Wagons ‘Acid Rain & Sugar Cane’ plus tour dates May 15th 2014 By Aaron

Wagons ‘Acid Rain & Sugar Cane’ plus tour dates

Wagons new album Acid Rain and Sugar Cane has just been released. The reviews are coming in thick and fast and we are very pleased!
“It’s sublime songwriting, and a surprising conclusion to an unforgettable trip.” – Stack  (4.5 stars)

“With Acid Rain And Sugar Cane we’re gifted an absolutely stunning body of music.” – The Music (4.5 stars)

Key tracks: ‘Why Do You Always Cry’ and ‘Beer Barrel Bar’ – Rolling Stone (4 stars)
Remember the boys are heading out on the road this May/June:
Thurs May 22 – Pirie & Co, Adelaide SA

Fri May 23 – Fly By Night, Fremantle WA
Sat May 31 – Republic Bar, Hobart TAS

Fri June 6 – Barwon Club, Geelong VIC

Sat June 7 – The HiFi, Melbourne VIC

Sun June 8 – Karova Lounge, Ballarat VIC
Thurs June 12 – The Abbey, Canberra ACT
Fri June 13 – Rad , Wollongong NSW
Sat June 14 – Factory Theatre, Sydney NSW
Sun June 15 – Lizottes, Newcastle NSW
Fri June 20 – The Zoo, Brisbane QLD

Sat June 21 – Railway Hotel, Darwin NT

Tiny Ruins ‘Brightly Painted One’ out now!! April 27th 2014 By Aaron

Tiny Ruins ‘Brightly Painted One’ out now!!

Tiny Ruins  second album, Brightly Painted One, is out now. 

A new track ‘Ballad of the Hanging Parcel’ was recently featured on NPR’s influential All Things Considered show in US. The show and track are here:
http://www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2014/03/25/293900626/new-mix-the-black-keys-swans-metronomy-more

 The opening track ‘Me At the Musuem, You In The Wintergardens’ can be heard here:
https://soundcloud.com/bella-union/tiny-ruins-me-at-the-museum Order the album on LP and CD from http://shop.spunk.com.au

ERNEST ELLIS + SHINING BIRD Co-headline tour starts this week! April 27th 2014 By Aaron

ERNEST ELLIS + SHINING BIRD Co-headline tour starts this week!

After releasing two of the best local albums in the past year, Sydney’s Ernest Ellis and Austinmer’s Shining Bird will be heading out on a short co-headline tour in May/June 2014. These shows look set to bring a perfect measure of sleaze and bliss to stages along the east coast, in order to celebrate the respective albums—COLD DESIRE and LEISURE COAST—in style.
 
Ernest Ellis and Shining Bird will host an extra special show in Sydney, combining live performance with an art exhibition.

Following a call out to visual artists for works tied (in any way) to the titles of the two albums—COLD DESIRE and LEISURE COAST, the unique show will take place at St Stephen’s Church Hall, Newtown. Once the artworks are gathered, Ernest Ellis and Shining will host a night on May 17 where the works will be exhibited and the bands will play a set each.
 
COLD DESIRE and LEISURE COAST are available now through all good music retailers.

LIVE DATESFriday 09 May – Workers Club, Melbourne
 Thursday 15 May – Rad Bar, Wollongong**
 Saturday 17 May – St Stephen’s Church Hall, Newtown, Sydney
 Friday 06 June – Commercial Hotel, Milton

We welcome Jason Isbell! April 14th 2014 By Aaron

We welcome Jason Isbell!

