A Special One For Rory Gallagher Fans, Bruce Reissues, and A Huge Thank You.

Hi Everyone,

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 EPSIMON & 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oZqKtuvDx4

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.

BAD REPUTATION

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
Ray
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John Blek Album Launch Party, Tame Impala’s Valentine Release, and The Next Bowie Picture Disc.

Hi Everyone,
Hope all is well… This election would have you half demented wouldn’t it.

Anyway.. Housekeeping..

Opening hours
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 BLEKSEPULTURASTONE TEMPLE PILOTSTHE LOST BROTHERS, ISOBEL CAMPELL, NADA SURF, ROBERT GLASPER, THE IRISHMEN OSTOH 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…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utCjuKDXQsE

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..
Ray
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John Blek, Lost Brothers, Green Days new records and 9 more sleeps till the parteeee

Hi Folks,

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…

Sunday closed

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 BLEKnew 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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga8oYkHDRE4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S6vXJYCv04

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)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2hVnD5hM6o

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…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXv00PJ9IQM

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv3vXIUumvc

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

Ray

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John Blek ‘Embers’ with The Gang Back Together Party, F**k The Man, and RHRN Winner Announcement (Kind Of)

Hi Everyone,
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 WIREBLACK LIPSANNIHILATORJOHN FOGERTY, WOLF PARADE, NICHOLAS GODIN, SUPERGRASS  best of, and reissues by ELECTRONICTHIN 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!!!
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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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkD4xSqNVII

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gAO9oAdOxA&list=PLmbfnHONEp3SJzOqQgKAddURwFAIiFA6q&index=16

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)

https://www.superdeluxeedition.com/feature/saturday-deluxe-18-january-2020/

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..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_S6vXJYCv04

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,
Ray
Musiczone.ie

The Music Zone Albums and Gigs Of The Year Big Reveal, Last Chance for our Right Here Right Now Comp, and A Good Week of Releases

Hi Everyone,
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!

https://www.facebook.com/musiczonedv/posts/1884110078400498?__xts__[0]=68.ARBP58TPtqHeMM-Vyte6Gfx2xNV_4zM6n-kUpY1U81mdjUcTq9fzLKb8wZUEN8Io0slcod00iuzvwJMuPHoAprA3n3yZoKC0hQyHg_lC6qH_xmfhXRcsWcjXnbhrxEnzu2DT6pUVXk802Rq_v2lIen_esOlZXm44KPFARipjZJxegHhRUO1-SAyWYYl0RfJVHSGShXwjvQcYz6GMWTwpESVVlj1DgwfhvSEbNUBJ02qXtqdYkG2t406dJ0dQkaBFHqDR2uI_yjpGSRweDWh8at6aoaL9UmudJfcG2ani9qcJ–SkNSaQo2jl7ejy4x7wUL9upbhLoYsPyGUPKhtrGUOOQQ&__tn__=-R

Right so releases in the good siopa musiczone.ie for this week are by BOMBAY BICYCLE CLUBSTOCKTONS WINGHALSEYMARCUS KINGMIDGE URESTEVIE NICKS and UNCLE TUPELO.

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..
https://musiczone.ie/videos/

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDBrZ854S4A

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…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMtxscdU14o

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…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGynwOlCaKI

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)

 13 CDs
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

Book
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.

7” Single
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
Ray
musiczone.ie

Bombay Bicycle Club Return, and We’re Back Together So It’s Time For A Partyyyyyyyyyyy!

Hi Everyone,
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..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E8cM55z1lQ&list=PLnydjIdQPZf1uoKeFr7Fl_9sG6aOERXc4&index=3

Also new FAT FREDDY’S DROPCHARLIES ANGEL Limited Vinyl Picture Disc, a new FIELD MUSIC LP on Limited Red Vinyl, and TOWNES VAN ZANDT reissue.

Video back up and running!! Check it out here!!
https://musiczone.ie/videos/

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZF0LF1gQZKs

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ga8oYkHDRE4

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)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dG5JgRVxK0k

IRISH ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

  1. A LAZARUS SOUL
  2. MICK FLANNERY
  3. JOHN BLEK
  4. MURDER CAPITAL
  5. FONTAINES DC

GIGS OF THE YEAR

  1. Saving Grace : The Everyman
  2. Mick Flannery : St Lukes
  3. Villagers : Cypress Avenue
  4. John Blek : The Seomra
  5. 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
Ray
https://musiczone.ie

Soundgarden’s Excellent Set Is Here, The Closing Of Another Door on the Physical Industry, and Monday Is The New Saturday

Hi everyone,
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
https://musiczone.ie/videos/

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..

https://musiczone.ie/?s=The+Murder+Capital+-+When+I+Have+Fears

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

 

Hey Everyone,

Hope all is well with you all.

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

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

In the shop today includes THE CURE, MAX RICHTER, GOV’T MULE, LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, JOHN HOLT, SAM AMIDON, BEACH HOUSE, THE HIGHWAYMEN, G3, and PETER PERRETT..

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.

PIAS

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.

WARNER

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

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

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

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 :
https://musiczone.ie/videos/

 

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.
https://soundcloud.com/happyabandon/sets/facepaint-private-press-link-releases-825/s-eKDcf

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.

 

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

www.musiczone.ie

 

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

Hi Everyone,

Hope yer all doing well…

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

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

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

Other new releases include FLEET FOXES, ROYAL BLOOD, RIDE, JASON ISBELL, DAVID BOWIE 7’’ PICTURE DISC, BILLY MACKENZIE, THE STRYPES CD, CAN, FOREIGNER, JOHN COLTRANE, GLADIATOR OST..

