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Hollerin Sluggers on Tour and New Music Video!

The Hollerin Sluggers are on tour promoting their new album! Find out where you can see them next!


Check out their latest music video for Going Up The River!

Haven’t heard the whole album yet?What are you waiting for?!


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Tom Eaton New Album Indesterren Q&A

Read Tom Eaton’s new Q&A talking about his albums Abendromen and most recent one indesterren! 

 What inspired you to become a composer and who are your early influences?

I started playing piano in high school around 1987 and got into synthesizers at the same time.  Mostly I was listening to the pop music of the time,  Peter Gabriel, Eurythmics, Thomas Dolby, but also Tangerine Dream, Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre.  Through a friend I was led to Windham Hill…Will Ackerman, Michael Hedges and George Winston, and those more acoustic albums balanced the music coming from the Private Music label that was releasing amazing electronic work.  So my piano playing was being influenced by the sequences of electronic music and people like Winston, and my electronic work was being influenced by the ambiance and sparseness of the Windham Hill records, which was similar in use of space to what Patrick O’ Hearn was doing at the time.  Probably the deepest and most lasting influences were Tangerine Dream and Tim Story.

Tell us a little about how you write, how do the songs come? What gets you going creatively?

Both of my albums that were released in 2017 came from a huge emotional upheaval and life change I was going through.  “Abendromen” was a way to process the deep sadness and loss I was feeling, and “Indesterren” was more about me finding my footing in a new chapter of my life.  My music frequently starts at the piano, even if the piano doesn’t play a huge part in the finished material.  For much of what I doing these days, the first thing I do is create an ambient electric guitar loop as a textural landscape for the piece and then work the melody over that shifting drone.  Once I have the bones of melody, usually drawn from one of the piano improvs I’ve got stashed away on video, I start weaving electric guitars, bass, percussion and synthesizers in and around the melody until things seem to find a sense of cohesion.

Your bio mentions that you’ve been a recording engineer since 1993. Tell us more about that?

I opened my first commercial studio in 1993, catering mostly to the folk and singer-songwriter scene around Boston/Cambridge, MA.  For seventeen years I produced albums in that genre before a chance opportunity led me to Will Ackerman’s Imaginary Road studio in Vermont when Will was in search of an engineer.  We hit it off and in the last six years, we’ve produced more than fifty albums together for clients from all over the world.  We record at Will’s studio in the mountains of Vermont and then I mix and master at my own studio where I am usually working on some of my own music in addition to the Imaginary Road albums.

 What is the first record you bought and why?

I was dj-ing friends parties starting in sixth grade, with my own 45 collections, so it must have been some pop hits of the time.  Prince, or Men Without Hats or Hall and Oates, maybe.  I definitely remember the first three CDs I bought: Tangerine Dream-Tyger, U2-The Joshua Tree, The Police- Every Breath You Take, The Singles.

 What current Australian(or Local) acts inspire you? Ditto for international acts?

I’ve done a bunch of work now with Fiona Joy, both on her Signature Synchronicity album and in her capacity as a member of the FLOW group with Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster and Lawrence Blatt.  Working with Fiona is a blast…she is fearless and completely committed in the studio.  I adore Damon Albarn’s recent work…his “Everyday Robots” album is brilliant.  There’s a rock band from the states called House of Heroes that is amazing, their newest album “Colors” is getting a lot of play here these days!

 Tell us a little about your music and what a crowd can expect at a live show?

My music sits somewhere between “pretty” new age, full on electronic music and ambient music…with some electric guitars thrown in for good measure.  I wander in and out of using rhythm parts…some songs are percussion driven and others float on those beds of swirling electric guitar.  When I’ve played live in the past few years it has been solo piano… the albums are too textural for me to pull them off in concert by myself, so sitting at the piano seems like a direct and familiar way to introduce at least part of my voice to an audience.

 Favourite artists of all time?

David Sylvian, The Blue Nile, Tim Story, Tangerine Dream, Cocteau Twins, Kate Bush, Kate Rusby and Will Ackerman!

