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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
It's A Family Affair!
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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!)
New album from Agnes Kain
AGNES KAIN: Before we finally meet (hac152)|
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.
Agnes Kain have toured Australia and China a number of times and are happy to be launching this album in their home town of Sydney on November 29th 2012 at Notes Newtown.
Mal McGhee from the Wild Cherries, Python Lee Jackson and the Virgil Brothers died of emphysema, advanced cancer and pneumonia on 17th May this year. After being involved with those three acts, the 1970s came along and Mal pretty much gave up on the music industry. RIP Mal.
It's A Family Affair
On Sunday 28th October between the hours of 2pm and 7pm you are all cordially invited to the Petersham Bowling Club for the fifth installment of IT'S A FAMILY AFFAIR where kids and adults run amuck and the sweet sound of the SHOUT BROTHERS, YAE!TIGER, KNIEVEL, COMMUNITY RADIO and the STICKER CLUB will entertain you and the PBC bar 'n' bistro will fill your bellies and the bowling greens will massage your happy and weary bodies and you wonder why life isn't always this good.
Smallgoods say bye-bye!
A SMALLGOODBYE WITH SPECIAL GUESTS MID-STATE ORANGE
SATURDAY, AUGUST 11 at the Toff In Town, Melbourne
Some erudite thinker once said all good things — big or small — must come to an end; a claim that certainly applies to some of our favorite bands. Puns and awkward opening lines aside, we are saddened this week to hear news of the final chapter in the Smallgoods chronicle; one that sprouted from the verdurous south-western Victorian hinterlands in the late-1990s and followed the exploits of a band of handsome scruffs as they re-stumped in Melbourne, played to wide-eyed new fans at home and abroad, released a generous handful of critically-touted cds, and, if this scribe may humbly opine, were perhaps too heavily bound by their blithe nature to ever come into cooee of their true dangerous potential.
Ben Mason and Lachlan Franklin lit the initial spark; their highschool band Mine Square was busy breathing new life into the ol' classics (ever seen any other band do the "running man" dance to 'Hey Joe'?!) but they soon decided it was time to start penning their own classics. The pair recruited Lachlan's younger brother Gus and his shaggy-lookin' pal Shags into the band, and called on a revolving line-up of bass dudes like Donza, Browning and Cowie. Equipped with serious harmonies, hooky pop choons, epic sonic sojourns and melodies brighter than the Port Fairy lighthouse, The Smallgoods were soon opening for big-named international visitors and signing record deals with esteemed indie labels Half A Cow and Lost And Lonesome.
Alas, in the late '00s, time constraints and other band/work commitments began to slow the boys down and in the past few years The Smallgoods have only troubled the gig listings on a few occasions, perhaps most notably (performing as a three-piece) as guests of Jolie Holland. On this tour they recorded the beautiful track 'Tell Me What Your Heart Is Made Out Of' in a Hobart hotel room. This track stands as a vivid reminder of how great this band was and will always remain in many of our hearts. See ya 'round, Smallies!
Luke Russell and the Proposition play at the Green Room, Thursday 2nd August.
Luke Russell Second Guesses
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 live band!
Half A Cow Documentary
Melbourne filmmaker Jarrad Kennedy is making a documentary called If It's Catchy It Means You Stole It on Half A Cow Records. You can become involved by visiting the Pozible website. He is also looking for more information (regarding old flyers, filmclips, etc) so join up to this facebook page.
Luke Russell and his second album Second Guesses will be released in April and is a corker of a pop album. Stay tuned for more...
The Gloomchasers bring their folk-rock back to the Green Room, complete with mandolin and violin. They’ll be joined on the night with Jason Walker, one of the best singer-songwriters around, and Community Radio — the new band from Cameron ‘Youth Group’ Emerson-Elliott. Up first is country songbird Lucy Lehmann and new unique (both sad and humorous) songs. It's on Thursday March 15th and it's free! Happy Hour 6-8. Bands between 8-11.
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
FREE Sweet Sixteenth 20 track compilation - October 2006
WARMER: Time's Come EP - October 2006
Celebrating Our Sweet Sixteenth 1990-2006 - October 2006