WE HAVE MOVED

Yes the rumours are true, 78 Records have relocated! After 16 years of great memories we have said goodbye to the once 3 story shop at 914 Hay St. We have taken the 42 years of service, knowledge and support of alternative & independent music to- Upstairs at 255 Murray St Mall (above Cotton On & Nespresso) All the contact details and friendly faces* are the same!

RECORD PLAYERS

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This professional stereo turntable features a high-torque direct-drive motor for quick start-ups and a USB output that connects directly to your computer. Other features include: forward and reverse play capability; cast aluminum platter with slip mat and a start/stop button; three speeds 33/45/78; selectable high-accuracy quartz-controlled pitch lock and pitch change slider control with +/-10% or +/-20% adjustment ranges; and removable hinged dust cover. A selectable internal stereo phono pre-amplifier allows the turntable to plug directly to components with no dedicated turntable input. A USB cable and adapter cables are included along with Mac- and PC-compatible Audacity software to digitize your LPs.

AT-LP120-USB Direct-Drive Professional Turntable
- USB output—connects directly to your computer for plug & play use
- Mac and PC compatible Audacity software digitizes your LPs
- Direct drive high-torque motor
- Selectable 33/45/78 RPM speeds
- Professional cast aluminum platter with slip mat
- ½-inch mount universal headshell with Dual Magnet phono cartridge
- Balanced tone arm with soft damping control
- Switchable built-in pre-amplifier with line-level RCA output cables
- Included cables connect to your stereo or powered speakers
- Stroboscopic platter speed indicator
- Forward and reverse play


Includes
- Direct Drive Professional Stereo USB turntable
- Mac and PC compatible Audacity software
- USB cable
- Adapter cables

NICK CAVE AND THE BAD SEEDS

nickcave.jpg Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds release their 15th studio album: Push the Sky Away will be released February 15 on CD and LP.

Push the Sky Away is, according to a release, the most "subtly beautiful" of all the Bad Seeds' albums. It was produced by Nick Launay and recorded at La Fabrique, a studio ensconsed within a 19th century mansion in south France. "Well, if I were to use that threadbare metaphor of albums being like children, then Push the Sky Away is the ghost-baby in the incubator and Warren's [Ellis] loops are its tiny, trembling heart-beat," wrote Cave.

They play Red Hill Auditorium Wednesday, March 6th. Tickets available in store.

BILL FAY

billfay.jpg Success in songwriting is as much a lottery as a measure of true quality.

Some writers instantly catch the zeitgeist, and become household names; others, like Nick Drake and Bill Fay, struggle for exposure, only finding their audience years later. Bill Fay made a couple of ambitious but overlooked albums on the cusp of the 1970s, then drifted into obscurity, his cult status gradually rising along with their eBay price, and the esteem of fans like Nick Cave and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco. But it's Bill's time now: with the wonderful Life Is People, Fay has finally created the masterpiece that will secure his reputation and, hopefully, his future.

It's not a young person's album, Fay no longer being young; though even when he was, his eye was always drawn to the shady side of the street. But there's no reason why anyone who bought a Leonard Cohen album shouldn't appreciate Life Is People: it's as if the accumulated wisdom and compassion of a lifetime has been condensed into a dozen beautiful, heartwrenching songs. And while there are devastating moments of quiet emotional turmoil, it's an experience from which one emerges more positive and hopeful and generous towards one's fellow fallible humans.

It opens strongly with "There Is a Valley", a tableaux of landscapes stained with bloodshed, leading eventually to Jerusalem, where Christ's stigmata represent the memories of all atrocities. "Big Painter" – a metaphor for God – and "City of Dreams" find Fay a fretful outcast from society's brash media fantasies, the arrangements of vibes, organ and delicate guitar tracery establishing a static, ominous mood. "Be at Peace with Yourself" is a sibling-song to Fay's earlier "Be Not So Fearful", while "The Coast No Man Can Tell" offers the fondest of sad farewells to a dying friend.

But "The Healing Day" is the knockout punch here, an anticipation of eventual redemption which, thanks to Fay's characteristically undemonstrative, modest delivery, offers an overwhelming hit of compassion stripped of the kind of bombast that usually attaches to such anthems. Truly, the album of a lifetime.

Dayvid's album of the year 2012

HEADPHONES

p2.jpg A journey, however long, always goes much quicker when you got your buds along. When the lads from WA-based AUDIOFLY popped into 78s, they brought all of them! These HEADPHONES bring a truely surprising clarity and warmth to your music not generally found in bud-style headphones at these prices. And just check out the designs! They are really amazing pieces of art and solid contruction; influcened by objects ranging from classic Les Paul guitars, old phonograph radios to the classic blue jeans! Prices range from $30 to $200. Most designs come with a mic option for use with your smartphone! Come in and have a look - you will love them!

