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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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New Music

Listen: The Mermaids – Schlep Salsa

This previously unheard The Mermaids track is just one cog in a larger machine. This is the Newcastle duo’s contribution to a huge double cassette compilation releasing shortly on Altered States Tapes called Feral Flotsam. The tape is due some time this month, and it has a huge track list that will boggle the mind of folk this way inclined. Here are but a few of the 34 artists who feature: Castings, xNoBBQx, X-Wave, Tailings, Bitter Defeat, Astral Social Club, Joel Stern, Muura, Cured Pink, Oranj Punjabi, 6majik9… the list, obviously, goes on.

The tape will launch in Melbourne on November 24 with several bands on the compilation performing, including Mshing with Military Position, VDO, Chronox, Tim Coster, Mu and Dry Mouth. The details are on Facebook. In the meantime, listen to this Mermaids track and prepare. Definitely the weirdo tape event of the year.

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Download: The Mermaids – Dolphin Cove

Crawlspace was sent a new batch of Grog Pappy releases recently. Grog Pappy is a Newcastle cassette label operated by The Guy From Cock Safari (his name is Michael), but we haven’t got around to reviewing them yet because our tape player is busted. Get around to them we will, though, but in the meantime, the benevolent folk at that label have offered up a free download of the now-sold-out Mermaids tape from last year. Titled Dolphin Cove, it’s liable to put a smile on the dial of any fan of shit-eating Newcastle noise.

The Mermaids consists of aforementioned guy from Cock Safari and Nick French from Polyfox and the Union of the Most Ghosts. Cooper Bowman recently described Grog Pappy’s output as “the greatest insight into Newcastle you are likely to get, outside of getting your head kicked in outside The Kent”. He’s from Newcastle, so you should listen to him.

Visit the Grog Pappy website for your free, no-strings-attached download. For more immediate thrills, watch this live footage of a July performance at Newcastle’s Terrace Bar.

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Watch: Stitched Vision – Crossing Over

Stitched Vision released a couple of very pretty, retro-futurist ambient synth cassettes a while back, but as far as proper releases are concerned we haven’t heard anything new since last year’s Fold. I haven’t actually heard that tape, but Jason Campbell’s 2010 debut Open Palms is a pretty essential (albeit sold out!) release, and the other project he’s involved in, Tailings, is also worth a listen. Very unlike most of the other stuff you’re probably used to hearing from Newcastle.

Stitched Vision has a new album coming out “later this year” on Campbell’s own Eternal Solitude label, and the track embedded below will feature on it. Entitled Holding It Together, Campbell tells me he’s still not sure whether it’ll be a tape or an LP (or, ha, CD!) but whatever happens, it sounds like he’s plumbing the same glistening nostalgic depths he always has. Perfect for tower block fetishists.

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