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    Chapter end of year sale!

    Chapter’s having a big sale til the end of the year via our website and Australian record stores. Everything pre-2014 is going cheap, including some of our biggest hits like Twerps, Dick Diver, Beaches and the Can’t Stop It! compilations. Check out our webstore, or head down to your favourite record emporium to pick up […]
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    Cannanes release free tribute to Gough Whitlam

    Sydney/Bendigo pop icons The Cannanes have recorded a pop tribute to recently departed former Prime Minister Gough Whitlam. Stream or download it free from the Chapter webstore, Soundcloud or Bandcamp. The Cannanes’ Fran Gibson writes – “On 11 November 1975, my modern history teacher ran into my classroom. In a shocked tone, she told the class that […]
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    New Darren Sylvester video in vocal and karaoke versions

    Imagine a world where you could stumble into a late night karaoke bar and belt out your favourite Chapter Music hits. Sounds like paradise, right? Well that’s the utopian world that cross-disciplinary art visionary Darren Sylvester envisages in his new video for Fresh Face, the fourth single from his 2013 opus Off By Heart. As the screen […]
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    Andras & Oscar album launch tour announced

    Casual house superstars Andras & Oscar, aka Andras Fox and Oscar Key Sung, announce launch dates for their debonair debut album Café Romantica. Released officially just last week, the album has been hitting sweet spots all around the world. Here’s a few choice quotes: “This album does not just get listened to, it possesses you […]
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    Twerps announce new single, new video, new album + new tour dates!

    Melbourne pop foursome Twerps are excited to announce the release of second album Range Anxiety. Chapter Music will release the album for Australia and New Zealand on January 23, 2015, while iconic US label Merge Records will release it for the rest of the world on January 27. The first taste of Range Anxiety is […]
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    Stream Andras & Oscar’s Cafe Romantica

    Andras & Oscar’s debut album Cafe Romantica is released this Friday by Chapter Music (and Dopeness Galore outside Australia/New Zealand). All this week you can stream the album exclusively via just two channels. UK site thefourohfive.com has the international scoop, while tonedeaf.com.au has the Australian premiere. Cafe Romantica is released on vinyl and digital by Chapter Music […]
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    MMW presents Chapterfest 22

    Chapter Music and Melbourne Music Week are teaming up again to present Chapterfest 22, an afternoon of musical awesomeness at MMW’s 2014 hub venue at Queen Victoria Market. Psych-rock deities Beaches present new material to follow their rightfully-lauded, Australian Music Prize-nominated album She Beats (2013). Little Ugly Girls, the legendary Hobart/Melbourne noise punks, reform in advance of the release of […]
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    Laura Jean + Jack Ladder swap album launch supports

    Melbourne folk auteur Laura Jean and Sydney’s darkly debonair Jack Ladder are teaming up to support each other at upcoming album launches. Jack Ladder solo can now be announced as main support for Laura’s Sydney album launch on Friday October 24 at Red Rattler, with the Singing Skies as opening act. Laura Jean will then support Jack Ladder […]
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    New single and video for Jonny Telafone

    Post-apocalyptic R’n’B man-myth Jonny Telafone returns with The Prayer, produced with Alex Akers from Foreces. It’s the first single from his upcoming album Romeo Must Cry. Check out the video below, directed by Geoffrey O’Connor. Jonny was last heard on his 2012 self-titled release, a 20 track overview of his already staggering career, that came as […]
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    Andras & Oscar new video and album pre-order

    Thump has just premiered a new video for Looking Back, the second single from Andras & Oscar’s forthcoming album Café Romantica. Check it out here. Directed by A.r.t. Wilson, the colourful one-take video assembles friends and family around a moody Oscar and quietly supportive Andras, with nods to Australian dance pop pioneers the Reels and RSPCA ads from the 1980s. You […]
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    Laura Jean album launch supports announced

    Melbourne folk auteur Laura Jean is heading out next month to launch her acclaimed self-titled fourth album. Since its release in late August, Laura Jean has been showered in critical plaudits, including an incredibly in-depth and perceptive review on Mess+Noise. Woozy single Don’t Marry the One You Love has even been picked up for Heavy […]
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    New Stevens track + US tour!

    Scratchy pop foursome the Stevens are off to the US for their first overseas tour, and have released a standalone, incredibly catchy single to vibe up the American continent. Download the single here. Here are their dates: 9/4 LA @ Los Globos w/ The Memories 9/6 SF @Hemlock w/ Scott & Charlene’s Wedding 9/10 NY @ Cake […]
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    Tully – exclusive Rolling Stone stream + pre-order

    Check out an exclusive stream of the entire 1970 Tully album now via Rolling Stone! Chapter Music is thrilled to present the first ever reissue of the self-titled debut album by Sydney’s famed prog-psych giants Tully. Tully is released on 5 Sep 2014 on gatefold LP, CD and digital by Chapter. Grab your copy now Originally released […]
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    Laura Jean album out today + launch tour announced!

    Melbourne folk auteur Laura Jean releases her self-titled album Laura Jean today, and announces Sydney and Melbourne album launches. Saturday October 4 Presented by Triple R Melbourne – Northcote Social Club supports TBA tickets here Friday October 24 Sydney – Red Rattler supports TBA tickets here Laura Jean alternates between startlingly honest portraits of domestic life, and […]
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    Twerps release new EP + sign to Merge internationally

    Melbourne pop foursome Twerps return with an eight song EP entitled Underlay, released today! It’s the first new material from the band since their much-loved Work It Out/He’s In Stock single from late 2012. Get your copy here It’s also the first new material since the arrival of new drummer Alex Macfarlane (also of fellow […]
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    Laura Jean album stream via Broadsheet

    Broadsheet have an exclusive stream of the new Laura Jean album, until its release this Friday August 22. Check out your first full glimpse of the magnificent album here. If you like what you hear, you can pre-order the album via the Chapter store, iTunes or Bandcamp.  
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    Geoffrey O’Connor’s Album Launches Announced

    Check out the new video for album slow-burner I Never Cry at the bottom of this post. Suave synth-pop songsmith Geoffrey O’Connor returns with his second solo album Fan Fiction on Chapter Music. The self-produced album, on which he plays almost every instrument, sees Geoffrey refine his late-night vision, exploring obsession, desire and submission in a […]
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    Geoffrey O’Connor album ‘Fan Fiction’ just released!

