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October 2016

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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.
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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.

Staying true to the “music club” ethos, the live band features an ever-revolving line-up that has included (amongst others) fine players from bands such as Belles Will Ring, Melodie Nelson, Lost In The Woods, Roadhouses, Deep Sea Arcade, Lino, David McCormack & the Polaroids and Ratcat.

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The live band is a revolving door of friends and excellent musicians - with this line up including musical talents from Melody Nelsen and Singing Skies.

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

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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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.

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.
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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".

The band's other guitarist, Justin Bowd, who has played with Jim Kane and with Middle Age Fanclub, has also contributed some fine material. Rounding out the band are Julien Chick on bass and backing vocals - Julien has played and sung with the Vandas, Mick Thomas and currently also works with Michael Meeking & the Lost Souls. Lastly, there is drummer Michael Stranges, who has worked extensively with Kim Salmon and plays with the TV Set.
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Having found the perfect home in Half A Cow, John Dowler's Vanity Project are set to release their debut album Splendid Isolation on 9th September 2016. Recorded in Melbourne, the album reflects the band's live set, minus the old Dowler hits. It includes definitive versions of songs that John has had on the shelf since the early 80s, including the catchy 'My Face', and the turbulent 'I Blame You', and relatively recent numbers like 'Off The Coast Of Me'. (John is still writing by the way - his new songs will be on the next album.) The album's rousing opener is the brilliant 'Sentimental', written by one of John's Zimmermen bandmates, the late Peter Tulloch, and never previously released. Covers include 'Don't Blame It On Your Wife', written by John Lennon faves The Appletree Theatre in 1967 and also recorded by Rick Nelson (and a nice companion piece to the Zimmermen's 'I Like To Fight With My Wife' perhaps?), and 'I've Been The One' from Little Feat's first album (which John has plundered before...). The album captures the band's plaintive and guitar driven sound splendidly - Young Modern and Zimmermen fans will recognise the stripped-back but rich and soulful vibe - and John's vocal is as wry and mellifluous as ever.

John Dowler's Vanity Project will be playing selections from Splendid Isolation to audiences in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide over the next few months.


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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 as a fun kitsch project but became a fully functioning band for several years.

The band released their first album (self-titled) in 2005. A mish-mash of garage rock, vintage electronics and whimsical sunny daydreams, the band built a steady following in Perth but also captured the ear of others as the support slots came in thick and fast. Gigs with The Buzzcocks, Stephen Malkmus, Idlewild, Presidents of the USA and Jens Lekman gives you an idea of how the band could bend their sound depending on the occasion.

Their second and final album You Can’t Fight City Hall was released in 2007 with the band commandeering a vintage tape machine and leaning towards indie rock and swaying gently away from overt 60s-isms. With two songs on Triple J rotation and one song nominated for a WA Song of the Year, it proved to be their masterwork and their undoing as the band were unable to forge a new path and split early in 2008.

Half A Cow Records is more than excited to make these great records - by the Burton Cool Suit - available again for you.



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 Neil’s 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 one’s going to have their pay docked for playing a bad note in this group." Says Nielsen "We’ve 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.

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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.

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“Opener ‘Dark Mirror’ has a Byrdsian jangle and Californian mood to it. The modern ‘Valentine’s Day’ has an echoing alt pop style, but comparisons to Big Star really come out on ‘Catch My Eye’, ‘Coming Back’ and ‘Carolina.’ ‘Coming Back’ is also very comparable to The Autumn Defense with a hypnotic chorus and solid harmonies. This is definitely an album that delivers quite a few favorites for my playlist.” – Powerpopaholic.com

“When one first hears Wade Jackson, one notices that his voice has some similarities to that of John Wicks of The Records. Not the ‘Starry Eyes’ Wicks of yesteryear but rather the John Wicks of 2013’s ‘Chasing Angels’, the lead singer’s tribute to Phil Brown. The comparison doesn’t end there as back in the day, a prominent music critic was known to refer to The Records as the British Big Star. There are numerous examples throughout the LP of Big Star’s influence on the work of Jackson. Tracks such as ‘Catch My Eye’, ‘Coming Back’, ‘Carolina’ and especially ‘Back of My Hand’ are all reminiscent of Big Star. Easily one of the best discs I’ve heard so far this year and is an absolute must for those who miss Misters Chilton & Bell.” – PowerPopNews.com

