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Howzat! Archive - April 15th 2015

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STEELY STONE
It's funny when the universe conspires. You wouldn't think that "Kintsugi" was an obvious title. But now it's the name of not one but two new releases - Death Cab for Cutie's new album and Elana Stone's new EP. The Sydney singer is listening to the Death Cab album when she catches up with Howzat! She's relaxed about any potential confusion. "Hopefully I'll get some accidental plays out of it," she laughs. Elana doesn't practise the Japanese art of kintsugi - "I just love the concept of repairing broken pottery with golden seams, thus bringing attention to the flaws and making them the feature." Elana's new single also has an intriguing title: Steely Dan. "I don't know if I could call myself a serious Steely Dan fan. I named my song Steely Dan because the bassline was reminiscent of Rikki Don't Lose That Number, which is a fantastic tune." The song changed in the studio, but the name stuck. "I used to work in a record store," Elana adds, "and I noticed that Steely Dan was pretty popular with the blokes, not as popular with the ladies. Listening to it always makes me feel like I'm being cracked onto by one of my dad's friends from the '70s." Elana - who's playing at Shadow Electric on 23 April -initially wrote the song for a band she had with her brother, Jake, from Bluejuice. It was a break-up song for a band called The Break Up, which turned out to be apt, because they did just two gigs in two years. Not that Elana needs another band - she's also a member of All Our Exes Live In Texas, and sings on the latest album by The Tango Saloon. "I love playing different kinds of music and working with different people. I'm always flat-out." She also plays soccer (her teammates call her "The Butcher"). "One day I'll retire to the hills and knit blankets and hats for my grandchildren and I'll look back on these times and think, 'What a dickhead'. Till then, let's go bananas!"


RECORD PLAYERS
Joe Camilleri is one of the ambassadors for Record Store Day on 18 April, and The Black Sorrows will be performing at Basement Discs to launch their two new vinyl albums, Endless Sleep, which sees Joe pay tribute to some of his favourite artists who are no longer with us, such as Lou Reed, Warren Zevon and Hank Williams. Joe fondly recalls his vinyl purchases at Batman Records when he was a teenager. "I'd find it, buy it, tuck it under my arm like an accessory and then walk 10km home, 'cause I spent the bus fare. For me, that's the record store experience."


UNCHAINED
Tina Arena's Chains entered the UK charts 20 years ago this week. It peaked at number six.


HOT LINE
"We're building a fire and wrapping our love around you" - Skipping Girl Vinegar, Hey Kid.


CHART WATCH
Sia has two songs in the Top 40.

Do You Remember JARRYD JAMES (number three)
Georgia VANCE JOY (15)
Trouble IGGY AZALEA (18)
Elastic Heart SIA (24)
Big Girls Cry SIA (36)
Hold Me Up CONRAD SEWELL (39)

Lee Kernaghan spends a third week on top of the albums chart.

Spirit Of The Anzacs LEE KERNAGHAN (number one)
Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (13)
1000 Forms Of Fear SIA (14)
Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit COURTNEY BARNETT (18)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (19)
Run ALISON WONDERLAND (20)
Frogstomp 20th Anniversary Edition SILVERCHAIR (26)
The Veronicas THE VERONICAS (27)
Hungry Ghost VIOLENT SOHO (30)
Built On Glass CHET FAKER (31)
Bombs Away SHEPPARD (34)
The Very Best INXS (37)
Freedom Ride TROY CASSAR-DALEY (38)
30:30 Hindsight JIMMY BARNES (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Steely Dan ELANA STONE
Hey Kid SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR
Clockstar THE HEARTACHE STATE
Preach DANIEL JOHNS
Excitable Boy THE BLACK SORROWS

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