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Soundtracks for Carparks
by Nicola Schultz
AUD$ 18.00
Soundtracks (Nicola Schultz) ss03
released March 2014

www.nicolaschultz.com New album Soundtracks for Carparks Schultz combines her strong vocals with the impeccable guitar work of Mickey Levis (Troy Horse Studios co-founder) and natural violin and sitar of Nicolas Lyon (Xavier Rudd Band) Dance of Life (track 4) was on the ArtGroupie 2012 compilation Ubiquity Dream. Track 10 has a video on youtube Soundtracks for Carparks is quite different to my previous work, and by far the best music I have recorded since my Swirl days. It has an interesting mix of styles, with a catchy pop song, a Beatles style sitar song, a nice Hawaiian style ditty, some heartfelt indie music, a new take on a grunge classic, a darker Bjork style tune, and a blues surprise. I think you’ll enjoy it.
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Missing Links LP/EP vinyl
by The Missing Links
AUD$ 28.00
Missing (Sundazed) LP 5422
released January 2013

What Sundazed say: DELUXE reissue of 1965 Aussie garage RARITY with bonus 7" EP 180 gram vinyl LP with bonus 7" EP POSTAGE AUSTRALIA WIDE $6.50 Though they have different approaches, a common thread runs through Australian bands like the Saints, Hoodoo Gurus, Midnight Oil and AC/DC: an aggressive, take-no-prisoners posture designed to grab audiences by the throat. This direct crowd-band interaction is essential on the rough-and-tumble Oz pub circuit, where if the group doesn’t deliver the goods, they’re likely to go down in a hail of lager cans.  Whatever it is that puts the raw in Antipodean rawk, it’s been there from the beginning. For proof, check the wild, outrageous sounds of the Missing Links.  Formed in Sydney in 1964, a series of personnel changes eventually replaced all original members, leaving vocalist Andy Anderson, guitarist Doug Ford, drummer Baden Hutchens, bassist Ian Thomas and Chris Gray on keyboards. It was this lineup that recorded the band’s 1965 debut album, The Missing Links.  An instant garage punk classic, The Missing Links took the UK R&B combo model and drenched it in attitude and feedback, making contemporaries like the Troggs and the Who appear tame by comparison. The sonic guitar meltdown at the end of “You’re Driving Me Insane” presages Jimmy Page’s Zeppelin liftoff by a full three years while “Wild About You” defies description, except to say it still sounds shocking nearly 50 years on. This slice of vigorous vinyl became one of the most prized acquisitions for garage punk fans the world over, with each successive wave of Down Under musical malcontents spreading its legend. The globe trotting team at Sundazed has now restored the album in all its magnificent MONO glory! What more could you want? Well, how about the IMPOSSIBLY rare ep, The Links Unchained, featuring four more cuts of mid-Sixties madness!?! For a limited time, Sundazed is offering both of these audacious aural artifacts in one convenient package!
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LP

1. Wild About You
2. Hobo Man
3. Bald-Headed Woman
4. Not To Bother Me
5. Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut
6. Some Kinda Fun
7. You're Driving Me Insane
8. Nervous Breakdown
9. Speak No Evil
10. On The Road Again
11. All I Want
12. H'tuom Tuhs

EP
13. Something Else
14. I'll Go Crazy
15. Don't Give Me No Fiction
16. One More Time
17. Wooly Bully
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before we finally meet
by Agnes Kain
AUD$ 20.00
before (Half A Cow) hac152
released November 2012

Half A Cow Records presents Before we finally meet, the new album from Agnes Kain: singers, songwriters and musicians Chanelle Afford and Stefan Simunic from Sydney, Australia. This is their third album, following 2009’s Across the ocean grey and their debut Keep walking or I’ll kill you (2007). Before we finally meet marks a progressive shift in sound for the indie pop folk duo as they make some noise with electric guitars and new live band – Lee Carey on drums and Simeon Johnson on cello. The album also features bass by Nic Dalton, trumpet and guitar looping by Jochen Gutsch (Hinterlandt), violin by Eleanor Grey and vocals by Evan James Purdey. Recorded and produced by Agnes Kain in their lounge room, kitchen and laundry, this album is about mysterious disappearances, housekeeping, Reykjavik, birds crying in branches, murky water, a threatening moonlight and longing to be the light in your eyes. It was mixed by Sean Carey at Trackdown Studios in Camperdown, Sydney, and mastered by Steve Smart at Studios 301 in Alexandria, Sydney.
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Second Guesses
by Luke Russell
AUD$ 20.00
Second (Half A Cow) hac151
released May 2012

