New Chapter release – Danny & the Parkins Sisters!

June 15th, 2010

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Danny & the Parkins Sisters were a truly singular blend of irritating, grating, interesting and meaningful.” – Bruno DeSmartass, Flipper

Chapter Music is proud to resurrect from undeserved obscurity the scratchy beatnik art-punk stylings of early 80s San Francisco trio Danny & the Parkins Sisters. Surrounded by the classic SF punk sounds of the Dead Kennedys, Pink Section and Flipper, Danny & the Parkins Sisters opted instead to head in a very different direction.

Brash Arizona transplant Danny Vinik and chic, alluring sisters Debra and Beverly Parkins strummed on detuned guitars, banged on whatever was close at hand, and declaimed hilarious, incisive lyrics dissecting the scenes and tribes around them in visceral early 80s San Francisco. Their high-performance shows played out in legendary venues such as the Sound Of Music and Club Generic, with guests including Dead Kennedys drummer DH Peligro.

In 1982, the band released a 8 song mini album on the Modern Masters label, run by Richard Kelly of the cabaret collective Club Foot Orchestra. It included the all-time shoulda-beena classic, War Is On Your Doorstep, a pounding tribal punk chant that sums up all the paranoia and posturing of the post-punk era.

By 1983 the band were over, with Danny heading to South America and the Parkins sisters to New York, but their brief SF moment shone with a peculiar, musically naive but still knowing charm.

Fans of angular post-punk luminaries like the Bush Tetras, the Raincoats or Y Pants will love this CD, which comes filled with bonus demo, live and rehearsal recordings.

You can hear some of the tracks at the band’s new Myspace profile.

Fabulous Diamonds – Album launch tour dates

May 27th, 2010


With their second album Fabulous Diamonds II out on Chapter Music on June 19, Fabulous Diamonds are setting off around the countryside to bring their lurching, reverb-heavy but still somehow sensually alluring sound to your capital city.

A few weeks short of its physical release, the record has already been enthusiastically received in the digital blogosphere. “Without question the most exhilirating, immediate thing these two have done so far,” trumpeted Gorilla Vs Bear, while The Fader opined “check them out now before the hopeful frenzy.”

Below is a list of each upcoming opportunity you have to check them out, although the frenzy has actually already begun. Recorded by Eddy Current Suppression Ring’s Mikey Young, Fabulous Diamonds II is one of the year’s most intriguing albums, and their live shows take transcendental grumpy hypno-pop to a whole new level!!



Saturday July 17

The Toff In Town (Level 2, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne)

with Geoffrey O’Connor and Bum Creek

tickets $12 on the door


Friday July 23

Spectrum (34 Oxford St, Darlinghurst)

with Naked On the Vague and Southern Comfort

tickets $12 on the door


Saturday July 31

The Bird (181 William St, Perth)

with Melted Desert Trio and Desperate House

tickets $12 presale from

$15 on the door


Saturday August 7

The Metro (46 Grote St, Adelaide)

with Bum Creek, Fair Maiden and Bad Habit

tickets $10 on the door


Friday August 20

The Brisbane Hotel (3 Brisbane St, Hobart)

supports and ticket info to be announced


Friday September 3

Burst City (69 Grey St, South Brisbane)

with Blank Realm, Slug Guts, the Deadnotes and Feathers

tickets $10 on the door

New Fabulous Diamonds album out soon on Chapter

May 12th, 2010


Chapter Music is excited to be releasing the second album by Melbourne duo Fabulous Diamonds, entitled Fabulous Diamonds II by Fabulous Diamonds, on June 19.

Drummer/vocalist Nisa Venerosa and keyboardist Jarrod Zlatic are a weird pair. They make overtly hypnotic music, full of lulling, sensual repetition, but there’s also an edge of irritation, an undercurrent of friction that cuts through the drone and propels the songs forward.

Fabulous Diamonds II by Fabulous Diamonds begins with Nisa yelling at Jarrod as he counts in the first track, but they still start together in perfect unison. It’s this combination of tension and intuitive understanding that makes Fabulous Diamonds so special.

They’ve been playing and arguing together for more than five years now, and their musical bond has grown deeper and more expansive since their 2008 debut Fabulous Diamonds. That album made it into revered UK mag The Wire’s top albums of the year, and got glowing reviews from the likes of Pitchfork and The Fader.

But this new record is still a remarkable development. Of its five untitled tracks, two extend well past the ten minute mark, sustaining a kind of grumpy intensity that never lags.

The album was recorded with budding producer Mikey Young of Eddy Current Suppression Ring, and was mastered by Qua’s Cornel Wilczek. Like their first album, it will be released on vinyl by venerable US label Siltbreeze, home to releases by the likes of Pink Reason, Times New Viking and Psychedelic Horseshit.

