Spill label news (pre-2006 archive)
A good New Years Eve show is shaping up at the Old Bar with Panel of Judges, the New Season, the Dollars and DJ.
and another: Dave Graney and the Lurid Yellow Mist, Kids in Cults, Jape Squad, Clinkerfield, at the Green room, Elizabeth st.
Elise (ex On) has a new band called BadCopBadCop .. they're playing on Boxing Day at Pony with Deep Where All Drown, Fire Witch and the Grey Daturas (followed at 1am by Remake Remodel.
On Xmas Eve: Pink Stainless Tail play at the Pony with Faspeedelay and Ocean Canvas (door 9pm / $6).
Also on Xmas Eve, a big night at Hells Kitchen .. Jon Michell etc
Melbourne indie radio stations are adjusting their timetables for the new year. Good news for underground music fans as one of Melbourne's best shows Makeshift Swahili moves to a (slightly) more civilized timeslot: Mondays from midnight to 2am on 3PBS. 3RRR show Slanted and Enchanted is moving to a Sunday night 10pm - midnight timeslot. Pat O'Brien takes over the Monday morning (6-9am) slot on 3PBS from this month.
On Wed 22nd the Happy Lonesome play at Pony (free entry).
On Sat 17th at Cherry Bar: Paper Planes, Love Cuts Kill, Tiger by the Tail (early start).
Also n Saturday, at Brown Alley (Melb cbd), Ground Components, Young Professionals, Panel of Judges, Kiosk.
out now on Chapter Music, the debut album by Lakes - launch at Bus Gallery (117 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne) on Friday December 16, 2005, with Kiosk, Always and the Bohemian Knights.
Also on Friday, Keith Urquhardt's new band Nikita and the Snakes are playing at the Pony.
Another noteworthy show on Friday: Toy Death, Casionova and Pateras/Baxter/Brown, at the Empress.
Minimum Chips launch their new album on Thursday 8th Dec at Gertrudes with Crayon Fields and Barrage supporting. The Chips have a new drummer Michael, replacing Ian who is playing solo shows in Germany.
The Muddy Spurs play with the Darling Downs on Sat 10th at the Dan, and with Wagons on Sun 11th at the Retreat.
Brisbane's 4ZZZ (one of Australia's first indie radio stations) celebrate their 30th birthday on the 10th/11th.
On Saturday 3rd Dec, two shows:
1. at the Tote: The Bites play their last show and launch their last ep, with Batrider and Panel of Judges supporting.
2. at Ding Dong: The Tranquillizers ep launch, with Minimum Chips and Mid-State Orange supporting.
on the Web ...
a new Australian music magazine, Broken Spring Review
The Shame File label has released Volume IV of its 'Terra Australis Incognito' series of mp3 releases of new Australian experimental music. This particular release is "In Remembrance" by Adelaide's r.domain.
Another mp3 release out this month: an EP by Steve Law (aka Zen Paradox), on the Secession label.
The Radio Hostile podcast this month features keyboardist / vocalist Rotcod Zzaj.
This web site has downloadable interviews with 20th century sound artists and composers.
On Sat 26th Nov, at the Espy in St Kilda: Super Stupid, Panel of Judges, the Casinos
On Sun 27th: the Muddy Spurs and Jon Michell play the Town Hall Hotel, 33 Errol St Nth Melbourne.
Marc from New Estate is playing solo shows under his old nom-de-rock of Popolice. He's at the Old Bar on Wed 23rd.
New Estate and Ashtray Boy play at Trades Hall this Thursday 3rd Nov (book launch - early start).
The following night (Fri 4th) the Estate wind up their live year with a show the Dan O'Connell, with the Fuzz (Perth).
On Thursday 10th at Pony: a festival of two-piece bands: Go Genre Everything, Dance Creeps, ii, Fabulous Diamonds, Pig Slash Rhino, Hermetic Nemesis, BadCopBadCop.
On Sunday 30th: Peace Craze (formerly known as On) play at Pony.
Bucketrider play a rare Melbourne show this Thursday 27th at Bar Open, at 10pm. Then High Pass Filter and Ai Yamamoto play there on Sunday. Both shows are free admission.
On Saturday 22nd Dave Graney's Luris Yellow Mist play the new Carlton Room at the Dan O'Connell with the Swedish Magazines.
On the same night, The Sensational Alex Jarvis Band is launching Alex's new album 'Sixes and Sevens', at The Tote. On stage with Alex are Richard Andrew, Chris Smith, James Dixon and Mark Nelson. Supported by Black Cab and Joel Silbersher.
Then at 2am at Pony, also on the 22nd, catch Panel of Judges at Pony.
On Sunday 16th, Japanese groups Maher Shalal Hash Baz and the Tenniscoats play with Always and the Hi God People at the Rob Roy. After that they've off to Sydney, then back on Thursday at the Northcote Social Club with the reformed Essendon Airport. Tour details at the Chapter website.
On Monday 17th at 6pm, Reiko Kudo of Maher Shalal Hash Baz will play at Synaesthesia records, level two, 28 block place, Monday 17th Oct, free admission.
The Muddy Spurs are playing on the 15th at the Tote with Spencer Jones, on Monday 17th at the Retreat with Jon Michell, and on Sunday 30th at the Tote (3cr benefit).
On Wednesday 19th at 7pm, Bucketrider's Dave Brown (playing as Candlesnuffer) launches a new solo cd "apsomeophone" at West Space Gallery, 1st Floor, 15-19 Anthony Street Melbourne. Also on the bill: Anthea Caddy and Philip Samartzis, and Japanese performer Haco from After Dinner, Hoahio and Synapse.
Brisbane indie-rockers Iron On return to Melbourne for several dates this month: Friday 14th at the Rob, Saturday afternoon at the Empress, and Saturday night at the Green Room (follow link for details).
On Wed 12th at 6pm, Martin Mackerras launches his new cd at World Wide Warehouse easy St. Collingwood ( entry through Budd St car park). (Readers of this web site might think of Martin as "ex Wondrous Fair".)
Mia Schoen and the Victorian College of the Arts present Painters and Rockers at the Empress Hotel, North Fitzroy, on Thursday 6th Oct; a large lineup of "art rock" including New Estate, Always and many more.
On Friday 7th at the Old Bar: Panel of Judges, Barrage, Fabulous Diamonds.
On Friday 30th, New Estate play at 730pm at Pony (as part of the Fringe Festival).
The next installment of Articulating Space features Oren Ambarchi, the Hi God People, Rohan Drape, and Alice Hui-Sheng Chang .. at Ignifuge, 11a Hope St Brunswick on Thursday 29th.
Nathan Grey of Snawklor has an exhibition at Alice Euphemia, shop 6 Cathedral Arcade, 37 Swanston st, Melbourne: Rock Bottom, 8 pen and ink drawings and a sculpture, 26th of september to 15th of October.
On 23rd Sep: Electrelane and Love of Diagrams at the Corner Hotel.
On Friday 16th, at a new venue, Fad Gallery, Corrs Lane, Melbourne: Children Collide, HTRK, and Love Cuts Kill.
On Wed 14th, Paper Planes and Magic Dirt at the Northcote Social Club.
Also on the 14th, Guy Blackman and Mia Schoen support US indie popster Dear Nora along with Melbourne's Sly Hats at Gertrudes, Gertrude St Fitzroy.
On Saturday 10th Sep at the Tote, the Bird Blobs play their final Melbourne show before heading to Europe.
On the same night, the return of New Estate, headlining at the Old Bar with Red Ink Spills and Go Genre Everything.
Two shows on Saturday 3rd Sep ... Hi God People "Symphony for Several Senses", with Barrage, at Hells Kitchen, 20 Centre Place Melbourne, free admission ... sadly clashing with Ernie Althoff's cd launch
Love Cuts Kill launch their new single at Pony on Friday 2nd, with Fangs and 20th Century Motorists.
On Thursday 1st Sep, at Fort Knox, 11a Hope St: Blark Bayer, Fabulous Diamonds, and one-off improv group Fusinato / Fox / Grier / I.Wadley ... $5 entry.
The US no-wave documentary Kill Your Idols runs at the MIFF on the 4th. In conjunction with the film screening there's a gig at Pony featuring Rowland Howard backed by the Devastations supported by the HTRK trio. Ticket-holders from the film can saunter in free before 10pm.
On the same night, 3RRR program The Australian Mood has a feature on 80s Australian band The Laughing Clowns (who are about to release a box set).
On Friday 5th at the Rob Roy: the Crayon Fields, Jon Michell and the Ancients, and Letraset.
On Saturday 6th at The Stage: O Belgium, Always, and Lakes, supporting NZ's The Coolies.
On Sunday afternoon 7th August, Clinton Green plays as Undecisive God, with Bokor and The Imperial Leathermen Duo, at Okayjustalittle, from 3 to 6 pm at the Empress Hotel.
