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]

Shoeshine

Andrew Coy, Paul Morris and Matt Sanko.

Discography (picks in bold)

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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]

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    Vortex Victims

    Palmerston North 4-trackers with releases on Spotty Dog in the mid to late 1990s.

    Discography (picks in bold)

    • Hard Of Hearing No. 3 Cassette [1995 W/ Paranymph / Dog Tooth Violet Spotty Dog 09 Spots]
    • Willy Willy And The Gobermouche Cassette [1995 Spotty Dog 10 Spots]

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    Stuff

    Live recording of a fifteen minute performance in February ’98 by a one-off line-up featuring members of the Ashvins, Dog Tooth Violet and Polio. Yeah ok, so it’s got a different catalogue number on the cd, but uh, we’re superstitious – it’s definitely not cos we messed up the catalogue numbering, ok? Edition of 10 cd-r’s
    Spotty Dog

    Discography (picks in bold)

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    The Ashvins

    Biography

    a Palmerston North rock band from the mid 90’s.

    Had a couple EPs, then ran out of momentum, their collected material released on the posthumous self-titled album on Spotty Dog Records.

    Members

    • Luke Badger (Guitar/Vocals, 1995)
    • Paul Hirst (Bass/Vocals, 1995?)
    • Chris McNicholl (Drums/Vocals, 1995?)

    Discography

    Links

     

    Cancer Maidens

    Biography

    Palmerston North 3-piece featuring ex-members of Foisemaster, Feast of Stevens and Shoeshine.

    Members

    • Glen Fletcher (Drums, 1997? – 2001?)
    • Andrew Coy (Guitar, 1997? – 2001?)
    • Ross Harkness (Vocals/Guitar/Saxophone, 1997? – 2001?)

    Discography

    • Insects of Sound (1997, Spotty Dog, 17SPOTS]

    Links

     

    The Next Big Thing

    Palmertson North Outfit That Released A Tape Of Folk Pop Songs On Spotty Dog In 1995.

    Discography (picks in bold)

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