Savage September Continues with Bowie, Floyd and a Scintillating Instore with A Fine Wordsmith

Hi Folks,

How’s it going?

Welcome to this evenings gentle ramblings.. Releases in the shop for today include the new ZEPPELIN boxset on CD, Vinyl Set and Super Deluxe Vinyl Boxset,plus albums from PREOCCUPATIONS (VIETCONG), SEX PISTOLS, CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS, ST PAUL AND THE BROKEN BONES, SODOM, SETH LAKEMAN,WILLIE NELSON, EMINEM, CYPRUS HILL..

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Or for those who prefer the video, Bobby is back on duties this week! Be sure to slate him in the comments, and subscribe to keep up to date with all releases!

Scintillating Savage September sizzles on (ah shut up Ray for Christ’s Sake) with crackers galore for next week the 23rd of September also..

First up is the second in the series of BOWIE boxsets.. This one is 13LP, or 12CD set covers 1974-1976… Some merch available as ye know with the pre-ordered sets.. So if you order a set (as some of you have done already) you can choose from two items from four.. The four items are the tee-shirts, mouse mat, slipmat, and record bag.. All beautifully Bowie branded.. Any two of the four with a  set… (Sorry, I know I told ye this already, but a slight change with the merch.. So basically you can choose from two out of the four!)..

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WARNER

Warner also have a new BONAMASSA release for next week.. A live recording entitled ‘Live at the Greek’ where Joe plays or pays tribute to the three kings… Albert, Freddie and B.B.. This one is on 2CD, 3LP with Code, 2DVD + Blu Ray..

Warner also have two nice vinyl boxsets next week, starting with the great RAY CHARLES with his Atlantic Studio Albums reissued in Mono.. A 7LP boxset! Also out is the next instalment of the RANDY NEWMAN songbook via Nonesuch.. This one is a 4LP set..

Warner also have the next batch of PINK FLOYD reissues… This time it’s Atom Heart Mother, Meddle and Obscured By Clouds as well as a reissue of KD LANG’Sgreat album ‘Hymn of the 49th Parallel’, again on Nonesuch Records on 140gm vinyl..

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Lastly for this week from Warner is the 10th Anniversary of MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE’s ‘Black Parade’, on 2CD or 3LP which has 11 previously unreleased demos.. There are also some TROJAN reggae releases..

Next up is a massive local release… Sandwiched between Bowie and Bruce (us Cork boys like to keep good company like) JACK O’ ROURKE releases his debut album, out next Friday the 23rd… Entitled ‘Dreamcatcher’.. We can’t wait to hear this one! The EP from last year contained 5 great tracks so really looking forward to hearing the album.. Even better news, Jack is coming in to us the following day, the 24th of September (Saturday) at 12 noon to perform songs from the new album… Say hello to a few people and sign a few albums all going well.. Racks coming out of the floor for this one so mark it in your diary, head, or wherever you mark things… Sat 24th, 12 Noon, Music Zone… T’will be great, Jack in our opinion is as big a talent as anyone in the country at the moment and certainly one of the best songsmiths.. Love love is over now, so on to Sony for the 23rd of September..

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SONY

Sony for next Friday (not too shabby so far has it.. Floyd reissues only got about 3 lines..), have the companion album to BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN’s autobiography ‘Born to Run’… I’m sure Tom will drop in a signed copy of the book for display in the shop… Tom?… Tom?….

The album is called ‘Chapter and Verse’, and is basically a Best Of, with a slight twist… A song from each period of his life… On CD or Double LP…Here’s the sales notes :

‘Chapter and Verse,’ the audio companion to Bruce Springsteen’s extraordinary forthcoming autobiography, will be released Sept. 23 on Columbia Records. The career-spanning compilation will be released four days before Simon & Schuster publishes ‘Born to Run.’ Five of the album’s 18 tracks have not been previously released. 


Springsteen selected the songs on ‘Chapter and Verse’ to reflect the themes and sections of ‘Born to Run.’ The compilation begins with two tracks from The Castiles, featuring a teenaged Springsteen on guitar and vocals, and ends with the title track from 2012’s ‘Wrecking Ball.’  The collected songs trace Springsteen’s musical history from its earliest days, telling a story that parallels the one in the book.

Recordings from Steel Mill and The Bruce Springsteen Band feature musicians who would go on to play in The E Street Band. Solo demos of “Henry Boy” and “Growin’ Up” were cut in 1972 shortly before Springsteen began recording his debut album, ‘Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J.’ 


‘Chapter and Verse’ will be available as a single CD and double LP. The package will include lyrics and rare photos..

INSOMNIUM also have a new album called ‘Winters Gate’, on CD Deluxe and LP…

Red Essential (I hope you notice I don’t have much time for cribbing this week… too much going on… I’ll save up the rants for a quiet week) have the new album by PASSENGER on CD or CD/DVD or LP or 2LP… Quite a bit of interest being shown in this one… Red Essential also have a new BILLY BRAGG / JOE HENRY record called ‘Shine Alright’..

PIAS

PIAS for the 23rd of September have WARPAINT’S third album called ‘Heads Up’ on Rough Trade records.. Played Dublin recently and supposed to have been very good.. Indies only black and pink vinyl for a limited time only folks… Roll up roll up… Don’t see double entendres where there are none meant folks…..

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Quick side note… Great to have three strong new albums last week, not reissues… New material.. WILCO, TEENAGE FANCLUB, and NICK CAVE…. Three of the better albums of the year for me so far.. Top quality… All three… I think anyway!… Side note over….

PIAS also have a new IN FLAMES record, ‘Sounds From The Heart of Gothenburg’..

UNIVERSAL

Universal for the 23rd of September have a new SHAWN MENDES album, a new album from AIRBOURNE and UB40 + DUSTY SPRINGFIELD 3CD ‘Best Of’ CDs…

Quick cap in the hand one here again…. The Rolling Stones Mono Boxset coming out on the 30th of September as a limited 15 CD set for EUR140 best price, or Limited 16LP set for EUR335 best price… Boxsets are all limited… Universal offering a free CD album from their catalogue as an incentive if anyone is interested! Let me know… I need to know by Monday 11AM… Sound!!

Just saw SKEPTA won the Mercury… Can’t say I know the album, and can’t say I like Grime either to be honest…. Is it the right decision?.. I dunno… Don’t know the album… Bowie was the sentimental choice you could say, but from the nine albums of the twelve nominated that I knew, Bowie would have got my nod, but the Skepta record, I don’t know it… Look, maybe it will bring a new genre of music to the forefront with the kids, and that would be no bad thing..

Anyway,

Sin é for this week,

Thanks for listening.

Ray

www.musiczone.ie

TOUCHDOWN AT LAST.. THE RETURN OF LISA HANNIGAN + THERE SHE GOES AGAIN!

Hi Folks…

Hope all is well…

Phew.. Few deep breaths required here.. Well it’s done.. The move is over.. More or less.. The help, support, wishes, laughs and kind words will stay with me and the lads for a long time.. People (a lot of ye folks) were brilliant.. To many to mention here.. Those who showed up and boxed and lugged stuff with us.. Those who threw a few f**ks our way or a few words of encouragement.. Those who have put their hands in their pockets and supported us by buying stuff.. Those that made us laugh and those that made us cry… And those who done it all! THANKS!! With big, genuine, heartfelt sincerity.. I have said it before.. We are only in business because of a lot of ye.. Ye keep the blood flowing through the shop.. Look, all I can say is thanks!

I don’t want to thank everyone.. Namely Eir and the E.S.B but they are two stories for another day.. Tonight is all about dreamy positivity.. Well.. A good paradox really I suppose..

We’re in and so far it’s okay.. Today was great.. We had ALL TVVINS in, who were sound and class the whole time and sold a nice few records.. But in general it has been okay.. Not bad, but not great.. Alright, maybe good so.. The regulars (a lot of ye folks) have been like Magic Johnson on his best days but that’s half of the deal.. The passer bys have been okay.. But in truth that may take a bit of time.. Look I won’t bore ye to death.. It’s started reasonably well so work hard, keep at it, and it should Kool and the Gang… Hopefully

The first new vinyl record release video shot from the new shop is now up to watch! Quite a long one this week, covering the last 2 or 3 weeks of releases over the move.. Some nice bits after landing so worth checking out! Also be sure to hit that subscribe button to keep up to date with the new releases!

Better talk about some music I suppose..

PIAS

Cranky rants in later weeks! First up for today we have the latest (3rd) album from LISA HANNIGAN.. Arguably one of Ireland’s biggest female stars.. Did not get listening to this yet, but I have no doubt it will be musically beautiful once again.. First play in the morning it shall get.. Gan dabht! Produced by one of the Dessner boys from THE NATIONAL also.. Released on Play It Again Sam through PIAS..

PIAS also have the new RYLEY WALKER record on a fancy colour me thinks.. FAITH NO MORE’s ‘We Care A Lot’ deluxe edition, and NIRVANA ‘Bleach’ deluxe edition also out.. New ones from SCOTT WALKER (a soundtrack), as well as two new metal albums from SABATON and SOILWORK also out through PIAS..

PIAS for next week, the 26th of August have new album from JOSEPH, as well as a new ALL TIME LOW DVD for the pop-punk fans out there!

SONY

Sony have very little out, but next week they have new CDs from BRITNEY SPEARS, DJ KHALED, BARBRA STREISAND, CELINE DION and some newDEPECHE MODE L.P reissues. Including ‘A Broken Frame’, ‘Construction Time Again’, ‘Some Great Reward’, and ‘Speak and Spell’.. Fine band, enough said.. Sony also have a LP reissue of WATAIN’S ‘The Wild Hunt’.

UNIVERSAL

Universal for today have a new album by ED HARCOURT, called ‘Furnace’, as well as a SEX PISTOLS ‘Live 76’ boxset on 4CD.. 4LP version pushed back until September 23rd.. There is also a new ANDRE RIEU CD in store today, as well as the next edition of the CHESS NORTHERN SOUL 7’’ sets.. Probably the biggest from Universal today is an initial, special run of blue coloured vinyl for THE LA’S album…To chose of a certain age.. Priceless.

Universal for next Friday the 26th have the second album from indie rock band GLASS ANIMALS.. BIG COUNTRY 5CD boxset including the classics also out, as well as a SANDY DENNY 5CD set, and a SCOTT WALKER 5CD set.. Some nice hip-hop cassettes also appearing.. I have been warning ye.. Old Fiesta’s with cassette players are all the rage.. Gaskets or not gaskets..

