This Month ...
* THE LOVETONES Tour Update and New Single
* STAND UP & SHOUT! for a new Australia
* GARY SHEARSTON, Here & Now!
* WARREN FAHEY 'Beats around the bush'!
* FIDDLERS FEAST nominated for ABC Classic FM's Top 100 Concertos
* RUSSELL MORRIS licensed for forthcoming ABC/BBC co-production
* Come and explore our YESTERDAY'S AUSTRALIA Nostalgia Range
* TELEMETRY ORCHESTRA video Crackles in the USA
The Lovetones wind up their national tour that has seen them visit four states with comrades Belles Will Ring this Thursday & Friday at Sydney's Hopetoun Hotel and then Saturday night at the Oxford Tavern in Wollongong. The Lovetones third and most accomplished album to date Axiom continues to earn the plaudits of critics both locally and around the globe.
"Matthew Tow remains a master of the pop song. The Lovetones are criminally under-appreciated in Australia - for once, you can be sure the Americans are smarter than us on this one. Axiom is unlikely to
redress completely that criminality, but it should help." (Patrick Emery, Beat Magazine, August 2007)
"Almost psychadelic pop, leaning towards a drugged out '60s flashback, emanates from this CD. I feel like time traveling, but I get lost in the music and end up staying right here. The songs pulse and resonate with sonic ache and mellow sighs that break like ocean waves across your body. It feels so good, it feels so sad, it feels like longing transforming into love and then losing it all again... Psychadelic right now, like Mercury Rev meets Brian Wilson and they play a game of catch with your dreams. The songs just fit together, and the choruses are catchy without being contrived, the verses stick and sink into you, and the instruments all seem to know your name." (Marcel Feldmar, theredalert.com)
"For those of you that relish the 60s but don't want the poor production, give The Lovetones a listen as everything is there. >From mild-psychadelia, to jangling Byrds like influences with the insightful writings of the likes of Roy Davies, great harmonies and superb tunes, this is a band that has it made. No one can emulate them and they don't emulate anyone, this is pure musicianship at its best and will drag you in ever so subtely but ever so quickly." (Tony Bates, Highlands FM)
"Matthew Tow delivers just the right amount of raw, melodic and somewhat angelic vocals alongside a mixture of guitars, flute, piano and melotrone throughout. Perfect for a quiet evening with yourself after a week of work dramas. Break open a bottle of Merlot and press play." (Jenna Thompson, Drum Media, August 2007)
Axiom was ‘Indie Album of the Week’ in this week’s Brag. Tracks from the album are enjoying rotational airplay on alternative radio nationwide including PBS FM, Radio Adelaide, 2SER, FBi, Highlands FM & TUNE! FM including the forthcoming single Navigator, a radio edit of which will be serviced to radio later this month.
Look and listen out for The Lovetones in the following media: TUNE! FM, Highlands FM, PBS FM, FBi, 2SER, Beat Magazine, Rave Magazine, Drum Media, Illawarra Mercury, Inpress, Rip It Up, Time Off, Brag,
City Hub, 3ONE, 2BAR, 7LTN, 3INR, Triple R, 4BSR, 6HFM, 2COW, 2NCR, 2NIM, 4BAY, 3CH, 3WAY, 2MVH, Smithfield Community Radio, 2EAR, Harvey Mainstream Inc, 3UGE and community radio nationwide thanks to the good people at Amrap.
AXIOM (YEP009) is available through MGM Distribution.
For all the latest The Lovetones info go to myspace or www.thelovetones.com. You can listen to songs from their latest studio album Axiom here.
Finally, Undercover Music video and audio content will now be distributed to Vodafone New Zealand by our good friends at VidZone.
New at Big Pond Music
Undercover Music releases are now available online through BigPond Music
STAND UP & SHOUT
Hard-Hitting Songs For Social Change and a New Australia
Wondering whatever happened to the protest song, completely over APEC?? Well this CD is for you!
Issued to provoke airplay and debate in the lead up to the 2007 Federal Election, STAND UP & SHOUT! brings together some of Australia's most talented songwriters and singers who all have something to shout about including Mike McClellan, Eric Bogle, Touchwood, Judy Small, Pat Drummond and Bernard Carney. All the participating artists are 'independent' and have donated their royalties to GetUp! This is a landmark folk album.
Look and listen out for STAND UP & SHOUT! in the following media: SMH Spectrum, ABC Radio National, Green Left Weekly, http://www.getup.org.au/campaigns/, http://www.greenpeace.org.au,
Arena Journal, The Age, Acoustic Harvest on 4EB, http://www.planetradio.com.au, Trad & Now, Blarney Bulletin and community radio nationwide thanks to the good people at Amrap.
STAND UP & SHOUT! (RRR43) is available through MGM Distributiuon.
For more information, visit: www.getup.org.au and www.unionsong.com
Here & There, Now & Then - An Anthology of Gary Shearston (RRR41) is causing quite a stir...
