The RSD 20 List Is Here, Rory on Display, and A Lovely Act Of (Recyclable) Kindness

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well… Crikey it’s been a strange week… Lots going on ad kind of not going on.. The RSD Lists at last.. More on that later…. Firstly releases in the shop today and we have to start with our boy RORY with the new live album ‘Check Shirt Wizard : Live in 77’… Thanks to Vincent Zara, the artist who painted the cover of the album.. We have had savage demand and interest in the bespoke signed prints… Bare with us as we try to work our way through them… Some CD stock was delayed also but should today I hope!! Should be enough vinyl to do the rounds… A great honour to have the painting displayed on our shop floor.. The painting is now property of the Gallagher Family so we are truly honoured to have it on display until close of play on Saturday 7th… I hope none of ye get Martin Cahill style ambitions… Such a lovely thing to have…

Also in the good siopa Musiczone today are new ones by PAUL HEATON / JACQUI ABBOT, DEACON BLUE, MAC MILLER, NOEL GALLAGHERJONATHAN WILSONUS GIRLS, STEPHEN MALKMUS as well as live albums by CREAM, MARILLION and reissues by THE WHO, EMBRACE, 2PAC, STATUS QUO, SIMPLE MINDS, HUMAN LEAGUE and a best of vinyl by THE CRANBERRIES

Video is up for this week with the Bob Man back, and this week there was a lovely suprice act of (recyclable) kindness to the shop in the video! Thank you to our mystery parcel sender!
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Before I move on to next week Friday the 13th of March…. A little on RSD..

I suppose most of ye know the drill with it by now… Record Store Day is a celebration of Record Shops one day a year (normally third Saturday in April unless Easter gets in the way)… Artists, bands and labels release bespoke, limited albums to support the shop and drive customers to the shops… It has flaws but above is the premise… It’s based on a strictly first come first served on Saturday morning of the 18th of April this year… The official RSD20 list is attached here but hopefully by early next week we will send out lists again but crucially with prices for each of the record companies.. So if ye can hold fire until then that would be great… Then email (is best) us back with your wish or wishes from the list ideally for me with the record company next to it… Over 500 titles so no company makes my life a lot harder in the process.. So please company name if possible… Send us back your ‘wish lists’ does not guarantee anything i’m afraid.. No promises… But it allows me to order your record (especially if it’s obscure and I may not have taken a chance on it otherwise)… There are over 500 records released so I suppose i’m asking for help with it.. Ok some are no brainers.. But others are crystal ball jobs.. So help.. Without any guarantees.. You’re some boy Raymond!!

The wish lists also allow me to fight harder when I know 10 or 12 folk are chasing The Cure releases.. I hope you have an idea of it now if RSD is new to you… For the old hands.. Same o same o… And please everyone take it in the spirit it was set up for.. To celebrate Independent Record Shops… We will get the lists out with prices and record companies early next week.. Let the fun commence… Here is the full RSD2020 list with no pricing

https://musiczone.ie/record-store-day-2020-full-list-with-no-pricing/

Right so right so…. Moving on to releases for the 13th of March… Warner have a deluxe reissue of ‘In A Lifetime’ by CLANNAD which has 2 brand new tracks…. There is a few physical formats with 4CDs, 3LPs + 7” Single, there is a 2CD Mediabook, a 2CD or a 2LP smoky coloured vinyl… Staying with classic Irish bands, Warner via BMG have the new BOOMTOWN RATS album ‘Citizens of Boomtown’ on standard black black LP, CD, or indies only gold vinyl… The Rats are back!! Warner also has new albums by CODE ORANGE, GROUPLOVE and THE SHIRES…

PIAS for the 13th has new albums by ULTRAISTA (consisting of Nigel Godrick), PORCHES and CIRCA WAVES..

Universal for the 13th of march have a TEARS FOR FEARS reissue of ‘Songs From The Big Chair’ as a vinyl picture disc or a 4CD/2DVD set, a new NIALL HORAN CD, a new WESTLIFE DVD, ABBA ‘Live At Wembley’ 3LP Half Speed Master at Abbey Road, STAR WARS ‘Rise of Skywalker’ vinyl by JOHN WILLIAMS, some Bluenote reissues by ELVIN JONES and ART TAYLOR, and the JUSTIN BIEBER new album on coloured vinyl also….

Sony for the 13th of March has MILES DAVIS ‘Music From and Inspired By The Birth Of Cool’, as well as the Trolls 2 OST on CD….

Republic of Music for the 13th of March have the new HILARY WOODS album on Sacred Bones ‘Birthmarks’,

Cargo for the 13th have a new MARIA MCKEE album…

The Orchard for the 13th have the DEAP LIPS collaboration album on CD or vinyl or indies only vinyl… Wayne and Stephen from the Flaming Lips and Julie and Lindsey from Deep Valley… They have a new one also from THE DISTRICTS and a 10LP Devin Townsend boxset…

Proper for the 13th have the THERAPY ‘Best Of’ on 2CD or vinyl..

To coincide with the bands ‘So Much for the 30 Year Plan Tour’, Therapy? re-recorded their 12 UK Top 40 hits, many of which have become standout anthems, in Abbey Road to bring the tracks into the present. The band worked with producer Chris Sheldon, who produced  the  original ‘Troublegum’ album, as well as working on ‘Semi-Detached’, ‘High Anxiety’ and the band’s latest record ‘CLEAVE’, to record the 12-track album that includes all their UK hits including ‘Screamager’ and a reworking of their classic Hüsker Dü cover ‘Diane’. Featuring JamesDean Bradfield of Manic Street Preachers on ‘Die Laughing’, the band reflect on their great time touring and growing as a band over the past thirty years.Exclusive to the CD edition on release is ‘Official Bootleg (1990-2020)’, a 15-track compilation made from the bands personal archive of live recordings, comprised of 1 song fromeach studio album.

Look, sin é for this week…
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
Music Zone HQ

Rory Gallagher ‘Check Shirt Wizard 1977’ Lands Next Week, A Note on RSD, and Some Psychedelic Country

Hey Everyone,
Hope all is well… Could be short and sweet today as the week kind of ran away with me for a few reasons… I won’t go there fully or properly but had first confession tonight… 8 year old confessing their sins.. A couple of F’s and S’s spring to mind.. I won’t go there.. We signed up for it I suppose… Sin scéal eile also….

Right so, releases today include the lively and interesting listen by CARIBOU, as well as JIM MORRISON AND THE DOORS ‘An American Prayer’THE UNDERTONES ‘West Bank Songs’, ROBERT PLANT ‘Singles Box’REAL ESTATES’ new album, reissue by IBRAHIM FERNER, SOCCER MOMMY’s new one, THE CURE’s ‘Disintegration’ and ‘Faith’ CD Deluxe reissues, JAMES TAYLOR new album, and new FOX JAW on CD for now, vinyl to follow…

Video of all this week’s new releases up here in the usual spot… Give it a watch for us and be sure to subscribe
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Okay so moving on to Friday the 6th of March (today’s alright release wise to be fair isn’t it?).. The biggest one for us is the RORY GALLAGHER release (obviously enough… Rory being the biggest legend this city has ever produced… I’d say that across all fields… So yes exciting one for us… Even nicer to have Vincent Zara the artist who painted the brilliant cover of the album ‘Check Shirt Wizard 1977’ involved with us…. An honour for us really…) We hope to have the original waiting to display a little bit around the launch and ye know the story with the signed prints… €25 they are… Cost and charity is where that money is going.. Not too many left… Here’s an image..

Really looking forward to the release here, best price job on the LP is €35 and €18 on the CD… I may have mentioned lower price on CD a week or two ago, but I got it wrong… Sorry.. Sorry… So that’s the Rory release…. Atdaboy.. (Corkonian’s may only decode it)… The record is on 3LPs or 2CDs via Chess / UMC…

Following on from the highly successful ‘BLUES’ album, Chess/UMC are proud to be releasing ‘Check Shirt Wizard- Live In ‘77’.  This 20-song, previously unreleased, set is culled from four shows (London, Brighton, Sheffield and Newcastle) during an early 1977 tour across the UK in support of Rory’s then latest album ‘Calling Card’. Featuring fantastic live versions of tracks from that album as well as songs from the 1975 ‘Against The Grain’ album and other live favourites.
This new album has been mixed from the original multi track tapes from the Rory archive, which were recorded by the Rolling Stones and Jethro Tull’s mobile studios and mastered at Abbey Road.
Rory Gallagher’s most popular albums have always been his live ones, such as ‘Live! In Europe’, ‘Irish Tour ’74’ and Stage Struck. He was an artist that came alive when onstage and this album covers a previously undocumented live period. “The whole concert was taped on the Jethro Tull Maison Rouge mobile by the way, and from where I was standing that concert on record would surpass the classic “Live in Europe” album. And that’s saying a lot.” Brian Harrigan Melody Maker – 1977, Hammersmith Odeon, London.

Universal also for the 6th of March have the new PAUL HEATON AND JACQUI ABBOTT album ‘Manchester’s Calling’ on CD or 2LP… Underated dude is Heaton I feel person… Some man for a melody and even better turn of phrase… That’s my tuppence worth anyway.. Will be giving this a few listens also next week… Universal for the 6th of March also have the SIMPLE MINDS‘ reissue of ‘Street Fighting Years’ on CD, 2CD or 4CD/DVD Box Thingy..

On 6th March, UMC will release a box set of Simple Minds’ 1989 album, Street Fighting Years. Produced by Trevor Horn (and Stephen Lipson), Street Fighting Years was the band’s fourth number one album in the UK and featured their first UK number one single, Belfast Child.  An artistically ambitious and elegant album, it arrived at a time of personnel changes. It saw the band reduced to a trio of Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill and Mick MacNeil with session musicians playing the bass and most of the drum roles (notably Manu Katché from Peter Gabriel’s band and former Police drummer, Stewart Copeland).
Recorded in Scotland between 1988 and 1989, it was also a stylistic departure from the sound of Simple Minds’ previous album, Once Upon a Time. After 10 years of recording and releasing music, the band had learnt their craft, becoming skilled musicians and songwriters.  This resulted in an album with a sense of drama and cinematic in quality. Having recently turned 30 years of age, and at the end of an incredibly divisive decade in British politics – not to mention global tensions – an outward-looking maturity emerged in frontman Jim Kerr’s lyric writing, which found him confronting major themes of the times.
Street Fighting Years will be released in multiple formats which are all fully endorsed by the band. The album was remastered at Abbey Road studios by Andrew Walters and contains the album as well as a bonus disc of B-sides, edits and 12 remixes and a previously unissued Verona show from 1989 round the set off. The booklet was designed by long time contributor Stuart Crouch and contains sleeve notes by Daryl Easlea who interviewed the band and producer Trevor Horn extensively for the set. They provide a fantastic insight into how the album was recorded and produced.

Also with us from Universal is CREAM ‘Final Tour 1968’ 4CD set as well as STATUS QUO Deluxe CDs of ‘Perfect Remedy’, ‘Rock Till You Drop’, and ‘Thirsty Work’…

I could be still going tomorrow with all the releases… DEACON BLUE have a new album, 11 new songs… Album is called ‘City Of Love’, it’s on CD and LP… Vinyl reissues plenty also from Uni.. THE WHO ‘Kids Are Alright’, and ‘Quadrophenia’ on 2LPs.. 2PAC’s excellent ‘Me Against The World’ vinyl and EMBRACE ‘The Good Will Out’, GLEN CAMPELL’s sweet greatest his ‘Gentle On My Mind’, speaking of underrated.. THE CRANBERRIES Best Of ‘In Dreams’ sees a vinyl release and MARILLION ‘Less Is More’ vinyl, and Uni could have a KATE TEMPEST 7” Single tucked in the also…

Republic of Music have a ARMIN VAN BURREN 4CD set ‘A State Of Trance Classics Volume 14’

The Orchard for the 6th of March have the new BODYCOUNT album ‘Carnivore’ on CD, Deluxe CD and vinyl…

Sony have the TURNING O.S.T. on vinyl for the 6th of March…

Music on Vinyl have a TEDESCHI TRUCKS reissue of ‘Everybodys Talkin’.. Limited numbered and coloured…

Warner for the 6th of March have a new NOEL GALLAGHER EP ‘Blue Moon Rising’ on his own Sour Mash Records… 5 Track E.P… 3 new tracks and 2 remixes… Also out is THE HUMAN LEAGUE reissue of ‘Octopus’ via Rhino, LP is limited 140gm and 2CD special edition.. There is a brand new MY DYING BRIDE album ‘Ghost of Orion’ on Nuclear Blast…. CD, GF LP or GF Picture Disc LP….

Warner have new albums also by BRANDY CLARK, BURNING WITCHES, and MAC MILLER’s final album on CD only for now entitled ‘Circles’ via Parlophone.. Lastly WEA has some SAMMY HAGAR CD reissues…

So much for a short one… Crikey… There’s a load of releases.. PIAS have the new JONATHAN WILSON album ‘Dixie Blur’ via Bella Union… DLP format on Indies Only Mint Green with DL codes…

ANNA CALVI reworks the wonderful ‘Hunter’ with ‘Hunted’… Gets help from a few friends… Courtney Barnett, Julia Holter, and Joe Talbot (Idles).. There is an indies only red vinyl with printed inner sleeve and DL codes… Stephen Malkmus (Ex Pavement) has a new album again ‘Traditional Technique’ Via Domino.. CD and indies only LP on this one..U.S. Girls release their 7th album, via 4AD on CD, LP and Indies Only LP..

