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Howzat! Archive - November 20th 2013

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MONEY TO SPLURGE
2013 has been the year of crowd-funding. It's been all about Pledge, Pozible and Kickstarter. It helped two-fifths of Howzat!'s all-time favourite band, Horsehead, reunite, and we also contributed to Ben Lee's Ayahuasca album. Now, fine local songwriter Greg Williams (ex-Every Brothers and Young Homebuyers) has launched a Pozible campaign to raise $7500 to fund Splurge's fourth album. But just $205 had been pledged when this column was filed. "If I had the money, I wouldn't go to crowd-funding," Greg says. "I still have issues about how much engagement an artist really wants to give to fans and how silly the whole novelty reward thing is. But with no current employment (busy producing two records) and two unsuccessful attempts at securing grants, crowd-funding was something we needed to try." A year ago, Grinspoon's Phil Jamieson took a shot at Eskimo Joe's crowd-funding campaign: "I'm like, 'Go and do a fucking tour!'" Phil later tweeted his comments were "not meant to be taken completely seriously". But Greg agrees with the sentiments. "My main objection is that established artists have other avenues for funding - and it seems against the spirit of the idea. Independent artists, who really need crowd-funding, are in danger of being 'crowded out' by artists who are using the platform to fund records they can already afford to make or, in some cases, already have made." An industry friend believes "funding fatigue is setting in". But another argues that fan-funding sends a message - good and bad. "I hope that Greg's campaign works, but if he wants $7500 and he can only raise 200 bucks, surely this sends a message that there is no demand for a new Splurge album. This is actually a good thing - it's better than Greg spending his own money and being left with 500 CDs under his bed." Greg acknowledges, "There is nothing wrong with fans supporting whichever artist they choose, but over 15 years I have put my money where my mouth is to make music independently, and I think artists with existing revenue sources should do the same. By the way, the new record is going to be a cracker!"


MEMORIES OF MICHAEL
We remember the great Michael Hutchence, who died, aged 37, 16 years ago this Friday.


TOP TWEET
Adam Rozenbachs: "Why haven't Brian Mannix and the Uncanny X-Men released a single called Everybody Wants To Twerk? #MissedOpportunity?."


HOT RESIDENCY
The Weekend People have two more Thursdays at the Great Britain Hotel.


HOT LINE
"The Sunnyboys, God bless them, and God bless you" - Died Pretty, Godbless.


CHART WATCH
Exposure on a Home and Away ad sees Tina Arena score another Top 40 hit from her Reset album.

Borrow My Heart TAYLOR HENDERSON (number three)
Everybody JUSTICE CREW (six)
Alive DAMI IM (seven)
You NATHANIEL (nine)
Like A Drum GUY SEBASTIAN (12)
Warrior HAVANA BROWN (14)
Riptide VANCE JOY (27)
Only Lonely TINA ARENA (32, debut)
Brother UNCLE JED (36, debut)
Pop A Bottle (Fill Me Up) JESSICA MAUBOY (38)

Illy has a Top 5 debut.

Cinematic ILLY (number four, debut)
Goin' Your Way NEIL FINN & PAUL KELLY (five, debut)
Flume FLUME (seven)
Reset TINA ARENA (10)
Triple J Like A Version 9 VARIOUS (11)
The Christmas Album HUMAN NATURE (12, debut)
The Very Best INXS (21)
Beautiful JESSICA MAUBOY (25)
My Acoustic Diary ADAM BRAND (31, debut)
The Great Country Songbook TROY CASSAR-DALEY & ADAM HARVEY (37)
Harlequin Dream BOY & BEAR (38)
The Golden Jubilee Album THE SEEKERS (39)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Universe JUAN ALBAN
Failing Now DARREN MIDDLETON
Cloudface MACHINE TRANSLATIONS
Say It Isn't So RON S. PENO & THE SUPERSTITIONS
So Are The Days Of Our Lives MYLES MAYO

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