Saturday, December 5, 2015

Late Century Modern Recordings

Hello SSS readers,

Long time no post!

This week, I officially launched my label out of a Valley laneway, a tiny hole in the wall record and cassette bar Phase 4.The label's name is LCMR. The plan was and is to release Brisbane music that has never appeared on record before - whether that be the Outpatients, the Bex Crystals or some other band you may have only read about.

In the first instance, I went for an album that was never released on LP. The historian in me had to fill that void. And in that (vast) Kuepper catalogue, you'll notice that 1992's Black Ticket Day came out through the three major format options at the time: CD, LP, and cassette; and 1994's Character Assassination was much the same. However, the album in the middle (Serene Machine) did not - it was only a digipak CD and cassette release despite the fact it was recorded at Electric Avenue as an under forty minute, twelve track LP with half shared over sides one and two.
Serene Machine was made in an edition of 300 copies from MPO in France with Don Bartley's  master, the record cut by SST Br├╝ggemann in Germany. Judi Kuepper's original photograph was sourced after a bit of detective work, and the cover was restored to its proper ratio.

At the time of writing, it's available via the Phase 4 Record and Cassette Bar in Bakery Lane, 680B Ann St, Fortitude Valley and via LCMR's online store

Is there something LCMR should release? Drop a line in the comments section.

Have a lovely December!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Robert Forster "Songs To Play" Album Launch 21-11-15 The Triffid Brisbane

 Well Its been 7 years since Roberts last solo album and its
a remarkable record, so it was fitting the album launch was
a remarkable gig. Ive seen Robert play so many times over
the years and this was one of the best.
He remarked a few songs in how the band was on fire
and indeed it was.

Joined on stage by his wife Karin Baumler, Luke McDonald
and Scott Bromiley from the John Steel Singers and
Chris ONeill on drums, they played loads of songs from
the new album, a few Go-Between Classics and a few
earlier solo songs. Robert was in fine form, getting loud
cheers  from the audience as he sung those classic Robert
lines like,
"I'm not the joker I'm the sheriff of this town "
And so much hilarity when he sang "I love Myself"

So many highlights, the beautiful "Clouds", the angst of "Cleaning
the pool for you"  or the pop brilliance of "Head full of Steam"
and of course the totally hammed up "Danger in the Past"
But the real highlights were the new songs from Songs To Play
Especially the opening track "Learn to burn", these songs are
some of the best Robert has ever written.
A Brilliant gig and even better was my position front and center
so I could take some of the best gig shots I've ever taken

Halfway 21-11-15 the Triffid, Brisbane

Opening for Robert Forster Halfway had the crowd eating out of their
hand. Starting will some of the gems from their Robert Forster produced
album Any Old Love and sounding brilliant.
They did a very unshowbiz thing and ended ended with a heap of new
songs from the next and yet to be released album
One time Go-Between John Wilsteed was hiding back in the shadows
but his guitar work constantly reminding you of what an incredible
guitarist he is, but the rest of his band are just as good.
The sound they create is something to be experienced