One that caught my ear more than most (could have been my mood now too!!) was debut by HONEY HARPER ‘Starmaker’ is the name of the album… It’s kind of spaced out country if that’s a genre… Psychedelic Country Music.. There you go.. Here’s a tune..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqt4RPOVs8A

Few words on RSD for this year folks… It’s that time of year again!! Lists due out next week so will have them out to ye as soon as possible with pricing and etc as always.. Should be a special newsletter soon with what’s coming, and information on dates that wish lists will be needed in by… Again folks, with wish lists.. We can not make any promises for RSD and we can not hold anything.. If you let us know that you are after something we will make sure to have it ordered and hopefully have it on the shelf the morning of RSD on Saturday April 18th 2020..

Sin é for this week folks
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt…
Ray
Music Zone HQ

A Special One For Rory Gallagher Fans, Bruce Reissues, and A Huge Thank You.

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well…. Happy St Valentine’s Day!!

Firstly I must thank everyone involved in the John Blek launch / shop party last Saturday evening. In the cold light of day I think it was a great success… It was a crappy night and yet 83 souls ventured out to an industrial unit (which we proudly and fondly call home (for now anyway) ) in Togher to show their support for us, for quality original Irish music in Marlene Enright and John Blek and for the community we are… Cos fundamentally that’s what we are now…folk are saying hello to the folk next to them and talking about needles for 20 minutes… Heaven help us!!

Nice spot prizes given out to folks courtesy of the record companies so a big thanks to them also… Test pressings of BOYGENIUS, KIM GORDON, JOHN BLEK, CAR SEAT HEADREST, INTERPOL, SPOON… Plenty of vinyl and CDs given out also… Over 25 spot prizes i’d say… Sorry not enough for everyone…. Lovely vibe in the shop I thought… I may have suffered a hint of verbal diarrhoea (I go one way or the other when i’m nervous, and i couldn’t exactly say nothing when im MC) 

So thank you to Shane, Bobby and Karolina (pro bono employee for the night!), John and Marlene and trusty Tim of course as well as the 83 other souls in the room… As Tupac might say, nothin’ but love for ya.

I think it will go down as a special night in the history of the siopa…. Lows and highs good people, highs and lows…

Right so releases in the Good Siopa Musiczone.ie today when they finally got there bums in to us include the new TAME IMPALA album, GARY MOORE “Live from London”, reissue of DAVID GRAY’s “White Ladder”, BTS new album, TINDERSTICKS EPSIMON & GARFUNKEL 50TH Anniversary edition of Bridge Over Troubled Water” on gold vinyl, CELINE DION newest one on vinyl,NATHANIEL RATECLIFF new album, ASH Best Of, BOWIE’s “Alabama Song” 40th ann 7” picture disc single.

Video is up for this week here! Give it a watch, share and thumbs up for us!
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Next week is probably the best week so far this year for releases and with a random start we will start with Play It Again Sam who have the new GRIMES album on 4AD… It is called “Miss Anthropocene” and is on CD, LP and indies only coloured LP.

PIAS also have the new KING KRULE record for the 21st of Feb called “Man Alive” and that one is on XL records… So format wise there is a CD, an LP and an indies only coloured LP which also includes a flexi disc single. Lastly Pias for the 21st Feb have a repress of the last KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD album.

Cargo has the JOHN FRUSCIANTE “Curtains” reissue on vinyl… Moved one week.

RORY fans , RORY fans… Here’s something that might interest ye… Well I think it’s a lovely thing anyway… The cover of the new RORY GALLAGHER release “Check Shirt Wizard” is a  sensational painting by young Cork artist VINCENT ZARA…  And we shall have some signed prints of the album cover (signed by the artist Vincent) to sell to a few of ye… I’m not sure how many I will have (maybe as few as 5) and i’m not sure how much they are yet (next week I should)… But it is a lovely bespoke piece of Rory Merch to have your hands on.. Vincent is trying to help the shop by offering us this bespoke signed print and shining a light on us  (only shop in the country with this )…  So we appreciate that very much… We won’t be taking any profit from the prints… Just giving some Rory fans an opportunity to get a really nice item… So ye know the drill by now… Hit us back if you are interested in buying the album which entails you have a chance for a print also if interested… Some companion piece you have to admit… I will know more info next week… It may have to be a draw if it’s just 5 prints… I’ll know more next week (we at the good siopa are always at something!!)

Secondly Rory fans… The original painting is going to the Gallagher’s soon after the album launch but I think there is a strong possibility we will have it displayed in our shop the day of the album release… Which is sweet as a feckin’ nut also… Again more on that next week!!

Nearly makes a fella wanna throw another party… Nearly I said.

Right so plenty of good quality releases for the 21st of Feb so let’s look in SONY’s bag next… They have the new OZZY album… It’s called “Ordinary Man” and hopefully its not his last… Its available on 5 physical formats.. Which are CD, DELUXE CD, STD BLK VINYL, PICTURE DISC VINYL and bricks and mortar only coloured vinyl (that be us like) …. Here’s the lead single with SLASH on guitar… Sounds alright to be fair imo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oZqKtuvDx4

SONY also has a lovely bag full of BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN reissues on vinyl… 5 in total… Stock on a few going to be split across Feb 21 and March 1st dates due to some issue.. But I will get what i ordered… So the 5 releases are “Devils and Dust” “18 Tracks” “The Rising” “Live in New York City” a triple LP and “Live in Dublin” which is also a Triple LP and is ” The Seeger Sessions Live in the Point”.

If interested I can do best price jobs of 36 Euro each on the live albums and 24 Euro each on the 3 studio albums… Well 2 studio and outtakes album but you knew what i meant!!
UNIVERSAL for the 21st of Feb have the new AGNES OBEL record on DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON… It’s called “Myopia” and its her first album on the label.. It’s available on CD, LP and indies only blue vinyl… Strictly for indie shops and indie shop websites…. Not for any other market place…. Fair play to you Agnes girl  as we’d say in Cork… I could go into one here about D2C (direct to consumer) but it’s for another day… Agnes doing a bit of both but allowing the record shops more than a fair crack of the whip while keeping the biggest dogs in the sky in their kennels and locked out of the party.

STEPHEN FRY & DEBBIE WISEMAN have a CD called “The Mythos Suite” out next week also.

THE STAPLE SISTERS have a 7LP vinyl boxset which includes all the groups studio albums… All cut from the original analogue masters… Can do 175 Euro best price job if anyone is interested.

Lastly from Universal we have the last batch of THIN LIZZY vinyl reissues…this time up it’s “Johnny The Fox” “Bad Reputation” and of course of course “Live and Dangerous”.. Can do best price jobs again of 21 Euro each on the studio albums, and 27 Euro on one of the greatest live albums ever.

JOHNNY THE FOX

Thin Lizzy’s seventh studio album, released in 1976 and was the last to feature Brian Robertson, it contains the crowd favourite ‘Don’t Believe a Word’. This vinyl reissue is on 180gm vinyl (with download code) with replica artwork.

BAD REPUTATION

Recorded mainly as a three-piece following the departure of Robertson, this 1977 album reached no 4 in the UK album charts, its standout track is Dancing in the Moonlight. This vinyl reissue is on 180gm vinyl (with download code) with replica artwork.

LIVE AND DANGEROUS

Regularly voted as the greatest live album of all time, Live and Dangerous captures the band at their explosive best – recorded between ’76 and ’77 this double album showcases the best the band can offer. This vinyl reissue is on 180gm vinyl (with download code) with replica artwork.

THE ORCHARD for the 21st have the new BTS album.

WARNER for the 21st have a solo album from THE AFGHAN WHIG’s frontman GREG DULLI on BMG records… They have a new PAT METHANY album on CD and LP via nonesuch , BIFF BYFORD (Saxon) has a new solo album and STORMZY “Heavy Is The Hand” gets a vinyl release on Ltd Gold Vinyl.

Lastly from Warner is the new SONNY LANDRETH album on Provogue… LP, CD and Indies Gold lp also.

Massive congratulations to our friends at Coughlan’s Live for winning the IMRO Irish Venue of the year… Savage achievement, and fully deserved.. They work fierce hard on supporting organic Irish music… Absolutely delighted..

Sin e for this week really folks,

Go raibh maith agat
Ray
musiczone.ie

John Blek Album Launch Party, Tame Impala’s Valentine Release, and The Next Bowie Picture Disc.

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well… This election would have you half demented wouldn’t it.

Anyway.. Housekeeping..

Opening hours
Sunday – Closed
Monday – Closed
Tuesday 10.30 to 6
Weds 2 to 6
Thursday 10 to 6
Friday 10 to 6
Saturday 10 to 5.

Deanrock Cottages on Google will put you right outside the Business Park we are in and we are right next door to Rock Bingo then.

Ok so our little or (maybe not so little) shindig is on tomorrow night… Here’s the sceal

20% off one item on the shop floor… (Not 10 items like… Don’t make me grumpy by saying after you hand up 4 records “I thought it was 20% off”… Well it is, off 1 item.. Just one!!)

Shop open for that from 6 bells on… So doors open from 6 (never closing really the truth be told from when we open at 10.10 that morning)
Bar shall be open for soft, medium and hard liquor from 6 also.. Raffle tickets given to ye folks as ye enter for spot prizes… So grab a drink and a ticket… Say hello to the folk around you… They like the same thing.

Spot prizes will commence at 6.50…some nice ones..
One of Corks finest will play a few tunes at 7 for a little while.
More spot prizes.
JOHN BLEK performance at 7.30.
More spot prizes while John is doing a signing.
Should all be done by 9 or half past …

Dun da bheal when the music is on please but talk away like mad when it’s not on…

That’s the sceal anyway

Bring the better half if you want or the kids.. Reuse the same plastic glass please if using a plastic glass…. Help yourself away at the bar.. Put your empties alcoholic or nonalcoholic into the boxes underneath the bar.. Toilets out back.. Cleaned and with new seats!!!

As I said dun da bheal during music please and be nice to one another and all should go well!!!

Ye have the info now as I said before and cead mile failte…. I have not said it to people directly as I don’t want to put anyone under pressure, so NO PRESSURE but cead mile failte. It should be a smashing night’s entertainment…. John and our special guest are both terrific local artists… Sin sin an sceal anyway.

Ok so bits and pieces out in the shop today include new albums by GREEN DAY, JOHN BLEKSEPULTURASTONE TEMPLE PILOTSTHE LOST BROTHERS, ISOBEL CAMPELL, NADA SURF, ROBERT GLASPER, THE IRISHMEN OSTOH WONDER and ASGEIR as well as reissues by BLACK PUMAS, GIL- SCOTT HERON, BILLY OCEAN, T-REX, BRYAN FERRY and ROD STEWART.

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Right so moving on to releases for friday the 14th of Feb (is Valentine’s day still a thing??…  If it is there are vouchers available from musiczone.ie… Unashamed plug I know… I try so hard to be so subtle most of the time (or do I??…)  And then I do a bull in a chinashop job on it.

I suppose the biggest new release of the year so far hits the shelves on Friday the 14th of feb..

Yep thats the new TAME IMPALA record… It’s on 3 vinyl formats.. Std black, a limited Forest Green coloured vinyl and an indies and HMV only Blue Vinyl.. It’s the fourth album from Kevin Parker and co and its called “The Slow Rush” and its on Fiction records… I quite like there stuff and there is a lotta love out there for them…A tad expensive maybe but we can do best price jobs of €28 on either of the Limited Edition versions… And the numbers are low enough on them…

Heres a tune from the album…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utCjuKDXQsE

UNIVERSAL also for the 14th Feb have the new NATHANIEL RATCLIFFE album “And It’s Still Alright” on CD, LP and indies only ocean coloured green vinyl. There is a nice Bluenote release on the 14th also by CHARLES lLLYOD of his 80th birthday celebration show in his hometown .. “8 Kindred Spirits Live from Lobero”. INSAHN have a new EP out as well as some more SAM COOKE vinyl reissues and the original cast recording reissue on vinyl of CATS.

Warner for the 14th of Feb have the next one in the BOWIE 40TH anniversary picture disc singles… This time “Alabama Song” is up again via Parlophone.. Warner also for the 14th have a new ASH compilation (fine band, consistently fine band imo)… It’s called “25 Years” and there is a nice vinyl version coming out. Warner lastly have a new HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD album as well as KREATOR “Live at the Roundhouse”.

I heard on the rumour mill today of one humdinger of a Record Store Day release… Soon folks for lists… 3 or 4 weeks i’d say..

Sony for the 14th of Feb have a 50th Anniversary limited gold vinyl version of SIMON & GARFUNKEL‘s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” as well as the vinyl release of the newest CELINE DION album “Courage” on double red vinyl…. Can do a best price job of €25 on the Simon & Garfunkel.

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC for the 14th of FEB have a new EP by TINDERSTICKS “See My Girl” again on City Slang … It’s a companion piece to the excellent album last year “No Treasure But Hope”.. 4 tracks and only 2K only ever gonna be pressed.

PROPER for the 14th of Feb have DAVID GRAY’s “ White Ladder” 20th anniversary editions… Sometimes an album just hits the spot for some reason… And this is a case in point… A fine fine album of course but it sold zillions here in Ireland 20 years ago before finally doing a bit further afield… I remember seeing him in Nancy Spains I dunno maybe 25 years ago when his early stuff was out on Hut… But man “White Ladder” went berserk…. 20 years on now… It’s remastered which is nice and there is a second CD of demos rarities and b-sides. There is a 2LP white (what other colour could it be like!) vinyl version of the remastered album with printed inners in a gatefold sleeve with download code… Or there is a 4LP Box Set with the 2 mentioned enough LPs Plus all the demos and bonus tracks..

