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November 7th, Friday Martin Martini and the top and bottoms (Archer Support) The Curtin Hotel

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November 7th, Friday Hue Blanes Solo (Archer Support) The Curtin Hotel

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November 7 Friday Archer (Album Launch Melbourne) The Curtin Hotel

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Saturday Nov 8 & 9 Archer Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival

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November 13 Thursday Archer Tree House, Byron Bay

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November 14 & 15 Archer (Album Launch Brisbane) The Junk Bar's Skukum Lounge, Ashgrove

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November Friday 21, Saturday 22 Hue Blanes Mullum Music Festival

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November Friday 21, Saturday 22, Sunday 23 Archer Mullum Music Festival

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November Saturday 22, Sunday 23 Martin Martini Mullum Music Festival

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November 26, Wednesday Archer (Album Launch Sydney) with C.R. Avery (U.S.A) The Vanguard, Sydney

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November 29 & 30 Archer Queenscliff Music Festival

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About the Pound

Pound Records, a Melbourne-based vinyl label, is a family enterprise that records new music and original artists using old, old, techniques. Pound harks back to the dawn of band recording; one microphone, the musicians clustered around it, an acoustically ‘live’ room, and ambience - breaths, chair scrapes, departures from the script - all kept in.

Founded by Martin Martini, The Pound is run with his partner Laurie Campbell. It’s a return to, and a capturing of, the days when music was a natural extension of life. Friends and family gathered together, in lounge rooms and houses, to play instruments, improvise and sing. Music was conversational, it was story-telling, it was relationship.

The Pound is about simplicity, original music, and capturing a moment. The first recording was an accident, a group of friends jamming late at night in a 19th century dairy shed and one-time coffin factory. This recording, ‘The Smallest Band In The World’, has become The Pound’s third release, and set Martini off on this creative, Quixotic, personal course.

The artists who are invited to record and release through The Pound tend to be outsider artists. Part of the root system of Melbourne’s musical ecosystem, they’re brilliant but a road less travelled from mainstream. Songwriters and composers who have talent to burn, and probably have. Pound Records is a musical community, a place of collaboration and self-expression where Martini takes pride in fostering the creative flame.

All Pound recordings are done live in acoustically beautiful spaces. Either The Pound (aka that ex-coffin factory in Malvern), or in an old church, a town hall, or by the fire in a friendly house.

Think of Japanese pottery, which is celebrated for the beauty in its imperfections, the individual cracks in the glaze. Martini has slipped purposefully away from the current normality of high production values, and vacuum sealed studios where musicians aren’t even playing in the same room. Or on the same day. Music that has to be rebuilt, soundwave by soundwave, using a software package. Martini calls Pound Records ‘the smallest label in the world’, and that refers to its ambitions. Left of field artists, non-commercial aspirations, the small perfect dream of music that you stumble over by surprise, and cherish for a lifetime. Pound Records exists to foster music without a specific demographic in mind. Pound Records does not demand attention. But its music will tell you stories, and keep you warm, and be good company.

The Smallest Band In The World Martin Martini: Vienna 1913 Hue Blanes: Sad songs make me happy Vienna 1913 Tshirt

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Vienna 1913 Tshirt

Photograph of Martin Martini’s mother after a long day of work teaching dance, no makeup, wearing organic cream coloured American Apparel Mens Medium tshirt, with cover artwork by Michael Camilleri.

Limited run of 100 shirts, only sizes available are Mens Medium or Mens Large.

Note: Shirts have been sold at live show to ladies as a potential outfit for bed - A nightgown, nightie or nightdress.


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Hue Blanes: Sad songs make me happy

Recorded at The Pound on February 6th, 2013.

Album cover photograph by Martin Martini, in Hue’s back garden in Brunswick, in front of his damp washing and a pile of bricks.

Sad Songs Make Me Happy is the first release on Pound Records. Produced by Martin Martini, and engineered by Michael O’Connell.

Hue Blanes is not a man afraid of his feelings.

Socially awkward, bleak, wry, and personal. Hue Blanes’ first solo album, Sad Songs Make Me Happy, is an exploration of simple things and hopeless situations. Featuring honest and unglamorous cover art, it’s a remarkable solo debut in stripped back piano, bass and drums.

Hue wrote the album cycling between his home in Brunswick, and his mother’s house in Blackburn. In his own words, this album ‘captures uncertainty’.

He has a broad range of musical traditions at his disposal, and they’ve all had a hand in Hue’s song-writing. Sad Songs Make Me Happy is a unique collection from an original composer, ranging between avant garde pop, cautionary ballads, pre-dancehall waltz, and uptempo, lyrical, jazz.

