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Win a double pass to Crawlspace Presents @ Boney this Saturday night

satmay17This Saturday night Crawlspace Presents returns to Melbourne for a night of very good music. There are other more creative ways of pitching this to you, but let’s keep it simple. It will be a night of very good music because great artists are playing: Four Door, Lace Curtain, Lucy Cliche and Freejack.

To celebrate the night, we are giving away a double pass. This means you will not need to pay to get in. Instead, your name will be on a special list and you will be allowed to enter the bandroom without exchanging money. You will need to save your money now that Joe Hockey has ruined the country.

To enter, just email us at crawlspacemag@gmail.com and write one sentence about whatever you like. The sentence can contain as many words as you wish. If you write two sentences and you’re the winner, I will also send you a copy of the Dead or Alive 5 soundtrack, which is music from the video game of the same name. If you choose to opt out of the CD giveaway, we will understand.

You will need to enter before 5pm on Friday afternoon in order to be eligible. Check out the Facebook event page here.

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Crawlspace Presents: Four Door, Lace Curtain, Lucy Cliche and Freejack in Melbourne

satmay17Crawlspace is happy to announce its second show in Melbourne this May, in conjunction with Dettol Forever. Featuring Four Door, the first Lace Curtain show in an age, Lucy Cliche and Freejack, it will take place May 17 at Boney in Melbourne. It follows our well-attended show in August last year, which featured Wonderfuls, Love Chants, Flat Fix and Woollen Kits.

If you don’t know any of these artists then it’s clear you have never read this website before, in which case the following relevant links will provide useful information. Lace Curtain is the duo of Dave West and Mikey Young. Live, according to material we were sent, Lace Curtain is “David physically and emotionally torturing a microphone and a sampler.” They are set to release a new 12 inch very soon, but in the meantime you can read this interview we conducted upon the release of their second record last year.

Four Dour is the duo of Matthew Hopkins (Half High, Naked on the Vague, solo) and Jonathan Hochman (Holy Balm). They released their first 12 inch last year through Nihilistic Orbs. We were rapturous (if slightly ambiguous and prolix) in our praise.

Lucy Cliche is one half of Half High, Knitted Abyss and Naked on the Vague. She released an excellent cassette album entitled Picture Yourself late last year which is perfect for late night drives to Mount Canobolas with billy in tow.

Finally Freejack is Liam Osborne, formerly of Flesh World, and the designer of the poster at the top of the page. We spoke to him a couple of months ago about his excellent Untitled Documents cassettes, chiefly because we were too engrossed in the music to formulate a cogent review.

We hope to see you there, because it is going to be a very good show. Say you’re going on Facebook, if you like.

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Listen: Clinton Green on More Talk, Less Action

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More Talk, Less Action is a series of discussions on noise and experimental music, starting August 22 and presented by West Space in Melbourne. Run by Shame File Music’s Clinton Green and Greg Wadley, the first talk features John Nixon and The Donkey’s Tail, composer Linda Kouvaras and Sabbatical owner Mark Groves discussing the aesthetics of noise and ‘wrong sound’, with moderation by Green.

It’ll be an interesting talk, especially in light of the below interview with Clinton Green (conducted by Paul Kidney) where he discusses the primacy of “ideas” in noise and experimental music. “We have a feeling that it’s almost a taboo to talk about the ideas behind music, rather than [to simply say] that’s good or that’s bad…,” Green says.

“[it’s not the case with] all left-of-centre music, but with a lot of it I think the ideas are important. I think if you’re going to call something classically experimental then there’s got to be a concept in there somewhere, a conceptuality in there somewhere, otherwise I don’t think you can really call it experimental.”

You can listen to the full interview here, which was originally broadcast on PBS. Details on the event here.

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Crawlspace Presents: Love Chants, Wonderfuls, Woollen Kits and Flat Fix in Melbourne

crawlspacepres1Crawlspace is very proud to announce its first Crawlspace Presents show at the Gasometer Hotel in Melbourne this August 3. We’ll be hosting the album launches for Love Chants’ 12 inch debut on Quemada Records (reviewed here) and the imminent LP reissue of Wonderfuls’ 2012 CD-R Salty Town (Wonderfuls interviewed here).

Joining Love Chants and Wonderfuls will be Melbourne’s finest pop group Woollen Kits, marking one of their first live appearances in yonks, as well as Flat Fix.

Say you’re going to the event on Facebook if you want.

Here’s the awkward press material. Read it very carefully:

Crawlspace Magazine will present four of Australia’s finest at Melbourne’s Gasometer Hotel on August 3, 2013.

LOVE CHANTS will launch their debut Quemada-issued 12 inch EP, marking the trio’s first performance in Melbourne. Consisting Michael Zulicki (Mad Nanna, Albert’s Basement), Anthony Guerra (Black Petal) and Matt Earle (Breakdance the Dawn, xNOBBQx), Love Chants “is two guitars, a drum kit and a spectral voice, dispensing the peripheral concerns of beauty and reaching for its simplest elements.”

Brisbane’s WONDERFULS released Salty Town in 2012, a collection of straightforward and bleakly impressionistic songs borne of small town addiction and mental illness. Salty Town is one of the most unrelentingly bleak, darkly funny and transfixing records of the modern age. The duo’s performance will celebrate the LP reissue with copies available at the show. Rare opportunity.

WOOLLEN KITS need no introduction: the Melbourne trio released two LPs via RIP Society in 2012. Songs about girls and other important issues. One of the best pop groups going around.

FLAT FIX is a duo featuring Nick Senger (Castings, Alzheimer Blanks) and Cooper Bowman (RSI, Altered States Tapes). Together they produce strange electronic music using analog hardware. No woosy Brian Eno cliches, no retro house. Strange and transporting.

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Watch: Deadshits 2010 festival documentary

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Here’s a charmingly rough and candid documentary about the inaugural Deadshits festival, an annual Brisbane event run by Joe Alexander of Bedroom Suck records. The video at hand was directed by media magnate Matt Kennedy, operator of Eternal Soundcheck which includes a label, radio show, video blog, and soon-to-be webstore. He also plays in Kitchen’s Floor. The doco features a recurring conversation with Everett True, who played on the day with the Deadnotes, as well as footage of Young Romantix, Bitch Prefect, Meat Thump, Cured Pink and more. The latter artist puts in a sterling performance. Check out that hundred yard stare.

Here’s what Kennedy has to say about it:

“‘Deadshits’ was a small music festival held in Brisbane on the 5th and 6th of November, 2010. This footage was thought to be lost but was recently found in a damp box and compiled into this short documentary. It is incomplete in that only four of the bands that played the festival are featured and I would not call it a complete representation of the event.”

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