    Fan Fiction, the suave synth-pop album from one-time Crayon Fields frontman Geoffrey O’Connor is out today! The album is available in three formats being Digital, Deluxe Gold Vinyl or CD. Grab your copy here Anyone wanting to pick up individual tracks, head to Bandcamp or iTunes.
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    Andras & Oscar “Everytime I Go”

    Chapter is very excited to be releasing Cafe Romantica by Andras & Oscar (Andras Fox and Oscar Key Sung) in October. First single Every-time I Go was just premiered on Yours Truly SF – check it out! Andras & Oscar are launching the single with a show at Howler Melbourne this Sunday Aug 10 from […]
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    Stream Geoffrey O’Connor’s new album via Rolling Stone

    Geoffrey O’Connor’s suave and slinky second album Fan Fiction is out this Friday, but for those who just can’t wait to marvel at its musical treasures, Rolling Stone is streaming the album exclusively all this week! Pre-order Fan Fiction here or get it via iTunes
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    New Darren Sylvester video for Boys Die Young

    The third video from Darren Sylvester’s sumptuous 2013 album Off By Heart is the best yet! Premiered by Noisey, the clip was directed by Darren and frequent collaborator Alifileti Tuapasi Toki. “It’s a Lost Boys-style girl group” says Darren, “branded and stranded in the garden of Eden, like a modern day Adam and Eve, playing […]
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    New Laura Jean single “Don’t Marry the One You Love”

    Melbourne folk-rock auteur Laura Jean brings us Don’t Marry the One You Love, the new single from her upcoming self-titled album. Check it out here. As premiered today on Tiny Mix Tapes, Don’t Marry is a wry exposition on the dangers of commitment. Laura’s new album is out on vinyl, CD and digital on August 22. It was recorded in the UK […]
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    Geoffrey O’Connor album trailer

    Geoffrey O’Connor’s magnificent second album Fan Fiction will be released on August 8. As anticipation mounts, Geoffrey has made this tantalising trailer.
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    Two new Primitive Calculators videos

    First glimpsed on Primitive Calculators‘ recent hilarious guest programming of all night video institution Rage, now the internet can witness two new videos from the Melbourne synth-punk icons’ 2013 album The World Is Fucked. Both videos have just been premiered via Mess+Noise. The video for Dead was directed by Matthew Ellery, with lighting effects by Tarek Ishak, and was filmed in […]
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    Geoffrey O’Connor launches new single

    You’ve heard and loved Geoffrey O’Connor’s suave new single Her Name On Every Tongue. You’ve seen the beguiling, chameleonic video (in which he plays everyone from a prisoner to an astronaut). And now you can witness Australia’s own synth-pop superstar live in concert at his upcoming Melbourne single launch! The second single from Geoffrey’s forthcoming album Fan Fiction (after last year’s […]
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    Laura Jean premieres ‘First Love Song’

    Melbourne modern folk auteur Laura Jean returns with First Love Song, the lead single from her upcoming self-titled album. Laura recorded the album in the UK with producer John Parish, revered for his work with PJ Harvey over the course of her career. Rising Norwegian artist Jenny Hval sings backing vocals throughout the album. Premiered this week on popmatters.com, First […]
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    New Geoffrey O’Connor single + video

    Synth-pop star Geoffrey O’Connor outdoes Eddie Murphy in the video for slinky new single Her Name On Every Tongue, playing everyone from a prison warden to an astronaut. The song itself premiered on themusic.com.au on Wednesday, but now you can check out the video premiere via Spin.com, or direct on YouTube! Her Name is the […]
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    Primitive Calculators host Rage!

    “Australia’s most influential band that you’ve never heard of, Primitive Calculators, have a hosting coming up the likes of which you’ve never seen.” Coming up in the late 70’s Melbourne punk scene, these contemporaries of Nick Cave never really fit the mold. They were known for their unwavering commitment to keeping things experimental, organising impromptu shows and being immortalized […]
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    Darren Sylvester is ‘For You’

    Renowned Melbourne artist, musician and Chapter Music superstar Darren Sylvester has just released a 15 minute instrumental track entitled For You. For You is the soundtrack to Darren’s art installation of the same name, and has been a much-talked about feature of the National Gallery of Victoria’s massive Melbourne Now exhibition. For You takes the form of an illuminated dance floor, with […]
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    Beaches Limited Blue Vinyl Repress of She Beats

    Head over to the Chapter store to pick up your copy of the beautiful new repress of Beaches‘ Australian Music Prize-shortlisted album She Beats, on gorgeous blue vinyl! Get your copy!
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    The Stevens + Primitive Calculators album launches

    2013 was a huge year for Chapter Music, our most ginormous ever, and we finished with a bang in the form of our artists totally dominating the end of year best-of lists like bosses. The Ancients, Beaches, Bushwalking, the Cannanes, Darren Sylvester, Dick Diver, Pikelet, Primitive Calculators, Standish/Carlyon and the Stevens all found their way […]
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    Happy Happy Holidays!

    Hey all, it’s been a big ol whirlwind of a year here at Chapter Music, our biggest ever! We’re feeling festive and are going to take the rest of the year off from sending out mailorders, so feel free to order anything you like from the Chapter webstore, but we won’t be around to send it […]
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    Chapterfest 21 – playing times announced!

    Chapter Music’s 21st birthday party for Melbourne Music Week is almost upon us, and everyone’s getting pretty excited! The Residence, MMW’s purpose-built dome venue extravaganza is taking shape now, and looking amazing. Twerps and Dick Diver have been jamming out their collab set, but still keeping everything under pretty tight wraps, so who knows exactly what they could come […]
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    The Stevens + Primitive Calculators album release dates announced!

