New album & tour for Mac Demarco August 2nd 2015 By Aaron

New album & tour for Mac Demarco

Fresh from slaying his rabid Australian fanbase at Laneway Festival and multiple sold out sideshows, with his incomparable mother Agnes in tow to MC, Mac DeMarco is back for the Falls festivals in Marion Bay, Lorne and Byron Bay. Hopefully some side shows too!
Don’t forget the mini album ‘Another One’ is out this friday too. Conceived and recorded entirely by himself in a short period between a relentless tour schedule at his new place in Far Rockaway, Queens, Another One is eight, freshly written songs, expanding the arsenal of Mac’s already impressive catalogue. There’s a bittersweet, romantic sensibility present. The overall feeling is lost love, or perhaps love never found, yet Mac embraces this without making it an overly somber experience for the listener. It’s at times haunting and warm, and a bit more refined and sophisticated, but still plenty playful, retaining the guts and soul of classic Mac.

Jason Isbell ‘Something More Than Free’ out now July 23rd 2015 By Aaron

Jason Isbell ‘Something More Than Free’ out now

Jason Isbell’s ‘Something More Than Free’ is available now. Reviews are pouring in from around the globe (the record sits at an amazing 87 on metacritic!). The Uncut review says ‘Something More Than Free finds Isbell sounding surer of himself, as a songwriter and a man’. Paste magazine ‘Isbell’s increasing skill as a storyteller, and the natural affinity he has for melody, combine to make Something More Than Free a masterful piece of work.’ Finally one from Consequence of Sound; ‘Navigating between crestfallen country ballads and rollicking rockers, Something More Than Free showcases Isbell’s musical diversity without sacrificing a pinch of lyrical precision.

You can purchase the CD for $12 from http://shop.spunk.com.au/product/jason-isbell-something-more-than-free or from I tunes https://itunes.apple.com/au/album/something-more-than-free/id1012750261

Spunk Dj set plus latest tour dates July 15th 2015 By Aaron

Spunk Dj set plus latest tour dates

I Oh You are hosting a Versus DJ night at The Lord Gladstone in Chippendale next Saturday July 25th. Rice is Nice Djs and Spunk DJs will be battling toe to toe. Our first track is going to be Grave Architecture by Pavement. Hope they are ready to follow up! Should be fun. Kicks off at 10pm. Please Note *this is our first (and probably last) DJ set!

On the tour front the Ocean Party, Nadia Reid and Aldous Harding all have tours coming up. The Ocean party are in Sydney next friday at Vic On The Park (go before spunk dj bash) and Sat 1st of August at Shadow Electric Ballroom in Melbourne. Talking Melbourne Nadia Reid performs 2 shows, Fri 31 July at Old Bar and Sat 1 August at the Grace Darling. Finally Aldous Harding kicks off an east coast tour in August. Dates below.

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Gold Class & the Ocean Party release new single’s July 15th 2015 By Aaron

Gold Class & the Ocean Party release new single’s

Surprise! Guess work is the Ocean Party’s first new material for 2015 and we couldn’t be happier.  It builds sonically from last years full length ‘Soft Focus’.  For the first time the band have recorded in a studio with John Lee (Lost Animal, Love of Diagrams) at the helm. The single is available on i tunes now and available to stream https://soundcloud.com/theoceanparty/guess-work  The band have the following shows over the next month. Sydney – Saturday 25th of July – Vic on the park – w/Beef Jerk Melbourne Saturday 1st of August – the Shadow Electric Bandroom

We welcome Melbourne’s Gold Class to the label. the band’s first official single ‘Life As a Gun’ has just been released. Listen to it https://goldclass.bandcamp.com  Album details and artwork coming soon.

 

 

Active Child’s new album Mercy – out now June 15th 2015 By Aaron

Active Child’s new album Mercy – out now

Active Child’s highly anticipated sophomore release, Mercy, will be released locally on June 12th via Spunk Records. Active Child recently premiered a new single off the album, entitled ‘Stranger.’ The track bears “pillowy synths, gorgeous falsetto, unexpected swathes of harp – but it pulses with tension and intrigue.” (Stereogum).
Serving as a follow up to 2011’s critically acclaimed LP, You Are All I See, and 2013’s Rapor EP, Mercy showcases Grossi’s raw, honest, and incredible vocals like never before.  “On Mercy I wanted to feel new again in my own music. It’s been four years since my last full-length album and I wanted these songs to reflect my growth as an artist over that time. And I wanted my voice to be heard, and not just felt,” says Grossi.
Produced and recorded in Brooklyn with Van Rivers (Blonde Redhead, Fever Ray) the ten-track LP is a collection of love songs, each shining a different light on the subject. “This album more than previous releases feels like more of a collaboration between the producer and I. His fingerprints are all over these songs and he really pushed me vocally, more than anyone has before.”
Stream/embed ‘Stranger’ here.

