New Twerps single and US/Aus tour dates

August 24th, 2012

Twerps2MIDTwerps have a new three song single out soon on Chapter Music / Underwater Peoples. Check out B-side “He’s In Stock” premiered on Stereogum!

They’re also touring the US in Oct/Nov including CMJ showcases, with a few Australian dates either side!

AUS Tour dates:

Sep 12 – Beach Rd Hotel, Bondi, with Melodie Nelson + Day Ravies

Sep 22 – Brisbane Festival show at Metro Arts Alleyway, with Kitchen’s Floor

Sep 29 – Sound Summit Festival, Newcastle

Dec 7-9 – Meredith Music Festival

US Tour dates:
10/14 – Purchase, NY @ SUNY Purchase*
10/15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie*
10/16 – Baltimore, MD ­@ Baltimore, MD*
10/17 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat*
10/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly !
10/21 – Montreal, QC @ Le Cagibi *
10/22 – Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar *
10/24 – Gambier, OH @ Horn Gallery-Kenyon College
10/25 – Chicago, IL ­@ Empty Bottle
10/26 – Northfield, MN @ The Grand Event Center
10/27 – St. Paul, MN ­@ Turf Club
10/29 – Missoula, MO @ Ole Beck VFW Post
10/30 – Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey
10/31 – Portland, OR @ Bunk Bar$
11/02 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
11/03 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Satellite

* = with Alex Bleeker
† = with Gap Dream
$ = with White Fang, Dignan Porch
! = Panache CMJ Showcase w/ Turbo fruits, Dent May, Dignan Porch, Mac Demarco, Vockah Redu


New single by Primitive Calculators!

August 16th, 2012

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Check out C**t Life premiered today on Mess+Noise!

Only 33 years after their iconic 1979 debut single I Can’t Stop It b/w Do That Dance, Melbourne’s synth-punk snarlers Primitive Calculators are releasing their next seven inch single of new material.

Having reformed in 2009 at the invitation of the Nick Cave- curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, Primitive Calculators are making up for 30 years of lost time, working on their debut studio album to be released in early 2013.

Since ATP, Primitive Calculators have toured the nation with Lightning Bolt, performed at Old Melbourne Gaol for Melbourne Music Week, played with Psychic TV and had their vaults plun- dered by Canadian label Sweet Rot for an archival vinyl single. You can also expect vinyl reissues of the live album and first single by French label Desire in early 2013.

Now, however, Primitive Calculators are excited to release their first new studio efforts since a brief reunion in 1986. Sick Of Myself is a new song expressing all the self-loathing involved in being in a 50-something synth-punk, whille the charmingly-titled C**t Life is a 1977 classic originally performed by pre-PCs band the Moths, now finally recorded for posterity. These tracks were recorded by famed Melbourne personality Julian Wu, then mixed and mastered by Casey Rice.

For many years, Primitive Calculators’ sizeable legend thrived on their self-released 1979 single, a posthumous live album released in the early 80s, and their involvement in Richard Lowenstein’s 1986 film Dogs In Space, starring INXS’ Michael Hutchence. Primitive Calculators reformed for the film (based on the Little Bands scene they created in the late 70s), appearing in several scenes and recording bleak stomper Pumping Ugly Muscle for the soundtrack. The track was also released as a now very rare 12” single.

Chapter Music reissued their landmark 1979 live recordings in 2004, then followed up with Primitive Calculators And Friends in 2007, a compilation including the first single, the 1979 Little Bands EP and a host of bonus obscurities.

Now that the band is active again, Sick/C**t is an impressive, harshly hilarious signpost along the way to a new studio album due in early 2013 – their first ever!

Sick/C**t is out on Chapter Music on Friday September 7. Pre-order your copy from the Chapter webstore!


Fabulous Diamonds album launch shows

July 19th, 2012

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A couple of weeks back, hypno-sensual Melbourne duo Fabulous Diamonds revealed Lothario, the shimmering first track from their new album Commercial Music. Premiered on Gorilla Vs Bear, the track was picked up by the likes of Pitchfork and the Fader, and has already had almost 14,000 listens on Soundcloud.

