Hope everyone is keeping well.. I forgot toe mention the RSD thing last week… I will be placing my orders over the next week so if any wish lists… Fire it over.. So it’s time for this week’s ad… Releases hitting the shop floor this Friday the 10th of July are new albums by LAURA MARLING, THE STREETS, MARGO PRICE, THE JAYHAWKS, GLASS ANIMALS, PRVIS, THE DMA’S, and RUFUS WAINWRIGHT… Reissues also out by REO SPEEDWAGON and THE GRATEFUL DEAD…. Not a bad week release wise, the summer is normally very quiet on the release front but this year has probably been the most bizarre year most of us have seen.. Full summer release schedule…
Shop is open now Monday to Saturday.. So just closed on Sundays.. It should be on a platforms folks… ‘Platforms’… That’s the word for it isn’t it?? ‘Platforms’…
Bob’s here on vinyl next week, on Friday the 17th of July.. Great demand for the record.. Great to report that demand also.. Indies only olive green vinyl (just 7k of these).. Ye might think i’m like the boy that cried wolf.. But passing on the information.. 7k of the indies one pressed.. 300 copies of the Prince ‘Sign O The Times’ peach vinyl coming into Ireland.. Less of the sets.. And Sufjan indies vinyl is sold out 3 months before release… Dylan’s Dylan like, end of story.. Have not immersed myself in it yet.. I’m hearing great things from the folks who say they are not normally into Dylan, but the fans / diehards are quieter about the record.. Each for our own judgement I suppose… ‘Murder Most Foul’ is class in my opinion…
Sony for the 17th aside from the Dylan vinyl release have the new DIXIE CHICKS album and DEPECHE MODE’s ‘Violator’ 12” Singles Boxset.. FIONA APPLE’s ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’ is moved to July 24th now..
Warner for the 17th of July have the beautiful reissue / 40th Anniversary Remastered also of JOY DIVISION’s ‘Closer’ album on Crystal Clear vinyl.. As well as that Warner are reissuing 3 classic 12” singles, ‘Transmission‘, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, and ‘Atmosphere‘. Only 1k of each of the singles…
Warner also have a new album from PRETENDERS ‘Hate For Sale’ on CD or LP as well as LIANNA LA HAVAS’ new album also.. We have a few indies only coloured vinyl due in…
Cargo have the debut record by Dublin 5-piece SILVERBACKS… I like this… Also out on the 17th of July..
One I forgot and meant to mention last week is the LLOYD COLE AND THE COMMOTIONS ‘Collected Recordings 1983-1989 6LP Vinyl Boxset with a book, limited to 1000 copies worldwide.. Lloyd wrote a nice few words about the release… Here tis… €190 is out best price
In 2014 Universal Music Group approached me with the idea of producing a ‘Complete Lloyd Cole and the Commotions’ box set. It was eventually released in 2015, in CD format only. I asked, I strongly suggested that a vinyl version be released but UMG were not interested. Enter Tapete Records. It’s taken a while, but it’s here.
6 LPs and a book, in a box.
All three studio albums are included, all three are re-mastered, Abbey Road studios creating the masters for UMG, and Skyline Tonfabrik fine tuning for vinyl. Many thanks to Kai Blankenberg for his patience. It took a while for me to be satisfied, but I’m very happy now. We did very little to Mainstream other than adjust level. Bob Ludwig’s original work was near perfect and still sounds great almost 30 years later. The original ½” mixdowns of Easy Pieces could not be used as the tape had disintegrated and baking, etc could not save it. We worked from the ¼” back up (made the same day as the ½” for this very reason) and to my ears the album is significantly improved. The big news, to my ears, is Rattlesnakes. We were able to use the original ½” tapes and upon hearing a ‘flat transfer’ I was shocked at how far we had strayed from the original recordings over the years. I sent the files to the band to listen to to be sure I wasn’t imagining things. Is this as great as I think it is? They agreed. We decided to make the new version as close as possible to the original tapes. I hope you enjoy it.
The first bonus LP is all our collected b-sides, no live recordings or re-mixes.
LP 5 is demo recordings, many of which had never been heard, outside of our circle, until 2015.
The final LP is rarities, from the unreleased 1983 single Down At The Mission, the 1985 Paul Hardiman recordings, the live cover versions from our 1986 New York show, the 1986 Paris recordings with Chris Thomas, and one re-mix – our own extended version of My Bag, which we all pretty much agreed was the only decent dance mix we ever made. Pretty much everything we recorded which wasn’t a complete disaster is here.
The book contains an extensive essay by Pete Paphides, who spent way more time and wrote many more words than was originally the plan. He spoke to all the protagonists. It’s a lovely story, if a little sad, at times.
Also some ‘biggies’ announced in the last week from the EAGLES ‘Live From The Forum MMXVIII’ on 4LP, 2CD, 2CD/DVD or 2CD/BluRay, local band DAGENHAM YANKS have a new album on vinyl out, NUN ATTAX / FIVE GO DOWN TO THE SEA? / BEETHOVEN Record with CD and Fanzine in the shop now.. It’s a great product.. MY MORNING JACKET have a new album announced on Limited Clear LP, Indies Only Deluxe Coloured LP, or CD, and RICK WAKEMAN announced a new album ‘The Red Planet’...
And we lost the great ENNIO, the best in his field in my opinion.. Incredible talent and ear.. Unbelievable.. Never saw him and probably could have in recent years but didn’t move on it and it’s a regret…
Releases for the 24th of July we have the excellent MICK FLANNERY live album ‘Alive : Cork Opera House 2019’ oc CD or Double Vinyl.. Proceeds going to help Mick’s crew and band, during for them, more than most of us, an never ending quest to try to return to work.. We have the gorgeous signed test pressing up for raffle for one lucky purchaser of the aforementioned record (CD or LP), and we may even have more exciting news with Mick Flannery very soon.. Will keep ye posted…
Sorry I forgot a nice one for the 17th of July… ‘Dion and Friends’ gets it’s vinyl release.. Actually the album is called ‘Blues With Friends’, where Dion duets with some list of friends.. Bruce, Paul Simon, Bonamassa, Jeff Beck, Van The Man to name just a few of the medium hitters there…
Universal for the 24th of July have the one press only Picture Disc vinyl of iconic million / zillion selling BOB MARLEY compilation ‘Legend’... Looks sweet…
Universal for July 24th also has the PJ HARVEY ‘Dry Demos’ on 180gm vinyl with Download… NOW 106 is out on the 24th, DIANA ROSS ‘Supertonic : The Remixes’ is out on CD and coloured vinyl, new remixes of 9 classic tracks, and lastly for the 24th Universal have a new album by ROGER O’ DONNELL (Keys player with the Cure)
PIAS for the 24th has the PJ HARVEY ‘Dry’ reissue, first time it’s out on vinyl in 20 years.. Fine debut… The original label Too Pure are putting out the reissue as well, whereas UMC have the demos release.. Don’t ask me to try to explain the ‘murky’ world of record deals.. PIAS for the 24th also have new albums by KAMAAL WILLIAMS (indies only available on vinyl) and also SHIRLEY COLLINS.. Indies only as well..
Proper for the 24th of July have a new album by THE NAKED AND FAMOUS…
The Orchard for the 24th of July have the new album by COURTNEY MARIE ANDREWS on Loose Records… It’s called ‘Old Flowers’ and it’s on CD or LP… The Orchard also have a new album by LORI MCKENNA…
Music on Vinyl for the 24th of July have TIN MACHINE 2 coloured vinyl and CD, NINA SIMONE ‘And Piano’, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY ‘Wiseblood’, INCUBUS ‘Make Yourself’, SLOWDIVE ‘Just For A Day’, G3 ‘Live In Tokyo’ also so a nice few due… I think a lot will be the limited coloured ones…
Right so, the 31st of July sees the new FONTAINES D.C. Record ‘A Hero’s Death‘… Deluxe Gatefold Double LP on 45RPM 180gm vinyl cut at Abbey Road with a 12” by 12” photo / lyric book.. Also available on Stormy Blue vinyl with a printed inner sleeve, standard black vinyl with a printed inner sleeve, or as a two pocket wallet CD… I love the new tune to be honest… Cracking tune altogether.. Really excited and thrilled to have a signed pressing of the record for one of ye lucky folks as well as gorgeous signed prints for some runners up.. Get on the album on some format.. Get into the competition / raffle… Probably the nicest / most sought after price we have ever had…
Sin é for this week really folks..
Thanks for listening,
Ray, Shane and Bobby
Hope all is going okay with ye.. Lots going on in your local tape and record emporium over the last while.. Being honest we had two great week’s business but back to reality and normality this week for sure.. Weird how good it was, I suppose people showing support, pent up demand, and our searing good looks must all be factors in it.. Anyway, back to reality..
Nice few releases in the siopa for this Friday the 3rd of July, the biggest being the new album from PAUL WELLER ‘On Sunset’.. We will have a Deluxe CD and Gatefold Double LP also.. All the indies purple vinyl are spoken for i’m afraid.. Sorry..
As regards to allocations.. Certain titles or products are genuinely limited and will not last.. There are two in the distance that I will mention on this weeks newsletter… The PRINCE ‘Sign O’ The Times’ reissues (masterpiece and all that it is), particularly the 13LP/DVD version, the 8CD/DVD version and the 2LP Indies Only Peach version… We are doing best price jobs on these 3 of €300, €150 and €36… There is only one run of each of these and they won’t be around for very long.. So if you would like one, then drop us an email or buy it from the website… Just 10 of each up there as I don’t know how many I will get..
Similar story with the new SUFJAN STEVEN’s album ‘The Ascension’... Yippee yippeee yipeeee. One of my own personal favourite artists… I thought his last album ‘Carrie and Lowell’ was a work of genius.. Understated but yet so layered, thought provoking lyrics.. Still is my favourite record of the last 4 or 5 years, so i’m super excited for this release.. (I know Sufjan has done collaborations etc over the last number of years… But a new solo album.. Yes boi!!!) Again there is a independent shop only vinyl release with this and these are going to be allocated as there aren’t enough to go around… Guaranteed.. Similar to Weller, I will not have it for sale on release day, they will be gone, same as above.. Email in or buy it from the site if interested..
PAUL MCCARTNEY ‘Flaming Pie’ 3LP version is a very limited one also, as is the big boxset.. Sin é an scéal with them anyway..
Bobby and Shane (The IT Department) have done loads of work getting pre-orders up here… Loads more additions this week.. I see JOHN PRINE ‘Souvenirs’ makes it’s debut on vinyl.. Great loss to music… SPOON reissues up for pre-order, as well new records by BILL CALLAHAN, FLAMING LIPS, DANEIL AVERY, GREGORY PORTER, DISCLOSURE, CAT STEVENS, and reissues by THELONIOUS MONK, MERCURY REV, CLANNAD, PLANXTY, CHRISTY MOORE, BELL X1.. Loads been added, and all up at
Right so, on with what’s out next week, the 10th of July.. Sorry getting ahead of myself, it’s not just ‘Welllllerrrr’ (ye heard that story once to many I think)… Out on the 3rd also.. THE CHARLATAN’s reissue of ’10th and 11th’, SPARKS new album on Deluxe CD, 2LP Vinyl or 2LP Picture Disc, VANGELIS reissue, new WILLIE NELSON, new RAY LAMONTAGNE, new BURY TOMORROW album also…
So the 10th of July we have the new LAURA MARLING album ‘Song For Our Daughter’.. Lovely marbled indies only vinyl available for it.. THE STREETS have a new album out also with an indies only blue vinyl, GLASS ANIMALS have a new album as does MARGO PRICE, again with an indies only coloured vinyl.. Her debut was really good from a few years back
Warner for the 10th of July have the DMA’s new album, GRATEFUL DEAD ‘Workingman’s Dead’ 50th Anniversary 3CD or 3LP, new album by PVRIS as well as RUFUS WAINWRIGHT’s brand new album..
