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Melbourne’s Music Swop Shop: buy second hand instruments

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By Ainslie Wills in Cool Travel on Friday 12 April 2013

For musicians, being in this store is like being a kid in candy store. The Music Swop Shop is a must see for any local or visiting musician to Melbourne, they sell second-hand musical instruments of all shapes, sizes and sounds.

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You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine: the debut album from Melbourne’s Ainslie Wills

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By Ainslie Wills in New Music on Wednesday 10 April 2013

Written in collaboration with my long time music collaborator Lawrence Folvig, the songwriting process for You Go Your Way, I’ll Go Mine began back in 2009 and ended in early 2011. In July 2011 with my band and sound engineer in tow, we travelled to the beachside town of Blairgowrie, Victoria, to lay down the […]

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Like Butter: the smoothest blend of art and industrial design

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By Ainslie Wills in New Design on Wednesday 10 April 2013

She, a sculptor and he, an industrial designer but these titles do not give the breadth of artistry that the Like Butter team comprise. Their aesthetic is unique, simple, practical and is therefore very desirable.

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Twenty and Six Espresso: the best coffee in Melbourne?

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By Ainslie Wills in Cool Travel on Tuesday 9 April 2013

This is where I get my daily caffeine fix in North Melbourne. Set up by a couple of designers turned cafe owners, they make, in my opinion, the best coffee in Melbourne without the coffee snobbery and they also have an impressive menu to boot.

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Magic Man: new music by Melbourne’s Spender

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By Ainslie Wills in New Music on Monday 4 March 2013

He writes intelligent, melodic, soulful and lyrically engaging music and is one Melbourne’s finest artists. When Spender is not making his own awesome music, he is producing others’. When I first heard Magic Man, the chorus sonically reminded me of one of my favourite influences, ELO, and so instantly had my heart.

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Nakamarra: new music by Melbourne’s Hiatus Kaiote

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By Ainslie Wills in New Music on Saturday 2 March 2013

I first heard Hiatus Kaiyote in a venue in Fitzroy, Melbourne, in 2012 and was positively overwhelmed by what I experienced. They are an amazingly talented bunch of artists that are definitely getting the recognition they deserve with their soulful, sonically dizzying songs which take you some place else. Behold the wondrous Nakamarra.

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New music by Newcastle songwriter Benjamin Fraser

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By Ainslie Wills in New Music on Saturday 2 March 2013

I first saw Benjamin Fraser play in Newcastle, Australia, in a clothing store by day, music venue and art gallery by night, called Emma Soup. He is a rare kind of talent, able to paint amazing, other-worldly landscapes with his voice and songwriting skills. Newcastle is one of those landscapes.

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