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Issue No.142

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ASH GRUNWALD BRINGS BACK THE BOOGIE!

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JOsh durno repeats himself, again that much bigger now thanks to being able to share it and find great people who are happy to share it. It just goes to show, the more people you have on board, the bigger and better it grows. To add a final touch, Michael Shelley at The Green Room did a fantastic job of bringing it all together.

How did 2011 treat you? What stands out? 2011 treated me well music-wise, with a new band behind me to launch the EP, and then they came and told me they wanted to continue on, hence the birth of The Sketches. The launches definitely stand out, at Brookfield and Irish Murphy’s and then the follow-up gig at The Brisbane Hotel, so it was great to discover some other venues as well. I think that I am finally in the place that I wanted to be a couple of years ago, and I still have work to do. Tell me a bit about the development of your new EP, which came out in November, “Repeating Myself”. I was sitting on one song, “Broken Glass” that I had written a couple of years ago and a couple of people said that they liked it. The other songs,

“House That Jack and Jill Built”, “Lolly Shop” and “After Party” were all brand new. “Broken Glass” and “Jack and Jill” were songs that I performed in a folk band called The Potbelly Strings, and “After Party” was also performed with Radio Silence, so I had a clear idea what they would sound like in a whole-band format. That’s newer in that I’m a solo musician on an acoustic guitar, and then I find myself bringing other instruments into the fold on the EP: “After Party” is a rock song! From that point onward I wanted to make “Repeating Myself” a “Josh Durno and friends” project, with Joel Stibbard drumming, Gretel Templeton on violin and Prairie Nischler and Ian Murtagh offering their backing vocals. I also wanted the band of friends to perform the songs at the launch, hence the birth of The Sketches. As a result, the whole thing that is my music is

Do you feel that, as an artist, you are repeating yourself to some extent? Or is it outside of your life as a musician that you feel this? Do you feel that, for you, history repeats? Where does the title come from? I would answer all three questions with a resolute “yes”. As both an artist and as a person I run off at the mouth a bit and repeat the same things, but yet again if you look closely at the conversations that take place between two people whether they are over beer, coffee, running into someone in town, etc, they are oddly about the same things. Let’s see, in the last EP, “Central Elements”, I wrote about being suddenly dumped, seeing people who seemed unable to control their own lives, quietly hoping a friend and his girlfriend would work things out, and the death of my grandmother. With “Repeating Myself”, I wrote about punching above my weight and getting treated very badly, being surrounded by people my age with failing relationships/marriages, falling in love while driving to Launceston, and the sudden passing of a friend. They are similar things that I tend to write about and I am sure they are the most tried-and-tested (note that “tried” is an anagram of “tired”) subject matter on the planet. And add to that, I am a motormouth who gasbags about the same old tripe, so go figure there! After listening to the EP, from beginning to end, what do you expect people to feel? Maybe a steady transition from folk/country through to rock. I want to break moulds. It’s not like I listen to folk music all the time: it’s just what comes out when I play and sing with an acoustic guitar. Rock music is something that I always wanted to write and I want to put out stuff in

different genres: it’s more interesting and I guess one could hear “folk rock” developing. I also want people to go through all of the emotions that each song carries: frustration, then a more mournful mood, a lovestruck mood and then one of shock. For this EP too I am including lyric sheets with some of my artwork. It’s not all about the listening. An EP should be about the musical, literary and visual sides of what makes a song. What’s it like being a performing artist in Tasmania, highs and lows? Getting a gig can be tough and you need to be prepared to charge through the door and eat what you kill at gigs sometimes, and pick up the art (or science) of bringing people through the door. That’s also incredibly hard because people can be fickle, you can’t expect your mates to come to all of your gigs and you need to pick up fans in some way, shape or form. Also, Hobart is small, the sense of distance is shorter, and people are less comfortable with going a few kilometres out of their way to see you. Then there’s the weather: if you ever want to kill a gig, just add rain. I have tried to explain that I play at indoor venues, but that’s just the way the market behaves. At the same time, with Hobart being small, is that you run into your circle more often: I’ve made some great friends who are into music here and I meet them both on purpose and by accident. And also, from Hobart being small, you learn to value and farm relationships better and with more care. You can have more fun with more people around here so why complain about how lonely and unsupported you are when you have the chance to see a few faces?

by david williams Catch Josh at The Cygnet Folk Festival, 6-8th of January.

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IS ASH GRUNWALD our AUSSIE PRINCE OF THE BLUES? YES AND NO. his last album saw a hip-hop influence. Now he’s teaming up with kram. and he has a new album on the way. and HE’S A PARTY-GUY, TOO! Looking back, what were the highlights of 2011 for you? Collaborations have been a big thing for me this year. I did a fair few gigs with Vika and Linda Bull on backing vocals where they had their own solo bits in the show as well. That was super fun! I’ve been working on a duo with Kram called Krash that’s been exciting and also a more electronic project called tiger vz shark. Probably my highlight though has been moving into my studio. I don’t know myself in there!! Just so much fun!! And what were the biggest challenges? Well I’ve stretched myself musically through all of this collaboration but it’s a pleasure to have to learn all this new stuff. That’s what it’s all about I reckon. How are things coming along with the production of your next album? Well I recorded heaps of tracks earlier in the year, but I’m going to keep going so I’ve got a big selection of tracks to choose from. It should be ready by May. Your last album, Hot Mama Vibes, saw you collaborate with Oz hip-hop producers, and their influence could certainly be heard. How will your next album differ or will it continue the association? Well I love to have collaborators but I’m getting into the whole production thing myself as well, so I can’t really say who’ll be on the final credits. I think it might possibly feature some of the guys I’ve been doing the side projects with. Do you still see yourself as a blues-man or have you changed your perception? I think it’s changed a fair bit although the core of what I do doesn’t ever really change. I think of myself as maybe a futurist blues player, but that could just be bullshit! I guess it’s all just music at the end of the day. How do you think the public see you, mainly? Not too sure. Blues and roots storytelling, party-guy, probably. Tasmania has always embraced you, what are some of the memories you have of touring here? Well it’s always been a party gig down in Tassie. Obviously supporting James Brown at the Derwent Entertainment Centre was a highlight, as have many of the Falls Festival gigs have been. On this upcoming tour, what will people experience from your performance? It’s got a bit of the old solo show from before the band era and a bit of the new flavour where I’m kind of half DJing my own beats into the tracks. I’m using a lot more new technology these days. When do you think you will release your next album, and what else do you have planned for 2012? The album should be out hopefully by May – June. I will be heading to New Zealand, Europe and Canada and plan to also put out singles with my side projects. Ash plays at Hotel New York, Launceston on Friday, 6th of January and at The Republic Bar, Hobart, on Saturday the 7th and Sunday the 8th. www.sauce.net.au

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josh pyke,

SOUTHERN summer SORTEE After another sold out run of dates in capital cities last August in support of his third studio album, “Only Sparrows”, Josh Pyke is going to hit regional Australia! Showcasing his new songs including radio favourite “No One Wants a Lover” and the brand new single “Punch in the Heart” ft Katy Steele, the Only Sparrows Regional Tour will be travelling through the country throughout January and February, and will finish with a headline spot at the 2012 Corinbank Festival! Josh Pyke will perform at the Waratah Bandroom, Hobart, on Friday 10th of February.

San Cisco and The Jungle Giants show artful skills on Politely Awkward Co-Headline Tour Two brightup-and-comers are teaming up to bring ?The Politely Awkward Tour? to life. San Cisco and The Jungle Giants are getting adroit and cordial as they join forces in their first-ever national tour. Playing capital cities* as well as a few lucky regionals including Ballarat, Byron Bay, Newcastle and Hobart, the indie-pop double bill is sure to get the kids dancing with gay abandon in a way that is anything but polite! The Politely Awkward Tour comes to the Wara tah Bandroom, Hobart, on Thursday January 12th. They will be joined by local indie pop 6-piece Ben Wells & The Middle Names.

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Signal was hailed as “a classic” by Rolling Stone. It received two AIR Award nominations; a J Award nomination (Triple J’s Album of the Year award); and it was shortlisted in the prestigious Australian Music Prize (Best Album 2007). Significantly, the album was licensed to Motivo Records (among a select few hip hop records from Australia ever licensed overseas) and released late 2007. In addition to solo material, Urthboy is one of the main songwriters in The Herd, whose four albums The Herd (2001); An Elefant Never Forgets (2003); The Sun Never Sets (2005/06); and Summerland (2008) have seen them build a huge fanbase in Australia.

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They’ve sold out national tours, including major metropolitan theatres through to regional venues whilst accepting invitations to every major festival in the country. During this time they’ve won two AIR Awards; a top ten ARIA chart album; ARIA award nomination (Best Urban 2008) and a J Award. Celebrating the government’s apology to the Stolen Generations in 2008, Urthboy worked with Getup to reimagine the song From Little Things Big Things Grow, at Paul Kelly’s personal request. The song helped raise

over $100,000 for Indigenous run health and education programs. In 2009 Urthboy released his third solo album, Spitshine, dropped to great acclaim (read below) and two hugely successful tours (2009 and 2010) playing to over 20,000 people. Urthboy was shortlisted for the Australian Music Prize (one of the only artists ever nominated twice), won Best Urban Album at the Independent Music Awards and received an ARIA nomination. In 2010 Urthboy embarked on his first European tour, playing some of the biggest hip hop festivals in the world (Splash, Germany and Open-Air Festival, Switzerland) as well as clubs shows in Germany, Denmark and England. Adding to that were shows in Papua New Guinea and Indonesia.

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Urthboy is label manager of Elefant Traks, record label and boutique touring company, now with countless tours and almost 60 releases. It’ll be ‘all business’ when Urthboy plays at The Waratah Bandroom, Hobart on Wednesday, 25th of January. Party-business, that is!

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2010’s VIC/TAS Blues Artist Of The Year, Shaun Kirk, has been described as a mix of the old and the new, embracing traditional blues sounds, but also messing with the sounds of the genre with a contemporary approach, which makes me think of Ash Grunwald, who inspired shaun to play the blues in the first place. With fresh talent in this timeless genre, the future of blues in Oz looks bright, even though they’ve got the blues ...

