New artist: Stolen Violin June 27th 2013 By admin

New artist: Stolen Violin

Stolen Violin is Jordan Ireland.  Known previously for his work with The Middle East, Jordan has been writing and recording his debut as Stolen Violin.

The album is ‘Temperate Touch, Tropical Tears’: a collection of songs which veer from sparse and melodic (‘New Amnesia Skies’) to raw (‘Short Cuts To True Love’ and ‘Floorboards’) via the wild, loose, emotional swing of songs such as ‘Romance At The Petrol Station’ and ‘When They Put It All on Red’.

Recorded mostly on 8-track cassette by Jordan with good friend Jake Core, ‘Temperate Touch, Tropical Tears’ came together inside a suburban Melbourne shed and was completed with the assistance of Machine Translations’ Greg Walker.

Pre-orders for the vinyl are available now.  All those who pre-order vinyl will receive a free digital download upon ordering.

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Welcome Mac DeMarco! June 20th 2013 By admin

Welcome Mac DeMarco!

Spunk is thrilled to announce the Australian release of Mac DeMarco’s acclaimed record 2, as well as the re-release of 2012’s Rock and Roll Night Club.  Both records will be available via Spunk on Friday 9th August.

Mac DeMarco has received props from Pitchfork, NME, The Line of Best Fit, et al, and was one of the most talked-about acts at this year’s SXSW and Great Escape Festival.

Check out Pitchfork’s recent feature on the band’s Primavera appearance here.

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Calexico to play Brisbane Festival June 12th 2013 By admin

Calexico to play Brisbane Festival

Calexico will return to Australia this September to perform at the Brisbane Festival.  These will be the first Australian dates since releasing last year’s acclaimed LP Algiers.

Tuesday 17th September, The Spiegeltent
Wednesday 18th September, The Speigeltent

For more info, see the Brisbane Festival website.

Introducing Shining Bird June 2nd 2013 By admin

Introducing Shining Bird

We welcome southerners and all round dudes SHINING BIRD to the Spunk stable!  ‘Distant Dreaming’ is the EPIC first single from their debut album, due for release this Spring.   For latest SB activities hit their Facebook page.

Watch the clip to ‘Distant Dreaming’ here:

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She & Him new video and Letterman appearance May 26th 2013 By brooke

She & Him new video and Letterman appearance

She & Him’s ‘Volume 3′ has just been released. The album was written by Zooey Deschanel (except for the 2 covers) and produced by M Ward. Yen magazine scored the only interview with Zooey. Read it here.
In other She & Him news (there’s lots)… Zooey directed the new video for ‘I Could Have Been Your Girl’.
Excitingly enough it is here directorial debut too. Watch that here:

The Handsome Family’s “Wilderness” out today! May 13th 2013 By brooke

The Handsome Family’s “Wilderness” out today!

The Handsome Family’s awesome new ninth album “Wilderness” is out today. Mojo’s 4 star review says it’s a “David Attenborough meets Johnny Cash wildlife lesson”. Sounds kooky… but that’s what we love about rennie and brett. Stay tuned for some tour news soon!

Kieran Ryan’s “red eyed bird” film clip May 8th 2013 By brooke

Kieran Ryan’s “red eyed bird” film clip

Kieran Ryan’s album was the feature review in last week’s Spectrum (Sydney morning herald). It says “this very good album deserves attention”. People who loved the storytelling side of Kid Sam will find a lot to enjoy in Kieran’s new songs: the record holds some gorgeous narratives, set to expansive indie with a real Australian feel. The band have just made there first film clip for red eyed birds with local film maker Shannon Winnell. You can watch the clip here.
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Presenting North Arm…Rod from Firekites solo project April 29th 2013 By brooke

Presenting North Arm…Rod from Firekites solo project

Roddy from Newcastle collective Firekites has gone out and made a solo EP under the name North Arm. It’s really impressive too!! Titled “Thought Lines” it includes the sparkling first single “Quietly Lightly” and three other tracks hot off J Walker’s mixing desk! No news of shows from North Arm but in the meantime you can check out the lead single here https://soundcloud.com/spunkrecords/north-arm-quitely-lightly and buy the EP from i tunes.