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September 19, 2014

LANIE LANE goes on tour to celebrate NIGHT SHADE

Three years have passed since LANIE LANE released her much loved debut album To the Horses. It was a record that saw Lanie reach dizzying heights and live out some experiences that most songwriters only dream of. Across 18 months, she signed to Ivy League Records, saw her debut album enter the ARIA charts at #12, play sold out national tours and make appearances at a long list of high profile festivals. She graced the covers of a stack of quality magazines, made trips to the US and UK, won FBi Radio’s SMAC Award for Record of the Year, The Age’s EG award for Best Female and the AIR award for Best Blues and Roots Record. Somewhere in all of that, she recorded a single in Nashville for none other than Jack White and to top it all off, To The Horses went Gold.
After bright lights, big stages and long flights, Lanie moved to a secluded area in the Victorian bush to write her next body of work – an environment perfect for an artist ready to emerge into her own creative truth. The end result is Lanie’s astonishing new album NIGHT SHADE.
Fans got their first taste of the forthcoming Night Shade album with the release of the album’s lead single, the chiming and wondrous ‘Celeste’ accompanied by the visually stunning video shot on location in Peru. It’s a signpost to the kind of musical development and positive creative change that typifies the new record, and in turn, the new live show.
To coincide with the release of her brand new album, Lanie is extremely excited to announce that she will be embarking her first national tour since 2012, accompanied by the excellent band that helped bring her new songs to life on record. These shows will be the first chance for fans to hear Lanie’s new body of work live, as well as all the favourites from her first album again, and she can’t wait to perform.

Head to lanielane.net for dates and ticketing info!

 

 

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September 5, 2014

STEVE SMYTH’S Exits is out TODAY!

Ivy League is proud to release singer-songwriter STEVE SMYTH’S stunning album EXITS today! Having debuted this morning in the top 40 of iTunes’ Album Chart, Exits is Steve’s Ivy League Records debut record.

With the Sydney Morning Herald likening Steve Smyth to Royal Blood and Benjamin Booker, who as a trio are responsible for some of the most exciting and refreshing rock records right now “there’s more at play here than rasp and rock, there’s country gentleness to be found underneath, too”. Exits has already made its mark on critics and fans alike, receiving the Feature Album slot at Double J with the station gushing “There’s no doubting he is one of the most talented singers we have right now”, as well as Album Of The Week status from ABC Newcastle and Darwin, a 4/5 review in The Music and Rolling Stone claiming Smyth as “an undeniable talent”.

Double J Feature Album

Album Of The Week – ABC Newcastle

Album Of The Week – ABC Darwin

**** – The Music

*** ½ – Rolling Stone

*** ½ – The Brag

““there’s more at play here than rasp and rock, there’s country gentleness to be found underneath, too”. – Sydney Morning Herald

“Smyth is an undeniable talent” – Rolling Stone

“There’s no doubting he is one of the most talented singers we have right now.” – Double J

“It’s an intimate – but often glorious – little scuffed gem of an album” – The Music

““When he lets loose his bloodcurdling blues howls, he’s up there as one of the finest voices in contemporary Australian folk” – The Brag

Purchase Exits on iTunes here: http://bit.ly/1tdGqBo
Purchase Exits at JB Hi-Fi here: http://bit.ly/1oqMqQr
Purchase Exits at Sanity here: http://bit.ly/1lOx5ur

 

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September 1, 2014

STEVE SMYTH scores Double J FEATURE ALBUM

Steve Smyth’s fantastic album EXITS is out this FRIDAY but you can get a sneaky listen all this week at Double J because they’ve made it their Feature Album! This station gushed “There’s no doubting he is one of the most talented singers we have right now”. Read more of their review HERE.

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August 19, 2014

LANIE LANE is back with ‘CELESTE’ + album details!

It’s been a while coming, but finally Lanie Lane has returned with her first material since 2011’s triumphant debut album To The Horses. Her latest offering is ‘Celeste’ a warm and dreamy song that flows with gentle vocal hooks and sweet rolling guitars.

Recorded in the intimate surroundings of the legendary Mangrove Studios with close friends, ‘Celeste’ is the first song to be released from Lanie’s forthcoming album Night Shade set for release 24th October.

In Lanie’s own words: Celeste is ‘the one who knows’, the best self – always guiding from the unseen, in tune with the magic of everyday existence, unbound by limitations or self-doubt”.

Watch the video for ‘Celeste’ HERE

Purchase ‘Celeste’ on iTunes HERE

Lanie has enjoyed some well-earned time off and has been enjoying the peace and quiet of the Victorian countryside, where she’s been spending late nights and lazy afternoons writing her anticipated 2nd album – one that we’re very excited about. Fans can pre-order Night Shade now and receive ‘Celeste’ for free on iTunes as well as 2 exclusive tracks upon release date. Those who pre-order through JB Hi-Fi and Sanity will receive the same tracks 24th October, as well as a signed copy of the album.

iTunes: receive ‘Celeste’ for free + 2 exclusive tracks on release date http://bit.ly/1meJpBB

JB Hi-Fi: receive 2 exclusive tracks on release date + signed album http://bit.ly/1le6itY

Sanity: receive 2 exclusive tracks on release date + signed album http://bit.ly/1BvqoVc

 

 

 

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August 12, 2014

STEVE SMYTH announces EXITS Album TOUR!

STEVE SMYTH will be heading out on a mammoth 45+ date national EXITS TOUR this August – December in support of his stunning forthcoming Ivy League Records debut album, EXITS.

After Steve’s first two Exits singles ‘Shake It’ and ‘Written Or Spoken’ being well received at community radio and Double J, and his recent performance at Pigsty Festival where The Maitland Mercury declared he “stole the show with a mesmerising performance”, Steve returns from a month long tour in Spain in time to release Exits and get back on the Aussie road. Steve and band will be covering major cities and regional towns across this fine land starting late August in Queensland, dropping by New South Wales after playing Bigsound in September, Victoria and South Australia in October and finishing up amongst  the majesty of Western Australia before hitting Sydney in November/December.

Head to www.stevesmyth.com.au for dates and ticketing info!

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BAD//DREEMS’ ‘My Only Friend’ VIDEO + TOUR!

Bad//Dreems have played homage to their rollicking past couple of years on the road in their video for latest single ‘My Only Friend’. Watch it HERE!

The band called out to friends, fans and their own iphones for footage to cut together this cracking new clip. Being the Ivy babies, it brings a tear to our eyes to see how much they’ve grown.

To celebrate, the lads have announced their east coast MY ONLY FRIEND TOUR this Sep/Oct, head to www.baddreems.com for dates and ticketing info.

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July 22, 2014

BAD//DREEMS release new single ‘MY ONLY FRIEND’!

Bad//Dreems are Ivy League Record’s latest recruits. Their honest and brazen blend of iconic pub rock has carved them out a reputation for being one of the most exciting, upcoming bands in the country. They’ve done this by rolling along the coast lines of Australia and wowing audiences along the way with their explosive and infectiously fun live show. Sharing stages with the likes of The Scientists, Cosmic Psychos, Wavves, and Violent Soho, as well as festival appearance at St Jerome’s Laneway Festival, Groovin The Moo and Boogie Festival, it’s been a pretty good start for this four piece from Adelaide.

Their last single ‘Dumb Ideas’ was welcomed with open arms around the country and was a firm favourite at triple j, who hailed it as one of the “10 Best Aussie Songs of 2014 So Far”

Their latest offering is ‘My Only Friend’ which highlights a different side to this dynamic band and exercises a more reflective tone that explores deeper themes of isolation, loss and self-doubt. Once again the band teamed up with legendary producer Mark Opitz (AC/DC, Cold Chisel, The Angels, INXS), a man who is by no means a stranger to a hit or two.

Have a listen to ‘My Only Friend’ HERE.

Purchase ‘My Only Friend’ on iTunes HERE.

Bad//Dreems are releasing “My Only Friend” off the back of a triumphant tour of independent record stores. The tour was a big success and saw many fans turned away at the door after sold out shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and of course their hometown of Adelaide (twice).

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July 7, 2014

STEVE SMYTH’S ‘Written Or Spoken’ out NOW + Visual EP + Album announce!

STEVE SMYTH’S second Ivy League Records release is the heartfelt track ‘WRITTEN OR SPOKEN. Out NOW, it follows the rollicking ‘Shake It’, both lifted from his Ivy League debut album which the label are thrilled to announce is titled EXITS and will be released 5th September.

To celebrate the release of ‘Written Or Spoken’ and album announce, Steve has not only released an intimate black & white video for the single, he’s also filmed a stunning Visual EP featuring solo recordings of ‘Written Or Spoken’ as well as Exits tracks ‘Manuscripts’ and ‘South Land’. The Visual EP was premiered last Thursday night at The Midnight Special in Newtown, Sydney, to a max capacity crowd and line flowing down the street. Steve followed with some songs and an epic face down crowd surf from one end of the bar to the other. This video cannonball blasts open a door that lets the viewer into the very special world of Steve Smyth, evoking memories of a bygone time when how well you sung mattered and performance had heart.

Watch the official video for ‘Written Or Spoken’ HERE.

Watch the Visual EP HERE.

Get ‘Written Or Spoken’ via iTunes.

iTunes pre-order – Instant download of ‘South Land’: HERE

JB Hi Fi pre-order – Instant download of ‘South Land’ + signed album : HERE

Sanity pre-order – Instant download of ‘South Land’ + signed album: HERE

 

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July 4, 2014

YEN premieres STEVE SMYTH’S video for ‘Written Or Spoken’.

Today Yen Magazine is premiering the gorgeous video from STEVE SMYTH for his next single ‘Written Or Spoken’, out Monday!

‘Written Or Spoken’ is a sweet ode to a relationship bruised by distance.  This time around the pendulum swings away from the rawness of ‘Shake It’, and we see Smyth deliver his trademark arresting vocal beauty.

Check out the video HERE.

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June 24, 2014

Alex from SPARKADIA wins an APRA Award!

Alex from Sparkadia picked up an Urban Work of the Year APRA Award last night for his co-writer contribution to Bliss n Eso’s (feat. Bluejuice) track ‘Act Your Age’. Congrats to all involved in this epic collaboration!

Watch the video for the track HERE.

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June 17, 2014

Sam from THE RUBENS & CLOUD CONTROL’s Heidi cover ‘Do I Wanna Know’

Sam from The Rubens and Heidi from Cloud Control’s RocKwiz episode has aired with their cracking cover of the Arctic Monkey’s ‘Do I Wanna Know’! Watch the awesomeness HERE and catch the entire episode plus their solos on SBS On Demand.

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May 30, 2014

BAD//DREEMS sell out Adl/Syd shows + support The Preatures!

Our favourite Adelaide rockers BAD//DREEMS have SOLD out both Adelaide and their Sydney shows on ther Dumb Ideas Tour! We got down to a sweaty Blackwire Records in Sydney to check them out and ROCK IS BACK! Check them belting out current single ‘Dumb Ideas’ here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kj4YmBkPpEk&feature=youtu.be

The guys have also just been announced as the main support for our pals THE PREATURES on their Two Tone Melody Tour this Jul/Aug! We love those guys and cant wait to watch some Baddie’s rock meet Preature’s soul when they hit town. Dates and ticketing info at www.thepreatures.com

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May 6, 2014

Watch Phoebe from ALPINE on RocKwiz with Kurt Vile!

The beautiful Phoebe from Alpine covered Neil Young’s ‘Albuquerque’ with Ivy office favourite KURT VILE last night on RocKwiz. Lucky Phoebe and lucky Kurt, Phoebe is the bomb and the both of them did such a brilliant job! Watch it HERE.

Phoebe was later on joined by her Co-Alpine stunner, Lou, to sing their track ‘Gasoline’. And they both smashed it! Check that out HERE.

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May 1, 2014

BAD//DREEMS release Dumb Ideas video + SELL OUT Adelaide show

Our newest addition to the Ivy fold, Bad//Dreems, have released their cracking new video for their single ‘Dumb Ideas’. Filmed by a talented film maker mate and in front of a bunch of mates in their glorious hometown of Adelaide, the video does the scathing ‘Dumb Ideas’ proud. Watch it HERE.

News also just in that the boys Adelaide date of their Dumb Ideas Tour has SOLD OUT! But don’t worry, another show has been added for the following evening, details below.

DUMB IDEAS TOUR
MAY – JUNE 2014
Tickets on sale NOW

Sat 17 May         Adelaide | The Exeter / Title     (18+) *SOLD OUT*
www.baddreems.com | Doors 4pm

Sun 18 May        Adelaide | The Exeter / Title     (18+) *NEW SHOW*
www.baddreems.com | Doors 4pm

Fri 23 May        Sydney | Black Wire Records    (All Ages)
www.baddreems.com| Doors 7pm

Sat 24 May        Wollongong | Music Farmers     (All Ages)
www.baddreems.com| Doors 12pm

Sat 31 May        Melbourne | Record Paradise    (18+)
www.baddreems.com| Doors 7pm

Sat 7 June        Brisbane | Rocking Horse        (All Ages)
www.baddreems.com| Doors 1pm

www.baddreems.com | www.facebook.com/badbaddreems  | https://twitter.com/BadDreems

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April 15, 2014

Watch GEORGI KAY on RocKwiz!

Our favourite WA gal, Georgi Kay, played her smashing track ‘Ipswich’ on RocKwiz last night. Click HERE to watch Georgi knock it out of the park!

Currently residing in London, Georgi is recording her debut Ivy League album with some very exciting and unexpected industry heavy wights. Stay tuned for more from the remarkable Georgi Kay!

 

 

 

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April 14, 2014

BAD//DREEMS’ ‘Dumb Ideas’ is OUT NOW

Dumb Ideas by our newest signing, BAD//DREEMS, is OUT NOW. Grab it via iTunes HERE. Dumb Ideas is a scathing put-down song, a missive to an ex-lover, or perhaps a clarion call to the boys from Adelaide to stay true to their beginnings as they venture out in the world at large.

Dumb Ideas will also be available on double A-side 7” exclusively when you purchase a ticket to the ‘Dumb Ideas Tour’ or at the shows themselves.

DUMB IDEAS TOUR
MAY – JUNE 2014

General public on sale from 9am local time, Tuesday 8th April

Sat 17 May    Adelaide | The Exeter / Title        (18+)
www.baddreems.com | Doors 4pm

Sat 23 May    Sydney | Black Wire Records      (All Ages)
www.baddreems.com| Doors 7pm

Sat 24 May    Wollongong | Music Farmers      (All Ages)                                                                             www.baddreems.com| Doors 12pm

Sat 31 May    Melbourne | Record Paradise      (18+)                                                                          www.baddreems.com| Doors 7pm

Sat 7 June    Brisbane| Rocking Horse              (All Ages)
www.baddreems.com| Doors 1pm

www.baddreems.com | www.facebook.com/badbaddreems  | https://twitter.com/BadDreems

 

 

 

 

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April 9, 2014

Watch STEVE SMYTH on RocKwiz!

Steve Smyth played a part in Monday night’s RocKwiz episode. Sitting in on the panel and smashing out of the park ‘The Air That I Breathe’ with Jaunita Stein, watch the entire episode via SBS On Demand or watch just the duet HERE!

 

 

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April 7, 2014

BAD//DREEMS join Ivy League + release new song!

We are thrilled to welcome Bad//Dreems to the family tree and equally thrilled to have finally signed our first band from Adelaide.

Bad//Dreems’ journey from the Adelaide underground continues with the release of their brand new single ‘Dumb Ideas’, the product of a recent recording session with legendary producer Mark Opitz (AC/DC, Cold Chisel, The Angels, INXS).

‘Dumb Ideas’ is a scathing put-down song, a missive to an ex-lover, or perhaps a clarion call to the boys from Adelaide to stay true to their beginnings as they venture out in the world at large.

Listen to “Dumb Ideas” here:

With so many reasons to celebrate the band will of course be hitting the road – but this won’t be any ordinary tour. The ‘Dumb Ideas Tour’ will see Bad//Dreems touring independent record stores throughout the east coast and Adelaide. Has a record store tour been done before? Maybe, maybe not, we don’t really know. But one thing’s for sure though – this is a one off experience and a rare chance to see Bad//Dreems this up-close and personal, probably for a long time.

Meeting at their local football club, James Bartold (bass), Alex Cameron (guitar), Ben Marwe (vocals, guitar) and Miles Wilson (drums) got together in a whitegoods’ repair warehouse in the shadows of the West End Brewery. Taking influence from Australian guitar bands from the ’70s and ’80s (Coloured Girls-era Paul Kelly, The Go-Betweens, Coloured Balls) as well as U.S. indie groups of the same era (Wipers, The Replacements), Bad//Dreems quickly emerged from the Adelaide underground refreshingly untouched by modern trends.

‘Dumb Ideas’ is out April 14th digitally via Ivy League Records and will be available on double A-side 7” exclusively when you purchase a ticket to the ‘Dumb Ideas Tour’ or at the shows themselves.

DUMB IDEAS TOUR
MAY – JUNE 2014

General public on sale from 9am local time, Tuesday 8th April

Sat 17 May    Adelaide | The Exeter / Title        (18+)
www.baddreems.com | Doors 4pm

Sat 23 May    Sydney | Black Wire Records      (All Ages)
www.baddreems.com| Doors 7pm

Sat 24 May    Wollongong | Music Farmers      (All Ages)                                                                             www.baddreems.com| Doors 12pm

Sat 31 May    Melbourne | Record Paradise      (18+)                                                                          www.baddreems.com| Doors 7pm

Sat 7 June    Brisbane| Rocking Horse              (All Ages)
www.baddreems.com| Doors 1pm

www.baddreems.com | www.facebook.com/badbaddreems  | https://twitter.com/BadDreems

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April 3, 2014

STEVE SMYTH is on RocKwiz!

The remarkable Steve Smyth will be appearing on RocKwiz this coming Monday April 7th, at 9:30pm on SBS ONE!

It will be repeated on SBS TWO the following Saturday, at 8:30pm.

Singing a song and taking part on the panel, we hope you like it!

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March 21, 2014

YOUTH GROUP’s Skeleton Jar turns 10!

Skeleton Jar turns 10!

This week 10 years ago the Coalition of the Willing had been in Iraq a year, Facebook was six weeks old, everyone was loving ‘Hey Ya’ by Outkast and not everyone had mobile phones (I didn’t. I was still using the home phone with mini answering machine tape).

It was also the week that our second album Skeleton Jar came out. We didn’t expect it at the time, but this record was to change lots of things for us. It brought us a bigger audience, a release in the States and Europe and tours that lasted longer than a weekend. It has remained many people’s favourite Youth Group album. I think it’s fair to say that Skeleton Jar changed our lives, but that wasn’t to happen til 2005 really…

I remember the day it came out. I went to do a slot on Sydney’s community radio station FBI where I picked two favourite songs and the Dj’s voted on whether they were duds or not. I chose something by Neutral Milk Hotel (thumbs up) and Graceland by Paul Simon (two thumbs down, noses turned…this was four years before the Vampire Weekend afro-pop re-revolution, remember). Afterwards I went to the Courthouse Hotel on Australia St and drank in the beer garden with my compadres under the frangipani. And then we went home. It felt satisfying, but certainly not life-changing.

Skeleton Jar was made at a turbulent time for us, and is a minor miracle that it was made at all. We went through several line-up changes during the recording. When we began it was Danny, Andy, Paul and I. Then Andy left, then Johnno joined, then Paul left, then Cam joined, and then Johnno left too. By the time we toured the album in August 2004 Patrick had joined. These changes were no bad thing: all these people put their unique musical stamp on Skeleton Jar and I think the record was better for all the different inputs. We were also lucky enough to have a record label – Ivy League – that championed us despite the fact they were going through trials of their own. And we were fortunate to have a producer in Wayne Connolly who was tirelessly creative and ceaselessly witty.

For me personally, it was made during the most turbulent period of my life. Some four months before recording it I actually doubted if I would ever make a record again. Making Skeleton Jar got me out of a very bad rut.

When I listen to it now I am surprised at how raucous it sounds. For some reason it has taken on a mellow quality in my memory. But in reality not so: Danny is hitting the drums hard, sometimes it sounds like I am yelping. I can see why Biddy drew the moaning bear for the cover.

Our deepest thanks to everyone who bought it, came to see us play, shared their enjoyment with us. I’m so glad we put this album out. Happy Birthday Skeleton Jar!

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Shadowland was the first single released from Youth Group’s 2nd album “Skeleton Jar”. The album was released in Australia on 22nd March 2004 by Ivy League records, and subsequently re-released by Epitaph records in the USA in 2005.

DOWNLOAD ALBUM TRACK ‘SHADOWLAND’ FOR FREE HERE!

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March 14, 2014

Video alert: Steve Smyth’s ‘Shake It’

The video for Steve Smyth’s stomping track ‘Shake It’ has been released unto the world! Check it out HERE!

Directed and edited by Angelo Kehagias (who also took Steve’s stunning moonshine photo which you can check out via the ‘Artist’s tab above), and filmed in an epic junkyard in NSW’s Windsor, the video captures the heart of the song and showcases Steve’s incredible and unique performance style.

‘Shake It’ is out now via iTunes, grab it here: http://bit.ly/1hJffcb

Catch Steve on these upcoming dates:
Sat 15 Mar        Goodgod (supporting The Spirit), Sydney NSW
Thu 27 Mar      The Spotted Mallard, Brunswick VIC
Sat 29 Mar       Baha Tapas & Tacos, Rye VIC
Thu 3 Apr        Easy Tiger, Paddington NSW
Sun 13 Apr       Gumball Festival, Hunter Valley NSW
Thu 17 Apr       The Forresters, Surry Hills NSW
Tue 22 Apr       Toff In Town (supporting  Lindi Ortega), Melbourne VIC

 

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March 11, 2014

Video alert: CLOUD CONTROL’s ‘Moonrabbit’

CLOUD CONTROL have released the tripped out video for ‘MOONRABBIT’, the latest delicious snippet from their highly acclaimed 2nd album DREAM CAVE.

Watch it HERE. Conceived by director Irrum Khan in London from footage the band shot of themselves whilst on tour in the US, the clip revolves around the idea of creating the Moonrabbit’s haven. The result is a mesmerizing expedition into a colorful / bizarre sci-fi abyss.

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March 6, 2014

CLOUD CONTROL set out on FREE national acoustic tour + US tour with Metronomy

Cloud Control are kicking off 2014 with a bang! They’ve wound up their triumphant  national run with St Jerome’s Laneway Festival to head back the UK/EU for more touring including a recently SOLD OUT show in London, and have now been announced as the main support for the fantastic Metronomy on their north American tour, and added to the line-up for Sasquatch Festival in May.

If that wasn’t enough the band recently released Dream Cave Unplugged, the gorgeous acoustic recording of their FBi SMAC Award winning and AMP shortlisted Dream Cave. To celebrate, Cloud Control will be embarking on a colossal 36 date tour of intimate and free acoustic performances. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see the band strip back their hits. All tour dates here: http://www.cloudcontrolband.com/tour-dates/ . This will be their first acoustic tour across the country, taking in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, and all shows are free! Check out a little of what you’ll get to see at the shows HERE.

 

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March 4, 2014

Happy 21st to ELLIOTT from THE RUBENS!

We’re wishing our favourite curly coiffed, rubber faced and regular funny guy keyboard player, Elliott from The Rubens, a most MASSIVE 21st birthday!

To think, Elliott is spending his 21st writing material for the 2nd album from The Rubens….we would have been dancing around the lounge room getting ready for a night on the town listening to Red Riders! Not so bad, really.

 

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February 25, 2014

STEVE SMYTH joins the Ivy League + releases his single ‘Shake It’!

We are extremely proud to introduce to you to our brand new signing, the inimitable and remarkable Mr. STEVE SMYTH. His first Ivy release comes in the form of the rugged stomper ‘SHAKE IT’, and it’s OUT NOW!

Get ‘Shake It’ here: http://bit.ly/1hJffcb

Produced, recorded and backed by the supremely talented wrecking crew of  Joey Waronker on drums (Atoms For Peace, Thom Yorke, Beck,) and Gus Seyffert on bass (The Black Keys, Norah Jones), ‘Shake It’ is the first taste of Smyth’s Ivy League debut album, set for release later this year.  Recorded at the House of Seyffert in Echo Park with a view of the Hollywood Hills for company, ‘Shake It’ is the perfect introduction to the musical world of Steve Smyth: equal parts elastic backbeat, rock and roll fervour and sweet reflection, it binds a slice of blues with a clattering of staggered rhythms, punctuated by abstract guitars.

Steve’s live performances have to be experienced to be believed. Every performance is an event, every song a statement. He has a habit of putting a smile on every face in in the room, and encouraging previously unplanned whooping to erupt en masse and we can’t wait to share with you more from this brilliant talent!

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February 11, 2014

CLOUD CONTROL release Dream Cave Unplugged

Straight off the back of touring with St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival, CLOUD CONTROL release DREAM CAVE UNPLUGGED – the gorgeous acoustic recording of their FBi SMAC Award winning and AMP Award shortlisted album, Dream Cave.  Originally released last year and like their 2010 debut Bliss Release, Dream Cave is filled with classic songwriting and melody. Unlike their debut, it sees the band cut loose from their roots and embrace a spirit of experimentation best exemplified by Check Your Head-era Beastie Boys or a Led Zeppelin record.

Dream Cave Unplugged breathes new life into Dream Cave and brings it home to Bliss Release days. Stripping back their 2013 release emphasises the band’s truest strengths; their outstanding songwriting and superb harmonies.

Currently heading back to the UK to set off on an extensive UK/EU tour, Cloud Control will be celebrate the release of Dream Cave Unplugged on home turf with a whopping 35+ shows acoustic tour with Corona Extra throughout March and April. This will be their first acoustic tour across the country, taking in Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, and all shows are free! Check out a little of what you’ll get to see at the shows HERE.

DREAM CAVE UNPLUGGED IS OUT NOW VIA ITUNES  

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November 27, 2013

CLOUD CONTROL & JOSH PYKE longlisted for AMP!

Cloud Control’s Dream Cave and Josh Pyke’s The Beginning And The End Of Everything has been longlisted for the 9th Coopers AMP!

