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2019 END OF YEAR WRAP

December 7, 2019

Dear groovers

I hope 2019 saw everything go okay for you. My big musical achievements for the year were releasing my first live album King Hits And Goldfish Memories (LPs all solo out but available for download at my Bandcamp site at the bottom of this newsletter) and also seeing Mark Moldre’s excellent third solo album ‘Fever Dreams’ (which I produced and played on) get some great responses. Mark’s album is available HERE – and free postage Australia-wide for the month of December from Mark’s Bandcamp.

Thanks to all of you who came out to the King Hits And Goldfish Memories shows, I do greatly appreciate it. Reuben and I did a couple of radio things which included some decent live recordings as well as the usual chatting. 

We played on Paul Gough’s 1-2-3-4 podcast, two live songs and an expansive interview. You can listen to it HERE

Also did Vital Bits on RRR in Melbourne which you can listen to HERE

If you’re after some holiday listening please do a bit of shopping at one of my Bandcamp sites, I’m always happy to pack LPs and CDs into a mailbox.

The sites are:
JAMIE HUTCHINGS
THE TALL GRASS
INFINITY BROKE
BLUEBOTTLE KISS

I’m selling a handful of Bluebottle Kiss ‘Patient’ posters on the Bluebottle Kiss Bandcamp site, but they may be gone by the time this hits, but just so you know.

Writing songs and hopefully getting back to working on Infinity Broke material with Scott and Reuben (no Jared..sob…)
See you in 2020
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JH

AUSTRALIAN TOUR

October 7, 2019

Hello friends

Welcome to Rocktober.

KING HITS AND GOLDFISH MEMORIES LAST COPIES

The last handful, about half a dozen left. Single pressing, once they’re gone they’re gone etc etc don’t go pining on Ebay in two years time for $$$!

It’s a live vinyl LP that comes with a CD slipped inside it. Hand numbered and signed by the only performer on it. You can only buy them HERE

KING HITS AND GOLDFISH MEMORIES TOUR 
w/ special guest Mark Moldre

These shows start very soon, Mark Moldre in support. Reuben Wills will be playing double bass on a lot of the set and Mark and I will lend electric guitar duties to each other on a few songs. I’m looking forward to doing some of these in this trio format.
Some of these venues are very limited capacity so be sure to grab a presale ticket below.

PARRAMATTA Oct 15 Parramatta Lanes – Dirribarri Lane – Curated by Beatdisc Records
(Jamie solo) 6:55 pm to 7:35 pm Facebook Event
SYDNEY Oct 31 Camelot Lounge TICKETS
MELBOURNE Nov 2 Merri Creek Tavern TICKETS
ADELAIDE Nov 3 The Grace Emily TICKETS
BRISBANE Nov 8 Junk Bar TICKETS
LISMORE Nov 9 Dusty Attic Music Lounge TICKETS

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JH

King Hits & Goldfish Memories Tour Dates

September 1, 2019

Dear Friends
Springtime in Sydney is upon us. Here is my latest music news:

KING HITS AND GOLDFISH MEMORIES LP – LAST COPIES

Thanks to all of you who bought my limited live LP with the above title. Thanks for the feedback and posts regarding it as well, it’s pretty close to sold out. It’s the smallest vinyl pressing I’ve done so far and there won’t be another so if you’d like one, then grab one of the last copies HERE
Details on the tour to accompany are at the end of this email.

MARK MOLDRE ALBUM LAUNCH

Mark’s third solo album and his first in six years is being launched this Thursday in Sydney. It’s the only full band show we’re doing. The album is called Fever Dreams and has been getting some amazing press. It features a mini version of Infinity Broke as it’s backing band (Reuben Wills on double bass, Scott Hutchings on drums and myself on electric guitar, percussion, production and a couple of co-writes) plus Adam ‘the wizard’ on lap steel and banjo. It’s a great record, we have a crack at country, blues, jazz, psychedelic rock and even a bit of old school reggae on this one, all through a ramshackle Basement Tapes like filter. Details below –

Mark Moldre – Fever Dreams Album Launch
Thur Sept 5 @ The Sly Fox, Newtown 
Tickets
Facebook Event

JAMIE HUTCHINGS – KING HITS AND GOLDFISH MEMORIES TOUR W/ SPECIAL GUEST MARK MOLDRE

I’m taking my King Hits And Goldfish Memories album out on the road for a brief run of shows. Like the album, the tour will see me drawing on everything from late ’90’s Bluebottle Kiss through to last year’s Bedsit. Reuben Wills will be joining for some of the set on double bass as will Mark Moldre on a few songs as well. I’ll be returning the favour on a few of his for his opening set.