“Quite simply one of 2015's best so far. The allusion in the title is apt, as the sound here is Big Star-meets-Wilco with its melodic minor-key rockers with a twinge of Americana (Austrliana?). After the moody opener ‘Dark Mirror’ (which answers the question "What would The Smithereens sound like as a folk-rock band?"), we're treated to the jangly ‘Valentine's Day’ and the trio of ‘Catch My Eye’, ‘Coming Back’ and ‘Carolina’, all of which invoke #1 Record-era Big Star, with "Coming Back" perhaps my favorite track of the year. This album really hits the sweet spot between power pop and Americana.” – AbsolutePowerPop.com
March 2016


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!
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MOSES Moses II hac174d
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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
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ANDIE LOU Sunset Deer hac169
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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...
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The Robot EP via539

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

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CHEWEE The Electrical Banana Album hac164
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The Electrical Banana Album is a new solo album by Nic Dalton. read more here...

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THE PROPOSITION Edge Of The Dancefloor hac166
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Adam Young (from the Daisygrinders) has a new album Elementary Carnival Blues OUT NOW on Stanley Records

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December 2015

SEE YOU IN 2016!

NEW Half A Cow Mailing List here!

If you're down on the South Coast in early January head over to the Quarterdeck in Narooma on Saturday 2nd.

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Friday 15th January at the Petersham Bowling Club between 8 and 11pm. Join Tom Morgan, Nic Dalton, Simon Gibson and Leticia Nischang for a night of Sneeze. All originals, no covers. Songs from the Sneeze library 1990-2016.

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Two sets at the Petersham Bowling Club. Friday 29th January 2016

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LASERDOWN: Last Christmas hac172
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Move aside Sir Cliff and Slade...here is the new Christmas single from Sydney's very own Laserdown. A cover of Wham's Last Christmas. All eight minutes of it!
Recorded and produced by Damien Cassidy at Mattress Studio, Summer 2015.

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The night before Christmas and what are you gonna do? Why not come down to the Spesh? Nic Dalton a.k.a. Chewee will open with a set featuring stuff from The Electrical Banana Album. John Encarnacao will follow with Nature Strip tunes, Warmer tunes, and maybe some ancient nuggets.

The last set of the night will focus on a sacred canon - Barry Gibb's existential crisis of the early 1970s. Between the Bee Gees' late '60s pop breakthrough and their glittery disco domination, Gibb senior took a long hard look in tunes such as 'Wouldn't I Be Someone' and 'Don't Want To Live Inside Myself'. The E-Wees will fill the room, and perhaps the world, with Barry's special brand of inspiration for the coming year. Damien "Laserdown" will be joining John and Nic for the Bee Gees set.

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Bernie Hayes ALLSTAR Quartet SHOW!
Camelot Lounge, Marrickville
Friday 20th November 7.30pm

“Bernie Hayes' coffee au-lait voice [is] the balm to all troubles in its mid register and a heart-kicker in its upper reaches.” Bernard Zuel, Sydney Morning Herald.

“These are heartfelt songs that engage instantly and enchant repeatedly. The voice is at once powerful and plaintive, the playing at times arresting…” Peter Lalor, The Australian

“A man who embodies the term 'local stalwart,' the first album in eight years from Sydney's Bernie Hayes showcases just what the rest of the country is missing due to the fact he rarely travels beyond home with his intimate live sets. There are no studio tricks on Slow Fix, just effortlessly gorgeous songs full of heart.” 2SER, SERvin’ Up New Music

With album Slow Fix breaking hearts from coast to coast, Bernie Hayes heads back to Camelot on Friday 20 November with the sensational Bernie Hayes Quartet to celebrate the launch of the Hopeless video, produced by Steve Rodgers and directed by Greg Ferris.

Come along to be part of a rare treat – an intimate night of stories, songs and musical enchantment. But be quick to book! Bernie’s last show at Camelot was a sell-out.

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CHEWEE The Electrical Banana Album hac164
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Whilst waiting for his main outfits The Gloomchasers and ‘kid’s band’ 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! read more here...
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THE PROPOSITION Edge Of The Dancefloor hac166
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Welcome to The Proposition’s new album Edge of the Dancefloor.