Cloud Control are familiar with the AMP nod, taking home the prize in 2010 for their stellar debut Bliss Release. Ivy League label mates The Mess Hall scored the AMP a few years prior in 2007 for Devils Elbow.

We look forward to seeing if Cloudies and Josh make the shortlist as well as what other of our favourite releases from the past year make the cut!

 

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November 26, 2013

SURES release video for ‘TIME’

SURES have released a video for ‘TIME’, the latest single from their EP THE NIGHT HERO WASTE TIME GETTING BETTER.

Check it out HERE.

Directed by Simon Knox the clip for new single ‘Time’ was a tough shoot according to frontman Jonas Nicholls. “We shot the performance part of the video in a friend’s empty pool out in the suburbs after about three days of constant rain. We had to bail the pool out ourselves and we found turtles when we were doing it, which was awesome,” Nicholls revealed to Fasterlouder.

The Night Hero Waste Time Getting Better is OUT NOW!
iTunes: http://bit.ly/16kCjC0
Bigpond Music: http://bit.ly/1876Qoq

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October 30, 2013

CLOUD CONTROL release ‘Promises’ & accompanying video!

CLOUD CONTROL have hit back with their latest single ‘PROMISES’, another killer selection from their highly acclaimed second album DREAM CAVE.

Opening with a commanding baseline, the intensity and desperation of ’Promises’ cuts in quick with front man, Alister Wright’s, raw ’50s crooner vocals “Maybe that, harmony, promises, happiness, I’m just a mirror for your love”, a style of which we haven’t heard before Dream Cave. Wounded hearts aside, ‘Promises’ treats us to Cloud Control’s superb harmonising and the cosmic guitar solos we’ve fallen in love with.

Recorded for the album live, ‘Promises’ follows Cloud Control’s first Dream Cave releases, ‘Dojo Rising’ and ‘Scar’. These three tracks showcase the band cherishing their elegant psychedelic pop whilst cutting loose from their roots and embracing a spirit of experimentation best exemplified by a Check Your Head-era Beastie Boys or a Led Zeppelin record.

The video for ‘Promises’, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oR9WioRaj7U), is out now and runs with the track’s theme of desperation by documenting an evening of two debauched lovers. Shot in L.A by director Keith Musil (Wiseblood, Twin Shadow, Willy Mason), be sure to keep your eyes peeled for some fleeting Cloud Control cameos!

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October 15, 2013

JOSH PYKE & THE RUBENS nominated for ARIA Awards!

Nominations for the 27th ARIA Awards 2013 are in!
Massive congratulations to The Rubens for their self-titled debut being nominated for Best Rock Album and as Breakthrough Artist Release, as well as Josh Pyke whose album The Beginning And The End Of Everything has been nominated for Best Adult Contemporary Release.
Excellent work!

The awards are announce Sunday 1st December, ticketing info HERE.

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October 11, 2013

CLOUD CONTROL & THE RUBENS up for Channel [V] Oz Artist 2013!

The votes are now open for Channel [V]‘s Oz Artist 2013! Cloud Control and The Rubens are both up for nomination so shoot them a vote HERE.

Check out some of the band’s videos being played on Channel [V] over on our video page.

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October 4, 2013

SURES to support Bluejuice in November!

SURES will be taking on support duties for Bluejuice in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne next month on their S.O.S Tour!

The guys have also just finished up their co-headline tour with Go Violets, check out a sick  little tour diary the GV girls made HERE.

Tickets for Bluejuice’s S.O.S Tour are on sale now. It will be hella funs.

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September 9, 2013

THE RUBENS get remixed by Grouplove.

The Rubens’ track ‘My Gun’ has received the remix treatment from the most awesome Grouplove.

Check it out on Rolling Stone HERE.

It’s now well and truly a synthed out club banger!

 

 

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September 6, 2013

ALPINE make their U.S TV debut on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE

ALPINE have made their US TV debut on the one and only JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE!

Currently in the US supporting Empire Of The Sun, the Melbourne 6-piece belted out ‘Gasoline’ and ‘Hands’ during a week of live music including Joan Jett, John Legend, 2Chainz and Celine Dion. No big deal!

Watch ‘Hands’ here.
Watch ‘Gasoline’ here.

Alpine head back to Australia later this month to support Foals and then head back to the US to  finished touring with Empire Of The Sun. Having released their debut A Is For Alpine in the US back in May, it’s a  been mammoth few months and their appearance on Jimmy Kimmel is fine reassurance that all their hard work stateside is paying off and they’re really making a name for themselves.

Big congratulations to Alpine! We love you.

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September 5, 2013

THE RUBENS jump on summer festival line-ups & nominated for an AIR AWARD

The Rubens have been nominated for Breakthrough Independent Artist Of The Year at the 2013 Carlton Dry Independent Music Awards! It’s been a big year for the lads who took home  Best Rock Work 2013 APRA Music Awards for ‘My Gun’, sold out tours and about to leave for the US to support Grouplove on their near sold out national tour.

The Rubens have also been announced as part of the line-up for a slew of  summer festivals; Fat As Butter Festival in Newcastle NSW 26 Oct, Festival Of The Sun in Port Macquarie NSW 13-14 Dec and Falls Festival in Byron By NSW, Lorne VIC and Marion Bay TAS 28 Dec – 1st Jan. Bring it on!

 

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August 28, 2013

WIN a WARM IN WINTER evening with JOSH PYKE at QT Falls Creek!

So this is a cool opportunity for Josh Pyke fans!

To help celebrate the release of his latest single ‘Warm In Winter’, Josh has teamed up with QT Hotels in Falls Creek and launched a competition where the winner scores 2 tickets to an exclusive performance from Josh at the exclusive Ski resort and a night in the designer accommodation!

All you need to do is upload a picture of you with your brand new copy of Josh Pykes ‘The Beginning and the End of Everything’ album with the hashtag #QTWarmInWinter for your chance to win this awesome prize.

Head HERE for more info.

THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF EVERYTHING IS OUT NOW!

Get your hands on a copy here:
iTunes
JB H-Fi
Sanity

CHECK OUT THE BRILLIANT NEW VIDEO FOR ‘WARM IN WINTER’ HERE!

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August 23, 2013

SURES’ The Night Hero Waste Time Getting Better EP is OUT TODAY!

It’s been a year since Sydney’s SURES dropped their brilliant debut EP Stars, a release full of 90′s flavoured indie dream pop.Since then, the band has split their time between touring the country alongside bands such as Best Coast, Real-Estate, Wavves, The Cribs, Vampire Weekend, Snakadaktal and Bleeding Knees Club, and writing and recording. Now, the young four-piece returns with their sophomore EP THE NIGHT HERO WASTE TIME GETTING BETTER (TNHWTGB).

The five tracks that make up TNHWTGB not only mark a significant development in the band’s song writing and at times, sees them experimenting with the darker side of their sound.

Produced by Dann Hume (Alpine, Lisa Mitchell), TNHWTGB‘s lead single ‘Waste’ is a brilliantly crafted, angst ridden, time bomb of a song, building slowly until reaching a cathartic crescendo. One would be correct in detecting influences of Smashing Pumpkins and Death Cab For Cutie on indie ballad ‘Time’, while the EP’s opener ‘The Night’, with its anthemic stand-to-attention guitar riff is certain to be a live favourite.

Above all else, TNWTGB is a brilliant second release from a band destined to be one of the country’s most intriguing and, no doubt, acclaimed young bands.

The first track lifted from the EP, ‘Waste’ has been going great guns at community radio and triple j. The accomanying video is a fantastic and humble nod to classic 90′s video clips, check it out HERE.

SURES are on tour with the Go Violets in September to celebrate the release of TNWTGB and it’s sure to be a rowdy affair! Head to facebook.com/suressuressures for dates and ticketing info.

Get your copy of THE NIGHT HERO WASTE TIME GETTING BETTER at iTunes & Bigpond

And stream it at Spotify, Rdio & JB Now

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August 22, 2013

Video: JOSH PYKE ‘Warm In Winter’

Josh Pyke has released a gorgeous new video for ‘Warm In Winter’, the latest single to be lifted of The Beginning And The End Of Everything.

Watch it HERE!

Shot in New York by Australian director Melvin Montalban, who has also made clips for The Rubens (The Best We Got, Lay It Down) and Something For Kate.

The actor playing the wolf got around with a cardboard  nose and ears in order to later illustrate over the footage. Certainly copped some strange looks from NY locals but I suppose nothing really surprises them!

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August 14, 2013

LANIE LANE announces ‘Hello Spring’ September TOUR

LANIE LANE is delighted to announce that she is returning to the stage to play her first live shows of 2013. Performing in stripped-back mode, Lanie will play a swag of brand new tracks and old favourites before heading into to the studio to record her much anticipated 2nd album, the follow up to her gold selling To The Horses.

This is the first opportunity for Lanie to play the new songs she has been working on since taking a well-earned break from touring at the end of 2012.

“It really feels like I’m coming into my own springtime” says Lanie.  “I’m looking forward to coming out of this hibernation, to be on the stage, to re-connect with everyone. The new songs I have written have evolved into something very new for me, more personal, meaningful and dear to my heart than any other collection of songs I’ve written in my life. I hope people will be excited to hear them and open to grow with me”.LANIE LANE
SEPTEMBER 2013
Tickets on-sale 9am Friday 16th August from lanielane.net

Fri 13 Sep                   The Prom, Adelaide, SA                  (18+)
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Sat 14 Sep                  Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC         (18+)
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Thu 19 Sep                The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW          (18+)
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Fri 20 Sep                   Black Bear Lodge, Brisbane, VIC   (18+)
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August 13, 2013

Video: CLOUD CONTROL ‘Scar’

Cloud Control have released the video for their lastest single ‘SCAR’!

Running with the theme of shooting videos in cool far off lands, this one follows front man, Al, around the striking landscapes of Iceland. Check it out HERE.

The last track recorded for the album, ‘SCAR’ backs up CLOUD CONTROL’s first DREAM CAVE release, ‘Dojo Rising’ which scored the #1 most played position at triple j, and in the top 20 for over a month.  Both give a glimpse into the band cherishing their elegant psychedelic pop whilst cutting loose from their roots and embracing a spirit of experimentation best exemplified by Check Your Head-era Beastie Boys or a Yo La Tengo record.

And the love for DREAM CAVE just keeps rolling in…

triple j FEATURE ALBUM & FBi ALBUM OF THE WEEK

**** ALBUM OF THE WEEK – Daily Telegraph

**** ALBUM OF THE WEEK – The Brag

**** ALBUM OF THE WEEK – Beat Magazine

**** – THE AUSTRALIAN

**** – THE SUN HERALD

“A gorgeous journey” – Drum Media

“so good your ears will bliss out” – YEN Magazine

“There’s no two ways about this: this album is incredible” – Pages Digital

“It’s truly a thrill to have them back” – Blunt Magazine

“undoubtedly be one of the best releases of the year” Tone Deaf

Once you enter you really don’t want to leave” – Sun Herald

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August 9, 2013

CLOUD CONTROL’s Dream Cave is OUT NOW and they’re celebrating by playing at YOUR HOUSE!

Dream Cave is out now!

To celebrate the release of the record, Cloud Control want to give fans and their friends the chance to host a badass BBQ that they will play at.

Yep, HAVE COULD CONTROL PLAY AT YOUR HOUSE!

Everyone knows that music + food + buddies = good times.

For what you have to do to be crowned King/Queen of the DreamBBQ, head HERE.

Dream Cave got the first class radio treatment last week  being the Feature Album at triple j and FBi’s Album Of The Week. It’s also been scoring some massive love on the review front with 4/5 stars at the Sun Herald, The Australian and Daily Telegraph.

Hear it for yourself by grabbing a copy over with here:

iTunes:
JB Hi-Fi
Sanity

 

 

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August 7, 2013

SURES set to TOUR their way through September!

SURES are set to celebrate the release of their forthcoming EP, THE NIGHT HERO WASTE TIME GETTING BETTER (TNHWTGB) out 23 August, on a co-headline tour with Brisbane alchemic all-girl quartet, Go Violets in September for what promises to be a rowdy run of shows.

Making their way through the east coast on five-date run of shows, SURES will be treating punters to a swag of new material, taken from their forthcoming EP.

SURES have also just unleashed the video for their current single ‘WASTE’ out into the world. Directed by newcomer William Colvin, the video captures the frantic energy of the brilliantly crafted, angst ridden, time bomb of a song, and building slowly until reaching a cathartic crescendo. Encapsulating the sentiment of the song, the clip also gives a humble nod to classic 90’s music videos. Check it out HERE.

WASTE IS OUT NOW VIA ITUNES

THE NIGHT HERO WASTE TIME GETTING BETTER is out 23 August. PRE-ORDER NOW THROUGH ITUNES

SURES
SUPPORTING GLASS TOWERS
Tickets on sale now
FRI 16 AUG | THE STANDARD, SYDNEY NSW
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545| All Oztix Outlets

SURES
CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH GO VIOLETS
Tickets on sale 9:00AM Wed 7TH August

THU 12 SEP | WORKERS CLUB, MELBOURNE VIC
Tickets available from www.workersclub.com.au| (03) 9415 6558 | Tickets available from venue

FRI 13 SEP | YOURS & OWLS, WOLLONGONG NSW
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545| All Oztix Outlets

SAT 14 SEP | GOODGOD, SYDNEY NSW
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

SAT 21 SEP | ED CASTLE, ADELAIDE SA
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

WED 25 SEP | BLACK BEAR LODGE, BRISBANE QLD
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545| All Oztix Outlets

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August 2, 2013

CLOUD CONTROL release ‘SCAR’ and score triple j Feature Album & FBi’s AOTW!

CLOUD CONTROL’s highly anticipated second album, DREAM CAVE, is next week’s TRIPLE J FEATURE ALBUM and FBi’s ALBUM OF THE WEEK! Tune in to hear tracks off the album, out FRIDAY 9 AUGUST.

In the meantime, CLOUD CONTROL have released their second single ‘SCAR’, another choice cut off DREAM CAVE. With swirling keys and stripped back opening, ‘SCAR’ (https://soundcloud.com/cloud-control/scar-2) builds into a joyous, anthemic chorus that will no doubt be chanted at every show to follow its release and has now landed in the top 10 most popular tracks on Hype Machine.

In town this past weekend for Splendour In The Grass, CLOUD CONTROL now head off on their international DREAM CAVE TOUR! An extensive touring schedule, the guys start off in the US, head back to Australia in Aug/Sep and finish up in UK/EU before taking on main support duties for Local Natives on their UK/EU leg of touring.

After receiving rave reviews for their recent SOLD OUT performance at Sydney’s Vivid Festival, CLOUD CONTROL’s Australian DREAM CAVE TOUR will see the band perform tracks from their latest offering as well as songs off their beloved debut Bliss Release. Supported nationally by Sydney’s Palms, now Gang Of Youths join the party as well as Summerflake (Adelaide only), Gunns (Perth only), Braves (Perth only), Morning Horse (Bendigo only) and Anthony Rochester (Hobart only), as well as an extra date at the Beach Hotel in Byron Bay Sunday 25th August. It’s the perfect chance to catch the band before they head back overseas for the rest of the year. Don’t miss out!

Head over to www.cloudcontrolband.com for full tour details!

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July 18, 2013

SURES release ‘WASTE’!

We’re stoked to release onto the world the brand new single ‘WASTE’ from Sydney’s brightest slackers SURES.

It’s been a busy 12 months for Sydney’s SURES after dropping their debut EP Stars, a release full of 90′s flavoured indie dream pop, featuring the singles ‘Poseidon’ and ‘Stars’. Since then, the band has split their time between touring the country alongside bands such as Best Coast, Real-Estate, Wavves, The Cribs, Vampire Weekend, Snakadaktal and Bleeding Knees Club, and writing and recording.

Produced by Dann Hume (Alpine, Snakadaktal, Matt Corby, Courtney Barnett, Lisa Mitchell), ‘WASTE’ (https://soundcloud.com/ivyleaguerecords/sures-waste) is a brilliantly crafted, angst ridden, time bomb of a song, building slowly until reaching a cathartic crescendo. Right from the opening line “Don’t know what to do but I can tell that you’ve been wasting my time”, frontman Jonas Nicholl’s biting lyrics punctuate the frustration at the essence of the track.

Ironically, wasting time is something that SURES seem to know little about, with a follow up EP soon to be released.

SURES are playing at The Standard in Sydney on 16 August with Glass Towers. Stay tuned for more dates soon to be announced.

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July 5, 2013

Happy JOSH PYKE day!

OUT TODAY, The Beginning And The End Of Everything marks Josh Pyke’s fourth studio album and is a record that explores ideas of desire, death and legacy. For Josh these are the beginning and the end of all decisions made in his life and, as with previous albums, a record of a period of time in his life. Recorded with John Castle (The Bamboos, Washington and The Drones), Josh regards The Beginning And The End Of Everything as his most personal release to date.

Josh’s first single ‘Leeward Side’ has received a lot of love and we’re thrilled to finally be able to share the rest of this gorgeous record!

Next Monday 8th July at 7:00PM, Josh will be answering questions about the album in an EXCLUSIVE LIVE CHAT via his Facebook. You will have had the weekend to listen to the record, now it’s your chance for Josh answer YOUR queries personally! Tune in Monday evening HERE.

Grab your copy of THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF EVERYTHING now!

iTunes
JB H-Fi (+ signed album)
Sanity (signed album only)

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June 26, 2013

CLOUD CONTROL go on a DREAM CAVE Tour

Cloud Control will be heading out on an extensive national tour this August/September in support of their highly anticipated forthcoming sophomore album, Dream Cave.

After receiving rave reviews for their recent SOLD OUT performance at Sydney’s Vivid Festival, the band will return to their homeland to perform tracks from their latest offering as well as songs off their beloved debut Bliss Release.

Supported by Sydney’s Palms, who have been winning hearts on the strength of their beautifully crafted indie-pop tunes, exemplified by current single ‘This Last Year’, this is the perfect opportunity for all those who will miss Cloud Control at the upcoming sold out Splendour In The Grass, to catch the band before they head off on their UK and US tours.

The album DREAM CAVE is out 9th August. Check out the tour dates and ticketing deets below!

CLOUD CONTROL: DREAM CAVE NATIONAL TOUR

With special guests PALMS / Tickets on sale Wed 3rd July

 WED 21 AUG | SPOTTED COW, TOOWOOMBA QLD Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545| All Oztix Outlets

THU 22 AUG | COOLANGATTA HOTEL, GOLD COAST QLD Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545| All Oztix Outlets

FRI 23 AUG | THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE QLD Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au|132 849| All Ticketek Outlets

SAT 24 AUG | KINGS BEACH TAVERN, CALOUNDRA QLD Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545| All Oztix Outlets

WED 28 AUG | ANU, CANBERRA ACT Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au|132 849| All Ticketek Outlets

FRI 30 AUG | THE GOV, ADELAIDE (ALL AGES) SA Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

SAT 31 AUG | THE CAPITOL, PERTH WA Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545| All Oztix Outlets

WED 4 SEP | KAROVA LOUNGE, BALLARAT VIC Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545| All Oztix Outlets 

THU 05 SEP | STAR BAR, BENDIGO VIC Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

FRI 06 SEP | THE FORUM, MELBOURNE VIC Tickets available from www.ticketmaster.com.au | 136 100 | All Ticketmaster Outlets

SAT 07 SEP | REPUBLIC BAR, HOBART TAS Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

TUE 10 SEP | WOLLONGONG UNI BAR, WOLLONGONG NSW Tickets available from www.unicentre.uow.edu.au & www.bigtix.com.au & www.oztix.com.au| uni centre: (02) 4221 8000, Bigtix: (02) 4229 6169 & Oztix: 1300 762 545 | Tickets available from venue and all Bigtix and Oztix outlets

WED 11 SEP | BAR ON THE HILL, NEWCASTLE NSW Tickets available from venue, www.bigtix.com.au & www.oztix.com.au | Bigtix: (02) 4229 6169 & Oztix: 1300 762 545 | Tickets available from venue and all Bigtix and Oztix outlets

THU 12 SEP | THE METRO, SYDNEY (ALL AGES) NSW Tickets available from www.metrotheatre.com.au & www.ticketek.com.au |  Venue: (02) 9550 3666, Ticketek: 132 849| Tickets available from venue and all Ticketek Outlets

 

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June 25, 2013

Video: JOSH PYKE ‘Leeward Side’

Josh Pyke’s fouth studio album THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF EVERYTHING is out NEXT WEEK the 5th July!

Adding to this excitement is the release of the video for Josh’s The Beginning And The End Of Everything lead single, ‘Leeward Side’. Inspired by the heart of the song, Director Beatrice Pegard Ferry took ‘Leeward Side’s story of adventure, exploration, finding and losing yourself, and wove it into a new narrative depicting the continuous loop which is evolution (and threw Josh into a wolf suit in the process!). The video was shot 100% sustainably using recycled materials. Check it out HERE through Tonedeaf’s exclusive video premiere.

 

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June 18, 2013

GEORGI KAY & THE RUBENS win at 2013 APRA Music Awards!

Huge congratulations to GEORGI KAY & THE RUBENS for their wins at the 2013 APRA|AMCOS Music Awards!
Georgi took home Dance Work of the Year for her collaboration with Feenixpawl & Ivan Gough on ‘In My Mind’ & The Rubens’ ‘My Gun’ scored Rock Work Of The Year.
We’re proud as punch!

Georgi Kay also kicked off the night with a tribute to the Chrissy Amphlet  in her beautiful rendition of Divinyls’ ‘All The Boys In Town’. Georgi’s In My Mind EP is out now and even though she’s already headed back to her new London base, you can expect to see more of her later in the year.

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June 12, 2013

GEORGI KAY releases IN MY MIND EP

19 year-old Perth artist GEORGI KAY follows up the hauntingly beautiful single ‘Ipswich’, with her 6-track IN MY MIND EP. A gorgeously dark body of work that announces the arrival of this unique new talent!

In Georgi’s own words, “Musically, I’m inspired by the dark synth vibes of Depeche Mode, and by the epic-ness and layered instruments of Florence & the Machine. I like that Godly sound that comes from organic instruments when they’re layered together, like strings and big percussive drums. But I also love the mechanical and otherworldly sound that synths give. It’s almost inhuman”. Other influences include Massive Attack, Bjork, Grace Jones.

Georgi Kay is born to write and play music. With the release of In My Mind, a UK record deal, award wins and yet more nominations, 2013 is set to be a breakout year for Georgi Kay and there’s nothing that can stand in her way!

IN MY MIND is OUT NOW on iTunes!

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June 11, 2013

Video: CLOUD CONTROL ‘Dojo Rising’

Cloud Control further celebrate the first taste from DREAM CAVE, ‘Dojo Rising’, with a killer new video!

Premiered on Vice’s Noisy, you can check it out HERE.

Directed by Ian Pons Jewell (Crystal Fighters, Tinie Tempah and DJ Shadow), and shot on location in Bolivia the video further captures the different and ‘darker’ direction the band are moving in.  And some psychopathic clowns and the biggest little boss lady we’ve ever seen!

Dojo Rising is out now via iTunes: http://bit.ly/ZJiS9v

The album DREAM CAVE is out 9 August. Pre-order it now and get an instant download of album opener ‘Scream Rave’.
iTunes: http://bit.ly/15wAmob
JB Hi-Fi: http://bit.ly/18OGGeV

 

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June 4, 2013

CLOUD CONTROL release first DREAM CAVE taster, ‘DOJO RISING’!

After three years spent living, writing and playing in the UK, Cloud Control is back with a brand new single DOJO RISING, and my-oh-my, how they have grown.

With a worldwide online premiere running exclusively on Pitchfork right now (click here to listen), DOJO RISING marks a brave new direction for the Sydney via Blue Mountains quartet, while maintaining that Cloud Control charm that won them so much acclaim on their debut Bliss Release.

Having already received spins on airwaves around the world, with Australian youth station triple j instantly adding it to rotation and influential DJ Zane Lowe (BBC1) giving the track its UK premiere last night, DOJO RISING is the first offering off the band’s highly anticipated sophomore album Dream Cave, out 9th of August.

The band shacked up in the picturesque English countryside of Kent with producer Barny Barnicott (The Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Spiritualized) to put down the 11 tracks that make up Dream Cave, a record that promises to cherish their elegant psychedelic pop, whilst exploring a treasure trove of new influences and a progressive direction.

The band recently treated audiences to a healthy slice of new material at their VIVID Festival performance, for which The Guardian gave them a solid four-stars (read the full review here).

With DOJO RISING finally out into the stratosphere, it’s a very exciting time in camp Cloud Control. In front man, Alister Wright’s words about Dream Cave, “We’re all feeling pretty proud of it. I think that’s all you can do, try and make something you like and put it in the world – maybe people will like it, maybe you can change a couple of perspectives.”.

The band will return to Australia in July for a performance at this year’s Splendour in the Grass.

DOJO RISING is OUT NOW on iTunes

DREAM CAVE Pre-order + instant download of album opener ‘Scream Rave’
iTunes: http://bit.ly/15wAmob
JB Hi-Fi: http://bit.ly/18OGGeV

 

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May 29, 2013

JOSH PYKE announces The Beginning And The End Of Everything TOUR!

After a SOLD OUT national ‘Fan’s First’ tour earlier this year, it is now time for the rest of Australia to experience Josh Pyke’s brilliant new record The Beginning And The End Of Everything live, as Josh takes his swag of new tunes and his band on the road this August/September.

As an added bonus, fans will receive a free download of Josh’s gorgeous and previously unreleased track ‘Confessions For You’ with every ticket purchase! Don’t miss your chance to see Josh perform songs off his brand new album The Beginning And The End Of Everything live when he hits your town this August/September.

JOSH PYKE
AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2013

Tickets on sale now….

