Well, well, well… Maybe I had beer tinged ears or emotions last thursday night in Coughlans but our boys from the US of A blew me away, absolutely blew me away… I thought HAPPY ABANDON were truly awesome… It was a cracking night… Bobby’s gang SMALL DOSE were a great opener… In great form they were, played really well… But I think Bobby would agree our stateside friends stole the show… They were cracking and there was a great vibe in the room the whole night…. The room was jammed for Small Dose but thinned out a little bit after.
You wonder sometimes are you biased a bit when you have a small bit more involvement in an event/gig like this… But I think the room loved it.. So maybe i’m not biased…Tim done a video of the night’s proceedings so I hope the footage captures the buzz in the room and the buzz from the band… From rocking out onto been able to hear a pin drop, they played with such energy, skill, passion and abandon oh such Happy Abandon… Will show ye guys the video when we have it… For me either way it will live long in the memory…. And maybe just maybe this gig will be spoke about in years to come… These boys have a real real chance in my opinion…. Sound lads to boot.
Special word here must also go to Coughlans… Sweet to deal with… And seriously in it for the right reasons… Fed and watered our American guests for the day and night… Every bob taken for tickets and on the door goes to the musicians….. Big thanks to them…
Right so onto the upselling… I think i’m changing my mind a little on this upselling craic!!
Ye hardly thought it was just the gig i’d try and sell… Only kinda kidding
HAPPY ABANDON’s debut record comes out globally on the 25th of August on CD and LP.. Indies only splattered vinyl available to us…. The LP is 25 euro and the CD IS 15 euro…. I’m hoping that won’t change… Shipping from the states is a bit expensive… Depends on numbers a bit
Also, also, also and here’s the great thing… The three lads from the band have agreed to sign each album Music Zone buys from them… ie ‘To Joe Bloggs… Hope you like the record…Peter, Justin and Jake’.. . So let us know by next Thursday if any of ye are interested in getting a SIGNED first pressing copy of the album on CD or LP….
Imagine now…. a long pause as you take that last sentence in..
The assassin is back with a bang!
Slight pause again…
Picture me cheesily blowing imaginary smoke from the tips of my forefingers ….
We have new albums from DECLAN MCKENNA and PAUL HEATON/JACQUI ABBOTT and LANA DEL REY… The latter two are only here on CD for now…. Today we also have reissues by MARILLION, THE RAMONES, ROXY MUSIC, ELTON JOHN and BRAVEHEART Soundtrack…. Not sure if Braveheart is a reissue, could well be a first timer on vinyl… A lot of stuff from the early noughties would not have ever been pressed on vinyl back then.
Or if you’d prefer, check the video of the last few weeks releases here! :
Ok so not ok so as we move on to releases for next Friday the 28th July… Jays the year is nearly gone… Winter is only around the corner… The biggest release for next week gan aon dabht is the new ARCADE FIRE record on CD and LP…. Day and Night versions… The day ones are standard versions to be found everywhere in the sky etc but the night version of the CD is indies only (like us!) as is the LP…. different artwork on both, and the night version LP is on limited blue vinyl… Did I mention we are taking names, well if I didnt we are… So you know the drill if you would like a copy…..
Aahh shit… It’s 21.57 on Thursday night as I write this and I just glanced at our twitter… Ah man my heart sank… Chester Bennington is dead… Holy shit… Suicide twitter is saying… I dunno… Tis terrible tragic….I had a five minute conversation with a customer who was passing through this morning about Chester… Random one, the guy was looking for Hybrid Theory, and we had a discussion about Linkin Park…. (He had lost his copy)…. He seemed to know a shit load about Chester through some cousin, who’s a friend or something, and said that Chester loved Cork and would be over here a few times a year on the beer… Random conversation I know… Maybe your man was pulling my leg… I didn’t think so though… Man that’s just awful news again… Terribly sorry to hear that… Rest in peace Chester.
Sony also has some GROOVE ARMADA LP reissues of Vertigo and Goodbye Country/Hello Niteclub… Two beauts in my opinion…. Lastly Sony has an early ELVIS release… ‘The Boy From Tupelo 53 – 55’ Complete Recordings..
Warner for the 28th of July have the last batch of IRON MAIDEN LP reissues which are ‘Death On The Road’, ‘En Vivo’, ‘Flight 666’ and ‘The Final Frontier’.
Warner also has some PET SHOP BOYS reissues on CD and LP of ‘Fundamental’, ‘Nightlife and Release’, TIM BUCKLEY ‘Hello and Goodbye’ LP REISSUE and lastly there is a 20th Anniversary reissue of SUPER FURRY ANIMALS ‘Radiator’.
