Twerps SXSW dates!

March 9th, 2011

Having already hit the motels of Los Angeles, and just a week to go until they hit Austin, Texas, it’s time to announce a few of Twerps’ SXSW shows, with perhaps even more to be announced closer to the date!

Thursday Mar 17, Whole Foods Market, 12pm (acoustic show)

Friday Mar 18, WNYU Party, Demi-Dog House (206 Dunlap St, Austin), 5pm

Saturday Mar 19, Maggie Mae’s, 12pm (Aussie BBQ)

Saturday Mar 19, Black & Tan, 7.30pm (official showcase/Cake Shop party)

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Pikelet’s upcoming shows!

February 22nd, 2011


Not so surprisingly, after their recent nomination for the 2010 Australian Music Prize, Melbourne pop psych wonders Pikelet are currently in hot demand.

This Saturday the band play a one-off show at the Famous Spiegel Garden in Melbourne. Then they  head up to Sydney for the AMP Alive Shortlist Showcase on Weds March 2, alongside fellow nominees the Holidays and Richard In Your Mind. They will also appear the following night at the AMP winner announcement party (cross your fingers for us!). And now Pikelet have announced a double headline show for Saturday March 19 at Melbourne’s Toff In Town, with ascendant chanteuse Brous.

It’s been a big 12 months for Pikelet and the band’s dazzling frontispiece Evelyn Morris. Whether it’s Pikelet supporting bands like Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Broadcast and the Dirty Projectors, or Evelyn touring Australia in Clare Bowditch’s band supporting Leonard Cohen, or drumming for Japanese noise icons Boredoms, neither have stopped moving. This show will be one of the Pikelet band’s last Melbourne appearances before heading away to work on their next album.

So here’s a list of Pikelet’s upcoming shows:

Saturday Feb 26, 10.30pm Melbourne – Famous Spiegel Garden, Southbank

tickets $15+bf from

Wednesday March 2, 6.30pm Sydney – Annandale Hotel, Annandale

AMP Alive Shortlist Showcase, with the Holidays and Richard In Your Mind

tickets $16+bf from

Saturday March 19, 8.30pm Melbourne – Toff In Town, city

with Brous- tickets $10 on the door

Twerps – SXSW and US tour!

February 15th, 2011
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(photo by Angaline Atkins)

Loveable lo-fi foursome Twerps from Melbourne, Australia are heading to the States for their first ever US tour, at the invitation of Austin industry megafest South By Southwest. Their trip also coincides with two new singles released on hip-to-the-minute Stateside labels Olde English Spelling Bee and Underwater Peoples.

As well as Austin, the band will be taking in shows around the nation with the likes of Big Troubles, Wet Hair, Family Portrait, Wounded Lion, Royal Baths and Medication.

Here are their dates so far (with more still to be announced):

Weds March 9 – Tin Can Ale House, San Diego (with Dreamboat and Dog Day)

Fri March 11 – KXSC live to air, Los Angeles, 1pm

Fri March 11 – Pehrspace, Los Angeles (with Wounded Lion, Green Green and Cold Showers)

Sat March 12 – Origami Vinyl instore, Los Angeles, 7pm

Sun March 13 – Hemlock Tavern, San Francisco (with Royal Baths and Lilac)

March 15-20 – SXSW, Austin

Weds March 23 – Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn (with Family Portrait, La Big Vic and Family Trees)

Thurs March 24 – Cake Shop, New York (with Big Troubles and The Hairs)

Sat March 26 – Younglove’s, Philadelphia (with Big Troubles and Family Portrait)

Tues March 29 – Cafe Nine, New Haven (with Medication and Estrogen Highs)

Weds March 30 – Blue Triangle Loft, Boston (with Fucs)

Tues Apr 5 – Pittsburgh(with Wet Hair)

Weds Apr 6 – Cleveland (with Wet Hair)

Thus April 7 – Chicago (with Wet Hair)

Fri April 8 – Medusa, Minneapolis (with Wet Hair and Velvet Davenport)

Sat April 9 – Iowa City (with Wet Hair)

In Australia the band have played with the likes of Deerhunter, Thee Oh Sees, Black Lips, Yo La Tengo and the Go-Betweens’ Robert Forster (pictured with the band above).