Where do you see artist careers heading?

Well, it’s hard to see the financial return side of the business improving anytime soon, but for those that want to be out on the road playing there is still a living to be made.  It’s a different music industry model now that the internet allows music to be moved nearly instantly all over the world.  I still love making albums that are collections of songs circling around a central theme or feeling, but the world seems to have returned to a more singles-based model, though of course vinyl is coming back to some degree, so there are music listeners who do want to immerse themselves in a longer experience, which is a good thing.  I hope that somehow the streaming world comes around to a more artist friendly system, where fans can listen without spending too much money and musicians can get more than fractions of pennies per spin.

What are your future plans for 2017/2018?

I have three albums of my own in the works right now, and the constant cycle of albums that Will and I are working on.  So my plans are to sit right here in front of my mixing console and make some music!

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Luke Escombe Takes It All Off On New Album Skeleton Blues

Taking it all off….

“Skeleton Blues” is the new solo record from singer/songwriter/guitarist Luke Escombe.

Release Date Friday March 3 (MGM)
Will be available at all good retailers (Bandcamp, iTunes, etc.) and streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and more.

Luke will next perform the songs from Skeleton Blues at Django Bar in Sydney on Saturday 4th March!

Plus catch him TONIGHT Tuesday Feb 28 on Ross Fears Australian Spectrum Show – Streaming online worldwide at

You can also check out this awesome interview with Christine Anu on ABC 702 from last week here


He is also having a chat on Eastside FM  this afternoon.

Recorded live on to 2 inch tape at the legendary Damien Gerard studios in Sydney, this raw and revealing session combines the sound of primal electric blues with Luke’s distinctive wit and wordplay.  The recording took place just 24 hours before the US election, and the tape reels capture the sense of foreboding.
“Skeleton Blues” lays bare the key influences in Luke’s music. It includes covers of songs by Jimi Hendrix and Bob Dylan, as well as two electrifying renditions of the old spirituals “O Death” and “John the Revelator”, a song Luke first heard performed by Son House on a live recording from the early 60s.

Although presenting a more serious side to his songwriting, there is still a healthy dose of Luke’s sly humour in first single “Punctuation Blues”, a track which combines a Lightnin Hopkins-inspired guitar groove with such lines as “punctuation is like making love/ you gotta know when to put it in”.

Skeleton Blues” also shows Luke’s fascination with reaching back into history to offer new perspectives on the present.  “The Lipsi” is a song about life in East Germany in the 1960s, while “William Blake” pays homage to the 18th century poet and visionary whose “illuminated books” spoke out against corruption and the rampages of the industrial revolution.

Meanwhile, previously released songs such as “21st Century Blues”, “Confidence”, “Axe in the House” and “Get in the Cool Room” take on a deeper meaning when stripped of their band backings. As the title of the record suggests, these are songs which have been cut down to their bare bones.  There’s nothing here but electric guitar, stomp and that voice. John Shand of the Sydney Morning Herald once declared “Luke Escombe is an exceptional singer…his commanding voice carries echos of Dr John, Bruce Springsteen, Nick Cave, and Jim Morrison”

Luke recently performed the songs from “Skeleton Blues” at the Bridgetown Blues Festival in WA and as a support act for Australian music icon Russell Morris at Camelot Lounge in Sydney.

Luke will next perform the songs from Skeleton Blues at Django Bar in Sydney on Saturday 4th March!

Skeleton Blues” is accompanied by videos for “Punctuation Blues” and “O Death – filmed live in the studio. The album was recorded and mixed in a single three hour session, with no second takes or overdubs.

Pre release single videos/listening streams:

Luke Escombe “Punctuation Blues”

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Luke Escombe – O Death (cover)

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Originally from the UK, where his late father was one of the pioneers of the modern rock and roll touring industry, Luke has called Sydney home since 1999. As well as his three albums as a blues and roots artist, he is a critically acclaimed writer, comedian and MC, an in-demand public speaker, an ambassador for health charity Crohn’s and Colitis Australia and the creator of an award-winning “roots music” show for kids, families and foodies called The Vegetable Plot.

