Have been hounding MERCURY REV also and they said they might call in the morning to say hello but probably won’t play… If any of ye get chatting to them at their gigs in St Lukes… Ye might tell them we’re alright! And as well as Mercury Rev we could / will have another appearance added to our list by this time next week for RSD! But more on that next week!

Right so,
00:21 : Body and mind tired… Only one night walker so far, for only a minute earlier..
Sin é for this week
Thanks for listening

Return of the Mighty Eels, News on the State of the Industry in the States, and RSD Getting Tight

Hi Everyone,

Hope ye’r all doing alright..

Releases so today in Musiczone.ie’s Corporate HQ include the first two albums by THE STREETS, new ones from BEN HARPER / CHARLIE MUSSELWHITE,  CABBAGE, DEAF HAVANA, KACEY MUSGRAVE, MAX RICHTER, THE VACCINES and reissues by THE SHINS (delayed from last week) SONNY ROLLINS and BAND OF HORSES.

Right so, releases then for next week the 6th of APRIL include (April looks a bit warmer to be fair and not just with RSD… RSD, oh more on that in the minute).. Via SONY, ELVIS PRESLEY “The Searcher” Original Soundtrack on 2CD, 3CD or 2LP, as well as JOHNNY CASH’s “Forever Words”…  It’s a collaborative album consisting of 16 songs created from Johnny Cash’s unknown poetry, lyrics, and letters set to music by an astounding array of contemporary artists including Chris Cornell, Ruston Kelly & Kacey Musgraves, Rosanne Cash, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Brad Paisley, Kris Kristofferson & Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Elvis Costello, and more.

Universal for the 6th of April have two different reworkings of ELTON JOHN’s Greatest Hits… First one called “Revamp” done by contemporary artists, and the second one called “Restoration” done by country artists.

Uni also have new albums by 30 SECONDS TO MARS, LISA STANSFIELD, WINTERFYLLETH on 2CD Digi and LP, and live albums by ALBERT HAMMOND and HALL & OATES “Live in Dublin” (not the more recent one where the sound quality was very questionable I believe but an older one from 2014 I think)..

Lastly from Universal is the LP release of the newest LORDE album “Melodrama” and a FRANK SINATRA Best Of 20 track compilation called “Baby Blue Eyes” .

Speaking of Uni and RSD… We didn’t get a great fill across their titles with them to be honest, allocated a good bit less than last year… I don’t envy their job I suppose… Trying to keep 45 shops happy with small qtys…. Bit like trying to feed the starving, we’re a bit like the box on the mantelpiece in the old days for lent… Uni ireland were promised 50% of the Gallagher allocation which would have been 375 but only got 20% .. Do the maths… We got into double figures but not enough to satisfy demand (sorry in advance).. The Bowie through Uni is also a big problem… Cut to 30% of what I ordered… Again late arrivers will be disappointed maybe even some early risers too… The other Bowie’s will be ok i’d say for a good part of the day anyway (again sorry… And I am… I really hate disappointing regular lads).. The Cures, Soundgarden and David Sylvian are also tight… Springsteen and Rage are tight with Sony… The Zeppelin is tight with Warner and I have not heard from the others yet… Look just keeping ye folks informed (would appreciate no return sure you’ll look after me emails about the above please lads and ladies… It kind of is what it is… Overall it will be a good fill… I have highlighted 9 titles of 500 that will be problematic so far (good ones I know!)… Most of the rest should be fairly ok I hope… That’s the day for yeah lads… The day’s core message is to support indie shops and drive customers to it’s shops by offering rare bespoke vinyl… Anyway look, just being honest with ye…. That’s that till next

On the entertainment side

THE SHAKER HYMN, AUGUST WELLS, JOHN BLEK, THE BURMA, LEFTBANK (side project of Ruby Horse) and TRANSMISSION CLUB are all more or less confirmed… Maybe a nice surprise or two next week as well we hope…. THE SHAKER HYMN are the most underrated band in the country in my opinion… Two fine albums out and the new tune is quality once again delighted to have them in for a full band set… A quick listen here… More on the bands so next week.


PIAS have one of my own favs in the new EELS album “The Deconstruction” on limited CD Digi, way more limited deluxe box set thingy with a few pink vinyl in it, the LP format of the album comes as two 10” records on yellow vinyl… Haven’t listened to any of it yet… Hoping for a nice surprise, don’t want to spoil it on myself like… new ones also from THE UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA and GOAT GIRL.. Iindies only formats on both these two also.. U.M.O. getting great reviews also.

I won’t bore ye too much like last week but funnily enough after my ramas about the state (good or bad) of the industry, the figures came through these last few days of how the music industry performed in the United States of Americaaa last year, 2017..

Here are the core points I suppose…
Total industry figure was 8.7 billion up 15% from 7,5 billion
Streaming was responsible for all the growth.
Streaming amounts to 65% of all paid for music consumed in 2017 in the States…. Like an Everly brother all they want to do is stream, stream, stream, stream… Whenever I want you all I gotta do is stream.

Physical is 17%.
Downloads are 15%
Synch is 3%
Physical was down 4% overall (which was much less of a decline than in recent years so there may be a settling down period… I doubt it!!)
Vinyl was up 10% to 400 million dollars but CD fell 6% to 1.1 billion dollars…

So that’s the nuts and bolts of it really folks…
CD still at 1.1 billion dollars.. Lot of cash
Overall positive for the industry… But for my part of it… So so… Nearly holding its own, so not too bad… Need to keep an eye over there, they cough we get sick type scenario..
Overall levels of turnover back to 2008 but still 40% away from peak levels…
Begs the question which im going to start asking… How much is the artist seeing?
If it’s 40% away from peak levels… Whats that 13 billion dollars… But grew 15% last year… If it keeps that up till surpass the peak in 3 years… Is the artist/band seeing it?
SPOTIFY are floating on US stock exchange next month I think..
Won’t bore ye anymore with industry stuff…. Would much rather talk about releases but a bit quiet there of late… It’s looking better later in the month.