Their 2009 debut EP was released on cassette by US label Night People, and on now sold-out vinyl in Australia by Chapter Music, while the band just released their own limited edition vinyl split single with local Melbourne buddies The Ancients.

Chapter Music is currently offering a free download of Twerps’ track “Bullies”, as heard on the Ancients split single, from the “Music” tab of our Facebook page.

Underwater peoples will release their Twerps single Black Eyes on March 8 to coincide with the band’s US tour, while Olde English Spelling Bee’s single She Didn’t Know is scheduled for a later March release. The two singles have matching cover art that, when combined, forms an even bigger picture, by Melboune artist Matlok Griffiths.

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Pikelet nominated for Australian Music Prize!

February 11th, 2011

(photo by Lauren Bamford)

In a ceremony held last week at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne psych pop wonders Pikelet were shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize for their second album Stem (Love+Mercy/Chapter Music, through Shock Distribution).

Recorded in Melbourne with Chicago-expat producer Casey Rice (Tortoise, Liz Phair, Ben Lee), Stem was hugely acclaimed upon release in February 2010, receiving Album of the Week accolades, national playlisting for lead track Weakest Link and press adoration for the album’s cosmic pop stylings. It was a long way from Pikelet’s beginnings as a solo project for Evelyn Morris, originally a hardcore drummer in outfits such as Baseball and True Radical Miracle, who started Pikelet as a melodic, loop-driven palette cleanser in 2006. Stem’s expressive full band arrangements, featuring the talents of Shags Chamberlain, Matthew Cox and Tarquin Manek, reveal Pikelet to be one of Australia’s brightest pop talents.

As international support act du jour, Pikelet has performed with the likes of Devendra Banhart, Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, Goldfrapp, Dirty Projectors, Broadcast and Kaki King, as well as appearing at festivals including Golden Plains and Laneway. In solo mode, Evelyn has toured internationally with Jens Lekman, Jeffrey Lewis and Bachelorette, and is set to return to the US in mid-2011.

In late 2010, Evelyn joined Clare Bowditch’s live band as drummer when she supported Leonard Cohen, sharing chartered jets with Mr Cohen around Australia during his recent national tour. She also drummed for Japanese noise legends the Boredoms at the Melbourne International Arts Festival, as well as performing her own Pikelet show for MIAF. This January she joined the festivities at Hobart’s renowned MONA FOMA event.

Upcoming Pikelet live shows:

Saturday February 26, Famous Spiegeltent, Southbank VIC (tickets here)

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Twerps with Robert Forster!

February 1st, 2011


Chapter’s loveable Twerps played a great show supporting the amazing Robert Forster of the Go-Betweens last night! Check out a video of them backing Robert on Surfing Magazines here!

Chapter Music Christmas Sale!

November 30th, 2010



Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho!

For a limited time, namely December 1 to December 20, Chapter Music is reducing its CD prices to a very festive $15AUD, including postage anywhere in the world! Double CDs are reduced to the almost laughable price of $20!

CDs make the perfect Christmas gift – light, inexpensive and best of all, they contain music! What’s more, if they’re Chapter Music CDs, they contain really great music!

So put on a santa hat and start shopping, via Chapter’s snazzy Paypal webstore

We’ll send everything out as soon as the orders come in, to make sure you get them in time for Chrissy (unless you order from somewhere like Latvia on Dec 20th, then we can’t promise you anything).

And a merry Christmas to all…


November 8th, 2010

Fresh from their sold out show supporting Japanese heroes the Boredoms, relocated Canberra freakazoids Bum Creek are getting hungry! Their debut album AL has just come out on limited edition vinyl from Chapter Music, and to celebrate, the improvised noise idiot savants are putting on a lunchtime spread!

So come lunch with Bum Creek and friends the Ancients, Collapsed Toilet Vietnam, Anthony Pateras, Matthew Brown and Northlands on Saturday afternoon, November 20 at the Tote Hotel. There’ll be a BUM BQ with sausages and vegie options, limited edition Bum cupcakes and more, including sounds selected by DJ Shags and DJ Twin Twin, and interior decoration by Frommer and Wotherspoon.

