Villagers ‘Fever Dreams’ Is Nearly Here, Our Niamh Regan In-Store On Friday 2

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well folks.. This is my last newsletter for a few weeks.. I have a little bit of time off.. So my last day in the shop is this Saturday the 31st of July.. We are open Sunday the 1st of August 11-4 as usual, but closed on the Bank Holiday Monday.. I’m working from home doing the orders that day but i’m off then from Tuesday the 2nd of August until Friday the 13th of August… So really looking forward to the time off… It’s been 12 months since I took some time and although I love what I do, I really feel I need a break from it… Bobby and Shane will take the reigns.. Thanks lads!!! Get them on email at or on the phone at 021-4967119.. They will cover all comms when i’m gone including the newsletter.. Communication is a busy part of our world and something we have to stay on top of every few hours.. A lot of it can be fruitless but we have to stay with it.. Cause it’s important to hopefully bring someone back a second time which may bare fruit… There are circa 200 communications on email a day… Glorified secretaries we are!! But crucial.. No emails no business.. So Bob will do newsletters for the next 2 weeks and may even turn into a ‘Grumpy Ray’ for that 10 days or so!! 

Just about our email… is a good one to use, or but not the old… That one is a gone.. Won’t get to us with…

Right so few other bits of house keeping stuff.. We still have a handful of spots left for NIAMH REGAN‘s in-store with us this Friday the 30th at 4PM… We are so looking forward to this here in the shop.. Honoured to welcome Niamh to our humble abode.. ‘Hemet‘ is a super record and Niamh will be singing songs from it here on Friday at 4 and hopefully signing a few copies also.. If you can’t get in and want a signed copy please email and we will sort it.. 5 Spots / Households left for this socially distanced in-store… We would love to see ye.. Here is ‘Save the Day’ from the album

Another fierce interesting release (which I forgot about until now) is a debut release on Skinty Records.. It’s a Trad compilation called ‘Goitse A Thaisce : A Compilation Of Irish Music Volume 1’. The label was founded by Tom Coll (drummer with Fontaines D.C.).. These are a collection of Traditional Irish Songs that mean a lot to Tom.. Tom and his bandmates have always been friendly and kind to the siopa here.. There record is limited to 1000 copies and pressed on 180gm Vinyl.. Here is a few words from Tom on the record. It is out on the 6th of August.. Give us a nod please if you would like a copy..

The idea for this record came from an extended period of time living back in my family home in
the west of Ireland. Here, I found myself in the midst of a vast, mountainous landscape, a place
that vividly recalled my childhood memories of old Irish traditional music. This experience
sparked a need to immerse myself in the tradition once again. Trad was my first musical love
over any other, so it feels very gratifying to put together this compilation.
Every tune on this record holds a special place in my heart. Whether it’s by lifelong heroes such
as The Bothy Band or Planxty, family friends like Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh or Emer Mayock, or by
contemporary artists pushing the boundaries of the tradition like Lisa O’Neill or Ye Vagabonds,
these songs have soundtracked my life thus far.
If this record can introduce just one person to the world of Irish music, then it has served its
purpose. The tradition has so much depth and richness to it, and I urge you to please delve into
it with an open heart. The title of the record roughly translates to “come here my darling,” which
is the sentiment I feel when I hear these tunes. Hopefully they can bring about that same feeling
for you.
Tom Coll – Skinty Records / Fontaines DC


Following on are the releases for the 6th of August. There is the release of the GEORGE HARRISON ‘All Things Must Pass’ 50th Anniversary Boxsets on a few formats. We will have new releases by JACKSON BROWNEMR JUKES & BARNEY ARTIST, STAINDBARBRA STREISANDWILLY MASON, WILL YOUNGDAVELIARS, TROPICAL FUCK STORM, and the DEMON’S SOULS OST on vinyl.. There are reissues due from LCD SOUNDSYSTEMBRIAN MAYO.M.D, SONNY CLARK, MCCOY TYRNERMAX RICHTER, THE ART OF NOISE, and NIGHTWISH..

Right so onto releases for the 13th of August.. EMI via Universal have the seventh studio album by THE KILLERS ‘Pressure Machine’.. Another record born out of the silence of the pandemic.. A record that may not have happened if COVID didn’t curse us.. The album is available as CDStandard LPCassette and as a limited Grey Slipcased Version of the black vinyl available only to selected accounts (we’d be one of them selected accounts!)..

Big Machine via Uni have a SHERYL CROW live album ‘Live From The Ryman’ as a 2CD or a 4LP which is out on Sept 3rd.. UMC have a reissue of TRAVIS ’12 Memories’ as an indie only shop and Direct 2 Consumer (D2C) limited release.. UMC also have a reissue (we it says a reissue, I would have thought it wasn’t pressed on vinyl before) of CORINNE BAILEY RAE’s self titled debut album..

Integral for the 13th of August have the record by DEVENDRA BANHART & NOAH GEORGESON ‘Refuge’ as well as the new JOSIENNE CLARK CD…

One that landed yesterday and is on the site now is the new POWER OF DREAMS CD ‘Ausländer’.. Looking forward to getting stuck into this one.. I believe the LP release isn’t until early 2022.. CD here now folks.. 

Sony for the 13th of August have the single standard black reissue of PEARL JAM’s ‘No Code‘…

Sony for the 20th of August have the new album by JAKE BUGG ‘Saturday Night, Sunday Morning’ on CD, Vinyl or Indies Only Clear vinyl… I have always liked this dude.. A bit underrated I feel commercially underrated anyway.. Here is ‘Lost’ from the new record..

OUTKAST have a anniversary reissue of second record ‘Atliens’ out through Sony on the 20th of August also…

Another one I meant to mention to ye loads of times is a local release by Cork band THE LOVE BUZZ.. 10 Track EP called ‘Here Comes The Scum’ and it’s bloody cracking in my opinion.. The lads are half mad if not 3/4 i’d say but a have a real rock n’ roll swagger to them, not put on.. A real dirty swagger.. It’s a fine E.P.. Here is ‘Harp’ from the EP.. Great stuff altogether..

Warner for the 13th of August have a reissue of NINA SIMONE’s ‘Little Girl Blue’ via BMG.. CD, Standard LP and Indies Blue LP available.. Nuclear Blast on the 13th of August release ‘Sepulquatra’ by Sepultura which is a project borne out of a podcast during lockdown where the band some hits with musical friends across the globe.. Just available on CD for now, vinyl down the road..

The Orchard for the 13th of August have a reissue of THE WEATHER STATION’s second album ‘All Of It Was Mine’ on Fat Possum.. Indies Bone Colour vinyl available.. BBE Music via The Orchard are releasing ‘Modern Love’ a diverse compendium of specially commissioned cover versions of rarities and classics in tribute to David Bowie (the forgotten man of RSD)… The likes of Khruangbin, Kit Sebastian, and Helado Negro are doing covers.. They tell (The Orchard) that stock is limited so I won’t promise here but let me know if interested.. 2CD or 2LP are the formats..

Cargo for the 13th of August have a couple of JOAN SHELLY Reissues on Coloured Vinyl ‘Electric Ursa’ and ‘Ginko’ via No Quarter… Cargo also have a repress of HOWLIN’ WOLF ‘The Howlin’ Wolf Album’ on the Get on Down Label…

Proper for the 13th of August have the brand new JUNGLE album ‘Loving In Stereo’ on CD, Cassette or Indies Only Transparent Blue LP via Caiola Records.. 

I am going to hand over to Bobby now to run through announcements etc..

Hey folks,
Hope everyone is keeping safe and well.
Not a huge pile from myself this week so will try keep it short and sweet!
Kicking us off this week is a biggy. 50 years since one of our own legends released his first solo record following the break up of Taste. That is of course the excellent self titled album by Cork’s own RORY GALLAGHER. One of my own favourite records, and what I think is one of the best album covers ever. Just pure simple, but effective. There is a few formats for this 50th Anniversary Edition, including a 2CD3LP or Deluxe Limited 4CD/DVD set. Lots of unreleased takes, live material etc with the extras. 

We have a game of Fastest Fingers First unfortunately again this week. This time it’s a 5LP Coloured Vinyl Boxset release from the excellent SUFJAN STEVENS. ‘Convocations‘ is the title of the release, which was put out first in May 2021 (first time release on vinyl here). It’s an instrumental album made up of 5 different volumes, recorded during lockdown and it explores the the grief Stevens’ felt following his father’s death. Unfortunately folks we are only allocated one copy of this. So best way if interested is to buy over the website, as once it’s gone it’s gone for good i’m afraid.

Finally from me, two last nice ones for this week. The Orchard are doing a 10th Anniversary (first time on vinyl) pressing of RYAN SHERIDAN’s debut LP ‘The Day You Live Forever’ on gold vinyl. And finally there is a new SAINT ETIENNE record announced for September entitled ‘I’ve Been Trying To Tell You’. This is coming on CDVinyl or Indies Only Clear Vinyl (only 4 copies of the indies allocated to us).

That’s it from mise for this week folks, back to the boss-man!

Thanks Bob!

Right so PIAS / Integral have a biggie / biggie on the 20th of August with the release of VILLAGERS fifth studio album ‘Fever Dreams’ on Domino… Ah great, really looking forward to it.. It’s available on CDStandard Vinyl, and a really limited Irish Only Indie Shop Press on Oxblood Coloured Vinyl into black poly lined inners into a die-cut sleeve with four interchangeable covers, with digital download cards.. Great to see downloads included.. If anyone up the food chain is listening.. Download codes should be a given,, We hear it daily on the shop floor.. Consumers want the codes folks.. Less and less download codes it seems to me.. Charging enough.. Stick the code in the record.. Consumers want the codes.. Is there anybody out there??? Just nod if you can hear me..
Right back to Mr. O’Brien.. 5th Villagers record out on the 20th of August with a really nice Irish Shops Only Vinyl.. Tickets for the Opera House still about maybe.. From what I have heard so far of ‘Fever Dreams’ it’s beautiful.. Here is ‘So Simpatico’ from the album.. Let this wash over you.. Beautiful song..

Integral also for the 20th of August have a new JAMES MCMURTRY album on New West ‘The Horses and the Hounds’. There are some really limited reissues by THE KNIFE ‘Deep Cuts’ and ‘Silent Shout’ as well as ROYKSOPP’s class ‘Meoldy A.M’ and lastly via Mute is MARTIN GORE’s ‘The Third Chimpanzee Remixed’ on CD and coloured vinyl..

Sin more or less é for this week folks,
If I don’t see ye later in the week, see ye soon
Thanks for listening,
Ray, Bobby & Shane,

John Blek Returns With ‘On Ether And Air’, RSD Drop 2 This Saturday, and Unheard Prince Material

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well! This Saturday the 17th of July is RSD Drop 2… The shop will open at 8AM and website for RSD Drop 2 Stuff opens at 6PM… We will again have to watch numbers in the shop but numbers should be well down on Drop 1… But will still be busy from 8-10 i’d say.. Should be handy enough after that.. I listed a few tight stock lines last week (Fun Lovin Criminals, Matt Bellamy, Charlie Park, St Vincent, Bjork and Richmond Fontaine).. I could have missed a few also but I think the only other ones that wishlist exceed supply is the Pearl Jam ‘Alive’ 12” is if that one is on your wishlist you will need to set the alarm.. Email and i’ll try give you a quick update (will be quick though as it’s a busy week!).. I think the majority of releases should be ok but a few will have slipped through the cracks..




Video for last week’s releases now up on Youtube at the following link :

It nearly went home folks but as Mr. Bonucci said it went to Rome… T’was like a night at the opera wasn’t it.. Not the greatest match ever but captivating wasn’t it… England got as good a goal as you would see but got afraid of it.. A night at the open… Exhilerating.. Events around the ground before, during and after the game disgusting though.. Physical and mental.. Disgusting, makes me feel the cup found it’s rightful home… Italy deserved it over the 120 mins anyway…

Anyway, moving on to releases for the 30th of July.. Warner via Rhino Atlantic have a career spanning ARETHA FRANKLIN boxset ‘Aretha’.. 4CD, or as a 2LP or single CD.. BMG have a GEEZER BUTLER ‘Manipulations Of The Mind : The Complete Collection’ 4CD of Sabbath founding member solo work as well as a separate ‘Very Best Of’ CD also.. PLG UK have a reissue and remixed version of MARILLION’s debut ‘Script For A Jester’s Tear’ on CD or LP... Fueled By Ramen have a silver vinyl reissue of PANIC! AT THE DISCO’s ‘A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out’ and lastly Warner for the 30th of July have a reissue of VADER’s ‘De Profundis’ on CD and LP via Nuclear Blast…

The Orchard for the 30th of july have the brand new SON VOLT album ‘Electro Melodier’ on Transmit Sound Label.. First press to indie shops is Tan coloured vinyl… Jay Farrar 10th record now.. Since he left Uncle Tupelo… Here is ‘Reverie’ from the new record..
There is a limited 7” single by PEACHES also out through the Orchard on the 30th.. She’s back!! Napalm via Orchard have a brand new DEE SNIDER album ‘Leave A Scar’ album on CD or LP..

Integarl for the 30th of July have new records by DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS ‘Private Space’LUMP ‘Animal’ as well as reissues by THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA, ERASURE, FELA KUTI, and SCRITTI POLITTI 

Sony for the 30th of July have the first fully unreleased studio album of PRINCE ‘Welcome 2 America‘.. 55 minutes of new Prince music.. The album was recorded in 2010 and early 2011 but was abandoned at the time for unknown reasons… Deluxe edition includes a bluray of an April 2011 show in California… So it’s available on a good few formats.. CD2LP Black Vinyl, 2LP Clear Vinyl and 2LP/CD/BluRay Deluxe Set.. There is a recent price drop on the deluxe boxset.. Now best price of €130…

I am going to steal a small bit of Bobby’s thunder here if you don’t mind Bob as there are two down the road releases that have me personally really excited.. Both Irish Releases, one a reissue and one a brand new album..

So first the album that is 26 years old and is truly in my opinion one of the greatest Irish albums of all time.. WHIPPING BOY’s ‘Heartworm’ gets a deluxe reissue on the Needle Mythology label via The Orchard.. It is coming as a 2LP pressed on 180gram vinyl gatefold with printed inner sleeves featuring lyrics and new liner notes.. Bonus LP with additional 10 tracks, collection of b-sides and previously unreleased demos… The 2CD comes with the bonus disc also.. Really can’t wait for this, an album that had a huge impact on me as a 21 year old.. played and played it to death and still do.. A truly suburb album in my opinion.. ‘Babies, sex and flagons, shifting women, getting stoned’ ahhh When We Were Young!!! The 16 year olds of today need to be listening to this album.. Anyway enough on it for now.. UPDATE FROM WEDNESDAY 14TH JULY AT 4:53PM.. Disaster here, our order on the vinyl of Whipping Boy has been cut massively. Massively. Ray has just rang me (Bob here) to pop this message in. We are already sold out of the vinyl. We’ll work hard to try to get more over the next weeks and Ray will add a proper update in next week’s newsletter. Sorry all.

Second Irish album due, this one on 10th September is our very own JOHN BLEK’s new record ‘On Ether And Air’ and it’s available on LP or CD and where do I start… It’s stunning.. I’ve had the pleasure of it for a while now and it’s just stunning.. In my opinion the best work John  has done.. The sound is fuller with beautiful strings and piano.. A top notch release.. The tempo, the space the music has, it’s a stunning, beautiful listen… A real step forward in my opinion.. I hope and do believe this record will get the recognition it deserves.. Here is ‘Long Strand’ from the record.. We hope to have John for an in-store on Sat 11th Sept (mark it in the diaries folks!!)..

On Ether & Air is the final part of Blek’s Catharsis Project, a four album exploration into themes 

of the sea, the earth, the embers and the air. This new record is an examination of the simultaneous lightness and weight of the atmospheres surrounding us and the innate human longing for unbridled freedom.

This time around Blek enlisted the help of Kris Drever (Lau), Cheyenne Mize (Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Maiden Radio) and pianist Kit Downes as well as regular collaborators Davie Ryan (Atlantic Arc, Notify) and Brian Casey to weave the ethereal scenes and soundscapes in which these songs now live.

Written over a period of 6 weeks and recorded throughout the second half of 2019. Collaboration was key to the creation of this record.

“Chance encounters and some fortunate timing lead to me being able to work with some of my favourite musicians. Getting people with such unique playing styles involved went a long way in defining the sound of On Ether & Air and creating an album of which I am immensely proud.”

The book is most definitely open here also folks.. Website or email..

Universal for the 30th of July have maybe the most anticipated album release of the year by arguably the biggest star in the world.. Interscope have the new BILLIE EILISH record ‘Happier Than Ever’ on CD Digipack, Black 2LP Vinyl, a grey indies only cassette… The album will not be in-stores until 30th of July for security reasons.. Here is ‘Your Power’ from the new record.. The last album was great..

Uni also have a new CD album from DAVE.. Concord have a brand new album from YOLA ‘Stand For Myself’ on CD and first time purple vinyl press… This one is on Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Records and is produced by Auerbach also.. UMC for 30th of July have the THIN LIZZY ‘Greatest Hits’ on 2LP.. The opening line of the sales notes reads as this.. This opening line is questionable at best… If easily offended please look away now… ‘THIN LIZZY is unquestionably one of the true icons of British Rock’… Okay i’m ducking for cover.. That’s what it said.. 

UMC also have six BRYAN FERRY vinyl reissues of his first 6 solo albums from 1973-1985.. These are remastered from the original tapes… Ferry is unquestionably one of the true icons of Irish music… Huh.. Huh… A song from Frozen springs to mind Raymond.. Loma Vista for the 30th have a NATHANIEL RATELIFF ‘Live At Redrocks’ 2LP Version..

Right so over to Bobby and apologies for stealing some thunder earlier!! I didn’t forget anything did I?..

Hey folks,
Hope everyone is keeping well!
Few nice bits for today again,
Warner are releasing LCD SOUNDSYSTEM’s ‘The Long Goodbye : Live at Madison Square Garden’ as a 5LP or 3CD set of the legendary 2011 near 4 hour concert. This 10th Anniversary repress is due in on August 6th.

Warner also have a nice reissue of SUPERGRASS’ classic second LP ‘In It For The Money’. A few formats again on this one, with a 3CDStandard Vinyl, or a limited Turquoise Vinyl with Bonus 12”..

A few other nice bits announced this week include a 20th Anniversary reissue of SUPER FURRY ANIMALS ‘Rings Around The World’ as a VinylCD or Deluxe 3CD. There is new JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN album featuring DAVE OKUMU (The Invisible) and TONY ALLEN (Fela Kuti), this one is due into the siopa in November and will be available on CD or LP.

Finally from myself we have a couple of allocations this week of limited bits, so unfortunately here when stock is gone it’s gone. Kicking us off with these is a new ANGEL OLSEN 80’s covers EP called ‘Aisles’ coming on in to us vinyl. There is a reissue of THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS’ debut album ‘Mass Romantic’ reissued on red vinyl with a bonus 7”. And finally with the allocations is a reissue (first timer on vinyl) THE KNIFE / PLANNINGTOROCK / MOUNT SIMS 2009 LP ‘Tomorrow, In A Year’. Best chance if interested in any of these titles is fastest fingers first i’m afraid folks, emails may not be seen in time.