On Thursday 11th at Bar Open, a benefit for 3cr radio show Yaks Go Bah, featuring Honest Engine, Armyish, Sonic Manipulator, Htrk, Meatwave, Bowl Of Dick, Screwtape.
On Saturday 13th August at the Old Bar: Flywheel, the Muddy Spurs, and the new look Ashtray Boy (featuring David Nichols on drums and Nicole Thibault on trombone).
The Darling Downs (Salmon and Peno) launch their new album at the Northcote Social Club on Wed 17th August.
Also on the 17th, the Bird Blobs play with Nine Inch Nails at the Rod Laver arena.
On Friday 19th at Bus Gallery, 117 lt lonsdale st: camilla hannan (bris), thembi soddell (melb), bruce mowson (melb), lawrence english (bris).
On Saturday 20th, HTRK, Panel of Judges, Jon Michell and the Ancients, Armyish, at the Stage, 2nd floor, 231 Smith Street, Collingwood. DJ Miri will be playing stuff like curtis roads, john zorn, faust, modern lovers, os mutantes, pateras, stravinsky, cabaret voltaire, chubby checker etc.
On the same night, Snawklor and Julian Williams play at Hell's Kitchen.
And if you're in Brisbane, do not miss O! Belgium at the White House on Sat 20th.
On Sunday afternoon 21st at the Empress, 3 to 6pm: Ai Yamamoto, Kaigen (Tokyo), Kim Kerze, and dj WindupToy.
On Thursday 25th, Dave Graney's Lurid Yellow Mist play at Manchester Lane (off Flinders Lane, Melbourne cbd).
On Saturday 27th Aug at Hell's Kitchen: Fabulous Diamonds (10 pm ish), followed by Dance Creeps, DJ Scraps.
TEKNIKUNST 2005 is a festival that runs over several weeks, with performers too many to list here, so follow the link to their web page for details ... As part of the festival the Hi God People present their new rock opera 'Creation', Thursday 28th at Ding Dong, with Essendon Airport, Qua, Francis Plague and Ai Yamamoto.
Saturday 30th at the Old Bar: Ashtray Boy, Simon from Perth's Airport City Shuffle playing solo, and Marc Regueiro-Mckelvie of New Estate, also solo.
On the same night at Hells Kitchen in the city: Chris Smith and Jarrod, and Justin and Marcus' new act Armyish.
Dave Graney and Clare Moore launch their new double album 'Hashish and Liquor' with full band at the Northcote Social Club on Friday 22nd July.
The new Volvox cd 'Egg, Pluto Pup and You' is out now. This is a joint release by Spill and Dual Plover.
This interesting newish web site has reviews and mp3s from Melbourne bands ... http://www.melbs.org/ . Some Melbourne band photos are here ... http://www.laurenbamfordphotography.com.au/
Origami play their last Australian show at the Northcote Social Club on 30 June. The band will tour North America in July and August, with Erica Lewis on drums, playing shows with Le Tigre, Electrelane and others.
On Saturday 25th at the Stage: a benefit for 3CR's 'Burning Vinyl' show featuring Batrider (New Zealand), Hate, Fibonacci etc.
On Sunday 26th Dave Graney and Clare Moore wind up their three-Sunday residency at Brunswick's Retreat hotel, a free-admission vibes and guitar show with jazz great Mark Fitzgibbon on piano (two sets starting at 7pm).
Some bad news for Brisbane's noise scene with the closing of one of Australia's better venues, Small Black Box. Organizer Scott Sinclair's project lives on via http://halftheory.com
Flywheel play on Fri 17th June with The Paper Planes, Red Ink Spills and Marc from New Estate, at Mayfields, 103 Smith St, Collingwood ... then on 19th July at Yak in Collingwood.
On June 19th, the Grey Tapes play with Sydney's La Huva at the Old Bar.
Bucketrider launch their new album (on the Dr Jim label) at Ding-Dong on Saturday June 11, with support from Anthony Pateras and Robin Fox, City City City, Whitehorse, and DJs Janette Howard and Xian from Black Lotus.
On Sunday 12th, Mia Schoen and Tracey Read warm up for their US tour with a show at the Empress Hotel (with Guy Blackman supporting), launching Tracey's new cd while they're at it.
Friday 20th May is one of those days when there are too many good shows on simultaneously:
1. Dave Graney and Clare Moore are are playing (with Mark Fitzgibbon on piano) at the Wesley Anne in Northcote, with Grand Salvo and the Muddy Spurs supporting.
3. New Estate are playing a "temporary goodbye" show with Amplifier Machine and Jon Michell at Pony, prior to Mia's tour of the USA with Jen Turrell and Tracey Read.
4. The Bites, Origami, Souls on Board, and Crayon Fields play a party for the new MessAndNoise magazine, at the Stage in Fitzroy.
On the following night the Bird Blobs, My Disco and Kiosk play the "other" MessAndNoise launch at Spectrum in Sydney.
Brisbane's Golden Circles (ex Wondrous Fair etc) have a new cd out called Playground, and they're playing shows in Melbourne in early May: Thurs 5th, Rob Roy, with The Ill Bravados, The Sly Hats and Ned Colette, Fri 6th, Vic Hotel, with New Estate and Varo, Sat 7th, Old Colonial, with Origami.
The Spanish Magic label, run by Castings, is releasing a compilation cd "It's Over, We Don't Care" on Saturday June 25th @ the Mandarin Club. Artists on the CD are: Hi God People, Pimmon, ii, Brothers Of The Occult Sisterhood, Keith Mason, HTRK, Hiss, The Garbage & The Flowers, North Atlantic, Castings, Peter Blamey & Anthony Guerra and Rand And Holland. Playing at the launch will be Hiss, Pimmon, Rand & Holland, Castings, The Garbage & The Flowers, Anthony Guerra & Peter Blamey
The first instalment of Indie-Scribable, a monthly series showcasing Australian independent record labels, opens with a CHAPTER MUSIC LABEL SHOWCASE, featuring Essendon Airport, Lakes, Always and Guy Blackman, Gertrude's (30-32 Gertrude St Fitztroy) on Saturday April 30.
On the same night at Pony: Panel of Judges, Chris Smith, Barrage.
Julian Williams is exhibiting at Bus Gallery: "its an exibition of julian williams called NOTHING NEW. its new collages ...and drawings from market research ennui. PLACE....BUS GALLERY, ADRESS...117 LITTLE LONSDALE STREET, MELBOURNE. TIMES...OPENING TUES APRIL 26 AT 6PM, THEN DAILY (NOT INC WEEKENDS) FROM 11AM TO 6AM. yep theres nothing new just a bunch of re-configuration.thats the way its always been.plus maybe a live performance at the opening.".
Chris Smith has a new record out this month, a 12" split with Ivy Tree on the Fat Cat label.
On Saturday 26th Melbourne scores a trifekta with three worthwhile shows on the same night:
- New Estate, Black Mumba (ex Fur) at the Vic hotel
- Panel of Judges, Htrk Trio, Young Professionals at the Rob Roy
- Jon Michell launches his album at the Wesley Anne in Northcote
The Melbourne leg of the What Is Music festival winds up on Saturday 5th March.
The Muddy Spurs launch their new ep at the Vic Hotel on Friday 4th March, with Deep Country and Jon Michell supporting.
Panel of Judges are playing several shows in New Zealand during March.
Thursday 24th 8pm - midnight: Experimental + Interstate music: With or without it, you'd have good people doing good things and evil people doing evil things. But for good people to do evil things, it often takes religion presents 'Ewe bleats harshly after lamb / Grows the seed and blows the mead'
featuring: the impromptulons - hi god people - barrage - meatwave - scraps - grey skulls - night crash - das butcher - rory brown / dennis rappoport - old timey dj - an unknown film
Sweatshop Warehouse, 140 Barkly st Brunswick (near cnr Sydney rd.), donation for entry ...
The Improptulons are also playing at the Tote on Friday night with Shuriken and the Deveraux, and the Vic on Sunday with Meatwave and Barrage.
The Vic Hotel celebrates its first year as a venue with a gig on Saturday 26th.
Dunedin's Aesthetics are playing shows in Melbourne during February, playing with Tiffy, the Hi God People, and Lucas Abela on Thursday 10th at the Rob Roy, the Stabs on the 11th at Pony. This New Zealand noise-rock band has releases on the Ecstatic Peace and Corpus Hermeticum labels.
Singer Matt also releases material under the name Crude. He will perform a solo show with Chris Smith and Panel of Judges at the Old Bar on Friday 18th Feb.
New Estate launch their new EP at the Rob Roy hotel on 11th Feb, with Panel of Judges, Teen God, DJ Shave, and light projections. NE have a string of other shows in Feb, follow the link to their web site for details.
On Thursday 17th at Ding Dong: On, Lakes, and New Estate.
Jon Michell (Breaking the Law, Mum Smokes) has a new solo cd 'The Ancients' out this month. Look for a launch in March.
