New Kings Of Leon, Another Sweet Neil Young Live Release, And The Top 20 Albums Lists Are In!

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well enough.. Another week, another ramble here.. Here are the releases for this Friday the 19th of February.. We have or will have the MORRISEY / BOWIE ‘Cosmic Dancer’ 7”, the excellent new JOHN BLEK album ‘Digressions #2 : Grounded’, the new MOGWAI albumTINDERSTICKS new record ‘Distractions’, new releases by TASH SULTANARICKY WARWICK, WHITESNAKES.G LEWISEDIE BRICKELLMAGGIE ROGERS ‘Archives : 2011-2016’ vinyl releaseGRANDADDY’s ‘Sophtware Slump On A Wooden Piano’NEIL YOUNG ‘The Times’ and BON JOVI’s ‘2020’ get their vinyl release. There are reissues by LEE MORGAN and MF DOOM,  On the CD front there is a SAM COOKE 5CD set, the ZAPPA 3CD OST to the upcoming film, a new BTS Set, and an ARETHA FRANKLIN CD compilation

Just about the fabulous John Blek record.. We have a signed test pressing up for grabs for one lucky person who has either pre-ordered the album from us or buys it by next Thursday week, the 25th of Feb… We will pull the winner out ‘live’ ala Bill O’Herlihy  on the video that Friday the 26th… If you don’t want to read / wade through this, the video is the best way to get a quick run down of what’s arrived into the shop.. The IT Department Manager tells me the best way to access d’videos is to subscribe to the channel and click the notification bell.. Isn’t that right boss?? (That’s right!!)

Here is the video from last Friday :

Right so, here are the releases for the 26th of February, all available to buy on the website or email / phone us at / 021-4967119 to keep for you.. Let’s see what restrictions are like for March.. Worst case it is hopefully last month, last few weeks without click/call & collect… I know I was clear as mud last week.. To clarify if you want your records we are happy to get them out to you.. If you want to keep your records here until call and collect comes back we are happy to do that also!! Whatever you want.. Right so the releases for the 26th are as follows.. NEIL YOUNG’s live ‘Way Down The Rust Bucket’ lands with us on a few formats, the excellent new WYVERN LINGO album ‘Awake You Lie’ (more on this again later) is out on the 26th, as are new releases by BALTHAZAR, the new KINGS OF LEON 7′‘, JULIEN BAKER, LOST HORIZONSMAXIMO PARKTHE WEDDING PRESENT, DANIEL PEMBERTONWILLIE NELSON (CD only for now)ROBIN SCHULZKREATOREPICA, and 21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN.. Reissues out on the 26th include THE NATIONAL’s first two LPs and ‘Cherry Tree EP’ reissues on LP and CDTHE BLACK CROWES 30th Anniversary reissues of ‘Shake Your Money Maker’, PJ HARVEY’s excellent ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’ LP reissue and Demo LP reissue, as well as reissues by DEFTONESARETHA FRANKLIN, RAY CHARLES, NASCAROLE KING, JOHN FRUSCIANTETHE ROLLING STONESFOUNTAINS OF WAYNESERGE GAINSBOURG and a STEREOLAB compilation LP of non-album tracks.. On the CD front the BOB DYLAN (with GEORGE HARRISON) ‘1970’ 3CD gets released as well as a deluxe JOSH GROBAN CD.. 

As regards the new WYVERN LINGO album ‘Awake You Lie’ on Rubyworks.. We have an exclusive SIGNED vinyl copy up for grabs for one lucky person who either pre-orders the vinyl or CD from us or buys the record on the week of release, Friday February 26th Feb to Thursday 4th of March… It’s a fine listen folks.. 3 full listens in and now enjoying it more each time.. ‘Rapture’ is a near perfect pop/rock song which with each listen the song is growing around an absolutely class chorus.. Other highlights for me are ‘Aurora’, ‘Awake You Lie’, ‘Ask Away’, ‘Don’t Say It’, and ‘Full Height’.. A fine second coming by a fine Irish band.. Get your name in that hat for the signed copy!! Here’s ‘Rapture’ from the album :

Right so moving onto Friday March the 5th.. Warner have some nice releases in fairness. NEIL YOUNG ‘Archives Vol. II’ 10CD Boxset on Reprise Records hits our shelves!

Warner have a reissue of JAPAN’s ‘Quiet Life’ on a number of formats.. There is a lovely 3CD/LP version, an indies only red coloured vinyl, standard LP or CD… BMG Reissue GOLDFRAPP’s ‘Seventh Tree’ on vinyl, there is a live DMA’s 2LP ‘Live at Brixton’ and there is a class BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD ‘Retrospective – Best Of’ on long player.. There are a few coloured HELLOWEEN reissues due in, as well as a new PAT METHENY album on LP or CD….