Thur Oct 31 Camelot Lounge SYDNEY Tickets
Sat Nov 2 Merri Creek Tavern MELBOURNE Tickets
Sun Nov 3 Grace Emily Hotel ADELAIDE Tickets
Fri Nov 8 The Junk Bar BRISBANE Tickets
Sat Nov 9 Dusty Attic Music Lounge LISMORE Tickets
See you soon

JH

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NEW LIVE ALBUM & TOUR

August 11, 2019

My new live LP King Hits And Goldfish Memories is now available for your listening and buying pleasure. I’ll paste the basic blurb at the end of this if you want to hear me blather a little more but in short…it was recorded live at The Camelot Lounge in Marrickville on November 1st 2018. Ten songs taken from two sets. It’s myself on mostly acoustic guitar and vocal, nobody else on stage to improve things. The track listing is:

Here Comes The Frost
So Slow
Invisible Coat
Monsoon
Ounce Of Your Cruelty
An Arm Wrestle With A Train
December Park
White Rider
Smother It In Honey
Above The Rain

I’ve also had my first ever solo t-shirt printed up, it’s a drawing by myself that appears on the back cover of the LP and it’s available as a special package either with the LP or in another package which includes the Bedsit LP. There are only 106 copies of this LP in existence and you get a CD of the album as well packed inside. As I type there’s around 25 or so left and only six t-shirts left. If you’d like to own one just head to BANDCAMP and I will mail one to you. All LPs are signed and numbered. Straight to you from me with much love and appreciation.

No release would be complete without a run of shows. As you can see by the track listing I’m covering all eras here, it’s also the last solo tour I’ll be doing for the foreseeable future as I concentrate on other musical stuff.

Would love to see you there, as a bonus I’m bringing along my good friend Mark Moldre as the support. Mark has just released his long awaited third solo album Fever Dreams. It’s a fantastic album and has had some great raves so far. I’m proud of my involvement in it’s production and guitaring. Reuben Wills played double bass on Mark’s album so he’ll be joining us and we’ll all be playing on each other’s songs. Fine fine times.

Here’s the details, grab a ticket in advance so we can feel your love.

JAMIE HUTCHINGS – KING HITS AND GOLDFISH MEMORIES TOUR / W SPECIAL GUEST MARK MOLDRE

Oct 31 – The Camelot Lounge, Marrickville, NSW
TICKETS

Nov 2 – Merri Creek Tavern, Melbourne, VIC
TICKETS

Nov 3 – The Grace Emily Hotel, Adelaide, SA (early show doors 5pm)  TICKETS

Nov 8 – The Junk Bar, Brisbane, QLD 
TICKETS

Nov 9 – Dusty Attic Music Lounge, Lismore, NSW  
TICKETS

Here’s a the back story below. I remain your humble servant – JH x

King Hits And Goldfish Memories is my fifth solo release, and my first ever official live album. If I’m not moving forwards then I at least hope to move sideways in regards to my output. This album is a sideways move – a diversion, a chance to compile and compress my now fairly sizeable catalogue whilst I work out what’s next. On King Hits I take these songs back to where they started – with me, a guitar and my capricious voice.

Some of these are radically reshaped – Monsoon when performed by Infinity Broke is a hypnotic, noisy ten minute beast. The version here is the first time I ever did it solo, it becomes a loose, swamp soaked narrative that surprises even me. Ounce Of Your Cruelty was possibly the closest Bluebottle Kiss ever came to a hit. On this version I’m reminded of it’s conception, of sitting on a bed with a cheap acoustic guitar and writing it in about ten minutes and knowing I didn’t need to spend a minute more.

I love live solo acoustic albums – Townes Van Zant’s Live At The Old Quarter, Neil Young At Massey Hall, Mark Eitzel’s Songs Of Love. I compared these albums to mine sonically when fine tuning the final mixes, this was of course a silly idea.

