Belle Phoenix – Bittersweet album launch Friday 14th July @ Bella Union

Melbourne singer/songwriter Belle Phoenix packed her suitcase in 40°c Australian heat and flew off into a New York snow blizzard with nothing more than a pair of elven-style platform boots and a crappy acoustic guitar, let alone a mission to make the 10 songs in her head tangible.

 

After many months of exchanging emails and demos with musician, producer and long-time David Bowie collaborator Mark Plati (Bowie’s band member during the ‘Heathen’ & ‘Earthling’ albums), she was invited to meet Mark in NYC. Belle was re-energised by the opportunity to collaborate with Mark Plati. Belle turned up at Plati’s Alice’s Restaurant studio in New York – where both Bowie and Prince had graced – simply pressing on a buzzer in the snow.

 

“I recorded the demos using second-hand and borrowed instruments which included a weird, 80’s synthesizer. I was in a frenzy to capture the orchestral sounds I was hearing in my head”, Belle says.

 

Plati had arranged a band for the recordings which included members from Toronto and the UK, and it was agreed that the band be recorded as a whole to capture the live energy of the music. Before long, they were on their way to record in Phase One studios in Toronto; a studio with a long history of hosting rock’n’roll legends such as Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and more recently Rihanna and Drake.

 

Now after almost a decade, the album is ready to rise from the ashes like her namesake. Fusing noir, dark ambience and art pop à la Kate Bush, PJ Harvey and Lana Del Ray, Belle Phoenix’s album Bittersweet is ready to finally see the light of day.

 

Bittersweet will be launched at Bella Union in Carlton on Friday 14th July with support from Jo Meares with Mark McCartney.

 

BANDCAMP: bellephoenix.bandcamp.com

SOUNDCLOUD: soundcloud.com/bellephoenix

FACEBOOK: facebook.com/bellephoenix

T.S. Monk

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

T.S. (Thelonious Sphere) Monk is playing all week at Bird’s Basement.  He’ll be performing both his own music and compositions from his father’s back catalogue to celebrate the 100th birthday of Thelonious Monk, Sr.

 

DAVIES WEST – THE BIG DRIFT Album Launch @Bella Union, Saturday 10th June

Father-daughter folk ensemble Davies West will be launching their debut album, The Big Drift, at Bella Union on Saturday 10th June.

The night will be focused on taking you through the stories from the album, from youth, to love and to loss.

Davies West are a Melbourne-based folk outfit comprised of a father, daughter and trio of long-time friends. Alexandra and her father Ross have been singing together since before she can recall. It all began years ago when her family bought a property on Davies Road West in Gippsland. Shivering, starlit sing-a-longs on an outstretched veranda.

This southern region of Victoria has played a prominent role in the entire band’s lives, from camping at Walkerville North to frolicking through the picturesque scenes of Wilson’s Prom.

Fittingly, they named their debut album, The Big Drift, after one of these nostalgic spots. It is a concept album that explores the journey and experiences that shape a lifetime.

Davies West will be joined for their launch by the emerging singing power trio (and some of their best friends), The Charlie’s.

Davies West ‘The Big Drift’ album launch

Saturday 10th June

Bella Union

Level 1, Trades Hall, Corner Lygon and Victoria Streets, Carlton

Tickets $13+bf (conc $10+bf)

https://www.bellaunion.com.au/event/1181/

https://www.facebook.com/events/322122528205768/

Jenny Taylor – All Is Well CD launch with Kutcha Edwards – Sunday 30 April @ Bella Union

Jenny Taylor launches debut album All Is Well 

Singer, songwriter, choir-master and Golden Guitar Award nominee Jenny Taylor is excited to release her debut album All Is Well.

Recent Melbourne Prize for Music 2016 winner Kutcha Edwards, who has been a fond friend of Jenny’s since he mentored her in 2005, contributes vocals to both the title track and Ten Million Stars. The album also features Jenny’s take on the Kasey Chambers-penned Nullarbor Song.

Jenny has worked for ABC TV and her songs have been performed by massed choirs. She has worked with numerous choirs including 3 years as co-founder of the Choir of Hard Knocks. All Is Well is her first solo recording.

All Is Well was recorded and mixed by some of Australia’s best producers including Simon Grounds; Greg J Walker (Machine Translations) at The General Store, South Gippsland; Marty Brown at Standalone Studios; and Craig Pilkington at Audrey Studios.

 The album launch for All Is Well will feature Jenny and her band, along with a special guest appearance from Kutcha Edwards. Come celebrate the launch in a matinee show at Bella Union on Sunday 30th April.

