Let It Be 50th, Buena Vista, Dylan Bootleg 16 And Plenty Giveaways On The Muppet Show Tonight!

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well …kids back to school …not my own favourite time of year to be honest, i enjoy the freedom of the summer or i should say i enjoy them enjoying the freedom of the summer…but hey c’est la vie! 

Right so, the Bob man is on a well earned week off so the newsletter this week just won’t be as pretty as it normally is folks but ill do me best but just wont be as purdee.

Right releases for this Friday the 3rd of September we have brand new albums from  IRON MAIDEN, a TROJAN Box Set, IMAGINE DRAGONS, VIKINGUR OLAFSSON, a new live BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS release, TRNA, F.S. BLUMM & NILS FRAHM, RUDIMENTAL, and the release of the RORY GALLAGHER debut 50th Anniversary Deluxe formats… There are also reissues by SUPER FURRY ANIMALS, EMMYLOU HARRIS & THE NASH RAMBLERS, TAYLOR SWIFT, GRIZZLY BEAR, SILVERSTEIN, AMON TOBIN, SLADE, MARTIN GORE, and BEHEMOTH.. On the CD front we have deluxe WHIPPING BOY ‘Heartworm’ 2CD and a VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR 17CD Set..

Right so moving on to the 10th Sept and we have 2 releases very close to home with the JOHN BLEK and MICK FLANNERY/SUSAN O NEILL album releases, two good friends of the shop and it has to be said  two of Corks most talented also ( not forgetting the Clare ladys talent here either…Honorary Cork woman now!)…there is also new albums on the 10th of September from MANIC STREET PREACHERSFOY VANCEERIC BIBB, PAT METHENY live album, RUFUS WAINWRIGHT live album, JEAN MICHEL JARRE live oneANDREA BOCELLI live album reissueELVIS COSTELLOAMYL & THE SNIFFERS, CID RIM, MATTHEW E. WHITE, SAINT ETIENNE, POKEY LAFARGE and the LOW new one of course..the biggest reissue of the year maybe with METALLICAs the black album getting the deluxe reissue treatment, RYAN SHERIDAN’s ‘The Day You Live Forever’ limited gold vinyl reissue, the next in the series of DEPECHE MODE 12”  Boxsets, with ‘Ultra’CD from BELA FLECK, STEPS and lastly via ADA a deluxe reissue of UFO’s fourth album ‘Force It’ as 2CD, 2LP or Limited Indies Clear 2LP…and last few  HAYLEY WILLIAMS reissue of ‘Flowers For Vases / Descansos’ on coloured vinyl and the new ARETHA FRANKLIN compilation album called simply ‘Aretha’ .

Just a note here folks

There is a little delay with the Maiden new one on vinyl but it should be in by Friday.

Right so we will move on to releases for the 17th of September and we will start with Warner and an absolutely classic gets the deluxe remaster reissue treatment….its 25 years since the gem that is BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB was released and BMG are doing a job on it …well RY COODER done a job on it i should say…he went back to the original sessions and tapes from those 7 days in 1996 …remastered the album with extra unheard tracks from the session…a little piece of magic they made…available on the 17th as a 2cd casebook  , double gatefold vinyl or deluxe 2cd/2lp set.

Warner also for the 17th sept have a brand new LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM album on cd or lp…all brand new songs. There is a new EP by BILLY IDOL “ the roadside” on Dhani Harrisons label Dark Horse Records set up by his father in 1974.

For the metal fans there is a brand new CARCASS album “ torn arteries “ on Nuclear Blast, there is a STAIND live album on 2lp and last but not least from Warner for the 17th is a reissue of MR LUCK : A TRIBUTE TO JIMMY REED LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL from 2013 by THE RONNIE WOOD BAND….Ronnie and his band have special guests on the night of PAUL WELLER, MICK TAYLOR , MICK HUCKNALL and BOBBY WOMACK.

Sony for the 17th of Sept have some lovely stuff out….firstly there is the latest DYLAN bootleg series…volume 16 springtime in new york…covers the early 

80s period and the albums Shot Of Love, Infidels, and Empire Burlesque with previously unreleased outtakes, alternate takes, rehearsal recordings, live

performances and more. Available as a 2 CD, 2LP or a deluxe 5 CD SET.

Sony also for the 17th have the 30th anniversary editions of PRIMAL SCREAMs “ screamadelica” as a beautiful double lp picture disc or as a deluxe 10 by 12” singles boxset….what an album …still sounds so good 30 years on…a bona fida classic to be fair.

Sony also have the new record by JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW “ grapefruit season” on cd, lp and indies lp,,,saw James and his band on “ the heart of saturday night” show over the weekend and they were excellent….we have some signed prints to giveaway with the album.

Lastly Sony have a reissue on double lp of OZZY OSBOURNES “ no more tears” from 1991.

Speaking of nice things …its like the late late show here tonight ( some would say its more like…its time to play the music, its time to light the lights) we have some things for ye…

Firstly, we will have a nice few Maiden tees to be given away to some of the folk who preorder the new Maiden album or buy it from us in the first week of release…. 3rd to 9th of september inclusive…really limited tees…really limited…they are savage looking to be fair… ….if you want to be in the draw stick in an order with us…i reckon  50/50 chance of getting a Tee….sizes maybe an issue but thats out of my hands and what we get is what we get…sound!

Right next nice thing is lovely if you are freeish on saturday afternoon…MICK FLANNERY and SUSAN O NEILL will be performing songs from their album “ in the game”  at Connollys of Leap at 1.30 pm this Saturday the 4th of September….if you want to go to it, preorder the album from us here…vinyl or cd….one album equals one entrant folks…1.30 in Leap this Saturday

Right the record companies have thumbs upped a few spot prizes for the JOHN BLEK album launch instores on Sat the 11th of sept …3.30, 4.30 and 5.30 shows( with support from Lewis Barfoot for the 3,30 and 4.30 shows) numbers are limited to 20 households so get on it folks…4 or 5 spot prizes for  each in store as well as refreshments and a coupon ( virtual , as in my head, in my head) for 20% off a record/cd from the shelf on the day…if you don’t want to use the event brite thingy, bounce me back an email to book a slot…Bob will do the science of the other thing next week again! 

Right lastly from the shop that keeps giving ( its time to play  the music, its time to light the lights) 

We have 2 tickets up for grabs for the WAR ON DRUGS gig next March for one lucky punter who preorders the new album from us!!

I’m going to drop the mic…what more do ye want from us.

The Orchard for the 17th of sept has the reissue of ROYSKOPPs lost tapes album as a limited numbered 2lp and they have a DREAM THEATER Lost Not Forgotten Archives: Master of Puppets – Live in Barcelona, 2002 / Gatefold Black Vinyl.

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC for the 17th sept have the new JOSE GONZALEZ album “ local valley” on city slang records…available as cd, lp or indies only lp…ROM also have 2 MOON DUO reissues ..of “ circles” and “ mazes” and lastly there is a live king gizzard 3lp from Melbourne this year 2021.

Integral for the 24th of sept have quite a few interesting releases….i don’t have any links done for these so if interested pop us a mail.

There is a covers ep by ANGEL OLSEN called Aisles, there is a brand new album by FLYING LOTUS on CD and indie shop only red vinyl via Warp records, there is a reissue on Beggars of GARY NUMANs 1983 album “ warriors “ again on indie record shop only orange vinyl…there are a couple of really rare ISIS reissues “ oceanic” and “ Panopticon” …the 30th anniversary of fool the world ( trompe le monde) by PIXIES is also out on the 24th sept….i think we are sold out but i am fighting hard to get extra so let me know and i will add your name to the list…

A couple of my own favs next, with the new PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING album “ bright magic” which is an album based on the city Berlin.

Inspired by the Rory McLean book ‘Berlin: Imagine A City’ and named after a

collection of short stories by Alfred Döblin, the record celebrates one of the

greatest cultural capitals of the world, Berlin.  Written and recorded entirely at Hansa Studios in Berlin, the album is split

into three parts – Building A City / Building A Myth / Bright Magic – and Side

B of the album is a homage to Side B of David Bowie’s ‘Low’. Side A of the

record includes the singles ‘People, Let’s Dance’ and ‘Blue Heaven’.

Hansa is world renowned as the studio responsible for classic albums

including ‘Low’ and ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie, ‘The Idiot‘ and ‘Lust For Life’ by

Iggy Pop and Depeche Mode’s third, fourth and fifth albums ‘Construction

Time Again’, ‘Some Great Reward’ and ‘Black Celebration’.

There is a deluxe boxset of the PSB album as well as cd. Lp and indies only lp….got me ticket for them in cypress avenue in jan, only 30 quid.

The last one of note from INTEGRAL for the 24th of sept is the SUFJAN STEVENS/Angelo De Augustine collab album …a beginners mind is their debut album and contains 14 songs loosely based on films….indies lp available here also as CD and std lp….ye knows my thoughts on Sufjan.

Uni for the 17th sept have a limited 4lp set by Genesis ( 80 quid) as well as a 2 cd job…” the last domino” collection type thing , UNI have THE LATHUMS album on cd and indies only lp, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR is 50 years old and there is a reissue, there is a new CARLY PEARCE CD, a new EMPLOYED TO SERVE album on Spinefarm, there are a couple of tonepoet bluenote reissues Lee Konitz & Gerry Mulligan as well as WAYNE SHORTERs the  all seeing eye…lastly the SOUND OF MUSIC vinyl reissue and a well priced 28 CD CHOPIN BOXSET.