Overflowing with pop melodies and witty lyrics, this collection of songs trace the path of a jaded romantic through the streets of Kings Cross, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills. They were written by Luke Russell, who by day is a philosophy lecturer at the University of Sydney. Joining him in the Proposition is everyone’s favourite ex-Wiggle, Murray Cook, along with vocalists Nicole Smede and Brooke Smith, and drummer Peter Timmerman. This record ranges from the upbeat 60s-style pop of All in Uniform and Japanese Linen and Loafers, through the blue-eyed soul of Trial Separation, to the greasy godless gospel of I’m Not the Answer to Anybody’s Prayers. The songs are full of references to Sydney. You’ll be transported from early evening drinks at the Darlo Bar to the neon of Darlinghurst Road at midnight and the teary mess of closing time at Taylor Square. In the frantic Two Step Jive Luke tells the story of a “quick-witted and wasp-waisted” seductress, who drags him onto the dancefloor and out of his depth:

"She danced a two step jive and my feet just couldn’t do it She rolled her arms into a hoop and she told me to jump through it Like I was a tiger in a cage up on the stage Like I was a lion working for a weekly wage”

There are more reflective moments when Nicole sings the gentle but mean-spirited ballad The Women Who’ll Love You, in which she envies the women of Paris who “march like an army of ex-ballerinas to pick up cream trench coats from Asian dry cleaners”. read more here...

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ANDIE LOU Sunset Deer hac169
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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...

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TOM MORGAN Shoot First, Ask Christian Slater EP hac170d
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A six track EP from Tom Morgan. Tracks 1 and 2 from a seven inch single originally released in 2001. Tracks 3 and 4 from the Live And Direct cd (Spunk Records) which were recorded live for Andrew Khedoori's Methodology program on Sydney's 2SER-FM. Tracks 5 and 6 recorded during a Halfmiler recording session with Simon Gibson on the drums and Tony Dupé on pump organ. read more here...

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WILDING Molecules To Moons (hac163) cd, vinyl, download
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Half A Cow is extremely excited to release the second album by Melbourne's Wilding. CD, download and ltd ed. vinyl. Take your pick! read more here...

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BERNIE HAYES SLOW FIX (hac155) cd, vinyl, download

The fourth studio album from Sydney singer Bernie Hayes is released on the First of May 2015.It is co~produced with Brendan Gallagher and is another outstanding collection of fourteen new Bernie Hayes originals. Out now through Half A Cow on CD, as a digital download via Bandcamp and iTunes and through China Pig Records on vinyl LP
October 2015

You're all invited to the Half A Cow 25th Birthday Concert (Part 1) with The GODSTAR Rewinder, SMUDGE and SNEEZE on Friday 30th October at the Petersham Bowling Club.

Tickets on sale NOW and are available at Egg Records (3 Wilson St. Newtown ph: 9550 6056) or through Moshtix

We've decided to mix it up a little bit as far as the running order goes: The night will start off with a short SNEEZE set followed by SMUDGE and then THE GODSTAR REWINDER. The night will be wrapped up sweetly with the return of SNEEZE.

This will be the first Godstar show since December 1995 (when the band supported Alex Chilton at the Metro) and the lineup includes original band members Nic Dalton, Tania Bowers, Tom Morgan, John Encarnacao and Alison Galloway playing songs from the Sleeper and Coastal albums (and more!).

Smudge, who have a Manilow tribute album coming out in December, are probably the most well-known Half A Cow band, play a few times a year and are more than happy to help celebrate the big 25. The other "Nic and Tom" band Sneeze haven't played since 2010 and the lineup will include Leticia Nischang and Simon Gibson and they will be playing songs from albums 1, 3 and 4.

An 80s PA will be lugged in for the night. Going to be a big one! See you all there.

Half A Cow 25th Birthday (Part 2)

PLUNDER - the songs of Stevie Plunder
(Bernie Hayes, Elmo Z Reed, Nic Dalton and Peter Velzen)

Plus all the Half A Cow cds playing in the courtyard all day and night!

The Gasoline Pony ~ Sunday 1st November from 3pm

$5 ENTRY FEE (free Half A Cow compilation for every payer!)

Playing times:
Wade Jackson 3.00
Agnes Kain 4.00
the Gloomchasers 5.00
Warmer 6.15

"I can't think of a better way to celebrate the record label than by going way back to where it all started - Canberra 1983 - and getting together with Bernie Hayes, Elmo Z Reed and Peter Velzen to play the songs of Stevie Plunder." ~ Nic

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June 2015

Ladies and gentlemen...Adele&Glenn!