Jenny Taylor – All Is Well album launch

Bella Union – April 30th @ 4:30pm – 7.00pm

Victoria St & Lygon St, Carlton

Show & CD special – $32.00 
Show only –  $17.00 
Concession –  $12.00 

Tix available now at www.bellaunion.com.au.

DING DONG HOSTS OFFICIAL PATTI SMITH AFTERPARTY WITH LENNY KAYE DJING – 16 APRIL 9PM

Join us at Ding Dong Lounge April 16th from 9pm till late for the Official Patti Smith Afterparty!

Patti Smith is a legend of the 1970s New York punk movement and Ding Dong will be keeping the party going after her sell out performances playing her debut album ‘Horses’ at the Arts Centre Melbourne.  

The one and only Lenny Kaye will DJ all the hits from his personal 45’s  collection to celebrate the 45th anniversary of the ‘Nuggets: Original Artyfacts From The First Psychedelic Era’ compilation LPs released in 1972, blowing the world of punk rock and psychedelia wide open.

Live music from some amazing local psych bands TBA from 9.15pm.

Ding Dong Lounge, 18 Market Lane, Melbourne.

Grab your presales at: http://bit.ly/PattiSmithOfficialAfterparty

Belle Phoenix launches new Mark Plati produced single tonight, 15 Feb, Retreat Hotel!

Melbourne singer/songwriter Belle Phoenix packed her suitcase in 40°c Australian heat and flew off into a New York snow blizzard with nothing more than a pair of elven-style platform boots and a crappy acoustic guitar, a woman a mission to make the 10 songs in her head tangible.

‘Maker of the Man’ is the first single to be released from Belle Phoenix’s lost album ‘Bittersweet’. It will be launched at The Retreat in Brunswick on Wednesday 15th February. Entry is free.

10 years ago or so, after many months of exchanging emails and demos with musician, producer and long-time David Bowie collaborator Mark Plati (Bowie’s band member during the ‘Heathen’ & ‘Earthling’ albums), Belle was invited to meet Mark in NYC.

Clad in Gothic black (mourning the loss of her previous band), Belle was re-energised by the opportunity to collaborate with Mark Plati. She turned up at Plati’s Alice’s Restaurant studio in New York – a space that both Bowie and Prince graced – and pressed on the buzzer.

“I recorded the demos using second-hand and borrowed instruments which included a weird, 80’s synthesizer. I was in a frenzy to capture the orchestral sounds I was hearing in my head”, Belle says.

Plati had arranged a band for the recordings which included members from Toronto and the UK, and it was agreed that the band be recorded as a whole to capture the live energy of the music. After months of rehearsal, they were on their way to record in Phase One studios in Toronto; a studio with a long history of hosting rock’n’roll legends such as Keith Richards, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and more recently Rihanna and Drake. The band fell apart shortly after the tragic death of member Dave ‘Soulfingaz’ Williams.

“I was very surprised and happy that Mark had felt it necessary to preserve the original arrangements, along with the instrumentation on the original, demo recordings.”

Now after almost a decade, the album, ‘Bittersweet’ is ready to rise from the ashes like her namesake. Fusing noir, dark ambience and art pop à la Kate Bush, PJ Harvey and Lana Del Ray, Belle Phoenix’s lost album is ready to finally see the light of day.

‘Maker of the Man’ is the first single to be released from Belle Phoenix’s album ‘Bittersweet’, and will be launched at The Retreat in Brunswick on Wednesday 15th February. Entry is free.

BAND MEMBERS

Belle Phoenix: Vocals, Synth, Acoustic Guitar
David Milne: Drums
Emily Moore: Cello
Anthony Dimkey: Bass
Oskar Bickford: Guitar

BANDCAMP: bellephoenix.bandcamp.com
SOUNDCLOUD: soundcloud.com/bellephoenix
FACEBOOK: facebook.com/bellephoenix

Kill the Darling launch ‘The Tower, Our World and its Lovers’ single at Bakehouse in the Scrap Museum today!

Evocative Melbourne indie pop band Kill the Darling launch their single ‘The Tower, Our World and its Lovers’ at Bakehouse Studios today, Friday 3 February in the Scrap Museum with support from Thando and Cash.

Recorded in the rural Victorian town Bunyip, the single illustrates the magnetic beauty of their live performance, while the film clip for ‘The Tower, Our World and its Lovers’ captures the song’s mysticism. It explores the power of women and the superstitions that surround them.

Like the film clip, their music is cinematic, creating lush soundscapes with both vocal and guitar loops and allegorical lyrics. Shot entirely outdoors in Victoria’s Strathbogie Ranges, it is an eerie and visually stunning meditation on relationship to land and feminine strength. The clip was conceptualized by the band’s Tasha Lloyd and realized by Caitlyn O’Grady and Sammie Jackson. It was funded by a band-run Pozible campaign.

