Buy or Stream ‘Um’ By the Stream

G’day

If you haven’t heard my EP ‘Um’ yet but you’d like to be informed enough to make small-talk about it next time we run into each other, it’s never been easier to #getthegist! You can stream/buy it errywhere –

Spotify \ Apple Music \ Itunes \ CD Baby \ Triple J Unearthed \ Soundcloud

But of course, I hope you like it enough to get more then just the gist.

Anyways, ‘What’s next?’ – President Jed Bartlett

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Dig, ‘Um’

HOWYERGOIN

Ep artwork painted by Jessee Lee Johns

My brand new EP ‘Um’, recorded live in memorial hall in Perth, WA, is LIVE dog! TheMusic.com.au have been kind enough to premiere it here, bless their little cotton socks. You can have a read about it and stream it there, too.

FYI diamontes, my band and I launched this little rekkid at The Bird on Saturday the 28th of January, where local leg-ends Childsaint, Kitchen People and New Nausea supported the shit out of me. We also managed to raise over 200 clams for The Indigenous Literacy Foundation, by auctioning off the paintings created by Jessee Lee Johns for the EP cover. Here’s a snap or two from Ken Langdale, darling –

JD EP Launch

Childsaint at JD EP Launch

Kitchen People at JD EP Launch

#cute#fun#real#vibe#strong#um#diamontes#dig

Hope you like these new tracks, which are focussed on the sadder, more difficult corners of love and identity. Um, yeah.

Love Jacob

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‘Um’ Ep Launch!

G’DAY

In November 2016 me and my band returned to Memorial Hall in Mosman Park to live-track a new EP. Our 2015 EP ‘Chum‘, recorded in the same place and in the same way, was written in the spirit of ‘being happy with people you dig’.. This one’s more about ‘being confused and afraid with noone’ *sigh*. This offerings title is, ‘Um’. Here’s a behind the scenes snap –

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Pictured (L to R): Jake and Jake

But #chill gang, it’s not all #doomandgloom, because I’ll be joined on the night by #ripsnorters

C H I L D S A I N T
K I T C H E N P E O P L E +
N E W N A U S E A

♥ ikr ♥

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Desined by Liam Young with original artwork from Jessee Lee Johns

Check out the poster (designed by Liam Young) and the original painting by local Perth genius Jessee Lee Johns !!

It’s $10 entry on the door at THE BIRD, Northbridge WA and there’s only 100 EPs up for grabs ever, so snag one before mum and dad buy em all up for rellies I don’t know, k?!… But ya know it’s 2017, so in all likelihood I will utilise digital mediums to distribute the songs too.

Hoping I’ll see you there for a boogie and a folk song,
Jacob

P.S. my much discussed, much invisible debut LP is on the way too, but this is a nice little entree ok I promise

Much Good Boys Voice

Humbled and stoked to be awarded Best Male Vocalist at this years Western Australian Music Awards.

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Me, Timothy Nelson and Stu Macleod

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Anthony Tran Photography

Thanks WAM and John Jacob Niles.

Hey also, I have some new music coming out very soon!

Jan 28th to be precise, but shh.

 

Gondwanaland

Finally what you’ve all been waiting for – indulgent pics of me and my friends doing a thing that may seem glamorous but was in reality a fart-laden foul-mouthed stress-fest

Albeit brilliant and beautiful.

Gondwanaland

Myself, my band and wondrous producer Lachlan Carrick spent a week recording my first album at Real2Reel studios, just outside of Bunbury, WA. The studio is set on twelve acres of wholesome family-man land. James Newhouse, owner, operator and wholesome-family-man (his subheading for the doco), pottered around all week being impossibly knowledgable about the mechanics of recording but, more impressively, about heaps of other classic country stuff like bonfires, having sheep and tomato relish. I mean, the guy just knows how to make his own relish from stuff that he grew in the ground. He was gentle-spirited, he was patient with 5-6 noisy smelly potty-mouths and would show up sporadically with coffee for everyone. I wanna thank him for painstakingly assembling a practical-magic land conducive to creativity and my stress.

