May15th: JOHN LENNON Ultimate Box Set, Vinyl summer sale, BRUCEY bonus, new BONNY LIGHT HORSEMAN, RICHARD THOMPSON, EELS, RIP Steve Albini and Rebels Abú!

Well folks

Hope yer all well!

Rebels abú!

We win one match in a couple of years and we are running away with ourselves!!

That atmosphere down the Pairc on Saturday night was as good as I have ever experienced  … .twas only electric…a night to live long in the memory.

Sport like music can be truly amazing, the boost that victory has given the city is palpable, it seems everyone has got a boost.

This team has now enraptured the Cork public, they are box office ( sher ask GaaGo )

Probably lose to the tipp lads now and that will be that … .but sher nice while it lasted!!

Anyways on to  the tunes…it aint a hurling blog like…

We are running a bit of a vinyl promotion for the next few months….stock landing this week , so should be up and running a bit by friday but definitely next week….2 for 50 euro or 28/29 quid each….no discounts, no stamps, no nathing…2 for 50 quid best best prices…lots of really good titles in it ….will have them updated on the website as well in the next week under big vinyl sale.

 

Right releases in the siopa for this friday 17th May include





Then for the 24th May we have…

Main week for this week is Friday may 31st…and we will have

Brand new album , here is a song from it …one of my favourite songs at the moment….shot down in Levis in Ballydehob…great video, great song, super sound…buy it!!

Released 7th June but need numbers asap

Here is a tune…thought provoking as always…typical Markie!

EELS – Time (official video) – from EELS TIME! – Out June 7, 2024

Here’s  a song from the record…classic Hawley

Richard Hawley – Heavy Rain (Official Lyric Video)

Richard Thompson – “Singapore Sadie” [Official Audio]

Going to hand ye over to Shane now as he takes ye down the road as usual…

Cheers, Ray! Glad the Rebels won and you’d a great day out! Love sport too, but can’t watch everything.

Sad about Steve Albini. Only 61.
I only saw that he had passed after we sent the newsletter out last week, Bobby actually had mentioned it on instagram.
One of the greats. Been listening to alot of Shellac since. And had picked up a recent album a couple months back by Fire! which he recorded. The space he got between all the instruments in a recording was class. In Utero is one of my all time favourites.
Will be missed.

A biggie to mention first from me is JOHN LENNON – Mind Games: Ultimate Collection which will be coming out on July 12th on 2 CD, 2 LP and super deluxe box set. Adam and I are big fans of Lennon’s solo stuff.

*TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES*

Also on the agenda, a 40th Anniversary of a classic, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – Born in the USA is getting a deluxe coloured vinyl reissue. 14th of June for that too. Should be another great day out at the Pairc.

Going to rattle off the rest as I’m behind. Sorry we missed a few links today, we were a woman down.

Here’s Adam’s latest vid (Ray makes a cameo appearance in his jersey) : https://www.instagram.com/reel/C61bBaGt2qe/?igsh=b21sYW8xMDAyMzM1

Will get those missing links done next week!

Ar ais leat so Ray. Sound.

Thanks Shane!
Sin e really for this week folks

Looking forward to the David Kitt instore on Monday 27th of May @ 6 pm

Thanks for listening as always

Ray, Shane, young Adam and Mia.

May 8th: First ever Music Zone Vinyl release, VILLAGERS Postcards, new JOHNNY CASH, SEASICK STEVE, Coloured MoV vinyl reissues and Adam’s video is back!

Hi folks

Hope all is well and ye had a nice bank holiday weekend.

Things tend to quieten down in the shop business wise for the next few months.

We do have some instores coming up which will be lovely…David Kitt will be with us on Monday the 27th of May and we should have a really lovely instore to announce also for Saturday the 1st of June … .more on that one soon!

After the closure of Dublin vinyl, which was a shock and blow to everyone in our industry here in Ireland, there was a few local homegrown talents that got caught in the crossfire of the closure…some had paid money to get records made , only for said records never to be made, hopefully those folks will get some of their money back in the liquidation process…others just didn’t get their record into production it was a mess for everyone.

Hedge Schools were to have their superb “ at the end of a winding day” album released on LP format for the first time via Dublin Vinyl in May , but the record did not go into production. 

I got in touch with Pat Barrett of Hedge Schools a few weeks after the Dublin vinyl closure ( Joe Chester ( A Lazarus Soul) being the other member of Hedge Schools) …id know Pat a few years now,  probably since this very record was released on CD , about ten years ago i’d say ( I loved the album and got in touch when the CD was released to buy some direct from him)…nice bit of contact here and there down through the years…Pat played an instore for us when he got the train down and i picked him at the station and dropped him back after the instore…i think that was for Hedge Schools “ magnificent birds “ album launch…anyways Pats a really good guy. So i got in touch and we had a chat…Pat was very keen to get the record out in the world as was i ( i really connected with it) so between the jigs and reels we decided to put the record out together…i’m delighted the record is finally going to happen to be honest.

It’s the corporation’s first venture and its aim is to just recoup its costs after that it’s all Hedge Schools…if it fails to do that then it is what it is … .hopefully it will recoup.. .good people of Ireland…buy the record!!

First venture at putting out a record so excited to have our name attached to it and honored to be honest.

Here is Pat telling us about one of the tracks from the record “ the sleeping song” 

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

And here is the track in question

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Svyo0JAQ0_4

 

More on it over the coming weeks!

 

Right o , releases in the siopa for this friday the 10th of May include

 

With Villagers album we have some nice postcards to go with the album….we have about 10 spare ones ( rest gone to preorderers)

 

Then for the 17th of May, we will have…



 

Main one for numbers this week are releases for the 24th of May

So there is 

Heres a tune from it..real soulful vibe going on

Paul Weller – Rise Up Singing (Official Video)

Seasick Steve – Backbone Slip (Official Video)

Going to hand ye over to Shane folks as he takes ye down the road as usual!

Sound, Ray!
Hi all, hope yere good and had a nice long weekend. Myself and Noelle were put to work in a local garden centre on the weekend. We got a bbq out of it!
That’s class news about the Hedge Schools record, Ray! Tis a lovely album and well worth having on vinyl. You have me down for one!
Good music can be drowned out a bit these days with the sea of shite that’s on a lot of daytime radio etc. This one will be well worth having in the collection.

Nothing major to announce this week from me, good few reissues.
There are new albums coming from GLASS ANIMALS – I Love You So F***ing Much on CD, vinyl or splatter coloured vinyl (19/7/24), and GRACIE ABRAMS – The Secret of Us on CD or coloured vinyl (21/6/24)

Gracie Abrams – Risk (Official Music Video)

Glass Animals – Creatures in Heaven (Official Video)

And a cool unreleased album from JOHNNY CASH – Songwriter, available as a CD, 2 CD or coloured vinyl (June 28th)

And these are the reissues:

And there are Live ones from:

After all the RSD bustle of recent weeks and some technical difficulties, Adam has a new shop video now for ye, here tis:
https://www.instagram.com/reel/C6jarZ9NEaY/?igsh=NGI1bDEzOTJ0dTdx

Back to you Ray so, slán.

Thanks Shane

A working man walked into a record shop, breakfast roll in hand, dirty filthy boots, badly soiled the brand new carpet and asked the keeper of said record shop “ do you have any AC/DC” borderline panic ensued in the mind of the young keeper …no AC/DC CDs you gobshite…” no sorry, can get in if you like” …” nah your grand”….ahh ahh….5 minutes later a woman bought a “  Bridget Jones Diary “ soundtrack CD…it had started…that was 23 years and 4 hours ago…” young” Adam wasn’t even born…still tend to have dirty floors at times, there’s worse things.

Right sin e for this week

Thanks for listening as always

Ray, Shane, young Adam and Mia.

May 1st: MAY DAY! New DAVID GILMOUR, new JVM, KERRY KING, DAVID KITT in-store, JONI MITCHELL box sets and a bit of housekeeping

Holy shite , 1st of May, where did you come from like!

 

Hi folks

Hope all is well.

Last week  tidy up time after RSD….everything non RSD gets put down the queue and builds up after the event so spent last week ( and this week) getting the place back together….we moved a few racks around and amazing the psychological effect it has …space like time is a funny thing…the amount of people who have said in the past week “ yer doing a clear out lads” …same number of racks on the floor as we always had.

Right releases in the siopa for this Friday the 3rd of May include…

  

Then for the 10th of May we have…



 

So new ones are for the 17th of May and these include…

I really like Billie…always have done,  so looking forward to the new one….no song released yet…old school i like it!



 



 

Little bit of housekeeping folks….

Bank holiday next Monday so the shop is closed Sunday ( as always) but also the bank holiday Monday 6th May.

The students are back next door folks from this week until early June doing their summer exams….chaos in the car park at times…chaos….advice…. if cannot get a space just abandon it and come in and tell me and ill sort it….no drama with this….the security lads are trying to help us…..they realize it’s a tricky situation for us not have spaces for our few customers and i realise its really difficult for them  to manage the car park under the circumstances….so if no space….abandon it for 1 minute and pop into me and i will sort it…

 

We have a really nice instore coming up folks ( few weeks away yet)  but delighted to welcome DAVID KITT back to the shop for an instore on Monday the 27th of May @ 6 pm . David is self re releasing “ not fade away”. Available on 180gm vinyl for the first time since its 2006 release on Rough Trade. The album has been lovingly remastered and resequenced and features a re-recorded version of Say No More and a brand new song Love Someone Else featuring Niamh Regan. Out May 24.

David will perform songs from the brilliant album on Monday the 27th @ 6pm and sign records and have the chats after ….here is “ say no more” from the record…great song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QmNX4HmB8Q

 

Last bit of housekeeping, for this month only, there will be a one-off sale of the work of Dutch photographer to the stars Govert de Roos and his iconic portrayal of Rory Gallagher. This unique photography work, which was taken in 1976, both in the studio and live, portrays Rory doing what he did best. These exclusive photos are developed on high-quality hahnemuhle photo paper and will be available for purchase  exclusive to us for May im told…150 euro best price folks

All photos are framed,  signed by Govert de Roos and embossed to ensure authenticity.

Right going to hand ye over to Shane now as he takes ye down the road…

Sound, Ray. How’s it going everyone!
Those Rory pictures are cool alright. I think there are Prince ones available too from the photographer. He left flyers in on the counter.

