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Photos: King Tears Mortuary, Polyfox, Rat King @ Croatian Club

On Saturday night, Sydney four piece King Tears Mortuary launched their new 7 inch Safe Sex in Newcastle at the Croatian Club. Polyfox and the Union of the Most Ghosts, Rat King and Hell Setzer were there as well. This is how it turned out.

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Photos: Angel Eyes, Blank Realm, Superstar and Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys in Newcastle

One of the biggest all-star line-ups of the century descended on Newcastle last Sunday for a quadruple album launch at White Records. Yasmin Nebenfuhr was there, and she kindly took some photos.

Check out our reviews of the new LPs by Bed Wettin’ Bad Boys, Angel Eyes and Blank Realm. Superstar soon.

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Hashram Audio Concern: A very brief, fact-oriented chat

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Hashram Audio Concern is a label run by Michael Donnelly. Anyone who cares about weird Australian scree will recognise that name from various musical projects including Brothers of the Occult Sisterhood. Donnelly was also the operator of the ye olde Music Your Mind Will Love You label. The newer label released a tonne of stuff last year, after quietly launching in 2010. As a close follower of the MYMWLY catalogue, I was surprised, happy, and pissed off with myself when I realised there was heaps of new stuff that I didn’t know about.

Anyway, there’s a No Guru LP coming out on Hashram Audio Concern next month, so I thought I’d send Donnelly a few catch-up questions. Here’s how it went. While you’re reading, listen to this track from 6majik9, one of Donnelly’s many musical projects.

You launched Hashram Audio Concern properly last year, is that right?
No, it was late 2010.

Why did you decide to start afresh after MYMWLY?
Cycles.

What distinguishes this label from MYMWLY?
Multiple formats… digital, cassette, CD-R, vinyl.

Are the editions still as elaborately packaged as the MYMWLY ones?
Mostly.

What bands are you playing in nowadays?
6majik9, Mansion, Ffehro, Unwar, Terracid, Sixevenine, No guru, Sky Needle…

Does Brothers of the Occult Sisterhood still exist?
No.

Are you still based in Kyogle?
Yes.

What are you enjoying music-wise?
Playing.

What Australian artists are interesting to you at the moment?
6majik9, Mansion, Ffehro, Unwar, Terracid, Sixevenine, No guru, Sky Needle…

What’s the story with the No Guru LP you’re releasing next month?
No Guru is a long-running Brisbane improv project initiated and maintained by Joel Stern. There’s No Guru was recorded in 2006 and reveals the band in rhythmic/ethnofraud mode. more importantly though, the album is released to celebrate and honor the life of Jeremy Nuske, who sadly passed away in 2010. Jeremy was a core member of not only No Guru but also the underground experimental music culture of Brisbane in the 2000s. The album also marks the debut vinyl release for Hashram.

Have you seen the Total Recall remake? If so, thoughts?
No. but I know for a fact that Dick is dead, thank fuck. if he knew what they did he would die.

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No Guru’s There’s No Guru will release next month on Hashram Audio Concern. Check out the label catalogue here.
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Crawlspace 2013: a list of forthcoming music

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Welcome to 2013. It’s another year, that much we can say with confidence. Aside from that we know absolutely nothing. The future is a total silence. It’s an impenetrable black. Maybe Reece Mastin will do a heartfelt cover of Wonderfuls’ ‘North‘. Maybe Dro Carey will release a dozen digital LPs. Maybe a rich philanthropist will build the Tatlin Tower on an island in Dubai. Maybe a semi-popular ’90s indie rock band will reform. We just don’t know.

We’re confident that the releases below will come out though, because in most cases we heard it straight from the horse’s mouth. It’s not an exhaustive list, but if you email crawlspacemag [at] gmail [dot] com with relevant, verifiable information, we will add it to the list.

