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SWAP MEET FOR MELBOURNE MUSOS

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 25, 2015

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The folks at muso.com.au are presenting a MUSO SWAP MEET at the Flemington Community Centre (25 Mount Alexander Rd) on Sunday 11th Oct, running from 12:30pm – 4:30 pm

Entry fee is only two bucks and there are no fees to trade

Just by coming along, you have the chance  to win Mooer guitar effects pedals in the swap meet’s awesome giveaway (sponsored by Mooer pedals)

Register you interest here

or visit www.muso.com.au for more information

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THE WAIFS ‘BEAUTIFUL YOU’ INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - September 21, 2015

For more than two decades The Waifs have been part of Australia’s musical landscape. However, the popular folk rock trio of  Vikki, Donna and Josh haven’t been sighted much in these parts since their 2011 release Temptation. In fact, until they got together earlier this year to record their brand…

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NEW ROLAND JUNO-DS61/JUNO-DS88 SYNTHS

Posted in Gear, Keyboards (digital & acoustic)    //    Post Date - September 21, 2015

The Juno name first appeared for Roland back in 1982 with the release of their ground-breaking Juno-6 and Juno-60. More Juno models were released at regular intervals up until the mid 80s, then we didn’t hear any Juno news until the name returned in 2004 with the Juno-D. In 2006,…

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THE MERCY KILLS PARADISE MOTEL DOCO

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 21, 2015

DVD_272x184mm_frontIn mid 2014, Melbourne based trash-rock band The Mercy Kills learned that they’d scored the much sought-after support slot for Courtney Love’s Australian tour. Followers of Australian Musician may remember the band documenting that tour in a diary for us (which you can read here ). Now the The Mercy Kills present a DVD documentary of that 7 date national tour titled ‘Paradise Motel-Australian Tour’, named after the EP which they launched on that jaunt with Ms Love. The documentary follows the band around the country offering footage of Josh, Mark, Jen and Nat backstage, in hotel rooms, at airport waiting lounges, in the studio, as well as offering their entire Melbourne Festival Hall ten song set.

The video was directed and edited by the band’s drummer Joshua Black, who will be the first to admit that he was basically learning as he went. Black was also quick to acknowledge his close friend Stacey Broadfoot for her assistance and unexpurgated advice. However despite the lack of film experience, you’d be forgiven for thinking the film was put together by a high profile production company as the results are extremely impressive. Armed with little more than a passion for film, a sketchy knowledge of editing and the odd snippet of advice from some video pros and his friends, Josh has produced a top quality film which perfectly captures the excitement of the tour. However, The Mercy Kills Paradise Motel-Australian Tour was never meant to be a full length doco, it just turned out that way. “There was no real plan to do this, to do a documentary,” says Josh. “We just thought, let’s film it just for us. We’re playing Festival Hall. We may never do it again, let’s film it. Initially I thought maybe we can pull a video clip out of this. Something to show my grand kids when I’m 80. I started playing with the editing program and I watched a shit load of tutorials and as it went along, I thought, I can do this!”

Seven cameras were used for the Festival Hall footage, mainly Go Pros. The concert sound was taken from the mixing desk and embellished with a few overdubs, resulting in broadcast-quality audio and video. For the incidental footage, backstage and beyond, Josh used a small digital camera and implored his band mates to capture iPhone footage whenever they could. “I had a little digital camera and was in everyone’s faces and they started getting a bit sick of me, especially toward the end of the tour when they were getting tired,” recalls Josh. “I wanted the stuff that you normally wouldn’t want people to see. In the end we’re all voyeuristic and that’s what public would want to see.” It was an extraordinary effort from Josh, as for the duration of the tour he was suffering from a bad dose of flu. A shot of him sitting on a shower floor willing himself to health while Nat and Jen are enjoying a side-stage moment watching Courtney Love, is testament to this.

mercykillscl-300x219Although the band only got to meet Courtney Love at the very end of the tour and just had time for a quick photo, she does make a small appearance in the documentary. “We would have loved to have got some real footage with Courtney Love but just getting a photo with her was enough, we kind of gave her space during the tour and I think she would have appreciated that,” says Josh. “We have used a bit of one of her tracks. Ginger Wildheart from her band was cool for us to use it. It’s just a little sequence near the end. It’s not a feature piece where we are using it to sell our stuff, it’s just appropriate for where it is in the documentary. They’d just written the song and started playing it on that tour.”

