Thursday, December 31, 2009
I think I've only ever really loved one pedal; my Boss DM-3 Delay pedal. It's often overlooked as it was "brighter" than the Boss DM-2, but it still added a really nice something a guitar sound. I often just had it on all the time, bubbling away really low.
When I was finally happy with my pedal setup last year, I decided to cobble together a pair of boards using some scrap wood and velcro. It was all up and running, I clicked on the delay and... nothing. Light was on, but no delay was home. It was dead. I was sad.
I was replaced by my trusty Line DL-4 (an 18th birthday present from my folks) for a little while, which is cool but didn't quite do what I wanted it to. I still use the same guitar presets for my vocal effects in the band; the sweep-echo, the tube-echo for a gainy slapback sound and the multi-head (Space-Echo-ish) setting for the low, slightly modulated echo.
My next delay was a Freakshow Digilog; a hand-painted digital delay from Portland, Maine which does a great job of emulating a nice analog/tape echo. It's a great pedal, but didn't sit the same way as the old Boss. It also has a cool self-oscilation footswitch (which is a little more subtle than the one you find on the SIB Mr. Echo, which my brother Matt has) which allows you to do some really nice atmospherics without going too far into ultra-feedback territory (unless you want to). It only really works on the longer settings though, and I didn't use it much as my delay settings are usually set to mostly slapback type stuff with a few extra repeats.
(BTW, we use also use Freakshow Brown Rabbit distortion pedal on bass.)
Anyway, yesterday I managed to snag myself a used Moog MF-104Z at a fantastic price in (almost) mint condish. I've only spent a little bit of time with it, but it's sounding just right. The guy who sold it to me said it was the best sounding delay he's had, but he decided to keep the Diamond Memory Lane II for the more practical features (tap-tempo, two delay presets, etc). There's all sorts of cool features on Moog too, such as an expression pedal option for every parameter, as well as CV stuff and a loop, where you can modulate your delays with any other pedal or processor. I've tried this with a phaser and the MuRF for a little bit it and it has potential for some interesting stuff... however, I'm just keeping it simple right now... I have enough tap-dancing to do on-stage already.
I did an comparison of the Moog and the Freakshow and the Freakshow actually got pretty damn close. It's a great pedal and well worth checking out if you're in the market for a delay. It's since graduated off the floor and now sits on top of my Nord Electro keyboard.
Post-practice update: I love this pedal.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Well, that was nuts. Vampillia blew many minds last night... make sure you catch them before the skip the country. We were pretty happy with our set in general; not as awesome as the last time we play The Oldie, but still pretty good.
Thanks to Mr Kieran West from The Strange Attractions for the photos, who you can see on Thursday, January 7th at The Birmingham Hotel. Also playing are Nightmaster and Spitfire Parade. And, yes, YIS. Facebook event here, if you do that.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
"I saw these guys last night by chance and found that they are a bunch of flat out tallents from Japan playing locally... think, the Drummer of the Boredoms is the eleveth member, they are sound scape, math rock and creepy impro...... with a mascot who is creepy as all fuck covered in make-up and dances like a freak.... SIC! I tell you what thou, I want to see them again at the Old Bar, gonna flip my brains to fried messy stuff."
And, yeah, we're playing with them tonight at The Old Bar, Johnston St, Fitzroy. Doors are at 8:30pm and it'll cost $8.
Also, the good folks over at Where's The Beef? actually made Bron's tofurky for Christmas. Pictures and more here!
Thursday, December 24, 2009
(Song inspired by real events.)
The Minpins are Andre Fazio (YIS, Fazmo) and Tim Taliana (The Strange Attractions). They're playing their first gig on Saturday, January 10th at The Brunswick Hotel in, er, Brunswick. They need a support band, so, get in touch if you want to play.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Listened to Real Estate's self-titled album on the way up; what a lovely piece of work. The whole thing is up on Youtube here if you want a listen.
