TED VINING still keeping the beat.

Last night I had the pleasure of watching Ted Vining play with the band BLOW at The Horn in Collingwood. Ted is a local drummer who has been playing since the 60’s and he still plays every Thursday night and more! Seeing him play was amazing. I was sitting down eating dinner until they played this tune. For the first time ever they dropped EDDIE HARRIS’ “Freedom Jazz Dance” It was a monster. It was straight to the dancefloor for that one.


Tedd also played on this legendary Aussie funky jazz album. It was with Alan Lee on vibes and at the National Gallery under the stained glass. (A venue still used today, Hiatus Kaiyote and Saskwatch played their recently!) I had a copy this week. But as I told Ted half a dozen people wanted a copy within 20 minutes. He walked tall that night.


This is the band in 1973 making Stravinsky Super funky!

Remember April 30th is World Jazz Day.

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DJ’s will be playing all day long. Starting off at 11am with Lyndell Wilkenson, followed by Mz Rizk, then Systa BB, Miss Goldie, Emma Peel, and ending off the day our own Ms BUTT.

Live music will begin at

2pm with IVAN CHOI dropping the two songs off his awesome 7″ – THE TRAFFIC




The Drummer from INXS –  JON FARRISS – has released his debut 7″ featuring the vocals of VIV RICHARDS. He will have 20 WHITE LABEL advanced copies of the track SMOKIN’ JOE to sign. Of course he will also sign INXS records if you have any…please bring them.

RECORD STORE DAY is a great fun day for everyone. Bring the  fam down to check out some live music. There of course will be PRIZES and GIVEAWAYS all day long – best dancers……….best poppers…….best lockers..…….best moonwalkers..…..

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Record Store Day at Northside

Saturday April 18th is International Record Store Day. Northside is again doing it LARGE! We’ll have live music all day – featuring PAUL KELLY presents THE MERRI SOUL SESSIONS, EMMA DONOVAN & THE PUTBACKS and a performance by drummer IVAN CHOI (with band) pimping his new 7″. DJs throughout the day represent Melbourne’s female selectors! MZ Rizk, Systa BB, Miss Goldie, Lyndelle Wilkinson, Ms Butt and Emma Peel. We’re also doing another T Shirt Collaboration with BURN (it’s a reprint of last years incredibly popular design)

JON FARRISS will be coming down to sign copies of his DEBUT 7″ Smokin Joe. His first solo outing from INXS. Featuring Viv Richards giving a Barry White steez, this is the boss!

There will be many special RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES, including pre-releases by DIZZ1 (his new album), JON FARRIS 7″ (feat. Viv Richards ..),  IVAN CHOI’s 7″, and a mad stash of NORTHSIDE EXCLUSIVES! Store opens at 11am – so get in early to get the exclsuives as they always sell fast. Strictly NO HOLDS on any RSD exclusives.





Diggin-Belleville-350Record Store Day is also the official release day for the new Diggin’ Melbourne Map (volume 6!), but they will be in circulation before that and will also be available at the Map Launch party on Thursday night at Belleville. Come down and enjoy the eclectic selection of DJs representing Melbourne’s finest purveyors of Black Gold. We got Jimmy James, Johan Elgstrom, Ms. Butt, Geezy and the Diggin’ Melbourne DJs. Come join us, get your map and get the jump on the chumps who only buy records on Record Store Day. The needle drops at 7pm.

It’s Record Store Day everyday at Northside!

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George Clinton is coming to Northside!

Oohwee! George Clinton will be dropping into Northside Records for an instore signing on Thursday April 2 at 5pm. A man who needs no introduction… so let’s just say “The funkiest man alive – The principal architect of P-Funk, the mastermind of the bands Parliament and Funkadelic – Still so fucking hip he’s on the new Kendrick Lamar album…”Don’t miss your chance to meet a real live living legend. All the details on the poster below.


Bring your records and have them signed, bring your children and have them signed… bring whatever! We will have a limited supply of P-Funk classics for sale – but they won’t last long. Nasty!

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Karate Boogaloo vs. The Extraordinaires!

soul-emergency-350That’s right party people – Karate Boogaloo and Charles Bradley’s Extraordinaires are taking over Ferdydurke tonight (Tues March 31). It’s all still a bit of a mystery – but we do know that Karate Boogaloo will take the stage with members of The Extraodinaires to bring you a crazy night of instrumental soul heat! Who knows…. someone might even sing?!

Helping hold it down with the deep soul and ethio business will be Miss GoldieCassawarrior and The Broadway Sounds DJs. The needle drops at 7pm – and entry is free.

Watch facebook and the Northside instragram page for more info and announcements. There could still be a couple of surprises to come… shhhh! You gotta get up to get down. See you at Ferdydurke.  


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SASKWATCH launch new video for “I’ll Be Fine”

SASKWATCH have launched new a clip for their new single ‘I’ll Be Fine’.

The video was animated by Jason Galea and is the first single from their forthcoming album “Sorry I Let It Come Between Us” out June 12th via our own label!!!

The album itself was recorded over a month long period at Mt Slippery – an old silversmith warehouse come recording studio on the outskirts of Philadelphia, America. It’s the studio of Dr Dog’s Scott McMicken and Nathan Sabatino, who together produced the album. Saskwatch have long been big fans of Dr Dog, both musically and in their work as producers, and relished at the chance to head overseas and work alongside them. The result: a raw, solemn and sparse collection of genre-jumping songs.

Watch ‘I’ll Be Fine’ below!

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