Hope all is well.. So back open last week… It was nice to get back open… Last few laps of this marathon really we hope… Three weeks trade to go so hopefully it will be good, in a safe environment.. The guidelines are on the table as you enter the shop as have been since June 11th… We hope to see ye!!
Myself, Bobby and Shane will be in the shop a lot over the next 3 weeks… Open 10-6 everyday, but 12-6 on Sundays until Christmas anyway… May knock off about 4 on Christmas Eve…
It has been a tricky 15/16 months.. Ferocious changes in a short period in a short period… I don’t think I have ever worked harder than in that period, and I think the 2 lads would tell you they haven’t either i’d say… I’m haunted to have had them throughout this.. Constant upheaval, goalposts changing all the time.. Every small business i’m sure will tell you the same… And we were one of the lucky ones, having a website allowed us to function to a good level especially recently in lockdown 2… Also folks are definitely trying to support Irish businesses which is a great thing and hopefully will last.. We would like to think we give a good service.. Well we definitely try our best anyway… Sometimes we make a mistake and drop a ball but we always try to fix it where possible… Pressing plants are really creaking this year so out of stocks are a problem.. They also have had their COVID challenges.. It is what it is folks.. Light down the road though.. Hopefully we can all have a nice Christmas.. Anyway, look i’m heading to the shop now so Bobby is going to take the reigns for the rest of the newsletter and take ye through releases for this Friday, the 11th and the 18th, and if there is anything nice in the new year.. I’ll be back next week.. Maybe the last of the year… Shops open, websites open, telephones sales open 021-4967119, email open email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org … Vouchers, turntables, records galore, cds… Anyway, sin é from me this week, thanks for listening!!
Bobby here for the remainder of the newsletter. I’ll start off with releases for this Friday, December 4th, and where better to start than with the new ARCTIC MONKEYS ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ release on indies clear vinyl, standard vinyl or CD, out through PIAS / Domino. Two tracks released today online, it’s sounding great, looking forward to giving the whole album a blast on Friday!
PIAS also have the coloured, deluxe vinyl reissue of PORRIDGE RADIO’s ‘Every Bad’.
Universal have a good bit for this week, including the CAT STEVENS ‘Mona Bone Jakon’ and ‘Tea For The Tillerman’ reissues, BON JOVI ‘2020’ Vinyl release, THE WHO ‘WHO’ 7” Vinyl Set, ABBA’s ‘Happy New Year’ coloured 7”, YUNGBLUD’s new album, new SHAWN MENDES, new NICK CAVE & NICHOLAS LENS, MARGO PRICE live CD, BOB MARLEY’s ‘The Complete Island Recordings’ CD Set, RAMMSTEIN reissue, Bluenote reissues by MCCOY TYNER and LEE MORGAN, a deluxe CD of the most recent PAUL HEATON & JACQUI ABBOT album, and the ROLLING STONES SHM-CD reissues.
Warner for this week have the COLDPLAY ‘Christmas Lights’ 7”, SIGUR ROS ‘Odins Raven Magic’ reissue, a BLIND GUARDIAN reissue, and the new live KELLY JONES of Stereophonics album.
Sony for Friday have the PARADISE LOST ‘Draconian Times’ reissue on indies exclusive blue vinyl, and the new BEYONCE live 4LP set ‘The Homecoming’. ROM for this week have the KHRUANGBIN ‘Late Night Tales’ release, and CALEXICO’s ‘Seasonal Shift’ on indies vinyl or CD. Cargo for Friday have a live release from THE BEATLES ‘Liverpool Empire 7th December 1963’ on vinyl, and WILDHEARTS ‘Thirty Year Itch’ yellow vinyl.
Moving on so for releases for December 11th, and again some nice bits out.. Universal will have the new PAUL MCCARTNEY album ‘III’ on CD or indies white vinyl, the new AVALANCHES album, a FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD compilation record, a BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB new live release, and nice limited, coloured vinyl releases by KISS, ‘Hits Vegas’, and KILLING JOKE’s ‘The Singles Collection’ 4LP, also coloured. Also landing through Uni is the vinyl release of THE KILLER’s new album ‘Imploding The Mirage’.