Universal for next Friday also have the ROLLING STONES ‘Charlie Is My Darling’ rockumentary on Bluray.. Based around the time of the boys Irish Tour of 1965.. Uni also have a live KISS CD/DVD or DVD/2LP on Eagle Rock from Vegas..

Lastly from Uni for next Friday the 26th are some vinyl reissues including FRANK ZAPPA’s ‘Hot Rats’, and SOUNDGARDEN’S ‘Louder Than Love’ and ‘Down On The Upside’..

WARNER

Warner have the reissue of MADONNA’S ‘Bedtime Stories’ on LP, as well as a Monkees greatest hits on CD and on LP..

Warner for next week has reissues of PINK FLOYD’S ‘The Wall’, and ‘The Division Bell’, as well as a new album from CASS MCCOMBS (there has been a lot of interest in this one!), called ‘Mangy Love’, on CD and 2LP on Anti Records…

Couple of vinyl reissues also out including PRINCE ‘Parade’, and BLUR’s ‘Leisure’, as well as a BANKS + STEELZ new album called ‘Anything But Words’..

PROPER

Proper for the 26th of August have the new DE LA SOUL album on CD and LP.. Samples taken from over 1,000 hours of live performance..

A huge thanks to ALL TVVINS for a great instore yesterday.. The first band to grace our new stage.. So hope there will be loads more to follow.. Thumbs up also to Tim, Bobby, Shane and Warner! Most important, thanks to those of ye who helped fill the shop.. Magic.. Thanks!!

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Look, i’m tired of blowing smokes up ***** so…

Sin é for this week..

Cranky Ray back next week..

Thanks for listening,

Ray

www.musiczone.ie

 

BIFFY CLYRO’S VERY LIMITED SPECIAL DEAL, A BIT LESS RANTING, AND A DAY OF HEADBANGING INSTORE

Hey everyone,

Hope all is well!

Bobby here again to bring you all the new releases in the world of vinyl and music for next Friday, July 8th.

First up, new releases in the shop this week include BAT FOR LASHES, MAXWELL, OF MICE AND MEN, ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA, THE ROLLING STONES, SIMPLE MINDS, CREAM, THE POLICE, and PAIN OF SALVATION..

There are a few nice bits out next week!

WARNER

We’ll start with probably the biggest release, which is the seventh studio record from Kilmarnock’s finest BIFFY CLYRO, entitled ‘Ellipsis’, out through Warner.. Now, many of ye probably know that I am a slight bit Biffy mad.. Well, totally Biffy mad.. So it’s a fitting week for me to be doing the newsletter!

This LP marks the start of a new era for the band, with the first three records showcasing the weird, math style metal that the band started with, and the second three records becoming the ‘epic’ rock records, filled with orchestras and mariachi bands.. While they have stripped back to the ‘bare essentials’, from what I have heard of the new record, it is a combination of both styles. It contains the heavy, riffy, weirdness of the first three albums, while mixing in the huge catchyness of the later three. Check out the single ‘Animal Style’ below, if you like guitar riffs, it should be one for you! (And at the end of the video they smash their gear, must have took Ray’s advice in the debate from a few weeks back!). One of the best rock songs of the last few years in my opinion. But different strokes for different folks as they say!

We will be getting the extremely limited clear Indie only vinyl of ‘Ellipsis’, with only 1000 being sent out worldwide.. On top of this, the kind folk at Warner have also included the ‘Wolves of Winter’ 7’’ single for every clear vinyl bought as a FREEBIE.. This 7’’ once again is extremely limited, and has only seen the light of day through a special deluxe box set which was exclusive to the band’s website, so it is a nice one! (Although, I think in the UK only HMV have got an exclusive of it, but it’s £8 without shipping.. Ohh the great beasts in the sky.. Sorry Ray, I had to!)..

Because this is so limited (we hopefully will get around 20), we will be taking names, with it being first come first served! So if you’re interested pop us a mail and we’ll stick your name down!

Also out from Warner next week for July 8th is the GONE IS GONE self titled debut LP.. Gone is Gone is a supergroup consisting of Troy Sanders, the singer and bass player from Mastodon, Troy Van Leeuwen, one of the guitarists for Queens of the Stone Age, Tony Hajjar, the drummer for At the Drive-In, and Mike Zarin, so looking forward to this one! Between this and Biffy it’s gonna be a head banging day in the shop next Friday! Also out from Warner for July 8th is three more BOWIE CD reissues, Earthling, Hours and Outside, which were previously done through Sony but have been difficult to get more recently..

The next of the PRINCE reissues is also out through Warner next week, with ‘Around The World In A Day’, which was Prince’s 7th studio album from 1985. Finally for Warner for July 8th is a deluxe reissue of K.D LANG’s third album from 1989, entitled ‘Absolute Torch and Twang’, which comes on LP with a lyric insert and a bonus 7” single which contains “Our Day Will Come” (K.D. Lang with Take 6) and “Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray” (K.D. Lang Live from BBC). The album hasn’t been out on vinyl for 25 years.

UNIVERSAL

Not too much happening for Universal for July 8th. Their biggest release is the new album by ABC, ‘Lexicon of Love II’, which makes its vinyl debut after the CD was released a few weeks back, to great reviews. It only took 34 years since the release of the first ‘Lexicon of Love’ which stormed the 80s, and features 10 new tracks penned by Martin Fry! All you need is love!

Uni also have a couple of EMINEM reissues out on vinyl, including ‘The Slim Shady LP’, ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’, ‘The Eminem Show’, ‘Relapse’, ‘Recovery’, ‘Curtain Call’, and ‘Encore’. Most of these were near to impossible to get before this, and may never have been printed before, besides from the boxset which they released about 18 months ago. Uni also have the new LAWSON CD, entitled ‘Perspective’.

SONY

Sony for July 8th have some new series of artist’s greatest hits on vinyl, entitled ‘The Essential’. Some of ye might be aware of the series because they’ve had them on CD for the last few years, but this is the first time they will be printed on vinyl. I remember one of my first ever CDs that I bought with my pocket money was Bob Dylan’s ‘The Essential’ a good few years ago now.. For about a year I never turned off CD 1 because I thought it was the best thing ever.. I have since listened to CD 2, it is equally as good!

So in this series, next Friday we will have ELVIS PRESLEY ‘The Essential’, BOB DYLAN‘The Essential’, and JOHNNY CASH ‘The Essential’, all on vinyl!

PIAS

A good few nice bits out next week from PIAS. First up is ‘Take Up Her Monto’, the highly anticipated follow up to last year’s Mercury Prize nominated ‘Hairless Toys’ from Ireland’s own ROISÍN MURPHY. I really enjoyed the last record, great electronic feel to it, with a great beat, which normally wouldn’t be my thing. Also caught some of her set at Glastonbury last weekend and looked like one of the highlights, a great performer. So looking forward to this one!

More electronic goodness from PIAS for next Friday includes THE AVALANCHES second studio LP, entitled ‘Wildflower’. The album has been in production since 2005, and is the group’s first album in almost 16 years.. Is Axl Rose a member?.. In all fairness, there is 21 tracks on this album, and features plenty of collaborations, including tracks with WARREN ELLIS, and FATHER JOHN MISTY. And the lead single is called ‘Frankie Sinatra’. It wins my vote over Democracy.. Sorry Axl! It is available as a DLP.

DEAD CAN DANCE, which is a duo consisting of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard have a couple of vinyl represses from PIAS next Friday, July 8th. These include their debut self titled album, their second album ‘Spleen and Ideal’, and their sixth album ‘Into The Labyrinth’. ALEX SOMMES (Sigur Ros) has ‘Music From The Film Captain Fantastic’ also out through PIAS, this one on coloured vinyl and is housed in a handmade bespoke gatefold sleeve with rounded edges complete with digital download card.

PIAS also have a 12’’ reissue of MODEST MOUSE / 764 HERO’s ‘Whenever You See Fit’, on limited, coloured vinyl. Probably Seattle’s best outing at the time, a classic.. And finally through PIAS is the new APHEX TWIN EP, entitled ‘Cheetah’, which uses digital sound generation techniques combined with wave sequencing technology to bring you sounds with movement and depth rarely found on records today. (Thanks PIAS notes!).

And finally, Essential for the 8th of July have some JOHN PRINE CD reissues, including ‘Aimless Love’, ‘Lost Dogs / Mixed Blessings’, ‘Live on Tour’, ‘In Person, On Stage’, and ‘’The Singing Mailman Delivers’..

So, as ye know, the Bossman is back to the shop early next week. I hope ye all have enjoyed your short break from rants as much as he has enjoyed his holidays.. 

Hope you have enjoyed the last two newsletters! I’ll have to do another one sometime soon, when I come up with something to rant about, but until then…

Stay classy,

Bobby

www.musiczone.ie

 

Birthdays, Breakfast Rolls and Bowie’s Glittering Stars

Hey everyone,

 

Hope all is well..

 

Music Zone will be 15 years old on Sunday (no need for champagne, or cakes, or chocolates, or anything for that matter..just glad to be alive!) It feels like only yesterday in some ways.. Bridget Jones was the big seller when the shop opened on Tuesday after the May bank holiday weekend… Nervous as a kitten I was… Standing like a rabbit caught in headlights when the first potential customer approached. Builder guy, breakfast roll wrapped up good and tight as they say.. ‘Any AC/DC CD’s?’.. Ah christ… Some of the Sony stock never landed in, including the AC/DC titles… ‘No sorry… Should be in during the week, I can hold one for you?’… ‘Nah, you’re grand, i’ll call another day…’ Note to self and others… Always have some AC/DC titles… Anyway, excuse my meanderings into past lives…

One other quick note to self and others, no really big beasts in the sky back then, or files to download to your PC either… So more important note to self and others… These days (2016), have AC/DC titles in stock!

 

Releases for the shop for today, May 6th, include RYAN ADAMS, GREGORY PORTER, MICHAEL JACKSON, THE RIDES, 10’000 MANIACS, MOTLEY CRUE, JEAN MICHEL JARRE, and the new BEYONCE CD.

For all who prefer the visual, check out the new release video here :

Releases for May 13th include CORINNE BAILEY RAE’s new album on Universal, the METALLICAvinyl boxsets (first two records), and the new DRAKE album also.

WARNER

Warner for the 13th of May have a MORBID ANGEL LP reissue of ‘Altars of Madness’, THE BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA Deluxe CD remaster of ‘Spirit of the Century’ on Omnivore and lastly, the big one from Warner next week is the new FOY VANCE album ‘The Wild Swan’, on CD and LP… Signed to Ed Sheeran’s label where in fairness artists and bands are allowed to do as they please creatively (allegedly anyway).