FRI 16 AUG | THE GOV, ADELAIDE SA (ALL AGES)
Tickets available from www.moshtix.com.au | 1300 GET TIX | All Moshtix Outlets

SAT 17 AUG | THE CORNER HOTEL, MELBOURNE VIC
Tickets available from www.cornerhotel.com | 1300 724 867 | From Corner Hotel Box Office direct

THU 22 AUG | THE SMALL BALLROOM, NEWCASTLE NSW
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 23 AUG | ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY NSW (ALL AGES)
Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au | 132 849  | All Ticketek Outlets

SAT 24 AUG | UNIBAR, WOLLONGONG NSW
Tickets available from www.bigtix.com.au

THU 29 AUG | KINGS BEACH TAVERN, CALOUNDRA QLD
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 30 AUG | THE SOUNDLOUNGE, GOLD COAST QLD
Tickets available from www.soundlounge.com.au & www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

SAT 31 AUG | THE TIVOLI, BRISBANE QLD
Tickets available from www.ticketek.com.au | 132 849  | All Ticketek Outlets

THU 05 SEP | PRINCE OF WALES, BUNBURY WA
Tickets available from www.oztix.com.au | 1300 762 545 | All Oztix Outlets

FRI 06 SEP | FLY BY NIGHT, FREMANTLE WA
Tickets available from www.flybynight.org | 08 9430 5976 | From Fly By Night Box Office direct

SAT 07 SEP | THE ASTOR, PERTH WA
Tickets available from www.showticketing.com.au | 08 9370 5888 | From Astor Theatre Box Office direct

 

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May 23, 2013

Alpine, Georgi Kay, Lanie Lane & The Rubens score 2013 APRA Award nominations

Big congratulations to Alpine, Georgi Kay, Lanie Lane & The Rubens for being included in the nominations for the 2013 APRA Music Awards!

The APRA Music Awards are given songwriters and publishers that have achieved outstanding success in their fields. Nominations and winners across 13 categories are chosen either by the voting members of APRA (in excess of 60,000 eligible voters), members of the APRA Board or APRA based statistical analysis.

The 2013 APRA Music Awards will be held on Monday 17th June at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and we wish the best of luck to our crew!

Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year
Alpine

Dance Work of the Year
Georgi Kay for ‘In My Mind’ with Feenixpawl & Ivan Gough

Rock Work of the Year
‘My Gun’ by The Rubens

Blues & Roots Work of the Year
‘The Devil’s Sake’ by Lanie Lane
‘Like Me Meaner’ by Lanie Lane

 

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May 10, 2013

Catch ALPINE before they head off to the USA.

ALPINE will perform Thursday 30th May, Hi-Fi Bar in Melbourne.

Fresh off the road from performing with The Temper Trap and playing to record crowds on the recent national Groovin the Moo Festival, Alpine have announced this one last Australian headline show before departing for the USA.

On the June 1st the band will embark on a US nation-wide tour with Crystal Fighters, in support of the US release of ‘A is for Alpine’, out 21st May.

We wish these 6 wonderful people of  the best of luck on their travels. If you can get to see them in Melbourne, come help us give them a proper send off!

Get yo’ tix HERE!

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May 8, 2013

LANIE LANE’s To The Horses goes GOLD!

We’re delighted to announce that Lanie Lane’s debut album To The Horses has now achieved gold status. The record served up a collection of fantastic tales of love, heartbreak and, at the opposite end of the spectrum, celebration.

Reflecting on the album going gold, Lanie says:

“It’s a massive achievement to receive a gold record, and it gives all the people involved a chance to acknowledge and reflect on their hard work.

My bandmates, management, everyone involved in recording, mixing and mastering, Ivy League & Mushroom Group are all an integral part of everything I do. This would not have happen without their passion, skills and dedication! I am so grateful and very proud of everyone. I also thank profusely all the people who bought the album. You are the ones who make it all worth it, I’m so thrilled you enjoyed it!”

The success of the album was built upon a connection that Lanie established with her audience through tireless touring and great songs, inviting people into her own very distinct world.

It’s been a ride that’s covered recording and touring with Jack White, entering the ARIA album charts at #12, selling out her own national tours, multiple APRA and ARIA Award nominations, an FBI SMAC Award for Album of the Year, The Age EG Award for Best Female, the AIR Award for Best Blues and Roots album, appearances at every major festival, every minor festival and every point in between, and by pulling off the hardest trick of all – making an album that resonated with a lot of people. Importantly, Lanie has had the time of her life doing so.

As Lanie puts the finishing touches to a brand new set of songs that will make up album # 2 to be recorded later this year, Ivy League offer their heartiest congratulations to Lanie and her superb band, and look forward to the next exciting chapter.

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May 7, 2013

NEW music from JOSH PYKE: ‘Leeward Side’.

Josh Pyke returns with LEEWARD SIDE, the first single lifted from his forthcoming album THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF EVERYTHING, set for release on 5TH July. The delightfully up-beat number ‘Leeward Side’ opens with an infectious hum of a harmonica and introduces us to the soul of the record.

Listen to it now on Ivy League Radio which you can tune into at the right of this article >>>>>>>>

In Josh’s words “Leeward Side is mostly about action. It’s about letting go, adventure, falling, finding yourself, getting lost, exploring, and being alone, but relishing that aloneness, all the while knowing that somewhere, there is someone who will always offer you a leeward side. It’s about knowing that people will outgrow you, but never your love for them”.

Written whilst on the road and recorded with John Castle (The Bamboos, Washington and The Drones), THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF EVERYTHING is Josh’s most personal album to date.

“This album is influenced by what I’d have to describe as the most intense few years of my life. I feel like I’ve come through those years richer for those experiences.”

As with all of Josh Pyke’s recordings, THE BEGINNING AND THE END OF EVERYTHING is a record of a period of time in Josh’s life. For Josh, albums are a way of leaving a body of work documenting and explaining where he was at that time, and we should all be glad that these experiences led him to write the 11 beautiful songs that make up this stunning record.

Buy ‘Leeward Side’ on iTunes HERE.

Pre-order THE BEGINNG AND THE END OF EVERYTHING on iTunes HERE.

Pre-order THE BEGINNG AND THE END OF EVERYTHING via JB Hi-Fi HERE.

 

 

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April 26, 2013

THE RUBENS release DELUXE album edition!

Just as they set off on their national NEVER BE THE SAME TOUR, THE RUBENS release a 2CD DELUXE EDITION of their stellar debut release!

Jam packed with live recordings and a special bonus track, this celebration of the lads’ awesome journey so far is OUT NOW in stores and online.

Head over to iTunes to grab yours now: http://bit.ly/17lp9Ib

They’re on tour NOW so go check them out! Head to therubensmusic.com for dates and ticketing info.

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April 24, 2013

ALPINE, CLOUD CONTROL & THE RUBENS to play SPLENDOUR!

Holy mac! It’s an Ivy League party up in the Splendour In The Grass 2013 line up. ALPINE, CLOUD CONTROL and THE RUBENS are all playing this year. Daaaayyyuum!

This will be Alpine’s first Splendour, The Rubens’ second and Cloud Control’s third. We can’t wait to watch Alpine pop their Splendour cherry, The Rubens top their packed out set last year and Cloud Control belt out some tracks off their forthcoming album and remind the crowd why Australia fell in love with their last, Bliss Release.

Tickets on sale 2 May at 9:00 am. Head over to the Splendour website for more info: www. splendourinthegrass.com

 

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April 16, 2013

JOSH PYKE anounces album release + teaser video + ‘Fans First’ shows

We are thrilled to announce that multi ARIA Award winning singer songwriter, Josh Pyke will release his fourth studio album The Beginning And The End Of Everything on 5 July, 2013.

To celebrate this tremendous news, Josh has teamed up with Sydney art duo Greedy Hen, to create a video for the album’s opening track ‘Bug Eyed Beauty’. An introduction to the record’s themes and pace, ‘Bug Eyed Beauty’ and the accompanying visuals wonderfully embody the essence of The Beginning And The End Of Everything - a collection of songs that intricately weave together ideas of freedom, desire and death. Head HERE to check out the video.

Josh is set to hit the ground running with a small run of intimate acoustic ‘Fans First’ shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne, playing some of his new songs live for the very first time. Fans are able to pre-order their copy of The Beginning And The End Of Everything today to receive an advanced download of ‘Bug Eyed Beauty’ and for an extra $14.99, secure themselves a ticket to one of the ‘Fans First’ tour shows as well as receive a singed copy of the record. What a deal!

ALBUM PRE-ORDER:
iTunes pre-order – Instant download of ‘Bug Eyed Beauty’: HERE
JB Hi Fi pre-order – Fans First tour ticket + instant download of ‘Bug Eyed Beauty’+ signed album : HERE
JB Hi Fi pre-order – Instant download of ‘Bug Eyed Beauty’+ signed album: HERE

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March 25, 2013

THE RUBENS sell out Bris, Mel & Syd shows, impress at SXSW + release DELUXE album package

They’ve gone and done it! THE RUBENS have SOLD OUT the Forum Theatre, Enmore Theatre and The Tivoli shows on their Never Be The Same tour! Second shows at these venues are on sale NOW and Ivy League is proud as punch of this massive effort!

THE RUBENS have just returned from a month long stint in Europe and the US playing debut headline shows and SXSW. The buzz the lads have created for themselves stateside has been pretty impressive and they failed to disappoint curious SXSW goers. The NY Times called them one of their “bands to watch” and likened them to The Animals. Taking it! The lads played each show like pros but in particular blew everyone apart during their Warner party and Aussie BBQ sets. The lads are building quite a reputation for their live show and we can’t wait for the home crowd to be amazed all over again on the Never Be The Same tour.

The timing of all this great news couldn’t better because to coincide with the upcoming tour, Ivy League is releasing a deluxe album package of THE RUBENS’ debut self-titled album. A stallar debut that landed at #3 on the ARIA Album chart, #1 in the iTunes Album chart and certified gold late last year! Out 26 APRIL, the deluxe package features a previously unreleased track and 7 live recordings from their sold out show at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre late last year. This celebration of THE RUBENS’ spectacular journey undertaken so far will be available in stores and via iTunes.

Tickets to THE RUBENS NEVER BE THE SAME TOUR are on sale NOW.

Fri 26-Apr – Brisbane, The Tivoli, QLD *SOLD OUT*
SUPPORTED BY OH MERCY and MT WARNING                                                                                                        Tickets from Ticketek: 132 849, www.ticketek.com.au

Sun 28-Apr – Brisbane, The Tivoli, QLD *NEW SHOW*
SUPPORTED BY OH MERCY and MT WARNING                                                                                                        Tickets from Ticketek: 132 849, www.ticketek.com.au

Fri 10-May – Melbourne, Forum Theatre, VIC *SOLD OUT*                                                               SUPPORTED BY WALK THE MOON (USA) and ALI BARTER                                                                                  Tickets from Ticketmaster: 1300 111 011, www.ticketmaster.com.au

Sat 11-May – Melbourne, Forum Theatre, VIC *NEW SHOW*                                                              SUPPORTED BY WALK THE MOON (USA) and ALI BARTER                                                                                   Tickets from Ticketmaster: 1300 111 011, www.ticketmaster.com.au

Fri 24-May – Sydney, Enmore Theatre, NSW *SOLD OUT*                                                                  SUPPORTED BY WALK THE MOON (USA) and BLOODS                                                                                         Tickets from Enmore Theatre Box Office, Ticketek: 132 849, www.ticketek.com.au

Sat 25-May – Sydney, Enmore Theatre, NSW *NEW SHOW*                                                               SUPPORTED BY WALK THE MOON (USA) and BLOODS                                                                                         Tickets from Enmore Theatre Box Office, Ticketek: 132 849, www.ticketek.com.au

For full dates and ticketing info, head to therubensmusic.com

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March 21, 2013

CLOUD CONTROL to premier new album at VIVID LIVE!

So this is mental cool, CLOUD CONTROL will be PREMIERING their NEW ALBUM at the Opera House for VIVID LIVE Fri 31 May!

The guys are currently recording and our minds have been blown by what we’ve heard so far. It’s highly encouraged you to get along to this and join the mind explosion party at the best house in Sydney.

Head to Cloud Control’s tumblr, cloudcontrolarerecording.tumblr.com, to check out an awesome video the guys made for the VIVID announce and plenty more.

Tickets on sale to the general public on Wednesday 27 March, 9am sydneyoperahouse.com/vividLIVE

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March 12, 2013

GEORGI KAY to play Melbourne & Sydney shows for ‘Ipswich’ launch

We are excited to announce that the latest addition to the Ivy League family, GEORGI KAY will be playing two intimate acoustic shows in Sydney and Melbourne this month, to celebrate the official release of her new single ‘Ipswich’.

Wednesday 20th of March   The Backroom, Sydney
Thursday 21st of March    Ya Ya’s, Melbourne

With ‘Ipswich’ on rotation at Triple J and Community Radio – her TV debut on director Jane Campion’s mini-series ‘Top of the Lake’ will air on UK TV this month. GEORGI plays the role of “the troubled” Melissa and three of her original tracks feature in the soundtrack, including ‘Ipswich’.
2013 is set to be a breakout year for GEORGI KAY and we can’t wait to watch it all happen. Don’t miss your chance to see her in such an intimate setting, while you still can!

GEORGI KAY – ‘IPSWICH’ LAUNCH
Tix $10 on door
Presales from Tuesday 12th March

Wed 20 March   Backroom, Potts Point
Tix: http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/event/georgi-kay

Thu 21 March   Ya Ya’s, Melbourne
Tix: http://tickets.oztix.com.au

 

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March 6, 2013

CLOUD CONTROL ARE RECORDING!

YES! It’s TRUE! We’re so pumped to be able to share this brilliant news. It’s been near on 3 years since the release of CLOUD CONTROL’s stellar debut, Bliss Release, and none are more excited to for them to be back in the studio band themselves. So excited that they want share with you some of the good times that are bring had. Check it out HERE.

We’ve been lucky enough to hear what they’ve been up to and album #2 is going to knock your socks off. So get ya socks ready because it’s coming at you REAL SOON.

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February 26, 2013

THE RUBENS announce national NEVER BE THE SAME tour!

THE RUBENS are very excited to announce that they will embark on their most massive tour to date this April/May. The NEVER BE THE SAME tour begins 24 April and takes in capital cities and regional centres across the country!  Support duties will be split between Walk The Moon from the US and local heroes, Oh Mercy.

Currently making their UK and Europe debut, THE RUBENS will then make their way to the US to play stateside debuts and SXSW. The lads have been killing their sets and blowing away the overseas crowds, their first solo show in London sold out in 7 minutes!

It’s all non-stop until heading back to Australia in time to support Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band at Hanging Rock, followed by a well-earned break to recharge for their NEVER BE THE SAME TOUR. The lads will truly step it up and will share the love over 18 dates.  After over a month on the road overseas, the awesomeness of THE RUBENS’ home crowd will come none too soon!

Tickets to THE RUBENS NEVER BE THE SAME tour will sell FAST so don’t miss them when they go on sale on Friday 1 March at 9am.

THE RUBENS ‘NEVER BE THE SAME’ TOUR
Presented by: triple j, Street Press Australia, Musicfeeds, Channel V

Wed 24-Apr – Byron Bay, Beach Hotel, NSW
SUPPORTED BY OH MERCY
Tickets Oztix: www.oztix.com.au & the venue

Thu 25-Apr – Gold Coast, Coolangatta Hotel, QLD
SUPPORTED BY OH MERCY and MT WARNING
Tickets from Oztix: www.oztix.com.au

Fri 26-Apr – Brisbane, The Tivoli, QLD
SUPPORTED BY OH MERCY and MT WARNING
Tickets from Ticketek: 132 849, www.ticketek.com.au

Sat 27-Apr – Toowoomba, Spotted Cow, QLD
SUPPORTED BY OH MERCY and MT WARNING
Tickets from Oztix: www.oztix.com.au

Thu 2-May – Bunbury, Prince of Wales, WA
SUPPORTED BY OH MERCY and FOAM
Tickets from Oztix: www.oztix.com.au

Fri 3-May – Perth , Capitol Theatre, WA
SUPPORTED BY OH MERCY and FOAM
Tickets from Oztix: www.oztix.com.au

Sat 4-May – Margaret River, Settlers Tavern, WA
SUPPORTED BY OH MERCY
Tickets from Oztix: www.oztix.com.au

Fri 10-May – Melbourne, Forum Theatre, VIC
SUPPORTED BY WALK THE MOON (USA) and ALI BARTER
Tickets from Ticketmaster: 1300 111 011, www.ticketmaster.com.au

Sun 12-May -             Geelong, Yarra Hotel, VIC
SUPPORTED BY WALK THE MOON (USA) and ALI BARTER
Tickets from Oztix: www.oztix.com.au

Thu 16-May – Adelaide, HQ, SA
SUPPORTED BY WALK THE MOON (USA) and ALI BARTER
Tickets from Moshtix: www.moshtix.com.au, Venuetix: www.venuetix.com.au

Sat 18-May – Hobart, Wrestpoint Showroom, TAS
SUPPORTED BY WALK THE MOON (USA) and ALI BARTER
Tickets from Tixtas: www.tixtas.com.au

Sun 19-May – Launceston, Country Club, TAS
SUPPORTED BY WALK THE MOON (USA) and ALI BARTER
Tickets from Tixtas: www.tixtas.com.au

Wed 22-May – Canberra, ANU Bar, ACT
SUPPORTED BY  WALK THE MOON (USA) and BLOODS
Tickets from Ticketek: 132 849, www.ticketek.com.au

Thu 23-May – Wollongong, Wollongong Uni, NSW
SUPPORTED BY WALK THE MOON (USA) and BLOODS
Tickets from Bigtix: www.bigtix.com.au, Oztix: www.oztix.com.au, Music Farmers

Fri 24-May – Sydney, Enmore Theatre, NSW
SUPPORTED BY WALK THE MOON (USA) and BLOODS
Tickets from Enmore Theatre Box Office, Ticketek: 132 849, www.ticketek.com.au

Wed 29-May – Armidale, Armidale Uni, NSW
SUPPORTED BY THE GUPPIES
Tickets from Bigtix: www.bigtix.com.au, Oztix: www.oztix.com.au

Thu 30-May – Bateau Bay, Entrance Leagues Club, NSW
SUPPORTED BY THE GUPPIES and WILL AND THE INDIANS
Tickets from Oztix: www.oztix.com.au

Fri 31-May – Newcastle, Bar on the Hill, NSW
SUPPORTED BY THE GUPPIES and WILL AND THE INDIANS
Tickets from Bigtix: www.bigtix.com.au, Oztix: www.oztix.com.au

 

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February 25, 2013

Ivy League welcomes GEORGI KAY to the fold!

Ivy League is bursting with pride from welcoming to the fold 19 year old Perth singer/ songwriter GEORGI KAY! Joining the likes of The Rubens, Alpine, Lanie Lane, Cloud Control, Deep Sea Arcade and Josh Pyke, GEORGI KAY is no doubt one of Australia’s most talented and exciting young artists.

At the age of 10 left-handed GEORGI KAY taught herself to play upside down on her dad’s electric guitar listening to his diverse range of music – from Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles to more modern Arctic Monkeys and Coldplay, as well as Grace Jones, BB King, Elvis and Michael Jackson.

At 17, GEORGI KAY won Song Of The Year WAMi for ‘Breakfast in Bedlam’ and in 2010 won the MySpace/Sony/fbiradio National Songwriting competition for ‘You & Me’. Georgi  is also the co-writer and vocalist on Ivan Gough & Feenixpawl’s platinum-selling single ‘In My Mind’ which won Best Dance Release at the 2012 ARIA Awards and was nominated for Grammy!

With more notches on her music belt that we had Bacardi Breezers at 19, GEORGI KAY now plays the role of “the troubled” Melissa in the Jane Campion directed television miniseries Top of the Lake. Premiering in UKTV in Australia 24 March, 3 of Georgi’s original tracks feature in the soundtrack including ‘Ipswich’ which is currently receiving airplay on Triple J and community radio.

With an EP and shows in the works, 2013 is set to be a breakout year for GEORGI KAY and we can’t wait to watch it all happen. Watch this space!

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February 11, 2013

Check out the new clip from THE RUBENS for ‘Lay It Down’

LAY IT DOWN is the latest single from our own runaway success, THE RUBENS. To coincide with this is the stunning new video for ‘LAY IT DOWN’ starring international film sensation Abbie Cornish (Bright Star, Sucker Punch, Seven Psychopaths, Limitless). Perfectly evoking the moody sentiment and dark blues drawl of the track, the video is by Melvin Montalban who also shot the band’s clip for ‘The Best We Got’. It’s OUT NOW so head over HERE to check it out!

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February 1, 2013

The IVY LEAGUE STORE is OPEN!

It may have taken a little while but Ivy League finally has its very own online store! To save face over the delay, all albums are selling for as little dollars as we’re years young, $15! We have plenty of gems on offer from artists throughout the Ivy League roster such as The Stands, 78 Saab and The City Lights to Catcallm, Alpine and The Rubens. There’s also some extra sneaky little bargains to be had like Cloud Control’s Deluxe 2 CD edition of Bliss Release for still only $15!!!

The doors are open so if you fancy kicking it old school and adding to your CD collection, get clicking THIS WAY.

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January 29, 2013

ALPINE to play GROOVIN THE MOO!

ALPINE are off to join the likes of Scotland’s Frightened Rabbit, LA hardcore dudes The Bronx this Apr/May for the massiveness that is GROOVIN THE MOO festival!

Here’s all ye need know:

Saturday 27 April 2013 – Maitland NSW
Maitland Showground

Sunday 28 April 2013 – Canberra ACT
University of Canberra

Saturday 4 May 2013 – Bendigo VIC
Bendigo’s Prince of Wales Showground

Sunday 5 May 2013 – Townsville QLD
Murray Sports Complex – Townsville Cricket Grounds

Saturday 11 May 2013 – Bunbury WA
Hay Park

TICKETING INFORMATION:

TICKET PRICE: $99.90+ B/F
PRE-SALE:
Follow GTM on instagram to be part of the 2013 pre-sale!
Groovin’ The Moo has finally revealed the secret presale ticket code on the festival’s official instagram account @groovinthemoo. The code is Haystack #GTM2013 and presale begins Thursday, 31st January at 9am through until 5pm Sat 2 Feb.

TICKETS ON-SALE:
Tues 5 February (from 9am local time) – Maitland NSW & Canberra ACT
Wed 6 February (from 9am local time) – Bendigo VIC, Townsville QLD & Bunbury WA

Get tickets by logging onto gtm.net.au or moshtix.com.au | By calling 1300 438 849 (GET TIX) By visiting selected MOSHTIX outlets – check gtm.net.au for an outlet in your local area.

 

 

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January 24, 2013

THE RUBENS sign to Warner Bro. U.S + album & ‘My Gun’ turn GOLD!!!

We’re very excited to announce that pen has been put to paper and The Rubens have signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records for a worldwide release (excluding AUS & NZ) of their debut self-titled album this June!  The band caught the attention of U.S label types with talk of David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor, The Strokes) producing an album for a little known Aussie band already selling out tours and with a speedily growing fan base that all started with  ‘Lay It Down’ going gangbusters on Triple J Unearthed. Talk soon turned serious thanks to a triple J Feature Album nod, #3 ARIA and #1 iTunes chart debuts. Joining likes of Muse, Flaming Lips, R.E.M and band favourites The Black Keys, signing to Warner Bros. means they’re in good company.

It’s pretty safe to say that 2012 was a dream year for The Rubens. Now 2013 is off to a cracking start with the news of their debut self-titled album and single ‘My Gun’ going GOLD! This huge milestone is testament to the lads’ hard work and exceptional support from their amazing fans. Front man, Sam Margin, had this to say of the accomplishment, “Thanks to everyone who bothered to buy the record rather than download it for free! It’s rare, and bloody appreciated!”. True that, Sam.

Soon to make their worldwide debut this February/March with back-to-back shows throughout Europe and the U.K then onto New York, L.A and SXSW, we can’t wait to see what this year holds for THE RUBENS!

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January 18, 2013

New music from JOSH PYKE: ‘Pressed Against You In The Crowd’.

We’re thrilled to be able to share some news and music from the JOSH PYKE camp!

With his 5th album confirmed for release this year, Josh has made one of his favourite unreleased tracks, ‘PRESSED AGAINST YOU IN THE CROWD’, available for FREE DOWNLOAD via his website. It’s Josh’s way of saying thank you for all of the support his top notch fans have given him over the years.

During a massive U.K/U.S tour, ‘Pressed Against You In The Crowd’ was penned backstage at a show in Scotland. The tour wound up and Josh decided to stay on in New York and take a holiday, one of Josh’s fondest travelling memories. Holding a special place in his heart, it was recorded for Josh’s last album, Only Sparrows. Despite being one of his favourites it didn’t quite match the vibe of the album and was sent back to the memory bank.

Head over HERE to get your FREE download of ‘Pressed Against You In The Crowd’. Enjoy!

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December 20, 2012

15 Days of IVY LEAGUE turning 15! Day 13: DEEP SEA ARCADE DROPPING RHYMEZ

It’s November and in the midst of their national Granite City tour Deep Sea Arcade find themselves in the much needed zen den of the FBi studios.

There to have a little chat about said tour, the awesomeness of this year surrounding the release of their debut album Outlands and what to expect from 2013, Nic and Nick start to feel the good time vibes.

These vibes take over and before you know it presenters, Chris and Michaela, throw down a rap challenge.

Rap? NO SWEAT THEY SAID!

Anyhow, Merry Christmas from Ivy League and Deep Sea Arcade. Scroll to the 3 minute mark of THIS VIDEO to watch the Nic/ks bust some ill rhymes at youse.

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December 19, 2012

15 Days of IVY LEAGUE turning 15! Day 12: Cam & Myles

Who are you: Cam from Youth Group

Favourite Ivy League song not your own: ORDINARY by the Red Riders

Favourite Ivy League album not your own: Cloud Control – Bliss Release

Favourite Ivy League Memory: YG touring with Red Riders, we played the cavernous Byron Bay hotel to practically no one – then took the roof off after in a dancing frenzy together and that was all that mattered.

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Name: Myles Williams

Time spent at Ivy league: 6 years

Role: National Publicity & Promotions Manager

Favourite Ivy League song: There’s been a few…

Josh Pyke – Memories & Dust
Sparkadia – Mary …………(this song has a rad video also)
Red Riders – Tomorrow/ Today
Cabins – Catcher In The Rye
The Mess Hall – Pulse
Alpine – Hands
The Rubens -  Don’t Ever Want To Be Found

Favourite Ivy League album:

Sparkadia – The Great Impression
Josh Pyke – Memories & Dust
The Mess Hall – Devils Elbow
Cloud Control – Bliss Release
Favourite Ivy League Memory:
Chalking it up with Josh Pyke!

