Hope all is well folks.. This is my last newsletter for a few weeks.. I have a little bit of time off.. So my last day in the shop is this Saturday the 31st of July.. We are open Sunday the 1st of August 11-4 as usual, but closed on the Bank Holiday Monday.. I’m working from home doing the orders that day but i’m off then from Tuesday the 2nd of August until Friday the 13th of August… So really looking forward to the time off… It’s been 12 months since I took some time and although I love what I do, I really feel I need a break from it… Bobby and Shane will take the reigns.. Thanks lads!!! Get them on email at firstname.lastname@example.org or on the phone at 021-4967119.. They will cover all comms when i’m gone including the newsletter.. Communication is a busy part of our world and something we have to stay on top of every few hours.. A lot of it can be fruitless but we have to stay with it.. Cause it’s important to hopefully bring someone back a second time which may bare fruit… There are circa 200 communications on email a day… Glorified secretaries we are!! But crucial.. No emails no business.. So Bob will do newsletters for the next 2 weeks and may even turn into a ‘Grumpy Ray’ for that 10 days or so!!
Just about our email… email@example.com is a good one to use, or firstname.lastname@example.org but not the old email@example.com… That one is a gone.. Won’t get to us with eircom.net…
Right so few other bits of house keeping stuff.. We still have a handful of spots left for NIAMH REGAN‘s in-store with us this Friday the 30th at 4PM… We are so looking forward to this here in the shop.. Honoured to welcome Niamh to our humble abode.. ‘Hemet‘ is a super record and Niamh will be singing songs from it here on Friday at 4 and hopefully signing a few copies also.. If you can’t get in and want a signed copy please email and we will sort it.. 5 Spots / Households left for this socially distanced in-store… We would love to see ye.. Here is ‘Save the Day’ from the album
Another fierce interesting release (which I forgot about until now) is a debut release on Skinty Records.. It’s a Trad compilation called ‘Goitse A Thaisce : A Compilation Of Irish Music Volume 1’. The label was founded by Tom Coll (drummer with Fontaines D.C.).. These are a collection of Traditional Irish Songs that mean a lot to Tom.. Tom and his bandmates have always been friendly and kind to the siopa here.. There record is limited to 1000 copies and pressed on 180gm Vinyl.. Here is a few words from Tom on the record. It is out on the 6th of August.. Give us a nod please if you would like a copy..
The idea for this record came from an extended period of time living back in my family home in
the west of Ireland. Here, I found myself in the midst of a vast, mountainous landscape, a place
that vividly recalled my childhood memories of old Irish traditional music. This experience
sparked a need to immerse myself in the tradition once again. Trad was my first musical love
over any other, so it feels very gratifying to put together this compilation.
Every tune on this record holds a special place in my heart. Whether it’s by lifelong heroes such
as The Bothy Band or Planxty, family friends like Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh or Emer Mayock, or by
contemporary artists pushing the boundaries of the tradition like Lisa O’Neill or Ye Vagabonds,
these songs have soundtracked my life thus far.
If this record can introduce just one person to the world of Irish music, then it has served its
purpose. The tradition has so much depth and richness to it, and I urge you to please delve into
it with an open heart. The title of the record roughly translates to “come here my darling,” which
is the sentiment I feel when I hear these tunes. Hopefully they can bring about that same feeling
Tom Coll – Skinty Records / Fontaines DC
Right so releases for this Friday the 30th of July.. We have new releases by BILLIE EILISH, LUMP, PRINCE, LEON BRIDGES, DURAND JONES & AND THE INDICATIONS, SON VOLT, VADER, PEACHES, DEE SNIDER, YOLA, NATHANIEL RATELIFF, and the new ARETHA FRANKLIN compilation.. There are reissues by THIN LIZZY, THE CINEMATIC ORCHESTRA, MUDHONEY, ERASURE, FELA KUTI, SCRITTI POLITTI, MARILLION, BRYAN FERRY, PANIC! AT THE DISCO, SPACEMAN 3, PERE UBU, .. On the CD front there are a couple of GEEZER BUTLER releases and the new JACKSON BROWNE album on CD only for now..
Following on are the releases for the 6th of August. There is the release of the GEORGE HARRISON ‘All Things Must Pass’ 50th Anniversary Boxsets on a few formats. We will have new releases by JACKSON BROWNE, MR JUKES & BARNEY ARTIST, STAIND, BARBRA STREISAND, WILLY MASON, WILL YOUNG, DAVE, LIARS, TROPICAL FUCK STORM, and the DEMON’S SOULS OST on vinyl.. There are reissues due from LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, BRIAN MAY, O.M.D, SONNY CLARK, MCCOY TYRNER, MAX RICHTER, THE ART OF NOISE, and NIGHTWISH..
Right so onto releases for the 13th of August.. EMI via Universal have the seventh studio album by THE KILLERS ‘Pressure Machine’.. Another record born out of the silence of the pandemic.. A record that may not have happened if COVID didn’t curse us.. The album is available as CD, Standard LP, Cassette and as a limited Grey Slipcased Version of the black vinyl available only to selected accounts (we’d be one of them selected accounts!)..
Big Machine via Uni have a SHERYL CROW live album ‘Live From The Ryman’ as a 2CD or a 4LP which is out on Sept 3rd.. UMC have a reissue of TRAVIS ’12 Memories’ as an indie only shop and Direct 2 Consumer (D2C) limited release.. UMC also have a reissue (we it says a reissue, I would have thought it wasn’t pressed on vinyl before) of CORINNE BAILEY RAE’s self titled debut album..
