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

MELBOURNE ALBUM LAUNCH
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 www.northcotesocialclub.com / 9486 1677

PERTH
Friday April 23
Amplifier Bar
with Pond + Guy Blackman + Wind Waker
tickets via www.moshtix.com.au / 1300 438 849

SYDNEY
Thursday April 29
Oxford Art Factory
with Songs The Maple Trail
tickets via www.moshtix.com.au / 1300 438 849

ADELAIDE
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.

CRAYON FIELDS US DATES

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

MELBOURNE – WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 10

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 www.bellaunion.com.au

$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

SYDNEY – THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11

Paddington Uniting Church

395 Oxford St, Paddington

this is an all ages, no alcohol event

tickets $27+bf from www.moshtix.com.au / 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!
FRIDA HYVÖNEN AUSTRALIAN TOUR – February 2010

tickets on sale Thursday December 10

Melbourne
Wednesday February 10
Bella Union Bar at Trades Hall, Carlton
tickets $27+bf from www.bellaunion.com.au
Sydney
Thursday February 11
Paddington Uniting Church, Paddington
tickets $27+bf from www.moshtix.com.au / 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.


New release and launch from Dick Diver!

November 12th, 2009

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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!