Half A Cow June 2015 News


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

The fourth studio album from Sydney singer Bernie Hayes is released on the First of May.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

Being launched by the Bernie Hayes Quartet in Sydney on Friday 26th June at the Camelot Lounge, Marrickville.
***UPDATE! This show is now SOLD OUT (more shows to come Mr Hayes says)
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IMOGEN BEL I Want The World (hac161d) download
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Imogen Bel has been building a unique and important identity in the alternative-pop scene since her musically formative years growing up in Newcastle, NSW. Bel’s debut single ‘Snow Covered Hill’, produced in collaboration with Josh Schuberth (Josh Pyke, Dustin Tebbutt), was released in 2013 to great acclaim and enthusiasm. The strength of that success behind her, Bel spent the following years developing an exciting new voice as a songwriter - using the warmth and folk sensibilities of ‘Snow Covered Hill’ as the foundation on which to build something even more sensational.

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. Bridging the divide between radio pop and indie darling, ‘I Want the World’ is suggestive of Regina Spektor and Bruno Mars – a sparkling, tenacious anthem to the art of keeping on. -by Bayden Hine (Flew the Coop Publicity)
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CARRINGTON STREET (hac162d) download
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Adele&Glenn, ex-Brisbanites and former Go-Betweens members, are true pop stars. They play original pop music effortlessly and are a joy to watch. Adele Pickvance and Glenn Thompson spent 2011 locked away in a small studio in deepest Marrickville. The resulting album, Carrington Street, is a top~shelf pop gem. Originally released in 2012, Half A Cow is well~chuffed to make it available on iTunes for you.

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Crow playing at the Factory Floor, Marrickville on Saturday 20th June.
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According to Mess and Noise, Claire Birchall is "a genuinely brilliant songwriter who should be lauded more frequently". She has so far released four incredibly diverse albums, including one by her full-tilt rock band Paper Planes (2008 Paper Planes). A talented multi-instrumentalist and DIY enthusiast, Claire self-records, mixes, and plays the majority of the instruments on all of her solo albums. Electricity is available on iTunes and on Claire's own Bandcamp page

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Half A Cow is proud to welcome WADE JACKSON to the Half A Cow roster with his new album...WHISKEY ALPHA DELTA ECHO (hac160d) released May 2015

Wade Jackson has returned with the follow up album to his debut record Goodbye Rain, Hello Sunshine, with the new release Whiskey Alpha Delta Echo. Wade has again teamed up with the very talented producer Liam Judson (Belles Will Ring, Cloud Control) to sculpt an album of rich melodies, lush harmonies and reverb laden guitar driven pop. It stands on the cross roads of Americana-English late 70s guitar pop with a dash of Australiana from the same era. Whiskey Alpha Delta Echo is available on iTunes and on Wade's own Bandcamp page, with a vinyl pressing to come. Wade's first album is also available: iTunes Bandcamp
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The very first Half A Cow single by LOVE POSITIONS LIGHT OF DAY is now available as a download and it... INCLUDES AN EXTRA SPECIAL BONUS TRACK! The Love Positions reformed in October 2002 and recorded a version of Smudge's 'Tea, Toast and Turmoil'. It was recorded at Bellbird and Damien Gerard by Russell Pilling and Nic. It originally appeared under the pseudonym 'F-Holes' and was released on a 7" called 'Local Standard Time'. 'Light of Day' from Billiepeebup album, 'Kiss' one of the bonus tracks and 'Underworn' from the original 7".
Available here: Bandcamp and iTunes
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Archived news...

New downloads

SPOKAINE The Couchland Frontier via528
With a mutual love of Alt-Country and Americana, Spokaine formed in Perth in 2000 by Jeff Baker (Rainyard, Mars Bastards), Chris Havercroft (Showbag!), Simone Hagemann (Apartment 99) and Tim Armati. They dis-banded in 2002 after only two EPs which have been lovingly compiled here. Bandcamp iTunes
Solo album from the Paper Planes wiz released in 2012. Claire plays everything herself and it includes a stoner Manic Monday. She has a new album out May 2015. Bandcamp iTunes
The Love Explosion Dream Transmissions via523
The mysterious Love Explosion (we know they are from Sydney) love bands like Felt and all those English bands that gravitated towards the Creation label. Compiled here for the first time are the first three eps from 2007-2008. Bandcamp iTunes
BEACHFIELD Brighton Bothways via522
Beachfield is a musical project by Glenn Thompson. Glenn has been a member of The Go-Betweens and Custard. He also has an album with Adele Pickvance under the name Adele&Glenn called Carrington Street and like this one, fanastic pop music! Bandcamp iTunes

WILDING Bird's Bread via535
This debut album has a very British flavour which takes in Abbey Road psychedelia, Canterbury-prog, freak folk, Merseybeat and British music hall. Influences which flow naturally from Wilding's early years in Liverpool and the music that was around him. iTunes
BIDSTON MOSS Bidston Moss (self-titled) via530
The debut release from Melbourne indie-poppers in the late 90s. A fave around the HAC office - then and now! iTunes
BILBY Life In The Slow Lane via533
Mung from Bidston Moss released a couple of solo albums - with help from the other Biddies. Laidback stuff! iTunes
BIDSTON MOSS Count Past Three via532
After a couple of mini-albums full of melodic fuzz hits, Bidston Moss released their debut longplayer back in the late 90s. A classic! iTunes

PORTAL WINDOW A World For You via520
Having been introduced by their piano teacher in 2002, Paola del Rio and Clare Chadderton have been making music as Portal Window ever since.   Based in Melbourne and sporting their indie~bossa nova licks, this is their album originally released in 2010.
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KATIE WHYTE Where The Ocean Starts via507
Originally released in 2012, this EP by singer-songwriter Katie Whyte showcases her sense of pop melancholy. Produced by Robert F. Cranny and engineered by Jim Mogine, this is quality stuff. More please!
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WADE JACKSON Goodbye Rain, Hello Sunshine via514
He's a little bit folk-rock, he's a little bit powerpop, he's a whole of Majestic Songwriting. With help from Liam 'Belles Will Ring' Judson, Sydney's Wade Jackson surprised more than a few people with this debut album from 2012. New album out May 2015. Too early for ALBUM OF THE YEAR?
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SEVENTEEN Gaggin' For It
Mandy Barron - with her collection of heart-breaking tunes (and a Kinks cover!) - teams up with Alison Galloway (drums) and Leo Mullins on the one and only Seventeen release. Pure beauty.
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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. Due out on vinyl and download at the end of the year.


digital releases of all their Phantom/HAC stuff
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Believe Me/Extraño
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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