Fabulous Diamonds toured the US in 2008 with the latter two bands, playing 26 dates in one month. In 2009 they were invited to perform at Belgium’s Kraak Festival alongside Wavves, Kurt Vile and others. They also played in the UK, Holland, France, Switzerland Portugal and Sweden on their 2009 European tour.

In Australia, the band have played with Deerhunter, Yeasayer, the Horrors, Akron Family, Beach House and many more.

Fabulous Diamonds II by Fabulous Diamonds is out on Chapter Music on June 19. Watch this space!

You can also check out a track from the new FDs album on the Chapter Music myspace page now!

Stem CD available now through the Chapter webstore!

April 27th, 2010

CH73PikeletSMLPikelet’s amazing second album Stem, a split release between Chapter Music and Love+Mercy Records, is finally available for mailorder through the Chapter webstore. It’s only $25 including postage worldwide!

Pikelet – Stem Album launches

April 10th, 2010

pikelet-boysMIDStem Album of the Week at 3RRR, 2SER6RTR, EDGE FM, SYN FM
‘Weakest Link’ single playlisted at JJJ

“She’s an astronaut” The Age EG
“The palette of Pikelet is so wide and expressive, and it’s the thing that makes listening to the entirety of Stem such a joy” Dom Alessio, Mess & Noise
“Bewitching. Sumptuous, somersaulting summer music” 4/5 Herald Sun
**** (four stars) Sydney Morning Herald
“Pikelet took the audience on a journey through death and pain, to the simplicity of love and life” Fasterlouder
Stem is a musical for modern wonderment” 4/5 The Sunday Age
“A wondrous Lewis Carroll-styled musical excursion” Time Off
“Prodigious pop talent” MAG
“toybox soundscapes” Who Weekly
“Beneath all the carefully placed bleeps, bird noises, ticks and shuffling drums are some very fine songs indeed” 4/5 Alternative Media Group

As brilliant reviews like these pile in for Evelyn ‘Pikelet’ Morris’ second album Stem, the Melbourne psych-pop wonder is shaping up to become one of the artists of the year.

After a busy summer spent as national support choice du jour for the cream of international touring bands including Dirty ProjectorsDevendra BanhartPatrick WatsonFrida Hyvonen and Kaki King, Pikelet now has a string of national launches for Stem lined up with her full four-piece band.

Pikelet Stem Tour

Saturday-Sunday April 10-11
Northcote Social Club
Saturday wth The TwerpsParking Lot Experiments + DJ Jens Lekman
Sunday with World’s End PressLove Connection + DJ Jens Lekman
tickets via / 9486 1677

Friday April 23
Amplifier Bar
with Pond + Guy Blackman + Wind Waker
tickets via / 1300 438 849

Thursday April 29
Oxford Art Factory
with Songs The Maple Trail
tickets via / 1300 438 849

Friday May 28
The Metro
with guests to be announced

Crayon Fields US Tour!

February 25th, 2010

Crayon 4 In 1 WEBFlying high on an updraft of love for their recently-released second album All the Pleasures Of the World, Melbourne euphoric pop quartet Crayon Fields are jetting over the Pacific for their first ever US shows in March, including an appearance at music conference mecca South By Southwest.


Sunday March 14 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo, Crayon Fields on stage at 7.10pm (Aussie BBQ showcase)

Monday March 15 Los Angeles, CA – Silverlake Lounge, Crayons on stage at 8pm

Wednesday March 17 Austin, TX – Gibson Studios, Crayon Fields on stage at 5.30pm (KEXP live broadcast)

Thursday March 18 Austin, TX – Ghost Room, Crayon Fields on stage at 12:45pm (Austin Town Hall Party with Lets Wrestle, Surf City, Dappled Cities, The Loom, Lovely Feathers)

Friday March 19, Austin, TX – Natrix Natrix house party with So Cow, Wet Dog, Brown Recluse, Literature, Carnivores and maybe more

Saturday March 20 Austin, TX – Maggie Maes, Crayon Fields on stage at 12.05pm (Popfrenzy Aussie BBQ showcase, with Best Coast, Sally Seltmann, Surf City and more)

Saturday March 20 Austin, TX – Mi Casa Cantina, Crayon Fields on stage at 9.00pm (Official SXSW showcase)

Tuesday March 23 Williamsburg, NY – Bruar Falls, from 8pm (with Richard Davies, Kath Bloom and Guy Blackman)

Wednesday March 24 Brooklyn, NY – Sycamore, from 9pm (acoustic show)

Thursday March 25 Brooklyn, NY – The Bell House, Crayon Fields on stage at 7.40pm (Aussie BBQ showcase)

Friday March 26 Manhattan, NY – Pianos, from 8pm (with Yawn + Apollo Rise)

Sunday March 28 Los Angeles, CA – Echo Curio, from 3pm (with Guy Blackman + the Finches)

New Pikelet album out now!