Your new album is titled, “Thank You for Giving Me the Blues”. Who are you thanking and how did they give you the blues? Without going into too much detail, I have an obnoxious father who I no longer see or talk to. But the album title is built on a lot more than just my relationship problems with my father or anyone else for that matter. It’s the philosophy that ‘what don’t kill you will only make you stronger’. If someone or something is getting you down, use that negative energy and turn it into a positive. For example… If you’re feeling crap, write a song about it that can make people boogie and travel to all kinds of amazing places around the country playing it to people J The album has seven originals and three covers. Why the covers, and how did you choose them? What have you done to present them in a new light? I guess I wanted to do a couple of covers simply to demonstrate what kinda music I listen to. That’s why most people cover a song isn’t it? Cos they love the track and wish they had written it themselves. The tracks are three old blues classic that not only do I enjoy the original versions, but also other artists take on the songs. I pretty much combined all the versions that I had heard and then added a bit of my own flavour, a youthful feel. I had never even played one of the tracks (I Live the Life I Love & I Love the Life I Live) before I got into the studio. I just knew it was going to be on the album. I read about you and the same words come up, “Blues” and “Boogie”, how are they able to co-exist? Blues and boogie go perfectly together! Any good blues will make you at least tap your foot, and tapping your foot is a form of boogie. John Lee Hooker played some serious blues boogie and is a big influence of mine. One of your songs, “Chicken & Corn” is about life on the road, as a touring performer. I like the soup, but what is this song really about? When I first began touring around the country about 2 years ago I came up with a plan. To save money by sticking to a cheap diet! As I didn’t have any cooking utensils I couldn’t do the popular noddles diet, so I would eat peanut butter on bread for breakfast and canned chicken with canned corn mixed in a bowl together for my lunch and dinner. It was pretty average and looked like retirement village food, but it definitely fit the cheap criteria. The diet stuck for about two months and then I couldn’t stand it no more. The songs concept began after a friend mentioned how cool it would be to have a song titled “Chicken & Corn”. And the energetic track, “The Drug Got A Hold Onto You”, what inspired this, lyrically, and in terms of melody? The song was originally based on numerous people I had witnessed change in personality through constant drug use. But now that I look back on it, I think the track is a song about hope. “There’s always a light at the end of the road” whether it be drugs, a bad relationship or just a bad day…

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You’ve performed with great Australian blues artists, Ash Grunwald and Lloyd Spiegel, to name just a couple. They are quite different in styles, how have they influenced you, personally, and your debut album? Ash’s early stuff was what originally got me into blues. I remember my parents took me to a gig of his shortly after they had discovered his first album themselves. At the time I didn’t really have any appreciation for blues whatsoever, but something clicked after that and I was hooked on blues! As for Lloyd it was somewhat fate. I was dropping demos around to heaps of bars around the Fitzroy/Brunswick area of Melbourne and he just happened to be the ONLY guy sitting in one of the last pubs I visited. I handed the demo to the staff and the big guy at the bar (Lloyd) insisted that I give him a copy. I had no idea who he was but I went home that day and checked him out. These days he’d be one of the top played artist on my iPod, as well as a good friend and mentor for me. And what influences have they had on you, as a live performer? I’ve been lucky enough to play on stage with Lloyd on numerous occasions now and he even features on the new album. Jamming with someone with the experience that Lloyd has is very intimidating but teaches you a lot. You started playing the guitar after injuring yourself, and could no longer play sport, which is a similar story to

Pete Murray. Some might say that sport and music are poles apart, what do you think? I would agree that sport and music are poles apart, although with my big, one-man setup I am doing these days I can often walk off stage feeling like I have run a marathon, so maybe there can be similarities… We could be onto something here. SPUSIC? Sport and music mixed together. Kinda like that movie Baseketball! Ha! I’ve also read that people in the industry view you as having a strong influence from traditional blues, but others say you put new life into the genre. How can this be? I do listen to a lot of old traditional blues players like Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, John Lee Hooker, Son House and Sonny Terry; but I also enjoy a lot of the newer blues artist such as Lloyd Spiegel and Seasick Steve. All off this put together with my youth might be why people have said such things?

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It seems that ‘the blues’, as a musical style, is now more about chasing away the blues, and has evolved from singing about what has made someone feel blue. To what extent would you agree to this? If you’re feeling it, it’s the blues… Thur, Jan 19, Republic Bar, HBT Fri, Jan 20, Iluka Tavern, COLES BAY Sat, Jan 21, The Royal Oak Hotel, LTN Sun, Jan 22, Tapas Lounge Bar, DPT

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northern venues embrace LOCAL original music LLoyd’s hotel new management joins the club Wed 4th

By Scott Webb Hey guys, what another great month for Launnie bands! The weather is warming up and so too is the music!

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This month we also saw the inclusion of another local venue dedicating a night to just original artists!

Live Music

Thurs 5th Fri 6th

I Exist,

That’s right, Lloyds has joined the ever growing circle of original venues in this little town of ours, best known for its DJs and cover bands, Lloyds is under new management and their focus...MUSIC!!! of all shapes, colours, size or genres!!!

Surrender + Silent Majority Sat 7th

They have showcased the talents of The Cubas, The Crazy 88’s, Luke Bennett and Future Recollection and in the coming weeks, more and more well-known Launie acts will grace the stage, amongst the likes of The Dave Adams Band, 7th Street Entry and Sara Neep!

Live Music Wed 11th

Sara & Brock Thurs 12th

I got a chance to catch up with new manager Kristy Tucker this week to talk about what her future plans were, Kristy certainly knows her stuff when it comes to the local scene! She is a solo artist herself and has been playing the pub scene for as long as I can remember, she wants to use her experience, contacts and knowledge to help advance up-and-coming musicians.

Mzaza Fri 13th

Luca Brasi + The Smith Street Band Sat 14th

I can’t quite reveal what will be happening in the future just yet, as most of it is in the planning stages, but I will say this, keep an eye on Lloyds and add Tuesday nights to your “I Love Launceston Original Music” calendar!!!

Live Music Tues 17th

The Lauceston

So, in just the last month there has been a massive influx of venues to play at, in Launceston. There was a time a few months ago, it looked like it was going to be very hard for any band to get gigs around town, with all of us waiting a few months to get a booking into our favourite venues BUT thankfully the pubs have all pitched in and done their bit! So, now we have Lloyds, Alchemy, The Royal Oak, Irish Murphy’s, The Pizza Pub, Fresh on Charles, Skinny Geans (Launceston Rugby Club)!

Jazz Club Presents: The Jazzmanians Wed 18th

Danni Thomas Thurs 19th

Linc Le Fevre

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mzaza - gypsies out to steal hearts

The Titz Sat 21st

World music fans of Tasmania rejoice as Mzaza (m-zAH-zuh) announces for January around the state.

Shaun Kirk + Halfway to Forth

The performances will feature extended stopovers in traditional Balkan villages, bars where Turkish military brass musicians stop for a raki (aniseed drink), and towns where gypsy street bands capture your heart. The audience should expect to be treated to Mzaza’s distinctive yet subtle twist: French vocals on a Bulgarian rhythm served just after a traditional Spanish love song. Mzaza promises to get the party started without leaving behind Mzaza’s attention to detail and love of soulful traditional music.

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Samuel Bester Thurs 26th

Younger Dryas Fri 27th

Jonno Coleman,

Along with some brand new material the band will showcase tracks from their last release Journey Over Skin, which launched in 2011 to critical acclaim. The album earned Mzaza two high commendations in the Queensland Music Awards. 2011 also saw the band play the National Folk Festival where they were celebrated as a stand out act.

blend of sounds. The band’s outrageous multiinstrumentalists play violin, kamanche tarhu (a spike-fiddle of Persian ancestry), guitar, accordion, kaval and ney (Balkan and Turkish end blown flutes), double-bass, darabuka (Turkish hand percussion), cajon and bendir (frame drum).

after walking through the steps for a couple of minutes, they can join the Balkan circle dance. Percussionists thrive in this workshop too. For participants who are familiar with the languages of Mzaza’s repertoire, the vocal workshops can be a nostalgic re-connection with old memories.

French-Moroccan front woman Pauline Maudy sings in French, Spanish, Ladino and Turkish. She is known for her passion and captivating on-stage energy. Pauline grew up in Paris listening to flamenco and dancing to North African music. She met her future Mzaza counterparts in Brisbane’s West End and together they have created Mzaza’s special

Mzaza musicians will share their enthusiasm for world music and dance with a number of workshops at The Tamar Valley Folk Festival. Locals will take their pick of workshops on Balkan rhythms and dances, French Chanson, or Middle-Eastern music modes. Participants, who have previously not been exposed to irregular rhythms of a Bulgarian dance find that

The new year will see them play a number of dates including The Royal Oak Hotel, Launceston on 12th Jan and the Tamar Valley Folk Festival, George Town on 1315th January, Faux Mo (MOFO Festival Club) on 15th Jan and The Alley Cat Bar, Hobart on 19th Jan.

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MONA FOMA 2012 - the sauceY games

We’re going to use an analogy, here, and compare upcoming festivals in Tassie with great sporting events, and award medals to our picks of the artists performing. If we say that The Breath Of Life Festival, with it’s ‘here-and-now’ line-up, adrenaline-rush music and thrill-a-minute entertainment is the X Games, for example, then MONA FOMA is The Summer Olympics, with artists who show sophistication, are pioneers of the world music scene, and where anything is possible and nothing is certain, except amazing performances. At our ‘MONA FOMA OLYMPICS’, that we’ve named “The Saucey Games”, we award the following medals ...

gold medaL - GIRL TALK Anyone who creates an entirely new sound gets a gold medal, in our score-book!

Yeah, but he’s not the Festival headliner, I hear you say, PJ Harvey is, she should take the gold. Believe me, it was a photo finish, with Girl Talk just winning by a nose. Haven’t heard of the man that brought you Night Ripper, Feed the Animals and All Day? Then you must, literally, have been living under a rock, because Girl Talk is one of the world’s most talked about artists. His multi mash-ups include up to 15 songs within a single track, featuring a range of music and styles. He creates the unexpected - think Wu Tang mixed with Journey and Nelly Furtardo with some Madonna thrown in for good measure. Girl Talk, also known as Gregg Michael Gillis, started out DJing while studying biomedical engineering in his hometown of Pittsburgh. He gave up the science stuff to focus on his music in 2007. He’s so famous, that Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, his home-town, has even named December 7 “Gregg Gillis Day.” Girl Talk is here for MOFOs January 18, PW1; doors open 6:30pm.

silver medal - PJ Harvey Because she is fresh and raw. Because she is brilliant. Because she is hottttttt!!!!.

