New YENKEE, GEORGE MICHAEL’s ‘Older’, FONTAINES SIGNED TEST PRESSING And News, News, News From The Siopa

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well enough….lots of news this week…good news , not so good news , bad news , great news and news that we cant tell just yet.

Going to start with the bad news…FOO FIGHTERS RSD title won’t be in this shop ( before i go on about this inconsequential bit , the really bad news which i forgot to mention last week was the terrible sad news of the passing of FOOs drummer TAYLOR HAWKINS, ahh just fierce sad, fine drummer, good character and gone way too soon really, thoughts with family and band members, horrendous time) anyways the inconsequential bit, i f**ked up on the FOOs RSD release…mea totally culpa…to bore ye with the details, the foos was a late addition and was on a newer Sony RSD sheet…i used the older sheet less the foos title …thought of it after and emailed the rep to tell him id ring him about the foos ( why i didn’t say stick 10 foos on as well please, i don’t know,  but i didn’t, nah Donie Donut here said ill ring ya about the FOOs , which i didn’t cos i forgot …he was on hols then, all copies of it got allocated…zip for us here, mea culpa…sorry.

Right so re the not so good news ( again RSD STUFF) ….the kris krisstofferson/lou reed release is seriously cut…we are just getting one copy from a hope of 7 copies….there was 4 of ye asked about this, best to set yer alarms early…sorry. BLUE VELVET soundtrack another one where wishlist demand beats supply , HUMAN LEAGUE unlimited another one where demand exceeds what will be supplied…so those 3 are early birds job…cuts on a few more also namely BLONDIE, FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD, OFFSPRING, and THE CURE but if you make an effort it should be ok….they are the problemos for now, im sure ill add a few next week!!

We are going to kick onto the great news and delighted to announce something really special, as well as having 20 signed prints to go with 20 of the preorders of the new FONTAINES album , we also will have a signed TEST PRESSING of the new album….sweet as a bloody nut that will be for someone…preorder the album to be in with a chance to win a signed print or the fab signed TEST PRESSING…btw its a no purchase necessary comp, so email us if interested that way…you know what way we, the label and the band would prefer you to enter but can enter comp without purchase also…Shane i think has a video we can share here of the lads signing the prints and the TP….sound job lads and all at Partisan also!!
VIDEO OF SIGNING!

Some good news, Dave from Cork won the war on drugs tickets , ( if he doesn’t want them or cant use them , we will move to next on the list)…last week also to enter for the Kae TEMPEST tickets in Cypress also…and we have music back for RSD also this year…all good news…more on the RSD music later.

Some more good news, even great news id say….new YENKEE record is in store now “ YEN” its called…all happened very quick and i wasn’t aware it was even coming out…bada bing, a few days and a few emails later, the record is here on the shelves…ah lads and lassies this dude is super talented……he is not around for RSD this year but we will catch him another day for an instore in the shop all going well….7 completely new tracks on this record,  white coloured vinyl im told…

Here is “ soft satellite” from the album

Ah class, what’s there not to like like, the boy born and reared on the banks of the Lee as well…( doesn’t sound like it i know!)

Better sell some records!…in the shop for this friday are releases by

Kae Tempest , TAME IMPALA  , ENCANTO , GREGORY PORTER ,  VAN DER GRAF GENERATOR ,  JONNY GREENWOOD , SUICIDE CAMILLA CABELLO “ famila” , FOSTER THE PEOPLE , TOOL  , Jack White “Fear Of The Dawn”  , NICK LOWE vinyl reissues DANIEL ROSSEN , HORACE ANDY , PAVEMENT , STAR TREK DISCOVERY 3 

Next Friday the 15th sees releases by

THE POLICEs “ greatest hits” ,  The Velvet Underground: A Documentary Film  , KURT VILE

CASSANDRA WILSON , GERI ALLEN , MIKE CAMPBELL & THE DIRTY KNOBS  , GERRY RAFFERTY

LEDISI SINGS NINA , MONKEES  , SUZI QUATRO , INSPIRAL CARPETS  , Etienne De Crecy REEF
KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD , JON SPENCER & THE HIT MAKERS ,  FONTAINES D.C…” SKINTY FIA” , MY BLOODY VALENTINE , OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW  , S.CAREY
 

Main week for this week is the 22nd of April,

Universal has a deluxe reissue of BRIAN MAYs second solo album, “ another world” via EMI,

Reissued on cd, deluxe3 cd, lp and boxset which includes Lift Lid Box – Fitment for 2CDs (in wallets) and enamel Badge, 180g 1LP sky blue colour vinyl with printed inner & single LP outer sleeve, CD1: Album remastered, CD2: Bonus tracks, 24 Page 12 x 12 Book.