Lachyland

Lachlan Carrick of Hogsmeade lived a magical full life filled with music and experiences that made him my perfect music-mate well before I met him. Then I met him and we became perfect music-mates. #magic. He covers my deficiencies well (he’s a creatively limitless, organised straight-talker) and I, his (I find nice ways to say stuff). He courageously left his infant child who was about two minutes old to come and sprinkle his magic patronus or whatever over everything (only ever read the first Harry Potter, is it obvs?). He was efficient and brilliant, calm and generous, wise and fun. Despite all that, Will (bass/feuxpas) called him a ‘hideous slut’ on day 1. Keep in mind this was not only day 1 of recording but also the first day Will and Lachy ever met. Luckily, it weirdly became a sweet little term of endearment for our hideously slutty friend, Lachy.

Bandlands

My four lovely friends came and recorded for a whole week. What they got was hopefully a memorable experience, no money and hastily thrown together instructions laced with stressy nuance from me. They killed it. You’ll hear it. It was all a bit like school camp really. The cabin fever, the grumps, farts, literally truth or dare, shit in-jokes (the cleverest of which was simply ‘sausages’… just like saying it) and just those sweet sweet #bonds man.

 

Savland

Hero behind and before the lens, Matt Sav agreed to come down for an afternoon and shoot us doing whatever it was we were doing at the time. We were kicking the footy, recording some prepared piano and having a bonfire. He captured the spirit of the thing cos he’s the best. Enjoy a selection below.

Album will be out later this year after I record some vocals and do some yoga!

Thanks for reading/supportin

Jacob

 

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Thanks WAM!

 

Best Folk Act, 2015

 

Have a listen to my new EP here. It looks like this –

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Yes, it looks like theres a penis on the cover. It’s actually just the stage door to the Theatre that we recorded it in, but people seem to love the whole phallic-vibe

Enjoy!

Whammo/Chum/Lior/Stagebound

Hi there,

just a note to say that some whammo delightful things have happened recently..the note is four chapters long sorry, wham after wham after –

1. WHAMMO

I’ve been nominated for three WAM Awards by the Western Australian Music Industry… I dunno.. playaz? Paellas? Stoked to be nominated for –

Best Folk Act

Best Male Vocalist

Most Popular New Act

The awards ceremony is at Jack Rabbit Slims in Northbridge this Thursday, November 5th. We’ll also be performing on the night for the WAM Conference attendees and elite high-flying hand-shakin’ industry paellas. I’m bloody excited and thank the WAMmo’s wholeheartedly again for their support. Bless their bloody cotton socks. So make a sign of the cross and pray that your boy gets a delectable wamington. Or ya know don’t and the world will probs keep on spinnin and i’ll probs keep making songs

Full list of nominees and all details here!

(In a shocking turn of events however, today I lost to Kevin Parker – of some terrible weird unknown outfit who make shit albums called Time Impaler – for Best Male Vocalist. #bombshell.. Ugh, I’m bloody joshin of course – thats a bloody whammo well deserved win, and I, like every right thinking person, love that band and those songs and dem vocaless.)

2. CHUM

Me and my band recently recorded an EP called Chum. We did it all in two days, live to tape on the floor of an old theatre. I just received the masters and sent the rad Matt Sav‘d design off to the pressers today. It sounds very very great and I can’t wait for all you delightful paellas out there to hear it. In fact, you could even check out one of the songs now if ya like?..

3. LIOR

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I got to sing vocals for me hero Lior at The Astor Theatre on Friday night! Crazy, because I was listening to his songs when I was like 14 and he sorta made me wanna write songs and there I was singing but mostly fucking up the bv parts that I’d come to know so well! Delightful. Whammo. Thanks, Li.