Jason Isbell has just arrived in Australia. His show in Sydney on sunday night was exceptional! It included songs from his full catalogue of songs from Sirens of the Ditch (2007), Jason Isbell, The 400 Unit (2009), Here We Rest (2011) and the new album Southeastern. Bernard Zuel’s review of the show is here: http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/music/jason-isbell-and-tift-merritt-review-soulful-duo-put-crunch-into-country-20140414-36mum.html
Here are the remaining tour dates::::
Wednesday April 16         Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
Thursday April 17         Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
Friday April 18                  Boogie Festival, Tallarook, VIC
Saturday April 19                  Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC

Sun Kil Moon ‘Benji’ out now April 2nd 2014 By Aaron

Sun Kil Moon ‘Benji’ out now

We’ve just released Sun Kil Moon’s ‘Benji’ locally. It is shaping up to be on of the most critically acclaimed records of 2014. Some reviews below.
Benji sounds more like Kozelek relating events instead of crafting them, which makes the continuity and reflexivity of the record feel both uncanny and the work of protracted genius.’ 9.2 Pitchfork- Best New Music
‘Benji is brutally sad, which may prove a deal-breaker for anyone who appreciated the comparatively light Among the Leaves, but it never feels gratuitous or exploitative. 9/10 UNCUT
‘Benji contains some of the most evocative songs about mortality and youth that have ever been written’. 9/10 Drowned In Sound

Emma Russack ‘You Changed Me’ April 2nd 2014 By Aaron

Emma Russack ‘You Changed Me’

Emma’s latest album You Changed Me  is out now on LP/CD and digital. buy LP from  (http://shop.spunk.com.au/product/emma-russack-you-changed-me-lp)
You Changed Me spans the years of 2011 to 2013 and is aptly titled. It demonstrates growth, development and complexity, but also represents a significant change in Emma’s life: single for the first time in seven years and experiencing all the fun and excitement in a newly found independence. Tracked over four days in the undulating surrounds of Yowrie on the South Coast, You Changed Me is a deeply introspective and honest narrative of loneliness, exploration and the remnants of lost love. Emma begins her first nation-wide tour next month. It should not be missed. dates  are below. latest single is get back  https://soundcloud.com/spunkrecords/emma-russack-get-back
Friday May 30, BONEY Melbourne
Sunday June 1, MONA Hobart (daytime show)

Sunday June 1, REPUBLIC BAR, Hobart
Wednesday June 18, BLACK BEAR LODGE, Brisbane
Thursday June 19, RAD BAR, Wollongong
Saturday June 21, BRIGHTON UP BAR, Sydney
Friday July 4, HOTEL METRO, Adelaide
Thursday October 9, MOJO’S BAR, Fremantle
Saturday October 11, THE BIRD, Perth

Mac Demarco ‘Salad Days’ out now – PITCHFORK best new music! March 17th 2014 By Aaron

Mac Demarco ‘Salad Days’ out now – PITCHFORK best new music!

As I’m getting older, chip up on my shoulder…” is the opening line from Mac DeMarco’s Salad Days, the follow up to 2012’s lauded Mac DeMarco 2 . Amongst that familiar croon and lilting guitar, that initial line from the title track sets the tone for an LP of a maturing singer/songwriter/producer. Someone strangely self-aware of the positives and negatives of their current situation at the ripe old age of 23.
Written and recorded around a relentless tour schedule (including his much loved Meredith Festival & sold out sideshow appearances), Salad Days gives the listener a very personal insight into what it’s all about to be Mac amidst the craziness of a rising career in a very public format.
The lead single, ‘Passing Out Pieces’ is available here: https://soundcloud.com/capturedtracks/passing-out-pieces
Check out the pitchfork review here. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/19170-mac-demarco-salad-days/

PALMARAMA tour kicks off tonight!!!! February 27th 2014 By Aaron

PALMARAMA tour kicks off tonight!!!!

It’s something both bands have been talking about for a long time but it’s finally happening… Palms and The Gooch Palms are hitting the road together for a big fat national tour from late February all through March. They not only share a common word in their bands’ names, but also a love of touring and great friendship to boot! So it was a no-brainer when they got together to arrange the long awaited PALMARAMA NATIONAL TOUR.
Both Palms and The Gooch Palms released their debut albums in late 2013 (Step Brothers and Novo’srespectively) to rave reviews and played to eager crowds during their album tours. PALMARAMA is shaping up to be an even bigger tour than both bands have done previously with this double headliner stretching the length of Australia and back.

PALMARAMA Tour Poster