Cargo for the 14th of Feb has JOHN FRUSCIANTE’s solo album “Curtains” reissued on vinyl.

The Orchard for the 14th of Feb have a new album by MOSES BOYD as well as TOWNES VAN ZANDT self titled reissue on vinyl.

Sin e for this week i suppose,

Might see ya tomorrow night sure… The 3 boys are back in town also..

Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt..
Ray
Music Zone

John Blek, Lost Brothers, Green Days new records and 9 more sleeps till the parteeee

Hi Folks,

Hope all is well enough out there and your giving any politician that passes your door a bit of stick.

Right so,  even though im getting a bit blue in the face from this but here we go with housekeeping opening hours and all that…

Sunday closed

Monday closed ( i do my orders from home)

Tuesday 10.30 to 6

Weds 2 to 6 ***

Thursday 10 to 6

Friday 10 to 6

Sat 10 to 5.

News on the Douglas thing …looks like August time the powers that be are saying now…I will keep you posted when i hear more…thats 12 months more or less…i have my own canoe to paddle here now anyway ( I certainly didn’t think that would be the case on that Saturday night the 31st of Aug last year…but so much has happened since)…i suppose it could have been way worse on loads of levels and we are still here thanks to yer support.

Releases in the good canoe musiczone.ie for today include the new DRIVE BY TRUCKERS album, ELVIS reissue of “ 50 million elvis fans can’t be wrong”, GARY MOORE live from london ( pushed back till the 7th feb now im afraid) , HAPPY MONDAYS reissues , Blossoms new album, NENEH CHERRY reissue of “ raw like sushi “, BILL WHELANs RIVERDANCE and a new MARC ALMOND album.

Right so moving on to the 7th of Feb and we have to start with our own boy…the release of Corks own JOHN BLEKnew album on vinyl and cd…” the embers” hits the shelves next weekend and the boy is in with us for his album launch/ customer and (critically)  staff party night! on saturday the 8th of FEB …doors half 6…shows start at 7…we have a sweet sweet support act also…and some sweet spot prizes also…trust me a couple of sweet spot prizes…plus the carrot of 20% off one item in the store/ship/gluaistean/canoe/yacht on the night…terms and conditions on that one…nothing you have put away already ( must be picked off the shelf) and not really on stuff reduced already ( well i’ll see on the night!!…depends what it is like) and it can’t be something released or re released since jan 1 2020…them’s the rules but sure they are made to be broken sometimes!

Here are Johns first two singles from the new record “ the embers” so I shall let them speak for themselves

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga8oYkHDRE4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S6vXJYCv04

If you can’t make the instore/party and want a signed copy of the new cd or vinyl…email us and we shall sort it!

Looking forward to the night to be honest, a tad nervous about it but looking forward to it…a few bottles i’ll be grand!

Another class independent release for the 7th of Feb is the new LOST BROTHERS record again on CD or LP…( remember we do like em both!)

After The Fire After The Rain” is the sixth studio album from duo Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland. As ever the vocals are haunting and evocative, the playing is soulful and the songs resonate. The album was produced in Brooklyn, New York, by Daniel Schlett and Tony Garnier- Bob Dylan’s bassist and musical director of the last thirty years. It features an all-star cast of special guests including M Ward, Howe Gelb, Jolie Holland and Steve Wickham.”

“Elemental and emotionally direct channelling Leonard Cohen and Roy Orbison”   8/10 – UNCUT 

“Pure magic- evocative of Richard Hawley who is a firm admirer of the brothers.” -Rolling Stone Magazine 

MOJO -ALBUMS OF THE MONTH ⅘

This record is like Johns record completely independently released so i buy the records direct from the lads…its quality again to be fair…some heads playing on the record as well to be fair.

Heres a tune from it…hit us back if you want a copy of it ( i don’t think they wrote this song about us anyway…embers and fires seems to be the theme tonight)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2hVnD5hM6o

So from the record companies, Warner have the aforementioned Gary MOORE, they have a new album by GREEN DAY “ Father of all motherf***ers” its called …i wonder which American Idiot they are referring to there..( sorry I couldn’t resist)…its on CD, LP and exclusive indies only red and white vinyl…i think i can do that for 22 euro if anyone is interested…cracking price for an indie only vinyl copy of a new studio album by a big band…credit due to everyone involved.

Heres the title track…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXv00PJ9IQM

Warner have the vinyl release of the ROD STEWART recent one with THE R.P.O on 2 LPs as well as a  new album by SEPULTURA , this one on 2 cd or 2lp picture disc gatefold, its called “ quadra” .

Warner also have the new album by STONE TEMPLE PILOTS which is an acoustic album …its on CD and LP, they have THE BIRDS OF PREY soundtrack on CD only for now as well as a vinyl reissue of AVENGED SEVENFOLD “ DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH” 2 LP clear vinyl edition.

Lastly from Warner is a live BRYAN FERRY reissue from the Royal Albert Hall 1974 on CD or LP on BMG and the soundtrack to HONEY BOY which has music of ALEX SOMERS on LP.

Proper for the 7th of FEB have the T- REX albums reissued on clear vinyl so we will have “ slider” “ tanx” “ zinc alley” “ bolans zip gun” “ futuristic dragon” and “ dandy in the underground” .

THE ORCHARD for the 7th have the new ISOBEL CAMPELL “ there is no other” …i love the ex BELLE AND SEB singers voice.

Heres a tune from it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv3vXIUumvc

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC for the 7th of feb have the new NADA SURF album via city slang records…its called 

“ never not together” …theres an INDIES ONLY pink vinyl of it.

Sony for the 7th of Feb have the very best of BILLY OCEAN on Vinyl and the original motion picture soundtrack to THE IRISHMAN which has some original songs by ROBBIE ROBERTSON.

Cargo for the 7th of Feb have some live vinyl from FLEETWOOD MAC from  Finland in 1969 and THE WHO live in AMsterdam from 1969 also as well as some T-REX LIMITED 7” SINGLES ON COLOURED OR PIC DISC…” TELEGRAM SAM “  or “ ride a white swan” 

Universal for the 7th of FEB have new albums by OH WONDER, ROBERT GLASPER , ASGEIR, SETH LAKEMAN and CADILLAC THREE  as well as a vinyl press of LUDOVICO EINAUDIs “ seven days walking on white vinyl” 

Pias for the 7th of FEB have a deluxe reissue of the BLACK PUMAS album …available now as cd with clear splattered vinyl together or a deluxe 2 cd which has a live session as the bonus disc.

Pias have a 10th anniversary expanded edition of GIL SCOTT HERONs “ im new here” on DLP COLOURED as well as KHRUANGBIN & LEON BRIDGES EP  called texas sun on cd and one press only orange vinyl.

Pias have a new album by STEVE SPACEK and a nice ACID JAZZ label compilation on Vinyl.

As you may have noticed the release schedule is starting to hot up a little bit, like the year, and i have a few for late feb early march id like to run by ye,,so if any catch your radar and you want one please message back…it also helps to unfog the crystal ball a little bit…

Some i dont have prices for yet…ill update on that…heres a few anyway

Theres a ROBERT PLANT 7” SINGLES BOXSET called “ digging deep”, new albums by AGNES OBEL, CARIBOU,THIN LIZZY live & dangerous vinyl reissue, new SERGIO MENDES, theres an ALLMAN BROTHERS boxset on CD and LP …cd is ok money but the best i can do on the vinyl set is 425 euro…yikes i know, let me know…there is a 3 CD deluxe version of Disintegration by THE CURE coming up…i think i can do 10 euro best price job on it if interested…the GALLAGHER “ CHECK SHIRT WIZARD 77” live album is early march on 3lps or 2 CD…i can do for 17 quid on the cds and 35 euro best price job on the lps…again email back if you want the pre order prices…new MOBY and new DEACON BLUE albums on the horizion as well as SIMPLE MINDS street fighting years boxset.

There is loads more but just a taste of some there…

I think i have tried to hawk ye enough wares for one night…do i ever stop ..oh RECORD STORE DAY is only around the corner!!

Speaking of hawking like!

Sin e for this week

Go raibh maith agaibh as do chluis a thabairt

Ray

musiczone.ie

John Blek ‘Embers’ with The Gang Back Together Party, F**k The Man, and RHRN Winner Announcement (Kind Of)

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well with ye.
Nice mix of releases in the good siopa this week.

Firstly firstly housekeeping… Quickly.

Opening hours (I know they caused confusion to a few during the week so real apologies for that)

Google musiczone.ie opening hours is the way but here it is anyway… Deanrock Cottages is the place on google and then right next store to Rock Bingo.

Sunday closed ****
Monday closed ****
Tuesday 10.30 to 6
Weds 2 to 6 ****
Thursday 10 to 6
Friday 10 to 6
Saturday 10 to 5.

I think our new phone number and opening hours should be on all platforms… If they are not, let us know please.

Anyway anyway… Onto the releases for today… New albums by WIREBLACK LIPSANNIHILATORJOHN FOGERTY, WOLF PARADE, NICHOLAS GODIN, SUPERGRASS  best of, and reissues by ELECTRONICTHIN LIZZY and SAM COOKE, MOZ new single.

Video is done everybody.. Due to demand Bob-Man is back…. New releases, and the announcement of the winner for our Right Here Right Now competition.. However, not smooth sailing and having IT issues uploading video.. Bob-Man will have it uploaded and up on our Youtube channel early tomorrow.. Sorry!!!
Music Zone Youtube

Right so moving on to releases for the 31st of Jan… PIAS have the new DRIVE BY TRUCKERS album “The Unraveling”.. Their 12th album… On ATO records… CD and LP available.

Here’s a tune from it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkD4xSqNVII

London Records via Play It Again Sam have the reissues on vinyl of the HAPPY MONDAYS albums… ”Bummed”, “Pills Thrills and Bellyaches”, “Squirrel and the G-Man” and “Yes Please”.

PIAS also have the new POLICA album as well as new albums by IIRO RANTALA “Playing Gershwin” on ACT records and an album by JOACHIM KUHN & MATEUSZ SMOCYYASKI…

Lastly from Pias is various artists “THE VIRTUES : TELEVISION SERIES SOUNDTRACK” featuring original music by Polly Jean Harvey…

Something I have only slightly touched on on these rambling pages before, but something that has swum around my head a lot over the last few years is the way the industry is treating the Compact Disc or to be fairer I suppose the way the (music)  media is treating the compact disc.

Now, before I go on… This is obviously self serving but I am preaching to the converted here a bit as ye buy physical products from us… Five to one baby, one in five … That’s ye folks…

Slagging off the CD has led to comments like “no one buys CDs anymore”,  or “I’m nearly embarrassed to be buying this now”, on the shop floor quite regularly… Nearly as irking as the “do ye sell iTunes vouchers” one from a few years back…
Some people honestly feel (and I find this incredible but it’s true) slightly foolish buying a CD.

WHY oh why would you feel foolish buying something you like, supporting an artist, band, label, record shop and the people that work in said businesses … Why is that something to feel foolish about?? Buying something you like!!

Because “the man” says there are better and cheaper ways to do it… F**k “the man”.. If you enjoy the product differently than the way “the man” says you should enjoy it… More power to you is what I say…

I’ll steal a great line or two from Cork band THE SHAKER HYMN which could be used for talking about “the man”

“It feels the need to beat upon its chest, forcing us to think that it knows best” .

Here’s the tune btw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gAO9oAdOxA&list=PLmbfnHONEp3SJzOqQgKAddURwFAIiFA6q&index=16

My criteria with choices in life start simply with..  Are you hurting someone… If not then the choice is yours… I don’t need the “cool gangs” telling me the CD is for imbeciles… FECK right  off.

Right, in our current situation, we sell more vinyl records than CDs and we may have positioned ourselves as a vinyl record shop but fundamentally we are a record shop… Full stop… CDs, Vinyl and Cassettes and we dis no one whether they want a Daniel O Donnell cassette or a Sun Ra limited press… If you have got something out of buying either of those products then A. we done a good job and B. more importantly you got something out of it.

But the media has been giving the CD a hammering for a while… And very unfairly and falsely hammering the CD also. I think I have used this analogy before… But physical music buyers like are more like the vegetarian option now in the music consumption food chain… Streaming dominates the market now… 74% of all music consumed in 2019 in the UK was streamed… 18% was our little love , hobby , pastime, physical products… And 8% now only downloaded.

So 1 in 5 of people who consume music buy a physical product… But of the 18% who buy physical (yes those fools.. that can not only hear it,  but can see, touch, read and taste (if that’s your thing) and fundamentally own it!!)… Most are buying cds… 75% of the 18% physical buyers are CD buyers… Yet the media gives the impression that vinyl is kicking the shite out of CDs.. Not the case by a mile… So why does the industry not try push the CD more??… RECORD STORE DAY (RSD) is a big opportunity missed every year with CD… Some very good customers of mine don’t buy on Record Store Day because there is nothing for them to buy… Crazy business model.. Alienating a large segment of the physical buying public… Sorry now lads and I know some of ye were never called cool in yer lives… But there is an element of vinyl is  for the “cool kids”… It’s like one of our banks advertisements… A load of bolloxology…

You should be into something cos you like it…. End of story… Cool me arse… Have you seen some of the lads coming into me.

