cinema prague

I had been indecisive about putting these recordings up due to their recent (2007) reformation but have noticed that it is impossible to buy these records anywhere, their website has lapsed and all seems to be dormant with them again. On that note, I bring you the incredible CINEMA PRAGUE!

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Borrowing from their Wikipedia entry :

Members George Kailis
Tim Lowe
Roy Martinez
Past members Rex Horan

Initially formed as a four piece in 1986, when some of the members were still at high school,[1] the band had little success to start with. Kailis went to South Perth Primary School, whilst Lowe and Horan went to Attadale Primary School. Horan went on to Perth Modern School participating in their music programme, whilst Lowe and Kailis attended Applecross Senior High School.

By early 1988, after some member and name shuffling, the three-piece band, Cinema Prague came into existence. In 1990 the band undertook their first tour of the eastern states of Australia. Their debut recording was a cassette-single with the songs “Mushroom Cloud” and “Walking Song”, released in November, 1991. It was followed much later by their debut album, Meldatype, which was recorded between 1992 and 1994 and released in March, 1995. The band’s next release was a five track EP, ¡Zasph! which was released in November, 1996. Cinema Prague’s third album, Nordensort, was released in May, 1998 although it was actually recorded in June/July 1995.

In 1997, after returning from Perth following their ‘Idiots Crusade’ tour of Europe and South Africa they recorded three tracks “We are the Moo Moo”, “The Curse of the Shiny Head” and “Bacon and Eggs Part Two” at Poons Head Studio. The band’s fourth album It’s Schnapster, although recorded in 1990, was released in December, 1998, whilst the band was in hiatus. Horan having headed to Britain, where he still performs as well as runs musical workshops for under-age offenders in prisons.

Kailis and Lowe played together in various projects, including Rice. They also undertook further studies, with Lowe studying engineering and Kailis studying architecture.

In 2007 they re-formed for a show with a new bassist Roy Martinez (Dave Mann Collective) and a plan was hatched to release the old recordings as part of a new album, Snakes Alive, the band’s first in over eight years.

The disc was something we just had. I didn’t think we would ever put it out. George would probably tell you we were always goona do it, but I can’t say that. It was a little frustrating because it was the best recording we have done and it actually captured the way we sound.
Tim Lane

Snakes Alive was released on 30 January 2009.In an interview at the time, Kailis indicated that the band was planning to work on the new album.

We’ve actually still got enough material for another couple of albums – songs that were never recorded – there’s no shortage of material.
George Kailis

In support of the album’s release the band gave a number of performances in Perth and Melbourne in early 2009.

 

  • Meldatype — Seeing Ear Records (March, 1995)

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  • ¡Zasph! — Seeing Ear Records (November, 1996)

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  • Nordensost (May, 1998)

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  • It’s Schnapster (December, 1998)

 

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And of course we can’t forget that Rex Horan from this amazing band was also in AIR ENSEMBLE. I have 2 of their records up HERE.

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O!

Here we have 2 records from the wonderfully bizarre O! They have a bandcamp page up here.

O! was active in the Perth indi-rock scene from 1990 to 1997, part of Chapter Music’s early years. Members went on to play in bands such as Adam Said Galore, Mukaisake, Tucker B’s, Harry Smith, Umpire, 10 Bit Tonsil and Catherine Traicos and the Starry Night.

Their first LP was called Sporco and came out in 1994. Next up came ‘Morass of Shiny Cudgels’ in 1997. Click either covers to grab them both.

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Kiss My Wami

This is possibly the largest post this site will ever see and has taken years of work to compile.

Passionately committed to championing Western Australian music since 1987, WAM is the peak industry body responsible for supporting, nurturing and growing all forms, genres and levels of original contemporary music in WA.

WAM was originally formed as the Western Australian Rock Music Industry Association Inc. (WARMIA) in 1985, with its main aim to develop and run annual awards recognising achievements within the music industry in Western Australia. WAM first received project funding from the state government in 1989, and in the early 1990s the word “rock” was dropped from the title to give the organisation scope to take on a broader constituency.

And what a job they do! I’ve always been a fan of WAM and the great work they do for W.A music. Hats off to all involved throughout the years. From their annual awards shows, enormous amount of gigs they put on or help with, to sponsorship, to their work helping remote outback artists get recorded and heard, WAM and the people behind it has been a fairly integral part of the WA music scene for a very long time.

Since 1997 they have released a compilation CD that showcases a great cross section of music from all parts of the state.

I’ve managed to collect most of them over time and felt it would be great if they could be shared online. I will update this post with artwork as I scan covers of each year. I have some of them done already. Some years had up to 3 audio CD’s and a DVD. I have not included the DVD’s due to their sheer size, just the music. Click the year or the artwork to download a zip file of the music. You will more than likely need to do this from a computer due to their size. Enjoy!

