Hope ye are all keeping safe and well… Creeping and inching towards a finish line of sorts we all hope.. Call and Collect a bit of a finish line for us.. 3 and a half weeks I hope… Good to be moaning I suppose!!
Right here are the releases for this Friday, 12th of March.. We will have new releases on the 12th from VALERIE JUNE, ISRAEL NASH, WILLIE NELSON, DEAD POET SOCIETY, THUNDER, and ROB ZOMBIE… There are reissues from ELVIS, ALTER BRIDGE, THE ROOTS, SLAYER, THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES.
I done a solo video last Friday night about 7:45PM in the siopa and the body and mind weren’t up for it really but here tis anyway (Bob was on a days hols.. Better when the 2 of us are on it!).. Here tis anyway
Right so releases in the good siopa for Friday March 19th include new releases by LANA DEL REY (including an indies only yellow vinyl), RINGO STARR, CHRIS CORNELL, STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES, NITIN SAWHENEY, LORETTA LYNN, STING, ANDREW FARRISS, SAXON, ENFORCER, MEG MYERS, WILLIAM DOYLE, HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO, BLACK HONEY, WEYES BLOOD, DEVIN TOWNSEND, SAM SMITH, and a 70’s GLAM POP compilation album .. There are reissues by NEIL YOUNG, GREEN DAY, ARCADE FIRE, AMERICA, IGGY & THE STOOGES, CHROMATICS, JUNIP, DISCLOSURE, DIRE STRAITS, MARK KNOPFLER, TREES, WYE OAK, JUNGLE, NIGHTMARES ON WAX, and MARK EITZEL… On the CD front there is the BOB DYLAN with GEORGE HARRISON ‘1970’ 3CD set, a 2CD format of PETER GABRIEL’s ‘Plays Live’, as well as a new album by HARRY CONNICK JR, and a new one by JUSTIN BIEBER.. Some biggies here folks for the 19th of March
Record Store Day 2021 (RSD we will call it folks) is different this year.. RSD is split across 2 dates, similar to last year, and again are called RSD Drops… Lots of info to follow in weeks / months ahead, but for now the dates are Saturday June 12th, and Saturday July 17th for the two drops.. The only other info I have at the moment is that the online sales of RSD Products on those dates can go on sale online at 6PM on each drop day… We obviously hope that the shop is open (in some form) by June 12th!! More info to follow anyway as I get it non-party people
As we said the 19th had some heavy hitters, the 26th of March sees some really interesting releases including 3 very varies or 4 you could say very varied and excellently exciting releases from Irish artists… We will start at home, we have the release of CATHAL COUGHLAN’s new record ‘Song of Co-Aklan’ on Dimple Discs.. Cathal’s first new music in 10 years from the Microdisney / Fatima Mansions man.. (Saw Microdisney in Cypress Avenue about 2 years ago and they were great).. Help on the record from Sean O’ Hagan, Luke Haines (support that night in Cypress) and Corey Gray (The Delines).. The record label sent me a listening link for the album a few weeks ago and it’s really good.. The man is in great voice , usual clever thought provoking lyrics and rich melodies all through… A real treat, I look forward to the physical.. Fine listen.. Here is the title track :
Another really interesting Irish release due on the 26th of March is from FOR THOSE I LOVE, aka David Balfe… It is FOR THOSE I LOVE’s self titled debut album.. It’s an album of love and grief, really striking listen, I wasn’t sure if it was for me on first listen but it has really grown on me, well worth checking this out.. David lost his best friend and bandmate Paul Curran a few years ago and the central them of the record is around the love and tragic loss of his friend, the emotions are all in the record… Beautiful really, spoken word, electronica, hip-hop and dance flavours all through the album.. Some absolutely great tunes on it.. Here is FOR THOSE I LOVE with ‘I Have A Love’ on Jools just before Christmas :
Another Irish release is the SNOWPOET album ‘Wait For Me‘ out on the 26th of March also, contemporary jazz album, lovely listen also..
Lastly Irish release wise for the 26th of March is the debut E.P by Galway’s NEWDAD on Fair Youth Records.. ‘Waves’ it is called.. I’ll be doing my best to get some although it’s fierce limited.. i’ll see what i can do.. Here’s a new tune from them ‘I Don’t Recognise You’.
I think they are bloody class. Voice of the Beehive vibe going on there.. Serious ones to watch.. That’s 4 quality releases in one day from our little island… Savage really the talent that’s around both old(wish) (sorry Cathal!!) and new.. Savage..
Right so, outside from quality Irish releases, Uni for the 26th of March have the seriously talented MR BEN HOWARD’s new album ‘Collections From The Whiteout’ on CD, 2LP or Indies Only 2LP produced by Aaron Dresner on Island.. Really looking forward to this.. He is a seriously talented dude.. Uni have a deluxe CD version of ARIANA GRANDE’s ‘Positions’, there is a new DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979 ‘Is 4 Lovers’ on Spinefarm.. UMC are releasing the SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD Motion Score on seriously limited editions 2LP Blue Vinyl or 4LP Picture Disc Set… A week’s rent nearly though… There is a BLOODHOUND GANG ‘Show Us Your Hits’ coloured vinyl release through Uni for the 26th also..
Warner for the 26th of March have the NEIL YOUNG live release ‘Young Shakespeare’ on CD, LP or CD/LP/DVD boxset… Neil himself says this is better than Massey Hall.. ‘Less Frantic’ and he also says it is the best acoustic sounding music in his archives… High words… Dynamite track listing.. A cracker i’d say..
