SONNY & THE SUNSETS NEW ALBUM TALENT NIGHT AT THE ASHRAM
Australia / New Zealand release date: February 20, 2015. CD and 180-gram red vinyl.
Our favourite purveyors of the Californian busted-beach-pop sound Sonny & the Sunsets are back with their latest oddball collection of sounds and stories entitled Talent Night at the Ashram.
A big soup of sonic ideas that wouldn’t normally be glued together, the songs on Talent Night at the Ashram make a large collage that mixes cinematic stories of fringe characters.
Initially envisioned as a film project, each song was originally a short film that, when strung together, formed a feature-length movie. As Sonny Smith was writing the scripts and hiring the actors (even shooting a few of the clips), the scripts began to morph into songs.
Equal parts Fellini and Os Mutantes, Talent Night at the Ashram is cinematic in its storytelling and kaleidoscopic in its mixing and merging of musical genres. Pairing uniquely off-the-wall stories with an ambitious musical scope, we once again find Smith securing his status as one of today’s most arrestingly inventive songwriters.
We are proud to announce Record, the new album by Melbourne electric piano duo Paddy Gordon and Lewis Mulvey AKA Footy.
The follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 debut Mobile Cemetery is a sparser and arguably more challenging beast, foregrounding raw, almost "lo-fi" keyboards recorded without any overdubs or production trickery.
Modal jazz, contemporary classical, experimental pop and various "psych" genres can at times serve as touchstones, but ultimately the sound is all Footy – a literal record of captured fragments of dissolving and emerging sonic moments.
Record will be finding its way into the world on October 31. Pre-order now on CD and vinyl LP!
Footy Record Album Launch
Saturday December 6 — The Tote, Collingwood VIC
With guests The Icypoles + School Girl Report + Guy & Marcus Blackman Experimentation Project
It's with joy that we welcome a beloved member of the Lost and Lonesome extended family to the frontline — Anthony Atkinson has been a close friend and musical collaborator since the mid-90s, playing solo and with his band The Mabels, often alongside fellow Candle Records bands The Simpletons and The Lucksmiths.
Broken Folks is Anthony's new album and, as with his earlier work, displays his uncanny ability to cast new light on everyday lives. The songs, with their roots in the narrative folk/pop tradition (and proudly displaying Anthony’s sociopolitical kinship with Woody Guthrie) would sit comfortably on a mix tape beside The Go-Betweens, The Bats and Paul Kelly.
Broken Folks was produced by Gareth Parton (Lowtide, Foals, Paul Weller) and features polished performances from Anthony's band The Running Mates who were introduced on his previous outing, 2006's Loyalty Songs. Comprising members of The Zebras, Mid-State Orange and The Lucksmiths, the band cook up a formidable sound that ranges from delicate, shimmering, arpeggios and drifting pedal steel to all-out guitar racket.
Broken Folks will be available on CD in all good Australian record stores from October 17, or you can pre-order from us now!
Anthony Atkinson & the Running Mates Broken Folks Album Launch
Saturday October 18 — Gasometer Hotel, Collingwood
With guests Machine Translations + Duke Batavia + Amarillo
Lost And Lonesome welcome exciting young Australian quartet Melbourne Cans to the fray, with their irrepressible vinyl-only debut album Moonlight Malaise, to be released on June 13, 2014.
Working with a broad-stroke love for all things pop, Melbourne Cans soup up the girl group swagger of the Shangri-Las and the Crystals with the guitar-centricities of bands like Pavement, Jesus and Mary Chain and even Chris Isaak.
Lead single ‘Final Flight’ is a rush of C-86 crash pop complete with fiery organs and hyperactive, tremmed-out guitars; led by Ian Wallace’s warbled baritone, the song sounds like the holy union of Edwyn Collins fronting Crystal Stilts.
Moonlight Malaise was recorded and mixed in March 2014 by Morgan McWaters and mastered by Mikey Young.
Melbourne Cans Moonlight Malaise Album Launch
Saturday June 14 — Northcote Social Club
With guests Parading + Totally Mild + Ships Piano
Six years since we last heaped praise on them in a press release, one of our all-time favourite bands The Zebras re-emerge and exhale something that closely resembles a killer album.
Siesta is rich with all the jangle, driving bass and sublime hooks that filled their first two albums and 2008’s New Ways of Risking Our Lives EP, but the new album also heralds a considerable leap ahead in The Zebras’ evolution.
On many tracks, lead-Zeb Jeremy Cole has stepped back from the mic and pushed bassist Edwina Ewins’ vocal to the fore among the album’s high-gloss production.
Officially set for release on June 27, pre-orders are now open for the Siesta CD and vinyl (limited edition black and white zebra stripes!). Please note: this is a co-release — USA customers, hit up our good friends Jigsaw Records in Seattle!
The Zebras Australian album launch dates coming soon...
We're so excited to be working on debut albums from some fantastic bands this year and this one is no exception!
Back in 2011, having graced the 7" shelves with their astonishing 'Underneath Tonight' single, all eyes were on Melbourne shoegaze quartet Lowtide, patiently awaiting their next move.
Now, after what seems an eternity in this age of attention deficiency, our heroes finally have their affairs in order for their triumphant return and the release of their eponymous debut album.
Lowtide, produced by Gareth Parton (The Go! Team, The Breeders, Foals) combines the slow-burning energy and blistering harmony narcosis the band has been subtly refining for the past few years.
The album's first single 'Blue Movie' continues the band's dreampop love affair, Double J's Karen Leng describing it thusly: "Heavily layered guitars, dreamy vocals buried deep, oodles of reverb; it’s a lovely sound."
The Lowtide vinyl LP will be available in Australian shops from July 18. Pre-order from us now and receive your copy nice and early!
LOWTIDE 'BLUE MOVIE' SINGLE LAUNCH
Friday May 23 — Workers Club, Firzroy VIC
w/ The Ocean Party + Hideous Towns
We're excited and proud to announce My World Was Made For You, the debut album from The Icypoles!
Isobel, Kim, Lani and Tara are the Icypoles and they've been around for a few years now, wistfully harmonising at all the classy joints in Melbourne and surrounds, spreading the word with their earnest, understated tales of newfound crushes and stifled relationships.
Wrapped up in gentle guitar strums, 'sixties bass tones and primary school percussion, My World Was Made For You was expertly produced by Haima Marriott (Architecture in Helsinki, Still Flyin') and emits a slow-burning warm glow that belies its debut album status.
Pre-order My World Was Made For You now on CD and/or vinyl and it will be shipped to you much earlier than the release date of Friday May 2. Customers in the US and Europe, please visit Highline Records and if you're in New Zealand, drop Lil' Chief a line!
The Icypoles perform songs from My World Was Made For You plus other favourites on a cosy Sunday afternoon at the sparkly new Shebeen bandroom in Melbourne, with very special guests Lehmann B. Smith and Easy Money Club!
Hot on the heels of the new vinyl edition of The Lucksmiths' Warmer Corners album of 2005, we are excited to announce the spankin' new bumper best-of CD Cartography For Beginners!
With cover artwork by Mia Schoen (Sleepy Township, New Estate) and liner notes by good friend and longtime co-conspirator Darren Hanlon, Cartography For Beginners compiles 35 gems from The Lucksmiths' behemoth back catalog and is a perfect introduction to the Lucksmiths novice and a ramble down memory lane for old fans who may have lost their treasured Lucksmiths CD on a summer road trip sometime in the late-90s.
Please note, this is a co-release with ace US label Matinée Recordings, so American customers, please drop Jimmy a line and say hi from us!
It’s hard to believe that it’s four years since The Lucksmiths said their goodbyes — harder still that it’s twenty since they introduced themselves in the first place. To mark the occasion, Lost And Lonsesome have teamed up with ol' mates Matinée Recordings of California to announce the first-ever release on glorious 12-inch vinyl of the band’s career-defining 2005 album Warmer Corners.
Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies worldwide, the vinyl edition of Warmer Corners (complete with download codes for the full album) will be available in all good Australian record shops from November 29.
Or why not visit the merchandise table at the official launch at the Lost And Lonesome 15th birthday party (see post below) and score yourself a bargain priced copy, along with some other fabulous — and highly reduced — items!
OUR 15TH BIRTHDAY AT MELBOURNE MUSIC WEEK!
Saturday, November 23, 1pm–11pm
Arts House (Meat Market)
5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne
Tickets are $22 plus booking fee. Go get them here!
Co-presented by Melbourne Music Week, the lavish affair is to be held in the historic cobble-stoned confines of North Melbourne's Meat Market and will feature performances from this staggering line-up of old, new and in-between bands from the L&L roster (listed here in an alphabetical fashion):
BART & FRIENDS
CAPTAIN COACH (EX-BANK HOLIDAYS)
LAST LEAVES (EX-LUCKSMITHS)
THE SUBLETS (EX-FRED ASTEREO)
WIND CHEATERS (EX-FOOTS)
The bar will be flowing with all kinds of wacky cocktails and party eats, so prepare for a full day of messy celebration! The merch table will be laden with heavily discounted L&L goodies, while DJ Dick Nott (of Polyester Records and beyond) will be spinning all the hippest tunes of today, tomorrow and the next day.
!!!Please come celebrate with us!!!
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Here it is — the debut "solo" album from former Lucksmiths bassist Mark Monnone!
Since the break-up of The Lucksmiths in 2009, Mark has played bass on albums for Sally Seltmann, Geoffrey O’Connor, Bart & Friends and Still Flyin’ and has now stepped out as Monnone Alone, armed with a jangling, chiming guitar and a stockpile of straight shooting pop tunes.
Together At Last is a collection of ten of these tunes, recorded by Gary Olson of The Ladybug Transistor at his studio in Brooklyn. The album finds Monnone not so alone, working with members of Architecture in Helsinki, Your Wedding Night, Crystal Stilts and The Clean.
Here we see Mark getting a little boaty on first single 'The Business World'...
Together At Last is available on CD and vinyl LP in all good record stores the world over via Fuse/Darla/Kudos distribution, with our amici fantastici at Italian label We Were Never Being Boring doing their own special release. Also, look out for the cassette version soon on Neotomic Records of NYC!
Don't miss Monnone Alone at one of these launch shows:
Hobart — Fri, May 31 at The Grand Poobah
w/ The Anthony Rochesters + International Dragon + Brent McMullen
Melbourne — Sat, June 1 at The Tote
w/ The Harpoons + The Sublets + Tim Richmond
Canberra — Fri, June 7 at Smiths Alternative Bookshop
w/ Waterford + Mikey Shanahan
Mobile Cemetery is the mighty debut LP from Melbourne's Footy. If you're unfamiliar with this band, here's the scoop: Footy are Lewis and Paddy, two debonair knockabouts each with an electric piano, making mostly instrumental, largely improvised, minimally fancy, altogether beautiful music.
Footy are influenced equally by underground pop, the cerebral jazz of Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and other ECM alumni, and the clean, driving Kraut-rock of Neu! and Cluster.
Mobile Cemetery was inspired by restless, meandering drives through the industrial fringe suburbs of Melbourne’s "mid-west". This is a nuanced and exploratory album, thematically cohesive and even "conceptual", highlighting the considered nature and breadth of ambition of this unique band.
Look for Footy's Mobile Cemetery on CD at your favourite Australian record store from Friday, May 3, or order from us right now! The vinyl LP should be in stock by late-May.
Footy launch Mobile Cemetery at Northcote Social Club on Sunday, May 12 with guests Pearls, Mad Nanna and The Backstabbers. Other interstate shows to be announced soon.
We proudly welcome Noah Symons AKA Great Earthquake to Rancho L&L for the release of his second album Mind Maps, due out on April 19.
Stretching the one-man-band approach a few kms beyond the knee-cymbal / kazoo-necklace variety, Great Earthquake layer up golden melodies on guitars, glockenspiels, piano accordions and voice, then toss in some sounds from the natural world, and send the whole thing cascading through a tribal spin cycle, resulting in a wild serotonin-inducing joyride.
Also to be found drumming with former Lucksmiths members in Last Leaves as well as with minimal punk-jazz duo Light Lions, Noah hails from the Dandenong Ranges, east of Melbourne, and Mind Maps was indeed recorded in an old shack in these very hills.
The video for the track 'Do.Make' beautifully evokes the imagery of these environs.
Mind Maps is available to pre-order from us right now and will be in Australian shops via Fuse distribution from April 19. Great Earthquake will play a special instore performance at Polyester Records (Melbourne City) at 5pm on this date with other tour dates to follow.
Tim Guy's fourth album finds the talented songwriter returning home to Melbourne after years of touring and writing in places as far flung as Spain and New Zealand.
Backlit with fingerpicked acoustic guitars and subtle percussion, Dreaming of a Night Mango is equal parts poetic imagery and heart-on-sleeve balladry, with Guy grappling to make sense of his changing environments and reconcile his newfound domesticity with the passionate heartbeat of a drifter.
Dreaming of a Night Mango is out on CD (via Fuse distribution) on April 5 and available to pre-order from us right now.
Tim Guy will be touring around Australia in April and May to launch the album. Check for dates at our gig guide.
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Zingers is an album to listen to and enjoy in full. By subconciously channelling the masters of underground pop (read: Television Personalities, The Feelies, Lou Reed), Melbourne's Milk Teddy have produced a debut that hijacks the imagination and caresses it lovingly for a solid half-hour.
The album rips, and drifts and mystifies, it dips and lulls and then bursts wide open in shimmering beauty. What matters here are Milk Teddy's warm hooks, their dreamy, driving rhythms and Thomas' captivatingly purposeful vocal stitching it all together.
Zingers is a co-release with Knock Yr Socks Off, available on CD and vinyl (with MP3 download) in all quality Australian record stores from November 9, distributed by Fuse, or you can order now and receive free shipping worldwide! CD orders will be shipped early-next week, with vinyl orders soon to follow. In the US, Darla are distributing the album, so ask your friendly record store clerk for a copy, stat!
Milk Teddy Zingers Album Launch — The Tote, Sunday November 25 with The Stevens + The Ancients + Yama Boy
On his second album Dot, Melbourne-based songwriter Tim Richmond has again teamed up with producer Nick Huggins (Kid Sam, Love Connection, Mick Turner) to craft a work of curious beauty.
Buoyed by its haunting melodies and beguiling Flying Nun-like understatement, Dot would sit comfortably alongside distinctively antipodean albums like The Moles’ Untune the Sky and The Chills’ Kaleidoscope World.
Dot is a vinyl+MP3 download release and will be available in fine Australian record shops, through Fuse distribution, from October 19. Or pre-order now and your copy will arrive nice and early.
Tim Richmond launches Dot at the Northcote Social Club in Melbourne on Sunday, October 28 with special guests The Icypoles and Pinto.
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Stream the entire album below!
We're ready to hit the dancefloor with Deerhoof! Their new album Breakup Song is rammed with hyper playful unpredictable unapologetic straight-through-the-heart noisy POP MUSIC.
Breakup Song will be available in Australian record stores on September 7, distributed by Fuse. Or why not pre-order now now and we'll have your goodies in the mail by August 31.
And as this is Deerhoof's first release on Lost And Lonesome, we've decided it's the perfect opportunity to celebrate by releasing our first ever tape!
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With great joy, we welcome Sonny & the Sunsets to Lost And Lonesome, for the release of their new album Longtime Companion — a country-infused record full of love and heartache, due out in Australia on June 29.
