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Howzat! Archive - May 25th 2016

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SEA STORIES
Skipping Girl Vinegar's last album was called The Great Wave, and though it's not yet time to say goodbye to the much-loved band, singer Mark Lang is embarking on a solo adventure. He's recording a solo record live at The National Theatre in St Kilda on Friday, 3 June. "As the band has come to the end of this album touring cycle we've just decided to pop Skipping Girl Vinegar on the shelf while we put energies into our families - some that are soon to be expanded - along with some other personal interests and creative projects," Mark tells Howzat! A solo setting works beautifully for Mark's evocative and intimate songs. Encouraged by producer Nick Huggins, "I started playing stripped back solo shows about 16 months ago during downtime in the lead up to the release of the latest Skipping Girl Vinegar album". Initially, Mark was reluctant to stand on stage alone, without the safety net of the band. But the success of the solo shows gave him the confidence to continue, and also led to solo sets at Bluesfest, supporting Ron Sexsmith, and in the US. For this show, Mark will be singing about one of his favourite themes - "my deep love and fear of the ocean". Mark lives down the coast and he also has fond memories of spending summers in St Kilda at his grandparents' place. "The apartment door would swing open, exposing sweeping views of the St Kilda beach, igniting daydreams of a life out at sea, which I'm not sure my mind has ever truly come back from." The solo show will be augmented by animation by Leigh Ryan and visuals by Graeme Altmann, and Mark will be joined on stage by Hollie Joyce. "Hollie featured on our last Skipping Girl Vinegar album and I've had the pleasure of working with her in various studio sessions and truly believe that she's one to watch in the near future," Mark says. The set will include new material as well as Skipping Girl Vinegar songs "reimagined".


POWER TO THE PEEBS
Don't forget to show PBS some love. Their Radio Festival is running until 29 May. Head to pbsfm.org.au to sign up.


MISS YOU LOVE
Silverchair announced their "indefinite hibernation" five years ago this week. Will we get to see them again?


HOT LINE
"Yes, I'm back" - Peter Garrett, Tall Trees.


CHART WATCH
Dami Im's Eurovision entry has a Top 5 debut.

Sound Of Silence DAMI IM (number five, debut)
Say It FLUME (nine)
Dear Life DELTA GOODREM (15)
Cheap Thrills SIA (21)
Never Be Like You FLUME (26)
1955 HILLTOP HOODS (28)
The Fighter KEITH URBAN (30, debut)


Keith Urban spends a second week on top of the album charts, while The Living End score their sixth Top 5 album.

Ripcord KEITH URBAN (number one, debut)
Shift THE LIVING END (four debut)
Strange Loop PAUL DEMPSEY (five, debut)
Classic Carpenters DAMI IM (10)
This Is Acting SIA (19)
Together MARINA PRIOR & MARK VINCENT (20)
Molly Soundtrack VARIOUS (23)
Bloom RFS (24)
Drinking From The Sun, Walking Under Stars Restrung HILLTOP HOODS (25)
Anthology KATE CEBERANO (35)
60 Summers GRAEME CONNORS (37)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
Belly Of The Beast BERNARD FANNING
Start Again MIA WRAY
Gangs of Fools THE EVENING CAST
Mariachi Wind MELODY POOL
You Can SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR

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