I would normally hand to Bob…there were announcements but i didnt get to a lot of them….a new DIVINE COMEDY album though…sweet… and the biggie which we did get to is the 50th anniversary edition of LET IT BE by some crowd called THE BEATLES ( its time to play the music, its time to light the lights) 

Sin e for me for sure for this week

It aint pretty but heh its here…

Thanks for listening as always

Ray, Bobby and Shane


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 shop@musiczone.ie 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… shop@musiczone.ie is a good one to use, or raymusiczone@gmail.com but not the old musiczone@eircom.net… That one is a gone.. Won’t get to us with eircom.net…

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,

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,

A Sigur Rós Reissue, A Trjoan Set, And Salvation : Inspired By The Cranberries For Pieta

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well enough.. Back open.. One word.. Wonderful.. Hint of normality in the air.. Wonderful.. Shop OPEN now 7 days, 10-6 Monday to Saturday inclusive and 11-4 on Sundays.. Phone 021-4967119 and email is shop@musiczone.ie .. We are back on the horse and the piper is being paid.. Nice atmosphere in the shop.. Cracking atmosphere at times.. Open mocking, Ger Buses doing card tricks and games of charades.. The lunatics are starting to take over the asylum again.. It’s great..


Video for this week is now up again below.. our weekly vlog back with an audience!

I don’t have much more concrete info on RSD products since last week.. Sabbath’s RSD release has moved to Drop 2 now and not Drop 1… There are a few Brexit related supply issues.. I will email you directly if affected by one of these.. Things with Proper and Republic of Music are finally starting to iron out.. The one’s that are a constant problem now and are non-runners are the labels before Brexit that universal used to distribute for but Universal did not own the labels, so Brexit for Universal to cut those labels loose to find their own distro into Europe (here).. So labels (small, maybe one or two titles a month I might be buying) like Absolute, Dirty Hit, Cadiz, Fulfill, Genepool, Nova, Wrasse, Townsend, Right Track, and Active have no distro into Europe at the moment.. Republic of Music were the same but we have managed to get sorted with them.. Some of the others still unresolved and a problem.. Working hard here to sort the new Wolf Alice record on Dirty Hit, so fingers crossed on that.. I’ll update next week.. Due out on the 11th of June..


Moving on to releases for the 11th of June (those are the records i’m buying this week so nod if you see something interesting please).. We will start off with Universal I think.. There are quite a few releases for the 11th.. It’s a day before RSD so traditionally a lot of releases that day cause traditionally a lot of footfall that day.. So Uni for the 11th have a deluxe version of JESSIE WARE’s latest album on EMI ‘What’s Your Pleasure’, a brand new MAROON 5 CD ‘Jordi’ on Polydor on CD or Deluxe CD.. Uni have the next in the DEF LEPPARD Box Set series.. ‘Volume 3’ as a Limited 6CD Box, or a Limited 9LP Box.. Containing all recordings from the band in the 2000’s.. Separately there is vinyl releases (for the very first time) of ‘Songs From The Sparkle lounge’‘Yeah!’ and ‘X’.

Uni also have a reissue of QUINCY JONE’s ‘The Dude’ on UMC.. the 1981 studio album which received 12 Grammy Nominations that year.. Here’s ‘Just Once’ from the man who produced ‘Off The Wall’, ‘Thriller’ and ‘Bad’… The dude knew how to put a record together.. 

KISS have a live album out on the 11th through Uni, ‘Off The Soundboard : Tokyo Dome – Japan’ on 2CD or 3LP.. They also have the Disney OST to ‘Cruella’ on CD with Florence and the Machine amongst others.. There is a new LUKAS NELSON & PROMISE OF THE REAL album on Fantasy Records ‘A Few Starts Apart’ will be out on the 11th on CD or LP.. There is the vinyl release of EINAUDI ‘Cinema’ release on 2LP and a debut release on Bluenote for JULIAN LAGE, prodigious jazz guitarist.. Lastly from Uni for the 11th of June via Deutsche Grammophon is DUSTIN O’HALLORAN compilation album ‘Silfur’ on CD or 2LP.. New arrangements with strings of his acclaimed solo piano works..

The Orchard for the 11th of June have the NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS ‘Back The Way We Came Vol. 1 – 2011-2021’ on 4 physical formats.. 2CD3CD Deluxe Edition2LP or 4LP/7”/2CD Book Deluxe boxset.. Noel’s solo output has been excellent in my opinion.. Chasing Yesterday is a great album in my opinion..

SPIRITUALIZED ‘Pure Phase’ reissue is also out on the 11th through The Orchard but the vinyl is now sold out as we were only allocated 10 copies.. Orchard also have the new album from JOANA SERRAT ‘Hardcore From The Heart’ on CD and LP and Dublin band THE MINUTES reissue of ‘Marcata’ on Rubyworks gets a 10th Anniversary Limited Vinyl Pink Coloured reissue.. Metal reissues also from CHILDREN OF BODOM, ANAAL NATHRAKH and UNANIMATED debut album remaster and reissue..

Warner for the 11th of June have the next in the reissue series of BLACK SABBATH boxsets.. This time up is the classic ‘Sabotage’ album as a 4CD box or a 4LP/7” box set.. There is a new BRAD MEHLDAU & ORPHEUS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA CD ‘Variations On A Melancholy Theme’, DR. FEELGOOD’s compilation ‘Singles: The U.A. Years+’ 2LP on ParlophoneASIA’s ‘The Reunion Albums 2007-2012’ CD set, a brand new album from GARBAGE ‘No Gods, No Masters’ on CD, Deluxe CD and Neon Green LP.. Warner also for the 11th of June have the reissue of SIGUR RÓS’ 2012 classic ‘Valtari’ on 2LP on their very own label KRUNK Records..

WEA also has a JOE BONAMASSA Live album ‘Now Serving  Royal Tea – Live From The Ryman on CD/DVD, CD/BluRay and 2LP Clear Vinyl.. There is a brand new MARINA CD and a 25th Anniversary reissue on purple vinyl of MARK MORRISON’s ‘Return Of The Mack’.. What a tune the title track was.. One of the tunes of the decade..

Lastly on Nonesuch via Warner for the 11th of June is the release on vinyl of the new RHIANNON GIDDEN album ‘They’re Calling Me Home’..

Sony for the 11th of June have the RANDY EDELMAN ‘Ghostbusters 2’ OST on vinyl..

PIAS/Integral for the 11th of June have reissues by LANTERNS ON THE LAKE and THE SHINS, and new albums from ALESSANDRO CORTINI..

Proper for the 11th of June have the brand new SLEATER-KINNEY record on Mom&Pop Records, ‘Path Of Wellness’ is the title and it’s on CD, Standard Opaque Black Vinyl or Indies Opaque White Vinyl…

I’ll have ye over to the Bob-man now as he will run through other interesting bits in the pipeline and throw up the weekly playlist

Hey everyone,
Hope you are all keeping safe and well! 

A good few up for pre-order today. We’ll get started this week with the two games of fastest fingers first with a couple allocated bits. Again with these, we’ll put our allocations up on the site so if interested safest way to go is to purchase direct from the site, an email might not be seen in time and there’s a good chance these could be gone by the time we see the email. First up there is a limited 7” reissue of R.E.M’s debut single ‘Radio Free Europe’ coming through Uni in July, only 4 copies of this one coming. The second for this week is a nice coloured 30th Anniversary Deluxe vinyl repress of MUDHONEY’s ‘Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge’, with only 5 copies of the LP coming our way. There is a 2CD deluxe edition of this too, but quantity on that should be okay.

Right, with those out of the way i’ll rattle through some of the other nice new bits due to us over the coming weeks and months. There’s a class new TROJAN set being released in a couple of weeks through Warner to kick us off. ‘The Trojan Story’ is due to us June 18th and will be released as a 3LP Vinyl Set or a 3CD Set, both coming with a book telling the stories behind the 50 chosen tracks for the compilation. Always top quality stuff released by the Trojan label. 

Other nice bits now up on the site for pre-order include a brand new DURAN DURAN record ‘Future Past’ due into the siopa in October, coming on CD, Deluxe CD, Standard White Vinyl or Indies Transparent Red Vinyl. The excellent ALMOST FAMOUS Soundtrack gets a nice limited 20th Anniversary reissue, released on 2CDDeluxe 5CD, or Limited Black 2LP Vinyl (a first timer it’s officially released on vinyl). MR JUKES & BARNEY ARTIST’s new album ‘Locket’ is due in early July, and the vinyl pressings of JUSTIN BIEBER and OLIVIA RODRIGO’s newest releases are now also on the site.

Last but definitely not least from myself for this week is the great new compilation album ‘SALVATION – Inspired By The Cranberries For Pieta’, released through Universal / RTE 2FM with all proceeds going to Pieta House. The album see’s some cracking Irish Artists covering tracks by The Cranberries, including Pillow Queens, Sinead O’Connor, Wyvern Lingo and many more. It’s released on CD or Yellow Vinyl, and is for a great cause. You can check out Pillow Queens performing ‘When You’re Gone’ on RTE here :

The Musiczone Spotify Playlist for the releases for June 11th is also up at the link below now. Be sure to give us a follow for our weekly release playlists, some nice bits in this one. Boss-man was right, it is a busy week for releases! 

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

Thanks Bob!
Right so, PIAS/Integral for the 18th of June have CLINT MANSELL & CLINT WALSH ‘Berlin’ on coloured vinyl on Invada.. A reimagining of Reed’s classic as a tribute to Mansell’s late partner..
Integral also have ESBJORN SVENSSON TRIO (E.S.T) reissue on Act of ‘Seven Days Of Falling’ on Indies LP..

T’was nice to see so many of the older (more vulnerable) folk in the siopa over the weekend after coming from their jab.. Great to see it.. Got me own yesterday!!!