Sony have the REO SPEEDWAGON ‘The Hits’ reissue on vinyl
Right so, moving on to releases for the 17th of July and as with every other week the order book is open for new stuff or old stuff, and it promises to be a bumper week… The BOB DYLAN vinyl is out… It’s a good album, have been playing the CD in the shop over recent weeks.. Watching No Direction Home also at the moment.. Speaking of music docs, The Beastie Boys one is just excellent.. Well worth a watch.. Anyway, DYLAN Vinyl, still some (not many) of the Olive coloured indies LP left.. I honestly doubt if I will have any / many on release date.. Standard black vinyl available also..
Sony also for the 17th have the new FIONA APPLE album ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’ on CD, standard LP or indies only coloured LP.. Ten out of ten on Pitchfork.. Best rating in nearly 10 years I believe.. I’m not a great believer in reviews… On man’s meat kind of the.. I was banging on about Sufjan earlier and some of you may get it but a lot of ye may not… It’s not a right or wrong thing, music.. I feel anyway, if you get something positive out of whatever, then it’s a good thing, we all like different things.. So reviews I take with a pinch of salt.. But 10 out of 10 is as good as it gets I suppose.. I have not heard any of the album, just making a point, an I.M.O point… I am looking forward to hearing it … Wrapped meself in knots a little there… Sony for the 17th of July also have the new album by DIXIE CHICK’s ‘Gaslighter’ out for release, and lastly but not lastly for sure Sony have the DEPECHE MODE ‘Violator’ 12” Singles Boxset.. €160 best price job on this..
Warner for the 17th of July have the 40th Anniversary Coloured Vinyl Reissue of JOY DIVISION’s ‘Closer’, as well as the 12” Singles ‘Atmosphere‘, ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart‘, and ‘Trasmission‘… Little positive price error on this one.. Not from this corporation but the other corporation involved. Price is now €25 and not €28.. Anyone who bought on the site, we will issue refunds.. So I don’t have to say much about the record, do I?? And 3 quality 12”s also..
Also out on the 17th of July is Dublin band SILVERBACK’s debut album ‘Fad’, very good again I.M.O…
Universal for the 17th of July have the BOB MARLEY ‘Legend’ Picture Disc vinyl.. For retailers we are allowed just one order only on it, one bit of the cherry… Universal are also re-releasing the soundtrack to ‘Absolute Beginners’ on vinyl and CD. PAUL MCCARTNEY’s ‘Flaming Pie’ reissue is released on the 31st of July but I need to put orders up this week so if interested please let us know.. Here’s the info
Flaming Pie is the tenth solo studio album by Paul McCartney, first released in 1997. Having been heavily involved in The Beatles’ Anthology project, Paul had time to reflect on the standards he and his bandmates had set during their career, and applied these to what would become his first album in four years. Made in a much more spontaneous style, with songs recorded here and there, mostly on holiday, it’s an album that luxuriates in its own sense of fun.
Featuring producers George Martin and Jeff Lynne, as well as musicians including Steve Miller, Ringo Starr and his own son, James McCartney, Flaming Pie would go on to become one of Paul’s most acclaimed albums. Sales were brisk, with the album only kept from the Number 1 slot on both sides of the Atlantic by the cultural phenomenon that was the Spice Girls’ Spice album. Released on 31st July and available as
3LP: Half-speed master of the remastered main album tracks cut over 2LPs for the first time, 1LP of the Demos and Home Recordings.
2LP: Half-speed master of the remastered main album tracks cut over 2LPs for the first time.
2CD: CD1: Remastered album CD2: Demos and Home Recordings
DLX (5CD/2DVD): Package includes: 32pg booklet, memorabilia, lyric sheets, letters, photos, John Hammel book, the Club Sandwich booklet and promotion newspaper CD1: Remastered album CD2: Demos and Home Recordings CD3: In The Studio Bonus Tracks CD4: Flaming Pies (B-Sides) CD5: Flaming Pie At The Mill (spoken word) DVD1: In The World Tonight (documentary) DVD2: Music Videos + EPKs + Flaming Pie Album Artwork Meeting + TFI Friday Performances + David Frost interview
Universal for the 17th also have new albums by ELLIE GOULDING and SAMANTHA CRAIN… Universal are also doing a rerun of the complete QUEEN studio albums, again on coloured vinyl.. The initial ran 4/5 years ago, and the coloured vinyl did not las long, and was repressed on black vinyl, then the coloured ones are back again now.. Best price job… Sit down now… €430…
Lastly Universal have reissues by MARVIN GAYE ‘Every Great Motown Hit’ vinyl, and ‘His Classic Duets’ vinyl as well as a FALL OUT BOY greatest hits vinyl called ‘Believers Never Die’…
Don;t forget we have our two competitions running for the singed test pressing of MICK FLANNERY’s ‘Alive’ album out on 24th of July… Draw on 24th of July… I have heart it all and it’s a great live album.. And the following week the 31st of July is the release of FONTAINES D.C.’s sophomore album and we have a signed test pressing and some signed prints with that one.. Their new tune is great once again.. You can pre-order both records here :
Sin é for this week folks
Mind yourselves, this yoke ain’t gone.
Thanks for listening,
Ray, Bobby and Shane,
Hope all is well.. Back open two weeks tomorrow now already so settling back in.. Closed on Sundays but there or here every other day.. 10:30-6 mostly except Monday, gone at 4:30… Opening hours should be on our site, Google, Facebook etc also..
Releases in the shop for Friday by NADINE SHAH, DEPECHE MODE new live albums, new KHRUANGBIN, new SQUID 10”, RAY LAMONTAGNE, DOLLY PARTON ‘Best Of’ Vinyl, we have a blast of ROLLING STONES Half Speed Masters as well, JESSIE WARE new LP, INXS Live CD/DVD Set, JOHNNY CASH ‘Mercury Years’ Boxset, POST MALONE’s ‘Hollywood’s Bleedin’ Vinyl release, indies pink one.. BEE GEEs vinyl reissues also..
MICK FLANNERY’S superb live album ‘Alive : Cork Opera House 2019’ is coming out on July 17th on vinyl and CD and we have a signed test pressing to give away to one lucky person who pre-orders the album from us on either format… The proceeds from the record sales are to be share out amongst Mick’s band and crew… Mick is putting the record out himself this time (fully independent) and it’s a cracking live album.. Here’s a little promo video about the video :
So it’s all good.. Great music, great songs, benefiting some of those most affected by this pandemic (the arts and hospitality sectors both seriously impacted), and a chance to win a signed Test Pressing (only 5 test pressings), so get in touch if interested or order from the site… Go raibh maith agaibh..
Releases for 3rd of July include the Modfather’s new album ‘On Sunset’.. Yep, Paul Weller is back and in fairness he has been making consistently fine albums.. It’s available on CD, Deluxe CD, Double Gatefold LP Vinyl... (Indies Purple Vinyl are sold out but slim chance of more… But as I send this we have no more I’m afraid)… Sorry….
Universal for the 3rd also have a limited coloured vinyl of ABBA’s ‘Studio Albums’ boxset, and they also have a reissue of VANGELIS ‘Nocturne’.
Warner for the 3rd of July have a new album by SPARKS, the two brothers who have bobbed and weaved through the music business for the past 50 years or more, always inventing and reinventing their music and staying fresh… New album next Friday week the 3rd of July.. ‘A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip’, and it’s on CD, Deluxe CD, 2LP Vinyl or 2LP Picture Disc Vinyl...
PIAS for the 3rd of July have the CHARLATANS album ‘Between 10th and 11th’on Beggar’s Banquet.. Expanded Double LP and Double CD... An album that divides people.. Some love, some not so much.. Also on Acid Jazz for the 3rd of July is the second instalment of MARTIN FREEMAN + EDDIE PILLAR present ‘Jazz On The Corner’ compilation album..
The first Record Store Day (RSD) Drop as it is now called will be on August 29th (Where 70% of the releases nearly will be available).. If you have given us your wish list back along in Feb or Early March then you need to do no more if you are not changing it… Remember please folks, it is just a wishlist and not by any means a promise, RSD Stock is limited and sold on a first come, first served basis but if you do wishlist in to us, it means that your record will be ordered and I can try my best to get what’s required… One promise though.. There are no promises!!!
So if you are changing your wishlist please let us know by Sat 4th of July (no promises day), that would be great as we need to have the orders into the record companies the week after that… It’s going to be a strange one and we will have to see where we are by then but I think the records are going to drop on that date one way or another… Here are the lists again for each company with pricing
WARNER RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
UNIVERSAL RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
SONY RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
PIAS RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
PROPER RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
CARGO RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
REPUBLIC OF MUSIC RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
THE ORCHARD RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
SRD RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
PLASTICHEAD RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
PROPER AMERICAN IMPORT RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
SHELLSHOCK RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
FORTE RECORD STORE DAY 2020 LIST WITH PRICING
And here is the link to the RSD Official Website, who have provided a full list on which date each release will drop :
Right so, releases for the 10th of July (and I’ll gladly take requests as always)… Sorry forgot the 3rd of July sees the release of the new BURY TOMORROW album standard vinyl and picture disc vinyl as well as the new WILLIE NELSON album ‘First Rose Of Spring’.. Some man is Wille.. I’m not sure which recent album it was and there’s a picture of Willie at the desk of the studio with a big bag of weed in front of him.. He is 87 years young now and believe it or not this is his 70th solo studio album.. He seems to like the studio eh hem, eh hem…
Right July 10th… One I am personally looking forward to is the new LAURA MARLING record, ‘Song For Our Daughter’. CD, Vinyl or Indies Only Vinyl… Her last record was one of my favourite albums of 2017, ‘Semper Femina’, so I am looking forward to it. The Indies Only vinyl is either D2C or Indies Only Shops…
Warner for the 10th of July have the new release from DMA’s ‘The Glow’, which has an indies only vinyl… They also have a GRATEFUL DEAD 50th Anniversary reissue of ‘Workingman’s Dead’, new album by PVRIS and a brand new album by RUFUS WAINWRIGHT ‘Unfollow The Rules’ on CD, deluxe CD or 2LP…
Universal for the 10th of July has the new album by THE STREETS ‘None Of Us Are Getting Out Of This Alive’ on CD, Standard LP or indies only blue LP…
Sony have a REO SPEEDWAGON vinyl reissue of ‘The Hits’..
PIAS for the 17th of July have the new PROTOMARTYR album ‘Ultimate Success Today’ on CD, Lp, or Indies Only LP... I was banging on about this a for a few months.. New music also from Jarvis Cocker out on Rough Trade Records on the 17th.. JARV IS… ‘Beyond The Pale’ on Indies Orange Vinyl or Standard Vinyl.. New BLACK MIDI 12” EP also out and a nice SOUL JAZZ Compilation ‘Presents : KALEIDOSCOPE’ also out as indies exclusive 3LP with bonus 7”…
A couple of nice bits gone up for pre-order for a little later down the line, including PIXIES ‘Bossanova’ 30th Anniversary Red Vinyl (Aug 7th), new BIFFY CLYRO LP ‘A Celebration of Endings’ (Aug 14th), and new BRIGHT EYES album on a few different formats (Aug 21st), and new PINEAPPLE THIEF album (Sept 4th).. All pre-orders are up on the site to browse at the following link :
Dublin band Silverbacks debut album is out via Cargo on 17th July also, the record is called ‘Fad’ and is on CD, LP or indies LP… I don’t know if you have heard this 5 piece or not?? Excellent tunes in my opinion.. I am really looking forward to this one… Check ’em out…. Here is a tune or two from them :
On the Irish scene and I nearly forgot to mention the R.S.A.G Vinyl ‘Chroma’ is due to us this week or latest next week, and I have one word for it… Brilliant!!