Luke Russell is a Sydney-based singer songwriter and this is his second album. By day, Luke is a philosopher at the University of Sydney, where he researches virtue, vice and evil. Luke also specializes in writing melodic pop songs with a Sixties feel. Like his 2007 debut The Kiss that Lasted All Weekend, this new record is full of chiming guitars and call-and-answer vocals courtesy of Angela D'Alton and his sister Sally Seltmann. Half A Cow label boss Nic Dalton loved the record so much he joined the band!
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Twisted Tales 2CD
by Ratcat
AUD$ 15.00
Twisted (Rooart/BMG) RC7342
released July 2011

Currently out of stock Incredibly low-priced double cd collection of the the entire career of Ratcat. Includes a new song You Can Run.
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Cautionary Tale of the Beautiful Blackout
by Sierra Fin
AUD$ 20.00
Cautionary (Half A Cow) hac150
released May 2011

Buy now and receive for FREE the 20 track Half A Cow compilation and the Sierra Fin Shake Stare Sleep EP 1. Been Sleeping 2. Circumstance and Coincidence 3. Out of Favours 4. Blue Day Sun 5. Over My Head Fans of Sparkadia, Split Enz and Augie March will value Sierra Fin’s debut album which was recorded with a Symphony Orchestra. Each member being a self-confessed lover of albums wanted to create an album intended to be played as a complete work. The Orchestra complement this idea and the band by adding layers of texture whilst allowing the band itself to drive the album. The Orchestra provides both the tension and beauty that a story such as this requires.
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Whale March
by Kid Cornered
AUD$ 20.00
Whale (Half A Cow) hac148
released April 2011

He's your great Australian novelist, slumming it in the streets of Sydney's inner west. Off-kilter guitars and laconic vocals peppered with trumpet hooks and unconventional arrangements make this Kid Cornered's best album so far. Sonically, it tips its hat to 90s guitar bands Pavement, Sebadoh and Yo La Tengo. Matt Toohey's noir-ish Australiana is more realised and rounded on this third album, which ploughs its own patch alongside the bands he shreds in on the side - the Woods Themselves, el Mopa, and Browning.
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Spider and Lamb
by Warmer
AUD$ 20.00
Spider (Half A Cow) hac149
released April 2011

Buy now and receive for FREE the Time's Come EP. Crazy!!! Sydney's Warmer releases their third album, Spider and Lamb on 8th of April through Half A Cow. The group is lead by singer-songwriter-guitarist John Encarnacao and shares players with other HAC artists Dog Trumpet (drummer Jess Ciampa) and Bernie Hayes (Jess and John). Bassist Peter Marley, part of the group since 2002, and new recruit Joshua Isaac on keys and guitar complete the lineup. Their debut, A Prayer For Soft Honey (2002) was a reflective acoustic rock affair, while follow up The Cat's Miaow (2005) jammed out with country, rock and lo-fi threads. Spider and Lamb draws on all of these influences for a concise selection of psychedelic pop. Upon hearing it, HAC's Nic Dalton declared: "It's your Sgt Peppers!"
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Two By Two
by Jeremy Harrison
AUD$ 20.00
Two (independent) jh01
released March 2011

from the bio: Street cowboy and underground Rasta folk artist Jeremy Harrison releases a new album Two by two in 2011. The album has a wandering spirit that talks about the connection between all things and the struggle to be one's true self in today's world. The lead vocals, acoustic guitar, bass and drums of Two by two were recorded completely live to analogue tape at Electric Avenue Studios in Newtown, Sydney. The engineer was studio owner, recording veteran, Phil Punch. The strings were arranged by Naomi Radom of Coda and the keys were played by Luke Dubbs of Hermitude.  The sessions were photographed in black & white and colour by Natasha Foster. Next the project moved to Big Jesus Burger Studios in Surry Hills where J. P. Fung engineered the overdubs. The recording was then shipped to Australian-born Tony Dupe (Holly Throsby) who was working in Berlin, Germany for producing and mixing.  Tony returned to Sydney and met Jeremy at Gerroa Beach, NSW to work on the mixing. Tony finished the mixing with Jeremy in a sandstone church in Wildes Meadow, NSW. The final mix of Two by two was sent to Denis Blackham (Jimi Hendrix, Antony & the Johnsons) at the Isle of White in Scotland for mastering. Jeremy painted the album artwork and it is of a steep hill found about ten minutes drive from his parents' house in Bowral. For some reason though, the hill looks like a sun rising from the horizon.
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Play All Night
by Nic Dalton and his Gloomchasers
AUD$ 20.00
Play (Half A Cow) hac143
released November 2010