Our weekly playlist for new releases for July 30th now up at the following link if you’d like a listen!

That’s it from me folks, back to the boss-man!

Thanks Bob,
Right lastly we have Integral for the 6th of August, which really only have LIARS’ new album of note on Mute.. It’s called ‘Apple Drop’.. CD or first press coloured vinyl..

Sin é for this week folks,
Thanks for listening as always
Ray, Bobby & Shane

Signed Inhaler Vinyl And James Vincent McMorrow Prints, 2

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well enough…

Last day of June, half the year done already!! Firstly I would like to really thank those of ye who came out for the SAINT SISTER out-store last Saturday… I thought there was a lovely vibe around the place.. The band were sound as a bell and enjoyed it.. So thanks again to those of ye came out and kept egg off our faces.. No-one shows then they cease to exist and we don’t want that..

So moving on from one class original Irish act to another… INHALER.. I’m getting slightly obsessed with quite a few of their tunes.. Constant repeats the last week.. 7 and a half days ago I didn’t know what they sounded like.. Constant now… I can’t wait for the record.. We have a nice one as regards it folks.. There is an indies only green vinyl for the Irish Market only (sure to be sought after down the road), and we will have quite a few of these signed by the band (say no more!!).. Pre-order the green vinyl version with us and be in with a chance of a signed copy.. My guess 2 in ever 3 people will get a signed copy.. The INHALER album also available on Standard Black Vinyl and the CD now is going for €10… I can’t wait to hear it in full.. 9 Days count down on..

Here are the new releases for this Friday July 2nd including releases from THE GO! TEAMBOBBY GILLESPIE & JEHNNY BETHLAURA MVULAMR JUKES & BARNEY ARTIST, EMERSON, LAKE & PALMERAT THE GATESEMMA-JEAN THACKRAY and the soundtrack to ‘Annette’ by SPARKS.. There are reissues from BIG COUNTRY, and CHRISTINE PERFECT.. On the CD front there are releases from TOM PETTY, and a reissue of QUEEN’s ‘Greatest Hits’ on CD or Cassette

And moving onto releases for the 9th of July.. As mentioned INHALER’s debut album is out, and there are other new releases from TOM ODELLTHE WALLFLOWERSLUCINDA WILLIAMS and a ALDOUS HARDING new 7′‘.. There are reissues from MUSENEWDADTHE MONKEES, THE ALMOST FAMOUST OSTALAN PARSONSJETHRO TULL, YELLOMILEY CYRUSDEATHGROUPLOVEMILES DAVISTURIN BRAKES, and the few different formats of THE ROLLING STONES’ ‘A Bigger Bang : Live On Copacabana Beach’... There is a TEN YEARS AFTER 10CD Boxset, and new BTS release on CD also..

Video for this week also up now on Youtube :

Right so moving onto releases for the 16th of July.. Universal have quite a few.. CLAIRO new album is out (CD only for now) via Republic / Polydor.. ‘Sling’ it is called.. Fantasy via Uni are putting out TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND & TREY ANASTASIO ‘Layla Revisited Live’, a complete live performance of the seminal masterwork.. Impulse are reissuing ALICE COLTRANE’s ‘Kirtan : Turiya Sings’ as a 2LP.. Mercury have a DEEP PURPLE ‘Live At Montreux 2011’ limited DVD/2CD.. UMC have a essential SMALL FACES 3CD collection as well as having some CLANNAD reissues on limited coloured vinyl.. 4th Album ‘Can Úll’ and 5th album ‘Fuaim’.. Loma Vista have the soundtrack to ‘DARK NIGHTS : Death Metal’.. Decca are putting out a nice Jazz compilation, ‘Journeys In Modern Jazz‘… EMI have the bonus album by VOLBEAT ‘Hokus Bonus’ and UMC have the vinyl release of 2PAC compilations ‘Best Of 2PAC – Part 1 : Thug’ and ‘Best of 2PAC – Part 2 : Life’.RONNIE LANE has a reissue of album ‘Anymore for Anymore’.. There is a BEASTIE BOYS reissue of ‘Some Old Bullshit’ encapsulating early EPs.. Lastly on Decca is a LEE MORGAN boxset, ‘Complete Live At The Lighthouse’ as a limited 8CD Set or as a limited 12LP set..

Warner for the 18th of July have quite a few releases also.. BMG have BLONDIE ‘Vivir En La Habana’ live 6 track mini album from Cuba on indies only blue vinyl… Rhino have a CHARLES MINGUS ‘At Carnegie Hall’ 3LP set, a standard reissue on vinyl of FLEETWOOD MAC’s ‘Tusk’.. Bad price in my opinion.. Hard to sell a standard DLP reissue at that money to be honest unless someone proves me wrong!! GRATEFUL DEAD have a reissue of live album known as (Skull and Roses) also out on the 16th.. Rhino also have a deluxe 3LP reissue of Alt / Country OLD 97’s ‘Fight Songs’ and Nuclear Blast have a live audio and visual recorded in a disused mill near PARADISE LOST’s home in Yorkshire UK.. CD/BluRay or Vinyl formats available… THE TIME self titled album reissued performed by Morris Day but album written by Prince.. PLG UK have a deluxe reissue of TINA TURNER’s ‘Foreign Affair’ as a 4CD/DVD or 2LP and lastly Rhino Atlantic have a remaster reissue of TORI AMOS’ second album ‘Under The Pink out on guess what, blue vinyl!! Nah only kidding.. Pink vinyl of course.. Forgive me… Humour me.. Put up with me..

MY BLOOD VALENTINE.. Yes, my bloody valentine.. We have secured 12 more copies across the 6 vinyl variants reissued about 2 months ago.. Sorry it’s only 12 (fought hard for them).. They are on the site now so it’s first to buy them off the site will get them (only 1 of each allowed).. The email won’t be manned again after 6PM until after the kids are in bed so best / safest way to secure these is via the website.. Fairest way also I feel..

Sony for the 16th of July have quite a few also including another really nice Irish release with the JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW album ‘Grapefruit Season’ on CD, LP and Indies only LP.. We have signed prints to go with these.. Here is ‘Gone’ from the new record…

Sony also have the new JOHN MAYER album ‘Sob Rock’ again on CD, Standard Vinyl or Indies Only vinyl… They also have a 20th Anniversary Edition of OPETH’s ‘Blackwater Park’ on CD or Limited White Vinyl.GARY KEMP has a new album and lastly Sony has a nice range of soul vinyl ‘Best Of’ reissues by LOU RAWLSO’JAYSTEDDY PENDERGRASS and HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUENOTES

The Orchard for the 16th of July have a repress of the excellent new album by THE WEATHER STATION ‘Ignorance’ on baby blue vinyl.. Here is ‘Robber’ from the record.. Give it a listen, it’s class..

Cargo for the 16th of July have THE BEATLES ‘Houston 66’ Live album on Rhythm and Blues Records, and they also via Fire Records have a repress of the TELEVISION PERSONALITIES debut album ‘And Don’t The Kids Not Love It’, includes a download code..

Going to hand ye over now to the Bob-man there and he will run through announcements and further down the road releases..

Hey folks,
Hope you are all keeping safe and well, and enjoying the sunshine.
Not a huge amount today but a few very nice ones nonetheless.
We’ll kick off with a few more games of fastest fingers first, with a few bits we have been given allocations on.
Starting off, we now have up the brand new album from Dessner / Vernon (National / Bon Iver) supergroup BIG RED MACHINE, the band’s second outing, due out August 27th. ‘How Long Do You Think It’s Gonna Last?’ it’s called, and it’s coming on CDCassette, Standard Black Vinyl and Indies Only Vinyl. BOTH the vinyl pressings are allocated numbers, not just the indies on this one, but we have a few now up for pre-order. Safest is to buy from the site, as Ray mentioned earlier there will be no one on emails for a few hours after this is sent out, and an email could be missed.

The second and last of this week of the fastest fingers first is the brand new studio album by the excellent LOW… ‘HEY WHAT’ is the title of the new album due out September 10th, and it is just the indies vinyl of this which we were allocated a number on.. Also available on CDCassette, and Standard Vinyl..

Other nice bits announced in the last week or so include the next in the JONI MITCHELL Archives Series via Warner. Due in October, we will have the new 5CD ‘Archives Vol 2 : The Reprise Years 1968-1971’, which spans the era around the release of ‘Blue’ and just before, to mark the album’s  50th Anniversary this year.. There will also be a ‘Live From Carnegie Hall 1969’ 3LP vinyl release to coincide with the release of the CD Set. Lovely stuff! 

There is a remix album coming of ‘Mordechai’ by KHRUANGBIN on vinyl due in October which is now up on the site. This was my album of the year last year so looking forward to hearing the remixes. If you haven’t heard these guys well worth checking out, class stuff altogether. We will also have a limited run of the excellent 4th, self titled album from THE CHARLATANS, which is repressed on vinyl now for the first time in 20 years. It’ll be out in October and is pressed on Marbled Yellow Vinyl. (Again allocated on this so when it’s gone it’s gone i’m afraid). The ‘ARETHA’ compilation from ARETHA FRANKLIN which was due in to us originally last year has also now been confirmed for release on CDVinyl or Limited 4CD Set for July 30th..

Lastly from mise for this week, and one we can’t wait for in the siopa. MICK FLANNERY & SUSAN O’NEILL are set to release their debut collaboration album ‘In The Game’ in September of this year.  ‘Baby Talk’ the single from last year has been a firm favourite of the shop, a great tune, so looking forward to hearing the 13-track full album a lot! It’ll be with us on Vinyl or CD. Check out the latest single ‘Chain Reaction’ here :

Our new release Playlist for July 16th is also now up below! :

That’s it from me for this week folks,
Back to the boss-man!

Thanks Bob!
Right so onto Integral for the 23rd of July.. Second album by DARKSIDE (Nicholas Jaar and Dave Harrington) is released via Matador Records.. Integral also have MUDHONEY’s ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge’ deluxe reissue on Sub Pop.. 2CD or Deluxe 2LP.. The supergroup PIROSHKA return with their second album ‘Love Drips and Gathers’ on Bella Union on CD or First Press Indies Clear LP.. THE LLOYD MCNEILL QUARTET’s ‘Washington Suite’ gets a reissue on red vinyl and lastly from Integral for the 23rd of July is a compilation ‘Bills & Aches & Blues : 40 Years of 4AD, which has 18 artists from their current roster covering a song of their choosing from 4AD’s extensive 40 Year History.. Profits to the Harmony Project that helps under privileged communities and children access the arts and music..
Sin sin for this week folks,
Thanks for listening as always,
Ray, Bobby & Shane

A Big Week Of Releases, The Next Metallica Anniversary Release, And Saint Sister Live This Saturday

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well with everyone.
As mentioned last week we have live music and a record signing coming up this Saturday the 26th of June at 4PM.. Yep 4PM Saturday we have SAINT SISTER performing tracks from their beautiful new album ‘Where I Should End’.. We are really looking forward to it… There will be a little PA set up outside the shop and the band will perform some songs for us.. I hope some of ye can join us.. It should be class and hopefully some of the community will support it.. We will provide a refreshment or bring your own if you’d rather.. If you can’t make it in to us and would like a CD or LP signed bt the band just email us and we will sort that also.. Here is ‘The Place That I Work’ from the record.. Really hope yo see ye Saturday.. It will be class.. It’s outside but masks please folks..


Video for last week is up here to view now :

Quite a few isn’t there… It is tamer the 2nd of July.. Here is what’s out.. There are new releases from THE GO! TEAMBOBBY GILLESPIE & JEHNNY BETHLAURA MVULAMR JUKES & BARNEY ARTIST, EMERSON, LAKE & PALMERAT THE GATESEMMA-JEAN THACKRAY and the soundtrack to ‘Annette’ by SPARKS.. There are reissues from BIG COUNTRY, and CHRISTINE PERFECT.. On the CD front there are releases from TOM PETTY, and a reissue of QUEEN’s ‘Greatest Hits’ on CD or Cassette

Right so moving onto the releases for the 9th of July and we have a big Irish debut record release by INHALER on Polydor, ‘It Won’t Always Be Like This’.. It’s available to us on CDStandard Black Vinyl or an Exclusive Pressing for the Irish Market only on Green Vinyl.. It’s lovely when Irish acts / bands do an Irish only press I think.. Villagers have one for the release in August… Shame on me but I didn’t give Inhaler a chance / listen until an hour ago.. But I have them on since and I am really liking the songs and sound to be honest.. Very impressive.. Fine young Irish band to be fair.. Looking forward to the album and ticket also purchased for Cypress Avenue on the 16th of December now.. And the Franks the night after.. Happy days indeed…

Universal also for the 9th of July have the soundtrack to the Cameron Crowe movie ALMOST FAMOUS as a limited 5CD Super Deluxe Box with 47 Songs (some unreleased), or as a limited 2LP vinyl press and a 2CD release also.. UMC have some YELLO vinyl reissues of ‘Pocket Universe’ ‘Zebra’ and ‘Baby’ and they have first timer vinyl pressings of ‘Motion Picture’ and ‘The Eye’… Mercury present THE ROLLING STONES ‘A Bigger Bang’ Live On Copacabana Beach’ live show, biggest in history in front of 1.5 Million people (Free show).. It’s now available on DVD, BluRay, 2CD/DVD2CD/BluRay2CD/2DVD2CD/2BluRay or as a limited 3LP coloured vinyl edition..

Sony for the 9th of July have the new TOM ODELL record on CD, Standard LP or Indies Only Clear vinyl.. Here is ‘Numb’ from the new album entitled ‘Monsters’.. It is definitely edgier, darker stuff from Mr. Odell..

Sony also have the vinyl release of the latest MILEY CYRUS album ‘Plastic Hearts’.. Now there is someone who knows a thing or two about getting edgier and darker… Supported to be a fine album you know.. Here is the title track from the album.. It’s been delayed again and again on vinyl, but due now on the 9th of July..

Integral for the 9th of July have early KING GIZZARD as well as a brand new album by THE WALLFLOWERS, and a new JON HOPKINS’ EP ‘Piano Versions’…

The Orchard for the 9th of July has LUCINDA WILLIAMS ‘Lu’s Jukebox Vol. 2 : Southern Soul – From Memphis to Muscle Shoals’.. Some great tracks on this.. Proceeds (some) going to music venues to support them during a tough time for them.. Lucinda is recovering from a stroke (a fairly serious one) late last year and is now starting to play the guitar again.. 2nd in her series here of live full band covers albums… 
Orchard also have some DEATH vinyl reissues and lastly BTS have a new release also..

ROM for the 9th of July have the excellent NEWDAD EP ‘Waves’ on Fair Youth Records.. This Galway 4 Piece are definitely worth keeping an eye on.. Excellent opening offering from them.. Here is ‘I Don’t Recognise You’ from the EP… Cracking tune..

Republic of Music also have a SHARON VAN ETTEN 7” single ‘Let’s Go / Somethings Lost’ on green vinyl, and there is a 20th Anniversary version of TURIN BRAKES ‘The Optimist LP’ on indies only vinyl.. Republic of Music also have a MILES DAVIS ‘Jazz Monuments’ 4LP remastered boxset..

Warner for the 9th of July have the 20th Anniversary Remix Vinyl reissue of MUSE’s ‘Origin Of Symmetry’.. Great Album.. Fine band, as talented a front man as you will find (thought the bass player how to play bass as wanted him in the band).. The shop was only born when this album was released so one of the first albums I spent money on (shop money!).. Sounded good then and sounds good now…

Warner also have a JETHRO TULL reissue of ‘A’, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS ”Tiny Music.. Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop” also on Rhino / Atlantic 3CD/LP, 2CD and CD versions available…The TEN YEARS AFTER 10CD Boxset and reissue of THE MONKEES debut LP also pushed back to July 9th now..

I’m going to hand ye over to Bobby now and I do believe he has a host of stuff to entice with so i’ll let him at it..

Hey folks,
Hope you are all keeping well
A fair few nice bits out alright this week! We’ll start off with the next in the series of the METALLICA Anniversary reissues and sets. This time up is 1991’s classic ‘The Black Album’, with a fair few formats for the 30th Anniversary of the LP. There will be a CD Remaster, Vinyl 2LP RemasterDeluxe 3CD with bonus content, and the Super Deluxe Set featuring 5LPs, a 10”, 14 CDs, 6 DVDs, a 120-Page Hardcover book and a host of bits of memorabilia. Serious amount of unreleased demo, session and live bits throughout.

As well as this box set to celebrate the anniversary, there is also a new covers album being released entitled ‘Metallica : The Blacklist’. It is being released as a 7LP Vinyl Set or as a 4CD set, and will feature covers of tracks from the classic album by artists such as Phoebe Bridgers, Idles, St. Vincent, Biffy Clyro, Rodrigo Y Gabriela, Jason Isbell and many more.

Moving on from Metallica! We also now have up on the site for pre-order the upcoming album from Blur / Gorrilaz front man DAMON ALBARN, ‘The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows’. There are a few formats again here, including CDCassetteVinylIndies White Vinyl, and a limited Deluxe Box Set (box set features the White Vinyl and a bonus 7” with extra tracks from the recording session). This is due out November 12th.

Also announced in the last week or so is the brand new album from LORDE. ‘Solar Power’ is the third album output from the New Zealand singer, and it is released as a Music Box Edition (a new format as far as I can see, and an interesting one. 100% biodegradable casing, which contains the Hi-Res Album Download with Bonus Tracks + Access to Exclusive Content, a Fold-Out Poster, and a 32 Page Booklet with a Limited 4 Card Set. No CD, no physical format really, but the download card with extra bits). There is also a standard Vinyl pressing and a limited Indies Vinyl. We were given allocations on the Indies Vinyl, so once they’re gone they’re gone. Fastest Fingers first on this one i’m afraid.

On the CD front, there a 2 upcoming releases from Sabbath bassist GEEZER BUTLER, one being a 1CD ‘Very Best Of’, and also a 4CD set ‘Manipulations of the Mind : The Complete Collection’. This features all 3 of Geezer’s solo albums, with a bonus CD of rare and unreleased material.

Last but no least, we have two savage Irish releases up on the site for this week. First up is the excellent debut EP release from Cork’s own THE LOVE BUZZ, ‘Here Comes The Scum’. We’ve been spinning this a lot in the shop since RSD when the lads dropped it in to us. Really catchy tunes, punky / 90s feel throughout but full of songs with great hooks. Really well record and produced, huge sounding. Well worth keeping an eye on these lads. It’s with us on CD or Limited Coloured Vinyl. Check out single ‘Harp’ here :

And finally from mise, another lovely Irish release which is due out July 2nd is ‘Love in These Times’, the debut solo record from Revelino frontman and writer BRENDAN TALLON. I’m really enjoying the lead single ‘American Strings’, so i’m really looking forward to hearing the rest of this release once it lands in with us. Really sounding great!