+ Link for some of the tunes above HERE +

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December 17, 2012

15 Days of IVY LEAGUE turning 15! Day 11: Andy C & Al

Name: Andy Cassell

Role: Label Director

Favourite Single: Today it’s ‘Ordinary’ By Red Riders

Favourite Album: A dead heat between, Things To Learn by The Silents, Bliss Release by Cloud Control, and Outlands by Deep Sea Arcade

Favourite Ivy Memory: Far too many but here’s some:

- Dinner at Mamma Maria’s in Newtown with Pete and Andy when we first hatched our cunning plan to start a label.
- One of many sleep deprived Tarago trips either on the Hume or The Pacific Hwy with Youth Group.
- Ten Years In the Trenches
- Gambling all my loose change on Lauda Air with Chris Maund en route to Frankfurt.
- And who could forget ‘ol Guitar Boat http://youtu.be/Zo1XbLEJ-SI

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Name: Al Grigg from Red Riders

Favourite Ivy League song not your own: There’s a bunch of em. But I’m gonna go with Josh Pyke – Beg Your Pardon. That first EP has so many goodies on it, but Beg Your Pardon is so bittersweetly heart-breakingly perfect.

Favourite Ivy League album not your own: It would have to be Cloud Control – Bliss Release. God so many good songs on that sucker. I wish I was in that band.

Favourite Ivy League Memory: Being 23 and touring the country with Youth Group (who had theremin player Owen Penglis in tow) and interpretive dancing like a mad man with Cameron in Shots Nightclub in Adelaide till stupid o’clock.

+ Link for some of the sweet tracks from above HERE +

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December 16, 2012

15 Days of IVY LEAGUE turning 15! Day 10: Beth & Sam

Name: Beth from Sures

Favourite Ivy League song not your own: Hooker Heel Feel by Woe and Flutter, such a good song.

Favourite Ivy League album not your own: Bliss Release by Cloud Control was pretty much my summer album when it came out.

Favourite Ivy League Memory: Alpine’s media launch was a fun night, the Ivy League family is a great bunch of people to hang out with.

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Name: Sam Cross

Time spent at Ivy league: 2006-2010 I think.

Role: Promotions & Publicity World Champion In The North States.

Favourite Ivy League song: Red Riders ‘Slide In Next To Me’. I think that was one of the first songs I serviced.

Favourite Ivy League album: Mess Hall ‘Devils Elbow’

Favourite Ivy League Memory: Wowsers…Where to start…Well the launch for Youth Group’s ‘The Night Is Ours’ onboard the Cape Don was pretty amazing. Borrowing Maunds car when he went away was pretty good too. Toasting Marshmallows in the office with Alicia during winter was a treat. But I guess all-round it has to be just meeting some people who are now some of my best friends. Awww. HA! I just remembered Maund saying Fartin’ McBeanie. Doing that tour with Sparkadia while still getting paid to work was funny. Is Josh Pyke the nicest guy in the music industry? What a dude.

+ Link for some of the music mentioned above HERE +

 

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December 15, 2012

15 Days of IVY LEAGUE turning 15! Day 9: Lanie & Sandra

Name: Lanie Lane

Favourite Ivy League song not your own: Outlands by Deep Sea Arcade

Favourite Ivy League album not your own: A is for alpine Bliss Release BOTH AMAZING

Favourite Ivy Leauge Memory: Signing my record deal on top the empire state building!

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Name:  Sandra Wilmot

Time spent at Ivy league:  2 years

Role:  National Publicity & Artists Relations Manager

Favourite Ivy League Memory:  First cover photo shoot with Lanie for YEN Magazine.

Favourite Ivy League song:  Sorry, can’t choose!! Top 3 – Lanie Lane – “That’s What You Get”, Alpine “Villages”, The Rubens “Lay It Down”.

Favourite Ivy League album:  Deep Sea Arcade “Outlands”… but I also have a special place for Cloud Control’s “Bliss Release”…

+ Link for some of the tracks mentioned above HERE +

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December 14, 2012

15 Days of IVY LEAGUE turning 15! Day 8: Josh & Marty

Name: Josh Pyke

Favourite Ivy League song not your own: Beat of Your Drum – 78 Saab.

Favourite Ivy League album not your own: Crossed Lines – 78 Saab.

Favourite Ivy League Memory: Many great memories associated with the Label, but i remember finding out Memories and Dust had debut at number 4 when i was in Texas for SXSW and at dinner with my manager, and Andy and Chris from the label. It was a special moment

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Name: Marty Doyle

Time spent at Ivy league: Aug 2008 – May 2011

Role: Label Manager / A&R

Favourite Ivy League Memory: This email (see below)

From: Justin Kurzel
To: Martin Doyle, Andy Kelly, Jed Kurzel
RE: MESS HALL VIDEO

One thing about the video
Jed and I have found a swingers club for 50 year olds in Sylvania.
We are thinking of filming at 100 frames persecond some live action swingers on the 17th of Sept.
Just awkward, kind of desperate sex.
We would focus on faces, toe, knees, backs etc etc.
I thought Jed and Cec could be serving punch and nibbles.
Would we have a problem with Channel V?

Jus.

Favourite Ivy League song: Catcall ‘Swimming Pool’ 12” Extended Mix

Favourite Ivy League album: Cloud Control ‘Bliss Release’

+ Link for some of the music mentioned above HERE +

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December 13, 2012

15 Days of IVY LEAGUE turning 15! Day 7: Andy K & Catherine

Name: Andy Kelly

Oh, hello. I didn’t see you there.

I started working at Ivy League 1997 when Andy C, Pete and I decided to become record moguls. Honestly, how hard could it be? We hatched the idea for a ‘proper’ label upstairs at Mama Maria’s Italian restaurant on King St Newtown, which was all about garlic bread and Chianti bottles converted into candle holders, you know the scene. Against this high carb backdrop, we decided we would put out our friends’ bands and hope for the best. ‘The best’ certainly did not extend to still being a label fifteen years down the track, that was quite simply unimaginable, as is picking a favourite release over those years – I love them all.

Some highlights? Oh, alright then: hearing “Whatever Makes You Happy” by 78 Saab on the radio for the first time; appearing as “the label guy” in the Mess Hall’s “Keep Walking” video – no acting or costume required;  Youth Group’s ‘Shadowland’ and the ‘Skeleton Jar’ album; hearing Josh Pyke play ‘Middle Of The Hill’ for the first time; The City Lights ‘What You Gonna Do’ being recorded on a cassette four track in their rehearsal room; hearing Lanie Lane and freaking out; Steve McDonald and Jon Agnello recording Neon’s album; Hoolahan’s ‘King Autumn’; the Wayne Connolly factor; still being friends with all the bands we started the label with, and each other and all the incredibly decent people we’ve got to work with over the years; the first time we all saw Alpine and it appeared that everyone in the room was on ecstacy – with the exception of us; Snob Scrilla’s 2nd album demos; Rubens-mania; meeting Billy Childish and going to one of his exhibitions in London a few years back; etc.

Thankyou!

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Name: Catherine/Catcall

Favourite Ivy League song not your own: Lanie Lane – What Do I do

Favourite Ivy League album not your own: Cloud Control – Bliss Release

Favourite Ivy League Memory: The last Ivy League show at Good God with Cloud Control was real fun.

+ Link for some of the tunes mentioned above HERE +

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December 12, 2012

15 Days of IVY LEAGUE turning 15! Day 6: Tim & Vikki

Name: I’m Phil! The drummer from Alpine

Favourite Ivy League song not your own: Red Riders – Ordinary. It always gets a play in our tour van!

Favourite Ivy League album not your own: Youth Group – Skeleton Jar. Perfect album!

Favourite Ivy League Memory: The Ivy League “Spring Break” Party at Good God. So much fun!

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Name:  Vikki Ing…yep, I’m the Viking

Time spent at Ivy league:  4 months!

Role:  Assistant Label Manager

Favourite Ivy League Memory:  Taking Sam and Scotty from The Rubens out taste-testing Reuben sandwiches for a video we did with Time Out. Poor dudes, pretty sure they feel different about this but it REALLY funny watching them try their best to finish the last sandwich of the day. That and not waste the giant beer served with it. Good boys.

Favourite Ivy League song:  Oh my. ‘Slide In Next To Me’ by the Red Riders was definitely on repeat  when it came out. I’d just moved out of home to the city with my best mate. Good times, it takes me back. ‘Gold Canary’ by Cloud Control because it’s a gem but I also I styled the video in my fassshwaaan design days. It’s always a lot of fun when you get to work with those beautiful people and I’m so excited to work with them on some music this time round!

Favourite Ivy League album:  Outlands by Deep Sea Arcade, Skeleton Jar by Youth Group, Bliss Release by Cloud Control, Devils Elbow by The Mess Hall and Replica Replica by Red Riders.

+ Link for the sweet jamz HERE +

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Ivy League’s 15 Year Reign of Terror – 25 track compilation OUT NOW!

To help celebrate the momentous occasion which is Ivy League Records entering its 15th year, the powers that be have decided to share some fruits of the ‘machine’s’ labour. This fruit is Ivy League’s 15 Year Reign of Terror, a digital 25 track compilation available NOW via iTunes for only $9.99!

This very special collection boasts tracks from 25 artists spanning the life of Ivy League. From the first signings John Reed Club, 78,Saab, Hoolahan and Youth Group, to Josh Pyke, The Vines, The Mess Hall, Lanie Lane, Alpine and the label’s newest signings, The Rubens and Sures. Each track has been handpicked by the trio who first set the Ivy League Machine in motion in 1997; Andy Cassell, Andy Kelly and Pete Lusty. What began as an innocent attempt to release decent indie music in Sydney has developed into a monster that cannot be stopped!

Stuck for a soundtrack to match this year’s festive season? Well Ivy League’s 15 Year Reign of Terror is 1 hour and 29 minutes where your family’s discerning musical tastes will not be your problem. Free from profanity and any bells that jingle, there is something for everyone gathering around the turkey, or tofu turkey, this year.

TRACK LISTING

1. Cloud Control – There’s Nothing In The Water We Can’t Fight
2. Youth Group – I Don’t Care
3. 78 Saab – Smile
4. The Vines – She Is Gone
5. Lanie Lane – To The Horses
6. Alpine – Villages
7. Deep Sea Arcade – Outlands
8. Red Riders – Ordinary
9. The Silents – Astral Child
10. Josh Pyke – New Years Song
11. Catcall – Swimming Pool
12. The City Lights – Everyone Out
13. The Rubens – Don’t Ever Want To Be Found
14. Cabins – Hounds
15. Wons Phreely – Tonight
16. Hoolahan – Starts Over Again
17. Toby Martin – Everything At The Same Time
18. Woe & Flutter – I Think I’m Fine
19. Sures – Poseidon
20. Bridezilla – Brown Paper Bag
21. The Mess Hall – Keep Walking
22. Monarchs – 2001
23. John Reed Club – Destroyer
24. Sparkadia – Morning Light
25. Neon – New Direction

IVY LEAGUE’S 15 YEAR REIGN OF TERROR

Out NOW via iTunes  $9.99!

 

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December 11, 2012

15 Days of IVY LEAGUE turning 15! Day 5: Annette & James

Name: Annette ‘Nettie’ Gevert

Time spent at Ivy league: 7 months (Started April 10, 2012)

Role: National Publicity & Artist Relations Manager

Favourite Ivy League Song: Alpine ‘Gasoline’

Favourite Ivy League Album: Deep Sea Arcade ‘Outlands’

Favourite Ivy League Memory: The first time I heard The Rubens album at the Ivy League family listening session at REC Studios in Sydney

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Name: James Roden from The John Reed Club and The City Lights.Was there from the start, man with The John Reed Club! Then we sold out and went to EMI. Huge Mistake. The John Reed Club broke up. Eventually, I crawled back home to Ivy League, bloodied but unbowed, with The City Lights for two albums.

Role: Legendary Founding Non-Executive Mod-father is probably understating it a bit. I have been an artiste on the label and I have worked for its sister publishing company, Ivy League Music. I have not had to run the label so hats off to the dudes and label managers and staff that have. Congratulations on 15 years!

Favourite Ivy League Song…not your own: Depending on mood: Keep Walking or Be Not A Man by The Mess Hall.

Favourite Ivy League Album… not your own: Hoolahan – King Autumn. Hoolahan’s only album. A little bit of nostalgia I admit, as at the time I was obsessed by my own band. But looking back they were some of my favourite gigs – playing with them or just watching the incredible rhythm section with double guitar interplay and vocal harmonies. My brother Harry, who in The City Lights, is their bass player. Dave O on guitar/ vocals and Neil on drums are top blokes and great musicians who need to be made to record a 2nd album. Tim Kevin who recorded our new album is the guitarist & main singer.  Wayne Connolly recorded it. Tim’s in Wayne’s band now – Knievel. It’s all a huge mix of overlapping lives. In the opening song “Bells of Yoko” Tim sings about “3 blocks from Judgement*, 2 hours ’til dawn, come home to no-one”. If I was a crying man, I would blub. I am stoked lots of us are still putting records out, playing, happy and, more importantly, alive. Oh and Tim sings in the opening song about a “Curse on Everyone” which I stole. Thanks IVY! x

(*Judgement bar.)

Favourite Ivy League Memory: The 15 year anniversary party. Here’s to the future

+ Link for the sweet tunes HERE. +

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December 10, 2012

ALPINE launch a new video for SEEING RED!

Alpine have a brand spanker of a video for their dazzling track ‘Seeing Red’!

Check it out HERE.

After such a huge year around the release of their debut LP ‘A Is For Alpine’, we think that the video sums up this and the future for these guys brilliantly.

Catch Alpine next touring nationally for St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival Feb 2013!

 

 

 

 

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15 Days of IVY LEAGUE turning 15! Day 4: Elliot & Marihuzka

Name: I’m Elliott Margin from the Rubens.

Favourite Ivy League song not your own: is Gold Canary by Cloud Control. It’s one of those songs that is so perfect it feels like it should have been written already.

Favourite Ivy League album not your own: is A Is For Alpine by Alpine. Every song is a gem, and it has one of the best album covers of all time.

Favourite Ivy League memory: is when we first met Pete and Chris while we were in New York. We hadn’t eaten real food for weeks so made them take us out to a nice steak restaurant. The steak was awesome. Pete and Chris were alright too.

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Name: Marihuzka Cornelius

Time spent at Ivy league:  1.5 Years

Role:  Label Manager

Favourite Ivy League Memory:  Seeing all The Rubens boys super nervous before their set at Splendour this year and then seeing them get on that stage and knock it out of the park to a totally packed tent.

Favourite Ivy League song:  ‘Skeleton Jar’ by Youth Group…  or ‘Stars’ by SURES or ‘TNITWWCF’ by Cloud Control or ‘Lay it Down’ by The Rubens or ‘Too Safe by Alpine’ or ‘Lonely in Your Arms’ by Deep Sea Arcade or ‘Bettie Baby’ by Lanie Lane… AH!  I don’t know!

Favourite Ivy League album:  Na, I’m not doing this one – ALL OF THEM!

 

+ Link for some of the tunes mentioned above HERE +

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December 7, 2012

15 Days of IVY LEAGUE turning 15! Day 3: Cec & Julia

Name: Cec Condon from The Mess Hall

Favourite Ivy League song not your own: The John Reed Club- Destroyer. I think I mail ordered the 7″ from Red Eye Records- Great band!

Favourite Ivy League album not your own: Steady the Buffs/1914- Wild Billy Childish & the Buff Medways. Love this bloke- gritty as hell and catchy too, plus it features an excellent cover of “A Quick One”.  I also really love 78 Saab’s “Crossed Lines”, we listened to that one a lot in the Tarago.

Favourite Ivy League Memory: Anytime I get to see (and hug) Danny Allen.

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Name: Julia Wilson

Time spent at Ivy league: 4 years (?)

Role: Just the master of regional radio – PR.

Favourite Ivy League Memory: Maundy throwing ice at security guards at Pony and still to this day denying it, oh and him giving me the job in the first place. As well as David Benge on reception.

Favourite Ivy League song: Youth Group – Shadowland.

Link for some of these sweet jamz HERE!

 

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December 6, 2012

15 Days of IVY LEAGUE turning 15! Day 2: Alex & Chris

Name: Alex Burnett from Sparkadia

Favourite Ivy League song not your own: “In my sleep” red riders

Favourite Ivy League album not your own: Skeleton Jar by Youth Group

Favourite Ivy League memory: Seeing press shots of the bands that Pete, Andy and Andy (Ivy League Directors) used to be in…

(And  for those who don’t know, the bands our Directors used to be in; Andy Cassell was in Youth Group, Pete Lusty was in John Reed Club and Andy Kelly was in Glide. There you go!)

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Name:  Chris Maund

Time spent at Ivy league: 9 years

Role: M.D

Favourite Ivy League song: See-Saw – Youth Group

Favourite Ivy League album: Cloud Control – Bliss Release

Favourite Ivy League memory: Being on Sydney Harbour in a dingy with Andy Cassell chasing Josh Pyke in his guitar boat…..

+ And for some of the music mentioned above, have a cick HERE! +

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December 5, 2012

15 Days of IVY LEAGUE turning 15! Day 1: Toby & Alcia

Name: Alicia Kish

Time spent at Ivy league: Somewhere in the vicinity of five years, give or take a few.

Role: Label Manager

Favourite Ivy League song: One ain’t enough. Here are a few:
Youth Group – Shadowland + I Don’t Care, Red Riders – I Think You’re Blind + The Beginning of the End of the Night (Al’s cassette demo), Josh Pyke – Buttons, The Mess Hall – Pulse, Alpine – Heartlove, Catcall – August
Deep Sea Arcade – Girls, Cloud Control – Gold Canary, Sparkadia – Morning Light

Favourite Ivy League album: Youth Group – Skeleton Jar. Destined to be, if not already, an Australian classic.

Favourite Ivy League Memory:
- Josh Pyke’s ‘Make You Happy’ guitar boat actually functioning (despite one very close call with some rocks) http://youtu.be/GMuZeN-KXOI
- The Ivy League Save FBi fundraiser featuring The Mess Hall, Cloud Control, Red Riders + more
- Every single phone call from Andy Kelly ever
- Every single dad-ism from Andy Cassell ever
- Pete Lusty’s hair

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Name: Toby Martin from The Toby Martin Solo Project and Youth Group

Favourite Ivy League song not your own: ‘No Illusions’ – 78 Saab

Favourite Ivy League album not your own: Bliss Release – Cloud Control

Favourite Ivy League Memory: There’s too many!  Here’s three from the archives:
1. Signing to Ivy League while we were recording our first album (Urban and Eastern).  We signed an actual OVERSIZE COMEDY CHEQUE!
2. The Ivy League songwriter’s weekends at Kangaroo Valley – a chance to collaborate with other IL writers and record our efforts on Tim Kevin’s reel-to-reel.  City kids in the country!
3. Living with Andy Cassell and Pete Lusty in a terrace house in Darlington when they formed the label.  Pete’s bedroom was their office and the fax machine would often be whirring late into the night.

And we’re not that hot at the internet so the link to some awesome music shown favouritism by these two HERE!

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November 28, 2012

Ivy League’s 15 Year Reign of TERROR (happy birthday Ivy League)!

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since three friends from Canberra set up shop in a tiny office in Sydney’s inner west and declared Ivy League records open for business.

1997 was a shaky time for the Australian music industry. Venues were closing their doors and record labels were bowing out more frequently than new bands were forming. Luckily, Pete Lusty, Andy Cassell and Andy Kelly were not deterred by this sad state of affairs and their desire to get the music being made by their friends’ bands out into the world overruled their common sense.

Since then the music industry has sadly only become a tougher place for musicians and record labels to get by in. Regardless of this, Ivy League continues to make no compromises when it comes to releasing top notch Australian music which they and their mates would want to listen to.

To celebrate this 15 year milestone we’ve been in touch with artists and staff who have helped mould Ivy League into one of Australia’s most revered record labels. Over the next two weeks we will be updating the Ivy League news with a little Q&A from a bunch of these legends so keep an eye out!

 

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November 23, 2012

THE RUBENS are Triple J’s Unearthed Artist of the Year

The Rubens have taken out the J Award for Unearthed Artist of the Year!

WOOHOOO!

Unearthed is such a brilliant resource for musicians and music lovers alike and has definitely a major player in The Rubens’s meteoric rise over these past 18 months! An award that is very much close to their (and our) hearts, we couldn’t be happier for these legends.

Well done Sam, Elliot, Zaac and Scott! YOU DID IT.

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November 21, 2012

Ivy League’s 15 Year Reign of TERROR & Christmas party now SOLD OUT!!!

Tickets for this mid-week Sydney extravaganza have sold out!

If you missed out (bummer) we’ll be sure to keep you up to date with upcoming shows from all Ivy League artists here and via our Facebook page. If you haven’t ‘liked’ our Facebook page, you should HERE!

You can catch Alpine and The Rubens at the 2013 Laneway Festival and if you’re in Adelaide, Perth or Sydney you can still grab a ticket to see Deep Sea Arcade on the final legs of their national Granite City Tour.

 

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ALPINE & LANIE LANE score big at The Age EG Awards!

Most massive of congratulations to Alpine and Lanie Lane for each picking at an award at The Age EG Awards last night!

Lanie took home a mini-guitar for Best Female and Alpine for Album Of The Year for A Is For Alpine! These are 7 legends who have been working incredibly hard to get to this point and we are proud as punch.

You can now head over to our newly snazzed up video page to remind yourself of why The Age has so much love for Lanie Lane and Alpine. Go on!

 

 

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November 9, 2012

Brand new clip from THE RUBENS!

The Rubens have pulled out a cracker for their latest track ‘The Best We Got’.

Shot near the lads’ hometown of Menagle, the clip tells a story of  a pretty sweet looking party and 2 mates who have grown apart.

Portrayed beautifully in the clip by directorial powerhouse Melvin Montalban, the track is a self-reflecting little number dealing with revelations we all have at some point in our young lives.  Oh lyf. Check it out HERE.

The Best We Got is taken off The Rubens’s recently released debut self-titles album. You can get your hands on one over HERE.

 

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November 6, 2012

Vote for THE RUBENS, ALPINE & LANIE LANE to win an ARIA AWARD!

This year ARIA has teamed up with YouTube and handed over the power of picking the Best Video Award winner to YOU!

*queue SNAP!’s ‘The Power’*

Videos for Alpine’s ‘Hands’, Lanie Lane’s ‘Oh Well, That’s What You Get Falling In Love With A Cowboy’ and The Rubens’s ‘My Gun’ are all up for nomination.

If any if these have seriously tickled your music video fancy, why don’t you help beat out the rest and cast a vote over on the The ARIA YouTube channel.

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November 1, 2012

ALPINE & THE RUBENS up for the J AWARD!

This morning Tom and Alex from Triple J’s Breakfast announced the first batch of Oz artists up for the coveted Australian Album of the Year 2012 J Award.

Alpine’s A Is For Alpine and The Rubens’s self-titled debut are amongst a fine selection of Australian releases from the past year vying for this sweet prize. Well done, legends!

All will be revealed Fri 23 Nov. We have everything crossed. EVERYTHING.

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October 23, 2012

Channel V Oz Artist of the Year

It’s the time of year where the public get to decide who is the BEST OZ ARTIST from the past 12 months. The top 50 for Channel [V]‘s Oz Artist of the Year have been announced and we’re pretty stoked to have THE RUBENS, DEEP SEA ARCADE and ALPINE all up for nomination.

You can do your voting thang over HERE!

 

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October 17, 2012

LANIE wins an AIR Award!

An enormous congratulations Lanie Lane who won the Jagermeister Independent Music Award for Best Independent Blues and Roots Album.

Entirely self-produced, To The Horses, has also seen Lanie nominated for 5 ARIA Awards, including overall ‘Best Female Artist’. Nominations in The Age EG Awards and now this win are testament to her unquestionable talent and hard-work.

You’re a star, Lanie!

 

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October 9, 2012

Alpine, Catcall & Deep Sea Arcade make official entry for AMP Awards!

The first 26 official entrants for the AMP Awards have just been announced.

It’s a big ‘go-you-good-things’ to Alpine, Catcall and Deep Sea Arcade for having their L.Ps from the past year make the list!

Submissions haven’t finished just yet so we’ll keep you posted if anymore love is thrown an Ivy League artist’s way. Fingers are crossed!

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October 5, 2012

Alpine + Lanie Lane nominated for The Age EG Awards

It’s been a good week for Alpine and Lanie Lane!

As well as receiving ARIA nominations, they have now been nominated for The Age EG Awards!

Best Female Artist: Lanie Lane

Best Album: Alpine - A is for Alpine

Best Song: Alpine – Gasoline

Winners are voted for by the public over HERE. If you’ve been feeling the love for Lanie and Alpine over the past year, why don’t you cast a vote!

 

 

 

 

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THE RUBENS announce 6 more shows + play Time Out Bar Awards

It’s pretty safe to say that the album tour from everyone’s favourite Menangle dudes, THE RUBENS, is shaping up to be a slam-dunk. With the 2nd Metro Theatre show now SOLD OUT, we’re psyched to announce the addition of 6 more regional dates! The boys want to share the love and share it they shall.

Time Out Sydney called The Rubens’ first Metro Theatre show in September a “faultless performance”.  So faultless they asked the band to headline their Time Out Bar Awards.   If the best food and drinks that Sydney has to offer isn’t enough, this year the Time Out team have pulled out all the stops and are throwing this hot ticket event at Cockatoo Island. We suggest you do yourselves a favour and GO… and get the Monday off work. Good food, good drinks and now excellent music, the headache will be worth it.