PIAS

PIAS for the 13th of May have new albums by EAGULLS ‘Ullages’ on CD, LP and also on initial order only coloured LP for Indies like me… EAGULLS have been mentioned by some sectors in the same sentences as THE CURE and THE COCTEAU TWINS… No pressure there lads… Just two of the greatest bands ever is all…

New metal albums on Nuclear Blast for next week by GRAND MAGUS and also by HATEBREED.

 

PIAS also have NEW ORDERS ‘Music Complete’ on deluxe CD, which (and please ignore me with my affection for cheap silly gags), doesn’t seem that complete at all, there having been so many versions of it already.. (Sorry, can’t help myself)…

 

PIAS have a debut, a hotly anticipated debut record by OSCAR, also WOLF PARADE, ‘Apologies to the Queen Mary’ on triple LP (coloured only for the indies..), or cassette tape… Appearing more and more on sell in sheets from the record companies to me… Never… Surely… Never.. I for one like the format… 18 year old Fiestie that passed the NCT last week only allows cassettes to be played in it… It only allows certain other things also, like who it lets into it and who can start her… You and I both know that next week the Fiestie could be in the bin, but like Danny Healy Rae sure we’ll keep going for as long as we can get away with it.. There’s nothing in that whole climate change crap i’d say… Or drink driving either for that matter…

 

Was tempted in starting a tiny cassette corner in the shop just for Sean O’ Rourke and the likes who like rewinding the tape with their biro… Therapeutic I think he said… Cassettes anyone?.. Cassettes… Bueller…. Bueller…

 

Sorry, lastly this time from PIAS are some Domino LP releases from the likes of THE FALL,PAVEMENT, CASS MCCOMBS and FOUR TET.

 

The latest catch phrase in the shop, for a while now really, which has toppled the ‘do you sell iTunes cards here?’ chart topper, is definitely, ‘jays, the records are back hah!’… ‘They are…’ ‘Crikey, i’ve loads of them up the attic, the must be worth a fortune’. Well, the follow up line can vary to a number of different roads or tangents (I do know a bit about tangents, note to self, ease off the tangents…), but the opening line is heard 40 times a week in the shop over the last few months, easily hitting Itunes off it’s perch… ‘Jays the records are back huh?’… The records are back.

SONY

Sony for the 13th of May have a new album by KYGO and a few gems of reissues on vinyl bySANTANA including ‘Abraxas’ and the self titled record.

 

Essential for next week have the Armin Van Buuren, ‘State of Trance 2016’ on 2CD.

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Music on Vinyl upcoming releases include MILES DAVIS Double Live LP ‘Dark Magus’ and IGGY POP’s fourth solo album ‘Soldier’, IAN BROWN ‘Golden Greats’, BOB DYLAN’s ‘World Gone Wrong’, and the brilliant DANCES WITH WOLVES soundtrack by JOHN BARRY and some SOFT MACHINE reissues.

 

Republic of Music have the 20th anniversary of the MOBB DEEP classic ‘The Infamous’ on double coloured vinyl (one blue and one orange) for next week.

 

New CHILI PEPPERS album announced for June as I am sure you are aware.

I noticed a load of people holding the new BOWIE record sleeve up to the sun or the heavens today.. Is there some sort of mass cult effort like a Ouija Board type of thing to contact the great man? Or is that the star transforms into a galaxy of shining stars when sunlight hits it (no wonder it took nearly 4 months to be discovered).. Note to self….. Stop trying to tell the Bowie heads stuff they obviously already know… I am right in thinking the notes to self do come from the Bridget Jones film? Soundtrack came out in May 2001?… Note to self…. Check your research….

I’m sure you won’t be sorry to read that’s that…

 

Sin é for tonight..

 

Check out the website for all the comings and goings,

 

Thanks for listening,

 

Ray

www.musiczone.ie

WALKING ON CARS with THE ALTERED HOURS on a diet of jam and bean sandwiches

musiczone

Hello everyone,
Hope your all keeping well….

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More serious players in the music industry passed on last week, Glen Frey fromTHE EAGLES, whom some would accredit to being the main musical driving force behind the band, passed away ( whatever that saying really means) …..whilst also did Dale buffin Griffin, drummer from MOTT THE HOOPLE , both aged 67.
BOWIE had a huge part to play in HOOPLEs success,( as ye probably all know but sure i’ll tell ye again anyway), BOWIE was a fan of the band but things weren’t going too well for them and they decided to call it a day, so Bowie offered them ” suffregette city” from the then unreleased Ziggy album because he wanted them to stay together, the lads said no thanks we’re out of here, so he said look, i wrote this song, there ye can have it if ye want…..the track was, in the one cent pop quiz, ALL THE YOUNG DUDES….they said aaahhh sure we’ll try that one alright.
SAINT BOWIE it is…the welsh have the SAINT DAVID thing tied up…5 years to wait though…..it’s to early i know….

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Here are some of the records in the shop for this week, TINDERSTICKS,SAVAGES, SUEDE, MEGADETH, BADLY DRAWN BOY, LUCINDA WILLIAMS,TY SEAGALL, JOHN CALE, PROMISE AND THE MONSTER, HIGH LLAMAS,VELVET UNDERGROUND, MONKEES.

So, moving on to releases for Friday the 29th of Jan, we have a couple of big Irish, local releases.

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Universal

Dingle five piece WALKING ON CARS release their hugely anticipated debut record on Virgin/EMI via Universal…most of ye know i enjoy a light hearted jab from time to time at the massive pillars of on line retailing so why break the habit of a lifetime….they are 21 pounds sterling, we are 22 euro for the LP.monies

I, like a lot of other people like the sound of these guys and girl, have being going since about 2010/ 2011 i think…..they jacked everything in a few years back and all five said right lets try do this…rented a shed on the pennisula, ate bread jam and beans for 6 months and came away with the bones of this record…..must ask how they went from beans and jam sandwiches to signing to a big record label….will find out and give you an update next week….ones as ye know to watch for sure…here’s a track…

Also through Universal next Friday is a DEEP PURPLE 7 LP Vinyl box-set, anERIC CLAPTON 9 LP box-set from his time with Polydor, 150 euro versus the beast’s 144 pounds sterling…..some MIKE OLDFIELD reissues including “discovery” , a SIOUXSIE 6 CD   studio album box set, TOOTHGRINDER, a debut metal album ( in case you didn’t guess)  which i am told is going to do well and lastly from Universal for next week is the new TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND record on CD and 2LP.
here’s a track from that album…

Next up is a much anticipated debut long player release from Cork band THE ALTERED HOURS…

The Altered Hours are a five-piece music group based in Cork city, Ireland. IN HEAT NOT SORRY is their first full length album, recorded at the Funkhaus studio in Berlin. Following their work with Fabien Leseure on the Sweet Jelly Roll EP (A Recordings) in 2013, plans were made to further explore the potential for capturing the band’s intense live energy.

The group returned to Berlin in 2014 and spent three weeks exploring, experimenting and recording with Leseure at the controls. The project began with a great variety of songs and ideas but a unique and cohesive style was quickly decided upon due to an emphasis on live recording. The resulting ten tracks are representative of the group’s evolution since their last EP – beginning with a lush psychedelic sound and pushing towards a stark but honest headspace. This album has clearly been influenced by the dismal but beautiful surroundings of the 1950s Funkhaus studio building (a former DDR radio center) and in many ways IN HEAT NOT SORRY’s sound and atmosphere encapsulates the band’s ongoing fascination with testing (and sometimes disrupting) that fine balance between tranquility and chaos.

The Altered Hours continue to tour and play festivals across Europe, having also been invited to share the stage with some of their biggest influences, such as the Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Pop Group, Singapore Sling and White Hills.
Here is one of the new tunes…

The band are launching the album in the KINO on Friday night…

The Altered Hours have a certain darkness to their sound. It’s there in those brittle tones, the post-punk influenced chugging bass line, and it’s there in those pleading, sometimes desperate vocals. But that isn’t to suggest that the Irish act are doom-laden naysayers – rather, The Altered Hours continually transgress the intensity of their volition, focussing on shards of pure, white light amidst the black

Clash

Galvanic psych majesty and tectonically-charged rapture

Line Of Best Fit

The Altered Hours specialise in swirling psychedelia that could be described as Jefferson Airplane for the post-punk era….one of the genre’s most exciting new acts

Drowned In Sound

…this is not so much carefree psych for a sunny summer’s day but something more sinister creeping out of the shadows, albeit allaying any fear with a mightily catchy chorus

Louder Than War

The Altered Hours are not a band to be pinned down too neatly. The layered, cyclical guitars bounce between shoegaze detachment, psychocandy aggression and chiming raga folk. The intertwining vocals of Cathal Mac Gabhann and Elaine Howley float somewhere above it all, by turns transcendent and paranoid. Buried underneath is the droning noise, propulsive drums and fuzzed- out low end.

The Irish Times

i hope it goes great for them….we will have CD and LP copies next week…

Essential has the new TURIN BRAKES album for next Friday…..

Proper have a nice TOWNES VAN ZANDT reissue on Vinyl for next Friday “texas rain”…

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PIAS

PIAS for next Friday the 29th have the new BLOC PARTY album, believe it or not, their 5th record….they seem to be around forever…i quite like the song or two i heard….

The album is available on  a double CD, CD or double white Vinyl for indie stores….fair play to ye lads.
Out on nuclear blast also next week is the 7th album by AVANTASIA on four formats, CD, deluxe CD, 2LP or 2LP picture disc….

PIAS also have a couple of SWANs reissues for next week…..
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Sony

SONY has a new CD from SIA for next week, as well as debuts from SEAFRET, two lads from the HULL area in the UK….i kinda like a couple of their songs…dont shoot me….available as CD only for now

and a new album from New York indie pop three piece WET

as well as reissues from SLAYER which include ” show no mercy” ” hell awaits” ” haunting the chapel”.
Sony have a new record from EXUMER on Metal Blade and lastly LP reissue of the soundtrack from TOP GUN.

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Warner for the 29th have the GAVIN JAMES album release on Vinyl, the CHARLIE PUTH CD and some BRING ME THE HORIZION LP reissues…

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On the local scene again…shop favourites THE SHAKER HYMN are back with some new tunes…

If you can’t get in to say hello, how’s the form, hows it going or just don’t want to talk to us at all….you can do it all here…no talking required….unashamed i am….you can do it all here
http://musiczone.ie

Sin e for this week,
thanks for listening,
Ray.