Warner for the 6th of April have a 50th Anniversary Deluxe Boxset of LOVE’s “ Forever Changes”.. 4CD/DVD/LP in one boxset as well as the new album from KYLIE… A bit of a country album I think! Available on 6 formats… Great fun that for a retailer especially for an artist like Kylie… And lastly Warner have the new BLACKBERRY SMOKE album on Earache on CD, 2lp or indies only 2LP only 1K of them.

ROM have the second album from HINDS , a LEVELLER’S boxset on 2CD/2DVD which includes the documentary film, and the greatest hits on vinyl, MOBY “Play B-Sides” back again this time on black vinyl though, and a remix of the ZOLA JESUS album with bonus tracks.

The Orchard have the new album by LE GALAXIE “Pleasure” on CD and LP… Third album from them, May Kay formerly of FIGHT LIKE APES is now a full time member.
Orchard also has an OTHERKIN Live LP, Kamelot new album and MASTERSYSTEM album which is a supergroup made of members of EDITORS and FRIGHTENED RABBIT.
Well sin é for this week folks,

Thanks for listening

Zeppelin.. Jack White.. And FLIPPIN’ Hell!!!

Hi Everyone,
Hope your all well..
Man it’s been a long day (Thursday) but i’m sure ye have about as much interest in listening to it as I have in telling it…

Right so releases for today include brand new albums by THE DECEMBERISTS, YO LA TENGO, JOAN BAEZ, THE STUNNING, and JOHN WILLIAMS’ New score to The Last Jedi Star Wars film..

Reissues in the Music Zone Emporium Of Fine Things today include remastered versions of the RORY GALLAGHER catalogue…15 titles on LP… Sweet… Loads of “Rorys” around my age… The boy made an impact in more ways than one.. I know a lot of ye have wish listed to us the RORY Live in France RSD release… It will probably be the biggest RSD release the shop has ever had… I am mildly confident we will get a fairly decent fill on it but only 750 copies in the UK and here… Not a lot….. The Cork card will work in our favour I hope… But there will be big big demand for this so look all i’m saying is we can only do what we can do… Set your alarms now i’d say and no shouting at us please.. Life’s too short

As im on the RSD thing, there is a faller at the first… Disappointing one for a few JOY DIVISION fans i’d say but the WARSAW album is a goner… Got an email a few days back… Not happening, no real explanation..
“The WARSAW / WARSAW title has been CANCELLED and will not be available as part of our RSD offers. Please advise any of your customers that this release is on hold for the time being.”

Bron orm aris folks… Anyway other reissues today include an expensive import of THE CRANBERRIES Debut album, reworking / remix of THUNDERCAT album “Drank”, some lovely COCTEAU TWINS reissues, PARADISE LOST and KEANE reissues..

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Moving on so to releases for the 23rd of March Warner have the LED ZEPPELIN “How the West Was Won” remastered album on 4LP or 3CD or super douper deluxey boxset thingy ma job… Oh there is a Bluray audio format also…

Warner also has the new single from the MOZ man (heard rather mixed reviews of the gig lately in Dublin… Treading dangerous ground here Raymond boy better back off… Sorry didn’t hear anything actually) on 7” “My Love, I’d Do Anything For You” any truth that the Moz man didn’t write this and that it was a bunch of superfans??…
Speaking off superfans… We had a JACK WHITE Superfan in the shop last week, all the way from Canada… Was in Ireland on holiday, heard of the listening party, sought us out and won the second prize of the JW Tote bag… Superfan, superfan.. Knows JW from all the gigs he has been to… Follows him around on tour.. Gets his plecs.. Spends all his money on seeing Jack White… You get my drift… He didn’t want second prize though… This dude queued for 22 hours to get that RSD single (you know the one…the fastest single recorded, pressed and sold ever…3hours 55 minutes… I think, around there anyway…) by JACK WHITE a few years back, only 300 of them pressed… So our Canadian friend (and he was sound as a bell to be fair to him, I liked him) drew one of our regulars out of the hat to win the bespoke 7” which was to be draw in each participating store… Again around 300 i’d say.

Comp is over and our Canadian friend offers to buy the 7” from our guy, (our guy is sound as a bell also) our guy quickly glances my way… Shit, what do I do he is probably thinking, what will Ray think if I flip it here in front of him like… I aint flipping no way… “No your grand bud, sorry”

What was Ray thinking..?

Not a fan of flipping or people who flip to be blunt and honest… Mainly because it is done by someone who has no interest to ultimately catch someone who has loads of interest… Ye know the deal, it’s a tout basically… But here is a greyer area in the world of flippin… our guy likes JW a lot, turned up for the listening party sure, likes music a lot, supports the shop,  supports the local scene… All good… Our Canadian friend is a superfan who really really wants the 7” record… Is it really flippin if they cut a deal…?

I didn’t give a flying hoot to be honest is what I was thinking in this example… I had to leg it from the shop soon after and our two main characters in our soap opera were still shooting the breeze (I think our Canadian friend was trying to prove his superfan wordiness by telling JW stories).

It ended with an offer of 200 euro for the one track 7”… A declined offer… He went back to Canada with an empty tote bag and a heartful of dreams…. Take your time me young bucko…. Man, our guy must have been tempted… 200 bucks… I’ll see him soon and find out,  if he hasn’t flipped it on ebay for 500 and taken a holiday to Canada with other JW singles…

You swear I had time to one finger type that tale… Well I didn’t.

Lastly from Warners for next week are the first seven TOM WAITS Albums remastered on CD.

Pias have the new JACK  WHITE album for the 23rd (oh no, not again!!) “Boarding House Reach” on XL in conjunction with Third Man Records (lovely, nutty note in shop from third mans Ben Blackwell up on the wall now).. Available on LP and CD… Diverse but interesting listen (one full listen at our parteee).. I have a few posters and button badges to give away to those who preorder the album with us… So let us know if interested folks…

PIAS also have the reissue of “Cease To Begin” by BAND OF HORSES on gold vinyl as well as debut “Everything All The Time” on red vinyl. Nice little album out via PIAS also next friday the 23rd, JOSIENNE CLARKE & BEN WALKER have a new album..
Track here “Chicago” from it..

