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!


December 21st, 2008

Hey dudes, the first 50 people through the door at the Chapter 18th Birthday party will get a free Chapter Music 7″ or CD…so make sure you get there early! Doors open at the Tote at 3pm, first act on at 3.30pm…!

Chapter Music’s 18th Birthday!

December 11th, 2008

Here’s the poster for the Chapter 18th birthday show on January 4 at the Tote Hotel!


Unfortunately the Twerps have had to pull out of the show, but there have been two amazing additions to the lineup – Sleepy Township are reforming especially for the gig, playing their first show since breaking up in 2002, and Henry Wagons will play a special solo show. Amazing!

get your tickets here!

Chapter Music Crazy Christmas Sale!

December 4th, 2008

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With Christmas just around the corner, we’ve decided to sell off back catalogue Chapter CDs (ie pre 2004 items, before CH46) via the Chapter webstore for the absolute rock bottom bargain basement price of $12AUD including postage anywhere in the world!

This includes the first Can’t Stop It! compilation and the Essendon Airport CD, as well as a swathe of early Chapter digital gems from the likes of The Cannanes, Clare Moore, Driving Past, Andrew Wilson, and the Double Figures Chapter 10th Birthday compilation…

Also, any 7″ vinyl still in stock is slashed to just $10 including postage…

But be quick, cause this sale is only on until the end of the year!!

Chapter Music Turns 18!

December 3rd, 2008

A 19 year old Guy Blackman toasts the future success of his record label

A 19 year old Guy Blackman toasts the future success of his record label

Sunday January 4, 3pm-10pm
The Tote Hotel, Collingwood

with The Crayon Fields, Pikelet, Hit The Jackpot, Minimum Chips, Panel Of Judges, The Twerps, Karl Smith, Lakes, Clare Moore, special Mystery Guests and more to come!

$12+bf, $15 door sales

presale tickets available from the Tote Hotel (9419 5320), Corner Hotel (9427 9198) Missing Link (9670 8208) and Polyester Records (9663 8696 or 9419 5137)

Chapter Music began in October 1990 when a pimply 16 year old high school student named Guy Blackman assembled his first ever fanzine, 10 pages of reviews, articles and poetry (!) cobbled together on a friend’s clapped-out photocopier. It was called Chapter 24, named after a song from Pink Floyd’s first album and dedicated to Syd Barrett, the troubled genius who was their first singer.

Guy released three issues of Chapter 24, and then in 1992 put together a compilation cassette of Perth bands called Bright Lights Small City. It wasn’t until the following year, with the release of a Sonic Youth tribute compilation, that the label name Chapter Music was born, but Guy has always dated the beginnings of Chapter to 1990 and the first issue of Chapter 24.

In the ensuing years, Chapter went from a Perth-based cassette label to a Melbourne music institution, releasing vinyl, CDs and cassettes by bands as far flung as Tokyo, Stockholm and Connecticut.

Now, just a few months late, Guy has decided to throw a party to celebrate Chapter’s 18th birthday, and invited a mind-boggling array of artists who have released music on the label to perform.

Over two stages and running all day, with a free vegetarian BBQ thrown in for good measure, Chapter’s 18th Birthday takes place at the Tote Hotel on Sunday January 4 from 3pm.

The massive lineup includes:

Special Mystery Guests – a mysterious Melbourne band from the late 70s will play a special reformation gig! Don’t miss your only chance to see these guys in a pub setting!

Pikelet – currently putting the finishing touches to her second album for Chapter Music, Evelyn Morris will perform her swirling, psychedelic folk music with a new full backing band. See CH59 Pikelet CD (2007).

The Crayon Fields – also about to release their second album on Chapter in the new year, The Crayon Fields are Melbourne’s favourite minor key pop magicians. See CH56 Animal Bells LP/CD (2006).

Hit The Jackpot – flying in especially from Adelaide are fuzzy lo-fi sensation Hit The Jackpot. See CH60 Soul Money Gang Vibe CD (2008).

Minimum Chips – Brisbane expat moog-rock masters and early flagship Chapter artists, Min Chips will reform to play their first gig in over two years! See CH11 Minimum Chips/Molasses 7″ (1995), CH16 Blip 7″ (1997), CH41 Portfolio CD (2002).

Panel Of Judges – Chugging proto-pop stars Panel Of Judges’ first release was a 7″ single on Chapter, and they’ve gone from strength to strength ever since, recently releasing third album Bad Vibrations through Mistletone Records. See CH26 Blind As A Bat 7″ (1999).

Clare Moore – One half of the dynamic Moore/Dave Graney duo that has anchored bands like The Moodists, The Coral Snakes and countless incarnations since, Clare released her stylish debut solo album The Third Woman on Chapter. She will perform with current collaborator Kaye Louise Patterson. See CH35 The Third Woman (2001).

Lakes – One man primal noise rock auteur, Sean Bailey is Lakes, whose debut album was released on LP and CD by Chapter. See CH52 Lakes LP/CD (2006).

Karl Smith – Vocalist and songwriter for the sadly missed Sodastream, Karl released an acclaimed solo 7″ single on Chapter which made it to John Peel’s Festive 50 that year. See CH19 The Sky Is Beginning To Bruise 7″ (1998).

Stay tuned for more announcements still to come!