Hope all is well.
Thanks to all of ye who made last Saturday so special…its hard to enjoy it at the time as the auld brain do be racing but once the exhaustion passes, and you reflect it was a special day again.
Thanks to all the musicians, THE BURMA, LEWIS BARFOOT , RUA RI and JOHN NEVILLE all of whom were fantastic…Tim will have a bit of a video at some point so will share it here as usual….thanks to Tim also for d;video,Martin, Vince and others for the refreshments, Stephen for the big undercharge own up…all the little acts of kindness shown by the community…thanks… thanks to all of ye who made the effort to come in on the day, for supporting the shop and the quality original Irish ( ish for Lewis) musicians who played for us…big big thanks to Shane and young Adam also for going the extra mile over the week and never saying No….lesser affair on June 18th but RSD parked for now!
Right so releases due out ( we are trying to catch up and also trying to catch our breaths . so lots of catching going on) for this Friday the 29th April include…
BLOC PARTY , THUNDER , NEIL YOUNG , FLOYD, MADNESS , ANN WILSON ( HEART) , SPARKS , RICHARD MARX , BILL BRUFORD , OUMOA SANGARE , WATAIN , BLOSSOMS THE WEEKND , NORAH JONES , RAMMSTEIN , JOHN WILLIAMS , PETER GABRIEL , MAX RICHTER , TYLER THE CREATOR , CHRISTY DIGNAM , WIILIE NELSON , MIRANDA LAMBERT , ROBIN TROWER , TRASHCAN SINATRAS ANORAK PATCH and BALTHAZAR.
Releases for the 6th of May include
3 Neil Young live reissues , SOFT CELL , HALESTORM , GO WEST , KYLIE , DONNY OSMOND , SIGRID , WARPAINT , THE WHO my generation” and “ a quick one” , DEF LEPPARD pyromania” “ retro – active” , EDDIE VEDDER , GERARD WILSONs “ moment of truth” and FREDDIE HUBBARDs “ breaking point” , ARCADE FIRE , ALEXIS FFRENCH , JAPANESE BREAKFAST “ SABLE” , KATE RUSBY , JESUS AND MARY CHAIN , ALT ,
Will be a bit of a shorter newsletter this week as catching up but main week is the 13th May…gonna start with Proper and one we are really looking forward to here and that is the new album from YE VAGABONDS “ nine waves” their second album ( third in total) for Rough Trade’s River Lea label on May 13th.
“Nine Waves was recorded in the Dublin Mountains at Hellfire Studios, produced by John ‘Spud’ Murphy (whose previous work includes records by black midi, Lankum and caroline). The album features 11 tracks of both traditional and original songs and tunes. Nine Waves follows the duo’s standalone single I’m A Rover, which won them an RTE Radio One Folk Award for Best Traditional Folk Track. Ye Vagabonds were also named Best Folk Group for the second time at the 2021 ceremony, where they hold the record for most awarded artists.
The brotherly harmonies and multi-instrumental abilities of Diarmuid and Brían Mac Gloinn were joined on Nine Waves by Kate Ellis (cello) and Caimin Gilmore (double bass), both members of the Irish contemporary classical group Crash Ensemble, and Ryan Hargadon (Anna Mieke, Rachael Lavelle, Kojaque) on piano and saxophone.
The record also features concertina from Cormac Begley and harmonium from regular touring member of Ye Vagabonds, Alain McFadden.”
Here is “ go away and come back hither” from the new record
Proper also have ALBERT COLLINS “ ice picking” on Alligator records.
Universal for the 13th of May have the brand new album by FLORENCE AND THE MACHINES “ dance fever” on Polydor…is available to us on CD, deluxe hardbook CD version and gatefold double vinyl also. Here is “ free” from the new record
Polydor also via Uni have THE ROLLING STONES “ live at the el mocambo” on 2CD. 4LP set…this release is the first full show from the two secret gigs at the 300 capacity music club in Toronto, a bit like the Ed Sheeran thing in our shop this week but we would only have 100 capacity. ROXY MUSIC reissue “ country life” and “ stranded” as half speed masters also on the 13th. Verve acoustic series finally have the JOHN COLTRANE/JOHNNY HARTMANN reissue as well as DUKE ELLINGTON/COLEMAN HAWKINS reissue. The TRNA “ istok” album finally gets its vinyl release , there is a new Mandy Moore and also new KEB MO “ good to be…” on Rounder records.