ROGER ENO has a brand new studio album on DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON “ the turning year” on CD and LP,  the super GRAMMY awarded soundtrack ALMOST FAMOUS finally gets a release date after months of been pushed back, tis out now UMC on the 22nd April, THE TEA PARTYs self titled debut lp gets a reissue also on UMC, it hardly saw the light of day back in 1991 as was self released, only 3000 copies back then. Island has a repress of THE YARD ACT debut on green indies vinyl for the 13th may .

WARNER have some really nice stuff for the 22nd April , there is the new record by TAJ MAHAL & RY COODER “ get on board – the songs of Sonny Terry and Brownie Mcghee” on Nonesuch records,,,the first time the two legends have made an album together since 1965 really when they made the RISING SONS demos…this should be a real treat…here is “ hooray hooray” from the new recordings

(268) Taj Mahal & Ry Cooder – Hooray Hooray (Official Video) – YouTube

As Shane mentioned last week Warner have the reissue of the debut LP by SLIPKNOT on Lemon coloured indies vinyl via Roadrunner.

A much looked forward to reissue also is FRIGHTENED RABBITs “ pedestrian verse” on the 22nd april also via East/West…Scott had such an emotive voice, beautiful…here is “ backyard skulls” from the record…great band if new to you….the two EPs are out the next day for RSD then.

(268) Frightened Rabbit – Backyard Skulls [Official Video] – YouTube

Some more nice reissues by Warner for the 22nd April include the first two PRETENDERS albums 1& 2…these reissues are from the 2018 CD remasters so these remasters on Vinyl for the very first time….THE STREETS reissue fab debut “ original pirate material” on locked on records…here is “ weak become heroes”…tune tune it is

(268) Weak Become Heroes – YouTube

On his birthday there is a reissue of CHARLES MINGUS “ MINGUS THREE” on Rhino featuring 8 unreleased tracks ..available on 2CD, 2LP.

Lastly from Warner for the 22nd April is a brand new studio album from Bonnie Raitt ( lovely name btw) “ just like that…” is her 21st studio album….here is “ made up mind” from new album, available on cd, std lp or indies only teal lp

(268) Bonnie Raitt – Made Up Mind (Official Lyric Video) – YouTube

Oh and a brand new JASON ALDEAN CD also on Broken Bow records.

Sony for the 22nd April have the brand new WARDRUNA album “ first flight of the white raven” on CD or double LP as well as NOTHING BUT THIEVES “ moral panic 2” on transparent plum vinyl.

THE ORCHARD for the 22nd April have the second album from Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard’s Painted Shield project on an indies only and a new CD also from JEWEL.

PROPER for the 22nd April have some nice reissues on Dualtone …indies vinyl jobs on first two MT. JOY albums , also 3 more JOE BONAMASSA reissues via Provogue and the new RZA album on Wienerworld “ BOBBY DIGITAL VS RZA” …LP only.

Going to pass the baton to Shane there now for a little bit as he runs though some down the road announcements 

Sound Ray! Hey everyone, hope ye’re all doing alright! 
A good few ones to mention this week so will be quick. 

First up is a brand new album by Sharon Van Etten out at the start of May called ‘We’ve Been Going About This All Wrong’. Her last one was good and was popular in the shop. We will be getting limited numbers of the indies marble vinyl, so if interested, best to buy from the link there asap.

Next, and also in May is a nice compilation of SEX PISTOLS tracks that spanned their career. Indies yellow vinyl of it.

FRANK BLACK of the Pixies has a box set coming with his other band The Catholics in July. It’s a 7lp set on clear vinyl.

Forgot to mention last week, as well as the NEIL YOUNG bootleg records, there’s also a 4 LP box set coming on April 29th featuring his 80s albums. Can’t keep up with Neil!

There’s a new album coming from DEF LEPPARD ‘Diamond Star’ too.

Finally, for the coming months, ABBA are releasing  box sets on CD and vinyl of 8 of their albums, GILBERT O SULLIVAN has a new oneSNAP reissue their dance classic ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’ on yellow 10″. MADNESS reissue ‘Wonderful’, a new album from SPORTS TEAM, THE ASSOCIATES reissue ‘Sulk’ and MAGGIE ROGERS has a new one.

That’s all from me this week I think, slán.


Oh and here’s this week’s video with Ray and Adam: https://youtu.be/vXNQiwn1dPI

Thanks Shane!

