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August 2014

PIP PROUD!




A Fraying Space


Japanese label EM Records has released a Pip Proud complilation of his first three albums (from the late 60s) called A Fraying Space and a single of Purple Boy Gang. All available now from Half A Cow Records. Get 'em before they go!

Imagine being a punk rocker before there were any others, or a hippie whose message of peace was infused with a sardonic whimsy. Thatís what it must have been like to be Pip Proud, in Sydney in the late 1960s, railing against the media and its hypocrisies, making a music that cut through all lies. ó David Nichols

Pip Proud, sui generis, could be considered an Australian outsider, with his untutored and uninhibited singing style, his primal guitar playing, his resolutely personal vision captured on recordings from 1967 to the early 70s - except that, unlike most outsiders, he was loved and accepted, with two of his three album releases on a major label, with frequent television appearances and coverage in music magazines. Heralded in his native land though he was, he maintained a low profile from the early 70s, never made an impact overseas, and his recordings have been difficult to access.

This collection has been selected by Proud's biographer David Nichols and will engender a new appreciation of Proud's music. Considered by some as a sort of Antipodean Syd Barrett, listeners will hear that Pip was clearing his own private and primal path, more poet than pop star, despite the media attention. Other than one Velvets-style band track, all songs here feature Pip solo, some with appealingly primitive overdubs. Fans of ramshackle oddball weirdo portastudio lo~fi bedroom pop of the 80s, 90s and beyond, whether of the NZ, UK or US varieties, will find a precursor here.

Available on both 12-inch vinyl and CD with three bonus tracks, A Fraying Space also features liner notes by David Nichols as well as Proud's lyrics.

Available here from Half A Cow mailorder:
A Fraying Space




All the Half A Cow releases are available at Egg Records, 3 Wilson Street Newtown phone 02-95506056 email baz@eggrecords.com.au



...and this painting is on sale there too!
August 2014

Bernie Hayes (solo) at the Green Room Lounge


The one and only Bernie Hayes is playing an extra special solo show at the Green Room Lounge on Thursday 7th August. Resident DJ Nic Dalton will be playing records in between the wonderful songs of one of our finest singers. Come on in, grab a beer or the special cocktail we'll be having for the night: "The Sando". See you there!

Then the Gloomchasers will be playing at the Green Room Lounge the following Friday 15th August along with the Ramalamas and You And Your So~Called Friends.



Nic Dalton and his Gloomchasers playing at the Midnight Special in Enmore on Sunday 13th July. Next show at Gasoline Pony on Thursday 31st July.



Showtime!

Luke Russell & the Proposition with Gloomchasers at the Green Room Lounge Sunday 11th May from 6pm

Gloomchasers at the Gasoline Pony Thursday 22nd May - 2 sets - with Hurray for Kathryn, Elmo and possibly Jonno on up first.
February 2014

Nic Dalton "first ever" painting exhibition




From Saturday February 15th to Tuesday March 11th at Sweets Workshop Shop 4, 58-60 Carlton Crescent, Summer Hill.


The Triplettes on the set of "Shake and Pop" (1965)


the Rehearsal

February 2014

Missing Links vinyl has arrived!



Direct from Sundazed, we have copies of their rather grand reissue of the Missing Links LP and EP. Shrinkwrapped!

Only AUD$28.00 (plus post: $6.50 in Australia) - this LP (and EP) is essential for any lover of the BEST SIXTIES MUSIC this country has ever offered. A timeless release. Crazy garagepunk for the ages.

Some reviews of the new Links reissue. The first one from Ugly Things and the next one from Hit List.





Agnes Kain have just completed their third or fourth tour of China! Their latest album is available on cd, Bandcamp and iTunes iTunes


April 2013

It's A Family Affair!





February 2013

It's A Family Affair returns!



If you're in Sydney then another great Sunday afternoon is coming your way when It's A Family Affair returns to the Petersham Bowling Club (77 Brighton Street, Petersham) on Sunday 17th February. The kid-friendly band the Sticker Club (featuring Nic Dalton, Alison Galloway, Ben Whitten and even more kid-friendly lead singer Chanelle Afford!) start the show off at around twenty past two and are followed by Dusty Ravens, the Morris Brothers (featuring Toby and Cam from Youth Group) with the ever-wonderful the Exiles closing the proceedings around six o'clock. Great food, cheap beer, some bowling greens to either run around on or play bowls and a handful of top local bands. All this happening at the pokie-free PBC! See you there!



Tom Morgan (of Smudge and Sneeze fame) has his debut solo album out now on Fire Records in the UK. Stay tuned for how you can get copies in Australia! Meanwhile...visit the Fire Records site here for it.



The Missing Links classic album from 1965 (which Half A Cow has released the cd of) is now back in a yummy vinyl reissue from Sundazed in the US. Get it here direct from Sundazed.



Some new Nic Dalton paintings are available at the Monkey Puzzle toy store at 13 Lackey Street, Summer Hill ph 02-9799 7101 email: info@monkeypuzzletoys.com.au



The last Friday of the month at the Green Room Lounge in Enmore sees Nic Dalton playing a whole swag of ye olde records of music from the 20s to the mid-50s with special guest bands playing something similiar. Step (or swing!) back in time when Spyglass Gypsies and Cigar Box Annie take to the stage on Friday 1st of March (okay, not really the last Friday of the month but close enough!)


archived news...
Smallgoods say bye-bye! - August 2012
Half A Cow Documentary - March 2012
it's a family affair... - February 2012
Second Guesses - December 2011
Doin' it for the kids! - November 2011
Showtime! - September 2011
- July 2011
It's A Family Affair - July 2011
the return of the Falling Joys - May 2011
Out this week: Sierra Fin - May 2011
keep 'em coming! - March 2011
wha' happenin'? - February 2011
Heading back to Glebe... - February 2011
2010 round up - December 2010
Nic Dalton and his Gloomchasers - NEW ALBUM! - November 2010
The 100 Best Australian Albums - November 2010
When Ruby met Lucy ?!?!?!? - October 2010
Ruby for Lucy...RE-LAUNCH! - September 2010
out today...Ruby for Lucy - August 2010
This Smudge Is True: the best of Smudge 1991-98 - July 2010
the Triangles #1 in Spain - June 2010
new Dog Trumpet! - May 2010
Brutals Sydney Launch! - April 2010
the Brutals...not brutal..except in love - February 2010
The Missing Links are driving you insane... - January 2010
- October 2009
It's showtime! - June 2009
new Khancoban clip - March 2009
I'll give you bonafied lovin'! - February 2009
Khancoban and We Grow Up - October 2008
Khancoban present their debut album... - August 2008
- August 2008
A Winterz Tayle - July 2008
Bringing back the ME Generation! - June 2008
it's jumper time - May 2008
Swayback Nest - April 2008
MARCH FORTH! - March 2008
If it doesn't rain, it pours! - December 2007
Swayback!!! - November 2007
the calm before...the rising storm! - November 2007

MARGARET ANN DALTON
- September 2007
what's the buzz, tell me what's-a-happenin'? - August 2007
New Kid Cornered, Bernie Hayes and the Raylenes - July 2007
VALE LOBBY LOYDE - April 2007
that hit the spot - March 2007
Welcome! - February 2007
Come On In! - December 2006
the Party's Over... - November 2006
BRUCE The Name Of The Band Is... (hac121) - November 2006
She Loves You Too (hac100) - October 2006

2003 releases
2002 releases
2001 releases


Half A Cow
Half A Cow Records
PO Box 1100 STRAWBERRY HILLS NSW 2012 Australia
Email: haclabel@mpx.com.au
Phone: +61-2-9799 0871
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