Half A Cow December 2015 News

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If you're down on the South Coast in early January head over to the Quarterdeck in Narooma on Saturday 2nd.

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Friday 15th January at the Petersham Bowling Club between 8 and 11pm. Join Tom Morgan, Nic Dalton, Simon Gibson and Leticia Nischang for a night of Sneeze. All originals, no covers. Songs from the Sneeze library 1990-2016.

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Two sets at the Petersham Bowling Club. Friday 29th January 2016

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LASERDOWN: Last Christmas hac172
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Move aside Sir Cliff and Slade...here is the new Christmas single from Sydney's very own Laserdown. A cover of Wham's Last Christmas. All eight minutes of it!
Recorded and produced by Damien Cassidy at Mattress Studio, Summer 2015.

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The night before Christmas and what are you gonna do? Why not come down to the Spesh? Nic Dalton a.k.a. Chewee will open with a set featuring stuff from The Electrical Banana Album. John Encarnacao will follow with Nature Strip tunes, Warmer tunes, and maybe some ancient nuggets.

The last set of the night will focus on a sacred canon - Barry Gibb's existential crisis of the early 1970s. Between the Bee Gees' late '60s pop breakthrough and their glittery disco domination, Gibb senior took a long hard look in tunes such as 'Wouldn't I Be Someone' and 'Don't Want To Live Inside Myself'. The E-Wees will fill the room, and perhaps the world, with Barry's special brand of inspiration for the coming year. Damien "Laserdown" will be joining John and Nic for the Bee Gees set.

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Bernie Hayes ALLSTAR Quartet SHOW!
Camelot Lounge, Marrickville
Friday 20th November 7.30pm

“Bernie Hayes' coffee au-lait voice [is] the balm to all troubles in its mid register and a heart-kicker in its upper reaches.” Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald.

“These are heartfelt songs that engage instantly and enchant repeatedly. The voice is at once powerful and plaintive, the playing at times arresting…” Peter Lalor, The Australian

“A man who embodies the term 'local stalwart,' the first album in eight years from Sydney's Bernie Hayes showcases just what the rest of the country is missing due to the fact he rarely travels beyond home with his intimate live sets. There are no studio tricks on Slow Fix, just effortlessly gorgeous songs full of heart.” 2SER, SERvin’ Up New Music

With album Slow Fix breaking hearts from coast to coast, Bernie Hayes heads back to Camelot on Friday 20 November with the sensational Bernie Hayes Quartet to celebrate the launch of the Hopeless video, produced by Steve Rodgers and directed by Greg Ferris.

Come along to be part of a rare treat – an intimate night of stories, songs and musical enchantment. But be quick to book! Bernie’s last show at Camelot was a sell-out.

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CHEWEE The Electrical Banana Album hac164
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Whilst waiting for his main outfits The Gloomchasers and ‘kid’s band’ The Sticker Club to record albums, Nic Dalton spent all of May and June of 2015 recording a psychedelic pop album under the name of Chewee. Most songs were recorded on the spot - words and music - and the domineering wah-wah solos throughout are all first takes.

Disillusioned with modern recording technology, he went back to where it all started - the Tascam 4-track recorder, which Nic has used extensively over the years on projects ranging from Love Positions and Godstar, to Sneeze and Gloomchasers. He went a little bit modern using a Tascam studio CD recorder to build up backing tracks, creating a full band sound. These were then played through a late 40s mono speaker box and recorded back into the 4-track machine to layer further instruments and vocals on top with a Roland Space Echo the only effect used on the whole album. Phew!

Ten new songs and two from the late 90s with subject matters ranging from Chupa Chups, the cover of the Velvet’s Live 69 Album, sculptor Tom Bass, a dream about Smudge leaving Half A Cow and an answering machine message from Evan Dando. Double phew! read more here...
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THE PROPOSITION Edge Of The Dancefloor hac166
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Welcome to The Proposition’s new album Edge of the Dancefloor.

Overflowing with pop melodies and witty lyrics, this collection of songs trace the path of a jaded romantic through the streets of Kings Cross, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills. They were written by Luke Russell, who by day is a philosophy lecturer at the University of Sydney. Joining him in the Proposition is everyone’s favourite ex-Wiggle, Murray Cook, along with vocalists Nicole Smede and Brooke Smith, and drummer Peter Timmerman. This record ranges from the upbeat 60s-style pop of All in Uniform and Japanese Linen and Loafers, through the blue-eyed soul of Trial Separation, to the greasy godless gospel of I’m Not the Answer to Anybody’s Prayers. The songs are full of references to Sydney. You’ll be transported from early evening drinks at the Darlo Bar to the neon of Darlinghurst Road at midnight and the teary mess of closing time at Taylor Square. In the frantic Two Step Jive Luke tells the story of a “quick-witted and wasp-waisted” seductress, who drags him onto the dancefloor and out of his depth:

"She danced a two step jive and my feet just couldn’t do it She rolled her arms into a hoop and she told me to jump through it Like I was a tiger in a cage up on the stage Like I was a lion working for a weekly wage”

There are more reflective moments when Nicole sings the gentle but mean-spirited ballad The Women Who’ll Love You, in which she envies the women of Paris who “march like an army of ex-ballerinas to pick up cream trench coats from Asian dry cleaners”. read more here...