1997

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1998

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1999 –  artwork to follow


 

2000

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2001

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2002 – artwork to follow


 

2003

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2004 – A very concise version of the WAM CD this year. 1 CD only, called ‘The WAM Weekender’.


 

2005

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2006

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2007 – artwork to follow


 

2008

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2009

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2010

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2011 (Discs 2/3 do not have artist names on the tracks. Grab the tracklist image below.)

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2012

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2013

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2014 and onward……soon to come!

 

 

 

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Perth CD’s for sale!

Throughout the years of running this blog and collecting Perth music, I seem to have inadvertently ended up with some doubles (and triples) of some CD’s. I know physical media is oh-so-passé these days but here’s a list of some extra discs I am happy to let go to new homes. A fiver each seems fair? Let me know what you’re into and I’ll put them aside. I don’t live in Perth but I’ll be down a couple weeks and can work out somewhere for you to pick them up. Email elhornet@elhornet.com

All Washed Out
Capital City vs The Bangkok Lady Boys
Cinema Prague – Zasph!
Fluid Time Carnival
The Growl – Cleaver Lever
Gyroscope – Sound Shattering Sound
Hazel Bionic – The Princess May
Header – Sugarfix
The Homicides – Gimme Some More
Jebediah – Of Someday Shambles (2 copies)
Martian Radio (aka Wasted Youth)
No Flowers – Broken Head
No Flowers – One Day Closer
PC Thug – Warn The Others
Red Jezebel – Joyful Possibilities
Sodastream – Reservations
Team Jedi – Good Morning Last Night
Whitechapel – Image Over Content
Valvolux – Supercharger (currently spoken for)
WA Grade Perth Punk + HC Compilation
Wormfarm – You Betcha (2 copies)
WAMI 2008 and 2011

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The Next Big Thing – 10 year anniversary dvd.

Thanks to Leo for sending this disc to me!

I was not aware that this organisation was no more and that is a definite shame. The Next Big Thing kicked off in 1996 and was responsible

for the promotion of countless Perth bands through shows, releasing compilation cds and helping artists out  in many ways.

This disc contains a huge amount of music as well as a bunch of interviews with musicians, promoters and journalists from Perth and regional Western Australia.

Heres the music. It’s 489 megs in size and is all of the 130 odd tracks from the annual NBT CD’s 1996-2006. Well worth the download.

And here is the artwork for all of the cd’s. 26 megs.

Heres part 1 of the DVD :

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Channel 31 – Filter

A fantatic VHS conversion thanks to Figg featuring a pretty healthy cross section of the Perth scene in the year 2000.

It features interviews and footage of No Wonder, Capital City, The Rats,  Turnstyle, Brett Rowe (that hair!!),  DJ’s

Echoic, BJam, Krank, Dan Stinton and some of Perths record store staff at the time.

 

 

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The Next Big Thing Volume 3

Presented by Healthways, Drinksafe and Respect Yourself, this is a compilation from 1998. It features 12 tracks from acts such as John Butler,

Wide Open Spaces (aka Halogen), Idle 55, The Dirty Whitler but to name a few.

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Hip Mo Toast – Introducing (1999)

I stole this bio :

If you have ever frequented hot jazz night spots in Perth, Western Australia, then you have most certainly found yourself bopping along to the moody and swinging sounds of Perth’s favourite jazz combo, Hip Mo’ Toast.

Boasting a broad repertoire, slick arrangements and joie de vivre,Hip Mo’ Toast are the martini-sipping swingers’ first choice in musical entertainment whether looking for the perfect ambience for an intimate encounter or the infectious voodoo beat of a funky mambo. And let’s not forget they play darn good jazz.

Since their formation in early 1997, Hip Mo’ Toast have played in
restaurants, hotels and concert venues such as the Burswood Casino Theatre,
Perth Entertainment Centre, The Subiaco Hotel, Plantation Estate, the Red Herring, The Red Rock Hotel, Reveley’s, and Phillimore’s.

They have wowed audiences at jazz clubs and lounges such as the Perth Jazz Society, Greenwich, Varga Lounge, the Fly By Night Musicians’ Club and Jazz Fremantle. Hip Mo’ Toast has featured at festivals such as the South Perth Fiesta, Geraldton Seajazz Spectacular, Araluen Botanical Gardens, Perth Swan Festival Club, Fremantle Festival, York Jazz Festival, and with Frank Bennett for the City of Stirling Concert.

Hip Mo’ Toast has brought its special blend of sophistication and with-it-ness to country venues as far afield as the Earl Of Spencer in Albany, Caves House in Yallingup, Leeuwin Estate and Vasse Felix Wineries in Margaret River and has supported Grace Knight, Engelbert Humperdinck, Frank Bennett and Dionne Warwick, to name but a few !

Artists

Shane Pooley
Libby Hammer
Michael Perkins
Chris Foster
Troy Roberts

This is their debut recording from 1999.

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