+ NEW ALBUM LAUNCH SHOWS +

Sat 20 October – Mona Vale Hotel, Mona Vale NSW* (with Special Guests) Tickets $18 +BF from www.oztix.com.au

Thu 25 October – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay NSW* (with Black Lakes) Tickets
$18 +BF from www.oztix.com.au

Fri 26 October – Club Forster, Forster NSW* (with Black Lakes) Tickets $18 +BF from www.oztix.com.au and www.offbeatoperations.com.au

Sat 27 October – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW* (with Black Lakes Tickets
$15 +BF from www.bigtix.com.au

Wed 7 November – Karova Lounge, Ballarat VIC* (with Special Guests) Tickets
$20 +BF from www.oztix.com.au

Thu 8 November – Star Bar, Bendigo VIC* (with Special Guests) Tickets
$20 +BF from www.moshtix.com.au

*Bertie Blackman will not be performing

TIME OUT BAR AWARDS

Sun 21 Oct – The Island Bar, Cockatoo Island

Tickets General Admission $50, Time Out Readers $45 from www.timeoutbarawards.eventbrite.com.au

 

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October 3, 2012

Ivy League artists REPRESENT at 2012 ARIA Award nominations!

This morning the winners of the Fine Arts and Artisan Aria Awards were announced along with the nominees for the 26th Aria awards. Congratulations to all those who cleaned up this morning and big-ups to everyone nominated for the awards in November.

What a marvellous year for Australian music, such talented and diverse artists representing music across the board.

And we are very proud to have so many Ivy Leaguers up for nomination this year!

Best Female Artist

Lanie Lane

Best Breakthrough Release

Lanie Lane  – To The Horses

Alpine –  A Is For Alpine

Best Adult Contemporary Album

Josh Pyke – Only Sparrows

Best Blues & Roots Album

Lanie Lane  - To The Horses

Best Video – Best video will be presented by YouTube with voting at www.youtube.com/theariaofficial

Luci Schroder– ‘Hands’ by Alpine

Josh Logue – ‘My Gun’ by The Rubens

Josh Logue – ‘Oh Well, That’s What You Get Falling In Love With a Cowboy’ by Lanie Lane

 

GOOD WORK EVERYONE!

26th Annual ARIA Awards
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Sydney Entertainment Centre

General public tickets on sale 9:00am Mon 9 Oct from Ticktmaster www.ticketmaster.com.au


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October 2, 2012

THE MESS HALL play one-off NSC show!

You lucky Melbournians! The Mess Hall are heading your way to play their one and only Melbourne show for 2012, Saturday November 24th at the Northcote Social Club.

The last time these dudes played in Melbourne was back in 2010 and having recently blown away a sold-out Sydney one-off at the Annandale Hotel, it’s going to get REAL.

Tickets on sale NOW!

Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
Saturday 24th November 2012
Tickets on sale Friday 28 September from northcotesocialclub.com

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September 26, 2012

ALPINE & THE RUBENS > LANEWAY FESTIVAL

St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is awesome. And St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival is even more awesome when an Ivy League artist is playing. Obviously.

The line-up for the 2013 dates have been announced and not one but TWO Ivy Leaguers are playing, Alpine and The Rubens!!

So. Excited. Don’t. Know. How. To. Control. The. Fist. Pumps.

St. Jerome’s Laneway festival is a truly fantastic day out and never fails to bring the musical goods in from accross the lands.

More details and when/how to get tix HERE.

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LANIE LANE nominated for AIRA’S PRODUCER OF THE YEAR!

We are proud as punch to see that Lanie Lane has been nominated for an ARIA! Lanie is up for Producer Of The Year for her stellar debut L.P, To The Horses. Yep, the genius produced her own album. SO COOL!

To The Horses debuted in the Aria Charts October last year at a bangin’ #12, received  4 and 5 star reviews across the board, won a SMAC award and made way for a completely sold out national tour!

This nomination arrived just as Lanie wrapped up her HUGE regional ‘On My Own Track’
tour. Another sell out run of shows.

So cheers to Lanie! We’re wishing our girl the best of luck for the announcements next week.

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September 25, 2012

Deep Sea Arcade on a BIG Outlands tour

Those dapper dudes known collectively as Deep Sea Arcade have jumped on a jet and gone northeast on their UK/Europe Outlands tour.

The tour kicked off on the 21st of September in Hamburg, and now sees them working their way throughout Europe. Their final show being on the 2nd of October in their spiritual home of Manchester, England.

If the idea of the boys being out of the country for a month makes you sad, you can wipe the tears away right now, because they will be back just in time to kick off their mammoth Granite City tour in November. You can get all the info right HERE.

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September 24, 2012

THE RUBENS #3 ON ARIA CHART!

We are ecstatic to announce that the debut LP from Menangle wunderkinds THE RUBENS has come in at an impressive #3 on the ARIA Album chart! An achievement that well exceeded any expectations, the self-titled album pulled up just under pop heavyweights P!nk and The Killers, who topped the charts at #1 and #2 respectively, and came in above chart-toppers Birdie and Matchbox 20.

The boys were completely blown away by the news, with lead singer Sam saying “We still can’t believe it and we are so thankful to everyone who went out and bought our record.” The chart news came only a day after the band had learnt that they’d be heading over to NZ to play Arena shows with The Black Keys in early November. What a week!

It was only last year that the three brothers, Sam, Zaac and Elliot Margin, along with their good friend Scotty Baldwin uploaded their home recorded demo of ‘Lay It Down’ to Triple J’s Unearthed site, in the hopes that a few people might hear and like it. Since then, the band has gone from strength to strength, proving that above all else, it’s good songwriting and musicianship that resonates with Australian music fans.

Here’s to great music by a great Australian band and the continuing success of our boys, THE RUBENS!



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September 21, 2012

CLOUD CONTROL to support WEEZER!!!

That’s right, CLOUD CONTROL are going to support mother flippin’ WEEZER on their Australian tour next year!!!

!!!! EXCLAMATION MARKS !!!!

This is some serious dream support score.

Rivers are Brian even made a little video to announce this awesomeness. HERE.

Our hearts are so full right now.

Friday 11 January – Auckland, Vector Arena
Sunday 13 January – Brisbane Entertainment Centre
Wednesday 16 January – Melbourne, Myer Music Bowl
Saturday 19 January – Sydney, Entertainment Centre
Wednesday 23 January – Perth, Arena

There’s still tickets available so get clicking peoples! http://www.ticketmaster.com.au/Weezertickets/artist/766591\

 

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September 18, 2012

Photobomb the Flowerbomb

THE RUBENS’ flower bomb has landed at Oxford Art Factory!

The gals over at GREEDY HEN have outdone themselves. It’s big, it’s colourful and it’s going to be rockin’ THE CUBE until  September 22.

If you’re going to be having some cool times over at OAF between now and Saturday, get a photo of you photobombing the flowerbomb to be in the running for a sweet Ivy League prize pack.

Share the radness on Facebook and don’t forget to tag Oxford Art Factory, The Rubens and Ivy League so we can all see how awesome you look. The 5 best & most creative photobombers will be alerted via Facebook on Monday, Sept 24.

For more info on Oxford Art Factory and what’s going on over the next couple of days, head HERE.

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September 13, 2012

The RUBENS take on the REUBEN

The Rubens recently spent the day hanging out with the Time Out crew to help them settle a score.

Who does the best Reuben sambo in Sydney? Fancy bistro, Felix? Or rustic German joint, Essen? What a tasty score!

Not being the kind of lads to shy away from a free meal, Sam and Scotty sank their teeth into the contenders. They soon found out they’d definitely bitten off more than they could chew.

Yep, we sent along a camera to document it all.  Head over to the Time Out site to watch the video and find out how the day went down:
http://www.au.timeout.com/sydney/music/features/11294/rubens-eating-reubens-video

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September 12, 2012

THE RUBENS get arty with GREEDY HEN @ OAF!

Something VERY special is being crafted for THE RUBENS over at the house of GREEDY HEN.

To further celebrate the release of this stellar debut, THE RUBENS have teamed up with their friends at Sydney’s OXFORD ART FACTORY to bring their album art to life by way of a larger-than-life installation in the OAF Cube. The installation, a first of its kind for OAF, will run from 16 September - 22 of September and will be crafted by the hands of the immensely talented, SMAC Award winning duo GREEDY HEN.

It’s going to be REALLY BIG and REALLY AMAZING! Watch this space for more flower bomb news and chances to win cool stuff.

 

 

 

 

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September 11, 2012

The Rubens SELL OUT Metro Theatre + announce 2nd show

They’ve gone and done it! The Rubens have SOLD OUT their Sydney Metro Theatre show.

But Syders, you can CHILL! A 2nd Metro Theatre show for Thurs 18th October has just been announced. As before, it’s a licensed all ages show so everyone can get along and have a cool time.

Details on how to by tix for this and the rest of the shows on their album tour are here:

http://www.facebook.com/events/268300749951023/

ALBUM OUT THIS FRIDAY YA’LL!

iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/au/preorder/the-rubens/id555242787

Jb Hi-Fi: http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/671336

 

 

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September 7, 2012

ALPINE SIGN U.S. DEAL WITH VOTIV

Alpine and Ivy League Records are ecstatic to announce that they have just inked a deal with Votiv Records for the USA release of the band’s debut album “A Is For Alpine”. Fast building a name for themselves as a force to be reckoned with, the Votiv roster also includes We Are Augustines, Gaz Coombe (Supergrass), Imagineray Cities, and our very own Cloud Control, amongst others.

A Is For Alpine is set for a USA release January 2013, with college radio promotion and marketing campaigns set to begin later this month. Alpine caught the attention of the label with their glowing reviews from NYLON, The Fader, Pitchfork, Spinner and American Songwriter and their #1 album debut spot on Australian iTunes.

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September 6, 2012

The Rubens are Triple J’s FEATURE ALBUM + Tour news

It’s a high-five extravaganza around these parts because the debut L.P  from THE RUBENS is next week’s Triple J FEATURE ALBUM! Well done to the boys for creating such a cracker of a record.

This means you can tune into Triple J from next week and get familiar with tracks from the rest of the album before it’s out 14 Sep.

And while you’re at it, make sure you don’t miss out on tickets for their Album tour.

THU 13 SEPTEMBER – The Loft, Warnambool
Tickets $15 +BF from www.oztix.com.au
w/ BERTIE BLACKMAN & NEW GODS

FRI 14 SEPTEMBER – Bended Elbow, Geelong
Tickets $15 +BF from www.oztix.com.au
w/ BERTIE BLACKMAN & NEW GODS

SAT 15 SEPETEMBER – Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Tickets $30 +BF from www.ticketmaster.com.au
w/ BERTIE BLACKMAN & NEW GODS

THU 20 SEPTEMBER – Uni Bar, Wollongong
Tickets $15 +BF from www.bigtix.com.au & www.oztix.com.au
w/ BERTIE BLACKMAN & NEW GODS

FRI 21 SEPTEMBER – Metro Theatre, Sydney  **Lic All Ages**
Tickets $25 +BF from www.ticketek.com.au & www.metrotheatre.com.au
w/ BERTIE BLACKMAN & NEW GODS

SATURDAY 22 SEPTEMBER NEWCASTLE
FAT AS BUTTER FESTIVAL
http://www.fatasbutter.com.au/

THU 27 SEPTEMBER – Republic Bar, Hobart
Tickets $20 +BF from www.moshtix.com.au
w/ BERTIE BLACKMAN & NEW GODS

FRI 28 SEPTEMBER – Hotel New York, Launceston
Tickets $20 +BF from www.oztix.com.au
w/ BERTIE BLACKMAN & Small City Lights

SAT 29 SEPTEMBER – The Gov, Adelaide **Lic All Ages**
Tickets $20 +BF from www.moshtix.com.au
w/ BERTIE BLACKMAN & Bad Dreems

FRI 5 OCTOBER – Capitol Theatre, Perth*
Tickets $20 +BF from www.oztix.com.au
w/NEW GODS & Rainy Day Women

SAT 6 OCTOBER – Prince of Wales, Bunbury*
Tickets $15 +BF from www.oztix.com.au
w/NEW GODS

SUN 7 OCTOBER – Newport Hotel, Fremantle*
Tickets $15 +BF from www.moshtix.com.au
w/NEW GODS & Rainy Day Women

WED 10 OCTOBER – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour
Tickets $15 +BF from www.oztix.com.au
w/ BERTIE BLACKMAN & NEW GODS

THU 11 OCTOBER – Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast
Tickets $15 +BF from www.oztix.com.au
w/ BERTIE BLACKMAN & NEW GODS

FRI 12 OCTOBER – Hi-Fi, Brisbane
Tickets $25 +BF from www.thehifi.com.au & www.moshtix.com.au
w/ BERTIE BLACKMAN & NEW GODS

SAT 13 OCTOBER – Great Northern, Byron Bay
Tickets $12 +BF from www.oztix.com.au
w/ BERTIE BLACKMAN & Wilde Child

 

 

 

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September 3, 2012

SURES front The BRAG for OAF’s b’day!

SURES grace the front cover of The Brag this week with good pals The Preatures to celebrate Oxford Art Factory’s 5th birthday!

Happy Birthday Oxford Art Factory! Thank you for all the good times and sore heads.

Get yourself to OAF Saturday 15th Sep to check out SURES and party the night away.

WHAT: The Oxford Art Factory’s 5th Birthday Party

WHO: The Preatures, Kill City Creeps, Group, The Shooters Party, Spirit Valley, Sures, Bloods, Sweet Teeth, Reckless Vagina + Whipped Cream Chargers, Friday I’m In Love DJs, the OAF Gallery DJs & the BRAG DJs

HOW MUCH: Free entry + a complimentary drink on arrival between 8-9pm

WHERE: Both rooms, Oxford Art Factory, 38-46 Oxford St, Darlinghurst

WHEN: Saturday 15th September, from 8pm

For more info, photos + tracks to stream for all of the bands, click here:

http://www.oxfordartfactory.com/birthday

 

dsaNEWS

August 28, 2012

Deep Sea Arcade lock in their GRANITE CITY TOUR!

We are STOKED announce that DEEP SEA ARCADE will be making their way around the major cities of this fine land with their very special friends, The Preatures, for the GRANITE CITY TOUR!

Deep Sea Arcade have had an incredible run so far this year and there’s no sign of them slowing down! Their debut long player OUTLANDS was released in March to critical acclaim and is continuing to win new fans across the globe every day.

The guys head over to the UK and Europe in September to play at Hamburg’s Reeperbahn Festival and then a string of shows across Europe and UK where OUTLANDS will be released through New Music Club/Rough Trade.

The Granite City tour will be their last headline tour before they disappear into the studio early next year to record their highly anticipated follow up album. Don’t Be Sorry you missed it!

Tickets on sale NOW.
Friday, 9 November 2012 – Corner
Hotel, Melbourne

Tickets: $18.00 + BF (pre-sales) /
$22.00 (Door sales)

(03) 9427 9198 / www.cornerhotel.com

Friday, 16 November 2012 – The Zoo,
Brisbane

Tickets: $18.00 + BF (pre-sales) /
$22.00 (Door sales)

1300 762 545 / www.oztix.com.au

Thursday, 22 November 2012 – Adelaide
Uni Bar, Adelaide (ALL AGES)

Tickets: $18.00 + BF (pre-sales) /
$22.00 (Door sales)

1300 438 849 / www.moshtix.com.au

Friday, 23 November 2012 – Rosemount
Hotel, Perth

Tickets: $18.00 + BF (pre-sales) /
$22.00 (Door sales)

(08) 9432 9555 / www.heatseeker.com.au

Friday, 30 November 2012 – Metro
Theatre, Sydney (ALL AGES)

Tickets: $18.00 + BF (pre-sales) /
$22.00 (Door sales)

(02) 9550 3666 / www.metrotheatre.com.au

 

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August 24, 2012

Pre-order the debut L.P from The Rubens.

The brilliant debut album from the The Rubens isn’t out till 14 September but pre-sales are now LIVE!

Featuring the cracking singles ‘Don’t Ever Want To Be Found’, ‘Lay It Down’ and their current offering ‘My Gun’. Make sure you’re the first to get these and the 8 other gems hanging out on the album!

Get yourself over to JB Hi-Fi and nab an awesome SIGNED COPY http://www.jbhifionline.com.au/671336

OR if you like to keep all your music acquisitions in one place here’s the iTunes http://itunes.apple.com/au/preorder/the-rubens/id555242787

GO GO GO!

Toby Martin signed slicks

July 23, 2012

Hear Toby Martin’s Solo Record Now!

Our friends at MAX are exclusively streaming Toby Martin‘s stunning debut solo record here. The Youth Group frontman’s album is called ‘Love’s Shadow‘ and it’s out this Friday. The Weekly Review described it as “a moving, magnificent, modern classic” in a really great review and we tend to agree.

You can still pre-order a specially signed (and illustrated) copy from JB HiFi now and catch Toby launching the album at The Vanguard in Sydney this Friday July 27 and the Workers Club in Melbourne on Saturday July 28.

SURES-Stars

July 9, 2012

SURES’ New Clip For Stars RULES

We love the brand new clip for SURES‘ single Stars. Clearly shot in their home town of Sydney, it was directed by Simon Day (yep, that guy). You can grab STARS now and catch SURES supporting Snakadaktal throughout August.

WATCH THE STARS CLIP!

Alpine

Alpine Announce Album Release + Shows

Melbourne lovelies ALPINE will release their debut album ‘A Is For Alpine’ on August 10, 2012. Featuring current single GASOLINE and other faves HANDS and VILLAGES, it’s a bold release full of twinkling pop songs – trust us, we’ve listened to it a considerable number of times.

This year has already been a big one for ALPINE - they played 10 shows in three days at SXSW in Austin, Texas and supported Matt ‘Look At Those Eyes’ Corby on his recent national tour. They’re getting ready to make it even bigger, with their own headline shows in August and September with good friends Clubfeet and Perth’s Georgi Kay in tow. Tickets are on sale now – grab them while you can!

ALPINE
A IS FOR ALPINE
NATIONAL TOUR
w/ special guests Clubfeet & Georgi Kay

THU 16 AUGUST – Great Northern, Byron Bay
Tickets $15 +BF from www.oztix.com.au
With Clubfeet & Georgi Kay

FRI 17 AUGUST – The Zoo, Brisbane
Tickets $17 +BF from www.oztix.com.au
With Clubfeet & Georgi Kay

SAT 18 AUGUST – Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta
Tickets $15 +BF from www.oztix.com.au
With Clubfeet & Georgi Kay

THU 23 AUGUST – Newport Hotel, Fremantle
Tickets $17 +BF from www.moshtix.com.au
With Georgi Kay

FRI 24 AUGUST – Prince of Wales, Bunbury
Tickets $15 +BF from www.oztix.com.au
With Georgi Kay

SAT 25 AUGUST – Bakery Artrage, Perth
Tickets $17 +BF from www.oztix.com.au and www.nowbaking.com.au
With Georgi Kay

WED 29 AUGUST – The Patch, Wollongong
Tickets $15 +BF from www.oztix.com.au and www.bigtix.com.au
With Clubfeet & Georgi Kay

FRI 31 AUGUST – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Tickets $17 +BF from www.moshtix.com.au
With Clubfeet & Georgi Kay

SAT 1 SEPTEMBER – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle
Tickets $15 +BF from www.moshtix.com.au and www.bigtix.com.au
With Clubfeet & Georgi Kay

SUN 2 SEPTEMBER – Transit Bar, Canberra
Tickets $15 +BF from www.moshtix.com.au
With Clubfeet & Georgi Kay

WED 5 SEPTEMBER – The Loft, Warrnambool
Tickets $15 +BF from www.oztix.com.au
With Clubfeet & Georgi Kay

THU 6 SEPTEMBER – Karova Lounge, Ballarat
Tickets $15 +BF from www.oztix.com.au
With Clubfeet & Georgi Kay

FRI 7 SEPTEMBER – The Gov, Adelaide – LIC AA
Tickets $17 +BF from www.moshtix.com.au
With Clubfeet & Georgi Kay

SAT 8 SEPTEMBER – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Tickets $17 +BF from www.cornerhotel.com.au
With Clubfeet & Georgi Kay

THU 13 SEPTEMBER – Bended Elbow, Geelong
Tickets $15 +BF from www.oztix.com.au
With Clubfeet & Georgi Kay

FRI 14 SEPTEMBER – Republic Bar, Hobart
Tickets $17 +BF from www.moshtix.com.au
With Clubfeet & Georgi Kay

Alpine Gasoline

June 27, 2012

Watch Alpine’s New Video For Gasoline

Alpine teamed up with awesome director Kris Moyes for the new video for their track ‘Gasoline’, taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘A Is For Alpine‘. It’s icy, it’s interesting and it features a yeti. True story. Watch it here.

Toby Martin Love's Shadow

June 26, 2012

Pre-Order Toby Martin’s Solo Album

We’re very excited that Toby Martin‘s debut solo album ‘Love’s Shadow’ is out on Friday July 27. The stunning record highlights the immense talent of one of Australia’s best song writers – it really is a beautiful piece of work. If you want to get your hands on a copy signed by the Youth Group frontman, you can head over to the JB HiFi website and pre-order one now.

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June 18, 2012

Watch Lanie Lane’s New ‘To The Horses’ Video

‘To The Horses’ is the beautiful title track from Lanie Lane’s debut record and in keeping with theme, an equally stunning video has been made to go along with the song!  Shot on Super 8 on a ranch in Malibu, California, the video captures “one of the most memorable days” of Lanie’s life! Watch it here and read about how it was made over at Lanie’s website.

The Rubens

June 1, 2012

The Rubens Announce July Tour – On Sale Now!

Following a spate of sold-out shows across the country, THE RUBENS will play four very special shows in July in support of their new single DON’T EVER WANT TO BE FOUND. The band will perform headline shows in Melbourne and Sydney before heading to Adelaide for Spin Off Festival and Byron Bay for Splendour In The Grass. Tickets to their headline shows are ON SALE NOW!

MELBOURNE – The Corner Hotel, Thursday July 12
SYDNEY – Oxford Art Factory, Thursday July 19

Tickets will sell FAST so don’t miss out!

SURES

May 30, 2012

We Signed SURES!

This year is already shaping up as one of our biggest yet – after adding THE RUBENS to the Ivy League family, we’re now super psyched to announce that SURES have joined the Ivy League! A four-piece from the suburbs of Sydney, SURES have already supported killer internationals like Best Coast, Real Estate and Wavves. Listen to their stellar new single STARS here (see what we did there?) and get ready to hear a lot more about these legends. You should also follow them on FB. We do.

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May 28, 2012

Toby Martin: Debut Solo Album + Free Download

We’re pretty excited to announce that Youth Group frontman TOBY MARTIN will release his debut solo album LOVE’S SHADOW on July 27. Following 10 years and four albums with Youth Group, the singer and songwriter has stepped out to share a new collection of songs that see him foreground the aspect of his writing focussed on what might be termed ‘character’ songs: the interior thoughts of impressionistically-sketched protagonists.

The songs on LOVE’S SHADOW were written in various rooms in Sydney and New York and are imbued with a sense of place. Co-produced and engineered by Toby’s long-time friend, Youth Group collaborator and musical genie Tim Kevin, LOVE’S SHADOW was mixed in Nashville by Mark Nevers, who has made some of Toby’s favourite records by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and The Silver Jews.

New track POSTCARD FROM SURFERS offers a taste of what to expect from the record, and you can stream and download it free for a limited time: soundcloud.com/ivyleaguerecords/tobymartinpostcard Enjoy!

The Rubens

May 22, 2012

Watch The Rubens’ New Clip

The brand new video for The Rubens’ single ‘Don’t Ever Want To Be Found’ was directed by Andrew Lancaster and shot on Super 8 film in the band’s hometown of Menangle in rural New South Wales. The clip’s director had this to say about the process:

“Being The Rubens’ first clip, I wanted the video for ‘Don’t Ever Want To Be Found’ to have a lot of raw energy and a home grown feel. To achieve this, we used a couple of old 1960s Super 8 cameras and thought this would be a good opportunity to use this format before it is discontinued. With a small crew we were shown all the best hideouts around Menangle, the small country town where the band grew up.

“The rawness and ability to move the camera around, put it on the end of boom poles or fix it to moving objects, the way it reacts to sunlight with lens flares, the softness in focus with the wide angle lens, even the hair in the gate all add to that feeling of nostalgia.”

Watch it here

DON’T EVER WANT TO BE FOUND is available from iTunes now along with the home recording of LAY IT DOWN. THE RUBENS’ debut album will be released later this year.

DSA Do Chemical Bros

May 7, 2012

Deep Sea Arcade Approved By The Chemical Brothers!

When Deep Sea Arcade told us they were going to cover The Chemical Brothers‘ ‘Let Forever Be’ for triple j’s Like A Version, we were quietly confident they’d do a good job. What we weren’t prepared for was the unbelievable onslaught of awesome that ensued when they hit the studio. Even The Chemical Brothers themselves chimed in with a tweet to give their seal of approval. Watch this and weep for joy. Extra special massive props to the powerhouse rhythm section of Nick Weaver + Carlos Adura.

If it’s possible to believe, Deep Sea Arcade further excelled in the triple j studio when they performed their new single ‘Seen No Right‘, from their debut album ‘Outlands‘. Have a gander here.

LOLCATCALL

May 3, 2012

Melbourne + Sydney: Win Tickets To See Catcall

Catcall is hanging out on walls across Sydney and Melbourne in the form of some pretty stylin’ giant album posters. We want to see pictures of you / your cat / your Malibu sandwich next to these posters!

We’ve got one double pass to Catcall’s Melbourne and Sydney shows to give away along with a signed copy of The Warmest Place to the two people who snap the most awesome pics. To enter, upload your pic to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and tag @catcallmusic and #lolcatcall so we can find it. The comp ends May 10 + you know you wanna win / see your pretty face next to Catherine’s, so go out, find a poster and get snapping!

*Please note you will have to be able to get yourself to the shows and be 18+. The Melbourne show is Sat May 12 at the Toff + the Sydney show is Fri May 18 at Oxford Art Factory.

Lanie Lane

May 2, 2012

Lanie Lane Nominated For Four APRA Awards!

We are very excited to report that Lanie Lane has just recieved the news that she has been nominated for a cheeky four APRA Awards. The Australasian Performing Rights Association are the really nice people who make sure songwriters get paid and these awards are all about songs and song writers, so it’s a massive honour for Lanie to be nominated in these peer-voted gongs to be held in Sydney on the 28th of May. Her nominations are in the following categories:

APRA Song of the Year
Breakthrough Songwriter of the Year
Blues & Roots Work of the Year (x2 : ‘What Do I Do’ and ‘Cowboy’)

Here’s Lanie talking about how she came up with her APRA nominated Song of the Year. No biggie. Biggie!