On Tuesday 25th Jan at Bar Open, Brunswick st: Chris Smith, Justin Fuller, Elise and Dimitra, Alex Jarvis. 9pm start.
On Wednesday 26th January 2005, at Bar Open, 317 Brunswick St Fitzroy: the Melbourne Internation Festival of Improvised Music ... the list of players is too long to reprint here so take a look at their web site.
On Saturday 22nd January, the Dual Plover label presents Nora Keyes, with the corndawg, singing sadie, doctor z, justice yeldham, curse ov dialect, mc bushpig, purple duck, hamperman and toecutter, at Ignifuge: peoples palace of outsider culture, 11A Hope Street, Brunswick.
The Bites have a new three-song ep out, featuring one song from their forthcoming Unstable Ape album, recorded in the super-swish Sing Sing studio in Melbourne.
The Cannanes play the Empress Hotel on Saturday 8th Jan, with The Readies (11pm) and New Estate (10pm) supporting.
At the Vic Hotel on 15 Jan: Ohm, Jarrod of The New Season (solo), Bowl of Dick, Archaic Forms.
On the same night, New Estate, the Muddy Spurs, and Teen Wolf play at the Old Bar.
3PBS's Coolin' by Sound program is already a highlight of Melbourne's radio spectrum but with Outer curator Pat O'Brien taking the reins in Dec/Jan it will be a must-listen. Tuesdays 9-11am. "Strange and lovely sounds, sometimes scary."
Melbourne's indie hq the Vic Hotel is staging a huge New Years Eve this year, featuring:
10pm The Muddy Spurs
11pm New Estate
12pm HTRK Trio
1am Panel of Judges
2am The Happy Lonesome
The venue is open until 3am for your enjoyment.
On Wednesday 22nd there's a benefit gig at Bar Open for Alison Bolger's 3cr show 'Two to the Valley' featuring The Hi God People, Mum Smokes, Clair Birchall and Das Butcher.
On Friday 17th the Synaesthesia Records 2005 Xmas Party features live music by Morgue, Via Tania, Whitehorse, Hi God People, True Radical Miracle, Anthony Pateras + Robin Fox; short films from the synaesthesia archives, and DJs, at Ignifuge, 11a Hope St, Brunswick; $8 / $10, 8 till late.
On Saturday 18th Dec at the Tote the Bird Blobs play the Tote: their first Melbourne show after a few months in the US and the UK.
Also on Saturday at Gertrudes in Gertrude st Fitzroy:
TABBY & MIFFY'S XXXMAS PARTY!!
Tabby and Miffy, Ida and Donald Resnik (Tabby with Adam from Curse Ov Dialect), Lowest Common Denominator, DJ Raycless
*At Gertrudes on Gertrude St, 9pm
Sydney/Newcastle quintet Castings are travelling through Melbourne & Adelaide to promote their new ep 'uh lotta ukulele' & the forthcoming release of a split 7" (with Melbourne band ii) on SteadyCam Records as part of the Background Frequencies series. Castings play on Thursday 2nd Dec with the Hi God People and the Bletchly Girls.
Speaking of the Hi God People, there's a photo and review of HGP's Julian Williams in the excellent new issue of US out-there-music magazine Bananafish.
Ashtray Boy are back in Australia after a few years based in Canada. Their new album 'Last Years Song' is out soon on Qld label Phonostatique ... launch at the Tote on Sunday 19th.
Melbourne noisemeisters Ohm (formerly 'On') have been working on an album for release this summer. They take a break from the studio to play a show on Saturday December 4th at the Birmingham Hotel in Collingwood. Guests on the night will be Justin Fuller (Breaking the Law); Bowl of Dick (Matt from the Stabs); arrant-eyed crazy men, LCDci; and Oh! Belgium. $5 to get in, 9pm start. Ohm's We've Got TV music video has been produced by LCDci's Jason Heller. The band changed their rather good name because too many other bands use it too.
Indie music/arts festival Straight Out Of Brisbane is on (in Brisbane) from 4 to 12 Dec. Highlights include: on Fri 10th, ex Wondrous Fair songwriter Deb Cavallaro's new band the Golden Circles (and many other fine groups); on Sat 11th a boat cruise featuring Minimum Chips, Small World Experience, the Zebras, Barrage, and Death Wolf. (Leaves Mowbray Park at 1pm); on Sunday 12th, the closing party featuring the Perfect Lovers.
On the subject of Brisbane, legendary underground label / early blues encyclopedia Shy Tone has a new web site.
US/UK indie rockers Boyracer have several new releases and a new web site.
There are rumblings within the camp of 90s indie pop group Clag ... a cd re-issue of old recordings is rumoured, and they've recorded a new song for a forthcoming multi-band comp.
On the 25th Nov Panel of Judges play at Ding Dong, with Breaking the Law and Dirty Lamborghini.
Wednesday 24th's Age newspaper has a feature article on Mia Schoen of New Estate
Reformed 80s Brisband The Pits are playing on Saturday 20th November at 101 with The Bites, New Estate, Flywheel and The Fauxxx (Newcastle).
Julian Williams (Hi God People etc) is staging another play: "The May Thor Hallow Variations" performed by Estaban David De Santos, Craig Peade and JW at La Mama theatre, 9, 10, 11 November
Iconic Melbourne indie pop label Chapter Music is back in operation following label boss Guy Blackman's return from two years in Japan. Their first two releases are a compilation of bands that Guy got to know while in Japan, and a re-release of early-80s Melbourne band the Primitive Calculators (with bonus video).
The final release in the Volvox trilogy is in production now, for release in early 2005. "Egg, Pluto Pup, and You" shows the band at their creative peak and includes their notorious cover of Wuthering Heights.
Origami road-test their new guitarist at the Rob Roy on Wed 29th Sep, before heading off for shows in Japan. Look our for new recordings on JJJ's Home and Hosed program this week.
On the same night the Victorian College of Arts Painters and Rockers night is on at the Rob Roy.
On 23rd Sep On play at the Tote.
Look out for a new EP soon from the Bites.
Melbourne Water compilation cd launch at the Victoria Hotel this Saturday 11th September. Performers include The Bites, Panel of Judges, New Estate, Breaking the Law, On, Driving Past, The Cannanes, James Earthenware, Clinton Green and Julian Williams. Entry is $5 and the action kicks off at 830pm. The swish Victoria Hotel is on Victoria Steet Brunswick, right by the train line, near Sydney Road.
On 4th September, left-field Melbourne c'n'w band Wagons launch their superb new album with Machine Translations and the Wayfaring Strangers supporting.
And on the same night (4 Sep), Panel of Judges launch their new vinyl ep, with Love of Diagrams and The Grey Tapes supporting.
The Hi God People are playing at Gertrudes, Gertrude st Fitzroy, on Thursday 26th August.
On Saturday 28th August, the next Outer gig at Bus Gallery, featuring Tarab (Eamon Sprod), Chris Smith, Dure Dara, and Anthony Guerra.
On Friday August 20 at the Old Bar Panel of Judges with Mum Smokes and The New Season.
On Saturday August 21 the newly-moved-to-Bendigo Cannanes play at the Vic Hotel Brunswick, with Flywheel and New Estate.
Several good options on Saturday 14th: Chris Smith at the Public Bar, North Melbourne; Das Butcher at 101, Smith Street Fitzroy; Francisco Lopez at 45 Flinders Lane.
The Hi God People will provide entertainment at the opening of the Yume exhibition of hand-made toys, at Outskirts, upstairs 262 Brunswick St Fitzroy, on Friday 13th August. The opening opens at 7pm, with HGP going on shortly after. HGP will perform a short puppet play called "Three Naughty Mushrooms".
The classic Dave Graney and the Coral Snakes 1992 album 'Night of the Wolverine' has been re-released this month. The re-issue contains all of the original tracks in their original order, plus a six-song bonus sample of what the various band members have done since that album. Look our for a launch by Dave Graney 'n' the Lurid Yellow Mist this spring.
This month in Melbourne and Brisbane: Liquid Architecture.
Shows this Friday 23rd July: at the Rob, On and the Grey Dayturas ... at the Old Bar, the Bird Blobs ... at the Vic, New Estate
On Friday 23rd from 10pm, at Terra Firma, High St Northcote, Guy Blackman and Dylan Krasevac DJ at the inaugural Hi Fri, a monthly event where the concept is to imagine it's your last ever DJ set before being sent to the electric chair for a crime you did not commit.
There's a movie about the Moodists at the Melbourne International Film Festival, Monday 26th July, 7pm, at ACMI.
Chris Smith and Marney Macleod are organizing a tour of New Zealand sound-art practitioners. Shows include: Rob Roy Saturday 10th, Birchville Cat Motel and Mick Turner. The Vic Hotel on Thursday 8th July, Richard Francis, Hi God People, On, Green Beret, and Lucas Abela.