That’s it from me for this week folks, plenty more again already for next week. Releases starting to ramp up.
Back to the boss-man!

Thanks Bobby!
Right so Integral for the 16th of July have the legendary partnership of BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY & MATT SWEENEY for the follow up to their 2005 classic ‘Superwolf’, with 2021’s ‘Supewolves’.. Here is ‘Make Worry For Me’ from the album out Via Domino.. CD, Vinyl and an Indies Only Ocean Blue Vinyl with download codes also… A newsletter on the codes… Another day though…

Integral also have a new ALDOUS HARDING 7” ‘Old Peel’ out via 4AD..

Sin é this week really folks,
Hope to see a few of ye on Saturday..
Thanks for listening,
Ray, Bobby & Shane
P.S a young customer of ours AJ sent us a email to tell us that on the 26th June 2020 he picked up a guitar for the very first time.. This Saturday he releases his debut album (only on the streaming services) to mark the anniversary of picking up a guitar.. 14 songs written and recorded by himself.. Jaysus fair play AJ.. Here is ‘Hope Thats Never Lost’ from the album by AJ Whelan.

RSD Week Is Upon Us! New Saint Sister and Orla Gartland, and a Buena Vista Social Club 25th Anniversary

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well.. Big newsletter this evening.. RSD Newsletter… Where do I start?? Well it’s on this Saturday the 12th of June is as good a place as any to start.. Where Raymond?? Out in the good shuttle in Deanrock in To(u)her and importantly from 6PM on the aul’ website.. Cén t-am Raymond?? The siopa will open at 8AM Saturday morning but we can only leave 4 or 5 in at a time (as we obviously can’t flood the shop).. (No pun intended there).. We would ask folk to try get in and out in 10/15 minutes as others are waiting outside… Myself, Bob & Shane are on site to help ye get sorted… We will try make it as smooth as possible… So Saturday at 8AM in the shop, and then online from 6PM..

What about the stock Raymond?? Here is the fun part.. Loads landed safe and good I reckon 80%… But delays a plenty.. I’ll try my best here to update but with 500 seasons in one day, Brexit, it is a bit all over the shop.. Here are some titles that are tight on stock to start with.. Amy Winehouse Remixes,, Haim 7”, Arianna Live, Def Leppard Live, Elton John, Lady Gaga, Robert Plant, Status Quo, Tears for Fears, War Child Help EP, Belle & Sebastian, Shame, Mogwai, Freddie Gibbs, Stooges, Toots, Echo and the Bunnymen, Ocean Colour Scene, Prince… (Ash is moved to Drop 2, as is Stones ‘Hot Rocks’ and numerous other small releases..

There are quite a few titles that have not shipped yet (Wednesday!!) that are still supposed to be here for Drop 1 like Amy Winehouse, Mark Lanegan, Rage Against The Machine, Prince, Belly, Elastica, Tune-Yards, Add N To X.. The Reps think / hope they will be here by Saturday..

The Orchard let us down for titles again this year and they don’t know how it happened.. They uploaded our order on the day I sent it to them (30th April) confirmed to me that they received the order but then it disappeared.. The Russians??.. MI5, CIA could all be involved.. Anyway was on it early enough to save some but we will be getting no stock of Tom Tom Club, Richard Hell or The Sword and a few small bits.. Motley Crue gone to July Drop 2…

Plastichead (a big problem pre-Brexit.. worse since) have let us down and every shop in the UK as well from what I can gather, so sorry to say but there will not be RSD releases with us for Elvis – Cafe, Elvis – Mad Prof, Howard Jones 12”, Iggy Pop – Channel Boston… Four nice titles but sorry not going to happen for us and believe me did we try… Painful stuff.. Sorry.. Forewarned is forearmed.. Great craic this isn’t it… That’s a lot of the bad / iffy news.. Plenty of good news… Sorry just got the news that these are now Drop 2 : Beastie Boys, Yusuf, Don Davis & John Martin..

On to the better news!! Done well on the Fontaines release and I think the Wolf Alice new album and RSD are landing sometime later this week..

So I suppose if an album isn’t mentioned in the iffy pages then it should be good… I suppose most folks support the shop for what it is on the day.. A celebration of local record shops (We are one of them)… Rest assured we have done what we can do to try and secure every record wish listed and succeeded in 80 to 90% of cases.. Hope to see Saturday either in person or online… If emailing me over the coming days I will try get you an answer and I apologise if my reply is brief!!


Video from last week’s releases is up here now :


Right so moving onto the 25th of June… Via Proper we have the new SAINT SISTER album ‘Where I Should End’, which is the follow up to the excellent debut album ‘Shape Of Silence’.. Here is ‘Oh My God Oh Canada’ from the new record… Beautiful stuff again.. Really looking forward to this release..

Universal for the 25th of June have the new CD (only for now) by PICTURE THIS ‘Life in Colour’ album number three out on Island.. They also have the brand new JACK SAVORETTI album ‘Europiana’ on CD or LP through E.M.I.. Uni via UMC have the next in the PJ HARVEY reissue series, this time with the 7th studio album ‘White Chalk’.. So there is the album reissue and as a separate LP or CD a collection of unreleased demos.. ‘The Demos’ and the LP reissue of the album both include a download..

UMC also have some QUEENSRYCHE reissues.. ‘Operation : Mindcrime’ and ‘Empire’.. These are reissued as limited CD/DVD Boxsets, Double LPs or as Double CDs… Debut album by DRUG STORE ROMEOS also out which could be an interesting also on Fiction… Polydor have the Original Cast Recording of ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER’s ‘Cinderella’ and Concord have a BILL EVANS 5CD box set as well as an uncovered album ‘On A Friday Evening’ on CD Or Vinyl... Spinefarm have a 3LP Green vinyl reissue of Killing Joke’s ‘Pylon’ and UMC have a deluxe reissue of the second album by THE ROOTS ‘Do You Want More?!!!’.. Lastly form Uni there are some Bluenote LP reissues by SONNY CLARK with ‘Cool Struttin’, and JIMMY SMITH’s ‘Back In The Chicken Shack’.. All under the Uni umbrella for the June 25th releases..

Republic of Music for the 25th have the new JOHN MURRY album ‘The Stars Are God’s Bullet Holes’ on CD and Indies Only Vinyl.. There is a repress of KELLY LEE OWEN’s self titled LP on coloured vinyl also... Lastly from ROM for the 25th of June is the 10th Anniversary Expanded Vinyl of MOUNT KIMBIE’s ‘Crooks & Lovers’ as a 3LP Edition..

Sony for the 25th of June have the MODEST MOUSE album on CD only for now ‘The Golden Casket’ it is called.. Here is ‘We Are Between’ from the new record.. Vinyl due out late August..

The Orchard for the 25th of June have a live DREAM THEATER ‘Lost, Not Forgotten : Live in Japan’ on CD or Indies Only 2LP/CD.. They also have a DEVIN TOWNSEND ‘Devolution Series #2 – Galatic Quarantine’ on CD/BluRay or Gatefold 2LP/CD..

Cargo for the 25th of June have the new HISS GOLDEN MESSENGER record ‘Quietly Blowing It’ on Merge and it’s out on CD, LP or Indies Only LP.. There is a new CEDRIC BURNSIDE also and a  BEATLES Live 7′‘ and a STONES Live 7” also...

PIAS for the 25th of June have the new JOHN GRANTFAYE WEBSTERHIATUS KAIYOTELUCY DACUSROSE CITY BAND as well as reissues by MY MORNING JACKET, PETER MURPHY, and the debut release by KOJAQUE also..

Warner for the 25th have a new album by HAMMERFALL as well as a host of reissues by BRIAN SETZER (Stray Cats), FLEETWOOD MAC ‘Live’, GYM CLASS HEROES ‘As Cruel As School Children’MADNESS ‘The Rise and Fall’ 4th Studio album (some say their best) on BMG, MILES DAVIS’ ‘Merci Miles : Live at Vienne’ on Rhino as a 2CD or 2LP.. Last live show 2 months before his death in September 1991.. MOTORHEAD’s ‘No Sleep Till Hammersmith’ is being reissued on the 25th of june also as a 2CD, 4CD Boxset or 3LP through BMG, there is a DRIFTER’s reissue ‘Golden Hits’ and TOTO’s ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ as a transparent vinyl or CD/BluRay..

Going to hand you over to Bobby now to see if he has much this week for ye..

Hey folks,
Hope you are all keeping safe and well!
Looking forward to this Saturday! 
A few nice bits again up this week now for pre-order. As Ray mentioned earlier, the new SAINT SISTER record is due in for release on the 25th, and we’re delighted that there is also a vinyl pressing of the excellent debut record ‘Shape of Silence’ also due into us in the coming weeks. A really nice listen and one we haven’t had on vinyl before so delighted to get a few copies!

Another cracking release from the Irish front is the debut album announced today by ORLA GARTLAND, titled ‘Woman On The Internet’. The album is due in in August in the good siopa and is released on CD or LP. Check out the single ‘Zombie!’ below, fierce catchy track! Really looking forward to hearing the rest of the album! :

There is a cracking reissue of BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB’s self titled release due to us in September for the 25th Anniversary of the brilliant album. It is coming as an expanded 2CD, 2LP or a lovely 2CD/2LP/Book Box Set.

And finally from myself for this week, now up for pre-order on the site and due in to us in July is the brand new album ‘Sob Rock’ from JOHN MAYER. This one is being released on CDLP or Indies Only Clear LP. Serious 80s vibes from the lead single ‘Last Train Home’

Our weekly Spotify Playlist is now up for releases for June 25th, a long one this week with 35 tracks! Be sure to give us a follow to keep up with all our playlists! :

That’s it from myself for this week, back to the boss-man!

Thanks Bob!
Lastly so, PIAS for the 2nd of July has EMMA-JEAN THACKRAY’s debut album ‘Yellow’ on Matador and the brand new album from THE GO! TEAM ‘Get Up Sequences : Part 1‘ via Memphis Industries.. Indies Only Coloured Vinyl available.. Lastly Soul Jazz Records have some TREES SPEAK coloured Vinyl reissues..

Sin é for this week folks,
Hope to see ye over the next week and bare with us as we have tried our best
Thanks for listening,
Ray, Bobby & Shane

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Return, Kojaque’s New LP, And RSD Drop 1 Opening Hours 2

Hi everyone,

Hope all is well enough.. Jays the 3rd of June… Record Store Day is just 9 days away… It kind of creeps up on you doesn’t it… The shop will be open at 8AM on Saturday the 12th of June.. So we will probably only leave 4/5 customers/households in at a go and unfortunately ask ye to be prompt enough as others are waiting… Not ideal I know but the 3 of us will be on site and there to help… The records had better start arriving as so far NADA has arrived… I’ll update properly on it all again next week,

Here’s the releases in the good siopa for this Friday the 4th of June. They include new releases by MIKE COOLEY / PATTERSON HOOD / JASON ISBELLCROWDED HOUSEJAMESRISE AGAINSTDANIEL AVERYEINAUDITHE ALARMNEW MOON JELLY ROLL FREEDOM ROCKERS, and a ROD STEWART Vinyl Box Set.. There are Reissues by THE AVALANCHESART BLAKEYSARAH JAROSZDECAPITATED, MESHUGGAHANTHRAXMICHAEL SCHENKER GROUP, and the 12” and 7” reissue of THE SPECIALS ‘Ghost Town’… On the CD front there is three HANK WILLIAMS collections out

Video for the new releases last Friday is up here now :

Followed swiftly along by releases for the 11th of June… The day be for the ‘day’.. I really hope next year we can have a celebration like other years.. That makes the day extra special… The music, the couple of beers or not… Hopefully next year again.. Anyway the releases for the 11th of June include new releases by NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDSRHIANNON GIDDENSSLEATER-KINNEYJOE BONAMASSALUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REALGARBAGEALESSANDRO CORTINIJESSIE WARE, JOANA SERRATMAROON 5, THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, BRAD MEHLDAU & THE ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA, JULIAN LAGEDUSTIN O’HALLORANMARINA, and the CRUELLA OST on CD.. There are Reissues by SIGUR ROS, DR. FEELGOOD, THE MINUTESTHE SHINS, SPIRITUALIZEDDEF LEPPARDKISSMARK MORRISONLANTERNS ON THE LAKE, GHOSTBUSTERS 2 OST, and the Super Deluxe BLACK SABBATH ‘Sabotage’ sets.. There is also a 5CD set release from ASIA..

Right so releases for the 18th of June include via Universal the new KINGS OF CONVENIENCE album ‘Peace or Love’ on EMI Records.. Excellent songsmiths, unreal harmonies (as good as anyone).. I do have a soft spot for them.. This is their first record in ages.. Here is ‘Rocky Trail’ from the album

Uni also have a new KID CUDI CD on Island Records.. ‘The Man On The Moon III : The Chosen’.. Could be a Star Trek film.. STYX also have a  new album on UMC ‘Cash Of The Crown’ on CD or Limited LP.. There is a FRANK ZAPPA live release ‘Zappa ’88 : The Last US Show’ on 2CD Jewel Case or Limited 4LP Set

PIAS/Integral for the 18th have the CLINT MANSELL / CLINT WALSH collaborated covers album of Lou Reed’s ‘Berlin’ as well as a E.S.T reissue on vinyl via ACT records..

Warner for the 18th of June have a nice few releases… There is a deluxe CD version of CHARLES MINGUS’ ‘Live at Carnegie Hall’ his 1974 live album for Atlantic, with over an hour of unheard music.. BMG/ADA have an absolutely gorgeous looking EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER ‘Fanfare 1970-1997’ box set which has 16 CDs, 3LPs, Audio BluRay , 2 x 7” Singles, Book, Poster, Tour Stadium Programmes and pin base… The 11 albums remastered on CD plus 5 unreleased CD albums (live stuff etc), triple LP ‘Live in Rome & Milan 1973’.. Warner also have a new album (CD Only for now) from FEAR FACTORY ‘Aggression Continuum’, their 10th studio album, this one on Nuclear Blast.. GRATEFUL DEAD’s ‘Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses) live album gets remastered on 2LP or 2CD.. This is the band’s 2nd best selling album..

HELLOWEEN release their new 15th album on Nuclear Blast on the 18th on a host of formats… The album is self titled and features 3 lead singers for the first time.. There are a host of physical formats available!! BMG also have a new one from JOAN ARMATRADING on CD and LP ‘Consequences’.. There is a 10 CD Box Set of TEN YEARS AFTER ‘1967-1974’ on Chrysalis.. MONKEES have a reissue of their debut album (huge album back in ’66).. This is a deluxe 2LP Set with bonus tracks and the lacquers were cut from the analogue tape for the fist time since 1966..

Last but not least from Warner for the 18th of June is the TROJAN STORY Box Set on 3CD or 3LP.. This is a reissue of the 1971 same named album compilation which put Ska, Rock Steady and Reggae on an international stage… Class compilation it is..

Without a doubt the biggest release for the 18th of June comes via Proper Music with the release of the new NICK CAVE & WARREN ELLIS record (i don’t envy the poster maker) ‘Carnage’.. This is the first time the duo have recorded an album of songs together.. I have not heard any of it yet, I sometimes chose to wait.. So looking forward to hearing it… I wasn’t as gone on ‘Ghosteen’ as I was with the two previous ones ‘Skeleton Tree’ and ‘Push The Sky’ but the quality and out put is savage…

Proper have four solo CD reissues from Black Crowes’ RICH ROBINSON new deluxe editions of ‘Flux’, ‘Paper’, ‘Through A Crooked Sun’ and ‘Woodstock Sessions Vol. 3’.. There are a few nice live CD/DVD releases on Ear Music coming out from THE MOODY BLUES ‘Live at Montreux 1991‘, guitar masters PACO DE LUCIA / JOHN MCLAUGHLIN ‘Lie at Montreux 1987’, and BODY COUNT / ICE-T ‘From The Smoke Out Festival 2003’..

Sony Music for the 18th of June have a new solo record from GARY KEMP.. They have a fine vinyl best of from ARETHA FRANKLIN, and a 30th Anniversary LP reissue of DEACON BLUE’s ‘Fellow Hoodlums’..

Cargo for the 18th of June have the CZARFACE & MF DOOM ‘Super What?’ CD format release which includes a comic book, out on Silver Age… Cargo also have PINK FLOYD ‘Live at Montreux 1970’ double LP containing nine tracks originally broadcast by Swiss Radio on November 1970 in excellent quality…

Going to hand you over to Bobby now who will run through interesting bits and pieces down the road or announced lately..

Hey folks,
Hope everyone is keeping safe and well.
Starting us off this week, and only announced today, Integral have a brand new album coming from PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING, entitled ‘Bright Magic’. It’s due to us in September, and will come on CDVinyl or limited Indies Orange / Black Marbled Vinyl.

Another nice one announced in the last week or so is the brand new MODEST MOUSE album ‘The Golden Casket’, due from Sony. The CD for this one is due shortly by the end of June, but the vinyl won’t be with us until August 29th.

Demon / Edsel via Proper have a new ‘Best Of’ by PSYCHEDELIC FURS. It is being released as a Deluxe 2CD, or as a standard 1LP Black Vinyl, or a limited Indies 1LP pressed on Clear Vinyl.

A few other nice bits for down the line include a vinyl reissue of FLEETWOOD MAC’s 1979 LP ‘Tusk’, and MOV have a nice limited, coloured vinyl reissue of ALAN PARSONS’ ‘Time Machine’. On the CD front, there is a new album due from blues guitarist CHRISTONE KINGFISH INGRAM, and also from PICTURE THIS. No vinyl announced for either of these yet.

Spotify Playlist for releases for the 18th of June is also now live here :

That’s it from me this week folks, back to the boss-man!

Thanks Bob!
Ok so, last up for today is PIAS / Integral stuff for the 25th of June.. Before I go on about that… I have a growing concern some titles are not going to make RSD Drop 1… There have been quite a few moved to Drop 2 in the last week (nothing too major, bits and pieces here and there) but i’m becoming aware of titles since not in our suppliers warehouses from the pressing plant for Drop 1 releases.. That’s tight with really only 7 working days until the Drop.. I’m sure it will be fine but ROM have not shipped 4 titles as they haven’t arrived to them yet, and Plastichead said yesterday ‘Our RSD Stuff has not arrived to us yet!! quote, unquote… Fill you with confidence?? Yep me too!!

Anyway, Integral for the 25th of June have new albums by DANIEL AVERYFAYE WEBSTERHIATUS KAIYOTE, LUCY DACUS’s third album ‘Home Video’ via Matador on CD, LP or Indies LP... There are reissues by THE MELVINS, and 2 nice MY MORNING JACKET reissues on ATO ‘Evil Urges’ and ‘It Still Moves’.. There is the last of the PETER MURPHY reissues and an underground electronic compilation ‘Cold Wave #2’ by the masters themselves SOUL JAZZ Records.. Quite a few above but also three very interesting releases from PIAS / Integral for the 25th of June are by JOHN GRANT, his new album entitled ‘Boy From Michigan’ on CD, DLP and Deluxe 2LP version also.. The record is produced by Cate Le Bon.. Here is the title track.. Visually cracking video..

