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HAKEN ‘VECTOR STUDIES’ AUSTRALASIAN TOUR

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 11, 2018

HAKEN, one of progressive music’s most exciting bands, recently released their much-anticipated and highly praised fifth studio album titled ‘Vector’.

Following the announcement North American, European & Latin American tour dates, the band are pleased to reveal Australian and New Zealand live dates in support of the new album for 2019.

The band comments:
“We’re thrilled to be bringing our ‘Vector Studies’ to Australia. We had immense fun visiting Australia in 2017 where we received warm receptions and wildly enthusiastic audiences. We are also very much looking forward to performing in New Zealand for the very first time. On this tour we will be focusing on performing tracks from our new album ‘Vector’ along with some live favourites of ours. For your health and wellbeing, the good doctor prescribes you some Live Haken.”

HAKEN June 2019 Australian and NZ Tour Dates:
Wednesday 5th June – AUCKLAND Galatos
Thursday 6th June – BRISBANE The Brightside
Friday 7th June – SYDNEY Factory Theatre
Saturday 8th June – MELBOURNE Max Watts
Sunday 9th June – ADELAIDE The Gov

Tickets:
Pre-sale: Thursday 13th December – 10am – 11:59pm
General release: Friday 14th December – 10am
From: http://davidroywilliams.com/tours/hakentour/

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ROADY4ROADIES 2019 EVENTS ANNOUNCED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 11, 2018

Live production crew are the unseen but essential backbone of the music events that we all enjoy, but these roles can often take their toll on those involved.

An Entertainment Assist study, conducted by Victoria University in 2015, revealed shocking rates of mental health problems within the entertainment industry. Figures showed the rate of attempted suicide in the industry is more than double the rest of the population. Scarily, it also found road crew members considered taking their own lives nearly nine times more than the general population.

Independent figures have shown one in six roadies commit suicide over eight times the national average!!!

The inaugural Roady4Roadies is our chance to give back to those who give us so much with walks taking place in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth on Sunday, 10 March and in Adelaide on Sunday, 24 March.  The walks are open to the public and industry alike, with all profits going to Support Act.

What Crew Do from Aussie Adventure on Vimeo.

The aim of Roady4Roadies is to bring public awareness to the diverse range of highly technical and creative skills required to make our dreams to come true, and raise desperately needed funds to help those in crisis.

The day commences with the Roady4Roadies Walk (a leisurely 4-5kms) culminating in a variety of family activities and performances at well-known entertainment precincts.  All walk participants receive a free t-shirt & crew laminate – with sunscreen and bottled water available along the route.

Then there’s the Crewathlon, a fun and friendly competition for teams of roadies, with events including the Cable Comp, Stage Manager Sprint, Lighting Crew Limbo and Sound Crew Shimmy! There’ll be food, awards, speeches and prizes. The day concludes with live entertainment from some of the country”s leading artists.

Renowned music industry figure and author, Stuart Coupe, is the Roady4Roadies Ambassador. Stuart’s most recent publication, ‘Roadies – The Secret History of Australian Rock N Roll’ documents the history of crew, their trials, tribulations, successes and humour and is available now at www.roady4roadies.com/roadies.

Roady4Roadies is being staged by a voluntary team of Australia’s leading live production personnel and industry professionals. All proceeds go directly to Support Act.

Tickets for the Roady4Roadies walk and family day entertainment are on sale now. Go to www.roady4roadies.com/event-registration for information on each city’s walk and Crewathlon venue and to register / purchase tickets.
www.roady4roadies.com

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PETER FRAMPTON TO RECEIVE LES PAUL AWARD AT NAMM TEC AWARDS

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 11, 2018

PARIS, FRANCE – OCTOBER 20: Peter Frampton opens for Deep Purple at Le Zenith on October 20, 2013 in Paris, France. (Photo by David Wolff – Patrick/Redferns via Getty Images)

GRAMMY® award-winning guitarist, singer, songwriter, and innovator Peter Frampton will receive the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award at the 34thAnnual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), being held Saturday, January 26, 2019, in Anaheim, CA. The award is given to those individuals who personify the innovative thinking of Les Paul, the Father of Modern of Music. The Les Paul Foundation partners with NAMM each year to honorthe individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of recording technology, which also celebrates the legacy of the late, great Les Paul.

Frampton notes, “It is a distinct honor to receive the Les Paul Innovation Award. I would say that many of my career highlights occurred while holding an instrument in my hands that bears Les Paul’s name. I was lucky enough to know him personally, and I owe him so much. He was a wonderful character as well as a genius! An incredible guitar player as well as the inventor of so much music technology. Les changed the way we record forever. I can only hope that I’ve been able to make a fraction of the positive impact that Les Paul made in his iconic career.”

