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Bernard “Pretty” Purdie – Instore Signing

On Monday December 3 Northside will play host to the one and only Bernard Purdie, the most recorded drummer in the world. A long time Northside favourite, and a funk originator – Purdie transcends music genres and is regarded as one of the finest and funkiest drummers to ever tickle the skins. He’s played with everyone from James Brown, Eddie Palmieri, The Last Poets and Aretha Franklin to Steely Dan, Hall & Oates and Robert Palmer. Undisputed heavyweight and real live living legend. Don’t miss your chance to meet the man who put the “shuffle” in the funk (and the Rock, and the Jazz, and the Soul and the Blues).

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Arena LP out now

Arena-LP-front-350pxARENA: Self tilted

The Roundtable & Northside Records are proud to present this long awaited and special Record Store Day reissue of this highly collectible Australian rare groove LP. Many of you will be familiar with the classic tune “The Long One” featured on Ubiquity’s “Heading in the right direction” compilation – and for those who aren’t, here’s the rundown…

If you can imagine the gathering of a group of Australian session musicians channelling the sounds of Herbie Hancock Headhunter’s and Marc Moulin’s Placebo, recording an album out of hours at a TV studio and then releasing a privately pressed hard hitting jazz funk record then what you have is Arena, one of Australia’s most revered and scarce rare groove records.

This was the name given to a pick-up group of session players led by Ted White, a veteran of the British big band jazz scene (an associate of Ted Heath and Basil Kirchin) who had immigrated to Australia in the 1960s to work in the burgeoning television industry. This one-time studio project (recorded only to test out the facilities for a new studio) barely yet thankfully saw an LP release in 1975. Pressed in minute quantities only with limited distribution, the album was subsequently forgotten and obscured by time, only to be resurrected in the 90s by DJs and collectors seeking out lost and rare records.

The album has since become one of the country’s most celebrated and collectible jazz funk recordings and has proved to be a pivotal point in Australian jazz, marking a shift from the modern jazz and R&B sounds of the previous decades to the cross pollinating electric jazz funk of the 70s. Characterised by the heavy use of electronically treated saxophone, psychedelic guitar, Moog and spacey Fender Rhodes, the album is a classic of the genre.

While acknowledging the often compiled and sampled breaks track, The Long One, the complete album offers much more, exemplified by its complicated and obsessive jazz rhythms, abstract and middle-eastern horn lines and pulsing electric funk.

We have copies of this available now at Northside Records, and it will soon be available at other good record stores throughout Australia and the world. It’s already moving fast – so don’t miss you chance to own one of these sought after gems for only $30 (to cherish until you find the OG!).


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Record Store Day = Good Times!

Record Store Day is coming…. Saturday April 19, 2014. Stay tuned for news on what’s happening at Northside on the day, including live performances, special RSD only releases, The new Diggin’ Melbourne map and fresh crates of heat. Below – RSD action at Northside in previous years…. Reminisce – who remembers when KURTIS BLOW and MOONSHINE whipped the crowd into a frenzy – or when DJ MASEO (De La) dropped into Northside for Record Store Day?




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Community service announcement

We keep hearing “Vinyl is back”…. The truth is that it never went away. If you are a newbie however, there are some other important things you need to know. Whilst digging through my records recently I found this important note from Festival Records. A lot of you will be familiar with this classic insert, but for those who aren’t – take note.


This is from an early 70’s Australian release – The flipside of this note reads: Free Festival LP Catalogue… Affix a 12¢ stamp where indicated, place in an envelope and post it to Festival Catalogue…
Wow, 12¢ stamps! Anyways – go buy a new needles today and protect your records from the evil blunted stylus.

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FELA KUTI BOX SET #2 curated by GINGER BAKER in stock!


Knitting Factory Records is proud to release the second of the long-awaited vinyl reissues from the FELA KUTI catalog. This is the second in a series of curated Vinyl Box sets. These six albums were chosen by frequent Fela collaborator, Ginger Baker.

The artwork for each album is the painstakingly recreated from original album artwork along with vintage vinyl label artwork!

The box includes the albums:
– Live with Ginger Baker (1971)
– Roforofo Fight (1972)
– Confusion (1974)
– Alagbon Close (1974)
– He Miss Road (1975)
– Na Poi (1976)

Also included in the box:
– 12 page full-color booklet with an essay by Ginger Baker and album descriptions by the veteran British music journalist, Chris May.
– a poster designed by H. Cuadrado



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RECORD STORE DAY – “Whats Going On”


No, I don’t have Marvin Gaye in store, but I do have THE PUTBACKS and THE PSYDE PROJECTS. Then there is all the DJS playing all day long. Starting from 11am we have ANDRAS FOX, ROLEX, BLAIR STAFFORD, EDD FISHER, REX, LEWIS CAN CUT and MR MOONSHINE. Good times all day long.

There is the T-Shirt SEE POST BELOW and also all of the SATURDAY only record store day VINYL exclusives.