Following on from 2005's Home of the Big Regret is this 12 tracker from Nic Dalton and his Gloomchasers. Against a backdrop of late 60s-style folk-rock and featuring banjo and mandolin on every track, swamps of backing vocals and special guest - Australian living legend - Bernie McGann on saxophone. Includes versions of Skyhooks' All My Friends Are Getting Married and Danny O'Keefe's I’m Sober Now. Think you want the vinyl instead?: Limited edition of 100 copies, each with individually hand-painted covers. Fantastic pressing. Cd-r and cd booklet included.
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Play All Night
by Nic Dalton and his Gloomchasers
AUD$ 25.00
Play (Half A Cow) hac143v
released November 2010

PLEASE NOTE: 12 inch vinyl has extra postage/packaging charges. See shipping vinyl: Limited edition of 100 copies, each with individually hand-painted covers. Fantastic pressing. Cd-r and cd booklet included. Following on from 2005's Home of the Big Regret is this 12 tracker from Nic Dalton and his Gloomchasers. Against a backdrop of late 60s-style folk-rock and featuring banjo and mandolin on every track, swamps of backing vocals and special guest - Australian living legend - Bernie McGann on saxophone. Includes versions of Skyhooks' All My Friends Are Getting Married and Danny O'Keefe's I’m Sober Now.
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A Strawberry Situation
by Love Parade
AUD$ 10.00
A (Half A Cow) hac147
released November 2010

Love Parade are a four-piece psychedelic pop band. After spending a few years sharing stages with mismatched pub-rock/diet-grunge bands in Newcastle, going through more drummers than Spinal Tap, and enjoying regular rotation on Australian music shows and channels [RAGE and that], they relocated their focus to Sydney, self-recorded an EP and started playing regularly. Nic Dalton, Half A Cow boss and purveyor of all things good, agreed to release the EP without hearing a physical copy of it - a first in the seminal label's 20-year existence. (The tinny compressed computer-speakers version was enough for him.) The resulting EP, A Strawberry Situation, is six tracks that run the gauntlet from psychedelic pop to psychedelic surf-pop - with brief excursions in psychedelic-shoegazey, glo-fi, lo-fi, dream poppy, chill-wave, taking inspiration from The Velvet Underground, The Zombies, Teenage Fanclub, Pavement and the Nuggets compilations. Plus that Mess Around song from Redd Kross. The debut album will be out in summer.
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Real McCoy Wrong Sinatra (Fire ed.)
by Smudge
AUD$ 20.00
Real (Half A Cow) fire73
released October 2010

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Union
by Nicola Schultz
AUD$ 20.00
Union (Swan Song Publication) ss02
released September 2010

Debut album from ex-Swirl bassist Nicola Schultz.
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Catching Bream
by Ruby for Lucy
AUD$ 15.00
Catching (Half A Cow ) hac145
released August 2010

Ruby for Lucy (Julie Stenton and Kat Borghetti) make lovely, dreamy, whimsical pop music with two guitars and beautiful harmonies. These Sydneysiders are joined by their delightful double bassist and drummer on their debut, nine-track mini-album.
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No No No Not Like That
by the MoMos
AUD$ 20.00
No (Half A Cow ) hac144
released August 2010

The Momos – the brainchild of Drew Thomason - have been playing around Sydney for a few years and now, with a solidified lineup including Pat ‘Falling Joys’ Hayes and Justin ‘Whopping Big Naughty’ Hayes, they have recorded their debut album featuring Sarah Moore on the drums. You could file the MoMos under ‘alternative rock’ but the band is too original, too mysterious and too weird to be left at that. Lead solos, prog riffs and beautiful harmonies abound on this special album.
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Satellites (One)
by Swirl
AUD$ 0.00
Satellites (Half A Cow) hac146d1
released July 2010

iTunes download only. Handpicked by the band themselves, here is a digital double album of the best of the ep, b-sides and compilation tracks. Stay tuned for a best of Swirl cd in 2011.
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Satellites (Two)
by Swirl
AUD$ 0.00
Satellites (Half A Cow) hac146d2
released July 2010

iTunes download only. Handpicked by the band themselves, here is a digital double album of the best of the ep, b-sides, compilation tracks and two live songs. Stay tuned for a best of Swirl cd in 2011.
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The Last Unicorn
by Swirl
AUD$ 0.00
The (Half A Cow ) hac30
released July 2010

iTunes download only. The second album from Swirl. Ten out of ten!
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This Smudge Is True
by Smudge
AUD$ 24.00
This (Half A Cow) hac140
released July 2010

