Signed Inhaler Vinyl And James Vincent McMorrow Prints, 2

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well enough…

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

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

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

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

Video for this week also up now on Youtube :

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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… 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,

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

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

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

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

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

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


Video from last week is now up here..

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks everyone, back to the boss-man!

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

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

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

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

Thanks for listening
Ray, Bobby & Shane

New John Grant & Black Midi, CSNY ‘Deja Vu’ Box, and A Special Declan O’Rourke Competition

Hi everyone,
Hope ye are all safe and well and in good enough form… Keep at it.. Not so hopeful of call/click and collect now for April 5th to be honest, but let’s see where the ball breaks i suppose first… I sense fatigue with out customers and it is damaging for a small business when folks asks for call and collect and we say we can’t… Sorry… And we lose the sale.. But we have always followed guidelines / laws / instructions on it and will continue to do so.. Let’s see where the ball bounces sher, 24 deaths I think yesterday, horrible curse of a thing.. Website open and we are on the phone everyday 021-4967119.. Sin sin with that for now…


I must give special mention to the new CATHAL COUGHLAN record… It’s really good.. Here’s the latest single ‘The Knockout Artist’.. I love the track after it on the album also.. Packed with fine songs to be honest..
FOR THOSE I LOVE also is another fine record.. Here is Birthday / The Pain.. another class tune.. Also out on the 26th

Maybe it’s my green, white and gold tinted glasses but I think there is some savage talent on the Irish Music Scene.. If you have a spare 50 minutes some night Coughlan’s Live Music Venue recorded some of their intimate shows from last Nov / early Dec and the quality on it is unreal.. The likes of Mary Coughlan, Paul Noonan (Bell X1), Lisa Hannigan, Mick Flannery, and may more.. It’s excellent.. Here it is if you would like to watch it.. ‘Behind Closed Doors’ :


A reminder also for our John Spillane competition running for anyone who pre-orders the album with us… Here is the info again 

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

Also here is the video from last week folks.. Congrats to the winner of the signed WYVERN LINGO competition!

Right so moving onto releases for Friday the 9th of April… East / West, an arm of Warner Music in the UK releases the new DECLAN O’ROURKE record ‘Arrivals’ on CD and Long Player.. I have had the great pleasure of listening to the album over the last few days and it’s a beautiful listen.. Vocally tops, great acoustic guitar work all through with the intermittent splashes of piano and strings.. Beautiful all through.. But the strongest thing about the record is the songs.. They really stand up and engage you from start to finish.. I think this album could catapult Declan to his rightful place, oh and btw it was produced (the record) by some fella called Paul Weller.. Saw a little interview of the two meant together and there seems a genuine fondness between them.. Show’s the esteem Weller holds Declan in to produce or co-produce as Weller says.. Fine listen folks, honestly.. Here is the title track ‘Arrivals’, great tune

We have a lovely competition around pre-orders of the album with Declan and Warner.. Declan played in the good siopa a few years ago, here’s a look at it if interested.. It was 10th of December 2016, over four years ago now!!

Anyways, back to the competition.. Pre-order the new album on CD or Vinyl with us and enter a draw to win one of 3 separate prizes..
3rd Prize : A Signed CD copy of the new album ‘Arrivals’ by Declan
2nd Prize : A Signed Vinyl copy of the new album ‘Arrivals’ by Declan
1st Prize : A great prize for Dec fans.. A Virtual Meet & Greet with the man himself where the winner / winners household can have a chat with Declan.. I suppose ye can ask him how is Andy doing?? What kind of tiles he has in his kitchenettes or what ye’r man who produced the album is like?? Declan will also perform a song from the album for the winner on the virtual meet and greet.. A lovely prize.. Thanks a million to Declan for the prizes..

Photo Credit : Lawrence Watson.

To enter, simply pre-order the new record ‘Arrivals’ from us.. Sin sin.. It’s an excellent album folks by a great songwriter / storyteller.

Right so, Warner also for the 9th of April have a reissue of the brilliant self titled IBRAHIM FERRER album on BMG with the Buena Vista Social Club for music company on the album.. If you don’t know it i’s class.. Here is Silenco from the album..

Another sweet release from Warner for the 9th of April is the RHIANNON GIDDENS album with Italian multi-instrumentalist FRANCESCO TURRISI.. The album is called ‘Their Calling Me Home’, and is made up over covers mainly.. It’s released on Nonesuch, both these musicians are Irish based now so if someone can tell us the beach in the video for ‘Water Bound’ is shot on we’d be happy out… It’s somewhere on our shores!!

Lastly, one of note from Warner for the 9th of April is the reissue on limited red vinyl on Nonesuch also of musical pioneer LAURIE ANDERSON’s ‘Big Science’ album... First reissue in over 30 years..

Universal for the 9th of April have the TAYLOR SWIFT ‘Fearless : Taylor’s Version.. 2CD version of 26 songs including 6 completely unreleased tracks.. Taylor said she had loads of some she adored at the time and didn’t make the album so here they are on Taylor’s version.. FLYTE’s second album is released on Island also on April 9th on CD or indies only blue vinyl, called ‘This Is Really Going To Hurt’.. MAX RICHTER has ‘Voices 2’ on Decca on CD and LP.ARIANA GRANDE has the vinyl release of her latest album ‘Positions’ also on Island.. This is a limited coke bottle green vinyl..

Uni also have a SARAH JAROSZ reissue ‘Build Me Up From Bones’ on Concord.. I must admit this musician passed me by a little bit until i heard with John Smith on a song from his new album ‘The Fray’.. She is class.. I suppose 3 Grammys in the bag Raymond, what did you expect.. Anyway’s here is the title track from the forthcoming reissue

Bluenote through Uni have a reissue on the 9th of April of ART BLAKEY & THE JAZZ MESSENGER’s ‘Moanin’ on LP.. It’s an All Analogue reissue.. Lastly from Uni for the 9th of April on Mercury is LYNYRD SKYNYRD ‘Live at Knebworth 1976’ on CD/DVD combo, BluRay/CD combo (both these in a CD sized box) and also a DVD/2LP Combo pack..


Sony for the 9th of April have the new LONDON GRAMMAR album ‘California Soil’ on CD, Indies Only Vinyl, Standard Vinyl and  fairly limited box set.. We have 3 left of that.. Great voice, great sound.. Here’s ‘Lose Your Head’ from the album :

I’ll hand ye folks over to Bobby now who will run through some interesting further down the road releases.. A few beauts announced recently if memory serves me right.. Just on the JOHN GRANT one… The boxset we have been allocated one copy of it.. It’s super limited, really is.. Fairest way (ohh it’s expensive also!!) is a game of fastest fingers so will pop it on the site and who (if anyone) wants it they can buy it from there… An email could easily be missed so site is the fairest way.. Right here is the Bob-Man.. 

Hey folks,
Few nice bits today! As ray mentioned there is a new JOHN GRANT album ‘Boy From Michigan’ after being announced (only this morning I believe), on a few formats. There is CDVinylLimited Edition Deluxe ‘O-Card’ Vinyl, and as Ray mentioned the very very limited Box Set. This one is set for release on June 15th, looking forward to it!

