New release and launch from Dick Diver!

November 12th, 2009


Chapter announces Arks Up, the debut release from Melbourne quartet Dick Diver. It’s the second in Chapter’s new EP series, featuring a vinyl single accompanied by a CD with extra tracks.

Dick Diver have only been at it for less than a year, but already have the hallmarks of a modern classic. There’s something in their combination of widescreen Australian sweep, 70s New York punk edge and scratchy 90s indie rock that transcends influences to become truly rare and exciting.

They’re launching Arks Up in Melbourne at the East Brunswick Club on Friday December 4, with support from the Nation Blue and the Twerps!

Second Bloom/Connors 2CD set now available!

November 3rd, 2009

CH65KathLorenRGBThe second of Chapter’s deluxe reissues of Kath Bloom and Loren Connors incredible early 80s avant-garde folk albums is out now! Featuring their final two albums Restless Faithful Desperate and Moonlight (both originally released in 1984), the 2CD set not only includes the early version of Kath’s signature tune Come Here, but a raft of previously unreleased bonus tracks!

The Twerps on Chapter!

October 26th, 2009

TheTWERPS7JACKnospineChapter Music announces a new EP by warmhearted Melbourne pop scallywags The Twerps! This is the first in Chapter Music’s new EP series, featuring a vinyl single accompanied by a CD with extra tracks.

Forming late 2008 around charismatic guitarist/vocalist Marty Frawley (son of much-missed Paul Kelly & the Dots member Maurice Frawley) and bassist Rick Milovanovic, the Twerps have quickly risen to become one of Melbourne’s favourite lo-fi pop bands. They’ve recently scored support slots for the likes of Deerhunter and the Bats, with shows coming up in December supporting California’s The Oh Sees.

Their debut release features eight (or is that nine?) short, simple but incredibly infectious tracks, recorded to analogue tape by Eddy Current Suppression Ring guitarist Mikey Young. Marty’s cheeky but heartfelt songs are complemented by the crystalline guitar lines of guitarist Julia MacFarlane (ex Batrider) and the sympathetic percussion of drummer Patrick O’Neill.

The EP takes the form of a four song vinyl single, plus a CD with bonus tracks.

Crayon Fields vinyl just in!

October 21st, 2009

Crayon Fields Pleasures AlbumThe luscious vinyl version of Crayon Fields swoonworthy second album All The Pleasures Of The World has just arrived back from the pressing plants, and looks incredible! Limited to 300 copies, with half going to the band to sell at gigs, you’ll have to get in quick to make sure you get a copy!

Crayon Fields album launches – new and rescheduled dates!

October 7th, 2009

With tickets to Crayon Fields’ Melbourne launch for new album All The Pleasure Of The World selling mega fast, the band have decided to announce a second date!

Support for the second show on Saturday, October 24 comes from Pikelet and recently reformed moog-pop monsters Minimum Chips.

Also, with the sudden closure of the Hopetoun Hotel, the band have had to reschedule their Sydney launch to Friday November 6 at Spectrum. Supports the Twerps and Bearhug remain the same, as does the ticketing info (tickets are on sale via Moshtix now)!

Friday October 23rd
Bella Union at Trades Hall, with Panel Of Judges, The Twerps and DJ Jens Lekman.
Tickets $12+bf from

Saturday October 24th
Bella Union at Trades Hall, with Robin Fox Laser Show, and Minimum Chips
Tickets $12+bf from

Friday November 6th
Spectrum, with Bearhug and The Twerps.
Tickets $12+bf from Moshtix (1300 438 849)

Thursday November 5th
Bar 32 Gangbusters, with Jonny Telafone and Teddy Trouble & The Space Boys.
Tickets $10 on the door

New release – Bum Creek!

October 7th, 2009

CH75 Bum CreekChapter is excited to announce a new limited edition release by autistic Melbourne freakoids Bum Creek.

Released to coincide with their appearance at Newcastle Sound Summit this month, this 100 copy only self-titled CD is a teaser before the band’s full length LP to be released on Chapter Music early in 2010.

Known for their wild and transcendental live performances, in the studio Bum Creek explore slightly different territory. Subdued loping rhythms and dub-tinged squiggles, vocal improvisation and processed guitar create a disorienting cocoon world that once entered, is hard to leave.

Chapter Music 90s lo-fi revival!

October 7th, 2009

CH6-8 Too Much AsparagusChapter Music has gone back in time to resurrect two long out of print compilation cassettes from its mythical lo-fi past. Both released in 1994 in editions of around 200 copies, Too Much Ash and Asparagus Milkshake documented a pre-Myspace explosion of Australian DIY, as bands and musicians from Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane  (and occasionally Sydney) gradually reached out to make contact and develop a national network.