Frampton is one of music’s renaissance men, having begun a career in his early teens, and still making his mark today in the areas of recording and touring. A multi-platinum-selling artist, he recently celebrated the 42ndanniversary of his fifth solo album, Frampton Comes Alive!, an album that remains one of the top-selling live records of all time with over 17 million copies sold worldwide. In 2007 he won the GRAMMY award for “Best Pop Instrumental Album” for Fingerprintsand in 2014 was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame.

“Peter Frampton remains one of the most skillful and celebrated artists in rock history. He also was a friend of Les Paul’s and has played a pivotal role in helping the Foundation keep Les’s legacy alive,” shared Michael Braunstein, Executive Director, The Les Paul Foundation. “Like Les, he is an undeniable master of his instrument and in many ways ahead of his time. We are honored to have Peter join the impressive list of Les Paul Innovation Award recipients.”

Frampton’s storied career began at 16 as the lead singer and guitarist for the British band The Herd. By 18, he co-founded one of the first supergroups – the seminal rock act Humble Pie. His touring years have included work with a who’s-who of the top names in music, such as David Bowie, Stevie Nicks, Gregg Allman, Ringo Starr, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cheap Trick, Steve Miller Band, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, and many others. Additionally, he took his eponymous Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus on the road for two years with special guests B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Vince Gill, Larry Carlton, Robert Randolph, Don Felder (formerly of The Eagles), Dean DeLeo (Stone Temple Pilots), Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Robert Cray, and Roger McGuinn (The Byrds).

His session work includes collaborations with artists who have made their mark on the industry including George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, Jerry Lee Lewis, John Entwistle, Mike McCready, and Matt Cameron (Pearl Jam), among many others.

Frampton’s talent has also stretched beyond music and into the realm of television and film. He was called upon by Oscar-winning writer/director Cameron Crowe to serve as technical advisor for the film Almost Famous (2000) and even appeared in the film and composed several songs for the soundtrack. Frampton has appeared as himself in The Simpsons and Family Guy.

Les Paul invented the solid body electric guitar, multi-track recording, overdubbing, echo, reverb and numerous other recording techniques. Without Les Paul, the music industry would not be what it is today. He is often called the “Father of Modern Music,” “The Wizard of Waukesha” and even the “Thomas Edison of Music.” Les founded the Foundation prior to his passing and wanted to inspire young people to invent, create, innovate, and get involved in music while exploring their own creative ideas. Today, The Les Paul Foundation works with organizations throughout the country in support of music education, engineering, and medical research. The Les Paul Innovation Award at NAMM and the Les Paul Spirit Award are two of the most prestigious awards celebrated by the Foundation.

With the honor, Frampton joins Jackson Browne, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Don Was, Slash, Todd Rundgren, Pete Townshend, Steve Vai, and others,who have received the Les Paul Innovation Award since it began in 1991.

Announced early this year, Leslie Ann Jones, the Grammy-winning groundbreaking engineer, producer, and Director of Music and Scoring for Skywalker Sound, will be inducted into the NAMM TEC Hall of Fame that same night. Jones joins luminaries Rose Mann Cherney, Skunk Baxter, Hal Blaine, Jack Douglas, Nathan East, Geoff Emerick, and others with her induction, the industry’s highest honor for pioneers of audio technology and the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians.

The NAMM TEC Awards are held during The NAMM Show, the global gathering of music, sound and event technology industries, in Anaheim, California, January 24-27, 2019. They are bestowed annually in honor of the many individuals, companies and technical innovations used in sound recordings, films, broadcast television and video games. Nominees were announced earlier this year. Stand-up comedian and entertainer Demetri Martin will host the ceremony.

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ERIC BIBB 2019 AUSTRALIAN TOUR ANNOUNCED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 11, 2018

Ever on the move, pursuing a career spanning five decades, never resting on his laurels, Eric Bibb has a full bag of stories to tell from around the world and here he comes, bringing his new album Global Griot with him.

Global indeed, recorded in France, Sweden, Jamaica, Ghana, Canada, the UK and the US ! If the expression “World Music” were not so problematic and much misused as a marketing tool it would suit Eric’s approach. But don’t get it wrong: He is first and foremost a “blues brother”- an old school bluesman who finds ways to expand his domain.

Always the entertainer, the educator and the motivator, Eric Bibb, continues to resonate with what is currently happening in the world today.