Also announced this week is the new BLACK MIDI album ‘Cavalcade’. A few formats again on this one, with CDCassetteVinyl and Limited Picture Disc Vinyl. For the vinyl pre-orders of the new album, there will be a free flexi disc given out with the first pre-orders while stock lasts (still not sure how many we will be getting!). There flexi will be a cover song by the band, which fans will vote for through the band’s website, a nice one! This is due out May 28th. There is also a new BLACK MIDI 12” now up for pre-order on the website

The cracking ‘Déjà Vu’ by CSNY is due to be reissued as a 4CD / Vinyl boxset in May. It will feature the original album on CD and Vinyl, and a host of unreleased and rare recordings spread across 3 bonus CDs. An album that seems to have been out of print for quite some time, a true classic. 

Finally from me for this week is a new MARS VOLTA 18LP boxset coming through Warner in late April, called ‘La Realidad De Los Sueños’.

That’s all from myself for this week!
Back to the bossman!

Thanks a million Bob,
The Orchard for the 9th of April have a remix album of the new ORB album and also NICO’s ‘BBC Sessions 1971’.. It’s really saucy for a 4 track but Tearbox the label say it’s a really quality pressing..

PIAS for the 16th of April have the reissue on Gold Vinyl 3LP of GOLDIE’s ‘Timeless : 25th Anniversary’ Edition, also on 3CD.. They also have AVISHAI COHEN’s ‘Two Roses’ on Believe Records…
Sin é for this week folks,
Keep at it,
Thanks for listening
Ray, Bobby & Shane

New Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, The Modfather Back Again, And Competition Winners!

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well!! It’s long this time isn’t it… When we reappear in a few more weeks hopefully, the road is hopefully nearly travelled… Call & Collect will surely be back circa this time next month… Oh crikey I hope it is.. As said before, tricky working environment for a traditional shop… Haunted to have the website though.. Haunted, so i’ll stop grumbling.. Haunted.. That’s only a Corkism is it?? Or is it up the country?? Haunted in Cork means lucky.. Anyway, here’s the releases in the haunted good siopa for this Friday.. There are new releases by KINGS OF LEON, BILLY NOMATES, ARAB STRAPJOACHIM KUHNSOUL JAZZ ROCKSTEADY COMPILATION, JANE WEAVERPAT METHENYMADLIBDMA’sWILLIAM THE CONQUERORTOM GRENNAN  and YO-YO MA / KATHERYN SCOTT.. Reissues for this week include the JAPAN ‘Quiet Life’ on various formats, CRAZY HORSEPHILIP GLASSTHE LAST EMPEROR OSTFATHER JOHN MISTYANNE BRIGGSGOLDFRAPPHELLOWEENENNIO MORRICONEGREEN DAY. On the CD front we will have the 10CD NEIL YOUNG ‘Archives Vol. II’ set and the new GILLIAN WELCH / DAVID RAWLINGS release..

We had a couple of competitions last week also and we done them live on d’video so check that out here.. Excuse the mishap!!!

The winner of the 50EUR Voucher for the siopa for entering in their Top 5’s for albums of the year was Diarmuid Hickey, a Tipp man, we all have our crosses I suppose!!

And the winner of the John Blek signed test pressing of his excellent new album ‘Digressions #2 : Grounded’ was Patrick O’ Brien.. 

Speaking of competitions we still have a signed copy of the fab new WYVERN LINGO up for grabs for one lucky purchaser.. Close of that comp is tomorrow Thursday the 4th of March at 5:30PM.. Still time folks!!

Right here are the releases for the 12th of March party people (not).. We will have new releases on the 12th from VALERIE JUNEISRAEL NASHWILLIE NELSONDEAD POET SOCIETY,  THUNDERBUGZY MALONE and ROB ZOMBIE… There are reissues from ELVISALTER BRIDGETHE ROOTSSLAYER, THE BRAND NEW HEAVIES.

Okay so, on to releases for the 19th of March… Universal have a number week starting with the new LANA DEL REY record ‘Chemtrails Over The Country Club’ on Polydor.. It’s available on CDGatefold Black Vinyl or a nice indies only Gatefold Yellow Vinyl also… This is Lana’s 7th studio album now and one of the music world’s top artists… So an exciting release and great to have a limited run vinyl to sell also.. Her last album ‘Norman F*cking Rockwell’ was great (I didn’t listen to the poetry album so can’t comment on that).. Here is the title track off the new album :

Uni also have a new JUSTIN BIEBER CD called ‘Justice’… There is new RINGO STARR E.P. on UMC called ‘Zoom In’ a word most of us would not have paid much attention to 12 months ago… 11 months ago then we were all experts.. Anyway it was recording during lockdown with mates over Zoom…

Universal for the 19th of March also have the CHRIS CORNELL covers album ‘No One Sings Like You Anymore Vol. 1’ on CD or LP.… 10 Songs that Chris said inspired him.. This is Chris’ last fully completed studio album by one of the greatest rock vocalists of all time… No change that one of the greatest vocalists of all time.. Chris tackles ‘Nothing Compares 2U’.. Savage it is.. Also does a cover of GNR’s ‘Patience’.. The video is heartbreaking.. Heart of stone if it doesn’t move you… Another family torn asunder.. R.I.P Chris

Universal also have limited one off pressing of DIRE STRAIT’s ‘Brothers In Arms’ on Abbey Road Half Speed Master with Branded Obi Stripe and Certificate from Abbey Road.. While they were at it, they also done MARK KNOPFLER’s ‘Local Hero OST as well as a half speed master also.. Uni also have a reissue of DISCLOSURE’s ‘Caracal’ 2LP, and a 70’s Glam Pop compilation on 2LPs..

PIAS for the 19ht have the STEVE EARLE & THE DUKE’s tribute album to his son ‘J.T’, Justin Townes Earle..

Warner for the 19th have the NEIL YOUNG ‘After The Gold Rush’ LP + 7”, new SAXON, new ENFORCER, and new ANDREW FARRISS..

Brexit has been posing problems in the background all the time.. More paperwork, more costs, delays… The only one of them ye folks see really maybe is the delays.. It’s much better (the delays) but still there… The paperwork from my end is a pain in the neck to be honest.. The biggest problem ye folks may notice from time to time is with a few labels… Some labels pre-Brexit were under the umbrella of bigger distribution companies before Jan 1st and it was no issue.. But since Jan 1st these labels have lost Irish Distribution (due to ownership / Brexit bollox etc) and we are all scrambling to make it right.. Well I am anyway!! Here is a list of some of the labels that are tricky at the moment… Absolute, Active, Cadiz, Dirty Hit, Fulfill, Genepool, Nova, Right Track, Townsend and Wrasse.. For example, there is a reissue of Lloyd Cole’s ‘Antidepressant’ due on the 19th of March.. I’m working to try to get it sorted.. Doing me best… Let me know if interested in the title (it will help).. It’s not all flagons of cider and tunes here you know!!

Sony for the 19th of March have the BOB DYLAN with George Harrison ‘1970’ 3CD Set, ARCADE FIRE’s OST to the movie ‘Her‘, NITIN SAWHNEY
 ‘Immigrants’ CD or 2LP and LORETTA LYNN ‘Still Woman Enough’ CD or LP… 

Cargo for the 19th have a new album by HANNAH PEEL on limited neon violet vinyl, and a limited fluorescent green coloured vinyl pressing of ENNIO MORRICONE’s soundtrack to The Exorcist 2.