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

New Manics, Prince Reissue, A Few RSD Updates And It’s Lovely To Be Back

Hi Everyone
Hope everyone is doing ok.. It’s lovely to have the doors back open in the shop, more lovely than I would have thought.. It is a lot more relaxed this way.. Just more natural folks seem more relaxed… It’s great, trade has been good but not hectic, the weekend is coming though.. So the opening hours are 10-6 inclusive Monday to Saturday and I think it’s 11-4 on a Sunday Bob is it?? It is 11-4 indeed boss-man!
Phone is 021-4967119 and email is shop@musiczone.ie

Bits of info on RSD is starting to filter back to me so I will give it to ye folks as I get it.. Small Faces release is a UK only release so zero coming across the water.. I am in communication with a few companies that we have had Brexit issues with trying to iron out our RSD orders.. I will communicate with you if a wish listed record is caught up or in trouble.. I have attempted to get evert single wish listed record, so I will communicate ones that fail (it will only be a small percentage).. Pity there are no bands or party atmosphere this year.. Hopefully next year.. We are open which is the main thing.. I’ll update more as the weeks slip by.. It is 3 weeks on Saturday now..

Universal were in touch about allocations at the titles that are (slightly) problematic (whereas wish lists exceed or are more or less the same as what will be supplied) includes Amy Winehouse – Remixes, Arianna Live, Def Leppard Live, Elton John, Haim 7”, Lady Gaga, Robert Plant, Status Quo, Tears For Fears, War Child Help EP.. So if these are NB for you, set the alarm folks and make your way as early as possible to the good yacht musiczone.ie… I’m just giving the info!! Universal have 2 new additions to the RSD June 12th Drop.. I’m not taking wish lists.. There is a Rolling Stones ‘A Bigger Bang – Live’ 10” Picture Disc, 2 track live unreleased single.. We will only have 5 copies.. There is also a Arianna Grande Live Album on CD format.. We are just getting 2 copies!! Still no show for RSD from the forgotten man of music.. How quick people move on.. I really thought Ricky martin might have a release this year.. Livin’ La Vida Loca folks 12” remix or something..

Anyways, here are the releases for the good yacht for this Friday the 21st of May. There are new releases by GRUFF RHYSJOHN HIATT & THE JERRY DOUGLAS BANDMDOU MOCTARGARY NUMAN, COUNTING CROWS EP, TWENTY ONE PILOTS, LAMBCHOPLORD HURON as well as reissues by my bloody valentine, DESMOND DEKKER AND THE SPECIALS and a limited 7” remix of ‘Seven Nation Army’ by THE WHITE STRIPES

And here are the releases for the 28th of May.. I may have missed Proper last week so they have a GRAHAM NASH reissue of 2016’s ‘This Path Tonight’ on CD and LP, as well as another WORLD PARTY vinyl reissue of ‘Dumbing Up’ on Seaview Records.. The rest of the releases for the 28th include new releases by BLACK MIDI, MOBYBLACKBERRY SMOKEMUSTAFAKING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARDTEXASDEL AMITRININA SIMONEETTA JAMESEASY LIFECLINT MANSELLNILS LANDGREN FUNK UNIT,  BURNING WITCHESRELOADED and THE 60S ALBUM compilation records. There are reissues by PJ HARVEYDAVID BOWIETHE WEDDING PRESENTEVA CASSIDYCANGRATEFUL DEADGREEN DAY, K.D. LANGPARAMORE, KANSAS, and there is the TINA TURNER MUSICAL vinyl release

Right so moving onto releases for the 4th of June… Talking about June already… There are a few nice bits.. Southeastern Records present via The Orchard MIKE COOLEY, PATTERSON HOOD & JASON ISBELL ‘Live at the Shoals Theatre’ as a 2CD or 4LP set.. In June 2014 Isbell reunited with his form bandmates for an acoustic performance which includes Isbell-era Truckers gems, post Isbell Truckers tracks and Isbell solo stuff… Looking forward to it!! FRANK TURNER’s ‘England Keep My Bones’ 10th Anniversary Edition due out via Orchard also on the 4th..

Warner for the 4th of June have THE SPECIALS ‘Ghost Town’ 40th Anniversary Half Speed Masters on 12” and 7”.. They (WEA) also have a ROD STEWART ‘1975-1978’ 5LP boxset including a bonus LP or rare and unreleased tracks.. Warner also have DECAPITATED ‘The First Damned’ CD and LP reissue of the bands early demo work.. There are some HANK WILLIAMS remastered CD CompilationsMESHUGGAH reissue, and lastly MSG (Michael Shenker Group) ‘Immortal’ on indies only vinyl reissue of the new album..

Universal for the 4th of June have the new CROWDED HOUSE album on EMI ‘Dreamers Are Waiting’ it’s called and it’s on CD, standard blue vinyl and limited indies clear vinyl.. First album in over a decade and only their 7th long player (for a band who seem around forever).. Constant members Neil Finn and Nick Seymour make up the current line up with Neil’s two sons Liam and Elroy.. 

Universal also has the new album from English rock band JAMES ‘All The Colours Of You’ on the Virgin Music Label. It is on CD, Deluxe 2CD, LP and indies only deluxe 2 coloured vinyl.. Here is the title track from the album.. Fine tune again fro a fine fine band.. 

RISE AGAINST have a new album on Loma Visa ‘Nowhere Generation’ on CD, LP or Indies LP.. There is a new BILLY GIBBONS album ‘Hardware’ on the 4th of June via Concord Records on CD, LP and Indies Only LP.. Third solo album from the ZZ Man. Some nice vinyl reissues also out on the 4th of June by SARAH JAROSZ ‘Build Me Up From My Bones’ and ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGERS ‘The Witch Doctor’, and THE MARCUS KING BAND ‘Soul Inside’ on vinyl and CD via Concord also.. Lastly Uni have a EINAUDI ‘Cinema’ 2CD Release…

PIAS for the 4th of June have 2 nice releases with the 20th Anniversary release of THE AVALANCHES ‘Since I Left You’ on XL as a 2CD or 4LP job. ATO Records are putting out BLACK PUMAS ‘Capitol Cuts’ live album on Red Vinyl..

Here’s a test link.. A test how far has this country come in the last 100 years? Here’s a test.. Sony UK & Ireland are putting out a 7” single on June 4th of BADDIEL, SKINNER AND LIGHTNING SEEDS ‘Three Lions 96/98’.. Long pause.. Are we good with it.. Long pause… Right.. Altogether now.. It’s coming… I can see the headline on the Daily Digest, ‘man chokes on his Irish stew last Wednesday night whilst reading a music newsletter’…

Right Bob you better take over before I get meself in trouble with someone… Announcements etc… I know and am really excited to hear of a new FISH GO DEEP release due out around the middle of June.. Legendary down these parts are the two lads.. Many the Saturday night I spent in Sir Henrys in the early 90s with the two men (only boys then) wielding their magic (I wasn’t allowed on Thursdays by the mother.. school etc).. The lads are class.. Here is the title track from the new record ‘This Bit Of Earth’.. Class

Bob will put the link for the album here and has info on a few more releases also.. And also here is the link to this week’s playlist of new releases :
Music Zone – Spotify New Release Playlist June 4th 2021

Hey folks,
Hope you are all keeping safe and well!
Not too many to update on you this week, chasing our tails a bit from being off last week but we’ll get back on track by next week all going well. Nonetheless, a few nice bits announced for today!

We’ll start of this week with the announcement of PRINCE’s ‘Welcome 2 America’ reissue from 2010, coming on CDVinyl, and Indies Exclusive Clear Vinyl. There is also a Vinyl/CD/BluRay limited, deluxe box set which also features a live show on BluRay from The Forum in 2011, along with plenty of memorabilia and a 32-page 12”x12” book! This is due out late July through Sony

Also announced through Sony is the upcoming, brand new album release from the brilliant MANIC STREET PREACHERS, ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament’, due for release in early September. This release marks the Welsh groups 14th studio LP, and is being released on CDDeluxe 2CD BookVinyl or Exclusive Indies Vinyl with a bonus 7” single.

Lastly from mise for this week is the release of BOBBY GILLESPIE & JEHNNY BETH’s first album together, ‘Utopian Ashes’ due for release in July. The Primal Scream and Savage vocalists join together to explore country soul classics, one i’m looking forward to giving a few spins to on release! 

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

Right, thanks a million Bob, and welcome back!
Lastly so PIAS / Integral for the 11th of June have a 10th Anniversary Edition of LANTERNS ON THE LAKE ‘Gracious Tide, Take Me Home’ as a 2LP Reissue on Bella Union.. ALESSANDRO CORTINI (Nine Inch Nails) has a brand new album on Mute and THE OAK RIDGE BOYS have a new album also, as well as THE SHINS reissue of ‘Oh Inverted World’ on Sub Pop..

Sin é I think from us for this week,
Thanks for listening as always,
Hope to see some of ye on the siopa floor over the next few weeks,
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

New GODSPEED YOU! , New John Smith ( including an unusual journey) and a class John Spillane competition

Hi everyone,

Hope ye are all keeping safe and well folks…12 months now.
As we said last week …hopefully only a little over 2 weeks now before the call and collect is back with us…hopefully….thanks for yer patience and understanding over this time, as i have said before, working solely as a website is challenging when folks are used to a warm siopa floor.
The ” product” ( newsletter, advert, ramble, whatever you wish to call it) today may not be up to its usual self …as tis a bank holiday after all! 