Gavin James and a Whole Lot of Live on Black Friday

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Hey Everyone,
hope all is good…
Going fierce hi tech tonight, Google thought i was sending out spam so only about half of ye were  receiving the newsletter…so going with my new buddy, Mail chimp!!
Maiden voyage tonight so its a fingers crossed job….all part of the service folks!!
Unfortunately, wont be any attachments for the next week or two, but will be fully functional by the new year….turning into a right corporate….i hear ye say.
Anyway, on to the tunes.
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Hey everyone,
How’s it going?
Apologies for missing last week…..but was offered a freebie for the Aviva last Thursday night so I went there instead…..prawn sandwiches in me pocket….borne out of luck more than connections….well done aul chap versus DOWCTHA LONGIE BOY….maybe with an expletive….he was out the cross for a while…one of ours.

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It will live long in the memory as well to be honest, pity they couldn’t get the job done in Warsaw, but heh that’s sport….did they really deserve 2nd place in the group?…fingers crossed for the qualifiers I suppose.

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Some weekend for sport (not the one just gone obviously), those rugby boys were awesome; such a pity there was so many injuries because if everyone was fit till the end of the tournament they could have had a right rattle off it…

I am still having t’internet problems so I am behind schedule a bit but will try and get back on track for next week….
Anyway to the tunes, for tomorrow, no messing here…

Universal for last Friday the 16th have the LOVELY looking PETER GABRIEL LP reissues, the first four solo albums, 1,2,3,4 or CAR, SCRATCH, MELT, SECURITY, whatever tickles your fancy, reissued on Vinyl for the first time since 2002, cut at half speed for greater quality, numbered and limited to 10, 000 worldwide….we got a few of each, our Cork ones numbered in 9,900s….just about got em id say.

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Got a couple of 3 and 4 or melt and security in the rare German language versions also….3,000 only of these globally…MR. Gabriel is in studio recording a new album by all accounts and from what I heard from a few of ye who saw him in Dublin recently he sounds as good as ever.
FRANK ZAPPA the mothers of invention “one size fits all” LP reissue in the shop also for tomorrow….a colourful and interesting artist is probably a good way to describe Zappa….or a bit mad another way….interesting dude to have a pint with id say.
Universal also have for tomorrow the GREGG ALLMAN – back to Macon vinyl release.
Universal also for tomorrow have brand new albums by JOHN NEWMAN, DEMI LOVATO, LUDOVICO EINAUDI and TOM ROBINSON ( first studio work in 20 years) and a couple of 5 CD sets by UB40 and QUO.
Check out LUDOVICO here for just how beautiful music can sound…..

Warner for tomorrow have new albums by SATAN and SAXON (no, not the same band to non metal fans).

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Warner also have the RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE live at FINSBURY PARK DVD and BLURAY , which is a free gig they held in honor of the defeating of the X Factor single for the number one spot Christmas 2009…..we at Music Zone towers are giving away an everlasting gobstopper, a bloody red splattered vinyl one, for whoever can tell me which X Factor winner they stopped back then….i normally would not knock anything musically be it Celine Dion or the teletubbies but I have a beef with the industry over X Factor…..it is money pumped in for a quick fix….this programme was in its pomp when record shops were being culled, when an industry showed little or no support for the bricks and mortar stores….i could go on in more detail, some other time maybe.
Anyway, back to the releases,

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Sony have some nice MILES DAVIS reissues on Vinyl including the classics, KIND OF BLUE, BITCHES BREW and SKETCHES OF SPAIN.
Again, these are no strangers to the shop having being in stock via MUSIC ON VINYL until very recently, now Sony are reissuing them on their COLUMBIA/LEGACY label at about 15 to 20 % cheaper….kind of blue is 20 euro….the right price point for a single LP in my opinion.
Sony has the debut solo album by MARKUS FEEHILY from Westlife and a new studio album from JEAN MICHAEL JARRE.

Pias have the new DEERHUNTER ALBUM …it is their 7th album and a bit more accessible than some of their other records from what I heard.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG6jk5Q90DA

EP also from AIDAN MOFFAT/BILL WELLS , deluxe version of the EAVES album, 14 CD boxset by OVERKILL and ENTER SHIKARI orange 10” .

We had ANDERSON in the shop last Friday for a few tunes, he gave a top acoustic set of five or 6 tunes and he really had a lovely easygoing way about him….listened to the album quite a bit since and it really is quite good….he promises to be back for RSD 2016, once he doesn’t turn in to bleeeedddiinnn Bono in the meantime….
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_3Pat0AsB8

Short and maybe not to sweet this week but will find my feet and a computer that works hopefully by next week….
Check out the website here
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sin e for this week,
Thanks,
Ray.

Short and sweet this week……

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Hey Folks,

Short and sweet this week……

Video from last week here….no one murdered yet…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crqY62X6pZU

 

I’m a bit cranky to be honest….i send this newsletter from home and the PC I use is about 10 years old and it requires a dongle to operate…( think of me as your grandfather when it comes to techie stuff and that may paint a clearer picture for you)

Before I go on, all these service providers selling us air, as the cute ad doing the rounds at the moment depicts, piss me off anyway.

You are paying for a signal…paying for air is right…and they rob us….phones, telly, internet providers….try cancel your sky or whatever rubbish you have….their policy….keep those CUSTOMERS on the phone forever, they may get frustrated and hang up…charge them CUSTOMERS well for the call also, don’t miss a trick there lads, few pound in that also….then since the product does not cost anything really, offer it to them CUSTOMERS for free for 6 months….but tie them in for 12 months after that….do you know what you can do Sky, go stick it up…..

I don’t know about ye, but all of these crowds looking for contracts for this and contracts for that,  that you then have to jump through hoops to escape from, seriously get on my goat…

So back to same dongle….which I have being using for 5 or 6 years id say….( different dongles, same dingo dongle provider)

Said dongle has not being  working,  as happened to 4 or 5 others in the past, after a period of time it seems to happen to them all….like all the phones… in the phone company engineers handbook, build them not to last is the core value…all for those CUSTOMERS again…

Anyway, went to my local dingo dongle shop where I was told my one was out of warranty?? ( did he think I was buying a state of the art feestiieee from him) and no problem I can buy another one for 30 euro and can then sign up for 20 quid a month for a 12 month contract……gee thanks……i said they had being replaced before in this very shop when they stopped working as had happened 4 or 5 times in the past….he said again its out of warranty….i said laughing I didn’t know it was in warranty…I asked to get internet on a stick, you said yes…20 quid a month…internet on a stick which I asked for no longer works….well hey that’s just tough shit….so I left with my broken dongle and my cranky head in my one man protest ( where they will still take the 20 quid a month from me unless I can score a try in the corner in the rugby world final for Canada)….do your head in…240 euro a year for internet on a stick and they try up sell to you and piss you off when you go in to get a two pence worth replacement….it’s not the dongo I dealt with, it’s the training and culture in all these companies….get get get….Gordon Greco  would love today’s world.

Anyway, after all this….no one will see this because it won’t send probably (although has flitting glimpses of life…bit like ET…ALIVE, DEAD, ALIVE) but cant attach images or tunes….

 

The music for next week the 9th October is led by the agonizingly sad yet painfully funny JOHN GRANT….one of the most anticipated releases of the year….i for one am really looking forward to hearing it…” grey tickles, black pressure” is out on Bella Union next week via PIAS on CD and double LP.

Pias also have the new record from JESSE MALIN, he was in CYPRESS AVENUE recently and by accounts was really good.

PIAS also have EP’s on Vinyl from MARTIN GORE and THE DECEMBERISTS and the first NEW ORDER single on a green vinyl 12”.

 

Universal have the vinyl record release of KENDRICK LAMAR’s “to pimp a butterfly” on 2LP….MR. LAMAR seen as the best rapper of his generation  by some….

Universal also have new ones by TOM JONES and SELENA GOMEZ.

 

Warner has a MASTODON reissue on green vinyl and a re issue / new issue of a JAMIE LAWSON album “wasn’t expecting that”.

I always thought this dude was Irish, we stocked and sold an album of his 3 or 4 or 5 years ago…..i just thought he was from up the country somewhere…..but no, he is English, who had zero success over there but now Jamie is the first signing to ED SHEERAN’s label….gingerbread man records….so relatively unknown Jamie may not be so in the future…other bits like WELLER single, MCR reissue, JOE LOUIS WALKER on the attachment ( that you will not see most likely)

Sony has the new FAITHLESS and the HENDRIX LP reissues for the 9th ….

If you see me with 30 euros in my hand and my dongle between my legs heading into my local dingo dongle shop please do not heckle….i may forward this next week anyway…

 

Without and,

Thanks

Ray.

Vinyl record releases for the 2nd of October

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Hey Everyone,

How’s it going?

Firstly here’s the link for last weeks video diary….Bobby is back at the helm for this one.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDFdBx236_I&feature=youtu.be

The production team are discussing plot lines for next week….maybe a murder, an illicit affair with a bit of plastic…something juicy anyway….

This week we tell ye good folks about vinyl record releases for the 2nd of October mainly.

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PIAS up first with the new Editors album on the Play it again Sam record label…” in dream” is the bands fifth album and the vinyl record should be gold coloured on the initial run….only 200 of them hitting these shores but will be ok for a few….

Heard a random story from a lad who comes into the Corporation about  bumping into TOM SMITH on the dock road in Limerick and getting him to sign his latest album just released that day….” Tom” “Tom” had he heard his name being called? Who is this fella running towards me…..?

“hey Tom, will you sign this please”…..” ah yeah sure….this isn’t out till Monday, how have you got it?” “….tis out on Friday in Ireland boy was the truthful answer he got…..do I bore with these random stories…do I bore I say.

Editors new track…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sEa77Hxkk5A

PIAS also have the new MERCURY REV record and the new CHILDREN OF BODOM album through Nuclear Blast available on four formats, CD, CD/DVD, PICTURE DISC LP, BLACK LP.

PIAS have a 20th anniversary edition of the debut vinyl record and CD from GARBAGE.

Lastly to note from Pias is the vinyl record release from KAMASI WASHINGTON “the epic” .

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This record by the jazz saxophonist who is being name checked as a modern day COLTRANE or BIRD PARKER, is being touted as an album of the year, let alone jazz album of the year……tie in’s with the hipness of  KENDRICK LAMAR and FLYING LOTUS would help the aul image id say.

Listen for yourself….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8NFS8WXfCI

Warner has the newest release from the ever growing JOE BONNAMASSA catalogue…..lot of interest in this one….” Live at radio city music hall” is available via Mascot/Provugue on CD, CD/DVD, CD/ BLURAY and LP.

Warner also has the new TRIVIUM album “silence in the snow” which is there 7th album available via Roadrunner on CD, deluxe CD and LP.