Another fine release is the new ROSE CITY BAND album on Thrill Jockey ‘Earth Trip’, available on CD, LP and Indies Only LP.. Here is ‘Lonely Places’ from the record.. Rose City Band is the solo project of Ripley Johnson from Wooden Ships and Moon Duo..

Last but not least for sure on this newsletter is the release from Dublin’s own KOJAQUE on Different Recordings.. The debut album form the hip hop artist entitled ‘Town’s Dead’ and here is the title track from the record.. Social commentary is at the heart of all good hip-hop and it’s here in spades.. Available on CD or LP.. Kojaque is set to play Cypress Avenue down here at the end of November.. Could be a nice one to catch..

Jusr got word Uni, WEA and Proper RSD releases are on the way.. I’ll study them for any problems but looks good enough fills on first look…

Sin é for this week folks,
Thanks for listening,
Ray, Bobby & Shane,

Next PJ Harvey Reissues, Inner City Folk, The Corporation Was Born

Hi Everyone
Hope ye’r all well enough.. Well it looks like we are nearly back.. It’s been a long road.. Call & Collect 021-4967119 next week and back open on the 17th of May!! Whoaaaa that’s our third, fourth or fifth coming now at this stage.. It will be great though.. Will send an update next week on opening hours.. Back to 7 days a week opening hours I think and we will see where we go from there.. We will update the opening hours here and on the website and social medias next week.. Hopefully this is the end of it re closing for one reason or another… Peace and quiet is required fora while now though.. Peace and quiet (bar the ringing of the greasy till!!)

The good siopa is actually 20 years old on Saturday the 8th of May… 20 years.. Crikey.. The 8th of May 2001.. Tuesday morning after the bank holiday weekend, 27 year old boy / man stands behind a counter at 10AM nervous as a kitten.. 30/40 minutes passed and not a soul, then a builder came in, big breakfast roll under arm, big dirty mucky boots (ahh me f**king clean new carpet.. that cost me 500 punts.. I hadn’t a bob going into the thing.. I borrowed 10,000 punts from the creddie and a brother of mine gave me 25k loan as he remortgaged his house!! He is paid back!! Courtesy of the boom in 04/05).. ‘Any AC/DC?’ breakfast roll man / carpet destroyer asks… Some Sony stock was late.. No AC/DC.. Sorry.. ‘Can order it and keep it if you like??’.. ‘Nah you’re grand’.. I’ll never sell a thing again!! 2 minutes later Bridget Jones’ Diary CD soundtrack sold + bagged 16 punts 99 pence, or €21.57.. Yep it was deal pricing in 2001… The corporation was born.. End of day sales 606 Punts.. We were off.. I must say here in 2010/2011 and even 2012, there was weeks when we wouldn’t do 600 pounds in the whole week, or 800 euro.. Days we had zero sales.. Clinging on with fingertips.. So we have seen sunshine and have seen rain.. The first 10 years were generally uneventful bar business going down the tubes if that’s uneventful (2010 + 2011), and the second 10 years had the Flood June 27th 2012, The Fire August 31st 2019 and Covid March 14th 2020.. Enough drama for 50 years… Peace & quiet please and a slightly ringing till..

Bob is with me 10 years this Christmas (the day will probably arrive where he will move in a different direction and that’s important too.. Some man, great calibre).. Shane is 7 years now I think it was 2014 and a more genuine caring man you will struggle to find.. Like Frank Gallagher I like a parteeeee but alas none this time.. Maybe for the 25th!!

Anyway, the tunes!!.. Here are the releases for this Friday the 7th of May… There are new releases by NEW ORDERSQUIDAMY WINEHOUSEWEEZERRAG N’ BONE MANVAN MORRISONGO-GO PENGUINFEARSDODIELISA GERRARD & JULES MAXWELL, and the vinyl pressings of ZAPPA’s OST... There are reissues from PETER MURPHYSILVERCHAIRFEAR FACTORY, and THE BEATLES..

Video for last week is up on our YouTube channel now, here is the link :


Proper for the 14th of May have the new DAVID GRAY album ‘Skellig’ on CD and 2LP.. The history, mythology of the islands of the Kerry Coast have long held Gray’s imagination, hence the title.. This record is more stripped back i’m told.. The synths are gone, guitar, strings, cello and harmonies to the fore front.. Looking forward to it.. He done the cover himself.. Talented boy.. I saw him in Nancy Spains down the street from my homeplace maybe 30 years ago or there or thereabouts and a good few years after that in the Opera House.. His first couple of records on HUT went unnoticed in the UK but were fine albums.. All his stuff is of high quality.. 

Proper for the 14th also have the new album by MORCHEEBA ‘Blackest Blue’ on CD, Indies Only Blue Vinyl and Indies Only White Vinyl with bonus 7′‘.. Will be giving this a turn also.. I love their chilled electronic sound.. New DAMIEN JURADO album out on the 14th also..

On to the 21st of May.. Warner for the 21st of May have a brand new EP from COUNTING CROWS ‘Butter Miracle Sweet One’, which contains 4 brand new tracks and also ‘August and Everything After’ with the London Studio Orchestra… Here is ‘Elevator Boots’ from the EP released via BMG.. It seems vinyl only on this one
AMORPHIS have a live album out on Nuclear Blast on CD for the 21st of May and TWENTY ONE PILOTS have a new album also on the 21st ‘Scaled and Icy’ out on Fuelled By Rome / Atlantic, CD only release for now.. Warner also for the 21st have the new GARY NUMAN record ‘Intruder’ on BMG/ADA, brand new album, his 21st solo album now.. Reunited with product Ade Fenton on this on.. Available on 3 physical formats, CDDeluxe CD, and Vinyl… Make that 4.. Literally just now got word that there is a limited exclusive red vinyl format also..

The Orchard for the 21st of May have the new album by MONSTER MAGNET..

Sony for the 21st of May have a WHITE STRIPES ‘Seven Nation Army (Glitch Mob Remix) on Indies only 7” Red Vinyl, or standard 7” black vinyl..

PIAS for the 21st of May have the MY BLOODY VALENTINE reissues, new albums by GRUFF RHYS, JOHN HIATT & JERRY DOUGLAS BAND (both excellent) and a new one by MDOU MOCTAR

Republic of Music for the 21st of May have a new LAMBCHOP studio album on City Slang called ‘Showtunes’.. It’s on CD Digi Sleve with spot gloss, standard black vinyl with gatefold sleeve with spot gloss and lyrics… Download code included and at 45RPM.. There is an indies only LPX version also on white vinyl with everything else the same as the standard black vinyl…

Uni for the 21st of May have the new album by KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD ‘L.W’ on KGLW Records.. Here’s a tune from the new album ‘If Not Now, Then When’.. Sorry this release is now pushed back until May 28th..

Polydor via Universal have the release of the 4th full length album by LORD HURON on CD only for now entitled ‘Long Lost’.. Here is ‘Mine Forever’ from the new album

Spinefarm have LINDEMANN ‘Live in Moscow’ on a host of variants including DVD, BluRay, CD & BluRay Media Book, 2LP Gatefold and a limited edition super deluxe box set..

Music on Vinyl (due for May 21st but all MOV’s ship out when I have 20 records to ship, so maybe later than date) have DESMOND DEKKER & THE SPECIALS ‘King of Kings’ reissue of 1993 Trojan released album on coloured vinyl.. We hope to have 9 of 1000 numbered copies on coloured vinyl..

I’ll have you over to the Bob Man now to run through his bits and pieces as usual..

Hey folks,
Hope you are all keeping safe and well.
Few nice bits announced over the last week, and back to a few games of fastest fingers first!
We’ll start off this week with the announcement of the upcoming compilation from Mr RSD Ambassador 2021, NOEL GALLAGHER. ‘Back The Way We Came Vol. 1 (2011-2021) documents the first decade of NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS, with material coming from the first three studio albums and the later EPs released. It’s coming on 2CD, Deluxe 3CD, Vinyl or Super Deluxe Box Set.

The next reissue in the PJ HARVEY series has been announced via Universal, this time for 2007’s ‘White Chalk’. As with the others, there is also a Demos Vinyl and CD of unreleased material released on the same day from the sessions of the album.

Few other nice bits announced include a NEW ORDER ‘Be A Rebel : Remixed’ Clear Vinyl 12” & CD release, a new album by KINGS OF CONVENIENCE, and last but definitely not least, a 25th Anniversary reissue of SUEDE’s ‘Coming Up’ on Deluxe 2CD or Clear Vinyl.

Right, for fastest fingers first. LUMP (Laura Marling / Mike Lindsay) have announced their second studio album, ‘Animal’ is due to be released in July. There is CDCassette, and 2 different vinyl formats, both which we’ve been allocated numbers and are very very limited. There is a lovely Indies Coloured Swirl Vinyl, and also a Deluxe Vinyl with a die-cut slipcase, lyric poster and stickers. Here is the lead single ‘Animal’

Finally from mise for this week on the release front, the second in the series of SPIRITUALIZED reissues has been announced, with the second album ‘Pure Phase’ coming in June. CD and again very very limited Glow In The Dark initial vinyl pressing available on this one. 

We have put up two more Spotify Playlists this week, one for releases on both May 21st and May 28th. I will put a link to both below here. Give us a follow, and each we week we will throw up a Playlist of the stuff we are trying to hawk. Or sorry sell! I want my own yacht! 

That’s it from me this week, back to the boss-man!

Thanks Bob.. Champion’s League Final for ye’r lot.. Frank and yourself happy men i’d say..

Right moving onto PIAS / Integral for the 28th of May.. There are two ANIMAL COLLECTIVE reissues on Domino ‘Feels’ and ‘Sung Tongs’.. Rough Trade for the 28th of May have the new BLACK MIDI album ‘Cavalcade’.. It’s a wild listen.. There is a limited picture disc vinyl, standard vinyl, CD and cassette available.. CAN ‘Live Stuttgart 1975’ gets a rejob on 2CD or 3 Coloured LPs.. CLINT MANSELL returns with the score to ‘Rebecca’ movie, the vinyl is translucent marble double vinyl on Invada Records..

An album that has caught my own ear over the last few months is a debut record by MUSTAFA on his own label.. ‘When Smoke Rises’ its called and he describes his music as ‘inner city folk’.. He hails from the tough side of town in Toronto, Canada, and has lost some dear friends to gun violence.. Such integrity in his vocal.. It’s available to indies shops on green coloured vinyl or CD.. Here is ‘Air Forces’ and ‘Stay Alive’ from the record.

ACT have a new NILS LANDGREN FUNK UNIT CD, ‘Funk is My Religion, and SOUL JAZZ RECORDS have a new studio on collection ‘Fire Over Babylon’..

Warner for the 28th of May have a rack of releases.. I’ll list mainly.. BOWIE ‘Man Who Sold The World’ 50th Anniversary Picture DiscBOWIE ‘Width of A Circle’ 2CDETTA JAMES ‘The Montreux Years’NINA SIMONE ‘The Montreux Years’, EVA CASSIDY ‘Acoustic’ 2LPGRATEFUL DEAD ‘Anthem Of The Sun’ 50th Anniversary reissueBURNING WITCH ‘The Witch Of The North’, GREEN DAY ‘Nimrod’ reissuePARAMORE ‘Riot’ Silver Indies Only reissueTINA TURNER ‘TINA’ ORIGINAL CAST RECORDING VinylTEXAS ‘Hi’ brand new album on BMG on CD, Deluxe CD and LP, and lastly a K.D. LANG ‘Makeover’ on Nonesuch which is a collection of dance remixes from some of her best loved songs on CD or first press only coloured vinyl..

Sin é for this week,
Thanks for listening,
Ray, Bobby & Shane
P.S. thoughts on the price hikes next week… 
**Oh and Uni & Sony RSD Lists.. Last few days for these 2..

RSD Wishlist Deadline, Three Cracking Irish Releases, And New Black Keys

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well enough and the form is good.. April 21st 2021 already! Noises about non-essential retail opening by middle of May now… Not sure but it may jump straight over click / call & collect to being open… If it does, how bad!! Just with the re-opening, be it call & collect or open, we do ask a favour of you kind folk.. It has been a messy 16 weeks now nearly and there’s a pile of this here and a pile of that there (stuff all over the shop… ‘shop’ used as a Corkism here).. So we would be so grateful if you could email what you are collecting, that would be a brilliant help (not exactly needle in a haystack, but will save us trolling though emails to find the few bits there for me… Not being smart, it would be a great help.. ‘Lads i’ll be in tomorrow for A, B and C”.. Perfect, sound job.. I should have got a job in NPHET… Speaking of rules… RSD 2021 Lists and Wishlists and the good soo-a’s orders for said product needs to be in by the end of the Month… Here is the full comprehensive list of what should be available to us : 
Music Zone – Full RSD List 2021!

Some of these (a small few) have Brexit complications / implications.. We will be in touch with you if you wishlist a problem.. So above is the comprehensive list of what can be wish listed…

Here is the pricing for a lot of that list.. We are still missing prices from a couple of companies.. So we will get these to ye as soon as we have them.. Universal’s list maybe later than the others so we will send that separately when we have it… We do need wish lists back by 6PM on the 28th of April.. Need my own wish lists to the record companies by Friday noon the 30th of April.. So only a week to go for most… I may have a little longer for Universal.. Personally I think it is a very good this year.. (It’s all subjective I know) but fine releases.. The Academic record has not been available since it’s release, Amy Winehouse remix album, Ani Defranco’s self titled debut, Ash’s ‘BBC Session’, Belle & Sebastian ‘Arab Strap’, Bert Jansch, Billy Nomates, Chemical Brothers ‘surprise release’, Conor Oberst, CSNY ‘Deja Vu : Alternatives’, The Cure, The Doors ‘Morrisson Hotel Sessions’, Echo & The Bunnymen Live, Fela Kuti ‘Open & Close’, Fontaines D.C. ‘Live in Kilmainham’, Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, Grateful Dead Live, Janis ‘Pearl’, John Prine Live CD and LP set, Joni Mitchell, Lou Reed ‘Set the Twilight Reeling’, Love, Matt Bellamy, Miles Davis, Jack Johnson, Mogwai ‘Zero Zero Zero’, Biggie, Pearl Jame, Prince, Richmond Fontaine, Planty, Roisin Murphy, The Stones class compilation, Rory ‘Cleveland Part 2’, Shame Live, Sinead live, Sisters Of Mercy ‘BBC Sessions’, Small Faces, Steely Dan, Therapy – Nurse, The Thrills ‘So Much’, U2 ‘Fire’, Warpaint ‘The Fool : Andrew Weatherall Remixes’ are just a few (quite a few I know) that caught my own eye from the 541 titles listed this year… You know where are are if you would like us to wishlist something and we will try and obtain as many as possible..

Here are the individual companies pricing lists of what we have so far

Right anyway, releases for the 23rd of April are THE WHO ‘Sell Out’ deluxe set and reissues, new releases by DINOSAUR JRFIELD MUSICTOUMANI DIABATEPETER FRAMPTONMOTORHEAD, TOM JONES and ZARA LARSSON.. There are reissues by THE SELECTER, SPIRITUALIZEDFLOWERED UP, SOUL JAZZSKINDREDMORSE / PORTNOY / GEORGE.. There is also a 2CD version of EMMYLOU’s ‘Wrecking Ball’

Video from last week is now up on YouTube, including the draw for our DECLAN O’ROURKE ‘Arrivals’ competition! We will be in touch with the winners over the next few days!

Sorry one last RSD thing… Sony only giving Drop 1 (June 12th) releases for now, so only June 12th Drop 1 prices above for Sony… Will forward the July 17th Drop 2 Sony Prices around the ned of May when we get them.. All the others so far are for both drops.. Clear as mud… Good..


Moving on to the 7th of May.. Sony have the new RAG N’ BONE MAN album ‘Life By Misadventure’ on CD, LP or Indies Only Transparent Red Vinyl.. Sony also have a reissue of SILVERCHAIR’s 5th and final album ‘Young Modern’..

Uni for the 7th of May have AMY WINEHOUSE ‘At The BBC’ limited 3LP version and 3CD also.. They have a new Go-Go Penguin album also ‘RMX’ which includes an indies only vinyl on Bluenote.. Lastly Uni have the vinyl releases to the ZAPPA movie soundtrack.. There is a limited 5LP box set or an indies only clear 2LP Version

Orchard for the 7th of May have a new album by LISA GERRARD & JULES MAXWELL ‘Burn’ on CD or first press only white vinyl.. Here is the lead track from the album ‘Noyalain’

The Orchard for the 7th of May also have the debut album by DODIE ‘Build A Problem’ on indies only vinyl or CD

Warner for the 7th of May have the NEW ORDER Live At Alexandra Palace album called ‘Education, Entertainment & Recreation’ as a 2CD/BluRay, 2CD or 3LP.. Wea also have the black vinyl variant of TOM PETTY’s ‘Alternative Wildflowers’, the new VAN MORRISON album entitled ‘The Latest Record Project Vol. 1’ as a 2CD, 3CD or 3LP.. Lastly Warner have the newest / latest (only a few months after their last record) WEEZER album ‘Van Weezer’, which is an ode to metal.. Love letter to their metal hero.. It is on CD, LP and Indies Only LP..

PIAS for the 7th of May have the new SQUID album ‘Bright Green Field‘ on Warp Records.. CD, LP, Indies LP or Cassette.. PIAS rebranded a few weeks ago to Integral Music, so I may use PIAS / Integral Music for a while going forward before we say bye bye to Play It Again Sam… So PIAS / Integral also have for the 7th of May the next batch of PETER MURPHY reissues and also IRON & WINE’s lost first album..

I’ll hand you over to Bobby now and he will run through a few further down the road releases and announcements.. I hear there is a big Irish release in the pipeline Bob…

Hey everyone,
Hope you are all keeping safe and well.. 
The bossman is right, there is a big Irish release announced. (A few nice Irish releases actually this week). But what a place to start off, with the brand new album due from VILLAGERS‘Fever Dreams’ is the title and it’s due out in August. It’s coming on CDVinylIndies Vinyl and there is also a coloured Irish Exclusive Vinyl release. I also see Mr. O’Brien has announced a show in November in The Opera House. An exceptional talent, and his band are incredible. Fingers crossed this one gets to go ahead because it would be a special gig. Here is the brand new single ‘The First Day’ from the album :

Another great Irish release announced is the upcoming album ‘Town’s Dead’ by KOJAQUE, the follow-up to the excellent ‘Deli Daydreams’ from 2018. This one is coming from the Different Recordings label via Integral / PIAS on CD or Vinyl. Great Irish rap / hip-hop, one i’m looking forward to giving spins to when it lands in June. Here is the lead single ‘Town’s Dead’ :

Finally on the Irish front for upcoming releases, JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW has announced his brand new 5th studio record, ‘Grapefruit Season’. Another class class Irish act. The album is due in in July, and is released on CDVinyl or Indies Only Rose Coloured Vinyl through Sony / Columbia. You can check out the latest single ‘Waiting’ below :

Some other nice upcoming releases now up on the site include a new reissue series Warner have announced called ‘The Montreux Years’ compilation records. These are coming by ETTA JAMES and NINA SIMONE, released as 2CDs or 2LP Vinyl. LUCY DACUS’ third studio album ‘Home Video’ is now announced on CDVinyl or very limited indies only clear vinyl. There is a 2CD release from DAVID BOWIE just announced called ‘The Width Of A Circle’, released to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of ‘The Man Who Sold The World’. It features non-album singles, live material, music from a TV Play and plenty of other non-released material. TAYLOR SWIFT’s ‘Fearless : Taylor’s Version’ gets released on limited gold vinyl in August. Finally on the music side, there is a reissue Vinyl / CD Set reissue of THE WEDDING PRESENT’s ‘Seamonsters’.