Republic of Music (a bit of a brexit problem company also) have a few nice releases for the 19th of March.. CHROMATICS ‘Faded Now’ on Italians Do It Better new album with remixes from ‘Closer To Grey’ also, limited coloured vinyl… IGGY & THE STOOGES ‘Death Trip‘ on yellow vinyl via Revenge Records…There are releases in the ‘Back To Mine’ series on vinyl by NIGHTMARES ON WAX and JUNGLE.. ROM have limited coloured vinyl reissues of JUNIP’s self titled album and ‘Fields‘ via City Slang.. Swedish folk/rock group fronted by Jose Gonzalez… Limited Green LP only 1000 copies world wide of the self titled album, and limited cream vinyl with only 1000 copies again on ‘Fields’..

Going to hand ye over to the Bobman now as he runs through announcements and further down the road releases.. One whopper I know Bob, maybe more..

Hey everyone,
One or two whoppers there this week alright! We’ll start off with the announcement of the brand new album by NICK CAVE & WARREN ELLIS, ‘Carnage’, due out in May. This will be cracking i’d say, first time I believe that the duo have put out a full album of songs. Worked on a lot of scores / sound scape-y bits in the past, so i’m sure the sonics on this album will be cracking. One to look forward to!

Also announced is the return of the Modfather himself, Mr. PAUL WELLER, with his brand new record FAT POP, also due out in May. Seriously prolific is Mr Weller, nearly an album out every year for the last few years straight. I really enjoyed the last two albums. This one is on a host of formats, CD, Deluxe 3CD, Cassette, Vinyl and Indies Only Coloured Vinyl also!

Few other nice bits announced for release include a reissue of SPIRITAULIZED’s debut album ‘Lazer Guided Melodies’ (limited white vinyl available on this one), a few coloured and limited FRANK BLACK reissues, a new MAX RICHTER album ‘Voices 2’ on CD or LP, a reissue of LAURIE ANDERSON’s 1982 debut album ‘Big Science’ on red vinyl, and a few nice reissues from Music On Vinyl, including coloured vinyl release from TONY JOE WHITE and THE PIANIST ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK, and a standard vinyl reissue from PHILIP GLASS. There is also a new DROPKICK MURPHYS record coming entitled ‘Turn Up That Dial‘, coming from PIAS on CDVinyl, Indies Gold Vinyl, or a lovely Deluxe Coloured Vinyl with a bonus live 7”, flexi disc single, and a signed poster from the band!

Finally on the future release front, the excellent Cork’s very own EMPEROR OF ICE CREAM are bringing out ‘The E.P. Collection 93-94’ on CD, featuring the band’s first three E.Ps. This is a limited release with only 200 of the CDs being printed, and will be released on April 16th.

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

Right thanks Bob!

Lastly so PIAS for the 26th of March have the new ANTLER’s album ‘Green To Gold’ on Transgressive.. On run on gold vinyl.. It’s the bands first new music in 7 years.. Peter Silberman’s had auditory problems which was very hard to diagnose I believe, common household noises used drive his left ear crazy… It turned out to be a lesion on a vocal chord, sorted now I think.. PIAS also have BONOBO’s ‘Black Sands’ 10th Anniversary Edition on grey vinyl, as well as new records by SARA WATKINS and TUNE-YARDS, both with indies only vinyl…

Sin é for this week really folks,
Thanks for listening
Stay in by the wall,
Ray, Bobby & Shane
P.S. This is normally the time of the year where we are Record Store Day crazy with lists etc… 12th of June I believe is the date this year.. More on that to follow.. Don’t worry!!!

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 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

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,

Bowie and Moz, Nick Cave and War On Drugs Live, and An Irish Classic Gets A 30th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue

Hi everyone,
Hope all is well… Vaccine announcements, and party time at the Golden Gate, boogie time at the Golden gate…. Public health officials must be pulling their hair out…. Doing so well… Alas… What will the next fortnight bring… I still think we will be open for December anyway I hope!!… Let’s see after that..

Some protocol, call and collect 021-4967119, 10 to 6 everyday except Sundays for now… If we are open in December  we will do the 7 days for the month… Also open for click & collect, chose pick up in-store at checkout to avoid postage or we can ship out… Sin é an sceal and party political broadcast for

Coughlan’s Live / Mike The Pies and other local, cultural, so important venues have started up live streamed gigs again recently.. Some top quality Irish musicians performing so well worth supporting… Here’s some more information
David Kitt – Lockdown Live Series with Mike The Pies.. (More live videos on their Facebook Page)

Right onto the business of selling records… Friday is a big enough release day to be fair… NICK CAVE’s ‘Idiot Prayer’ live album is outWAR ON DRUGS live album is coming out, JOHN HIATT Vinyl reissues, new KING GIZZARD, BOB MARLEY’s Half Speed Masters, AMY WINEHOUSE 7” Vinyl Collection Boxset, FLEETWOOD MAC’s ‘Best Of Peter Green’ vinyl, ELVIS PRESLEY ‘Nashville’ CD Set and LP also this Friday…

SABBATH’s ‘The End’… Oh come here I nearly forgot and had forgot.. THE STUNNING ‘Paradise In The Picturehouse‘ gets a 30th anniversary vinyl repress… Sweet… Right hands up who didn’t own it on cassette or some format back in the day… Hands up… Right back of the class, stand in the corner until I tell you you can come out… Ah 30 years ago..

KERBDOG reissues now the 27th Nov folks… EMMYLOU’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ is going to be in the house on Friday as will PINK FLOYD’s redone ‘Delicate Sound Of Thunder’, COLDPLAY’s ‘Parachutes’ 20th Anniversary and they are all yellow…. Ok ok i’ll stop… They are though… Yellow… IRON MAIDEN’s ‘Nights Of The Dead’ is with us for Friday also, CHRIS REA’s ‘ERA 1’ 3CD set will be here, and THE DIRTY KNOBS’ record will be here… Oh crikey it’s Wednesday evening.. Bit to do with them before Friday.. Patience my dear friends… Patience may be required…

Friday the 27th… What retail calls Black Friday sees some nice releases for the day… The main one I suppose is U2’s ‘Boy’ remastered and in white vinyl… I’ll say more next week on those release with rules etc etc, I love me rules… Stay in the corner I said or you’ll get a dawk of the duster..

Right, also for the 27th of Nov is the AMY WINEHOUSE 5CD ‘The Collection’ box set, PAUL WELLER’s ‘Wake Up The Nation’ remixed album on CD, as well as the ‘On Sunset : Remixes’ vinyl, NAS’ ‘Kings Disease’ vinyl releasePETER GABRIEL ‘Growing Up’ Live 3LP set from Milan 2003.. First time on vinyl.. NOW 107 compilation is out, new album from GARY BARLOW also..

PIAS for the 27th of Nov have a new SLEAFORD MODS’ single, DRIVE BY TRUCKERS ‘Plan 9 Records’ 3LP Indies Live album, and a nice SOUL JAZZ PRESENTS CUBA 3LP Set….