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WARNER also has the second album from RUDIMENTAL “ we are the generations”  on the same formats as above.

The next in the BOWIE series of 40th anniversary 7” vinyl picture discs out on the 2nd also….” Space oddity”… this time around.

MORBID ANGEL “entangled in chaos” an old live album see’s its debut on the old vinyl record.

Lastly from Warner is the new record from DEAFHEAVEN “new Bermuda” ….indie exclusive here on solid black and solid white vinyl….

I am a sucker for the aul indie exclusive ones….wee Daniel could have a vocal and panpipe only version of GOD SAVE THE QUEEN and I would be in the queue of record shops to get my hands on it.

Reason being you may ask?

Well, if bands, artists go out of their way to try and support us by saying look we want these 2000 gold records to go to indie shops, not online, not to supermarkets, not to chain stores….well I feel as one of those shops that we should support back where we can….(its obviously a ploy for lesser known bands to get into stores, naught wrong with that)

A lot of bigger names than THE EDITORS use there own personal websites to sell the exclusive stuff….not for you Mr. Record shop man or woman…..no way, not for you.

I for one, adverse to my business as it is, would have zero qualms with the Editors if those 2000 gold records available were only available through their website….they must and need to be paid first, or the truth of it, their record label must get paid….but that’s a tale I told already or will tell again….not for now.

But when the likes of ELTON JOHN reissue “goodbye yellow brick road” on vinyl and have yellow copies available only via his personal website….that slightly irks me…Elton was around at a time when there was truckloads of money made when you were selling records, not to mind royalties…..so I find this a bit rich….but he is more than entitled to do it….i hope my point is seen here.

Universal for the 2nd have the 14th album by pop geniuses that are SQUEEZE, “CRADLE TO THE GRAVE”.

Have a little listen here…

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS2w2jUuyOI

They also have an EAGLES OF DEATH METAL release featuring as ye know JOSH HOMME of QOSA.

Some PAUL MCCARTNEY solo reissues on 2CD, 2 LP and deluxe thingys…” pipes of peace” and “ tug of war”….two different fancy boxsets on the latter.

Lastly from UNIVERSAL is a live LYNYRD SKYNYRD from Jacksonville Florida.

SONY don’t have much for the 2nd….they have taken over the rights for predominately metal label CENTURY MEDIA from UNIVERSAL and so there first release is a new MALEVOLENT CREATION album, also new ones QUEENSRYCHE, NEW YEARS DAY and that PHIL SPECTOR Christmas album reissue on vinyl that is supposed to be coming out since the summer….

A complete aside here…. i traded in the broken red feestttiiii for a dark green feestttiii ( ye remember the crying at the side of the road story. Broken car, broken phone story) well the new Raymobile is a year older than the old raymobile….but what a difference a year makes….98 to 99 what went on in the ford feesstttiii engineering department….last one 99…electric windows, central locking, CD player….bare with me here, this is going somewhere….a rather meaningless somewhere, but somewhere all the same…now David Byrne….anyway the deluxe 98 version, roll up and down windows, individually lock each door, and a cassette player, yep a cassette player…heres the punchline….thanks to a few lying around at home and the generosity of a few of ye guys…mad mix tapes and all….i am starting to have feelings for these tapes, powerful feelings, hard to put into words feelings…I thinks its love…..anyway all good with the car aside from it deciding how long before it will leave you in to it and then how long before it will allow you to start the engine….other than that drives like a dream….from the early 80s….until the next sad tearful episode at the side of the road….maybe I can do the video from there.

Cargo have Belfast band GIRLS NAMES “ARMS AROUND A VISION” third full album release and I must be honest I really really like this….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpqkGFGnOD4

Republic of Music have the new CLUTCH album “psychic warfare”  also for the 2nd

MOV has JOHNNY CASH “ bitter tears” concept album about the plight of the native American Indians, they have an acoustic ALLMAN BROTHERS “ an evening with” and the MILES DAVIS bootleg series volume 4 at Newport on 8 LPs….

WARNER are using me as a medium to liberate more cash from ye…..see the cunning way I turn it on to the big bad man and away from me…mourhino would be proud….anyway, this is the story….

Attached is a Warner vinyl promotion ….

The first seven titles are a once of run of 2500 per title across Europe on bloody red Vinyl ( red is in vogue lately) …each retailing at 25 euro….

The rest of the titles on the list are reductions…best prices marked im afraid…but at least 6 or 7 cracking titles retailing at 15 euro by bands like, RADIOHEAD “ BENDS”, ZEPP 2, JOY DIVISION ‘CLOSER’ , COLDPLAY, ROYAL BLOOD, FLEETWOOD MAC, THE POGUES and THE EAGLES.

Also then a select few at 10 euro including THE SPECIALS ‘ LIVE AT THE MOONLIGHT CLUB”……anyway that’s the sceal….if anyone wants something ….pop me a mail….

Went to see JOHN BLEK AND THE RATS last Friday night …great show and the new record is a sublime listen….single here…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5SplB5g4TA

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Check out the website and we can post out to  you if it suits better….

http://www.musiczone.ie/

Anyways, sin e for this week, slan and

Thanks for listening,

Ray

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Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well.

Last Friday was culture night; evening or day, whatever took your fancy, and as mentioned last week we had EAMON DWYER in at 4pm promoting his debut album, “that wrinkled shirt”, RAISING JUPITER at 5 pm,JOHBLEK AND THE RATS in at 5.30/5.45 launching their brilliant second album “borders”….which was released on the day…..so big scoop for the shop that one, so thanks to the acts and everyone who called in to say hello and listen to a few tunes from some of our local songsmiths.

This week we shall quickly run through releases for Friday 25th September.

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Warner for the 25th has the BOWIE 5 years box set on Vinyl record and CD….we spoke about it a week or so back…

The new (third) DEAD WEATHER vinyl record and CD is out on the 25th also…a fair bit of interest in this one….ALISON MOSSHART (THE KILLS), DEAN FERTITA (QOSA), JACK LAWERENCE (RACONTEURS) and lastly the bold JACK WHITE….jumping around on all instruments…jumpin jack…..recorded at third man on analog tape…nice….looking forward to giving it a listen.

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The newest NOEL GALLAGHER album has gotten the remix treatment on LP….its a fine album in my opinion as is the new RICHARD HAWLEY in my opinion.

Universal for the 25th have quite a few releases.

New and second albums from both CHVRCHES and DISCLOSURE….who would you think is the bigger band…in record company terms…not my terms…?

Well you may not believe this but CHVRCHES sold half a million copies of their debut album….half a million!!

I do like their new single…..did not really like the first album all that much…..only about 500,000 people thought different!

DISCLOSURE second album is on a standard 11 track CD, 14 track deluxe CD and 14 track double LP….read the last few sentences again…..first time with one of the major record companies I have noticed that the physical vinyl buyer has not being penalized for being solely a physical vinyl record buyer….delighted to see that.

Every time before that there is a deluxe CD format, the VINYL RECORD buyer gets shafted on the bonus tracks…..only getting the standard tracks on the LP…so great to see the DELUXE vinyl…..only right to….what other business would penalize their customers who support their most expensive products….but hey this is the record industry!!

QOSA wrote a song about it….

Uni have a new album from DON HENLEY “ CASS COUNTY” …his 5th solo offering, first in 15 years…

There is a limited to 30 copies in Ireland CAFÉ MAMBO LP….

A RAMMSTEIN DVD or BLURAY entitled “in Amerika” …ramm      bobmarley

The BOB MARLEY Island catalogue is getting the vinyl reissue treatment.

So the nine studio albums and 2 live albums will be available in a box set…11 LPs…. or individually ( including classic albums like, EXODUS, NATTY DREAD, KAYA, UPRISING, BABYLON BY BUS) …..or in a super douper fancy boxy thingy which includes a special Ouija board which allegedly lets you communicate with Robert for up to 30 seconds…. only 450 yoyos….see our TV channel….if you want to give a few of these for Christmas presents, just let me know!…..( the Ouija board bit I made up…just in case)

Lastly from Universal is the QUEEN box set….18 LP set….all different colours ….my beefy friends in the sky were about 500 euro for the set, now 420 ish….we your local independent corporation are 370 euro…no ouija board….but truly different colours….great band by the way….great band…..the best front man ever???

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The 15 albums are being released individually also…..all the vinyl reissues were cut at half speed…..hah ray?…..basically the master tape is played back at half speed which then gives the cutting head twice the time to cut the complex analog groove…..this gives more accuracy with frequency extremes or eh just makes it sound better….as ye all know anyway…!!!

I watched the best 8 minutes of telly on Tuesday morning in work….one word for it….Brilliant….but I will use more….it was thoroughly enjoyable, refreshing, honest and brave??!!

Please please watch this….it will improve your day…great characters, great and some great tunes

Fair fucks to you Daniel ANDERSON….that’s all I can say….his record “patterns” ( seen once or twice in this video) is released tomorrow also and is in stock with us……lovely listen too, hints of DIVINE COMEDY ….better news or equally good news….he is playing Coughlans on Friday the 9th OCTOBER and ANDERSON is going to visit Music Zone on that same day to play a few tunes also…..all good…get in on the tickets lively I would think….latest tune here

Right, next up is the PIAS releases for the 25th…..

Where do I start here…..

We will give preference to age….all interesting by the way….but gotta respect the elders…

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NEW ORDER have a new record “music complete” out next week on clear vinyl , cd and deluxe CD …..Minus Mr. Hook….but sounding good to be fair…getting great reviews everywhere…..

Next up is the new KURT VILE record….looking forward to hearing this one….his 6th album…” believe im going down” …have a quick listen here

Now next up is a real interesting one in my opinion….

GIRL BAND are a four piece from Dublin….with a blend of experimental noise rock, with a hint of shoegazing thrown in for a bit of measure….the lead singer looks like he should be advising wealthy old geezers on what to do with their wealth….but man both he and the music can keep your attention. big time….when I prep for this newsletter I normally listen to everything for 30 seconds at least…( there’s a lot on it every week and you do it every week at 1 am!!) but I have watched this below twice in full…there’s something happening here, what it is ain’t exactly clear….these 4 guys are playing THE PAV on SATURDAY THE 3RD OCTOBER….i would reckon get in there early for tickets again….could be a cracker….will be id say….i really like….debut album with us next Friday….

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Sony has a re issue of the RUN THE JEWELS second record out on the 25th….

Proper for next week have a new COURTNEY BARNETT 7” single, MY DYING BRIDE new on o Vinyl record and the new ALVIN brothers record …not the chipmunks.