A leading bluesman of his generation, two time Grammy nominated Eric Bibb will take to the stage with his sensational band for an evening of uplifting and inspiring folk and blues. Having previously wowed Australian audiences many times over the years, a fiery singer with true soul, gospel and folk roots, it will be an honour to welcome Eric back to Australia.


Dates:
Fri 10 Rock Rover, Perth WA
www.coolperthnights.com/rock-rover/
Sat 11 The River – Margaret River WA
www.theriverhotel.com.au
Thu 16 Concourse Theatre, Sydney NSW
https://theconcourse.com.au/whats-on/
Fri 17 Blues on Broadbeach
www.bluesonbroadbeach.com
Sat 18 Blues on Broadbeach
www.bluesonbroadbeach.com
Sun 19 Lizottes, Newcastle NSW
www.lizottes.com.au
Wed 22 The Gov, Adelaide SA
www.thegov.com.au
Thu 23 Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne VIC
www.thethornburytheatre.com
Fri 24 Fyrefly St Kilda, Melbourne VIC
www.fyreflystkilda.com.au/shows
Sat 25 Meeniyan Town Hall, Meeniyan VIC
http://lyrebirdartscouncil.com.au/

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GRETSCH BRING OUT THE BRIGHT STARS FOR CHRISTMAS

Posted in Blog, Electric Guitars, Gear    //    Post Date - December 11, 2018

Everybody knows that Gretsch guitars have some of the most attractive instruments you’ll ever see. Their design is superb, the sound magnificent. Here are a few offerings from Gretsch for the festive season … some for those on the big bucks but plenty of quality, affordable guitars available too.


G6134T LIMITED EDITION PENGUIN™ WITH BIGSBY®, EBONY FINGERBOARD, CASINO GOLD
The richly appointed G6134T Limited Edition Penguin™ with Bigsby® takes Gretsch’s rarest bird and decks it out in a flashy Casino Gold finish, complemented by a matching headstock, glittering silver sparkle binding with white/black/white purfling and chrome hardware (including a banjo arm rest).

The chambered mahogany single-cutaway body magnifies harmonic richness by letting air resonate between the maple top and body for livelier and more articulate tone. Dual TV Jones® TV Classic pickups deliver pure Gretsch power, with “Squeezebox” paper-in-oil capacitors under the hood for even smoother vintage tone. The G6134 also includes a no-load tone control for smoother tonal taper while unleashing full-throttle Filter’Tron™ power, and a Bigsby® B3C vibrato tailpiece.

Premium features include:
• Casino Gold finish with matching headstock and chrome hardware
• Chrome banjo arm rest
• Silver sparkle binding with white/black/white purfling
• Single-cutaway chambered mahogany body with maple top
• Maple neck
• Bound 12”-radius ebony fingerboard with 22 medium jumbo frets and Neo-Classic™ thumbnail inlays
• Dual TV Jones® TV Classic pickups
• Squeezebox paper-in-oil capacitors and no-load tone control
• Bigsby® B3C vibrato tailpiece
• Pinned rocking bar bridge, bone nut and Grover® Imperial™ locking tuners

G5230T ELECTROMATIC® JET™ FT SINGLE-CUT WITH BIGSBY®, BLACK WALNUT FINGERBOARD, AIRLINE SILVER
Pure Jet™ Power
In its 65 year existence the Gretsch Jet has been the hallmark sound for iconic players. The all-new G5230T Electromatic® Jet™ FT Single-Cut with Bigsby® captures that essential Jet power and fidelity at an incredible price.
Chambered Mahogany Bodies — Loud and Clear
Classic Jet tone begins with a chambered mahogany body with maple top that produces full lows and mids with an exceptionally smooth and present high end. The result is a deep acoustic foundation that is robust, yet balanced.

Black Top Filter’Tron™ Pickups – Quintessential Power and Clarity
Black Top Filter’Tron pickups amplify and accentuate the Electromatic Jet FT’s chambered body to produce a wide, balanced and transparent tone. Loud and punchy, this Jet sounds out with remarkable definition at any level of gain. Together, the body and pickups thunder with full, responsive lows and mids with a high end that sparkles without spikes.

Total Tonal Control
The Electromatic Jet FT is equipped with essential features that give you complete tonal control. The combination of individual pickup volume controls, master tone and master volume with treble bleed circuit provides intuitive global control over your pickup and tone settings.