Recorded with Mikey Young of Eddy Current Suppression Ring/Total Control, Commercial Music is out on Chapter Music on Friday August 3, and Fabulous Diamonds are excited to announce album launches in Melbourne and Sydney.

In Melbourne they’re playing Curtin Bandroom, the very same space where they recorded the album late last year, while in Sydney they’re playing at new basement venue The Square in Haymarket. These shows will be your last chance to see the band before keyboardist Jarrod Zlatic leaves to spend six months living in Europe, so make the most of them!

Fabulous Diamonds – Commercial Music album launches

Saturday September 1 - Melbourne – Curtin Bandroom

supports to be announced – $12 door sales only

Saturday September 8 - Sydney – The Square

supports to be announced – $12 door sales only

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New Fabulous Diamonds album – Commercial Music

July 6th, 2012

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Chapter Music is happy to announce the third album by Fabulous Diamonds, Commercial Music, due out on Friday August 3 on vinyl and CD. Check out lead track Lothario, premiered on Gorilla Vs Bear!

After two albums and an EP without song or record titles, the presence of names on Melbourne duo Fabulous Diamonds’ third album is probably going to be the first thing that people notice.

It‘s also the most irrelevant. What really matters is that Commercial Music is Fabulous Diamonds’ most textured, luxurious album yet. Whilst their first record was baby steps and stabs in the dark, and their second album reached for an under-produced liveliness, Commercial Music – titled with no hint of irony – is high-brow, young adult contemporary pop music

As with their last album, 2010’s Fabulous Diamonds II, the band recorded with Eddy Current Suppression Ring/Total Control guitarist Mikey Young, this time taking over the upstairs room in Melbourne’s John Curtin Hotel for four days in mid 2011. Photographic assistance again comes from the inimitable Karl Scullin.

But the deep shimmer of Inverted Vamp introduces a new all-enveloping sound, and later Wandering Eye and Lothario display a newfound ease with canny song construction. Drummer Nisa Venerosa and keyboardist Jarrod Zlatic’s lyrics deal with cynical social observations and bleak character portraits, but over the billowing music they take on a dreamy languor that makes them seem almost harmless.

And as always, Fabulous Diamond explore each of their ponderous grooves to its fullest, but now the weight is lifted by nuanced arrangements and seamless digital production. Commercial Music is both deep and feather light, the heaviest of transcendental pop.

Commercial Music is released by Chapter Music on Friday August 3.

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Twerps announce Melbourne & Sydney shows

June 27th, 2012

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Loveable pop janglers Twerps play their first Australian shows after a massive eight week US tour, which included a run of SXSW dates then a trek across the American nation supporting classy chillers and BFFs Real Estate. On the way, they recorded sessions for The Fader and Newtown Radio, and even jammed out a live cover of the Clean’s Anything Could Happen with Real Estate in Columbus, Ohio. At SXSW they were big-upped everywhere from Billboard, the Austin Chronicle and NME to the Irish Times. You can check out a picture gallery of Twerps’ US adventures on Mess+Noise.

Since getting home, Twerps have been bunkered down in the studio, so they’re getting pretty itchy to play some of their new songs live. In Melbourne, just one night at the Tote Hotel didn’t seem like enough, so the band have put together a weekend extravaganza taking in Friday & Saturday, August 3-4. For the Friday, they’ve invited buddies Peak Twins and Full Ugly to support, while Bushwalking and the Stevens join them on the Saturday.

In Sydney, Twerps are playing at Goodgod Small Club with special guests to be announced. Tickets for both cities go on sale on Friday morning!

In other news, Twerps are also playing a live to air for RRR’s Winter Warmers series next Wednesday, July 4 at 6.30pm, during Anita Alphabet’s excellent new show Test Pattern.