The finer details are as follows:


Saturday November 20, 12pm – 5.30pm

Tote Hotel, Collingwood

with the Ancients, Collapsed Toilet Vietnam, Anthony Pateras, Matthew Brown and Northlands, DJ shags, DJ Twin Twin

tickets $10 on the door

Playing times for Chapter/Underwater Peoples CMJ showcase tonight!

October 22nd, 2010

Here’s the lineup for tonight (Thurs Oct 21) at Glasslands Gallery (289 Kent Ave, Williamsburg), hope you can make it!

9:00 Guy Blackman

9:45 La Big Vic

10:30 Fabulous Diamonds

11:15 Air Waves

12:00 Crayon Fields

12:45 Andrew Cedermark

Chapter Music/Underwater Peoples CMJ showcase!

October 6th, 2010


Chapter Music is headed to New York for its first ever official showcase at CMJ, held in conjunction with awesome New Jersey label Underwater Peoples.

Chapter’s prize ponies Crayon Fields and Fabulous Diamonds, plus label founder Guy Blackman, are all playing at the showcase, along with Underwater Peoples stars Andrew Cedermark, Air Waves and La Big Vic.

To get everyone excited, Chapter and UPs have compiled a free download compilation, including exclusive tracks from Guy Blackman, Andrew Cedermark and Air Waves. Check it out

Here are all the details in stark, bullet form:

Chapter Music/Underwater Peoples CMJ showcase

Andrew Cedermark, Air Waves, Crayon Fields, Fabulous Diamonds, La Big Vic and Guy Blackman

Glasslands Gallery (289 Kent Ave, Brooklyn)

Thursday, October 21, 8pm, $5.00


1. Will Not Compete by Andrew Cedermark is off his album Moon Deluxe, this is the first time it’s been made available in any capacity besides purchasing the album.

2. Knockout by Air Waves is off the upcoming LP Dungeon Dots, this is the first time it’s been made available in any capacity. Sneak preview of our next LP.

3. Private Time is a previously unreleased Guy Blackman track, a demo from his forthcoming 2nd album.

4. Crayon Fields are about to tour the United States, their dates can be found here

5. Fabulous Diamonds will also be touring the US after the CMJ showcase, their dates can be found here

Fabulous Diamonds US tour

October 6th, 2010


“Pounding drums and an intoxicating organ drone closing upon you like the wings of the night” – 20 Jazz Funk Greats

After wowing the world with their sensual hypno-jam second album Fabulous Diamonds II, Melbourne duo Fabulous Diamonds are taking off for a Stateswide tour with another two piece, high mystique NYC lo-fi love-rock duo Pigeons.

Plus they’re also playing Chapter Music’s official CMJ showcase in New York, organised in conjunction with awesome New Jersey label Underwater Peoples, alongside Crayon Fields, Guy Blackman and Underwater Peoples bands Andrew Cedermark, Air Waves and La Big Vic.

Released in June by Chapter Music, with a vinyl version emerging in August on Philadelphia label Siltbreeze, Fabulous Diamonds II put a stop to the band’s usual habit of posting bad reviews on their Myspace, simply because the international flood of reviews were embarrassingly positive.



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Chapter Music/Underwater Peoples CMJ showcase

with Crayon Fields, Andrew Cedermark, Air Waves, Guy Blackman and La Big Vic

all dates below with Pigeons


Union Pool, Brooklyn

with ElectroPutas



with Wet Hair and Running


CLUB MED, Minneapolis, MN

with Wet Hair & Robust Worlds


HEXAGON BAR, Minneapolis,MN

with Leisure Birds, Brute Heart


THE BUSINESS RECORDS (instore), Anacortes, WA



with Lori Goldston & Jaison Scott, Unfair Parents



with Donovan Quinn & the 13th Month


ECHO CURIO, Los Angeles, CA

with Donovan Quinn (solo)



with Eddie Detroit



plus more US tour dates still to be announced!