It’s nice when someone else asks you to release something, in this case the always excellent bedroom DIY label Chemical Imbalance in Sydney. (They also put out The Drunken Boat’s album Sideshow in 2016 as well as a whole bunch of great stuff from Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere.) Schmørgåsbaag & Other Furniture is my third solo release to date and is named for the recycled furniture shop come bar come gallery in Hobart where the title track was recorded earlier this year, live in front of a small handful of people. That track is a long one, over 25 minutes in length and comprising the whole of my set on the night; it’s a droning, ambient free-folk kind of thing with plenty of space and amp noise.
The rest of the album comprises another 6 shorter tracks that I recorded at home in Melbourne in August. Aside from everything being played on my electric bouzouki this time around, it’s a pretty diverse bunch of sounds with everything from gentler ambient soundscape to rowdy free improv utilising extended (lack of) technique, to something that sounds more like super overdriven rembetiko. Despite that variety, I think it holds together pretty well as a whole. Comes in awesome hand-made packaging courtesy of Mitch at Chemical Imbalance, each with unique splatter-art covers. Click on the image below to listen to/purchase the album (very limited edition of 25):
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A live recording of my improvised drum and keys duo with Jesse Clark of Howling Gruel, etc. Recorded at Dane Certificate’s Magic Tricks, Gags and Theatre late last year, a venue greatly missed by all who played, listened, watched and communed within and outside its walls. Released on Albert’s Basement this month (July 2017). You can hear a sample below.
I started Frustration Jazz earlier this year, initially to put out my own music and I’ve been keeping it pretty quiet until now because of that. But after just three releases – two solo and one by The Drunken Boat – I’m really excited to be puting out the first recordings that I’m not directly involved in. David Palliser’s Lame & Free is a 3-track album of freely improvised music, played mostly on alto sax, influenced by free jazz but definitely non-idiomatic in its approach. David is a member of Melbourne free music legends Charles Ives Singers amongst other acts, as well as being an awesome painter. As for the label, I plan on keeping it pretty wide ranging with a definite bent towards sounds from outside, underneath and in-between. And as much as I like the more free and fucked-up elements of jazz, it’s NOT a ‘jazz’ label.
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I played a couple of solo gigs in July, the second was at LongPlay in Fitzroy North. Contact mic’d acoustic bouzouki running into a PA, 6 strings not 8 of course, in a free-folk kind of vein. I was pretty happy with the way it went (wouldn’t share otherwise) but I reckon I’ve still got a way to go. Tim Coster was also on the bill that night, making his amazing analogue/digital looping drones, along with the debut of McKosker/Harris/Callaway – two basses and a synth, hope to hear more from those folks soon!
Album number four for The Drunken Boat has just been released on Sydney DIY label Chemical Imbalance, our first to be released by someone other than the band (I released the third one on my own label so that doesn’t count)! Side Show is three long tracks of ethno-forgery/psych/noise improvised in September 2014 and housed in handmade sleeves designed by Mitch at Chemical Imbalance. Copies are very limited so get in quick. Click on the image below for the link and whilst you’re there check out some of the other awesome releases on the label.
The Drunken Boat released their second CD-R album in late July, continuing the Rimbaud references with the album and track titles. Sonically it’s more of a drone outing this time around, bookended by a couple of shorter noisier numbers. Recorded in 2012 before Dale went overseas for a year.
My melbourne-based duo with Dale Chapman put out a CD-R last year, our first release, entitled Obliterated Highway. Two tracks of cathartic shit-core noise and a third (over 20 minutes long) of butalist rock n’ roll minimalism involving a two-string guitar and electronics. There’s still a handful of physical copies left, available from our new Bandcamp page. More recordings on the way soon as well.