Hailing from San Francisco, Sonny Smith is one of our favourite garage pop gents — we're still deeply enamoured by his two previous Sonny & the Sunsets albums which perfectly combine the urban energy of the Velvets and the urbane charms of Jonathan Richman with layers of 60s girl-group warmth.
With its country flavour, Longtime Companion is a definite step away from these earlier albums, but provides a perfect context for the new songs to shine in all their sorrowful splendour.
Longtime Companion is available to order now on CD and vinyl (+ download), and both formats will be in Australian shops from June 29. Please note, this is a co-release with the wonderful Polyvinyl Records of USA — please support your friendly local label.
We've lost all control of our minds, bodies and beverages here at L&L, high-fiving strangers (and even just the air!), as we now have copies in hand of the killer new Still Flyin' album On A Bedroom Wall.
Featuring members of Masters Of the Hemisphere, Red Pony Clock and The Lucksmiths, Still Flyin' have distilled the larger than life pop moments of the 80s (The Cure, Orange Juice, New Order, David Bowie) and barrel-flipped the entire thing, added a cocktail umbrella and a slice of lime and called it a modern-day masterpiece! Observe ~
Adored by fans all over the place for their legendary live shows, Still Flyin' breezed into the San Francisco indiepop scene in 2004 as a 15+ piece reggae jam band and proceeded to blow minds globally with their freewheeling hammjamm group singalongs which would eventually find their way onto their first two EPs Time Wrinkle and Za Cloud. The debut Still Flyin' album Never Gonna Touch the Ground veered off into disco and new wave, spawning the radio hit 'Good Thing It's a Ghost Town Around Here', following which the band jack-knifed a louie via the autobahn and released a bunch of krautrock-influenced singles which would come together on the 2011 Neu Ideas compilation. On A Bedroom Wall now builds on Still Flyin's love affair with the synth and chorus pedal, errecting a bold monument to be adored through the ages.
On A Bedroom Wall is available on CD and vinyl LP in all good Australian record stores (via Fuse distribution) from Friday May 18. Or pre-order the CD from our webstore right now!
Please note: this album is a co-release with these fine labels: Ernest Jenning (US), Highline (UK), Staatsakt (Germany) and We Were Never Being Boring (Italy). Please support your hard-working local label!
Exciting news: as well as the fabulously packaged CD, we'll soon be procuring some vinyl copies of The Wedding Present's great new Valentina album, courtesy of the nice folks at This Will Be Our Summer!
Pre-order now from our online store and receive FREE SHIPPING! The album will be in Australian shops from March 23, distributed by Fuse.
AUSTRALIAN TOUR SUPPORTS ANNOUNCED!
With the Melbourne Wedding Present show already completely sold out and the Sydney and Adelaide shows selling quickly, we're happy to announce a great line-up of support bands...
Thursday, April 12 — ADELAIDE — Jive Bar
With Avant Gardeners + Mountbatten
Friday, April 13 — SYDNEY — Annandale Hotel
With Nic Dalton & His Gloomchasers + Last Leaves
Saturday, April 14 — MELBOURNE — Northcote Social Club
With Sand Pebbles + Last Leaves
Still Flyin' are back with a sneak peek of their latest full-length On a Bedroom Wall.
Through their continual shape-shifting, the San Francisco-based band have added a heavy dose of synth to their chant-laden party jams and arrived at the infectious pop of On a Bedroom Wall, due for release on May 18.
First single 'Cleat Talking' provides the perfect first taste. Built around a repetitive, rhythmic backbone, and with layers of free percussion and summery marimbas, Still Flyin' restate their life-affirming hammjamm credo, letting us know that you don't gotta be no super brain to have a good time — just grab some pals, some brews and a pair of cleats, and you're all set!
Cleat Talking by Still Flyin'
For those among us who are like, "what the hell's a cleat?"...
And with the AFL footy season fast approaching (not to mention the NFL Superbowl, FA Cup and probably a whole lot of other fun outdoor activities), Still Flyin' are running a competition, giving you the chance to do it up in style IN YOUR VERY OWN PAIR OF CUSTOM-MADE STILL FLYIN' CLEATS!
We are extremely excited to welcome The Wedding Present to Lost And Lonesome! Their much-anticipated eighth studio album Valentina will be released in Australia and New Zealand on Friday, March 23.
The new album was recorded by the group in France, California and Brighton, UK during 2011 and mixed by Andrew Scheps [whose past credits include Metallica, Iggy Pop and Johnny Cash]. Propelled by founding member David Gedge’s perpetual broken heart and incisively brazen lyrics, Valentina turns a fresh page on the band’s noisy guitar pop tradition — one that has inspired several generations of canny pop fans and indie rock bands alike since their 1985 inception.
To celebrate the release of Valentina, The Wedding Present will be making their first ever visit to Australia this April, playing shows in Adelaide, Sydney and Melbourne. As extra icing for fans, the band will be performing their classic album Seamonsters live, in its entirety. The Wedding Present recorded Seamonsters with Steve Albini in 1991.
THE WEDDING PRESENT AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
Thursday, April 12 — ADELAIDE — Jive Bar Buy tickets!
Friday, April 13 — SYDNEY — Annandale Hotel Buy tickets!
Saturday, April 14 — MELBOURNE — Northcote Social Club Buy Tickets!
We're delighted to announce the highly anticipated third album from Melbourne's experimental-classic-pop master-sculptor Francis Plagne. On his latest campaign, entitled Tenth Volume of Maps, Plagne and his band create a sonically rich palette with a more focused live-in-the-studio feel than his earlier work, which relied heavily on field recordings and tape splicing. Re-pledging his commitment to the song form with his snappiest album to date, Tenth Volume of Maps reasserts Plagne's fascination with the interplay of melody and rhythm, while also allowing the songs to unfold, develop, and mutate along unpredictable trajectories.
Francis Plagne — Spun Six Circles by Lost And Lonesome
Tenth Volume of Maps is available in shops on October 7 through Fuse in Australia, Darla in the US and Cargo in the UK.
*** SPECIAL — FREE POSTAGE WORLDWIDE ON ANY ORDER CONTAINING THIS RELEASE ***
Stories with the Endings Changed is the brand-new album from Melbourne (via-Ballarat) combo Bart & Friends and is available now on CD and tantalising 10" vinyl!
A veteran of early-90s bands like The Cat's Miaow, Hydroplane and The Shapiros, Bart Cummings is a hero to us here at Lost And Lonesome and living proof that heartfelt indiepop is alive and well and as charmingly bashful as ever. After a decade's absence from the music scene, Bart & Friends resurfaced with last year's brilliant Make You Blush mini-album which featured a new bunch of Friends and shared-vocals with Bart's former Shapiros bandmate Pam Berry (also of Black Tambourine, The Pines, etc, etc).
This time around for Stories With the Endings Changed Bart summoned Scott Stevens (Summer Cats, Earthmen) to lend a hand with vocals while the band again consists of Mark Monnone and Louis Richter (Lucksmiths, Mid-State Orange) with the addition of Jeremy Cole (Zebras) on drums and Irene Drossinos (Summer Cats) on organ and backing vocals. Working at Bart's typical no-nonsense pace with producer James Dean, the result is nine concise songs of undiluted melodicism and sterling straight-through-the-heart pop hooks.
Bart & Friends - Who Am I to Say No by Lost And Lonesome
So enamored are we with this album, that we decided it required a vinyl release — and on cute/sexy 10" no less! Both CD and 10" formats are available in good record stores Australia-wide. To order the 10" (plus free download code), please make a note of it on your Paypal transaction or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org ...otherwise you will receive the album on CD (also pretty awesome). And yeah, FREE POSTAGE WORLDWIDE!
If you happen to live in Europe, this special offer extends to orders from our ace mailorder buddies at Vollwert (Germany), Pebble (UK), Fraction (Sweden) and Hands & Arms (France). American friends, please check it all out at Darla Records.