Flywheel play the Vic Hotel on Saturday July 17th (with Happy Lonesome). There is some stiff competition that night with the Bites at the Rob Roy, but Flywheel hope that some indie pop fans will find their way to the Vic, especially those near Brunswick.
Peter Loveday, novelist and ex-frontman of Brisbane/London 80s band Tiny Town, is playing at the Empress on Friday 16th, with Andrew McCubbin and the Hope Addicts.
The recent launch of the Undertow experimental-music compilation was recorded by organizer Clinton Green and is available here as a live mp3 release.
Volvox fans will be happy to hear that Lester and Glenn have been recording again, under the name "Smallgoodz". One track will appear on the 'Dennis The Menace Buttflaps' compilation via Japan's Temple of Be Saint 777 label, along with such luminaries as Jad Fair and GG Allin.
Sydney band Flywheel moved to Melbourne a couple of years ago after releasing several albums, most recently via French label Z and Zoe. The Melbourne line-up (James and Toby Dutton, Gavin Butler, Greg Wadley) play their first show at the Vic Hotel on Friday 4th June (9pm), along with country-flavoured Melbourne bands Deep Country and Happy Lonesome.
Julian Williams celebrates his birthday and road-tests his forthcoming solo album with a show at the Vic Hotel the following night (Saturday 5th June), with New Estate and Teen God.
After their whirlwind world tour, Melbourne band Function are back in the studio this month recording another album.
Melbourne's Bird Blobs have recorded their new album and wrap up their east coast tour with a show at the Rob Roy this Saturday.
Melbourne's Shame File label launches a great Australian experimental music cd The Undertow at the Planet Cafe on Saturday 8th May, with several local and interstate acts performing including the Hi God People, Sue Harding, Bokor, W.I.T., Screwtape, and Sadaiche. Listen for a special on The Undertow on 3RRR's Symbiosis program, midnight Sunday 2nd May.
Guy Blackman (ex Sleepy Township) is back in Melbourne (from Japan) and so is Tracey Reed (from Perth). They're playing together on Sunday 9th May at the Vic Hotel.
Julian Williams of the 'From The Same Mother' label has released a new compilation cd called Woodlot Surer. The disc features five one-minute songs from each of local and international artists Glands of Eternal Secretion, David Haines, Flies Inside the Sun, Jon Dale, Chris Smith, Green Beret, The Hi God People, Undecisive God, Keynote Speaker, LCD, Snawklor, and Julian Williams - about 60 tracks in all. Cd launch featuring Chris Smith, Green Beret, LCD, Snawklor and the Hi God People on 1st May at Brunswick's Victoria Hotel.
Melbourne's Origami launch their new EP "Crusin for a Brusin" at Revolver on Saturday 17 April.
Alison Bolger (Panel of Judges, Sleepy Township, Clag) has a new radio show at midnight Sundays on 3CR. Each week a local guest musician raves and plays their favourite tracks.
This recording took a long time to appear but it was worth the wait: The Legend recorded several songs here in summer 2001/2, with Everett True (visiting Melbourne at the time) on vocals, backed by Julian Teakle (gtr), David Nichols (drums), Mia Schoen (keys) and Greg Wadley (bass), recorded on the trusty Spill 8-track. Now two of the songs have made it onto compilations: "I'm Not Like That" on Kill Rock Stars' Tracks and Fields, and "The King Of Hobart" on Sink and Stove's Hospital Radio Request List .
Our new idea is that when a release is no longer available in cd format, we'll put the contents online as mp3s. First up are the "Box" tv tribute compilation , the Hi God People's first album , and the early Spill comps.
Minimum Chips play Brunswick's new venue the Victoria Hotel (Victoria St, just west of Sydney rd) on Saturday Feb 28th, with KES (ex Bird Blobs) and the Grey Tapes.
This follows a class gig at the same venue on Friday 27th: Green Beret (new outfit featuring Justin Fuller with ex Dworzec members Henry and Arek) and Faber Castell.
Melbourne musician Mia Schoen has an exhibition of paintings at the 69 Smith Street gallery (Fitzroy) from 11 to 29 February.
Vice Magazine's Obsessions exhibition (Feb 14-21, 395 Little Lonsdale st) includes photos by Marcus of Das Butcher.
Melbourne's Deep Country launch their new album "Cautionary Tales For Young Girls" (sample track ) at the Cue Bar on Valentine's Day, 14th Feb. Support is from Sydney's Cannanes (their first Melbourne show since moving to Victoria) and the Hi God People.
The Small World Experience have three more Melbourne shows in their current tour:
- Sunday 1 Feb, Old Bar with The Mosquitoes (Lucksmiths side project) and Hollie Brown (from Vancouver)
- Friday 6 Feb, Victoria Hotel with the Tranquilizers
- Sunday 8 Feb, Rob Roy with Panel of Judges and Mum Smokes (ex Breaking the Law, Bird Blobs)
England's V/Vm label has released a "best of" compilation of material from Sydney's Dual Plover label. The cd, called Athlete of the Week, features the stunning freak show you'd expect from V/Vm and DP, features some Spill-related acts such as Volvox and New Waver.
A launch for this cd and showcase for Dual Plover is visiting Melbourne and Brisbane this summer. The Melb show is at the Planet Cafe on Saturday 20th December, with lineup Winner, the Hi God People, Gary Bradbury (ex Severed Heads), Das Butcher, and Slesu and Dr Tape (ie members of Curse ov Dialect). This show also acts as something like a launch for Das Butcher's new 7" single.
Ease into the party season this Sunday 14th at the Rob Roy front bar - a free gig featuring the Look of Love Orchestra, the Grey Tapes, and members of the Hi God People. The Look of Love Orchestra plays boozy lounge covers and is the musical alter-ego of members of Minimum Chips, Panel of Judges, Snawklor, New Estate, Huon, and Breaking the Law. The Grey Tapes is Melbourne writer David Nichols' new band. They have an album out on US label 555 Recordings, and make their live debut in Melbourne this month. This gig is free admission and doors open at 8pm.
Julian Williams' new play, Signs/Skilti (the First Days of Summer), is on at Ceres Environmental Park, Brunswick, on the 13th and 14th of December, at 11am and 3pm, at the Ceres cafe. Free admission ... hi spillers,julian here.things are looking poodly for a great weekend.come along to ceres and mingle with the ones in the cafe,then be lead on a journey through eight dimension overlays(if the weathers good nine).remember to come five mins early cause you will be lead to the performance area.if you get there late,well you wont know a thing about whats goin on.hope to see you there. Julian will talk about his play and music on 3PBS on Monday 8th Dec between 3.30 and 4 pm, in the Makeshift Swahili show. Click here for a scan of Julian's article in our local paper.
New Estate launch their new cd "Considering" at the Cue Bar, Brunswick St, Saturday 6th December, with Grey Tapes and Deep Country supporting.
The experimental music series Outer continues this month, with a performance at Bus Gallery, 117 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, on Saturday 29th November, with Snawklor, Sean Baxter, Cleaning Lady, Statis Duo, and the Hi God People . The show is accompanied by the release of a cd featuring acts from this and previous Outers.
Ten years after it was released, Clag's influential "Manufacturing Resent" 7" has been immortalized here.
The Hi God People play at Bus Gallery, 117 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne, on Saturday 18th October, with Snawklor, Sean Baxter, Cleaning Lady, Statis Duo .
Bands from the Victorian College of Arts present their wares at the VCA/Rob Roy's Painters & Rockers night, Rob Roy hotel, 1st October. This show will feature New Estate, a Melbourne four-piece featuring two ex-members of Sleepy Township. (New Estate album on the W.Minc label later this year; launch Nov 29 at Cue in Brunswick St. See the Estate also at the Espy on Thurs 9th.)
Julian Williams has another solo cd out this month, called 'The Mysterious Way of the Continuous Antenna'.
Keith Urquhart has been remixing Melbourne indie bands. The results are available on his web page .
The Small World Experience wind up their Melbourne sojourn this Sunday September 28th @ the Rob Roy front bar (Gertrude St Fitzroy) with Panel of Judges and indie supergroup Your Wedding Night (members of Architecture in Helsinki, the Bites etc).
Long-time zine the Taped Crusaders is now online.
After a 20 year break, Brisband The Pits have reformed, with original members Peter and Dave McPherson, as well as Donat on bass and Pat Ridgewell (Small World Experience) on drums. Their first post-reformation show is at the Melbourne Hotel (Brisbane), on Friday September 5th.
I Want A Hovercraft will launch their new four song ep at the Empress Hotel, Melbourne, on 5th September.
The next Hi God People show is at the Rob Roy hotel, Gertrude Street Fitzroy, on Wednesday 27th August. This is a cd launch for Keith Mason (ex Vodka Party from Tasmania), and also features Skovordino, Zanzibar Cob, and Rhett Wade Ferrel & Rodney Cooper, dj Butterfingers.