We also have put up on the site a few new hardware bits that we have gotten into the shop, including Wharfedale Diamond 12.1 Bookshelf SpeakersKef Q150 Bookshelf Speakers, and finally Kef Q550 Standing Speakers.

That’s it from mise for this week, thanks as always.
Back to the boss-man!

Thanks for all that Bob! Right so a few to run through for the 14th of May.. Warner have the release of, or reissue of if I was to say it right, of a truly great album.. A deluxe reissue of CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG’s ‘Deja Vu’ on Rhino / Atlantic… It’s a 50th Anniversary 4CD/1LP version.. Absolutely cracking album.. There is also a 3LP Blue Vinyl reissue of FEAR FACTORY’s ‘Demanufacture’, and we are looking forward to the new album from THE BLACK KEYS on the 14th also.. ‘Delta Kream’ it is called and it’s on Nonesuch, available on CDLP and an indies exclusive LP also.. Here is a tune from the new album..

PIAS / Integral for the 14th of May have a reissue on Domino, a 10th Anniversary Coloured Vinyl edition of ANNA CALVI’s debut album with unseen photos, new artwork and a download code..  First reissue since release.. The PHOEBE BRIDGERS’ ‘Copycat Killer’ 12” 4 Track is due on the 14th also.. This was a limited release on both the coloured and black vinyl.. Coloured now sold out but a couple of black vinyl left

Sin sin really for this week folks
I’m sorry that the RSD info is a little all over the place.. Nearly all pricing is up here on the newsletter now, what isn’t we just have not received yet… Need wish lists by the 28th of April nb nb and if we get Uni in the next 7 days we will send a special newsletter…
So sin é for this week folks,
Thanks as always for listening,
Ray, Bobby & Shane

Joni Mitchell ‘Reprise Albums (1968-1971)’ Box Sets, A Much Anticipated Debut Record 1

Hi everyone,
Hope ye’r all well and the form is good.. Another day in the warehouse… Could be worse.. I’m always grumbling lately (cabin fever i’d say) but really hoping we can call & collect in a few weeks time.. Anyways, could be worse says the cranky man..

RSD.. Record Store Day Drop 1 is happening on the 12th of June and Drop 2 is on the 17th of July.. I will run through some guidelines / rules in case ye’r new to it all.. Some of ye have read this about 10 times before… It is our 10th year involved in RSD now.. It was conceived in 2007 I think, 2012 was our first venture and we have had some mighty days in-between filled with wine, song, wine and even more songs, not too mention a few few records moving out the dóras.. It has a few flaws (RSD) but for the good siopa it is a special and important day… Don’t know what the situation will be by the 12th of June but I do know I need to place my orders by noon on April 30th, so I need wishlists in by 6PM on Wednesday the 28th of April please..

Right so, I can’t keep anything for anyone.. I can’t hold anything for anyone.. You can’t pre-order it.. Basically I can’t guarantee anything (tis against the rules).. I can’t sell 2 of the same record to the one human being or the one human being and his feline either for that matter…

But if you are interest in something(s) then it would be great if you emailed in a wishlist of what you hope for and by doing that it allows me to fight for more of a certain record than maybe another.. By sending the wishlist you have a much greater chance of securing the record… I will also communicate problems / allocations / etc to the folks that wish list.. So if for example I have 6 folks wish lists for a record and i’m only getting 3 copies, then I will email ye and tell ye that at least 6 are looking and we only got 3, so set the alarm i’d say.. Wishlist is good and NB from our end… So don’t be afraid of it folks!! You’ll be dead long enough and sher what else do ye have to spend yer dollars on!! We still only have pricing on about half the releases but Bobby will send what we have under here and send the rest next week.. 28th April deadline so 2 weeks.. We have all the pricing by next week I hope.. Here are the lists we have so far..

Right so sin sin for RSD for this week.. Although no Bowie, no Bowie the forgotten man of music, the people just don’t get him??? Or will there be a grand late entrance I wonder??


Video from last week is now up here..

A special mention must be given to EMPEROR OF ICECREAM EP Collection 93-94 CD release this Friday.. Limited release edition of only 200 copies of this and it is a compilation of the first 3 EPs from the 93/94 period.. Lockdown has thrown a few nice surprises our ways also and Emperors music is one of those surprises.. The rumour mill has it that the lads have a lot of good new material written also so exciting times ahead and maybe even a brand new album at some point later this year!!!

So onto releases for the 23rd of April we have the deluxe reissues of JOHN LENNON’s ‘Plastic Ono Band’ and THE WHO’s ‘The Who Sells Out’, as well as new releases by DINOSAUR JRIMELDA MAYFIELD MUSICTOM JONES, MOTORHEAD, FLOWERED UPTOUMANI DIABATE & THE LONDON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRAPETER FRAMPTON and ZARA LARSSON… We will have reissues by THE SELECTERSPIRITUALIZED, SOUL JAZZ RECORDS PRESENTS STUDIO ONE ROOTS, SKINDREDMORSE / PORTNOY / GEORGE, and a MARS VOLTA 18LP box.. On the CD front there is a 2CD version of EMMYLOU’s ‘Wrecking Ball’.

Right so onto releases for 30th of April… There are a few.. Apologies if we are missing some links from today’s newsletter, a lot of our focus is on RSD but if we mention something and it’s not link and you are interested, drop us a mail and we will send a link…

Uni for the 30th of April have the new album from MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA on Loma Vista, coming on CD, LP or Deluxe Limited Pink Vinyl.. This crowd are a fine band.. 6th album from them… Here is ‘Bed Head’ from the new album..

Bluenote are release the posthumous TONY ALLEN album ‘There Is No End’ CD or ‘Collectors Sleeve Edition’ 2LP vinyl.. UMC have the next in the PJ HARVEY reissue series.. Next up is ‘Uh Huh Her’ as well as a separate demos LP or CD… UMC also have a comprehensive retrospective of YELLO’s ‘YELL40 YEARS’ as a limited 4CD, 2LP vinyl or 2CD... Other reissues from Uni for the 30th on vinyl by BOBBY WOMACK ‘Poet 1’ and ‘Poet 2’… METRONOMY have a 10th Anniversary reissued of ‘The English Riviera’ on Because Music, and lastly there is an ABBA ‘Gold’ vinyl reissue on gold vinyl.. 40EUR for this one..

You will notice price increases on some Universal vinyl over the next few weeks and months.. Horrible price increases in the region of 30, 40 and 50% increases.. I will have more on this in the coming weeks but it ain’t pretty.. (I have a lot to say on it but for another time.. I’m not sure how many industries would drop those kind of increases on their customer and think it’s cool).. Records in March that cost me 12 Euro plus VAT… Some of them are now costing me 18 Euro plus VAT.. As I said I have a lot to say on it but for another day..

Warner for the 30th of April have the GARY MOORE unnreleased songs album ‘How Blue Can You Get’ on Provogue.. There is a new GOJIRA album on Roadrunner, brand new BIRDY album ‘Young Heart’ also.. Here is ‘Surrender’ from it, it is out on East/West Records..

There is a new album out by MARIANNE FAITHFULL with bad seed WARREN ELLIS… ‘She Walks In Beauty’ is an album of famous poems sung by Faithfull with music by Ellis.. There is also a new JULIA STONE album on gold indies vinyl.. Warner also have a tribute album to PETER GREEN by MICK FLEETWOOD & FRIENDSPINK FLOYD’s ‘Live at Knebworth’ CD or LP via PLG and also the new ROYAL BLOOD album ‘Typhoon’ out on CD, LP and Indies only blue LP.. Here is the title track from the record :

Warner also have a PET SHOP BOYS ‘Discovery’ 2CD/DVD and lastly are reissues by FALL OUT BOY of ‘Take This To Your Grave‘ and SERJ TANKIAN’s ‘Elasticity’.. I never knew MARIANNE FAITHFULL contracted Covid during the making of her record and she came close to death with it… She recovered and finished making the record…

Sony for the 30th have nothing major to repot..

Republic of Music (ROM) for the 30th have the new TEENAGE FANCLUB album ‘Endless Arcade’ on PEMA Records… 10th Studio Album and available on CD, Casette, LP and Indies Only LP (one run only).. Here is ‘The Sun Won’t Shine On Me’ from the new record :

ROM also have a coloured vinyl reissue of A. SMYTH ‘Last Animals’ record.. Indies only yellow vinyl.. Here’s a tune from it ‘Hero’ from Other Voices Christmas 2019.. This record was released earlier this year but I missed it.. Delighted with the indies only repress on it now

Lastly from ROM for the 30th Of April is the new album by THE CORAL on 2CD and Indies Only LP… ‘Coral Island’ it is called...

PIAS for the 30th of April have releases by DROPKICK MURPHYS, ADRIAN CROWLEY, WOLLNY / PARISIEN / LEFEDURF / LILLINGER and also a few coloured CAN reissues..

Right will hand you over to Bobby now for a few bits down the road..

Hey folks,
Few nice bits on the site for this week.
Starting off there is a lovely JONI MITCHELL box set coming in June, called ‘The Reprise Albums (1968-1971). It is released as a 4CD or 4LP Box Set, and is released to mark the 50th Anniversary of the classic album ‘Blue’, which has been out of print for the last 6-12 months on vinyl. It features remaster versions of ‘Blue’, and the three excellent previous albums ‘Song To A Seagull’, ‘Clouds’, and ‘Ladies of the Canyon’.

Also announced on the box set front is the next in the BLACK SABBATH ‘Super Deluxe’ Series, this time with 1975’s ‘Sabotage’. It is coming as a 4CD set, or a 4LP & 7” set. It has the original album remaster, a full live show from 1975, and a Japanese Radio Show single.

There is a new 12” Picture Disc Vinyl reissue of BOWIE’s ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ just announced for release on May 28th, looks class! 

A few other nice bits announced over the last week include a 20th Anniversary Edition remaster of THE SHINS ‘Oh Inverted World’ through Subpop. The CD and Cassette are due in June, both standard vinyl and indie vinyl formats to follow in July. Again, we apologise but only allocated 2 copies of the Indies Only LP, so again fastest fingers first on this release. There is also a new album announced by THE WALLFLOWERS. Again allocated only 5 of the Indies Purple LP, so also a game of fastest fingers first. Lastly from mise, there is a new VIOLENT FEMMES compilation record announced ‘Add It Up (1981-1993), which is released on standard vinyl or indies only purple vinyl, and a new album announced by RAG N’ BONE MAN due in May.

Thanks everyone, back to the boss-man!

PIAS for the 7th of May have the much anticipated debut album by SQUID (big things afoot here i’d say).. It’s on Warp and it is called ‘Bright Green Field’, released on CD, 2LP, Indies Only Green 2LP and red cassette in a clear box… Here is ‘Narrator’ from the album..

These lads have had plenty of songs on EPs etc before now but not one of these songs on the debut album.. All new… They keep it interesting.. Check out ‘Paddling’ the second single

PIAS also have IRON & WINE’s lost debut album ‘Archive Series Vol. 5 : Tallahassee Recordings’.. CD or Indies Only Yellow Splatter Vinyl on this one.. The next in the PETER MURPHY reissue coloured vinyl series are out the 7th of May also..

Sin é for this week really folks.. Send in your RSD Wishlist if interested.. It helps me to attain what folks want. But alas no promises…

Thanks for listening
Ray, Bobby & Shane

The White Stripes Finally Lands, New Dinosaur Jr, And One Busy Drummer!

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well enough.. Keep going folks, keep going.. What a 12 months it’s been.. What an 18 months for us.. Settled days ahead hopefully.. Looks like ‘call & collect / click & collect’ is another 3 or 4 weeks away… Sorry… Far from ideal for any of us.. I never thought i’d look forward to seeing such (mainly) unattractive heads again… But I can’t wait… It’s not about the cover of the book I suppose.. Anyway, enough customer (who feed your family and help keep your yachts clean) mocking for one day, here’ is what’s out this Friday the 26th of Feb..

Releases for this Friday Feb 26th include the release of THE WHITE STRIPES ‘Greatest Hits’ as a 2LP or CDNEIL YOUNG’s ‘Way Down The Rust Bucket’, the excellent brand new WYVERN LINGO album ‘Awake You Lie’PJ HARVEY’s ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’ LP reissue and Demo LP, the first 2 albums from THE NATIONAL reissued as well as their ‘Cherry Tree’ EP on CD or Vinyl.. There are new releases by JULIEN BAKER, the new KINGS OF LEON 7” for ‘The Bandit’BALTHAZARLOST HORIZONSEPICAKREATORMAXIMO PARKROBIN SCHULZSTEREOLABSERGE GAINSBOURGDANIEL PEMBERTONTHE WEDDING PRESENT. There are reissues by THE BLACK CROWESARETHA FRANKLINCAROLE KINGDEFTONES, RAY CHARLESFOUNTAINS OF WAYNEJOHN FRUSCIANTE.. CD releases include the BOB DYLAN / GEORGE HARRISON 1970 3CD,  and a MF DOOM deluxe CD reissue..

Also out is this friday is the excellent SOMERISESOMEFALL CD ‘No Simple Highway’… A really really nice listen that we have all been listening to a lot in the shop over the last week… A lovely collection of Irish artists including John Blek, Anna Mitchell, Marlene Enright, Rowan, and Kevin Herron all performing covers.. All proceeds of the album are for Aware Ireland.. It really is a lovely listen.. Here’s a link to Anna Mitchell performing Beth Gibbons & Paul Webbs ‘Funny Time Of Year’ from the album..

Really enjoying the WYVERN LINGO record… It really has grown on me nicely… Anyone who buys or orders the CD or LP from us in the next week will be entered into a draw for an exclusive signed Long Player by the 3 members of the band.. Here is the lead single ‘Rapture’ from the brand new album ‘Awake You Lie’ :

Also some unbelievable trivia about the 50th Anniversary Edition of CAROLE KING’s ‘Tapestry’… 50 Years ago today (let’s say today for Hollywood effect), Carole King was recording ‘TAPestry’ in Studio B of A&M Recording Studios in LA… Next door (howya) JONI MITCHELL was making ‘Blue’ (lightning twice springs to mind!!) and at a studio down the road JAMES TAYLOR was recoding ‘Mud Slide Slim’.. A guy by the name of RUSS KUNKEL played drums on all 3 records! ‘I’m just going for a smoke Joni, i’ll bring my sticks’.. ‘I’m just going to the shop Joni, I’ll bring my sticks’.. Jaysus what quality!!

Anyways here is a rundown of releases for next Friday the 5th of March. These include the new KINGS OF LEON album ‘When You See Yourself’, a great reissue of JAPAN’s ‘Quiet Life’ as a Boxset, Indies LP or Standard LP, a NEIL YOUNG ‘The Archives Vol. II’ 10CD Boxset.. There are new Releases by ARAB STRAPBILLY NOMATESJANE WEAVERDMA’sMADLIBJOACHIM KUHNWILLIAM THE CONQUEROR, a new SOUL JAZZ ROCKSTEADY Compilation, YO-YO MA & KATHERYN SCOTT, PAT METHENY, and THE LAST EMPEROR OST.. There are reissues for the 5th of March by FATHER JOHN MISTYCRAZY HORSEHELLOWEENGOLDFRAPPENNIO MORRICONEPHILIP GLASSANNE BRIGGS.. CD releases for the 5th include the new GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLINGS release..

Moving onto releases for the 12th of March.. PIAS have a BRAND NEW HEAVIES Live Album.. 

Warner have new albums by ROB ZOMBIE, THUNDER on a few formats including indies only vinyl, and lastly SLAYER ‘Relentless’ indies coloured vinyl reissue…

The Orchard for the 12th of March have a new album by ISRAEL NASH ‘Topaz’ it’s called on Loose Records.. There is CD, LP and indies only LP available.. If this guy is new you you and you live a bit of Americana with a Twist, check him out.. A class act… Here is a tune from the new album

Sony for the 12th of March have the WILLIE NELSON Sinatra Covers album ‘That’s Life’ on CD & LP now.. CD got moved back to the 12th… NAS’ ‘Illmatic’ clear vinyl reissue also moved to the 12th, as is TOM GRENNAN’s new album..

Cargo for the 12th of March have a few nice releases including new WILLIAM DOYLE album on CD or Indies Only vinyl, new HEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIO and a limited indies LP reissue of TREE’s albums ‘Garden’ and ‘On The Shore’, a really limited first time ever indies vinyl press of MARK EITZEL’s ‘Ugly American’ (bit of a theme today).. only 500 copies of this one folks.. Lastly Cargo have vinyl reissues of WYE OAK’s ‘The Knot’ and ‘Civilian‘…

Uni for the 12th of March have VALERIE JUNE’s album ‘The Moon And Stars, Prescription For Dreamers’ on CD, LP or Limited Indies White LP.. Myself and Bobby were doing a bit in Live at St Lukes at some Mick Flannery gigs a few years ago now and Valerie was supporting Mick… Two great gigs.. Valerie was lovely, very earthy, very earthy.. Well she took a certain fondness to Bobby.. Well in face to Bobby’s hair.. I think it went down like this amid conversation to Bobby.. ‘I love your hair, what do you do with it??’. At which point Mick smiled, shook his head and strolled off… And I have the pleasure of retelling the story today!! Sorry Bob!! Lot’s of folks jealous of your hair though.. You’re like Mufasa?? The Lion King… Here’s a tune from Valerie’s new record, we will be definitely giving it a good few spins here!

Uni also have for the 12th the new DEAD POET SOCIETY album as well as a deluxe reissue of THE ROOTS ‘Do You Want More???’

Here is last week’s video, hit subscribe on the Youtube Thing to follow us.. Must do the draw for the 50EUR voucher for the class Top 20’s and must do a draw for the signed Test Pressing for the new JOHN BLEK record also this week..

The Brexit thing is still a right pain in the plaice where I have no window.. There is a rant coming over it but time against me today and the doctor used say I had had to watch my B.P…

I’ll hand you over to Bob now (if he is still talking to me!!) and he will run through tasty releases that we got wind of or are just announced..

