Vampire Weekend Make Their Return, A Special Fontaines D.C. Competition and The Industry’s Royalty Rates

Hi everyone,

Hope all is well out there and we all enjoyed the Easter Bunny… Crikey the year is flying… Sailing season soon…


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Right so moving on to releases for the 3rd of May we have a few nice releases via Sony… First up is the new VAMPIRE WEEKEND album called “Father Of The Bride”.. It’s available as a CD, standard black vinyl, and an indies only coloured LP.. Major label debut… Although they were on Bella Union or someone major enough before this I feel.. Sounds sweet to be fair… Sony also have the album by AMON AMARTH “Berserker” on CD, 2LP or a super duper boxset thingy…

Universal for the 3rd of May have the LEWIS CAPALDI album release “Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent” it is called and it’s on CD, standard black LP, or on the 17th of May a high street only red vinyl.. Lots of British press and DJ’s believe in this dude.. Here’s a link to the song from the new record

Universal have  new LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY CD with a bonus disc of Greatest Hits thrown in for good measure.. Uni also have the new album by LITTLE STEVENS AND THE DISCIPLES OF SOUL.. “Summer of Sorcery” it’s called on CD, or 2LP.. Lastly from Universal for the 3rd of May is the release (first time release may I add) of the ARIANA GRANDE album “Thank U, Next!”.. It’s a DLP gatefold with white inner bags..

Warner for the 3rd of May has the new RHIANNON GIDDENS CD on Nonesuch Records, as well as IN FLAMES “I, The Mask” on 2LP Picture Disc vinyl

ROM for the 3rd of May have the new STONE FOUNDATION 7”..

PIAS arguably for the 3rd of May have the biggest release of the weekend with the BIG THIEF new album “U.F.O.F” on 4AD… It will be available on CD, standard LP and indies only coloured LP… Single LP.. It could be a cracker i’d say.. Indies only single LP is €22 via 4AD.. Decent value.. Begs the céist I’m afraid why oh why is the NATIONAL record on 4AD two weeks later €45 for an indies only (now double LP granted so would cost more).. I suppose royalty rates is the only good reason I can think of for that price difference… Cos it’s a massive difference.. So look maybe the National boys demanded more from the sale of the record (they are entitled to that.. if that is the case) but if it is not the case then it’s simply cash cowing and that’s a shame… The reason it hints at a cash cow for me is standard 2LP is €32 and indie as only 2LP is €40… No big problem with 3LP one as it looks sweet an there are extras on it.. But a €8 retail difference cause of colour??? I make my point again… 20 x €32’s is better than 10 x €40’s… Royalty wise and every other wise… It’s one i’ve trouble getting my head around.. Maybe the powers that be in these record companies have their market research done on these releases and it tells them that the price is not a factor… I for one (for ye’r market research purposes like) will tell ye that on the front line here in the shop floor, price is a huge factor.. Anyway look it is what it is…

Here is the info on The National record which is out May 17th..
I Am Easy To Find’ is the band’s eighth studio album and the follow-up to 2017’s Grammy Award- winning release ‘Sleep Well Beast’. A companion short film with the same name will also be released with music by The National and inspired by the album. The film was directed by Academy Award- nominated director Mike Mills (20th Century Women, Beginners) and stars Academy Award-Winner Alicia Vikander. Mills, along with the band, is credited as co-producer of the album, which was mostly recorded at Long Pond, Hudson Valley, NY with additional sessions in Paris, Berlin, Cincinnati, Austin, Dublin, Brooklyn and more far flung locations.
The album features vocal contributions from Sharon Van Etten, Brooklyn Youth
Chorus, Lisa Hannigan, Mina Tindle and more.
As the album’s opening track ‘You Had Your Soul With You’ unfurls it’s so far, so National: a digitally manipulated guitar line, skittering drums, Berninger’s familiar baritone, mounting tension. Then around the 2:15 mark, the true nature of ‘I Am Easy To Find’ announces itself: The racket subsides, strings swell and the voice of long-time David Bowie bandmate Gail Ann Dorsey booms out – not as background vocals, not as a hook but to take over the song. Elsewhere it’s Irish singer songwriter Lisa Hannigan, or Sharon Van Etten, or Mina Tindle or Kate Stables of This Is The Kit, or varying combinations of them. Also, The Brooklyn Youth Choir, whom Bryce Dessner had worked with before. There are choral arrangements and strings on nearly every track, largely put together by Bryce in Paris – not a negation
of the band’s dramatic tendencies but a redistribution of them. “Yes, there are a lot of women singing on this, but it wasn’t because, ‘Oh, let’s have more women’s voices,’” says Berninger. “It was more, ‘Let’s have more of a fabric of people’s identities.’ It would have been better to have had other male singers but my ego wouldn’t let that happen.”
Formats :
Deluxe 3LP set pressed on red / grey / yellow 140s vinyl set in tri-fold jacket with printed innersleeves, 24 page booklet and 24” x 24” poster folder housed in printed plastic sleeve.  Side 5 on the 3LP edition contains 22 minutes of music from the ‘I Am Easy To Find’ Original Film Score – exclusive to this format. Side 6 on the 3LP is an etching.. €46 best price pre-order.
Standard 2LP pressed on black vinyl.. €32 best price pre-order
Independent Retailer pressed on clear 2LP €40 best price pre-order
CD.. €15 best price pre-order

PIAS for the 3rd of May also have an indies only reissue of the debut PROTOMARTYR record “No Passion, All Technique”.. A few lads coming in here to us swear by this band and would say they are the best band around at the moment.. I’m going to investigate… We can investigate together.. Here’s a link

Lastly PIAS for the 3rd of May have EDITORS “The Blanck Mass Sessions”.. A reissue.. Not the RSD one, a Standard Black vinyl one!..

Proper for the 3rd of may have the 3rd album by FRANK CARTER AND THE RATTLESNAKES called “End Of Suffering”, indies only green LP with this one.. Proper also have new albums by RICHARD BARBIERI, and also THE FELICE BROTHERS, as well as reissues by GONG “Angles Egg” and “You”.. Lastly from Proper is a DLP “Best Of” of PETER GREEN SPLINTER GROUP,  2CD also available on that…

Music On Vinyl for the 3rd of May have a reissue of the NATURAL BORN KILLERS 25th Anniversary Edition of the soundtrack.. 2K of them on green vinyl, also out is the OST to ONCE, this time 3K on transparent vinyl.

Bit of good news for you competition lovers here… Around RSD we were due a present from FONTAINES D.C… The following Monday we got a package from the lads with 3 signed prints of the album cover.. I kept meaning to do something with them, so any person who has bought the LP or CD off us, or is intending to buy the LP or CD off us, we will enter your name to the hat.. So if you have already or want to pick up the album, shout at us… We have the list still of everyone who pre-ordered with us still..

Sin é for this week folks.
Go raibh maith agat as do chluas a thabhairt
Music Zone 

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