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BIT OF ‘FRENCH AND SAUNDERS’ END OF WEEK GUITAR FUN

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 30, 2014

An olden but golden video from a French and Saunders episode. The sketch was called ‘The Easy Guitar Book Sketch’ and featured David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler, Gary Moore, Mark King and Lemmy

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MIDNIGHT JUGGERNAUTS TALK ROLAND AIRA AT VIVID LIVE

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 29, 2014

On the eve of their Vivid Live 2014 performance at Sydney’s iconic Opera House, Midnight Juggernauts had a quick chat with Roland about their new show “Aerials” and how two instruments of the AIRArange, the TR-8 and SYSTEM-1 have fast become centrepieces of the audio/visual spectacular. 

Since the release of their debut album, “Dystopia” in 2007, the Midnight Juggernauts have been at the forefront of the Australian electronic music scene and show no signs of slowing down.
http://blog.rolandcorp.com.au/index.php/artists/

 

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MELODY POOL & MARLON WILLIAMS NATIONAL TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 29, 2014

marlon:melodyTwo of Australasia’s most exciting young musicians will join forces this July and August for a co-headline tour across the country. Singer-songwriters Melody Pool, hailing from the Hunter Valley, NSW and Marlon Williams originally from Christchurch, NZ will treat audiences to their outstanding individual talents for a run of shows that are certain to captivate audiences everywhere.

Melody has spent the last 12 months touring the World including a sold-out tour of the UK and Europe with The Milk Carton Kids, and also the Americana Music Festival in Nashville. In  June Melody will join Gabrielle Aplin on her Heavenly Sounds shows in both Brisbane and Sydney.
Living up to the hype, Williams featured on SBS’ Rockwiz last week and has been announced as main support for the First Aid Kit tour in July. He also performed at the Sydney Opera House in April for TEDx Sydney alongside Megan Washington and Lior.   ‘Strange Things’ (released 28 May) is the first single from Williams’ debut solo album, due for release in October. Lilting, quirky, beautiful and haunting, ‘Strange Things’ offers a taste of Williams dark sense of humour, and ability to find magic in the morbid.

MELODY POOL & MARLON WILLIAMS CO-HEADLINE TOUR DATES
JULY / AUGUST 2014

Tickets on sale Wednesday 28 May from www.melodypool.com or www.marlonwilliams.co.nz

Thu 17 Jul      Beav’s Bar | Geelong, VIC                   (18+)

Fri 18 Jul    Leaps & Bounds Festival |
Fitzroy Town Hall, Melbourne, VIC            (18+)

Sat 19 Jul     Caravan Music Club | Oakleigh, VIC        (18+)

Sun 20 Jul     Major Tom’s | Kyneton, VIC             (18+)

Thu 24 Jul     Grand Poobah | Hobart, TAS            (18+)

Fri 25 Jul    Royal Oak Hotel | Launceston, TAS         (18+)

Sat 26 Jul     The Wheatsheaf Hotel | Adelaide, SA        (18+)

Sat 2 Aug    Newtown Social Club | Sydney, NSW         (18+)

Sun 3 Aug    Lizotte’s | Newcastle, NSW                (18+)

Wed 6 Aug    Armidale Club | Armidale, NSW            (18+)

Thu 7 Aug     Black Bear Lodge | Brisbane, QLD         (18+)

Fri 8 Aug     St Martin’s Parish Hall | Mullumbimby, NSW    (18+)

Sat 9 Aug     No. 5 Church Street | Bellingen, NSW          (18+)

Sun 10 Aug     Lizotte’s | Central Coast, NSW             (18+)

Tue 12 Aug     The Front Gallery | Canberra, ACT            (18+)

Thu 14 Aug      Ararat Hotel | Ararat, VIC                 (18+)

Fri 15 Aug     Harvester Moon | Bellarine, VIC             (18+)

Sat 16 Aug     Baby Black Café | Bacchus Marsh, VIC         (18+)