Sin é for this week folks,
Thanks for listening,
Ray, Bobby and Shane,
Hope you and yours are doing alright…. Keep at it… We all have to truck on with our new reality don’t we… A pain in the liathroidí I know but it is what it is.. Nearly 1600 lives lost.. It probably could have been way worse at this point… Still sobering figure isn’t it, 1574 I think… Christy Dignam’s dad one of them.. I don’t know if ye saw the RTÉ documentary on Christy a few years back (well worth a watch, may even still be on the RTÉ player) but his dad had a part in the doc.. Salt from the very earth.. A lovely man… Horrible disease…
Right onto the tunes.. Due into the emptyvessel.ie this week are new albums by STEVE EARLE, THE 1975 (CD only for now), BADLY DRAWN BOY and TIM BURGESS.. The shop had a little bit of interaction with Tim on Twitter lately and he gave us a lovely shout out yesterday… He has been a legend with his Twitter Listening Parties in the last few months, and people have revolved their days around these listening events, very inclusive and helping give people a tangibly purposeful participation every day, crucially without any motive.. The passion for music, records and helping people are all clearly visible to see… Top quality everywhere.. Tim’s new record is out Friday and you can buy it here if you like..
Next week the 29th we have new release by CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS, IGGY POP ‘The Bowie Years’ CD set, PRINCE latest batch of reissues including ‘Up All Nite With Prince : The One Nite Alone Collection’ 4CD/DVD, ‘One Nite Alone… Live!’ 4LP, ‘One Nite Alone… The Aftershow : It Ain’t Over’ 2LP, ‘Rainbow Children’ vinyl, and ‘One Night Alone’ vinyl, and the new TEDDY THOMPSON album..
I think there are a few things there and in fairness I do think the releases are improving a bit for June and July.. So that’s a positive.. We all need a way to find to do our business safely if we can… I think I may have got my phases mixed up.. I thought it was 20KM from the 18th of May but I think it was only 5KM so if in the radius with work or home… Remote collection firmly available.. 021-4967119, stock it in yer phone… One of us here more or less Monday to Friday 10-6, more less except until 4:30 on Monday… The Shane boy is starting back today also which is great… We are back to a three piece.. A remote three piece… But pieced back together again… Order book always open folks… Email or phone… Website always open also..
Right so before I drive on with releases for the 5th of June and maybe the 12th of June (Pssttt psssttt… Pre-Orders for these a great help as they make my crystal ball less foggy), there was a couple of beauts announced again in the last few days.. I suppose the biggest announcement in the last week is the release of the unreleased NEIL YOUNG album ‘Homegrown’. The album recorded after ‘Harvest’ and before ‘Comes A Time’… Eeh not bad those two albums you could say… Reviews are very strong on it.. It was to be a Record Store Day release but it’s broken ranks (I for one not complaining about that.. Record Shops need things to sell if we are going to hang around), and it’s now out on the 19th of June.. CD, standard LP and RSD Stores Exclusive LP with a lithograph of the album artwork.. This really is a ‘lost’ treasure I feel.. ‘Lost’ albums are branded about all the time but this one seriously has my juices flowing.. 7 completely unreleased Young tracks from the 70s… 7th Heaven!! Email back if interested or buy it from the website..
Neil Young puts it best: “This album is the unheard bridge between Harvest and Comes a Time”. Recorded between June 1974 and January 1975, Homegrown was intended to come out in 1975 before Neil cancelled the release. The album has remained unreleased until now, achieving a legendary status among Neil Young fans in the process. The album is made up of twelve Neil Young songs, of which seven are previously unreleased – “Separate Ways,” “Try,” “Mexico,” “Kansas,” We Don’t Smoke It No More,” “Vacancy” and “Florida” (a spoken word narration). Also included are the first recordings of “Love Is A Rose,” “Homegrown,” “White Line, “Little Wing,” and “Star Of Bethlehem” – different versions of which would all later appear on other Neil Young albums. Neil plays solo on some tracks (guitar, piano and harmonica), and is joined by a band of friends on other tracks, including Levon Helm, Ben Keith, Karl T Himmel, Tim Drummond, Emmylou Harris and Robbie Robertson. Recorded in analog, and mastered from the original master tapes, this long-lost album is a wonderful addition to Neil’s incomparable catalogue.
Best prices are €14 on CD, €24 on standard LP and €26 on indies LP… Not sure how many of the RSD one I’ll get but will do my very best to get as many as I can…
Confetti records for the 5th of June have the reissue and remastered version of ‘High’ by THE BLUE NILE… A first timer on vinyl so a nice one for all the Blue Nile fans especially…
I see a nice version of ‘Closer’ by JOY DIVISION is coming out on the 17th of July as well as 3 classic singles… First the album gets a reissue on vinyl and is released as a crystal clear 40th Anniversary version, as well as the release of 3 non album singles on 12” with remastered audio.. ‘Transmission’, ‘Atmosphere’, and ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.. These 12”s have not been around for a while, lovely pressings they are.. Also 40 years since the passing of Ian.. I was only six so no I don’t remember it but by 1990 I loved the two records (like so many others)… Again email us if interested or buy from the site if interested… €15 for each of the singles and €28 for the album reissue..
Also a nice one for 19th of June is BOWIE’s ‘Space Oddity’ Limited Edition 1972 Picture Disc.. €36 best price job on that..
Finally on the pre-orders on site for now, THE ACADEMIC are back with a brand new 6-Track EP due to be released on 26th of June, called ‘Acting My Age’. It will be out on orange vinyl, cd or cassette.. And lastly the 4th RUN THE JEWELS album ‘RTJ4’, due out September 18th is also now up on the site, which will be released on CD, Standard 2LP, or deluxe 4LP…
Released on the 5th of June is the ROLLING BLACKOUTS COSTAL FEVER (R.B.C.F) album on Sub Pop on CD, Standard LP, Indies Only LP, and Audio Cassette… Australian band’s second album, really liked the first album from a few years ago… Jingly jangly pop-rock, quality though… Looking forward to this one…
Now BIBIO’s record out on 12/6 also on Warp label, as well as a little one Raymond likes the sound of (big time) which is the debut album by DRAB CITY.. Out via Bella Union… I know jack sh*t about them to be honest.. Google I suppose Raymond… But instantly I liked the sound of them… Love their sound to be honest… Here’s a few tunes
Also nice for the 12/6 is the SAMMY BRUE debut alum on New West Records…
LIAM GALLAGHER’s ‘MTV Unplugged’ is also out on the 12th on CD and LP but more on that next week…
Sony for the 5th of June have a coloured vinyl reissue of JIMI HENDRIX’s ‘Band Of Gypsies’, and Sony for the 12th of June have the reissue and remaster of MANIC STREET PREACHERs ‘Gold Against The Soul’ as a CD/Book or a Vinyl remaster.. €60 best price on the CD/Book and €27 best price on the vinyl..
New album out by HAKEN via The Orchard on the 5th of June…
Republic of Music for the 5th of June has the new album by HINDS ‘The Prettiest Curse’ on CD, LP and LPX Indies Only Version… ROM also has a 25th Anniversary Edition of SLEEPER’s ‘Smart’ on Gorsky Records… The vinyl is pressed on clear vinyl and there are only ever going to be 1500 copies in the world…
Universal for the 5th of June have the new Jessie Ware album on CD or LP from Virgin / EMI, ‘What’s Your Pressure’.. Eagle Rock via Uni also have some lovely coloured versions / reissues out by HANS ZIMMER “Live in Prague” 4LP set, and THE WHO “Live in Hyde Park” 3LP set also all on coloured vinyl.. June 12th from Universal has the new PAUL WELLER album via Polydor.. “On Sunset” is the title of the record and there is a CD, Deluxe CD or LP Set.. More on it next week but we is taking the aul ainms as always!!! NORAH JONES has a new album out for the 12th June but sure that’s enough hawking for one night I think!!!
Keep at it folks
Sin é for this week,
Thanks as always
The Emptyvessell . ie
Hope all is well… Crikey it’s been a strange week… Lots going on ad kind of not going on.. The RSD Lists at last.. More on that later…. Firstly releases in the shop today and we have to start with our boy RORY with the new live album ‘Check Shirt Wizard : Live in 77’… Thanks to Vincent Zara, the artist who painted the cover of the album.. We have had savage demand and interest in the bespoke signed prints… Bare with us as we try to work our way through them… Some CD stock was delayed also but should today I hope!! Should be enough vinyl to do the rounds… A great honour to have the painting displayed on our shop floor.. The painting is now property of the Gallagher Family so we are truly honoured to have it on display until close of play on Saturday 7th… I hope none of ye get Martin Cahill style ambitions… Such a lovely thing to have…
Also in the good siopa Musiczone today are new ones by PAUL HEATON / JACQUI ABBOT, DEACON BLUE, MAC MILLER, NOEL GALLAGHER, JONATHAN WILSON, US GIRLS, STEPHEN MALKMUS as well as live albums by CREAM, MARILLION and reissues by THE WHO, EMBRACE, 2PAC, STATUS QUO, SIMPLE MINDS, HUMAN LEAGUE and a best of vinyl by THE CRANBERRIES…
Video is up for this week with the Bob Man back, and this week there was a lovely suprice act of (recyclable) kindness to the shop in the video! Thank you to our mystery parcel sender!
Before I move on to next week Friday the 13th of March…. A little on RSD..
I suppose most of ye know the drill with it by now… Record Store Day is a celebration of Record Shops one day a year (normally third Saturday in April unless Easter gets in the way)… Artists, bands and labels release bespoke, limited albums to support the shop and drive customers to the shops… It has flaws but above is the premise… It’s based on a strictly first come first served on Saturday morning of the 18th of April this year… The official RSD20 list is attached here but hopefully by early next week we will send out lists again but crucially with prices for each of the record companies.. So if ye can hold fire until then that would be great… Then email (is best) us back with your wish or wishes from the list ideally for me with the record company next to it… Over 500 titles so no company makes my life a lot harder in the process.. So please company name if possible… Send us back your ‘wish lists’ does not guarantee anything i’m afraid.. No promises… But it allows me to order your record (especially if it’s obscure and I may not have taken a chance on it otherwise)… There are over 500 records released so I suppose i’m asking for help with it.. Ok some are no brainers.. But others are crystal ball jobs.. So help.. Without any guarantees.. You’re some boy Raymond!!
The wish lists also allow me to fight harder when I know 10 or 12 folk are chasing The Cure releases.. I hope you have an idea of it now if RSD is new to you… For the old hands.. Same o same o… And please everyone take it in the spirit it was set up for.. To celebrate Independent Record Shops… We will get the lists out with prices and record companies early next week.. Let the fun commence… Here is the full RSD2020 list with no pricing
Right so right so…. Moving on to releases for the 13th of March… Warner have a deluxe reissue of ‘In A Lifetime’ by CLANNAD which has 2 brand new tracks…. There is a few physical formats with 4CDs, 3LPs + 7” Single, there is a 2CD Mediabook, a 2CD or a 2LP smoky coloured vinyl… Staying with classic Irish bands, Warner via BMG have the new BOOMTOWN RATS album ‘Citizens of Boomtown’ on standard black black LP, CD, or indies only gold vinyl… The Rats are back!! Warner also has new albums by CODE ORANGE, GROUPLOVE and THE SHIRES…
PIAS for the 13th has new albums by ULTRAISTA (consisting of Nigel Godrick), PORCHES and CIRCA WAVES..
Universal for the 13th of march have a TEARS FOR FEARS reissue of ‘Songs From The Big Chair’ as a vinyl picture disc or a 4CD/2DVD set, a new NIALL HORAN CD, a new WESTLIFE DVD, ABBA ‘Live At Wembley’ 3LP Half Speed Master at Abbey Road, STAR WARS ‘Rise of Skywalker’ vinyl by JOHN WILLIAMS, some Bluenote reissues by ELVIN JONES and ART TAYLOR, and the JUSTIN BIEBER new album on coloured vinyl also….
Sony for the 13th of March has MILES DAVIS ‘Music From and Inspired By The Birth Of Cool’, as well as the Trolls 2 OST on CD….
