New Release Highlights January 20th (Jan 23rd for the UK)

The G-Man Release Of The Week is :

The Lions Roar by First Aid Kit

Swedish sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg - aka First Aid Kit - return with their own slice of Scandinavian country.

"I'll be your Emmy-Lou and I'll be your June
If you'll be my Gram and my Johnny too."

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

Boy & Bear - Moonfire

Kathleen Edwards - Voyageur

Kathleen Edwards from decca records on Vimeo.

Gonjasufi - Mu.zz.le

Nouvelle Vague - Version Francaise

Rodrigo Y Gabriela & The C.U.B.A. - Area 52

Porcelain Raft - Strange Weekend

Mirel Wagner - Mirel Wagner

Cardinal - Hymns

Craig Finn (The Hold Steady) - Clear Heart Full Eyes

Craig Finn "Clear Heart Full Eyes" from Helms Workshop on Vimeo.

*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 :

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)

The Twilight Sad - No One Can Ever Know (February 3rd)
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)
Tanlines - 'Mixed Emotions' (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!