    The end of the year is upon us, and Chapter Music has had a veritable big one, with 11 albums to be released this year, and one lone EP. Released tomorrow, Friday November 1, the final records to make up our big 12 for 2013 are debut albums by two very different groups, of very […]
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    The Stevens, Primitive Calculators, The Ancients, Darren Sylvester (launches & supports)

    Chapter has had a crazy good year, our biggest ever, and at the start of November we release our two final albums for 2013 – the Stevens’ A History Of Hygiene and Primitive Calculators’ The World Is Fucked. Here are some album launch details for them both, plus fellow Chapter stars Darren Sylvester and the […]
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    The Ancients “Night Bus” (release date + Polyester instore!)

    Dreamy Melbourne psych-pop band the Ancients return with third album Night Bus, released on LP (with download code), CD and digital on Friday October 18 on Chapter Music. Melbournites can head to Polyester Records city store at 6pm today (Oct 18) to see a free, all-ages instore! Their first record for Chapter Music, Night Bus is an […]
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    New videos for The Ancients + Darren Sylvester

    Overnight, two new red-hot videos by Chapter recording megastars the Ancients and Darren Sylvester premiered on uber-hip online culture portals. The Ancients go all Lord of the Dance on the high-entertainment-value video for snappy single “Hey Now”, from their upcoming third album Night Bus. Click on the video still to check it out, or read […]
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    Chapterfest 21 feat. Twerps + Dick Diver Collaboration

    Chapter Music turns twenty-one in 2013, so to celebrate our coming of age, we’ve curated a night of new and unexpected pleasures for this year’s Melbourne Music Week, aptly entitled Chapterfest 21! At the Residence, MMW’s custom-built festival hub at Birrarung Marr, Chapter flagship bands Twerps and Dick Diver will come together for a special collaborative set, which […]
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    Darren Sylvester (launches + deluxe packaging!)

    Suave Melbourne art star Darren Sylvester announces launch dates for his acclaimed second album Off By Heart. Darren will play an instore at Polyester Records on the album’s release day, this Friday Oct 4, before heading to Sydney the following night for Goodgod Small Club’s third birthday party (alongside the likes of Standish/Carlyon, Montero and more). […]
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    New Single + Album by The Stevens

    Check out the new Stevens single Hindsight, just premiered on Ad Hoc! And pick up a copy of your own from the Chapter Music Bandcamp. The most exciting new band we at Chapter Music have come across in the last few years is Melbourne scratchy pop foursome the Stevens. Earlier this year we reissued their […]
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    New Primitive Calculators song and album!

    35 years after they first crawled out of dark, suburban Springvale to spew their synth-punk filth over Melbourne and beyond, Primitive Calculators have made their first ever studio album. Stuart Grant, Denise Hilton, Dave Light and Frank Lovece formed Primitive Calculators in 1978. They existed in bitter antipathy and vile hedonism until 1980, reforming briefly […]
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    Geoffrey O’Connor ‘Jacqueline’ Premier On Brooklyn Vegan

    Previously known as the frontman for euphoric pop quartet Crayon Fields, Geoffrey O’Connor stepped out from behind his guitar in 2011 with solo album Vanity Is Forever, an assemblage of high-production dance hits, suave funk joyrides and modern synthetic power balladry. New single Jacqueline is the first taste of his solo follow-up, out now via […]
  • Twerps + Mac Demarco (Canada) co-headline shows!

    Melbourne’s bittersweet jangle-meisters Twerps team up with Canadian garage-pop crooner Mac Demarco for a couple of truly egalitarian co-headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney in December. Twerps have charmed their way through the US, Canada, Australia and NZ in recent years, winning fans and releasing much-loved records on labels around the world. They’re heading back […]
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    ON TOUR: The Cannanes, Bushwalking, Pikelet, Darren Sylvester

    With a bevy of releases still to come this year (from Pikelet, Bushwalking, Darren Sylvester, the Ancients, and more yet to be announced) it’s a veritable whirlwind of new singles, videos, instore and launches at the moment at Chapter HQ. So here’s a round-up of gig news from our ever-expanding stable of auteur savant genii! […]
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    The Ancients – ‘Night Bus’, teaser track “Molokai”

    Check out the Ancients’ Molokai, as just premiered on Impose. Or pick up your own copy from the Chapter Bandcamp! Chapter Music is honoured to announce the upcoming release of Night Bus, the third album from Melbourne band the Ancients. The astoundingly beautiful track Molokai, a sweeping guitar symphony in miniature, has just been premiered on […]
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    Darren Sylvester (new single and launch)

    Check out Dream Or Something Like That, premiered yesterday on Flavorwire! Pick up your own copy from Chapter’s Bandcamp. Melbourne art star Darren Sylvester returns with high sheen new single Dream Or Something Like That, the first taste of upcoming second album Off By Heart. He also announces a Melbourne single launch at new venue Boney for […]
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    Bushwalking announce new album and premiere title track

    Check out epic title track No Enter, premiered today on Noisey! Pick up your own copy from the Chapter Bandcamp. Chapter Music is excited to announce that Melbourne/Sydney trio Bushwalking will release their second album No Enter on Chapter on 6 September 2013. The band comprises Nisa Venerosa of Chapter Music artists Fabulous Diamonds, alongside Ela Stiles of Sydney band […]
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    Pikelet – new single Combo + album launch dates!

    Check out new single Combo, premiered today on Indie Shuffle! Get your own copy via Chapter’s Bandcamp! Melbourne exploratory synth-pop adventurers Pikelet announce launch dates for third album Calluses, due for release on Chapter Music on 16 August 2013. The follow-up to 2010’s Australian Music Prize-shortlisted Stem. Calluses is a darker, denser beast than its predecessors, recorded, mixed and mastered with […]
  • The Cannanes album ‘Howling At All Hours’

    Formed in Sydney in 1984, international DIY pop icons the Cannanes last released an album in the year 2002, but that all changes today! In the years since 2002’s album Trouble Seemed So Far Away, the band have definitely been busy, touring the world, designing their own limited edition Converse sneakers and getting their music […]
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    Standish / Carlyon announce album launches

    Futurist dub pop duo Standish/Carlyon announce album launch shows in Melbourne and Sydney in July/August for their acclaimed debut albumDeleted Scenes. These come after their upcoming dates supporting Kirin J Callinan on his national tour. Conrad Standish and Tom Carlyon, both formerly of shadowy rock group Devastations, continue the process begun on the final Devastations album Yes, U, moving […]
  • New Cannanes album ‘SPIN’ premiere and pre-order!