Howdy folks, Mufasa here!
Just to clarify, Valerie also was very surprised that a Cork boy-o had a head of hair as fabulous as my own!! I think this is what Mick had a good chuckle at. Ah great great memories. A great gig and definitely excited to listen to Valerie’s new record! 

So enough of my hair! Onto the releases coming out over the coming weeks and months in the future. Again quite a few nice bits announced in the last week. We’ll start off with the announcement hot off the press of the new DINOSAUR JR. record ‘Sweep It Into Space’. It’s coming on CD, Standard Vinyl or two different Indie Only Coloured vinyl. Both the Indie formats also come with a bonus 4-Track Live CD, a nice edition!

2Tone have a sweet reissue of THE SELECTER’s ‘Too Much Pressure’ for the 40th Anniversary of the release. It is coming as a deluxe 3CD set, or as a Vinyl With Bonus 7” on black or indies clear vinyl.

Some other nice bits announced include the brand new GRETA VAN FLEET record, the band’s second. Looking forward to hearing this myself. There is a soundtrack release by ARCADE FIRE to ‘Her’ on vinylFIRST AID KIT have announced ‘Who By Fire’ a Live Tribute LP to Leonard Cohen which is coming on CD or Blue Vinyl. There is a LUCINDA WILLIAMS Tribute album to Tom Petty entitled ‘Runnin’ Down A Dream’, a JETHRO TULL 3CD/3DVD deluxe edition of ‘A La Mode’, a reissue through MOV of Therapy?’s ‘Infernal Love’, a new GARY MOORE release on deluxe CD or Blue Vinylnew GOJIRAnew CROWDED HOUSE including an Indies Silver Vinyl, a reissue of NADA SURF’s ‘High/Low’ on Coloured Vinyl, and finally a 3LP release of GOLDIE’s ‘Timeless : 25th Anniversary Edition’. On the CD front just announced is a deluxe version of TAYLOR SWIFT’s ‘Fearless : Taylor Version’, a new HARRY CONNICK JR CD, and finally a massive EUGENE ORMANDY CD set through Sony Classical.

Finally from myself, we are delighted that we will have for Irish/English songwriter and Cork based LEWIS BARFOOT’s new album ‘Glenaphuca’ on CD, due for release March 5th. Really nice folk music, and really nice songs. You can check out the lead single ‘Sweet Dreams’ here!

That’s it from me this week! 
Back to the boss-man!

Right thanks a mil Bob… Right few releases from Warner for the 19th of March.. There is a new album from ANDREW FARRISS (Inxs) on BMG, ENFORCER ‘Live By Fire II’ on CD or 2LP.. There is a MEG MYERS LP out also, and a SAXON album ‘Inspiration’ on LP and CD… Last but not least is the NEIL YOUNG ‘After The Gold Rush’ 50th Anniversary LP + 7” Single.. It is being marketed as a boxset… I dunno about that!! Look the price, ah the price.. I will talk to the reps and see if there is anything we can do to ease the pain of the price… I know a good few of ye want it but can’t or won’t pay that kind of money… Pity for the retailer, pity for the record company, and pity for yourselves… Let me see if there is anything can be done.. Unlikely, but let me ask…

PIAS for the 19th of March have a sad release really.. STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES release ‘J.T.’, a tribute album to his son JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE, composing of 10 songs written by J.T. and one song written by Steve soon after his son’s passing at the tender age of 38… Justin Townes had battled addictions all his adult life.. He lived with his mom up to his teenage years but when Steve cleaned up, he started living and playing music with his dad… Soon after he started using himself and used drugs heavily on and off for the rest of his life until he accidentally OD’d last August.. Tragic.. The guy was bloody class.. Do you ever listen to him?? Well worth it I think.. Here is ‘Trouble Is’ from J.T.. I think i was off work last August when he passed… Rest in peace J.T. Earle..

His dad’s album ‘J.T.’ is out on New West Records on the 19th of March, CD, LP or Indies Only LP.. PIAS also have a  new 9 track from A.A. WILLIAMS ‘Songs From Isolation’ covers album..

Sin é for this week good lookers,
Thanks for listening as always,
Stay in by the wall,
Ray, Bobby & Shane

New Kings Of Leon, Another Sweet Neil Young Live Release, And The Top 20 Albums Lists Are In!

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well enough.. Another week, another ramble here.. Here are the releases for this Friday the 19th of February.. We have or will have the MORRISEY / BOWIE ‘Cosmic Dancer’ 7”, the excellent new JOHN BLEK album ‘Digressions #2 : Grounded’, the new MOGWAI albumTINDERSTICKS new record ‘Distractions’, new releases by TASH SULTANARICKY WARWICK, WHITESNAKES.G LEWISEDIE BRICKELLMAGGIE ROGERS ‘Archives : 2011-2016’ vinyl releaseGRANDADDY’s ‘Sophtware Slump On A Wooden Piano’NEIL YOUNG ‘The Times’ and BON JOVI’s ‘2020’ get their vinyl release. There are reissues by LEE MORGAN and MF DOOM,  On the CD front there is a SAM COOKE 5CD set, the ZAPPA 3CD OST to the upcoming film, a new BTS Set, and an ARETHA FRANKLIN CD compilation

Just about the fabulous John Blek record.. We have a signed test pressing up for grabs for one lucky person who has either pre-ordered the album from us or buys it by next Thursday week, the 25th of Feb… We will pull the winner out ‘live’ ala Bill O’Herlihy  on the video that Friday the 26th… If you don’t want to read / wade through this, the video is the best way to get a quick run down of what’s arrived into the shop.. The IT Department Manager tells me the best way to access d’videos is to subscribe to the channel and click the notification bell.. Isn’t that right boss?? (That’s right!!)

Here is the video from last Friday :

Right so, here are the releases for the 26th of February, all available to buy on the website or email / phone us at / 021-4967119 to keep for you.. Let’s see what restrictions are like for March.. Worst case it is hopefully last month, last few weeks without click/call & collect… I know I was clear as mud last week.. To clarify if you want your records we are happy to get them out to you.. If you want to keep your records here until call and collect comes back we are happy to do that also!! Whatever you want.. Right so the releases for the 26th are as follows.. NEIL YOUNG’s live ‘Way Down The Rust Bucket’ lands with us on a few formats, the excellent new WYVERN LINGO album ‘Awake You Lie’ (more on this again later) is out on the 26th, as are new releases by BALTHAZAR, the new KINGS OF LEON 7′‘, JULIEN BAKER, LOST HORIZONSMAXIMO PARKTHE WEDDING PRESENT, DANIEL PEMBERTONWILLIE NELSON (CD only for now)ROBIN SCHULZKREATOREPICA, and 21 SAVAGE & METRO BOOMIN.. Reissues out on the 26th include THE NATIONAL’s first two LPs and ‘Cherry Tree EP’ reissues on LP and CDTHE BLACK CROWES 30th Anniversary reissues of ‘Shake Your Money Maker’, PJ HARVEY’s excellent ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’ LP reissue and Demo LP reissue, as well as reissues by DEFTONESARETHA FRANKLIN, RAY CHARLES, NASCAROLE KING, JOHN FRUSCIANTETHE ROLLING STONESFOUNTAINS OF WAYNESERGE GAINSBOURG and a STEREOLAB compilation LP of non-album tracks.. On the CD front the BOB DYLAN (with GEORGE HARRISON) ‘1970’ 3CD gets released as well as a deluxe JOSH GROBAN CD.. 

As regards the new WYVERN LINGO album ‘Awake You Lie’ on Rubyworks.. We have an exclusive SIGNED vinyl copy up for grabs for one lucky person who either pre-orders the vinyl or CD from us or buys the record on the week of release, Friday February 26th Feb to Thursday 4th of March… It’s a fine listen folks.. 3 full listens in and now enjoying it more each time.. ‘Rapture’ is a near perfect pop/rock song which with each listen the song is growing around an absolutely class chorus.. Other highlights for me are ‘Aurora’, ‘Awake You Lie’, ‘Ask Away’, ‘Don’t Say It’, and ‘Full Height’.. A fine second coming by a fine Irish band.. Get your name in that hat for the signed copy!! Here’s ‘Rapture’ from the album :

Right so moving onto Friday March the 5th.. Warner have some nice releases in fairness. NEIL YOUNG ‘Archives Vol. II’ 10CD Boxset on Reprise Records hits our shelves!

Warner have a reissue of JAPAN’s ‘Quiet Life’ on a number of formats.. There is a lovely 3CD/LP version, an indies only red coloured vinyl, standard LP or CD… BMG Reissue GOLDFRAPP’s ‘Seventh Tree’ on vinyl, there is a live DMA’s 2LP ‘Live at Brixton’ and there is a class BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD ‘Retrospective – Best Of’ on long player.. There are a few coloured HELLOWEEN reissues due in, as well as a new PAT METHENY album on LP or CD….

Lastly out through WEA on Acony records is the latest GILLIAN WELCH & DAVID RAWLING’s project ‘All The Good Times’.. Covers album but quality stuff.. Here’s the title track.. CD only for now on this one..

PIAS for the 5th of march have the new BILLY NOMATES E.P on indies coloured vinyl, a brand new album from ARAB STRAP (looking forward to hearing this one) indies only LP out via Rock Action records… Here is ‘The Turning Of Our Bones’ from the record :

Also via PIAS  for March 5th is the new JOACHIM KUHN, new SOUL JAZZ compilation ‘Rocksteady Got Soul‘, new WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR albumRICK SPRINGFIELD, and FATHER JOHN MISTY reissue of ‘Fear Fun’…

Cargo for the 5th of March have a new JANE WEAVER album ‘Flock’ on indies only LP or CD, and they also have a very interesting release in the new MADLIB album ‘Sound Ancestors’ (arranged by Kieran Hebden of Four Ten).. Savage collaboration right there… This record is 3 or 4 years in the making between the two friends… Madlib would send Kieran ‘tracks, loops, ideas & experiments and I would arrange, edit, manipulate and combine’. Here is ‘Road Of The Lonely Ones’ from the album, out on 5th March on vinyl or CD

Uni for the 5th of March has ENNIO MORRICONE’s ‘I Malamondo’ 2LP or CD on Decca, it’s the next instalment in the ‘Morricone Segrato’ series of releases… Uni also for the 5th have a new ELLA FITZGERALD CD compilation and some CHET BAKER LP reissues on Craft Records…

Proper for the 5th of March has the classic self titled album reissue by ANNE BRIGGS on Tropic Records… Classic folk…

The biggest new album release for the 5th of March is the new KINGS OF LEON album ‘When You See Yourself’.. It’s on Sony and it’s available physically on CD, Standard LP or Indies Only Cream LP… I must say I do like ‘The Bandit’ lead single from the album… Here it is :

Sony also have new TOM GRENNAN album on CD, standard LP or Indies, as well as a new ZARA LARSSON album on CD..

Right so, Albums of The Year!! Better get them out before Easter… Sorry, bit of work in correlating them… Fine word that isn’t it.. Thanks so much for all of ye that threw ye’r 2 pence worth.. The more the better.. Very tight for international album of the year this year..

Irish Top 20
20. The Boomtown Rats – Citizens of Boomtown
19. Malojian – Humm
18. Columbia Mills – CCTV
17. The Burma – Sugar Moonlight EP
16. Swimmers Jackson – Murmuration
15. Bitch Falcon – Staring At Clocks
14. David Keenan – A Beginner’s Guide To Bravery
13. Joe Chester – Jupiter’s Wife
12. R.S.A.G – Chroma
11. Aoife Nessa Frances – Land Of No Junction
10. Emperors Of Ice Cream – No Sound Ever Dies
9. Paddy Dennehy – Little Light
8. Róisín Murphy – Róisín Machine7. Ailbhe Reddy – Personal History
6. Silverbacks – Fad
5. Niamh Regan – Hemet
4. Bleeding Heart Pigeons – Stir
3. John Blek – The Embers
2. Pillow Queens – In Waiting
1. Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death

International Top 20
20. Jonathan Wilson – Dixie Blur
19. Pearl Jam – Gigaton
18. Bleeding Heart Pigeons – Stir
17. Khruangbin – Mordechai
16. Bill Callahan – Gold
15. Jason Isbell – Reunions
14. Sufjan Stevens – Ascension
13. Flaming Lips – American Head
12. Nick Cave – Idiot Prayer
11. Doves – The Universal Want
10. Laura Marling – Song For Our Daughter
9. Paul Weller – On Sunset
8. Waxahatchee – Saint Cloud
7. Taylor Swift – Folklore
6. Fiona Apple – Fetch The Bolt Cutters 
5. The Strokes – The New Abnormal
4. Bruce Springsteen – Letter To You
3. Phoebe Bridgers – Punisher
2. Bob Dylan – Rough & Rowdy Ways
1. Fontaines D.C. – A Hero’s Death

5. Mick Flannery – ‘Alive’ Launch Stream, Dolans
4. Paddy Dennehy – Kino
3. Fontaines D.C. – Kilmainham Jail Stream
2. Nick Cave – Live at Alexandra Palace
1. John Blek ‘The Embers’ Launch At Music Zone.. Genuine winner!!!

Ah man, the Top 20 International was savage close.. Only 9 votes separated Fontaines D.C (Double winners.. Conragts!!) down the Bruce in 4th.. 9 votes.. It was never so tight.. Great charts I think.. Fontaines did run away with the Irish album, but very close after that.. Pillow Queens 49 votes, John Blek 45, Bleeding Hearts 39, Niamh Regan 37, Silverbacks 33, Ailbhe Reddy 29… Very close!! First time ever ‘our’ gig won the gig of the year… Genuinely.. But it was a special night.. Will draw the name for the €50 voucher out of a hat ‘live’ on d’video on Friday…

My own personal favourite album last year (still now!!) and it’s so subjective.. We had hundreds of albums in for the international top 20… Hundreds… Tastes differ folks.. But I loved the Bleeding Heart Pigeons album ‘Stir’.. A bloody great album I.M.O… Here is ‘All For The Best’ from it  :

We have no stock of it at the moment but if anyone is interested I can contact the lads and see if we can get more!! 

I also really like The Strokes, Waxahatchee, Bruce, Bob and especially Khruangbin.. To be honest 
I the quality of the Irish albums are phenomenal in my opinion.. Every single album in that top 20 is really good.. Do have soft spots for Niamh Regan, Paddy Dennehy, Joe Chester, R.S.A.G and of course The Emperors!!!

Right, hand you to Bobby now for any upcoming albums etc…

Hey folks, 
Hope you are all keeping safe and well. Quite a lot there this week, some nice announcements again! 
Gonna start off with something a bit different. We have just put on the site for pre-order the brand new announcement from Rega, for their new loudspeakers called ‘Kyte’ Loudspeakers. We are big fans of Rega products in the shop, so really nice to see new speakers from them, first time we will have speakers from them in the shop. These are due to ship in Spring 2021, but if any interest pop us a mail and we can try get a more concrete date.

On to the tunes! There is another live NEIL YOUNG release announced, this one for late March is entitled ‘Young Shakespeare’, recorded 50 years ago for German TV, just two months after the release of the exceptional ‘After The Gold Rush’. What an album. There will be a CD, Vinyl or Deluxe Box Set with the CD/Vinyl/DVD. 

There is a new NEW ORDER Live release now up for pre-order through Warner. ‘Education Entertainment Recreation : Live at Alexandra Palace’ captures the band’s show from London in 2018. 2 Hours and 20 Minutes of hits upon hits upon hits from their catalogue, and a few Joy Division covers. It’s coming on 2CD, 2CD/BluRay or Vinyl. Out in May.

A nice one which has just gone live (quite literally, announced at 5PM today, Wednesday 17th) is a new live release from BLACK PUMA’s, called ‘Capitol Cuts’. This is gonna be limited on red vinyl, and is due for release in June 

I’ll rattle through the rest, there’s quite a bit there so I don’t want to keep ye all day! Coming over the next few weeks / months there is a new deluxe edition of FLEETWOOD MAC’s ‘Live’ as a 3CD/2LP/7” box set,  a new JOE STRUMMER release ‘Assembly’, featuring tracks from his solo career, and live versions of hits from the Clash. This is coming on CD, Vinyl or Limited Red Vinyl. Other bits now up on the site for pre-order are THE SNUTS debut albumnew ROSE CITY BANDa new MOTORHEAD live release, the debut album from Dublin’s FOR THOSE I LOVERHIANNON GIDDENS (with Francesco Turrisi) new releasea deluxe edition on CD and Vinyl of DUA LIPA’s most recent album ‘Future Nostalgia’, and the second collaboration LP from MATT SWEENEY / BONNIE ‘PRINCE’ BILLY called ‘Superwolves’. Finally from me this week, Music On Vinyl have a few nice coloured, limited vinyl reissues from WILLIE NELSONJOHN MAYALL & THE BLUESBREAKERS, and THE MEN THEY COULDN’T HANG.

That’s it from me, back to the bossman!

Thanks Bob!! Before I go there is a lovely charity release CD coming out on the 26th of February.. SomeRiseSomeFall brings together a bunch of musicians who record their own takes on some obscure enough songs.. Here is the info on it : SomeRiseSomeFall is a community of songwriters, musicians, and creatives based in Cork that features singer songwriters such as John Blek, Anna Mitchell, Rowan, Marlene Enright and Kevin Herron . 
‘No Simple Highway’ will be released on Feb 26th with all proceeds in aid of Aware Ireland ( supporting those affected by anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder or a mood related condition) . The album pairs carefully selected songs and performers, overseen by project director Michael Fitzgerald (FITZZ Records), to create new  interpretations and recordings of songs written by Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Joanna Newsom, Beth Gibbons, Jimmy Lafave, Eilen Jewell, Country Joe McDonald, Roy Wood, Greg Trooper, David Ball, Jackson C Frank, Eliza Carthy and The Milk Carton Kids. 

Lastly, just a couple for the 12th of March as I need to order in the next day or two.. BRAND NEW HEAVIES Live LP (first timer) ‘SHIBAYA 357’ on Acid Jazz Records is out, also a brand new ROB ZOMBIE album on Nuclear Blast, a new THUNDER album and finally a SLAYER coloured LP reissue of ‘Repentles’..

Before I go here’s my favourite song from the Bleeding Heart Pigeons album... Apt title for the world we are in.. ‘Dig a Hole And Then, Fill It In Again’..

Sin é for this week folks,
Thanks for listening
Stay in by the wall
Ray, Bobby & Shane

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A Sweet Foo Fighters Competition, New Tindersticks, And A Great Loss For The Cork Music Scene

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well with ye.. Another week passed I suppose, only a few more weeks.. It’s the longest time without call & collect, it’s the most restrictive lockdown we have had to be honest but saying that January was good considering how restricting trade is, so we can’t complain.. Probably done 60% of what I would hope to have done… So we are fine.. Heard the news yesterday of the Kino and was saddened to hear it… The whole situation just turned out to be unmanageable in the end i’d say… Great loss in the short term for the music scene here in Cork, but i’m sure the lads will be back stronger than ever.. Tough for them though, upheaval, shite to deal with, heart goes out to them a bit.. I know what upheaval is like.. The lads and their staff are excellent at what they do, have a love for it.. There will be many a great night ahead in their next establishment.. Bobby would have worked with the lads in the Kino and knows all the staff well.. Really tough time out there for a lot of folks in the music industry.. Hopefully by the end of the year things will be different. and we can support the music scene like we never supported it before… Best of luck to all the Kino folk in the future…

Releases due out this Friday the 5th of Feb are tame expect for a few monsters which is the physical release of the new FLEET FOXES album ‘Shore’ on CDStandard LP or Indies LP.. It’s a lovely sounding album..