27 track compilation of Smudge songs from 1991-1998. First ever complete Smudge ‘best of’ compilation. Includes the classic ‘Don’t Want To Be Grant McLennan’, ‘The Outdoor Type’, ‘Tenderfoot’ and ‘Divan’ (as made famous by Evan Dando’s Lemonheads). Bet you knew that anyway! The compilation has been put together by long-time Smudge associate Nic Dalton (who produced half the songs) and includes a mammoth full-colour 36 page booklet with all the information you’ll ever need to know about Smudge. Smudge band members Tom Morgan, Alison Galloway and Adam Yee write their thoughts on each of the 27 songs. It is an incredible package! Smudge are playing a handful of shows in the UK and Spain in late May 2010. Fire Records in the UK will be licensing the two Smudge albums Manilow and Real McCoy, Wrong Sinatra for release in UK and Europe in late May so there will a bit of a buzz around Smudge at this time. Available at the Smudge shows or ask you local record store to order it in via Shock or Rocket export if outside Australia, from MGM distribution (from July 2010) in Australia or direct from Half A Cow.
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s/t
by The Only Stars
AUD$ 20.00
s/t (Walking Bird) bird03
released June 2010

Put together by Vic Conrad (from Adelaide's great band from yesteryear The Garden Path). A collection of covers from a collection of musicians from Adelaide. Very special indeed!
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Magic Johnson
by The Triangles
AUD$ 20.00
Magic (Half A Cow) hac117
released June 2010

Originally released on July 2005. Re-releassed June 2010. Melbourne's the Triangles take over Spain with their song Applejack in Estrella Damm's 2010 summer ad campaign. That's the band playing in it. In the last week of May 2010 it was the #1 song on iTunes in Spain and that was even before the ad hit the tv screens, all due to Youtube, the internet and good ol' word-of-mouth. The Triangles, from Melbourne, are self-described as 'three girls and two guys who like to play fun and frantic high energy folk-pop' and came to the attention of Half A Cow Records with their demo of the wonderful 'Let's Replace The Cityscapes'. It didn't take much for the label to be persuaded to get behind The Triangles' new album Magic Johnson. Featuring twelve joyful singalong songs, Magic Johnson is a hand-clapping, foot-stomping, head-nodding rollercoaster ride of an album. A radio single of 'Let's Replace The Cityscapes' has been sent to radio and already has received airplay on Triple J and Melbourne community radio. Firm friends since High School, The Triangles put on a very original and energetic live show and will be gaining a lot of attention from their shows they will be playing to support the new album. Possibly Sounds Like? Architecture in Helsinki, The Danielson Familie, They Might Be Giants, Polyphonic Spree, The Shop Assistants review: Listen to the opening of 'Applejack', the first song on Melbourne five-piece pop troupe’s second album Magic Johnson, and you’d swear you’re listening to a cross between the Sesame Street title theme, and the Polyphonic Spree. It shouldn’t work, but somehow it does – the sound of the Triangles is so delightfully cheery and apoplectically delightful that it’s hard to resist Magic Johnson. Where fellow Melbourne-ites Architecture in Helsinki are awfully clever about the way they pull everything together, the Triangles have more of a wide-eyed innocence to their sound. Such as it is, you get moments like the simply delightful 'Let’s Replace the Cityscapes', where the pop melody bounces along merrily. The Triangles self-recorded Magic Johnson, and the sound is occasionally thin and lightweight, but it’s nothing that isn’t made up for by the sheer quality of the songs. It’s hard to believe that a band like the Triangles can fly under the radar as effectively as they have. While Magic Johnson is their second album, not too many would know much of the band, but you get the sense that this is all going to change. There’s no denying Magic Johnson – it glides so smoothly across the hardwood. - the Electric Newspaper
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