Friday , 24th March 2017
Archer announces biggest tour yet - Launching his new 7inch
“The live shows could well be full of cryin’ and dyin’ and the like, maybe laughin’ and some waltzin’…I will have a couple of different damn fine accordion and fiddle players with me sometimes, some slide guitar, a bit of old style harmonica, and we’ll be all lonesome and alone - but full up on a restless wind.”
free entry to ladies over the age of 65years to celebrate the single MY LITTLE SWEET AUSSIE SWEETHEART
Thursday, 23rd March 2017
Hue Blanes single premiere.....Fernando
Beat has just premiered Blanes new single FERNANDO from upcoming release HOLIDAY.
“I was wondering if hugely successful sports players suffered loneliness and anxiety,” says Blanes. “When I read a story about Ronaldo from Brazil, one of my favourite players, having a setback before a crucial game in the World Cup I decided to write about the story from my perspective.”
Friday, 17th March 2017
Archers new film clip ' My little sweet aussie sweetheart'
Old time sing-song man Archer has today announced his new single My Little Sweet Aussie Sweetheart, a beautiful rediscovery of Mike O’Malley’s little known original ballad from the 1950’s.
“I filmed the footage on a Super 8 camera…I was originally gonna film all the ol’ sweet Aussie sweethearts I could find, but there aren’t many women ‘round these parts at present - I get sidetracked pretty bloody easily and got to thinkin’ that a sheep or a grasshead or a beautiful ol’ gumtree has as much ‘sweetheart’ in ‘em as anythin’ else, so that’s that!”
see the clip here:
Thursday, 12 January 2017
Hue Blanes Trio to play residency at Bennetts Lane
Hue Blanes will be joined by Ben Hanlon on bass and Daniel Farrugia on Drums. Playing three Sundays across January; this will be the Trios last shows before they head into the studio to record their first trio album with Ross Cockle. Keep an eye out for that release…coming sometime 2017
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
Archer to tour New Zealand in Feb with Flora Knight
“Noone reely nose how Flora and Archer met, but its not too far fetchd an idea that the world mitea stoppd spinnin for one 13,000 billionth of a second or so. They certanly was both born to play music of a pure soul. Music of life with no plastic bullshit adornment…and yoo can’t very well go drivin a car tourin around the place if that be the case. Yoo gotsta walk or crawl or roll, slip n slide…you get the idea…. They foller in the footsteps of the Swagmen, the Maori, the explorers, the moa…. trampin this here land for the dam bloody pleasure of it….and mayb sum ego glorification but musicians get downright ornery and depressed at times, who kood blame em…..Besides, Archers sik a shiftin irrgation pipes n Flora’s about ready to stick her head into the deep fryer, so it’s betta this way. Come February 2017 Archer and Flora will be comin round tha mountain to a town near yoo with fiddles an guitars an singin an swingin for the walkin', rollin' crawlin', billy boilin', hitchin', trampin', fallin' down and getting back up again swaggin' tour of TE WAIPOUNAMU”
Thursday, 8 December 2016
Hue Blanes 2017 PBS Young Elder of Jazz recipient
Hue Blanes has just been announced as the 2017 PBS Young Elder of Jazz recipient. As part of this award Hue Blanes along with his trio will perform a new work entitled “things that have been said” as part of the 2017 Melbourne Internation Jazz Festival.
Click link to read more and hear radio interview with Chelsea Wilson
Thursday, 8 December 2016
Hue Blanes 2017 PBS Young Elder of Jazz recipient
Hue Blanes has been awarded The PBS Elder of Jazz Award- As part of this award Hue Blanes will compose a new work with his Trio ‘Things that have been said’ which will premiere at the 2017 Melbourne International Jazz Festival.
See more here, aswell as a link to an Interview with Chelsea Wilson: http://www.pbsfm.org.au/node/61530
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Empty - A Photographic Exhibition - By Wilk
Wilk is a friend of The Pound - Takes photographs of a lot of Australia’s leading musicians - Empty is a focus on his landscapes all shot on medium format - Archer will be playing a set from 8pm - Gallery Opening Friday 10th of July 471 Brunswick St, Fitzroy.
Monday, 1 June 2015
DEATH OF A JAZZ CLUB: Pound Records to close Bennetts Lane Jazz Club
Bennetts Lane Jazz Club will close its doors after 23 years of programming some of the most beautiful music ever heard in this city. Pound Record Artists The Largerphones along with The Martin Martini Band and Hue Blanes Quartet will play sets throughout the evening with Hue Blanes running the Last Jam Session from Midnight til the sun comes up.
