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Earlier this year Key Out decamped to j walker’s (machine translations) General Store in rural Victoria to record What (do) you see, their debut album and first release on Half A Cow records.
The studio’s remoteness and sense of space colour the ten track LP as much as j’s collection of old analogue equipment and sophisticated production. Paddy Haid’s detuned, angular strumming darts around Saskia Clapton’s almost independent basslines, both anchored by Rohan Geddes drumming. The result is a sometimes dark and unexpected indie pop record.
The band’s unusual dynamics are illustrated in the first single off the album, "Nameless town". A locomotive beat and off kilter bassline set the scene. Layered melodies and counter-melodies hover long enough to catch the listener’s ear before retreating into silence or dissonance. The influence of Sandpit, Blonde Redhead and Art of Fighting is clear (under a certain light), as is band-members’ previous work in Ides of Space and Sound Like Sunset.
It's the middle of 2018 and things aren't slowing down here at Half A Cow. A new album - number four! - from the Ramalamas called Liquorice is out now and that is extremely exciting. It's a big U-turn for the band as they trade their country roots for a sleazy fuzz pedal. Community radio stations around the country have been very supportive as well, which makes it all worthwhile. There's a new single from master-pop-maker Paul Scott's The Likes Of You called "Superstar Housewife" which he describes as: "Superstar Housewife might be my subconscious response, half a century later, to The 'Stones 'Mothers Little Helper' - a nervous meltdown amongst the appliances." And I've been busy recording some new songs and putting them up in the digital world; most of these have 'b-sides' from days gone by, as I've opened up the 4 track tape cupboard and am going through all the old recordings. Peter Velzen and I have also been looking at the Plunderers stuff an dare preparing a lot of that for release. Stay tuned! - Nic
NEW RAMALAMAS! THE RAMALAMAS Liquorice LP hac202
Stepping out of the laboratory having taken a handful of Elvis' mum's diet pills, the Ramas have dived deep into the sound of trash, surf, garage, b-movie, rockabilly madness,
taking a distinct step left from their early country leanings. Bandcamp * iTunes
THE LIKES OF YOU Superstar Housewifehac207
New single from Paul Scott's The Likes Of You. The Likes of You are a Sydney based musical collective based around singer/songwriter Paul Scott, ex Montana, Mr Blonde, Pop Mechanix and John Kennedy's 68 Comeback Special. Tracks from The Likes of You 2017 release For they are sailors just like you and seasick just the same received airplay on Brisbane's 4ZZZ, PBS in Melbourne and RTR Perth. The song Unpopular Music, was included on the compilation album Record Man which went top five in the Netherlands. The Likes of You play irregularly around Sydney. Bandcamp * iTunes
SNEEZE Shhh! Sex Gang...hac200 Bandcamp * iTunes
A collection of Sneeze tracks from singles, compilations, unreleased songs and side four of the Lost The Spirit To Rock & Roll double album.
NIC DALTON Looking For Lawrence / Better 'n Youhac208
Have you seen Lawrence? Backed with a version of a Blake Babies song (aka "Rain") from 1999 with features the late Peter Anson (The Missing Links/The Id) on lead guitar. Bandcamp * iTunes
NIC DALTON Babe Rainbow: the Godstar four trackshac206 Bandcamp * iTunes
A collection of four track recordings originally released under the Godstar moniker. More new Nic Dalton releases here
NIC DALTON The Teapot Refuses / With Tomorrowhac205 Bandcamp * iTunes
A song where the teapot refuses to pour until the couple start communicating. Described by The Likes Of You's Paul Scott as "Anthropomorphic pop whimsy - tealightful." More new Nic Dalton releases here
NIC DALTON The Scary Lane/I’m Like A Birdhac201 Bandcamp * iTunes
Whilst waiting to finish the next Gloomchasers album, Nic is releasing a bunch of digital singles. Here's the first one - a spooky song about a crazy night in Glebe - backed with a version of Nelly Furtado's "I'm Like Bird". Plus a little ditty called "You're Freaking Me Out". More new Nic Dalton releases here
NEO-MAGICS Come Back Againvia569 Bandcamp * iTunes
In November 1985, a band called Neo-Magics played at a party in Dryandra Street, O'Connor. They played a bunch of Velvets and Beatles covers. In 2018, have reformed! The first releases are versions of Portugal. The Man's "Feel It Still", Daddy Cool's "Come Back Again" and, for historical purposes, a version of the Velvet Underground's "Sister Ray", recorded at that crazy night in Dryandra Street. More Neo-Magics releases here
BASTED The Sonic Expedition via560 iTunes * Bandcamp
New album 2018. Mikl G: dilemmas, instruments, emotion, lyrics, vocals, production. MCD: hypothesis, insights, guitars, predictions. Produced by Basted
PLUNDERERS Sarah's Not Falling In Love EP (1986)cit201 Bandcamp * iTunes
More new Plunderers digital releases
The latest news from Half A Cow - looking back at releases from 2 Litre Dolby, Grandview, Vermishus and the Savages. Look here!
