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Howzat! Archive - March 16th 2016

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DON'T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK
Catherine Traicos has just launched her sixth album, Brave The Good Dark. The title, which comes from a song called St Catherine's Day, implies there's a good dark and a bad dark, but Catherine says: "I think it's more about trying to see darkness and negativity and loss and failure as something good, as teachers rather than foes." Catherine says the record is about facing her own shadow. "I realised at some painful point that if I did not turn around and deal with my stuff, it would continue to trip me up whenever I wasn't looking. So that is what I've essentially spent the past few years doing. It is rough - really rough! - but ultimately it is enlightening. Life gets easier the more honest you are about who you actually are." There's a sadness at the heart of the album. Catherine loves sad songs; Leonard Cohen's Famous Blue Raincoat is her favourite. "Sad songs are like blankets," she says. "They can wrap themselves around you and let you cry gently into them without judging you, but giving you the comfort you need." A chat with Catherine is fulfilling and wide-ranging. As well as sad songs, she loves talking about sport. Her dad, John, played Test cricket for South Africa and Zimbabwe, before moving his family to Perth. Is Catherine excited about the Twenty20 World Cup? "I find Twenty20 to be enjoyable, but I prefer a longer game with further scope for tactics and sustained strategy. Also, the music at the end of each over is a little jarring for my tastes." Catherine is more excited about footy season - she's a Fremantle fan. "Like most Dockers fans, I'm always enthusiastic and optimistic," she says, though she's sad that Pav is no longer captain, "But it was time," she adds, "and I'm really happy he'll still be playing. I think that following Pav as captain would be a rough gig, but Mundy can handle it."


ETERNALLY COOL
His guitar playing was economic and exquisite. He never over-played or copied anyone. Whether busking at the South Melbourne Market or touring America with Daddy Cool, Ross Hannaford simply loved to play. And he played until the very end, which is a beautiful thing.


HIP HIP
Happy Birthday to a couple of legends: The Seekers' Keith Potger is 75 on 21 March, and Harry Vanda is 70 on 22 March.


HOT LINE
"The darkness swallowed you" - Catherine Traicos, Cathy May.


CHART WATCH
New Home and Away star Samantha Jade has a Top 40 debut.

1955 HILLTOP HOODS (number three)
Never Be Like You FLUME (four)
Cheap Thrills SIA (eight)
Keeping Score LDRU (31)
Remind Me CONRAD SEWELL (32)
Always SAMANTHA JADE (36, debut)
Youth TROYE SIVAN (40)


The Cat Empire score their second number one album - 11 years after their first. It's one of six Aussie albums in the Top 10. And the sad passing of Jon English results in his first Top 40 album in 32 years.

Rising With The Sun THE CAT EMPIRE (number one, debut)
Molly Soundtrack VARIOUS (two)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (five)
Limitless TONIGHT ALIVE (six, debut)
The Past Beats Inside Me Like A Second Heartbeat URTHBOY (seven, debut)
Youth Revival HILLSONG YOUNG & FREE (eight)
This Is Acting SIA (15)
Bloom RFS (19)
Six Ribbons - The Ultimate Collection JON ENGLISH (23, debut)
Dissonants HANDS LIKE HOUSES (24)
Hoops THE RUBENS (25)
The Very Best INXS (26)
Hills End DMA'S (27)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Valentine's Day CATHERINE TRAICOS
The Pale Rider THE WEEPING WILLOWS
Rose Red City KIT WARHURST
Bret Canham's Leather Jacket HALFWAY
Till We Meet Again ROSS HANNAFORD

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