New Release Highlights January 13th (Jan 16th for the UK)

The G-Man Release Of The Week is :

Future This by The Big Pink

Electro-popheads The Big Pink made quite a splash when A Brief History of Love soaked the music world with their anthemic, almost stadium rockish form of electronica back in 2009.

Future This pretty much follows the "If it isn't broke then don't fix it" rule to a tee. Robbie [Furze] and Milo [Cordell] may take a little longer to get to the point in the verse (to a positive effect) but they still arrive at the big, repeat-the-same-line choruses (case in point 'Hit The Ground Superman') but those same lines are damn infectious.

Nothing earth-changing but that has never been a way to rate an album in music fan's humble opinion. All in all - it's good to have new music from The Big Pink.

Other ditties/releases of note this weekend including a few releases from last weekend when I was off galavanting, jazz-style...

Guided By Voices - Let's Go Eat the Factory

Guided By Voices - Doughnut For A Snowman by FIRE RECORDS

Diagrams - Black Light

Alog - Unemployed

*If anyone is about Cork I recommend popping in to Jim and Albert in Plugd Records. The new store is up and running on Tobin Street as part of the new Triskel Arts Centre and you can even have a cup of tea and a bite to eat in their new café, Gulpd.

If you are located elsewhere I strongly recommend picking up at least one album when you can from your local independent store. Most independents now take orders by email and post out the stock if you are unable to get to the store so it may be worth checking out.

Current list of independent record stores in the Republic of Ireland (obviously still a work in progress):

(Located on 1st floor of Triskel Arts Centre on Tobin Street - behind Soho off Grand Parade)

(6-8 Wicklow Street - just off Grafton Street)

Elastic Witch -
(Located at the back of the Twisted Pepper on the ground floor - 54 Middle Abbey Street)

Wingnut Records -
(Located in The Bell, Book and Candle at Small Crane)

Wingnut Records -
(Located in Hard Times, 2 Peter Street - just at the entrance to City Square)

Coming Soon :

First Aid Kit - The Lions Roar (January 20th)
Gonjasufi - Mu.zz.le (January 20th)
Rodrigo Y Gabriela & The C.U.B.A. - Area 52 (January 20th)
Porcelain Raft - Strange Weekend (January 20th)
NadaSurf - The Stars Are Indifferent to Astronomy (January 20th)
Craig Finn - Clear Heart Full Eyes (January 20th)
Nouvelle Vague - Version Francaise (January 20th)
Wiley - Evolve or be Extinct (January 20th)
Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur (January 20th)
Cardinal - Hymns (January 20th)
Mirel Wagner - Mirel Wagner (January 20th)
Boy & Bear - Moonfire (January 20th)
2 Bears - Be Strong (January 27th)
Pepe Deluxe - Queen of the Wave (January 27th - possibly US release date only)
Three Cane Whale - Three Cane Whale (January 27th)
Django Django - Django Django (January 27th)
Black Bananas - Rad Times Xpress IV (January 27th)
Prinzhorn Dance School - Clay Class (January 27th)

Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral (February 3rd)
Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny - Yours Truly, Cellophane Nose (February 3rd)
Trailer Trash Tracys - Ester (February 3rd - possibly U.S. only)
Tennis - Young and Old (February 10th)
Earth - Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II (February 10th - possibly U.S. only)
Band of Skulls - Sweet Sour (February 17th)
Otis Taylor - Otis Taylor's Contraband (February 24th)
Sleigh Bells - Reign of Terror (February)

Spiritualized - Sweet Heart Sweet Light (March 16th)
Protobaby - The Spark (March 23rd)
The Shins - Port of Morrow (March)
Dirty Three - Look Toward The Low Sun (March)
The Magnetic Fields - Love At The Bottom Of The Sea (March)

The Lumineers - The Lumineers (TBC)

*All dates subject to change
**If anything is missing please let me know, especially unsigned bands!