Hope all is well out there with ye… Jan is nearly put to bed I suppose.. The ‘Brexit’ thing is still painful but learning more about it all the time, so progress is being made… It’s long winded but where a lot of my problems lay was forms not filled out right by the supplier or couriers… The couriers are customs agents now and are responsible for collectiong VAT / Customs / Fees from importer (me for example)… So they email you to pay the fee and you pay it… Problem is (one of them), they are still emailing you 5 days later looking for the payment (which you have paid!!).. They are inundated with it / sending requests for payments / getting payments and ultimately releasing the goods… Long long story short, their systems are facing big teething problems and creaking with the volumes… Frustrating thing is we have a customs number and are set up for postponed accounting for VAT, so if paperwork is correct from supplier / courier we don’t get caught in the rat-trap.. Anyway, it’s not being done right sometimes and it brings problems… Anyway, i’m glad I started that… Night night… Are ye not asleep yet???
Right, the music.. Releases for this Friday the 29th include the fabulous ARLO PARK’s album on Transgressive Records, the BICEP album landed (Was due on the 22nd).. The vinyl editions are very limited folks.. PIAS for this weekend also have the new MARTIN GORE EP, GOAT GIRL’s second album, and a JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN live album also..
Universal for this Friday the 29th of Jan have the new STEVEN WILSON album ‘The Future Bites’ on limited vinyl and CD… Here is ‘King Ghost’ from the new album
Universal are also reissuing POLLY JEAN HARVEY’s 4th album ‘Is This Desire?’ this Friday, as well as a separate Demos LP of sessions from the recordings… Uni also have reissues from THE MAMAS & PAPAS, THE FLYING BURITO BROTHERS BAND, JOHN SCOFIELD & PAT METHENY, THIN LIZZY and BOB MARLEY’s savage boxset ‘Songs of Freedom’.
Warner for the 29th (this Friday) have the ST. GERMAIN ‘Tourist : Travel Versions’ reissue and STEVE HARLEY’s compilation LP…
Music on Vinyl have a box on route from Holland to us which contains the MILES DAVIS ‘In Tokyo’ vinyl, ENNIO MORRICONE’s ‘Passion’ on coloured, limited vinyl, WILLIE NELSON’s ‘Heroes’ coloured / limited vinyl, the 3 UNCLE TUPELO coloured / numbered reissues, and also the STONE ROSES remix album..
The video is back!! We, some 2 of the 3 of us, have been doing a weekly VLOG for years… I’d say 2014/2015 was it Bob?? Anyway, we spend hours scripting them every week, and take them very seriously…. We show off / showcase releases for the week… Anyway, ‘the fire of Noel Gallagher’ put paid to D’Video in August 2019 so we decided to bring ’em back… This one is long winded a bit but normally about 5 minutes.. Up on the site and youtube now
Right soon releases for the 5th of Feb… Oh sorry before that… The Functionality of the Siopa is Website only, there is no call and collect or click and collect… We have no problem keeping records as said in earlier newsletters… So we are hoping that call and collect will be available to us again in 3 or 4 weeks time, it is a game changer for us, but I ain’t going to crib here, there are families being torn apart, we can keep the records tucked away, no problem. Sin sin
Right so the 5th of Feb.. One I forgot to mention in recent weeks, and a biggie it is and all… The new FLEET FOXES album is out physically on Friday the 5th of Feb… I haven’t got listening to it yet, but by a lot of accounts it’s a cracker of an album… In face quite a few folks put it in their ‘Best Albums of 2020’ lists they sent to us… The Musiczone.ie Board had a (EGM) meeting though and decided cause it was not physically released in 2020, it would not be entered in 2020 but will be for 2021… The board’s decision is final.. Saw these guys in The Opera House a few years back… Was it Summer 18 or Summer 19??? The morning after the gig I was driving to work and there was the guitarist strolling down the Rochestown Road, most if not all passer-by’s oblivious… Should have pulled over and invited him to the shop!! Savage, talented band.. Here’s ‘Can I Believe You’ from the new album ‘Shore’ :
Proper also for the 5th have a SUN RA LP reissue of ‘Fireside Chat With Lucifer’
Sony for the 29th of Jan were meant to have the MILES DAVIS ‘Kind of Blue’, SIMON & GARFUNKEL ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and MEAT LOAF ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ clear vinyl reissues, but now coming on the 5th of Feb… Also from Sony on the 5th is the new FOO FIGHTER’s CD, LP or Iimited LP ‘Medicine At Midnight’.. I remember buying the first FOO’s album on CD back in the day… Circa 25 years ago i’d say… 94 maybe??