Check out the movers and shakers on the website

http://www.musiczone.ie/

Woo- hoo the new JOHN BLEK AND THE RATS ALBUM tomorrow…..drop in if you are around for any or all the live stuff…

Sin e for this week…

Thanks for listening,

Ray.

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Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well.

Hope none of ye got murdered by a psycho killer when ye stopped to help a broken down motorist on a main road in broad daylight.

Christ, give it a rest Ray…

I got quite a reaction from that one….from an unknown unsubscriber who kindly from behind the comfort of his Smartphone said “I can’t believe I signed up for this shit…..yada yada yada….blah blah blah”

Stuff like that makes you feel real good about trying to do something positive for your business which is time consuming and mainly done late at night when the body and mind are not at their mae west.

That’s the great power of the aul social media crack, say what you want, when you want….you are only tapping a few keys on a phone.

Aside from that reaction, most people told me that “to be honest Ray, I don’t think I would have stopped for someone either”….so my 0.5 % stat looks fairly solid…

Anyway enough of that before I get more abusive emails….

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Loads of interesting stuff for the 18th of September …..Where do I start……

We are going to kick off with the record I am looking forward to the most that week and it is the second offering from local unsigned band JOHN BLEK AND THE RATS.

The first album is great as those of you who know it I’m sure would agree….and I think this one is in a slightly different direction…..which I for one like….you cant do the same album again….change is good in my opinion….i know that the lads are really happy and proud of it.

I have only heard one track from the record ( hint hint ) but I love that track, so we really cant wait to get listening, playing and selling it.

May have John and a few of the lads in soon to do a bit of an in store, will keep ye posted on that.

Here’s the lead single….enjoy….

I suppose next up has to be the new DAVID GILMOUR record “RATTLE THAT LOCK”.

GILMOUR is nearly 70…..the rock gods are pushing on….i really liked his last album “on an island” which was about 10 years ago…so I am looking forward to hearing this new record….GILMOUR has a style of guitar playing which few can match…. really layered and rich texture and sound to it.

The album is available on four formats, CD, CD/DVD, CD/BLURAY and gatefold VINYL.

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Our vinyl price beats the vast forest in the sky by about 6 or 7 Euros also….just to let ye know…

Here’s the single from the album…

Sony also has a few nice CD BOXSETS out on the 18th also from JEFF BECK, SIMON & GARFUNKEL and JOHNNY CASH.

UNIVERSAL have another classic reissue from TASTE “LIVE AT THE ISLE OF WIGHT” which was recorded soon before they split.

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This beauty is reissued on four formats, CD, DVD (never before) BLURAY (never before) and double LP (not being around for a good while)….similar price difference as above…just saying is all!!

Universal have the new LANA DEL REY album out on the 18th also…..her third full release….i think??

She writes her own tunes and plays the guitar so that’s all right mama, that’s all right for you….and for me too.

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The VINYL LP is a double on bloody red vinyl for the first run only….just saying again is all.

“HONEYMOON “is the album title…..here is the single…

New record out from KEITH RICHARDS on Universal called “cross eyed heart” …his third solo album…last two excellent….being a while though since the last solo record…over 20 years….quality over quantity….a band mate of his could take a leaf out of his book…..oh catty Raymond…..look back to the top of the page…oh he who hath not sinned and all that…….lots to play on the 18th.

Univ also have a new record from CHRIS CORNELL (SOUNDGARDEN, AUDIOSLAVE) as well as a reissue of his “euphoric morning” record.

RITCHIE BLACKMORE has a new release under the BLACKMORE’S KNIGHT logo called “all our yesterdays”….on CD, DELUXE CD and GATEFOLD VINYL.

Reissues also from B.B KING – LIVE IN COOK COUNTY JAIL LP and some NIGHTWISH reissues including CENTURYS CHILD.

I have mentioned price above a few times for more than just one reason…I spoke about some other great friends of independent retailers, TESCO , last week and it has being a topic with many on the shop floor in recent days.

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Here is a somewhat contradictory piece about it….to kill us…to kill us not…to kill us….to kill us not

Here are a few thoughts/questions of mine

1. 1.5% of all music sales in the UK….are they clutching at straws after a failed download service attempt….( Christ, the fuckers try and get into everything don’t they)

2. Surely it’s a uniqueness thing…independent record shops? FLAWED AS WE ARE!!!!

3. is price king??? I quoted that we are cheaper than those friends in the sky tonight a few times….to what extent does it matter??

We are not as surgical as giant online retailers….i see daily examples of human error from warehouses, suppliers, reps, myself, the lads….we are all human….but when you are up against super efficiency, human error don’t cut the mustard with some people….” Its out of stock with the supplier” “ it was left short from the order” …etc etc etc. not perceived as good enough these days and probably correctly so….but that is the nature of my beast.

I ordered 7 king crimson records last week for a customer….i queried the stock availability before I ordered and was told “the stock should be alright”….it wasn’t… five came in….now the customer was cool beans but it would not happen with the surgeons in the sky….but at ground level here we are all under pressure trying to make a living, staffing in the record companies to the bone ( as is what happened in this case…they did not check) ….but forensically to Joe consumer….that isn’t good enough.

They have a different model, those beasts, have truckloads of cash and governments giving them free land to create low paying jobs….so powerful its scary…..but I am going down the lane towards sidetracks and I really don’t want to go there so let’s move back to the other boot boys TESCO.

I suppose they can fill their selves with records….only pay for what they sell….and they have no risk but also no uniqueness…..i personally don’t think it will work for them in the short term anyway….market just isn’t there at the moment I feel and the folks into the records generally know their shit and I just don’t see them in Tesco’s buying records….perhaps I am deluded…time will tell I suppose…but I only see them taking on major releases in the short term but watch this space im sure it will reappear again…my love for them has not just sprung up overnight by the way, it’s deep and goes back quite a while….they have consistently done their best to put fellas in my line of work and my others out of business….Joe consumer may not always realize that they have used music/film consistently as loss leaders to get you through the doors….we can make loads of money elsewhere on toiletries, chocolate, deli, rashers, beans etc etc ….anyway I’m moving on up now ….I wasted enough breath on them.

Warner has the second album by Frames front man GLEN HANSARD….always brings quality to the table in my opinion.

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Here is the new single…

New album also out from the gorgeous vocalist GABRIELLE APLIN, her second album…..loads of band’s second albums happening in the coming weeks

WARNER has a double JAMES TAYLOR greatest hit on CD, a new album from CROSSFAITH from Japan and a new CD from ANNIHILATOR.

Also new ones from ROB THOMAS (MATCHBOX TWENTY), KWABS (who has a great voice…link below) speaking of great voices the new RICHARD HAWLEY is great in my opinion…really really like it, playing it all week, and last new one from Warner is from NICOLAS GODIN who is 50 % of French band AIR, has recorded a JOHAN SEBASTIAN BACH based record…check attachment.

Some good reissues from Warner also for next Friday including the HAPPY MONDAY’S “pills thrills and bellyaches”, SUPERGRASS “ I SHOULD COCO” and KING CRIMSON “USA”

PIAS have a few BERT JANSCH reissues out for the 18th September.

Proper for the 11th September has a new Seamus Begley entitled “ the bold Kerryman” just in time for the football final…

If any of ye have copies of BEGLEY & COONEY “ MEITHEAL” , well its going for about 50 euro 2nd hand on CD and more off course on LP….great album.

SUEDE live at the albert hall CD version is out also.

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On the local scene quite a bit going on in the shop next Friday the 18th of September.

We at the Music Zone Corporation are involved in Culture night or in our case Culture evening.

We are a cultural venue in the city on the day in question so we have some live music in store on the day so if you are around pop in and say hello, stay for a few tunes and chillax…….it’s going to be easy going as can be….sing a song if you fancy that, tell a joke….. as I know loads of ye fancy yerselfs as comedians

At 4 PM we have local singer songwriter EAMON DWYER who released a fine album a few months back “that wrinkled shirt”.

Eamon will be doing a few tunes from that album on the day.

At 5 P.M we have good friends of the shop and really fine rock band, RAISING JUPITER, belting out a few tunes for us all.

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RJ are doing a bit of promotional work for their latest release “ THE CHROME EP” …so we look forward to hearing the lads play again.

And lastly at 5.45 PM we have JOHN BLEK stopping in to play a few tunes from the really excellent new album “BORDERS” by JOHN BLEK AND THE RATS.

Have been listening to the record over the last few days and it is a fine listen…….not a weak track….really well produced I thought also giving a great sound in general.

Really strong unique vocals from John backed up extremely well by his craftsmen and woman, great relationship at times between the drums and the bass, brilliant chaos on guitar on occasion, beautiful bit of steel and keys throw in for good measure, all the time with great harmonies and melodies.

Really fine record and the folks are right to be proud of it….very proud of it they should be….i hope as many people as possible get to hear it.

As mentioned at the top of the page, the album is only released on Friday so an opportunity to kill two birds, get to see John live and be among the first to buy the album also….three birds as I am sure John will sign the album for you also….so all good as Damo would say….

If you can’t get into us, remember to check the site and we can post the records out to you,

http://www.musiczone.ie/

Sin e for this week anyway,

See ye all next Friday so……!

Thanks!

Ray.

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Hey everyone,

How’s it going?

This week we cover mainly releases for the 11th September.

Warner probably has the best of them so let’s start there.

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RICARD HAWLEYs new record is out Friday week, his sixth solo work, “hollow meadows”.

As usual from what I have heard of it, some fine guitar playing, good lyrics sung out in his lovely baritone type vocal as heard here…

Irish connections for the Sheffield man, well JACK CHARLTON style connections….after LONGPIGS split…he was signed to the fine Irish owned and ran SETANTA label….home for a while to our own FRANKS as well Derry’s own DIVINE COMEDY.

Fine recording artist is Mr. Hawley.

New album also from 80’s icons and megastars (it has to be said, mega mega stars they were) DURAN DURAN.

I must admit and shame me or stone me, I watched a recent recording on Sky arts from Manchester and I thought they were in a word, excellent.

When is the mullet going to be back in fashion…

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STEREOPHONICS have a new record out on the 11th also…

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It is called “keep the village alive” …I know that feeling….some of you probably heard that another one of my favourites, TESCO, who have done huge amounts “to keep the village alive” down through the years…they have in their…. Are going dabbling with Vinyl….i must say it surprised me, Vinyl makes up 1.5 % of music sold in the U.K….I know one title is hardly even dabbling, it got them some press…. with latest financial reports saying profits were down 6.4 billon pounds for the last year, there is a bit of straw clutching going on….some of their shops now are the sizes of those villages they shut down and id say they don’t know what to put on to their shelves…bit of horsemeat over there, couple of dodgy accountants on that aisle….they won’t notice.