Republic of Music for the 13th of March have the new HILARY WOODS album on Sacred Bones ‘Birthmarks’,
Cargo for the 13th have a new MARIA MCKEE album…
The Orchard for the 13th have the DEAP LIPS collaboration album on CD or vinyl or indies only vinyl… Wayne and Stephen from the Flaming Lips and Julie and Lindsey from Deep Valley… They have a new one also from THE DISTRICTS and a 10LP Devin Townsend boxset…
Proper for the 13th have the THERAPY ‘Best Of’ on 2CD or vinyl..
To coincide with the bands ‘So Much for the 30 Year Plan Tour’, Therapy? re-recorded their 12 UK Top 40 hits, many of which have become standout anthems, in Abbey
Look, sin é for this week…
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Music Zone HQ
Hope all is well… Could be short and sweet today as the week kind of ran away with me for a few reasons… I won’t go there fully or properly but had first confession tonight… 8 year old confessing their sins.. A couple of F’s and S’s spring to mind.. I won’t go there.. We signed up for it I suppose… Sin scéal eile also….
Right so, releases today include the lively and interesting listen by CARIBOU, as well as JIM MORRISON AND THE DOORS ‘An American Prayer’, THE UNDERTONES ‘West Bank Songs’, ROBERT PLANT ‘Singles Box’, REAL ESTATES’ new album, reissue by IBRAHIM FERNER, SOCCER MOMMY’s new one, THE CURE’s ‘Disintegration’ and ‘Faith’ CD Deluxe reissues, JAMES TAYLOR new album, and new FOX JAW on CD for now, vinyl to follow…
Video of all this week’s new releases up here in the usual spot… Give it a watch for us and be sure to subscribe
Okay so moving on to Friday the 6th of March (today’s alright release wise to be fair isn’t it?).. The biggest one for us is the RORY GALLAGHER release (obviously enough… Rory being the biggest legend this city has ever produced… I’d say that across all fields… So yes exciting one for us… Even nicer to have Vincent Zara the artist who painted the brilliant cover of the album ‘Check Shirt Wizard 1977’ involved with us…. An honour for us really…) We hope to have the original waiting to display a little bit around the launch and ye know the story with the signed prints… €25 they are… Cost and charity is where that money is going.. Not too many left… Here’s an image..
Really looking forward to the release here, best price job on the LP is €35 and €18 on the CD… I may have mentioned lower price on CD a week or two ago, but I got it wrong… Sorry.. Sorry… So that’s the Rory release…. Atdaboy.. (Corkonian’s may only decode it)… The record is on 3LPs or 2CDs via Chess / UMC…
Following on from the highly successful ‘BLUES’ album, Chess/UMC are proud to be releasing ‘Check Shirt Wizard- Live In ‘77’. This 20-song, previously unreleased, set is culled from four shows (London, Brighton, Sheffield and Newcastle) during an early 1977 tour across the UK in support of Rory’s then latest album ‘Calling Card’. Featuring fantastic live versions of tracks from that album as well as songs from the 1975 ‘Against The Grain’ album and other live favourites.
This new album has been mixed from the original multi track tapes from the Rory archive, which were recorded by the Rolling Stones and Jethro Tull’s mobile studios and mastered at Abbey Road.
Rory Gallagher’s most popular albums have always been his live ones, such as ‘Live! In Europe’, ‘Irish Tour ’74’ and Stage Struck. He was an artist that came alive when onstage and this album covers a previously undocumented live period. “The whole concert was taped on the Jethro Tull Maison Rouge mobile by the way, and from where I was standing that concert on record would surpass the classic “Live in Europe” album. And that’s saying a lot.” Brian Harrigan Melody Maker – 1977, Hammersmith Odeon, London.
Universal also for the 6th of March have the new PAUL HEATON AND JACQUI ABBOTT album ‘Manchester’s Calling’ on CD or 2LP… Underated dude is Heaton I feel person… Some man for a melody and even better turn of phrase… That’s my tuppence worth anyway.. Will be giving this a few listens also next week… Universal for the 6th of March also have the SIMPLE MINDS‘ reissue of ‘Street Fighting Years’ on CD, 2CD or 4CD/DVD Box Thingy..
On 6th March, UMC will release a box set of Simple Minds’ 1989 album, Street Fighting Years. Produced by Trevor Horn (and Stephen Lipson), Street Fighting Years was the band’s fourth number one album in the UK and featured their first UK number one single, Belfast Child. An artistically ambitious and elegant album, it arrived at a time of personnel changes. It saw the band reduced to a trio of Jim Kerr, Charlie Burchill and Mick MacNeil with session musicians playing the bass and most of the drum roles (notably Manu Katché from Peter Gabriel’s band and former Police drummer, Stewart Copeland).
Recorded in Scotland between 1988 and 1989, it was also a stylistic departure from the sound of Simple Minds’ previous album, Once Upon a Time. After 10 years of recording and releasing music, the band had learnt their craft, becoming skilled musicians and songwriters. This resulted in an album with a sense of drama and cinematic in quality. Having recently turned 30 years of age, and at the end of an incredibly divisive decade in British politics – not to mention global tensions – an outward-looking maturity emerged in frontman Jim Kerr’s lyric writing, which found him confronting major themes of the times.
Street Fighting Years will be released in multiple formats which are all fully endorsed by the band. The album was remastered at Abbey Road studios by Andrew Walters and contains the album as well as a bonus disc of B-sides, edits and 12 remixes and a previously unissued Verona show from 1989 round the set off. The booklet was designed by long time contributor Stuart Crouch and contains sleeve notes by Daryl Easlea who interviewed the band and producer Trevor Horn extensively for the set. They provide a fantastic insight into how the album was recorded and produced.
Also with us from Universal is CREAM ‘Final Tour 1968’ 4CD set as well as STATUS QUO Deluxe CDs of ‘Perfect Remedy’, ‘Rock Till You Drop’, and ‘Thirsty Work’…
I could be still going tomorrow with all the releases… DEACON BLUE have a new album, 11 new songs… Album is called ‘City Of Love’, it’s on CD and LP… Vinyl reissues plenty also from Uni.. THE WHO ‘Kids Are Alright’, and ‘Quadrophenia’ on 2LPs.. 2PAC’s excellent ‘Me Against The World’ vinyl and EMBRACE ‘The Good Will Out’, GLEN CAMPELL’s sweet greatest his ‘Gentle On My Mind’, speaking of underrated.. THE CRANBERRIES Best Of ‘In Dreams’ sees a vinyl release and MARILLION ‘Less Is More’ vinyl, and Uni could have a KATE TEMPEST 7” Single tucked in the also…
Republic of Music have a ARMIN VAN BURREN 4CD set ‘A State Of Trance Classics Volume 14’
The Orchard for the 6th of March have the new BODYCOUNT album ‘Carnivore’ on CD, Deluxe CD and vinyl…
Sony have the TURNING O.S.T. on vinyl for the 6th of March…
Music on Vinyl have a TEDESCHI TRUCKS reissue of ‘Everybodys Talkin’.. Limited numbered and coloured…
Warner for the 6th of March have a new NOEL GALLAGHER EP ‘Blue Moon Rising’ on his own Sour Mash Records… 5 Track E.P… 3 new tracks and 2 remixes… Also out is THE HUMAN LEAGUE reissue of ‘Octopus’ via Rhino, LP is limited 140gm and 2CD special edition.. There is a brand new MY DYING BRIDE album ‘Ghost of Orion’ on Nuclear Blast…. CD, GF LP or GF Picture Disc LP….
Warner have new albums also by BRANDY CLARK, BURNING WITCHES, and MAC MILLER’s final album on CD only for now entitled ‘Circles’ via Parlophone.. Lastly WEA has some SAMMY HAGAR CD reissues…
So much for a short one… Crikey… There’s a load of releases.. PIAS have the new JONATHAN WILSON album ‘Dixie Blur’ via Bella Union… DLP format on Indies Only Mint Green with DL codes…
ANNA CALVI reworks the wonderful ‘Hunter’ with ‘Hunted’… Gets help from a few friends… Courtney Barnett, Julia Holter, and Joe Talbot (Idles).. There is an indies only red vinyl with printed inner sleeve and DL codes… Stephen Malkmus (Ex Pavement) has a new album again ‘Traditional Technique’ Via Domino.. CD and indies only LP on this one..U.S. Girls release their 7th album, via 4AD on CD, LP and Indies Only LP..
One that caught my ear more than most (could have been my mood now too!!) was debut by HONEY HARPER ‘Starmaker’ is the name of the album… It’s kind of spaced out country if that’s a genre… Psychedelic Country Music.. There you go.. Here’s a tune..
Few words on RSD for this year folks… It’s that time of year again!! Lists due out next week so will have them out to ye as soon as possible with pricing and etc as always.. Should be a special newsletter soon with what’s coming, and information on dates that wish lists will be needed in by… Again folks, with wish lists.. We can not make any promises for RSD and we can not hold anything.. If you let us know that you are after something we will make sure to have it ordered and hopefully have it on the shelf the morning of RSD on Saturday April 18th 2020..
Sin é for this week folks
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt…
Music Zone HQ
Hope all is well…. Happy St Valentine’s Day!!
Firstly I must thank everyone involved in the John Blek launch / shop party last Saturday evening. In the cold light of day I think it was a great success… It was a crappy night and yet 83 souls ventured out to an industrial unit (which we proudly and fondly call home (for now anyway) ) in Togher to show their support for us, for quality original Irish music in Marlene Enright and John Blek and for the community we are… Cos fundamentally that’s what we are now…folk are saying hello to the folk next to them and talking about needles for 20 minutes… Heaven help us!!
Nice spot prizes given out to folks courtesy of the record companies so a big thanks to them also… Test pressings of BOYGENIUS, KIM GORDON, JOHN BLEK, CAR SEAT HEADREST, INTERPOL, SPOON… Plenty of vinyl and CDs given out also… Over 25 spot prizes i’d say… Sorry not enough for everyone…. Lovely vibe in the shop I thought… I may have suffered a hint of verbal diarrhoea (I go one way or the other when i’m nervous, and i couldn’t exactly say nothing when im MC)
So thank you to Shane, Bobby and Karolina (pro bono employee for the night!), John and Marlene and trusty Tim of course as well as the 83 other souls in the room… As Tupac might say, nothin’ but love for ya.
I think it will go down as a special night in the history of the siopa…. Lows and highs good people, highs and lows…
Right so releases in the Good Siopa Musiczone.ie today when they finally got there bums in to us include the new TAME IMPALA album, GARY MOORE “Live from London”, reissue of DAVID GRAY’s “White Ladder”, BTS new album, TINDERSTICKS EP, SIMON & GARFUNKEL 50TH Anniversary edition of Bridge Over Troubled Water” on gold vinyl, CELINE DION newest one on vinyl,NATHANIEL RATECLIFF new album, ASH Best Of, BOWIE’s “Alabama Song” 40th ann 7” picture disc single.
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Next week is probably the best week so far this year for releases and with a random start we will start with Play It Again Sam who have the new GRIMES album on 4AD… It is called “Miss Anthropocene” and is on CD, LP and indies only coloured LP.
PIAS also have the new KING KRULE record for the 21st of Feb called “Man Alive” and that one is on XL records… So format wise there is a CD, an LP and an indies only coloured LP which also includes a flexi disc single. Lastly Pias for the 21st Feb have a repress of the last KING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD album.
Cargo has the JOHN FRUSCIANTE “Curtains” reissue on vinyl… Moved one week.
RORY fans , RORY fans… Here’s something that might interest ye… Well I think it’s a lovely thing anyway… The cover of the new RORY GALLAGHER release “Check Shirt Wizard” is a sensational painting by young Cork artist VINCENT ZARA… And we shall have some signed prints of the album cover (signed by the artist Vincent) to sell to a few of ye… I’m not sure how many I will have (maybe as few as 5) and i’m not sure how much they are yet (next week I should)… But it is a lovely bespoke piece of Rory Merch to have your hands on.. Vincent is trying to help the shop by offering us this bespoke signed print and shining a light on us (only shop in the country with this )… So we appreciate that very much… We won’t be taking any profit from the prints… Just giving some Rory fans an opportunity to get a really nice item… So ye know the drill by now… Hit us back if you are interested in buying the album which entails you have a chance for a print also if interested… Some companion piece you have to admit… I will know more info next week… It may have to be a draw if it’s just 5 prints… I’ll know more next week (we at the good siopa are always at something!!)
