February, 2016

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - February 29, 2016

American-Korean six piece band Run River North (who started out life as Monsters Calling Home) have just released their wonderful second album Drinking From A Salt Pond. When Australian Musician’s Greg Phillips caught up with main man Alex Hwang on the phone, he was driving around Korea town in LA,…

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - February 28, 2016

Australian Musician’s resident electronic music devotee Baz Bardoe gets deep and meaningful with with Robin Rimbaud, also known as ‘Scanner’. Fans of electronic and experimental music would most usually identify with Robin Rimbaud under his production and creative alias ‘Scanner’. The early 1990’s saw a rebirth and reinvention of electronic…

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - February 26, 2016

Dave Graney is a good hater, a real alligator, a smiling assassinator! He’s also an ideas man and he’s set himself a challenge to release a new single each month until … well … his next good idea. First up was the track ‘I’m A Good Hater’, released on February 18th and available here.  Next up will be a tune called ‘This is The Deadest Place I’ve Ever Died In’.

‘I’m A Good Hater’ was cooked up in their Ponderosa Studio in the hills on the outer edge of Melbourne by Dave Graney and Clare Moore in early January 2016. It’s a positively, gleeful yet poisonous brag about hating on something or someone, wrapped in a cruisy, multi-instrumental groove, decorated in Dave’s whimsical delivery style. “Hard. But fair,” says Dave of the song’s lyrics.

Dave Graney and the mistLY’s next gig is on March 24th at the Old Bar, Melbourne. It will most likely be the last chance to see the band before they head to the UK and Europe for shows including an appearance at the Stewart Lee curated All Tomorrow’s Parties 2.0.


Dave Graney and the mistLY international dates

April 8th – Voodoo Rooms , Edinbugh. Dave Graney and the mistLY – double bill w/ MALCOLM ROSS
April 13th BBC6 session with Marc Riley
April 14th – The Eagle Inn – Salford, UK
April 15th-17th – ATP Festival, Prestatyn, North Wales.
21 AVRIL le bistrot de la cité , RENNES
22 AVRIL le galion LORIENT
23 AVRIL le jam session VANNES
May 4th  – The Good Ship, Kilburn, UK

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Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - February 25, 2016

It’s only been two years since DMA’S released their debut single ‘Delete’, a song which took them from complete unknowns to one of Australia’s most exciting bands. Today they release their highly anticipated debut album Hills End, ahead of an Australia tour which will take in all major capital cities…

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Posted in Artists, Blog, Interviews    //    Post Date - February 24, 2016

Steve Vai discusses upcoming releases, tours and the day Steve purchased his first SDE3000 Roland delay units in ‘the early days’ with BOSS at the 2016 Winter NAMM Show!

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - February 24, 2016


While announcing their participation in some July European G3 shows along with Steve Vai and Joe Satriani, The Aristocrats have also mentioned an Asia and Australian tour of their own.

In a press release posted to social media, almost as an after-thought, the band tagged the end of the G3 news with the following;
“We also meant to make the official announcement of our Asia/Australia tour for September and October at this time, but the G3 news broke hard and fast, so we’re focusing on that for this week. If you’re still reading, consider this official bonus information: We’re touring Asia and Australia in September and October! Four Japanese dates are confirmed, as is the Australia time block (early October). We’ll make a separate splash about that next week or so. For now, we’ll trust that this G3 news is big enough.”

It is unknown if Satriani and Vai are also likely to visit Australia at the same time. However, at this point no tour dates feature on either artist’s website beyond the July European dates.

The Aristocrats feature: Marco Minnemann [drums], Bryan Beller [bass], and Guthrie Govan [guitar]. Guthrie Govan was last in Australia in 2014 for a series of masterclasses and an appearance at the Adelaide Guitar Festival

We’ll bring you more information as it comes to hand.

Here’s a clip of The Aristocrats performing live in Japan, filmed by Australian Musician contributor Jason McNamara

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Posted in Amplifiers, Gear    //    Post Date - February 22, 2016

10 years ago Orange created the Original Lunchbox Amp, the Tiny Terror. Over the past decade it has grown to iconic status. To check out the 10th Anniversary Limited Edition Tiny Terror visit Distributed in Australia by

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BOSS BC-1X Bass Comp Sound Examples by Janek Gwizdala

Posted in Bass, Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - February 22, 2016

Intelligent circuitry adapts to every register and playing nuance, providing natural compression that preserves the fundamental bass tone. BOSS BC-1X Bass Comp

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Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - February 22, 2016


Australis Music Group Acquires the Business and Assets of Backline Hire Stage Systems (Formerly known as Billy Hyde Stage Systems)

Australis Music Group announced on February 19th that they have acquired BH Stage Systems (BHSS) from Madjo Enterprises, controlled by Soundwave’s AJ Maddah.

Moving to widen its scope of operations, Australis Music is excited by the prospect of offering a wider level of service to our existing retail customers, growing our distribution of musical instruments, pro audio equipment and now the live sound and stage event space.

All staff have been offered continued employment and will remain with the company.

“The staff at Stage Systems are just amazing, incredibly committed and customer focused. I look forward to working with them”, said Trevor Morrow, CEO of Australis Music Group.

“We are very pleased with the opportunity to widen our offer to the market and we believe that our history, know-how and industry talent will add value to an already very strong offer”.

Established in 1973 and headquartered in Sydney, Australis Music Group is one of Australia’s largest independent distributors of musical instruments and Pro Audio equipment brands such as Tannoy, Turbosound, Behringer, LabGruppen, Ibanez, Tama, Sabian and many more.



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NAMM 2016 – Line 6 Helix Presentation

Posted in Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - February 21, 2016

Join Sean Halley as he plays a schizophrenic musical arrangement that jumps between different genres and styles using the Line 6 Helix guitar processor and a JTV69 guitar, and then shows how Helix made it all possible by going through the song patch-by-patch. Line 6 distributed in Australia by Yamaha…

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