Minimum Chips launch their new ep "Gardenesque" at the Rob Roy hotel, Melbourne, on Saturday 2nd August. Supports by Hardy Coxon, Viviano, & Your Wedding Night. The Chips next play at First Floor on Wednesday 13th, and the Hopetown in Sydney on the 14th.
Sydney's Cannanes, Melbourne's Hi God People, and Brisbane's Golden Circles are playing at Ric's Bar in Brisbane, on Sunday 6th July. HGP are also playing at the Shamrock Hotel on Friday 4th July, with Brisbane acts PH3, the Perfect Lovers, 4 Layers of 9, Anal Cookie, and the Lost Domain.
At the Builders Arms, Gertrude St Fitzroy, this Wednesday 25th: Minimum Chips, New Estate, and the Call In Sicks (members of Panel of Judges currently in Melbourne, with David Nichols on drums).
Ex Sleepy Township members New Estate play at the Pony on Sunday 22nd June, with Love of Diagrams and Perth's Tucker B's.
The new Sleepy Township cd has been released by Dutch Courage. This is the best release by this group - a great recording of some great songs. Recorded at Simon Knight's "Sublime Studio" and released post-breakup.
Synaesthesia is launching three new cds on the same night at Loop, Meyers Place, Melbourne (city), on Wednesday 18th June. Cds by Snawklor, Delire, and Pateras & Fox.
The last show of the Hi God People residency at the Kent St Cafe is on Sunday 15th June, from 8 to 11pm. The cafe is 201 Smith St, Fitzroy. HGP are also playing at the Terminus Hotel, Clifton Hill, Saturday 7th June, with On and Jodie Moore.
Origami play their last Australian show for some time, at Pony this Thursday 29th, for Ladyfest Melbourne, with Breakfast of Champions, Slinkee, Sister She and DJs. Doors open at 9.00pm, and Origami play at 11.45pm.
The Cannanes play at the Warren View Hotel in Sydney on Friday May 23rd. The on Saturday some members perform in the reformed Lighthouse Keepers at Sydney's Metro, for the launch of the Tales from the Australian Underground compilation cd.
Minimum Chips play at the Rob Roy on Sunday 4th May, with the Emergency, Mimi Bourdeau, and Ockerchino djs. The band are launching their new lineup, with bassist Ellen Turner (Huon, Buck Fifty, New Buffalo) replacing Guy Blackman who is currently residing in Japan.
Sydney's Cannanes are off north during May. They play at the Alliance Tavern, Spring Hill, Brisbane on Saturday May 3rd, and at the Great Northern Hotel in Byron Bay on Sunday the 4th.
Julian Williams presents his new play 'A Circle for Medicine Wheel'. The play will be performed in darkness and features live backing music by the Hi God People. Rechabite Hall, Northcote, Fri May 9 and Sat May 10 at 7.30pm, and Sun May 11 at 3pm and 7.30pm.
Melbourne's Bird Blobs launch their new cd "Stihl Life" at the Rob Roy on May 2nd. The cd was produced by Simon Grounds, and is released on the Unstable Ape label.
Melbourne computer-music duo Snawklor are off to play in Europe. Read about their exploits in their tour blog.
The Frustrations have a new cd out this month, called "The Dole Years", on the Consumer Productions label. Launch is at the Rob Roy Hotel, on Friday 11th April, with The Night Terrors, The Bites, and Michael Noga.
Brisbane indie-rockers Iron On tour Melbourne this weekend (21 to 23 March). Their final show is at the Empress Hotel on Sunday 23 March, with Origami and Mia Schoen.
Origami play Bar Open on Sunday 23rd, the Corner on the 28th, Good Morning Captain on 1st March, and the Empress on 23rd March. They're supporting the Breeders in Melbourne and Brisbane during March.
The new Moodists retrospective double-cd Two Fisted Art is out now. The launch (with original Moodists lineup) is at the Tote Hotel on Friday 14th Feb.
The next Hi God People performance is at the Tote Hotel, Collingwood, on Wednesday 5th February. This gig features the debut performance of On, a rock/noise band featuring ex-members of the Library Punks, Fong, F* Tourette's C* etc.
To celebrate their 55th cd release, the 555 label invited bands they'd worked with and many others besides to submit short songs, the aim being to fit 55 of them on one cd. The result is the oustanding 555cd55.
Fresh from playing Sleater-Kinney supports, Melbourne's Origami next grace the stage at the Empress Hotel (Fitzroy) on Australia Day (Sunday 26th Jan).
Yet another new Julian Williams cd ... 'Leaf Rain' is out now on Adelaide's Rhizome label. This cd was compiled in mid 2002 and is a collection of JW's 'sound art' from 1995 to 2000.
The Small World Experience play the last show of their Melbourne sojourn on Wednesday 11th December, at the Builders Arms Hotel, Fitzroy.
Origami play at Good Morning Captain in Collingwood on Saturday 7th December, then support Sleater-Kinney at the Corner Hotel on Tuesday 10th.
At the Rob Roy hotel on Friday 29th November:
- The Cannanes will launch the Australian release of their album "Trouble Seemed So Far Away". This is the first release on their own Lamingtone label. The album is already released in the US.
- Classic Brisbane proto-indie-pop three-piece the Small World Experience will play their first show in several years, with their mid-90s line-up (includes two current members of Minimum Chips).
- The Hi God People will launch a new Solids cd "The Possible Human". The cd contains best-of and unreleased material by this HGP precursor band. Sample song: Aquamarine.
Three-piece improv outfit Solids played and recorded in Melbourne between 1994 and 1999, whereupon synthesist Jad moved overseas, Dion and Dylan joined, and the band became HGP. This cd contains unreleased recordings made just before Jad left, as well as edits from earlier Solids releases. The cd is available now from spill-label.org and Synaesthesia. At this launch, HGP will combine their current somewhat indescribable show with a nod to their more rockin' Solids roots.
The prolific Julian Williams (Hi God People, FTSM label) has yet another new solo album out. He's launching this at the Builders Arms, Fitzroy, on Wednesday 27th Nov. Listen to this sample track if you dare.
Equally prolific is Antony Riddell (ex Volvox) whose latest book 'Fingerprints on the Surface of the Brain' is available now.
After recording all year, Origami have manufactured their new album. The ten song cd was recorded at the studios of Spill and Nick Carroll, and will be released during November, on 555/RedSquare (Australian distribution by Shock). Origami are touring North America and Europe in 2003.
The Chapter label has released a compilation CD called Double Figures, with highlights from the back catalogue as well as new and unreleased tracks from Chapter's current acts. Launch is on Friday September 6 at the Rob Roy Hotel, with Wagons, Minimum Chips, Jeremy Dower, Mia Schoen, Julian Williams, and DJ Chrissy G. Jeremy Dower's Music For Retirement Villages, Circa 2050 EP will also be launched on the night. This is the last Chapter gig before label boss Guy Blackman heads off to live in Japan for a year or so, which also means its Minimum Chips' last gig with Guy on bass.
The Hi God People play at the Builders Arms on Wednesday 14th August, with David Haines and Dworzec. Read about these musicians in this article by Jon Dale.
Sleepy Township have a new retrospective cd. Launch is at the Rob Roy on Friday 22nd August.
And Mia Schoen of Sleepy Township has a cd out on Library records. Launch is at the Builders Arms on Wednesday 28th August.
An exciting, rare release from four Melbourne sound artists: "Ohrwurm" is a compilation cdr containing 1-2 tracks, and an information page, from each of Ernie Althoff, The Voice of Invisible Speakers, Xrtoq, and Tarab. Microtones, found sounds etc.
Minimum Chips have done some recordings for the SBS "whatever" web site .
TISM have a new best-of cd, covering thier early years to about 1992. This web site prefers their new stuff to their old stuff, but if the cd is as good as the launch "gig", it is worth investigating.
The Hi God People play at the Builders Arms on Wednesday 10th July, with Pumice (from New Zealand) and Tourette's.
Some new releases to look out for: Fog and Ocean cd, out now on the 555 label. This cd features 13 songs, done in an early-80s synth-band style, by members of Boyracer, Huon, Architecture in Helsinki etc. Also on 555, the debut album from Melbourne's Long Weekend.
Sleepy Township have two new albums in production: a retrospective of old vinyl, compilation and cassette releases, and a new album of unreleased material - in the view of this website their best yet.
And the Chapter label is putting together a ten-year-anniversary best-of cd, featuring classic indie pop from the label's diverse releases.
Minimum Chips are launching a new Chapter Music compilation CD of their early recordings called Portfolio. It covers the years 1994 to 1997 and includes tracks from their Chapter Music cassettes and 7"s, plus various other odds and sods, including previously unreleased tracks. The CD is being launched at the opening night of the new band room at the Rob Roy Hotel (51 Brunswick St, Fitzroy), on Friday June 7. Supports are Breaking The Law and The Emergency.
Melbourne's Origami are supporting America's Sarah Dougher on her Australian tour in June.