Right INTEGRAL for the 22nd of APRIL have the hugely anticipated new album from FONTAINES DC “ skinty fia” on red vinyl, blk vinyl , deluxe 2lp vinyl and CD….as ye know we have 20 signed prints and one signed TEST PRESSING up for grabs for some people who preorder from us ( as also said no purchase necessary to enter this comp also) …really looking forward to this record here in the shop…

Here is title track from the new record

(268) Fontaines D.C. – Skinty Fia (Official Video) – YouTube

Integral also have a reissue of MY BLOODY VALENTINE “ LOVELESS” vinyl, and brand new albums from OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW and S. CAREY also.

Integral for the 29th April have BALTHAZAR “ SAND CASTLE” recordings from during lockdown, a new NIGHTMARES ON WAX remix ep, CHARLES MINGUS “ LOST ALBUM FROM RONNIE SCOTTS” and lastly a band that caught my ear ANORAK PATCH…only kids aged 15 to 18 just…but i really like there sound…debut EP out on Nice Swan records “ by cousin Sam” …here is a tune

(268) Cousin Sam – YouTube

Right so RSD 2022 …Yipee…a bit wrote negatively about it every year…our first was 2011. I really enjoy the day, albeit there can be a few problems….but overall we honestly see the day as a celebration of our existence, every year i say to myself when its done, another year at it, another year here…how bad…we have sent the begging letters to the record companies looking for free stuff to giveaway on the day…hopefully they will come up trumps, they usually do to an extent anyway….got some LIVE MUSIC lined up for the afternoon of RSD,  SATURDAY THE 23RD April..thats the party part….we missed out on one or two bands/artists we were hoping to get for RSD as they are away but we think we have a nice lineup for the day…time slots will be confirmed ,,,sorry to recap first doors open @ 8 am, few spots given out,,,,live music starts around 1 …will confirm next week…right the line up…we have THE BURMA in with us on the day, we really like this band here in the shop, i think they have played 3 or 4 times for us now…debut album to be released later in the year, so we are really looking forward to that here…fine band, here’s the lads doing their thing up in Windmill Lane …class

(268) The Burma – Live at Windmill Lane Recording Studios, Dublin – YouTube

We are delighted to also welcome back LEWIS BARFOOT to play a few tunes in the shop..Lewis is great, such fun, so positive and she makes beautiful music… RTE radio 1 DJ Lillian Smith called her music balm for the soul and its hard to find a better description…Lewis released an album “ glenphuca” last year and its a lovely listen….heres “ white dress” from it …she will be singing, selling and signing on the day.

Young Adam said to me a few weeks back had i heard of RUA RI ..i said no and he said he heard him play down in Ballycotton Church and he was fierce impressed…id say he is just starting his journey…i was fierce impressed also…he is coming in to play a few songs on the day for us also…

Heres a tune or 4  from RUA RI

(268) Thanks for Stopping by…Rua Rí – YouTube

Last but not least in with us on the day will be Mr. JOHN NEVILLE…John is a veteran of the music scene in Ireland and has a new album coming out in May or June…Johns lead single from the new album is “ old honey bee” and it was playlisted on RTE Radio 1 amongst others…

Here it is…Johns a lovely tone to his voice, a lovely guitar player and a lovely man to finish the package.

(268) Old Honey Bee – John Neville – YouTube

I hope ye can get in and support the shop and these local original musicians on RSD Saturday the 23rd April….a lovely selection of music i feel.

Bring beer if ye want, we will supply the same also!!

One last one hot of the press is a lovely boxset of GEORGE MICHAELs “ older” album due for release on JULY 8TH with Sony, 3 lp/5cd boxset…brilliant album it was/is also…its 185 quid best price on pre orders. We will also have a standard black 2 lp and an indies green coloured 2 lp vinyl of it, all there in the above link.

Heres more info

IN CELEBRATION OF GEORGE MICHAEL’S ICONIC ALBUM

OLDER

SONY MUSIC PROUDLY ANNOUNCES

THE DELUXE, LIMITED EDITION BOX SET

OUT 8TH JULY 2022

“OLDER IS MY GREATEST MOMENT” – GEORGE MICHAEL

Written, arranged and produced by George Michael, ‘Older’ saw George exploring new music, as he reflected on life, loss and pain with, ultimately, the redemptive power of love triumphing over everything.

Originally released in the UK on 13 May 1996 through Virgin Records, ‘Older’, George Michael’s iconic album, reached the pinnacle of chart success, where it remained for three consecutive weeks, spending 35 weeks in the top 10 overall. The album produced six singles, two of which – ‘Fastlove’ and the haunting ‘Jesus To A Child’ – reached No.1, with the other four peaking in the top three. The album was a huge global commercial success, going 6x platinum in the UK, as well as verified platinum in another 22 countries – an achievement which is unparalleled to this day.