And from two guitar legends to another; there’s going to be a brand new album from DAVID GILMOUR called ‘Luck and Strange’ out on September 6th on a few formats:
CD, Blu Ray, standard vinyl, blue vinyl and indies silver coloured vinyl.
His first solo album in nearly ten years.
As much as I love Syd Barrett, Gilmour is the main man for the way Pink Floyd went for me.
Here’s a new track from the upcoming album: https://youtu.be/gMr5GpCpKyA?si=CLKJknRrx1QYZPZK

A big Irish release coming in the second week of June, JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW’s new album ‘Wide, Open Horses’ on CD and white vinyl.
Here’s some more info about it:
Wide Open, Horses is a candid snapshot of everything that has brought James to this point. The album signifies a retaking of his own narrative, a freeing self-acceptance, and a rebuilding of both his sense of self and his connection to music. Singles “Stay Cool“, “Never Gone” and “Give Up” offer a first taste of what fans can expect, leaning further into the introspective and sincere indie-folk sound of his earlier material, whilst incorporating elements of his more explorative later releases.

A unique and particularly special artist project, Wide Open, Horses was initially performed live having booked two nights at The National Concert Hall in Dublin, where he recorded a handful of lo-fi demos, practiced the material for a week, and then hit the stage prior to ever recording a single song. Phones weren’t allowed, but James recorded it to “see what worked and what didn’t work.”

And a track: https://youtu.be/H7gaBzdjYKI?si=UB876o5koNCiKBOh

And a nice reissue box set to mention. JONI MITCHELL’s Asylum Years 1976-80 will be coming out as a 5 CD or 5 LP box set on June 21st.

Here’s a list of other releases coming in the next few months:


Think that’s everything from me. Enjoy the long weekend!
Back to you so, Ray, bud.

 

Thanks Shane!

Sin e really for today folks

( not an Echo to be got in Cork today!)

Thanks for listening as usual

Ray, Shane, young Adam and Mia

April 24th: The 2 Johnnies New Album Launch Party, TAYLOR variants, Hothouse Flowers video, new THOM YORKE, and RSD Thanks

Hi folks

Well RSD is put to bed for another 12 months … .i’m not sorry!!

It was a fantastic day though…good fun, very busy and great music all day long.

I got a little grouchy with 3 or 4 people throughout the day, im sorry, it can be fairly intense and there are a few moments where you are just under pressure and don’t react great to a situation…so there was 3 occasions i think i was a grumpy bollox so i apologize to ye…nothing bad just grumpy!! 

Have to thank the musicians Polly, Caoilan, Christy , Two time polka , the Hothouse Flowers and Irish Jack…they were all brilliant and made the day so so special. Thanks also of course to Shane, Adam and Mia who helped me no end in preparing and organizing the shop and everything else that goes with the day…right i know Adam was late but sher i forgive him for that! And thanks of course to ye folks who came and  bought some records, listened and supported the bands…and were generally just good folks. Thanks Aodhdin for keeping the place tidy and looking after everyone!! And a lovely moment was when Geraldine Barron of Two Time Polka arrived at about 8.30 am with a freshly baked apple tart … .still hot!! Touch of class that was…some of ye would want to pull yer socks up a little bit ….or  grumpy Ray will rear his head. I think I might have to change my name to “ two secs”…i think my name was called 3 or 4 hundred times last Saturday and id say half the time the reply was “ two secs” …one of  my grumpy episodes was when a lad wasn’t listening to my two secs…after i repeated my “ two secs “ and still not heard…i said “ how many times do i have to say two secs?” …sorry Brian…you know i love ya!

Anyway super super day and will live long in the memory.

 

We hope to have a little video of the Flowers here …did we manage it Shane…says he who is absolutely useless with most things…Irish Jack summed it up…” Rays the boss here and i really want to thank him greatly for inviting me to do this, but if you want anything done youd better ask Adam!”

Hopefully we have the video…

Yeah, Ray, got there in the end, technology can be a pain in the bottom sometimes. Here’s the video anyway on our Youtube – Shane:
https://youtu.be/P-0kr9Wm-go

 

Right back to the day job …releases for this friday the 26th of April….wait wait wait….3 new vinyl versions of the new Taylor album just landed ….these are hopefully on the site now ( says he who hasn’t put a thing on the site in about 10 years i’d say) …right releases for the 26th are

And then releases for the 3rd May include

  


Main week for this week is 10th May..so we will have…



 



 

Going to hand ye over to Shane now as he takes ye down the road as usual…


Sound, Ray. Relief I suppose now RSD is done? Fair play, a lot of work involved.
Hi everyone, hope all is well with ye.

On the new Taylor variants before I start, it’s gammy on fans I think, announcing different variants after the fact with a different bonus track on each. Pushing people to buy several copies of the same album which costs nearly 50 euro each.
I better zip it though or I’ll be taken out.

First up of note, a new album of soundtrack compositions from THOM YORKE – Confidenza! His first soundtrack work since Suspiria.
Here’s a track from it:
https://youtu.be/HQuglu4ScGU?si=7SMqoVyNbIZcRb0Q

CD, black vinyl and cream coloured vinyl. Released on July 12th.

Am really enjoying the new album from David Murphy that we mentioned before, called ‘Cuimhne Ghlinn.’ Out last Friday. Really relaxing and interesting mixes of instruments on it.

There’s a new limited WATERBOYS reissue of ‘Dream Harder’ coming out via Music on Vinyl on the 7th of June. Nice one to get.

And there’s a brand new album coming out at the end of May by Pakistani vocalist AROOJ AFTAB called ‘Night Reign’.
I like her. Class voice. And her last album ‘Vulture Prince’ was popular in the siopa.
I believe this album will be more experimental and have jazz and electronic influences. But here’s a tune so let’s find out:
https://youtu.be/Y5IOeXg1jJY?si=-dth2tn52J-LIO6A

And here’s a list of what else is coming down the road:

Playing catchup a bit, so I’m gone, slán! Thanks for all the RSD support! Cheers, Ray.

Thanks Shane!

Right it’s been all RSD but a nice announcement to make here …we are teaming  up with THE 2 JOHNNIES and Cyprus Avenue for the launch show of THE 2 JOHNNIES debut album “ small town heroes”  in Cypress on Thursday the 30th of May for the official launch show….how do i go you ask?….get the CD or the LP from the links below and you will be in…should be a cracking night … .here are the lads themselves  to tell you all about it…

The 2 Johnnies

And here is the link to purchase on our website: https://musiczone.ie/?s=THE+2+JOHNNIES

 

Thanks!!

 

Right so last one for tonight is Integral for the 17th of May

 

Sin e really for this week folks

Thanks for a great RSD 

Ray, Shane and young Adam

April 17th: 3 Sleeps til RSD! HOTHOUSE FLOWERS Live in-store! Final lineup and stock news! Brand new FONTAINES DC, DAVID MURPHY, LANDLESS and Enjoy it!

Hi folks

Well we are nearly there…it kind of flies in the end…yes Record Store Day is this Saturday the 20th of April…we will open at 8 am and close at 5 or maybe 5.30 pm.

There are about 30/40  spot prizes donated by the record companies…so thanks to Uni, Warner, Sony and Dave and Alison from Gilded…it makes the day that bit more special. We will give out 10/15 spots to those in the queue in the morning ( hopefully the weather will be kind to us…well ye really..we will be nice and cozy…only messing …we will organise the queue somehow in the shop if it’s lashing …) and we will give out the rest of the spots throughout the day.

Speaking of making the day more special…we have big news on the live music front

Big News..

The Hothouse Flowers are going to play for us for RSD!!!

Yes Liam, Fiachna and Peter are going to play a little acoustic set for us @ 3pm on Saturday…buzzing for it we are!!

And to boot, they will have vinyl records for sale…2 records only hot of the presses will be available to buy…so the latest album “ let’s do this thing” and also “ into your heart”….these records are first timers on vinyl and only newly in the bands hands….so Music Zone heads will be some of the first people to buy these records….the lads will hang around signing records after the performance…magic it is.

Here is ‘three sisters’ from the Flowers latest album “ lets do this thing”

Three Sisters

Not sure how big a crowd we will get but advice would be to get in early…we will create as much space as possible without cutting off our faces ( we are in the business of selling records so please get to us if you want to buy a record!!!) 

 

Its a bloody great line up…all bands/artists will have goods to sell on the day…cash preferred as always  with the instores please Music Zoners.

Can probably leave 90 people or so in.

So there is now a change to the music line up on the day…so here tis for definite 

 

11AM – POLLY BARRETT

12 NOON – CAOILIAN SHERLOCK

1PM – WHITE LLAMA ( Christy from Crow Black Chicken)

2 pm – TWO TIME POLKA …full band performance…all 6 of them!!

3 pm – THE HOTHOUSE FLOWERS

4 PM – IRISH JACK

 

There will be refreshments on the aul table as with other years or feel free to bring yer own!

 

As regards the stock…no real changes to last week’s email….best advice is get in on the day, even better advice is get in as early as possible on the day.

Oh sorry, there is another problem…seriously cut on the Lennon one also…sorry….you will need to be up early folks.

The record companies dont inform me of cuts generally  you see…i have to check my orders against what i actually get …so its tricky…i hope ye understand.

Also just noticed Richmond Fontaine “ post to wire” was not here nor  invoiced….just chased it….it is delayed….wont be in for a week or two….ill be in touch with wishlisters when it lands….also Little Richard will now be with us and a few more Daft punk stock secured! It keeps changing!! 

 

Ask me on the day if you don’t see something…ask me…if i have a blank expression on my face, we could be in trouble…but some few bits are just delayed and not cut …i will know about most things but over 400 titles so you may be faced with a blank expression…what’s new says you. 

Going online on the website with RSD stock then on Monday the 22nd @ 8 pm.

I think that’s everything I need to say about it…i hope i haven’t forgotten anything…ah well if so.

