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Here it is — the debut "solo" album from former Lucksmiths bassist Mark Monnone!
Since the break-up of The Lucksmiths in 2009, Mark has played bass on albums for Sally Seltmann, Geoffrey O’Connor, Bart & Friends and Still Flyin’ and has now stepped out as Monnone Alone, armed with a jangling, chiming guitar and a stockpile of straight shooting pop tunes.
Together At Last is a collection of ten of these tunes, recorded by Gary Olson of The Ladybug Transistor at his studio in Brooklyn. The album finds Monnone not so alone, working with members of Architecture in Helsinki, Your Wedding Night, Crystal Stilts and The Clean.
Here we see Mark getting a little boaty on first single 'The Business World'...
Together At Last is available on CD and vinyl LP in all good record stores the world over via Fuse/Darla/Kudos distribution, with our amici fantastici at Italian label We Were Never Being Boring doing their own special release. Also, look out for the cassette version soon on Neotomic Records of NYC!
Don't miss Monnone Alone at one of these launch shows:
Hobart — Fri, May 31 at The Grand Poobah
w/ The Anthony Rochesters + International Dragon + Brent McMullen
Melbourne — Sat, June 1 at The Tote
w/ The Harpoons + The Sublets + Tim Richmond
Canberra — Fri, June 7 at Smiths Alternative Bookshop
w/ Waterford + Mikey Shanahan
Mobile Cemetery is the mighty debut LP from Melbourne's Footy. If you're unfamiliar with this band, here's the scoop: Footy are Lewis and Paddy, two debonair knockabouts each with an electric piano, making mostly instrumental, largely improvised, minimally fancy, altogether beautiful music.
Footy are influenced equally by underground pop, the cerebral jazz of Bill Evans, Keith Jarrett and other ECM alumni, and the clean, driving Kraut-rock of Neu! and Cluster.
Mobile Cemetery was inspired by restless, meandering drives through the industrial fringe suburbs of Melbourne’s "mid-west". This is a nuanced and exploratory album, thematically cohesive and even "conceptual", highlighting the considered nature and breadth of ambition of this unique band.
Look for Footy's Mobile Cemetery on CD at your favourite Australian record store from Friday, May 3, or order from us right now! The vinyl LP should be in stock by late-May.
Footy launch Mobile Cemetery at Northcote Social Club on Sunday, May 12 with guests Pearls, Mad Nanna and The Backstabbers. Other interstate shows to be announced soon.
We proudly welcome Noah Symons AKA Great Earthquake to Rancho L&L for the release of his second album Mind Maps, due out on April 19.
Stretching the one-man-band approach a few kms beyond the knee-cymbal / kazoo-necklace variety, Great Earthquake layer up golden melodies on guitars, glockenspiels, piano accordions and voice, then toss in some sounds from the natural world, and send the whole thing cascading through a tribal spin cycle, resulting in a wild serotonin-inducing joyride.
Also to be found drumming with former Lucksmiths members in Last Leaves as well as with minimal punk-jazz duo Light Lions, Noah hails from the Dandenong Ranges, east of Melbourne, and Mind Maps was indeed recorded in an old shack in these very hills.
The video for the track 'Do.Make' beautifully evokes the imagery of these environs.
Mind Maps is available to pre-order from us right now and will be in Australian shops via Fuse distribution from April 19. Great Earthquake will play a special instore performance at Polyester Records (Melbourne City) at 5pm on this date with other tour dates to follow.