DJ JOHN “Locked Down” (nonesuch) LP plus CD $40 diggin-2012-cover1

PHARCYDE “The Singles Collection” (get on down) boxset $100 7 x 7″s + Double CD + 21″x28″ Poster + 120 piece puzzle

PETER TOSH “Legalize It – Echodelic Remixes” (delicious) 10″ picture disc $35

LEE SCRATCH PERRY “BlackBoard Jungle Dub (2012 record Store Day Deluxe Edition) (get on down) BOXSET  3 x 10″s and 30″ x 30” giant poster. $50

SHABAZZ PALACES “Live at Kexp” (sub pop) 12″ $20

DJ FOOD “The Illectrik Hoak (Amorphous Androgynous remixes)” (ninja Tune) 12″ $20

NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN “The Flip Side Of Stax 1968 – 1974″ Various (light int the attic) 10 7” + 84 page book + download card $110

And don’t forget….

The new 2012 Diggin’ Melbourne Map drops on Record Store Day. 51 stores, maps, detailed listings and more. Get yours!

“Now here we go dropping science / dropping it all over like bumping around the town like when you’re driving a Range Rover / expanding the horizons and expanding the parameters / expanding the collections of beat diggin’ amateurs…”

I don’t want to start rumours, but DE LA SOUL’S – DJ MASEO will be playing at the Espy on Saturday night and is being supported by the Psyde Projects and MIGHT I repeat MIGHT pop in to lend his skills on a verse!

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Record Store Day is comin’


Make this day a day for you to celebrate your local record store. Northside has plans! Always with the plans! Keep your eyes open and keep the day free.  There will be giveaways, live acts and as always releases specific only to record store day. Next week we will start to plug a few things, so pay attention.  And read on…

Holy Funk!

Holy Funk!

THE PUTBACKS will be playing a little set from 1pm. I plan to record the set and then release a 45 for next years RSD.  These guys got the fonk. Also we have the PSYDE PROJECTS rocking out a set in the arfternoon. Funky hip hop for Fitzroy!  Other Mad shit too! Stay tuned.
Northside is doing a collaboration with Blisterfinger & BURN T-shirts to offer  a one-off RSD edition T-shirt. Only 50 will be made. Those of you who saw the JB poster will know whats coming!
It will be $45 and will come with a mystery 45 as well!!! These will only be on sale on the day. Interstaters might be able to put  their hand up, but locals gotta come in! Uh, good god!

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Step right up, step right up, soul for sale….

ikebe_shakedown_s1 Here are a couple of amazing new releases that have just hit the shelves.

Outta Brooklyn we have the great IKEBE SHAKEDOWN, heavy and funky this instrumental afrobeat band is ready for the dancefloor. They bring together elements of psyche and soul and put it together just right. From an Isaac Hayes cover to bold as brass originals you need this record for home. Ubiquity Records has released this LP with a copy of a cd in the one package.

Now-Again Records is proud to present Tamanrasset, the sophomore release from the trio of Jay Whitefield,karl_hector_and_the_malcouns-tamanrasset_s Thomas Myland and Zdenko Curlija – also known as Karl Hector and the MalcounsTamanrasset is a mosaic of Eastern and Northern African folk music, Western psychedelia, jazz and funk. This vinyl-only-EP, packaged in screen printed jackets from Hit & Run with original artwork from Kevin Lyons, is limited to 1000 copies.

There are so many more, but another LP that got me dancing around the store, (it’s not that hard!!) is the 2nd of the West Indies Funk comps! Out on the Trans Air label of Puerto Rico, this compilation of Carribean funk may not be from well known bands but they rock some great cover versions of James Brown (‘The Big Payback’)west-indies-funk-vol-2-hi-res, Sly & The Family Stone (‘Sing A Simple Song’), Charles Wright (‘Express Yourself’) and Young Holt Unlimitied (‘Soulful Strut’). Its nots just the covers but the originals are essential as well. Don’t take my word for it, come into the store and check them out! I gotta dancefloor here now!

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Diggin’ Melbourne – website updated


The Diggin’ Melbourne website has now been updated with the 2011 information and listings. 51 stores in total + new and improved maps, icons indicating new/secondhand/music related products and more. We’ve also added a new section the site entitled ‘Music’ where we will be featuring some new and recent vinyl releases coming out of our fine city.

We are also looking for ‘heads’ to participate in this initiative. If you feel you have something to contribute – contact us through the Diggin’ website and hit us with your ideas or tell us about the records you are releasing.

Some of you may have seen the feature on Channel 9’s Getaway over the weekend ( watch it here ) – starring Northside Chris,  Licorice Dave and the Missing Link Crew. Unfortunately – they failed to show the cover of the new map (pictured above). The new 2011 map is available now – pick one up at a record store or ‘street press’ location near you or download a copy from the website.

Keep vinyl alive – Keep on diggin’

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