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If you're serious about being a member of Melbourne's music
community, you should do two things: Subscribe to community
radio and Music Victoria. Triple R's April Amnesty kicks
off this week, and Music Victoria's membership drive finishes.
Head to musicvictoria.com.au
for details. As CEO Patrick Donovan says, "If everyone who
was at the SLAM rally [in 2010] signed up, we would be a
powerfully independent, self-sustaining industry body."
Individuals can join for just $33; a band costs $66. Hard-working
local band Animaux have renewed their membership. "We are
huge fans of the excess baggage deal we receive when we
fly Virgin," singer Alex Lahey says of the deal that Music
Victoria negotiated. "And it takes only one flight for us
to break even on our membership costs." It's an exciting
time for the fledgling organisation, with the new Labor
Government pledging to spend more than $22 million on the
local music industry. "After working hard to build the case
for the government to treat the music sector as a major
priority, we want to advise them to ensure not a cent goes
to waste," Paddy says. On the agenda: a new approach to
industry grants, additional professional development, more
gigs at the airport, expanding the Melbourne Music City
app (including a partnership with The Music) plus the 10th
anniversary of The Age Music Victoria Awards. There's always
work to be done. "One of the biggest struggles we have in
Animaux," Alex says, "is finding parking spots and loading
zones near inner-city venues. I know Music Victoria have
their Rock Star Parking initiative in the City of Stonnington,
but it would be great to expand that to other areas." Howzat!
has enormous respect for Paddy, who was an old school rock
journalist at The Age. He truly lived it - it was like he'd
walked off the set of Almost Famous. It was a plum job,
but he gave it up to start Music Victoria. Is this job as
fulfilling? "Some of it is similar," he says. "I love Victorian
music and promoted it at The Age through CD reviews, Sticky
Carpet plugs, The Age EG Awards and the AC/DC Lane campaign.
But in this job I can get more done. Both are great jobs.
I'm privileged to be a servant of Victorian music."
MAINTAIN THE AGE
We said goodbye to the great Jim Keays last June. Before
he checked out, Jim recorded a sequel to his glorious garage
rock record Dirty, Dirty. We can reveal that Age Against
The Machine will be released on 8 May.
THE BUTLER DID IT
Happy birthday to John Butler, who turns 40 today (1 April).
John Paul Young's first Countdown hit, Yesterday's Hero,
entered the charts 40 years ago this week.
"I am just a reflection of what you really wanna see" -
Courtney Barnett, Kim's Caravan.
Brisbane's Jarryd James jumps from eight to two.
Do You Remember JARRYD JAMES (number two)
Elastic Heart SIA (16)
Trouble IGGY AZALEA (18)
Georgia VANCE JOY (28)
Spirit Of The Anzacs LEE KERNAGHAN (39)
Cosby Sweater HILLTOP HOODS (40)
Howzat! thought that Courtney Barnett might have 2015's
first local chart-topper. But her debut album arrives at
number four, while Lee Kernaghan leaps from two to one to
claim his first number one album.
Spirit Of The Anzacs LEE KERNAGHAN (number one)
Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit COURTNEY
BARNETT (four, debut)
Run ALISON WONDERLAND (six, debut)
Freedom Ride TROY CASSAR-DALEY (13)
Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (15)
Songs From Ireland DAMIEN LEITH (16)
1000 Forms Of Fear SIA (17)
Nanna XAVIER RUDD (18)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (20)
Nothing Touches Me BRITISH INDIA (23)
Built On Glass CHET FAKER (27)
Gracetown SAN CISCO (28)
The Definitive Collection LITTLE RIVER BAND (31, debut)
The Very Best INXS (37)
Clockstar THE HEARTACHE STATE
I Want You With Me DAN LETHBRIDGE
Success Is The Best Revenge DALLAS FRASCA
Dance Again SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR
Preach DANIEL JOHNS
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