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Howzat! Archive - July 2nd 2014

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BEDROOM MAKEOVER
If you're an artist, or planning to pursue a creative career, Funemployed is the best $25 you'll spend. Part memoir, part self-help book, part guide to the creative world, it's much darker than the title suggests. A career crisis prompted Justin Heazlewood to do the book. "Consider this my black box recorder," he writes, "with jokes." As The Bedroom Philosopher, punters have pondered: Is he a musician or a comedian? Funemployed shows that Justin is a damn fine writer. There's a lot more to him than Songs From The 86 Tram. The book starts with The Artist Test: "Are you self-aware, self-starting, self-destructive, self-taught, self-obsessed? If you ticked three or more then you're qualified!" The book is unbelievably comprehensive, covering personal issues - depression and jealousy - as well as the business side, including "the unglamorous world of home admin. It's all the stuff the rock 'n' roll biopics edit out, and 70 per cent of the job at no point in a Bob Dylan documentary do you see him standing in line at the post office." Funemployed is filled with zingers. "Artists are a clusterfuck of insecurities," Justin writes. "AC/DC told us, 'It's a long way to the top.' In Australia, it's a short way to the middle." And there are some disturbing stats: "While Australia has the sixth biggest recorded music market in the world, it ranks 34th in terms of the proportion of local artists in our recorded music market (25 per cent) with the US at 93 per cent and Japan at 81 per cent." The book features brutally honest interviews with other artists. "With a lot of the arts, you never arrive," Angie Hart says. And Mick Thomas states: "I reckon if you could change one thing in history, one word - when Gough Whitlam came into power he said, 'We'll have a youth music network.' If he'd changed the word 'youth' to 'alternative', I think it would have been better." Ultimately, this book is depressing. "If you thought rationally about an artistic career, you'd probably quit while you were behind," Justin concludes. But it's an essential read.


THE LEGEND LIVES ON
Jim Keays' posthumous album is going to be called Age Against The Machine.


LEE CLUB
Previewing his new album, Love Is The Great Rebellion, Ben Lee plays at Howler tonight (2 July). The album will feature backing vocals by Two And A Half Men star Jon Cryer - Duckie from Pretty In Pink. Ben explains that Jon "won a 'sing backing vocals on a Ben Lee album' experience at our kids' pre-school fundraiser".


HIP HIP
Fresh from launching Pseudo Echo's fine new album, Ultraviolet, Brian Canham turns 53 on 3 July.


HOT LINE
"And I don't mind just lounging around, doin' stupid things" - Little Bastard, Just Won't Do.


CHART WATCH
It's eight straight for Justice Crew.

Que Sera JUSTICE CREW (number one)
Amnesia 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (seven, debut)
Chandelier SIA (eight)
Everything I Didn't Say 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (11, debut)
Geronimo SHEPPARD (13)
Kiss Me Kiss Me 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (14, debut)
Fancy IGGY AZALEA (15)
Tightrope ILLY (23)
Price of Fame 360 FEATURING GOSSLING (24)
Super Love DAMI IM (26)
Don't Stop 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER (27)
Blackout BONNIE ANDERSON (29)
Big Girls Cry SIA (36, debut)
Chandelier SABRINA BATSHON (39, debut)

Melbourne metalcore band Confession have a Top 20 debut.

Utopia 360 (number five)
Let The Ocean Take Me THE AMITY AFFLICTION (nine)
Fuse KEITH URBAN (10)
Life And Death CONFESSION (19, debut)
Atlas RUFUS (20)
The Very Best INXS (21)
The New Classic IGGY AZALEA (23)
Built On Glass CHET FAKER (26)
The Story So Far KEITH URBAN (30)
David Campbell Sings John Bucchino DAVID CAMPBELL (37, debut)
Van Diemen's Land RUSSELL MORRIS (39)
Harlequin Dream BOY & BEAR (40)


HOWZAT! PLAYLIST
The Red Shoes ELLA HOOPER
Loosen The Rope PSEUDO ECHO
Questions THE EVENING CAST
People Will Break Your Heart JEFF LANG
High For You LITTLE BASTARD

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