G5021E LIMITED EDITION RANCHER™ PENGUIN™ PARLOR, ROSEWOOD FINGERBOARD, CASINO GOLD
Surely one of the most fabulous Gretsch birds ever to take flight, the G5021E Limited Edition Rancher™ Penguin™ Parlor delivers classic Penguin style and appointments in a richly resonant parlor-size acoustic guitar.

The Fishman® Presys III pickup/preamp system provides a modern sonic complement to classic touches including a solid spruce top with maple back and sides, silver sparkle neck and body binding, Neo-Classic™ thumbnail ngerboard inlays, a silver plexi pickguard, “vertical wing” Gretsch headstock logo, and more.

This limited edition guitar is finished in a majestic Casino Gold finish with chrome hardware.
Features include:
• Limited Edition Casino Gold finish with chrome hardware
• Solid spruce top with laminated maple back and sides
• Maple neck
• 12” radius rosewood fingerboard with 20 vintage-style frets and pearloid Neo-Classic™ thumbnail inlays
• Fishman® Presys III pickup/preamp system
• Silver plexi pickguard
• Silver sparkle neck and body binding

Gretsch also have a fine range of accessories available too including shirts, caps, beanies, straps, pickups, stools and more

Check out the full Gretsch gift guide HERE

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IGGY, FANTASTIC NEGRITO & MORE SIDE SHOWS ANNOUNCED

Posted in Blog    //    Post Date - December 10, 2018

Iggy Pop, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Fantastic Negrito and The Marcus King Band tours announced for April

Often considered the godfather of Punk – Iggy Pop is making a welcome return to Australia this April with tour dates just announced in Melbourne and Sydney’s Opera House! Widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers of all time, Iggy Pop pre-figured both ‘70s punk and ‘90s grunge and has built a legendary career filled with both critical acclaim and fanatic cult success. Seeing Iggy Pop rock out is definitely a performance to put on every music lovers bucket list.  Iggy Pop is sure to entertain audiences in Melbourne and Sydney this April.

The travelling merchants of R&B blues Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats are taking to the road across Australia this April with live dates set for Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne in conjunction with their performance at Byron Bay Bluesfest. The seven-piece Soul band will be gracing Australian stages again in 2019 but this time with a new album under their belt and an even larger Australian audience after a reinvention of Nathaniel’s style in 2015 which is designed to be performed live. Known as party animals on stage, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats offer a unique live performance with a front man who possesses a husky sixties styled voice with inflections of Gospel and a vibrant soulful band to support it.

Bluesfest Touring is super excited to bring Grammy Award winner, Fantastic Negrito to Sydney and Melbourne this April. Fantastic Negrito represents Xavier Dphrepaulezz’s third rebirth, literally coming back from death this time. The narrative on this man is as important as the sound, because the narrative is the sound. His songs are born from a long hard life channeled through black roots music. Fantastic Negrito is the story of a man who struggled to make it and with an incredible, self-taught musical talent, he managed to find his way back on track to stardom. His hard-earned life lessons show through on more than a few songs with his voice wringing with emotion over soulful guitar licks. When you listen to Negrito, you’re invited to hear the story of life after destruction.

South Carolina Blues Rockers, The Marcus King Band are making their Australian debut this April with dates confirmed in Sydney and Melbourne ahead of their Byron Bay Bluesfest performance this Easter. Lead by the 22-year-old phenom Marcus King, the band have exploded over the last year bringing their southern fried brand of Blues and Psychedelia inspired Rock n’ Roll on a global tour. The band operate as more of an improvisational juggernaut versus a one-man axe-wielding show backed by a few musicians. After being labelled a highlight of multiple European festivals earlier this year for delivering their own mix of Rock n’ Soul, we are really looking forward to seeing these guys rock the stage and make a lasting memory for fans in Melbourne and Sydney this April.

For further information and a full list of artists touring in 2019 please see bluesfesttouring.com.au

Dates
Pre-sale for all shows:
12pm Wednesday 12 December 2018
On-sale for all shows:
12pm Friday 14 December 2018

IGGY POP
Festival Hall, Melbourne
Sunday 21 April 2019
Tickets through BluesfestTouring

Presented by Sydney Opera House:
Sydney Opera House
Monday 15 April 2019
Sydney Opera House
Wednesday 17 April 2019
Tickets through SydneyOperaHouse.com

NATHANIEL RATELIFF & THE NIGHT SWEATS
Powerstation, Auckland NZ
Wednesday 10 April 2019
Tickets through Bluesfesttouring.com.au
Metro Theatre Sydney
Saturday 13 April 2019
Tickets through Bluesfesttouring.com.au
The Gov, Adelaide
Monday 15 April 2019
Tickets through Bluesfesttouring.com.au
The Croxton, Melbourne
Thursday 18 April 2019
Tickets through OzTix