Singer, songwriter, composer and artist, PJ Harvey is renowned for her musical integrity and poignant lyrics. Primarily known as a vocalist and guitarist, she is also proficient with a wide range of instruments including piano, organ, bass, saxophone, and most recently, the autoharp. She featured in the band the PJ Harvey Trio in 1991, and since going solo in 1993 she has released six acclaimed studio albums. Among the accolades she has received are the 2001 and 2011 Mercury Prize for Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea (2000)[4] and Let England Shake (2011)[5] respectively—the only artist to have been awarded the prize twice! Ms Harvey has also received seven BRIT Award nominations, six Grammy Award nominations and two further Mercury Prize nominations. Rolling Stone awarded her 1992’s Best New Artist and Best Singer Songwriter and 1995’s Artist of the Year, and listed Rid of Me and To Bring You My Love (1995) on its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list.[6] In 2011, she was awarded for Outstanding Contribution To Music at the NME Awards. In 2011, she was acknowledged for her Outstanding Contribution to Music at the NME Awards. MOFOs can witness her musical brilliance ... no wait, her ‘just existing’ brilliance ... at MONA FOMA for a one-off performance on Saturday, 21 January at 9:30pm, Main Stage, PW1. See ya there GG!

bronze medal - shared

OK, we couldn’t pick the bronze. Just too many other amazing artists to choose from ... some of which are pictured below. Google them.

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pierre henry

the dresden dolls david chesworth

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savagery in serenity

Vintage soul meets the outback with beautifully crafted songs from the central desert.

equipment review:

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Stories of hearbreak, loneliness and redemption, are the stock of a group that plays music of a kind not heard in Australia for a very, very long time. With a lyrical style firmly rooted in the traditions of the Go-Betweens and Paul Kelly, the False Idols are a band of exceptionally gifted young musicians who fit seamlessly into the twin traditions of country and soul. The astonishing breadth and majesty of their music is tempered by a deep respect for the songwriting tradition that they continue which results in a sound that is both mesmerising and heartbreakingly honest. Embrace the savage in all of us, in the wilderness, of course, at Jackey’s Marsh Forest Festival.

Max Savage & The False Idols

The new Roland GR55 is a guitar synth and effects unit that offers over 900 editable sounds, lighting fast processing, hundreds of ready to use patches a global effects section and an on board looper. The first thing I will say is straght out of the box this thing looks great. With a sturdy build and a large screen for easy viewing of patches and other information. I found the pickup easy to install on the guitar of choice a strat copy (some are easier then others) by using the double sided tape and bracket that is supplied with the unit. The GR55 does require some tweaking after it is connected to the GK pick up but it is not rocket science all you have to do is get a tape measure and do some astrophysics.. no just kidding but you do need the tape measure, it is a simple job to follow the instructions and dial in a few numbers and away you go. Once you have installed the pick up dialed in the numbers and hit enter there seems to be no limit to the sounds you can get from this machine. It comes with not 1 but 2 synths built in as well as a amp/guitar and effects modeling section, you can also use the signal from the instruments pickups as well so that is a total of four sounds at one time. I say ‘instruments’ instead of just guitar as you can also install and run this unit with bass guitar as well. Let me say this from the start: this unit is so easy to use, flicking through all sorts of crazy preset patches including piano, synths, cello, harmonica, flute!!! (that’s right you can play the lead to land down under, just watch out for law suits) then, once you’ve had a flick through the manual custom patches and editing opens a whole new world up for you and this too is super easy. Like I said, if you want, you can sound like piano or have your electric sound like a nylon string, add a bit of vocals or maybe even as jazz trio. Most of the sounds are incredibly real but some of the others are not quite up to the same level. Still, all are very usable. I found that using a guitar hooked up to the GR55 you get a more natural response from the unit but in saying that I have mine hooked up to my 5 string bass and I just love the amount of sounds I can now get from this one bit of kit. I can’t get away from how easy this is to use and sound good with. The live player as well as the studio musician will find this unit a fun and musical addition to their arsenal. So go forth and conquer, have fun and make music with the new Roland GR55. BTW, in the past a unit like this would have easily cost well over the 2k mark but now costs only $1049 including the pickup (CRAZY). - Nigel

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Tuesday January 3rd //Hobart Brookfield Vineyard, Margate - Laique Alley Cat - My Girlfriend’s Sister The Brisbane - Art Republic Bar and Cafe - Gza (Wu-Tang Clan) Wednesday January 4th //Hobart Irish Murphy’s - Naked Acoustic Observatory - DJ Mr B. & DJ Dameza The Brisbane - Bad Taste (vic) + Sex On Toast (vic) + Bring Sophy to Me Republic Bar and Cafe - Quary Mountain Dead Rats // Launceston The Royal Oak - Andy Collins //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - TAPAS TRIVIA Thursday January 5th //Hobart Irish Murphy’s - My Girlfriends Sister Brookfield Vineyard, Margate - Quarry Mountain Dead Rats The Waratah Hotel – Thirsty Thursdays Cargo - Micheal Clennett and Guests The Brisbane - Circus Horrificus Cabaret w The Lords of Strut (ire) + Bridget Bridge + Samora Squid + Cal (vic) + Hamish and Amelia + Mr Jack Shit //Launceston The Royal Oak - Live Music //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - TARYN & ERIN Friday January 6th //Hobart Irish Murphy’s - Jeremy Matcham, Gav & Lina, Dr. Fink The Waratah Hotel – Toss the Boss Observatory – DJ Mr B. & DJ Grotesque The Telegraph – Micheal Clennett followed by Entropy Cargo – Rum Jungle followed by Ado and Devo Ivory - DJ Grotesque Alley Cat - Chocolate Bedrock and Little Bear The Grand Poobah - Skunk The Brisbane - Damage Nightclub featuring Snakes + Pappy (acoustic) + Kenji Dj Casbah – Reggae Chill In //Launceston The Royal Oak - I Exist, Surrender + Silent Majority Hotel New York – Ladies Night www.sauce.net.au

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Saturday January 7th //Hobart Irish Murphy’s - Naked Acoustic, Pirates of the Cover Scene C Bar - Glen Challice Sails - Billy Whitton Observatory – DJ Mr B. The Telegraph – Micheal Clennett followed by Dr Fink Ivory - DJ Grotesque, Mez and Dameza Alley Cat - Log Jam Fury The Grand Poobah - Mess O Reds Republic Bar and Cafe - Ash Grunwald The Brisbane - ALL AGES 3pm - I Exist (act) + Surrender + Silent Majority/ Paddy McHugh & The Goldminers (qld) + The Sin & Tonics + Pines + Hairyman //Launceston The Royal Oak - Live Music //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - THREE FAZE THREE Sunday January 8th //Hobart Irish Murphy’s - Ian Murtagh, Joel Everard Cargo – Tim Davies The Grand Poobah - The Crooked Fiddle Band & The Lawless Quartet Republic Bar and Cafe - Ash Grunwald The Brisbane - Brissie Bingo w Timmy Jack Ray //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - ELLA ROSE Monday January 9th //Hobart Brookfield Vineyard, Margate - Gypsy Indeed Vic Tav – Industry Night Dj Mr B + more //Launceston Irish Murphy’s – Industry Night Saloon Bar – S.I.N Tuesday January 10th //Hobart The Brisbane - Franks Flicks Wednesday January 11th //Hobart Irish Murphy’s - Joel Everard Brookfield Vineyard, Margate - Junior Bowles Observatory - DJ Mr B. & DJ Dameza Alley Cat - ‘Stems’ Organic-soulful hip hop Night The Brisbane - Transcription of Organ

Music + Gutter Parties //Launceston The Royal Oak - Sara & Brock //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - DEVONPORT CUP AFTER PARTY WITH ELECTRIC SPAGHETTI Thursday January 12th //Hobart Irish Murphy’s – Wingit Brookfield Vineyard, Margate - Hottentots & Valda Marshall & the Heros of Waterloo Orchestra The Waratah Hotel – San Cisco & The Jungle Giants Supported by Ben Wells & the middle names Cargo - Micheal Clennett and Guests Alley Cat - Madre Monte Republic Bar and Cafe - Youri Blow //Launceston The Royal Oak - Mzaza //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - NEVA 2 L8 Friday January 13th //Hobart Mona Foma Opening Night Street Party – The dad horse experience, Lucas Abela, eMDee, Tuba Skinny, Hanggai & Robin Fox Mona Foma Baha’I Centre – Gabrielle Smart 12am -1am Mona Foma Detached – Space –Shifter opening Mona Foma Faux Mo – Mofo Festival Club11pm til late Irish Murphy’s - Jeremy Matcham, Joel Everard, Vendetta Brookfield Vineyard, Margate - Gabriel Lynch The Waratah Hotel – Versions (Ben Harper) DJ Observatory – Johnny G & Grotesque The Telegraph – Micheal Clennett followed by Dr Fink Cargo – Rum Jungle followed by Tim Davies Duo Ivory - DJ Malakai Alley Cat - Papa Chango and Gene Bob The Brisbane - Madre Monte (vic) + Dublo Casbah – Reggae Chill In //Launceston The Royal Oak - Luca Brasi + The smith Street Band Hotel New York – Ladies Night //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - JED, SLATS & THE BIG NATURALS Saturday January 14th //Hobart

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Mona Foma PW1 – Tuba Skinny, David Chesworth, Ryoji Ikeda Mona Foma Theatre Royal – PhillipAdams Ballet Lab Mona Foma Faux Mo – Mofo Festival Club11pm til late Irish Murphy’s - King Louie, The Smashers The Waratah Hotel – Chocolate Bedrock w/ Agent Fontaines C bar - Micheal Clennett Sails - Billy Whitton Observatory – DJ Mr B The Telegraph – Ado and Devo followed by The Smashers Ivory - DJ Grotesque, Mez and Dameza Plan B - Seize The Night Brookfield Vineyard, Margate - Marisa Quigley Alley Cat - Larry Bang Bang and Brite Fight The Brisbane - Luca Brasi + Smith St Band (vic) + Ride the Tiger + Your Demise //Launceston The Royal Oak - Live Music //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - JACOB BOOTE Sunday January 15th //Hobart Irish Murphy’s - Ian Murtagh, Joel Everard Mona Foma PW1 – David Chesworth &Pierre Henry Mona Foma Theatre Royal – Phillip Adams Ballet Lab Mona Foma St Mary’s Cathedral Centre – Adam Simmons Mona Foma St Mary’s Cathedral – Nick Tiavos Liminal & Rod Thomson Mona Foma St Mary’s Cathedral Mona Foma Faux Mo – Mofo Festival Club11pm til late C bar - Billy Whitton Cargo - Rum Jungle Alley Cat- Nic White, Tim Steward (Screamfeeder), Linc Le Fevre & Will Wagner Brookfield Vineyard, Margate - Ethereal Aqua Concert The Brisbane - ALL AGES 7pm - Absu (usa) + Ruins + Zero Degrees Freedom + Orannis //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar JAROD MINTON’CONNELL Monday January 16th //Hobart Mona Foma Theatre Royal – Phillip Adams Ballet Lab Mona Foma St Mary’s Cathedral – David Chesworth & Adrian Sherriff Vic Tav – Industry Night Dj Mr B + more //Launceston Irish Murphy’s – Industry Night Page 16


