THREE THOUSAND CALENDER - DEMDIKE STARE
WEDNESDAY MARCH 13, 2013.
Demidke Stare are being billed as “audio-visual occultists”. Better than “pantomime gospel” if you ask me, but to each their own. In their only Melbourne performance, the UK duo of Miles Whittaker and Sean Canty will take over the Toff with a sinister sound and video collage incorporating ethno-influenced, post-industrial techno. Support on the night comes from Melbourne's Dead Boomers and Kane Ikin, and DJ sets by James Pianta of Roundtable and Votary Records.
PITCHFORK REVIEWS SAM AMIDON 'MY OLD FRIEND'
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 28, 2013.
Earlier this week, Sam Amidon coyly Tweeted, "Got some news for y'all", which turned out to be that the folk singer and frequent Nico Muhly collaborator was signing to Nonesuch. "My Old Friend," the first single from the forthcoming Bright Sunny South (out May 14) followed swiftly after the announcement, and it's a pristine "Thank you for the days" tune. The mix is sun-warmed with acoustic guitar, capo'd high to give it a twinkling quality, edged by small cirrus clouds of electric lead. Amidon's distinctively burring voice and oddly elongated phrasing has always given his music a faint hint of otherworldliness; it's not one he plays up here, but it is still present, and it is the fingerprint on his glowing, affectionate music.
HAYDEN CALNIN WINS TRIPLE J UNEARTHED SLOT FOR FALLS FESTIVAL VICTORIA + BIRDS OF TOKYO SUPPORT + HEADLINE SHOW AT THE TOFF IN TOWN
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2012.
It’s been a big year for Hayden Calnin - from placing runner up in both the Qantas SOYA music category and 2012 Catapult Song Contest to support slots for the likes of Matt Corby, Willy Mason, Gossling and a sold out Melbourne EP launch show. To wrap-up the year Calnin has won himself the coveted Triple J Unearthed spot to play at this year’s sold out Falls Festival in Lorne. Calnin will bring in the new year joining a line-up which includes the likes of The Flaming Lips, Beach House, Boy & Bear and Angus Stone to name a few.
Before 2012 ticks over into the new year Calnin will also be supporting Birds of Tokyo at their sold out Melbourne and Sydney shows on December 5 at and December 7 at Ormond Hall and The Annandale.
For his final headline show of 2012 Calnin has just announced he will be playing at Melbourne’s Toff In Town on Saturday, 22nd December with special guests. Tickets are now available for $12+BF at www.moshtix.com.au or $15 at the door if still available.
Hayden Calnin’s independent debut EP ‘City’, featuring his single at radio ‘For My Help’ is out now worldwide on iTunes.
“Like Matt Corby, The xx and Bon Iver all morphed into one man. Such a luxurious sound I wanted to lie on the floor and immerse myself in it…”
– Dom Alessio, Triple J
“Transfixing to watch.”
– Rachael Tinney, themusic.com.au
‘FOR MY HELP’ VIDEO:
LIVE “SUMMER” VIDEO BY LARGE NOISES:
Chapelier Fou = THE MAD HATTER
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29, 2012.
At 27, Chapelier Fou is not only an outstanding musical acrobat on stage; he is also a sonic alchemist able to create a new formula for each track with a rare intelligence to bewilder his audience thanks to his savoir-faire and obvious generosity.
He is the genial electronic fiddler and violin virtuoso, blending beats and glitch with classical instrumentation into a one man orchestra – 100% live onstage. Never before have we witnessed such a great balance between the genres. Under the stunningly fresh and powerfully catchy melodies, hides multiple-layers of beauty... the nature of which can only be grabbed when listened to closely.
On the classical side, his sensitivity, his catchy tunes and the choice of the violin as a central instrument recall altogether his elder brother Yann Tiersen and his fathers Gavin Bryars or Penguin Cafe Orchestra, or even his grand-father Stockhausen for the research on sounds.
It is obvious Chapelier Fou listened to those and even studied them when a student at the conservatory. Still, it would be absurd to stick to this simple comparison or to limit his electronic influence to Boards of Canada or Brian Eno for the ambient moments, Amon Tobin or Four Tet for the perfect rhythms, Animal Collective for the intuitive fiddlings and the cheek. Just like any exceptional composer, Louis Warynski has been able to integrate his influences to produce his own unique version.
See for yourself here:
And the press says....