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

PIAS

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

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

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

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

UNIVERSAL

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

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 :

https://soundcloud.com/ray-obrien-7/sets/happy-abandon-4-track-sampler/s-mqk10

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,

Ray

VINYL RECORDS CORK

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

Hi Everyone,

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

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

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

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

WARNER

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

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

https://www.facebook.com/musiczonedv/videos/1085942848217229/

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

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

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

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

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

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

PROPER

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

SONY

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

UNIVERSAL

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

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

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

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

PIAS

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

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

https://soundcloud.com/transmissionclubmusic/sets/taking-off-blackhole-single/s-ibPZX

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

Sin e for this week folks,

Thanks for listening,

Ray
www.musiczone.ie

 

U2 / Roger Waters Steal The Week, Happy Abandon : Music Zone’s First Gig With Coughlan’s Live, and Would You Like A Cassette With That??

Hi Everyone,

Hope ye’r all well folks..

Couple of beauts in the shop for release today… The U2 box is out on both vinyl and CD, and is a gorgeous looking set… If its out of your pocket range well the Double CD is a nice listen, the Live CD from New York is a cracker.. I got a nice giggle as well during Pride when the Edge strums down in the middle of the song for the Bono man’s sermon.. (I don’t mind Bono in the slightest… Cork for : ‘Erraaa, he’s alright  Bono like’.. I know not everyone agrees… I had a love affair with the band in my early teens… Couldn’t get enough… Music, books the whole lot… Listening to the new albums over and over and over again when they were released so Bono’s alright in my book for loads of reasons really… Another day maybe).. Back to the sermon it went something like this… “Turn down all the house lights!!!.. Well what I want to say tonight”….  Pause… Still pausing… Gentle strumming while still pausing… “Well, thanks for tonight”… In the name of love… Maybe twas an inward sermon that night… I laughed my arse off when I heard it… It’s worth a listen… Bono’s mind freeze.. Sorry kid.

The second beaut, and a slight bit surprised by, is the ROGER WATERS album… It caught my attention from the get go and held… It sounds really good on two listens from the shop floor.. Will investigate further… Political out to be fair to him.. Calling it as he sees it in fairness to him… Strong record…. “Where nincompoops can become presidents”…. Great word.. Haven’t heard it for years… “Nincompoop”.

Other vinyl records and CDs for release tomorrow include ALT J (must get that on also… June is cracking for releases really)… (ALT J has been delayed… Not with us just yet but will be very soon)… I think there’s a download code with it, if so i hope it’s fairly visible!!!. And TRAINSPOTTING 2 OST, TOM PETTY, DAN AUERBACH, ALL TIME LOW’S CD, IGGY POP, MARIKA HACKMAN, NEIL DIAMOND, HALSEY..

A few others, check out the video here for all of them :

Moving on to releases for the 9th of June, we have the new LONDON GRAMMAR Record via Ministry of Sound and Sony… Could be a cracker…. It’s on CD, Deluxe CD, LP and Deluxe LP… It’s called ‘Truth is a Beautiful Thing’.

Warner have the LINDSEY BUCKINGHAM / CHRISTINE MCVIE release for the 9th of June on East West…. There must be a really cool anagram in there somewhere i’d say… Getting really decent reviews is this one…. Warner also has new albums by THE KRONOS QUARTET and PHOENIX as well as some KREATOR reissues on vinyl and CD including ‘Extreme Aggression’ and ‘Pleasure to Kill’.

If truth is a beautiful thing… Here’s a thing of beauty so I suppose… I made a bit of a balls with RSD… Bought too much… Caught with a bit… That’s the danger with it… Haven’t had an RSD graveyard for a couple of years but have one this year…. My own fault…. Trying to make sure I had stuff for the man, the moon, his dog, and his budgie…. So will be a bit of a sale on the RSD17 stock… Could be a nice sale actually… MOST OF IT 25% DISCOUNTED AT LEAST, and because of my errors and in our attempts to gain back we’re introducing a new policy of upselling within the towers… Yep they’re all at it… I was in a shop over the weekend…. I can be a critical geit of customer service, or plain manners ( ack of) at the best of times… Is it me or is it fairly brutal around the place (manners)…. But they attempted the auld upsell on 3 occasions without been anyway warm or friendly… I didn’t bite… Still dropped 88 bucks…. But as I walked out the door I kinda of said to myself I won’t be back… I know all the “retail guru” books talk of upselling (never read one.. but it’s in there)… Easy… ‘Have you sleeves for your records??.. It will keep them in better nick… Hold their value….’ That kind of shite… (granted it’s true but you can make your own mind on it i’m sure)….. But personally it gives me a bad bang… I dont like it being done to me… So NO, we will in our arse be upselling but feel free to buy a RSD17  record…. Maybe the resentment of it tracks  back to my old and first job as a 17 year old in Maccie Dsss…. When on tills you HAD to say ie, ;would you like an apple pie with that’…. ‘That’s a large fries?’ etc…. Pedalling the bullshit along with the other shite…. I would have thought I was always a good front of house man but only done about 5 shifts ever out front in Maccie Ds with poor grades (you were marked to get stars).. More suited behind the scenes they thought I suppose…. Sorry for complete tangent again… It just happens… Would you like a cassette with that??

Proper have a new ANATHEMA album on CD and 2 LP.

Cargo have the MAGPIE SALUTE on vinyl… 2LP on exclusive gold vinyl… Cargo have the vinyl, Universal have the CD… MAGPIE SALUTE  is an American rock band formed in 2016 by former Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson. The band also includes former Black Crowes members Marc Ford and Sven Pipien as well as Rich Robinson band members Matt Slocum, Joe Magistro, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen.

Republic of Music have a CLUTCH 5CD/DVD set limited to 3k and signed by the band…. That’s a fair bit of signing lads… Like getting 3000 lines in school… Ah the days of lines… Really productive stuff were the auld lines… I must try harder 100 times for the next morning… ROM also have a new movie score by TINDERSTICKS to the movie “Minute Bodies” on either CD/DVD or LP/DVD … Again limited to a once off only ever pressing of 3000 units.

Universal for the 9th of June have the new KATY PERRY album, the new CHUCK BERRY CD and LP, the MAGPIE SALUTE CD and RITCHIE BLACKMOREs RAINBOW Live in Birmingham 2016 on 2CD.