Monday, December 7, 2009
The next show is also at The Old Bar on Boxing Day (Saturday, 26th of Jan) with the crazy symphonic metal 9-piece Vampillia from Japan. How they are going to all fit on stage is beyond me, but it should be a fun night. Along for the ride is No Name (also from Japan) and Fourteen Nights At Sea. Only $8 as well.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Even if you can't hang around until we play, come down for a drink and a chat. We'll be around from 4pm or so. Address is 74 - 76 JOHNSTON ST, FITZROY, in-between Brunswick and Nicholson St.
Monday, November 30, 2009
and later this month...
Boxing Day at The Old Bar : Vampillia (Japan), Fourteen Nights At Sea, YIS, No Name (Japan)
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
1 Massel “chicken” stock cube
Few tablespoons of potato starch or besan (chickpea flour) in case tofu mixture is too wet
1 small red onion, diced
1 clove of garlic
1 small carrot
1 sticks celery, diced
1 apple, peeled and diced
1/4 cup chopped parsley, rosemary, sage and thyme
3 cups freshly made breadcrumbs (I use stale yeast-free Italian sourdough)
1/2 cup craisins
1/4 cup chopped chestnuts
1/3 approx. cup stock (made with Massel cubes or powder)
Saute onion, garlic, celery, carrot, apple and herbs in olive oil. Mix with breadcrumbs, craisins, chestnuts and stock to form a firm but moist stuffing.
40ml balsamic vinegar
40ml pomegranate molasses (easily obtainable from Middle Eastern grocers)
1/2 cup port
1/3 cup chopped herbs (same as before)
1 teaspoon seeded mustard (I make my own by pounding yellow and brown mustard seeds and mixing with Keen’s powdered mustard, salt and white vinegar, but any good quality version will suffice- just read the label to make sure it doesn’t contain lactic acid)
sea salt, cracked pepper and a pinch of chilli flakes to taste
Whisk all this stuff together.
1. Mash tofu till smooth. Mix in herbs, and pepper to taste. If it is too crumbly, add flour as required.
Monday, November 23, 2009
While we're recommending things, Charlie Kaufman's directorial debut Synecdoche, New York has come out at ye olde video shoppe. Watched it last night and it blew my mind just a little bit. There's a few shocking moments in it (one of the scenes with Philip Seymour Hoffman and his daughter is really quite disturbing), and it's not something that's going to be totally digested in just one viewing. It's so dense it'll linger in your brain for a couple of days like a Lynch film, but unlike, say, Inland Empire, it's actually worth unpacking in your own mind. Seems like an intensely personal work, but I related to it in a big way. The final moment just hits you in the gut really, really hard.
I remember sitting in a Cinema Studies class back in second-year Uni and watching Adaptation, and the opening monologue setting something off in my head. I very rarely relate to anything, but for some reason Kaufman's neuroses really resonates with me, and every one of his films is worth watching.
Also, Jon Brion scores it, so you know it's probably worth a look.
Oh, and it's pronounced like this.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Despite the breakup of the first headlining act, the dropout of the second headlining band (due to a broken arm two days before the gig), the hospitalisation of our DJ for the night, the death of a 200-watt Marshall stack midway through a set, a busted A-string on Nightmaster's Fender Bass VI and the abysmal weather, we all survived THE CURSED GIG. I even busted my B-string in the first song... lucky I had 11 others to break. Good ol' 12-string.
Sure, the vocals were way too loud (thanks for telling us, guys), but fun was had by all.
Next gigs are...
Thursday the 3rd of December at Yah Yah's (Smith St, Collingwood), supporting The Thod and The Revels. Playing at 9pm.Invite yourself on Facebook here.
Saturday the 5th of December at Public Bar (Victoria St, North Melbourne), supporting Mesa Cosa (Chris Chinchilla's new Mexi-Punk posse) and someone else. On around 9.
If you haven't seen them yet, you must must must go to one of these shows.