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Joel Leffler – Run with the Wolves – New EP

Inspired by his Dad, who would burst into his room playing guitar and singing blues songs he made up about going to school, music has become Joel’s passion.  Not very surprising, when you see the lineage of the Leffler family.  Turns out that the Leffler music heritage stretches well back into the 18th century, with multiple successful Professors of Music sharing a direct bloodline with Joel.

Joel’s journey began in 2003 when he woke one morning to find that his Father had fulfilled his birthday wish.  At the end of the bed was a brand new acoustic guitar.  ‘You would think when I was a kid, my father bursting into my room with his guitar singing blues songs he made up about ‘getting up & going to school’ would have turned me off music, but it in fact did the opposite.  He bought me my first guitar, taught me my first chord and booked me my first gig at 16.  He inspired me to not only become a singer but a writer & creator’.

Now with 10 years of song writing under his belt, 2 nationally recognised song writing awards, 4 top 10 Triple JJJ Unearthed charting songs & a string of appearances on stages around the country, Joel is within arm’s reach of matching his forefathers.

Joel’s new EP, ‘Run With The Wolves’ is produced by Sony Music Australia’s in house engineer Pete Holz & mastered by Grammy award winner William Bowden.

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Track List

  1. Atmosphere (3:29)
  2. Run with the Wolves (3:49)
  3. Promise Me Tomorrow (2:47)
  4. Love Thirsty (3:02)
  5. In My Pocket (3:24)

Upcoming Shows

3 March – Sutherland Entertainment Centre, Sutherland

11 March – Rocksalt Tapas & Winebar, Menai

Website:  joelleffler.com 

Facebook: facebook.com/thejoelleffler

Instagram: instagram.com/thejoelleffler/

Twitter: twitter.com/thejoelleffler 

Spotify: spotify.com/album/7kacprHvlSa8DcAhVFMuI9

iTunes: itunes.apple.com/au/artist/joel-leffler

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Mama K and The Big Love – Release First Single off Debut Album

Australia’s Deep South birth’s a traditional old school Funk/RnB Band ‘Mama K and the Big Love’

“Hailing from Australia’s “deep-south” (Hobart, Tasmania), Mama K and The Big Love perform all original, old school funk, soul and rhythm n blues. – Think The Blues Brothers with Aretha out front”

The brainchild of Kartika Franks (Mama K) who formed the band back in 2014 with a view to creating an original group to fit in with ex-UK Guitarist and Composer Dave Johnstone’s musical ethos – “I think groove, melody and lyrics are the three key components of any song, and any one of those elements can spark a song idea. The complete lyrics always come last and take forever. I attempt to write lyrics that tell a story, or convey a message as poetically and efficiently as possible. I like the syllabic rhythm of words and their sound when they complement each other sonically… The song subjects either come from storylines or from the things I am passionate about,”

The debut record was recorded late last year at Red Planet in Hobart by producer Stewart Long (Violent Femmes, Luca Brasi) . The album was tracked through a 1975 Vintage Harrison 24/32 Recording Console and mixed to a Vintage Studer B67 Analog Tape Deck. “So much can be done with digital these days, but sometimes you just want some romance!” said Stew, We used old gear wherever it felt good.”

First single and video “Moth to The Flame” Is a story about a stripper and her loyal flock of followers (who hang off her every move), and a priest with his loyal flock of followers (who hang off his every word).

Single ‘Moth to the Flame’ Release Date Friday February 17
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The song is brilliantly brought to visuals in the video featuring acclaimed Hobart Actor Jeff Michel who plays both roles in a masterful cross dressing, hip churning solo performance. See


The Album ‘Blind’ will be released March 10
(pre release review copies are available on request)

Upcoming Shows
Thursday, March 2nd, 2017
‘Busting Out’ – International Women’s Day event for Women’s Health Tasmania
Moonah Arts Centre, 23-27 Albert Road, Moonah, TAS, 7009
7.30 – 9.00pm
Tickets $25 full / $20 concession.