Mark Monnone has disrupted the post-Lucksmiths quietude with his debut single Pink Earrings. The band's former bassist and co-songwriter has picked up the six-string and, under the (somewhat inaccurate) title of Monnone Alone, resurfaced as an all-singing, all-strumming, pop-loving beatnik.
The first fruits of his labour come in the form of this 7-inch single — 'Pink Earrings' backed-with 'When We Hit the Ground'. Both songs were briskly put to tape early-last year in a San Francisco basement by Drew Cramer (of Personal & the Pizzas) who also features on bass, while Utrillo Kushner (Comets on Fire) sits in on drums.
The Pink Earrings 7" single (plus free download) is available to order now through our webshop and also off the shelf at Polyester Records (Melbourne) and Red Eye (Sydney) with other quality stores to follow. In the US, look for the single via Darla Records and in Europe you can soon find it on Vollwert, Pebble, Hands And Arms and Fraction Discs mailorders.
It's always a red-letter day when a new Ladybug Transistor album arrives so we're delighted to announce the release of Clutching Stems which hits Australian record stores today! The new album displays a delectable new assortment of flavours and is already being lauded as their finest hour since 1999's landmark release The Albermarle Sound. Whereas on that album the band was drawing on influences from 60s chamber psych, baroque and pastoral sounds, Clutching Stems is a full consummation of their recent dalliances with the more "urbane" pop of groups like The Field Mice, Go-Betweens and Felt. Meanwhile, Gary Olson's silky voice box is cranked up a notch as he guides us graciously through the emotional obstacle course of the past few years.
Here's what Tim Sendra at All Music has to say about Clutching Stems: "It’s rare for a band to keep getting better over time, especially after 15 years, but the Ladybug Transistor have done it, and whether you’ve been a fan the whole time or you are just discovering (or rediscovering) them with this album, there is enough good stuff here to make even the coldest-hearted music snob admit that there is music being made in 2011 that’s just as good as anything made in 1965 or 1977, or any year."
Clutching Stems is available in all good record stores, Australia-wide through MGM Distribution, and online right here!
If you happened to miss the deluge of great Still Flyin' vinyl singles and EPs from last year, you'll be glad to know the whole delightful mess has been swept up onto one convenient CD entitled Neu Ideas! It's here, it's in our hands, and it's ready for us to slap on your CD player right now!!
As heard on radio-hit 'Bull Riff', all the Still Flyin hammjamm hallmarks are here — tripped-out lyrics, big melodies, tight background chants from the Flyinettes — but this time, there's not a reggae chord in sight; on Neu Ideas (as the astute among you will have picked up from the title), the band have taken their cues from krautrock forefathers Kraftwerk and yes, Neu! Under the guidance of producer Hamia Marriott (AiH), Still Flyin' have embraced the dark synth melodies and rolling arrangements with a focused equilibrium and resurfaced with a dance-pop masterwork.
Neu Ideas is available to order from L&L right now or else, take a look in your favourite record store from April 15, distributed Australia-wide by MGM. Please note — the Neu Ideas CD is a co-release with Ernest Jenning in the US. Please support your local label!
Following the enthusiastic response to their recent 7" single Get-to-Bed Birds, we're jazzed to finally announce the release of The Lucksmiths' very first DVD! Unfamiliar Stars captures the final Lucksmiths farewell show in 2009, at Melbourne's Corner Hotel, performing a marathon set of favourites from across their colourful sixteen year lifespan. Helmed by director Natalie van den Dungen (who's just a couple of frames away from finishing her highly anticipated labour-of-love The Tote Documentary ), Unfamiliar Stars finds The Lucksmiths in full bloom, at the climax of a long string of farewell shows. Also included is a short documentary filmed in-part by close friend, tour-mate and one-time-Luksmith, Darren Hanlon. Darkening Doorways provides an informal close-up of The Lucksmiths in their twilight months, rehearsing, recording, on the road and in-interview.
Unfamiliar Stars is distributed Australia-wide by MGM and available at all fine music DVD retailers. Or order your copy directly from us now, and you'll receive it in the post within a few days. As a special bonus, the first 300 orders we receive will come packaged up with a copy of the A2-size farewell tour poster, featuring an illustration by the band's bassist Mark Monnone!
Please note, this DVD is an all-regions disc in PAL format. The excellent folks at Matinée Recordings of California are doing a pressing in NTSC format. If your country uses NTSC, you should point your browser Matinée-wards. To find out which format your country uses, click here.
The Lucksmiths broke up just over a year ago now, and it seems like we've been going on about this little puppy ever since… But finally, here it is — the Get-to-bed Birds 7" single, pressed on funeral-black vinyl and co-released in brotherly union with the ever-fabulous Matinée Recordings of California!
Both A and B-sides are non-album tracks, recorded especially for separate compilations: the title track was originally featured on The Matinée Grand Prix CD, while B-side 'The World of Professional Golf 1994' appeared on one of the bonus discs of The Lifted Brow's bumper fourth edition. With razor-sharp lyrics penned by Marty Donald, and displaying all the hallmark hooks that made The Lucksmiths so dear to many people, both songs sit high amongst the band's best work and are well deserving of a classy vinyl release.
Get-To-Bed Birds is limited to a total of a thousand copies (each one is hand-numbered, with L&L taking odds and Matinée evens), and each comes with a sparkly free MP3 download code, as seems to be de rigueur for vinyl releases nowadays. Pre-order your copy now, and we'll have it shipped off to you on Wednesday, October 29. Or if you're feeling strictly digital, both songs have been delivered to all the regular online services and are available to download now! (For a sneaky peek, we have the title track available as a free download on the release page!)
At looong last, we announce the debut long-playing compact disc release for YellowFever, the compelling Texan combo we fell in love with a few years back at a dive bar in Austin. Instantly caught in their headlights, we were struck by their straight-to-the-heart simplicity and no-frills delivery. Reminding us (vaguely) of a stripped-down 60s girl group cross-bred with some early-Flying Nun and Go-Betweens, their tunes could be called "art pop" or "twee punk" or "garagey something or other" but none of these descriptions really do them justice. With a minimal approach to instrumentation and production, the band's shambling rhythms are juxtaposed perfectly by Jennifer's arresting vocal delivery, evoking comparisons to Stereolab, Young Marble Giants and The Aislers Set. YellowFever compiles the band's early EPs and single, from when they were doing the rounds as a three-piece, and show a definite progression from their short and simple bass and drums sing-a-long beginnings to their more complex and "realised" later work. Nowadays YellowFever are a duo, and even more captivating live; with their new album currently in production, we look forward to hearing the fruits of their brilliant minds early in the new year.
YellowFever is available to order right now from L&L and in all good Australian record stores from August 20 through MGM distribution. This is a co-release with Wild World in the US. Please support your lovely local label.
This news just in — Still Flyin' are back with an awesome 12" vinyl EP! On A Party in Motion, our favourite San Franciscan indiepop crusaders have pulled the ultimate smoke-bomb and reappeared with a brand-neu bag of kraut-flavoured pop hits! Eschewing their earlier rocksteady stylings, they've locked down the groove, cranked the synth bass, and reserved a corner of the dancefloor for the 3am till dawn bracket for when the real magic happens. Brimming with catchy melody lines and vocal interplay, it's strictly bliss-out and lose control of your inhibitions on these four songs (including a couple of woolly mammoth mega-jams!), produced by Haima Marriott of Architecture in Helsinki fame. Handsomely packaged by the band's Guru, as ever, the big bold impressive 12" record comes with a FREE download code, so you can get portable on your favorite tiny listening device while jamming a mellow rollerblade session or something. Not bad for just 15 bucks, right!
