You might be familiar with Jay Hinman's writing from his Superdope zine back in the '90s, or more recently from his blogs Agony Shorthand (2003-06), Detailed Twang (2006-09) and The Hedonist Jive (2009-now). He started another music-focused blog in September of 2012 called Dynamite Hemorrhage, and the quality of his palaver is as good as ever. There's bi-weekly podcasts which are well worth the listen too. You can read what he had to say about the Eastlink single here and the Ausmuteants LP here. Alright yes it does look like he said the Ausmuteants have written better songs than Devo. I'm sure he didn't mean it.
Next Sunday night at the Red Rattler (note venue changes: not the Marrickville Bowlo anymore) in Sydney we're presenting a night with Tyvek, Ooga Boogas, Exhaustion, Ausmuteants and a one-off collaboration between Duncan Blachford (Exhaustion), Ian Wadley (name it, though he's in Exhaustion for now), Matthew Hopkins (Naked On The Vague) and improv legend Jim Denley. 7:00pm - midnight, 91 Sydenham Rd, Marrickville.
Also on the Sunday at the Red Rattler (next door, 4:30 - 9:30pm) is the equally sick line-up of Multiple Man, Red Red Krovvy, M.O.B., Housewives, School Girl Report and Shovels.
Get tickets for just the Sunday here and for the full five-day festival here.
We're putting this night on for Melbourne Music Week. It's in the underground carpark at Melbourne Uni, best known as the scene in Mad Max where Max is given his V8 Interceptor. One of our favourite bands, Tyvek are coming out from Detroit for it and the lineup includes all the local bands we've done records with in the last year. The carpark will be transformed into a vision of sci-fi horror flicks of the VHS era, courtesy of Jenny Branagan (Nun), Alex Akers (Forces) and Johann Rashid (Eastlink). Tickets are a measly $30 - buy 'em here!
The Ausmuteants Amusements LP is here! It'll be in stores over the next few days and from us via mailorder right now. It's by far and away the best thing they've done, a great realisation of the bedroom synth, '60s punk and new-wave noise they've been tooling around with over the last couple of years. You might even say they've matured until you hear the absurdly juvenile lyrics - enough teen snot to keep Rabelais happy. Totally stoked to see this one come out.
Aarght are stoked to be reissuing, in conjunction with Goner, the first three Cosmic Psychos records: Down On The Farm, Cosmic Psychos and Go The Hack. All three have been remastered and sound bigger, rougher and dirtier than ever before. The LPs come with download card and we're also doing CDs - the first two together on one, and Go The Hack on its own. Due for release in mid September, just in time for their tour of the USA where they'll be showing the Blokes You Can Trust doco at every gig. Last stop: Gonerfest 10!