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


Hi Everyone,


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

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


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

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


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

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



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


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


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


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

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


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


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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

Look, sin e for this week.

Hope to see some of ye saturday,

Go raibh maith agat as do cluas a thabairt,




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