Right so anyway,  here are the releases for this Friday, 19th of March.. It includes the brand new LANA DEL REY album ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’, (including an indies only yellow vinyl), a new RINGO STARR EP recorded over lockdown, the new CHRIS CORNELL covers album, and more new releases by  STEVE EARLE & THE DUKESNITIN SAWHENEY, LORETTA LYNNSTINGANDREW FARRISSSAXONENFORCERMEG MYERSWILLIAM DOYLEHEDVIG MOLLESTAD TRIOBLACK HONEYWEYES BLOODDEVIN TOWNSEND, SAM SMITH, and a 70’s GLAM POP compilation album .. There are reissues by NEIL YOUNGGREEN DAY, ARCADE FIREAMERICAIGGY & THE STOOGESCHROMATICSJUNIPDISCLOSUREDIRE STRAITSMARK KNOPFLERTREESWYE OAKJUNGLENIGHTMARES ON WAX, and MARK EITZEL… On the CD front there is the BOB DYLAN with GEORGE HARRISON ‘1970’ 3CD set, a 2CD format of PETER GABRIEL’s ‘Plays Live’,  as well as a new album by HARRY CONNICK JR, and a new one by JUSTIN BIEBER.. Some biggies here folks for the 19th of March.
as regards the Lana album it wont ship to us till tomorrow or friday due to security/embargo reasons…from what i heard of it its excellent….heres the title track from the album.


i think it was ELTON JOHN who i read during the week saying  that women are making the best music at the moment …hard to argue against that…certainly as solo artists anyway…Billie, Taylor, Fiona Ulla, Phoebe…Lana top of the tree there?. Very close if not…class act.

We have a lovely video this week ….a nice guest appears in it to give us a few bars out by the barrs…it could have been a scene from a  Dick Lester movie! The time we spent scripting it is appreciated i hope ( come around from behind the boxes there i suppose and twil be grand…and like a lark ascending from the Lough he was with us)
i hope its worth a watch


so the lark from the the lough above was the one and only JOHN SPILLANE…good friend of the siopa now for many years….played a few times for us…i remember one RSD maybe 2013 or 2014 he played in the good siopa musiczone and had the folks in the shop eating out of his hand and singing ” oro se do bheatha baile” along with him…twas magic…he makes an absolutely beautiful sound from that guitar of his…i dont know did you hear it on the video earlier but up close ( 2 metres) the guitar sound is beautiful …and Johns a cracking fella also….heres a tune from the new record with the help of Pauline Scanlon.

we have a sweet competition around the release of the new album….Bobby prepped below for me thank you kind sir…
JOHN SPILLANE is set to release his first independent album in 20 years.100 Snow White Horses comes out on April 2nd. In celebration of that, we are running a competition to win: a signed Vinyl copy and signed CD of 100 Snow White Horses, a signed copy of John’s album Acoustic Series Vol.1 All The Ways you Wander, and a signed copy of his book, ‘Are We Brilliant or What’. To enter, pre-order the brand new album with us on Vinyl or CD and you will be entered into the draw! Recorded in London with Pauline Scanlon and produced by John Reynolds the album is inspired by John’s travels around Ireland. The decision to release the album independently allowed for a greater sense of creative freedom and these new songs are full of poetry, Irish mythology and wonder

Onto more releases for April 2nd…   

Warner have the live Eagles albums reissued on vinyl via Rhino Elecktra…so they have EAGLES LIVE, LONG ROAD TO EDEN  and THE MILLENNIUM.
There is a brand new HELLOWEEN single ” skyfall” on loads of physical formats ( like the auld days) it is on CD single plus 4 different 12″ vinyl single variants ( happy days…CD Singles!!! Shaggy it wasnt me summer of 01, the langer song etc etc) 
Warner also has the STEVE HARLEY AND COCKNEY REBEL 45th ANNIVERSARY album….moved from jan/feb time.
Warner also for the 2nd of April has the debut album on Parlophone/PLG by THE SNUTS, on CD, Deluxe CD, STD LP and INDIES Vinyl and lastly from Warner for the 2nd of April is a reissue on vinyl for the first time since the 80s is WARREN ZEVONs ” stand in the fire” , it includes 10 bonus tracks and remastererd for maximun fidelity , has a deluxe tip on style gatefold jacket.

Universal for the 2nd of April have a reissue on vinyl of the debut album by TRAVIS “good feeling” as well as a debut EP on Polydor from ELI SMART.

Proper for the 2nd of April have the debut CD by Hey, King! on Anti….quite good i think….here is a cracking  tune from it.

Proper also for the 2nd April have a vinyl reissue of MF DOOM and BISHOP NEHRU ” nehruviandoon” as an indies only picture disc.
Links for some of these will go up next week…apologies if any inconvience is caused….( yer spoilt most weeks!!) email in if interested in anythink linkless.
Bobby had a great idea i thought during the week there,  where we are ( hopefully) going to put up a playlist everyweek with the newsleetter of stuff we like from the releases we hawk to ye. Hopefully a few of ye may embrace it.

PIAS for the 2nd of April have new albums by DRY CLEANING and FLOCK OF DIMES as well as a reissue by TOKYO POLICE CLUB.

REPUBLIC OF MUSIC have another interesting one for the 2nd of April with the release of JAZZ IS DEAD 006 on the Jazz is Dead label….this time with sax jazz legend GARY BARTZ,  composer ADRIAN YOUNGE and ALI SHAHEED MUHAMMAD from TRIBE CALLED QUEST all teaming up…heres a tune from the record ” day by day”..class, and class video also…
cd and lp available on this one.

CARGO arguably could have the most interesting release of the 2nd of April though with the new GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR album on Constellation records …its called if i can get it right ” G d’s Pee at States end!” . First press only , initial orders only job includes a 10″ with and LP and it is also available on CD. I dont have a track to share at the moment folks!

Lots of semi interesting stuff out for the 2nd of April but not with the majors …the ORCHARD have three nice new releases out…all new studio albums.
Firstly we have the new JOHN SMITH record on Commoner records….speaking of Commoners, we had JOHN SMITH perform in the shop a number of years ago when we were in Douglas, he was doing a couple of nights in Coughlans and agreed to do a performance for us the afternoon between both…it was agreed that id collect John at the metropole in Cork on the afternoon in question…John is a tall man and i was driving me auld black ford fiestiee at the time  ( normally it is impeccably clean as my friends would vouch for, but this day it  was a tad untidy) Johns guitar barely fit in the car dont mind him ( translation from Cork for ” dont mind him” is..  John was very fortunate ( haunted )  to be able to fit in the car also!) . He could have been thinking where in jaysuses name am i going, but in great fairness to him , he didnt bat an eyelid …not a bother ! i quite enjoyed the car journey , im sure John did also when he could see over his kness, the smell from Patricks bridge that day wasnt to bad, easterly wind. 
He gave a tremendous performance in the shop after, seriously talented vocally and  with the guitar…really enjoyed it.
JOHN BLEK brought him home that day if memory serves, i think i offered the fiestie but the 2 small fellas declined or did someone spot JS thumbing on Maryborough hill.
anyway, sorry…JOHN SMITHS new record is out on the 2nd of April , its called ” the fray” and is on CD and long player….heres a beautiful tune from the album with guest SARAH JAROSZ,,,,

the ORCHARD also have the new studio album by THE FRATELLIS ” half drunk under a full moon” on CD and LP as well as STURGILL SIMPSON ” cutting grass vol 2 – cowboy arms sessions” on CD, LP OR INDIES ONLY BLUE LP.

PIAS for the 9th of April have the BILL MACKAY/NATHAN BOWLES debut album on Drag City ” keys” its called…sounds nice, heres a tune

GUIDED BY VOICES have an LP reissue of ” under the bushes, under the stars” on indies only coloured vinyl.
there is a reissue on SOUL JAZZ of jazz drummers STEVE REIDs ” nova” album.
lastly from Pias for the 9th of April is the first 2 in the PETER MURPHY ( BAUHAUS) reissue series  on Beggars Banquet on coloured vinyl with the reissue of first 2 solo albums…” should the world fail to fall apart” and follow up ” love hysteria” …heres title track from debut
ok so folks sin e for this week really…i dont think i forgot anything, Bobs not here to oversee my mistakes!!
Hopefully not to many, 
enjoy the rest of your St Patricks Day ,
hopfully we will see some of yer purdy faces from a distance in a few weeks time.
thanks for listening as always,
Ray, Bobby and 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 shop@musiczone.ie / 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

Fleet Foxes And Arlo Parks, New Ben Howard, And The Video Is Back!

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well out there with ye… Jan is nearly put to bed I suppose.. The ‘Brexit’ thing is still painful but learning more about it all the time, so progress is being made… It’s long winded but where a lot of my problems lay was forms not filled out right by the supplier or couriers… The couriers are customs agents now and are responsible for collectiong VAT / Customs / Fees from importer (me for example)… So they email you to pay the fee and you pay it… Problem is (one of them), they are still emailing you 5 days later looking for the payment (which you have paid!!).. They are inundated with it / sending requests for payments / getting payments and ultimately releasing the goods… Long long story short, their systems are facing big teething problems and creaking with the volumes… Frustrating thing is we have a customs number and are set up for postponed accounting for VAT, so if paperwork is correct from supplier / courier we don’t get caught in the rat-trap.. Anyway, it’s not being done right sometimes and it brings problems… Anyway, i’m glad I started that… Night night… Are ye not asleep yet???

Right, the music.. Releases for this Friday the 29th include the fabulous ARLO PARK’s album on Transgressive Records, the BICEP album landed (Was due on the 22nd).. The vinyl editions are very limited folks.. PIAS for this weekend also have the new MARTIN GORE EPGOAT GIRL’s second album, and a JOAN AS POLICE WOMAN live album also..

Universal for this Friday the 29th of Jan have the new STEVEN WILSON album ‘The Future Bites’ on limited vinyl and CD… Here is ‘King Ghost’ from the new album 

Universal are also reissuing POLLY JEAN HARVEY’s 4th album ‘Is This Desire?’ this Friday, as well as a separate Demos LP of sessions from the recordings… Uni also have reissues from THE MAMAS & PAPASTHE FLYING BURITO BROTHERS BANDJOHN SCOFIELD & PAT METHENY, THIN LIZZY and BOB MARLEY’s savage boxset ‘Songs of Freedom’.