But wait — it gets even better… Any orders we ship for A Party in Motion before July 31 will also contain FREE OF CHARGE a copy of Still Flyin's fantastic Runaway Train II 7" single from April this year! Yeah, I know, we're silly like that. I think it's this whole vinyl thing that makes us impulsive and dangerously generous. But be quick — July 31 is a mere four days away… So get ordering!
Of course, you can also find yourself a copy of A Party in Motion at Polyester Records (Melbourne), Red Eye (Sydney), and Rocking Horse (Brisbane), or if you're in America please check out the fabulous Ernest Jenning record label!
As the winter sun bashfully struggles to warm your cosy nook, let The Bank Holidays provide the soundtrack! Their new album Sail Becomes a Kite is brimming with gorgeous harmonies and misty-eyed melancholia in the tradition of bands like The Zombies and The Mamas & the Papas. Just as easily as slipping on a well-worn pair of Wallabee moccasins, all four members of The Bank Holidays gleefully roll out the vocals, creating a complex, mesmerising world within each song, while never losing sight of the perfect pop hook. Recorded in the band's hometown of Perth, Western Australia, the commodious surrounds of the ABC Studios provide the ideal ambience to let the sprawling arrangements and melodies truly breathe. The result is The Bank Holidays' most absolute, well-rounded work to date. On songs like 'His Majesty's Voice' and the beautiful, arresting 'Save Silence' we are reminded of why The Bank Holidays are regarded by many as among today's finest practitioners of the well-crafted pop song.
"If this doesn't expose them to a wider audience, the band is all invited around to my house for a tea party where I will summarily eat my hat" — Drum Media
The Bank Holidays' Sail Becomes a Kite is available to pre-order from us now! Orders will be lovingly dropped in the mail box this coming Monday, July 12. If you prefer to do things the good ol' fashioned way, drop in to your local record store anytime from July 17. Distributed in Australia by MGM and in the USA by Darla.
Back this month with their latest piece of pop silverware are The Pains of Being Pure At Heart! The new 3-track CD single Say No To Love is another benchmark for the irrepressible Brooklynites, who continue to traverse the globe whilst preparing the follow-up to last year's celebrated eponymous debut album. Recorded at Stratosphere Sound in NYC by dab hand James Brown (Foo Fighters, U2, Ash), the Pains have returned to the studio with aplomb and fashioned some of their most tender work yet. The Australian-only CD version of the single compiles the brilliant title track and the warm and moody b-side 'Lost Saint', both from the vinyl 7" (available in the US and UK, through Slumberland and Fortuna Pop! respectively), with an exclusive third track recently dug out from the vaults — a fuzzy dancefloor hit named 'I Wanna Go All the Way', recorded way back in 2007.
The Pains of Being Pure At Heart's Say No To Love CD single is available to pre-order now. Orders will be shipped from July 12. Or ask your friendly neighbourhood record vendor for a copy, distributed in Australia by MGM, from mid-July.
We're super excited to welcome Long Beach, California's Hellogoodbye to Lost And Lonesome!! When We First Met collects two great songs fans may know well and slaps them neatly onto one spectacularly handsome 7-inch single (on clear "beer-bottle" colour vinyl!). The title-track, a sugar-rush of effervescent powerpop, follows concurrently the growth of a relationship and a lover's hairstyle over the years. The song starts out with a summery piano and handclap accompaniment to the vocals, but by the first chorus, Hellogoodbye's playful pop charms have slipped into top gear and it's turned into a caffeinated Housemartins-style hoe-down, complete with swinging guitars, big drums, and bucketloads of wide-eyed melody! Flip the record, and you've got yourself the sleepy 'Not Ever Coming Home' — a gorgeous heart-string-tickler about the early days of a new romance.
Hellogoodbye's When We First Met 7" single (with free download code!) is available to pre-order from Lost And Lonesome right now. Orders will be shipped Friday, June 18. You may also have luck if you peruse the 7" section at Polyester Records (Melbourne), Redeye (Sydney) and Rocking Horse (Brisbane). Also, please check out the band's own Hella Good Buys online shoppe for all kinds of ace merch and gift ideas!
It's always exciting news when we have a new band join the label, but this time we're really whooping it up! Bart Cummings has reunited with his former Shapiros bandmate Pam Berry and enlisted Louis Richter, Mark Monnone and Stanley Paulzen (The Lucksmiths, Mid-State Orange, Fred Astereo) to fashion eight new songs for Make You Blush — his first recordings in almost a decade. As underground indiepop icons go, Bart is certainly one of Australia’s most enduring and best kept secrets. A founding member of The Cat's Miaow and later of Hydroplane and Pencil Tin, he has spent two decades warming the hearts of wistful bedsitters the world over. Intimate and conversational in style, Bart’s songs are something of a cross between Yo La Tengo, the Go-Betweens and Felt. And with his inclination for brevity and knack for spinning the most ordinary of situations into something to hold dear, he may also be the pop world’s closest link to Raymond Carver. Over the years, Bart has stayed true this formula; Make You Blush heralds his first new recordings since Bart & Friends' I Was Lonely ’Til I Found You mini-album of 2001, and (thankfully, to these ears) he is showing no discernible deviation from the music he was making in the mid-90s: dreamy, jangly and sublime.
Make You Blush is a limited CD pressing, available to order from us right now, and also available at the better independent Australian record stores, like Polyester (Melbourne), Red Eye (Sydney) and Rocking Horse (Brisbane).
Runaway Train II b/w All Lips Touch.
On their frenzied new single, the freewheeling San Francisco party ensemble known as Still Flyin' take one further step beyond their adopted Jamaican roots and embrace the perpetual pulse of krautrock. Die-hard fans should worry not, however, for the Still Flyin' modus operandi remains intact — the band's high-energy off-the-wall pop mastery sits high in the saddle, guaranteeing the lucky listener a toothy grin and a shaky rump.
Runaway Train II is a limited pressing only on 7" vinyl. Available to order from L&L now, and in good Australian record stores like Polyester (Melbourne), Red Eye (Sydney) and Rocking Horse (Brisbane). This is a co-release with Ernest Jenning (US) and Moshi Moshi (UK). Please support your local independent label!
Good news, Europesians! Still Flyin' bring their new-wave-via-rocksteady party jams to Europe with the direct intention to defrost even the most icy of booties. With their wild shows already a thing of legend, the ever-evolving Still Flyin' now introduce a swag of brand-new thunderkraut jams to the setlist. This tour coincides with the release of the Runaway Train II 7" single, out soon in Europe on Moshi Moshi, and in Australia through L&L. Check back in here soon for full release details! The band have also been invited to play All Tomorrow's Parties in May by festival curators Pavement.
Meanwhile, perpetual nomads The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are set to begin their first Australian tour! Hailing from Brooklyn, the Pains have created all kinds of commotion in the US and Europe in the past year, and look forward to giving Australian audiences a taste of their noisy indiepop brilliance. Their self-titled album of last year and follow up EP, Higher Than the Stars, topped many year-end lists, and their shows are selling fast, with their first Melbourne show completely sold out! So drop by Mistletone for details on how to grab yourself a ticket.
All details are on our Gigs page.
It seems the dew has barely had time to settle on our anoraks and The Pains of Being Pure at Heart are already back with a brand-new bunch of songs! Higher Than the Stars contains four gems from our favourite noisy indiepoppers, plus a great remix by Saint Etienne. Hailing from Brooklyn, NY, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart released one of the best and most praiseworthy albums of the year, and now return to slap a little icing on the cake. Overflowing with exuberance, charm and advanced songcraft, the Pains continue to breathe new life into indiepop.