Sunday 22nd November: Brisbane, Queensland: Hi Fi w/ Grey Daturas, Slug Guts + Abject Leader
Monday 23rd: Sydney, NSW: Hermanns Bar, (opposite Sydney University) w/ CRUX, Rice Corpse, Black Widow
Tuesday 24th: Auckland, New Zealand: Transmission Room
Wednesday 25th: Wellington, New Zealand: San Francisco Bath House
Thursday 26th: Hobart, Tasmania: Mona / One Project presents, venue TBC
Friday 27th: Adelaide, South Australia: Fowlers w/ Primitive Calculators, Robotosaurus + Bronze Chariot
Saturday 28th: Nth Melbourne, Victoria: Static Age Festival @ Lithuanian Club w/ Lightning Bolt, Grey Daturas, Primitive Calculators, Naked on the Vague, Justice Yeldham, Embers big band, Abject Leader, Ivans, Other Films, Rebeiro / Andrews, The Whulge + Robotosaurus
Sunday 29th: Geelong, Victoria: The National Hotel w/ Grey Daturas + The Stabs
Friday, November 20, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
We had a practice today for the pair of gigs we've got coming up. It'll be the last ones for a while, as we've all decided we're way too overhyped. The pressure is just getting too much to handle and we need to some time away from this juggernaut...
Some more updates throughout the week, I PROMISE.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Check out the other acts we're playing with on the night: Pageants, NightMaster and Fourteen Nights at Sea. If you can't make it, don't stress, we've got another gig on Thursday, December 3rd at Yah Yahs.
Oh, and my laptop hard-drive corrupted, so, I've lost all the masters for the Live Mixtape... So, yes, the 40 that were made will be the only 40 that exist.
Also, we've gone up to second if you search for us on Google now. In first place is "Yes I Am Single": a website for singles who sign up and wear a badge in public to attract potential mates. Instructions are as follows:
Once you have your badge and yis.com.au membership, you can access our forums where you can chat to singles with similar interests, form new social networks and organise your own events.
You may like to form your own or join an existing golf, walking or wine tasting group or simply organise an impromptu evening out to the theatre or a pub in a central location.
Below are a few situations where you may wish to put on your badge with a view to meeting other single people:
- On the bus, train or ferry
- At the gym
- At the pub or at a restaurant
- At the shopping mall
- At the theatre or cinema
- While walking the dog
- On vacation
- At a sporting event
- On a bucks/ hens night when out with friends
- At the beach
- At church
Wear your badge and start meeting people the old fashioned way!
We were planning to start YISHEARTS: a singles club for YIS fans who were searching for that special someone, but we'll probably end up provoking some Apple Computers/Apple Corps scale naming rights legal battle...
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
But, if you can't wait three weeks for some fun, there's two goodies on this weekend: Chris Chinchilla (who used to play in Art Brut and Macaca Mulatta) new Mexican-punk posse Mesa Cosa are also playing Cobra this Friday, supporting Confirmed Reptilian and The Show.
Night after that one is the main event; The Holy Soul's album launch at The Oldy on Saturday night, supported by Mick Turner from The Dirty Three, Miniature Submarines (feat. Mark from The Stabs and Monika from Love of Diagrams), and Brendan Black from The Stabs. Maybe this is the Old Bar's way of trying to get The Stabs to play... The same thing happened with Wu Tang at an American festival a few years ago, where the dude just booked all the Clan as solo artists and hoped for the best... Well, probably not the same, really....
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Y'know when you get a CD of your mate's band, and it ends up sounding like it was recorded for $0 under their house on a walkman?
Well, I had the pleasure of driving around with the excellent new CD by Wrong Turn in my car for a few hours last night after catching them blast through a set to some appreciative diners at The Retreat on Sydney Rd last night. Apart from being some of the nicest dudes you'll meet, Myles and Ian pack a lot of punch for a two piece. The sound is pretty straight vintage (their description of Chuck Berry/Bo Diddley style rock is pretty spot on); it sounds like they grew up on the same stuff Jon Spencer did and came to a similar, but less zombie-Elvis-like conclusion.