    Check out first single “A Bigger Splash” as premiered on Spin. ALBUM OUT 5 JULY 2013, PRE-ORDERS HERE. Chapter Musc is excited to announce Howling At All Hours, the new album by international DIY pop icons the Cannanes. First forming in Sydney in the mid 1980s, they have released ten albums on labels all around the […]
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    New Pikelet track ‘Pressure Cooker’

    Melbourne psych pop wonders Pikelet return with the first evidence from their upcoming third album Calluses. Premiered today on Spin, teaser track Pressure Cooker is an eerie, loping marvel – six minutes of dark, dreamy post-apocalyptic shuffle – apocalysmic disco? It’s a sure sign that third album Calluses, due out on Chapter Music in August, is […]
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    Standish/Carlyon (Deleted Scenes Pre-orders) + Kirin J Callinan (tour dates!)

    Futurist dub-pop duo Standish/Carlyon release their amazing debut album Deleted Scenes on Chapter Music Friday May 17, but you can now pre-order your own copy via the Chapter Music webstore As of today, you can also stream the album in full via the wonderful folks at the Quietus. They’ve also been invited to tour the […]
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    Send Them Away – new video from Beaches

    She Beats, the second album by Melbourne psych-rock megastars Beaches, comes out today on LP, CD and digital via Chapter Music! The band have also announced supports for their upcoming album launch tour, which begins at the end of this month. Friday May 31 Hobart – Brisbane Hotel with Native Cats + Catsuit tickets $10 […]
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    Dick Diver – Big Tour announced!

    It’s true that Melbourne deep pop thinkers Dick Diver are launching their fulsomely-praised second album Calendar Days this Friday April 19, with one sold out show at Melbourne’s Tote Hotel, supported by Milk Teddy and Free Time. But where does that leave the band’s hordes of rabid fans who aren’t among the 300 or so […]
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    Beaches – new single and album launch tour!

    Sprawling Melbourne psych-rock quintet Beaches reveal new single Send Them Away, and announce launch dates for their second album She Beats, due out on Chapter Music on May 3. Gorilla Vs Bear premiered crazily catchy new single Send Them Away today. Click here to check it out! It’s been five years since debut album Beaches, […]
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    The Stevens announce EP launches

    Scratchy Melbourne pop foursome the Stevens re-release their debut EP on Chapter Music next week, and have teed up a couple of killer shows to launch it. They play Sydney’s Old Fitzroy Hotel on Saturday April 27, and return for a hometown launch at Melbourne’s Tote Hotel on Friday May 17. Centred around guitarists Alex […]
  • Beaches – new album and track premiere

    Chapter Music is very pleased to be releasing the second album She Beats by Melbourne psychic rock five piece Beaches on May 3 2013. To get you warmed up, here’s a new track “Distance” as premiered on Gorilla Vs Bear this morning. The song is one of two on the album to feature guitar work […]
  • Dick Diver – Melbourne album launch & instore

    Much-loved Melbourne guitar slingers Dick Diver return with their second album Calendar Days, and announce a Melbourne album launch. They also play a free, all ages instore at Polyester Records’ city store next Friday (the day of the album’s release), and this weekend play at Golden Plains! Previously known for their scratchy, dueling guitars and […]
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    New single from Standish / Carlyon

    Check out the synthetic/fractured funk of Nono/Yoyo, just premiered on Stereogum. Futurist dub pop duo Standish/Carlyon drop the first single from their upcoming debut album Deleted Scenes. Comprising Conrad Standish and Tom Carlyon, both formerly of shadowy rock group Devastations, Standish/Carlyon recorded Deleted Scenes in London but are now based again in Melbourne. Deleted Scenes continues […]
  • Say ‘hello’ to The Stevens!

    Chapter Music is excited to announce a new signing to the label’s celebrated roster – please welcome scratchy Melbourne pop foursome The Stevens. Centred around guitarists Alex MacFarlane and Travis MacDonald, the young band released a 6 song EP in 2012 that was without doubt the catchiest non-Chapter thing we heard all year. Originally on […]
  • New Dick Diver single ‘Water Damage’

    Check out the new Dick Diver single Water Damage, premiered yesterday on Gorilla Vs Bear! Much-loved Melbourne guitar slingers Dick Diver return with second album Calendar Days in March this year, the follow-up to 2011 debut New Start Again. In the lead-up here is new track Water Damage, the second single to be released from […]
  • Jonny Telafone record launches!

    Check out amazing new single Spirit Man. Jonny Telafone is a Melbourne-based bedroom auteur, responsible for a series of incredible cassette and digital releases over the last five years. After destroying audiences at the 20 Big Ones shows in Melbourne and Sydney this month, we can now announce a series of launches for his new self-titled […]
  • 20 Big Ones on sale now!

    We just had the Chapter Music 20th anniversary show in Melbourne on Saturday, as part of Melbourne Music Week, an amazing day of 12 bands, DJs, Raph burgers and Chapter Music cupcakes. It was also the first place you could get your hands on the 20 Big Ones comp, a double vinyl compilation of 20 […]
  • 20 Big Ones – Melbourne show today!

    Our 20th birthday concert 20 Big Ones is on today in Melbourne, as part of Melbourne Music Week! Tickets areavailable presale from Moshtix until midday for $25, after which they’re $30 on the door from 3.30pm. We’ve got four rooms, running – the Main Hall with 11 bands playing from 4pm, the Supper Room downstairs […]
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    Richard Lockwood (1972-2012), in two disc volumes.

    Across two discs, In the Doorway of the Dawn – The Chronicle Of A Song, Volumes 12, 1972-2012 presents almost 40 years of previously unheard songwriting from Richard Lockwood, renowned as the driving force behind early 70s Sydney folk-psych icons Tully, and for his work with the similarly revered Extradition and Tamam Shud. In the process […]
  • 20 Big Ones – live and on record!

