Chapter Music show at Old Melbourne Gaol!

September 29th, 2011

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As part of Melbourne Music Week’s label showcase series Labels Live, Chapter Music is presenting an amazing show at the very spooky Old Melbourne Gaol.

Reformed 70s synth-punk legends Primitive Calculators will put on a typically savage and hilarious performance, showcasing new material from an album currently being recorded – their first ever studio album in a 30+ year lifespan – which is due for an early 2012 release on Chapter.

The drily intoned vocals and flailing polyrhythms of Essendon Airport make a welcome live return, after Chapter’s acclaimed reissue of their 1981 post-funk classic Palimpsest.

The hypnotic minimalism of sensual duo Fabulous Diamonds will round out this darkly eccentric bill, at a venue so atmospheric and amazing, it’d be criminal not to come!

Melboune Music Week and Chapter Music present:

CHAPTER MUSIC LIVE @ OLD MELBOURNE GAOL
with Primitive Calculators, Essendon Airport and Fabulous Diamonds
Wednesday November 23, 8.30pm
Old Melbourne Gaol (377 Russell St, Melbourne)
tickets $12+bf from Moshtix / 1300 438 849

Also check out the Melbourne Music Week website.


New release from Geoffrey O’Connor!

September 22nd, 2011

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This is very exciting for us! Crayon Fields frontman Geoffrey O’Connor is releasing his first album under his own name, Vanity Is Forever, and it’s his most ambitious, dynamic and sophisticated work yet.

O’Connor’s fractured romantic reflections and lustful tributes play out over vast synthscapes, colossal stadium drums and flanged orchestral sweeps, creating a world that is at once ethereal and strikingly vivid.

With a combination of restraint and fearless abandon, O’Connor embraces the conflicts of modern love in a manner as ambiguous as it is blunt, and as shameless as it is generous. His songs indulge in ecstasy, love, pride, failure and all the glamorous contradictions they become. He is both an adult with a juvenile mind, and a geriatric in the body of a young man.

Painstakingly refined over two years, Vanity Is Forever is O’Connor’s most fully-realised album to date, an epic pop melodrama that shifts seamlessly between seductive high-production dance hits, suave funk joyrides and modern synthetic power balladry.

Recently, O’Connor has mesmerised audiences with an extravagant live show of dueling synthesizers, lazers, light sculptures and hypnotic projections. His diverse solo output – under both his own name and previous solo moniker Sly Hats – has seen him handpicked to support a the likes of Fleet Foxes, Jens Lekman, School Of Seven Bells, Andrew Bird and First Aid Kit.

You can pick up a copy from the Chapter webstore here!


New Chapter release – the Apartments!

September 9th, 2011

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The man about whom the Go-Betweens sang Don’t Let Him Come Back…is back! Revered pop romantic Peter Milton Walsh and his band The Apartments return with their first new recordings since 1998. The resigned beauty of Black Ribbons, presented here in two distinct versions, is the first evidence of a newly invigorated Walsh, who has been the sole constant in The Apartments since the band formed in Brisbane in 1978.

Listen to “Black Ribbons” here.

After a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spell in The Go-Betweens (that still inspired both Don‘t Let Him Come BackandBefore Hollywood track That Way), Walsh released debut EP The Return Of the Hypnotist in 1979, by which time the original incarnation of the Apartments had already split.

He then headed to New York for a couple of years, moving to London in 1983 to play bass for the Laughing Clowns just long enough to tour the world with the band and record their second album Law Of Nature in 1984.

Walsh then got together a new Apartments, releasing  second single All You Wanted which resulted in them being signed to esteemed UK label Rough Trade. Finally, The Apartments’ debut album The Evening Visits…And Stays For Years, recorded in London with the help of members of Orange Juice, Everything But the Girl and The Triffids, was released on Rough Trade records in 1985.

The Evening Visits is a classic of grand, literate and incisively emotional pop. Signature tune Mr. Somewhere was covered by 4AD supergroup This Mortal Coil, and the band found themselves lauded in Europe, where they began touring. The Shyest Time single followed in 1988, lifted from the Some Kind Of Wonderful soundtrack to promote the movie by teen-flick auteur John Hughes.