Secondly Rory fans… The original painting is going to the Gallagher’s soon after the album launch but I think there is a strong possibility we will have it displayed in our shop the day of the album release… Which is sweet as a feckin’ nut also… Again more on that next week!!
Nearly makes a fella wanna throw another party… Nearly I said.
Right so plenty of good quality releases for the 21st of Feb so let’s look in SONY’s bag next… They have the new OZZY album… It’s called “Ordinary Man” and hopefully its not his last… Its available on 5 physical formats.. Which are CD, DELUXE CD, STD BLK VINYL, PICTURE DISC VINYL and bricks and mortar only coloured vinyl (that be us like) …. Here’s the lead single with SLASH on guitar… Sounds alright to be fair imo
SONY also has a lovely bag full of BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN reissues on vinyl… 5 in total… Stock on a few going to be split across Feb 21 and March 1st dates due to some issue.. But I will get what i ordered… So the 5 releases are “Devils and Dust” “18 Tracks” “The Rising” “Live in New York City” a triple LP and “Live in Dublin” which is also a Triple LP and is ” The Seeger Sessions Live in the Point”.
If interested I can do best price jobs of 36 Euro each on the live albums and 24 Euro each on the 3 studio albums… Well 2 studio and outtakes album but you knew what i meant!!
UNIVERSAL for the 21st of Feb have the new AGNES OBEL record on DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON… It’s called “Myopia” and its her first album on the label.. It’s available on CD, LP and indies only blue vinyl… Strictly for indie shops and indie shop websites…. Not for any other market place…. Fair play to you Agnes girl as we’d say in Cork… I could go into one here about D2C (direct to consumer) but it’s for another day… Agnes doing a bit of both but allowing the record shops more than a fair crack of the whip while keeping the biggest dogs in the sky in their kennels and locked out of the party.
STEPHEN FRY & DEBBIE WISEMAN have a CD called “The Mythos Suite” out next week also.
THE STAPLE SISTERS have a 7LP vinyl boxset which includes all the groups studio albums… All cut from the original analogue masters… Can do 175 Euro best price job if anyone is interested.
Lastly from Universal we have the last batch of THIN LIZZY vinyl reissues…this time up it’s “Johnny The Fox” “Bad Reputation” and of course of course “Live and Dangerous”.. Can do best price jobs again of 21 Euro each on the studio albums, and 27 Euro on one of the greatest live albums ever.
JOHNNY THE FOX
Thin Lizzy’s seventh studio album, released in 1976 and was the last to feature Brian Robertson, it contains the crowd favourite ‘Don’t Believe a Word’. This vinyl reissue is on 180gm vinyl (with download code) with replica artwork.
Recorded mainly as a three-piece following the departure of Robertson, this 1977 album reached no 4 in the UK album charts, its standout track is Dancing in the Moonlight. This vinyl reissue is on 180gm vinyl (with download code) with replica artwork.
LIVE AND DANGEROUS
Regularly voted as the greatest live album of all time, Live and Dangerous captures the band at their explosive best – recorded between ’76 and ’77 this double album showcases the best the band can offer. This vinyl reissue is on 180gm vinyl (with download code) with replica artwork.
THE ORCHARD for the 21st have the new BTS album.
WARNER for the 21st have a solo album from THE AFGHAN WHIG’s frontman GREG DULLI on BMG records… They have a new PAT METHANY album on CD and LP via nonesuch , BIFF BYFORD (Saxon) has a new solo album and STORMZY “Heavy Is The Hand” gets a vinyl release on Ltd Gold Vinyl.
Lastly from Warner is the new SONNY LANDRETH album on Provogue… LP, CD and Indies Gold lp also.
Massive congratulations to our friends at Coughlan’s Live for winning the IMRO Irish Venue of the year… Savage achievement, and fully deserved.. They work fierce hard on supporting organic Irish music… Absolutely delighted..
Sin e for this week really folks,
Go raibh maith agat
Hope all is well… This election would have you half demented wouldn’t it.
Sunday – Closed
Monday – Closed
Tuesday 10.30 to 6
Weds 2 to 6
Thursday 10 to 6
Friday 10 to 6
Saturday 10 to 5.
Deanrock Cottages on Google will put you right outside the Business Park we are in and we are right next door to Rock Bingo then.
Ok so our little or (maybe not so little) shindig is on tomorrow night… Here’s the sceal
20% off one item on the shop floor… (Not 10 items like… Don’t make me grumpy by saying after you hand up 4 records “I thought it was 20% off”… Well it is, off 1 item.. Just one!!)
Shop open for that from 6 bells on… So doors open from 6 (never closing really the truth be told from when we open at 10.10 that morning)
Bar shall be open for soft, medium and hard liquor from 6 also.. Raffle tickets given to ye folks as ye enter for spot prizes… So grab a drink and a ticket… Say hello to the folk around you… They like the same thing.
Spot prizes will commence at 6.50…some nice ones..
One of Corks finest will play a few tunes at 7 for a little while.
More spot prizes.
JOHN BLEK performance at 7.30.
More spot prizes while John is doing a signing.
Should all be done by 9 or half past …
Dun da bheal when the music is on please but talk away like mad when it’s not on…
That’s the sceal anyway
Bring the better half if you want or the kids.. Reuse the same plastic glass please if using a plastic glass…. Help yourself away at the bar.. Put your empties alcoholic or nonalcoholic into the boxes underneath the bar.. Toilets out back.. Cleaned and with new seats!!!
As I said dun da bheal during music please and be nice to one another and all should go well!!!
Ye have the info now as I said before and cead mile failte…. I have not said it to people directly as I don’t want to put anyone under pressure, so NO PRESSURE but cead mile failte. It should be a smashing night’s entertainment…. John and our special guest are both terrific local artists… Sin sin an sceal anyway.
Ok so bits and pieces out in the shop today include new albums by GREEN DAY, JOHN BLEK, SEPULTURA, STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, THE LOST BROTHERS, ISOBEL CAMPELL, NADA SURF, ROBERT GLASPER, THE IRISHMEN OST, OH WONDER and ASGEIR as well as reissues by BLACK PUMAS, GIL- SCOTT HERON, BILLY OCEAN, T-REX, BRYAN FERRY and ROD STEWART.
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Right so moving on to releases for friday the 14th of Feb (is Valentine’s day still a thing??… If it is there are vouchers available from musiczone.ie… Unashamed plug I know… I try so hard to be so subtle most of the time (or do I??…) And then I do a bull in a chinashop job on it.
I suppose the biggest new release of the year so far hits the shelves on Friday the 14th of feb..
Yep thats the new TAME IMPALA record… It’s on 3 vinyl formats.. Std black, a limited Forest Green coloured vinyl and an indies and HMV only Blue Vinyl.. It’s the fourth album from Kevin Parker and co and its called “The Slow Rush” and its on Fiction records… I quite like there stuff and there is a lotta love out there for them…A tad expensive maybe but we can do best price jobs of €28 on either of the Limited Edition versions… And the numbers are low enough on them…
Heres a tune from the album…
UNIVERSAL also for the 14th Feb have the new NATHANIEL RATCLIFFE album “And It’s Still Alright” on CD, LP and indies only ocean coloured green vinyl. There is a nice Bluenote release on the 14th also by CHARLES lLLYOD of his 80th birthday celebration show in his hometown .. “8 Kindred Spirits Live from Lobero”. INSAHN have a new EP out as well as some more SAM COOKE vinyl reissues and the original cast recording reissue on vinyl of CATS.
Warner for the 14th of Feb have the next one in the BOWIE 40TH anniversary picture disc singles… This time “Alabama Song” is up again via Parlophone.. Warner also for the 14th have a new ASH compilation (fine band, consistently fine band imo)… It’s called “25 Years” and there is a nice vinyl version coming out. Warner lastly have a new HOLLYWOOD UNDEAD album as well as KREATOR “Live at the Roundhouse”.
I heard on the rumour mill today of one humdinger of a Record Store Day release… Soon folks for lists… 3 or 4 weeks i’d say..
Sony for the 14th of Feb have a 50th Anniversary limited gold vinyl version of SIMON & GARFUNKEL‘s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” as well as the vinyl release of the newest CELINE DION album “Courage” on double red vinyl…. Can do a best price job of €25 on the Simon & Garfunkel.
REPUBLIC OF MUSIC for the 14th of FEB have a new EP by TINDERSTICKS “See My Girl” again on City Slang … It’s a companion piece to the excellent album last year “No Treasure But Hope”.. 4 tracks and only 2K only ever gonna be pressed.
PROPER for the 14th of Feb have DAVID GRAY’s “ White Ladder” 20th anniversary editions… Sometimes an album just hits the spot for some reason… And this is a case in point… A fine fine album of course but it sold zillions here in Ireland 20 years ago before finally doing a bit further afield… I remember seeing him in Nancy Spains I dunno maybe 25 years ago when his early stuff was out on Hut… But man “White Ladder” went berserk…. 20 years on now… It’s remastered which is nice and there is a second CD of demos rarities and b-sides. There is a 2LP white (what other colour could it be like!) vinyl version of the remastered album with printed inners in a gatefold sleeve with download code… Or there is a 4LP Box Set with the 2 mentioned enough LPs Plus all the demos and bonus tracks..
Cargo for the 14th of Feb has JOHN FRUSCIANTE’s solo album “Curtains” reissued on vinyl.
The Orchard for the 14th of Feb have a new album by MOSES BOYD as well as TOWNES VAN ZANDT self titled reissue on vinyl.
Sin e for this week i suppose,
Might see ya tomorrow night sure… The 3 boys are back in town also..
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt..
Hope all is well enough out there and your giving any politician that passes your door a bit of stick.
Right so, even though im getting a bit blue in the face from this but here we go with housekeeping opening hours and all that…
Monday closed ( i do my orders from home)
Tuesday 10.30 to 6
Weds 2 to 6 ***
Thursday 10 to 6
Friday 10 to 6
Sat 10 to 5.
News on the Douglas thing …looks like August time the powers that be are saying now…I will keep you posted when i hear more…thats 12 months more or less…i have my own canoe to paddle here now anyway ( I certainly didn’t think that would be the case on that Saturday night the 31st of Aug last year…but so much has happened since)…i suppose it could have been way worse on loads of levels and we are still here thanks to yer support.
Releases in the good canoe musiczone.ie for today include the new DRIVE BY TRUCKERS album, ELVIS reissue of “ 50 million elvis fans can’t be wrong”, GARY MOORE live from london ( pushed back till the 7th feb now im afraid) , HAPPY MONDAYS reissues , Blossoms new album, NENEH CHERRY reissue of “ raw like sushi “, BILL WHELANs RIVERDANCE and a new MARC ALMOND album.
Right so moving on to the 7th of Feb and we have to start with our own boy…the release of Corks own JOHN BLEKs new album on vinyl and cd…” the embers” hits the shelves next weekend and the boy is in with us for his album launch/ customer and (critically) staff party night! on saturday the 8th of FEB …doors half 6…shows start at 7…we have a sweet sweet support act also…and some sweet spot prizes also…trust me a couple of sweet spot prizes…plus the carrot of 20% off one item in the store/ship/gluaistean/canoe/
yacht on the night…terms and conditions on that one…nothing you have put away already ( must be picked off the shelf) and not really on stuff reduced already ( well i’ll see on the night!!…depends what it is like) and it can’t be something released or re released since jan 1 2020…them’s the rules but sure they are made to be broken sometimes!
Here are Johns first two singles from the new record “ the embers” so I shall let them speak for themselves
If you can’t make the instore/party and want a signed copy of the new cd or vinyl…email us and we shall sort it!
