THIN AIR ALBUM RELEASE
New songwriting and performance project THIN AIR features Robin Waters (The Boat People, Machine Translations) and Jackie Marshall. They launching their debut "March Gathering 2015" at Junk Bar's Skukum Lounge on Thursday 8th October in Brisbane.
Thin Air is a "spontaneous songwriting and performance project". Performances combine improvisations on recorded songs with entirely new songs made with Very Special Guest Performers in the hours leading up to the performance. Our debut recording was made in Robin Waters' West Preston garage studio "Glamour Trowel" where we collaborated in March of 2015 over a period of four days with whoever walked through our door after a social media callout to musicians in Melbourne at that time. The aim of our live performance is to thrill our audiences with the sense that anything-could-happen while we put ourselves on the line to create legendary songs in the moment.
THIN AIR launches their debut recording at JUNK BAR in Brisbane on Thursday 8th October. $10 entry includes your exclusive download code for the recording "March Gathering 2015". Featuring Very Special Guests Edward Guglielmino (Lost Of Love) and Charlie and Tony (The Boat People) AND MORE TBA.
DOORS OPEN at 7.30pm and audiences are invited to hang out and contribute curious good vibes to the space while we put the finishing touches on the songs we'll be performing at 9pm. All people who have pre-ordered the album are invited to attend the launch event for free, just cite your name and/or email address at the door. Pre-order the album here: https://thinairproject.bandcamp.com/releases
$10.00 ENTRY- 7.30 PM.
A TRIBUTE TO NEBRASKA.
The Junk Bar presents a tribute to Bruce Springsteen's classic long player Nebraska.
When Ben Ely of Regurgitator mentioned the idea to Jamie Trevaskis and his partner Mia, who own Brisbane's most intimate music venue- they all set about collecting a group of musicians that they believed would capture the essence and show a great diversity in bringing this classic album that they all loved so much to life.
Each artist then chose one song off the album to perform.
The album will be performed in the correct track listing.
Featuring Chris Dale (Halfway) Ben Ely (Regurgitator) Adam Toole (Mexico City) Matt Somers(I Heart Hiroshima) Seja, Hannah Mak (MKO) Bobby Weatherall, It's Magnetic (Jamie Trevaskis & Mia Goodwin) Hanny J and Ric Trevaskes (The Casuarinas) - with the haunting backdrop of The Junk Bar's Skukum Lounge as it's witness - this beautiful album will be performed in it's entirety.
A very special night not to be missed.
This is an 18+ event.
CHARLES JENKINS w/ Anthony Dettori (The Sunburys)
Charles Jenkins is coming to town folks.
Acclaimed Melbourne singer songwriter Charles Jenkins heads north for a two set solo spectacular at THE JUNK BAR Sat Oct 10, 2015. Featuring songs from albums with his band The Zhivagos, new songs from his latest Amateur Historians project, old Ice cream Hands classics, maybe even a Mad Turks song plus whatever else takes his fancy, it could be a long night folks. And all for $15 only! Come along and heckle, sing along and swoon, for "He's too good a writer not to be in your life" Bernard Zuel - Sydney Morning Herald. Supported by Anthony Dettori (The Sunburys)
PETER MILTON WALSH (THE APARTMENTS) SOLD OUT
_______________________________________________________________________ It's been a big year for The Apartments, the band which started in Brisbane in 1978 with singer/songwriter Peter Milton Walsh. The Apartments past was firstly beautifully captured back in April with Brooklyn's Captured Tracks' deluxe reissue of the first Apartments EP from 1979, singles and the legendary Rough Trade album of 1985, 'the evening visits...'. A week later across the Atlantic in Paris, a new record—the band's first album of new songs this century—was released, 'No Song, No Spell, No Madrigal.' Both albums have been rapturously received by fans and critics alike.
Now, straight off the back of a September French tour, Peter Milton Walsh is coming to Brisbane—the town where it all began for The Apartments—to play an intimate solo show on Sunday 11th October at The Junk Bar, Ashgrove. This visit to Ashgrove just goes to prove that there are no coincidences in art or love because it was in Ashgrove, as Walsh writes in the liner notes for “the evening visits...” reissue, that The Apartments first recorded song 'Help' was written ...“at the end of 1978, early '79, in the insufferable Summer in Brisbane. There in the January rain, in an Ashgrove lounge room in a house full of daylight and quiet with all the girls gone off to work, I got the first verse and chorus down onto cassette.”