Hopefully see ye on the day, i say this every year, it’s a celebration of Record Shop existence…if you don’t get a record its not the end of the world, try to think about the spirit of the day…that’s my disclaimer anyway!!
See ye Saturday ! xx



 

Right releases in the siopa for this Friday the 19th of April include ( and include some big ones!…record companies know its busy footfall in the record shops this Saturday….busiest day of the year by a mile so releases are very top heavy for the weekend…..busy week organizing ahead folks…anyway releases for the 19th…

THE BEST POP ALBUM ITW…EVER! : PART ONE: 90S/00S/10S – On CD

 Pearl Jam – Dark Matter

Kathryn Williams & Withered Hand – Wilson Williams

And then releases for the 26th April include



 



 

And releases I need to get back to the record companies with my orders this week are for the 3rd May mainly and we will have…



 

 

This Irish duo have been making a few waves…good bit of interest on the shop floor…here is a tune

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRVv5l74foM

 

 

Going to hand ye over to Shane now for some down the road announcements as usual….before i do that though a really interesting one landed yesterday from David Murphy ( renowned pedal steel player) on CD and LP.  Shane will give ye a bit more info on it in a while but i played it most of yesterday afternoon and really enjoyed it….its beautiful as this tune below proves..David is playing a few tunes in Plugged for RSD Saturday @ 6 pm i think and will be in with us for an instore sometime in June.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RdUPenGkOs

 

Right sorry Shane…fire away kid…

No worries at all Ray, cheers. How’s it going everyone, nearly at RSD now!
Yeah, looking forward to Dave’s album, sounds really interesting, interpreting Irish tunes with pedal steel.
Here’s a bit more about it:
“Taking the instrument outside the confines of its traditional roots, Murphy has accumulated a growing list of recording and live credits. He can regularly be seen and heard on stage and in the studio with diverse Irish artists such as The Lost Brothers, John Blek & The Rats, Arborist, Cian Nugent, Ordnance Survey, Greenshine and The Remedy Club amongst others as well as touring or performing alongside acclaimed international artists such as Willy Vlautin, The Delines, Richmond Fontaine, M. Ward and Jolie Holland.

2024 sees Murphy take his first steps out of the shadows as a solo artist with the release of his own full-length studio album ‘Cuimhne Ghlinn: Explorations in Irish Music for Pedal Steel Guitar’ on the Rollercoaster Records label. This continues his quest to expand the vocabulary of the instrument and take it in new and exciting directions.

Murphy’s all-instrumental debut album recasts ancient Irish harp tunes and historic airs by O’Carolan, O’Riada et al into the 21st century, voiced by the mysterious, emotive and swelling sound of the pedal steel guitar. Supported by an all-star cast of musicians from across contemporary, modern-classical and folk worlds, the pedal steel ably takes its place within an ensemble featuring cello, violin, piano, harp, uilleann pipes and lush electronic textures and synths. Across 40 minutes, the album conjures a palette of sparse, dreamlike, atmospheric soundscapes and stirring, cinematic takes of these culturally significant compositions and melodies from Ireland’s great harpers, composers and song collectors.”

Like the cover and the bit of Gaeilge. It’s released this Friday on CD and vinyl:
https://musiczone.ie/?s=david+murphy+-+cuimhne+ghlinn

A massive one to tell ye about that’s coming later this year is the brand new album by FONTAINES DC – Romance through XL Recordings!
These lads are going from strength to strength as we know. The frontman Grian Chatten’s solo album was one of my favourites from last year.
Here’s a teaser video for the album (love it – Stanley Kubrick fan): 
https://youtu.be/qCPCE0sjUTU?si=JM4L023WyMQ5cCCQ

We’ll be getting a very limited amount of signed art prints too and they will go to the first 15 names who pre-order the album. So fastest fingers first on these. Probably best to order from the link above as we might not see the email for a few hours.
Here tis again: https://musiczone.ie/?s=Fontaines

Here’s what else is coming out over the next few months:

Here’s a track from them: https://youtu.be/Cu3HZEr_NAE?si=UrS6CgHG1Q6WbWu6

That’s all I think from me.
As Ray said, fantastic lineup for RSD. Will hopefully see some of ye on the day.
Up the walls at the moment with RSD stock and organising so no video but we’ll get back to them soon.

Ar ais duitse Ray!
 

Thanks Shane!

 

Right last one for this evening is Integral for the 10th of May



 

Excited for this one…some talent

Here is a tune from it …as good a lyric as Conor has written in my opinion… .there is an Irish record shop only exclusive vinyl available also!

Villagers – You Lucky One (Official Video)

 

Sin e really for this week folks

Hopefully see a good few of ye Saturday

I always tell myself enjoy it…but sher easier said than done when youre in the moment…mind do be going 100 mph…but ill try.

Thanks for listening as always and thanks to Shane and Adam as well

Slan for now

Ray, Shane and young Adam

April 10th: Bumper RSD Round Up: Live Acts on the Day and Stock Cuts. New DARKTHRONE, DEICIDE and BILLIE EILISH. and a PETER GABRIEL Box Set

Hi folks

Loads going on …and will be going on for the next few weeks so i’ll jump in…some of it not great news folks.

I had a few concerns about cuts and allocations for this year’s RSD ( Saturday 20th April) as I felt there were less numbers being pressed across the board, and I’m sorry to report that my concerns are going to be realized. So i’m going to let ye know the problems and ye have the information then…i realise there is going to be disappointments here….i’m disappointed on one myself, but its the nature of it ….the last thing we want to do as a shop is disappoint our customers but all of this out of my hands really and various reasons why we wont have stock or have less stock….get on with Ray will ya for fucks sake ye are saying….right buckle up….ill start with the worst and aim to get better…bit of copying and pasting going on here as well…

From a rep below…

 

“Just dropping you a quick note on a few problem titles we have been made aware of from this year’s Record Store Day slate. Please see below the titles and explanations.

  • 10000 Maniacs – Playing Favorites (0816651018352) – Pulled

The decision has been made to pull this title in the UK & Ireland. The label did not manufacture sufficient stock on this to meet the minimum requirements for Record Store Day. There would not have been enough product to supply every participating store even 1 unit.

Please note there is a limited amount of stock available on this line that can be ordered on the web portal subject to availability. But it is now officially not a part of the RSD slate.

  • Little Richard – Right Now! (0810075113754) – No Stock Allocated

Unfortunately there is no stock of this title available to us so we will be unable to supply this line. Thankfully there were very few orders for this line.    ( WE had 3 lads hoping to get it…sorry lads)

  • Morrissey & Siouxsie Interlude (5054197879234) – No Stock Allocated

I will have to take responsibility for this one, as it looks like I didn’t correctly submit a forecasted number on this line. After trying to secure stock from any surplus in the UK we’ve come up with nothing sadly. The UK number had also been adjusted down and they had to massively cut their orders. Please accept my apologies for this.”

Ray – Sorry folks on the Moz one above i know this is a kick in the liathroidi…a lot of balls along the supply chain, one gets dropped…and this is where we are at….my instinct, they will do this again down the road…sorry again.

From another rep:

“Here’s your invoice Ray

There were cuts on a few things like Daft Punk, David Bowie, Lily Allen and Talking Heads that we couldn’t avoid. But the rest were all ok.”

Ray – so to break that down for ye

DAFT PUNK….not enough to cover wishlists…one short…so someone will be unlucky…out of bed the only answer…sorry.

David Bowie – we are bang on our wishlist number after being cut by 10 copies…bang on is tricky, no wiggle room…out of bed only answer…sorry

Lily allen…bang on wishlist..same story as above

Talking heads – the worst of this lot I’m afraid … .only got 5 …and 10 had wishlisted…sorry … 5 will be disappointed….out of bed only answer here as well…sorry.

FLEET FOXES – from the rep below:

“It is my understanding that the Fleet Foxes title was one of the titles that was cut the most Ray I’m afraid. If it’s any consolation, you certainly got one of the highest numbers of FF stock from what I can see.

Got 13 and 18 had wishlisted…cut from 30 requested!…going to be a few disappointed,,,sorry…out of bed only answer again … .out of bed seems to be the answer …bit of a trend!!

David Sylvian rsd release 5849316

From rep…

“Noted Ray, will keep an eye on it but like I said, we don’t really have control over final allocations and that is one line that demand exceeded supply so they have to divvy them out as fairly as possible.

Ray – i fought and fought for more sylvain but alas not to be…i was on it from middle of feb….look got 5 of them  but 10 of ye wishlisted so again sorry…again they will probably do it later in the year as a blk lp but again its out of bed im afraid!

Jeff Buckley one … .asked for 10…got 3 … .4 of ye wishlisted but Adam and Shane are 2 of the 4…the Guv and Mr Doyle can have a shoot out at dawn…they are here every year at dawn anyway … .sorry!

Some positive news …on the PEARL JAM one…i managed to get 5 copies now instead of one copy so that might make the two aforementioned happier …if both survive dawn.

Other ones where we have little problems are

tom tom club

prince buster

Kim wilde 

OMD – instrumentals

Dexys x Dutch Uncles – Dance With Me 100% Records 12″

Kristen Hersch – hips and makers

Also a few are delayed and may not make the day…if they don’t make it, then if you wishlisted it you will get an email when its in to say its here for you.

Delayed ones im aware of are

Orbital and Sonny Rollins.

And a few im awaiting info on

The Dream Syndicate LP

Freddie Gibbs / Madlib – Piñata

OMD – instrumentals

Dexys x Dutch Uncles – Dance With Me 100% Records 12″

If your record isnt mentioned above then should be all good….ill update further next week.

Right releases in the siopa for this friday the 12th april include

  
And then for next friday the 19th we have…

THE BEST POP ALBUM ITW…EVER! : PART ONE: 90S/00S/10S – On CD

 Pearl Jam – Dark Matter

Kathryn Williams & Withered Hand – Wilson Williams




So main week is Friday April 26th in todays newsletter.

And we will have



 

Here is a tune from it

Pet Shop Boys – Loneliness (Official Video)



 

Here is a tune from the record

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYJxPg6quL4

 

Right so the entertainment for RSD…the usual easy going partyish celebration going on…refreshments and spot prizes throughout the day…i know the cuts will disappoint a few of ye, i’m like a broken record…but the day is a celebration of record shop existence….it was dodgy there 13 , 14 years ago….feck all shops around….clinging on by fingernails….so for the shops around the city , ourselves, Bunker, Plugged , 33 bpm, GD …it’s great we are all open and doing a bit.

Right the line up…drum roll please

First up is Polly Barrett @ 11am

Polly is great, really talented…..here is a song from Polly…beautiful song.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bm8TsvMSVbs

Then at 12 noon we have WHITE LLAMA ( Christy from Crow Black Chicken)
Christy is a great character, i could talk to him for hours…an interesting lad…great voice and super guitar player.

WHITE LLAMA will perform songs for “ don’t look down”

Here is a tune…

Pearl

Its a super album this…have been listening to it a lot.