TWERPS MELBOURNE + SYDNEY SHOWS

on sale Friday June 29, 9am

Wednesday July 4

RRR live to air, Melbourne, 6.30pm

listen in on 102.7FM or stream from rrr.org.au

Friday August 3

Tote Hotel, Melbourne, 8.30pm

with Peak Twins + Full Ugly

tickets $14+bf from oztix.com.au

Saturday August 4

Tote Hotel, Melbourne, 8.30pm

with Bushwalking + the Stevens

tickets $14+bf from oztix.com.au

Saturday August 11

Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, 8pm

with guests TBA

tickets $14+bf from moshtix.com.au

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www.twitter.com/twerpstwerps

www.chaptermusic.com.au


New Chapter release – Tenniscoats “All Aboard” CD

June 21st, 2012

Check out album track Mosha Mosha Mo via Ad Hoc blog!

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Chapter is really pleased to be releasing a new record for Japanese mesmeric psysch heroes Tenniscoats. For more than 15 years the Tokyo duo have brought equal parts meditative intensity and whimsical humour to a series of acclaimed psychedelic albums, beginning with 2000’s The Theme Of Tenniscoats.

But Tenniscoats have rarely released music without collaborating with others. Most famously, they teamed up with Scottish indie pop legends The Pastels in 2009 for the wonderful Two Sunsets album on Domino Records.

They also worked with Swedish group Tape for 2007’s Tan Tan Therapy and followup Papa’s Ear (released in January this year), as well as US outsider pop icon Jad Fair for 2011’s Enjoy Your Life. Saya has also released an album with Satomi Matsuzaki from Deerhoof under the name One One, while Ueno and Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier occasion- ally perform live as Can Can. In fact, 2011 album Tokinouta is one of the few releases attributable to Tenniscoats alone.

New album All Aboard! continues the band’s collaborative tradition. Tenniscoats have joined forces with legendary Japanese drummer Ikuro Takahashi, active since the mid-70s and revered for his work with experimental and psych-folk icons like High Rise, Fushitsusha, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Nagisa Ni Te and Che Shizu.

Takahashi first played with Tenniscoats a decade ago when they visited his hometown Sapporo, the snowed-in capital of Japan’s icy north island Hokkaido. So in 2005, when they began to record with Australian expat Richard Horner in his Sapporo studio Black Snow- flake Sound, they naturally asked Takahashi to join them.

The result, pieced together over years of annual visits to Sapporo, is an album that presents Tenniscoats at their most relaxed and most compelling. Nominally their “rock” record, if only because they often perform drummerless, All Aboard! is warm, loose and sprawling, while retaining those hypnotic Tenniscoats melodies.

It is their first album for Chapter Music since concert opus Live Wanderus in 2005. The band have toured Australia numerous times since then, playing the Perth and Brisbane Festivals in 2009 and most recently touring with Deerhoof in 2010.

All Aboard is released on Friday July 6, but available for pre-order now from the Chapter webstore!


Geoffrey O’Connor – new video and tour!

May 8th, 2012

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Melbourne’s leading synth sensualist is proud as punch to unveil his new single Proud, taken from his stunning debut album Vanity is Forever (click on the pic to check out the video). A melancholically breezy ode to a faded relationship, Proud finds Geoffrey backed by ghostly harmonies and the keening strains of that most underutilised of instruments – pan pipes. Geoffrey has directed his own video for the track, featuring cameos from Ben Montero and Esther Edqvist, members of Geoffrey’s live band.

To celebrate the release of Proud, Geoffrey and band will make some very special live appearances around the country beginning with a set at Australia’s most iconic venue, the Sydney Opera House. On June 2nd, Geoffrey will be appearing as part of Vivid LIVE 2012 on a sterling bill put together by the fine folks of Good God Danceteria. Catch Geoffrey live in the Opera House studio alongside an extraordinarily eclectic array of performers- Egyptian Lover, Nicky Da B, Prince Zimboo, Straight Arrows, No Zu, Donny Benet and some of Sydney’s finest DJs.

The following week Geoffrey will make appearances in Melbourne on June 8th at Bleachers at Liberty Social supported by Mildlife and The Murlocs and in Adelaide on June 9th at Plus One at the Ed Castle supported by Bad // Dreems, Major Crime and Wild Oats. Full details below.