The LP format of this album contains a Bonus CD featuring 3 unreleased tracks available to indie retailers only.

PIAS also have the new PREOCCUPATIONS album as well as a blast of reissues by SHINS “Chutes Too Narrow”, “Wincing The Night”, “Oh Inverted World” all on different coloured vinyl with codes via Sub Pop..

MOV for the 23rd have a press of JJ CALE “COLLECTED” on 3LP… I hope individually numbered gold vinyl… 3K of them.

UNIVERSAL for the 23rd of March have the the new NOW Compilation 99.. New albums by RICK PARFITT (only solo album in fact) DON MCLEAN, TONI BRAXTON, as well as a Live album by THUNDER across 5 formats, MARILLON live reissues, ZAPPA “The Roxy Performances” across 7 CDs and the new SLOW RIOT single on 7” orange vinyl (good new band…tune here)


SONY for the 23rd have the new GEORGE EZRA album “Staying at Tamaras” on CD and indies only white vinyl as well as MILES & COLTRANE “The Final Tour” Bootleg Series Volume 6…. CD only i’d say.

THE ORCHARD have the new HUDSON TAYLOR EP on the 23rd.

PROPER have a sadly timely release of PLANXTY “One Night in Bremen” live album… The sad passing of LIAM O FLYNN during the week… I think it is fair to say one of Ireland’s greatest ever musicians.

Sin e for this week’s episode folks
Thanks for listening

Record Store Day 2018 List Deadline, A Few Problems, and The Rory Gallagher Catalogue Reissued!

Hey Everyone,

Hope ye’r all well..

Just started listening to the Choice Awards on 2FM…. Missed a few of the acts so hope I didn’t miss our Cork representatives MARLENE ENRIGHT and TALOS… Best of luck from Musiczone Towers to both and all acts involved to be fair… Cork have an outside shot…. Fionn Regan maybe or Talos has a great shout in my opinion…

So Record Shop Day 2018 is getting close… 6 weeks tomorrow.. (must getting cracking on the entertainment for the day).. Thanks a million to those of ye who put ye’r wishlists through to us…. We will do our very best to get them ordered but then unfortunately after that we can’t make any promises…. Which I think most of ye appreciate… The day was set up to support independently owned record stores and to drive customers to our shops on the third saturday in April (April 21st this year)
So thanks a million for ye’r wishlists and really hope to see ye on the day…
We will i’m sure have a very good selection and fill as in other years… If your record is slightly obscure to the rest of the world, obviously not to yourself, you might let us know over the weekend so we will try our best to get it ordered… Ideally need anymore wishlists by Tuesday at 6PM please… Universal needs to be sent up by Weds at 6PM… So email it through if you want.

Man, TALOS was impressive… I missed Marlene, she must have been on early.. Heard Fionn, Talos and now James Vincent McMorrow. All cracking..

Let me please bore ye with examples of where I may have a problems…

I buy direct from Holland for Music on Vinyl records all year round but unfortunately for me MOV use a third party distributor in the UK for their RSD releases…. So every year I have trouble getting MOV RSD stock…(It’s a bit frustrating for me as you can imagine).. I have an account with the third party but have no real trade history with them (even though I buy a lot of MOV product all year, hence the frustration part!).. So I tend to get little or nothing in a lot of years… This year I am promised product… Time will tell… A word of warning Sufjan fans that’s all (including myself).

Secondly, two of the smaller distributors I just don’t have accounts with…. There are about 20 distributors in total… So 90% I deal with… Those smaller guys I just never hardly need anything from them except a few RSD titles maybe (carriage is a big issue if you need 3 records, can be 12 sterling a box shipped)… But other than that all good… So look thanks for allowing me to bore ye folks… Get your lists over before Tuesday and we will do our best or more importantly just show up on the day… Sin é on RSD ‘till next week..

Oh yes it is, oh no it’s not actually…. I made a few typos on Tuesday Eve getting the lists ready for ye guys (only get it a short time before ye see it , so apologies, only human, we are supposed to make mistakes as Billy Joel might say).. Just not so many… The Frankie Goes to Hollywood set is 60 Euro and not 25 as I put down… Sorry… Some of the others are 2 or 3 quid either way from the price I quoted.

Heres the link for RSD list again..

Right so on to selling stuff for now like… Delayed stuff from last week like JONATHAN WILSON and MOBY, landed in… although THE BREEDERS album is giving a bit of trouble… Should be here soon though… Other releases out today include new albums from DAVID BYRNE, YOUNG FATHERS, EDITORS, NATHANIEL RATELIFF, JIMI HENDRIX (kind of new) and JUDAS PRIEST as well as reissues by TOM WAITS, VELVET UNDERGROUND, MARILLON and NICO.

Video from the last few weeks up now, hasn’t been one in a while so a nice few bits in it

Ok so on to releases for the 16th of March.. PIAS have a nice couple of releases for the 16th including a new album by THE DECEMBERISTS called “I’ll Be Your Girl” on CD and LP and an indies only white LP via Rough Trade.

PIAS also has the new YO LA TENGO record on CD or 2LP indies only coloured vinyl via Matador… Two nice ones methinks. PIAS also have COCTEAU TWINS reissues on LP via 4AD.. “Head over Heels” and “Treasure”, as well as a remix album of “Drunk” by THUNDERCAT called “Drank”..  And lastly from PIAS for the 16th is a collaboration debut album CREEP SHOW featuring JOHN GRANT on vocals with electronic band WRANGLER… Worth a listen also.

SHIPS won the Choice Prize for album of the year… Congrats!…don’t know the album to be honest but must remedy that..

WARNER for the 16th have “You’ve come a long way baby” LP reissue on 2LP and CD… 20TH Anniversary as well as a KRAFTWERK 18 Track Best Of type compilation and PARADISE LOST reissue of “Host” on cd, and first time on vinyl for it.

