Secret Safari

Much like Headshy, Secret Safari is essentially a lathe-cut only label, with connections to the unearthing underground resource and Paul Hirsts’ fine Teledu Records mail-order records website. Secret Safari was one of Hirst’s labels (along with the long-running Spotty Dog) that he formed while running the ‘Pretty On The Inside’ record-store in Palmertson North, and has continued as a mail-order service since he relocated to Melbourne.

Hirst describes the label as the more improvisational side of the Headshy / Spotty Dog axis, with a primarily improv focus from the likes of artists Birchville Cate Motel, Lugosi, and the original Palmerston North roster of Bongo Bunny, Schawami and She Camel Of God.

Contact Details
If Available


  • Secret Safari Website [Official Website]

  • Secret Safari Email [Label Email]

  • +61 3 9387 2668 [Phone Number]

  • Secret Safari

  • Po Box 2028

  • Brunswick East

  • Vic 3057

  • Australia [Postal Address]

Spotty Dog

The first of a trio of labels (along with Secret Safari and the more recent Headshy) that have been releasing material by underground Palmertson North artists (usually of a rock nature) since 1994. Initially releasing a series of compilation tapes (the Hard Of Hearing series), albums by Meat Market and even written material by local author Andrea Herrick – the label has since become sporadic in nature with only occasional releases.

With the label-heads spreading across the globe as the 1990s wore on, Paul Hirst continues the label as part of his Teledu records mail-order records website, though it seems no new material has been released since the late 1990s.

Compilation Discography
Picks In Bold


  • Hard Of Hearing No. 1 [1994 01spots]
  • Hard Of Hearing No. 2 [1994 03spots]
  • Hard Of Hearing No. 3 [1995 09spots]

Websites

  • Spotty Dog

    Contact Details

  • Spotty Dog Email [Label Email]
  • +61 3 9387 2668 [Phone Number]
  • Headshy
  • Po Box 2028
  • Brunswick East
  • Vic 3057
  • Australia [Postal Address]
  • Trough

    Ex-Livids Andrew Carey and Regan O’Brien, producing lowkey underground releases, described as ‘Gorgeous, unusual melodic instrumentals from two Palmerston North cousins. Features guitar, drums, noise and piano’ by Crawlspace.

    Discography (picks in bold)

    • ‘Sturdy’/’Avondale Race Ten’/’Epiphyte Rain’ 7″ Lathe-Cut [1997 Spotty Dog 16 Spots]
    • Maharahara 7″ Lathe-Cut [Spotty Dog]
    • Pukemymoremore 8″ Lathe-Cut [1998 Spotty Dog 19 Spots]
    • ‘Depressor’/’Rickity Old Pump’/’Maharahara’ 8″ Lathe-Cut [Headshy Hs004]

    See-Also

    Universal Joint

    Formed out of the ashes of defunct noise-trio Meat Market, Universal Joint is the multi-instrumentalist duo of Sarah Bingle and Elise Bishop. A Palmerston North based duo with firm community development ideals (establishing the nOise Workshop music-making workshops in the late 1990s) that have released a couple short-run lathe releases (so far) the 2nd on the now-Melbourne based Headshy label (run by Teledu Records Paul Hirst).

    Discography (picks in bold)

    • Universal Joint 7″ EP [Self-Released]
    • ‘Social Grind’/’Double Edged Knife’/’Muchroom’/’Slightly Overcast’ 8″ Lathe-Cut EP [Headshy Hs008]

    See-Also

    Negative Eh

    Wellington trio.

    Discography (picks in bold)

    • What The Fuck Is Fahrenheit Lathe-Cut [Posterity Wall]
    • Hotel Motel Lathe-Cut [Self-Released]
    • Oceanography 8″ Lathe-Cut Ep [Headshy Hs006]
    • Night And Day: ‘Where Ghosts Go To Die’/’And In The Air’ Lathe-Cut 7″ [Blue Silver]

    See-Also

    Noctuary

    ‘Not The Black Metal Band’ – But Rather The First Band Released On The Small Headshy Lathe-Cut Label.

    Discography (picks in bold)

    • Four Steps To Successful Kite Flying 8″ Lathe-Cut Ep [Headshy Hs001]

    See-Also