After a decade’s absence, Walsh returned to Australia, forming a new Apartments and releasing a series of acclaimed albums, including Drift (1993), A Life Full Of Farewells (1995), Apart (1997) and Fête Foraine (1998).

Due to Walsh’s increasingly reclusive nature The Apartments career was marked more by silence and disappearances than the usual band routines. Yet, Walsh was lured out of musical retirement in 2007 to play the first live Apartments shows in Australia since he had long ago left the country for Europe. Later alerted to interest shown by fans via La Blogothèque, the legendary French music blog, Walsh took a version of The Apartments to France in the Autumn of 2009. There he played a handful of rapturously received dates, including a sold-out show in Paris and other French cities.

Recently, the Apartments have also been championed by a new generation of US pop lovers, featured on recent mixes and playlists from the lo-fi likes of Blank Dogs and Big Troubles.

Suitably reinspired, Peter is now at work on a new Apartments album, with Black Ribbons a tantalising first glimpse of riches to come.

You can pick up Black Ribbons from the Chapter webstore here.


Chapterfest 2011 + mega sale!

August 10th, 2011

ChapterFest11SMLIt was the talk of the town in 2009, a sold-out, nine band monster fed on vegie sausages, a lucky dip and ridiculously cheap vinyl and CDs. And now, after a lay-off year in 2010 (not sure what happened there) Chapterfest is back for 2011!

Chapter Music has been devilishly busy of late, gearing up for an end of year release frenzy, including newies from TwerpsGeoffrey O’ConnorLaura JeanDick DiverEssendon Airport and the Apartments. So we thought it’d be a shame not to celebrate all this great music with a live rock’n'roll partay!

As an extra yeehaw, we’re also announcing a two week Chapter sale, with all CDs going for $15 (double CDs $20) and all vinyl LPs $20 for Australian customers on the Chapter Music webstore! This sale will only last until Friday August 26, so be quick.

For Chapterfest this year, we’ve upped the band count to a whopping eleven, including surprise US headliners Wet Hair, the influential Iowa City kraut-pop trio whose latest album In Vogue Spirit (through Sub Pop subsidiary De Stijl Records) has been a blog mega-favourite since its release in May.

There’ll be a vegie-friendly BBQ, a lucky dip for the early arrivals, mind-numbingly awesome prizes and the same insanely cheap and incredibly amazing records from across Chapter Music’s almost 20 years of existence. It’ll also be your first chance to lay your hands on some of the label’s vital upcoming releases.

So here’s the lineup and the details in full:

CHAPTERFEST 2011
Saturday September 17
The Tote Hotel, Collingwood
doors 7.30pm

Wet Hair (US)
Bum Creek
Twerps
Fabulous Diamonds
Laura Jean
Geoffrey O’Connor
Pikelet
The Cannanes
New Estate
Jonny Telafone
Guy & Marcus Blackman Experimentations

tickets $16+bf from www.oztix.com.au – on sale now!
$20 on the door if available

Chapterfest 2009 was a total sellout, so don’t shilly-shally, buy your tickets now!


Essendon Airport – 30th anniversary reissue, free MP3s, new video!

August 4th, 2011

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Chapter is very excited to announce a 30th anniversary reissue of Palimpsest, the one and only album by Melbourne post-punk icons Essendon Airport. Recorded in December 1981, Palimpsest is now reborn as a double disc package with a whole bonus CD of live and unreleased studio recordings spanning 1980-83.

Essendon Airport drummer Paul Fletcher, now a lecturer in Animation at the Victorian College of the Arts, has made a video for previously unreleased track Martial Art from old live footage and an early attempt at a music video. You can check out the results now over at the fine Rose Quartz blog, and download Martial Art, plus Palimpsest album highlight Science Of Sound, as free MP3s.

Formed in 1978 as a mimimalist duo of guitarist Robert Goodge and keyboardist David Chesworth (now a renowned Australian composer), Essendon Airport released their landmark 7” EP Sonic Investigations Of the Trivial on Chesworth’s Innocent Records in 1979. Chapter Music reissued Sonic Investigations way back in 2002, as a CD including second single Talking To Cleopatra (with vocalist Anne Cessna) and a raft of bonus tracks.