Another monster release from Sony for the 5th, this Friday, is the new FOO FIGHTERS album ‘Medicine At Midnight’ on CDStandard LP, or Indies Only LP.. We are delighted to team up with Sony Music for a class Foos competition / Giveaway.. Bobby has more info on it here :

We are delighted to be giving away a Foo Fighters ‘Medicine At Midnight’ package to one lucky person. Up for grabs is this great bundle with the Standard Vinyl, CD, a T-Shirt (L), Beanie, and a Button / Sticker Pack.
To be in with a chance of winning, all you have to do is head over to our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page, and give the competition post a share / tag a friend, and make sure to be following us on whichever platform you enter with! Winner will be announced on February 12th. I will leave links to each post below!

Foo Fighters brand new album ‘Medicine At Midnight’ is out February 5th and can be pre-ordered here :

Not sure if there is much else out this weekend folks… Probably are a few bits I can’t remember.. We will do a video anyway to update ye… Here is the latest video we done (record last Friday)

Right so onto releases for the 12th of February… THE WHITE STRIPES ‘Greatest Hits’ on CD and LP has been moved to the 26th now folks… Sorry about that.. Uni for the 12th of Feb has the 50th Anniversary Edition of THE BAND’s ‘Stage Freight’ as a 2CD, LP or a lovely boxset (limited).. Uni also for the 12th have new albums by BUGZY MALONEDJANGO DJANGOR+R NOW, reissues by CANNONBALL ADDERLY, CREEDENCELORETTA LYNN, a CD boxset of SAM COOKE, and lastly FREDDIE MERCURY’s ‘Messenger of the Gods’ limited, coloured 7” singles boxset

Warner for the 12th of Feb have the BLACK SABBATH Boxset of ‘Vol 4’ on 4CD or 5LP, the new WEEZER album ‘OK Human’… Here is ‘Numbers’ from the album… We have a limited vinyl.. Very limited i’m told…

Reissue of PHIL COLLINS ‘Face Value’ picture disc vinyl is out also on the 12th Feb and lastly SIA ‘Music – Songs From and Inspired By’ on CD…

PIAS for the 12th Feb has debuts from AERIAL EAST and also MUSH

PROPER for the 12th has some releases from EARMusic, including a BLACK STONE CHERRY Live CD/BluRay and DEEP PUPRLE ‘Live at Montreux 1996’ CD/DVD version

Right so moving onto releases for the 19th of Feb.. There is a new release from TINDERSTICKS, a brand new album on City Slang records.. ‘Distractions’ is the title and it is available on CD, Standard LP and Indies Only Blue LP (first run only).. The last album was a beautiful record and I am really looking forward to this release.. It’s released via Republic of Music (ROM) in Brighton and we have had a few teething problems with the whole Brexit thing but we think things are sorted… There is a slight chance we will have a MF DOOM release on that day but not promised fully to me.. Hopeful we are of a couple only… Here’s a track from the new Tindersticks album, where they cover (excellently I must add) Television Personalities ‘You’ll Have To Scream Louder’

Also on the 19th of Feb, JOHN BLEK releases his new record ‘Digressions #2 : Grounded’ and it’s a lovely listen.. 10 tracks, 2 of which are instrumental pieces and thoroughly relaxing and enjoyable.. 7 songs of which 3 or 4 are belters and a spoken word song to John’s unborn son about the ways of the world… Summing a lot of the world we live in up.. Great listen… All of this album is a lovely creation.. Here’s a tune from it :

Also if folk would like a signed copy of the vinyl or CD i’m sure john would have no issue, so throw the preorders our way!!

Right next up, the hawk machine never stops, are Warner releases for the 19th of February.. Biggie is the BOWIE / MORRISSEY 7” Single on PLG, ‘Cosmic Dancer’. Again like the last 7” there are only a few hundred for the Irish market.. We have a few left, so on the site here or email us.. WEA for the 19th also has the NEIL YOUNG vinyl release for ‘The Times’.. Price is right.. Warner also for the 19th has WHITESNAKE’s ‘The BLUES Album’ on CD or LP, a new RICKY WARWICK release and a reissue of EMMYLOU HARRIS’ ‘Red Dirt Girl’ on Nonesuch…

PIAS for the 19th Feb have the new MOGWAI album ‘As Love Continues’ on CD, LP, Indies Only Yellow LP, or limited deluxe box set also… Here is ‘Dry Fantasy’ from the new album

The Orchard for the 19th of Feb has the reissue and reworking of GRANDADDY’s ‘The Sophtware Slump : On A Wooden Piano’… There is a limited clear vinyl version, standard vinyl, or CD.. The Orchard also has a new EDIE BRICKELL & THE NEW BOHEMIANS album ‘Hunter And The Dog Star’ on CD and Vinyl

Uni for the 19th of Feb has new albums from SG Lewis (debut), a really nice FRANK ZAPPA 3CD compilation to coincide with the movie release ‘ZAPPA’.. Interesting that will be to say the least!! BON JOVI’s ‘2020’ get’s its vinyl release on Feb 19th, MAGGIE ROGERS releases ‘Notes From The Archives 2011-2016’ 2LP set and also a LEE MORGAN ‘The Rajah’ vinyl reissue is due on BlueNote’s reissue series.. I think that’s most of it for the 19th for now anyway.. Going to hand you over to Bobby now to run through some further down the road releases or whatever I forgot!!!

Hey folks,
A few nice bits announced again today, so will begin with the announcement of IMELDA MAY’s upcoming sixth studio album ’11 Past The Hour’. It will be available April 23rd and is coming on CD or LP.

There has also been a nice THE BLACK CROWES reissue of ‘Shake Your Money Maker’ announced on a few formats. All the CD formats are due in on February 26th, and they are coming as a 1CD, 3CD, or Deluxe Limited 3CD Boxset. There is also a nice 4LP Set coming, but that is coming a little bit later on March 19th

BIRDY has announced her brand new studio album ‘Young Heart’, due through Warner on April 30th.. Lead single ‘Surrender’ sounding really nice! Coming again on CD or Vinyl

Warner also have announced a series of LP reissues with Rhino for Black History Month this February, with some nice releases coming throughout the month. These include releases by CURTIS MAYFIELDARETHA FRANKLIN and RAY CHARLES.

Other nice bits announced for the coming weeks and months include a STEVE EARLE & THE DUKES tribute album to his son Justin Townes Earle, releases by BTSTOM JONES, there is a KEITH JARRETT Vinyl set release via ECMFATHER JOHN MISTY’s ‘Fear Fun’ gets reissued on CD and LP (first time available in a while!) through Sub Pop, there is an ARETHA FRANKLIN compilation CD, and finally Music On Vinyl have a limited, coloured vinyl reissue of ELVIS’ ‘On Stage’ LP, and a standard reissue of ALTER BRIDGE’s ‘AB III’.

That’s it from me folks,
Back to the bossman!

Right so, thanks Bob, onto a few releases for the 26th Feb that I need to order in the next day or two.. PIAS for the 26th have the start of THE NATIONAL’s remasters, with the first and second albums remastered on CD and LP, ‘The National’ and ‘Sad Songs For Dirty Lovers’, as well as the class third release, ‘Cherry Tree’ EP.. PIAS for the 26th of Feb also have new albums by BALTHAZARJULIEN BAKERLOST HORIZONS and MAXIMO PARK..

Warner for the 26th of Feb have the live NEIL YOUNG release ‘Way Down In The Rust Bucket’ as a 2CD, 4LP or Deluxe Boxset.. Quality release from the Ragged Glory era..

Warner for the 26th also have new albums from EPICA, KREATOR and ROBIN SHULTZ (really limited LP there).. Lastly from warner for the 26th of Feb there is a deluxe boxset of DEFTONE’s ‘White Pony’ as a 4LP/2CD/Book..

Look, thanks for the support over the last month.. It’s a very restrictive environment to be working in and we are doing our best.. Working hard Shane, Bob and myself are… It’s weird, it feels like we are sprinting to go backwards.. It is restrictive and believe it or not a lot more time consuming.. So bare with us, we are doing our best.. Lucky to be doing anything also… We are mindful of that…
Anyways, Sin é for this week I suppose,
Thanks for listening as always
Stay in by the wall,
Ray, Bobby & Shane

New Kings Of Leon, A Japan Classic, And Releases Starting To Land

Hi everyone,
Hope ye are all safe and well.. It’s a long month at the best of times.. Better days ahead, far from out of the woods yet.. Anyway, i’m sure like me, are full up with Covid talk / news.. So the hitman is back on and I think we have another load of records to sell ye folks today… Selling them isn’t out problem, getting them onto our shop floor is the problem(s)… All we can ask for here is patience please and all we can offer are apologies… If Covid wasn’t such a huge daily news cycle, Brexit issues would be dominating the news.. My own opinion, it’s very challenging and very tricky.. Issues for us, delays big time, VAT Issues, Customs Duties on some items… Deal me arse.. Or if there is a deal, what would no deal have been… Everything we sent to the UK in December (not much thankfully now, maybe 15 orders, including a Planar 1 is being ‘returned to sender’… us!!)… Here is word for word what our courier emailed us on the 15th Jan.. ‘Apologies, customs have stopped all parcels going into UK until further notice. Unfortunately this was out of our hands and all parcels are RTS’… Anyway, it will iron out (hopefully) but it’s a mess at the moment… Just an update on delays here so folks know… Bowie Birthday single due today / tomorrow finally, shipped on the 11th of Jan… Shame Indies Only LP shipping out of the UK today i’m told, CD here as is other vinyl… Sleaford Mods due today / tomorrow.. Alice in Chains ‘Facelift’ due also.Kurt Vile has landed also.. There are loads of little problems but this week things seem to moving a bit better… Uni and Warner stock moving the best.. We will be in touch when your record is here.. Delivery only as well obviously for now..

Right, enough moaning Raymond… Releases for this weekend the 22nd of Jan.. We have the BOWIE ‘Station to Station’ 45th Anniversary record on Red or White Variants I believe… This has landed.. A sign we are getting back on track! A Few I failed to mention up to now.. Rhino are running what they call ‘Start Your Ear Off’ campaign of once off coloured vinyl pressings so we will have very soon TALKING HEADS ‘Speaking In Tongues’ €24 and ‘The Name Of This Band Is’ €24, THE CARS ‘Shake It Up’ €20 and BUFFALO SPRINGFIELD’s ‘Best Of’ also for 20 bucks… Can’t go wrong there folks… Pure class.. All due very soon.. We don’t have them on the site just yet, so if you are interested nod our way and we will put away… should have links for next week.. Also due for this Friday is the new BICEP album ‘Isles’ on Warp, SAM AMIDON’s debut LP is reissued and here now for release Friday is BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG & NORAH JONES’ lovely LP ‘Foreverly’…

Sony ones due for this week have a blast of once off coloured vinyl reissues by SANTANA, SIMON & GARFUNKELBOB DYLANMILES DAVISLOU REED and ELVIS PRESLEY

I think that’s about it for releases for this Friday the 22nd… We will get there folks, bare with us… It’s a tricky working environment anyway at the moment.. Website only… Pair it up with our deal / no deal Brexit.. But things do seem to be moving this week.. Also if you see anything on these pages that you want.. We have absolutely no problem putting it away for you until click & collect, call & collect returns or until the shop re-opens… No problem, just let us know.. Record companies are giving longer credit terms so all fine.. Ask away!!

Right so onto the 29th of January… ARLO PARK’s debut record (as said last week) is out on Transgressive via PIAS.. One press only red vinyl first pressing available and CD also.. Also out from PIAS on the 29th is MARTIN GORE’s new E.P. ‘The Third Chimpanzee’ via Mute Records on CD or Indies Blue Vinyl, a new GOAT GIRL album, and a JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN live album.. Nice indies blue vinyl also for it..

Uni for the 29th of January have the new album by STEVEN WILSON ‘The Future Bites’... Coloured Indie LP available and Uni also have some class reissues by PJ HARVEY ‘Is This Desire?’ and ‘Is This Desire? : Demos’BOB MARLEY’s ‘Songs of Freedom’ Box Set, THIN LIZZY’s ‘Chinatown’MAMA &THE PAPAS’ ‘If You Can Believe Your Eyes & Ears’, and THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS ‘The Gilded Palace Of Sin’. Lastly from Uni via Blue Note is a vinyl reissue of JOHN SCOFIELD & PAT METHENY’s ‘I Can See Your Hose From Here’.

Warner for the 29th have the reissue of ST GERMAIN’s ‘Tourist : Travel Version’ and also a STEVE HARLEY / COCKNEY REBEL reissue…

Sony for the 29th of Jan have the once off clear vinyl presses of MEAT LOAF’s ‘Bat Out Of Hell’SIMON & GARFUNKEL’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, and MILES DAVIS’ ‘Kind of Blue’, as well as HANS ZIMMER ‘Hillbilly Elegy’ Soundtrack on LP..

Right so, going to hand you over to the Bobman, Hitman, whatever you want to call him as he runs through some further down the road releases… I think there’s a few nice one’s here this week.. KOL, Taylor, Japan, Neil Young.. Anyway here’s Bob…

Hey folks,
Bossman is spot on, a few nice ones for this week announced.
We’ll start off this week with the announcement of the brand new album from KINGS OF LEON, ‘When You See Yourself’, being released on CDVinyl or Limited Cream Vinyl on March 5th. Liking the sound of the new track ‘100,000 People’, nice and mellow. Will link it here : 

Next up is the reissue of JAPAN’s classic ‘Quiet Life’, due into us also on March 5th. There’s a few formats for this one. Standard CDIndies Only Limited Red Vinyl and a nice 3CD / 1LP Vinyl set, featuring original album, alt mixes, b-sides, singles, rarities and live material – including the sought after ‘lost’ Live at Budokan show from March 1980 previously only available as the 4 track EP ‘Live in Japan’. The vinyl is a half speed master for enhanced sound quality! 

NEIL YOUNG’s home-recorded, solo acoustic album ‘THE TIMES’ gets its vinyl release in February following the CD release late last year. A couple of classics, more recent material, and even a Dylan track recorded solo by Mr. Young. Can’t go wrong with that! 

TAYLOR SWIFT’s latest release ‘Evermore’ will get the vinyl treatment on limited green vinyl in May, now up for pre-order.

The brilliant WYVERN LINGO are releasing their second studio LP ‘Awake You Lie’ through Rubyworks in February, and it will be available as on CD or Vinyl. Their first album was on heavy rotation in the shop throughout 2018 and we were lucky enough to have them in for an in-store around the time of release of the album! Check out the an acoustic version of new single ‘Rapture’ here :

Just a couple left so I will rattle them off and send you back to the bossman! FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE’s self titled album is being reissued through Music On Vinyl as a limited red vinyl. Also through Music On Vinyl is a reissue of the excellent CRAZY HORSE self titled LP, this one on standard black vinyl. There is a new BLACK SABBATH ‘Volume 4’ Super Deluxe Edition release coming through Warner, as a 4CD set or 5LP SetJEFF TWEEDY has a new album ‘Love Is The King’ coming also through Warner on CD or LP, and a JIM CROCE Greatest Hits on vinyl also in the pipeline. Finally STING has a new ‘Duets’ compilation album due on CD and LP through Universal in March.

And one last mention from me today, we have now up on the site the latest PEARSE MCGLOUGHLIN & NOCTURNES LP ‘The Rest’, released in 2020. Pearse is a songwriter from Sligo, and the album is making it on a good few Irish Albums of the Year lists at the moment. Really really nice songs, and very interesting textures and sounds throughout. Well worth a listen. 

Back to the bossman! 

Right so, releases for the 5th of Feb… Sony have the new FOO’s album.. Standard Black vinyl, CD or limited (really) blue vinyl version…

Uni for the 5th of Feb have the new SLOWTHAI album ‘Tyron’ on Indies only as well as CD and Standard LP.. Uni also have the new album from COMMON

PIAS for the 5th have the debut from BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD on indies exclusive vinyl, and also ‘Legacy +’ by FEMI KUTI & MADE KUTI…

Warner for the 5th have the new album by THE STAVES called ‘Good Woman’ on CD or Indies Only Vinyl… I like the sound of this, here is a tune from it..

Warner for the 5th also has a GEORGE BENSON ‘Buzzin’ vinyl reissue…

I think there is a new WAXAHATCHEE record due on the 29th Jan also.. It’s very tight on stock i’m told..

The classic UNCLE TUPELO reissues on limited and numbered coloured vinyl via Music On Vinyl (whose products exudes quality) are for release the 29th of Jan also.. Only 1500 in the world of these numbered, coloured editions, of the records with Mr Jay Farrar and Mr Jeff Tweedy…

Right so folks, reminder of albums of the years please… Taking shape.. The more the merrier and the better.. Come on, I don’t have to start naming names do I?? Juvenile attempt to get ye to email in your Top 5 Albums of 2020, Top 5 Irish Albums of 2020, and Top 5 Gigs (Real or Online).. Note the ‘real’ word…

PIAS for the 12th have a debut album by AERIAL EAST ‘Try Harder’ on Partisan Records (staple mates of Fontaines DC & Idles).. It sounds gorgeous.. here’s a tune from it :

MUSH album out also on PIAS on 12/2/2021..

Lastly before we go, friend of the siopa JOHN BLEK is release a new album on the 19th of February, ‘Digressions #2 : Grounded’, and it’s a quality listen once more.. Here’s the lead track from it ‘Right Moves’.. Lot’s more on this release over the coming weeks but so ye know, John only pressed 150 LP (one press only).. So nod our way if interested as with everything else, nod our way!!

Sin é I suppose for this week folks..
Thanks for listening,
Stay in by the wall
Ray, Bobby & Shane

P.S… Just got word on a special limited DERMOT KENNEDY release… These won’t last 24 hours.. Only a few available to us..

