Guess who’s back?? Yep Shady’s back.. Back again… Nice break.. Badly needed.. Massive thanks to Bobby and Shane for holding the fort and running the show while I didn’t answer an email for 9 days.. Yippee.. 9 days… Back on the Shady horse now.. All good.. The cranky man has disappeared for a while!! Right so, we will star with releases into the siopa for this Friday against the 20th.. The new releases for this week include VILLAGERS, LORDE, ORLA GARTLAND, CHRISSIE HYNDE, JAKE BUGG, MARTIN GORE, MARTHA WAINWRIGHT, JAMES MCMURTRY, SEPULTURA, ALABAMA 3, and the new FEAR FACTORY album gets the vinyl treatment for the first time. There are reissues from JOHN COLTRANE, ERIC CLAPTON, ROYKSOPP, THE KNIFE, OUTKAST, GRANT GREEN, and KENNY BURRELL. On the CD front there are releases from STURGILL SIMPSON.
Right a few nice Irish releases due into us very soon… Recently released debut album by DANI LARKIN ‘Notes For A Maiden Warrior’ will be into us very soon.. Vinyl only for now.. Should be on the site next week.. Here is a tune from the Radio 1 Album of the Week :
Also we have a solo album due in from BOY ONE (aka Brian Foley.. bassist with The Blades).. The album is entitled ‘Calm Before The Storm‘ :
The recording of the album ‘CALM BEFORE THE STORM’ was very much a stop start affair interspersed by lockdowns, restricted travel and social distancing. Strange times indeed. However most of the songs were written before Covid reared its ugly head and so a variety of topics are tackled; White collar crime, Regrets late in life, Loneliness, Domestic violence. On the whole though the album is an optimistic affair sprinkled with its share of love songs..glam rock, summer love songs.. piano ballads.. All in all a rich tapestry of pop gems.
Brian sent us a copy of the new single ‘Broken Skies’ but unfortunately we are struggling to get it to link to the newsletter… But it is a damn fine tune… We are looking forward to hearing the full album
Right so here are the releases for the 27th of August… We will have new releases BIG RED MACHINE, CHRVCHES, GOAT, STEVE GUNN, MARISA ANDERSON / WILLIAM TYLER, MAISIE PETERS, HALSEY, the NEW ORDER ‘Be A Rebel’ Remixed release and the next releases of ‘The Montreux Years’ live series by MARIANNE FAITHFULL and MUDDY WATERS.. There are reissues from SUPERGRASS, HEAVY STEREO, THE KOOKS, J COLE, BILL EVANS, SPICE GIRLS, and THE BEACH BOYS ‘Feel Flows : The Sunflower & Surf’s Up Sessions’ release on various formats.. On the CD front there is the releases of the TEN YEARS AFTER ‘1967-1974’ 10CD set, new ONE REPUBLIC, and the SISTERS OF MERCY ‘BBC Sessions 1982-194’ CD release..
Video is back this week.. You can check out it below
And moving onto releases for September 3rd.. We will start with Universal and a very limited edition release of TAYLOR SWIFT’s ‘Fearless (Taylor’s Version) on 3LP Gold Vinyl.. We are allocated only a few of these..
It was a funny 5 or 6 weeks in the shop after RSD1.. It was mad busy for the first 6 weeks but things settling now… They were always going to settle.. August has been quiet… But September releases are ramping up and then twill be Santa talk.. Anyway.. Back to Uni for the 3rd of September and we have the Deluxe 50th Anniversary reissues of RORY GALLAGHER’s 1971 debut self titled album.. There is a 5 disc deluxe boxset which includes a brand new mic of the original album, thirty previously unreleased outtakes and alternate takes, a six song 1971 BBC Radio John Peel Session.. Box also includes a 50 minute DVD of Rory’s first ever solo concert in Paris.. The box also has a 32 page hardback book with essays, hand written lyrics and an exclusive limited edition poster.. There are only 1500 copies of this boxset products and there are only 3500 copies of the 3LP version also.. word to the wise is all.. As well as the boxset and 3LP formats there is a deluxe 2cd..