Warner for the 29th (this Friday) have the ST. GERMAIN ‘Tourist : Travel Versions’ reissue and STEVE HARLEY’s compilation LP…

Music on Vinyl have a box on route from Holland to us which contains the MILES DAVIS ‘In Tokyo’ vinyl, ENNIO MORRICONE’s ‘Passion’ on coloured, limited vinyl, WILLIE NELSON’s ‘Heroes’ coloured / limited vinyl, the 3 UNCLE TUPELO coloured / numbered reissues, and also the STONE ROSES remix album..

The video is back!! We, some 2 of the 3 of us, have been doing a weekly VLOG for years… I’d say 2014/2015 was it Bob?? Anyway, we spend hours scripting them every week, and take them very seriously…. We show off / showcase releases for the week… Anyway, ‘the fire of Noel Gallagher’ put paid to D’Video in August 2019 so we decided to bring ’em back… This one is long winded a bit but normally about 5 minutes.. Up on the site and youtube now

Right soon releases for the 5th of Feb… Oh sorry before that… The Functionality of the Siopa is Website only, there is no call and collect or click and collect… We have no problem keeping records as said in earlier newsletters… So we are hoping that call and collect will be available to us again in 3 or 4 weeks time, it is a game changer for us, but I ain’t going to crib here, there are families being torn apart, we can keep the records tucked away, no problem. Sin sin

Right so the 5th of Feb.. One I forgot to mention in recent weeks, and a biggie it is and all… The new FLEET FOXES album is out physically on Friday the 5th of Feb… I haven’t got listening to it yet, but by a lot of accounts it’s a cracker of an album… In face quite a few folks put it in their ‘Best Albums of 2020’ lists they sent to us… The Musiczone.ie Board had a (EGM) meeting though and decided cause it was not physically released in 2020, it would not be entered in 2020 but will be for 2021… The board’s decision is final.. Saw these guys in The Opera House a few years back… Was it Summer 18 or Summer 19??? The morning after the gig I was driving to work and there was the guitarist strolling down the Rochestown Road, most if not all passer-by’s oblivious… Should have pulled over and invited him to the shop!! Savage, talented band.. Here’s ‘Can I Believe You’ from the new album ‘Shore’ :

Proper also for the 5th have a SUN RA LP reissue of ‘Fireside Chat With Lucifer’

Sony for the 29th of Jan were meant to have the MILES DAVIS ‘Kind of Blue’SIMON & GARFUNKEL ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and MEAT LOAF ‘Bat Out Of Hell’ clear vinyl reissues, but now coming on the 5th of Feb… Also from Sony on the 5th is the new FOO FIGHTER’s CD, LP or Iimited LP ‘Medicine At Midnight’.. I remember buying the first FOO’s album on CD back in the day… Circa 25 years ago i’d say… 94 maybe??

PIAS for the 5th have the BLACK COUNTRY, NEW ROAD album..

Warner for the 5th have the new STAVES album and a reissue by GEORGE BENSON

Uni for the 5th has new albums by SLOWTHAI and COMMON

Proper for the 5th also have a JOHN MAYALL 27 Disc CD Boxset called ‘The First Generation 1965-1974.. Seriously limited this one.. 5000 copies worldwide.

I was deeply saddened yesterday to hear of the passing of Cork Soprano CARA O’SULLIVAN as i’m sure thousands more were… I knew CARA a little from coming in and out of the shop down through the years for various things (sold a few cds also) and she was a great character, always bubbly, always looking for a laugh or laughing.. A really warm person.. I didn’t know Cara really well but I was (like the whole music community in Cork) knocked for six yesterday… Ahh.. A great personality.. This here always gave shivers down my spine but ever more so now… Here is Cara with the RTE Concert Orchestra doing the theme for ‘Once Upon A Time In The West’.

I hope Ennio is looking for you Cara girl, wherever you are may you rest in peace.

Cara could bound into the shop, say ‘hows it going?’, i’d say ‘good girl how’s things?’. Blast out a line of a song that was playing in the shop in “her” voice (magic!!) and crack a joke about something and leave.. Whirl wind but such a warm, pleasant one.. R.I.P Cara

Releases for the 12th of Feb.. Sony have THE WHITE STRIPES’ ‘Greatest Hits’ release on CD or 2LP…

Warner for the 12th of Feb have the new JEFF TWEEDY album on dBM Records… It’s called ‘Love Is The King’… BLACK SABBATH’s ‘Vol. 4’ also out on the 12th of Feb, via BMG, as a 4CD or 5LP Boxset.. Rhino are reissuing PHIL COLLIN’s ‘Face Value’ on picture disc.. WEA have some JIM CROCE reissues and also a EMMYLOU reissue of ‘Red Dirt Girl’ on Nonsuch..

Orchard for the 12th have the new PRETTY RECKLESS album

Uni for the 12th of Feb have a reissue and remaster of THE BAND’s third album ‘Stage Freight’ as a 2CD, 1LP, or Super Duper Deluxey Boxsety Thingy... Some band of musicians they were..

Stage Fright is the third studio album by Canadian American group the Band, released on August 17, 1970. Engineered by Todd Rundgren and Glyn Johns, it features two of the group’s best-known songs, “The Shape I’m In” and “Stage Fright”, both of which showcased inspired lead vocal performances (by Richard Manuel and Rick Danko, respectively) and became staples in the group’s live shows. 5.1 surround and hi-res stereo mix of album (by Bob Clearmountain) + new bonus tracks + previously unreleased Royal Albert Hall (1970) performance on Blu-ray. CD of new stereo mix album + new bonus tracks and unreleased Calgary hotel demo tracks. CD of the Royal Albert Hall performance (stereo). LP of main album new stereo mix (180gram, 33rpm). 7” reproduction of original “Time To Kill” b/w “The Shape I’m In” Capitol single (Spanish pressing). Photo booklet with new notes by Robbie Robertson and a reprinting of the original 1970 Robert Hilburn Los Angeles Times album review.

Uni also for the 12th of Feb have new albums by DJANGO DJANGOBUGZY MALONER+R NOW Live CD with Robert Grasper and Friends.. Uni have a SAM COOKE CD Boxset ‘The Complete Keen Years’, as well as some reissues on vinyl by CANNONBALL ADDERLY ‘Something Else’, LORETTA LYNN’s ‘Coal Miner’s Daughter’, CREEDENCE Half Speed Master reissues of ‘Pendulum’ and ‘Mardi Gras’, and lastly from Uni is a repress of the FREDDIE MERCURY Singles Boxset ‘Messenger Of The Gods’.. Limited, coloured 7” singles boxset, 13 singles in the box..

I forgot to hand ye over to Bobby for a few upcoming releases and announcements..

Hey folks,
First up from mise, as mentioned briefly last week, there is a nice new campaign of vinyl due in from Warner / Rhino, called ‘Start Your Ear Off Right’. All the LPs now on the site, all due in over the next few weeks..

Moving on to announcements of stuff due down the line.. We’ll start this week with the announcement of ROYAL BLOOD’s new album ‘Typhoons’, available on CD, LP or Indies Exclusive Blue Vinyl. Good prices on it too, which is always nice to see.

NEIL YOUNG has a live album due out, ‘Way Down In The Rust Bucket’, recorded in 1990 following the ‘Ragged Glory’ album release. This is coming as a 2CD4LP, or a nice numbered 4LP/2CD/DVD boxset! 

BEN HOWARD has just announced his new fourth studio album, ‘Collections From The Whiteout’. This one is coming on March 26th and will be available on CDLP or Indies Transparent Vinyl.

Will rattle off the remaining few! There are upcoming vinyl reissues of NAS’ ‘Illmatic’ on clear vinyl, CAROLE KING’s ‘Tapestry‘ is getting a new vinyl reissue, there is a new BOB DYLAN 3CD entitled ‘1970’ featuring George HarrisonTOM GRENNAN has a new album due in March, and Music On Vinyl have a couple of nice reissues, including a 3LP version of PHILIP GLASS’ ‘Dance Nos. 1-5’, the Soundtrack to THE LAST EMPEROR (done by David Byrne / Ryuichi Sakamoto / Cong Su), there is a new album by YO-YO MA & KATHRYN STOTT, and finally from MOV is a limited coloured vinyl pressing of TESTAMENT’s ‘The Legacy’.

And finally from myself this week, a nice one from the Cork Music Scene. Cork legend JOHN SPILLANE is back with a new album due in at the beginning of April, entitled John Spillane’s Lapwing Nation – 100 White Horses. John is great, a lovely songwriter and a brilliant performer. I have very fond memories of his set for one of our first RSD Parties maybe back in 2013/2014. Always brings great energy and spirit when he performs. This is one we’re looking forward to giving a good few spins in the siopa on release! It will be available on CD or LP.

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

Right so, just want to mention the new MOGWAI album coming out on Rock Action on the 19th of Feb (cause I need to order this week).. ‘As The Love Continues’ is the name of the record and it’s available on a host of formats, CD2CD set which has a photo booklet and bonus CD of demo tracks, there is a standard double LP, an Indies Only Yellow Coloured Vinyl, and a boxset which contains a Red Coloured 2LP Gatefold, a 12” of the bonus demo material, the gatefold CD, a photo booklet and a download code... Nice box to be fair.. We can do €50 best price job on it if interested.. CIGARETTES AFTER SEX deluxe reissue out that day also through PIAS…

Lastly JOHN BLEK’s new album ‘Digression #2 : Grounded’ is out on the 12th of February and we have a signed test pressing up for grabs.. Anyone who pre-orders either the vinyl or CD from us will be entered in the draw for the signed test pressing.. 1 of only 5 in the world.. Ahh it’s another fine album of music from John.. I’m really enjoying it as I got a sneaky copy!! More on it in the weeks to come..