New Lana Del Rey, New Steven Wilson And Seriously Impressed By Arlo Parks

Hi Everyone,Hope ye are all keeping safe and well.Tis a nightmare out there for some families and we all have to do everything we can to alleviate the pressure on the health system…stay at home, stay away from people. Loads of time to listen to music I suppose!The whole deliveries thing is not great at the moment either….in this one way, as well as for public health reasons, we are lucky we are not open…they are a bit of a mess. Sony/Pias trucks returned to the warehouse last week without managing to board the boat…stock still on trucks……so any Sony/Pias new releases or catalogue stuff ordered before christmas for new releases or 4th jan for cat stuff are still in the warehouses in the uk ( attempted deliveries again this week)   .DPD who carry Proper/Orchard/ SRD/Shellshock have suspended operations to Europe and here until this friday the 15th of Jan. So it’s not great out there re supply chains.I think its not having the right paperwork ( in simple terms) at the port….it will iron itself….if the paperwork is correct, there is a green line which moves relatively quickly….a matter of time before all the companies using it get there paper work right and things get moving better…sorry…be worse if we were open!! Placed an order with Universal on monday the 4th of Jan and it landed on Monday 11th of Jan…so not too bad considering so will get there….normal service would be 24/48 hours delivery after order placed so if lands at 48/72 hours that wouldn’t be too bad.Warner is no problem at all to be fair…their warehouse is in France and it’s the usual 48 hours delivery….Bowie single only shipped Tuesday …so everything in simple terms is delayed!!Silver lining… if we were open it would be worse!! ( as in, we would be sick of saying, sorry its delayed) Some silver lining that is…necessary though.Maybe by this time next month click/ call and collect will be back and that would be a big help to trade but for now its website/delivery only. or its the 13th jan already, there will be a step in the evenings soon and our corner of the world will be a brighter place.Right the tunes so…releaseS from last friday, ALICE IN CHAINS, PASSENGER, BOWIE and BARRY GIBB for example still have not landed but are due in the next few days.

Some decent releases for this Friday when they land next friday …or before that i hope obviously….so the new SHAME record is out and really looking forward to that one myself as well as the new SLEAFORD MODS album also….if interested, no problem we can put it away till click and collect is back…no problem just give us the nod. Two big releases and would have brought folk into the shop…both have a fairly limited vinyl available for a short period.Sleaford mods released a new single yesterday Kurt VileS NEW EP is due out for this Friday also from Pias.Warner for the 15th …this friday… have a reissue of BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONGs and NORAH JONES collaboration album “ foreverly” on Reprise records….smashing little record in my opinion.Heres a tune from it remember when it first got released, i used to be “ pop quizzing” lads in the shop with who is this…ah sher easy when you know!!….tricky to pick Billie Joe from Greenday from this isnt it…and Nora also!There is also a live STEVIE NICKS  in concert album due out from Warner for the 15th….limited clear vinyl due and cd/dvd also.

Right thats kind of it for this Friday.Moving on to the 22nd of Jan Warner have the Bowie STATION TO STATION vinyl in store only….various colour variants i believe this time….we can’t list on our website but we are allowed to take phone orders and ship it folks…so if interested , you know where we are…021 4967119.The record will be on white or red vinyl i think or are they all red/white…45th anniversary, indie shop only version anyway.

Stumbled across a treat last sunday lunchtime actually….a real treat….i was listening to a bit of bbc radio 6 ,,,i find Cerys Matthews and later Guy Garvey very enjoyable if time permits…Lillian Smith on radio 1 here is quality also if your an early bird at the weekends…Anyway, .in between Cerys and Guy last Sunday lunchtime was David Bowie for an hour with a bottle of water and a bunch of records as he said himself ( i know you fanatics have heard in all before blah blah blah, but if not, and you don’t suffer with uberfanditis, you’ll probably find it on some player or something …) so David done his DJ set with records that he loved basically…he opened with “love street” saying if there was any street we would want to live on it would be here…he had me at hello…it was pure lovely is all i can describe it… was class..the power of radio, the power of music….David was in my kitchen whilst i was peeling the spuds 5 years after he left us. 

Right what else for the 22nd…Nonesuch reissue Sam Amidons self titled LP, new albums by RHYE and some DIO vinyl reissues via Universal.Sony FOR THE 22ND have those limited coloured vinyl runs by BOB DYLANLOU REEDSIMON & GARFUNKEL, SANTANA and Mr.ELVIS AARON PRESLEY.Right so the 29th of Jan so…Universal have the new STEVEN WILSON album on cd and 3 different colour vinyl formats….the white one been the indies only one….Underrated dude is Steven, hand cannot erase was a great album about 6/7 years ago id say…new album is called “ future bites” and i’m looking forward to it.Heres a tune from it

Uni for the 29th of Jan have the reissue of PJ HARVEY’s fourth record “ is this desire” cd and lp as well as a separate demos vinyl.Uni also have a reissue of excellent BOB MARLEY “ songs of redemption” boxset on CD or limited 6LP boxset…its the first time ever the vinyl set was available outside Jamaica and the first time in 30 years its available anywhere.Uni also for the 29th have reissues on vinyl of THIN LIZZY’S “ CHINATOWN”, MAMAS AND PAPAS excellent debut album “ if you can believe your eyes and ears” , THE FLYING BURRITO BROTHERS “ the gilded palace of sin” with Mr Parsons and Mr Hillman and lastly a reissue on bluenote of JOHN SCOFIELD/PAT METHANY “ I can see your house from here” .Warner for the 29th of Jan have a reissue of excellent album by ST GERMAIN “ TOURIST” on 2LP as well as a STEVE HARLEY and cockney rebel on 2LP.Young guns or maybe not so young guns…have a listen to ST GERMAIN…class 

We go on as if things are a normal working environment…they aint…but we still try hawk ye records….its what we do…one of my sidekicks and chief LINK man Bobby “ the hitman with alotta heart” Buckley is on a few days hols so i am one/two fingering tapping this…bare with me, or more to the point,  Raymond bare with it!!One big release announced in last few days is new LANA DEL REY album…nice indies yellow vinyl here also…her last one was norman fucking brilliant i thought …the hitman would be proud of me. Folks, get the aul top 5s back into us if you can spare the few minutes….absolutely no judgement at all if that is deterring you….the mocking would be to your face…..the more in, the better the chart…it won’t be announced until this newsletter in a fortnights time….throw your tuppence worth in folks!!Top 5 albums, top 5 irish albums and top 5 gigs….please if you have a minute….2 weeks left! 

Sometimes , something smacks you square in the face…it happened to me last saturday night as i was doing a bit of new release sampling ( not always fully done but try to give a lot of things 30 seconds and if it grabs me…i keep listening….not ideal i know as im sure i miss a load of great stuff…but its a sample listen anyway…there is tonnes of stuff every week, impossible to hear even 25% of it properly, a lot of the cream will rise but not always)…so i done my 30 seconds with a new artist who is releasing her debut album on Transgressive Records on the 29th of Jan…ill walk you through my thoughts as they happened…so i played this first first thing that grabbed me is the voice…the poignancy in the vocal, the honesty in the vocal, the emotion in the vocal, the starkness and emotion in the image…where is this going i ask myself…listen on…ok its a trip hoppy/electronic beat thing going on but at the heart of the song is a story which i become very easily engaged with…a knack very few songwriters have i feel…JOHN PRINE had it, TRACY CHAPMAN has it…i am not now watching this story unfold….i’m in… i want to hear more.So i choose this…black dog its called powerful a song i have not heard in a long time…the most thought provoking, insightful and understanding  song i have heard about mental health…Miss Parks hats off to you…hats off… summing up a family’s plight in trying to deal with mental health in a 4 minute song.If you never listen to a song all year, give this song a listen…it might help us all be more understanding and open.To cut it short, im in…smacked in the face in…the record is out on 29th jan and the first press only is on red vinyl.Pias also have new Martin Gore EP, new GOAT GIRL album, live JOAN AS POLICEWOMAN. Look sin e for this weeks folks…Must make my way to the siopa and take over from Shane to continue with stocktake.Stay in by the wall.Thanks for listeningRay,Bobby and

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Bowie’s Birthday Single, New Foos And London Grammar 2

Hi everyone,
Hope ye are all well and safe.. ‘Strange Days have found us, strange days have tracked us down. They’re going to destroy our casual joys’… James Douglas Morrison 53 years ago said it best… Time to baton down the hatches folks again, big time… Lockdown 3 commenced in work for me on Monday the 4th… It was eerie, couple of customers.. Eerie… We had strange Mondays in January before (none more so that the morning after Bowie’s death in 2016.. The strangest Monday morning / day I ever put down in a record shop).. The last act I did that Sunday night was listen to Blackstar before going to sleep, only to wake to a text from Tim, ‘BOWIE’S DEAD’… What more could be said.. It was a strange / surreal Monday.. Folks gravitated towards record shops that day all over the world I think.. Strange start this year.. Sad start this year also… Gerry Marsden, Liam Reilly, Robbie Callan, and down here locally, a member of the legendary Lynch Mob, Reuben Lynch.. R.I.P all.. A jolt to the senses…

Right so, time to go hawking I suppose… Website open, call and collect / click and collect within guidelines available.. 021-4967119 is the phone or email or 

Before I go on with the hawking festival, if interest in something we have no bother keeping something for you once you honour it.. If up the country and want to wait for 3 items / records that’s also no bother.. Just get in touch.. We’re easy!! (but honourable)…

Right, due out for this Friday (although deliveries are another kettle of fish at the moment cause of the other thing.. So bare with us!! We will be in touch.. Happy fecking new year!!).. Right, MR. BOWIE would have been 74 this Friday the 8th, so there’s a Birthday 7” Single coming out with covers of Lennon’s ‘Mother’ and Dylan’s ‘Trying To Get To Heaven’... There are 8147 numbered copies of these available across the world.. 1000 cream ones on and the rest in shops (standard black ones) in shops across the globe including the good siopa 8147 is a reference to the birth of our lord… Donny McCaslin… Sorry 8th Jan 1947 wasn’t McCaslin’s birthday I don’t think.. It has some significance anyway… These won’t last and i’ll try get a firm number tomorrow on how many I will have..

Right Friday the 8th or sometime in the near future anyway we will have BARRY GIBB & FRIENDS ‘Greenfields : The Gibb Brothers Songbook’ through Uni..

Uni for the 22n of Jan have some DIO vinyl reissues.. In fact 7 of his 10 albums.. The Mercury Albums are reissued.. Also there is a blast of Mariah Carey reissues on vinyl : ‘Charmbracele’, ‘E=MC2’, ‘Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel’, and ‘l I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’. Finally from Uni for the 22nd is a new RHYE album..

Next few weeks from Sony start this Friday (or early next week i’d say!) with ALICE IN CHAINS’ debut album ‘Facelift’ reissued on double vinyl.. Due for release the 8th of Jan.. Sony for the 15th of Jan have the new ZAYN CD, and  ‘THE GHOST OF TSHUSHIMA’ original game soundtrack vinyl release. Sony for the 22nd of Jan have new albums by BRING ME THE HORIZON, and WARDRUNA’s ‘Kvitran’ on CD, Black Vinyl or indies only red vinyl.. Jan 22nd from Sony also brings limited vinyl coloured runs on some classics.. So on cream vinyl we will have SANTANA’s ‘Moonflower’, and all the rest are on white vinyl, which are MILES DAVIS’ ‘In A Silent Way’LOU REED’s ‘Coney Island Baby’SIMON & GARFUNKEL’s ‘Greatest Hits’BOB DYLAN’s ‘Nashville Skyline’ and ‘John Wesley Harding’, and lastly ELVIS’ self titled album..

The Orchard for the 8th of Jan have the new PASSENGER album ‘Songs For The Drunk and Broken Hearted’ on CD, Deluxe CD, or 2LP.. The Orchard for the 15th of Jan have a new MATTHEW SWEET album ‘Catspaw’ on CD or Indies Vinyl as well as a return of THE THE with the soundtrack to the film ‘Muscle’.. CD only for now..

It’s 11.07 on Wednesday Morning, 6/1/21, and oblivious to me until very recently, it is now very likely that click & collect and call & collect are non-runners from tonight / tomorrow… Again, it is what it is… Now it is going to pinch big time, but again it’s the right thing if it needs to be done… The medics the length and breadth of the country must be sick to death of this virus (as we all are) and a handle needs to be put on the curse of a thing then so be it.. We will still operate the website as usual for delivery and phone / email in orders and we can deliver or keep for you until things ease up (We would ask again to try honour them)… So that’s it, we support the decisions made and we get on with it as best we can, we all need to put this virus back in it’s box…

Right so, enough about all that.. The music.. Monday, eerie Monday had me thinking (again) what a blessed environment I / We work in.. Shane has often said it before.. We are surrounded by quality and culture and stories and song.. The music.. So we go again..

PIAS for the 15th of Jan have some tasty releases.. They have via Dead Oceans the new, 2nd, SHAME album ‘Drunk Tank Pink’ on indies only Galaxy Pink Vinyl, Standard Pink Vinyl or CD.. We really liked this band’s debut a few years back… One of the new upcoming crews out there.. First two singles very solid on a few listens.. Major Talking Heads / Wire / Jon Lydon vibes going on… No bad things.. Will be getting plenty of listens here.. Here is ‘Snow Day’ from the record :

PIAS also have the new SLEAFORD MODS album ‘Spare Ribs’ on Rough Trade Records on CD, Indies Only LP and standard black LP… Telling it like it is, like no one else out there really is at the moment.. Refreshing.. I missed them about 5 years ago now when they played The Crane Lane here in Cork on a Bank Holiday Monday afternoon.. It was meant to be class altogether… Cork hopefully again in the future…

PIAS for the 15th Jan have a new KURT VILE E.P ‘Speed, Sound, Lonely KV’ on Matador as a CD or 12” Vinyl, and includes a duet with the late, great John Prine.. Oh boy I think about Prine a lot through this Covid thing.. Here’s the tune if you don’t know it’.. ‘How Lucky’

PIAS for the 22nd have the new BICEP record ‘Isles’ on CD, Indies 3LP version, or Picture Disc Vinyl... PIAS for the 29th of Jan have a new MARTIN GORE E.P. ‘The Third Chimpanzee’ on Mute records on CD or coloured 12”.. GOAT GIRL’s second album is out on Rough Trade on the 29th Jan ‘On All Fours’ is the title… JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN ‘Live’ album on Sweet Police records out on CD and indies only blue vinyl, and lastly for PIAS for the 29th there is a RICHARD SWIFT live album on Secretly Canadian, ‘Even Your Drums Are’..

R.O.M for January 8th have a new tribute ‘DAVID BOWIE IN JAZZ’ collection of covers from some of the jazz scene.

Proper for January 22nd have the vinyl pressing of KATE RUSBY’s latest covers album ‘Hand Me Down’, pressed on limited orange vinyl.

We work as a bit of a tag team with this newsletter these days… Strengths and weaknesses of the letter I have plenty.. Good cop / bad cop… So i’m going to tag in Bobby ‘The Hitman With A Lotta Heart’ Buckley… The hitman will try move ye’r hands towards purses / wallet / credit / debit cards with upcoming beauties on CD and LP.. Email or buy from the site or pay over the phone for delivery.. Whatever works.. Here’s the hitman! :

Hey folks,
‘Hitman With A Lotta Heart’ here now.
A lotta heart as there’s a whole lot coming out!! 

Kicking us off, FOO FIGHTERS are back with their new LP ‘Medicine At Midnight’, due out at the beginning of February. The band’s 10th outting will be available on CDVinyl or very limited Indies only blue vinyl. Out through Sony

Also now announced through Sony, we will have the brand new LONDON GRAMMAR album ‘Californian Soil’ due in on CDVinylIndies Vinyl or as again, a very limited boxset. It’s the band’s third LP, and the first since 2017’s hugely successful ‘Truth Is A Beautiful Thing’. We have just been told in the last hour or so that this new London Grammar is now pushed back until April for release!

Time to be a bit of the bad-cop myself! Just a warning, both the limited indies Foos LP and the London Grammar box set are very very limited. They will be gone. If interested let us know and we will do our best.

One that there has been a good bit of buzz about for a few months now, which was due to land before Christmas but was delayed is the new Greatest Hits compilation from the mighty mighty THE WHITE STRIPES. This is now coming on February 15th as a 2LP Vinyl or CD

Another savage announcement.. CATHAL COUGHLAN of Microdisney /
Fatima Mansions has a new record out, ‘Song of Co-Aklan’, on CD or LP due out in March, first new music in 10 years. Guest a plenty on it freisin. Looking forward to it!

The next two reissues / demo releases in the PJ HARVEY series from Universal are also now announced. First up ”Is This Desire?’, and ‘Is This Desire? – Demos’ are due in on vinyl on January 29th, and following this the excellent ‘Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea’ alongside ”Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea : Demos’ are out a little later on February 29th.

There’s a few very nice Music On Vinyl reissues coming down the line over the next month or so.. We will have limited, numbered and coloured reissues from UNCLE TUPELO, and WILLIE NELSON, and there are standard vinyl reissues landing of THE STONE ROSES ‘Remixes’ and also of MILES DAVIS ‘Miles in Tokyo’, which has never available on vinyl in Europe before.

I’ll rattle off the final couple of pre-orders so I don’t keep ye all day! PHIL COLLINS’ has announced a limited picture disc 40th Anniversary pressing of ‘Face Value’ through Warner, there is a new HANS ZIMMER soundtrack release to ‘Hillbilly Elegy’, there are two SUEDE reissues due (the original ‘The London Suede’ reissue, and ‘See You In The Next Life’), a reissue of the MARC BOLAN / T. REX ‘Shadowhead’ rarities compilation LP,  and Shellshock have new live session CD releases from DAVID BOWIE and PINK FLOYD.

Another mention for MR. BOWIE. The next in the series of coloured vinyl 45th Anniversary Reissues is due out on January 22nd through, and this time it’s for ‘Station To Station’, pressed on Red & White vinyl. Again, like the previous releases this will not be sold or available through any website, it’s a shop sale only release. So if you are interested pop us a mail and we will make sure one is tucked aside and do our best! 

Last, but definitely not least from mise! Cork’s own JOHN BLEK has announced a new, very limited release (150 Vinyl, 350 CDs) from the Digressions series, ‘Digressions #2 : Grounded’. The album was written and recorded in isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are lucky to have a few copies for sale on both Vinyl and CD. Myself and Ray have been lucky enough to have heard the album, and are both in strong agreement that again, it is excellent. Excellent. The song crafting from John as always is superb, with this limited album release allowing John to use varying techniques and instrumentation.  The first single is released this Friday, January 8th, and is called ‘Right Moves’. Be sure to check it out!

If you would like to check out all the upcoming pre-orders on the site for the next few months, you can take a look here :

That’s it from the hitman for this week folks, back to the bossman! 

Right so, lastly for this week, it’s our traditionally late ‘Albums of the Year’ Pole for 2020… We would love if you got involved.. 3 categories

  1. Album of the Year
  2. Irish Album of the Year
  3. Gigs of the Year (Online can be Included!!)

So send us your votes from number 1 to 5 in each category… With number 1 being favourite to 5 least, and we give them points 5 to 1 baby, 1 in 5.. On a Jim kick today it seems… We tot up the votes and produce our world revered, only TOP 20 CHARTS OF 2020 that matters (In Tougher) part whatever… As usual, email in with ‘Top Albums Of The Year’ as the subject and we will draw one of ye out of a hat for a €50 voucher for the good siopa… The more enter the better the charts we feel (naturally)..

Right, sin é for this week folks…
Keep the fate, keep safe.. Stay in by the wall as my dear mother used say..
Peace, love & understanding,
Ray, Bobby & Shane