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November 2015


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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...

Buy the album on CD, iTunes or Bandcamp

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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".
Available here: Bandcamp and iTunes
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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!

December 2014



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


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

See Smudge on tour:



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!

archived news...
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
that hit the spot - March 2007

2003 releases
2002 releases
2001 releases

Half A Cow
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