Catcall 'The Warmest Place'

April 23, 2012

Pre-Order Catcall’s Album Now!

We can’t wait for you all to hear Catcall‘s debut album ‘The Warmest Place‘ when it’s out on May 4. If you want to get your hands / ears on as soon as it lands, you can pre-order it now! JB HiFi have the shiny plastic discs and iTunes have the shiny digital files. The record includes our faves, your faves, the Internet’s faves, ‘Swimming Pool’, ‘Satellites’, ‘The World Is Ours’ and ‘Paralysed’.

Lanie Lane

April 20, 2012

Lanie Lane To Support Jack White In Australia

It doesn’t get much better than this – Lanie Lane will be joining Jack White for his solo shows in Melbourne and Sydney this July. Lanie, who has had a tremendous year and is selling out her own shows across the country, will also be playing at Splendour In The Grass along with our favourite new friends, The Rubens.

The Jack White tour promises to be pretty special indeed, and we’re secretly hoping Mr White sees fit to join Lanie for a rendition of the tracks he produced for her and released on his Third Man Records label – ‘Ain’t Hungry’ and ‘My Man’. Imagine that? So many dreams coming true.  Dates and ticketing details below.

Frontier Members pre-sale via www.frontiertouring.com/jackwhite
From 12noon AEST, Thursday 26 April – 12noon AEST, Friday 27 April
General public on sale from 9am local time, Tuesday 1 May

Wed 25 July Festival Hall, Melbourne, VIC
All Ages (licensed/unlicensed)
Ticketmaster: www.ticketmaster.com.au or 136 100

Thu 26 July Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, NSW
All Ages
Ticketek: www.ticketek.com.au or 132 849

Deep Sea Arcade

April 16, 2012

Deep Sea Arcade Do Record Store Day!

Sydneysiders, some good news for you – Deep Sea Arcade will be making a special appearance at Red Eye Records at 3pm this Saturday, April 21 in honour of Record Store Day. The band will be playing an acoustic set then signing copies of their debut album ‘Outlands’ for those of you who’d like to buy it. Get on down! It’s at 143 York St in the city.

Lanie Lane

April 2, 2012

Lanie Lane Sells Out Shows + Adds New Dates

Lanie Lane is excited beyond comprehension and totally knocked out by the news that her two shows at the Corner Hotel in Melbourne and show at Metro Theatre in Sydney on her upcoming ‘Bangity Bang’ tour have SOLD OUT.

New shows have now been added in both cities: Corner Hotel in Melbourne on Monday May 28 and Metro Theatre in Sydney on Saturday June 2. Tickets for both shows are on sale NOW.

Lanie recently returned from SXSW in Austin, Texas where she was lucky enough to be part of Jack White’s Third Man Records showcase alongside such artists as Mr. White, Karen Elson, Black Belles, Reggie Watts, and John C Reilly. Queues for the show stretched four blocks, and needless to say, it was a night to remember.

Joining Lanie and her band on tour are our brand new signing The Rubens, who have themselves been selling out venues all over the country multiple times over with good reason – they’re amazing. And speaking of which, the tour will kick off every night with the incomparable Steve Smyth, an artist of rare ability with a voice that will quite simply blow your mind.

LANIE LANEBANGITY BANG TOUR
with special guests The Rubens + Steve Smyth
All ticketing details available from www.lanielane.net

Fri 11 May      The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Sat 12 May     Fly By Night Musician’s Club, Fremantle, WA
Sun 13 May    Amplifier Bar, Perth, WA
Fri 18 May     Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS
Sat 19 May     The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Thu 24 May    Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Fri 25 May      Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC    *SOLD OUT*
Sat 26 May     Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC                 *SOLD OUT*
Sun 27 May    Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC                 *SOLD OUT*
Mon 28 May   Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC               **NEW SHOW ADDED
Wed 30 May   Woombye Pub, Woombye, QLD
Thu 31 May    The Hi-Fi, Brisbane, QLD
Fri 1 June       Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW                   SOLD OUT
Sat 2 June      Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW                  **NEW SHOW ADDED

Deep Sea Arcade

Deep Sea Arcade Announce ‘Outlands’ Album Tour

We are very happy to announce that DEEP SEA ARCADE will hit the road this June on an outlandish national tour to celebrate the release of their debut album OUTLANDS.

The record, recently feature album on triple j, FBi, 2SER and Radar, has had a bloomin’ outstanding response from critics and fans alike. Scope this action:

“A debut that any band would be patting themselves on the shoulder for creating” – Drum Media

“Immaculately produced, it’s difficult not to want to fall into Outlands’ effortlessly manipulative arms.” – The Brag, 4 stars

“A record brimming with glorious ideas, attention demanding melodies and hits” – Fasterlouder

“Sterling arrangements and a shuffling sureness” – Mess + Noise

“This is an equal parts murky, slinky and poppy success for a band that’s about to break, big-time.” – 4ZZZ

“This record is a case of three classic elements (singing, songwriting, instrumentation) complementing each other with almost enviable class.” – Rave

Currently touring the country with CHILDREN COLLIDE and set to join KAISER CHIEFS in May, DEEP SEA ARCADE will be in spectacular form when they take OUTLANDS on the road. Supports for all shows will be THE CAIROS and fellow Ivy Leaguers WOE & FLUTTER. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday. AWESOME!

DEEP SEA ARCADE: OUTLANDS ALBUM TOUR JUNE 2012
with special guests The Cairos + Woe & Flutter

Fri 1 June – Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW
Tickets: $12.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets through MOSHTIX: 1300 438 849 / www.moshtix.com.au

Sat 2 June – The Standard, Sydney NSW
Tickets: $12.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets through MOSHTIX: 1300 438 849 / www.moshtix.com.au

Thurs 7 June – Transit Bar, Canberra ACT
Tickets: $12.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets through MOSHTIX: 1300 438 849 / www.moshtix.com.au

Fri 8 June – Phoenix Public House, Melbourne VIC
Tickets: $12.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets through MOSHTIX: 1300 438 849 / www.moshtix.com.au

Sat 9 June – Karova Lounge, Ballarat VIC
Tickets: $12.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets through OZTIX: 1300 762 545 / www.oztix.com.au

Thurs 14 June – Jive, Adelaide SA
Tickets: $12.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets through MOSHTIX: 1300 438 849 / www.moshtix.com.au

Fri 15 June – Indi Bar, Scarborough WA
Tickets: $12.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets through HEATSEEKER: www.heatseeker.com.au & OZTIX: 1300 762 545 / www.oztix.com.au

Sat 16 June – Amplifier Bar, Perth WA
Tickets: $12.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets through HEATSEEKER: www.heatseeker.com.au & OZTIX: 1300 762 545 / www.oztix.com.au & MOSHTIX: 1300 438 849 / www.moshtix.com.au

Sun 17 June – Mojo’s Bar, Fremantle WA
Tickets: $12.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets through HEATSEEKER: www.heatseeker.com.au & OZTIX: 1300 762 545 / www.oztix.com.au

Thurs 21 June – Cobra Kai @ Oh Hello, Brisbane QLD
Tickets: $10.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets through MOSHTIX: 1300 438 849 / www.moshtix.com.au

Fri 22 June – Beach Hotel, Byron Bay NSW
Tickets: Free Entry

Catcall The World Is Ours

March 29, 2012

Watch Catcall’s New Video For ‘The World Is Ours’

Pom pom peddling, not so cheery cheerleaders and high school hotties all feature in Catcall‘s brand new video for ‘The World Is Ours‘. The new jam is from her debut album ‘The Warmest Place‘ which we’re stoked to be releasing on May 4. It’s a killer album and we’re not the only ones who think so – Time Out Sydney are already calling it “the best Australian pop record you’re going to hear this year” and Polaroids of Androids reckon it’s “the standout Pop album of 2012/2013″. Not bad.

You’ll be able to hear for yourself soon, but in the meantime, you can grab ‘The World Is Ours’ from iTunes and watch the Yvette Paxinos directed clip on YouTube. Catcall also has a lovely new website up and running so take a gander at catcallmusic.com.

The Rubens

March 23, 2012

The Rubens Sign To Ivy League!

We are ecstatic / thrilled / jumping over moons / insert thesaurus generated similar word to describe ‘excited’ here to announce that NSW four-piece The Rubens are the latest addition to the Ivy League roster. The three brothers Margin + their good pal Scott Baldwin are talented young chaps who were responsible for one of our absolute favourite songs of 2011 – the stunning ‘Lay It Down‘ which came in at #57 in triple j’s Hottest 100 poll.

The Rubens are currently holed up in NYC working on their debut album with producer David Kahne (Paul McCartney, Regina Spektor, The Strokes) which we’ll be releasing later this year, so watch this space for more news as it comes to hand.

The guys will also kick off their first ever national headline tour in April + tickets are selling out all over the country, so get in now if you don’t want to miss out. Following that run, The Rubens will be supporting the one-and-only Lanie Lane on her Bangity Bang tour in May. Double the awesome!

To hear why we love The Rubens, head to their Facebook page for a listen: facebook.com/therubensmusic

Catcall World still

March 22, 2012

See The Teaser For Catcall’s New Single ‘The World Is Ours’

Catcall’s braaaaaand new single is about to drop + the team behind the upcoming video for the track have put together this snappy little teaser featuring Catherine + some new friends.

What’s it all about? We’ll leave it up to you to work out…

CATCALL: The World Is Ours (Teaser)

Deep Sea Arcade

March 14, 2012

Stream Deep Sea Arcade’s Album on RDIO Now!

We release Deep Sea Arcade‘s debut album Outlands on Friday and we’re pretty excited. If you want to hear it before it’s released, you’ve got a few more days to listen via new online streaming service RDIO who are premiering it exclusively. Head here.

Stellar Sydney radio station FBi has also named it their Album of the Week, so tune in to 94.5FM in Sydney to hear it on the air!

Alpine

March 6, 2012

Ivy League at SxSW: Lanie Lane + Alpine

We’re heading to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest! Catch Ivy League artists ALPINE and LANIE LANE at the following shows + say hello if you’re in town!

ALPINE

Thu 15 Mar // Eventbrite Brunch at Lamberts BBQ 12.00pm
Thu 15 Mar // ITAP at The Vortex 3:00PM
Thu 15 Mar // In.Gredients In Session at In.Gredients store front 7:00PM
Thu 15 Mar // SXSW Official showcase at Deseo Central 12:00 midnight
Fri 16 Mar // Sea Now Showcase at The Brew Exchange 11:30AM
Fri 16 Mar // Bangers Sausage House, 79-81 Rainey St 3.20PM
Sat 17 Mar // Mushroom Publishing/Aussie BBQ at Maggie Mae’s 12:55PM
Sat 17 Mar // East Austin House Party at East Austin Back Yard 6:00PM
Sat 17 Mar // Crow Bar 9:10pm

LANIE LANE

Thu 15 Mar // Sound Gallery at BD Riley’s 2:30PM
Fri 16 Mar // Third Man Showcase at The Stage On Sixth
Sat 17 Mar // Mushroom Publishing/Sounds Australia Showcase at Maggie Mae’s 1:35PM

Lanie Lane Yen cover

March 1, 2012

Yen Love Lanie!

How great does Lanie Lane look on the cover of this month’s Yen magazine?! There’s an awesome article + shoot with her in this month’s mag which is available now + you can scope the full-size cover on our Lanie Lane Pinterest board. Also check this little behind-the-scenes video to see what went on in the shoot:

Lanie Lane behind-the-scenes Yen shoot

 

Josh Pyke

February 23, 2012

Josh Pyke Announces ‘Love Lies’ Theatre Tour

HOT DATE ALERT: Josh Pyke will play four intimate and exclusive theatre shows with his band this May on the ‘Love Lies’ theatre tour. Taking in Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney, these shows will give fans their last chance to see Josh in 2012 before he heads off to write and record new material. At these shows Josh will also be taking a fresh approach to his new tracks and old favourites by playing around with lyrics and structure so you don’t want to miss out!

There’ll be a presale for fans on March 2 with general public tickets on sale March 5 – all details on Josh’s site: www.joshpyke.com.

JOSH PYKE ‘LOVE LIES’ THEATRE TOUR, MAY 2012

Fri 11 May Forum Theatre, Melbourne, VIC
Sat 12 May Elder Hall (University of Adelaide), Adelaide, SA
Fri 18 May The Tivoli, Brisbane, QLD
Sat 19 May The York Theatre, Seymour Centre, Sydney, NSW

Catcall

Catcall Announces National Tour + Satellites Remix Bundle

Catcall will hit the road this May on a national tour, bringing her killer new band to Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth + Newcastle for the first time. We reckon it’s an all-star line-up, what with Al Grigg (Red Riders / Palms), Andrew Elston (aka Toni Toni Lee), Bec Allen (The Fabergettes) and Simon Parker (Lost Valentinos) all on board. Al will keeping himself busy on the tour with his new band Palms the main support for all shows.

Catcall’s current singe, the Gorilla Vs Bear tipped summer jam SATELLITES has also just been released as a digital bundle featuring remixes by BENI, MAGIC SILVER WHITE, FORCES and more. Grab it now from iTunes.

Satellites will feature on Catcall’s debut album THE WARMEST PLACE which we’ll be releasing on May 4.

CATCALL  – MAY NATIONAL TOUR

Fri 11 May Edinburgh Castle, Adelaide, SA
Sat 12 May The Toff, Melbourne, VIC
Thu 17 May Alhambra Lounge, Brisbane, QLD
Fri 18 May Oxford Art Factory, Sydney, NSW
Sat 19 May Bar Chino’s, Newcastle, NSW
Sat 26 May Amplifier, Perth, WA

All tickets on sale now and available thru Moshtix: www.moshtix.com.au / 1300 GET TIX (438 849)
Except Brisbane which is Oztix: www.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545

Deep Sea Arcade

February 22, 2012

Deep Sea Arcade To Support Kaiser Chiefs + Pre-Order Outlands

With their debut album OUTLANDS out in less than a month (March 16 to be exact) you can now pre-order DEEP SEA ARCADE‘s debut record  from iTunes here. Jump on board! Deep Sea Arcade have also been announced as the main support for Kaiser Chiefs’ upcoming May tour – grab all the details here. You can also catch the DSA chaps in March when they hit the road with Children Collide on a massive tour. Go go go!

Lanie Lane

February 13, 2012

Lanie Lane Announces ‘Bangity Bang’ Tour

LANIE LANE is delighted to announce her BANGITY BANG national Australian tour this coming May.

The past 12 months have been the stuff of dreams for Lanie, with pretty much everything a girl could reasonably wish for coming true. In no particular order this includes: recording with Jack White in Nashville; signing with us; seeing her debut album To The Horses enter the ARIA charts at #12; playing her first sold out national tour plus slots on a string of top notch festivals; gracing the covers of countless quality publications; tours of the US and UK; winning the FBi Radio SMAC Award for Record of the Year, and perhaps most importantly, having the time of her life whilst doing it all.

Lanie and her dynamite band now invite fans, friends, casual observers and all members of the 18 – 95 demographic with a male/female skew to come and join them on their BANGITY BANG national tour throughout May to rooty toot toot along with the new single from To The Horses, BANG BANG.

Tickets to all shows on Lanie’s October tour sold out so step lively to avoid disappointment! Dates below and ticketing details available at Lanie’s website.

LANIE LANE
BANGITY BANG TOUR with special guest The Rubens (except WA)

Frontier Members pre-sale via www.frontiertouring.com 12noon AEDT Tue 14 Feb to 12noon AEDT Wed 15 Feb
General public on sale from 9am local time, Thu 16 Feb

Fri 11 May – The Governor Hindmarsh, Adelaide, SA
Sat 12 May – Fly By Night Musician’s Club, Fremantle, WA
Sun 13 May – Amplifier Bar, Perth, WA
Fri 18 May – Hotel New York, Launceston, TAS
Sat 19 May – The Grand Poobah, Hobart, TAS
Thu 24 May – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Fri 25 May – Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan, VIC
Sat 26 May – Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Wed 30 May – Woombye Pub, Woombye, QLD
Thu 31 May – Hi Fi Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Fri 1 June – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW

Lanie Lane

February 10, 2012

Lanie Lane Is Bound For Gordon Street!

Folks in Australia will be able to catch Ms Lanie Lane performing a few very special songs on the box next Wednesday night, February 15 when she joins Adam Hills on his ABC program ‘In Gordon St Tonight’. Lanie will play her fabulous foot stomper ‘Bang Bang’ and also team up with Mr Paul Kelly for a very special classic. It kicks off at 8.30pm and details can be found here.

Catcall Satellites

February 3, 2012

Free Catcall Remixes

Catcall’s stellar summer jam ‘Satellites’ just got added to triple j, so after hearing it all over your wonderful local and community stations, you’ll be hearing it a whole lot more all over the airwaves. Catcall was keen to hear how some of her friends might re-work the track, so she sent it off to a few for the remix treatment. Two of her faves came outta Melbourne – one from Magic Silver White and one from Forces.

You can grab them both for free with a few little clicks. Like Catcall on Facebook to grab the Magic Silver White remix is and like us, Ivy League Records on Facebook to grab to Forces remix.

Snowtown

February 1, 2012

Snowtown Cleans Up At The AACTAs

A huge congratulations to the team behind Australian feature film SNOWTOWN for winning a stack of AACTA Awards. We’d like to extend an extra special high-five to director Justin Kurzel for taking out the Best Direction gong for his extraordinary work on the film. The full list of winners can be found here and the soundtrack, featuring Jed Kurzel‘s stunning original score, is available now from iTunes.

Deep Sea Arcade

January 30, 2012

Deep Sea Arcade Announce Album Release Date, New Single + Dates

We’re leaping through the air with excitement to announce that Sydney’s Deep Sea Arcade will release their debut album OUTLANDS on March 16, 2012. And guess what? They’re got a brand new single to share with you. The track is called STEAM, and because Deep Sea Arcade want their fans to hear it first, all those who ‘Like’ the band on Facebook can stream the track now before it hits the airwaves: www.facebook.com/deepseaarcade

Fresh from supporting Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and receiving praise from none other than bass player Russell Pritchard, Deep Sea Arcade will also be setting out on a national tour in support of Melbourne grunge lords, Children Collide throughout March and April. All dates below.

DEEP SEA ARCADE w/ Children Collide on the ‘Sword to a Gunfight’ National Tour

TICKETS ON SALE THURSDAY 2nd FEBRUARY

FRI 9th March – Ferntree Gully Hotel, Ferntree Gully, VIC
Tickets via: Oztix childrencollide.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545
Ticketmaster – www.ticketmaster.com.au / 136 100

SAT 10th March – Pelly Bar, Frankston, VIC
Tickets via: Oztix childrencollide.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545
Ticketmaster – www.ticketmaster.com.au / 136 100

THUR 15th March – Hotel Great Northern, Byron Bay, NSW
Tickets via: Oztix childrencollide.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545

FRI 16th March – Elsewhere Bar, Gold Coast, QLD
Tickets via: Oztix childrencollide.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545

SAT 17th March – The Zoo, Brisbane, QLD
Tickets via: Oztix childrencollide.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545

WED 21st March – The Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour, NSW
Tickets via: Oztix childrencollide.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545

THUR 22nd March – The Cambridge, Newcastle, NSW
Tickets via: Oztix childrencollide.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545
Moshtixwww.moshtix.com.au / 1300 438 849

FRI 23rd March – The Patch, Wollongong, NSW
Tickets via: Oztix childrencollide.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545

SAT 24th March – The Metro Theatre, Sydney, NSW
Tickets via: Oztix childrencollide.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545
Ticketmaster – www.ticketmaster.com.au / 136 100

THUR 29th March – The Gov, Adelaide, SA
Tickets via: Oztix childrencollide.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545
Moshtixwww.moshtix.com.au / 1300 438 849
Venuetix: www.venuetix.com.au / 08 8225 8888

FRI 30th March – Capitol, Perth, WA
Tickets via: Oztix childrencollide.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545
Moshtixwww.moshtix.com.au / 1300 438 849

SAT 31st March – Players Bar, Mandurah, WA
Tickets via: Oztix childrencollide.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545

SUN 1st April – Mojos, Fremantle, WA
Tickets via: Oztix childrencollide.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545

THUR 12th April – Karova Lounge, Ballarat, VIC
Tickets via: Oztix childrencollide.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545

FRI 13th April – The Corner Hotel, Melbourne, VIC
Tickets via: Oztix childrencollide.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545

Lanie Lane SMAC award

January 23, 2012

Lanie Lane Wins SMAC For Record Of The Year

A huge congratulations to Lanie Lane who was awarded the FBi radio SMAC (Sydney Music, Art + Culture) award for Record Of The Year for her debut album To The Horses. A big congratulations to all the other winners including our pals at GoodGod Small Club and Millie Millgate of Sounds Australia. All the winners can be found on FBi’s website.

Catcall

January 19, 2012

Catcall: Album Out May 4, Headline Show + Free Remix

We’re stoked to let you know that Catcall’s debut album THE WARMEST PLACE will be released on May 4, 2012 in Australia and available for digital download through iTunes everywhere else. Featuring your fave summer jam Satellites, the album is a pretty huge step forward for Catcall, the artist also known as Catherine Kelleher, who cut her musical teeth as frontwoman for Sydney art noise band Kiosk.

Catcall will be taking it back to her live roots in February though as she makes a welcome return to the stage with a stellar new band. The all-star line-up includes Al Grigg (Red Riders/Palms), Andrew Elston (aka Toni Toni Lee), Bec Allen (The Fabergettes) and Simon Parker (Lost Valentinos). Playing Sydney’s GoodGod Small Club on February 1, this is the band’s first headline appearance and follows their recent shows supporting Brazil’s CSS. Surf sensations Atom Bombs and garage gangsters Bloods will be offering their support.

To celebrate the band’s first headline show, Catcall is giving away a brand new, unreleased remix of Satellites by Melbourne’s Magic Silver White. All you need to do is ‘Like’ her Facebook page to access the free track: facebook.com/catcallmusic.

CATCALL
w/ Atom Bombs + Bloods
Feb 1, GoodGod Small Club, SYDNEY
Tickets from Moshtix

Woe & Flutter

January 12, 2012

Woe & Flutter: iTunes Single Of The Week

The good folk at iTunes have made Woe & Flutter‘s track ‘Cities Of The Red Night’ their Single of the Week. Good work all round. You can grab the track for FREE here + see the wonderful SPOD-directed video here. And if you happen to reside in Brisbane town, catch the gentlemen of Woe & Flutter tonight (Jan 12) supporting our fave Melbournian six-piece Alpine at The Zoo.

Lanie Army

January 4, 2012

What Happened When Nobody Was Looking?

It was a fairly awesome year in the League in 2011. We were lucky enough to release albums by Sparkadia, Josh Pyke and Lanie Lane, we put out our first ever film soundtrack thanks to Jed Kurzel‘s stunning score for Snowtown and we released the first cuts from Alpine, Catcall and Deep Sea Arcade‘s debut albums. In some cultures, this is what constitutes a ‘win’.

Along the way, we manufactured an army of Lanie Lanes, sunbathed with oiled-up leathermen and sang Dave Dobbyn’s ‘Slice Of Heaven’ with Red Riders after their last ever show. We threw an album of pics up on Facebook to share our fun times with you. It’s here for your voyueristic pleasure. And if you’re nice, we might even post the video of said Slice Of Heaven singalong.

Deep Sea Arcade

A Free Deep Sea Arcade Remix For 2012

Happy 2012 to you! Following on from the killer remix of Sparkadia’s ‘China’ we threw your way at the end of 2011, here’s a new take on Deep Sea Arcade’s ‘Girls’ for your listening + downloading pleasure. To get hold of the mp3 for free, you just need to ‘like’ us over at the ‘book. You’ll be rewarded for your efforts down the track too, with remixes from the likes of Alpine and Catcall also set to wing their way to you. Party on Wayne.

Alpine at the beach

December 21, 2011

Alpine + Jed Kurzel Talk 2011

While not exactly alike musically, Melbourne six-piece Alpine and The Mess Hall’s Jed Kurzel had something in common in 2011 – they had some very good times. While Alpine toured their pants off + found new fans the world over, Jed was busy winning praise and awards for his first foray into film composition with his soundtrack to Snowtown. We asked them for their highlights of the year and discovered that Alpine are averse to snow-capped mountains while Jed has a thing for films with single word titles.

ALPINE

2011 was the year that we got to do huge, awesome tours with really cool people, and visit a bunch of places we’ve never been. We thought about what we enjoyed most this year, and there’s one thing that we all enjoyed equally…

Alpine’s ‘Top Outdoor Swimming Experiences On Tours’ Of 2011

1. Newcastle Sea Baths, on tour with Jinja Safari
We got to Newcastle way early for our show and made a beeline for the beach. We had ice creams and then took over the kid’s pool on the beachfront. For hours.

2. A beach in Perth, on tour with Sparkadia and Operator please
Ryan cut his leg and there was a neo-Nazi in the water, but the sand was awesome.

3. Wet & Wild Swimming Park, Gold Coast, on the same Sparkadia tour
Phil went insane and ran around like a kid, and we ate overpriced chips. We stayed until they kicked us out, and then we were aching and sore, so we hit the…

4. Gold Coast hotel spa bath, same Sparkadia tour
We snuck in beers and a ball and then ate Thai food and fell asleep. Busy day.

5. Coogee beach sea pool – On tour with The Jezabels and Hey Rosetta
On a super hot Sydney day before a show at the Enmore, Christian, Ryan and our tour manager / enabler Clint snuck off to the sea pools. It was FREEZING.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS: Bribie Island, on the way back from Splendour In The Grass. We didn’t swim here, but the water looked beautiful and we had an awesome breakfast. Kind of counts.

JED KURZEL

Favourite Album
Josh T Pearson – Last Of The Country Gentlemen
First class.

Favourite Dish
Same as every year, Portuguese Steak at The Portuguese club.

Favourite City
Kiev
Forget Berlin.

Favourite Films
ALPS by Yorgos Lanthimus. One of a kind!
SHAME by Steve McQueen. A sex addict Living in New York played by Michael Fassbender. What’s not to love about that idea?
DRIVE by Nicolas Winding Refn. Great opening.

Favourite Video
Anything set in a forest of course!

