Category Archives: Music Matters

March 15, 2017

Greetings music pioneers and welcome to this March edition of Music Matters, here in your local Bali Advertiser. They came they saw they shot everyone and got them tangled in a rose garden of blistering metal. Yes, it’s official, Guns, and Roses smashed Perth arena to peices. Supported by Wolfmother the band put on a blistering performance not seen since their early days back in LA. Now there were some technical issues and some rumors of lypsynching some of the songs but overall it really was an awesome gig. Here is my highly edited account of events…… Tickets are always a pain ... [ Read More ]

January 18, 2017

Greetings music pioneers and welcome to this first New year’s edition of Music Matters of 2017 here in your local Bali Advertiser. This issue we revisit a bar in Sanur which has given itself to live music, checking out an Aussie expat protest writer and looking forward to what 2017 is going to bring musically to the island of the gods. So without further ado welcome to the new year. 2016 was an evil year for the deaths of great musicians, David Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen the list has been long and miserable then George Micheal decided to put his name on the stained wall that was ... [ Read More ]

December 21, 2016

Greetings live music acolytes and welcome to this,  another (straight from the trenches) edition of Music Matters in your one and only local neighbourhood Bali Advertiser. Today we are taking a brief look at the Onion Bar in Sanur and new highlights going on for the New Year, but first let’s talk about a band that has not only done exceptionally well in Indonesia and Bali but has also bridged the cultural divide and their music is now heard and more importantly seen a four hour plane flight away in a desert bad land known to everyone in the know, as ... [ Read More ]

November 23, 2016

Greetings music lovers and welcome to a festive edition of music matters here in your local Bali advertiser. So here it is Merry Xmas once again man how the years just seem to fly by here. Musically Christmas is a time when the best and the very worst come out to play, a time for charity singles and naked profiteering, so this issue I will count down the top 5 worst Christmas singles of all time. I will also give my views on the top 3 Xmas parties happening on the island. But first I want to take a moment ... [ Read More ]

November 9, 2016

Greetings Musicnauts and welcome to another edition of Music Matters here in your local Bali Advertiser. Well other than getting bacterial pink eye and standing on a rusty nail and having the obligatory tetanus jabs life has been pretty good in Bali and the prospect of a  new cold war with Russia looming up from the time fog has not seemed to dampen any ones spirits, the tourists keep coming and the Island expands en-mass. Which is bad news for Tolak Reclamassi enthusiasts but great news for the bars clubs and live music venues all over the island. Last issue I covered the ... [ Read More ]

October 12, 2016

Greetings live music aficionados’ and welcome to this mixed up edition of Music Matters here in your local Bali Advertiser. This issue we are looking at a new bar in Jimbaran making a stir, some new electro music coming your way in time for November, and the rise of festival culture and indeed festivals in Bali. So let’s begin at the end and start at the beginning with a look at a bar that used to be known simply as Sambos. I reviewed and drank here for a very long time but since moving to Sanur have had little cause ... [ Read More ]

August 31, 2016

Greetings musical cosmonauts and welcome to this conspiracy orientated issue of Music Matters here in your local Bali Advertiser. This week sees the end of a very different and very musical Olympic Games in Rio, a crazy adventure into the world of Russian / German politics and earthquakes in Rome that has hit parts of Vatican City. If this is the end times we are living through they are definitely living up to their hype! This week for those of you who don’t know the German government decided to tell its citizens to prepare 10 days food and water for the coming ... [ Read More ]

August 3, 2016

Greetings music pioneers and welcome to this new edition of Music Matters here in your local Bali Advertiser. First of all it seems we are living through a bad news period of history, mass shootings, terrorism, not to mention the drugs war and general destruction of the environment on ever increasing scales, so how nice it was to read the story about the Russian adventurer who flew round the world single handed in a balloon, and beat Steve Faucets record by an astonishing two days!  Russian aviator Fedor Konyukhov endured lack of sleep, lack of food, and temperatures well below -50 ... [ Read More ]

JULY 6, 2016

Greetings music pioneers, and welcome to a very political edition of Music Matters here in your local Bali Advertiser. Well it has happened, the unthinkable, the incredible, the unbelievable, and all of the other expressive words in the English language and of course depending on your point of view. Just in case you have a serious case of Bali daze, and your time runs on Bali time I will spell out what I am rabbiting on about. On Thursday 23rd the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union! Now I am well aware that this is a music column, ... [ Read More ]

22 JUNE 2016

Greetings Music lovers and welcome to this new edition of Music Matters here in your local Bali Advertiser. This issue we are going on a trip to the dark side, well north Bali to be precise, to sample and review some of the musical hot spots in the wild North of the island. But first a word about the world as a whole, we are facing a crisis of confidence at the minute, imports are down exports the same and we have the choice of Hillary I am a liar Clinton or Donald I am not a statesman Trump as choices ... [ Read More ]