Originally gentle and inquisitive, with beats supplied by a drum machine built from plans printed in an electronics magazine, Essendon Airport began to expand after Sonic Investigations and explore the possibilities of rhythm. First came classically-untrained drummer Paul Fletcher, and then saxophonist Ian Cox, to form the four piece lineup heard on Palimpsest.

With its dryly intoned vocals, flailing polyrhythms and a post-modern fascination with appropration and quotation, the album is an eccentric post-punk classic. The album title means “a manuscript page from which the text has been scraped off to be used again”, while the original liner notes state “all” “songs” “written” “and” “produced” “by” “Essendon Airport”.

After Palimpsest, Essendon Airport added bassist Barbara Hogarth and grew to become one of inner city Melbourne’s premiere live attractions. “Creative differences”, however, saw them disband in 1983, with Cox, Goodge and Hogarth forming I’m Talking that same year with singer Kate Ceberano. The bonus Live+More disc collates 18 recordings, from the duo period to the impressively muscular, previously undocumented five piece lineup.

The original 1982 vinyl version of Palimpsest was presented in a screen-printed plastic cover, and this has been faithfully replicated in 2011 as a nifty clear plastic overlay.

Palimpsest is released by Chapter Music on 27 August 2011.


Download the new single from Geoffrey O’Connor

July 26th, 2011

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Premiered on Pitchfork today in downloadable form (check it out here), Whatever Leads Me To You is the lead single from Vanity Is Forever, Crayon Fields frontman Geoffrey O’Connor’s first album under his own name.

The song’s richly-cultivated seduction fantasy plays out over wide-screen synthscapes, classic stadium drums and flanged orchestral sweeps, creating a world at once ethereal and strikingly vivid.

Two years in production, Vanity Is Forever is Geoffrey’s most fully-realised album to date, a synth-laden soap opera that shifts between seductive high-production dance hits, suave funk joyrides and modern synthetic power balladry.

A steamy video for Whatever Leads Me To You will also accompany the single’s release.

The album Vanity Is Forever is released by Chapter Music on 24 September 2011.

Upcoming shows:

July 29

Kelvin Club, Melbourne

Offshore Radio Theatre show

August 20

Buffalo Club, Melbourne

Whatever single launch with Teeth & Tongue + special guests

October 19

Toff In Town, Melbourne

supporting Lucky Dragons (USA) for Melbourne International Arts Festival

http://geoffreyoconnor.bandcamp.com

www.geoffreyoconnor.tv

www.facebook.com/geoffreyoconnormusic


Download new Laura Jean single “Missing You”

July 18th, 2011

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Yearning ballad Missing you is the first single from transcendental Melbourne songwriter Laura Jean’s forthcoming third album A fool who’ll. You can grab a free download of the track from the Chapter Music Facebook here – as long as you’re a fan of the page!

Laura is following up the acclaimed, folk-flavoured Our Swan Song(2006) and Eden Land (2008) with a very different sound, picking up a Gibson SG and going electric.

The album was recorded in Melbourne with Simon Grounds (Teeth & Tongue, Kes Band, God), mixed by Canadian Darryl Neudorf (Neko Case, New Pornographers), and mastered by Peter J. Moore (Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Cowboy Junkies).

Her band is the Laura Jean Trio, featuring longtime collaborators Biddy Connor (viola, piano accordion, keyboard and vocals) and Jen Sholakis (drums, guitars and vocals). Guests spots on the upcoming album include a duet on Spring with Paddy Mann, aka folk eccentric Grand Salvo, and the gorgeous harmonies of My song, sung with Magic Silver White’s Jojo Petrina and Monica Sonand.

A fool who’ll will be released by Chapter Music on 3 September, 2011.

Laura Jean Facebook


New solo album from Geoffrey O’Connor!