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Saloon Bar – S.I.N

Tuesday January 17th //Hobart Mona Foma Theatre Royal – Phillip Adams Ballet Lab Mona Foma St Mary’s Cathedral Centre – Danny Healy The Brisbane – Quiz Night //Launceston The Royal Oak - The Launceston Jazz Club Presents: The Jazzmanians Wednesday January 18th //Hobart Mona Foma PW1 – Girl Talk (USA) & 22SQ (Tassie sax quartet) Mona Foma Faux Mo – Mofo Festival Club 11pm til late Irish Murphy’s - Joel Everard Observatory - DJ Mr B & DJ Dameza Republic Bar and Cafe - Immortal Technique Alley Cat - Bulls (Members of the Dacios) //Launceston The Royal Oak - Danni Thomas //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - OPEN MIC NIGHT

Everard, Vendetta The Waratah Hotel – Clubhouse Comedy DJ Observatory – Johnny G & Grotesque The Telegraph – Micheal Clennett followed by Dr Fink Cargo – Rum Jungle followed by Tim Davies Duo Ivory - Behind Closed Doors Alley Cat - The Barons of Tang & Delaney Davidson Casbah – Reggae Chill In Rivers Edge Campground, Lonnavale - A Decade of Forest Defence(Music & Arts Festival) //Launceston The Royal Oak - The Titz Hotel New York – The Clock Tower with supports Amberain (QLD) anguish, depths (Tas) Fresh on Charles - Lucie Thorne with Sling & Arrows //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - ROCK PIGS

Thursday January 19th //Hobart Mona Foma PW1 – The Dressden Dolls (USA), Sentawa(INDO), Toshimaru Nakamura (Japan) + more Mona Foma City Hall – IHOS The Barbarians Mona Foma Faux Mo – Mofo Festival Club 11pm til late Irish Murphy’s - Concrete Lines The Waratah Hotel – Thirsty Thursdays Cargo - Micheal Clennett and Guests Alley Cat - Mzaza The Brisbane - Spoonfed (syd) + Last Measure (vic) + Satanic Rockers (vic) + Bulletproof //Launceston The Royal Oak - Linc Le Fevre //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - JUNIOR BOWLES from WA ( blues artist )

Saturday January 21st //Hobart Mona Foma PW1 – PJ Harvey (UK) Mona Foma Theatre Royal – Amiina, Animagica, Nell, Paint your face, tUnEyArDs Mona Foma City Hall – IHOS, The Barbarians Mona Foma Faux Mo - Mofo Festival Club 11pm til late Irish Murphy’s - Naked Acoustic, Pirates of the Cover Scene C bar - Colin Harvey Sails - Billy Whitton Youth Arc – The Clock Tower with Amberain, anguish, depths and lives lost Observatory – DJ Mr B The Telegraph – Ado and Devo followed by Dr Fink Ivory - DJ Grotesque, Mez and Dameza Alley Cat - Lucie Thorne, Hamish Stuart & Slings & Arrows //Launceston The Royal Oak - Shaun Kirk + Halfway to Forth //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - T M G

Friday January 20th //Hobart Mona Foma PW1 – Amiina (Iceland), Death Grip + more Mona Foma City Hall – IHOS The Barbarians Mona Foma Faux Mo – Mofo Festival Club 11pm til late Irish Murphy’s - Jeremy Matcham, Joel

Sunday January 22nd //Hobart Mona Foma St Mary’s Cathedral – Chris Abrahams, Sabine Vogel & David Watson Mona Foma City Hall – IHOS The Barbarians Mona Foma Faux Mo - Mofo Festival Club 11pm til late Irish Murphy’s - Ian Murtagh, Joel Everard

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C bar - Tony Voglino Brookfield Vineyard, Margate - Lucie Thorne Cargo – Sticks and Kane The Brisbane - Punk Goes Acoustic w Wolfpack + Explosions + Face The Fiasco + Sighs //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - SHAUN KIRK with special guests //Burnie Burnie Upper Memorial Hall – Save The Clock Tower with Amberain, Anguish and TBC Monday January 23rd //Hobart Vic Tav – Industry Night Dj Mr B + more //Launceston Irish Murphy’s – Industry Night Saloon Bar – S.I.N Wednesday January 25th //Hobart Irish Murphy’s - Gav & Lina, Vendetta The Waratah Hotel - Urthboy Observatory – Dj Mr B Alley Cat - Sailor Jerry Rum presents a night with The Sin & Tonics and The Bone Rattlers //Launceston The Royal Oak - Samuel Bester The Pizza Pub - Elephant & Castle Presents: Oz Day Eve!! - feat. Guthrie, Boxmoney, Woof Woof + more... Hotel New York – UNY NIGHT //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - TAPAS TRIVIA Thursday January 26th //Hobart Irish Murphy’s - Naked Acoustic, Australian Made The Waratah Hotel – Australia Day Hottest 100 Party C bar - Micheal Clennets Cargo - Micheal Clennett and Guests //Launceston The Royal Oak - Younger Dryas //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - TREV HEINS Friday January 27th //Hobart Irish Murphy’s - Michael Clennett, Gav & Lina, Dr. Fink The Waratah Hotel – Toss the Boss DJ Observatory – Johnny G & Grotesque The Telegraph – Micheal Clennett followed by Big Swifty Cargo – Tim Davies followed bu Ado and

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Devo Ivory - MS Fest DJ Comp Alley Cat - Kikuyu, Billy Whims & Peter Escott The Grand Poobah - First Birthday Party with bands and DJ’s The Brisbane - The Dark Shadows (nsw) + The Sin & Tonics + The Bonerattlers + Kenji DJ Casbah – Reggae Chill In //Launceston The Royal Oak - Jonno Coleman, Andrew Marshal + Sara Jane The Pizza Pub - Elephant & Castle Presents: Liam Padmore, Lenin Mkarthy, CT & The Nighthawks! Hotel New York – Ladies Night //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - RING MASTERS Saturday January 28th //Hobart Irish Murphy’s - Sambo, The Smashers The Waratah Hotel – The Bully Hay Band, Cast Iron Pinata & Samuel Cole and the Mornings C bar - Brett Boxhall Sails - Billy Whitton Observatory – DJ Mr B The Telegraph – Micheal Clennet followed by the Smashers Ivory - DJ Grotesque, Mez and Dameza Alley Cat - Channthy and Julian (Cambodian Space Project) The Grand Poobah - Columbian Dance Party Number 2 The Brisbane - Brissie Bingo with Timmy Jack Ray Brookfield Vineyard, Margate - Paul Gerrard Republic Bar and Cafe - Sietta with VJ Grotesque //Launceston The Royal Oak - Paradigm //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - Midnight Sunday January 29th //Hobart Irish Murphy’s - Ian Murtagh, Mickey & Kazu Cargo- Joel Everhard C bar - Manhattan //Devonport Tapas Lounge Bar - SUNDAY SIPPERS Monday January 30th //Hobart Wrest Point - Natalie Cole Vic Tav – Industry Night Dj Mr B + more //Launceston Irish Murphy’s – Industry Night Saloon Bar – S.I.N Page 17


quarry mountain dead rats In an age of dancing robots and the electric toothbrush, the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats are taking it back to a simpler time, where the pickin’ was fast and the banjo was king. With fire in their bellies, these musical comrades hailing from Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula bring their raw and gritty version of bluegrass kicking and hollering into the modern day. The influence of old-time mountain-music combined with rock‘n’roll sensibilities make the Quarry Mountain Dead Rats an act that make you sit up, take notice and come back for more. Fresh from the studio recording their debut album with producer Shane Nicholson, Quarry Mountain Dead Rats will bring their new songs and their high energy live show to Tassie shores for the first time this January. Since bursting onto the scene late 2010 Quarry Mountain Dead Rats have been rapidly carving out a name for themselves with festival invitations left, right and centre including the 2010 Falls Festival in Lorne Victoria, and spending a few weeks at number one, two and three on the Triple J charts. Mark seeing these guys on your ‘to do’ list over the festive season! Catch The Rats at Brookfield, Margate, on Thursday, January 5th.

the return of simon astley

Melbourne-based singer songwriter Simon Astley has just returned home from a whirlwind music tour of the UK. Whilst he was in London he recorded a new song titled ‘London’. Hmmmmm .... The single is now available for purchase on itunes. You can also check out the film clip for the song via youtube and Simon’s website. Simon has just finished recording his new album at Thirty Mill Studio’s in Melbourne with producers Monique Brumby and Nick Larkins. The album will be released in early 2012 followed by an Australian Tour to promote the album. Check out his website at: www.simonastley. net for further info www.sauce.net.au

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save the date for save the clocktower Hey, there’s Joel Hallum from This Future Chaos. This must be the new band he’s in. Cool. Hey Joel. Anyway, Joel always let his actions do the talking, so we spoke with Luke instead. Hey Luke, how you going? How did you guys get together? We all kind of knew each other through our old bands and decided to do something we were all keen on. I wasn’t in the band to begin with, but after i played a reunion show for my old band (This Future... Chaos), the guys asked if i was keen to get back in a band, and the rest is history! You’re from Launceston, which has a clocktower as a major landmark, is that where the band name comes from? It definitely could! But it actually comes from the movie Back To The Future. How would you describe the style of music you play, and what are the major influences for the band? I guess the best way to describe it is as passionate, aggressive and meaningful rock/ hardcore. We all listen to so much different stuff that i can’t really pinpoint any major influences, and its so cliche to say, but i think we all bring our own influences to the table. What have been the stand-out milestones for the band, so far? So far as a band we’ve had some amazing opportunities to support some really good Australian bands and our music video for the song ‘It Ain’t Over....”. 2011 has really been a bit of a slow burning year with a lot of things in the works, but it has just taken time to iron out the details, especially when one of your members is half way round the world having the trip of a lifetime! But the last few months have been really hectic which will hopefully lead to some more milestones. Tell me a bit about the evolution of your

upcoming 2nd EP, ‘The Human Condition’. As a band we have definitely grown musically and our thought process towards putting a song together has completely evolved. The Human Condition is a huge growing point for us, especially in structure and placement. Instead of just writing bits of songs and putting them together, everything you will hear has been thought about 1000 times over and put there intentionally for specific reasons. There is lots of melody but also a lot of heavier, darker stuff too. I personally dont think we are the kind of band to write happy songs, not that we aren’t happy people, but i just see the filthy and downright ugly side of humanity around us and that is were the darkness comes from.

