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Hey, kids!

While in theory I should have one copy of Bill Direen‘s Cut album left, I cannot really find it in practice. If you want one, I advise you to get in touch with either Bill Direen (South Indies) himself or with Andrew Maitai (Powertool Records) who both still should have sufficient numbers of copies. If you don’t know how to reach them, just drop me a message and I shall enlighten you.



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What is? Well, pretty much everything. I have swung by Recordbag today, and I got back a few records I had left in their care on a sale or return basis and almost forgotten about, to be quite honest. If there is anything missing from your Zelle collection, now is the time to strike! Both our Bill Direen LPs are back in stock, and so are Seafog‘s Raise Your Skinny Fist LP; our first Robbie Burns comp, Ae Fond Kiss, and Francisca GriffinsThe Spaces Between (CocoMuse Releases).

Ferocious – self-titled debut out now

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Ferocious, that’s Bill Direen, Mark Williams and Johannes Contag and NOT just another incarnation of the B(u)ilders. The trio’s eponymous debut CD is now available on the Rattle label. If you’re in Wellington, do’t miss the release show on February 28.

Zelle Records on Spotify etc

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MarineVille: Penguins Ate My Chips (ZR009, 7 March 2017)

Yes, it’s true. The ban has been lifted. I may not like it, but Spotify and all those other streaming services whose names keep illuding me are still around after all those years that I have been trying to ignore them out of existence. The first test balloon that I have launched is the MarineVille album Penguins Ate My Chips (ZR009, 2017). It has been uploaded to RouteNote and is currently being reviewed by RouteNoters. Once that process is finished, you should be able to listen to the album through Spotify and everybody else.

From Dunners to Wieden, from the Water of Leith to the Wien River

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Last week, I took a few of my records to Sissysound Record Store, a brand new vinyl shop in 1040 Wien (Wieden, on the south bank of the Wien River) run by a very nice, decent and charming music enthusiast named Holger. The Zelle Empire keeps spreading. But he has also lots of other swell things. Go and check out his shop.

“Cut” sold out!

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Yesterday, we sold our very last copy of Bill Direen‘s Cut album to Galea Records, Vienna, Austria. If you have difficulty tracking down a copy, please let us know. We have a rough idea of where the remaining unsold ones are …

Bill Direen/Bilders: Cut. ZR011, released in 2018. Cover artwork by Ronnie van Hout.

Jay Clarkson & The Containers album

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Kia ora, Zelle whānau!

I regret to inform you that the new album by Jay Clarkson & The Containers will not be a Zelle record after all. The band has decided against it. Rest assured that there are no hard feelings. Any payments down will be duly refunded. The really good news is, however, that production of the new album Wakey Wakey World is going ahead regardless. We will keep you posted, of course.

Ngā mihi nui,


“Bill Direen – A Memory of Others” OST on double vinyl!

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The official soundtrack to A Memory of Others is now available for preorder on vinyl (and digitally) from the good folk at Sophomore Lounge Records. This 26-song double-LP is a career-spanning ‘best of’ Bill Direen‘s remarkable music, and includes the feature-length documentary. Official release date is October 4. Just 500 copies available – don’t miss out on this superb album!

Talent Contest

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Kia ora,

My friend Stefan Bachmann of the VIP Record Club in Salzburg tells me he is planning an international competition for bands and solo artists who are keen to do an album, or participate in a compilation or suchlike.

Applications to stefan@viprecordclub.com. Please include information as regards the band/act/band bio, pictures and videos if there are any. eight to twelve tracks would be ideal, as essentially this is about an album. There are contestants who have submitted less, so split albums and comps. It’s pretty open. The same goes for musical genre. Anything goes, really.

Ideally, tracks should be mastered and ready to go, but this is not a knockout criterion. Concerts, live streamings etc. are also in some stage of planning, possibly there will be a slot at the next Ottakringer Music and Vinyl Festival in Vienna, next March. By early August (2019), Stefan will certainly know a lot more. Don’t hesitate to contact him or/and me.

Hei konā mai,