My industry has always had an issue with them….well that’s not fully true….the major record companies don’t give a f**k, they will sell to anyone…anyone…its all about the money its all about the dum dum dum du du du dum……but the rest of us, guys like me, small labels, small distributors’, local artists….bad news all round for us.

Not really concerned about this…..constant things like this occur….they would have little or no product knowledge or interest either for that matter.

But I know the supermarkets are on consignment with CDs….they only pay for what they sell, and that’s 3 months after they sell it.

I pay for my stuff 30 days later, whether I sell it or not…

But that’s just small boy syndrome.

They have the potential to sell much more ED SHEERAN than me and people don’t have the time or don’t think about it, they will buy wherever…who can blame anyone, everyone’s busy and selling units is the name of the game with the majors.

Speaking of everyone being busy, my phone went dead leaving Fermoy around 7 last friday…..then about 15 kms later my car decided it would play dead also….still dead….dead forever id say….soon to be with O Leary in the grave dead…..no phone, no car 10 kms from the tunnel…..i will flag a car down and ask someone can I use their phone….20 minutes later I decided I might have to walk home….after about 5 minutes of walking I changed my mind on that one….i am not sure how many cars passed as I waved my hand up and down in the air….basically saying I could do with a bit of help here….nearly all just ignored….he must be a psycho killer…two did tap their watches and make sympathetic “ im late” faces….I’m still not sure which was worse…one good soul finally did stop….0.5 % of the population thought I may just need help and maybe was not a psycho killer……does not speak highly of us does it?

What if the kids were with me and it was later at night….if you see someone in a similar situation, they might benefit from your lack of doubt….give them a chance??

Hopefully you won’t end up with O LEARY!!

Anyway, where was i…oh the STEREOPHONICS….THEIR 8TH album,,,all of them good albums too.

Funny the way a band can go from being commercial successful to unsuccessful even though their output is as good …press? Consumer boredom? Not new so not hip?

I still think they sound good…

The new GARY CLARK JR is also out, now he is hot and hip and cool and all that at the moment….BARACK OBAMA is a big fan….here’s a listen

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Some nice reissues on Rhino through Warner again this week including SINEAD O CONNOR – I do not want what I have not got…..young and idealistic id say Sinead….i did not have a car or a phone yesterday and look where that got me….also PRIMAL SCREAM – sonic flower groove, their BYRDS like debut release reissued on Vinyl record.

Lastly through Warner for next week is JEFF LYNNE ( ELO…EVEN THOUGH I KNOW YE KNOW…ELO) live in hyde park on DVD and BLURAY.

Now folks, I wrote that bit 24 hours ago and was to finish tonight, which I will do, but like IRON MAIDENs drummer I am going to gallop to the finish line, as I had a rough and long day and fancy a beer and feet up….

So all the other releases are here in short hand in my opinion in order of importance are SLAYER, LOW, BEIRUT, VAN GOFFY on PIAS.

PATTY GRIFFIN on ESSENTIAL.

BUDDY GUY, BRING ME THE HORZION on Sony.

GODFATHER 2 OST on MOV.

HOLLYWOOD VAMPIRE, STRATOVARIUS and LEONA LEWIS on UNIVERSAL.

No bells and whistles there wah….

Wanted to talk about THE STRYPES again this week and our own JOHN BLEK AND RATS….but they are tales for another day now.

Heres the site for your perusal ….fancy word Raymond…

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So sin e for this week.

Thanks for listening,

Ray.

P.S No video this week for any enthusiasts…one of my lads is at a picnic, another one spent day a day in the cuh, another one had phone trouble…..back next week!

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Hi Everyone,

Hope ye are all well.

This week’s ramblings cover releases for the 4th of September, the mood is fairly good so some of ye are probably hoping that will change ala bill bixby in THE INCREDILE HULK….i used watch it from behind the couch as a child…great view from there.

MAIDEN MAIDEN MAIDEN….

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EDDIE is back….the cover art is just so good once again….proud to be selling it.

What are you on about Ray????????

The new and sixteenth studio album from the huge IRON MAIDEN hits our shelves on Friday the 4th….are taking names folks…

The MAIDEN are back with “book of souls” available via WARNER/PARLOPHONE on three formats, double CD, deluxe case bound double CD and triple Vinyl record LP, double gatefold 180gram

Such kind souls as we are, at Music Zone towers, we are running a Maiden competition on the 4th sept.

Two copies of the deluxe CD up for grabs…..come in on Friday and buy a copy of the new maiden album and you will be in the draw….i can sign them if you like….why would I want to win something that i have bought already you may ask….well cos we will leave you swap it for something else….if you are nice…

Bruce had a cancer scare a while back…throat I think….all clear now I think.

WARNER are also reissuing THE DOORS two albums after the passing of Jim….reissued as a double CD and as separate LPs…” other voices” and “full circle” …musically in my opinion they are strong enough but hey no Jim…no Jim…say no more….THE DOORS do it for me personally….you stand their 6 studio albums up and you say to all the other bands ever in the world, show me what you got

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Very very few bands (as in a handful, in my opinion) would say we’d have you DOORS boys….six quality records…my mind can change like the days of the week as to which is my favourite DOORS record……that’s a great sign!

Begs the quick question….does one man make a band?

My opinion…no…Jim probably would have wrote some out there poetry and songs but if he hadn’t met MANZAREK, KREIGER and DENSMORE I don’t think he would have reached the heights of fame….sometimes there is just a chemistry, it cant be manufactured or bottled….i think THE STRYPES have that chemistry…you probably guessed that!! I hope they can stick together for four or five albums more at least.

I saw THE DOORS, Jim less ( Ian Astbury from the CULT had the honour) in Dublin maybe 10 or 12 years ago now and boy it was still great to see them but obviously it wasn’t the same as in the Hollywood bowl in 1968….

Warner also has the three BETA BAND EPs reissued on vinyl, a JEFF BECK double live LP, THE ARCS ( partly DAN AUERBACH from THE BLACK KEYS) LP and CD….link below….. NEUROSIS LP reissues including “ through silver in blood” , AEROSMITH rocks Donington 2014 on DVD/2CD or DVD/3LP and lastly from Warner, Dublin band PUGWASH have a new album.

SONY for the 4th sept has a few new JIMI HENDRIX vinyl reissues. His first two albums “Are you experienced” and “Axis – Bold as Love”.

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Music on vinyl must be feeling the heat with Sony taking back all their licensing for the vinyl; I have noticed that the MOV releases have been a bit weak lately. You would have thought that the boom in vinyl would have been a great thing for MOV, who up till now, I would imagine would have had a very good niche business, but now it looks likely that the major record companies want their product back. One would have to wonder what direction MOV can go.

Also from SONY for the 4th September is a really nice PAUL SIMON 5CD boxset….. Seeing as summer is almost gone, as JIM MORRISON would say “What will we do when summer’s gone”, well Jim I’d say it’s time to sell the Christmas albums!!

So SONY have for the 4th the PHIL SPECTOR Christmas album, great album, but crikey lads tis only the end of August!

There are two more RIOT reissues from the late 80’s originally “Thunderseed” and “Privilege of Power”.

Lastly from SONY on Metal Blade is the 2012 reissue on vinyl of BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME ‘The parallax2”.

UNIVERSAL for the 4th of September have a new LIBERTINES record called “Anthems for doomed Youth”. I like the first single…..LP is put back to the 11th September.

There is a new album from Norwegian pop maestros A-HA. This is available on a couple of formats including a fan box.

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PUBLIC ENEMY have a new live album…at metropolis studios.

TROYE SIVAN EP “Wild” is also out on the 4th.

There is a new SLAVES single also. Lastly a BOB MARLEY 5CD set including some of his best albums.

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about the sad demise of INDI entertainment and I said I would come back to it again. I’m not sure if many of you heard the piece on Joe Duffy about it but there was a big flip side to my argument.

Joe Duffy had MUNDY and GAVIN GLASS on his programme, they would have lost up to 10K worth of their stock, which is either out in the market place I.E shops or in INDI’S warehouse, where the liquidators won’t let them touch it,

I would have bought MUNDYS album from INDI in the middle of May and I would have paid INDI for it at the end of June, so it looks like the mechanics of this liquidation is going to shaft the likes of MUNDY and Gavin, but from my end as an independent retailer I’ve paid for the stock but unfortunately MUNDY hasn’t and won’t be paid by INDI.

There’s worse than that…..

A friend of mine who is involved in a very small label in Dublin was at the creditors meeting and I think there was nearly 900K owed to creditors.

RTE were out of pocket for up to 300K for the Love/Hate series…..So expect to pay a couple of euro more for your TV license next year!!!

TOMMY TIERNAN was also out of pocket I believe for his DVD from last Christmas to the tune of 73K…..now that’s some kick in the balls……for a fella who as MUNDY said only really has a cottage industry….

I know the last time I spoke about INDI, I spoke very highly of them, as did MUNDY and GAVIN GLASS on Joe Duffy, however this is a real sad and horrible ending on loads of fronts…Do people hang in there far too long when their businesses are dead in the hope that it might turn around……but causing a lot of destruction in their wake with that hope.

Anyway enough said about that, it’s a mess.

CARGO for the 4th September has the new PIL album and a reissue of the BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE “Thank God for Mental Illness” on yellow vinyl.

ESSENTIAL for the 4th September have the new VIEW album.

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PIAS for the 4th , have a few nice ones including FIDLARs second record on Wichita adaptly called “too” and DAVE MCCABE & THE RAMIFICCATIONS.

On Nuclear blast is the new AMORPHIS RECORD on gatefold double LP, nice GIL SCOTT HERON and ALL TIME LOW LP reissues also….

Lastly is the new JOAN SHELLEY record “ over and even”…lovely delivery and vocals….you might recognize some heads in the background playing guitars….god they’d leave anybody into the embassy’s these days!!

Check the site for movers and shakers and if you can’t get in….we can post it out.

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Sin e for this week,

Thanks as always for listening…

Oh sorry….nearly forgot….here’s the video link for new Vinyl releases in the shop today….

Slan!!!

Ray.

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Hey everyone,

Hope all is well.

There is quite a lot to mention and talk about tonight so I will rock on.

Universal have quite a few new releases worth a mention for the 28th of August.

Uni are hoping for a big chart topping release from THE WEEKEND, who is a Canadian alternative R & B artist with a couple of huge international hits already from this new record.

They also have a debut album from ELLA EYRE, she is a talented 21 year old Londoner, signed to the same label as THE STRYPES, Virgin/EMI.