How did you get Drew Fulk to mix the EP, and what do you think he will add to the overall sound? We were really lucky to to get Drew involved, especially in the time frame we have. We were having a look around at a couple of different people and just asking them about what they could offer us and Drew seemed super interested in our sound. We also really like some of the stuff we have heard from the other bands he has recorded/mixed. What do you have planned and what do you hope to achieve in 2012? The Human Condition will be out around earlymid February, and in support of that we have a whole heap of shows coming up over the next

three months. Most of the shows are interstate ones which we are really excited about, and we have some really cool Tas shows coming up too. We have announced a fair few already, but will have more to announce very soon, and you can check all those out on our Facebook page. We really just want to make a name for ourselves on the mainland and start playing heaps of shows up there and have people dig us! Save The Clocktower play at Hotel New York Launceston, on Friday, 20th of Jan, an ALL AGES show at Youth Arc, Hobart, on Saturday, 21st of Jan, and another ALL AGES show at the Upper Burnie Memorial Hall on Sunday, the 22nd.

Wednesday 25th January, 2012 Oz Day Eve!! Featuring Guthrie, Boxmoney, Woof Woof + more

Friday 27th January, 2012 Featuring Liam Padmore, Lenin Mkarthy & CT & The Nighthawks! $5 cover charge

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JANUARY Arts.Guide Supported by Salamanca Arts Centre Exploring all corners of the creative universe. www.salarts.org.au / 03 6234 8414 //Hobart Kelly’s Garden @ Salamanca Arts Centre ‘Sakura Polymers’ by Anna Phillips Friday 25 November 2011 - Sunday 22 January 2012 Peacock Theatre @ Salamanca Arts Centre WORLD MUSIC * FLAMENCO Guitarist Gerard Mapstone Live in Concert Thursday 5 January 2012 Top Gallery @ Salamanca Arts Centre ‘Third Eye of the Beholder’ by Claire Needham Thursday 5 - Tuesday 31 January 2012 Long Gallery @ Salamanca Arts Centre Double Dose - Trumps / Silversonic record launch Friday 6 January 2012 Long Gallery @ Salamanca Arts Centre ‘Closure Loops’ by Darren Cook & Laura Hindmarsh Thursday 19 - Tuesday 31 January 2012 Long Gallery & Sidespace Gallery @ Salamanca Arts Centre Images of Tasmania 14 9 December 2011 - 1 January 2012 FREE EVENT Sidespace Gallery @ Salamanca Arts Centre ‘Kunanyi / Wellington Top’ by David R. Blühdorn Friday 6 - Tuesday 17 January 2012 Sidespace Gallery @ Salamanca Arts Centre ‘This Flaming Heart’ by Naomi Howard Thursday 19 - Tuesday 31 January 2012

Contemporary Art Spaces Tasmania (CAST) Oceanography/Peron Station, David Chesworth Date/s: 13 - 29 January 2012 Cost: FREE Theatre Royal Colin Hay Sat 4 February Cost: Prem $50, A&B Resv $44 Ross Noble Wed 15 and Thur 16 February Cost: $44.90, Concession $39.90

in and around Burnie on the north west coast of Tasmania exhibit their best works. 4 February – 11 March 2012 Remote Control: New works by David Hawley Corpse An exhibition of mezzotint prints by some of Australia’s finest print artists: Graeme Peebles, Anna Austin, Gregory Harrison.

BENJAFIELD STUDIO PRESENTS

//Burnie Burnie Regional Art Gallery 17 December 2011 – 29 January 2012 Freshwater Saltwater - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prints The Australian National Maritime Museum travelling exhibition of prints celebrates the rich living relationship between Indigenous people and water in Australia. Supported by the National Collecting Institutions Touring and Outreach Program, an Australian Government program aiming to improve access to the national collections for all Australians.

DOUBLE ALBUM LAUNCH

FRIDAY JAN 6TH 8PM LONG GALLERY SALAMANCA ARTS CENTRE $10/$7 concession $25 = 1 CD + entry

Looking Through - Nigel Lazenby Looking Through, is a group of images produced over a number of years, with an emphasis on work produced over the last eighteen months. As the title suggests there are many ways of interpreting this theme, but what interests the artist is that he has subconsciously been painting images that relate literally to this title and only realising this recently. High Art Summer Show For a fourth summer in row the talented students from High schools and Colleges

+ ACCUMEN VJ/DJ + Gillan Gregory preview the tracks at: trumpsband.com donbate.com/AKAsilversonic supported by

silversonic is elctro-funkpop Trumps is Indie-roots-reggae

HI there from don bate! How are you? my band, ‘Supersonic’ and ‘trumps’ double CD launch at the long gallery “Well i’ve been bunkered down for 2 years producing this latest body of work. The result is “silversonic” and i describe it as “groovetronica” We are going to give it a big launch at the long gallery of the salamanca arts centre On friday the 6th jan\, from 8 pm. Sharing the bill is the fabulous band “trumps” and the Sensational gillan gregory, down from melbourne spreading his guitar-god funkness, as well as acumen vj/djing us into oblivion. there’ll be Lots of muso’s, dancing, a great-priced bar , but no steak knives! (hahaha oh don, u crack me up! ED.) If you go to donbate.Com/akasilversonic you can preview the tracks. see ya there. DON www.sauce.net.au

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visual artist profile :chris paton

By Liz Dougan Chris Paton’s work hangs on the walls of an ex-prime minister, along with renowned Australian artists, Max Angus and Archibald winner, Geoff Dyer. His current exhibition, titled The Ultravenis Project is now showing at the Brisbane Hotel- 3 Brisbane Street, Hobart and features a series of detailed sci fi oil paintings and digital prints. Familiar with a variety of mediums from pencil to oil paints right through to digital photography and the seemingly endless possibilities within photoshop, this exhibition gives an indication of his technical scope as an artist. Born in Hamilton, south east of Glasgow in Scotland, Chris arrived in Tassie with his family in 1992. At around the age of six when he wasn’t allowed to have all the toys he desired from 80’s animations such as He man and Thundercats he began drawing the characters instead. Chris’s first sale was at age fifteen, when he entered his first group exhibition in Bothwell, in central Tassie. He sold a monochrome blue drawing of two salmon swimming in opposite directionstitled Catch Me If You Can, to none other than Malcolm Fraser. Pursuing art studies following school, Chris completed his masters in 2006 through Tas uni, with a major in drawing and painting. For over three years now he has taught himself photoshop skills, never shying away from new tools. This software allows him to combine artistic mediums, along with the extra effects it offers. For instance within the piece titled, The Graveyard Shift, a photograph of the two sandstone lions heads at the entrance to St David’s Park feature behind the smokin’ figure, that is based on one of his drawings.t This exhibition is influenced by the likes of Frank Frazetta, popular in the 1970’s, but whose work appeared most recently on Wolfmother’s 2006 self-titled album, and Allen Lee, the illustrator and conceptual artist for The Lord of the Rings. Chris has always been intrigued by fantasy and sci fi art and often browses comic book covers and film posters for further inspiration. However, not confined to this style alone he has also explored expressionism, abstract expressionism and photorealism, but what appeals to him about sci fi and fantasy is that it allows him to “depict what I imagine without compromise”. This style also opens up a palette of rich reds, greens and purples that aren’t otherwise seen in our day to day. Imaginatively framed by every artist’s friend, ‘Chickenfeed’ along with the addition of some black aerosol paint; this show is virtual, fun and figurative. Reasonably priced, one of three oil paintings has already sold, so get in quick! Open until the end of January, The Ultravenis Project is definitely worth a few viewings on account of its detail. Plans for Chris’ next exhibition revolve around a surrealist Alice in Wonderland theme. www.sauce.net.au

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Album Reviews LINDSAY BUCKINGHAM SEEDS WE SOW

DEAN STEVENSON ARCO SET

IGGY POP ROADKILL RISING (The Bootleg Collection, 1977-2009)

Seeds We Sow – Lindsay Buckingham Buckingham has released a series of increasingly experimental albums that have very little in common with his multi million selling band, Fleetwood Mac, a group that for years only communicated through lawyers when they weren’t doing coke and sleeping with each other’s wives. To paraphrase a Buckingham lyric, as an artist he is a visionary, but nobody knows. Buckingham was famously quoted as saying he was stuck in the most conservative band in the world and longed to be a member of the Clash. The fast Kingston Trio inspired picking sound generated on his ever present Turner Acoustic dominate this release, but it’s the tracks like ‘One Take’ with its Casio drum machine, insane guitar hero solo and weird tempo changes that define Buckingham as an artist these days. For me the highlight is a track called ‘Illumination’ which is a harder rocking song more in the style of ‘Go Your Own Way’. The song that probably best captures the Californian ‘feel’ Buckingham virtually invented on ‘Rumors’ is the sun drenched laid back ‘When She Comes Down’ with its complex Beach Boys harmonies, it is a track the equal of anything you will find on ‘Pets Sounds.’ On the whole, this release is predominantly acoustic, but an interesting cross between the recent ‘Under The Skin’ and ‘Gift of Screws. There is already a live DVD to accompany this release, which faithfully captures the essence of this album and throws in a few of his better known solo and band tracks. Matthew Sertori

Over the years I had run into Dean at the pub and he had mentioned in many a drunken conversation (well I was drunk, Dean was probably nervously looking at the exit points) something about the Arco Set project. In my mind this project had taken on something of a Beach Boys ‘Smile’ mystique, as year after year it seemed no closer to materializing and every time we spoke about it, the scale and ambition of the work took on mind blowing proportions. Something about the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra being involved, something about making an album in the style of Elvis Costello and the Brodsky Quartet.

This I an artist endorsed collection of Iggy Pop’s most famous bootleg recordings, encompassing 66 songs with each of the 4 cd’s representing a different decade of his career. Pop has done some great albums and singles but it is his legacy as a live artist that will be remembered. Anyone in the front row of the brilliant Hobart City Hall gig in 1990, when the stage collapsed during ‘Real Wild Child’ knows how reckless a performer Pop can be and would understand exactly why the FBI kept him under surveillance all these years. This collection includes a handful of covers from Them (except on ‘Gloria’ he spells out his own name instead), The Kinks (‘Girl You Really Got Me’) and even the Batman Theme gets a run. What’s perhaps surprising is hearing Pop’s excellent baritone crooning on ‘One More For My Baby’ (and better still violently threatening the audience that insist on talking during the song). Later when singing in French from his brilliant ‘Preliminaires’ album (the concept album inspired by the Michael Houellebecq’s novel, ‘The Possibility of an Island’), he showcases his more sensitive Serge Gainsborg qualities.