Also from Universal for next week the 9th and probably the one the will do best for us is the new and 10th GOV’T MULE record… If the Mule have not been on your radar and you like a hint of blues southern rock with a few interesting twists into other genres then you should check out these guys… They are QUALITY musicians… New record from the Mule is called “Revolution Come… Revolution Go”.

Lastly from Universal are some nice vinyl reissues including the soundtracks to GLADIATOR and BRAVEHEART, as well PETER BJORN AND JOHN’S “Writer’s Block”.

PLAY IT AGAIN SAM have an interesting project by SUFJAN STEVENS, BRYCE DESSNER, NICO MAKLY and JAMES MCALISTER entitled “Planetarium”, with a string quartet and 7 trombones… Sounds like a nice listen to me anyway…. DJT couldn’t make the sessions.

PIAS also has a new album by SUFFOCATION and an album by jazz supergroup… Dejohnette, Grenadier, Medeski and Scofield.

Exciting news next from us here at Music Zone towers…. We are putting on a gig… In Coughlan’s… Well Coughlan’s are putting it on really, but we are putting our name to it… A friend of ours in the US of A sent me a link of an unreleased debut album by a band from his hometown of Chapel Hill North Carolina, who were going to be around these shores for a few days and did we want them to come into the shop and play a few tunes… I loved, absolutely loved what I heard on the record… And I said ‘yeah we’d be up for that no problem’.. The more I listened to it though the more I liked it, so I sent it over to Brian in Coughlan’s to see if he would be interested in housing the lads for a gig and he was up for it also so between the jigs and the reels we are co-hosting the night with Coughlan’s… Thursday the 13th July… Cancel the holidays!

Here’s a bit about the lads, HAPPY ABANDON

They just finished recording their debut record “Facepaint” with Producers Jamie Candiloro (Ryan Adams, Lisa Germano, REM) and Jason Merritt (Tift Merrit, Hot Hot Heat) and it will be released on August 25th, 2017 worldwide via Schoolkids Records and distribution by Redeye Worldwide (Proper in Ireland).   In the US, Big Hassle PR are to handle their publicity, the same person who broke Alt-J and The Lumineers in the States.

Here’s a four track sampler from the record, an exclusive :

https://soundcloud.com/ray-obrien-7/sets/happy-abandon-4-track-sampler/s-mqk10

Might be able to send a link to the whole record next week…. Will ask the lads… But trust me if you like what you heard you will like the rest also…

If you like it like we do….  Tickets are 5EUR from the shop… There going fast (that’s the line i’d say)…. Who knows it could be a Henry’s ‘91 moment yet…. Half Cork was there like…. It will be a night out with the good folk of the club that support us and brighten our days…. With some cracking tunes…. To entice ye even more the support on the night will be from up and coming Cork band SMALL DOSE…. One member is our own Bobby, here so another reason to get out to it… The Bob man’s band will be doing 20/25 minutes of their own material before the main event… In the interval we also have a local actor who is going to recite a piece from ‘The Man From La Mancha’… So surely there is something for everyone?!

Look all messing aside… We would love to see you there if you can make it… The record is great in our opinion.

Sin é for this week folks

Thanks for listening,
Ray
www.musiczone.ie

U2’s ‘Joshua Tree’ 30th Anniversary Out Next Week, The Return of Roger Waters, and A Few Thoughts on a Sick World.

Hey everyone,

Hope yer all doing ok…

Releases in the shop for today May 26th include THE BEATLES (2LP and 4CD/DVD/BLURAY BOX), DAMIEN DEMPSEY, THE CHARLATANS, KRAFTWERK (2LP or BOX SET), FLEETWOOD MAC and BAD COMPANY, as well as a limited special gold vinyl pressing of DAVID BOWIE’s ‘Hunky Dory’, which can be only bought in-store so will not be on our website… None of our friends in the sky will have it.. A nice one for indies yet again!!!

Video is back this week, a couple of weeks of reissues and new vinyl in this one so take a look..

Before I move on to releases for next Friday the 2nd of June I suppose I wanted to take a moment to mention the unspeakable, unworldly sickening act that took place in Manchester… Man like ye all, i’m sure, it rocked me to my core… I looked at twitter for 10 minutes or so on tuesday morning and I felt ill and emotional… Parents putting up pictures of their beautiful innocent children who were at the gig and were then missing… I had a sick feeling to the pit of my stomach… Two songs milled around in my head all day tuesday….  Two attacks in music venues in the last 18 months or so and I guess I feel a bit more affinity with the music going public… Horrific obviously no matter where, but at gigs… Both songs were by THE SMITHS…. ‘‘Take me out tonight where there’s music and there’s people and their young and alive”.. ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’… Because you never feel more alive than at a gig or leaving a great gig… For some of these children it was probably their very first gig… The excitement of being in an adult world for a night… Their favourite popstar… Their lives cut down by some terrible evil… Ah man it’s so bloody wrong… The second song even though it had no real lyrical correlational was ‘Suffer Little Children’ …. Written by Moz about Brady and Hindley, and their Moors murders… 5 young children, Edward, John, Keith, Pauline and Lesley Ann taken and murdered….. More little children have suffered beyond words last Monday night, and the families of Sorrell, Saffie, Nell, Olivia, Eilidh, Liam and Chloe have to try and keep going and try to pick up the pieces of their broken lives…. Shame on the world and segments of the world  for allowing such hatred, for allowing such carnage, for manipulating some psycho into doing this act… The real evil never blows himself up….. To what end? What advantage is gained? Trying to breed more hatred…? Fear is all it achieves and if you were to be forensic about it you are probably still more likely to be killed on your journey to the gig than by some hideous fuck at it…. I think and hope these acts of evil breed more love and unity in the good folk…. Fergus Farrell tried to tell these nuts… ‘‘Oh won’t you settle down, stop fighting for your gods…. They can’t hear you now, with the noise of your guns”

Right so releases for Next Friday, the 2nd of June, include the lovely Joshua Tree reissue by U2… 30th Anniversary Edition on 7LP DELUXE BOXSET, DELUXE 4CD, 2CD or 2LP…. Last week of pre-orders for the special discount pricing. Click into the links provided for a bit more info there!
Here’s a bit of info from Universal on the versions available :

LP collector’s boxset includes:• 7 pieces of original, live and unreleased recordings on 12” 180gm vinyl 3.5hrs of audio content / 49 tracks – The Joshua Tree 2007 double album (gatefold) – Live from Madison Square Garden 1987 double album (gatefold) – The Joshua Tree 2017 Remixes – The Joshua Tree Outtakes – The Joshua Tree B-Sides • The Joshua Tree – Photographs by The Edge. An 84-page hardback book of personal never-before seen photography by The Edge, taken during the original Mojave Desert Joshua Tree shoot, 1986 • A folio of 8 rare 12” Anton Corbijn colour prints.