4. STAGEBOUND

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Fourthly, and perhaps most importantly, I’ve been sponsored by the lovely folk over at theMusic.com.au to be a nominee in this years ‘Stagebound’ comp, which gives the winner the chance to open Southbound festival! Wowee whammo delight! It’s completely decided on votes though, so if you like what I do or have seen me play or you’re somehow obligated to by relation or kinship, then please please please flick your boy a vote by following THIS LINK and selecting my name from the list of bands at the bottom – it’s a hotly contested comp so any help you can offer is appreciated and rewarded with smooches and those delightful coconut-covered apricot cube things you get from woolies

Whammo

Thanks for reading these, if that’s something that you do, but if you’re a skimmer then thanks for skimmin, and thanks in a general sense for the support, it’s muchly appreciated.

Love Jacob

Oh hi there

Oh hi there

I used to post semi-regular blogg-y stuff on this here website.. Until it was infiltrated by some malicious hack(er)s who scattered links to ‘gay tube porn cartoon’ and ‘will write research papers for free’ everywhere? Both tempting links, but I think this website for my folk songs is maybe just not the right place for them ya know? Anyway, I had to decommission this puppy for a while. The hackers are all serving life sentences for defamation now so no stress

Anyway spit spot

So much has happened between their final sentencing and this grand reopening! have a gnader* –

– Me and my band o’ boys won the big splash band competition?! Crazy. Indeed an honour and a shock. A shocking honour. A hocking goner. A shackle gander. The final was a night of biffs and bangers, feat. bonza sets from my boys in Shit Narnia, The High Learys and Psychedelic Porn Crumpets. In a heartwarming and humbling turn of events, friends and family of mine reeeeally turned up for me; Making noise nice and early for their alphabetically first hopeful. I feel so.. well, what I’ll say is – there isn’t an emoji in the world that could capture my elation and gratitude about all that.

Except for obviously the chick popping out of the egg that looks like it’s saying ‘perche no las dos?’. What a little joker. At any rate, now we got 10k to put towards the recording of our album!

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Me and the gang with a cheque, MC Magnus Danger Magnus, and Big Splash Founder Maria Florides. Pic from George Foster Photography

– I received a lovely grant from the Department of Culture and Arts to put towards the recording of our album! Another Hockey goner!

Me and Pete Guazelli next to a DCA sign

Me and Pete Guazelli next to a DCA sign

– I performed at festivals like Wave Rock Weekender and Rottofest with my boys! many laughs and moments of ‘coming in hot’ were had.

Me and the boys at Wave Rock Weekender, 26/9

Wave Rock Weekender, 26/9. Photo from Curbside Collection

– I recorded some songs live to tape in an old theatre which is being mixed literally as I type this!

Live tracking at Camelot Theatre in MosArts

Live tracking at Camelot Theatre in MosArts, 8/10

– Tony Abbot died :(

– I’ve been learning all the BV’s from esteemed Israeli/Australian songwriter Lior’s first album ‘Autumn Flow’… because I’m going to sing them with him at his show at The Astor Theatre on the 30th of October! His tour is in celebration of the super succesful albums 10th Anniversary; this, the album that got me interested in writing songs. Now, by some bizarre twists of fate, I get to sing those same bloody songs with him? Thats a big deal for your boy JD. He’s my Elvis? Mi mi mi mi mi mi mi mi mi (just warming up bro)

Lior, Noah Shilkin and Jacob Diamond co-writing at Lolly Box Studios, Margaret River. February, 2015

Lior, Noah Shilkin and I co-writing at Lolly Box Studios, Margaret River. February, 2015. Pic from Rebecca Shilkin

Some more exciting business is fast approaching and, assuming those same questionable hackers don’t return with their confusing simultaneous offers of homoeroticism and affordable academic assitance, I can tell you aaaall about it right here at jacob bloody diamond dot com dot au slash how yer goin

it’s good to be back!

Speak soon, got family dinner – roast. fuck yeah

 

x

*Yeah misspelt ‘gander’ but left it cause I think gnader has a nicer ring to it. pronounce it however you like!