Look… Paul Sinclair of SuperDeluxeEdition gives a much more eloquent synopsis of the whole thing (the article which forced my tuppenceworth upon ye)

https://www.superdeluxeedition.com/feature/saturday-deluxe-18-january-2020/

Back to releases… Universal for the 31st of Jan have the new album by BLOSSOMS “Foolish Loving Spaces” on 2CD or Vinyl… The second CD has an acoustic album.

Uni also has a fantastic NENEH CHERRY reissue of “Raw Like Sushi”… 30 years ago when some of ye no doubt were “Cool”… There is a 3CD version and a 3LP version available.

SONY for the 31st of Jan have new albums by MEGHAN TRAINOR and LOUIS TOMLINSON, a new 7” single by JAKE BUGG and vinyl reissues by PINK “Funhouse” and ELVIS – 50 MIL ELVIS FANS CAN’T BE WRONG.

THE ORCHARD for the 31st have a new CAROLINE POLACHEK album.

Warner for the 31st of Jan have a lovely GARY MOORE live album from London Town on Provogue records… It’s on CD or deluxe CD which includes a plectrum and a sticker or limited DLP blue transparent vinyl.

Warner are also doing a vinyl press of THE CRANBERRIES album from a few years ago “Something Else”… DLP again… There is an Original Score and Songs by GRAHAM COXON to “End of the Fucking World” .

WARNER are also doing the new MARC ALMOND on BMG “Chaos and a Dancing Star” on CD, Std LP or indies only LP… Only 1k of them.

Lastly Warner have some limited run on vinyl of  the MATRIX RELOADED and MATRIX REVOLUTIONS soundtracks.

Right so sat 8th Feb… Party evening!! 
The main event is Mr JOHN BLEK who in my opinion is getting better and better… A beautiful sound he justs makes… New album out that day…  So John will be singing, signing, swigging and hopefully smiling by the end of it.

Here’s another tune ‘Revived’ from the new album, with the boy Mick in town on the tune as well..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S6vXJYCv04

Anyone who can’t make the night and wants a signed copy.. Email us!!
John is well worth catching live… So hopefully you can sample the evening of the 8th… Doors at 6.30… Show starts at 7 (I plan to close the door at 7… As Jim would say by then… Is everybody in, is everybody in… The ceremony is about to begin)

We will have a second musical guest on the evening… Who is also class… Trust me… There will be a fine array of beverages. (mainly alcoholic ones but non alcoholic ones also)… Plenty of nice freebies which I will raffle off on the night… Few nice items promised.

There will be a draw for a test pressing of the new album by Mr. Blek as well as a separate draw for two tickets for Johns show in the Triskel in march… The 20% discount on one item in the shop is on the cards for ye (t and cs and all that jazz)… The gang are back together… So loads of reasons to celebrate… Let’s burn the place down… Ok bad turn of phrase maybe… See you on the 8th maybe..?

Sin e for this week folks
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt,
Ray
Musiczone.ie

The Music Zone Albums and Gigs Of The Year Big Reveal, Last Chance for our Right Here Right Now Comp, and A Good Week of Releases

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well.
Little bit of housekeeping as with other weeks…

Opening hours the same as the other weeks..
Shop is closed Sundays and Mondays..
Tuesday 10.30 to 6
Weds 2 to 6
Thursday 10 to 6
Friday 10 to 6
Saturday 10 to 5.

Eir (and i’m not going there because I will only upset myself if i do) were not able to give us our old phone number after all (surprise, surprise… no not the game show) so our number for the foreseeable future is 021 4967119.

Should have some bit of concrete news on the Douglas place by the end of the month. Deanrock Cottages on google is the best way to find us… We are in there behind the magic door, right next door to ROCK BINGO and the tyre place.

Last chance to enter the RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW competition also that we are running with Coughlans live and the OPERA HOUSE… There is a 100 euro voucher for us and tickets for shows at the festival up for grabs.
If you entered already then I have your name.. If not email us back the answer to this question.
Name the MICK flannery e.p. that was released at christMAS… It’s like a game of catchphrase… Say what you see!

Here’s some info on the festival…

In late February, Cork Opera House and Coughlan’s Live have come together again to celebrate Cork and its ever growing love and demand for live music.  Nowin its third year, Right Here Right Now is a celebration of the vibrant and eclectic music scene here in Cork.
This year, Mick Flannery and Valerie June will join the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra for the festival opening on Saturday, the 22nd of February. The success of the last two festivals has led to the decision to expand the programme. RHRN2020 welcomes a second night with the orchestra in an evening of Folk and Trad Music with Donal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor, Nell Ní Chróinín, and Strung. With more announcements to follow, RHRN 2020 promises to be an unmissable weekend of music.
We are giving away two tickets to Mick Flannery & Valerie June, and two tickets to An Evening of Folk & Trad with Donal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor, Nell Ní Chróinín and Strung AND a €100 voucher for Musiczone. 

You can also enter on the aul’ Facebook. Here is the link for the post and how to enter on FB.
To enter simply all you have to do is :
1) Like Music Zone on Facebook
2) Like and Share the Facebook post linked below.
3) Tag the person who you would bring!

https://www.facebook.com/musiczonedv/posts/1884110078400498?__xts__[0]=68.ARBP58TPtqHeMM-Vyte6Gfx2xNV_4zM6n-kUpY1U81mdjUcTq9fzLKb8wZUEN8Io0slcod00iuzvwJMuPHoAprA3n3yZoKC0hQyHg_lC6qH_xmfhXRcsWcjXnbhrxEnzu2DT6pUVXk802Rq_v2lIen_esOlZXm44KPFARipjZJxegHhRUO1-SAyWYYl0RfJVHSGShXwjvQcYz6GMWTwpESVVlj1DgwfhvSEbNUBJ02qXtqdYkG2t406dJ0dQkaBFHqDR2uI_yjpGSRweDWh8at6aoaL9UmudJfcG2ani9qcJ–SkNSaQo2jl7ejy4x7wUL9upbhLoYsPyGUPKhtrGUOOQQ&__tn__=-R

Right so releases in the good siopa musiczone.ie for this week are by BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUBSTOCKTONS WINGHALSEYMARCUS KINGMIDGE URESTEVIE NICKS and UNCLE TUPELO.

Video up again this week up here… Winner to the €50 Voucher for the Albums of the Year contest announced in the video so if you entered be sure to watch..
https://musiczone.ie/videos/

Moving on to releases for the 24th of Jan and to be fair it’s not a bad week of releases… Nothing jaw droppingly wowzer but solid week methinks for Jan… Pay weekend and all i’d say.. I think here in To(u) gher we will be more dependent on a solid release schedule as there is little or no foot traffic really… So we are depending on folks making a decision to get out to us or buy off the website!.

I did tell ye before Terry said this blah blah blurb is only an advert… Well and i’ll say it quietly… He’s right… But at least we is honest about it…

Anyway the 24th of Jan sees the new album by WIRE called “Mind Hive” on CD, LP and Limited Embossed Sleeve Indies Only LP… It’s on the pink flag label via Cargo… Heres a fine tune from it… Bit more poppy maybe and will get stuck in your head I think

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDBrZ854S4A

Also via Cargo is the new BLACK LIPS album called “Sing In A World hTat’s Falling Apart”… It’s on CD, LP and DELUXE red vinyl edition (FIRELP573X), comes with a die cut spot gloss sleeve & poster. This is for Indies only. Both LPs come with downloads. CD is a gatefold wallet sleeve.

Heres a tune from the record…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMtxscdU14o

PIAS for the 24th of Jan have the new album by WOLF PARADE on Sub Pop records… “Thin Mind” it’s called and its their 5th long player… CD, LP and Neon Orange Indies Only LP also… Codes are included with the LP versions… Fine lead tune again… The intro sounds very familiar to me but cant put my finger on it…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGynwOlCaKI

Pias also have the new album by YORKSTON/THORNE/KHAN on Domino.

Warner for the 24th of Jan have a reissue of the self titled album by ELECTRONIC with messers Bernard Sumner and John Martin Maher… I better stop, the last time I jestfully messed with a Mancunian our shop was nearly burnt to the ground the next day (more of that in the video )… The reissue from 1991 is out next Friday and we can do a €21 best price job on pre-orders.

Warner also has a brand new ANNIHILATOR album “Ballistic, Sadistic” as well as a tour edition of the new BEHEMOTH album “I Loved You At Your Darkest”  CD/BluRay version, and there is a DAVE CLARKE 5 2LP and CD release out also…

Warner also has SUPERGRASS “The Strange Ones” 94 TO 08 Deluxe Box Set which has 6LPs, 13CDs, a book and a 7” single… €190 best price job if anyone is interested… As well as a DLP version also.

No new material one it i’m afraid folks. Here’s the details of the box.

Released on 24th January 2020, “The Strange Ones: 1994-2008” is career spanning deluxe box set containing the 6 Supergrass original albums on picture disc LP and CD, 13 bonus CDs containing: Unreleased live material, B-sides, remixes, rarities, studio out-takes, demos, acoustic versions, new mixes, a deluxe book with rare photos and band quotes, posters and button badges. Features over 6 hours of previously unreleased audio material. Compiled in association with Supergrass.
Part of a multi-format release also including a 2LP & 1CD ‘Best Of’, featuring their biggest hits, compiled by the band.
6 x original albums as picture discs:
I SHOULD COCO (UK #1, 1995) / IN IT FOR THE MONEY (UK #2, 1997) / SUPERGRASS (UK #3, 1999) / LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS (UK #9, 2002) / ROAD TO ROUEN (UK #9, 2005) / DIAMOND HOO HA (UK #19, 2008)

 13 CDs
1 x 6CD set – All 6 original studio albums in new digipack
1 x 4CD set – Live: Over 5 hours of previously unreleased performances spanning their entire career. Includes radio sessions, full production live shows and acoustic sets
1 x 2CD set – Remixes, B-sides, non-album singles, acoustic versions and other rarities. Includes tracks previously unreleased digitally
1 x 1CD – Demos, out-takes and oddities. All previously unreleased

Book
12” sq, 52 pages. Story of each album, written by separate journalists: Everett True, Charles Shaar Murray, Sylvia Patterson, Andrew Male, Adam Sweeting and Paul Moody. Quotes from new band interviews with Matt Everitt, unseen photos memorabilia.

7” Single
Caught By The Fuzz / Richard III 2020 Remixes

Colour posters x 4

Supergrass is 10 – button badges x 8

Lastly Warner have JOHN FOGERTY “50 Year Trip : Live at Red Rocks” CD or DLP version, it was recorded in June 2019..

Proper for the 24th of Jan have a new PET SHOP BOYS album called “Hotspot” on X2 RECORDS. 10 new tracks from Mr.TENNANT and Mr. LOWE on CD Jewel or Gatefold Vinyl.

Sony for the 24th of Jan have a DEPECHE MODE CD Box called  MODE… 18 CDs in the box… Any interest then i’ll try to get a good price on it… It’s going to be expensive… Best hope 200 bucks id say…

Universal for the 24th have the next batch of THIN LIZZY vinyl reissues… Big hitters here in “Nightlife”, “Fighting” and of course “Jailbreak”… Can do a best price pre-order job on these €21 also people … Where ya going with the one euro Raymond boy…? Well i’m trying to do as good a price as I can and  I know a euro doesn’t matter a shite in the scheme of things but with these best price jobs I still try to make a certain % margin and it makes me feel better when i’m at that % margin… So humour me I suppose!

Universal also for the 24th have some SAM COOKE VINYL reissues “Encore” and the self titled one also as well as “The Complete Keen Years 57 – 60” 5CD set by Sam, there’s a vinyl release of RIVERDANCE “Music from the Show”, there’s a reworking of the latest BREAKING BENJAMIN album and there is a a reissue of “Live in Moscow” 2CD or 2LP by ELTON JOHN and RAY COOPER.

Lastly from universal NICHOLAS GODIN (AIR) has a new atmospheric album out on Because music called “Concrete and Glass”… It’s available as a CD/LP combo or stand alone cd.

THE ORCHARD for the 24th of jan has new albums by GILL LANDRY, THE WOOD BROTHERS, CASPIAN and OCTOBER DRIFT.

So there the releases for the 24th (or the ones I thought were worth hawking to ye anyway) so I suppose without being drop dead gorgeous, not a bad week.

Right so… The greatest best of 2019 albums lists ever made part infinite… Far response to this so thank ye all (who did) for participating… Few hours work in getting them sorted but I was excited about it if i’m to be honest… T’was fair close in the end, and overall very close also, we will have a live draw for the €50 Voucher Winner on the video as Bill O’Herlihy would say LIVE… Not cant get more exciting than that!!

There was only 10 points between the Top 3 in the overall category, and the winner to be fair appeared most frequently on the lists… So deserved I suppose… The MZ table don’t lie..

And a remarkable result in the Irish album category.. A fecking draw… I kid you not…123 votes each… It’s 00.18 on Friday morning and I have just recounted them… Yep 123 votes each!!
(you’ll hear it more in the coming weeks people… Your vote matters!)

More on our special night on the 8th of Feb next week also as the evening slipped by without me saying to much about it…

Here are the Top 20 “Best Albums Of The Year” category, followed by the Top 10 “Best Irish Albums of the Year”, and finally Top 5 “Best Gigs Of The Year”. (All in descending order!!..)