The cassettes feature scene creamers such as the legendary Cannanes, Small World Experience, Minimum Chips, Clag and Sleepy Township, all recorded in magnificent hissy lo-fi glory. Both tapes have been reissued in 100 copy editions, with elegant foldover covers and newly written liner notes!

ChapterFest! New playing times!

September 17th, 2009

Due to new opening hours at the Tote Hotel, the playing times for this weekend’s absolutely amazing Chapter Music party ChapterFest! have changed slightly. There’s still all the great music, cheap Chapter goodies and Crayon Fields DJs, but everything has to finish 15 minutes earlier so we’re squeezing the running times by just a smidgen!

New times are:

Tote Stage

8.00 – 8.30 Bum Creek
8.55 – 9.25 Primitive Calculators
9.50 – 10.20 Jeremy Dower Y Las Palmeras de plástico
10.45 – 11.15 Minimum Chips
11.45 – 12.15 Tenniscoats

Cobra Bar Stage

8.30 – 9.00 Dick Diver
9.25 – 9.55 Twerps
10.20 – 10.50 Hit The Jackpot
11.15 – 11.45 Pikelet


Saturday, September 19

Tote Hotel, Collingwood

Doors open 7.30pm

Tickets $12+bf from Tote Front Bar, Corner Hotel Box Office, Polyester Records (Fitzroy or city) and Missing Link.

$15 on the door - but be careful, cause January’s Chapter party sold out, and tickets are selling fast to this one!

Chapterfest 2009!

August 28th, 2009

ChapFestA5Chapter Music presents CHAPTERFEST!

Thrilled by the sold-out success of our 18th Birthday Party in January this year, we at Chapter Music have decided to put on another wild all-out party! It’s not our 19th just yet, but when we realised both Japanese psych-folk wunderkind Tenniscoats and Adelaide fuzz-pop angels Hit The Jackpot were going to be in town the same weekend, that seemed like enough of an excuse to put on a shindig!

So we’re back at the Tote Hotel again, making use of both upstairs and downstairs stages, with a huge lineup of Chapter Music artists past and present.

Aside from the compelling and hypnotic Tenniscoats in their fourth Australian tour, there’s also excoriating synth-punk legends Primitive Calculators, who played their first show in 29 years back in January at the Chapter 18th party. On top of that PIkelet plays her return gig after a four month world tour odyssey, during which she played with the likes of Jens Lekman, Jeffrey Lewis, Will Oldham and many more.

Elegant French-Kraut rockers Minimum Chips reform again for a special one-off show (the last was Chapter’s 18th party), and then there’s Adelaide’s own two chord wonders Hit the Jackpot. New 2009 additions to the Chapter stable are warmhearted scallywags The Twerps, literate pop dynamos Dick Diver and psycho-freakout improvisers Bum Creek.

Another blast from Chapter’s past is the return to live performance of Jeremy Dower, who released an incredible electronic EP on the label in 2002. Jeremy is promising a live faux-jazz tropicalia spectacular, enough reason to convince anyone to get down to the Tote early on the day!

In between bands, Chapter’s very own Crayon Fields will be DJing throughout the night! Their second album All The Pleasures Of The World comes out that day, and so Chapterfest will be your first opportunity to snag yourselves a copy!

What’s more, there’ll be a Chapter Music lucky dip for the first 50 payers through the door, cheap as chips CDs, LPs and 7″s on sale, and even some old Chapter Music cassettes available again on CDR for the first time in 15 years!

So to summarise:


Tenniscoats (Japan)

Primitive Calculators


Hit The Jackpot

Minimum Chips

The Twerps

Dick Diver

Bum Creek

Jeremy Dower

Crayon Fields DJs

Saturday September 19, 7.30pm.

Tickets $12.00+bf from the Tote (9419 5320) / $15.00 on the door.

Remember – the last Chapter party sold out, so get in early this time!

18th Birthday running times

December 29th, 2008

Here are the running times for the Chapter Music 18th birthday party this Sumday at the Tote!

Tote stage:

3.30pm Karl Smith
4.30pm Hit The Jackpot
5.30pm Sleepy Township
6.30pm Mystery Guests
8.00pm Pikelet
9.00pm The Crayon Fields

Cobra Bar stage:

4.00pm Clare Moore
5.00pm Lakes
6.00pm Henry Wagons
7.30pm Minimum Chips
8.30pm Panel Of Judges

hope you can make it!