Looking forward to the night to be honest, a tad nervous about it but looking forward to it…a few bottles i’ll be grand!
Another class independent release for the 7th of Feb is the new LOST BROTHERS record again on CD or LP…( remember we do like em both!)
After The Fire After The Rain” is the sixth studio album from duo Oisin Leech and Mark McCausland. As ever the vocals are haunting and evocative, the playing is soulful and the songs resonate. The album was produced in Brooklyn, New York, by Daniel Schlett and Tony Garnier- Bob Dylan’s bassist and musical director of the last thirty years. It features an all-star cast of special guests including M Ward, Howe Gelb, Jolie Holland and Steve Wickham.”
“Elemental and emotionally direct channelling Leonard Cohen and Roy Orbison” 8/10 – UNCUT
“Pure magic- evocative of Richard Hawley who is a firm admirer of the brothers.” -Rolling Stone Magazine
MOJO -ALBUMS OF THE MONTH ⅘
This record is like Johns record completely independently released so i buy the records direct from the lads…its quality again to be fair…some heads playing on the record as well to be fair.
Heres a tune from it…hit us back if you want a copy of it ( i don’t think they wrote this song about us anyway…embers and fires seems to be the theme tonight)
So from the record companies, Warner have the aforementioned Gary MOORE, they have a new album by GREEN DAY “ Father of all motherf***ers” its called …i wonder which American Idiot they are referring to there..( sorry I couldn’t resist)…its on CD, LP and exclusive indies only red and white vinyl…i think i can do that for 22 euro if anyone is interested…cracking price for an indie only vinyl copy of a new studio album by a big band…credit due to everyone involved.
Heres the title track…
Warner have the vinyl release of the ROD STEWART recent one with THE R.P.O on 2 LPs as well as a new album by SEPULTURA , this one on 2 cd or 2lp picture disc gatefold, its called “ quadra” .
Warner also have the new album by STONE TEMPLE PILOTS which is an acoustic album …its on CD and LP, they have THE BIRDS OF PREY soundtrack on CD only for now as well as a vinyl reissue of AVENGED SEVENFOLD “ DIAMONDS IN THE ROUGH” 2 LP clear vinyl edition.
Lastly from Warner is a live BRYAN FERRY reissue from the Royal Albert Hall 1974 on CD or LP on BMG and the soundtrack to HONEY BOY which has music of ALEX SOMERS on LP.
Proper for the 7th of FEB have the T- REX albums reissued on clear vinyl so we will have “ slider” “ tanx” “ zinc alley” “ bolans zip gun” “ futuristic dragon” and “ dandy in the underground” .
THE ORCHARD for the 7th have the new ISOBEL CAMPELL “ there is no other” …i love the ex BELLE AND SEB singers voice.
Heres a tune from it
REPUBLIC OF MUSIC for the 7th of feb have the new NADA SURF album via city slang records…its called
“ never not together” …theres an INDIES ONLY pink vinyl of it.
Sony for the 7th of Feb have the very best of BILLY OCEAN on Vinyl and the original motion picture soundtrack to THE IRISHMAN which has some original songs by ROBBIE ROBERTSON.
Cargo for the 7th of Feb have some live vinyl from FLEETWOOD MAC from Finland in 1969 and THE WHO live in AMsterdam from 1969 also as well as some T-REX LIMITED 7” SINGLES ON COLOURED OR PIC DISC…” TELEGRAM SAM “ or “ ride a white swan”
Universal for the 7th of FEB have new albums by OH WONDER, ROBERT GLASPER , ASGEIR, SETH LAKEMAN and CADILLAC THREE as well as a vinyl press of LUDOVICO EINAUDIs “ seven days walking on white vinyl”
Pias for the 7th of FEB have a deluxe reissue of the BLACK PUMAS album …available now as cd with clear splattered vinyl together or a deluxe 2 cd which has a live session as the bonus disc.
Pias have a 10th anniversary expanded edition of GIL SCOTT HERONs “ im new here” on DLP COLOURED as well as KHRUANGBIN & LEON BRIDGES EP called texas sun on cd and one press only orange vinyl.
Pias have a new album by STEVE SPACEK and a nice ACID JAZZ label compilation on Vinyl.
As you may have noticed the release schedule is starting to hot up a little bit, like the year, and i have a few for late feb early march id like to run by ye,,so if any catch your radar and you want one please message back…it also helps to unfog the crystal ball a little bit…
Some i dont have prices for yet…ill update on that…heres a few anyway
Theres a ROBERT PLANT 7” SINGLES BOXSET called “ digging deep”, new albums by AGNES OBEL, CARIBOU,THIN LIZZY live & dangerous vinyl reissue, new SERGIO MENDES, theres an ALLMAN BROTHERS boxset on CD and LP …cd is ok money but the best i can do on the vinyl set is 425 euro…yikes i know, let me know…there is a 3 CD deluxe version of Disintegration by THE CURE coming up…i think i can do 10 euro best price job on it if interested…the GALLAGHER “ CHECK SHIRT WIZARD 77” live album is early march on 3lps or 2 CD…i can do for 17 quid on the cds and 35 euro best price job on the lps…again email back if you want the pre order prices…new MOBY and new DEACON BLUE albums on the horizion as well as SIMPLE MINDS street fighting years boxset.
There is loads more but just a taste of some there…
I think i have tried to hawk ye enough wares for one night…do i ever stop ..oh RECORD STORE DAY is only around the corner!!
Speaking of hawking like!
Sin e for this week
Go raibh maith agaibh as do chluis a thabairt
Hope all is well with ye.
Nice mix of releases in the good siopa this week.
Firstly firstly housekeeping… Quickly.
Opening hours (I know they caused confusion to a few during the week so real apologies for that)
Google musiczone.ie opening hours is the way but here it is anyway… Deanrock Cottages is the place on google and then right next store to Rock Bingo.
Sunday closed ****
Monday closed ****
Tuesday 10.30 to 6
Weds 2 to 6 ****
Thursday 10 to 6
Friday 10 to 6
Saturday 10 to 5.
I think our new phone number and opening hours should be on all platforms… If they are not, let us know please.
Anyway anyway… Onto the releases for today… New albums by WIRE, BLACK LIPS, ANNIHILATOR, JOHN FOGERTY, WOLF PARADE, NICHOLAS GODIN, SUPERGRASS best of, and reissues by ELECTRONIC, THIN LIZZY and SAM COOKE, MOZ new single.
Video is done everybody.. Due to demand Bob-Man is back…. New releases, and the announcement of the winner for our Right Here Right Now competition.. However, not smooth sailing and having IT issues uploading video.. Bob-Man will have it uploaded and up on our Youtube channel early tomorrow.. Sorry!!!
Music Zone Youtube
Right so moving on to releases for the 31st of Jan… PIAS have the new DRIVE BY TRUCKERS album “The Unraveling”.. Their 12th album… On ATO records… CD and LP available.
Here’s a tune from it
London Records via Play It Again Sam have the reissues on vinyl of the HAPPY MONDAYS albums… ”Bummed”, “Pills Thrills and Bellyaches”, “Squirrel and the G-Man” and “Yes Please”.
PIAS also have the new POLICA album as well as new albums by IIRO RANTALA “Playing Gershwin” on ACT records and an album by JOACHIM KUHN & MATEUSZ SMOCYYASKI…
Lastly from Pias is various artists “THE VIRTUES : TELEVISION SERIES SOUNDTRACK” featuring original music by Polly Jean Harvey…
Something I have only slightly touched on on these rambling pages before, but something that has swum around my head a lot over the last few years is the way the industry is treating the Compact Disc or to be fairer I suppose the way the (music) media is treating the compact disc.
Now, before I go on… This is obviously self serving but I am preaching to the converted here a bit as ye buy physical products from us… Five to one baby, one in five … That’s ye folks…
Slagging off the CD has led to comments like “no one buys CDs anymore”, or “I’m nearly embarrassed to be buying this now”, on the shop floor quite regularly… Nearly as irking as the “do ye sell iTunes vouchers” one from a few years back…
Some people honestly feel (and I find this incredible but it’s true) slightly foolish buying a CD.
WHY oh why would you feel foolish buying something you like, supporting an artist, band, label, record shop and the people that work in said businesses … Why is that something to feel foolish about?? Buying something you like!!
Because “the man” says there are better and cheaper ways to do it… F**k “the man”.. If you enjoy the product differently than the way “the man” says you should enjoy it… More power to you is what I say…
I’ll steal a great line or two from Cork band THE SHAKER HYMN which could be used for talking about “the man”
“It feels the need to beat upon its chest, forcing us to think that it knows best” .
Here’s the tune btw
My criteria with choices in life start simply with.. Are you hurting someone… If not then the choice is yours… I don’t need the “cool gangs” telling me the CD is for imbeciles… FECK right off.
Right, in our current situation, we sell more vinyl records than CDs and we may have positioned ourselves as a vinyl record shop but fundamentally we are a record shop… Full stop… CDs, Vinyl and Cassettes and we dis no one whether they want a Daniel O Donnell cassette or a Sun Ra limited press… If you have got something out of buying either of those products then A. we done a good job and B. more importantly you got something out of it.
But the media has been giving the CD a hammering for a while… And very unfairly and falsely hammering the CD also. I think I have used this analogy before… But physical music buyers like are more like the vegetarian option now in the music consumption food chain… Streaming dominates the market now… 74% of all music consumed in 2019 in the UK was streamed… 18% was our little love , hobby , pastime, physical products… And 8% now only downloaded.
So 1 in 5 of people who consume music buy a physical product… But of the 18% who buy physical (yes those fools.. that can not only hear it, but can see, touch, read and taste (if that’s your thing) and fundamentally own it!!)… Most are buying cds… 75% of the 18% physical buyers are CD buyers… Yet the media gives the impression that vinyl is kicking the shite out of CDs.. Not the case by a mile… So why does the industry not try push the CD more??… RECORD STORE DAY (RSD) is a big opportunity missed every year with CD… Some very good customers of mine don’t buy on Record Store Day because there is nothing for them to buy… Crazy business model.. Alienating a large segment of the physical buying public… Sorry now lads and I know some of ye were never called cool in yer lives… But there is an element of vinyl is for the “cool kids”… It’s like one of our banks advertisements… A load of bolloxology…
You should be into something cos you like it…. End of story… Cool me arse… Have you seen some of the lads coming into me.
Look… Paul Sinclair of SuperDeluxeEdition gives a much more eloquent synopsis of the whole thing (the article which forced my tuppenceworth upon ye)
Back to releases… Universal for the 31st of Jan have the new album by BLOSSOMS “Foolish Loving Spaces” on 2CD or Vinyl… The second CD has an acoustic album.
Uni also has a fantastic NENEH CHERRY reissue of “Raw Like Sushi”… 30 years ago when some of ye no doubt were “Cool”… There is a 3CD version and a 3LP version available.
SONY for the 31st of Jan have new albums by MEGHAN TRAINOR and LOUIS TOMLINSON, a new 7” single by JAKE BUGG and vinyl reissues by PINK “Funhouse” and ELVIS – 50 MIL ELVIS FANS CAN’T BE WRONG.
THE ORCHARD for the 31st have a new CAROLINE POLACHEK album.
Warner for the 31st of Jan have a lovely GARY MOORE live album from London Town on Provogue records… It’s on CD or deluxe CD which includes a plectrum and a sticker or limited DLP blue transparent vinyl.
Warner are also doing a vinyl press of THE CRANBERRIES album from a few years ago “Something Else”… DLP again… There is an Original Score and Songs by GRAHAM COXON to “End of the Fucking World” .
WARNER are also doing the new MARC ALMOND on BMG “Chaos and a Dancing Star” on CD, Std LP or indies only LP… Only 1k of them.
Lastly Warner have some limited run on vinyl of the MATRIX RELOADED and MATRIX REVOLUTIONS soundtracks.
Right so sat 8th Feb… Party evening!!