Universal for the 28th of July have the new JVM (as above) on CD…. Don’t ask… I dunno why they both have a format… UNI also have the new ALICE COOPER album ‘Paranormal” his 20th release… They also have more PETER GABRIEL LP reissues again, half speed 45 RPM numbered and limited editions of ‘Birdy’ ‘Passion’ and ‘Long Walk Home’.
Universal also have THE MISSION’s first five LPs reissued including ‘Carved in Sand’ and ‘Gods Own Medicine’, as well as the reissue of THE LAs on LP, this time on 180gram standard vinyl for the first time.
PIAS have a JOHN COLTRANE set from the European tour of 1961 as well as RAGE and RINGS OF SATURN releases.
THE ORCHARD have the new FALL album ‘New Facts Emerge’ on CD or 2×10” LPs, as well as some AMON AMARTH LP reissues ‘Fates of Norms’ and ‘With Oden On Our Side’.
We put our mini-documentary from RSD17, done by our good friend Tim up on the site in the last week or two, but said we would send out the link directly tonight to ye.. Once again, if ye’ve 40 spare minutes and a beer, it’s a great watch.. Cracking performances from cracking performers.. RAISING JUPITER, JACK O’ ROURKE, MARLENE ENRIGHT, ANNA MITCHELL, CROW BLACK CHICKEN, MILKY TEETH, CROJAYN and finally WE CUT CORNERS. All cracking, and some nice footage from the day.. Give it a thumbs up and share for us on YouTube if ye want, it would be great
Crikey that Chester thing really knocked me…. HYBRID THEORY blew up the summer the shop opened in 2001… Twas massive…. I don’t know what to say.. The lyrics from the new album are harrowing now as I listen to it.. The opening lines ‘i’m dancing with my demons, hanging off the edge.. Trying to chase out the darkness ‘cause nobody can save me now’..
Harrowing.. A man with 6 children in so much pain and agony that he choses to separate himself from them.. ‘Sorry for now that I couldn’t be around.. There will be a day when you might understand’.. About suicide and depression I believe you can’t really comment unless you walk a mile in another man’s shoes.. The only comment is that it’s a huge tragedy and a horrible horrible illness.. So sick it can make you chose that end… I suppose I, and a lot of us, are lucky that on a daily basis we are not ‘trying to find the courage to fight my inner beast’ and crying ‘desperately to not leave any of you guys down’.. I’m completely knocked again this year…. Ah man.. Rest in peace..
Have to start with Warners reissues of the boy BOWIE’s early 70s albums. Some classics amongst ‘Space Oddity’, ‘Man Who Sold The World’, ‘Hunky Dory’, ‘Ziggy’, ‘Pin Ups’, ‘Aladdin Sane’, and lastly ‘Bowie at the Beeb’ 4LP vinyl boxset at €75 retail…. all the others €23…. €27 with the big dog in the sky…
I saw the Grammy’s ‘tribute’ to Bowie the other night and thought ‘tribute’ was a strong word. No disrespect to anyone involved, they were on a hiding to nothing.. I wonder was Gaga the first to be asked?? It reminded me of a wedding band medley aside from the corporation backed graphics that were aesthetically pleasing for a minute or two..
I thought a sincere, heartfelt collage of music, images, anecdotes, quotes from the boy BOWIE himself and from other artists he influenced and helped would have worked better (in my opinion)….
Corporate backed Hollywood razzmattattlle we got instead…
Warner also have a new Santigold album, ‘99 Cents’ on CD and LP, and a new MACKLEMORE + RYAN LEWIS CD (their second offering), and a new BONNIE RAITT album on CD and LP, and lastly more PHIL COLLINS reissues.. ‘Hello, I Must Be Going’, and ‘Dance into the Light’.
Universal have a big release for the 26th also with the second album by THE 1975on CD and Double gatefold vinyl.. I really like the 80s vibe to the single. A real band, a real frontman. I’m going to give this record a good chance.
Here’s a taster
Small tiny critischism… The album is called ‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful and Yet So Unaware of it’…. Could be the title of a Michael Bolton song… Get your buckets.
Universal also have the GEORGE FEST which is a tribute to the late, great GEORGE HARRISON recorded on what would have been his 73rd birthday. Guests on the night included BRIAN WILSON, BRANDON FLOWERS, and THE FLAMING LIPS among others. This comes as a 3LP set or 2CD/DVD
Here’s a taster of the gig..
Universal also have a MILOS KARADAGLIC Beatles tribute LP, with the likes of TORI AMOS, GREGORY PORTER on vocals.
