Half A Cow July 2017 News


For they are sailors just like you and seasick just the same (hac185)
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Paul Scott, principal writer and singer for The Likes of You began his music career in angular NZ group Pop Mechanix before developing his craft in Sydney indie band Montana, alt country act The Kingdom of Jones, and playing bass for Mr Blonde and John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special among others. The Likes of You debut release For they are sailors just like you and seasick just the same taps into the uncertainty and unease of current times without sacrificing Scott’s commitment to big melodies and insistent hooks. read more here

Best Of And Unreleased Favourites (hac187d)
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Half A Cow asked the Triangles to put together a compilation of their recordings. It's a fantastic collection of songs from the Red Panda, Magic Johnson and Seventy-Five Year Plan albums and the Night Lunch EP. You can read all about the Triangles in these liner notes for A Tray Of Cards.

PLUNDERERS Half A Cow cassette (1986) hac188
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A cassette given away at a show in October 1986 to celebrate the Plunderers 25th show at the Uni Bar (upstairs at the ANU in Canberra) whilst they were living in Melbourne. The bulk of these songs were recorded at the house they lived in, "Romolo", in West Melbourne, Feb-June 1986.

The Hotpoints/Modern Bombers split 7" moo14
A: The Hotpoints: Crosswires / B: Modern Bombers: Gotcha!
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A collaboration between the East Coast (Nic Dalton) and the West Coast (Adem Kerimofski). The first release "Crosswires" appears on a split 7" single with Modern Bombers. The Hotpoints will be releasing a mini-album in the second half of 2017. read more here. Modern Bombers came out of the Western Gloomees, a live band put together by Nic and Adem (plus Dave Wallace, Mark Eaton, Em Burrows and Dee Kerimofski). read more here


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Launching Downtown Splitsville at the Union Hotel, Newtown on Saturday 29th April with special guests Lazy Colts and Not Good With Horses FB event

The story of You & Your So-Called Friends starts way back in the early 90s, when the fresh-faced and naïve Luke Russell and Leigh Richards began singing harmonies together after school. Years later, cynical and jaded, these two crooners reconnected to sing some countryish numbers of Luke's that had been gathering dust, waiting for their chance to shine. And when they shone, a band was formed.
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Looking to add a female voice for three part harmonies, Luke and Leigh roped in actor Blazey Best, who ended up outsinging the both of them, and bringing some showbiz razzle dazzle to their live set.

The band was completed with the addition of a top-notch rhythm section: Peter Timmerman on drums and Paul Scott on bass. The well-crafted storytelling songs that make up their debut album, Downtown Splitsville, cover a range of genres. Kicking off with the powerful soul feel of "I'm Giving You One More Chance, Boy", the band move through the country rock of "Oh! Darlene" and "She Don't Know That It's Over", the swampy blues of "New Dress, New Lover", the nostalgic bossa nova "Not Then, Not Now", and the tear-jerking ballad "I'm Never At My Best".


Modern Emotions hac182d
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Modern Emotions is the 2nd album but first with proper songs from Richard In Your Mind multi-instrumentalist Conrad Greenleaf. He wrote and performed everything himself and it’s mostly recorded on a Tascam cassette 4-track. Think lo-fi classics like early Beck, Ween, the Love Positions and Guided by Voices.

'I don't listen to many new bands these days, but when I do, I only listen to Conrad Greenleaf. He's the only one out there who's music really matters these days!' - Matthew J Tow

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Whareama hac181d
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The second long-player from New Zealand psych-pop band, currently touring the other side of the world!

JOHN DOWLER'S VANITY PROJECT Oakleigh/Off The Coast Of Me hac176single
Two songs from the Splendid Isolation album read more here
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BASTED Volcanic Days via545
Producers Mikl G and MCD (Basted) explore the uninhabited areas of Alternative Synth Pop, with cutting edge sounds and classic songwriting. read more here
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The Burton Cool Suit via540
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You Can't Fight City Hall via542
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The Burton Cool Suit were formed out of the ashes of Perth indie legends Turnstyle and obscure Perth garage punk band The Frantics. The band released their first album (self-titled) in 2005. Their second and final album You Can’t Fight City Hall was released in 2007. Half A Cow Records is more than excited to make these great records - by the Burton Cool Suit - available again for you. read more here

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The melancholy, psychedelic pop sounds of The Wednesday Night (TWN), created by the Sydney-based song writing pairing of Laura Murdoch and Rob Young, could be described as ethereal and dreamy – the 1960s meets the 1990s.

Their influences include Spectoresque girl groups, Syd Barrett, The Velvet Underground, Sterolab, Mazzy Star, Shoegaze, and Krautrock. Mostly written over four years in Redfern, Sydney – Music Club Volume Two is the second release from TWN, following on from a four song, self-released 7” single, Music Club Volume One, launched in 2011.

RUN RABBIT (hac178) - single
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A wee taster from the Music Club Volume Two album


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Dee is a singer and songwriter who was born and bred in Sydney, Australia. She’s fronted various bands over the years, such as Carbuncle Shack (ex Wet Taxis) and added vocals to recordings for David Lane, Even As We Speak and Ian Shadwell.

Dee’s music is atmospheric and mysterious and the four songs on her debut EP Low Tidings were recorded, mixed and produced by Christian Pyle of the bands Acre and Ghost Mountain at his SS Prawn & Spanner Studios in Goonengerry near Byron Bay, New South Wales.


1. Shells On Her Eyes
2. Lucky

Double-sided single from East Coast Low
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The Electrical Banana Album hac164 vinyl cd iTunes Bandcamp

Whilst waiting for his main outfits The Gloomchasers and 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!

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A list of ALL the HAC releases

From the first Craven Fops 10" to the latest download, here they all are!

Matthew J. Tow
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Shadow's Reign LP
Fans of gorgeous lush pop will enjoy the master crafting he is provided on this new one which features long time associate Chris Cobb on the drums, bass players Nic Dalton and Patrick Matthews and members of Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Richmond Sluts. Nine majestic songs produced by Matthew J Tow. On Xemu Records.

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...

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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. Released November 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! Smudge Bandcamp


digital releases of all their Phantom/HAC stuff
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Magic Tundra

Believe Me/Extrano
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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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Great little gallery in Summer Hill: Sweets Workshop

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