    The courier just dropped off boxes and boxes of 20 Big Ones, Chapter’s 20th birthday compilation. This gorgeous, 20 song, limited edition, double vinyl album (on pink and green vinyl, no less!) features rare and unreleased tracks by Twerps, Crayon Fields, Fabulous Diamonds, Dick Diver, Pikelet, Laura Jean, Primitive Calculators, Kath Bloom, Bum Creek, Small World Experience, Minimum Chips, […]
  • Tenniscoats Aus tour starts tonight!

    Iconic Japanese folk-psych-pop duo Tenniscoats arrived in Australia yesterday, here for three shows over the next week, including an appearance at the This Is Nowhere festival in Perth on Sunday Oct 14, alongside Tortoise, Xiu Xiu and many others. Their first show, though, is in Sydney tonight (Thurs Oct 11) at the Square! Then they […]
  • New reissue by Sydney psych icons Tully

    Chapter Music is extremely excited to announce the next in its series of reissues by Australian psychedelic icons Tully. Following on from 2010 live album Live At Sydney Town Hall 1969-70, Chapter can now begin reissuing the band’s three acclaimed studio albums, starting with solemn, dreamy 1971 surf soundtrack Sea Of Joy. Sea Of Joy documents a […]
  • 20 Big Ones – Chapter Music’s 20th Birthday Parties!

    Beginning as a cassette label in Perth, Western Australia in 1992, Chapter Music has spread its wings over the last two decades, relocating to Melbourne in 1995 and becoming one of the nation’s most enduring and respected independent labels. Releases from the likes of Twerps, Crayon Fields, Pikelet, Laura Jean and Dick Diver, and reissues […]
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    Twerps ‘He’s In Stock’ single + US/AUS tour

    Twerps have a new three song single out soon on Chapter Music / Underwater Peoples. Check out B-side “He’s In Stock” premiered on Stereogum! They’re also touring the US in Oct/Nov including CMJ showcases, with a few Australian dates either side! AUS Tour dates Sep 12 – Beach Rd Hotel, Bondi, with Melodie Nelson + […]
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    New single by Primitive Calculators!

    Check out C**t Life premiered today on Mess+Noise! Only 33 years after their iconic 1979 debut single I Can’t Stop It b/w Do That Dance, Melbourne’s synth-punk snarlers Primitive Calculators are releasing their next seven inch single of new material. Having reformed in 2009 at the invitation of the Nick Cave- curated All Tomorrow’s Parties festival, Primitive […]
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    Fabulous Diamonds album launch shows

    FABULOUS DIAMONDS ANNOUNCE ALBUM LAUNCH SHOWS A couple of weeks back, hypno-sensual Melbourne duo Fabulous Diamonds revealed Lothario, the shimmering first track from their new album Commercial Music. Premiered on Gorilla Vs Bear, the track was picked up by the likes of Pitchfork and the Fader, and has already had almost 14,000 listens on Soundcloud. […]
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    New Fabulous Diamonds album – Commercial Music

    Chapter Music is happy to announce the third album by Fabulous Diamonds, Commercial Music, due out on Friday August 3 on vinyl and CD. Check out lead track Lothario, premiered on Gorilla Vs Bear! After two albums and an EP without song or record titles, the presence of names on Melbourne duo Fabulous Diamonds’ third […]
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    Twerps announce Melbourne & Sydney shows

    TWERPS ANNOUNCE MELBOURNE AND SYDNEY SHOWS! Loveable pop janglers Twerps play their first Australian shows after a massive eight week US tour, which included a run of SXSW dates then a trek across the American nation supporting classy chillers and BFFs Real Estate. On the way, they recorded sessions for The Fader and Newtown Radio, […]
  • New Chapter release – Tenniscoats “All Aboard” CD

    Chapter is really pleased to be releasing a new record for Japanese mesmeric psysch heroes Tenniscoats. For more than 15 years the Tokyo duo have brought equal parts meditative intensity and whimsical humour to a series of acclaimed psychedelic albums, beginning with 2000’s The Theme Of Tenniscoats. But Tenniscoats have rarely released music without collaborating […]
  • Geoffrey O’Connor – new video and tour!

    Melbourne’s leading synth sensualist is proud as punch to unveil his new single Proud, taken from his stunning debut album Vanity is Forever (click on the pic to check out the video). A melancholically breezy ode to a faded relationship, Proud finds Geoffrey backed by ghostly harmonies and the keening strains of that most underutilised […]
  • Two new Chapter releases – Strong Love & New Estate!

    Chapter has two amazing new releases out next month! The first is Strong Love – Songs Of Gay Liberation 1972-81, a compilation documenting the first wave of openly gay songwriting emerging in the early 70s in the US and UK. Across 15 tracks, the compilation takes in disarmingly personal folk, uplifting soul, outsider country and dark synth-rock. Compiled by […]
  • Clag! a new Chapter release.

    Pasted Youth is the first digital-era re-examination of early 90s cult figures Clag, from Brisbane, Australia. Formed around high school friends Bek Moore, Rachael Cooke and Alison Bolger in the very early 90s, Clag played a kind of psychotic kiddie punk, full of one note Casio keyboard solos and lyrics about cows, goldfish and gravy-covered […]
  • Hey 2012!

    Chapter Music had a huge 2011, our biggest year ever, with blockbuster, world-rattling releases from behemoths like Twerps, Laura Jean, Dick Diver and Geoffrey O’Connor. But we’ve got a sneaking suspicion that 2012 is going to be even bigger. For a start, it’s our 20th birthday! That’s right, back in 1992 a pimply 17 year […]
  • Chapter album launch frenzy – last shows!

    It’s been a crazy month of album launches for Chapter Music’s fine fillies and foals, one that we’ve cleverly dubbed Chaptember. Geoffrey O’Connor, Twerps, Dick Diver and Laura Jean have all been roaming the nation launching their respective new albums (which for some reason we decided to release all at the same time). Now the […]
  • Geoffrey O’Connor – special CD offer!