Super Deluxe 4CD Box Set – Cover features a textured embossed gold foiled Joshua tree icon 4 CDs housed in left panel of hardback book 3.5hrs of audio content / 49 tracks: – The Joshua Tree 2007- Live from Madison Square Garden 1987 – The Joshua Tree 2017 Remixes – The Joshua Tree B-Sides & Outtakes • The Joshua Tree – Photographs by The Edge. An 84-page hardback book of personal never-before seen photography by The Edge, taken during the original Mojave Desert Joshua Tree shoot, 1986 • A folio of 8 rare 12” Anton Corbijn colour prints.

Deluxe 2CD – 28 tracks / new artwork – colour version of original album- The Joshua Tree 2007- Live from Madison Square Garden 1987.

Universal also have the second album by HALSEY called ‘Hopeless Fountain Kingdom’… The first record went quite well.. This one is on CD, Deluxe CD and indies only coloured vinyl.

Universal also have a 40th anniversary edition of the classic ‘Exodus’ by BOB MARLEY… Time magazine ranked Exodus as the best album of the 20th century… It’s on 2CD, DELUXE 3CD or ltd 4LP with 2×7”s…

UNI also have TRAINSPOTTING 2 O.S.T on Vinyl for next Friday the 2nd as well as some TOM PETTY reissues including ‘Full Moon Fever’, ‘Damn the Torpedos’ and ‘Into The Great Wide Open’, as well as NEIL DIAMOND’s ‘Hot August Night’, and ‘The Jazz Singer’.. EVANESCENCE’s ‘Fallen’ gets a vinyl repress, and some TOP OF THE POPS compilations also get a press on Vinyl….Collectors items them ones for sure… Will there be a guy in my line of work going through second hand records in 50 years time saying ‘Same o same o loads of Top Of The Pops Records’.. Or will we be extinct?..

Last few bits from Universal include IGGY POP reissues of ‘Lust For Life’, ‘Tv Eye 1977’ and ‘The Idiot’…. These were cut from the analogue tapes… MARIKA HACKMAN has a new record, and there is a MAVIS STAPLES Concert Celebration on 2CD/DVD. and lastly THE WHO ‘Live At The Isle Of Wight’ on DVD or 2CD.

PIAS for the 2nd of June have the new ALT J album called ‘Relaxer’… Their 3rd record… Good band these folks are… Looking forward to a listen here… PIAS also have a new TANKARD album, as well as DAVID BYRNE and FATS DOMINO releases in the ‘Live from Austin, TX’ series… CD/DVD or LP with those two…

Sony have the new ROGER WATERS record ‘Is This The Life We Really Wanted” on CD and 2LP…. First rock work since ‘Amused to Death” back in ‘93 was it?.. Fairly big release day to be fair is the 2nd of June… Heard one track briefly off the Waters album that’s all… Sony also have a reissue of THE BYRDS  ‘Sweetheart Of The Rodeo’ on LP.

Warner have the second solo album by THE BLACK KEYS man DAN AUERBACH called ‘Waiting On A Song’… Great reviews on this one… Some top guests on it also including MARK KNOPFLER, JOHN PRINE and DUANE EDDY.

Warner also has a new ALL TIME LOW record and vinyl record reissues of FOREIGNER ‘40’, and RODRIGO Y GABRIELA’s debut album.

MUSIC ON VINYL have a reissue of RESERVOIR DOGS Original Soundtrack, on I hope red and white vinyl… In honour of our boys last sunday the rep told me!!… Em no he didn’t… But it was a sweet win… O’Grady introduced 5 debutants to championship fare in 2003 and they all became household names… Pop quiz… Name them??… if these 5 young fellas can grow into their roles and we keep humming as we were last sunday then we have a very good chance against Waterford… Loads of ifs there though.

I’ve got caught with a bit of RSD stock (much more on it next week but 23 years and still making fuck ups) so if anyone has their eye on something…. Chance me on it… You might get a good deal

Look sin é for this week folks,

Thanks as always for listening,

Ray

https://musiczone.ie

 

Meeting the Big Boys, U2 / Kraftwerk / Beatles Pre-Order Special, and What’s The Best Selling Debut of The Century???

Hey everyone,

How’s things??

Ok so a strange one this week…. I have been around a conference the last few days… A music conference in Cork… In fairness a very well run event… I enjoyed it…. Spent it with a great old friend and great new friends… A few refreshments were had here and there… Now and again… Now i’m fairly well down the food chain to be fair but it gave me a glimpse of the corporate world… A world I suppose I do not live in…. When i say i’m down the food chain… I, or guys like me are a fairly insignificant in the scheme of things… Now I think I run an ok shop blah blah blah… But these dudes and gals are serious players in my industry…. They can talk.. A lot of it sounds like it’s coming from a good place but it’s a business… Pure and simple… The numbers have to work… That’s cool, they have to work… The numbers…. Like me or any small business also… I am fortunate I suppose I do not have to answer to anybody really… Well Bobby maybe from time to time!!

