Tash Sultana shares details of debut album

Flow State Is On Its Way

After the ravenous worldwide success of her 2016 EP Notion, the sensationally talented Tash Sultana is set to release her highly anticipated full length follow-up at the end of August.

Bursting onto the scene with her well-executed solo looping single 'Jungle' and near instantly selling out 170 Russell not once, but three times after two extra shows were added to cope with demand, Tash Sultana has been putting in the work in the time since. After much anticipation, she is now is ready to unveil her first full-length album entitled Flow State. The album announcement arrived alongside her newest single taken from the record, 'Salvation', which you can listen to below.



This 12" vinyl is made from compressed coffee

A Drinkable, Playable LP

McCann Prague, an outside-the-box ad agency, has devised a rather unique format for their latest marketing campaign for experimental coffee company, Peter's Cold Brew, with this 'Blacker Than Black' 12" LP made from actual coffee.

This is legitimately not a joke. This incredibly strong cold brew coffee, which has been jokingly referred to as 'liquid cocaine' by those who have ingested its triple-strength inky blackness, has been compressed into a flattened disk with grooves that will actually play music on a record player. The campaign is entitled 'Blacker Than Black' - and what could possibly be more black than a black 12" record, full of four playable black metal tracks that you can then break apart and mix with water to create an extremely black cup of coffee?



Paul McCartney announces new album, shares double A-side single

Also Comments On White Album Reissue

Paul McCartney is the gift that keeps on giving, announcing his first studio album in five years and releasing a double A-side single to brighten your Thursday morning.

The two new songs, ‘Come On To Me’ and ‘I Don’t Know’, have been shared following album rumours sparked by a secret performance from McCartney at a Liverpool pub earlier this week. The legendary musician has been teasing new music on social media for days, finally sharing details of new LP Egypt Station with the world.



Ormsby reveals special-edition HypeGTR Copper Top, SX Carved Top guitars

Birthday Gifts

Ormsby Guitars is turning ten, and the expert team is celebrating with the release of two special-edition guitars: the HypeGTR Copper Top and the SX Carved Top.


Designed with a Swamp Ash body and laminated Rock Maple set neck, the HypeGTR Copper Top pays close tribute to its original predecessor thanks to careful construction by Perry Ormsby. The celebrated luthier aged sheets of copper, took photos of the best results, and had high definition prints sealed under the guitar’s lacquer finish.



Reviewed: Vox MV50 High Gain and Boutique Mini Heads

Yamaha Music | au.yamaha.com | Expect To Pay: $349.99

It almost feels like a magic trick. You feel deceived. God, it even has the Vox logo emblazoned on the front panel. But how could it be? That logo is the frontispiece atop one of the heaviest, British, class A tube amps in history. This runt is the distant cousin of an AC30? Gobbledygook. How could one fathom that something so tiny could emanate from the same spring of power and glory, envisioned by the same minds that ear-splittingly amplified some of the biggest names in rock history? It just should not be, but it is. Oh, but it is!

I set out to write this review as if I was Kafka. Huddled tubercular and wheezing over a rickety desk in a dank and lightless room, blackening pages with all the blustering energy befitting an image so surreal as a Vox MV50 amplifier head. There is something inherently bizarre about these things, after all. A nondescript, black, cardboard box is loaded into the back of your van and you drive home aghast as it twitches silently to itself over your shoulder.

Hits and Misses


Big quality tonality in a tiny little box


An effects loop and a touch more headroom would make them unbeatable


Meet the new supergroup featuring members of Violent Soho, DZ Deathrays

Introducing Total Pace

A handful of celebrated Aussie musos have joined forces to launch a new supergroup, Total Pace.

The group features Luke Henery (Violent Soho), Simon Ridley (DZ Deathrays, Velociraptor), Branko Cosic (Tape/Off, Gold Stars), and Matthew Somers (I Heart Hiroshima). Forming after years of conversations surrounding their music idols, the team behind Total Pace is bringing a new face to the punk rock scene through the launch of debut single ‘73’.



Martin Guitar unveils D-16EPD Poker Dogs acoustic

Straight From The Pool Room

You’ve seen Cassius Marcellus Coolidge’s 1903 painting A Friend in Need, better known as Dogs Playing Poker, in bars, on the walls of pool rooms, and scattered throughout popular culture throughout the past century. Now, Martin has taken the iconic artwork and plastered it over its latest guitar, the D-16EPD.

The guitar sees the painting recreated on a Sitka spruce top, paying homage to the Poker Dogs and offering one of the more unique gear releases of 2018. Specs-wise, the D-16EPD is a Style 16 Dreadnought with sycamore tonewoods, a high-performance taper neck, and Matrix VT Enhance electronics.


The Poker Dogs acoustic is set to be unveiled at Summer NAMM 2018 next week, alongside three new guitars and a ukulele from Martin: the OM-Arts & Crafts 2018, the D-28 Bigsby, the Jimmy Buffett Custom, and the Konter Ukulele.



Fender introduces the Player Series

Featuring 21 New Guitars And Basses

Debuting as a revamp of the Standard Series, the all-new Fender Player Series has arrived to kick-start the learning process for a new generation of guitarists.

The entry-level series sees updates for classic Fender models, such as the Stratocaster, Telecaster, Jazzmaster, Precision Bass, and Jaguar. The collection boasts 21 new guitars and basses, with Fender incorporating the timeless elements of design, tone, and feel expected from the esteemed company.




Reviewed: Jackson Guitars Pro Series Signature Mick Thomson Soloist SL2

Jackson Guitars Australia | jacksonguitars.com.au | RRP: $2099

Slipknot have been massive players on the metal scene for many years. Highly influential for their combination of brutal riffs and energetic syncopated grooves and rhythms, the band has spawned various signature models and endorsements for many of its members. The latest sees Jackson releasing the Mick Thomson Pro Series signature model. A ‘Soloist’ shape with a few tweaks, let’s have a closer look.

A through body design, the SL2 comprises a mahogany body, 24 fret maple neck and ebony fingerboard. The recessed neck joint and cutaways are super smooth with plenty of upper fret access and the compound 12 – 16 radius allows for low action and playability. Jumbo frets come standard which I have found to work well for a lighter touch on flatter boards. Available in two colours, this particular model looks great in its gloss white. Black hardware and binding provide a strong contrast with the marker less fretboard adding to its stealthy type vibes.

Hits and Misses


Easy to play, well constructed



Signature models aren’t for everyone