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC has an unreleased radio session from 1974 by SUN RA called “Of Abstract Dreams”  on CD and LP

THE ORCHARD for the 16th have the new FRATELLIS album as well as a new CASEY album

PROPER for the 16th have some ALARM reissues and a live album from Paul Draper of MANSUN on DLP

UNIVERSAL MUSIC GROUP (UMG) now have the rights to the RORY GALLAGHER catalogue (i’d imagine it was a few pounds) and they are releasing his 17 solo titles on CD on the 16th of March and 15 of them on LP on 180 gram with codes… I probably have said this a 1000 times to people but what a loss to the city…. He may have even come down from the Well Road for an instore for RSD… What a loss.

UNI have new albums on the 16th by KIM WILDE, ALEXANDRA BURKE and a Debut by FICKLE FRIENDS as well as Best Ofs by MUDDY WATERS and ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER and a new 12” by DJANGO DJANGO . Lastly from Universal is the 2LP release by JOHN WILLIAMS of “Star Wars – The Last Jedi”  and there are two KEANE LP reissues “Perfect Symmetry” and “Under The Iron Sea”, and lastly a Northern Soul Volume 3 7x 7” boxset.

On the local scene… I heard the new SHAKER HYMN single during the week and it’s another class tune… Here’s a listen

The lads would be a nice act for RSD ‘18 on our little humble stage..

Sin é for this week folks
Thanks for listening

A Harrowing, Evil Valentine’s Day, The Bowie Break-Outs, and Details on the Wyvern Lingo Debut and In-Store

Hi Everyone,

Hope ye’r all doing alright..
Releases in the siopa for today include the debut album by Dublin hip-hop dont stop act REJJIE SNOW, the absolutely gorgeous sounding album by THE LOST BROTHERS on CD and LP, a WILD BEASTS Live ‘Best Of’ on DLP indies only job (on their farewell tour as we speak I think), the CD and LP Boxset release of the newest BELLE & SEBASTIAN EP Trilogy,  as well as the third EP release from the set, and a new album by THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT.

Video for last two weeks of releases is now up and can be viewed here

Moving on to releases for Feb 23rd Warner have the break outs from the latest BOWIE box set… So these breakouts include “Heroes” “Lodger” “Low” “Scary Monsters” “Stage 2017”… : “Low” would probably have been my own personal favourite Bowie album up until “Blackstar” which I love… Have been listening to “The Next Day” a bit recently also… “Valentine’s Day” is a great song… Bowie is excellent in the video… I really hope this shooting in Florida on Valentines Day had no sad or sick connection.

What do be going on like…19 year old kid murders 17 teenagers with their whole lives to live… Life is so precious and so fragile… How can this occur? Is there “evil” in people… Are they born “evil”… Mental health issues?… Or is there something or things in his 19 year story that will point us to the answer… Ah man it just makes no sense.
Some of you have probably seen the video to the SUFJAN STEVENS track “John Wayne Gacy” (incredible but harrowing song) where there is real footage of Gacy as a child and you wonder how that, granted somewhat needy, little boy turned into a serial killer….??
This would have happened some day with this “evil” kid… Could it have been stopped? Who knows..
Man, Bowie would be crying if he thought his song had any impact on this person’s actions… At most I think it was just a deluded soundtrack to that troubled “evil” persons disgusting carnage…

Valentine told me who’s to go
Feelings he’s treasured most of all
The teachers and the football star
It’s in his tiny face
It’s in his scrawny hand
Valentine told me so
He’s got something to say
It’s Valentine’s Day

Warner also on the 23rd have a new album by VANCE JOY “Nation of Two”  and some reissues by KREATOR and DIMMU BORGIR as well as a B-Sides CD by AIRBOURNE.

Sony for the 23rd have a JIMI HENDRIX 7” and not a whole lot more to the best of my knowledge.

PIAS for the 23rd have the second album by one half of THE KNIFE, yes the highly anticipated FEVER RAY album “Plunge” will be with us next Friday…. Eight years since debut… Available via Karins own label Rapid (I think its her label anyway) and available on CD, standard LP and DELUXE DOUBLE GATEFOLD LP with a red blood gel outer sleeve… Only problem is that version aint out till MARCH 30TH… Bit of a mebs I know… Sorry.

PIAS also have a new album by BON IVER band mate S.CAREY on CD and indies only coloured LP as well as a reissue of the debut record by FUTURE ISLANDS on copper coloured vinyl.

Lastly from PIAS is a Live LP by British beat poet MICHAEL HOROVITZ called “Bank Busted Nuclear Detergent Blues”…. The wha….. He is joined on this recording by Damon Albarn on keys, Graham Coxon on sax and guitar and Paul Weller on organ and guitar… Not a bad backing band…. I personally believe (far from a very positive starting point for me) that history will be very kind to Damon Albarn… Maybe, I said maybe, suspect musical beginnings but always pushing forward, innovative, inventive, interesting…. The three eyes… Write it down folks… Future of music marketing.. I do believe he will leave a fine musical legacy.

Universal have the excellent “CONCERT FOR GEORGE”  on LTD 4LP set, 2 CD/2 BLURAY , 2 CD/DVD or 2CD out on the 23rd of Feb…

On November 29, 2002, one year after the passing of George Harrison, Olivia Harrison and longtime friend Eric Clapton organized a performance tribute in his honour. Held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, the momentous evening featured George’s songs, and music he loved, performed by a lineup that included Clapton, Jools Holland, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney, Tom Petty, Billy Preston, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Ringo Starr, Dhani Harrison and many more. Available in a 2CD, 2CD/2DVD, 2CD/2Blu-Ray and 4LP format.
The 2-CD set offers a collection of stunning renditions of some of the most significant music of the 20th century, including “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (performed by Clapton, McCartney and Starr), “Taxman” (performed by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers) and “The Inner Light” (covered by Jeff Lynne and Anoushka Shankar).
The new combo package comprises 2-CDs and 2-DVDs (Blu-Ray format also available). The DVDs contain the full concert, plus a theatrical cut which includes interviews, rehearsals and behind the scenes footage. Directed by David Leland (credits including the feature Wish You Were Here, and the Traveling Wilburys video “Handle With Care”), CONCERT FOR GEORGE has earned a Grammy® Award for Best Long Form Music Video. The Blu-Ray also includes the feature “Drummers.” (Not on DVD format). Also available for the first time on vinyl, this 180 gram 4-LP Box Set includes the complete sound recordings from CONCERT FOR GEORGE, featuring a special, etched mandala-design on side-8

UNIVERSAL also for the 23rd have via EAGLE ROCK, THE DOORS “Live at the Isle of Wight 1970” on DVD, BLURAY or CD/DVD…. This film/footage has historical importance I suppose as it was the very last filmed performance by the fantastic THE DOORS…. Is everybody in, is everybody in…

Universal also has new albums by MILESTONES and DAN GILLESPIE-SELLS (The Feeling), a new EP by ALICE COOPER and the vinyl releases of the POST MALONE “Stoney” on double orange coloured LP.