Then at 1pm we have the wonderful Caoilan Sherlock who will be performing songs from his debut solo album “ teenage jesus” …topman he is, fine fine record also

Here is the title track

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTqpgaPnYA4

2pm we are delighted to welcome IRISH JACK…Adam will tell ye a bit more about the performance.

Hi all! So Irish Jack is giving a talk on his experiences with the Who. A man with many stories Id imagine. Was friends with them from the very start was a close friend of the band. They dedicated their performance at the marquee to him when they were here! The talk starts with a little video hes put together and then he’ll tell a few stories. He was in the Mod movement right at the start, I saw him zooming through town on his scooter in the sun yesterday, brought a smile to my face:) Not one to miss me thinks. Dad is a drummer so I grew up with The Who, been wondering about the man for years as I’m sure some of ye have. Delighted to have him!!

3pm we are buzzing to  welcome TWO TIME POLKA … .the whole kit and kaboodle of them…a fiesta…yes all 6 members of the group will perform for us…a real treat….noone in Cork or maybe in Ireland does what they do….i guarantee if your toes don’t tap to their  fusion of Cajun, bluegrass folk trad music then you  must have lost your toes to frostbite…sorry for your loss. 

TWO TIME POLKA have a brand new CD out on Friday the 19th April so launching with us on 20th of April … .here is a tune from the CD.

https://soundcloud.com/ray-obrien-7/bayou-noir/s-fBd4pcUdBr8?si=368538d057e74c2eabef7bf0e57dfc5a&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

All acts will have cds and/or lps, tees etc to hopefully sell….they will sign whatever and have the chats….cash preferably as always for the instores.

Going to hand you to Shane now as he will take ye down the road as usual…

Hey Ray, thanks! Hey everyone!
Sounds like a real bumper day RSD is shaping up to be. Pity about the cuts.
I was half thinking of the Daft Punk one but I didn’t wishlist it so will leave it to those that did who will probably be in early for it. Tis only a record at the end of the day.
Enjoy the day if I don’t see ye. And fair play to Ray in advance for all the organising.

A couple biggies for down the road to mention. First up is a brand new album from BILLIE EILISH – Hit Me Hard and Soft. Here’s a bit of a teaser for it: https://youtu.be/d846WI05ySU?si=z45sOu8jypDFFoQy
Talented duo her and her brother. We’ll have the CD, recycled black vinyl and limited blue coloured vinyl. That’s due on May 17th.

And in September, there’s a brand new album coming from LONDON GRAMMAR – Greatest Love
Good band! This is their fourth. Here’s a tune from it: https://youtu.be/JBVr0GgDfi4?si=xa8HG5loNDFY0wCc

And here’s what else is coming soonish:

Adam didn’t get a video done this week but here’s an older one in case ye missed it, something might catch your eye in it:
https://www.instagram.com/reel/C43ZP8wt_Yk/?igsh=MWVieDNmMzd2aWdwNA==

Back to the gaffer so.

Thanks Shane.

lastly,

Integral and ROM for the 3rd of May has

Heres a tune from it

Kamasi Washington – Dream State (feat. André 3000) (Official Visual)

Opening at 8am on the 20th…hopefully the weather is kind…To(u)gher hasn’t let us down yet on that front….spots in the queue and also through the day

Right sin e for this week folks

Thanks for listening as usual

Ray, Shane and young Adam

April 3rd: NIAMH BURY IN-store tomorrow, new BEYONCÉ, PEARL JAM new album, limited COLOURED VINYL, new JOHN CALE, Music On Vinyl Coloured Reissues, from the Despicable Two

Hi all, so me and Shane are taking the reins today while Rays away. Yacht is getting a run, ye know the story… I wont ramble on for too long but I do want to mention a nice in-store were putting on tomorrow with the brilliant Niamh Bury. Shes just released her album “Yellow Roses” and I’ve really been liking it. FREE ENTRY as always and she’ll be hanging around for a bit to sign a few albums. The in-stores are always nice to work, especially when the music is great! If yere around we’d love to see ya there:) Info below:

 

Releases for this Friday 5th of April:



 

And here’s everything for the week after, the 12th of April:

  

Right so, we’ll get started on the releases for the 19th of April, as usual pop us an email or order on our website if youre looking for something 🙂

 

WARNER 

 

UNIVERSAL 

 

The big one from Universal really is Pearl Jam – Dark Matter. We’re getting 4 of an Indies Red, White and Blue coloured vinyl now as well as the Black Vinyl, Deluxe CD and CD. Fastest fingers first on the indies folks!

 

2 Bits from SONY. Luther (Vandross) has a self titiled album “Luther” and the new Best Of from BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN on cd, black and a nice “Atlantic” blue vinyl

PIAS 19th April

 

The Orchard 19th April

 

Lastly Proper 19th April



 

Right so Ill hand ye to Shane now for the down the roads… See ye!

Cheers, Adam, bud.
Hi everyone, hope yere well.
The Despicable Two on newsletter duties today. As Adam mentioned the yacht is getting a run but I also believe Ray is attending a conference on Spinnakers.

I’m still dying a bit, chest infection and on antibiotics, so thankfully not a huge amount of down the roads to mention today. But there is a new JOHN CALE album coming. His second in a year or so. Last one was good if a bit weird from what I remember.
This one is called POPtical Illusion and will be available on CD, black LP or Orange coloured LP. Release date is June 14th.
Here’s a bit about it, and a tune at the end:

“Despite the album’s playful title, Cale’s second album in just over a year still contains the same feelings of fierce and inquisitive rage that were present in 2023 album MERCY. He remains angry, still incensed by the willful destruction that unchecked capitalists and unrepentant conmen have hoisted upon the wonders of this world and the goodness of its people. But this is not at all MERCY II, or some collection of castoffs, as throughout his career of more than six decades, Cale has never been much for repetition. His vanguard-shaping enthusiasms have shifted among ecstatic classicism and unbound rock, classic songcraft and electronic reimagination with proud restlessness.
And so, on POPtical Illusion, he foregoes the illustrious cast to burrow mostly alone into mazes of synthesizers and samples, organs and pianos, with words that, as far as Cale goes, constitute a sort of swirling hope, a sage insistence that change is yet possible. Produced by Cale and longtime artistic partner Nita Scott, POPtical Illusion is the work of someone trying to turn toward the future – exactly as Cale always has.”
https://youtu.be/FiQ9Xt9hU3c?si=_nk6D0AWE7Ln3yCT

Beyoncé’s new album ‘Cowboy Carter’ is out next week! And we have the products up now on the site.
Here they are: https://musiczone.ie/?s=Beyonc%C3%A9+-+Cowboy+Carter%27

There’s a nice black and white splatter vinyl reissue of Death Cult (The Cult) – Paradise Now coming out on May 17th. It’s a 40th Anniversary of the band compilation, I believe.

And here’s what else is on the way down the line:

That’s all, really. Before I go, just a reminder that A Lazarus Soul’s new single from their upcoming album, The Flower I Flung Into Her Grave, will be out this Friday! Worth keeping an eye on their YouTube for it: https://www.youtube.com/@alazarussoul

Thanks as always for listening,
Big live music announcement next week.
Slán,

Shane and young Adam.

March 27th: New LAZARUS SOUL album announced, DEATH coloured reissues, CARDINALS EP, GRATEFUL DEAD Mars 50th anniversary, and Happy Easter!

Hi Everyone

Hope all is well enough with ye folks.

No major news from your record and tape emporium I don’t think.

I have a few days off next week…Shane and young Adam are holding the fort for me…so we are closed Easter Sunday and Easter Monday,,,then i’m missing tuesday , weds and thursday so only working Friday and Saturday….a few days break with the family, looking forward to it…will be just two weeks to Record store day by the the time i get back  so will be full enough on then for the rest of April…kind of looking forward to it as well, full on but a bit of a buzz also!

Some big news actually, there is a new A LAZARUS SOUL album in July “ no flowers grow in cement gardens” ( pop quiz on the title) …will have more info im sure closer to the time but buzzing for this release to be honest! New song on Friday week “ the flower i flung into her grave”. Emotive song title.

Releases in the shop for this Friday the 29th of March include

 

Then releases for the 5th of April




Main week is the 12th of April



 

Here is a tune from it…quality as usual

Mark Knopfler – Ahead Of The Game (Official Video)

Deluxe 2CD now sold to us as well as std cd and two vinyl formats



 

 

We have a nice instore on Thursday the 4th of April @6pm when we are delighted to welcome Niamh Bury to the shop. Niamh will play songs from her debut album “ yellow roses” for us, sign copies after as well…there will be a few giveaways on the evening in question also! Heres a tune from the record

Niamh Bury – Beehive

 

Going to hand ye over to Shane now as he will take ye down the road with announcements etc…

Sound, Ray. Delighted to hear that about A Lazarus Soul. They’re one of, if not my favourite Irish bands.
Hope all is well with everyone.
I’m suffering a bit with a cold and back pain so I won’t ramble.

Here’s a list of the pre-orders out over the next few months:

Here’s a track from them:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bu_1xUuR9s8
Nice feedback at the start.

And here’s Adam’s latest video:
https://www.instagram.com/reel/C43ZP8wt_Yk/?igsh=MWVieDNmMzd2aWdwNA==

Thanks a mil Shane.

 

Right so last few that i need figures for the record companies this week …out on 19th April



 

Right so folks sin e for this week really

The lads have the newsletter for next week

Thanks for listening as always

Ray, Shane and young Adam

March 20th: NIAMH BURY In-store gig, some RSD Live Lineup news, new JOHN GRANT, CEDRIC BURNSIDE,OASIS 7 inch, live QUEEN and SWIFTOGEDDON

Hi folks

Hope ye are doing well enough.

So releases in the siopa for this Friday the 22nd March include

And then also for the 29th of March there are releases by

 

The Record Store Day orders are all well sent to the record companies now….i shall keep you aware of any issues over the next few weeks…i should be aware of allocations/cuts in the next few weeks…hopefully won’t be too bad, ill keep you posted anyway.

A few records fell through the cracks already….i emailed the folks affected.

Working on the music for the day as well….saturday 20th April….musicians confirmed for definite are

White Llama ( Christy O Hanlon from Crow Black Chicken)

White Llama has a super album out in the last few months on CD…Christy will perform songs from  the release on RSD and sell and sign copies of the cd.

Here is another tune from the self titled White Llama album

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KbgNzS5YBEI

 

We will also have Polly Barrett back with us to play some songs for Record Store Day….Polly released a new album just before Christmas on vinyl and CD and she will perform songs from the record on the day also.