Sun 17 Aug    Bridge Hotel | Castlemaine, VIC             (18+)

Sat 23 Aug     X-Wray Café | Fremantle, WA              (18+)

Sun 24 Aug     Settler’s Tavern | Margaret River, WA          (18+)

Tue 26 Aug    Ellington Jazz Club | Perth, WA             (18+)

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TC-Helicon Announces User-Driven Update to VoiceLive 3

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 28, 2014

tch-voicelive-3-perspSince its launch in January, VoiceLive 3 has quickly proven itself to be an impressive 3-in-1-performance system for vocal processing, guitar FX and phrase looping, but innovation doesn’t stop there. Today, TC-Helicon announces a new firmware update based on user comments and artist suggestions – improving several functions, including a wide variety of fixes, tweaks and upgrades. The biggest overall change is to the feel, accuracy and musicality of the onboard looper, which is destined to make a massive difference for live performance.

“Customer feedback over the last few months has been essential in helping us produce this update and we’re pleased to offer it. The response to the Beta versions we’ve posted has been hugely enthusiastic with users reporting vastly improved feel and a more rewarding overall looping experience. We went through 50 internal test versions to get it exactly how we wanted so, especially regarding the looper, it’s a real game-changer.” says Product Manager, Tom Lang.

New Update Features
• Looper – Timing precision of record, overdub, swap and playback increased for more natural looping.
• Looper – Allow smart sync from any loop to any loop (A used to have to be the master)
• UI – Added Loop Input options for STEP and Switch-3 (watch the video for an explanation of how it works)

User-Driven Improvements

• Looper – Playback position easier to see (larger/wider bar)
• Looper – Added input and sync mode indicators to the looper screen display
•  Looper – Improved sensitivity of waveform display (less likely to show no waveforms with lower level input)
• Looper – More accurate tracking of free space available
• Looper – Added warning for no loop space remaining
• Looper – Show warning if user turns off MET in quantize mode (MET on/mute is required for Quantize to work properly)
• UI – Added popup for loop input changes via STEP and Switch-3
• UI – Added current Key/Scale display to Home screen
• UI – Updated USB drive detection
• UI – Reduce Mixer screen timeout duration
• UI – Added “speedbump” detent to any parameter with symmetric values.
*In english* If the parameter goes equal distances one way and the other, like Pan, it’ll stop in the middle now. It makes it much easier to get “back to 0”.
• UI – Added expression pedal vocal level target
• UI – Store LED now lights when store page is active

 How To Get The Firmware
– Download and install VoiceSupport – TC-Helicon’s free app for PC/Mac
– Connect VoiceLive 3 to your computer using the supplied USB cable
– Launch VoiceSupport
– After the updates have downloaded, click on the Firmware tab
– Click on the topmost firmware version. It will likely say “New” next to it.
– Allow the update process to complete. DO NOT UNPLUG OR REBOOT YOUR UNIT!
– The device will come back to normal operating status on its own

Distributed in Australia by http://www.ambertech.com.au/

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FESTIVAL REVIEW – STONNINGTON JAZZ 2014

Posted in Special Features    //    Post Date - May 28, 2014

by Greg Phillips The audience at Malvern Town Hall have come in their finery, wining on wine and dining on dips as they mingle wherever a seat presents itself. They have come for the opening night of the 9th annual Stonnington Jazz Festival The festival runs for 11 days and…

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TAKAMINE G SERIES UKES

Posted in Gear, Other Fretted    //    Post Date - May 28, 2014

The folks at Takamine have released an exquisite range of new ukuleles with their G Series models. Included are the TGUC1 Takamine Concert Ukulele with dark grain and the TGUT1 Takamine Tenor Ukulele in a light grain.
(Lighter Grain) Features of these beautiful instruments include: Top: Laminated Ply Back: Mahogany Sides:…

