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Thursday, December 31, 2009

Gear: Moog MF-104z Analog Delay

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.

Andrew Bird tomorrow night.

If you're not too worn out after tonight's New Years Eve festivities, you must go see Andrew Bird at The Hi-Fi.

Tickets here.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

R.I.P. Rowland S. Howard

photo by Robert Carbone/Carbie Warbie for Mess & Noise

Everyone was a little shocked today by the passing of Rowland S. Howard. It was coming, but you still don't expect the news... or know what to say. What a shit year. I imagine it'll be a very somber night on the streets of Melbourne, as well as a very low key New Years Eve for many.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Australia Day Eve at Pony

Just found out (thanks to the Pony website) that we're playing Monday 25th of Jan (Australia Day Eve) in the middle of Baptism of Uzi and Bad Orchestra. Should be a pretty wild show, so, save the date.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Photos: YIS at The Old Bar, Boxing Day 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

Vampillia & Tofurky

Having garnered a reputation as "The Craziest act ever seen" in May, Vampillia (Japan) returns for an intensive summer tour. Vampillia turns classical music into Hard Core. Famous for the aggressive, chaotic performance with three eccentric Vocalists at front, a body painted dancer, macho man with a saw in his hand and a drug queen Noise Violinist, and strings at the back, they call themselves 10 piece Brutal Orchestra. After their very successful first Australian Tour in May 2009, now Melbourne knows they are amazing Party Band / Theatrical Classical act / Crazy PunkLive / Death Heavy Metal show. If you donʼt understand, you need to come to see them. Having Toyohito Yoshikawa (ex Boredoms) as a recording drummer, they are recognized as a genuine post-Boredoms indie act in Japan. Their 2nd drummer, Kazuhisa Chikada, also plays in Worlds End Girlfriend and will play as his own side project “No Name” twice during this tour. They toured and got a great response in N.Y. with Tujiko Noriko. Their collaboration with Tujiko will be released soon. This time they are touring with their new EP Sppears available at their shows.

"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

Merry Christmas From YIS

Merry Christmas everyone! Even though it doesn't really feel much like Christmas this year.

YIS - Good King Wenceslas

Merry Christmas From The Minpins

(from their sophomore release "Wake The Neighbours", out 2010)

(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

YISCHEF XMAS Edition: "Awesome" Vegan Fruit Mince Pies

If you're looking for something delicious to go with your tofurky on Friday...

Bronwyn's Awesome Fruit Mince Pies


1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

150 ml orange juice

1 teaspoon mixed spice

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg

50 grams dried cherries

50 grams muscatels

50 grams dried figs, finely chopped

50 grams currants

50 grams craisins

50 grams candied cumquats, finley chopped

1 tablespoon grated orange rind

as much booze (rum, brandy, cognac, grappa, etc) as you like


Chuck sugar, spices and juice in pan, dissolve sugar, add fruit, simmer for 5 minutes, remove from heat, add booze, cool, put in airtight container till ready to use.


(makes about 40 x 4 cm tarts)

1 cup plain flour

2/3 cup ground hazelnuts

180 grams nuttelex


Process flour, nuts and nuttelex till it resembles fine breadcrumbs, slowly add chilled water until dough just comes together, remove from processor, wrap in cling film and chill for about an hour, roll out, cut into desired shape to fit tin, chill for another hour before blind baking.


Blind bake bases for 15 minutes on 200 degrees, add fruit mince, top with stars cut from pastry scraps, bake for another 10 minutes or until lightly golden. Remove, cool, and dust with icing sugar. Stuff yourself stupid.

- B.L.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Birmy Poster(s)

This will be our first proper headline show, so, please come along!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Photos: YIS do Meredith....

...although not in the way we really would have liked.

Personal highlights were Thee Oh Sees, Why? and (of course) Jarvis Cocker. Eddy Current in the headliner slot gave me some mixed feelings... but after a shaky first three songs, they nailed it. And, yeah, Animal Collective didn't play My Girls.

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

Thank You Too!

What a great weekend. Thanks for everyone who came and saw us over the past few nights; it was a lot of fun. The Old Bar show was probably the best show of our quintet of dates over the past couple of months, so, thanks for making the night really special. Hope you enjoyed the BBQ as well. Apologies to Bill Callahan, Lou Reed, Alan Vega and Martin Rev for the hack job.

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


Mesa Cosa, The Lazy Sons and YIS at The Public Bar tonight!

Oh, and Suicide are awesome.

Also, a very Happy Birthday to our very good friend Josh for Monday.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Photo: Greatest drum-head of all time?

The answer is...

(Artwork by Andre Fazio.)

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Get well soon, Marc Nolte!

Our good friend Marc Nolte from The Strange Attractions has broken his arm! Badly!! Send your messages of hope to him here.

Sunday BBQ

We've decided to put on a BBQ at our FREE Old Bar gig on Sunday. Food will be flying off the grill at around 7pm, and it'll be vegan friendly... Decent stuff too! Not those generic "veggie burgers" served up at school sausage sizzles. There'll be a cup for shrapnel donations if you wish to chow down.

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.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009