Right Warner have quite a few for the 26th of March.. There is a limited one press job FAITH NO MORE ‘Who Cares A Lot? The Greatest Hits’ on 2LP Gold Vinyl... There is the JOE STRUMMER ‘Assembly’ collection release on CD, 2LP or Indies Only Red 2LP… ALI FARKA TOURÉ ‘Red Album’ vinyl reissue on BMG, DUA LIP ‘Future Nostalgia : Moonlight Edition’, LAMB OF GOD Live album, MADNESS reissue of 3rd studio album I think ‘7’, new MARTI PELLOW, VOLBEAT, and lastly the debut album by SMITH / KOTZEN album on BMG including an indies only red vinyl, featuring Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden..
PIAS for the 26th of March have new ones from THE ANTLER’s, TUNE-YARDS, and SARA WATKIN, as well as a BONOBO reissue..
Sony for the 26th of March have the new album from EVANESCENCE ‘The Bitter Truth’ on CD, Deluxe CD Set and Double LP.. There is a live LP by THE JACKSON’S reissued and last but not least is the newest FIRST AID KIT release a live release ‘Who By Fire’, a live tribute album to the late, incredible Mr. L. Cohen.. (We all probably have a list in our heads of who we would love to go for a pint with.. A pint.. What’s that?.. Erased from memory… Well Cohen would be up there for me big time)… It’s a live staging of Cohen songs, poems and letters..
Proper for the 26th of March have a few bits also, SUN KIL MOON release on CD only for now of ‘Welcome To Sparks, Nevada’, out on Calde Verde.. There is also a MARK KOZELEK double LP ‘All The Best, Issac Hayes’ spoken word, stream of consciousness compositions with piano throughout.. Proper also have the reissue of WORLD PARTY’s third album ‘Bang!’ on the Seaview label.. Karl Wallinger has joined by friends on this album.. Proper also have MARIKA HACKMAN’s ‘Covers’ album on limited white vinyl..
I saved some of the very best wine til the end today.. I was listening to Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio last Saturday afternoon and he plated a tune which blew me away a bit.. It is from a forthcoming record by FLOATING POINTS, PHARAOH SANDERS & THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA.. ‘Promises’ is the name of the record and it’s on Luaka Bop.. There is a CD, standard LP and an exclusive LPX version.. Very exclusive i’m afraid only 3 copies and one of them is Raymund’s, so putting 2 on the site.. Best place to buy them from or get it if you want it in case i miss emails.. I looked up to see if I could find a tune online but old school, not a sausage up there… Great.. Here is part of a conversation I read between the two men SAM SHEPARD (Floating Points) and Pharaoh,
Pharoah Sanders: Huh…?
Sam: Were you asleep? I’m sorry…
Pharoah: No no… I was listening… and dreaming… and listening to music in my head…
Sam: Oh wow… sorry.
Pharoah: Many times, people think I might be asleep… but in fact, I am just listening to music in my head. I’m always listening… to the sounds around me… and playing, in my mind… and sometimes I dream.Maestro springs to mind… Out on 26th March anyway.. Can’t wait.. Kids in bed, dark room..
Going to hand you over to the Bobman now for a few upcoming releases announced in the last week or so, again some nice ones now up on the site.. Here’s the Bob
Hope you’re all keeping well.
Few really nice ones this week, including a few heavy hitters for my own wallet. The joys!!
Starting off with one of said Bobby Wallet Hitters is the announcement of the new reissue of JOHN LENNON’s ‘Plastic Ono Band’, released as part of Lennon’s ‘Ultimate Mixes‘ series that has seen the release of ‘Imagine’ and the new greatest hits in over the last couple of years. Like with the others, this is coming as a CD, Expanded 2CD, Deluxe 2LP with a new master and a bonus LP of outtakes, and a lovely lovely 6CD/BluRay/Hardback Book Super Deluxe Edition Box Set.
Another one great one for mise personally, Warner have announced the release of TOM PETTY’s ‘Finding Wildflowers : Alternative Versions’, which is a breakout from the lovely expanded set released late last year. This one is coming as a standalone on CD or Limited Gold Vinyl, with the standard vinyl to follow a month or so after. Absolute class album, Wildflowers. A fine piece of work start to finish, so looking forward to hearing these Alternative Versions of the tracks!
The next in the PJ HARVEY series of reissues has been announced this week. This time up is ‘Uh Huh Her’, PJ’s 6th studio album from 2004. Again it will come as a standard vinyl reissue of the album, or also as a ‘Uh Her Her : Demos’ release on vinyl or CD.
THE WHO’s classic ‘Sell Out‘ is also getting a nice expanded reissue treatment (with another savage boxset). This is coming as a expanded 2CD or 2LP, or as the set with 5CDs, 2 x 7”s, a book, memorabilia..
Other new bits announced in the last week include PINK FLOYD’s legendary ‘Live At Knebworth 1990’, out for the first time as a standalone vinyl or CD release, a new ST VINCENT album (including an indies only transparent white vinyl), a reissue of three classic live albums from THE EAGLES, a new release from GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR, new VAN MORRISON, and finally another reissue from WILLIE NELSON on coloured vinyl through MOV. Himself and Mr. Young really are trying to keep record shops open this year, serious amount of releases in 2021 already from both! Good men!
Lastly from mise, there are two nice vinyl reissues due in, one a compilation of THE BLUE BEAT LABEL, ‘Sixty Year Celebration’, and one of Irish group DANCE TO TIPPERARY celebration their 20th Anniversary with ’20 To 20′, released on limited bright green vinyl.
So that’s it from myself this week,
Back to the boss-man!
Thanks for that Bob!!..
Lastly so for this week folks, PIAS for 2nd April has new ones from DRY CLEANING and FLOCK OF DIMES and a reissue from TOKYO POLICE CLUB on indies only with a bonus 7”..
Sin é from so for this week folks,
Thanks for listening
Ray, Bobby & Shane
P.S will draw Wyvern Lingo comp winner on Friday!!