    Crayon Fields frontman turned sultry synthmeister Geoffrey O’Connor is launching his new solo album Vanity Is Forever, starting this week in Melbourne. To celebrate, Chapter is offering a special two-for-one deal. For a limited time, Australian customers who buy Vanity Is Forever on CD from the Chapter webstore will receive a free copy of Geoffrey’s […]
  • Dick Diver and Twerps albums out today!

    Chapter Music soul siblings Twerps and Dick Diver both release their long-awaited debut albums today, in a knock-em-dead two-hitter sure to leave fans reeling all over the globe. The two bands are very different, with Twerps all scrappy and drunk and loveable, and Dick Diver more sprawling and poetic, but together their albums Twerps and […]
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    Twerps album launch tour!

    Scrappy world-conquerors Twerps are taking off on a national tour to launch their self-titled debut album, a split release between Chapter Music and US label Underwater Peoples. They’re kicking it off with an instore at Polyester Records city store on the day of the album’s release. Up til now, a large part of Twerps’ charm […]
  • Dick Diver album launch tour!

    New Start Again, the debut album by Melbourne foursome Dick Diver, combines widescreen Australian sweep, 70s New York edge with 90s indie-rock scratch, but transcends its influences to become something truly honest and exciting.Recorded with Eddy Current/Total Control’s Mikey Young at an old homestead in country Victoria, the album sees Dick Diver sharing songwriting, swapping instruments, and introducing new sounds […]
  • Primitive Calculators, Essendon Airport and Fabulous Diamonds live at Old Melbourne Gaol

    As part of Melbourne Music Week’s label showcase series Labels Live, Chapter Music is presenting an amazing show at the very spooky Old Melbourne Gaol. Reformed 70s synth-punk legends Primitive Calculators will put on a typically savage and hilarious performance, showcasing new material from an album currently being recorded – their first ever studio album […]
  • New release from Geoffrey O’Connor!

    This is very exciting for us! Crayon Fields frontman Geoffrey O’Connor is releasing his first album under his own name, Vanity Is Forever, and it’s his most ambitious, dynamic and sophisticated work yet. O’Connor’s fractured romantic reflections and lustful tributes play out over vast synthscapes, colossal stadium drums and flanged orchestral sweeps, creating a world […]
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    The Apartments return with their first recording since 1998

    Revered pop romantic Peter Milton Walsh and his band The Apartments return with their first new recordings since 1998. The resigned beauty of Black Ribbons, presented here in two distinct versions, is the first evidence of a newly invigorated Walsh, who has been the sole constant in The Apartments since the band formed in Brisbane in 1978. After a […]
  • Chapterfest 2011 + mega sale!

    It was the talk of the town in 2009, a sold-out, nine band monster fed on vegie sausages, a lucky dip and ridiculously cheap vinyl and CDs. And now, after a lay-off year in 2010 (not sure what happened there) Chapterfest is back for 2011! Chapter Music has been devilishly busy of late, gearing up for […]
  • Essendon Airport – 30th anniversary reissue, free MP3s, new video!

    Chapter is very excited to announce a 30th anniversary reissue of Palimpsest, the one and only album by Melbourne post-punk icons Essendon Airport. Recorded in December 1981, Palimpsest is now reborn as a double disc package with a whole bonus CD of live and unreleased studio recordings spanning 1980-83. Essendon Airport drummer Paul Fletcher, now […]
  • Download the new single from Geoffrey O’Connor

    Premiered on Pitchfork today in downloadable form (check it out here), Whatever Leads Me To You is the lead single from Vanity Is Forever, Crayon Fields frontman Geoffrey O’Connor’s first album under his own name. The song’s richly-cultivated seduction fantasy plays out over wide-screen synthscapes, classic stadium drums and flanged orchestral sweeps, creating a world […]
  • Download new Laura Jean single “Missing You”

    Yearning ballad Missing you is the first single from transcendental Melbourne songwriter Laura Jean’s forthcoming third album A fool who’ll. You can grab a free download of the track from the Chapter Music Facebook here – as long as you’re a fan of the page! Laura is following up the acclaimed, folk-flavoured Our Swan Song(2006) and […]
  • New solo album from Geoffrey O’Connor!

    Click the image above to watch a trailer video for Vanity Is Forever CRAYON FIELDS’ GEOFFREY O’CONNOR RELEASES VANITY IS FOREVER, OUT SEPTEMBER 24 via CHAPTER MUSIC Vanity Is Forever, released in Australia by Chapter Music on September 24 (Sep 27 in the US), is the first album under his own name from Crayon Fields frontman Geoffrey O’Connor. In his most ambitious, […]
  • New Release – Hit the Jackpot cassette!

    Adelaide fuzz pop wonders Hit the Jackpot are releasing Holiday, the first new cassette on Chapter Music since 1996! After their second album Soul Money Gang Vibe (released on Chapter in 2008), Holiday’s seven humble hits mark the expansion of the band from a trio to a foursome, with the addition of guitarist Stephanie Crase, an […]
  • ‘Toby Light’ the new video from Pikelet

    ‘Toby Light’ is the new clip for the ever-adventurous Pikelet, aka Melbourne’s Evelyn Morris. Taken from her album of 2010, Stem, the video for ‘Toby Light’ is a cinematic, evocative piece that details a duck hunter’s tenuous grip on reality. We spoke to the director of the clip, Matt Richards, about its inception and creation. Pikelet kicks […]
  • Pikelet tour starts this week!

    Don’t forget that Pikelet take off this week for a handful of dates around the country, most likely their last interstate jaunt before bunkering down to start work on album number three! Evelyn Morris is also playing a solo Pikelet show in Darwin later this month, her first every Northern Territory show! SAT 7 MAY […]
  • Workers Club Released series, curated by Chapter Music!

    As part of the Workers Club’s Released series, Chapter Music celebrates its very existence with a label showcase, featuring some of its all-time sexiest performers. Twerps play their first gig back after their epic six week US tour, and so will be in match-fit fighting form! Geoffrey O’Connor and his band of sensual synth-wielders play the middle slot, […]
  • Primitive Calculators single launch!

