Posts Tagged Cactus Channel

Label of Love vs. HopeStreet Recordings

In conjunction with Leaps & Bounds Festival 2015, the Shadow Electric Bandroom is currently hosting their latest instalment of ‘Label of Love’ – a celebration of local independent Record labels. Running from  July 3 – August 1, each show will highlight a different label and the artists signed to it, with live music, pop up merchandise stores, art exhibitions, food trucks, magicians and more. A Label of Love was born out of an idea to pay homage to the people who tirelessly work behind the scenes to support local music and promote Australian independent artists to the rest of the world.


Northside is excited to see HopeStreet flying the soul flag at Label of Love, and to make it even better – the lineup features The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra, The Meltdown and The Cactus Channel, who will be launching a new single and debuting a new film clip on the night. The Shadow Electric show also marks the start of  The Cactus Channel’s Cobaw Tour. The debut of the Cobaw single and filmclip is not exclusive to the event… you can check it out right here!


We should also mention all the other dope nights still happening at Shadow Electric for the Label of Love series, which include:


More info here

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Saturday the 2nd of November sees a super-charged night of music at The Shadow Electric with freakadelic Bollywood goodness from The Bombay Royale, hot salsa and Latin funk from San Lazaro and a selection of rarities, versions and remixes from the funk and soul closet with Karate Boogaloo – the Cactus Channel rhythm section and their guests. It’s all in aid of launching HopeStreet’s Tropical Brunswick Mixtape, mixed by DJ Jumps.

What does Tropical Brunswick sound like? Don’t wait for global warming to find out. Unreleased gold from HopeStreet Recordings’ 2014 release schedule and hits and obscurities from the back catalog rub shoulders in the mix under the deft hands of DJ Jumps. Latin and afro bump up against funk, soul and spaghetti cinematica. It’s that hot analog sound you love, but you can get it on the interweb! The first 50 through the door receive a Hopestreet showbag containing the mixtape by DJ Jumps and a free 7″ vinyl from the catalog. TIX SELLING FAST!



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Time to put your hand up because Melbourne own custodians of youth taste, The Cactus Channel are, at the tender age of 18 (each), about to release their SECOND full length album. Bathed in the deepest of soul grooves, with complex horn lines layered over a pulsing rhythm, these kids have set the bar VERY high for Australian music. A ten piece instrumental funk band called THE CACTUS CHANNEL will unleash all forms of fun at the NORTCOTE SOCIAL CLUB for TWO nights! Come down to Get Down! Thursday will be me with THE PUTBACKS and the SEVEN UPS then on Friday Night its MANCHILD with Sex on Toast and The Do Yo Thangs. Both nights will be crazy


NORTHSIDE is rocking copies of the new LP off the racks at $25 each. Comes with a download and will make you feel gooooooooooooood.


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Good times people – GOOOOOOD times.

We all know that going out midweek is a lot finer than the super messy weekend, well you can taste the proof. Check out these selections…

MONDAY – Cactus Channel tie down the EVELYN. With a month of Mondays, the funk will hit the fan. I will do a DJ support once as well.

TUESDAY – OPEN MIC at CAPE LOUNGE. Hosted by NFA with a band headed by CHOI, this is it. Babes on Grill every second week, serving the food!

WEDNESDAY – its WONDERCORE Wednesdays at JOHN CURTAIN HOUSE. Featuring, KIRKIS, Clever Austin, and more – see poster for details..

THURSDAYS -well you always got SOUL IN THE BASEMENT, or KICKIN THE “B” AT 303 + Many options.


residencymay2013-final-2Get out to Get Down….

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This weekend Melbourne is treated to some CRAZY good times. On this Friday night is one of the funkiest Japanese experiences you will ever have. Right on the JB tip are THE OSAKA MONAURAILS. A supertight JB experience right outta the land of the rising groove. THey are joined by Melbourne funk goodness, Cactus Channel and DEEP STREET SOUL also is DJ Chikashi Nishiwaki – DO NOT MISS. tix on sale HERE

osakathen after a rest you get it again on SUNDAY………

outta TEXAS comes an amazing reformation. THE KASHMERE STAGE BAND were a Texas HIGH SCHOOL funk band. Forty five years later they are back to drop the madness. Their exploits were captured on an awesome documentary Texas Thunder Soul.

These guys are performing with The Cactus Channel, our very own High School Funk Band! Come see what a generation will do.Tix sale for the day gig here.It is on at THE GARDEN PARTY. The Garden Party is a vacant lot in Southbank that becomes astroturf and street art, deckchairs and DJs, flowers and funk.For three days it brings the flavour with THE BAMBOOS, AXOLOTL and BROUS on Friday and FONTAIN and HAITUS KAIYOTE on saturday night. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Then there is the AFTERPARTY! this is when the CACTUS CHANNEL and the KASHMERE STAGE BAND actually JAM TOGETHER! This will be happening at the LOUNGE with a bunch of DJ’s and mad DANCERS! (that’s you). This event is FREE before 11pm.


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This friday at the NORTHCOTE SOCIAL CLUB, Adelaide’s soul band will be bring out the big guns. They are in tow to launch their brand new record on us. It is their second LP called “Find My Way Home” out on Mecca Records. WE get the ten piece band continuing to bowl out 60’s inspired soulful pop music. Influenced by the likes of The Supremes and Martha and The Vandellas, Tara Lynch and her back up girls give as good as they look. With a super tight rhythm section, the band will take you to a happy place. Joined on the night by THE PUTBACKS and THE CACTUS CHANNEL and the dj ‘Skills’ of Chris Gill, this will be a great night for dancing and romancing!


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this saturday! CACTUS CHANNEL launch

make sure you are there! This is history in the making. The funkiest instrumental band in the world just so happen to be the youngest instrumental band in the world.
Many years in the making, many many grooves were laid down to get their sound. The launch is going to be a great night. Doors open at 8pm and the whole things wraps up at 11pm, so get in early start dancing and don’t stop. I am VERY excited about this record release. posterv1-20

same night MORE funk…..

after the Cactus Channel the SASKWATCH kids play at the john Curtain hotel in Carlton (Across the road from Soul A Go Go) – thats right a LOOOOOOONG night of funky soul baby!


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CACTUS CHANNEL “Emanuel Ciccolini” video


Local soul kids The Cactus Channel have dropped the video for the first single off the highly anticipated debut album “HAPTICS”. This track is a glimpse at just how hot this LP is going to be. We are talking some super dope instrumental funk. Take a look at the video to see how tight these guys are. Its not just because they have played together for years and years but they only rehearse in a tiny shed. 9 piece funky squeeze – a lesson to be learned for us all.

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LOCAL releases.

This town is putting out some AMAZING music lately. Here is a taste .


Hiatus Kaiyote

Hiatus Kaiyote

Galapagoose "Commitments"

Galapagoose "Commitments"

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