Album launch party – Friday, March 17th, 2017
The Duke Hotel, 192 Macquarie Street, Hobart, TAS, 7000

Recent Quotes
“…they’re an incredible band… a really, really exciting group, huge voicesRyk Goddard,
ABC Radio Hobart (Breakfast show 27/01/17)

“what an amazing band….  I already have people wanting your new CD” Alan Jennison,
Publisher/Editor Tasmanian Living Magazine (24/01/17)

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Website: mamakandthebiglove.com

Facebook: facebook.com/MamaKandtheBigLove

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Twitter: twitter.com/MamaKandBigLove


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Backtrack Blues Band – Album Reviews and Praises

Backtrack Blues Band  – “Way Back Home” Reviews

On its latest release,“Way Back Home,” the Backtrack Blues Band has delivered an exciting harp and guitar-infused album that really hits the mark! The solid grooves, stellar guitar, electrifying harmonica, and vocals make this album one of the best blues releases of 2016. Reminiscent of the sounds of Paul Butterfield and the early Fabulous Thunderbirds, the songs on this record are true electric blues with lots of soul and energy. The band has won three consecutive Tampa Bay Music Awards for “Best Blues Band” and has performed at festivals and concerts around the world with blues music legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B.KingBuddy Guy, Robert CrayGregg AllmanJohn Lee HookerJohnny Winter, and others. “Way Back Home” marks the band’s fifth album, and the critics have proclaimed it the band’s best work! “Way Back Home” is receiving worldwide airplay, placing it at #8 on Roots Music Blues Rock Radio Chart. Even more, “Way Back Home” was selected among the world’s top 50 blues albums of 2016!

iTunes: itunes.apple.com/au/album/way-back-home/id1147238331

Reviews and Praises

“This is blues par excellence, raw essential blues and quintessentially this type of music is what the term was designed for! … In truth this album is the best I’ve been fortunate enough to review. Musically this disc is flawless, the arrangements and the vocals are superb and the instrumental renditions truly magnificent! It is a must for any aficionado of the blues genre,” – Tom Walker, Blues Matters Magazine

“Backtrack Blues Band has been delivering some of the finest blues to come out of the Sunshine State and continues to do so onWay Back Home. This album is a must have for all blues lovers.  If it’s piano blues that gets your engine humming, then this album is for you.  If you can’t get enough harp playing, you will be left breathless. This album is sure to make existing fans happy and bring numerous new fans out to see The Backtrack Blues Band,” – Steve Crowley, American Blues Scene

The songs drip with guitar and harp and you just can’t help tapping your feet to the infectious rhythms. Their sound is reminiscent of the early electric Muddy Waters, with the harp getting plenty of air and there’s lots of tasty Texas-inspired guitar throughout,” – John Knighton, Fatea Records

Find more outstanding reviews for “Way Back Home” here: backtrackbluesband.com/reviews

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Violent Femmes – Aussie Tour and Live Album

The Violent Femmes are BACK. Last year they toured Australia after the release of their first record in 15 years: “We Can Do Anything” Now they’re returning this March and April to promote their new live album (out soon).

Get “We Can Do Anything” here and prepare for tour!

See show dates below and find additional information on their website:

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March 16 – Melbourne Arts Centre – St. Kilda, VIC
March 17 – Costa Hall Deakin University – Geelong, VIC
March 18 – All Saints Winery – Rutherglen, VIC
March 20 – Factory – Lewisham, NSW
March 22 – NEX at Wests City – Newcastle West, NSW
March 23 – Panthers – Penrith, NSW
March 24 – Waves – Fairy Meadow, NSW
March 25 – Annie’s Lane – Queanbeyan, NSW
March 27 – Darwin Entertainment Centre – Darwin, NT
March 29 – The Tivoli – Brisbane, QLD
March 31 – Twin Towns – Coolangatta, QLD
April 1 – The Shed at Aussie World – Sunshine Coast, QLD