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BEHRINGER X-TOUCH

Posted in Gear, Sound (PA, mixer, mics, recording)    //    Post Date - May 28, 2014

First announced at NAMM in January was Behringer’s awesome XTOUCH, a Universal Control Surface with 9 Touch-Sensitive Motor Faders, LCD Scribble Strips and Ethernet/USB/MIDI Interface. Features of this amazing unit include: • Universal DAW Remote Controller for Studio and Live applications • Supports HUI* and Mackie Control* protocols for seamless…

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KATE MILLER-HEIDKE’S TOUR GETS BIGGER 

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 27, 2014

_19 05 2014 1 MEG Aug tour KMH_horizontal flowers_ CREDIT JO DUCK_0450Following her sold out Sydney Opera House performance of VIVID live; Kate Miller-Heidke has added a new Sydney show to her national album tour which takes place throughout August. The show will take place at The Concourse – Concert Hall in Chatswood on Friday August 15th. Tickets are on sale this Thursday May 29th and a reminder all other shows are on sale now. For the full tour dates and updated information about Kate Miller-Heidke’s recent and forthcoming activity see below.

Kate Miller-Heidke has the critics raving with her fourth studio album, and first independent release, O Vertigo! The album playfully redefines the boundaries of her unique style of indie pop whilst pushing her voice into uncharted vocal terrain.  Made possible by the support of Kate’s army of loyal fans who funded the album through PledgeMusic in a record-breaking 3 days, it was released in March and garnered rave reviews along with a top 5 debut on the ARIA album chart.

KATE MILLER-HEIDKE – ALBUM TOUR 2014

All shows are open to all ages, except Perth *(where patrons 13-18 years can attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian) and Cairns which is 15+ and Adelaide and Sawtell **, which are 18+.

FRIDAY AUGUST 1st                        ASTOR THEATRE, PERTH, WA
Tickets: (08) 9370 5888 // www.showticketing.com.au
*Patrons 13-18 years can attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

SATURDAY AUGUST 2nd                BIRD IN HAND, ADELAIDE, SA
Tickets: (08) 8389 9488 // www.birdinhand.com.au
**Over 18’s only

THURSDAY AUGUST 7th                EMPIRE CHURCH THEATRE, TOOWOOMBA, QLD
Tickets: 1300 655 299 // www.empiretheatre.com.au

FRIDAY AUGUST 8th                        QPAC – CONCERT HALL, BRISBANE, QLD
Tickets: 136 246 // www.qpac.com.au

SATURDAY AUGUST 9th                 TANKS ARTS CENTRE, CAIRNS, QLD
Tickets: 1300 855 835 // www.ticketlink.com.au
*** Restricted to 15 years and over

SUNDAY AUGUST 10th                   MACKAY ENTERTAINMENT & CONVENTION CENTRE, MACKAY, QLD
Tickets: (07) 4961 9777 // www.mackaytix.com.au

TUESDAY AUGUST 12th                  CAPITOL THEATRE, TAMWORTH, NSW
Tickets: (02) 6767 5300 // www.entertainmentvenues.com.au

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 13th          DUBBO REGIONAL THEATRE, DUBBO, NSW
Tickets: (02) 6801 4378 // www.drtcc.com.au

THURSDAY AUGUST 14th              ORANGE CIVIC THEATRE, ORANGE, NSW
Tickets: (02) 6393 8111 // www.ticketek.com.au

FRIDAY AUGUST 15th                      THE CONCOURSE – CONCERT HALL, CHATSWOOD, NSW – newly added show
Tickets on sale Thursday May 29th
Tickets: 1300 795 012 // www.ticketek.com.au

SATURDAY AUGUST 16th              JOAN SUTHERLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, PENRITH, NSW
Tickets: (02) 4723 7600 // www.jspac.com.au

WEDNESDAY AUGUST 20th          SAWTELL RSL, SAWTELL, NSW
Tickets: (02) 6653 1577 // www.sawtellrsl.com.au
**Over 18’s only