PIAS for the 5th have the BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD album..
Warner for the 5th have the new STAVES album and a reissue by GEORGE BENSON
Uni for the 5th has new albums by SLOWTHAI and COMMON…
Proper for the 5th also have a JOHN MAYALL 27 Disc CD Boxset called ‘The First Generation 1965-1974.. Seriously limited this one.. 5000 copies worldwide.
I was deeply saddened yesterday to hear of the passing of Cork Soprano CARA O’SULLIVAN as i’m sure thousands more were… I knew CARA a little from coming in and out of the shop down through the years for various things (sold a few cds also) and she was a great character, always bubbly, always looking for a laugh or laughing.. A really warm person.. I didn’t know Cara really well but I was (like the whole music community in Cork) knocked for six yesterday… Ahh.. A great personality.. This here always gave shivers down my spine but ever more so now… Here is Cara with the RTE Concert Orchestra doing the theme for ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’.
I hope Ennio is looking for you Cara girl, wherever you are may you rest in peace.
Cara could bound into the shop, say ‘hows it going?’, i’d say ‘good girl how’s things?’. Blast out a line of a song that was playing in the shop in “her” voice (magic!!) and crack a joke about something and leave.. Whirl wind but such a warm, pleasant one.. R.I.P Cara
Releases for the 12th of Feb.. Sony have THE WHITE STRIPES’ ‘Greatest Hits’ release on CD or 2LP…
Warner for the 12th of Feb have the new JEFF TWEEDY album on dBM Records… It’s called ‘Love Is The King’… BLACK SABBATH’s ‘Vol. 4’ also out on the 12th of Feb, via BMG, as a 4CD or 5LP Boxset.. Rhino are reissuing PHIL COLLIN’s ‘Face Value’ on picture disc.. WEA have some JIM CROCE reissues and also a EMMYLOU reissue of ‘Red Dirt Girl’ on Nonsuch..
Orchard for the 12th have the new PRETTY RECKLESS album
Uni for the 12th of Feb have a reissue and remaster of THE BAND’s third album ‘Stage Freight’ as a 2CD, 1LP, or Super Duper Deluxey Boxsety Thingy... Some band of musicians they were..
Stage Fright is the third studio album by Canadian American group the Band, released on August 17, 1970. Engineered by Todd Rundgren and Glyn Johns, it features two of the group’s best-known songs, “The Shape I’m In” and “Stage Fright”, both of which showcased inspired lead vocal performances (by Richard Manuel and Rick Danko, respectively) and became staples in the group’s live shows. 5.1 surround and hi-res stereo mix of album (by Bob Clearmountain) + new bonus tracks + previously unreleased Royal Albert Hall (1970) performance on Blu-ray. CD of new stereo mix album + new bonus tracks and unreleased Calgary hotel demo tracks. CD of the Royal Albert Hall performance (stereo). LP of main album new stereo mix (180gram, 33rpm). 7” reproduction of original “Time To Kill” b/w “The Shape I’m In” Capitol single (Spanish pressing). Photo booklet with new notes by Robbie Robertson and a reprinting of the original 1970 Robert Hilburn Los Angeles Times album review.