Music Zone – Top 20 “Best Albums Of The Year”
20. Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
19. Julia Jacklin – Crushing
18. Bon Iver – i,i
17. Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
16. Black Midi – Schlagenheim
15. Little Simz – Grey Area
14. Thom Yorke – Anima
13. Big Thief – U.F.O
12. Tindersticks – No Treasure But Hope
11. Wilco – Ode To Joy
10. Billie Eilish – When We Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?
9. Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
8. The National – I Am Easy To Find
7. Mick Flannery – Mick Flannery
6. The Murder Capital – When I Have Fears
5. Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains
4. Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars
3. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
2. Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
1. Nick Cave – Ghosteen 

Music Zone – Top 10 “Irish Albums Of The Year”
10. The Gloaming – 3
9. The Divine Comedy – Office Politics
8. Girl Band – The Talkies
7. John Blek – Thistle and Thorn
6. Lankum – The Lifelong Day
5. Boa Morte – Before There Was Air
4. A Lazarus Soul – The D They Put Between The R and L
3. Mick Flannery – Mick Flannery
2. Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
1. The Murder Capital – When I Have Fears

Music Zone : Top 5 Gigs Of The Year
5. Mick Flannery – Live At St. Lukes
4. Idles – Iveagh Gardens
3. Microdisney – Cypress Avenue
2. Saving Grace – Everyman Theatre
1. Villagers – Cypress Avenue

So that’s it folks.. Sin é for this week…
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
musiczone.ie

Bombay Bicycle Club Return, and We’re Back Together So It’s Time For A Partyyyyyyyyyyy!

Hi Everyone,
How’s it going?
Hope all is well enough…

Not a whole heap released today really, (the STOCKTON’s WING release was moved to next Friday the 17th, the re-ups are starting to land back in like Fontaines and Lankum and more) but we do have the excellent DAVID KEENAN album on CD and LP, had a few listens today and he’s the real deal in fairness, worth checking out..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E8cM55z1lQ&list=PLnydjIdQPZf1uoKeFr7Fl_9sG6aOERXc4&index=3

Also new FAT FREDDY’S DROPCHARLIES ANGEL Limited Vinyl Picture Disc, a new FIELD MUSIC LP on Limited Red Vinyl, and TOWNES VAN ZANDT reissue.

Video back up and running!! Check it out here!!
https://musiczone.ie/videos/

Next week Friday the 17th we have the aforementioned STOCKTON’S WING Compilation on LP and CD.

Also via Universal for the 17th we have the new BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB album on Caroline / Island records, their first record in 6 years… It’s on CD, LP or Ltd Deluxe 2LP pressed at 45 RPM… Downloads included with the vinyl presses… Singles sound decent enough on this.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF0LF1gQZKs

HALSEY is back with a new album “Manic” on Virgin / EMI on CD or Vinyl as well as a new MARCUS KING solo album “El Dorado” on Spinefarm Records again CD and Vinyl and lastly there is a new ANTI FLAG album.

Quick boring housekeeping.. Opening hours… Same as last week… Closed on Sundays and Mondays… 10.30 to 6 on Tuesdays, 2 to 6 on Wednesdays, 10 to 6 on Thursday and Friday and 10 to 5 on Saturday… Deanrock Cottages on google will put you right at the entrance to our Business Park… We are in there alright right next door to rock bingo… Sin sin till I repeat myself again next week … We are here.. I know its the first week of Jan but we are here..

Right so, as Frank Gallagher may shamelessly say “we’re having a f**king parteee”… Well I don’t want to scare anyone away and it’s not exactly the whole sceal… A bit of a shindig alright, but not Gallagher style … The corporation are throwing a few birds at one stone alright… Here’s the sceal… Hope you might consider it.

Cork’s own JOHN BLEK has a new record ‘The Embers’ out on Friday the 7th of Feb and we here at the MZ Corp are hosting a very special in-store to coincide with the album launch on Saturday evening the 8th of Feb at 7PM kick off… Here’s “empty pockets” from what is another beautiful record.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga8oYkHDRE4

So it’s our first in-store in To(u)gher and we have had a fairly hairy 5 months but like Elton John… Blah blah blah… Bob is back today which is brilliant (a newsletter in itself) Shane boy is here all the time, again brilliant and a lot of ye have dug us out of this hole we were in… So we are having a little night (well hopefully a big night!) where we invite ye folks to our new humble abode in the heart of Togher for what promises to be a brilliant instore.

We shall have some beverages if you want a beverage (if you drink funny types of beverages, bring your own!)… Try persuade the better halfs to drop ye over or bring a driver or just drive yourself and call in and say hello… Carpark is ours for the night so will be plenty room out there.

So it’s an instore party with some top quality original tunes by Mr Blek,  a thank you to Shane boy, a welcome back to the Bob man and a little nod to our shareholders… Thanks.

The corporation is offering a 20% discount off one item on the night…. So if you have been eyeing something up but never got to it… Saturday the 8th is the night for it… Terms and conditions apply like any good corporation… It can’t be anything you have away already or anything released since Jan 1st 2020 and I might have to see on the stuff that is reduced already .. So basically I can make them up as I go along… Ah no no no its basically those conditions above… So pencil it in with the boss or bring em along, bring the kids if you want… We would love to see ye… Some of us may drift to a public house as the night darkens.

And don’t worry either… Going out can be like going to the dentist for folks our age but sure ye have the info now and a few weeks notice… See what ye can do or cant as the case may be.

Warner for the 17th of Jan have a new COURTEENERS album on Parlophone, DAVID BYRNE releases “American Utopia on Broadway”, reissue on Rhino of MC5s “Kick Out The Jams” as well as STEVIE NICKS “Bella Donna”  and UNCLE TUPELO “Anodyne”… Lastly Warner have a MIDGE URE Singles Collection.

PIAS for the 17th Jan have new albums by BILL FAY, ALICE BOMAN, ALGIERS and a reissue by DWIGHT YOAKAM of “Blame the Vain”.

The ORCHARD for the 17th of Jan have a new album by AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF THE DEAD as well as a SONS OF APOLLO Limited 2CD of new album “MMXX”.

Right so albums of the year… Drum roll… Eehhh nah….. I tell ye, i’m getting fairly excited over it  as its coming together nicely but i am chasing one last push… So until next Weds to have your say… Email us top 5 albums of 2019… 50 euro voucher up for grabs but the more enter the better picture we get of the taste in the siopa… As Stephen Stills might say for what its worth, here are my top 5’s..

Albums of the year.

5. JOHN BLEK – THISTLE & THORN
4. LANA DEL REY – NORMAN FUCKING ROCKWELL
3. MICK FLANNERY – SELF TITLED
2. TINDERSTICKS – NO TREASURE BUT HOPE
1. A LAZARUS SOUL – THE D THEY PUT BETWEEN THE R & L (obviously if I have it as my album of the year, it resonated with me… And man did it do that… Every song tells such a story that you are transported into the characters lives… I think it’s a savage piece of work, hence numero uno…shades of new model army in parts)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG5JgRVxK0k

IRISH ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

  1. A LAZARUS SOUL
  2. MICK FLANNERY
  3. JOHN BLEK
  4. MURDER CAPITAL
  5. FONTAINES DC

GIGS OF THE YEAR

  1. Saving Grace : The Everyman
  2. Mick Flannery : St Lukes
  3. Villagers : Cypress Avenue
  4. John Blek : The Seomra
  5. Microdisney : Cypress Avenue

I may have preferred some of the instores as they would be more personal to me but I went for remote gigs.
That’s my tuppence worth … It’s all subjective. It was a good year for new music I felt, a few months of it completely passed me by… Nearly everyone has different votes but in general a nice blend rises to the top so shout in yours to us.

More on these next week but releases on the 24th from THIN LIZZY (reissues), SUPERGRASS (BEST OF) , MOZ new single, WIRE new album, BLACK LIPS new album, ELECTRONIC self titled release… (so more next week from John Martin Maher) and WOLF PARADE (new).

Shout at us on email is best if there’s anything you see or want us to pop away… Be delighted .

Sin e for this week so I suppose,
Thanks for listening
Ray
https://musiczone.ie

A tentative step and an exciting debut by David Keenan

Hi everyone,

Hope all is well and that christmas was safe and peaceful…welcome to the roaring 20s !?!

Well, back on the horse, tentatively…like the rest of ye, tentatively also no doubt.

Im back a week earlier than normal with the newsletter as i suppose i gotta keep reminding ye folks of us …but it will be short and sweet…you know that whole tentative thing.

Right so opening hours… and these will be more or less consistent for the foreseeable future.

Friday 3rd jan 10 to 6

Saturday 4th jan 10 to 5

Sunday 5th of Jan closed

Monday 6th of jan closed

Tuesday 7th of Jan 10.30 to 6

Wednesday 8th of Jan  2 to 6

Thursday 9th of jan 10 to 6

Friday 10th of jan 10 to 6

Saturday 11th of jan 10 to 5.

The shop will be closed on Sunday and Mondays and  open 2 to 6 on Wednesdays.

Explain yourself Raymond you lazy sod…

Well…Sunday is with the smallies and ideally zero shop work will be done …so yes lazy sod day.

I have decided to do my orders from home on Mondays to help me get a good start to the week…get a bit ahead of myself…so that newsletters arent been sent out on saturday nights at midnight!! Ease my workload a little …so that’s the craic with Mondays…i hope ye understand.

Weds has always been wholesaling day for me for over 10 years now …to cut a long story short…i sell kids dvds and a few cds on floor spinners in a few shops around the county ( i do it on a weds only) ..i started it in 2009 when things were really starting to go shite and it probably helped keep us open in 10, 11 and 12 before things started to settle…its less and less now but I still need to get out for 3 or 4 hours every weds so that’s the craic with weds …i’m not polishing my yachts!

So i hope that’s cool…if anyone wants me to hang around on a friday evening, thats cool also just give me an auld email and we can sort it out.

Tis a bit different now, i hope you can understand.

 

Right so, first point of major note is the albums of 2019 reminder …come on folks get them over to us…the top 5 albums of 2019, also top 5 Irish albums of 2019 and if you want top 5 gigs of 2019 …50 euro voucher for the siopa for one participant …if you only want to send your top 5 full stop that’s cool… we would like as good a reflection as possible of the taste of our dear patrons so top 5s please folks …thanks to those who have already.

Right so before we dive into short term releases and mise repeating myself from the last newsletter…there are new albums on the near horizons from DRIVE BY TRUCKERSTAME IMPALA, JONATHAN WILSON, GERRY CINNAMON, WIRE, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, GREEN DAY, PET SHOP BOYS , GREG DULLI ( AFGHAN WHIGS) and ISOBEL CAMPELL to name a few so hopefully it  will be an OK start to the year in the current abode…unit 4 deanrock business park …nb nb nb use Deanrock cottages on google maps or sat navs etc and you will be right outside the business park where we are …Deanrock cottages folks…then we are right next door to Rock Bingo …obviously the next few months could be scary so if you need anything, try to think of us…sound out.

Right so .releases for the 10th of Jan …the biggie i suppose is the DAVID KEENAN album “ a beginners guide to bravery” on CD or LP , there are some TOWNES VAN ZANDT vinyl reissues of “ our mother the mountain” and self titled album.

Here’s a taster to the much anticipated DAVID KEENAN album 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NqJ3MObaAI

Uni for the 10th have the STOCKTON’S WING collection which features hits, rare tracks and unreleased tracks..cd and lp on this one also.

Uni have a limited edition picture disc to the new Charlies Angels soundtrack, some nice Blue Note vinyl  reissues by ART BLAKEY, PETE LE ROCA and TONY WILLIAMS.

 

Sony for the 10th have a new CD by KESHA.

 

Started reductions on the vinyl sections over the last 3 or so working days…so a  nice few reductions at the counter and lots more in the section …as I left work earlier today i was just starting R so a fair bit through them…hope to finish them tomorrow…20, 30, 40 and 50 percent off in places so worth a little look if in.

Pias for the 10th of Jan have a new FIELD MUSIC album…a concept album about the after effects of world war one…heres a taster

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ft__PS9rFAU

as well as THE FLAMING LIPS featuring the colorado symphony orchestra “ the soft bulletin” recorded live at red rocks on 2lps.

 

Sin about e so for this so folks,

A tentative step for all mankind this week

Thanks for listening,

If you want to order anything, the email is always open!!

Slan

Ray

musiczone.ie

Slipknot Return With A New Album, Feile 19 Ticket Competition, and A Cooperative Bolloxology Report

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well out there..
My own last few lines for a couple of weeks.. 2 to be exact.. (One week off!).. The one way newsletter street
Releases in the siopa this week include the THOM YORKE ‘Anima’ 2LP Orange Vinyl and Book Box Set, BLUR ‘Live at the BBC’ 4 Track 10” Vinyl, SHREK O.S.T. first timer on vinyl, new albums by LLOYD COLE, TY SEGALL, CARNIFEX, a new IDLES 7′‘, the POKEMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU O.S.T on limited vinyl of 2500 worldwide, a SPOON compilation LP, and reissues by JASON ISBELL, DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE, NINA SIMONE, SERJ TANKIAN, and BIG COUNTRY.