Buy the album on CD, iTunes or Bandcamp

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ANDIE LOU Sunset Deer hac169
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Direct from the real streets of Nashville comes Andie Lou, who writes and sings sleepy songs round the house. Sunset Deer is a handful of these little numbers brought to life in the studio with her friend Joe Pisapia. “It's all atmosphere, it's what you do with it while you're here...” sings Andie Lou. The line could double as a description of her soft, beguiling style. Her songs, casual in composition, deep in mood, are elusive yet alluring. Like old snapshots with cryptic pencilled notes on the back, they invite you into their world and stir the imagination. The longer you spend with them, the more they reveal. read more here...

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TOM MORGAN Shoot First, Ask Christian Slater EP hac170d
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A six track EP from Tom Morgan. Tracks 1 and 2 from a seven inch single originally released in 2001. Tracks 3 and 4 from the Live And Direct cd (Spunk Records) which were recorded live for Andrew Khedoori's Methodology program on Sydney's 2SER-FM. Tracks 5 and 6 recorded during a Halfmiler recording session with Simon Gibson on the drums and Tony Dupé on pump organ. read more here...

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WILDING Molecules To Moons (hac163) cd, vinyl, download
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Half A Cow is extremely excited to release the second album by Melbourne's Wilding. CD, download and ltd ed. vinyl. Take your pick! read more here...

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BERNIE HAYES SLOW FIX (hac155) cd, vinyl, download

The fourth studio album from Sydney singer Bernie Hayes is released on the First of May 2015.It is co~produced with Brendan Gallagher and is another outstanding collection of fourteen new Bernie Hayes originals. Out now through Half A Cow on CD, as a digital download via Bandcamp and iTunes and through China Pig Records on vinyl LP

Archived news...

New releases

Westfield Drifter
Part country-part pop: it's The Kingdom Of Jones and they hail from Sydney's Inner West and this is their second album. On cd and download. read more here...

SATURDAY MAYBE Saturday Maybe... hac167d
Saturday Maybe is Mark Foster and Garry Manley presenting an eclectic song cycle of quiet rage, reflection and regret. Mark and Garry first played together in Popular Mechanics in the late 70s and went on to play in Samurai Trash and Tactics respectively. read more here...

IMOGEN BEL I Want The World hac161d
Imogen Bel's new single I Want the World is daring and playful, affectionately touching on the music Bel has explored so far – whilst declaring itself as totally original, a new adventure. read more here

Moses EP
MOSES are a six-piece band from Wellington, New Zealand, offering up a unique brand of Ambient-Psychedelia. Formed in late 2014, MOSES have had a busy year, releasing a string of singles and their acclaimed debut three track EP - before signing with Half A Cow Records in Australia. read more here...



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The Kingdom of Jones will be launching Westfield Drifter at the Petersham Bowling Club on Friday the 5th of February along with special guests The Proposition. Starts at 8pm. 77 Brighton Street, Petersham.

Forty Years Of Records

Forty Years Of Records
Forty years ago today I started buying records. I kept a small notebook which I would write down the name of the record and the date I bought it. I thought it might be a good idea - all these years later - to go over to the shelf, see if the records written down are still there and, if so, maybe play them and see what happens next...


With every purchase from Half A Cow's mailorder you get this brand new compilation featuring 27 songs from the most recent Half A Cow roster. Also available from Egg Records (3 Wilson st. Newtown) if you buy any INDEPENDENTLY RELEASED LOCAL CD/VINYL. Go crazy!

The Proposition

Edge Of The Dancefloor
With two solo albums under his belt, Luke Russell records his new album with a band that features female vocals and loads of rockin' power pop. Out November 7th 2015.


The Electrical Banana Album
Whilst waiting to record the next Gloomchasers album and finishing off the debut Sticker Club album, Nic Dalton spent all of May and June 2015 recording a psychedelic pop record. Released Nov 14th 2015 on cd, vinyl (with cd) and download.


Manilow tribute LP
The Manilow Tribute album will be pressed in a one-off vinyl edition available worldwide and made available digitally on bandcamp. Featuring the Gloomchasers, Courtney Barnett, Evan Dando, Lou Barlow, Youth Group, Two Am I, Seja, Babaganouj, Ben Mason, Undead Apes, Skylar Gudasz, Ratcat and more!


Manilow tribute TOUR
December: Thu 10 - The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide with guests Blush Response / Fri 11 - Northcote Social Club, Melbourne with Ben Mason and special guests! / Sat 12 - Newtown Social Club with Sam Shinazzi and special guests!


digital releases of all their Phantom/HAC stuff
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Magic Tundra

Believe Me/Extrano
new digital only double A side single out now Bandcamp

Real McCoy Wrong Sinatra
We have some copies of the Fire version of the most recent (!) Smudge album Get it here


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