Lastly out through WEA on Acony records is the latest GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLING’s project ‘All The Good Times’.. Covers album but quality stuff.. Here’s the title track.. CD only for now on this one..

PIAS for the 5th of march have the new BILLY NOMATES E.P on indies coloured vinyl, a brand new album from ARAB STRAP (looking forward to hearing this one) indies only LP out via Rock Action records… Here is ‘The Turning Of Our Bones’ from the record :

Also via PIAS  for March 5th is the new JOACHIM KUHN, new SOUL JAZZ compilation ‘Rocksteady Got Soul‘, new WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR albumRICK SPRINGFIELD, and FATHER JOHN MISTY reissue of ‘Fear Fun’…

Cargo for the 5th of March have a new JANE WEAVER album ‘Flock’ on indies only LP or CD, and they also have a very interesting release in the new MADLIB album ‘Sound Ancestors’ (arranged by Kieran Hebden of Four Ten).. Savage collaboration right there… This record is 3 or 4 years in the making between the two friends… Madlib would send Kieran ‘tracks, loops, ideas & experiments and I would arrange, edit, manipulate and combine’. Here is ‘Road Of The Lonely Ones’ from the album, out on 5th March on vinyl or CD

Uni for the 5th of March has ENNIO MORRICONE’s ‘I Malamondo’ 2LP or CD on Decca, it’s the next instalment in the ‘Morricone Segrato’ series of releases… Uni also for the 5th have a new ELLA FITZGERALD CD compilation and some CHET BAKER LP reissues on Craft Records…

Proper for the 5th of March has the classic self titled album reissue by ANNE BRIGGS on Tropic Records… Classic folk…

The biggest new album release for the 5th of March is the new KINGS OF LEON album ‘When You See Yourself’.. It’s on Sony and it’s available physically on CD, Standard LP or Indies Only Cream LP… I must say I do like ‘The Bandit’ lead single from the album… Here it is :

Sony also have new TOM GRENNAN album on CD, standard LP or Indies, as well as a new ZARA LARSSON album on CD..

Right so, Albums of The Year!! Better get them out before Easter… Sorry, bit of work in correlating them… Fine word that isn’t it.. Thanks so much for all of ye that threw ye’r 2 pence worth.. The more the better.. Very tight for international album of the year this year..

Irish Top 20
20. The Boomtown Rats – Citizens of Boomtown
19. Malojian – Humm
18. Columbia Mills – CCTV
17. The Burma – Sugar Moonlight EP
16. Swimmers Jackson – Murmuration
15. Bitch Falcon – Staring At Clocks
14. David Keenan – A Beginner’s Guide To Bravery
13. Joe Chester – Jupiter’s Wife
12. R.S.A.G – Chroma
11. Aoife Nessa Frances – Land Of No Junction
10. Emperors Of Ice Cream – No Sound Ever Dies
9. Paddy Dennehy – Little Light
8. Róisín Murphy – Róisín Machine7. Ailbhe Reddy – Personal History
6. Silverbacks – Fad
5. Niamh Regan – Hemet
4. Bleeding Heart Pigeons – Stir
3. John Blek – The Embers
2. Pillow Queens – In Waiting
1. Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death

International Top 20
20. Jonathan Wilson – Dixie Blur
19. Pearl Jam – Gigaton
18. Bleeding Heart Pigeons – Stir
17. Khruangbin – Mordechai
16. Bill Callahan – Gold
15. Jason Isbell – Reunions
14. Sufjan Stevens – Ascension
13. Flaming Lips – American Head
12. Nick Cave – Idiot Prayer
11. Doves – The Universal Want
10. Laura Marling – Song For Our Daughter
9. Paul Weller – On Sunset
8. Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud
7. Taylor Swift – Folklore
6. Fiona Apple – Fetch The Bolt Cutters 
5. The Strokes – The New Abnormal
4. Bruce Springsteen – Letter To You
3. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
2. Bob Dylan – Rough & Rowdy Ways
1. Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death

5. Mick Flannery – ‘Alive’ Launch Stream, Dolans
4. Paddy Dennehy – Kino
3. Fontaines D.C. – Kilmainham Jail Stream
2. Nick Cave – Live at Alexandra Palace
1. John Blek ‘The Embers’ Launch At Music Zone.. Genuine winner!!!

Ah man, the Top 20 International was savage close.. Only 9 votes separated Fontaines D.C (Double winners.. Conragts!!) down the Bruce in 4th.. 9 votes.. It was never so tight.. Great charts I think.. Fontaines did run away with the Irish album, but very close after that.. Pillow Queens 49 votes, John Blek 45, Bleeding Hearts 39, Niamh Regan 37, Silverbacks 33, Ailbhe Reddy 29… Very close!! First time ever ‘our’ gig won the gig of the year… Genuinely.. But it was a special night.. Will draw the name for the €50 voucher out of a hat ‘live’ on d’video on Friday…

My own personal favourite album last year (still now!!) and it’s so subjective.. We had hundreds of albums in for the international top 20… Hundreds… Tastes differ folks.. But I loved the Bleeding Heart Pigeons album ‘Stir’.. A bloody great album I.M.O… Here is ‘All For The Best’ from it  :

We have no stock of it at the moment but if anyone is interested I can contact the lads and see if we can get more!! 