Not to bore ye with the details (not that boring really) but we have run into a short-term childcare problem so Raymond is going to be missing on thursdays for a month or two i’m afraid… Not ideal to be honest but sure ‘tis grand too in a very important way… Apologies in advance… Bob is moving hours around to do Thursday for me… I was talking to two wise men during the week in the shop and they passed on a worldly message or two… 1. Family and friends  should be numero uno (all the rest is fluff was one man’s message) and 2. One thing you wont regret when your 65 is that you didn’t work hard enough… So true… No basis on what’s going on with me, that’s just circumstance but it made me feel ok about the decision… Any of ye need ye’r kids minded on a thursday as well fire em over to me sure….

Proper for 23rd of Feb have new albums by GRANT LEE PHILLIPS and JOHN MAYALL as well as a live HAPPY MONDAYS LP from Barcelona.

THE ORCHARD have the debut record by Bray natives WYVERN LINGO on the 23rd on CD and LP via Rubyworks.
Nice price on the CD of 10 euro and 20 quid for the lovely LP…. Really excited and looking forward to this record as well as the In-Store on Monday the 26th of Feb at 5PM…
Want a signed copy and few good tunes….. You have been warned.

THE ORCHARD also have the first five FELT records reissued on VINYL.

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC have a 3LP set on mono of the Original Motion Picture  Soundtrack to MAGNOLIA… score by Jon Brion and songs by AIMEE MANN…. Pricey pricey though as a lot of the Mondo stuff is.

Sin e for this week i suppose folks,
Thanks for listening

Delighted To Welcome Wyvern Lingo For A Live In-Store, Dealing Direct and The Quality of Vinyl

Hey Everyone,
Hope the form is good..

Bits and pieces in the Musiczone.ie emporium for today include new albums by BRIAN FALLON (GASLIGHT ANTHEM), MAX RICHTER, MGMT, TOTO,  FRANZ FERDINAND, JOAN AS POLICEWOMAN, EZRA FURMAN  and JONNY GREENWOOD as well as reissues by NINA SIMONE and ELLA FITZGERALD and a live DVD by ROBERT PLANT.
We got copies of the SHAME album back in… Good auld old fashioned punk rock n’ roll… Refreshing to hear it to be honest…. Bit of bite and venom in it… We do like it in the siopa… Sky Blue vinyl still left.

We should have the new LOST BROTHERS LP and CD ‘Half Way Towards Healing’ here today as well I hope… Direct from band… No record company or distribution company involved… Sweet to deal with it from our end though… No bother (i’d like to think we are the same)… I suppose lots of bands like THE LOST BROTHERS, HAM SANDWICH,  who could be signed and would have no bother getting distribution from numerous distributors…  Decide to paddle their own canoe… If it’s just distribution on offer… Why would they bother… The band press the record/cd…. Sell it to distribution company who take their 25/30% and sell to the retailer who does the same… I suppose i’d argue that we as front line retailers give the record visibility, play it and talk about it… Distribution only does what it says on the tin… So why use it… Now the cloat of a big record company is probably different as you will get media exposure and radio plays… But just distribution?…a band can use its website and retail shops  direct….you would be amazed though how many bands/artists are slow to deal direct though… Feel they will sell more off own their website and see no need to have bricks and mortar visibility… Again I would argue gently that we can offer something more… ButIi would I suppose.

Anyway i suppose…. Changing times all the time…. Not a whole pile happening so far this year on the release front, aside from CALEXICO and to a lesser extent NILS FRAHM and GLEN HANSARD... The shop has felt it…  But till bounce back later in the year id say… March looks decent enough on the release front and I know off a few beauts RSD wise coming our way on APRIL 21…  Come on, cut me some slack it’s been quiet, im allowed mention RSD.

Right so releases for the 16th of Feb… WARNER have the REJJIE SNOW CD… LP later… End of march I think, as well as new albums by THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT (Indies only orange vinyl on this one) and LAURIE ANDERSON and the KRONOS QUARTET “Landfall” on CD and LP.

PIAS for the 16th of Feb have the third installment of the BELLE & SEBASTIAN EP Trilogy as well as a CD release of the Three EPs combined and a 3EP Boxset also… One of my fave bands.

PIAS also have new albums by CAR SEAT HEADREST and MARLON WILLIAMS, a reissue of ELLA & LOUIS “Porgy & Bess” , a reissue on DLP of SUN KIL MOON’s “Ghost of the Great Highway” on Rough Trade, the new EP by RIDE and lastly WILD BEASTS “Best Of” type compilation… Indies only double coloured LP.

The Orchard have a new album by NEAL MORSE “Life and Times”, more acoustic based I think, a reissue on vinyl for the 10th anniversary of FRIGHTENED RABBITS “Midnight Organ Fight”  and lastly an ARCH ENEMY 12LP box set … 200 bucks or three for 600 bucks if ya want three…1500 in the world pressed.

Music on Vinyl have a reissue (I think or is it a first timer) of the NEW YORK DOLLS “Live from Royal Festival Hall 2004” on hopefully pink vinyl… Supposed to be in fine form the band were on the night.