‘Older’ was George’s third album as a solo artist and would see him experimenting with new musical styles and expanding his artistic horizons. Hailed by critics as a triumph, it told the story of an extraordinary period in the life of the man who wrote, recorded and produced it, as he journeyed through one of the most turbulent periods of his professional and personal life. George channeled all his painful life experiences into one of the most personal, heart-felt albums he had ever written.

“I think I composed the best, most healing piece of music that I’ve written in my life with this album … Older is my greatest moment” – George Michael

TRACKLIST

OLDER VINYL

SIDE A

1. Jesus to a Child – 06:49

2. Fastlove, Pt. 1 – 05:27

3. Older – 05:32

SIDE B

4. Spinning the Wheel – 06:09

5. It Doesn’t Really Matter – 04:49

6. The Strangest Thing – 06:00

SIDE C

7. To Be Forgiven – 05:21

8. Move On – 04:45

9. Star People – 05:15

SIDE D

10. You Have Been Loved – 05:27

11. Free – 02:59

UPPER VINYL

SIDE A

1. Fastlove, Pt. 2 – 04:54

2. Spinning The Wheel (Forthright Edit) – 04:41

3. Star People ‘97 (Radio Version) – 05:42

SIDE B

4. The Strangest Thing ’97 (Radio Version) – 04:41

5. You Know That I Want To – 04:37

6. Safe – 4:27

CD1 – OLDER

1. Jesus to a Child – 06:49

2. Fastlove, Pt. 1 – 05:27

3. Older – 05:32

4. Spinning the Wheel – 06:09

5. It Doesn’t Really Matter – 04:49

6. The Strangest Thing – 06:00

7. To Be Forgiven – 05:21

8. Move On – 04:45

9. Star People – 05:15

10. You Have Been Loved – 05:27

11. Free – 02:59

CD2 – UPPER

1. Fastlove, Pt. 2 – 04:54

2. Spinning The Wheel (Forthright Edit) – 04:41

3. Star People ‘97 (Radio Version) – 05:42

4. The Strangest Thing ’97 (Radio Version) – 04:41

5. You Know That I Want To – 04:37

6. Safe – 4:27

CD3 – MIXES ONE

1. Fastlove (A/C Summer Mix) – 04:55

2. Star People ‘97 (Radio Edit) – 04:39 *

3. Freedom ’94 (Live Version) – 06:06

4. One More Try (Live Gospel Version) – 5:26

5. Star People (Unplugged) – 06:04

6. Spinning The Wheel (Radio Edit) – 05:00

7. Fastlove (Promo Edit) – 04:43 *

8. Jesus To A Child (Special Radio Edit) – 04:20 *

9. Spinning The Wheel (Forthright Dub Mix) – 06:48 *

10. Star People (Forthright Club Mix) – 09:17

CD4 – MIXES TWO

1. Fastlove (Forthright Extended 12″ Mix) – 09:23

2. Star People (Forthright Dub Mix) – 07:40

3. I’m Your Man (The Jon Douglas Remix) – 04:04

4. Fastlove Part II (Fully Extended Mix) – 09:36

5. Spinning The Wheel (Forthright Extended 12″ Club Mix) – 08:36 *

6. Star People (Galaxy Dub Mix) – 07:11

7. Fastlove (Forthright Remix 7” Version) – 04:25 *

8. I Can’t Make You Love Me (Studio Version) – 05:20

CD5 – MIXES THREE

1. Desafinado – George Michael with Astrud Gilberto – 03:19

2. The Strangest Thing (Live) – 06:00

3. Star People (Forthright Radio Edit) – 04:33 *

4. The Strangest Thing ‘97 (Loop Ratz Mix) – 08:49

5. Fastlove (Forthright Dub Remix) – 08:32 *

6. Jesus to a Child (Radio Edit) – 06:07 *

7. Spinning The Wheel (The Jon Douglas Remix) – 06:38 **

8. Star People (Galaxy Mix) – 08:09

9. Older (Instrumental Version) – 05.29

This beautiful new box-set is a treasure for fans and includes ‘Older’, newly mastered from original tapes and pressed on 180gsm vinyl across 2LPs for superior audio quality with expanded artwork. The set also includes ‘Upper’ for the first time ever on vinyl, as well as ‘Older’ and ‘Upper’ on CD. Presented in a rigid double slipcase, this package contains 5 CDs and 3 LPs. Also included is a 12” x 12” 48-page book, The Story of Older, featuring a brand-new essay by Dan Davies recounting the stories behind the album with contributions from key people who helped make the record, plus rare and previously unseen photos. The set also includes 3 12” x 12” art prints of George.

Sin e for this week ( finally says ye) folks

Thanks for listening

Ray, Shane and young Adam