Tour dates include:
June 6th @ the Empress (Melbourne) w/ Sarah Dougher (USA) and Steward (Boyracer UK)
June 7th @ Roma Room (Sydney) w/ Sarah Dougher and Steward
June 8th @ The Hopetoun (Sydney) w/ Sarah Dougher and Steward
June 9th Scooter(Sydney) w/ Sarah Dougher @ Imperial Hotel
June 13th @ the Zoo (Brisbane) w/ Sarah Dougher and Screamfeeder
June 15th @ Ric's Bar (Brisbane) w/ Sarah Dougher and Screamfeeder
June 19th @ Revolver (Melbourne) w/ Sarah Dougher and Min Chips
June 20th @ Pony (Melbourne) Sarah Dougher, Kirsty Stegwazi, Jen Turrell
June 22nd @ The Tote (Nelbourne) w/ Sarah Dougher and Steward
Melbourne computer-music duet Snawklor release their debut full length cd on Friday 24th May, at Planet Cafe w/ Delire, Andrew Barrie, and Chaun. The album is called Rushes and will be available cheap on the night. It is the first release by new Exp/Elec recording label; Marsupial Sounds . Rushes is available exclusively from Synaesthesia.
The UK 555 label and Red Square of the US are holding a weekend-long pop-fest at the Empress Hotel, on the 3rd and 4th of May. This will involve most of their Australian roster playing over two nights. Admission is $8 or $15 for both nights. The line-up is:
Lucksmiths 12.00 12.45
Origami 11.15 11.50
Other Peoples Children 10.30 11.00
Bend Over Boyfriend 10.10 10.20
Driving Past 9.35 10.00
Ashtray Boy 9.00 9.25
Jen Turrell 8.30 8.55
Boyracer 12.15 12.45
Huon 11.30 12.00
Minumum Chips 10.50 11.20
Even As We Speak 10.10 10.40
Julian Teakle 9.45 10.00
Fog And Ocean 9.15 9.35
Guy and Mia 8.45 9.05
A souvenier compilation cd given away free to the first 50 payers on each night. This comp is a bit of an indie classic, featuring songs by: Fog and Ocean, Boyracer, Long Weekend, Other Peoples Children, Origami, Bend Over Boyfriend, Huon, New Waver, Even As We Speak, Jen Turrell, The Lucksmiths, Mia and Guy of Sleepy Township, Steward, Min Chips, Julian Teakle of the Frustrations, and Driving Past.
At Bus Gallery, 117 Little Lonsdale Street Melbourne, on Friday 26th April, at 8pm, Letraset launch their new cd Snowy Room. Line-up: Letraset, the Letraset Look of Love Mini-Orchestra, Son of Ice Woman, dj Alpha 60. Letraset are Nicole and Julian of Minimum Chips.
The Hi God People play at the Builders Arms on Wednesday 10th April, with La Scimmia, Max Rebo, and Sylvester.
On Wednesday 3rd HGP play live-to-air on 3PBS's Auscultation show, between 1 and 3 pm.
555 have released a Soft Cell tribute compilation cd, "Soft Love". It's mostly overseas acts, although Huon and New Waver provide Melbourne input.
HGP are playing at the Tote with reformed experimentalist outfit Lung-UPC, on Tuesday 2nd April, $4 admission and $1 pots!
Chris Smith's new album "Map Ends", on US label Emperor Jones, has just arrived in Australia. See Chris live at Pony this coming weekend.
The Cannanes have two new cds out this month, Felicity (ep) and Trouble Seemed So Far Away (genre-crossing smooth electro versions care of Explosion Robinson).
New Zealand's Peter Jeffries plays two Melbourne shows this month: at the Empress on the 15th and Pony on the 16th.
After eight or so years, indie pop stalwarts Sleepy Township are calling it a day, and play their extravaganze last show at the Punters Club on Monday 11th Feb.
The new Hi-God People cd "HGP play to the temple of depth" is available now from Spill or Synaesthesia. The cd launch is at the Empress Hotel, on Wed 31 Jan, with Dworzec and Minimum Chips.
Out now: cd re-release of Volvox's first cassette "Bad Earth". Joint effort by Spill, Dual Plover, and Freedom From.
Anthony Riddell (aka Lester from Volvox) has a new novel out, "Pain is a Sign of Life".
The Hi-God People will play with Five Fold Galactic Bells at the launch of Undecisive God's new cd, at the Planet Cafe (Brunswick St, Fitzroy), on the 23rd December.
Mash 2 is on over two nights, Friday 21 and Saturday 22 December, at Bus, 117 Lt. Lonsdale st Melbourne
FRI 21st december, 8.30pm, living on borrowed sound, no nuff'n, snawklor, the emergency, soba
SAT 22nd december: 2 pm, Sound Forum and Garth Paine
8.30pm, Dworzec cd launch, collaborations with Chris Smith, Nicole Thibault, Justin Fuller, Dylan Krasevac, Ai Yamamoto.
The Hi-God People play with Dworzec at the Builders Arms Hotel (Gertrude St, Fitzroy), next Wednesday the 21st November.
At the Empress hotel, Saturday 8th December - New Wave Karaoke. Bands formed especially for the night will play your early-80s favourites, and the audience does the singing.
Nothing to do with this label, but it's very good news - the new TISM album is out.
The Chapter Music label has released a compilation of late 70s / early 80s Australian post-punk, called Can't Stop It. The launch will be at Revolver on Wednesday 5th December featuring Ron Rude and Ash Wednesday, as well as displays videos, posters and record covers of the era. The bands on the cd are The Moodists, Voigt 465, The Take, Essendon Airport, The Apartments, Ash Wednesday, Primitive Calculators, Makers Of The Dead Travel Fast, Ron Rude, Xero, The Limp, Fabulous Marquises, The Slugfuckers, Equal Local, Tame Omearas, The Particles, People With Chairs Up Their Noses, Wild West, The Pits, Tch Tch Tch.
Julian Williams' next play "Mirrors of Transformation" is on soon - see poster ->
The latest issue of Julians Williams's long-running 'From The Same Mother' magazine is out. This time it's an A-Z of music. As always Julian proves himself to be a master of photocopy collage, if not of spelling. More artistic, entertaining and informative than things you'd normally pay money for -free to you if you send a postage stamp.
This year's Electro Fringe festival in Newcastle features some interesting guests.
Australia's Clinton Green and Andrew Kettle have recently collaborated to produce a joint 3" cd "The Mundane the Stark / 6.99 ".
Melbourne's San Jose Cow Muzak have a new cd out this month, Rubber Man. Since Senor Coconut's notable Kraftwork covers were released last year, the marriage of techno and Latin probably doesn't pack the same surprise punch as it did before, but SJCM have been exploring this vein for a decade, in so doing gaining a reputation as one of Melbourne's more unique acts. I honestly don't know how to pigeonhole these people - when I had to describe their last album I said "sounds like a cross between Kraftwerk, the Mothers of Invention, and the Wiggles." For want of a more sturdy reference point, that will probably still do. The Latin influence is still there, the techno bloops and beats are strong, the pop and lounge sounds and odd instruments wander in and out of the mix. Rubber Man is better musically and technically than their last cd Bad Dog Day. The songs are stronger and stranger (reminiscent of their early-90s stuff), and the flirtation with prog-rock seems to be over. This 11 song, 30 minute collection is chosen from the live sets performed by their two most recent line-ups, in which regulars Richard (aka solo project Flip-Flop) and Christine (Crunkle, Rubys Spleen, New Waver) were joined by vocalist Kim, NW keyboardist Peter, and ex-Volvox member Glenn. No-one can like every moment on this album, but you will find gems here. Get it from Spill mail order for $7 (!) Click to hear sample tracks Bad times and Golpe me la mecha.
At the same time Richard of SJCM has released a new solo cdr under the name of Pyrolux.
The new Ujaku magazine is out - look for it in shops (in Melbourne, Synaesthesia) or email email@example.com ... article subjects include Anticon, Antedeluvian Rockinghorse, Berzerker, Cex, Chris Smith and Justin Fuller, Melt Banana, Speedranch, and more reviews than you can poke a stick at. This magazine is worth getting just for the song-by-song review of Rage. [added 10th Aug] ... and there's a V/Vm cd you can get with the magazine, which I only just heard, as my copy was bereft. This cd, which trashes 'hits' of the 80s using some lovely effects, and includes a few things that are just plain weird, is one of the few that has made me laugh out loud in recent months and, again, would by itself warrant the price of the magazine.
The new PANEL OF JUDGES cd Cool Fool is out now. Check out sample mp3 Cagey Madam.
The Cannanes now have their own domain name, and are coming to Melbourne to play on the weekend of 9th and 10th March.
Lester Vat of Volvox, now publishing under his real name of Anthony Riddell, has a new book out this month: his first novel "Betrayed by the Senses". Click here to read Anthony's press release.
