CDs SENT TO HALF A COW

October 2009

AFXJIM Blackout Music

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I'd played this album a couple of times and enjoyed it immensely – all before I read the cd slick and discovered that I'd seen (or heard) the maker – one Travis Baird – in a whole legion of Sydney-based bands. And not just any old bands. Bands released by Half A Cow! Like Kid Cornered and el Mopa. And the most wonderful girl group cover band, the Bonettes (ah, gush!). And this Travis guy is what they used to call in the trade, a triathlete-plus. That means he plays every instrument on the album, including the brass.

Therefore what we have here is the offerings of a multi-instrumentalist. Not content to give his all in main bands Founder and the Woods Themselves Travis has had time over the last four years to put together this 10 track cd of self-described 'folktronica' which combines a kaleidoscopic spread of instruments and found sounds borrowed from children's stories, vocal jazz records, Hungarian composers, police scanners and the arguments of strangers.

It's not all instrumental soundtrack music while you're stoned or washing up. There's some regular laidback indie-rock with cruisy acoustic guitars and well-hidden vocals. And a great "ba-da-ba-ba" pop song in 'Arequipa' which has the coolest lead guitar dangin' its way through its psychedelic peace march. Blackout Music does get incredibly good toward the end.

This cd really grew on me. It made me think: if Half A Cow was to release a record that used some samples from old records, what would be the situation regarding copyright ownership. Do we stick it to the man or try and track down the obscure Hungarian composer and pay them their 99 cents? Either way, Afxjm has made a damn good record and if you like your records a bit experimental and chorus-free then this is for you. There's lots to enjoy. Take a trip with Afxjim. Or is that AFXJIM. It's good soft and good loud. - ND


other demos...
THE SOLOMONS - October 2009
DAVE SEASIDE - October 2009
AFXJIM - October 2009
THE MAGUS - September 2009
THE REFLECTORS - September 2009
HARVEY SWAGGER BAND - August 2009
BAMBINO KORESH - August 2009
KATE RAE - August 2009
UNTHINKABLES - July 2009
CABARET CALLADO - June 2009
THE SAGE EVOLUTION - April 2009
CAPITAL - March 2009
LINE DRAWINGS - March 2009
THE LIGHT BRIGADE - February 2009
GROTS VEGAS - February 2009
THE CHELSEA DRUGSTORE - February 2009
LIONEL LEE - January 2009
MAGIC ROB - December 2008
PETER STEIN - November 2008
LARMO CUSACK - November 2008
PAUL DAVIES - November 2008
PORTAL WINDOW - November 2008
THE ISLE OF MAN - October 2008
NELL WEBBER - October 2008
THE CHARLES MANSON EXPERIMENT - October 2008
THE BATASCOUTS - September 2008
KENT EASTWOOD - September 2008
LOLA FLASH - August 2008
BENJAMIN SHAW - August 2008
BAMBINO KORESH - July 2008
THE LEED FIENDS - July 2008
THE WELLS - June 2008
KATE BRADLEY & the Goodbye Horses - June 2008
WE GROW UP - May 2008
THE LOVE EXPLOSION - December 2007
LINDSAY PHILLIPS - November 2007
It’s a tie! IGOR ALEINIK + MAXIM BATOV - October 2007
RYAN STERLING - September 2007
EVA POPOV - August 2007
TEMPO DE NAUGHTY - June 2007
CLAUDIA WOODS - April 2007
ARON ATTWOOD - March 2007
THE SIESTAS - February 2007
IVONA - January 2007
THE STICKS - December 2006
ELLE SKIES - November 2006
THE FLYING COLOURS - November 2006
ARTICHOKE HEART SOUFFLÉ - September 2006
ANDREW KEESE & THE ASSOCIATES - July 2006
LUCY LEHMANN - May 2006
LUKE RUSSELL - April 2006
Where Are They Now? - April 2006
RUNNING WITH HORSES - March 2006
WINDOW - January 2006
PIP SMITH AND RED STAR - January 2006
PAPER PLANES - December 2005
SHOOT THE GENIE - November 2005
The Magus - November 2005
The Codebreakers - October 2005
Khancoban - September 2005
Stuart McGuane - August 2005
She'll 'B' Apples - July 2005
The Wellingtons - July 2005
Sugarhit - July 2005
The New Black - June 2005
BeOmega - June 2005
Old Nick - May 2005
The Triangles - May 2005
Jon Duncan - December 2004
The Honeyriders - December 2004
Larry Parkinson - December 2004
Stress Of Leisure - December 2004
The Cliffy Davis Goodtime Band - November 2004
it's a tie! Lyceum and Wade Jackson - November 2004
Arty Del Rio - November 2004
Amundsens Flag - November 2004
Mark Taylor - September 2004
Remington super 60 - July 2004
the MP3's - July 2004
Cycle Of Fifths - July 2004
Follow The Vann - June 2004
The Avenues - June 2004
Wons Phreely - June 2004
Halfway - June 2004
The Jennys - May 2004
Diana - May 2004
Wont - May 2004

 

 

Half A Cow
Half A Cow Records
PO Box 1100 STRAWBERRY HILLS NSW 2012 Australia
Email: haclabel@mpx.com.au
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