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Howzat! Archive - February 22nd 2017

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ART ROCK
Carl Gardiner is one of the great people in the music business. A creative genius, with an infectious personality, he started Mushroom Marketing with Michael Gudinski, and has been instrumental in the new hall of fame, the Music Vault, which will open in Melbourne later this year. After marketing some of the biggest acts and events in the country, Carl is now marketing his own event - an art exhibition called Beats Working. "It's an interesting experience," Carl smiles. "I'm not used to promoting myself. It's a weird sensation." Carl's friends would see the artwork adorning his walls and often remark, "You should do an exhibition." This year, Carl decided to take the plunge, with Beats Working opening at gallery 4Dverse in Carlisle Street, St Kilda on 24 Feb, and running until 5 March. Carl says his art has been "a great form of therapy" during the hectic, crazy times in the music industry, even if music is the inspiration for much of his work. "It's really hard to put into words how good music makes you feel. But I love that I can visually express what it means to me." Some of Carl's pieces were inspired by classic Australian songs, including Skyhooks' Ego Is Not A Dirty Word, and LRB's Cool Change, a song about work/life balance and a love of the water, which Carl shares. Carl - who lists Cold Chisel's East, Split Enz's True Colours and Australian Crawl's Phalanx among his favourite pieces of cover art - says his exhibition "celebrates simple pleasures and special moments experienced through a passion for music, a love of surfing and connection to nature". He has relished spending most of his working life with Michael Gudinski, "whose passion is everything". Carl's love affair with Australian music started when he was 13, seeing AC/DC and Skyhooks at the Beaumaris Community Centre. "How could I not fall in love with Australian music?" After a commerce degree, Carl was working at a jeans company, Blues Union, who sponsored an end-of-school concert, Thank God It's Over, at the Myer Music Bowl. Impressed by Carl's work, Glenn Wheatley offered him a job, and 35 years later he's still working in the music business. Not that Carl calls it a job. That's why his exhibition is called Beats Working.


I SEE RED
Red Symons left Skyhooks 40 years ago this week.


HOT LINE
"Close your eyes and see, the darkness holds a light inside of me" - The Blackeyed Susans, Dream On.


CHART WATCH
Just three homegrown hits in the Top 20.

Chameleon PNAU (number six)
Adore AMY SHARK (eight)
Call On Me STARLEY (13)
Stranger PEKING DUK FEATURING ELLIPHANT (27)
Never Give Up SIA (30)
Never Be Like You FLUME (36)

Thundamentals score their second Top 5 album, arriving at number two.

Everyone We Know THUNDAMENTALS (number two, debut)
Get On Your Feet ADAM BRAND (seven, debut)
Gimme Some Lovin' HUMAN NATURE (eight)
Notion TASH SULTANA (11)
Dragonfly KASEY CHAMBERS (14)
Ripcord KEITH URBAN (16)
The Kids Will Know It's Bullshit DUNE RATS (17)
Belmont Street JESS & MATT (20, debut)
Final Notice JAY UF (22, debut)
The Secret Daughter JESSICA MAUBOY (27)
Skin FLUME (29)
Triple J's Like A Version 12 VARIOUS (31)
Endless THE McCLYMONTS (32)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
My Luck THE HARLOTS
I Only Hide HELEN SHANAHAN
Hurricane Stan CENTRAL RAIN
A Heart That Burns FREYA JOSEPHINE HOLLICK
Bank Robber POWERLINE SNEAKERS

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