FANTASTIC NEGRITO
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Sunday 14 April 2019
Tickets through Moshtix
The Corner, Melbourne
Monday 15 April 2019
Tickets through Eventbrite

THE MARCUS KING BAND
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Monday 15 April 2019
Tickets through MoshTix

Northcote Social Club, Melbourne
Wednesday 17 April 2019
Tickets through Eventbrite

For further information and a full list of artists touring in 2019 please see bluesfesttouring.com.au

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YAMAHA MUSIC AUS TO DISTRIBUTE EARTHQUAKER DEVICES

Posted in Blog, Gear, Pedals    //    Post Date - December 10, 2018


EarthQuaker Devices and Yamaha Music Australia Announce Exclusive Australia Distribution Effective January 1, 2019.

AKRON, Ohio & Melbourne, Australia — EarthQuaker Devices, LLC and Yamaha Music have announced that effective January 1, 2019, Yamaha Music Australia will be the exclusive distributor of EarthQuaker Devices effects pedals in Australia.

EarthQuaker Devices was started in 2004 in Akron, Ohio, USA, by musician and entrepreneur Jamie Stillman. Since then, EarthQuaker Devices pedals have been used by artists such as Queens of the Stone Age, Boris, the Mars Volta, Mono, CHON, Asai Kenichi, and the Black Keys. Each effects pedal is built by hand at EarthQuaker Devices’ workshop in Akron, Ohio, USA, by a team of passionate artists and musicians.

EarthQuaker Devices is honored to work beside Yamaha Music Australia, and to play a part in Yamaha’s 130-year history. We are excited to deliver innovative and creative effects pedals which live up to Yamaha’s philosophy of “Kandō,” and it is our hope to supply musicians with effects pedals of supreme audio quality, build quality, physical appearance, and performance.

Yamaha Music Australia Pty Ltd, a subsidiary of Yamaha Corporation, is Australia’s leading importer of musical equipment, with many decades of experience distributing Yamaha, Vox, Steinberg, Paiste and more recently Line 6 and Ampeg products. EarthQuaker Devices is thrilled to join these legendary brands as we begin our partnership with Yamaha Music Australia.

For more information about EarthQuaker Devices and Yamaha Music Australia, please visit www.earthquakerdevices.com or au.yamaha.com.

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ROLAND’S MUSICAL GIFT IDEAS FOR EVERYONE

Posted in Blog, Christmas Ideas, Gear    //    Post Date - December 10, 2018

ROLAND – THE GIFT OF MUSIC
Whether you’ve always wanted to learn a musical instrument, or you need something you can play away from home or late at night, Roland has plenty of options to get you started. And with Roland’s superior technology and deep understanding of what musicians need, these very same instruments will still be with you years from now.

AE-05
DIGITAL WIND INSTRUMENT
Roland’s Aerophone GO is a digital wind instrument with 11 expressive instruments on board including a variety of sax sounds. With battery operation, headphones and built in speaker you can play wherever you like.

GO:KEYS MUSIC KEYBOARD
GO:KEYS lets you play along with your favorite music—streamed wirelessly through its onboard speakers. Just connect your smartphone via Bluetooth®, pick a song, and play along!

R-07 HI-RES AUDIO RECORDER
The R-07 packs high-resolution recording features into a stylish and ultra-portable device that goes anywhere life takes you.

GO:MIXER SMARTPHONE MIXER
Compact, portable, and easy to use, GO:MIXER makes it simple to record high-quality audio in music videos and other video content created with your smartphone.

FIND A LOCAL ROLAND DEALER
Find your nearest Roland dealer and find the perfect music instrument and accessories

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SCANNER- ROBIN RIMBAUD UPDATE INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - December 10, 2018

Scanner – Robin Rimbaud interview By Barrie Bardoe I have previously interviewed Robin Rimbaud in some detail so the intention of this is to provide a bit of a ‘catch up’ on his activities. Rimbaud achieved notoriety by recording snippets of analogue mobile phone conversations and incorporating them into musical…

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STEVE LUCAS: THE BIGGER THAN JESUS ESPY GIG INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews    //    Post Date - December 9, 2018

As guitarist in legendary Australian punk band X, Steve Lucas and his bass playing mate Ian Rilen, along with a succession of other passionate musicians who served with the band, including Ian Krahe, Steve Cafiero, and Cathy Green, pioneered a sound and attitude in the late 70s and into the…

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