SASKWATCH

377567912-1.jpg The opening track of Saskwatch’s debut album Leave It All Behind, has to be one of the coolest to be heard in a long time. The Delinquent instantly brings to mind a James Bond-esque montage, complete with armed tuxedoed men flying through the air over cars and bedding women like there’s no tomorrow. The following tracks swap the action-packed guitars for a soul-drenched feel and the powerful voice of Nkechi Anele, providing a beat for the Bond girls to swill their martinis and avoid misogynists to. Anele’s vocals are a welcome change to the whispery female tones that have been the trend of late, the only potential fault being that her voice may be too powerful, as there isn’t a whole lot of light and shade on the album. There’s even an instrumental cover of the Robbie and Kylie’s ‘90s song Kids, and it’s testament to their talents that the track sounds 100% more kickass than the original. The record also includes a version of Little Red’s Cocoa Cola which gives the original a run for its money. For fans of Alabama Shakes and The Bamboos, Leave It All Behind is best served with a whisky in the hand and an ability to swing ya groove thang.

BOOGIE! COMPILATION

373508_210581819070870_782581086_n.jpg As the title suggests, 'Boogie' is a double CD celebration of the blues-based rock sounds that dominated Australian music in the early 70's and onwards. It features many of the all-time biggest names in Australian rock, including Billy Thorpe & the Aztecs, Chain, Cold Chisel, Daddy Cool, Skyhooks, Rose Tattoo, The Angels, Lobby Loyde & the Coloured Balls, Renee Geyer and Max Merritt & the Meteors. Compiled by David Laing, the 44-track collection features original cover art by Ian McCausland and in-depth liner notes by renowned Australian rock critic Jen Jewel Brown.

CD 1
1. Chain: Black And Blue
2. Blackfeather: Boppin’ The Blues
3. Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs: C.C. Rider
4. Band Of Light: The Destiny Song
5. Spectrum: I’ll Be Gone
6. La De Das: Gonna See My Baby Tonight
7. Stevie Wright: Guitar Band
8. Rose Tattoo: Bad Boy For Love
9. Buster Brown: Something To Say
10. Coloured Balls: Flash
11. Kahvas Jute: She’s So Hard To Shake
12. Masters Apprentices: I’m Your Satisfier
13. Buffalo: Sunrise (Come My Way)
14. Madder Lake: 12lb Toothbrush
15. Wendy Saddington And The Copperwine: Backlash Blues
16. Friends: Bird On A Wire
17. Indelible Murtceps: Esmeralda
18. Captain Matchbox Whoopee Band: Your Feets Too Big
19. Renée Geyer: Dust My Blues
20. Cold Chisel: Home And Broken Hearted
21. Ariel: Worm-Turning Blues
22. Daddy Cool: Daddy Rocks Off

CD 2
1. Matt Taylor: I Remember When I Was Young
2. La De Das: Too Pooped To Pop
3. Cold Chisel: Goodbye (Astrid, Goodbye)
4. The Dingoes: Come On Down
5. Madder Lake: Booze Blues
6. Sid Rumpo: Breaking My Back
7. Thump’n Pig & Puff’n Billy: Captain Straightman
8. Kevin Borich Express: I’m Going Somewhere
9. Buffalo: Lucky
10. Ted Mulry Gang: Darktown Strutters Ball
11. The Angels: Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again
12. Lobby Loyde & The Coloured Balls: Mama Loves To
13. Billy Thorpe & The Aztecs: Most People I Know Think That I’m Crazy
14. The Ferrets: Janie May
15. Skyhooks: Saturday Night
16. Martin Armiger: I Love My Car (From Pure S...)
17. The Sports: You Ain’t Home Yet
18. Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons: Ain’t Got No Money
19. Daddy Cool: Hi Honey Ho (Live at Sunbury '74)
20. Max Merritt & The Meteors: Fannie Mae
21. Chain: Gertrude Street Blues
22. Carson: Boogie (Part One)

ARCHERS OF LOAF - THEY'RE BACK MANN

archersveevee.jpg Merge records are rereleasing the entire seminal Chapel Hill indie-rockers Archers of Loaf's back catalogue. First was Icky Mettle, now it's time for Vee Vee rereleased as a double CD and LP.

Remastered by Bob Weston and featuring new liner notes by MAGNET magazine editor Eric Miller, physical copies of Vee Vee will include sixteen bonus tracks and new cover art re-imagined by graphic artist Jay Ryan. Reissues of All the Nation’s Airports and White Trash Heroes will follow later in 2012.