The industry as a whole according to the whigs is a state of huge transition…. It’s the new… Age old problem of getting paid…. Everyone needs to get paid… Be it agents, promoters, managers, record companies…. Everyone… Oh sorry, the dude or gal that makes the music also… Some disappointing things I heard I suppose… The labels / record companies only really get involved when it’s a sure thing… Pure and simple… If an artist hits the criteria.. Numbers again… The labels will get involved …. And then fight amongst themselves to get the act signed….. And they kept talking about an artist being a brand themselves, and having a clear vision of where they want to go….. For christ sake, if you’re a young fella with a gift then visions of where you want to go are not high on your list id imagine…. I think i’m a good hurler… I want to play for cork…. I’m a good songwriter.. I want to play the Opera House…. You don’t map it out much further than that I suppose…. Record companies are getting writers in to work with even the top artists… Every big name it seems has a writing team or teams.. Up to 15… That’s the way it is now… It’s a commodity… What will sell??

Ok so, YouTube got a fairly hard rap….. They pay no one, or very little to no one… Spotify seem to be a good enough guy…. giving 65% or 70% back to label… Where that % goes after that was wrapped in waffle with some syrup and a smidgen of chocolate sauce…. Spotify have so far failed to make any profit..

Time for releases… Out in the siopa this week include HARRY STYLES, MANIC STREET PREACHERS, JOHN MARTYN, JOHN MELLENCAMP, NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS, AT THE DRIVE IN, BLONDIE…

And before we crack on to the releases for Friday May 19th, we’re gonna rattle out a couple of our special price pre-orders with links, all out over the next few weeks..

The Beatles – Sgt Peppers 50th Anniversary (May 26th)
Deluxe 4CD/BluRay/DVD Set at 120EUR (130EUR on shelf)
2LP at 37EUR (40EUR on Shelf)
2CD at 22EUR (25 on Shelf)

Kraftwerk – 3D The Catalogue (May 26th)
Vinyl Boxset at 150EUR (170EUR on Shelf)

U2 – Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary (June 2nd)
Limited Vinyl Boxset at 140EUR (150EUR on shelf)
Deluxe 4 CD at 100EUR (110EUR on shelf)
Double CD at 18EUR (20EUR on shelf)

There’s a chance we might have a surprise with the U2 pre-order’s…

These can be pre-ordered online with the links, or else pop us a mail if you have interest in any and we can write it in the book and make sure one is put away…

Right so, onto releases for the week of May 19th..

UNIVERSAL

Starting with Universal for next week is a new ‘Best Of’ from THE KOOKS on CD, Deluxe and 2LP… There is also a RAMMSTEIN ‘Live in Paris’ Limited 4LP Box, 2CD and Bluray… Meant to be cracking the documentary.. Strong claims that it is one of the best concert films of all time.. DRAGONFORCE also have a new album through Uni next week, and LITTLE STEVEN has a new CD entitled ‘Soulfire’..

DEAD DAISIES new live album ‘Live and Louder’ is out on CD/DVD, 2LP/CD or boxset also through Uni…

PIAS

Moving on to PIAS for the 19th… ERASURE’s new album ‘World Be Gone’ on indies only orange vinyl is out, as well as some ELIOT SMITH reissues including a 20th Anniversary DLP of the masterpiece ‘Either/Or’, remastered from analogue tapes and an extra 5 live tracks and a B-Side…

 

SONY

Sony for May 19th have SINGLES O.S.T on 2CD and 2LP, a LP reissue of RICK ROSS’ ‘Rather You Than Me’, and SIA’s ‘1000 Forms of Fear’ on vinyl..

Essential have SKEPTA’s ‘Konnichiwa’ on vinyl for the first time.. The grime artist’s album won the Mercury Prize this year.. There are also some AMON AMARTH reissues out on vinyl next week through Essential..

Republic of Music have the TWIN PEAKS OST on LP..

WARNER

Warner for next week have probably the biggest releases, starting with LINKIN PARK’s new album ‘One More Light’.. ‘Hybrid’ was the biggest selling debut this century.. I could get slagged here, but a cracking debut… 10mil in the States alone.. So this will be a big one..

Another big one from Warner this week is the next batch of IRON MAIDEN vinyl reissues.. 12 more Maiden represses on the way with identical artwork.. The first two out May 19th ‘No Prayer for the Dying’, and ‘Fear Of The Dark’.. They’ll be available on limited boxset, which will have space for all 12 of the albums.. The set when complete will be 8 studio albums and 4 live albums..

Also from Warner are a couple of CD reissues, including FAITH EVANS + BIGGIE’s ‘King and I’ album, The Vamps new CD, and a Lyle Lovett ‘Best Of’ CD…Finally from Warner for next week is a JETHRO TULL 40th Anniversary 3CD/2DVD version of ‘Songs From The Wood’..

CARGO

CARGO have a new MOUNTAIN GOAT’S album on ltd 3LP/DVD for next week if anyone’s interested pop a message..

Music On Vinyl

Music on Vinyl for next week have limited ROBERT PALMER ‘Collected’ on white vinyl, only 750 worldwide of these… The CHAMBER SCORE by J.D BRADFIELD is out on green and black swirled vinyl, WILL DE VILLE’s ‘Collected’ on red vinyl (500 only worldwide), and BETH HART ‘Live at Paradiso’ all also out through MOV…

 

Sin é for this week folks,

Thanks as always for listening

Ray

www.musiczone.ie

Days until Record Store Day 2017, A Few Subtle Digs, and Two Weeks of Vinyl Releases!

Hi Everyone,

Hope all is well…

Well just a few days to go now to Record Store Day (Saturday April 22nd) and we will be open at 8AM… The shopping centre will be open, including the car park, from 6.30 am… But access is from the Marks / TKmaxx end only at 6.30… If you want to arrive earlier you will have to stand outside again at the Marks end of the centre…

Just to let ye all know… Records for RSD are landing…. We will have about 300 titles… And we got a really good fill on a lot of things… Really good…. But, there were cuts like every year… In about 30/40 titles there were cuts but some of them were only cut by 10-25%, not making a really bad impact really to be honest, but on a small few there were fairly serious cuts as in 75-80% of what I ordered…. There the couple of problems….  And a few of the really smaller distributors may well have let us down a bit but they would have been ones or twos of things…. We worked hard and done our best folks, but this is the nature of the beast i’m afraid….. So a handful of people may be disappointed… I hope you will understand if you are one of them…

 

To give you an idea off the kind of stuff we deal with from time to time…. Which makes it really difficult to compete with the massive online companies…. When a label will rather sell it there, than to specialist indie shops..