Here’s the link to the ToneDeaf premier story and film clip: http://www.tonedeaf.com.au/494104/premiere-kill-the-darling.htm

You can download the single here:

https://soundcloud.com/kill-the-darling/the-tower-our-world-and-its-lovers-1

Kill the Darling is Tasha Lloyd (vocals/guitar), Dave Hobson (guitar/vocals), Alice Duncan (bass) and Travis Jones (drums.)

Get tickets at https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=248996.

Like and follow the band at https://www.facebook.com/killthedarling.

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Australian Jazz Bell Awards

Nominations are now open for 15th annual Australian Jazz Bell Awards.

Named after the late Australian jazz pioneer, Graeme Bell, AO, “The Bells” are prestigious and highly praised among musicians. They celebrate and elevate excellence in the performance, creativity, recording and presentation of Jazz in Australia.

The winner in each of the 7 award categories receives $5000 as well as the Award, which is represented by a much coveted statuette which is presented to the artist at the gala awards ceremony at Bird’s Basement, 18th May and is pictured here.

Previous winners include a Who’s Who of jazz players including Kristin Berardi, Joe Chindamo, Allan Browne Quintet, Julien Wilson, Tina Harrod, The Necks, Paul Grabowski and many others.

Nominations for the 2017 Australian Jazz Bell Awards will close on 15th March 2017.

Nomination forms and guidelines can be downloaded from bellawards.org.

The 2017 awards categories are:
· Best Australian Jazz Vocal Album
· Best Australian Instrumental Jazz Album
· Best Produced Album
· Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year
· Best Australian Jazz Ensemble of the Year
· Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year
· Graeme Bell Hall Of Fame

The prestigious awards will be decided by a judging panel of leading members of the Australian and international jazz community.

Winners of the 2017 Australian Jazz Bell Awards will be announced at a gala event at Bird’s Basement on 18th May 2017.

bellawards.org
birdsbasement.com

The Australian Jazz Bell Awards Limited is a not-for-profit company.

Kill The Darlings ‘The Tower, Our World and Its Lover’ premiers on Tone Deaf

Many thanks to our friends at Tone Deaf for getting the word out about Kill the Darling’s new film clip and single launch for ‘The Tower, Our World and Its Lovers’ Have a look at this superb clip and please join us at Bakehouse Studios in the Scrap Museum for the launch on Friday, 3 February. Please head to  www.facebook.com/killthedarling/ to like the band and for updates ahead of the launch.

http://www.tonedeaf.com.au/494104/premiere-kill-the-darling.htm

 

Sam Newton releases ‘Violet Road’ album today! National Tour dates announced.

Sam Newton has written lots of stories and he wants to sing all of them to you on his upcoming Violet Road Australian Tour.

A prolific songwriter, Sam has been writing and performing for ten years, working within time tested folk and traditional country and blues foundations reminiscent of Paul Kelly, Townes Van Zandt and Neil Young. A staple in the Australian Americana Alt-Country scene, Sam’s expressive melodies and vivid lyrics tell stories of life and death, crime and punishment, love and loss.

Born in suburban Sydney to a music-loving family, Sam knew that he was going to be a musician from the very beginning. He pleaded with his parents for guitar lessons at the commencement of High School and wrote his first song 3 weeks later. Now at age 28, Newton has toured nationally 4 times and put out 2 acclaimed releases

Sam’s 2014 crowd funded debut album ‘Set In Stone’ was described by Chris Familton as “…an accomplished collection of beautifully played and recorded songs that show Newton’s wistful way with folk and sometimes country melodies.”

Fast forward to 2016, and Sam and Blue Mountains based producer Chris Gillespie have just finished recording his second album ‘Violet Road.’ Drawing from personal experience, the 10 original tracks explore family, love, heartbreak, emotional turmoil and disconnection through narrative trope with a raw sincerity that is rarely seen in contemporary music. Sam is incredibly proud of what he and Chris have achieved, saying “This is the most honest thing that I’ve ever released.”

‘Violet Road’ has recently been announced as a finalist in the Best Album category of the Australian Roots Music Awards.

Our friends at Timber and Steel premiered the film clip for the first single ‘Hold You Down’ and you can watch it here:

Timber and Steel Premiere: “Hold You Down” – Sam Newton

Sam’s live show is warm and intimate, intensely musical and often confessional. He embarks on his Violet Road Australian Tour in September playing 16 dates, some with full band and some solo.

Visit Sam at:
www.samnewtonmusic.com www.facebook.com/samnewtonmusic

www.youtube.com/samnewtonmusic www.soundcloud.com/samnewtonmusic

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