Welcome New Gum Sarn, hear first single + tour dates below June 15th 2015 By Aaron

Welcome New Gum Sarn, hear first single + tour dates below

New Gum Sarm features Sophia Lawler-Dormer on drums, Dave Weir on bass, Durham Fenwick on guitar and Oscar Dowling on vocals & guitar.  Fenwick and Dowling started writing songs together two years ago, shortly after moving South to Auckland city. After Dave and Sophia fleshed the songs out, the band borrowed two van loads of gear from a variety of friends and recorded the album live over a weekend in Puhoi with Oscar’s brother Sam Hamilton, a longtime Auckland artist. The album was mixed in both Portland, Oregon and Auckland. Most of the guitar parts were written by Dowling or Fenwick. Dowling wrote the riff for the first single ‘Money Talks’ while traveling in France at 18. ‘Anxiety Nap’ was a piano piece Dowling was working on around the same time and when the band started jamming he took the right hand and Durham took the left hand.  Originally called Small Boys, the band changed their name to New Gum Sarn last year. They are named after a supermarket just off K Road in Auckland. It means “New Gold Mountain”, which is what Chinese immigrants called New Zealand when they came to New Zealand during the goldrush.
Dowling also releases music under his own name, while Weir and Durham play in another band The Nightshades. Inspiration for the record comes from long term heroes Television, Velvet Underground, The Modern Lovers, Neil Young and Talk Talk and NZ/AUS artists Seth Frightening, Sharpie Crows, Rowland S. Howard, and East Brunswick All Girls Choir.
NEW GOLD MOUNTAIN TOUR
New Zealand Dates
Thursday 2nd July at Whammy Bar, Auckland
Friday 17th July at The Darkroom, Christchurch
Sat 18th July at The Sherwood, Queenstown
Thursday 23rd July at Chicks Hotel, Port Chalmers
Friday 24th July at Eyegum Music Collective, Wellington
Saturday 25th July at Moon, Wellington
Saturday 1st August at Winecellar, Auckland
The Weather Station’s Loyalty hits stores! June 15th 2015 By Aaron

The Weather Station’s Loyalty hits stores!

“The Weather Station is about to drop the best folk album of the year.” The Fader
“Stunningly beautiful.” The Guardian
“She’s a singer with an unmistakable and communicative voice, able to convey hope and hurt with equal clarity.” Pitchfork
“The resulting vignettes are intimate and charming.” Stereogum
In excess virtue lies danger, or at least limits to pragmatic action – it’s a lesson hard learned by anyone disillusioned by the erosion of youthful mythologies. Strict fealty to a fixed ideal of identity doesn’t do us any favours as adults. Loyalty, the third and finest album yet by The Weather Station (and the first for Spunk Records) wrestles with these knotty notions of faithfulness/faithlessness – to our idealism, our constructs of character, our memories, and to our family, friends, and lovers – representing a bold step forward into new sonic and psychological inscapes. It’s a natural progression for Toronto artist Tamara Lindeman’s acclaimed songwriting practice. Recorded at La Frette Studios just outside Paris in the winter of 2014, in close collaboration with Afie Jurvanen (Bahamas) and Robbie Lackritz (Feist), the record crystallises her lapidary songcraft into eleven emotionally charged vignettes and intimate portraits, redolent of fellow Canadians Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and David Wiffen, but utterly her own.
Beyond the decaying decadence and vintage gear, the brokedown palace atmosphere of La Frette afforded a more significant interior luxury as well, one stated with brutal honesty in the stunning ‘Shy Women’: “it seemed to me that luxury would be to be not so ashamed, not to look away.” Accordingly, Loyalty brings a freshly unflinching self-examining gaze and emotional and musical control to The Weather Station’s songs. She is an extraordinary singer and instrumentalist – on Loyalty she plays guitar, banjo, keys, and vibes – but Lindeman has always been a songwriter’s songwriter, recognized for her intricate, carefully worded verse, filled with double meanings, ambiguities, and complex metaphors. Though more moving than ever, her writing here is almost clinical in its discipline, its deliberate wording and exacting delivery, evoking similarly idiosyncratic songsters from Linda Perhacs to Bill Callahan.
To invoke Herman Melville, “extreme loyalty to the piety of love” can be a destabilizing force, a kind of bondage from which we must emancipate ourselves. The line is from his strange masterpiece Pierre, or the Ambiguities; The Weather Station’s Loyalty could quite easily support the same subtitle for the fascinating ways it navigates the deep canyons between certainty and uncertainty, faith and doubt.
Alex G’s Trick out July 3. June 1st 2015 By Aaron

Alex G’s Trick out July 3.

Spunk Records is thrilled to release Trick, the latest album by the Philadelphia-based songwriter Alex Giannascoli, more commonly known as Alex G. Trick follows on the acclaimed heels of the June 2014 release of Alex’s fifth album, DSUTrick is due out on July 3rd. A new bonus track, ‘Sarah’, is streaming and available for download right now.  Listen to ‘Sarah’ here.
In their extensive profile, The FADER, wrote that Alex G is “the type of artist to make a person go all Garden State”, a fact solidified with the often enrapt audiences hushedly singing along word-by-word to album track ‘Change’. Alex himself acknowledges that this song, like much of his repertoire, “resonates with a lot of people, probably because the lyrics deal with growing away from people you love.. something that everyone experiences.” Listen to ‘Change’ here.
Trick continues to showcase a prodigious song-writing talent, reaffirming that Alex G is one of the most promising and prolific American musicians today