Photo courtesy of © Anastasia Konstantelos 2015
MASAMI KAWAGUCHI (JAP) w/ THE STEADY AS SHE GOES
"Wednesday 14th October at the Junk bar, Ashgrove promises a very special evening of incredible guitar playing with songwriter/electric guitarist extraordinaire MASAMI KAWAGUCHI from Tokyo Japan, and his very special guest (tba).
Masami Kawaguchi is touring Australia to promote the release of his solo album "The Mad Guitar Sings" (Black Petal Records).
"Masami Kawaguchi's machine gun guitar, which stutters in a polyglot tongue drawing equally from Rory Gallagher, Jerry Garcia and Lou Reed." -- The Wire magazine (U.K.)
"The project's name ('Masami Kawaguchi's New Rock Syndicate') doesn't lie: while there are slower, shadowy dreams, much of the disc is heavy riffage in a Blue Cheer-meets-Rallizes-cum-Nuggets-style fuzz zone." -- Mason Jones (musician, writer, U.S.)
"Masami Kawaguchi is a Japanese guitar monster who has done time in Miminokoto, LSD March, and Broomdusters, and played with Keiji Haino for a time... Its exceptional wailing, burning garage psych-rock grounded in Kawaguchi's trademark heart-breakingly melancholic emotional intensity, instantly hummable, head-nodding toe-tapping riffs and melodies and unavoidably air guitaring, white light, white heat guitar solos" -- Palindrone (N.Z.)
Watch Masami's band New Rock Syndicate live in Tokyo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sj46cqwQVtg
Read about Masami here: http://www.brownnoiseunit.com/interviews/masami-kawaguchi/
A very special event - not to be missed! TIX only $10 on the door. Doors 7.30 pm.
DANNY YAU w/ YOU AND THE NIGHT
Sydney based Danny Yau has played in many acclaimed pop bands over the last decade, from Lazy Susan, Aerial Maps, Hummingbirds, Josh Pyke and more. He is now launching his debut solo album 'Do You Think We'll Live Here Forever?'. It draws on classic pop music, from Jonathan Richman to REM, to tell stories about his once-again hometown of Sydney. Uniquely Australian stories, mainly about girls. You know, pop music.
Also performing will be Brisbane via Suffolk duo You & The Night.
More at http://www.dannyyau.net and http://youandthenightmusic.tumblr.com/
DAN BRODIE ALBUM LAUNCH
In light of his 2013 face-off with mortality, you might think Brodie wrote these songs to pass time during cancer-busting treatments. The Melbourne maverick's reworked musings on life and his renegade ways now evoke that bigger picture. Back-catalogue gems feature (solo, Broken Arrows, Grieving Widows) plus covers of Sonic Youth's 100% and Spencer P. Jones' Missing.
Dan Brodie recently returned from a 3 month solo acoustic European tour playing back to back shows in France’s famed Cinema Utopia (presenting Ted Kotcheff's cult cinema classic "Wake in Fright"), a 3 star Michelin restaurant, a couple of dive bars in the Basque country, a Record Fair, a bookstore and finishing up with a sold out show in Paris and now returns home to present the Australian launch of “BIG HEARTED LOVIN MAN - A Retrospective 1999-2014” - a snapshot of his long and illustrious career, unadorned with just an acoustic guitar and a microphone. - THE AGE EG
After being diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in early 2013, Brodie was forced to stop touring and recording music to undergo 10 months of treatment. In remission since 2014 he was invited to perform in the star- studded "Living Legends Series" alongside Paul Kelly, Adalita and Gareth Liddiard as part of the Leaps and Bounds Music Festival, honouring both Spencer P Jones and Charlie Owen on separate nights at the Tote Hotel in Melbourne.
In 2001, Brodie signed to EMI Australia and Last Call Records in France and since then has shared stages with a diverse range of artists including The Strokes, Steve Earle, Paul Kelly, You am I, The Saints' Chris Bailey, The White Stripes, Gillian Welsh, Kid Kongo and the Pink Monkey Birds and Ty Segal.
Brodie’s musical talents have taken him to the U.S., Scandinavia, U.K., France, Germany and Spain, playing such iconic venues as CBGB in New York, The Continental in Austin, The Exit/In in Nashville and The Olympia in Paris.
BIG HEARTED LOVIN MAN - A Retrospective 1999-2014 was recorded in one night in January, 2015 at Salt Studios in Melbourne, the self produced album (recently awarded 4 out of 5 stars in The Age EG) draws from Brodie’s early solo work, the twangin alt-country of the Broken Arrows through to his current incarnation in the Grieving Widows. “We set up a stool and a microphone on the Saturday afternoon and I proceeded to rummage through my back catalogue and recorded 20 songs straight to tape, allowing for two takes of each song, and then choosing the best version - by the end of the night we had an Award winning album!”