King Hits And Goldfish Memories was recorded at The Camelot Lounge by the front of house engineer on the night, it was mixed by my friend Darren Cross in his lounge room. It’s a casual affair, limited to only 100 copies on vinyl plus an accompanying CD, or in the digital/streaming world.

Whether as an introduction or as a bunch of reinterpretations I believe it’s worthy of your ears. King Hits And Goldfish Memories is available on limited edition 12”, 100 hand numbered and signed copies are available in three different packages on Bandcamp. It’s also available on digital download and all streaming platforms.

Preorders are available with shipping and streaming taking place on August 14th, 2019. Preorder at BANDCAMP

KING HITS AND GOLDFISH MEMORIES

June 29, 2019

Welcome to Winter, in Australia at least. I’ve desisted from sending an update for a while as I’ve been putting together the release of my first official live album. I’m letting all of you know about this first as I’m only putting out 100 copies of this on 12″ vinyl. Each LP will come with a slip case CD and will be lovingly hand numbered and signed by yours truly. The album is called King Hits And Goldfish Memories, it was recorded in one night over two sets at The Camelot Lounge in Marrickville on November 1st 2018. You may well have been there.

These are in manufacture as I type so rather than crowd fund this exercise I am keeping it relatively simple by making it available to be purchased as a pre-sale. The album will ship on August 14th 2019 or earlier if I get it earlier. Your pre-ordering it will of course make the funding of it a possibility and will ensure you don’t miss out given it’s limited availability.
I have made it available in three pre-order packages.
1. LP/CD + Teeshirt (my first ever solo tee designed by me)2. LP/CD + Bedsit LP + Teeshirt3. LP/CD

Go here to pre-order/get details 

I will announce tour dates as soon as I have them all together. They will be happening in late October through until November.
In the short term The Tall Grass (Peter Fenton and myself) play Moshpit, Newtown next week Fri Jul 5th, it’ll be fun. Details here 

If you’re still reading here is a blurb about King Hits And Goldfish Memories –

King Hits And Goldfish Memories is my fifth solo release, and my first ever official live album. If I’m not moving forwards then I at least hope to move sideways in regards to my output. This album is a sideways move – a diversion, a chance to compile and compress my now fairly sizeable catalogue whilst I work out what’s next. On King Hits I take these songs back to where they started – with me, a guitar and my capricious voice.

Some of these are radically reshaped – Monsoon when performed by Infinity Broke is a hypnotic, noisy ten minute beast. The version here is the first time I ever did it solo, it becomes a loose, swamp soaked narrative that surprises even me. Ounce Of Your Cruelty was possibly the closest Bluebottle Kiss ever came to a hit. On this version I’m reminded of it’s conception, of sitting on a bed with a cheap acoustic guitar and writing it in about ten minutes and knowing I didn’t need to spend a minute more.

I love live solo acoustic albums – Townes Van Zant’s Live At The Old Quarter, Neil Young At Massey Hall, Mark Eitzel’s Songs Of Love. I compared these albums to mine sonically when fine tuning the final mixes, this was of course a silly idea. King Hits And Goldfish Memories was recorded at The Camelot Lounge by the front of house engineer on the night, it was mixed by my friend Darren Cross in his lounge room. It’s a casual affair, limited to only 100 copies on vinyl plus an accompanying CD, or in the digital/streaming world. Whether as an introduction or as a bunch of reinterpretations I believe it’s worthy of your ears.

Praise for Bedsit, Jamie Hutchings last solo album

“’Opener Second Winter acts as a good litmus test: if you’re entranced by a seven-minute song that begins with a Kafkaesque short story, then you’re definitely in the headspace for what’s to come. It’s a gorgeously intimate work, with Hutchings’s voice cracking with emotion and blue notes in what sounds like a series of first takes…’”
Andrew P Street, The Australian (Mar 31, 2018)

“’Bedsit is a challenging listen, as fragile and introspective as it is darkly humorous, but those who invest the time in unpacking its intricacies will be richly rewarded.’”
Daniel Johnson, The Courier Mail (May 06, 2018)

“Hutchings has played in several bands of note, to reasonable success – the fierce and flexible Blue Bottle Kiss, Infinity Broke (with Wills, brother Scott Hutchings and BBK member Jared Harrison), The Tall Grass (with Peter Fenton, of Crow) – but to my mind he is at his best in solo mode, and has rarely been better than here.’”
Bernard Zuel, Bernardzuel.net (Apr 24, 2018)

