Bill Callahan’s ‘Dream River’ 5 stars in Mojo September 17th 2013 By Aaron

Bill Callahan’s ‘Dream River’ 5 stars in Mojo

“So plain as to be deceptive, Callahan’s lyrics possess an odd koan-like quality, perfectly complemented on Dream River by his musicians’ strange, echoing accompaniments.” MOJO 

 

Palms & Okkervil River – new albums out now August 29th 2013 By brooke

Palms & Okkervil River – new albums out now

It’s a big day coming!! No not Yo La Tengo. we’ve got 2 huge releases out now from Palms (Step Brothers) and Okkervil River (The Silver Gymnasium). To celebrate Palms have announced launches in Oct in Melbourne (Thu 3 – Grace Darling) Brisbane (Fri 4 – Black Bear) and Sydney (Sat 5 Brighton Up). Okkervil RIver havent announced an Australian tour yet BUT instead have put together a video game for you to play at www.thesilvergymnasium.com

Spunk v Hand Games//// Big Sound Party August 22nd 2013 By Aaron

Spunk v Hand Games//// Big Sound Party

Spunk and Hand Games are throwing the biggest Big Sound pre party this year with a total of 9 bands on one night, on one stage. Insane. Taking place at Alhambra Lounge Tues Sept 10 are a cross over of Spunk fresh signings (Shining Bird, Kieran Ryan, Ocean Party etc), a few of the most entertaining mainstayers at the Hand Games shows over the past year (Mining Boom, Bad//Dreems, Black Vacation), new kids from Bedroom Suck – Full Ugly and the newest addition to the Hand Games roster, Fascinator.  9 of the best upcoming bands in Australia for only $12 (or free with a big sound pass) bloody radical.
It is the only Brisbane show for most of the lineup, except for Bored Nothing, Mining Boom & Bad//Dreems who are also showcasing at Big Sound.
Please note. Big Sound gig passes will be excepted for this show. For public tickets are available from Oztix for $12.
Mac Demarco announces side shows August 22nd 2013 By Aaron

Mac Demarco announces side shows

Mac Demarco has announced his meredith side shows this morn. excited? you should be! they are co-headline shows with the twerps.
WEDNESDAY 11TH – The Corner Hotel – MEL
THURSDAY 12TH – The Standard – SYD
SATURDAY 14TH – Meredith Music Festival
WEDNESDAY 18TH – The Zoo – BRISBANE
THURSDAY 19TH – The Bakery – PERTH

Ty Segall ‘Sleeper’ Out today! August 22nd 2013 By Aaron

Ty Segall ‘Sleeper’ Out today!

Ty Segall’s first album for 2013 ‘Sleeper’ was released today! Pitchfork just reviewed it. http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/18398-ty-segall-sleeper/  You can buy it now on I tunes or on CD from your favourite shop. Or maybe even from our shop http://shop.spunk.com.au. Loving the songs and the pace of the songs. Artwork is a ripper too!

 

Active Child announces Melbourne Festival show; new EP ‘Rapor’ August 14th 2013 By admin

Active Child announces Melbourne Festival show; new EP ‘Rapor’

Active Child, the musical endeavor of Pat Grossi, is pleased to announce his return to Australia; appearing at the Melbourne Festival on Friday October 25.

After releasing the critically acclaimed debut album, You Are All I See in 2011 Active Child hit the road for two non stop years of US and European headline tours, shared stages with the likes of M83, and multiple festival stops including Hove Festival, Montreaux Jazz, and St Jerome’s Laneway Festival. Following this international run, Grossi returned to his home studio, Rapor, in Los Angeles with a new inspiration and vision for his next release.

“Being on the road for that long was exhausting, frustrating at times, but it was occasionally highlighted with the most profound outpouring of emotion. There is no way to really explain the feeling of a complete stranger coming up to you after a show, wrapping their arms around you and sobbing uncontrollably. It was in those moments that I realized where I fit in, I guess you could say I found my place as an artist. And it pushed me further than I ever thought I could go.”

After spending a year at home writing, Grossi is ready to release a new body of work titled after his mountaintop studio, Rapor. The opening track, entitled ‘She Cut Me’, can be heard here: https://soundcloud.com/active-child/she-cut-me

Tickets available from the venue: http://www.melbournerecital.com.au/

The Ocean Party announce new album Split; new single; September tour August 11th 2013 By admin

The Ocean Party announce new album Split; new single; September tour

Exciting news: Spunk welcomes Melbourne outfit The Ocean Party to the label family.  New LP Split is out on Friday 27th September.  New single ‘Split’ is out now (stream below).

Album tracklisting:
01. Quarter Life
02. Split
03. Found Out
04. Every Decision
05. Grass Cuts
06. Chinese Takeaway
07. Race On
08. Got It Wrong
09. Straight Faced
10. Water
11. Something Stupid
12. Outside

September tour dates:
Tuesday 10th Brisbane @ Allhambra Lounge
W/ Kieran Ryan, Mining Boom, Bored Nothing, Shining Bird
Spunk Showcase

Friday 13th Sydney @ the Friend In Hand
W/ King Tears Mortuary, Adults and Mope City

Saturday 21st  Melbourne @ Yah Yahs
W/ The Ancients, Great Outdoors and Melbourne Cans

soundcloud

 

New Ty Segall & Okkervil River albums this month! August 2nd 2013 By Aaron

New Ty Segall & Okkervil River albums this month!

Ty Segall – Sleeper, out  August 20  After famously releasing three records in 2012, Ty Segall passed the first half of 2013 without releasing a single album. Incredible! Thankfully, Sleeper is out on the 20th August. Now all we need is a tour. Can anyone help with this?

Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium, out August 30 We’re thrilled to welcome the folk-rockers back into the Spunk family, after previously releasing their acclaimed records The Stage Names and The Stand Ins. The songs of The Silver Gymnasium are centred on the isolated hamlet of Meriden, NH; the childhood home of bandleader Will Sheff. This is Okkervil River’s most autobiographical record yet, as Sheff recounts adolescent struggles and sleepy small town life.