The main event is Mr JOHN BLEK who in my opinion is getting better and better… A beautiful sound he justs makes… New album out that day… So John will be singing, signing, swigging and hopefully smiling by the end of it.
Here’s another tune ‘Revived’ from the new album, with the boy Mick in town on the tune as well..
Anyone who can’t make the night and wants a signed copy.. Email us!!
John is well worth catching live… So hopefully you can sample the evening of the 8th… Doors at 6.30… Show starts at 7 (I plan to close the door at 7… As Jim would say by then… Is everybody in, is everybody in… The ceremony is about to begin)
We will have a second musical guest on the evening… Who is also class… Trust me… There will be a fine array of beverages. (mainly alcoholic ones but non alcoholic ones also)… Plenty of nice freebies which I will raffle off on the night… Few nice items promised.
There will be a draw for a test pressing of the new album by Mr. Blek as well as a separate draw for two tickets for Johns show in the Triskel in march… The 20% discount on one item in the shop is on the cards for ye (t and cs and all that jazz)… The gang are back together… So loads of reasons to celebrate… Let’s burn the place down… Ok bad turn of phrase maybe… See you on the 8th maybe..?
Sin e for this week folks
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt,
Hope all is well.
Little bit of housekeeping as with other weeks…
Opening hours the same as the other weeks..
Shop is closed Sundays and Mondays..
Tuesday 10.30 to 6
Weds 2 to 6
Thursday 10 to 6
Friday 10 to 6
Saturday 10 to 5.
Eir (and i’m not going there because I will only upset myself if i do) were not able to give us our old phone number after all (surprise, surprise… no not the game show) so our number for the foreseeable future is 021 4967119.
Should have some bit of concrete news on the Douglas place by the end of the month. Deanrock Cottages on google is the best way to find us… We are in there behind the magic door, right next door to ROCK BINGO and the tyre place.
Last chance to enter the RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW competition also that we are running with Coughlans live and the OPERA HOUSE… There is a 100 euro voucher for us and tickets for shows at the festival up for grabs.
If you entered already then I have your name.. If not email us back the answer to this question.
Name the MICK flannery e.p. that was released at christMAS… It’s like a game of catchphrase… Say what you see!
Here’s some info on the festival…
In late February, Cork Opera House and Coughlan’s Live have come together again to celebrate Cork and its ever growing love and demand for live music. Nowin its third year, Right Here Right Now is a celebration of the vibrant and eclectic music scene here in Cork.
This year, Mick Flannery and Valerie June will join the Cork Opera House Concert Orchestra for the festival opening on Saturday, the 22nd of February. The success of the last two festivals has led to the decision to expand the programme. RHRN2020 welcomes a second night with the orchestra in an evening of Folk and Trad Music with Donal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor, Nell Ní Chróinín, and Strung. With more announcements to follow, RHRN 2020 promises to be an unmissable weekend of music.
We are giving away two tickets to Mick Flannery & Valerie June, and two tickets to An Evening of Folk & Trad with Donal Lunny, Máirtín O’Connor, Nell Ní Chróinín and Strung AND a €100 voucher for Musiczone.
You can also enter on the aul’ Facebook. Here is the link for the post and how to enter on FB.
To enter simply all you have to do is :
1) Like Music Zone on Facebook
2) Like and Share the Facebook post linked below.
3) Tag the person who you would bring!
Video up again this week up here… Winner to the €50 Voucher for the Albums of the Year contest announced in the video so if you entered be sure to watch..
Moving on to releases for the 24th of Jan and to be fair it’s not a bad week of releases… Nothing jaw droppingly wowzer but solid week methinks for Jan… Pay weekend and all i’d say.. I think here in To(u) gher we will be more dependent on a solid release schedule as there is little or no foot traffic really… So we are depending on folks making a decision to get out to us or buy off the website!.
I did tell ye before Terry said this blah blah blurb is only an advert… Well and i’ll say it quietly… He’s right… But at least we is honest about it…
Anyway the 24th of Jan sees the new album by WIRE called “Mind Hive” on CD, LP and Limited Embossed Sleeve Indies Only LP… It’s on the pink flag label via Cargo… Heres a fine tune from it… Bit more poppy maybe and will get stuck in your head I think
Also via Cargo is the new BLACK LIPS album called “Sing In A World hTat’s Falling Apart”… It’s on CD, LP and DELUXE red vinyl edition (FIRELP573X), comes with a die cut spot gloss sleeve & poster. This is for Indies only. Both LPs come with downloads. CD is a gatefold wallet sleeve.
Heres a tune from the record…
PIAS for the 24th of Jan have the new album by WOLF PARADE on Sub Pop records… “Thin Mind” it’s called and its their 5th long player… CD, LP and Neon Orange Indies Only LP also… Codes are included with the LP versions… Fine lead tune again… The intro sounds very familiar to me but cant put my finger on it…
Pias also have the new album by YORKSTON/THORNE/KHAN on Domino.
Warner for the 24th of Jan have a reissue of the self titled album by ELECTRONIC with messers Bernard Sumner and John Martin Maher… I better stop, the last time I jestfully messed with a Mancunian our shop was nearly burnt to the ground the next day (more of that in the video )… The reissue from 1991 is out next Friday and we can do a €21 best price job on pre-orders.
Warner also has a brand new ANNIHILATOR album “Ballistic, Sadistic” as well as a tour edition of the new BEHEMOTH album “I Loved You At Your Darkest” CD/BluRay version, and there is a DAVE CLARKE 5 2LP and CD release out also…
Warner also has SUPERGRASS “The Strange Ones” 94 TO 08 Deluxe Box Set which has 6LPs, 13CDs, a book and a 7” single… €190 best price job if anyone is interested… As well as a DLP version also.
No new material one it i’m afraid folks. Here’s the details of the box.
Released on 24th January 2020, “The Strange Ones: 1994-2008” is career spanning deluxe box set containing the 6 Supergrass original albums on picture disc LP and CD, 13 bonus CDs containing: Unreleased live material, B-sides, remixes, rarities, studio out-takes, demos, acoustic versions, new mixes, a deluxe book with rare photos and band quotes, posters and button badges. Features over 6 hours of previously unreleased audio material. Compiled in association with Supergrass.
Part of a multi-format release also including a 2LP & 1CD ‘Best Of’, featuring their biggest hits, compiled by the band.
6 x original albums as picture discs:
I SHOULD COCO (UK #1, 1995) / IN IT FOR THE MONEY (UK #2, 1997) / SUPERGRASS (UK #3, 1999) / LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS (UK #9, 2002) / ROAD TO ROUEN (UK #9, 2005) / DIAMOND HOO HA (UK #19, 2008)
1 x 6CD set – All 6 original studio albums in new digipack
1 x 4CD set – Live: Over 5 hours of previously unreleased performances spanning their entire career. Includes radio sessions, full production live shows and acoustic sets
1 x 2CD set – Remixes, B-sides, non-album singles, acoustic versions and other rarities. Includes tracks previously unreleased digitally
1 x 1CD – Demos, out-takes and oddities. All previously unreleased
12” sq, 52 pages. Story of each album, written by separate journalists: Everett True, Charles Shaar Murray, Sylvia Patterson, Andrew Male, Adam Sweeting and Paul Moody. Quotes from new band interviews with Matt Everitt, unseen photos memorabilia.
Caught By The Fuzz / Richard III 2020 Remixes
Colour posters x 4
Supergrass is 10 – button badges x 8
Lastly Warner have JOHN FOGERTY “50 Year Trip : Live at Red Rocks” CD or DLP version, it was recorded in June 2019..
Proper for the 24th of Jan have a new PET SHOP BOYS album called “Hotspot” on X2 RECORDS. 10 new tracks from Mr.TENNANT and Mr. LOWE on CD Jewel or Gatefold Vinyl.
Sony for the 24th of Jan have a DEPECHE MODE CD Box called MODE… 18 CDs in the box… Any interest then i’ll try to get a good price on it… It’s going to be expensive… Best hope 200 bucks id say…
Universal for the 24th have the next batch of THIN LIZZY vinyl reissues… Big hitters here in “Nightlife”, “Fighting” and of course “Jailbreak”… Can do a best price pre-order job on these €21 also people … Where ya going with the one euro Raymond boy…? Well i’m trying to do as good a price as I can and I know a euro doesn’t matter a shite in the scheme of things but with these best price jobs I still try to make a certain % margin and it makes me feel better when i’m at that % margin… So humour me I suppose!
Universal also for the 24th have some SAM COOKE VINYL reissues “Encore” and the self titled one also as well as “The Complete Keen Years 57 – 60” 5CD set by Sam, there’s a vinyl release of RIVERDANCE “Music from the Show”, there’s a reworking of the latest BREAKING BENJAMIN album and there is a a reissue of “Live in Moscow” 2CD or 2LP by ELTON JOHN and RAY COOPER.
Lastly from universal NICHOLAS GODIN (AIR) has a new atmospheric album out on Because music called “Concrete and Glass”… It’s available as a CD/LP combo or stand alone cd.
THE ORCHARD for the 24th of jan has new albums by GILL LANDRY, THE WOOD BROTHERS, CASPIAN and OCTOBER DRIFT.
So there the releases for the 24th (or the ones I thought were worth hawking to ye anyway) so I suppose without being drop dead gorgeous, not a bad week.
Right so… The greatest best of 2019 albums lists ever made part infinite… Far response to this so thank ye all (who did) for participating… Few hours work in getting them sorted but I was excited about it if i’m to be honest… T’was fair close in the end, and overall very close also, we will have a live draw for the €50 Voucher Winner on the video as Bill O’Herlihy would say LIVE… Not cant get more exciting than that!!
There was only 10 points between the Top 3 in the overall category, and the winner to be fair appeared most frequently on the lists… So deserved I suppose… The MZ table don’t lie..
And a remarkable result in the Irish album category.. A fecking draw… I kid you not…123 votes each… It’s 00.18 on Friday morning and I have just recounted them… Yep 123 votes each!!
(you’ll hear it more in the coming weeks people… Your vote matters!)
More on our special night on the 8th of Feb next week also as the evening slipped by without me saying to much about it…
Here are the Top 20 “Best Albums Of The Year” category, followed by the Top 10 “Best Irish Albums of the Year”, and finally Top 5 “Best Gigs Of The Year”. (All in descending order!!..)
Music Zone – Top 20 “Best Albums Of The Year”
20. Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
19. Julia Jacklin – Crushing
18. Bon Iver – i,i
17. Vampire Weekend – Father of the Bride
16. Black Midi – Schlagenheim
15. Little Simz – Grey Area
14. Thom Yorke – Anima
13. Big Thief – U.F.O
12. Tindersticks – No Treasure But Hope
11. Wilco – Ode To Joy
10. Billie Eilish – When We Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?
9. Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow
8. The National – I Am Easy To Find
7. Mick Flannery – Mick Flannery
6. The Murder Capital – When I Have Fears
5. Purple Mountains – Purple Mountains
4. Bruce Springsteen – Western Stars
3. Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
2. Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
1. Nick Cave – Ghosteen
Music Zone – Top 10 “Irish Albums Of The Year”
10. The Gloaming – 3
9. The Divine Comedy – Office Politics
8. Girl Band – The Talkies
7. John Blek – Thistle and Thorn
6. Lankum – The Lifelong Day
5. Boa Morte – Before There Was Air
4. A Lazarus Soul – The D They Put Between The R and L
3. Mick Flannery – Mick Flannery
2. Fontaines D.C. – Dogrel
1. The Murder Capital – When I Have Fears
Music Zone : Top 5 Gigs Of The Year
5. Mick Flannery – Live At St. Lukes
4. Idles – Iveagh Gardens
3. Microdisney – Cypress Avenue
2. Saving Grace – Everyman Theatre
1. Villagers – Cypress Avenue
So that’s it folks.. Sin é for this week…
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
How’s it going?