If you would like to interview the band, be added to the guest list, do live reviews, or have additional requests, please contact: marshall@damiengerard.net

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Perth’s Vida Cain Announce New 2017 Show

The Rockin’ Perth guys have a return gig following their East Coast tour, promoting the new Album Yeah Nah…

February 10 at Four 5 Nine Bar Perth

“Following their ‘Yeah Nah’ East Coast tour, the Vida Cain boys bring the love home with a big ol’ party at Four5Nine bar”

“special guests include The Shakeys and Second HAND Stroke”’

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Rockin’ Perth Band Vida Cain will head to the East Coast late January for exclusive showcases in Sydney and Melbourne to promote their new album ‘Yeah Nah’ – produced by Joel Quartermain(Eskimo Joe)


Jan 25th, 2017 – Frankie’s Pizza (Sydney)

Jan 26th, 2017 – Long Table Cafe (Deniliquin)

Jan 27th, 2017 – Cherry Bar (Melbourne)

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Tailor Birds – New Tour Dates Announced

Exciting news from Tailor Birds: new tour dates to promote the launch of their new album Wide Awake I See The Storm!

Checkout the latest album review here

The band have been touring through Europe for summer over there and return to our shores to present the multi facetted live show that has been developed over the past few years.

Leader Sophie Kinston was recently interviewed and had this to add-

“I’ve just returned from a 31 date tour of Hollland, Ireland, UK, and Germany, launching this album, playing some quite amazing festivals, gigs, street shows, pop up shows, boat shows…..it was the 4th Europe tour, and now i’m back in Oz.  Touring the album to some of our favorite spaces.  Tailor Birds is a unique sound, so it’s really important that our shows reflect this.  So we’ve got a couple of festivals – Alma’s Hem in South Australia, and FRL in VIC, plus some local markets and gigs – Bar Oussou, Queen Vic meat market, Ceres, a Melbourne Sofar Sounds gig, Sydney’s Mr Falcons and a show in the Rocks, plus a special climbing wall show over 3 dates, where we’ll actually be playing inside the wall, plus a street show outside the wall. ”

Tell us a quick, on the road or studio, anecdote. – 

“The Azart Ship of Fools.  I played on this boat in Holland just this past tour.  The inside was thick with steel, and the sound when pushed up a level, it reverberated beautifully.  The people on the boat are some of the most amazing humans, promoting new and unique music, music that entertains and thrills.  You can’t not have a good gig there.  The sound became less about the songs, and more about the vibe, it sort of became other worldly.  Must have been my best gig of the tour.  The boat, incidentally is headed for Australia, so it seems.  From Holland, they head to India, the Canary Islands, and then Australia. ”

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Find a date near you below and ticket information will be available soon!

  • Nov 12th – Alma’s Hem Annual Music exhibition Adelaide SA
  • Nov 13th – Market shed on Holland Adelaide SA
  • Nov 18th – Meat Market – Sparrow Market 11am – 1pm VIC
  •  Wilson Ave Climbing Wall in Melbourne VIC: -
  •   DATES : Sat 19 th / Sun 20 th / Sun 27 th Nov
    TIMES : Come anytime from 4 – 6.30pm on any of the above dates
    (WITH a final show, Sun 27th Nov, 7 – 8pm)
    TIX : $10 p/person, TIX avail. at the wall on the day
    OR email : tailorbirdsmusic@gmail.com
  • Nov 20th – South Melbourne Market – 10 – 12midday VIC
  • Thurs 24th Nov – Bar Oussou, Melbourne VIC
  • Sat 26th – Sofar Sounds, Melbourne VIC
  • Dec 2nd – 4th – FRL festival, VIC
  • Dec 8th – solo show – Mr Falcons, Glebe, Sydney NSW
  • Dec 9th – duo show – Mr Falcons, Glebe, Sydney NSW
  • Dec 10th & 11th – Rocks market, The Rocks Sydney NSW

Checkout this video of one of the ‘Pop Up” shows in London.



