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:

Saturday September 17
The Tote Hotel, Collingwood
doors 7.30pm

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

tickets $16+bf from – 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


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

Download new Laura Jean single “Missing You”

July 18th, 2011


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


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:

supported by Holy Balm and Donny Benet
Tickets available from Oztix or 1300 762 545
supported by Dick Diver, Angel Eyes and Montero
Tickets available from East Brunswick Club and at the box office 9388 9794.
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

Pikelet tour starts this week!

May 3rd, 2011


Don’t forget that Pikelet take off this week for a handful of dates around the country, most likely their last interstate jaunt before bunkering down to start work on album number three! Evelyn Morris is also playing a solo Pikelet show in Darwin later this month, her first every Northern Territory show!
supported by Holy Balm and Donny Benet
Tickets available from Oztix or 1300 762 545
supported by Dick Diver, Angel Eyes and Montero
Tickets available from East Brunswick Club and at the box office 9388 9794.
supported by Erasers, Gilbert Fawn & Craig McElhinney and Water Temple
Tickets available from Now Baking
SAT MAY 28 – 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

Released Series – curated by Chapter Music!

April 13th, 2011


As part of the Workers Club’s Released series, Chapter Music celebrates its very existence with a label showcase, featuring some of its all-time sexiest performers. Twerps play their first gig back after their epic six week US tour, and so will be in match-fit fighting form! Geoffrey O’Connor and his band of sensual synth-wielders play the middle slot, and opening will be benign label dictator Guy Blackman in collaboration with My Pal Foot Foot’s Yuko Kono, who has been living in Melbourne from Japan for the last 9 months or so.

NB: All proceeds from the Chapter showcase will go to the Japan Multicultural Relief Fund to assist the Japan tsunami relief effort.

Weds 27 April – Workers Club, Fitzroy
Twerps, Geoffrey O’Connor and Guy Blackman & Yuko Kono
$10 on the door

Primitive Calculators single launch!

April 11th, 2011

CalcsSlugLaunchFitzroy Synth-punk legends Primitive Calcuators recently released a 7″ on Canada’s Sweet Rot Records, featuring three different versions of their signature track Pumping Ugly Muscle – one a previously unreleased rehearsal recording from 1979, one a reunion-era live version from 2009, and one a cover version by Brisbane gloom-punks Slug Guts.

Now Prim Calcs and Slug Guts are teaming up to launch the single in Melbourne at the Tote Hotel on Thursday April 14, with support from Lost Animal and Repairs.

Primitive Calculators single launch

Thursday April 14, 8pm

Tote Hotel, Collingwood

with Slug Guts, Lost Animal, Repairs

tickets $12 on the door

singles available on the night!