This collection also includes the ‘Cloud Suite’ which I understand was composed for Mona Foma and as the title suggests is inspired the composers fascination with clouds and contemporary orchestral music. Arco Set is a more than worthy follow to the earlier albums ‘Like A Drum’ and ‘In Time.’ Matthew Sertori

PAUL VAN DYK VONYC SESSIONS Every week, the internationally acclaimed DJ and producer Paul van Dyk shows his audience the real deal: Paul is the direct connection to everything happening in the clubs right now, showcasing new and talented electronic artists and covering all styles ‐ trance, house, progressive, techno, electro, dubstep and whatever else carries his quality seal of approval. 52 stations in 23 countries is the impressive widespread span of the awarded and globally acclaimed radio show VONYC Session hosted by Paul van Dyk himself. Energy FM Australia became one those radio stations 6 months ago. Every week millions of listeners all around the world tune in to listen to the best that electronic music has to offer presented by one of the forefront runners in the field. The annual VONYC Sessions mix album has become an institution in the industry and features the most influential tracks of the year and an outlook on to what is going to come. Gathered on this 2 disc ride of 2011 memories are all of the stand‐out tracks, road‐tested across the planet and favoured by the radio show fans. Handpicked and mixed by Paul himself, VONYC Sessions 2011 presents’ masterpieces by the likes of Moby, Carl Cox, Giuseppe Ottaviani and many other EDM virtuosi. The release has been accompanied by a massive media campaign and of course a vast presence by PvD as his fans call him around the world, touring all continents. “VONYC Sessions 2011” is the third compilation based on the global phenomenon by Paul van Dyk. Stand by for an unforgettable VONYC Session!

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I found myself imagining how the producer of Bohemian Rhapsody felt as Freddie Mercury played that epic on piano and said right this is where the 200 piece choir come in and the epic guitar solo and so on. Then suddenly its 2011 and the Arco Set has seen light of day and of course like everything associated with this sickenly talented musician, it is pure gold. The album is ambitious and diverse, from the string arrangement of ‘Loverman’ to the rollicking gypsy beats of ‘River With You’ to my personal favorite, ‘Ten Days.’

KATIE NOONAN SONGS FROM THE BRITISH ISLES

Hospital” by Radiohead.

Backed only by classical guitar accompaniment this ambitious album thematically charts the history of British songwriting from traditional folk songs from the 15th century all the way through to “Last Flowers At The

Having seen Katie perform these songs live, at just eight songs, it is disappointing that John Dowland (“Come Again Sweet Love”), John Lennon (“Oh My Love”), George Harrison (“Here Comes The Sun” and Nick Drake were left off the final release, given they were highlights of the live performance. Employing top arrangers like Jeremy Alsop, Richard Charlton and Benjamin Britten sees these songs arranged for voice and guitar.

Historically this is an important release, hearing Bowie play piano in the same band as the legendary Sale Brothers on a widely bootlegged show from Angora Cleveland, then following that with a few tracks from Stooges era James Williamson (who is currently working with pop on a new album) is simply mind blowing. Matthew Sertori

The arrangements are rich, warm and vibrant and never sparse despite the minimalism of the instrumentation. In particular, her version of Kate Bush’s “The Man With The Child In His Eyes” she makes her own, while Peter Gabriel’s debut single “Solsbury Hill” and The Police’s “Roxanne” breathe new life into songs that no doubt most avid listeners of pop music would have some familiarity with. Only the obscure Elvis Costello song “Favorite Hour” fails to shine, which has more do with the choice of song than the performance itself, which is simply an exemplary rendition of an unmemorable song. Hopefully ‘Songs From The British Isles Part Two’ will see light of day. Matthew Sertori

ARMIN VAN BUUREN UNIVERSAL RELIGION: CHAPTER 5

COSMIC GATE WAKE YOUR MIND

VARIOUS TRANCE ELEMENTS

Every summer season, fans of Armin van Buuren hold their breath for two magical words to drop: Universal Religion. The compilation series, that has been going strong since 2004, is a favourite amongst those into quality electronic dance music. The fifth Chapter of the beloved series has just landed and was recorded live during Armin’s sets in club Space on party-island Ibiza during the European summer of 2011.The Dutchman breathes music, and has been at it for more than 15 years. A lot has happened since the release of Universal Religion Chapter 4 in the summer of 2009. His fourth artist album “Mirage” saw the light of day, along with the accompanying “Armin Only – Mirage” world tour. The 10-year anniversary and 500th episode of his A State of Trance radio show was celebrated with 5 events across 5 different continents, divided over 5 weeks. All events were broadcast live, uniting millions of listeners, sharing their passion for music - with the Sydney event being broadcast live on Energy FM Australia. Another exciting new happening in his musical career, is his residency in the worldfamous club Space on Ibiza.Armin van Buuren honours tradition and gives it a new spin at the same time. “Universal Religion Chapter 5” presents two special live recordings from his gigs at Space. Let your senses be taken by exclusive tunes and remixes, feel the vibrant energy of the crowd and enjoy Armin’s unrivalled mixing skills, as he introduces you to a new, musical Chapter. Not only does Universal Religion Chapter 5 indulge you with 2 brand new Armin van Buuren remixes, a new Gaia production and Armin’s ‘Brute’ collab with Ferry Corsten, it also takes you in with the beats of BT, Shogun, Ashley Wallbridge, Paul Oakenfold, Alexander Popov, Daniel Kandi, Re:Locatevs Robert Nickson, Andy Moor, John O’Callaghan and many more. Mark Howell

Nic Chagall &Bossi, aka Cosmic Gate, are a serious force in dance music and one of the biggest influences of modern trance. They are known for their effortless, kinetic sound incorporating enthralling melodies & captivating synths. Their name is quite fitting as they seem to hold the keys to the universe, bringing listeners into a universal place of bliss. They are sure to have some surprises for us in their new album while remaining true to their impassioned sound we all love. 2011 was another extraordinary musical year in the lives of Cosmic Gate. The year brought the release of their early years retro-refit album Back 2 The Future - singles from which took up residence in Beatport’s Top 10 for an unprecedented 3 straight months. They’ve also delivered their hugely received Essential Mix debut for BBC Radio 1 and have already brought the Cosmic Gate experience to close to a 100 clubs, arenas and festivals around the world. In the last nine months of 2011 Cosmic Gate have been hard at work in the studio working on their fifth album, “Wake Your Mind”. Heralding a throng of fresh new tracks from the respected musical minds of both Nic and Bossi, their fifth studio album includes the recent single The Theme and 2010’s epic, majestic Barra; co-productions with international artists like Arnej, Myon & Shane 54 and Andrew Bayer and vocal team-ups with singers including Emma Hewitt, Aruna, JES, Cary Brothers, Cathy Burton and many more. The album features 12 unreleased tracks in addition to the singles “Barra” and “The Theme” which reached number one on the Beatport Trance charts. The album also feature collaborations with singers and producers you may already be familiar with as well as artists waiting to be discovered. Mark Howell

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’ve saved the best for last. This is a triple pack that is packed full of some of the biggest trance names in the universe! These 3CD’s of pure “Trance Elements” that you hold in your hands are the debut of a very promising new series brought to you by 405 Recordings. Featuring only the best tracks of 2011, and spanning across the many genres that modern day trance has now become entwined with. This album features smash hit releases from some of the biggest names in the Trance music scene; including Armin van Buuren, Ferry Corsten, Above & Beyond, Gareth Emergy, Paul Oakenfold, Cosmic Gate, Markus Schultz, Alex M.O.R.P.H, Kyau & Albert, Tritonal, Dash Berlin, Aly & Fila, Andy More, Bart Claessen and BT. Need I tell you more? We’ve just found nothing but Trance music royalty from all over the globe on one massive album. Each CD is it’s own journey, rammed so full, yet moving ever so smoothly from progressive, melodic, dirty, grinding, uplifting and the banging elements of trance. Trance head or trance noob, either way we guarantee that you will enjoy this outstanding collection of tunes. Full track listing of these compilation albums are available on the Energy FM website (www.energyfm. com.au). Many of the tracks from these albums are on air now. You can listen to Energy FM in Hobart on FM 87.8 or join the thousands of people who are listening online now. Mark Howell

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game review: The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (PC, PS3, X360) By Seth van Heyster There is a certain amount of preparation needed in the days before you go on holiday. Supplies need to be bought and someone has to feed the cat while you’re away. The same goes for the release of a new Elder Scrolls game, and anyone who has devoted a good chunk of time into one of Bethesda’s massive open world RPGs will understand this all too well. Those of you picking up Skyrim without any previous Elder Scrolls experience, be prepared to say goodbye to your friends and loved ones for a few weeks. I have to confess that after over 100 hours of playing The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, the only piece of the main storyline that I had completed was bringing the package to Caius Cosades. With the release of Skyrim, I decided to knuckle down and progress through the story that Bethesda had crafted. It was time to do things differently. After dozens of hours in Skyrim I find myself sitting at a table next to an open hearth, listening to a bard strumming on his lute, with only the first few quests of the main plot crossed off in my journal. This is the beauty of the Elder Scrolls series, the freedom to do whatever you like and to take in the world at your own pace. After choosing from a number of different races and playing through the opening sequence, you are free to go anywhere and become anyone you want in Skyrim. You progress very organically in Skyrim, increasing skills as you interact with the world. Swing your shortsword enough times at a sabre cat and your onehanded skill will increase. Without major and minor skills to worry about, advancing your character becomes much less constrained. As you level up you will also be able to choose perks that improve your skills in radical ways, such as giving you a chance to decapitate an enemy with a sword. All this serves to keep your character progression interesting in Skyrim, and if you find that you tire of swinging a two-handed sword around all day, you can easily switch to scorching foes with lightning instead. However, it is the wintry world of Skyrim itself that makes this game so engaging. You’ll wander from the broken town of Winterhold, dominated by the mysterious Mage’s College, to the open streets of Whiterun with its massive keep and views of the tundra. All of these places are filled with interesting characters, guilds, and factions so that you’ll never want for any side quests. Striking out on your into the wild, untamed areas of Skyrim comes with its own rewards. You may come across hidden ruins, fugitives on the lam, or a daedric prince seeking the help of a mortal. The world is bursting with detail and the scenery is both beautiful and harsh. Stunning snowcapped peaks, dense forests, and open tundra are just some of the varied landscapes that make up Skyrim. The excellent graphics coupled with an epic soundtrack push you deep into this engrossing virtual world and you’ll often emerge bleary-eyed wondering where the last six hours have gone. Of course,

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this being a Bethesda game, there are many bugs that occasionally pull you out of the experience, ranging from flying mammoths to rare occasions where the game freezes completely.