Here’s an email from my rep about the Fionn Regan LP a few days OK…

‘Hi All,
The label pressed 1,000 LP and once all the UK & International orders were keyed there was none for left for Ireland. Sincere apologies about this! We’re currently waiting to hear when there will be a repress and will update you asap. In the meantime you should shortly be receiving your CD orders for Friday.’

This is an example of what us minnows deal with from time to time, not to mention RSD…. and Fionn is Irish for christs sake… Imagine the lucky Fionn Regan fans in Norway getting their LPs…

Anyway… As I said the fill is good especially on the ‘biggest’ titles… So I hope most of ye will be happy and if not will be cool, which is nearly as good as being happy… Isn’t it?… Isn’t It?!

 

There will be no newsletter next week folks as we will be knee deep in records….  It’s the busiest day of the year for us… It is like 9 or 10 normal saturdays rolled into one… Records, music, craic and a beer if you want… What more could ya want like…  So I hope to cover releases for the 21st and 28th of April tonight… Could well bore the liathroidi off ye…

 

But let’s start with what is being released this week in the shop… These are TOOL, NOTORIOUS BIG, CHRISTY MOORE, ELTON JOHN, PERCOLATER, LAMBCHOP, PETE TOWNSHEND. No video this week, once again it’s all RSD focus in the shop.

Not a huge amount happening on Friday the 21st…. It’s not as terrifying obviously but the shop is caught in a bit of a tsunami RSD week…. The calm… The waters receding… Eerily quiet … Then… Ooh in case I forget, which I could easily have but obviously now haven’t…. We are closed at 7pm on next Friday night as we try and make ourselves pretty and presentable for the morning, like…!

 

WARNER

Warner for the 21st have new albums by TEXAS, SHERYL CROW and SEAN ROWAN.. .His one on red vinyl.

 

UNIVERSAL

Universal have the mighty 2PAC and a vinyl reissue of his debut 2PACALYPSE NOW on DLP with codes… 25th anniversary of that classic.

Uni also have some GLEN CAMBELL LP reissues including ‘Gentle On My Mind’ and Wichita Lineman’, as well as some more reissues by THE JAM including ‘All Mod Cons, ‘Setting Sons’ and ‘Sound Effects’.

Uni have the new album by INCUBUS, entitled  ‘8’  next Friday the 21st also… June for the LP i’m afraid though, and lastly Uni have a new album by STEPS and WILKINSON which is called ‘Hypotonic’ and there is as a 4LP set limited to 1000 copies only.. And also a MAX RICHTER reissue of ‘Infra’… Listening to this guy lately.. Lovely stuff.

 

SONY

Sony for Friday the 21st of April have the BOWIE ‘No Plan’ EP on clear vinyl….The blue pill… I mean vinyl sorry, is the day after as a limited RSD release… A bit harsh on the Bowie fans really… Loads of releases for RSD and all his fans must be planning retirement homes and funeral costs so it’s a bit harsh on them..

Sony also have the new album by RAY DAVIES (THE KINKS) out on the 21st called ‘Americana’… First solo album since 2008.

Lastly Sony have a new album by BRAD PAISLEY.

 

RED ESSENTIAL have new albums by RON SEXSMITH and MAXIMO PARK for the 21st of April if they’re not sold out in Uzbekistan first…

PROPER

PROPER have KATATONIA ‘Live In Bulgaria’ for April 21…

 

Right so that’s the releases for April 21st…. Just about 300 releases then on April 22nd, like… A bit then about our local heroes, and those from slightly further afield, who come in and showcase their talents for all our entertainment needs on the day, for the price of a record and a cup of tea or a bottle of beer…. Legends one and all….Thanks lads.

First up at 11AM are RAISING JUPITER, a rock band from Leeside…. The lads are regulars with us and never fail to deliver… Quality musicians with some rocking riffs…. Two piece. Beau Hill heard a tune and looked up the guys and has now produced their latest EP.

12 Noon we are delighted to welcome JACK O ROURKE back on stage in the Towers…. Quality Jack is… On and off the stage… His star is rising all the time and we hope he gets all the success in the world… As good a songsmith as has graced this country…It’s an honour to have him with us.

1PM we have MARLENE ENRIGHT back with us not long after the release of her wonderful solo album ‘Placemats and Second Cuts’… Marlene is also a member of THE HARD GROUND.. Her debut album really is a fine listen… Quirky pop songs mixed with Marlene’s hypnotic voice and beautifully backed up by her band… You won’t go far wrong with it.

2PM we have another regular RSD contributor / legend… ANNA MITCHELL. ANNA has a new album in the pipeline so we are really looking forward to her showcasing a few new tunes as well as some classics from her debut album ‘Down To The Bone’….. Of all the in-stores we have done over the last 3 or 4 years, Anna has stopped more people in their tracks than anybody else… That tells it own story folks…. If you are around you will hear why on the day… Well worth checking out.

2.45PM we are delighted to welcome CROW BLACK CHICKEN, with their brilliant brand of dirty blues…. Christy the singer/guitarist does be in and out of the shop a bit….. Gas man i’d say…. I said it to him only a week or two back…. Back to me in a few days… ‘Yeah we’ll do it’… Sound job lads… Nice one…. I’d say their little performance will be a cracker… Cant wait!

 

3.30PM we are delighted to announce MILKY TEETH… Maybe Robbie Barron’s maiden solo voyage as MILKY TEETH… Robbie has some serious pedigree… Currently guitar player with JOHN BLEK AND THE RATS and THE SHAKER HYMN… He has also worked with the likes of JOAN SHELLEY among others…. MILKY TEETH is releasing a limited three track EP for RECORD STORE DAY…. Ye guys will be the first to hear it…. Well young Bobby here has heard a track and he is bloody raving about it since…. So another cracker in store.