Heres a tune!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4z8BITeDaE

We will update further next week!

 

Main week for this week is Friday the 5th of April



 



 



 

 

Good news re a lovely instore coming up for us ….on thursday the 4th of April  @ 6pm we are delighted to welcome Niamh Bury to the shop where she is launching her debut album “ yellow roses” 

Fabled Irish record label Cladddagh records is back up and running in the last few years and they have started signing Irish talent again….Niamh signed to Claddagh records recently….here is  a beautiful tune from the record

Niamh Bury – Beehive (Lyric Video)

Niamh will perform tracks from the album for us….sign copies and have the chats with folks.

There will also be spot prizes on the night including

X2 Tickets to see Niamh Bury play Winthrop Avenue on April 26th

X1 Vinyl of Yellow Roses

X1 Signed Art Card

X1 Tote Bag

 

I hope the shop community will come out in support ….mark it in the leabhar Thursday 4th April @ 6 pm.

 

Going to hand ye over to Shane now so as he takes ye down the road …Taylor finally gets the nod to go to retail …what was the time difference from available on D2C sites to retail …10 weeks or so i guess, sher it is what it is! A nice Oasis 7” also….allocaoted just 5!….anyway ill leave Shane fill ye in

Cheers, Ray.
How’s it going y’all?
I was well off about Metalllica – Garage Inc last week. Oops. Oh well, I’m not an AI.
A few biggies today to mention, including the two that Ray just mentioned.

There’s a brand new album from JOHN GRANT – Art of the Lie coming via Bella Union on June 14th. Mr. Grant is popular enough in the shop. His last one was a bit of a return to form.
Here’s the brand new trailer: https://youtu.be/mCXkfvsktY0?si=cZ_KiwG1K68lruUM
CD, black vinyl and Limited pink vinyl.

The Swifties will be frothing at the mouth over another new product from Taylor. We’ll be getting the CD and clear vinyl of her new one, ‘Tortured Poets Department’. There’s a nice 24 page booklet included, in fairness. That’s out around RSD, I think. Better check…yes, the day before RSD.
And we’ll also be getting the ‘Ghosted’ White vinyl of it.
My wife’s a Swiftie…it’s grand!

There’s a nice QUEEN live release ‘Rock Montreal + Live Aid’ as a 2 CD, Blu Ray, 4K UHD disc or a 3 LP. Phenomenal performances there, of course. At their peak, I suppose.

And the OASIS – Supersonic: 30th Anniversary 7 inch single, as Ray mentioned. It’s going to be on pearl coloured vinyl and will be numbered too. Very limited though, I’m afraid, so be quick with the link if interested.

And here’s what else is bubbling away in the oven:

Here’s a track from them: https://youtu.be/IRVv5l74foM?si=Q6E_gDEy3_B1ZwGA


Two late additions, firstly, young blues guitarist MARCUS KING has a new album, ‘Mood Swings’, produce by Rick Rubin. Out April 5th actually, on CD or LP.
And there’s a nice 2 LP, numbered, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab pressing of JOHNNY CASH – Live at Folsom Prison

Adam is just getting to upload the video on insta, so here’s the link to our Instagram page, and it should be the first video there soon, if not there already:
https://www.instagram.com/musiczone.ie/?hl=en

Back to you Ray, so. Sound.
 

Thanks Shane!

 

Right last one for today is Integral for the 12th of April…

  • Aaron West and The Roaring Twenties ‘In Lieu of Flowers’
  • BODEGA ‘Our Brand Could Be Yr Life’
  • Metz ‘Up On Gravity Hill new album

 

Sin e for this week really folks

Thanks for listening as usual

Ray, Shane and young Adam

March 13th: DEEP PURPLE 50th Anniversary set, new NIAMH BURY, last SUM 41 album, METALLICA coloured vinyl, new KHRUANGBIN, T Bone Burnett and ‘Dowtcha Boy!’

Hi folks

Hope all is well!

Didn’t the proud Irishman make us all proud on Sunday night/Monday morning….dowtcha boy!

A right music head to boot, music was the first love i think…still is me thinks…all good all very good.

Right the Record Store Day lists are nearly all sent back to the record companies…a few more companies to get finished by tomorrow and then they are in the lap of the record gods.

Thanks to those of ye who sent in wishlists….its funny every year, the amount of records wishlisted is very similar….like every year….i shall update here over the weeks with any issues etc…..normally 10 or 20 records from the list falls through the cracks for one reason or another…and there will be cuts by the record companies also…anyways i will keep ye in the loop.

The music for the day is taking shape….3 confirmed, very excited for them….i’m waiting on 2 more, hopefully ….if they break for us it will be the best lineup ever i think….again ill update here as soon as i have a clearer picture….again RSD is Saturday the 20th of April.

Righty o….releases for this Friday the 15th of March include…( on nb btw its a long weekend folks so the siopa closes at 6pm on Saturday the 16th and not back till 10AM on Tuesday the 19th of March…so closed Paddys and also Monday the 18th…go raibh maith agaibh.

 

So the 15th releases are by

 

And the 22nd releases include …



 

So tonight is mainly about the 29th of March…and we will have..



 

Here is a lovely tune from the record

Niamh Bury – Budapest

 



 

 

Going to hand ye over to Shane folks now as he takes ye down the road with announcements etc.

Cheers, Ray. Conas atá sibh gach duine?
I had to think for a second who you meant at the start Ray. Cillian of course!
Great stuff alright! A great talent. We have a few Irish Oscar winners now.
Some country for our size.

Before I get to the pre-order stuff. Here’s Adam’s latest Instagram video doing the roundup of what’s new in the siopa:
https://www.instagram.com/reel/C4DnhUzNFCm/?igsh=cXdkbG1jNWN0NDU0

Sorry I didn’t it include in the last couple of weeks, was up the walls a bit and didn’t get the chance.

Not a huge amount to mention this week but I suppose the biggest metal band around are worth a mention.
METALLICA are back with another run of their albums reissued on coloured vinyl.
An album I listened to alot as a teenager, ‘Garage, Inc.’ is first on the list. It’s getting a 3 LP ‘fade to blue’ coloured pressing. Could be a first timer on vinyl that actually, I’m not sure.
They cover loads of rock bands who influenced them including songs from Black Sabbath, The Misfits and Budgie.
That’s out on April 5th.
If you like your snare drums to sound like a saucepan being hit by a metal pipe, ‘St. Anger’ is coming out on orange coloured vinyl at the end of April.
And those will be followed by ‘Death Magnetic’ in June and ‘Hardwired to Self Destruct’ in July.
No sign of ‘Load’/’Reload’ yet.

T BONE BURNETT has a brand new album coming on April 19th called ‘The Other Side’.
Here’s a bit about it and a track:

‘Grammy and Oscar award winning producer, musician and songwriter T Bone Burnett is back to form with a folk album of 12 tracks featuring artists Lucius, Roseanne Cash and Weyes Blood.

“With this record, I tried to treat myself as kindly as I would try to treat other people,” says Burnett, who likens his producing approach to that of a photographer. “I try to find the person’s best angle and light them so they look the most like themselves or the best version of themselves. And this time, rather than staying in the romantic notion I previously had of myself—of a rebellious artist, a firebrand or whatever I thought I was trying to be—I just tried to be kind to myself.” Ultimately, in looking for “you,” T Bone Burnett found himself on The Other Side.’
https://youtu.be/aGuNH18VH9c?si=YoAJz_h1z-ICa29r

And back to metal, ROB ZOMBIE‘s most recent album ‘Lunar Injection Kool Aid Conspiracy‘ is getting a splatter coloured reissue through Nuclear Blast on May 10th.

Here’s a list of a few other ones that are coming down the line:


That’s my lot, as far as I can see.
Bain taitneamh as an deireadh seachtaine! Slán.

Thanks Shane!

 

Last one really for today is Integral for the 5th of April…who have releases by

I was sent a link to listen to this album from the record company and i enjoyed it…heres a tune from it for ye:

Fabiana Palladino – Stay With Me Through The Night

Heres a tune from it! Its class!!

Khruangbin – A Love International (Official Video)

Sin e really for this week folks

Thanks for listening as always

Ray, Shane and young Adam

www.musiczone.ie

March 6th: New NICK CAVE album, bad industry news and rant, new KAMASI WASHINGTON, ST. VINCENT, SIERRA FERRELL, Final call for RSD Wishlists and very Limited SWELL SEASON

Hi Everyone

Hope all is well out there.

Some really bad news for the industry broke on Monday evening with the news that Dublin vinyl ( Ireland’s only pressing plant) is going into liquidation…i didn’t see it coming at all to be honest. Ah bad bad  news…i know one person well who works there and the same lad can’t buy a break…keep going kid… and i have had some dealings with a few more folks down through the years…always good to deal with from my point of view…22 full time jobs gone, a lot of wages to pay every week. Tough industry ours is…from most sides anyway…really tough for the  owners and employees of Dublin vinyl…stressful as it gets.. They are 1.9 million euro in debt and their energy supplier was at the stage of turning off the power over monies owed. I hope things come to an OK conclusion for everyone…I know there are local artists who have paid sizable deposits to have their records cut there in the last few months…I really hope these local artists can get sorted. Ah man, it’s tough from all angles. We only recently got involved with DublinVinyl as a cooperative between artist, pressing plant and record shop….there were releases planned by Hedge schools, THE LOVE BUZZ and HAM SANDWICH to name a few….these releases are shelved for now…hopefully the artists can get the records out themselves at some point…we will issue refunds where applicable.