Hope all is well enough…
Not a whole heap released today really, (the STOCKTON’s WING release was moved to next Friday the 17th, the re-ups are starting to land back in like Fontaines and Lankum and more) but we do have the excellent DAVID KEENAN album on CD and LP, had a few listens today and he’s the real deal in fairness, worth checking out..
Video back up and running!! Check it out here!!
Next week Friday the 17th we have the aforementioned STOCKTON’S WING Compilation on LP and CD.
Also via Universal for the 17th we have the new BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUB album on Caroline / Island records, their first record in 6 years… It’s on CD, LP or Ltd Deluxe 2LP pressed at 45 RPM… Downloads included with the vinyl presses… Singles sound decent enough on this.
HALSEY is back with a new album “Manic” on Virgin / EMI on CD or Vinyl as well as a new MARCUS KING solo album “El Dorado” on Spinefarm Records again CD and Vinyl and lastly there is a new ANTI FLAG album.
Quick boring housekeeping.. Opening hours… Same as last week… Closed on Sundays and Mondays… 10.30 to 6 on Tuesdays, 2 to 6 on Wednesdays, 10 to 6 on Thursday and Friday and 10 to 5 on Saturday… Deanrock Cottages on google will put you right at the entrance to our Business Park… We are in there alright right next door to rock bingo… Sin sin till I repeat myself again next week … We are here.. I know its the first week of Jan but we are here..
Right so, as Frank Gallagher may shamelessly say “we’re having a f**king parteee”… Well I don’t want to scare anyone away and it’s not exactly the whole sceal… A bit of a shindig alright, but not Gallagher style … The corporation are throwing a few birds at one stone alright… Here’s the sceal… Hope you might consider it.
Cork’s own JOHN BLEK has a new record ‘The Embers’ out on Friday the 7th of Feb and we here at the MZ Corp are hosting a very special in-store to coincide with the album launch on Saturday evening the 8th of Feb at 7PM kick off… Here’s “empty pockets” from what is another beautiful record.
So it’s our first in-store in To(u)gher and we have had a fairly hairy 5 months but like Elton John… Blah blah blah… Bob is back today which is brilliant (a newsletter in itself) Shane boy is here all the time, again brilliant and a lot of ye have dug us out of this hole we were in… So we are having a little night (well hopefully a big night!) where we invite ye folks to our new humble abode in the heart of Togher for what promises to be a brilliant instore.
We shall have some beverages if you want a beverage (if you drink funny types of beverages, bring your own!)… Try persuade the better halfs to drop ye over or bring a driver or just drive yourself and call in and say hello… Carpark is ours for the night so will be plenty room out there.
So it’s an instore party with some top quality original tunes by Mr Blek, a thank you to Shane boy, a welcome back to the Bob man and a little nod to our shareholders… Thanks.
The corporation is offering a 20% discount off one item on the night…. So if you have been eyeing something up but never got to it… Saturday the 8th is the night for it… Terms and conditions apply like any good corporation… It can’t be anything you have away already or anything released since Jan 1st 2020 and I might have to see on the stuff that is reduced already .. So basically I can make them up as I go along… Ah no no no its basically those conditions above… So pencil it in with the boss or bring em along, bring the kids if you want… We would love to see ye… Some of us may drift to a public house as the night darkens.
And don’t worry either… Going out can be like going to the dentist for folks our age but sure ye have the info now and a few weeks notice… See what ye can do or cant as the case may be.
Warner for the 17th of Jan have a new COURTEENERS album on Parlophone, DAVID BYRNE releases “American Utopia on Broadway”, reissue on Rhino of MC5s “Kick Out The Jams” as well as STEVIE NICKS “Bella Donna” and UNCLE TUPELO “Anodyne”… Lastly Warner have a MIDGE URE Singles Collection.
PIAS for the 17th Jan have new albums by BILL FAY, ALICE BOMAN, ALGIERS and a reissue by DWIGHT YOAKAM of “Blame the Vain”.
The ORCHARD for the 17th of Jan have a new album by AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF THE DEAD as well as a SONS OF APOLLO Limited 2CD of new album “MMXX”.
Right so albums of the year… Drum roll… Eehhh nah….. I tell ye, i’m getting fairly excited over it as its coming together nicely but i am chasing one last push… So until next Weds to have your say… Email us top 5 albums of 2019… 50 euro voucher up for grabs but the more enter the better picture we get of the taste in the siopa… As Stephen Stills might say for what its worth, here are my top 5’s..
Albums of the year.
5. JOHN BLEK – THISTLE & THORN
4. LANA DEL REY – NORMAN FUCKING ROCKWELL
3. MICK FLANNERY – SELF TITLED
2. TINDERSTICKS – NO TREASURE BUT HOPE
1. A LAZARUS SOUL – THE D THEY PUT BETWEEN THE R & L (obviously if I have it as my album of the year, it resonated with me… And man did it do that… Every song tells such a story that you are transported into the characters lives… I think it’s a savage piece of work, hence numero uno…shades of new model army in parts)
IRISH ALBUMS OF THE YEAR
GIGS OF THE YEAR
- Saving Grace : The Everyman
- Mick Flannery : St Lukes
- Villagers : Cypress Avenue
- John Blek : The Seomra
- Microdisney : Cypress Avenue
I may have preferred some of the instores as they would be more personal to me but I went for remote gigs.
That’s my tuppence worth … It’s all subjective. It was a good year for new music I felt, a few months of it completely passed me by… Nearly everyone has different votes but in general a nice blend rises to the top so shout in yours to us.
More on these next week but releases on the 24th from THIN LIZZY (reissues), SUPERGRASS (BEST OF) , MOZ new single, WIRE new album, BLACK LIPS new album, ELECTRONIC self titled release… (so more next week from John Martin Maher) and WOLF PARADE (new).
Shout at us on email is best if there’s anything you see or want us to pop away… Be delighted .
Sin e for this week so I suppose,
Thanks for listening
Hope all is well..
Releases in the Musiczone.ie gaff this week include the new BIFFY CLYRO Soundtrack album to ‘Balance, Not Symmetry’, the next batch of IRON MAIDEN CD Reissues, MEGADETH LP Reissues, NUSRAT FATEH ALI Live LP, the beautiful new set by SOUNDGARDEN ‘Live at the Artists Den’ deluxe box or 4LP set, both lovely.. Also out is the STRANGER THINGS 3 Soundtrack, and new vinyl releases from SOLANGE and KAISER CHIEFS, a new BTS album on CD, BOWIE AND DIETRICH “Just A Gigolo’ Soundtrack, and reissues by UB40, GREG ALLMAN, and STATUS QUO…
Video up here again for this week folks
Couple of nice gigs over the weekend before last.. VILLAGERS put on a great musical treat… One issue the chatter brigade seemed to be intern… Ah look some have more tolerance I suppose but it drives me bonkers a bit… Not a few words here and there… Im not from 1940s Germany… But full blown chats with roaring laughter as the 4 women and 2 men had for the half hour I spent near to them… Back of the room please, back of the room… Chat away there.. I moved away to a nice spot for 20 minutes to then have 4 drunken women arrive (who knew the songs but we load and lairy).. Now they were loud at a really quiet part of the show.. So they were being ”shushed” so they responded with loads and loads of loud ”shushing” of their own… Maybe i’m just a grumpy middle aged git… Enjoyed the gig despise my grumbling there…
SAVING GRACE with Robert Plant on vocals were just sweet.. The 75 minutes they were on stage just flew… Could hear a pin drop… Beautifully played songs by the band.. American Roots stuff.. Songs going back to other centuries… Couple of Patty Griffin covers and a Low cover of ‘Everybody’s Song’, and sine serious kind and big words from Planty about Low the band… Saving Grace were fab, the banjo player brilliant and had the sweetest voice (maybe my highlight when he took the lead vocals)… Thats some going with Robert Plant on stage and the other lead vocalist exceptional as well.. Suzi Diann I think her name is… Plant kind of seductively skulked about the stage (mindful of his footing.. he is 70 isn’t he so he didn’t want a hopper) for a lot of the night… In great form it seemed to me in his plain black tee, black jeans and black boots… He oozed it… Just oozed it.. It begged a question… If Plant wasn’t on stage, then very arguably the music would have been just as good as the other 4 musicians were just top top class.. was it who he is or who he was that captivated everyone in the theatre, or was it because he has something special??.. Said it earlier.. He oozed it.. But more than backed up by four very capable and excellent musicians.. Top night out… Monday is the new Saturday…
Right so on to releases for the 2nd of August, Warner have the BAD COMPANY ‘Swan Song Years’ 6CD boxset on Rhino, JEFF TWEEDY ‘Warm / Warmer’ 21 track CD, NICK CAVE + WARREN ELLIS ‘The Road’ remastered and reissued LP on coloured vinyl, Skillet ‘Victorious’ new album on Roadrunner CD only for now, CARNIFEX new album ‘World War X’, and lastly from Warner for the 2nd of August is a live SAXON box set ‘The Eagle Has Landed’ as either 5LP or 3CD sets…
Tad quiet for the 2nd of August… Sony Music have nada out.. They are moving house or distribution to Cinram from Sony DADC who are shutting up shop soon enough… Another dagger for the physical industry… Cinram distribute PIAS and CARGO to us already.. A bit slower than Sony DADC but ok service I suppose.. They only ship out on Tuesday and Thursday so if you miss the Tuesday cut off of 11AM then it won’t ship till Thursday and if it misses a sailing then it’s Monday which is a week.. Sony DADC were never a week from the order day… So hopefully that doesn’t happen to often… That’s before Borisland and what that holds for all our futures.. A No Deal Brexit very very real now I feel and what shite that will bring to us all… We will have to wait and see…
PIAS for the 2nd of August have a new IDLES 7” single… Two new songs in fact, a brand new TY SEGALL ‘First Taste’ and the JASON ISBELL ‘Live at the Twist + Shout’ LP Release… Was out on coloured vinyl for RSD
Uni for the 2nd of August have a new VOLBEAT album “Rewind, Replay, Rebrand” on Jewel CD, 2CD Digi and Black 2LP as well as the soundtrack on vinyl to the 2001 smash hit film ‘Shrek’… Great soundtrack also.. It’s a first timer on vinyl.. Universal also have the debut album by Irish artist SIBEÁL and lastly CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL release “Live in Woodstock” as a limited 2LP or 1CD versions…
Last week I was rabbiting on about how the physical industry is trying to eat itself (more on it next week actually) well for now here’s a little example of one thing that goes on… Freddie Mercury’s estate released a 7” Picture Disc single and a CD single today of ‘Time Waits For No One’.. I tried to get some as I would have sold some (kinda my job) but they were only available on his website… Now as ye know Freddie is gone, so the estate (Mary is it?) just sell them on his website.. Absolutely, they can do that… Just cause I’m going to sell a few can’t and won’t change that… Tough tiddles Thomas.. They are 1000% entitled to do it but if we don’t get offered anything to sell, we’ll only be around as long as Cork in a hurling championship… I’ve three points…
1). We can’t control it and have no right to control it.. It’s purely tough tiddles Thomas…
2). I’d imagine the estate of Mr Mercury aren’t short a few bob or two, so why not let the shops have some..
3.) This is the most crucial one… It’s not sold out on his website… Folks idolise this man and his band (murky water Queen we will say) so fans not being able to get it isn’t right really… Do enough to give them to the shops.. But sure i’m bound to say that.. Will have to get on to my dentist about it.. If he gives me permission i’ve a great Freddie story..
I’m off for a little over a week folks, finishing next Thursday evening the 1st of August and not back until the 12th or 13th of August, so the Bob man and Shane man will have the reigns of duty… I’ll do half the newsletter next week and Bob will finish it and he’s flying solo the week after…
Last thing re THE MURDER CAPITAL in the Crane Lane… Strong likelihood this band will never again be found in a venue this size… Just saying is all… Links to new album below.. Pre-Order a product and gain entry to the Cork Album launch show on Thursday Aug 15th..
Sin é for this week folks…
We will all be glad of the break of the newsletters anyway won’t we!!
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
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.
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,