    Fitzroy synth-punk legends Primitive Calcuators recently released a 7″ on Canada’s Sweet Rot Records, featuring three different versions of their signature track Pumping Ugly Muscle – one a previously unreleased rehearsal recording from 1979, one a reunion-era live version from 2009, and one a cover version by Brisbane gloom-punks Slug Guts. Now Prim Calcs and […]
  • Pikelet’s May Micro Tour

    Australian Music Prize-nominated psych pop wonders Pikelet announce a brief but enthusiastic Australian tour in May. Pikelet’s head-swirling second album Stem recently took on all comers to be one of just nine nominated for the 2010 Australian Music Prize. It was a fitting conclusion to a year packed with adventures such as tours with Dirty Projectors, […]
  • Twerps SXSW dates!

    Having already hit the motels of Los Angeles, and just a week to go until they hit Austin, Texas, it’s time to announce a few of Twerps’ SXSW shows, with perhaps even more to be announced closer to the date! Thursday Mar 17, Whole Foods Market, 12pm (acoustic show) Friday Mar 18, WNYU Party, Demi-Dog […]
  • Pikelet’s upcoming shows!

    Not so surprisingly, after their recent nomination for the 2010 Australian Music Prize, Melbourne pop psych wonders Pikelet are currently in hot demand. This Saturday the band play a one-off show at the Famous Spiegel Garden in Melbourne. Then they  head up to Sydney for the AMP Alive Shortlist Showcase on Weds March 2, alongside […]
  • Twerps – SXSW and US tour!

    (photo by Angaline Atkins) Loveable lo-fi foursome Twerps from Melbourne, Australia are heading to the States for their first ever US tour, at the invitation of Austin industry megafest South By Southwest. Their trip also coincides with two new singles released on hip-to-the-minute Stateside labels Olde English Spelling Bee and Underwater Peoples. As well as […]
  • Pikelet nominated for the Australian Music Prize

    In a ceremony held last week at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne psych pop wonders Pikelet were shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize for their second album Stem (Love+Mercy/Chapter Music, through Shock Distribution). Recorded in Melbourne with Chicago-expat producer Casey Rice (Tortoise, Liz Phair, Ben Lee), Stem was hugely acclaimed upon release in February 2010, […]
  • Twerps with Robert Forster!

    Chapter’s loveable Twerps played a great show supporting the amazing Robert Forster of the Go-Betweens last night! Check out a video of them backing Robert on Surfing Magazines here!
  • Chapter Music Christmas Sale!

    CHAPTER MUSIC CHRISTMAS SALE! Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas! Ho ho ho! For a limited time, namely December 1 to December 20, Chapter Music is reducing its CD prices to a very festive $15AUD, including postage anywhere in the world! Double CDs are reduced to the almost laughable price of $20! CDs make the perfect […]
  • Bum Creek’s AL-Bum Launch!

    Fresh from their sold out show supporting Japanese heroes the Boredoms, relocated Canberra freakazoids Bum Creek are getting hungry! Their debut album AL has just come out on limited edition vinyl from Chapter Music, and to celebrate, the improvised noise idiot savants are putting on a lunchtime spread! So come lunch with Bum Creek and friends the Ancients, […]
  • Playing times for Chapter/Underwater Peoples CMJ showcase tonight!

    Here’s the lineup for tonight (Thurs Oct 21) at Glasslands Gallery (289 Kent Ave, Williamsburg), hope you can make it! 9:00 Guy Blackman 9:45 La Big Vic 10:30 Fabulous Diamonds 11:15 Air Waves 12:00 Crayon Fields 12:45 Andrew Cedermark
  • Fabulous Diamonds US tour

    “Pounding drums and an intoxicating organ drone closing upon you like the wings of the night” – 20 Jazz Funk Greats. After wowing the world with their sensual hypno-jam second album Fabulous Diamonds II, Melbourne duo Fabulous Diamonds are taking off for a States wide tour with another two piece, high mystique NYC lo-fi love-rock duo […]
  • The Crayon Fields US tour!

    Melbourne’s euphoric pop quartet Crayon Fields are incredibly excited to announce their first ever proper USA tour. After a brief trip to SXSW, LA and New York in March, the band are heading back in October and really hitting the road, playing up and down both coasts and stopping in New York for CMJ. They’ll […]
  • New ‘Bum Creek’ LP!

    AL is the debuttocks ALbum by gonzoid Canberra immigrants Bum Creek. Relocating to Melbourne from their hometown a few years back, Sam Karmel, Trevelyan Clay and Tarquin Manek have made a reputation for themselves as one of the strangest, stupidest and most amazing live bands in town. They turn every show into a triumphant, lurching mess of synth squiggles, kraut […]
  • New release by Coolies!

    In the beginning, there was South Auckland’s own the Coolies, three teenage school chums Tina, Sjionel and Melissa playing the kind of racket that might have caused Johnny Rotten himself to spin in his grave, had he actually been dead (might as well have been). Back then in the mid/late nineties, the Coolies’ punk/rock’n’roll/punk was inspired, […]
  • Pikelet + Richard In Your Mind co-headline tour

    They’ve both put out second albums this year, both won heady praise and adulation around the nation for their musical brilliance, and now Melbourne’s Pikelet and Sydney’s Richard In Your Mind join forces for a national co-headline tour of earthshaking incredible-ness. The wildly eclectic, patently amazing and ridiculously entertaining Richard In Your Mind are still […]
  • Fabulous Diamonds – Tour Update

    “Fabulous Diamonds showed they can match the intensity of their recorded work” – album launch review, Inpress “Often accused of pretension, you wouldn’t find two more frank and realistic people who, although utterly incompatible, are entirely well-matched” – West Australian Fabulous Diamonds’ launch tour for compelling new album Fabulous Diamonds II is well and truly […]
  • Another new Chapter release – Tully!

    Chapter Music presents two rare live recordings from quintessential Sydney prog group Tully, including their 1970 performance of Australia’s first ever rock opera. These recordings capture the band in their first incarnation, before they joined forces with members of revered folk-psych band Extradition to explore more contemplative territory. Formed in late 1968, Tully the First were wild, expansive and unpredictable, […]
  • New release by Danny & the Parkins Sisters!