THURSDAY AUGUST 21st              THE GLASSHOUSE, PORT MACQUARIE, NSW
Tickets: (02) 6581 8888 // www.glasshouse.org.au

FRIDAY AUGUST 22nd                     NEWCASTLE CITY HALL, NEWCASTLE, NSW
Tickets: (02) 4929 1977 // www.ticketek.com.au

SATURDAY AUGUST 23rd              CANBERRA THEATRE, CANBERRA, ACT
Tickets: (02) 6275 2700 // www.canberratheatrecentre.com.au

TUESDAY AUGUST 26th                           IPAC – IMB THEATRE, WOLLONGONG, NSW
Tickets: (02) 4224 5999 // www.ipac.org.au

THURSDAY AUGUST 28th              WANGARATTA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE, WANGARATTA, VIC
Tickets: (03) 5722 8105 // www.wangarattapac.com.au

FRIDAY AUGUST 29th                      MELBOURNE RECITAL CENTRE, MELBOURNE, VIC
Tickets: (03) 9699 3333 // www.melbournerecital.com.au

SATURDAY AUGUST 30th              PRINCESS THEATRE, LAUNCESTON, TAS
Tickets: (03) 6323 3666 // www.theatrenorth.com.au

www.katemillerheidke.com    

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WATCH/TAYLOR GUITAR 800 SERIES DEMO

Posted in Acoustic Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - May 27, 2014

When Taylor Guitars Master Luthier Andy Powers redesigned Taylor’s flagship rosewood/spruce 800 Series, not only did he enhance the overall tonal response in terms of volume, clarity and uniformity, he also accentuated the unique acoustic strengths of each different body shape, from the small-sized Grand Concert to the big-bodied Grand…

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JOE BONAMASSA SEPTEMBER TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - May 27, 2014

JB MINI Acoustic Marcus Sweeny-BirdJoe Bonamassa has announced his Australian tour dates for September 2014. Kicking off in Sydney on September 14, the whirlwind trip will finish up a week later in Perth on September 21, after shows in Adelaide and Melbourne.

To mark the tour announcement, a new Free Song Download from Joe Bonamassa has been made available. Go to www.jbonamassa.com/freemp3 to claim your copy. The new live show will offer two stellar band line-ups with Joe Bonamassa dividing the show in half, offering audiences both a full acoustic and a full electric set. This will be Bonamassa’s first time performing a full acoustic set in Australia for local audiences.

The first set will feature Bonamassa alongside the acoustic band from his #1 Billboard acoustic CD/DVD An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House playing an assortment of rare, vintage, organic and unusual instruments alongside performers Gerry O’Connor (fiddle/mandolin), Mats Wester (Swedish keyed fiddle), and Lenny Castro (percussion). Together they will run through an hour of the celebrated signature acoustic performance from Bonamassa’s Vienna show, treating the audience to a gorgeously textured unplugged experience.  Bonamassa will then shift into electric mode for the second half of the show, which will feature his acclaimed touring band: Carmine Rojas (bass), Tal Bergman (drums), and new touring keyboardist (and fellow Black Country Communion member) Derek Sherinian.

Recent honours for Bonamassa include his first Grammy nomination for Best Blues Album (Seesaw with Beth Hart), his twelfth #1 Billboard Blues Album (Live In Amsterdam, with Beth Hart) – giving him more Billboard Blues #1 albums than any other artist (surpassing even Stevie Ray Vaughan, Eric Clapton and the great BB King) and his DVD Joe Bonamassa: Live At The Royal Albert Hall, earning platinum status.

2014 AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
SUN SEP 14 THE STATE THEATRE NSW
WED SEP 17 HER MAJESTY’S THEATRE SA
FRI SEP 19 THE PALAIS THEATRE VIC
SUN SEP 21 PERTH CONCERT HALL WA

http://jbonamassa.com/
https://www.facebook.com/JoeBonamassa

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