Julian Williams of HGP presents his play "It runs faster than those who run after it" at La Mama theatre, Melbourne, from Tues 27th Feb till the following Saturday. "Chanting, rituals, abstract movement, ancient Hindu and Balinese theatre".
The Hi-God People play at the Empress on 13 Dec, with Tasmania's KIND WINDS, Melbourne's LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR, and BUKAW.
The new Flywheel cd is out and will be launched at the Empress on Saturday 25 Nov.
Julian William's new short sci-fi film The All-Knowing Head will premiere at Revolver, Melbourne, on Tuesday 21st November.
The hi-god People will perform live to air on Melbourne radio 3CR, on the 11th of November at 6 pm.
A new FTSM (From The Same Mother) magazine from Julian Williams is out. the transformation of this periodical from music fanzine to uniquely-styled psychedelic comedic collage is complete. Send $2 postage for your copy.
After a hiatus lasting most of the 90s, a new issue of the Distant Violins fanzine is out.
There's a new Minimum Chips album out this month - "Freckles" - 8 art-pop tracks, recorded in convoluted ways here and at Shabtech, released on cd by the Trifekta label. The Chips are playing as many shows as they can before bassist Guy takes a month off to join the Cannanes US tour. Sample song Gun Metal Grey.
Julian Williams presents a ten year retrospective of his From The Same Mother sound label, from 21st to 28th July, at the Shin Sound gallery, Maples Lane, Prahran (next door to the Synaesthesia record shop). The exhibition features ten years of poster and flier artwork, mood music cdrs of old rare tracks, a documentary video, items from the extensive FTSM catalogue, and a monster compilation cdr of songs by artists including Panel Of Judges, Pip Proud, New Waver, The Lost Domain, Bruce Russell, Dworzec, Above Ground Pool, Chris Smith, Solids, Huon vs the hi-god People, Rhizome and more.
Henry from Melbourne's sparse-noise-improv group Dworzec continues to surprise with his country and western side project Wagons, whose second release "Wretched Soul" is out now on cdr. Eight original c'n'w songs, sounding like Johnny Cash left his practice room open and you can vaguely hear Dworzec next door, with the most outstanding liner notes I've seen in ages. For a copy, six-shoot an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Saturday 29th April, sound constructs - concrete mixes, an experimental music and film night at the Empress Hotel, organized by Glenn of Zyklatt and Aemon of Hard Listening. The night features:
voice of invisible speakers
the bearded ladies
sound sculptures by ernie altoff
film multimedia installations
Robin of Dreamland Happy Times For All and Sally has just released a new cdr from his solo project karaoke inferno, called "Schlager". 14 tracks of what might for want of a better term be called minimalist glitch techno, all produced on analog gear though at times you will wonder how. This is available only via Spill and Synaesthesia, for $7.
Out this month: two new Chris Smith releases, assembled at Spill, and released by Melbourne's International Trash label:
1) Peter Jeffries + CS single, on 7" vinyl
2) CS album "Replacement", on cd (sample song Fake Hand)
The single features two songs by New Zealand's Peter Jeffries, with Chris on guitar. The album progresses the unique ambient / experimental guitar style of Chris's 1998 "Cabin Fever" album. Launch with Dworzec at the Punters Club on Wednesday 3rd May.
Adelaide's Blank Tapes label has a new v/a compilation of diy mayhem, via mail-order on well-priced cdr.
A new cdr release from Melbourne's Dreamland Happy Times For All: " ... play krautrock classics", contains covers of your favourite deutsche ditties by Kraftwerk, Cozmic Corridors, and Faust. High quality interpretations and recording. Limited edition on sale from Spill and Synaesthesia only, $7.
Some events coming up in the early part of this year: In early Feb, the What Is Music? tour at Revolver in Melbourne. Saturday 29 Jan, New Waver belated cd launch at the Empress. Thursday 20 Jan, Synaesthesia benefit at the Empress, to help set up the Synaesthesia sound gallery.
This took a while to compile and release, but the wait has been worth while: the Four Gods / Frontier Scouts retrospective, entitled "Amateurism", is out now on the Chapter label. The cd contains 18 tracks from these seminal early-80s "Brisbane sound" bands - liner notes by Robert Forster - some tracks live, some practice room, some studio - see article at Tape Op magazine site.
The proprietors of England's 555 label are in Australia this month, and Australian bands on the label are performing live to celebrate. The Melbourne show is at the Empress hotel on Sunday 12th Dec, with performances by Huon, Panel of Judges, Minimum Chips, Long Weekend and Steward. Sydney shows on the weekend of 15th Jan 2000.
The Hi-God People are playing live to air on 3CR on Saturday 18th Dec, on the show "Let Your Freak Flag Fly", between 6 and 7-30 pm.
New Zealand's A Handful of Dust are playing shows in Melbourne this month. Band members Bruce Russell and Alastair Galbraith are also doing solo shows while they're here. The dates are:
Thursday 21st October, Corner Hotel, HoD + Bruce solo + Chris Smith
Friday 22nd, Empress Hotel, Alastair + Huon + Hotel St Paul + hi-god People
Sunday 24th, Punters Club, HoD + Alastair solo + Dworzec.
You've read the zines, heard the music, now see the play: Julian Williams (Solids, hi-god People) presents his third play "Leigubalislod" on Sunday 24th October, at Victoria University of Technology, Footscray campus, Building L, room 406. I attended the preview performance and this is a must-see. Free entry!
Two new Huon albums have hit our shores. From the 555 label in Leeds, there's "Hung Up Over Night", and from US label Animal World, "Songs for Lord Tortoise". For you computer people both cds feature a cd-rom containing album information, comics etc. Contact 555 or Top Ten from the links page.
The long-awaited Small World Experience album "Side Projects" has just been released on 12" vinyl by Melbourne's Chapter label.
The Empress hotel in Melbourne is running a Kraftwerk theme night on November 27th. Live bands include San Jose Cow Muzak, New Waver, Letraset, the Case Managers, and members of Hi Pass Filter. There will be a limited edition cdr containing KW covers both from the bands who play on the night and other bands.
Dworzec launch their new cd album at Hard Listening, Wednesday 18th August, Musicians Union Club, 65 Wellington St, Windsor.
Driving Past have an album, "Real Estate", out now on cd on the Chapter label.
The hi-god People launch their cd at the Empress on 2nd September, with Jaguar is Jaguar supporting. HGP also play the Punters Club on Tuesday 24th of August, with the New Season and Dworzec.
The hi-god people have a new cd out now on the Varispeed label. Click band name for details.
New Zealand's Bruce Russell (Dead C, Handful of Dust, Corpus Hermeticum label) is playing two shows in Melbourne, on 23rd and 24th May. Supports are Chris Smith (both nights), Dworzec (Sat) and Solids (Sun).
Jaguar is Jaguar have a 7" ep out now on Million to One.
Panel of Judges have a 7" ep out now on Chapter.
Ruff Buff's cd album is available now - write to PO box 94 Heathcote Victoria 2523 Australia for your copy - click here to see the cover. Also: new albums from Huon and Crabstick.
Julian Williams of Solids presents his play "Many Small Swindles", based on aspects of Brecht's life, at Tenement Gallery, Melbourne, on 5th Feb.
Sleepy Township have a new album "Set Sail", on cd and vinyl. Click here to see the cover, or here for an interview with the band. Write to the Chapter Music label, po box 4292, Melbourne Uni, 3052, for details.
The Snawklor label's second annual Fifty Record Players, exhibition went to Brisbane in September, and starts in Melbourne at the end of October. Highlights include live shows at the Public Office and Revolver, and week-long exhibition at Tenement Gallery.
Out this month: the Static Modulation label's debut compilation cd, with 28 songs by New Waver, The Bobbits, Jaguar is Jaguar, Minimum Chips, The Dennis Lillies, PingPong, The Unknown, The Brian Apples, Ninety-Nine, Ianw, Pash, Silvermine Tapes, Psychotic Numbskulls, Kokoshkar, The Moonies, Fiona Beverage, Above Ground Pool, Panel of Judges, No Reason, Other People's Children, Barnacle Sisters, Sleepy Township, San Jose Cow Muzak, Unabomber, The Cannanes, Clag, Home for the Def, and Solids.
Chris Smith's album-length guitar-soundscape cd "Cabin Fever" is out now on the Avalanche Express label, po box 2055 Fitzroy Vic 3065.
Leeds' 555 label has released a 7" 33 rpm vinyl ep called "Truth against the world - Australian pop compilation". It contains a song each from Driving Past, Sleepy Township, Pip Proud, The Frustrations, Crabstick, Long Weekend, and New Waver. Get a copy from Spill for $5. or write to 555 at PO box HP41, Leeds, LS6 4XN, UK.
Melbourne's DRIVING PAST have a new 7" single out on the Chapter Music label - " Church Fete / Drive-By Impulse ". Click here to see a scan of the cover.