Stepping out of the noisy-pop box momentarily, the EPs title track careers along blissfully; an arpeggiated rush of dreampop, "Higher Than the Stars" sketches out an adolescent upbringing all too common in the suburbs, complete with chemical abuse and sexual misadventure. The trademark fuzz returns on "103" and "Twins", the latter sporting a genius guitar hook that would have Teenage Fanclub tripping over their Hot Cakes whilst reaching for their Big Star records! Meanwhile, "Falling Over" takes it to the dancefloor with a casual nod to Orange Juice and Aztec Camera. Rounded out with an inspired remix of the title track by indie aristocrats Saint Etienne, this EP makes good on the band's early promise, and confirms they are one of the most exciting bands around today.
And adding to our joy is the recent news of a Pains of Being Pure at Heart Australian tour, confirmed for February 2010! We'll keep you posted on dates as they materialise.
Underground pop battlers The Lucksmiths are serving notice. Yes, sadly, it’s true. Times change, people move on, and like many of their songs — redolent with ordinary minutiae — The Lucksmiths have finally been conquered by everyday life.
Formed in 1993, and having since transcended musical fashions and movements, the Melbourne band have long been seen as refreshingly unique amongst the musical landscape; their live shows, often hilariously haphazard, continue to captivate audiences at home and around the world, while they remain fond favourites of many who came across the band in their formative years.
However, after sixteen lengthy years as purveyors of the well-crafted pop song, saddle-rash has finally set in, and sights are being set upon new horizons. Tali White, the band’s lead singer and drummer, has decided to further pursue his career as a primary school teacher, while Marty Donald, Mark Monnone and Louis Richter intend to head forth into new musical terrain whilst juggling parenthood, study and the fun-park ride that is casual employment.
The band wish to extend enormous gratitude to all their fans and supporters, and especially to all those who lent a hand navigating the uncharted wilderness of the independent music world.
The Lucksmiths leave behind a wondrous back catalogue of eight studio albums, three b-sides-and-rarities collections, and three mini-albums — more than 170 songs in all.
After one last visit to Europe next month, The Lucksmiths will celebrate their farewell this August with a string of Australian shows that will traverse a broad selection of their recorded works. Don’t miss the chance to say a final goodbye to the boys at these shows! Details in our gig guide.
If, like us, you're partial to the odd perfectly crafted pop song, delivered in bite-sized fuzzy chunks, then the eponymous debut album from Brooklyn, NY kids The Pains of Being Pure at Heart may be exactly what you've been looking for all these years! There's no wonder everyone's yackin' it up about these guys — their brand of noisy pop music is instilled with a real spirited playfulness, whether it be the tender adolescent yearning behind the lyrics, the distinct, unaffected vocals, or the shimmering keyboard sparkles, drifting off into the vortex of guitar mess and calamitous drums. These songs just have so much personality seeping from their pores, it's almost impossible to not press play again once the album's done!
But, please... don't take our word for it. Pitchfork reckon, "The Pains of Being Pure at Heart simply made a slyly confident debut that mixes sparkling melodies with an undercurrent of sad bastard mopery". And then they slapped 'em with a big 8.4 for their troubles!
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart is available to order from us right now. It's also available now in quality record stores like Polyester (Melbourne), Red Eye (Sydney), and Rocking Horse (Brisbane), distributed by MGM, with other stores to follow on March 7. This album is a co-release, so if you're in the US or UK/Europe, please visit our buddies at Slumberland and Fortuna Pop!, respectively.
Still Flyin’ at last make good on the promise of their spectacular live show by releasing the highly anticipated début album Never Gonna Touch the Ground! Having recently offered up a sneak whiff in the form of "Good Thing It’s a Ghost Town Around Here" — the anthemic, highly-rotated ode to workplace hangovers — we finally get a looksee at the band’s entire hand. What we discover within is the high-energy craftiness of the likes of "Ghost Town" combined with mind-zapped slower jams built around some extremely deep bass grooves. Across this bountiful yet concise collection, Still Flyin’ make certain the party never flops; the floating horns and jagged, reggae-infused guitar stabs are underpinned by a sugar-rushed choir of Flyinettes chanting their hearts out behind lead singer Sean Rawls. Keep your ear to the wireless for the insanely catchy world-pop clap-fest of second single "The Hott Chord is Struck".
Never Gonna Touch the Ground hits Australian shelves on Saturday, December 6, distributed by the almighty muscle of MGM. In early-09, the album will be released in the US by Ernest Jenning and in Europe by Moshi Moshi, with vinyl copies through Antenna Farm (US). In the meantime, why not shove one in your Santa sack right here!
The Lucksmiths are back with their beguiling new album First Frost: fourteen songs of town vs country contemplation, amongst other things… like, for instance, where lost mittens go… or finding enlightenment with a snorkel and mask. And fifteen years in, the band’s characteristic breezy pop has broadened in scope; First Frost heralds the band’s brave first steps into new sonic realms, from gently caressed fingerpicked folk to fuzzy dreampop.
The band this time around followed the wisdom behind many of the songs here, ditching their hometown of Melbourne for the country, and heading way south to the rugged foothills of Tasmania’s Mt Wellington. Working with ace producer Chris Townend in his falling-down shack, The Lucksmiths played music and cooked soup, keeping warm by the wood-fired stove as snow fell outside and Bear the aging German shepherd scratched and yawned. Throughout, Tali’s hushed vocals (delivered thusly so as to not trouble the bush mice playing canasta in the ceiling) are unmistakably warm and right at home amongst Marty and Louis’ guitar interplay and Mark’s bubbly basslines. This is the sound of The Lucksmiths doing what they do best, and then a little more just for good measure!
First Frost is available in Australian shops from November 1, distributed by the kindly folk at MGM. It’s also available RIGHT NOW to pre-order from us, the kindly folk at L&L! (Online orders will be mailed out mid-October. Please note, this means any multiple-release orders containing First Frost won’t be shipped till mid-October... apologies for any inconvenience!) First Frost is also available to order from Matinée (US) and Fortuna Pop! (UK).
After blowing the party wide open at Laneway this year, San Francisco fifteen-piece Still Flyin' return with the first taste — a "jample" if you will — of their forthcoming album Never Gonna Touch the Ground, due Dec '08. The single "Good Thing It’s a Ghost Town Around Here" employs juiced-up party rhythms, some frenzied Talking Heads guitar, and infectious singalong vocals to shape a rousing paean to stumbling into work hungover. Lead singer Sean Rawls (having paid his pen-pushing dues) is ready to tear the office a new cubicle, and to do this he needs five gallons of Hammjamm brew, some serious saxophone, and a phalanx of Flyinettes to get a good chant started!
Meanwhile, the mood darkens a little on b-side "Drac's House", as a nefarious vampire (aka Still Flyin' bassman "Hound") reworks the lead vocal on another album track, "Haunted Houses". This single is the perfect accompaniment to any pumpkin carving party!
Good Thing It’s a Ghost Town Around Here is available to order from us right now, and in shops Aus-wide from November 1, through MGM.
STOP PRESS! STILL FLYIN’ RETURN FOR LANEWAY ‘09!!!
That’s right kids, it’s all happening again!! And anyone who saw the band this year will know that’s a show not to be missed… The dates:
Brisbane — Sat, Jan 31
Melbourne — Sun, Feb 1
Perth — Fri, Feb 6
Adelaide — Sat, Feb 7
Sydney — Sun, Feb 8
Lovers of noisy pop rejoice! and toss your parkas to the breeze, for out of Brooklyn, NY come The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, a fetching four-piece set to launch their début album in early- 2009. But right now we have one scrumptious slice of the Pains pie to serve up in the form of the Everything With You 7” — infinite youthful exuberance and winsome melody, all steeped in reverb and fuzz!
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart formed in early 2007 to play at keyboardist Peggy’s birthday party and you’d be hard pressed to find a better birthday present — the band have gone on to release a bunch of amazing singles and EPs, and recently found themselves thrilling the pop kids of Sweden. And soon, lucky UK fans will have the chance to catch them as they open for the Wedding Present on their December tour!