Final note… Last week please folks for the Albums Of The Year / Irish Albums of The Year / Gigs of the year lists… we will have the results next week… If you haven’t sent over already send them over.. €50 voucher for one lucky person!!

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

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 shop@musiczone.ie or raymusiczone@gmail.com.. 

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 Bowie.net and the rest in shops (standard black ones) in shops across the globe including the good siopa musiczone.ie.. 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 

Shop Back Open, A Tame Impala Box Set, and The Final Releases Of The Year

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well.. So back open last week… It was nice to get back open… Last few laps of this marathon really we hope… Three weeks trade to go so hopefully it will be good, in a safe environment.. The guidelines are on the table as you enter the shop as have been since June 11th… We hope to see ye!!

Myself, Bobby and Shane will be in the shop a lot over the next 3 weeks… Open 10-6 everyday, but 12-6 on Sundays until Christmas anyway… May knock off about 4 on Christmas Eve…

It has been a tricky 15/16 months.. Ferocious changes in a short period in a short period… I don’t think I have ever worked harder than in that period, and I think the 2 lads would tell you they haven’t either i’d say… I’m haunted to have had them throughout this.. Constant upheaval, goalposts changing all the time.. Every small business i’m sure will tell you the same… And we were one of the lucky ones, having a website allowed us to function to a good level especially recently in lockdown 2… Also folks are definitely trying to support Irish businesses which is a great thing and hopefully will last.. We would like to think we give a good service.. Well we definitely try our best anyway… Sometimes we make a mistake and drop a ball but we always try to fix it where possible… Pressing plants are really creaking this year so out of stocks are a problem.. They also have had their COVID challenges.. It is what it is folks.. Light down the road though.. Hopefully we can all have a nice Christmas.. Anyway, look i’m heading to the shop now so Bobby is going to take the reigns for the rest of the newsletter and take ye through releases for this Friday, the 11th and the 18th, and if there is anything nice in the new year.. I’ll be back next week.. Maybe the last of the year… Shops open, websites open, telephones sales open 021-4967119, email open raymusiczone@gmail.com or shop@musiczone.ie … Vouchers, turntables, records galore, cds… Anyway, sin é from me this week, thanks for listening!!

Hey folks,
Bobby here for the remainder of the newsletter. I’ll start off with releases for this Friday, December 4th, and where better to start than with the new ARCTIC MONKEYS ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ release on indies clear vinylstandard vinyl or CD, out through PIAS / Domino. Two tracks released today online, it’s sounding great, looking forward to giving the whole album a blast on Friday! 

PIAS also have the coloured, deluxe vinyl reissue of PORRIDGE RADIO’s ‘Every Bad’.

Universal have a good bit for this week, including the CAT STEVENS ‘Mona Bone Jakon’ and ‘Tea For The Tillerman’ reissues, BON JOVI ‘2020’ Vinyl releaseTHE WHO ‘WHO’ 7” Vinyl SetABBA’s ‘Happy New Year’ coloured 7”YUNGBLUD’s new albumnew SHAWN MENDESnew NICK CAVE & NICHOLAS LENSMARGO PRICE live CDBOB MARLEY’s ‘The Complete Island Recordings’ CD Set, RAMMSTEIN reissue, Bluenote reissues by MCCOY TYNER and LEE MORGAN, a deluxe CD of the most recent PAUL HEATON & JACQUI ABBOT album, and the ROLLING STONES SHM-CD reissues.

Warner for this week have the COLDPLAY ‘Christmas Lights’ 7”SIGUR ROS ‘Odins Raven Magic’ reissue, a BLIND GUARDIAN reissue, and the new live KELLY JONES of Stereophonics album. 

Sony for Friday have the PARADISE LOST ‘Draconian Times’ reissue on indies exclusive blue vinyl, and the new BEYONCE live 4LP set ‘The Homecoming’. ROM for this week have the KHRUANGBIN ‘Late Night Tales’ release, and CALEXICO’s ‘Seasonal Shift’ on indies vinyl or CD. Cargo for Friday have a live release from THE BEATLES ‘Liverpool Empire 7th December 1963’ on vinyl, and WILDHEARTS ‘Thirty Year Itch’ yellow vinyl.

Moving on so for releases for December 11th, and again some nice bits out.. Universal will have the new PAUL MCCARTNEY album ‘III’ on CD or indies white vinyl, the new AVALANCHES album, a FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD compilation record, a BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB new live release, and nice limited, coloured vinyl releases by KISS, ‘Hits Vegas’, and KILLING JOKE’s ‘The Singles Collection’ 4LP, also coloured. Also landing through Uni is the vinyl release of THE KILLER’s new album ‘Imploding The Mirage’.

PIAS have a host of stuff out on the 11th. BELLE & SEBASTIAN’s new live album ‘What To Look For In Summer’ drops, one that will be getting plenty of rotations in the lead up to Christmas in the siopa! KAMASI WASHINGTON’s new soundtrack to ‘Becoming’ is out, as well as the new SINEAD O’ CONNOR 7” of ‘Trouble of the World’, the FIELDS OF NEPHILIM ‘Elizium’ reissue on green vinyl, coloured vinyl reissues of INTERPOL’s ‘Antics’ and ‘Our Love To Admire’, lottery-style lucky dip coloured vinyl reissue of JAMIE XX’s solo record ‘In Colour’, a lovely reissue of FRIGHTENED RABBIT’s ‘The Winter Of Mixed Drinks’ released for the albums 10th Anniversary, the new album by LATE NIGHT FINAL, and finally the F.Y.C reissues.

Warner for the 11th of December have NEIL YOUNG’s masterpiece ‘After The Gold Rush’ 50th Anniversary CD reissue, a ROXETTE 3CD or 4LP rarities compilation, the DEFTONES ‘White Pony’ 2CD Deluxe release (vinyl for this release pushed back to Spring 2021 now), and last but definitely not least from Warner is THE KINKS ‘Lola Versus Powerman…’ reissues on a few different formats.

Proper have the release of the JOHN PRINE ‘Live’ LP, on limited yellow vinyl for this one! They also have a PORCUPINE TREE CD Box SetSTURGILL SIMPSON’s new ‘Cuttin Grass : Volume 1’ release on CD or Indies Coloured Vinyl, and finally a nice deluxe format of GERRY CINNAMON’s most recent album ‘The Bonny’. White Vinyl and Etched Black Vinyl, with a few extra tracks included.

Sony for the 11th of December have the 3LP / BluRay Set release of THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE ‘Live in Maui’, and a coloured limited vinyl reissue of BRITNEY SPEAR’s ‘Glory’ LP.

A few nice bits announced for release in 2021 in the last week, and now up on the site for pre-order, or the order book is open so if interested pop us an email back.

There is a lovely 4LP expanded vinyl box set release of TAME IMPALA’s excellent debut album ‘Innerspeaker’, released for the 10th Anniversary of the album. What a band. How they’ve developed their sound over the past ten years is exceptional, a great song writer. Personally I love the sound of ‘Innerspeaker’, very 60’s / psych-rock feel to it. Well worth a listen if you haven’t heard the album

Also announced for release next year there are two FRANK BLACK reissues that have been out of print for some time. ‘Oddballs’ compilation and ‘The Cult Of Ray’ get pressed through Demon on limited coloured vinyl. There is also SLOWTHAI’s new album ‘TYRON’ just announced, and finally a BARRY GIBB & FRIENDS new album, featuring songs of BeeGees performed by Barry and a host of friends.

Back to the releases for December. Luckily i’ve just reminded myself. There has also been announced for December a coloured vinyl reissue of FRANK BLACK’s ‘Christmass’ album on Cactus Green Vinyl. Acoustic show, featuring solo material and Pixies tracks.

Moving on to December 18th, and not too much happening 7 days before Christmas on the release front for the final few releases of the year. (May be a small few the week after Christmas, but that week is normally quiet enough as well). Warner for the 18th have the new white 12” vinyl or limited 7” single release from LIAM GALLAGHER with ‘All You’re Dreaming Of’, nice Christmas-y sounding release from Mr. Gallagher. They also have a reissue of BRUNO MARS’ debut LP ‘Doo-Wops & Hooligans’. 

Universal for December 18th have a limited, cream white vinyl reissue of TAME IMPALA’s newest record ‘The Slow Rush’, as well as the new Score to new Disney Jazz film ‘Soul’ by TRENT REZNOR & ATTICUS ROSS, and the ‘Music Inspired By “Soul”‘ arrangement and composition vinyl by jazz / R&B musician JON BATISTE.

Sony for the 18th of December have a coloured vinyl pressing of ALICIA KEYS LP ‘Alicia’.

And finally for 18th of December, PIAS have a THUNDERCAT / FLOATING POINTS 12” Remix Vinyl, a new 12” EP from LANTERNS ON THE LAKE, and the new DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS’ album ‘The New Ok’. CD only for this one at the moment, vinyl now pushed back until January 29th 2021.