Uni also for September 3rd have the 5th studio album by IMAGINE DRAGONS on Polydor entitled ‘Mercury : Act 1’ as a CD, Deluxe CD or LP.. Uni via UMC also for the 3rd of September have a 17CD/3BluRay boxset of VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR which has their entire work recorded for Charisma Records.. 8 Albums in the 70’s via Charisma all spruced up here for this box set.. UMC also have a reissue of SILVERSTEIN’s debut album ‘When Broken Is Easily Fixed’ on canary yellow vinyl… Being sold to us now but not released until November 6th is ELVIS COSTELLO’s ‘Armed Forces’ black vinyl box set.. This 9LP box set was personally curated by Elvis Costello… Brand new master from original master tapes and the sonic fidelity matches the original 1979 pressing.. Eagle via Uni have BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS ‘The Capital Session 73’ on DVD, 2LP Black Vinyl or 2LP Limited Coloured Vinyl.. Deutsche Grammophon have a VIKINGUR OLAFSSON release ‘Mozart & Contemporaries’ 2LP clear vinyl.. New one from TRNA on Candlelight also..
Onto Warner for 3rd of September and a heavy hitter or two here.. Not many hitting heavier than IRON MAIDEN and their brand new album ‘Senjutsu’ on a host of physical formats.. So there is a 2CD Digipack, 2CD Book Format, CD / BluRay Memorabilia Box Set, Standard 3LP Vinyl, Red & Black Marble 3LP or Limited Silver Splatter 3LP out on the 3rd of Sept via PLG UK.. We are delighted to announce we’ll have a small amount of exclusive Iron Maiden T-Shirts to give away on day of release, more info on this coming in the next week or so!
Warner also has EMMYLOU HARRIS & THE NASH RAMBLERS ‘Ramble in Music City : The Lost Concert’ on CD or LP via Nonesuch.. 1990 Lost treasure here me thinks… It would be remiss of me not to mention Nanci Griffith’s passing in the last week.. What a voice! R.I.P.. Warner also have a brand new (posthumous) album by GERRY RAFFERTY nearly 10 years in the making… It is called ‘Rest in Blue’ and is CD only now.. One of my own favourite albums from 20 years ago gets the reissue treatment also.. SUPER FURRY ANIMAL’s ‘Rings Around The World’ is 20 years old.. A great little record.. Remastered as well.. So there’s a CD, 2LP and 3CD Deluxe out via BMG on 3rd Sept… Here is ‘Juxtaposed With You’ from the album..
Lastly from Warner for the 3rd of Sept via BMG is the 4th collaborative album between F.S. BLUMM and NILS FRAHM.. Sorry brand new RUDIMENTAL album also out on the 3rd..
I saw on Twitter that THE MURDER CAPITAL tweeted on Monday that it was 2 years since album 1, and 2 very soon.. Got me thinking.. TMC album launch was 15th of August 2019, with a lot of us in the Crane for it.. Special night (ask Young Adam.. We snuck him into the gig as ‘Music Zone Staff’ as he was underage and he was with us for the spine tingling sound check).. Great night altogether.. Will live long in the memory.. Had a few pints with friends in the Hi B after and a bit of a sing song inside.. 15 days later and the shopping centre in Douglas was nearly burnt to the ground and our business evaporated with it.. (Small fry in the scheme of things and with hindsight, but at the time t’was stressful).. Life throws shit, that’s what it does.. A couple of sound sound members of our community have had shit thrown at them lately and have fights to face… Nothing but well wishes and love from us for them.. They have this.. As Knopfler and Emmylou said ‘there should be laughter after pain.. There should be sunshine after rain’… Chins in the air gents, ye have this xxx
Sony for the 3rd of September really (bar Pearl Jam which is sold out) have MARTIN GORE’s ‘Counterfeit EP’.. The Manic’s album which I am excited about (did I read Nicky Wire refer to it as the Manic’s ‘Pop’ album!) is moved to 10th Sept..
Oh another special Irish release I nearly forgot about.. PADDY CASEY has a new album.. I’d really like Paddy, seen him quite a few times.. Album 5 i think (maybe 6)… The album is called ‘Turn This Ship Around’ and here is the title track for your enjoyment..
There is 22 songs on the album.. Paddy is a seriously talented dude…
PIAS / Integral for the 3rd of Sept have a reissue of GRIZZLY BEAR’s ‘Yellow House’ 15th Anniversary Edition on Clear Vinyl.
PIAS / Integral for the 10th of September have the new AMYL AND THE SNIFFERS record on Rough Trade ‘Comfort To Me’ on CD, LP and Indies Only LP.. New album also from CID RIM on LuckyOne Records.. A release I’m really looking forward to is the new LOW album on Sub Pop ‘HEY WHAT’ on CD, Cassette, Vinyl and Indies Only Vinyl.. 10 new songs from the maestros.. Here is ‘Days Like These’ from the new record..