Finally got in from MUSIC ON VINYL the THIN LIZZY “Collected” DLP… It looks great to be fair…. Order got cut but have 4 still left to sell… 2500 pressed on silver vinyl… Should be plenty around on the black vinyl going forward if interested… MOV do their stuff really really well to be honest… Well pressed (old EMI pressing plant in Holland), well presented and price is ok for what you get I feel, and their distributor has the best system I deal with for ordering… Simple simple simple…. With all the majors if something is out of stock you have to reorder it… I.e Inxs “Kick” is out of stock… Every week after I must think and do another order for it… Crazy… For feeling so blue… Every week until its back in stock… MOV have a live programme for stock where you can attach customers names to it, do whatever you want and all very simple… Never have to think about ordering it again… Once its back in stock.. Notification… It’s back in stock… Will be with your next order… Bada bing…

Anyway again… UNIVERSAL have the second album by BORNS called “Blue Madonna”,, a VAN MORRISON Live DVD on Eagle Rock filmed at the BBC Radio Theatre, an LP reissue of KENDRICK LAMAR’s “Damn” on limited clear vinyl this time, and a reissue of 2PAC’s second album “Strictly For my N.i.g.g.a.z”… Never ignorant getting goals achieved.

Ok so the debut album by WYVERN LINGO is going to be with us on the 23rd of FEB… On your radar…???… I got an email from Shane about two years ago i’d say, sending me a link to these girls from Bray… Shane probably has the best ear in the shop (sorry Bob!) and he was mightily impressed with this band… Roll on two years and the self titled debut album is about to be released via Rubyworks and WYVERN LINGO are going to grace our little stage on Monday the 26th of Feb at 5PM…. Time isn’t great I know but this band is Quality with a capital Q, and it’s a fine coup for us to get them in…. So we would really love not to have egg on our faces at 5.30 on Monday the 26th… If you get me drift like… Really looking forward to it… Funky, soulful tunes with blissful harmonies… Proper musicians with proper tunes… It should be a good one.

Well sin é for this week folks,

Thanks for listening


The Musiczone.ie Corporations Top 20 Album List,  The Voucher Winner, and the Passing Of Another (Legend)

Hi Everyone,
Hope ye’r all doing ok..
Dolores buried this past week… Ah very sad for her.In fairness to the family… Allowing people i.e. joe public to show their respects… I’d say the mother is quality.. Terrible unimaginable thing to have to bury a child (at any age)..
Mark E Smith then this week… Maybe i’ll start looking for work as an obituary writer.. It seems like it’s going that way…
What would you say about Mark E…!
One of many many stories i’m sure, but one I read was via a record company when he was asked could they use a bit from an interview of him as an intro for a song for a new band… Mark E didn’t do email so the girl looking for the clip wrote to him and asked him… “Can’t use it”  was the reply..  “Use anything else but not that”… Included in Mark E’s reply was a cassette tape… The girl, hoping for some incredible moment on the tape dashed to get a player somewhere…. C90 tape was blank, empty, zilch…. Nothing on it…. Brilliant brilliant brilliant Markie boy!
I must admit THE FALL stuff kind of passed me by to be honest… Must dig into a bit of it…I know there are 5 or 6 of ye who kind of swear by Mark E and I would trust ye’r judgements so will go digging… Interesting dude by all accounts!!

Right so I suppose.. Releases in the musiczone.ie plaza today include new (and old.. What’s The Story back in on vinyl after a long absence..) albums by CALEXICO (sounds bloody great by the way… Very impressed), NILS FRAHMS, MACHINE HEAD, BETH HART & JOE BONAMASSA, DJANGO DJANGO and NIGHTMARE ON WAX, as well as reissues by THE KILLERS, ASLAN, FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON, BEAUTIFUL SOUTH, THE HOUSEMARTINS (maybe put back a week), JEFF WAYNE’S WAR OF THE WORLDS, SINCERELY L COHEN and SANTANA.

So a nice little roster of releases for today to be fair. All can be viewed in this week’s video here :

Before we move on to releases for the 2nd Feb (spring is in the air) there is something a need to address… We have received numerous emails in December from various organisations… Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NME to name a few… All asking the same question.. When is the Musiczone.ie Top 20 albums of 2017, decided upon by the Musiczone.ie corporations shareholders and customers, going to be released into the public domain?
When, when, when…?
Not saying outright that these organisations were trying to get a feel from the corporations customers about what was good or not… But we were hounded..
Is that smoke ye feel blowing up towards ye’r bellies by now… Oh yes it is…
Anyway without further ado…

Here ‘tis like :


The National won handy enough to be honest in the polls… The top 3 appeared quite a bit… More spread out after that…. And the winner of the 50 Euro voucher is… Drum roll please…
Dave From Cork!! (How many Dave’s are there in Cork? We’ve got great nick names for all our customers don’t we?)

Right so on to the 2nd of FEB Warner have new studio albums by SIMPLE MINDS (indes only coloured vinyl with an etching on side 4… The 20th album by the lads).. SAXON “Thunderbolt” on MC, CD, RED INDIES LP and a Box containing the lot, the RAE MORRIS new album and lastly the new CORROSION OF CONFORMITY on LP.

PIAS have the new FIELD MUSIC album for the 2nd of Feb again as an indies only coloured vinyl on pre-orders only, as well as some old rock n’ roll LP reissues from the likes of CHUCK BERRY, EDDIE COCHRAN, ELVIS and also JACQUES BREL and JOHN COLTRANE.

THE ORCHARD for the 2nd have  new albums by AWOLNATION and JOHN OATES (HALL & OATES)

ROM have the repress of THE LEVELLERS 3 LP greatest hits.

SONY have new album by JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE called “Man Of The Woods”… The title does not instill confidence in me… Book by cover Raymond please.. Now now.

Uni have a couple of MAGAZINE LP reissues, MUDDY WATERS – Best Of LP in mono, METALLICA “And Justice For All” LP reissues, as well as new albums by POPPY ACKROYD CD and LP, IAMX “Alive In New Light” and JOHANN JOHANNSSON “The Mercy” OST on CD only. Lastly from Universal we have a super douper deluxe boxset thingy of the first ROXY MUSIC album as well as a BEE GEES live DVD and Bluray “One For All Tour In Australia”

Just on the whole albums of the year thingy… Game of opinions I think we said in the past once or twice.. Here’s my choices..