Uni also have a debut record from American indie pop singer HALSEY, who had a massive hit in the states with “Americana”…..

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Universal have some class reissues also for the 28th August and first mention here goes to TASTE (was a close call).

The two TASTE studio albums (self titled and on the boards) are being reissued as a 4 CD set called “I’ll remember” which includes remastered versions of the aforementioned classics plus two extra discs of previously unreleased live recordings……looking forward to that release in the Music Zone Corporation…..Dowtcha Rory boy….

There is a companion to the TASTE box set out the same day if the set a bit rich for your blood….a 16 track collection for 6 euro….for young readers a nice introduction to our own genius….MR. RORY GALLAGHER….

NIRVANA, the posthumous collection gets a Vinyl release as a deluxe 45 rpm double LP and a standard 33rpm on 180 gram with codes. Kurt’s solo album from ‘montage of heck’ is in November.

The brilliant 1997 BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB record gets the Vinyl reissue treatment also….great listen as ye probably know already.

Lastly from Universal are more DEEP PURPLE reissues “ from the setting son – in wacken “ on 3 LP, 2CD/DVD, DVD and BLURAY “ to the rising son – in Tokyo) on the same formats.

Quick word on our boys from Cavan with an average age of 18 and a half….second long player record out tomorrow….and its really strong in my opinion also…really strong…..musically and vocally strong…great guitar, bass, drums, harmonica…

.all the ingredients for a great rock n roll strypes

record which is exactly what it is…few standout tracks in there but overall very strong in my opinion, such a huge step forward from the debut…. good few songs about getting laid and girls but hey there 18 year old boys I suppose after all….they wont always be writing about that….reviews a small bit mixed…mostly 4 out of 5s, read a couple of 3 out of 5s also and one dick from the Guardian who gave it 2 out of 5….no problem with the 2 out of 5 and that’s not why he is a dick, welcome to his opinion….he is a dick because he bases his two out of five seemingly on the songwriting as he mocks some lyrics…..they are 18 you knobhead….macca wrote she loves you yeah yeah yeah when he was 20 and he wrote “blackbird” when he was 26….” Blackbird singing in the dead of night, take these broken wings and learn to fly, all your life, you were only waiting for this moment to arise”

Which is about the civil rights movement in the states in the late 60’s and the black mans struggles over there at the time…Macca’s use of the lyric blackbird was symbolic of that struggle….what a difference six years made in songwriting, that’s why Mr Guardian man is a dick.

 

Sony for the 28th have a JIMI HENDRIX reissue –live at the Atlanta pop festival on double CD and double LP recorded just 10 ten weeks before his passing and has all the big tunes.

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Sony also has a 35 track VAN MORRISON collection spanning his whole career.

And some beauties get the VINYL reissue treatment….JOHNNY CASH “ at folsom” and “ at san Quentin” and ELVIS PRESLEY “ self titled” and “ 30 number 1s”.

Warner mainly have reissues for the 28th …some strong ones there though.

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LP reissues on rhino of “the real thing” and “angel dust” from FAITH NO MORE.

WARNER also have a LINDA RONSTADT double CD best of thingy…NOEL GALLAGHER’S new 7 inch single “ lock all the doors the strypes are in town” ( the last 5 words I made up) with a non album track as a b side…..ROBERT CRAY has an interesting live release entitled “ 4 nights of 40 years live” on 2 CD/DVD, BLURAY/2 CD and 2 LPs….THE FACES have a 5 CD AND 5 LP box set out….LP set limited to 7500 worldwide.

Two new albums also from Warner….the fourth album from FOALS “what went down” ….lots expected… and the 22nd album from MOTORHEAD “ bad magic”.

Pias have the new record from BEACH HOUSE “depression cherry” on Bella union, which sounds like it could be a really good listen, there is also a new YO LA TENGO album , DESTROYER who is the NEW PORNOGRAPHERS Dan Bejar with a new record….and a couple on nuclear blast from SOILWORK and NILE.

There is an LP release of THE NATIONAL’S six hour song/jam on 9 LPs….it’s entitled “ a lot of sorrow” ….no wonder there was after six hours, surprised there wasn’t some death also….sometimes THE NATIONAL/ the dessner’s get a bit to arty farty up their own arsies for my own liking….made a few great records and seem to really love Cork but what’s this about like….now I haven’t listened and it may be mind blowing but its six hours…has anyone listened to it all???… as we’d say in Cork….come off the stage lads….literally.

I wanted to talk some more about the demise of INDI entertainment….the main CD wholesaler for Irish artists/products….there was a bit on Joe Duffy during the week so I will attach the link there now but talk about it next week as its pushing after 1 now….

http://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=9%3A20830946%3A53%3A17%2D08%2D2015%3A

You may need to type in INDI ENTERTAINMENT to hear this link….i didn’t have the skills….sorry…gave up!!

CARGO have a real early days NIRVANA CD release when they were called SKID ROW pre dave grohl on drums….two different radio broadcasts’ from the states.

There is a WARNER VINYL promotion, between 10% and 40% discounts on certain titles ….some great albums there folks…..if anyone is interested just holler.

On the local scene, the new tune and video from JOHN BLEK AND THE RATS was released this week gone….man it’s a cracker….this gang are really excellent musicians…it really has wet my appetite for the new album out on the 18th of September….i know they are really happy with the record and if this track is anything to go by, then a real treat is in store….i love it love it love it….even though John is very scary in the video…….we hope to have John and a few of the lads in around the release day….will keep you posted….there are a few tickets still left I think for the launch gigs in COUGHLANS on the 24 and 25th of September….gig not to be missed I would think….let your ears be the judge and not my words…

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Remember if you cant get into us….its free shipping on three records or more….did I say free…

Anyway,

Sin e for this week,

Thanks for listening,

Ray.

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Hey everyone,

Hope all is good.

There is only so much giving out one man can do, but seeing as the summer has arrived, today is sweetness and light, more love street than unlovable, more little deuce coupe than trapped under ice.

Right lets go…it’s finally nearly here….the second album from the four young fellas from County Cavan THE STRYPES.

Yes “little victories” is with us on Friday the 21st of August through Virgin/Emi who is owned by Universal these days for those of you who care about that stuff.

Available on three formats….CD at 12 euro, deluxe CD with four bonus tracks for 15 euro and VINYL RECORD for 20 euro.

Us here at the Music Zone Corporation have been banging on about these boys for a few years….i think I wrote a bit about them in this newsletter about two years back when the debut album came out….if anyone still has that…send it on to me please…i cant find it.

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Basically I think I said that these boys could be the biggest band the music industry will see this decade or indeed for many a year. (Christ sake Ray….you say that ever week or two about some band!………..i don’t really)

I still stand by that, I have great belief in them….

They have taken a big step forward sonically and lyrically with this only their second long player….and a combined age of just 73….yeah, the singer Ross will not be 18 till September.

They are young, Irish, really tight musicians and a real rock and roll band….what is there not to like or try and support….

If they can stay together I really do think they can blow up…really blow up….as they mature they all will start contributing more, lyrically and musically….i think so anyway…..it is really exciting time for the band…I really hope they can keep those size 8’s on the ground….i think they will, good sound heads on young shoulders.

These guys have it in my opinion.

We have a competition or two running on twitter etc….

We are getting a few signed copies….i hope an LP or two….definitely will have three signed copies of the album on some formats and another four unsigned deluxe CDs to give away also…..best chance to win one is come in on Friday and buy one…if you win it…you can swap for anything else.

The first 25 people to buy the album next Friday will be entered into a draw for a copy of the signed LP or at least signed CD…..open at 9.30…..and the rest will be entered into another draw for unsigned copies…..entrants to these secondary draws is for anyone who buys any format of the record on the day.

Does that make any sense!!!?? .

Another big release (rush release) is the soundtrack by DR DRE to the film COMPTON… I heard this is a really strong album….only on CD format for now.

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The JOHN LENNON catalogue is reissued on Vinyl record for next Friday also including albums “ imagine” , “ the plastic ono band” and “ double fantasy” .

The first two records by D’ANGELO get the vinyl reissue treatment also…1995’s debut “brown sugar” and 2000’s follow up “voodoo”.

Right so, lastly from universal is another Irish band starting their journey with a major label….in fact their second single….Limerick 3 piece BLEEDING HEART PIGEONS who have been compared to early Radiohead ….no pressure their so lads…..have a listen here

WARNER for the 21st August have a few decent releases also which include JESS GLYNNE’s new album….quite a bit of interest in this one in store in recent weeks.

WARNER also have the 6th record from American metal band DISTURBED ….huge stateside…the last four records debuting at numero uno in the billboard album charts.

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Quite a bit of interest here in it also.

The first two ORBITAL RECORDS GET THE VINYL RECORD REISSUE TREATMENT….the green album and the brown album with codes included.

Last to mention from Warner this week is the new CD from WILCO “star wars” which I am hearing from very good sources is one of the best albums of the year so far….LP later in the year….have a listen to it all here.

Sony only really have a reissue of BUSH’s sixteen stone on Vinyl and a NOW that’s what I call house compilation on CD.

PIAS have a few to note for the 21st of August starting with DRINKS – this is a collaboration project with CATE LE BON and TIM PRESLEY from WHITE FENCES…debut from them on Heavenly entitled “ hermits on holiday”….sounds a ok to me…

The first two FALL records get the reissue treatment also via Pias.

New release also from KADAVAR….more psycheldic rock for me than metal and I have an older, sensitive ear.

Available on CD, DELUXE CD and DOUBLE LP

Another couple of interesting ones out from AFX ( APHEX TWIN) BRIANA MARELA ( INTERESTING)

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GARDENS AND VILLA and lastly a MARK LANEGAN RECORD CALLED “HOUSTON” which is collection of 12 unreleased songs from 2002 that were selved for some reason…god knows why when you hear this….Mark has some voice…..

ESSENTIAL have the new FRATELLI’S record for next week.

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC has a live release by the great WALLIS BIRD covering 4 albums over 7 years on double CD and double LP….16 TRACKS.

I have attached CARGO’s most interesting releases for August.

MUSIC ON VINYL has a few nice ones coming up also…I have attached their newest releases also.

Check out the website for all movers and shakers and if you can’t get in to us, remember it is free shipping for 3 records or more if you want us to post….a fiver for one record to be posted, a fiver for two records to be posted and tis free shipping in Ireland for as many records as you like after that and we use wider and longer cardboard mailers where the LP sits protected in the middle and nowhere near the sides where it can get damaged.

http://www.musiczone.ie/

Sin e for this week…

Thanks for listening!!

Ray.