Orchard for the 27th have a nice DREAM THEATRE live album ‘Live in London’ on a host of physical formats…

Sony have a MILEY CYRUS CD ‘Plastic Hearts’…

Warner for the 27th of Nov have the BILLIE JOE ARMSTRONG covers album ‘No Fun Mondays’.. They also have PAOLO NUTINI’s ‘Sunny Side Up’ one press only job on coloured vinyl, new HATEBREED, MADNESS ‘Absolutely’ vinyl press, SHAKIN STEVENS box set and best of compilation on vinyl and CDSPANDAU BALLET’s ’40 Years’ greatest hits. Warner for the 27th also have THE STRANGLERS’ ‘Peaches : Very Best Of’ and last but not least is the new SMASHING PUMPKINS album ‘CYR’ on CD, Standard vinyl and indies only coloured vinyl.. 20 songs… Double album, first time since Mellon Collie i’d say… Let’s see what it brings shall we?…

It might seem like there’s not a lot for the 27th but when you add in the Black Friday releases there’s a pile of stuff coming in… As said i’ll give an update on Black Friday releases and the rules of the game also… 

I’ll hand you over to the Bob man now for any exciting stuff further down the road… I didn’t forget anything major from the 20th or 27th November did I kid??

Howdy folks!
Just will give a quick mention to A WOMANS HEART LP for ya Ray, that’s due on the 20th November (although still not landed into the shop), along with reissue of KANYE’s ‘My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy’ LP through Uni Nov 20th.. 

As for releases announced for the future, it seems to be slowing down now for 2020 so a bit shorter this week..

First up, and not coming until 2021, is the limited 7” MORRISSEY & DAVID BOWIE release of ‘Cosmic Dancer : Live’. This one is very limited, to just 500, so if interested pop us a mail ( or or pick it up on the site. The sooner we have numbers the better chance we will have of getting enough copies. So if interested let us know. Ray, you have me trained well!! 

Another really nice one coming in 2021 now up on the website is the long awaited vinyl reissue of THERAPY?’s ‘Troublegum’, coming through MOV..

There is a lovely SUEDE ‘Royal Albert Hall’ live show from 2010 pressed on clear vinyl, and finally from mise, the only one for this calendar year announced for down the line this week is an expanded edition on CD or coloured / etched vinyl of GERRY CINNAMON’s latest album ‘The Bonny’ coming mid December.

Thanks again everyone,
Back to the bossman!

Right so, on to the 4th of December now… Bobby made some room in your wallets I hope… The release are going to slacken off soon now if i’m talking about Dec 4th.. Last week of major stuff is Dec 11th i’d say… Hardly anything releases then until Jan 10th ish so i’ll have less to rabbit on about..

Anyway the 4th see’s ARCTIC MONKEYS’ ‘Live at Royal Albert Hall’ on 2CD, 2LP or indies only or sorry selected retailers only coloured vinyl, THESE NEW PURITAN’s ‘Hidden’ vinyl reissue on indies only vinyl, and a new album from S CAREY also…

Uni for the 4th have the SHAWN MENDES album ‘Wonder’ on CD and vinyl, YUNGBLUD’s ‘Weird’ on CD, White vinyl or Indies only ‘night edition’ vinylMARGO PRICE new live CD, RAMMSTEIN’s 15th anniversary release of ‘Herzeleid’ on CD and Limited LP (expensive!!!).. NICK CAVE and NICHOLAS LENS have another collaboration album, an operatic project called ‘L.I.T.A.N.I.E.S’.

Uni have a lovely BOB MARLEY ‘Complete Island Recordings’ 11CD set for great money with some classic albums.. A steal… Uni are reissuing the first two CAT STEVENS / YUSUF albums as boxsets, deluxe CDs or LPs.. So ‘Mona Bone Jakon’ and the classic ‘Tea For The Tillerman’.. Uni have a live 4LP GEORGE THOROGOOD ‘From Boston’ on black vinyl, they have a new MICHAEL KIWANUKA 10” Gold Remix vinyl of ‘Solid Ground’ (limited) and Uni have some ROLLING STONES CDs (Limited) that were only ever released in Japan before now… Bob should have a link to these for more info :

Lastly for the 4th of December from Universal is a couple of class Bluenote Reissues, LEE MORGAN ‘The Sidewinder’ and MCCOY TYNER’s ‘Real McCoy’…

Sony for the 4th of Dec have PARADISE LOST ‘Draconian Times’ on 2cd OR 2 Blue LPs, as well as BEYONCE’s ‘Homecoming’ 4LP Live album...

Warner for the 4th of Dec have a blue COLDPLAY 7” ‘Christmas Lights’... 500 copies only for UK and Ireland… I’ll start a list.. As with everything in the newsletter everyweek.. If you are interested in something email us or is probably the best way to secure something, or buy it from the site… I think i’m fairly meticulous with the email but if you don’t get a response email me again!! Half man / half computer does drop an odd ball.. The half man side to blame… I don’t know will anyone will look for the Coldplay single or will 20 people look… I’ll start a list if ye do.. I think Bob may have mentioned the Bowie / Moz single also earlier.. Same story..

Warner have a new KELLY JONES album for the 4th of Dec, SIGUR ROS reissue of ‘Odin’s Raven Magic’ on KRUNK Records CD or 2LP, and a KD LANG reissue of ‘Watershed’ on Nonesuch…

Warner for 11th Dec while i’m here have DEFTONES’ ‘White Pony’ 20th Anniversary 2CD reissue (vinyl has been moved to next year), NEIL YOUNG’s ‘After The Gold Rush’ 50th Anniversary on CD only for now, and THE KINK’s ‘Lola Versus Powerman…‘ reissues on various formats..

Proper have a MANSUN 25 Disc CD Box Set out actually toward the end of the month..

Last one so, PIAS for the 11th have a new SINEAD O’ CONNOR 7” single on Heavenly… It’s a cover of ‘Trouble of the World’ made famous by Mahalia Jackson… 
BELLE & SEBASTIAN have a lovely album coming out on the 11th of Dec.. It’s called ‘What To Look For In Summer’, the record company were kind enough to send me a link for it so i’m listening all week.. Love it!! It’s on 2CD or G.F 2LP…

 30th Anniversary Edition coloured reissue through Beggar’s Banquet.. FINE YOUNG CANNIBALS’ first two albums get reissued and remastered from Analogue, extras on CDs and first time since original release on vinyl.. Includes smash album ‘The Raw & The Cooked’.. Both indies only coloured vinyl… 

There is a 10th Anniversary of seriously underrated band FRIGHTENED RABBIT’s ‘Winter Of Mixed Drinks’, coloured vinyl and 7” on initial orders only... Scott Hutchison RIP.. Tortured by mental health issues for years.. Serious word to wise.. Worth looking into.. INTERPOL’s ‘Antics’ gets a 15th Anniversary reissue on white vinyl, reissue also of ‘Our Love To Admire’ on blue vinyl.. Other reissues include JAMIE XX’s ‘In Colour’ on various, lucky dip colours..

KAMASI WASHINGTON has a score out for ‘Becoming’, a Netflix Film / Series on Michelle Obama.. Indies gold vinyl available on that one.. THE KILLS have a B-Sides album out, J. WILLGOOSE from Public Service Broadcasting has a solo project under LATE NIGHT FINAL and lastly PERRY BLAKE (Sligo native) has a new album on CD… Oh and PORRIDGE RADIO deluxe vinyl out on the 11th also..