LEO RONDEAU (US) & HARMONY JAMES
Leo Rondeau is a country dance band with a folk singer’s heart. In the honkytonks of Austin and elsewhere you’ll always find the dance floor in full swing, but you’ll also find bar sitters turned on their stools watching the stage. Rondeau is based in Austin, Texas, with his own story beginning in the Turtle Mountains of North Dakota where Rondeau grew up surrounded by country music listeners and pickers spanning three generations. A child of the rural American west and owning family lineage within the Turtle Mountain band of the Chippewa Indian tribe, his own history and worldview are engrained in the lines of his songs. In his writing, Rondeau has been heavily influenced by the dolorous and at times bleak illustrations of Hank Williams, Jimmie Rodgers and Townes Van Zandt. His marked presence within the scenes of his stories is even reminiscent of early Tom Waits tunes in their somber appreciation of the darker realities of life. The listener finds a departure from these influences, however, in Rondeau’s terademark hopefulness, a steady appreciation of life in all its twinges and sorrows, victories and joys.
Supporting Leo for the night is one of Australia’s best country songwriters & performers, Harmony James. Harmony recently supported the Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell on their Australian tour where she received some deserving rave reviews. If you like your country bittersweet, be thankful for the predicament that Harmony James finds herself in. The former jillaroo, who has always preferred to drift in lonely outposts, learned her song-writing craft under wide-open skies. Now, thanks to the phenomenal success of her first two albums, she hasn’t been near a horse for a couple of years. Small wonder she’s called her third album Cautionary Tales.
Leo is here to see and embrace the “Alt/Country” scene we have here in Australia, so don’t be surprised if he gathers some of those fine musos along the way to get up on stage with him. Lets have a party...
BEN SALTER w/Connor and Bridget (The Gin Club)
Ben Salter will be performing his musical compositions, as well as those of
some others, at The Junk Bar in Ashgrove on Friday the 23rd of October. He
will be joined by his Gin Club bandmates and good friends Conor Macdonald
and Bridget Lewis. Conor will be doing a set prior to Ben's set. He needs to write some new songs; expect some new songs. He He will be accompanied by Bridget Lewis on the cello for some songs. He is writing this blurb right now. Here are some nice things people said about his new album, *The Stars My Destination*:
THE AGE / SYDNEY MORNING HERALD
“From brilliant string arrangements and the mellow acoustic moments to
heavier, superbly crafted dramatic flourishes, this is sure to feature in
many 2015 best album lists.” - Martin Boulton
“The Cat was a laudable debut, but it’s The Stars My Destination that
establishes Salter’s position alongside songwriting luminaries such as Paul Kelly, Gareth Liddiard and Tim Rogers.” - Andrew McMillen
THE COURIER MAIL
“Why isn’t he better known than he is? That’s hard to explain when his
first solo album, 2011’s The Cat, was a five-star classic, and a song like
The Gin Club’s “You Me & The Sea” is one of the best songs anyone has
written in the past 10 years.” - Noel Mengel
ROB SNARSKI- LOW FIDELITY LAUNCH - SONGS BY REQUEST 1
Rob Snarski - one of Australia's great romantic singers returns to Brisbane to launch his latest offering, "Low Fidelity (Songs By Request Volume 1).
A collection of songs requested by lovers of Rob Snarski's voice. Everything from Nina Simone to Pulp, Edwyn Collins to Glen Campbell; from classic songs to the more obscure. Recorded in the hills of Tecoma on an iPhone and embellished by guitarist/producer Shane O'Mara, it's an intimate and raw recording, unpolished but made with care.
Rob Snarski will play these songs for you, along with material from his acclaimed solo release from last year, "Wounded Bird" at Saturday 24th October at the Skukum Lounge, Junk Bar.
THE CASUARINAS VINYL EP LAUNCH
The Casuarinas are a band from Brisbane. Their new EP, Into The Clearing,
was produced by Robert Forster. The sound ranges from folk to pop and
country, from the murder ballad Fire Mountain Incident to a song about a
relationship washed away in a flood, Every Time It Rains. The EP was
recorded at Junk Bar owner Jamie Trevaskes's Mt Nebo studio, and is an all
analogue recording, from two-inch tape to mastering by Don Bartley and
pressing to vinyl in the U.S. The cover was painted by the band's Maureen
Hansen, also an acclaimed visual artist.
"One of the venues we love the most is the Junk Bar,'' says the band's Ric
Trevaskes. "That kind of intimacy just feels right for the stories that our
songs have to tell.''