John Blek “Thistle & Thorn” Album Launch In-Store, HMV Rumours + Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” Vinyl Hits The Shelf

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well with ye. Releases in the shop this week include brand new albums by JOHN BLEK, ANDERSON. PAAKRUSTIN MAN, WHITE LIES, VANGELIS and reissues by PREFAB SPROUT, BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD, RAMONES, PHIL COLLINS, snd LINDA RONSTADT

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Right so, moving onto releases for the 8th of February … Sorry, before I do… I’m going to sidetrack… Rough spot at times… I’m hearing Amazon are in the market for the HMV shops in the UK along with a few other parties… Seems to be interest in the chain anyway which is a really good thing for the physical industry as a whole really.

Amazon taking them over would be a strange move wouldn’t it?? Most retailers are I’d imagine trying to move away from bricks and mortar to try and curtail costs… So a move towards bricks and mortar from the biggest onliner on the planet seems a little strange to me.
Amazon have some superstores in the states alright but are they for visibility or profit making… I know Amazon could probably throw dosh into the beautiful Lee for days on end and it wouldn’t dent their business… But they ain’t in that business of throwing money away so, an interesting one… One to watch… Is it 100 shops?

We use Amazon as a bit of a pricing barometer to be honest… I fight where I can to at least match them or try better them by a few quid because we are acutely aware that ye guys make a conscious effort to support us and have to make an effort to come in to us (to sometimes be told… Tomorrow, sorry) so you have to make that effort again!!!
So we are acutely of the effort made by ye as we are aware of the lack of effort the other way…
Interesting one, will try find out more.
Mike Ashley in the running also…

Anyways on to the 8th of Feb…. The second album by local lad TALOS will be with us via BMG rights… ’Far Out Dust’ is the name of the new record on CD and
LP. Playing some really good support slots recently..
WARNER also has new albums by BEAST IN BLACK, IMMORTAL, CASS MCCOMBS, ERIC GALES (with help from Provogue labelmaster, BETH HART + DOYLE BRAMHALL)
WARNER also have a live MAVIS STAPLES CD in London Town, the vinyl release of the new RITA ORA album, ROBIN TROWER “Live at the BBC 1973-75” as a 2CD release as well as a 10CD ROBIN TROWER studio albums box, and lastly some SOUL ASYLUM LP reissues on OMNIVORE.

PIAS for the 15th have new albums by METHYL ETHEL and YANN TIERSEN and a debut album by PIROSHKA… Who Raymond?…PIROSHKA,
PIROSHKA I said… Supergroup made up of members of LUSH, ELASTICA, MOOSE and MODERN ENGLISH.

I suppose the biggest release for us the weekend starting the 8th of Feb is the vinyl release of the soundtrack to BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY… 22 track, 2LP gatefold… Pricey is the only thing… €35… Market price as far as I can see but a bit dear I feel.
20 x €25’s is better than 10 x €35’s to everyone involved… That’s my thoughts on it but I don’t control it.

UNIVERSAL also have new albums by YAK, SAID THE WHALE, KARL JENKINS and ODETTE as well as LP reissues by RAZORLIGHT, MEAT LOAF, THE RUTS and METRONOMY (10th Anniversary).. Lastly, UNI have some Bluenote LP reissues by WAYNE SHORTER and CHICK COREA… But again pricey at €40 best price jobs..

I’m some plonker.. The PIAS releases aforementioned were actually for the 15th of February.. 8th of Feb from PIAS have the MERCURY REV’s revisit of the Bobbie Gentry album “The Delta Sweete” on Bella Union.. They have some cracking female artists helping them out on this.. Like LUCINDIA WILLIAMS, PHOEBE BRIDGES, HOPE SANDOVAL, MARGO PRICE, NORAH JONES, + SUSANNE SANDFORD to name a few.. I’d say this could be a lovely listen.. Speaking of lovely listens… I was a bit blown away by the PREFAB SPROUT “I Trawl The Megahertz”.. If it’s new to you like it was to me, then do yourself a twist here..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5ilBNaMxQwk&t=1850s

We have CD and LP copies to sell here… Isn’t it beautiful.. I felt like I was in MICKEY SPILLANE’S MIKE HAMMER if that makes sense to anyone??
PIAS als have PANDA BEAR’s 6th solo album “Buoys” on indies only red vinyl..

CARGO for the 8th of Feb have a few nice new releases (nice releases all round really for the 8th now that i’m going through them…) They have the new MICHAEL CHAPMAN album called “True North” on Paradise of Bachelors label.. On CD or LP or indies only red LP.. Record is produced by Steve Gunn who plays guitar on it also..
CARGO also have the new BOB MOULD (Husker Du.. As ye know) record on Merge.. It’s called “Sunshine Rock” on CD, LP or indies only yellow + red swirl.. LEMONHEADS cover album also out though Cargo next Friday..

R.O.M have the JOHN WILLIAMS Score to “Home Alone” on Mundo..

Sony for the 8th of have reissues on CD + LP of PRINCE’s “Musicology” and “Planet Earth”, as well as WARD THOMAS’ new album..

The Music Zone Corporation is going on it’s Christmas Party Friday night (tonight now) to see Mr. JOHN BLEK in Coughlan’s.. We have had it in April one year!! Reason for mention is the establishment is closing tonight, Friday 1st of Feb at 8PM..

Our Forum is nearly up and running.. We will be posting on it from next week on, so we are just sending out the link for you to register to our site, which will allow you to interact on the Forum.. So here is the link to register for the website!
https://musiczone.ie/my-account/

I have to point out one soldier who has gone on a lone, dangerous, solo journey to get our bags mentions in unusual places… So go raibh maith agat Proinséas.. Our MZ bag has been found on a seat outside the Etihad in Manchester, as well as in McHale Park in Mayo (don’t ask)… If other soldiers want to join the crusade we’d be delighted.. Ask in-store under the counter for mála speisialta

Our good friends in Haywards Suit Shop shut their doors for the final time today.. Retail is tough… Sad day for them.. 20 months ago dreaming, planning, exciting.. Now.. Nothing but financial pain i’d say… Sad day..

Finally for tonight.. Delighted to have JOHN BLEK in with us tomorrow at 1PM for our first Saturday In-Store Session of 2019.. We’d love if ye could make it in.. John will be launching his fantastic new album “Thistle & Thorn”, singing, signing and smiling. We’re really looking forward to this again.. Always great having John in.. If you’re around.. Pop away in! Here’s a link again to two new songs from “Thistle & Thorn”, and two off his last album “Catharsis Vol. 1”..
https://soundcloud.com/johnoconnor-4/sets/musiczone-sampler-john-blek

Sin é for this week anyway..

Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
Music Zone

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