4.15PM we are thrilled to welcome back CROJAYN… We have huge time for them…. These kids are the real deal and could well go very far…. Cracking, cracking band…. With tunes beyond their years…. Serious folks…. Watch this space…. One where you could say you were there…

Lastly at 5PM… As the sun sets on RSD… We will be really honoured to welcome WE CUT CORNERS to our stage… Quality finish to our day…. These guys are class…. The new record ‘The Cadences Of Others’ is brilliant… It is… It is brilliant…. So we are really thrilled to have the lads in… Try pencil it in.

So that’s the line up folks…. We would like to say a huge thanks to everyone in advance and hopefully you guys reading this will catch a flavour of the day by coming in to us.

 

Right moving quickly through releases for the 28th of April… Short and sweet folks… The one finger tapping machine is running out of battery….. The biggie biggie via Warner is the new  GORILLAZ record ‘Humanz’…. CD, DELUXE CD or LP.. LP pre-order for 24 euro special price still on offer…. Looking forward to it…

Warner also have a CRANBERRIES ‘Unplugged’ CD for the 28th of April…

 

PIAS

PIAS have the new MARK LANEGAN album, Indie supergroup BNQT’s record on indies only orange vinyl, a DIMMU BORGIR new one, and new ones from GEOFF BARROW / BEN SALISBURY, VIOLENTS AND MONICA MARTIN… Worth a listen.

 

Universal have new albums by THURSTON MOORE, FEIST (BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE), GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 OST and LP reissues by REM ‘Green’, CHEMICAL BROS ‘We Are The Night’, NAT KING COLE ‘Unforgettable’ and a nice JOHN MARTYN acoustic CD.

 

SONY have VAN MORRISON ‘The Authorised Bang Collection’, WILLIE NELSON’s new album, and a DEPECHE MODE double 12” single.

 

PROPER have a reissue of PATRICK CASSIDY ‘Cruit’..

 

MUSIC ON VINYL

MUSIC ON VINYL have a few beauts from their collection series…. First pressings of these records should be the limited numbered coloured ones…. 3LP sets… ‘Best Ofs’ by THIN LIZZY, MARVIN GAYE, UB40 and JOE COCKER… As well as TOOTS AND THE MAYTALS ‘Unplugged’…

On the local scene, we also have the new release from Percolator on vinyl through Penske Records, for a great price of 15EUR. This is getting spun on McCloone and sounding great. Check out the full album and an interview with the lads by Thin Air here, and spread the word!

http://thethinair.net/2017/03/percolator-sestra/

So look sin é for this and next week folks…

Hope you pop in and say hello on Record Store Day… 96FM are broadcasting from outside the shop from 10 till 2… Should be a right good celebration…

We’re still here!

Thanks for listening,

Ray

www.musiczone.ie

Gorillaz ‘Humanz’ Vinyl Record Special Price Pre-Order, Record Store Day Entertainment + Info Announcement, and Right Here Right Now in Cork.

Hey Everyone,

Hows the form?

I’m back to ye after our new arrival… Last wednesday night week to be exact… Bonnie joined the crew… Prince Bill, Over the Ocean, Tyler, Raitt… Nope…. Bonnie O’ Brien…. BOB… So you got in there kid…Truth is Gina loves Gone With The Wind and the little girl in it is called… We’re delighted for her to join the troops…. Anyway look, I don’t want to induce vomit with my paternal ramblings… All’s  well thankfully and that’s the main thing… She is definitely in my top 5 of best looking babies ever poll though… Right… Move on Raymond… Loads to talk about other than beautiful babies…!!

Loads of nice releases in the shop today including FATHER JOHN MISTY (STANDARD OR DELUXE), IMELDA MAY, FUTURE ISLANDS, RIHANNA, DEEP PURPLE, GIMME DANGER OST, NOW 96, JEFFERSON AIRPLANE, KAREN ELSON, RAG N BONE MAN, THE CLASH.

Right so, moving on to releases for 14th of April…

SONY

Sony arguably have the biggest releases of the week with some TOOL vinyl record reissues…’Opiate’, ‘Undertow’, and ‘Lateralus’…. I was chuffed a few weeks back when I saw them on the release schedule… Ah nice one… Lateralus is a great rock album… People always look for it… Greedy guts was thinking how many he’d sell…. Eyes then panned across to the price… ‘Ah shit’ was my reaction…. Some kind of a limited LP is Lateralus so it’s 80 bucks…. Pity like… The other two are normal money… I might have sold 20 of them at 25 Euro over a few months (500EUR), but only at best maybe 3 / 4 at 80 bucks… (320EUR at  very best).. That equation should work for the record companies as well…. Small numbers probably pressed… Not going to be held as a stock item going forward… Press em, sell em and move on… Stock gone… Very much for and against that for me… Way more against it if i’m to be honest… It fuels the Ebay-ers a bit and takes a great album out of the reach of a genuine punter who just wants the LP… Anyway look… No stress…

Sony also have a nice repress of CHRISTY MOORE’s ‘Live At The Point’, a new album by the supremely talented JOHN MAYER ‘The Search For Everything’, and a live album on LP by SCORPIONS entitled ‘Acoustica”.

RED ESSENTIAL have the difficult second album from SAM OUTLAW … ‘Tenderheart’ … Lovely voice on this dude…

Been awhile since we had a record from FIONN REGAN but next friday the wait is over… Cracking video of the lead single… Cracking song also… Cillian Murphy is in the video… Really well done… I could be all wrong but I doubt it… I’d say there wasn’t much money exchanged hands…… Murphy was a budding musician himself in a previous life and was offered a 5 album record deal in 1996 i think… He turned it down… I think his brother who was in the band was still in school so it got knocked on the head… I‘d say he is a good supporter of Irish music… Great cameo too on the great Franks album… So that’s what I have to say about that.

RED ESSENTIAL also have reissues by TWILIGHT SAD (the debut) and IGNITE’s ‘Our Darkest Days’.