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Trav from Vida Cain Does QnA with Foghorn Media

Vida Cain Release New Album (Yeah Nah) with a Local Launch at Badlands Bar Perth October 14

Details here: facebook.com/events/265182167173763

Preview the Album here: 


We got Trav the drummer to take a few moments and chat with us-


Foghorn Media: What inspired you to become a musician? Who were your early influences?

Trav: I was personally inspired by all the bands I used to watch as an under-ager in Perth/Freo. Whether is was the local bands, like Beaverloop, NIL, Cinema Prague, or some unknown band rocking out to 20 people.  I was also particularly inspired when I got to see great live bands on tour like RATM, Smashing Pumpkins, NIN, Fugazi.  I still get inspired today by great new bands.

FM: Tell us a little about how you write; how do the songs come? What gets you going creatively?

Trav: We really aren’t so formulaic with how we write: sometimes it comes out of a jam, sometimes someone will bring in just a riff, and sometimes even a whole song which we will all just add an influence on.  I think we all come from such different places musically, that no matter how things start it always takes a few twists and turns creatively.  We really like demo’ing our ideas now too, and in the recording process I feel like the songs evolve even more, as we usually pick up a few things we want to add or take away.

FM: Your bio mentions that the band is named after a band members Grandmother? Tell us about how that came to be.

Trav: Yeah, our singer’s Grandmother’s name was actually “Vida Cain,” We trialled a few names in the early days, but nothing really did it for us. We thought “Vida Cain” had a bit of a ring to it so we went with that. Sadly, Vida is no longer with us, but I’m told she absolutely hated rock music and would probably be mortified to know that there’s a rock band named after her.

FM: What is the first record you bought and why?

Trav: The first record I actually bought for myself was RATM.  I was at 78s in Perth and I remember just being blown away by how much I could feel the emotions in the music.  And as a drummer back in the day it didn’t hurt that I loved the rhythm section.

FM: What current OZ acts inspire you? International acts?

Trav: I can’t help getting inspired by little bits of everything I hear.  I have heard great songs by Tame Impala, Kingswood, Ball Park Music, Pendulum and Calling all Cars have certainly have inspired me.  I know we play in a rock band, but internationally I would say Kendrik Lamar, Alabama Shakes, Arctic Monkeys.

FM: Tell us a little about your music and what a crowd can expect at a live show.

Trav: A lot of people describe it as riff rock.  I guess it’s melodic with some pop elements, but really high energy, rock music made to be played live.  We put in a lot of energy into our live shows and the crowd usually gives us that energy back.

FM: Favourite artists of all time?

Trav: Foo Fighters, RATM, Beastie Boys

FM: Favourite film?

Trav: Pulp Fiction.  I like a good quirky intertwining storyline, be it in a song, movie, or a shady drunken tour incident.  Pulp Fiction did that pretty well.

FM: Favourite food?

Trav: Anything you can buy at a bakery. Nothing like a bit of gluttony and gluten.

FM: You are backstage with Chad Kroeger; what do you say?

Trav: Why? Just…why?

FM: Where do you see aussie music heading?

Trav: Into the depths of hell until 4 rock super heros come to it’s rescue with nothing, but an instrument and a drink rider. Either that or it’s just scheduled for a bit of a cycle of something different.  I enjoyed the first tastes of skip hop and psychedelic pop that had a long run here, but now it’s spread a bit thin and I can’t wait to see what pops up next.  There is certainly plenty of talented musicians around playing so many styles- it’s just a matter of what get’s picked up. We’d love it to be our music!

FM: What are your future plans for the rest of 2016 heading into 2017?

Trav: After our release at Badlands Bar in Perth, we will be going on an East Coast tour of Australia.  We have plans for a trip to USA in 2017.  Other than that, we plan on just getting back to playing live a whole lot after all that time in the studio.


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