Integral for the 13th of August have the record by DEVENDRA BANHART & NOAH GEORGESON ‘Refuge’ as well as the new JOSIENNE CLARK CD…
One that landed yesterday and is on the site now is the new POWER OF DREAMS CD ‘Ausländer’.. Looking forward to getting stuck into this one.. I believe the LP release isn’t until early 2022.. CD here now folks..
Sony for the 13th of August have the single standard black reissue of PEARL JAM’s ‘No Code‘…
Sony for the 20th of August have the new album by JAKE BUGG ‘Saturday Night, Sunday Morning’ on CD, Vinyl or Indies Only Clear vinyl… I have always liked this dude.. A bit underrated I feel commercially underrated anyway.. Here is ‘Lost’ from the new record..
OUTKAST have a anniversary reissue of second record ‘Atliens’ out through Sony on the 20th of August also…
Another one I meant to mention to ye loads of times is a local release by Cork band THE LOVE BUZZ.. 10 Track EP called ‘Here Comes The Scum’ and it’s bloody cracking in my opinion.. The lads are half mad if not 3/4 i’d say but a have a real rock n’ roll swagger to them, not put on.. A real dirty swagger.. It’s a fine E.P.. Here is ‘Harp’ from the EP.. Great stuff altogether..
Warner for the 13th of August have a reissue of NINA SIMONE’s ‘Little Girl Blue’ via BMG.. CD, Standard LP and Indies Blue LP available.. Nuclear Blast on the 13th of August release ‘Sepulquatra’ by Sepultura which is a project borne out of a podcast during lockdown where the band some hits with musical friends across the globe.. Just available on CD for now, vinyl down the road..
The Orchard for the 13th of August have a reissue of THE WEATHER STATION’s second album ‘All Of It Was Mine’ on Fat Possum.. Indies Bone Colour vinyl available.. BBE Music via The Orchard are releasing ‘Modern Love’ a diverse compendium of specially commissioned cover versions of rarities and classics in tribute to David Bowie (the forgotten man of RSD)… The likes of Khruangbin, Kit Sebastian, and Helado Negro are doing covers.. They tell (The Orchard) that stock is limited so I won’t promise here but let me know if interested.. 2CD or 2LP are the formats..
Cargo for the 13th of August have a couple of JOAN SHELLY Reissues on Coloured Vinyl ‘Electric Ursa’ and ‘Ginko’ via No Quarter… Cargo also have a repress of HOWLIN’ WOLF ‘The Howlin’ Wolf Album’ on the Get on Down Label…
Proper for the 13th of August have the brand new JUNGLE album ‘Loving In Stereo’ on CD, Cassette or Indies Only Transparent Blue LP via Caiola Records..
I am going to hand over to Bobby now to run through announcements etc..
Hope everyone is keeping safe and well.
Not a huge pile from myself this week so will try keep it short and sweet!
Kicking us off this week is a biggy. 50 years since one of our own legends released his first solo record following the break up of Taste. That is of course the excellent self titled album by Cork’s own RORY GALLAGHER. One of my own favourite records, and what I think is one of the best album covers ever. Just pure simple, but effective. There is a few formats for this 50th Anniversary Edition, including a 2CD, 3LP or Deluxe Limited 4CD/DVD set. Lots of unreleased takes, live material etc with the extras.
We have a game of Fastest Fingers First unfortunately again this week. This time it’s a 5LP Coloured Vinyl Boxset release from the excellent SUFJAN STEVENS. ‘Convocations‘ is the title of the release, which was put out first in May 2021 (first time release on vinyl here). It’s an instrumental album made up of 5 different volumes, recorded during lockdown and it explores the the grief Stevens’ felt following his father’s death. Unfortunately folks we are only allocated one copy of this. So best way if interested is to buy over the website, as once it’s gone it’s gone for good i’m afraid.
Finally from me, two last nice ones for this week. The Orchard are doing a 10th Anniversary (first time on vinyl) pressing of RYAN SHERIDAN’s debut LP ‘The Day You Live Forever’ on gold vinyl. And finally there is a new SAINT ETIENNE record announced for September entitled ‘I’ve Been Trying To Tell You’. This is coming on CD, Vinyl or Indies Only Clear Vinyl (only 4 copies of the indies allocated to us).
That’s it from mise for this week folks, back to the boss-man!
Right so PIAS / Integral have a biggie / biggie on the 20th of August with the release of VILLAGERS fifth studio album ‘Fever Dreams’ on Domino… Ah great, really looking forward to it.. It’s available on CD, Standard Vinyl, and a really limited Irish Only Indie Shop Press on Oxblood Coloured Vinyl into black poly lined inners into a die-cut sleeve with four interchangeable covers, with digital download cards.. Great to see downloads included.. If anyone up the food chain is listening.. Download codes should be a given,, We hear it daily on the shop floor.. Consumers want the codes folks.. Less and less download codes it seems to me.. Charging enough.. Stick the code in the record.. Consumers want the codes.. Is there anybody out there??? Just nod if you can hear me..
Right back to Mr. O’Brien.. 5th Villagers record out on the 20th of August with a really nice Irish Shops Only Vinyl.. Tickets for the Opera House still about maybe.. From what I have heard so far of ‘Fever Dreams’ it’s beautiful.. Here is ‘So Simpatico’ from the album.. Let this wash over you.. Beautiful song..
Integral also for the 20th of August have a new JAMES MCMURTRY album on New West ‘The Horses and the Hounds’. There are some really limited reissues by THE KNIFE ‘Deep Cuts’ and ‘Silent Shout’ as well as ROYKSOPP’s class ‘Meoldy A.M’ and lastly via Mute is MARTIN GORE’s ‘The Third Chimpanzee Remixed’ on CD and coloured vinyl..
Sin more or less é for this week folks,
If I don’t see ye later in the week, see ye soon
Thanks for listening,
Ray, Bobby & Shane,