Nic Dalton and his revolving door of Gloomchasers play three sets at the Gasoline Pony, Saturday 26th May 3-6pm.
PLUNDERERS a little potted rundown of all the Plundees releases
THE HOTPOINTS Perth Mint hac196 buy the cd * Bandcamp * iTunes Split release between HAC and Igloo!
The first benign meeting between Nic Dalton and Adem K in 1995 did not suggest the rich, creative friendship that would eventuate 22 years later. Social media reunited the two in late 2016 and they spent four days laying down the foundations of songs that make up their Perth Mint EP as The Hotpoints. Taking in Eno-inspired pop, Turkish psych and primitive electronica, Perth Mint displays a variety of styles that most full length albums fail to conjure. read more here
THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Music Club Volume Twohac173 buy the LP * Bandcamp * iTunes * Spotify
The melancholy, psychedelic pop sounds of The Wednesday Night, 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. And now analogue meets digital as the previously vinyl-only album is now available across all online platforms! read more here
PLUNDERERS How Could You Fall For Johnny Depp?hac201d
Unreleased mix of the song about Winona Ryder plus the version that appeared on the original Citadel release of Banana Smoothie, Honey
RURAL FRANCE Two Drink Maximumhac199 Bandcamp * iTunes * Spotify
It’s taken Tom and Rob four years, five babies and a wide selection of perfectly cooked oven pizzas to record ten songs. The fruits of their efforts collected in one album: Two Drink Maximum, a wildly exciting tribute to a sensible night in. Perched precariously between snot-encrusted rocking horses and My Little Pony that won’t switch off, The France have shaped a batch of kitchen sink dramas that hark back to their CD-littered bedrooms of the nineties. Two Drink Maximum is a universal album for every self-doubting 35-year-old in West Wiltshire. read more here
BERNIE HAYES Sweet Sixteenhac197 Bandcamp * iTunes * Spotify
A compilation of songs from all of Bernie's albums. From Every Tuesday, Sometimes Sunday in 1999 right through to Slow Fix in 2015.
THE GALLANT TREES Open Book Syndromehac186 buy the cd * Bandcamp * iTunes
Second album from Melbourne's The Gallant Trees released first week of December. It contains a mix of mandolin and various horns are reminiscent of Green-era REM. Open Book Syndrome is fun, emotional and cleverly crafted. read more here
Lucky Luke and Claudine Take Off! hac198d iTunesBandcamp
Chewee is a Nic Dalton solo act. This synth and piano-based psychedelic instrumental album has been up on the shelf since it was recorded in 1996-98. Released by Half A Cow Records, December 2017 read more here
Blooming Heckhac190 buy the cd * Bandcamp * iTunes
"Blooming Heck's self-titled debut record is a garage pop odyssey. It fuses the indie-pop-rock of groups like the Breeders, the Go-Go’s, Tegan and Sarah, and Chastity Belt, with the eclecticism of Ween, Talking Heads, Todd Rundgren, and Ariel Pink. The band members, Katherine and Robert Simpson, were the rhythm section of Australian cult indie group the Triangles, who scored a top-10 single in Spain in 2010 after their song ‘Applejack’ was used in a television beer commercial." read more here
Musn't Mean Muchhac195d
Originally released on the Slice Two compilation. A Tod Ersatz-Desmond Heffrey Production from 1992. read more here Bandcamp * iTunes
MOSES Greater Than Mehac191d
The first release from Moses since they have relocated to Berlin from their homeland of New Zealand. iTunes * Bandcamp
1-800 Billy Ruanehac193d Bandcamp * iTunes
Sneeze return with their first single since the Just The Blues Sped Up album in 2004. The lineup of Tom Morgan, Nic Dalton and Lara Meyerratken give you the 29 second epic "1-800 Billy Ruane" - dedicated to the well-loved, and missed, Boston man-about-town Billy Ruane. read more here
MODERN BOMBERS Gotcha!/Believe Mehac192d Bandcamp * iTunes
In October 2016, Adem Kerimofski (Turnstyle, Community Chest) invited Nic Dalton over to Perth to support his other band The Burton Cool Suit at a couple of shows. Rather than playing a solo set, Nic asked Adem to put together a rockin’ band and they’d play a selection of songs from Nic’s back pages. With Dave Wallace on the bass and Mark Eaton on drums, along with Adem on keys and guitar, Nic (on lead vocals and guitar) dubbed the band the Western Gloomees, and they played songs originally performed by the Plunderers, Godstar, Love Positions and Nic’s current acts, the Gloomchasers and Chewee.