Sad Songs Make Me Happy is a punch to the heart of the human condition; the longing for something more. There are no standard love songs in this restrained, existential collection, but Ann-Marie is maybe the best break-up song of all time. These songs are noble and sweet, bright and sad, a philosophical dance on the fear of missing out.

All songs composed and arranged by Hue Blanes, except Ann-Marie (James Hampton and Hue Blanes).

Musicians: Hue Blanes piano, vocals, tin whistle, synths, Jules Pascoe double bass, Danny Farrugia drums, James Macaulay trombone, Darcy McNulty saxophone, Adrian Perger trumpet.


Track listing

Side A

  1. To those who are finding it hard to sleep tonight.
  2. Blackburn Rd
  3. I should go away
  4. Little house
  5. Pale song
  6. Slippery Jack



Side B

  1. Mumma let me go
  2. Live everybody’s experiences
  3. Ann-Marie
  4. Trapped in my ways
  5. The Captain and the Sea
  6. The Dark

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Martin Martini: Vienna 1913

Recorded at The Pound on two microphones. Vinyl album packaged with a 12”, 46 page graphic biro masterpiece from illustrator Michael Camilleri.

Released November 2013

Vienna 1913 is a sumptuous, sophisticated extravagence, where art and music collide. The quality of the packaging demands respectful handling; thick cream stock, and Michael Camilleri’s obsessively cross-hatched graphic snatch from other worlds and times.

Martini’s music is equally decadent and arresting.

This is Martini’s first studio album in five years, but true to form it wasn’t recorded in a studio. Vienna 1913 was recorded at The Pound, an ex-coffin factory with splendid acoustics.

As with all records on this label, the intention was to capture everything in the room; the coughs, the laughs, the walls, the traffic, the rain. It is a documentation of a day, with the personal left in, not produced out.

The songs were originally commissioned by the National Gallery of Victoria, and coincided with the NGV’s Vienna Exhibition in 2011, featuring a cross-section of Vienna’s major modernists, from Egon Schiele to Gustav Klimpt. Martini’s songs take old wisdom and apply it to a modern context; they are prophetic, lush, and world-weary.

This is music to be played in an abandoned grand ballroom, in a city that’s surrendered to decay. This is Martini’s most mature and aurally addictive work to date. Jaunty blues, disorderly dragging jazz, this is playful and lamenting speakeasy music for the early hours.

As usual, Martini has collaborated with his band of friends, drawn from the fabric of Melbourne’s jazz scene. Foremost in that crew is Darcy McNulty, who colluded with Martini on several songs, and sings on 1913 and Sleeping Woman.

Musicians: Martin Martini piano and vocals, Darcy McNulty saxophone, vocals (1913, Sleeping Woman), Adrian Perger trumpet, Jules Pascoe bass, Ian Smith tuba (Vienna, Big Brains), Lynn Wallis drums.

All songs by Martin Martini, except Rolls Royce Arms, Oskar Kokoshcka, 1913 (Martini/McNulty), and Sleeping Woman (McNulty)


Track listing

  1. Vienna
  2. The Kiss
  3. The Car
  4. Rolls Royce Arms
  5. One Man Five Coffees
  6. Egon Schiele
  7. Oskar Kokoschka
  8. Big Brains
  9. Sleeping Woman
  10. Flower In My Head

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The Smallest Band In The World

Recorded in 2009 at The Pound. Midnight to dawn, around one cheap Chinese microphone.

The chance recording that started everything. A few musicians collided one night, unfashionably south of the river, at the Krakow cellar-style bar Borscht, Vodka and Tears. Martini and friends were hanging after a gig, Leili Mander, a visiting Swede, was hurting after a cold reception from her long-distance, banjo-playing sweetheart.

They named her ‘Bill’, and the newly minted crew headed round the corner to Jules and Darcy’s place - The Pound - a party house/crash pad/urban commune for Melbourne’s jazz fraternity. They jammed. Songs were written on the fly, snatched from the air, a lyric partnering unexpectedly with a phrase. One of those magic, stupid, brilliant, ephemeral nights, where something lovely happens between consenting adults, and dissipates at daybreak. Except this time someone pressed ‘record’.

This spontaneous album, of warm, poetic, bluesy jazz, is a document of a night. It is an excellent companion; easy to have around, a good sense of humour, and real.

Musicians: Leili Mander ‘Bill’ vocals, Darcy McNulty tenor saxophone, song-writing, Martin Martini vocals, piano, song-writing, Jules Pascoe bass.


Track listing

  1. Nimbin Voodoo Queen
  2. One Wooden Leg
  3. Never been so blue
  4. You only call me when you've been drinking
  5. Michael Jackson
  6. Money can't touch me
  7. She don't need no one
  8. I know nothing about life
  9. Venus
  10. Screw the moon