Phew phew phew!!
Sin é for this week,
Thanks for listening,
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 or… Sound sound… 3 Weeks to go…

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

Thanks for listening,
Ray, Bobby & Shane

Metallica Return With ‘S&M2’, An Exciting Release From Dublin’s Ailbhe Reddy, and Less Than A Week Until Our Biffy Virtual In-Store!

Hi Folks,

Hope everyone is keeping well. 

The bossman is on his well deserved week off, so will be a short and sweet newsletter this week, but back to normal from next week! The sun is shining for him on the week off, but the yacht had to be parked up yesterday for a short trip to the shop. Our 20 year old till decided to pack it in on us. Ray leaves the shop very well prepared for us while he’s away, but unfortunately this is one we didn’t see coming. So I suppose today is really the first day of his holidays, enjoy Ray, hopefully there’ll be no more call-ins needed! 

Releases in the shop this Friday, August 14th include the new BIFFY CLYRO album ‘A Celebration Of Endings’, available on Indies LP, Standard LP, or CD. Last few days to Pre-Order the album with us to get access to our Irish Exclusive Virtual In-Store on Zoom, where the band will perform and chat with fans. It is happening next Tuesday, August 18th at 6:30PM and I for one can’t wait! 

Other few nice bits out this Friday include JAMES DEAN BRADFIELD of the Manic’s new solo album, new releases from RUMERFANTASTIC NEGRITOLEVELLERSKATE RUSBY (CD only for now), and BRUCE HORNSBY. There is a live JOHN WILLIAMS ‘Live in Vienna’ LP set, RAINBOW’s Black Masquerade’ 3LP Live Show, as well as reissues by CLANNADCHRISTY MOORE, a Half Speed Master of CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL’s classic ‘Cosmo’s Factory’, a reissue of MAX RICHTER’s ‘Waltz with Bashir‘, and a coloured vinyl pressing of ROGER / BRIAN ENO’s ‘Luminous’. So a few nice bits there! 

Releases for next Friday, August 21st include the brand new album from THE WATERBOYS ‘Good Luck, Seeker’, new ones from ERASURE, LEMON TWIGS, and BRIGHT EYES, the next in the series of PJ HARVEY reissues with ‘Rid Of Me’ and ‘4-Track Demos’, a new CD from THE KILLERSa BUDDY HOLLY STORY O.S.T on vinyl, a new DERMOT KENNEDY 7”new DECLAN MCKENNA LP, Picture Disc or CD, reissues of ENO / WOBBLE and ENO / CALE on LP or Deluxe CD. There is also WISHBONE ASH ‘Live at Rockpalast’ vinyl, ANTHRAX ‘Persistence Of Time’ 30th Anniversary Editions of the album on CD or LP sets, a new CHUCK PROPHET album, new BLUES PILLS album and a MACHINE HEAD reissue on vinyl of ‘Burn My Eyes’.

A few nice bits announced again over the last week. There is a JOHN COLTRANE ‘Giant Steps’ 60th Anniversary Edition to be released in September on 2LP or 2CD. And also announced for October is Dublin alt-folk singer AILBHE REDDY’s upcoming album ‘Personal History’ on indies only springtime green vinyl or CD. New single ‘Between Your Teeth’ is a lovely listen, worth checking out! Really looking forward to hearing the rest of this LP.

Right so, moving onto releases for the 28th of August. Hawk hawk hawk, we’re trained well in this HQ! Uni have the big release of the week with METALLICA’s new live album ‘S&M 2’ with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra. Good few formats on this, limited edition boxset4LP coloured vinyl2CD/BluRay2CD/DVD or 2CD.

There is also a reissue of PETER GABRIEL’s ‘Plays Live’ on Vinyl, GREGORY PORTER’s new album ‘All Rise’ will be released on Vinyl or CD, and there are new releases from DISCLOSURE (Indies Only or CD), and KATY PERRY (White Vinyl Gatefold or CD).
Uni also for the 28th have the new YELLO LP ‘Point’, a new SOPHIE HUNGER album on Indies Only Smokey Vinyl or CD, a new BETTYE LAVETTE LP or CD, and finally some nice Blue Note : Tone Poet Series vinyl reissues by STANLEY TURRENTINEJOE HENDERSON, and BOBBY HUTCHERSON

Warner for the 28th of August have a 20th Anniversary reissue of IN FLAMES ‘Clayman’, a vinyl reissue of MADNESS’ ‘Full House’, MERCRUY REV’s ‘All Is Dream’ Coloured 2LP, and a new JASON MRAZ LP or CD. They also have a TOOTS & THE MAYTALS ‘Got To Be Tough’ vinyl reissue.

Proper for the 28th of August have a new album by RICK WAKEMAN ‘The Red Planet’, as well as coloured live vinyl releases from HEART ‘Live at the Royal Albert Hall : With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’ on pink vinyl, and THE MOODY BLUES’ ‘Live at the Isle of Wight 1970’ on violet 2LP vinyl

Orchard for the 28th have a blast of DEATH Vinyl reissues, all on limited coloured vinyl.

PIAS for the 28th of August have the new ANGEL OLSEN, ‘Whole New Mess’, her first solo album in quite a few years with no backing band! This will be getting plenty of spins in the shop over the next few weeks. PIAS will also have some MUDHONEY coloured vinyl reissues ‘Every Boy Deserves Fudge’, ‘Mudhoney’ and ‘Superfuzz Bigmuff’ and a new MY MORNING JACKET album ‘The Waterfall II’,

For the 4th of September PIAS have the new BILL CALLAHAN album ‘Gold Record’, a reissue of YO LA TENGO’s 1995 LP ‘Electr-o-pura’, the new SOUNDWALK COLLECTIVE & PATTI SMITH release ‘Peradam’, which features Anoushka Shankar & Tenzin Choegyal & Charlotte Gainsbourg, and finally from PIAS is a reissue of MOUNTAIN GOAT’s ‘Tallahassee’ record from 2002.

So there’s the new releases for next few weeks. Order book open so if after anything pop us a mail back and we will make sure it’s noted. Till-less in the siopa for a few days but still open to sell and smile! Might just take a bit longer manually but we’ll get there!

Thanks as always for listening!
Bobby and Shane (and the Bossman!)

Ticket Competition for Fleet Foxes, Radiohead ‘OKNOTOK’ Part 2, and Tickets Nearly Gone For Coughlans Live : Happy Abandon / Small Dose!


Hey Everyone,

Hope all is well with you all.

Mini Smiling Assassin here, the Bob Man for a change as Ray’s walking down beaches somewhere! Looking at his yacht out on the horizon, grinning from cheek to cheek. Very nice i’d say.

Quiet week on the release front for in-shop today, we’ve been spoiled the last few weeks but summer is officially kicking in which can be tame.


No video for ye this week. Next week I may try the first ever selfie video with the records. My ugly mug next to the LPs, would only scare ye away i’d say.

We’ll crack on to releases for next Friday July 7th.