“Bedsit is up there with the best music that Jamie Hutchings has made throughout the many years he has been making music. Despite the sparseness of the backing it’s strangely one of the most accessible and rewarding set of songs we’ve so far heard from this singer-songwriter. “
Malcolm Carter, Penny Black Music UK (Apr 20, 2019)

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JH

ALL THE LATEST

March 3, 2019

My latest album Bedsit has had some positive reviews in the UK recently. If you’d like to have a guernsey – here’s three recent ones –

PENNY BLACK MUSIC

NORTHERN SKY MAG

MUSIC MUSINGS AND SUCH

JAMIE HUTCHINGS AND DARREN CROSS – Bedsit For Peacer

I’m heading out for a bunch of shows around NSW and I’ll be taking fellow longtime Sydney based singer/songwriter Darren Cross along with me. You may know him from Gerling and Jep and Dep. Reuben Wills will be joining me on double bass for a few tunes at some of the shows closer to home. Love to see you there. It’s worth getting tickets for the first couple of ticketed shows as they’re very limited capacity.

Thur Mar 7 – Lazy Bones Level One (Marrickville) TICKETS

Fri Mar 8 Disgracelands (Wollongong)  TICKETS

Thur Mar 14 Federal Hotel (Bellingen) FACEBOOK EVENT

Fri Mar 15  Dusty Attic Music Cafe (Lismore) FACEBOOK EVENT

Sat Mar 16 Tapp Bar (Port Macquarie) FACEBOOK EVENT

Sun Mar 17 Flow Bar (Old Bar) FACEBOOK EVENT

April 5th Egg Records (Newtown) – FACEBOOK EVENT

April 6th Hardys Bay Club (Hardys Bay) FACEBOOK EVENT

April 7th Halfback Books (Dee Why) FACEBOOK EVENT

MARK MOLDRE : FEVER DREAMS

Mark’s new album Fever Dreams is finally finished and I was lucky enough to be involved as producer with a couple of co-writes in there as well. I also played electric guitar and percussion and was joined by Scott Hutchings, Reuben Wills and Adam Lang as Mark’s band. He’ll be crowd funding it’s release soon but in the meantime you can check out this excellent clip by my brother Scott for the first song to be released – Fever Dreams I 

YOUTUBE: FEVER DREAMS I

Hop over to markmoldre.com and you’ll be able to download the track for free.

BEDSIT FOR PEACER TOUR

February 6, 2019

I’m teaming up with Darren Cross, who I’ve known since the mid nineties when Gerling were on the up and shared the stage with Bluebottle Kiss a number of times. These days Darren performs solo as well as in the duo Jep and Dep. Darren’s latest album is called Peacer whilst mine is called Bedsit. As John and Yoko did their famous Bed In For Peace protest many decades ago we thought we’d have some fun with that…check out the tour poster (courtesy of Mr Cross). Anyway we’re playing all over NSW with some towns I’ve never played before, I’d love to see you there. Here are the dates and ticket/info links:

Jamie Hutchings + Darren Cross – Bedsit For Peacer

Thur Mar 7 – Lazy Bones Level One (Marrickville) tickets

Fri Mar 8 Disgracelands (Wollongong) tickets

Thur Mar 14 Federal Hotel (Bellingen) Facebook Event

Fri Mar 15 Dusty Attic Music Cafe (Lismore) Facebook Event

Sat Mar 16 Tapp Bar (Port Macquarie) Facebook Event

Sun Mar 17 Flow Bar (Old Bar) Facebook Event

April 5th Egg Records (Newtown) – Facebook Event

April 6th Hardys Bay Club (Hardys Bay) Facebook Event

April 7th Halfback Books (Dee Why) Facebook Event

There’s also a lengthy rave about the track December Park from my album Bedsit that has appeared on UK music site Music, Musings and Such. Have a read HERE

Until then

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JH

Welcome To 2019

January 7, 2019

Hello friends

It is now the year 2019, welcome.

Here is some latest musical news from me. 

NEW ZEALAND

Friday, January 18th – Dog With Two Tails (Dunedin)

Jamie Hutchings + special guest 

Facebook Event 

If you’re over that way I’d love to see you there, or if you can send anyone along to represent you that would also be good. It’s my first and only show in New Zealand.

