Monday, August 1, 2016

The Reduction Agents - Reissue & Tribute Out Now

The Reduction Agents reissue - The Dance Reduction Agents - which was first released 10 years ago, is out today (LP/CD/Digital).  The Reduction Agents was the project of James Milne (Lawrence Arabia), Ryan McPhun (the Ruby Suns), Ben Eldridge and Jol Mulholland and was released on the same day as the first self-titled 'Lawrence Arabia' album.

The Reduction Agents music offset Milne's melodically beautiful songwriting (which would go on to make him a household name) with primal early 20-something machoism, drunken raucous energy and a smatter of "melodic screaming".

While The Reduction Agents were only active for a few years - their energetic live shows left an imprint in many a young musicians heart - so alongside the official reissue we are pleased to also announce a tribute album 'Waiting For Your Love' - with song for song covers by New Zealand artists including Liam Finn, Tiny Ruins, Princess Chelsea, The Ruby Suns and Samuel Flynn Scott (digital only + free). Full tracklisting:

Waiting For Your Love: A Tribute To The Reduction Agents

01 Princess Chelsea - Cold Glass Tube
02 The Eversons - 80s Celebration
03 The Beths - Mississippi Moonshine Girls
04 Jonathan Bree - Last Night's Love
05 indi - Freeways
06 Salad Boys - Urban Yard
07 Instant Fantasy - Sweet Ingredients
08 The Ruby Suns - Our Jukebox Run Is Over
09 Samuel Scott & Holly Beals - The Pool
10 Liam Finn - Waiting For Your Love
11 Scott Mannion - Couldn't Anymore
12 Tiny Ruins - Cabinets And Mountaintops

Some of the places you can find the album and tribute:

The Dance Reduction Agents (2016)
Lil' Chief webstore (LP/CD)
Lil' Chief Bandcamp (LP/CD/Digital)

Waiting For Your Love: A Tribute To The Reduction Agents

The Reduction Agents - Reissue & Tribute

In 2006 we released the Reduction Agents first and only album "The Dance Reduction Agents". It was special for many reasons, but mostly it was James Milne's (aka Lawrence Arabia's) first venture as a singer songwriter and the band were one of the most compelling live bands in Auckland at the time.

After 10 years we decided to give the stereo masters a bit of a remaster with the help of Edmund Cake and reissue it again (and on vinyl for the first time!)

We also asked fellow label mates and muso friends if they'd like to record a cover for some sort of tribute. The response was overwhelming so we actually put together a full album length tribute.

The reissue of "The Dance Reduction Agents" and its tribute album "Waiting For Your Love" will be released on the 12th of August.

To kick things off here is the first offering from the tribute album. A complete reimagining of "Our Jukebox Run Is Over" by The Ruby Suns. Fun fact, Ryan McPhun was also the drummer for the Reduction Agents.

We are also going to throw a release party at Golden Dawn on the 18th to celebrate.

Pre orders are available for the vinyl etc below

Lil' Chief Web Store

Lil' Chief Bandcamp


Tuesday, March 15, 2016

The Eversons - Loser

The Eversons have decided to release a music video for the song Loser from their first EP. It’s full of archival footage from their days of shredding and skateboarding in their beautiful hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.

Loser is a ‘90s slacker rock song from The Eversons EP and its video was slated for release in 2011 until tragedy struck- the sole hard drive containing the footage was damaged beyond repair... until now. While packing for London, the boys found a back-up hard drive further down the back of the couch than any of them had ever been and on arrival set to work cutting a bigger, better version of the lost video.

The new video for Loser is released along with its b-side ‘Fingerpops’, a cover of a song by classic ‘90s Flying Nun band Garageland.

Their second album ‘Stuck in New Zealand’ will be released mid 2016.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Jonathan Bree's Creepy Home Made Movie

Jonathan Bree has released an album length movie shot with a tube camera over at Lil' Chief Records HQ aka The Ghetto.

In an effort to try and get the kids interested Winston has lent his starpower to the film aswell.

It's not uncreepy.

A Little Night Music is available now on LP, CD or digitally.

Friday, October 23, 2015

Jonathan Bree's 'A Little Night Music' Released Today!

Jonathan Bree's second album 'A Little Night Music' is officially released today.

Featuring 'Weird Hardcore', 'Murder' and 'Once It Was Nice', Flood magazine accurately described it as sounding like 'Scott Walker in a Lynchian dream sequence'.

The new album has been influenced significantly by classical music, after inheriting some classical music on vinyl - a first time for Beatles-mad Bree who was always too busy listening to the White Album to bother with Tchaikovsky.

Thematically Bree has begun exploring interesting territory moving on from The Primrose Path and complaining about being 30 something.   On A Little Night Music, Bree addresses Drone strikes (Drones & Satellites), Feeling like a tool (Tear Your Face Off), NZ racism (Murder), and disliking narcissistic millennials (There is Sadness).

You can order 'A Little Night Music' on LP, CD or purchase it digitally on Bandcamp, Itunes, or its up on Soundcloud streaming.

Friday, October 9, 2015

Jonathan Bree releases new video for 'Murder' on eve of second album 'A Little Night Music'

Jonathan Bree's new music video for 'Murder' is out featuring a trio of confused peeps in a red room.

The track described by Bree as being about 'New Zealand Xenophobic Racism' is directed by Simon Ward and also features guest soprano Ella Smith who appears on quite a few tracks on upcoming album.

The track has been described by Flood Magazine as "sounding like Scott Walker in a Lynchian dream sequence."

Murder is taken from Bree's upcoming album ' A Little Night Music ' out October 23. You can pre-order the album on cd or vinyl here, or digitally here.  Preorder digitally now and you receive 'Once it Was Nice, Murder and Weird Hardcore' instantly.

Monday, August 3, 2015

The Eversons are Headin' Overseas - Japanese EP & Farewell Show

The Eversons have a whole bunch of news to share with you.

They just got back from a tour of Japan, their first overseas tour. With their first album available on a kool indie label over there they discovered they actually have a pretty good following in Japan.  For some often outrageous tour pictures head over to their Facebook page.

As part of the tour the Eversons released a Japanese-language EP by their alter ego, a fictional cartoon band called 'The Emilys'. You can download the EP for free / pay what you like over at bandcamp or soundcloud

Check out some of the very cool animated video clips from the ep - all in Japanese.

Incidentally - I'm Just A Ghost is a cover of california bedroom / garage musician and artist Joe Astle known as Boa Constrictors - his albums are all available for free and are worth checking out if you like the sound of a Daniel Johnston Beach Boys Pixies hybrid. 

And finally, the Eversons have announced that they're moving to London. They head off in about a week, so go and farewell them at their last New Zealand show this Friday at Portland Public House - also playing will be Lil' Chief band Voom!