Half A Cow December 2016 News


CLAIRE BIRCHALL AND THE PHANTOM HITCHHIKERS CHRISTMAS SINGLE!



1. All That Matters (it's Christmas time)
2. Take it easy Maryjane (high voltage version)
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A stand-alone Christmas single from Claire Birchall and the Phantom Hitchhikers on Night Owl Records. Its a rocking stocking-stuffer; all jangly-chord soul with sleigh-sled percussion that joins the rare ranks of secular holiday songs that don't stink. read more here






THE BURTON COOL SUIT








The Burton Cool Suit via540
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You Can't Fight City Hall via542
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The Burton Cool Suit were formed out of the ashes of Perth indie legends Turnstyle and obscure Perth garage punk band The Frantics. The band released their first album (self-titled) in 2005. Their second and final album You Cant Fight City Hall was released in 2007. Half A Cow Records is more than excited to make these great records - by the Burton Cool Suit - available again for you. read more here

RTR FM story here


THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT



MUSIC CLUB VOLUME TWO (hac173v) - VINYL LP
OUT NOW!
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The melancholy, psychedelic pop sounds of The Wednesday Night (TWN), created by the Sydney-based song writing pairing of Laura Murdoch and Rob Young, could be described as ethereal and dreamy the 1960s meets the 1990s.

Their influences include Spectoresque girl groups, Syd Barrett, The Velvet Underground, Sterolab, Mazzy Star, Shoegaze, and Krautrock. Mostly written over four years in Redfern, Sydney Music Club Volume Two is the second release from TWN, following on from a four song, self-released 7 single, Music Club Volume One, launched in 2011.



RUN RABBIT (hac178) - single
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A wee taster from the Music Club Volume Two album


DEE FARROW



LOW TIDINGS EP (hac177)
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Dee is a singer and songwriter who was born and bred in Sydney, Australia. Shes fronted various bands over the years, such as Carbuncle Shack (ex Wet Taxis) and added vocals to recordings for David Lane, Even As We Speak and Ian Shadwell.

Dees music is atmospheric and mysterious and the four songs on her debut EP Low Tidings were recorded, mixed and produced by Christian Pyle of the bands Acre and Ghost Mountain at his SS Prawn & Spanner Studios in Goonengerry near Byron Bay, New South Wales.


THE RAMALAMAS



1. Shells On Her Eyes
2. Lucky

Double-sided single from East Coast Low
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BASTED



A Fieldfull Of Black Sheep via543
Music producers, Mikl G and MCD are Basted from the Lismore area of NSW. Dreamy and psychedelic grooves. Rhymes with wasted. read more here
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JOHN DOWLER'S VANITY PROJECT


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Splendid Isolation (hac176)
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A new project from singer and songwriter John Dowler is a rare treat for fans of quality Australian pop-rock and power pop (or what ever you want to call it), and of the man's own body of work.

Alternating between Adelaide and Melbourne in the 70s, John led cult bands Spare Change and Young Modern (LA's Bomp! magazine described YM as Australia's first power pop band back in 78) before moving permanently to Melbourne and forming the Zimmermen in the mid 80s. Prior to the Zimmermen he also worked with both Stephen Cummings and Martin Armiger of the Sports on a couple of different projects; after the Zimmermen he released his only solo album to date, an anthology call Low Society. Whilst far from being a prolific artist, John has made some fine records over the years, and his influence on Australian music has been subtle but not insignificant.
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The Vanity Project formed in late 2014 after a too-long (decades...) absence for John from the live and recording scenes; an absence interrupted only by a new Young Modern album in 2007, a few YM shows and subsequently a live album. It was Vanity Project guitarist Mark McCartney - who has previously worked with Mick Thomas and the Go Set and Mick Daley and others - who convinced John to get involved in bands again, and who continues to drive the band with his enthusiasm and great playing.

The band played its first gig in September 2015 and since then has played sporadically around the fringes of Melbourne's inner city pub circuit. Their live set sets consist of John's backlog of original tunes, covers of songs he's always wanted to perform, and a smattering of his past hits including "Don't Go To Sydney" and "Ordinary Man". read more here

THE RAMALAMAS



EAST COAST LOW (hac175) IN STORES AUGUST 12th!
The Ramalamas are a five piece Sydney band lead by songwriter and front man Chris Nielsen. The line-up is rounded out with Scott Armstrong (drums), Matthias Engesser (bass), Paul Leadbetter (keys) and Peter Kirwan (pedal steel).