Hope for the New Year
That we’ll see the end of woodland animal themed bands……It’s not fucking Horse and Hound! No more bears, foxes etc…..

Favourite Show
Noah Taylor and the Sloppy Boys……Anywhere!

Toby Martin

December 19, 2011

An End Of Year Letter From Toby Martin

As to be expected at this point in the game, we asked some of our artists to tell us what floated their boats in 2011. Youth Group‘s Toby Martin spent a big part of the year in Germany, so he sent us this lovely letter breakin’ down his highlights. That’s him over there enjoying ‘Käse Frühstücks’. Read below + all will be revealed…

Dear Ivy League,

Oh, how time flies! I can’t believe it’s time for my end-of-year round-robin already. And what a year it’s been!

I have spent the last half of 2011 in Germany, so my annual missive has a Teutonic theme this year.

First up: breakfast. I have been enjoying the local ‘cheese breakfasts’ (or ‘Käse Frühstücks’) which consist of many types of cheese, folded or rolled, distributed on a plate accompanied by boiled eggs and olives. The cafe called Major across the road from our flat in Berlin did a good one (although it may not look like it from this photo where it appears as if I am going to be sick. Photos can be deceiving. Trust me, I liked them – although maybe not quite as much as my trusted Mexican breakfast from Cafe 485, Crown St, Surry Hills).

Gigs: Two of my favourite shows this year have been my old pal and Youth Group drummer Danny Allen’s new band The Drums. They are rather excellent, and its always intensely enjoyable to see Danny on-stage from the audience (the closest I may come to an out-of-body experience). Coincidentally, both the shows The Drums played in Germany took place in buildings built by the Nazis, which actually isn’t that easy to do as there aren’t many left: the first was a festival inside the hangars of Berlin’s massive, now disused, Templehof Airport; the second was in a WWII above-ground bunker in Hamburg.

Sport: In the shadow of the aforementioned bunker in Hamburg lies the homeground of St Pauli FC. I have been accepted into their supporters club via my friend Micha. Although a second-division team, St Pauli have a large and somewhat cultish following by virtue of their identity as the alternative, punk rock, anti-fascist team and their appealing skull and crossbones insignia. Wanting to be in with this gang, I joined in wholeheartedly in the goal celebrations. After this display of newfound devotion, Micha turned to me and said ‘yeah, but if we supported another team you would just be cheering for them.’ Harsh but true.

Books: I have been sampling the light and frothy delights of German literature recently. Highlights have included WG Sebald’s ‘Austerlitz’ (which chronicles a man’s journey to uncover his memory of escaping the Holocaust, and is very sad in a beautiful kind of way) and Thomas Mann’s ‘Doctor Faustus’ (which describes the life of a fictional 20th century composer who sells his soul to the devil and consequently descends into madness, and is horrific in an arch and sarcastic kind of way).

Merry Weichnacts!

Toby

Toby Martin’s debut solo album will be released on Ivy League Records in 2012.

Sparkadia free remix

December 15, 2011

Get A Free Sparkadia Remix

It’s that time of year. We’re about to bombard you with end of year lists, thoughts about what may transpire in 2012 and discussions about whether ham, turkey or nut loaf is your preferred protein of choice. There’s also that whole thing about voting for your fave songs in that poll.

We released some pretty outstanding music in 2011 if we do so say so ourselves, and we want to celebrate that there little fact by giving you some free remixes this summer. First freebie is pretty special – it’s a killer unreleased remix of Sparkadia’s ‘China’ by Melbourne DJ + producer Nick Thayer. To grab it, ‘Like’ us on Facebook + hit the ‘ol download button. Simple as.

In the next few weeks, we’ll have remixes of some of the year’s best tracks from Deep Sea Arcade, Alpine, Catcall and more for you. Keep an eye on facebook.com/ivyleaguerecords for all the details! We also recommend you head to our Facebook page if you wanna see what happened in 2011 when no-one was looking – we’ve uploaded an album of behind-the-scenes pics from video shoots, studios + shows. Get involved!

josh-for-web

December 13, 2011

Get More Into Josh Pyke!

Josh was recently asked by our good friends at Google to  be a part of their awesome new ‘Get More Into Music’ campaign.

Along with the likes of Florence and the Machine and Bluejuice, Josh was asked to put together a playlist of his favourite musical youtube clips.

You can check out his very ‘animated’ video picks right here

Catcall Satellites

December 12, 2011

Catcall Makes Gorilla Vs Bear’s Top 100 of 2011!

Catcall has made Gorilla Vs Bear’s 100 favourite songs of 2011 list with Satellites! She joins fellow Australian legends Twerps on the list, which is pretty rad. Check out the other tracks here. Also keep an eye on this space for your chance to nab the track for nada…

Josh Pyke

December 6, 2011

Josh Pyke Announces Regional Tour

After another sold out run of dates in capital cities last August in support of his new album ‘Only Sparrows’, Josh Pyke will hit regional Australia! Showcasing album tracks including the brand new single ‘Punch in the Heart’ ft Katy Steele, the Only Sparrows Regional Tour will travel through the country throughout January and February, and will finish with a headline spot at the 2012 Corinbank Festival.

JOSH PYKE ‘ONLY SPARROWS’ REGIONAL TOUR

Fri 20 Jan – Westernport Hotel, San Remo VIC
www.moshtix.com.au / 1300 GET TIX / All Moshtix outlets / Available from the venue

Sat 21 Jan - Torquay Hotel, Torquay VIC
www.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545 / All Oztix outlets / Available from the venue

Sun 22 Jan – The Whalers Hotel, Warrnambool VIC
www.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545 / All Oztix outlets / Available from the venue

Thu 26 Jan – Soldiers Club, Batemans Bay NSW
www.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545 / All Oztix outlets / Available from the venue

Fri 27 Jan – Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre (Studio), Shoalhaven NSW *SOLO*
www.shoalhavenentertainment.com.au / 1300 788 503 / From the venue box office

Sun 29 Jan - Milton Theatre, Milton NSW *SOLO*
Country Leather, Milton (02 4455 3056) and Malibu Music, Ulladulla (02 4455 5693)

Thu 02 Feb – Entrance Leagues Club, Bateau Bay NSW
www.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545 / All Oztix outlets / Available from the venue

Fri 03 Feb – Panthers, Port Macquarie NSW
www.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545 / All Oztix outlets / Available from the venue

Sat 04 Feb – Hoey Moey, Coffs Harbour NSW
www.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545 / All Oztix outlets / Available from the venue

Fri 10 Feb – Waratah Hotel, Hobart TAS
www.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545 / All Oztix outlets

Sat 11 Feb – Hotel New York, Launceston TAS
www.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545 / All Oztix outlets

Thu 16 Feb – Prince of Wales, Bunbury WA
www.oztix.com.au & http://www.heatseeker.com.au / 1300 762 545 / All Oztix & Heatseeker outlets

Fri 17 Feb – Settlers Tavern, Margaret River WA
www.oztix.com.au / 1300 762 545 / All Oztix outlets / Available from the venue

Fri 02 Mar - Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns QLD
www.ticketlink.com.au / 1300 855 835 / Cairns Civic Theatre (Ticketlink Box Office)

Sun 04 March – Corinbank Festival, Brindabella Mountains ACT

www.corinbank.com

 

 

Woe & Flutter

Get A Free Woe & Flutter Track From ‘We Are Hunted’

Our newest signings, GC legends-in-the-making Woe & Flutter recently released their self-titled debut EP and it’s super special – so special in fact that the wonderful folks at We Are Hunted have featured the track ‘I Think I’m Fine’ on their site this week. You can grab yourself a free download of the song right here and now.

If you like what you hear, you can get hold of Woe & Flutter’s full EP in stores and online now. Finer than fine.

alpine-for-web copy

December 2, 2011

Alpine listed as UK’s The Guardian ‘New Band of the Day’

We couldn’t be prouder of Alpine right now! Not only is the amazing new video for their brand new single ‘Hands’ clocking up some serious views on the old youtube, they were also named The Guardian’s ‘New Band Of The Day’ – kind of a big deal!

The prestigious British paper’s website even went as far as to say that Alpine are “Hands down the best Aussie band we’ve heard all year”.

Congratulations Alpine! Clearly the plan for world domination is well and truly in effect!

You can read the full article from on The Guardian’s site, right here

Jed Kurzel

December 1, 2011

Jed Kurzel’s ‘Snowtown’ Score Nominated For AACTA Award

Following on from his ARIA Award nomination + Screen Music Award win, Jed Kurzel has now been nominated for an AACTA Award (the awards formerly known as the AFI’s) for Best Original Music Score for ‘Snowtown’. Congratulations are also in order to Jed’s brother Justin who has been nominated for Best Direction and to everyone at Warp Films who picked up ten nominations in all. Nice work all!

The Snowtown soundtrack is available from iTunes.

Lanie Lane + Catcall

November 30, 2011

Lanie Lane + Catcall Nominated For SMAC Awards!

Ladies of the League Lanie Lane and Catcall have been nominated for awards in Sydney radio station FBi’s SMAC Awards! SMAC, an acronym for Sydney Music, Arts, and Culture, is not a word allowed on the Scrabble board but is a word signalling excellence in the creative industries in Sydney.

Lanie has been nominated for Album of the Year for her debut(t) record To The Horses and, alongside Catcall, for Next Big Thing. DON’T MAKE US CHOOSE!!!

Voting is open now, so head on over to www.smacawards.com and cast your vote.

punch pic copy

November 25, 2011

Watch Josh Pyke’s New Video

Punch In The Heart is the new single from Josh Pyke’s top five album Only Sparrows. Featuring Katy Steele, the stunning single follows on from radio faves ‘No One Wants A Lover’ and ‘The World Is A Picture’. Shot between Sydney and New York, the video was produced by the ever-talented Amelia Tovey of Shoot The Player

The story of the song is best told by Josh himself:

“Punch In The Heart is a song that took the long way home. Whilst on tour with Lawrence Greenwood, (aka Whitley) on the south coast of New South Wales, the song was born in a small hotel room in order to kill an afternoon.

“Years passed and then when en route to a friend’s wedding, I dropped my sister off at her accommodation and the song came flooding back. She was staying at the same hotel in the exact room that the song was written in. I decided then and there to use the track on my next album.

“I emailed Lawrence (now in London) to ask if I could have sole custody of our song-child, and then decided on friend Katy Steele to add a female counterpart to the song. Her voice has the perfect mix of vulnerability and strength, and is so unique. Katy was living in New York City, so the song took another journey, back and forth across the digital sea, and came back to me all grown up.

“Finally, to complete its journey, we shot a clip, half in Sydney, half in NYC to add a final visual element to the story.

“Somewhere between Mollymook, London, NYC and Sydney, Punch In The Heart has become one of my favourite tracks on the album.”

And you can watch the video here.

Alpine

November 22, 2011

Alpine Announce Tour, New Video + Free Remix!

It’s all hands on deck in Alpine Land this week, with a tour announcement, new video + FREE remix. Let’s break this down:

1. Alpine will take all 12 of their hands across the country on the Hands headline tour this coming January in celebration of their new single. All dates + details below.

2. The otherworldly video for Hands was beautifully shot by Luci Schroder and features a lot of love for hands. They are very useful after all. It’s out now and you can see it here.

3. Fans of Alpine can nab themselves an exclusive remix of Hands by hitting the band’s Facebook page now: www.facebook.com/alpineband. The remix comes courtesy of rad Sydney dude Toni Toni Lee, who has worked with fellow Lady of the League, Catcall. You might also have head his killer new single ‘Girl I Used To Know’ which is currently burning up stereos here and across the seas.

ALPINE – HANDS ACROSS AUSTRALIA TOUR
with special guest to be announced
JANUARY 2012

SAT, 7 JAN – PERTH – AMPLIFIER
www.heatseeker.com.au / Oztix: 1300 762 545; www.ozitx.com.au &
Moshtix: 1300 GET TIX (438 849) www.moshtix.com.au
Tix $15 + bf pre-sale, $18 at the door if available

THUR, 12 JAN – BRISBANE – THE ZOO
Oztix: 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au
Tix $15 + bf pre-sale, $18 at the door if available

FRI, 13 JAN – ADELAIDE – ED’S CASTLE
Moshtix: 1300 GET TIX (438 849) www.moshtix.com.au
Tix $15 + bf pre-sale, $18 at the door if available

THUR, 19 JAN – MELBOURNE – THE CORNER HOTEL
www.cornerhotel.com
Tix $15 + bf pre-sale, $18 at the door if available

FRI, 20 JAN – SYDNEY – OXFORD ART FACTORY
Moshtix: 1300 GET TIX (438 849), www.moshtix.com.au
Tix $15 + bf pre-sale, $18 at the door if available

Jed Kurzel Wins APRA Award

November 15, 2011

Jed Kurzel Wins Film Score of the Year

A massive and heartfelt congratulations are in order for Mr. Jed Kurzel who last night won the coveted Feature Film Score of the Year Award at the 2011 Screen Music Awards. The Mess Hall front man won the gong for his ‘Snowtown’ soundtrack, in our humble opinion already one of the all-time great Australian films. We dip our lid to this very talented standard bearer for the Ivy League guild.

And whilst we’re lid-dipping, here’s to Jed’s brother Justin who directed the film so brilliantly (the first feature for both of them), and who we are very lucky to have had direct these four frankly awesome videos over the years.

The Snowtown soundtrack is available now through iTunes.

Cloud Control

November 7, 2011

Cloud Control Sign US Deal + Tour With The Drums

After a massive year for Cloud Control, there’s another bit of news that will see things get, er, massiver for the four-piece. They have now officially penned a deal with US Label Turnout – home to Brooklyn buzz band ‘We Are Augustines’ – making them the second official signing to the boutique indie label (through Atlantic/Warner).

Turnout will release the band’s debut album ‘Bliss Release’ which won the coveted Australian Music Prize and was released in the UK/Europe earlier this year on bespoke indie label Infectious to much acclaim including glowing 4 star reviews in the Guardian, Times, Independent & Q Magazine.

The Cloudies will join the The Drums on their month long tour in Europe / UK before winding up the year back in Oz for Woodford, Pyramid Rock and Launched Festival over NYE.

They’ll then be heading back into the studio in early 2012 to finish writing and begin recording their follow up LP which we’re all pretty darn excited about.

Lanie Lanie video still

November 1, 2011

Watch Lanie Lane’s New Video

As some of you may already know, the inspiration for Lanie Lane’s song ‘Oh Well, That’s What You Get Falling In Love With A Cowboy‘ came to her in her sleep. The track made it on to her album ‘To The Horses‘ by the skin of its teeth having been written and recorded at the last minute, and we’re very glad it did, as it’s the brand new single from the album.

What we do know for sure is that the accompanying video was most definitely performed whilst Lanie was completely awake. Beautifully shot by Mr. Josh Logue of Mathematics, the eagle- eyed amongst you might notice that the background for the unfolding action is Lanie’s favourite Sydney watering hole, Shady Pines, and we thank the gents from that magnifique establishment for making it available. It’s also important to note that the number of crystals per square inch that cover LL’s shorts is too high to be calculated by man or machine, and that more have since been added for the live shows. Watch it here and enjoy!

Alpine Hands

October 31, 2011

TOUCH THIS! It’s Alpine’s New Single ‘HANDS’

Thought your summer soundtrack couldn’t get any better with those bloomin’ brilliant new tracks from Catcall and Deep Sea Arcade? Well guess what? We’ve got another contender for “most excellent song that’s arrived just in time for coconuts and cossies”.

Here’s Alpine’s brand new single Hands, the first single from their debut album. We’ll be releasing it in early 2012. Get ready folks – next year’s gonna be a big one.

Hands by alpineband

Jed Kurzel

October 30, 2011

Jed Kurzel Nominated For APRA Award For Snowtown Score

Big congratulations to Jed Kurzel of The Mess Hall who has received another award nomination for his tremendous score for Australian film Snowtown. Following on from his ARIA Award nomination for the soundtrack, he is now in the running to win ‘Feature Film Score Of The Year’ in the APRA/AGSC 2011 Screen Music Awards. The winner will be announced on November 14 and we wish Jed the best of luck.

The Snowtown soundtrack is available now from iTunes and the film, directed by Jed’s very talented brother Justin, is also out on DVD, Blu-Ray and in digital form.

Nick Cave Tribute

Win Tickets To triple j’s Nick Cave Tribute!

Did you catch Legends of the League Lanie Lane and Alex Burnett from Sparkadia on Rockwiz recently? If not, we suggest you take a little gander at their performance over here, where they deliver an outstanding take on Bowie’s ‘Rebel Rebel’ and Alex does his parents proud with his quiz prowess.

Lanie and Alex will soon be teaming up again as part of the all-star line-up that’s about to tour the country for Straight To You: triple j’s Tribute to Nick Cave. With fellow artists like Adalita, Tim Rogers and Abbe May also performing, these shows promise to be rather special indeed – not least because Alex + Lanie have hinted at another duet…

We’re lucky enough to have a pair of double passes to one show in each city to give away (except Brisbane) so you’ve got the chance to be there too.

To win, please send an email to info@ivyleague.com.au with ‘Nick Cave’ in the subject header and tell us in 25 words or less which Nick Cave song is your favourite and why. Please include your contact number in your email and indicate your preferred show from the dates below. The competition for tickets to the Victorian shows ends at 5pm on Monday November 7 and the competition for tickets to the ACT and NSW shows ends at 5pm on Monday November 14. Please note winners MUST be 18+.

More details on Straight To You: triple j’s Tribute to Nick Cave can be found here.

DATES

Wednesday 9 November – PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, GEELONG
Thursday 10 November – HER MAJESTYS, BALLARAT
Saturday 12 November – FORUM THEATRE, MELBOURNE
Wednesday 16 November – ROYAL THEATRE, CANBERRA
Thursday 17 November – ENMORE THEATRE, SYDNEY
Saturday 19 November – PANTHERS, NEWCASTLE

Lanie Lane

October 24, 2011

Lanie Lane Debuts At #12 On The Charts!

A huge and hearty congratulations to Lanie Lanie on her #12 debut on the ARIA Albums chart. We are beyond excited for this talented lady + would like to extend a massive thanks to everyone who has bought the album – we hope you’re loving it as much as we do.

As a side note, those looking for their bonus tracks should head to lanielane.ivyleague.com.au where you click the button at the bottom of the page then enter in your unique promo code. ENJOY!

Josh Pyke kick

October 20, 2011

Congratulations Josh Pyke!

In case you missed the news last week, the one-and-only Josh Pyke received three ARIA Award nominations, including one for Best Male Artist. A huge congrats to Josh, who is currently touring the UK. If you haven’t grabbed his stunning new album ‘Only Sparrows’ yet, we suggest you have a little listen to some of it here then get yourself a copy of one of the year’s best releases.

Catcall Satellites

October 17, 2011

Catcall’s New Single ‘Satellites’ is Out Now!

We’re totally vibing on the new Catcall track ‘Satellites’, and we’re not the only ones! Set to soundtrack your summer, it’s already  been blogged by Rose Quartz, Gorilla Vs Bear + a stack of lovely bloggers across the globe. It’s powering on the Hype Machine charts so throw a heart this way if you love Satellites as much as we do and buy it now from iTunes!

The wondrous video shot by SPOD is being premiered over on Mess + Noise right now too – cast a glance in this direction to experience it in all its glory!

Satellites by CATCALL

Deep Sea Arcade Girls

October 14, 2011

Watch Deep Sea Arcade’s ‘Girls’ Clip

We’re still obsessing over Deep Sea Arcade’s Girls. WHAT A SONG. If you haven’t seen the video yet, we suggest you throw your eyes in this direction immediately. It’s what the good folk of the Internet call a ‘WIN’.

Tickets are on sale now to see the superstars-in-the-making play, and you also land yourself the chance to see our new buddies from the Gold Coast Woe & Flutter play at the NSW shows too. That’s what we call a ‘Hot Deal’.

DEEP SEA ARCADE – ‘GIRLS’ TOUR

Fri 11 Nov Annandale Hotel, Sydney NSW
Tix: $12.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets: Annandale Hotel – (02) 9550 1078 / www.annandalehotel.com

Sat 12 Nov Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW
Tix: $10.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets: Moshtix – 1300 438 849 / www.moshtix.com.au

Fri 18 Nov ‘Houndstooth’ @ Rocket Bar, Adelaide SA
Tix: $12.00 (door sales only)
Tickets: Available on the door

Sat 19 Nov Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
Tix: $12.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets: Northcote Social Club – (03) 9486 1677 / www.northcotesocialclub.com

Sat 26 Nov The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay NSW
Tix: $10.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets: Oztix – 1300 762 545 / www.oztix.com.au

Snowtown

October 13, 2011

Win ‘Snowtown’ on DVD or Blu-Ray

We’re super excited that Jed Kurzel of The Mess Hall was nominated for an ARIA Award for Best Original Soundtrack for his outstanding work on Snowtown. The original score composed by Jed plays an integral role in a film that has been hailed a “masterpiece” by critics.

To celebrate, our friends at Madman have kindly given us five copies of the film on DVD and five copies of the film on Blu-Ray to give away to you fine folk. We like words here in the League, so to win, we’re looking for the most creative anagram of ‘Jed Kurzel Snowtown’. Entries close Friday October 21 – please email them to info@ivyleague.com.au with the subject title ‘Jed Kurzel Snowtown’ (no anagrams there please) and include your postal address and whether you would like a DVD or Blu-Ray.

‘Snowtown’ is the debut feature of Jed’s brother, director Justin Kurzel, who fans of The Mess Hall may recognize as the man behind the award-winning clips for ‘Keep Walking’, ‘Pulse’ and ‘Bell’.

Lanie Lane To The Horses

October 10, 2011

Lanie Lane: Album out Friday + Free Shows!

We’ve been waiting to share this record with you for a while + now we’re very excited the time is almost upon us – the lovely Lanie Lane will release her debut album ‘To The Horses’ on Friday. To celebrate, she has a couple of super special performances lined up in Melbourne and Sydney.

On Friday October 14, Lanie and her wonderful band will perform Live-To-Air on Triple R in Melbourne from their Performance Space in East Brunswick. It all kicks off at 7.30pm and Triple R subscribers can win passes to attend the show the by tuning in.

We also have five double passes to give away to Lanie fans who will be in Melbourne + can get themselves to Triple R! To win, please send an email to info@ivyleague.com.au and let us know why you’d like to go to the show. The competition closes at 5pm on Wednesday October 12 + winners will be notified via email. If you miss out, tune in!

Lanie will then treat Sydney to a free all ages instore performance at Red Eye Records on Monday October 17 at 5pm.

The acoustic set will be followed by a signing session where fans will have the opportunity to buy the new record on CD or limited edition vinyl and have it personally autographed by Lanie. The first 50 people to purchase the album will also receive a special limited edition Lanie Lane badge.

This is a very rare opportunity to catch Lanie in an intimate setting and get your hands on a signed copy of her album, so get there early!

LANIE LANE: TRIPLE R LIVE-TO-AIR PERFORMANCE
Friday, October 14, 7.30pm
Triple R Performance Space, East Brunswick

LANIE LANE: FREE INSTORE PERFORMANCE at RED EYED RECORDS
Monday, October 17, 5pm
Red Eye Records, 143 York St, Sydney

Woe & Flutter

October 6, 2011

Woe & Flutter Sign To Ivy League

Ivy League Records is thrilled to tiny particles to announce Gold Coast four-piece WOE & FLUTTER is the latest addition to its roster.

WOE & FLUTTER are: Dusty Anastassiou (Vocals/Guitars), Adam Schneider (Vocals/Guitars), Aiden McMillan (Bass) and Dave McMillan (Drums).

Having recently been ‘unearthed’ to the nation, WOE & FLUTTER performed at this year’s BIGSOUND conference and won the hearts and minds of the lucky few who witnessed their shows.

Proudly describing their sound as a stylistic cacophony, WOE & FLUTTER write tunes with a lo-fi indie rock, punk and garage ethic and will release their self-titled debut EP on October 28. The release will comprise of five “all-killer-no-filler” gems that include current radio fave ‘Cities of the Red Night’. This single has just been immortalised in video form by the one and only SPOD. Watch the clip on the ‘Tube.

And catch WOE & FLUTTER on the road over the coming months:

WOE & FLUTTER – DEBUT EP TOUR DATES

Thu 6 Oct Elsewhere – Gold Coast, QLD
Supporting Velociraptor

Sat 29 Oct Coolangatta Hotel – Gold Coast, NSW
Supporting Papa Vs Pretty + The Vasco Era

Sun 30 Oct The Zoo – Brisbane, QLD
Supporting Papa Vs Pretty + The Vasco Era

Fri 11 Nov Annandale Hotel, Sydney, NSW
Supporting Deep Sea Arcade

Sat 12 Nov The Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle, NSW
Supporting Deep Sea Arcade

Sat 26 Nov The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW
Supporting Deep Sea Arcade

cloudcontroldeathloudUK

September 29, 2011

Watch Cloud Control’s New Clip!

The Cloud Control crew have been rather busy of late, tearing things up across the UK and Europe. They’ve been so busy in fact that they didn’t even have the time to appear in the clip for the fancy new version of ‘Death Cloud’! The video has just been released and it’s a bit of a stunner – watch it here.

You’ll also be able to see the band back on our humble shores soon for the Fat As Butter Festival and some shows in Tassie + South Australia before they tour the UK and Europe with The Drums. Awesome. Details below in case you need them.

22 October: Fat As Butter, Newcastle NSW
27 October: Waratah Hotel, Hobart TAS
28 October: Bridgeway Hotel, Pooraka, SA

Josh Pyke World Is A Picture

September 26, 2011

Watch Josh Pyke’s New Clip!

Here it is folks, the brand newie for Mr Pyke’s track The World Is  A Picture! This clip features Josh and YOU! Well, some of you… OK, those of you who were at some of the NSW shows on his current ‘Only Sparrows’ album tour. It’s a lovely + rare glimpse behind-the-scenes and gives you a bit of a look at what happens once Josh + band jump off stage. This clip comes courtesy of the legendary team at The Grindhouse.

WATCH IT HERE + NOW!