CARRINGTON STREET (hac162d) download
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Adele&Glenn, ex-Brisbanites and former Go-Betweens members, are true pop stars. They play original pop music effortlessly and are a joy to watch. Adele Pickvance and Glenn Thompson spent 2011 locked away in a small studio in deepest Marrickville. The resulting album, Carrington Street, is a top~shelf pop gem. Originally released in 2012, Half A Cow is well~chuffed to make it available on iTunes for you.

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Crow playing at the Factory Floor, Marrickville on Saturday 20th June.
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According to Mess and Noise, Claire Birchall is "a genuinely brilliant songwriter who should be lauded more frequently". She has so far released four incredibly diverse albums, including one by her full-tilt rock band Paper Planes (2008 Paper Planes). A talented multi-instrumentalist and DIY enthusiast, Claire self-records, mixes, and plays the majority of the instruments on all of her solo albums. Electricity is available on iTunes and on Claire's own Bandcamp page

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Half A Cow is proud to welcome WADE JACKSON to the Half A Cow roster with his new album...WHISKEY ALPHA DELTA ECHO (hac160d) released May 2015

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. Whiskey Alpha Delta Echo is available on iTunes and on Wade's own Bandcamp page, with a vinyl pressing to come. Wade's first album is also available: iTunes Bandcamp
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The very first Half A Cow single by LOVE POSITIONS LIGHT OF DAY is now available as a download and it... INCLUDES AN EXTRA SPECIAL BONUS TRACK! The Love Positions reformed in October 2002 and recorded a version of Smudge's 'Tea, Toast and Turmoil'. It was recorded at Bellbird and Damien Gerard by Russell Pilling and Nic. It originally appeared under the pseudonym 'F-Holes' and was released on a 7" called 'Local Standard Time'. 'Light of Day' from Billiepeebup album, 'Kiss' one of the bonus tracks and 'Underworn' from the original 7".
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February 2015


We love the Pigram Brothers here at Half A Cow and now have all their three albums back in stock PLUS the 2013 solo album from Stephen Pigram called Wanderer available here

New Bernie Hayes album coming soon! It's called Slow Fix and will be available on cd, vinyl (via China Pig Records) and download. Should be out in May! Stay tuned...

Pip's two albums from the late 60s have recently been reissued by Superior Viaduct out of San Francisco and we have some copies for sale here.

Adreneline & Richard 12" LP iTunes Bandcamp

A Bird In the Engine 12" LP iTunes Bandcamp

Got a bit lost before Christmas so we are letting everyone know at the dawn of 2015 that Half A Cow has released its first digital~only single. Drum roll please...


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
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During some downtime recently, I realised I wasn't embracing the modern world. You know ~ ipads, ipods, itunes, free u2 albums, food selfies. So Half A Cow has been busy lately making a whole lot of ye olde records/cds/goodtimes available online mainly via iTunes, Bandcamp and a few others I have no idea what they are.

Lookee here: Half A Cow Bandcamp and Via Satellite Bandcamp

What better way to start off that with the first FIVE (yes!neon lights!FIVE!) CROW releases starting with the Sunburnt Throats 12 inch (originally released on Phantom Records in 1990) through to the Helicon Days EP. Great to have you back, Crow!

CROW My Kind Of Pain Their debut album recorded in Chicago with Steve Albini. iTunes and Bandcamp Scroll down this page for all the other Crow music!

TREETOPS What's The Matter, Baby? The first release from Melbourne's Treetops. Originally released in 2002 by Cavalier Records. iTunes and Bandcamp

PLUNDERERS Trust Us Five track mini album from 1988 (featuring Louis Tillet on piano on End Of Your World) plus extra No Fun Stooges cover iTunes and Bandcamp

GODSTAR the Chemcraze EP Bad Bad Implications (from Sleeper) plus a crazy mixed bag iTunes and Bandcamp

Ex~Sydney musician Lara Meyerratken (and drummer on Sneeze's Lost the Spirit!) has released her second album The Other Person Is You on her own label. It is a stunning record so make sure you check it out. You can get it here iTunes. Vinyl coming soon!

archived news...
Bernie Hayes (solo) at the Green Room Lounge - August 2014
Nic Dalton "first ever" painting exhibition - February 2014
Missing Links vinyl has arrived! - February 2014
It's A Family Affair! - April 2013
It's A Family Affair returns! - February 2013
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

- September 2007
what's the buzz, tell me what's-a-happenin'? - August 2007
New Kid Cornered, Bernie Hayes and the Raylenes - July 2007

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