Since completing the film, Josh has been bitten by the film editing bug. His most recent work is a clip for the band’s song ‘She Knows’, which is a stop motion video, made entirely of stills from their Happy To Kill You album cover shoot. The band is also appearing in a new motion picture called ‘Sheborg’ which is being put together by Strongman, the team which has shot previous Mercy Kills videos. The band will formally launch their Paradise Motel-Australian Tour documentary with a Melbourne gig soon. Apart from the gig footage and backstage material, the video also contains 36 minutes of extras including some humorous clips featuring the roller derby girls from MurderDrome, another film the band appeared in. All up there’s more than an hour and a half of rockin’ good Mercy Kills’ fun.

You can order the DVD now from the band’s online merch store http://tmkstore.bigcartel.com/ or purchase it at their live shows

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DAVE SYMES (BOY & BEAR) – BASS

Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - September 21, 2015

On Friday October 9th, Boy & Bear release their fabulous new album, Limit of Love. The album  was recorded at Peter Gabriel’s famous Real World Studio, with Ethan Johns as producer. We’ll soon bring you our full band interview but for now, we pulled bass player DAVE SYMES aside for…

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LOREN KATE – VOCALS

Posted in Artist Profiles, Artists    //    Post Date - September 21, 2015

South Australian-based singer songwriter and last year’s winner of the Telstra Road to Discovery, Loren Kate has recently released her new single, When You Leave. The EP it’s taken from, Til The Night Meets The Sun is set for release on October 9.  Loren is currently on a recording and…

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WATCH: TONEBONE BASSBONE V2

Posted in Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - September 21, 2015

Like the original, the second generation Bassbone V2 features the same award-winning audio circuit that has made the Bassbone a top choice for many of the world’s most prominent bass players including Marcus Miller, John Patitucci, Rhonda Smith and Victor Wooten. Simply stated, the Bassbone V2 is a bass command…

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THAT LOW & LONESOME GARRETT KATO SOUND

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - September 21, 2015

As singer songwriter Garrett Kato’s website bio explains, he was “born in British Columbia, Canada and started playing music in his teens. At the age of 23 he relocated to Byron Bay”. Kato not only discovered a thriving local acoustic music scene in Byron but also found the love of…

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The Age Music Victoria Awards performers announced

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 17, 2015

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Performers for this year’s The Age Music Victoria Awards have been announced and include Marlon Williams, Courtney Barnett, Harts, Briggs and The EG Allstars.  The 10th Edition of The Age Music Victoria Awards will take place at 170 Russell on 11 November 2015.

A limited release of 300 tickets will be available to the public, so get in quick to celebrate with your favourite musicians.

The event will be co-presented by Triple R 102.7FM and PBS 106.7FM. Two of their finest broadcasters, Chris Gill and Lyndelle Wilkinson, will MC the event and Fee B-Squared will be spinning the tunes between sets.

In a celebration of the diversity of the Victorian contemporary music scene, the night will peak when special guests Ajak Kwai, Ben Salter, Blake Scott (The Peep Tempel), Briggs, Ecca Vandal, Emma Donovan, Iseula Hingano (Blue Eyes Cry) and Olympia, perform a song with The EG Allstars.

9e666793-61e8-4790-86e3-1fd063119d6dFor the first time, the Public Awards, which are decided by 80,000 public votes, and The Genre Awards, which are chosen by select expert panels, will be merged in one huge show. The Hall of Fame acts will be celebrated in a separate concert at the Palais Theatre on 20 November 2015.

Last year’s major industry partners Live At Your Local and Bakehouse Studios, are joining the event once again, with $5 from every ticket sold  going to Support Act Limited to support musicians in need.

The Age Music Victoria Awards 10th Edition
11 November 2015, Doors 6.45 PM
ON SALE NOW Tickets $40 + BF via www.170russell.com or phone 1300 724 867

Bands can self-nominate for the Genre Awards until 30 September 2015 at www.musicvictoria.com.au/agemusicvictoriaawards/nominations.

Public voting opens online via The Age and Music Victoria websites from Friday 9 October 2015.

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SUFJAN STEVENS AUSTRALIAN TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - September 16, 2015

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Much-lauded American, singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sufjan Stevens is returning to Australia for a national tour beginning in February and tickets are on sale today! Just over a decade on from Illinois and five years from his Age of Adz, Michigan-born songwriter Sufjan Stevens embarks on a full Australian tour playing tracks from his 2015 album, Carrie & Lowell, his grief-laden ode to his late mother, as well as selections across his career, featuring a full band and an immersive lighting production.

Dates include:
Monday 22 February State Theatre – Sydney, NSW Tickets available via www.ticketmaster.com.au
Friday 26 February Hamer Hall – Melbourne, VIC Tickets available via www.artscentremelbourne.com.au
Wednesday 2 March Red Hill Auditorium – Perth, WA Tickets available via www.oztix.com.au
Friday 4 March QPAC Concert Hall – Brisbane, QLD Tickets available via www.qpac.com.au

http://billions.com/sufjanstevens

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