Warner for the 13th May have a nice few bits and pieces, JONIs “ blue” gets a CD remaster…obviously incredible piece of work that will be listened to long after all of us are gone, KILLER MIKE ( run the jewels) has a reissue of his 2012 ( out of print since then) R.A.P MUSIC album on Adult swim/watertower label…there is an indies green vinyl available here. There is a deluxe CD version of the newest OPETH album “ in cauda venenum”, MOLLY TUTTLE & THE GOLDEN HIGHWAY release their new album on vinyl on Nonesuch “ crooked tree” …bluegrass album ,nice listen if thats a bit of your thing, Jerry Douglas produced …talented musician she is…here is “ she’ll change” from the record
Couple of biggies to finish up with from Warner for the 13th May, Roadrunner have a coke bottle clear vinyl reissue of SLIPKNOTs second album “ IOWA” and Nonesuch once again have the 11th studio album by the mighty THE BLACK KEYS on CD and LP….there was to be an indies lp but it got pulled , i messaged those affected already…sorry about that folks, out of our control. CD and LP available, really good price on the LP…great to see that for a new album…makes you wonder though how some releases can go on the shelf at 23 retail and others are 38 retail…different royalty rates going on maybe but other than that same costs no? I’m not going there lads, nah im not f**king going there, lifes too short. Heres a track from the new THE BLACK KEYS album “wild child” …mad video
Sony for the 13th of May have a vinyl reissue of the classic FORREST GUMP soundtrack.
THE ORCHARD for the 13th May have the debut album by OBONGJAYER “ some nights i dream of doors” on cd , lp and indies lp.
Right so next instore is coming up on Saturday 7th of May with ROWAN @ 2pm…really looking forward to this…their debut album “ does it make you happy” is only released on the 6th of May so it’s an album launch instore….i really hope the community can come out and support this one…fierce talented musicians…vinyl and cd copies to be signed on the day …if you can’t make it in and want a signed copy email us or preorder from the site also…here is “ irish to the bones” from the debut record
Going to hand ye over to the Shane lad now as he runs though the usual down the road announcements in the last week…
Sound, Ray! Well done yourself for putting the RSD party on, lots of work, and it was a great day!
I thought I was being good picking up only a few things from it but ended up with a load as usual! Like a lot of ye!
The releases keep coming though and I’ve another few to mention this week.
Ray mentioned ‘Iowa’ earlier but fans will be delighted to know that SLIPKNOT’s 3rd album, ‘Volume 3: The Subliminal Verses’ is going to be reissued soon too, on purple vinyl! Long overdue, as these, like Iowa, would be priced at upwards of 200 quid online due to their rareness.
Their sound changed a bit on Volume 3. Produced by Rick Rubin. Great album.
Again though, it will be limited…
Secondly, another one of my favourites, PRINCE will be releasing ‘Live from Syracuse 1985’ on two formats. The year after Purple Rain came out so right in his prime. That’s coming on June 3rd.
Another few interesting ones coming down the road are a new one from punky band VIAGRA BOYS, a 30th anniversary splatter coloured vinyl of PAVEMENT ‘Slanted and Enchanted’, new LAURA VEIRS (limited numbers), a live BLACK STONE CHERRY one, CHRISTINE MCVIE and YO LA TENGO.
That’s all I think from me this week. Back to you Ray! Cheers!
INTEGRAL THEN FOR THE 20th of MAY have finally the new BEACH HOUSE record “ once twice melody”….the vinyl is more or less sold out ( we were allocated 14 units in total im afraid) but have 2 of the boxset and 1 ‘Silver Edition’ (it’s actually on black vinyl) left to sell until the repress…new FLUME and PORRIDGE RADIO also on the 20th May
Also and more on this one next week as time is agin me ,Rough Trade have the new SOAK record on cd. Lp and indies lp…
Sin e for this week really folks
Oh not great news but we will get there hopefully…the signed fontaines stuff was posted to us 2 weeks ago but is stuck in Customs…hopefully will flush out in the next week.
Thanks for listening as always
Ray, Shane and Adam