They also performed a ‘new’ song called “Gotcha!” and Nic expressed interest in recording this song, plus a version of the Plunderers “Believe Me” with the Western Gloomees, with the idea of putting the finished product out as a single. Nic decided that the name Western Gloomees didn’t look quite right for the studio version of the band, which now also included E.M. Burrows on piano and, along with Dee Kerimofski, backing vocals.
THE WEDNESDAY NIGHT Blackstar Singularityhac184d digital single!
From the forthcoming Music Club Volume Two album out in 2017. read more here Bandcamp * iTunes
CONRAD GREENLEAF Shimmering Twinshac183d
A (mostly) ambient album from Conrad "Richard In Your Mind" Greenleaf. Grab a pillow and find a shady tree - lay down and relax! read more here Bandcamp * iTunes
Paul Scott, principal writer and singer for The Likes of You began his music career in angular NZ group Pop Mechanix before developing his craft in Sydney indie band Montana, alt country act The Kingdom of Jones, and playing bass for Mr Blonde and John Kennedy’s 68 Comeback Special among others. The Likes of You debut release For they are sailors just like you and seasick just the same taps into the uncertainty and unease of current times without sacrificing Scott’s commitment to big melodies and insistent hooks. read more here
KID CORNERED LoopholesANA004
Kid Cornered’s fifth album, loopholes (originally titled, ‘I Shall Be Unreleased’) was initially going to be given out, in the way that cassette mix-tapes used to be passed on. But the Kid (The Woods Themselves, El Mopa, Via Tania) handed it to Tim Whitten - the maestro, who whittled it, pounded it like a hotel pillow and kicked out the hospital corners. Its intricately crafted loops are held together by warm, soulful melodies in a reverb glow - an indie rock treasure. read more here
A TRAY OF CARDS Best Of And Unreleased Favourites (hac187d) Bandcamp * iTunes
Half A Cow asked the Triangles to put together a compilation of their recordings. It's a fantastic collection of songs from the Red Panda, Magic Johnson and Seventy-Five Year Plan albums and the Night Lunch EP. You can read all about the Triangles in these liner notes for A Tray Of Cards.
PLUNDERERS Half A Cow cassette (1986)hac188 Bandcamp * iTunes
A cassette given away at a show in October 1986 to celebrate the Plunderers 25th show at the Uni Bar (upstairs at the ANU in Canberra) whilst they were living in Melbourne. The bulk of these songs were recorded at the house they lived in, "Romolo", in West Melbourne, Feb-June 1986.
The Hotpoints/Modern Bombers split 7" moo14
A: The Hotpoints: Crosswires / B: Modern Bombers: Gotcha! Bandcamp (with download) * Big Cartel
A collaboration between the East Coast (Nic Dalton) and the West Coast (Adem Kerimofski). The first release "Crosswires" appears on a split 7" single with Modern Bombers. The Hotpoints will be releasing a mini-album in the second half of 2017. read more here. Modern Bombers came out of the Western Gloomees, a live band put together by Nic and Adem (plus Dave Wallace, Mark Eaton, Em Burrows and Dee Kerimofski). read more here
YOU & YOUR SO-CALLED FRIENDS
Downtown Splitsvillehac180 CD * iTunes * Bandcamp
The story of You & Your So-Called Friends starts way back in the early 90s, when the fresh-faced and naive Luke Russell and Leigh Richards began singing harmonies together after
school. read more here
Modern Emotions hac182d
out now on iTunes * Bandcamp Modern Emotions is the 2nd album but first with proper songs from Richard In Your Mind multi-instrumentalist Conrad Greenleaf. He wrote and performed everything himself and it’s mostly recorded on a Tascam cassette 4-track. Think lo-fi classics like early Beck, Ween, the Love Positions and Guided by Voices.
