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June 2015

HALF A COW AND CHINA PIG JOIN FORCES TO RELEASE THE NEW ALBUM BY...

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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ADELE&GLENN
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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LOVE POSITIONS COVER SMUDGE!

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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February 2015

IS THERE LIFE ON MARS?


We love the Pigram Brothers here at Half A Cow and now have all their three albums back in stock PLUS the 2013 solo album from Stephen Pigram called Wanderer available here


New Bernie Hayes album coming soon! It's called Slow Fix and will be available on cd, vinyl (via China Pig Records) and download. Should be out in May! Stay tuned...




PIP PROUD
Pip's two albums from the late 60s have recently been reissued by Superior Viaduct out of San Francisco and we have some copies for sale here.


Adreneline & Richard 12" LP iTunes Bandcamp


A Bird In the Engine 12" LP iTunes Bandcamp



Got a bit lost before Christmas so we are letting everyone know at the dawn of 2015 that Half A Cow has released its first digital~only single. Drum roll please...

MAGIC TUNDRA

Magic Tundra's new double a~sided single Believe Me / Extraño is the first formal recording of a nomadic South American couple who have recently settled in Melbourne. It was produced by new industry talent Juan Celofán in Chile, recorded in Australia and finally mastered by Andrés Mayo in Argentina. Believe Me / Extraño (hac153d) is the first digital-only release on Half A Cow Records and out now.

Producido por el nuevo talento Juan Celofán desde Chile, grabado en Australia y finalmente masterizado por Andrés Mayo desde Argentina, este single doble se trata de la primer grabación formal de un nómade duo sudamericano recientemente instalado en Melbourne, Australia, para darle camino a su nuevo proyecto, Magic Tundra. Believe Me / Extraño es editado únicamente en formato digital por el conocido sello independiente Half A Cow Records.


Believe Me/Extraño double A side single (hac153d) ~ OUT NOW and available from iTunes and Bandcamp
Listen on Soundcloud


During some downtime recently, I realised I wasn't embracing the modern world. You know ~ ipads, ipods, itunes, free u2 albums, food selfies. So Half A Cow has been busy lately making a whole lot of ye olde records/cds/goodtimes available online mainly via iTunes, Bandcamp and a few others I have no idea what they are.

Lookee here: Half A Cow Bandcamp and Via Satellite Bandcamp

What better way to start off that with the first FIVE (yes!neon lights!FIVE!) CROW releases starting with the Sunburnt Throats 12 inch (originally released on Phantom Records in 1990) through to the Helicon Days EP. Great to have you back, Crow!


CROW My Kind Of Pain Their debut album recorded in Chicago with Steve Albini. iTunes and Bandcamp Scroll down this page for all the other Crow music!


TREETOPS What's The Matter, Baby? The first release from Melbourne's Treetops. Originally released in 2002 by Cavalier Records. iTunes and Bandcamp



PLUNDERERS Trust Us Five track mini album from 1988 (featuring Louis Tillet on piano on End Of Your World) plus extra No Fun Stooges cover iTunes and Bandcamp



GODSTAR the Chemcraze EP Bad Bad Implications (from Sleeper) plus a crazy mixed bag iTunes and Bandcamp



EL MAY
Ex~Sydney musician Lara Meyerratken (and drummer on Sneeze's Lost the Spirit!) has released her second album The Other Person Is You on her own label. It is a stunning record so make sure you check it out. You can get it here iTunes. Vinyl coming soon!



December 2014

HALF A COW...AWAKEN!


SMUDGE



To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Manilow Smudge have released their very own bootleg of the album on 180g vinyl. Sounds great too! Available at their shows, here at Half A Cow and Egg Records in Newtown.
Manilow LP from Half A Cow

SMUDGE tee~shirts and special Manilow skateboards (designed by Ben Brown) available from Smudge's very own Bandcamp


October 2014

SMUDGE 20th ANNIVERSARY MANILOW TOUR!



To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Manilow Smudge have released their very own bootleg of the album on 180g vinyl. Sounds great too! Available at their shows, here at Half A Cow and Egg Records in Newtown.

Manilow LP
from Half A Cow

See Smudge on tour:

OCTOBER
SAT 18 NEWTOWN SOCIAL CLUB, NEWTOWN, NSW
FRI 24 BRIDGE HOTEL, CASTLEMAINE, VIC
SAT 25 NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, NOVEMBER
SAT 1 THE ASTOR LOUNGE, PERTH, WA
SAT 15 THE GRACE EMILY, ADELAIDE, SA
SUN 16 BLACKBEAR LODGE, BRISBANE, QLD



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. That’s 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. — 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

archived news...
It's A Family Affair! - April 2013
It's A Family Affair returns! - February 2013
New album from Agnes Kain - November 2012
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

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: +61-2-9716 6926
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