Got a nice bit of reaction for my Bruce bashing??? Last week… I like Bruce. Best reaction here…
‘We do need a younger BROOCE…a younger everyone really.. but they aint there Ray. Now maybe it’s because I’m a dinosaur but I don’t see anything or anyone revolutionary out there anymore. No young guns coming up wanting to change the world. Plenty out there wanting to make a fortune and be famous but to me music and roc’n’roll was always more than that. It’s probably the romantic in me but music is suppose to change your life and very few artists these days do that. Nick Cave once said that when you listen to music when you’re young it changes the gears of your heart. You know when you just couldn’t wait for the next album by your favourite artist. But are there any acts out there now who really affect people that way. Where are the tribes gone? You know the Punks, Mods, Skins, whatever…..It’s all a bit bland now. No one there that will make you go..WHAT THE F**K was that….. And I believe that the young people coming to music these days are losing out on a lot….but look I’m a Dinosaur…….Anyway back to BROOCE, wasn’t it the Who that said ‘meet the new BOSS, same as the old BOSS’
Could not have said it better myself… Feedback is great.. Feel free to engage please… I am a bit younger than this dinosaur but my age were Cureheads or Modeies… I loved both bands, so didn’t go goth or leather but kids of today are missing out… Music is not shared well. Not in the right way. ‘Come around my gaff I got the new Guns N’ Roses cassette if you want to listen’.. It’s all singurly with youtube/dowloads.
Saw two girls (15/16) taking photoes of each other in the shop during the week flicking through the records… (For their profile pictures i’d imagine, never saw them before…)
At this point last night (about 11:40) disaster struck (well thats a complete overstatement really). I lazily kind of clicked a few keys on the keyboard and everything I wrote on Mailchimp disappeared… Spent until 1.50AM driving myself insane trying to retrieve it… no joy had to do it all again today (got I.T. advice.. vanished…).
PIAS for February 26th have the new ANTHRAX album ‘For All Kings’ via Nuclear Blast on Double LP and double CD limited digi-pack. The Gloaming’s second album is also out next Friday via Realworld Records…. LP not till 6th of May though… PIAS also have a reissue of Jesse Malin’s Debut, that Ryan Adams produced, called ‘Fine Art of Self Destruction’. Fine album… Lastly from PIAS is the new Ricky Warwick solo project (front man of Black Star Riders) on double CD and double LP.. ‘When Patsy Cline was Crazy and Guy Mitchell Sang the Blues’. Great title
Essential have the ‘SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS’ album out for next week..
Sony have a deluxe version of MICHAEL JACKSON’s ‘Off The Wall’ album on CD/DVD, ENTOMBED’s new album ‘Dead Dawn’ and a vinyl reissue of CAROLE KING’s ‘Tapestry’ again…
An interesting customer of ours rang me on Thursday and asked me did I want to do an interview piece on the vinyl resurgence for the Sean O’ Rourke radio programme… after a gulp…. I said yes!!! Thanks Brian.
Hope all is well…
Here are some of the links for releases in store for the morning including…. BLEEDING HEART PIGEONS, JOHN COLTRANE, DRIVE BY TRUCKERS,WHITE BUFFALO, KULA SHAKER and BASIA BULAT.
So lets ramble on to releases for next Friday the 19th of February,( and i know it can be a bit of a ramble ,with some notoriously bad grammatical errors, apologies in advance dear readers, but why change the habit of a life…and all that, besides i have in house and out house editors so all’s good)
Not a huge amount for Friday ( bumper week the following week though the 26th) .
Universal for the 19th have new kid on the block JACK GARRATT…here’s a quick listen…
JACK was BBC SOUND OF 2016 WINNER, BRITS critics choice winner, SPOTIFYs spotlight on 2016 winner….lots of awards and with it comes lots of expectation….what ye think…?
Uni also have the soundtrack to the movie WHIPLASH, excellent soundtrack i am hearing to what is also supposed to be an excellent film ( its a music movie ) , they have another PLACEBO reissue, this time SLEEPING WITH GHOSTS, this time on limited blue vinyl, ROSIE LOWE album on CD and LP and a rake of DVD releases on eagle vision or eagle rock or whatever they are called these days….BEACH BOYS infamous Knebworth concert from 1980, MOODY BLUES live at the isle of Wight DVD, LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM- songs from the soft machine DVD, DURAN DURAN and MIKE AND THE MECHANICS live DVDs also.
WARNER for the 19th have a couple of DEEP PURPLE vinyl record reissues, IN ROCK and FIREBALL, the soundtrack to THE REVENANT on 2LP with the music by RYUICHI SAKAMOTO.
Warner also have a reissue of the MOVING HEARTS live in Dublin CD/DVD set, this one from 2008 i think, metal CD from AFTER THE BURIAL and a new MAVIS STAPLES album called livin on a high note.
Lastly from Warner is new ” goth -punk ” band CREEPER with an EP on ROADRUNNER entitled ” the stranger” , on white vinyl…..here’s a track from the EP
Republic Of Music have a new album by DJ PRINS THOMAS…a four LP set i think.