6. Happy Abandon – Facepaint : I  really liked it, still do… Great orchestral feel to a lot of it, played it a load all year… Really like it

5. Mount Eerie –  A Crow Looked At Me : A sparse album about death, pain and loss basically… No cheerios with warm milk in this one….. But if you can take it it’s really worth the listen if only for a reality check… Phil Elverum wrote this album about the cancer that came into his family’s life and ultimately took his wife… Maybe if you have suffered loss in recent times you may get something out of it… It’s a bloody harrowing listen… Opening line

“Death is real, someone is there and then their not”

I came very close to buying the records in for the shop direct from the record label in the states but I had to buy 20 to get them shipped and just was a bridge too far I thought…. Harrowing but recommended.

4. THE NATIONAL –  Sleep Well Beast : A fine album… Plenty and plenty of good songs… ‘Nuff said

3. TALOS – Wild Alee : A gorgeous listen in my opinion… Just gorgeous… Outside money for the Choice Award

2. JOHN BLEK –  Catharsis Vol. 1 : Seriously underated dude… Beautiful songs and guitar work… Excellent

1. LAURA MARLING – Semper Femina : Top class record start to finish, vocals melodies the whole shooting gallery spot on… Highly recommended.

Opinions opinions opinions….

Heres a few more from ye’rselves with some top 5s.. A nice few reviews left by ye so thank you.. Just to note from Bob-Man, this email may cut because of the reviews taking up a bit of space.. If it does, down the bottom of the page there should be a ‘view full email option’. Not sure if it will, but just in case!

1. The National: Sleep Well Beast
This one caught me by surprise. Was always aware of The National but I never really gave them a listen, always meant to but always forgot. Pure luck I was looking for something new to check out and put on the first track ‘Nobody Else Will Be There’ and it knocked me for six. Kept listening to it….definitely one of the tracks of the year for me. The album itself is a real slow burner….like all great albums, it’s a grower. Each listen keeps getting better. Songs like ‘Guilty Party’ and ‘I’ll Destroy You’ are incredible examples of this. Beautiful melodies that built and built. You hear something new every listen…when the drums kick in on the 1min 20s mark on ‘Guilty Party’….doesn’t get better than that. The only track I’m not fussed about really is ‘Day I Die’..1 out of 12 though, not bad. This album was a nice surprise for me and has been on steady rotation.

2. Feist: Pleasure
A close second. I’m a big fan of Feist. Her 2011 album ‘Metals’ was my album of the year back then so I was really looking forward to this and it didn’t disappoint. It’s essentially a Lo-fi break-up album. The sound she’s able to get out of an acoustic guitar is amazing…almost growls. Really beautiful songs. Again, takes a couple of listens but with songs like ‘Lost Dreams’ and ‘Century’ you can’t go wrong.

3. Bonobo: Migration
Another favorite artist of mine….if you’re into electronic music. Bonobo has released some amazing albums, 2013’s ‘North Borders’ is a highlight. Migration came out in January 2017 so really early on and initially I wasn’t that blown away…guess I wasn’t in the mood. But I rediscovered the album later on in the year and it just clicked. This album warrants headphones, beer/wine/coffee (whatever you tipple) and to be listened to in 1 sitting. Some lovely slow building songs here. Song’s like ‘Break Apart’,  ‘Outliers’ and ‘Kerala’ really set the scene….he’s a master at creating beats (yes I said beats) and melodies.

4. LCD Soundsystem: American Dream
Another group (man?) that I’ve always heard about but never checked out. Something in my brainbox told me this year to check out their new one and it was awesome. It starts off so well…’oh baby’ a slow building synth masterpiece. And when the bass comes in on the second number ‘other voices’..wow…seriously stick on this song and at the 0:15s mark hear that bass and try not to move….holy shit!!! Very clear Talking Heads and Bowie influences here..so much so that friends have gone ‘Is that David Byrne?’. But it’s a solid album…the drumming and bass playing is top notch.

5. Four Tet: New Energy
One for the electronic heads out there. Big fan of Four Tet…his album ‘Rounds’ should be mandatory listening for everyone thinking of getting into electronic music (or just everyone)! His last few albums/releases have been very ‘house/techno’ heavy which isn’t really my cup of tea..a bit too 90s for my blood. So I was very pleasantly surprised when he dropped the first track from this album ‘Two Thousand and Seventeen’. An ambient style slow drum beat with a beautiful melody. He’s gone for more of an ambient style on this album and I can’t recommend it enough. Songs like ‘LA Trance’ are amazing in the headphones..when the drums drop..holy shit!!

1. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
A really strong debut from a band that have taken a while to release their first full length. Dreamy, sensual noir pop which couples sweet echoey guitar tones with soft, breathy vocals. One album in and they already have a perfectly defined sound. My favourite album of the year.


2.  Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
A sombre collection of songs from an LA singer-songwriter. Very direct and personal, but tender and ethereal without sounding self indulgent. ‘Ghostly’ is the word I think describes it best.


3. James Vincent McMorrow – True Care
A surprise release that caught most people unaware’s, JVM’s fourth album has some of his best work on it. It’s raw and imperfect but somehow pushes his sound even further forward, sliding between balladry and electro-soul.


4. Slowdive – Slowdive
A fantastic comeback for the shoegaze maestros after 22 years without having recorded together. Ethereal, hazy and shimmering, it’s everything you’d want from a shoegaze record.


5. Lil Peep – Come Over When You’re Sober P1 
Pennsylvania artist Lil Peep’s genre-mashing of emo/alt rock and hip hop makes for a strikingly dark record, his vacant delivery echoing the depression and frustration in the lyrics, where he discusses drug use, the rock ‘n’ roll life and his mental health. A tragic listen given his death in August aged just 21, cutting short a career that no doubt had a lot more to give.

