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December 2014

HALF A COW...AWAKEN!


Half A Cow is getting modern and has now released its first ever digital~only release from a new Melbourne act called Magic Tundra! Never fear, there's a new Bernie Hayes album coming out on cd in the new year and the third from the Gloomchasers. More and more of the back catalogue is making its way up on iTunes, Bandcamp, Amazon and other online stores.

So without further ado, drum roll please...

MAGIC TUNDRA



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

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



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

SMUDGE



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

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


October 2014

SMUDGE 20th ANNIVERSARY MANILOW TOUR!



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

Manilow LP
from Half A Cow

Special deal! Buy the vinyl of Manilow and get the double cd version of Manilow or This Smudge Is True compilation for the crazy price of $10.00 each. Don't spook the mutt!

Manilow LP/cd deal
from Half A Cow

See Smudge on tour:

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



PIP PROUD




A Fraying Space


Japanese label EM Records has released a Pip Proud complilation of his first three albums (from the late 60s) called A Fraying Space and a single of Purple Boy Gang. All available now from Half A Cow Records. Get 'em before they go!

Imagine being a punk rocker before there were any others, or a hippie whose message of peace was infused with a sardonic whimsy. That’s what it must have been like to be Pip Proud, in Sydney in the late 1960s, railing against the media and its hypocrisies, making a music that cut through all lies. — David Nichols

Pip Proud, sui generis, could be considered an Australian outsider, with his untutored and uninhibited singing style, his primal guitar playing, his resolutely personal vision captured on recordings from 1967 to the early 70s - except that, unlike most outsiders, he was loved and accepted, with two of his three album releases on a major label, with frequent television appearances and coverage in music magazines. Heralded in his native land though he was, he maintained a low profile from the early 70s, never made an impact overseas, and his recordings have been difficult to access.

This collection has been selected by Proud's biographer David Nichols and will engender a new appreciation of Proud's music. Considered by some as a sort of Antipodean Syd Barrett, listeners will hear that Pip was clearing his own private and primal path, more poet than pop star, despite the media attention. Other than one Velvets-style band track, all songs here feature Pip solo, some with appealingly primitive overdubs. Fans of ramshackle oddball weirdo portastudio lo~fi bedroom pop of the 80s, 90s and beyond, whether of the NZ, UK or US varieties, will find a precursor here.

Available on both 12-inch vinyl and CD with three bonus tracks, A Fraying Space also features liner notes by David Nichols as well as Proud's lyrics.

Available here from Half A Cow mailorder:
A Fraying Space




All the Half A Cow releases are available at Egg Records, 3 Wilson Street Newtown phone 02-95506056 email baz@eggrecords.com.au



...and this painting is on sale there too!
August 2014

Bernie Hayes (solo) at the Green Room Lounge


The one and only Bernie Hayes is playing an extra special solo show at the Green Room Lounge on Thursday 7th August. Resident DJ Nic Dalton will be playing records in between the wonderful songs of one of our finest singers. Come on in, grab a beer or the special cocktail we'll be having for the night: "The Sando". See you there!

Then the Gloomchasers will be playing at the Green Room Lounge the following Friday 15th August along with the Ramalamas and You And Your So~Called Friends.



Nic Dalton and his Gloomchasers playing at the Midnight Special in Enmore on Sunday 13th July. Next show at Gasoline Pony on Thursday 31st July.



Showtime!

Luke Russell & the Proposition with Gloomchasers at the Green Room Lounge Sunday 11th May from 6pm

Gloomchasers at the Gasoline Pony Thursday 22nd May - 2 sets - with Hurray for Kathryn, Elmo and possibly Jonno on up first.
February 2014

Nic Dalton "first ever" painting exhibition




From Saturday February 15th to Tuesday March 11th at Sweets Workshop Shop 4, 58-60 Carlton Crescent, Summer Hill.


The Triplettes on the set of "Shake and Pop" (1965)


the Rehearsal

February 2014

Missing Links vinyl has arrived!



Direct from Sundazed, we have copies of their rather grand reissue of the Missing Links LP and EP. Shrinkwrapped!

Only AUD$28.00 (plus post: $6.50 in Australia) - this LP (and EP) is essential for any lover of the BEST SIXTIES MUSIC this country has ever offered. A timeless release. Crazy garagepunk for the ages.

Some reviews of the new Links reissue. The first one from Ugly Things and the next one from Hit List.





Agnes Kain have just completed their third or fourth tour of China! Their latest album is available on cd, Bandcamp and iTunes iTunes


April 2013

It's A Family Affair!





archived news...
New album from Agnes Kain - November 2012
Smallgoods say bye-bye! - August 2012
Half A Cow Documentary - March 2012
it's a family affair... - February 2012
Second Guesses - December 2011
Doin' it for the kids! - November 2011
Showtime! - September 2011
- July 2011
It's A Family Affair - July 2011
the return of the Falling Joys - May 2011
Out this week: Sierra Fin - May 2011
keep 'em coming! - March 2011
wha' happenin'? - February 2011
Heading back to Glebe... - February 2011
2010 round up - December 2010
Nic Dalton and his Gloomchasers - NEW ALBUM! - November 2010
The 100 Best Australian Albums - November 2010
When Ruby met Lucy ?!?!?!? - October 2010
Ruby for Lucy...RE-LAUNCH! - September 2010
out today...Ruby for Lucy - August 2010
This Smudge Is True: the best of Smudge 1991-98 - July 2010
the Triangles #1 in Spain - June 2010
new Dog Trumpet! - May 2010
Brutals Sydney Launch! - April 2010
the Brutals...not brutal..except in love - February 2010
The Missing Links are driving you insane... - January 2010
- October 2009
It's showtime! - June 2009
new Khancoban clip - March 2009
I'll give you bonafied lovin'! - February 2009
Khancoban and We Grow Up - October 2008
Khancoban present their debut album... - August 2008
- August 2008
A Winterz Tayle - July 2008
Bringing back the ME Generation! - June 2008
it's jumper time - May 2008
Swayback Nest - April 2008
MARCH FORTH! - March 2008
If it doesn't rain, it pours! - December 2007
Swayback!!! - November 2007
the calm before...the rising storm! - November 2007

MARGARET ANN DALTON
- September 2007
what's the buzz, tell me what's-a-happenin'? - August 2007
New Kid Cornered, Bernie Hayes and the Raylenes - July 2007
VALE LOBBY LOYDE - April 2007
that hit the spot - March 2007
Welcome! - February 2007
Come On In! - December 2006
the Party's Over... - November 2006
BRUCE The Name Of The Band Is... (hac121) - November 2006

2003 releases
2002 releases
2001 releases


Half A Cow
Half A Cow Records
PO Box 1100 STRAWBERRY HILLS NSW 2012 Australia
Email: haclabel@mpx.com.au
Phone: +61-2-9716 6926
ABN 93 300 971 980