Sound 4/5 While some voice actors clearly forgot which accent they were supposed to be doing, the soundtrack is as epic as it gets for a fantasy RPG.

There is far too much content in Skyrim to fit into this short review, and after countless hours of play I have barely scratched the surface of this incredible game. You probably already know if this type of game is for you or not, but if you’re still on the fence about Skyrim, jump off and grab a copy straight away.

Gameplay 5/5 The freedom of choice is staggering and the combat is a marked improvement over previous versions.

Graphics 4/5 The PC version looks incredible, with the console versions lagging slightly behind.

Replay Value 5/5 This is the game you want in your backpack when you get stuck on a desert island. OVERALL 5/5

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party to celebrate A decade of forest defence the barons of tang

At the end of 2011 The Huon Valley Environment Centre turns ten years old, and this is an incredible achievement for the volunteer-run, not-for-profit organisation. To celebrate this milestone they are holding a festival between January 20th – 22nd 2012 in Southern Tasmania. There will be musicians, cabaret performances, speakers, films, workshops, bushwalks, kids space and activities, art making, a liscensed bar and food stalls. Join in! Ther’ll be performances by; Jake Savona, Combat Wombat, Saritah, Barons of Tang, Monkey Marc live, Simon Delaney (NZ), Ollie MC, Log Jam Fury, Blue Mosquitoes, Las Banditaz, Peach & the Tree, Little Bear, Dublo, Grand Master Trash, Muddy Turds, Middletones, HairyMan, Madeline, Guthrie, Tad Poedee, Wolves of Rain, Golden Orb, Gene Bob, Kellie Watkins, Barry Jones, DJ Reme’, Circus Horrificus, Scarlett Jezebel, Forest Nymphettes, Sands Family Circus, Clare & Eva Hoop, HoTown Heroes, kid’s act ‘Zucchini Clan’ & more! Plus, guest speaker, Senator Bob Brown. There are dress themes: Friday night: Cabaret/Burlesque, Saturday night: Jungle Booty And on Sunday night from 8pm, there’s the Forest Riot! - Anti Chynus, Now You’re F*cked, Dog Tower, Satanic Rockers, Spoonfed, Texas Mimic, Traitorr and Last Measure Jan 20th - 22nd, 2012, Rivers Edge Campground, Lonnavale Gates Open 3pm, Friday, 20th.

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Burlesque column: saucey sparkle Tales of Tease and all things Sparkling from Tassie’s Queen of Diamond Tease, Bebe Sparkle Happy New Year to Everyone and a huge thank you to Sauce Magazine and all that have helped and supported myself and my business over 2011. Also a huge thanks to you, the reader of Sauce and my column ‘Saucy Sparkle’ you make me Sparkle so much brighter! 2012 is here and the calendar is already filling up. Tassie is hungry for Burlesque and Burlesque is what I will feed you... mmm Tasty! Get those brand sparkling new 2012 Diaries out as this months Saucy Sparkle is dedicated to ‘what’s on’ in Tassie’s thriving Burlesque scene in the coming month! Got your pen ready?? Sat January 7th Miss Kitty’s Meow The Grand Poobah - 142 Liverpool St Doors open 8pm - 8.30pm start Celebrate while the weather is still warm (well warm-ish) and keep the blues and boredom at bay with a night of burlesque, cabaret and drag - The lineup includes - Miss Kitty’s Meow, Scarlett Jezebel, Lady Lola, Zara and Raven Madde. $10 entry on the door or pre-sale from www. misskittysmeow.com Sat January 28th The Diamond Masquerade - Golden Age Flamingos Dance Bar - 201 Liverpool St Doors open 7.30pm Starring special guest and Sydney based award winning Diamond - The famous ‘Miss Kelly Ann Doll’ plus an amazing lineup of Pole and Burlesque performers from ‘The Diamonds of Burlesque’. Expect to see everything from the French Can Can to Retro Pinup on stage taking you back to the glamor days of Burlesque’s ‘Golden Age’! A strictly masked event (mystery a must), semi formal/burlesque or themed costuming attire. Join the Diamonds as they take over Flamingos venue and sit you down to witness their regular sell out event ‘The Diamond Masquerade’.

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Tickets $20 presale (+ online booking fee) www.diamondmasquerade.eventbrite.com or $25 on the door if any left... be quick purchase now! Sun January 29th Dance Worshops with Special Guest - Miss Kelly Ann Doll Diamond Class Pole and Burlesque School 233 Liverpool St 1 - 4pm 1pm - Workshop #1 - Rockin Roll for Beginners - Solo or Partners, guys and gals Learn Basic Rockin Roll Dance Steps in this fun and and easy going dance workshop that will have you dancing the steps to any song and ripping up the dance floor solo or with a partner! 2.30pm - Workshop #2 - Advanced Rockin Roll + Swing Dance (must have completed workshop #1 or have previous experience) Solo or Partners, guys and gals A great lead on for those who have completed Workshop #1 or for those who have dabbled in Rockin Roll style and want more moves, plus to learn the super popular Swing Dance from one of the best! 3.30pm - Workshop #3 - Fun and Cheeky Lap Dance - Solo or Partners, guys and gals. Learn how to tease a lap and work a chair in this workshop that will have you dancing sexy but not sleazy - learn to tease and titillate while having a great laugh at the same time! $35 for 1 workshop, $60 for 2 or $85 for all 3! To book call Diamond Class Studio on 0439481959 Love and Sparkle from Bebe Sparkle x

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cafe review: Ginger brown

by liz dougan

Name of Establishment: Ginger Brown (previously Magnolia) Address: 464 Macquarie Street, South Hobart Phone: 62 233 531 Business Hours: Monday-Friday Saturday & Sunday

7.30am-4pm 8.30am-3pm

BYO/Eftpos available Time and date of review: 22nd December, 2011- 2.30pm

The name Ginger Brown derived from a couple of sources- a comic book character, and the fact that owner, Ben Morton is ginger, and his wife is a brunette. This comfortable relaxed café in South Hobart opened in mid August and is a welcome addition to the area, offering a small but carefully considered menu and excellent coffee. Opened 7 days a week, the emphasis is on free range, organic and locally sourced produce. Chefs Natalie Frohamder, formerly of Marque IV and Duncan Oliver, previously at Machine have created a menu that offers a new take on old favourites. For instance the BLT consists of pork belly with herb mayo, rocket and a warm tomato dipping sauce; and rarely does cereal sound so good with the breakfast trifle of house made muesli, honey, yoghurt, poached fruit, almonds and toasted coconut. On my visit I had a mushroom and gruyere cheese omelette that was served with their house baked focaccia and it was delicious! You’re also welcome to create your own breaky

with a good selection of extras, including specka central European style of cured pork. The breakfast and lunch menu is available at any time until the kitchen closes at 3pm. Happy to accommodate dietary requirements, house made gluten free bread is available and there are numerous vegetarian dishes to choose from including the roast pumpkin, rocket, feta, walnut, oregano and pomegranate molasses salad. Daily specials always include a soup and a frittata, plus two other dishes. The coffee is supplied by Clique, and it is fair trade, organic and locally roasted. The standard of coffee is well above average, and each cup is served with a ginger brown jaffa. Teas are all loose leaf and are provided by Hobart based company, the Art of Tea. Cold drinks include Gillespie’s ginger beeroriginal or extra zing! Along with organic Phoenix mineral waters and Charlie’s Quenchers.

flavours include mocha and for the braver among us, chocolate with peanut butter. The selection of cakes and slices are all made in house, while a small local outfit bakes the biscuits. The service is helpful, and the vibe amongst staff is a good one. Meals are well priced, you can expect change from a $20 following a meal and a coffee. As a father of young children Ben was eager to make this spacious premises an ideal hang out for families. This was highlighted recently by kidspot.com. au when it was mentioned as one of the best kid friendly eateries in Australia. There is a giant toy box to keep the little ones amused and plenty of room amongst the couches and 50’s style décor. So, whether you’re a local and are yet to check it out, or the next time you’re on your way to the tip shop, be sure to drop in to Ginger Brown. It is a top spot for the whole family.

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BIRD IS THE WORD

BY CLINT MORRIS

cineMA: INTERVIEW WITH BRAD BIRD,

DIRECTOR OF mISSION IMPOSSIBLE: GHOST PROTOCOL Before you spend all your holidays at the beach, get to a cinema – preferably an IMAX – and drink on the sheer excitement and delectable goodness that comes with the viewing of Mission : Impossible Ghost Protocol. One of the most exciting popcorn flicks of the year, and a smart one of that. The film sees Tom Cruise returning to his trademark role of Ethan Hunt, IMF agent in what’s unarguably his most personal mission yet. Director Brad Bird, best known for his family friendly fare like The Incredibles and Ratatouille, gets understandably animated when talking with CLINT MORRIS about his latest venture. Hi, Brad. How are you? Good, Clint. How are you? Thanks so much for taking the time out, man! Pleasure. Thanks for stopping by Australia and bringing a great movie with you. Glad you like it! That means a lot! Yeah, I really did, it was great. I suppose the first question for you is, did you, like, bow at the altar of the original TV series or are you a fan on most of the films? Well, I definitely saw the series when I was little and I think that when it comes to sort of a pop idea, I mean it’s all summed up in a title Mission Impossible. It tells you everything you need to know about the attitude of the thing and I just think it’s a really great sort of pop concept and so, when I got an opportunity to do one of these films I jumped on it. Was there one of the films in particular that came before yours that inspired you to chase this job? Well, actually it was more the people involved. I had known JJ Abrams a quite a numbers of years and we’ve been looking for opportunities to work together and the timing never worked out and I met Tom right after the Incredibles and we ended up talking about movies for two or three hours and what we loved about him and who’re our favourite filmmakers and it was just all it was surprising how comfortable I was with him right away because he talked just like any sincere film lover. I mean he knew a lot about a lot of different movies from all time periods and it was clear that he’s doing it because he loves it so, when I got an opportunity to work with both of them in one project that just sounded great to me. And I assumed that what they liked about your work, especially The Incredibles, is that it’s a story of a family, them sticking together as a team and battling against the odds, I guess? Yeah, well it’s the sense of the movie is not… The Incredibles is not about superheroes per se, it’s more about personalities and then the superhero’s an aspect that brings out the personality. It’s more, as you said, it’s more about the dynamic between the family members than it is about being able to lift up a car or something like that. Yeah, and in terms of the story was there a script when you came on board or did you help Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemecon put ink to paper? Yes, there was a script but it was constantly morphing. Tom and JJ had worked on it for about nine months with the writers and a lot of the big set pieces were in place but the story was still… It wasn’t set in stone and JJ said to me, “Is there anything you’ve always wanted to see in a spy film?” And of course I had several things that I wanted so see in spy films and it was great that I got a chance to get many of them on screen. I suppose, I thought it would be interesting to have these really cool gadgets that may be didn’t always work. [chuckle] And another idea that I came up with was we were trying to look for… The sequence on the Burj was always planned, the tallest building on the world, that was planned when I got involved with the project but I was looking for a way to show how unbelievably high this building is visually and I thought about setting it with it sticking out of the clouds because it is that tall. Our executive producer said, “Oh! It shouldn’t be clouds. It should be a Shamal.” And I said, “What’s a Shamal?” He says, “Well, it’s like these giant sandstorms.” And then I said, “Well, let’s not just do it for a shot let’s have a chase scene in the sandstorm.” I was sort of inspired by North by Northwest because Hitchcock was able to take the least atmosphere it gets suspenseful time of day www.sauce.net.au