July 6th, 2011

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Click the image above to watch a trailer video for Vanity Is Forever

CRAYON FIELDS’ GEOFFREY O’CONNOR RELEASES VANITY IS FOREVER, OUT SEPTEMBER 24 via CHAPTER MUSIC

Vanity Is Forever, released in Australia by Chapter Music on September 24 (Sep 27 in the US), is the first album under his own name from Crayon Fields frontman Geoffrey O’Connor. In his most ambitious, dynamic and sophisticated work yet, O’Connor’s fractured romantic reflections and lustful tributes play out over vast synthscapes, colossal stadium drums and flanged orchestral sweeps, creating a world that is at once ethereal and strikingly vivid.

With a combination of restraint and fearless abandon, O’Connor embraces the conflicts of modern love in a manner as ambiguous as it is blunt, and as shameless as it is generous. His songs indulge in ecstasy, love, pride, failure and all the glamorous contradictions they become. He is both an adult with a juvenile mind, and a geriatric in the body of a young man.

Painstakingly refined over two years, Vanity Is Forever is O’Connor’s most fully realized album to date, an epic pop melodrama that shifts seamlessly between seductive high-production dance hits, suave funk joyrides and modern synthetic power balladry.

Recently, O’Connor has mesmerized audiences with an extravagant live show of dueling synthesizers, lasers, light sculptures and hypnotic projections. His diverse solo output – under both his own name and previous solo moniker Sly Hats – has seen him handpicked to support a the likes of Fleet FoxesJens LekmanSchool Of Seven Bells,Andrew Bird and First Aid Kit.

In addition, O’Connor will release a series of steamy clips to realize his soap opera dreams.

For now, you can listen to (or post, or share!) album teaser track Now And Then here.

And of course Geoffrey is on Facebook too!


New Release – Hit the Jackpot cassette!

June 9th, 2011

HTJCH90artwork2toA4Adelaide fuzz pop wonders Hit the Jackpot are releasing Holiday, the first new cassette on Chapter Music since 1996! After their second album Soul Money Gang Vibe (released on Chapter in 2008), Holiday’s seven humble hits mark the expansion of the band from a trio to a foursome, with the addition of guitarist Stephanie Crase, an Adelaide institution from her service in bands such as Birth Glow, No Through Road and Batrider.

Recorded in Adelaide at the home studio of core members Jessica Thomas and Kynan Lawlor, some extra overdubs were handled in Melbourne by Jack Farley (Beaches, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Twerps) after drummer Scott O’Hara relocated there from Adelaide.

Prodigal member Seb Calabretto, who now lives in the UK, also played on a few tracks while he was back in Adelaide on holiday. And finally, Matt Banham of No Through Road co-wrote and sings on gloomy festive ditty I Know It’s Xmas.

Head over to HTJ’s Bandcamp to get a free download of title track Holiday, and click here to buy the cassette (limited to 150 copies) from the Chapter webstore! Each copy comes with a free download card.

And come see them on their upcoming launch dates:

Newcastle – Saturday 11th June at the Croatian Club – Winter Chills Festival
Sydney – Sunday 12th June at Tone (16 Wentworth Ava, Surry Hills) with Bitch Prefect & a showing of the movie Slacker
Melbourne - Friday 8th July at the Workers Club
Adelaide – Saturday 9th July at the Metro


New Pikelet video – Toby Light

May 4th, 2011

pikelet_clip_030511112814The awesome new video for Toby Light, the opening track from Pikelet’s second album Stem is now here for general viewing purposes.

You can also read an interview with director Matt Richards on the Vine

Pikelet’s national tour begins this Saturday. Dates are:

SAT 7 MAY – FBI SOCIAL – KINGS CROSS HOTEL, SYDNEY
supported by Holy Balm and Donny Benet
Tickets available from Oztix or 1300 762 545
FRI 13 MAY – EAST BRUNSWICK CLUB, MELBOURNE
supported by Dick Diver, Angel Eyes and Montero
Tickets available from East Brunswick Club and at the box office 9388 9794.
SAT 14 MAY – THE BAKERY, PERTH
supported by Erasers, Gilbert Fawn & Craig McElhinney and Water Temple
Tickets available from Now Baking
SAT 28 MAY – HAPPY YESS, DARWIN (Pikelet solo show)
with Clue To Kalo, Leah Flanagan, June Mills, the Feedback Orchestra and more.
3pm-1am, all ages, $25 door sales
More info from Happy Yess