For more than a decade the Ramalamas have been playing a diverse brand of original rock'n'roll informed by 60s pop and west coast country rock. Nielsen's catchy, melodic songs belie a trusted set of influences Neil Young, the Faces, Alex Chilton, the Kinks, the Stones - and as with their forebears, the bands sound is organic with a loose, 'rough and tumble' approach to both live and studio performance. read more here

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WADE JACKSON



WHISKEY ALPHA DELTA ECHO (hac160)
We put out Wade Jackson's album last year as a digital-only release and have had many requests to make it available on cd...so here it is! Buy the cd
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. read more here


CHEWEE


The Electrical Banana Album hac164 vinyl cd iTunes Bandcamp

Whilst waiting for his main outfits The Gloomchasers and The Sticker Club to record albums, Nic Dalton spent all of May and June of 2015 recording a psychedelic pop album under the name of Chewee. Most songs were recorded on the spot - words and music - and the domineering wah-wah solos throughout are all first takes. Disillusioned with modern recording technology, he went back to where it all started - the Tascam 4-track recorder, which Nic has used extensively over the years on projects ranging from Love Positions and Godstar, to Sneeze and Gloomchasers. He went a little bit modern using a Tascam studio CD recorder to build up backing tracks, creating a full band sound. These were then played through a late 40s mono speaker box and recorded back into the 4-track machine to layer further instruments and vocals on top with a Roland Space Echo the only effect used on the whole album. Phew! Ten new songs and two from the late 90s with subject matters ranging from Chupa Chups, the cover of the Velvet's Live 69 Album, sculptor Tom Bass, a dream about Smudge leaving Half A Cow and an answering machine message from Evan Dando. Double phew!


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A list of ALL the HAC releases

HALF A COW CATALOGUE
From the first Craven Fops 10" to the latest download, here they all are!

Matthew J. Tow
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Shadow's Reign LP
Fans of gorgeous lush pop will enjoy the master crafting he is provided on this new one which features long time associate Chris Cobb on the drums, bass players Nic Dalton and Patrick Matthews and members of Brian Jonestown Massacre and the Richmond Sluts. Nine majestic songs produced by Matthew J Tow. On Xemu Records.

Forty Years Of Records

Forty Years Of Records
Forty years ago today I started buying records. I kept a small notebook which I would write down the name of the record and the date I bought it. I thought it might be a good idea - all these years later - to go over to the shelf, see if the records written down are still there and, if so, maybe play them and see what happens next...

FREE 27 TRACK CD!
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VIA SATELLITE COMPILATION
With every purchase from Half A Cow's mailorder you get this brand new compilation featuring 27 songs from the most recent Half A Cow roster. Also available from Egg Records (3 Wilson st. Newtown) if you buy any INDEPENDENTLY RELEASED LOCAL CD/VINYL. Go crazy!

The Proposition

Edge Of The Dancefloor
With two solo albums under his belt, Luke Russell records his new album with a band that features female vocals and loads of rockin' power pop. Released November 2015.

Chewee

The Electrical Banana Album
Whilst waiting to record the next Gloomchasers album and finishing off the debut Sticker Club album, Nic Dalton spent all of May and June 2015 recording a psychedelic pop record. Released Nov 14th 2015 on cd, vinyl (with cd) and download.

SMUDGE

Manilow tribute LP
The Manilow Tribute album will be pressed in a one-off vinyl edition available worldwide and made available digitally on bandcamp. Featuring the Gloomchasers, Courtney Barnett, Evan Dando, Lou Barlow, Youth Group, Two Am I, Seja, Babaganouj, Ben Mason, Undead Apes, Skylar Gudasz, Ratcat and more! Smudge Bandcamp

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Magic Tundra

Believe Me/Extrano
new digital only double A side single out now Bandcamp

Smudge
Real McCoy Wrong Sinatra
We have some copies of the Fire version of the most recent (!) Smudge album Get it here

BLASTS FROM THE PAST

2 LITRE DOLBY
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ART OF FIGHTING
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Great little gallery in Summer Hill: Sweets Workshop

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