"Gary Shearston was the closest Australia ever came to producing a local version of Bob Dylan." (Bruce Elder, SMH, August 2007)
"What a welcome arrival. There has been an undercurrent of demand for Gary Shearston recordings for many years now, rekindled every five or so years by a special recording that reminds us of the special nature
of his songs and arrangements. This is a deserving anthology for one of our musical poets, one who has been very difficult to get, until now." (Ron Adsett, Capital News, August 2007)
"Gary's influences in the folk and Australian bush music scene came from the times he was living in - the volatile 60s when Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders were fighting for equal rights and the right to vote - and when a sector of the community spoke out against Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. Gary Shearston was right there in the thick of it, writing songs in support of these causes and speaking out for what he believed in. This outspokenness was a two-edged sword, in that it gave him prominence, but also hindered his chances of obtaining (and maintaining) a visa to live and work in United States. The Gary Shearston story is one that books could be written of, so in lieu of an epic, feel free to visit his website, www.garyshearston.com or www.undercovermusic.com.au/gary_shearston.htm." (Anna Rose, Capital News, September, 2007)
"This song collection is a very appropriate reaffirmation of the important contribution Gary has made to the rich tradition of Australian songwriting. The CDs are bursting with musical gems, for Gary's songs possess that special quality which tells you that they will be around for some time to come."
(Jim Low, Trad & Now)
Look and listen out for Gary Shearston in the following media: Trad & Now, ABC Radio Illawarra, ABC South East NSW, Capital News, planetradio, Acoustic Harvest, 2CCR, 2COW, 2EAR, 2LRR, 2MAX, 2NVR, 2VTR, 2WKT, 2WOW, 3BBR, 3CH, 3INR, 3REG, 3RPP, 3RUM, 3UGE, 4BAY, 4BSR, 4SDB, 5CST, 7LTN, The Land, Blarney Bulletin & The Herald Sun.
Here & There, Now & Then (RRR41) is OUT NOW on Rouseabout Records through MGM Distribution
For more information visit:
www.garyshearston.com or the artist's page here.
Bush legend Warren Fahey has been collecting and performing folk songs, city ditties, stories, poems and yarns for nigh on 40 years, and carries a virtually bottomless swag of folklore that he dips into, pressing nostalgia buttons wherever he travels. During September, Warren will be touring his show - "Beatin' Around The Bush" - to northern NSW. Joining Warren on his tour are his "fellow larrikin mates" - Marcus Holden (one of Australia's most sought-after fiddle, mandolin, guitar and viola players) and Garry Steel (a remarkable virtuoso player of the accordian).
A typical performance on the "Beatin' Around The Bush" tour takes the audience through an entertaining and enlightened potted history of Australia - its ups and downs from convict barracks to colonial expansion, digging on the goldfields to riding high on the sheep's back, boundary riding with drovers, avoiding cranky station cooks, down coal mines, going snowdropping and cadging with "roads" scholars during the lean times, visiting the "big smoke" and saluting the flag at Federation." We also go to war with the Diggers," Warren says, "into the frustration of the Great Depression, and look at life in the 20th century. All told and sung with a keen eye on Australia's laconic sense of humour through songs, poems, toasts, curious history and yarns."
The current "Beatin' Around The Bush" tour kicks off at Maitland on Friday September 7 and concludes in Barraba on Sunday September 16, taking in Tamworth, Armidale, Glen Innes, Inverell, Gunnedah and
Warren Fahey's Diggers (RRH42) is out now on Rouseabout Records through MGM Distribution.
For more information and full tour details: warrenfahey.com.
Fiddlers Feast, fresh from their travels to the National Country Muster, Gympie last month are in the running for ABC Classic FM's Top One Hundred Classical Concertos Competition.Visit the abc for more details.
'Frenzee' (RRR40) is out now on Rouseabout Records through MGM Distribution.
For more information visit: fiddlersfestival.com
Somebody's Image featuring Russell Morris' Hush has been licensed for a forthcoming ABC/BBC co-production Ten Pound Poms which is a classic one-hour social history documentary tracing the story of invisible
British migration to Australia from the post-war era through to the 1960's.
Hush along with many other Morris' classics is available on The Real Thing (RRR34) out on Rouseabout Records through MGM Distribution
Listen out for Christopher Evans interview with Russell on 2WCR FM 99.5 in Coonabarabran and catch Russell perfoming live at a venue near you sometime soon.
For more information and tour dates: russellmorris.com.au or the artist's page here.
As advertised in SMH's Spectrum, Australia's best nostalgia music catalogue invites you to explore its range featuring albums by Tex Morton, Nellie Melba, Bob Dyer, Smoky Dawson, early Reg Lindsay, Florence Austral, Legendary Music Hall performers, Harmonica pioneers, Early radio comedy, 1940s Stage & Musical Theatre, Radio Serials, Buddy Williams, Shirley Thoms, Frank Coughlan's Famous Bands, Strella Wilson, Percy Grainger, Bobby Limb and more.
Available mail order post free or from intelligent record stores via MGM Distribution.
Crackle in the USA, a Sony Pictures Entertainment company recently contacted the TO to request the amazing animated video for Under The Cherry Tree be uploaded on their site. Directed by Dael Oates from Animal Logic the killer animated video may even be up for an ARIA nomination for Best Video!? You can watch the video here.
Empire (SIL014) and Children Stay Free (SIL010) are both available on Silent Recordings through Vitamin.
For more information:
- Sat Aug 25 - The Troubadour Hotel, Brisbane
Sun Aug 26 - Beach Road Hotel, Bondi
Thurs Aug 30 - Sodens, Albury
Fri Aug 31 - East Brunswick Club, Melbourne
Sat 1 Sept - Jive, Adelaide
Thurs 6 Sept - Hopetoun Hotel, Sydney
Fri 7 Sept - Hopetoun Hotel, Sydney
Sat 8 Sept - Oxford Tavern, Wollongong
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