The Everything With You 7” (on enchanting blue vinyl!) is available to order from us right now, and can also be found in select Australian shops including Polyester (Melbourne), Rocking Horse (Brisbane), and Redeye (Sydney) . This is a co-release with Slumberland (US) and Fortuna Pop! (UK), so why not support your local independent label?
Following their second visit to Europe, The Zebras are back in Melbourne with their magnificent new five-song EP entitled New Ways of Risking Our Lives. Since the release of their much-treasured sophomore album Worry a Lot, Jeremy Cole and his mercurial posse of willing cohorts have been relatively quiet these past couple of years; members have joined and unjoined, but the current line-up of the band (featuring Lachlan Franklin of The Smallgoods) is sounding better than ever, and the New Ways… EP is evidence of this. All the Zebras hallmarks are here — layers of jangling guitars, emphatic rhythms, hushed harmonies, and a unique sense of melody — all emblazoned with a real urban Australianess akin to that of, say, The Triffids, Go-Betweens and The Cannanes.
New Ways of Risking Our Lives is happily adorning the Z shelf in your fave Australian record store, distributed by MGM. Or, of course, you can add a copy to your collection by simply clicking the clever link below….
For our 50th L&L release, we couldn't possibly be more enraptured, for here it is: the totally breathtakingly incredible début album from Norway's Je Suis Animal entitled Self-Taught Magic From a Book! Somehow back in late-07, the rough mixes of these songs ended up on the office nano-pod, and since then, have rarely left the little nano-screen, filling our nano-hearts to overflowing. This album rolls effortlessly from bouncy and jangly to mysterious and dewy to psychedelic and sparse; to these ears, it's pretty much perfect. A collection of great short tales, proverbially bound in a dust-jacket covered in VU, MBV, and Stereolab stickers, with a pencil sketch of Nico on the inner back flap, and borrowed from the C-86 library (long-overdue, no less!). Snuggle up with Je Suis Animal this winter, and feel the radiant glow of a great pop band with more depth than the deep end at Brunswick Pool!
Self-Taught Magic From a Book is available to order from us right now, and in shops Aus-wide from June 14, distributed by MGM. Visit Je Suis Animal on Myspace!
For anyone scouring secondhand bins for a copy of The Lucksmiths’ Staring at the Sky EP, we’ve stumbled across a dusty boxful that Candle Records left us when they shut up shop. So we now have some copies in stock. Also in the works are repressings of classic Lucksmiths titles A Good Kind of Nervous, Why That Doesn’t Surprise Me, and the band’s most recent studio album Warmer Corners. We’ll also soon have a repressing of The Zebras’ amazing eponymous début, which has been long out-of-print!
Dig That Treasure is the debut album from the wondrous new Californian music troupe Cryptacize. With a minimum of instruments and a refreshing abundance of space, the trio of Chris Cohen (Curtains, Deerhoof), Nedelle Torrisi (Nedelle) and Michael Carreira find themselves circumnavigating melodic roundabouts and negotiating complex emotional left-turns on their way to some dreamy yesteryear stage musical. Nedelle and Chris share the singing whilst trading cosmic garage-y and plonky guitars with golden autoharp strums and acoustic pickin’. Meanwhile, Michael Carreira is to be heard tinkering away on every imaginable percussion instrument, perhaps discovered in the long-forgotten milk crate in your school’s music room.
Dig That Treasure is available now in all half-decent Australian record stores through MGM, and of course, you can order it straight from us, right here, in your computer!
A few more reasons why we’re celebrating daily in the L&L offices:
1) Still Flyin' jammin' the proverbial hamm out of the Laneway Festival!
2) The Bank Holidays "Cheating Cheating" on Triple J rotation!*
3) The Smallgoods "Driving Song" on Triple J rotation!*
*Please take a moment and request these quality songs get a little more air-time.
Yes by jingos, it’s happening! Australian fans of Still Flyin's unique, chaotically joyous, reggae-influenced party sounds will soon have the chance to thrill at the group in full flight on their "Auzzie Brew Groove Tour" this February. Visiting Australia for the first time as guests of the Laneway Festival, the dozen-member-plus Still Flyin' will also be playing some special extra dates in both Melbourne and Brisbane. Check our gig page for details, and prepare to be "jammed to the bone"!
As they prepare their new album for readiness, Mid-State Orange have handed us the remaining copies of their incredible Odds album, released in 2006 by Candle Records. As anyone who’s seen them play recently will know, the Mid-State Orange of today is quite different to the one who recorded Odds, but the things we’ve always loved about them remain the same — driving rhythms, big guitars, great melodies, and a deep awareness of all that’s great about pop music. For more details, have a look at our catalogue page.
What a fine ol’ time we have here in the L&L offices! How could life not be grand with these mountains of boxes to keep us company. Each box containing nothing but pure gold. And by gold, we do mean the amazing Nedelle CD The Locksmith Cometh! Above the arid plains of steel-string picking and the quirky bass and drums that spring up mesa-like occasionally (courtesy of Chris Cohen of The Curtains), Nedelle’s voice glides effortlessly through the breeze, bringing a goofy smile to the face of any hapless desert stroller in search of pure gold. This is Nedelle’s fourth album (third solo), and the first on Lost And Lonesome; also the first on Nedelle and friends’ US label Tangram 7s, following releases on Kill Rock Stars and Kimchee Records.
Nedelle’s The Locksmith Cometh is available in all extremely good Australian record stores from December 1, and online from Lost And Lonesome from November 17. And if you needed any further persuasion to pick up this amazing album, any pre-Christmas online order containing The Locksmith Cometh will receive a free copy of the L&L sampler CD!
The Lucksmiths! The Bank Holidays! The Smallgoods! Fred Astereo! The Zebras! Mid-State Orange! Cheap L&L goodies! Mistletoe! Tasty brews! High-fives! Low-tens! Ecstatic faces! Goodwill! Time to reflect!
To celebrate a rather dizzying and dazzling year here at Lost And Lonesome, we have put our formidable skills in band-wrangling to work and lassoed our entire local line-up of bands together for one big night at Melbourne’s Corner Hotel. And as it’s a pre-Christmas party of sorts, we’ll be extending the love with a whole sackload of cheap CDs and things!
Tickets are available at the door for $20 or beforehand for $16 (plus booking fee) from Polyester Records (387 Brunswick St, Fitzroy), or online at www.cornerhotel.com. Doors will be open from 7pm with bands on soon after, so be early. See you there!
Having previously tripped us up with their two absurdly fetching EPs, The Bank Holidays now decide to completely flip us out with their highly anticipated debut long-player As a Film. The wily Western Australian foursome packed their concise pop hooks into their hobo sacks and headed eastward-ho to the verdant countryside of Victorian Gippsland to work with skewed studio maverick J. Walker. The resulting document is a wild cascade of guitars, drums and strings, and layers of masterful vocal harmonies, recalling the breezy effortlessness of Free Design all hupped-up on Shins pills. On As a Film, The Bank Holidays have managed to liberate Catchy and then recapture it, to prove it’s theirs to keep. Tread Easy and Folded in Half (both Triple J faves from the Good Looks to Camera EP, the latter also featuring on the 48 Shades soundtrack) receive a fresh reworking amongst new masterworks like Oh Daylight and the acoustic guitar-driven Pits & Gravel.
The Bank Holidays’ As a Film is available in all terrific Australian record stores from October 13, distributed by the handsome folks at MGM.
The wait is over — The Smallgoods’ wondrous third opus Down on the Farm is fresh in and eagerly anticipating the adoring smile on your face! The end product of a lengthy gestation, Down on the Farm’s seed was initially sewn two years back, the band working steadily ever since, alongside studio wiz Marcus Barczak. The good news is it’s every bit the transmogrifying masterpiece we’d imagined from these five Melbourne fellas: a harmony-rich pop delight, drifting semi-consciously in and out of misty-eyed campfire balladry, spacious psychedelic wig-outs, creepy folk rambles, and dark waltzy carnivalia. The Smallgoods are masters of their craft and Down on the Farm is the totality of the shared songwriting and adroit musical talents within the group.