'I don't listen to many new bands these days, but when I do, I only listen to Conrad Greenleaf. He's the only one out there who's music really matters these days!' - Matthew J Tow
out now on iTunes * Bandcamp
The second long-player from New Zealand psych-pop band, currently touring the other side of the world!
JOHN DOWLER'S VANITY PROJECT Oakleigh/Off The Coast Of Mehac176single
Two songs from the Splendid Isolation album read more here Bandcamp * iTunes
BASTED Volcanic Daysvia545
Producers Mikl G and MCD (Basted) explore the uninhabited areas of Alternative Synth Pop, with cutting edge sounds and classic songwriting. read more here iTunes * Bandcamp
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 Can’t 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
MUSIC CLUB VOLUME TWO (hac173v) - VINYL LP OUT NOW! Buy the LP
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 Bandcamp * iTunes
A wee taster from the Music Club Volume Two album
LOW TIDINGS EP (hac177) buy the cd * Bandcamp * iTunes
Dee is a singer and songwriter who was born and bred in Sydney, Australia. She’s 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.
Dee’s 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.
1. Shells On Her Eyes
Double-sided single from East Coast Low Bandcamp * iTunes
A Fieldfull Of Black Sheepvia543
Music producers, Mikl G and MCD are Basted from the Lismore area of NSW. Dreamy and psychedelic grooves. Rhymes with wasted. read more here Bandcamp * iTunes
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.
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
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
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
EXCLUSIVE TO EGG RECORDS IN NEWTOWN!
To celebrate that funny beast called "Record Store Day" Half A Cow has a handful of the VERY FIRST SMUDGE SINGLE "Don't Wan't To Be Grant McLennan" (stashed away until now!) which will be available at Egg Records (3 Wilson Street Newtown) on SATURDAY 16TH APRIL.
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Doing a soft and chewy CHEWEE launch at Egg Records on the afternoon of Saturday 16th April. A version of CHEWEE with Damien Cassidy and Clementine Dalton (and me, Chewee!) will be supported by Bible Studies (Paul Scott and Peter Veliks) and Wade Jackson. From 2pm to 5pm at Egg Records, the best secondhand record shop in Sydney. See you there!
New Zealand Psychedelic outfit MOSES are back with their second EP, following up on their acclaimed 2015 debut.
To be released via Half A Cow Records in Australia, MOSES take their unique brand of ambient-psychedelia in a new direction - Channelling pioneering folk-rock artists of the late 1960s such as Neil Young and The Band in a collection of more natural, but none-the-less ethereal sounding songs. The balance of the lead instruments switches, with Daniel Wylie’s modulated lead guitar taking a more ambient, back-seat approach to Louisa Nicklin’s droning saxophone. The somewhat shy vocal harmonies of Teyler Hayes and Anthony Lander also take a more prominent, upfront role in the new EP - Conversing an overriding concept of finding contentment in adversity and loss.
MOSES will be on tour throughout New Zealand in March 2016 before looking ahead to a full-length album release in late 2016. read more here...Facebook
Direct from the real streets of Nashville comes Andie Lou, who writes and sings sleepy songs round the house. Sunset Deer is a handful of these little numbers brought to life in the studio with her friend Joe Pisapia. “It's all atmosphere, it's what you do with it while you're here...” sings Andie Lou. The line could double as a description of her soft, beguiling style. Her songs, casual in composition, deep in mood, are elusive yet alluring. Like old snapshots with cryptic pencilled notes on the back, they invite you into their world and stir the imagination. The longer you spend with them, the more they reveal. read more here...
When Saturday Comes is a freshly-minted Sydney band playing power pop, new wave and alt.country rock originals - plus the odd, choice cover. It was founded by Dom White and Chris Muir in December 2014, when Dom persuaded Chris, the former frontman of Dunedin's (NZ) Cynthia Should, to dust off his Cole Clark and Kiwi vocal stylings, after witnessing by his well-oiled efforts at a house party.read more here...The Robot EP being launched at LazyBones, Marrickville (Sydney) on Saturday 16th April