which is high noon and have a very clear field of view and make a suspense sequence out of it. Usually you set those kind of things in the dark or in confined spaces with limited points of view and Hitchcock was able to do it in the middle of a cornfield, in the middle of nowhere, in full sunlight. So, I was wondering what it would be like to have a chase sequence where it’s in the middle of the day but you can’t see. So that’s a couple of examples but don’t make me say more because I want people to see it at the movies. One of the scenes you just mentioned especially looks a treat on IMAX. It is stomach turning. You feel like you’re up there. That was very effective. Why IMAX and I guess why not 3D because IMAX, I mean, wow!? Well, I think the thing that people constantly say is the reason for 3D as they say it’s in developing and it’s something you can’t get at home and I sit there and I go, “Three, two, one. Okay, now you can get it home.” And to me, 3D… I think it’s very interesting. It’s getting better all the time. I loved Avatar as much as anybody did. But you take one step forward which is the dimensionalizing of something and then, you put on the glasses and now you’re taking a step back and now because of the light requirements, it’s probably… You lose 40% of the brightness of the image. Now you’re taking two steps back, the screens can’t be quite as large. You know you’re taking three steps back and I think the key to immersiveness in a movie theater is something that’s been around as long as movies had been around. One is a really big screen and the second thing is an audience, and you’ll never be able to get that experience at home unless you’re a billionaire

and can afford an IMAX screen at home. But I think a really big screen is unbelievably immersive. But because of multiplexes, for the most part, we’ve shrunk down the screen size and shrunk down the auditorium sizes and there’s nothing cooler than seeing a really bright, really sharp image on a massive screen with a bunch of movie lovers. That’s going to see the movies and that’s why I wanted to shoot this in IMAX. IMAX to me is the last stand for real showmanship in the way movies are presented. Would you classify your film as a standalone or sequel? There’s one tiny storyline in there that is a follow through but, I would say, in every other way, it could be a stand alone movie. Was it important for you to bring in some new faces and then, leave some of the, I guess, other characters on the bench this time? Well, it wasn’t ever discussed that way. I would say that what attracted me… One of the things that attracted me to the project was the storyline because the storyline… Usually, Ethan Hunt, who is the character that Tom Cruise plays in these films, he usually picks his team. And in this film, the team is thrust upon him and then, that team is isolated which is what the protocol refers to is it’s a scenario where you are cut off and there’s no communication with the main office and you’re on your own. And the idea of having a team that was basically unfamiliar with each other kind of, then, cutoff and put on in extreme circumstances just sounded really interesting to me. So, I really loved it and I loved getting a chance to work with this cast, not only Tom Cruise and Simon Pegg, but also Paula Patton who is a great up and coming actress and Jeremy Renner who’s one of the

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finest actors around right now. He is indeed. Now tell me, coming from an animation background can you imagine Mission : Impossible working as an animated series – or animated film? : I don’t know. We don’t have to repackage it. I think it works fine as it is and… [laughter] But sure, I think an animated film can be anything. I think that people are often somewhat narrowminded in terms of what kind of subject matter can be done in animation. You notice the Japanese are a little more loose with what kinds of things they take into an animated film. I think that that… I think you can do an animated film about any subject matter. The only difference is you should handle it differently for animation but in terms of what you can make, I think you can make it about anything. Would you be back for another Mission Impossible should they.. It’s really rough to discuss having another kid when you’re still in the delivery room, recovering from the process, so ask me in about six months [Laughs]. These films involve some wear and tear, you know. Yeah, exactly. I’ll see you get a rubdown. Then, we’ll talk Mission Impossible 5. Okay. [laughter] It’s a deal. let’s catch up then. I have to make one suggestion now. If there is a fifth film … Leonard Nimoy, back from the TV series. Hey man, what a good idea, cross pollinating the bad robot films. You know your stuff! I’ll bring that up with JJ. I’ll be sure to discuss it. Honest. That’ll be great. I’ll have my 10% sent here. [laughter] Thanks so much, Brad. Great film. Okay. Thank you. So nice finally to talk with you, Clint. Page 28


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THE SKIN I LIVE IN

SPAIN | MA15+ | 120mins

An hynotic and exquisitely choreographed tale from Almodóvar Since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. He manages to cultivate a skin that is a shield against every assault. Along with years of study and experimentation, Robert needs three more things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig…

THE IRON LADY

UK | M | 105mins

Meryl Streep gives a stunning performance as Margaret Thatcher The Iron Lady is about Britain’s longest-serving Prime Minister of the 20th Century - Margaret Thatcher. It begins withThatcher as an eager 20-something in post-war Britain, played by Alexandra Roach, when the grocer’s daughter first entered politics through her controversial career - using plenty of newsreel footage - to her lonely old age in which she’s haunted by her late husband Denis,

THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN USA | PG | 115mins Steven Spielberg’s faithful adaptation of the Herge comic books TinTin, the journalist and boy detective is brought to viewers via the motion capture process. TinTin fans won’t be disappointed with the way this beloved character is portrayed by Jamie Bell. Whether you’re a fan or not, this is a visually stunning, hugely entertaining film from start to finish. David (At the Movies), a self confessed Tin Tin fan, describes this as being “...done to

ALBERT NOBBS

IRELAND/UK | M | 109mins

Glenn Close and Mia Wasikowska star in this moving drama Glenn Close plays a lonely, repressed woman who has for years passed herself off as a male butler in a small Dublin hotel late in the 19th Century. Things change when Close’s character meets another cross-dresser - a painter who finds work in the hotel. An undoubtedly strange yet compelling story with beautiful performances by Glenn Close and Mia Wasikowska (‘Jane Eyre’)

Session Times The Iron Lady (M)

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Albert Nobbs (M) Thur 29th 11:00, 1:45, 4:30, 6:45, 9:00 Fri 30th 11:00, 1:45, 4:30, 6:45, 9:00 Sat 31st 11:00, 1:45, 4:30, 6:45, 9:00 Sun 1st 11:00, 1:45, 4:30, 6:45, 9:00 Mon 2nd 11:00, 1:45, 4:30, 6:45, 9:00 Tue 3rd 11:00, 1:45, 4:30, 6:45, 9:00 Wed 4th 11:00, 1:45, 4:30, 6:45, 9:00 _______________________________ The Salt of Life (M) Thur 29th 11:15, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8:00 Fri 30th 11:15, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8:00 Sat 31st 11:15, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8:00 Sun 1st 11:15, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8:00 Mon 2nd 11:15, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8:00 Tue 3rd 11:15, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8:00 Wed 4th 11:15, 1:15, 3:30, 5:45, 8:00 _______________________________

The Women on the 6th Floor (PG)

Thur 29th 11:00, 2:15, 4:15, 6:30, 9:10 Fri 30th 11:00, 2:15, 4:15, 6:30, 9:10 Sat 31st 11:00, 2:15, 4:15, 6:30, 9:10 Sun 1st 11:00, 2:15, 4:15, 6:30, 9:10 Mon 2nd 11:00, 2:15, 4:15, 6:30, 9:10 Tue 3rd 11:00, 2:15, 4:15, 6:30, 9:10 Wed 4th 11:00, 2:15, 4:15, 6:30, 9:10 ______________________________

Melancholia (M)

Thur 29th 10:30, 1:15, 6:00, 8:45 Fri 30th 10:30, 1:15, 6:00, 8:45 Sat 31st 10:30, 1:15, 6:00, 8:45 Sun 1st 10:30, 1:15, 6:00, 8:45 Mon 2nd 10:30, 1:15, 6:00, 8:45 Tue 3rd 10:30, 1:15, 6:00, 8:45 Wed 4th 10:30, 1:15, 6:00, 8:45

__________________________ The Ides of March (M)

Thur 29th 8.15pm Fri 30th 8.15pm Sat 31st 8.15pm Sun 1st 8.15pm Mon 2nd 8.15pm Tue 3rd 8.15pm Wed 4th 8.15pm ___________________________

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COMING UP IN JANUARY & FEBRUARY...

ARRIETTY Japan | G | 94mins

The latest offering from Japan’s Studio Ghibli is a gentle, entrancing version of The Borrowers. Hiromasa Yonebayashi, a top Ghibli animator who did some of the breathtaking work on Miyazaki’s “Ponyo By the Sea,” makes a very dignified directing debut in this beautiful anime film. Starts January 12

J.EDGAR

USA | M | 137mins

J. Edgar explores the public and private life of one of the most powerful, controversial and enigmatic figures of the 20th century. As the face of law enforcement in America for almost fifty years, J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio) was feared and admired, reviled and revered. Starts January 26

MARTHA MARCY MAY MARLENE USA | M | 101mins

A powerful psychological thriller starring Elizabeth Olsen as Martha, a young woman rapidly unraveling amidst her attempt to reclaim a normal life after fleeing from a cult and its charismatic leader (John Hawkes). Starts February 2

THE ARTIST

France | PG | 100mins

Hollywood 1927. George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) is a silent movie superstar. The advent of the talkies will sound the death knell for his career and see him fall into oblivion. For young extra Peppy Miller (Berenice Bejo), it seems the sky’s the limit - major movie stardom awaits. Starts February 2

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN UK |M | 99mins

When Arthur Miller leaves England, the coast is clear for Colin to introduce Marilyn (Michelle Williams) to some of the pleasures of British life; an idyllic week in which he escorted a Monroe desperate to get away from Hollywood. Starts February 16

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