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Pre-Order: Owen – Ghost Town – Vinyl Limited Edition

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Special Hobbledehoy 180g vinyl edition w/ Bonus track
1st press limited to 100 hand-numbered copies + MP3 coupon

Coming November 11, 2011 – Ghost Town features some of Owen‘s loudest, rock-leaning moments to date. As he reveals, “I recorded most of the drums last August, right in the middle of all the Cap’n Jazz shows, so I’m sure I was hitting the drums a little harder at the time than I have in years.”

Another step toward a new musical direction should come as no surprise to those who have followed Owen‘s songwriting evolution from sparse acoustic offerings (on his self-titled debut) to lush, string-filled arrangements (At Home With Owen, New Leaves).

Ghost Town is an absolutely stellar effort from Mike, I’m enjoying the album on an entirely different level from his previous records. The artwork is brilliant, songs are distinctly more energetic, can you believe this is album #6? Hobbledehoy pressing includes a bonus Wilco cover, a very limited 1st pressing of just 100 hand-numbered copies on black 180g vinyl and paired with a MP3 download coupon.

Free MP3: Owen – I Believe
Pre-Order: $19.99 Owen – Ghost Town LP

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We Set Sail begin recording

from their blog…

On saturday We Set Sail embarked on the recording of 3 new tracks, starting with drums. We have talked a lot about finding a space with the right sound. So in regular We Set Sail fashion, we didn’t go to some studio to record, oh no, we went to Fort fucking Lytton. That’s right, the heritage maritime naval fort built to protect our city from invading forces at the mouth of the brisbane river complete with all sorts of gnarley cannons ‘n shit. That’s where we found the sound.

More photos at wesetsail.tumblr.com

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Arrows new track + album details

Brisbanes Arrows have posted the first track from their upcoming second album Try and Stay Upright on their Myspace page, where they’ve given everyone a first look at the cover artwork and track listing.

I’m very excited about sharing this new record with everyone and hope you are looking forward to it as well! Technically it’s our first ‘all formats’ release (vinyl LP, compact disc & digital… all curated by us). It makes me very happy this could happen with friends Arrows, for what will be their third release with this tiny independent bedroom label.

Try and Stay UprightIn stores Sept 20, 2010
LP / CD / Digital

Listen to the new track What Happens At A Gifthorse Show

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Jamie Hay ‘Thieves’ iTunes out now – 7″ soon

In the midst of a heavy touring schedule and sometimes releasing a few records with A Death In The Family, ConationFear Like UsTyre SwansRibbons Patterns, Jamie slowly assembled his first solo release. Recorded in 2009 during the brief quiet periods, it wasn’t until Autumn 2010 that the entire mixing, mastering + artwork process could be fully completed. Thieves heralds a beautiful progression in Jamie Hay‘s catalog, anchored by his trademark vocals and haunting undertones.

Thieves is available on iTunes now. The 7″ vinyl should be up for grabs (fingers crossed) late July, featuring some nice thick vinyl, hand-numbering on a matte-finish jacket and free download code. While the 7″ itself will feature two songs, the download code + iTunes includes three songs (two from the 7″ + the bonus digital-only song One More Lament).

You can listen to the title track now on Jamie’s Myspace page.

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Arrows new album recording update

Brisbane’s awesome foursome Arrows have been hard at work on album number two. I like lists, you probably like lists too, here is what I can share with you in a snappy list format. Enjoy!

  • Recording is done. Ant will be redoing some of the vocal tracks this week, but otherwise finished. In the tradition of all their records prior, this was self-recorded in various bedrooms & practice spaces.
  • I’ve been listening to the rough mixes, sometimes I’m reminded of a more dark Christie Front Drive, occasionally Built To Spill, some poppier American Football moments and perhaps a slow-burn akin to Red House Painters.
  • Next on the to-do list is mixing with Samuel Johnson (A Death In The Family) & mastering by Doug Van Sloun (Cursive, Bright Eyes, American Analogue Set). Both of whom worked on the debut Modern Art & Politics.
  • Has a running time almost half that of the debut album.
  • Photographic artwork by a fantastic young Brisbane photographer.
  • Vinyl junkies rejoice! Will be available on LP / CD / Digital formats. (Vinyl does have the added burden of delaying the release date a bit I’m afraid)
  • A little too early for a release date, fingers crossed late Winter. Still too soon to lock anything in.

Slower, shorter & Arrows best work to date.

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