    Danny the Parkins Sisters were a truly singular blend of irritating, grating, interesting and meaningful.” – Bruno DeSmartass, Flipper. Chapter Music is proud to resurrect from undeserved obscurity the scratchy beatnik art-punk stylings of early 80s San Francisco trio Danny the Parkins Sisters. Surrounded by the classic SF punk sounds of the Dead Kennedys, Pink […]
  • Fabulous Diamonds – Album launch tour dates

    With their second album Fabulous Diamonds II out on Chapter Music on June 19, Fabulous Diamonds are setting off around the countryside to bring their lurching, reverb-heavy but still somehow sensually alluring sound to your capital city. A few weeks short of its physical release, the record has already been enthusiastically received in the digital blogosphere. […]
  • New Fabulous Diamonds album out soon on Chapter

    Chapter Music is excited to be releasing the second album by Melbourne duo Fabulous Diamonds, entitled Fabulous Diamonds II by Fabulous Diamonds, on June 19. Drummer/vocalist Nisa Venerosa and keyboardist Jarrod Zlatic are a weird pair. They make overtly hypnotic music, full of lulling, sensual repetition, but there’s also an edge of irritation, an undercurrent […]
  • Pikelet ‘Stem’ album launch

    Stem Album of the Week at 3RRR, 2SER, 6RTR, EDGE FM, SYN FM ‘Weakest Link’ single playlisted at JJJ “She’s an astronaut” The Age EG “The palette of Pikelet is so wide and expressive, and it’s the thing that makes listening to the entirety of Stem such a joy” Dom Alessio, Mess Noise “Bewitching. Sumptuous, somersaulting summer music” 4/5 Herald Sun […]
  • The Crayon Fields US Tour!

    Flying high on an updraft of love for their recently-released second album All the Pleasures Of the World, Melbourne euphoric pop quartet The Crayon Fields are jetting over the Pacific for their first ever US shows in March, including an appearance at music conference mecca South By Southwest. CRAYON FIELDS US DATES Sunday March 14 Los Angeles, […]
  • New Pikelet album ‘Stem’ out now!

    Brand new Pikelet album Stem has just come out, a split release from Chapter Music and awesome Melbourne label Love+Mercy Records. It builds on the heady, swirling loops of her 2007 self-titled debut, sailing into the psychedelic pop stratosphere with the addition of a full backing band. It only takes one listen to realise that Stem […]
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    Frida Hyvönen Australian tour!

    Chapter Music is excited to announce the first Australian tour by Swedish song siren Frida Hyvönen! It’s hard to put into words just how good Frida Hyvönen (pronounced Hee-Vo-Nen) is. On record, her songs cut to the core, slicing through all emotional barriers to pierce your heart and transfix it. And live, she is hypnotic, majestic, a truly arresting […]
  • New release – Chris Robison’s Many Hand Band reissue!

    Chris Robison and his Many Hand Band, released privately in 1973 and reissued now on CD for the first time, was one of the world’s first records by an openly gay songwriter. Coming just a few years after the Stonewall Riots of 1969, Many Hand Band is a dazzling feat of musical daring. But Chris Robison is not […]
  • New release and launch from Dick Diver!

    Chapter announces Arks Up, the debut release from Melbourne quartet Dick Diver. It’s the second in Chapter’s new EP series, featuring a vinyl single accompanied by a CD with extra tracks. Dick Diver have only been at it for less than a year, but already have the hallmarks of a modern classic. There’s something in their […]
  • Second Bloom / Connors (2CD Set) now available!

    The second of Chapter’s deluxe reissues of Kath Bloom and Loren Connors incredible early 80s avant-garde folk albums is out now! Featuring their final two albums Restless Faithful Desperate and Moonlight (both originally released in 1984), the 2CD set not only includes the early version of Kath’s signature tune Come Here, but a raft of previously […]
  • The Twerps on Chapter!

    Chapter Music announces a new EP by warmhearted Melbourne pop scallywags The Twerps! This is the first in Chapter Music’s new EP series, featuring a vinyl single accompanied by a CD with extra tracks. Forming late 2008 around charismatic guitarist/vocalist Marty Frawley (son of much-missed Paul Kelly the Dots member Maurice Frawley) and bassist Rick […]
  • The Crayon Fields (limited vinyl just in!)

    The luscious vinyl version of Crayon Fields swoon-worthy second album All The Pleasures Of The World has just arrived back from the pressing plants, and looks incredible! Limited to 300 copies, with half going to the band to sell at gigs, you’ll have to get in quick to make sure you get a copy!
  • The Crayon Fields album launches – new and rescheduled dates!

    With tickets to Crayon Fields’ Melbourne launch for new album All The Pleasure Of The World selling mega fast, the band have decided to announce a second date! Support for the second show on Saturday, October 24 comes from Pikelet and recently reformed moog-pop monsters Minimum Chips. Also, with the sudden closure of the Hopetoun Hotel, […]
  • A new release by Bum Creek!

    Chapter is excited to announce a new limited edition release by autistic Melbourne freakoids Bum Creek. Released to coincide with their appearance at Newcastle Sound Summit this month, this 100 copy only self-titled CD is a teaser before the band’s full length LP to be released on Chapter Music early in 2010. Known for their […]
  • Chapter Music 90s lo-fi revival!

    Chapter Music has gone back in time to resurrect two long out of print compilation cassettes from its mythical lo-fi past. Both released in 1994 in editions of around 200 copies, Too Much Ash and Asparagus Milkshake documented a pre-Myspace explosion of Australian DIY, as bands and musicians from Perth, Melbourne and Brisbane (and occasionally […]
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    Chapter Music presents CHAPTERFEST 2009!

    Thrilled by the sold-out success of our 18th Birthday Party in January this year, we at Chapter Music have decided to put on another wild all-out party! It’s not our 19th just yet, but when we realised both Japanese psych-folk wunderkind Tenniscoats and Adelaide fuzz-pop angels Hit The Jackpot were going to be in town […]