Video up this week, Bob man on duty for it.. Will be a short one.. Definitely beginning to feel like late summer releases!
www.musiczone.ie/videos

Well this newsletter is a bit of a cooperative between myself and the Bob man… So i’ll do a bit and Bobby can tidy up my mess.. Probably rings a bell Bob i’d say… Before I go on… Two quick things… We have two tickets up for grabs for Feile 19… Buy the Feile Classical CD from us for €8 and you enter the draw for the two tickets… I know I’m not a bookmaker but my guess is you would stand a 5% chance of winning tickets… Wrong job Raymond, in some ways only!!!
You can pick up the CD online here, or of course in-store as well…
https://musiczone.ie/product/feile-classical-the-live-album-various-artists-cd/

Right second thing… This MURDER CAPITAL gig we are involved in is something worth considering… Cracking Irish band in my opinion.. Have been listening and reading a lot about them recently and they ain’t to keen on the whole social media bolloxology… Admirable, very very admirable in my opinion… In an age where we are poisoned by bolloxology on our social medias… I find it great that a new (Irish) band are kind of saying ‘f**k that tripe… Come see us live and see what you think’.. Old school. Brilliant, admirable and deserves to be heard.. And for the last time i’ll say it… Ye have that chance.. Here’s the first two tunes live from a radio station..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLuE7LOA_s0

Pre-order the album below and gain entry to the Cork album launch gig in the Crane on Thursday Aug 15th at 7PM.
https://musiczone.ie/?s=Murder+Capital+-+When+I+Have+Fears

Speaking of bolloxology on the auld social media etc…. When the Musiczone Empire was at it’s busiest 04, 05 maybe to a lesser extent 2006.. I used to do nada… No SM, no website… Pull cup the shutter in the morning and pull it down at night and do a few hours paperwork every month and that was it… No we have to poison ye weekly with this and daily with the other social (me hole) stuff.. Can’t take a leaf from these young lads book… Be gone in a few months… It’s all about the bolloxology now… Fair play to ye lads..

Right so, moving on to music for the 9th of August… Starting off, WARNER have the new SLIPKNOT album ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ via Roadrunner… Available on 2LP, CD or CD with a t-shirt.. 30 bucks for them if anyones interested… Also €30 best price on the 2LP if anyone interested in that… Sound…

Swap over time. Bob man here taking the reins for the rest of the newsletter. None of the bolloxology craic from me this week I’m afraid folks. Only releases, releases, releases. Will keep all the other good stuff for next week.

Universal new releases for the 9th of August have the new MARIKA HACKMAN ‘Any Human Friend’ on CD or Pink Coloured Vinyl.. Really enjoyed her last album from a few years back so looking forward to giving this one a few spins in the siopa!
There is also a new P.P ARNOLD album through Uni next week, as well as JOHN SCOFIELD‘s ‘Hand Jive’ first timer on 2LP, DONALD BYRD‘s ‘Ethiopian Knights’ Blue Note LP reissue, and GODLEY + CREME (Ex 10CC) ‘Consequences’ 5CD album..

Sony for the 9th of August have ELVIS ‘Live 1969’, live at the International Hotel on 2LP or 11CD set.. Here’s some more info on it :

The new CD Set features 11 complete sets from the first of his many engagements at The
International Hotel (several of which are released in full for the first time, with one show
entirely unreleased), allowing fans a more definitive picture of The King’s glorious return to
the concert stage. A physical box set will feature a 50-page book including rare photos, memorabilia and an oral history by Ken Sharp curated from historic interviews with Elvis, Colonel Tom Park,
Tom Jones, Jerry Schilling, James Burton, Cissy Houston, Terry Blackwood, George Klein,
Fats Domino and more. 11CDs housed in 2 separate media carriers (one holding 6 discs, the other holding 5 discs) and a 52-page smythsewn book, all contained in a double-walled board slipcase.
The Vinyl is a 2LP gatefold pressing, with 2 generic white sleeves and originally released the same day as Suspicious Minds was first released.

The Orchard for the 9th of August have the new FIONN REGAN album ‘Cala’ on CD and indies only yellow vinyl… Opening track ‘Collar Of Fur’ a lovely track, will be getting a few listens here
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p8_NWQ9Ufs

Proper for the 9th have a new FEEDER album on CD, Deluxe CD, LP or Deluxe LP.. Tallalah it is called.. Also out is a ZERO 7 reissue on CD and LP of their second album ‘When It Falls’, and a STEVE HILLAGE ‘The Golden Vibe’ indie shop release only on CD or 2LP..

MOV for the 9th of August have ELVIS ‘A Date With Elvis’ 60th Anniversary Edition of 2000 numbered copies on blue vinyl..

Lastly, PIAS for the 9th of August have KYLE DIXON + MICHAEL STEIN’s ‘Butterfly : Original Series OST”, and a handful of ARCTIC MONKEYS 7” vinyl reissues.

Sin sin folks,
Will be back to you myself next week.. Gotta get the bolloxology hat on for the week and have some stories for ye!
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Bobby
MZ HQ 

Soundgarden’s Excellent Set Is Here, The Closing Of Another Door on the Physical Industry, and Monday Is The New Saturday

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well..
Releases in the Musiczone.ie gaff this week include the new BIFFY CLYRO Soundtrack album to ‘Balance, Not Symmetry’, the next batch of IRON MAIDEN CD Reissues, MEGADETH LP Reissues, NUSRAT FATEH ALI Live LP, the beautiful new set by SOUNDGARDEN ‘Live at the Artists Den’ deluxe box or 4LP set, both lovely.. Also out is the STRANGER THINGS 3 Soundtrack, and new vinyl releases from SOLANGE and KAISER CHIEFS, a new BTS album on CD, BOWIE AND DIETRICH “Just A Gigolo’ Soundtrack, and reissues by UB40, GREG ALLMAN, and STATUS QUO…

Video up here again for this week folks
https://musiczone.ie/videos/

Couple of nice gigs over the weekend before last.. VILLAGERS put on a great musical treat… One issue the chatter brigade seemed to be intern… Ah look some have more tolerance I suppose but it drives me bonkers a bit… Not a few words here and there… Im not from 1940s Germany… But full blown chats with roaring laughter as the 4 women and 2 men had for the half hour I spent near to them… Back of the room please, back of the room… Chat away there.. I moved away to a nice spot for 20 minutes to then have 4 drunken women arrive (who knew the songs but we load and lairy).. Now they were loud at a really quiet part of the show.. So they were being ”shushed” so they responded with loads and loads of loud ”shushing” of their own… Maybe i’m just a grumpy middle aged git… Enjoyed the gig despise my grumbling there…
SAVING GRACE with Robert Plant on vocals were just sweet.. The 75 minutes they were on stage just flew…  Could hear a pin drop… Beautifully played songs by the band.. American Roots stuff.. Songs going back to other centuries… Couple of Patty Griffin covers and a Low cover of ‘Everybody’s Song’, and sine serious kind and big words from Planty about Low the band… Saving Grace were fab, the banjo player brilliant and had the sweetest voice (maybe my highlight when he took the lead vocals)… Thats some going with Robert Plant on stage and the other lead vocalist exceptional as well.. Suzi Diann I think her name is… Plant kind of seductively skulked about the stage (mindful of his footing.. he is 70 isn’t he so he didn’t want a hopper) for a lot of the night… In great form it seemed to me in his plain black tee, black jeans and black boots… He oozed it… Just oozed it.. It begged a question… If Plant wasn’t on stage, then very arguably the music would have been just as good as the other 4 musicians were just top top class.. was it who he is or who he was that captivated everyone in the theatre, or was it because he has something special??.. Said it earlier.. He oozed it.. But more than backed up by four very capable and excellent musicians.. Top night out… Monday is the new Saturday…

Right so on to releases for the 2nd of August, Warner have the BAD COMPANY ‘Swan Song Years’ 6CD boxset on Rhino, JEFF TWEEDY ‘Warm / Warmer’ 21 track CD, NICK CAVE + WARREN ELLIS ‘The Road’ remastered and reissued LP on coloured vinyl, Skillet ‘Victorious’ new album on Roadrunner CD only for now, CARNIFEX new album ‘World War X’, and lastly from Warner for the 2nd of August is a live SAXON box set ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ as either 5LP or 3CD sets…

Tad quiet for the 2nd of August… Sony Music have nada out.. They are moving house or distribution to Cinram from Sony DADC who are shutting up shop soon enough… Another dagger for the physical industry… Cinram distribute PIAS and CARGO to us already.. A bit slower than Sony DADC but ok service I suppose.. They only ship out on Tuesday and Thursday so if you miss the Tuesday cut off of 11AM then it won’t ship till Thursday and if it misses a sailing then it’s Monday which is a week.. Sony DADC were never a week from the order day… So hopefully that doesn’t happen to often… That’s before Borisland and what that holds for all our futures.. A No Deal Brexit very very real now I feel and what shite that will bring to us all… We will have to wait and see…

PIAS for the 2nd of August have a new IDLES 7” single… Two new songs in fact, a brand new TY SEGALL ‘First Taste’ and the JASON ISBELL ‘Live at the Twist + Shout’ LP Release… Was out on coloured vinyl for RSD

Uni for the 2nd of August have a new VOLBEAT album “Rewind, Replay, Rebrand” on Jewel CD, 2CD Digi and Black 2LP as well as the soundtrack on vinyl to the 2001 smash hit film ‘Shrek’… Great soundtrack also.. It’s a first timer on vinyl.. Universal also have the debut album by Irish artist SIBEÁL and lastly CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL release “Live in Woodstock” as a limited 2LP or 1CD versions…

Last week I was rabbiting on about how the physical industry is trying to eat itself (more on it next week actually) well for now here’s a little example of one thing that goes on… Freddie Mercury’s estate released a 7” Picture Disc single and a CD single today of ‘Time Waits For No One’.. I tried to get some as I would have sold some (kinda my job) but they were only available on his website… Now as ye know Freddie is gone, so the estate (Mary is it?) just sell them on his website.. Absolutely, they can do that… Just cause I’m going to sell a few can’t and won’t change that… Tough tiddles Thomas.. They are 1000% entitled to do it but if we don’t get offered anything to sell, we’ll only be around as long as Cork in a hurling championship… I’ve three points…
1). We can’t control it and have no right to control it.. It’s purely tough tiddles Thomas…
2). I’d imagine the estate of Mr Mercury aren’t short a few bob or two, so why not let the shops have some..
3.) This is the most crucial one… It’s not sold out on his website… Folks idolise this man and his band (murky water Queen we will say) so fans not being able to get it isn’t right really… Do enough to give them to the shops.. But sure i’m bound to say that.. Will have to get on to my dentist about it.. If he gives me permission i’ve a great Freddie story..

I’m off for a little over a week folks, finishing next Thursday evening the 1st of August and not back until the 12th or 13th of August, so the Bob man and Shane man will have the reigns of duty… I’ll do half the newsletter next week and Bob will finish it and he’s flying solo the week after…

Last thing re THE MURDER CAPITAL in the Crane Lane… Strong likelihood this band will never again be found in a venue this size… Just saying is all… Links to new album below.. Pre-Order a product and gain entry to the Cork Album launch show on Thursday Aug 15th..

https://musiczone.ie/?s=The+Murder+Capital+-+When+I+Have+Fears

Sin é for this week folks…
We will all be glad of the break of the newsletters anyway won’t we!!
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Ray
MusicZone.ie

Zeppelin.. Jack White.. And FLIPPIN’ Hell!!!

Hi Everyone,
Hope your all well..
Man it’s been a long day (Thursday) but i’m sure ye have about as much interest in listening to it as I have in telling it…

Right so releases for today include brand new albums by THE DECEMBERISTS, YO LA TENGO, JOAN BAEZ, THE STUNNING, and JOHN WILLIAMS’ New score to The Last Jedi Star Wars film..

Reissues in the Music Zone Emporium Of Fine Things today include remastered versions of the RORY GALLAGHER catalogue…15 titles on LP… Sweet… Loads of “Rorys” around my age… The boy made an impact in more ways than one.. I know a lot of ye have wish listed to us the RORY Live in France RSD release… It will probably be the biggest RSD release the shop has ever had… I am mildly confident we will get a fairly decent fill on it but only 750 copies in the UK and here… Not a lot….. The Cork card will work in our favour I hope… But there will be big big demand for this so look all i’m saying is we can only do what we can do… Set your alarms now i’d say and no shouting at us please.. Life’s too short

As im on the RSD thing, there is a faller at the first… Disappointing one for a few JOY DIVISION fans i’d say but the WARSAW album is a goner… Got an email a few days back… Not happening, no real explanation..
“The WARSAW / WARSAW title has been CANCELLED and will not be available as part of our RSD offers. Please advise any of your customers that this release is on hold for the time being.”

Bron orm aris folks… Anyway other reissues today include an expensive import of THE CRANBERRIES Debut album, reworking / remix of THUNDERCAT album “Drank”, some lovely COCTEAU TWINS reissues, PARADISE LOST and KEANE reissues..

Video up here.. Give it a thumbs up on YouTube and be sure to subscribe
https://musiczone.ie/videos/

Moving on so to releases for the 23rd of March Warner have the LED ZEPPELIN “How the West Was Won” remastered album on 4LP or 3CD or super douper deluxey boxset thingy ma job… Oh there is a Bluray audio format also…

Warner also has the new single from the MOZ man (heard rather mixed reviews of the gig lately in Dublin… Treading dangerous ground here Raymond boy better back off… Sorry didn’t hear anything actually) on 7” “My Love, I’d Do Anything For You” any truth that the Moz man didn’t write this and that it was a bunch of superfans??…
Speaking off superfans… We had a JACK WHITE Superfan in the shop last week, all the way from Canada… Was in Ireland on holiday, heard of the listening party, sought us out and won the second prize of the JW Tote bag… Superfan, superfan.. Knows JW from all the gigs he has been to… Follows him around on tour.. Gets his plecs.. Spends all his money on seeing Jack White… You get my drift… He didn’t want second prize though… This dude queued for 22 hours to get that RSD single (you know the one…the fastest single recorded, pressed and sold ever…3hours 55 minutes… I think, around there anyway…) by JACK WHITE a few years back, only 300 of them pressed… So our Canadian friend (and he was sound as a bell to be fair to him, I liked him) drew one of our regulars out of the hat to win the bespoke 7” which was to be draw in each participating store… Again around 300 i’d say.

