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Howzat! Archive - October 29th 2014

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FRIGHT NIGHT
Fiona & Her Holy Men's fabulous new single, To Be The Woman, opens with a scream, which is appropriate because they're launching it with a special Halloween show at Exchange in South Yarra on Friday, 31 Oct. It's a Shocktober spectacular, with singer Fiona Lee Maynard, who has a voice that could raise the dead. Fiona - who runs the St Kilda Music Walking Tours with Fred Negro - is a fantastic front-woman: fierce and feisty, but also feminine. The single is a bluesy anthem about "what it's like to be the woman". The band whips up a mighty groove, of which Aerosmith would be proud. The second half of the double A-side, Leading You On, features Jack Howard, who will be an honorary Holy Man at Friday's show, to provide extra "horniness". Fiona's band is aptly named, because seeing her live can be a religious experience. She's also promising to do a special cover of It's Time, as a tribute to Gough.


FIRST LOVE
Howzat! has long admired the work of Sydney's Adam Gibson. He's the people poet, telling romantic, wistful Aussie stories in an indie rock setting. As Peter Garrett said, these are "ripper real words that are well worth checking out". To promote his nostalgic new single, Feels Like A First Love, Adam Gibson and the Ark-Ark Birds are playing at the Post Office Hotel on Thursday, 30 Oct.


THESE THREE KINGS
The Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society runs an amazing band competition, with the winners off to Memphis to represent Australia at the International Blues Challenge. Three Kings, featuring Ian Collard, won this year's final. Howzat! was also blown away by Miss Lizzy & the Night Owls.


RIVER OF LOVE
Nice rave from Kasey Chambers about Caitlin Harnett's debut album, The River Runs North: "Love it," Kasey said. "The whole album. But I keep getting stuck on that song [Wandering Man]." Record executive John O'Donnell has called it "one of the great albums of 2014 - Top 5 in my world for 2014". Caitlin also has a side project with Adelaide's Myles Mayo called Big Friendly Giant.


CHURCH BELLS
When Howzat!'s buddy Panama Red heard Delirious from The Church's new album, Further/Deeper, he described it poetically: "Lost in a twilight cloud of polyphonic reverie." Yep, The Church are back. Fans concerned that Powderfinger's Ian Haug had replaced Marty Willson-Piper need not worry - The Church are in top form. They're playing Friday, 31 Oct at Ormond Hall. Meanwhile, Steve Kilbey is releasing an autobiography, Something Quite Peculiar.


HOT LINE
"Now everything's uncertain and the background starts to fade/ I thought I knew all your reds and your blues, but nothing is the proper shade" - Dan Warner, Photos From The Window Of The Car.


CHART WATCH
Jessica Mauboy has a Top 5 debut, while X Factor winner Marlisa lands at two.

Stand By You MARLISA (number two, debut)
You Ruin Me THE VERONICAS (three)
Can I Get A Moment? JESSICA MAUBOY (five, debut)
Freaks TIMMY TRUMPET (six)
Mama Ain't Proud GUY SEBASTIAN (17, debut)
Live Louder NATHANIEL (18)
Cosby Sweater HILLTOP HOODS (21)
Bette Davis Eyes DEAN RAY (33, debut)
Take Me Over PEKING DUK (34)
Budapest DEAN RAY (40, debut)

Reality TV dominates the Top 10, with new entries from Karise Eden and Dami Im. And C.W. Stoneking has gon' Top 20!

Triple J's Like A Version, Volume 10 VARIOUS ARTISTS (number three)
Things I've Done KARISE EDEN (five, debut)
Heart Beats DAMI IM (seven, debut)
Walking Under Stars HILLTOP HOODS (12)
Dance In The Rain RICKI-LEE (14, debut)
Oz MISSY HIGGINS (15)
Gon' Boogaloo C.W. STONEKING (17, debut)
30:30 Hindsight JIMMY BARNES (18)
The Very Best INXS (26)
5 Seconds Of Summer 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (28)
Ruckers Hill HUSKY (29, debut)
This Is Our Time (Live) PLANETSHAKERS (30, debut)
Dream Your Life Away VANCE JOY (33)
Angus & Julia Stone ANGUS & JULIA STONE (39)
Bombs Away SHEPPARD (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
To Be The Woman FIONA & HER HOLY MEN
If You Let Me Hold You THE SOLICITORS
Wandering Man CAITLIN HARNETT
Delirious THE CHURCH
Photos From The Window Of The Car DAN WARNER

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