And gear whores take note; there is some seriously nice ampage going on up there including some vintage Australian VASE gear and a set of Ampro speakers on wooden legs. I was thinking how nice it must be to play in a two-piece and not having to worry about all that gear until I saw Ian packing a station-wagon to the gills with his two speakers, two heads in massive roadcases and three guitars. I spose Myles' Ludwig kit is orrite as well...
Anyway, check out the Myspace for the next show details and some tunes, and get the cd thru Off The Hip.
Monday, November 2, 2009
Anyone got any more shots? firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Bronwyn and Andre's favourites were "YIS is Simon" (by someone who attended our last gig) "Yes, I'm Simon" by Dan Harman, as it's apparently such an apt description of the band... to them, I say, you're fired. Gabbo's "Youth Inspired by Stooges" would have also been an accurate statement if not for the fact that Bron and I are so damn old.
A.H. Cayley gets the award for sheer volume of entries, including "Yorrick's Indigo Skullcap" and "Yoda's Inepitude Syntactical".
I personally thought kazpatafta's "Yemenis Impersonating Saudis" was the funniest and smartest, and tugboat's "Yoni-In-Sadhu" (roughly translated as "enlightened vagina") the most crazy and unique of them all.
To the above entrants, you all win our love and respect. To the people who insulted us using the acronym format... nice job.
All these mentioned and many other all would have been worthy winners... HOWEVER.... the rules clearly stated that you had to be at the gig to win the prize... so, I'm delighted to announce the winner of the YIS Ice-Cream Social competition is Stu Burns from (Undisclosed), Victoria for his entry "Yoda Implies Secrets". Congratulations for Bradburying your way into a mound of dairy goodness. Tell us where and when. Bring a friend if you like. However, they may only watch and laugh.
Saturday, 21st of November
YIS vs Cobra Bar
(upstairs at The Tote)
Out: Tim Taliana (omitted)
In: Bronwyn Liroudia
Out: The Strange Attractions (injured liver)
In: Fourteen Nights At Sea, Nightmaster, Pageants
Now we can move on! Next gig in three weeks at Cobra, playing original YIS material! Tim Taliana omitted for the returning Bronwyn Liroudia. Matthew Fazio moved from guitar onto the synth, but might be forced out with injury/better things to do. There'll be some free CDs, as per usual...
(.mp3 format, 224kbps, VBR)
Click Here To Download
Recorded live at YIS Manor
Wednesday, 28th of October, 2009
01. New Race (Radio Birdman)
02. Sex Beat (The Gun Club)
03. Sweet Young Thing Ain't Sweet No More (Mudhoney)
04. Dirt (The Stooges)
05. Where Eagles Dare (Misfits)
06. 12XU (Wire)
07. Orgasm Addict (Buzzcocks)
08. Trash (New York Dolls)
09. The American Ruse (MC5)
10. The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill (Husker Du)
11. Sex Bomb (Flipper)
Simon Fazio - Vocals, Guitar
Andre Fazio - Drums
Matthew Fazio - Guitar
Tim Taliana - Bass, Vocals (on Trash)
Special thanks to Roffy from The Tote (for booking us), Bek Duke for the requests, Mum and Dad for putting up with the noise, everyone who came down to The Tote in the heat (Stu, Block, Jess, Andrew, Fi, Russ, Michelle, Gary, Aiden, Eleanor, Matt's other friends, Emi, Ruth, Jemell, Carla, Marc, Kizz, Timmy, Josh, Kelly, Laura, Myles, The Talianas and everyone else I forgot), the Tote barstaff for the watermelon and A.H. Cayley for being awesome.
(You'll need Winrar to unrar this)
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
We're giving away a limited number of Live Mixtape CDs at The Tote on Saturday... but if you can't make it and want one, just shoot me a message here, or email email@example.com before tomorrow night... There'll be a total of 40 in existence. CD and postage are totally free, but I'll only have a handful to send out (plus any leftover from the gig), so get in quick.
There'll also be a couple of leftover posters at the gig too.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The graphics on the new Tym pedals are designed by Jackyl from Sixfthick, who has one of the best blogs going over at Guitar Nerd. Also an outstanding fellow.