Half A Cow June 2016 News


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!


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.

Get the cd here: Big Cartel download here: iTunes


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.

"What turns us on about playing music together is injecting whatever we're listening to into our sound," says Nielsen. "Alt.country labels have never really sat that comfortably with us. There are common touchstones from rock'n'roll, country, blues, soul etc. but with us a lot of 60s pop and psych goes into the mix as well. While one song might need a TCB Band foundation or a shot of Gun Club another tune might call for 1 part Link Wray, 2 parts Flamin Groovies." Add some Jerry Lee and SHAKE! for instant Ramalama.

Their third album, East Coast Low will be released on Nic Dalton's Half A Cow label in July 2016. The album documents a period of transition for the band in which they've weathered some internal storms and come out the other side with a renewed focus and streamlined sound - eclectic sensibilities in tact. "The title came about whilst tracking amidst some big weather events last year but has proven itself prophetic this year round as well. It's a reflection of events beyond our control on both sides of the window pane."

Steel player Peter Kirwan says "We've got an interesting blend of instrumentation at our disposal - pedal steel, Hammond organ, piano; a spot of percussion can take a tune to another planet. Whatever arrangement serves a song then we're having it. It's a very old school approach which not many bands seem to be embracing right now." The album was recorded in Newcastle and was engineered and co-produced with Robby Long. Of the recording process Kirwan says "We're chasing that late 60s/early 70s voodoo you get from Creedence or Neils early albums and Robby did a great job in capturing some of that for us. Recording on a full moon helped. Shakey swears by it and now so do we."

"We like it nice and loose live. No ones going to have their pay docked for playing a bad note in this group." Says Nielsen "Weve always looked to bands like the Faces onstage and the audiences we're playing to here in Sydney and along the coast really respond positively to that sort of energy. You can expect the Ramalamas to maintain their reputation for delivering the goods live in support of East Coast Low.

Archived news...

New releases

Westfield Drifter
Part country-part pop: it's The Kingdom Of Jones and they hail from Sydney's Inner West and this is their second album. On cd and download. read more here...

SATURDAY MAYBE Saturday Maybe... hac167d
Saturday Maybe is Mark Foster and Garry Manley presenting an eclectic song cycle of quiet rage, reflection and regret. Mark and Garry first played together in Popular Mechanics in the late 70s and went on to play in Samurai Trash and Tactics respectively. read more here...

IMOGEN BEL I Want The World hac161d
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. read more here

Moses EP
MOSES are a six-piece band from Wellington, New Zealand, offering up a unique brand of Ambient-Psychedelia. Formed in late 2014, MOSES have had a busy year, releasing a string of singles and their acclaimed debut three track EP - before signing with Half A Cow Records in Australia. read more here...



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The Kingdom of Jones will be launching Westfield Drifter at the Petersham Bowling Club on Friday the 5th of February along with special guests The Proposition. Starts at 8pm. 77 Brighton Street, Petersham.

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...


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. Out November 7th 2015.


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.


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!


Manilow tribute TOUR
December: Thu 10 - The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide with guests Blush Response / Fri 11 - Northcote Social Club, Melbourne with Ben Mason and special guests! / Sat 12 - Newtown Social Club with Sam Shinazzi and special guests!


digital releases of all their Phantom/HAC stuff
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Magic Tundra

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

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


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SWEETS WORKSHOP Click here to see it bigger
Great little gallery in Summer Hill: Sweets Workshop

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