Wellers Out Friday, Back Open On The 17th And Thoughts On The Vinyl Pricing

Hi Everyone

Hope all is well with ye.  

Jays its nice to see things opening again!!

We took the decision not to do appointments this week for a number of reasons mainly it would be messy for us to organise it,  Bobs on a week’s holidays  ( happy birthday Bobby!) so we are a bit stretched also and we are trying to get organised to get open properly on the 17th as well.

So call and click there this week 021 4967119 and back open properly on the 17th of May.
im under pressure a bit saturday the 15th may…best case is 10 to 4 im on site , it maybe only 10 to 2.30…nightwalkers …ring me in the morning and ill know 021 4967119.

One week of call and collect was a bit mad anyway ( i felt it could have been done safely for the last month or so ) and i see on the news tonight that some of the biggest retailers in the country were doing appointments and they may as well have been open…queues at their doors etc but i won’t start grumbling again, we are nearly there now and it’s great to be getting back open on the 17th of May. It has been a really long 18 or 19 weeks so it will be great to get open properly again. It’s actually quite exciting to be opening, I feel like it’s a new shop opening excitement…I didn’t have that feeling after the last 2 lockdowns…i hope and feel that this will be the last time covid will close our doors. It will honestly be lovely to see yer warm friendly faces again….granted not the best looking bunch in general, but warm and friendly none the less.

The same rules will apply as before…5 or 6 folks in the shop at any one time ( or 5 or 6 from the same household)…20 mins inside kind of job, hand san at door and counter,  facemasks, be nice, be kind…yada yada yada… i’m sure ye know the deal with it at this stage.

Opening hours Monday the 17th through to saturday  the 22nd of May 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday 23rd  I think is 11am to 4 pm but I can confirm that next week.

I’m in the good siopa  monday  and tuesday, sharing the day with Shane on weds, Bobby is on thursday, Bobby and myself are on Friday and myself and one of the lads are on Saturday…one of the lads will be on sunday….really looking forward to it to be honest. Sin sin on that.

Releases out this friday the 14th of May include the modfathers new album ( PAUL WELLER) , isn’t he some man for high quality prolific releases, as well as new albums by ST VINCENTSONS OF KEMET, DAVID GRAYTHE BLACK KEYS, MYLES KENNEDY,MORCHEEBA,  PHOEBE BRIDGERS EP, as well as reissues by ANNA CALVIKENNY ROGERS and last but certainly not least the CROSBY, STILLS, NASH & YOUNG masterpiece “ deja vu”….some nice releases out this friday in fairness….i think i caught them all, my watchdog is sunning himself on a beach in Kerry.

Releases for the 21st of May include new albums by GRUFF RHYSJOHN HIATT & THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND ( i have been banging on about these both lovely listens) MDOU MOCTOR, GARY NUMAN, COUNTING CROWS EP, TWENTY ONE PILOTS, LAMBCHOPKING GIZZARD AND THE LIZARD WIZARD ( now the 28th i think) LORD HURON as well as reissues by my bloody valentine, DESMOND DEKKER AND THE SPECIALS and a limited 7” remix of seven nation army by THE WHITE STRIPES….not to bad a week either.

Ok so and the ones i am trying to sell to ye now…sher ye all know tis only an ad like…are the releases for the 28th of May so we have from Warner new albums by TEXAS and KD LANG well KDs album is a revamp job aptly named “ makeover” …KD gave us a retweet on the twitter machine a good few years now when we were only babies on the machine so aside from my fondness of her music there’s an added fondness due to the retweet of the siopa…this album is a collection of dance remixes of some of her best loved songs…Warner has a rake of reissues for the 28th of May also, starting with  the one the only Mr DAVID “ no show at rsd this year” BOWIETHE GRATEFUL DEAD , PARAMORE, GREEN DAY as well as an acoustic album by EVA CASSIDY, live albums by ETTA JAMES and NINA SIMONE and an original cast recording of TINA TURNER.

PIAS/INTEGRAL for the 28th of May have new albums by BLACK MIDIMUSTAFA and NILS LANDGREN FUNK UNIT as well as reissues by ANIMAL COLLECTIVE, live album by CAN in Stuttgart on one run coloured vinyl as well as CLINT MANSELLs score to “ Rebecca”.oh to break things up…heres the video from last friday!
subscribe isnt that what im to say!! ( we have a tab on who isnt …yep the naughty list)
https://youtu.be/izg84V9CNcM

Universal for the 28th of May , they have a debut record by EASY LIFE on Island, cd, std lp and indies only lp…here is “ nightmares” from Leicester’s finest up and coming band…nice laid back vibe.

Uni also has the release of the new MOBY record on Deutsche Grammophon, “ Reprise”  sees Moby revisiting and reimagining musical highlights from his 30-year career. Together with the Budapest Art Orchestra, he has re-envisioned some of his most recognizable rave classics and anthems with new arrangements for orchestra and acoustic instruments. Loads of class guests with him on the record including KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, JIM JAMES, GREGORY PORTER, MARK LANEGAN amongst them.

Cd, std vinyl and indies grey 2 lp set.

TRAVIS reissue 5th album “ the boy with no name” on the 28th also, as well as a reissue by PJ HARVEY of “ the peel sessions” .

UMC have 2 nice double vinyl compilations for the 28th of may also…RELOADED…a 90s indie comp with all the big names and also THE 60S album …what it says on the tin with that.

We are missing some links as my linkman is sunning himself on a beach in Barbados or was it Barna he said…apologies for that, normal service will resume next week.

Sony for the 28th of May have THE WEDDING PRESENT reissue of SEAMONSTERS, the bands third studio album , produced by STEVE ALBINI  its now in its 30th year.