Honourable mentions go to albums by: St Vincent, Wolf Alice, Liam Gallagher, Fionn Regan, SZA, The War on Drugs, London Grammar, And So I Watch You From Afar, Harry Styles, Gorillaz and Marlene Enright.

Just before I go i’d like to thank ANNA MITCHELL AND BAND and THE ACADEMIC for two memorable in-stores last week

Sin é for this week folks
Thanks for listening,


A Sad Week For Irish Music, A Game of Opinions, and Anna Mitchell + Full Band Live In-Store Tomorrow at 1PM

Hey everyone,
Hope ye’r all well…
After quite a bit of tumbleweed chasing the last two weeks we finally have a fine new bits to sell for today.


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Sad sad week for the music world again… Another unexpected death of a 40-something Rock Star…. And this time one of our own.
Man, I was fond of Dolores and played those first two Cranberries CDs to death… She was a couple of years older than me and maybe I had a thing for her… Couple of years older, couple of miles up the road.. A rock star at what 21… “Leave me alone ‘cos Ii found it all, 21, 21, 21 today”.
She then soon goes on to sing about being “Empty”…
I remember playing those albums in my bedroom the day of my own 21st… Trying to get a power nap before the night ahead… Excitement beat the sleep.. But I can remember as if it was yesterday listening to those two albums on my discman in the bedroom… That’s what music can do for you… It’s like a time capsule tablet in lots of ways… I remember what I was thinking that afternoon listening to those songs… That voice was just spectacular… The songs were well crafted and well wrote… Haven’t played them in a good few years but dusted them off this week and still sound great… Ah sure it’s terrible.
There’s a customer who comes into me who has met Dolores 4 or 5 times, as one of his best mates has done a lot of work with her down through the years… He spoke so highly of her…a A complete lady he said, gentle, kind, caring, quiet and unassuming, the papers may down through the years have painted a rougher edge on her and granted she made mistakes from time to time but I would believe my guy to be honest… His mate (who is fierce well known also) is devastated by it…
When you are catapulted into stardom like that… A slip of a thing from Ballybricken… Quiet, kind, gentle by nature, then this world, this industry can eat you up and spit you out… She suffered for her stardom I think like, so many more, and she was raised to see life as fun and take it if she could.. I really hope it didn’t wear you down Dolores. Rest in Peace.


Right so plenty of releases for next week the 26th and a few good ones also to be fair.

Really delighted to have the release of the new NILS FRAHM album on the Erased Tapes label… “All Melody” is the title… He is German (and arguably the best at what he does) so it probably does what it says on the tin… Thanks to Sparrow for the tip towards Nils a couple of years ago… Plenty piano, synths and pipe organ… Available on 2LP or CD…

See what ye think here…


Another nice one for the 26th out via City Slang is the new CALEXICO album …Their 9th studio album… Fine band… “The Thread That Keeps Us” sounds A-Okay from the few bits I heard… Available to indies as a limited 2CD or 2LP deluxe editions, each with 7 bonus tracks.

Another cracker… This time a reissue from Sony is the legendary JEFF WAYNE’S WAR OF THE WORLDS 40TH Anniversary Replica double gatefold sleeve with lyrics booklet… The JOE SATRIANI new LP is out next friday also the 26th.

SONY also have nice reissues also including COHEN’s “Live In London”… Quality… COHEN’s “Greatest Hits” and SANTANA’s “Greatest Hits”..

Pias have a new NIGHTMARES ON WAX album for the 26th called “Shape The Future”.

Warner for the 26th have the new album from BETH HART and JOE BONAMASSA on Provogue on CD and Indies only 2LP Red Vinyl with codes and a bonus track with the vinyl… You probably know what your getting with it but always of high quality.

Warner now have distribution of the Nuclear Blast Label, and Universal have the Because Label… Big changes in the January transfer window… So via Warner/Nuclear Blast comes the new MACHINE HEAD album “Catharsis”. their ninth studio album on 2LP LTD 180g gatefold and CD with bonus DVD Ltd Digi, or 2lp picture disc or standard CD… New MARMOZETS album on the 26th also… Ltd blue vinyl… PHIL CAMPBELL (MOTORHEAD) has a new album, TESTAMENT reissues on Nuclear blast and lastly reissue of ALICE COOPER’s “Killer” on red and black swirl vinyl.

UNIVERSAL for the 26th have some KILLERS LP reissues…. “Sawdust”, “Day and Age”, “Sams Town” and “Direct Hits”.

Universal have the new DJANGO DJANGO album “Marble Skies” on CD and indies only coloured vinyl as well as BOB SEGER’s new album on LP.

More reissues from Universal include FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON “LIFEFORMS”, BEAUTIFUL SOUTH “WELCOME TO”  and THE HOUSEMARTINS “LONDON 0 HULL 4” in your best soccer score readers voice… You know the one.

Here’s my own top ⅚ albums of the year..will elaborate a bit next week… Time can be my enemy.. Time is a funny thing… For another day though as well.







I must tot up the results folks… Will get out soon… That time thing again
Other really notables for me were


It’s a game of opinions folks… Makes the world go round.

Proper for the 26th have a JOHNNY DUHAN “Best Of”, and MUDDY WATERS “Live at Rockpalast” CD/DVD…

THE ORCHARD have new releases from TURIN BRAKES, MARY GAUTHIER and ALESTORM, as well as “Live in Birmingham” from STEVE HACKETT 2CD/DVD job..

MUSIC ON VINYL have some nice ones coming… STATUS QUO – Collected, TINDERSTICKS –  SIMPLE PLEASURES EXPANDED EDITION with 12 bonus tracks… Nice.. BETH HART Reissues of “Leave the Lights On” and “37 Days”.

Speaking of cracking albums… ANNA MITCHELL’S album is a beaut… She is with us tomorrow for an instore Saturday at 1PM with full band… Magic!… Some great songs with some fine musicians… And do you know what, our saturday sessions are free…. Give it a shot, lights are low… Normally a cracking atmosphere…. Hope to see ye there folks… Really really do… Even if it’s to mind one of my kids.. No problem!

So sin é folks

Thanks for listening