The first full-length produced by Bob Weston, Vee Vee was a slight departure from the previous bombastic noisepop that characterized Archers of Loaf’s previous work, and it proved that the band wasn’t just a flash in the pan. The album became their best-selling album to date and landed them on the covers of most fanzines and at the top of college radio charts across the country. “Harnessed in Slums” and “Greatest of All Time” became anthems of the underground and led to successful tours with the Flaming Lips and Weezer.

I don't need to say any more about this album other than that it is still as relevent and impressive as it was back when it was first released.. back whenever the 90s were.

RECORD REVIRGINIZER

bottle.jpg Record Revirginizer, the record restoring solution is here! Now in store and exclusive to us only is the all new Australian innovation that will allow you to listen to you LP’s, 7”s and anything in-between’s, without the pops, crackles and background noises.

Cary Stoddard the man behind Record Revirginizer has long been involved in the audio industry and in recent years has been looking into alternative ways of thoroughly cleaning vinyl records.
Whilst studying law at JCU in North Queensland, Stoddard developed Record Revirginizer and with awards and an appearance on ABC’s the New Inventors the product is now on shelves and ready to restore.

According to Stoddard, particles of mould, dust, oil, skin and smoke rest on the surface of your vinyl and when played, heat from stylus friction causes the particles to become sticky and are eventually deposited deep within the record grooves causing the disturbances.

The unique formula of Record Revirginizer is designed to combat this by firstly being poured onto the record and then massaged into its surface. Once the liquid has been left to set, the film can be easily peeled off, pulling out and removing all of the impurities, without leaving any residue behind.

For $50.00 you can clean and restore up to 16 double-sided LP’s and for evidence of its brilliance visit recordrevirginizer.com for more information on how it works, including audio samples and pictures.

78'S INSTORE PICTURE GALLERY

bobevans.jpg Whether it's an international, Australian or local artist, 78 Records always loves a good instore. We've recently had performances from Birds of Tokyo, Behind Crimson Eyes, Little Birdy, Okkervil River, Eskimo Joe, Bob Evans, The Sleepy Jackson and Snowman.

Click on Gallery to check out our photos from all of the above shows plus many, many other past live performances.

FRIENDS FOREVER

nerds.jpg That's right kids, 78 Records are also futuristic-techno-wizards, so join us in the new friend finding program, the internet.

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THE BLUES SECTION FROM HEAVEN

JuniorWells.jpg 78 Records has always been associated with good blues music. One of the reasons we opened was so that we could import rare blues albums for personal use.

We still carry a huge range of blues music. From the primitive sounds of the 20's, the country blues of the 30's, the early electric sounds of the 40's, the awesome Chess recordings of the 50's through to the twin revivals of country blues and white blues of the 60's. From there the music seemed to go down a myriad of paths, some merging with other musics, all adding to the varied and healthy blues scene we have today.

The pictured CD contains what is arguably the first electric blues release recorded as a complete album, in September 1965. (What were you doing then?) Prior to this, blues albums were simply collections of singles and their B-sides.

This album features Buddy Guy and Junior Wells at their blues peak with incredibly moving playing. A very influential album, it showcases the sparks that fly when Buddy Guy and Junior Wells got together to play their own brand of tight, tough soulful blues music.

To put it simply, "it's a killer".

Remember, if it's blues you want, 78's is where to get it!

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tickets.jpg We are an OZTIX AND HEATSEEKER outlet. Tickets can be purchased instore!

PLEASE NOTE:There is a 3% surcharge for Credit Card and we do not accept American Express or Diners for ticket purchases.


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LOCAL MUSIC FEATURE

images.jpeg Drowning Horse - self titled

The Drowning Horse build up has burst and is readily revealing itself, through Perth’s Heartless Robot label. Available only on vinyl, the self titled debut album is a double LP bearing a wall of doom metal sound that passes through the body at the same pace as wet cement would dry, dense and crushing. Featuring numerous members with punk backgrounds, the lads have remained faithful to the rudiments of heavy music with waves of downtuned guitar fuzz, slamming cymbals and a tortured roar provided by Kim McConchie. Getting supports for international acts like Boris and Russian Circles and appearing amongst an all-star line up at the acclaimed In The Pines Festival this year, Drowning Horse provides over an hour of soul crushing drones and relentless rhythms, recommended for those who like it heavy!

GIFT VOUCHERS

peter_andre.jpg Wanna get close to that mysterious girl? Then click here to purchase a 78 Records Gift Voucher. They make the best present ever!

DVD FEATURE

yearthatpunkbroke.jpg Sonic Youth The Year Punk Broke

Take a trip with Sonic Youth and Nirvana as they stumble through their 1991 European club & festival tour. Filmmaker Dave Markey puts on stage, off stage and backstage. Witness the boredom, the cynicism and rock harder than you may ever have rocked before. Featuring Dinosaur Jr., Babes in Toyland, The Ramones, Gumball and more punk rock.