Make sure you book tickets for this event as it will be sold out: http://www.bennettslane.com/gigs.php?eD=2015.6.14
Monday, 6 April 2015
James Macaulay Quartet at Kew Court House
James Macaulay brings his new quartet to the Kew Court House on April 24. The quartet features the extraordinary Joseph O’Connor (2013 National Jazz Award and the 2014 Bell Jazz Prize for Young Australian Jazz Artist of the Year) on piano, Tamara Murphy (Allan Browne, Murphy’s Law) on bass and James McLean (Marc Hannaford, Scott Tinkler) on drums.
For more info head to: http://www.hawthornartscentre.com.au/event/james-macaulay-quartet/
Thursday, 7 May 2015
Blanes & Singh to play THE CAVE
Hue Blanes has teamed up with Paryvn Singh (The Bombay Royale) to perform a series of duets that will be performed at Hugs & Kisses for the Melbourne International Jazz Festival after hours party - The Cave. Their set kicks off June 4th at 10:20pm - you can also catch the James Macaulay Quartet at 12:30pm.
See the link for more details: http://melbournejazz.com/program/the-cave
Sunday, 15 March 2015
Archer Touring New Zealand
Archer is currently on an 8 week tour of New Zealand across March and April with locals The Lonecome Pine Specials Hannah Harding, Ben Woolley and Flora Knight. Shows are mainly taking place in small houses and backyards and halls with the occasional festival in there.
For more information on the tour details head here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1410765355884243/
Thursday, 12 February 2015
Archer returns to Perth
Archer returns for 2 shows in Perth this weekend -Saturday Feb 14 at Old Crow for dinner and show sessions in Northbridge and Sunday Feb 15 at The Fremantle Arts Centre playing with the Kill Devil Hills.
Wednesday, 28 January 2015
Archer Show at Old Paterson Building
This show is going to be special. Archer teams up with sing songwriter Shelley Short from Portland Oregon to play the last show in Melbourne’s historical Patersons Building on Smith St Fitzroy. The space was previously inhabited by Brett Whiteley and Split Enz - to reserve a spot email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, 20 January 2015
Hue Blanes Yamaha Piano Series
The Yamaha Piano Series celebrates Australia’s world class pianists, their compositions, their bands and their contribution to the art form. The first set of the evening explores the intimate creative relationship between the pianist and their instrument through solo performance. The second set features their band and explores the development of their musical ideas through ensemble performance.
Hue will be playing Bach and Ballads in his first set - Interpreting Bachs Preludes from the Well Tempered Clavier vs well known forgotten ballads of the 30s with the second set focusing on newer compostitions joined by Danny Farrugia and Phil Rex. Concert is on at Bennetts Lane Jazz Club Thursday, January 29 at 8pm.
Sunday, 30 November 2014
James Macaulay Quartet Album Launch
James Macaulay releases his much anticipated debut release ‘Stand Up Flat’ at Bennett’s Lane Jazz Club Thursday Dec 18th. Mixed and Recorded By Phil Noy and mastered by Phil Rex.
Sunday, 26 October 2014
Archer Vinyl Release Tour
Over 16 dates, Archer will parade the country with his compelling and charming live show to campaign his classic yet highly original debut release Old Time Sing Song Man.
Recorded in various locations across regional Victoria, abandoned churches, in front of friends fireplaces and community halls. ‘Old Time Sing Song Man’ was captured in two parts, side A was recorded to tape at Sing Sing Studios by Michael O’Connell (The Cat Empire, Angus & Julia Stone), and Side B by Phil Noy (Amanda Palmer, Hiatus Kaiyote). Gavin Lurssen mastered the record at his prestigious mastering facility in Hollywood (Johhny Cash, Tom Waits).
Monday, 20 October 2014
Pound Records signs trombonist James Macaulay
We are extremely excited to welcome trombonist James Macaulay to the label. His debut release recorded at The Pound and pressed in Japan should be out in time for Christmas - See more on James on his artist page.
Thursday, 17 July 2014
Cool Accidents/ Wax Volcanic story on Archer
Friday, 04 July 2014
Martin Martini commission from Melbourne Museam
Martin Martini was awarded a commission by the Melbourne Museum last week to compose original music for their Federation Handbells. The Handbells were crafted for the 2001 Centenary of Federation. Martin will be joined by Hue Blanes, Daniel Farrugia and Djuna Lee and be performing in the foyer of the Recital Centre in Melbourne on Aug 1st 2014.
Friday, 20th June 2014
New Archer Live Clip
Archers new live clip The world is turning is now up on youtube. Shot by Greg Blakey and directed by Martin Martini in Travencore without permission by Melbourne Water.
Thursday, 8th May 2014
Archer Workers Club Residency
Archer announces his first shows since Golden Plains Festival, with supports by Darcy McNulty, Mitch Brown and Kenny Joe Blake. Strictly limited tickets on sale now from www.theworkersclub.oztix.com.au
Monday, 5th May 2014
Sequestered in a darkened laneway and draped in mahogany, The Kelvin Club becomes The Cave – a late night parlour for musical renegades, night owls and sentimental lovers – across the last nights of autumn.