Comp is over and our Canadian friend offers to buy the 7” from our guy, (our guy is sound as a bell also) our guy quickly glances my way… Shit, what do I do he is probably thinking, what will Ray think if I flip it here in front of him like… I aint flipping no way… “No your grand bud, sorry”

What was Ray thinking..?

Not a fan of flipping or people who flip to be blunt and honest… Mainly because it is done by someone who has no interest to ultimately catch someone who has loads of interest… Ye know the deal, it’s a tout basically… But here is a greyer area in the world of flippin… our guy likes JW a lot, turned up for the listening party sure, likes music a lot, supports the shop,  supports the local scene… All good… Our Canadian friend is a superfan who really really wants the 7” record… Is it really flippin if they cut a deal…?

I didn’t give a flying hoot to be honest is what I was thinking in this example… I had to leg it from the shop soon after and our two main characters in our soap opera were still shooting the breeze (I think our Canadian friend was trying to prove his superfan wordiness by telling JW stories).

It ended with an offer of 200 euro for the one track 7”… A declined offer… He went back to Canada with an empty tote bag and a heartful of dreams…. Take your time me young bucko…. Man, our guy must have been tempted… 200 bucks… I’ll see him soon and find out,  if he hasn’t flipped it on ebay for 500 and taken a holiday to Canada with other JW singles…

You swear I had time to one finger type that tale… Well I didn’t.

Lastly from Warners for next week are the first seven TOM WAITS Albums remastered on CD.

Pias have the new JACK  WHITE album for the 23rd (oh no, not again!!) “Boarding House Reach” on XL in conjunction with Third Man Records (lovely, nutty note in shop from third mans Ben Blackwell up on the wall now).. Available on LP and CD… Diverse but interesting listen (one full listen at our parteee).. I have a few posters and button badges to give away to those who preorder the album with us… So let us know if interested folks…

PIAS also have the reissue of “Cease To Begin” by BAND OF HORSES on gold vinyl as well as debut “Everything All The Time” on red vinyl. Nice little album out via PIAS also next friday the 23rd, JOSIENNE CLARKE & BEN WALKER have a new album..
Track here “Chicago” from it..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVyOmZfvKu8
The LP format of this album contains a Bonus CD featuring 3 unreleased tracks available to indie retailers only.

PIAS also have the new PREOCCUPATIONS album as well as a blast of reissues by SHINS “Chutes Too Narrow”, “Wincing The Night”, “Oh Inverted World” all on different coloured vinyl with codes via Sub Pop..

MOV for the 23rd have a press of JJ CALE “COLLECTED” on 3LP… I hope individually numbered gold vinyl… 3K of them.

UNIVERSAL for the 23rd of March have the the new NOW Compilation 99.. New albums by RICK PARFITT (only solo album in fact) DON MCLEAN, TONI BRAXTON, as well as a Live album by THUNDER across 5 formats, MARILLON live reissues, ZAPPA “The Roxy Performances” across 7 CDs and the new SLOW RIOT single on 7” orange vinyl (good new band…tune here)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyoUnpG_Sbs

SONY for the 23rd have the new GEORGE EZRA album “Staying at Tamaras” on CD and indies only white vinyl as well as MILES & COLTRANE “The Final Tour” Bootleg Series Volume 6…. CD only i’d say.

THE ORCHARD have the new HUDSON TAYLOR EP on the 23rd.

PROPER have a sadly timely release of PLANXTY “One Night in Bremen” live album… The sad passing of LIAM O FLYNN during the week… I think it is fair to say one of Ireland’s greatest ever musicians.

Sin e for this week’s episode folks
Thanks for listening
Ray
musiczone.ie

Delighted To Welcome Wyvern Lingo For A Live In-Store, Dealing Direct and The Quality of Vinyl

Hey Everyone,
Hope the form is good..

Bits and pieces in the Musiczone.ie emporium for today include new albums by BRIAN FALLON (GASLIGHT ANTHEM), MAX RICHTER, MGMT, TOTO,  FRANZ FERDINAND, JOAN AS POLICEWOMAN, EZRA FURMAN  and JONNY GREENWOOD as well as reissues by NINA SIMONE and ELLA FITZGERALD and a live DVD by ROBERT PLANT.
We got copies of the SHAME album back in… Good auld old fashioned punk rock n’ roll… Refreshing to hear it to be honest…. Bit of bite and venom in it… We do like it in the siopa… Sky Blue vinyl still left.

We should have the new LOST BROTHERS LP and CD ‘Half Way Towards Healing’ here today as well I hope… Direct from band… No record company or distribution company involved… Sweet to deal with it from our end though… No bother (i’d like to think we are the same)… I suppose lots of bands like THE LOST BROTHERS, HAM SANDWICH,  who could be signed and would have no bother getting distribution from numerous distributors…  Decide to paddle their own canoe… If it’s just distribution on offer… Why would they bother… The band press the record/cd…. Sell it to distribution company who take their 25/30% and sell to the retailer who does the same… I suppose i’d argue that we as front line retailers give the record visibility, play it and talk about it… Distribution only does what it says on the tin… So why use it… Now the cloat of a big record company is probably different as you will get media exposure and radio plays… But just distribution?…a band can use its website and retail shops  direct….you would be amazed though how many bands/artists are slow to deal direct though… Feel they will sell more off own their website and see no need to have bricks and mortar visibility… Again I would argue gently that we can offer something more… ButIi would I suppose.

Anyway i suppose…. Changing times all the time…. Not a whole pile happening so far this year on the release front, aside from CALEXICO and to a lesser extent NILS FRAHM and GLEN HANSARD... The shop has felt it…  But till bounce back later in the year id say… March looks decent enough on the release front and I know off a few beauts RSD wise coming our way on APRIL 21…  Come on, cut me some slack it’s been quiet, im allowed mention RSD.

Right so releases for the 16th of Feb… WARNER have the REJJIE SNOW CD… LP later… End of march I think, as well as new albums by THE TEMPERANCE MOVEMENT (Indies only orange vinyl on this one) and LAURIE ANDERSON and the KRONOS QUARTET “Landfall” on CD and LP.

PIAS for the 16th of Feb have the third installment of the BELLE & SEBASTIAN EP Trilogy as well as a CD release of the Three EPs combined and a 3EP Boxset also… One of my fave bands.

PIAS also have new albums by CAR SEAT HEADREST and MARLON WILLIAMS, a reissue of ELLA & LOUIS “Porgy & Bess” , a reissue on DLP of SUN KIL MOON’s “Ghost of the Great Highway” on Rough Trade, the new EP by RIDE and lastly WILD BEASTS “Best Of” type compilation… Indies only double coloured LP.

The Orchard have a new album by NEAL MORSE “Life and Times”, more acoustic based I think, a reissue on vinyl for the 10th anniversary of FRIGHTENED RABBITS “Midnight Organ Fight”  and lastly an ARCH ENEMY 12LP box set … 200 bucks or three for 600 bucks if ya want three…1500 in the world pressed.

Music on Vinyl have a reissue (I think or is it a first timer) of the NEW YORK DOLLS “Live from Royal Festival Hall 2004” on hopefully pink vinyl… Supposed to be in fine form the band were on the night.

Finally got in from MUSIC ON VINYL the THIN LIZZY “Collected” DLP… It looks great to be fair…. Order got cut but have 4 still left to sell… 2500 pressed on silver vinyl… Should be plenty around on the black vinyl going forward if interested… MOV do their stuff really really well to be honest… Well pressed (old EMI pressing plant in Holland), well presented and price is ok for what you get I feel, and their distributor has the best system I deal with for ordering… Simple simple simple…. With all the majors if something is out of stock you have to reorder it… I.e Inxs “Kick” is out of stock… Every week after I must think and do another order for it… Crazy… For feeling so blue… Every week until its back in stock… MOV have a live programme for stock where you can attach customers names to it, do whatever you want and all very simple… Never have to think about ordering it again… Once its back in stock.. Notification… It’s back in stock… Will be with your next order… Bada bing…

Anyway again… UNIVERSAL have the second album by BORNS called “Blue Madonna”,, a VAN MORRISON Live DVD on Eagle Rock filmed at the BBC Radio Theatre, an LP reissue of KENDRICK LAMAR’s “Damn” on limited clear vinyl this time, and a reissue of 2PAC’s second album “Strictly For my N.i.g.g.a.z”… Never ignorant getting goals achieved.

Ok so the debut album by WYVERN LINGO is going to be with us on the 23rd of FEB… On your radar…???… I got an email from Shane about two years ago i’d say, sending me a link to these girls from Bray… Shane probably has the best ear in the shop (sorry Bob!) and he was mightily impressed with this band… Roll on two years and the self titled debut album is about to be released via Rubyworks and WYVERN LINGO are going to grace our little stage on Monday the 26th of Feb at 5PM…. Time isn’t great I know but this band is Quality with a capital Q, and it’s a fine coup for us to get them in…. So we would really love not to have egg on our faces at 5.30 on Monday the 26th… If you get me drift like… Really looking forward to it… Funky, soulful tunes with blissful harmonies… Proper musicians with proper tunes… It should be a good one.

Well sin é for this week folks,

Thanks for listening

Ray
musiczone.ie

The Musiczone.ie Corporations Top 20 Album List,  The Voucher Winner, and the Passing Of Another (Legend)

Hi Everyone,
Hope ye’r all doing ok..
Dolores buried this past week… Ah very sad for her.In fairness to the family… Allowing people i.e. joe public to show their respects… I’d say the mother is quality.. Terrible unimaginable thing to have to bury a child (at any age)..
Mark E Smith then this week… Maybe i’ll start looking for work as an obituary writer.. It seems like it’s going that way…
What would you say about Mark E…!
One of many many stories i’m sure, but one I read was via a record company when he was asked could they use a bit from an interview of him as an intro for a song for a new band… Mark E didn’t do email so the girl looking for the clip wrote to him and asked him… “Can’t use it”  was the reply..  “Use anything else but not that”… Included in Mark E’s reply was a cassette tape… The girl, hoping for some incredible moment on the tape dashed to get a player somewhere…. C90 tape was blank, empty, zilch…. Nothing on it…. Brilliant brilliant brilliant Markie boy!
I must admit THE FALL stuff kind of passed me by to be honest… Must dig into a bit of it…I know there are 5 or 6 of ye who kind of swear by Mark E and I would trust ye’r judgements so will go digging… Interesting dude by all accounts!!

Right so I suppose.. Releases in the musiczone.ie plaza today include new (and old.. What’s The Story back in on vinyl after a long absence..) albums by CALEXICO (sounds bloody great by the way… Very impressed), NILS FRAHMS, MACHINE HEAD, BETH HART & JOE BONAMASSA, DJANGO DJANGO and NIGHTMARE ON WAX, as well as reissues by THE KILLERS, ASLAN, FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON, BEAUTIFUL SOUTH, THE HOUSEMARTINS (maybe put back a week), JEFF WAYNE’S WAR OF THE WORLDS, SINCERELY L COHEN and SANTANA.

So a nice little roster of releases for today to be fair. All can be viewed in this week’s video here :

Before we move on to releases for the 2nd Feb (spring is in the air) there is something a need to address… We have received numerous emails in December from various organisations… Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NME to name a few… All asking the same question.. When is the Musiczone.ie Top 20 albums of 2017, decided upon by the Musiczone.ie corporations shareholders and customers, going to be released into the public domain?
When, when, when…?
Not saying outright that these organisations were trying to get a feel from the corporations customers about what was good or not… But we were hounded..
Is that smoke ye feel blowing up towards ye’r bellies by now… Oh yes it is…
Anyway without further ado…

Here ‘tis like :

20. MAGNETIC FIELDS
19. LIAM GALLAGHER
18. RANDY NEWMAN
17. MOUNT EERIE
16. ARCADE FIRE
15. PARAMORE
14. ROGER WATERS
13. SLOWDIVE
12. ROBERT PLANT
11. BONOBO
10. TALOS
9. JOHN BLEK
8. PROTOMARTYR
7. SUSANN SUNDFOR
6. RYAN ADAMS
5. PHOEBE BRIDGES
4. LAURA MARLING
3. FLEET FOXES
2. WAR ON DRUGS
1. THE NATIONAL

The National won handy enough to be honest in the polls… The top 3 appeared quite a bit… More spread out after that…. And the winner of the 50 Euro voucher is… Drum roll please…
Dave From Cork!! (How many Dave’s are there in Cork? We’ve got great nick names for all our customers don’t we?)

Right so on to the 2nd of FEB Warner have new studio albums by SIMPLE MINDS (indes only coloured vinyl with an etching on side 4… The 20th album by the lads).. SAXON “Thunderbolt” on MC, CD, RED INDIES LP and a Box containing the lot, the RAE MORRIS new album and lastly the new CORROSION OF CONFORMITY on LP.

PIAS have the new FIELD MUSIC album for the 2nd of Feb again as an indies only coloured vinyl on pre-orders only, as well as some old rock n’ roll LP reissues from the likes of CHUCK BERRY, EDDIE COCHRAN, ELVIS and also JACQUES BREL and JOHN COLTRANE.

THE ORCHARD for the 2nd have  new albums by AWOLNATION and JOHN OATES (HALL & OATES)

ROM have the repress of THE LEVELLERS 3 LP greatest hits.

SONY have new album by JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE called “Man Of The Woods”… The title does not instill confidence in me… Book by cover Raymond please.. Now now.