 

On the local scene a very very important and unique festival is being run by the Opera House over the weekend of the 28/29/30th of April supporting and showcasing the depth and dearth of musical talent we have around the city..

I know I am always banging on to ye about the local music scene and how good it is… (If people give it more of a chance)…. Well… Guess what… Here’s a chance folks… Roll up, roll up for what will be a brilliant weekend of excellent live music in the unique settings of the Opera House’s various rooms…. There are gigs across the weekend either in the intimate green room (backstage at the opera house), or the right room (which is basically a gig on the stage itself (audience and band on stage). or the JACK O ROURKE gig in the main auditorium with the Cork Opera House 25 piece orchestra…. It is a great opportunity to sample the Opera House in a different and unique way… Be it on stage or backstage, as well as supporting and enjoying our brilliant local talent…. More details here on the Opera House Website… But on the cards you have… Mick Flannery with Marlene Enright, Interference, Jack O’ Rourke, Anna Mitchell, Strung,  John Blek and The Rats, The Shaker Hymn, Mark O’ Reilly, Friday / Saturday Night Ramble, Hank Wedel, Clare Sands, Greenshine, Sup Trio, Ian Whitty, and Shookrah… So get in and soak it up… The corporation is definitely going to wet some babies heads over that weekend… Well…  Will do well for one night… Fingers crossed… Ye know the story!

WARNER

WARNER for the 14th of April have the brilliant reissue of THE NOTORIOUS B.I.G ‘Life After Death” on 3LP through Rhino… Classic hip-hop indeed… ‘Ready To Die’ is an RSD release also this year folks…. Warner have a new album from JOHN POWERS CAST and reissues by SEASICK STEVE ‘Can’t Teach A Old Dog” and TAKING BACK SUNDAY ‘New Again’.

 

We at the corporation are really looking forward to the new GORILLAZ album… Out on April 28th… We are teaming up with Warner to do a decent pre-order offer on the LP….. Best price offer of 24EUR (I think you will see it’s very competitive), as well as a bespoke to us Gorillaz print with all pre orders… The band’s management have given the go ahead for us to receive these prints which is great…. Artwork for print not confirmed to me yet…. This is open for in store and online pre-orders…. Need responses by next Weds the 12th of April…. If interested…. Sound as a bell…
Link here : GORILLAZ ‘HUMANZ’ VINYL RECORD CORK

UNIVERSAL

Universal have a classic first timer on vinyl of the GIN BLOSSOMS classic ‘New Miserable Experience’ from back in 1992…. Some more limited Pete Townshend LP reissues on different coloured vinyl as well..

Uni also have reissues by ELTON JOHN on LP including ‘Captain Fantastic’ and ‘The Brown Dirt Cowboy’, ‘Elton John’, ‘Madman Across The Water’, ‘Songs From The West Coast’ ‘17-11-70’, Too Low For Zero’, and also some JOHN MARTYN LP reissues, ‘Bless The Weather’, and ‘The Tumbler’.

 

We’ve had another late announcement to the RSD17 List this week, and a nice one. A 7’’ replica single of THE BEATLES’ classics ‘Strawberry Fields’ / ‘Penny Lane’. A savage double A sided single to be fair.. Originally came out in February 1967..

 

Carrying on from there, we are having our own little mini-festival for Record Store Day…. 96FM are involved a bit on the day… Broadcasting from the empty unit across from the shop from 10 to 2… Which will give everyone involved a lovely bit of promo… Some facebook live stuff going on… Lots going on really to be honest… Munster Rugby looking to get a time switch for their cup semi final because of the clash with us…. 96FM have asked for a blurb about the day so if ye want to get a RSD Musiczone.ie Event Guide, and waffle please read on…… Actually in hindsight queueing info and band info here also so probably worth a scan…

 

Record Store Day is an annual event to help independently owned record shops by providing them with bespoke and limited pieces of pre-recorded music. Vinyl, CD and Cassettes. Both record labels and artists produce these bespoke pieces of vinyl or art, as Paul MCCARTNEY says, to help drive footfall and sales in Indie Record Shops around the globe.

This year we have limited vinyl releases by U2, DAVID BOWIE, THE BEATLES, THE CURE, THE SMITHS, BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, PEARL JAM, NEIL YOUNG, PRINCE, MADONNA, LOU REED, VANGELIS, PINK FLOYD, LONDON GRAMMAR, THE WAR ON DRUGS,THE DOORS and THE MANIC STREET PREACHERS amongst others. These are once off pressings, limited and never to be repeated. In some cases, never released before on any format. We will have about 300 different titles in store on the day.

RSD rules state that nothing can be held or sold online until 7 days after the event. It’s purely a ‘first come, first served’ basis on RSD. Only one of any title per customer.

We will have pressies for our early queue attending people while stocks last.

QUEUING. Start when you want. But doors will open into the centre from the Marks / TK Maxx entrance at 6.30AM. Not from any other doors. So if youre before 6.30, go to those doors. We are open at 8AM. We have got a good fill of products to be honest, even The Cure ones are much better than expected. So if you’re early, you should be good for the main titles.

 

Music, beer and buns start at 11PM. Let’s have a parteee. Because that’s what the day IS ultimately. A celebration of record stores and their survival.

 

And here’s our entertainment for this party:

 

11AM  : RAISING JUPITER

12 Noon : JACK O ROURKE

1PM : MARLENE ENRIGHT

2PM : ANNA MITCHELL

2.45PM : CROW BLACK CHICKEN

3.30PM : MILKY TEETH

4.15PM : CROJAYN

5PM : WE CUT CORNERS

 

Some artists will be solo. Some will have bits of bands, and some full bands.. Definitely in 4 cases at least full bands….. Rock n roll!!

Also on the local front, the JOE CHESTER In-Store from recently is also now available to view on our site! Will have the AUGUST WELLS video up for next week..
https://musiczone.ie/videos/

 

Sin e for this week folks,

Thanks for listening,

Ray

www.musiczone.ie