Cassette enthusiasts will enjoy a new magazine called "The Taped Crusaders". Write to PO Box 356 Brunswick 3056 for a copy, or to send a tape for review. "This is the first issue of The Taped Crusaders, a zine devoted to promoting home-recording and cassette culture. Specifically, the aim of the zine is for people who record their own music/sound/etc, in whatever way, and distribute it via cassettes."
Julian Williams of the From The Same Mother label has published his latest FTSM newsletter. As you would expect it's 16 pages of reviews and articles with the best photocopy collage you'll see anywhere. Send a stamp for your copy.
We've received two lots of records in a swap from Michigan's Uprising label: Eugene Chadbourne's "Country Music of Southeastern Australia", and a split 7" featuring Shiva Speedway and Enduro. Snap these up for $10 and $5 respectively.
Out now: "The Casio VL-Tone Challenge", from the JJ180 label, a compilation of songs by various Melbourne noise-artists, each song made entirely with sounds from the now-ancient Casio VL-tone. The VL was one of the first of the small plastic portable keyboards that began to appear in the early 80s. It was, bizarrely, a combination music keyboard and calculator, and sounds like it. The rules of the comp were that all sounds must come from a VL, but could be processed as much as possible. Here's the song list:
1. Fluff - Drunken Master
2. Too sober to fuck - New Waver
3. On the moon - The Worms
4. The Willi Studer story - Philip Samartzis
5. Naked Penitent - Karaoke Inferno
6. How does that grab you darlin - The Ezi-Tones
7. Some far off better place - San Jose Cow Muzak
8. Untitled - Unknown
9. The night - Tinnitus
10.Acorn - Transparent Skin
11.Casio Love - Kraft Cheese
12.How the future began - Clint Small
13.Steggel Dicker - Zyklatt
14.Peter North - Honeysmack
15.Butter Lip Tango - Buzz Stargate
16.Aphids Thin - Candle-Snuffer
Fans of the bizarre will enjoy the new compilation cd from the Dual Plover label, called The Rebirth of Fool. Buy from DP, or if you prefer, send $10 to Spill, as we have a few copies here. The bands on the cd are: supercute bye byes, sabrina, runzelstirn and gurglestock, justice yeldham and the dynamic ribbon device, funky terrorists, merzbow, new waver, menstruation sisters, scratch my nose, deano merino, the poo touchers, sports bra, flash moustache, volvox, the jerker, dj smallcock, the faxed head, ostomy, st crustacean, bass herd, mu-mesons.
SOLIDS have released a seven-inch vinyl two-song single, "The Something Sessions". Click here to see a scan of the cover. It is available in New Zealand from Corpus Hermeticum, in Britain from Fisheye, and in the USA from FuseTron and Drunken Fish.
As a trial run, we've decided to run off a couple of old tapes onto cd-recordable disks. Cdr's are ideal for situations like this - the situation being that a couple of tapes have gone "out of stock" but continue to be ordered. So instead of running another batch of tapes, we're doing cds. To start the ball rolling we've done the "Box" compilation of TV themes by various bands, and some New Waver tapes. Click here to see the cover of the all-star line-up BOX cd.
LapDogRecords has released a new compilation cd called "Especially Friendly". Click here to see a scan of the cover. It contains songs by the following bands: Solids, The Silvermine Tapes, Squadcar 97, The Lone Gunman, Rover Fido Spot, Gouache, Andrew Souza, Flywheel, Ashtray Boy, O, Pash, Jaguar is Jaguar, Tucker B's, The Frustrations, Sleepy Township. To get your copy, send $10 postage paid to LDR at po box 2427 Fitzroy, 3065, Australia.
The new TDM album "Simple Life" is out. For details see their web site.
Sleepy Township have a new seven-inch three-song vinyl ep out on Chapter.
The Snawklor label and Tenement galleries are holding an exhibition called Fifty Record Players . About thirty individuals and bands have combined to make fifty polycarbonate seven-inch singles. These will be on display at the gallery, on fifty record players, over one weekend in October. Some of the bands will play live during this weekend.
There is a new New Waver seven-inch vinyl e.p. out this month, called "Darwin Junior High", released on Melbourne/Adelaide label "Walkabout". You can get this for $6 from Walkabout, PO Box 203, Mentone, Victoria, 3194, or from Spill.
SAN JOSE COW MUZAK's "Cuentas Exoticas" is now available on cd for A$15.
Melbourne band Above Ground Pool has released a new 7-inch ep, called "Red Green Confuser". It contains four songs on black vinyl, pressed at Corduroy, in a colour cardboard cover, printed at Pulp and Pigment. It is a joint From The Same Mother / Chapter Music release. It can be got from FTSM or Chapter for $5.
There is a new SOLIDS tape out this week, called "Alga Seven".
New Waver have a tape out this month called "Mr Loser-Boozer Goes To Town".
Chapter Music have just released a new seven-inch. It's a split, with three songs each by Melbourne's SLEEPY TOWNSHIP and Sydney's CANNANES.
There's a new book out this week by Julian Williams (FTSM, Above Ground Pool, Solids). The book's called "Ripples in a Pond of Matter". Contains 10 short stories, illustrations by various people, total 100 pages, from FTSM for $4.
A few bands here managed to find there way onto the new Shy Boy compilation cd "The Family Album". You can get this via mail order from Shy Boy, or Endearing. Here's a track listing:
Butterglory - "Flooded"
Moped - "Vague"
The Cannanes - "Land of the Long Weekend"
Molasses - "Nervous"
Tully Craft - "Pink Lemonade" (4-track version)
Nothing Painted Blue - "Passing up a kiss"
Kickstand - "Consolation Prize"
Thermos Cardy - "Coffee Shop"
The Northerns - "Rope"
The Receptionists - "Stamp Song"
Clag - "Santa's Shell Suit"
Sulk - "I wish I couldn't live without you but I can"
Ben Lee - "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)"
Ashtray Boy - "Kev & Phaline"
O! - "Narwhal"
Simon Joyner - "Hold onto your breath"
LESTER VAT, singer of Volvox, has a new book out. "Thumb" is a compilation of about three years worth of Lester's two-to-four page booklets. These were reprinted by Pulp and Pigment and bound in a softback cover. About 100 pages all up, text and drawings.
Richard of Wank Engine has released a compilation tape of various artists doing covers of TV show themes. It's called "Box" . Check out this veritable roll-call of Aust. Ind. musicians as they salute the tube.
There's a new SOLIDS tape out, called "Phobos".
Endearing have just released their new split seven-inch vinyl ep featuring Australia's CLAG and Canada's B'EHL. Songs are "Fresh", "Harry", and "Scum Manor" from Clag, and "Breathe You" and "Hot Rod" from B'ehl. Get it from Spill for $5, or link to Endearing for US and Canada ordering info.
Melbourne band ABOVE GROUND POOL have just released their first album, "Bolger Cupcake Dynasty". It's on hand-pressed polycarbonate, containing 6 songs, for $10, or cassette containing 8 songs for $5.
The From The Same Mother label has just released a Small World Experience tribute compilation tape, called ''Valiant''. It contains a bunch of Perth/ Melbourne/Brisbane bands and individuals doing songs by the SWE.
Brisbane band TRIPOD are currently doing a mini-tour of Melbourne. Copies of their new cassette are available from Shytone.
Richard from SAN JOSE COW MUZAK has released a solo tape of sound-card muzak called "Songs for Scientists".
We've swapped some Spill comps for records from two overseas labels - Endearing in Canada and Spit-and-a-Half in the US. So if you want to buy these records, and you're closer to Australia than America, you can get them via Spill mail-order. The records are all seven-inch vinyl: B'ehl / Cheerleader split, Cannanes / Small World Experience split, Felt Pilots, Blairmailer / Flywheel split etc.
DEVOTION and NEW WAVER have released a split tape, "Instrumentals", featuring one 25 minute side each of music with sampled speech over the top.
SOLIDS and DOUBLECHIN have a new split 7" single on see-through vinyl: "Eliptical Tomb / Mainline Freeway, Island of the Birds".
We've just released another compilation cd - Spill-3. The track listing is on the compilation page at this site.
Brisbane's SMALL WORLD EXPERIENCE have a new cd album out this month, called Shelf Life, as well as a split-single with the Cannanes, on the Denver-based Spit-and-a-Half label. They'll be touring Sydney and Melbourne in early December.
New from the FTSM label, "Atomic Turnon XYZ" (C45, features Sally, San Jose Cow Muzak, Small World Experience, Baked, Dennis Lillies, New Waver and more), "Telethon" (C40), From The Same Mother magazine #6 (Tim Adams from Ajax interview, Atomic Turnon Guide plus more), available c/o Spill.
Malignant label compilation CD featuring Slow Loris, Strontium Dog, Venom P. Stinger, Queer, Not From There, The Gatekeepers, Small World Experience, Act, Acid World, Mr Bastard, Grubbage, The Invisible Empire, Hell Meat Loser, Space Cake, Thou Gideon.