PIAS have a host of stuff out on the 11th. BELLE & SEBASTIAN’s new live album ‘What To Look For In Summer’ drops, one that will be getting plenty of rotations in the lead up to Christmas in the siopa! KAMASI WASHINGTON’s new soundtrack to ‘Becoming’ is out, as well as the new SINEAD O’ CONNOR 7” of ‘Trouble of the World’, the FIELDS OF NEPHILIM ‘Elizium’ reissue on green vinyl, coloured vinyl reissues of INTERPOL’s ‘Antics’ and ‘Our Love To Admire’, lottery-style lucky dip coloured vinyl reissue of JAMIE XX’s solo record ‘In Colour’, a lovely reissue of FRIGHTENED RABBIT’s ‘The Winter Of Mixed Drinks’ released for the albums 10th Anniversary, the new album by LATE NIGHT FINAL, and finally the F.Y.C reissues.
Warner for the 11th of December have NEIL YOUNG’s masterpiece ‘After The Gold Rush’ 50th Anniversary CD reissue, a ROXETTE 3CD or 4LP rarities compilation, the DEFTONES ‘White Pony’ 2CD Deluxe release (vinyl for this release pushed back to Spring 2021 now), and last but definitely not least from Warner is THE KINKS ‘Lola Versus Powerman…’ reissues on a few different formats.
Proper have the release of the JOHN PRINE ‘Live’ LP, on limited yellow vinyl for this one! They also have a PORCUPINE TREE CD Box Set, STURGILL SIMPSON’s new ‘Cuttin Grass : Volume 1’ release on CD or Indies Coloured Vinyl, and finally a nice deluxe format of GERRY CINNAMON’s most recent album ‘The Bonny’. White Vinyl and Etched Black Vinyl, with a few extra tracks included.
Sony for the 11th of December have the 3LP / BluRay Set release of THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE ‘Live in Maui’, and a coloured limited vinyl reissue of BRITNEY SPEAR’s ‘Glory’ LP.
A few nice bits announced for release in 2021 in the last week, and now up on the site for pre-order, or the order book is open so if interested pop us an email back.
There is a lovely 4LP expanded vinyl box set release of TAME IMPALA’s excellent debut album ‘Innerspeaker’, released for the 10th Anniversary of the album. What a band. How they’ve developed their sound over the past ten years is exceptional, a great song writer. Personally I love the sound of ‘Innerspeaker’, very 60’s / psych-rock feel to it. Well worth a listen if you haven’t heard the album
Also announced for release next year there are two FRANK BLACK reissues that have been out of print for some time. ‘Oddballs’ compilation and ‘The Cult Of Ray’ get pressed through Demon on limited coloured vinyl. There is also SLOWTHAI’s new album ‘TYRON’ just announced, and finally a BARRY GIBB & FRIENDS new album, featuring songs of BeeGees performed by Barry and a host of friends.
Back to the releases for December. Luckily i’ve just reminded myself. There has also been announced for December a coloured vinyl reissue of FRANK BLACK’s ‘Christmass’ album on Cactus Green Vinyl. Acoustic show, featuring solo material and Pixies tracks.
Moving on to December 18th, and not too much happening 7 days before Christmas on the release front for the final few releases of the year. (May be a small few the week after Christmas, but that week is normally quiet enough as well). Warner for the 18th have the new white 12” vinyl or limited 7” single release from LIAM GALLAGHER with ‘All You’re Dreaming Of’, nice Christmas-y sounding release from Mr. Gallagher. They also have a reissue of BRUNO MARS’ debut LP ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’.
Universal for December 18th have a limited, cream white vinyl reissue of TAME IMPALA’s newest record ‘The Slow Rush’, as well as the new Score to new Disney Jazz film ‘Soul’ by TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS, and the ‘Music Inspired By “Soul”‘ arrangement and composition vinyl by jazz / R&B musician JON BATISTE.
Sony for the 18th of December have a coloured vinyl pressing of ALICIA KEYS LP ‘Alicia’.
And finally for 18th of December, PIAS have a THUNDERCAT / FLOATING POINTS 12” Remix Vinyl, a new 12” EP from LANTERNS ON THE LAKE, and the new DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS’ album ‘The New Ok’. CD only for this one at the moment, vinyl now pushed back until January 29th 2021.
That’s it from the MZ HQ this week folks,
In the words of the bossman, thank you as always for listening,
Ray, Bobby & Shane