PIAS have a debut album or solo debut album anyway by New Zealander MARLON WILLIAMS ( the equivalent to Murphys in that neck of the woods, apologies O MURUCHUs)…heard this guy maybe a month back doing a session on Paul McLoone one night which i quite liked…folk with a tinge of country and a drop of bluegrass…
The biggest release for next week is probably going to be through
Featuring 5 new tracks recorded at the Hotel Saint Cecilia in Austin, Texas in October 2015
A. Saint Cecilia (03:41)
A. Sean (03:11)
A. Savior Breath (02:11)
B. Iron Rooster (04:11)
B. The Neverending Sigh (04:45)
As part of Legacy Recording’s acquisition of the Van Morrison catalogue, the first two albums of Belfast group, Them – fronted by Morrison between 1964 and 1967 – will be made available on vinyl on 12th February……in store for tomorrow also
Sony also has a reissue of the man of the moment BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN – the seeger sessions on Vinyl…don’t get me wrong here now punks, i like Bruce….but i thought these tickets would not have disappeared as quick as they did…i thought he may have come to our well a bit to often is all (was always going to sell out but i really was surprised by the speed is all)….legend i know, before i am burned at the stake or stoned to death….i mean that, a legend, but Bruce seems to do here every summer and always takes it to the bank or the river in this case….amazing really…..i want to see a 25 year old Bruce in Croke park , that’s what i want….ooo hoo hoo i’m on fire….. tomorrow!
Lastly Sony have this new guy i like the sound of also called JOSEF SALVAT….heres a listen…
There is a black star on the horizon from the star man, choice nominees and talks of old folks homes
Happy new year and all that Jazz….
Hope all went well and that all is good.
Traditionally a quiet enough time except for ARCTIC MONKEYS debut release in 2006 and the boy wonder with his birthday release 3 years ago now.
And the birthday boy wonder BOWIE is back with a new record again…album of the year i’d say no doubt about it…..so far this year anyway.
Only playing lads, ( the Bowiehead lads i am referring to ) i really likeBLACKSTAR , the jazz influence easy to hear, avant garde style, vocally very good for a fella 80 next year, ( another jab lads, getting closer yerselfs now sure)
The lead single is an absolute cracker in my opinion a wonderful piece of music that improves listen after listen…needs a few of those listens though, and i have listened 6 or 7 times to the album in the shop and it’s starting to resonate with me, thats a great song, jays thats a great song as well type of thing….very impressed i must say.
Moving on from the birthday boy so, the new VILLAGERS record is out tomorrow also….well not exactly a new record, reworkings of songs from the first three records, recrafted and sounding succulent, talented boy is our own Mr. O Brien….available via Domino on CD and for a short time only limited green Vinyl record….its a lovely listen.
The Corporation ( my address to you shareholders) had a good enough Christmas…in the positive direction by 2.5 % fuelled largely by the aul Vinyl record….vinyl up about 40% in 2015 against 2014…DVD still in a lot of decline….the two of them nearly balancing each other out…shop for the year was a mirror of the Christmas…2% increase….look, happy days….shit load more work than the good times , the bertie bowl era, our great leader of the past….but hey right direction…take that.
The Choice music nominees were announced during the week, which as you know are considered to be the ten best Irish records this year…well 2015….list is GIRL BAND, HAM SANDWICH, GAVIN JAMES, JAPE, LE GALAXIE, COLM MAC CON LOMAIRE, ROISIN MURPHY, SOAK, VILLAGERS and YOUNG WONDER.
Strong list to be fair, a couple of notably exceptions in my opinion, THE NORTH SEA and HEDGE SCHOOLS records are excellent in my opinion and never the made the list and locally THE HARD GROUND and JOHN BLEK AND THE RATS must count themselves unlucky also, as must Danny ANDERSON.
The last five i mentioned have one thing in common, they are unsigned, not in bed with a record company, and that’s just the mechanics of the industry, i buy into those mechanics everyday, i have to….i depend on record companies….they will get by fine without me…..but there was never going to be more than two unsigned bands in the 10….thats just the way it is….2 is good in fact i would argue….but i personally would have to question whether the 10 best Irish albums are on display….but hey thats the way it works….
Next week the 15th , there’s is not a huge amount happening…
PIAS have the second album by DAUGHTER on 4AD…
Universal have the SKUNK ANANSIE record ( their sixth now) with one of the best front women around in SKIN and UNI also have the iconic soundtrack for BACK TO THE FUTURE on PICTURE Disc…is it RECORD STORE DAY….( not long now folks!!, what a marketeer)
Here is an interesting piece from BBC RADIO 4 on sound and compression…both sides of the tale given…if you like your sound and have a spare half an hour, this is for you, if not it may bore the liathroidi off you…worth a listen in my opinion….game of opinions as ye know though http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06tvgp1#play
might bring the aul video back all going well….some of ye are lyrically, some visual…
Serious, thanks for all the support over Christmas and all year, please god we will rock on….