GEOFFREY O’CONNOR PROUD TOUR

Sydney – Saturday June 2nd

Good God Danceteria in the Studio @ Sydney Opera House

Tickets available here

Melbourne – Friday June 8th

Bleaches @ Liberty Social

with Mildlife and The Murlocs

Doors sales only

Adelaide – Saturday June 9th

Plus One @ Ed Castle

with Bad//Dreems, Major Crime and Wild Oats

$10 pre-sale available from Moshtix from May 11th, $12 door sales

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TWERPS LP BACK IN STOCK!

April 26th, 2012

CH91TwerpsMIDRGBJust letting you know we have copies of the Twerps album on beautiful vinyl again now for Australian and New Zealand mailorder customers. And it comes with a download code, so everyone’s a winner.

Pick up your copy via the Chapter webstore.


Two new Chapter releases – Strong Love & New Estate!

April 19th, 2012

CH70StrongLoveChapter has two amazing new releases out next month! The first is Strong Love – Songs Of Gay Liberation 1972-81, a compilation documenting the first wave of openly gay songwriting emerging in the early 70s in the US and UK. Across 15 tracks, the compilation takes in disarmingly personal folk, uplifting soul, outsider country and dark synth-rock. Compiled by Chapter Music’s Guy Blackman, with an introduction from drummer RIchard Dworkin (who played with many of the comp’s artists and witnessed more firsthand), the album is a powerful tribute to pioneering artists whose music has been neglected for too long.

Check out some songs on the Strong Love Soundcloud.

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Then there’s Recovery, the new album from long-running scrap-pop wonders New Estate. Recovery presents a reinvigorated band, following the advent of new bassist Toby Dutton (ex Flywheel), making for their brightest, catchiest record to date. From ex-Sleepy Township keyboardist/guitarist Mia Schoen’s propulsive pop explosions, to the sprawling epics of guitarist Marc Regueiro-McKelvie (Teeth & Tongue, Popolice), Recovery shows a renewed dedication to New Estate’s ragged, intelligent pop, always with its centre of molten warmth.

Check out New Estate on Facebook.

Both records are out Friday May 4! Pre-order now from the Chapter webstore!


New Chapter release – Clag!

February 7th, 2012

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OUT MARCH 9 – PRE-ORDERS HERE!

Pasted Youth is the first digital-era re-examination of early 90s cult figures Clag, from Brisbane, Australia.

Formed around high school friends Bek Moore, Rachael Cooke and Alison Bolger in the very early 90s, Clag played a kind of psychotic kiddie punk, full of one note Casio keyboard solos and lyrics about cows, goldfish and gravy-covered hot chips. Their apparent innocence, however, was merely a front, disguising examinations of the human psyche that grew darker as the band progressed.

Live, the band would face away from the audience and play with masks taped to the backs of their heads, or dress in hospital gowns and bedeck the stage with fluffy Mr Men toys. Musically they were equaly confusing, staking out a bizarre middle ground between the Shaggs, Bikini Kill and the Banana Splits, In short, Clag were one of the most head-scratchingly strange bands in the world, and those who came across them either recoiled immediately or developed a lifelong obsession.

The band released three vinyl singles and were beginning to make an international mark, with releases on US and Canadian labels, before they disintegrated in the mid 90s. Clag members went on to play in bands such as Beaches, Panel Of Judges and Minimum Chips, but in the intervening years a considerable legend has grown up around their first musical venture. Copies of their original singles are now treasured artefacts.

This 23 track reissue comes with a 16 page booklet packed with photos and extensive liner notes. It includes all their officially released recordings, plus a whole raft of bonus material, including a live-to-air session on Brisbane’s 4ZZZ-FM, and a chaotic, foul-mouthed live recording from Melbourne’s Empress Hotel.

Finally, one of Australia’s oddest and most compelling bands is available on CD for the first time.

Pasted Youth is out on CD and digital Friday March 9! Availble for pre-order here.