BEDSIT FOR PEACER TOUR

I’ll be teaming up with Darren Cross of Gerling/Jep and Dep fame for a run of shows throughout a variety of nooks and crannies in N.S.W over March and early April. We’ll have all the dates available soon but in the meantime it wouldn’t be a proper tour if we didn’t play Marrickville. Here’s the details for the first show, there are only 50 tickets available for this very cool little whiskey bar so grab one now. Please note it’s at Level One. 

Thursday, March 7th – Lazy Bones Lounge Level One

Jamie Hutchings + Darren Cross – Bedsit For Peacer Tour

Tickets

Facebook Event

My latest EP Other Rooms is available digitally and Bedsit is available on LP/CD and digital at on my Bandcampsite

Thanks to all of you that have purchased Bedsit, come to shows recently and shared my tunes via playlists, lists, reviews etc

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JH

CAREERING THROUGH THE BEDSIT

October 3, 2018

Hello everyone

I hope October proves to be a kind month for you. Here’s my music news.

NEW EP ‘OTHER ROOMS’

Other Rooms is a digital EP featuring five songs. Four of them are previously unreleased and were recorded and mixed for the Bedsit album but were culled so as not to turn Bedsit into an elongated oddyssey. I believe they’re all worthy nonetheless. Thanks to everyone who has bought the download so far, it’s available along with all of my other solo releases at Bandcamp. It’s also available on all other digital platforms and streaming services.

CAREERING THROUGH THE BEDSIT SHOWS

These are happening very soon, starting late this month in fact. All three shows will consist of two sets, the first set will mostly be a request-fest. I’m doing my best to work through all of the requests you’ve sent, I’m happy still to receive suggestions although I only have minimum storage space left in my brain. I appreciate all your suggestions and feedback but I also greatly appreciate pre sales as that means I and the venue/s know that you’re indeed coming. Ticket links below.

Melbourne – Oct 27th at LongPlay – TICKETS

Sydney     –   Nov 1st at The Camelot Lounge – TICKETS

Brisbane  –   Nov  2nd at The Junk Bar – TICKETS

THE TALL GRASS

We’ve got a show coming up this week with some good friends, a casual Sunday afternoon affair.

Sun Oct 7 at The Union Hotel – JMS Harrison/ Cabin Inn/ The Tall Grass/ Alana Russack

5pm FACEBOOK EVENT

JH

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OTHER ROOMS

August 29, 2018

Hello everyone

Welcome to September. I returned from France early last month after doing a bunch of shows with Infinity Broke, The Tall Grass   and Mark Moldre. We were there at the behest of the Binic Folk Blues Festival, plus a few other venues. An an amazing time was had courtesy of all of the people at La Nef De Fous, especially Ludo. Mark wrote a tour diary for Doubtful Sounds which sums it up in a very lovely manner. You can read that here.

NEW EP

I will have a new EP out on  Mon Sept 17th called Other Rooms. It will be available digitally, and you’ll be able to download it from my Bandcamp plus all other digital and streaming platforms. Other Rooms features four tracks which were recorded for the Bedsit sessions but couldn’t be squeezed in. Bedsit is still available on CD/LP/Digital here. I’ve got a small of run of shows coming up in honour of all of this which is what I’ll blab about next.

SHOWS

Sun Sept 9 – The People’s Republic of Australasia in Camperdown, email nickshimmin@zoho.com for further details and to confirm attendance – 7:30 pm. This is a fantastic private space, I’ll be talking about and playing my songs solo and it’s entry by donation and BYO.

Careering Through The Bedsit Shows

This will be a last solo run in support of Bedsit and Other Rooms, to make it more appetising for you I’m doing two sets. The first set will be retrospective in nature similar to my Careering Through The Wilderness run a few years back. If there’s an oldie you want to hear (and you’re definitely coming) get in touch, I’ll put it in the hat and hopefully remember how to play it! First in etc… I’d love to see you at one of these shows. A couple of the venues are very limited capacity.

Sat Oct 27 – LongPlay, Melbourne.

Buy tickets here

Facebook event here

Thur Nov 1 – Camelot Lounge, Sydney

Buy tickets here

Facebook event here

Fri Nov 2 – The Junk Bar, Brisbane

Buy tickets here

Facebook event here

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JH