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Howzat! Archive - April 1st 2015

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MUSIC MATTERS
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).


FOREVER YOUNG
John Paul Young's first Countdown hit, Yesterday's Hero, entered the charts 40 years ago this week.


HOT LINE
"I am just a reflection of what you really wanna see" - Courtney Barnett, Kim's Caravan.


CHART WATCH
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)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
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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