Roland invoke flashbacks

Roland have stirred up the music business with another addition to their boutique line of hardware.

The Roland D-05 plays homage to the legendary D-50 released back in 1987 which helped define the sound of the late ‘80s with its instantly recognizable mix of sampled attacks and synthesized sustaining waveforms, plus built-in chorus, reverb, and EQ. It’s the basis of classic tracks in a wide range of genres including synth pop, new wave, new jack, and R&B, and can be heard in countless film scores of the era.

The interface is where the opinions are split with “that joystick” attracting the wrath of many keen musicians. Ideally, to be attractive this neat package needs to be bundled with computer based programming software….the standard is just too finicky….

The Killers Announce 2018 Australian Arena Tour

Possibly the biggest concert news of the year was announced late last night with The Killers confirming they will be touring Australia next year. They’d been locked in as performers at the grand final this year, which people were hoping would lead into a full tour, and IT HAS. FINALLY.


Their tour will begin in April 2018 in Brisbane, and they’ll work their way around the country before playing here in Perth on May 1st at Perth Arena. This will be the first time the band has toured the country since 2013 when they played here as part of the Big Day Out, and they’ll be touring in support of their new album Wonderful Wonderful. 

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday October 3rd. No prices have been announced as of yet, but really, is price a factor when it comes to seeing THE KILLERS? Um, probably not?!

Taylor’s Big Win!

Taylor Swift has gained one US Dollar after winning a lawsuit she filed against a DJ who allegedly groped her. The jury found that DJ David Muller did indeed grope Swift back in 2013 at a fan meet-and-greet.

Swift had filed the lawsuit for only $1 to stand up for sexual assault. Mueller sued Taylor Swift in 2015 for defamation, claiming that the groping allegation was false and that she had ruined his career.  Mueller had asked for $250,000 USD, claiming that Swift’s mother was involved in him getting fired from his previous radio station, KYGO. His claim was later denied.

A photo of the groping, obtained by TMZ, was used in court, and visually shows Mueller groping Swift from behind.  Since her win, Swift has said thank you to her legal team and to her fans, and has announced she will be donating to multiple organisations that help sexual assault victims seeking help to defend themselves.

Remembering Amy “Before Frank”

This month will mark the 6th anniversary of Amy Winehouse’s premature death.

An unsettling fact that even 6 years down her passing is still very difficult for us to stomach…

A member of the elusive and remarkably tragic “27 club”, Amy Winehouse passed away as a result of accidental alcohol poisoning at the tender age. After undoubtably making a significant impact on the world through her music and tumultuous private life, the world is still so fascinated by the very talented, late songstress.

“Before Frank” is the latest memoir to pay homage to the late star. And this one has pictures… Lot’s and lots of pictures…

Credit: Photography — Charles Moriarty

Now before you have any preconceived idea of what kinds of photos you think you’d be seeing of Amy — think again…

Credit: Photography — Charles Moriarty

This collection of photos will expose a different side to Amy that the world is probably not familiar with — a much happier Amy, “Before Frank”. “Before Frank” is a book made up of photographs of the English songstress shot by photographer Charles Moriarty during intimate photo sessions. The book will feature previously unseen photos of Amy Winehouse taken around the release of her debut studio album ‘Frank’. A much happier Amy Winehouse — perhaps even the happiest we’ve ever seen.

The book is currently in the works after receiving funding from a Kickstarter campaign. “Before Frank” is set to be the latest intimate portrait of Amy’s life following the 2015 release of the highly acclaimed yet criticised “Amy” documentary directed by Asif Kapadia.

Charles Moriarty who actually formed a friendship with Winehouse contrary to Kapadia — had this to say about the “Amy” documentary when compared to his book…

“I saw Asif Kapadia’s movie “Amy” last year and I came away with this deep sadness and I wanted to leave people with something happier. I think it’s an amazing documentary but Before Frank is something different and casts her in a fresher and happier light. For me it feels like sharing a memory I’ve had for a long time. I think they needed to come out. We were kids when these photos were taken, Amy was just twenty, and we just had such a fun time.”

Credit: Photography — Charles Moriarty

The book is set to be self-released (without a ‘big-shot’ publisher) in August 2017 and is a great testament of a real friend preserving a loved one’s memory. Below are come images that can be found in “Before Frank”. These shots reveal a healthy, seemingly happy and relaxed Amy Winehouse. A refreshing perspective and contrast to the bombardment of far more heartbreaking tabloid images that noted her last years with us…


Timberlake can’t stop!

Can’t stop the feeling, by Justin Timberlake is our song review today and children and adults love this song. The chorus is so catchy a certain 6yr old sings it all day, which in turn makes us hum it too!

Justin recorded the song for the film Troll as Justin was the executive music producer. The single debuted atop the US billboard hot 100, opening with 379 000 downloads in its first week. Can’t stop this feeling became Justin’s 5th number 1 single in the country. It also spent the first 10 weeks on top of the digital songs chart.

You’re Fyred!

Ja Rule’s luxury Fyre Festival event in the Bahamas this weekend turned out to be a complete and total flop. Guests shelled out between $1k and $12k with the promise of gourmet food and lavish accommodation, however received something very different. With a shoddy tent city and lackluster food (pictured), guests were far from pleased. On top of all that, the event organisers could pay the talent, with Blink 182 dropping out on the day before the festival after not receiving their money.

Fyre food
Photo credit @trev4president

The Festival was cancelled before it began, with guests calling “scam” on the organisers. Ja Rule offered an apology, insisting that it was not his fault, however he was deeply sorry and would provide refunds for the attendees. Ex-employees of the festival organisers have started posting their opinions on what exactly went wrong, marking it up to very poor organisation and money issues.