We’ll start with PIAS, who have one of the biggest releases with RADIOHEAD’s ‘ONOTOK’. But wasn’t that last week Bobby? Have you already made a mistake? No no no. This week there’s a box set version release! A week after the release of the normal LP. Couldn’t they have released it the same day? Anything for the dollars i’d say, unfortunately. Nonetheless, it is a bit of a nice set so sit back and watch the Mini Smiling Assassin work his magic!
The boxset contains the 3LP album, with a hardcover book containing over 30 different prints (most not seen before) and lyrics for the tracks (well, the tracks that actually have lyrics), as well as a notebook with 104 pages of scrawled notes from Yorke’s library of work from the time, a 48 page sketchbook of Donwood and Tchock (the boy-os responsible for Radiohead’s artwork) pre-work for the covers, and most the selling point. Drum roll please… A C90 cassette mixtape compiled by the lads taken from the ‘Ok Computer’ archives of sessions and demos..

PIAS also have a new THIS IS THE KIT album on indies only red vinyl, called ‘Moonshine Freeze’, as well as a BLIND GUARDIAN ‘Live Beyond The Spheres’ 4LP set or 3CD set. Not gonna try to guess what type of metal band this, I may get in trouble from a few of ye. Hair metal? Oh no sorry, the hair-metal flag is being flown by DECAPITATED this week with ‘Anticult’ on CD or LP through PIAS. Sorry Luke, don’t hate me.

Another nice one through PIAS for next week is the new PUBLIC SERVICE BROADCASTING album ‘Every Valley’ on indies only clear vinyl. Really like these guys in the shop, worth checking out, definitely a bit different. This album captures a journey down the mineshafts of the south Wales Valleys. Will be interesting for sure.


We’ll move onto Warner next for the 7th of July.. STAX Records celebrates it’s 60th Anniversary with a series of reissues this year, and first up in this is ALBERT KING’s ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’ on vinyl. 20EUR price on this, which is great. There’s also a DR. FEELGOOD 4CD Set out through Warner next week entitled ‘Lee Brilleaux : Rock N’ Roll Gentleman’, which celebrates the 20 years he was in the band.

There’s a 2CD K.D. LANG ‘Ingenue’ 25th Anniversary Edition which includes 8 unheard tracks from the MTV Unplugged Session and a few other bits, and death metalers NICKELBACK have three vinyl record reissues… Well, one reissue, two first timers on vinyl.. ‘Silver Side Up’, ‘The Long Road’, and ‘The Right Reason’. Luke, I really am sorry for that one. I swear.

Finally through Warner is OTIS REDDING ‘Great Ottis Redding Sings Soul Ballads’ and ‘The Soul Album’ reissued on vinyl.


Universal also have a few nice bits for July 7th.. First up is the return of HAIM with their second album ‘Something To Tell You’ on CD. LP pushed back to 15/08/17, so a bit of a wait i’m afraid HAIM fans. Graham Bennett has a new live CD out through Universal, and there’s also a Trevor Jone’s Original Soundtrack to LABYRINTH. Grand little guest musician on this one.. Someone by the name of BOWIE. Wasn’t going to mention it in-case Ray tell’s me i’m up-selling to the poor Bowie heads, but I wouldn’t mind my own yacht being honest.

Another great one from the land of records! Remember our rants about the PAUL WELLER’s being too expensive (nearly 40EUR on the shelf) over the last few months. Well now ‘Stanley Road’ is getting reissued again, but this time will be cheaper! Those who didn’t buy it day 1 will be delighted, those who have already bought it, we apologize. Finally from Universal for July 7th is a CHEMICAL BROTHERs reissue of the classic ‘Dig Your Own Hole’ on silver indies only vinyl.

Trying to figure out how Ray gets to his random tangents in the newsletters is proving difficult. There’s been quite a few heated rants over the last few weeks, so I’ve decided to tone it down this week (we’ll see about next week). Many of ye will know i’ve been working here with Ray for quite some time now, coming up to six years now (AND STILL NO YACHT?!!!), but Music Zone has been a big part of my life since I was about 8 i’d say. I looked the same then, just a bit more like a beardless Hozier. Besides buying my first Shaggy CD of ‘It Wasn’t Me’ off him, growing up I was constantly in with Ray asking him to play different CDs for me while I just aimlessly flicked and listened, buying about every 1 in 10. I do blame myself just a little bit for the anger in some of the rants, must have been very annoying! And i’ll never forget the day I went down for my ‘interview’ (I use the term lightly) with Ray after he told my dad that there could be Christmas work that year if I was looking. After heading down to the shop in Carrigaline twice and missing him (always dossing isn’t he?), the third time lucky he was sitting down at the computers getting his weekly orders done. Never have I been so nervous, first job interview, what if I f**ked it up?. After standing outside the shop out of sight for about 10 minutes trying to gather the courage to go in, the conversation went a bit like this :

‘Hi Ray, dad said to pop in to you as there could be Christmas work this year?’
‘Ah yeah, do you want a job?’
‘That’d be great!’
‘Cool you start Monday’’.

If the ‘interview’ lasted 30 seconds I would be surprised. 6 years on and Ray’s the exact same, safe to say the nerves are gone! Anyway that’s my tangent over for this week, a nice little anecdote of how I got to be here for ye. We’ll fly through the rest of the releases nice and quick before ye fall asleep.


Sony for the 7th have a nice few LP reissues, including ROSANNE CASH’s ‘Kings Record Shop’, FAITHLESS ‘Outrospective’ and ‘Sunday 8PM’, KING’S OF LEON’s second album ‘Aha Shake Heartbreak’, and Paul Simon’s self titled LP.

Republic of Music for the 7th of July have the new BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE album on CD and limited LP, 3000 only in Europe as a gatefold with a 28 page artbook and vinyl only bonus track. ROM also have the CD 10th Anniversary reissue of HOT CHIP’s debut.


PROPER for the 7th of July have TRUE ROMANCE for the first time on Vinyl.. Pricey unfortunately, but limited to 2000 worldwide and on ‘pillow feather’ white and ‘bloody red’ splatter vinyl. Very descriptive indeed.

Finally on the release front for next week, MOV have the LINCOLN Soundtrack on blue vinyl in the next of their series of soundtracks. This one limited to 750 copies.

Delighted to have the RECORD STORE DAY 2017 mini-documentary now up on our website / YouTube page. Thanks again to our main man / camera man Tim for doing a great job. Perfect to chill out with a bottle of beer and watch! It was a cracking day in the shop, and we’d really appreciate (for the bands most importantly) if you could give it a view, share and thumbs up for us!

You can check it here :


Final two bits for ye. First up, we’re gonna be running a competition for a pair of tickets for FLEET FOXES in Cork Opera House for Wednesday 12th of July, thanks to the kind folk who work at the Opera House. Anyone who’s in and spends over 20EUR in the shop between now and then, let us know if you want to enter and we’ll put your name into the hat! (The hat is a brown paper bag, they cost enough as you all know from previous rants, so we multi-purpose use them).