January

Bedwettin’ Bad Boys – Ready For Boredom LP (RIP Society) 14th
Cross Brothers – Live at Rat Palace CS (Endless Melt)
Cuntz – Aloha LP (Homeless) 3rd
Document Swell – Lost Steam CS (Fallopian Tunes)
Garbage and the Flowers – Eyes Rind As If Beggars LP reissue (Fire Records) 21st
Home Run – Highlights From The Game Vol. 1 CS (WDYBM)
Love Chants – 4 track EP (Quemada Records)
No Guru – There’s No Guru LP (Hashramaudioconcern) “Late January”
Raw Prawn – None Left 7″ (RIP Society) 14th
Various Artists – Ferrets CS (Grog Pappy)
Various Artists – Rough End of the Stick LP (Vacant Valley)

February

Actual Holes – Almost Nothing CS (Endless Melt)
Angel Eyes – Final Fare LP (Bedroom Suck) – 1st
Big Yawn – Hash Matters CD (Fallopian Tunes)
Eastlink – Wild Dog 7″ (Aarght)
Exhaustion – Future Eaters LP (Aarght)
Greg Boring – Heavy Syrup LP (Critical Heights) 11th
Harmony – Do Me A Favour 7″ (Solar/Sonar) 1st
Moon Wheel – s/t CS (Not Not Fun) “early Feb”
The Mermaids – Calming Shit 3xCD-R (Grog Pappy)
Multiple Man – CS (self-released) mid-Feb
Ooga Boogas – Ooga Boogas LP (Aarght)
Superstar – A Toast To… LP (Bedroom Suck) – 1st

March

#459 – s/t CS (Self-released)
Barbiturates – Barbiturates CS (Lost Race)
Cured Pink – 7″ (Black Petal)
Deep Heat – New Design 10″ (Poison City) – 29th
Electric Gamelan – CS (Endless Melt)
Hollow Press – Remixes CD-R (Self-released)
Loomer – Ceiling LP (Lost Race)

April

Goodgrief Commune – x2CD (Endless Melt)
Prudence Rees-Lee – Court Music from the Planet of Love 12″ (Special Award Records)

Some time in 2013

Amateur Childbirth – LP “Around July”
Amateur Childbirth – 7″ (Disembraining Machine)
Mark Barrage CS (Endless Melt)
Brainbeau – 7″ (Disembraining Machine)
Castings – Punk Rock Is Bunk Squawk LP reissue (Negative Guest List)
Circular Keys – LP
The Dacios – Monkeys Blood LP (Homeless) “Mar/Apr”
Feet Teeth – CS (HelloSquare)
Fig. – Here Comes The Bird 7″ (Eternal Soundcheck) “May/June”
Fourth World Beaks – CS (Endless Melt) “May”
Half High – lathe cut 7″ (Altered States Tapes)
Harmony – Carpetbombing LP (Solar/Sonar)  “August”
Headcleaner – No Truth 7″ reissue (Solar/Sonar) “September”
Hobart Improv Collective – Mount Wellington LP “first half of 2013”
Iceage Productions – The Shape of Sound Volume 3 (Iceage Productions)
Love of Diagrams – LP “September”
Low Life – Dogging LP (Negative Guest List)
Making – LP (self-released) “Around July)
Dan Melchior – K-85 LP (Homeless)
Night Terrors – Back to Zero 2LP (Homeless) “March / April”
Oranj Punjabi – lathe 7″ (Altered States Tapes)
Per Purpose – Circle The Stains (mid-year)
Prehistoric’ Fuckin Moron – CS (Altered States Tapes)
Rule of Thirds – s/t 7″ (Video Disease + No Patience) “March/April”
Snawklor – CS (Endless Melt) “May”
The Stabs – Dirt (Homeless) “Feb/Mar”
The Stabs – Dead Wood (Homeless) “Feb/Mar”
Ulsers – Remember Them 7″ (Wallaby Beat)
Ulsers – Forget Them LP (Wallaby Beat)
VDO – CS (Altered States Tapes)
Worng – CS
Worng / Fatti Frances collaboration
Yolke – Syrup

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Maggot Fest III: Organiser Tim Scott Interrogated

Maggot Fest III used to be a festival that lasted for one day, but now it lasts for three. You could chalk this up to a variety of factors, but principal among them is probably that you can’t have 31 bands playing on a single day. So the best reason is math and science.