''The five senses are transported to a world full of emotions by each track and note'' (LM)
''A unbelievable cleverness, sensitivity and freshness'' (Cultzine)
''A thousand and one electro arrangements, all perfect'' (SLR)
''Extravagant and refined music'' (L'humanité)
''Chapelier Fou has succeeded in creating an enchanting and colorful universe'' (Direct soir)
''The alchemy is deep, musical, melodic and never stumbles in the avant gardist'' (La voix du nord)
Dec 29th: Peats Ridge Festival, NSW,
Dec 30 – Jan 1st: Woodford Folk Festival, QLD.
Jan 3rd: Sol Bar, Sunshine Coast, QLD.
Jan 4th: Space Sessions @ Adelaide Festival Centre, SA
Jan 5th: The Toff In Town, Melbourne, VIC. Co Presents w/ Straight Up.
Jan 6th: The Vanguard, Sydney, NSW
Communion Sunday 23 September
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 21, 2012.
“Due to unforeseen circumstances, Grizzly Jim Lawrie will unfortunately not be able to play at Communion this Sunday the 23rd as planned. Whilst regretfully, he has had to cancel the show, he very much hopes to re-schedule with Communion as soon as possible. He knows that Ainslie Wills, Packwood, Hayden Calnin and Battleships will put on a great show and looks forward to playing with them in the future when the chance arises.” – Grizzly Jim Lawrie Management
Cookie Beer Lunch!
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2012.
THE JANE AUSTEN ARGUMENT – SEPTEMBER RESIDENCY AT THE TOFF IN TOWN
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 22, 2012.
The Jane Austen Argument are unleashing their unique mix of beguiling melodies, fierce wit
and soaring harmonies this September, with a month-long residency every Monday at The
Toff in Town.
After touring with punk-cabaret legends The Dresden Dolls, a triumphant Adelaide Fringe
Festival season and releasing their debut record 'Somewhere Under The Rainbow' to
widespread acclaim earlier this year, each week in September they will be joined by different
special guests as they unveil brand new material, as well as rearranged originals and
Throughout this residency, founding members Tom Dickins and Jen Kingwell will be moving
from acoustic duo sets in the first two weeks, to their extended band line-up
complementing the original musical powerhouse of keys, ukuleles and vocals in the following
weeks. The residency will finish up by joining forces with new Melbourne indie darlings,
The Jane Austen Argument are not exactly known for their predictability onstage, so expect
the outrageously unexpected as they up the ante each week – culminating in their Under The
Rainbow – Spectacular! Spectacular! theatrical tour de fucking force at this year’s Melbourne
SPECIAL GUESTS INCLUDE:
3 Sept: Caity Fowler (from Playwrite)
10 Sept: Will Cooper (from Dearly Wish)
17 Sept: Dearly Wish
24 Sept: Playwrite
TIX: $10.00+BF presale, $15/18 on the door
On sale from Moshtix - phone: 1300 GET TIX (438 849), or Moshtix outlets including
Polyester (Fitzroy & City).
Title: The Jane Austen Argument @ The Toff In Town
Performing artists: The Jane Austen Argument, supported by Caity Fowler, Will Cooper,
Dearly Wish and Playwrite
Date/time: Mondays in September, doors 7:30pm
Venue: The Toff In Town, 252 Swanston St, Melbourne
Facebook event page: http://bit.ly/TJAA-Toff
Ticket price: $10 + BF presale, $15/18 on the door
Tix from Moshtix: http://bitly.com/bundles/o_vqlv2jti9/2
The Triple R 2012 'Answer The Call' Radiothon
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 15, 2012.
The Toff are proud sponsors of 3RRR and we are excited to promote this years Radioathon! so answer the call! Free radio is not a gibbon!
PRESS RELEASE........ EARTH (Seattle)
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 08, 2012.
Due to over whelming popular demand, Seattle drone doom gods EARTH have announced a 2nd Melbourne show.
The show Earth will be presenting on Wednesday 12th of September at Toff in Town will be a vastly different affair to their show on Sunday 16th of September at the Corner Hotel, for one it’ll be presented in an intimate setting, for another, Earth will be delivering a completely different landscape of material.
Diverse terrain will be discovered, new adventures in sound will be uncovered.
So for all you hardcore Earth devotees, let it be said, tickets to both shows is a must.
Marco Fusinato will be supporting Earth at this show.
It’s been 23 years in the making, but the wait is over, Earth are finally landing on Australian and New Zealand soil this September.
See www.heathenskulls.com for details.
Tickets on sale via www.moshtix.com.au this Friday 10th of August
DON’T MISS OUT – strictly limited to 250!