Classic Album Sundays, Sydney's monthly all-vinyl hi-fi listening party, is very proud to present this special weeknight event. On Tuesday March 20, we'll host a 30th anniversary celebration of one of the greatest of all Australian albums, The Church's Starfish – with the band's founder and longtime leader Steve Kilbey as our guest on the night!
Sydney's The Church are one of the most beloved and respected of the wave of Australian bands that broke onto the world stage in the '80s, with a unique sound that bridged the gap between postpunk and psychedelic rock. Their 1988 album Starfish became their biggest success, a collection of timeless and lush tunes played both delicately and feverishly by a band at the peak of its powers, led by the worldwide hit “Under the Milky Way.”
Before we listen to this exquisite album on our hi-fi soundsystem, The Church's bassist, lead singer and visionary songwriter Steve Kilbey will join us for an interview; we'll also have a Q&A when the album playback finishes, with Steve taking questions from the audience. Needless to say this intimate gathering promises to be quite the occasion for fans of The Church and of this album.
By the way, our copy of the album is a mint copy of the 180g audiophile Music on Vinyl reissue, released in 2014. And just trust us, it sounds bloody amazing! It really brings out all the rich detail of this wonderful recording, and the bass in particular is so warm and full and lovely.
***Australian classics combi deal with Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' The Boatman's Call!*** In a year and a half of CAS events here in Sydney, we've never presented an album by an Australian artist, so we're really happy to have not one but TWO Aussie classics for you in the next few weeks! At our next listening party, on Sunday April 8, we'll present Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 1997 album The Boatman's Call. We're pleased to offer a special price on our “Australian classics mini-season”: for $25 you get entry to BOTH events! It's a sweet deal for fans of either band or of Australian rock. Look for the tickets marked “Combi ticket” when you purchase.
Here's the event page for the Nick Cave listening party on Sunday April 8: https://www.residentadvisor.net/events/1080783
Hosts: J.P. Ducharne (The Mancusian Circus), Jim Poe (Deep House Australia)
- Cartridge: Rega Exact
- Turntable: Rega RP6
- Amplifier: Accuphase E-202
- Loudspeakers: Klipsch Heresy
- Subwoofer: Klipsch R10SW
Event running order:
6pm - doors, drinks and playlist of music that influenced The Church and Starfish
7pm - welcome and presentation; interview with Steve Kilbey
approx. 7:30pm - play album
approx. 8:15pm - album finishes, Q&A with Steve Kilbey
approx. 8:30pm - playlist and drinks until 9:30pm
About Classic Album Sundays:
Classic Album Sundays is the world's most popular record club. CAS allows the listener to fully immerse themselves in the music by presenting the musical context, the story behind the album and an uninterrupted replay of the album on vinyl on an audiophile hi-fi sound system (with phones switched off and no conversation). People learn about the history of the album and then hear things in the music that they have never heard before. The events are mainly attended by non-audiophiles who are sometimes moved to tears when they hear the details of their favourite recordings.
CAS currently holds regular classic-album listening sessions in London, New York, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Tokyo, Amsterdam, Oslo and many more cities. As it has touched upon a cultural nerve with its mission of challenging the way we listen to music in the 21st century, CAS has received amazing coverage in BBC Breakfast TV, The Guardian, Elle Magazine, NME, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and more.
Check out the wonderful article about CAS Sydney by Kate Hennessy in the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2017/may/09/in-full-on-vinyl-no-chatter-have-we-lost-the-art-of-listening-to-music-
Classic Album Sundays was founded by Colleen “Cosmo” Murphy. Murphy is a radio host (having hosted shows since 1982 and having produced widely syndicated radio shows in the USA); an international audiophile DJ (protegé of David Mancuso and Francois Kevorkian and Director of London's Lucky Cloud Sound System); music producer and remixer (remixes for The Rapture on DFA and producing Wild Rumpus with guitarist Gary Lucas of Captain Beefheart and Jeff Buckley fame); independent label owner (Bitches Brew); and a music journalist. In her younger years, Murphy worked for a number of well-known record shops, where she amassed far too many records.
For much more about Classic Album Sundays, visit the homepage: http://classicalbumsundays.com/