That’s it from the MZ HQ this week folks,
In the words of the bossman, thank you as always for listening,
Ray, Bobby & Shane

Arctic Monkeys and Macca, Black Friday 2020 Information, And A New Liam Gallagher Single

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well with you… Strange year in work, strange 15 months… I won’t slag off Noel Gallagher again in our hopefully soon (as in next year) to be returning videos… I can’t remember but I did have some kind of playful pop off him in the video the day before the fire… Global pandemic then… The little devil…

Look all signs point to our doors being back open Tuesday morning, December 1st… I have no idea how business will be… Big favour to ask though… For the 3 weeks, that’s all it really is, up to Christmas, if the shop is anyway busy, could we do our business and slip out again… I know it goes against everything we feel the shop is… But a favour… Come in, say hello, wave goodbye (don’t forget the bit in the middle!!).. The rules of engagement are the same.. On our table as you enter the shop… As we all know, this Covid thing is tricky to manage as everyones thoughts and expectations are different.. Hopefully after Christmas things will become half normal again and as the spring and early summer appears fully normal… Nearly there… Big chats, full house, in-stores, taking the mick, hangovers.. It’s in the stars…

Right, on to the tunes… This Friday is ‘Black Friday’ and i’ll get to that in a minute.. Other releases due into us Friday are the AMY WINEHOUSE CD CollectionPAUL WELLER’s ‘Wake Up The Nation’ Remix CD album, WELLER’s ‘On Sunset : Remixes’ 12” vinyl, NAS’ ‘Kings Disease’ vinyl, PETER GABRIEL’s ‘Growing Up : Live’ vinyl, all those from Uni… 

Warner for Friday have a nice few.. BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG ‘No Fun Mondays’ covers album, PAOLO NUTINI’s ‘Sunny Side Up’, and you guessed it, they were all yellow and still are.. Fine album… THE STRANGLER’s ‘Peaches’ V.B.O is in on vinyl, SPANDAU BALLET ’40 Years’ greatest hits compilation on Double LP or 3CD, SHAKIN’ STEVENS ‘Singled Out’ best of job on vinyl or CD also and they have a MADNESS ‘Absolutely’ on vinyl also..

Lastly from WEA is SMASHING PUMPKINS... I am sold out for now.. Will have more standard vinyl and CDs next week but got cut to shreds on baby pink indies vinyl so couldn’t fulfil 2 pre-orders… Sorry lads… Ye know who ye are… Sorry.. Sometimes we lose and sometimes we win… Getting a couple of extra KERBDOG’s Friday if anyone’s interested.. On the site now or email us…

Right so, for this Friday ‘Black Friday’ the call it (i’ll keep my thoughts to myself), we have won some and we have lost some… I’ll start with the bad news… I shall be getting ZERO quantities of releases by FOUNTAINS OF WAYNE + BLUE OYSTER CULT, SHARON JONES, NANCY SINATRA… The word from the record companies was there was very few of these… Sorry…
Problem with GEORGE THROGOOD… I’ll be in touch with ye folks that are interested…

Right the better news (not for some!!), we will have copies of U2’s ‘Boy’, LOU REED ‘Magic + Loss’, JOHN PRINE ‘Asylum Albums’.. Pricey, very pricey really but lovely and only 4K in the world .. MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE ‘Life On Murder Scene’, ALANIS MORISSETTE ‘Live In 02’, UNCLE TUPELO ‘Live at Lounge Ax’, NICK CAVE ‘Cosmic Dancer’ 7”, ALICE IN CHAINS ‘Sap’, JARVIS COCKER reissues, DRIVE BY TRUCKERS, JONATHAN WILSON 12”, GEORGE HARRISON ‘My Sweet Lord’ 7″, CHRIS CORNELL 7″, EDITORS ‘Back Room’… There are others i’m sure but just can’t think of them..

Protocol for the day is phone the shop 021-4967119 and we can take it from there… There will be enough U2 until they go online at 6PM… What’s left will go online then at 6… It’s a mini-RSD again I suppose… The phone will be answered from 10AM (must get the nightwalker to school like in the bowels of East Cork) so sin an sceal with that… 021-4967119 or the emails are the best way to get us until we are locked in again next week hopefully..

Right so, onto Friday the 4th of December.. We have the new ARCTIC MONKEYS live release ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall’ on 2CD, 2LP and indies / selected retailers only 2LP clear vinylCAT STEVENS reissues of ‘Mona Bone Jakon’ and ‘Tea For The Tillerman’, MICHAEL KIWANUKA ‘Solid Ground : Remixes’ limited gold 10”, LEE MORGAN’s ‘Sidewinder’ + MCCOY TYNER’s ‘Real McCoy’ BlueNote reissues..

MANSUN’s 25 Disc Boxset is out via Proper for the 4th of December…

Sony for the 4th have PARADISE LOST’s ‘Draconian Years’ Indies only Double Blue vinyl or CD… Sony also have BEYONCE’s ‘Homecoming’ 4LP live album

Warner for the 4th of December have COLDPLAY’s 7 “Christmas Lights”, KD LANG’s ‘Watershed’ LP, KELLY JONES’ ‘Don’t Let The Devil Take Another Day’ 3LP or 2CDSIGUR ROS’ reissue of ‘Odin’s Raven Magic’ on 2LP or CD via Krunk Records…

Come here to me, come here to me (Cork for listen to me).. What about FONTAINES getting a Grammy Nomination for the Best Rock Album… Sweet as a nut that, delighted for them.. A bloody GRAMMY nomination.. Fair fecking play lads.. Well done!!

Right i’ll hand ye to Bobby in case he has a few bits in the future or what i’ve forgot… He may just be saying hello and waving goodbye…

Hey folks,
Very little to talk about today i’m afraid. 

There’s a few bits out this Friday not mentioned, including a couple of BRIAN ENO reissuesDRIVE-BY TRUCKERS ‘Live at Plan 9’ vinyla SCORPIONS set, and KODALINE’s new one is due to land on vinyl.

Just a few extras for December 4th which have just gone up on the site, we will have the new CALEXICO album (a seasonal album!), and KHRUANGBIN are the latest in the LATE NIGHT TALES series, which i’m looking forward to giving a spin. That one is on 2LP Orange Indies Only Vinyl. There will also be the ROLLING STONES SHM-CD riessuesSHAWN MENDES’ new one, RAMMSTEIN reissue, BOB MARLEY CD setnew NICK CAVE & NICHOLAS LENSan ABBA 7″BON JOVI’s ‘2020’ vinyl release, YUNGBLUD’s new albumTHE WHO ‘WHO’ limited 7″ set, & a new MARGO PRICE Live CD

Other than that only one new release for the future.. R Kid LIAM GALLAGHER releases his new single ‘All You’re Dreaming Of’ on December 18th through Warner as a limited 7” vinyl, or a white 12” vinyl! 

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

Right so the 11th of December sees the new MCCARTNEY album ‘III’… There is a numbered white vinyl version available to us… I don’t know yet how many we will get… Reasonably confident the number will be enough to keep my customers happy… So if interested throw us over your name..

Uni for the 11th also aside from Macca have a new album by THE AVALANCHES… Loved their first album many years ago now and like their second record also… I think this is only their 3rd album in about 20 years… ‘We Will Always Love You’ it is called and it has a host of guests on it and a load of samples as usual…

Uni for the 11th Dec also have BOMBAY BIYCLE CLUB ‘I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose : Live at Brixton’ album on CD minipack, LP and 2LP Gatefold… Was recorded on November 19th.. FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD ‘Bang! : The Best Of’ gets a vinyl reissue, THE KILLERS new album ‘Imploding The Mirage’ (which by a lot of accounts is really good) finally gets its vinyl release on the 11th, KISS live album ‘Rocks Vegas’ limited coloured 2LP / DVD, KILLING JOKE have some reissues also including ‘The Singles Collection’ 4LP Boxset on Coloured vinyl..

WEA for the 11th have NEIL YOUNG’s ‘After The Goldrush’ 50th Anniversary CD reissue and the reissues of THE KINKS’ ‘Lola Versus Powerman’...

PIAS have a rack of good stuff for the 11th of December.. BELLE & SEBASTIAN’s live albumSINEAD O’ CONNOR’s new singleFIELDS OF THE NEPHILIM ‘Elizium’ reissueF.Y.C reissues, FRIGHTENED RABBIT reissue ‘Winter of Mixed Drinks’ 10th Anniversary, INTERPOL ‘Antics’ and ‘Our Love To Admire’ coloured vinylJAMIE XX reissue and albums by J. WILLGOOSE, PERRY BLAKE, and a PORRIDGE RADIO reissue

Sony for the 11th have a BRITNEY SPEARS reissue of ‘Glory’ on 2LP white vinyl

Orchard for the 11th of Dec have a new STURGILL SIMPSON album written and recorded whilst recovering from a nasty bout of Covid… It’s a bluegrass album I believe… Called ‘Cuttin’ Grass : Volume 1′.JOHN PRINE live album is out on the 11th December also..

And finally, a nice note to end on.. Good friend of the siopa MR. JOHN BLEK is performing a special live-stream show in the legendary De Barras Folk Club on December 4th 2020. Tickets and information on this gig can be found at the link below… Will be a lovely one, as it always is with John..

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

Christy Moore’s ‘The Early Years’, Arctic Monkeys ‘Live At Royal Albert Hall’, and A Lovely Shout Out From Ryan Tubridy

How are ye all folks,
Hope all is ok with ye… Green shoots of hope announced on Tuesday… Fingers crossed.. You’d be sick shit of it wouldn’t you… But sher that’s the way of it.. Lockdown life is a bit weird here early in the week.. Better at weekends.. Getting odd jobs done though.. Website stocktake, returns, damaged stuff, shop stock take all to be done… One quick word on the records away for folks, please don’t get odd… But if it’s in a box for 2 months plus i’ll be sending nudging emails to pick them up… No oddness allowed please… Need to clear some decks.. That’s fair enough I think!!

Right so releases for Friday include the CHRISTY MOORE ‘Early Years’ 3LP and 2CD/DVD and 2CD.. The vinyl is beautiful and sometimes when you see a record you wish you had bought more of it… There are 1000 copies available… All hand numbered 1/1000 and I have 14 copies left to sell.. It’s lovely… Good friend of the shop and Cork Artist Vincent Zara done the cover of the Christy album and it’s great.. Vincent was also responsible for Rory’s ‘Check Shirt Wizard’ cover.. Talented boy..

