Archie Roach + Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Instore!


I told you to watch this space! See the poster for all the details. Read below for what Chris Gill has to say about this upcoming instore. Be there!

“This next announcement could be my proudest moment yet. For the 13 years I have operated this shop, one album that I say is perhaps the most important of all Australian records is ARCHIE ROACH’s “Charcoal Lane”. It was written on Gertrude Street, it was lived on Gertrude Street. For the first few years of the store I had a copy in the window. Now we get much more than that… THE 25 YEAR ANNIVERSARY of one of the countries most Important records ever made. It is ARCHIE ROACH “Charcoal Lane”.

I am proud to announce that at 2pm on SuNDAY the 15th NOVEMBER Northside Records will host the legend Archie Roach, live and INSTORE performing songs off his album Charcoal Lane that he wrote here 25 years ago. To commemorate the milestone CHARCOAL LANE has been reissued as a vinyl album the way it was originally released back then…. Come to Northside to secure a copy as they are VERY LIMITED.

Archie will be joined instore by another up and coming Australian legends EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS. They will also PERFORM LIVE in the store. As you know Emma and the Putbacks have just released an amazing double sided 7″ which upholds the local indigenous heritage with a cover version of ARCHIE ROACH and on the other side WARUMPI BAND.” See the previous post for more info.

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Stand up and be counted!

HS023-Pack-Shot-A-side-350A lot has happened since Northside opened it’s doors on Gertrude Street around 12 years ago. We’ve seen governments come and go, Prime Ministers challenged and defeated, we’ve heard about ‘the boats being turned back’ and we’ve even seen race riots on Australian streets. Despite all this, undercover racial segregation and prejudice are still rife – perhaps now more than ever. We live in a confused society.

Amidst all this confusion there are always musicians and songwriters who are willing to take a stand and use their music as a weapon against injustice, media control and general stupidity. Here in Melbourne we are lucky enough to have a record label that is prepared to back their musicians, and support both our indigenous and multicultural communities. That label is HopeStreet Recordings.

“This October Emma Donovan & The PutBacks have brought together some very special guests to release a new 7” single featuring two classic Aboriginal Australian songs. Emma is joined by Tim Rogers of You Am I and rapper Joelistics on a version of Warumpi Band’s 1985 anthem Blackfella Whitefella and by Archie Roach on a deep soul rendition of his late partner Ruby Hunter’s heartbreaking hit, Down City Streets.

This release supports the massive grassroots movement led by SOS Blak Australia, an organisation dedicated to supporting Aboriginal communities in remote Western Australia currently under threat of closure.

Earlier this year SOS Blak Australia issued a worldwide call to action to stop these closures occurring. In response to this, Emma and all the artists involved have come together to declare that they stand with the Indigenous people of Australia in support of their right to self-determination on their traditional lands. All involved have donated their time free of charge and all proceeds from the record go to SOS Blak Australia.”



We currently have the new single in stock at Northside, and every copy includes a yellow 45 adaptor as shown in the pic! Do your thing to support SOS Blak. Coming very soon we also have a special announcement relating to this release… we can’t say too much right now, except watch this space.

OUT NOW: Emma Donovan & The Putbacks feat. Joelistics and Tim Rogers “Blackfella Whitefella” bw. Emma Donovan & The Putbacks feat. Archie Roach “Down City Streets”.

If you’ve just listened to the new tunes and you’re feeling fired up, cop some more heat from the HopeStreet Crew.

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INSTORE announcement!


FRIDAY 23rd October

Australia’s heaviest hitting HAMMOND trio have a new jam! They are launching their NEW 7″ called “The Writings On the Wall / Black Stick”. Come down to see the band perform live at NORTHSIDE RECORDS from 7pm. Also Australian legend TEX PERKINS will join the band as well! The big question is will Tex actually fit on the desk?

Come down for a 7pm performance then a signing as well, so bring all of your Beast of Bourbon and Cruel Sea records as well.

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That’s right! Get on the good foot!


Friday 9th October 5pm

FRIDAY we have the honour to host BRIGGS and TRIALS

Having just won Album of the Year at the National Indigenous Music Awards for his 2014 LP Sheplife and best video for Bad Apples, Victorian rapper Briggs is one of Australia’s finest and fiercest MCs. This became clear as early as 2009, when he self-released his debut EP, Homemade Bombs. Since then Briggs has released two albums on Golden Era – Sheplife and 2010’s The Blacklist – toured with the likes of Hilltop Hoods, Ice Cube, Yelawolf and Ghostface Killah, received several Deadly nominations and become a voice for indigenous rights

At The Workers Club he’ll be headlining with a typically incendiary solo set, as well as teaming up with Funkoars’ MC Trials for their A.B. Original project. (Trials will also be performing a DJ set). Support on the night will be up-and-coming rappers Philly, Birdz and Nooky who will be releasing music on Briggs’s new imprint Bad Apples Music.

Starting at 5PM come down to meet BRIGGS and TRIALS and dig on Trials DJ’ing then too.


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There is a lot out at the moment, a lot of good local records. From all styles of music, there is HEAT. Here are just a few you should check, but of course, there are many more.

THE CACTUS CHANNEL featuring CHET FAKER  “Kill The Doubt / Sleeping Alone” (hope street records) 7″ $14 – instrumental funk band bring in the kid called CHET to lay down some sweet soul vocals on this great groove!


ISHAN COOPER “CoopDeVille presents BAT FUNK CRAZY” LP + Download $25 – amazing red slice of licorice pie that is pure P FUNK. Made in Melbourne with the members of PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC (incl GEORGE CLINTON!)


SKOMES “Mindloops Ona Heartbeat” (groove penguin records) LP $20 – 15 tracks of sample based instrumental hip hop. Dusty bumps to make you happy..





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Instore signing with Tuxedo


Just like the poster says, we’ll be hosting an INSTORE SIGNING with TUXEDO, aka Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One here at Northside on Sunday Sept. 20th from 3pm. There will be DJs, good times, and records for sale!

If you’re not up on Tuxedo yet, make sure you check it out before the party comes to Melbourne. Get on it here. The debut album ‘Tuxedo’ out now on Stones Throw and available at Northside Records.

Also catch Tuxedo on Saturday Sept. 19th, playing a special Disco / Funk DJ set at the Prince Bandroom. Safe to say we can expect to hear the best dancefloor cuts off the album mixed with the finest records form their own collections. See you on the dancefloor. Tickets from the Prince Bandroom website.

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