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What next for Abby Dobson? "I can't understand why she's
not the biggest Australian female singer," Mark Seymour
tells Howzat! Sixteen years ago, Abby sang one of the most
beautiful Australian songs ever, Leonardo's Bride's Even
When I'm Sleeping. Abby released her debut solo album, Rise
Up, in 2007. Now she sings French songs with Lara Goodridge
in the duo Baby et Lulu, and also pops up on Mark Seymour's
covers collection, Seventh Heaven Club (out now on Liberation).
Mark and Abby sing the exquisite Getting Over You, which
Willie Nelson and Bonnie Raitt recorded for Willie's 1993
album, Across The Borderline. Mark and Abby sing: "Now other
people say, 'Stop living in the past', but when there's
nothing left, it's your memories that last."
"Abby is fantastic," Mark says. "She's an amazing singer
and an incredible performer. She can hold a room on her
own; she's just got so much emotion in her. The beauty about
Getting Over You is it's whimsical, but it's deeply felt.
Abby has this real sense of irony. She's a very intelligent
woman and she can just stand back and the emotion will come
out. So much female singing nowadays is just overblown squawking.
But Abby doesn't have to sell it too hard."
Leonardo's Bride are reuniting this week for two Bluesfest
shows in Byron Bay. And what's next for Hunters & Collectors?
A tribute album is in the works (we can't wait to hear The
Living End's take on Say Goodbye) and, all going well, the
band plans to re-form for some shows to coincide with the
album's release later this year.
GET ON BOARD
Being a musician is not an easy gig. You need all the help
you can get. That's where Music Victoria comes in, a body
that can fight the good fight, promoting local music. Ideally,
the organisation shouldn't be government-funded, because
there will be times when it will have to lobby and bag the
government of the day. Music Victoria's membership drive
concludes this week. It costs an individual just $33 to
join ($66 for a band). Head to musicvictoria.com.au for
Music Victoria CEO Patrick Donovan last week revealed one
of the reasons he switched from writing about music at The
Age to running the new body, saying he was tired of seeing
"over-hyped international musicians coming out here when
we had such fantastic local musicians already". Kudos to
Kathy McCabe from The Daily Telegraph for lashing the Logies'
cultural cringe. "The Australian television industry has
no shame casting D-list talent on their reality shows, yet
refuses to book even one A-list local singer to perform
at the Logies on April 7," she wrote last week. The night's
music acts all come from overseas - Michael Buble, Bruno
Mars, Birdy and Olly Murs. "It is insulting for Australian
TV's big night to bet only on international talent to bring
star power," Kathy added, highlighting local acts with strong
TV connections, including Clare Bowditch, Johnny Ruffo,
Samantha Jade, Timomatic and Reece Mastin. "If they were
good enough to attract ratings for their respective shows,
surely they are good enough to perform at the Logies." Hear,
Ska-punk is not a big genre in Australia, but The Resignators
keep the freak flag flying. "We can't help the way we are,"
Francis Harrison sings in the title-track of the band's
new EP, Down In Flames (out now on Care Factor Records),
"so we go down in flames." Produced by Craig Harnath and
guitarist Steve Douglas, this is The Resignators' best release
to date, with marvellous manic energy and a wonderfully
wailing horn section. You can't help but dance. And the
EP features a sweet pop gem, Summer Girl Smile. The Resignators
launch Down In Flames at the Workers Club on Thursday.
SOMEBODY OF INFLUENCE
You have a massive worldwide hit and suddenly you're one
of the nation's most influential people. The Liberal Party
newsletter, also known as The Australian, has been running
a meaningless series ranking Australia's most influential
people. Coming in at number 29 in the final list is Gotye,
just below ad man Harold Mitchell. No mention of Joe Dolce.
No Aussie singles in the Top 10.
Lanterns BIRDS OF TOKYO (number 13)
Holdin On FLUME (21)
Hello STAFFORD BROTHERS (25)
Big Banana HAVANA BROWN (28)
Bob Evans' Familiar Stranger introduces himself at number
March Fires BIRDS OF TOKYO (number five)
Flume FLUME (12)
Zion HILLSONG UNITED (18)
Sharkmouth RUSSELL MORRIS (19)
Push The Sky Away NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS (26)
Armageddon GUY SEBASTIAN (31)
Familiar Stranger BOB EVANS (34, debut)
Getting Over You MARK SEYMOUR & ABBY DOBSON
Summer Girl Smile THE RESIGNATORS
Can For Now UNDERGROUND LOVERS
Making Our Way SKIPPING GIRL VINEGAR
You're The Cops, I'm The Crime DAVEY LANE
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