Business is tricky folks for most small and medium businesses….cost of everything keeps going north…we had 9k less in our bank at the end of jan 24 versus end of jan 23…we wouldn’t have too many 9ks to be losing like folks ( we don’t owe anyone a dime though folks….nb dont owe a dime, the maths still has to work out though)……not been dramatic, just telling ye the truth….things are fine  though( i think , though it needs to be constantly watched)

 We made changes in the final third of last year and that looks like it should settle things…because at end of Aug 2023 , we were looking at losing 13k in 2023…shit it can happen so fast…the cost of running the shop goes up by 10k  or 15k in a year and bang your back minding the baby. I’m lucky in lots of ways, it’s a small business … .a good business i feel, great customers in the main, the odd langer of course, mainly online the langers lurk. But because its small when it goes a little tricky, we can generally fix it… as we have …but in Dublin vinyls case it spiraled and was just uncontrollable then I presume, that amount of  wages to pay must have been so stressful,…i feel for everyone involved.  Dublin vinyl cited Brexit as one the factors in their troubles and i have a major grumble since Brexit …costs everywhere folks…ill list them someday if i’m bored…its endless, domain name for website, 200 bucks a year. Website upkeep 4 k a year, shop insurance 3 k a year…accountant 3 k a year, bank charges 2 k a year, card payment acceptance 2 k a year … .i won’t bore ye the list goes on and on … .ye get my drift. Major gripe since brexit is the courir companies….Brexit has been a windfall for them….its manky what they are doing but they have you by the liathroidi….so we still have suppliers with Brexit issues….Proper. Orchard, shellshock, SRD, Plastichead, Little amber fish, republic of music…so these suppliers have to be checked at customs….because of this the Couriers charge us VAT for the revenue at point of entry in the country ….we can claim back the VAT in vat return then….PAY IT AND THEN CLAIM IT BACK…ridiculous if you ask me but i presume there’s not a better way?? But the stickler is the courir company charges you a fee for charging you the customs fee….for delivering the box basically….the same service they provided before brexit but now they fee you …DHL range anywhere between 5 euro and 30 euro per box…depending on the number of lines on the invoice…they call it a multi line clearance fee…what a load of bollocks….UPS charge 20 euro a business box full stop…dirty dirty….DPD the best at 5 euro plus vat fee…probably what it should be….Brexit has been a windfall for the couriers and youre caught cos you need the stock for customers….its manky and should be addressed, they are robbing people in my opinion. You probably notice it in your personal life … .customs charge at front door with courier but also their fee for doing the same thing they did before brexit … .anyway rant over. 

 

Right releases in the shop for this Friday the 8th of March include

 

And then releases for the 15th of March




Plastichead and Integral RSD 24 price lists are in now also….so Shane will pop them up  now with all the others….NB NB folks i need wishlists by close of business this Friday the 8th of March….a few of the companies don’t need figures till 15th March but safer to get Wishlists  in before this Friday please!!!

PLASTICHEAD – RSD 24 List with Prices

INTEGRAL – RSD 24 List with Prices

And here’s the full lot on the one page (just keep scrolling down):
https://musiczone.ie/category/record-store-day-2024/

Right for the 22nd March we will have

Heres a tune in case you missed this dude…it could easily happen , only one studio album i think…magic

Jackson C. Frank – Mystery

There is a bit of a interest in this record from a few patrons on the siopa floor….so heres a tune from the album:

Sierra Ferrell – Dollar Bill Bar (Official Video)

 

The Waxahatchee vinyl is a bit troublesome but we are getting 3 copies of the indies version ( all spoken for) and 5 copies of non indies one that doesnt have the poster….2 left to sell still.

 

Jumping onto your territory here Shane but there is a SWELL SEASON ( Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova)  reissue of the 2009 album “ strictly joy” and this is what it says about the reissue

“ This release is limited to 150 copies. For 24 hours only, orders are open to Irish stores only “

So if interested please shout , we are good for 15 copies of the release…so first 15 for it.

 

Another interesting release is Don’t Look Down by White Llama ,it’s  a mixture of blues based music sometimes folky, sometimes rocky, pensive and soulful and a bit different.

White Llama are a bit of a Cork supergroup with Christy O Hanlon ( Crow Black Chicken)

Jake O Driscoll ( God Alone) and Jack O Hanlon ( God Alone… Christy’s youngfeller as well) 

Heres a tune from the album…cracking tune in fact

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv3KjONrnic

 

Christy ( Chicken) is going to be one of our musicians for Record Store Day this year … .more on that closer to the time!

Going to hand ye over to Shane now as he takes ye down the road…

Hi all!
Thanks, Ray, good rant earlier. It’s dirty alright. Pity we’re so reliant on the UK companies.
Tough about Dublin Vinyl, hope the staff find something new asap.

Reminded me a little of an article I read a few days ago about the indiustry and the use of Tik Tok, streaming and now AI. The artist James Blake was highlighting all that.
Here’s the article:
https://www.musicradar.com/news/james-blake-music-industry-economics

That Swell Season one would be a nice one for the collection. I remember the film Once, which would have involved the same duo, was good.

Anyway, another biggish one to mention is the new album from KAMASI WASHINGTON, called ‘Fearless Movement’. One of the biggest current Jazz artists. Here’s a track from it:
https://youtu.be/c8cKN1rbJl4?si=CT27wliXKCPRZVhy
Lots of guest appearances on it, including Andre 3000 among others.

An even bigger one, that was only just announced. The new album from NICK CAVE – ‘Wild God’.
It’ll be out in August. Nick is class.
There’ll be a clear vinyl, black vinyl and CD version.

Two Irish coloured vinyl reissues are coming in April. A red vinyl reissue of OXN – CYRM and a clear and green Vinyl 2 LP of Hozier – Wasteland Baby!
We didn’t get the OXN one up but shout if you’d like a copy.

There’s also a brand new album from ST. VINCENT – All Born Screaming coming out at the end of April.
Here’s a new track from it: https://youtu.be/RYJxPg6quL4?si=W8yIw31uuah5zejm

And the list of what else is on the way down the road:

Back to you Ray so bud.

Thanks Shane

 

Last one for this evening folks ( and sorry about my rant earlier….i am feeling better now though!) is Integral for the 29th March…

Right so folks

Sin e for this week

Last 48 hours for RSD wishlists

Thanks for listening as always

Ray, Shane and Young Adam

www.musiczone.ie

Feb’ 28th, 2024: RSD Wishlist Deadlines, More Pricing, a word from KATE BUSH (Exclusive Vinyl), new C.A.S., WELLER and RICHARD HAWLEY

Hi folks

It’s all RSD for the next few weeks….a couple of nb notes to start with this week.

Some orders need to to be back to the record companies by this Friday the 1ST OF MARCH so if you are wishlisting either of these two titles from SRD then i need them by Friday am latest please…here’s the note from label about it

“  The deadline for ordering RSD LIGHT IN THE ATTIC & IRON MOUNTAIN ANALOGUE titles is THIS FRIDAY 1st March.

Latecomers will not be accommodated, I’m afraid.”

Also ROM RSD wishlists need to be back by Friday am also….

Heres the stuff from Republic Of Music ( ROM)  so again wishlist asap if you are hoping for something from this list….

Republic of Music List with Prices

Nb if you don’t send us  a wishlist there is a very good chance you will not  get the record you are hoping for…

Also re RSD as regards the Warner price list, the pricing is not confirmed to us yet, so there is a chance there could be a 10% swing either way ( up or down ) so please bear that in mind folks with Warner!…sorry same applies for Cherry Red  ( Warner do the sales on Cherry red and Proper do distro…crystal clear right)

Also, Integral and Plastichead haven’t sent us pricing yet so they will hopefully be up next week!

I think most if not all of the others are up here now … .Shane will do his thing with them now.

Here’s the full lot on the one page:
https://musiczone.ie/category/record-store-day-2024/

And here they are individually:

Universal – RSD 24 List with Prices

Warner and Cherry Red – RSD 24 List with Prices

Sony – RSD 24 List with Prices

Republic of Music – RSD 24 List with Prices

Little Amber Fish – RSD 24 List with Prices

SHELLSHOCK – RSD 24 List with Prices

SRD Record Store Day 2024 List with Prices

The Orchard – Record Store Day 2024 List with Prices

Cargo – Record Store Day 2024 List with Prices

Proper – RSD 2024 List with Prices

Proper (USA Imports) – RSD 2024 List with Prices

Till next week on RSD folks…

Right here’s what’s in the siopa for this Friday the 1st March…

  

And then for the 8th of March we have

 

And for the 15th of March there are releases by



More on RSD folks….Kate Bush will take on the role of 2024 Record Store Day UK Ambassador.

Kate said today:

“What a huge honour to have been asked to be Ambassador for this year’s Record Store Day. It really is a great privilege.

Isn’t it great to see how the resurgence in vinyl has taken the music industry by complete surprise? It had decided to leave vinyl far behind, but it would seem that not everyone agrees! I love that!

I know there are many, many artists who are just as excited to see the audience turning the tide.

In the same way that some people like to read a book on Kindle but also want to have a book as a physical object, a lot of people like vinyl and streaming. Both have different appeals.

The added bonus of vinyl is that it encourages people to listen to albums. An art form that I’ve always thought can be treasured in a unique way. An album on vinyl is a beautiful thing, given a strong identity by its large-scale artwork. There’s a much more personal connection with the artist and their work.

It’s been fun putting designs together for some of the previous RSDs. This year’s design echoes the cancelled release of Eat the Music as the first single from the album, The Red Shoes. The image was intended to be on the cover of the single bag and is now on the disc as a UV print.

The title, Eat the Music, is meant to be a playful nod to ‘If music be the food of love, play on,’ from Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

Each year Record Store Day gathers more attention, more momentum, and attracts more people who cram into indie record stores all over the world to see what’s up. What’s new?

This year, I hope you have a fantastic time at this very important event, and that you get to celebrate music that’s been specially released for you.

Very best wishes,

Kate”

As we would say in Cork…dowtcha Kate girl .

To coincide with the role there is an RSD exclusive version of Kate’s vision for “Eat The Music” that was originally intended to be the lead single from her album “The Red Shoes”

10” white 100g vinyl, with three tracks on side A and a full colour UV printed image on side B. Housed in a top-opening PVC sleeve secured with a transparent sticker and finished with a Fish People / Record Store Day sticker and barcode in the top left corner

Price looks to be about 30 euro … .hopefully i can get some…out via Kate’s own fish people label….i need my order back to them by the 12th of March … .shout if interested folks!

So nearly all pricing will be complete then ( Pias and Plastichead 2 exceptions for now)….Uni need their numbers for orders back to them by noon on the 11th March….so i suppose i better call it….NB NB NB dear patrons, customers, friends and foes of MZ towers…please please have any/all wishlists back to us by close of play Friday the 8th of March (  i thought we might have another week but no as companies looking for them back to them on 11th 12th march type of thing) so NB wishlists by 8th March please….its actually only 9 days away to wishlist deadline.

One piece of bad news for Pearl Jam fans … .from the rep…Regarding ‘Pearl Jam’ 6502613, due to limited stock, each account can only order 1 unit. This refers to the Pearl Jam RSD release….i’m sorry we can’t get more i know there are 6 or 7 of ye out there hoping for this one…as always the earliest bird shall get the worm …sorry.