February 20th, 2010

pikelet profileMIDBrand new Pikelet album Stem has just come out, a split release from Chapter Music and awesome Melbourne label Love+Mercy Records.

It builds on the heady, swirling loops of her 2007 self-titled debut, sailing into the psychedelic pop stratosphere with the addition of a full backing band.

It only takes one listen to realise that Stem is an incredible expansion of vision. New Pikelet inductees Shags Chamberlain (synths), Tarquin Manek (bass, clarinet, backing vocals) and Matthew Cox (drums) bring a cosmic space-prog edge, infiltrating Evelyn’s wide-eyed style with mind-expanding results.

After her 2009 world tour that took her everywhere from LA to Latvia, and recent shows with the likes of Devendra Banhart, Kaki King, Frida Hyvonen and upcoming shows with Dirty Projectors, it seems the sky is the limit for Pikelet. But actually that’s not quite right – as Stem proves, not even outer space can contain her!

Stem is in stores now, and available on iTunes!

Frida Hyvonen – playing times!

February 9th, 2010


Bella Union at Trades Hall

Level 1, Trades Hall, Corner Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton (enter from Lygon St)

this is an over 18s event

tickets $27+bf from

$30 on the door if available

Running Times

Doors 8.00pm

Pikelet 8.45-9.30pm

DJ Jens Lekman 9.30-10.00pm

Frida Hyvonen 10.00-11.15pm

DJ Jens Lekman 11.15 til close


Paddington Uniting Church

395 Oxford St, Paddington

this is an all ages, no alcohol event

tickets $27+bf from / 1300 348 849

$30 on the door if available

Running Times:

Doors open 7.00pm

Pikelet 7.30-8.15pm

Frida Hyvonen – 8.45-10.00pm

Frida Hyvönen Australian tour!

December 14th, 2009

frida8LORESChapter Music is excited to announce the first Australian tour by Swedish song siren Frida Hyvönen!
It’s hard to put into words just how good Frida Hyvönen (pronounced Hee-Vo-Nen) is. On record, her songs cut to the core, slicing through all emotional barriers to pierce your heart and transfix it. And live, she is hypnotic, majestic, a truly arresting performer.
She may not be a household name here, but in Sweden, Frida is a chart-topping star. Her sparse, piano-pounding debut Until Death Comes emerged in 2005 on Licking Fingers, the label run by Swedish pop stars the Concretes. The following year US indie giants Secretly Canadian (home to the likes of Antony & the Johnsons and Jens Lekman) picked up the album for America, while Chapter Music also snapped it up for an Australian release.
Directly personal and magnetic, Until Death Comes received the annual Stockholm Prize for Swedish music, while locally it was a Triple R album of the week, and first single I Drive My Friend picked up high rotation on Triple J.
Followup Silence Is Wild came out late last year and was a sumptuous expansion, incorporating lavish arrangements of strings, synths, drums and backing vocals, with Frida’s voice and songwriting soaring to new heights. It reached the Swedish top ten and earned her a whole new swathe of fans around the world.
Now, after years of gentle persuasion, Frida has agreed to play just two intimate shows in Australia in February, accompanied by a percussionist and backing vocalist. These shows will both inspire you and break your heart – they’re truly not to be missed!

tickets on sale Thursday December 10

Wednesday February 10
Bella Union Bar at Trades Hall, Carlton
tickets $27+bf from
Thursday February 11
Paddington Uniting Church, Paddington
tickets $27+bf from / 1300 438 849

New release – Chris Robison’s Many Hand Band reissue!

November 23rd, 2009

CH67ChrisRobisonChris Robison and his Many Hand Band, released privately in 1973 and reissued now on CD for the first time, was one of the world’s first records by an openly gay songwriter. Coming just a few years after the Stonewall Riots of 1969, Many Hand Band is a dazzling feat of musical daring. But Chris Robison is not just a pioneering gay musician, he is an all-pervasive presence in New York rock from the late 60s onwards, having played with everyone fron Elephant’s Memory and Steam to Kiss, the New York Dolls, John Phillips and Bob Dylan.

Not only that, Many Hand Band is a totally freewheeling and unique album, coalescing all the

sensory overload of downtown New York City life in the early 70s. It touches on folk, psychedelia rock, Latin funk and more, all filtered through Robison’s sly and cheeky personality.