And finally. Deep breath. Another plug of our upcoming gig with COUGHLAN’s LIVE coming up on July 13th. I know we kept saying it, but honestly this time, tickets really are nearly gone. Like really nearly gone. So if you’re interested pop in and pick one up in-store for 5EUR. Only a handful left. On the night we have the mighty HAPPY ABANDON over all the way from DJT’s America. We have a private link, EXCLUSIVE FOR YE, to the band’s debut album due out in August. I’ve listened to this on repeat for the last few weeks and it just gets better and better. Once again, sit down with a bottle of beer and listen to the whole thing through, it’s a belter. And another excuse for a beer.

And support slot. Well well well. It’s ME! My own band Small Dose will perform a couple of tracks before hand, it’s our first full band gig in a good few months so we’re really looking forward to it, and it will probably be our last for a small while before we go to record. A way of testing what songs to record! I swear I won’t be nervous at all. If anyone talks they’re getting kicked out.


That’s all from me this week,
I’ll be back again next week as the Boss Man will still be away.
Thanks everybody


Smith’s Surprise Releases! Radiohead’s OKNOTOK, Transmission Club In-Store Tomorrow at 1PM, and Keep Stumm Keep Stumm

Hi Everyone,

Hope yer all doing well…

I’m a bit under pressure tonight… It’s a late start with this nearly 10:30 and i’m fairly disorganised with it this week also, so I do apologise in advance for my brevity and lack of abandon..

Starting out so with releases in the siopa for today a small few real beauts as well …spoilt for choice….the front stands look great if i say so myself!

We’ll start with the surprise of the week!! THE SMITHS release ‘The Queen is Dead’ on both 7’’ picture disc or 12’’.. Very limited, and we were under strict strict instruction to tell NO-ONE about this until release today.. A nice exciting release.. In-Store only for this one, pop us a note if interested, but no online sales at all.. On the same front with In-Store Releases only, we have the 45th Anniversary of BOWIE’s ‘Ziggy Stardust’ on gold vinyl (same as ‘Hunky Dory’ from a few weeks ago) also out today.. A nice buzz about these releases that makes you come into an independent record shop..


Right so moving on to releases for the 23rd of June…


I suppose the piece de resistance for Friday the 23rd of June is the remastered reissue of RADIOHEAD’s  ‘Ok Computer – OKNOTOK”… All newly remastered from the analogue tapes… So you will get, or can get, or want to get, or need to get, or hope you get, or couldnt give a shite whether you get the original 12 track album which i’m sure you know is fantastico, 8  B-Sides and the 3 unused or lost tracks from the sessions… All of this on limited indie only triple blue vinyl… The list started about a month ago… 9 names on it… I hope to receive a little over 20 of it… 33 bucks is the retail…. Drop us a line if you want one kept… Sin e with that I suppose…. The smiling assassin at his merry best.

PIAS also have a new ALGIERS album on indies only cream vinyl…


Warner for Friday the 23rd of June have the next blast of IRON MAIDEN reissues… This time it is ‘A Matter Of Life and Death’, ‘Brave New World’, ‘Dance Of Death’ and ‘Rock In Rio’, as well as some CARCASS and EMTOMBED vinyl record reissues.

Warner also have the new JOE BONNAMASSA album… ‘Live at Carnegie Hall – An Acoustic Evening’ across 5 formats… Bluray, 2CD, 2DVD, 3LP and indies only orange vinyl 3LP… Guitar god he is in fairness to him… It looks effortless the noise he can make the instrument make…

Warner also have 3 LCD SOUNDSYSTEM vinyl record reissues … Self titled debut, ‘45.33’ and ‘This Is Happening’, as well as the PRINCE “Purple Rain” deluxe reissue on 2CD digi, 3CD/DVD, 180 gram LP and picture disc LP, and then separately are the next batch of PRINCE 12” singles including ‘When Doves Cry’, ‘I Would Die 4 U’, ‘Lets Go Crazy’ and ‘Purple Rain’.

Lastly through Warner is a new album by JEFF TWEEDY (WILCO).. Well it is an acoustic compilation album of songs Tweedy has done with Wilco and other side projects… No promises on this one… Indies only yellow vinyl, only 500 copies pressed… I might get a few.. But don’t know… Again drop a line is the second best way… The best way is to ring the shop but no-one seems to like to talk anymore…. BOOKER T ‘Green Onions’ reissue also through Warner.


Sony for the 23rd of June have some JUDAS PRIEST LP reissues including ‘Killing Machine’ ‘Stained Glass’ ‘Sin After Sin” and ‘Unleashed On The East’… Not a whole pile else from Sony for next week really then.


Cargo for the 23rd of June have GAUDI ‘Magnetic’ on 180 gram indies only white vinyl.


Universal don’t have a whole pile for the 23rd either…. The main one been the new IMAGINE DRAGONS ‘Evolve’ on CD, CD deluxe and gatefold LP.


MUSIC ON VINYL have a few nice ones for the 23rd… The HIGHWAYMEN (Cash, Nelson, Jennings and Kristofferson) gets a LP reissue and there’s also a first timer on vinyl, the brilliant G3 ‘Live in Toyko’ and YO YO MA plays JOHN WILLIAMS also from MOV.

We have done a survey of EDDIE VEDDER goers on the Marquee last week and findings are stark.. Those in seats had a great night.. All reports more or less had Vedder as excellent.. But not all the excellent remarks had a great night… A lot (not all) of those standing did not have a great night.. The reason being it seems that there was a load of muppets at the gig… Event goers, not really Eddie Vedder goers… Loads of noise and talking when he was performing, loads of barging and general agro… A bad vibe in a lot of places among the crowd.. We spoke to about 15 people on it.. All there for the music, no muppets here… And i’d say 13 of them had negative enough feedback about the crowd.. More interested in checking in on Facebook than listening to the tunes.. It’s a bag bearer of mine at the best and worst of times.. Keep stumm a venue where people have paid to hear the band or artist perform.. Keep stumm.. I was surprised to be honest to hear it, but hear it we did all week long..

On the local front we had the brilliant TRANSMISSION CLUB live in-store on Saturday at 1PM. We really really are loving the older EP from the lads in the shop.. Great tunes, great recordings all done themselves in a bedroom in Cork City.. Old school feel all round.. They are promoting a new single right now which you can check out here

It was a class gig!

On to great nights out.. And great night it will be..

We are launching our first ever Music Zone Towers late night gig with our great friends at Coughlan’s Live, in Coughlan’s Bar on Douglas St, Cork on Thursday July 13th.. We’re delighted to have a band from the U.S of A over as the main act.. Happy Abandon are the band in question.. The lads are cracking.. We’ve heard the full album which is due out in August, and we can see why there’s hype building hugely around them in the States.. Produced by the man who produced the last Ryan Adams LP.. Fleet Foxes meets Jeff Buckley people are saying.. We have an exclusive four track sampler available here :

Also, big news.. Hozier is supporting on the night… Well, our own Hozier.. A Hozier look-a-like… Bobby’s own Small Dose will be doing a short set beforehand.. He swears he’s not nervous..

So if you’re interested it’s a fiver a ticket, and they’re currently on sale in the shop.. Flying like hot cakes though… We really hope this is a success, for the band, for Coughlans, and so hopefully we can do it again down the line…

So sin e for this week folks,

Thanks as always,



Fleet Foxes / Royal Blood / The Strypes Return, The Bolloxology of The ‘World We Created’, and Transmission Club In-Store June 17th at 1PM

Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re all doing ok… Navigating your way as smoothly as possible.