A couple of thoughts about this year RSD….good list, better pricing i feel ( the cure picture disc is half the price of last years PD) but i sense/know less quantities of stuff….so that’s a good thing and a bad thing….good thing is it keeps the day and the records really fresh and sought after….bad thing is some people will be disappointed….sorry in advance, we do our best and communicate from this tool via this tool to keep ye up to speed with what we know…it is what it is im afraid. I’m sure the customers, patrons and friends of the shop get it …you don’t want to be gnomed now do you?

Wishlists by close of play friday the 8th of March.

Going to hand ye over to Shane now as he takes ye down the road as usual….lots going on kid!

Yeah, Ray. Good busy though isn’t it. Lovely piece by Kate Bush above.
Hi everyone! Hope yere flying it.

I’m going to list everything this week as playing catch up a bit.
I think the highlights this week are the new albums from CIGARETTES AFTER SEX, PAUL WELLER, RICHARD HAWLEY and the NEIL YOUNG/CRAZY HORSE – F##kin’ Up release.
Oh and the PORTISHEAD one. Have a look below.

Also, I went to the new Bob Marley movie. Very good I thought. Authentic feel to it.

Anyway, here’s the list of what’s coming along soon:




That’s all from me. Getting exciting now for RSD.

Back to you Ray so.

Thanks Shane

Right last one for this week is Integral for the 22nd March

Sin e for this week folks

Thanks for listening as always…wish lists by the 8th of March if you are listening!

Ray, Shane and young Adam

www.musiczone.ie

Feb’ 21st: RSD Lists and Lots of Irish Releases

Howdy folks,

So the RSD list dropped last Thursday evening, a day later than our weekly newsletter.

So heres the story for now….

  1. We cant hold back, keep records away, put records away for people.
  2. We hope if your interested in a record or records to “ wishlist” that record from us…email us artist, title…. record label if you know it!…or ring us or call into us with wishlist.
  3.  We hope then ( thanks to wishlists) to secure enough stock to cover demand of our bould patrons.
  4.  Best bet is always to get in on the day…as early as possible !!

 

So shortterm we need the wishlists….we have received pricing for about half the list so far so Shane will get these out to ye tonight as well as the whole list here again:

FULL RSD 2024 EUROPE/UK LIST

Mainly don’t have the pricing from the majors…Uni, Wea, Sony and Integral…have the pricing from most of the others … .will put up what we have and update it every week … .around middle of march we will need wishlists by…i will confirm that date also.

 

On the list ( trust me I know the day has some criticisms but it’s an important day for the shop) I think it is quite good. I thought there might be a Taylor release with the album the day before,,,,but so far doesn’t look likely ( but you never know)

On the list…some lovely stuff i thought …Blur parklife zoetrope vinyl should be beautiful ( if the price is right, it should sell really well on the day) , Bowie “ waiting in the sky” could be an interesting one, David Sylvian & Nine Horses is a first timer on vinyl, Dolores O’Riordan debut solo album was a good album i thought and a nice release, the recording of THE DOORS release is top quality im told, and that gets a cd release as well ( missing tricks galore with the lack of CDS ,,,is there anybody out there…just nod if you can hear me) Electrafixion is an interesting one, they  were an alternative rock band, formed by former Echo & the Bunnymen members Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant in 1994, joined by bass guitarist Leon de Sylva and drummer Tony McGuigan. Burned was their debut and only album, long deleted it will be reissued on black and white vinyl for RSD 2024.

Fleet foxes live 3lp should be lovely, hopefully the price is ok.

Jeff Buckley & Gary Lucas could be interesting.

Other Two, The – side project of Gillian and Stephen from New order.

Prefab Sprout 12”

Queens “ cool cat” super single

Sineads beautiful “ You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart – 30th anniversary” , the Stones, Roger waters, Wilco  and many many more….its a very strong list i think…Hopefully pricing will be ok

Anyways there’s the ones I like the look of! Each to their own !!

Shane will have the price lists we have so far, further down.

Right releases for this Friday the 23rd of Feb…

And then releases for the 1st March…

 

Main week for the corporations ad is for March 8th and we have



 



 

Shane gifted me a JEFF TWEEDY ( Wilco)  book at Christmas….i really enjoyed it….simple idea really…if you are a muso, you will enjoy this book…simple enough idea…” world within a song” it is called….Jeff choses 100 songs that have had an impact on his life….from smoke in the water to dancing queen…yeah yeah ….he ties the songs to emotions at that time ….the simple part of the idea is everyone of us could do this and it would help or make people engage with the songs ( sorry Jeff, i aint belittling it, it was great)….so as you read the book , you off course listen to the song after reading Jeffs take on it….i probably knew well half the songs, another 25% knew a little and probably 25% i didnt know at all….but you definitely have fresh ears after reading what the man said about the song….sometimes it had little effect on me, other times it fully turned me on to something…undertones “ positive touch” album after hearing “ forever paradise” is one example…and i really listened to Randy newmans “ in germany, before the war” properly for the first time after reading the page or two on it….the music does most of the talking in this song.…so so eerie and sad.

Randy Newman – In Germany Before the War – Album Version [HD]

 

One  chapter I am going to paraphrase for ye and quote at the end is about a LEO SAYER song called “ long tall glasses”…..Jeff does congratulate the reader if they haven’t heard it!!  Thank you Jeff I said. Anyway, Mr. Tweedy senior had a very strange connection to this song ….so Jeff as a child  reckons this song was “ played roughly 45 times between 6 and 9pm on weekday evenings and upwards of 70 times a day at weekends “ and the ritual continued for several months….there is a part towards the end of the song where the line “ I CAN DANCE” booms out of the speakers…and his dad ( beer in hand) gets out of the chair, and dances and bellows along to it…I CAN DANCE….” EVERY SINGLE TIME”. Mr Tweedy senior wasn’t a bad man i don’t think, had a few things going on alright by the sounds of it but not a bad man. At the time, Jeff felt “ I was learning about things I would never do and ways that I would never be. As a musician, as a songwriter, as a father , and as a human, i guess”

But here’s the kicker folks…when he plays the song now as an older man who has seen a thing or two..

“ the memories of my father become so vivid, I swear I can smell him. I am with him again. But this time without judgment. Only joy for his joy. Name something else in the world that can do that.”

Thanks for the book Shane, you can tell i got a bit out of it.

Over to you for down the road ones please sir….

Ah, really glad you enjoyed it, Ray. Amazing what music can do for us alright. We’d be lost without it. Randy Newman is class!
Hope all is well with everyone.

I’ll start with the RSD lists with pricing, the ones we have so far anyway.
The prices don’t seem too bad on a lot of stuff, which is nice. Although, I hope I don’t jinx it for the Major label ones. We’ll hopefull have those next week.

Here’s everything we have so far on the one page. Worth a click and a scroll:

https://musiczone.ie/category/record-store-day-2024/

And here are the individual lists, specific to each label:

SRD Record Store Day 2024 List with Prices

The Orchard – Record Store Day 2024 List with Prices

Cargo – Record Store Day 2024 List with Prices

Proper – RSD 2024 List with Prices

Proper (USA Imports) – RSD 2024 List with Prices

Some nice Irish ones that are coming down the road (in a few weeks/months) this week.
First is a repress of MUIREANN BRADLEY – I Kept These Old Blues on green coloured vinyl.
Talented girl. Voice and guitar playing are top notch. And the early blues stuff is class.
We sold out quickly of the first pressing a couple months back. This will be released on March 15th.




Another musician with Donegal roots, OISÍN LEECH of the Lost Brothers is releasing his debut solo album ‘Cold Sea’ on March 8th. It’ll be on CD and ‘Sea Glass’ Green coloured vinyl.
Here’s the single ‘October Sun’ from it, nice video:
https://youtu.be/sFXSh5iwNYE?si=enc8Q2n2CoQRP4_3

And also from up north, KNEECAP are releasing their debut album ‘Fine Art’ in June.
Warning: Stock is very limited of the tri-colour vinyl so be quick.
Here’s an interesting bit about the album. They’ve a movie coming out too soon with Michael Fassbender in it:

When Mo Chara, Moglaí Bap and DJ Provaí – aka Belfast’s finest Kneecap – entered the studio with producer Toddla T in the summer of 2023, they quickly decided to scrap everything they had already prepared for the album they were about to record. Instead, they decided to build a pub together.

Built on a West Belfast side street, The Rutz is a community boozer, in that the entire community uses it. All human life is inside, either thriving, striving or skiving. There’s people just trying to get served at the bar or up on the stage performing; others are slumped in darkened corners or emerging bleary eyed and coke smeared from the toilets. Religious affiliations are irrelevant and the chatter is a intoxicating blur of English and Irish.

Although the pub is currently just a figment of the band’s imagination, all of the action on Kneecap’s exhilarating first album – Fine Art – takes place in The Rutz. Like the band themselves, Fine Art is fiercely intelligent, consistently hilarious and genuinely thought provoking. It’s genius is to immerse you in a world thus far unrepresented in modern music.

Across the record’s twelve tracks and the interconnecting moments between them (recorded by the band and friends including DJ Annie Mac), the pub comes to life vividly, providing the perfect backdrop for the cast of characters that join the dots throughout the album. From the moment the idea was born back in Toddla T’s studio, it was the obvious location to base the world of Kneecap in.”
Sounds class.
Here’s a track from it – https://youtu.be/dDdnqCBPvFQ?si=jerfqOxRnDiNXaZc

Also ag teacht soon:



 

Late addition: Bruce Springsteen – The Wild, The Innocent & The E Street Shuffle – Mobile Fidelity Ultra Disc Vinyl Pressing or SACD – 28/4/24

Here’s Adam and Ray’s latest video from the shop. ‘Gnomed’ is a new verb!
https://www.instagram.com/reel/C3dJLz-N7Ic/?igsh=MWR6ZGxvZDZ1eTZnMQ==

Ar ais duit, Ray! Slán!

Thanks Shane

 

Last one for this week so is Integral for the 15th March


Sin e for this week so
Thanks for listening
Ray, Shane and Young Adam

www.musiczone.ie

#3 of ’24: MZ Top 20 Albums List and Prize Announcement, new BRITANNY HOWARD, DEAD SOUTH, LYRA, PILLOW QUEENS, ARAB STRAP, Live PIXIES and bodies down

Hi Everyone

Hope all is well out there.