Domino via Integral have a brand new MATTHEW E. WHITE album on CD, 2LP or Indies 2LP.. ‘K Bay’ it is called after his home studio.. New West have a brand new POKEY LAFARGE album ‘In The Blossom of Their Shade’ on CD, LP and Indies Only LP (the indies version is orange and comes with a bonus 7” single).. Heavenly Records have the 10th studio release by SAINT ETIENNE ‘I’ve Been Trying To Tell You’ CD, CD/DVD, Indies only crystal clear vinyl..
Right right folks, we have a lovely afternoon coming up on Saturday the 11th of September with the launch of JOHN BLEK’s new album ‘On Ether and Air‘.. (More on the record next week). There will be support from LEWIS BARFOOT for two of the slots.. Here is Bob with the science of it all..
John Blek – Signing & 3 Limited Capacity In-store Performances.
John Blek releases his new album On Ether & Air on the 10th of September and we will have him for three very special in-store performances on Saturday 11th of September. Basically due to COVID restrictions we want to keep numbers in the shop down so we would ask you to book in for one (and only one) of the three performances by using the free ticket links below. Just click through and pick the time slot that works for you. Limited to 20 people per performance. All we ask for is that if you book it, be there. There’ll be a few celebratory beverages to be had on the day too.
John will be signing from 3pm and the performances will take place at 3.30pm,4.30pm and 5.30pm. We would ask that you leave the shop before the next performance begins in order to keep numbers in the shop down and to make sure we’re all safe and comfortable.3.30pm In-store FREE Tickets
4.30pm In-store FREE Tickets
5.30pm In-store FREE Tickets
Right be great to see ye at one of the slots… The last time we had John in for an album launch was a very special night as a lot of ye will remember.. I hope a lot of ye can come out and support again for an hour on the Saturday afternoon of the 11th of September… We hope to make it as special as we can on the day.. We hope to have some spot prizes on the day.. We will have some beverages and refreshments for the afternoon, beer, non-alcoholic beer, vino, soft drinks etc and for those of ye who get a ticket it comes with a 20% off any item in stock (once it’s not put away or a pre-order).. Now to feck what are waiting for.. That’s the craic.. More on the album next week.. Lewis will perform tracks from her album ‘Glenaphuca’ at 4PM and 5PM so looking forward to that also! John will sign copies of his new album before and after the performance..
Nearly forgot ya Bob!! Over to Bobby for any upcoming stuff..
Hope you are all keeping safe and well this week!
Kicking us off this week for a few pre-order bits down the line is the announcement of the highly anticipated new record by ROBERT PLANT & ALISON KRAUSS, entitled ‘Raise The Roof’. What an album is their debut ‘Raising Sand’ from back in 2007 I believe. Six Grammys. Didn’t really think that there would ever be a second outing in the pipeline but here we are. New single ‘Can’t Let Go’ picks up right where the last album ended. It’s great. Two great voices. Four formats on this one, two very expensive formats unfortunately. There is a CD, Deluxe CD, Standard Vinyl and Indies Exclusive Yellow Vinyl. Apologies on the vinyl prices.
Two nice ones announced just today via PIAS. GARY NUMAN’s fifth studio album ‘Warriors’ has just been announced for a limited orange vinyl reissue due at the end of September, and they have also announced a brand new PARQUET COURTS record ‘Sympathy For Life’, which is coming as a CD, Vinyl, Indies Green Vinyl or a Limited Deluxe Vinyl. This one is due for release late October.
Proper via Demon Records have two ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN reissues due also in October. 2001’s ‘Flowers’ is reissued on white vinyl, and 2005’s ‘Siberia’ is pressed as a 2LP Clear Vinyl, both limited and both long out of print records.
That’s it from mise for this week
Back to the boss-man!
Right Orchard for the 3rd of September have the 2CD reissue of the incredible WHIPPING BOY album ‘Heartworm’.. The 10 x LPs we were allocated are long gone.. But we are taking names for the Nov 26th reissue now.. So throw us your name if you want a vinyl copy.. Orchard also have a reissue of BEHEMOTH’s ‘Sventevith’ on various formats..
One last note folks.. We are running a bit tight on mailers and waiting for an order to land in to us.. If anyone who happens to be calling into the shop in the next 3 or 4 days happened to have any spare vinyl shipping mailers lying around at home, we’d happily take them from you if they weren’t needed. Would get us out of jail for the weekend..
Right sin é sin é for this week.. Got a bit carried away.. I missed ye so much I reckon..
Thanks for listening,
Ray, Bobby & Shane,
P.S… The aul tickets thing is still hoped for… Just saying… Hope.. I know.. Like our chances (hmm… do I mean that?)..
The horse is going full pelt already!