Uni also for this Friday have the new album by CHRIS STAPLETON, and ANDREA BOCELLI, BILLIE HOLIDAY O.S.T on vinyl and CD, JOHN PARISH / PJ HARVEY reissueBRIAN ENO ‘Film Music’ compilationDEREK & THE DOMINOES 4LP or 2CD sets, and lastly ELTON JOHN ‘Jewel’ box as 8CD set or various vinyl sets…

Warner for this Friday have the KEITH RICHARDS & THE X-PENSIVE WINOS ‘Live at the Hollywood Palladium’, and THE POGUES ‘At The BBC’ CD release.. 

The biggie for the weekend comes out of the Sony Records Stable.. AC/DC’s ‘Power Up’ is with us… 5 Physical formats.. Rock n’ roll… Sony also have a new album by PALOMA FAITH, JOHNNY CASH With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on vinyl and CD, and HANS ZIMMER ‘Interstellar’ OST on 2CD or 4LP

ROM have the LAMBCHOP Covers album ‘Trip’… Out this Friday via City Slang…

I shan’t go into it now but this Brexit thing is most likely going to be a pain where there is no window… I will keep ye posted…

Friday the 20th of November is up next and is a good week for releases I think… PIAS has the new, excellent WAR ON DRUGS Live Album and there’s an indies only purple vinyl with selected retailers only… Well we are one of them folks…. Another way to make it more appealing and palatable to ye folks, the consumer… Selected retailers only coloured vinyl… That’s us lads… I better stop aiming my gun at my foot… Selected retailer that I am…. Fine band though! PIAS (if they are still talking to me) have also a blast of JOHN HIATT vinyl reissues for the 20th..

Uni have a load of stuff for the 20th of November… NEIL DIAMAND with Orchestra, Christmas albums by JAMIE CULLUM and ANNIE LENNOXTOM JONES CD BoxsetBOB MARLEY vinyl catalogue is fully reissued at half speed masters, AEROSMITHBLACK SABBATH and BLACKMORE’S RAINBOW have live albums out, JOHN WILLIAMS ‘Star Wars : Empire Strikes Back’ gets a vinyl reissue… Reissue of KANYE WEST’s ‘Dark Twisted Fantasy’ on 3LPs, and lastly from Uni for the 20th is the AMY WINEHOUSE ‘Collection’ as a 7” vinyl boxset... I was chatting to Shane about Amy during the week actually, savage talent.. ‘Back To Black’ sounds great and will still sound great in 100 years.. Some of the songs, ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’, ‘Love Is A Losing Game’.. Just great songs… A great album.. A great tragedy.. I think Amy was a happy go lucky enough girl until fame and the industry got hold of her… Like, she was getting Princess Di type paparazzi shite for a good 2/3 years before she died and then alcohol poisoning, all alone… Ah just very sad… Shane saw her he said in Oxegen and she was alright (she was drunk) but the voice was savage he said… Anyway pity…

Sony for the 20th have an ELVIS ‘From Elvis In Nashville’ album on CD Boxset or LP and hopefully an update on Flirty, ‘The Best Of’ PETER GREEN’s FLEETWOOD MAC’ on Vinyl, BILL WITHER’s ‘Greatest Hits’ on vinyl and JIMI HENDRIX ‘Live at Maui’ on 2CD / Blu-ray

Warner for the 20th have the IRON MAIDEN ‘Live in Mexico’ new album on various formatsCOLDPLAY’s ‘Parachutes’ 20th Anniversary Yellow Vinyl Limited Edition… 20 Years my god… EMMYLOU HARRIS’ class album ‘Wrecking Ball’ is now out via Nonsuch / WEA on the 20th November also… PINK FLOYD remastered and deluxe versions of ‘Delicate Sound Of Thunder’‘ are in on the 20th across a host of physical formats, and MIKE CAMPBELL’s band THE DIRTY KNOBS release their album ‘Wreckless Abandon’ on the 20th also… Mike as ye know was the late, great Mr. Tom Petty’s guitar player.. Lastly from Warner for the 20th, UFO reissue ‘Strangers In The Night’ on 2LP or CD Boxset… Nice few bits there to be fair..

The Orchard have the KERBDOG reissues, ISOBEL CAMPBELL reissues and the JOHN PRINE ‘Live’ 2LP vinyl (coloured vinyl to follow on 11th Dec)..

I’ll hand over to Bobby who will run through some other releases for down the road in a little bit… A few beauties there I think… Before I do that, a little chat with Bobby… We are famous kid!!! Mr. Ryan Tubridy gave us (me, you, Shane & Cormac also) a lovely shout out on his radio programme this morning… He is, in huge fairness to him, trying to get folks to think about buying Irish / From Irish Businesses this Christmas and going forward also.. So that idea about the signed photographs of the 3 of us could work alright… 50 quid each for the signed ones, 20 quid for the unsigned ones you were saying… Serious though, thanks for the light shining Mr. Tubridy, thank you. About it (buying Irish), when you are going shopping now as Paul Heaton may say, ‘stop for a minute, think for a minute’… There are great independent shops in every town and every city up and down this country… Give them a go.. The biggest beast in the sky is hoovering up millions of pounds / dollars an hour… It may feel easier, but stop for a minute, think for a minute.. Google is your friend in helping to find the .ie’s … As far as we are concerned, in our little Star Wars, we are there on price, we are definitely there on customer service and a bit of craic, we just don’t have the resources to buy tonnes of every record, so albums etc can slip out of stock. But we promise to communicate, to be honest (a given) and to do our very best… I don’t think you can be fairer than that.. Folks like us are the length and breadth of the country.. Give them a try!!! We have tried to get the audio from the lovely mention today up on our YouTube channel. Our apologies here as the sound isn’t great, but we have it up now. Again, a huge huge thank you Mr. Tubridy.


Right Bobby, you’re on kid with a few upcoming releases (we better get signing photos then!!)

How’s it going everyone,

Starting us off with the upcoming releases this week is the announcement of a brand new ARCTIC MONKEYS live album, ‘Live At The Royal Albert Hall’ coming out on CD, Vinyl or Indies Only Clear Vinyl. Recorded live in 2018 on the ‘Tranquility Base’ tour. I reckon this could be a first live album release from the band, and it has a cracking setlist. And better still, all the proceeds from the album are going to War Child to help support the amazing charity due to the impact that COVID-19 has had on their fund-raising.. Hats off Mr Turner and co. I saw the band on this tour in Dublin, and the sound was phenomenal, so really looking forward to giving this a few spins!

Mentioned earlier as the CD/BluRay version is due to land next week, a 3LP/BluRay set of THE JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE ‘Live in Maui’ was announced by Sony this week. Lovely looking set!

Another great announcement made this week freisin, one of the best selling Irish albums of all time, ‘A WOMAN’S HEART’ is being pressed on vinyl (a first timer!!). 

Some other nice bits announced and now on the site for pre-order include DEFTONES ‘White Pony’ 20th Anniversary 2CD or 4LP (including an indies only white LP version with print), BEYONCE has a new live album called ‘Homecoming : The Live Album’ coming out as a 4LP set, there is another BOB MOULD Vinyl Boxset entitled ‘Distortion 1996-2007’ on Clear Splattered Vinyl (an indies only signed version coming again as well), there is a 20th Anniversary Limited Blue Vinyl pressing of PARADISE LOST’s ‘Draconian Years’ album, and finally for this week, a 13CD PORCUPINE TREE Box Set.

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

Right so, releases for the 27th of November which is also Black Friday (with a twist, behind closed doors), but won’t go through it again.. Wishlist window closed i’m afraid… The list of releases is here… Online then from 6PM on the 27th… 

Regular releases for the 28th include DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS ‘Plan 9 Records July 2006’ 3LP Indies only vinylnew SLEAFORD MODS singleJARVIS COCKER reissues with 12” Singles of ‘Jarvis’ and ‘Further Complications‘, a SOUL JAZZ RECORDS PRESENTS Cuba : Music and Revolution 3LP set, and a TIM BURGESS reissue of ‘Ascent Of The Ascended’ on indies only vinyl..

The Orchard for the 27th have a nice DREAM THEATRE live album on loads of formats..

Uni for the 27th Nov have a new GARY BARLOW album, the AMY WINEHOUSE 5CD collection release.. V good price… PAUL WELLER ‘Wake Up The Nation’ 10th Anniversary Remix album on CD only.. Vinyl to follow in Feb I think… WELLER’s ‘On Sunset : Remixes’ limited 12” is out on the 27th also, NOW 107 compilation is out that day, STEVEN WILSON’s new single 12” from ‘Future Bites’ album due in January… Uni are reissuing the first 3 DOVES albums on vinyl ‘Lost Souls’, ‘Last Broadcast’ and ‘Some Cities’, there is a new NAS album on vinyl ‘Kings Disease’, and lastly PETER GABRIEL’s ‘Growing Up Live’ from Milan 2003… First time on vinyl..

Sony for the 27th have a MILEY CYRUS CD ‘Plastic Hearts’…

Warner for the 27th have the reissue of PAOLO NUTINI’s ‘Sunny Side Up’ on sun yellow vinyl (I added in the word sun myself), the brand new SMASHING PUMPKINS album.. More on that next week… BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG’s ‘No Fun Mondays’ covers album, THE STRANGLERS ‘Peaches : Very Best Of’ vinyl, HATEBREED’s ‘Weight of the False Self’, SHAKIN’ STEVENS ‘Definitive’ boxset and a singles compilation, and finally from Warner for the 27th is a SPANDAU BALLET ’40 Years’ greatest hits compilation on Red Vinyl or 3CD..

Call + Collect 021-4967119 available.. My mobile can be on silent but i’ll try get back.. 021-4967119 or email shop@musiczone.ie or raymusiczone@gmail.com… Sound sound… 3 Weeks to go…

Sin é for this week… I’m off to sign some photos…

Thanks for listening,
Ray, Bobby & Shane