Bangers and May

HI THERE

April was crazy and May was… mayzy? May featured less shows, but more instagram posts – confirming again the age old adage that ‘as one door closes, another door opens’. Allow me to use some of these images to tell the greatest love story ever told – ‘bangers and may’.

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  • May 1st was a banger, with my first ever headline, full-band show. We played at the Astor Theatre! To be clear, we played in the smaller ‘B’ theatre… which used to be a porn theatre.
Full-band show at The Astor Lounge

Full-band show at The Astor Lounge – Pic from Tash Shanks.

  • I played a banger of a duo gig on May 28th at The Moon Cafe, which was as lovely a banger as The Moon’s ever seen in it’s billions of years of hanging in the sky. Unfortunately thats not the first Moon-related gag I made in the lead-up to this gig. Just enjoy this photo, in which keyboardist and son-of-a-lutheran-minister Matt Schmalkuche (pronounced ‘shmal-cooker’), is ruining the illusion that we were unaware we were being photographed.
Duo gig at The Moon Cafe, Northbridge

Duo gig at The Moon Cafe, Northbridge – Pic from Bronte Moore

  • The second last banger of May, the 30th, saw one of the biggest days on the local music calendar go down in Perth’s cultural centre. I was lucky enough to join the bill of ‘State Of The Art’ – or ‘Bang Of The State’ – festival, with heavyweights like You Am I, Katy Steele and Birds of Tokyo! ..Well kinda, I was playing on a free stage out by the mac and cheese toasted sandwich van, but still what a banger! The weather was perfect and the tunes were on point. Some lovely people from The Music had this to say about your boy – ‘Jacob Diamond’s blue-eyed soul cut through the hustle and bustle of the Street Food Lane… It says a lot when an artist can pique people’s interests with nothing but a guitar and a voice, and Diamond did just that’. Naw. Check out the rest of the review here.
Performing at State Of The Art Fesitval on the WA Food Lanes Stage - Pic from Micaela Rebecca

Performing at State Of The Art Festival on the WA Food Lanes Stage – Pic from Micaela Rebecca

  • I went to Melbourne to do some writing for a few days and caught up with my good buddies Marlon Williams and Aldous Harding, whose respective albums you should ABSOLUTELY buy. Here and here. Do it.
Buds at Marlon's place - The Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford

Marlon and I – The Yarra Hotel, Abbotsford. Pic from Hanna Harding

  • Lastly, I got some very exciting news on the 18th of Bang. I was chosen to compete in this years Big Splash Band Competition along with 31 other of WA’s unsigned bangers! It’s a damn honour boys. There’s a bunch of heats, and then a big old grand final – and the winner gets 10,000 clams!? good heavens. As I’m in the throws of writing and recording my debut album, this money could go a long way to helping me #livemydreams.

I feel very grateful to everyone who has supported me thus far, and call on their/your support again on July 9th at Jimmy’s Den! Join the facebook event here! Its gonna be a full band banger and I’m gonna #turnup! A lot of the judging is based on crowd response, so I need all my brethren – the diamontes – to come and enjoy a great lineup and make some noise! On top of the healthy competition, I’m also just stoked to be playing a show with some sick bands – Oakland, Good Try and Rag’n’Bone. I’m exactly this stoked –

This common gesture - the 'thumbs up' - is used to communicate gratitude, satisfaction or simply to say, 'hey I got accepted into The Big Splash Band Competition'.

This common gesture – the ‘thumbs up’ – is used to communicate gratitude, satisfaction or simply to say, ‘hey I got accepted into The Big Splash Band Competition’.

Phew. Well, Ima start warming up for my Big Splash heat (memememememememe), and you should pick an outfit. It’ll be here before you know it, and you don’t want to look like an idiot with some heinous last minute higgeldy-piggeldy number, do ya now?

Yours bangedly,

Jacob