Uni also for the 12th of Feb have new albums by DJANGO DJANGO, BUGZY MALONE, R+R NOW Live CD with Robert Grasper and Friends.. Uni have a SAM COOKE CD Boxset ‘The Complete Keen Years’, as well as some reissues on vinyl by CANNONBALL ADDERLY ‘Something Else’, LORETTA LYNN’s ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’, CREEDENCE Half Speed Master reissues of ‘Pendulum’ and ‘Mardi Gras’, and lastly from Uni is a repress of the FREDDIE MERCURY Singles Boxset ‘Messenger Of The Gods’.. Limited, coloured 7” singles boxset, 13 singles in the box..
I forgot to hand ye over to Bobby for a few upcoming releases and announcements..
First up from mise, as mentioned briefly last week, there is a nice new campaign of vinyl due in from Warner / Rhino, called ‘Start Your Ear Off Right’. All the LPs now on the site, all due in over the next few weeks..
Moving on to announcements of stuff due down the line.. We’ll start this week with the announcement of ROYAL BLOOD’s new album ‘Typhoons’, available on CD, LP or Indies Exclusive Blue Vinyl. Good prices on it too, which is always nice to see.
NEIL YOUNG has a live album due out, ‘Way Down In The Rust Bucket’, recorded in 1990 following the ‘Ragged Glory’ album release. This is coming as a 2CD, 4LP, or a nice numbered 4LP/2CD/DVD boxset!
BEN HOWARD has just announced his new fourth studio album, ‘Collections From The Whiteout’. This one is coming on March 26th and will be available on CD, LP or Indies Transparent Vinyl.
Will rattle off the remaining few! There are upcoming vinyl reissues of NAS’ ‘Illmatic’ on clear vinyl, CAROLE KING’s ‘Tapestry‘ is getting a new vinyl reissue, there is a new BOB DYLAN 3CD entitled ‘1970’ featuring George Harrison, TOM GRENNAN has a new album due in March, and Music On Vinyl have a couple of nice reissues, including a 3LP version of PHILIP GLASS’ ‘Dance Nos. 1-5’, the Soundtrack to THE LAST EMPEROR (done by David Byrne / Ryuichi Sakamoto / Cong Su), there is a new album by YO-YO MA & KATHRYN STOTT, and finally from MOV is a limited coloured vinyl pressing of TESTAMENT’s ‘The Legacy’.
And finally from myself this week, a nice one from the Cork Music Scene. Cork legend JOHN SPILLANE is back with a new album due in at the beginning of April, entitled John Spillane’s Lapwing Nation – 100 White Horses. John is great, a lovely songwriter and a brilliant performer. I have very fond memories of his set for one of our first RSD Parties maybe back in 2013/2014. Always brings great energy and spirit when he performs. This is one we’re looking forward to giving a good few spins in the siopa on release! It will be available on CD or LP.
That’s it from me this week folks,
Back to the bossman!
Right so, just want to mention the new MOGWAI album coming out on Rock Action on the 19th of Feb (cause I need to order this week).. ‘As The Love Continues’ is the name of the record and it’s available on a host of formats, CD, 2CD set which has a photo booklet and bonus CD of demo tracks, there is a standard double LP, an Indies Only Yellow Coloured Vinyl, and a boxset which contains a Red Coloured 2LP Gatefold, a 12” of the bonus demo material, the gatefold CD, a photo booklet and a download code... Nice box to be fair.. We can do €50 best price job on it if interested.. CIGARETTES AFTER SEX deluxe reissue out that day also through PIAS…
Lastly JOHN BLEK’s new album ‘Digression #2 : Grounded’ is out on the 12th of February and we have a signed test pressing up for grabs.. Anyone who pre-orders either the vinyl or CD from us will be entered in the draw for the signed test pressing.. 1 of only 5 in the world.. Ahh it’s another fine album of music from John.. I’m really enjoying it as I got a sneaky copy!! More on it in the weeks to come..
Final note… Last week please folks for the Albums Of The Year / Irish Albums of The Year / Gigs of the year lists… we will have the results next week… If you haven’t sent over already send them over.. €50 voucher for one lucky person!!
Sin é for this week really folks,
Thanks for listening as always
Stay in by the wall,
Ray, Bobby & Shane