Pound Records will be taking over The Billiard Room, Featuring Archer, Martin Martini, Hue Blanes and Darcy McNulty performing small 90 second songs in the round. Sets are at 10 pm and 12pm on the 30th and 31st of May. Followed by The Largerphones At 2am.
For more info: https://www.facebook.com/events/609743465776348/
Sunday, 4th May 2014
Friend of The Pound releases novel
Our good friend and once long time resident of The Pound Liam Pieper is releasing his debut novel The Feel Good Hit of the Year out through Penguin. Apparently 1/10th of this book is based at the actual Pound. Thats about 6000words. You can grab a copy here: http://liampieper.com/book/
More info: ‘The most achingly funny, heartsplittingly tragic and brilliantly written book you’ll read this year.’ Benjamin Law
Liam Pieper was raised by his bohemian parents to believe in freedom and creativity, and that there’s nothing wrong with smoking a little marijuana to make life more interesting.
A fast learner, Liam combined hippie self-actualisation with gen Y entrepreneurialism. By his early teens he had a fledgling drug habit, and a thriving business selling pot around the suburbs of Melbourne from the back of his pushbike. He picked up important life skills, like how to befriend a deranged jujitsu master, how to impress his girlfriend’s mother by getting arrested in front of her, and how to negotiate pocket money based on how much he was charging his parents for an ounce.
But from these highs (chemical, financial and otherwise), Liam’s life fell to dramatic lows. The muddled flower child became a petty criminal and an amoral coke monster. After a family tragedy and then his arrest on several counts of possession and trafficking, Liam had to consider: had it been a mistake to adopt the practices of a counterculture without any of its ethics?
Hilarious, compelling and sometimes heartbreaking, The Feel-Good Hit of the Year is a memoir about family, addiction and learning how to live with yourself, from a sharp and original new Australian voice.
‘Will break your heart and give you chuckles. What more do you want?’ John Safran
‘Liam Pieper is a truly gifted writer and storyteller. The Feel-Good Hit of the Year is often hilarious, at times heartbreaking and always a fascinating view into an unconventional but compelling life.’ Lally Katz
‘Made my skin clammy and heart palpitate like all good memoirs of a misspent youth should.’ Tim Rogers
Tuesday, 15th April 2014
Archer live clip
Filmed late 2012 on location in Bald Hill, Basalt just outside of Daylesford. Archer singing his song Jesus was a man live to camera on top of the burnt remains of where his family home once stood.
Wednesday, 9th of April 2014
Hue Blanes Album Launch
Hue Blanes Launches his album Sad songs make me happy on April 13 at Bennetts Lane: Buy tixs here: http://www.bennettslane.com/gigs.php?eID=1173 Band line up for the evening includes, Danny Farrugia (Drums), Jules Pascoe (Double Bass), James Macaulay (Trombone), Adrian Perger (Trumpet) and Darcy McNulty (Saxophone).
Tuesday, 25th March 2014
The Smallest Band in the World
Pound have sent The Smallest Band in the World’s original 2009 demo off to the pressing plant in Nashville - with cover art by the immensely talented Stephen Balleux - expect to see this record out and about later in the year. If you like the cover art you can see more of Stephen’s art work at www.stephan-balleux.com
Monday, 24th March 2014
Hue Blanes - Blackburn Rd
Hue Blanes launches his new film clip ‘Blackburn Rd’ from his upcoming release Sad songs make me happy. Shot onsite in Blackburn itself.
Wednesday, 5th March 2014
Pound Records signs Archer
Pound are very excited to add Archer to their list of Artists for 2014. If you have a ticket for Golden Plains this weekend you can catch the man there - Otherwise he will be busking in Ballarat on Friday. Stay tuned for where and when you can see Archer play - Debut Album due out later this year promises to be something special.
Wednesday, 26th February 2014
Welcome to The Pound and to our new website.
We’re just getting started here, planting a few seeds in the ground, waiting to see what will pop out. Over the coming months new artists and records will appear so visit us when you can.
If you want to know where our artists are playing live and in the flesh see the shows page, and feel free to join the mailing list if you want information on secret shows or events before everyone else gets an ear on them.
Heavy thanks to Greg Blakey for his eye behind the camera, Jessica Tremp for her photography, Stuart Geddes at Chase and Galley for design, Fiona Scott Norman for the glue, Anthony Kolber and Jess Allison at That Mob for getting the website to lift its heavy head and David Valkenet for the only photos that exist of the Smallest Band in the World.
See you shortly, The Pound.