Maggot Fest III takes place in Melbourne this weekend at the Gasometer, Wooly Bully and The Town Hall Hotel. The line-up is pretty impressive, so you might not get time for many smoke breaks. As Australia’s premier investigative music journalism website, we collared Tim Scott to get some dirty, controversial quotations that will hopefully be shared on social media with an invariably aghast and outraged air. Industry veteran Christie Eliezer might mention us in his Industrial Strength column, so keep an eye out for that.

This is the third Maggot Fest, and the biggest. What’s the overall “philosophy” of the festival?
There’s no real philosophy apart from putting on fun bands that I like to drink beer to. Hopefully others feel the same. There’s so many cool Australian bands at the moment it’s ridiculous. There are over 30 bands playing this year but I could have booked a heap more. While people (especially in Melbourne) still tend to be Melbourne-centric when it comes to Australian music there’s many great bands in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth and Geelong too. Last year I took the festival to Brisbane and Sydney but this year I’m focusing on three days in Melbourne instead.

There is a basketball game as part of Maggot Fest. Will people be allowed to drink beer while playing?
Yes, we are running a three-on-three basketball tournament from noon on Saturday at Edinburgh Gardens. Everyone is welcome to register and sure, you can drink beer while you play. Having said that people take it pretty seriously. We had the same thing happen for the first Maggot Fest and while the skill level was not quite at an Iverson or Rose standard there was still a fair bit of fun intensity on the court.

I saw you act in the UV Race film Autonomy and Deliberation. Did you method act?
If by method acting you mean immersing myself in a character via a series of analyses and exercises, then no. However if you define method acting as ways of learning self-discipline and restraint in order to not crack up every time Marcus was on set, then yes, totally.

What is your favourite Kitchen’s Floor song of all time and why?
Matt Kennedy is not a songwriter I think you have ‘favourite’ songs by, but if I was to choose one it would probably be ‘Regrets ‘ off Look Forward to Nothing, but then I loved every song on Loneliness is a Dirty Mattress. Matt is a legend. Rad guy and an amazing songwriter. I’m so glad he’s bringing his band down this weekend.

Why didn’t you get Ball Park Music to play?
I have nothing against the members of Ball Park Music personally (I actually wish them well on the [V] Oz Artist of The Year Award) but it’s important that I adhere to Maggot Fest’s key principal, which is “absolutely no horse shit music”.

Whores are one of Sydney’s all-time greatest live acts. The lead singer is a tall guy. Who would win a fight between him and Steve Jobs, do you think?
Yes Whores are up there with the Celibate Rifles, Rose Tattoo and the Ted Mulry Gang as one of the Harbour City’s all time best. And yes Al is a tall guy. A gentle and friendly tall guy but in a fight I still think he would serve Jobs his arse on a plate. Especially since Jobs is underweight and hasn’t been in fighting condition for at least twelve months.

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Maggot Fest III tickets are still available. Buy them here. Say you’re going on the Facebook page.

FRI NOV 2 The Gasometer, 484 Smith St Collingwood
Psy Ants
Raw Nerves
Ratsak
Family
Soma Coma
Tyrannamen
Kitchens Floor
White Walls
Whores
Deaf Wish

SAT NOV 3 The Gasometer, 484 Smith St Collingwood
Ex Con
Gentlemen
Exhaustion
Loose Grip
Old Mate
Fighting League
The Stevens
East Link
STAG
Raw Prawn
Useless Eaters
Leather Towel
Straightjacket Nation
Helta Skelta
Nun
Ausmuteants

SUN NOV 4 Wooly Bully. 104 Errol St North Melbourne
Chook Race
Taco Leg (album launch)

SUN NOV 4 Town Hall Hotel. 33 Errol St North Melbourne
Constant Mongrel
Tight Slip
Ghastly Spats

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