Stuff.. Nice stuff… But stuff all the same in the siopa today includes new vinyl records by LONDON GRAMMAR, SUFJAN STEVENS / BRYCE DESSNER, CHUCK BERRY, ALBERT HAMMOND, LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM / CHRISTINE MCVIE, MAGPIE SALUTE and SUFFOCATION, as well as reissues by SOULWAX, FATS DOMINO, DAVID BYRNE and STING.

Last one in for today is the new ARCADE FIRE 12“… 2000 copies in the world… We have some.. Orange vinyl… Produced by Daft Punk…. I was sworn to secrecy on this one but they are here now so pop us a line if you want one..

Video also is up for this week, we’re on a roll.. We’re on a roll..


Moving on so I suppose to releases for the 16th of June, and what a dinger of a day it is for releases to be fair to it… Summer is coming though…. Reverse Game Of Throne reference…. A lot of good new stuff out for the 16th starting with the return of FLEET FOXES, their third album ‘Crack Up’…. Been a while, this one should be a real cracker…. We have a nice little cardboard image with the first 15 pre-orders… Have 4 or 5 already so Bueller… Bueller…

Warner also have the new and second ROYAL BLOOD album ‘How Did We Get So Dark’ on indies only white vinyl, standard vinyl and CD… Shane was chilling in Slane when he met the boys from Royal Blood and he asked them to give a shout out to the record shop he works in… Here it is…

Eeerrr no that wasn’t what happened…. The lads from Warners sorted it for us… And it’s the job.

I was chatting to a lad a few weeks ago when he was in the shop who has a record shop in Sheffield, and we were talking about, amongst other things, how bands from a region can help the auld record shops the region…. I had mentioned to him about having the ARCTIC MONKEYS in for an in-store and he kind of laughed… He then made a really good point I thought… Even if bands or members of bands came into the shop after hours for a few photos…… No hassles with dealing with Joe Public or having to sign a load of things…. 10 minutes for the band… In and out … Few pictures taken rooting through the racks in the shop to be used by the shop on social media… The band to sign an album or even the wall of the shop… Few little things like that, without much pain for the band… Would really help a little record shops ‘profile’… It’s all bolloxology… The ‘profile’ thing, but sure as RW says ‘is this the world we created?’…. I know if I was famous i’d be allergic to Joe Public… Will ya sign this… Can I have a photo… Whereas this way is painless enough for them and would greatly benefit the shop… Anyway I thought it makes sense anyway… That’s not to say when JOHN BLEK AND THE RATS blow the world apart with their third record that they’ll get away with an after hours photo shoot… No way Jose… Their arms will be falling off from signing things in the shop…!!

Warner have a blast of BOWIE releases for the 16th (I dunno they must be taking the rest of the summer off or something… Get up early and have the dinner and you’ve the day to yourself type of thing) including the next one of the 40th anniversary picture discs… This time ‘Be My Wife’ from some album called ‘Low’…  Is it?…(thought that was a Brian Eno record..?)…. BOWIE ‘Cracked Actor’ gets its 2CD release as well as the limited (and in fairness they are… ‘Hunky Dory’ gold vinyl sold out in the UK record shops), and available only through bricks and mortars stores reissue of ‘ZIGGY’ on gold vinyl also…. Not to be sold on any online platform… Get your arse into a shop and buy it… Old school…

Warner also has some JOHN COLTRANE reissues on Mono LPs, a Three Tenors Concert from 1994 on 2 LP, ZZ TOP first five records in a vinyl boxset, DELANEY AND BONNIE (and a good girl she is) on tour with CLAPTON as a 4 CD set, and lastly but certainly not leastly is the new record by STEVE EARLE and THE DUKES ‘So You Want To Be An Outlaw” on CD, CD/DVD or 2LP… I really liked his last couple of albums…. So right thats Warner done.. No more waffle from me… On with it.

THE ORCHARD who are a merge of RED ESSENTIAL, and the aforementioned, have the new JASON ISBELL And The 400 Unit record called ‘The Nashville Sound’ on CD and LP…. If this guy hasn’t hit your radar yet… He is well worth checking out… This new one sounds great as usual… Here’s a taste

The Orchard also has a new album by ALISON MOYET, new GOLDIE album and a new ICED EARTH album on CD, deluxe CD, a boxset and 2LP.


PROPER have a new NATHAN CARTER album for the 16th of June.


Sony just have an ELO compilation really for the 16th.


UNIVERSAL for the 16th have the return of the boys from Cavan… A lot of ye would know they would be shop favourites… So really looking forward to the new record… Third record now… ‘Spitting Image’… CD is the 16th and the LP is the 23rd…. Sorry… THE STRYPES of course… Cracking young hardworking band…. Would love to have them in the shop sometime… Another job for ye lads, would ye go into Music Zone in Cork and play a few tunes…. Ah FFS…. Ahat’s a terror…. Said in my best Cavan, (the mother in law is from up them parts…. Sound folk up there….. Don’t mention Toibin though!).. Jesting and joking aside we really hope the record does really well for them… Looking forward to hearing it here.

Universal also have the new album by LORDE… Her second…. Huge in her native New Zealand and the Bowie man was a big fan also… Talented girl

In 2013, a 16-year-old LORDE quietly, yet confidently asserted herself as the voice of a generation with her full-length debut, Pure Heroine. The album would go triple-platinum, selling over 4 Million worldwide, win two GRAMMY Awards, a BRIT and spawned the seven-times platinum record-breaking international juggernaut single, “Royals,” and quadruple-platinum follow up “Team.” Her last trip to the UK was when she was personally asked by David Bowie’s family to perform her spellbinding tribute to the late artist at 2016 BRIT AWARDS. An LP format to follow later in year

BETH DITTO the vocalist from THE GOSSIP has a solo album out on the 16th as well as BIG STAR ‘Best Of’ compilation on CD and 2LP, SIMPLE MINDS ‘ACOUSTIC’ in concert CD/DVD, TAJ MAHAL and KEB MO have an LP and CD called TAJMO.. There’s reissue on vinyl of SUZANNE VEGA’s ‘Solitude Standing’ also through Uni, and a reissue of BILLY MACKENZIE’s “ Beyond the sun” on LP, and lastly from is the vinyl release of the new CHRIS STAPLETON album.


PIAS for the 16th have new albums by RIDE ‘Weather Diaries’ on CD and indies only coloured vinyl, KEVIN MORBY ‘City Music’, SONGHOY BLUES ‘Resistance’ on CD or indies only yellow colored vinyl and a nice CAN compilation ‘The Singles’ on 3LP or CD.

Right so on the local scene we are delighted to announce that we have a really talented up and coming Cork band coming in to do an instore with us on Saturday the 17th of June at 1PM….. The band are called TRANSMISSION CLUB and its alternative rock, indie folk rock with a hint of dream in it I suppose…. Check out the the latest tunes here

These tracks will be available as an EP on the day of the launch in the shop…. We also have an older EP in the shop.. A cracking three track… Really good also…. Made as it says on the cover ‘In A Bedroom in Cork City”…. Really like the sound of these lads… Try get in if you can!!

Sin e for this week folks,

Thanks for listening,