This 30th anniversary 2LP package includes the studio album alongside the Dalliance, 3 Songs and Lovenest EPs. Rounding out the music on the release are a set of live BBC Peel Sessions recordings.

This 30th anniversary bundle also includes a CD comprising the studio album and EPs.

Nice product in fairness.

The Orchard for the 28th of May have a new album from BLACKBERRY SMOKE called “ you hear me georgia” on cd, lp or indies only coloured vinyl…here is the title track for the new album.

Orchard also have a brand new DEL AMITRI album via Cooking vinyl called “ fatal mistakes” cd and lp…here is “ its feelings” from the record.

Orchard also have KANSAS “ point of no return live and beyond” as 2 CD or 3lp/2cd boxset, new live album, there are some SATYRICON reissues and NITIN SAWHNEY live at ronnie scotts.

I don’t think i mentioned Proper for the 21st of May before now so they have 2 nice releases that day…VIOLENT FEMMES “ ADD IT UP” compilation album 1981 to 1993 on std or aqua blue indies only LP….also there is a new ROBERT FINLEY album “ Sharecropper’s Son” on CD or Vinyl on easy eye sound label.

Re the vinyl increases we have seen and will see with Universal, for a retailer it’s far from good news, i could be wrong but id say about 25 or 30% of their live catalogue has increased in price  in the last month and i believe about another 20 to 25% of the catalogue could increase soon.

Substantial increases also…not 10 or 15% …on average  somewhere about 35% id say.

Now that’s a savage increase in any industry.

If the other record companies follow suit , then we are in right trouble with it.

Put simply, because of it we are going to sell less, and in turn the record company will sell less.

Why do it then?

This is only my opinion,

There are off course increases in raw materials and increases in costs at the plants and maybe different royalty deals at play as well as stuff i aint privy to ( to the tune of 35% cost increase though, id say tune that guitar again)

We have seen the cost of cardboard increase ourselves, in fact  nearly double in the last few months…it used cost us 45 cent to send a mailer ( with a record in it) with the courir ( the courier costs 6 euro) to one of ye…now the same mailer is 73 cent .

The cost of the compound used in making records has increased also, and this time and truly this time with covid restrictions in the plants, these plants are at capacity, in fact cant cope id suggest.

We have heard plant capacity talk in the past…trust me, its real this time.

My opinion is that there are definitely cost increases at play here but a more telling reason could be that the record companies just can’t get stuff pressed and because of it are losing more money…case study……the debut Hozier record is a fine selling record…1 a week id say for me so how many for shops bigger than us….it will not be back on the shop floor until sept or oct…in fact 5 to 7 months it will be out of stock for, the retail price will be going from 25 euro to 37/38 euro when it does arrive back in.

The record company would have sold a lot of Hozier records in that 5/7 months if they had them..so would we, cause we are a partnership really….well i feel we are, but  that’s another debate, there is a train of thought out there that our suppliers are our competitors now with all the direct to consumer stuff ( D2C) going on, i’m not really sure what other industries operate like that to be honest …but who i work with on the ground are always trying to help us to be fair and i would say i have a very good relationship with the Irish based offices …UNI, WEA and SONY ( the price hikes and D2C are decisions made at a level i have zero say in or am interested either…truth be told, a simple life i like but you still have to do your job to your best)

Increase the cost of the record ( partially due to cost increase) but more importantly i feel is to help quench demand and allow the record company get its stock back on its shelf…i think they have been firefighting with inventory the last year, struggling to get stuff pressed  that they wanted to get pressed…one sure way of keeping stock on your shelves is increase the price….dampen demand, it eases the pressure and in this case when supply is not available as they want, is very profitable.

250 hozier records a week for the record company at a higher margin is way better than zero Hozier sold in 6/7 months…they will last longer on the shelf also easing the pressure to get them repressed.

Where will it go?

Not really sure, but I know what I hope for.

I hope the others ( record companies)  don’t follow suit for a start as then we are looking at a gourmet new release product only and it will alienate a lot of our good customers.

40 to 45 euro new release records is just a step too large and too far, when the same product ( loosely used term) is free to a lot of ears .

I think it will reset itself a bit in 2022…there are pressing plants been built in every continent on the globe as i write this ( now, that is a positive sign for the industry in general) so the supply issue needs to be and is the slow process of been addressed…once that occurs i  think things will revert back a little but not a lot…that’s my hope for now….33 to 40 euro new release records could well be the future one way or another….but its imperative the record companies revert/keep quality back catalogue at reasonable money and nb also that there is value in the marketplace…17.18 euro offers….they are the extra sale a lot of the time…spot the cranberries debut album at 17 quid, throw that in as well Ray ( followed by a expletive usually)

I suppose it will all play out the way it plays out and i cant influence it, just hurl from the ditch is all…good at that down here in Rebel land…although are our young fellas rising…time will tell.

20 years ago cds were 21.57 euro for a new release…30 euro for a new release lp would be a good price i feel and it is still there with a lot of companies ….hopefully it can stay like that.
Weller is 30 quid with Uni Friday for the indies only yellow one.

Anyway thats my opinion on that…lifes like a box of chocolates…Bueller…BUELLER …ye still awake!!?

PIAS/INTEGRAL for the 4th of June have the BLACK PUMAS live album on ATO record and on XL is the 20th anniversary deluxe edition of THE AVALANCHES class debut album “ since i left you”.

A lot of links and pics probably missing today…apologies…email if interested in anything!

Can’t wait to get open…let the coppers ring in the greasy till, the coppers in the greasy till!

Sin e for this week folks

Thanks for listening as always

Ray, Bobby and Shane.musiczone.ie

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