Deep Sea Arcade

September 22, 2011

Deep Sea Arcade Announce New Single + Tour

Sometimes you hear a song for the first time and you just know you will proceed to listen to it on solid repeat for the next five hours. That’s what happened when we first heard Deep Sea Arcade‘s new single ‘Girls‘. But that five hours has turned into five days and will probably turn into five weeks if we’re not careful.

Girls‘ is the first cut from the band’s debut album ‘Outlands‘ which we’ll be releasing in 2012, and my oh my is it good. Set to soundtrack your summer? We say YES. You’ll be able to hear it very soon, but in the interim, start gettnig excited about the GIRLS tour, headed your way this November. Details —->

DEEP SEA ARCADE – ‘GIRLS’ TOUR
Special guests TBC
Tickets on sale Friday 23 September

Fri 11 Nov Annandale Hotel, Sydney NSW
Tix: $12.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets: Annandale Hotel – (02) 9550 1078 / www.annandalehotel.com

Sat 12 Nov Cambridge Hotel, Newcastle NSW
Tix: $10.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets: Moshtix – 1300 438 849 / www.moshtix.com.au

Fri 18 Nov ‘Houndstooth’ @ Rocket Bar, Adelaide SA
Tix: $12.00 (door sales only)
Tickets: Available on the door

Sat 19 Nov Northcote Social Club, Melbourne VIC
Tix: $12.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets: Northcote Social Club – (03) 9486 1677 / www.northcotesocialclub.com

Sat 26 Nov The Northern Hotel, Byron Bay NSW
Tix: $10.00 + BF (presales) & $15.00 (door sales)
Tickets: Oztix – 1300 762 545 / www.oztix.com.au

Lanie Lane

September 5, 2011

Lanie Lane’s Record Bar: One Day Only!

For those not paying attention earlier, Sydney songbird Lanie Lane recently  recorded a seven inch single with Mr. Jack White. The results are in, and they are superb, in the form of the fuzz bass stomper “Ain’t Hungry” and the lovers’ lament “My Man”. They’re first class.  The 45 has just been released on White’s label, Third Man Records.  The video is here.

The forward-thinking people at Third Man always press a limited edition of 100 tri-colour vinyl copies of every release. You heard that right – they colour it not once, not twice, but thrice. These delectable collectables are then shipped to the artist’s hometown for sale, and always sell out immediately.

To celebrate the arrival of these 100 rare cultural artifacts into Sydney Cove, Lanie Lane will be setting up her very own temporary record bar at Sterling Hairdressing Parlour & Barber Shop in Surry Hills at 7.00pm on Friday the 9th of September. Here, within the magnificent surrounds of Sydney’s finest hairdressing parlour and barber, Lanie will personally sell, sign and play a set for 100 lucky shoppers. The fabulous environment at Sterling make perfect sense for this event, not simply because it is so very fabulous, but it also happens to be where Lanie gets her hair done.

The only way to get your hands on one of these triple-hued beauties is to be at Lanie Lane’s Record Bar at Sterling Hairdressing Parlour & Barber on September 9th, as once they’re gone, that’s it.

“I’m doing my hair that night” is clearly not an acceptable excuse.

LANIE LANE’S RECORD BAR @ STERLING HAIRDRESSING PARLOUR & BARBER

SHOP 3, 29 BRISBANE ST, SURRY HILLS
7.00PM FRIDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER

Josh Pyke

August 22, 2011

Josh Pyke’s New Album is Out Now!

Hoorah! Josh Pyke‘s new album ‘Only Sparrows‘ is now available for you to own on a shiny plastic disc or as little bits of data for you to store on some kind of technological device! You can grab it many places, including from our pals at iTunes, Bigpond Music, Red Eye Records or JB Hifi.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Josh Pyke Album Teaser

August 8, 2011

Sneak A Listen To Josh Pyke’s New Album!

We put together a little video to give you the chance to hear a few of Mr Pyke’s new songs before his album, ‘Only Sparrows’, is released on August 19. It features the wonderful artwork of James Hancock and was beautifully animated by the fine folk at Katana. Take a little look here!

Lanie Lane SJ flyer

July 28, 2011

Lanie Lane To Play Very Special Shows

Following on from the exciting news yesterday that Lanie Lane will release a Jack White produced 7″ on Third Man Records on August 23, here’s some more great news from Lanie’s camp: This August, Sailor Jerry will present Lanie in a series of shows that differ in both style and substance from the standard, run-of–the-mill live show.

Before an invited audience of 50 friends per night, Lanie will play four intimate performances around the country showcasing songs from her forthcoming debut album completely acoustically – nothing plugged in, no bells or whistles, just Lanie’s amazing voice and her acoustic guitar. It’s the perfect opportunity for her friends to hear the songs as they were written, and by jove, they sound pretty good that way.

Each show will take place in a non-traditional music venue: a café (Sydney) a gallery (Adelaide), a tailor/cobbler/barber/café (Melbourne) and an intimate bar (Brisbane). Bespoke venues for a tailor made performance.

Bespoke venues for a tailor made performance. Lanie’s old muckers Sailor Jerry have very generously offered to run a bar at each show, and who is she to refuse such a kind offer?

To receive an invitation, fans need simply head to lanielane.net, and sign up to Lanie’s mailing list before 5pm, Monday August 1. Invitations will then be sent out at 9am, Tuesday August 2 to all members of Lanie’s mailing list. Upon receipt of your invitation simply RSVP to the email address provided stating which show you would like to attend, and it’s a first in, best -dressed scenario.  “Best- dressed” being important obviously.  Please note these shows are all 18+.

SAILOR JERRY PRESENTS LANIE LANE

Monday 15th August
Katipo Cafe, Sydney

Tuesday 16th August
Collect Gallery, Adelaide

Wednesday 17th August
Captains Of Industry, Melbourne

Monday 22nd August
Junk Bar, Brisbane

These shows will be as special as can be, so we urge you to sign-up now, then be on deck at 9am next Tuesday with nimble fingers so you can hit the button to RSVP for these shows before all tickets are gone. For more info, visit Lanie’s website: lanielane.net

Cloud Control Go Swimming

July 27, 2011

Countdown to Splendour Kick-Off…

Only a day or so until Splendour in the Grass kicks off up in Woodford, QLD. We can’t wait to catch up with our London-dwelling pals Cloud Control (last seen leaping out of planes into swimming pools) and Sparkadia (last seen hangin’ with Digitalism) as well as our local-dwelling buddies Alpine (last seen selling out their Villages tour) and Lanie Lane (last seen keepin’ it real with Mr Jack White).

If you’d like to catch up with them too, you are most certainly welcome to. Here’s where + when they’ll be playing at Splendour:

Saturday, July 30
GW McLennan Tent
11am – Lanie Lane
4pm – Sparkadia

Sunday, July 31
Amphitheatre
11am – Alpine
3.30pm – Cloud Control

If we don’t lose our phones / gumboots / will to survive, we might even throw down a few tweets if you’d like to see a bit of what they all get up to, up there (or down there if you’re from a more northerly part of the country / world / solar system).

Lanie Lane

Lanie Lane Records With Jack White

Latest Ivy League Records signing Lanie Lane has recently returned from Nashville, Tennessee where she recorded two tracks with Jack White. The songs are to be released on 7” as part of the Blue Series, an initiative of White’s Third Man Records that sees White produce songs in the Third Man Studio then make them available on vinyl and through iTunes on his label.

Lanie Lane’s Blue Series single will be available on August 23, and will feature two diversely different tracks, a fuzz bass sassed stomp number, ‘Ain’t Hungry’ and a wailing waltzing lament to withheld love, ‘My Man’.

Says Lane of the experience working with Jack White:

“It was an honour to be asked by Jack to record with him at Third Man. I was so inspired by the whole process and by how raw and instinctively everything happened. I got so much out of the experience and I’m very proud of the end result.”

‘Ain’t Hungry’ will hit radio in Australia on August 8. In the meantime, catch the beguiling Lanie Lane this weekend at the Splendour In The Grass festival, where she’ll be opening the GW McLennan Tent at 11am on Saturday July 30.

Lanie Lane will release her debut album in October on Ivy League Records and for more news on this, as well as the chance to be the first to hear about an upcoming exclusive tour, head to her website to sign up to her mailing list: www.lanielane.net.

Deep Sea Arcade

July 14, 2011

Deep Sea Arcade To Support Modest Mouse

After sunning themselves on the shores of Brighton Beach at the UK’s Great Escape Festival and supping on sangria at Barcelona’s Primavera Festival, new signings Deep Sea Arcade have just been announced as the support for Modest Mouse‘s upcoming Australian dates. Catch them in Melbourne and Sydney. Well, only Sydney, unless you already have a ticket to the Melbourne shows – they’re both sold out already.

Thurs 21 July – Prince Bandroom, MELBOURNE (SOLD OUT)
Mon 25 July – Enmore Theatre, SYDNEY
Wed 27 July – Prince Bandroom, MELBOURNE (SOLD OUT)

No One Wants A Lover video

July 8, 2011

Watch Josh Pyke’s New Clip!

You’ve learned all the words to the song, now you can sing-a-long with visual accompaniment! The talented team at Moop Jaw recently put together the colourful clip for Josh’s new single No One Wants A Lover and we’re very happy to share it with you now! Watch it here.

Sparkadia Mary tour

July 1, 2011

Sparkadia Announce ‘Mary’ Tour

Following their sold-out THE GREAT IMPRESSION album tour, Sparkadia are very pleased to announce they’ll be returning to our shores this September for the huge MARY tour.

Laden with epic choruses and more hooks than a squid lure, MARY sees Sparkadia frontman Alex Burnett step into gospel robes and pump out a pentecostal powerhouse that would fit well in the church halls of the deep south.

If you’ve been lucky enough to catch Sparkadia on the road, you’ll know what a highlight MARY is in the set. If you’ve heard THE GREAT IMPRESSION, you’ll know what a highlight MARY is on the album. If you haven’t seen or heard either, well…let’s just say you’re in for an experience. TICKETS ON SALE JULY 8!

SPARKADIA ‘MARY’ TOUR

Thu 1 Sep        Settlers Tavern, Margret River WA
(08) 9757 239 or Heatseeker: www.heatseeker.com.au, Moshtix: 1300 438 849, www.moshtix.com.au

Fri 2 Sep          Prince of Wales, Bunbury WA
Heatseeker: www.heatseeker.com.au, Oztix: 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au

Sat 3 Sep         The Astor Theatre, Perth WA
Bocs: www.bocsticketing.com.au

Wed 7 Sep       Entrance Leagues, Central Coast NSW
Venue: 02 4334 3233 or Oztix: 1300 762 545, www.ozitx.com.au

Thu 8 Sep        Metro Theatre, Sydney NSW
Ticketek: 132 849, www.ticketek.com.au

Fri 9 Sep          Zierholz at UC (University of Canberra) ACT
Ticketek: 132 849, www.ticketek.com.au

Sat 10 Sep       Waves, Wollongong NSW
Venue: available from bottleshop, Moshtix:  1300 GET TIX (438 849); www.moshtix.com.au

Sun 11 Sep      Panthers, Penrith NSW
Venue: 1800 061 991 Proticket:www.proticket.com.au

Wed 14 Sep     Bended Elbow, Ballarat Vic
Venue: (03)5332 1811 or Oztix: 1300 762 545; www.ozitx.com.au

Thu 15 Sep      Bended Elbow, Geelong Vic
Venue: (03) 5229 4477 or Oztix: 1300 762 545; www.ozitx.com.au

Fri 16 Sep         The Forum, Melbourne Vic
Ticketmaster: 1300 111 011, www.ticketmaster.com.au

Sat 17 Sep       The Tivoli, Brisbane Qld
Ticketek: 132 849, www.ticketek.com.au

Sun 18 Sep      Coolangatta Hotel, Coolangatta Qld
Venue or Oztix: 1300 762 545, www.oztix.com.au

Red Riders

June 21, 2011

RRIP: A Fitting Farewell To Red Riders

On the weekend just past I saw the Red Riders play their final show, and it was one of the most genuinely exciting and joyous nights of music I can remember for a long time. What could have been a sad occasion was in fact a celebration of Red Riders’ eight year career, with them playing to a room full of people who all felt the same way – that this was their band, everyone’s band, and what a pleasure it was to be a part of. Like everyone else watching the show, Red Riders have been one my favourite groups, who also just so happened to put out their records with Ivy League. That very agreeable arrangement encapsulated, for me, that rare utopian coming together of fandom and business that made us want to start a record label in the first place – you get to release records by bands who you really love.

I’ve spent the day after their last show playing all of their releases in chronological order, from the “pink horse” EP right through to ‘Drown In Colour’, and in doing so have compressed all of the pleasure I’ve got out of listening to their music down through the years into one short, sharp blast down memory lane.

Memory Lane was in fact, for me, Portobello Road in London around 2003. That was where I first heard Red Riders as I walked along that famed promenade with Andy Cassell. Myself, Andy and Pete were living high on the hog at the time, poncing about the globe on account The Vines and Jet enjoying some commercial success thanks to some well placed iPod commercials, insanity, booze, and naturally, some very good songs. Oh, how quaint those days seem now.

As usual it was Andy C who had the demos – he was always the one with his nose in front. They were, he explained, from a newly formed band of Sydneysiders who had, like every second band at the time, sold out their second show at the Hopetoun, and were quite the talk of the town. Although we did actually have the internet and even emails even back then, these kinds of tales still held some kind of magical allure when relayed across to the other side of the world from your home town, and a combination of homesickness and Missing Out Disease invariably reared its head, pricking up one’s ears.

As Andy handed me his iPod he said something like “This sounds a bit like The Jam”. Two minutes later having listened to “Slide in Next To Me” it was fair to say that it sounded almost exactly like ‘Start’ by The Jam. Somehow though, that was actually okay. It was clear that the band could have no idea that such a song ever existed, because no-one would ever attempt such a brazen recreation if they had any prior knowledge of the song that inspired it. Similarly “The Sun Don’t Seem To Come Up” was “Let’s Spend The Night Together”, so at least they had impeccable influences, even when they had no idea they had influences.

That was the essence of what made me come to like the Red Riders so much as I listened to those demos over and over. Their unbridled excitement and naivety jumped out from every song. Their enthusiasm for what they were doing, and the fact that you felt that they were in the middle of discovering something unbelievably exciting within their own little group was incredibly refreshing. More than that though, they had great songs. There seemed to be a never-ending supply of them coming out in that rare and completely exhilarating surge that happens at the very beginning of a bands formation when everything clicks and they can barely keep up with their own ideas. In Al and Adrian, they had two distinct song writers and personalities, and in a tale that has been told a thousand times by other reminiscing fools like me, when they came together those differences served to make the resultant songs better than they would have been if just one hand had been involved. Whereas Adrian knew the names of chords, could actually play scales and even knew what effects pedals actually did, Al’s style was rawer and more instinctual, his songs a series of stuttering, slashed chords and yelped vocals. The mix of Adrian’s more measured approach to Al’s heart-on-sleeve style lifted the songs way above what they would have been if served up without the input of their counterpart. A vocal harmony from Al on one of Adrian’s songs would add some grit, a melodic guitar line from Adrian on an Al track would give it focus without taking away any of its original energy.

The rhythm section of Matt on bass and Tom on drums was a strange mix of precision and borderline sloppiness that I still find intriguing in the best possible way. The way they played together almost exactly mirrored the yin and yang of Al and Adrian’s song writing. I guess Red Riders had that thing that some people in bands get to experience once in their life if they’re really lucky – “chemistry” as Mondo Rock put it. For whatever reason, the combination of those four people coming together at that particular time just had a particular something, that couldn’t be forced. Hey, I’m not saying they were The Beatles, and thank God Alex played that skiffle set at the local fete when Adrian turned up, but it was pretty great.

I was so enamoured the first time I got to see the band play at Spectrum. That chemistry was blindingly obvious, and wherever the venue and whatever the situation in those early days, they just had so much spunk and spirit, but most importantly again, those songs. I remember the first time I heard them play “What They Say About Us” one night at the Newtown RSL I considered my wig well and truly flipped. It felt like it took forever to convince them to sign with us (I can’t actually remember how long it was now) the result being that we were able to have a traditional, Victorian-era style courting period that’s rarely seen in today’s bit- torrent version of label/band “romance.” The advantage of that in the long term was finding out that they truly are four (plus Brad equals five) of the nicest, most genuine people you could ever hope to meet. Everything was always easy, even if it involved difficult decisions because they are such gentlemen.

I could go on to recount every little twist and turn of the past eight years, but everyone who loves the band will have their own memories, favourite shows and late night recollections, and mine are just part of a much bigger collection. To me the Red Riders were a club that the band invited you to join with no door policy – everyone was welcome. They wrote fantastic songs, made great records, played some of the most exhilarating shows I’ve seen, and remained true to themselves for the whole time. Watching them play their last show, it felt like they were doing the right thing in saying goodbye while they were still in their prime. To hear those songs one last time felt like a genuine privilege. Bands aren’t supposed to last forever, and the Red Riders chose to go out in style, while they were still great, young and handsome. I even love the way they broke up.

By Andy Kelly

Side note: When we heard Red Riders were breaking up, we got all nostalgic and started listening to their tracks again. We found so many rare gems + interesting demos (see My Love Is Stronger Than Your Love) that we had a chat with the band + came up with 20 of our faves to put up on iTunes so you could all hear them too. R.R.I.P – Demos and Rare Tracks is available now.

Josh Pyke

June 20, 2011

Josh Pyke’s New Single Out Now!

In what might be considered ‘news of the day’, Josh Pyke’s brand spanking new single No One Wants A Lover is available now on iTunes. Grab it here + now and add some handclaps to your week. The track is lifted from JP’s third album Only Sparrows which we’ll be releasing on August 19. Excited? Listen to No One Wants A Lover and you will be!

Lanie Lane

June 2, 2011

Lanie Lane Joins The League!

We’re thrilled to pieces to announce that Sydney songstress Lanie Lane has joined the family. Adding sass to the smoky, sultry sounds of a bygone era, Lanie (pronounced “Lannie”) is an undeniable talent who draws on the past and plants it very firmly in the here and now.

The past 12 months have seen Lanie wing her way up from playing tiny venues to gracing magazine covers, and the ride is only set to continue as she gears up to release her debut album later this year.

Having just returned from the US and the UK where she wowed audiences and won new fans in New York, LA and London, Lanie is about to hit the road on a huge national tour with Clare Bowditch in June before playing Splendour in the Grass and supporting Fitz & The Tantrums on their Splendour sideshows.

LOTS MORE ON LANIE SOON! In the meantime, head on over to her site: lanielane.net

Josh Pyke in the studio

June 1, 2011

Josh Pyke Announces New Album

We’re very pleased indeed to let you know that Josh Pyke will release his third album Only Sparrows on August 19, 2011. The first single from the album No One Wants A Lover will hit airwaves on June 20 before Josh embarks on the very special Fans First tour.

Only Sparrows will be Josh’s third album and follows on from his Gold selling ARIA award winning albums Memories & Dust (2007) and Chimney’s Afire (2008).

Recorded with Wayne Connolly, it promises some of Josh’s finest work yet – but more on that very, very soon. For a sneak peek, head to www.joshpyke.com for a special message from Josh himself.

Following a year off the road, Josh will return with the Fans First tour, a small run of intimate acoustic shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne where he will play some of his new songs live for the very first time. Unfortunately all shows HAVE SOLD OUT! Lucky you if you’ve got a ticket.

JOSH PYKE – ‘FANS FIRST’ TOUR with special guest Jackson McLaren

Thu 23 June – Goodgod Small Club, Sydney, NSW
Fri 24 June – Beetle Bar, Brisbane, QLD
Thu 30 June – Grace Emily, Adelaide, SA
Fri 1 July – Grace Darling, Melbourne, VIC

April 20, 2011

Deep Sea Arcade Set Sail For The UK + Spain

Deep Sea Arcade are throwing up the sails and plotting a course for the UK and Spain this May. The band is set to play The Great Escape Festival in Brighton before jetting to Barcelona where they’ll fly the flag (figuratively speaking) as the only Australian band performing at the Primavera Sound festival. They join the likes of Pulp, PJ Harvey and The Flaming Lips on one pretty amazing festival bill.

Deep Sea Arcade will also release a special 7” of their single Lonely In Your Arms on London based indie record label New Music Club and play shows in London, Manchester and Liverpool. The band has already started to make waves in the UK, with influential BBC1 DJ Zane Lowe playing ‘Lonely In Your Arms’ on his show and including the band as his ‘Next Hype’ pick.

The track was mixed by Dan Grech-Marguerat (who has worked with Radiohead, Beck, Air and most recently The Vaccines) and conjures pure ’60s girl-group emotion with trebly surf-rock guitars and harmony heavy, reverb soaked vocals to match. Watch the video, made by DSA’s Nic McKenzie, now.

The 7” will be Deep Sea Arcade’s first UK release, and comes ahead of the release of their debut mini LP in Australia which will be unleashed later this year.

Before they leave our shores, Deep Sea Arcade are very much looking forward to supporting the inimitable Megan Washington at her sold out shows in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Hobart.

Washington Shows:
Wed 27 April Wrest Point, Sandy Bay, TAS
Thur 28 April Ormand Hall, Melbourne, VIC
Fri 29 April The Forum, Melbourne, VIC
Tues 3 May Old Museum, Brisbane, QLD
Wed 4 May The Tivoli, Fortitude Valley, QLD
Thur 5 May The Metro, Sydney, NSW

UK/Spain Shows:
Thu 12 May Komedia, Brighton, UK
Sun 15 May Old Queen’s Head London, UK
Mon 16 May The Social London, UK
Thu 19 May The Castle Hotel Manchester, UK
Fri 20 May Sound City Liverpool, UK
Sat 21 May Screenadelica Liverpool, UK
Weds 25 May Charada Madrid, SPAIN
Sat 28 May Primavera Sound festival, Barcelona, SPAIN

April 15, 2011

Ivy League’s Splendour Takedown!

Get your game faces on and battle weapons at the ready – tickets to this year’s Splendour in the Grass festival go on sale May 5. The line-up is mighty fine, with Ivy League faves Pulp, The Kills, The Hives, Kanye West and a whole lot of superstars coming to town to party. And guess what? Three members of Team Ivy will also be lining up to take the field. Cloud Control, Sparkadia and Alpine will all be heading up to Woodford to rep hard. We expect home runs, hotdogs + hopefully some fireworks. Get ready!

April 5, 2011

Bliss Re-Released

We lost the plot a little the other week when we saw Cloud Control play huge sold out shows in Melbourne and Sydney. Singalongs, shoulder rides and shimmering sounds were in abundance, and we bid a teary farewell to Al, Heidi, Jeremy + Ulrich as they jumped on a jet plane and headed to the UK where they’ll be based for a while.

The past 12 months have been amazing for the band – they won the Australian Music Prize, AIR Awards and SMAC Awards and scored nominations galore for their debut album Bliss Release. To celebrate, we’ve just released a deluxe edition of the award-winning album which features a bonus disc of b-sides as well as remixes by the likes of Seekae, Djanimals, SPOD and Fishing. It’s available now from iTunes for the bargain price of $13.99 or $14.99 from JB HiFi. Sweet deal!

March 30, 2011

Sparkadia Debut At #8 On The ARIA Chart

A tremendously heartfelt congratulations goes out to Sparkadia. Their new album ‘The Great Impression’ debuted at #8 on the ARIA Chart this week.

Word came through shortly before the band stepped out on stage to a sold out and incredibly excited audience at Melbourne’s Hi Fi Bar on Friday night, needless to say the performance that followed is one that will go down in the journals of awesome!

The good news comes off the back of some truly spectacular action of late, with ‘The Great Impression’ scoring Triple J’s Feature album last week, Drum Media hailing it CD Of The Week, not to mention 4 Star reviews from the likes of the Daily Telegraph and some truly spectacular TV performances of the bona fide hit ‘China’ on Sunrise and the Adam Hills show on ABC1.

We’re delightfully proud to see such a brilliant record get the attention it deserves.

Don’t forget the band are currently touring the country, so make sure you don’t miss out.

March 25, 2011

Cloud Control Win The AMP!

We’re absolutely thrilled to announce that Cloud Control have won the 6th Australian Music Prize (AMP) for their debut album Bliss Release. It’s the second AMP won by an Ivy League artist – The Mess Hall took out the prize + giant novelty cheque for their record ‘Devils Elbow’ in 2007.

Cloud Control, currently touring Europe, had this to say about their AMP win:

“We woke up on the other side of the world this morning hearing that we’d won the award. At the time, Heidi and Al were on their way to Paris for promo duties, so we actually haven’t had a chance to collectively take it all in. We see them on Friday in Belfast, so the Guinness celebrations will be in order. It is amazing news and to win an award that acknowledges artistic merit is truly a special thing.

“We’d like to spin a few thanks to the great team around us: Umbrella, Ivy League Records, Artist Voice and Ivy League Music/Mushroom Publishing. Liam Judson who produced the record, Dan Zilber from Fbi radio for playing our first song, Australia Council & Sounds Australia for grants, Scott Murphy, the patrons and sponsors of the AMP Award and to all the talented acts that entered this year, it is great to be amongst a bunch of bands that we admire; Australian music is in a really great place right now that’s for sure. And a big mention to all to our wonderful family and friends for their continual support. We’ll now pay back all the money you have lent us – ha!

“Finally, thanks to everyone who has bought our record & come to our gigs. It is an amazing privilege to do what we do, so thank you all for supporting us and allowing us to do what we love.”

Ulrich Lenffer & Jeremy Kelshaw on behalf of Cloud Control

Now it’s really just a battle to see who can come up with the best headline to announce the win. So far the Sydney Morning Herald (Clouds part for Mountain rockers) and the Daily Telegraph (Cloud Control on cloud nine after music prize win) are in the lead, with The Australian not too far behind (Australian band Cloud Control reigns on $30k music prize).

February 10, 2011

Deep Sea Arcade Join The League!

We’re thrilled to bits to announce the enlistment of Sydney’s most fabulous new recruits Deep Sea Arcade. The five-piece join our ranks on the cusp of on an east coast co-headline with New Zealand’s awesome Surf City and are putting the final tweaks on their long awaited and much anticipated debut mini-album due for release in late April.

Deep Sea Arcade will also be supporting Megan Washington’s just announced ‘Tour of Laughter & Forgetting’ happening across the country in April/May.