I also really like The Strokes, Waxahatchee, Bruce, Bob and especially Khruangbin.. To be honest 
I the quality of the Irish albums are phenomenal in my opinion.. Every single album in that top 20 is really good.. Do have soft spots for Niamh Regan, Paddy Dennehy, Joe Chester, R.S.A.G and of course The Emperors!!!

Right, hand you to Bobby now for any upcoming albums etc…

Hey folks, 
Hope you are all keeping safe and well. Quite a lot there this week, some nice announcements again! 
Gonna start off with something a bit different. We have just put on the site for pre-order the brand new announcement from Rega, for their new loudspeakers called ‘Kyte’ Loudspeakers. We are big fans of Rega products in the shop, so really nice to see new speakers from them, first time we will have speakers from them in the shop. These are due to ship in Spring 2021, but if any interest pop us a mail and we can try get a more concrete date.

On to the tunes! There is another live NEIL YOUNG release announced, this one for late March is entitled ‘Young Shakespeare’, recorded 50 years ago for German TV, just two months after the release of the exceptional ‘After The Gold Rush’. What an album. There will be a CD, Vinyl or Deluxe Box Set with the CD/Vinyl/DVD. 

There is a new NEW ORDER Live release now up for pre-order through Warner. ‘Education Entertainment Recreation : Live at Alexandra Palace’ captures the band’s show from London in 2018. 2 Hours and 20 Minutes of hits upon hits upon hits from their catalogue, and a few Joy Division covers. It’s coming on 2CD, 2CD/BluRay or Vinyl. Out in May.

A nice one which has just gone live (quite literally, announced at 5PM today, Wednesday 17th) is a new live release from BLACK PUMA’s, called ‘Capitol Cuts’. This is gonna be limited on red vinyl, and is due for release in June 

I’ll rattle through the rest, there’s quite a bit there so I don’t want to keep ye all day! Coming over the next few weeks / months there is a new deluxe edition of FLEETWOOD MAC’s ‘Live’ as a 3CD/2LP/7” box set,  a new JOE STRUMMER release ‘Assembly’, featuring tracks from his solo career, and live versions of hits from the Clash. This is coming on CD, Vinyl or Limited Red Vinyl. Other bits now up on the site for pre-order are THE SNUTS debut albumnew ROSE CITY BANDa new MOTORHEAD live release, the debut album from Dublin’s FOR THOSE I LOVERHIANNON GIDDENS (with Francesco Turrisi) new releasea deluxe edition on CD and Vinyl of DUA LIPA’s most recent album ‘Future Nostalgia’, and the second collaboration LP from MATT SWEENEY / BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY called ‘Superwolves’. Finally from me this week, Music On Vinyl have a few nice coloured, limited vinyl reissues from WILLIE NELSONJOHN MAYALL & THE BLUESBREAKERS, and THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG.

That’s it from me, back to the bossman!

Thanks Bob!! Before I go there is a lovely charity release CD coming out on the 26th of February.. SomeRiseSomeFall brings together a bunch of musicians who record their own takes on some obscure enough songs.. Here is the info on it : SomeRiseSomeFall is a community of songwriters, musicians, and creatives based in Cork that features singer songwriters such as John Blek, Anna Mitchell, Rowan, Marlene Enright and Kevin Herron . 
‘No Simple Highway’ will be released on Feb 26th with all proceeds in aid of Aware Ireland ( supporting those affected by anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or a mood related condition) . The album pairs carefully selected songs and performers, overseen by project director Michael Fitzgerald (FITZZ Records), to create new  interpretations and recordings of songs written by Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Joanna Newsom, Beth Gibbons, Jimmy Lafave, Eilen Jewell, Country Joe McDonald, Roy Wood, Greg Trooper, David Ball, Jackson C Frank, Eliza Carthy and The Milk Carton Kids. 

Lastly, just a couple for the 12th of March as I need to order in the next day or two.. BRAND NEW HEAVIES Live LP (first timer) ‘SHIBAYA 357’ on Acid Jazz Records is out, also a brand new ROB ZOMBIE album on Nuclear Blast, a new THUNDER album and finally a SLAYER coloured LP reissue of ‘Repentles’..

Before I go here’s my favourite song from the Bleeding Heart Pigeons album... Apt title for the world we are in.. ‘Dig a Hole And Then, Fill It In Again’..

Sin é for this week folks,
Thanks for listening
Stay in by the wall
Ray, Bobby & Shane

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