How’s the form this week…. Hopefully all good or as good as can be as we navigate our way up and down these bumpy streets.
Plenty in the shop for today including the fine new solo record by Mr. JOHN BLEK, a new bunch of tunes from BON IVER, PIXIES, OPETH, REGINA SPEKTOR, PASSENGER , BILLY BRAGG to name but a few and some glorious reissues from ALICIA KEYS, ELVIS, STING ,MR L COHEN, RANDY NEWMAN,PETER TOSH, HENDRIX and the excellent DAY OF THE DEAD boxset gets its LP release…. Only 180 quid… Not a bother…. Fine collection though to fair.
Video lovers, Bobby is back this week! Check it out here!
Do ye know the way I am always trying to tease , torment , cajole and gently ease the Johnny Cash from ye’r pockets? ( I hope i do it in a friendly and professional manner though if that’s any consolation).. Well I also hope that an odd time I point ye in a direction ye may not otherwise have seen.
Of course, I am always saying, that’s good and this is good and the other is good as well… All completely a matter of taste… Who the hell am I or anyone else for that matter to tell anyone what they should like… I’m trying to sell stuff (that’s my job) but i do shout a bit louder if I really (personally) like something.
Block your ears cause you know what’s coming…
I heard a record during the week that completely stopped me in my tracks…. I can’t remember the last time it happened to me….Not for a few years…. Was it just my mood at the time?….. I happened to listen to it whilst I exercised which I hadn’t done for about six months so maybe it was the long lost endorphins talking… Did the music just resonate with me personally? (It was stuff i’d like, indie rock n roll, dash of psych, hint of punk, guitars, keys, synths and strings all in use…) But it stopped me… Totally… I thought it was fantastic from the opening chord to the last chord and every bit in between.
7 days ago, the truth be told I did not know who this band were…. Now ye guys have to block ye’r ears I am shouting so loud….
After my first full listen to the album I got off my exercise bike and stood and clapped (endorphin buzz surely?)… A one man standing ovation…. Bravo, chapo, comhghairdeas…. Well fecking done gentlemen that was excellent.
Bobby will find a link for ye to listen to the record….Vinyl I hope will be with us very soon (that’s the cunning , cajoling bit done)
Take a listen to it here! : https://windings.bandcamp.com/album/be-honest-and-fear-not
The band are from Limerick and their name is WINDINGS.. The record is called ‘Be Honest and Fear Not’… I personally think it is one of the best Irish records I have heard in quite a while and one of the best records of the year for me.
Ok…. You can unblock your ears a bit…
On to releases for next friday the 7th of October…. Santa getting close folks… Ho ho ho!
Sony has a new studio album by BARRY GIBB (as ye know the BEE GEES), as well as a deluxe version (22 tracks) of JEFF BUCKLEYS ‘Grace’ … MILES DAVIS get his own ‘Essential’ release on vinyl, andBOB DYLAN ‘Pure Dylan’ which is also a greatest hits is released… More of a compilation really… Interesting one though… Quite a few rare tracks on it… Sony also have ELVIS ‘Christmas Album’… Ho ho ho… I warned ye…. If BT can do it so can we… Only taking the piss… Ye knew that didn’t ye?
Sony also has a LOU REED Boxset .. The CD set is 17 discs with an 80 page book, 5 prints and a poster, or there is a six LP SET… I think the LP is pushed back till November now… Will be on high fidelity vinyl with a 30 page book… Albums on it are ‘BERLIN’, ‘TRANSFORMER’, ‘CONEY ISLAND BABY’, ‘ROCK N ROLL ANIMAL’, ‘THE BLUE MASK’ and ‘STREET HASSLE’.. Sony lastly have a STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN ‘Essential Collection’ on Vinyl..
Universal for the 7th of October have a new ONE REPUBLIC album on deluxe or standard CD called ‘Oh My My’… NORAH JONES has a new album ‘Day Breaks’ on CD, Deluxe CD or LP.. Universal are doing a ‘Best Of’ PLACEBO 2CD to mate up with a new 6 Track 12’’ EP of unreleased tracks called ‘Life’s What You Make It’.;.
DAMIEN DEMPSEY has a CD out next week called ‘No Force on Earth’… Damo’s celebration and commemoration of the 1916 Rising.. Damo maybe is an acquired taste but I like him… A fine songwriter.. ABBA ‘Arrival’ is getting the Abbey Road ½ Speed Mastering treatment and also 4 picture disc singles from the album also…
Lastly from Universal next week is a BLINK 182 Vinyl boxset… A lot of these records have been very hard to get, maybe never even printed… They include ‘Cheshire Cat’, ‘Dude Ranch’, ‘Enema Of The State’, ‘Take Off Your Pants and Jacket’, ‘The Mark, Tom and Travis Show’, ‘Blink 182’, and ‘Neighbourhoods’..
Warner have the new GREEN DAY album ‘Revolution Radio’… The band are together 30 years I was told in the shop during the week.. Lead single is very good.. Warner also have a new SEASICK STEVErecord, a new ERIC JOHNSON record which is a live, acoustic album on Provogue, and a really niceOTIS REDDING ‘Dictionary of Soul’ on 2LP and 7’’..
Warner are also doing a special run of stuff with Rhino that will be exclusive to Indie shops only… First up is ZZ TOP’s ‘Eliminator’ on Red Vinyl… Lastly from Warner for next week is the incrediblePRINCE album ‘Sign Of The Times’ on 2LP…
Republic of Music have the limited run of the ‘Planet of the Apes’ soundtrack… 400 in total…
Cargo have the new GOAT album called ‘Requiem’ on coloured vinyl for indies only and on CD… They are calling it their folk album..
Essential have the new C. DUNCAN LP on pink vinyl, as well as a new FEEDER album, and new albums from ALTER BRIDGE, and THE PRIESTS.. Slight contrasts in style there with the latter two to say the least..
PIAS for next week have the 3rd OASIS ‘Be Here Now’ album on reissue… Third in the series of remastered super editions.. Much maligned at the time.. Few great tracks on it though.. As a 2LP or 3CD or Super Duper Boxy Thingy also… PIAS also have new albums from WHITE LIES and MESHUGGAH, as well as some MARK LANEGAN LP reissues..
On the kinda local scene, MALOJIAN release their third album next week… ‘This Is Nowhere’ is the title.. This record is being put out by the guys in Rollercoaster Records in Kilkenny.. We have Malojian’s record on CD in the shop and it’s a fine listen.. The new tunes here sounds great as well…
Last bit of news, great news really… The boy Flannery has agreed again to do an instore around the launch of his new album… New song is a belter… Edgy, rocking and pure class.. Mick has always supported us.. Will fill in next week with the dates.. Think it’s Friday October 21st at IPM.. Will confirm next week… So thanks Mick, again… Hopefully I won’t send anymore late night well oiled texts of thanks your way… Sorry about that…Could be worse, could be sending the drunken texts to women… Anyway, before I get into more trouble i’m off..
Sin é for this week,
Thanks for listening,