Uni have a couple of MAGAZINE LP reissues, MUDDY WATERS – Best Of LP in mono, METALLICA “And Justice For All” LP reissues, as well as new albums by POPPY ACKROYD CD and LP, IAMX “Alive In New Light” and JOHANN JOHANNSSON “The Mercy” OST on CD only. Lastly from Universal we have a super douper deluxe boxset thingy of the first ROXY MUSIC album as well as a BEE GEES live DVD and Bluray “One For All Tour In Australia”

Just on the whole albums of the year thingy… Game of opinions I think we said in the past once or twice.. Here’s my choices..

6. Happy Abandon – Facepaint : I  really liked it, still do… Great orchestral feel to a lot of it, played it a load all year… Really like it

5. Mount Eerie –  A Crow Looked At Me : A sparse album about death, pain and loss basically… No cheerios with warm milk in this one….. But if you can take it it’s really worth the listen if only for a reality check… Phil Elverum wrote this album about the cancer that came into his family’s life and ultimately took his wife… Maybe if you have suffered loss in recent times you may get something out of it… It’s a bloody harrowing listen… Opening line

“Death is real, someone is there and then their not”

I came very close to buying the records in for the shop direct from the record label in the states but I had to buy 20 to get them shipped and just was a bridge too far I thought…. Harrowing but recommended.

4. THE NATIONAL –  Sleep Well Beast : A fine album… Plenty and plenty of good songs… ‘Nuff said

3. TALOS – Wild Alee : A gorgeous listen in my opinion… Just gorgeous… Outside money for the Choice Award

2. JOHN BLEK –  Catharsis Vol. 1 : Seriously underated dude… Beautiful songs and guitar work… Excellent

1. LAURA MARLING – Semper Femina : Top class record start to finish, vocals melodies the whole shooting gallery spot on… Highly recommended.

Opinions opinions opinions….

Heres a few more from ye’rselves with some top 5s.. A nice few reviews left by ye so thank you.. Just to note from Bob-Man, this email may cut because of the reviews taking up a bit of space.. If it does, down the bottom of the page there should be a ‘view full email option’. Not sure if it will, but just in case!

1. The National: Sleep Well Beast
This one caught me by surprise. Was always aware of The National but I never really gave them a listen, always meant to but always forgot. Pure luck I was looking for something new to check out and put on the first track ‘Nobody Else Will Be There’ and it knocked me for six. Kept listening to it….definitely one of the tracks of the year for me. The album itself is a real slow burner….like all great albums, it’s a grower. Each listen keeps getting better. Songs like ‘Guilty Party’ and ‘I’ll Destroy You’ are incredible examples of this. Beautiful melodies that built and built. You hear something new every listen…when the drums kick in on the 1min 20s mark on ‘Guilty Party’….doesn’t get better than that. The only track I’m not fussed about really is ‘Day I Die’..1 out of 12 though, not bad. This album was a nice surprise for me and has been on steady rotation.

2. Feist: Pleasure
A close second. I’m a big fan of Feist. Her 2011 album ‘Metals’ was my album of the year back then so I was really looking forward to this and it didn’t disappoint. It’s essentially a Lo-fi break-up album. The sound she’s able to get out of an acoustic guitar is amazing…almost growls. Really beautiful songs. Again, takes a couple of listens but with songs like ‘Lost Dreams’ and ‘Century’ you can’t go wrong.

3. Bonobo: Migration
Another favorite artist of mine….if you’re into electronic music. Bonobo has released some amazing albums, 2013’s ‘North Borders’ is a highlight. Migration came out in January 2017 so really early on and initially I wasn’t that blown away…guess I wasn’t in the mood. But I rediscovered the album later on in the year and it just clicked. This album warrants headphones, beer/wine/coffee (whatever you tipple) and to be listened to in 1 sitting. Some lovely slow building songs here. Song’s like ‘Break Apart’,  ‘Outliers’ and ‘Kerala’ really set the scene….he’s a master at creating beats (yes I said beats) and melodies.

4. LCD Soundsystem: American Dream
Another group (man?) that I’ve always heard about but never checked out. Something in my brainbox told me this year to check out their new one and it was awesome. It starts off so well…’oh baby’ a slow building synth masterpiece. And when the bass comes in on the second number ‘other voices’..wow…seriously stick on this song and at the 0:15s mark hear that bass and try not to move….holy shit!!! Very clear Talking Heads and Bowie influences here..so much so that friends have gone ‘Is that David Byrne?’. But it’s a solid album…the drumming and bass playing is top notch.

5. Four Tet: New Energy
One for the electronic heads out there. Big fan of Four Tet…his album ‘Rounds’ should be mandatory listening for everyone thinking of getting into electronic music (or just everyone)! His last few albums/releases have been very ‘house/techno’ heavy which isn’t really my cup of tea..a bit too 90s for my blood. So I was very pleasantly surprised when he dropped the first track from this album ‘Two Thousand and Seventeen’. An ambient style slow drum beat with a beautiful melody. He’s gone for more of an ambient style on this album and I can’t recommend it enough. Songs like ‘LA Trance’ are amazing in the headphones..when the drums drop..holy shit!!
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1. Cigarettes After Sex – Cigarettes After Sex
A really strong debut from a band that have taken a while to release their first full length. Dreamy, sensual noir pop which couples sweet echoey guitar tones with soft, breathy vocals. One album in and they already have a perfectly defined sound. My favourite album of the year.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-rbSNzU_b8

2.  Phoebe Bridgers – Stranger in the Alps
A sombre collection of songs from an LA singer-songwriter. Very direct and personal, but tender and ethereal without sounding self indulgent. ‘Ghostly’ is the word I think describes it best.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9sfYpolGCu8

3. James Vincent McMorrow – True Care
A surprise release that caught most people unaware’s, JVM’s fourth album has some of his best work on it. It’s raw and imperfect but somehow pushes his sound even further forward, sliding between balladry and electro-soul.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXo8zIoTGIw

4. Slowdive – Slowdive
A fantastic comeback for the shoegaze maestros after 22 years without having recorded together. Ethereal, hazy and shimmering, it’s everything you’d want from a shoegaze record.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kB2ot1PWy8

5. Lil Peep – Come Over When You’re Sober P1 
Pennsylvania artist Lil Peep’s genre-mashing of emo/alt rock and hip hop makes for a strikingly dark record, his vacant delivery echoing the depression and frustration in the lyrics, where he discusses drug use, the rock ‘n’ roll life and his mental health. A tragic listen given his death in August aged just 21, cutting short a career that no doubt had a lot more to give.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAMgQQMZ9Lk

Honourable mentions go to albums by: St Vincent, Wolf Alice, Liam Gallagher, Fionn Regan, SZA, The War on Drugs, London Grammar, And So I Watch You From Afar, Harry Styles, Gorillaz and Marlene Enright.

Just before I go i’d like to thank ANNA MITCHELL AND BAND and THE ACADEMIC for two memorable in-stores last week

Sin é for this week folks
Thanks for listening,
Ray
musiczone.ie

 

A Sad Week For Irish Music, A Game of Opinions, and Anna Mitchell + Full Band Live In-Store Tomorrow at 1PM

Hey everyone,
Hope ye’r all well…
After quite a bit of tumbleweed chasing the last two weeks we finally have a fine new bits to sell for today.

New albums in the musiczone.ie corporation today by ANNA MITCHELL, FALL OUT BOY, GLEN HANSARD, FIRST AID KIT, WHITESNAKE, STRANGER THINGS OST, GHOST, and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY as well as EPs by BELLE & SEBASTIAN, THE XX and GAVIN JAMES and some reissues by THE SULTANS OF PING, THE PHARCYDE, FLEETWOOD MAC and THE SPECIALS.

Video is back up and running this week.. Bob-Man is on duty today. Check it out here!

https://musiczone.ie/videos/

 

Sad sad week for the music world again… Another unexpected death of a 40-something Rock Star…. And this time one of our own.
Man, I was fond of Dolores and played those first two Cranberries CDs to death… She was a couple of years older than me and maybe I had a thing for her… Couple of years older, couple of miles up the road.. A rock star at what 21… “Leave me alone ‘cos Ii found it all, 21, 21, 21 today”.
She then soon goes on to sing about being “Empty”…
I remember playing those albums in my bedroom the day of my own 21st… Trying to get a power nap before the night ahead… Excitement beat the sleep.. But I can remember as if it was yesterday listening to those two albums on my discman in the bedroom… That’s what music can do for you… It’s like a time capsule tablet in lots of ways… I remember what I was thinking that afternoon listening to those songs… That voice was just spectacular… The songs were well crafted and well wrote… Haven’t played them in a good few years but dusted them off this week and still sound great… Ah sure it’s terrible.
There’s a customer who comes into me who has met Dolores 4 or 5 times, as one of his best mates has done a lot of work with her down through the years… He spoke so highly of her…a A complete lady he said, gentle, kind, caring, quiet and unassuming, the papers may down through the years have painted a rougher edge on her and granted she made mistakes from time to time but I would believe my guy to be honest… His mate (who is fierce well known also) is devastated by it…
When you are catapulted into stardom like that… A slip of a thing from Ballybricken… Quiet, kind, gentle by nature, then this world, this industry can eat you up and spit you out… She suffered for her stardom I think like, so many more, and she was raised to see life as fun and take it if she could.. I really hope it didn’t wear you down Dolores. Rest in Peace.

 

Right so plenty of releases for next week the 26th and a few good ones also to be fair.

Really delighted to have the release of the new NILS FRAHM album on the Erased Tapes label… “All Melody” is the title… He is German (and arguably the best at what he does) so it probably does what it says on the tin… Thanks to Sparrow for the tip towards Nils a couple of years ago… Plenty piano, synths and pipe organ… Available on 2LP or CD…

See what ye think here…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PTj1qIqcWM

Another nice one for the 26th out via City Slang is the new CALEXICO album …Their 9th studio album… Fine band… “The Thread That Keeps Us” sounds A-Okay from the few bits I heard… Available to indies as a limited 2CD or 2LP deluxe editions, each with 7 bonus tracks.

Another cracker… This time a reissue from Sony is the legendary JEFF WAYNE’S WAR OF THE WORLDS 40TH Anniversary Replica double gatefold sleeve with lyrics booklet… The JOE SATRIANI new LP is out next friday also the 26th.

SONY also have nice reissues also including COHEN’s “Live In London”… Quality… COHEN’s “Greatest Hits” and SANTANA’s “Greatest Hits”..

Pias have a new NIGHTMARES ON WAX album for the 26th called “Shape The Future”.

Warner for the 26th have the new album from BETH HART and JOE BONAMASSA on Provogue on CD and Indies only 2LP Red Vinyl with codes and a bonus track with the vinyl… You probably know what your getting with it but always of high quality.

Warner now have distribution of the Nuclear Blast Label, and Universal have the Because Label… Big changes in the January transfer window… So via Warner/Nuclear Blast comes the new MACHINE HEAD album “Catharsis”. their ninth studio album on 2LP LTD 180g gatefold and CD with bonus DVD Ltd Digi, or 2lp picture disc or standard CD… New MARMOZETS album on the 26th also… Ltd blue vinyl… PHIL CAMPBELL (MOTORHEAD) has a new album, TESTAMENT reissues on Nuclear blast and lastly reissue of ALICE COOPER’s “Killer” on red and black swirl vinyl.

UNIVERSAL for the 26th have some KILLERS LP reissues…. “Sawdust”, “Day and Age”, “Sams Town” and “Direct Hits”.

Universal have the new DJANGO DJANGO album “Marble Skies” on CD and indies only coloured vinyl as well as BOB SEGER’s new album on LP.

More reissues from Universal include FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON “LIFEFORMS”, BEAUTIFUL SOUTH “WELCOME TO”  and THE HOUSEMARTINS “LONDON 0 HULL 4” in your best soccer score readers voice… You know the one.

Here’s my own top ⅚ albums of the year..will elaborate a bit next week… Time can be my enemy.. Time is a funny thing… For another day though as well.

5. MOUNT EERIE – A CROW LOOKED AT ME

5. THE NATIONAL – SLEEP WELL BEAST

4. HAPPY ABANDON – FACEPAINT

3. TALOS – WILD ALEE

2. JOHN BLEK – CATHARSIS VOL 1

1. LAURA MARLING – SEMPER FEMINA 

I must tot up the results folks… Will get out soon… That time thing again
Other really notables for me were

SEAMUS FOGERTY
NADINE SHAH
JASON ISBELL
MARK EITHEL
MARLENE ENRIGHT
QOTSA

It’s a game of opinions folks… Makes the world go round.

Proper for the 26th have a JOHNNY DUHAN “Best Of”, and MUDDY WATERS “Live at Rockpalast” CD/DVD…

THE ORCHARD have new releases from TURIN BRAKES, MARY GAUTHIER and ALESTORM, as well as “Live in Birmingham” from STEVE HACKETT 2CD/DVD job..

MUSIC ON VINYL have some nice ones coming… STATUS QUO – Collected, TINDERSTICKS –  SIMPLE PLEASURES EXPANDED EDITION with 12 bonus tracks… Nice.. BETH HART Reissues of “Leave the Lights On” and “37 Days”.

Speaking of cracking albums… ANNA MITCHELL’S album is a beaut… She is with us tomorrow for an instore Saturday at 1PM with full band… Magic!… Some great songs with some fine musicians… And do you know what, our saturday sessions are free…. Give it a shot, lights are low… Normally a cracking atmosphere…. Hope to see ye there folks… Really really do… Even if it’s to mind one of my kids.. No problem!

So sin é folks

Thanks for listening

Ray
musiczone.ie