The Smallgoods’ Down on the Farm is in all quality Australian record shops from August 11, distributed by MGM, and available to order right here!
Great Smallgoods interview at www.wirelessbollinger.com/general/insight/the_smallgoods_-_the_two_and_a_half_year_gestation/
After a notable two-year absence from the new-release racks, The Lucksmiths return with a mighty "don't argue" in the shape of Spring a Leak, their exhaustive new collection of lost treasures. Whilst certainly not a "best of", Spring a Leak is chockers with over a decade's worth of great recordings that have never made it onto a Lucksmiths full-length: b-sides, alternative versions (from 7" singles and demos), songs recorded especially for compilations, live, radio and TV sessions, cover versions, remixes, and general previously-unreleased miscellanea. Forty-five songs in all, packaged up in a deluxe double-CD digipak. For a full tracklisting, take a look in our catalogue. Spring a Leak is The Lucksmiths' first official release on Lost And Lonesome, and even better, our first co-release with Matinée Recordings of Santa Barbara, California!
The Lucksmiths' Spring a Leak is available in stores from September 1, distributed in Australia, as usual, by the lovely MGM. If you can’t wait till then, however, go ahead and pre-order from us now and we'll have it in the mail to you by August 27! But, please note: any online orders prior to this date that contain Spring a Leak may not be dispatched until August 27.
Last night I dreamt I was in hospital and Jonathan Richman was there singing funny songs to the kid in the next bed.. but his band wasn’t mid-period Modern Lovers, it was Depeche Mode.. and then some amazing old footage of Perry Como was on the TV.. and it seemed like he was singing something along the lines of "betty bought a bit of butter but the butter betty bought is still bitter"! And then he turned into a craggy eighty-six-year-old woman strumming a ukulele… and then I woke up. And I realised it wasn’t a dream at all! It all really happened (except for the eighty-six-year-old woman bit) — the strange Depeche/Jonathan/Perry thing strumming a uke was in fact a guy called Fred Astereo, and he’d broken into my hospital room as I was drifting off to sleep. There he was singing these sweet, tragically hilarious unrequited love ditties. And as he left through the window, he slipped a demo of all his latest tunes into my in-tray (right by the bed pan).
Fred Astereo’s second album Don’t Break My Heart, out now, Aus-wide through MGM. Or order right here!
Four years on from their critically acclaimed eponymous album, Can't Wait Another Day is set to confirm the Brooklyn-based Ladybug Transistor's standing as some of the finest purveyors of lush, formalist pop music this side of the East River. Shifting effortlessly between sanguine and melancholy, on their sixth album, The Ladybug Transistor continue their gradual shift away from their somewhat psychedelic beginnings to a more open, classic sound. On Can't Wait Another Day, long-serving Ladybugs Gary Olson, Jeff Baron, Julia Rydholm, and San Fadyl are joined by members of Great Lakes, The Aislers Set, Architecture in Helsinki, and Currituck Country among others, and have shaped a warm and wonderful sound that will certainly appeal to fans of Lambchop, The Zombies, Love, Tindersticks, and Kevin Ayers. Sadly, Can't Wait Another Day marks the final recordings for longtime Ladybug drummer San Fadyl, who died suddenly not long after the album was completed.
"The Ladybug Transistor's best work equals the best pop music made at any time in the past 50 years" — allmusic.com
For the past few months the meandering, playfully mysterious sounds of The Curtains' album CALAMITY have been tickling at the sweet spot in our collective heart and have now all but taken up full-time residency there. So we’re very pleased to welcome The Curtains to L&L and announce the Australian release of CALAMITY! The Curtains, from Oakland, California, is the ongoing primary endeavour for Chris Cohen (formerly of Deerhoof and Natural Dreamers) with a fluctuating line-up of friends and collaborators. CALAMITY, the fourth Curtains album — in stores now, lovingly distributed by MGM. Or of course, available right here, lovingly stuffed into an envelope by us guys at L&L!
That’s right lovers of guitars and drums — Melbourne’s true awesome four… guys.. have packed up shop and relocated to a new Fitzroy PO box — ours! (By the way, call them a trio and Louis will set his hair on fire and shred a solo on your grave!) So after twelve years of perfect good times on the wonderful Candle Records, it’s time for new terrain. We are in the process of loading all the Lucksmiths past titles into our catalogue, so bear with us. If you haven’t joined our email list, please sign up and we can keep you updated as news comes to hand. By news, we mean shows, new releases, etc. The usual. Probably some gossip too.
And so to the other newsworthy development currently in the works at L&L… - Mar 2007
We’re finalising our online ordering facility! So no more printing out silly forms to fill out (though we do pride ourselves on being kinda Old School in that way). For a while we’ll be going with PayPal, but we’ll switch over to something fancier mid-year sometime. Once again, we’ll be keeping you up-to-date via our newsletter as word comes to hand.
Brand-new on L&L this month is the “Time Wrinkle” EEJ (extended-extended-jam) from the riotously tuneful San Franciscan rocksteady party band Still Flyin’.
Fronted by Sean Rawls (ex-Masters of the Hemisphere and Je Suis France), Still Flyin’ is a 15-piece rotating collective comprising members of the Aislers Set, Track Star, Poundsign, The Mosquitoes, Ladybug Transistor, Dear Nora, Bright Lights, and Red Pony Clock, and have featured live guests like Jens Lekman, and members of Architecture in Helsinki, Love Is All, The Lucksmiths, Hempstad, Pipas, and Mates of State amongst others.
This special deluxe Australian edition of the “Time Wrinkle EEJ” combines the six tracks from the original CD with the six dub remix b-sides from the vinyl release (both released in 2006 by the tasteful people at US label Antenna Farm). “Time Wrinkle” captures a snapshot of Still Flyin’s legendary and joyfully chaotic live show – a hybrid of rocksteady, roots reggae, and U-Roy style Dub. The result is an increasingly infectious listen – a Hammjamm, if you will – that’s sure to set even the most untweakable indie-rock-party-dial to Meltdown!
"Time Wrinkle" is available is shops in the next week or two through MGM, or order here.
The Zebras’ outstanding second album “Worry A Lot”, meanwhile, has been setting hearts a-flutter amongst fans and the media alike. Rolling Stone called the album “perfect pop the way it should be made”, while The Weekend Australian have boldly stated “the Zebras can lay claim to being, if not the heirs, then at least the love child of the Go-Betweens”. We guarantee* that “Worry A Lot” will greatly enhance any CD collection and most definitely find a special place deep in your heart.
Zebras fans in Europe and the US will soon have the opportunity to catch the
band live at these special performances…
Sat 17th Feb – Tallinn, Estonia @ Juuksur w/ Tolbiac
Wed 21st Feb – Hamburg, Germany @ Gruner Jager
Thurs 22nd Feb – Barcelona, Spain @ Sidecar Factory Club w/ Carlos Cros y Los 400 Golpes + Cristian Vogel Dj Set.
Fri 23rd Feb – Madrid, Spain @ Nasti (Barbarella Club) w/ Yeepee [France]
Sat 24th Feb – Trento, Italy @ Caribe Club
Sun 25th Feb – Maniago, Italy @ Teatro Ridotto
Fri 2nd March – London, UK @ The Luminaire w/ The Orchids [ex Sarah records] + Slipslide
Fri 8th March – Brooklyn, New York @ The Union Hall w/ The Hazy Janes [UK]
Fri 16th March – Austin, Texas @ South By Southwest Festival
Fri 23rd March – San Francisco, California @ Annie's Social Club w/ Still Flyin’
Standby for extra dates as they come to hand!