Releases in the siopa for this Friday the 26th include….

 

Then releases for the 2nd of Feb include..

Album of the year polls are done and are in….big big thanks to Rick who took all this work off my hands….sound out Rick.

So the results from our poll for best albums of the year voted for by the patrons, shareholders of Musiczone.ie is as follows. ( the winner of the 50 quid voucher is Colm O Bradaigh…we shall be in touch )

 

  1. Lankum – False Lankum
  1. Blur – The Ballad of Darren
3  Sufjan Stevens – Javelin
4.  boygenius – The Record
5. Mick Flannery – good time charlie
6. Wilco – Cousin
7  The National – First Two Pages of Frankenstein
8.  The National – Laugh Track
9  .Lana Del Rey – DYKTATUOB
10.  The Murder Capital- Gigis Recovery
11.  Grian Chatten – Chaos For The Fly
12,  Young Fathers – Heavy Heavy
13.  PJ Harvey I Inside the Old Year Dying
14.  Rolling Stones – Hackney Diamonds
15.  Metallica – 72 Seasons
16.  Foo Fighters – But Here We Are
17.  Slowdive – Everything is Alive
18. Olivia Rodrygo – Guts
19. Lisa O’Neill. All of This is Chance
  1. CMAT – crazy mad

 

Then the best Irish albums chart

 

  1. Lankum- False Lankum
2  Mick Flannery – Goodtime Charlie
3   The Murder Capital- Gigis Recovery
4   Grian Chatten – Chaos For the Fly
5  CMAT – Crazymad, for me
6  Lisa O’Neill. All of This is Chance
7  Hozier Unreal Unearth
8  John Blek – Until the Rivers Run Dry
9   John Francis Flynn – Look Over the Wall, See the Sky
10   Muireann Bradley I kept these old blues
11  Bell X1 – Merciful Hour
12  The scratch – mind yourself
13  OXN – CYRM
14  Soda Blonde: Dream Big
15  Ash – Race the Night
16  Ailbhe Reddy -Endless Affair
17  Arborist an endless sequence of dead zeros
18   David Holmes – Blind on a galloping horse
  19  Mary Wallopers ‘Irish Rock n Roll’
20 Therapy – hard cold fire

 

Gigs of year

 

  1. WILCO – Opera house…..what you think of that Mick!!!  Bold of me, i know…bold!
  2. Bruce – RDS
  3. Mick Flannery in an Siopa
  4. Blur – Malahide Castle
  5. Depeche Mode – Malahide Castle

 

So that’s it for another year folks …thanks to those of ye for entering…Lankum doing a clean sweep of it…lovely Irish top 20 i think.

So main week for this week are releases for the 9th of Feb…here they are folks

A tune: https://youtu.be/iV7yWoYlDvg?si=KtrBgU_qu0YWk9ej

 

So above folks are the releases for the 9th feb….we are 2 bodies down today, normally 4 of us work on a weds…newsletter day! ( its the day we get most of the  new links up on the website)  circa 28/30 hours worked most Weds by us….but 2 bodies down today so a good few links missing, if interested in anything we mentioned but didn’t get a link done, old school…just ask us!!

I see Cork artist Lyra announced her debut album in the last few days…nice gold vinyl available and a nice price on the CD also.

Heres a tune from it

LYRA ~ Lose My Mind ~ Official Video

And my song of the week is definitely the new GRUFF song…i suppose we all think we are “ bad friends” at times…great song

Gruff Rhys – Bad Friend (Official Video)

I was accused of been ageist over the christmas, and have suffered quite a lot of abuse,   due to  the whole “ young Adam” debacle…the complaint has been taken seriously and it is going before the board this friday evening in an undisclosed location ( which sells alcohol ) to see whether Young Adam gets a reprieve , an upgrade some might say, well men of a certain age would consider it a downgrade….everyone in attendance has a vote… and i have three votes  ( its in the small print in  the company’s memorandum of association about voting rights, we are not north korea like, you have a say)

So you can await the boards decision in next week’s episode…..and thats a genuine dot dot dot folks

 

Going to hand ye over to Shane now and there are 10 or so decent announcements in the last week i think … .we may not get them all linked, but will get to them in time.

Sound, Ray! A serious boardroom vote so on Friday!

Hiya everyone. Hope all’s well out there.
Yeah, a good few down the lines or DTLs as I call them came at us today.

First up, a new release live album from PIXIES at the BBC. Great band of course!
Here’s ‘Caribou’ from it: https://youtu.be/FQMH6DDM1jQ?si=I5gMY4QwRegKA6IS
2 CD or 3 LP, decent value. Out 0n the 8th of March.

Next is a nice Irish release. A band quite popular in an siopa, PILLOW QUEENS release their 3rd (I think?) album ‘Name Your Sorrow’ on the 19th of April. (Day before RSD maybe?) CD or Vinyl available.
Here’s an amhrán:

https://youtu.be/XYbD9GzcFYU?si=9dbZv3o0ihPoqdO0
Nice grungey guitars!

And a new album from ARAB STRAP – I’m totally fine with it… will be out in May. We’ll be getting limited numbers of the ’emoji’ yellow vinyl of that!

Oh and a brand new one from guitar legend MARK KNOPFLER called One Deep River is out on April 12th. We’ll be getting an indies coloured vinyl of that.

Also DTL:

We’ll try to get a few of the links we missed this week done next week.

A random one before I go, a friend recommended season 1 of True Detective to me, I hadn’t seen it. Finished it last week.
Amazing. We were hooked. Class TV.

Anyway back to you Ray so dude.

Right last one for this week is Integral for the 16th Feb…

Im reading a book Shane gifted by Jeff Tweedy at the moment, very enjoyable…more on it next week but..

Sin e for this week folks

Thanks for listening as always 

Ray, Shane and young Adam

Newsletter 1 of 2024: Back on the treadmill, new NEWDAD, Big VINYL SALE, New JOHN BLEK EP, STROKES red REISSUE, WATERBOYS, Opening Hours and Lots More

Hi Everyone

Happy new year and all that jazzmatazz,  hope ye all had a nice Christmas.

We are all well back on the treadmill now,  I find there is a strange comfort to the routine though.

So we are back at ye for another year of hawking folks…lucky ye!

Trade over the last few months of the year was good, oct and nov the same as the year before and December was up 10% on the previous Christmas so that was great.

We had had a ropey 5 months in the middle of the year so twas really nice to end well…not the be all and end all in life but the yacht needs to stay on course and away from choppy waters and.like every year, we go again …like all of us in our lives, we go again and hope life will go well enough in the year ahead.

 

So there’s a bit to hawk today

So releases for this friday the 12th of Jan include



 

Then for the 19th of Jan we have

 

Our main week for this week is friday Jan 26th but before that a couple of bits of housekeeping stuff.

Opening hours are these going forward unless we flag differently

SUNDAYS – CLOSED

MONDAY 10 TO 5….NB note till 5 please!

Tuesday to Saturday inclusive 10 AM TO 6PM

Closed on bank holiday mondays

 

We hope to get our albums of the year charts out in the next 2 weeks….so please fill in the form….it gives us a much more diverse and interesting chart the more folk that do the form! And a 50 quid voucher up for grabs also!

Heres the form…takes about 90 seconds!! Precious i know…the 90 seconds, not the form.

https://forms.gle/cSxXk6qryLJyHJnG9

 

Anyways, here are the releases for the 26th of Jan folks…

( these folks from Galway are on our radar a good few years….nice to see the debut album come out

Here is a new tune

NewDad – Nightmares (Official Video)

 

We like Sarah here in th shop…well i do anyway…so heres a tune from the new album

Sarah Jarosz – Days Can Turn Around (Official Video)

The Smile – Friend of a Friend



 

 

Im going to jump in here folks…one of our nations folk heroes has a new EP out this Friday ….savage body of work building the man has….JOHN BLEK AND STRINGS is a 6 track ep…plenty CDs in the shop for Friday as John dropped them in yesterday.

Heres a bit more about the release

“In July 2022 Blek was commissioned to write a suite of songs about the city of Dresden by the Saxony Cultural Department. The resulting compositions were then recorded at the beautiful Castle Studios in the countryside just outside Dresden with local musicians Filip Sommer and Moritz Brümmer (The Broken Strings). These recordings form John’s 6 track EP, “Digressions #3 – In Dresden”.

 

These songs document John’s own experiences of the city from its everyday vibrancy to the ghosts of its violent past. Dresden’s beauty sits comfortably beside its history on this record.

 

Digressions #3 – In Dresden will be released on CD & Digital on Friday 12th of January via John’s own label Bigger River Recording Co.”

And here is a beautiful tune from the EP also

https://www.youtube.com/watchvjbzaBUPDIB8

 

Going to hand ye over to Shane now as he will take ye down the road as usual….how ya Shane

How ya, Ray! How ya everyone. Happy new year.
The flying V of Hawks are back on the attack.
Lots to get through today so I won’t ramble on.

Just two points of hawking to note first, THE POGUES – Rum, Sodomy and the LashIf I Should Fall From Grace… and the Best Of are back in stock now with us.

And also, we have a nice vinyl SALE on for January. You can check through everything that’s reduced here: https://musiczone.ie/product-category/big-vinyl-sale/
Some nice stuff there I think at good prices!

So, here’s the list of what’s coming down the road in the next few months with a big few first:

Oh, one that Warner are reissuing for the end of this month, THE SUBWAYS – Young For Eternity


 

That’s all from me folks!

Thanks a mil Shane.

 

I had a bit to say on a subject but i’m going to park it till next week as time kind of against me…the first newsletter of the year is tricky as bits coming at us from all angles since 2nd Jan….our bosses/colleagues/competitors/friends are back…( record companies)

Things will settle next week.

Few nice releases there for the26th isn’t there with THE SMILE ONE, the RICHARD HAWLEY live one, the NEW DAD debut, new FUTURE ISLANDS, the JACK WHITE reissues and a new SARAH JAROSZ….i probably told ye folks this before and ye might notice how the tail end of the month is top heavy with releases…the indie shops get less credit the later in the month something comes in….if we buy something on jan 2 we pay end of feb or if we buy 26th jan, still end of feb…so hence top heavy at the end of every month….better than no credit though! That was the way 23 years ago and i was way less cranky then as well, so ill stop grumbling.

Happy new year folks

Sin e for this week

Thanks for listening as always

Ray, Shane , Young Adam and Mia

musiczone.ie