Hope ye are all safe and well and in good enough form… Keep at it.. Not so hopeful of call/click and collect now for April 5th to be honest, but let’s see where the ball breaks i suppose first… I sense fatigue with out customers and it is damaging for a small business when folks asks for call and collect and we say we can’t… Sorry… And we lose the sale.. But we have always followed guidelines / laws / instructions on it and will continue to do so.. Let’s see where the ball bounces sher, 24 deaths I think yesterday, horrible curse of a thing.. Website open and we are on the phone everyday 021-4967119.. Sin sin with that for now…
Right so here are the releases for Friday March 26th… There is the new NEIL YOUNG with the live ‘Young Shakespeare’ release, BEN HOWARD, CATHAL COUGHLAN, FOR THOSE I LOVE, EVANESCENSE, FIRST AID KIT, THE ANTLERS, MAX RICHTER, DEATH FROM ABOVE 1979, SNOWPOET, FLOATING POINTS / PHAROAH SANDERS & THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, SARA WATKINS, DUA LIPA, MARTI PELLOW, SMITH / KOTZEN, LAMB OF GOD, TUNE-YARDS, and the new JOE STRUMMER collection .. There is a nice reissue of TAME IMPALA’s ‘Innerspeaker’ for the 10th Anniversary released as a 4LP boxset, and other reissues by FAITH NO MORE, BLOODHOUND GANG, THE JACKSONS, JOHN MAYALL & THE BLUESBREAKERS, MARK KOZELEK, MARIKA HACKMAN, WORLD PARTY, THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG, WILLIE NELSON, BONOBO, ENNIO MORRICONE, MADNESS, VOLBEAT, and the SCOTT PILGRIM VS THE WORLD OST on 2 limited vinyl formats.. On the CD front there is a release from SUN KIL MOON
I must give special mention to the new CATHAL COUGHLAN record… It’s really good.. Here’s the latest single ‘The Knockout Artist’.. I love the track after it on the album also.. Packed with fine songs to be honest..
FOR THOSE I LOVE also is another fine record.. Here is Birthday / The Pain.. another class tune.. Also out on the 26th
Maybe it’s my green, white and gold tinted glasses but I think there is some savage talent on the Irish Music Scene.. If you have a spare 50 minutes some night Coughlan’s Live Music Venue recorded some of their intimate shows from last Nov / early Dec and the quality on it is unreal.. The likes of Mary Coughlan, Paul Noonan (Bell X1), Lisa Hannigan, Mick Flannery, and may more.. It’s excellent.. Here it is if you would like to watch it.. ‘Behind Closed Doors’ :
Right so onto releases for the 2nd of April.. These include new releases by GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR, JOHN SPILLANE, HELLOWEEN, THE FRATELLIS, STURGILL SIMPSON, JAZZ IS DEAD 006, DRY CLEANING, FLOCK OF DIMES, reissues by EAGLES, THE VACCINES (limited coloured), FATHER JOHN MISTY, TRAVIS, NADA SURF, WARREN ZEVON, and MF DOOM.
A reminder also for our John Spillane competition running for anyone who pre-orders the album with us… Here is the info again
JOHN SPILLANE is set to release his first independent album in 20 years.100 Snow White Horses comes out on April 2nd. In celebration of that, we are running a competition to win: a signed Vinyl copy and signed CD of 100 Snow White Horses, a signed copy of John’s album Acoustic Series Vol.1 All The Ways you Wander, and a signed copy of his book, ‘Are We Brilliant or What’. To enter, pre-order the brand new album with us on Vinyl or CD and you will be entered into the draw! Recorded in London with Pauline Scanlon and produced by John Reynolds the album is inspired by John’s travels around Ireland. The decision to release the album independently allowed for a greater sense of creative freedom and these new songs are full of poetry, Irish mythology and wonder
Also here is the video from last week folks.. Congrats to the winner of the signed WYVERN LINGO competition!
Right so moving onto releases for Friday the 9th of April… East / West, an arm of Warner Music in the UK releases the new DECLAN O’ROURKE record ‘Arrivals’ on CD and Long Player.. I have had the great pleasure of listening to the album over the last few days and it’s a beautiful listen.. Vocally tops, great acoustic guitar work all through with the intermittent splashes of piano and strings.. Beautiful all through.. But the strongest thing about the record is the songs.. They really stand up and engage you from start to finish.. I think this album could catapult Declan to his rightful place, oh and btw it was produced (the record) by some fella called Paul Weller.. Saw a little interview of the two meant together and there seems a genuine fondness between them.. Show’s the esteem Weller holds Declan in to produce or co-produce as Weller says.. Fine listen folks, honestly.. Here is the title track ‘Arrivals’, great tune
We have a lovely competition around pre-orders of the album with Declan and Warner.. Declan played in the good siopa a few years ago, here’s a look at it if interested.. It was 10th of December 2016, over four years ago now!!
Anyways, back to the competition.. Pre-order the new album on CD or Vinyl with us and enter a draw to win one of 3 separate prizes..
3rd Prize : A Signed CD copy of the new album ‘Arrivals’ by Declan
2nd Prize : A Signed Vinyl copy of the new album ‘Arrivals’ by Declan
1st Prize : A great prize for Dec fans.. A Virtual Meet & Greet with the man himself where the winner / winners household can have a chat with Declan.. I suppose ye can ask him how is Andy doing?? What kind of tiles he has in his kitchenettes or what ye’r man who produced the album is like?? Declan will also perform a song from the album for the winner on the virtual meet and greet.. A lovely prize.. Thanks a million to Declan for the prizes..
