Greeting Pop Pickers,

We mentioned forgetting about football for the summer in the last bulletin – and I wish we had stuck to this approach having latterly realised the Euros were on this month.

Last night my boredom chip went into meltdown and by half way through the first half I was desperately searching the channels for a Lib Dem party political broadcast to liven things up a bit.

Gareth Southgate or the General Election…what a choice…what a summer. To be fair it isn’t raining as I write.

In the vinyl world there are more pressing plants opening up; which is good. Queen have sold their catalogue rights to Sony Music for a billion quid; which is bad news if you are a Queen fan as you know who will be paying for it. Also now expect a Queen release every other month…

On the positive side there is some good new music coming and no distributors have gone bust although some are now charging us for deliveries to help make ends meet; so market sales are up but not everything in the garden is rosy.

We haven’t summoned up the energy to fettle our website, but some modest progress has been made. We are going to try to improve our pre-order facilities for new releases. This will be challenging and in the meantime keep messaging / emailing. We will attach our stocklist again this month. One thing doing this has taught is that our storage facility needs rationalising too…the law of unexpected consequences…which brings us back to the election…I think we will body swerve that one!

New Releases

Kasabian – Happenings
Ocean Colour Scene – It’s A Beautiful Thing
The Best Of Sprints – The Back Catalogue

Cigarettes After Sex – X’s
Travis – L.A. Times

Deep Purple – = 1
English Teacher – Polyawkward
Fleetwood Mac – Alternative Live
The Raveonettes – Sing…

blur – Live At Wembley Stadium
Crack Cloud – Red Mile
Fleetwood Mac – Best Of Fleetwood Mac (1969 – 1974)
Morrissey – Beethoven Was Deaf
Pohl – Mysteries

New Re-issues

Metallica – Hardwired…To Self-Destruct

John Lennon – Mind Games
Sven Wunder – Natura Morta


Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers – Au Club St. Germain
Bloc Party – A Weekend In The City
Bloc Party – Intimacy
Bloc Party – Four
Chick Corea Elektric Band – Light Years
Cocteau Twins – Four Calender Café
Crosby, Stills & Nash – CSN
Duran Duran – Duran Duran
Duran Duran – Rio
Duran Duran – Seven And The Ragged Tiger
Duran Duran – Notorious
Duran Duran – Big Thing
Little Feat – Time Loves A Hero
Lou Reed – Words & Music, May 1965
Ludovico Einaudi – In A Time Lapse (Reimagined)
Olivia Rodrigo – GUTS
Saint-Saens – Saint-Saens: The Piano Works
Tenacious D – Tenacious D


Chappell Roan – The Rise and Fall of a Midwest Princess
David Bowie – David Bowie
Linkin Park – Hybrid Theory
Linkin Park – Meteora
Linkin Park – The Hunting Party
Mariah Carey – #1’s
Red Hot Chilli Peppers – Californication
Sleaford Mods – Divide and Exit (10th Anniversary Edition)
Slowdive – Souvlaki
Slowdive – Just For A Day
Slowdive – Pygmalion
Slowdive – Blue Day
Talking Heads – Stop Making Sense (40th Anniversary Edition)
Various Artists – The Lion King (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)
White Noise – An Electric Storm

Connoisseurs Corner

Some good stuff in this month; amongst which were some nice punk/new wave singles. Three notable inclusions being:
Rowche Rumble by The Fall (1979)
Dot Dash by Wire (1978)
Junked Up Judy by Xpress (1980)
Nb the latter isn’t cheap but is in good nick and very rare.

On the album front Wire are also represented with a 1978 Italian pressing of Chairs Missing.

A couple of big hitters follow with a rare gold Please Please Me. This one is a crossover version (side 1 Dick James, Side 2 Northern Songs). The vinyl is VG+ and sleeve is right one but a bit torn.

We then have a Led Zeppelin IV 1st Press, 1st Variation (Peter Grant credit, inverted feather). This is a decent collection filler. Ethereal Mirror by Cathedral and a Dark Red vinyl of Liar by The Jesus Lizard from 1992.

Additional. We also now have an Anthrax section that includes a Japanese State of Euphoria and a clean Amongst The Living.

And to finish a 1980 7” Running Free by Iron Maiden. Rudy from Dandy Livingstone. And a 10” Commandments from Prince Buster.


Gig Guide

The Crescent 

Fri 5th                    Live Wire – The AC/DC Show
Sun 7th                 The Countess of Fife   
Thu 18th               Ruts DC 
Sun 28th               Holiday Ghosts

Fulford Arms 

Wed 3rd                EMOM – Electronic Music Open Mic Night 
Fri 5th & Sat 6th   Swinefest 2024 
Wed 10th             Kelley Stoltz / Cowgirl 
Sat 13th                TV Smith 

The Vaults

Fri 5th                    Srikky Fingers a Tribute to The Rolling Stones
Sat 13th                Rattus Inheritus
Sat 27th                PUNK YORK 3 


Sun 7th                 Bowie Experience 

The Micklegate Social 

Sat 6th                  Sophisticated Boom Boom #9

Check out the Vaults website for a full gig listing.

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