Photo Credit : Lawrence Watson.
To enter, simply pre-order the new record ‘Arrivals’ from us.. Sin sin.. It’s an excellent album folks by a great songwriter / storyteller.
Right so, Warner also for the 9th of April have a reissue of the brilliant self titled IBRAHIM FERRER album on BMG with the Buena Vista Social Club for music company on the album.. If you don’t know it i’s class.. Here is Silenco from the album..
Another sweet release from Warner for the 9th of April is the RHIANNON GIDDENS album with Italian multi-instrumentalist FRANCESCO TURRISI.. The album is called ‘Their Calling Me Home’, and is made up over covers mainly.. It’s released on Nonesuch, both these musicians are Irish based now so if someone can tell us the beach in the video for ‘Water Bound’ is shot on we’d be happy out… It’s somewhere on our shores!!
Lastly, one of note from Warner for the 9th of April is the reissue on limited red vinyl on Nonesuch also of musical pioneer LAURIE ANDERSON’s ‘Big Science’ album... First reissue in over 30 years..
Universal for the 9th of April have the TAYLOR SWIFT ‘Fearless : Taylor’s Version.. 2CD version of 26 songs including 6 completely unreleased tracks.. Taylor said she had loads of some she adored at the time and didn’t make the album so here they are on Taylor’s version.. FLYTE’s second album is released on Island also on April 9th on CD or indies only blue vinyl, called ‘This Is Really Going To Hurt’.. MAX RICHTER has ‘Voices 2’ on Decca on CD and LP.. ARIANA GRANDE has the vinyl release of her latest album ‘Positions’ also on Island.. This is a limited coke bottle green vinyl..
Uni also have a SARAH JAROSZ reissue ‘Build Me Up From Bones’ on Concord.. I must admit this musician passed me by a little bit until i heard with John Smith on a song from his new album ‘The Fray’.. She is class.. I suppose 3 Grammys in the bag Raymond, what did you expect.. Anyway’s here is the title track from the forthcoming reissue
Bluenote through Uni have a reissue on the 9th of April of ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGER’s ‘Moanin’ on LP.. It’s an All Analogue reissue.. Lastly from Uni for the 9th of April on Mercury is LYNYRD SKYNYRD ‘Live at Knebworth 1976’ on CD/DVD combo, BluRay/CD combo (both these in a CD sized box) and also a DVD/2LP Combo pack..
PIAS for the 9th have releases by PETER MURPHY, GUIDED BY VOICES, BILL MACKAY / NATHAN BOWLES and STEVE REID..
Sony for the 9th of April have the new LONDON GRAMMAR album ‘California Soil’ on CD, Indies Only Vinyl, Standard Vinyl and fairly limited box set.. We have 3 left of that.. Great voice, great sound.. Here’s ‘Lose Your Head’ from the album :
I’ll hand ye folks over to Bobby now who will run through some interesting further down the road releases.. A few beauts announced recently if memory serves me right.. Just on the JOHN GRANT one… The boxset we have been allocated one copy of it.. It’s super limited, really is.. Fairest way (ohh it’s expensive also!!) is a game of fastest fingers so will pop it on the site and who (if anyone) wants it they can buy it from there… An email could easily be missed so site is the fairest way.. Right here is the Bob-Man..
Few nice bits today! As ray mentioned there is a new JOHN GRANT album ‘Boy From Michigan’ after being announced (only this morning I believe), on a few formats. There is CD, Vinyl, Limited Edition Deluxe ‘O-Card’ Vinyl, and as Ray mentioned the very very limited Box Set. This one is set for release on June 15th, looking forward to it!
Also announced this week is the new BLACK MIDI album ‘Cavalcade’. A few formats again on this one, with CD, Cassette, Vinyl and Limited Picture Disc Vinyl. For the vinyl pre-orders of the new album, there will be a free flexi disc given out with the first pre-orders while stock lasts (still not sure how many we will be getting!). There flexi will be a cover song by the band, which fans will vote for through the band’s website, a nice one! This is due out May 28th. There is also a new BLACK MIDI 12” now up for pre-order on the website
The cracking ‘Déjà Vu’ by CSNY is due to be reissued as a 4CD / Vinyl boxset in May. It will feature the original album on CD and Vinyl, and a host of unreleased and rare recordings spread across 3 bonus CDs. An album that seems to have been out of print for quite some time, a true classic.
Finally from me for this week is a new MARS VOLTA 18LP boxset coming through Warner in late April, called ‘La Realidad De Los Sueños’.
That’s all from myself for this week!
Back to the bossman!
Thanks a million Bob,
The Orchard for the 9th of April have a remix album of the new ORB album and also NICO’s ‘BBC Sessions 1971’.. It’s really saucy for a 4 track but Tearbox the label say it’s a really quality pressing..
PIAS for the 16th of April have the reissue on Gold Vinyl 3LP of GOLDIE’s ‘Timeless : 25th Anniversary’ Edition, also on 3CD.. They also have AVISHAI COHEN’s ‘Two Roses’ on Believe Records…
Sin é for this week folks,
Keep at it,
Thanks for listening
Ray, Bobby & Shane